January 4 – Billboard, Eurythmics, Fatboy


US advertising magazine Billboard publishes its first pop music charts aka Hit parade.

1891 poster

Billboard Advertising was founded in Cincinnati, OH in 1894 as a trade paper for the bill posting industry. (*) Demand for tracking music hits is driven by the emergence of AM radio dance shows like Your Hit Parade and by sheet music and jukeboxes.  ~ APM: A century of music on the radio 


Brit pop duo Eurythmics‘ second, synthpop album Sweet Dreams is released in the UK.
The title single becomes a US#1, UK#2 hit. The subject is one of the seldom-spoken, universal facts about romance; Annie Lennox sings like a siren:

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
Travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

Sounding avant sometimes works, like a rendezvous in the fog. The album makes UK#3, US#15. The next 6 albums land in the UK top-10, US top-40, as do dozens of singles. Sisters Doin’ It 


Release of Praise You by big beat musician Fatboy Slim .
Norman’s one of the rare few Brit (or US for that matter) electronic musicians to penetrate the herded US market; maybe it’s the tinge of religious fervor in the lyrics:

We’ve come a long long way together,
Through the hard times and the good,
I have to celebrate you baby,
I have to praise you like I should

However. The single — from his second studio album You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (both top UK charts) — makes it to US#36, and the album to US#34. Norman’s lyrics may actually be praising the old Atari computers and sampling gear he used to make songs like his debut single Everybody Needs a 303.
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