CHART REWIND. According to the Office for National Statistics, the 1992 Greatest Hits collection ABBA Gold is the biggest selling album since 1956. The agency has compiled sales statistics between 1956 and 2009 and the ABBA album has sold 4.6m copies since its release. Earlier this month, rumors of a reunion sparked on the Internet. Agnetha Fältskog has hinted that a charity event could be an excuse. In 2008, the group turned down $1bn to play a 100-date world tour in 2000.
The biggest selling album is Queen’s Greatest Hits (1981) which sold 5.7m. It was followed by The Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band (1967) at 4.9m. The biggest selling single was Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which was rush-released after Princess Di’s death.
We’ve already highlighted that David Bowie’s “Heroes” claims the UK top spot. One might think that there is a shortage of new material as the classic Elton John track “Your Song” is back on the charts. Easily one of the most covered tracks, Ellie Goulding the single is her most successful to date, beating the No.4 peak of “Starry Eyes.” “Your Song” is to be included on the re-release of her debut album Bright Lights.
In an unusual feat, the track has actually climbed 39-3-2 in its third week. One of the key reasons is its inclusion in the Christmas 2010 TV advert for the department store chain John Lewis. The new version was produced by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett.
Originally titled Lights, the re-release of Ellie Goulding’s album will contain six brand-new tracks. To date, five singles has been lifted off the set so far. Originally released in March 2010, the set knocked Lady Gaga’s The Fame off the No.1 spot. Goulding was born in 1986 and made her breakthrough via the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. She also earned the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. The singer is also the guest vocalist on Tinie Tempah’s “Wonderman.”
Listen to “Your Song” via Spotify:
Check out the lyrics to “Your Song” via Eltonography here.
According to L.A. Times’ music blog, British electropop duo La Roux won America over this past summer with their summer anthem “Bulletproof.” The track bowed atop the UK singles tally upon its release in June 2009. It made No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 a year later and went on selling 1.7m downloads in the U.S. alone. The single peaked at No.47 in Sweden, making it the only entry on the tally.
The group was formed in 2008 and their first release – “Quicksand” – was released by the French indie label Kitsuné Music in December that year. La Roux second single was “In for the Kill,” a No.2 hit in the UK. The track will finally be issued in the U.S in a re-worked version featuring rapper Kanye West. La Roux’s frontwoman Elly Jackson said in an interview with Pop & Hiss earlier this summer that she always had faith in the single, despite it taking quite some time to catch on with the masses. Elly Jackson returns the favour as a guest star on West’s single “All of the Lights.” The list of A-list guests includes Elton John, Rihanna, Alica Keys, Fergie, John Legend, The Dream, Tony Williams, Kid Cudie, Charlie Wilson and Ryan Leslie. The track bowed on iTunes on Nov.2.
- Listen to the new version with Kanye West here, via Spotify UK