Coldplay – Fix You

PEAK POSITION: Number 4 in September 2005 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (August 2018)

RELEASE DATE: September 2005

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: July 2017 (estimated)

Fix You was released in 2005 and entered the chart at Number 4. It quickly became the perfect song to soundtrack an emotional moment in a TV show or film.

It spent 37 weeks on the chart in its initial run but has charted for at least a week in most years since it was released up to 2017.

It also created comedy gold in Gavin & Stacey.

It’s a beautiful song and it deserved to become a million seller in around 2017.

In September 2017 sales were confirmed as 1.046 million including over 727,000 downloads and physical sales.

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Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – Symphony

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in May 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.3 million (January 2018)

RELEASE DATE: March 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: November 2018 (estimated)

Clean Bandit team up with a new singer on each release. In March 2017 the worked with Swedish singer Zara Larsson for Symphony. They performed it on The Voice UK for the first time in March and the song entered the chart at Number Six a week later.

Symphony stayed in the Top Ten for twelve weeks, peaking at Number 1 in May 2017.

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During December 2017 the BBC used the song in a short film which was used as an ident between programmes.

The song stayed in the Top 100 until March 2018!

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TLC – No Scrubs

PEAK POSITION: Number 3 in May 1999 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (July 2018)

RELEASE DATE: April 1999

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: October 2017 (estimated)

 

No Scrubs spent eight weeks in the Top Ten in 1999, peaking at Number 3 in May. Altogether the song spent 19 weeks in the Top 100.

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Ariana Grande – One Last Time

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in June 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.3 million (August 2018)

RELEASE DATE: February 2015

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: September 2017 (estimated)

The song was a popular song with teens during 2015 when the song was originally released. In 2017 the song became tragically poignant when it was the final song sang at her pop concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017 when a bomb was set off killing 22 innocent victims.

A video of the song being performed at the concert was shared and the song was used to accompany coverage of the incident.

A week later, bravely, Grande organised a pop concert in memory of those who died. The song was re-packaged and all further proceeds went to the aid of victims and their families.

By September 2017 the single was announced as having combined sales of just over 1 million including downloads of over 373,000.

In April 2018 sales were confirmed as 1.2 million and One Last Time as Grande’s biggest selling single.

In August 2018 sales were confirmed as 1.3 million.

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French Montana featuring Swae Lee – Unforgettable

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in August 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.8 million (September 2018)

RELEASE DATE: April 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: August 2017

Unforgettable was released in April 2017 and it gradually climbed up the chart until it peaked at Number 2 in August 2017. It spent fifteen weeks in the Top Ten.

The irony is that the ‘song’s is completely forgettable.

It sold its millionth copy in August 2017.

By September 2017 sales were reported as 1.006 million.

By December 2017 combined sales were 1.4 million.

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Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better

PEAK POSITION: Number 6 in August 2016 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (July 2018)

RELEASE DATE: June 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: August 2017

Treat You Better was released in June 2016 and it gradually climbed the chart, peaking at Number 6 in August 2016.

The song performed well on the streaming services, scoring streaming equivalent sales of over 800,000 by September 2017.

In September 2017 the single had combined sales of 1.041 million including over 200,000 downloads. We estimate that the combined millionth sale was in around August 2017.

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Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in March to April 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (September 2017)

RELEASE DATE: March 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: August 2017 (estimated)

Galway Girl flew straight in at Number 2 on its release. It was the highest of Ed Sheeran’s new entries when nine of the tracks from his album Divide entered in the Top Ten.

It was at Number 2 for five weeks straight, followed by three at Number 3. Altogether it spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten.

By August 2017 the single had reached combined sales of a million.

In September 2017 combined sales were 1.19 million.

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Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in October 2012 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (July 2018)

RELEASE DATE: October 2015

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: August 2017 (estimated)

The song was a near constant on the chart between October 2005 and September 2006. It entered the chart at Number 2 (it’s peak position) and spent six weeks in the Top 10. It enjoyed a 52 consecutive-week chart run and then returned to the chart many times over the next few years including three more weeks in the Top 40 in 2013.

By September 2017 the song had combined sales of over 1.01 million. This included 650,000 downloads.

It spent 21 weeks in the Top 40.

It continued to stream well over the coming years.

In August 2017 combined sales were reported as 1.01 million.

In March 2018 combined sales were reported as 1.02 million.

