UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is defined by the Official Charts Company as either a'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence; the rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.
The OCC website contains the Top 100 chart. Some media outlets only list the Top 75 of this list; the chart week runs from 00:01 Friday to midnight Thursday, with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays. From 3 August 1969 until 5 July 2015, the chart week ran from 00:01 Sunday to midnight Saturday; the Top 40 chart is first issued on Friday afternoons by BBC Radio 1 as The Official Chart from 16:00 to 17:45, before the full Official Singles Chart Top 100 is posted on the Official Charts Company's website. A rival chart show, The Vodafone Big Top 40, is based on iTunes downloads and commercial radio airplay across the Global Radio network only, is broadcast on Sunday afternoons from 16:00 to 19:00 on 145 local commercial radio stations across the United Kingdom; the Big Top 40 is not regarded by the industry or wider media. There is a show called "Official KISS Top 40", counting down 40 most played songs on Kiss FM every Sunday 17:00 to 19:00; the UK Singles Chart began to be compiled in 1952.
According to the Official Charts Company's statistics, as of 1 July 2012, 1,200 singles have topped the UK Singles Chart. The precise number of chart-toppers is debatable due to the profusion of competing charts from the 1950s to the 1980s, but the usual list used is that endorsed by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and subsequently adopted by the Official Charts Company; the company regards a selected period of the New Musical Express chart and the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969 as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February 1969, where multiples of competing charts coexisted side by side. For example, the BBC compiled its own chart based on an average of the music papers of the time; the first number one on the UK Singles Chart was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino for the week ending date 14 November 1952. As of the week ending date 18 April 2019, the UK Singles Chart has had 1352 different number-one hits; the current number-one single is "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi.
Before the compilation of sales of records, the music market measured a song's popularity by sales of sheet music. The idea of compiling a chart based on sales originated in the United States, where the music-trade paper Billboard compiled the first chart incorporating sales figures on 20 July 1940. Record charts in the UK began in 1952, when Percy Dickins of the New Musical Express gathered a pool of 52 stores willing to report sales figures. For the first British chart Dickins telephoned 20 shops, asking for a list of the 10 best-selling songs; these results were aggregated into a Top 12 chart published in NME on 14 November 1952, with Al Martino's "Here in My Heart" awarded the number-one position. The chart became a successful feature of the periodical. Record Mirror compiled its own Top 10 chart for 22 January 1955; the NME chart was based on a telephone poll. Both charts expanded in size, with Mirror's becoming a Top 20 in October 1955 and NME's becoming a Top 30 in April 1956. Another rival publication, Melody Maker, began compiling its own chart.
It was the first chart to include Northern Ireland in its sample. Record Mirror began running a Top 5 album chart in July 1956. In March 1960, Record Retailer had a Top 50 singles chart. Although NME had the largest circulation of charts in the 1960s and was followed, in March 1962 Record Mirror stopped compiling its own chart and published Record Retailer's instead. Retailer began independent auditing in January 1963, has been used by the UK Singles Chart as the source for number-ones since the week ending 12 March 1960; the choice of Record Retailer as the source has been criticised. With available lists of which record shops were sampled to compile the charts some shops were subjected to "hyping" but, with Record Retailer being less followed than some charts, it was subject to less hyping. Additionally, Retailer was set up by independent record shops and had no funding or affiliation with record companies. However, it had a smaller sample size than some ri
Mika, stylised as MIKA, is a Lebanese-born English recording artist and singer-songwriter. After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday, Mika was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2007 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2007. Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007, which sold more than 5.6 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a Brit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act, receive a Grammy Award nomination. He topped the UK Singles Chart in January 2007 with "Grace Kelly". Two years Mika released his second extended play, Songs for Sorrow, of which limited edition copies are now sold out worldwide. In 2009 Mika released The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Finishing his worldwide tour, Mika recorded his third album, The Origin of Love, stating it would be "more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one"; the album was released internationally on 16 September 2012 and in the UK on 8 October 2012.
His latest album, No Place in Heaven, was released 15 June 2015. Mika was born in Beirut, the third of five children to an American-born Lebanese mother and an Israeli-born American father and Michael Holbrook Penniman, his father was a banker and was born in Jerusalem, where his own father - Mika's grandfather - was a diplomat. When Mika was a year old, his family was forced to leave war-torn Lebanon and moved to Paris, France; the first piano piece he learned to play was "Les Champs-Élysées", by Joe Dassin. At the age of seven, he wrote his first song, a piano instrumental called "Angry", which he describes as "awful"; the family moved to London. There, he attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, he had problems with dyslexia. In response to these experiences Mika was home-schooled by his mother at the age of 12, for six to eight months, he attended St Philip's School in Kensington, where he was the head of the Schola Cantorum. He attended Westminster School and the Royal College of Music, which he left to record his first album at Casablanca Records.
