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post Jul 28 2016, 04:46 PM
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... until Drake's chart dominance is put to an end.

I thought I would take this opportunity to look back on what this single achieved here in the UK.

No other artist has held on to as long a stint at the coveted #1 spot since Wet Wet Wet in 1994 with their rendition of the previously recorded single from The Troggs entitled Love Is All Around which was featured from the soundtrack to the British "romcom" of 1994, Four Weddings And A Funeral.

The closest any artist has come since that time was in 2007 when Umbrella, a collaboration between Rihanna & Jay-Z, managed to hold on for 10 weeks before being overtaken by a popular production by R&B outfit Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E.

One Dance has surpassed that, but it's reign at the top looks to end on the 29th July when a fresh sound from Major Lazor featuring chart giant Justin Bieber and Danish newcomer MŲ.

It has managed 15 weeks at #1 since it first peaked on April 1st 2016.
That is 118 days.
That is 2,382 hours.
That is 169,920 minutes.
To put that into context, that is just over 66,897 times of replaying One Dance continuously!

What has been mainly responsible for this feat? Sales? Not at all. The answer lies in streaming from such popular services as iTunes Music and Spotify. For the majority of it's time at #1, One Dance was not even the biggest selling single of the week. In it's sales alone, it underperformed against such #1 contenders as Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Kungs vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners, Jonas Blue, The Chainsmokers and Calum Scott. Yet, it's constant high streaming statistics were above all the competition.

Will One Dance even be remembered in 10 years time? Time will tell, but what will be apparent is that this 15 week reign of Drake in 2016 was a sign of things to come as the music industry adapts to changes in the world of the heightened technology boom which sees more and more people streaming from their mobile devices.

At least, for now, one thing remains, and that is that a Canadian will continue to hold the record of the most weeks at #1, but at least it wasn't Drake.
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post Jul 28 2016, 05:08 PM
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I'm glad Bryan Adams will continue to hold the record for most consecutive weeks at no1. There is no comparison between his song and Drake. How it's managed to stay so long at the top is beyond me when it's a very dull song but that's only my opinion and clearly a lot of people do like it.
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post Jul 28 2016, 05:15 PM
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It's an end of an era cry.gif

I very much doubt we'll see something like this happen again for the foreseeable future, well I hope so anyway. It does feel good to finally experience what living through a 15 week number one is like anyway. I think the music industry will start to speed up as a reaction to Drake spending so long at number one here anyway so whilst runs of one week number ones are definitely not making a comeback , 10 week+ number ones shouldn't become the norm either.

**major Lazer spends 15 weeks at number one**
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post Jul 28 2016, 05:20 PM
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Tbh, when I looked back on the #1 runs for Wet Wet Wet and Bryan Adams, I was in wonder of how long that would felt. Maybe because I don't tune into the chart show anymore, it's not impacted me as it would someone who has, but to me it hasn't felt like Drake has been #1 that long, certainly not in the same way as when I think of the aforementioned. Maybe it's because we're used to seeing songs sticking around for months and certainly radio playing the same songs over and over again.
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post Jul 28 2016, 05:26 PM
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Drake's been no.1 for 15 weeks??? How does his song go again?
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post Jul 28 2016, 05:45 PM
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You would know if you had listened to it tongue.gif

But in the modern world one can choose the music one listens to.


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post Jul 28 2016, 06:42 PM
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Since Drake went to number 1, we've voted to leave the EU, the PM has resigned, Prince has died, full series of Big Brother, BGT and Love Island have all come and passed, Hibernian have won the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902, the entire European Championship has begun and ended, UK politics has become a farce with Theresa May becoming PM because someone else didn't want to, a reality star has officially become the nominee for U.S. President, Busted have been on tour for the first time in a decade, and so much more. I won't go into any more though.

