Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple

"Pure and Simple" is a popular song, released as the debut single by Hear'Say, the original winners of the UK version of Popstars. It was released as a double A-side with "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which was a fan favourite at the live shows.

The single spent 3 weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart and, at the time, it was the fastest selling debut single of all time in the UK, selling just under 550,000 copies in the first week, a record beaten a year later by Will Young, the first UK Pop Idol, with his debut single "Anything Is Possible"/"Evergreen". It was the second highest selling single of 2001 behind "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy, and in total, more than 1.2 million copies were sold.

The song was a cover version of a song originally released a year earlier by Girl Thing, who were dropped from Polydor Records to make way for Hear'Say.

The song was co-written by Betty Boo under her real name of Alison Clarkson and has an uncanny resemblance to the Oasis song 'All around the world'.


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