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Michelle Stephenson was the original fifth member of the Spice Girls, but she left in 1994 and was replaced by Emma Bunton.

Pharrell Williams wrote the song Like I Love You for Michael Jackson, but he turned it down and it was then given to Justin Timberlake.

Before she was famous Jennifer Lopez appeared in Janet Jackson’s video to That’s The Way Love Goes.

Beyonce’s 2006 hit Irreplaceable was originally written by Ne-Yo as a country song with the idea of giving it to Shania Twain or Faith Hill.

Spandau Ballet got their name after the BBC London DJ Robert Elms, who is a friend of Gary Kemp’s, saw the words Spandau Ballet written on the back of a toilet door in a club in Berlin.

The biggest selling single by a female duo is I Know Him So Well by Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige.

In the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas, the part of Little Elvis was played by Bruno Mars who was only seven at the time.

Another young appearance: long before she was a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy) appeared in a TV advert for British Gas she was only seven too.

And another youngster: In 1996, when she was just eight, Andrew Lloyd Webber cast Jessica Cornish in the children’s choir for his stage production of Whistle Down The Wind. She later became Jessie J.

Cliff Richard’s real name is Harry Webb, he chose Richard after his hero Little Richard.

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The World’s brainiest pop people

Here’s a list of pop/rock people with impressive qualifications.

Name Degree
Gloria Estefan BA in psychology
John Legend BA in English
Brian May BSc (Hons) in astrophysics
Tom Morello BA in social studies
Chris Martin Ancient world studies
Art Garfunkel BA in Art History
Carrie Underwood BA in Mass communications
Kenny G BA in accounting
Lionel Richie BA in Economics
Ludacris BA in Music Management
Paul Simon BA in English
Reba McIntyre BA in Bachelor’s in Elementary Education
Sheryl Crow BA in Music Composition
Weird Al Yankovic BA in Architecture
Lana Del Rey Degree in metaphysics
Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground) Ph.D. in medieval literature
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I Love You songs

Seeing that it’s Valentines week, I thought I’d see how many UK top 40 hits contain those three little words ‘I love you’. There are 55 and here’s the list:

Artist Title Year Position
Ruby Murray If Anyone Finds This, I Love You 1955 4
Elvis Presley I Want You I Need You I Love You 1956 25
Charlie Gracie I Love You So Much It Hurts 1957 14
Paul Anka I Love You, Baby 1957 3
Shirley Bassey As I Love You 1958 1
Cliff Richard I Love You 1960 1
Billy Fury When Will You Say I Love You 1963 3
Frank Ifield Confessin’ (That I Love You) 1963 1
The Ronettes Baby I Love You 1964 11
Jim Reeves I Love You Because 1964 5
Freddie and The Dreamers I Love You Baby 1964 16
The Ronettes Do I Love You 1964 35
The Applejacks Three Little Words (I Love You) 1964 23
The Merseybeats I Love You, Yes I Do 1965 22
Georgie Fame Because I Love You 1967 15
Aretha Franklin Baby I Love You 1967 39
The Doors Hello I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name 1968 15
Stevie Wonder Don’t Know Why I Love You 1969 14
Partridge Family I Think I Love You 1971 18
The Delfonics La-La Means I Love You 1971 19
The Congregation Softly Whispering I Love You 1971 4
Dave Edmunds Baby I Love You 1973 8
Miki Anthony If It Wasn’t For The Reason That I Love You 1973 27
Perry Como And I Love You So 1973 3
Gary Glitter I Love You Love Me Love 1973 1
Kenny Baby I Love You, Ok! 1975 12
Demis Roussos Can’t Say How Much I Love You 1976 35
Bay City Rollers Love Me Like I Love You 1976 4
Donna Summer I Love You 1977 10
The Ramones Baby I Love You 1980 8
Eddy Grant I Love You, Yes I Love You 1981 37
Stevie Wonder I Just Called To Say I Love You 1984 1
Shakin’ Stevens Because I Love You 1986 14
Jason Donovan Every Day (I Love You More) 1989 2
Paul Young Softly Whispering I Love You 1990 21
Stevie B Because I Love You (The Postman Song) 1991 6
Voice of The Beehive I Think I Love You 1991 25
M People How Can I Love You More? 1991 29
Thomas Dolby I Love You Goodbye 1992 36
Big Mountain Baby, I Love Your Way 1994 2
Swing Out Sister La La (Means I Love You) 1994 37
Annie Lennox No More I Love You’s 1995 2
Donna Lewis I Love You Always Forever 1996 5
Red 5 I Love You…Stop! 1997 11
Chef Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You) 1998 1
Boyzone Every Day I Love You 1999 3
Shania Twain Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) 2000 5
Kaci I Think I Love You 2002 10
Justin Timberlake Like I Love You 2002 2
Dogs Die in Hot Cars I Love You ‘Cause I Have To 2004 30
Mull Historical Society How ‘Bout I Love You More 2004 37
Thunder I Love You More Than Rock N Roll 2004 27
Kaiser Chiefs Everyday I Love You Less And Less 2005 10
Rihanna Feat Ne-Yo Hate That I Love You 2007 15
Ellie Goulding How Long Will I Love You 2013 3
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Voweless titles

