“So when do you plan to release the next book, James?” ran the most common question I was asked this year.
“As soon as I can, and hopefully earlier in the year than the one last year” was my reply. Well I almost made it, given or take a week or so. Anyway, after what were often some interminable delays and time-poor frustrations I’m pleased to reveal that the Top 40 Annual 2013 is now live on the Kindle store and should be live on your favourite alternative online book store in very short order.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, this is intended to be the comprehensive document of every single to have peaked inside the Top 40 during the course of the last calendar year. Artist by artist and song by song, the book will explain when a single started selling, how much and for how long it did so, and crucially where possible just why it was as popular as it was – or not as the case may be.
2013 was a fun year in so many ways. Major smash hits from Robin Thicke and Daft Punk, Calvin Harris’ endless singles from his album, Avicii selling millions and Naughty Boy stepping out of the shadow of just being Emeli Sande’s producer. Then there was the fun stuff: the Harlem Shake, Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble, What Does The Fox Say and OK, if you must, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead. Each song is in the book and every one has a story to be told.
Don’t forget the 2012 edition of the book is still available to buy, just check out the BOOKS section of this site for more details – and without wanting to commit to deadlines that I have no chance of meeting, the first of a more historical set should be good to go within the next few months.