By Daniel Lane
Last week, Passenger’s Let Her Go broke through the million copies sales barrier to become one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all-time.
It became the fourth million-selling single to be released this year, following hot on the heels of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Avicii’s Wake Me Up. Interestingly though, not only is Let Her Go the first million seller by a British artist this year, it’s also the only million seller released in 2013 not to have gone to Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart!
We caught up with Passenger, AKA Mike Rosenberg, to find out how it feels to have a million-selling single...
“Thanks very much and, wow! I had no idea that was the case. It feels wonderful but completely ridiculous if I'm honest, (laughs). For the last five years I’ve been busking and playing tiny gigs in pubs, so for one of my songs to suddenly get so popular is not only a dream come true, but also a huge surprise.”
“I know! Those pesky robots! As I said in the answer to the previous question, all of this success has come as such a surprise, that I was over the moon to be anywhere near the charts, let alone at Number 2. Of course it would have been nice to have an Official Number 1 in the UK, but you never know, maybe one day. Plus Get Lucky is a massive tune!”
“Yeah, surprised and that’s actually one of the most pleasing things about it; it wasn't a song that shot to the top and then, two weeks later, was nowhere to be seen. As you say, it hung around for a long time, which suggests that people weren't getting sick of it. I think, and hope, that is a really good sign.”
“Actually yes, a lot of my songs are stories about people I have met along the way but this one was very personal. I feel very lucky that I can put all of those feelings in to music and turn a sad situation in to a song that hopefully can help myself, and others going through similar things. I think that’s been one of the most rewarding things about this song - getting messages from people saying that it has helped them through a situation.”
“Yeah ,this is the last leg of what has been a very long year! I’ve got two more shows before flying back to the UK to spend Christmas with my family and friends. I can't wait to see them all!”Back