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  • What was Number 1 on my 14th birthday? Find out what song supposedly 'defines your life'

    Does the Number 1 on your 14th birthday define your life?

    According to brand new popular myth, the song that was Number 1 on your 14th birthday is the one that defines your entire life.

    Why? We’re not entirely sure. The theory started doing the rounds on Twitter thanks to user Swank0cean and it has since gone viral, with over 5,000 replies sparking elated or disappointed reactions.

    So, what are you waiting for? To find out who was reigning supreme on the Official Singles Chart on your 14th birthday, simply enter your date of birth in the Official Charts archive

    You can also find out on the official charts page that lists every Official Number 1 single ever, going back to 1952.

    Just for fun, the official charts guys punched in the 14th birthdays of some music stars to see which song supposedly defines them best.

    Dua Lipa: Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

    We've gotta feeling that 2018's going to be a good one for Dua.

    Stormzy: Kanye West – Stronger

    Harder, better, faster, stronger... 

    Britney Spears: Robson & Jerome – I Believe/Up On The Roof

    We have a feeling Brit won't be familiar with this one.

    George Ezra: Rihanna – Umbrella

    Banger.

    Calvin Harris: All Saints – Never Ever

    We hope for Calvin's sake this emotional singalong doesn't define his life.

    Anne-Marie: Tony Christie ft. Peter Kay (Is This The Way To) Amarillo

    When the day is dawnin'
    On a Texas Sunday mornin'
    How I long to be there
    With Marie who's waitin' for me there

    Spooky.

    Kylie: Madness – House Of Fun

    We reckon Kylie will be pleased with this one.

    Brandon Flowers: Robson & Jerome – Unchained Melody/White Cliffs Of Dover

    Two timeless classics right there.

    Ed Sheeran: U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own

    Except if you're Ed Sheeran.

    Taylor Swift: Will Young – Leave Right Now

    Please don't go anywhere, Tay!

     

    Original story from official charts website and edited for the video vault

     

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  • Kylie Minogue: 50 golden chart facts about the original pop princess

    Imagine a world without Kylie Minogue. On second thoughts, don't go down that hole, because we have and it wasn't pretty. Thank goodness we have her.  

    Anyway, with a mighty 50 UK Top 40 hits to her name and new album Golden out this year, Official Charts brings you 50 chart facts about the pop superstar. See what we did there? Right, deep breath...

    1. Kylie Minogue has had 7 UK Number 1 singles – the same number as Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Elton John and George Michael. They are: I Should Be So Lucky, Especially For You, Hand On Your Heart, Tears On My Pillow, Spinning Around, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Slow.

    2. Across those seven singles, she’s logged a total of 16 weeks in pole position.

    3. She’s spent a total of 20 weeks at Number 2 over the years. Argh! 

    4. Rihanna, The Spice Girls and Madonna are the only female acts to have more UK Number 1 hits than Kylie Minogue.

    5. Kylie’s singles have so far spent 316 weeks in the Official Singles Chart Top 40.

    6. Of that, 118 of them were in the Top 10.

    7. Kylie is the most successful Australian on the Official Chart. Her Neighbours chum Jason Donovan trails her, with four visits to the top spot.

    8. 11 of Kylie’s singles peaked at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart. Only Madonna has more, with 12.

    9. She’s had plenty of Number 2s (if you know what we mean) but only two Kylie songs have peaked at Number 3 – In Your Eyes in 2002 and All The Lovers in 2010.

    10. Kylie has been kept off Number 1 by the same band on three separate occasions with three different songs, but who is this chart nemesis? It’s Scottish quartet Wet Wet Wet.

    11. Kylie has scored at least one Number 1 album across four decades, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s.

    12. Kylie has landed at least one Top 10 single across four decades, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s.

    13. After Kylie’s fourth Number 1 Tears on my Pillow, she had to wait ten and half years for the next one — Spinning Around in 2000.

