Christina Perri – Jar Of Hearts

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PEAK POSITION: Number 4 in August 2011

SALES: 1m (correct on 14th February 2016)

RELEASE DATE: June 2011

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 14th February 2016

Christina Perri began first began performing her debut hit back in June 2010 in America. It enjoyed lots of success on that side of the Atlantic and was eventually released in June 2011 in the UK.

The song entered the chart at Number 90 and fell one place on its second week. But then sales began to pick up and it entered the Top 40 in mid-August 2011. It then climbed into the Top 10 where it stayed for eight weeks. It dipped out of the Top Ten for a few weeks before soaring back to Number 4 again on October (after being performed on The X Factor). It stayed in the Top 40 until March 2012.

Altogether the song spent 48 weeks in the Top 100 and then re-entered the Top 100 three times later than year and again in 2013.

The song has been steadily selling copies and was celebrated as one of the biggest selling songs of the decade in June 2010 when it had sold at least 960,000 copies.

The song has been a radio favourite ever since and sales finally tipped over the one million mark on Valentine’s Day 2016.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/christina-perris-breakup-anthem-jar-of-hearts-becomes-the-uks-latest-million-selling-single-on-valentines-day__13802/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/jar%20of%20hearts/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar_of_Hearts

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Unfortunately the song has a claim to fame as one of the best misheard lyrics ever.

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No Doubt – Don’t Speak

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in February and March 1997

SALES: 1m (correct in November 2015)

RELEASE DATE: February 1997

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 14th November 2015

No Doubt were a band who had been building success in America. Their hit song Don’t Speak announced them to the nation in 1996. It was in the following year that the song was released in the UK after heavy rotation on the radio and music TV channels. It immediately flew to the top of the charts and stayed there for three weeks. It stayed in the Top Five for eight weeks and spent 18 weeks in the Top 100 altogether in 1997.

It re-entered the chart twice in 2012 but it was in November 2015 when the song finally sold its millionth copy – 18 years after its release.

No Doubt, and their singer, Gwen Stefani, both went on to enjoy further success in the UK but never came close to enjoying success on this sort of scale again. But Don’t Speak has remained incredibly popular.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/eminem-and-no-doubt-score-uks-latest-million-selling-singles__11655/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/don’t%20speak/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Speak

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Eminem – Lose Yourself

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in December 2002

SALES: 1m (correct in November 2015)

RELEASE DATE: December 2002

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 14th November 2015

Eminem was one of the world’s biggest rap stars at the beginning of the 2000s. Almost inevitably he became the star of a film about a young man’s rise in the world of rap. Based loosely on his own life, 8 Mile was a smash hit.

The song Lose Yourself formed part of a key scene in the film. It won an Oscar. It is a rousing anthem and its lyrics send a powerful message:

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment,

You better never let it go.

You only get one chance,

Don’t miss your chance to blow –

This opportunity comes just once in a lifetime.”

Its appeal was instant and it flew straight in at Number 1 for one week. But it stayed in the Top 10 for 13 straight weeks. It lingered in the chart for 31 weeks but has re-entered the Top 100 on a number of occasions: once in 2004 and regularly since 2009.

One of the biggest dance smash hits was released in October 2012 by Swedish dance music super group Swedish House Mafia. Don’t You Worry Child was their final release (as a group – all members have had solo hits since).

This is Eminem’s second million seller after Love The Way You Lie sold a million in 2011.

Back in 2014 a brilliant spaghetti version of the video was an internet hit.

Lose Yourself finally sold its millionth copy in November 2015.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/eminem-and-no-doubt-score-uks-latest-million-selling-singles__11655/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/lose%20yourself/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lose_Yourself

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Update: 22-4-2016

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Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for 2 weeks, one in November 2012 and one in December 2012

SALES: 1m (correct in October 2015)

RELEASE DATE: July 2014

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 25th April 2015

Put simply, Thinking Out Loud is a classic. It has broken many records during its spectacular chart run and it is destined to be one of the great songs of the 21st century.

Ed Sheeran released his album X in July 2014. On its release, every one of the tracks on it made its way into the Top 100 of the singles chart. One of those tracks was a beautiful ballad called Thinking Out Loud. It entered the chart at Number 26.

