Updates

I know it’s been a while since I did a ‘proper’ post, and it’s likely going to be a while before I get around to doing so.  Rest assured, though, I’m definitely not going to abandon the blog – it’s simply a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.  I just need to take a bit of time to decide how I want to proceed with things here.

In the meantime I will continue to update the articles and video pages as and when I find them, as well as putting out these general ‘update’ posts.

So … down to the point of the post.

You probably all know that Robin’s funeral is set for a week today on 8 June.  It’s a family-only affair and a message on RobinGibb.com has asked that fans donate to charities rather than send flowers.

The charities in question are Rebecca House and Wish Upon A Dream.

Fans will get the chance to celebrate Robin’s life and music at a special memorial to be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  The date has yet to be set, but will be reported here just as soon as it’s made public.

In the meantime you can leave your comments / tributes on the comments pages at RobinGibb.com.

Most of you may also be aware that Barry posted a very moving tribute video on his YouTube channel. If you’ve not seen it, take a look.

Billboard reported this week that the Bee Gees sold 27,000 albums last week – a rise of 339% from the previous week!

The best selling of those albums was “The Ultimate Bee Gees” greatest hits with 9,000 sales putting it back into the Billboard chart at number 49.  “Number Ones” re-entered the chart at number 70 (7,000 sales) and “Saturday Night Fever” came back in at number 168 with 3,000 sales.

Downloads increased with a total of 102,000 songs being downloaded during the week, up 379% from the 21,000 of the previous week.  It will be no surprise that the top 2 songs downloaded were “Stayin’ Alive” (14,000) and “How Deep Is Your Love” (11,000).

This follows the Billboard report in the days following the announcement of Robin’s death that the Bee Gees were ranked third for the most “Hot 100” number ones.  Their nine number ones is bettered only by the Beatles with 20 and The Supremes with 12.

Bee Gees’ Top 20 Billboard Hits

1. “How Deep Is Your Love” – (1977) – No. 1 (for 3 weeks)
2. “Night Fever” – (1978) – No. 1 (8 weeks)
3. “Stayin’ Alive” – (1978) – No. 1 (4 weeks)
4. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” – (1971) – No. 1 (4 weeks)
5. “Jive Talkin'” – (1975) – No. 1 (2 weeks)
6. “Too Much Heaven” – (1979) – No. 1 (2 weeks)
7. “Love So Right” – (1976) – No. 3
8. “You Should Be Dancing” – (1976) – No. 1 (1 week)
9. “Tragedy” – (1979) – No. 1 (two weeks)
10. “Love You Inside Out” – (1979) – No. 1 (1 week)
11. “Lonely Days” – (1971) – No. 3
12. “Nights on Broadway” – (1975) – No. 7
13. “I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” – (1968) – No. 8
14. “I Started a Joke” – (1969) – No. 6
15. “One” – (1989) – No. 7
16. “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” – (1976) – No. 12
17. “Boogie Child” – (1977) – No. 12
18. “Words” – (1968) – No. 15
19. “Run to Me” – (1972) – No. 16
20. “(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts” – (1967) – No. 11

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