    14. Wow peaked at Number 5 – the highest charting ‘Wow’ song in the UK. Kylie’s track peaked higher than songs by Kate Bush, Lil Bow Wow, Blackstreet and The Stylistics. Wow! Check out the full list here.

    15. Only six artists have more Top 10 hits than Kylie – she has 34 as a soloist, and 36 if you include her involvement in the Band Aid II and Helping Haiti charity singles.

    16. Four of Kylie’s Top 10 hits are collaborations, the first being Especially For You with Jason Donovan in 1988, and the last being 2011’s Higher with Taio Cruz.

    17. Between 1988–1991, Kylie had 13 consecutive Top 10 singles in the UK. Word Is Out broke the run, peaking at 16.

    18. Kylie’s last Number 1 single to date is 2003’s Slow.

    19. Slow is also Kylie’s lowest selling Number 1 – 169,000 sold.

    20. On a happier note, Slow was the first Number 1 on which Kylie had a writing credit.

    21. Kylie has scored 50 UK Top 40 singles, apt considering she is turning 50 in 2018. Her first was I Should Be So Lucky in 1988, and her latest was Santa Baby in 2017.

    22. Speaking of Santa Baby, it was originally released as a B-side in 2000, and took 17 years to hit the Top 40.

    23. Santa Baby is also Kylie Minogue’s most streamed song, with 14 million plays.

    24. Santa Baby is among five cover versions that Kylie has taken Top 40 – The Loco-Motion was first in 1988, Tears On My Pillow was next, hitting Number 1 in 1990, she then released two in the same year, Give Me Just A Little More Time and Celebration, both in 1992.

    25. Kylie Christmas is the 15th best-selling Christmas album of the century. Check out the full list here.

    26. I Should Be So Lucky is Kylie’s longest reigning chart-topper, sitting pretty at Number 1 for 5 weeks. It’s sold over 700,000 copies.

    27. Kylie Minogue has two million-selling singles, 1988’s Especially For You and 2001’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.

    28. It took Can’t Get You Out Of My Head just over four months to sell a million, but Especially For You took over 25 years.

    29. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head is Kylie’s longest-running single on the Official Chart, notching up 30 weeks in the Top 100.

    30. Peaking at Number 7, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head was Kylie’s first Top 10 single on America’s Billboard Hot 100 since The Loco-Motion reached Number 3 13 years earlier.

    31. The Loco-Motion is Kylie’s biggest selling single to peak at Number 2, with 434,000 copies sold.

    32. When The Loco-Motion entered the chart at Number 2, it was the highest entry ever by a female artist on the UK charts at that time (Whigfield would break this record in 1994 when Saturday night debuted at Number 1).

    33. Kylie has five Number 1s on the Official Albums Chart. They are: Kylie (1988) Enjoy Yourself (1989), Greatest Hits (1992), Fever (2001), Aphrodite (2010). Only two women have more: Madonna (12) and Barbra Streisand (7) - see the full list of here.

    34. Kylie’s first album also spent longer at Number 1 than any other of her releases, spending six weeks at the top.

    35. Across her five Number 1 albums Kylie has spent a total of 11 weeks at the top of the Official Albums Chart.

    36. Kylie’s debut album yielded her strongest run of singles from an album – five Top 2 hits.

    37. Kylie’s self-titled debut was released in July 1988 and was the biggest selling album of the year, shifting 1.29 million copies in that six months alone.

    38. Kylie has two Top 10 albums both with the same title. Her 1998 studio album, originally entitled Impossible Princess, was renamed ‘Kylie Minogue’ in Europe following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. When re-released in 2003, it reverted to its original title.

    39. Only two of Kylie’s 13 studio albums have missed the Top 10 on the Official Albums Chart: Let's Get To It (1991) and Kylie Christmas (2015).

