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New Year stats and polls galore

By | Published on Thursday 6 January 2011

Take That

What’s that Skippy, you want some New Year stats that aren’t all that surprising?

Well, how about this list of the most popular live acts in the UK in 2010 based on Viagogo data? Go on, you’ll love it. And I’ve even got you a list of the bands who commanded the highest ticket resale fees last year, and a quote from a Viagogo director. For a kangaroo, I feel you’re being very well serviced with stats.

So, the most popular live acts of 2010…
1. Take That
2. Kings of Leon
3. JLS
4. Lady Gaga
5. Michael Buble
6. Roger Waters
7. Bon Jovi
8. Muse
9. Black Eyed Peas
10. Westlife
11. Usher
12. Katy Perry
13. Justin Bieber
14. Rhianna
15. Leona Lewis
16. Foo Fighters
17. Eric Clapton
18. Linkin Park
19. Tinie Tempah
20. Florence And The Machine

And the acts that commanded the silliest resale prices for tickets to their gigs…
1. The Libertines £223
2. Sade £144
3. Cliff Richard £136
4. Van Morrison £133
5. Eric Clapton £126
6. Elton John £125
7. Roxy Music £124
8. Michael Buble £122
9. Kylie Minogue £120
10. Barry Manilow £115

And that quote from a nice guy (I’m assuming) called Ed over at Viagogo: “This year has been all about Take That with ticket sales breaking all records, but other ‘man bands’ have benefited from a year that’s been all about the boys, including Kings Of Leon and the reformed Libertines. ‘The X-Factor’ has also played a pivotal role in driving ticket demand for certain acts, with nine acts from the top 20 appearing live on the talent show this year”.

What’s that Skippy, you want even more pointless end of year polls? God you’re greedy. Well, here is the ‘album of the year poll of polls’ that HMV compiles by collating the album of the year lists tedious music publications (and a few non-tedious ones) insist on publishing each December.

Here’s the top 20.
1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
2. The National – High Violet
3. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
4. Beach House – Teen Dream
5. Janelle Monáe – The Archandroid
6. Vampire Weekend – Contra
7. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
8. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
9. Caribou – Swim
10. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
11. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy
12. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
13. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
14. Sleigh Bells – Treats
15. Foals – Total Life Forever
16. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
17. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
18. These New Puritans – Hidden
19. Black Keys – Brothers
20. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

What’s that Skippy, you don’t really care what a bunch of journalists think, you want hard stats as to what music people actually bought last year? Well, OK, thanks to the BPI and Official Charts Company, I can do that for you too.

So, here we have it, the best selling singles of 2010…
1. Eminem feat Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
2. Matt Cardle – When We Collide
3. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Amazing)
4. Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
5. Usher feat Will I Am – OMG
6. Owl City – Fireflies
7. BOB feat Hayley Williams – Airplanes
8. Katy Perry feat Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
9. Yolanda Be Cool vs D Cup – We Speak No Americano

And now the best selling albums of the year…
1. Take That – Progress
2. Michael Buble – Crazy Love
3. Lady Gaga – The Fame
4. Rihanna – Loud
5. Plan B – The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
6. Paolo Nutini – Sunny Side Up
7. Alicia Keys – The Element Of Freedom
8. Florence And The Machine – Lungs
9. Eminem – Recovery
10. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

And while you, as a kangaroo, are only interested in the past, I’m going to look to the future as well, because the first four fifths of the BBC’s Sound Of 2011 poll has been announced. This is based on tips from all sorts of tedious music pundits (and a few non-tedious ones) as to what the big artists of the next twelve months will be. The overall first place winner of the Sound Of poll will be announced tomorrow.

The list so far:
2. James Blake
3. The Vaccines
4. Jamie Woon
5. Clare Maguire

And that, officially, is more than enough stats for any one kangaroo to be digesting on a Thursday lunchtime. Happy New Year.



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