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Simply Irresistible !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles: Volume 2 (Paperback)
Virgin has certainly raised the bar in the past few years as been the definitive publisher of great UK Chart books. Last years Top 40 Charts was brilliant, their Hit Albums book was refreshing and stuffed with trivia, and now Hit Singles Volume 2 has well and truly captured the digital era, and brought this book right up to the present.
The fact that the listing of no. 1s goes right up to Scouting For Girls in April this year, shows the dedication and commitment contributors McAleer, White & Gregory have put into this book. My only surprise is that they haven't included the forthcoming Christmas No. 1.
As ever, you'd expect nothing less than loads of statistics, and boy, has this book got them? Okay! So, there's the usual `Most weeks at No. 1' etc, but it'll also tell you who is the biggest selling download artist ever in the UK? Who has had the most Top 40 hits? How many songs have sold over a million copies? What solo artist has the same amount of Top 10 singles as The Beatles? (Although he'll be one ahead by now). When was the last year Cliff Richard didn't have a chart entry? Who's the only female artist with two UK million sellers? or How many Michael Jackson singles entered the UK charts in the week following his death?
It's all here for you to enjoy, along with updated biographies (over 10,000 of them), then there's the current updated Top 100 selling singles ever, and the Top 50 Catalogue Downloads of Classic Songs which makes interesting reading and you'll get to know what classic songs (from the pre-download era) from the past 50 years are the best sellers since downloads became a part of the charts.
I'm running out of superlatives to describe these series of books, you'll find it hard to find fault with it, and I'm already looking forward to Volume 3.