Well the UK has a new No 1 single in the form of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” which climbs 2-1 on a sturdy if unspectacular tally of 84,000 but should be bumped up nicely next week after some good old TOTP exposure. There had never been a German act who had a UK No 1 single until just 2 years ago but when the duck was broken they came thick and fast with Kraftwerk, Nicole, and the Goombay Dance Band all hitting the top within 15 weeks of each other during 1982. Now Nena is added to the country’s tally, it also rises to No 2 in the US in its German version where it is held off by Van Halen.
That all means bad news for Frankie Goes To Hollywood who drop back to No 2 with 70,000 copies sold last week to raise its haul to 661,000 which is no bad tally for a track which is effectively banned.
The Billy Joel revival also continues unabashed, just 6 months ago he was without a top 10 hit to his name but “Uptown Girl” changed all that as it shot to No 1 for five weeks selling 980,000 copies to date, and was followed by “Tell Her About It” into the top sellers. Now the title track from his “Innocent Man” album moves 12-8 (38,000) to become a third top 10 hit for him, the album is also his biggest seller already yet the current single comes without a promo video, an increasingly unusual occurrence in this day and age.
Taking some inspiration from the Andrew Young hymn “There Is A Happy Land” Slade’s latest single “Run Runaway” gives them back to back to top 10 singles for the first time in 10 years. The promo is shot in Eastnor Castle in Ledbury in case you wondered and this week shoots 19-10 (33,000).
Two to watch next week are Kool & The Gang (10-3, 65,000) and Nik Kershaw (9-4, 63,000) for the former it now becomes only their second top 3 single after 1981’s “Get Down On It” also made the No 3 spot.
Rockwell also moves in the right direction 7-6 (46,000) but all may struggle without TOTP exposure this week. Moving down are Thompson Twins 3-5 (62,000), Queen 4-7 (40,000) and Style Council 5-9 (35,000)