Avicii – Levels

PEAK POSITION: Number 4 in December 2011 and January 2012 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.0 million (April 2018)

RELEASE DATE: December 2011

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: April 2018

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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Calvin Harris – Summer

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in May 2014 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.0 million (April 2018)

RELEASE DATE: May 2014

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: April 2018

Calvin Harris’ sixth Number 1 single had himself on vocals again.

Timed perfectly for the Summer, the song entered the chart at Number 1 and then stayed in the Top Ten for five weeks. It stayed in the Top 100 for 32 weeks. The song continued to stream well for a few years afterwards.

On April 20th 2018 Music Week reported:

Harris’ 2014 chart-topper Summer became his fourth million-seller last week in a list topped (naturally) by 2011 Rihanna collaboration, We Found Love, which has sold 1,780,814 copies. Cumulative UK consumption of Harris tracks, including sales-equivalent streams stand at 17,581,366.

 

 

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Rihanna featuring Drake – What’s My Name?

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in January 2011 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.0 million (April 2018)

RELEASE DATE: November 2010

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: April 2018

Rihanna teamed up with Drake in 2010. Back then he was a relative newcomer and tended to sing with more of a tune.

The single was released in November 2010 and reached Number 2 at the end of December and it stayed there for three weeks before spending a week at the top in January 2011.

The single spent ten weeks in the Top Ten.

In June 2017 sales were reported as 855,000.

On April 6th 2018 Music Week’s Alan Jones reported that the single would cross the million seller threshold the following week:

Despite suffering an extremely negative reaction after his 2009 conviction for domestic violence against Rihanna, [Chris] Brown has accumulated 52 UK hits, including at least one a year for each of the last 13 years, and has staggering UK single sales (including sales-equivalent streams) of 19,444,840. For the record, Rihanna’s tally is an even more spectacular 36,881,585, with 2010 Drake collaboration What’s My Name set to become her 13th million seller next week.

 

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Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for four weeks in October 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: September 2017

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

Unfortunately this mood hoover of a record is a million seller. Inexplicably it reached Number 1 in October 2017 after just three weeks on sale.

For some reason people liked it enough for it to stay there for four weeks.

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Sometimes you have to wonder what is wrong with people to make them listen to crap like this.

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Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – Crazy In Love

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for three weeks in July 2003 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.03 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: July 2003

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

Crazy In Love was Beyonce’s debut single after leaving girl band Destiny’s Child.

It soared to the top of the charts immediately and was there for three weeks. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten.

As of November 2013 sales were 510,000.

In August 2017 sales were reported as 910,000.

The single has continued to be a popular radio song and party song. Therefore it has performed well with streaming. By March 2013 the combined sales figure was 1.03 million.

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Jax Jones featuring RAYE – You Don’t Know Me

PEAK POSITION: Number 3 in February 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (May 2018)

RELEASE DATE: December 2016

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

You Don’t Know Me was released in December 2016. It was a slow burner but came to life in January 2017.

Jax Jones is a dance music producer.

The single peaked at Number 3 in the chart in February 2017. It enjoyed eight weeks in the Top Ten during its 33-week chart run. It left the Top 100 in August 2017.

By the end of the year the single was being announced as the tenth biggest selling single of the year with sales of just under 1 million.

In February 2018 combined sales were confirmed as 1.04 million.

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Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – Havana

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for five weeks in November to December 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (February 2018)

RELEASE DATE: August 2017

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

Camila Cabello was a member of the band 5th Harmony. Havana was her second solo single.

It entered the chart at Number 53 in August 2017. It gradually climbed the chart and entered the Top Ten on its sixth week on release. On its 13th week on sale it finally reached Number 1 where it stayed for five weeks altogether. It enjoyed 14 weeks in the Top Ten before falling out in the week before Christmas. It climbed back into the Top Ten for a week in January 2018.

We estimate that the single sold its combined millionth copy at sometime in January 2018.

As of March 2018 the single was still in the Top 30.

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Justin Timberlake – Mirrors

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for three weeks in March 2013 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1 million (January 2018)

RELEASE DATE:February 2013

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: January 2018

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.

