2015 in British music

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This is a summary of the year 2015 in British music .

Music of the United Kingdom overview of music traditions of the UK

Throughout its history, the United Kingdom has been a major producer and source of musical creation, drawing its artistic basis from the history of the United Kingdom, from church music, Western culture and the ancient and traditional folk music and instrumentation of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Events

Glyndebourne English country house in East Sussex, England

Glyndebourne is an English country house, the site of an opera house that, since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Initially, operas were presented within the house but there is now a free-standing opera house in its grounds. The house itself, located near Lewes in East Sussex, England, is thought to be about six hundred years old and listed at grade II.

<i>2015 Brit Awards</i>

The 2015 Brit Awards were held on 25 February 2015. This was the 35th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London, presented by Ant & Dec. This was their second time hosting, and their first since 2001. Award nominations were revealed on 15 January 2015. Tracey Emin became the fifth artist to style the BRITs statue.

Ed Sheeran English singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor

Edward Christopher Sheeran, is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, +, was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.

Television series

<i>The Voice UK</i> (series 4) Fourth series of The Voice UK

The Voice UK is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fourth series started on 10 January 2015. Emma Willis and Marvin Humes return as hosts, alongside coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson. Kylie Minogue didn't return due to touring commitments and was replaced by Rita Ora. The series was won by Stevie McCrorie of Team Ricky.

<i>Stars in Their Eyes</i> television series

Stars in Their Eyes is a British television talent show, based on Joop van den Ende’s Dutch format Soundmixshow. It featured a singing contest in which members of the public impersonate showbiz stars. Each contestant would walk through ‘smoky’ doors before instantly reappearing dressed up as their chosen star. A number of celebrity specials and a children's spin-off series have also aired during the original run.

Harry Hill English comedian, doctor

Harry Hill is an English comedian, author and television presenter. Formerly known as Barry Hill. He has narrated You've Been Framed since 2004, and hosted Harry Hill's TV Burp for eleven years, from 2001 to 2012. A former medical doctor, Hill won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the 1992 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and began his career in radio and television comedy with the radio series Harry Hill's Fruit Corner.

Publications

Artists and groups reformed

Groups on hiatus

Groups disbanded

Classical works

Opera

Musical theatre

Musical films

Film scores and incidental music

Film

Television

British music awards

Brit Awards

See 2015 Brit Awards

British Composer Awards

Charts and sales

Notable events and records

On 10 July 2015, the chart week changed from Sunday–Saturday to Friday–Thursday, with the first chart covering Sunday 5 July to Thursday 9 July. This chart move is to align the chart week with the new Global Release Day (Friday) for music. [86] [87]

Pharrell Williams set an all-time record when "Happy" notched 64 consecutive weeks in the top 75 of the singles chart.

Adele's 25 became the fastest-selling UK album of all time, beating the record previously held by Oasis' Be Here Now in 1997.

Jess Glynne scored three UK number-one singles and two from the previous year, tying here with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as the British women with the most UK number-one singles.

In December, Justin Bieber's songs "Sorry" and "Love Yourself" claimed the top 2 spots on the singles chart during the same week, marking the first time this was accomplished since Madonna in 1985. "Love Yourself" went on to replace "Sorry" in the top position, making Bieber the first artist since Elvis Presley in 2005 to knock themselves off the top spot.

"Love Yourself" became the first song in the history of the UK Singles Chart to reach number one without an official single release.

Number-one singles

The singles chart includes a proportion for streaming.