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Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for three weeks in October/November 2016 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (February 2018)

RELEASE DATE: October 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: July 2017 (estimate)

Shout Out To My Ex was the first single from Little Mix’s 2016 album Glory Days. It was the follow up single to Black Magic which reached Number 1 in 2015. Demand was high and it flew straight in at Number 1 in the chart where it was present for three weeks. It enjoyed eleven weeks in the Top Ten altogether. At one point it left the Top Ten and then re-entered a week later!

The single sold well during the Christmas period and on 30th December 2016 the single was announced as platinum-selling.

The single stayed in the chart until the summer and enjoyed great radio airplay.

We estimate that it reached a million combined sales in around July 2017.

By September 2017 combined sales were 1,070,835 which included 373,706 downloads.

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Mirrors was the second single from Justin Timberlake’s 2013 album The 20/20 Experience. The first, Suit & Tie, was released in January. Mirrors was quickly released a few weeks later and entered the chart at Number 28 before rising to Number 4.

Tiumberlake then performed the song at The Brit Awards and it suddenly caught on in a big way and it leaped to Number 1 where is stayed for three weeks altogether.

It enjoyed eight weeks in the Top 10 and it didn’t leave the Top 100 until October that year.

The song is quite unusual in that it was over 8 minutes long and did not, at first, have a radio edit, meaning that radio stations had to fade it out.

By November 2016 the single had combined sales of 929,000.

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Avicii – Hey Brother

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in December 2013 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.0 million (April 2018)

RELEASE DATE: September 2013

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: June 2017 (estimated)

Hey Brother was a smash hit in 2013 and 2014. The song was on Avicii’s album True. It charted on the release of the album but then charted again a couple of later and it climbed up to Number 2 just before Christmas. The song spent ten weeks in the Top 10, including six in the Top Five during a 40 consecutive-week chart run.

The song sold around 700,000 copies and then performed well on streaming services. By September 2017 the single was a combined million seller with sales of over 1.025 million.

After Avicii’s sad death in April 2018 (when the song re-entered the chart at Number 43) sales were confirmed as 1.085 million.

Alan Jones of Music Week wrote:

A third artist to reach the three-track limit is Swedish DJ Avicii, who died last Friday (April 20), aged 28. Consumption of Avicii recordings in the latest frame amounted to 11,097 albums, and 279,392 tracks. His hits Wake Me Up (No.1, 2013), Levels (No.4, 2011) and Hey Brother (No.2, 2013) re-enter at No.26 (15,708 sales), No.36 (11,992 sales) and No.43 (9,683 sales), respectively. He also has album chart re-entries with True (No.2, 2013) and Stories (No.9, 2015), at No.14 (4,690 sales) and No.17 (3,325 sales), respectively. Cumulative Avicii sales are: singles – 10,061,500, albums – 521,420. Please be aware that while weekly chart consumption figures are based on either the 150:1 or 300:1 conversion ratio for streams, OCC archive data, including current weeks is at the 100:1 conversion rate. With that caveat, Levels has sold 1,014,182 copies to date, while Hey Brother has sold 1,085,825 and Wake Me Up has sold 2,086,902 copies.

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Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – Despacito

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in May to June, July and August 2017  for 11 non-consecutive weeks (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 2.4 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: April 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: June 2017

Despacito was massive in 2017. Performed by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, the song caught people’s imagination and when Justin Bieber added a vocal to the remix the song became one of the biggest hits ever.

The song reached Number 1 in just four weeks and spent eleven weeks at Number 1.

It was knocked off the top for a week in July by a charity single raising funds for the victims of the Grenfell fire disaster in London and then for a week by DJ Khaled in July 2017. Even a change in streaming ratios for the chart didn’t stop the single returning to Number 1 it was that popular!

By the end of 2017 the single had combined sales of 2.3 million!

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Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 (three times) in December 2016, January and February 2018 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.269 million (September 2017)

RELEASE DATE: December 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: June 2017 (estimated)

Human was released in December 2016 to critical acclaim. Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut release, it was hugely popular before Christmas but didn’t quite make it to the Christmas Number 1, settling for Number 2 instead.

The song returned to Number 2 in January 2017 and again six weeks later at the end of February 2017.

 

The song spent thirteen weeks in the Top 10 and was still in the Top 40 by May 2017.

In September 2017 the song had combined sales of 1.269 million, including over half a million downloads.

In December 2017 total sales for the calendar year were 1.1 million.

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Jay-Z & Kanye West – N****s In Paris

PEAK POSITION: Number 10 in March 2012 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.02 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: February 2012

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: May 2017 (estimated)

The song was a near constant on the chart between February 2012 and March 2013.

