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The Million Sellers (Omnibus Press) [Kindle Edition]

Official Charts Company
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Published to mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Official Singles Charts in 1952, The Million Sellers tells the story of every million-selling single in the history of the UK music industry.An analysis of the 123 singles which have passed the magical million sales threshold in the UK in the past 60 years, from Bill Haley & The Comets’ very first UK million seller right through to more recent singles by Lady Gaga, Rihanna and the Black Eyed Peas.

Interviews with artists like Mel C, Kevin Rowland and Midge Ure, reflecting on their own million seller and what they most remember of their success at the time.

Interviews with artists including Engelbert Humperdinck, Steps,
Bernard Sumner (New Order), Midge Ure (Ultravox), Mel C (Spice Girls), Boney M, Kevin Rowland and many more. Each one reflects on their own million seller and what they most remember of their success at the time.

The Official Charts Company are the providers of the UK's only official music and video charts, compiling its charts purely from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK singles market; 98% of the total UK albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
The Official Charts Company is a joint venture between record labels' body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The Official Charts Company are responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK's industry standard music charts and industry sales data.

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The Official Charts Company is a joint venture between record labels' body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK's industry standard music charts and industry sales data.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19435 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (4 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TABX2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #636,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars All 123 UK million sellers 5 Nov. 2012
By Bengy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a hard back book with 288 pages published on 1st November 2012. (You can read all the million sellers on the OCC web site). The million sellers are categorized by decade, starting with the 1950s, with each million seller description being 2 pages long. Each single (or download track for last 5 or 6 years) has listed: writers, producer, album it came from, peak position, weeks at number one, weeks on chart (including re-entries) and total sales to date (vinyl, cassette, CD, digital) as calculated by the Official Charts Company (OCC). Sales are up to end of May 2012.
Each artist has a black and white photo. In my opinion the layout is not as good as the 2002 OCC book (also known as the 50th anniversary NME Top 100 singles, as seen on Channel 4). The 2002 book had colour photos and a trivia section (e.g. Christmas no. 1s).
Unfortunately the sales figures are rounded numbers, some to the nearest 10,000. As a result sales for Mull of Kintyre go down from 2.05m to 2.00m. Incidentally, Beatles Hey Jude is now a UK seller with 1.06m sales.
There are a number of articles from artists such as Cliff Richard, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Boy George reflecting on their time in the charts.
The book also gives a list of 13 singles which are close to a million sales (e.g. Beatles HELP is on 950,000). Today it was announced that Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe', has now reached a UK Million Sale. To W/E 3rd November, it has sold approximately 1,080,400 UK copies. So the book is already out of date!
Well-researched and an interesting read. I would recommend it - hope there are not too many mistakes in it (like Erasure did not include Dancing Queen on their Abba-esque EP). A worthwhile book for factual information, but could have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The stories behind the songs 25 April 2015
By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER
A cracking little book which tells the fascinating stories behind all the singles that sold over 123 millions in the UK, from Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' in 1955 right through to the Goye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' in 2012, and everything in between across seven decades. A wide range of styles is documented, ensuring that there's something for every music lover to enjoy.

Each entry is given two pages, and includes the stats of the song's writers, producers, it's mother album and it's chart position, how many weeks it spent in the charts, and how much it sold. There's also a picture of each of the artists, and although songs by the Teletubbies and Bob the Builder made me question the buying habits of us musical Brits, it was still fun to read about such novelties. In addiction to all of this handy information, the book also features some interesting, fresh interviews conducted with big names in the business, including Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order), Cliff Richard, Sir. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Boy George, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

That's not to say there aren't any inaccuracies and typos, 'Unchained Melody' was not written in 1964, it was in fact 1955, and X Factor winner Shayne Ward released his debut album in 1996 did he? I don't think so, it was 2006 chaps. There are several more errors throughout the book, and this is somewhat shameful as it was compiled by guys at the Official Charts Company,

Despite the mistakes, this is a perfect birthday or Christmas present, 'The Million Sellers' serves as both entertainment, and as a very useful reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One In A Million !!!!!! 8 Dec. 2012
As the UK Official Charts Company (O.C.C.) celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first chart in 2012, they have once again compiled their exclusive list of million-selling singles. 10 years on from the previous book (which listed only 76 million sellers), it has now grown to 123 songs, and they are all here with sales figures and all the statistics you'll ever need.
Listed in chronologically order, from the first million seller `Rock Around The Clock' in 1955 to `Somebody That I Used To Know' earlier this year, they are all covered extensively, and you'll learn things like that there were 27 million sellers in the 70s, while the 90s produced 32.
There's also recent interviews with a lot of the relevant artists, namely Cliff Richard, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bernard Sumner, Mel C, Midge Ure and Matt Cardle, all offering their own take on the importance of the charts.
As ever you'll be intrigued by some of the interesting facts contained within. Who's the only female artist to feature on 3 million-selling singles? What song spent 18 weeks at no. 1 in Norway? What U.S. group were the only act to have UK no. 1s in the 70s, 80s, and 90s? What song was a million seller 3 times? What is Holland's biggest selling single of all time? and What female singer sang backing vocals on `Torn'? The answers to all these questions are contained within.
There's even a synopsis of singles approaching the magical figure of 1 million. Kylie & Jason, and Elton & Kiki are only 10k off the mark, thanks to download sales while Amazing Grace, Whole Again, Mysterious Girl, and Bachelor Boy only need 20k to get over the line.
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