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

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15TH JUNE

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All change at the top again as 1980 just can't provide a 4 week chart topper, "Theme From MASH" is no exception as it slides 1-2 (83,000) which is the bad news- better news however in that it has now sold 621,000 copies- we'll have a look at the top 10 best sellers of the year so far in a fortnight's time, but MASH will feature have no fear. New chart leader is Don Mclean whose cover of "Crying" sails past the US series on sales of 94,000, that's only a 4% increase week on week, a further signal of the impact on sales that the absence of TOTP is producing.

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Two new entries this week to the top 10, up first are the Korgis, they're back with their second album and lead single "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime" (19-6) with sales of 38,000, a considerable improvement on their first hit last year "If I Had You".

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And one place below them we welcome Mary Brockert otherwise known as Teena Marie who created some controversy last year fooling many on US radio into believing she was a black artist before becoming the first white artist to appear on US TV show "Soul Train". Her offering "Behind The Groove" jumps 17-7 this week on sales of 37,000.

Lipps Inc hold at No 3 with "Funky Town" but its sales are down to 66,000 meanwhile Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway rise 6-4 with an increase in sales to 46,000, Jermaine Jackson holds at No 8 also improving sales wise to 34,000, and Crown Heights Affair also hold at no 10 with a 3,000 copies increase week on week to 31,000.

Everything else drops- Hot Chocolate 4-5 (40,000), and Roxy Music 5-9 (33,000)
 
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The Korgis up to No 6
 
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Tina Marie 17-7

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Behind The Groove is a bit of a jam!

And I only knew the Korgis song by it being covered on Nicola Roberts' album.
 
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Behind The Groove is a bit of a jam!

And I only knew the Korgis song by it being covered on Nicola Roberts' album.
Yes I rather like it- only heard it for the first time when I was researching my 80s female solo hits thread.
 
Re: 80s Week By Week- Top 10 Sales

22ND JUNE

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Enjoying his time back in the limelight Don McLean's holds the No 1 position in the UK this week with his second chart topper "Crying" he heads a chart which is full of little quirks which again TOTP would normally have ironed out. "Crying" is falling sales wise though and registered 82,000 copies this week and raises its total to 375,000 in 8 weeks.

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Another week, another 2 tracks enter the top 10 for the first time, Splodgenessabounds, named after lead singer Max Splodge, must be one of the most unusual band names to grace the big 10 but their take on the theme from the "Saint" coupled with "Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet of Crisps Please" shoots 22-7 (36,000) in its third week after being championed by John Peel on his radio 1 show.

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Following the massive selling "Dance Yourself Dizzy" (560,000 copies sold) Liquid Gold strike it lucky for a second time as "Substitute" rises16-8 (32,000)

In other news Lipps Inc finally climb a place to No 2 this week but on sales of 69,000 the posed no threat to McLean this week, in fact the real challenge may come from Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway who climb again from 4-3 (62,000) increasing sales by 36% and should at least overtake Lipps Inc in a weeks time. It looks promising too for The Korgis who rise 6-5 (42,000) and Teena Marie (up 1 spot to No 6) with sales of 41,000, and most interesting of all a return for the Specials "Rat Race/ Rude Buoys Outta Jail" which dropped 7-11 last week but now moves back up to No 10 (27,000) though its sales do actually drop slightly.

Jermaine Jackson falls 8-9 (27,000) and former No 1 from MASH drops two 2-4 (59,000).
 
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A return for punk? Splodgenessabounds at No 7
 
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Liquid Gold get another top 10 hit at No.8

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5TH JULY

Please note dates have changed to W/E not W/B*

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Don McLean still rules the roost this week as "Crying" stays at the top for a third week and actually improves sales wise to 87,000 copies to take its total to 462,000 copies and should easily cross the half million next week, it can also claim a double celebration as the song simultaneously climbs into the top 10 for the year.

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Whilst we're on that subject here's the top 10 for 1980 as we reach the halfway point:

1. GENO- Dexy’s Midnight Runners 683,000
2. TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL- Fern Kinney 672,000
3. THE COWARD OF THE COUNTY- Kenny Rogers 667,000
4. WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU- FORGIVE ME GIRL- Detroit Spinners 640,000
5. GOING UNDERGROUND/ DREAMS OF CHILDREN- The Jam 584,000
6. THEME FROM MASH- Mash 573,000
7. DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY- Liquid Gold 560,000
8. ATOMIC- Blondie 535,000
9. I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING- The Nolans 472,000
10. CRYING- Don McLean 462,000

Note there hasn't been a strong standout single which has dominated the field yet, with "Geno" overtaking Fern Kinney only a matter of weeks ago.

