Official Charts (not ClassicalRussell's album and single chart places etc
7th Dec. 2014
7 December 2014 at 5:51am
Nasa probe wakes up for world's first mission to Pluto
The New Horizon's probe was roused from its electronic slumber by a pre-set alarm clock at 2.30am.
It even had a little help from opera singer Russell Watson, who sang it a song.
At 3.20am Russell singing Faith of the Heart was played to wake up New Horizons and this was put on Twitter..
@NASANewHorizons has a wake-up song – thanks @russellthevoice!
6th Dec. 2014
Russell makes a little bit of history,10 years after waking up the Nasa astronauts by singing Faith of The Heart he sings it again to 'awaken' the New Horizons Nasa Space probe
Russell Watson & New Horizons Mission
Published on Dec 6, 2014
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time on Dec. 6. Between now and then, while the Pluto-bound probe enjoys three more weeks of electronic slumber, work on Earth is well under way to prepare the spacecraft for a six-month encounter with the dwarf planet that begins in January.
New Horizons' will be woken up to 'The Voice' Russell Watson with a welcome message and rendition of 'Faith of the Heart'
6th Dec. 11.35a
.Russell announced this on his Facebook & Twitter
Exciting day today... I was delighted to be asked by NASA to be the wake up call for The New Horizons’ Spacecraft. It comes out of hibernation at 3 p.m. EST today. About 90 minutes later New Horizons will transmit word to Earth that it’s in “active” mode; those signals, even traveling at light speed, will need four hours and 25 minutes to reach home. Confirmation should reach the mission operations team at APL around 9:30 p.m. EST. At the time New Horizons will be more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, and just 162 million miles – less than twice the distance between Earth and the sun – from Pluto. You really will be able to hear me in space today!
View video on You Tube
From the Manchester Evening News..
People's Tenor Russell Watson sings wake-up call for space probe headed for Pluto
Dec 06, 2014 16:46 By Emily Heward
The voice of the People's Tenor will be heard further from Earth than any other human's before
From Salford working men’s clubs to the farthest reaches of the solar system, Russell Watson’s stellar singing career continues its
meteoric rise today after an out-of-this world invitation to perform the wake-up call for a NASA spacecraft headed for Pluto.
A recording of the People’s Tenor singing Star Trek Enterprise theme song Faith of the Heart will be played to bring the New Horizons
probe out of its electronic hibernation for the last time on its way to explore the dwarf planet.
In a message before the song, Russell, 48, said: “It has been a long road - a very long road, nearly three billion miles, I can hardly believe it myself
and nearly nine years since the launch, and your time is finally here.
“I’ve played this song to wake astronauts in orbit around the earth but never for a NASA spacecraft waking on its voyage to the farthest reaches of the solar system.
“It will be cold and dark on Pluto but you won’t be alone. You carry the dreams of explorers everywhere.
Russell was chosen for the honour in a poll of NASA’s members and his voice will be heard further from Earth than any other human’s
before when the wake-up call will take place at 3pm EST (8pm here) today.
Full article and video on this link
Russell's 'Anthems' came in at no...9 on Amazon's list of top 20 Classical Albums of 2012
Our top 20 classical releases of 2012, as published on November 29, 2012.
Russell Watson--9. Anthems
To pull together the Classical Best of 2012 list, we did a sweep of sources including the BBC, Gramophone, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent,
The Telegraph, Classic FM and Fanfare.
After scouring ratings and reviews for hundreds of releases we came out of a small room with this list - our top 20 picks of the most acclaimed classical albums of the year.
Russell received well deserved congratulations from the US Embassy in London via Twitter for his invitation to sing on 4th July,
recognition indeed and about time.....
U.S. Embassy London @USAinUK
Congratulations to British tenor @russellthevoice, who has been given the rare honour of singing @whitehouse http://dld.bz/b6bhs
Russell has recorded a version of Nessun Dorma as a soundtrack for this film, it is a Japanese comedy set in roman times.The title is 'THERMEA ROMEA'.
This is the website and the bit about Russell
Full-scale opera decorate the blockbuster fantasy comedy
In addition, the determination to the theme song to represent the United Kingdom vocalist, Russell Watson has been newly recorded for this movie, "It is not necessary to sleep everyone." (NESSUN DORMA)その他、 Other world-class performance by their star of the world classic Leonard Bernstein, and James Levine has been adorned in brilliant scenes of ancient Rome.
(NESSUN DORMA) Russell Watson / theme song
(Sony Music Japan International Inc.)
