Jason Allen 06/06/17
The Biggest Album To Come Out Of Every London Borough
The streets of London, they say, are paved with gold…
Because evidently there are so many big-name musicians that have come out of this town, that every single borough can claim at least one, if not many, chart-crushing artists. And we’ve listed the biggest album from the biggest act to come out of each one…
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Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Amy grew up just in the border of Barnet in Southgate. She also attended the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in Barnet, where she formed a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour, with Juliette Ashby, her childhood friend. She started writing music at 14. Back to Black killed it with 12 million sales worldwide.
George Michel – Faith
Though born in East Finchley, George Michael spent most of his childhood in Kingsbury, Brent, where his family moved soon after his birth. He went to school here before they moved again to Radlett, where he met future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley at his school in Bushey. Faith went and sold 20mill+ worldwide.
Elton John – Greatest Hits
Reginald Kenneth Dwight (AKA Elton) was born and raised in Pinner and attended 3 schools there. In his third home in Pinner, where he moved with his mum and her second husband, he composed the songs that launched his career and stayed there until he had “4 albums simultaneously in the Top 40”. The biggest of all of them was his Greatest Hits album, which crushed the competition by going 17 times Platinum in America alone.
Sweet – Desolation Boulevard
Not a huge one for music. But glam rock band ‘Sweet’ first performed and lived in the Hayes area, and their biggest seller was Desolation Boulevard.
The Pet Shop Boys – Actually
They met in an electronics shop on the Kings Road, and started their first rehearsals/work in Neil Tennant’s Chelsea flat. Overall, they’re listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records with 50 million records sold worldwide. Actually is their biggest single album with 4 million confirmed sales.
Jamie T – Kings & Queens
Jamie T grew up and went to school in Wimbledon. His biggest album, Kings & Queens peaked at number 2 in the UK charts. Hopefully, we’ll hear from him again soon.
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
Russell Lissack and Kele Okereke both went to school in the borough of Redbridge before going on to form Bloc Party. Thier most successful album: Silent Alarm, with a million copies sold worldwide.
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