Kings Of Leon’s ‘Only By The Night’ has become the first album to hit the quarter of a million sales mark, the Official Charts Company can announce.
The album – which was released 18 months ago – has now sold 250,000 units, firmly establishing itself as the biggest selling digital album of all time in the UK. It is also the only UK album to have sold more than 200,000 to date.
Other albums which have sold particularly strongly over the past 12 months include Florence & The Machine’s Lungs and Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me It’s You. Kings Of Leon’s closest challenger in the digital arena is Lady Gaga, whose debut album The Fame is likely to pass 200,000 downloads within the next month or so.
The Tennessee rock band’s fourth album “Only By The Night” is also one of the fastest selling albums of the year, with over 220,000 sales in the week of release. The only album to sell more in its first week this year was Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.”
Meanwhile, the Kings of Leon single, “Sex on Fire” has spent a third week at number one, outselling it’s nearest rival Katie Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” by more than half. Continue reading →
Last.fm today exclusively began streaming the not yet released Kings of Leon album, Only By The Night’, for free one week before it ships – and band frontman Caleb Followill pleaded with fans to think again before stealing music.
Caleb said: “There are a lot of people online that say, ‘these guys have a wonderful life, screw them if they don’t want me listening’ – you don’t know what it’s like! Literally, sometimes I jump out of bed at three in the morning and go and write something down because I just had a dream and I thought of something.
“You don’t know what goes into writing a song, let alone an album. It’s not a day at the office – you’re putting your heart and soul into something and for people to not respect that, that’s crazy. But when you have people that do it the right way – that’s pushing your artform.” Continue reading →