    40. Kylie and her sister Dannii’s collaboration 100 Degrees was the 17th best-selling single on vinyl in 2016.

    41. In June 2017, Kylie’s album Fever reached Number 4 on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart after being released on wax for the first time.

    42. Love at First Sight peaked at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart in 2002, but did you know Kylie had previously released a song of the same name? The first LAFS appeared on her debut album from 1988.

    43. All The Lovers is Kylie’s most downloaded song in the UK, with 361,000 downloads.

    44. All The Lovers has sold more copies than three of Kylie’s Number 1s, and more than 10 of her Number 2s – it truly is the one that got away for Kylie.

    45. Spinning Around was Kylie’s first song to debut at Number 1, with first week sales of 82,484.

    46. Kylie’s first headline single to miss the Top 40 was Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), the fourth single from her 2010 album Aphrodite.

    47. Kylie’s longest gap between studio album releases is four years, from 2003’s Body Language to 2007’s X (though she did release a greatest hits in between).

    48. Kylie’s biggest ‘non-single’ (i.e album track) is Love Affair from 2001’s Fever album.

    49. Kylie is all about the love – three of her singles feature the word: Love At First Sight, All The Love(rs) and Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love).

    50. When Chocolate went to Number 6 in 2004, it was the second time Kylie had seen all the singles from three consecutive albums reach the Top 10, starting with Light Years’ Spinning Around four years earlier. Her last streak had been with her first three albums from 1988–1991. Strictly speaking, she improved on that when the two singles from her Ultimate Kylie hits collection also went Top 10, giving her four Top 10-producing albums in a row.

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  • Julia Michaels: 'Dare to suck'

    Chances are, you've heard Julia Michaels' music whether you know it or not.

    The songs she's written for other artists, including Justin Bieber's Sorry, Ed Sheeran's Dive and Selena Gomez's Hands To Myself, have clocked up more than 8 billion streams worldwide.

    They're all songs that feel deeply personal - even when the artist doesn't get a writing credit. And that's Julia's secret: She persuades pop stars to open up and spill their guts like a packet of Cornflakes.

    For years, she was content working behind the scenes, until she wrote a song she just couldn't give away.

    Issues, released in January, is as catchy as it is tender - with Michaels rejecting pop's prevailing narrative of the strong, independent woman to admit her vulnerabilities.

     

    "When I'm down, I get real down / When I'm high, I don't come down," she sings over a crisp, pizzicato backing. "Yeah, I got issues... and one of them is how bad I need you."

    Julia Michaels and KygoImage copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer's second live performance was at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio

    "I'm content with saying I have jealousy problems," the 23-year-old tells the BBC. "I'm emotional. Sometimes I cry, just because - and I don't think anybody should have to hide that side of themselves.

    "If people aren't going to be accepting of that, they don't deserve to be around you."

    Michaels has found plenty of people who've accepted it. Issues has been viewed on YouTube more than 134 million times, and her next single, Uh Huh, is already catching up.

    "It's insane," she marvels. "I never expected that."

    The day after her debut UK performance - at last month's Capital Summertime Ball - the Iowa-born singer chatted to the BBC about going solo; her lonely childhood; and having "eureka moments" in the studio.

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    Your real name is Julia Cavassos - why choose Julia Michaels as a stage name?

    My dad is Puerto Rican and when he moved to LA to be an actor, he was advised to change his last name to something more American, so he could go up for roles that were Italian, for example - because a lot of times they see the names before they see the photos.

    So of course he picked the most American name he could find: My dad was born Juan Manuel Cavassos and he changed it to John Michaels.

    When I was a kid, my mom tried to get me to act, too, so we just took my dad's stage name and I've had it ever since.

    Did you get any parts?

    No, that was definitely not on my cards. Writing was the thing I always wanted to do.

    Julia MichaelsImage copyright Republic Records Image caption The star has written her biggest hits with British composer Justin Tranter

    When did you realise you were good at writing?

