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The Beatles; UK's Biggest Selling Singles Act  
6/4/12

By Bob Vincent
From NME

The Beatles have been named the biggest selling singles act in the UK, since charts began 60 years ago in 1952. The Fab Four pushed Elvis Presley into second place and Cliff Richard into third, in a new list compiled by the Official Charts Company, which is being broadcast this afternoon (June 4) on BBC Radio 2.

Madonna takes fourth place in the list followed in fifth by Michael Jackson. The Beatles have scored 17 Number One singles, whilst Cliff has had 124 Top 40 hits and 14 Number One tracks. Madonna meanwhile has had over 60 Top 40 hits in the UK.

Of the list, which also includes the more contemporary likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, Radio 2's Head of Music Jeff Smith has said: "This list is intriguing, Adele is missing and we've all forgotten just how huge artists such as Shakin' Stevens, Boney M and UB40 were in the UK in the '70s and '80s..."

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