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timjimlee
post Feb 8 2016, 11:31 AM
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"Best Of Bowie" by David Bowie Released on 22nd October 2002 finally got to number 1 on Friday (5/2) taking 13 years, 3 months and 14 days from Release to number 1.

Found this from a few years ago

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David Gray's "White Ladder" had been in the Top 40 for 64 weeks before finally reaching Number 1 in 2001.
In terms of time taken to get to Number 1 having appeared in the Top 40, the record goes to "The Very Best Of Sting And The Police." This album entered the Top 40 in Nov 1997. It fell from the chart returning more than four years later (Mar 2002) when it made no. 1; (223 weeks).

Anything else in the meantime that took longer than either Sting And The Police or David Bowie in the Slowest Climb to Number 1 (Album) ?
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post Feb 8 2016, 11:38 AM
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Not counting Albums that were previously number 1 and climbed back there on Re-release.

EG "Exile on Main Street" - Rolling Stones
The re-released album in 2010 entered at number one in the UK charts, almost 38 years to the week after it first occupied that position.
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post Feb 8 2016, 12:47 PM
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I believe Abba Gold had a gap of nearly 16 years between it's debut at #1 and it's last time atop the charts.
Is Bowie's album, a record (pardon the pun) for the slowest climb to reach #1?
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post Feb 8 2016, 01:14 PM
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QUOTE(house.martin @ Feb 8 2016, 12:47 PM) *
I believe Abba Gold had a gap of nearly 16 years between it's debut at #1 and it's last time atop the charts.
Is Bowie's album, a record (pardon the pun) for the slowest climb to reach #1?

It certainly looks that way but it wasn't Reported last week in the report by Alan Jones or by OCC which makes me wonder whether another Album took longer.
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post Feb 8 2016, 01:15 PM
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What was the release date of the MJ album that hit number 1 after his death? Had it been number 1 before?
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post Feb 8 2016, 01:33 PM
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QUOTE(Colm @ Feb 8 2016, 01:15 PM) *
What was the release date of the MJ album that hit number 1 after his death? Had it been number 1 before?

Two MJ Albums hit number 1 in 2009:

"Number Ones" had been number 1 on release in 2003.
"The Essential Michael Jackson" peaked initially at number 2 on release in 2005.

Neither would beat David Bowie.




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post Feb 8 2016, 06:40 PM
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In terms of artist albums, I think we could probably count Shania Twain here. 'Come On Over' was released in 1997 (although I don't think it got a UK release until early 1998), and by the time 'That Don't Impress Me Much' was storming the top 10 and was everywhere in the summer of '99 it was number one - and on several occasions that year to boot!
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post Feb 10 2016, 10:22 AM
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One long-running climb to number 1 that has been overlooked was Lionel Richie and the Commodores "The Definitive Collection".
Released at the beginning of February 2003 it took more than 12 years to get to number 1 after Lionel's Triumphant Glasto Performance last year.

Curiously it was reported as Lionel's first number 1 Album for 23 years but didn't seem to be reported as the Slowest Climb to Number 1 at the time.

Anyway "Best Of Bowie" took longer than Lionel's compilation to get to Number 1.
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post May 4 2016, 04:44 PM
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Cilla Blacks Best of was on sale a long time before it eventually reached number 1. I do not know the exact dates however.
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post May 4 2016, 04:51 PM
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is White Ladder the slowest climber for a regular album?
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post May 4 2016, 07:40 PM
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Halcyon by Ellie Goulding finally reached number 1 after 65 weeks.
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post May 5 2016, 05:37 PM
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Robbie Williams first album took some time to finally make pole position.
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post May 5 2016, 09:02 PM
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White Ladder is the fourth studio album by English folk singer-songwriter David Gray. It was first released in November 1998 through Gray's own record label, IHT Records, but failed to chart. On 1 May 2000, the album was re-released by Dave Matthews' label ATO Records and debuted at number 69 on the UK Albums Chart, before climbing to number one on 5 August 2001, more than a year later.
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