Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies at 68

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68.

Rick Parfitt’s musical partnership with Francis Rossi, which spanned five decades, made Status Quo one of the UK’s most most enduring and significant rock bands.

Rick Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017. In October, he announced he would no longer be performing with Status Quo after suffering from a heart attack in the summer.

Drummer Jeff Rich, who played in Status Quo with Rick Parfitt for 16 years, paid tribute saying he was “just a really good musician, very under-rated, great rhythm player, but his health problems were a big issue for him. I’m sure he wanted to give his all on stage and eventually he just couldn’t do it any more.”

Queen guitarist Brian May tweeted: “Shocked and so sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt. Hard to find words, You truly joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy.” whilst former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure tweeted: “Dreadfully sad. Lovely man. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

Midge Ure co-organised Live Aid in 1985, which was memorably opened by Status Quo performing Rockin’ All Over The World.

With his flowing blond locks, denim gear and Fender Telecaster, Rick Parfitt was one of rock’s most recognisable guitarists. His partnership with Francis Rossi became the nucleus of Status Quo, one of Britain’s most enduring bands.

Having cashed in on the psychedelic sound in the late 1960s, Status Quo then settled on their distinctive brand of boogie-woogie rock – a signature sound that transcended the changes in musical fashion over the decades and made them one of the best-loved live acts of their generation. As well as driving the Status Quo signature sound, Rick Parfitt wrote many of the band’s biggest hits to be found in this Top 10 best Status Quo songs –

 

Top 10 Best Status Quo Songs

 

1) Rockin’ All Over The World ( No3 1977 )

2) Living on an Island ( No16 1979 )

3) Pictures of Matchstick Men ( No7 1968 )

4) Paper Plane ( No8 1972 )

5) In The Army Now ( No2 1986 )

6) Down Down ( No1 1975 )

7) Whatever You Want ( No4 1979 )

8) Rain ( No7 1976 )

9) Roll Over Lay Down ( No9  1975 )

10) Break the Rules ( No8 1974 )

 

Which are your favourite Status Quo songs? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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Turn-tables turn as vinyl record sales pass digital purchases for first time

Last week vinyl record sales passed £2.4million eclipsing the £2.1million for digital music purchases, giving further proof that vinyl record shopping in the UK has gone mainstream.

vinyl-album-on-turntableThe interest in buying a physical format of music on vinyl has experienced a resurgence in the past 12 months. This time last year, the sale of vinyl albums reached £1.2m while digital sales were £4.4m. Vinyl records have now experienced eight consecutive years of growth, despite almost dying out around 2006.

Kim Bayley, chief executive of the Entertainment Retailers Association, attributed the increase in vinyl record sales across the UK to being down to a greater number of retail outlets. An increasing number of independent and national vinyl record only shops ( like Rough Trade ) have opened, whilst supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco now stock vinyl records, making them easily accessible.

The top ten records sold this week reflect the variety of people now buying vinyl. Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse and Busted are in the chart, alongside the Guardian of the Galaxy film soundtrack and Now That’s What I Call Christmas compilation album.

Kim Bayley added: “We have a new generation buying vinyl, lots of teenagers and lots of people under 25, who now  vinyl-record want to buy their favourite artists on vinyl and have something a bit more tangible, a bit more collectible. People have become keen to support their favourite artists by buying into that ownership concept. It’s very difficult to demonstrate your love of an artist if you don’t have something to hold on to.”

This is music to the Record Press author’s ears, if you will pardon the appalling pun!! As an unabashed “Vinyl Record Ambassador”, long may this trend for vinyl record buying continue and grow……

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David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue to go ahead

A David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue will be erected following the success of a crowdfunding campaign, in the best traditions of the Blue Peter Appeal.

The statue will be put up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where David Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust character and two albums, after more than 650 people pledged in excess of £100,000, 19 hours ahead of the deadline. More than 650david-bowie-ziggy-stardust people pledged sums, from £10 to £6,000, for the bronze sculpture, enabling it to beat the deadline to raise the cash.

Campaigner David Stopps said it was an exciting moment: “We are very grateful to everybody. It’s been a Biblical 40 days. The bottom line now is that the statue will happen.”

Adele’s record company and 80s musician, Howard Jones were among six donators giving £6,000. David Bowie’s booking agent, John Giddings born in nearby Hertfordshire pledged £5,000.

The statue will be sited under arches in the Market Square which Bowie referenced in Five Years, the opening track of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars album. David Bowie performed as Ziggy Stardust during gigs at the town’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s. Bowie also played a gig at the club in September 1971 where he debuted the album Hunky Dory.

The David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue is being designed by sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, who has also made commissions for the Queen. Speakers above the statue will play a Bowie track every hour.

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David Bowie final five years to be featured in BBC documentary

The last five years of the life of David Bowie will be explored in a BBC documentary, to be broadcast to coincide with the first anniversary of his death on the 8th January 2017.

The BBC documentary will focus on the final two David Bowie albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, alongside the stage musical Lazarus, which recently opened in London.david bowie

It will be directed by Francis Whately as a follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years, which the Record Press author saw recently and thoroughly enjoyed.

The BBC Two documentary will be part of a BBC season marking the anniversary of David Bowie’s death from cancer in January 2016. An unreleased a capella vocal David Bowie recorded for Lazarus will form part of the film, called David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

Among the contributors are David Bowie’s long-time producer Tony Visconti and the musicians who played on The Next Day and Blackstar, who will recreate some of the star’s final studio sessions.

