Dame Vera Lynn becomes world’s oldest living artist to have No. 1 albumSeptember 14th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 14 (ANI): Dame Vera Lynn has piped The Beatles and Bob Dylan in becoming the oldest living artist in the world to have a number one album.
The 92-year-old, whose career flourished during World War II when she was nicknamed “The Forces’ Sweetheart”, toppled artists including the Arctic Monkeys and the Kings of Leon after her album We’ll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn topped the charts.
Her album left behind the much-hyped remastered editions of The Beatles’, who were at the 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 21st, 24th, 29th, 31st, 33rd, 37th and 38th spots, according to the Official Charts Company.
“I am extremely surprised and delighted, and a big ‘thank you’ to all my fans for putting me there,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo laid the blame of the Fab Four losing the title on the delay in the sale of their albums.
He said: “We’ve seen huge demand for the remastered Beatles albums since Wednesday, but sales have been spread across all the releases, especially the box sets.
“The fact they were only out for four days also seems to have counted against their prospects of a number one.
“This has left the door open for Dame Vera, whose album has been selling consistently in recent weeks and has been steadily growing in demand, to top this week’s chart.
“It’s a really lovely surprise, that nobody could have imagined a few weeks ago, and it’s ironic that it’s taken one revered British icon to block the historic return of another to the top of the charts.” (ANI)
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