2004 in British music
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This article gives details on 2004 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. The year was special for many successful artists, including Eminem, Britney Spears, Scissor Sisters, Usher, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamelia, Franz Ferdinand and The Streets.
The year started with the 2003 Christmas number one single topping the first chart of the year. This was followed by Michelle McManus, the winner of the second British series of Pop Idol with her first single release it topped the charts for 3 weeks. Second and third place contestants Mark Rhodes and Sam Nixon formed a duo, whose debut single was a cover of the Beatles song, "With a Little Help from My Friends", which also reached the No.1 spot.
On 9 March Westlife became a four piece after Brian McFadden decided to leave the band. His final single with the band was "Obvious" which peaked at No.3 in February; the remaining members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, and Kian Egan, went on to further success without McFadden.
In April, Eamon achieved the number one spot with a song with more profanities than any other hit single; it stayed at number one for 4 weeks. In another first the answer song by Frankee replaced the original single at the top of the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks despite selling less than half as many copies as Eamon. Both artists released follow-up songs but neither performed well, relegating the pair to one-hit wonder status.
A new version of Alltogethernow by The Farm was released to mark the Euro 2004 football tournament – it reached number five on 13 June with Come On England, a remake of Come On Eileen (Dexys Midnight Runners) by 4-4-2, reaching number two.
The UK Official Download Chart began at the start of September, the first number 1 being Flying Without Wings by Westlife. U2 released their single Vertigo on music download services weeks before it came out on CD. It stayed at number one for 8 non-consecutive weeks on the download chart. While illegal sharing of music over the Internet had been popular for a number of years the music industry started creating new, pay-per-download services, which were very well received. Charting companies soon took notice and various download charts appeared on radio and television. The use and increased popularity of iPods also helped to promote download services, and Apple's online iTunes Music Store launched in the UK in June, selling over 450,000 songs in the first week.1 Downloads began to be introduced into the main singles chart in 2005, although not fully until the beginning of 2007.
Albums by Dido, Katie Melua and Norah Jones dominated the first three months of the year. In May and June, Keane twice returned to the top of the charts with their album Hopes and Fears. The Scissor Sisters, The Streets and Maroon 5 also enjoyed great success with their albums. Numerous acts released greatest hits albums with Robbie Williams' being most successful, selling over one million copies in eight weeks.
Popular artists from the 1980s made successful returns with Duran Duran, The Cure, Depeche Mode and Morrissey releasing top ten singles. After appearing in the reality television show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Peter Andre re-released his 1996 hit single Mysterious Girl, this time getting to the top spot.
In September and October Eric Prydz "Call on me" stayed at number one for five non-consecutive weeks and staying in the chart for a further 14 weeks.
20 years after the original, the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas? was re-recorded and became a massive success, easily selling the most singles of the year, and holding the Christmas number 1 spot. The second week of release saw the song sell almost as many as the first, pushing it to half a million in less than 14 days. This was all additional to the number of legal downloads as the song topped that chart as well. The song had sold over a million copies in a month.
Artists who narrowly missed out on number ones were Kelis whose Milkshake peaked at number two for 4 weeks in January and February and "Trick Me" in June. Other acts were Anastacia with Left Outside Alone who peaked at number three but was the seventh best selling of the year staying on the chart for 18 weeks. Also the long awaited return of Destiny's Child came in November when they peaked at number two for 4 weeks with Lose My Breath the first single released of their album "Destiny Fulfilled".
On the issue date of 7 November, the top five consisted of all American performers/acts.
- #1. Eminem – Just Lose It
- #2. Destiny's Child – Lose My Breath
- #3. Britney Spears – My Prerogative
- #4. Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott – Car Wash
- #5. Usher & Alicia Keys – My Boo
The most successful acts of 2004 were McFly whose first two debut singles entered at number one and they had two other top five hits later in the year. Natasha Bedingfield topped the singles, album and download charts. Britney Spears and Usher returned to the charts and had two number ones each (Toxic and Yeah! respectively) and another top five hits each. Girls Aloud also had big hits with songs including "The Show", "Love Machine" which both peaked at No. 2, and the 2004 Children in Need No. 1 single "I'll Stand by You". Former S Club star Rachel Stevens continued on with her solo career in this year too, reaching the top 3 once again with Sport Relief track "Some Girls" and a cover of Andrea True Connection's "More, More, More".
