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Did you know? – some trivia for you

The White Stripes’ Jack White used to own his own upholstery business.

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin took their name from a sketch in the Goons show.

The B side of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit Love Rollercoaster was by Engelbert Humperdinck and it was called Lesbian Seagull.

Colonel Tom Parker not only managed Elvis Presley, he also managed country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.

Helen Shapiro was the first British artist to top the Japanese chart, she did so in 1962 with You Don’t Know.

Andy Williams 1969 hit Happy Heart was written by the German band leader James Last.

Radio Luxembourg was on air from 1929 until December 1991, however the Luxembourg government closed it down between 1939 and 1946 because of the War.

Billy Bragg was once a messenger boy in a bank.

Simon Cowell’s first ever TV appearance was as a contestant on Sale of the Century.

13 different US states have an official Elvis Presley day, but only Alabama has an Elvis week.

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20 best-selling albums of the year so far

Last week the Official Charts Company released a list of the best-selling albums of the first quarter of 2017 – here’s the top 20.

Position Artist Title
20 The XX I See You
19 Vera Lynn 100
18 James Arthur Back From The Edge
17 Motion Picture Cast Recording Trolls
16 Bruno Mars 24k Magic
15 Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Together
14 Elbow Little Fictions
13 Ed Sheeran +
12 Weeknd Starboy
11 George Michael Ladies & Gentlemen – The Best Of
10 Adele 25
9 Motion Picture Cast Recording La La Land
8 Drake More Life
7 Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley Classic House
6 Take That Wonderland
5 Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer
4 Little Mix Glory Days
3 Ed Sheeran X
2 Rag’n’bone Man Human
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Most weeks on singles chart in the 21st century

Since 1st January 2010, 30 singles have spent a year or more in total on the singles chart. Up until this point only 14 songs had managed that feat, so it goes to show how streaming and downloading has skewed the charts. Here’s the list:

Artist Title Chart entry date Peak position Total weeks on chart
Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 27/08/2011 2 52
Gotye feat Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know 21/01/2012 1 53
Shawn Mendes Stitches 24/10/2015 1 53
Passenger Let Her Go 27/04/2013 2 54
Sia Cheap Thrills 27/02/2016 2 54
Jessie J feat B.O.B. Price Tag 12/02/2011 1 55
Justin Bieber Sorry 07/11/2015 1 55
Adele Rolling In The Deep 29/01/2011 2 56
James Bay Hold Back The River 06/12/2014 2 56
Tinie Tempah Pass Out 13/03/2010 1 57
Avicii feat Aloe Blacc Wake Me Up 27/07/2013 1 57
Sam Smith Stay With Me 31/05/2014 1 58
LMFAO feat Goonrock & Lauren Bennett Party Rock Anthem 02/04/2011 1 59
Major Lazer X DJ Snake feat MO Lean On 04/04/2015 2 59
Vance Joy Riptide 18/01/2014 10 60
Imagine Dragons Radioactive 08/12/2012 12 60
David Guetta feat Sia Titanium 20/08/2011 1 61
Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars Uptown Funk 20/12/2014 1 61
George Ezra Budapest 16/11/2013 3 61
Idina Menzel Let It Go 21/12/2013 11 63
Onerepublic Counting Stars 17/08/2013 1 64
Ed Sheeran Photograph 05/07/2014 15 65
Adele Someone Like You 05/02/2011 1 66
Hozier Take Me To Church 13/09/2014 2 66
Bastille Pompeii 09/03/2013 2 73
Pharrell Williams Happy 07/12/2013 1 74
Sia Chandelier 12/07/2014 6 74
John Legend All Of Me 15/02/2014 2 75
Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne Rather Be 01/02/2014 1 78
Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud 05/07/2014 1 87
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Music trivia

It’s been a while since I put some interesting musical facts up, so here’s 10 for you to digest.

The first video shown on MTV to feature black musicians was Rat Race by the Specials.

Frederick Chopin had a specially designed piano with smaller keys because his hands were so small.

Paul Weller plays guitar on Oasis’ song Champagne Supernova.

John Lennon wrote Good morning, Good Morning, from Sgt Pepper, after hearing a Corn Flakes commercial.

Shane Ritchie and Coleen Nolan’s son Jake was a member of the group Rixton.

Yul Brynner was initially considered for the role of Captain Von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music before Christopher Plummer got the job.

George Harrison wrote the song All Those Years Ago for Ringo, but it was too high for Ringo’s voice. George then recorded it and dedicated to John Lennon.

S Club 7’s Tina Barrett was one of the original members of Mis-Teeq when they were still called Face2Face.

The youngest student ever admitted to the Juilliard School of Music in New York City was Marvin Hamlisch who was seven. He later composed music for the films The Sting and The Way We Were.

Two pop celebrities have been told they were not welcome at the Dorchester hotel in London as the staff and management were fed up with their various antics, they were Michael Jackson and Nicki Minaj.

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Most weeks on chart for a number two hit

Here’s a list I did about two years ago, but now updated. There have now been 21 songs that have spent 45 or more weeks (in total) on the singles chart that reached number two. Curiously the majority are in the 21st century – the download era, but pre-streaming.

Artist Title Original chart entry date Weeks
Calum Scott Dancing On My Own 2016 45
Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop The Feeling 2016 45
Eminem Feat Rihanna Love The Way You Lie 2010 48
Nickelback Rockstar 2007 50
Maroon 5 Feat Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2011 52
Kanye West Feat Jamie Foxx Gold Digger 2005 52
Passenger Let Her Go 2013 54
Sia Cheap Thrills 2016 54
Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore 1961 55
Flo Rida Feat T-Pain Low 2008 55
Adele Rolling In The Deep 2011 56
James Bay Hold Back The River 2014 56
Major Lazer X DJ Snake Feat Mo Lean On 2015 59
Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You 1994 62
Hozier Take Me To Church 2014 66
Wham! Last Christmas / Everything She Wants 1984 70
Bastille Pompeii 2013 73
John Legend All Of Me 2014 75
Take That Rule The World 2007 75
Pogues Feat Kirsty Maccoll Fairytale Of New York 1987 77
Kings of Leon Use Somebody 2008 78
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