|2010s in music in the UK|
This is a summary of the year 2015 in British music .
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.
Samuel Frederick Smith is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number one single in May 2013. In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won.
"Lay Me Down" is a song by English singer Sam Smith and the lead single from his debut studio album In the Lonely Hour (2014). The song was released in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2013. It originally peaked at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart and at number 25 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles in 2014. The song was written by Smith, Jimmy Napes and Elviin and produced by Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice.
John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, pianist, and actor. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, (2004) he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z's "Encore", Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name", Dilated Peoples' "This Way", Slum Village's "Selfish", Fort Minor's "High Road", and played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Legend's single "All of Me" from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is a Scottish broadcasting symphony orchestra based in Glasgow. One of five full-time orchestras maintained by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), it is the oldest full-time professional radio orchestra in Scotland. The orchestra is based at City Halls in Glasgow.
Thomas Dausgaard is a Danish conductor.
Simon Halsey, CBE is an English choral conductor. He is the Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, a position he has held since 1983, and has been Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus since 2012. He is also artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic Youth Choral Programme and the director of the BBC Proms Youth Choir, and Conductor Laureate of the Berlin Radio Choir. He is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Birmingham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
See 2015 Brit Awards
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.
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.
The singles chart includes a proportion for streaming.
|Best performing single of the year|
|3 January||"Uptown Funk" ||Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars||186,655|
|14 February||"Love Me like You Do"||Ellie Goulding||172,368|
|14 March||"King"||Years & Years||100,955|
|21 March||"Lay Me Down"||Sam Smith featuring John Legend||105,070|
|4 April||"Hold My Hand"||Jess Glynne||97,494|
|25 April||"See You Again"||Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth||193,018|
|6 June||"Want to Want Me"||Jason Derulo||127,113|
|4 July||"Not Letting Go"||Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne||110,001|
|9 July||"Are You with Me"||Lost Frequencies||83,712|
|16 July||"House Every Weekend"||David Zowie||54,929*|
|23 July||"Black Magic"||Little Mix||112,684|
|13 August||"Drag Me Down"||One Direction||76,015|
|20 August||"Marvin Gaye"||Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor||94,455|
|27 August||"Don't Be So Hard on Yourself"||Jess Glynne||61,994|
|3 September||"Fight Song"||Rachel Platten||58,581|
|10 September||"What Do You Mean?"||Justin Bieber||83,746|
|17 September||"Easy Love"||Sigala||82,237|
|24 September||"What Do You Mean?"||Justin Bieber||66,876|
|8 October||"Writing's on the Wall"||Sam Smith||69,604|
|15 October||"What Do You Mean?"||Justin Bieber||50,927|
|29 October||"Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)"||KDA featuring Tinie Tempah & Katy B||60,334|
|26 November||"Sorry"||Justin Bieber||104,472|
|10 December||"Love Yourself"||115,821|
|31 December||"A Bridge over You"||NHS Choir||127,490|
The 'sales' figures since the chart week ending 7 March include a proportion for audio streams.
|Best performing album of the year|
|Album||Artist||Sales / |
|3 January||x||Ed Sheeran||211,168|
|10 January||Wanted on Voyage||George Ezra||72,121|
|17 January||In the Lonely Hour||Sam Smith||34,551|
|24 January||Wanted on Voyage||George Ezra||24,553|
|31 January||Uptown Special||Mark Ronson||33,380|
|7 February||Title||Meghan Trainor||25,246|
|14 February||Shadows in the Night||Bob Dylan||22,031|
|21 February||In the Lonely Hour||Sam Smith||34,422|
|28 February||Smoke + Mirrors||Imagine Dragons||25,675|
|7 March||In the Lonely Hour||Sam Smith||40,874|
