February 15, 2017
Brighton based indie-pop band, Black Honey, are definitely one to watch this year! After staying under the radar initially, this band are now firmly in the spotlight and we were lucky enough to interview them.
My names Izzy Bee Phillips, I am a bleach blonde femme fatale who plays guitar and sings in guitar pop band Black Honey. On lead guitar & BVs we have gentle giant Chris Ostler who does production and drinks pints of red wine. On bass, Tommy Taylor whose passion in life is mainly: the colour black, smoking and motorcycle gangs. Then our grumpy goblin Tom Dewhurst, who looks better in my clothes than me, plays drums.
A few years have passed since, I feel like now we are probably anything but ‘Under the radar’. That said I do still long for a time where everyone didn’t tell you what they’ve had for breakfast, when you discovered music through bonding with your friends.
The Beatles, I love the way they write, the sheer volume, the vocal harmonies, the transitions through genre, George Martins’ orchestral arrangements and the mania surrounding them as a reflection of 60s culture. But to be honest we are inspired by so much more like cult movies, Warhol culture, all the travelling we do and the inspiring people we meet.
I think Tommy wins the prize for both best and worst music taste, Tommy introduced me to bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain and the other Creation bands I have since fallen in love with. Yet on the other hand after a few beers on a late night drive, we get exposed to all kinds of obscure Rammstein tracks, comedy rap and bad electro. My guilty pleasure however is the Sugar Babes, Blink 182 and Emo music.
I take my duvet in the back of the van, its nice to curl up in the warm and drink service station coffee in. I also don’t go anywhere without my journal and tons of audio books loaded on my phone. We usually fill the van with film cameras and polaroid and have a kid’s toy guitar in the back so we can always stay creative on the road.
We have new music coming out soon, so we are excited for that. You can expect everything Black Honey and more. Also, a rough sketch of the album is underway and we are stoked to hit the festival circuit again this summer. There’s loads of weird and exciting new ideas we have for live shows, songs, videos and merch, but I cant reveal any secrets just yet so you will have to watch this space!
Another Girl Another Planet – The Only Ones
Lonesome Town – Ricky Nelson
Heroes – David Bowie
Some Velvet Moring – Nancy & Lee
The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
Some Candy Talking – The Jesus & Mary Chain
Bad Blood – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Concrete Schoolyard – Jurassic 5
The End Has No End – The Strokes
Eventually – Tame Impala
Songs For the Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
Crying Lightning – The Arctic Monkeys
Paranoid Android – Radiohead
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings – Father John Misty
Lost in The Supermarket – The Clash
Right Before My Eyes – Cage The Elephant
Making Breakfast – Twin Peaks
Milk – Kings Of Leon
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February 15, 2017
If you’ve not heard of Matta, where have you been hiding? This Electronic DJ Duo have been shaking up Parties and Festivals all over the world over the past 8 years, and they’re not about to stop anytime soon! They revealed all about their crazy lifestyles in this epic interview.
We are an Electronic Music DJ & production duo who work on the darker side of music. We’ve been going for just over 7 years now. In that time our style has slightly evolved as we started making Dubstep (See our album Prototype) and moved over to slightly more abstract bass music (Our EP Lo Co is a good reference) in the last few years. We try to push things and not use standard practises which means it is exciting to be in the studio but also there is a lot of trial and error.
Probably our music video for “Release The Freq” going viral in late 2009. It was a bizarre experience as we didn’t have a budget for the video let alone any advertising or PR. The video’s creator Kim Holm put it up on Vimeo and it immediately started getting 35,000-50,000 plays per day for the next 2 weeks. It has also won a fair few awards around the world too. Here is the video (https://vimeo.com/20800127)
We are going to work on new stuff from about Mar 2017, but it will all be production based stuff for the time being, no touring.