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post Jul 28 2016, 07:10 PM
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the end of an era sob.gif
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post Jul 28 2016, 08:15 PM
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QUOTE(Ethan @ Jul 28 2016, 08:10 PM) *
the end of an era sob.gif

But the beginning of a better one to come! smile.gif
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post Jul 28 2016, 08:41 PM
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Does anyone know "the story" of Wet Wet Wet and Bryan Adams time at no1 for instance when did the film get released and did this help boast the sales and weeks etc?
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:12 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jul 28 2016, 09:41 PM) *
Does anyone know "the story" of Wet Wet Wet and Bryan Adams time at no1 for instance when did the film get released and did this help boast the sales and weeks etc?


Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was released in the UK on Friday July 19th 1991, near the end of Everything I Do's second week at #1 - so the song was already an established hit before most even saw the movie. Unlike the song, the movie was only #1 at the box office for two weeks - 'Terminator II' would be the truly huge movie of that year's summer.

Four Weddings and a Funeral was Friday 13th May 1994, and two days later the chart announced on Sunday 15th May had Wet Wet Wet a new entry at number 4, which in those days was astonishingly high for a first weeker. It rose to #2 the following week and its first week at #1 was the week after. Surprisingly 'Four Weddings', while seen as a huge classic of the 90s today, was never the #1 on the weekly box office chart - that honour went to, of all things, 'Ace Ventura Pet Detective' followed by the third Naked Gun movie! I suppose it's one of those movies that always did well without having huge mainstream appeal, unlike the Wet Wet Wet song.

While we're here...'The Bodyguard' opened on Boxing Day 1992. Whitney's 'I Will Always Love You' had already been #1 for a month - her first week at the top was 29th November - but the film was massive right into early 1993, ensuring even after Christmas and into January (and February) the song would dominate in the charts. Not a box office #1 though, Christmas 1992 was the era of Home Alone II and especially The Muppet Christmas Carol.
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:15 PM
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Jul 28 2016, 06:20 PM) *
Tbh, when I looked back on the #1 runs for Wet Wet Wet and Bryan Adams, I was in wonder of how long that would felt. Maybe because I don't tune into the chart show anymore, it's not impacted me as it would someone who has, but to me it hasn't felt like Drake has been #1 that long, certainly not in the same way as when I think of the aforementioned. Maybe it's because we're used to seeing songs sticking around for months and certainly radio playing the same songs over and over again.


I also think this. I always wondered what it would feel like and in the end, it didn't even feel like 15 weeks. I definitely think I could have survived Bryan's run at the top
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:26 PM
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One achievement that Drake isn't likely to accomplish when compared to both Bryan Adams and Wet Wet Wet is recording an increase in sales of the track even as the record falls from the top spot. Bryan's sales increase was particularly impressive as the record fell from number 1 to 4 despite sales of the single increasing by 6%. Wet Wet Wet's sales increased by an unbelievable 60% the week the single fell from number 1 to 2. For the Wets it was the highest sale of their single for 12 weeks.
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jul 28 2016, 09:41 PM) *
Does anyone know "the story" of Wet Wet Wet and Bryan Adams time at no1 for instance when did the film get released and did this help boast the sales and weeks etc?


Four Weddings and a Funeral came out on 13 May 1994, four days after Love Is All Around. It didn't go straight to number 1; although, ironically, the song that finally replaced it at the top (Saturday Night by Whigfield) did - and became the first song ever to do so. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You was released four days BEFORE Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and also got to number 1 in its third week.
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:30 PM
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QUOTE(JCM20 @ Jul 28 2016, 09:27 PM) *
Four Weddings and a Funeral came out on 13 May 1994, four days after Love Is All Around. It didn't go straight to number 1; although, ironically, the song that finally replaced it at the top (Saturday Night by Whigfield) did - and became the first song ever to do so.


Just to be a pedant here - 'Saturday Night' was the first DEBUT single to enter at Number One (apart from a couple of technicalities). So it's not really ironic, because Wet Wet Wet had been around since 1987 and thus were in no position to do what Whigfield did.
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:32 PM
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Regarding the Bryan Adams song - Summer/Autumn 1991 was a time when the charts became absolutely dominated by hardcore rave acts, and even Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy - while hardly a 'rave' track - had a strong 'dance' sound of the time which would have sounded pretty alien even half a decade earlier. The gentle soft-rock guitar sound of Everything I Do would have made it stand out hugely on the Woolworths/HMV/etc shelves of the time, being one of the only non-rave/dance songs high up in the charts, and this is what I think helped ensured its success for so long.