Francis Whately explains: “I always hoped that I would make another film about Bowie as we were only able to david bowie heroesscratch the surface in the first film, but I just didn’t expect it to be this soon. However, looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change – Bowie the chameleon. Instead, I would like to show how the changes were often superficial, but the core themes in his work were entirely consistent – alienation, mortality and fame.”

The season will also see BBC Four broadcasting Bowie at the BBC, a compilation of rarely-seen archive of the star’s performances and interviews at the BBC, spanning more than 40 years. Radio 2 will dedicate an entire documentary to the star’s seminal hit Life On Mars, while 6 Music will mark what would have been the 70th birthday of on Sunday 8th January with a day of special programming.

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Elvis Presley appeal endures as he breaks album chart record

Elvis Presley has broken the record for the most number one albums by a solo artist in the UK.

Elvis Presley’s new album The Wonder Of You has held off stiff competition from Lady Gaga and Michael Buble to become his 13th album to top the chart. Up until now Elvis Presley and Madonna were tied record holders with 12elvis-album-wonder-of-you-album number one albums each to their names.

Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley told the Official Charts Company he would have been “so thankful” for the achievement. She said: “I am incredibly proud of all he has accomplished and so grateful to the UK fans who have kept his legacy alive with all of their support. I hope they continue to listen and love his music as much as I do.”

On Elvis’s latest album, his original vocal performances are accompanied by music from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The singer, who died in 1977, is now second only to The Beatles, who have 15 number one albums to their name.

 

As a reminder of the brilliance of the man and his music, here’s the Record Press Top 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs –

Top 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs

1) My Boy ( 1974 )

2) Just Can’t Help Believing ( 1971 )

3) Always On My Mind ( 1972 )

4) Moody Blue ( 1977 )

5) In the Ghetto ( 1968 )

6) The Wonder Of You ( 1970 )

7) Heartbreak Hotel ( 1955 )

8) Blue Suede Shoes ( 1955 )

9) Suspicious Minds ( 1969 )

10) Jailhouse Rock ( 1957 )

 

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Abba to reform in virtual reality in 2018

Four months after they performed together for the first time in more than 30 years  ( at a private gala event in Stockholm in June ), Abba have announced that they will launch a “virtual and live experience” next year.

The Abba project, in partnership with Spice Girls svengali Simon Fuller and Universal Music Group, is being billed as “a groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual-reality technology … which will enableabba-in-all-white a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel Abba in a way previously unimagined”.

Benny Andersson from Abba announced: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.”

Singer Frida Lyngstad added: “Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new Abba creation will excite them as much as it excites me!”

At this juncture it is unclear exactly how the Abba project will unfold. Further details are to be announced in 2017, with the launch taking place in 2018.

 

Elton John to chronicle his Circle of Life in autobiography

Elton John is to release an autobiography, promised to be a “no-holds-barred account” of his colourful life.

In a statement Elton John commented: “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person. I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realise what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living. I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honour of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes. My life has been one helluva rollercoaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”

It will be the first and only official autobiography of the 69-year old Elton John, who released his 33rd studio album earlier this year. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 300million records.elton-john-daniel

Stephen Rubin, president and publisher at Henry Holt & Company, commented: “Elton John is an extraordinary pop culture figure whose celebrity transcends his music. Sure we know the lyrics to all his signature songs, but we love him just as much for his charity work, for his wide circle of friends, including royalty, for his supremely unforgettable outrageousness and sense of style and humour, and for his irresistible likability.”

A big-screen biopic, to star Tom Hardy as Elton John was announced in 2013 but has yet to begin production.

 

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Michael Buble to host the 2017 Brit Awards ceremony

Michael Buble has confirmed he is going to be the new host of the Brit Awards, starting with the 2017 ceremony.

In a statement to the BBC Michael Buble said: “It’s a huge honour for me to host such a big night in music. Even michael-buble-everything-cd-single-imagethough I didn’t grow up as a Brit I’ve always been well aware of the Brit Awards and their impact globally.”

Michael Buble continued: “As a fan of music this is the perfect gig. I’m very much looking forward to February and celebrating the success stories of a great year in music. So to be able to be honoured by being asked to do something like the Brits, it’s a privilege, it really is.”

Brits chief and Sony Music chairman Jason Iley commented: “This is a huge coup for the Brit Awards and we are delighted to announce Michael as our host for 2017. He is an extremely talented and charismatic world-class entertainer, much loved by the British public.”

 

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1980s boyband Bros are to reform for 30th anniversary

Bros, one of the biggest boy bands of the 1980s, are reuniting to mark their 30th anniversary.

Although the Record Press author once nicknamed Bros “Dross”, I acknowledge their huge popularity for a month or two at the end of the 1980s!!

Twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss will play London’s O2 Arena next August, although original bassist Craig Logan will not take part in the reunion. Bros had eight top 10 hits between 1987 and 1989 with songs like When Will I Be Famousbros and I Owe You Nothing.

Bros have stated that they have no plans to release any new music ahead of the shows. “We’re going to honour the songs, some of the key sounds,” according to Luke. So that’s a merciful outcome!!

Craig Logan left Bros at the height of their fame after suffering ME. He later became a successful music impressario, managing the likes of Sade and Tina Turner and playing a key role in the success of Robbie Williams.