Yeah I think it was just before Euro 2012 (co-hosted by Poland & Ukraine). We were there to play a gig, can’t really remember the name of the club but it was next to a hotel which had been freshly taken over by the Mafia according to the guy we were with. We were a bit worried but assured it wouldn’t affect the night. Later on that night we arrived and settled in at the club, couple drinks etc. About 2 hours in, I’m looking at my laptop on the side of the stage, out the corner of my eye a guy with a balaclava jumps over the DJ box and onto the stage. It must have been quite a jump as it was about 8-9 foot. He was massive and had a gun strapped to his leg. As this is happening some more guys, a mix of police and who knows who else all stormed the stage and told us to cut the music and put our hands on the table. Then the promoter and them started speaking, not understanding the language we had no hope of knowing what was happening. Loads of disruption later and thinking at one point we’d be shot, we were lead out to a room to be photographed. It was at this point they realised we were English and for some reason allowed us to leave. As we were leaving there were about 20 police cars outside, they were not there to help us…
They were all good to work with. From a freedom of creation point of view, it is easier to work with underground artists as you usually don’t have an A&R manager breathing over your neck and it is just the opinion of the people creating the music that matters. It can be hard to get exposure with underground work, you want people to listen but you have very limited means to get it to them. Incidentally with LDZ and Stig Of The Dump they did a great job in making a video and got it to some key blogs. With more mainstream artists it is down to their label mostly but also their popularity can help to expose more of your music to their fans.
It’s a shame that London is losing a lot of its underground clubs or they are being strangled by legislation. The drugs issue is a convenient tool for people to use to push through their own agendas. It would be much better to educate on drug use and allow people to test substances (I think this was an idea bought up with Fabric having onsite testing areas). Simply, you won’t stop drug use. In terms of the future I think that you’ll have smaller clubs in more central London and bigger underground places popping up in the emerging areas of London. The fact is that London will just keep expanding, engulfing what are now seen as the suburbs and outer areas. It’s also worth noting the advances in video and sound technology which will definitely influence decisions as to how the club landscape looks in the next 5 years. Things like 3D sound and 3D video will probably be experimented with and pushed to their limits through the underground scene.
Fabric is the ultimate underground club I think. It has a crazy High-Tec sound system, forward -thinking line-ups combining the most popular DJs / Artists in the world alongside loads of emerging talent, as well as having a great atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in the depths of hell (even though it is an extremely friendly place).
Biggie, just because.
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January 13, 2017
With a voice that’ll send chills down your spine and an urban allure that’ll drive mass appeal, we’re expecting huge things from Rag ‘n’ Bone Man this year. Having said this, 2016 wasn’t exactly quiet for the British singer-songwriter also known as Rory Graham. Picking up the Brits Critics’ Choice Awards 2017 and coming second in BBC’s Sound of 2017 list, the industry is starting to take notice of the artist’s exceptional talent. If you’re keen to find out more about this under-the-radar maverick, here’s our Artist Spotlight.
Graham, is clearly an old soul at heart and he certainly makes it clear that he’ll do what he wants – not what the industry asks of him. So far, everything he produces has included a vinyl pressing, yet more proof of his love for music. Talking to The Independent he confesses, “It’s the best format, physically”. He goes on to say “I’m new to a lot of people and I don’t think anyone wants to listen to 16 tracks of a new artist… People have no attention span these days with music – I come from a time where I bought the whole album and listened to it back to back.”
This true and honest appreciation for music possibly came from his upbringing. Graham’s mother was an acclaimed singer while his father was a successful guitarist. He took a hands-on approach to music from the start and found his unique sound over his years of development.
At the age of 15, he was MCing with a Drum & Bass crew using the now famous tag Rag ‘n’ Bonez. Upon moving to Brighton, the artist took up the reigns with friend Gi3mo in the group Rum Committee. By 19 he had supported numerous Hip-Hop artists and self-released his EP ‘Bluestown’. This led to him being booked to support Joan Armatrading at Brighton Dome.
In 2014, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man released the EP ‘Wolves’. Containing nine tracks and featuring artists like Stig of the Dump, Kate Tempest and Vince Staples. He had arrived in the industry with force. By the end of the next year he brought out the ‘Disfigured’ EP landing him on the map of BBC Radio 1 Extra, and BBC Radio 1.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s biggest success to date has come from his first hit single ‘Human’. Hitting top spot in Austria, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, the track also made the UK top 10. His upcoming debut album is set to be a huge hit, expect it early this year.
