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MCA Second Scores Heavily In All Genres

Yule Albums Add Right blow To Seasonal Sales This story was prepared by Geoff Mayfield and Melinda Newman.

Nat "King" Cole are contributing to the category's growth, but it appears the latest Mannheim Steamroller al-

NEW YORK It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with holidaythemed titles emerging as one of this

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Columbia Is Top Pop Charts label BY DAVE DiMARTINO

LOS ANGELES For the seventh consecutive year, Columbia Records has maintained its grip on the No. 1 slot as the top pop label in Billboard's year -end chart analysis. Coming in strongly at second place is MCA Records, which scores heavi-

multi- artist Christmas collections from GRP, Narada, and Windham Hill are keys to the stimulated performance.

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ly in almost all genres and, significantly, is now ranked as the No. 1 top pop singles label. Ironically, MCA's hot chart showing caps a year in which the company laid off at least 30 staffers in a re-

structuring move (Billlboard, Dec. 3). Yet in terms of the sheer number of No. 1 slots, MCA clearly domi-

Soviets: Music Spurs Trade TiCs "Glasnost" and "perestroika"

have replaced "sputnik" and "nyet "as the most frequently used Russian words in the Western media. But what impact is the muchheralded Gorbachev reappraisal of Soviet socioeconomic policy likely to have on the domestic and

international music industries? Billboard's international editori-

al director, Mike Hennessey, went to the U.S.S.R. to find out. Following is the first of three reports. BY MIKE HENNESSEY

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BULL DURHAM starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. Catch the fever as two of America's favorite pastimes-baseball and sex -team up in this comedy about life, love and the high, hard fastball. From Orion Home Video. Order cut-off January 10th. Available on Videocassette January 26th.

NEW YORK Paramount Home Video's decision to raise the price of its A titles, while including a commercial on at least four of them, has rekindled the debate over the role of ads and other promotional spots on videocassettes. Beginning with its Hits Blitz II, which kicks off Jan. 25 with the release of "The Presidio," the company will raise prices at the wholesale level and abandon the practice of announcing a suggested list price for its rental-priced titles. Though the price hike appears modest-about 2 %, says a company official -the timing still seems to be stirring opposition in re(Continued on page 94)

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hardware and camcorders leading DECEMBER 24, 1988

VOLUME 100 NO. 52

THE YEAR THAT WAS Billboard's editors, reporters, and columnists take one last look at the year's highlights and low points in music, video, retailing, and radio in this special year -end issue. Among the stories: Radio editor Sean Ross reports that 1988 was a year of turnover, buyouts, and lawsuits (page 12); retail editor Geoff Mayfield recalls that music dealers saw lots of profits and heard lots of buyout rumors (page 45); and home video editor Al Stewart explains how a little creature from outer space made such a big impact (page 63).

Last Call For `Drinking Songs'? music steering clear of its fabled drinking songs? Many industry leaders say yes, citing societal changes, radio resistance, and the emergence of more sophisticated songwriters. Nashville bureau chief Page 52 Gerry Wood reports. Is country

SPOTLIGHT ON RAP MUSIC Young adults' attraction to rap in the '80s lies simply in the music's ability to relate, document, and speak to the conditions and concerns that diFollows page 76 rectly affect today's youths.

Chrysalis Profits Nosedive Pretax profits plunged to $3.3 million at the U.K. -based Chrysalis Group for the 14 months ended Aug. 31; profits for the same period a year earlier were $13.3 million. U.K. correspondent Nigel Hunter reports that the Page 82 U.S. record division is getting a lot of blame.

FEATURES 84 Album & Singles Reviews 38 The Beat 42 Boxscore 8 Chartbeat 62 Classical /Keeping Score 58 Clip List 37 Dance Trax 97 Executive Turntable 60 Gospel Lectern 48 Grass Route

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©Copyright 1988 by Billboard Publications Inc., a subsidiary of Affiliated Publications Inc. BILLBOARD MAGAZINE (ISSN 0006 -2510) is published weekly (except for the first week in January) by Billboard Publications Inc., One Astor Plaza, 1515 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10036. Subscription rate: annual rate, Continental U.S. $ 178.00. Continental Europe £165. Billboard, Quadrant Subscription Service Ltd., Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England. Japan Y92,000. Music Labo, Inc., Dempa Building, 2nd Floor, 11 -2, 1- Chome, Nigashi -Gotanda, Shinagawa -ku, Tokyo 141, Japan. Second class postage paid at New York, N.Y. and at additional mailing office. Current and back copies of Billboard are available on microfilm from Kraus Microform, One Water Street, White Plains, N.Y. 10601 or Xerox University Microfilms, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106. Postmaster, please send changes of address to Billboard, P.O. Box 2071, Mahopac, N.Y. 10541 -2071, 914-628-7771.

the way, consumer electronics retailers are reporting brisk sales activity during this fourth quarter. Other hot products of interest to the home entertainment industry, say retailers, include high -end personal stereos, larger-size televisions with stereo capability, higher-end receivers with video inputs, VCRs, and car -stereo equipment. On the audio side, however, CD players are unquestionably setting the pace. "They're flying out the door," says Mel Belsky, senior audio buyer for the Southern California -based Federated Group, with 68 stores nationwide.

Jim Warren, audio buyer at the Denver -based Fred Schmid chain, with 19 stores in the Rocky Mountain area, says, "Our sales for CD players are up over 50% from this same period last year." "It's the hottest participant in audio hardware," says an executive

with a major East Coast buying group, which services close to 500

stores. "No question that CD players are up," says David Pardo, electronics buyer for the Edison, N.J. -based Crazy Eddie chain, which has 42 stores in the Northeast. "But I can't assess

the situation completely until after Christmas." "We have yet to scratch the surface with CD," says Jim Twerdahl, president of Marantz, a major audio manufacturer. He says recent surveys indicate that CD-player penetration of U.S. households is in the 10 %14% range and that 10% of the population intends to buy in 1989. "In the next year," he says, "the industry could sell well in excess of the number of all CD players sold since 1983. The market is just beginning to pick up stride." The Electronics Industry Assn. of America will reveal updated CD -player sales projections at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. As of June, the EIA was reporting 1988 projections of 4.8 million players, compared with 3.3 million in 1987, and 1989 projections of 5.6 million. Those figures include home CD players, audio systems sold with CD players, portable CD players, and autosound CD players. Marc Finer of Communication Research Inc., a Pittsburgh-based marketing and consulting firm, estimates that the year -end 1988 figures will total 1 million players, including component single -play and changer models, car CDs, portable CDs, and CD players as part of rack systems. "That doesn't include boom-box CD," he says, "which has recently started to

take off. The bottom line is that there will be at least a net gain of 1 million CD players over 1987." Though car stereo has begun to make inroads, dealers say the hardware must break the $500 price point for wider acceptance. CD boom boxes are seen as the next explosive category in the $299 -$349 range. Observers also say CD hardware distribution is still primarily at the "power" consumer electronics chains and discounters as well as mainstream audio specialists. Because of the higher price of the software, manufacturers say that giant mass merchants, such as Sears and K mart, have yet to commit to more than lower-end CD models for fear that their customer base cannot afford to make higher investments. Most dealers agree that the prevailing price points for the bulk of the CD hardware business is now falling in the $199 -$279 range, with brand names dominating, although there continues to be substantial action in the $149-$200 neighborhood. "The pricing pendulum has begun to shift," says Marantz's Twerdahl. "Not that long ago it seemed that $129-$159 was prevalent, but there's been a trend back to quality. Some consumers have gotten burned on low-end, brandless merchandise." Retailers are also reporting that the greatest single trend in the CD (Continued on page 96)

P'Gram Int'l Head To Report Record Sales Annual Update To Say N7's $1.54 Bil Mark Topped BY MIKE HENNESSEY

PolyGram International president David Fine will be reporting world sales well in excess of 1987's record $1.54 billion in the group's annual report, due in the LONDON

spring. He will also tell stockholders that the 8% growth rate of 1987 has been surpassed and that U.S. popular music's market share, which increased from 6 %-7% in 1987, improved again in 1988, aided by the massive sales of releases by Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. And Fine is predicting that the group's record 1988 performance will be surpassed in 1989. "The last four years have been a period of renaissance and sustained growth for the company," Fine says, "and everyone who has contributed to that accomplishment has a right to feel proud." When Fine announced record sales and profits for 1987 at the PolyGram International meeting in Marbella, Spain, last May, he told executives that if the quality of the group's marketing creativity could match that of its artist roster, PolyGram could become the world's No. 1 company by 1990.

Asked if he stands by that prediction, Fine replies, "That certainly remains my aim, and I can tell you that our marketing skills have improved because our market share has increased. We are doing very well and will do even better in 1989, but the market as a whole is in good shape, and it has to be said that our competitors are doing well, too. It's going to be a tough battle."

As part of the policy intended to continue improving PolyGram's international marketing thrust and booking market share, Fine is appointing Alain Levy, currently president of PolyGram France, executive VP of PolyGram International, based in London. Levy, who takes up the new appointment Jan. 2, will head the popular music division, with special

responsibility for international marketing. Says Fine: "To ensure strategic coordination across the entire field of popular music, the chief executive officer of music publishing, David Hockman, will also report to Levy." In addition, Levy will take over regional responsibility for France and (Continued on page 94)

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for rap shows, a move that many managers and promoters fear could

NEW YORK Rap concert promoters may face sad New Year's tidings from insurance carriers, as a major policy broker is casting a wary eye on the "escalating violence" at the shows. In the wake of a September stabbing death at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, N.Y., during a rap show headlined by Eric B. & Rakim, the Trans America insurance company has canceled coverage in midterm for G-Street Express of Washington, D.C., the show's promoter and a major player on the black music scene. Several insurance industry executives and concert industry figures

lead to an industrywide trend. Jack Chutak, president of the Ruben Venue Co., the broker for Trans-America insurance, the carrier on the Nassau Coliseum, says his company is "taking a long, hard look at [rap] right now" and adds that metal shows are also under scrutiny. While denying the rumor about a blanket ban on any particular genre, Chutak says violence at rap shows seems to have escalated over the past few years, citing the Nassau Coliseum incident, a shooting at a St. Louis rap concert, and the general problem of concert attendees trying to defeat the metal detectors that have become commonplace at entrances to rap shows. Chutak says his insurance carriers have never dropped a particular

blanket ban on insurance coverage

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are buzzing about rumors that Trans America is considering a

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Retail Buyout Rumors Still Simmer BY

GEOFF MAYFIELD

NEW YORK No music chains have staked "sold" signs on their front yards during the month of December, but speculation remains high that the field will see more consolidation by year's end. At press time, officials at companies involved in possible deals were unable to offer any official comment. The cloak of silence is not surprising, since nondisclosure agreements are often signed early when mergers or takeovers are discussed. Continuing revisions in the capital-

gains -tax schedule will prompt players to wrap up their deals by Dec. 31. The hottest property on the selling block continues to be Dallas -based Sound Warehouse, which has 115 stores. On Dec. 9, when Wall Street picked up on a report in the Dec. 17

issue of Billboard that Shamrock

Holdings, owner of Show Industries and the Music Plus chain, appeared likely to acquire the web, Sound Warehouse's over-the -counter stock climbed to 2214 a 52 -week high. But the absence of a definitive announcement pushed the stock down by the close of business that same

Phil Spector Publishing Co. Sues Leiber & Sb//er Finn NEW YORK Mother Bertha Music, Phil Spector's publishing company for songs penned by Spector, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry, is suing Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's Trio Music Co. for breach of contract. In an action filed in U.S. District Court in New York, Mother Bertha claims that Trio withheld monies due Mother Bertha according to a worldwide co- publishing agreement between the two companies. According to the agreement signed in 1972, Trio and Mother Bertha owned specifically defined, undivided percentage shares in the copyright of musical compositions by Mother Bertha writers, and Trio was granted the exclusive right to exploit these compositions worldwide. Mother Bertha is seeking no less

than $235,816 in actual damages plus $2 million in punitive damages.

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also asking for a declaratory judgment announcing that the 1972 agree-

ment is terminated. Mother Bertha claims it terminated the agreement pursuant to a letter dated Dec. 2, 1988.

More than half of the actual damages, $133,744, are sought by Mother Bertha through its claim that "Trio

day. On Dec. 14, Sound Warehouse's stock closed at 21, down half a point from the previous day. Craig Bibb, senior analyst for Prudential Bache Securities, says the value of a takeover stock "always falls in the absence of news."

Although neither Sound Warehouse president Terry Worrell nor Show Industries president Lou Fogelman will comment on negotiations, Shamrock remains the industry's betting favorite in the Sound Warehouse sweepstakes. Billboard has confirmed that by Dec. 2, Shamrock had submitted at least one bid and perhaps as many as three bids for the buyout and that both Fogelman and Show Industries chairman Mark Siegel have visited Dallas. Adler & Shaykin, the investment (Continued on page 96)

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Poison `Rose' Adds 4th Hit To Metal Pile; Baker's `Best' Attains Pop Albums Apex

directly and through its agent,

Warner, deliberately contrived to conceal and divert income for its own benefit .. by wrongfully issuing synchronization and mechanical li.

censes." The other amount that Mother Bertha alleges is due is $102,072 royalty payments from Trio based on Trio's own royalty statements and documents. The plaintiff also seeks a complete audit of Trio and its agents, assigns, subpublishers, and licensees and of payments to Mother Bertha.

At press time, the defendants could not be reached for comment. MELINDA NEWMAN

POISON'S "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" jumps to No. i on the Hot 100, becoming the fourth hit by a metal oriented band to top the chart in less than four months. It follows Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine," Def Leppard's "Love Bites," and Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine." This barrage of metal hits dramatizes the degree to which pop radio has changed its tune about playing metal bands. The only No. 1 singles by metal-oriented acts prior to this blitz were Van Halen's "Jump,"

Whitesnake's "Here

Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer." That

means there have been as many chart- topping hits by metal -oriented

Reed's Widow Sues Pub $18 Mil Action Alleges Fraud LOS ANGELES The widow and eight children of Jimmy Reed have sued Arc Music Corp. and principals Gene Goodman and Phil Chess for $18 million in a dispute over ownership of the late blues man's publishing. The suit, filed Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court in New York, charges the

defendants with fraud, conversion, unlawful appropriation, and unjust

enrichment. Reed, who died in 1976, scored 18 top 10 R &B hits and 12 pop hits between 1957 and 1963 as a Vee-Jay recording artist. A number of his compositions (several co-written by his wife), including "Honest I Do" and "Baby What You Want Me To Do," have since become frequently covered standards. The suit says Jimmy and Mary Reed signed away renewal rights to their compositions to Arc on Dec. 13, 1965. Arc had previously purchased the catalogs of the Reeds' publishers, Conrad Publishing Co. and Tollie Music. As consideration for the signing, Jimmy Reed was paid $1,200, while his wife was paid only $1. Noting that Jimmy Reed had only a third -grade education and Mary

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Reed a sixth -grade education, the suit states, "Neither of them had the ability to comprehend the complex documents concerning conveyance of copyright ownership, rights to royalties and other benefits derived from the creation of original musical compositions." The suit continues, "Quite obviously, Goodman, Chess and their confederates had thrust at the Reeds a document by which they would forfeit valuable rights in exchange for nothing other than a fraction of the money already due them." A second document, executed on Nov. 30, 1967, was prepared as a modification of the 1965 agreement. The suit alleges that the Reeds' signatures on this document, in which the couple relinquished all rights to their copyrights to Arc, are forgeries. "The notary public, one Joseph Ilk, who allegedly witnessed Jimmy Reed's signing of this document, was an employee of Chess, had been sponsored for his original commission as a notary public by Chess and his brother Leonard Chess as surety, and was subject to the domination

and control of Chess," the suit

charges. The action also alleges that the (Continued on page 97)

Just two months ago, UB40's "Red Red Wine" became the first hit by a reggae act to top the pop chart. Phil Collins' "Two Hearts" leaps to No. 6 on the Hot 100, becoming his 14th consecutive top 10 single (counting duets and hits with Genesis). Collins wrote and produced the smash with Lamont Dozier, who helped write Collins' first top 10 hit, a remake of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love." The Bangles' "In Your Room" jumps to No. 8 on the Hot 100, becoming the fifth top 10 hit in four years for

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BY CHRIS MORRIS

Heavy Breathing. A&M act Breathe receives a gold record for its debut album, "All That Jazz," while visiting the offices of VH -1, which has been the group's consistent supporter. Pictured, from left, are Breathe's David Glasper; Jeff Rowe, VP, VH -1; and Breathe's Marcus Lillington and Spike.

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Billy Steinberg. All five of these songs have been hits by female artists. "In Your Room" -which the pair wrote with Susanna

Hoffs -follows chart toppers by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Heart,

months as there were in and Whitney Houston. the previous 20 years. Taylor Dayne's "Don't One reason for this Rush Me" jumps to No. by Paul Grein turnaround is that metal 10 on the Hot 100, becomalbum sales have exploded to the degree that pop pro- ing the fourth top 10 hit from her debut album, "Tell grammers would look out of touch if they didn't play It To My Heart." It's the third debut album on Arista the music. The albums that have spawned the four me- Records to spawn four top 10 hits, following "Whittallic chart-toppers of the past four months have sold ney Houston" and Exposé's "Exposure." a combined total of more than 20 million copies in the Two industry notes: Front Line Management repreU.S. -and they're still going strong. sents both Poison, which has the new No. 1 pop sinAnother reason: Metal-oriented acts have become gle, and Chicago, which it displaced. And the WEA much savvier about including a few cuts on their al- group of labels has held the top four spots on the pop bums that are palatable to pop radio. In that regard, albums chart for four weeks running. If you're going Van Halen's "Jump" -which was closer to synth-pop to blitz the charts, this is the time of year to do it. than hard rock -has been one of the most influential singles of the '80s. WE GET LETTERS: Rich Appel of New York notes that two singles in this week's top 40 are remakes of FAST FACTS: Anita Baker's "Giving You The Best '80s hits. Robert Palmer's update of the Gap Band's That I Got" jumps to No. 1 on the Top Pop Albums 1982 hit "Early In The Morning" dips to No. 23, and chart, making her the sixth black female artist to land the Art Of Noise featuring Tom Jones' remake of a No. 1 pop album in less than three years. She follows Prince's 1986 smash "Kiss" jumps to No. 40. Appel Sade, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Patti La- adds that Sheriff's "When I'm With You," which Belle, and Tracy Chapman. Prior to this surge, no jumps to No. 27 on the Hot 100, is the fifth rerelease of black female artist had topped the chart since Donna an old chart hit to crack the top 40 this year. The sinSummer last did it in 1980. Elektra must be especially gle reached No. 61 in 1983. It follows Steve Win happy about this development: It released both the wood's "Valerie," Louis Armstrong's "What A WonChapman and Baker albums. derful World," the Contours' "Do You Love Me," and "Journey's Greatest Hits" jumps from No. 28 to UB40's "Red Red Wine." No. 18 on the pop albums chart, becoming the band's Robin Scott-Durkee of Eau Claire, Wis., notes that seventh straight top 20 album. Guns N',Roses' "G N' Kenny G's "Silhouette," which jumps to No. 16 on the R Lies" leaps from No. 66-No. 22, even though "AppeHot 100, is the only instrumental to reach the top 40 tite For Destruction" is still hanging tough at No. 4. this year. This is nothing new for the Arista artist: His The band is thus almost certain to become the first act "Songbird" was the only instrumental to reach the top to have two albums in the top 10 simultaneously since 40 last year. Men At Work did it in 1983. Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers' "Tumblin' OUR CHRISTMAS WISH: May you always have a Down" jumps to No. 1 on the Hot Black Singles chart, bullet on the chart of life! becoming the first hit by a reggae act to top that chart. BILLBOARD

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In Recognition OfBillboard's Awards, Columbia Records Proudly Congratulates Our Artists For Continuing To Make Music History. #1 POP ALBUM:

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GEORGE MICHAEL "FAITH"

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NEW -ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PAYS OFF CALL IT THE YEAR of the artist -the year in which imaginative, original, and sometimes outspoken performers were rewarded with record company support and public acceptance. Clearly, well -polished pop and sledgehammer rock remain the dominant sales forces, but 1988 is a year that will best be remembered for the success stories of those acts that favor quirkiness over conformity, nuance over noise. The most remarkable success story of all is that of Tracy Chapman. Could anyone have predicted that in 1988 a protest singer in the tradition of Joan Baez would reach No. 1 on the Top Pop Albums chart and surpass the 2 million sales plateau with her debut release? Could we have predicted the fortunes of jazz-

improviser-turned -pop -star Bobby McFerrin, who broke through with a platinum album on EMI, or Basia, whose Epic debut album went gold? Both defy categorization -except to say that in the year of the artist, they became certifiable stars. In fact, it was a great year for new artists all around. Although the final tally is not yet in, it appears that a record number of new artists achieved Recording Industry Assn. of America gold certification in 1988. That's terrific news for the artists and for an industry that relies on fresh blood for future growth. And it also testifies to the consumers' willingness to invest their record buying bucks in less -than-familiar sounds. The successes of these new and often unusual

and uncompromising artists serve to remind labels of the need to take chances. Indeed, in recent years labels have seen a substantial payoff from -embracing the role of patron of the arts and supporting musicians like Robert Cray and Suzanne Vega, who fall far from the mainstream. It warms our hearts to see that Leonard Cohen can still be heard croaking brilliantly on Columbia; that Neil Young can rail against commercialism on Reprise; that such distinctive artists as Michelle Shocked, Jeff Healey, Toni Childs, and Nanci Griffith can be heard on major -label releases; and that small labels can continue to occupy a niche by providing homes for left -of- center acts. (Continued on page 91)

Baby Boomers Like Sophisticated Music

ADULT ALTERNATIVES ARE HERE TO STAY BY HAROLD CHILDS

This commentary is about the future. But any look at the future ought to start with a good understanding of the past and present. So let's put aside our crystal ball for a moment and take a quick look at the rapidly

rin, David Sanborn, and Basia is not a fluke or fad. It's a genuine trend, reflecting the wide- ranging musical tastes, sophistication, and sales power of maturing baby boomers.

Supporting the growth of these artists is the dramatic shift in buyers'

expanding music marketplace -to see where we came from, how we're

changing, and how we may continue to grow in the future. Throughout pop music history, we've seen examples of "fringe" artists and "alternative" music styles that entered the pop mainstream after an initial period of very limited exposure and acceptance. In fact, this process of the fringe becoming the mainstream is an integral part of the contemporary music process. It's easy to see that many of yesterday's cult artists are now at the very core of the rock mainstream. So it shouldn't be too hard to imagine today's alternative artists as the mainstream stars of tomorrow. As we enter the '90s, we can't help

but notice the impact that the

"graying of America" has already had on many facets of our culture, and contemporary music is no exception. Mainstream acceptance for such

adult-oriented artists as Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Bobby McFer-

Lette to the

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TECHNOLOGY MARCHES ON

Dugger's recent letter (Billboard, Dec. 3) about collecting I found Michael

records and his disdain of CDs quite amazing. I, too, have been a "record" collector for 25 years and, though I own a CD and cassette store, I still collect older records for my personal collection. I, too, value the record for what it has been worth -the best possible medium for sound reproduction in its time. But I find it silly to buy a record when a CD presents a much better overall sound. If Dugger is truly the collector he says he is, he must realize that the media of sound reproduction have continually changed ever since Thom-

as on the Wave, National Public Radio, jazz stations, and new AC stations. And it's no accident that gold- and platinum -album sales have followed hard on the heels of exposure of the individual hit songs from these art-

'We need to find

better ways of reaching out to adult consumers' Harold Childs is VP of jazz and progressive music for Warner Bros. Records.

configuration preferences from LPs to cassettes and CDs. CDs have further fueled this growth by bringing baby boomers and older adults back into the record stores, both to rebuild their existing album collections and to buy records by those stimulating adult alternative (jazz and new age) artists whom they've heard on their favorite top 40, album rock, and AC stations as well

ists' albums. It is a fact that many of the baby boomers who are buying the albums of today's adult alternative artists are the same people who as teens and young adults made up the core audience of the underground radio stations of the '60s. The growth of underground or progressive radio was a direct result of music consumers' desire to hear a variety of songs from an artist's album

as Edison's wax cylinders. Does Dugger wish those of us who own music stores would start carrying wax cylinders? Granted, the inital expenses involved with CDs are still high cornpared with records, but this is steadily changing. I'm sorry, Dugger, but welcome to the '80s; in another 25 years, we'll all have to sell our CD players and get whatever new method of music reproduction is then available.

artists in Billboard a year ago, on the bottom of the ad was a statement

Scott Tateria Owner, WAVES Leesburg, Va.

Regarding Michael Dugger's letter about the vinyl record vs. the CD (Billboard, Dec. 3), I agree that there is a lack of sensitivity toward LPs and vinyl singles. For instance, when a label advertised the LP of one of its

sumers, underground radio grew into the album -oriented rock powerhouses that dominated in the '70s and persist today with "golden rock oldies" and the like. So it's no surprise that a new kind

of adult, album -oriented station (whether it's dubbed the Wave, new AC, or whatever) is emerging at the close of the '80s. Once again, the post -World War II generation that grew up on contemporary music is leading the way to a new era of progressive pop music. Leading-edge radio programmers have shown that they're ready to meet the changing needs of this new adult market, and retailers have already learned that these adult alternative artists mean business at the cash register. Now it's up to the major record companies to recognize this trend for what it is and to respond to the demands of adult-oriented consumers. We must find, nurture, and aggressively market those alternative artists who will dominate the contemporary music marketplace in the coming decade. How will we do this? To reach adult consumers effec(Continued on page 91)

Anne Gross Corona, Queens, N.Y.

that read: "available on records and cassettes." Now, most if not all labels place "records" last in that statement. There is obviously a specific preference for the CD sound, and that's fine. There remains, however, a wide following for LPs and singles as well as cassettes, which are my choice and the choice of many others. The fact that sales of LPs, singles, and tapes have not come to a complete halt upon the arrival of the CD is proof positive that there still exists a sump-

tuous market for these configuraPLEA FOR THE LP

rather than just the single song that teen -oriented, top 40 stations preferred. Driven by these album con-

tions. The shift to CDs is happening entirely too fast. It, sends out a message

that the industry wants the consumer to eat, think, buy, and breathe CDs. That scares me and makes me feel very uncomfortable.

JOE WILLIAMS SALUTED

In reference to Billboard's recent salute to Joe Williams, he has been a part of my life musically for more than 30 years (since I first heard him with the Count Basie band at Bird land in 1956) and personally for almost that long. Sometimes when one gets to know an artist one admires, a certain disillusionment may set in: There may be a lack of warmth that seems incompatible with a major talent. In Williams' case, it is exactly the opposite. The more you learn about him as a human being, the more fully you realize why his gifts are so wide-ranging and so durable. That he is a consummate blues artist is a given. That he is a peerless (Continued on page 91) 11

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'88: Fast Turnover, Harsh Lawsuits, New Owners ROSS NEW YORK "It is no longer sufficient for most owners ... to show a good return year in and year out. There must be increasingly higher reBY SEAN

1966 ihkevieu turns because those profits ... go to the parent firm, which is often paying off debts for mergers and expansions."

That isn't another comment about the effect of station trafficking and leveraged buyouts on local stations, although it could be. Actually, it comes from a story in Time magazine last month about tension between editors and publishers. And there are other parallels.

Earlier in the article, a Detroit News VP says, "The role of the

newspaper editor today has

changed. The trick is to be able to understand management so you can fulfill your responsibilities in these new areas and continue to have the time and energy to devote to the

newsroom." Substitute the words "PD" for "editor" and "radio station" for "newsroom" and you have another one of this year's popular quotes about the importance of programmers being sales and management aware. A lot of 1988's radio agenda had been set in place in previous years; what was surprising was not necessarily what happened as much as the frenzy with which it was played out. Prices escalated to the point where AM /FM combos in such markets as Decatur, Ill., were selling for $8.4 mil-

lion. Lawsuits proliferated, especially in recent months. Payola indictments came down in February, but by that

time the industry was more upset about records that weren't being reported, something borne out by unusually heated sessions at both the Bobby Poe and Young Black Programmers Coalition conventions. The "higher stakes equal more frenzy" equation gets a lot of support from this year's rash of PD turnovers. This summer, when Bob Linden left WQXI -FM Atlanta and then WQCD New York almost immediately before resurfacing at KNUA Seattle, he felt compelled to issue a statement explaining his moves. Four months later, he has been well upstaged by PDs and stations in all formats. There's WDJY Washington, D.C., whose second and third PDs this year lasted for a total of three weeks. (Neither had been on his previous job very long either.) KGRX Phoenix promoted a new PD last September; two months later, the station was on satellite and he was gone. WFBQ Indianapolis brought in a PD from Detroit in June; by November, he'd gone back. There were PDs in New Orleans and Bakersfield, Calif., who spent one day at their new stations before deciding to turn around. These examples -and there are plenty of others -aren't meant to stigmatize the stations or PDs involved; in fact, one of the clear implications is that faster turnover may be losing its stigma. But they do show that the frenzy is affecting a lot of situations that owners and GMs might have lived with in a calmer climate. These are just some of the major

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has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to sell WWJ /WJOI Detroit to CBS Inc. for a yet unspecified price. An official contract should be signed before year's end. is upped from executive VP to president of Keymarket Broadcasting; owner Kirby Confer had handled those duties. BARRY DRAKE

is named president /C00 of Malrite Communications. He had been executive VP and president of the radio division since April 1985. He will now also oversee Malrite's TV operations. GIL ROSENWALD

gives president's stripes to two VP /GMs: KKBQ Houston's Al Brady Law and KNUA Seattle's Marc Kaye. GANNETT RADIO

returns to Sheridan Broadcasting as director of entertainment programming. He'll head SBN's newly revamped STRZ division, concentrating on short- and longform entertainment programs. CHUCK WOODSON

is named general executive of broadcasting for Price Communications. He was VP /GM of WWOR-TV New York. PETER LEONE

is promoted to president of Eastern operations at Burbach Broadcasting, replacing Larry Garrett. He was previously GM of WEYZ /WCCK Erie, Pa. HOWARD NEMENZ

11P /GIS: Jane Bartsch joins KEBC Oklahoma City; she was GM at cross-town KOMA /KRXO. Also, Ron Thompson goes to Degree Communications' WANS Greenville, S.C.; he last worked with co -owned KEYI Austin, Texas.

NEW

is formed as an L.A.-based production /marketing company. Its principals are longtime "American Top 40" producer and cocreator Don Bustany and Johnny Biggs of Events Marketing Inc.

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January NBC puts its radio properties up for sale ... KKCY San Francisco drops its eclectic album format for adult standards, then goes jockless

top 40 ... WYHY Nashville, Tenn., kicks off a year of unusual promotions by giving away a marriage or a divorce. Programming: Larry Berger adds OM stripes at WWPR New York ... KHQT San Jose, Calif., and WCKZ Charlotte, N.C., move to crossover formats ... WLNZ Lansing, Mich., goes to jockless top 40. New GMs: Fred Weinhaus at WABC New York ... Maureen Le-

sourd at WRQX Washington, D.C. ... Robert Schutt at WRIF Detroit ... Al Brady Law at KKBQ Houston Phil Levine at WMJI Cleveland. Sales: WGMS -AM -FM Washington, D.C., from RKO to Classical Acquisition Partnership for $22.3 million ... KGRX Phoenix to Daytona Group for $2.75 million. New PDs: Bill Richards to KKBQ ... Brian Phillips to WBJW Orlando, Fla.. -.. Pat Still to WRIF ... Trip .

Reeb to XETRA -FM San Diego ... Steve Kelly to WPHR Cleveland ... Cinde Slater to KDKB Phoenix ... Gene Romano to WDVE Pittsburgh ... John Sebastian to in -house consultant for KGRX ... Bob Brooks upped at WBMW Washington, D.C.

February A federal grand jury investigating payola indicts indie promoters Ralph

and Valerie Tashjian and William Craig and former KIQQ Los Angeles VP /GM George Wilson Crowell. Seven PDs in top 40 and urban radio are named but not indicted themselves

...

Rolling Stone discontinues its station-of- the -year award after a local newspaper discloses that WMMS Cleveland stuffed the ballot box. The magazine later reconsiders ... Radio

investment banker Gary Stevens

launches his own company. Emmis buys five stations from NBC for $121.5 million ... ABC /Wa-

(Continued on page 20)

2 Stations Face Lawsuits As '88 Wanes; Joseph Faces Postsingles Era At WGY AS THE YEAR OF THE LAWSUIT winds down, former Milwaukee and Chicago jock Catherine Catalane has filed a defamation suit against WLZR Milwaukee, its morning team of Marylin Mee & Brian Nelson, and VP /GM David Crowl following a Dec. 1 WLZR interview with talk host Morton Downey Jr. that was rebroadcast two days later. The suit stems from an on -air exchange that began when Downey told Mee her name resembled Marilyn Monroe's and asked, "Are you still screwing all the Kennedys?" When Mee told Downey, "I hear you

were screwing [Catalane]," Downey responded, in considerably more colorful terms than those used here, that he wasn't well enough endowed. According to a Milwaukee Journal story, the bad blood be-

tween Downey and Catalane goes back two years to 1986, when the pair worked at WMAQ

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radio developments this year:

has always advocated "going to the box office," that is, monitoring singles sales to determine his playlist. So what is most different about top 40 WGFM Albany, N.Y.'s transformation to WGY -FM "Electric 99" Dec. 9 is how Joseph is handling a postsingles world. Like Joseph's previous top 40s, WGY-FM relies entirely on a list of 40 -50 currents, runs jingles between every record, turns over its A's quickly (two hours here, as opposed to about 1 hour and 10 minutes at the old WCAU -FM Philadelphia), does minicountdowns throughout the day, and uses a lot of local color and station vocabulary. But because only 9% of local record sales are vinyl singles, Joseph is now relying heavily on album sales, which in Albany, he says, are 57% rock. That means that WGY -FM's No. 6 song in its

first week was Pink Floyd's by Sean Ross "Comfortably Numb" and that slapped Catalane, then exposed himself to her, and it plays Kiss, Dokken, R.E.M., and the Georgia Satclaims he was suspended but later asked Catalane to ellites along with Anita Baker, Bobby Brown, Bar"water down" her description of the events to say bra Streisand, and other nonrockers who also sell althat he had only unzipped his fly. None of the NBC bums. or WMAQ personnel contacted would discuss that Most of the competing PDs who had heard WGY story. FM weren't sure what to make of a station that seIronically, Downey was originally being sued gues from Kiss to Kenny G, but its music policy isn't also, but now Catalane's lawyer, Robert Sutton, all that different from WCAU's mix in 1982, when it says he expects to drop those charges since Downey segued from Joan Jett to "Planet Rock" because has apologized twice and offered to do a charity con- both sold singles. The question is whether the same cert for Armenian earthquake relief. Catalane still practice will work with album buyers, a less homogplans to sue WLZR and its principals; Sutton says, enous group than singles consumers. "I've had no overtures from them, but they haven't Longtime WGFM PD Tom Parker stays on to been served yet. I doubt they'll be served before the helm the new format. Geoff Brown, formerly of Christmas holidays." WGRD Grand Rapids, Mich., joins for mornings. WLZR VP /GM David Crowl had no official com- David Cooper (from WWFX Bangor, Maine) and ment beyond verifying that the station had aired an I.V. Hamilton (WNYZ Utica, N.Y.) are the other apology statement once during each daypart for new staffers. four days. Crowl did, however, tell the Journal that the replay of the comments was the result of a mis- COLEMAN RESEARCH HAS finally released its understanding with his morning team. Casey Kasem vs. Shadoe Stevens listener- preferIn a much different lawsuit, Seggi Broadcasting ence study. The phone survey questioned 435 reguhas filed civil charges against the First National lar AC and top 40 listeners in five U.S. cities and Bank of Pennsylvania and Jet Broadcasting, owners says that Kasem is preferred 2-to -1 by respondents of top 40 WJET -FM Erie, Pa. In his suit, principal who are familiar with both shows. The study, which Ron Seggi onetime Jet employee- charges "con- is careful to point out that there's good news for spiracy and collusion" and claims the bank forced both hosts, says that Kasem's popularity is concenhim to involuntarily sell the then WSEG to Jet. Jet trated among 25-plus listeners; after 10 weeks on executive VP John Kanzius calls Seggi's action "a the air, Stevens has a popularity edge among teens nuisance suit; we paid more than twice what he was (53 % -47 %). Stevens' popularity edges up to 56% billing and sold our AM for a third of its market val- among core top 40 teens. ue, so it was more than a fair price." PROGRAMMING DEP'T: The ownership change at ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH Mike Joseph's top 40 urban WKYS Washington, D.C., finally took place stations over the last decade knows the consultants (Continued on page 18) Chicago. The suit says Downey

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roke These Rec* When you chain yourself to your job, you can break more than just a little hard rock. This year, with hit after hit after hit, we exposed new artists in every musical style you can think of. From alternative to zydeco, we proved that J.J. was no passing Fad and that MC was no Lyte weight. INXS had an inexhaustable supply of hit singles, Debbie became this year's Gibson Girl and everyone got their Kix. The Escape Club captured a #1 smash and Winger soared up the charts. From the California Raisins to Illinois Jacquet, ETrimm to Levert, Blue Rodeo to White Lion, Atlantic made things happen again and again.

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Four Major Nets Set For New Challenges After Lean Year Of Internal Consolidation BY PETER LUDWIG

NEW YORK For the four major radio networks, internal consolidation was the key to surviving another year of nearly flat revenue growth. But all four network presidents say their industry is stronger now be-

cause of innovative responses to

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says. "They took more business out of the market, and so did we." Verbitsky says US outperformed market growth as well, billing an overall total of $90 million in 1988. He says, "US is in a mature situation now, and revenues for Transtar nearly doubled in 1988. We don't expect it to be quite so big in 1989, but the RADAR report card was fantastic for Transtar." Daniels says another major factor in 1988's disappointing growth was television's absorption of close to $1 billion of the year's advertising mar-

Affiliate com-

ket for the Winter and Summer

pensation continues to be the industry's biggest dollar drain, but the networks now have performance clauses in most of their affiliate contracts as a way of maintaining value for the compensation. The biggest challenge, according to all four presidents, is finding fresh

Olympic Games. He hopes this will be the last time the International Olympic Committee allows both games to be held in the same year.

advertising revenue. In late 1987, Transtar Radio Network and Satellite Music Network teamed their sales efforts with those of United Stations and ABC Radio Networks, respectively. Both US president Nick Verbitsky and ABC

president Aaron Daniels say 1988 proved those partnerships worked well.

Daniels says ABC was able to out-

perform the industry's estimated 1.8% growth. "Much of that came from our aligning with SMN," he

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the two networks, and the synergy has made us more effective. It's been a very important year for us in the changes we've made." Those changes have included moving to spot extraction (making CBS the last network to do so), expanding the news feed service, and making greater use of news anchor /commentator Charles Osgood.

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haven't had that in a long time." 1988 saw Westwood One continue its struggle to turn around the money- losing NBC Radio Network, offer enhanced news and information programming, suffer a severe weakening of its stock, and acquire its first radio properties in New York and Los Angeles. "It's been an eventful year," says WW1 president Norm Pattiz. "The value of our stock has dropped significantly, while the value of our assets has grown significantly." WW1's

stock plummeted more than five points on May 31 to $14.25 a share. After posting an annual high of $24, company stock was hovering around $8.50 in December. WW1 had hoped to have NBC fully in the black by the end of 1988. Pattiz says, "Clearly the network marketplace didn't grow [significantly], and it slowed down our assimilation of NBC." To cut costs, WW1 has stepped up the internal consolidation of its Mutual and NBC news resources. WW1 Takes A Breather Although 1988 took some of the shine off WW1's golden image, Pattiz says the network simply took a

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phenomenal growth. He, too, is optimistic about industry growth in 1989, and he says the nature of the business favors WW1. "If you look at WW1, Transtar, and SMN, these are companies that make their living programming. Now that news is no longer legislated, the new wave is companies that rely on programming." Outside of WW1, US is thekonly major news network that relies heavily on longform programming, but Verbitsky says, "I don't see any major expansion in longform programming. That market's pretty well

served." Verbitsky says US is not planning to increase special programming in the first half of 1988. And ABC's Daniels says, "We've found there's strong support for our two weekly series and they're doing very well ... [but] you'll not find a ton of one -shot specials being produced."

If that prognosis is correct, it would seriously affect the growth potential of WW1, which derives a large portion of its revenue from its extensive programming catalog. But longform programming built WW1 and has been its forte; the network has already released four new programs for 1989, and Pattiz is confident there is room for them. So far, WW1 has dropped only one show from its 1989 catalog. The rise of music -intensive FM ra(Continued on page 19)

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12)

Dec. 10. As expected, Albimar

Finley becomes

GM;

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Simpson remains PD /mornings. Shifts have been lengthened and WKYS veterans Jeff Leonard and Paul Porter are out, as are nine other staffers. KDAB Salt Lake City PD Chris Owens joins as production director. AC WRVR Memphis PD Bob Kaake follows VP /GM Terry Wood to similarly formatted WLTI Detroit, replacing Pat Holiday ... John Bodner is promoted from middays to PD at WASH Washington, D.C. Bodner has been with the station for two stints over the course of nine years; VP/GM Michael Douglass says Bodner's appointment shows the station's commitment to its current soft AC format. Jim Glass goes from OM at AC/ easy WBNS -AM -FM Columbus, Ohio, to OM at n/t WXYT Detroit,

replacing Joseph S. Baccarella. WBNS production director Ed Douglas is now PD for the two stations ... Former KABC Los Angeles PD John Broeske is again programming n/t KMJ Fresno, Calif., and adult standards sister KFXM San Bernadino, Calif., which becomes

n/t KRSO

on Monday (19). Current PD Chris McKay stays on in an undetermined position.

Vancouver, British Columbia, PD Marty Forbes segues to that post at AC CHUM AM Toronto. Forbes, who comes from a family of broadcasters, will supervise his brother, Gerry Forbes, CHUM's morning man. Formerly an oldies -based AC, CHUM will now lean more current WMC -AM Memphis, Tenn., leaves 15 years of country for n/t sometime after Jan. 1. Most of the details are still being worked out at this point, but Oliver C. Reed comes from cross -town WHBQ as AC CKKS

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PD. AC WENS Indianapolis PD Joel Grey has been promoted to OM. In

an unusual release of the sort usually offered only by Jacor, Grey says, "I'm anxious to learn everything [Emmis national PD] Rick [Cummings] knows; that should only take a day or two." Across town at urban WPZZ, MD Harmony Hines is back in the PD slot, which she occupied under the station's previous owners. New GM

Dwayne Westbrook has also moved Jeffrey Clark from regional sales manager to promotions di-

rector. Santiago Nieto, PD of Spanish KZVE San Antonio, Texas, adds programming duties for sister Tejano outlet KXTN. Art Roberts, who had been OM for both, is out and won't be directly replaced ... Country WBBF/WBEE -FM Rochester, N.Y., OM Bob Barnett has

named Todd Blide from cross-

town WHAM as WBBF's PD; he's also looking for a production director.

Oldies WNNR New Haven, Conn., becomes classic rock WXCT under new GM /PD Marty Wilson ... Paul Victor and J. Patrick are promoted from APD to PD at country WKMF and AC WCRZ Flint, Mich., respectively ... Top 40 WANS -FM Greenville,

S.C., PD Bill McCown is now OM for that station and for WANSAM, which goes satellite oldies

Across town at rival KKDA -FM, former midday man Michael Hernandez is back, but only for two hours a day via satellite. Hernandez broadcasts from his PD's office at urban KDKS Shreveport, La., now plastered with K104 stickers to remind him what station he's on. Jeff Morgan returns to radio after a year's layoff for mornings at top 40 WGHT Baltimore ... Veteran country MD Jim Howie slips in to replace MD /midday man Tim Roberts at country WPCM Burlington, N.C.... Larry Lomax leaves swing at AC KMGI Seattle

next year.

PEOPLE: Scott Shannon will get a weekly TV countdown show next fall; Shannon and industry veteran Dana Miller have created the half hour "Smash Hits" and will serve as its executive producers ... Evening co -host Jessica Hahn leaves KOY -FM Phoenix, Ariz., at the end of her contract Dec. 31. Speculation has Hahn moving to KRBEFM Houston, WXRK New York,

and almost everywhere else; spokesmen for those stations

for mornings at AC WLTY Norfolk, Va.; that sends Rick Shock-

make a point of not commenting on the stories. Two more members of soon-tobe urban KMEZ Dallas' air staff

ley back to p.m. drive ... Top WHTK Savannah, Ga., brings

Lane Jernigan for

are in place. WILD Boston MD Carolyn Robbins follows PD Elroy Smith to KMEZ for the same

40 in

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noons from a similar post at top 40 WKHI Ocean City, Md.

duties. And Tom Casey, from top Hartford, Conn., joins for a yet- to -be- determined shift.

Assistance in preparing this column was provided by Peter Ludwig and Bill Holland.

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FEATURED PROGRAMMING (Continued from page 17) dio had cut deeply into the demand

for traditional news broadcasts over the past few years. But 1988 saw the networks offer more raw data and elemental materials for stations to customize, along with a greater variety and broader base of news and information programming. ABC had struck out in that direction in 1987, with US and CBS following close behind. And despite WW1's commitment to longform programming, by midyear it had followed suit and enhanced NBC's news and information programming. Kipperman calls it "offering a larger menu" and says the trend has been reversed because " `rip and read' news is not compatible with the highly produced sound [of those formats]. They can better use fully produced news with ambient sound and actualities or they can use just those ele-

ments to produce their own news. Either way it's more compatible with their sound." CBS continues to dominate sports programming and is now the only radio network with direct access to its own television- network talent pool. ABC Gets Lucky In 1988 ABC came on line with its USA Today satellite feeds and the ac-

companying hard -copy preview, which gives morning shows a chance to preview the national newspaper's stories at 5:30 a.m. ABC has also signed on as the sales force for the two Dow Jones & Co. financial features in March-before the sudden fourth -quarter explosion of financial and business programming. Daniels says, "We got aboard early on that. We got lucky." As 1988 closes, Verbitsky says the

RADIO REPORTER /BILLBOARD Billboard is seeking an experienced reporter to cover radio news for its L.A. office. Candidate should have writing background and radio experience, preferably in programming or promotion. Send cover letter and resume with salary range to:

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networks are finding that "having four network sales staffs on the street functions very well. I don't think there's going to be a consolidation beyond this in 1989. [Four networks] are viable." To further set the tone for 1989, a large and unified contingent of all eight networks, including all the network presidents, recently descended on Detroit and the automotive community for two and a half days.

Verbitsky says, "Detroit was blown away. Here comes all eight competing networks, temporarily putting aside our differences to present the message `You already like us. We want you to like us even more.' We now have a very aggressive group of people heading up a mature radio network industry." The general consensus is that if the network industry can find fresh sources of revenue and avoid a spot price war, 1989 should find all four major players intact and the industry at least half way back to the magic double-digit growth it enjoyed from

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non, Powercuts, Global Satellite Network, two

hours. Dec. 25, Holiday Special, Hitline U.S.A., James

Paul Brown Entertainment, one hour. Dec. 25, Holiday Special, Countryline U.S.A.,

James Paul Brown Entertainment, one hour. Dec. 25, The Christmas Special, Nashville Live,

Emerald Entertainment Group, 90 minutes.

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frost the windows." It takes about an hour to complete the job, which Toennies calls "a wonderful visual for Southern California television." KSWV's snow lasted almost five days last year thanks to a cold snap. Toennies says that even at normal seasonal temperatures, the Dec. 23 frosting should easily last until about noon on Christmas. The cost of renting a snow machine is about $5,000. Toennies calls that

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makes friends with the Coalition to Save the City, thus enabling the station sale to clear. By year's end, the coalition will sue Gabbert. In a suit that takes place that month, ousted

ahead: It looks as if the popularity of WYHY Nashville's Bovine Bingo is going to continue to spread. Promotion directors might want to start thinking now about how to lay out a giant bingo board, where to rent a cow, and how to make sure it's well fed.

Oldies WZTR Milwaukee successfully used the idea to call attention to its September format switch.

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... Stations finding that their anti drunk- driving public- service announcements lack punch can call media consultant Duane Tuft at 801 -5301437. The hard -hitting "Make Arrangements" spots, first produced for KRPN Salt Lake City last year, target drinkers, not teetotalers. And for a final stocking stuffer, songwriter Jim Terr has published a book of his song lyrics, "You Got To Be Stupid To Sing Country Music." Terr's topical songs were heard this year on National Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Networks. For more information, contact Blue Canyon Books at 505- 425-6134.

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April Sillerman Acquisitions buys Metropolitan Broadcasting for $300 million in cash and debt assumption ... Ron Chapman casually asks KVIL Dallas listeners to send him $20 for no particular reason; they mail in $200,000,

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regional VP for current owner Noble Broadcasting, Lang has had an intense, acerbic manner that has as many detractors as fans. But Atkins says he

months. "He stuck his neck out for me. He could have easily have put me on ice as soon as I came to him." But treatment didn't help Atkins. "I was making close to $100,000 a year and I had the opportunity to save all that. But I kept slipping. I came out of rehab and then I went back in. Finally, it was decided that [I should] move on and get my life together." What did work, Atkins says, was religion. "I was always a Christian, but I didn't have it together. I remember looking at myself in the mirror and saying to God, `I know you're coming, but please, whatever you do, don't come now. I've got to get myself together.' " Even after he'd been fired from KMJQ, Atkins was still using drugs. "One day after I was done, I completely passed out. Even though this is hard to believe, when I woke up a few hours later, a transition had come over me. I did not crave cocaine at all. I didn't want to drink or smoke. I gave up red meat. "Everything that happened to me came to a head, and I had to go one way or another. Without God, I don't think I'd be here today," says Atkins, who calls his wife, Kim Lampkins, one of his "strongest inspirations right now." Atkins spent three months between jobs before joining WOWI as assistant PD to Steve Crúmbley and then being promoted 60 days later. I

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has "one of the most brilliant minds in radio." "Monte is a hard-nosed cat. If you screw up, you can get a phone call and he can be hard on you, but it made me better. There's more people out there that respect him than resent him." Atkins also calls Lang "a brother in white; Monte has more soul than a lot of black guys." Even now, he says, Lang "comes up with more street lingo than I do. Every day he'll give me a different word that he hears out in the streets." It was at KMJQ that Atkins decided he had a cocaine problem. "I would do it on weekends. I'd work hard for five days, then I'd reward myself for working so hard. I never did it during work or on station time. I always did it by myself. It was just a psychological dependency, but I found myself using more of it when I did use it. "It was to the point where when Monday came around, I'd come to work late because I was trying to get myself together for the week. Then I'd start missing Mondays because I was burnt out. That's as far as it went where work was concerned. I just felt there was something wrong with my life." Atkins is also adamant that during his battle with cocaine, "I never had any relationships with record people as far as drugs were concerned. A lot of them never knew what I did. A lot of people never knew what I did, because I didn't do it out in the streets." When Atkins decided he had a problem, he went to then -GM Barry Drake, who enrolled him in a rehabilitation center for two

"Even when I was job hunting, I wasn't hiding

anything ... Later [owner] Bishop L.E. Willis said he was so touched by the letter I'd sent him that he wanted to give me an opportunity." At WOWI, Atkins says, "People were just waiting for us to go in there and do the right things." He has a similar assessment of WYLD -FM, now consulted by WRKS New York PD Tony Gray, which trailed crossover WQUE 13.2 to 9.4 in the summer Arbitron. "We will do sickle-cell [anemia] drives and things for the United Negro College Fund. We have no reservations about that. We've always been a black radio station; now we have to do good basic radio. So far, the only thing I've done is instill the basics," says Atkins.