Matt and Luke Goss have indicated that he is “welcome” to return. Matt said: “I’m very proud of Craig’s success but we started the band in school and Bros is Matt and Luke, without question.”

The Bros reunion show will take place on 19th August 2017 – exactly 28 years after the brothers played to 77,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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As Cliff Richard & Elvis team up here’s a Top 20 Best Duets

Cliff Richard is performing a “duet” with none other than the late Elvis Presley on his new album, albeit posthumously ( for Elvis not Cliff!! ).

Sir Cliff, 75, sings Blue Suede Shoes with the late Elvis Presley on his latest album release, Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll which is to be released in November.cliff-richard

News of the forthcoming album comes days after the Crown Prosecution Service upheld a decision not to prosecute Cliff Richard over claims of historical sex offences. Sir Cliff, who always denied the allegations, said he was “pleased” with the decision and said he hoped the review “brings this matter to a close”.

Cliff Richard recorded the album in the Blackbird studio in Nashville, Tennessee, fulfilling his boyhood dream of a “duet” with Elvis Presley. The album also includes Cliff Richard’s rendition of songs recorded by his “heroes”, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke and John Lee Hooker. Tracks on the album include Roll Over Beethoven, Great Balls Of Fire and Sweet Little Sixteen, as well as a new, original track, cliff-richard-fabulous-rock-n-roll-imageIt’s Better To Dream, and Sir Cliff’s debut single Move It, first released in August 1958.

Cliff Richard commented that the album reflected “a happy, creative, and in many ways an innocent time”, adding: “Not only do I find it hard to believe that my career has spanned this length of time, but also that I still get the chance to do the thing I love best, and that is to get into a studio.”

This got the Record Press author musing over the greatest duets in pop and rock history. There really have been some classic duets, where the fusion of two vocals, especially male and female, have combined to create the perfect harmony. Most of the time it comes down to great chemistry between the two artists in the duet, although ironically the No1 in the following Record Press Top 20 Best Duets is an exception to the rule as Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye loathed each other so much, that their vocals were recorded separately!! However this does not stop “You Are Everything” being the perfect duet!!

Top 20 Best Duets

 

1) Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – You Are Everythingpet-shop-boys-what-have-i-done-to-deserve-thisvinyl-single

2) Neil Tennant & Dusty Springfield – What have I done to deserve this?

3) Jay-Z & Alicia Keys & – Empire State Of Mind

4) Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

5) Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up

6) Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silencekate-bush-peter-gabriel-dont-give-up

7) Righteous Bros – You’ve lost that loving feeling

8) Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes

9) Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream

10) Shane McGowan & Kirsty MaColl – Fairytale of New York

11) David Bowie & Freddie Mercury – Under Pressure

12) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Lovesimon-garfunkel-sound-of-silence-vinyl-single

13) Barry Gibb & Barbara Streisand – Guilty

14) Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits

15) Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley – I had the time of my life

16) John Travolta & Olivia Newton John –You’re the one that I want

17) Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I knew you were waitingjennifer-warnes-bill-medley-i-had-the-time-of-my-life

18) Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

19) Sam & Dave – Soul Man

20) Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright – With you I’m born again

 

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Hull City of Culture to honour Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson

The life and times of David Bowie’s backing band, Spiders From Mars, guitarist Mick Ronson is to be celebrated in his home town as part of Hull’s City of Culture celebrations next year.mick-ronson

Turn and Face the Strange is a live show written by Rupert Creed and Garry Burnett, both of whom hail from Hull. The performance will include film, audio, storytelling and live music.

Mick Ronson grew up in Hull, where he formed the band that went on to become the Spiders From Mars, an integral part of David Bowie’s early success between 1970 and 1973 when they were his backing band. He died in 1993 aged 46 from liver cancer.

A spokesman for the project said Turn and Face the Strange would go “beneath the known narratives of Mick Ronson’s partnership with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars”. He added: “It will tell the story of how a working class boy from Greatfield Estate came to challenge the norms and expectations of his time and place of origin, to play a pivotal role in creating a new music and social culture.”

Rupert Creed commented: “The project will engage and connect Hull residents from Greatfield Estate and across the city, recording and sharing audio stories and memories, personal photographs and memorabilia.” The performance will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia at the Freedom Centre.

In the humble opinion of the Record Press author, Mick Ronson was one of the great unsung British rock guitarists. For me he is in a top five with Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Dave Gilmour and Keith Richards. I would even suggest that mick-ronson-2without Mick Ronson,  David Bowie’s ascent to stardom would have taken a slightly more circuitous, slower route  to the top: such is Mick Ronson’s influence on the David Bowie 1971 album Hunky Dory and his seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust in 1972.

As well as working with David Bowie, Mick Ronson recorded several solo albums, the most successful of which was Slaughter on 10th Avenue, which reached No9 on the UK album chart. He also played on, produced or arranged songs for artists including Lou Reed ( co producing the Transformer album & the song Perfect Day ), Bob Dylan and Morrissey.

However as his epitaph, as far as I am concerned The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust has to be Mick Ronson’s finest hour…….

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Top 10 Madness & Specials songs as a Prince Buster tribute

The ska pioneer Prince Buster, who shaped the course of Jamaican music, has died at his home in Miami at the age of 78.

