This week in 2003

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

1 Leave Right Now Will Young 2 I’m Your Man Shane Richie 3 Mandy Westlife 4 Jump Girls Aloud 5 One More chance Michael Jack­son 6 Maybe That’s What It Takes Alex Parks 7 Turn Me On Kevin Lyt­tle 8 Crashed The Wed­ding Busted 9 Clap Back/Rights Ja Rule 10 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.

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