"I feel much better now making half of what I was making in Houston. The monkey is off my back and I can live the way I was meant to." But he thinks the drug problem in broadcasting is "stronger than ever. If radio policed drugs like pro football does, the results would be startling." WYLD is currently working with the Boys on two high-school concerts. "We have kids sending in antidrug pledges and I have that on the air constantly. That will be my crusade until I leave this industry. "There are a lot of young cats growing up in this business who may read this and realize they need help. I'd be willing to sit down and talk things over with them. When I was growing up, I really didn't have any role models. Maybe I can be one for somebody else."

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Hits From Billboard 10 and 20 Years Ago This Week

FRENZIED YEAR MARKED BY TURNOVER, BUYOUTS, LAWSUITS (Continued from page 20) lando as his replacement ... Don Allen at WMYK Norfolk, Va. ... Russ Mottla at WIYY Baltimore ... Jeff Levine at WBAB Long Island, N.Y. ... Chuck Brinkman at KLUV Dallas J.D. Spangler at WUSN Chicago.

Sales: WYNY New York to Westwood One for $39 million WKYS Washington to Albimar Communications for $49 million; the sale finally clears in December ... KSMG San Antonio, Texas, to Rusk for $8 .

million.

May ABC /Watermark announces Shadoe Stevens as the second host of "American Top 40," effective in August ... WIYY Baltimore morning man Bob Rivers stays on the air for 11 days to protest the Orioles' losing streak. Across town, WCBM goes dark ... The first Radio Hall of Fame induction is held in New York.

Hard- rocking college station WSOU South Orange, N.J., bans metal acts, including Stryper, after the suicide of a local teenager ... Arbitrators reinstate former WHUR Washington, D.C., PD Jesse Fax, who never actually goes back to work there ... Local morning legend Moby announces his return to KLOL Houston. Programming: EZ Communications VP /programming Dan Vallie launches his consultancy ... Providence, R.I., gets its first urban FM WWKX .. J.C. Floyd gets VP stripes for Don Kelly & Associates KOFY-FM "The City" San Francisco revives its eclectic album format for a while ... Legendary AM WWKB Buffalo, N.Y., goes satellite ... Bobby O'Jay is upped to OM at WDIA/WHRK Memphis, Tenn. New GMs: Charlie Seraphin at KNX -FM Los Angeles ... Jacqui Brumm promoted at WEBN Cincinnati ... Bill Tanner becomes a rare GM /PD at WPOW Miami. New PDs: John Roberts at KEGL Dallas. . . Chuck Morgan at WBSB Baltimore, Md. ... Marty Bender at WRIF Detroit ... Drew Hayes at WKRC Cincinnati ... Judy McNutt at KRXO Sacramento, Calif.; Pat Still at crosstown KZAP. Sales: WWBA Tampa from Metropolitan to Cox for $17.1 million ... KMJQ Houston and KMJM St. Louis from Keymarket to Noble for $81 million ... KIXI /KMGI Seattle from Sunbelt to Noble for approximately .

$16 million.

June Barry Mayo and Lee Simonson, GMs of WRKS and WOR New York, resign to launch their own company Mel Karmazin is promoted to

...

president /CEO of Infinity Broadcasting; later that month, company executives make a $30-a-share buyout offer for the company ... Steve Perun named Metroplex VP /programming. Programming: WAPW Atlanta debuts a computer-generated, all -airplay trade report. Despite a brief flurry of attention, only sister KRBE Houston follows suit ... Classic rock KSLX Phoenix changes its positioning slogan to "for men only "; it's back to classic rock by year's end. New GMs: Ron Gold at WALK Long Island, N.Y. ... Lorraine Golden at WQRS Detroit ... Bob Neil at WWBA Tampa, Fla.... Mike Disney at WIOD /WGTR Miami, Fla. Sales:

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WWRB Nashville to GMX Communications for $975,000... WCII /WDJX Louisville, Ky. (now WDJX-AM -FM), from Great Trails to Stoner for $5.5 million ... WFBR Baltimore, Md., to JAG Communications for $1.9 million.

New PDs: Mark Mason at WFAN New York ... Bob Linden at WQXIFM Atlanta, Ga. ... Sky Daniels at KISW Seattle ... Ken Barnett at KKHT Houston ... Lorrin Palagi at WRQX Washington; Paul Cannon is promoted to OM at WKSE Buffalo, N.Y. ... Joel Folger at KEGL Dallas ... Jim Pemberton at WFBQ Indianapolis, Ind.... Jay Stevens replaces Michael St. John at KOY -FM Phoenix ... Doug McGuire at KYKY St. Louis Paul Fuller at new top 40 KMPZ Memphis, Tenn.

...

July Frank Cody & Owen Leach consult Satellite Music Network's Wave format ... Nancy Widman is named president of the CBS Radio Division ... Thom O'Hair is out at KOFY-FM . Mike Kakoyannis becomes executive VP of the Westwood One radio division.

Carl Brazell launches the new Command Communications with five stations totaling $145 million. When rumors begin circulating that either KJOI or KTWV Los Angeles will go top 40 and hire morning man Rick Dees as a result of the deal, Dees signs a new five-year contract with KIIS -FM ... WCXR Washington PD Bob Kaghan dies of a heart attack at age 34. Programming: Colleen Cassidy becomes consultant Jerry Clifton's national MD ... KFI Los Angeles from AC to talk ... Second -ranked WWBA Tampa, Fla., leaves easy listening for

soft AC. New GMs: Roy Deutschman at WCAO /WXYV Baltimore, Md. .. .

Ray Gardella at WPIX New York ... Bob Bruno and Steve Candullo at WOR and WRKS New York, respectively. Sales: WRKO /WROR to Atlantic Ventures for $28.3 million ... Spanish Broadcast Systems buys WFAN New York for $23 million. PDs: Bob Linden at WPIX New York ... Jere Sullivan at WSNI Philadelphia ... Joel Lind at WMJI Cleveland ... Harry Lyles at WEKS Atlanta ... Lee Roy Hansen at SMN's

Wave format ... Gerald Tookes upped at WANM Tallahassee, Fla., replacing Joe Bullard, who heads for the record side after 15 years ... Andy Beaubien at WCXR Washington.

August Suburban AM WCVG Cincinnati becomes the first all -Elvis station, and within a few months there are two others ... The reissue craze picks up steam as KOY -FM and KZZP Phoenix revive UB40's "Red Red Wine" ... SBS announces the acquisition of WEVD New York ... Lee Abrams becomes in -house consultant to Shamrock Communications and OM for SMN's Z-Rock format. SMN's Wave format announces the addition of live announcers; at the same time, John Sebastian becomes PD of KTWV Los Angeles, paving the way for live jocks there ... 1,700 attend Jack the Rapper's Family Affair in Atlanta, making it the largest

POP SINGLES

Family Affair ever ... WBLZ Cincinnati accuses rival WIZF of raising its tower height illegally and complains

that the Federal Communications Commission doesn't respond harshly enough. The FCC does, however, revoke the license of KUKQ /KUPD Phoenix ... Anna Mae Sokusky and George Sosson become VPs of CBS O &O AMs and FMs, respectively. Programming: Perhaps at the urging of Billboard readers who have been airing their opinions on a new format in Vox Jox, WPIX New York becomes jazz WQCD; shortly thereafter, Wendy Leeds replaces PD Bob Linden WFLZ Tampa, WAYL Minneapolis, and KSMG San Antonio are among those going to an oldies format ... KXXR Kansas City, Mo., finally, debuts as a "rock 40" ... Jeff Wyatt adds VP /regional programming duties for Emmis. New GMs: In a three -way Gannett Radio shuffle, Chris Conway moves

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to KUSA /KSD St. Louis; Mike Shields moves to KSDO /KSWV San Diego, Calif.; and Gerry DeFrancesco to WDAE /WUSA Tampa, Fla. Emmis counters with three of its own: James Smith to KXXX-FM San Francisco; Chuck Hillier to WKQX Chicago; and Mark Ranier to WJIB Boston. New PDs: Bob West at WQUE New Orleans, La. ... Keith Isley at WHQT Miami, Fla., ... Sam Weaver at WAMO Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Chuck Beck at WDFX Detroit ... Frank Holler at WIOQ Philadelphia ... Bill Jones at WGKX Memphis; Melvin Jones at cross-town KRNB ... Jan Jeffries at WQXI Atlanta. Sales: RKO sells two: WRKS New York to Summit for $50 million and KRTH-AM -FM Los Angeles to Beasley for $87 million ... WERE /WNCX Cleveland to Metroplex for $11.5 million; WRFX Charlotte, N.C., from Metroplex to Pyramid for $15.1 mil-

cago ... WGR -FM Buffalo returns to album rock . Longtime black outlet WCIN Cincinnati goes to classical ... WZTR Milwaukee and WFBR Baltimore are this month's oldies converts ... The Nashville Network launches a syndicated radio format on what was previously the overnights -only Music Country Network. New GMs: Ricky Tatum promoted at KACE Los Angeles ... Charles Bortnick at WMMS Cleveland .. . Penny Brazile at WYLD New Orleans ... Dave Baronfeld at KSJO San Jose, Calif. ... Eddie Esserman at WFOX Atlanta ... J.D. Freeman at KMLE Phoenix ... Kevin Mashek at KWSS San Jose. New PDs: Ed Walsh at WOR New York ... Ty Bell at WDJY Washington ... Bob Linden at KNUA Seattle ... John Roberts at WYSP Philadelphia ... Steve Casey at KGRX Phoenix ... Ed Levine at KLOL Houston; Steve Hegewood at KHYS Beaumont, Texas, which moves to Houston several weeks later ... Ken Car-

son at WPHD Buffalo ... Terry Hickman returns to WXDJ Miami ... WBZZ Pittsburgh PD Jim Richards

at Vallie Communications; Bill Cahill replaces him .. Dave Anthony at .

new oldies outlet KQQL Minneapolis ... Kurt Kelly at KNX -FM Los Angeles. Sales: Three more RKO sales are announced: WOR New York to Buckley Broadcasting for $24 million;

WFYR Chicago to Atlantic Ventures (which eventually falls through); and WAXY Miami to Evergreen Media for $24 million ... KKHT Houston from Malrite to Emmis ... KHVN/ KDLZ Dallas to Gilmore for $14 mil-

September At this year's National Assn. of Broadcasters convention, the NAB debuts its "ultimate" radio, meant to help failing AMs -but the AM half doesn't work. Billboard presents its 1988 Radio Awards, which do work;

Hoker Broadcasting sues Jacor

WHTZ New York, KZZP Phoenix,

over a bogus format- change memo that the latter group eventually admits sending ... The NAB issues its annual financial reports, suggesting that stations are taking in more money but keeping less of it as competition increases ... The U.S. Senate passes an omnibus anti-drug bill that would, among its other provision, strip radio licenses from drug users. Programming: Bob McNeill named VP/programming for Viacom; Gary McCartie replaces him at WMZQ Washington ... WQXI -FM Atlanta returns to top 40; WHQT Miami returns to crossover ... KIIS -AM Los Angeles goes to an all-dance-mix format ... This month's oldies converts: WHBQ Memphis, KOMA Oklahoma City, WMQX Winston Salem, N.C., and WAVG Louisville, Ky. New GMs: Peg Kelly from WNBC to WYNY New York ... Tony Per longo at KAMJ Phoenix ... Dale Webber at KZZP Phoenix ... Monte Lang returns to KMJQ Houston ... Susan Hoffman at KKHT Houston. Sales: WIOQ Philadelphia from Outlet to EZ Communications for $19.1 (Continued on page 88)

WEBE Bridgeport, Conn., and

WGCI -FM Chicago are the big winners ... WYNY and WQHT make the first of New York's six planned fre-

quency switches. Arbitron's new diary takes effect; terminology from the diary makes its way into station liners in all formats The Record Industry Assn. of America releases its study on back.

announcing; Billboard finds that

many PDs are already warm to the idea . .. The Canadian government punishes CKFM Toronto for playing too many hits by forcing it to go commercial free for three days ... Steve Berger is named president at Nation-

wide Communications; Mickey

Franko heads the radio group. Programming: Smokey Rivers becomes group PD for Stoner ... Japan gets its second FM, J-Wave, which picks up some hours of the Wave format ... Fred Jacobs and Rick Carroll both revive their modern rock consultancies as Billboard introduces its new Modern Rock Tracks chart ... WCBM Baltimore returns to the air

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Lee Michaels leaves WBMX Chi-

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4. My Life, Billy Joel, COLUMBIA 5. I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges, POLYDOR 6. I Just Wanna Stop, Gino Vannelli, A &M

7. Sharing The Night Together, Dr. Hook, CAPITOL 8. Y.M.C.A., Village People, CASABLANCA 9. Our Love, Don't Throw It All Away, Andy Gibb, RSO

10. Hold The Line, Toto, COLUMBIA TOP SINGLES

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Heard It Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye, TAMLA 2. Love Child, Diana Ross & the Supremes, MOTOWN 3. For Once In My Life, Stevie Wonder, TAMLA 4. Abraham, Martin & John, Dion, 1.

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6. Stormy, Classics IV, IMPERIAL 7. Who's Making Love, Johnnie

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Martin, WARNER BROS. 3. Greatest Hits Vol. II, Barbra Streisand, COLUMBIA 4. C'est Chic, Chic, ATLANTIC 5. Grease, Soundtrack, RSO 6. Double Vision, Foreigner, ATLANTIC 7. Jazz, Queen, ELEKTRA 8. Live And More, Donna Summer, CASABLANCA

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October Howard Stern returns to D.C. via satellite as WBMW Washington drops adult alternative for classic rock ... AM institution WNBC's frequency New York becomes the new home of WFAN ... WSOU lifts its metal ban ... Billboard reports that many top 40 stations are now testing only females, but that hard rock this fall's music trend-is doing well anyway.

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1. Le Freak, Chic, ATLANTIC 2. Got To Be Real, Cheryl Lynn, COLUMBIA

3. September, Earth, Wind & Fire, COLUMBIA

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8. One Nation Under A Groove,

Funkadelic, WARNER BROS. I Don't Know If It's Right, Evelyn "Champagne" King, RCA 10. What You Won't Do For Love, Bobby Caldwell, CLOUDS 9.

BILLBOARD

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...And congratulations to these 1988 "Jukebox Award" winners...

The Tokens

Jukebox Pop Record of the Year "I've Had the Time of My Life" Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes RCA

Boy Meets Girl

Jukebox Country Record of the Year "Tennessee Flat Top Box" Roseanne Cash CBS Records

Baillie & the Boys

Jukebox R &B Record of the Year "Pink Cadillac" Natalie Cole EMI -Manhattan Records Bobby Bare

Jukebox Rising Star Award -Male (Tie) Ricky Van Shelton, CBS & Rick Astley, RCA

Guy

Mitchell Jukebox Rising Star Award -Female K.T. Oslin, RCA

Chubby Checker

Jukebox Rising Star Award -Group Guns n' Roses, Geffen Records

Awards Show emcee: Eddie Cash

Produced by Sam Atchley in association with Kevin Olsen of Corporate Productions for the Amusement & Music Operators Association

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Amusement 8 Music Operators Association

ip PLACK Motown Sale, Hip -Hop /R&B, Writer/Producers Led News GEORGE NEW YORK The sale of Motown BY NELSON

Records, the most successful black -owned label in history, to MCA was the important black music event of 1988. The year also

Blues Dues. Veteran blues producer /writer Willie Dixon accepts a $5,000 donation from BMI VP Rick Riccobono in behalf of Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation Inc., a 6-year -old organization dedicated to promoting the blues. Next to Dixon is his wife, Marie. Dixon currently has two records in release, a collection on Capitol, "Hidden Charms," and MCA's "Willie Dixon: The Chess Box."

saw George Michael become the first white artist to top the Billboard black album chart, previously independent rap labels sign lucrative distribution deals with majors, and the emergence of several prolific producing /writing teams. In June, Motown founder Berry Gordy sold his legendary label to MCA for $61 million. The sale, which did not include the extremely valuable Jobete Music catalog,

Banner Year For Teddy Riley, Curtis Mayfield Also

'88's Top Artists: Chapman, Public Enemy THESE ARBITRARY DEFINERS OF TIME we call years serve many useful purposes: They make calendar makers happy, separate the young from the old, and allow the IRS to keep track of our money. Really good stuff, right? Another important use of a year is to drive journalists crazy. Every December we are instructed to look back and figure out what was most important about a year. Some judgments can be made with total objectivity (Michael

anie Mills, Robert Brookins), Vincent Davis (Keith Sweat), and Lavaba (Kool Moe Dee) grow as well. These days Motown nostalgia is trendy and Memphis soul is being revived, but too often people forget that one of the towering presences in R &B for over two decades was Curtis Mayfield. In 1988 George Benson and Wrecks -N- Effects both covered "Let's Do It Again," Ice -T did a rap version of "Pusherman," and Fishbone rocked hard on "Freddie's Dead," all classic Mayfield compositions. In addition, Mayfield, through Ichiban Records, rereleased his "Su-

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astrological signs play a black concept album of all part. Anyway, what foltime. The attention that by Nelson George lows are random impresMayfield, currently reprelions of the year about to pass into history. sented with a live album recorded in Europe, is receiving Tracy Chapman and Public Enemy were the two is long overdue. most important artists of 1988. Chapman's self -titled debut turned racial and sexual stereotypes on their head. SHORT STUFF: Tracy Chapman's "Baby, Can I Hold Her folkie roots, eye for detail, and strident voice were a You" is covered by Neil Diamond on his "The Best brilliant antidote to the prefab plastic that passes for Years Of Our Lives" album ... Spring /Posse artists black pop. Chapman speaks a thoughtful, humanistic Grandmaster Melle Mel and Van Silk perform the antilanguage in an era when concern for the poor is a sign of violence rap "What's The Matter With Your World ?" on bad taste. That her album went to No. 1 on the pop the soundtrack of the film "Police Academy 6." A music chart, even for a week, is a hopeful sign that, just may- video, featuring the rappers and "Police Academy" be, there are still Americans around unafraid to call stars Bubba Smith, David Graf, and Michael Winslow, themselves liberal. will be featured in the vidclip. Mel and Van Silk won an Public Enemy, in total contrast, embraces a hard-line, Emmy for their anti -crack public service announcement fist-in- your-face black nationalism as uncompromising a few years back ... Jackie Jackson's long-in-the -makas its music is tough. With Chuck D exhorting, Flavor ing self -titled solo album will be out on Polydor in 1989. Flay agreeing, and Hank Shocklee masterminding the The single is "Stay" ... Midnight Star's new single is innovative music mix, P.E. articulated the anger of "Snake In The Grass" on Capitol -distributed Solar. The young urban America on its instant classic "It Takes A band is now on tour in Japan ... A mid-'80s duet album Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back." Now all the band by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack has just been ishas to do is truly study "The Autobiography Of Mal- sued on CD by Capitol ... Natalie Cole and Jazzy Jeff & colm X" and realize that rage, tempered by reflection, is the Fresh Prince will appear on "Dick Clark's New more potent than a Uzi. Year's Rocking Eve" Dec. 31 ... Deodato is busy workTeddy Riley, whether credited as arranger, producer, ing on a solo album for Atlantic ... Maurice White's Kaor writer, was the creative force behind a blend of hip- limba Productions is seeking acts for production deals. hop, R &B, and funk in a series of aggressive recordings Tapes and promotional packages should be sent to Kathat may go down in history as some of the best dance limba Productions, 4303 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, records ever. Put on "How Ya Like Me Now ?," "I Want Calif. 91505, to the attention of the company's A&R diHer," "Just Got Paid," "Groove Me," "My Prerogative," rector, Charles L. Freeman ... Johnny Gill shines on and "Him Or Me" and watch what happens at a party. New Edition's latest single, "Can You Stand The Rain" A number of managers enjoyed prosperous years. TVs "It's Showtime At The Apollo" will be around Charles Huggins and Russell Simmons have been do- for its third season after racking up impressive ratings ing well for awhile; 1988 saw Cassandra Mills (Stephin and out of urban centers. .

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had long been rumored. Motown was not simply the industry's pre-

mier black -owned venture, but

throughout the last two decades

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had also been either the first or

second biggest

black concern in the U.S., according to Black Enterprise magazine. So the sale was of both musical and economic significance outside the business. Gordy's company, born in Detroit in the late '50s, spawned many of the greatest pop stars of all time: Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey

w

Robinson & the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and

Lionel Richie. But by the mid-'80s it was clear that Motown was no

longer providing "the sound of young America." It was Jheryl Busby, president of MCA's potent black music division, who took on the task of reviving Motown. Since Busby assumed the mantle of leadership there, Motown has been aggressive in working to break several new acts. Gordy started his own company, the Gordy Group, and reportedly has attempted to purchase the United Artist film studio. Louil Silas, MCA's gifted black A &R director, succeeded Busby in his position at MCA. With his "Faith" album, Michael became the first white entertainer

to reach No. 1 on Billboard's black album chart. The Englishman also enjoyed a No. 1 black single with "One More Try." Both events reflected Michael's ongoing interest in the black market. The release of the "Hard Day" remix, which was aimed specifically at black radio and coincided with the release of

the album's kickoff single,

"Faith," to pop radio, and the artist's work with Jimmy "Jam" Harris & Terry Lewis on a "Monkey" remix illustrate Michael's efforts in this area. Columbia's courting of black radio for Michael was one manifestation of that label's increased commitment to black music. Signifi-

cantly, much of Columbia's

success this year came via its ground-breaking distribution deal with Def Jam Records. L.L. Cool J's "Bigger And Deffer" and Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" established the acts as major youth market stars. In fact, the Def Jam /Columbia deal set a precedent for such major- label /hip- hop- independent liaisons as Cold Chillin' /Warner Bros. and First Priority /Atlantic. Rap, despite continued resistance by many black /urban programmers, grew as a sales force

with Jazzy Jeff

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the Fresh

Prince, Eric B. & Rakim, Salt -NPepa, Kool Moe Dee, EPMD, Heavy D, and Run -D.M.C. among (Continued on page 34)

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PRODUCER (SONGWRITER)

1 week at Nog One C.FRANTZ,T.WEVMOUTH (Z.MARLEV, T.DOWNIE)

EVERYTHING

(T) (C) MOTOWN

THE LOVER IN ME

SHEENA EASTON

29

5

13

15

22

8

14

22

27

8

15

16

23

9

ALL OR NOTHING



25

30

7

IT'S MY PARTY

22

8

3

14

Gil

39

41

6 14 7

6

(T) WARNER BROS.

JUST WANNA STOP

42

48

4

28

32

31

9

29

II

6

13

30

21

8

15

31

18

21

10

32

43

59

4

13

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41

34

36 37

40 31

38

35

39

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46

45 44

4

43 36 50 33 37

65 57

47

12 6

N.CONNORS (R.VANNELLI)

L.A.,BABYFACE A.,BABYFACE (BABYFACE)

8 8 4

5

6

O9 YJ

47

63

4

51

46

70

60

87

7

5

3

47

49

49

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56

81

3

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58

71

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44169 53463

(T) VINTERTAINMENT 7- 69359 /ELEKTRA

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29

15

11

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52

64

5



75

91

3

57

57

62

6

(T) (C) ORPHEUS

R.MOORE (R.MOORE)

(T) POLYDOR 871

72654/EMI

064 -7 /POLYGRAM

(T) (C) WARNER BROS. 7 -27678

SALT- N -PEPA

GET UP EVERYBODY (GET UP)

S.SHEPPARD,J.VARNER ( S.SHEPPARD, J.VARNER, A.STOKES)

(T) MOTOWN 1951

DONNA ALLEN

(T) OCEANA 7- 99265 /ATLANTIC

P.LORD,V.J.SMITH (P.LORD)

BABY DOLL

76

59

63

82

5

60

61

74

6

68

79

5

62

73

90

3

63

67

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83

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82

86

(T) (C) WING 871 108 -7 /POLYGRAM

AL JA

SO GOODLE,

(T) (C) REPRISE 7- 27.4/WÁNRER BROS.

M.WATERS, S.SHIFRIN)

MISSED CONLEY,D.TOWNSEND,B.JACKSON (D.CONLEY, B.JACKSON. E.COLLINS)

COLUMBIA 38

WHERE IS THE LOVE

R.BROOKINS (R.MACDONALD, W.SALTER)

(T) MCA

EARTH, WIND & FIRE (T) (C) COLUMBIA

CAN'T GO BACK ON A PROMISE

38-08107

HEY LOVER

THANKS FOR MY CHILD

-

87

70 1

71

23

14

90

2

NEW

O

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55

56

8

88

4

HAVES m)

0ILEY

61

19

STARPOINT

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97

LUTHER VANDROSS

82

60

III"

OP MB

7-69373

ESESI7MMONAS

SAMANTHA FOX (T) (C) JIVE 1154 /RCA

FOUR TOPS (DUET WITH ARETHA FRANKLIN) (C) ARISTA

1

-9766

KENNY

KENNY G (KENNY G)

(C) ARISTA

KILLING ME SOFTLY

1

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AL B. SURE!

(C) WARNER BROS. 7-27772

G.PASCHAL)

',.!(sEE,,,F.2'1"'N RI.E RSEY, A.BROWN)

(C) WING

83

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89

NEW 96

44 92

-

NEW 66

38

2

2

17 4

IN DEBT TO YOU I

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DON'T WANT 2 BE ALONE E

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JOHNNY

LOVE EDUCATION

CA$HFLOW

(T) ATLANTA ARTISTS 872 050 -7 /POLYGRAM

L.BLACKMON (G.PARSONS, J.DUFFIE)

THE 7A3

COOLIN' IN CALI

89

NEWO,

1

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NEW O

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NEWS

1

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I'M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU

LUTHER VANDROSS

MR.

***HOT SHOT DEBUT***

MIDNIGHT STAR (8 LOVELACE, BELINDA M.GENTRY, B.WATSON, B SIMONS,

J

COOPER, KGANT)

RESPECT

MEG

MELBA MOORE

(R.SONG)

ANITA BAKER

(C) ELEKTRA 7-69327

M.J.POWELL (M.O'HARA, S.MCKINNEY, A.BROWN)

BRAND NEW FUNK D.J. JAZZY JEFF

D.J. JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE

(T) JIVE 1147 /RCA

&FRESH PRINCE,B.NEW,P.HARRIS (W.SMITH, J.TOWNES)

THE SPIRIT OF LOVE

AVERAGE WHITE BAND

J.ROBIE (E.LEWIS, A.GORRIE)

(T) TRACK RECORD

MY PREROGATIVE G.GRIFFIN ( G.GRIFFIN, B.BROWN)

WHERE DID YOU

INSIDE

GEGT

RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN

KARYN WHITE

L.A.,BABYFACE (BABYFACE, L.A.REID, D.SIMMONS)

(T) (C) WARNER BROS.

TEENAGE LOVE H.SHOCKLEE,E.SADLER,R.WALTERS (R.WALTERS, H.SHOCKLEE, E.SADLER)

DON'T ROCK THE BOAT

(T) (C) DEF JAM 38- 08105 /COLUMBIA

MIDNIGHT STAR FEAT. ECSTACY OF WHODINI

(T) (C) SOLAR 70027 /CAPITOL

MIDNIGHT STAR (B.SIMMONS)

LOVE IS RISING

SHOCK -A -RA

LGRAHAM (AMEN RA EAST)

(T) FUTURE 105

BEING IN LOVE AIN'T EASY

SWEET OBSESSION

H.KING,CHAD (B.GREEN, V.LGREEN)

EPIC

R.J.'S LATEST ARRIVAL

R.J.RICE (R.J.RICE)

(C) EMI

GONNA GETGOVE,R.YOU ,

(I'VE GOT)

SWEEC

M.GREEN)

TROUBLE

ROBBIE NEVIL (T) (C) EMI 50152

R.NEVIL (R.NEVIL, D.P.BRVANT, S.DUBIN)

FLASHIN' BACK

TYRONE DAVIS

L.GRAHAM (LGRAHAM)

(T) FUTURE 204

CHOICE

AYRENV.LAZAR) (T) (C)

7

SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE

97

79

52

14

62

72

7

NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS CUT THAT ZERO

(T) UPTOWN 53462/MCA

99

69

69

7

(T.RILEY, G.GRIFFIN)

ON THE SMOOTH TIP H.LUV BUG,THE INVINCIBLES (T.JACKSON, FINGER PRINTS)

100

64

26

11

SWEET TEE

(T) PROFILE 7230

.P.A.

(T) MUSIC MERCHANT 101 /FANTASY

BACK ON HOLIDAY

80

WE WANT EAZY DR.DRE,D.J.YELA

EROS

WARNER

EAZY-E (T) (C) (M) PRIORITY 57108

(D.O.C., BOOTSY, G.CLINTON, M.PARKER)

THE CLUB

MARCUS LEWIS

(T) (CD) AEGIS 4-08517 /E.P.A.

D.SERAFINI (M.LEWIS, G.THOMAS)

OPEN SESAME

THE DAZZ BAND

DEODATO (K.NOLAN, B.HARRIS, K.HARRISON)

RCA

-

SURRENDER

WAS `NOT WAS)

(T) (C) CHRYSALIS 43266

BRENDA RUSSELL

GET HERE A.FISCHER,B.RUSSELLREKBERG (B.RUSSELL)

(C) A &M 1233

PUBLIC ENEMY

(T) (C) DEF JAM 38 -08072 /COLUMBIA

H.SHOCKLEE,C.RYDER (C.RIDENHOUR, E.SADLER, H.SHOCKLEE)

DOUG E. FRESH & THE GET FRESH CREW (D.E.FRESH)

WISH U HEAVEN

PRINCE (PRINCE)

8793

DEL (T) PLAZA

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P.O'DUFFY ( D.WAS, D.WAS)

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OBS9ESSION

THE BOYZ FROM DETROIT

H.BEATTV (H. EATTV, HOLLAND) HOLND)

86

98

2 1 /E.P.A.

(T) CAPITOL 44266

M.C.HAMMER ( M.C.HAMMER)

96

H9

34 -08 5

M.C. HAMMER

I

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7-27773

SLICK RICK

5

(T)

50155

(T) (C) EMI

THE WAY YOU LOVE ME

89

GER ALD

53383

(T) (C) MCA

THAT BODY).. BABY?

93

(T) (C) DELICIOUS VINYL 102

58831 -7

BOBBY BROWN

(T) TRI -WORLD 45- 2002 /SLAM

M.ROSS,M.DIKE (M.YOUNG, T.SMITH, M.DIKE, M.ROSS)

44265

(T) CAPITOL

JUST BECAUSE

95

TONE LOC

(1) SOLAR 44284

(T) SELECT 62318

KISSES

JOCELYN BROWN

* * * POWER PICK/SALES * * *

MIDNIGHT STAR

THE REAL ROXANNE

H.TEE (E.NESS, SPEEDY DEE)

FUNNY

-9788

ATLANTIC 7-88974 OOP

L.MCNEIL, T.HAYNES, A.Z.GILES)

SNAKE IN THE GRASS

R.SON

1

(T) MCA 53420

(C.MCINTOSH, S.NICHOL, EUGENE)

94

6

(C) ARISTA

ROVE L,

-27658

LOOSE ENDS

.MARTINELLI,S.NICHOL,C.MCINTOSH

A Z OLESN

7

THE GAP BAND

BACHELOR

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31-08025/E.P.A.

(T) (C) WARNER BROS.

C.WILSON,R.WILSON (N.WHITFIELD, W.BRYANT II)

OT

84

C) WTG

I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA

1

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GEORGE BENSON

NEW

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(C) EPIC 34-08047 /E.P.A.

L.VANDROSS,M.MILLER (L.VANDROSS. M.MILLER)

93

SIIR7MIIX -A

(T) ISLAND 7- 99274 /ATLANTIC

ANY LOVE

SADE

(T) (M)

BY ALL MEANS

S.SHEPPARD (S.SHEPPARD, T.CARTER, J.VARNER)

1

POSSE ON(BROADWAY

(T) (C) GEFFEN 7 -27695

H.SHOCKLEEK.SHOCKLEE,E.SADLER ( BOULDIN, BOULDIN ,SHOCKLEE,SHOCKLEE,SADLER)

1

1

91

(C) COLUMBIA 38- 0810

T.HAYNES)

WHAT BECOMES OF A BROKEN HEART

(T) (C) EPIC 34- 08503 /E.P.A.

J.BROWN,BLAZE JBROWN)

ANOTHER

&MORG

NEW

TURN MY BACK ON YOU

R- U- LONELY

THING

CI

(T) (M) COLUMBIA 38 -08073

SIR MIX-A-LOT

GEORGIO MOTOWN 1949

GEORGIO(GEORGIO)

RAZE

BREAK 4 LOVE

MATTHEWMAN)

CHANNEL 2

PUMP ME UP

16

KID

SELECT623199'

(T) WING 887 842 -7 /POLYGRAM

D.FOSTER,T.MCELROY (D.FOSTER, T.MCELROY, N.WALKER-WASDON)

2

NEW 01. '

8Eß078- 7/POLYGRAM

EVELYN "CHAMPAGNE" KING

V.MASON (V.MASON)

-

65

SILHOUETTE

DRBNSON(LMONTEGOMARY,

3

95

80

(T) (C) (CD) TOMMY BOY 918

KWEST (N.GIMBEL, C.FOX)

I

88

3

FUN

J.KNIGHT,A.ZIGMAN (P.OLAND, T.CERNEY)

NEW III.

94

STETSASONIC

IF EVER A LOVE THERE WAS

O

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85

(T) (Aj E

DELITE (G.BOLTON)

C

77

79

(T) (C) (CD) ATLANTA ARTISTS 870 587- POAMEO

D.WA TDENO

74

(C) A &M 1250

BEIYODUR LOVER

WILD THING

12

FREDDIE JACKSON

(T) (C) (CD) ELEKTRA

(.B ACKMONK

A(

2

18

SAY YOU WILL

TRILDEYD,G.GRIIFFAIN

INVINCIBLES (C.REID, C.MARTIN, H.AZOR, E.JOHNSON)

P.GLASS (P.GLASS, A.GLASS, C.A.NOLEN)

76

FULL

AYTOVEN)

73

(

GITTBNG FUNKY

TWICE THE LOVE

74

CHERYL

CAMEO (T) ATLANTA ARTISTS 872 314- 7 /POLYGRAM

L.BLACKMON ( L.BLACKMON)

3

69

(T) (C) ELEKTRA 7 -69358

SKIN I'M IN

MRODGE SLTOL ERTA(M.RODGERS, L.TOLBERT)

78

(T) (C) CAPITOL 44208

P.LAURENCE,D.SHEPHARD (S.MOORE, K.WASHINGTON)

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

R.CALLOWAV,V.CALLOWAY (R.CALLOWAY, J.DAVIS, V.CALLOWAY)

6

84

NEW tEDITION JEFFREY OSBORNE

J.OSBORNE,R.VANNELLI (R.VANNELLI, J.OSBORNE, E.GRENGA)

HALE,

LOVE IS THE POWER

78

C

CAN YOUSSTAND THE RAIN

TALRK TO MEss,

5325

E -Z ROCK (T) PROFILE 7239

15

97

(T) VIRGIN 7 -99260

ROB BASE & D.J.

35

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CITY FEAT. KEVIN SAUNDERSON

W.HAMILTON,R.BASE (R.GINYARD)

50 '

INNER

GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR

66

C) ELEKTRA ANII TÁB

ROBERT BROOKINS (DUET WITH STEPHANIE MILLS)

M.WHITE,RLAWRENCE (R.LAWRENC ) M.WHITE, M.PAGE)

SAGE (ADU,

K.SAUNDERSON (PENNINGTON, FOREST, K.SAUNDERSON)

12

72 BAKER

TURN ON (THE BEAT BOX

YOUDM ON

BIG FUN

RISTA

(C)

ICE -T

(T) SIRE 7- 27768 /WARNER BROS.

ICE -T,AFRIKA ISLAM (ICE-T, AFRIKA ISLAM, C.MAYFIELD)

20

-08018

KIARA (DUET WITH SHANICE

GIVING YOU THE GOT H s SCCARBOROUGHH, AND)

SHEDWON'

I'M YOUR PUSHER

33

SURFACE

N.MART IME(C.SINGLETON)

(T) CAPITOL 44261

K.THOMAS (K.THOMAS, B.WINANS)

65

7

(T) (C) JIVE 1143 /RCA

BEBE & CECE WINANS

HEAVEN

4

5

JONATHAN BUTLER

B.EASTMOND (J.BUTLER, J.SKINNER)

2

;

(T) (C) COLUMBIA 38 -08092

THERE'S ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE

TONY! TONI! TONE!

D.FOSTER,T,MCELROY (D.FOSTER, T.MCELROY. TONY! 70NI! TONE!)

FEERLRIING

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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

M.JONZUN,M.STA R (M.STARR)

CHAKA KHAN

R.TITELMAN (C.WOMACK, L.WOMACK)

I D.

YOU GOT IT (THE RIGHT STUFF)

RENE MOORE

DOUG

E.

FRESH & THE GET FRESH CREW (T) REALITY /DANYA

3107 ' /FANTASY

PRINCE

(T) (C) PAISLEY PARK 7- 27745 /WARNER BROS.

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'Asterisk indicates catalog no. is for 12 -inch vinyl single;

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(C) COLUMBIA 38 -08507

J.GRUSKA,B.WESTERLING (G.KARUKAS, R.BOUSTEAD)

KEITH SWEAT

K.SWEAT (K.SWEAT)

5

10

45

-27773

7

MCA

DON'T STOP YOUR LOVE

I WANNA HAVE SOME FULL FORCE (FULL FORCE)

24

45

73

DENIECE WILLIAMS

THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS

BROWN

9

26

48

53416

CAPITOL

RONI

TALKIN' ALL THAT JAZZ

42

44

54

ARTIST LABEL & NUMBER/DISTRIBUTING LABEL

PRODUCER (SONGWRITER)

ANGELA BOFILL

* * * POWER PICK/AIRPLAY * * *

27

33

13

78

6

39

11

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40

37

0

27

HEAVEN ON EARTH

36



52

8

21

42

5

GERALD ALSTON

7

38

68

TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT TO

34

25

59

72

30

13

51

6/

9

19

4

TITLE

KARYN WHITE

LA.,BABYFACE (L.A.REID, BABYFACE, D.SIMMONS)

ARMA

70

(T) NEXT PLATEAU 321

25

24

53301

(T) (C) MCA

SUPERWOMAN

(OA.0 Z

53

H.LUV BUG,THE INVINCIBLES (FINGER PRINTS)

24

1

L.A.,BABYFACE (BABYFACE, L.A.REID, D.SIMMONS)

CLN

01

THE BOYS

L.A.,BABYFACE L.A.REID, BABYFACE, D.SIMMONS)

20

0

1944

(T) (C) ATLANTIC 7 -88987

DIAL MY HEART

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G.LEVERT,M.GORDON (G.LEVERT, M.GORDON)

10

19

(T) MOTOWN

PULL OVER

17

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(G.GRIFFIN, W.ADAMS, L.SINGLETARY, L.DRAKEFORD, L.MCCLAIN)

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ESOV B.OSBORNE)

17

9

JACKSON

SWEET, SWEET

THRIM

OF-

(T) (C) (CD) EPIC 34- 08044 /E.P.A.

M.MILLER ( M.MILLER, M.STEVENS)

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MICHAEL

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7-99299

(T) (C) VIRGIN

OASIS

9

14

ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS

Q.JONES (M.JACKSON)

16

17

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NO.1

SMOOTH CRIMINAL

10

11

**

TUMBLIN' DOWN

LABEL & NUMBER/DISTRIBUTING LABEL

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BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 24, 1988

Black Singles SALES ik AIRPLAIL

Biiiboard.Hot

A ranking of the top

40 black singles by sales and airplay, respectively, with reference to each title's composite position on the main Hot Black Singles chart.

SALES F3

á3

1

3

TUMBLIN' DOWN

2

1

DIAL MY HEART

3

8

SMOOTH CRIMINAL

4

2

EVERYTHING

5

6

OASIS

6

12

7

BLACK SINGLES BY LABEL

TITLE

b

ARTIST

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TITLE

ARTIST

2

OASIS

ROBERTA FLACK

3

2

6

SWEET, SWEET LOVE

3

3

SMOOTH CRIMINAL

óá

13

ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS

1

1

THE BOYS

8

MICHAEL JACKSON

2

á

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AIRPLAY VESTA

4

MICHAEL JACKSON

2

COLUMBIA (7) Def Jam (2)

9

E.P.A.

9

Epic (6) Aegis (1) Tabu (1) WTG (1)

CHERRELLE

5

4

5

TUMBLIN' DOWN

ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS

1

ROBERTA FLACK

3

5

7

HIM OR ME

TODAY

6

HIM OR ME

TODAY

6

6

9

PULL OVER

LEVERT

7

SWEET, SWEET LOVE

WARNER BROS. (6)

9

VESTA

4

7

8

THE LOVER IN ME

SHEENA EASTON

9

8

15

PULL OVER

9

14

I

10

19

THE LOVER IN ME

11

24

SUPERWOMAN

12

16

GET UP EVERYBODY (GET UP)

13

33

RONI

14

23

ALL OR NOTHING

Paisley Park (1) Reprise (1) Sire (1) MCA (6) Uptown (1) POLYGRAM Atlanta Artists (3) Wing (3) Polydor (1)

15

5

I

16

4

HEY LOVER

17

21

DON'T STOP YOUR LOVE

18

10

GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT

19

11

THANKS FOR MY CHILD

20

35

CAN YOU READ MY LIPS

21

7

YOU MAKE ME WORK

22

25

TALKIN' ALL THAT JAZZ

STETSASONIC

23

31

IT'S MY PARTY

24

32

POSSE ON BROADWAY

25

26

SAY YOU WILL

26

20

BREAK 4 LOVE

27

39

TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT TO

28

27

SILHOUETTE

29

28

HEAVEN ON EARTH

30

17

I'M YOUR PUSHER

31

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THERE'S ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE

18

32 33 34

29

35 36 37 38 39 40

MISS AT HOME

I

LEVERT

10

9

1

SHEENA EASTON

9

10

11

SUPERWOMAN

KARYN WHITE

10

11

12

SALT-N -PEPA

17

12

BOBBY BROWN

12

RENE MOORE

15

SURFACE

EVERYTHING

I

MISS AT HOME

5

CAN YOU READ MY LIPS

Z'LOOKE

14

14

DON'T STOP YOUR LOVE

KEITH SWEAT

13

13

13

I

ANGELA BOFILL

11

14

17

IT'S MY PARTY

CHAKA KHAN

16

22

15

16

ALL OR NOTHING

RENE MOORE

15

FREDDIE JACKSON

29

16

4

KEITH SWEAT

13

17

21

BABY DOLL

ANITA BAKER

24

18

19

TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT TO

CHERYL "PEPSII" RILEY

30

19

18

HEAVEN ON EARTH

Z'LOOKE

14

20

20

CAN'T GO BACK ON A PROMISE

CAMEO

33

21

23

SO GOOD

35

22

26

CAN YOU STAND THE RAIN

CHAKA KHAN

16

23

32

SHE WON'T TALK TO ME

SIR MIX -A -LOT

44

24

28

THIS TIME

STARPOINT

31

25

30

KISSES DON'T LIE

RAZE

JUST WANNA STOP

DIAL MY HEART

42

26

38

GERALD ALSTON

18

27

31

KILLING ME SOFTLY I WANT TO BE YOUR LOVER

KENNY G

38

28

33

WHERE IS THE LOVE

DONNA ALLEN

19

29

27

TURN ON (THE BEAT BOX)

ICE -T

54

30

34

TURN MY BACK ON YOU

JONATHAN BUTLER

52

31

36

DREAMIN'

SWEET TEE

49

32

KIARA (DUET WITH SHANICE WILSON)

23

33

-

I

39

37

34

24

IF EVER A LOVE THERE WAS

25

35

TURN ON (THE BEAT BOX)

EARTH, WIND & FIRE

26

36

WANNA HAVE SOME FUN

SAMANTHA FOX

36

37

FEELING INSIDE

GERALD ALBRIGHT

47

38

--

GET UP EVERYBODY (GET UP)

BABY DOLL

TONY! TONI! TONE!

20

39

37

SILHOUETTE

SO GOOD

AL JARREAU

21

22

40

EMI (4)

6

DONNA ALLEN

19

JEFFREY OSBORNE

28

AL JARREAU

21

NEW EDITION

27

LUTHER VANDROSS

32

KIARA (DUET WITH SHANICE WILSON)

23

EVELYN "CHAMPAGNE" KING

Orpheus (2) ELEKTRA (4)

4

MOTOWN

4

41

RCA (1) Jive (3)

4

AL B. SURE!

39

A &M

ALEESE SIMMONS

34

FANTASY

ROBERT BROOKINS /STEPHANIE MILLS

25

EARTH, WIND & FIRE

26

SADE

43

Music Merchant (1) Reality /Danya (1) FUTURE

2

VANESSA WILLIAMS

40

PROFILE

2

SAMANTHA FOX

36

SELECT

2

GUY

48

VIRGIN

2

FOUR TOPS /ARETHA FRANKLIN

37

CHRYSALIS

1

SALT-N -PEPA

17

DELICIOUS VINYL

1

GEFFEN

1

HEAVEN

JOCELYN BROWN

45

BEBE & CECE WINANS

53

DENIECE WILLIAMS

50

THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS

KENNY

SAY YOU WILL

G

STARPOINT

66

Licensing Org.) Sheet Music Dist.

ALL OR NOTHING (Rene Moore, ASCAP) ANY LOVE (S8K April, ASCAP/Uncle Ronnie's, BABY DOLL (Two Tuff -Enuff, BMI /PolyGram Songs,

89

BMI /Delos 2000, ASCAP /PalyGram, ASCAP) BACK ON HOLIDAY (MCA, ASCAP/Dresden China, ASCAP/Ardavan, ASCAP /Dubin, ASCAP) Love Lane, ASCAP) BIG FUN (Drive On,

55

Mama, BMI /Music Corp. Of America, BMI /Avid One, ASCAP)

I

I

36

I

34

100

37 69

BRAND NEW FUNK (Zomba, ASCAP) BREAK 4 LOVE (Funky Feet, BMI)

14

CAN YOU READ MY LIPS (Looky Lou /Bright Light,

MISSED (Colgems -EMI, ASCAP/Deep Faith, ASCAP) SURRENDER (One To One, ASCAP)

WANNA HAVE SOME FUN (Forceful, BMI/Willesden, BMI) I WANT TO BE YOUR LOVER (Bush Burnin', ASCAP /Donesna, ASCAP) I WISH U HEAVEN (Controversy, ASCAP) IF EVER A LOVE THERE WAS (Irving, BMI /Pamalybo, BMI /Chappell & Co., ASCAP /Le Mango, ASCAP) CPP I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (United Lion, BMI)

27

CAN YOU STAND THE RAIN (Flyte Tyme, ASCAP)

28

CAN'T GO BACK ON A PROMISE (Rockwood, BMI /March 9, ASCAP/Almo, ASCAP/Hardstone,

GOLD

ASCAP)

ADDS

COOLIN' IN CALI (.357, ASCAP/Power Move, BMI) CUT THAT ZERO (Entertaining, BMI/Danica,

BMI)

DIAL MY HEART (Kear, BMI /Hip Trip, BMI) CPP DON'T ROCK THE BOAT (Hip Trip, BMI /Jig -A -Watt

Jams, BMI) CPP

40 5

88

75

PLATINUM/

THE CLUB (Allen/Lewis, ASCAP/Sign Of The Twins,

99

13

16

RADIO MOST ADDED

64

82

60

HOT BLACK SINGLES ACTION

ASCAP) CPP

8

54

I'M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU (Island, BMI /Stanton's Gold, BMI /April Joy, BMI /Golden Nugget, BMI) I'M YOUR PUSHER (Colgems -EMI, ASCAP/Rhyme Syndicate, ASCAP/Warner- Tamerlane, BM!) IN DEBT TO YOU (Two Tuft- Enuff, BMI/PolyGram Songs, BMI) IT'S MY PARTY (Next Flight, BMI/Willesden, BMI) (I'VE GOT) FEMALE TROUBLE (Pierpointe, BMI /J.p.everett, ASCAP) JUST BECAUSE (O'Hara, BMI/Texascity, BMI /L'il

DONT STOP YOUR LOVE (WB, ASCAP/E /A, ASCAP /Keith Sweat, ASCAP/Vintertainment, ASCAP) DREAMIN' (Jobete, ASCAP/Depom, ASCAP) CPP EVERYTHING I MISS AT HOME ( Flyte Tyme, ASCAP /Avant Garde, ASCAP)

14

JUST BECAUSE ANITA BAKER ELEKTRA SNAKE IN THE GRASS MIDNIGHT STAR SOLAR SKIN I'M IN CAMEO ATLANTA ARTISTS STILL IN LOVE

REPORTERS

SILVER ADDS

SECONDARY ADDS

30 REPORTERS

53 REPORTERS

TOTAL ADDS 97

ON

15

18

39

51

5

6

25

36

59

4

20

26

72

60

FUNNY FEELING (Jay King IV, BMI) GET HERE (Rutland Road, ASCAP/WB, ASCAP)

THE GAP BAND ARISTA BEING IN LOVE AIN'T EASY

4

97

SWEET OBSESSION

2

9

8

19

47

4

7

7

18

72

0

6

10

16

54

ASCAP)

GUY

GITTIN' FUNKY (Hittage/Turnout Bros, ASCAP) GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT (All Baker's, BMI /Alexscar, BMI /Eyedot, ASCAP) CPP GONNA GET OVER YOU (Bush Burnin', ASCAP/La Love Lane, ASCAP)

53

19

29 6

61

(Yellow Elephant, ASCAP/Edward Grant, ASCAP /Benny's Music, BMI) HEAVEN

HEAVEN ON EARTH (LeoSun, ASCAP) HEY LOVER (Bush Burnin', ASCAP)

HIM OR ME (Cal -Gene, I

BMI/Virgin Songs, BMI)

11

I

67

I

CPP

DON'T WANT 2 BE ALONE (Georgia's, BMI /Stone

Diamond, BMI) CPP JUST WANNA STOP (Ross Vannelli, BMI) LIKE IT LIKE THAT (Ensign, BMI

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DECEMBER 24, 1988

EPIC

7

11

21

LOVE IS THE POWER (Calloco, BMI /Hip Trip, BMI)

9

THE LOVER IN ME (Hip Trip, BMI /Kear, BMI /Green

71

STILL IN LOVE (Disguise, ASCAP /Black Lion, ASCAP /Platinum Gold, ASCAP /Haynestorm, ASCAP /Les Etoiles, ASCAP)

10

SUPERWOMAN (Kear, BMI /Hip Trip, BMI /Green Skirt,

5

12

21

56

TWICE THE LOVE GEORGE BENSON

WARNER BROS

ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER JOHNNY KEMP COLUMBIA THE CLUB MARCUS LEWIS AEGIS

BMI)

ASCAP/Brampton, ASCAP) CPP

BMI/Virgin Songs, BMI /Bobby Brown, ASCAP/Unicity, ASCAP) CPP MY PREROGATIVE

98

NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS (Def American,

49

(Cal -Gene,

4

44

Brothers, ASCAP)

81

ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER (Music Corp. Of

30

THANKS FOR MY CHILD (Forceful, BMI/Wilesden,

America, BMI/Warner Bros. Music /Ertolejay Musique, ASCAP/New Music Group, BMI)

52

THERE'S ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE (Zomba, ASCAP)

OPEN SESAME (Kenny Nolan, ASCAP/SBK April,

50

THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS (SBK Blackwood, BMI /ATV, BMI /SBK April, ASCAP/Welbeck, ASCAP)

23

THIS TIME (Almo, ASCAP/Wun Tun, ASCAP) CPP

OASIS (Sunset Burgundy, ASCAP/TuTu, ASCAP/MCA,

35

ASCAP)

48

ON THE SMOOTH TIP (Protoons, ASCAP/Turn Out

POSSE ON BROADWAY (Lockedup, BMI)

BMI)

ASCAP)

BMI)

TURN MY BACK ON YOU (Angel Music Ltd. /Silver

26

TURN ON (THE BEAT BOX) (Rhett Rhyme,

12

R- U- LONELY (Jocelyn Brown, BMI)

31

SAY YOU WILL (Harrindur,

58

BMI/Tortoise Feather, BMI /Pure Delite, BMI /Bird Cage, BMI) CPP SHE WON'T TALK TO ME (SR April, ASCAP/Uncle Ronnie's, ASCAP /SBK Blackwood, BMI /Huemar, BMI) SILHOUETTE (Brenee, BMI /SBK Blackwood, BMI /Kuzu, BMI) HL SKIN I'M IN (All Seeing Eye, ASCAP/PolyGram,

Angel, ASCAP/Famous, ASCAP) ASCAP/SBK April, ASCAP /Maurice White, ASCAP /Martin Page, ASCAP /Zomba, ASCAP) 68

TWICE THE LOVE (Glasshouse, BMI /Irving, BMI /Jobete, ASCAP)

80

THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (Kear, BMI/Hip Trip,

92

86 79

ASCAP)

2

6

7

15

68

1

5

8

14

30

2

72

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TUMBLIN' DOWN (Ziggy, ASCAP/Colgems -EMI,

43

45

38

1

PULL OVER (Trycep, BMI /Ferncliff, BMI/Willesden, PUMP ME UP (Bust -It, BMI) , RESPECT (ADRA, BMI/T -Ski, BMI) BONI (Kear, BMI/Hip Trip, BMI) CPP

85

SWEET, SWEET LOVE (Captain Z, ASCAP /Black Lion,

ASCAP/Vesta Seven, ASCAP /Alma, ASCAP) CPP TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT TO (Stanton's Gold, BMI /Irving, BMI /April Joy, BMI) CPP TALKIN' ALL THAT JAll (Tee Girl, BMI) TEDDY'S JAM (Cal -Gene, BMI/Virgin Songs, BMI /Zomba, ASCAP) TEENAGE LOVE (Def American, BMI)

18

ASCAP/Dazzberry Jam, ASCAP/SBK Blackwood,

32

UPTOWN

MR. BACHELOR (Virgin, ASCAP/MCA,

78

73

TEDDY'S JAM

(Next Plateau,

ASCAP/Turn Out Brothers, ASCAP)

87

(Better Nights, ASCAP /PolyGram,

ASCAP/Moonbeam, ASCAP)

7

91

3

ATLANTIC

1

LOVE IS RISING (Le'Oria, ASCAP /Mighty Groove,

BMI /Bedazzled, BMI)

I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA

24

LOVE EDUCATION

57

94

2

1

ASCAP) 83

62

6

1

ASCAP) 63

REPORTERS

FLASHIN' BACK (Content, BMI)

59

LOVE AND KISSES (Bush Burnin', ASCAP/Kahri,

TOTAL

90

GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR (Protoons, ASCAP/Hikim,

1

TOMMY BOY TRACK RECORD

BMI)

FEELING INSIDE (New Warrior, BMI)

GET UP EVERYBODY (GET UP)

74

3

BRONZE/

47

17

KILLING ME SOFTLY (Fox- gimbel, BMI) KISSES DON'T LIE (Music Corp. Of America, BMI /Mercy Kersey, BMI /L'il Mama, BMI)

-

TROOP

56

41

39

70

BMI)

1

SOLAR

Skirt, BMI) CPP

42

93

65

BMI/Virgin Songs, BMI)

76

1

SLAM Tri -World (1)

31

BMI /Famous, ASCAP /Drumatk, ASCAP) CPP 95

BEING IN LOVE AIN'T EASY (Bush Burnin', ASCAP/La

84

1

PRIORITY

38

PUBLISHERS /PERFORMANCE RIGHTS /SHEET MUSIC 22

ASCAP/Sunset Burgundy, ASCAP /MCA, ASCAP) 20

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15

6

ARISTA

R- U- LONELY

15

18

8

20

TEDDY'S JAM

FOUR TOPS /ARETHA FRANKLIN

7

6

THE BOYS GERALD ALSTON

7

ATLANTIC (4) Island (1) Oceana (1) CAPITOL (5) Solar (1)

TONY! TONI! TONE!