As a child Mika was trained by a Russian opera professional. His given name was Mica but, frustrated at how it was mispronounced, he changed the'c' to a'k'. Mika has one younger sister along with two older sisters, his sister Yasmine, who works as an artist under the nom de plume DaWack, painted the cartoon art for his two albums Life in Cartoon Motion and The Boy Who Knew Too Much, is a fashion designer. Alongside English, Mika speaks French and Italian fluently, he speaks a little Arabic, in a Lebanese dialect, his mother's native tongue. His debut radio appearance was on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show in September 2006, he appeared on Later... with Jools Holland, on The Friday Night Project on 19 January 2007. Mika is rumoured to have a vocal range of five octaves, but claims that it is closer to three and a half octaves. Mika denied allegations that he steers clear of sexual taboos to appeal to the US market, pointing to the song "Billy Brown", about a married man who has an affair with another man.
He is quoted as saying, "If I was worried about sexual taboos I wouldn't have made the record I made. It has nothing to do with that, it has more to do with self-respect." In an interview in the US gay magazine Out he stated that "there is a way of discussing sexuality without using labels."In a September 2009 interview in Gay & Night Mika commented on his sexuality: "I've never labelled myself. But having said that. Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me..." He stated in an interview with This Is London: "I consider myself label-less because I could fall in love with anybody – – any type, any body. I'm not picky." In an August 2012 interview with the magazine Instinct, the singer described himself as gay. In March 2010, Mika was honoured in France with the Order of Letters for services to music. Mika's first single was a limited 7"/download release called "Relax, Take It Easy", it was made Record of the Week by DJ Scott Mills. The Dodgy Holiday EP became available for download.
The song "Billy Brown" was available for free download for a week from the iTunes Store. A song titled'Over-rated', recorded in 2004, was "unofficially" released online. In January 2007, Mika was on the top of the BBC News website's Sound of 2007 poll, his single "Grace Kelly" was released by Universal Music for digital download on 8 January 2007. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 21 January 2007. Mika toured the United States with support from Sara Bareilles and Natalia Lesz. Mika's début album Life in Cartoon Motion was released on 5 February 2007, has brought comparison with artists such as Freddie Mercury, Scissor Sisters, Elton John, Robbie Williams and David Bowie. "Grace Kelly," in fact, references Mercury in the lyrics: "I try to be like Grace Kelly/But all her looks were too sad/So I try a little Freddie/I've gone identity mad." Mika was the musical act for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 26 March 2007 and 14 February 2008 and for Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 27 March 2007. He performed live on So You Think You Can Dance on 26 J
Adam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer and songwriter from Dumfries. He is best known for his singles "We Found Love", "This Is What You Came For", "Summer", "Feel So Close", "Feels", his collaboration single with Rihanna, "We Found Love", became an international success, giving Harris his first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has released five studio albums and runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records, which he founded in 2010, his debut studio album, I Created Disco, was released in June 2007 whose two singles, "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", reached the top 10 in the UK. In 2009, he released his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and whose lead single, "I'm Not Alone", became his first song to top the UK Singles Chart. In 2012, Harris rose to international prominence with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months, whch topped the UK Albums charts and became his first album to chart on the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 19.
All eight of the album's singles reached the top 10 in the UK, breaking the record for the most top 10 songs from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with eight entries, surpassing Michael Jackson’s record. In 2014, he released his fourth studio album, which debuted at number two in the UK and number five in the US. In 2017, he released his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which reached the top 2 in the UK and the US and became his third consecutive number one album on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs on the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart, he became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify. Harris has received ten Brit Award nominations and four Grammy nominations, winning a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2013, he received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and was named the Top Dance/Electronic Artist at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
He appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom. He topped Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid DJs for six consecutive years from 2013 to 2018. Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Scotland, his English parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, Pamela Wiles, a housewife, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries suburb of Georgetown. He has an elder sister, an elder brother, Edward, he attended Dumfries High School, after leaving school, he stocked shelves in supermarkets and worked in a local fish processing factory in order to buy DJ gear. He was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and began recording bedroom demos in 1999; when Harris was 18, he released two songs, "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days". Both were released as 12-inch club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name "Stouffer". With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, hoping to learn from the local music scene.
