- 2003 in British music
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2003 in musicin the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. Whilst weeks at number one began to increase with significant numbers achieving 4 week runs, and the Black Eyed Peasbreaking a chart record in the 21st century, single sales rapidly plummeted, decreasing by 34% since 2002. The year became the first in ten not to contain a million selling single. The year was particularly successful for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera, t.A.T.u.and Dido.
Remaining at the top from 2002, new girl band,
Girls Aloudspent the first 2 weeks of the year at the top of the charts with their debut single "Sound Of The Underground". As one talent show winner left the top, another was responsible for their replacement. This time from BBC's Fame Academy, David Sneddona young performer from Scotland, who'd had lead roles in musicals and sung with bands around the pub circuit, including the Martians, and won the show performing Elton John's ' Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me' beating 36,000 other applicants. His debut single "Stop Living The Lie", came in at the top of the UK charts and remained on the top for 2 weeks. He is the only artist to date from a reality TV show to have a hit record with a self-written song. He had a further two top twenty hit singles and a top ten album, Seven Years Ten Weeks, and signed a development publishing deal with Universal Musicin October 2003.
After the release of her debut single, "
Complicated", which made #3 in the singles charts, Avril Lavigne's debut album, "Let Go" climbed up to the top of the albums charts for 3 weeks. Consequently, she became the youngest female solo artist to top the albums chart at only 17 years of age. The album spawned three other Top 40 hits, the upbeat " Sk8er Boi", the powerful "Losing Grip" and the loneliness ballad "I'm With You". None of these hits equalled the success of her debut single, the highest peaking at #7.
Hitting the Russian charts 3 years earlier, female duo
t.A.T.u.released their début single, " All the Things She Said" in the UK and it topped the charts for a total of 4 weeks, taking all of February with it. The accompanying video ostensibly depicted the girls imprisoned but concluded by revealing that it was the audience who was imprisoned; it stirred controversy with its images of the two girls kissing. They became the first Russian act to hit number 1 in the UK. Their album, " 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane" peaked at #12 in the charts and spawned a #7 hit, " Not Gonna Get Us" in May. London duo Turin Brakesscored their first UK top ten hit when "Pain Killer" entered the chart at #5 on February 23rd. Previous to this, they had only enjoyed average success outside of the top 20.
After the massive success of his debut single as a solo artist, "Like I Love You" (#2), ex-
*NSYNCmember, Justin Timberlakereleased his solo album, "Justified". Making #6 on its first chart run, it climbed back into the charts and this time made #1 for 2 weeks. Another solo star previously in a successful group took over from Justin. Previously in Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowlandreleased her debut album, " Simply Deep" which topped the charts for one week. Her debut single "Stole", peaked at #2. Following their #1 album from 1999, alternative electronic band, Massive Attackhit the top again with their new album, " 100th Window". The album spawned one single hit, "Special Cases" which made #15.
Returning to the top of the UK charts for the 4th time, US superstar,
Christina Aguilerahit the top with a second release from her second album, "Stripped". "Beautiful" contrasted with the upbeat and raunchy " Dirrty", as "Beautiful" was a love ballad that seemed to be very personal to Christina. She received praise from GLAADbecause of the positive presentation of homosexual people in the video to the song. The BBCmissed the point of the video and heavily edited it for showing on Top of the pops. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that Britney has received 1 more chart topper than Christina, as of January 2005, Christina has spent more weeks on top of the UK charts than Britney, with "Beautiful" adding another 2 to that list. With the official comic relief song of the year, Gareth Gatesreturned to the top of the UK charts for a 4th and final time with a cover of Norman Greenbaum's " Spirit in the Sky". Taking it to the top for a 3rd time, Gareth became the only act to get to the top with this single who was not a one-hit wonder.
Returning to the top for a week was Justin Timberlake and his debut album, "Justified". By this time, he had released a follow up single to "Like I Love You" from the album. "Cry Me A River", also peaked at #2 and was an emotional ballad creating controversy because many thought the song was about Britney, seeing as there was a Britney look-alike in the video. Taking the top of the albums chart for the following 4 weeks was jazz singer,
Norah Joneswith her debut album, "Come Away With Me". No singles were released from the album, but despite this it was a hugely successful album.
Becoming the second single of the year to have a 4 week run at number one, the next chart topper was a re-working of
Oliver Cheatham's 1983 #38 hit, "Get Down Saturday Night". Featuring his vocals on the track, "Make Luv" was re-worked by Room 5and was used in a TV advertisement for Lynx Deodorant. Consequently it sold very well and topped the singles charts for almost the whole of April. The duo did another collaboration, "Music And You" in December as a Christmas release, but it only made #38.