Like most of the reggae and ska pioneers, Prince Buster was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He became a centrepiece and prince-buster-imagelegend of the burgeoning ska music genre in 1960s Jamaica. According to the BBC, the decision by Prince Buster to use a syncopated beat on tracks such as Little Honey, They Got to Go and Thirty Pieces of Silver is credited as pivotal and the launchpad in ska music’s development and as a result Prince Buster gave himself the moniker “King of Ska”.

The Record Press author was too young to embrace Prince Buster, but not too young to love his protegees Madness and The Specials in the British ska revival of the late 1970s. Prince Buster inspired Madness and The Specials and those  bands inspired my generation, so quid pro quo Prince Buster inspired me and my mates!!

Therefore it is my pleasure to offer this Top 10 best Madness & Specials songs as a Prince Buster tribute –

Top 10 best Madness & Specials songs as a Prince Buster tribute madness-embarrassment-vinyl-single

 

1)  Madness – Embarrassment ( No4 1980 )

2)  Specials – Gangsters ( No6 1979 )

3)  Madness – Night Boat To Cairo ( No6 1980 )

4)  Madness – One Step Beyond ( No7 1979 )

5)  Specials – Do Nothing ( No4 1980 )

6)  Specials – Ghost Town ( No1 1981 )specials-rat-race

7)  Madness – House Of Fun ( No1 1982 )

8)  Specials – Rat Race ( No5 1980 )

9)  Specials – Stereotype ( No6 1980 )

10)  Specials – Too Much Too Young ( No1 1980 )

 

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Teenagers invited to premiere Busted stage musical

Pop band Busted have invited teenagers to a theatre summer school to premiere their new jukebox musical, before it is performed in the West End.

Busted guitarist James Bourne has co-written the musical What I Go To School For about the group’s rise to fame and fortune. The first performances will be staged by around 40 members of Youth Music Theatre (YMT) in Brighton this weekend.busted

James Bourne, who recently reformed Busted, explained: “Our aim is to try and create a show that can last forever.” The musical will showcase songs like Air Hostess, Crashed the Wedding and Year 3000, which were among the eight singles Busted released between 2002-04, all reaching the top three in the UK.

James Bourne has written the show with collaborator Elliot Davis. The pair’s first musical was Loserville, which was staged by YMT in 2009 before going on to the West End and being nominated for an Olivier Award. According to Bourne: “The show quite accurately tells the story of the band from 2001 to 2005, though some characters are real and some characters are made-up versions of real people. Eventually it would be nice to open in the West End after we’ve had more time to develop.”

As well as working on the musical, James Bourne has been back in the recording studio with Busted after a break of 10 years, with a new Busted album due for release later this year.

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Ed Sheeran sued for plagiarising Marvin Gaye song

Ed Sheeran stands accused of copying Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye for his hit single Thinking Out Loud.ed sheeran thinking out loud vinyl single

Pink Floyd become national relics with V & A exhibition

You know when you are an intrinsic part of the national cultural fabric when you become the focus of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. On that basis Pink Floyd have truly arrived as a venerable British institution, finally embodying the title of their 1971 album Relics.

Formed in 1965, Pink Floyd featured lead vocalist and guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick pink floyd vegetable men 1967Mason and keyboard player Rick Wright. Guitarist David Gilmour joined shortly before Syd Barrett’s departure in 1968. Syd Barrett and Rick Wright died in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

The Pink Floyd exhibition will also pay homage to the genius of Syd Barrett, who become a casualty of the late-1960s fascination with LSD. The Dark Side of the Moon is believed to have been partly inspired by Syd Barrett’s mental-health struggles with the follow up album Wish You Were Here chronicling the fall out of his demise on the band.

Some of the ground work for the V&A show has already been done. In 2014, a Pink Floyd retrospective organised by one of Italy’s biggest music promoters was abandoned following a reported dispute over fees and intellectual property rights. A worldwide tour of hundreds of exhibits, including designs and recordings, had been planned. A giant inflatable pig, featured on the cover of Animals, and the stage sculpture of The Wall are among artefacts that are now likely to come to the V&A instead.

 

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Can you believe Pink Floyd are to release a 27 disc box set?!

Pink Floyd have announced the imminent release of a new box set, The Early Years 1965-1972, which will comprise 27 discs – both CDs and DVD/Blu-ray discs.

Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-1972 will contain seven hours of previously unreleased live audio, and more than 15 hours of video. The Record Press author is a big fan of Pink Floyd but it strikes me that this massive box set is one for the anoraks – if you laid all the components of the box set out end to end they would stretch around the circumference of the world twice!!

Joking aside this is a must for Pink Floyd fans, for the amount of unreleased material included. For the first time, the pink floyd vegetable men 1967much-bootlegged Syd Barrett-era songs Vegetable Man and Scream Thy Last Scream get an official release. Arguably more exciting for Pink Floyd fans is the release of what has been described on message boards as “the most obscure Pink Floyd recording of all” and “the Floyd holy grail”.

The Pink Floyd holy grail is the eight tracks the Sud Barrett-era band recorded for the film-maker John Latham on 20th October 1967 in London, but which he decided not to use in his short film Speak. It is believed that these tracks have never been bootlegged.

Another collector’s item is the release of In the Beechwoods, a Syd Barrett song recorded at the same time as Jugband Blues, from the second Pink Floyd album A Saucerful of Secrets, which has previously surfaced in low-quality abridged form.

The box set also comes replete with the inevitable posters, pictures and replica 7″ vinyl singles.