Only one of his songs, "Let Me Know" with vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2, was released during his time in London. With the lack of job opportunities and money, he returned home to Dumfries and began posting homemade solo recordings to his Myspace page, his popularity on the social media website prompted Mark Gillespie, a talent booker for the dance-festival firm Global Gathering who had founded his own management firm, to make Harris the company's first signee. Regarding his choice of his stage name, Harris stated that, "My first single was more of a soul track, I thought Calvin Harris sounded a bit more racially ambiguous. I thought. After that, I was stuck with it." Harris signed contracts with Three Six Zero Group, EMI, Sony BMG in 2006 after he had been discovered on the social networking website Myspace. In 2006, Harris produced a remix of All Saints' single "Rock Steady". Harris's debut album, I Created Disco, was released in June 2007, he started working on the album in 2006 after he moved back from living in London to his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland.
All 14 tracks were written and performed by Harris, all recording and producing for the album took place on an Amiga computer. To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada. I Created, it reached number eight on number 19 on the US Top Electronic Albums. The album contained uptempo electroclash songs; the song, "Vegas", was issued on limited edition vinyl. The first wide-release single from the album was released in March 2007. "Acceptable in the 80s", a tribute to the style and culture of the decade, reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the chart for 15 weeks. "The Girls", the album's second single, peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and at number four on the Scotland chart. The third and final release from the album, "Merrymaking at My Place", reached number 43; the same year, Harris caught the attention of Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer.
This led to him co-writing and producing two songs, "Heart Beat Rock" and "In My Arms", on her 2007 album X, the latter becoming a top 10 single in the UK. Harris said that working with Minogue was "surreal, but fun" although he admitted to Mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her". Harris contributed the so
Róisín Marie Murphy is an Irish singer-songwriter and record producer. She first became known in the 1990s as one-half of the UK-Irish trip hop duo Moloko with her partner Mark Brydon. After the breakup of Moloko, Murphy embarked on a solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Ruby Blue and produced with experimental musician Matthew Herbert, to critical praise in 2005, her second solo album, was released in 2007. After an eight-year hiatus, her third album Hairless Toys was released in 2015; the following year, she released. Throughout her career, she has received critical praise for her idiosyncratic music and performance sensibilities. Murphy was brought up in County Wicklow, Ireland; when she was twelve, her family moved to England. Murphy embraced 1960s fashions from going with her mother, an antique dealer, to car boot sales and charity shops, she concealed her singing voice, not wanting other people to know she "sounded like Elaine Paige" when she herself enjoyed listening to the likes of Sonic Youth and Pixies instead.
After three years of living in Manchester, her parents moved back to Ireland. Murphy insisted on remaining alone in the UK because she did not think that her mother had the strength to continue taking care of her. Murphy lived with her best friend for a year, until she could receive Housing Benefit and live in a nearby flat, she was bullied at school and befriended a group of "weird boys who wore black" and who listened to the Jesus and Mary Chain. Murphy joined a post-punk band, she enrolled in a sixth form college at seventeen and considered going to art school. She moved to Sheffield where she began going to nightclubs and was inspired by the Vivienne Westwood designs she saw at Trash. Murphy met Mark Brydon in 1994 at a party, using the chat-up line "Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body." Brydon brought Murphy to his Fon Studios, where he auditioned her voice on tape, liked Murphy's theatrical delivery. They began dating, the newly formed Moloko were signed to Echo Records, releasing their debut album Do You Like My Tight Sweater? the following year.
The album was described by Heather Phares of AllMusic as combining elements of trip hop and funk with electronic dance music, using a more humorous approach than some of their contemporaries. The follow-up I Am Not a Doctor covered similar musical ground, a remix by Boris Dlugosch of "Sing It Back" enjoyed international success, would go on to be featured on more than 110 compilation albums. In place of paying Dlugosch, Murphy helped write "Never Enough", which reached number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart in June 2001. October 2000 saw the release of Moloko's third album Things to Make and Do, for which they employed more live instrumentation, more multifaceted arrangements by keyboardist Eddie Stevens; the album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart, "The Time Is Now" became their most successful British single, reaching number two. Murphy and Brydon were contractually obligated to deliver further albums. After the 2003 release of Statues, Brydon backed out of much of the album's promotion, so Murphy handled most of it herself.
