2011 in British music

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List of years in British music

This is a summary of 2011 in music in the United Kingdom.

Events

Publications

Classical music

New works

Opera

Albums

Field recordings

Film and incidental music

British music awards

BRIT Awards

The 2011 BRIT Awards were hosted by James Corden on 15 February 2011. The most notable winners were Tinie Tempah and Arcade Fire, both winning two awards.[8][9]

Classical BRIT Awards

The 2011 Classical BRIT Awards were held on 12 May 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall, London and hosted by Myleene Klass.[10]

Ivor Novello Awards

The 56th Ivor Novello Awards were held on 19 May 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.[11][12]

Mercury Prize

The 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was awarded on 6 September 2011 to PJ Harvey for her album Let England Shake. Harvey became the first artist to win the Mercury Prize twice.[13][14]

Popjustice £20 Music Prize

The 2011 Popjustice £20 Music Prize was awarded on 6 September 2011 to The Saturdays for their song "Higher".[15]

British Composer Awards

The 2011 British Composer Awards were held on 30 November 2011 at Stationers' Hall, London and hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor, with the awards presented by Michael Berkeley. There was no award in the Sonic Art category in 2011.

  • Instrumental Solo or Duo: Sonata for Cello & PianoWilliam Sweeney
  • Chamber: String Quartet No. 2Anthony Payne
  • Vocal: Five Larkin SongsHuw Watkins
  • Choral: AlleleMichael Zev Gordon
  • Wind Band or Brass Band: In Pitch Black – Lucy Pankhurst
  • Orchestral: FantasiasJulian Anderson
  • Stage Works: A Ring A Lamp A ThingOrlando Gough
  • Liturgical: Bell Mass – Julian Anderson
  • Contemporary Jazz Composition: The Green Seagull – Tommy Evans
  • Community or Educational Project: Consider the Lilies – John Barber
  • Making Music Award: I can't find brumm... – Richard Bullen
  • International Award: La MattinaBent Sørensen
  • Outreach: PKGraham Fitkin

The Record of the Year

The 2011 Record of the Year was awarded on 10 December 2011 to Lady Gaga for her song "Born This Way".

Charts and sales

Number-one singles

Chart date
(week ending)
Song Artist Sales
1 January "When We Collide" Matt Cardle 262,953
8 January 113,037
15 January "What's My Name?" Rihanna featuring Drake 53,018
22 January "Grenade" Bruno Mars 149,834
29 January 109,960
5 February "We R Who We R" Ke$ha 90,139
12 February "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B 84,076
19 February 95,697
26 February "Someone Like You" Adele 111,739
5 March 114,792
12 March 116,347
19 March 95,654
26 March "Don't Hold Your Breath" Nicole Scherzinger 98,090
2 April "Someone Like You" Adele 82,357
9 April "On the Floor" Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 133,179
16 April 91,749
23 April "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 91,421
30 April 85,744
7 May 73,076
14 May 64,508
21 May "The Lazy Song" Bruno Mars 67,837
28 May "Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 71,309
4 June 95,848
11 June 82,210
18 June "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Example 115,046
25 June 75,252
2 July "Don't Wanna Go Home" Jason Derülo 76,581
9 July 60,316
16 July "Louder" DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans 140,750
23 July "Glad You Came" The Wanted 117,165
30 July 73,769
6 August "She Makes Me Wanna" JLS featuring Dev 98,016
13 August "Swagger Jagger" Cher Lloyd 66,316
20 August "Promises" Nero 46,700
27 August "Don't Go" Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra 76,495
3 September "Heart Skips a Beat" Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks 109,151
10 September "Stay Awake" Example 73,402
17 September "All About Tonight" Pixie Lott 88,893
24 September "What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 153,965
1 October "No Regrets" Dappy 96,639
8 October "Loca People" Sak Noel 75,161
15 October "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 87,573
22 October 106,553
29 October 92,689
5 November "Read All About It" Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé 153,007
12 November 85,302
19 November "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 79,834
26 November 66,941
3 December 79,804
10 December "Wishing on a Star" X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring JLS & One Direction 98,932
17 December "Dance with Me Tonight" Olly Murs 46,584
24 December "Cannonball" Little Mix 210,129
31 December "Wherever You Are" Military Wives & Gareth Malone 555,622

