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Actors/Actresses in song titles

Many songs have been inspired by actors and actresses but are not referenced in the title, here’s some UK hits that did. (I’ve not included things like Lady Madonna which is clearly not about the American singer!)


Artist Title Year Position
Danny Mirror I Remember Elvis Presley 1977 4
Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes 1981 10
Kirsty MacColl There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis 1981 14
Haysi Fantayzee John Wayne Is Big Leggy 1982 11
Madness Michael Caine 1984 11
Bananarama Robert De Niro’s Waiting 1984 3
Suzanne Vega Marlene Dietrich 1986 21
Stump Charlton Heston 1988 72
Dire Straits Calling Elvis 1991 21
Junior Vasquez If Madonna Calls 1996 24
James Just Like Fred Astaire 1999 17
Leilani Flying Elvis 2000 73
Gorillaz Clint Eastwood 2001 4
Manic Street Preachers Let Robeson Sing 2001 19
Daniel Bedingfield James Dean (I Wanna Know) 2002 4
Sheryl Crow Steve McQueen 2002 44
Androids Do It With Madonna 2003 15
Kill City Just Like Bruce Lee 2004 64
Mika Grace Kelly 2007 1
Robbie Williams & Pet Shop Boys She’s Madonna 2007 16
The Automatic Steve McQueen 2008 16
Scouting For Girls Elvis Ain’t Dead 2008 8
Duck Sauce Barbra Streisand 2010 3
Pharrell Williams Marilyn Monroe 2014 25
Fall Out Boy Uma Thurman 2015 71
Tiesto & Dzeko Ft Preme & Post Malone Jackie Chan 2018 5


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Musical related things that happened in January

1957 Cool For Cats debuts on ITV television and hosted by Kent Walton.
1962 Dick Rowe at Decca Records famously turned down the Beatles in favour of Brian Poole and Tremeloes.
1963 Top Of The Pops first broadcast on BBC1 from a disused church in Manchester
1980 Cliff Richard awarded the M.B.E

1965 The Dutch singles chart is launched.

1936 Billboard magazine publishes their first Top 100 singles chart.

1978 The Sex Pistols begin their distastrous US tour which only lasts nine days.

1958 The Flying V guitar is patented by Gibson.

1983 Gallup take over from The British Market Research Bureau as official compilers of the UK chart.

1948 Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson form Atlantic Records.

1963 The Beatles make their first UK TV appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars.

1966 David Bowie changes his name from David Jones so not to get confused with a similar sounding Monkee.

1970 Diana Ross officially leaves the Supremes and is replaced by Jean Terrell.

1958 The Cavern Club in Matthew Street, Liverpool opens initially as a jazz club.

1958 Elvis Presley enters the U.S Army.
1960 Elvis Presley is promoted from Private to Sergeant in the U.S Army.
1982 Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat thinking it was a plastic one.
1994 Fatboy Slim launches his own Southern Fried record label.

1970 Robert Moog patents the Moog synthesizer.
1998 Oasis tops the UK singles chart with All Around The World and at 9m 38s becomes the longest number one single.

1984 Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire whilst filming a pepsi cola commercial in Los Angeles.

1969 The Beatles perform on the roof of the Apple building in Savile Row in London maing it the last time all four played together.

1965 P.J. Proby famously splits his trousers on stage at the Ritz Cinema in Luton.
1997 David Bowie becomes the first pop star to float himself on the stock market.

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Top 10 best-selling singles and albums of 2018

Here is a list of the top 10 best sellers of last year.

