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post Jun 16 2020, 06:45 PM
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Big Brother's Big Hits: songs from the reality TV series that entered the Official Chart
16 June 2020 | By Jack White

Big Brother created some major household name reality stars during its run, some of whom even had a crack at a music career, with mixed results.

To celebrate BBUK returning to the Channel 4 umbrella for E4's Big Brother: Best Shows Ever, we're looking back at the biggest tracks that were released by former housemates. Seven songs related to the show (excluding Celebrity Big Brother) have entered the Official Singles Chart Top 100 - and the highest charting isn't even by a contestant.

The show's iconic theme music was released by Element Four, aka hit producers Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray. Made exclusively for the show, the song, simply titled Big Brother UK TV Theme, was put out as a single after the success of the first series in 2000. It debuted at Number 4, selling 47,186 CD singles in its first week, before going on to spend 16 weeks on chart. In the 20 years since its release, it has sold 164,000 copies, and has no additional download or streaming sales as it is not available digitally.

The most popular song from a contestant belongs to Series One winner Craig Phillips, who reportedly signed a FIVE ALBUM DEAL with Warner after he won. Sadly, we were robbed of all of them as none materialised, but we did get a Christmas charity single. So famous after his win that he could release a single under a mononym like Cher or Madonna, Craig released At This Time of Year in December 2000, peaking at Number 14.

The first Big Brother contestants to enter the house as a duo, identical twins Samantha and Amanda Marchant - aka Samanda - were runners-up of the eighth series in 2007, becoming the only housemate to reach the final without a single nomination. Iconic.

After leaving the compound, the sisters were snapped up by Sony Music to release a cover of Aqua's Barbie Girl in October 2007, which topped out at Number 26. Ken was voiced by a robot in the song, for some reason. Follow-up Honey Love, a reworking of Donnie Osmond's Puppy Love featuring the Honey Monster of Sugar Puffs cereal (yes really!) limped to Number 125 in 2008. Some of you are still loving Samanda - seven people in the UK have downloaded Barbie Girl in 2020.

Just like Craig, another winner that went into music and dropped their surname was Big Brother 5 champion Nadia Almada. Her first - and last - single, A Little Bit Of Action, brought a Latin flavour to the Top 40 in December 2004, reaching Number 27. She even performed the song (about getting a "piece of ass") on children's TV show Ministry of Mayhem...

From the same series as Samanda, Chanelle Hayes (who held onto her surname) couldn't quite reach the Top 40, but her sultry single I Want It, featuring some Britney Slave 4 U-style panting did manage to chart, spending a week in the Top 100 at 67. Fess up, who was the one person who lockdown purchased this as a download in April?

Series 1's Nichola Holt tried her hand at trance music after her Big Brother experience with 2000's The Game. All about her time in the famous house, she launched the cyber single by performing at HMV on London's Oxford Street, cutting the ribbon on their high street sale. Not many shoppers picked up a copy sadly as The Game peaked at Number 72.

Finally, Series 2 housemates Bubble & Deano released an unofficial World Cup song in 2002 to support England. Standing Tall seemingly didn't drum up much support - it reached Number 99 and sold just 536 copies in its first week.

The highest charting Big Brother singles

POS TITLE ARTIST CHART POSITION YEAR
1 BIG BROTHER UK TV THEME ELEMENT FOUR 4 2000
2 AT THIS TIME OF YEAR CRAIG 14 2000
3 BARBIE GIRL SAMANDA 27 2007
4 A LITTLE BIT OF ACTION NADIA 28 2004
5 I WANT IT CHANELLE HAYES 67 2007
6 THE GAME NICHOLA HOLT 72 2000
7 STANDING TALL BUBBLE & DEANO 99 2002
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Omg the theme tune is legitimately a trance banger *.*

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QUOTE(Jade @ Jun 16 2020, 07:48 PM) *
Omg the theme tune is legitimately a trance banger *.*

