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Fastest selling albums in America

Following last week’s list of best-selling downloads in America here is a list of the fastest-selling albums in America based on pure sales during the first week of availability.

Rank Artist Title Year First week Sales
20 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 2008 1,006,000
19 Norah Jones Feels Like Home 2004 1,022,000
18 Taylor Swift Speak Now 2010 1,047,000
17 Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water 2000 1,055,000
16 Garth Brooks Double Live 1998 1,095,000
15 Usher Confessions 2004 1,096,000
14 Lady Gaga Born This Way 2011 1,108,000
13 Backstreet Boys Millennium 1999 1,134,000
12 50 Cent The Massacre[I] 2005 1,141,000
11 Taylor Swift Red 2012 1,208,000
10 Taylor Swift Reputation 2017 1,216,000
9 Taylor Swift 1989 2014 1,287,000
8 Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again 2000 1,319,000
7 Eminem The Eminem Show 2002 1,322,000
6 Eminem Encore 2004 1,500,000
5 Backstreet Boys Black & Blue 2000 1,591,000
4 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2000 1,760,000
3 *NSYNC Celebrity 2001 1,880,000
2 *NSYNC No Strings Attached 2000 2,416,000
1 Adele 25 2015 3,378,000

Best-selling downloads in America

Up until the end of 2020, these are the top 25 best-selling paid downloads of all-time in America.

Title / Artist ‘sales’
25 Viva La Vida – Coldplay 6.94 million
24 Dynamite – Taio Cruz 6.95 million
23 Tik Tok – Ke$ha 6.96 million
22 Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas 6.99 million
21 Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera 7.04 million
20 Just Dance – Lady Gaga feat Colby O’Donis 7.25 million
19 Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars 7.26 million
18 We Are Young – Fun. feat Janelle Monae 7.34 million
17 Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey 7.37 million
16 Firework – Katy Perry 7.38 million
15 I’m Yours – Jason Mraz 7.05 million
14 Poker Face – Lady Gaga 7.61 million
13 Low – Flo Rida feat T-Pain 7.65 million
12 Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat Pharrell & T.I. 7.71 million
11 Lose Yourself – Eminem 7.74 million
10 Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen 7.83 million
9 Happy – Pharrell 7.85 million
8 Cruise – Florida Georgia Line feat Nelly 7.89 million
7 Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz 8.06 million
6 Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars 8.17 million
5 Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye feat Kimbra 8.22 million
4 Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO feat Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 8.28 million
3 Radioactive – Imagine Dragons 8.05 million
2  Rolling In the Deep – Adele 8.86 million
1 I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas 9.06 million

National walking day

You might be interested to know that this Wednesday, 7th April, is national walking day. I hope you’ll be doing you bit. I will, I walk every day…..from the bedroom to the kitchen and then the office and various other rooms around the house. Anyway, there are 55 top 40 hits with Walking or Walkin’ in the title, how many of these do you remember?

