Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in April 2016

COMBINED SALES: 1 million (November 2016)

RELEASE DATE: March 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 16th November 2016

Work From Home, by American girl band, Fifth Harmony, was released in March 2016 and it debuted at Number 23 in its first week on sale. Within three weeks it had reached the Top Ten and in its fifth week on sale it peaked at Number 2. It spent 11 weeks in the Top Ten and six more in the Top 20. At the beginning of the year Work From Home had combined sales of 748,000. By November 2016 it was still in the Top 100.

On the 16th November 2016 news broke that it had reached combined sales of 1 million copies, which included 311,000 downloads and almost 70 million streams.

Sources:

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a814293/fifth-harmony-win-their-first-ever-million-selling-single-in-the-uk/

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Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in August 2016

COMBINED SALES: 1m (November 2016)

RELEASE DATE: April 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 11th November 2016 (estimate)

Calum Scott was a contestant in the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. He performed a well received version of the song which he released in April of the following year. The song debuted at Number 4 in April and slowly climbed as high as Number 2 in August. By the end of August the single was certified platinum with sales of 600,000.

In October a Tiesto remix of the song was released which added to its success. By the end of October the record was rapidly approaching a million in combined sales. Its millionth combined sale came around the 11th November, in its 30th week on sale. It has spent 15 weeks in the Top Ten and four more in the Top 20.

The vast majority of its sales come from streaming rather than downloads (which has been the norm of 2016).

Scott’s version of Dancing On My Own has, of course, been very successful, but it is frequently compared on Twitter to the original version by Robyn which was released in 2010 (Robyn’s version usually described as the best).

 

https://twitter.com/BBCR1/status/799646870511513604

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/dancing%20on%20my%20own/

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Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in May 2016

COMBINED SALES: 1.008m (November 2016)

RELEASE DATE: June 2011

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: 1st November 2016

Justin Timberlake has a long pop career, starting out as a member of American boy band NSYNC in the 1990s and early 2000s. After the group split, Timberlake released his very successful debut album, Justified and his profile rapidly raised. He scored his first Number 1 in 2006 with Sexyback. After an absence of a few years, he returned in 2013 and scored a massive hit single with Mirrors which, as of November 2013, has sold over 930,000 copies.

In 2016 Justin Timberlake became the voice artist of one of the main characters in the movie, Trolls. He released the incredibly catchy single, Can’t Stop The Feeling! in May of that year. The song debuted at Number 3 – no mean feat in an era where singles tend to build traction for streams. This proves the quality of the song.

It climbed to Number 2 where it stayed for four weeks. It stayed in the Top Ten for ten weeks straight and the song was still in the Top 40 in November 2016.

In September, the single had combined sales of 852470. At the beginning of November 2016 the single was announced as Timberlake’s first combined million selling single with a split of sales and streams of around half and half.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/can’t%20stop%20the%20feeling/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/justin-timberlakes-official-top-20-biggest-songs__15053/

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Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in September 2003

COMBINED SALES: 1.091 million (November 2016)

RELEASE DATE: August 2003

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: Estimated October 2016

Where Is The Love was the single that launched The Black Eyed Peas into the big time. The song features vocals from Justin Timberlake but they were uncredited on the single (the record company were concerned that the artist would become overexposed).

On its release it flew to the top of the charts and stayed there for six weeks. It stayed in the Top Ten for eleven weeks and enjoyed a 21 week chart run. It sold 625,000 copies on its original chart run. It was the biggest selling single of 2003.

The single then continued to sell well each week – frequently climbing back into the Top 100, including reaching Number 35 in 2013 after a 59p promotion at iTunes. It actually sold 35,000 copies in 2013.

By October 2013 the single had sold 927,000 copies. This amount, of course, was on CD singles and downloads – no streams were recorded back then.

Since streams have been added into the mix the single has reached a combined sale of over a million – in November 2016 Alan Jones of Music Week recorded a combined sales figure of 1,091,542.

A 2016 version of the single called #whereisthelove reached Number 47 in the charts and then disappeared. It was fair to say that it was rubbish.

Black Eyed Peas have another million selling single – I Gotta Feeling.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/where%20is%20the%20love/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/official-chart-flashback-2003-black-eyed-peas-where-is-the-love__4623/

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Sia featuring Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in April 2016

COMBINED SALES: 1.3.94m (November 2016)

RELEASE DATE: February 2016

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: August 2016 (estimate)

In February 2016 Sia released what was to become her third combined sales million seller (Titanium and Chandelier being the others).

Cheap Thrills features Sean Paul, but the Official Charts Company don’t credit him on the single’s release, so the single was credited only to Sia.

The song entered the chart at Number 41 in February and reached the Top Ten six weeks later. The song remained in the Top Ten for 16 weeks, with four of them at Number 2, its peak position.

In May the single had been announced as a combined sales platinum seller.

The single sold its millionth copy at some point in August and was then announced as a double platinum combined sales seller at the beginning of September 2016.

In October the single was the fourth biggest seller of the year with 1.281 million sales.

By November the single had combined sales of 1.394 million copies.

Cheap Thrills is far and away Sean Paul’s biggest seller.

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/cheap%20thrills/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/sean-pauls-official-top-20-biggest-selling-singles-revealed__17132/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-official-top-40-biggest-songs-of-2016-so-far-revealed__14476/

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By November 2016 the song doesn’t seem to have an official video – just audio and lyrics videos.

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Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (for 4 weeks) in November 1963

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

RELEASE DATE: October 1963

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

You’ll Never Walk Alone is best known as the anthem of Liverpool Football Club. In fact, it started out as a showtune – from the musical Carousel.