WANNA HAVE SOME FUN

ROBERT BROOKINS /STEPHANIE MILLS

I

12

10

GOT

IF EVER A LOVE THERE WAS

WHERE IS THE LOVE

CHERRELLE KARYN WHITE

ON THE SMOOTH TIP

THIS TIME

BOBBY BROWN

8

11

MISSED

I

RONI

7

ANGELA BOFILL

JUST WANNA STOP

9

BMI /Green Skirt, BMI) CPP WE WANT EAZY (Mash -A-Mug, BMI /Island, BMI) WHAT BECOMES OF A BROKEN HEART (Arrival, BMI) WHERE DID YOU GET THAT BODY...BABY7 (Bright Light, BMI)

SMOOTH CRIMINAL (Mijac, BMI/Warner- Tamerlane,

25

WHERE IS THE LOVE (Antisia, ASCAP)

BMI)

46

WILD THING (Delicious Vinyl Inc, ASCAP/Varry White,

SNAKE IN THE GRASS (Hip Trip, BMI /Jig -A -Watt

Jams, BMI)

ASCAP) 51

SO GOOD

77

THE SPIRIT OF LOVE (CBS, ASCAP /End Of Day,

USA, ASCAP /Palancar, ASCAP)

YOU GOT IT (THE RIGHT STUFF)

(Maurice Starr,

ASCAP /SBK April, ASCAP)

(Chappell, ASCAP/Abacus Music/Intersong-

21

33

YOU MAKE ME WORK (All Seeing Eye,

ASCAP/PolyGram, ASCAP)

ASCAP /SilverTay, ASCAP) 96

SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (MCA, ASCAP/Semper Fi

Music & Monkeys

,

ASCAP)

33

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The year saw George Michael top the black albums chart

lease of highly successful new albums: Baker's "Giving You The

Best That

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Got" and Vandross'

"Any Love." The past year also saw hits generated by young Wing /PolyGram, operated by Ed Eckstine; the inauguration of Orpheus /EMI by Hush Productions owner Charles

Huggins and Black Gold /Columbia by Rush Productions owner Russell Simmons; and the rise of black managers Andre Harrell (Al B. Sure!, Heavy D), Vincent Davis (Keith Sweat), and George Smith (Pebbles, Bobby Brown, Loose Ends).

gie & Vincent Calloway (Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight & the Pips,

Teddy Pendergrass), Full Force (James Brown, Cheryl 'Pepsii' Riley, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Full Force), Jimmy "Jam" Harris & Terry Lewis (New Edition, Alexander O'Neal, Morris Day, Sheena Easton, Cherrelle), and L.A. & Babyface (Paula Abdul, the Deele, Pebbles, Bobby Brown, Karyn White). The proliferation of these ere ative teams recalled the glory days of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. Appropriately, another key creative unit of 1988 was Levert, a

group of sons of "the Philly

Sound" who made hits for themselves ( "Addicted To You," "Casanova") and others ( "Mamacita" for Troop). One of the most important tours of the year featured ballad greats Anita Baker and Luther Vandross. For Baker and Vandross, the Heat Tour dates coincided with the re-

Christmas Team. Two top production teams, Jimmy "Jam" Harris & Terry Lewis and Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy, joined forces to cut "Little Drummer Boy" on Alexander O'Neal's Tabu Christmas album. Seen in the studio in Minneapolis are, from left, Lewis, McElroy, Harris, and Foster.

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THE REGIONAL MEXICAN story hasn't changed a ARE R YEARS GETTING SHORTER OR WHAT? This one is already over and I hardly noticed. Very soon it will be the end of the decade and then the next century will be just 10 years away. Maybe I've been working too much, sweating it out in the amazing world of Latin music. Maybe this whole thing is just a dream and I'll wake up in the morning and get ready to work as a cab driver. First, I thank all the people whose cooperation has been so important during the year: our radio and retail panelists, whose information has made our Hot Latin Tracks and Top Latin Albums charts possible; the people in the Latin recording industry and related fields, whose attention and willingness to provide us with information have made this job a worthwhile experience; artists, singers, musicians, and composers, for their consideration and trust and for their art; our licensees, who have spread our name and kept our standards; and finally, all you readers out there, for bearing with me during this mind-bogglingly fast year. Also, thanks to Gloria

Constanza Garcia, the Hot Latin Tracks surveyor, for her enthusiasm, dedication, and good work. I hope all of you have a merry Christmas and a happy and successful 1988 (or is it 1989 ?)

The Year In Charts

THIS YEAR THE Top Hot Latin Tracks year -end

with a more pop sound, still dominate Latin airwaves musically; that indigenous Hispanic talent is still very green in the continental U.S.; and that Mexican artists are still a major force in the industry. Others will argue, however, that Latin music is often prisoner to a very conservative -musically speaking -mentality in Latin radio formats. Spanish -broadcasting stations seem unwilling to risk losing their target audiences by experimenting with genres such as Spanish -language rock, Latin jazz, or Latin hip-hop, despite the excellent quality of many productions. There are trends, however, to qualify this belief. Some stations on the West Coast are beginning to play salsa music, while in the East, such acts as Los Bukis and Los Yonics are making serious inroads and some Spanish -language rock is being heard. Still, such mainstream artists as Sting or Michael Jackson have a greater chance for success in Latin radio than people like the Latin Rascals, Jellybean Benitez, Judy Torres, Manuel Mateos, and Hombres G.

THE TOP LATIN as well as the Top Tropical Salsa and Top Regional Mexican album charts have been extended from 15-25 places this year, reflecting the size of the biweekly charts. Jose Jose, the Mexican balladeer, is No. 1 for a second year, this time with "Soy Asi" (Ariola). Three of the 15 albums rated last year reappear in 1988: Julio Iglesias' "Un Hombre Solo," Braulio's "Con Todos Los Sentidos," and Yolandita Monge's "Laberinto De Amor," all on CBS. Nine of the 15 artists rated last year reappear in this year's top 25. In the Top Pop Latin Artists chart the four women figuring last year were replaced by men. The other six artists repeated, with Jose Jose repeating in first place with three albums rated. As for the Top Latin Labels story, CBS, with its huge roster, is in first place with 20 albums. BMG, as a compa-

DECEMBER 24, 1988

THE TOP TROPICAL /SALSA albums were TH -Rod-

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ven, Sonotone, and Combo all over. After landing last year's third place, Eddie Santiago's "Sigue Atrevido," which includes the song "Lluvia," became the Top Tropical /Salsa album. Six artists repeated last year's performance in the top 10 spots. Last year, four of 15 albums were merengues; in 1988 there were six out of 25, showing the continuing dominance of Afro-Cuban salsa over Dominican merengue. Eight of this year's top 10 artists were Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico. The other two were Dominicans. As for labels, Venezuelan -related companies TH-Rodven and Sonotone continue to dominate the market, with New

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12

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9

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10

13

10

10

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York -based indie Combo keeping its second spot. Of interest were the total retreat of BMG (RCA) from the Tropical /Salsa picture, the Fania label's weak hold on the market, and the entrance of new indie labels Hit Makers, Top Ten Hits, Cano Estremera (distributed by TTH), RMM, and Bronco into the scene.

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27

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chart has been expanded to list 40 singles. "Ay Amor" and "Que Te Pasa," performed by two Mexican singers, Ana Gabriel (CBS) and Yuri (EMI) respectively, became the first and second most airplayed tunes of the year. Seventeen songs were performed by Mexican artists, seven by Puerto Ricans (including Brenda K. Starr), five by Spaniards, three by Venezuelans (Jose Luis Rodriguez and Maria Conchita Alonso), three by Brazilian Roberto Carlos (one with Eydie Gorme), and one each by a Dominican (Angela Carrasco) and an Argentinian (Luis Angel). Only three songs were performed by American -grown, non -Puerto Rican artists: "Todo Por Ti," by Gloria Estefan (Epic); "La Bamba," a leftover from 1987 by Los Lobos (Elektra); and "Maria" (Peerless), by Cuban -born Franco. Thirty-seven songs were pop ballads, three were crossover hits, and "Lluvia," by Eddie Santiago was the only salsa tune to make it (at No. 26). At first glance this shows that romantic ballads, albeit

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lot either, with Los Bukis repeating first place in albums and artists. Again, six of last year's top 10 artists repeated, with such groups as Los Tigres Del Norte, Bronco, Los Yonics, and Los Caminantes dominating the scene. Linda Ronstadt made it to the top 10 with her album "Canciones De Mi Padre." Fonovisa, a company that belongs to Mexico's Televisa, swept the charts with its labels- Laser, Fonovisa, and Profono-replacing CBS at first place.

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GENERALLY SPEAKING, in the opinion of most industry executives, it has been a good year. "The industry is generating good sales, better than in previous years," says Oscar Llord, EMI Latin general director. He mentions among the important developments of the year the establishment of Globo Records as a company performing the role K-tel played a few years ago, designing compilations and TV promotions for these and other product selected from record companies; the good sales being generated by salsa /tropical music; retail chains' interest in opening up their sales to Latin product; controlling piracy and parallel imports, although they remain a problem; and increases in the price of records in Mexico, which along with the absence of significant devaluations has made it less attractive for importers to bring records from that country into the U.S. As for his own company, Llord mentions the decision to open its own distribution network as a turning point in the history of the still-young subsidiary. EMI has also ventured for the first time into the tropical/salsa area. A new office has been opened in San Antonio, Texas, another one will be opened in New York, and chances are the subsidiary's offices may be moved to Los Angeles. For CBS, according to George Zamora, national sales and promotion manager, this has been the best year in the history of his company. "Parallel imports have been stopped substantially, which has contributed to our sales," he says. Like Llord, Zamora thinks that the penetration of Latin product in such chains as Wherehouse, Musicland, Sam Goody, and Tower Records is very important. "Fortunately for us we have a very balanced company," says Jose Behar, West Coast A&R manager. "We have good pop /international, tropical /salsa, and regional Mexican product." The strategy has paid off for the company. "We hope next year is going to be still better," Zamora says. A definite trend for 1989, according to WEA Latina's general manager Luis Pisterman, is for the vinyl format to disappear from the market. "Right now only about 10% of the sales are in vinyl," he says. Most of his releases for next year are going to be only in cassette and in some instances, if the market needs it, in CDs. "A great deal of Latin distributors don't want to work the vinyl format, in part because it's more convenient to carry cassettes." This may create complications, especially for some radio stations that, he says, "are still working in prehistoric times."

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DECEMBER 24, 1988

Rap, Latin Rock The House CHIMNEY SWEEPING: Recapping the year as it was is not an easy task. Besides the impact and inroads that rap and (for lack of a better name) Latin pop have made on the tunes we hear on the dance floors nowadays, house music and its many derivatives have remained a viable component of the dance community. House music isn't really new, as anyone who was following club music in the late '70s can attest. Many of the bass lines, snares, etc., are right out of the Gamble & Huff, Vince Montana-era songbooks of old, repackaged with the convenience of today's technology and given a new name.

This year, however, marked house music's shift from Chicago's underground to areas like Detroit, New York, and New Jersey and also saw major labels gaining a strong foothold in the market that had been held firmly by the independents. DANCE New names like Marshall Jefferson, Kevin Saunderson, Blaze, the Fly Guys (Shedrick Guy & Guy Vaughn), and Todd Terry immediately come to mind as producer/ writer /mixers who have reaped the by Bill rewards of house music's mainstreaming. But never fear: There were some pleasant surprises involving major-label acts whose work received house mix overhauls that made all the difference. This was made evident by Shep Pettibone's mixes of Siedah Garrett's "K.I.S.S.I.N.G." (Qwest /Warner Bros.) and Whitney Houston's "So Emotional" (Arista); Justin Strauss' reworking of the Jets' "Sending All My Love" (MCA); remixes on Georgio (Motown) by Bruce Forest; Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero's version of Earth Wind & Fire's "System Of Survival" (Columbia); our fave Imagination's "Instinctual" (RCA) as interpreted by Dave Morales; and Natalie Cole's now classic "Pink Cadillac" (EMI -Manhattan) as treated by Robert Clivilles & David Cole.

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The problem that has arisen in dance music is that despite left -field club surprises like Raze's "Break 4 Love," Todd Terry's "Bango" and "A Day In The Life," Inner City's "Big Fun," Samantha Fox's "I Wanna Have Some Fun," or Kraze's "The Party," house has become the "quick fix" for dance music. "If it doesn't work, give it a house mix" is a mode of thinking that through overkill will inevitably lessen the music's impact on the whole and diminish what made it refreshing and exciting in the first place. In the U.K., where music trends change with the weather, the industry has already adopted, made annoying, and now dropped a raw, skeletal technohouse derivative called "acid" that we pray doesn't catch on here. In times like these, when it appears that everyone likes making records that "sound just like ..., " we feel

a change is bound to come or by this time next year we'll be pretty damn bored.

On The High Tip U.K. export Rick Astley became a household word

this year. Astley's soulful delivery matched with Stock, Aitken & Waterman's production and songwriting charm proved a favorite that crossed from the clubs to radio. Taylor Dayne, the Cover Girls, Erasure, Pretty Poison, Information Society, Will To Power, M /A /R /R /S, and Denise Lopez are among the artists that owe a sincere nod and thanks to their early club support, which led to pop and hot crossover radio acceptance and exposure. Propelled by the sleeper smash "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock and the act's current hit "Get On The Dancefloor," "Push It" and "Shake Your Thang" by Salt -N -Pepa, "Heat It Up" by Wee Papa Girl Rappers, and "Supersonic" by JJ. Fad, rap music is finally finding a deserved place on club playlists alongside various musics by other artists. Rap is a medium Coleman that is privileged with the opportunity to effectively bridge the hardcore elements of the street with an exciting dance pulse. Hopefully we'll see more of this hybrid next year. With the major-label signings of starlets Sa-Fire, Sweet Sensation, the Cover Girls, and indie diva Judy Torres, Latin pop doesn't show any signs of fizzling if the productions and song selection remain first-rate, innovative, and not derivative. This music in particular has been glutted with "wanna -bes "; serious artist development will be the key to outlasting the trendiness of the form. Hopefully the upcoming year won't duplicate this one, which found artists (for the most part) taking a back seat to producer and remixer personas. This is an important factor that will also prove crucial to many of the house and club artists of late. It would benefit music and the artists if such groups as Blaze and Ten City and talents like Kym Mazelle, Kechia Jenkins, and even Liz Torres with Master C&J could show their range and staying power in conquering various styles while bringing club music to the next intriguing level.

High Hopes Predictions and/or wishes for the new year: Donna Summer will return to the elevated club status she once held, as will Debbie Harry ... 19- year-oldU.K. soul stylist Mica Paris will be a much -needed punch in the arm for R &B when her album "So Good" is released in the U.S. by Island in February ... More selfcontained dance bands and less one -name, no-hit wonders will be developed... New York -based act Dee Lite will take the U.K. by storm when its unique brand of "holographic house funk" finally gets picked up for release ... Fierce Virgin U.K. act Soul II Soul, a very hip, R &B /dance ensemble (kind of a contemporary Chic), will find success stateside as both artists and producers ... There will be more collaborations between European technopop outfits and U.S. mixers (e.g. New Order's "Fine Time" mixed by Steve Uiílirley) from the beginning stages ... Pia Zadora's Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced project will finally be released in the States ... Janet Jackson will rule once again.

NEW YORK Bobby Shaw, director of dance music for MCA, has been promoted to VP of dance music for the label. Shaw joined MCA in 1984 and has served as a local New York representative for the label as well. Of his

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DECEMBER 24, 1988

Refuse & Resist held at New York's Palladium, Sinead O'Connor delivers acoustic renditions of "Just Like U Said It Would Be" and "Troy" from her Ensign /Chrysalis album "The Lion And The Cobra." (Photo: Chuch Pulin)

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Very Useful. Capitol recording artist Kym Mazelle belts one out at Club 1018 in New York. Mazelle has just returned from the U.K., where she is readying an album project to follow the success of her debut single, titled "Useless." (Photo: Chris Ross)

This Ain't No Disco. Performing at a benefit concert for the organization

new appointment, Shaw says, "I want to expand MCA's involvement in the dance market and find contemporary artists that we can develop, break at the clubs, and cross over to radio." In addition to finding new talent, Shaw will continue his responsibilities overseeing clubs and retail stores. The local rep duties will be assumed by an as-yet- unnamed individual. Before MCA, Shaw worked for Warner Bros. as its director of dance music promotion and also for the now defunct disco label TK Records.

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Women hexed Chart Muscle; Metal Dented Deeper BY CHRIS MORRIS

LOS ANGELES As the Chocolate

Watch Band once sang, "let's talk about girls" (or women, if you prefer), for the emergence of a profusion of outstanding new female singers proved to be the most exciting and explosive trend in pop and rock talent during 1988. Suzanne Vega opened the door for womanhood on the charts in '87 with the success of her album "Solitude Standing" and single "Luka." Yet few prognosticators could have anticipated the proliferation of female pop and rock talent that would burgeon in Vega's wake. Leading the pack-perhaps because she was driving a "Fast Car" was Elektra's Tracy Chapman. On the face of things, Chapman would have appeared to be one of the unlikeliest candidates for mass acceptance. But the black, folk-oriented, politically outspoken singer /songwriter scored a No. 1 album with her eponymous debut. Countless other female performers followed Chapman onto the charts.

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Among them: Sinead O'Connor (Chrysalis), Toni Childs (A &M), Michelle Shocked (Mercury), and Melissa Etheridge (Island). Late in the year, Geffen's Edie Brickell & New Bohemians were closing in on the top of the Top Pop Albums chart.

Add to this list of hit makers a number of noteworthy vocalists with distinctive styles who have yet to

make their commercial breakthroughs: Sam Phillips (Virgin), Marti Jones (A &M), Julia Fordham (Virgin), and the shamefully overlooked Sam Brown (A &M). In all, this bounty of female talent bodes well for the pop future of women. The trend even worked its way into the teen marketplace, as MCA's Tiffany and Atlantic's Debbie Gibson slugged it out for chart pre-eminence. Both came away with multiplatinum debuts. As in recent years, the heavy metal /hard rock genre dominated, with both established bangers and up-

starts making impressive inroads

with little aid from noise -shy radio programmers. The major new wrinkle was supplied by two uncompromising young acts that did it their way and still ruled the charts: Geffen's Guns N' Roses and Elektra's Metallica. Guns N' Roses, whose album art and no-holds-barred lyrical content aroused the ire of Parents' Music Resource Center -style critics, finally hit No. 1 this summer with their slowrolling late-'87 release, "Appetite For Destruction," and even topped the

Hot 100 with their single "Sweet Child O' Mine." Speed -metal ruler Metallica, whose thrashings have tra-

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NEW YORK It was a year of superstar tours by Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Michael Jackson, Eric Clap ton, George Michael, and Pink Floyd; a year highlighted by another Amnesty International tour; and a year when new music spelled strong box

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concert dollars, which played a part in concert promoters incurring some of their biggest losses ever. In the wake of those losses, and with an eye toward improving the communication between the touring industry and the rest of the music world, the first international trade organization of concert promoters was formed in December (Billboard, Dec. 17).

The North American Concert Promoters Assn. bonded 17 of the U.S.' and Canada's leading concert impresarios. Although the organization is conscious of its antitrust implications, many in the industry will look with a nervous eye toward any signs of price collusion as NACPA enters its first year. Among the big winners on the 1988 tour circuit were the Grateful Dead, whose momentum included a record tying eight sold -out shows at New (Continued on page 40)

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1984 isìeúkw platinum from retail. Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" (Mercury), the group's follow-up to the multiplatinum smash "Slippery When Wet," showed every

sign of repeating its predecessor's immense numbers at year's end. Def Leppard's "Hysteria" (Mercury) remained perched in the top 10 more than a year after it made its entry them.

Van Halen (Warner Bros.), Poison (Enigma), and '87 holdover Aerosmith (Geffen) all enjoyed winning seasons, as did original Led Zeppelin shrieker Robert Plant (Atlantic) and debuting Zep clone Kingdom Come (Mercury). One major disappointment: the mediocre performance of Zeppelin axe man Jimmy Page's Geffen solo debut. Among superstar talents, it was the year of the beard. Said growth belonged to George Michael; the hirsute singer's Columbia solo debut, "Faith," dominated the charts for weeks, and a marathon tour pushed sales into the stratosphere. At year's end, "Faith" was running neck and neck with another late -'87 entry, Michael Jackson's "Bad," in the multiplatinum sweeps. The enig-

matie Jackson finally put his best foot forward on U.S. stages with an elaborate first solo tour, which kept sales of his third big-selling Epic solo album percolating throughout 1988. In the fall, U2 arrived with a sequel to the mammoth multiplatinum "The Joshua Tree," the two-LP Island release "Rattle And Hum." A one -two album-film punch scored the Irish band an almost immediate No. 1 hit.

Steve Winwood jumped from Warner Bros., where he scored a smash with "Back In The High Life," to Virgin, and the leap paid off: "Roll With It" hit No. 1 simultaneously on the album and singles charts. A number of familiar faces returned in '88, and while few of them enjoyed incredible success, it was (Continued on page 43)

"Depeche Mode 101" Captures Band On 1988 Music For The Masses Tour MOVING PICTURES: Depeche Mode will hit the silver screen next year in its first full -length feature film, "Depeche Mode 101." Coinciding with the movie's commercial release will be Sire Records' issue a live soundtrack album in April. "Depeche Mode 101," directed by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker ( "Don't Look Back," "Monterey Pop "), was shot during the North American leg of the band's 1988 Music For The Masses tour, which climaxed with a mammoth sellout show at the 78,000 capacity Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Described as "a musical journey," the movie chronicles the exploits of the group and some of its die-hard supporters during their travels across America. "Depeche Mode 101" is expected to receive its world premiere in February at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Sire soundtrack will

threw a Hollywood party celebrating his recent sellout shows at the L.A. Sports Arena. Guests at the bash, held Dec. 6 at Spago's, included Vandross and manager Shep Gordon, Paula Abdul, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Arsenio Hall, and Alice Cooper. Incidentally, it looks like Cooper has switched from MCA to Epic.

BRIEF BREAK: Since his marathon Faith tour ended, the George Michael has been taking a well earned rest at a retreat "somewhere in the Caribbe-

an." But don't expect him to remain idle for long. "I'd like to be making at least one album a year," he says. "With that in mind, I'm thinking of recording almost immediately when I get back. I just want to be making more music and writing more."

Meanwhile, the Bearded One's managers, Michael

comprise in- concert recordings of some of the band's best -known material.

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ley's second album, "Hold Me In Your Arms," will hit U.S. stores Jan. 10. The set boasts five tracks written by the talented young vocalist, four penned by the hit making machine of Stock /Aitken /Waterman, and a cover of the Temptations' classic "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." Can't wait for a copy .. Chrysalis president Mike Bone and a host of label staffers braved the Big Apple chill for back -to-back New York club dates by two of their top priorities: Was (Not Was) played the Ritz Dec. 9 and Pursuit Of Happiness appeared at the World the following night ... Ozzy Osbourne will ring in the new year with two dates, Dec. 30 -31, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena ... Polydor serviced radio stations with "Homeless," a track from the Commodores' "Rock Solid" album, as a noncommercial single for airplay during holiday season to remind listeners about the plight of the homeless. Additionally, 400 copies of the song were sent to television news assignment editors Ratt and Britny Fox are set to join forces on a tour starting Jan. 26 in Battle Creek, Mich. ... Look for Epic to reservice the much -overlooked debut album from U.K. sensation Bros, "Push," early next year. .

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STRAIGHT TALK: Please note that reprinting some of those Luther Vandross quotes from the Los Angeles Times in last week's column was not intended as a cheap dig at the artist. Fact is, The Beat has long been a supporter of Vandross, who is unquestionably one of the finest singers in the business. It was a delight to finally meet the man when Epic

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Lippman and Rob Kahane, are busying themselves with a variety of projects, including the addition of Ric Ocasek to their client roster. Can a Cars reunion be far behind?

SHORT TAKES II: Madonna has reportedly inked a long -term deal with Columbia Pictures to develop, produce, and star in feature projects for the studio. Her musical fans can look forward to a new studio album in '89 ... There's already a good buzz on Fine Young Cannibals' upcoming album, "The Raw And The Cooked," due out Feb. 6 through MCA /I.R.S. ... Buster Poindexter and his Banshees Of Blue will perform a New Year's Eve show at New York's Limelight club ... Russian rock act Gorky Park has vaulted the last administrative hurdle to record in the U.S., with the Soviet foreign trade organization Mosinter agreeing to sponsor the band's agreement

with PolyGram Records, according to U.S. managers Bernardi -Thomas Entertainment Inc. and Bob Tulipan ... Jive Records VP of marketing /operations Barry Weiss wants to clarify that Samantha Fox is a Jive /RCA artist .. Willie Dixon played .

songs from his Capitol /Bug album "Hidden Charms" Dec. 7 at Tower Records on Sunset Boule-

vard in Los Angeles.

LAST NOTE: And so another year comes to an end, folks -only 11 more till we enter the 21st century! With an abundance of year-end coverage in this issue, The Beat decided not to indulge in any kind of personal reflection on the past 12 months. Hey, this mouth has been shooting all year! So all that remains is to wish all readers a happy holiday season and the very best for the new year.

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(Continued from page 38) York's Madison Square Garden in, September; the Human Rights Now! Tour (featuring Sting, Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, and Tracy Chapman), which combined huge dollar grosses with huge increases in Amnesty International's membership rolls; Michael's Faith tour, which defied the generally slow box office for summer indoor shows; and Pink Floyd, whose multimedia spectacular was arguably the best stadium presentation of the outdoor season. The Monsters Of Rock was the most visible tour of the summer, often for the wrong reasons. Spectacular success in some markets was balanced by less- than -spectacular box office elsewhere, as promoters who eagerly bid for the all-day show by Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica, and Kingdom Come were perplexed by the lack of public interest. Several promoters who took big hits on the show later reportedly received money back from Van Halen's management. Heavy metal in general, usually the concert promoters' bread and butter, was not an automatic winner during the year. Tours by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Jimmy Page, and David Lee Roth were soft in many markets, balanced by good showings from the Aerosmith /Guns N' Roses package that did outdoor sheds and a few stadiums. A general glut of metal on the market was cited by several promoters as draining the consumer dollar. Alternative music and pop had generally good years, drawing surpris-

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Ivan Neville, and saxophonist Bobby Keys-Richards played most of his solo album, a few '60s covers,

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and, of course, some Rolling Stones material, the latter un-

great. And the rest didn't matter to the totally forgiving crowd assembled here for Richards' Nov. 29 New York solo debut. Outside the Beacon, the atmosphere was reminiscent of a Rolling Stones gig, as scalper action ran in the $200 -per- ticket range, demand definitely exceeding sup-

doubtedly the crowd's favorite. Battling a sound system that was as raw and gritty as his music, Richards' vocals were typically hoarse, with the wild- haired front man gradually losing his voice as the evening wore on. That would have sunk most shows, but this was Keith, capital K, and on this night he could do no wrong in the audience's eyes. A table -pounding cover of the Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man" was followed by the slow blues of "Time Is On My Side," a languid

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good to have them back. "The Flame" lit a fire under the

long- dormant career of Cheap Trick; the single pushed the band's Epic album "Lap Of Luxury" to platinum. Elton John, whose fortunes had waned at Geffen, bounced back to MCA and struck gold with "Reg Strikes Back."

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ty vocalist for comeback honors, while Rolling Stone Keith Richards rebounded from an acrimonious split with partner Mick Jagger and made chart inroads with his Virgin solo debut, "Talk Is Cheap." L.A. funksters Little Feat hit the charts again with "Let It Roll," with Craig

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Grateful Dead; 150,837; eight shows; sellout; $20, $18.50; Monarch Entertainment Bureau /John Scher Presents; Arena, Madison Square Garden; New (1) $2,896,369;

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grinding well through the new year. Black acts, although still cracking the arena circuit only on package tours, had a generally prosperous

year. Luther Vandross and Anita Baker drew strong crowds on their co- headlining dates; the New Edition /Bobby Brown /A1 B. Sure! package also fared extremely well. Despite several missteps early on, the Run -D.M.C. arena tour -rap packages led by the Hollis, N.Y., duo -and Eric B. & Rakim scored well during the summer. But good box office had its price. Violence at rap concerts again be-

Acts like the Pogues and 10,000 Maniacs drew well, but jazz and less well-

known rock acts were considered risky business for concert promoters. But even in a generally down year for many touring acts, the superstars could be relied on to pack the house. Springsteen & the E Street Band's Tunnel Of Love tour was among the

box -office leaders; Jackson proved an international success during his yearlong tour; Clapton's short tour with Mark Knopfler as a sideman provoked strong action; and Prince, Elton John, Robert Plant, Stevie Wonder, Def Leppard, and the Frank Sinatra /Liza Minnelli /Sammy Davis Jr. trifecta made for huge box office.

York; Sept. 14 -16, 18-20, 22 -23. (2) $2,665,797; Van Halen's Monsters Of Rock: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallies, Kingdom Come; 96,768; three shows; sellout; $30.50, $25.50; Joseph Entertainment Group; Alpine Valley Music Theatre; East Troy, Wis.; May 27-29. (3) $2,621,220; Human Rights Now! Tour: Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, Joan Baez; 74,892; sellout; $35; Electric Factory

Concerts; John F. Kennedy Stadium; Philadelphia; Sept. 19. (4) $2,590,497. 112, Pretenders (Nov. 17 -18), Steve Jones (Nov. 17), BoDeans (Nov. 18); 132,925; two shows; 142,000; $19.50; Avalon Attractions; Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles; Nov. 17 -18. (5) $2,389,635; Pink Floyd; 107,568; two shows; sellout; $22.50; Monarch Entertainment Bureau /John Scher Presents; Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.; June 3-4. (6) $2,250,580; Elton John; 96,750; five shows; sellout; $25, $22.50; Ron Delsener Enterprises; Arena, Madison Square Garden; New York; Oct. 17-18, 20-22. (7) $2,215,305; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; 98,458; five shows; sellout; $22.50; Ron Delsener Enterprises; Arena, Madison Square Garden; New York; May 16, -18-19, 22 -23. (8) $2,013,570; U2, Pretenders,

BoDeans; 103,260; two shows; 119,000; $19.50; Bill Graham Presents; Oakland- Alameda County Coliseum; Oakland, Calif.; Nov. 14-15. (9) $1,973,790; Human Rights Now! Tour: Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou n'Dour, Joan Baez; 56,547; one show; 64,000; $35; Avalon Attractions; Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles; Sept. 21. (10) $1,943,900; Van Halen's Monsters Of Rock: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica, Kingdom Come; 80,144; one show; sellout; $25; Avalon Attractions; Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles; July 24. (11) $1,932,998; Pink Floyd; 85,911; two shows; 88,998; $25.50; Tea Party Productions; Sullivan Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.; May 6-8. (12) $1,917,675; Pink Floyd; 88,010; two shows; 95,800; $22.50; Electric Factory Concerts; Veterans Stadium; Philadelphia; May 15-16.

came an issue, fuel added to the fire when a teenager was stabbed to death at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., during a fall show headlined by Eric B. & Rakim and Doug E. Fresh & the Fresh Krew. In re-

sponse to the incident, Billboard black music editor Nelson George and other industry figures formed the Stop The Violence organization, dedicated to weeding out problems before arenas were panicked into banning the shows. Rap was not the only genre plagued by problems. Slam dancing at a Guns N' Roses performance in England this summer resulted in two deaths; police were called to quell a "riot" at a Slayer show in Los Angeles; and a teenager was paralyzed by a drunken fan's fall from an upper tier at the New Jersey Meadowlands during the Monsters Of Rock stop there. Club tours had an in- and-out year.

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Human Rights Now! Tour. Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N' Dour, Michael Rinaro, Daniel LaVoie; 58,679; 1 show; (13) $1,807,956;

60,199; $37.50; Donald K. Donald Prod.; Olympic Stadium; Montreal; Sept. 17. (14) $1,796,550; Pink Floyd; 71,862; five shows; sellout; $25; Ron Delsener Enterprises; Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Uniondale, N.Y.; Aug. 19-23. (15) $1,750,000; Van Halen's Monsters Of Rock: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica, Kingdom Come; 70,000; one show; sellout; $25; Bill Graham Presents;

Grandstand, Candlestick Park; San Francisco; July 16. (16) $1,749,015; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; 77,734; five shows, sellout; $22.50; Avalon Attractions; Los Angeles Sports Arena; April 22-23, 25, 27 -28. (17) $1,747,075; Michael Jackson; 69,883; four shows; sellout; $25, TTC Touring Corp.;

Have Fame, Will Travel. George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan were among the superstars who participated in an all -star jam during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual dinner /induction ceremony, held in January at New York's Waldorf- Astoria Hotel. Later in the year, Harrison and Dylan were reunited on the Traveling Wilburys' Warner Bros. debut album. (Photo: Chuck Pulin)

Capital Centre; Landover, Md.; Oct. 13, 17 -19. (18) $1,716,870; Pink Floyd; 78,972; two shows; 90,000; $22.50; Bill Graham Presents; Stadium, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum; Oakland, Calif.; April 22-23. (19) $1,685,951; The Ultimate Event: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr.; 37,447; two shows; sellout; $50, $35; Monarch Entertainment Bureau /John Scher Presents; Meadowlands Arena; East Rutherford, N.J.; Sept. 30-Oct. 1. (20) $1,680,300; Van Halen's Monsters Of Rock: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica, Kingdom Come; 67,212; two shows; 112,825; $25; Brass Ring Productions; Pontiac Silverdome; Pontiac, Mich.; June 17 -18.

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Music Dealers Saw Big Profits, Heard Big Rumors BY GEOFF MAYFIELD

NEW YORK Splashes of big money and rumors of big-time buyouts were the threads with which music retailers wove an intriguing 1988.

Significant changes in the ownership of key chains dotted the landscape amid endless speculation that still more changes were in the wind. More so than in any era in recent memory, music retailers have captured the interest of megabuck investors. "I've never seen a year like this,

where there's rumors about just about everyone either being on the block or out to buy somebody else up," said 34-year industry veteran Fred Love, the Chicago-based regional sales director for BMG Distribution, during one of the summer's conclaves. When they weren't looking for investors or `for sale' signs, music re-

tailers had other matters on their mind, like the growing array of new products that continued to crowd their shelves and increased concern over losses caused by theft. For a refreshing change of pace,

virtually all of the major price changes in the 1988 marketplace were reductions rather than increases-an unusual prospect in any year in any business. The year's numerous CD price cuts and deals stood in stark contrast to 1987's activity, when all six of the major distributors found one way or another to raise product -associated costs. The following is a summary of the year.

January Music stores' fourth-quarter busi-

artist titles that get the cuts instead of catalog. Atlantic puts out six disks

by developing acts- including one by Ziggy Marley a $13.98 list ... Primerica puts 616 -store The Musicland Group, the industry's largest chain, on the selling block but doesn't have to look far for a buyer. By the end of the month, the chain's management, led by CEO Jack Eugster, engineers

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1966441 a leveraged buyout with the assistance of investment firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Cash value: a cool $410 million ... Lieberman Enterprises, the industry's second largest rackjobber, merges with video suppli-

er International Video Entertainment. In a flip -flop from the July 1987 game plan that led to this merger, IVE becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Lieberman. The rack assumes $37 million in debt that the video company originally spent for Lieberman stock the previous summer ... Per sonics begins testing its in-store custom- cassette service at a Wherehouse Entertainment store in Mountain View, Calif.... WEA also moves cassette singles to $2.49. Of participating labels, only A &M holds at $1.99 on the fledgling product . NARM and sister group the Video .

Software Dealers Assn. conclude that current technology will not accommodate a 2-year -old plan to develop a universal security target that would be placed on audio and video product at the point of manufacture.

March

year's, and new CD players sold during the holiday season pump CD sales through the last days of 1987 and the first month of the new year WEA, as has been speculated, creates a new, lower CD price point for 278 full-price titles. The wholesale box-lot cost for these disks drops from $1024 to $8.10 ... Investment house Adler & Shaykin comes to the rescue of Los Angeles-based Wherehouse Entertainment, helping president and chairman Lou Kwiker beat off a hostile takeover attempt by Roy Disney's Shamrock Holdings ... Jazz label GRP says yes to DAT but is careful to point out it won't sell the controversial line through MCA, its U.S. distributor ... RCA, Arista, and MCA move cassette singles to $2.49, 50 cents more than vinyl 45s, while CEMA moves cassette singles to a $2.99 list ... In Chapel Hill, N.C., Western Merchandisers executive VP Bob Schneider captures the attention of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers when he reports that telecommunications with RCA/ A &M /Arista speeds the returns-authorization process from months to a matter of days ... At that same NARM meet, the trade group holds its first formal meeting of the Inde-

Albany, N.Y. -based Trans World Music Corp. gets into leased departments, picking up music /video sales at the 38 Crazy Eddie stores that had been serviced by Benel Distributing

brings together indie labels and distributors to address common concerns ... RCA /A &M /Arista changes its name to BMG Distribution, reflecting its German parent's name.

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World," CBS chairman Walter Yetnikoff introduces his new boss, Sony prexy Norio Ohga, who in turn introduces the D-88, a pocket-size player for 3 -inch CDs. CBS announces it will begin releasing 3 -inch CDs, a product already being tested by smaller labels and by A&M. CBS will also final-

start marketing cassette singles, but the biggest news is a massive discount program on most CD titles, with discounts ranging from 12.5 %33.3 %. Dealers believe the program will at last lead to the price cuts they've been seeking for the configuration ... Also at NARM, CEMA lowers its list on cassette singles from ly

a massive discount program that cuts

most titles by at least 11 %, and promises that actual cost revisions will follow the discounts ... PolyGram rolls out what it claims is only a one -month program: a 10% discount on CDs. Though the distributor denies an impending cut, the company will continue dealing past April ... Shamrock Holdings, rebuffed in its attempt to land Wherehouse, seals a deal with another Southern California trader, and Show Industries and its Music Plus chain ... Arista and BMG Distribution announce they'll test lower CD pricing on the new Daryl Hall & John Oates album, charging wholesalers $9.25 and retailers $9.33 ... Pittsburgh -based National Record Mart rolls out a new logo, NRM Plus, at a 4,800 -square-footer in Louisville, Ky.

May Covers on albums by Prince, Poison, and Great White bother many merchandisers, including the 1,100 store Wal -Mart chain. Objections lead Enigma to revise art on its Poison

and Great White releases, but at Warner Bros., the naked Prince won't budge, which prompts a WalMart boycott ... The National Assn. of Independent Record Distributors & Manufacturers meet in New Orleans sees a 26% increase in attendance over the 1987 convention. Aided by a retailers incentive program, the gathering includes more chains and dealers than NAIRD has attracted in recent years ... More objectionable material, but this time the issue is lyrics, not graphics: Indie Luke Skyywalker complains that dealers (Continued on page 47)

$2.99 to $2.49, "an announcement no

other company can make," quips president Dennis White. Now all majors offer the same list on the line except PolyGram, which still doesn't make cassette singles ... The revamped NARM convention is a winner. Such longtime members as Russ Solomon and Jack Rose say it might have been the best NARM meet ever.

April Ironically, Adler & Shaykin, Lou

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ficer Scott Young becomes the chain's new president ... Trans

World lands more leased departments, this time at 12 TSS /Seedman's stores. The units had previously been stocked by Roslyn, N.Y. based Record World ... MCA doesn't wait for CBS to effect permanent price cuts on CDs. The distributor creates a new budget price, launches

A Very Special Christmas. The Musicland Group is conducting a special nationwide holiday fund -raiser on behalf of the Ronald McDonald Children's

Charities. More than 660 Musicland /Sam Goody stores will participate, donating a portion of the proceeds from Musicland's two- volume "Holiday Favorites" cassette to the charity. On hand for the kickoff were, from left, Fred Keller, RMCC spokesman; Gary Ross, Musicland executive VP of marketing and merchandising; Dave Wicker, Musicland VP of advertising and visual merchandising; and Tim Pearson, Musicland manager of advertising and promotions.

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MAKE A WISH: The Make A Wish Foundation of America got a holiday- spirit kickoff for its campaign Dec. 6 at Wherehouse's big Sunset Boulevard store in Los Angeles, where the charity organization toasted the media and explained its drive. A deluxe limited -edition calendar, which lists for $11.95, will be sold at stores around the country. "It's our first involvement with the music industry," explained Jean Elder, executive director of the 8 -yearold Phoenix, Ariz. -based organization, dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life- threatening illnesses. The foundation's mission inspired photographer Chris Cuffaro, who has gotten behind the effort. Cuffaro has photographed Apollonia, Toni Childs, Stanley Clarke, George Harrison, John Hiatt, INXS, Mark Knopfler, Kenny Loggins, Bradford Marsalis, George Michael, Robbie Robertson, Charlie Sexton, and Van Halen, among others. The foundation's purpose is to turn tragic circumstances "into a kind of magic for one moment," says Elder. "We as adults have lived long enough to realize some of our fantasies and wishes. Kids haven't." She says the organization's efforts often involve tremendously complex logistics. One youngster wanted her brother and sister in Quito, Ecuador, to attend her Communion in a hospital on Long Island, N.Y. "Officials couldn't believe it down in Ecuador," Elder says. "I got some of my friends in the [U.S.] State Department to help. We got them to New York in time."

BLOWN AWAY: Durham, N.C. -based The Record Bar, area station WQDR, and the Long Branch Saloon were hosts of a Dec. 11 benefit-featuring performances by Rodney Crowell, Jo -el Sonnier, and Russell Smith -for victims of the late- November tornadoes that racked Raleigh, N.C., causing $100 million worth of damage (Billboard, Dec. 17). Those who wish to make donations to the cause should address them to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 14405, Raleigh, N.C. 27620; contributions should be designated for the Nov. 28 disaster.

BILLBOARD BATTLE: Wherehouse is making things a little more interesting along Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, a legendary stretch that often features flamboyant billboard advertising and where Tower Records has enjoyed dominance for years. A large billboard at the LaBrea and Sunset intersection, the site of one of Wherehouse's Concept 600 12,000- footers, will be 4uartered off and sold to label advertisers. .

VERY DIRECT MAIL: PolyGram credits a campaign that sent background information and cassettes of the new Art Of Noise album to 1,500 U.S. stores for pulling through orders for 40,000 units of the title in just its first three days.

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who carry Prince's "Lovesexy" should also carry its unedited version of 2 Live Crew's "Move Somethin'." Many leading chains will only carry the so-called G -rated version, and at first North Canton, Ohio-based Camelot Music won't even carry the edited rendition ... Dealers say spring business is slow, but new hot product leads to memorable sales over the Memorial Day weekend.

June CEMA announces discounts for most CDs, a move that will pave the road for permanent price reductions. Cuts range from 12% to 31 %, with an extra 30 days' dating offered on the 12% plan ... Durham, N.C.-based The

Record Bar buys the Record Bar

chain of Jacksonville, Fla. and will keep three of the four stores open. The owners of the two webs are related ... Former Record Bar officer Ralph King leaves International Video Entertainment to get back into retailing, becoming VP of marketing at Wherehouse ... NARM and the Recording Industry Assn. of America plan a summer campaign to pushcassette singles. The two trade groups also agree to work together on a poll of music consumers ... As NARM and the RIAA ready a summer merchandising campaign for cassette singles, PolyGram says it will finally

start marketing the product next month. Of the six major distributors, it had been the lone holdout once CBS committed to configuration in March CEMA reassigns seven management staffers ... Big news at what many characterize as a slow Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago is the comeback being made by video games. Suppliers predict sales of $2.3 billion for 1988.

July In the U.K., Virgin sells 74 stores to W.H. Smith's music chain, Our Price ... West Sacramento, Calif. based superstore web Tower Records opens in Nashville, a city president Russ Solomon has long been eager to invade ... NARM's Loss Prevention Committee establishes Shrink Link, a toll -free phone number to report the activity of pro shoplifters ... NARM and RIAA start planning a merchandising push for CD-3s ... As the CD discounts run by CBS for more than three months come to an end, the distributor ends dealers' nervous speculation by effecting permanent price

decreases. There's bitter with the sweet, as CBS hikes its returns penalty from 3% to 5% and boosts its surcharge from 2% to 3% for loose or-

ders ... Allan Stein, VP of BMG Distribution, suffers a fatal heart attack while driving home from work. He was 38 MCA, Musicland, and Frito-Lay link together for a massive cross-promotion campaign on behalf of the Jets ... More 2 Live Crew woes, as an Alexander City, Ala., music dealer is arrested for selling what are described as pornographic audiotapes, including the Crew's latest, to a teenager.

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bring the prices charged to one-stops and racks in line with retailers' prices. MCA is now the only distributor to maintain a functional discount . Musicland, the National Music Group, and Holiday Inn hotels announce a vocal talent Contest ... Camelot, which has no stores west of Texas, reveals it will soon add six stores in Oregon and Washington ...

luster product, has become a meaningful category for record stores. October

Hopes are high for Christmas-

$9.09 wholesale, a new tier, or to its existing $7 -cost budget line. And Welk Record Group drops CD prices

themed albums, many of them indielabel projects. Preorders for the new Mannheim Steamroller seasonal title top 750,000 units ... The NARM/ VSDA Operations Conference in Los Angeles marks the first time that the meeting is a joint function of the two affiliated trade groups. VSDA members had been added to the Operations Committee during the summer ... The NARM Wholesalers Conference draws racks, indie labels and distributors, and one -stops to Palm Springs, Calif. NARM's IAC announces that indies will assemble a

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NARM convention in New Orleans NARM and VSDA form a search committee to determine a replacement for Mickey Granberg, executive VP of both groups, whose contract will expire in June 1989 ... Dallas-

Former Musicland officer Bruce Jesse joins Wherehouse as VP of advertising and sales promotion More CD cuts arrive: PolyGram, which has been dealing discounts at 10% or 32% for months, will move most of its front-line CDs to either .

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based Sound Warehouse's stock

jumps more than $4 on Oct. 19. President Terry Worrell says he anticipates "no changes," but talk of a possible sale will continue to heat up in November and December ... Trans World becomes only the second record chain to top the 400 -store mark Personics begins testing its custom-tape system at more than 20 Los Angeles stores in four chains. November The NARM Retailers Advisory Committee launches a consumer petition drive in Chicago to try to encourage increased back-announcing by radio stations ... The NARM Manufac-

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and 100,000 rare records, including 100,000 78s, 30,000-40,000 LPs, and 20,000 45s. "We also have a small cassette collection, and CDs are coming on strong, though they're a

ROCKFORD, Ill. "This is a museum where everything is on sale," says Larry Mason, who with his wife, Bev, owns Toad Hall Books & Records, 80 miles west of Chicago. It's an apt description: The multilevel, many-room store offers what amounts to a history of U.S. culture in hundreds of thousands of records, books, and art and nostalgia objects. Mason attributes a recent 40% increase in overall sales primarily to a jump in record sales. Toad Hall, which opened 16 years ago in a residential area of Rockford, occupies three floors and "10 or 15 rooms -we're not even sure of the exact number," Mason jokes. "The store has thousands of square feet, more than I could afford in a bigger city, like Chicago." The Masons live upstairs, which "allows us to manage things more efficiently," he says. The store is open until 9 p.m. seven days a week, but like most other aspects of Toad Hall, those hours are subject to change. "We'll stay open if a collector requests it or if people are still looking around," says Mason. He characterizes Toad Hall as "community centered" and says, "We didn't even have a phone

now." There are some 85 different categories of records at Toad Hall, according to Mason. "We try to carry every type of record in existence," he says. These include 10 -inch, 12inch, and 14 -inch records; 100 -rpm disks; cylinder records; platters that require special phonographs in order to be played; and early audiophile records in monaural. There are recordings of polka, African, Bulgarian, Danish, and religious music; there are Czechoslovakian 78s. There is a '20s room with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Betty Boop records. There is an extensive collection of sheet music from 1920-60 and music- related posters, buttons, gum cards, and discographies. Upstairs, where the Masons live, is a collection of extremely rare merchandise, shown only to select

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for the first eight years." Toad Hall's stock is evenly divided among books (from comics to literary classics), art (antique prints, movie and rock posters, original paintings), and records. The store carries more than 150,000 in-print

customers. It includes original Armstrong LPs, $200 King Oliver 78s, and still -sealed Elvis Presley '505 albums that fetch $50 apiece. "We deal in archival material, and we try to preserve the past," says Mason.