This is a link for the soundtrack CD ,
This is a link on Youtube to see the trailer of the film , Russell can be heard singing Nessun Dorma
21st Dec. 2011
Russell came 4th on the list of hardest working artists of 2011
Hardest working bands of 2011 – The charts in full
Most Performances at Major Venues
1. JLS/Olly Murs
3. Take That
4. Russell Watson
5. Alexandra Burke
7. The Wanted
8. Beady Eye
9. Michael Ball
Two articles which mention Russell on the list of performers who have performed most at big venues.
PRS crowns 2011's hardest working live acts.
Barney Hooper, Head of PR at PRS for Music said: “Performing live and going on tour are fundamental to any artist and is a great way
for them to engage with their fans. Congratulations to both JLS and Olly Murs and all the songwriters who they have worked with to create
the music that so many people are enjoying.”
Those honoured in each category were:
Most Performances - Major Venues
PRS For Music.
Here are the ten most active live acts in each of those categories this year, according to the PRS stats:
Most performances in major venues: X Factor, JLS, Olly Murs, Take That, Russell Watson, Alexandra Burke, Westlife, The Wanted, Beady Eye, Michael Ball
14th Nov. 2011
Russell's new DVD 'LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL' went into the Official DVD music chart at no..4
Russell's DVD reached no..3 on the Amazon Music Bestsellers list.
Amazon Bestsellers in Music
No...3. 128 days in the top 100
Russell Watson Return of the Voice Live From the Royal Albert Hall [DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars (4)
THE VARIETY CLUB AWARDS 2010
WINNER OF THE CLASSICAL AWARD....RUSSELL WATSON
Salford lad Russell Watson never imagined he would someday be recognised as one of the world’s greatest tenors.
Yet to date there have been eight albums, each going top-ten in the UK and winning more praise than the last
Russell's LA VOCE reached no 3 on the Classic Fm... CHART OF THE YEAR 2010
The Official Classic FM Chart of the Year
2010 was an exciting year for classical music. It was dominated by the music of Strauss, which reached a whole new audience thanks to violinist, conductor and showman,
André Rieu – he smashed chart records for the year, remaining at number one for the longest, and having six albums in the top 10 at one point.
Other strong performers in the year include Russell Watson, Craig Ogden and The Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
1 FOREVER VIENNA, ANDRE RIEU
2 MOONLIGHT SERENADE, ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS OR
3 LA VOCE, RUSSELL WATSON
4 REACH FOR THE SKIES, CENTRAL BAND OF THE RAF
5 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, KATHERINE JENKINS
6 THE CLASSICAL ALBUM 2011, VARIOUS ARTISTS
7 TENOR, ROLANDO VILLAZON
8 NOEL, PRIESTS
9 DREAMING, ANDRE RIEU
10 NESSUN DORMA - OPERA'S GREATEST STARS, VARIOUS ARTISTS
11 CAROLS & CHRISTMAS SONGS, BRYN TERFEL
12 VOICES - CHANT FROM AVIGNON, BENEDICTINE NUNS OF NOTRE-DAME
13 THE COLLECTION, ANDRE RIEU
14 ALED'S CHRISTMAS GIFT, ALED JONES
15 THE GUITARIST, CRAIG OGDEN
16 LIVE IN CONCERT, ANDRE RIEU
17 CLASSIC VOICES 2010, VARIOUS ARTISTS
18 THE CHOIRGIRL ISABEL, CHOIRGIRL ISABEL
19 HIGHLAND GATHERING, ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS
20 SPIRIT OF THE GLEN - ULTIMATE COLLECTION, ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS
On the UK Top 200 Albums 2010 chart , LA VOCE got to no .. 89 after only a few months of release
LA VOCE spent 39 weeks on the Official Classical chart top 40.
Russell's version of 'Where My Heart Will Take Me' was used by Nasa as a wake up call for Space Shuttle mission.
"Faith of the Heart" is a song written by Diane Warren and originally performed by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack to the 1998 film Patch Adams.
It was also recorded by English tenor Russell Watson as "Where My Heart Will Take Me" in order to be used as a theme to the 2001 television series Star Trek: Enterprise. This version of the single was used on four occasions as wake-up calls onboard Space Shuttle missions, and he also performed it at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Scroll down on the link below to Russell's name and click on the MP3 link to hear it.
