Taking a mere 21% sales slide “Two Tribes” was again streets ahead of any of the competition this week as it romped to an easy victory with 169,000 sales tally. In just 4 weeks the song has accumulated an almighty 832,000 copies and could potentially become the bands second million seller as early as next week, that would top off a magical start for the group who can also celebrate having the top 2 records in the land as “Relax” continues to climb 3-2 (71,000). That’s the first time since 1981 that an act has managed that feat, the last of course was John Lennon, and to cement their domination they also hold the top 2 positions on the YTD chart which looks like this:
1- RELAX- Frankie Goes To Hollywood- 1,078,000
2- TWO TRIBES- Frankie Goes To Hollywood- 832,000
3- HELLO- Lionel Richie 683,000
4- WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO- Wham! 482,000
5- 99 RED BALLOONS- Nena 464,000
6- THE REFLEX- Duran Duran 448,000
7- AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW)- Phil Collins 409,000
8- I WANT TO BREAK FREE- Queen 396,000
9- RADIO GAGA- Queen 374,000
10- DOCTOR DOCTOR- Thompson Twins 361,000
As you can see it is entirely possible that “Two Tribes” will outsell “Relax” at its current trajectory.
Cast your mind back to 1979 and the first record rap record to become a chart hit, the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”. That was co-written by Sylvia Robinson, the co-founder of the hip hop label Sugar Hill Records which was also home to Grandmaster Flash and the furious five whom you may also recall scored a No 8 hit with “The Message” back in 1982. The group split last year making the credit on “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” slightly erroneous given that Melle Mel is still with the furious five yet the grandmaster has left but it is also co-written by Robinson proving a further link between the tracks. The song itself is an anti-drugs record which originally made No 60 at the end of last year. It bobbed about the lower end of the chart before picking up airplay earlier this year and started to sell again, the song spent a further 18 weeks between No’s 41 and 75 this year before finally taking off over the last few weeks. It now rises 12-10 (34,000) to become the only new entry in the top 10 this week. The song owes a debt of gratitude to Liquid Liquid’s “Cavern” which has been sampled throughout it and has caused a lawsuit over the unauthorised use of the track which is still to be decided.
Also doing well this week are Cyndi Lauper who soars 10-4 (47,000) and Ollie & Jerry 8-5 (44,000) but spare a thought for poor Nik Kershaw who falls 2-3 pushed out by FGTH despite a TOTP appearance selling a healthy 62,000
The Pointer sisters hold No 6 (42,000) whilst there’s drops for Bronski Beat 4-7 (39,000), Michael Jackson 7-8 (35,000) and Wham! 5-9 (35,000).