Toad Hall caters to collectors, and Mason says the collecting craze is bigger than ever, which explains the store's jump in record sales. "The fact that records are being phased out [by CDs] makes them more collectible, not less," says Mason, who adds that the recent stock (Continued on page 75)

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the cassette single early on are not required to place minimum orders. The one -stops can then use the pieces-which permit face -out display of cassette singles -as an incentive to entice indie stores to buy the product. "If you're a mom -and -pop retailer or you're in a small chain and you don't have the right fixture, this fixture gets you right into cassette- single merchandising," says Tatulli. "For others, this allows for expansion of [cassette-single] stock or the ability to cross merchandise the product. "We always felt and knew that BMG was the leading distributor in the cassette singles business since day one. We were so committed to the project, and we felt like this would be the icing on the cake. This is the final step," he adds. The plexiglass piece can be used at a cash register counter to encourage impulse sales, or can be placed elsewhere in the store. If a store racks titles five tapes deep, the rack displays 24 titles. If the store chooses to stock titles 10 pieces deep, it shows 12 titles. BMG targeted indie stores and small chains, says Tatulli, because

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NASHVILLE Leaders of the country music industry confirm the existence of a new trend away from the genre's fabled crying-inthe-beer ballads. Reasons cited include the increased awareness of the dangers of alcohol, radio resistance, changing social and sexual patterns, and more sophisticated and better educated songwriters. Pointing to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Students Against Drunk Driving, and other anti drinking organizations, Bob Kirsch, Nashville division manag-

er of the Welk Music Group, notes, "We've found that drinking songs

just don't do it anymore, directly because of those organizations. We've had [drinking] songs handed in by younger writers that

years ago might have been hits, but nobody's interested in that." Kirsch recalls that when Gene

Watson's "Drinkin' My Way Back Home" was released in 1983, radio initially resisted playing it. "They were giving in to it, and I understand why," he says.

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change on the country -lyric landscape. "Songs about quick pickups and casual sex are not happening any more either because of the AIDS situation." Another publisher, Tim Wipper-

man, VP /GM of Warner /Chappell Music, Nashville, believes the new breed of country artist has had an effect on the themes of lyrics in country songs. Noting a decline in

the drinking songs, Wipperman observes, "The kind of artists who did those type of songs are not like the new people coming up -the neotraditionalists, like Randy Travis and George Strait, who are more balladeers and crooners and not the drinking variety of peo-

ple, that often turn beer joints into tear joints. "A long time ago," ob-

serves Cavender, "jukebox and live music was all drinking and fighting and trucking and cheating and leaving. Our music has changed so much that if there's a

cheating song-like `On The Other Hand' -it's done with a terribly good sophisticated twist." Another factor, according to Connie Bradley, Southern region executive director of ASCAP and (Continued on next page)

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ple." Maggie Cavender, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International, also sees a

trend away from the whiskey soaked songs, once country's sta-

Comebacks, Tributes, Fresh Acts & Labels Colored Year

Old-timers, Newcomers Shared The Glory THERE'S PLATINUM IN THEM THAR HILLS. That's the clarion call of country music as 1989 approaches with all its promises, pitfalls, and potentialities. Before plunging blindly ahead where no man-or woman-has gone before, let's take a loving look back at the highlights of the year that was. Country's best wailer, Gary Stewart, rebounden' from a life of abuse and was showered with friendship and praise when he returned to Nashville and cut a powerful new album, New," for Hightone Records ... Roy Rogers and Loretta Lynn rode into the Country Music Hall of Fame -a great tribute to two deserving talents, despite the pathetic pro-

rocketed to superstardom at Fred Foster's Monument Records in Nashville, and Pete Drake, whose talking steel guitar did most of the talking for this shy, gentle man who left an indelible imprint on the Nashville music skyline, died ... Goodbye also, but only for a while, to Mary Ann McCready, one of the top pros in the music business, who is leaving her key position at CBS Records after an in-

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nament

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worked wonders on each other by combining talents and personalities. Owens got Yoakam to loosen up and have fun, and Yoakam taught Owens how to have a ball on stage again. It was also a year of megaconcerts. The Marlboro Country Concert sold out Madison Square Garden in New York on the same weekend that 150,000 fans turned out for KZLA /KLAC Los Angeles' Country Fest '88, produced by Southern California Festivals . Jimmy Buffett drew more than 15,000 at Nashville's Starwood Amphitheatre in a jubilant homecoming-and he put on a brilliant show despite the spotlight- grabbing antics of a Coral Reeferette ... The Oak Ridge Boys, with Steve Sanders in full swing, rocked Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas ... Summer Lights '88 attracted 500,000 festivalgoers to blocks and blocks and days and days of Nashville entertainment, from country to the classics ... Fan Fair '88 once again drew country music minions from Tennessee to Tokyo. There were more complaints than usual this year about the lack of top -star talent at the showcases. Goodbyes: Rock music giant Roy Orbison, who sky-

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UNTRY COUNTRY TURNING ITS BACK ON 'DRINKING SONGS'

(Continued from preceding page)

president of the Country Music Assn., is education. "Today's songwriters come from a higher level of education and therefore are writing about different, more diversified things," says Bradley. "They're more worldly than some of the writers of many years ago who wrote about drinking, lost love, and other topics like that." An alcohol -abuse researcher maintains that the connection between country music and heavy drinking is not coincidental. "Slower songs go with faster drinking," states Dr. James M. Schaefer, head of the drug- and -alcohol- abuse -prevention program at the Univ. of Minnesota. The conclusion that the style and tempo of music

affect drinking patterns

came originally from Montana research, and Schaefer is attempting to corroborate that finding with

divorce and lonesomeness and 'let's get drunk and be somebody to get over it.' " Roger Sovine, VP of BMI's Nashville office and board chairman of the CMA, agrees with Schaefer that the burden is on the bars that program the music. "It's the clubs' re-

sponsibility," comments Sovine, "and it's also their responsibility

not to keep serving people who are drunk." Schaefer and the country music leaders contacted agree that such country acts as Nelson, Jennings,

Walker, and Johnny Cash have helped create a more positive image for the genre by cleaning up their acts. These artists have not only written and sung about life on the wild side, they've also lived it. Now Jennings has discovered that things go better with Coke, not cocaine;

Nelson is singing "Ole Buttermilk

Skies" instead of "I Gotta Get Drunk"; Cash is clear -eyed again; and Walker has gone from Wild Turkey to cold turkey. "It's going to be very interesting to see the kinds of music that these guys come out with now," says Schaefer. Meanwhile, back at the Longhorn watering hole in Nashville, Harlan

Howard, the dean of Nashville's down -home hard -time writers, who has penned such classics as "Busted," "Heartaches By The Number," and "I Fall To Pieces," muses over Schaefer's findings. Nursing a Key Lime Shooter, Howard, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, philosophizes, "What that fellow doesn't understand is that country fans love to wallow in selfpity."

newer information gleaned from

Minnesota bars. Schaefer and his research team concluded that "hard drinkers prefer listening to slower paced, wailing, lonesome, self-pitying music during the'slow times in the bar scene." Enter country music. Dealing primarily with records played by jukeboxes or club DJs, the research indicates that the highest risk situations -those in which alcohol abuse is most likely to occur-are those in which "mood sets are dominated by country songs and the rowdy subculture is often fulfilling the prophecy in the lyrics of the songs being played." 65

Ironically, the study associates pop and rock music played in bars with only a moderate risk of alcohol abuse. In one way, Schaefer's findings on country music can be seen as a backhanded compliment: "The music of [such acts as] Jerry Jeff Walker, George Jones, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson is so descriptive

and powerfully delivered that it's a

-it

bit overwhelming sometimes just carries you away," Schaefer says. He doesn't chide the country music industry; instead, he directs his findings toward the bars and clubs that program the music. "They ought to mix the styles, have a variety of sets, different kinds of music, and more breaks so that what you get is a bit more variation. The key to abuse is where you get the building and building and building of emotions and the dwelling on

2nd Shelton Disk Goes Gold CBS Has `Proof' Of Act's Appeal NASHVILLE Ricky Van Shelton's 1988 has been chock -ful of success and gold. His second CBS album, "Loving Proof," was recently certified gold by the Recording Industry Assn. of America. According to CBS, the follow up to Shelton's near -platinum first album, "Wild -Eyed Dream," surpassed the 500,000 -unit mark within 60 days of its September in -store date. After debuting the album at No. 13 on the Hot Country albums

chart, CBS took it to No. 1 in its third week. It has held the top spot with a bullet for eight consecutive weeks and could begin the new year at No. 1. In addition, the single "I'll Leave This World Loving You" moved to the No. 1 spot in its 11th week on the Hot Country singles chart. It held the position for two consecutive weeks and fell only to No. 2 when it began its descent. DEBBIE HOLLEY

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"DAN SEALS just keeps topping his previous efforts," says MD Wayne Elliott, KEEY Minneapolis -St. Paul. "I'm amazed how he can keep doing better, but he does with `Big Wheels In The Moonlight' " (Capitol). "He deserves more credit when awards are handed out," adds MD Jim Mickelson, KKAT, Salt Lake City. "This is another No. 1." "Wheels" moves to No. 19 on the Hot Country Singles chart.

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traditional country hit," says PD Lee Nye, KFRE Fresno, Calif., of Larry Boone's "I Just Called To Say Goodbye Again" (Mercury). "This guy has a lot to offer tradition -based stations; he has a lot of the Ray Price quality. I'm pretty excited about the reaction to it here." "I think it will be as big as `Don't Give Candy To A Stranger,' which went top 10," says MD Benny Anthony, WYGC Gainesville, Fla. "It's already strong." Boone is charted at No. 37. Anthony also sees good things for the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo's cover of the early Beatles hit "I Feel Fine" (1964). "They did the Beatles proud on this one. It's dynamite," he says. MD Gary Charles, KDRK Spokane, Wash., believes this release by the Sweethearts of the Rodeo will be great for increasing listenership. "It will get to the 35-plus demographics who remember the Beatles fondly, and it will bring in the younger contemporary crowd who think it's a new song." "I Feel Fine" is charted at No. 44.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. is drawing some raves on "Early In The Morning And Late At Night" (Warner /Curb), charted at No. 18. "It's a smash, a great song," says MD Brian Ansley, WGUS Augusta, Ga., "and he doesn't even talk about his daddy." PD Ed Chandler, KAJA San Antonio, Texas, concurs. "It's a monster record," he says. "We broadcast live from a nightclub here in town and it's the most requested record there."

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T'S OUR HOTTEST RECORD," says MD Jeff Winfield, KHAK Cedar Rapids, Iowa, of Alabama's "Song Of The South" (RCA). "They're burning up the phones on it and the local record stores are just overrun by re-

quests." "It's working very well for me," says MD Brian Ringo, KNOE Monroe, La. "It's the best thing they've had in awhile." Ringo adds that his very favorite song of the whole year is Emmylou Harris' "Heartbreak Hill" (Reprise). "This will put her back at the top of the charts where she belongs," he says. Harris is charted at No. 62.

ALL THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN (WB, ASCAP/Two Sons, ASCAP /Hatcher Lane, ASCAP) WBM ALL THE REASONS WHY (Warner -Tamerlane, BMI /Sportsman, BMI/Warner- Refuge, ASCAP/Macy Place, ASCAP) WBM

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BEFORE YOU CHEAT ON ME ONCE (Ensign,

19

BMI /Famous, ASCAP/Blue Moon, ASCAP) CPP BIG WHEELS IN THE MOONLIGHT (Jack & Bill, ASCAP /Ranger Bob, ASCAP

9

/Pink

7

13

LOVE HELPS THOSE

8

10

MAMA KNOWS

9

12

WE MUST BE DOIN' SOMETHIN' RIGHT

10

3

CHISELED IN STONE

11

6

IF YOU

12

14

DEEPER THAN THE HOLLER

13

15

BLUE SIDE OF TOWN

14

16

ALL THE REASONS WHY

15

18

LONG SHOT

BORDERLINE (Rick Hall, ASCAP)

40

BRIDGES AND WALLS (Tom Collins, BMI /Song

15

Pantry, ASCAP/VanWarmer, ASCAP) BURNIN' A HOLE IN MY HEART (Acuff -Rose,

COME AS YOU WERE (Dropkick, BMI /SBK Blackwood,

(Scarlet Moon, BMI/Screen Gems -EMI, BMI /Don Schlitz, ASCAP /MCA, ASCAP) HL/WBM DEEPER THAN THE HOLLER

DESPERATELY (Cross Keys, ASCAP) HL

25

DONT WASTE IT ON THE BLUES (Wrensong, ASCAP/Miller's Daughter, ASCAP/Love This Town, ASCAP) WBM

DON'T YOU EVER GET TIRED (OF HURTING ME) (Tree, BMI) DOWN THAT ROAD TONIGHT ( Jeffwho, ASCAP/Bug,

BMI /Mopage, BMI/Warner- Elektra -Asylum, BMI /Moon & Stars, BMI /Screen Gems -EMI,

BMI)

18

EARLY IN THE MORNING AND LATE AT NIGHT (WB,

71

ASCAP/Two Sons, ASCAP /Morganactive, ASCAP/You & I, ASCAP) CPP/WBM AN EMPTY GLASS (Forest Hills/Tree, BMI) HL

69

EVERYTIME

GET TO DREAMIN' (Ensign, BMI /Puggy,

BMI) 95

FEARLESS HEART (Gold Line, ASCAP) WBM

66

FROM THE WORD GO (Tree,

78

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

BMI) (Bobby Fischer, ASCAP /Serenity Manor, ASCAP /Chriswald, ASCAP /Hopi Sound, ASCAP)

62

HEARTBREAK HILL (Sorghum, ASCAP/Irving, BMI)

93

HEY HEART (SBK Blackwood,

BMI /Larry Butler, BMI) HIGHWAY ROBBERY (Cross Keys, ASCAP/Tree, BMI/Jack & Bill, ASCAP /Mc Bec, ASCAP/Terrace, ASCAP) HL

BILLBOARD

1

PAUL OVERSTREET

3

22

MY BABY'S GONE

21

23

LET'S GET STARTED IF WE'RE GONNA

22

19

OLD KIND OF LOVE

23

28

...

-

25

27

WHAT I'D SAY

26

20

I

27

17

THAT OLD WHEEL

28

30

BURNIN' A HOLE IN MY HEART

SHENANDOAH

5

MERCURY

7

7

CURB

6

VERN GOSDIN

41

MTM 16TH AVENUE

3

GEORGE STRAIT

28

AIRBORNE

1

RANDY TRAVIS

10

ATLANTIC

1

9

12

1

OAK

1

SOA

1

1

WOLF DOG

1

18

KATHY MATTEA

21

SAWYER BROWN

29

THE STATLER BROTHERS

14

RICKY SKAGGS

65

DWIGHT YOAKAM

20

MERLE HAGGARD

36

EARL THOMAS CONLEY

16

COULD FALL IN LOVE TODAY

BARBARA MANDRELL

57

JOHNNY CASH WITH HANK WILLIAMS, JR.

52

SKIP EWING

HOLD ON (A LITTLE LONGER)

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30

1

HIGHTONE

1

YOU BABE

25

2

Atlantic America (1) BEARDO

15

65

OLD KIND OF LOVE (Scarlet Moon, BMI) WBM

27

PAINT THE TOWN AND HANG THE MOON TONIGHT (Crowman, ASCAP/Warner -Elektra -Asylum, BMI /Kansas By The Sea, ASCAP) WBM

38

RAININ' IN MY HEART (Ezcellorec, BMI)

83

REAL OLD- FASHIONED BROKEN HEART (Jack & Bill, ASCAP)

61

REBELS WITHOUT A CLUE (Bellamy Bros., ASCAP) RIGAMAROLE (Colgems -EMI, ASCAP /A Little More

99

29

12

EDDIE RABBITT

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.

SANG DIXIE

I

14

TRA -STAR

EARLY IN THE MORNING AND LATE AT NIGHT

STEVE WARINER

Music

13

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ASCAP /Mota, ASCAP /Back Nine, ASCAP)

WBM

SONG OF THE SOUTH

ALABAMA

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ASCAP) 44

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BMI /Irving, BMI) CPP

74

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HOLD YOUR FIRE (Little Shop Of Morgansongs,

37

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BMI /Dennis Morgan, BMI) 42

HONEY

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DARE YOU (Midget's Fist, ASCAP/Bob -A-

Lew, ASCAP /Maypop, BMI /Long Tooth, BMI) WBM HOT ROD LINCOLN (Acuff -Rose, BMI) CPP

97 77

90

I

FEEL FINE (SBK Blackwood, BMI /ATV,

68

ROLLER COASTER RUN (UP TOO SLOW, DOWN TOO FAST) (Lawyer's Daughter, BMI)

67

RUNAWAY TRAIN (Bugle, BMI /Bug, BMI) HL SHE REMINDED ME OF YOU (SBK April, ASCAP /Ides

34

Of March, ASCAP /New and Used, ASCAP) HL

23

SHE'S CRAZY FOR LEAVING (Granite, ASCAP /Caolwell, ASCAP /Chappell & Co., ASCAP) HL

/

SINCERELY (Liason, BMI/Irving, BMI Liason Two,

30

JUST CALLED TO SAY GOODBYE AGAIN (SBK April, ASCAP/Butler's Bandits, ASCAP/SBK Blackwood,

BMI /Larry Butler, BMI) HL JUST CAN'T SAY NO TO YOU (Dawn Breaker, BMI) I

I

20 26 35

KNOW HOW HE FEELS ( Maypop, BMI /Alabama

57

Band, ASCAP) WBM

HOT COUNTRY SINGLES ACTION RADIO MOST ADDED

28 39

ADDS

SECONDARY ADDS

72

29 REPORTERS

60 REPORTERS

65 REPORTERS

TOTAL ADDS

RONNIE MILSAP RCA NEW FOOL AT AN OLD GAME REBA MCENTIRE MCA I'M A ONE WOMAN MAN GEORGE JONES EPIC HEARTBREAK HILL EMMYLOU HARRIS REPRISE DOWN THAT ROAD TONIGHT NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND WB BRIDGES AND WALLS THE OAK RIDGE BOYS MCA FROM THE WORD GO MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY we COME AS YOU WERE T. GRAHAM BROWN CAPITOL ROLLER COASTER RUN MICHAEL JOHNSON RCA HONEY I DARE YOU SOUTHERN PACIFIC WARNER BROS. Radio Most Added is

6

4 3

21

13 10

30

TOTAL ON

154 REPORTERS

25 19

57

42 32

94

SO GOOD TO BE IN LOVE (AMR, ASCAP)

17

32

SONG OF THE SOUTH (Jack & Bill, ASCAP) HL SPANISH EYES (Screen Gems -EMI, BMI) WBM

88

SPELLING ON THE STONE (LS, ASCAP)

92 86

STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN (Muscle Shoals, BMI) STAY OUT OF MY ARMS (Jimma, BMI)

84

TAKE IT SLOW WITH ME (Calente, ASCAP/Tomy -Don,

60

56

24

13

17

30

53

2

7

16

25

26

4

8

12

24

104

STILL BELIEVE IN YOU (Bar None, BMI /Bug, BMI) I WISH I WAS STILL IN YOUR DREAMS (Tree, BMI /Cross Keys, ASCAP) HL I WISH THAT I COULD FALL IN LOVE TODAY (Beechwood, BMI) WBM I'D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN (Music Corp. Of America, BMI /Hightop, BMI) HL I

AIN'T LOVIN' (YOU AIN'T LIVIN') ( Beechwood, BMI) WBM I'LL LEAVE THIS WORLD LOVING YOU (Tree, BM!) IF YOU

ASCAP)

33

A TENDER LIE (With Any Luck, BMI) THAT OLD WHEEL (Do-Tel, ASCAP) THAT'S THAT (Lawyer's Daughter, BMI) CPP 'TIL YOU CRY (Chappell & Co., ASCAP /EEG, ASCAP)

60

TRAINWRECK OF EMOTION (Wrensong,

11

52 76

HL

I'M A ONE WOMAN MAN (Cedarwood, BMI) I'M IN LOVE AND HE'S IN DALLAS (Irving, BMI /SBK April, ASCAP/Lion Hearted, ASCAP) IT WASN'T HIS CHILD (Acuff Rose) (IT'S ALWAYS GONNA BE) SOMEDAY (Lawyer's Daughter, BMI/Terrace, ASCAP/Cross Keys, ASCAP/Tree, BMI) HL/CPP

ITS GONNA BE LOVE (Artist Gold, ASCAP) ITS YOU AGAIN (Tree, BMI/Pacific Island, BMI)

55

I'VE BEEN LOOKIN' (Unami, ASCAP/Jeffwho,

85

ASCAP/Bughouse, ASCAP) HL/CPP THE LAST ROSE (A Team, ASCAP)

7

91

54 16

HL/WBM

59

0

SANG DIXIE (Coal Dust West, BMI) WBM

79

81

45 68

I

14

64

LET IT BURN (Millhouse, BMI /SBK Combine, BMI) HL LETS GET STARTED IF WE'RE GONNA BREAK MY

1

HEART (Statler Brothers, BMI) CPP 21

8

70 1

6

16

23

43

4

8

10

22

93

1

5

14

20

38

7

18

LOVE HELPS THOSE (Scarlet Moon,

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME THIS TIME (Uncle Artie, ASCAP/Lawyer's Daughter, BMI) CPP WHAT HE DOES BEST (Screen Gems -EMI,

BMI/Writer's Group, BMI /Bethlehem, BMI) WBM WHAT I'D SAY (Rick Hall, ASCAP/Alabama Band, ASCAP) WBM WHEN KAREN COMES AROUND (lohnte, ASCAP /Bobby Fischer, ASCAP/Iwin Compulsions,

ASCAP/Zomba, ASCAP) CPP WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL (Screen Gems -EMI, BMI /Scarlet Moon, BMI /MCA, ASCAP/Don Schlitz, ASCAP) HL/WBM WHERE WAS

I

(Intersong, ASCAP /Hide -A-Bone,

ASCAP /Chappell, ASCAP) HL 36

YOU BABE (Acuff -Rose, BMI) CPP

47

YOU STILL DO (Zomba, ASCAP/Makin' Song, ASCAP)

48

YOU'RE GONNA MAKE HER MINE (Silverline, BMI)

WBM

BMI)

50

LOVE IS ON THE LINE (Milene, ASCAP) CPP

82

MAKING LOVE TO DIXIE (Screen Gems -EMI, BMI) MAMA KNOWS (SBK April, ASCAP/Music City,

5

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ASCAP/Headless Horseman, BMI) WE MUST BE DOIN' SOMETHIN' RIGHT (Eddie Babbitt, BMI /Englishtown, BMI)

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29

7

98

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT (Silverline, BMI /Lucrative,

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4

SLOW PASSIM' TIME (Chappell & Co., ASCAP /Serenity Manor, ASCAP /R.M.B., ASCAP /Bibo, ASCAP/Robin

Hill, ASCAP) HL

HL 49

SILVER ADDS

YOU (Michael H. Goldsen, ASCAP/Lyle Lovett, ASCAP)

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GOLD

43

I

58

HL

DON'T WANT TO MENTION ANY NAMES (Jack & Bill, ASCAP/Amanda-Lin, ASCAP/Alabama Band,

KNOW THERE'S A HEART IN THERE SOMEWHERE (Ensign, BMI/Tom Collins, BMI) MARRIED HER JUST BECAUSE SHE LOOKS LIKE

96

BMI) HL

GIVE YOU MUSIC (Sweet Tater Tunes, ASCAP)

DON'T YOU EVER GET TIRED...

73

31

KEITH WHITLEY

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Reprise (2) Warner /Curb (1) CAPITOL (9) Capitol /Curb (3)

1

21

HOLD ON (A LITTLE LONGER) (Steve Wariner,

CHISELED IN STONE (Hookem, ASCAP /Hidden Lake,

I

WARNER BROS.

STEP ONE

KNOW HOW HE FEELS

BRONZE/

BMI)

75

6

30

18

HOLD ME (Wooden Wonder, SESAC) HL

CHANGE OF HEART (Caseyem, BMI /Kentucky

BMI) CPP

53

RODNEY CROWELL

PUBLISHERS /PERFORMANCE RIGHTS/SHEET MUSIC

Sweetheart, BMI)

10

MCA (10) MCA /Curb (4)

REBA MCENTIRE

I

BMI /Milene, ASCAP) CPP

45

32

SIX-ONE -FIVE

11

I

WILLIE NELSON

39

17

20

14

4

RICKY VAN SHELTON

I'LL LEAVE THIS WORLD LOVING YOU

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT

16

THEJUDDS

8

8

24

RCA (15) RCA /Curb (1)

BAILLIE AND THE BOYS

16

WISH THAT

Epic (8)

HIGHWAY 101

19

16

Columbia (8)

11

PATTY LOVELESS

BLUE SIDE OF TOWN (Almo, ASCAP/Little

22

41

AIN'T LOVIN' (YOU AIN'T LIVIN')

Pig, BMI) HL

Nemo /Irving, BMI) CPP

4

WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL

CBS

2

RESTLESS HEART

5

24

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12

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ASCAP /Millhouse, BMI) HL MY BABY'S GONE (SBK Blackwood, BMI /Dennis

SHEET MUSIC AGENTS are listed for piano /vocal sheet music copies and may not represent mixed folio rights.

Linde, BMI) HL 63

NEW FOOL AT AN OLD GAME (Chappell,

ASCAP/Dejamus, ASCAP) 80

CLM

NEW SHADE OF BLUE (Long Tooth, BMI /Endless

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NOT ENOUGH LOVE (MCA, ASCAP/Farren Square, ASCAP/Colgems -EMI, ASCAP/A Little More Music

Cherry Lane

CPP Columbia Pictures

Frogs, ASCAP)

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8369 (8.98) (CD) MCA

25749 /WARNER

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WARNER /CURB

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39

GEORGE STRAIT

11

10

15

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS MCA 42205 (8.98)

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12

11

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HIGHWAY 101

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9

9

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RESTLESS HEART

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ROSANNE CASH

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VERN GOSDIN

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RANDY TRAVIS

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14

14

17

TANYA TUCKER CAPITOL 4886s (8.98)

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18

16

94

RICKY VAN SHELTON

18

16

21

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THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND

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HANK WILLIAMS, JR. A

OLD 8 X 10

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41

39

11

PATTY LOVELESS MCA 42223 (8.98)

THIS WOMAN

42

45

47

18

KIM CARNES MCA 42200 (8.98) (co)

46

53

4

NANCI GRIFFITH MCA 42255 (8.98)

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45

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THE BELLAMY BROTHERS MCA /CURB 42224/MCA (8.98)

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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

GREATEST HITS IF YOU

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RCA

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50

(CD)

49

61

44

11

WAYLON JENNINGS

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50

50

48

37

RICKY SKAGGS

BIG DREAMS IN A SMALL TOWN

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49

51

54

MERLE HAGGARD

KING'S RECORD SHOP

52

52

56

5

55

57

22

CHISELED IN STONE

25568 -1-(8.98) (CD)

ALWAYS & FOREVER

STRONG ENOUGH TO BEND

(CD)

WILD EYED DREAM

44324 /CBS (CD)

34

RODNEY CROWELL

20

19

17

21

DAN SEALS CAPITOL 46976 (8.98)

21

21

20

57

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KATHY MATTEA

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24

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THE STATLER BROTHERS

23

22

22

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K.T. OSLIN

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33

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STEVE EARLE

25

25

25

31

SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO COLUMBIA 40614 /CBS

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29

28

28

ALABAMA

27

30

29

131

RANDY TRAVIS A2

WARNER BROS.

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27

11

LEE GREENWOOD

MCA 42219 (8.98) (CD)

29

26

26

14

T.

30

33

34

10

ANNE MURRAY CAPITOL 48764 (898)

31

27

30

65

GEORGE STRAIT A MCA 42035 (8.9B)

32

31

32

27

KEITH WHITLEY

33

32

31

14

THE DESERT ROSE BAND MCA /CURB 42169/MCA (8.98)

34

24

23

60

BILLY JOE ROYAL

35

38

38

9

SAWYER BROWN

36

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37

31

SKIP EWING

37

35

35

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DIAMONDS & DIRT

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62

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RAGE ON

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CHARLEY PRIDE

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PATSY CLINE

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HANK WILLIAMS, JR.

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6494-1 (8.98) (CD)

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BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Elektra Acts Tracy Chapman, Sugarcubes, Maniacs Powered By Labe/'s Clip Support STEVEN DUPLER NEW YORK Few labels this BY

year

can claim the kind of video-initiated rookie success stories that have

been racked up by Elektra Records. Tracy Chapman, 10,000 Maniacs, the Sugarcubes: These debut

19&6 shows

acts all benefited at the retail cash register from the label's unusually strong emphasis on video promotion at all levels,

from regional to clubs to national ser-

vices.

According to Steve Schnur, national director of video marketing and promotion, Elektra is planning to make its video promotion efforts even stronger and more cohesive in the

coming year.

"This year, we made a concerted effort to develop videos at the regional level, in hopes that a grassroots movement would develop on an act and help move it to national

prominence," he says. "That paid off in many cases this year. By providing a lot of support for the

small shows, such as individual IDs, interviews, and personal appearances by artists, we showed the regional outlets that we believed in them and didn't consider them as just places to play videos after MTV." In 1989, says Schnur, the radio field promotion staff is going to become "heavily involved" in working videos to outlets that are affiliated with radio stations. These include BTV in the Baltimore /Washington, D.C., area (affiliated with B104 radio); the Q -Zoo Tube in Tampa, Fla. (affiliated with Q105); and WSKS in Boston, which recently began airing its own video outlet. "The field promotion marketing managers have already been involved with video shows up to a point," says Schnur, "but they were mostly acting as label liaisons with stations. For example, when an artist was in a certain area, they would help arrange for that artist to hook up with the local video outlet. But, so far, the field staff has not actually worked videos to these outlets, as they will be doing."

Nashville Clip Service Expands

Schnur says that Elektra will also be expanding its New York -

based video promotion department, "doubling the amount of time we are able to spend with video outlets," and also making a concerted effort to become stronger in the club and video pool markets. "We'll be working quite a bit

with individual clubs this year," says Schnur. "We want to break bands videowise on the club level."

The first-quarter 1989 Elektra video lineup is looking strong, says

Schnur, with January video releases planned on Simply Red, Anita Baker, Tracy Chapman,

Howard Jones, Metallica, and the Georgia Satellites. In addition, new releases will be coming later from 10,000 Maniacs and Jackson Browne.

events will continue to be a part of the programming mix.

Its Offerings by Steven

Aristo Tapping Christian Market NEW YORK Aristo Video Promotions, the Nashville -based independent video promotion /distribution/ tracking service, is expanding into a new market: gospel and contemporary Christian video. The firm has so far worked only with country, jazz/ new age, and adult contemporary product.

According to

Jeff Walker, presi-

dent of Aristo, the company has contacted about 75 outlets nationwide that deal with gospel and Christian music. The list includes national and

syndicated outlets, video pool services, and regional outlets around the

U.S. Walker says

that videos will be

serviced to outlets in three general

formats: gospel /Christian only, Christian /country, and Christian/ pop.

Walker says Aristo's first ventures into the gospel /Christian market include videos by Word /New Canaan act the Whites and by Aegis records artist Kathi Hart. Walker says he see the gospel/ Christian market as analogous to the country scene when Aristo started up almost four years ago. "We're very excited about the growth of this market," he says.

Born On The Bayou. Windham Hill jazz artists Tuck & Patti went the Louisiana bayou to film their new video for "Time After Time."

on location in Shown, from left, are line producer Jim Czarnecki; director /cinematographer Doug Nichol; Tuck & Patti; Sam Sutherland, VP /managing director, Windham Hill; and Amy Stanton, executive video producer, A &M

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DECEMBER 24, 1988

Records.

The Birds & The Boys. Boscobel Beach, the sunny resort in Orocabessa, Jamaica, played host recently to the Beach Boys and the Fabulous T- Birds, along with the contest winners of Elektra Records and Hit Video U.S.A.'s Cocktails In Jamaica promotion. Shown beach side, from left, are the T- Birds' Preston Hubbard, the Beach Boys' Kim Wilson and Mike Love, Francis Christina of the T- Birds, and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. Both bands have singles on the Elektra soundtrack for the movie "Cocktail," parts of which were filmed in Port Antonio, Jamaica, earlier this year.

Dupler

LAST CALL: Few will disagree that 1988 was a banner year for the music video business. In a year that saw the greatest number of gold albums ever turned in by debut artists, video's key role in helping labels achieve that kind of success has pretty much been universally accepted -most importantly by power broker record executives who de-

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cide when, if, and how much to invest videowise in a new act. While of king MTV retains its unshakable grip on the music video throne, 1988 saw a number of

4sketliew regional

and multiregional outlets-shows that serve several local areas, such as the Alabama -based Tracks & Facts -come on stronger than ever before in terms of their ability to make radio and MTV sit up and take notice of a new act. On the longform side, business is booming as well. The Recording Industry Assn. of America certified more gold and platinum music videocassettes this year than ever before; in fact, sales have been growing so rapidly that the trade organization instituted a new multiplatinum designation for music video in 1988. In the past, the conventional wisdom said that only heavy metal videos sold in large numbers, but that is obviously not true; witness the gold racked up by Anita Baker, Terence Trent D'Arby, George Michael, the Grateful Dead, and other nonmetal artists. Keeping on a high note, we were very pleased with the reaction to this year's American Video Conference. After 10 years and some rough spots along the way, the conference definitely seems to be on track. That's important to us, not just because Billboard is a co- presenter of the event, but also because the AVC is the only national forum for the music video industry, and such a yearly gathering is essential for the communal health of the business. Signs that those who call the shots in the entertainment business are better understanding the power of music video were clear at the AVC. At one panel, top marketing and artist-development executives acknowledged video's significant contributions this year; at another, an ABC -TV programming executive noted that despite drawing lower ratings than the network would like, televised rock specials and

Not all was serene this year, of course. Night Flight, the long- running music television show on USA Cable, crashed and burned, ending its eight year run at the end of December. Hit Video USA cut back from 24 hours per day to seven and became available only on broadcast television -not on cable. A number of other, lesser-known shows also bit the dust, but new ones continue to rise in their place. And also on the positive side, country clips have truly come into their own in 1988, with Nashville label offices universally acclaiming the power of the clip and saying that production is up and will continue to grow. On the MTV front, a new programming chief was chosen, plans were finalized for a West Coast satellite feed to begin early in 1989, and a 90 -day experiment in dayparting was attempted. The trial has been met with both gripes and cheers (more of the former, perhaps), but whether the channel will continue to go soft in the daytime and harder at night will not be known until the beginning of the new year. MTV also moved a step closer to its plans for "global unification." The George Michael world concert tour earlier this year was intended to be the first megaevent to tie together all the MTV operations around the world. That didn't happen for MTV, but no matter; the channel has instead linked with Bon Jovi, and MTV operations in Japan, Australia, Europe, and the U.S. will use their collective clout to bang the drum for the boys from New Jersey in 1989.

Video awards shows abounded this year. Some of the winners were not to our tastes, but hey, that doesn't matter, because we've got this space to pick our own. So here follows the Eye's 1988 video hit list (not necessarily in order of prominence):

Robbie Robertson, "Somewhere Down The Crazy River ": This Martin Scorsese- directed clip was deceptively simple, focusing mostly on close -ups of

Robertson, shot against brilliantly colored mattes. A great, overlooked song (and album, for that matter) and an understated, elegant video. Hugh Cornwell, "Another Kind Of Love ": Spectacular clay animation and direction by Czech film maker Jan Svankmajer make this one of 1988's standouts, even if the MTV censor insisted on covering the clay woman's breasts. Tipper Gore undoubtedly slept easier. Bryan Ferry, "Kiss And Tell" and "Limbo ": Ferry never fails to deliver the video goods; these two are both proof of that. Mike Oldfield, "Magic Touch ": OK, OK, so (Continued on next page)

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nothing happened with this record. It's not our fault America is blind. Director Alex Proyas turned this one out way back in the beginning of '88, and we still slip it in the VCR now and again. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car": Director Matt Mahurin turned out

perhaps the most evocative and spellbinding clip of the year with this edgy, moody piece, so unlike typical MTV fare. The dark and grainy images of poverty and broken lives are made even more powerful by their sheer understate-

ment. "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Fat ": We still laugh when we watch this hilarious Michael Jackson sendup, even for the 100th time.

Escape Club, "Wild, Wild

West ": So, it's done with mirrors. We can relate to that. Fact is, it's a great song-and a fun video to watch. L.L. Cool J, "Goin' Back To Cali ": This is the most overlooked

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THE EYE (Continued from preceding page)

rap video of the year -possibly one of the most overlooked clips, period. The combination of Euro art -film sensibility and an insistent, powerful rap are unbeatable. Julia Fordham, "Happy Ever After ": This is kind of a strange video, very airy and floating despite its grim subject matter apartheid. Still, somehow it works. Feelies, "Away ": Jonathan Demme understands this band and captured it on film better than any-

-

one else could have. Honorable mentions: Siouxsie

the Banshees, "Peek-A-Boo"; Buster Poindexter, "Hot, Hot, &

Hot"; Steve Winwood, "Roll With It"; Keith Richards, "Take It So Hard "; Pink Floyd, "Learning To Fly "; Toni Childs, "Don't Walk Away "; Squeeze, "853- 5937 "; and Midnight Oil, "Beds Are Burning." Have a happy holiday and an extremely visual New Year's. See you in 1989.

NEW YORK "Nick Rocks," cable channel Nickelodeon's long -running half-hour rock video request show for kids, is being discontinued sometime in January. But the channel says it isn't abandoning music video. A new weekly show, whose working title is "Sunday Morning Live," is in development, with a debut date planned for late February. The show will run from 9 a.m. to noon and revolve around music video, says the channel. "We found in focus groups that kids weren't associating Nickelodeon with 'Nick Rocks,' " says Marshall Cohen, senior VP of corporate affairs and communications. "We didn't have much opportunity to get the

Nick attitude and environment

through on that half-hour show."

The new program, says Cohen, will

feature much of the "interactive nature" of "Nick Rocks," with viewer polls and video rating parts of the

program. "Nick Rocks" has been running in its after-school time slot for about five years. The program is entirely viewer programmed by its young audience via request cards and letters. The show's producers estimated recently that "Nick Rocks" was receiving roughly 5,000 letters per week. In the past, record labels have lauded "Nick Rocks" both for its usefulness as a highly targeted medium for reaching very young music consumers and for the valuable demographic information the show's request-only format provided. STEVEN DUPLER

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FEMME FATALE Falling In And Out Of Love Femme Fatale /MCA Cream Cheese Productions Marty Canner

GLENN FREY Soul Searchin' Soul Searchin'/MCA

Planet Pictures Jim Shea

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PHILIP BAILEY & LITTLE RICHARD Twins

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Bon Jovi, Born To Be My Baby Rod Stewart, My Heart Can't Tell Me No Winger, Seventeen HEAVY The Bangles, In Your Room Bobby Brown, My Prerogative Cheap Trick, Ghost Town Chicago, Look Away Phil Collins, Two Hearts DefLeppard, Armageddon lt Duran Duran, Don't Want Your Love The Escape Club, Shake For The Sheik Guns N' Roses, Welcome To The Jungle

Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Little Liar Sam Kinison, Wild Thing Eddie Money, Walk On Water Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb Poison, Every Rose Has It's Thorn The Traveling Wilburys, Handle With Care Van Halen, Finish What Ya Started White Lion, When The Children Cry Steve Winwood, Holding On

MEDIUM Art Of Noise, Kiss Britny Fox, Girtschool Europe, Open Your Heart Fleetwood Mac, As Long As You Follow Kiss, Let's Put The X In Sex Michelle Shocked, Anchorage The Pursuit Of Hapiness, I'm An Adult Now Ratt, Way Cool Jr. Was (Not Was), Spy In The House Of Love

The Alarm, Rescue Me (Live) Animotion, Room To Move Bad Company, One Night Jim Capaldi, Something So Strong T.Conwell/Young Rumblers, If We Never Meet Again Crowded House, Into Temptation Taylor Dayne, Don't Rush Me Dreams So Real, Rough Night In Jericho Steve Earle, Copperhead Road Femme Fatale, Falling In And Out Of Love Hothouse Flowers, I'm Sorry Kix, Cold Blood Robbie Nevil, Back On Holiday Keith Richards, Take It So Hard Robert Cray, Acting This Way Judson Spence, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah The Toll, Jonathan Toledo

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Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal Robbie Nevil, Back On Holiday Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley, Thanks For My Child Michelle Shocked, Anchorage Karyn White, The Way You Love Me

MEDIUM The Boys, Dial My Heart Starpoint, Say You Will Gerald Alston, Take Me Where You Want To Jonathan Butler, There's One Born Every Minute Kiara, This Time Al Jarreau, So Good Robert Bookins, Where Is The Love New Edition, Can You Stand The Rain Sade, Turn My Back On You Robert Palmer, Early In The Morning Annie Lennox /AI Green, Put A Little Love... Tone Loc, Wild Thing

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The Oak Ridge Boys, Gonna Take A Lot Of River Ricky Skaggs /James Taylor, New Star Shining Keith Whitley, When You Say Nothing At All Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, I've Been Lookin' Reba McEntire, Know How He Feels Restless Heart, A Tender Lie Tanya Tucker, Strong Enough To Bend Glen Campbell, Light Years Mickey Gilley, She Reminded Me Of You The Crickets, T -Shirt Lowrie Morgan, Trainwreck Of Emotion Lynn Anderson, When A Child Is Born John Denver, Country Girl In Paris K.T. Oslin, Hold Me Mel McDaniel, Henrietta Dana McVicker, I'm Loving The Wrong Man Again Ronnie Milsap, It's Just Not Christmas

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Anita Baker, Giving You The Best That Got Boy Meets Girl, Waiting For A Star To Fall Chicago, Look Away Phil Collins, Two Hearts Taylor Dayne, Don't Rush Me Kenny G., Silhouette Annie Lennox/AI Green, Put A Little Love...

ACTIVE Bullet Boys, Smooth Up Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, American Dream Annie Lennox /AI Green, Put A Little Love... House Of Lords, Wanna Be Loved Information Society, Walking Away Living Colour, Cult Of Personality Maxi Priest, Wild World Mike & The Mechanics, Nobody's Perfect Ivan Neville, Not Just Another Girl Robert Palmer, Early In The Morning

It's Tee Time /Profile Chica Bruce Hurby Luv Bug

Geoffrey Edwards

NOUVEAUX Gipsy Kings, Bamboleo

SNEAK PREVIEW

ROBERT BROOKINS & STEPHANIE

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ADDS Cameo, Skin I'm In Bebe & Cece Winans, Heaven New Kids On The Block, You Go It (The Right Stuff) Taylor Dayne, Don't Rush Me Phil Collins, Two Hearts

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Let It Be Me /MCA

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MILLS Where Is The Love

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LOOKING BACK on 1988, religious music seems to be in the best shape it has been in since the heady days of the early '80s. Most of the majors report sales increases, with black gospel particularly strong. Several indies have rejoined the majors-another sign of optimism while others are doing well on their own or through an umbrella distributor. And Christian heavy metal-called white metal-is starting to make noise in a big way. Perhaps the most successful new marriage has been between Benson and the rock -oriented Frontline label. Frontline charted immediately with Bloodgood, Mark Farner, Jon Gibson, Idle Cure, and Shout. Benson's agreement with the mainstream Enigma label has resulted in a quick platinum certification for Stryper. Word, already the distributor of the strongest independent label of all (Reunion), inked a pact with I AM, a Chicago-based black -gospel label. I AM brings such artists as the Barrett Sisters and Pops Staples to the Word family, which already boasts the strong Rejoice label (Shirley Caesar, the Clark Sisters). In the wake of an outstanding sales year, Sparrow/ Star Song early on signed an agreement with the popular praise-music line Hosanna. Later in the year it linked arms with the Graceland /Intense label, which features thrash metal king Vengeance. Of the major indies, many are now distributed by the Spectra, a new company. Spectra's distribution clout enabled a number of indies to have a banner 1988. The big news was the return of Southern gospel doyen Bill Traylor on the Homeland label (the Cathedrals, the Speers). Spectra also helps distribute black -gospel kingpin Light Records (Vickie Winans, Commissioned). Diadem Music had a big hit with the latest release by

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196g i$ì$tet9 Bibleway Mass Choir), Atlanta International Records (the Rev. F.C. Barnes & the Rev. Janice Brown), the Sound Of Gospel /Westbound (the Rev. Charles Nicks), and Light Records (Commissioned and the New Jersey Mass Choir) all enjoyed banner years. Another healthy sign has been the increased interest in reissuing classic black-gospel releases. Shanachie Records is bringing back favorites by the Rev. Claude Jeter and Marion Williams. Rounder Records is promising a series of radio transcriptions from Memphis gospel giant WDIA, and the Chameleon Music Group is rereleasing a host of classic Vee Jay gospel albums, including the legendary "Black Nativity." On the positive side, it looks as if PolyGram is consid-

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SOME DEVELOPMENTS: The establishment of a classical marketing wing by the Warner group is certainly one of the most intriguing developments of the year. The purchase of the Teldec line, now in a revitalized production mode, positions WEA solidly in the classical ranks. Add to that its own Nonesuch label as well as its distribution of the newly formed Virgin Classics, and its posture as a contender gains in credibility. And that isn't all. In 1990 WEA will take over distribution of the large Erato catalog, until now a fixture of the RCA Red Seal product mix. Further, WEA has indicated that it expects to move deeper into classics as time goes by, either by acquisition or by licensing. Hardly less significant in the view of hip observers, or perhaps more so, was the recent move to CBS Masterworks by Gunther Breest, for many years a prime mover behind the success of Deutsche Grammophon. While his administration of Masterworks fortunes is still to feel his imprint, the significance of his appointment is clear; it signals the firm intention of Sony, CBS Records' parent, to move into the classical fast track. Forget earlier CBS statements that Masterworks would cut back on signings and releases. Also, the Breest appointment as Masterworks supremo will be accompanied by a move of the label's international headquarters to Germany, a step that still has to play itself out. It is not yet known how this will

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THE PICTURE BRIGHTENS: This past year finally saw the formal introduction of CD video. While the verdict is not yet in, many view the development as full of promise. PolyGram has issued several score classical titles on CDV, with regular releases scheduled, and hardware manufacturers are marketing compatible CD -CDV players. CDV has focused new attention on classical video, both on tape and on disk. Trade reports persist that other classical majors will test the CDV waters before long.

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YEAR-END BRAIN TWISTER By DAVID BUSHMAN & DREW WHEELER

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BREAKTHROUGH '88 By DAVE DiMARTINO

Billboard's indefatigable new -talent tracker searches the year through for the freshest faces grabbing the public's eyes and ears in '88, and finds it was a bumper year for just about anything

resident cruciverbalists offer a crossword puzzle to test your industry knowledge, try your patience, and merrily lengthen your holidays. Answers on page 44.

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CHART EXPLANATION

10 THE CRITICS' CHOICE

Billboard editors, correspondents and contributors select their top 10 records, videos or concerts of '88. Stirred together, they add up to a highly eclectic, if not electric, smorgasboard of the year's best music: Match the faces with the tastebuds.

40 WAS IT A HIT .. OR A MISS ?? By PAUL GREIN

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BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

MUSIC

The 1988 Year -End Charts were compiled by computer from Billboard's weekly, bi- weekly and monthly charts during the eligibility period, which is Nov. 15, 1987 through Nov. 12, 1988 for all charts except the Hot 100 Singles and Hot Country Singles charts. The eligibility period for those two charts, and charts derived from them, was Dec. 12, 1987 through Dec. 3, 1988. Final year -end chart positioning is based on a point system. Points are given to each record (single or album) for each week on the chart, in a complex inverse relation to the chart position. The year -end charts represent the accumulation of all points -based on the number of weeks on the chart plus positions attained -that respective artists, labels, publishers, etc., have received for their charted recordings during the eligibility period. Starting this year, each chart, except for the country charts, has its own unique point system, with points assigned to each rank on a chart based on the actual average number of points a record receives at that position on the computer worksheet for the chart. (These point totals are not shown on the charts printed in the magazine.) The 1988 country year -end charts still use the former system of assigning inverted points for each position on the chart, but they will be changed over to the new system described above for the 1989 year -end charts. All records ascending on the Dec. 5, 1987 Hot 100 Singles Chart have been included in the 1988 year -end chart and have been credited for their entire lifespan. All records descending on the Dec. 3, 1988 chart have projected points included in their totals to estimate their remaining chart life, while those ascending on Dec. 3, 1988 have been held off the 1988 year -end chart and will have their entire lifespan included in the 1989 year-end chart.

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"Faith" has been duly rewarded. The British pop star is the first artist in nearly two decades to have both the No. 1 pop album and the No. 1 pop single on Billboard's year -end chart recaps. He accomplishes the feat with his solo debut album, "Faith," and his smash single of the same name. Only one other artist in the rock era has topped both the year -end pop albums and singles charts. That was Simon & Garfunkel, who triumphed in 1970 with "Bridge Over Troubled Water." This is the second time in the last four years that Michael has been responsible for the year's No. 1 pop single. Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" topped the year-end list in 1985. Only two other artists in the rock era -Elvis Presley and the Beatles -have had the No. 1 pop single of the year twice. Michael is also the year's top pop artist for combined albums and singles activity -as well as being the top pop George Michael's

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In addition, Travis has the No. 1 country album of the year for the second year in a row. "Always And Forever" takes the award won last year by "Storms Of Life." Only three other acts have had the No. 1 country album of the year two years running: Glen Campbell (1968 -'69), Charlie Rich (1973 -'74), and Kenny Rogers (1979 -'80). "Dirty Dancing" is the No. 2 pop album of the year, the highest that any soundtrack has finished on the year -end

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artist in both of those individual categories. It's a convincing sweep for the singer, who just two years ago was still viewed primarily as a teen heartthrob. Michael also rates impressively in the black music field. "Faith" is the No. 3 black album of the year, and Michael is the No. 4 black artist for combined albums and singles action. The No.

1 black artist for combined albums and singles activity is Michael Jackson, who won that same grand prize in 1980 and 1983. But newcomer Keith Sweat gave Jackson a real run for his mòney: Sweat has both the No. 1 black album and the No. 1 black single of the year with "Make It Last Forever" and "I Want Her," respectively. The New York -based singer is the first act to have both the No. 1 black album and the No. 1 black single in the same year since Chic scored in 1979 with "C'Est Chic" and "Good Times." (Jackson managed to nose out Sweat as the year's top black artist because the cumulative strength of Jackson's hit singles outweighed the fact that Sweat sold slightly more albums in the black music market. Jackson is the No. 1 black singles artist of the year, but Sweat finishes just fourth on that list.) Randy Travis is the top country artist for combined albums and singles activity, an award won the past two years by George Strait. Strait finishes among the top five on this recap for the fifth straight year. (Hank Williams Jr. has an even longer winning streak: This is the seventh straight year that he has been among the top five.)

Dirty Dancing' Is the No. 2 Pop Album of the Year, the Highest That Any Soundtrack Has Finished on the Year-End Charts Since 1978, When `Saturday Night Fever' and `Grease' Were the No. 1 and No. 2 Albums of the Year.

