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Saturday, 30 July 2011


The term ‘album’ was used for the first time in 1909 when Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is released on four double-sided discs in a specially designed package.

The first vinyl double album released anywhere in the world was Benny Goodman's The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert. It was also one of the earliest vinyl albums to sell more than a million.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - A Memorial Album, an LP commemorating the late president's speechesbecame the fastest-selling record up to that time when four million copies sold between December 7-12, 1963. The memorial tribute was recorded November 22, 1963 the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

The first rock double album, and first studio double album was Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde in 1966.

The Beatles' 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first ever rock album to print the song lyrics on the sleeve.

Carole King's Tapestry album, which was released on  January 30 1971, is  one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. The album has been listed on the Billboard 200 for over 300 weeks between 1971 and 2011, the longest by any female solo artist.

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According to Billboard magazine, LPs  started outselling 45 rpm singles for the first time in January 1972.

The best-selling double album of all time is Pink Floyd's The Wall with over 30 million copies (60 million units) worldwide.

The double-album soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever atop the US album charts for 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978. In the UK, the album spent 18 consecutive weeks at #1. It reached sales of 25 million worldwide, making it for a time the best-selling LP in history.

Rapper Ice-T's 1987 album Rhyme Pays was the first to be stickered with a 'Parental Advisory.'

The title of R.E.M.'s 1991 album Automatic For The People came from a sign at a diner in Athens, Georgia, where the band formed. It read, "Delicious Fine Foods - Automatic For The People."

The very first album leaked online was Songs of Faith and Devotion by Depeche Mode in 1993.

Two days before her 121st birthday in February 1996, Jeanne Calment of France became the world's oldest pop star by releasing her first CD entitled Mistress of Time, on which she spoke over rap, techno, and dance music. The recording was made she said to earn money for a minibus for the retirement home where she lived.

The full name of The Boy Bands Have Won, the 13th studio album by British music group Chumbawamba released on March 3, 2008 contains 865 characters. It holds the Guinness World Record for the longest album title.  It is:
The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own. But Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to 'Guard' Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, Then It's Done, and the Boy Bands Have Won.

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The longest album ever released is a 2013 collection of 111 songs titled MEN by a Welsh band called Quiet Marauder.  The tracks span four CDs and have a total running time of four hours, 49 minutes and 20 seconds.

Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album is the biggest selling Christmas album of all time, selling 10 million copies.

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