    I've written for as long as I can remember but I guess it was when I won a poetry contest in fourth grade.

    What was the poem?

    I think it was something about love - and of course when you're in fourth grade you have no idea what that means.

    But I've always loved words. Growing up, it was my way of feeling less alone.

    Why did you feel that?

    My parents divorced when I was quite young and I wasn't super close to my siblings and I was kind of an awkward kid. So I always felt like words were kind of my best friend. That was my way of getting my emotions out.

    Were you an avid reader?

    No, it's funny. I've never been much of a reader. I can read poetry but I can't read books. I don't know if it's my attention span, or if it's because I equate it to songwriting. When you write songs, you have to create an impression in three minutes; and that impression has to be fun or heartbreaking or something super messed up.

    It's the same with poetry. You have, like, 15 lines and there's your sentiment. Boom, it just hits you.

    So you're not reading Beowulf, then?

    No, no, no!

    Julia MichaelsImage copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer says she has a "ready-made" fanbase, after Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez fans sought her out on social media

    When you're writing a lyric, how much editing and redrafting do you do?

    I kind of self-edit as I go. I'm not the kind of person to write a song then revisit it a week later. Usually, if it doesn't feel right we fix it in the moment.

    There's a line in the Selena Gomez song Hands To Myself that's been called one of the best pop lyrics of recent times - but she told me you improvised it. Is that true?

    I tend to do a lot of things spontaneously, just singing into the mic. So I was doing the bridge - "can't keep my hands to myself" - and when we stopped, I said, "wait, guys, I have an idea. It could be really dumb but let's roll with it".

    And then I just sang, "I mean I could - but why would I want to" and they just went, "Ooooooh!"

    Sometimes it just pops into your head. Like a little light bulb going off.

    You said "this might be dumb" - but I guess it's important to be vulnerable in the studio...

    Shelly Peiken, who's a really incredible songwriter, used to say "dare to suck". You never know what people's reactions are going to be, so you've got to take chances.

    Selena GomezImage copyright Getty Images Image caption Michaels is still writing for other projects, including Selena Gomez's forthcoming album

    What made you want to step into the limelight and sing your own songs?

    It was when I wrote Issues. I'd always written personal songs, but this one was very, very personal.

    I'd had a fight with my boyfriend - who's my ex-boyfriend now, we broke up last week. Anyway, we'd gotten in a stupid fight and I wrote the song that day, and there were a couple of artists that really wanted to sing it. But because I'd written about me and him so specifically, in that relationship, I just felt uncomfortable having somebody else sing something so personal.

    So that was the point where I emailed Charlie Walk (head of Republic Records) and said, "I think I'm ready to do this".

    So people had been asking before?

    Oh yeah. And I was like, "No, guys, stop! I'm a songwriter. Leave me alone!"

    Was it hard to move from singing backing vocals to being the lead?

    No. I've sung every template vocal of every song I've written, so I'm used to performing it the way the artist would sing it. So that's never been a problem for me.

    Issues is about having strength in vulnerability. Why did you choose that message for your first single?

    I feel like nowadays, women feel like they have to suppress their emotions because they don't want to be the stereotype "emotional girl". There's nothing more annoying than a guy saying, "You're too sensitive". I hate that.

    Not everybody is unicorns and rainbows all the time. And if people can't stick around for the hardship then, no, they don't deserve to be around you.

    But the song's not just for women. Men suppress their emotions all the time and it's really sad because there's so much power in being OK with who you are.

    Julia MichaelsImage copyright Republic Records Image caption The singer's second ever live performance was at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics

    Uh-Huh is perhaps more straightforward, in that it's about fancying the pants off someone.

    Definitely. That song came from an experience I had with somebody, where I really wanted him to make the move. Like, desperate for it. And we were both so nervous.

    So what happened with this guy? Did one of you make the move?

    It's still pending!

    You've got to ask him out, now that you've confessed everything in a song!

