Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson consolidate their position at No 1 on the weekly charts and in the YTD charts as they record another good sale of 111,000 this week, but they were pursued more closely than ever before by King who only marginally lost sales at No 2 (96,000). The two tracks are well clear of the rest of the field with nothing posing an immediate danger.
Dead Or Alive are a group with more press than record sales thus far in their career thanks to the rather outspoken lead singer Pete Burns, their only UK hit so far was the cover of KC & The Sunshine Band’s 1975 No 4 hit “That’s The Way (I Like It)” which bowed out at No 22 last year. Burns’ first group Mystery Girl also contained Julian Cope and Pete Wylie who of course have gone onto greater things but Burns formed Dead Or Alive back in 1980 with the group attained some media attention in the wake of the success of Boy George and Marilyn which led Epic to signing them in 1983 though their first three singles all bombed. We arrive now at the group’s second album and the lead single from it “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” which has been lingering around the bottom of the charts moving 55-49-51-58-65-55-48-45-41-42-40-19-5 so far and sold 51,000 copies last week to smash the inertia of the top 5.
The only other new entry in the top 10 rests down at No 9 with the Commodores “Nightshift”. It’s their first hit since the departure of Lionel Richie in 1981 and is a tribute to some pretty famous singers no longer with us including Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, their last album “13” failed to produce any UK hit singles, a far cry from their late 70s heyday but now they seem back on track as “Nightshift” lifts 17-9 (35,000).
So no movement at all in the top 4 which means that Ashford & Simpson remain solid at No 3 (58,000) and Bruce Springsteen holds at No 4 (54,000), Howard Jones loses a small amount sales (45,000) but incredibly still rises 7-6 just above a fast moving Kirsty MacColl 10-7 (39,000) and even Art Of Noise continue their slow ascendance to the top 9-8 (38,000). Prince rounds off the top 10 dipping 6-10 (35,000).