Key
Dagger-14-plain.pngBest performing single of the year
Chart date
(week ending)
SongArtist(s)Chart salesReferences [lower-alpha 1]
3 January"Uptown Funk" Dagger-14-plain.png Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 186,655 [88] [89]
10 January156,335 [90] [91]
17 January129,871 [92] [93]
24 January125,948 [94] [95]
31 January120,443 [96] [97]
7 February101,962 [98] [99]
14 February"Love Me like You Do" Ellie Goulding 172,368 [100] [101]
21 February118,225 [102] [103]
28 February118,343 [104]
7 March98,167 [105]
14 March"King" Years & Years 100,955 [106]
21 March"Lay Me Down" Sam Smith featuring John Legend 105,070 [107]
28 March68,739 [108]
4 April"Hold My Hand" Jess Glynne 97,494 [109]
11 April80,177 [110]
18 April57,372 [111]
25 April"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 193,018 [112]
2 May141,671 [113]
9 May"Cheerleader" OMI 112,626 [114]
16 May96,533 [115]
23 May89,201 [116]
30 May76,572 [117]
6 June"Want to Want Me" Jason Derulo 127,113 [118]
13 June75,066 [119]
20 June65,300 [120]
27 June57,039 [121]
4 July"Not Letting Go" Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne110,001 [122]
9 July"Are You with Me" Lost Frequencies 83,712 [123]
16 July"House Every Weekend" David Zowie 54,929* [124]
23 July"Black Magic" Little Mix 112,684 [125]
30 July65,720 [126]
6 August59,877 [127]
13 August"Drag Me Down" One Direction 76,015 [128]
20 August"Marvin Gaye"Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 94,455 [129]
27 August"Don't Be So Hard on Yourself"Jess Glynne61,994 [130]
3 September"Fight Song" Rachel Platten 58,581 [131]
10 September"What Do You Mean?" Justin Bieber 83,746 [132]
17 September"Easy Love" Sigala 82,237 [133]
24 September"What Do You Mean?"Justin Bieber66,876 [134]
1 October60,782 [135]
8 October"Writing's on the Wall"Sam Smith69,604 [136]
15 October"What Do You Mean?"Justin Bieber50,927 [137]
22 October46,533 [138]
29 October"Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)" KDA featuring Tinie Tempah & Katy B 60,334 [139]
5 November"Hello" Adele 332,599 [140]
12 November179,406 [141]
19 November127,075 [142]
26 November"Sorry"Justin Bieber104,472 [143]
3 December111,655 [144]
10 December"Love Yourself"115,821 [145]
17 December113,709 [146]
24 December102,084 [147]
31 December"A Bridge over You" NHS Choir 127,490 [148]
  1. 1st ref: chart position; 2nd: chart sales (sales + streams/100)

Number-one albums

The 'sales' figures since the chart week ending 7 March include a proportion for audio streams.

Key
Dagger-14-plain.pngBest performing album of the year
Chart date
(week ending)
AlbumArtistSales /
chart sales
References [lower-alpha 1]
3 January x Ed Sheeran 211,168 [149] [150]
10 January Wanted on Voyage George Ezra 72,121 [151] [152]
17 January In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 34,551 [153] [154]
24 JanuaryWanted on VoyageGeorge Ezra24,553 [155] [156]
31 January Uptown Special Mark Ronson 33,380 [157] [158]
7 February Title Meghan Trainor 25,246 [159] [160]
14 February Shadows in the Night Bob Dylan 22,031 [161] [162]
21 FebruaryIn the Lonely HourSam Smith34,422 [163] [164]
28 February Smoke + Mirrors Imagine Dragons 25,675 [165]
7 MarchIn the Lonely HourSam Smith40,874 [166]
14 March Chasing Yesterday Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 89,110 [167]
21 MarchIn the Lonely HourSam Smith49,482 [168]
28 March To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar 29,695 [169]
4 April Chaos and the Calm James Bay 64,440 [170]
11 April The Day Is My Enemy The Prodigy 45,302 [171]
18 April Future Hearts All Time Low 19,463 [172]
25 April The Ultimate Collection Paul Simon 15,487 [173]
2 May Stages Josh Groban 20,092 [174]
9 May The Magic Whip Blur 43,746 [175]
16 May Wilder Mind Mumford & Sons 81,351 [176]
23 May29,922 [177]
30 May The Desired Effect Brandon Flowers 31,077 [178]
6 June 85% Proof Will Young 21,321 [179]
13 June How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence and the Machine 68,788 [180]
20 June Drones Muse 72,863 [181]
27 June24,445 [182]
4 JulyHow Big, How Blue, How BeautifulFlorence and the Machine14,419 [183]
9 July The Definitive Collective Lionel Richie 19,896 [184]
16 JulyxEd Sheeran19,754* [185]
23 July Communion Years & Years 55,592 [186]
30 July20,627 [187]
6 August Born in the Echoes The Chemical Brothers 18,056 [188]
13 August Marks to Prove It The Maccabees 16,082 [189]
20 August Compton Dr. Dre 45,721 [190]
27 August The Very Best of Cilla Black Cilla Black 12,965 [191]
3 September I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 59,117 [192]
10 September Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 34,819 [193]
17 September The Book of Souls Iron Maiden 60,249 [194]
24 September Keep the Village Alive Stereophonics 44,868 [195]
1 October Rattle That Lock David Gilmour 48,075 [196]
8 October Caracal Disclosure 26,789 [197]
15 October We the Generation Rudimental 22,718 [198]
22 October Faithless 2.0 Faithless 12,341 [199]
29 October Jamie Lawson Jamie Lawson 20,351 [200]
5 November Sounds Good Feels Good 5 Seconds of Summer 42,459 [201]
12 November If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 79,053 [202]
19 November88,603 [203]
26 November Made in the A.M. One Direction 93,189 [204]
3 December 25 Dagger-14-plain.png Adele 800,307 [205]
10 December439,337 [206]
17 December353,765 [207]
24 December376,716 [208]
31 December449,870 [209]
  1. 1st ref: chart position; 2nd: chart sales (sales + streams)