    I know. I know! I totally do.

    You're about to release your first EP. What can we expect?

    Well, I tend to only know two sides of myself at this moment, as a 23-year-old woman. I know my emotional side, and I know my playful, more sexual side. And because I know those things, those are the things I tend to write about.

    So a lot of it is going to be touching on those situations and, in lieu of recent events, there will be a lot of heartbreak situations.

    So you're replacing some of the songs right now?

    Yes. There is no silver lining to a breakup but the writing.

    But wait - doesn't that mean you can ask the other guy out now?

    Yes! Yes I can! [High fives]

    Julia Michaels' mini-album, Nervous System, is out now.

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  • Little Mix forced to develop 'thick skin' after criticism over looks

    Little Mix have had to “grow a thick skin” to deal with the pressure on young girls to look a certain way, band member Jesy Nelson has said.

    The girl band, who recently scored a number one with break-up anthem Shout Out To My Ex, faced criticism over racy outfits during a performance on The X Factor last month.

    Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show, Jesy said: “The way that we feel about ourselves, especially in the beginning, we did get a lot of stick.

    Little Mixz
    (Matt Crossick/PA)

    “Obviously we’d just been thrown into this whole experience so we’d never experienced anything like this and it was just a bit of a shock to the system.

    “I think there’s a lot of pressure, especially for young girls, to look a certain way and when we went on The X Factor we didn’t look that great and we got a lot of stick for it and it was hard.

    “We still get it now but I think we’ve grown a thick skin now to it all.

    “It’s hard especially when you’re so young and you’re not used to people just being able to comment on what you look like and being able to see it in front of your face, it’s hard.”

    Little Mix
    (Matt Crossick/PA)

    The former X Factor winners also revealed they had been caught up in an earthquake in Japan earlier this year.

    Perrie Edwards said: “Me and Jesy are lying in bed having a little moment, a heart-to-heart and I’m looking at her and the bed is (shaking) …

    “She thought a man had came into our room and started shaking the bed.

    “We were on the 27th floor,” added Jade Thirlwall.

    “Leigh-Anne was snapchatting, getting a nice filter.”

    Little Mix
    (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

    Asked if they would like children in the future, the group joked they were planning on forming a new band with their offspring.

    Leigh-Anne Pinnock said: “It’s really weird when you say that. When we have kids, that is just so strange, it will change us.

    “We already said we’re going to have kids at the same time and then we’re going to form another ‘Little Mix’ band.”

    Also appearing on the ITV programme were Jeremy Clarkson, Robbie Williams and comedian Micky Flanagan.

    :: The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 9pm.

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  • The Official Top 40 most streamed songs of 2015 revealed

    As streaming continues to surge in popularity, we reveal the most streamed songs and artists of the year.

    The Official Top 40 most streamed songs of 2015 revealed

    It was one of the biggest dance floor hits of the summer; now OfficialCharts.com can reveal that OMI’s Cheerleader is the most streamed song of 2015.

    First released in January, Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) has since notched up a massive 71.7 million plays on streaming services, including Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Google Play. The track initially entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 96 and steadily scaled the tally for 14 weeks until its April impact date, eventually reaching the summit in May for four consecutive weeks (see its full chart run here).

    OMI told Official Charts: "Wow this is a major achievement, Cheerleader being the most streamed track for 2015. This has opened a grand window of opportunities for me, the stage is now set for the team and myself to deliver beautiful music to my well-deserved fans. It's been an awesome year for me and the team with some major performances and with the support of my #OMIArmy and my wonderful fans I look forward to an exciting 2016.”

    MORE: The Official Top 40 Biggest Songs of 2015 revealed

    The dominance of the reggae-pop anthem comes as the BPI announce that 26.8 billion songs were streamed in 2015, up by 82% compared to 2014. Streaming now accounts for 22% of all UK music consumption - that works out at roughly 1,000 streams for each of the UK’s 27 million households. Click to expand the BPI's infographic below, which summarises the highlights of music in 2015:

     

    In second place behind OMI is Major Lazer, MO & DJ Snake’s mammoth hit Lean On with 65.4 million streams, while Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk – the biggest overall song of 2015 – finishes third on 64.6 million.

