September 19, 1998: “Millennium” from Robbie Williams was at No 1 in the UK for one week

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“Millennium” (1998) by Robbie Williams

“Millennium” is a song by English singer Robbie Williams from his 1998 album I’ve Been Expecting You. On September 7, 1998, it was released as the album’s first track which became Williams’ first single to top the UK Singles Chart. The song also received extensive airplay in the United States and Canada, where it was the lead single from Williams’ 1999 compilation album, The Ego Has Landed.

The song borrows heavily from the musical arrangement of John Barry‘s “You Only Live Twice”, the title track of the 1967 James Bond film of the same name, said to be one of Williams’ favourite James Bond movies. However, it is a re-recording in a slightly different key instead of a direct sample for reasons of cost.

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September 19, 1998: Talk On Corners by the Corrs was at No 1 in the UK for the 4th time

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Talk on Corners (1997) by The Corrs

Talk on Corners is the second studio album by Irish pop rock band The Corrs. It was released on October 24, 1997. Preceded by lead single “Only When I Sleep”, which became a top ten hit internationally, the album was an immediate commercial success in several territories, including Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Its commercial performance elsewhere was initially modest, however.

The Corrs’ entire concert from the Royal Albert Hall was broadcast live on BBC One on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1998, where they were joined during their performance of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. This event did much to raise the band’s international profile. A remixed version of “Dreams” went on to become their first top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart. The record was reissued the following month to include the song as a bonus track. This would be the first of several different editions of Talk on Corners to be released over the album’s two year-long promotional cycle.

Over this period, the band released a string of increasingly successful hit singles, culminating with a Tin Tin Out remix of “Runaway” peaking at number two in the UK. The Corrs also toured extensively to promote the record: the “Talk on Corners World Tour” saw them perform almost 160 concerts across twelve separate legs. The album spent ten weeks at number one in the UK. On one of these weeks, previous album Forgiven, Not Forgotten reached a new peak of number two, making The Corrs the first act since The Beatles to simultaneously occupy the top two positions of the UK Albums Chart. It ended 1998 as the highest-selling album of the year, and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time there, as well as the highest-selling album ever by an Irish act.

The album was No 1 on the following chart dates:

  • June 27, 1998 (1 week)
  • July 11, 1998 (1 week)
  • August 15, 1998 (3 weeks)
  • September 19, 1988 (1 week)
  • February 27, 1999 (3 weeks)
  • April 10, 1999 (1 week)

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September 14, 1998: The Royle Family first airs on BBC2

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The Royle Family (1998-2000)

The Royle Family was a British television sitcom produced by ITV Studios for the BBC, which ran for three series from 1998–2000, and specials from 2006–12. It centres on the lives of a scruffy television-fixated Manchester family, the Royles, comprising family patriarch Jim, his wife Barbara, their daughter Denise, their son Antony and Denise’s fiancé (later husband) David.

The series features simple production values and a stereotypical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium. It therefore has something in common with kitchen sink drama. Almost all of the episodes take place in the Royles’ home, largely in the telly-centric living room, with the humour derived from the conversations held therein. A sixth special episode was set to be written, but Caroline Aherne died on July 2, 2016, effectively ending the programme.

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The Royle Family principal cast

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Ricky Tomlinson, “Jim Royle”
  • Sue Johnston, “Barbara Royle”
  • Caroline Aherne, “Denise Best”
  • Ralf Little, “Antony James Royle”
  • Craig Cash, “Dave Best”
  • Liz Smith, “Nana”
  • Jessica Hynes, “Cheryl Carroll”
  • Geoffrey Hughes, “Twiggy”
  • Sheridan Smith, “Emma Kavanagh”

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September 12, 1998: All Saints take their “Bootie Call” to No 1

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“Bootie Call” (1998) by All Saints

“Bootie Call” is a song performed by British-Canadian girl group All Saints from their debut album, All Saints (1998). The song was first released on August 31, 1998. “Bootie Call” achieved chart success; topping the UK Singles Chart for one week on September 12, 1998, and at the same time becoming the group’s third consecutive number-one hit. The single achieved Silver certification by BPI.

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September 7, 1998: The Bee Gees release One Night Only

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One Night Only (1998) by the Bee Gees

One Night Only is a live album and DVD/Blu-ray by the Bee Gees. It features the group’s concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 1997 and includes many of their greatest hits.

The Bee Gees performed songs from every decade from the 1960s to the ’90s. They also sang a tribute song to their late brother Andy Gibb, “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away”. During this song old footage of Andy is shown, including him singing the second verse of the song. The vocals from the original recording also play during that section. Céline Dion guest-starred on the Bee Gees-penned “Immortality”. Recorded vocals by Frankie Valli are featured during “Grease”, and are also taken from the original song.

The album’s title was originally meant to reflect the band’s plan that the Las Vegas concert would be their final live performance ever. Barry Gibb‘s arthritis had worsened to the point where it seemed it would be impossible for him to continue playing, but he wanted to expand the tour and so they played several more shows.

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September 5, 1998: “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” by Manic Street Preachers is No 1 in the UK singles chart

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“If You Tolerate This…” (1998) by Manic Street Preachers

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on August 24, 1998, through Epic Records as the first single from their fifth studio album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. The track sold 156,000 copies in its first week and reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on September 5, 1998 for one week.

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September 5, 1998: Where We Belong by Boyzone returns to No 1 in the UK albums chart

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Where We Belong (1998) by Boyzone

Where We Belong is the third studio album by Irish boyband Boyzone. The album was released on May 25, 1998 by Polydor Records. Five singles were released from the album, including a cover version of “I Love the Way You Love Me”. The album became a top 10 album in eleven countries. It was the group’s first to be released in the United States, where it charted at number 167 on the Billboard 200. Where We Belong is also the third and final studio album Boyzone released before the death of Stephen Gately, 11 years later.

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