Sunday 18 March 2018

There's just no escaping Avicii in the year-end lists

Avicii - fastest selling song of the year in the UK.
Avicii - fastest selling song of the year in the UK.

Anyone studying official figures for the fastest selling songs of the year in the UK would be concerned about the future of popular music. It's a sorry list of style over substance.

Avicii - the Swede known to friends as Tim Bergling - had the fastest selling single of the year with 'Wake Me Up', his summer hit featuring the vocals of Aloe Blacc. I don't know about you but by the end of the summer it had me taking a mallet to the radio.

On the first day of its release 'Wake Me Up' sold 88,000 units in the UK alone. By the end of its first week on sale, that figure had climbed to 267,000.

Nobody else came even close to shifting that many units in their first week, with Robin Thicke's controversial 'Blurred Lines' clocking up 191,000 and Katy Perry's 'Roar' selling 190,000.

Also in the top ten is 'Talk Dirty' from Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz (160,000 ), X Factor winner Sam Bailey's 'Skyscraper' (149,000), 'La La La' from Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith (145,000), 'We Can't Stop' from Miley Cyrus (128,000), Icona Pop's 'I Love It' (125,000), John Newman's 'Love Me Again' (125,000) and Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' (117,000).

'Wake Me Up' continued to smash records for Avicii as the year went on. By October it became the 140th million-selling single, after just three months on sale. To date it's shifted over 1.1 million copies and was the third best selling single of 2013 by last weekend.

Meanwhile, in a survey for blinkbox music last week, Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' was pipped at the post as the record Brits want to hear when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.

Knocking the Swede into second place were French duo Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky', surely the dancefloor anthem of 2013.

Coming in third was Robin's Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'.

The survey also asked the 2,000-plus adults polled to name their most annoying record of the year. That dubious honour went to Ylvis's 'What Does The Fox Say' followed closely by Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' and Justin Bieber's 'Beauty And The Beat'. I suspect the vote was as much for the artists as the songs.

One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' made it into both lists: at number 6 in the survey of records crying out to be heard New Year's Eve, and number 5 in the most annoying list.

Had they polled children and teenagers, that result would surely have been very different.

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