A Red Shoes Collection

4.3 - Chart Positions

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[not all chart posts are included; a compilation from U. Grepel can be found at the end of this section.]

From: gittings@liv.ac.uk (Chris Gittings)
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1993 10:13:23 GMT
Subject: Rubberband Girl in UK Charts

"Rubberband Girl" entered the official UK Top 40 singles chart at Number 12 yesterday.

Looks good for a top 10 slot next week...



Date: Fri, 1 Oct 93 11:11:38 -0700
From: ed@wente.llnl.gov (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: EtM briefly enters a Billboard sales chart

In the Sept. 25 Billboard, "Eat the Music" is shown debuting on the Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart, at no. 31.

The next week (Oct. 2), it was off the chart. :-(


From: Craig Heath <craig@sco.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 93 16:49:48 GMT
Subject: The Red Shoes NUMBER ONE!

I'm surprised that nobody's posted this already, but I had a look at the teletext this morning - on the BBC album chart, TRS is #2 behind Bat out of Hell II, but on the ITV album chart, it's #1! Looks like all that radio advertising on Capital last week paid some dividends!


Date: Thu, 18 Nov 93 11:22:46 -0800
From: ed@wente.llnl.gov (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: Billboard, Nov. 20

News from the new Billboard (Nov. 20):

I can now confirm Homeground's news: The Red Shoes debuted at no. 28, the second highest debut this week. (Highest was a pretty big surprise: Frank Sinatra's Duets debuted at no. 2.)

On the Modern Rock Tracks chart, "Rubberband Girl" enters at no. 21, while "Eat The Music" has fallen off.

In his column "Chart Beat", Fred Bronson writes a whole paragraph on the album:

"RUNNING UP THAT CHART: The second-highest debut on The Billboard 200 belongs to Kate Bush, who enters at No. 28 with her eigth album, 'The Red Shoes.' It's her highest-charting album ever in America; in its first week, it places two notches higher than the peak position of 'Hounds Of Love' in 1985. Bush's first two releases, 'The Kick Inside' and 'Lionheart,' never even charted in the U.S., although she was an instant success in her native England. She was 18 years old when her first single, 'Wuthering Heights,' went to No. 1 there; 'The Kick Inside' was the first album by a British female solo artist to reach No. 1 in the U.K. All of her albums have made the top six in Great Britain, where 'The Red Shoes' debuts at No. 2. That puts Bush in a three-way tie with Diana Ross and Madonna as the most successful female artist in the history of the U.K. album chart, according to Alan Jones of Music Week."

Fred Bronson is the editor of the Billboard Book of Top 40 Singles/Albums.

A word about the album charts, particularly for those in Britain who aren't familiar with the situation. Billboard changed the method it uses to determine those charts in 1991. Before then, the charts were determining by surveying a representative sample of record stores. Now, a company called SoundScan actually tracks album sales as they are purchased, by electronic links to stores' cash registers. When this system was first introduced, the chart changed substantially. Many people complained at the beginning that SoundScan was not hooked up to a large enough number of independent stores and stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, both of which sell more alternative music than other stores. SoundScan promised that this problem would be fixed as more and more stores went on-line, and indeed, judging from the debut position of the album, they seem to have kept their word.

Here's the point: In the old system an album of moderate popularity, such as a Kate album, would start in the middle of the chart, then slowly move up the chart to peak some time later. Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, and (to a lesser extent) The Whole Story all followed this pattern. But with the new system of tracking album sales instantly, that doesn't happen as much any more. So, many albums now debut at what turns out to be their peak positions. If the old system was still in use, and the album debuted at no. 28, we could REALLY be excited, because it would have meant that the album would almost certainly have peaked in the top 20. But now, 28 may be the peak. We'll just have to wait and see.



From: P D Fitzgerald-Morris <s0pdfm@assam.exnet.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1993 23:00:14 GMT
Subject: HG Flash - US Album Chart 2nd Week

The album chart position for the second week (Billboard) is no. 55.

This is a significant drop, but we understand that CBS expect album sales to perk up significantly with the new single RBG, of which they expect many good things.