DEF LEPPARD:

Rockwave champs.

With George Michael the First Artist Since 1970 to Own the No. 1 Pop Single and No. 1 Pop Album and From His Solo Debut at That What Will He Do for an Encore After This Year of

charts since 1978, when "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease" were the No. 1 and No. 2 albums of the year. In addition, "Dirty Dancing" and its sequel, "More Dirty Dancing," are rated the top two soundtracks of 1988. Rick Astley is the big winner in the dance field, emerging as the year's No. 1 artist for both club play and 12inch single sales. Astley thus sweeps the two titles won in 1985 by Madonna and in 1986 by Janet Jackson. Teen stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany finish No. 1 and No. 2 on the tally of female pop album artists, pushing Whitney Houston -the champ the past two years-down to third place. But Houston shouldn't shed too many tears. She's the top female pop singles artist, and finishes high on numer-

ous other tallies. This is the third consecutive year that Houston has been listed among the year's top 10 pop artists for combined singles and albums activity. It's the fourth straight year that she has been ranked among the top 10 black artists for combined singles and albums action. And it's also the fourth straight year that she has been ranked among the top 10 adult contemporary artists. Chris Thomas is the No. 1 pop producer of the year, chiefly for his work with INXS. Narada Michael Walden, who topped the poll the last two years, finishes sixth. Bruce Fairbairn appears in the the top five for the second straight year, and Ron Nevison makes the top 10 for the fourth year in a row. Wynton Marsalis is the No. 1 jazz artist of the year for the second time in the past four years. Spyro Gyra is the year's No. 1 contemporary jazz artist. Sandi Patti is the year's top inspirational artist for the third year in a row, but Amy Grant has the year's No. 1 inspirational album for the fifth time in six years.

WHITNEY HOUSTON:

At the summit again.

GEORGE MICHAEL: His

track record is a record.

BOBBY McFERRIN: Jazz to pop to top.

DEBBIE GIBSON: Leader of the teen -pop pack.

UNLIKELY CHARTBUSTERS: In the beginning

there was "Dirty Dancing" Then there was "More Dirty Dancing"

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DECEMBER 24, 1988

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By JIM McCULLAUGH You never know who's going to win election to the highest positions in home video sales and rentals until the

public has cast its vote at home. In the darkened theater of the home, the video voting booth of the VCR generation, the big- screen movie is cut down to size and the smaller movie made bigger, while the newly -born stars of special interest compete gesture -forgesture with the larger- than -life stars of stage and screen. And while the year -end video charts are fairly predictable in the main, they nevertheless reveal some interesting results and quirks, once again proving that that consumer-like the voter -makes up his or her own mind. Walt Disney's "Lady And The Tramp" is elected sales champ. That's not too surprising considering the enormous momentum and sell- through price the title received when it was launched last Christmas. In addition, the title bridges not only the mainstream family viewing audience but is a bona -fide stand -alone children's title as well. As a result, the title became a steady seller all year long. What is surprising, however, is that for

year's extraordinary

phenomenons; and another Walt Disney classic, "Sleeping Beauty," at No. 10. On the rental side it is, indeed, "Dirty Dancing" that takes the top spot.

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amount's "Star Trek The Esquire Success series from Polaris Media.

the first time since 1982, Jane Fonda is not astride the top spot on the year -end videocassettes sales chart. In fact, since 1980, when Billboard began incorporating video tallies in its annual wrap -up, Fonda has reigned supreme five out of nine times, and has appeared at least once in the top 10 for eight years running. This year, though, Fonda's best is the No. 3 spot, muscling in with "Jane Fonda's Low Impact Aerobic Workout." She rounds out her top 10 performance with No. 5, "Start Up With Jane Fonda," and No. 7, "Jane Fonda's

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about highly- focused, small -muscle exercises is almost religious -like in its consumer fervor. The solid showing by

the workout women the demonstrate strength of sell through special- interest titles, proving that

consumers will respond in a big way to non -theatrical titles if the programming and

distribution click the right way. And since four of the top 10 and 9 of the top 25 sales titles are special interest, the

J2's "Dorf" series hits sportsman's funnybone.

message is clear. Alternative video is becoming a much more potent factor in the sell -

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Everyone agrees that the film pushed all the right box -office nerves while the title is also the synergistic beneficiary of two monster -selling soundtracks. The rest of the top renters is a predictable mix of proven box -office winners that combine sex -appealing stars and lots of romance, adventure and special effects. Among them: Warner's "Lethal Weapon" at No. 2; Para mount's "Fatal Attraction" at No. 3; Paramount's "The Untouchables" at No. 4; Warner's "The Witches Of Eastwick" at No. 5; HBO's "No Way Out" at No. 6; Touchstone's "Outrageous Fortune" at No. 7; Orion's "RoboCop" at No. 8; Touchstone's "Stakeout" at No. 9; and Touchstone's "Tin Men" at No. 10. Not surprisingly, Walt Disney's "Lady And The Tramp" earns the top kid videocassettes spot. In fact, except for the No. 2 "An American Tail" and No. 16 "Bugs!" (MGM /UA), all 25 kid titles are Disney product. Titles three through 10 are "Sleeping Beauty" (last year's victor), "Pinocchio," "Alice In Wonder-

land," "Dumbo," "Here's Mickey!" "Disney's Sing Along Songs: Heigh Ho!" " Winnie The Pooh And Tiger Too," and "Mickey And Minnie." "Dirty Dancing" also tops the videodisk chart, not entirely surprising since that market is very action conscious. "RoboCop" is second, "Lethal Weapon " - third, "Platoon" fourth, and "Star Trek IV-The Voyage Home" fifth. Metal dominates the music videocassettes chart and carrying the biggest audio /visual ax this year is Metal lica's "Home Vid Cliff'Em All!" from

New Workout." The vice -presidency, No. 2 position, is claimed by MCA Home Video's "Callanetics," a title whose story might be the most fascinating in the top 10. A lot of

consumers still can't pronounce it and many still don't know who Callan Pinckney is. But this word -of -mouth phenomenon- already over the 700,000 unit mark

"Start Up With Jane Fonda" adds another hot volume to the Fonda video library, though Jane fell to No. 3.

Elektra Entertainment. Bon Jovi, last year's winner with "Breakout," grabs the second spot with its "Slippery Walking the streets of New York in "An When Wet" from PolyGram Video, American Tail." while Aerosmith takes third place honors with "Aerosmith's Video Scrapbook" from CBS -Fox Music Video. Dapper-devil Jack In the hobbies & crafts area, travel and cooking are in as Nicholson's grin turns (Continued on page Y-41) Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer into "The Witches Of "RoboCop "'s nemesis guards gate to video Eastwick." voting booth '88.

consumers will respond to mass -appeal box -office successes that are sell-through priced. Of course, legions of Trekkies don't hurt either. Previous year -end "Trek" highs include "Star Trek" (No. 6, 1981), "Star Trek II -The Wrath Of Khan" (No. 2, 1983), and "Star Trek Ill -The Search For Spock" (No. 3, 1985). Settling in at No. 6 is MCA's "An American Tail," the Steven Spielberg- produced modern animated classic that also got its big push last Christmas. Spielberg titles that have had top 10 year -end sales success include "Poltergeist" (No. 7, 1983); "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (No. 2, 1984, No. 7, 1985); and "Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom" (No. 8, 1987). And guess what alien will most likely make an appearance in 1989? Rounding out the sales top 10 are Vestron's "Dirty DancBILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

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1988 ¡HE YEAR IN MUSIC & ÏIDEO By DAVE DiMARTINO

Asense of "anything goes" dominated much of this year's pop music breakthrough action. Given the success of such diverse artists as Tracy Chapman, Sinead O'Connor, and even rock instrumentalist Joe Satriani, few felt comfortable predicting who would or would not top the charts solely on the basis of their style; after all, when one of the biggest records of the year was Bobby McFerrin's a cappella "Don't Worry, Be Happy," there's a good chance anyone's guess would be wrong. 1988 seems very much the year of the unlikely pop star. Among this year's crop of high- charting newcomers are a former Miss America (Vanessa Williams), a blind guitarist (Jeff Healey), Bob Marley's son (Ziggy Marley), a band that many suggest is a deliberate Led Zeppelin clone (Kingdom Come), and the guitarist for no less than the Rolling Stones (Keith Richards). Clearly, the year had its share of unusual artist breakthroughs. Especially interesting was what seemed to be an accompanying breaking down of musical barriers -some real, some arbitrarily assigned. Cases in point: Tracy Chapman, a young black woman who is essentially a folk singer, recorded one of the best-selling and most critically- praised albums of the year. It received pop airplay; she was on MTV; she showed up alongside Sting and Springsteen on this year's Amnesty International tour; she was accorded vast respect from every quarter; and, mind you, she'd recorded only one "folk" album for Elektra. Similarly, Ziggy Marley broke through this year with "Conscious Party," which may eventually be the biggest -selling reggae album of all time. Major accomplishment: introducing an entire new generation to

reggae, getting airplay

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when the group recorded independently, largely due to the incomprehensibility of the words they each sang. Now they're both on major labels; now Merchant sings Cat Stevens' lyrics and you can hear every word. And Liz Fraser, of England's Cocteau Twins, gives her emotionally corn pelling, lyrically puzzling songs titles that explain little if anything, but must sound great when she says them to whomever has the courage to write them down. Yet indeed all three groups broke through this year.

It Was a Year of 'Anything Goes' in New Talent, of the Unlikely Pop Star and the Return of Women as Hitmakers, With More than the Usual Share of Barrier Breaking Debuts and Arrivals

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American culture. It's interesting to compare both Chapman's and Mar ley's successes with that of one of last year's major breakthrough stories, Terence Trent D'Arby. Aside from the obvious, that all three artists are black performers who have "crossed over" into the general pop domain, Chapman, Marley, and D'Arby share one other quality: they are tied to the past. Chapman's solo voice, her "politically aware," intentionally ironic lyrics, her acoustic guitar strumming -the combined effect suggests a smoke -filled coffeehouse, circa 1966. Likewise, young Ziggy Marley is only by sheer genetics -inescapably linked to the classic work penned and sung by his father during the '70s; one listen to his singing on "Conscious Party" and you'll have absolutely no doubt about the matter. And D'Arby -who really belongs in last year's analysis, but did so well all year long he's still breaking through -so blatantly suggests the classic '60s Stax /Atlantic sound both on record and in performance, one is tempted to suggest he cover Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" next album out, and let us be the judge. The point, ultimately, is that artists like Chapman, Marley, and D'Arby can enjoy mainstream success -and have done so- because they really aren't unusual breakthroughs, so much as they are a sign that mainstream America's pop taste is broadening. Folk, reggae, and old style R &B can stream right out of U.S. car radios alongside the latest from Chicago, Whitney Houston, and Huey Lewis & the News, and fewer people will now tune out; they're learning that pop music is a diverse form, and they're enjoying the diversity. They are cultivating a taste for change, and a distaste for the status quo. On a historical level, it recalls the top 10 of the mid -'60s-when the Beatles, Lesley Gore, Marvin Gaye, and Roger Miller could all have hits and it seemed perfectly natural and appropri-

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ate. Not to imply all's right with the world, however; it may all just boil down to novelty. Take 1988's major alternative crossover bands, 10,000 Maniacs, Cocteau Twins, and the Sugarcubes. They share more in common than merely having female lead vocalists; each singer has made a career of singing lyrics that are largely unintelligible to U.S. ears. Bjork, of Iceland's Sugarcubes, sings in English only because it is still the common pop tongue; rest assured she'll still whip out an Icelandic snippet or two onstage when duty calls. Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs used to be compared to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe

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Alternative radio and video helped both Sinead O'Connor and Morrissey of the Smiths do so as well; how odd that O'Connor will be remembered more by many for shaving her head than for the quality of her music, something one presumes she would have considered prior to making whatever point it was she was trying to make by doing so. Morrissey can be considered a 1988 breakthrough artist only in the nominal sense; his first solo album, which sold surprisingly well, came after a steady stream of strong Smiths' sales, topped by the most recent live set, "Rank." Though the now -defunct band shunned videos for most of its career, Morrissey's appearance in the "Suedehead" clip from his "Viva Hate" set which he explored James Dean's hometown -signaled from the start that such clips were an unavoidable part of the record business in these late '80s. Those who have been in the business for some time, awaiting their own breakthrough, might take some encouragement from the careers of the Church, Lita Ford, and Midnight Oil, all of whom broke wide open in the U.S. this year. Australian band the Church came here to record "Starfish," their debut for Arista; the record not only took off, it did well enough for Arista to see merit in reissuing the band's distinguished -and large -back catalog. Fellow Australians Midnight Oil also made their mark here, after several near -hits, as did former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford -who teamed with producer Mike Chapman, wore the right clothes, and has now joined former band mate Joan Jett in the ranks of hit record makers. Speaking of Ford, there's the line on the year's real trend: the return of women as commercial, viable, airplay getting, actually- enjoyed -by- both -sexes, hit record makers. We've already discussed Chapman, 10,000 Maniacs, the Cocteau Twins, Sinead O'Connor, and the Sugar cubes; all across the board, though, you'll see the same success stories. Dance? Pebbles, Taylor Dayne, and even Vanessa Williams broke through as new faces this year. (Continued on page Y-44)

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Billboard's Editors, Correspondents and Contributors Pick Their Top 10 Records, Videos and Concerts

of 1988 The enigmatic Reprise artist broke new artistic and marketing ground by producing her own starkly surreal clip for her "The Walking" album track and selling it at her shows. 10. BMI Awards banquet in Nashville. In an unforgettable scene straight out of the "Twilight Zone," Phil Spector magically appeared in person!

JIM BESSMAN

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8. DIVINE EMOTION: Jevetta Steele, "Calling You" from the "Bagdad Cafe" soundtrack. 9. THE KICK INSIDE: Sarah McLachlan, "Touch "; Eurythmics, "Savage "; Sugarcubes, "Life's Too Good "; Ofra Haza, "Shaday "; Siouxie & the Banshees, "The Killing Jar "; Wire, "A Bell Is Just A Cup ... "; The Pixies. 10. THE REASON (all singles): Kym Mazelle, "Useless "; SExpress, "Theme From ... "; Raze, "Break 4 Love "; Siedah Garrett, "K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (the remix)"; Beloved, "Forever Dancing"; Todd Terry, "Bango "; Dee Lite, unreleased demos of "holographic house funk."

Latin Music Editor

1. Record company of the year. Globo Records. Hasn't signed one single artist and yet it has the market flooded with other labels' talent. 2. Crossover act of the year. Linda Ronstadt (Elektra). She put everything she had to make her album, "Canciones De Mi Padre," succeed. 3. Salsa /Tropical album of the year. "Antecedente." Ruben Blades. (Elektra). 4. Pop /Ballad album of the year. Take your pick. 5. Regional Mexican album of the year. "Idolos Del Pueblo," Los Tigres Del Norte (Laser). 6. Manager of the year. Gustavo Sánchez (Chayanne). Heavy stuff. 7. Artist of the year. Juan Gabriel. Despite not having had a new album in years is the dominant Mexican artist in the U.S. market. 8. Independent promoters of the year. Leader Promotions, Puerto Rico. The team Sanchez-Barreto has risen quite a few eyebrows in the island's music world. 9. New label of the year. Ritmico Mundo Musical (RMM). 10. Concert of the year. New York Salsa Festival, Madison Square Garden, Sept. 3.

¡HEYEAII IN MUSIC

BILL COLEMAN Singles Reviews Editor /Dance Music Editor

BOB DARDEN

Gospel Editor 1. Eddie DeGarmo, "Feels Good To Be Forgiven" (Benson /Power Discs). The most faithful reincarnation of the Stax /Volt sound to date -by a Memphis native, of course! 2. Russ Taff, "Russ Taff" (Myrrh). The best voice and the best-kept secret in contemporary Christian music. 3. The Rev. F.C. Barnes & the Rev. Janice Brown, "Live" (Atlanta International Records). This is where R &B, soul and urban funk began the church, in sanctified grooves like these. 4. "The Sparrow Christmas Album" (Sparrow). It's all brilliant, but Steve Taylor's mariachi "Winter Wonderland" is little short of a revelation. 5. (Tie) "Great Ladies Of Gospel" (Savoy) and "Bless My Bones: Memphis Gospel Radio -The Fifties" (Rounder). At its best, this is as close to Pentacost as music gets. 6. (Tie) Adam Again, "Ten Songs By Adam Again (Broken) and the Awakening, "Into Thy Hands" (Reunion), and the Choir, "Chase The Kangaroo" (Myrrh). Great pop songs, great performances, great hair. 7. Kim Hill, "Kim Hill" (Reunion). Music of uncommon beauty, sung with elegance and conviction, produced simply and well. 8. Tonio K, "Notes From The Lost Civilization" (What ?) and Phil Keaggy, "Sunday's Child" (Myrrh). This is what the Beatles might have sounded like in 1988 they'd discovered the Rev. Billy Graham instead of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 9. Glad, "Acapella Project" (Benson), First Call, "Something Takes Over" (DaySpring) and Take 6, "Take Six" (Reunion /Reprise). The return of vocal harmonies, doo wop music and making a joyful noise unto the Lord. 10. Amy Grant, "Lead Me On" (Myrrh), Michael W. Smith, "i 2 (EYE)" (Reunion) and Sheila Walsh, "Say So" (Myrrh). The best of the big guys.

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1. Brian Wilson, "Brian Wilson" (Sire). Wilson's glorious return from outer space suggests that maybe all of us can. 2. Dwight Yoakam /Buck Owens, "Streets Of Bakersfield" (Warner Bros. single). Not only did Yoakam's country hit bring back the Buckaroo chief, it cleansed any bad blood leftover from the controversial "young country" artist's previous outspokenness. 3. Talk Talk, "Spirit Of Eden" (EMI). Mark. Hollis' excursion into chamber rock may not chart high, but will be long cherished. 4. Leonard Cohen in concert. With phenomenal backup (including an oud player, of all things!) for his extraordinary material, Cohen put on a show that could truly be attended night after night and still sound new. 5. Robbie Robertson, "Somewhere Down The Crazy River" (Warner Bros. video). A lesson in simply letting a song and singer dictate the video concept, with striking assists from backup singer Sammy BoDean and Maria McKee. 6. Bob Dylan in concert. Stoked by the genius guitar -playing of G.E. Smith, Dylan smoked live like he hasn't in years

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maybe decades. 7. Tom Russell Band, "Road To Bayamon" (Philo). Country radio spited itself by not discovering the gems contained in the Brooklyn -based singer- songwriter's basic and straightforward, yet uncommonly intelligent collection. 8. Johnny Clegg & Savuka, "Shadow Man" (Capitol). By blending African music traditions with poppier rock forms, CLegg transcended both. 9. Jane Siberry, "The Bird In The Gravel" (videocassette).

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1. Mica Paris, "So Good."

2. THE RETURN: Joan Armatrading, "The Shouting Stage "; Roberta Flack, "Oasis "; Womack & Womack, "Conscience." 3. THE RHYTHM: Imagination, "Closer "; Cherrelle, "Affair"; Dee Dee Sharp, (unreleased Nick Martinelli -produced demos); Loose Ends, "The Real Chuckeeboo "; Al B. Sure!,

"In Effect Mode." 4. THE BLUES: Sade, "Stronger Than Pride "; Tracy Chapman; 'Til Tuesday, "Everything's Different Now "; Everything But The Girl, "Idlewild." 5. THE RHYME: Boogie Down Productions, By All Means Necessary "; Salt -N -Pepa, "A Salt With A Deadly Pepa "; Stet sasonic, In Full Gear "; Eric B. & Rakim, "Follow The Leader"; MC Lyte, "Lyte As A Rock "; Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock, "It Takes Two" (the single). 6. IT AIN'T WHAT YOU DO IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT: Pebbles; Prince, "Lovesexy" -the album and the tour. 7. A GIRL IN TROUBLE IS A TEMPORARY THING: k.d. lang, "Shadowland" (live as well); Melissa Etheridge; Marti Jones, "Used Guitars" (live as well); Michelle Shocked, "Short Sharp Shocked "; Nanci Griffith (both albums); Edie Brickell, "Shooting Rubberbands ... "

DAVE DiMARTINO L.A. Bureau Chief

1. Peter Coyle, "A Slap In The Face For Public Taste" (Ediesta U.K. import). Former member of Britain's Lotus Eaters crafted a brilliant, almost militantly sexual album BILLBOARD

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'188 THE YEAR IN MUSIC Ft VIDEO likely to be heard by so very few that "public taste" isn't really the issue. 2. Shack, "Zilch" (Ghetto U.K. import). The Pale Fountains' new moniker hasn't affected the way they hear music; as with their earlier Virgin material, the U.K. group takes Love's "Forever Changes" into the '80s without sounding like they want (or mean) to. 3. Go-Betweens, "16 Lovers Lane" (Capitol) and live as an acoustic trio at McCabe's in Santa Monica. Australian quintet may be the decade's best group, with a stunning consistency of well-written, well -performed material, and a perspective unlike any other band out there. 4. Brian Wilson, "Brian Wilson" (Sire /Reprise). Only downside to this marvelous return to form was the lyrical involvement of Dr. Eugene Landy; fact is, last decade's "The Beach Boys Love You" told us more about Wilson's actual state of mind than anything here except a few lines in "Baby, Let Your Hair Grow Long." 5. Prefab Sprout, "From Langley Park To Memphis," (Epic). Paddy McAloon has seen the future of rock'n'rolland returned, bearing the names of Jimmy Webb, Cole Porter, and absolutely no songs about cars'n'girls. 6. Wild Swans, "Bringing Home The Ashes" (Sire). An unsung gem, this album is true pop music: well- crafted, well sung, hook -laden songs lacking the slightest tinge of selfconsciousness. 7. Triffids, "Calenture" (Island). Australian band has vast potential, and shows it here in their U.S. debut -which, unfortunately, stiffed. 8. Leonard Cohen, "I'm Your Man" (Columbia) and live at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre. Albums by this man are few and far between; that this set's relative success sparked CBS to issue "Death Of A Ladies' Man" on CD, among others, is reason enough for its inclusion here. 9. Paul Kelly & the Messengers, "Under The Sun" (A &M) and at L.A.'s Club Lingerie. Kelly's seemingly sudden arrival as a fully-blown lyrical /musical talent has been one of the past two year's best surprises; if his best stuff recalls Mott The Hoople in their pre -"Dudes" prime, who's complaining? 10. The Church, who through Arista's skill, not to mention their own, finally cracked the American market with "Starfish" -and saw their entire back catalog issued by Arista, various solo projects likewise out on Rykodisc and Enigma, and the point finally driven home that persistence, cliche though it be, pays off.

STEVEN DUPLER

Technology Editor /Music Video Editor

1988 ¡HE YEAR IN MUSIC a VIDEO 1988 ¡HE YEAR IN Music avI 10. Joe Jackson Live 1980/86 (A &M). Leave it to Jackson to give us a live work that isn't merely a regurgitation of the studio performances. A standout from a great artist. NELSON GEORGE

Black Music Editor

DEBBIE HOLLEY

Editorial Assistant

This is my list of best records of 1988. No comment needed The music speakers for itself. ALBUMS 1. Tracy Chapman, "Tracy Chapman" (Elektra). 2. Sade, "Stronger Than Pride" (Epic). 3. Anita Baker, "Giving You The Best That Got" (Elektra). 4. Public Enemy, "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" (Def Jam /Columbia). 5. Bobby Brown, "Don't Be Cruel" (MCA). 6. Keith Sweat, "Make It Last It Last Forever" (Vintertainment). 7. Al B. Sure!, "In Effect Mode" (Warner Bros.). 8. Brenda Russell, "Get Here" (A &M). 9. Big Daddy Kane, "Long Live The Kane" (Cold Chillin'/ Warner Bros.). 10. Ice-T, "Power" (Sire/Warner Bros.). SINGLES 1. Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock, "It Takes Two" (Profile). 2. Eric B. & Rakim, "Follow The Leader" (Uni). 3. GUY, "Groove Me" (MCA). 4. The Deele, "Two Occasions" (Solar). 5. Betty Wright, "No Pain, No Gain" (Ms.B). 6. Bobby Brown, "My Prerogative" (MCA). 7. Pebbles, "Mercedes Boy" (MCA). 8. Al B. Sure!, "Nite And Day" (Warner Bros.). 9. Johnny Kemp, "Just Got Paid" (Columbia). 10. Keith Sweat, "Don't Stop Your Love" (Vintertainment). I

STEVE GETT

Talent Editor

1. Crowded House, "The Temple Of Low Men" (Capitol). Fulfills every one of my expectations after their debut album. A stunner in every way, and in my book, the album of the year. 2. Tracy Chapman (Elektra). Thankfully, songwriting is not a dead art; neither are great acoustic music and intensely personal, insightful lyrics. 3. Joan Armatrading (A &M). Her best album yet; it gets better with every listening. 4. Julia Fordham (Virgin). I've raved about her since I saw her live; can't wait for the rest of the country to catch up. 5. Little Feat (Warner Bros.) once drove 13 hours straight to see them before Lowell died; thanks, Warner Bros., for bringing it back intact. 6. Shriekback, "Get Down Tonight" (single, Island). Best cover of the year, and a great party video. 7. The Lodge (Antilles). Great new band featuring Peter and Kristoffer Blegvad and the infamous Jakko Jakszyk. If you're tired of tired hooks and hunk -meets -bimbo lyrics, check out this sparkling, intelligent pop album. 8. Bryan Ferry's live show at Radio City Music Hall. missed McKay's haunting sax and Manzanera's tasteful guitar, but even one -third of Roxy is good enough for me. 9. Joni Mitchell, "Chalkmark In A Rainstorm" (Geffen). Her sinuous vocals and cut -to- the-bone lyrics are right on target; this one has been right by the turntable all year. I

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9. Concerts: The Faith tour (Hawaii, London, N.Y., & Miami); Julio Iglesias at Radio City; Robert Plant at MSG; Toni Childs and Al Stewart at Bottom Line; and Bryan Ferry at Radio City. 10. Home videos: "Barfly," "The Last Emperor," and "Hope & Glory."

1. George Michael, "Faith" (Columbia). Slick, rebellious, and sexy, with creative texture; an album that couldn't help gaining my attention. 2. "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack (RCA). A terrific running companion. 3. Nanci Griffith, "One Fair Summer Evening" (MCA). With uncompromising style and spirit, this gal sings her heart out. 4. Terence Trent D'Arby concert (TPAC -Nashville). An electric performance; the guy's a touch of Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and Little Richard all rolled into his own unique interpretation. 5. An event: Livingston Taylor and Leah Kunkel (the other musically gifted Taylor packaged with Cass Elliot's crystal voiced sister) vocally embraced the audience at Amy Kurland's Bluebird Cafe. 6. Thought provoking musical experiences. My attempting to listen to a whole compilation album of New York underground bands, "Big Apple: Rotten To The Core Vol. 2," produced by Bob Saliese and featuring Ism, and giving the annual listen to Marty Licklider's "I Love My Rooster" with the rest of Nashville's review crew. 7. Country's Cookin': Foster & Lloyd, "What Do You Want From Me This Time "; Dean Dillon, "The New Never Wore Off My Sweet Baby "; Michael Johnson, "That's That "; Dan Seals, "One Friend" and "Addicted "; Kathy Mattea, "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses." 8. No Doubt, They're Groovin': Prince, "Hot Thing" and "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man "; The Contours, "Do You Love Me ? "; Def Leppard, "Pour Some Sugar On Me "; Boy Meets Girl, "Waiting For A Star To Fall "; UB40, "Red Red Wine "; Icehouse, "Electric Blue." 9. So Well Said (Perfectly Penned)!: Shenandoah, "Mama Knows "; Paul Carrack "Don't Shed A Tear "; INXS, "Never Tear Us Apart"; Chicago, "Look Away "; Whitney Houston, "So Emotional "; Climie Fisher, "Love Changes (Everything)"; T.G. Sheppard, "One For The Money "; The Deele, "Two Occasions." 10. Album musts: Anita Baker's "Giving You The Best That Got "; Hall & Oates' "00H Yeah!." I

(No special order) 1. Dan Reed Network, "Dan Reed Network" (Mercury). Arguably the debut album of '88. Great live act, too; frontman has major star potential. 2. Toni Childs, "Union" (A &M). Runner -up debut of '88. Other fave firsts include those by Al B. Sure!, Eighth Wonder, Johnny Hates Jazz, Tracy Chapman, Fairground Attraction, Vanessa Paradis, and Kingdom Come. 3. Robert Plant, "Now And Zen" (Esperanza/Atlantic). Back on track -can't wait for the follow -up. 4. Joni Mitchell, "Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm" (Geffen). Definitely one of the most underrated and ignored releases. Others included Hall & Oates' "Ooh Yeah," Patti Smith's "Dream Of Life," and Judas Priest's "Ram It Down." 5. Bon Jovi, "New Jersey" (Mercury). Top follow -up effort. 6. Dance floor winner: Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid." 7. Honorable Mentions: Prefab Sprout, Bobby Brown, Pet Shop Boys, Al Stewart, Sade, Public Enemy, Was (Not Was), "And The Beat Goes On" (great '70s disco /soul CD import), and more classic CD reissues, too many to mention. 8. Unreleased gems: The System (killer upcoming album), Prince ( "The Black Album "), Mr. President's "Name & Number" (Demo), and Mickey Rourke's "Homeboy" movie.

PETER J. LUDWIG

Radio Contributor

1. Salif Keita, "Soro" (Mango). A stunning, beautifully recorded album that paves the way for Western acceptance of the nasal vocal style of North Africa and the Middle East. 2. Toni Childs, "Union" (A &M). Two perfect album sides illustrating that there's still gold in this genre, and that mas (Continued on page Y-42)

Y-11

Top Pop Artists

of the Year

(COMBINED ALBUMS & SINGLES) Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums & singles) Label 1

GEORGE MICHAEL (6) Columbia

2 DEF LEPPARD

(7) Mercury

25 KEITH SWEAT (4) 26 D.J.

JAllY JEFF

Vintertainment

& THE FRESH PRINCE (5) Jive

27 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (4) Columbia

3

INXS (5) Atlantic

28 THE JETS (5) MCA

4

MICHAEL JACKSON (7) Epic

29 WHITESNAKE (5) Geffen

5

DEBBIE GIBSON (5) Atlantic

30 GEORGE HARRISON (3) Dark Horse

6 GUNS N' ROSES

31 FOREIGNER (4)

7

(3) Geffen WHITNEY HOUSTON (6) Arista

32 WHITE LION (4)

8

RICHARD MARX (4) EMI

9

GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (4) Epic

10 RICK ASTLEY 11

(4) RCA

(1) Grand Slamm 33 PET SHOP BOYS (6) EMI 34 ROBERT PLANT (3) EsParanza

TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY (5) Columbia

12 STEVE WINWOOD (4)

Atlantic Atlantic

Virgin

35 JODY WATLEY (4) MCA 36 BILLY OCEAN (3) Jive

(4) Island

37 STING (4) A &M

13

TIFFANY (6) MCA

38 MIDNIGHT OIL (3) Columbia

14

AEROSMITH (4) Geffen

39 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (3) RCA

(1) Columbia

40 ROBERT PALMER (3) EMI

15 POISON (6) Enigma 16 ELTON JOHN

17

(6) MCA

(1) Geffen BELINDA CARLISLE (5) MCA

18 TAYLOR DAYNE 19 CHEAP

(5) Arista

TRICK (4) Epic

(1) Island 41 ROD STEWART (3) Warner Bros.

42 BREATHE (3) A &M 43 AL B. SURE! (4) Warner Bros. 44 BOBBY McFERRIN (2) EMI

45 BON JOVI (4) Mercury

20 TRACY CHAPMAN (4) Elektra

46 SALT-N -PEPA (3) Next Plateau

21 JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP (4) Mercury

47 EXPOSE (3) Arista

22 U2 (5) Island

48 BOBBY BROWN (3) MCA

23 VAN HALEN (4) Warner Bros.

49 PRINCE (6) Paisley Park

24 PEBBLES (3) MCA

50 NEW EDITION (3) MCA

Top Black Artists

of the Year

(COMBINED ALBUMS & SINGLES) Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums & singles) Label 1

2

(1) Geffen

MICHAEL JACKSON (1) Epic

10 GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS

KEITH SWEAT (5) Vintertainment

11 LEVERT

3 TERENCE TRENT

D'ARBY (5) Columbia

(1) Atco

4

GEORGE MICHAEL (6) Columbia

12 KOOL MOE DEE (4) Jive

5

WHITNEY HOUSTON (6) Arista

13 EARTH,

6 AL B. SURE!

(4) Warner Bros.

(4) MCA

(5) Atlantic

WIND & FIRE (5) Columbia 14 ANGELA WINBUSH (5) Mercury

7

STEVIE WONDER (4) Motown

15 SALT -N -PEPA (6) Next Plateau

8

PEBBLES (5) MCA

16 TEDDY PENDERGRASS

9

NATALIE COLE (4) EMI

17

(3) Elektra

BOBBY BROWN (3) MCA

18 THE DEELE

(3) Solar

19 FREDDIE JACKSON

20 D.J.

JAllY

GEORGE MICHAEL

Top Country Artists

of the Year

(COMBINED ALBUMS & SINGLES)

(6) Capitol

JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE (3) Jive

21 JOHNNY KEMP (3) Columbia

22 MIKI HOWARD (4)

Atlantic

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums & singles) Label 1

RANDY TRAVIS (8) Warner Bros.

23 SADE (3) Epic

2 GEORGE

24 TONY! TONI! TONE! (4) Wing

3 REBA McENTIRE (8) MCA

25 NEW EDITION (3) MCA

4 HANK

STRAIT (8) MCA

WILLIAMS JR. (11) Warner /Curb

26 HEAVY D. & THE BOYZ (3) MCA

(1) Mercury

27 MELI'SA MORGAN (3) Capitol

(1) BGM

(1) Arista

41

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY (4) Warner Bros.

42 EDDY RAVEN (5) RCA 43 THE FORESTER SISTERS (6) Warner Bros. 44 RICKY SKAGGS (5) Epic

45 THE McCARTERS (4) Warner Bros. 46 DOLLY PARTON, LINDA RONSTADT, EMMYLOU HARRIS

(3) Warner Bros.

5

RICKY VAN SHELTON (6) Columbia

47 FOSTER & LLOYD (4) RCA

28 BILLY OCEAN (4) Jive

6 7

30 JODY WATLEY (4) MCA

8

ALABAMA (12) RCA ROSANNE CASH (5) Columbia K.T. OSLIN (6) RCA

48 DON WILLIAMS (3) Capitol

29 ROGER (3) Reprise 31 THE O'JAYS (3) P.I.R.

9

DWIGHT YOAKAM (7) Reprise

32 PRINCE (6) Paisley Park

10 HIGHWAY 101

33 ALEXANDER O'NEAL (4) Tabu

11

34 ERIC B. & RAKIM (3) 4th & B'Way

12 KATHY MATTEA

(2) Uni

(6) Warner Bros. (5) Mercury (5) RCA

13 RESTLESS HEART 14 VERN GOSDIN

36 STEPHANIE MILLS (5) MCA

15

TANYA TUCKER (7) Capitol

37 FULL FORCE (5) Columbia

16

BILLY JOE ROYAL (5) Atlantic America

38 EPMD (3) Fresh

17 THE DESERT ROSE

39 KASHIF (4) Arista

18 MERLE HAGGARD 19 DAN SEALS

(4) Columbia

BAND (6) MCA /Curb

(5) Epic

(5) Capitol

40 TONY TERRY (5) Epic

20 STEVE WARINER (6) MCA

41 RUN -D.M.C. (4) Profile

21

42 MILES JAYE (3) Island

22 THE O'KANES (6) Columbia

43 THE TEMPTATIONS (4) Motown

23 CONWAY TWITTY (7) MCA

44 TEENA MARIE (3) Epic

24 SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO (6) Columbia

45 THE JETS (5) MCA

25 KEITH WHITLEY (5) RCA

46 JAMES BROWN (3) Scotti Bros.

26 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS (6) MCA

47 GUY (3) Uptown

27

48 DOUG E. FRESH & THE GET FRESH CREW (3)

28 T. GRAHAM BROWN (5) Capitol

Reality /Danya

50 SOUTHERN PACIFIC (3) Warner Bros.

THE JUDDS (8) RCA/Curb

35 PUBLIC ENEMY (5) Def Jam

(1) Capitol

49 RONNIE MILSAP (5) RCA

29

HOLLY DUNN (7) MTM

PATTY LOVELESS (6) MCA

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND (6) Warner Bros.

49 MICHAEL COOPER (4) Warner Bros.

30 RODNEY CROWELL (4) Columbia

50 MORRIS DAY (4) Warner Bros.

31

EXILE (6) Epic

32 LEE GREENWOOD (7) MCA 33 THE STATLER BROTHERS (6) Mercury 34 EDDIE RABBITT (4) RCA 35 CHARLEY PRIDE (5) 16th Avenue 36 JO -EL SONNIER (5) RCA 37 GLEN CAMPBELL (6) MCA

38 THE BELLAMY BROTHERS (6) MCA /Curb 39 LYLE LOVETT (5) MCA /Curb

MICHAEL JACKSON

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40 SAWYER BROWN (5) Capitol /Curb

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Top Pop Albums Pos. 1

TITLE- Artist -Label FAITH-George Michael -Columbia

-Soundtrack-RCA

2 DIRTY DANCING

-Def Leppard- Mercury

3 HYSTERIA 4 KICK

-INXS-Atlantic

5 BAD-Michael Jackson

-Epic

6 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION-Guns N' Roses-Geffen 7

OUT OF THE BLUE -Debbie Gibson -Atlantic

8 RICHARD MARX-Richard Marx 9

-EMI

TIFFANY-Tiffany -MCA

-Aerosmith- Geffen

10 PERMANENT VACATION

HARDLINE ACCORDING TO TERENCE TRENT

11 THE

D'ARBY- Terence Trent D'Arby-Columbia 12 WHITNEY-Whitney Houston 13 LET IT

-Arista

LOOSE- Gloria Estefan

-

& Miami Sound Machine

Epic 14 THE LONESOME JUBILEE-John Cougar

Mcllencamp-

Mercury

-Rick

Astley -RCA

15 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY 16 TUNNEL OF LOVE -Bruce

Springsteen- Columbia

EARTH- Belinda Carlisle-MCA

17 HEAVEN ON

18 MORE DIRTY DANCING -Soundtrack -RCA 19

WHITESNAKE-Whitesnake- Geffen ZEN- Robert Plant -EsParanza

20 NOW AND

21 TRACY CHAPMAN-Tracy Chapman -Elektra

22 MAKE IT LAST FOREVER-Keith Sweat-Vintertainment 23 OPEN UP AND SAY 24

...

... AHH!- Poison -Enigma

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN-Sting

25 A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

-A &M

-Pink

Floyd

-

Columbia 26 THE JOSHUA TREE

-U2- Island

27 HE'S THE D.J., I'M THE RAPPER-D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The

Fresh Prince -Jive 28 OU812 -Van

Halen- Warner

Bros.

29 PRIDE-White Lion -Atlantic

30 DIESEL AND DUST-Midnight

Oil- Columbia

31 CLOUD NINE-George Harrison

-Dark

Horse

32 LAP OF LUXURY -Cheap Trick -Epic 33 SAVAGE AMUSEMENT -Scorpions- Mercury 34 ROLL WITH IT -Steve Winwood -Virgin 35 JODY WATLEY -Jody Watley-MCA

36 PEBBLES -Pebbles-MCA 37 STRONGER THAN PRIDE-Sade -Epic

38 SCENES FROM THE SOUTHSIDE

-Bruce

Hornsby & The

Range -RCA

39 EXPOSURE- Exposé -Arista 40 IN EFFECT MODE

-Al

B.

Sure!-Warner

Bros.

41 TELL IT TO MY HEART-Taylor Dayne -Arista

42 SKYSCRAPER-David Lee Roth-Warner Bros. 43 SURFING WITH THE ALIEN -Joe Satriani -Relativity 44 ACTUALLY

-Pet

Shop Boys -EMI

45 MAGIC-The Jets-MCA 46 ALWAYS & FOREVER-Randy Travis -Warner Bros. 47 INSIDE

INFORMATION- Foreigner-Atlantic

48 IN MY TRIBE-10,000 Maniacs -Elektra 49 TANGO IN THE

-Lita

51

NIGHT- Fleetwood

Mac -Warner Bros.

63 TEAR DOWN THESE WALLS -Billy Ocean-Jive

RAPTURE-Anita Baker-Elektra

64 CHARACTERS

Makers -Virgin

66 BAD ANIMALS-Heart -Capitol

-Cher-Geffen

53 OUT OF ORDER-Rod Stewart -Warner Bros.

67 CHER

54 LONG COLD WINTER -Cinderella- Mercury

68 DOCUMENT

55 BACK FOR THE ATTACK 56 ONCE BITTEN-Great

70 TOUGHER THAN

Plateau

G-Arista

60 HEART BREAK -New Edition -MCA 61 KINGDOM

COME- Kingdom

NOVA- Robert

69 HEAVY

White-Capitol

-Salt -N -Pepa -Next PLEASURES-Bobby McFerrin-EMI -Kenny

-R.E.M.-I.R.S.

-Dokken- Elektra

57 HOT, COOL AND VICIOUS 58 SIMPLE

-Stevie Wonder- Motown

65 REG STRIKES BACK -Elton John -MCA

52 CONSCIOUS PARTY -Ziggy Marley & The Melody

59 DUOTONES

VIETNAM- Soundtrack -A &M

62 GOOD MORNING,

Ford -RCA

50 LITA

Come -Polydor

71 VITAL IDOL

Palmer -EMI

LEATHER- Run -D.M.C. -Profile

-Billy Idol-Chrysalis

-EMI

88 SMALL WORLD-Huey Lewis & The News -Chrysalis

77 EVERLASTING-Natalie Cole 78 BLOW UP YOUR

VIDEO-AC /DC- Atlantic

79 UP YOUR ALLEY -Joan

89 LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED

Jett & The Blackhearts-CBS

91 CHRONICLES -Steve Winwood -Island

Associated

92 ROBBIE ROBERTSON- Robbie Robertson -Geffen

81 SUBSTANCE-New Order -Qwest

93 00H YEAH! -Daryl Hall & John

82 YOU CAN DANCE -Madonna -Sire 83 SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON

-Iron

Maiden

85 MAN OF

-Kiss- Mercury

94 NAKED -Talking Heads

COLOURS- Icehouse-Chrysalis

86 STARFISH -The Church -Arista

98 SLIPPERY WHEN WET-Bon 99 EVEN WORSE-Weird Al

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

DEF LEPPARD

2 INXS

(2)

Mercury

(1) Atlantic

(2)

(2)

21 THE JETS (1) MCA

4

AEROSMITH (1) Geffen

22 EUROPE

(1) Columbia

23 FOREIGNER (1) Atlantic

Enigma

6

GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (1) Epic

7

WHITESNAKE

9

10

11

(2)

(2)

Geffen

(2)

LOVESEXY- Prince -Paisley Park

Epic Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums)

24 10,000 MANIACS (1) Elektra

1

COLUMBIA (51)

25 GREAT WHITE (1) Capitol

2

MCA (50)

3

MERCURY

(1) Enigma

Island

PINK FLOYD (1) Columbia (1) Harvest

(29)

4 RCA (31)

Columbia

5

ATLANTIC

(27)

6 EPIC (29)

WHITE LION (1) Atlantic

7 GEFFEN (26)

(1) Grand Slamm

8

D.J.

JAllY

JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE (1) Jive

WARNER BROS. (38)

9 ELEKTRA (33)

(I) Warner Bros. MIDNIGHT OIL (1) Columbia 14 SALT -N -PEPA (2) Next Plateau

10 ARISTA (24)

15 CHEAP TRICK (1) Epic

13 CAPITOL (39)

16 SCORPIONS (1) Mercury

14 JIVE (12)

17 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (1) RCA

15 CHRYSALIS (13)

12

VAN HALEN

13

Yankovic- Rock'N'Roll /Scotti

Album Labels

EMI

Mercury

GUNS N' ROSES (1) Geffen

8 U2 (2)

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19 PET SHOP BOYS

3

POISON

-Pat Benatar-Chrysalis

Jovi- Mercury

Top Pop

18 EXPOSE (1) Arista

20 BON JOVI

5

O'Connor- Ensign

& Fire-Columbia

Bros.

87 LIVE IN AUSTRALIA WITH THE MELBOURNE SYMPHONY

Artists- Duos/Groups

WORLD- Earth, Wind

97 WIDE AWAKE IN DREAMLAND

100

Top Pop Album

Oates- Arista

-Sire/Fly

95 THE LION AND THE COBRA-Sinead

96 TOUCH THE

84 NEVER DIE YOUNG-James Taylor -Columbia

COCKTAIL- Soundtrack-Elektra

-

Capitol

73 DON'T BE CRUEL -Bobby Brown-MCA 75 CRAZY NIGHTS

IN- Poison -Enigma

90 MUSIC FOR THE MASSES -Depeche Mode -Sire

80 IT'S BETTER TO TRAVEL-Swing Out Sister -Mercury

72 BIG GENERATOR- Yes -Atco

74

ORCHESTRA -Elton John -MCA

76 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW -Kool Moe Dee -Jive

11 EMI (23)

12 A &M (31)

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Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound machine. roster from around the world for helping to take our passion to the top. Muchas Gracias!

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Top Pop

Album Artists

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

GEORGE MICHAEL (1) Columbia

Mercury

2 DEF LEPPARD (2)

50 EUROPE (2) Epic

Atlantic

51 FOREIGNER (1)

52 10,000 MANIACS (1) Elektra

3

INXS (1) Atlantic

4

MICHAEL JACKSON (1) Epic

5

GUNS N' ROSES (1) Geffen

54 FLEETWOOD MAC (1) Warner Bros.

6

DEBBIE GIBSON (1) Atlantic RICHARD MARX (1) EMI

55 LITA FORD (1) RCA

7

8 AEROSMITH

53 GREAT WHITE (1) Capitol

(1) Enigma

56 PRINCE (2) Paisley Park

(1) Geffen

57 ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS (1) Virgin

(1) Columbia 9 TIFFANY (1) MCA 10 POISON (2) Enigma 11

58 CINDERELLA (2) Mercury 59 ROD STEWART (1) Warner Bros.

60 DOKKEN (1) Elektra

WHITNEY HOUSTON (2) Arista

61

(1) Columbia 13 GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (1) Epic 14 STEVE WINWOOD (1) Virgin (2) Island 12 TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY

15 JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP 16 RICK ASTLEY

(I)

(1) Mercury

(1) Sutra 63 BOBBY McFERRIN (1) EMI

64 NEW EDITION (1) MCA 65 KINGDOM COME (1) Polydor 66 BILLY OCEAN (1) Jive

RCA

17 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

R.E.M. (2) I.R.S.

62 FAT BOYS (2) Tin Pan Apple

(1) Columbia

67 STEVIE WONDER (1) Motown

BELINDA CARLISLE (1) MCA 19 ' WHITESNAKE (2) Geffen 20 U2 (2) Island 21 PINK FLOYD (1) Columbia

68 HEART (1) Capitol

(1) Harvest 22 ROBERT PLANT (1) EsParanza 23 ELTON JOHN (3) MCA (1) Geffen

72 BILLY IDOL (1) Chrysalis

24 TRACY CHAPMAN (1) Elektra

76 KISS (1) Mercury

25 KEITH SWEAT (1) Vintertainment

77 KOOL MOE DEE (1) Jive

26 RANDY TRAVIS (3) Warner Bros.

78 NATALIE COLE (1) EMI

27 STING (1) A&M

79 AC /DC (2) Atlantic

18

28 WHITE LION (1)

Atlantic

(1) Grand Slamm 29 D.J.