I got asked a couple of weeks ago how many vowel-free titles have made the singles chart. The answer is not that many, but, excluding purely numeric titles, here is the full list.

Artist Title Year Position
Anthony Newley Why 1960 1
Frankie Avalon Why 1960 20
Gerry Monrie Cry 1970 38
Roger Whittaker Why 1971 47
Donny Osmond Why 1972 3
David Bowie D.J. 1979 29
Ultravox Hymn 1982 11
Fleetwood Mac Gypsy 1982 46
Carly Simon Why 1982 10
Concept Mr DJ 1985 27
Godley & Crème Cry 1985 19
Five Star RSVP 1985 45
Waterfront Cry 1989 17
Jason Donovan RSVP 1991 17
Bros Try 1991 27
Annie Lennox Why 1992 5
Pop Will Eat Itself RSVP 1993 27
Crash Test Dummies Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 1994 2
Moby Hymn 1994 31
Massive Attack Sly 1994 24
D Mob With Cathy Dennis Why 1994 23
Julian Cope Try Try Try 1995 24
Ultramarine feat David McAlmont Hymn 1996 65
3t Feat Michael Jackson Why 1996 2
Sundays Cry 1997 43
Sugar Ray feat Supercat Fly 1998 58
Glamma Kid Why 1999 10
System F Cry 2000 19
Sonique Sky 2000 2
Blackout Mr DJ 2001 19
Xzibit X 2001 14
Michael Jackson Cry 2001 25
Resonance feat The Burrels DJ 2001 67
Mis-Teeq Why 2001 8
Simple Minds Cry 2002 47
Faith Hill Cry 2002 25
Ian Van Dahl Try 2002 15
H & Claire DJ 2002 3
Agent Sumo Why 2002 40
Warrior X 2003 64
Mark Joesph Fly 2003 28
Kym Marsh Cry 2003 2
Matt Goss Fly 2004 31
Alex Parks Cry 2004 13
Nelly Furtado Try 2004 15
Dj Sammy Why 2005 7
Liberty X X 2006 47
Hilary Duff Fly 2006 20
Fall Out Boy Thnks Fr Th Mmrs 2007 12
Gabrielle Why 2007 42
Nicki Minaj feat Rihanna Fly 2011 16
P!nk Try 2012 8
Sigma Feat Take That Cry 2016 21
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Foreign language UK number ones

Not many songs featuring predominently if not all foreign language have topped the UK singles chart, but here is the list of the one that have:

Artist Title Language Year
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus French 1969
Manhattan Transfer Chanson D’Amour French 1977
Julio Iglesias Begin the Beguine Spanish 1981
Falco Rock Me Amadeus German 1986
Los Lobos La Bamba Spanish 1987
Enigma Sadness (Part I) French & Latin 1991
Las Ketchup The Ketchup Song (Aserejé) Spanish 2002
Yolanda Be Cool feat DCUP We No Speak Americano Neapolitan 2010
PSY Gangnam Style Korean 2012
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber Despacito (Re-Mix) Spanish 2017
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