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Solo females with UK number one albums

The UK album chart began back in 1956 and it took 21 years until the first solo female had a chart-topping album by which time there had already been 189 number one albums prior to that. Over the following 11 years there were only 15 more occurances although there have been more in recent times, but then again there sales/download figures are so much lower than they used to be to make number one.

Here’s the list of the first 15.

Artist Title Year
Connie Francis 20 All Time Greats 1977
Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 1979
Kate Bush Never For Ever 1980
Barbra Streisand Guilty 1980
Barbra Streisand Love Songs 1982
Bonnie Tyler Faster Than The Speed Of Night 1983
Alison Moyet Alf 1984
Madonna Like A Virgin 1984
Kate Bush Hounds Of Love 1985
Sade Promise 1985
Madonna True Blue 1986
Kate Bush The Whole Story 1986
Whitney Houston Whitney 1987
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988
Kylie Minogue Kylie 1988
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Most weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100

In the UK, the singles chart began in november 1952 and since that time, only eight songs have spent 10 or more weeks at the top. In the US, they’ve had 37 since 1955 with a new record being broken this year. Here’s the list.

Artist Title Year Week at No.1
Debby Boone You Light Up My Life 1977 10
Olivia Newton-John Physical 1981 10
Santana featuring The Prduct G.B. Maria Maria 2000 10
Ashanti Foolish 2002 10
Beyonce feat Sean Paul Baby Boy 2003 10
Outkast Hey Ya! 2003 10
Mariah Carey We Belong Together 2005 10
KanYe West feat Jamie Foxx Gold Digger 2005 10
Beyonce Irreplaceable 2006 10
Flo Rida feat T-Pain Low 2008 10
Pharrell Williams Happy 2014 10
Adele Hello 2015 10
Drake In My Feelings 2018 10
Elvis Presley Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog 1956 11
All-4-One I Swear 1994 11
Toni Braxton Unbreak My Heart 1996 11
Puff Daddy And Faith Evans Feat 112 I’ll Be Missing You 1997 11
Destiny’s Child Independent Women (Part 1) 2000 11
Ed Sheeran Shape Of You 2017 11
Drake God’s Plan 2018 11
Santana feat Rob Thomas Smooth 1999 12
Eminem Lose Yourself 2002 12
Usher feat Lil Jon & Ludacris Yeah! 2004 12
Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow 2009 12
Robin Thicke feat T.I. and Pharrell Blurred Lines 2013 12
Chainsmokers featuring Halsey Closer 2016 12
Boyz II Men End Of The Road 1992 13
Brandy And Monica The Boy Is Mine 1998 13
Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You 1992 14
Boyz II Men I’ll Make Love To You 1994 14
Los Del Rio Macarena 1996 14
Elton John Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something About The Way You Look Tonight 1997 14
Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 2009 14
Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars Uptown Funk 2015 14
Mariah Carey And Boyz II Men One Sweet Day 1995 16
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber Despacito 2017 16
Lil Nas X / Lil Nas X feat Billy Ray Cyrus Old Town Road 2019 19
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Berry Gordy Jr.

Berry Gordy Jr, the founder of Motown records is 90 years old this week. Here’s 10 facts about the great man:


It all started in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family, to buy a small house of which he converted the garage into a studio and the kitchen into the control room.

He is a descendent of a white farm owner from Georgia and his slave Esther Johnson.

He dropped out of High School in Detroit to pursue a featherweight boxing career before joining the U.S. Army in 1950.

The original label name was Tamla (taken from the hit Debbie Reynolds film Tammy). He then added Motown – a play on Detroit’s nickname Motor Town.

In 1957, he co-wrote Jackie Wilson’s hit Reet Petite which went to number one when re-issued in 1986, two years after Wilson’s death.

Berry has co-written 240 songs for the Motown stable which he sold, years later for $330 million.

Gordy started his own Jobete music publishing company, the name taken from the first two letters of each of his children’s names, Joy, Berry and Terry.

In 1971, Gordy moved the whole Motown business to LA. He also succeeded in getting Diana Ross the starring role in the film The Lady Sings the Blues, which he produced and gained an Oscar nomination.

Berry’s house in the Boston-Edison Historic District of Detroit is called Motown mansion.

He was honoured with a lifetime achievement at the American Music Awards in 1975. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 then received the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy in 2008.

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Most weeks on Billboard Hot 100

There are 15 songs which have spent 60 or more weeks in total on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is the list.

Total weeks Artist Title Year
60 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 2009
60 Los Del Rio Macarena 1995
61 Pearl Jam Alive 1997
61 Imagine Dragons Demons 2013
62 Lifehouse You and Me 2006
62 The Lumineers Ho Hey 2013
64 Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats 2007
65 Jewel Foolish Games / You Were Meant for Me 1998
65 Adele Rolling in the Deep 2012
68 LMFAO feat Lauren Bennett & GoonRock Party Rock Anthem 2012
68 OneRepublic Counting Stars 2014
69 LeAnn Rimes How Do I Live 1998
76 Jason Mraz I’m Yours 2009
79 Awolnation Sail 2014
87 Imagine Dragons Radioactive 2014
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Some wow facts!

In July 1940, Frank Phillips was the first radio newsreader to announce his name at the start of the bulletin.

Former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio sang backing vocals on Tina Turner’s We Don’t Need Another Hero, as he was a member of the Kings House Choir.

Simple Minds took their name from the lyrics of David Bowie’s hit The Jean Genie.

Former OMD member Andy McClusky wrote Atomic Kitten chart-topping Whole Again.

The Beatles’ Abbey Road album had the working title Everest. It wasn’t named after the mountain, but the cigarettes the engineer Geoff Emerick, smoked at the time.

Billie Ray Martin’s biggest hit was the 1995 re-issue of Your Loving Arms which reached number six, but her first chart appearance was as an uncredited vocalist on S-Express’ third hit Hey Music Lover.

On 9th March 2018, the New Musical Express printed its final magazine and its last ever cover star was the female rapper Stefflon Don.

Abba only had one appearance on the Now That’s What I Call Music! series, it was with Dancing Queen when it was re-issued in 1992 and peaked at number 16.

Talking of Abba, in 2000 they turned down $1 billion to do a 100-date tour.

Singers Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams were both born on the same date – 5th November.

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Primary colours in number one hits

This week’s item was requested by Hayley Coffey who asked me how many titles of number one songs contain a primary colour. At the risk of being sneaky and including a colour within a word that isn’t really a colour (like Blurred Lines) I’ve stuck to real words and there are 21 in total. Here’s the list.

Artist Title Year
Guy Mitchell She Wears Red Feathers 1953
Tommy Steele And The Steelmen Singing The Blues 1957
Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues 1957
The Marcels Blue Moon 1961
Franks Ifield Lovesick Blues 1962
Rolling Stones Little Red Rooster 1964
The Beatles Yellow Submarine 1966
Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home 1966
Christie Yellow River 1970
Dawn Feat Tony Orlando Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree 1973
Shakin’ Stevens Green Door 1981
UB40 Red Red Wine 1983
Nena 99 Red Balloons 1984
Chris De Burgh The Lady In Red 1986
Madonna True Blue 1986
Bombalurina Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini 1990
Manchester United Football Squad Come On You Reds 1994
Robson Green And Jerome Flynn There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover 1995
Eiffel 65 Blue (Da Ba Dee) 1999
Will Young Evergreen 2002
Roll Deep Green Light 2010
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