The Hot List - Are these 13 acts the cream of Bradford's chart-topping pop stars? (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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The Hot List - Are these 13 acts the cream of Bradford's chart-topping pop stars?
Greetings, pop-pickers! The Bradford district is a hot-bed of musical talent, and we've selected a round baker's dozen of local stars and assembled our own rundown featuring their highest pop chart placings. But who have we missed out? Tell us in the comments below.
Born Natalia Noemi Keery-Fisher in Bradford in 1986, singer-songwriter Natalia Kills has released two highly-acclaimed albums, but it was under her previous pseudonym Verbalicious that she hit number 11 in the UK charts with Don't Play Nice
Blues rock guitarist Chantel hasn't had a top ten hit yet but the British Blues Awards voted her Young Artist of the Year in 2011, Best Female Vocalist in 2012 and in 2013 she scooped Guitarist of the Year and Best Female Vocalist. Which is probably better than being in the charts, to be honest.
Everyone's favourite choirboy-turned-TV-talent-show-winner, young Gareth has had no fewer than four number ones - Unchained Melody, Any One Of Us and The Long and Winding Road in 2002, and Spirit In The Sky (with telly's The Kumars in 2003). He's got a greatest hits album imminent.
Yeah, kids, that's Ricky Wilson off The Voice. But did you also know the Keighley-born lad is also lead singer with Kaiser Chiefs, who scored a number one with Ruby in 2007? Go and ask your dad.
AKA Pauline Matthews, Kiki Dee has released almost 40 singles. But it was her unforgettable duet with Elton John on Don't Go Breaking My Heart that got her to number one with a bullet.
Two words: Girls Aloud. Four number one singles. Five singles hit number 2. Three at number 3. 'Nuff said.
New Model Army
Legendary clog-hopping agit-rock Bradford heroes. They probably didn't care a fig for chart placings. Here Comes The War charted at number 25 in 1993. Let's start a campaign to get Vengeance at number one for Christmas.
21 studio albums and all anyone wants to talk about is the NSFW 1995 collaboration with foul-mouthed comic Chubby Brown on Living Next Door To Alice, which shifted half a million units and charted at number 3. Smokie's much more pleasant non-Chubby version was a worldwide hit in 1977.
The former sewing machine operator hit overnight success territory with her 1992 hit Sleeping Satellite, which went to number one and earned her a BRIT award the following year for Best Breakthrough Act. Which she allegedly later joked she kept in the back of a cupboard and used for cracking nuts.
We like tequila. It makes us happy. And the song of the same name certainly did the business for Bradford lads Terrorvision when it got them to number 2 in 1999, and remained a singalong festival favourite ever since.
Since What Makes You Beautiful hit the top spot in 2011 (was it only three years ago?) One Direction - of which Bradford's Zayn is one fifth - have barely looked back. They only have to sneeze and it makes the top ten. And look, Zayn still finds time for his mum. Awww.
Bradford bassist Bob Hardy is the local link to the Scottish art-rockers who take their name from the bloke who got himself shot up and started World War One. Their breakthrough hit was Take Me Out, which charted at number 3 in 2004.
Susan Fassbender, pictured left with singing parther Kay Russell, hit number 21 in 1981 with Twilight Cafe. Sadly, Wibsey-born Fassbender (real name Susan Whincup) took her own life ten years later.
So, who should have made our Bradford chart? Tell us below.
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