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

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Calvin Harris20171207

Clara Amfo uses numbers to tell the story of Calvin Harris...

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out more about Calvin Harris' career, calculating the maths behind the music to discover how his success adds up.

Like how many people are behind his first album? How many of his Top 40 records have featured collaborations? And how much is he really worth?

We speak to a host of fans, collaborators and brands who give us the lowdown on all things Calvin Harris - including the photographer behind one of his famous album covers, the guy with access to all of Calvin Harris' YouTube numbers and the fan who streamed 'This Is What You Came For' so many times a day, she nearly lost a few friends at work!

Katy Perry20180117

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

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

How many copies did her first album as a Christian rock artist sell? Why is she the most followed person on Twitter? And just how much money did it take for Katy to become the highest earning music star in 2015?

We speak to the number experts and those who have helped shape her career including award winning producer Glen Ballard, music executive Tim Devine and the man who first playlisted 'I Kissed a Girl' on the radio.

Kings of Leon20180124

Clara Amfo uses numbers to find out more about Kings of Leon's career.

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

Like how well does 'Sex on Fire' rate with radio listeners? How much does it cost to cancel a tour? And just how unlucky was bassist Jared when a pigeon pooed in his mouth during a show in the US?

We speak to everyone from their Grammy award winning producer Jacquire King, to the number experts who give us an insight to the stats that have propelled the band to 5 number one albums here in the UK.

Music By Numbers: Coldplay20180110

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

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

Ever wondered how much Coldplay's Super Bowl 50 headline set was really worth? Or how many gigs the band's biggest fan has seen?

From their first gig in Camden to their worldwide sell-out tours, Clara and Hannah speak to the people who have shaped Coldplay's journey and reveal the stats behind the band's biggest hits.

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.