Post by The Rubber Ball Man on Sept 7, 2017 7:31:49 GMT
What if No.1s when ABBA were No.2/3 wouldn't be No.1 and ABBA was No.1 in the UK charts?
Waterloo would be No.1 for 4 weeks (2 more weeks) Mamma Mia - 5 weeks (3 more weeks) Fernando - 7 weeks (3 more weeks) Dancing Queen - 7 weeks (1 more week) Money, Money, Money - 4 weeks Knowing Me, Knowing You - 7 weeks (2 more weeks) The Name Of The Game - 4 weeks (No change) Take A Chance On Me - 6 weeks (3 more weeks) Chiquitita - 3 weeks Angeleyes - 1 week Gimme Gimme Gimme - 1 week I Have A Dream - 4 weeks The Winner Takes It All - 3 weeks (1 more week) Super Trouper - 4 weeks (1 more week) One Of Us - 3 weeks
ABBA would have 15 No.1s, 63 weeks at No.1 (32 more weeks). One can only wish!!!
I always thought that one of the most impressive things about ABBA's run of hits in the UK was how (from Mamma Mia to Super Trouper at least) they were all awarded at least a silver disc. Indeed, the majority of that run were awarded gold discs. It's quite amazing consistency, and the run was only broken when they released the 12-inch-only Lay All Your Love On Me.
(I am aware that The Winner Takes It All didn't get any awards, but that was only due to an oversight. In fact, it should have a gold disc.)
I would guess that only the Beatles ever surpassed that degree of consistency.
Gary - 'Waterloo' sold well over 300,000 in 1974 & it should have had a Silver Disk. For some reason, Epic Records did not apply for one for it. (In 1974 a Silver Disk Single had to sell 250,000. It has been lowered to 200,000, for many Years now).
As 'Singles' are now available 24/7, 365 Days a Year, many old Tracks are getting UK Awards, even if they barely touched the UK Top 100. UK Download Sales are counted from September 2004 to the present day. 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell was a No.19 USA Hit in 1967. It failed to Chart in the UK. However, in April 2013 it reached No.80, due to it being in a UK TV Advert. It only spent 1 Week in the Top 100 - but it had sold over 400,000 on Downloads by August of this Year - and it was given a UK Gold Disk! So, Tracks no longer even need to reach very high in the UK Charts to go Silver, (200,000), or Gold, (400,000).
Ed Sheeran only began having UK Hits in June 2011, but in just over 6 Years he has sold more UK Singles than ABBA, (almost 12 Million), & Queen, (almost 13 Million), have sold since they both first Charted in 1974 - 43 Years ago. ABBA have 10 UK Gold Singles. Ed has a massive 20 Gold 'Singles'. With 13 of them going Platinum - 600,000 Sales, & 6 of those going Multi Platinum. He & The Beatles are the only Acts with 6 UK Million Sellers. 2 of Ed's have sold over 2 Million in the UK. No Beatles Singles reached 2 Million UK Sales. So, the 'Age Of The Download' makes it far easier for big Acts to get Silver, Gold & Platinum Awards in the UK. ABBA have Zero UK Platinum Awards, as you had to have a Million Selling Single to do that, in ABBA's time. Although 'Dancing Queen' has sold over a Million, it did not do it when ABBA were together. It took Downloads to get it over a Million UK Sales. It should have a Silver Disk for UK Download Sales since September 2004, but The BPI have yet to give it one. It has sold over 210,000 UK Downloads in that time & Silver is 200,000.