The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums

The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums

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From Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band to Zoom by ELO, this indispensable, innovatively designed book celebrates fifty years of British album charts, telling you everything you could possibly want to know about every album to reach the Top 100. With new feature material covering a huge range of areas, bands and history, it's an essential part of any serious music fan's collection. The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums covers everything, from the classics (Sgt Pepper, Nevermind, The Dark Side of the Moon) to the dodgy (Spiceworld, Seriously Orchestra) and the downright bizarre (Smurfs Go Pop!, Seventies Dinner Party). Where else are you going to find out that: Bridge over Troubled Water spent 307 weeks in the charts Pavarotti has topped the album charts - twice Lily Allen went triple-platinum in 2006 with Alright, Still Oasis sold 356,000 copies of Be Here Now in one day alone Both Gary Glitter and Mariah Carey released an album called Glitter Donny Osmond has never made it to No. 1 in the album chartsshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 200 x 256 x 32mm | 1,161.19g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0753517000
  • 9780753517000
  • 462,438

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"Almost as indispensable as NME" * NME [on previous edition] *show more

About Martin Roach

Martin Roach is a bestselling author who has penned dozens of books on music, youth culture, celebrity and film. He has also ghostwritten several high-profile celebrity autobiographies. His books have sold over 1.5 million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. He is editor of The Virgin Book of Hit more

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DID YOU KNOW THAT ... ? Barry White has never had a UK No. 1 album (nor has Stevie Wonder or Britney Spears) Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band spent an initial 149 weeks in the album charts (27 of them at No. 1) The Wombles released four albums in the 1970s Lily Allen's album Alright, Still has been certified platinum six times Queen have spent 21 weeks at the top of the album charts (but Queens of the Stone Age haven't reached the top yet) Diana Ross has released over 50 albums From Daniel with Love, From Donny with Love and From Dusty with Love all failed to reach the top of the album charts The film soundtrack to Mamma Mia, including performances by Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, reached No. 1 in 2008 Elvis had eleven No. 1 albums The album from the TV series Cold Feet went platinum in 2003 Nevermind by Nirvana only ever made it to No. 7show more

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