Date: Thu, 13 Jan 94 17:54:36 -0800
From: ed@wente.llnl.gov (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: Major US chart news!

I haven't been as diligent in checking out the Billboard charts for the last few weeks as I usually am, so there is now a backlog of five weeks of data to post. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that "Rubberband Girl" entered Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart in the December 25 issue, and no one here mentioned it!

Here is the complete chart news for the last several weeks. Although no issue was published on January 1, some chart positions for that week are available as "last week" in the January 8 issue.

"Rubberband Girl" single:

Dec. 18: No. 9 on the Bubbling Under chart; 10 on Modern Rock Tracks.

[Bubbling Under are the highest charting singles never to have actually made it onto the the Hot 100 chart.]

Dec. 25: No. 88 on Hot 100; 8 on Modern Rock Tracks.

Jan. 1: No. 99 on Hot 100; 10 on Modern Rock Tracks.

Jan. 8: No. 97 on Hot 100; 10 on Modern Rock Tracks.

Jan. 15: No. 95 on Hot 100; 12 on Modern Rock Tracks.

"Rubberband Girl" video:

Dec. 25: No. 45 on MTV's chart.

Jan. 15: No. 48 on MTV's chart.

There was no video chart in the Jan. 8 issue.

"The Red Shoes" album:

Dec. 18: No. 145

Dec. 25: No. 159

Jan. 1: No. 167

Jan. 8: No. 161

Jan. 15: No. 196

Looks like it's going to drop off soon, unless R.G. really takes off.

Here's what Fred Bronson said in his Dec. 25 "Chart Beat" column:

"STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION: So you thought the Spinners had the last word in songs about elasticity when 'Rubberband Man' spent three weeks at No. 2 in 1976? Wrong. Kate Bush makes a rare appearance on the Hot 100 as 'Rubberband Girl' enters at No. 88. It's only her third solo single to chart in a 15-year career. Her debut release, 'Wuthering Heights,' went to No. 1 in the U.K. but failed to chart here. The follow-up, 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes,' stopped at No. 85 here. Her biggest single was 'Running Up That Hill,' No. 30 in 1985. A duet with Peter Gabriel, 'Don't Give Up,' peaked at No. 72 in 1987."


From: drk@leland.Stanford.EDU (David Koehler)
Date: 17 Feb 1995 16:29:20 -0800
Subject: Pulse! (TLTCTC)

In the latest issue of Tower Records' "Pulse!" magazine (the one with Belly on the cover) they give their Best Of 1994 list. TLTCTC made it in the top 10 videos of 1994 category. 8-)


From: Ulrich Grepel <uli@zoodle.robin.de>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 19:04:54 +0200
Subject: Chart Positions "The Red Shoes"

Rubberband Girl:

UK (gallup):

UK (Music Week: airplay chart):

UK (Music Week):

UK (network chart):


Cnd (CFNY chart):

Cnd (local record stores):

Cnd (Record top 40 radio airplay chart):

Cnd (Record single sales chart):

Irl (gallup):

SF (local charts in Tampere):

Isr (Reshet Gimmel: daily phone-in chart):

Isr: 26

US (Billboard: Modern Rock):

US (Billboard: Hot 100):

US (MTV video playlist):


Europe (MTV Eurochart):

Eat The Music:

US (Radio & Records: New Rock chart):

US (Billboard: Hot dance maxi-singles):

US (Billboard: modern rock):

Moments of Pleasure:

UK (gallup):

UK (MW Single):

UK (MW Radio Play):

UK (ITV Network):

The Red Shoes:

UK (gallup):

UK (MW Radio Play):

The Man I Love:

UK (gallup): 27 (94-07-25) 22 (94-08-01)

And So Is Love:

UK (gallup): 26 (94-11-14) 51 (94-11-21)

The Red Shoes (Album):


UK (Music Week?):

US (Billboard Top 200):





Europe (Billboard/Music&Media Eurochart Top 100):

F (M6: Top Nuggets):

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Written by Love-Hounds
compiled and edited
Wieland Willker
August 1995