Flight Day 2 STS-118 crew wake-up call, Flight Day 2 -- 'Where My Heart Will Take Me' by Russell Watson played for Mission Specialist Richard Mastracchio.
(0.9 M) MP3 | WAV | Transcript
8 a.m. CDT, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STATUS REPORT: STS-118-02
STS-118 MCC Status Report #02
The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour was awakened for its first full day in orbit at 7:37 a.m. CDT for a day that will see the spacecraft continue its pursuit of the International Space Station.
Endeavour's crew, Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charles Hobaugh, Mission Specialists Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Dave Williams of the Canadian Space Agency, Barbara Morgan and Alvin Drew, was awakened by “Where My Heart Will Take Me,” performed by Russell Watson. It was played for Mastracchio.
A SONG WRITTEN FOR RUSSELL..
From the Ronan Hardiman web site..
A bit about Russell's song La Fiamma Sacra (The Sacred Flame) from the Amore Musica CD.
09/11/2004 :: Hardiman tops the charts again.
2004 has so far been an extremely busy year for Ronan,working on a number of high profile projects, the first of which, a collaboration with UK Classical/Crossover phenomenon Russell Watson on his new album 'Amore Musica' has just been released. The album has entered the UK Classical Charts at No.1 and the main UK pop chart at No.10. Ronan composed the song 'La Fiamma Sacra' (The Sacred Flame) with lyrics by legendary lyricist Franks Musker (Zucchero,Queen,Air supply). 'La Fiamma Sacra' was produced by Simon Franglen (producer of 'My Heart Will Go On" ,by Celine Dion) and is a stand out track on the album-a dynamic powerful piece which tells the story of Watsons own rise to fame and fortune from humble beginnings. 'Amore Musica' with 'La Fiamma sacra' look set to outsrip the astonishing success of Watsons previous three albums which have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Russell is awarded the Silver Clef for Classical Music.
Robbins’ O2 Silver Clef Awards celebrated its 35th anniversary in style with some of the biggest names in music from a plethora of genres and generations.
Hosted by Sharon Osbourne the charity’s flagship annual music luncheon was again a massive success and honoured the following,
Silver Clef 2010 Winners List:
Silver Clef Awards - Muse
Lifetime Achievement Award - Tony Bennett
Icon Award - Dame Vera Lynn
Ambassador Of Rock Award – Slash
Newcomer Award – JLS
Classical Award - Russell Watson
Best British Band Award - Scouting For Girls
Innovation Award - Dizzee Rascal
International Award - Kelis
Russell's Profile on the Classical Brit's website. ... 2010
Brits Profile.........Russell Watson
Album of the Year 2003 (Nominee)
Best Selling Classical Album
2002 (Winner), 2002 (Nominee)
Best Selling Classical Debut Album
2001 (Winner), 2001(Nominee)
Male Artist of the Year
Rover Album of the Year
2001(Winner), 2002 (Winner), 2001 (Nominee), 2002(Nominee)
from the GUARDIAN.co.uk
The decade's bestselling classical crossover records
Russell Watson: The Voice (750,000 UK sales)
A regular on the northern club circuit, Watson discovered he could sing Nessun Dorma, and the rest is history. His sales, however, are modest compared with the crossover hits of the past: popular tenor John McCormack had sold 200m records by the time of his death in 1942
Hayley Westenra: Pure (700,000)
The Fron Male Voice Choir: Voices of the Valley (525,000)
Katherine Jenkins: Living a Dream (500,000)
Bryn Terfel: Bryn (475,000)
Andrea Bocelli: Sentimento (450,000)
All figures represent approximate UK sales from the Official Charts Company
Sept 14th 2009
RUSSELL WINS REAR OF THE YEAR 2009.
No bum notes for Rear of the Year singers
Rachel Stevens and RUSSELL WATSON have both won this year’s Rear of the Year for their shapely bottoms.
Former Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Rachel Stevens and tenor Russell Watson have been named the winners of 2009’s Rear of the Year.
The pair lifted the cheeky title after receiving a huge number of votes to win this year's Rear of the Year Award, which is now in its 27th year.
This isn’t the first time former S Club 7 singer Rachel has won awards based on her looks – she has previously been voted the world’s second sexiest women in an FHM magazine poll.
And she seemed please to lift her latest title saying: "I'm very flattered and I'm now going to insure each cheek for a considerable sum of money."
Russell – whose health has been under scrutiny in recent years after suffering problems with a brain tumour – was also happy to claim the accolade.
