“Hello” remains the best selling single in the land for a fourth week, and for another week it was out in the front from the start. The track sold a further 86,000 copies last week to bring its total to 422,000 and moving 6-3 on the YTD list with Nena very firmly in his sights. He longer has a chart double as “Now 2” replaces “Can’t Slow Down” on the album charts.
The news further down the charts isn’t good with nothing selling in any kind of the amount needed to pose a threat to Richie. Shaky holds at No 2 but has a slight sales decrease to 47,000, that’s the joint lowest tally for a No 2 single this decade tying Paul Young’s “Wherever I Lay My Hat” last year. He was under pressure as the week went on from The Thompson Twins (4-3, 46,000) and Depeche Mode (5-4, 44,000) who came dangerously near to grabbing the No 2 position.
Captain Sensible is of course most remembered for his 1982 No 1 single “Happy Talk” but he’s back in the top 10 with the anti-Falkland themed “Glad It’s All Over”. It’s the first song from his second album “The Power Of Love” out in a few weeks and it gets the perfect promotion with the song climbing 15-6 (38,000)
It’s been a turbulent old time for The Specials and band founder Jerry Dammers, when three members left the group at the height of the group’s commercial success in 1981 it threw the band into a succession of line-up changes and poor chart performance. They’ve reverted back to their original name Special AKA (under which they scored the first hit “Gangsters” back in 1979) for their current single “Nelson Mandela EP” which progresses 14-9 (32,000) this week and highlights the plight of the imprisoned South African politician.
Written explicitly for the new film of the same name “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” is the new single from Phil Collins. I say new but it was originally penned back in 1981 for the recording sessions of his debut album “Face Value” but was not completed in time to be included, Collins was asked to be involved in the film and contribute a song but as he was currently on tour with Genesis he didn’t have time to compose a new song so dusted this down. Title changed from “How Can You Just Sit There?” it burns 26-10 (28,000) this week to become only Collins’ third top 10 solo hit but the other two both made the top 2- don’t bet against this one following in the same mould!
Culture Club hold at No 7 (35,000), heading down are Bananarama 3-5 (42,000) and The Weather Girls are gloomy as they continue to deflate 6-8 (35,000)