Nu Metal band,
Linkin Parkhit #1 for the first time with their third album, "Meteora". The album spawned 4 single hits, the highest peaking at #10. After a week, rock and roll duo, The White Stripestook over for 2 weeks with their fourth album, "Elephant", spanning the very popular single, "7 Nation Army", which peaked at #7. Returning to the top of the charts with " A Rush of Blood to the Head" were Coldplay. This album was previously at #1 in September 2002. It only remained at the top for a week this time.
With their 3rd chart single, guitar playing pop trio, Busted scored their first UK chart topper when "You Said No" hit the top. This was their 3rd consecutive Top 3 hit, following their debut single, "That's What I Go To School For" which made #3 in September 2002 and their second single, "Year 3000" which hit #2 in January of this year. "You Said No" was a slightly more lyrics focused compared to their previous 2 singles which had been more tune based. Criticised for making a mockery of rock bands in the new millennium, Busted quickly gained a huge fanbase with young audiences. Taking over after 7 days was German producer,
Thomas Bruckner, re-named Tomcraftfor his one and only UK single, "Loneliness". It became the second of 9 to spend only a week at the top during the whole of 2003. This was a very good sign for the popularity of singles, however sales were at their all-time low. Back at the top for the first time in 6 years, was soul/RNB singer, R. Kellywith a track from his new album, " Chocolate Factory". "Ignition Remix" was his first #1 single since " I Believe I Can Fly" hit the top in 1997. The single was successful, topping the charts for 4 weeks receiving hugely high levels of airplay across all radio stations.
With her 8th UK #1 album, Madonna returns to the top of the album charts with her new release "
American Life". The album contained the hits " Love Profusion", "Hollywood", "American Life" and "Die Another Day". The latter was taken from the soundtrack to the James Bondfilm of the same name, which itself was also a success. Returning to the top yet again was Justin Timberlake and his debut album, "Justified", but its stay was only for a week. By this time it had spawned a 3rd #2 single, "Rock Your Body", which saw Justin turn towards dance music and show off his moves in the video. Despite the fact that Blur scored a 5th #1 album with their latest release, "Think Tank", "Justified" was not kept from the top for long, returning to the top after a week, for what became its longest consecutive run at the top, ending at 3 weeks. In total, the album had spent 7 weeks at the top.
With this massively successful debut single, pop rock band
Evanescencemade their mark on the music industry as soon as they started. "Bring Me To Life" was a melancholy, hopeful power ballad that topped the charts for 4 weeks. The band was a four piece from Little Rock, Arkansasfronted by Amy Lee. The band went on to experience massive success with their debut album, "Fallen" which topped the albums chart and spawned another 3 Top 40 hits during the year. Their debut single managed to reach #5 on the Hot 100.
Topping the charts for the third time since their career began in 1997, the
Stereophonicswere back at the top with " You Gotta Go There to Come Back". The album spawned 2 Top 5 hits, following the pattern from their previous 2 chart topping albums. Back at the top since 2001 were Radioheadwith their 4th UK #1 album, " Hail to the Thief". Only lasting at the top for a week, just like the Stereophonics, Evanescence reached the top of the charts with "Fallen" while "Bring Me To Life" was still at the top of the singles chart. However, it itself was not able to top the charts for longer than a week.
Following in the footsteps of her former colleague,
Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé Knowlesmanaged to reach the top of the UK charts with a solo release. After making an appearance in the third "Austin Powers" movie, " Austin Powers in Goldmember", Beyoncé put herself back in the public eye and then released her debut solo single from the movie, " Work It Out" which managed to make #7 on the UK singles chart. Her debut album, " Dangerously in Love" topped the charts a week before she received her first (third, including her career with Destiny's Child) number one single, and they both continued runs at the top simultaneously for 3 weeks when her second single was knocked off the top spot. "Crazy in Love" was an upbeat pop ballad, but was not as dance emphasised as "Work It Out". It featured the rapper Jay-Zwho was already a very successful artist and whose career began 6 years ago in 1997.
Featuring her four Top 10 hits; the club tune "Work It Out", the chart topping "Crazy In Love", the #2 hit "
'03 Bonnie & Clyde" also with Jay-Z and the massive US #1, "Baby Boy" in a duet with Sean Paul. Beyoncé's debut album, "Dangerously In Love" topped the charts for five consecutive weeks, three of those weeks coinciding with when her second single, "Crazy in Love" was at the top of the charts. Her debut album sold 113,000 copies in its first week and was eventually certified two times (2x) platinum in October by the BPI. The album itself have the most consecutive weeks to reach the top position on the UK album chart for 2003.
In 2004, Beyoncé released more singles from the album which fared well and then re-formed with her old girl group,
Destiny's Childwho proved to be much more successful than expected.