|14 March||Chasing Yesterday||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||89,110|
|21 March||In the Lonely Hour||Sam Smith||49,482|
|28 March||To Pimp a Butterfly||Kendrick Lamar||29,695|
|4 April||Chaos and the Calm||James Bay||64,440|
|11 April||The Day Is My Enemy||The Prodigy||45,302|
|18 April||Future Hearts||All Time Low||19,463|
|25 April||The Ultimate Collection||Paul Simon||15,487|
|2 May||Stages||Josh Groban||20,092|
|9 May||The Magic Whip||Blur||43,746|
|16 May||Wilder Mind||Mumford & Sons||81,351|
|30 May||The Desired Effect||Brandon Flowers||31,077|
|6 June||85% Proof||Will Young||21,321|
|13 June||How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful||Florence and the Machine||68,788|
|4 July||How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful||Florence and the Machine||14,419|
|9 July||The Definitive Collective||Lionel Richie||19,896|
|16 July||x||Ed Sheeran||19,754*|
|23 July||Communion||Years & Years||55,592|
|6 August||Born in the Echoes||The Chemical Brothers||18,056|
|13 August||Marks to Prove It||The Maccabees||16,082|
|20 August||Compton||Dr. Dre||45,721|
|27 August||The Very Best of Cilla Black||Cilla Black||12,965|
|3 September||I Cry When I Laugh||Jess Glynne||59,117|
|10 September||Beauty Behind the Madness||The Weeknd||34,819|
|17 September||The Book of Souls||Iron Maiden||60,249|
|24 September||Keep the Village Alive||Stereophonics||44,868|
|1 October||Rattle That Lock||David Gilmour||48,075|
|15 October||We the Generation||Rudimental||22,718|
|22 October||Faithless 2.0||Faithless||12,341|
|29 October||Jamie Lawson||Jamie Lawson||20,351|
|5 November||Sounds Good Feels Good||5 Seconds of Summer||42,459|
|12 November||If I Can Dream||Elvis Presley||79,053|
|26 November||Made in the A.M.||One Direction||93,189|
|3 December|| 25 ||Adele||800,307|
|Best-selling compilation of the year|
|3 January||Now 89||150,703|
|31 January||The Weekender||15,230|
|7 February||Now Power Ballads||17,427|
|21 February||Fifty Shades Of Grey||41,080|
|4 April||Move On Up: The Very Best of Northern Soul||14,236|
|11 April||Now 90||264,159|
|13 June||Now Classic Rock||18,131|
|20 June||TFI Friday||18,668|
|27 June||Now Classic Rock||33,238|
|4 July||Now Summer Party||33,340|
|6 August||Now 91||224,172|
|15 October||Keep Calm and Unwind||14,966|
|22 October||Rapper's Delight||16,247|
|5 November||Now Singer||13,438|
|12 November||BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2015||23,194|
|19 November||The Annual 2016||22,692|
|3 December|| Now 92 ||211,548|
This chart was published by the Official Charts Company in January 2016 showing sales and streams for the whole of 2015.
|1||1||3||"Uptown Funk"||Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars||1||1,114,000||64,600,000||1,760,000|
|3||5||"Take Me to Church"||Hozier||2||1,250,000|
|4||16||"Love Me like You Do"||Ellie Goulding||1||1,190,000|
|5||8||"See You Again"||Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth||1||1,170,000|
|7||2||"Lean On"||Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ||2||65,400,000|
|8||10||"Hold Back the River"||James Bay||2|
|9||4||"What Do You Mean?"||Justin Bieber||1||405,000||58,300,000||988,000|
|11||13||"King"||Years & Years||1|
|12||6||"Thinking Out Loud"||Ed Sheeran||3||917,000|
|14||25||"Hold My Hand"||Jess Glynne||1||876,000|
|15||7||"Where Are Ü Now"||Jack Ü & Justin Bieber||3||356,000||51,800,000||874,000|
|16||20||"Want to Want Me"||Jason Derulo||1|
|17||18||"Are You with Me"||Lost Frequencies||1|
|18||29||"FourFiveSeconds"||Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney||3|
|19||21||"Shut Up + Dance"||Walk the Moon||4|
|20||17||"How Deep Is Your Love"||Calvin Harris & Disciples||2|
|21||12||"Can't Feel My Face"||The Weeknd||3||778,000|
|22||15||"Firestone"||Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell||8|
|23||11||"Trap Queen"||Fetty Wap||8|
|24||24||"Love Yourself"||Justin Bieber||1||353,000||36,600,000||719,000|
|25||19||"The Hills"||The Weeknd||3||600,000|
|27||"Black Magic"||Little Mix||1||600,000|
|28||"Wish You Were Mine"||Philip George||2||600,000|
|31||31||"Runaway (U & I)"||Galantis||4|
|33||37||"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 Glynne||1|
|37||"Shine"||Years & Years||2|
|38||28||"Ayo"||Chris Brown & Tyga||6|
|39||40||"Don't Be So Hard on Yourself"||Jess Glynne||1|
|41||34||"Let It Go"||James Bay||10|
|44||"I Really Like You"||Carly Rae Jepsen||3|
|45||"GDFR"||Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini & Lookas||3|
|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|
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.
