A real tussle at the top of the charts this week with Neil marginally ahead at the start of the week but it was TOTP that probably helped to swing it back to a Frankie Goes To Hollywood victory but only by 3,000 copies, “Two Tribes” running out on 94,000 to 91,000 but it’s definitely feeling the pressure and everything points to a new No 1 next week. The song also becomes the longest chart topper of the decade as it makes it 7 weeks, the last song to spend as long at No 1? “Summer Nights” back in 1978.
Jolly & Swain are back this time with Alison Moyet who co-writes her first solo single “Love Resurrection” which this week’s proves the only new blood in the top 10 as it glides 12-10 (31,000). Her debut album “Alf” is due before Christmas with its title being taken from her nickname, the single has moved 14-13-12 in recent weeks so is clearly struggling perhaps the addition promo of being in the top 10 can motivate it.
Once again this week’s climbers are Prince, Tina Turner, and Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel, but this week they are joined by the Bluebells. Prince slinks 5-4 (63,000) while the album “Purple Rain” arrives at No 21, Tina Turner impresses 6-5 (51,000) whilst her album shoots 10-5 to hit a new peak, and “White Lines” lifts 8-7 (42,000). The Bluebells improve 10-8 (36,000) whilst Frankie Goes To Hollywood hold at No 3 with “Relax” (70,000), and moving down the charts are Cyndi Lauper 4-6 (43,000) and Nik Kershaw 7-9 (33,000).