Fame Academy discography

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Fame Academy is a British television programme that ran for two series, in 2002 and 2004. The show was produced for the BBC in a reality television format. The winners of the show, David Sneddon[1][2] and Alex Parks,[3] were awarded music recording contracts to allow them to release music and live like top recording artists for a year. Sneddon had a run of three top-20 hits, including his debut single "Stop Living the Lie", which peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 2003.[4] David Sneddon signed to major music publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009 as a songwriter. Parks' debut single "Maybe That's What It Takes" charted at number three in November 2003.[5]

In addition to Sneddon and Parks, several other contestants have gone on to have successful music careers, while others were given record deals and released several songs before leaving the music industry.[6] The runner-up from the first series, Sinéad Quinn, signed a record deal with Mercury Records,[7] the same company as Sneddon, and released her debut single "I Can't Break Down" in February 2003. The song charted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, "What You Need Is..." peaked in top 20 in June 2003. Ainslie Henderson's debut, and thus far only single "Keep Me a Secret" ranked number five in February 2003. Malachi[7] and Alistair Griffin released self-penned songs in 2003 but were subsequently dropped from their record labels.[8] James Fox was chosen as the United Kingdom's representative for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest; he sang "Hold Onto Our Love", which charted at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart in April 2003, and received 29 points for his performance.[9][10]

Lemar, who finished in third place in the first series, has been the most successful contestant from the show. He released his first single, "Dance (With U)", which charted at number-two on the UK Singles Chart, in August 2003; he has since recorded nine further top 40 hit singles, including six that charted in the top 10.[11] He has released four studio albums; The Truth About Love is the most successful, charting at number three on the UK Albums Chart in 2006.

As of March 2014, Fame Academy contestants have released 28 charting singles and 10 charting albums. Of the 20 singles that reached the top twenty, 13 were top-ten hits. Eight of the twelve releases peaked inside the top 20. Lemar is the only artist who is still releasing music.

Singles[edit]

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David Sneddon won the first series of Fame Academy. His debut single, "Stop Living the Lie", was a number-one single while his album charted in the top ten.
A man sings while holding a microphone
Lemar, who finished third in the first series of Fame Academy, has had ten top-40 singles.
A man sits on a chair playing a guitar
Alistair Griffin's "Bring It On/My Lover's Prayer" charted in the top five.
Artist Series Position in show Song title Release date UK peak chart
position
Ref(s)
Sneddon, DavidDavid Sneddon 1 Winner "Stop Living the Lie" 13 January 2003 1 [12]
Quinn, SinéadSinéad Quinn 1 Runner-up "I Can't Break Down" 10 February 2003 2 [13]
Henderson, AinslieAinslie Henderson 1 4th "Keep Me a Secret" 24 February 2003 5 [14]
Cush, MalachiMalachi Cush 1 5th "Just Say You Love Me" 14 April 2003 49 [15]
Sneddon, DavidDavid Sneddon 1 Winner "Don't Let Go" 21 April 2003 3 [16]
Quinn, SinéadSinéad Quinn 1 Runner-up "What You Need Is..." 30 June 2003 19 [17]
Sneddon, DavidDavid Sneddon 1 Winner "Best of Order" 11 August 2003 18 [18]
Lemar 1 3rd "Dance (with U)" 18 August 2003 2 [19]
Sneddon, DavidDavid Sneddon 1 Winner "Baby Get Higher" 27 October 2003 38 [20]
Lemar 1 3rd "50/50" / "Lullaby" 17 November 2003 5 [21]
Parks, AlexAlex Parks 2 Winner "Maybe That's What It Takes" 17 November 2003 3 [22]
Griffin, AlistairAlistair Griffin 2 Runner-up "Bring It On" / "My Lover's Prayer"B 29 December 2003 5 [23]
Lemar 1 3rd "Another Day" 23 February 2004 9 [24]
Parks, AlexAlex Parks 2 Winner "Cry" 16 February 2004 13 [25]
Griffin, AlistairAlistair Griffin 2 Runner-up "You and Me (Tonight)" 15 March 2004 18 [26]
Fox, JamesJames Fox 2 5th "Hold Onto Our Love" 19 April 2004 13 [27]
Lemar 1 3rd "If There's Any Justice" 15 November 2004 3 [28]
Lemar 1 3rd "Time to Grow" 28 March 2005 9 [29]
Lemar 1 3rd "Don't Give It Up" 1 August 2005 21 [30]
Parks, AlexAlex Parks 2 Winner "Honesty" 23 January 2006 56 [31]
Lemar 1 3rd "It's Not That Easy" 4 September 2006 7 [32]
Lemar 1 3rd "Someone Should Tell You" 20 November 2006 21 [33]
Lemar 1 3rd "Tick Tock" 19 March 2007 45 [34]
Fox, JamesJames Fox 1 5th "Bluebirds Flying High"A 11 May 2008 15 [35]
Lemar 1 3rd "If She Knew" 10 November 2008 14 [36]
Lemar 1 3rd "Weight of the World" 2 March 2009 31 [37]
Griffin, AlistairAlistair Griffin 2 Runner-up "Just Drive" 27 November 2010 38 [38]
Lemar 1 3rd "The Way Love Goes" 14 February 2010 8 [36]

Albums[edit]

Only albums that charted in the Top 100 of the UK albums chart are included in this list.

