This week in 2003
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Leave Right Now Will Young
I’m Your Man Shane Richie
Jump Girls Aloud
One More chance Michael Jackson
Maybe That’s What It Takes Alex Parks
Turn Me On Kevin Lyttle
Crashed The Wedding Busted
Clap Back/rights Ja Rule
Hey Ya Outkast Leave Right Now, written by British songwriter and producer Eg White, spent two weeks at number one in the UK in early December, 2003, selling almost 120,000 copies in its first week of release and going on to pass the half million sales mark there. It couldn’t hold on to claim the Christmas number one spot in the UK that year (that honour fell to Gary Jules and Michael Andrews’ slowed down version of Tears For Fears’ Mad World), but it was the 2003 Christmas No 1 single in Ireland. The video for Leave Right Now was filmed without cuts in an old gallery in London – Young has revealed that they had to perform the song 21 times, and that in the end they used the 19th take. In 2004 Eg White was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for Leave Right Now. In 2007 Freaky Trigger ranked the song at number 54 in their list of the Top 100 Songs of All Time.
The Leave Right Now video: nailed on the 19th take.