This was the start of its long climb to the summit. On its 19th week in the chart it finally reached Number 1! This is the longest climb to Number 1 ever, beating the rises of Jennifer Rush’s The Power Of Love and Celine Dion’s Think Twice which both took thirteen weeks.

Thinking Out Loud stayed at the top for one week before falling to Number 2 for two weeks and Number 4 for two weeks. Then the song was performed by a contestant on The X Factor and it then climbed back to Number 1! No song has ever been Number 1 24 weeks into its chart career!

The song was released in a new era of the charts as streams were introduced into the way the charts are calculated during its chart run. It set records for the most number of streams, which have since been broken. So it finally sold its one millionth download in April 2015.

In June 2015, in its 51st consecutive week on the chart it broke Happy‘s record for the longest ever continuous Top 40 run. The following week, the week ending June 30th 2015 the song became the first single to ever spend a full calendar year in the Top 40.

A year after it first reached Number 1 the song is still in the Top 75 biggest selling singles.

A truly incredible chart performance of a truly incredible song.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/ed-sheeran-s-thinking-out-loud-passes-one-million-sales__9032/

http://top40.about.com/od/Reading-the-Charts/fl/UK-Pop-Charts-for-the-Week-Ending-June-20-2015.htm

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/ed-sheeran-s-thinking-out-loud-becomes-first-single-ever-to-spend-one-year-inside-the-top-40__9885/

http://chartwatchuk.blogspot.com/2015/06/thinking-out-loud-marks-one-year-in-top.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_Out_Loud

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/thinking%20out%20loud/

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UPDATE 24-3-2016

Thinking Out Loud was announced as the second biggest selling British hit of the millennium. It has combined sales of over 2,003,000.

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Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child

don't you worry child

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in October 2012

SALES: 1m (correct in October 2015)

RELEASE DATE: October 2012

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 25th April 2015

One of the biggest dance smash hits was released in October 2012 by Swedish dance music super group Swedish House Mafia. Don’t You Worry Child was their final release (as a group – all members have had solo hits since). It flew straight to the top of the chart on its release, staying there for just one week. It stayed in the Top Ten for six weeks. It then hung around for the next year, spending 60 weeks in the Top 100. It continues to make trickle sales, most noticeably in 2014 when it re-entered the Top 100 three times.

By the end of 2012 it had sold 632,000 copies and was the 13th biggest seller of the year.

One of dance music’s most enduring hits, the song combines meaningful lyrics (sung brilliantly by co-writer John Martin) with powerful beats and a brilliantly catchy tune. It is regularly played at nightclubs up and down the country. It is also a popular song for acoustic cover artists.

It finally crossed the one million sales mark in April 2015.

 

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/ed-sheeran-s-thinking-out-loud-passes-one-million-sales__9032/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/don’t%20you%20worry%20child/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_You_Worry_Child

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Update 8-7-2016

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Enrique Iglesias – Hero

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in September 2013

SALES: 1.006m (correct in October 2015)

RELEASE DATE: January 2001

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 25th April 2015

Just over 14 years after it was released, the 17th biggest selling song of the 2000s finally became a million seller: Hero.

Enrique Iglesias had had a couple of chart hits but it was Hero which announced him as a major star. On release in January 2001 the song flew to Number 1 and it was there for four weeks. It stayed inside the Top Ten for eight weeks and three more in the Top Twenty. It

The song has made smaller chart runs in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013 but sales finally trickled over the one million mark in April 2015.

 

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/ed-sheeran-s-thinking-out-loud-passes-one-million-sales__9032/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/hero/

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Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for 7 weeks, one in December 2014 and six in January 2015

SALES: 1.47m combined sales (downloads and streams) (correct in October 2015)

RELEASE DATE: December 2014

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 15th February 2015

Usually X Factor contestants are given current or past songs to perform on the show. In December 2014 Simon Cowell gave contestant Fleur East a song which wasn’t due to be released until the January of the following year – it was called Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. She gave an incredible performance – so much so that her recording climbed to Number 1 of the iTunes chart. Although X Factor songs are not eligible to chart, the record company acted fast to prevent Fleur’s recording taking away sales. The official version was rush released (five weeks early!!) and it flew straight to Number 1 in the official chart on its release (the week before Christmas) with sales of 118,000. In its first six weeks on sale the single sold in excess of 100,000 copies every week. It broke streaming records and was the first single to be streamed over 2 million times in a week.

