So who sold more copies of their single in the first week of release?
The record is still held by Elton John’s re-recorded “Candle In The Wind” in 1997, which sold 1,500,000 copies in its first week, 658,000 copies in day one alone!
Pop Idol’s Will Young’s debut, “Anything Is Possible/Evergreen”, sold 1,100,000 copies in week one in 2002 while The X Factor winner Shayne Ward sold 740,000 copies of “That’s My Goal” in 2005.
More reality TV winners next with Hear’say selling 550,000 copies of their debut single, “Pure And Simple”, in week one.
Britney Spears holds the record for solo female sales. “Baby One More Time” sold 460,000 copies in its first week back in 1999.