Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by gezza76, Jan 29, 2018.
It's probably my fave NKOTB song.
"Please don't go girl" is mine - it's vocals are like New Edition covering The Jackson Five!
That's one of my least faves, a tad whiny for me.
The expected arrival of Deacon Blue at No 1 is delayed, at least, by the continued domination of Bombalurina who grab a third week as the nation’s favourite song. Its sales are in decline down at 56,000 bringing its total to 229,000 so whilst its clearly dominated the field the market in general has been in a slump this last month. Deacon Blue hold at No 2 but sold just 41,000 to do so, they cut the deficit by 25% but they had Betty Boo breathing down their necks, she climbs 4-3 (39,000) as she crept closer to the Scots band the longer the week went on, both acts release albums in a fortnight.
An act that released their album last week (it debuts at No 28 today) are Deee-Lite whose “Groove Is In The Heart/ What Is Love” rises 13-4 (38,000) and also was a strong seller as the week progressed. The New York trio have been a hit on the dance scene but now branch out into the mainstraim with their current single which features vocals by Bootsy Collins and also Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest who’s own “Bonita Applebum” drops off the chart after peaking at No 47. This single is built around an extensive sample of Herbie Hancock’s “Bring Down The Birds” combined with Vernon Burch’s “Get Up”- how very 1990.
A US No 1 17 years ago, Steve Miller band’s “The Joker” failed to make our charts at the time, but it’s making up for it now, and all it needed was the backing of a Levi Advert. Yes those ad boys have created another hit for an oldie, Steve Miller’s only other foray into the top 10 came in 1982 when “Abracadabra” was held off by Irene Cara’s “Fame” and Captain Sensible’s “Happy Talk”, now “The Joker” shoots 14-6 (30,000).
Cast your mind 2 years to the Timelords “Doctorin’ The Tardis” who you may recall topped the charts for a week, well the Timelords didn’t disappear they just morphed into the KLF who themselves released a few instrumental 12” singles throughout 1988 and 1989 with the most notable single being “Kylie Said To Jason” which got some media attention given its title. One of those 12” instrumentals has been re-recorded with new vocals and now “What Time Is Love” becomes their first charting hit until the moniker, it’s subtitled “Live At Trancentral” to reflect the alternative version they label as Stadium House and see the song fly 11-7 (27,000) can they pull off the same trick again? Interestingly KLF member Cauty was once in a group called Brilliant whose biggest hit was “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” (No 58, 1985) with Youth who is of course now in Blue Pearl who re-climb 9-8 (24,000) despite a small sales decrease to put the former band mates side by side in the charts. Incidentally they were produced by S/A/W which links to our next record.
Speaking Of Jason Donovan his chart career seemed in terminal decline with the last few singles peaking at No’s 2, 8, and 18 but they were all original compositions, it seems a cover was all he needed and here he is with his version of the No 5 1963 hit “Rhythm Of The Rain” for the Cascades. It’s a fourth release from his second album “Between The Lines” which itself returns to the top 30 in response having sold over 200,000 copies, well down on the million selling “Ten Good Reasons”. It’s also a return to the top 10 for producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman who had been absent from the big 10 for 12 weeks, their longest spell since early 1987.
New Kids On The Block have finally peaked as “Tonight” reverses 3-5 (32,000) whilst it climbs to No 7 in the US, George Michael slips 6-10 (20,000) as his attention turns to his album which is out now with a South Bank Show special airing last weekend to help the push.
Top 10 in pics
Just the one single really stinking out the place now.
Aswad are at Number 24...
New Model Army at 34...
KLF wasn't that bad.
In celebration of their arrival in the top ten…..
It was one of the closest races to the No 1 position in chart history with just 8 copies separating the top 2, thusly beaten the 17 copies difference between Altered Images and Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin reported in late 1981. To go into slightly more detail it’s all about panel sales rounding, ‘The Joker’ and ‘Groove is In The Heart’ both had published panel sales of 2595, but these are “rounded” figures. The Gallup computer actually adjudged that ‘The Joker’ sold 44,118 copies and that ‘Groove is In The Heart’ sold 44,110 copies, which equate to panel sales of 2595.2 and 2594.7 respectively. Current chart rules dictate that in the event of the tie on rounded figures then the track showing the greatest increase in sales week on week would be the higher placed so in either case The Steve Miller Band would be No 1. In making the top spot it becomes the forth longest gap between original release and topping the charts with only Ben E King, Jackie Wilson and The Hollies have had longer waits. It also creates a new record for the years taken by a song to top the US and UK charts beating the 4 years it took UB40 to hit No 1 with “Red Red Wine”.
Borrowing Elvis Lyrics to “All Shook Up” and putting a 90s dance beat to it may not sound like commercial gold but that’s what Adamski has done on the follow up to “Killer”. “The Space Jungle” debuted at No 23 last week but now hurtles to No 7 (29,000), his debut album is due next month as the album schedule starts to hot up for the Christmas chart.
A recent 4 week chart topper in the US, “Vision Of Love” makes a 14-9 (23,000) move here to grant the newest singing sensation a great UK start. Carey got her start by handing a tape to Tommy Mottola head of CBS who was so impressed he signed her up and got Narada Michael Walden in to produce “Vision Of Love” which certainly demonstrates her great lungs! Debut self titled album also debuts this week at No 6 for those interested, Whitney must be considered her most immediate rival in terms of singing ability, she’s also due to return before Christmas so we’ll see who comes out on top.
Bombalurina rallied slightly after TOTP but not enough to retake the top spot from the top 2 who were out in front from the off and so ended up falling 1-3 (40,000) and similarly Deacon Blue fall 2-4 (37,000), further down Betty Boo dips 3-6 (31,000), New Kids On The Block slide 5-8 (25,000) and Jason Donovan finds the going tough 9-10 (21,000). The KLF buck the trend however climbing 7-5 (35,000) and may trouble the top 3 next week!
Top 10 in pics
At last, Timmy Mallet's reign of terror is over and he didn't even sing on the bloody thing himself!
Can we sue him and Lloyd-Webber for fraud?
Deee-lite being robbed of #1 by a technicality was such a Popinjustice. The Joker isn't even very good (I like a lot of Steve Miller stuff, but not that one especially).
Brit soul and R&B are in good shape with Loose Ends returning at 13...
Caron Wheeler finally gets a hit of her own at 14...
Janet Jackson is at 15...
It's the end of her year with S/A/W for Sonia at 18...
Quireboys at 37...
Cocteau Twins at 38...
OK, now I far prefer the Dee-lite song but they weren't in any way robbed here. There were chart rules about tied songs at the time which were followed and ultimately it appears they sold fewer copies than The Joker anyway.
So if by robbed by a technicality you mean they were #2 because they sold fewer singles that week then I'm ok with that.
Weren't the rules changed after this? Im not sure why or in what way?
Am I really reading this correctly?
Andrew Lloyd Weber is responsible for the Bombalurina song?
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