JAllY

69 CHER (1) Geffen 70 ROBERT PALMER (1) EMI 71 RUN -D.M.C.

(1) Profile

73 YES (1) Atco 74 BOBBY BROWN (1) MCA 75 METALLICA (3) Elektra

80 MADONNA (2) Sire 81 JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS (1) CBS Associated

JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE (1) Jive

82 ANTHRAX (3) Megaforce /Island

30 VAN HALEN (1) Warner Bros.

83 SWING OUT SISTER (1) Mercury

31 MIDNIGHT OIL (1) Columbia

84 NEW ORDER (1) Qwest

32 GEORGE HARRISON (1) Dark Horse

85 UB40 (2) A &M

33 SALT -N -PEPA (2) Next Plateau 34 CHEAP TRICK (1) Epic

86 IRON MAIDEN (1) Capitol 87 JAMES TAYLOR (1) Columbia

35 SCORPIONS (1) Mercury

88 STRYPER (2) Enigma

36 JODY WATLEY (1) MCA

89 ICEHOUSE (1) Chrysalis

37 PEBBLES (1) MCA

90 THE CHURCH (1) Arista

38 SADE (1) Epic

91 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS (1) Chrysalis

39 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (1) RCA

92 JETHRO TULL (2) Chrysalis

40 EXPOSE (1) Arista

93 DEPECHE MODE (1) Sire

41 AL B. SURE! (1) Warner Bros.

94 ERIC B. & RAKIM (1) Uni

42 PET SHOP BOYS (2) EMI

(1) 4th & B'Way

43 TAYLOR DAYNE (1) Arista

95 ROBBIE ROBERTSON (1) Geffen

44 ANITA BAKER (2) Elektra

96 DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

45 DAVID LEE ROTH (1) Warner Bros.

97 TALKING HEADS (1) Sire /Fly

46 JOE SATRIANI (1) Relativity

98 SINEAD O'CONNOR (1) Ensign

47 KENNY

G

(2) Arista

48 BON JOVI (2) Mercury

(I) Arista

99 EARTH, WIND & FIRE (1) Columbia 100 PAT BENATAR (1) Chrysalis

49 THE JETS (1) MCA

Top Pop Singles Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label 1

GEORGE MICHAEL (5) Columbia

2 INXS (4) 3 4

Atlantic

MICHAEL JACKSON (6) Epic WHITNEY HOUSTON (4) Arista

5 DEF LEPPARD 6

(5) Mercury

DEBBIE GIBSON (4) Atlantic

7 RICK ASTLEY

(3) RCA

8 GLORIA ESTEFAN &

MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (3) Epic

9 TAYLOR DAYNE (4) Arista 10 RICHARD MARX (3) EMI 11 STEVE WINWOOD

(3) Virgin

(Z) Island 12 TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY

13 ERIC CARMEN

(4) Columbia

(1) RCA

(2) Arista 14 CHEAP TRICK

(3) Epic

50 D.J.

26 GUNS N' ROSES (2) Geffen

51

27 POISON (4) Enigma

52 BRENDA K. STARR (2) MCA

79 THE COVER GIRLS (3) Fever

28 NATALIE COLE (3) EMI

53 BOBBY BROWN (2) MCA

80 M /A /R/R /S (1) 4th & B'Way

54 PAUL CARRACK (4) Chrysalis

81 JOHNNY KEMP

30 GEORGE HARRISON (2) Dark Horse

55 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (2) RCA

82 LITA FORD (1) RCA

31 ICEHOUSE (3) Chrysalis

56 INFORMATION SOCIETY (2) Tommy Boy

83 HEART (3) Capitol

32 ROBERT PALMER (2) EMI

57 THE BEACH BOYS (1) Elektra

84 ERASURE (1) Sire

29 JOHNNY HATES

JAll

(2) Virgin

(1) Island

JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE (3) Jive

UB40 (1) A &M

77 JANE WIEDLIN (2) EMI

78 THE DEELE (1) Solar

(1) Columbia

58 WHITESNAKE (3) Geffen

85 FLEETWOOD MAC (4) Warner Bros.

33 JODY WATLEY (3) MCA

59 BON JOVI (2) Mercury

86 SALT-N -PEPA

34 PRINCE (4) Paisley Park

60 PETER CETERA (2) Full Moon

87 GIANT STEPS (1) A &M

35 BANGLES (1) Def Jam

61

(1) Columbia 36 CHER (3) Geffen 37 DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES (3) Arista 38 EXPOSE (2) Arista

62 ROGER (1) Reprise

89 MIDNIGHT OIL (2) Columbia

63 MICHAEL BOLTON (3) Columbia

90 GLENN FREY (1) MCA

64 U2 (3) Island

91 DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (1) EMI

65 NEW EDITION (2) MCA

92 THE CONTOURS (1) Motown

KEITH SWEAT (3) Vintertainment

(I)

Next Plateau

88 CINDERELLA (1) Mercury

39 VAN HALEN (3) Warner Bros.

66 TRACY CHAPMAN (3) Elektra

93 DURAN DURAN (1) Capitol

15

TIFFANY (5) MCA

40 PHIL COLLINS (2) Atlantic

67 AL B. SURE! (3) Warner Bros.

94 ANITA BAKER (2) Elektra

16

BELINDA CARLISLE (4) MCA

41 SAMANTHA FOX (2) Jive

68 JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS (2) Blackheart

95 BOY MEETS GIRL (1) RCA

42 KYLIE MINOGUE (2) Geffen

69 WILL TO POWER (2) Epic

96 ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK (1) A&M

43 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS (2) Chrysalis

70 WHITE LION (3)

44 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (3) Columbia 45 JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP (3) Mercury

71 BRENDA RUSSELL FEATURING JOE ESPOSITO (1) A &M

46 ROD STEWART (2) Warner Bros.

73 STING (3) A &M

22 FOREIGNER (3) Atlantic

47 THE ESCAPE CLUB (1) Atlantic

23 BILLY OCEAN (2) Jive

48 BOBBY McFERRIN (1) EMI

24 CHICAGO (2) Reprise

49 PATRICK SWAYZE FEATURING WENDY FRASER (1) RCA

Virgin (2) Columbia 76 NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK (2) Columbia

17 ELTON JOHN

(3) MCA

(4) MCA 19 BREATHE (2) A&M 20 AEROSMITH (3) Geffen 18 THE JETS

21

Y-18

JAllY

25 PET SHOP BOYS (4) EMI

PEBBLES (2) MCA

Atlantic

72 DAVID LEE ROTH (2) Warner Bros.

97 REO SPEEDWAGON (2) Epic 98 GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (1) MCA

99 HENRY LEE SUMMER (3) CBS Associated 100 FAT BOYS (2) Tin Pan Apple

74 PRETTY POISON (2) 75 KENNY LOGGINS

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Top Pop Singles Pos. TITLE

-Artist-Label

-INXS-Atlantic

46 DEVIL INSIDE

FAITH -George Michael-Columbia

1

2 NEED YOU

TONIGHT

-INXS-Atlantic

3 GOT MY MIND SET ON

YOU- George

BETTER- Richard Marx-EMI DON'T WANNA LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE- ChicagoReprise

47 SHOULD'VE KNOWN 48

Harrison

I

-Dark

49 THE LOCO-MOTION -Kylie Minogue -Geffen

Horse

-Rick

4 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

Astley -RCA

50 WHAT HAVE

CHILD O' MINE-Guns N' Roses-Geffen 6 SO EMOTIONAL -Whitney Houston -Arista 7 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON

53 TELL IT TO MY HEART -Taylor Dayne-Arista

-Virgin

54 OUT OF THE BLUE -Debbie Gibson -Atlantic

Michael-Columbia 12 WISHING WELL- Terence Trent D'Arby-Columbia 13 ANYTHING FOR YOU-Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine -Epic

55 DON'T YOU WANT ME -Jody Watley-MCA 56 DESIRE 57

I

-U2- Island

GET WEAK -Belinda Carlisle -MCA

58 SIGN YOUR NAME-Terence Trent D'Arby-Columbia

14 THE FLAME -Cheap

Trick -Epic

15 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR

-Billy

WANT TO BE YOUR MAN -Roger- Reprise

59

I

60

GIRLFRIEND-Pebbles-MCA

Ocean -Jive

61 DIRTY DIANA -Michael Jackson -Epic

16 SEASONS CHANGE-Exposé

62 1-2-

17

-Arista IS THIS LOVE -Whitesnake-Geffen WILD, WILD WEST-The Escape Club -Atlantic

63 MERCEDES

19 POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME

3- Gloria Estofan &

64 PERFECT

-Def Leppard- Mercury

Miami Sound Machine-Epic

BOY- Pebbles-MCA WORLD -Huey Lewis & ThëkNews-Chrysalis

65 NEW SENSATION

-INXS- Atlantic

20 I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU -Taylor Dayne -Arista

66 CATCH ME (I'M FALLING) -Pretty

21 MAN IN THE MIRROR -Michael Jackson

67 IF IT ISN'T LOVE -New Edition-MCA

22

68 ROCKET 2

23 24

-Epic SHAKE YOUR LOVE- Debbie Gibson -Atlantic SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE- Robert Palmer -EMI HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS -Richard Marx -EMI

25 HUNGRY EYES (FROM 'DIRTY DANCING')

Jets-MCA

70 DON'T BE CRUEL -Cheap Trick -Epic

-Eric

71 CANDLE IN THE WIND

Jazz-Virgin

-Elton John -MCA

Oates- Arista

FIGURE- George Michael-Columbia

28 NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE

TOO)- Samantha

Fox

Jive 29 GROOVY KIND OF LOVE

-

-Phil Collins- Atlantic -EMI

Gibson -Atlantic

33 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS

GO- Whitney

Houston

Arista

I

-

78 THE VALLEY ROAD-Bruce Hornsby & The Range -RCA 79 DON'T BE CRUEL -Bobby Brown -MCA 80 ALWAYS ON MY MIND 81

ANGEL- Aerosmith -Geffen Jam

-Pet

Shop Boys -EMI

PIANO IN THE DARK -Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito

-Def

35 HAZY SHADE OF WINTER -Bangles

WILL- Foreigner-Atlantic

WANT HER-Keith Sweat -Vintertainment 75 PINK CADILLAC-Natalie Cole -EMI 74

77 ELECTRIC BLUE -Icehouse -Chrysalis

31 ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS -Richard Marx

BEAT- Debbie

73 SAY YOU

76 FAST CAR-Tracy Chapman -Elektra

30 LOVE BITES-Def Leppard -Mercury

34

-The

72 EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES -Daryl Hall & John

26 SHATTERED DREAMS-Johnny Hates

32 FOOLISH

U

Poison- Virgin

69 ONE GOOD WOMAN -Peter Cetera -Full Moon

Carmen -RCA 27 FATHER

82 WHEN

-A &M

ITS

LOVE -Van

Halen- Warner

Bros.

36 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL-Michael Jackson -Epic

83 DON'T SHED A TEAR-Paul Carrack -Chrysalis

37 DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY (FROM 'COCKTAIL') -Bobby

84 WE'LL BE TOGETHER- Sting

McFerrin -EMI

85

38 MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL -Eric Carmen -Arista

WINE- UB40 -A&M SHE'S LIKE THE WIND -Patrick Frazer -RCA

39 RED RED

40

41 BAD MEDICINE

Swayze Featuring Wendy

-Bon Jovi- Mercury

Beach Boys -Elektra I

DON'T WANNA GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT -Elton

John-MCA 44 TOGETHER FOREVER -Rick Astley -RCA 45

MONKEY-George Michael- Columbia

I

-A &M

HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU -Joan Jett & The

Blackhearts- Blackheart 86

42 KOKOMO (FROM THE 'COCKTAIL' SOUNDTRACK)-The 43

Shop Boys

Society -Tommy Boy

-A &M

11 ONE MORE TRY-George

18

-Pet

52 WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY)- Information

8 COULD'VE BEEN -Tiffany -MCA 10 ROLL WITH IT-Steve Winwood

DONE TO DESERVE THIS?

51 MAKE IT REAL -The Jets -MCA

EARTH- Belinda Carlisle -MCA

9 HANDS TO HEAVEN-Breathe

I

& Dusty Springfield -EMI

5 SWEET

I

DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT

YOU-Foreigner-

Atlantic 87 NITE AND DAY

-Al B.

Sure! -Warner Bros.

88 DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT THE NIGHT CAN DO? -Steve

Winwood- Virgin

YOU- Gloria

Estefan & Miami

Sound Machine -Epic

-George Michael-Columbia BOMB -John Cougar Mellancamp- Mercury

91 KISSING A FOOL

92 CHERRY

I

STILL BELIEVE- Brenda K. Starr -MCA

94

I

FOUND SOMEONE- Cher- Geffen

95 NEVER TEAR US APART

89 ONE MOMENT IN TIME -Whitney Houston -Arista 90 CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM

93

-INXS- Atlantic

96 VALERIE -Steve Winwood-Island 97 JUST LIKE PARADISE-David Lee Roth-Warner Bros.

98 NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME -Poison -Enigma

Top Pop Singles Labels

99 WAIT-White Lion -Atlantic 100 PROVE YOUR

LOVE- Taylor

Dayne-Arista

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles) 1

MCA (37)

2 COLUMBIA

Top Pop Singles Artists

Duos/Groups

(40)

3 ATLANTIC (29) 4 EPIC 5

(27)

ARISTA (24)

6 EMI 7 RCA

(21) (16)

8 GEFFEN (18) 9

MERCURY (20)

10 A &M (20) 11

VIRGIN (18)

12 WARNER BROS.

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label

INXS (4) Atlantic

14 JIVE (10) 15

6

Mercury GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (3) Epic CHEAP TRICK (3) Epic THE JETS (4) MCA BREATHE (2) A &M

7

AEROSMITH (3) Geffen

1

2 DEF LEPPARD (5) 3 4 5

8 FOREIGNER (3) 9 CHICAGO

Atlantic

(4) Enigma

JAll (2) Virgin (3) Chrysalis 15 BANGLES (1) Def Jam (1) Columbia 13 JOHNNY HATES

Labels

14 ICEHOUSE

16 DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES (3)

Arista

(COMBINED ALBUMS & SINGLES)

(2) Arista 18 VAN HALEN (3) Warner Bros. 17 EXPOSE

19 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS

(2) Chrysalis

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted

20 THE ESCAPE CLUB (1) Atlantic 21 PATRICK SWAYZE FEATURING WENDY FRASER

22 D.J.

JAllY JEFF

(1) RCA

& FRESH PRINCE (3) Jive

23 UB40 (1) A &M

Y-20

mMCA RECORDS

Distributing

GUNS N' ROSES (2) Geffen

12 POISON

REPRISE (7)

Top Pop

(2) Reprise

10 PET SHOP BOYS (4) EMI 11

(20)

13 CHRYSALIS (18)

albums & singles) 1 COLUMBIA (98) 2 ATLANTIC (105) 3 MCA (113)

24 PET SHOP BOYS & DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (1) EMI

4

WARNER BROS. (114)

25 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (2) RCA

5

POLYGRAM (84)

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Top Pop Pos. ARTIST (No. of

Album Artists

charted albums) Label

Male

12 RANDY TRAVIS (3) Warner Bros.

Top Pop Album Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label

DEBBIE GIBSON (1) Atlantic

GEORGE MICHAEL (1) Columbia

13 STING

2

MICHAEL JACKSON (1) Epic

14 GEORGE HARRISON (1) Dark Horse

2 TIFFANY (1) MCA

3

RICHARD MARX (1) EMI

15 AL B. SURE!

1

4 TERENCE TRENT

D'ARBY (1) Columbia

WINW000 (1) Virgin

5 STEVE

(2) Island JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP (1) Mercury

7

RICK ASTLEY (1) RCA

8 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

3

WHITNEY HOUSTON (2) Arista

4

BELINDA CARLISLE (1) MCA

17 JOE SATRIANI (1) Relativity

5 TRACY

(2) Arista 19 PRINCE (2) Paisley Park 20 ROD STEWART (1) Warner Bros.

6 JODY

G

BOBBY McFERRIN (1) EMI

7

CHAPMAN (1) Elektra

WATLEY (1) MCA

PEBBLES (1) MCA

8 SADE

(1) Epic

9

TAYLOR DAYNE (1) Arista

22 BILLY OCEAN (1) Jive

10

23 STEVIE WONDER (1) Motown

11

ANITA BAKER (2) Elektra LITA FORD (1) RCA

(1) Geffen

24 ROBERT PALMER (1) EMI

12 CHER (1) Geffen

KEITH SWEAT (1) Vintertainment

25 BILLY IDOL (1) Chrysalis

13 NATALIE COLE (1) EMI

21

PLANT (1) EsParanza

9 ROBERT

10 ELTON JOHN

11

(1) Columbia

1

16 DAVID LEE ROTH (1) Warner Bros.

18 KENNY

6

(1) A &M (1) Warner Bros.

(3) MCA

Female

14

MADONNA (2) Sire

15

SINEAD O'CONNOR (1) Ensign

16 PAT BENATAR 17 CARLY

(1) Chrysalis

SIMON (2) Arista

18

LINDA RONSTADT (1) Elektra

19

BASIA (1) Epic

20 K.T. OSLIN (2) RCA 21 BRENDA RUSSELL (1) A &M

22 BRENDA K. STARR (1) MCA 4

23 SAMANTHA FOX (1) Jive 24 TONI CHILDS (1) A&M

DEBBIE GIBSON

25 JONI MITCHELL (1) Geffen

Female

Top Pop Singles Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label 1

2

3

TAYLOR DAYNE (4) Arista

WHITNEY HOUSTON (4) Arista

4

TIFFANY (5) MCA

DEBBIE GIBSON (4) Atlantic

5

BELINDA CARLISLE (4) MCA

6

PEBBLES (2) MCA

7

NATALIE COLE (3) EMI

8 JODY WATLEY 9 CHER

(3) MCA

(3) Geffen

10

SAMANTHA FOX (2) Jive

11

KYLIE MINOGUE (2) Geffen

12

BRENDA K. STARR (2) MCA

13

TRACY CHAPMAN (3) Elektra

14 JANE WIEDLIN

(2) EMI

15 LITA FORD (1) RCA 16 WENDY FRASER (1) RCA 17 DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (1) EMI 18

GEORGE MICHAEL

ANITA BAKER (2) Elektra

19 PAT BENATAR

M

(1) Chrysalis

20 SADE (1) Epic 21 BASIA (1) Epic

Top Pop Singles Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of

charted singles) Label

Male

(3) Columbia MELLENCAMP (3) Mercury

GEORGE MICHAEL (5) Columbia

15 JOHN COUGAR

2

MICHAEL JACKSON (6) Epic

16 ROD STEWART (2) Warner Bros.

ASTLEY (3) RCA

17

BOBBY McFERRIN (1) EMI

4

RICHARD MARX (3) EMI

18 BOBBY BROWN

5

STEVE WINWOOD (3) Virgin

19 PAUL CARRACK (4) Chrysalis

(2) Island

20 PETER CETERA (2) Full Moon

6 TERENCE 7 ERIC

TRENT D'ARBY (4) Columbia

21

CARMEN (1) RCA

(2) Arista 8 ELTON JOHN 9

11

(3) MCA

BILLY OCEAN (2) Jive

10 GEORGE

HARRISON (2) Dark Horse

ROBERT PALMER (2) EMI

(1) Island 12 PRINCE 13

23 DENISE LOPEZ (2) Vendetta

WHITNEY HOUSTON

24 JENNIFER WARNES (1) RCA 25 NIA PEEPLES (1) Mercury

14 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

1

3 RICK

22 LAURA BRANIGAN (1) Atlantic

(4) Paisley Park

Top Pop Singles Producers

(2) MCA

KEITH SWEAT (3) Vintertainment

Pos. PRODUCER (No. of charted singles) 1

CHRIS THOMAS (6)

2 GEORGE

MICHAEL (5)

9 RON

NEVISON (7)

10 RICHIE ZITO (5) 11

RICK NOWELS (4)

22 ROGER (1) Reprise

3 QUINCY JONES (6)

12

23 MICHAEL BOLTON (3) Columbia

4 ROBERT JOHN LANGE (6)

13 GEORGE E.

DENNIS LAMBERT (3) TOBIN (4)

24 AL B. SURE! (3) Warner Bros.

5 BRUCE

25 DAVID LEE ROTH (2) Warner Bros.

6 NARADA

FAIRBAIRN (6)

(3)

14 BOB SARGEANT 15

7

RIC WAKE (4)

16 EMILIO & THE JERKS (2)

8

STEPHEN HAGUE (8)

17

MIKE CLINK (2)

18

MICHAEL LLOYD (6)

19 LEWIS A.

PHIL COLLINS (2) Atlantic

(2)

DEBBIE GIBSON (3)

MARTINEE (3)

20 TOM WERMAN (4) 21

HUMBERTO GATICA (3)

22 MIKE STOCK (8) PETE WATERMAN (8)

Top Pop Album

Soundtracks Pos. TITLE

DIRTY DANCING-Soundtrack -RCA

2

MORE DIRTY DANCING-Soundtrack -RCA

MORNING, VIETNAM-Soundtrack

4

COCKTAIL- Soundtrack -Elektra

5

LA

6

LESS THAN

7

8 9

10

24 DAVID LORD (3) 25 ROBERT PALMER (3)

-Artist-Label

1

3 GOOD

MATT AITKEN (8) 23 BABYFACE (6)

-A &M

BAMBA- Soundtrack-Slash ZERO- Soundtrack -Def Jam COLORS- Soundtrack- Warner Bros. WHO'S THAT GIRL /MADONNA-Soundtrack -Sire SCHOOL DAZE -Soundtrack -EMI LOST BOYS- Soundtrack- Atlantic

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Y-21

Hot

Top

Top Hot Crossover

Crossover Singles Pos. TITLE

Labels

-Artist-Label

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles)

1

IF IT ISN'T LOVE-New Edition -MCA

1

MCA (25)

2

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU -Taylor Dayne -Arista

2

COLUMBIA (17)

3 TWO OCCASIONS 4

-The

Deele -Solar

DON'T BE CRUEL -Bobby Brown -MCA

5 MERCEDES BOY-Pebbles

-Al B.

-MCA

NITE AND DAY

7

GIRLFRIEND-Pebbles -MCA

8 PUSH I

IT- Salt -N -Pepa -Next

5

7

Plateau

Kemp

8 A&M (9)

& B'Way

-Arista

MCA RECORDS

13 SEASONS CHANGE -Exposé -Arista 14 SOME KIND OF LOVER-Jody Watley -MCA 15 SIGN YOUR NAME -Terence

Trent

-New

16 PLEASE DON'T GO GIRL

-

D'Arby- Columbia

Kids On The Block

Columbia 17 ONE MORE TRY-George

(6)

10 VIRGIN (9)

-- Columbia

12 SO EMOTIONAL-Whitney Houston

(6)

WARNER BROS. (8)

9 EMI

VOLUME- M/A /R /R/S-4th

11 JUST GOT PAID -Johnny

ATLANTIC (16)

6 JIVE

WANT HER -Keith Sweat-Vintertainment

10 PUMP UP THE

(17)

4 ARISTA (13)

Sure! -Warner Bros.

6

9

3 EPIC

Michael-Columbia

-Epic

18 MAN IN THE MIRROR -Michael Jackson 19

I

WANT TO BE YOUR MAN-Roger- Reprise

20 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL -Michael Jackson 21 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

22

-Epic

-Rick Astley -RCA

MONKEY-George Michael- Columbia

23 ROCKET 2

U

-The

-

Jets-MCA

24 NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE

TOO)- Samantha

Fox

Jive 25 FATHER

FIGURE- George Michael-Columbia

26 TELL IT TO MY HEART-Taylor Dayne -Arista 27 SHAKE YOUR

LOVE- Debbie

Gibson -Atlantic

28 WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND (PURE

ENERGY)- Information

Society -Tommy Boy 29

NEW EDITION

BECAUSE OF YOU -The Cover Girls -Fever

30 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR

-Billy

Ocean -Jive

Album Rock Tracks

Top Pos. TITLE

-Artist-Label

FINISH WHAT YA STARTED -Van 2 RHYTHM OF LOVE- Yes -Atco 1

Bros.

TURNING AWAY -Pink Floyd-Columbia

22 ROLL WITH IT -Steve

4

SHIP OF

Range -RCA

Winwood- Virgin LOVIN'- Little Feat -Warner Bros. DON'T SHED A TEAR -Paul Carrack -Chrysalis THE VALLEY ROAD-Bruce Hornsby & The Range -RCA CAN'T GET OVER YOU -Gregg Allman -Epic ALL FIRED UP -Pat Benatar -Chrysalis

23 HATE TO LOSE YOUR

7

-Van Halen-Warner Bros. ONLY A MEMORY -The Smithereens -Enigma I WISH I HAD A GIRL-Henry Lee Summer -CBS

24

Associated

26

9 TUNNEL OF LOVE -Bruce Springsteen -Columbia

-The Church -Arista FAB-George Harrison-Dark Horse

27

39 SHOWDOWN AT BIG SKY -Robbie Robertson-Geffen 41 DEVIL'S RADIO -George Harrison

Destroyers -EM

46 BLACK AND BLUE-Van 47 LOVE BITES

WILL-Foreigner -Atlantic

48 SWEET FIRE OF

-Def Leppard- Mercury

49 COMMON

14 SWEET CHILD O' MINE -Guns N' Roses-Geffen 15

I'M NOT YOUR MAN -Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers

-Columbia

17 THE FLAME -Cheap

18

Trick -Epic

ANGEL- Aerosmith- Geffen

Bros.

LOVE- Robbie

50 RHYTHM OF

LOVE- Scorpions-Mercury

Top Hot Crossover

-A

-The

35 ONE STEP UP-Bruce

Fabulous Thunderbirds -Elektra

Springsteen- Columbia

36 LET IT ROLL -Little Feat -Warner Bros. 37 GET IT

ON- Kingdom

EYfItGE MICHAEI

Robertson-Geffen

GROUND- Rhythm Corps -Pasha

Harrison & The Casual Gods -Sire 32 BE STILL MY BEATING HEART-Sting &M 33 CHECK IT OUT -John Cougar Meilencamp- Mercury 31 REV IT UP

34 POWERFUL STUFF

16 HEAVEN KNOWS -Robert Plant -EsParanza

Winwood- Virgin

-Jerry

Halen- Warner

-Def Leppard- Mercury

29 HYSTERIA

30 HOLDING ON-Steve

STONE- Foreigner-Atlantic

45 NO SMOKE WITHOUT A FIRE-Bad Company -Atlantic

28 SAY YOU

-INXS- Atlantic

I

44 HEART TURNS TO

11 WHEN WE WAS

13 DEVIL INSIDE

Horse

Alarm- I.R.S.

43 YOU TALK TOO MUCH-George Thorogood & The

10 UNDER THE MILKY WAY

12 BEDS ARE BURNING-Midnight Oil-Columbia

-Dark

42 RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME -The

6 WHEN IT'S LOVE

25

38 JUST LIKE PARADISE-David Lee Roth-Warner Bros. 40 DAMN GOOD -David Lee Roth-Warner Bros.

Winwood- Virgin 21 LOOK OUT ANY WINDOW -Bruce Hornsby & The

TALL COOL

8

-EMI

20 DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT THE NIGHT CAN DO-Steve

ONE- Robert Plant -EsParanza FOOLS -Robert Plant -EsParanza

3

5 ON THE

19 SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE-Robert Palmer

Halen-Warner

Artists

Come -Polydor

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label 1

GEORGE MICHAEL (6) Columbia

2 MICHAEL JACKSON (5) Epic 3

WHITNEY HOUSTON (4) Arista

4 TAYLOR DAYNE (3) Arista 5

DEBBIE GIBSON (4) Atlantic

6 PEBBLES (3) MCA 7

AL B. SURE! (3) Warner Bros.

8 JODY WATLEY (3) MCA 9 TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY

10 GLORIA ESTEFAN &

(3) Columbia

MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (3) Epic

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES

Top Pos. TITLE

Modern Rock Tracks

-Artist -Label

1

PEEK -A- BOO -Siouxsie & The Banshees-Geffen

2

WHAT

3

DESIRE

4

ALL THAT MONEY WANTS -Psychedelic Furs -Columbia

I

AM -Edie Brickell & New

-U2- Island

Bohemians- Geffen

6

BACK ON THE BREADLINE- Hunters &

7

CAROLYN'S FINGERS-Cocteau Twins

8 I'VE GOT A FEELING

-The

Collectors- I.R.S.

-4 A.D.

Screaming Tribesmen

-

Rykodisc

-Jon

5 PUT THIS LOVE TO THE TEST

Astley-Atlantic

9

THE KILLING JAR -Siouxsie & The Banshees

10 JUST PLAY

-Geffen MUSICI-Big Audio Dynamite -Columbia

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER24, 1988

//

1

/7 Columbia

Top Black

Singles Pos. TITLE

-Artist -Label

WANT HER -Keith Sweat -Vintertainment 2 GIRLFRIEND-Pebbles -MCA 1

I

3 JUST GOT PAID -Johnny Kemp -Columbia 4

Top Black Singles Labels

WANT TO BE YOUR MAN -Roger-Reprise

I

5 TWO OCCASIONS

-The

Deele -Solar

6

LOVE CHANGES -Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan -Arista

7

NITE AND DAY

-Al

B. Sure! -Warner Bros.

-LeVert- Atlantic

8 MY FOREVER LOVE 9 JOY

-Teddy Pendergrass- Elektra

-

OVERBOARD-Gladys Knight & The Pips-MCA

10 LOVE

11 IF YOU CAN DO IT:

I

-Melisa Morgan

CAN TOO!!

Capitol

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles) 1

2

'N' SLOW- Freddie Jackson-Capitol WISHING WELL-Terence Trent D'Arby -Columbia MAKE IT LAST FOREVER -Keith Sweat (Duet With Jacci

COLUMBIA (49) MCA (39)

12 NICE

3 EPIC (28)

13

4 CAPITOL (24)

14

McGhee)-Vintertainment 15 DA'BUTT (FROM THE FILM 'SCHOOL

-Al

DAZE')- E.U. -EMI

20

Sure!- Warner Bros. THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL-Michael Jackson -Epic TO PROVE MY LOVE -Michael Cooper- Warner Bros. MAMACITA- Troop-Atlantic MERCEDES BOY-Pebbles -MCA

21

SKELETONS- Stevie Wonder- Motown

16 OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL) 17 18

19

-Miki

22 BABY, BE MINE

B.

25 SHAKE YOUR THANG

MOTOWN (26)

6

WARNER BROS. (23)

7

ARISTA (23)

8 ATLANTIC (25) 9 EMI (16) 10 JIVE 11

(18)

A&M (17)

12 ELEKTRA 13

Howard-Atlantic

(10)

VIRGIN (16)

14 SOLAR (11)

23 DON'T BE CRUEL -Bobby Brown -MCA 24 SIGN YOUR NAME -Terence Trent

5

15 WING (7)

D'Arby- Columbia

-Salt -N -Pepa

Featuring E.U. -Next

Top Black Singles Artists

Plateau 26 LITTLE WALTER-Tony! Toni! Tone!-Wing

FISHNET- Morris Day -Warner Bros. 28 LOOSEY'S RAP -Rick James Featuring Roxanne Reprise 27

Shante-

29 MY PREROGATIVE -Bobby Brown -MCA

30 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME-Katyn White -Warner Bros. 31 GROOVE ME

-Guy- Uptown

32 SHE'S ON THE LEFT -Jeffrey Osborne 33

I

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label

-A &M

1

LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE -Natalie Cole -EMI

2

34 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL-Earth, Wind & Fire35 KEEP RISIN' TO THE TOP -Doug

E.

Columbia

3 LEVERT

Fresh & The Get

6 AL B. SURE! (3) Warner Bros. 7

39 WATCHING YOU-Loose Ends-MCA 40 SOMETHING JUST AIN'T RIGHT -Keith Sweat

Vintertainment

-

9

MICHAEL (5) Columbia

STEVIE WONDER (3) Motown

10 NATALIE COLE (3) EMI

42 IF IT ISN'T LOVE-New Edition -MCA

11

-LeVert-Atco

44 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR

-Billy

(1) Geffen MELI'SA MORGAN (1) Arista (2) Capitol

12 GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (3) MCA

Ocean -Jive

13 EARTH,

000 LA LA LA -Teena Marie-Epic 46 SO EMOTIONAL-Whitney Houston-Arista 45

47 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS

GO- Whitney

Houston

14

-

WIND & FIRE (4) Columbia

BOBBY BROWN (2) MCA

15 FULL FORCE

(4) Columbia

16 TEDDY PENDERGRASS

Arista

(2) Elektra

17 TONY! TONI! TONE! (3) Wing

48 ROSES ARE RED-The Mac Band Featuring The

18 TONY TERRY (4) Epic

McCampbell Brothers-MCA

19 KOOL MOE DEE

49 BORN NOT TO KNOW -Tony! Toni! Tone! -Wing 50 YOU WILL

-Lisa

21

Lisa & Cult Jam

Featuring Full Force -Columbia

23 NEW EDITION (2) MCA

24 FREDDIE JACKSON (4) Capitol

53 TAKE YOUR TIME -Pebbles -MCA

-Miki

25 BILLY OCEAN (3) Jive

Howard (Duet With Gerald

LeVert)-Atlantic

-LeVert-Atlantic

80 THAT GIRL WANTS TO DANCE WITH

56 FLIRT-Evelyn 'Champagne' King-EMI 57 SOME KIND OF LOVER

-Jody

81

Jackson -Epic

82 NO 1/2 STEPPIN' -Shanice Wilson

60

84 ROCKET 2 U-The Jets -MCA

61

WILD, WILD WEST-Kool Moe Dee -Jive

85 PUMP UP THE

BOAT- Midnight Star Featuring

Ecstacy Of Hodini -Solar

Terry-Epic

67 LOVE STRUCK -Jesse Johnson

-New

Edition -MCA

-A &M

Pips -MCA

(WITH YOUR

LOVE)- R.J.'s Latest

75 RUN TO

-Arista

ME- Angela Winbush- Mercury

76 I'LL PROVE IT TO

IT- Stevie

YOU- Gregory

Abbott -Columbia

Wonder & Michael Jackson-Motown

DECEMBER 24, 1988

37 THE JETS (4) MCA

-Jive

38 JODY WATLEY (3) MCA

39 SHANICE WILSON (3) A &M

40 KASHIF (3) Arista

(1) Capitol

93 PIANO IN THE DARK-Brenda Russell Featuring Joe

41 MILES JAYE (2) Island

-A &M

42 MORRIS DAY (3) Warner Bros.

94 PINK CADILLAC -Natalie Cole -EMI

YOU- Earth,

Wind & Fire

43 D.J.

-- Columbia

JAllY JEFF

& THE FRESH PRINCE (2) Jive

44 STACY LATTISAW (3) Motown

96 LET'S DO IT AGAIN -George Benson -Warner Bros.

45 JESSE JOHNSON (2) A &M

97 STATIC -James Brown-Scotti Bros.

46 THE TEMPTATIONS (3) Motown

98 DIRTY DIANA-Michael Jackson -Epic

-The O'Jays- P.I.R.

74 LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY-Whitney Houston

35 EVELYN 'CHAMPAGNE' KING (2) EMI

36 VANESSA WILLIAMS (2) Wing

FIGURE- George Michael- Columbia

95 THINKING OF

I

73 LET ME TOUCH YOU

34 MICHAEL COOPER (3) Warner Bros.

Lattisaw- Motown

92 LET'S START LOVE OVER-Miles Jaye -Island

Esposito

THIS -Alexander O'Neal

Featuring Cherrelle -Tabu

l

33 TROOP (2) Atlantic

89 PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND -D.J. Jazzy Jeff &

91 FATHER

Williams -Wing 70 LOVIN' ON NEXT TO NOTHIN'- Gladys Knight & The

Arriva -EM

32 TEENA MARIE (2) Epic

90 NOTHING CAN COME BETWEEN US -Sade -Epic

Jasper -CBS Associated

ROGER (2) Reprise

(1) Warner Bros. & B'Way

ME- Kiara- Arista

The Fresh Prince

69 THE RIGHT STUFF -Vanessa

72 OFF THE HOOK

31

Thomas-Capitol 88 THE BEST OF

66 2 A.M. -Teddy Pendergrass -Elektra

71 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE

30 JAMES BROWN (2) Scotti Bros.

VOLUME- M /A /R/R /S --4th

87 EVERY DROP OF YOUR LOVE -Stacy

65 YOU'RE NOT MY KIND OF GIRL

-Chris

-A &M

GOOD TO YA ?

86 WANNA MAKE LOVE (ALL NIGHT LONG)-Lillo

62 MY GIRL -Suave -Capitol

68 SUPERBAD

29 PRINCE (4) Paisley Park

-da'Krash- Capitol

83 WASN'T

I

MIKI HOWARD (3) Atlantic

28 E.U. (1) EMI

(1) Next Plateau

LADY- Stephanie Mills -MCA ALPHABET ST.- Prince -Paisley Park

64 LOVEY DOVEY -Tony

27

ME- Gregory

COME INTO MY LIFE -Joyce Sims -Sleeping Bag

59 SECRET

63 DON'T ROCK THE

26 SADE (2) Epic

Hines -Epic

Watley -MCA

ME- Michael

58 ANOTHER PART OF

LOVE- Luther Vandross-Epic ALL IN MY MIND -Full Force -Columbia ANY

79

55 SWEET SENSATION

ANGELA WINBUSH (4) Mercury

22 THE DEELE (2) Solar

KEITH SWEAT

52 I'M REAL -James Brown-Scotti Bros. 54 THAT'S WHAT LOVE IS

(3) Jive

20 JOHNNY KEMP (2) Columbia

KNOW- Stevie Wonder -Motown

51 SOMEONE TO LOVE ME FOR ME

BILLBOARD

WHITNEY HOUSTON (5) Arista

8 GEORGE

41 PARADISE -Sade -Epic

77 GET

D'ARBY (4) Columbia

5 TERENCE TRENT

38 HUSBAND -Shirley Murdock-Elektra

43 ADDICTED TO YOU

Vintertainment

4 KEITH SWEAT (4)

Jackson -Epic Michael -Columbia

-Michael

37 ONE MORE TRY -George

(4) Atlantic

(1) Atco

Fresh Crew -Reality /Danya 36 MAN IN THE MIRROR

MICHAEL JACKSON (6) Epic PEBBLES (4) MCA

99 GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT

I

GOT

-Anita

Baker

-

47 HOWARD HEWETT (2) Elektra

(1) Arista

Elektra 100 KNOCKED OUT -Paula

48 CHRIS JASPER (2) CBS Associated

Abdul- Virgin

MICHAEL JACKSON`?

49 ALEXANDER O'NEAL (3) Tabu 50 STEPHANIE MILLS (4) MCA

Y-23

Top Black Albums Pos. TITLE

-Artist-Label

52 GOIN' OFF

Markie -Cold Chillin'

53 LOVESEXY- Prince-Paisley Park

3 FAITH -George

55

6

D'ARBY- Terence Trent D'Arby-Columbia WHITNEY-Whitney Houston -Arista CHARACTERS-Stevie Wonder- Motown

7

EVERLASTING -Natalie Cole -EMI

8

ALL OUR LOVE -Gladys Knight & The Pips-MCA

5

-AI

9 IN EFFECT MODE

SHARP-Angela

11

56 THE REAL CHUCKEEBOO-Loose Ends -MCA 57 RAPTURE -Anita Baker -Elektra 58 A SALT WITH A DEADLY

-Kool

Warner Bros. 61

Winbush- Mercury

LIVING LARGE

Productions -Jive

I'M THE RAPPER-D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The

... -Heavy

16 LET ME TOUCH YOU

D. &

The Boyz -MCA

-Salt-N -Pepa -Next STRANGER -The Deele -Solar

69 WONDERFUL -Rick

James- Reprise 70 FLIRT-Evelyn 'Champagne' King -EMI 71 FOREVER AND EVER -Howard Hewett -Elektra

21 JODY WATLEY-Jody Watley-MCA

72 FOREVER YOURS -Tony

22 DON'T BE CRUEL -Bobby Brown -MCA

73

HEARSAY- Alexander O'Neal -Tabu 24 UNLIMITED!-Roger- Reprise 23

Howard-Atlantic

76 SIMPLE PLEASURES-Bobby McFerrin

-LeVert-Atlantic

77 HOOKED ON

28 DANA DANE WITH FAME-Dana Dane -Profile 29 SECRETS OF FLYING -Johnny Kemp -Columbia

78 80

-

33 IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK

Public Enemy -Def Jam 34 IF

I

WERE YOUR

35 LETHAL -UTFO- Select 37 PAID IN FULL-Eric B. & Rakim

38 DON'T LET LOVE SLIP

-4th

AWAY- Freddie

81 SUPERSONIC -THE ALBUM

Jackson -Capitol

McCampbell Brothers-MCA 88 BIGGER & DEFFER-L.L. Cool 89 SCHOOL

J

-Def Jam

DAZE- Soundtrack-EMI

90 ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM -Aretha 91

LILLO -Lillo Thomas-Capitol

92 BABY TONIGHT-Marlon Jackson-Capitol

Temptations-Motown

-Guy-

Robinson- Motown

47 MAGIC -The Jets-MCA 48 OPEN SESAME -Whodini -Jive 49 JUST BETWEEN

-A &M

Lattisaw-Motown GEAR-Stetsasonic-Tommy Boy

Franklin-Arista Kane -Cold Chillin'

44 GOOD LOVE -Melisa Morgan -Capitol 45 GUY Uptown 46 ONE HEARTBEAT -Smokey

DREAM-Jeffrey Osborne

87 THE MAC BAND -The Mac Band Featuring The

42 MILES -Miles Jaye-Island 43 TOGETHER AGAIN -The

Fad-Ruthless

85 PERSONAL ATTENTION -Stacy

40 LOVE CHANGES LONG

-J.J.

82 A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW -Shirley Murdock-Elektra 83 TELL IT TO MY HEART -Taylor Dayne-Arista

& B'Way

39 THE WORLD'S GREATEST ENTERTAINER -Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew -Reality /Danya

-Kashif- Arista LIVE THE KANE-Big Daddy

-EMI

TROOP- Troop -Atlantic

86 IN FULL

36 WHO?-Tony! Toni! Tone! -Wing

-EMI

EXPOSURE- Exposé-Arista

84 ONE LOVE-ONE

WOMAN-Stephanie Mills -MCA

-

LOVE- Clarence Carter- Ichiban

79 DAY BY DAY -Najee

30 TEAR DOWN THESE WALLS -Billy Ocean-Jive 31 TOUGHER THAN LEATHER- Run -D.M.C. -Profile 32 HEART BREAK -New Edition -MCA

Terry-Epic

COLORS- Soundtrack- Warner Bros.

74 DIANNE REEVES-Dianne Reeves -Blue Note 75 GUESS WHO'S COMIN' TO THE CRIB? -Full Force Columbia

26 STRONGER THAN PRIDE-Sade -Epic 27 THE BIG THROWDOWN

-Uni

B. & Rakim

-A &M

68 JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME-The Whispers-Solar

Plateau

20 STRICTLY BUSINESS -EPMD -Fresh

-Mild

-Eric

66 THE RIGHT STUFF-Vanessa Williams -Wing 67 SPANISH FLY-Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam -Columbia

-The O'Jays- P.I.R.

18 HOT, COOL & VICIOUS

25 LOVE CONFESSIONS

64 FOLLOW THE LEADER

65 GET HERE -Brenda Russell

17 JOY -Teddy Pendergrass-Elektra 19 EYES OF A

Arista I'M REAL -James Brown-Scotti Bros.

62 COME INTO MY LIFE-Joyce Sims -Sleeping Bag 63 BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY -Boogie Down

Fresh Prince-Jive 15

G-

60 DUOTONES-Kenny

Moe Dee -Jive

WORLD- Earth, Wind & Fire -Columbia PEBBLES -Pebbles -MCA

14 HE'S THE D.J.,

-

59 LOVE IS SUCH A FUNNY GAME-Michael Cooper

12 TOUCH THE 13

PEPA- Salt -N -Pepa -Next

Plateau

B. Sure! -Warner Bros.

10 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW

-2

Live Crew -Luke Skyywalker DAYDREAMING- Morris Day -Warner Bros.

54 MOVE SOMETHIN'

Michael--Columbia

4 THE HARDLINE ACCORDING TO TERENCE TRENT

41

-Biz

MAKE IT LAST FOREVER-Keith Sweat -Vintertainment 2 BAD-Michael Jackson -Epic 1

US-Gerald Albright -Atlantic

50 NAKED TO THE WORLD -Teena Marie-Epic 51 KOOL & DEADLY- Just - Ice -Fresh

93 TOUCH AND GO-Force M.D.'s -Tommy Boy 94 YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW-Public Enemy

-Def

-

Jam 95 THE RIGHT NIGHT AND BARRY WHITE -Barry White A& M 96 I'M YOUR PLAYMATE -Suave -Capitol

97 DISCOVERY -Shanice Wilson

-A &M

98 JONATHAN BUTLER -Jonathan Butler -Jive 99 GLENN JONES -Glenn Jones

-Jive

100 TRACY CHAPMAN -Tracy Chapman-Elektra

MCA RECORDS Top Black Album Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

MCA (15)

2 COLUMBIA (20) 3

8 MOTOWN

(8)

WARNER BROS. (12)

10 ATLANTIC (9)

ELEKTRA (8)

(8)

Top Black

Distributing Labels

28 FREDDIE JACKSON (2) Capitol

(1) Columbia 5 WHITNEY HOUSTON (1) Arista 6 STEVIE WONDER (1) Motown

30 LEVERT (1) Atlantic

SALT -N -PEPA (2) Next Plateau

33 BILLY OCEAN (1) Jive

42 BIG DADDY KANE (1) Cold Chillin'

JAllY

JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE (1) Jive

HEAVY D. & THE BOYZ (1) MCA

(1) P.I.R.

35 NEW EDITION (1) MCA 36 STEPHANIE MILLS

(I)

MCA

37 PRINCE (2) Paisley Park 38 UTFO (1) Select 39 TONY! TONI! TONE! (1) Wing

40 DOUG

E.

/

FRESH & THE GET FRESH CREW (1)

Reality Danya 41 KASHIF (1) Arista 43 NAJEE (2) EMI

44 MILES JAYE (1) Island

45 THE TEMPTATIONS

(I)

Motown

20 TEDDY PENDERGRASS (1) Elektra

46 MELI'SA MORGAN (1) Capitol

21 THE DEELE (1) Solar

47 GUY (1) Uptown

2 COLUMBIA (82)

22 EPMD (1) Fresh

48 SMOKEY ROBINSON (1) Motown

3 WARNER BROS. (85)

23 JODY WATLEY (1) MCA

49 THE JETS (1) MCA

24 BOBBY BROWN (1) MCA

50 WHODINI (1) Jive

4 EPIC /PORTRAIT /ASSOCIATED 5

Y-24

DANA DANE (1) Profile

32 JOHNNY KEMP (1) Columbia

16 PEBBLES (1) MCA

18

MCA (61)

31

34 RUN -D.M.C. (1) Profile

19 THE O'JAYS

1

29 SADE (1) Epic

(1) EMI 9 GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (1) MCA 10 AL B. SURE! (1) Warner Bros. 11 KOOL MOE DEE (1) Jive 12 ANGELA WINBUSH (1) Mercury 13 ERIC B. & RAKIM (1) 4th & B'Way (1) Uni 14 EARTH, WIND & FIRE (1) Columbia 15 PUBLIC ENEMY (2) Def Jam 17 D.J.

Pos. DISTRIBUTING LABEL (No. of charted albums & singles)

Atlantic

MICHAEL JACKSON (1) Epic 3 GEORGE MICHAEL (1) Columbia

8 NATALIE COLE

(11)

12 PROFILE

27 MIKI HOWARD (1)

2

7

JIVE (13)

6 CAPITOL (18)

11

26 ROGER (1) Reprise

KEITH SWEAT (1) Vintertainment

4 TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY

VINTERTAINMENT (1) 14 A&M (10) 15 DEF JAM (6) 13

5 EPIC (10)

9

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

4 ARISTA (13)

7 EMI

Top Black Album Artists

ARISTA (42)

(53)

25 ALEXANDER O'NEAL (1) Tabu

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Top Dance Sales 12 -Inch

Top Dance Club Play Singles -

Pos. TITLE

Singles Pos. TITLE

1

-Will To Power -Epic WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY -Blue Mercedes -MCA 4 SO EMOTIONAL (REMIX)- Whitney Houston -Arista 3

5 SYSTEM OF

-MCA

SURVIVAL

(REMIX)- Earth,

-

& B'Way

/I

12

-Jive

13

(REMIX)- Debbie Gibson-Atlantic NEVER LET YOU GO-Sweet Sensation-Atco CHAINS OF LOVE- Erasure -Sire SAYIN' SORRY (DON'T MAKE IT RIGHT)- Denise Lopez- Vendetta

9 10

14

15

TRAMP/PUSH IT -Salt -N -Pepa -Next Plateau

16 SHAKE YOUR THANG

19 THE RIGHT STUFF -Vanessa

Sales

WANT HER -Keith Sweat -Vintertainment 22 NITE AND DAY B. Sure! -Warner Bros. I

-Al

23 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE -The Communards -MCA 24 NIGHTIME (REMIX) -Pretty Poison -Virgin

-Nia

25 TROUBLE

26 ROCKET 2

U

1

(REMIX) -The Jets-MCA

5

(REMIX)- Terence Trent D'Arby-

Atlantic

(REMIX)-Gladys Knight

& The

(2) Columbia

8 MICHAEL JACKSON (3) Epic

(1) Motown 9

Pips -MCA

JOHNNY KEMP (2) Columbia

10 PRETTY POISON

(3) Virgin

SENSATION (1) Atco (1) Next Plateau

11 SWEET

34 TELL IT TO MY HEART -Taylor Dayne -Arista 35 PERFECT LOVER- Company Atlantic

B-

37 SO EMOTIONAL (REMIX)

13 AL B. SURE!

-Whitney Houston -Arista

-Innercity- Virgin

38 BIG FUN

39 LOVER'S LANE (REMIX) -Georgio -Motown 40 IT TAKES TWO -Rob Base & D.1.

E -Z Rock -Profile K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (REMIX) -Siedah Garrett -Qwest 42 ROLL WITH IT -Steve Winwood -Virgin

41

43 DON'T BE CRUEL-Bobby Brown -MCA

20

-Eric B. & Rakim 46 DON'T MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELF (REMIX)- Stacey

-Uni

45 FOLLOW THE LEADER

Q- Atlantic

(REMIX)- Earth,

18 TAYLOR DAYNE (2)

Arista (1) 4th & B'Way TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY (3) Columbia GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (2) MCA KEITH SWEAT (2) Vintertainment ERASURE (1) Sire

19 M /A /R /R/S

DA'BUTT- E.U. -EMI

47 THINKING OF YOU

(3) LMR (3) Warner Bros. 14 BOBBY BROWN (2) MCA 15 THE JETS (4) MCA 16 SAMANTHA FOX (2) Jive 17 J.1. FAD (1) Dream Team (1) Ruthless 12 STEVIE B

-S- Express -Capitol

36 THEME FROM S- EXPRESS

Wind & Fire

Columbia

-Ten City-Atlantic LET'S GO- Nocera-Sleeping Bag BAD (REMIX) -Michael Jackson -Epic

-

21

22 23

50

Top Dance

Labels

Sales

25 INFORMATION SOCIETY (1) Tommy Boy

charted singles)

MCA (53)

5

7

CAPITOL (37)

6 RCA

9 SIRE

10 EMI

(17) (22)

8 WARNER BROS.

(10)

11

9 NEXT PLATEAU

(8)

12 MERCURY (21)

11

(7)

ARISTA (8)

12 EMI (9) 13

CAPITOL (14)

14

VENDETTA (7)

15 4TH

IILLBOARD

4TH & B'WAY (16)

13 A &M

(21)

14 CHRYSALIS (19) 15 NEXT PLATEAU (15)

RCA (10)

14

15

RECORDS DECEMBER 24, 1988

JELLYBEAN (4) Chrysalis

7

THE JETS (2) MCA

8 S-EXPRESS (2) Capitol 9

10 4TH & B'WAY 11 SIRE

(3) Columbia

6 GEORGE MICHAEL (4) Columbia

(9)

(10)

MICHAEL JACKSON (3) Epic (3) MCA

10 JODY WATLEY 11 GEORGIO

(12)

CHRYSALIS (13) MOTOWN (5)

(2) Motown

12 DEPECHE MODE 13 14 15 16

(3) Sire NIA PEEPLES (2) Mercury M /A /R/R /S (I) 4th & B'Way JOHNNY KEMP (2) Columbia NOEL (2) 4th & B'Way SWEET SENSATION (1) Atco (1) Next Plateau WILL TO POWER (1) Epic

Top Combined

17

Dance

19 GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (2) MCA 20 TAYLOR DAYNE (2) Arista

Distributing Labels

& B'WAY (7)

3 EARTH, WIND & FIRE

5

(17)

(25) 8 ARISTA (18)

2 WHITNEY HOUSTON (2) Arista 4 BLUE MERCEDES (3) MCA

7 EPIC

EPIC (11)

10 SIRE

7

13 A &M (12)

COLUMBIA (20) VIRGIN (15) (10)

ARISTA (10)

12 MERCURY

ATLANTIC (27)

6 JIVE

6

3 ATLANTIC (55)

2

(7)

VIRGIN (23)

2 COLUMBIA (46)

3

5 RCA

5

(14) 9 EMI (13) Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles clubs & sales)

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label 1 RICK ASTLEY (3) RCA

4 CAPITOL (23)

8 EPIC

4 VIRGIN (38)

4

I MCA (23) 2 COLUMBIA (26) 3 ATLANTIC (28)

Dance Labels

MCA (30)

1

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles)

Top Combined 1

Pos. LABEL (No. of

Top Dance Club Top Dance Club Play Labels Play Artists

24 DENISE LOPEZ (1) Vendetta

48 DEVOTION 49

25 DIVINE EMOTIONS-Narada- Reprise

SALT-N -PEPA (3) Next Plateau

7 EARTH, WIND & FIRE

Jackson -Epic

44

Chrysalis

49 GOT A NEW LOVE-Good Question-Paisley Park 50 LOVE OVERBOARD (REMIX) -Gladys Knight & The Pips -MCA

6 JODY WATLEY (3) MCA

(REMIX)- Debbie Gibson-Atlantic MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) -Michael

33 LOVE OVERBOARD

24 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE -Was (Not Was)

RICK ASTLEY (3) RCA

4 DEBBIE GIBSON (3)

OUT OF THE BLUE

32 THE WAY YOU

47 SENDIN' ALL MY LOVE -The Jets-MCA 48 JUST A MIRAGE (REMIX)-Jellybean -Chrysalis

3 PEBBLES (3) MCA

Columbia 31

45 I'M TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND -Two Men A Drum Machine & A Trumpet- I.R.S. 46 IT TAKES TWO-Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock -Profile

Wind & Fire

23 INSTINCTUAL -Imagination -RCA

Artists

-

-

2 GEORGE MICHAEL (4) Columbia

28 TOGETHER FOREVER (REMIX) -Rick Astley -RCA 29 BOY, I'VE BEEN TOLD- Sa- Fire-Cutting/Mercury

30 WISHING WELL

(REMIX)- Earth,

CUTS)- Stevie Wonder- Motown LOVE- Raze --Columbia DANCE (LP CUTS)- Madonna -Sire

42 CHARACTERS (LP 43 BREAK 4

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label

Peeples- Mercury

LOVE-Stevie B-LMR

27 SPRING

39 CHAINS OF LOVE- Erasure-Sire 40 TOGETHER FOREVER (REMIX)-Rick Astley-RCA 41 THE RIGHT STUFF -Vanessa Williams -Wing

44 YOU CAN

Columbia

Top Dance

SKELETONS- Stevie Wonder- Motown

20 21

38 WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND -Information Society-Tommy Boy

BOY-Pebbles -MCA MONKEY (REMIX) -George Michael -Columbia

22 THINKING OF YOU

Williams -Wing

37 BLUE MONDAY/TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD -New Order -Qwest

Jackson-Epic

Plateau

(REMIX)-George Michael-Columbia

18 MONKEY

MERCEDES

Columbia

GIRLFRIEND -Pebbles -MCA

17

16 17

20 NEVER LET YOU GO -Sweet Sensation-Atco 21 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (REMIX)- Earth, Wind & Fire

To Power -Epic

-Salt-N -Pepa -Next

36 K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (REMIX) -Siedah Garrett -Qwest

-The Communards -MCA SOME KIND OF LOVER (REMIX)-Jody Watley-MCA LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY-Whitney Houston -Arista PROVE YOUR LOVE (REMIX) -Taylor Dayne -Arista

19 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL ( REMIX)- Michael

Boy 14

34 THE PROMISE -When In Rome -Virgin 35 ADVENTURE -Eleanor-Columbia

Shop Boys

-S- Express -Capitol BEHIND THE WHEEL /ROUTE 66- Depeche Mode -Sire

18

KIND OF LOVER (REMIX)-Jody Watley-MCA 12 WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND -Information Society-Tommy

ITS GONNA RAIN (REMIX) -Will SUPERSONIC-J.J. Fad -Dream Team

-Pet

DONE TO DESERVE THIS?

