BBC Radio 1 And 1xtra's Stories - Music By Numbers

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Biffy Clyro20171109

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out all about Biffy Clyro!

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out more about Biffy Clyro's career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how their success adds up.

Like how many albums have the band sold? What number follows them wherever they go? And just how much money was a fan willing to pay for lead singer Simon's sweat towel?!

We speak to everyone from their producers, Chris Sheldon and Rich Costley, to the number experts who give us an insight to the stats that have made Biffy Clyro one of the most successful British rock acts this century.

Music By Numbers: Rita Ora20171123

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out more about Rita Ora

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out more about Rita Ora's career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how her success adds up.

Like what's Rita Ora's most successful music video? What's her vocal range? And how much was she reported to have made in 2016, without even having to release any music?

We speak to everyone from DJ Fresh, the producer who gave Rita her first number one hit with 'Hot Right Now', to those she's mentored and worked with during her judging stints on The Voice, The X Factor and America's Next Top Model.

Music By Numbers: Tinie Tempah20171130

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore Tinie Tempah's career.

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore Tinie Tempah's career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how his success adds up.

Like how much did his first music video cost? How long does it take to make an album? And how many thousands of dollars did Tinie pay for a particularly special pair of trainers?

The number experts at The Official Charts Company take us through the hits that have made him the artist with the most UK number ones this decade. We also hear from the man Tinie calls his mentor, sound engineer Richie Montana, who takes us through the stats from the very beginning, all the way up to Tinie's new album 'Youth'.

Rihanna20171206

Clara Amfo uses numbers to tell the story of Rihanna...

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out more about Rihanna's career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how her success adds up.

Like how many records has she sold across the globe? How much did one fan pay for the chance to sing with Rihanna? And how many times did the star sing the word 'work' on her last tour?

We speak to a host of fans, collaborators and brands who give us the lowdown on all things Rihanna - including a fan who she danced with on stage, the director behind the famous Umbrella music video and the man who discovered Rihanna in Barbados.

Stormzy20171115

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore Stormzy's career.

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore Stormzy's career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how his success adds up.

Ever wondered what the budget was for Stormzy's most viewed videos? Or how many fans wanted to celebrate his 23rd birthday with him? And what numbers go into performing in front of a crowd in Ibiza versus giving a lecture at Oxford University?

Connecting with experts, friends and the DJs that championed him from the beginning, we hear from SBTV's Jamal Edwards who remembers filming with Stormzy as a 17 year old and close friend Jaiden Ramgeet, who takes us to the place he directed the MOBO nominated video for Know Me From.

The 197520171116

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore The 1975's career.

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore The 1975's career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how their success adds up.

How many times could the band have lapped the world whilst on tour? How much would you get paid to be in one of their music videos? And just how long will a fan queue for to make sure they've got the best seat in the house?

From Mr Morley the music teacher to Tim Mattia the video director, Clara and Hannah catch up with the people behind the band's success to ask them what numbers have influenced The 1975 so far.

The Weeknd20171129

Clara Amfo and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry use numbers to explore the Weeknd's career!