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The Million Sellers (Omnibus Press) [Hardcover]

Official Charts Company
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15 Oct 2012 Omnibus Press
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 some of the artists reflecting on their memories of their million sellers and what they remember of the success at the time At a-glance facts and data outlining the songwriters, producers, albums and total sales figures for the million selling track.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780387180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780387185
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All 123 UK million sellers 5 Nov 2012
By Bengy
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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This Book 20 Nov 2012
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This book is an absolute disgrace. It is from the so called "Official" Charts Company, but the authors cannot even check their own database. It is full of errors, such as stating that Tammy Wynette's "DIVORCE" was a UK Number 1 (it was the parody version by Billy Connolly that was) and that Slade had three consecutive singles that entered at Number 1 in 1973, when in fact between the 2nd and 3rd of these they had a Number 2 hit with "My Friend Stan". It doesn't mention that the 1991 re-release of "Bohemian Rhapsody" had another track as a double A side. It gets some dates mixed up, stating that the 1950s hit "Unchained Melody" was written in 1964! And I haven't even got a third of the way though the book yet so goodness knows what other inaccuracies are in there. The book is a sad celebration of sixty years of the UK Charts. I have wasted my money on it, I hope I cam prevent other people from doing the same.
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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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By FrankG
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This is what it says on the tin - the stories behind every single ever to have passed a millions sales in the UK. That means that it spans most of the biggest singles acts of the past 60 years, from Bill Haley right up to Rihanna, Jessie J and Maroon 5, via The Beatles, New Order, Queen, Oasis, Elvis, Cliff, Soft Cell and Human League, with plenty of novelty classics thrown in for good measure - in fact, every act mentioned on the cover. It also includes new two page interviews with some genuine legends, including Kevin Rowland, Bernard Sumner, Marc Almond, Cliff, Engelbert Humperdink etc. Spanning such a broad range of subjects, it's a perfect Xmas book, which will genuinely have something in it for everyone.
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