On this day

1970 | Elton John’s first US hit, ‘Your Song’ entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it went on to reach number eight.

1981 | ABBA scored their seventh UK No.1 album with The Visitors, the Swedish pop group’s eighth and final studio album.

1987 | The Pet Shop Boys had their third UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Always On My Mind’.

2012 | Madonna’s MDNA World Tour made more money than any other during 2012. The tour grossed $228m (£141m), after more than 1.6 million fans paid to see her perform in 65 cities worldwide since last June.

2015 | Thirty-three years after it was released, Michael Jackson’s classic album Thriller became the first to sell more than 30 million copies in the US.

2016 | The Official Chart Company announced it was changing the way it calculated the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming. Currently, 100 streams counted as one “sale” of a song. From January 2017, the ratio will become 150:1. It was hoped that the change would break the bottleneck at the top of the charts, as hits on streaming services linger for weeks on end.

Born on this day

1915 | Édith Piaf, French cabaret singer, songwriter and actress and one of France’s greatest international stars.

1952 | Walter Murphy, American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter who is best known for the instrumental ‘A Fifth of Beethoven’, a disco adaptation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony which topped the charts in 1976 and was featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.