Hitting the top of the UK charts for the third time with his 5th single was
Daniel Bedingfieldwith another love ballad, "Never Gonna Leave Your Side" which he said was a twin of his previous chart topper, "If You're Not The One", being about the same girl. Not only was the theme similar, but so was the chart performance, only spending a week at the summit. Urban/R&B songstress, Blu Cantrellwas next to top the charts with a single from her second album, "Bittersweet". The single was "Breathe" and was a collaboration with Sean Paul, who was a Jamaican born Reggae performer. Although never airing enough on Radio 1 to make the play list, it still managed to enter the chart at #1 and stay there for 4 weeks and became the surprise smash hit of the year.
With an original fusion of modern rock and country/folk, English rock band
The Coralscored their 1st #1 album with their second release, "Magic And Medicine". The album spawned 3 hit singles, one of which hit the top 5, becoming their highest peaking single ever. However, it only took a week before Robbie Williamshit the top of the charts again when "Escapology" returned to the top of the charts after its 6 week stay over the Christmas season of 2002. It contained the hits, " Feel", "Come Undone", " Something Beautiful" and " Sexed Up". Taking over after a week for a 2 week run was Eva Cassidywith her 3rd UK #1 album, "American Tune". She became the second female solo artist to have 3 consecutive UK #1 albums, after Madonna achieved this in 2000, however it could be said that Eva holds this record solo, because one of Madonna's albums was the soundtrack to "Evita" which featured other vocalists as well as her, whereas Cassidy holds the full credit for all three of her albums. Even more amazingly, Cassidy started this run of consecutive #1 albums after passing away, so the entire record is posthumous.
Hitting the top for only the 6th time since his massively successful career began in 1971,
Elton John's #42 hit from 1979 "Are you ready for love" was shortened, put into use in by Sky TV for their football premiership ads and consequently re-released when it shot straight to the top of the charts for a week. It was only Elton's 3rd solo #1 single. Next was the second single and first Top 30 hit from the Black Eyed Peas. They were a 4 piece rap act from Los Angeles, Californiaand scored a 6 week run at the top with this single, becoming the biggest selling single of the year (however, failing to sell a million copies, becoming the first year to not have a million selling single since 1993) and also the longest stay at the top of the UK charts since Cher's "Believe" in 1998. The song, " Where Is The Love?" featured an unaccredited Justin Timberlake's vocals on the chorus and was about society and the corruption that had engulfed it and that people should begin to spread love to bring the world to a better state.
Topping the charts for 4 weeks with their debut album were rock band,
The Darkness. Modelling themselves on bands like Queen they had already scored one Top 40 hit from the album, with "Growing On Me", which peaked at #11. Their next hit from the album, in the following month was their biggest, peaking at #2 and becoming what was considered to be the first classic anthem of the 21st century. " I Believe in a Thing Called Love" was very Queen-esque and marked them as a hugely popular band. They made #2 again with their special Christmas release and the album, " Permission to Land" spawned one final hit the following year, "Love Is Only A Feeling", which hit #5.
Finally ending the long stint at the top from the Black Eyed Peas, the
Sugababeswere back for a 3rd time with their new single " Hole In The Head" taken from their 3rd album, "Three" which strangely enough peaked at #3 in the albums chart. This was their last #1 single until "Push the Button" hit the top spot in October 2005. They continued successfully into 2004, scoring 2 #8 hits, "In The Middle" & "Caught In A Moment".
"Absolution" was the 4th release from British rock band, Muse. Gradually acquiring a larger fan base, they finally scored a #1 album, with what has been by far their most successful to date. However, their run at the top was short-lived, because only after 7 days, Dido was back at the top with her second album, "Life For Rent". Due to the success of "
No Angel" when re-issued due to her appearance in Eminem's "Stan", she began recording again and this album became another massive hit, but not quite as big as her debut. The album spawned 3 hit singles, two of which failed to make the Top 20, but one became her most successful single, "White Flag", peaking at #2. It spent 4 weeks at the top, but was to return to the top several times over the course of the next few months.
New York hip hop producer, club DJ and radio DJ,
Fatman Scoopcombining with Crooklyn Clanwere the first #1 of November with "Be Faithful" which was made 5 years earlier, but only released now. It spent 2 weeks at #1 and became the second #1 of the year to hit the top many years after being made, with the first being T.a.t.u. and " All the Things She Said". The dance song Slow saw Kylie Minoguehit the top for a 7th time. She was praised all over for trying a different style and making it just as good as her other music, however it did join record with Iron Maiden's "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" in becoming the lowest selling number one single of all time. Hitting the top for the second time were pop trio, Busted with their 5th chart hit, "Crashed The Wedding". Taking a different stance to their other singles, it still only managed one week at the summit. Hitting the top for a record 12th time were boyband Westlifewith their remake of the Barry Manilow#11 hit from 1975, "Mandy". They were now 2 chart toppers ahead of the queen of pop, Madonna and 2 chart toppers behind the British Elvis, Cliff Richard.
