80s Week By Week- Top 10 Sales 1980-1981

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Roy Music back at No 7
 
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NEW ENTRY AT NO 10- Gary Numan Returns!!

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I loved this period in Roxy Music's career...... so many good singles from the album 'Flesh And Blood'. This Roxy period really saw the band move with the times and saw Ferry become more smooth.......

'Same Old Scene' is my favorite from the album though.
 
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25TH MAY

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Errol Brown may very well be less than impressed with the BBC this week as he and his group are denied a second chart topper after leading the list all week with "No Doubt About It". The song that swanned past it at the last minute is the theme from M*A*S*H which benefitted from constant plays on radio 1 coupled with a TOTP video slot which wasn't afforded to Hot Chocolate sees the track sell 94,000 copies this week, Hot Chocolate by contrast still increased sales to a very respectable 88,000 copies, enough for No 1 last week.

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Another couple of climbers this week come courtesy of Gary Numan whose "We Are Glass" climbs 10-5 (43,000) and Roxy Music who budge just one place 7-6 (40,000) despite losing sales of 15%.

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It's the return of 2tone this week as The Specials return to the top 10 with their third straight top 10 hit and follow up to the No 1 "Too Much Too Young" back in February. A diatribe against intellectual snobbery it rises 18-8 (37,000) and heralds their second album due out later this year.

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Number one in both Holland and the US this week is Lipps Inc, and here they climb 25-9 here with "Funky Town" (37,000). The song has already been atop of the US Dance chart and promises to replicate that feat here in a matter of weeks.

Elsewhere Michael Jackson drops one 3-4 (49,000), The Beat move 4-7 (38,000), and two former chart toppers both drop but with wildly different totals, Dexy's Midnight Runners slide 5-10 (36,000) but has now sold 646,000 copies (enough to be in the top 10 for the year so far) whilst Johnny Logan falls two places1-3 with "What's Another Year" (60,000) but has less impressive total sales of 342,000.
 
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Hello again to the Specials at No 8
 
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Lipps Inc up 25-9

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Yass, Funkytown -- probably the best damn chart single of the whole year!
 
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Funkytown is unashamedly one of my favourite songs ever. Just brilliant.
 
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1ST JUNE

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M*A*S*H reign supreme once more with their theme selling a very healthy 132,000 copies to take its overall total to 308,000 copies after 5 weeks on the chart- not bad at all. On paper Hot Chocolate's "No Doubt About It" is putting up a good fight holding at No 2 but its sales are off 16% at 73,000 and an inevitable drop should result next week.

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A strong showing from Lipps Inc keeps them on course for No 1 as "Funky Town" climbs 9-3 (52,000) but it may prove MASH too powerful an opponent next week to threaten No 1.....at present.

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Lipps Inc didn't have it all their own way this week though as coming up on the outside was Don McLean's cover of the Roy Orbison classic "Crying". The song stems from McLean's 1978 album "Chain Lightning" his brief time with Arista records, that deal having long broken down Mclean was without a record track when radio in Holland suddenly started to play this version as the song became a surprise hit there earlier this year. That prompted the UK release and this week he climbs 13-4 (52,000) to become his first top 20 hit in 8 years.

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Brother Michael might be the bigger star now but Jermaine Jackson scores his first UK hit this week as "Let's Get Serious" rises 21-9 (36,000). The former member of the Jackson 5 and of course Berry Gordy's son-in-law, has been having hits in his native UK since 1973 but this is his first hit to translate across here and is co-penned by none other than Stevie Wonder.

Outside of the top 4 the only climber are the Specials (8-5) who sold 50,000 copies of "Rat Race" last week, Roxy Music hold at No 6 with "Over You" but increase sales to 49,000 in the main thanks to a TOTP performance. The other three tracks all fall, Gary Numan 5-7 (39,000) Michael Jackson 4-8 (38,000) and Johnny Logan 3-10 (35,000)
 
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Sobbing all the way into the top 5 Don Mclean 13-4
 
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Jermaine, one place below brother Michael at No 9


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I had no idea that Jermaine had any success at all with his solo career. It's not even that bad of a song.
 
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His 1984 album Dynamite isn't too bad either, if you like slick 80s pop/soul. And the duet with Pia Zadora from the same time is also worth checking out (When The Rains Begin To Fall).
 
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8TH JUNE

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It's been an odd week, yet an interesting one for the charts, or more accurately for TOTP. The flagship music show for BBC1 and indeed the nation was off air last week for the first of 10 weeks thanks to a well publicised strike by the Musicians Union protesting about cut-backs at the corporation, this has had two effects on the chart- firstly its created a much more level playing field with the show unable to exert its usual power and influence over the charts, and secondly it's certainly affected sales. "Theme From MASH" tops the chart for a third week but sales slide by 23% to 98,000 and was being caught rapidly as the week progressed by Don McLean whose "Crying rises 4-2 (91,000) which all leaves Lipps Inc rather adrift at No 3 despite that song recording a 44% increase in sales itself to 74,000 this week.

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Hathaway may no longer be with us having died in January last year but he's in the top 10 for the first time with his old collaborator Roberta Flack on "Back Together Again" at No 6 (35,000) which also peaks Flack's highest position which she achieved 7 years ago with "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

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Having considerable Stateside success Crown Heights Affair are best known here for their 1978 hit "Galaxy Of Love" which peaked at No 24, but they can now claim a top 10 hit here as "You Gave Me Love" rises 12-10 (28,000)

Sales are down everywhere in the top 10 with the exception of Don McLean and Lipps Inc so even the risers are selling less, namely Roxy Music at No 5 (41,000 down 15%) and Jermaine Jackson who rises 9-8 (29,000) despite a 20% dip. In other news Hot Chocolate stumble 2-4 (43,000), the Specials back 5-7 (30,000) and Gary Numan dips 7-9 (28,000)
 
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Roberta & Hathaway up to No 6
 
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Crown Heights Affair finally make the top 10!

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