On this day in 1983, The Police started a four week run at number 1 in the UK with ‘Every Breath You Take‘. This was the group’s fifth and final number 1 single. The tracks comes from the bands album Synchronicity. Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.
In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, ‘Born In The USA’. The album became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen’s most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles.
In 2015, according to the BPI’s Music Market report, British acts accounted for 1 in 7 albums sold worldwide. With 13.7% of worldwide sales, it’s the highest British share since the BPI began recording figures in 2000. Albums by One Direction, Elton John, Coldplay, Sam Smith and Pink Floyd all made the top 10 list.
In 2019, Jay Z was crowned the first hip hop billionaire after building up a huge business empire. The rapper had stakes in fashion, a sports management company and the taxi app Uber and as a part owner of the streaming service Tidal. According to Forbes, his net worth ‘conservatively totals’ $1billion.