“I Know Him So Well” is unmoveable at No 1 as it soars to a sale of 136,000, easily a new 1985 high! The song is the second top 20 single from the “Chess” album after Murray Head’s “One Night In Bangkok” which peaked at No 12 at the end of 1984 and re-enters the chart at No 74 this week, that song has sold roughly 250,000 compared to the 435,000 that “I Know Him So Well” has shifted so far.
Three re-issues that can be very happy with their performance now come from King who hold at No 2 on a very healthy sale of 102,000 (though without TOTP it could struggle this week), Bruce Springsteen who jumps 6-4 (61,000) and Prince who slides 5-6 (52,000). King and Bruce Springsteen can also celebrate on the album charts as well as they both climb to No’s 6 and No 1 there to get new peaks respectively!
With his second studio album due next month called “Dream Into Action” Howard Jones returns to the fray with “Things Can Only Get Better”. It’s his fifth top 10 single from six releases, an impressive hit rate from Jones, the song became his highest debuter last week at No 18 and now advances to No 7 (47,000).
Until now Kirsty MacColl’s sole UK chart entry was 1981’s No 14 hit “There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears he’s Elvis” though of course her debut single “They Don’t Know” went on to become a No 2 hit in 1983 for Tracey Ullman. She’s now back with Stiff records after a stint with Polydor and a cover of Billy Bragg’s 1983 track “A New England” for which Bragg has written additional verses to flesh it out, the song rockets 13-10 (33,000).
Ashford & Simpson continue to press on the top 2 but actually lose sales as they move 4-3 (75,000), also climbing are Art Of Noise 10-9 (38,000). Falling this week are Foreigner 3-5 (59,000) and Russ Abbot 7-8 (42,000)