Whitesnake slide past Britney Spears by Julian Marszalek, Posted Mar 25, 2011
Poor old Britney Spears is finding out the hard way that the comeback trail can be be a rocky and bumpy road. Just as she's about to release her new album, 'Femme Fatale', details have emerged that she's being trumped in the pre-order stakes by none other than hair metal rockers Whitesnake and their new album, 'Forevermore'.
The Sun reports that Whitesnake's album has received 35% more pre-orders with online retailer Amazon than Britney Spear's latest release. To add to her misery, Whitesnake's album isn't due out until 18 April while Britney's is released on Monday, 28 March.
A spokesperson for the online store said: "Britney Spears is one of the most successful global pop acts with a career spanning more than 10 years but, even with this pedigree, she is being overshadowed and outsold by the elder statesmen of British rock. Whitesnake were already releasing their fourth album in 1981, the year Britney was born, and it is a major achievement to be racking up more pre-orders than the pop princess."
Whitesnake were formed in 1977 after vocalist David Coverdale -- frequently referred to as the "Roger Moore of heavy metal" -- left hard rock titans Deep Purple. The band hit paydirt during the 80s with hits such as 'Fool For Your Loving' and 'Is This Love' while album titles such as 'Come An' Get It' and 'Slide It In' may well have inspired Spinal Tap's hilarious spoof.