Number-one compilation albums

Key
Dagger-14-plain.pngBest-selling compilation of the year
Chart date
(week ending)
AlbumSalesReferences [lower-alpha 1]
3 January Now 89 150,703 [210] [211]
10 January43,093 [212] [213]
17 January21,264 [214] [215]
24 January15,962 [216] [217]
31 JanuaryThe Weekender15,230 [218] [219]
7 FebruaryNow Power Ballads17,427 [220] [221]
14 February18,601 [222] [223]
21 February Fifty Shades Of Grey 41,080 [224] [225]
28 February45,684 [226]
7 March36,038 [227]
14 March27,755 [228]
21 March29,294 [229]
28 March15,253 [230]
4 AprilMove On Up: The Very Best of Northern Soul14,236 [231]
11 April Now 90 264,159 [232]
18 April105,020 [233]
25 April63,008 [234]
2 May44,426 [235]
9 May38,959 [236]
16 May29,014 [237]
23 May25,964 [238]
30 May24,789 [239]
6 June22,554 [240]
13 JuneNow Classic Rock18,131 [241]
20 JuneTFI Friday18,668 [242]
27 JuneNow Classic Rock33,238 [243]
4 JulyNow Summer Party33,340 [244]
9 July34,885 [245]
16 July23,726* [246]
23 July36,471 [247]
30 July31,070 [248]
6 August Now 91 224,172 [249]
13 August118,073 [250]
20 August66,074 [251]
27 August45,642 [252]
3 September34,933 [253]
10 September30,229 [254]
17 September22,327 [255]
24 September18,383 [256]
1 October16,051 [257]
8 October14,775 [258]
15 OctoberKeep Calm and Unwind14,966 [259]
22 OctoberRapper's Delight16,247 [260]
29 October14,634 [261]
5 NovemberNow Singer13,438 [262]
12 NovemberBBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 201523,194 [263]
19 NovemberThe Annual 201622,692 [264]
26 November21,132 [265]
3 December Now 92 Dagger-14-plain.png211,548 [266]
10 December159,716 [267]
17 December120,919 [268]
24 December111,116 [269]
31 December146,967 [270]
  1. 1st ref: chart position; 2nd: sales

Top singles of the year

This chart was published by the Official Charts Company in January 2016 showing sales and streams for the whole of 2015. [271] [272]

Combined
position
Sales
position
Streaming
position
TitleArtist(s)Peak
position
SalesStreams
[272]
Combined
sales [271]
113"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 11,114,00064,600,0001,760,000
21"Cheerleader" OMI 1803,00071,700,0001,520,000
35"Take Me to Church" Hozier 21,250,000
416"Love Me like You Do" Ellie Goulding 11,190,000
58"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 11,170,000
623"Hello" Adele 11,120,000
72"Lean On" Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring 265,400,000
810"Hold Back the River" James Bay 2
94"What Do You Mean?" Justin Bieber 1405,00058,300,000988,000
109"Sorry"1451,00048,300,000934,000
1113"King" Years & Years 1
126"Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran 3 [lower-alpha 1] 917,000
1314"Sugar" Maroon 5 7
1425"Hold My Hand" Jess Glynne 1876,000
157"Where Are Ü Now" Jack Ü & Justin Bieber 3356,00051,800,000874,000
1620"Want to Want Me" Jason Derulo 1
1718"Are You with Me" Lost Frequencies 1
1829"FourFiveSeconds" Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney 3
1921"Shut Up + Dance" Walk the Moon 4
2017"How Deep Is Your Love" Calvin Harris & Disciples 2
2112"Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd 3778,000
2215"Firestone" Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 8
2311"Trap Queen" Fetty Wap 8
2424"Love Yourself"Justin Bieber1353,00036,600,000719,000
2519"The Hills"The Weeknd3600,000 [273]
2626"Earned It"4
27"Black Magic" Little Mix 1600,000 [273]
28"Wish You Were Mine" Philip George 2600,000 [273]
2922"Photograph"Ed Sheeran15
3032"The Nights" Avicii 6
3131"Runaway (U & I)" Galantis 4
3227"Elastic Heart" Sia 10
3337"Bloodstream"Ed Sheeran & Rudimental 2
34"Marvin Gaye"Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 1
35"Up" Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 4
36"Not Letting Go" Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne1
37"Shine"Years & Years2
3828"Ayo" Chris Brown & Tyga 6
3940"Don't Be So Hard on Yourself"Jess Glynne1
4030"Hotline Bling" Drake 3
4134"Let It Go"James Bay10
4233"Chandelier" Sia 6
43"Jealous" Nick Jonas 2
44"I Really Like You" Carly Rae Jepsen 3
45"GDFR" Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini & Lookas 3
46"Bills" LunchMoney Lewis 2
47"Never Forget You" MNEK & Zara Larsson 5
48"Drag Me Down" One Direction 1
49"House Every Weekend" David Zowie 1
50"Heroes (We Could Be)" Alesso featuring Tove Lo 6

