Third Quarter U.K. Sales: CBS Leads
In the singles division for the July-September period, CBS is on top with 15.4% of the corporate chart action, compared to the 13.9% of WEA and the 11.2% of RCA. The second quarter figures had CBS ahead by 16.5%, compared to the 9.8% and 9.7% of Island and Virgin respectively.
Top singles label for the quarter was Epic (9.6%), with Motown at 8% and ZZT/Island at 6.6%.
Top chart performers in singles during the three months were, in order: “I Just Called To Say I Love You,” Stevie Wonder (Motown); “Careless Whisper,” George Michael (Epic); “Two Tribes,” Frankie Goes To Hollywood (ZZT/Island); “Agadoo,” Black Lace (Flair); and “Relax,” Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Top three artists were Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Stevie Wonder and George Michael. Singles statistics combine both seven and 12-inch formats.
In the albums division, which also takes in prerecorded cassettes, CBS is the leader for the quarter with 15.4% of the chart action, compared to the 15.2% of EMI and the 9.8% of WEA. In the previous quarter, CBS was on top with 14.7%, compared to the 12.8% of EMI and RCA’s third-place 9.9% tally.
Leading albums in the three-month survey were, in order: “Now That’s What I Call Music III,” Various Artists (EMI/Virgin); “Legend,” Bob Marley & the Wailers (Island); “Diamond Life,” Sade (Epic); “Can’t Slow Down,” Lionel Richie (Motown); and “Private Dancer,” Tina Turner (Capitol). The top three album artists were Queen, Bob Marley and Sade.
CBS’s double-topper status was achieved mainly through Wham’s George Michael and his solo single, as well as the success of Sade, Michael Jackson and Billy Joel, plus the various-artists packages “American Heartbeat” and “Footloose.”
In the third quarter chart analysis last year, CBS topped the singles sector with 14.5%, followed by Virgin’s 10.3% and WEA’s 8.6%. The album breakdown of a year ago was CBS (17.4%), EMI (11.3%) and WEA (9.8%).