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X Factory winner takes it all.

X Factory winner takes it all.

X Factory winner takes it all.

X Factor winner takes it all. Whether you’re a fan of the X Factor or not, there’s no denying that the show has shaken up the music industry and delivered some successful pop acts along the way. But is winning the show the only route to the top? Listener data from Last.fm shows that in recent years, coming second in the show might now be enough to make it big in the music industry.  Leona Lewis, who took the X Factor crown in 2006, takes 99% of listener traffic on Last.fm versus runner up of the same year – Ray Quinn. The contestants from 2007 paint a similar picture with the runner up Rhydian only getting 3% of listeners compared to Leon Jackson. But as time marches on, the second place getters begin to gain ground on the winners. In 2008, JLS, who came in second place, account for 43% of Last.fm listens against the 2008 winner, Alexandra Burke’s 57%. 2009 brought similar results with winner Joe McElderry and runner up Olly Murs getting a 65/35 split in listens. Matt Sheret, Data Griot at Last.fm commented, ‘From the beginning of each series, right through to the final, the nation is gripped by all things X Factor. The show is now in its seventh year, and over time, actually winning the show has become less and less important. Runners up from the past few series are making it just as big, despite not making it to the finish line. So what does this mean for this year’s winners? Only time can tell but watch this space to see if the names Diva Fever, Wagner or Treyc mean anything in twelve months time!’

Joe McElderry once almost wet himself at a Beyonce Knowles gig.

Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry once almost wet himself at a Beyonce Knowles gig. The 19-year-old singer was once so excited to see his idol in the flesh he refused to go to the toilet and spent almost the entire show desperate to relieve himself because he didn’t want to miss any of her songs. He told our source: ‘ went to see her. And I was desperate for the toilet and I would not leave in case I missed a tiny bit. My cousin was like, ‘Just go to the toilet,’ I just kept saying, ‘No! I’m not going!’ ‘ Joe ‘ who shot to fame after winning UK TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ last year – would love to work with the ‘Single Ladies’ singer in the future, if the opportunity ever arises, because he thinks she is so incredible. He said: ‘Beyonce is the top one. She’s amazing. She acts the songs. And she has got the right balance between it all and she just connects with the cameras. She outdoes her dancers. Her dancers are flagging and she is still going! That takes a lot.’ As well as Beyonce, Joe has a huge list of people he wants to collaborate with, including his former ‘X Factor’ mentor Cheryl Cole. He added: ‘ think it might be interesting if I could a duet with someone who wasn’t the same kind of style as me. Someone like Ne-Yo. Create a quirky sound! Or Rihanna. ‘Cheryl ‘ she is an amazing performer and singer and she’s fantastic so I’d be honoured to work with her! But it depends, I suppose. You never know what’s going to happen.’

Rage Against The Machine enter 2009 biggest sellers list

 Rage Against The Machine enter 2009 biggest sellers list .  Ending up with the number eight song of the year was pretty easy for Rage Against The Machine. They did it without even trying. ‘Killing In The Name’ was the 8th biggest seller of 2009 in England on just two weeks of sales.  The 1992 classic was driven by a Facebook campaign to stop Simon Cowell’s X-Factor Machine from having the Christmas hit of 2009 and it worked. Rage Against The Machine ‘Killing In The Name’ debuted at number one blocking X-Factor winner Joe McElderry ‘The Climb’ from getting on top for Christmas. In week 2, the positions switched and Joe did get his number one while Rage dropped to number two. This week, Rage disappeared as quickly as it came in, dropping from no. 2 to no. 40.  McElderry also dropped back and Lady Gaga ‘Bad Romance’ went to number one in England this week

Bon Jovi Beaten By Cheryl Cole On U.K. Chart

bon_joviCheryl Cole secured a second week with the U.K.’s No. 1 album, “3 Words”  (Fascination/Polydor/Universal),  beating Bon Jovi’s “The Circle”  (Mercury/Universal) which entered at No. 2. Cole lost her singles chart crown as “Fight For This Love” fell to No. 2 last night (Nov. 8) behind JLS. The male pop outfit, runners-up last year in the star-making series on which Cole is a judge, “The X Continue reading →

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