It sounds like someone forgot to promote Johnny Borrell's new album. Given the fact that he used to front Razorlight, there should have been a built-in audience for his latest album. Apparently, Razorlight fans couldn't be bothered.
The article makes a stunning comparison, however. Buried down in the piece is this fact:
Meanwhile in this week's album charts, the latest 'Now That’s What I Call Music!' compilation has become the fastest selling album of 2013. ''Now That’s What I Call Music! 85' shifted 317,000 copies during its first week...That has to make Borrell very happy. A compilation album (remember the K-Tel records from the 1970s?) that people could reasonably steal from the Internet on their own sells over 300,000 copies while an album of original songs by an artist sells in the hundreds. Johnny Borrell fronted a fairly popular band--he is not a nobody. If an artist could sell 300,000 copies of their album, or thereabouts, on a reasonable basis, the music industry would be fairly thriving right now.
What's the royalty on something from That's What I Call Music? Are people getting paid or are they getting ripped off?