Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’ has become the first single released in 2013 to sell a million copies in the UK.
The disco hit, which features Pharrell Willliams and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, is the 136th single to shift a million in the the 60-year history of the UK Singles Chart. It crossed the 1m mark in its 69th day of release, the Official Charts Company announced today (June 28).
“The fact that ‘Get Lucky’ has sold a million copies in the UK is one thing, but to do it in 69 days?! I’m awestruck,” Nile Rodgers told OfficialCharts.com. “When I think how it happened, too, with people who I like a lot, that we just decided to go into the studio and do something… And then it turns out like this? It’s absolutely remarkable, because no-one was prepared for this!”
Continuing, Rodgers went on to explain that the global success of ‘Get Lucky’ is unlike anything he’s experienced in his five-decade recording career. “I’ve had big records and Number Ones; I have had records that were Number One in the United States but nowhere else… I’ve had records which have done well [in the UK], but not in the States. But to have this ubiquitous record, that is a hit everywhere… It’s amazing to me! I’m out on the road and I can hear it wherever I go. I’m flabbergasted!” he said.
‘Get Lucky’ crossed the million sales barrier on its 69th day of release.
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DAFT PUNK’S GET LUCKY BECOMES ONE OF THE UK’S BIGGEST SELLING SINGLES OF ALL-TIME!
French duo score the UK’s 136th million selling single, and first 2013-released track to break through the million copies sales barrier.
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Friday, June 28, 2013: Daft Punk’s Get Lucky has become the first 2013-released single to break through the million copies sales barrier, the Official Charts Company can reveal.
Get Lucky, which also features N.E.R.D’s Pharrell Williams and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, is only the 136th single in the 60 year history of the UK’s Official Singles Chart to join the Million Sellers Roll Of Honour. The track has reached this landmark in double-quick time, hitting one million sales in its 69th day on sale in the UK, further reinforcing its position as the biggest selling single of 2013 so far.
The achievement means Get Lucky is:
· The first 2013-released single to reach a million sales in the UK.
· The tenth single to reach a million sales in the UK during 2013.
· The 136th million selling single in 60 year history of the Official Singles Chart.
· The second UK million seller by a French act (after David Guetta’s Titanium).
· The fastest UK million seller by a French act (Titanium took 79 weeks to reach a million).
· The biggest selling single of 2013 so far.
The success also gives Daft Punk’s main collaborators on Get Lucky their first UK million sellers, too. Despite a career of 40 years making hits, Nile Rodgers has never previously had a million seller in the UK.
“The fact that Get Lucky has sold a million copies in the UK is one thing, but to do it in 69 days?! I’m awestruck,” Nile Rodgers told OfficialCharts.com. “When I think how it happened, too, with people who I like a lot, that we just decided to go into the studio and do something… And then it turns out like this? It’s absolutely remarkable, because no-one was prepared for this!
“I’ve had big records and Number 1s; I have had records that were Number 1 in the United States but nowhere else… I’ve had records which have done well [in the UK], but not in the States. But to have this ubiquitous record, that is a hit everywhere… It’s amazing to me! I’m out on the road and I can hear it wherever I go. I’m flabbergasted!”
“This is another impressive achievement by Daft Punk, who have reached this landmark in super-quick time,” comments Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company. “The last time a single took less than three months to hit a million was James Arthur’s Impossible (which did it in its fifth week on sale), who had the profile and impact of the X Factor behind him.”
Until now, Pharrell Williams had also previously not passed this golden landmark. However, he may shortly follow up his first million seller with his second. Get Lucky is on course to be joined by another of this year’s mega-selling singles: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (FT Williams and US rapper TI), which is currently close to 800,000 sales in the UK in its fifth week of release.
SIR ELTON JOHN, ED SHEERAN AND PETER ANDRE ALSO JOIN THE MILLION SELLERS CLUB!
According to the latest Official Charts Company sales data, a range of classic and recent hits have also passed the one million sales mark in the last month: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976), Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre FT Bubbler Ranx (1995), Whole Again by Atomic Kitten (2001), Use Somebody by Kings Of Leon (2008), and The A Team by Ed Sheeran (2011).
This brings the total of tracks to cross the million sales threshold during 2013 to ten: Impossible by James Arthur (2012) and We Are Young by Fun. FT Janelle Monae (2011) hit a million sales in January of this year, while Gangnam Style by PSY (2102) and Titanium by David Guetta FT Sia (2011) tipped over a million sales in February.
Elton John’s double A-side, Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind ’97, remains the UK’s biggest selling single of all-time, racking up over 4.91 million sales since its release in 1997. Band Aid’s 1984 charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? is in second place with 3.73 million sales, while Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (2.4 million sales), Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre / Girls’ School (2.07 million) and John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s You’re The One That I Want (2.04 million) complete the Top 5.
You can see the full list of all the UK’s 136 million selling singles at www.officialcharts.com (from 00:01, Friday June 28).
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