Remember this was an era where, like today, people of a certain age were getting extremely worried about the state of the charts - vinyl record sales were sliding but CDs weren't catching on quick enough, kids and teens were spending their money on video games more than music releases, and the invasion of these new - and to some rather terrifying - "dance" songs caused some disgust at the time, a DJ pressing some samples on a keyboard not seen as "real" music in the same way any new trend is sneered at first. This is when 'Top of the Pops' banned miming and forced everyone to sing live, which was a huge problem for half the chart as there wasn't any actual live singing in their singles - causing some very odd (and memorable) performances! So again, a "real" singer with a "real" musical instrument singing a "real" song would have stood out a lot to the average shopper, ahead of such obscure new faces such as "The Prodigy" and "The Shamen", neither of whom will surely never have a #1 single in a million years tongue.gif

Or maybe I'm just overthinking it...I find the late 80s/early 90s a fascinating time in general!
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post Jul 28 2016, 09:34 PM
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I would so love for Drake for somehow STILL be #1 after all just for the reaction laugh.gif

But no it's been an insane run & whether we see the likes ahead remain to be seen. It's certainly not unachievable, heck we could be sat here again in 15 weeks with an identically titled thread re: Cold Water!
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post Jul 28 2016, 10:23 PM
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One achievement that Drake isn't likely to accomplish when compared to both Bryan Adams and Wet Wet Wet is recording an increase in sales of the track even as the record falls from the top spot.


Umbrella also managed this (it fell to #3).
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post Jul 28 2016, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE(The Hit Parade @ Jul 28 2016, 10:30 PM) *
Just to be a pedant here - 'Saturday Night' was the first DEBUT single to enter at Number One (apart from a couple of technicalities). So it's not really ironic, because Wet Wet Wet had been around since 1987 and thus were in no position to do what Whigfield did.


Oops! But I meant it was ironic because the song that ended their massive reign at the top became the first - but since you've corrected me, the reference doesn't actually mean anything.
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post Jul 28 2016, 11:21 PM
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QUOTE(BillyH @ Jul 28 2016, 10:12 PM) *
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was released in the UK on Friday July 19th 1991, near the end of Everything I Do's second week at #1 - so the song was already an established hit before most even saw the movie. Unlike the song, the movie was only #1 at the box office for two weeks - 'Terminator II' would be the truly huge movie of that year's summer.

Four Weddings and a Funeral was Friday 13th May 1994, and two days later the chart announced on Sunday 15th May had Wet Wet Wet a new entry at number 4, which in those days was astonishingly high for a first weeker. It rose to #2 the following week and its first week at #1 was the week after. Surprisingly 'Four Weddings', while seen as a huge classic of the 90s today, was never the #1 on the weekly box office chart - that honour went to, of all things, 'Ace Ventura Pet Detective' followed by the third Naked Gun movie! I suppose it's one of those movies that always did well without having huge mainstream appeal, unlike the Wet Wet Wet song.

While we're here...'The Bodyguard' opened on Boxing Day 1992. Whitney's 'I Will Always Love You' had already been #1 for a month - her first week at the top was 29th November - but the film was massive right into early 1993, ensuring even after Christmas and into January (and February) the song would dominate in the charts. Not a box office #1 though, Christmas 1992 was the era of Home Alone II and especially The Muppet Christmas Carol.


Thanks for the insight smile.gif Would the film being released during its second week at no1 for Bryan Adams not have been considered 'early in its chart run though, it wouldn't have added to its weeks at the top moreso stabilising it as it established its long run at the top? Or was it released OAOS back then like now and rose to the top?

On the topic of Witney - 1992 may have been the Christmas of Home Alone 2 but Darlene Loves classic did long do as well only made no.31 or somewhere along that!! Although Witney was obv a much bigger pull at the time.
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