NME is the UK’s only source of such information until March 10, 1960, when Record Retailer becomes a weekly and debuts a top-50 chart. (It becomes ‘Music Week’ in 1972.) In 1965 the BBC creates its own top-30 chart.
NME — first published March 7, 1952 — was a continuation of Musical Express — first published February 6, 1948.
The single (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life also made US#1, and has racked up over 100M Youtube views. While the film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, is not so popular (though a remake is in the works) the album is still charting in some countries, having sold 42M copies.
It’s possibly inspired by 1983’s Flashdance and its soundtrack, starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, also big in the box office but not enduringly popular. Its soundtrack sells 20M copies — spawns a US#1 hit — and a 2008 musical.
It’s the first music video to use morphing. ‘Black and White’ is the chart-topping (in dozens of countries) lead single from Jackson’s grammy-winning new jack swing album Dangerous. Released on Nov. 26, the album sells 32M copies worldwide.
In the UK, ‘Black or White’ is the first single to enter the charts at #1 since Elvis did it in 1960, and the album spawns 8 top-20 hits.