If you are not a millionaire and can’t afford a 27-disc set, you can settle for a 2CD highlights compilation. Needless to say, that does not feature Vegetable Man or Scream Thy Last Scream, or the John Latham session. So if you’re serious about the Syd Barrett era, I’m afraid you will have to buy the complete box set.framed pink floyd vinyl single image

Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-1972 will be released on the 11th November.

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David Bowie musical Lazarus to open in London

Lazarus, the uncannily named stage musical showcasing the songs of David Bowie, is to open in London this autumn after a successful run in New York.

Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, the show premiered last November in the New York Theatre, just a matter of weeks before David Bowie’s death in January of this year.David Bowie musical Lazarus 2

David Bowie co-wrote Lazarus with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, the award-winning writer of Once. The London production will run at the Kings Cross Theatre from 25th October to 22nd January 2017.

Reprising their roles from the original New York production are Michael C Hall, who starred in hit TV series Dexter, Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso.

Lazarus recounts the story of a human-looking alien who comes to Earth. The production has real pedigree, directed by Ivo van Hove the Belgian director behind the acclaimed A View From the Bridge, starring Mark Strong, which ran in London and New York.

When it opened in New York, The Guardian described Lazarus as “unapologetically weird… and oddly intriguing” whilst Rolling Stone summarised the show as a “surrealistic tour de force.”

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Led Zeppelin to release BBC Sessions compilation

A Led Zeppelin session for the BBC from 1969 that was believed to have been lost when archives were erased has been recovered from a recording made by a fan.

The Led Zeppelin set went out on the BBC World Service as part of Alexis Korner’s Rhythm and Blues programme and was tape recorded from an AM radio in Europe. It includes the band’s only known recording of the track Sunshine jimmy page & robert plantWoman and two other unreleased tracks I Can’t Quit You Baby and What Is And What Should Never Be.

The Led Zeppelin session recording has been restored with help from guitarist Jimmy Page for inclusion on a new compilation. The Complete BBC Sessions, which will be released in September, is a remastered update of a 1997 collection of tracks recorded for the BBC between 1969 and 1971. Arguably it includes eight previously unreleased recordings, including the first broadcast of Stairway To Heaven ( from the BBC Paris Cinema in London on 1 April 1971 ) but in reality, it is only three tracks that are technically unreleased.

As much as I’m a Led Zeppelin fan, I cannot help feeling that despite the inclusion of three previously unreleased tracks, the new 3 CD or 5 vinyl LP “deluxe edition” box set will cost a lot of money for predominantly old rope. Much better to have released them as a three track EP in a vinyl single or CD single format. However no doubt dedicated, purist Led Zeppelin fans will want to add this latest release to their collection.

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Queen Greatest Hits top seller after 60 years of album chart

Queen’s Greatest Hits is the biggest-selling album in the UK.

To celebrate 60 years of the official album chart OfficialCharts.com has released the 60 biggest-selling albums of all time in UK, with Queen reigning at the peak of the list.queen-greatest-hits

In 2014 Queen’s Greatest Hits became the first to sell 6m copies of an album in the UK, having now sold 6.1 million copies, with Queen’s Greatest Hits II also shifting enough sales to enter at No 10, with almost 4m copies sold.

Just behind Queen is another best-of – Abba’s Gold: Greatest Hits, which is the UK’s second-biggest-selling album, shifting 5.2m units since its release in 1992. At No3 is the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with 21 by Adele at No4 (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis completes the Top 5, with sales of 4.7 million.

The Top 60 chart is part of the Official Chart Company’s month-long anniversary celebrations. The first ever chart was published in the Record Mirror on the 22nd July 1956, and featured Frank Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers in the top spot.abba gold
Martin Talbot, chief executive of Official Charts commented: “In celebration of 60 years of the UK’s official album chart, it is fantastic that we can crown Queen as the kings of the anniversary Top 60. With seven albums by British acts in the all-time Top 10, and Adele’s 21 now challenging the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper to be the biggest-selling studio album of all time, it is a great list for home-grown talent. And the fact that Adele’s latest album 25 is riding into the overall Top 30, along with Ed Sheeran’s X, underlines the power of the official albums chart in championing great British talent, young and old.”
The full Top 60 list is available here

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Which 1980s male solo act would you like to see return?

1980s pop star Rick Astley has returned to the top of the UK album chart after an interval of 29 years.

The Rick Astley comeback album, 50, beat new releases by Tom Odell, Paul McCartney, ELO and Drake to take the No1 spot. Rick commented: “It’s amazing, it’s incredible. It’s been a very, very, very long time.”rick astley

Rick Astley was an integral part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman hit factory in the late 1980s and the Record Press author was not a fan. Although I recognised his undoubted talent and the quality of his vocals, I detested the songs Pete Waterman foisted upon him in the name of commercial “art”!! However 30 years on Rick Astley has finally arrived, fulfilling his potential and promise, with new material of a much more mature, thoughtful and soulful sound as you might expect of a middle aged man!!

Rick Astley has been in a fierce battle for the number one slot over the last week, changing places with Tom Odell on several occasions. In the end, he outsold the Tom Odell by 3,700 copies. According to the Official Chart Company, Rick Astley sold more physical CDs, while Tom Odell secured more digital sales and streams.

Rick Astley joked: “I like Tom Odell. I bought his last album, and I’m going to buy this one as well, but I’ve held off from buying it this week!” To put his achievement into perspective, Rick Astley last topped the chart in 1987, three paul youngyears before Tom Odell was born, with his debut album Never Gonna Give You Up.