Here’s our pick of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man inspired tunes. If we’ve got you inspired, build the playlist and broadcast it to your friends:
Human – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Worthy – Jacob Banks
Stronger Than Ever – Raleigh Ritchie
Worry – Jack Garratt
Hard Came the Rain – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
I Need – Maverick Sabre
Sheila – Jamie T
Sticky Situation – Kiko Bun
Bitter End – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
One – Stig of the Dump
Power – Bastille
Don’t Fall In – Kate Tempest
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December 2, 2016
Whether you’re a music enthusiast, die-hard fan, or just looking for something different, music blogs are a great way to discover new tracks and artist information in one place. They can also be used by up-and-coming musicians as a platform to get their music heard – starting them on the path to success. This is why we created the ultimate guide to UK music blogs. You seriously need to check these out:
DJ duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson created a blog to share mixtapes and thoughts on an eclectic mix of music, including disco, house, and techno. The boys have built up a huge online community and highly shared posts, making it one of the best alternative music blogs on the web right now!
Hit the Floor posts daily music discussions embracing different genres, and features a variety of content including interviews, gig footage, festival exclusives and even some film and TV talk. If you’re a festival fan, check out our favourite up-and-coming artists from 2016’s festival season. viagra prices
We Plug Good Music concentrates on showcasing and featuring the best of new and emerging music from around the world. Described as a ‘trendsetter and taste-maker’, these guys definitely have their fingers on the pulse of who you should be listening to buy synthroid online. You can also check out our very own blog on the best ways to discover new music. cialis generic
Tom Johnson started Gold Flake Paint with a very simple idea back in 2010 – to write about the music he loves. His blog introduces new acts and regular mix tapes of alternative artists that don’t fit into the mainstream music world.
Since Stamp the Wax was established in 2011 by co-founders Joshua Brill and Aaron Levitt it has certainly grown into something much bigger, but their initial idea remains the same – to talk about the music they both loved. They now have a small team of music enthusiasts talking all things electronic, acoustic, indie, and hip hop.
Focusing on electronic dance music, Harder Blogger Faster (HBF) posts a constant stream of content which has built up a loyal, up to date, and music-savvy following. There is no doubt that HBF is one of the most informed dance blogs around, with contributors from all over the world.
If you want to discover new bands and be ahead of the mainstream, this is definitely a blog that you should be reading. After 10 years of sharing mp3s, streams, and playlists of new bands and artists, the blog remains a strong influencer in the music blogging world.
Get into This focuses solely on the Liverpool music scene – they even have their own music award! The ‘Scouse Mercury Prize’ celebrates, champions, and supports the best of new Merseyside music. thuoc cialis 5mg
Hip Hop Kings is dedicated to the underground Hip Hop scene, featuring new music, interviews, and reviews from both UK and US artists. Check out our blog on the most influential Hip-Hop songs of all time.
Certified UK is a platform which seeks emerging UK talent across a variety of art forms, giving people the chance to showcase their talents. The blog has grown constantly since its launch in 2010 and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
Music Fans Mic focuses on finding underground talent. Growing massively in popularity over the last 7 years it is now a favourite blog for many underground music fans.
Alter the Press produces original content in pop, rock, and alternative music, as well as posting interviews, reviews, and also the latest gossip.
Make it in Music offers helpful tips, advice, and tools to dedicated young musicians looking to make a name for themselves and to help get them started in the industry. viagra without prescription
The Music Wins is a Brighton based blog, popular among young music enthusiasts. Gaining regular sponsorships and giving away freebies, its not hard to see why this blog is a popular one!
Pop-lovers, this one’s for you. A pop music blog featuring new songs, music videos, and a discussion forum. Our bestselling songs of the 90s blog throws back to some of the biggest pop anthems of all time!
This one’s for all you Welsh music lovers! Endorsed by the Wales Online organisation, this blog acts as your first stop for checking out fresh and popular Welsh talent.
This blog is perfect for people who want to find random music and artists all in one place; allowing you to explore, experience, and to try your own tastes in music.
Founded in 2005, Drunken Werewolf was created to support independent and unsigned artists of all genres from across the world. It provides daily music reviews, features, interviews, and more in a passionate manner, giving honest critique and holding feminism and equal rights at the fore.