In the classical world, Karl Jenkins continued success as a composer was rewarded by a 10-year recording deal with EMI. His choral work, In These Stones Horizons Sing, was commissioned for the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre in November 2004. Newly-appointed Master of the Queen's Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies continued his series of Naxos Quartets with nos. 4 and 5. Veteran composer Harrison Birtwistle produced a new opera, The Io Passion, which had its première in June at Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival.
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|4 January||"Mad World"||Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules||45,761|
|11 January||"All This Time"||Michelle McManus||117,927|
|1 February||"Take Me to the Clouds Above"||LMC vs. U2||68,768|
|15 February||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||Sam & Mark||42,776|
|22 February||"Who's David?"||Busted||30,072|
|29 February||"Mysterious Girl"||Peter Andre||107,870|
|7 March||"Toxic"||Britney Spears||102,576|
|14 March||"Cha Cha Slide"||DJ Casper||57,280|
|21 March||"Yeah!"||Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil' Jon||87,354|
|4 April||"Five Colours In Her Hair"||McFly||49,511|
|18 April||"Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)"||Eamon||153,287|
|16 May||"F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)"||Frankee||79,563|
|6 June||"I Don't Wanna Know"||Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy and Enya||61,303|
|20 June||"Everytime"||Britney Spears||54,022|
|18 July||"Lola's Theme"||Shapeshifters||51,967|
|25 July||"Dry Your Eyes"||The Streets||54,539|
|1 August||"Thunderbirds / 3AM"||Busted||70,665|
|15 August||"Baby Cakes"||3 Of A Kind||55,067|
|22 August||"These Words"||Natasha Bedingfield||68,745|
|5 September||"My Place / Flap Your Wings"||Nelly||54,729|
|12 September||"Real to Me"||Brian McFadden||34,435|
|19 September||"Call On Me"||Eric Prydz||68,138|
|10 October||"Radio"||Robbie Williams||41,734|
|17 October||"Call On Me"||Eric Prydz||23,519|
|31 October||"Wonderful"||Ja Rule featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti||23,706|
|7 November||"Just Lose It"||Eminem||63,312|
|21 November||"I'll Stand by You"||Girls Aloud||57,957|
|5 December||"Do They Know It's Christmas?"||Band Aid 20||292,594|
|4 January||Friday's Child||Will Young||54,442|
|11 January||Life for Rent||Dido||30,711|
|25 January||Call Off the Search||Katie Melua||35,680|
|15 February||Feels Like Home||Norah Jones||235,890|
|29 February||Call Off the Search||Katie Melua||70,413|
|21 March||Patience||George Michael||274,816|
|18 April||Greatest Hits||Guns N' Roses||51,869|
|2 May||D12 World||D12||86,666|
|9 May||Greatest Hits||Guns N' Roses||39,166|
|16 May||Hopes and Fears||Keane||155,432|
|30 May||Under My Skin||Avril Lavigne||87,496|
|6 June||Hopes and Fears||Keane||58,732|
|13 June||No Roots||Faithless||47,000|
|20 June||Hopes and Fears||Keane||46,900|
|27 June||A Grand Don't Come for Free||The Streets||34,000|
|4 July||Scissor Sisters||Scissor Sisters||57,994|
|11 July||Room on the 3rd Floor||McFly||61,589|
|18 July||Scissor Sisters||Scissor Sisters||45,000|
|25 July||A Grand Don't Come for Free||The Streets||48,000|
|1 August||Live in Hyde Park||Red Hot Chili Peppers||63,330|
|22 August||Songs About Jane||Maroon 5||49,998|
|29 August||Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned||The Prodigy||64,300|
|5 September||The Libertines||The Libertines||72,189|
|12 September||Unwritten||Natasha Bedingfield||83,954|
|19 September||Out of Nothing||Embrace||55,613|