Artist Album title Release date UK peak chart
position
Ref(s)
Cush, MalachiMalachi Cush Malachi 24 March 2003 17 [39]
Sneddon, DavidDavid Sneddon Seven Years - Ten Weeks 28 April 2003 5 [40]
Quinn, SinéadSinéad Quinn Ready to Run 14 July 2003 48 [41]
Lemar Dedicated 24 November 2003 16 [42]
Griffin, AlistairAlistair Griffin Bring It On 12 January 2004 12 [43]
Parks, AlexAlex Parks Introduction 24 November 2003 5 [44]
Lemar Time to Grow 29 November 2004 8 [45]
Parks, AlexAlex Parks Honesty 24 October 2005 24 [46]
Lemar The Truth About Love 11 September 2006 3 [47]
Lemar The Reason 24 November 2008 41 [48]
Lemar The Hits 8 March 2010 18 [47]
Lemar Invincible 8 October 2012 49 [47]

Fame Academy albums[edit]

At the end of both series, a compilation album was released featuring cover versions from the contestants. The first album reached number two on the UK Compilation Chart. A third album, Bee Gees Special, was released during the show's broadcast and featured cover versions of Bee Gees songs.

Album title Record label Series Release date UK peak
chart position
Fame Academy Mercury Records 1 December 2002 2
Fame Academy Bee Gees Special Polydor Records 2 August 2003
Fame Academy - The Finalists Polydor Records 2 October 2003

Other releases[edit]

  • Alistair Griffin released a cover version of "Hallelujah" called "Hallelujah Mark Viduka" through iTunes.[49]
  • Malachi Cush has released four further albums that have failed to chart: Celtic Heartbeat (Where the Heart Is) (2005) and Two Sides of Malachi and New Day (both 2007) and Timeless (2009).
  • James Fox released an EP entitled Six Strings and an album that failed to chart called Rocking Chairs and Lemonade. He released a single "Higher" in 2008.[50]
  • Alex Parks released "Looking for Water" as a download-only single but the song only peaked at number 250.
  • Peter Brame released an album, My Secret Suicide, in 2008, but it failed to chart.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A Bluebirds Flying High was recorded by James Fox with Cardiff City F.C. as the club's official song for the 2008 FA Cup Final.[51]

B Alistair Griffin recorded "My Lover's Prayer" with Robin Gibb, who had appeared as a guest judge on Fame Academy.[52]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "David wins Fame Academy". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 December 2002. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "David Sneddon wins Fame Academy". BBC Press Office. British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 December 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Alex lands £1m Fame Academy prize". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 October 2003. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fame Academy's David tops chart". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 January 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Alex's single makes top three". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 24 November 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Fame Academy unveils stars". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Fame Academy's Sinéad's £1m record deal". Newsround (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 December 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Anstead, Mark (6 November 2004). "Learning music biz the hard way". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Fox chosen as Eurovision hopeful". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 29 February 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest Final 2004". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Sony Music UK - Lemar". Sony Music. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Stop Living the Lie". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "I Can't Break Down". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  14. ^ "Keep Me A Secret". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  15. ^ "Just Say You Love Me". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Don't Let Go". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "What You Need Is...". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  18. ^ "Best of Order". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  19. ^ "Dance (With U)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Baby Get Higher". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  21. ^ "50/50 & Lullaby". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  22. ^ "Maybe That's What It Takes". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  23. ^ "Bring It On/My Lover's Prayer". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  24. ^ "Another Day". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  25. ^ "Cry". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  26. ^ "You and Me (Tonight)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  27. ^ "Hold Onto Our Love". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  28. ^ "If There's Any Justice". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  29. ^ "Time to Grow". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  30. ^ "Don't Give It Up". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  31. ^ "Honesty". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  32. ^ "It's Not That Easy". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  33. ^ "Someone Should Tell You". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  34. ^ "Tick Tock". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  35. ^ "Bluebirds Flying High". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  36. ^ a b "If She Knew". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  37. ^ "Weight of the World". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  38. ^ polyhex.com UK Singles Chart runs
  39. ^ "Malachi". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  40. ^ "Seven Years - Ten Weeks". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  41. ^ "Ready to Run". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  42. ^ "Dedicated". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  43. ^ "Bring It On (album)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  44. ^ "Introduction". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  45. ^ "Time to Grow (album)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  46. ^ "Honesty (album)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  47. ^ a b c "The Truth About Love". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  48. ^ "The Reason". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  49. ^ Toomey, Christine (21 December 2008). "Hallelujah: It clicks with everyone". Times Online (The Times). Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  50. ^ "James Fox - Rocking Chairs and Lemonade". esctoday.com. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  51. ^ "Bluebirds in full song for final". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 April 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  52. ^ "Honorary doctorate for Bee Gees". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 May 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 

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