This blog focuses on unearthing the best new up and coming music in the UK. They tip their favourite tracks, videos, and live shows five days a week, with thousands of music industry figures and new music fans receiving fortnightly email roundups.
Electric Banana focuses on the latest music news, tour news, single reviews, and album reviews for indie music. It also has a gig reviews section which reviews live music from across the UK, and a culture section which recommends entertainment such as films, books, and games.
Black Plastic is an alternative music blog focused on sharing the best electronic music. If you love discovering new electronic music, this is the blog for you!
No list of music blogs would be complete without our own. Be sure to check out our posts for everything from ‘The Greatest Hip-Hop Rivalries of All Time’ to ‘The Ultimate Workout Playlist’.
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November 8, 2016
There’s been some absurd, brutal and pretty tragic rivalries in Hip-Hop over the years. It’s a genre of music that doesn’t hide from conflicts. Here are our favourite Hip-Hop rivalries of all time. We know some of you out there are screaming for Drake and Meek Mill, but we couldn’t face it – heavier blows have been dealt.
Back in the day, The Source was the authority on all things Hip-Hop. The magazine’s reviews were just as famous and important to the industry as the artists themselves. This all changed in 2002. Benzino, a rapper and editor of The Source, attacked Eminem on racial grounds. He questioned Eminem’s position in the Hip-Hop industry and fell flat on his face. Em later released two diss tracks ‘Nail In The Coffin’ and ‘The Sauce’. The Source went from Hip-Hop royalty to a mere pauper begging for readers – investors pulled out, people stopped buying it, and Benzino lost his job.
Kool Moe Dee, a member of Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, opted to take a hit at the young LL Cool J for apparently not respecting his elders. He accused LL of mimicking his style and disrespecting those who went before him. Not only this but the cover of Kool’s 1987 album ‘How Ya Like Me Now’ featured LL Cool J’s trademark red Kangol hat crushed under the tyres of a Jeep. LL Cool J’s reply, although a little predictable, sought heights of success. Kool Moe Dee’s next release aimed at LL was a track predominantly crafted of alliteration featuring mainly words beginning with the letter ‘L’. The two hit each other a few more times before things eventually died down. Kool Moe Dee remained a hero of the genre while LL Cool J enjoyed serious chart success.
This beef got serious very quickly. Back in 2005, friction was rumoured in the G-Unit camp. Eventually 50 Cent announced that Game had been chucked out due to a lack of loyalty. Allegedly, Fiddy didn’t like Game distancing himself from his beef. When Game heard of 50’s comments, he turned up at Hot 97 FM’s offices and shots were fired. A truce was formed but only short lived. Game loved the beef and took a chomp at G-Unit once more with ‘300 Bars’. In 2009, Game apologised but we don’t expect to see any collaborations forming anytime soon.
It’s 1984 and Lolita Shanté Gooden is a 15 year old MC rapping on street corners, battling her friends. She released, with the help of producer Marley Marl, a song in reply to UTFO’s tune ‘Roxanne Roxanne’. The original depicted a girl who rejected the band’s advances, while Shanté’s version told an entirely different story. Entitled ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’, the young MC took on the persona of Roxanne Shanté and called out the band for their sleazy advances. The song was a hit and UTFO weren’t happy. They brought another female rapper into the frame and dubbed her The Real Roxanne. Then things really took off, Shanté wasn’t happy with the new female lead stepping on her toes and impersonating her. She retaliated with her single ‘Bite This’ which was the catalyst to many Roxanne response records from numerous different artists. There are around 30 officially documented responses, though Hip-Hop historians predict as many as 100 have been recorded.
Back in 2005, Jeezy’s debut album ‘Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101’ was in its recording stage. One of the tracks, ‘Icy’, had been planned to perfection with friend Gucci Mane on board. Gucci being Gucci, took the track and used it on his own work. Jeezy was left without a track and without a payout. Jeezy obviously stepped things up a level on his track ‘Stay Strapped’ where he proclaims Gucci “just committed suicide bitch” because he’ll “cremate that motherfucker”. Things then turned real. Five of Jeezy’s friends took the feud to Gucci who didn’t roll over. Four men were seen fleeing the scene. The fifth, known as Pookie Loc, was found half-buried in the woods. Gucci gunned the man down and managed to get away with it as self-defence – and has lived up to his murderer status ever since.