|26 September||American Idiot||Green Day||89,385|
|3 October||Mind Body & Soul||Joss Stone||75,100|
|10 October||Around the Sun||R.E.M.||69,700|
|17 October||10 Years Of Hits||Ronan Keating||101,135|
|24 October||Greatest Hits||Robbie Williams||320,081|
|7 November||Il Divo||Il Divo||132,829|
|28 November||How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb||U2||200,863|
|19 December||Greatest Hits||Robbie Williams||183,871|
|Issue Date||Song Title||Artist|
|1 September||Flying Without Wings Live||Westlife|
|8 September||These Words||Natasha Bedingfield|
|15 September||These Words||Natasha Bedingfield|
|22 September||These Words||Natasha Bedingfield|
|29 September||These Words||Natasha Bedingfield|
|27 October||Dogz Don't Kill People Wabbits Do||Mouldie Lookin Stain (Chris Moyles)|
|1 December||I Believe In You||Kylie Minogue|
|8 December||Do They Know It's Christmas?||Band Aid 20|
|15 December||Do They Know It's Christmas?||Band Aid 20|
|22 December||Do They Know It's Christmas?||Band Aid 20|
|29 December||Do They Know It's Christmas?||Band Aid 20|
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Total sales for albums in 2004 amounted to 163,405,658.2
|2||What You Waiting For?||Gwen Stefani|
|3||Lose My Breath||Destiny's Child|
|4||American Idiot||Green Day|
|5||Do They Know It's Christmas?||Band Aid 20|
|6||These Words||Natasha Bedingfield|
|7||She Will Be Loved||Maroon 5|
|8||Just Lose It||Eminem|
|9||I Believe in You||Kylie Minogue|
|10||Car Wash||Christina Aguilera Featuring Missy Elliott|
- 3 January – Ronald Smith, 82, pianist
- 28 January – Mel Pritchard, 56, drummer of Barclay James Harvest
- 23 February - Neil Ardley, 66, jazz pianist and composer
- 4 March – John McGeoch, 48, guitarist with Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees and PiL
- 9 March - Tony Lee, jazz pianist
- 13 March - Max Harris, 85, film and TV composer and arranger
- 9 May - Percy M. Young, 91, musicologist, editor, organist, composer, conductor and teacher
- 27 May - Denis ApIvor, 88, modernist composer
- 5 June - Iona Brown, 63, violinist and conductor
- 26 June - Muriel Angelus, 95, singer and actress
- 15 July - Ena Baga, 98, pianist and theatre organist
- 31 August – Carl Wayne, 61, vocalist (The Move)
- 12 September – John Buller, 77, composer
- 25 October – John Peel, 65, British DJ and broadcaster (heart attack)
- 13 November – John Balance, 42 (Coil)
- 14 December – Sidonie Goossens, 105, harpist
- 23 December
- date unknown - Johnny Joyce, folk musician
The 2004 BRIT Awards winners were:
- Best British Male Solo Artist: Daniel Bedingfield
- Best British Female Solo Artist: Dido
- Best British Group: The Darkness
- British Breakthrough: Busted
- Best British Single: Dido – "White Flag"
- Best British Album: The Darkness – "Permission to Land"
- Best British Dance Act: Basement Jaxx
- Best Pop Act: Busted
- Best British Urban Act: Lemar
- Best British Rock Act: The Darkness
- Best International Female Solo Artist: Beyoncé
- Best International Male Solo Artist: Justin Timberlake
- Best International Group: The White Stripes
- International Breakthrough Artist: 50 Cent
- Best International Album: Justin Timberlake – "Justified"
- Outstanding Contribution: Duran Duran
- List of UK Dance Chart number-one singles of 2004
- List of UK Indie Chart number-one singles of 2004
- List of UK Rock Chart number-one singles of 2004
- iTunes Music Store in Europe Sells 800,000 Songs in First Week
- "2009: being Boyled". Music Week. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
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