Although no official statement was issued pertaining to Moloko's future, Murphy had this to say in an interview with Q magazine in May 2005: We left it on good terms after a successful tour. We shook hands, said, "See you later", haven't spoken since. I don't know what he's doing. I don't know if we will or we won't reunite. Myself, I don't not want to. Murphy began doing solo work while still in Moloko, which included her contributions to the works of other artists including Handsome Boy Modeling School and Boris Dlugosch, for whom she sang on the track "Never Enough", which became a huge club hit, hitting the top three of the US Hot Dance Club Play chart. Murphy recorded her first official solo material in 2004 with producer Matthew Herbert, who had done remixes for Moloko, she had wanted to work with him again, commenting that "it felt natural... because Matthew makes things seem quicker and easier." After the pair had recorded a few songs, Murphy found that she enjoyed working with Herbert, her label Echo Records let her work without any deadline.
When she presented them the album, they found it odd and did not hear any songs that would make successful singles. The A&R division suggested. Murphy refused, stating that she "wanted it to be as pure as possible." The label came to support her. Murphy released her debut album Ruby Blue in June 2005. Prior to this, tracks from the album were made available on three limited edition, vinyl-only releases: Sequins #1, Sequins #2 and Sequins #3; the release of the EP's was to precede a London exhibition by artist Simon Henwood, featuring paintings of Murphy in various sequined outfits. The titling is a pun on "sequins" and the related word "sequence". Henwood directed the two video clips for the album's singles. Ruby Blue samples sounds made by everyday objects and actions, including cosmetics, brass mice and ornaments, it mixes the electronic music for which Moloko was known with pop styles. Although the album was a commercial failure, it drew positive
India known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia; the Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE. In the following millennium, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism began to be composed. Social stratification, based on caste, emerged in the first millennium BCE, Buddhism and Jainism arose. Early political consolidations took place under the Gupta empires. In the medieval era, Zoroastrianism and Islam arrived, Sikhism emerged, all adding to the region's diverse culture.
Much of the north fell to the Delhi Sultanate. The economy expanded in the 17th century in the Mughal Empire. In the mid-18th century, the subcontinent came under British East India Company rule, in the mid-19th under British Crown rule. A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance and led to India's independence in 1947. In 2017, the Indian economy was the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies and is considered a newly industrialised country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption and inadequate public healthcare. A nuclear weapons state and regional power, it has the second largest standing army in the world and ranks fifth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal republic governed under a parliamentary system and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories.
A pluralistic and multi-ethnic society, it is home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats. The name India is derived from Indus, which originates from the Old Persian word Hindush, equivalent to the Sanskrit word Sindhu, the historical local appellation for the Indus River; the ancient Greeks referred to the Indians as Indoi, which translates as "The people of the Indus". The geographical term Bharat, recognised by the Constitution of India as an official name for the country, is used by many Indian languages in its variations, it is a modernisation of the historical name Bharatavarsha, which traditionally referred to the Indian subcontinent and gained increasing currency from the mid-19th century as a native name for India. Hindustan is a Middle Persian name for India, it was introduced into India by the Mughals and used since then. Its meaning varied, referring to a region that encompassed northern India and Pakistan or India in its entirety; the name may refer to either the northern part of India or the entire country.
The earliest known human remains in South Asia date to about 30,000 years ago. Nearly contemporaneous human rock art sites have been found in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, including at the Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh. After 6500 BCE, evidence for domestication of food crops and animals, construction of permanent structures, storage of agricultural surplus, appeared in Mehrgarh and other sites in what is now Balochistan; these developed into the Indus Valley Civilisation, the first urban culture in South Asia, which flourished during 2500–1900 BCE in what is now Pakistan and western India. Centred around cities such as Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and Kalibangan, relying on varied forms of subsistence, the civilization engaged robustly in crafts production and wide-ranging trade. During the period 2000–500 BCE, many regions of the subcontinent transitioned from the Chalcolithic cultures to the Iron Age ones; the Vedas, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism, were composed during this period, historians have analysed these to posit a Vedic culture in the Punjab region and the upper Gangetic Plain.
Most historians consider this period to have encompassed several waves of Indo-Aryan migration into the subcontinent from the north-west. The caste system, which created a hierarchy of priests and free peasants, but which excluded indigenous peoples by labeling their occupations impure, arose during this period. On the Deccan Plateau, archaeological evidence from this period suggests the existence of a chiefdom stage of political organisation. In South India, a progression to sedentary life is indicated by the large number of megalithic monuments dating from this period, as well as by nearby traces of agriculture, irrigation tanks, craft traditions. In the late Vedic period, around the 6th century BCE, the small states and chiefdoms of the Ganges Plain and the north-western regions had consolidated into 16 major oligarchies and monarchies that were known as the mahajanapadas; the emerging urbanisation gave rise to non-Vedic religious movements, two of which became independent religions. Jainism came into prominence during the life of Mahavira.