In January 2018 the OCC announced that combined sales were just over 1 million.

 

 

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Dua Lipa – New Rules

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for two weeks in August 2017 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (February 2018)

RELEASE DATE: July 2017

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

Dua Lipa was a rising star in 2015 and 2016. It was 2017 when she crossed over into superstar status.

New Rules entered the chart at Number 75 and climbed steadily, reaching the top spot on its sixth week on sale. It stayed there for two weeks altogether. It spent eleven weeks in the Top 10 and by the end of February 2018 the song was still in the Top 40.

We estimate that the single ‘sold’ its combined millionth copy during December 2017.

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.

 

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Ed Sheeran – Perfect

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for six weeks in December 2017 to December 2018 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.8 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: March 2017

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: December 2017

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect entered the chart at Number in March 2017 as an album track when he released his third album, Divide. It spent 17 weeks on the chart on its initial chart run.

It dropped out of the chart in July 2017 after the Official Charts Company amended their chart compiling rules to stop artists having more than three singles charting at the same time. As he was promoting Shape Of You, Castle On The Hill and Galway Girl, Perfect was pushed out of the chart for a couple of months (although, had it been allowed to chart, it would have.)

In September 2017 the single was promoted to single proper and it re-entered at Number 77 where it gradually climbed. It was announced as a platinum seller as it commenced its second chart run.

Dance remixes were released in November 2017.

He announced that he had collaborated with a world class artist to ‘remix’ the track. The identity of the artist was eventually revealed to be Beyonce. By mid-December the single was at Number 1, Ed’s fourth.

The single made its combined millionth sale in mid-December 2017.

Music Week’s Alan Jones wrote:

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect may have moved to the chart summit anyway, but it became a nailed-on certainty once the duet version of the track, featuring Beyonce, was released. The Beyonce version drove consumption of the track to increase 174.90% week-on-week to 89,359 sales (including 45,460 from sales-equivalent streams) as it became Sheeran’s second No.1 from ÷ – following Shape Of You – and his fourth No.1 in total. With to-date sales of 1,048,313. it becomes Sheeran’s 10th million-selling single.

At this point he announced his determination that he wanted it to claim the Christmas Number 1 single.

He then dropped a second ‘remix’ with opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Perfect did, indeed, claim the Christmas Number 1. In fact the song stayed at Number 1 into January 2018.

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By April 2018 the single was still in the Top 30, over a year after its release.

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Beyonce – If I Were A Boy

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in November 2008 (Chart History)

COMBINED SALES: 1.1 million (March 2018)

RELEASE DATE: November 2008

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

If I Were A Boy is Beyonce’s second biggest selling single.

It entered into the chart at Number 2. It dropped to Number 3 a week later but then flew back up to the summit a week after. It spent ten weeks in the Top Ten.

By November 2013 sales were 746,000.

In March 2018 combined sales were recorded as 1.1 million.

 

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The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

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

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (February 2018)

RELEASE DATE: March 2017

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

Something Just Like This was debuted at the 2017 Brit Awards at the end of February 2017. The song entered the charts at Number 30 before rocketing up to Number 2 the next week.

The song is a collaboration between Coldplay and dance act The Chainsmokers and had incredible crossover appeal.

It stayed in the Top Ten for nine weeks.

After an incredible performance at the One Love Manchester concert at the start of June 2017 the song climbed back up to Number 16.

The single continued to stream well and by the end of November we estimate that the millionth combined sale was made.

Jax Jones is a dance music producer.

The single peaked at Number 3 in the chart in February 2017. It enjoyed eight weeks in the Top Ten during its 33-week chart run. It left the Top 100 in August 2017.

By the end of the year the single was being announced as the tenth biggest selling single of the year with sales of just under 1 million.

In February 2018 combined sales were confirmed as 1.04 million.

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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.

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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Ariana Grande – One Last Time

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

COMBINED SALES: 1.2 million (April 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.

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French Montana featuring Swae Lee – Unforgettable

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

COMBINED SALES: 1.4 million (December 2017)

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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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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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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