Born in the Georgian SSR and raised in Ireland then England, Melua’s three albums for the label (Call off the Search, Piece by Piece and Pictures) have all gone platinum, making her the UK’s biggest-selling female artist and Europe’s highest selling European female artist in 2006. The label – now one of the three biggest independents based on latest sales figures – is part-owned by singer/songwriter/producer and Ivor Novello award winner Mike Batt, who wrote the Wombles theme tune in 1974 and Watership Down theme tune Bright Eyes. Batt also has French PM’s wife Carla Bruni/Sarkozy on his books. The label released Melua’s singles Nine Million Bicycles (which sold 3.5 million copies) and The Closest Thing to Crazy (which sold 3 million copies) – both written by Batt. [asset1] The Hot 100 is sponsored by LDC. Related articles:Hot 100 stars: mortgaged to the hiltThe UK’s fastest growing companiesThe Hot 100: A new breed of entrepreneurFinancial businesses top UK fast-growth ranking
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