The song fell to Number 2 during the Christmas chart (inevitably X Factor winner Ben Haenow would be Christmas number 1) but then Uptown Funk went back to Number 1 and it stayed there for six weeks – well into February.

It spent 18 weeks in the Top Ten and was still in the Top Three when it was announced as a million seller. Almost a year after its release the song was still in the Top 75, with 39 of those weeks spent in the Top 40.

In May 2015 the list of writers of the song was updated to include writers of the song ‘Oops Upside Your Head’.

In May 2015 it was only the third record in the 21st century to be certified as three times platinum.

A year after it first reached Number 1 the song is still in the Top 75 biggest selling singles.

The song is continually parodied on YouTube:

The song was an instant classic and you’ll be hearing it for many more years to come.

This is Mark Ronson’s first million seller. But it is Bruno Mars’ second after Just The Way You Are (Amazing).

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/mark-ronson-s-uptown-funk-passes-one-million-uk-sales-it-s-insane-__8079/

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a645118/uptown-funk-now-has-11-co-writers-thanks-to-oops-upside-your-head.html#~psBHW6BOois5yY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uptown_Funk

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/uptown%20funk/

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UPDATE 24-3-2016

Uptown Funk was announced as the biggest selling British hit of the millennium. It has combined sales of over 2,350,000.

Update 10-6-2016

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Katy Perry – Roar

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in September 2013

SALES: 1.02m (correct in October 2015)

RELEASE DATE: September 2013

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 31st January 2015

Katy Perry released her inspiring pop song Roar in September 2013. It had huge first week sales of 179,500 as it flew to Number 1. It stayed there for one more week followed by eight more in the Top Ten. It spent 49 weeks consecutively in the Top 100 before exiting in August 2014. Roar was the sixth biggest selling single of 2013.

Sales continued to trickle after leaving the Top 100 and it finally crossed the one million sales threshold in January 2015.

Roar was Perry’s fourth UK Number 1 and her second million seller, the other one being Firework.

 

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/katy-perry-s-roar-hits-one-million-uk-sales__7955/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/roar/

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John Legend – All Of Me

all of me

PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in April 2014

SALES: 1.8m combined sales (correct in March 2016)

RELEASE DATE: February 2014

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 15th January 2015

John Legend’s smash hit ballad was a huge seller – but it never reached Number 1! Instead it spent 18 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, peaking at Number 2 in April 2014. It returned to Number 4 after an X Factor performance in November 2014.

Written as a love song for his wife the song has become a popular ‘first dance’ wedding song due to the simple piano-played tune and full of love lyrics.

A Tiesto dance remix was also popular during the year.

The song became a million seller at the start of 2015.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/john-legend-s-all-of-me-passes-one-million-sales-in-the-uk-what-an-amazing-year-__7788/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/all%20of%20me/

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Updated 29-3-2016

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Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)

Mambo no. 5

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in September 1999 (2 weeks)

SALES: 1m (correct in October 2015)

RELEASE DATE: August 1999

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 20th December 2014

Lou Bega’s version of Mambo No. 5 was a huge hit on the continent during the summer of 1999. People were returning from their holidays desperate to buy a copy. So HMV and Virgin Megastores started to import copies of the single. Slowly but surely demand became huge!

It entered the chart at Number 74 and rose to Number 31 on imported copies alone on the week before its full release. The full release had a different catalogue number and so it is counted as a separate release. It then flew to the top of the chart for two weeks, spending a further four weeks in the Top Five before slowly making its way out of the chart in January 2000. It sold 400,000 in its first two weeks on sale and it sold 850,000 copies by the end of the year. By September 2014 the song had sold at least 950,000 copies.

The song heavily sampled the original version of the track, by legendary Perez ‘Prez’ Prado, the “King of Mambo”.

A version of the song recorded by children’s TV character Bob The Builder went to Number 1 in September 2001.

The song continues to be popular at weddings and parties and stays in the public eye through memes like this one!

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Finally, at the end of 2014, the song became a million seller!