Singles Artist Title Weeks on chart
10 Dua Lipa IDGAF 24
9 Portugal. The Man Feel It Still 31 ^
8 George Ezra Paradise 36
7 Drake Nice for What 13
6 Ed Sheeran Perfect 79
5 Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble This Is Me 49*
4 Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen These Days 35
3 George Ezra Shotgun 38*
2 Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa One Kiss 31
1 Drake God’s Plan 23
Albums Artist Title Weeks on chart
10 Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino 21
9 Cast Recording A Star Is Born 11*
8 Eminem Kamikaze 16*
7 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa 79^
6 Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys 34*
5 Drake Scorpion 25*
4 Original Cast Recording Mamma Mia! – Here We Go Again 23*
3 Ed Sheeran ÷ 94^
2 George Ezra Staying At Tamara’s 39*
1 Original Soundtrack The Greatest Showman 52*

* = still on the chart     ^ = weeks included from 2017

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2018 facts

Some 2018 musical facts:

12 hours of music are uploaded to SoundCloud every minute.

The Grammy’s committee chose Alessia Cara as 2018’s Best New Artist.

The rapper Juice Wrld reportedly signed a $3 million deal before his songs were on Apple, Spotify, or TIDAL.

Cardi B and Lauryn Hill are the only female rappers with solo American number one hits.

Drake’s 2018 number one hit, Nice for What, was streamed more than 10 million times in 24 hours on Apple Music.

In 2018, it takes an average of 220 streams for an independent artist to make $1 on major streaming platforms.

The shortest track to make the UK chart in 2018 was XXXtentcion’s Bad. It reached number 23 and was timed at one minute and 31 seconds.

And the longest? Hugh Jackman and the Greatest Showman Ensemble’s From Now On which crept into the chart at number 71 and was five minutes and 45 seconds long.

Of the 16 number ones of 2018, the shortest was Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid’s Eastside which was two minutes and 49 seconds and the longest was Clean Bandit Featuring Demi Lovato’s Solo at a mere three minutes 39 seconds.

Whilst Ed Sheeran holds the record for the most entries in the UK chart at one time, Post Malone holds that record in the States. In May 2018, All 18 songs from his Beerbongs & Bentleys album made the Hot 100, nine of them in the top 20.

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Christmas top 10 hits

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There was been eight UK number ones with Christmas/Xmas in the title, but since the chart began officially in 1952, there have only been 34 hits (not including the chart-toppers), to have made the top 10, here’s the list and the positions they reached.

Artist Title Year Position
Mantovani And His Orchestra White Christmas 1952 6
David Whitfield Santo Natale (Merry Christmas) 1954 2
The Goons I’m Walking Backwards For Christmas 1956 4
Dickie Valentine Christmas Island 1956 8
Adam Faith Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop) 1960 4
Brenda Lee Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree 1962 6
Elvis Presley If Every Day Was Like Christmas 1966 9
John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 1972 4
Wizzard I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday 1973 4
The Goodies Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me 1974 7
The Wombles Wombling Merry Christmas 1974 2
Greg Lake I Believe In Father Christmas 1975 2
Dana It’s Gonna Be a Cold Cold Christmas 1975 4
Bing Crosby White Christmas 1977 5
Paul Mcartney Wonderful Christmastime 1979 6
Shakin’ Stevens Blue Christmas 1982 2
Gary Glitter Another Rock And Roll Christmas 1984 7
Wham! Last Christmas 1984 2
Mel And Kim (Mel Smith & Kim Wilde) Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree 1987 3
Gloria Estefan Christmas Through Your Eyes 1992 8
Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You 1994 2
Bon Jovi Please Come Home for Christmas 1994 7
Childliners The Gift of Christmas 1995 9
The Smurf Your Christmas Wish 1996 8
Jane Mcdonald Cruise Into Christmas 1998 10
Mr. Hanky Poo Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo 1999 4
The Tweenies I Believe In Christmas 2001 9
Cheeky Girls Have a Cheeky Christmas 2003 10
The Darkness Feat The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College Choir Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) 2003 2
The Idols Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 2003 5
Cliff Richard Feat Brian May & Brian Bennett 21st Century Christmas 2006 2
Geraldine Once Upon a Christmas Song 2008 5
Lou Monte Dominick The Donkey (The Italian Xmas Donkey) 2011 3
Matt Terry When Christmas Comes Around 2016 3


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