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Oasis Score 900th Number 1 for Official Albums Chart


The UK’s Official Albums Chart marks an historic milestone today as the new album from Oasis, Time Flies 1994-2009, becomes the 900th number one in the chart’s history.

Frank Sinatra secured the Official Albums Chart first ever number one back in July 1956 with Songs For Swingin’ Lovers. The full list of number one “centuries” is as follows:

1st        Songs For Swingin' Lovers            Frank Sinatra                                       Jul 1956 
100th    Imagine                                    John Lennon & The Plastic Ono              Oct 1971
                                                            Band with The Flux Fiddlers
200th    Night Flight To Venus                   Boney M                                             Sep 1978
300th    Now That’s What I Call Music 3      Various Artists *                                  Aug 1984  
400th    Wild!                                          Erasure                                              Oct 1989  
500th    Our Town - The Greatest Hits Of    Deacon Blue                                       May 1994
            Deacon Blue
600th   I've Been Expecting You                Robbie Williams                                  Nov 1998 
700th   Magic And Medicine                       Coral                                                 Aug 2003   
800th   Not Too Late                                Norah Jones                                        Feb 2007 
900th   Time Flies - 1994-2009                 Oasis                                                  Jun 2010     

* Various artist and soundtrack albums were included in the Official Albums Chart until 1989 when a separate Official Compilations Albums Chart was established.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says:  “Just these 10 records picked out from all the number ones of all time give us a fascinating insight into the ebb and flow of musical tastes over the years , and what the Brits like best in their music.”

The Official Albums Chart archive also reveals some record-breaking number ones over the years:

Album that has spent the most weeks at No1 in total:
South Pacific Soundtrack – 115 wks

Album that has spent the most consecutive weeks at No1
South Pacific Soundtrack - 70 Wks

Album that has returned the most often to No1
Sound Of Music Soundtrack – 12 (spells at No1)

Artist album that has spent the most weeks at No1 in total
Bridge Over Troubled Water By Simon & Garfunkel - 33 Wks

Artist album that has spent the most consecutive weeks at No1
Please Please Me By The Beatles - 30 Wks

Artist album that has returned the most often to No1
Bridge Over Troubled Water By Simon & Garfunkel - 8 (spells at No1)

Uk’s biggest selling album of all time
Greatest Hits By Queen – 5.6m

Act that has spent longest at no1
The Beatles – 174 wks

Notes to Editors:

1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company

2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).

3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.

For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
T: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264
E: amy@theofficialcharts.com
W:  www.theofficialcharts.com
The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 3.30pm-4pm, BBC Radio 1
The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1.



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