This is a strange tale to tell. Rick Ross and 50 Cent were caught up in a turbulent legal battle which all started as a result of 50 Cent looking at Rick Ross the wrong way at the 2009 BET Awards. There wasn’t much depth to the squabbling until 50 Cent uploaded a video of the mother of Rick Ross’ child having sex with her ex-boyfriend. 50 Cent narrated the video and even altered the footage to add his own picture into the mix before posting it online. Lastonia Leviston, the main victim of the whole situation, filed for emotional distress in 2010. Fiddy was ordered to pay $5 million which then led him to file for bankruptcy in a case of damage limitation.
So this beef is pretty well known by anyone who has seen the biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’. The rap phenomenon that was NWA had been swindled by their manager Jerry Heller. Heller and Eazy E took a huge cut of the pie and left other members like Ice Cube and Dr Dre in the dark synthroid 75 mcg. Ice Cube left and hit fame quickly as a solo artist. While the remainder of NWA dissed Cube for leaving, he was finalising the absolutely brutal track ‘No Vaseline’ – which went down in Hip-Hop history as one of the most devastating diss tracks of all time. Things remained ugly for many years and the rappers who were once friends all took pops at each other at one time or another. Eventually, with Eazy E on his deathbed, the group resolved their conflicts.
50 Cent basically got big by calling out better known artists. He proved an ability to ride the wave of Hip-Hop beef and come out on top. One of the most memorable rivalries was with Ja Rule – and it went deep. It started on the street with the music coming second. As it’s told, a friend of Fiddy’s robbed Ja Rule’s chain. Ja then saw 50 Cent in a club with the thief, got mad, and a fight broke out. There were numerous run-ins, stabbings and diss records from both artists over the years. Eventually Ja Rule called it quits. The two were even reported to have been on the same flight and one stage, and arrived at their destination without anything kicking off.
This was a truly huge clash, one that had fans going crazy. The most enticing thing about this rivalry was that it was almost exclusively done through music. The beef allegedly started when Nas failed to show his face to record a verse on Jay’s track ‘Bring it On’. It’s said that with Biggie’s death, the title of King of New York was up for grabs. Jay Z was the obvious choice but Nas didn’t want to see that happen. Jay Z threw shade at Nas in 2001 during Hot 97 FM’s Summer Jam. Nas couldn’t take the hit so retaliated dubbing Jay the “fake king of New York”. Nas then dropped ‘Ether’ and the Hip-Hop world stopped. People had been trying to take a hit at Jay-Z for years and no one had come close. ‘Ether’ could have ruined his career. Things got seriously heated with Jay Z’s release of ‘Supa Ugly’ where he admitted to sleeping with the mother of Nas’ child. By 2005 though the beef had run its course and both Jay Z and Nas performed onstage together at Philadelphia’s ‘I Declare War’ concert.
Hip-Hop’s most renowned rivalry, but also its most tragic. This beef went too far and changed the trajectory of Hip-Hop. Biggie and Tupac began their careers as friends, though they’d later become enemies. It all started when Tupac was shot in 1994, Biggie went on to produce the track ‘Who Shot Ya?’. Pac believed this song to be aimed at him and so he retaliated with ‘Hit Em Up’. There was a lot of dissing going back and forth but it remained just music. The media got involved and stirred the situation up massively. They pipped the rivalry as an East Coast vs West Coast clash. Fans took sides and gangs got involved. In September 1996, Tupac was gunned down in a Las Vegas drive by shooting. His death was followed six months later by Biggie’s who fell the same way. Since this tragedy, the Hip-Hop industry hasn’t been the same. The violent streak became more of a focus and is now widely acknowledged.
