FASCINATING FACTS FROM 2020 RECORD CHARTS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 21st January 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
FASCINATING FACTS FROM 2020 RECORD CHARTS
Last year may have been one of the worst in recent times but for the Official Chart Company Top 100 Singles and Top 100 Albums there were some amazing things going on. some are listed below.
On Valentine’s Day 2020, Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris became the 178th million-selling song in UK chart history, based on paid-for (physical and download) sales. It is the only song to pass the seven figure threshold in 2020.
In February 2020, Billie Eilish scooped the biggest opening week ever for a Bond theme with No Time To Die when it debuted at Number 1 with 90,000 chart sales.
No Time To Die’s opening week streaming tally of 10.6 million is the biggest week of streams of 2020 for a non-Christmas song.
With the song, Billie became the first act born in the 21st century to claim a UK Number 1 single. Jawsh 685 and 24kGoldn have since joined Billie in Y2K club.
In April Dua Lipa claimed three UK Top 10 singles at the same time. With Physical at Number 3, Don’t Start Now at Number 4 and Break My Heart at Number 6, Dua became the first English female to achieve this feat since the very first Official Singles Chart nearly 68 years ago, and only fifth female in total (Taylor Swift has since become the sixth).
Dua’s album Future Nostalgia ultimately climbed to Number 1 the following week, and with four non-consecutive weeks at the helm, it has topped the charts for more weeks than any other 2020 release.
Don’t Start Now ultimately spent 25 weeks in the Official Singles Chart Top 10, the most ever for a song by a British female solo artist.
It’s not often two songs are concurrent record breakers, but Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved also claimed a longevity record in 2020. The Scotsman’s first Number 1 recorded its 31st week in the Top 10 in March, the most weeks ever for a song by any British act, and the second most weeks ever behind Frankie Laine’s I Believe.
Lewis was more than happy to take out more pages in the history books – his debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent spent 77 weeks in a row in the Official Albums Chart Top 10, the longest consecutive stint ever for a solo artist album.
In April, fundraising superstar Sir Captain Tom Moore became the oldest act to ever claim a Number 1 single, aged 99 with You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Captain Tom turned 100 the following Thursday, becoming the first centenarian at Number 1.
His collaborator on the track Michael Ball scored his first UK Number 1 single in the process, 31 years, two months and 26 days after his first Top 40 appearance. This marked the third longest gap between a debut Official Chart entry and first Number 1.
Michael is also one of just nine acts in 2020 to claim a Number 1 single and album in the same year, alongside Stormzy, Eminem, Juice WRLD, Lewis Capaldi, The Weeknd, Drake, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.
BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Allstars’ charity cover of Foo Fighters’ Times Like These replaced Captain Tom and Michael at Number 1, the first time in six years one charity single replaced another at the top spot.
In May, Dame Vera Lynn became the oldest living artist to feature in the Official Singles Chart Top 100 and Albums Chart Top 40, when at the age of 103, a new version of We’ll Meet Again with Katherine Jenkins peaked at Number 55, and her greatest hits 100 returned to the chart at Number 30 following VE Day. Vera passed away in June.
At the end of that month, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain On Me debuted at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, picking up the biggest opening week of streams ever for a female collaboration (8.1 million).
In June, Liam Gallagher reached Number 1 with MTV Unplugged, the first Number 1 live album in six years.
Queen also sat on the Official Albums Chart throne with a live album Live Around The World in October, making 2020 the first year since 1994 to have two chart-topping live albums.
2020 was kind to Queen. Their Greatest Hits – the UK’s bestselling album of all time – became only the third album ever to log 900+ weeks on chart.
In June, Bob Dylan made history as the oldest act to ever claim a Number 1 album aged 79 years and one month with his ninth chart-topper Rough and Rowdy Ways.
Taylor Swift’s lockdown album Folklore debuted at Number 1 on the last day of the month, racking up the biggest week of album downloads in 2020 (12,152).
The Killers claimed their sixth consecutive Number 1 studio album in August with Imploding The Mirage, claiming the biggest week of CD sales of 2020 in the process.
September saw Pop Smoke become the first solo artist to claim a posthumous Number 1 debut album in the UK with Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon. The collection is also the only debut album to top the Official Albums Chart in 2020.
The highest-charting debut album by a British female was believe it or not, TV personality Amanda Holden; her inaugural album Songs From My Heart peaked at Number 4.
Irish entertainer Daniel O’Donnell claimed his landmark 40th UK Top 40 album in October with Daniel, which extended his record for claiming a Top 40 album every year since 1991.
Later that month, Bruce Springsteen became the first credited solo artist to claim a Number 1 album in five consecutive decades (80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s) when Letter To You became his 12th UK Number 1 album.
12 chart-toppers ties The Boss with Madonna in second place for the most UK Number 1 albums among solo artists, behind leaders Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams.
In November, Sir Cliff Richard set a new all-time Official Chart record by becoming the first artist ever to score a Top 5 album in eight consecutive decades.
The following week, Kylie Minogue collected her eighth UK Number 1 album with DISCO, making her the first credited female artist to score a Number 1 in five consecutive decades, also the same five as Bruce Springsteen (80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s).
DISCO is also 2020’s fastest-selling album by a solo artist, notching up 54,905 chart sales in its first week.
Also in November, Dame Shirley Bassey became the first female artist to claim a Top 40 album in seven consecutive decades when her grand finale album I Owe It All To You charted at Number 5.
In December, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You finally reached Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, 26 years after its release. It reached the summit in its 70th week in the Top 40 and set a new chart record – no other song has spent more weeks in the Official Chart Top 40 before eventually reaching Number 1 in UK chart history.
In doing so, AIWFCIY picked up 2020’s biggest week of streams – 10.8 million.
Taylor Swift became the first female artist ever to have two brand-new releases reach Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart in the same calendar year when Evermore hit the top spot in December.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top 10 most popular cars of 2020
Ever wondered what the best-selling car in the UK is? Well, the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed the top sellers for 2020.
- Ford Fiesta Number of registrations 49,174
- Vauxhall Corsa Number of registrations 46,439
- Volkswagen Golf Number of registrations 43,109
- Ford Focus Number of registrations 39,372
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class Number of registrations 37,608
- Nissan Qashqai Number of registrations 33,972
- Mini Hatch Number of registrations 31,233
- Volkswagen Polo Number of registrations 26,965
- Ford Puma Number of registrations 26,294
- Volvo XC40 Number of registrations 25,023
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“We’re dead as a species if we don’t tell stories, because then we don’t know who we are.”
— Alan Rickman
Happiness is… Future Nostalgia
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I just asked my husband if he remembers what today is… Scaring men is easy.
Love is…reading each other like a book
A time for the latest records to be broken…A time to listen to the latest records.
21 January 1846 The first edition of the Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens is published in London.
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