It spent 21 weeks in the Top 40.

It continued to stream well over the coming years.

In August 2017 combined sales were reported as 1.01 million.

In March 2018 combined sales were reported as 1.02 million.

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Rihanna featuring Jay Z – Umbrella

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for ten weeks in May to July 2007 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.1 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: May 2007

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: May 2017

Umbrella was the song which turned Rihanna from a star into a megastar!

During the rainiest summer in years, Umbrella was at the top of the chart for ten weeks – incredibly rare for a single to have such an extended run during the 2000s.

By the end of the year (finishing as the second biggest seller of the year) the song had sales of over 600,000.

In June 2016 combined sales were reported in Music Week as 929,979.

In July 2017 sales were recorded as 867,600 and 15.8 million streams.

In August 2017 sales were recorded as 901,799 and, “If you include streams, she’s topped a million”. So we estimate that the combined millionth sale was made in around May 2017.

In September 2017 combined sales were recorded as 1,040,966.

In March 2018 combined sales were reported as 1.1 million.

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Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for five non-consecutive weeks in July/August 2006 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (July 2018)

RELEASE DATE: June 2006

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: May 2017 (estimated)

A genuine summer smash in 2006. Hips Don’t Lie climbed to Number 1 after just four weeks on sale. It stayed there for a week before being knocked off for three weeks. It then returned to the chart for four more weeks (at the time this was a record for most number of weeks at Number 1 in a second run – since beaten by Somebody That I Used To Know).

Altogether the song spent sixteen weeks in the Top Ten – thirteen of these in the Top Five. As of August 2018 the song has spent 48 weeks in the Top 100.

The single enjoyed huge success during a time when sales of singles were low. Therefore it is unsurprising that ‘only’ 700,000+ singles were sold in this time.

The song has continued to perform well on streaming services. We estimate that it reached a million sales in around May 2017.

In September 2017 combined sales of 1.046 million were published.

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Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in January/February 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.8 million (December 2017)

RELEASE DATE: January 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: March 2017

Castle On The Hill was released in January 2018 on the same day as Shape Of You. Castle On The Hill immediately entered the chart at Number 2 where it stayed for five weeks behind Shape Of You.

Castle On The Hill stayed in the Top Ten for for fourteen weeks. It enjoyed a 45 week consecutive run on the chart and has returned regularly since.

The song is a classic. It tells a nostalgic story which will appeal to all. It is anthemic and easy to sing along to.

In July 2017 combined sales were confirmed as 1.5 million which includes 455,000 downloads and 105 million streams.

At the end of 2017 the single was announced as the third biggest selling single of the year behind Shape Of You and Despacito.

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DNCE – Cake By The Ocean

PEAK POSITION: Number 4 in May 2016 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (May 2018)

RELEASE DATE: March 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: March 2017 (estimated)

Cake By The Ocean was a smash hit in America. It was released in the UK in March 2016. It gradually climbed the chart at peaked at Number 4 after ten weeks on sale. It stayed in the Top Ten for seven weeks and spent 42 weeks on the chart.

The song performed well on streaming services and around twelve months after its release it was making its combined millionth sale.

In September 2017 sales were 1.08 million, including 387,000 downloads.

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Ed Sheeran – Lego House

PEAK POSITION: Number 5 in November 2011 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (April 2018)

RELEASE DATE: September 2011

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: March 2017 (estimated)

Lego House was released in September 2011 as Ed Sheeran’s third single from his debut album +.

The song slowly climbed up the chart and peaked at Number 5 in November 2011 during a 42 consecutive-week chart run.

In September 2017 sales were confirmed as 1.1 million including 811,000 downloads and 293,000 streaming sales equivalent. Because of this we estimate that the combined millionth sale was in around March 2017.

Levels was a song that was over a year in the making. The vocal was added in around March 2011 (sampled from an Etta James song) and the song was eventually released around the world in October 2011 and first charted in the UK in December.

Whilst the song was still charting, Flo Rida released ‘Good Feeling’ which was primarily based on Levels.

By July 2013 the single was being announced as a platinum selling single.

The song performed well on streaming services and by April 2018 the single had reached a million combined sales. This coincided with the producer’s sad death and the song charted at Number 36.