Buddhism, based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha, attracted followers from all social classes excepting the middle
"Umbrella" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. It features American rapper Jay-Z, who co-wrote the song with its producers Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell, with additional writing from The-Dream; the song was written with Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it. "Umbrella" is a pop and R&B song with hip hop and rock elements, referring to a romantic and platonic relationship and the strength of that relationship. Entertainment Weekly ranked the song number one on the 10 Best Singles of 2007, while Rolling Stone and Time listed the song at number three on the 100 Best Songs of 2007; the song has earned Rihanna several nominations. In 2007, the song won two awards at the MTV Video Music Awards. At the 2008 Grammy Awards, "Umbrella" earned Rihanna and Jay-Z a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in addition to receiving nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year; the song is listed at No. 412 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
The song serves as the lead single to the album, was released worldwide on March 29, 2007 through Def Jam Recordings. "Umbrella" was a commercial success, topping the charts in Australia, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States. In the United Kingdom, where the song's chart performance coincided with the excessive flooding and large amounts of rain, it was one of the most played songs on radio in the 2000s decade, it managed to stay at number one on the UK Singles Chart for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest run at number one for any single of that decade, is one of the few songs to top the chart for at least 10 weeks. The single was one of the highest digital debuts in the United States at the time and remained at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks; the single's accompanying music video was directed by Chris Applebaum and features, among all, Rihanna's nude body covered in silver paint. The video earned Rihanna a Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and Most Watched Video on MuchMusic.com at MuchMusic Video Awards.
Along with countless amateurs, "Umbrella" has been covered by several notable performers from a variety of musical genres, including All Time Low, the Baseballs, Biffy Clyro, Manic Street Preachers, McFly, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Vanilla Sky. Rihanna performed the song at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, 2008 BRIT Awards and was the closing song of the "Good Girl Gone Bad Tour", the "Last Girl on Earth", the "Loud Tour", it was included in the "Diamonds World Tour", the "Anti World Tour". Umbrella is a playable track in 2012 video game Just Dance 4. American songwriter and producer Christopher "Tricky" Stewart convened with Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Kuk Harrell in January 2007 at the Atlanta-based Triangle Studios to create new material. In the studio, Stewart was "messing around with a walloping hi-hat sound", which he found in the free music software GarageBand, included in all Mac computers. With his attention caught by the sound, Nash asked Stewart what he was doing: "Oh, my Gosh, what is that beat?".
When Stewart incorporated chords onto the hi-hat, "immediately the word popped into head". Nash wrote the chorus over Stewart's skeleton track, they wrote the lyrics, completing the first verse in 60 seconds. They continued into writing, adding the hook while " would put the next chord". In a matter of hours, they had recorded a demo of the track; the song was written with American pop singer Britney Spears in mind, whom Stewart had worked with on her 2003 single "Me Against the Music". Stewart and Nash thought that Spears, who had "her personal life... a little out of control" at the time, needed a hit as musical comeback. Spears was working on her fifth album, Blackout, so they sent a copy of the demo to Spears' management. However, Spears did not hear of the song because her label rejected it, claiming they had enough songs for her to record. Following the management's rejection of the track and Nash dealt it out to other record labels, it was given to English singer-songwriter Taio Cruz, who failed to convince his record company to release it.
It was opted by Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L. A." Reid, a friend of Stewart who established his first studio. By early February 2007, the demo was sent to Reid's right-hand woman, A&R executive Karen Kwak, who passed it along to Reid with a message confirming that they had found a song suited for Rihanna, working on her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, at the time. Reid sent the demo to Rihanna, positive of it: "When the demo first started playing, I was like, This is interesting, this is weird.... But the song kept getting better. I listened to it over. I said,'I need this record. I want to record it tomorrow." However, since it was the Grammy season of 2007, Stewart and Nash eyed American R&B singer Mary J. Blige for the demo. Upon calling them to set the record aside for Rihanna, Stewart had played it to an associate of Blige, subsequently promising the song to her. Having heard the move of the writers, Kwak began calling Stewart and his manager, Mark Stewart, incessantly. Meanwhile, considering Blige's nominations at the Grammys and Nash agreed to wait for her response.
