Compilations took a number of the top spots on the 2009 Top World Albums chart, with “Playing for Change: Songs Around the World,” released on Hear Music, coming in on top. “Paris Magnifique,” which came out on EMI Special Markets/Starbucks, was at No. 11, and “World Is Africa,” on Universal Special Markets came in at No. 13. “Tis the Season: Celtic Christmas” also charted at No. 9.

And that’s only the beginning of the Celtic domination of the chart. Celtic Woman came in at No. 2 with “The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection,” and at No. 7 with “A Celtic Family Christmas,” which feature the High Kings; both were released on Manhattan/BLG. Celtic Thunder stormed the chart, with “Act Two” at No. 3, a self titled effort at No. 5, and “Take Me Home” at No. 6. All the albums were released via Celtic Thunder/Decca.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela held two spots, coming in at No. 4 with “11:11” and No. 10 with “Live in Japan;” the former was released on Rubyworks/ATO and the latter on ATO.

On the Top World Album Artists chart, Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman took the top two spots, followed by Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Bela Fleck, French First Lady Carla Bruni, and Buena Vista Social Club also made appearances, as did the Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra.

The Top World Album Label was Decca, with four titles on the Top Albums chart. It was followed by BLG, Hear, ATO, and Verve Group. The top imprint was Celtic Thunder, followed by Manhattan, Hear, Rubyworks, and Quinlan Road.

Universal and various independent distributors were in the top two distribution slots, with EMM coming in third, WEA in fourth, and Sony rounding out the pack.


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