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/strictly-million-sellers-only-lou-bega-finally-mamboes-his-way-to-a-million-sales-in-the-uk-__7710/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/mambo/

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http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/strictly-million-sellers-only-lou-bega-finally-mamboes-his-way-to-a-million-sales-in-the-uk-3368/

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Kylie & Jason – Especially For You

especially for you

PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in January 1989 (3 weeks)

SALES: 1m (correct in June 2015)

RELEASE DATE: December 1988

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 12th December 2014

At the end of the 1980s Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, Neighbours TV show veterans, were the biggest pop stars in the country. Carefully managed by successful writers and managers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, the two had managed several hits between them. The announcement of a duet between the two was simply huge news! It also set the trend for several more Number 1s for them both as solo stars.

It entered the chart at Number 2 in December 1988 where it stayed for four weeks. In the new year it climbed to Number 1 where it stayed for three weeks. It spent nine weeks in the Top 10 and 14 in the Top 100.

At the end of 2003 the song was mentioned in the Official Charts Company’s book ‘The 100 Top Selling Songs’ as being close to selling a million copies. In March 2014 the song had sales figures of 997,000 copies. It has therefore been extremely close for a long time.

Finally, in December 2014 the song became a million seller.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/especially%20for%20you/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/kylie-and-jasons-especially-for-you-hits-one-million-uk-sales-kylie-im-thrilled-__7679/

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OneRepublic – Counting Stars

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in October 2013 for two non-consecutive weeks (2 weeks)

SALES: 1m (correct in June 2015)

RELEASE DATE: August 2013

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 11th October 2014

Counting Stars was released to little fanfare in August 2013, first charting at Number 43. It then climbed each week until it was in the Top Five by the end of September 2013. It first reached Number 1 on the 12th October. It fell to Number 3 a week later (due to new entries from Miley Cyrus and Eminem) before returning for one more week the week after that! It spent nine consecutive weeks in the Top Ten before falling into the Top Twenty. It managed two more weeks at Number 10 in January 2014. All in all, it has spent 64 weeks in the Top 75, including a few in 2015!

The song was everywhere for the later half of 2013 and has proved to be their most enduring hit. They have four other top 10 hits and none of them has ever come close to the huge sales figures of Counting Stars.

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It was announced as being double platinum (including streams) in December 2014.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/counting%20stars/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/onerepublics-counting-stars-passes-one-million-sales-ryan-tedder-reveals-the-story-behind-the-song-3194/

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Take That – Rule The World

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2

SALES: 1m (August 2014)

DATE OF RELEASE: 21st October 2007

DATE IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: August/ September 2014 (announced on 22-9-2014)

The story of Take That is one that is well known throughout the world. They were a huge boy band in the Nineties and took the world by storm. After Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 they split up the following year. An ITV documentary saw the group meet back together (without Williams at the time) and this encouraged them to reform. In 2006 they recorded new material, began massive tours and their success almost shadowed their achievements from 10 years earlier.

After having one million seller which was released in the 90s (Back For Good) it was in 2007 that their next one was released. Rule The World was recorded especially for the soundtrack of the film ‘Stardust’.

The song entered the chart at Number 46. Labels at the time were experimenting with on air on sale release patterns in order to allow records to grow. Rule The World is one of the success stories of this type of release as the song grew in popularity and climbed as high as Number 2. The song became the 5th biggest selling single of 2007 and it continued to chart well into 2008. It charted at Number 34 in September 2008 after a performance by a choir on BBC1’s ‘Last Man Standing’. It climbed to Number 27 after a performance on ‘The X Factor’. It was the 44th biggest selling single of that year. It finally left the Top 100 in April 2009! It then re-entered the chart in November 2009 and November 2010 due to ‘X Factor’ performances. It was the final song in each date of the band’s ‘The Circus Tour’ in 2009. The band performed the song in the Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012. It was the 30th biggest selling single of the Noughties.

The song has been at around 990,000 copies since November 2012 and it was inevitable that the song would cross the one million sales barrier before long. It did so in summer 2014.

Rule The World is the ninth song to cross over the million threshold in 2014. It is only the second (so far) single from 2007 to become a million seller.

Source:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/now-thats-what-i-call-a-million-tracklisting-revealed-3142/

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UB40 – Red Red Wine

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in September 1983 (3 weeks)

SALES: 1m (correct in June 2015)

RELEASE DATE: August 1983

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 22nd September 2014

Red Red Wine must have the record as the million seller with the lowest number of weeks on the chart. It has just 15 weeks on the chart to its name.

The song is actually a cover of a Neil Diamond song. UB4o reworked it in their famed reggae style.