With a collection of their best tracks such as "
Everybody Hurts", "Imitation Of Life", " Losing My Religion" & " The Great Beyond", R.E.M. were back at the top with "In Time - The Best Of R.E.M. - 1988-2003".
Failing to top the singles chart all year were boyband Blue who scored a 3rd consecutive UK #1 album with their new release "Guilty". It had already spawned one hit, "Guilty" and would create more including "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" a collaboration with
Stevie Wonderon one of his old tracks, "Breathe Easy" and "Bubblin'". They split at the end of 2004 releasing a Greatest Hits compilation promoting it with a new track "Curtain Falls". Returning to number one for the first time was Dido with "Life For Rent". Taking over from her was Michael Jacksonwith his "Number Ones" collection. Scoring 7 #1's in the UK and 13 in the US, he had accumulated a large amount to make an album with. The album contained the likes of " Billie Jean", " Rock with You", " Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Black or White", " Earth Song" & "Thriller".
After a break of a year, Pop Idol,
Will Youngreturned to the top of the UK charts for the 4th time with his new single "Leave Right Now". It was taken from his new album, "Friday's Child", which later topped the charts. He now had as many chart toppers as Gareth Gatesand as of January 2005, they are still level. Taking over after 2 weeks was a duet from Ozzy Osbourneand his daughter Kelly with "Changes". Tipped to be the Christmas #1, Kelly was experiencing great success as a solo artist and also the song gave Ozzy his first #1 after 33 years of chart activity since he first started with Black Sabbath. It was also the first father/daughter chart topper since Frank Sinatraand Nancy Sinatratopped the charts with " Somethin' Stupid" in 1967. The Darkness' "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" was also anticipated to take the top spot, however in the week leading up to Christmas, the most unexpected thing happened. Taken from the soundtrack to the film " Donnie Darko", Michael Andrews & Gary Julesscored a chart topper with "Mad World". It was a remake of the " Tears for Fears" #3 hit from 1982 and topped the UK charts for 3 weeks becoming the fastest selling single of the year and took the Christmas number one spot along with it.
With their 5th album, "Turnaround" gave Westlife their 4th #1 album. It contained the chart topping "Mandy" and the #3 hit from the following year, "Obvious". The following year
Bryan McFaddensplit from the group, but they continued as a foursome releasing "Allow Us To Be Frank" with a cover of old big band classics. Topping the charts with his second album was Will Young and "Friday's Child". which contained "Leave Right Now". However, the Christmas number one album was to be taken from a very special lady who had become probably the most successful female solo artist in the 21st century on the albums chart. Dido returned to the top for a further 3 weeks with "Life For Rent". It has sold in excess of 2.2 million copies.
Top 40 Albums of 2003
BRIT Awardswinnere were:
Coldplay– " A Rush of Blood to the Head"
*British breakthrough act:
*British dance act:
*British female solo artist:
*British male solo artist:
Liberty X– " Just a Little"
*British urban act
Eminem- " The Eminem Show"
*International breakthrough act:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
*Outstanding contribution: Tom Jones
*Pop act: Blue
Ivor Novello Awards
The winners of the
Ivor Novello Awardswere:
*Best Song Musically and Lyrically – "
Leave Right Now" – Will Young, written by Francis White
*Best Contemporary Song – "Stronger Than Me" –
Amy Winehouse, written by Winehouse and Salaam Remi
*The Ivors Dance Award – "Strict Machine" –
Goldfrapp, written by Alison Goldfrapp, William Gregoryand Nick Batt
*PRS Most Performed Song – "Superstar" –
Jamelia, written by Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaatiand Remee
*International Hit Of The Year – "White Flag" – Dido, written by Dido Armstrong,
Rollo Armstrongand Rick Nowels
*Best Selling UK Single – "Mad World" –
Michael Andrewsft. Gary Jules, written by Roland Orzabal
*Songwriters Of The Year –
The Darkness(Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham)
Mercury Music Prize
Mercury Music Prizewas awarded to Dizzee Rascal- " Boy in Da Corner.
Popjustice £20 Music Prize
Popjustice £20 Music Prizewas awarded to Girls Aloudfor their song " No Good Advice" from the album " Sound of the Underground".
The Record of the Year
The Record of the Yearwas awarded to "Mandy" by Westlife.
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