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Also not far of that list is Lipps Inc (currently No 13 on the YTD list) but "Funky Town" fades badly with only 57,000 sales last week, that's the lowest tally for a No 2 track this year, and the track will be very lucky to hold the position next week. Especially given the track at no 3 looks set to be the biggest challenge to McLean's 4th week, that of course is "Xanadu" by Olivia Newton John & ELO which jumps 14-3 (54,000) and is a marked improvement on her last single "Deeper Than The Night" which fizzled out at No 64 last year. Much like Newton John's biggest hits it is supported by a film in which she stars, but unlike "Grease" the film "Xanadu" isn't meeting with critical approval time will tell if the audience when it opens next month.

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It was only a few months ago that Narada Michael Walden was in the top 10 with "I Shoulda Loved Ya" and he's back there this week as the writer of "Jump To The Beat" for 13 year old Stacy Lattisaw which expands 11-6 (42,000). She becomes the youngest female solo act to have a top 10 hit since Lena Zavaroni back in 1974 at the young age of 10.

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With a debut album out next month expectations are high for UB40 who score a second top 10 single with their second release "My Way Of Thinking/ I Think It's Going To Rain" the latter a cover of a Randy Newman track. It bolts 19-8 this week (40,000) but has a long way to go to beat their debut hit which sold 372,000 copies.

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In an exact reverse of the Narada Michael Walden situation here's B A Robertson who was in the top 10 as a writer earlier as co-author of Cliff Richard's "Carrie" this week finds himself zooming up the charts 25-9 (38,000) with "To Be Or Not To Be" which becomes his fourth top 10 hit from 5 releases and rectifies the blip that was "Kool In The Kaftan" which could get no higher than No 17 in April.

The Korgis hold at No 5 this week a their sales increase by 5% to 44,000 and Splodgenessabounds also hold at No 7 with a 10% increase to 40,000.

Dropping this week are Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway slip one to No 4 (54,000) and Teena Marie who moves 6-10 (35,000) though her sales are down just 10%.
 
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Xanadu up 14-3!
 
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Stacy Lattisaw jumping 11-6
 
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Brummie Boys UB40 are back again- in at No 8
 
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B A Robertson powers 25-9

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I find it immensely frustrating that BA Robertson's catalogue doesn't seem to be on CD these days. Not even a compilation.
 
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I'm amazed I don't remember the Stacy Lattisaw track from the time but I only know it from the Danii cover. The weird thing is I followed the charts back then so how can I not remember it but I remember all the other songs in the top 10?
 
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12TH JULY

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Bad news in the charts this week as sales fall thanks in part to the usual summer slump, and as "Xanadu" rises to overtake Don McLean it only sold 74,000 copies last week- that's a new low for the year and far less than Olivia Newton John is used to with her previous chart toppers.

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"Xanadu" continues the trend for high turnover at the top of the charts, it's 1980's 13th No 1 single, there were a total of 18 in the whole of 1979 so this year is set to be something of a record breaker, and given that Odyssey rocket 12-2 (59,000) this week it looks far from certain that ONJ/ELO will hold down the top spot next week. The group are known here for their 1977 hit "Native New Yorker" which made No 5 and remained their sole UK hit until "Use It Up, Wear It Out" which creates a disco influenced top 2 at a time when the US market has turned decidedly against the genre.

For most of the week Don Mclean's "Crying" was running at No 2 but faded at the final hurdle to dive to No 4 by Saturday (55,000) and was overtaken not only by Odyssey but also Stacy Lattislaw who climbs 6-3 (57,000).

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Completing the top 5 are the Detroit Spinners who followed up the No 1 single "Working My Way Back To You- Forgive Me Girl" with "Body Language" which burned out at No 40, they return to the winning formula however with another medley "Cupid- I've Loved You A Long Time" a combination of covers of songs recorded by Sam Cooke and the Michael Zager Band respectively. It jumps 16-5 (42,000) and isn't without its own threat to top our charts next week.

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Taken from their new album "Uprising" Bob Marley & The Wailers score a No 9 hit with "Could You Be Loved" which now equals his peak position which he reached with both "Jamming" and "Is This Love", it climbs 21-9 (33,000)

There's only one other climber within the top 10 and that's UB40 who rise 8-7 (41,000) with a minimal increase and look to be struggling, whilst Lipps Inc dive 2-6 (41,000), The Korgis drop 5-8 (33,000) and Splodgenessabouts just cling onto their place in the top 10 but can only sell 31,000 copies.
 
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Odyssey who have plenty of life left as they climb 12-2
 
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Spinning their way back into the top 10- The Spinners at No 5
 
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