It entered the chart at Number 36. Within three weeks it was at Number 1, enjoying the first of its three weeks at the summit. It stayed in the top three for three more weeks before beginning its journey out of the chart.

Since 1983 it has re-entered the chart for just one further week in 2013. It has, however, remained an eternal karaoke standard.

In May 2012 the Official Charts Company declared it was just 40,000 copies away from selling a million in its book ‘Million Sellers’.

Trickle sales continued and, as part of the announcement of the Now That’s What I Call A Million Seller album in September 2014, Red Red Wine was declared a million seller.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/now-that-s-what-i-call-a-million-tracklisting-revealed-__5893/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/red%20red%20wine/

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Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

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PEAK POSITION: Number 6 (January 2010)

SALES: 1m (correct in June 2015)

RELEASE DATE: December 1981

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 22nd September 2014

Don’t Stop Believin’ is a curious million seller. It has only ever spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and 11 in the Top 20. It has, however, sold a thousand copies every year as a cult hit, particularly in the digital era, and it is those sales that helped it gain the million seller status.

A cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ was a smash hit for the new TV show Glee at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010. As well as downloading the new pop cover, people also snapped up the original. It was performed by X Factor winner Joe McElderry during the series at the end of the year which raised its profile further still. It ended 2009 as the 65th best selling single of the year, and the 25th of 2010, selling well over 400,000 copies that year alone. Very odd for a single almost 20 years old!

By the end of 2012 it is estimated that around 880,000 copies had been sold. Trickle sales continued and, as part of the announcement of the Now That’s What I Call A Million Seller album, Don’t Stop Believin’ was declared a million seller.

 

Sources:

 

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/now-that-s-what-i-call-a-million-tracklisting-revealed-__5893/

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/don’t%20stop%20believin’/

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Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (4 weeks)

SALES: 1.2m (July 2014)

DATE OF RELEASE: 17th January 2014

DATE IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: 24th July 2014

Rather Be is the 149th million seller to be announced by the Official Charts Company. This one is interesting as it is the first million seller to be announced that combines sales with streams after the announcement that streaming would be counted towards the charts.

Rather Be was released in January 2014 with huge sales during a typically slow sales period. It sold 163,000 copies in its first week on sale. It spent four consecutive weeks at Number 1, selling over half a million copies during this time. It remained in the Top 40 for months afterwards and was still there by the time it was announced as a million seller in July 2014.

Sales alone were around the 980,000 mark at the end of the first half of the year. At this point, there was an announcement that streaming would add count as ‘sales’ on the chart. In fact, when streaming was added in, over 1.2 million copies had been ‘sold’. It didn’t take long before Rather Be was announced as selling a million downloads. Note that streaming ‘sales’ do not count towards becoming a million seller – only physical sales and download sales.

Clean Bandit are a classical music/dance music crossover band and vocalist Jess Glynne is a new singer from London. Glynne returned to Number 1 a couple of weeks after Rather Be was dethroned as the voice on the dance single ‘My Love’ by Route 94.

Rather Be is the seventh song to cross over the million threshold in 2014, but it is the first song released in 2014 to be announced as a million seller.

Update 24th May 2015:

Update 31st May 2015:

Update 21st August 2015:

Source:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/clean-bandits-rather-be-hits-1-million-uk-sales-3288/

UPDATE 24-3-2016

Rather Be was announced as the third biggest selling British hit of the millennium. It has combined sales of over 1,920,000.

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Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith – La La La

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (1 weeks)

SALES: 1 million (10th June 2014)

DATE OF RELEASE: 19th May 2014

DATE IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: 10th June 2014

Producer Naughty Boy collaborated with rising star Sam Smith to produce one of 2013’s summer anthems.

In the middle of the Number 1 chart runs of two other million sellers ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Blurred Lines’, La La La was released with sales of 143,000 in its first week on sale. It sold in massive quantities throughout the summer where it remained in the Top Ten for months. Impressively, by the end of the year it had sold over 900,000 copies.

The continued success of singer Sam Smith in 2014 kept the single in people’s minds and it continued to sell in steady quantities.

It sold its millionth copy in June 2014 at the same time as Sam Smith was at Number 1 with his debut album In The Lonely Hour, a couple of weeks after his second solo Number 1, Stay With Me, was also at the top of the charts.