Alan Jones of Music Week wrote:

A third artist to reach the three-track limit is Swedish DJ Avicii, who died last Friday (April 20), aged 28. Consumption of Avicii recordings in the latest frame amounted to 11,097 albums, and 279,392 tracks. His hits Wake Me Up (No.1, 2013), Levels (No.4, 2011) and Hey Brother (No.2, 2013) re-enter at No.26 (15,708 sales), No.36 (11,992 sales) and No.43 (9,683 sales), respectively. He also has album chart re-entries with True (No.2, 2013) and Stories (No.9, 2015), at No.14 (4,690 sales) and No.17 (3,325 sales), respectively. Cumulative Avicii sales are: singles – 10,061,500, albums – 521,420. Please be aware that while weekly chart consumption figures are based on either the 150:1 or 300:1 conversion ratio for streams, OCC archive data, including current weeks is at the 100:1 conversion rate. With that caveat, Levels has sold 1,014,182 copies to date, while Hey Brother has sold 1,085,825 and Wake Me Up has sold 2,086,902 copies.

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Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for thirteen weeks weeks in January 2017

COMBINED SALES: 3.6 million (April 2018)

RELEASE DATE: January 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: March 2017

Shape of You was released in January 2017 as one of the two lead singles from his third album ÷ alongside Castle On The Hill. Shape of You proved to the most popular of the two, in terms of streaming and downloading, and the single took just eight weeks before selling its million copy and becoming a double platinum single.

Shape of You became a platinum seller on 3rd February 2017 on its fourth week on sale.

For the first five weeks whilst Shape of You was at Number 1, Castle on the Hill was at Number 2. Here are the other occasions where one artist has held the Number 1 and 2 positions at the same time.

Some dance remixes were released in February 2017 before Ed performed the song with grime artist Stormzy at The Brits 2017. The full recording of the Stormzy Remix was released and gave Shape of You its second best weekly sale to date.

Sheeran released his album on Friday 3rd March 2017 and on that day Shape of You was announced as a double platinum seller. Alan Jones of Music Week wrote:

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You registers an emphatic eighth straight week atop the singles chart, with the new Stromzy and Major Lazer mixes of the song – particularly the former – making a major contribution to its 144,385 sales (including 73,005 from streaming), its highest tally since it sold 226,808 copies on debut. That brings cumulative sales of Shape Of You (including 516,190 from streams) to more than a million – 1,004,732 to be precise, using the new 1;150 streaming conversion rate, though an interrogation of the Official Charts Company database returns a figure of 1,262,827, as it continues to use the historic 1:100 streaming conversion rate for everything but the chart itself. So Shape Of You is approaching half a million (paid-for) sales, has just topped the million mark and has surpassed 1.25m, depending on how you look at it.

 

On 4th March 2017 Shape of You was announced as Ed Sheeran’s third biggest seller of all time (although it will likely overtake The A Team to become his second soon). The OCC wrote:

It may have been in our lives for only a couple of months, but Shape Of You is already nudging its way into the history books and Ed’s all-time Top 3. Since its release in January, Shape of You has been downloaded over 488.500 times and has notched up 77.43 million streams.

This is the first time that a song has been announced as a million seller whilst still at Number 1 since Drake’s epic 15 week run at the top in 2016.

On 10-3-2017, Shape Of You scored its ninth week at Number 1 – the first time two consecutive singles have reigned at the top for nine weeks (the previous one was Rockabye by Clean Bandit). On this date, Ed Sheeran broke records which will probably never be broken again. He had the top six places in the chart, and nine out of ten places in the Top Ten. All sixteen tracks from his new album, ÷, entered the Top 20. Such domination of the chart has simply never happened before and probably never will again! Read more in James Masterton’s Chart Watch UK column.

On 4-4-2017, sales figures were confirmed as 1.8 million which included 604,000 downloads and 121 million streams.

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In July 2017 combined sales were confirmed as 2.6 million including 184 million plays and 717,000 downloads.

In September 2017 combined sales were reported as 2.87 million.

Combined sales at the end of 2017 were recorded as 3.2 million copies including 787,000 downloads.

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Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

PEAK POSITION: Number 6 in March 2016 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (January 2018)

YEAR OF RELEASE: February 2016

YEAR IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: February 2017 (estimated)

Hymn for the Weekend was released in February 2016 as Coldplay’s second single from their album A Head Full Of Dreams. It features Beyonce on vocals although she was uncredited. It was a relatively slow burner, peaking at Number 6 in its sixth week on sale. It stayed in the Top 10 for just four weeks, but spent 49 weeks on the chart altogether.

It sold its millionth copy in around February 2017.

In September 2017 sales were confirmed as 1.135 million including just 285,000 downloads, which is quite a low download sales figure for a million seller.

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