|3||In the Lonely Hour||Sam Smith||1||893,000|
|4||If I Can Dream||Elvis Presley||1||881,000|
|7||I Cry When I Laugh||Jess Glynne||1||583,000|
|8||Chaos and the Calm||James Bay||1||518,000|
|9||A Head Full of Dreams||Coldplay||2||507,000|
|10||Wanted on Voyage||George Ezra||1|
|11||Get Weird||Little Mix||2||389,000|
|13||Never Been Better||Olly Murs||3|
|14||Made in the A.M.||One Direction||1|
|15||Wilder Mind||Mumford & Sons||1||308,000|
|16||Another Country||Rod Stewart||2||300,000|
|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||1||260,000|
|21||Chasing Yesterday||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||1|
|22||Royal Blood||Royal Blood||3|
|23||A Perfect Contradiction||Paloma Faith||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||1||181,000|
|28||American Beauty/American Psycho||Fall Out Boy||2|
|29||Dark Sky Island||Enya||4|
|31||Chapter One||Ella Henderson||7|
|32||A Year of Songs||Alexander Armstrong||6|
|35||Rattle That Lock||David Gilmour||1|
|36||The Balcony||Catfish and the Bottlemen||18|
|37||Liquid Spirit||Gregory Porter||9|
|39||Keep the Village Alive||Stereophonics||1|
|43||The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac||Fleetwood Mac||7|
|46||The Definitive Collection||Lionel Richie||1|
|48||Smoke + Mirrors||Imagine Dragons||1|
|49||If You're Reading This It's Too Late||Drake||3|
Mark Daniel Ronson is an English-American musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer. Ronson is best known for his collaborations with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Adele, Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, Queens of the Stone Age, and Bruno Mars. He has received seven Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year for Winehouse's album Back to Black and two for Record of the Year singles "Rehab" and "Uptown Funk". He received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award for co-writing the song "Shallow" for the film A Star is Born (2018).
"Evergreen" is a pop song, co-written by Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, and originally recorded by Irish boy band Westlife. The song appears on their album World of Our Own, and was released as a single only in the Philippines, where it reached number one. It was composed in the traditional verse–chorus form in C major, with Filan and Feehily's vocal ranging from the chords of F#3 to B4.
English musician, DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer Mark Ronson has released four studio albums and twelve singles.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards Critics' Choice award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified eight times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. The album contains her first song, "Hometown Glory", written when she was 16, which is based on her home suburb of West Norwood in London. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008, boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Olly Murs is the self-titled debut studio album by the English singer-songwriter Olly Murs. It was released on 23 November 2010 in the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Ferguson is an English singer from Liverpool. She rose to fame in 2010 when she finished as the runner-up behind Matt Cardle in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Ferguson's discography so far consists of four studio albums, seven singles, one extended play and eleven music videos. After two years of both critical and commercial success in the music industry, Ferguson has sold over 1 million albums worldwide.
This is a summary of the year 2014 in British music charts.
Listen is the sixth studio album by French DJ and record producer David Guetta. It was released on 21 November 2014. It features collaborations with artists from the R&B, hip hop, alternative rock and pop worlds such as Sam Martin, Emeli Sandé, The Script, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder, Sia, Magic!, Bebe Rexha, South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ms. Dynamite, Elliphant, Birdy, Jaymes Young, Sonny Wilson, Vassy, and Skylar Grey. It also features additional production from Guetta's frequent collaborator Giorgio Tuinfort, Avicii, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Showtek, and Stadiumx among others, with additional writing credits from Austin Bisnow, Jason Evigan, Julie Frost, and The-Dream among others.
"These Days" is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 14 November 2014 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, III (2014). The song was written by Take That, Jamie Norton, and Ben Mark and produced by Greg Kurstin.
"Uptown Funk" is a song by British record producer Mark Ronson featuring American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars, from Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). The song was released as the album's lead single on 10 November 2014 via digital download in several countries. "Uptown Funk" was written by Ronson, Mars, Philip Lawrence and Jeff Bhasker. Since the track interpolates "All Gold Everything" (2012), songwriting credits were added for a total of six. Produced by Ronson, Mars, and Bhasker, its composition began during a freestyle studio session between the former three by deciding to work on the jam that Mars and his band would play on tour. The song went through several incarnations, worked on for months during stressful sessions, recorded at multiple locations, and at one point it was nearly scrapped. Copyright controversies arose after the song's release, with multiple lawsuits and amendments to its songwriting credits. The latter, due to similarities with "Oops Up Side Your Head" (1979) by The Gap Band, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor, and producer Lonnie Simmons.
Uptown Special is the fourth studio album by English record producer Mark Ronson. The album was released on 13 January 2015 in the US and 19 January 2015 in the UK. Ronson dedicated the album to the late Amy Winehouse.
Now That's What I Call Music! 53 is the 53rd edition of the Now! series in the United States. It was released on February 3, 2015. It features 21 tracks including the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "Uptown Funk".
Neo Jessica Joshua, better known as Nao, is an English singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B. Nao coined the term "wonky funk" to describe her style. She released her debut album, For All We Know, in 2016, and her second album, Saturn, in 2018.
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