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  • To win a gold disc, an album needs to sell 100,000 copies in Britain, and 500,000 in the United States.
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney both had their first 'Beatles' haircut during a trip to Paris in 1961.
  • Elvis Presley has had the most Hot 100 entries with a total of 151 and Paul McCartney has written the most number-one hits with a total of 32.
  • According to Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Carol Kaye is the most recorded bassist of all time, with 10,000 sessions spanning four decades.
  • In 1986, Alanis Morissette was a cast regular on the CTV/Nickelodeon show, 'You Can't Do That on Television'.
  • Paul Weller played guitar on Champagne Supernova by Oasis.
  • Billboard's Hot 100 Chart debuted in 1958, with Ricky Nelson’s first recording 'Poor Little Fool' in at #1.
  • Monaco's national orchestra is bigger than it's army.
  • In 1979, Judy Garland's false eye lashes were sold at auction for $125.
  • Sonny and Cher were initially known as Caesar and Cleo.
  • EMI stands for Electrical & Musical Instruments.
  • Puff Daddy/P Diddy throws away his trainers after wearing them for just one day.
  • The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.
  • About one-third of recorded CDs ever sold were pirated.
  • The number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold were about equal.
  • Ireland has won the most Eurovision song contests (7 times).
  • The British, the highest per capita spenders on music, buy 7.2% of the world music market.
  • The term 'Disc Jockey' was first used in 1937.
  • The last note of a keyboard is C.
  • U2 was originally known as Feedback. To date, U2 have sold more than 70 million records, grossing $1.5 billion.
  • DVD discs are the same diameter (120mm) and thickness (1.2mm) as a Compact Disc (CD) but a DVD can store 13 times or more data.
  • In a study done by Social Science Quarterly in 2009, families with a higher socioeconomic status participate in music more than students with a lower economic status.
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