This is the sixth song to be announced as a million seller in 2014 and it is the 148th million-selling single overall. It is the sixth song released in 2013 that has become a million seller (the others being ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Blurred Lines’, ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘Let Her Go’ and ‘Happy’).

Source:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/naughty-boy-and-sam-smith-reach-1-million-sales-with-la-la-la-3074/

Update: 13-11-2015

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Katy Perry – Firework

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PEAK POSITION: Number 3

SALES: 1 million (11th June 2014)

DATE OF RELEASE: 2nd November 2010

DATE IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: May 2014

As of June 2014, Katy Perry has had four UK Number 1s. However, her first million seller peaked at Number 3.

Perry first graced the charts in 2008 with her Number 1 smash ‘I Kissed A Girl’. Her songs charted well over the next couple of years but the 2010 release of album ‘Teenage Dream’ raised her profile further still.

Firework was performed on TV Show ‘The X Factor’ in November and it performed well until Christmas. By the end of the year it was the 19th biggest seller. However, it continued to sell well in 2011 and it finished that year as the 65th biggest seller. Since then, the song is frequently used as the soundtrack to ‘TV moments’ and it has been performed in the show ‘Glee’.

By the end of 2013 it had sold well over 900,000 copies. Its millionth copy was sold at the end of May and it was announced as a million seller on June 10th 2014 after three and a half years on sale.

As of February 2014, Katy Perry’s 2013 smash hit single, Roar, has sold over 890,000 copies and the inspiring nature of the lyrics seem destined to make the track her next million seller at some point in the future.

This is the fifth song to be announced as a million seller in 2014 and it is the 146th million-selling single overall.

Source:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/naughty-boy-and-sam-smith-reach-1-million-sales-with-la-la-la-3074/

http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/summer-sells-100k-to-earn-calvin-harris-his-sixth-no-1-single/058351

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Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer – Give Me Everything

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (3 weeks)

SALES: 1 million (10th June 2014)

DATE OF RELEASE: April 17th 2011

DATE IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: 10th June 2014

American rapper Pitbull’s fifth UK single as a lead artist proved to be a massive success. On its first week of release it entered the chart at Number 35. It climbed ten places the following week. Three weeks later it reached the top of the charts where it stayed there for three weeks. It was Pitbull’s first UK Number 1.

The song also features singers Ne-Yo and Nayer and dance music artisit Afrojack.

The song remained in the Top Ten for months and had a surprisingly long for a dance rap track. It was ever present during the Summer and was still charting in September. The song has continued to sell in good quantities since and it finally sold its millionth copy at some point during May/June 2014 before being announced on 10th June 2014, three years after its release.

The single came a couple of months after Pitbull’s featured contribution to Jennifer Lopez’s hit ‘On The Floor’ which also went to Number 1 and sold in vast quantities (over 820,000 as of June 2014). The success of this song contributed to the rapper’s popularity. He has since had several Top Ten hits as both lead and featured artist.

This is the fourth song to be announced as a million seller in 2014 and it is the 147th million-selling single overall.

Source:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/naughty-boy-and-sam-smith-reach-1-million-sales-with-la-la-la-3074/

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Rihanna – Diamonds

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1

SALES: 1.07m (correct 30-4-2016)

DATE OF RELEASE: 28th September 2012

DATE IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: 8th March 2014

Diamonds was the lead single from Rihanna’s seventh album ‘Apologetic’. It was her 7th UK Number 1.

On release it flew to Number 1. It stayed in the Top Ten for eight weeks before Rihanna performed it on the TV show X Factor. It then climbed up from Number 10 to Number 3, gaining a new lease of life.

This is Rihanna’s fourth million-selling song. Her three others are Love The Way You Lie (with Eminem) in 2010, Only Girl (In The World) in 2010 and We Found Love featuring Calvin Harris in 2011. With four million sellers she is second only to The Beatles who have six. She is the female artist with the most million sellers.

Her longest running Number 1 single is Umbrella featuring Jay-Z which stayed at Number 1 for 10 weeks in 2007. It has sold around 800,000 copies. Another song from 2010, What’s My Name? featuring Drake has also sold around 800,000 copies.

This is the third song to be announced as a million seller in 2014 and it is the 145th million-selling single overall.

Source:

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/adele-and-rihanna-score-million-selling-singles-2801/

Update: 19-2-2016

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