” Number 1 ” is by Tinchy Stryder ( Kwasi Danquah ), the Ghanaian-born English rapper. The song was written by Kwasi Danquah III, Dino Contostavlos, James Lavelle and Fraser T Smith.
Production for the single was by Fraser T Smith ( Fraser Lance Thorneycroft-Smith ). The Grammy award-winning English record producer and songwriter has produced, co-written and mixed six Number Ones. He has worked with artists including Britney Spears, Ellie Goulding, Stormzy, Katy B and Adele.
” Number 1 ” was released on the 20th of April 2009 by record label Takeover Entertainment Limited ( run by Tinchy Stryder ) and Universal Island Records.
It was taken as the third single from Tinchy Stryder’s second album, Catch 22, and also included as a remix on N-Dubz’s second album, Against All Odds.
The song features vocals from Dappy ( Costadinos Contostavlos ) best known as the lead singer from of N-Dubz, the British hip hop group from Camden Town, London.
The song contains a string sample from The Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version of the Rolling Stones ” The Last Time “.
The Orchestra was not a real Orchestra but a project of the former Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham. This very same sample which was used by The Verve for their single ” Bittersweet Symphony ” which caused Richard Ashcroft a big headache and after threats of litigation he handed over the entire copyright to the composition of the song to ABKCO Records.
” Number 1 ” is the first Number One in the United Kingdom to make a direct reference to the chart position in the song’s title.
There are two songs that came close to achieving this. ” ( Call Me ) Number One ” by sixties group, The Tremeloes, and 90s pop group S Club 7 with ” You’re My Number One “. However, both of these songs only peaked at number two in the United Kingdom.
The song was a commercial success for Tinchy Stryder and Dappy. ” Number 1 ” entered the UK Singles Chart at the top spot on the 2nd of May 2009 and spent three weeks there. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of thirty-eight weeks on the UK chart. During the first week, the song sold 87,000 copies in the UK alone.
It was the Black Eyed Peas that knocked the song from the top, relegating it to number two with their song ” Boom Boom Pow “.
In Ireland, the single was released by record label 4TH & BROADWAY and entered the chart on the 30th of April 2009. It reached Number One and spent sixteen weeks on the chart there.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Denmark (Tracklisten) 37, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 6, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 25
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