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Band outsells Robbie

They are selling like Pipin' Hot cakes

Cassandra Pokoney
The Southland Times
December 18, 2001

COPIES of the Pipin ' Hot CD are selling like hot cakes in the south
and it is the top seller at two Invercargill music stores.
The CD is the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band's debut recording.
Play It Again manager Mark Calder said the band's CD was December's highest seller, with 135 copies sold since it was launched on Thursday.
"They are selling like Pipin ' Hot cakes," he said.
The store's other big sellers _ Robbie Williams and the Best Beer Drinking Songs _ had each sold less than 30 CDs during the same period of time.At Sounds, Jeff Hartstonge said the store had sold 110 copies of Pipin ' Hot in four days, making it the highest seller.
Sales had been astounding, he said.The store had 30 pre-orders and the 160 it had ordered for stock were almost all gone.
In Gore, Alan Black Music staff member Mike Hood said copies of the CD had been going out the door almost as fast as they came in.
Band president Neville Cook said the goal was to get a gold record _ 7500 sales.
Website sales had pulled in buyers from throughout the world and the
single, Calypso, being played on radio stations throughout the country as a tribute to Sir Peter Blake, had also generated interest.
Many of the buyers would never have considered buying a pipe band CD but now they realised Pipin ' Hot was unlike anything they had heard before.
"We've converted heaps of people," Mr Cook said.
Based on pesent sales rates, the CD would be sold out before the week's end.
The band had ordered another run but the Christmas break meant they would not arrive until at least January 10. Orders would continue to be taken.


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