However, Blige failed to hear the song in full due to her obligations to the Grammys at the time and "had to sign off on the record before her reps could accept it". Reid "stepped in, trading on his power-broker status and longstanding relationship with Stewart"
Lisa Jane Stansfield is an English singer and actress. Her career began in 1980. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed Blue Zone in 1984; the band released several singles and one album, but after the success of "People Hold On" in 1989, on which Stansfield was featured, they focused on her solo career. Stansfield's first solo album and its worldwide chart-topping lead single, "All Around the World", were major breakthroughs in her career, she was nominated for two Grammy Awards and Affection is her best-selling album. In the following years, Stansfield released Real Love, So Lisa Stansfield. In 1999, she appeared in her first film and recorded the soundtrack for it, her next albums included Biography: The Greatest Hits and The Moment. After that, Stansfield focused on her film career. In 2008, she starred in The Edge of Love and in 2014 she appeared in Northern Soul. Stansfield released her seventh album, Seven, on 31 January 2014.
Its lead single, "Can't Dance," was digitally released on 16 October 2013. She promoted the new album with the European Seven Tour in 2013 and 2014, her most recent album, was released on 6 April 2018. In June 2018, following a string of sold out tour dates in Europe, Stansfield announced her North American Tour, which begins in October 2018. Stansfield has won numerous awards, including Brit Awards, Ivor Novello Awards, Billboard Music Award, World Music Award, ASCAP Award, Women's World Award, Silver Clef Awards and DMC Awards, she has sold including five million of Affection. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 46th most successful dance artist of all-time. Stansfield was born at the Crumpsall Hospital in England, her parents are Marion and Keith Stansfield, she has two sisters and Suzanne. Her family moved to Heywood in 1976 to Rochdale in 1977. Stansfield grew up listening to soul music and stated that her mother's playing of Diana Ross and the Supremes was her first musical influence, with her idols being Barry White and Marvin Gaye.
In 1980, Stansfield won the Search for a Star singing competition, held at the Talk of the Town nightclub, in 1981 her first single "Your Alibis" was released by the Devil Records. In 1982, she appeared on the television show Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment on ITV Granada. At the same time, Stansfield signed her recording contract with Polydor Records. In 1983, Johnnie Hamp produced for ITV Granada a documentary directed by Pete Walker, Born in the Sixties: Lisa Stansfield, it was a monograph of the aspiring singer and it included her comments and those of her mother and sisters and some songs sung by Stansfield. In 1983, she co-hosted the children's television music programme Razzamatazz and appeared on another children's television series The Krankies Klub. Between 1982 and 1983, Stansfield released her next three singles: "The Only Way", "Listen to Your Heart" and "I Got a Feeling", her early recordings were released on the album In Session in September 1996. In 1984, Stansfield and former school mates Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, after having worked together on a school musical production, began to collaborate musically and, in 1986, formed the band Blue Zone.
They wrote some songs, produced a demo, took it around to record labels. A small indie label, Rockin' Horse Records signed them in 1985 and one year it was bought up by Arista Records. After releasing their first two singles in 1986, "Love Will Wait" and "Finest Thing", Arista issued "On Fire" in October 1987. Just as the single was climbing up the charts, it was withdrawn by the record company in the wake of the King's Cross fire; the band's next single, "Thinking About His Baby" was released in January 1988 and reached number seventy-nine in the UK. Its B-side, "Big Thing" became popular in the clubs. In July 1988, "Jackie" was issued as a single outside the UK and reached number thirty-seven on the Hot Dance Club Songs and number fifty-four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States; the release date for Blue Zone's album, Big Thing, recorded in 1987, was pushed back many times by the record label. It was released outside the UK in November 1988 without any further promotion; the album included songs written by Blue Zone, except for "Jackie" written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.
It was produced except for "Perfect Crime" produced by Blue Zone. Ric Wake co-produced "Jackie" and "Perfect Crime". In early 1989, Stansfield co-wrote and recorded "People Hold On" for Coldcut's album, What's That Noise?. The single was released in March 1989 and reached number six on the Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States and number eleven in the United Kingdom. On the strength of this hit, Arista Records signed Stansfield as a solo artist, her debut album, Affection was released on 20 November 1989. Stansfield co-wrote all songs with Andy Morris. Devaney and Morris produced the album, except for "This Is the Right Time" produced by Coldcut. Affection was commercially successful, it reached the top ten on charts around the world, including number one in Austria and Italy, number two in the UK, Spain and Switzerland, number three in Belgium, number five in New Zealand, number six in the Netherlands and Norway, number seven in Australia and Canada. In the US, it peaked at number five on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number nine on the Billboard 200.