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#1 Post by telys »

Monkey Business is nr 1 on the UK singles chart.

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#2 Post by leesmapman »

After 35 years? I remember them having a nr. 1 single in 1988.

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leesmapman wrote: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10:29 pm After 35 years? I remember them having a nr. 1 single in 1988.
35 years after the first nr 1
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#4 Post by Greendrake »

This doesn't count though as a real number one these days because it's only physical, right? So not quite "again".

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Greendrake wrote: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10:40 pm This doesn't count though as a real number one these days because it's only physical, right? So not quite "again".
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#6 Post by sbazb »

They've got to number 1 quite a few times in the PHYSICAL sales charts since 2009 (counting vinyl and CD sales only):

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Recently they've also made it into the Top 10 in the SALES charts (this chart includes everything except streaming)

Dreamland - number 4
Monkey business - number 6

In terms of the OFFICIAL chart (counting everything, including streaming) they haven't been in the top 100 since Thursday reached number 61.

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#7 Post by Gabby »

I think the fact that the Boys themselves celebrate online that they made #1 on the physical charts shows that it means something to them.

To me it also shows that they DO still have the clout to have a "hit" single, and were the times a little different, we'd undoubtedly be enjoying them playing "Monkey Business" as the #1 single on TOTP on a Thursday night.

I think we are also lucky that the Boys thrived during a time that allowed them to create a fan base built on those old physical formats and that has subsequently kept them active now that the music buying landscape is so dramatically different. Lets see how many bands starting out in this new digital world are still around 35 years from now (although I'll probably be too dead to find out by then).

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They have had several number ones in the physical sales chart in recent years. Dreamland, Say it to me, Twenty-something and The Pop Kids to name a few hit the top.
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PSB - kings of the physical charts!
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#10 Post by TallThinMan »

How many physical singles do you have to sell nowadays to be number one?

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#11 Post by romy »

Good question @TallThinMan,because,for example,if Nr.1 have 1000 units sold,how many have Nr.100? 10 units?

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TallThinMan wrote: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 10:16 am How many physical singles do you have to sell nowadays to be number one?
The number does not matter so long as you sell more than anybody else.

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telys wrote: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10:33 pm
leesmapman wrote: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10:29 pm After 35 years? I remember them having a nr. 1 single in 1988.
35 years after the first nr 1
34 years, actually...

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#14 Post by andmaste »

Being #1 in "sales" charts has no importance at all, you must be #1 in the official charts
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#15 Post by Philbyinthedesert »

andmaste wrote: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12:17 pm Being #1 in "sales" charts has no importance at all, you must be #1 in the official charts
It might do financially for the new breed of artists. A million streams on Spotify only nets you around £3000 - £4000.
Sell 8000 physicals in one week and I'm guessing you'll get more

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