Isn't it!! I said this to my friends the other day and got judged so hard! laugh.gif
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post Jun 16 2020, 06:50 PM
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Jun 16 2020, 07:49 PM) *
Isn't it!! I said this to my friends the other day and got judged so hard! laugh.gif

laugh.gif yes it's a fantastic song in its own right *.* I was disappointed that it wasn't on Spotify but Pop Activism seemed to have picked up on this, so fingers crossed!
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post Jun 16 2020, 07:06 PM
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Lmao at the random facts of Samanda getting 7 downloads in 2020 and 1 person downloading Chanelle.
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Crazy that Craig Phillips just went by 'Craig' even though 2000 would've been Craig David's heyday as well, the power of Big Brother ohmy.gif
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5 I WANT IT CHANELLE HAYES 67 2007


I YouTubed this thinking it was Chantelle and 'I Want It All'. sad.gif
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post Jun 16 2020, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE(Jade @ Jun 16 2020, 07:48 PM) *
Omg the theme tune is legitimately a trance banger *.*

Samanda rotf.gif

QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Jun 16 2020, 07:49 PM) *
Isn't it!! I said this to my friends the other day and got judged so hard! laugh.gif

Omg this love, it really is SUCH a banger though cheeseblock.png There are a few versions kicking about on streaming and I looked on last.fm and saw I was like the only listener :')
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'At This Time Of Year' by Craig was forecast to be a massive hit. The record label shipped 200,000 copies to record shops in release week, enough to qualify the single for a Silver disc but the record definitely underperformed. The single entered at number 14, selling about 30,000 copies that week. I guess the record label thought the single was going to be a top 5 hit.
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Some of you are still loving Samanda - seven people in the UK have downloaded Barbie Girl in 2020.
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She even performed the song (about getting a "piece of ass") on children's TV show Ministry of Mayhem...
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Fess up, who was the one person who lockdown purchased this as a download in April?


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I bought the Nadia song on cd laugh.gif
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post Jun 16 2020, 10:19 PM
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Honey Love:

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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jun 16 2020, 11:19 PM) *
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Who told these bargain basement Cheeky Girls they could sing? nnn

I liked them on the show but gosh.

Nadiaís A Little Bit Of Action is a bit of a bop tbh

And the theme tune is indeed a massive bop
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Chanelle Hayesís track is actually genuinely good!!!

Itís the type of thing what couldíve actually been a hit if someone non reality (well non Big Brother) had released it. That video let it down though.
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Some PROPER horrors I've been reminded of there.
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I Want It is SO good idc, had it been Pussycat Dolls or something it would have been a proper hit. I remember being obsessed with the MTV documentary she had about becoming a "popstar" too laugh.gif
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Jun 16 2020, 08:53 PM) *
'At This Time Of Year' by Craig was forecast to be a massive hit. The record label shipped 200,000 copies to record shops in release week, enough to qualify the single for a Silver disc but the record definitely underperformed. The single entered at number 14, selling about 30,000 copies that week. I guess the record label thought the single was going to be a top 5 hit.

This def underperformed as some thought it might get the Christmas number 1. I was disappointed as I was sure it would at least top 10. I loved the theme tune and still love it and i have a soft spot for nadias single, I bought all 3 of these releases on cd single.
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Jun 16 2020, 08:18 PM) *
I YouTubed this thinking it was Chantelle and 'I Want It All'. sad.gif


I'm mad we didn't get Kandy Floss with a K in the charts.
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1 BIG BROTHER UK TV THEME ELEMENT FOUR 4 2000 164,000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omdnLjFmNh8

2 AT THIS TIME OF YEAR CRAIG 14 2000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhxbP5o9DoE

3 BARBIE GIRL SAMANDA 27 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgTKJ3HneMs

4 A LITTLE BIT OF ACTION NADIA 28 2004
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID4-NAOYjYQ

5 I WANT IT CHANELLE HAYES 67 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHQZvsODGmc

6 THE GAME NICHOLA HOLT 72 2000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4oNb6iJbIk

7 STANDING TALL BUBBLE & DEANO 99 2002
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2tCwZLTgUE

Plus

Samanda ft The Honey Monster - Honey Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLSXG1SkM8Q

Samanda - Whistle For A Hottie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKCeCmBj-mg

Darnell ft Katreya - Cookie Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTwX9r0TiO8

Caroline O'Shea - Interview and Performance on the James Whale Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHXIbaJeIAg


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