50 massively depressing facts about music

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Busted have had six more Number Ones than Kate Bush.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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