This section looks at the 'Best Of Def Leppard' album entering the UK chart. The second greatest hits album collection released by the band peaked at Number 6 helped by a major TV advertising campaign.
"The track list is actually based on requests."
Def Leppard's Best Of greatest hits album entered the UK chart at Number 6 on this day in 2004.
The second greatest hits release by the band following 1995's 'Vault'.
The album had been released onin the UK/Ireland.
It debuted at Number 6 on 6th November 2004. The sixth UK Top 10 album for the band.
'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' became the seventh in 2008 when it debuted at Number 10.
The chart success was helped by the television commercial which ran on major TV channels just before and after the album's release.
It has since gone on to eclipse the sales of 'Vault' which it was intended to be a replacement for.
Robbie Williams was at Number One with his own Greatest Hits album. Irishman Ronan Keating was at Number Two, also with a hits album.
Def Leppard were the highest new entry in the chart in this week.
UK Top Six Albums - 6th November 2004
- 01 - Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits
- 02 - Ronan Keating - 10 Years Of Hits
- 03 - Rod Stewart - Stardust The Great American Songbook Vol III
- 04 - Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
- 05 - Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
- 03 - Def Leppard - Best Of Def Leppard - (New Entry/Peak Position)
Best Of Def Leppard - UK Press Biography
On October 25th 2004, one of the biggest British bands in the world, the multi platinum Def Leppard, will be releasing a "Best Of..." album and a "Best Of....." DVD.
The CD will come in two formats - a single CD, plus a limited edition double CD featuring one new track - a cover of the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset".
Def Leppard's 1983 album "Pyromania" has just been certified Diamond in the US - this is given by the RIAA to albums that have sold over 10 million copies in the US ALONE! 1987's "Hysteria" was awarded the Diamond award last year for sales of over 12 million in the US.
Joe Elliott - October 2004 Interview Quotes
"Hopefully it’ll cement our place in history - which it should, because we’re a great band and these are great songs."
"Hopefully this will enable us to put this covers record out early next year. That way, then we’ll have some momentum rather than having to wait the usual four years between albums."
(US Record company changes) - "We weren’t his thing, he was a rap guy. His way of thinking was, why do I need Def Leppard when I’ve got Bon Jovi? because they can’t tell us apart. That’s when you realise you’ve got problems. But this new guy is desperate to make us a success again. he’s convinced that ‘Long Long Way To Go’ should have been an enormous hit and wants to put it out again."
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