Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by gezza76, Jun 30, 2019.
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Mariah Carey continues at the top uncontested, sales of “Without You” take an inevitable hit of 12% but still sales of 96,000 are nothing to be sniffed at and she continues to do the double with “Music Box” remaining the nation’s favourite album.
That isn’t to say there are no threats on the horizon, though it had far too much ground to make up last week Ace Of Base do soar 7-2 (52,000) with a 80% sales increase and could easily challenge Carey next week, it also remains at No 2 in the US behind Celine Dion.
Elton John’s “Duets” album has already yielded the No 2 hit “True Love” with Kiki Dee but the pair of course teamed up originally more famously on 1976’s chart topping “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. For the new album John swapped his recording partner though and chose Rupaul Andre Charles who is better known under the name “Rupaul”, a US drag queen who has risen to fame via the New York club scene into a cult figure. He first was seen our screens as an extra in the video to B-52’s “Love Shack” video in 1990 before launching himself as a popstar last year with two top 40 singles though the biggest “Supermodel” only made No 39. Their version of the old classic rises 13-7 (22,000) this week.
Sales are generally down all around with half term over and nothing except Ace Of Base and Elton/ Rupaul registering a sales increase regardless of movement. So though Enigma and Toni Braxton rebound 4-3 (33,000) and 5-4 (29,000) they’re both in decline in sales terms, D:Ream drop 2-5 (28,000) raising the former chart topper’s cumulative tally to an equal 444,000.
In the bottom half 2 Unlimited are up 8-6 (24,000), Cappella also see movement north 10-8 (22,000), Bryan Adams/ Sting/ Rod Stewart drop 6-9 (19,000) and Suede prove to be very frontloaded as they slide immediately 3-10 (17,000).
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I loved that Rupaul video. Even though he wasn't doing anything interesting musically I remember Elton was being unabashedly gay at this time. Elton famously hated doing music videos but it doesn't show here. Looks like he had a blast.
I do not remember it going top ten though. That was a surprise. I thought it stalled in the high/mid teens.
@gezza76 - EJ & Rupaul climb from 13 to 7 (not 6) as the dynamic duo 2 Unlimited are at Number 6!
You're quite right- altered- thanks
Mariah Carey completes a month on top during which time she’s sold 358,000 copies of “Without You” making it already her personal best seller. That included 77,000 last week, but her lead at the top has been slashed to just 10,000 over Ace Of Base’s “The Sign” which sticks it out at No 2 for a second week, it does however finally overcome Celine Dion in the states where it is their first chart topper.
Already a major hit across Europe Doop have become something of a dance sensation fusing together rag time Charleston music with techo music to give us a self named track “Doop”. There were apparently 24 labels vying for the UK rights for the song which was already garnering significant airplay but Citybeat triumphed and the single repays the hype by debuting at No 3 (32,000) for the Dutch outfit.
You may already know the M People song “Renaissance” which has been used as the theme to BBC 2’s reality programme “Living Soap” for the last few months, they’ve now plucked the track from their “Elegant Slumming” album and it gives them the fifth consecutive top 10 single and fourth from the album by entering at No 5 (25,000).
It’s taken 12 years from formation to first top 10 single but finally Primal Scream can celebrate making the top echelon of the chart. Lead vocalist Bobby Gillespie was once the drummer of Jesus & Mary Chain before leaving the act to produce critically acclaimed if commercially unsuccessfully music throughout the latter half of the 80s. Their breakthrough came in 1990 with “Loaded” before the album “Screamadelica” became a hit too and earned them the inaugural Mercury music prize in 1992, now they’re back with a new album “Give Out But Don’t Give In” and single “Rocks/ Funky Jam”. The pairing smashes straight into the chart this week at No 7 (23,000) to easily become their biggest hit and illustrates their growing fanbase.
Morrissey has been missing from the top 10 for five years now during which time he’s added 10 top 40 singles without getting higher than No 12. New single “The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get” debuts at No 8 (22,000) to record his 5th solo top tenner and highest since the No 6 position scaled by “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys” over 5 years ago. New album “Vauxhall & I” is out in a fortnight.
Toni Braxton holds at No 4 (26,000) as her album reaches a new high of No 13, Enigma fall 3-6 (25,000), and 2 Unlimited reverse 6-9 (21,000) and Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman re-enter the top flight 12-10 (19,000) with radio finally on board.
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Experiencing a sales surge of an incredible 180% week on week sees Doop climb 3-1 this week to become the third act from Holland to claim a British chart topper after Pussycat and 2 Unlimited. It repays the faith put in it by Citybeat records and justifies the considerable hype behind the track, it comprehensively saw off last week’s No 1 from Mariah Carey which now slips 1-2 (64,000) but still managed to hold off Ace Of Base who similarly drop 2-3 (55,000) to make way for Doop.
