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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.
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 So the book is already out of date!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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
An excellent book that unpretentiously appraises all the songs in Britain that have sold that number. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2013 by H Summers
I downloaded this book because I have always had a real interest in the charts. This book has it all: useful info about each song plus chart stats to boot. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Interesting to hear the facts behind the biggest songs and how they came about, a very fact filled book which is a must for music loversPublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by damianpc
This is what it says on the tin - the stories behind every single ever to have passed a millions sales in the UK. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2012 by FrankG
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