Number-one albums

Chart date
(week ending)
Album Artist Sales
1 January Progress Take That 350,328
8 January Loud Rihanna 76,237
15 January 50,088
22 January 44,827
29 January Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 86,243
5 February 21 Adele 208,090
12 February 135,585
19 February 134,241
26 February 188,764
5 March 173,718
12 March 180,493
19 March 161,580
26 March 159,895
2 April 156,162
9 April 257,731
16 April 114,476
23 April Wasting Light Foo Fighters 114,557
30 April 21 Adele 91,803
7 May 73,771
14 May 80,922
21 May 70,362
28 May 51,183
4 June Born This Way Lady Gaga 215,639
11 June 67,615
18 June Suck It and See Arctic Monkeys 82,424
25 June Progress Take That 77,720
2 July Born This Way Lady Gaga 47,150
9 July 4 Beyoncé 89,211
16 July 44,929
23 July 21 Adele 43,555
30 July 46,648
6 August Back to Black Amy Winehouse 44,076
13 August 63,070
20 August 43,726
27 August Welcome Reality Nero 30,640
3 September Echoes Will Young 65,773
10 September I'm With You Red Hot Chili Peppers 71,858
17 September Playing in the Shadows Example 56,224
24 September + Ed Sheeran 102,350
1 October Velociraptor! Kasabian 94,088
8 October The Awakening James Morrison 62,181
15 October 36,411
22 October The Ultimate Collection Steps 34,200
29 October Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 122,530
5 November Mylo Xyloto Coldplay 208,343
12 November Ceremonials Florence and the Machine 94,050
19 November Someone To Watch Over Me Susan Boyle 72,745
26 November Christmas Michael Bublé 85,787
3 December Talk That Talk Rihanna 163,819
10 December In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs 148,532
17 December Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse 194,966
24 December Christmas Michael Bublé 269,665
31 December 317,114

Number-one compilation albums

Chart date
(week ending)
Album
1 January Now 77
8 January
15 January
22 January
29 January
5 February
12 February
19 February Love Songs – The Ultimate Collection
26 February BRIT Awards 2011 With MasterCard
5 March
12 March Anthems Hip Hop
19 March
26 March Massive R&B – Spring 2011
2 April
9 April
16 April Ultimate Floorfillers
23 April Now 78
30 April
7 May
14 May
21 May
28 May
4 June
11 June
18 June
25 June The Old Grey Whistle Test – 40th
2 July Now 78
9 July Clubland 19
16 July
23 July
30 July
6 August Now 79
13 August
20 August
27 August
3 September
10 September
17 September
24 September
1 October
8 October Now R&B
15 October
22 October Now 79
29 October
5 November Pop Party 9
12 November BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge – Vol 6
19 November Clubland 20
26 November Pop Party 9
3 December Now 80
10 December
17 December
24 December
31 December

Best-selling singles of 2011

[16]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales
1 "Someone Like You" Adele 1 1,242,917[17]
2 "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 2 1,040,000[18]
3 "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 1 900,000[18]
4 "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B 1 900,000[18]
5 "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 1 900,000[18]
6 "Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 1
7 "Grenade" Bruno Mars 1
8 "The A Team" Ed Sheeran 3 800,000[18]
9 "Rolling in the Deep" Adele 2
10 "On the Floor" Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 1
11 "Jar of Hearts" Christina Perri 4
12 "S&M" Rihanna 3
13 "Wherever You Are" Military Wives & Gareth Malone 1
14 "Born This Way" Lady Gaga 3
15 "The Lazy Song" Bruno Mars 1
16 "Beautiful People" Chris Brown featuring Benny Benassi 4
17 "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Example 1
18 "I Need a Dollar" Aloe Blacc 2
19 "Sweat" Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta 4
20 "What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 1
21 "Heart Skips a Beat" Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks 1
22 "Mr Saxobeat" Alexandra Stan 3
23 "Earthquake" Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah 2
24 "Glad You Came" The Wanted 1
25 "Louder" DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans 1
26 "Do It Like a Dude" Jessie J 2
27 "The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga 6
28 "Yeah 3x" Chris Brown 6
29 "Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 11
30 "Super Bass" Nicki Minaj 8
31 "Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 5
32 "Where Them Girls At" David Guetta featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj 3
33 "Don't Hold Your Breath" Nicole Scherzinger 1
34 "Best Thing I Never Had" Beyoncé 3
35 "Bounce" Calvin Harris featuring Kelis 2
36 "E.T." Katy Perry featuring Kanye West 3
37 "Read All About It" Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé 1
38 "Champion" Chipmunk featuring Chris Brown 2
39 "Paradise" Coldplay 2[a]
40 "Lego House" Ed Sheeran 5
41 "Cannonball" Little Mix 1
42 "Just Can't Get Enough" The Black Eyed Peas 3
43 "Who's That Chick?" David Guetta featuring Rihanna 6
44 "Marry You" Bruno Mars 11
45 "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" Katy Perry 9
46 "Feel So Close" Calvin Harris 2
47 "Don't Wanna Go Home" Jason Derulo 1
48 "Good Feeling" Flo Rida 2[b]
49 "What's My Name?" Rihanna featuring Drake 1
50 "Without You" David Guetta featuring Usher 6