Top albums of the year

This chart published by the Official Charts Company on 5 January 2016 shows combined sales for artist albums from sales and streams for the whole of 2015. [274]

No.TitleArtistPeak
position
Sales
1 25 Adele 12,496,000
2 x Ed Sheeran 1971,000
3 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 1893,000
4 If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 1881,000
5 Purpose Justin Bieber 2645,000
6 1989 Taylor Swift 2 [lower-alpha 1]
7 I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 1583,000
8 Chaos and the Calm James Bay 1518,000
9 A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay 2 [lower-alpha 2] 507,000
10 Wanted on Voyage George Ezra 1
11 Get Weird Little Mix 2389,000
12 Hozier Hozier 3
13 Never Been Better Olly Murs 3 [lower-alpha 3]
14 Made in the A.M. One Direction 1
15 Wilder Mind Mumford & Sons 1308,000
16 Another Country Rod Stewart 2300,000 [273]
17 Title Meghan Trainor 1
18 Alone in the Universe Jeff Lynne's ELO 4
19 How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence and the Machine 1
20 Communion Years & Years 1260,000
21 Chasing Yesterday Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 1
22 Royal Blood Royal Blood 3 [lower-alpha 4]
23 A Perfect Contradiction Paloma Faith 5 [lower-alpha 5]
24 1000 Forms of Fear Sia 5
25 The Very Best of Cilla Black Cilla Black 1
26 Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 1
27 The Ultimate Collection Paul Simon 1181,000
28 American Beauty/American Psycho Fall Out Boy 2
29 Dark Sky Island Enya 4
30 Drones Muse 1
31 Chapter One Ella Henderson 7 [lower-alpha 6]
32 A Year of Songs Alexander Armstrong 6
33 III Take That 11 [lower-alpha 7]
34 Delirium Ellie Goulding 3
35 Rattle That Lock David Gilmour 1
36 The Balcony Catfish and the Bottlemen 18 [lower-alpha 8]
37Liquid Spirit Gregory Porter 9
38 + Ed Sheeran 9 [lower-alpha 9]
39 Keep the Village Alive Stereophonics 1
40 Christmas Michael Bublé 12 [lower-alpha 10]
41 Cinema Andrea Bocelli 3
42 1 The Beatles 5 [lower-alpha 11]
43 The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 7 [lower-alpha 12]
44 Motion Calvin Harris 8 [lower-alpha 13]
45 21 Adele11 [lower-alpha 14]
46 The Definitive Collection Lionel Richie 1
47 V Maroon 5 13 [lower-alpha 15]
48 Smoke + Mirrors Imagine Dragons 1
49 If You're Reading This It's Too Late Drake 3
50 Four One Direction7 [lower-alpha 16]

Notes:

  1. 1 2 Reached number 1 in 2014
  2. Reached number 1 in 2016
  3. Reached number 1 in 2014
  4. Reached Number 1 in 2014
  5. Reached Number 2 in 2014
  6. Reached Number 1 in 2014
  7. Reached Number 1 in 2014
  8. Reached Number 10 in 2014
  9. Reached Number 1 in 2011
  10. Reached Number 1 in 2011
  11. Reached Number 1 in 2000
  12. Reached Number 6 in 2009
  13. Reached Number 2 in 2014
  14. Reached Number 1 in 2011
  15. Reached Number 4 in 2014
  16. Reached Number 1 in 2014

Deaths

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