-

33 BIG FUN -Innercity-Virgin

15 THEME FROM S- EXPRESS

11 SOME

13 SAY

I

-A &M

& Dusty Springfield-EMI

Fox

8

Capitol 31 LIKE A CHILD-Noel -4th & B'Way 32 ROCKET 2 U (REMIX) -The Jets-MCA

11 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE

SURRENDER-Samantha

SHAKE YOUR LOVE

7

JUST GOT PAID -Johnny Kemp-Columbia

Wind & Fire

Columbia 6 NAUGHTY GIRLS (REMIX)

9

10 WHAT HAVE

Twins -Arista

30 DON'T LOOK ANY FURTHER (REMIX) -The Kane Gang

Astley-

TROUBLE-Nia

Peeples- Mercury I'M BEGGIN' YOU (REMIX)-Supertramp

'88-Thompson

29 JINGO (REMIX) -Jellybean- Chrysalis

-EMI

(REMIX)-Rick

8

7

VOLUME-M /A /R/R /S-4th

4 PUMP UP THE

Cole

28 IN THE NAME OF LOVE

RCA

JUST GOT PAID -Johnny Kemp-Columbia

3 MERCEDES BOY -Pebbles

CADILLAC-Natalie

6 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

Astley-

Plastic Population -Columbia

I

5 PINK

-Artist -Label

RCA 2

26 LOVER'S LANE (REMIX) -Georgio- Motown 27 DOCTORIN' THE HOUSE-Coldcut Featuring Yazz & The

& B'Way

2 SAY IT'S GONNA RAIN (REMIX)

NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (REMIX) -Rick

1

Artist -Label VOLUME-M /A /R /R/S --4th

PUMP UP THE

18

21

PET SHOP BOYS (4) EMI 22 PEBBLES (2) MCA

23 NATALIE COLE (1) EMI 24 SUPERTRAMP (1) A &M 25 PET SHOP BOYS & DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (1) EMI

2 WARNER BROS. (63) 3

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles clubs & sales) 1

MCA (61)

COLUMBIA (50)

4 ATLANTIC (68) 5

POLYGRAM (46)

Y-25

Top Adult

Contemporary

Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label

STEVE WINWOOD

1

(2)

2 3

Virgin

(2)

Island

GLORIA ESTEFAN & MIAMI SOUND MACHINE (4) Epic WHITNEY HOUSTON (5) Arista

4 GEORGE

MICHAEL (4) Columbia

5 RICK ASTLEY

(3)

RCA

6 RICHARD MARX (3) EMI 7

ELTON JOHN (4) MCA

8

ERIC CARMEN (1) Arista

(1) RCA 9

BREATHE

(2)

A &M

10 BELINDA CARLISLE (3) MCA 11

NATALIE COLE

(3)

EMI

12 BILLY OCEAN (2) Jive 13 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE (2) RCA

14 GEORGE HARRISON (3) Dark Horse 15 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

HILL

16 DAN

(2)

(3)

Columbia

STEVE WINWOOD

Columbia

17 DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES (2)

Arista

Warner Bros. MICHAEL JACKSON (5) Epic MICHAEL BOLTON (3) Columbia JOHNNY HATES JAll (3) Virgin JAMES TAYLOR (2) Columbia

18 FLEETWOOD MAC (3)

19

GLORIA ESTEFAN Iii MIAMI SOUND MACHINE

20 21

22

Adult Contemporary

Top

23 CHICAGO

(2)

24 FOREIGNER

Reprise

(2)

Atlantic

25 BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES (1) RCA

Singles Pos. TITLE 1

25 HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS-Richard Marx-EMI

-Artist -Label

27 SHATTERED DREAMS -Johnny Hates

GO- Whitney Houston-

Oates- Arista MIND SET ON

3 GOT MY

YOU- George

Harrison -Dark

29 PIANO IN THE DARK -Brenda Russell Featuring Joe 1

ANYTHING FOR YOU -Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound

31

2

-Artist -Label FAITH- George Michael-Columbia DIRTY DANCING -Soundtrack -RCA

Machine -Epic

32

I

3

KICK

-A&M

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL -Eric Carmen -Arista

'DIRTY DANCING') -Eric

7 HUNGRY EYES (FROM

Carmen -RCA 8 NEVER

GONNA GIVE YOU UP-Rick Astley -RCA

DON'T WANNA GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT-Elton

9 I

John -MCA I

COULD LOVE) -Dan

Hill-

THE VALLEY ROAD-Bruce Hornsby & The Range -RCA

(I'VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE -Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes-RCA LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE -Natalie Cole -EMI

14 SHE'S LIKE THE

WIND- Patrick

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE

NIGHTS- Richard Marx -EMI YOU -Taylor Dayne- Arista

-The

I

6

36

38

41

42

Collins- Atlantic TRUE LOVE-Glenn Frey -MCA THAT'S WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT-Michael Bolton

-Pink

Floyd

-

WITH IT -Steve Winwood -Virgin

-

Springsteen -Columbia 13 CLOUD NINE -George Harrison -Dark Horse 14 LONESOME JUBILEE

-John

Cougar

Mcllencamp-

22 DIESEL & DUST -Midnight Oil -Columbia 23 HEAVY

NOVA- Robert

Palmer-EMI

24 ABBEY ROAD -The Beatles -Capitol 25 REG STRIKES BACK-Elton John -MCA

-

26 CROSSROADS

-Eric

Clapton-Polydor

Little Feat -Warner Bros. 28 MORE DIRTY DANCING -Soundtrack -RCA 29 LET IT LOOSE- Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine 27 LET IT ROLL

-

Epic

Mercury 15 STRONGER

THAN PRIDE-Sade -Epic

30

COCKTAIL- Soundtrack-Elektra

-The

Winwood- Virgin I

WANT IS YOU -Carly Simon

-Arista

19 ROLL WITH IT -Steve

47 CANDLE IN THE WIND -Elton John -MCA

20 ONE MORE

48 ONE STEP UP -Bruce Springsteen -Columbia

Winwood- Virgin TRY-George Michael-Columbia

-Billy

Winwood -Island

49 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR

Ocean-Jive

22 EVERYWHERE -Fleetwood Mac-Warner Bros. 23 ONE GOOD WOMAN-Peter Cetera

-Epic

-EMI

21 SIMPLE PLEASURES -Bobby McFerrin

Beach Boys -Elektra

46 ALL

-Steve

-Sire /Fly

20 NAKED -Talking Heads

12 TUNNEL OF LOVE-Bruce

Columbia

YOU-Foreigner-

Atlantic

21 VALERIE

-A

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION -Guns N' Roses -Geffen 8 NOW AND ZEN -Robert Plant -EsParanza 9 BAD-Michael Jackson

Bros.

-U2- Island

7

10 A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

-Van Halen- Warner

19 THE JOSHUA TREE

45 DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT THE NIGHT CAN DO?-Steve

Jets -MCA

DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT

18 OU812

CHAPMAN -Tracy Chapman -Elektra &M NOTHING LIKE THE SUN-Sting

11 ROLL

44 KOKOMO (FROM THE 'COCKTAIL' SOUNDTRACK)

D'ARBY-Terence Trent D'Arby -Columbia

-Def Leppard- Mercury

Columbia

Astley -RCA 40 GROOVY KIND OF LOVE -Phil

43 PARADISE -Sade -Epic

17 MAKE IT REAL

18

5 TRACY

34

Michael-Columbia COULD'VE BEEN -Tiffany -MCA MAN IN THE MIRROR -Michael Jackson-Epic NEVER DIE YOUNG -James Taylor- Columbia PERFECT WORLD -Huey Lewis & The News -Chrysalis TOGETHER FOREVER-Rick Astley -RCA

...

Range -RCA 17 THE HARDLINE ACCORDING TO TERENCE TRENT

-INXS- Atlantic

33 FATHER FIGURE -George

Swayze Featuring Wendy

Fraser-RCA 15 ENDLESS SUMMER 16

LOVE- Chicago-

39 IT WOULD TAKE A STRONG STRONG MAN-Rick

Columbia

I

DON'T WANNA LIVE WITHOUT YOUR

4 HYSTERIA

35

16 SCENES FROM THE SOUTHSIDE -Bruce Hornsby & The

Pos. TITLE

Reprise

37

10 NEVER THOUGHT (THAT

13

-A &M

-Billy Ocean-Jive HEART OF MINE -Boz Scaggs- Columbia

Esposito

4 HANDS TO HEAVEN -Breathe

12

Top Pop Compact Disks

30 THE COLOUR OF LOVE

Horse

11

Jazz-Virgin

28 EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES -Daryl Hall & John

Arista

6

& Miami Sound Machine -Epic

26 1- 2-

Sound Machine -Epic 2 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS

5

3- Gloria Estefan

CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM YOU-Gloria Estefan & Miami

-Full

Moon

50 ONE MOMENT IN TIME -Whitney Houston -Arista

24 SEASONS CHANGE -Exposé- Arista

Top Adult

Columbia

(s)

Contemporary Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles) 1

COLUMBIA

2

ARISTA

3 RCA

(20)

(15)

4 MCA (23) 5

EPIC (18)

6 EMI (8) 7

Y-26

(30)

VIRGIN (9)

8 A &M (14) 9

ATLANTIC

10 ELEKTRA 11

(13)

(8)

WARNER BROS. (8)

12 ISLAND (3) 13 MERCURY

(8)

14 JIVE (4) 15 CAPITOL (7)

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24,

1988

Top Classical

Albums Pos. TITLE 1

2

-Artist-Label

HOROWITZ PLAYS MOZART -Vladimir Horowitz -DG BAROQUE MUSIC FOR TRUMPETS -Wynton MarsalisCBS

3 4

HOROWITZ IN MOSCOW-Vladimir Horowitz -DG MENDELSSOHN: VIOLIN CONCERTO -Nadja Salerno -

Sonnenberg-Angel 5

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. Players (Norrington) -Angel

6 THE MOVIES GO TO THE 7

9- London Classical

OPERA- Various Artists -Angel

BEETHOVEN: PIANO CONCERTO NO. Perahia -CBS

5- Murray

'RING' WITHOUT WORDS -Berlin Philharmonic (Maazel) -Telarc

8 WAGNER: THE

9 THE

ACADEMY PLAYS OPERA-Academy of St. Martin -in-

the- Fields-Angel 10

BRAHMS: DOUBLE CONCERTO -Isaac Stern, Yo -Yo

Ma-

CBS

JOHN WILLIAMS

VERDI: REQUIEM -Dunn, Curry, Hadley, Plishka

11

(Shaw) -Telarc

AKHNATEN--Stuttgart State Opera (Davies)

12 GLASS:

CBS

-

13

BACH: CHACONNE/PARTITA/CELLO SUITE-Andrés Segovia -MCA

14

CHOPIN: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION- Arthur

Top Classical Crossover

Rubinstein -RCA HOLST: THE PLANETS -Boston Pops (Williams)-Philips

15

LOVE- Boston Pops (Williams)- Philips CARNAVAL-Wynton Marsalis -CBS 18 FINZI: CLARINET CONCERTO--English String Orchestra

Albums

16 POPS IN

VLADIMIR HOROWITZ

17

(Boughton)- Nimbus WHITE MAN SLEEPS -The Kronos

Quartet- Nonesuch -MCA PLEASURES OF THEIR COMPANY -Kathleen Battle, Christopher Parkening-Angel

19

20 RODRIGO /PONCE/TORROBA- Andrés Segovia 21

VIVALDI: THE FOUR SEASONS-St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Zukerman) -CBS

22

23

ADAMS: NIXON IN CHINA-Sylvan, Maddalena, Page (De Waart)- Nonesuch

Pos.

Top Classical Artists

1

TITLE-Artist -Label BY REQUEST

...

THE BEST OF JOHN Pops (Williams) -Philips

WILLIAMS- Boston

BUST-Don Dorsey-Telarc HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST HITS -Cincinnati Pops

2 BEETHOVEN OR 3

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

2 3

24

SCHUMANN: CELLO CONCERTO-Yo -Yo Ma-CBS

4

25

ALBENIZ/TARREGA/TORROBA- Andrés Segovia-MCA

5

VLADIMIR HOROWITZ (3)

ANDRES SEGOVIA (3) MCA 7 JOHN WILLIAMS (BOSTON POPS) (2) Philips 8 NEVILLE MARRINER (1) Angel 6

DG

WYNTON MARSALIS (3) CBS ROGER NORRINGTON (3) Angel

9

NADJA SALERNO- SONNENBERG (1) Angel MURRAY PERAHIA (4) CBS

(Kunzel)-Telarc

LORIN MAAZEL (1) Telarc

10 YO -YO

-Kiri

4

KIRI SINGS GERSHWIN

5

VOLARE-Luciano Pavarotti (Mancini)- London

Te Kanawa -Angel

6 BACH ON ABBEY ROAD-John Bayless-ProArte

MA (4) CBS

7

FLAMENCO GUITAR-Paco Pena -Nimbus

8 GERSHWIN: OF THEE

I

SING /LET 'EM EAT CAKE

Orchestra of St. Luke's (Tilsos Thomas) -CBS

Top Classical Labels Pos. LABEL (No. 1

CBS (20)

2

ANGEL (13)

of charted albums)

(8)

3 DG

4 TELARC

(9)

LONDON /L'OISEAU LYRE (11) 6 MCA (3) 5

7

NIMBUS (4)

8

NONESUCH (5)

9

PHILIPS (3)

10 RCA

BILLBOARD

Top Combined

Classical Labels

-

9 JAMES GALWAY'S GREATEST HITS-James Galway -RCA 10 THE ALBUM-London Sinfonietta (Rattle)

JAll

-Angel

CAROUSEL -Barbara Cook, Samuel Ramey-MCA 12 THE SCARLATTI DIALOGUES -Bob James -CBS 13 A LOVE UNTIL THE END OF TIME -Placido Domingo CBS 11

-

GERSHWIN- Various Artists -CBS

14 CLASSIC

-Kiri

15 MY FAIR LADY

Te Kanawa, Jeremy Irons -London

Pos. LABEL (No.

of charted classical 8 classical crossover albums) 1

CBS (30)

2

ANGEL (20)

3 TELARC

(14)

6

(9) PHILIPS (7) LONDON (13)

7

RCA (9)

8

PROARTE (10) NIMBUS (6) MCA (4)

4 DG 5

(4)

9

10

Top Classical

Crossover Artists

Top Classical Crossover

Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1 TELARC (5) 2

CBS (10)

3 ANGEL

(7)

4 PHILIPS (4) 5

LONDON

(2)

6

PROARTE

(5)

7 RCA (5)

8 9

NIMBUS MCA (1)

(2)

10 GLOBAL PACIFIC

Pos. ARTIST (No. 1

(I)

of charted albums) Label

ERICH KUNZEL (4) Telarc

(1) ProArte 2 JOHN

WILLIAMS (2) Philips

3

KIRI TE KANAWA (1) Angel (1) London

4

DON DORSEY (1) Telarc

5

6

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (1) London JOHN BAYLESS (1) ProArte

7

PACO PENA (1) Nimbus

(1) CBS 8 JAMES GALWAY (2) RCA 9

10

DECEMBER 24, 1988

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS (1) CBS SIMON RATTLE (1) Angel

Y-27

DIANE SCHUUR

WYNTON MARSALTS

Top Jazz

Album Artists

Top Contemporary Jazz Albums Pos. 1

2 3 4 5

TITLE- Artist -Label DIANNE REEVES -Dianne Reeves -Blue Note TIME AND TIDE -Basia-Epic SIMPLE PLEASURES -Bobby McFerrin -EMI GO- Hiroshima -Epic DOLPHIN SMILES-Steve Kindler & Teja Bell -Global

4 JOE

Pacific STILL LIFE (TALKING) -Pat Metheny Group-Geffen 7 AND YOU KNOW THAT. -Kirk Whalum-Columbia 8 STORIES WITHOUT WORDS-Spyro Gyra -MCA 9 CLOSE -UP -David Sanborn -Reprise 10 BRASIL -The Manhattan Transfer-Atlantic Jazz

5

11

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label

WYNTON MARSALIS (2) Columbia 2 DIANE SCHUUR & COUNT BASIE ORCH. (1) GRP 3 BRANFORD MARSALIS (2) Columbia 1

WILLIAMS (1) Verve ELLA FITZGERALD (1) Verve ELIANE ELIAS

6

(2)

Blue Note /Denon

MULLIGAN (1) ProJazz

7 GERRY

Top Jazz Albums

6

REFLECTIONS- George Howard -MCA

12 RITES OF SUMMER-Spyro Gyra -MCA 13 IF THIS BASS COULD ONLY TALK-Stanley

Portrait 14 KILIMANJARO -Rippingtons

Featuring Russ Freeman

-

Pos. TITLE

Passport Jazz

Benoit -GRP COLLABORATION- George Benson & Earl Klugh-WB DUOTONES -Kenny G- Arista

9 HENRY

BUTLER (1) MCA /Impulse

(tie) ORNETTE COLEMAN & PRIME TIME (1) Portrait (tie)

10

2 EVERY

16

3 STANDARD TIME -Wynton

17

18 THE GIFT OF TIME-Jean -Luc Ponty-Columbia 19 PORTRAIT

-Lee

4 RENAISSANCE -Branford

20 POLITICS -Yellowjackets-MCA

-EMI GOOD NEWS -Fattburger -Intima /Enigma TEARS OF JOY -Tuck & Patti -Windham Hill DISCOVERY -Larry Cárlton -MCA

Fitzgerald-Verve 6 SYMPHONIC DREAMS-Gerry

21 DAY BY DAY-Najee

7

22

8 THE

23 24

Howard

-TBA

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label

Contemporary Jazz Labels

MCA

1

SPYRO GYRA

2

DIANNE REEVES (1) Blue Note

3

BASIA (1) Epic

(2)

4 BOBBY McFERRIN 5 GEORGE

(1) TBA

(1) EMI

HOWARD (1) MCA

6

HIROSHIMA (1) Epic

KINDLER 8 TEJA BELL (1) Global Pacific 8 PAT METHENY GROUP (I) Geffen 9 KIRK WHALUM (1) Columbia 7 STEVE

10

DAVID SANBORN (1) Reprise (1) Warner Bros.

-

Brecker-MCA /Impulse

10 VIRGIN BEAUTY-Ornette Coleman & Prime Time

Portrait BRAZILIAN ROMANCE-Sarah Vaughan -CBS Masterworks

11

12

Top Contemporary Jazz Artists

GOT

I

MICHAEL BRECKER -Michael

9

Mulligan -ProJazz

-Betty Carter -Verve VILLAGE -Henry Butler- MCA /Impulse

LOOK WHAT

25 THE VERY BEST OF GEORGE HOWARD- George

Clarke-

Marsalis-Columbia Marsalis-Columbia

ELLA IN ROME -THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT-Ella

5

Ritenour -GRP

STILL LIVE -Keith Jarrett-ECM

13 KALEIDOSCOPE

-Mike Metheny- MCA /Impulse

14 LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY-Wynton 15 16

Top

NIGHT -Joe Williams -Verve

15 EVERY STEP OF THE WAY-David

8 BETTY CARTER (1) Verve 10 MICHAEL BRECKER (1) MCA /Impulse

-Artist-Label

DIANE SCHUUR-COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA-Diane Schuur -Count Basie Orchestra -GRP

1

Marsalis- Columbia

BORDERTOWN- Bennie Wallace -Blue Note TRIBUTE TO COUNT BASIE -Gene Harris-Concord Jazz

17 THEN AND

NOW- Grover

Washington

Jr.- Columbia

-Mike

Lawrence-Optimism 19 CROSS CURRENTS -Eliane Elias -Blue Note 20 RANDOM ABSTRACT -Branford Marsalis-Columbia 18 NIGHTWIND

21 ILLUSIONS -Eliane Elias

22

I

-Blue

Note /Denon

THOUGHT ABOUT YOU -Shirley Horn -Verve

23 REFLECTIONS

-Bill

-

Watrous -Soundwings

24 FUTURE EXCURSIONS -Henry Johnson

MCA /Impulse Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums)

25 TALKIN' 'BOUT YOU -Diane Schuur -GRP

Columbia

MCA (11)

1

(3)

2 EPIC

Top Jazz

3 EMI (6) 4 GRP

(8)

Labels

5 COLUMBIA (6) 6

TBA

7

BLUE NOTE (1)

8

WARNER BROS.

(6)

JAll

(3)

(12)

9 ATLANTIC

10 GLOBAL PACIFIC

(1)

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

COLUMBIA (8) (5)

2 VERVE

®MCA

RECORDS

Top

Combined Jazz

Distributing Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted contemporary 8 jazz albums) 1

MCA

(26)

2 COLUMBIA (15) 3 GRP (13) 4 POLYGRAM (13) 5 EMI

(10)

3 MCA /IMPULSE

(5)

4 GRP (3) 5

BLUE NOTE

6

PROJAll (3)

7

IMPULSE (4)

(6)

8 PORTRAIT (1) 9 CBS MASTERWORKS (1) 10 ECM (1)

(tie)

10 SOUNDWINGS (2)

(tie)

Top Combined Jazz Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted contemporary & jazz albums) 1

COLUMBIA (14)

2 GRP (12) 3

MCA (12)

4 VERVE 5

(5)

BLUE NOTE (7)

6 EPIC (3) 7

MCA /IMPULSE (5)

8 EMI (6) 9 TBA (12) 10

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Top Country

Shelton- Columbia 61 THAT'S WHAT YOUR LOVE DOES TO ME -Holly Dunn

-

MTM

Singles

BELIEVE- Ronnie McDowell-Curb

62 IT'S ONLY MAKE

63 WHEELS -Restless Heart -RCA

ANYMORE- Shenandoah -Columbia LIFETIME-Larry, Steve, Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers -Columbia

64 SHE DOESN'T CRY Pos. TITLE

65 LOVE OF A

-Artist -Label

DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES-Keith Whitley -RCA IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND -Rosanne Cash -Columbia

1

2

3 SET

66 WORKIN' MAN (NOWHERE TO GO)

'EM UP JOE -Vern Gosdin -Columbia

4 STRONG ENOUGH TO

67 ONE STEP FORWARD

BEND -Tanya Tucker -Capitol

7

-Columbia

COULDN'T LEAVE YOU IF

I

I

TRIED- Rodney

Crowell

-

70 SATISFY

-Earl

WILL WHISPER YOUR NAME -Michael Johnson -RCA O'Kanes- Columbia 74 WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME THIS TIME -Foster & Lloyd -RCA 76 GOODBYE TIME-Conway 77 SANTA FE

83 DESPERATELY

-

-Eddie Rabbitt-RCA

26 (DO YOU LOVE ME) JUST SAY YES-Highway 101

Warner Bros.

36 THIS MISSIN' YOU HEART OF MINE-Sawyer Brown

AGAIN- Alabama -RCA WON'T TAKE LESS THAN YOUR LOVE-Tanya Tucker

With Paul Davis & Paul Overstreet -Capitol

-Charley

Pride

16th Avenue

Capitol /Curb 37 SUMMER WIND -The Desert Rose Band -MCA /Curb 38 I TOLD YOU SO -Randy Travis -Warner Bros.

RCA /Curb

-

41

Jr.- Warner/Curb

35 LIFE TURNED HER THAT WAY-Ricky Van

Shelton-

-

52 BLUE TO THE

Bickhardt-

53 THE GIFT -The 55

I

-Reba McEntire

-

MCA 46 FAMOUS LAST WORDS OF A

FOOL- George Strait -MCA

47 TALKIN' TO THE WRONG MAN -Michael Martin Murphey

Mattea- Mercury

BONE- Sweethearts

Of The Rodeo

-

McCarters- Warner

56 BUTTON OFF MY SHIRT-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 57 ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME

-Don

Williams

89 TEAR STAINED LETTER 90

-T. Graham

59 TIMELESS AND TRUE LOVE

I

-Jo -El

Sunnier -RCA

KNOW HOW HE FEELS -Reba McEntire -MCA

91 THAT'S MY

JOB- Conway Twitty-MCA

92 OUT OF SIGHT AND ON MY MIND

-Billy Joe

-

Royal

Atlantic America

-Nitty

Gritty Dirt Band -Warner Bros.

94 AMERICANA -Moe Bandy-Curb 95 TELL ME TRUE -Juice Newton -RCA

-

Capitol 58 THE LAST RESORT

-

McDaniel -Capitol

Mercury

93 OH WHAT A LOVE

Bros.

DON'T HAVE FAR TO FALL-Skip Ewing-MCA HAVE YOU -Glen Campbell -MCA

-Mel

88 DON'T GIVE CANDY TO A STRANGER -Larry Boone

Columbia

Warner Bros. 42 TWINKLE, TWINKLE LUCKY STAR-Merle Haggard-Epic 43 OLD FOLKS- Ronnie Milsap & Mike Reid -RCA 45 LOVE WILL FIND ITS WAY TO YOU

Cash-Columbia

51 UNTOLD STORIES-Kathy

I

44 BABY I'M YOURS -Steve Wariner-MCA

TRAIN- Rosanne

49 TRUE HEART-The Oak Ridge Boys -MCA 50 TENNESSEE FLAT TOP BOX- Rosanne Cash -Columbia

54

Strait-MCA 33 YOUNG COUNTRY -Hank Williams 32 BABY BLUE -George

With Ryan Murphey-Warner Bros. 48 HONKY TONK MOON -Randy Travis -Warner Bros.

I'M GONNA MISS YOU, GIRL -Michael Martin Murphey

31 CRY, CRY, CRY-Highway 101 -Warner Bros.

34 RUNAWAY

-

40 GIVE A LITTLE LOVE -The Judds (Wynonna & Naomi)

30 SHOULDN'T IT BE EASIER THAN THIS

-

Williams -Capitol Mattea- Mercury

87 REAL GOOD FEEL GOOD SONG

Columbia

39 NEW SHADE OF BLUE -Southern Pacific -Warner Bros.

Thomas

Conley -RCA I

Rodriguez

86 SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE -Reba McEntire-MCA

28 FALLIN' 29

HAD)- Johnny

MTM

24 DON'T WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT-Ricky Van Shelton

Columbia

I

85 GIVERS AND TAKERS-Schuyler, Knobloch &

23 GONNA TAKE A LOT OF RIVER -The Oak Ridge Boys

MCA

-Don

84 GOIN' GONE-Kathy

22 HE'S BACK AND I'M BLUE -The Desert Rose Band

MCA /Curb

DIDN'T (EVERY CHANCE Capitol I

82 STRANGERS AGAIN -Holly Dunn -MTM

BAKERSFIELD- Dwight Yoakam & Buck

Owens- Reprise FACE TO FACE-Alabama -RCA

27 WHAT SHE IS (IS A WOMAN IN LOVE) -Earl

Bellamy Brothers -MCA/Curb

-The

Bros. 81

AND A DOZEN ROSES -Kathy

Mattea- Mercury

25 THE WANDERER

Sonnier -RCA

79 TOUCH AND GO CRAZY-Lee Greenwood-MCA 80 I'VE BEEN LOOKIN' -Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Warner

BIT IN LOVE -Patty Loveless-MCA I'LL ALWAYS COME BACK -K.T. Oslin -RCA

21

-Jo -El

Twitty-MCA

78 LETTER HOME -The Forester Sisters -Warner Bros.

17 A LITTLE

20 STREETS OF

I

75 NO MORE ONE MORE TIME

Thomas Conley

WANNA DANCE WITH YOU -Eddie Rabbitt -RCA 15 TOO GONE TOO LONG-Randy Travis -Warner Bros. 16 I SHOULD BE WITH YOU -Steve Wariner -MCA

19 EIGHTEEN WHEELS

-Vern Gosdin -Columbia YOU-Sweethearts Of The Rodeo-Columbia

73 ONE TRUE LOVE -The

I

18

Judds- RCA/Curb

Brothers -MCA /Curb 72

With Emmylou Harris -RCA 14

-

I'LL GIVE YOU ALL MY LOVE TONIGHT-The Bellamy

71

-T.

13 WE BELIEVE IN HAPPY ENDINGS

Desert Rose Band

69 DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW

ADDICTED-Dan Seals -Capitol Graham Brown -Capitol

12 DARLENE

-The

68 TURN IT LOOSE-The

Columbia 8 IF IT DON'T COME EASY -Tanya Tucker-Capitol 9 I'M GONNA GET YOU -Eddy Raven -RCA 10 JOE KNOWS HOW TO LIVE -Eddy Raven -RCA 11

Gritty Dirt

MCA /Curb

BLUEST EYES IN TEXAS -Restless Heart -RCA 6 IT'S SUCH A SMALL WORLD- Rodney Crowell & Rosanne 5

Cash

-Nitty

Band -Warner Bros.

Brown -Capitol

-The McCarters- Warner

Bros. 60 I'LL LEAVE THIS WORLD LOVING YOU -Ricky Van

96

I

WISH THAT

I

COULD FALL IN LOVE

TODAY- Barbara

Mandrell -Capitol 97 JUST ONE KISS -Exile -Epic 98 LYIN' IN HIS ARMS AGAIN -The Forester Sisters

-

Warner Bros. 99 ONE FRIEND -Dan Seals -Capitol 100 THE FACTORY -Kenny Rogers-RCA

Top Country Singles Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted singles) Label 1

ROSANNE CASH (4) Columbia

2 RANDY TRAVIS 3 RICKY

(5) Warner Bros.

VAN SHELTON (4) Columbia

4 THE DESERT ROSE BAND (4) MCA/Curb 5 REBA

McENTIRE (4) MCA

8 VERN GOSDIN (3) Columbia

WILLIAMS JR. (4) Warner /Curb (1) Mercury (1) BGM 10 GEORGE STRAIT (4) MCA 9 HANK

11

TANYA TUCKER (5) Capitol

14 NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND (4) Warner Bros. 15 EDDIE RABBITT (3) RCA 16 STEVE WARINER (4) MCA 17

KEITH WHITLEY (4) RCA

18 THE BELLAMY BROTHERS (4) MCA /Curb 19 CONWAY

TWITTY (5) MCA

6 KATHY MATTEA

12 K.T. OSLIN (4) RCA

20 DON WILLIAMS (3) Capitol

7

13 RESTLESS HEART (3) RCA

21

(4) Mercury HIGHWAY 101 (4) Warner Bros.

Top Country Singles Labels

THE O'KANES (4) Columbia

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted singles)

22 MERLE HAGGARD (4) Epic

I

23 T. GRAHAM BROWN (3) Capitol

2 CBS

24 PATTY LOVELESS (4) MCA

3

MCA (71)

25 EDDY RAVEN (4) RCA

4

WARNER BROS. (50)

26 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS (4) MCA

5

CAPITOL (52)

27 MICHAEL JOHNSON (3) RCA

6

MERCURY (34)

28 ALABAMA (4) RCA

7

29 GLEN CAMPBELL (4) MCA

8 CURB

MTM (20) (13)

30 THE McCARTERS (3) Warner Bros. 31

RONNIE MILSAP (3) RCA

9

RCA (63)

(76)

16TH AVENUE (12)

10 ATLANTIC AMERICA (9)

32 LEE GREENWOOD (4) MCA 33 FOSTER & LLOYD (3) RCA 34 HOLLY DUNN (4) MTM

35 EXILE (4) Epic

36 DWIGHT YOAKAM (4) Reprise 37 BILLY JOE ROYAL (3)

Atlantic America

38 JO-EL SONNIER (4) RCA 39 DAN SEALS (3) Capitol

40 RODNEY CROWELL (3) Columbia 41 SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO (4) Columbia

42 CHARLEY PRIDE (3) 16th Avenue

43 SHENANDOAH (3) Columbia 44 MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY (3) Warner Bros. 45 SAWYER BROWN (3) Capitol /Curb 46 KENNY ROGERS (3) RCA

(1) Reprise 47 EARL THOMAS CONLEY (4) RCA 48 THE FORESTER SISTERS (3) Warner Bros.

49 SKIP EWING (3) MCA

50 RONNIE McDOWELL (3) Curb

70

Y-30

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Country Albums Top

Pos. TITLE

-Artist-Label

2

ALWAYS & FOREVER-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. WILD EYED DREAM -Ricky Van Shelton- Columbia

3

80'S LADIES -K.T. Oslin-RCA

1

4 BORN TO BOOGIE

-Hank Williams Jr.-Warner/Curb 2-George Strait-MCA

5

GREATEST HITS, VOL.

6

KING'S RECORD

7

THE ROYAL TREATMENT

SHOP- Rosanne

-Billy

Cash-Columbia

Royal- Atlantic

Joe

America

AIN'T LOVIN' YOU AIN'T

8 IF YOU

LIVIN'- George Strait

MCA

LAST ONE TO KNOW-Reba McEntire -MCA

9 THE 10

-

US- Alabama -RCA

JUST

STORMS OF LIFE -Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 12 GREATEST HITS -Reba McEntire -MCA 11

13 REBA

-Reba McEntire -MCA

HIGHWAY 101 -Highway 101 -Warner Bros. 15 HILLBILLY DELUXE -Dwight Yoakam- Reprise 14

16

CHILL FACTOR -Merle Haggard -Epic

17

HEART LAND -The

18

UNTASTED HONEY -Kathy

19

CHISELED IN STONE-Vern Gosdin-Columbia

20 TRIO

-Dolly

Judds- RCA/Curb Mattea- Mercury

Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris

Warner Bros.

-

LIKE YOU USED TO -Tanya Tucker-Capitol 22 GREATEST HITS-Alabama -RCA 21 LOVE ME

-

23 WHEELS -Restless Heart -RCA 24 MAPLE STREET MEMORIES

-The

Statler Brothers

Mercury

-Dan Seals-Capitol -Lyle Lovett-MCA /Curb STREAK-Hank Williams Jr.-Warner /Curb

25 THE BEST

26 PONTIAC 27 WILD

28 OLD 8 X 10 -Randy

Travis-Warner Bros. ALABAMA LIVE -Alabama -RCA

29

PROPERTY-George Strait -MCA -The Judds -RCA/Curb

30 OCEAN FRONT

31 ROCKIN' WITH THE RHYTHM

32 SHADOWLAND

-k.d.

lang-Sire -The Desert

33 DESERT ROSE BAND

-

Rose Band

MCA /Curb 34 SHELTER FROM THE NIGHT -Exile -Epic 35 DIAMONDS & DIRT-Rodney

Crowell- Columbia

36 COMIN' HOME TO STAY -Ricky Skaggs 37 HANK

'LIVE'-Hank Williams

38 CORNERSTONE

-Holly

Dunn

-Epic

Jr.- Warner/Curb

-MTM

-

39 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT -Sawyer Brown

Capitol /Curb 40

I

SHOULD BE WITH YOU -Steve Wariner -MCA TIMES ON EASY STREET -David Lynn Jones

41 HARD

Mercury

-

42 ONE TIME, ONE NIGHT -Sweethearts Of The Rodeo

Columbia 43

RIVER OF TIME -Michael

Martin Murphey-Warner Bros. WINDOWS -Patty Loveless-MCA

44 IF MY HEART HAD

45 GREATEST HITS

-The Judds- RCA/Curb

46 BUENAS NOCHES FROM A LONELY

RANDY TRAVIS

ROOM- Dwight

Yoakam-Reprise

-Keith Whitley -RCA RUNNIN' -The O'Kanes- Columbia 49 COME ON JOE -Jo -El Sonnier -RCA 47 DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES 48 TIRED OF THE

50 GUITARS, CADILLACS,

ETC.,

ETC.- Dwight Yoakam-

Top Country Album Artists

Reprise HEARTBEAT -The Oak Ridge Boys -MCA 52 A MAN CALLED HOSS-Waylon Jennings -MCA 51

53 GREATEST

HITS, VOL.

I

-Hank

Williams

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

Jr.-

-Dan

3 HANK

Seals -Capitol

-John Schneider -MCA STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE -Glen Campbell -MCA

55 GREATEST HITS 56

57 BIG DREAMS IN A 58 TOO

WILD TOO

59 NO REGRETS 60

SMALL

TOWN- Restless

Heart -RCA

Jones -Epic Bandy-Curb

LONG- George

-Moe

-T.

BRILLIANT CONVERSATIONALIST

Graham

Brown-

-Dolly Parton -Columbia -Becky Hobbs -MTM

63 ALL KEYED UP

64 STILL IN YOUR DREAMS -Conway

-The

67 LITTLE LOVE AFFAIRS

-Nanci Griffith -MCA

68 SWEETHEARTS OF THE

RODEO-Sweethearts

Of The

HITS- George Jones -Epic THE O'KANES -The O'Kanes- Columbia BORDERLINE- Conway Twitty-MCA

69 SUPER

71

ZUMA- Southern Pacific -Warner Bros. THIS IS MY COUNTRY -Lee Greenwood -MCA 74 THIS WOMAN -K.T. Oslin -RCA 72

ALABAMA (8) RCA

6

THE JUDOS (5) RCA /Curb

7

RICKY VAN SHELTON (2) Columbia

8 K.T. OSLIN (2) RCA

-

BILLY JOE ROYAL (2) Atlantic America 12 HIGHWAY 101 (2) Warner Bros. 13 RESTLESS HEART (2) RCA 14 DAN SEALS (2) Capitol 15 TANYA TUCKER (2) Capitol 11

(1) Epic

17 KATHY MATTEA (2) 18 VERN GOSDIN

Mercury (1) Columbia

19 DOLLY PARTON,

LINDA RONSTADT, EMMYLOU HARRIS

(1) Warner Bros.

Rodeo -Columbia 70

5

16 MERLE HAGGARD

Twitty -MCA

Forester Sisters -Warner Bros. 66 GREATEST HITS-Steve Wariner -MCA 65 YOU AGAIN

REBA McENTIRE (5) MCA

DWIGHT YOAKAM (3) Reprise 10 ROSANNE CASH (1) Columbia

I'M GONNA LOVE HER ON THE RADIO -Charley Pride 16th Avenue

62 RAINBOW

4

9

Capitol 61

(4) MCA WILLIAMS JR. (7) Warner /Curb

2 GEORGE STRAIT

Warner /Curb 54 RAGE ON

RANDY TRAVIS (3) Warner Bros.

20 STEVE WARINER (2) MCA 21 HOLLY DUNN (3) MTM 22 THE STATLER BROTHERS (2) Mercury 23 SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO (2) Columbia 24 LYLE LOVETT (1) MCA /Curb 25 THE O'KANES (2) Columbia

26 THE DESERT ROSE BAND (2) MCA /Curb 27 GEORGE JONES (3) Epic

28 EXILE (2) Epic 29 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS (2) MCA 30 CONWAY TWITTY (2) MCA 31 K.D. LANG (1) Sire

32 RODNEY CROWELL (1) Columbia 33 RICKY SKAGGS (1) Epic 34 SAWYER BROWN (2) Capitol/Curb

35 CHARLEY PRIDE (2) 16th Avenue 36 THE FORESTER SISTERS (3) Warner Bros. 37 PATTY LOVELESS (2) MCA 38 DAVID LYNN JONES (1) Mercury 39 T. GRAHAM BROWN (2) Capitol 40 LEE GREENWOOD (3) MCA

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY 42 WAYLON JENNINGS (2) MCA 43 KEITH WHITLEY (1) RCA 41

(I)

Warner Bros.

Top Country

Album Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

WARNER BROS. (32)

2 MCA (42)

44 JO-EL SONNIER (1) RCA

3 CBS

45 JOHN SCHNEIDER (1) MCA

4

RCA (30)

46 GLEN CAMPBELL (2) MCA 47 MOE BANDY (2) Curb

5

CAPITOL (13)

48 NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND (2) Warner Bros. 49 DOLLY PARTON (1) Columbia (1) RCA 50 BECKY HOBBS (1) MTM

(31)

6

MERCURY (7)

7

MTM (7)

8

ATLANTIC AMERICA (2) AVENUE (3)

9 16TH

10 CURB (3)

73

75 FOSTER &

IILLBOARD

LLOYD- Foster

& Lloyd -RCA

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Y-31

7 Top Videocassette Rentals 45 LIKE FATHER LIKE

Pos. TITLE-Manufacturer 1

2 3

LETHAL WEAPON- Warner Home Video FATAL ATTRACTION- Paramount Home Video

47 ACTION

6 NO WAY OUT

49 HOOSIERS-HBO Video

EASTWICK-Warner Home Video

-HBO

7 OUTRAGEOUS 8 ROBOCOP

-HBO

53 THE BELIEVERS -HBO Video

Home Video

54 BROADCAST NEWS-CBS -Fox Video

55 THE FOURTH PROTOCOL- Lorimar Home Video 56 SPACEBALLS -MGM /UA Home Video

Video

MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN -Orion Home Video 13 HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS -MCA Home Video Paramount Home Video 14 BEVERLY HILLS COP 12 THROW

II-

15 ADVENTURES IN

Entertainment

52 RIVER'S EDGE -Nelson Home Entertainment

STAKEOUT- Touchstone Home Video TIN MEN -Touchstone Home Video

11 PLATOON

50 THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS-CBS -Fox Video 51 MANNEQUIN -Media Home

Video

FORTUNE-Touchstone Home Video

-Orion

JACKSON- Lorimar Home Video

48 EMPIRE OF THE SUN -Warner Home Video

UNTOUCHABLES- Paramount Home Video

5 THE WITCHES OF

10

Home Video

46 SUMMER SCHOOL-Paramount Home Video

4 THE

9

SON- RCA /Columbia

DIRTY DANCING -Vestron Video

BABYSITTING- Touchstone Home Video

57 THE LAST EMPEROR -Nelson Home Entertainment

STONE- CBS -Fox Video AGAIN- Touchstone Home Video BUY ME LOVE-Touchstone Home

58 GARDENS OF 59 HELLO

60 CAN'T

-Tri -Star

16 BABY BOOM -CBS -Fox Video

61 THE PRINCIPAL

17 FULL METAL JACKET-Warner Home Video

62 BURGLAR- Warner Home Video 63 HAMBURGER HILL-Vestron Video

STREET- CBS -Fox Video 19 ROXANNE- RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video 20 RAISING ARIZONA-CBS -Fox Video 18 WALL

-CBS -Fox

21 OVERBOARD

64 FATAL

Video

Video

BEAUTY- MGM /UA

Home Video

65 LESS THAN ZERO -CBS -Fox Video 66 SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR

Video

22 THE PRINCESS BRIDE-Nelson Home Entertainment

PEACE- Warner Home

Video

23 SUSPECT -RCA /Columbia Home Video

67 CROCODILE DUNDEE-Paramount Home Video

24 ANGEL HEART-IVE

68 *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED -MCA Home Video

25 GOOD MORNING VIETNAM -Touchstone Home Video

69 FRANTIC -Warner Home Video

26 NUTS-Warner Home Video

70 HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE

27 THE LOST

BOYS-Warner

-Virgin

Vision

71 BEST SELLER-Vestron Video

Home Video

28 PREDATOR- CBS -Fox Video

72 AN AMERICAN TAIL-MCA Home Video

29 THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS -MCA Home Video

73 THE COUCH TRIP -Orion Home Video 74 FROM THE HIP -Lorimar Home Video

30 INNERSPACE -Warner Home Video

75 HOPE AND GLORY -Nelson Home Entertainment

31 THE BIG EASY-HBO Video

32 STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE

Home

33 PROJECT

79 MAID TO ORDER

Home Video

35 PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES- Paramount

BAMBA- RCA/Columbia Pictures Home

DRAGNET-MCA Home Video

DATE- RCA/Columbia Home Video MAN -Vestron Video

44 SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER

Homé Video

87

96 SHE'S HAVING A

Home Video

91 MALONE -Orion Home Video

97 MASQUERADE- CBS -Fox Video

COP- Paramount

Home Video

92 HAIRSPRAY- RCA/Columbia Home Video 93 FOR KEEPS -RCA /Columbia Home Video

98

88 BRADDOCK: MISSING IN ACTION III -Media Home

Home Video

ME- RCA /Columbia

94 HELLRAISER

Entertainment

Pictures

Top Videocassette Sales Pos. TITLE -Manufacturer 1

15

LADY AND THE TRAMP -Walt Disney Home Video

-

-Walt

17 PLAYBOY 1988 PLAYMATE VIDEO

4 STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE

HOME- Paramount

Home

18 KATHY

WITH JANE

FONDA- Lorimar

Home Video

OZ- MGM /UA

21 KATHY

JANE FONDA'S NEW WORKOUT- Lorimar Home Video

22 SCARFACE -MCA Home Video

9

DIRTY

10 SLEEPING BEAUTY

-Walt

11 TOP GUN -Paramount

12 THE SOUND OF 13 THE

WORKOUT-Lorimar Home

-J2

Communications

Home Video

#6- Lorimar

Home Video

Video 72 THE MAKING OF THE 'TOUCH OF GREY' VIDEO AND

-6

73 9

38 HERE'S MICKEY!-Walt Disney Home Video

74 DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS: THE BARE

ATTRACTION- Paramount Home Video 40 LETHAL WEAPON- Warner Home Video

75 THE LAST EMPEROR-Nelson Home Entertainment

MORE

-6

41 APOCALYPSE

NOW- Paramount

JOVI- SLIPPERY

43 BEVERLY HILLS COP

II-

THE TIMES-MCA Home Video 48 INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

Video

81 NO WAY OUT -HBO Video

-

82 EDDIE MURPHY RAW -Paramount Home Video 83 ROXANNE- RCA /Columbia Pictures Home Video 84 SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR

Paramount Home Video

85 WALL STREET -CBS-Fox Video

SPOCK- Paramount

86 PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES-Paramount

Home Video

Home Video 52 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK -Paramount Home Video

87 THE PRINCESS BRIDE -Nelson Home Entertainment

53 NOT SO GREAT MOMENTS IN SPORTS -HBO Video

88 TIN MEN -Touchstone Home Video

54 ROBOCOP -Orion Home Video

89 INNERSPACE -Warner Home Video 90 SUSPECT-RCA /Columbia Home Video

55 JANE FONDA'S WORKOUT WITH WEIGHTS -Lorimar

57 ANIMAL HOUSE -MCA Home Video

Home Video 93 DR. STRANGELOVE- RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video 94 BRADDOCK: MISSING IN ACTION III -Media Home

58 SUPERBOWL XXII NFC CHAMPIONS: WASHINGTON

REDSKINS-Fox Hills Video 59 DUCKTALES: FEARLESS FORTUNE HUNTER

EMPIRE OF THE SUN-Warner Home Video 92 DISNEY SING -ALONG SONGS: HEIGH HO! -Walt Disney 91

Home Video 56 GEORGE MICHAEL-FAITH -CBS Music Video Enterprises

-Walt

Home Video

Disney

Entertainment 95 DRAGNET -MCA Home Video

60

96 *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED -MCA Home Video

61 DOCTOR

97 HAMBURGER

MOONSTRUCK- MGM /UA Home Video ZHIVAGO- MGM /UA Home Video 62 THE CURE IN ORANGE -Elektra Entertainment 63 PREDATOR- CBS -Fox Video 64 LA BAMBA- RCA /Columbia Pictures Home Video

Y-32

PEACE- Warner Home

Video

50 CINDERELLA-Walt Disney Home Video

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR

BABYSITTING- Touchstone Home Video

80 THE THOLIAN WEB -Paramount Home Video

49 PLATOON-HBO Video 51

EASTWICK- Warner Home Video

77 STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE -Paramount Home

79 ADVENTURES IN

UNTOUCHABLES- Paramount Home Video

'0'

Disney Home Video

78 BEN -HUR- MGM /UA Home Video

46 WHITE CHRISTMAS -Paramount Home Video 47 SIGN

-Walt

76 THE WITCHES OF

Home Video

WHEN WET -PolyGram Video Paramount Home Video

Disney Home Video 45 THE

West Home Video

1/2 WEEKS -MGM /UA Home Video

NECESSITIES

44 DISNEY SING ALONG SONGS: YOU CAN FLY! -Walt

27 MADONNA CIAO ITALIA: LIVE FROM ITALY-Warner

Reprise Video

--

36 YELLOW SUBMARINE -MGM /UA Home Video West Home Video 37 GRATEFUL DEAD -SO FAR

42 BON

26 KATHY SMITH'S STARTING OUT -Fox Hills Video

GODFATHER- Paramount Home Video

-Touchstone

-!CI Video

IV- Coliseum Video

FORTUNE-Touchstone Home Video MGM /UA Home Video 69 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN 70 FULL METALJACKET- Warner Home Video 68 OUTRAGEOUS

39 FATAL

Video 25 DORF ON GOLF

Home Video

MUSIC -CBS -Fox Video

14 GOOD MORNING VIETNAM

23 KATHY SMITH'S ULTIMATE VIDEO WORKOUT 24 JANE FONDA'S EASY GOING

Disney Home Video

Home Video

SMITH'S WINNING WORKOUT -Fox Hills Video

AN AMERICAN TAIL -MCA Home Video Home Video

67 WRESTLEMANIA

71 STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN -Paramount Home

Video 35 PLAYBOY VIDEO CENTERFOLD

20 CROCODILE DUNDEE -Paramount Home Video

7

WALL- MGM /UA DANCING -Vestron Video

66 ELVIS '56 -Media Home Entertainment

30 PINOCCHIO-Walt Disney Home Video 31 PLAYBOY'S 1988 PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR -HBO Video

CALENDAR- Lorimar

SMITH'S BODY BASICS -JCI Video

6

8 PINK FLOYD THE

65 BACK TO THE FUTURE-MCA Home Video

Disney Home Video

34 MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK -Walt Disney Home Video

19 THE WIZARD OF

Video 5 START UP

-Walt

32 BEVERLY HILLS COP- Paramount Home Video 33 DUCKTALES: DAREDEVIL DUCKS-Walt Disney Home

Disney Home Video

Home Video

Lorimar Home Video

World Video

29 ALICE IN WONDERLAND

MICKEY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION -Walt Disney Home

16 MARY POPPINS

Home Video

99 CINDERELLA -Walt Disney Home Video 100 BORN IN EAST L.A.-MCA Home Video

28 DEF LEPPARD: HISTORIA -PolyGram Music Video

Video

CALLANETICS -MCA Home Video 3 JANE FONDA'S LOW IMPACT AEROBIC WORKOUT 2

-New

MOVING-Warner

Home Video

95 SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL-Paramount Home Video

89 WHO'S THAT GIRL -Warner Home Video

Home Video

BABY- Paramount

90 THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR-MCA Home Video

-Warner

Fox Video

86 BARFLY

MOONSTRUCK- MGM /UA Home Video

RAW- Paramount

KILL- Touchstone

84 THE BEDROOM WINDOW-Vestron Video 85 REVENGE OF THE NERDS II: NERDS IN PARADISE-CBS-

41 THE RUNNING

43 EDDIE MURPHY

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC -New World Video

83 SHOOT TO

39 LADY AND THE TRAMP -Walt Disney Home Video

40 BLIND

-IVE

82 MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE -Warner Home Video

Video

38 EXTREME PREJUDICE -IVE

42

Video

80 NADINE -CBS -Fox Video 81

Home Video 37

ARTIST- CBS -Fox

IRONWEED-Vestron Video 78 ISHTAR- RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video

X- CBS -Fox Video

D.O.A.-Touchstone

36 LA

76 THE PICK -UP 77

Video 34

HOME- Paramount

HILL- Vestron

Video

98 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES-CBS -Fox Video

99 STAKEOUT- Touchstone Home Video 100 HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS -MCA Home Video

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24,

1988

Top Kid Videocassettes Pos. TITLE -Manufacturer

Disney Home Video THE SWORD IN THE STONE -Walt Disney Home Video 16 BUGS!- MGM /UA Home Video 17 WINNIE THE POOH AND THE HONEY TREE -Walt Disney

LADY AND THE TRAMP -Wah. Disney Home Video 2 AN AMERICAN TAIL -MCA Horne Video 1

15

-Walt Disney Home Video PINOCCHIO-Walt Disney Home Video 5 ALICE IN WONDERLAND-Walt Disney Home Video 6 DUMBO -Walt Disney Home Video 7 HERE'S MICKEY!-Walt Disney Home Video 3 SLEEPING BEAUTY 4

8 DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS: HEIGH -HO!

-Walt

Home Video 18 HERE'S DONALD!