Best-selling albums of 2011

[19]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales
1 21 Adele 1 3,772,346[20]
2 Christmas Michael Bublé 1 1,292,762[20]
3 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 1 1,214,425[20]
4 19 Adele 2[c] 1,210,417[20]
5 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay 1 907,000[21]
6 Loud Rihanna 1 876,000[21]
7 Born This Way Lady Gaga 1 821,000[21]
8 Who You Are Jessie J 2 805,000[21]
9 + Ed Sheeran 1 791,000[21]
10 Talk That Talk Rihanna 1 655,000[21]
11 Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse 1 638,000[21]
12 In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs 1 597,000[21]
13 The Lady Killer Cee Lo Green 3 560,000[21]
14 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 1 492,000[21]
15 Progress Take That 1 484,000[21]
16 Up All Night One Direction 2 468,000[21]
17 No More Idols Chase and Status 2 461,000[21]
18 4 Beyoncé 1 451,000[21]
19 Greatest Hits Westlife 4 423,000[21]
20 Crazy Love Michael Bublé 3[d] 410,000[21]
21 The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B 2[e]
22 Ceremonials Florence and the Machine 1
23 Echoes Will Young 1
24 Wasting Light Foo Fighters 1
25 Teenage Dream Katy Perry 8[f]
26 Heaven Rebecca Ferguson 3
27 Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 2
28 Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah 4[g]
29 Jukebox JLS 2
30 The Fame Lady Gaga 7[h]
31 Build a Rocket Boys! Elbow 2
32 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 1
33 Someone to Watch Over Me Susan Boyle 1
34 Good Ol' Fashioned Love The Overtones 4
35 Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor Caro Emerald 4
36 The Awakening James Morrison 1
37 Velociraptor! Kasabian 1
38 Seasons of My Soul Rumer 4[i]
39 Lights Ellie Goulding 5[j]
40 Fallen Empires Snow Patrol 3
41 Nothing But the Beat David Guetta 2
42 Last Night on Earth Noah and the Whale 8
43 Playing in the Shadows Example 1
44 Bring Him Home Alfie Boe 9
45 Greatest Hits... So Far!!! Pink 12[k]
46 Alfie Alfie Boe 6
47 Olly Murs Olly Murs 4[l]
48 Classic Joe McElderry 2
49 Letters Matt Cardle 2
50 Suck It and See Arctic Monkeys 1

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 1 in 2012
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 2012
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 2008
  4. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  5. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  6. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  7. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  8. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  9. ^ Reached number 3 in 2010
  10. ^ Reached number 1 in 2010
  11. ^ Reached number 5 in 2010
  12. ^ Reached number 2 in 2010

Platinum records

For a record to be certified platinum, it must sell a minimum of 600,000 copies. However, not every song that sells 600,000 copies is given platinum certification and so this is not a complete list of songs that have sold 600,000 copies in 2011. Also note that a song certified platinum could have sold its 600,000th copy long before it is given certification.

Artist Song Date released Date certified
platinum
Cee Lo Green "Forget You" 4 October 2010 7 January 2011
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" 25 October 2010 7 January 2011
Rihanna featuring Drake "What's My Name?" 20 December 2010 6 March 2011
Tinie Tempah "Pass Out" 17 April 2010 11 March 2011
Katy Perry "Firework" 26 November 2010 11 March 2011
Adele "Someone Like You" 24 January 2011 1 April 2011
Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack/Nayer "Give Me Everything" 1 April 2011 16 September 2011

Deaths

See also

References

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