In what threatened to be an interesting week in the pop charts it turned into a slightly damp squib, Chaka Khan won’t be complaining however as “I Feel For You” duly rises 2-1 to become her first No 1 single 6 years after her first hit “I’m Every Woman” though it only sold 82,000 copies. That was enough to dethrone Wham! Who slide 1-2 (72,000), their attention will turn to the album charts this week as second album “Make It Big” attempts to knock Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Welcome To The Pleasuredome” off the top spot after just a week. The expected challenge from Duran Duran never quite happened as they climb 5-3 (61,000) but a weak show might highlight the beginning of the end of the group as a major force, history tells us that if a Durannie record isn’t No 1 after a fortnight then it won’t get there, and saleswise the idea of one of their singles topping the 100,000 a week mark look to be a thing of the past.
The Current US chart topper arrives in the top 10 this week from Mr Billy Ocean. We haven’t seen him in the top 40 as a performer since 1977’s No 2 hit “Red Light Spells Danger” but he’s not been idle penning hit or other acts including The Nolans “Who’s Gonna Rock You” as well as pumping out the albums even if the UK public were largely unimpressed. “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)” proves a return to form however flying 12-9 (40,000), the track is available in multiple variations depending on location, yes “European Queen” and “African Queen” are also to be heard in disco’s around the world.
Though the split was far from amicable it seems that ultimately Limahl has come out of it better than Kajagoogoo, both the group’s 1984 releases have failed to make the top 20 yet Limahl is back in the top 10 this week. His first solo single was “Only For Love” which made No 16 last year but he was looking like a has been when first “Too Much Trouble” made No 64 then debut album “Don’t Suppose” could only make No 63. However whilst promoting his debut single he was spotted by Giorgio Moroder who asked him to sing the theme to a new movie “The NeverEnding Story” which he duly obliged. It climbs 20-10 (32,000) this week to become the third Moroder track to be a top 10 track in the past few months, the man is on a roll, he also falls 4-5 (50,000) in duet with Phil Oakey.
Paul McCartney slips 3-4 (54,000) whilst the rest of the field remain stuck in the groove, Julian Lennon at No 6 (50,000), Status Quo at No 7 (45,000) and Alison Moyet at No 8 (41,000)