Gerry Cinnamon’s second album, The Bonny, shoots straight to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart
Gerry Cinnamon’s album The Bonny has shot straight to UK Number 1 in the Official Album Charts.
The Glaswegian artist reached the landmark after keeping to his word to deliver his record for fans at this difficult time – and they responded. Gerry posted:
“No1 album UK&IRE. Numbers mean nothing to me. Folk blasting the tunes and singing them like they mean it means everything. Had my back since day one. Only reason I stayed in this game. Shout out to all frontline staff. Suns out. Look after the oldies. Cheers❤️”
While numbers might mean nothing to Gerry, they are impressive. Self-released, the album builds on the success of his word-of-mouth debut Erratic Cinematic, which arrived in 2017 reaching the Top 20 with no traditional promotion. It has already sold over 180,000 copies and been certified Gold. His collective career streams total over 230 million, all achieved while remaining resolutely independent. Last single ‘Where We’re Going’ has now already passed 5 million streams across Spotify and Apple Music.
The Bonny’s singles amassed 53 million streams pre-release and 8 of the tracks from the album charted this week in the UK Singles Chart. The album debuted at Number 1 on both iTunes & Amazon Albums UK and has now sold 28,945 in its first week, despite inevitably losing out on sales due to the current crisis. The album also reached Number 1 in Ireland today.
Having organically built up a huge following over the past 3 years, Gerry has become the UK ‘s biggest independent artist and his last tour was second largest in 2019 UK tickets sales.
The Bonny sees Gerry continue on his journey from cult hero to one of Britain’s foremost songwriters.
He is monitoring dates and working on rescheduling a tour that will see him playing to the largest audiences of his career so far, with 200,000 tickets sold.
An already legendary live performer, his gigs have become folklore – joyous mass fan singalongs inspiring devotion and a dedicated following that has swelled, via word-of-mouth, to epic proportions.
Explaining that ‘bonny ‘is Scottish slang for bonfire, Gerry says of the album:
“The Bonny’s just a metaphor for dreaming something into existence and building it bigger for the people you love. A lot of it (The Album) was written years ago at a dark time in my life. It’s a mixture of some dark stuff and a little bit of light in the distance. If you’re in a real shit situation it can be near impossible to see a positive outcome. I try not to contribute to the negative shit in my writing, there’s more than enough of that going around already. If I write songs about the bad stuff I think it’s only polite to remind the listener of the real reality. That it doesn’t matter where you’re at, it’s where you’re going that matters. Put the graft in and better times are inevitable. Easy.”
For the artwork to The Bonny, Gerry was drawn to two iconic shots of life in the ‘60s and ‘70s for his alternating album covers.
On the first, a mother and child in their tower block flat, Gerry explains: “It’s the contrast between the foreground and the background that gets me. It’s the look in her eyes. Hypnotic. Look at the image as a whole, it looks concrete and dangerous but she looks strong… resilient. There’s not many things stronger in this life than a mother’s love for her kid. ‘The Bonny’ is just a metaphor for dreaming something into existence and building it bigger for the people you love. If that image doesn’t capture what ‘The Bonny’ is about, I don’t know what does. It tells a million stories.”
The Bonny is available on both digital and physical formats. The CD and cassette formats both feature an alternate album cover, while four collectible vinyl editions are available: standard black vinyl; a flame-esque red and orange vinyl available exclusively from Gerry’sofficial website; orange vinyl; and red vinyl that will be sold via select independent stores.
Gerry’s website also offers various bundles which include items such as a signed lyric book and a new t-shirt design.