Artist Title Year Postion
Johnnie Ray Walkin’ My Baby Back Home 1952 12
Tony Brent Walkin’ To Missouri 1952 9
Eddie Fisher I’m Walking Behind You 1953 1
Dorothy Squires I’m Walking Behind You 1953 12
Goons I’m Walking Backwards for Christmas 1956 4
Johnnie Ray Just Walking in The Rain 1956 1
Fats Domino I’m Walkin’ 1957 19
Frankie Vaughan Walkin’ Tall 1959 28
Pat Boone Walking the Floor Over You 1960 40
Fats Domino Walking to New Orleans 1960 19
Helen Shapiro Walkin’ Back to Happiness 1961 1
Adam Faith Walkin’ Tall 1963 23
Richard Anthony Walking Alone 1963 37
Dennisons Walking the Dog 1964 36
Shangri-Las Remember (Walkin’ In the Sand) 1964 14
Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ 1966 1
Norma Tanega Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog 1966 22
Walker Brothers Walking in The Rain 1967 26
C.C.S. Walking 1971 7
Love Unlimited Walkin’ In the Rain with The One I Love 1972 14
Partridge Family Walking in The Rain 1973 10
Limmie And Family Cookin’ A Walkin’ Miracle 1974 6
Blackbyrds Walking in Rhythm 1975 23
Police Walking on The Moon 1979 1
Yoko Ono Walking on Thin Ice 1981 35
Bad Manners Walking in The Sunshine 1981 10
Shakatak Streetwalkin’ 1982 38
Rockers Revenge Feat Donnie Calvin Walking on Sunshine 1982 4
Modern Romance Walking in The Rain 1983 7
Katrina And the Waves Walking on Sunshine 1985 8
Philip Bailey Walking on The Chinese Wall 1985 34
Aled Jones Walking in The Air 1985 5
Bangles Walking Down Your Street 1987 16
Jesus And Mary Chain Sidewalking 1988 30
Kirsty MacColl Walking Down Madison 1991 23
Ce Ce Peniston Keep on Walkin’ 1992 10
Annie Lennox Walking on Broken Glass 1992 8
Depeche Mode Walking in My Shoes 1993 14
Bad Boys Inc Walking on Air 1993 24
Cher Walking in Memphis 1995 11
Everything but The Girl Walking Wounded 1996 6
Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark Walking on The Milky Way 1996 17
David Bowie Dead Man Walking 1997 32
Smash Mouth Walkin’ On the Sun 1997 19
Shed Seven Devil in Your Shoes (Walking All Over) 1998 37
Foo Fighters Walking After You 1998 20
Madasun Walking on Water 2000 14
Craig David Walking Away 2000 3
Puressence Walking Dead 2002 40
Travis Walking on The Sun 2004 20
Jessica Simpson These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ 2005 4
David Guetta Vs the Egg Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away) 2006 3
Maria Lawson Sleepwalking 2006 20
Glee Halo / Walking on Sunshine (Medley) 2010 9
Ten Walls Walking with Elephants 2014 6

Acts with the most UK number one albums

Since the official album chart began back in 1956 there have been over 1200 number ones, but which artists have had the most? Well, 27 different acts have had seven or more chart-topping albums, here’s the list.

Arts Number Span
Beatles 15 1963 – 2000
Elvis Presley 13 1958 – 2016
Robbie Williams 13 1997 – 2019
Rolling Stones 13 1964 – 2016
Madonna 11 1984 – 2012
Bruce Springsteen 12 1984 – 2020
David Bowie 11 1973 – 2016
Michael Jackson 10 1982 – 2014
Queen 10 1975 – 2020
Rod Stewart 10 1971 – 2019
U2 10 1983 – 2009
Eminem 10 2000 – 2020
Abba 9 1976 – 1992
Bob Dylan 9 1964 – 2020
Led Zeppelin 8 1969 – 1979
Kylie Minogue 8 1988 – 2020
Take That 8 1993 – 2018
Westlife 8 2000 – 2019
Coldplay 8 2000 – 2019
Cliff Richard 7 1961 – 1993
Elton John 7 1973 – 2012
Paul McCartney 7 1971 – 2021
George Michael 7 1987 – 2014
Oasis 7 1994 – 2008
Prodigy 7 1994 – 2018
R.E.M. 7 1991- 2004
Stereophonics 7 1999 – 2019

John Peel’s Festive 50

John Peel was a legend who I had the privilege of working with and, for a brief couple of week, shared an office and a thoroughly lovely man who was, in real life, just like he was on the radio.

Every Christmas from the mid-70s he broadcast a Festive 50 on his last night Radio 1 show. The list was compiled by hand by John from listeners’ favourite three songs of each year. This list is from 2000 which was billed as John Peel’s All-Time Festive 50.

