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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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Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia
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