Just Give Me A Reason looks set to replicate the success of Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger, which became one of 2011’s biggest selling singles despite never reaching Number 1. We asked OfficialCharts.com users to tell us why they love the track.
A huge congratulations to Pink and Fun. frontman Nate Ruess whose duet, Just Give Me A Reason, has broken through the half a million copies sales barrier. And, in doing so, has become the UK’s third biggest selling single of 2013 so far. Not bad for a track that never reached Number 1!
Despite topping charts across the globe including the US, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Australia and a whole host of other countries, it was quite a different story here on these shores. While Pink and Nate’s blinder of a track hovered politely at Number 2 for two weeks running, your father, your mother, your sister, your brother and 84,000 other members of the British public were busy windmilling to PJ & Duncan’s 1994 hit Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble. Psyche! A week later it was the turn of Duke Dumont and A*M*E to out-collaborate Pink and Nate with their Number 1 club smash Need U (100%).
But now it looks like Pink may have the last laugh after all. See, sometimes it pays to be the bridesmaid, and never the bride, just ask Adam Levine. Back in 2011, Maroon 5 were left with head in hands as Moves Like Jagger FT Christina Aguilera was denied the Number 1 spot an infuriating SEVEN times over. Despite some serious airplay and a memorable Marcus Collins X Factor performance that kept the track etched front of mind and the UK downloading it in their droves, the pop banger remained permanently stalled at Number 2. However, Moves Like Jagger went on to become the second biggest seller of that year, broke the one million sales mark and justice was eventually restored.
Pink and Nate now look to be following in Adam Levine and Co’s footsteps as Just Give Me A Reason continues to consistently sell, and sell, and sell some more! The single is set to spend its 11th consecutive week in the Official Singles Chart Top 10 this Sunday having already racked up impressive sales of 545,000 copies since it made its chart debut in February.
Other notable singles which have famously never topped the chart include Robbie Williams’ Angels, Oasis’ Wonderwall, Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, The Beatles’ Let It Be, and Ultravox’s Vienna. And then there’s famous Number 2s who’ve gone on to become million sellers including: Eminem FT Rihanna‘s Love The Way You Lie, The Pogues FT Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale Of New York and Wham!’s Last Christmas.
As of midnight last night, Just Give Me A Reason is just 28,000 copies behind the second biggest seller of 2013 so far; Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop remains the biggest seller of the year to date, but unlike Just Give Me A Reason, both Mirrors and Thrift shop have enjoyed the limelight that a coveted Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart brings.
Just like you, we here at Official Charts HQ love a decent pop tune, one Official Charts staffer even enthusiastically described Just Give Me A Reason as “possibly the best duet since Bryan Adams and Mel C’s When You’re Gone”. Controversial?
But, the charts are not about what WE think, the Official Charts are all about YOU – the music-buying UK public – and what makes you put your hand in your wallet (or in this case, click that ‘Buy’ button). So we asked OfficialCharts.com users to tell us why you love Pink and Nate so. Here’s what some of you said:
- Adele Is The Reason The U.K Sold It’s One Billionth Music Single Download (102jamzorlando.cbslocal.com)
- Just Give Me A Reason; P!NK ft Nate Ruess (gabbyj100.wordpress.com)
- Adam Levine and Jordan Feldstein Sign Development Deal With NBC for Scripted and Alternative Programming (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- Maroon 5 to Perform Live on May 20 Edition of ‘The Voice’ (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- Margaret Thatcher dead: Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead moves up to number 4 in Official Singles Chart (mirror.co.uk)
- “It’s very surreal, but we’re chuffed”: Ant & Dec score FIRST number one with Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble (mirror.co.uk)
- Daft Punk keep Irish singles chart lead with ‘Get Lucky’ (digitalspy.co.uk)
- Billionth music single downloaded (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- UK downloads hit one billion mark (bbc.co.uk)