Saturday, 26 December 2015

Hello!! Adele tops gift charts too

Did you receive a copy of Adele’s new album 25 yesterday? Well if you did, you are far from alone.

The Hello singer’s latest collection was the most popular gift around the nation’s Christmas trees, topping both the Amazon bestsellers list and the festive album chart.

Selling more than 8million copies around the world since its much-anticipated release last month, the 27-year-old’s third album proved the perfect stocking-filler.

It sold an astonishing 450,000 copies in the shopping week before Christmas, making it number one for the fifth week in a row in the festive album chart, which is compiled from CD sales, downloads and music streaming. 

According to dailymail other musical choices featuring in Amazon’s top ten gifts were the new Coldplay album, A Head Full of Dreams, and If I Can Dream, an album featuring Elvis Presley recordings accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The online shopping giant’s latest 7in Fire tablet was its second biggest seller, followed by the Fire TV stick for streaming TV shows. Video games were also popular, with Fallout 4 coming in at number four, Call of Duty: Black Ops III in fifth and Star Wars: Battlefront at number nine.
Films made up the remaining places, with animation Inside Out at seven and Minions in eighth position.
Amazon said fragrances were also popular gifts, with Paco Rabanne Lady Million eau de parfum spray for women likely to have found its way into many stockings.
Among gifts for men, the Remington Barba Beard Trimmer and Huntsman Beard Oil were strong sellers.
Retro sweets were also booming – with nostalgic collections of sherbert fountains and fruit salads particularly popular.
According to Amazon, kitchen gadgets were big sellers too, such as the spiralizers for creating courgetti and sweet potato rice.

In electronics, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera topped the charts, with GoPro action cameras also finding their way under many Christmas trees.

Traditional games such as Monopoly and Scrabble all did well, while Frozen character dolls and colouring books featured in many children’s stockings.

Gift choices showed big regional variations, Amazon said, with Steven Gerrard’s My Story much-ordered in Liverpool and the official Manchester United 2016 calendar equally popular 35 miles down the M62.

Cardiff meanwhile was buying Tom Jones’s autobiography and gift-givers in Nottingham chose Brian Clough: I Believe in Miracles in print and on DVD.


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