Rick Astley added: “Elton John’s sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said ‘just make sure you enjoy it. He’s one of those people I’ve always respected… so it was a nice moment to get that congratulations.”

I know many of you loved Rick Astley in the 1980s and with better song choices I would have been a member of his fan club. In terms of a 1980s white solo singer with a velvety soulful voice, my choice would have to be Paul Young. He had the voice and backed it up with great songs like Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home), Love of the Common People and Love Will Tear Us Apart. My favourite Paul Young songs have to be Come Back and Stay, I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down and Everytime You Go Away.

 

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David Bowie masked ball at Isle of Wight festival

Music fans wore David Bowie masks at the Isle of Wight festival, the first of a series of tributes to the late singer at outdoor music events and festivals throughout the UK this summer.

David Bowie’s last festival appearance was at the Isle of Wight in 2004. He died in January after a battle with cancer.David Bowie – Young Americans

The tribute on Saturday was organised by Stand Up to Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, which is the Isle of Wight festival’s official charity partner for 2016.

The festival’s chief, John Giddings, commented: “David was a true musical icon, an immense talent who as a performer was incredible. His energy, creativity and passion were incomparable and I feel very lucky to have spent so many years working with him.”

He added: “His set at the Isle of Wight festival in 2004 was one of the highlights of my career, and sadly his last UK festival show. I was hoping he’d play this year so our tribute will be a very emotional moment for me.”

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Tonight Rod is the Knight……

After a seeming eternity, Rod Stewart has finally been knighted in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

The 71-year-old rock star who was awarded a CBE in 2007, has been honoured for his music rod stewartand charity work. But you don’t simply get a knighthood for being able to sing and giving time to philanthropic and altruistic causes. Longevity is a key ingredient – hence we have Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Elton John and not Sir Ed Sheeran, Sir James Bay and Sir George Ezra.

Rod Stewart has survived for nearly 50 years in a rock and pop music landscape, scattered with the corpses and casualties of self-destructive souls who foundered on the rocks of drink and drugs. And the reason Rod Stewart has survived unscathed, is that he is a remarkably uncomplicated, straight forward man. As a younger man and rock star, he quite naturally had a penchant for beautiful women, epitomised by his torrid relationship with Britt Ekland, and it’s fair to say that he was more focused on philandering than philanthropy in those early years. But for the past twenty five years, beyond a few beers his life is a clean and healthy one.

The overriding reason for Rod Stewart’s success over five decades is that he is a fantastic vocalist androd stewart & britt ekland songwriter, who served a long apprenticeship from his early years as a beatnik and mod and on through arguably his best period, with his short lived blues collaboration with Long John Baldry and the Jeff Beck Group and onto the Faces years, where in tandem with their legendary hell raising and partying, the band produced some sublime songs.

Post The Faces, Rod Stewart’s early solo work between 1975 and 1977 was excellent before he fell foul to the disco era and the 1980s, the decade that taste, style and sophistication  forgot. But then who didn’t come unstuck in that decade – just look at Elton John’s mediocre output in the 1980s!! After a period recording classic standards, Rod Stewart has recently recorded his first album of his own songs in 20 years, called “Can’t Stop Me Now”. Many of the tracks are excellent, but for now let’s reflect on his back catalogue, with this Record Press Top 10 Best Rod Stewart Songs

Top 10 Best Rod Stewart Songs

 1) You’re In My Heart ( 1977 )

2) The Killing of Georgie ( 1976 )rod-stewart-youre-in-my-heart-vinyl-single

3) Maggie May ( 1971 )

4) Tonight’s The Night ( 1976 )

5) Sailing ( 1975 )

6) Oh! No, Not My Baby ( 1973 )

7) Young Turks ( 1981 )

8) Cindy Incidentally ( with The Faces ) ( 1973 )

9) In A Broken Dream ( with Python Lee Jackson ( 1972 )

10) You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything ( with The Faces ) ( 1974 )

 

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Queen’s top 10 favourite songs unveiled for her 90th birthday

Show tunes and songs by Gary Barlow, George Formby and Vera Lynn are among the Queen’s favourite pieces of music, it has been revealed.

Her Majesty’s relatives discussed her music taste in BBC documentary Our Queen: 90 Musical Years.

Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Queen’s cousin, informed the programme: “The Queen loves the theatre the queenand musicals like Showboat, Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun. These were the tunes that remained in one’s head and were very danceable to.” She added: “The Queen is a fantastic dancer. She’s got great rhythm.”

Speaking to the Radio Times, the programme’s presenter, Eve Pollard, described the Queen’s music taste as “mainstream, no airs and graces.” A playlist featuring the Queen’s 10 favourite songs has been unveiled as part of the BBC Radio 2 documentary.

In addition to songs from musicals, they include The White Cliffs Of Dover by Vera Lynn and Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire. More recent songs on the list include Sing, performed by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives – which was co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Queen’s 10 favourite pieces of music include: Oklahoma! by Howard Keel, Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun) by Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson, Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives, Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire, The White Cliffs Of Dover by Vera Lynn and Leaning on a Lamp-post by George Formby.

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Royal Mail stamps celebrate 50 years of Pink Floyd

When you send a postcard from the pier at your seaside resort this summer saying “Wish you were here”, it may well reach it’s recipient courtesy of Pink Floyd.

