Billboard, August 20, 1983

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Culture Club leads frosh; Costello cracks Hot 100

Paul Grein

Culture Club this week becomes the first act in the past 20 years to lift three top 10 singles from its debut album. The band accomplishes this feat as "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" sprints to number 10, on the heels of the number two hits "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "Time." All three cuts are from the group's gold album Kissing To Be Clever.

The Supremes, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Air Supply each culled three top 10 singles from their break-through albums, but each had issued an album previously. Several other fast-breaking acts have been able to pull two top 10 singles from their debut albums, including Men At Work, Christopher Cross, Andy Gibb, Chicago, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Dave Clark Five and Lesley Gore.

Culture Club is one of several British acts setting records on this week's top charts. Elvis Costello cracks the Hot 100 for the first time in his career, as "Everyday I Write The Book" bows at 82. The song was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who also handled Dexy's Midnight Runners' No. 1 smash "Come On Eileen" and Madness' recent top five hit "Our House."

Costello first hit Billboard's album chart in December, 1977 with My Aim Is True. He collected his first (and to date, only) top 10 album in March, 1979 with Armed Forces. Costello's biggest U.S. singles until now were "Watching The Detectives" and "Accidents Will Happen," both of which "bubbled under" the Hot 100 in the late '70s.

Duran Duran's debut album enters the top 10 this week, six months after the group cracked the top 10 with its second album, Rio. Both albums have produced top five singles, in "Is There Something I Should Know" and "Hungry Like The Wolf."

And the Police's single "Every Breath You Take" logs its seventh week at No. 1, tying Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" as the longest-running chart-topper of the year. Last year's top-charting singles also notched seven weeks at No. 1: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder's "Ebony And Ivory." The last single to have more than seven weeks at No. I was Olivia Newton-John's "Physical."

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Billboard, August 20, 1983

Paul Grein reports on EC's recent chart success.


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