    Justin Bieber's triumphant comeback was hugely popular on streaming services, and sees him make four entries on the end of year streaming chart: What Do You Mean is at 4 (58.3 million), Where Are You Now at 7 (with Skillex & Diplo, 51.8 million), Sorry at 9 (48.3 million) and Love Yourself at 24 (36.6 million). See the full Top 40 list of 2015’s most streamed songs below.

    MORE: The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2015 revealed

    Despite Bieber’s dominance on streaming towards the latter end of 2015, he loses out on the title of most streamed artist to Ed Sheeran, who racked up around 320 million plays across all his releases, compared to Justin Bieber’s 295 million.

    Drake and The Weeknd were the third and fourth most streamed acts of the year, with 197 million and 192 million plays respectively, and One Direction complete the Top 5 on 173 million. See the full Top 10 list below:

    The Official Top 40 Most Streamed Songs of 2015 are…

    1 CHEERLEADER (FELIX JAEHN REMIX) OMI
    2 LEAN ON MAJOR LAZER FT MO & DJ SNAKE
    3 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS
    4 WHAT DO YOU MEAN JUSTIN BIEBER
    5 TAKE ME TO CHURCH HOZIER
    6 THINKING OUT LOUD ED SHEERAN
    7 WHERE ARE U NOW SKRILLEX & DIPLO/JUSTIN BIEBER
    8 SEE YOU AGAIN WIZ KHALIFA FT CHARLIE PUTH
    9 SORRY JUSTIN BIEBER
    10 HOLD BACK THE RIVER JAMES BAY
    11 TRAP QUEEN FETTY WAP
    12 CAN'T FEEL MY FACE WEEKND
    13 KING YEARS & YEARS
    14 SUGAR MAROON 5
    15 FIRESTONE KYGO FT CONRAD SEWELL
    16 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO ELLIE GOULDING
    17 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE CALVIN HARRIS & DISCIPLES
    18 ARE YOU WITH ME LOST FREQUENCIES
    19 THE HILLS WEEKND
    20 WANT TO WANT ME JASON DERULO
    21 SHUT UP & DANCE WALK THE MOON
    22 PHOTOGRAPH ED SHEERAN
    23 HELLO ADELE
    24 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
    25 HOLD MY HAND JESS GLYNNE
    26 EARNED IT WEEKND
    27 ELASTIC HEART SIA
    28 AYO CHRIS BROWN & TYGA
    29 FOURFIVE SECONDS RIHANNA/KANYE WEST/MCCARTNEY
    30 HOTLINE BLING DRAKE
    31 RUNAWAY (U & I) GALANTIS
    32 THE NIGHTS AVICII
    33 CHANDELIER SIA
    34 LET IT GO JAMES BAY
    35 STOLE THE SHOW KYGO FT PARSON JAMES
    36 STAY WITH ME SAM SMITH
    37 BLOODSTREAM ED SHEERAN
    38 AIN'T NOBODY (LOVES ME BETTER) FELIX JAEHN FT J THOMPSON
    39 BUDAPEST GEORGE EZRA
    40 DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF JESS GLYNNE

    ©2016 Official Charts Company . All rights reserved.

    The Most Streamed Artists of 2015 are…

    1 ED SHEERAN
    2 JUSTIN BIEBER
    3 DRAKE
    4 THE WEEKND
    5 ONE DIRECTION
    6 SAM SMITH
    7 JAMES BAY
    8 EMINEM
    9 YEARS & YEARS
    10 CALVIN HARRIS

     

    Original article: http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-official-top-40-most-streamed-songs-of-2015-revealed__13274/

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