A new set of stamps is being issued by the Royal Mail to honour the contribution Pink Floyd have made to British music and culture over the past 50 years.Pink Floyd stamps

The ten stamps, featuring some of  Pink Floyd’s best known album covers, will mark 50 years since the group turned professional in 1966, and will include album covers such as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

Some of the stamps will celebrate live performances by Pink Floyd, which broke new ground with extensive use of lights and film projections. The images will portray Pink Floyd’s psychedelic light shows and the staging of their The Wall album.

The stamp set can be pre-ordered from 26th May and will be on sale at post offices from 7th July. Framed CD MFR

 

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David Bowie vinyl album breaks Discogs price record

An original vinyl copy of the David Bowie second album has become the most expensive vinyl record ever sold on the record collectors’ site Discogs.

bowie discogs albumThe original vinyl UK pressing of the 1969 album David Bowie, which was later retitled Space Oddity, sold for £4,722, beating the record set in 2015 by Chung King Can Suck It, a limited-edition 12in by the New York band Judge, a copy of which sold for £4,183.

Ron Rich, Discog’s marketing director indicated that the high price unsurprisingly is related to the death of David Bowie earlier this year, stating: “As morbid as it sounds, there is usually a bump in sales in the marketplace for a given artist when they pass. Collectors look to grab that piece of history, they want to own that a piece of the story. There are a finite number of that album and even fewer that were released under the title David Bowie – find one in good condition and you can relive that moment when you first listened to it. It’s tough to put a monetary value on that.”

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Michael Jackson or Prince fan? Which are you?

For music fans in the 1980s & 1990s, you were either a Michael Jackson fan or a Prince fan. You couldn’t really be both and it really was a case of “Never the twain shall meet”!!

For the Record Press author it wasn’t a difficult decision – I fell easily into the Prince camp, culminating in seeing him in concert princeat Olympia, Earls Court in London in 1992. It’s a night that will stay with me thanks to the brilliance of Prince and the fact that I took as my guest the daughter of a Texan oil millionaire who had taken a real shine to me.

Sadly I let the millionairess from Austin, Texas slip through my fingers and have led a life of relative poverty since. However I never let Prince go……

As much as I admired and respected Michael Jackson, and nobody in their right mind would dismiss his vocal and dancing prowess as an all round performer, Prince was the man. Michael Jackson was too camp and feminine; Prince prince purple rain vinyl single coverwhilst being androgynous had a grittiness about him. Prince was a contradiction certainly but his music wasn’t.

Prince’s music was much more edgy and gritty; the music of Michael Jackson whilst very sophisticated lacked political punch with the exception of the dreadful Earth Song. Prince songs often had a social comment; sadness and sleaze often dressed up in a floral flourish but there was a message unmistakeably.

I’m not asking you decide between “Jacko” and Prince. That would be invidious. In some ways it’s hard to differentiate between as they shared many character similarities – both were shy, socially awkward, eccentric recluses. And undoubtedly both were musical geniuses.

However on the occasion of his death, let’s remember the genius of Prince with this Top 5 Best Prince Songs –

 

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1) Purple Rain

2) Sign O’ The Times

3) When Doves Cry

4) Little Red Corvette

5) Let’s Go Crazy

 

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Was 1971 a golden year for pop & rock music?

There’s a new book out that suggests that 1971 was the best and definitive year for music in the 1970s: 1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year by David Hepworth.

Goodreads.com rates it very highly in its review: “A rollicking look at 1971 – the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the 70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni david hepworth book never a dull momentMitchell.”

The review continues: “On New Year’s Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London, effectively ending The Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era. The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental year, the world would hear Don McLean’s “American Pie,” The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” and more.”

David Hepworth, author of “1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year”……was twenty-one in 1971, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. In the book he takes the reader on “a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted.”

Goodreads.com concludes its review: “1971 – Never a Dull Moment is more than a love song to the music of 1971. It’s also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike. From Soul Train to The Godfather, hot pants to table tennis, Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes, culminating in an epic story of rock and roll’s best year.”

For the Record Press author, 1971 will always be synonymous with my childhood. It was the year that the Raleigh 1970s 1 munch bunch pencil topsChopper and its junior version the Raleigh Chipper were launched and revolutionised transportation for my friends and I. In the school playground the Munch Bunch pencil tops were all the rage. For those of a certain vintage who are struggling to remember them – they were the fruit and vegetable people who were impaled on our pencils in the classroom!!

My favourite TV shows were Catweazle, Land of the Giants, Banana Splits and The Persuaders. I have to say I hadn’t discovered pop and rock music at the time. Retrospectively I have developed a fondness for the music of 1971, without being overly enamoured with the year as a musical chapter. So I have to disagree with David Hepworth – I would opt  for 1974, 1975 ( years where  Glam Rock collided colourfully with the advent of Disco ) or 1979 ( where New Wave, Electro-pop, Reggae and Ska co-existed in the UK charts ) as being better years for music in the 1970s.

However 1971 produced some classic songs and hits as illustrated by this Record Press Top 10 Best Songs of 1971 –

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1) Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?

2) John Lennon – Imagine

3) Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

4) Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven

5) Carole King – It’s Too Late Babyled zeppelin stairway to heaven

6) George Harrison – My Sweet Lord

7) Elton John – Your Song

8) Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting

9) Elvis Presley – I Just Can’t Help Believin’

10) Rod Stewart – Maggie May

 

Which is your favourite year for music and why? Tell us about your memories from that year in the Reply Box below.

