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Artists who died in a different country from where they were born

Here is a list of 20 charting musicians who were born in one country and died in another. I’ve only use one example from each combination.

Artist Country of birth Country of death
Joe Strummer Turkey UK
Winifred Atwell Trinidad Australia
Robert Palmer UK France
Aaliyah USA Bahamas
Falco Austria Democratic Rupublic of the Congo
Meri Wilson Japan USA
James Last Germany USA
Stephen Gately Ireland Spain
Freddie Mercury Zanzibar UK
Steve Strange UK Egypt
Max Bygraves UK Australia
Al Jolson Lithuania USA
Kirsty MacColl UK Mexico
Bob Marley Jamaica UK
Demis Roussos Egpyt Greece
Alex Harvey Scotland Belgium
Gene Pitney USA UK
Joe Cocker UK USA
Eve Boswell Hungary South Africa
Waldo de los Ríos Argentina Spain
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Hits written by one-hit-wonders

Here is a list of 15 UK number one hits that were written or co-written by an artist who only had one UK hit as an artist.

Song Artist One Hit Wonder Writer Their Only UK Hit
Sugar Sugar Archies Andy Kim Rock Me Gently
Living Doll Cliff Richard Lionel Bart Happy Endings
Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel Mike Batt Summertime City
The Day The Rains Came Jane Morgan Gilbert Becaud A Little Love & Understanding
Running Bear Johnny Preston Big Bopper Chantilly Lace
You’re My World Cilla Black Umberto Bindi Il Nostro Concerto
Don’t Turn Around Aswad Albert Hammond The Free Electric Band
The Tide Is High Blondie / Atomic Kitten John Holt Help Me Make It Through The Night
Ring My Bell Anita Ward Frederick Knight I’ve Been Lonely For So Long
Under The Moon Of Love Showaddywaddy Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Sad Sweet Dreamer Sweet Sensation David Parton Isn’t She Lovely
Woodstock Matthews Southern Comfort Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
Sorry Justin Bieber Julia Michaels Issues
Cinderella Rockafeller Esther & Abi Ofarim Mason Williams Classical Gas
Osmonds love Me For A Reason Johnny Bristol Hang On In There Baby
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Top 20 greatest blues artist of all time

Over the two months leading up to Christmas, the national DAB station Planet Rock asked their listeners to vote for their favourite blues artist of all-time and this was the result:

Rank Artist
20 Johnny Winter
19 Robert Johnson
18 Jimmy Page
17 John Mayall
16 Beth Hart
15 Janis Joplin
14 Buddy Guy
13 Howlin’ Wolf
12 Muddy Waters
11 John Lee Hooker
10 Joanne Shaw Taylor
9 Peter Green
8 Jimi Hendrix
7 B.B. King
6 Eric Clapton
5 Walter Trout
4 Stevie Ray Vaughan
3 Joe Bonamassa
2 Gary Moore
1 Rory Gallagher
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Oldest living singers to have had a UK number one

There are currently 20 solo singers who are still with us that have had at least one UK number one hit, here is the list.

Singer Date Year of birth
Vera Lynn Mar-20 1917
Jane Morgan May-03 1924
Tony Bennett Aug-03 1926
Harry Belafonte Mar-01 1927
Rolf Harris Mar-30 1930
Petula Clark Nov-15 1932
Des O’Connor Jan-12 1932
J. J. Barrie Jul-07 1933
Pat Boone Jun-01 1934
Jerry Lee Lewis Sep-29 1935
Leyton, John Feb-17 1935
Johnny Mathis Sep-30 1935
Engelbert Humperdinck May-02 1936
Frank Ifield Nov-30 1936
Tommy Steele Dec-17 1936
Shirley Bassey Jan-08 1937
Jerry Keller Jun-20 1937
Connie Francis Dec-12 1938
Kenny Rogers Aug-21 1938
Johnny Tillotson Apr-20 1939
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Best-selling albums of 2019

Unlike last week, the album still exists in a vinyl and CD format as well as downloads, so here is a list of the top 20 best-selling albums of last year.


Position Title Artist
1 Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi
2 No.6 Collaborations Project Ed Sheeran
3 The Greatest Showman Motion Picture Cast Recording
4 When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish
5 Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) Queen
6 Staying At Tamara’s George Ezra
7 Thank U, Next Ariana Grande
8 What A Time To Be Alive Tom Walker
9 A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) Motion Picture Cast Recording
10 ÷ Ed Sheeran
11 50 Years – Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac
12 The Christmas Present Robbie Williams
13 Always In Between Jess Glynne
14 You’re In My Heart Rod Stewart with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
15 Diamonds Elton John
16 Greatest Hits I Ii & Iii – The Platinum Collection Queen
17 Don’t Smile At Me Billie Eilish
18 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa
19 Everyday Life Coldplay
20 Hollywood’s Bleeding Post Malone
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Best-selling tracks of 2019

Even though the industry still call it a singles chart, it’s not really as it’s pretty much all downloads and streams, so here is a list of the top 20 most streamed/downloaded tracks of 2019.

Position Title Artist
1 Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi
2 Old Town Road Lil Nas
3 I Don’t Care Ed Sheeran + Justin Bieber
4 Bad Guy Billie Eilish
5 Giant Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man
6 Sweet But Psycho Ava Max
7 Vossi Bop Stormzy
8 Don’t Call Me Up Mabel
9 Piece Of Your Heart Meduza feat Goodboys
10 Señorita Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
11 Dance Monkey Tones & I
12 Shotgun George Ezra
13 7 Rings Ariana Grande
14 Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) Post Malone & Swae Lee
15 Wow Post Malone
16 Location Dave feat Burna Boy
17 Hold Me While You Wait Lewis Capaldi
18 Ladbroke Grove AJ Tracey
19 Just You And I Tom Walker
20 Shallow Lady GaGa & Bradley Cooper


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