'An outstanding achievement': Tom March hails Polydor's No.1 run

Tom March

Polydor is celebrating another No.1 album with Elbow’s Giants Of All Sizes debuting at the top on Friday. It is the Universal label’s seventh different No.1 in the last 12 months, four more than any other label.

That represents 21.88% of the 32 individual albums to reach No.1 over that period. The other Polydor-released albums to hit No.1 in the last 12 months are: the A Star Is Born soundtrack by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; Take That’s Odyssey; The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (in partnership with Dirty Hit); Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?; Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell and Sam Fender’s Hypersonic Missiles. Together, they’ve racked up 10 weeks at No.1, 18.87% of the weeks available, behind only Atlantic’s 13 weeks (24.53%).

Polydor’s Tom March – co-president alongside Ben Mortimer of Music Week’s Record Company Of The Year 2019 – hailed the result.

“We're over the moon about this result for Elbow,” March told Music Week. “It's a brave, powerful and heartfelt album and I'm proud that we were able to deliver the band their third consecutive No.1.

‎”I'm equally thrilled that this marks the seventh No.1 album for Polydor in the last 12 months, five of which are domestic signings. To amass almost a quarter of all the No.1 albums in this period is an outstanding achievement and testament to the breadth of acts we are able to work as a label as well as the strength of talent within the team.

“We're very lucky to work with some of the very best artists and managers, and our consistent success in the albums chart reflects that.”

* To read Music Week’s recent interview with Elbow’s Guy Garvey, click here. To read our 2019 Polydor cover feature, click here. To subscribe to Music Week and never miss a vital music biz story, click here.

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