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Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10 singles, four of which peaked at number two and nine of which reached number one. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary life president of the club.
Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. At age 14, Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house and, at 15, she signed her first record deal.

Her 2006 eponymous debut album was the longest-charting album of the 2000s in the US. Its third single, "Our Song", made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008.

Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", it became the US' best-selling album of 2009 and was certified diamond in the US. The album won four Grammy Awards, and Swift became the youngest Album of the Year winner.

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These are the biggest songs and albums of 2024 so far

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Noah Kahan leading the way on both lists.The US singer-songwriter’s 2022 single ‘Stick Season’ enjoyed a viral resurgence towards the end of last year, and has earned 850,000 chart units in 2024 alone (via Official Charts).Additionally, the seven-week Number One is the most-streamed song of the year so far – having registered 99million plays since the start of 2024. ‘Stick Season’ has accumulated 1.4million chart units in total.Kahan achieved a second entry in the top 40 songs of the year so far run-down, with his Sam Fender-featuring version of ‘Homesick’ landing at Number 24.The musician’s 2022 third studio record, also titled ‘Stick Season’, has been named the UK’s biggest album of 2024 so far.

It has earned 123,000 chart units this year alone – beating The Weeknd‘s ‘The Highlights’ (Number Two), Taylor Swift‘s ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ (Number Three) and Olivia Rodrigo‘s ‘Guts’ (Number Four).Elsewhere in the top 10 albums list are Ariana Grande‘s ‘Eternal Sunshine’ (Number Nine) and Swift’s ‘Midnights’ (Number 10), along with greatest hits compilations by Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and ABBA.Meanwhile, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has bagged the Number Three spot on the top 10 songs ranking with her 2001 single ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’.

The track has enjoyed a huge spike in popularity recently after it soundtracked an already-infamous nude scene in Emerald Fennell’s 2023 film Saltburn.‘Murder…’ matched its original Number Two chart placing in January, and spent five non-consecutive weeks in that spot.

The song has racked up 54.5million streams in the UK this year alone.Atlanta singer-songwriter Teddy Swims took the Number Two spot, having shifted 512,000 chart units with his 2023 single ‘Lose Control’.

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