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10 Ways To Get That Single To No 1

Sure, you want to be the champ in the idol competition but the real test is how to get your single to No 1 after you've won.

Turn Real Life Into Reel Life

Ashlee Simpson told us what it was like to live in the Shadow of her famous sis, Jessica. Simple Plan griped about teenage woes in Welcome To My Life. We all know what Justin Timbertake's Cry Me A River is about. And we got those songs to #1, didn't we?

Spoof, Spoof, Spoof

Eminem did it to Michael Jackson in 'Just Lose It' (not literally). So did Blink 182 for All The Small Things, it's sure-win formula. Gets the fans laughing and the spoofed fuming (in Eminem's case anyway). Even the princess of pop, Britney Spears, spoofed her own wedding in My Prerogative!

Less Is More

Sex sells. Do we need to say more? Yes, we loved Christina Aguilera's 'Dirrty' for her amazing vocals. But surely, you drooled over her bootylicious bod? And what about Britney's famous 'Toxic' vid where she apparently had nothing on but diamonds?

The More Outrageous It Is, The Better

Remember the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u and 'All The Things She Said'? Enough said.

Collaborate With People As Famous (If Not More) As Yourself

A combination of two fanbases. This means twice the number of votes, twice the number of requests, and twice the speed the single is going to shoot up the charts. Living proof: Usher's and Alicia Keys' 'My Boo', Nelly's and Christina Aguilera's 'Tilt Ya Head Back', and the massive airplay of 'Numb Encore' from Linkin Park and Jay-Z testifies to the success of this method.

Having A Famous Sibling

Somehow it's easier to climb the ladder of pop if someone related to you is already at the top (Nick and Aaron Carter, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson etc). Look out for sibling rivalry though.

It's All About Hype, Baby!

Remember - any publicity is good publicity. That is, if it gets the song on the charts. At least people are taking notice of you, albeit for the wrong reasons, ie. Ashlee Simpson's lip-synching on Saturday Night Live, Britney's less-than-55hours marriage... It's in the publicity, baby!

Enter A Talent Show

Preferably any of the Idol franchise. Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Gareth Gates (remember him?) - they've all had a taste of hogging the top spot on various charts for weeks with their debut singles. Hey, no pressure.


Wherever you can, include names of world-famous people in your songs. For an example, refer to Bowling For Soup's 1985 (Please bring back/Bruce Springsteen, Madonna/Way before Nirvana/There was U2 and Blondie/And music still on MTV). Chances are, obsessed fans will keep requesting for the song just to hear their idols' names.

Make Really Good Music

When it comes down to the crunch, the song has gotta be good. If not, why would you bother listening to it at all, much less voting it to the top spot?


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