This past Saturday, April 23rd, DJ Cosher and Liam Burger broke the Kfm Top 40 chart record for most consecutive weeks spent at #1 on the chart. Their single ‘Sound of Silence’ has now been #1 for 8 weeks in a row, the longest any local or international track has topped the chart.
Locally the previous chart record was held by Jimmy Nevis who spent 6 weeks at #1 with ‘Hey Jimmy’ and the international artist who held the record the longest was Justin Bieber for ‘Peaches’, which spent 7 weeks at #1.
DJ Cosher is blown away by the success of the single, saying “When ‘Sound of Silence’ first got played on Kfm 94.5 and was well received by the public, that alone meant everything to me! A few weeks later watching it enter the charts and then climb into the top 10 meant even more. To then realise a lifelong ambition and achieve my first number 1, was an absolute dream come true and I struggle to even conceptualise what that meant, to be the number 1 song out there at the time. So, I’m sure you can imagine how difficult it is to describe how much it means to me to have broken the record of consecutive weeks as the number 1 song on the Kfm 94.5 charts. I want to thank Kfm 94.5, the listeners, all my friends, family and supporters, as well as Liam Burger and my entire team who have made it possible to achieve this dream of mine and more!”
Kfm Top 40 chart presenter, Carl Wastie has long been an advocate and supporter of local music and to see a local track break the record, is a proud moment for him. Carl Wastie comments on the achievement, saying “When I met Colin Sher [DJ Cosher], I was sure that he was going to be a success, and now look at him: down the line beating Justin Bieber’s ‘Peaches’ record. I’m so proud of him because I know how hard he works, I know what a genius he is, and I also know that he’s always trying to push the boundaries and try something new. It’s always risky taking on a song that has been done before, but Colin does it with boldness, with skill, and homage to the original, so much so that a lot of generations get the opportunity to listen to songs that they may have missed. I feel that music always creates bridges and when you have songs that are remakes, that are done with such excellence, I think those bridges get a lot stronger between a younger generation and an older generation who have heard the original. So, there is no sound of silence for Colin, there’s a sound of applause, because we congratulate him for his #1 eight weeks in a row, smashing that record. So, congratulations!”
When ‘Sound of Silence’ first went to no.1 on the Kfm Top 40 chart on Saturday the 5th of March (same day as this year’s KDay event), DJ Cosher and Liam Burger shared information online that made the timing of the no.1 single even more special, but also a little eerie. Back in 2020, Liam Burger first met DJ Cosher when he entered a competition on The Flash Drive with Carl Wastie, for which Cosher was a judge, to be an opening act at Huawei KDay that year. Liam won the competition and opened Huawei KDay 2020. One of the songs he performed as part of his set was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 hit single, ‘Sound of Silence’. Fast forward 1 year later and Cosher asked him to perform the vocals on a remix he was making of the single. Fast forward a few months later and the song was released and made its way onto the Kfm Top 40. Fast forward 2 years since he performed the cover at the opening at Huawei KDay and the new version of the song, produced by DJ Cosher, went to no.1 on the same day as the first Huawei KDay since he last performed.
Over 2 years in the making, this success means so much to Liam Burger who recalls the journey the song has taken. “’Sound of Silence’ has always been a very special song to me. It was one of the first songs I learnt how to play on guitar and it was one of the songs I performed live at KDay. I got the opportunity to perform at KDay after winning a competition on The Flash Drive, hosted by Carl Wastie. DJ Cosher was on the judging panel for that competition and that’s where our relationship started. When DJ Cosher and I were talking about choosing a cover to re-create, for me ‘Sound of Silence’ was the obvious choice. It has always been a dream of mine to have a song reach number one on radio, but never did I think it would have happened so soon and never did I think we would break the record for most weeks at number one on the radio station that helped me launch my career,” says Liam.
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