He said: "For the past 10 years it's always been about The Voice but, for the first time, I'm delighted to say it's about my rear. Winning the Rear of the Year Award is better than getting an OBE."
Award organiser, Tony Edwards, said: "They've both been high on the list of contenders for the past few years but this year broke through with amazing support.
The new Mayor of Salford, Councillor Roger Lightup decided to update and re-launch the Mayor’s Citizen Award, which was originally started by Councillor Jim King in his year in office.
People of any age can now be nominated, as long as they’ve made an outstanding contribution to the city of Salford.
The contribution could be through services to the arts, industry, commerce, the community, entertainment, sport,education or to the welfare of others, either nationally, regionally or at city level. Get nominating people now, so they can follow in the footsteps of one of Salford’s famous sons –
Russell Watson – a previous Mayor’s Citizen Award winner.
Russell came third in the PRIDE OF MANCHESTER Mancunian of the Year Awards for 2009
WELL DONE RUSSELL....
3rd Jan. 2009
The Classic Fm chart was a countdown of the Bestsellers of 2008,
Russell had 2 Cd's in the top 20 which was fantastic,
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION at no...16 and THE U C. SPECIAL EDITION at no..9.
For a CD to be out as long as The Ultimate Collection and still be in the charts is great. WELL DONE RUSSELL.
Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson named the nation's favourite classical singers
By Stephen Adams, Arts Correpondent, and Joanna Corrigan
26 Aug 2008
Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson have beaten older rivals to top a poll of Britain's favourite classical singers.
The youthful duo beat established favourites such as Lesley Garrett, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo to be named The Nation's Favourite classical singers in a joint poll run by Classic FM and Radio Times.
Nigel Kennedy, the violinist, was also named best soloist musician in the poll.
Between them Jenkins, Watson and Kennedy have sold millions of classical albums worldwide.
Fellow DJ James Crick said of Watson: "The nation has spoken and this is proof – if proof was needed – that Russell Watson is indeed the People's Tenor. He has brought classical music out of the concert hall and into football stadiums and pop venues, introducing classical music to new audiences right across the UK."
Watson, 41, who first shot to fame in 1999 after performing Nessun Dorma at Old Trafford, was named ahead of Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel, who was placed second.
More than 30,000 people took part in the poll,
Darren Henley, managing director of Classic FM, said: "Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Nigel Kennedy have brought classical music to the masses, with album sales that rival their pop counterparts."
Former factory worker Watson, 41, learnt his trade in the working men's clubs before his career took after after he sang at the Manchester United ground.
The singer, known as "The Voice", had a brain tumour removed in 2006 and had to have more emergency surgery last year after it was found to have grown back. After taking time out for radiotherapy treatment, he returned to touring earlier this summer and has also been a judge on the BBC show Last Choir Standing.
RUSSELL VOTED THE NATION'S FAVOURITE MALE CLASSICAL SINGER 2008
From Classic fm... 28/ 08/ 08
CLASSIC FM 25.8.08
The Nation's Favourite Male Singer
1st RUSSELL WATSON https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-daily-telegraph/20080826/281612416194424
From CLASSIC FM.
In an online poll ,RUSSELL was voted No..1 as the Classic Fm 'HERO'.
It was also mentioned in the March 2008 issue of the Classic Fm magazine.
RUSSELL OUTSELLS MADONNA
From CLASSIC FM.
The biggest selling classical album chart of the 21st century .
RUSSELL'S CD places
No.. 2 THE VOICE...
No... 11 REPRISE...
No...13 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION ......
What an achievement for Russell, 4 Cd's in the top 15.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pride Of Manchester award for
Mancunian of 2007
Despite nine personalities receiving nominations, the award for the Mancunian (or adopted Mancunian) of 2007 was almost a foregone conclusion. An astonishing 61% of the 1,935 members who submitted votes recognised Tony Wilson's contribution, before his untimely death in August, in making Manchester the city that it is today.
2) Russell Watson (275 votes received)
Another proud Mancunian who championed the city around the world, somehow finding time to do lots of charity work in between recording two excellent albums and suffering two brain tumours, Russell Watson had an incredible 2007. After suffering a brain tumour in late 2006, his album, 'That's Life' was delayed until March, reaching UK.4. After touring the UK, in May he sang the national anthem at Wembley ahead of his beloved Manchester United's defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. He performed for the first time with the Halle at the PFA's Centenary charity concert and appeared at many other charity events throughout the year. In October, during the recording of his next album, 'Outside In', Russell suffered another brain tumour and was rushed into Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle. He was lucky to survive and is on a long road to recovery. 'Outside In' charted at UK no.14 in November.
