April 18 in Music

Life Thru a Lens by Robbie Williams was UK No 1 album 20 years ago today

Life_thru_a_lens-Robbie_WilliamsLife thru a Lens is the debut solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, following his departure from Take That. It is influenced by Britpop, a departure from the poppier tone of music Take That employed.

The album’s first three singles, “Old Before I Die”, “Lazy Days” and “South of the Border”, were all moderate successes, but it was the fourth single “Angels” which catapulted Williams to international fame as a solo artist. Peaking at number 4, it has sold over 1 million copies in the UK and is his biggest selling single to date. Fifth and final single “Let Me Entertain You” reached number three, becoming the album’s third top-5 hit.

  • Two weeks, 8x Platinum

Listen to Life thru a lens on Spotify.

At No 1 in the UK Albums Chart this day in 1992…

Annie_Lennox-DivaDiva is the debut solo album by the Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, released in 1992. Diva won Album of the Year at the 1993 Brit Awards, and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards the same year.

  • One week (plus one week March 6, 1993), 4x Platinum

Listen to Diva on Spotify.

At No 1 in the UK Singles Chart this day in music history…

Click on a single cover to watch the video (if available) on YouTube

Dana-All_Kinds_of_Everything
1970: “All Kinds of Everything” by Dana (2 weeks)

Bucks_Fizz-Making_Your_Mind_Up
1981: “Making Your Mind Up” by Bucks Fizz (3 weeks, Gold)

Right_Said_Fred-Deeply_Dippy
1992: “Deeply Dippy” by Right Said Fred (3 weeks, Silver)

 

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