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Its 30 yrs since Pet Shop Boys teamed up with West End Girls

It is 30 years since the Pet Shop Boys released their debut album “Please” with its flagship single “West End Girls”.

Emblematic of much of 1980s synth-pop at the time (cascading synths, electronic melodies, arpeggios, pulsating drum rhythms), the album “Please” brought Pet Shop Boys great prominence in the UK and US, thanks to a No1 placing on both sides of the Atlantic with their debut single “West End Girls”.

Despite its great commercial success, there’s one fundamental element of “Please” by the Pet Shop Boys that appears to have been ovelooked; the album remains a cultural touchstone in popular music, not only for its sonic influence, but forPet Shop Boys west end girls what “Please” (and the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe themselves) represents in terms of sexuality and LGBT representation in pop music.

To put it into perspective, “Please” was released during a pivotal period of the gay rights movement. The US was five years into the AIDS crisis; a disease ravaging the gay community in the UK and US. So, intentional or not, Pet Shop Boys’ timing was right in that the duo broke sexual taboos in pop, and it all started with the worldwide hit “West End Girls.”

A slice of synth-pop bliss with an overt hip hop bent, the “West End Girls” single became Tennant and Lowe’s breakthrough hit. In spite of its title, it’s the song’s infamous lyric, “Which do you choose, a hard or soft option?” that serves as the duo’s calling card: Sexually ambiguous lyrics that apply to both gay and straight relationships.
While the lyric may be cryptic at first, Brits and Londoners knew precisely what the Pet Shop Boys were getting at. The song was mirroring the Yuppie world of Margaret Thatcher’s get rich quick London as East End barrow boys made good becoming financial traders, frequenting the “City” bars, mixing with the uptownWest End girls from the advertising and fashion PR worlds. Neil Tennant confirms this:  “A lot of people assumed the song was about prostitutes and of course, typically, it didn’t even enter my head. It was meant to be about class, about rough boys getting a bit of posh.”
Anyway as good as “West End Girls” is as a pop single and dance song, lest we forget the Pet Shop Boys had other cracking hits too –
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1) West End Girls ( No1 1986 )
2) What Have I Done To Deserve This?
     – with Dusty Springfield ( No2 1987 )
3) It’s A Sin ( No1 1987 )
4) Always On My Mind ( No1 1987 )
5) Opportunities ( No11 1986 )

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Top 5 Fool Songs to celebrate April Fool’s Day

Unless you live on Mars, you will be very aware that April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on the 1st April by playing practical jokes and pranks on people.

The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting “April Fool”. It has become a tradition and custom for newspapers, magazines, and the broadcast media to report fake stories, which are usually revealed  at a later date.

april fools dayHowever the history and origins of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is less well known but it is widely believed that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year’s Day was moved from the 25th March – 1st April (new year’s week) to the 1st January.

In medieval times communication was a very slow process and many people only learned of the calendar change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, the 1st April.

These people were marked out and labelled as “fools” by the general population. They were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to non-existent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these jokes became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

This tradition of prank playing eventually spread to the UK and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to  America by the English and the French colonialists shortly thereafter. April Fool’s Day has subsequently been adopted on an international scale with many countries celebrating the 1st April in this eccentric, quirky way.

 

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Top 5 Fool Songs to celebrate April Fool’s Day

 

1) The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

2) Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry

3) Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold

4) Beatles – Fool On The Hill

5) Elvis Presley – Fool

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 all-time best selling singles re-shaped by streaming stats

The Guardian newspaper have invited Spotify to do some research, taking the all-time top 20 selling singles (as listed on Wikipedia) and re-ranking them according to the numbers of streams up to the end of February.

There is no crossover between the most-streamed tracks and the bestselling tracks. The most-streamed tracks all come from the past decade, which reflects the promotion those tracks get on Spotify and social media, and that they are Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas Is Youconsumed by a youth audience. It’s significant that all 20 tracks are pop records; the list reads like a Radio 1 playlist. The figures are probably also affected by the fact that the big beasts of the rock jungle – the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC – avoided streaming for a long time, keeping their music away from the Spotify service.

The all-time bestselling list, when re-ranked by streaming numbers, shows a massive boost for those songs that have become hardy perennials – power ballads and Christmas hits. Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You moves from No 14 on the sales list to No 1 on the streaming list, with nearly twice as many streams as anything else. Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5 are taken up by a run of big ballads from between 20 and 30 years ago.

The all-time top 10 selling singles, re-ranked by streaming numbers

1. (14) Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You (113,898,731 streams)
2. (7) Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (67,756,710)
3. (13) Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On (50,443,976)
4. (16) Scorpions – Wind of Change (42,975,143)
5. (12) Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (39,287,271)
6. (1) Bing Crosby – White Christmas (35,548,184)
7. (11) John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – You’re the One That I Want (26,673,010)
8. (2) Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997 (18,838,214)
9. (4) Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime (14,378,863)
10. (20) The Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand (10,455,054)

 

Spotify’s all-time top 10 most streamed tracks

1. Major Lazer – Lean OnMajor Lazer – Lean On
2. Ed Sheeran– Thinking Out Loud
3. Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn vs Salaam Remix)
4. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
5. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
7. Hozier – Take Me to Church
6. Justin Bieber – Sorry
9. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again (feat Charlie Puth)
8. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
10. Skrillex – Where Are Ü Now (feat. Justin Bieber)

 

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