One member summed it up best when submitting her vote for Anthony Wilson; "I wish there could be two Mancunian's Of The Year Awards as both Tony and Russell are deserving of such praise. Both are such proud Mancunian's they'd be equally as honoured to receive the title as any other award they may have won in their past".
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________RUSSELL'S GOLD, SILVER & PLATINUM DISCS
This list is from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry )
RUSSELL WATSON , THE VOICE Platinum Certification 10 November 2000
RUSSELL WATSON , THE VOICE , Gold , Fri Nov 10 2000 Silver Certification (Album) 10 November 2000
RUSSELL WATSON , THE VOICE , 2 x Platinum , Fri Mar 2 2001
RUSSELL WATSON , ENCORE , 2 x Platinum Certification 30 November 2001
RUSSELL WATSON , ENCORE , Gold , Fri Nov 30 2001 Silver Certification (Album) 30 November 2001
RUSSELL WATSON , REPRISE , Gold , Fri Nov 29 2002 Silver Certification (Album) 29 November 2002
RUSSELL WATSON , REPRISE , Platinum , Fri Dec 13 200
RUSSELL WATSON , AMORE MUSICA , Gold , Fri Nov 12 2004 Silver Certification (Album) 12 November 2004
RUSSELL WATSON , THAT'S LIFE , Gold , Fri Mar 16 2007 Silver Certification (Album) 16 March 2007
RUSSELL WATSON - OUTSIDE IN
Gold Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 26 November 2007
RUSSELL WATSON - LA VOCE
Gold Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 22 November 2010
RUSSELL WATSON - WITH LOVE FROM
Gold Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 18 January 2010
RUSSELL WATSON - THE VOICE - PEOPLE GET READY
Gold Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 17 November 2008
RUSSELL WATSON - THE PLATINUM COLLECTION
Gold Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 15 November 2010
RUSSELL WATSON - THE VOICE - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Platinum Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 13 March 2006
RUSSELL WATSON - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION - SPECIAL
Silver Certification (Album) 22 July 2013
Released 26 May 2008
RUSSELL WATSON - ANTHEMS
Silver Certification (Album) 11 November 2016
Released 28 May 2012
Russell Watson was inducted into the prestigious UK Music Hall of Fame as one of the top 50 best selling artists of the last decade.
Russell Watson UK Music Hall of Fame 2005
BIGGEST SELLING ARTISTS OF THE 21st CENTURY
RUSSELL WATSON--no 22
Biggest Selling Artists Of The 21st Century
This is the list from the Channel 4 programme from Music Week , They were taken on 11 October 2005 and counted from 1 January 2000.
1 ROBBIE WILLIAMS 6.3 2 COLDPLAY 6.2 3 DIDO 5.7 4 EMINEM 4.7 5 WESTLIFE 4.2 6 NORAH JONES 3.3
7 BLUE 3.3 8 ANASTACIA 3.1 9 STEREOPHONICS 2.8 10 OASIS 2.6 11 KYLIE MINOGUE 2.6 12 PINK 2.5
13 CRAIG DAVID 2.4 14 WILL YOUNG 2.4 15 SCISSOR SISTERS 2.3 16 KEANE 21 BUSTED 2.2.3 17 RONAN KEATING 2.3
18 U2 2.3 19 AVRIL LAVIGNE 2.2 20 S CLUB 2.22 22 RUSSELL WATSON 1.9 23 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS 1.9
24 MADONNA 1.9 25 SUGABABES 1.9 26 KATIE MELUA 1.9 27 BRITNEY SPEARS 1.8 28 DANIEL BEDINGFIELD 1.8 29 LINKIN PARK 1.8
30 ATOMIC KITTEN 1.8 31 JOSS STONE 1.8 32 MAROON 5 1.8 33 CHRISTINA AGUILERA 1.8 34 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 1.8 35 GREEN DAY 1.8
36 BLACK EYED PEAS 1.7 37 ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 1.7 38 ROD STEWART 1.7 39 DESTINY'S CHILD 1.6 40 50 CENT 1.5 41 ALICIA KEYS 1.5
42 DANIEL O'DONNELL 1.5 43 STREETS 1.5 44 NELLY 1.5 45 TRAVIS 1.5 46 WHITE STRIPES 1.4 47 DARKNESS 1.4 48 JOOLS HOLLAND 1.449 NICKELBACK 1.3