#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 42

It’s time to bowl the goal and bring you five more gems from UK chart history in the last 25 years – this is #ThrowbackTunesday. And before we get to this week’s featured former hit, let’s see who occupies the playlist this week…

  • 1993: Bryan Adams – Please Forgive Me
  • 1998: Vengaboys – Up & Down
  • 2003: Alex Parks – Maybe That’s What It Takes
  • 2008: Leona Lewis – Run
  • 2013: Bastille – Of The Night

    And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

    • ARTIST: Leona Lewis
    • SONG: Run
    • ALBUM: Spirit – The Deluxe Edition

    Looking at The X Factor as it currently limps towards the end of another series with some of its lowest ratings and least engaging contestants yet, it’s hard to remember that there was a time that it was both king of Saturday nights and the place for new talent to be unearthed.

    And 10 years ago, they didn’t come much bigger then the lady who won its third series back in 2006. After romping to victory, Leona Lewis then went onto top charts worldwide with her debut single ‘Bleeding Love’ in 2007, a record that not only spent seven weeks at number one in the UK, but which made her the first British solo female to top the Billboard Hot 100 in America since Kim Wilde some two decades previously.

    However, as her debut album ‘Spirit’ had also been selling by the truckload, it did leave a small problem as to when her next chart topping single was coming. ‘Better In Time’ and the Akon written/produced ‘Forgive Me’ had both been top 5 hits, true, but for an artist of Leona’s class and calibre, something with the same magic was needed.

    ‘Run’ had been the breakthrough top 5 hit for Scottish rock band Snow Patrol some four years previously in January 2004. Whilst promoting ‘Bleeding Love’, Leona made an appearance on the popular ‘Live Lounge’ section of Jo Whiley’s mid-morning BBC Radio 1 show, where artists will traditionally perform their own song and a mystery cover.

    She covered ‘Run’ for her appearance, in a performance that was so well recieved that on the following morning’s breakfast show, hosted by Chris Moyles, over 8000 listeners had already called in in the first two minutes requesting to hear it again, leading the track to be added to the A list of the station’s playlist. A year later, as a special ‘deluxe’ version of the ‘Spirit’ album was being readied for release, Leona recorded her studio version of the track.

    When released as a download only single, it broke all records, becoming the fastest selling such release in UK chart history, shifting nearly 70,000 copies in its first two days on sale. It was of course more than enough to crown her with her second UK chart topper. Here’s then, to this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday from Leona Lewis – and a modern rock classic that she truly made her own.

    Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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