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50 massively depressing facts about music

  • Emeli Sandé has beaten a record set by The Beatles for the most consecutive weeks in the UK's top 10 chart for a debut album. 'Our Version of Events' has spent 63 weeks at the top end of the charts while 'Please Please Me' stayed for 62. Fancy losing your faith in humanity? Here are 49 more.

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  • Jack Johnson has sold more records (18 million) than The Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT and The Smiths combined.

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  • Katy Perry’s had as many US Number Ones (seven) from one album as Michael Jackson has.

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  • Busted have had six more Number Ones than Kate Bush.

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  • Cliff Richard’s 'Millennium Prayer' has sold 10 times more copies than Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’.

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  • Il Divo have sold almost twice as many albums (30 million) as Foo Fighters.

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  • Blue have had three times as many Number Ones (three) as The Animals.

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  • More people bought Daniel O’Donnell’s ‘Moon Over Ireland’ album than any record by The Velvet Underground.

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  • Number one albums by Steps – three. Number one albums by The Clash – zero.

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  • In the US, the cast of Glee has had more songs in the charts than the Beatles.

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  • Susan Boyle has sold eight times as many albums (16 million) as Bloc Party.

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  • The Dirty Dancing soundtrack has sold more than nine times more (42 million) than the Trainspotting one.

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  • Chris De Burgh’s ‘Lady In Red’ has sold 13 times as many copies as Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

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  • The Saturdays have had nine times as many Top Ten hits (nine) as Kraftwerk.

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  • B*Witched have had twice as many hit singles as Arctic Monkeys.

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  • Gareth Gates has sold more singles than PJ Harvey.

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  • Bruno Mars has already had three more Number One singles than Pink Floyd ever did.

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  • Albums that charted higher than ‘The Stone Roses’ by The Stone Roses (Number 23) – ‘5ive’ by Five, ‘A Present For Everyone’ by Busted, ‘Schizophonic’ by Geri Halliwell.

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  • Number One albums by Mariah Carey - two. Number One albums by Sex Pistols – one.

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  • James Blunt’s ‘Back To Bedlam’ has sold more copies (11 million) than every album by The Smiths, Arcade Fire and Primal Scream combined.

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    Added: 04 May 2012

  • The Corrs ‘Talk On Corners’ has sold nine million copies, one million more than The Beatles ‘1’ compilation.

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  • Number One singles Boney M have had: two. Number One singles The Verve have had: one.

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  • Number One singles Gary Glitter has had - three. Number Ones Blur have had - two.

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  • Robson & Jerome have sold more singles (two million) than Suede, The Libertines and Massive Attack put together.

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  • David Gray’s ‘White Ladder’ has sold 14 times as many copies of Ryan Adams’ ‘Gold’ album.

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  • Number of weeks Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around spent at Number One: 15 weeks. Number of weeks The Libertines ‘Time For Heroes’ spent at Number One: 0.

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  • 2011’s biggest selling singles included LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’, Jessie J ‘Price Tag’ and Maroon 5 ‘Moves Likes Jagger’.

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  • Westlife have had almost twice as many Number One singles (14) as The Rolling Stones (eight).

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  • Number One albums Celion Dion has had: five. Number John Lennon has had: three.

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  • David Guetta has produced seven hit singles. Steve Albini has produced none.

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  • Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind ‘97’ sold four times as many copies (33 million) as The Beatles' ‘She Loves You’.

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  • JLS have had double the number of Number One singles that the Beach Boys ever had.

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  • Leona Lewis’ ‘Spirit’ has sold three times as many copies (three million) as Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’.

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  • Norah Jones’ ‘Come Away With Me’ has sold more copies (10 million) than the entire output of Foals, The Stone Roses and Arctic Monkeys put together.

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  • Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ has had more Youtube views (30 million) than any Patti Smith clip.

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  • Dido’s ‘No Angel’ has sold seven times as many copies as Manic Street Preachers' ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.

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  • Forgotten boyband A1 have had double the amount of Number Ones Kanye West has had.

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  • N-Dubz have had as many platinum-selling albums as George Harrison.

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  • Ashlee Simpson has had four times as many Top 10 hits as 90s alt-rock gods The Breeders.

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  • Another Level have had seven times as many Top 10 hits as Dinosaur Jr.

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  • Billie Piper has had more Number One singles than Blur.

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  • Ricky Martin has had nine times as many top 40 hits as the Pixies.

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  • The Lighthouse Family have had 11 Top 20 hits. The Cribs have had one.

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  • Savage Garden have sold ten times as many records as The La’s.

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  • In 1994 M People beat Pulp's 'His N Hers', the Prodigy's 'Music For The Jilted Generation' and Blur's 'Parklife' to win the Mercury Music Prize.

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  • Limp Bizkit’s ‘Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water’ sold twice as many copies as The Smiths’ ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ album.

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  • Number One singles Aqua have had = three. Number Ones Pulp have had = zero.

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  • Boyzone have had more Number One albums (five) than the Arctic Monkeys (four).

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  • Michael Buble's 'Crazy Love' has sold almost three times as many copies as New Order's 'Technique'.

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  • Anastacia's self titled album has sold four times as many copies as as Muse's 'Absolution'.

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