Liverpool fans loved it so much in the 1960s that they adopted it as their anthem. Celtic also adopted it.

It has been covered many times by many artists, but the most famous recording is now a million seller. Gerry and the Pacemakers had enjoyed two number 1s and became the first group ever to have three Number 1s with their first three hits when You’ll Never Walk Alone reached the top of the charts.

Altogether it had 22 weeks on the chart. In 2012 it was around 40,000 copies short of selling its millionth.

Another cover reached Number 1 in 1985. It was recorded by a collaboration , including Gerry Marsden, called The Crowd. It was used to raise funds for victims’ families of the 1985 Bradford City Football Club fire.

In 2012, when the verdict of the inquest into the awful Hillsborough disaster was announced, the song reached Number 1 on iTunes and re-entered the full chart at Number 12.

It was finally announced as a million seller in July 2012.

 

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/you’ll%20never%20walk%20alone/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/nicki-minajs-starships-becomes-latest-single-to-pass-a-million-sales-in-the-uk__15646/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/nicki-minajs-starships-becomes-latest-single-to-pass-a-million-sales-in-the-uk__15646/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/nicki-minajs-starships-becomes-latest-single-to-pass-a-million-sales-in-the-uk__15646/

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Nicki Minaj – Starships

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PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in March 2012

SALES: 1m (correct in July 2016)

RELEASE DATE: June 2011

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

Throughout her career, Nicki Minaj has been a collaborator with many different artists on many different songs. But, when Starships was released in February 2012, she had a massive solo success on her hands.

Starships is typical Minaj – completely bonkers, completely catchy and completely brilliant. It was a huge smash in Spring 2012, peaking at Number 2 in March (almost becoming the first solo female rapper to top the charts).

After entering the charts at Number 16 on its release, Starships climbed into the Top 10 a week later and spent 11 weeks in the Top 10 altogether. It remained in the charts until November 2012 when it finally left the Top 100. It returned for a few weeks in 2013. In June 2015 it was announced as one of the Top 40 biggest selling singles of the decade. Since then it has sold a few hundred copies a week (Music Week 20th May 2016).

Sources:

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

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/nicki-minajs-starships-becomes-latest-single-to-pass-a-million-sales-in-the-uk__15646/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/official-biggest-selling-singles-of-the-decade-so-far-revealed__9873/

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/official-biggest-selling-singles-of-the-decade-so-far-revealed__9873/

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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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Adele – Make You Feel My Love

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PEAK POSITION: Number 4 in October 2010

COMBINED SALES: 1. million (January 2016), including 918,700 downloads

RELEASE DATE: October 2008

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION COMBINED SALES: December 2015

Make You Feel My Love is a cover of Bob Dylan’s track. Adele released her cover in October 2008 when it peaked at Number 26. That was not the end of the story.

Two years later, a contestant performed the song on The X Factor and it re-entered the chart reaching Number 24. In October 2010 the song soared up to Number 4 in the charts. It hung around the chart for ages from that point on, spending a total of 59 weeks on the chart between 2010 and 2011. Every few years the song re-enters the Top 100.

Make You Feel My Love has become an enduring classic, and a wedding dance staple. It is frequently used in soundtracks and competitions.

In March 2014 the song was revealed to be the 38th biggest selling female performer‘s single ever.

In December 2015, Alan Jones of Music Week reported a combined sales figure of 1,032,226, meaning that, seven years after its release, it had sold its millionth copy. This happened around the same time as Hello sold its millionth copy.

Adele has four combined million selling singles, the others being Someone Like You, Rolling In The Deep, and Hello.

 

Sources:

http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/make%20you%20feel%20my%20love/

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

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Adele – Hello

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PEAK POSITION: Number 1 in October 2015

COMBINED SALES: 1.12 million (January 2016), including 918,700 downloads

RELEASE DATE: October 2015

WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: December 2015

Adele returned to the charts after a four year absence in October 2015 with the massive ‘Hello’. Excluding charity singles and Christmas singles, Hello had the biggest weekly sale of any single since Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me‘ in 2001.

Hello smashed the streaming record (later broken by Drake’s One Dance in 2016) with 7.32 million streams in its first week on sale. 259,000 downloads were also recorded in that first week, giving a combined first week sale of 333,000. This download figure is huge  and is likely to be one of the last large download sales figures as streaming is typically making up the bulk of the sales figures for singles.

The song spent three weeks at Number 1 and fourteen consecutive weeks in the Top Ten. It spent 45 straight weeks in the Top 100, only leaving in September of the following year.

Hello was the sixth biggest selling single of 2016 despite only being available for two months.

Hello was Adele’s second Number 1 (the first being Someone Like You) and was her third combined sales million seller after Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep.

According to the end of year sales, its millionth combined sale was in December.

Sources:

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_(Adele_song)

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Update 26-11-2016

A year after Adele’s album 25 was released, Hello, its lead single, was reported to have 918,700 downloads.

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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: 2.191 million combined sales (Music Week 11-11-2016)

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.

Update 11-11-2016

Alan Jones in Music Week confirmed the combined sales of Thinking Out Loud as 2,191,407 million.

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

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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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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: 2.509m combined sales (Music Week 11-11-2016)

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

Update: 12-10-2016

The single was confirmed as Bruno Mars’ biggest selling single ever with over 1.6 million sales and 88.4 million streams.

Update 11-11-2016

Alan Jones in Music Week confirmed the combined sales of Uptown Funk as 2,509,029 sales.

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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

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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…)

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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

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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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