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All 123 UK million sellers
on 5 November 2012
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 So the book is already out of date!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.