Choosing a prime female solo artist for the 80’s is massively troublesome. Al Needham is joined by Neil Kulkarni and Simon Price for a proper snuffle around the bell-bottomed, tartan-fringed crotch of April ‘seventy five, veering off to sing disgusting variations of Bay Metropolis Roller songs, talk about why pirate radio was a bit crap, really, the fun of Snuff Supply Day in old peoples houses in Coventry, and being bequeathed platform shoes by your father.
With over 300 million records sold worldwide Madonna is the world’s prime-promoting feminine artist of all time and in 2008 Madonna was ranked by Billboard as quantity 2 on the “one hundred All-Time Top Artists” checklist (behind the Beatles), making her essentially the most profitable solo artist in historical past.
This episode, Pop-Crazed Kids, has been a bastard to put collectively, and the sound quality could also be a bit manky at occasions – however oh, what a glistening slab of televisual spangliness awaits us. It’s a full-on Flags & Balloons TOTP, this one, overseen by the round face of The Furry Breakfast Brunch Bar (who has properly been avoided The Kids and is monitored at all times), and the air is ripe with the soggy Lycra tang of the universally-despised Zoo.
Despite a seven-week hole in its chart run in late 2006 while ineligible beneath the outdated guidelines, Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Automobiles” clocked 108 weeks on the chart, a report bettered by only one single in chart historical past (” My Manner ” by Frank Sinatra with 124 weeks).
As a consequence of streaming figures being taken into consideration in the charts, Sheeran occupies the highest six spots of the Singles Chart this week, as well as nine out of the top ten locations and sixteen of the top 20. His album’s lead single ‘Shape Of You’ is at number one, with ‘Galway Lady’ at quantity two and ‘Fort On The Hill’ third.