With “Philadelphia” currently topping the box office here, the theme from the film “Streets Of Philadelphia” arrives into the charts at No 4 (39,000) instantly equaling the previous best for Bruce Springsteen which he achieved 9 years ago with “Dancing In The Dark”. The track comes with a promo which shows Springsteen walking the streets of said city with a live vocal take which is certainly unusual and adds to the rawness of the single.
Achieving only middling chart positions after “There’s No Other Way” made No 8 back in 1991, Blur have gone on to become a band championed by the indie press even if the commercial returns haven’t been great. New single “Girls & Boys” was written by Albarn after a visit to Magaluf and is meant to reflect the hedonistic lifestyle of the club 18-30 holiday maker and the shenanigans they get up to whilst abroad. It comes with a video made by Kevin Godley and a cover taken from the picture on the front of a Durex pack! It instantly becomes the group’s biggest single by debuting at No 5 (27,000).
1994 continues to be a “Pretty Good Year” for Tori Amos, that’s the name of her new single and her second top 10 smash on the trot as it replicates the debut of “Cornflake Girl” by debuting at No 7 (22,000). Her album “Under The Pink” of course became her first chart topper last month though it falls out of the top 20 this week after 6 weeks of release.
Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman continue their revival 10-9 (21,000), it’s run so far has been perfect symmetry 9-10-12-12-10-9, but no good news elsewhere as M People slide 5-6 (23,000), Enigma fall 6-8 (22,000) and Toni Braxton breathes her last dropping 4-10 (18,000)
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I despair at that number one.
I actually don't remember Doop being number one! I just thought it was some vile cheesy club track that probably got to no.7 on a quiet week...
Doop were terrible - a novelty that wore off on me after the first listen!
Topping the charts by a country mile this week “Doop” is flying out of the shops, it sold 118,000 copies last week, a new 1994 record. It’s already the second time this year that the No 1 record has breached the 100,000 mark, we only had three occasions in total for the whole of 1993, an encouraging sign that sales and the market in general is on the up.
It’s command over the rest of the field is comprehensive, Ace Of Base rebound 3-2 (52,000) despite losing sales and were a distant second with Bruce Springsteen only managing a single place rise 4-3 (49,000), Mariah Carey falls 2-4 (38,000) to make way from the pair. You could excuse Ace of Base with their debut album “Happy Nation” being re-issued and re-entering at No 3 this week but more should have been expected from Springsteen though it is now his biggest chart hit. “Without You” should sell its 500,000 copy next week as it rises to the top of the YTD chart.
The record it replaces at the top is D:Ream’s “Things Can Only Get Better” which is still lingering around as it falls 20-26 this week but that hasn’t stopped the group re-releasing another of their old hits “U:R:The Best Thing” which has already been a single twice before making No 72 in 1992 then No 19 last May. It now comes with a slew of new remixes and enters at No 5 (35,000), it might even be fancied for a second chart topper were “Doop” not so far ahead at present.
Recorded originally by Linda Lyndell in 1968, “What A Man” has had a 1994 remake in the hands of Salt N Pepa whose new album “Very Necessary” is out next month. They’ve teamed up with En Vogue on the track which moves 16-8 (21,000) to become Salt N Pepa’s 5th top 10 single and En vogue’s 3rd it also reached the No 3 position in the US a matter of weeks ago.
Much like D:Ream’s current single, Degrees Of Motion have had their No 43 hit from 1992 “Shine On” remixed for the clubs by Farley & Heller and now improves greatly on its last outing climbing 11-9 (20,000)
Bon Jovi’s “Keep The Faith” album keeps churning out the hits, a sixth single “Dry Country” clocks in at 9 and a half minutes on the album though it is reduced to 6 minutes in the single version. It crashes into the chart at No 10 (19,000) to become only the second time in their long history that they’ve debuted straight into the big ten and only their 4th top 10 single ever! Lyrically it sees Jon Bon Jovi lament the loss of the US Oil industry- an unusual theme at least.
Elsewhere Blur fall back 5-6 (31,000) despite a sales increase, Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman also improve 9-7 (27,000) to reach a new peak and showing great tenacity in the top 10.
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Shame Blur's "Girls and Boys" slides one to 6 even though it's gaining sales...
I was a big Bon Jovi fan back then* but I had never heard Dry County until today. What a song.
* I think it was the combination of the hair and a flawless single run from Keep The Faith through In These Arms.
Smashing Pumpkins at 11...
Inspiral Carpets at 18...
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