Last week’s US top-selling classical album was the cellist Zuill Bailey’s release of Britten’s cello symphony.That fact is so striking on so many counts that we decided to do due diligence.
After all, Britten is not a best-seller even in England and Bailey is not his foremost interpreter by any length of chalk. However, 544 records sold in a week say he must be doing something right. And it is well known in the trade that Zuill Bailey carries stock and sells it after concerts.
Here’s the data our analysts came up with.
Over the last three weeks Zuill Bailey sold 1,226 units in El Paso , TX out of 1,553 total units.
457 last week
449 week before
320 two weeks before
El Paso doesn’t rank in the top 100 outlets for classical on Soundscan.
Nobody else has that kind of success there.
Zuill Bailey is Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas). QED.We can prove that he sells more records than the music directors of the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra combined.