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October 18, 2016
2016 has made us feel all nostalgic. We’ve seen the world go crazy for Pokémon, a new Harry Potter book hit the shelves, and a Clinton is campaigning to be President of the US. You could be mistaken for thinking we’re living in the 90s again – which got us craving 90s music. The 90s saw grunge kids head banging to Nirvana, Britney Spears wannabes singing into their hairbrushes, and of course the Teletubbies song. No matter what sub-culture your music tastes pigeon holed you into, the 90s offered it all. We knew that picking a definitive top 10 list would be impossible, so here are the UK’s 10 best-selling songs of the 90s. Check out our Record Breakers in Music blog for more!
There were just some classics we couldn’t help but talk about. Here are some honourable mentions that didn’t make it into the top 10:
49. Ricky Martin, ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ (775,700 Copies Sold) – Who knew Latin pop was so catchy?
46. Bassiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds, ‘Three Lions’ (785,000 Copies Sold) – The timeless anthem for the eternally disappointed football fans of England.
37. B*Witched, ‘C’est La Vie’ (850,500 Copies Sold) – Back when double denim was actually cool!
28. Oasis, ‘Wonderwall’ (966,000 Copies Sold) – Because what else would you sing at 3am in the kebab shop after too many vodka shots?
19. Teletubbies, ‘Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!”’ (1,100,000 Copies Sold) – We’re sure this will go down as one of the greatest pop songs of our generation.
Ranking number 9 on NME’s ‘Greatest No. 1 Singles in History’ this love ballad, the theme for Houston’s film debut in ‘The Bodyguard’, became a worldwide success. The song was Whitney Houston’s longest run at number 1, lasting 10 weeks in the UK, and also set the record for the longest run at top spot for a solo female in British singles chart history.
Written in memory of The Notorious B.I.G., this song altered the trajectory of Hip-Hop. Puff Daddy offered sentimental and mournful rhymes etched over the sampled beat of The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’. The song was one of the best-selling in history, with over 8 million copies sold worldwide.
Written and produced by Max Martin, previously of N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys, this song propelled Britney Spears’ pop career to stratospheric heights. If you were a teenage girl in the 90s, weekday evenings were spent learning dance moves in the mirror to this nostalgic belter. The song hit number 1 in every European chart it entered and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
This love ballad, the theme for ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, enjoyed phenomenal success in the UK. Spending 16 consecutive weeks at the top spot, it sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has no doubt featured on a limitless number of romantic compilation albums.
Take David Bowie, Elton John, Bono, Boyzone, Joan Armatrading, Gabrielle, and whole host of other top musicians. Drop them in a recording studio with Lou Reed, all paid for by the BBC and you’ve got the 6th best-selling song of the 90s. Highly criticised as a waste of money from the BBC, but rescued by its charity release for Children in Need, the record contributed £2,125,000 to the charity’s fundraising initiative.
This became the first ever commercial recording to feature Auto-Tune – Kanye West eat your heart out! The song left Cher’s pop rock reputation behind and embraced a dance-pop beat in a bid to appeal to a younger fan base. It was nominated for 2 Grammy awards and sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
Admit it, you love it! This absolute classic from Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua was met by adoration across the world. It topped most charts in Europe but was voted number 1 by Rolling Stone readers in a poll to find ‘The Worst Songs of the 90s’. The song even sparked a law suit by Barbie toy manufacturer Mattel who claimed the song tarnished the reputation of their trademark – the case was dismissed and subsequent appeals rejected.
Entering the UK chart at number 4, it took this classic three weeks to rise to number 1 where it then stayed for a whole 15 weeks. The song’s success was helped along by the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, and spent so long in the charts that some radio stations banned it for the sake of listeners’ sanity. When support began to wane and public opinion started to turn, the band opted to delete the track from sale. It has gone down as the UK’s best-selling love ballad of all time.
Before Jerome Flynn played beloved Game of Thrones character Bronn, he graced the airwaves with this best-selling 90s powerhouse. Partnered by Robson Green and steered in the right direction by a then fledgling Simon Cowell, these reluctant singers went straight to number 1 in the UK and stayed there for 7 weeks.
Easily the best selling song of the decade, this release became the biggest selling single ever in the UK and US only weeks after its release. Re-written as a tribute to Princess Diana, the proceeds from this tearjerker went towards the numerous charities supported by the late Princess. The single saw around 33 million sales worldwide.
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