Rank Artist Title
40 Tim Buckley Song To The Siren
39 Damned New Rose
38 Fall The Classical
37 Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along The Watchtower
36 Stereolab French Disko
35 Jam Going Underground
34 Fall Totally Wired
33 Clash Complete Control
32 New Order True Faith
31 Belle & Sebastian Lazy Line Painter Jane
30 Pixies Debaser
29 Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant
28 Joy Division Transmission
27 My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise
26 Delgados Pull The Wires From the Wall
25 Wedding Present My Favourite Dress
24 Fall How I Wrote Elastic Man
23 Sugarcubes Birthday
22 Smiths This Charming Man
21 Wedding Present Brassneck
20 Joy Division Shes Lost Control
19 New Order Temptation
18 Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet
17 New Order Ceremony
16 My Bloody Valentine Soon
15 Joy Division New Dawn Fades
14 Dead Kennedys Holiday In Cambodia
13 Capt Beefheart & His Magic Band Big Eyed Beans From Venus
12 Pulp Common People
11 Robert Wyatt Shipbuilding
10 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren
9 Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
8 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit
7 Smiths How Soon Is Now?
6 New Order Blue Monday
5 Clash (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
4 Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK
3 Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart
2 Undertones Teenage Kicks
1 Joy Division Atmosphere

The most unsuccessful one-hit wonders

Since the chart was extended to a top 75 in 1978 and up to the end of 2010, which is generally when the UK singles chart became irrelevant to anyone outside the music industry, there was  been 59 acts that have spent just one week at number 75 on the chart. Here is the list – how many names will you recognise?!

Artist Title Chart Year
Angelwitch Sweet Danger 1980
Grand Prix Keep On Believing 1982
Adicts Bad Boy 1983
Dayton The Sound Of Music 1983
Michael Lovesmith Ain’t Nothin’ Like It 1985
Anthony Hopkins Distant Star 1986
Johnny Clegg Scatterlings Of Africa 1987
Deja Serious 1987
Cry Freeeom Nkosi Sikelel Africa – The Black National Anthem 1988
Cheryl Pepsi Riley Thanks For My Child 1989
Stop The Violence Movement Self-Destruction 1989
Mc Duke I’m Riffin (English Rasta) 1989
Pretty Boy Floyd Rock And Roll (Is Gonna Set The Night On Fire) 1990
Seduction Heartbeat 1990
Apples Eye Wonder 1991
Lost Technofunk 1991
Simone My Family Depends On Me 1991
Souled Out In My Life 1992
Baby June Hey! What’s Your Name 1992
DTOX Shattered Glass 1992
Good Girls Just Call Me 1993
Expose I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me) 1993
Heartbeat Country Heartbeat 1994
Jhelisa Friendly Pressure 1995
Kreuz Party All Night 1995
Depth Charge Legend Of The Golden Snake 1995
Danielle Brisebois Gimme Little Sign 1995
Quench Dreams 1996
La Ganz Like A Playa 1996
Shades Serenade 1997
Inner Sanctum How Soon Is Now 1998
Andrea Grant Reputations (Just Be Good To Me) 1998
Niels Van Goch Pulverturm 1999
Jonathan Peters Flower Duet 1999
Der Dritte Raum Hale Bopp 1999
Campag Velocet Vito Satan 2000
Sunship Cheque One Two 2000
Ramsey And Fen Love Bug 2000
Haziza One More 2001
Obi Project Baby Can I Get Your Number 2001
Proud Mary Very Best Friend 2001
Biscuit Boy Mitch 2001
Cenoginerz Git Down 2002
Ils Next Level 2002
Elizabeth Troy Forever Young 2002
Goldfinger Open Your Eyes 2002
Bellrays They Glued Your Head On Upside Down 2002
Mr. Scruff Sweetsmoke 2002
Matt Schwartz Dancing In The Dark 2003
Pete Burns Jack And Jill Party 2004
International Airport Association! 2004
Flash Brothers Amen (Don’t Be Afraid) 2004
Explosion Here I Am 2005
Brendan Benson Spit It Out 2005
Like June Gloom 2006
Tracy Thorn It’s All True 2007
Bonde Do Role Office Boy 2007
Brit & Alex Let It Go 2008
Remady No Superstar 2010