Help Benefit Album Tops UK Charts


Less than one week after it was recorded in just one day, the Help

album entered the British charts at #1. The album, which features recordings

by Blur, the Stone Roses, the KLF (as the K Foundation), Neneh Cherry, the

Chemical Brothers, Suede, Portishead, Massive Attack, a collaborative effort

by Paul Weller, Oasis' Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney and many more, was

released this past Saturday (Sept. 9). It sold an unprecedented 71,000 copies

in one day. (In America, sales of 71,000 copies over the course of a one week

period would have put the album in the Top 10.) The album has set a record as

the fastest-selling album of all time. It's already raised the $1.5 million

target for the British charity War Child, the organization that is providing

relief for the young victims of the war in Bosnia. Help is the biggest

pop charity effort since Bob Geldof's ``Live Aid'' concert for African famine

relief in 1985. It will be released in the U.S. on October 17th; it will also

be out in Japan next month.