Disney

Home Video

21

WINNIE THE POOH AND TIGGER TOO -Walt Disney Home Video 10 MICKEY & MINNIE -Walt Disney Home Video 9

13 ROBIN HOOD

Top Music

14

-Walt -Walt

DUCKTALES: DAREDEVIL DUCKS-Walt Disney Home

22 DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS: YOU CAN FLY! -Walt

Disney Home Video 23 DUCKTALES: FEARLESS FORTUNE HUNTER -Walt Disney

Home Video

12 DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS:THE BARE

NECESSITIES

Disney Home Video

Video

MICKEY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION -Walt Disney Home Video

11

-Walt

WINNIE THE POOH AND A DAY FOR EEYORE-Walt Disney Home Video 20 MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK -Walt Disney Home Video 19

24 DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS:

Disney Home Video

ZIP-A-DEE-D0O-DAH-

Walt Disney Home Video

Disney Home Video

25 DUCKTALES: HIGH- FLYING HERO -Walt Disney Home

WINNIE THE POOH AND THE BLUSTERY DAY -Walt

Video

Videocassettes

R7"Y

Top

Pos. TITLE -Manufacturer

$19.98 HOME VID CLIFF'EM ALL! Entertainment

1

(Metallica)- Elektra

Videodisks

SLIPPERY WHEN WET -PolyGram Video AEROSMITH'S VIDEO SCRAPBOOK- CBS -Fox Music ,

2 3

ia Cr

Video

-A &M

4

STING: THE VIDEOS PART

5

ONE NIGHT OF RAPTURE -Elektra Entertainment

6

CV- Virgin

7

SO FAR

8

9

-6

1

Video

Pos. TITLE-Manufacturer

-Orion Home Video LETHAL WEAPON- Warner Home Video 4 PLATOON -HBO Video 2 ROBOCOP

West Home Video WHITESNAKE: THE TRILOGY- Geffen Home Video KICK -THE VIDEO FLICK -Atlantic Video

10 THE CURE IN ORANGE

DIRTY DANCING -Vestron Video

1

Music Video

3

5 STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE

-Elektra Entertainment

HOME- Paramount

Home

Video

UNTOUCHABLES- Paramount Home Video BEVERLY HILLS COP Paramount Home Video 8 THE PRINCESS BRIDE-Image Entertainment 6 THE

Top

II-

7

9 LADY AND THE

Recreational

TRAMP -Walt Disney Home Video

PREDATOR- CBS -Fox Video

10

Sports Videocassettes Pos. 1

Top Health

TITLE- Manufacturer AUTOMATIC GOLF -Simitar Entertainment, Inc. Communications

2 DORF ON GOLF

-J2

THE FOOTBALL FOLLIES -Fox Hills Video 4 GOLF MY WAY WITH JACK NICKLAUS- Wor!dvision Home 3 THE BEST OF

Video 5

ARNOLD PALMER: PLAY GREAT GOLF VOL.

1- Vestron

and Fitness Videocassettes

Video KNIGHT OF BASKETBALL -Kartes Video Communications

6 A

Pos. TITLE -Manufacturer 1

MOMENTS IN SPORTS -HBO Video SUPERBOWL XXII NFC CHAMPIONS: THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS -Fox Hills Video

7 NOT SO GREAT 8

9 DORF

10

-12

AND THE FIRST GAMES OF MOUNT OLYMPUS

2

3

CALLANETICS-MCA Home Video JANE FONDA'S LOW IMPACT AEROBIC WORKOUT Lorimar Home Video

'LAURA McKENZIE'S

JANE FONDA'S NEW WORKOUT-Lorimar Home Video SMITH'S BODY BASICS -JCI Video

TRAVEL TIPS HAWAII'

-

4 KATHY

Communications

5

CHARLIE LAU: THE ART OF HITTING 300 -Best Film & Video Corp.

RICHARD SIMMONS AND THE SILVER Home Video

6

KATHY SMITH'S ULTIMATE VIDEO WORKOUT -JCI Video JANE FONDA'S EASY GOING WORKOUT- Lorimar Home

7

FOXES- Lorimar

Top Hobbies

Video 8 START UP WITH JANE 9 A WEEK

10 KATHY

FONDA- Lorimar

Home Video

'CALLANETICS'

WITH RAQUEL-HBO Video

SMITH'S WINNING WORKOUT -Fox Hills Video

Top Business

and Education Videocassettes

and Crafts Videocassettes Pos. 1

TITLE- Manufacturer LAURA McKENZIE'S TRAVEL TIPS -HAWAII- Republic Pictures Corp.

2 CHEF 1

-J2

PAUL PRUDHOMME'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN, VOL.

Communications MICROWAVE -JCI Video PAUL PRUDHOMME'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN, VOL.

3 YES YOU CAN 4 CHEF

Pos. TITLE -Manufacturer 1

6 7

VIDEO AQUARIUM -The Video Naturals Co. PLAY BRIDGE WITH OMAR SHARIF -Best Film & Video Corp.

8

JULIA CHILD: SOUPS, SALADS, AND BREAD- Random

7

CONSUMER REPORTS: CARS-Lorimar Home Video SHATTERED -MCA Home Video

REVIEW- Random House Home Video THE WINNING JOB INTERVIEW-Star Video Prod.

8 THE VIDEO SAT 9

10 DRUG FREE

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Communications

SILVER PALATE: GOOD TIMES LIVE -Paramount Home Video

4

6

'PERSUASIVE SPEAKING'

1-

Polaris Media KIDS, SAFE KIDS-Paramount Home Video SAY IT BY SIGNING -Crown Video AMERICAN HISTORY: THE CIVIL WAR- Increase Video

-J2

5 THE

3 STRONG

5

'AUTOMATIC GOLF'

2

PERSUASIVE SPEAKING-Polaris Media

2 CAREER STRATEGIES

KIDS: A PARENT'S GUIDE -LCA

House Home Video 9

CASINO GAMBLING WITH DAVID BRENNER-Lorimar Home Video

10 FODOR'S GREAT

BRITAIN- Random

House Home Video

Y-33

1 Top Black

1%11E100

Singles Publishers Pos. PUBLISHER (No. of charted singles)

ENIWIm10

music

v111

in america Top Pop Singles Publishers

1

ZOMBA, ASCAP (22)

43 KEAR, BMI (5)

2

44 FERNCLIFF, BMI (3)

3

WILLESDEN, BMI (28) HIP TRIP, BMI (17)

4

JOBETE, ASCAP (22)

46 MUSIC CORP. OF AMERICA, BMI (8)

5

WB, ASCAP (30)

47 WIZ KID, BMI (4)

6

MCA, ASCAP (30)

48 HOUSE OF FUN, BMI (2)

7

SBK APRIL, ASCAP (20)

49 TRY-CAP, BMI (2)

8 FLYTE TYME, ASCAP (8)

50 R.K.S., ASCAP (5)

VIRGIN SONGS, BMI (14)

9

10 WARNER -TAMERLANE, BMI (17)

BUSH BURNIN', ASCAP (10)

11

12 SBK BLACKWOOD, BMI (13) 13 FORCEFUL, 14

BMI (12)

IRVING, BMI (24)

15 JAY KING IV,

BMI (8)

16 CONTROVERSY, ASCAP (5) 17 CHAPPELL, ASCAP (6)

Pos. PUBLISHER (No. of charted singles)

VIRGIN, ASCAP (19)

1

2 MCA, ASCAP

(17)

26 HIP TRIP, BMI (9)

45 ARRIVAL, BMI (2)

18 ALMO, ASCAP (12)

27 YESSUP, ASCAP (3)

19 BLACK BULL, ASCAP (5)

28 FLYTE TYME, ASCAP (5)

20 TRYCEP, BMI (7)

Top Black

Publishing Corporations

MIJAC, BMI (6)

3

ZOMBA, ASCAP (15)

29 RIVA, ASCAP (3)

21

4

SBK APRIL, ASCAP (32)

30 CARBERT, BMI (1)

22 KERMY, BMI (3)

Pos. CORPORATION (No. of charted singles)

23 ALEXSCAR, BMI (2)

1

SBK GROUP (78)

32 PROB NOBLEM, BMI (1)

24 MORRISON LEAHY, ASCAP (5)

2

ZOMBA MUSIC (47)

33 IRVING, BMI (6)

25 UNICITY, ASCAP (7)

3

WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC (69)

34 TALLYRAND, ASCAP (1)

26 COLGEMS -EMI, ASCAP (12)

4

MCA MUSIC (51)

35 MICHAEL JONES, ASCAP (2)

27 YOUNG TERENCE,

36 PAUL SIMON, BMI (2)

28 SAJA, BMI (4)

37 DESMOBILE, ASCAP (8)

29 JASPER STONE, ASCAP (2)

38 INTERSONG -USA, ASCAP (6)

30 TROUTMAN'S, BMI (3)

39 YOUNG TERENCE, BMI (4)

31 VIRGIN, ASCAP (6)

14 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ASCAP

40 REALSONGS, ASCAP (4)

32 CALLOCO, BMI (3)

15

41

5 SCREEN GEMS

31 EMI,

-EMI, BMI (16)

6 CHAPPELL, ASCAP (14) 7

FOREIGN IMPORTED, BMI (3)

8 CHI

-BOY, ASCAP (4)

9 WARNER

-TAMERLANE, BMI (27)

10 VIRGIN SONGS, 11

BMI (19)

MORRISON LEAHY, ASCAP (5)

12 TERRACE, ASCAP 13 WB, ASCAP

(4)

(26)

(4) BLUDGEON RIFFOLA, ASCAP (5) GUNS N' ROSES, BMI (2) CREATIVE BLOC, ASCAP (4)

BMI (1)

LEW -BOB, BMI (1)

BMI (4)

34 ACROSS 110TH STREET, ASCAP (4)

43 POLYGRAM SONGS, BMI (3)

35 BEACH HOUSE, ASCAP (6)

44 ALL BOYS USA, BMI (3)

36 TWO TUFF -ENUFF, BMI (5)

19 RARE BLUE, ASCAP (9)

45 VAVOOM, ASCAP (3)

37 POLYGRAM, ASCAP (6)

20 WILLESDEN, BMI (12)

46 SWEET CYANIDE, BMI (4)

38 DONRIL, ASCAP (6)

21 JOBETE, ASCAP (11)

47 GENETIC, ASCAP (2)

39 CAL -GENE, BMI (5)

22 GEORGE TOWN, BMI (3)

48 ALMO, ASCAP (8)

40 PROTOONS, ASCAP (9)

23 COLGEMS -EMI, ASCAP (13)

49 HIDDEN PUN, BMI (4)

41 ANGEL NOTES, ASCAP (5)

24 MIJAC, BMI (6)

50 BIG PIG, ASCAP (3)

42 AVANT GARDE, ASCAP (4)

17

18 DEBORAH

ANN'S, ASCAP (4)

MUSIC (27)

33 SHAMAN DRUM, BMI (3)

42 GROUPIE, BMI (1)

16

5 JOBETE

25 CONTROVERSY, ASCAP (5)

gT4eeg Top Country Singles Publishers Pos. PUBLISHER (No. of charted singles) 1

TREE, BMI (48)

2 CROSS KEYS, ASCAP (24) 3 JACK &

BILL, ASCAP (19)

6

BMI (18) -EMI, BMI (20)

STEVE WARINER, BMI (3)

29 SBK BLACKWOOD, BMI (15)

Publishing Corporations

LODGE HALL, ASCAP (5)

32 WARNER -TAMERLANE, BMI (13) 33 HALL -CLEMENT, BMI (6)

Pos. PUBLISHER CORPORATION (No. of charted singles) 1

TREE GROUP (73)

8

IRVING, BMI (12)

34 GOLDLINE, ASCAP (3)

2

SBK GROUP (83)

9

MAYPOP, BMI (6)

35 SCARLET MOON, BMI (11)

3

WARNER /CHAPPELL MUSIC (62)

36 DENNIS LINDE, BMI (2)

4

WELK GROUP (41)

37 KRISTOSHUA, BMI (2)

5

EMI MUSIC (29)

10 TOM COLLINS, BMI (14) 11

WOODEN WONDER, SESAC (4)

12 SBK APRIL, ASCAP (19) 13 COLGEMS -EMI, ASCAP 14 BUG, 15

(8)

BELLAMY BROS., ASCAP (4)

17 BOCEPHUS,

BMI (15)

BMI (4)

18 COOLWELL, ASCAP

38 MILENE, ASCAP (9) 39 UNAMI, ASCAP (2)

40 HOOKEM, ASCAP (4)

BMI (11)

16 LAWYER'S DAUGHTER,

(4)

41 MIJAC, BMI (1)

42 PACIFIC ISLAND, BMI (4)

Top Pop

Publishing Corporations

43 ENSIGN, BMI (10) 44 CAVESSON, ASCAP (6) Pos. PUBLISHER (No. of charted singles)

19 DON SCHLITZ, ASCAP (13)

45 BAR NONE, BMI (3)

20 WB, ASCAP (16)

46 SILVERLINE, BMI (5)

1

WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC (87)

ALABAMA BAND, ASCAP (7) 22 INORBIT, BMI (2) 23 STATLER BROTHERS, BMI (4)

47 TIMBERWOLF, BMI (1)

2

SBK GROUP (95)

48 CHAPPELL, ASCAP (10)

3

VIRGIN MUSIC (38)

49 HANNAH RHODES, BMI (1)

4 EMI MUSIC (30)

24 RICK HALL, ASCAP (12)

50 PATCHWORK, ASCAP (2)

5

21

25

Y-34

BUGHOUSE, ASCAP (6)

28

31

UNCLE ARTIE, ASCAP (8)

7 SCREEN GEMS

27

30 BEECHWOOD, BMI (3)

4 MCA, ASCAP (27) 5 ACUFF -ROSE,

26 ALMO, ASCAP (9)

Top Country

ZOMBA MUSIC (16)

RIGHTSONG, BMI (5)

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Chrysalis. music THE CHRYSALIS MUSIC GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK THOSE ARTISTS WHO HAVE RECORDED OUR SONGS:

"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Terence Trent D'Arby "Wishing Well" Rod Stewart "My Heart Can't Tell You No" Barbra Streisand "What Were We Thinking Of" The Bangles "I'll Set You Free" "Something lb Believe In" Jermaine Jackson & La La "Rise Tb The Occasion" Jermaine Stewart "Get Lucky" "Don't Have Sex With Your Ex" "She's A Teaser" Jody Watley "Love Injection" Imagination "Instinctual" Brenda K. Starr "I Still Believe" Jennifer Holiday "Peace In Our Time" Gregg Allman "Can't Get Over You" Julio Iglesias "I Know It's Over" Buster Poindexter "Hot Hot Hot" Kansas "Once In A Lifetime" The Four Tops "Next Time" Johnny Mathis & Dionne Warwick "Two Strong Hearts" Whitney Houston

AND THOSE ARTISTS WHO ARE OUR WRITERS: Simon Climie Sinead O'Connor Pat Benatar /Neil Geraldo

The Waterboys Billy Idol

Jethro Tull

1988

IS THE BEST YEAR IN OUR HISTORY

Rare Blue Music (ASCAP) A Red Admiral Music (BMI ) LA 9255 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069 Phone: (213) 550 -0171 Fax: (213) 550 -0785 NY 645 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 Phone: (212) 758 -3555 Fax: (212) 754 -4076 UK 12 Stratford Place, London WIN 9AF England, Phone: (01) 408 -2355 Fax: (01) 409 -0858

GREAT PEOPLE

GREAT SONGS

CHRYSALIS MUSIC

("L Top Tropical /Salsa Latin Artists

Top

Tropical/Salsa Latin Albums Pos. TITLE

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label

-Artist-Label

SIGUE ATREVIDO -Eddie Santiago -TH- Rodven

1

-Lalo

2 UN NUEVO DESPERTAR 3

2 EL GRAN

6 7

3 FRANKIE RUIZ (2) TH- Rodven

RUIZ -TH- Rodven

4 LALO RODRIGUEZ (1) TH- Rodven

BAILE- Wilfrido Vargas -Sonotone EL ORIGINAL Y UNICO-WILLIE GONZALEZ- Sonotone ROMANTICO Y SABROSO -El Gran Combo -Combo 30 ANIVERSARIO -Tommy Olivencia -TH- Rodven

5

WILFRIDO VARGAS (2) Sonotone

6

8

WILLIE GONZALEZ (1) Sonotone TOMMY OLIVENCIA (1) TH- Rodven PAQUITO GUZMAN (1) TH- Rodven

9

ANDY MONTANEZ (2) TH- Rodven

7

AMANTE ROMANTICO- Paquito Guzman -TH- Rodven Gran Combo -Combo 25 ANIVERSARIO 1962-1987

8 TU 9

COMBO (2) Combo

HISTORIA MUSICAL DE FRANKIE RUIZ -FRANKIE

4 EL 5

EDDIE SANTIAGO (2) TH- Rodven

1

Rodriguez -TH- Rodven

-El

10 BONNY CEPEDA

(1) Combo

10 THE MUSIC MAKERS-Bonny Cepeda----- -Combo

ATREVIDO

11

Y

DIFERENTE -Eddie Santiago -TH- Rodven

12 EL ETERNO ENAMORADO 13 AMOR Y ALEGRIA 14 SALVAJE -Cano

-Andy

-LUIS

Montanez-TH- Rodven

Estremera -CEG

15 MAS QUE ATREVIDO -Conjunto Chaney 16 CON FUERZA

-La

-Hit Makers

Patrulla 15-TTH

17 EN VIVO Y A TODO COLOR -FRANKIE RUIZ 18 SI VUELVO A NACER -Johnny 19 NO TE

Top Tropical /Salsa Latin Labels

ENRIQUE -CBS

-TH- Rodven

Ventura -CBS

QUITES LA ROPA -Pedro Conga -Sonotone

20 EL COMIENZO DEL CAMINO -ANDY Y HAROLD

MONTANEZ- Sonotone 21 VOY PA'

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums)

ENCIMA-Franky Ruiz -TH- Rodven

22 THE WINNERS -Celia Cruz/Willie Colon -Vaya 23 SERGIO VARGAS -Sergio Vargas y Los Hijos Del -Karen 24 SUENO CONTIGO -Jose Alberto -RMM 25 ALGO DIFERENTE -Mario

Mexican Latin Albums Pos. 1

TITLE- Artist-Label

2 PETALOS

-Los

3

ME VOLVI A ACORDAR DE TI -Los Bukis-Laser

14 GRACIAS AMERICA

4

CANCIONES DE MI PADRE-Linda Ronstadt -Elektra

15 A FUEGO LENTO -Grupo

5

SUPERBRONCO- Bronco -Ariola

16 QUE TRISTEZA

-Los

6 IDOLOS DEL PUEBLO 7

DOS

Tigres Del Norte -Fonovisa

CORAZONES- VICENTE FERNANDEZ & VIKKI

CARR-CBS

COMBO (5)

ENAMORADO -Grupo Pegaso -Remo

MARTIN -Los Caminantes -Luna 13 A LA MODERNA -Agua Prieta -Sonotone 12 GRACIAS

-Los

Tigres Del Norte -Profono El Tiempo-Luna

Humildes -Fonovisa

(7)

5

HIT MAKERS (3)

6

1TH (3)

7

RMM (2)

8 CEG

(1)

BRONCO (4)

9

10 FANIA (5)

Ayala-Freddie UN PUNO DE TIERRA -Ramon Ayala- Freddie MASCARADA -Joan Sebastian -Musart

17 DAMELO -Ramon

18 19

Olivares-Gil 9 EL CUATRERO -Vicente Fernandez -CBS 10 NO ME OLVIDARAS-Jose Javier Solis- Profono

-Fito

8 LA GALLINA

11

-Los Bukis -Laser Y ESPINAS-Los Yonics-Laser

SI ME RECUERDAS

SONOTONE (8)

3

4 CBS

Ortiz-Rico

Top Regional

TH- RODVEN (16)

1

2

20 ESCLAVO 21

Y REY

-GRUPO VENNUS-TESORO

-Los Caminantes -Luna -CBS NUEVAS VERSIONES -LOS BRIOS- Profono LOS IDOLOS DEL PUEBLO

22 BEYOND -Grupo Mazz 23

24 SACA LA

RECORDS & TAPES,

MALETA- Sonora Dinamita -Fuentes

Inc.

25 PORQUE ESTAS ENAMORADA -LOS BRIOS -Fonovisa

Top Regional Mexican Latin- Artists Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

LOS BUKIS (2) Laser

2

LOS YONICS (1) Laser

3

LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE (1) Fonovisa

(1) Profono 4

LINDA RONSTADT (1) Elektra (3) Ariola

5 BRONCO

6 FITO OLIVARES (2) Gil 7

LOS CAMINANTES (5) Luna

8 RAMON AYALA (3) Freddie 9 VICENTE FERNANDEZ &

VIKKI CARR (1) CBS

10 VICENTE FERNANDEZ (3) CBS

Top/NTERNAC/ONAL

Regional Mexican Latin Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

LASER (3)

2 CBS

(14)

3 FONOVISA (5) 4 PROFONO (7) 5

LUNA (8)

6

ARIOLA (6)

7

ELEKTRA (1)

8

GIL (2)

9

FREDDIE (8)

10 MUSART

(7)

"' Y-36

BILLBOARD

DECEMBER 24, 1988

Hot Latin Tracks

Top Pos. TITLE 1

2 QUE TE PASA 3 Y TU

4 5

-Yuri -EMI

TAMBIEN LLORARAS -José Luis Rodriguez

20 SUENO CONTIGO -José Luis Rodriguez- Mercury 21 BOCA ROSA -Angela Carrasco -EMI

-

22 PETALO

27 ESTE AMOR QUE HAY QUE CALLAR -Yolandita

ALMA EN PENA-Lucia Mendez -Ariola LA ULTIMA LUNA-Emmanuel -RCA

TI-Gloria

28 AHORA TE PUEDES MARCHAR -Luis Miguel -WEA LATINA

29 DESAYUNO DE

-

Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

-Julio

Iglesias -CBS

36 ATRAPAME

Luis

-Julio

1

Rodriguez- Mercury

Iglesias -CBS

ENTRE LUNAS -Emmanuel -RCA

4 BRAULIO (2) CBS 5

JUAN GABRIEL (3) Ariola

6

EMMANUEL (2) RCA

SENTIDOS -Braulio--CBS

INMENSO AMOR-Jose Feliciano -EMI

9

14

-Los

Bukis -Laser

EXITOS ORIGINALES -Juan Gabriel -Ariola

10 AMAR

0 MORIR -Danny Rivera-DNA

-EMI ORIGINAL -Ana Gabriel -CBS

11 CAE LA NOCHE-Dyango

12 PECADO

13 LO BELLO Y LO

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Y

-EM

I

40 Y ES QUE LLEGASTE TU -Maria Conchita Alonso

-A &M

Mercury

3 JULIO IGLESIAS (2) CBS

AMOR LIBRE -Camilo Sesto -GLOBO

SI ME RECUERDAS

CONDENAME-Jorge Muniz-RCA

JOSÉ JOSE (3) Ariola

2 JOSÉ LUIS RODRIGUEZ (1)

5

8

Y

37 MARGARITA-Wilkins -WEA LATINA &M 38 DAME TU AMOR-Luis Angel

Top Pop Latin Artists

4

7 TU

CAMINO -EYDIE GORME

Castro-Profono

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label

SOY ASI -José José -Ariola

6 CON TODOS LOS

NO- Veronica

39 AHORA-Dyango

-EMI

19 SENTADO A LA VERA DEL

3 UN HOMBRE SOLO

31 AMOR PERFECTO -Roberto Carlos-CBS

35 LA BAMBA-Los Lobos -Warner Bros.

VICIO DE TU BOCA -Braulio-CBS

& Pandora

-José

Starr -MCA

34 MALA NOCHE

-

18 NO HAY MAL QUE POR BIEN NO VENGA -José Feliciano

2 SENOR CORAZON

K.

15 ME ESTOY VOLVIENDO LOCO -José Javier Solis

17 EL

-Artist-Label

AMOR- Brenda

-José José -Ariola

32 PELIGRO DE AMOR-Chayanne -CBS 33 ES MEJOR PERDONAR-Daniela Romo -EMI

Profono

1

30 MI HEMBRA

14 LA LUNA SERA LA LUNA-Beatriz Adriana-Profono

Epic

16 QUE NO SE ROMPA LA NOCHE

Monge-

CBS

NO- Marisela -MCA AHORA TE VAS-Los Bukis -Laser

13 TODO POR

Y

26 LLUVIA-Eddie Santiago -TH- Rodven

MADERA -Raphael -CBS

SOY ASI -José José -Ariola

12 Y

Pos. TITLE

Pantoja -RCA

24 QUE SERA -Emmanuel -RCA 25 PONTE A CANTAR -José Feliciano-EMI

11 YA

Latin Albums

NO- Isabel

MARIA -Franco-Peerless DEBO HACERLO -Juan Gabriel -Ariola

10 NEGRA -Roberto Carlos -CBS

Top Pop

ESPINAS -Los Yonics -Laser

23 QUERIENDO

8 ES UN 9

Y

Mercury

6 TOCO 7

ROBERTO CARLOS -CBS

-Artist -Label

AY AMOR-Ana Gabriel -CBS

(1) GLOBO 7 LOS 8 9

BUKIS (2) Laser

CAMILO SESTO (1) GLOBO JOSÉ FELICIANO (1) EMI

10 DYANGO

(2) EMI

PROHIBIDO -Braulio -CBS

14 LAS APARIENCIAS ENGANAN-Raphael -CBS

-Juan Gabriel -Ariola ANDALUCIA -Isabel Pantoja -RCA 17 MAS ROMANTICO QUE NADIE -Alvaro Torres-Profono 18 PARAISO PERDIDO -Wilkins -WEA LATINA 15 DEBO HACERLO 16 DESDE

19 LA

LUNA SERA LA LUNA-Beatriz Adriana-Profono

20 ROBERTO CARLOS 21

87- Roberto

Carlos -CBS

AIRE- Yuri -EMI

22 ME VOLVI A ACORDAR DE TI

-Los

Bukis -Laser

23 VIVENCIAS -Yolandita Monge -CBS 24

Top Pop Latin Labels

LABERINTO DE AMOR -Yolandita Monge -CBS

25 20 TRIUNFADORAS -José José -Ariola

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

CBS (20)

2

ARIOLA (6)

3 EMI

(10)

4 RCA

(5)

5 MERCURY

(1)

(6) LASER (2)

6 GLOBO 7

8 PROFONO (3) 9

DNA (3)

10 WEA

LATINA (3)

CBS iNTERNATK7NAL

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Top

Top Inspirational

Inspirational Albums Pos. TITLE

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Artist -Label

Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1

WAR- Petra-Star Song MORNING LIKE THIS -Sandi Patti -Word MAKE HIS PRAISE GLORIOUS -Sandi Patti-Word RUSS TAFF -Russ Taff -Myrrh THIS MEANS

2 3 4 5

7

RADICALLY SAVED-Carman- Benson HYMNS JUST FOR YOU -Sandi Patti -Impact

8

THE LIVE SET-Michael W. Smith -Reunion

6

9 LEAD ME ON

-Amy

11

12 13 14 15

Myrrh

(2) Word (1) Benson (1) Word (1) Priority (1) Power Disc

3 CARMAN

Grant -Myrrh

Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

5 6 7

8

3 WORD (9)

(1) Star Song RUSS TAFF (1) Myrrh STEVE GREEN (3) Sparrow

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5

BENSON (9)

6 IMPACT (5) 7

DAYSPRING (10)

8 REUNION (8)

(4) DaySpring

10 LARNELLE HARRIS

AND CECE WINAN -BeBe & CeCe Winans Sparrow

4 STAR SONG (7)

SECOND CHAPTER OF ACTS (3) Live Oaks MICHAEL W. SMITH (3) Reunion

9 FIRST CALL

MYRRH (11)

2 SPARROW (16)

4 PETRA

PROVIDED

16 BEBE

Labels

SANDI PATTI (2) Word (4) Impact

2 AMY GRANT (3)

-Larnelle Harris-Impact SOMETHING TAKES OVER-First Call-DaySpring FAR AWAY PLACES-Second Chapter Of Acts-Live Oaks D & K- DeGarmo & Key -Power Disc EMERGENCY BROADCAST-White Heart -Sparrow FIND US FAITHFUL-Steve Green -Sparrow

10 THE FATHER HATH

Top Inspirational

Artists

THE COLLECTION -Amy Grant -Myrrh

1

`myrrh,

9 LIVE OAKS

(1) Impact

(3)

10 POWER DISC

(3)

(1) Benson

WHISTLING IN THE DARK -Bryan Duncan -Modern Art ACAPELLA PROJECT Benson

17

-Glad-

18 THE

19 FACE

THE MUSIC -Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart -Star

Song 20 PRESENT REALITY -Michael Card -Sparrow 21

I

PREDICT 1990 -Steve Taylor -Myrrh

22 FOR GOD AND GOD ALONE-Steve Green -Sparrow 23 IN GOD WE TRUST 24 THE

-Stryper- Enigma

-

CHAMPION- Carman-Word

25 WATER COLOR PONIES

-Wayne

Watson -DaySpring

Top Spiritual Albums Pos. 1

TITLE-Artist -Label I BE LIFTED -Rev. Milton Community Singers- Rejoice IF

12 JUST AS

MIAMI CIVIC AUDITORIUM -Gospel Music Workshop -King James 15 FROM THE SHIP-Rev. Clay Evans & The Fellowship Choir-Savoy

Winans-Qwest

4 LIVE IN CHICAGO -Shirley Caesar -Rejoice

16 ON THE

LIVE IN MIAMI FLORIDA -Florida Mass Choir -Malaco 6 SHOW ME THE WAY -New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir-Sound Of Gospel 5

7

9

... -T.Wright

10 VANESSA BELL

ARMSTRONG- Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Jive 11

18 BEBE

BE

ENCOURAGED-Vickie Winans-Light

THE NEW JERSEY MASS CHOIR

& CECE WINANS-BeBe & CeCe

REV. MILTON BRUNSON

Winans- Sparrow

INSPIRED -James Cleveland-King James 20 TAKE SIX -Take Reprise 19

6-

-The

21 LOOK UP AND LIVE

New Jersey Mass Gospel

Choir -Light

& J.Ferrell & The

Lighthouse Choir-Sound Of Gospel A LOVE LIKE THIS -Nicholas- Command

WINNING SIDE -Commissioned-Light -The Richard Smallwood Singers-Rejoice

17 TEXTURES

HOLD UP THE LIGHT -The New Jersey Mass Gospel Choir -Light

8 HALLELUJAH IS THE

Of Gospel

Georgia Mass Choir -Savoy

14 LIVE IN THE

Franklin-Arista

-The

AM- Yolanda Adams -Sound

13 WE'VE GOT VICTORY

2 ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM -Aretha 3 DECISIONS

I

-The

Brunson & The Thompson

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22 A NEW BEGINNING-The Williams Brothers -Melendo 23 POWER PACT -The Jackson Southernaires -Malaco

24 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE-J.Banks/Revival Temple

Choir-Savoy 25 CATCHING

ON- Mighty

Clouds Of

Top Spiritual

Artists

Joy- Rejoice Pos. ARTIST (No. of charted albums) Label 1 THE NEW JERSEY MASS GOSPEL CHOIR (2) Light 2 REV. MILTON BRUNSON & THE THOMPSON COMMUNITY

SINGERS (2) Rejoice 3 SHIRLEY CAESAR (2) Rejoice 4 ARETHA FRANKLIN

(1) Arista

FLORIDA MASS CHOIR (2) Malaco 6 THE WINANS (1) Qwest 5

7

NICHOLAS (2) Command

8 NEW JERUSALEM BAPTIST CHURCH CHOIR (1) Sound Of

Gospel 9

VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG (1) Jive (1) Muscle Shoals Sound

10 T. WRIGHT & J. FERRELL & THE LIGHTHOUSE CHOIR (1)

Sound Of Gospel

Top Spiritual

Labels Pos. LABEL (No. of charted albums) 1

LIGHT (11)

2 REJOICE

(9)

3 SOUND OF GOSPEL (11) 4 MACACO (9) 5 SAVOY

(5)

6 COMMAND (6) 7

KING JAMES (2)

8 ARISTA

(1)

9 QWEST

(1) 10 BIRTHRIGHT (5)

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ny mumbo -jumbo. 3. "Brian Wilson," Sire /Reprise. The debut album by the legendary founder of the Beach Boys received glowing reviews, but stalled at No. 54 in August. Adding insult to injury, a few months later the Beach Boys hit No. 1 with "Kokomo," their first single without Wilson. Possible explanation: young pop fans knew the name Beach Boys, but weren't familiar with the individual members. The same logic might explain the disappointing response to debut albums by members of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Jimmy Page's "Outrider" (Geffen) peaked at No. 26 in August; Keith Richards' "Talk Is Cheap" (Virgin) peaked at No. 24

1988 ¡HE YEAR IN MUSIC NÌ

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M 1 SS? By PAUL GREIN How would you have reacted if a pop- minded tabloid had made these predictions a year ago? "Prince's next album won't even make the top 10, but an unknown folk singer will hit No. 1." "Run- D.M.C. won't land a top 40 hit single, but Louis

Armstrong will." "Stevie Wonder's album will be a big disappointment, but a group of singing raisins will have a smash." Most likely, you would have thought the stargazer had been having too much holiday cheer. But all three of those unlikely scenarios actually happened in 1988, along with numerous others that no one could have reasonably expected. It's time again for our annual recap of albums whose success or failure took the industry by surprise in 1988. First up: the disappointments. 1. Prince's "Lovesexy," Warner Bros. The hottest artist in the world just four years ago, Prince didn't even crack the top 10 with this album, which peaked at No. 11 in June. It was the Purple One's lowest- charting album since "Controversy" in 1981 -and his first to fall short of gold status since "For You" in 1978. Everyone blamed it on the coy nude album cover, but it's possible that Prince has just released too much product. This was his 10th album in less than 10 years. 2. Boz Scaggs'"Other Roads," Columbia. Boz, you're no Boston. That band went eight years between albums, and still managed to come roaring back in 1986 with a No. 1 album and single. Scaggs took eight years off and found that most of his fans had drifted away: This album peaked at No.

47 in July. A long layoff also didn't help Patti Smith's "Dream Of Life" (Arista), which peaked at No. 65 in August. Maybe "steady product flow" isn't just record compa-

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4. Olivia Newton -John's "The Rumour," MCA. This album stalled No. 67 in September, Newton-John's worst showing since 1971. One likely reason: The influx of teen stars like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany suddenly made Newton -John seem old. 5. Julio Iglesias' "Non Stop," Columbia. Four years ago, Iglesias' first English- language album sailed into the top five. His second English- language album petered out at No. 52 in July. Where's Willie Nelson when you need him? 6. Huey Lewis & the News' "Small World," Chrysalis. The news wasn't so good this year for Huey & Co. The group's two previous albums, "Sports" and "Fore!," both reached No. 1, and generated a total of nine top 10 hits. This album peaked at No. 11 in September, and has to date yielded just one top 10 hit. It looks like Lewis' good -timey sound is starting to wear thin. 7. Run-D.M.C.'s "Tougher Than Leather," Profile. The rap trio's previous album, "Raising Hell," was one of the major music events of 1986. This album, while not a flop (it hit No. 9 in July), was a non -event. D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince stepped into the void and provided the rap smash of the year, "He's The D.J., I'm The Rapper." 8. Daryl Hall John Oates'"Ooh Yeah!," Arista. Here's another album that wasn't a flop (it hit No. 24 in June), but was a let-down. In retrospect, the writing was on the wall that this project wasn't going to be a blockbuster when the first single peaked at No. 3. At a hit factory like Arista, they're accustomed to having the lead -off single from a major pop attraction make No. 1. The cold, hard truth: Arista may have gotten the act a good five years after it peaked. 9. Eurythmics' "Savage," RCA. This album stalled at No. 41 in February, breaking a string of four straight gold, top 15 albums by the duo. The lead -off single, "I Need A Man," was also a clinker, peaking at No. 46. 10. Stevie Wonder's "Characters," Motown. Wonder had his lowest-charting studio album since 1972 when this peaked at No. 17 a year ago. Some have speculated that the lackluster performance of this album helped push Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. over the top in his decision to finally sell the company. That's a disappointing album. On to happier news: the biggest unexpected hits of the year. 1. "More Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, RCA. What's more amazing than the fact that the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack sold 9 million copies in the U.S.? The fact that this sequel sold 3 million copies. After a while, this got to be like printing money. 2. "Tracy Chapman," Elektra. Folk -based acoustic music at No. 1 in 1988, in the midst of all the metal and rap and dance music? Who would have ever imagined? 3. "Traveling Wilburys," Wilbury/Warner Bros. This all -star collaboration could have gone either way, becoming a cult curiosity or a pop smash. It became a smash, climbing to No. 8 by mid- December. That gave George Harrison two top 10 albums in 1988: His solo effort, "Cloud Nine," reached No. 8 in January. Before this year, Harrison hadn't cracked the top 10 in more than a decade. 4. "Cocktail" soundtrack, Elektra. If a soundtrack generates two No. 1 singles, it's going to sell. The surprise here was that both No. 1 singles -Bobby McFerrin's a capella "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and the Beach Boys' "Kokomo" came out of left- field. The Beach Boys hadn't topped the Hot 100 in nearly 22 years; an a capella record had never topped the chart. 5. Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World," A &M. It was the most astonishing hit of the year: A 20- year -old record climbing to No. 32 on the Hot 100 nearly 17 years after the artist's death. The wistful ballad was in the top 40 at the same time as a hit by Tiffany-who was born three (Continued on opposite page)

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1988 ¡HE YEAR IN MUSIC

The Jane Fonda Year-End Video

Chartology Since the inception of the Billboard year-end video sales chart in

1980, Jane Fonda has domi-

nated the action. For five of the nine years, she has held the No.

spot on the Videocassettes Sales chart, and has appeared at least once in the top 10 for eight years running. The year -end Videocassettes Rentals chart debuted in 1982, and the year -end Health & Fitness chart first appeared in 1987. Following is the Fonda video "Chartology, " with year-end chart position, title, and manufacturer. Distributor is listed for 1980 -'81 only SALES 1980: 25. "The Electric Horseman" -MCA 32. "Barbarella Fotomat 99. "Julia " -Magnetic Video 1981: 3. "9 To 5 Magnetic Video 54. "China Syndrome "-Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment 1982: 10. "Jane Fonda's Workout" -Karl Video Corp. 14. "On Golden Pond" -CBS -Fox Video 1983: 1. "Jane Fonda's Workout" -Karl Video Corp. 25. "On Golden Pond" -CBS -Fox Video 1984: 1. "Jane Fonda's Workout"-Karl Video Corp. 10. The Jane Fonda Workout Challenge"-Karl Video Corp. 1985: 1. "Jane Fonda's Workout" -Karl- Lorimar Home Video 2. "Jane Fonda's Prime Time Workout" -Karl- Lorimar 6. The Jane Fonda Workout Challenge"-Karl- Lorimar 1986: 1. "Jane Fonda's New Workout" -Karl- Lorimar Home Video 2. "Jane Fonda's Workout" -Karl- Lorimar Home Video 6. "Jane Fonda's Prime Time Workout" -Karl- Lorimar Home Vid1

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"Laura McKenzie's Travel Tips- Hawaii" from Republic reigns, moving up from No. 6 in 1987, the first year Billboard listed year -end special- interest results. It's followed by last year's champ, J2's "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen, Vol. 1." "Callanetics" also beats out Jane Fonda again in the Health & Fitness area but Fonda has three titles overall in the top 10. Fitness expert Kathy Smith also lands three titles in the top 10. Golf dominates the Recreational Sports charts with top

The California Raisins

The Solid Showing by the

Workout Women Demonstrate the Strength of Sell- Through Special-Interest Titles winner Simitar's "Automatic Golf" repeating its 1987 performance, followed by J2's golf parody "Dorf On Golf." Finally, "Persuasive Speaking" from Polaris Media takes the top spot in an eclectic field of Business & Education, up from the No. 4 spot in 1987. In short, it was a hectic election year, one with many winners and few losers -and one thing for certain: Americans love watching movies at home and will continue to retire to bedrooms and living rooms to vote their pleasure again next year, rain or shine, Democrat or Republican.

HIT OR MISS

(Continued from opposite page) months after Armstrong died. 6. UB40's "Labour Of Love," A &M. This album climbed to No. 14 in November -five years after it first hit the charts. The belated success of the single "Red Red Wine" which hit No. 1 in October -gave the album a second wind beyond anyone's expecations. 7. Cheap Trick's "Lap Of Luxury," Epic. This Chicago based band was red-hot in the late '70s, but seemed to have run out of gas in the '80s. Four consecutive Cheap Trick albums failed to even go gold -and the one before this, "The Doctor," stalled at a dismal No. 115. But "Lap Of Luxury" shot into the top 20 in October, boosted by back -to-back top five singles. 8. "Cher," Geffen. Not so long ago, most people would have rated Cher's chances of landing a gold album at about the same as her odds of winning an Academy Award for Best Actress. But Cher had the last laugh this year, getting a gold album and an Oscar too. She even rated back-to-back top 15 singles, "I Found Someone" and "We All Sleep Alone." 9. "Kingdom Come," Polydor/PolyGram. What were these Led Zeppelin clones doing in the top 15 on the pop albums chart this year? Outselling the debut album by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, that's what. 10. California Raisins, "The California Raisins Sing The Hit Songs," Priority. Gladys Knight had the best line about the platinum success of this odd -ball entry. "No, don't mind that a bunch of raisins are getting a platinum album," she said. "At least they're dark raisins."

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RENTALS 1982: 7. "On Golden Pond" --CBS -Fox Video 1983: 23. "Jane Fonda's Workout" -Karl Video Corp. 33. "On Golden Pond"-CBS -Fox Home Video 1984: 24. "Jane Fonda's Workout " -Karl Video Corp. 1986: 27. "Agnes Of God " -RCA /Columbia Pictures Home Video 1987: 22. "The Morning After " -Lorimar Home Video HEALTH & FITNESS 1987: 1. "Jane Fonda's Low Impact Aerobic Workout " -Lorimar Home Video 2. "Jane Fonda's New Workout " -Lorimar Home Video 7. "Jane Fonda's Easy Going Workout" -Lorimar Home Video

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Shaft" (init.)

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25. Birth state of Hoyt Axton, Eddie Cochran, and

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Midnight Oil, live at Cabaret Metro, Chicago. Absolutely the most ferocious live set of the year -make that the last few years -and if the Oils can't save the planet, nobody can. 2. The dB's, live at Cabaret Metro. The dB's are a national treasure, and we can only hope that people in high places figure that out before it's too late. 3. Los Lobos, "La Pistola y El Corazon" (Slash /Warner Bros.). This is the kind of stuff wish they'd play on the Spanish station my Mexican husband listens to (instead of 1.

contemporary romance. 2. Various Artists, "Stay Awake," (A &M). Producer Hal Willner and diverse hands reveal the old black magic in Dis-

ney's Magic Kingdom. 3. Brian Wilson, "Brian Wilson" (Sire). America's grand master returns to peak pop form; too bad radio didn't catch on. 4. Paul Kelly & the Messengers, "Under The Sun" (A &M), and live at Club Lingerie. The young Aussie and his band are creating some of the most tuneful, mature, intelligent rock music around. 5. The Pogues, "If Should Fall From Grace With God" (Island), and live at the John Anson Ford Theatre. Spitting, storming, witty folk -punk, like no one else makes it. 6. Jane's Addiction, "Nothing's Shocking" (Warner Bros.). A few retailers found it shocking; this listener found it a perverse, subversive, and exciting wedding of metal and punk. 7. Keith Richards, "Talk Is Cheap" (Virgin) and Rock City Angels, "Young Man's Blues" (Geffen). A cheat, I know, but these two forceful blues-based rock albums remain stacked next to each other by the turntable. 8. Pat McLaughlin, "Pat McLaughlin" (Capitol). The American Van Morrison? Probably. 9. Fairground Attraction, "The First Of A Million Kisses" (RCA). This "Perfect" English quartet, who meld folk, jazz, and rock into something wholly original, hopefully will make a big noise in '89. 10. Iggy Pop live at the Whisky A Go Go. The Whisky gig was the wildest L.A. rock show of the year; see the authorized bootleg "Live At The Channel" (A &M), cut at the Iguana's Boston date, for recorded proof. I

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1. Fairground Attraction, "First Of A Million Kisses" (RCA). What makes this album special is vocalist Eddi Reader, the songwriting, and the instrumentation, which is very spare. Debut of 1988. 2. Bangles, "Everything" (Columbia). The harmonies take this to Bangle heaven; "Eternal Flame" is a definite highlight. 3. Midnight Oil, "Diesel And Dust" (Columbia). An endless stream of excellent songs, with "The Dead Heart" a pick for song of the year. 4. Roachford, "Roachford" (CBS U.K.). Due on Epic in '89, this pop /soul band with lead Andrew Roachford is one to look out for. 5. Womack & Womack, "Conscience" (Island). Overlooked album of the year (in this country) contains the international hit "Teardrops," which the label should consider rereleasing. 6. Was (Not Was), "What Up, Dog ?" (Chrysalis). Those Was guys get their due, and a hit album. "Anything Can Happen" leaped off the album on first listen; great pop song. 7. Aztec Camera, "Somewhere In My Heart" (Warner Bros. single). Should have been THE summer hit of 1988. 8. Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child Of Mine" and "Welcome To The Jungle" (Geffen singles). When these are on the radio, I rarely turn the dial. 9. Pefect pop songs: Enya, "Oronoco Flow" (Geffen); The Primitives, "Crash" (RCA); Rick Astley, "Never Gonna Give You Up" (RCA); View From The Hill, "No Conversation" (Capitol); Hothouse Flowers, "Don't Go" (London). 10. Holdovers from '87 still played into '88: Def Leppard, "Hysteria" (Mercury); Rosanne Cash, "King's Record Shop"

(Columbia).

Dori Caymmi, "Dori Caymmi" (Elektra /Musician). A beautiful, impressionistic work by one of Brazil's greatest 1.

composers. 2. Os Paralamas Do Sucesso, "Bora Bora" (EMI Brazil). The best dance band in the Southern Hemisphere, the Para lamas write astute lyrics about contemporary Brazil and break new ground in their rock, samba, African and Caribbean fusions. 3. Miriam Makeba, "Sangoma" (Warner Bros.). South African Makeba describes these songs as "timeless melodies of my people" that "have been handed down from generation to generation like precious stones." 4. Djavan, "Bird Of Paradise" (CBS). His voice, lyrics, swing and melodies place this Brazilian at the forefront of today's singer-songwriters. 5. Van Morrison & the Chieftains, "Irish Heartbeat" (Mercury). A wonderful and long overdue meeting of two Celtic legends. 6. Toninho Horta, "Diamond Land" (Verve Forecast). BraBILLBOARD

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1. Leonard Cohen, "I'm Your Man" (Columbia), and live at the Wiltern Theatre. A brilliant, sardonically funny album and a masterful retrospective concert by the poet maudit of

1. Gary Stewart, "Brand New" (Hightone). A brilliant, soulful, and sensitive rebound album from one bedeviled country voice many fans and friends thought they'd never hear again. 2. Michelle Shocked, "Short Sharp Shocked" (Mercury/ PolyGram). The album, and her performance at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, promised success for this throwback to the era when folk meant good. 3. Canyon, live at Treasure Island Resort, Grand Cayman Island. With makeshift drumsticks and other substitute equipment, thanks to Hurricane Gilbert, the 16th Avenue Records group buoyed spirits by their performance onstage and off when Gilbert savaged the Central South /Sound Shop convention. 4. Traveling Wilburys, "Traveling Wilburys, Vol. I" (Wilbury Warner Bros.). Unfortunately, the talented musicians in this group are so great, it'll just be a matter of time before they follow their girlfriends' advice and break up the band to pursue solo careers. 5. The Oak Ridge Boys, "Monongahela" (MCA). With the departure of ex-Oak William Lee Golden legally resolved and the addition of young -Oak Steve Sanders, the Oak Ridge Boys rally with a fresh and forceful new album. 6. UB40, "Labour Of Love" (A &M). This enjoyable sea breeze of a group does for "Red Red Wine" what Jimmy Buffett does for Margaritas. 7. Billy Joe Walker Jr., "Universal Language" (MCA Master Series). The most brilliant guitar stylist to hit Nashville since Chet Atkins excels in this masterful collection. 8. Dwight Yoakam/Buck Owens, "Streets Of Bakersfield" (Reprise). The wonderful single and video of this joyous mating proves that Buck has made Dwight a nice guy again while Dwight has made Buck a young man again. 9. Beach Boys, "Kokomo" (Elektra). Long known for their west coast Pacific surfsongs, these sandmavens prove they're ambicoastrous with this catchy paean to the turquois waters of the Atlantic and Caribbean. 10. Willie Nelson, "What A Wonderful World" (Columbia). How to follow "Stardust," the first album to spend 10 years (Continued on page Y -44)

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9. Loose Ends, "Watching You" (MCA). The best and trickiest of '88's slew of go-go derivations. 10. Desert Rose Band, "Summer Wind" (MCA /Curb). Their Sweethearts-of- the -'90s thing gets a little more perfect with each outing.

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should really apologize to this man for not making him famous much earlier on. 6. Sam Phillips, "The Indescribable Wow" (Virgin). Not only has this singer /songwriter released a breathlessly entertaining debut album, but she is further distinguished by having signed Elvis Presley to Sun Records. 7. They Might Be Giants, "Lincoln" (Bar None). Heck if know why these two wackos are so good -let's start a rumor that they dabble in the black arts. 8. Traveling Wilburys, "Vol. One" (Wilbury/Warner Bros.) Scattershot but highly impressive album from these new artists, although I could swear I've seen one or two of these guys before ... 9. Was (Not Was), "What Up, Dog ?" (Chrysalis). After almost a decade of struggle, Don, Dave, Sweet Pea, Sir Harry and Co. made 1988 the Year That Was (Not Was). 10. Frank Zappa various releases (Rykodisc). Lifelong Zap paphilia is tough to cure, especially when "Guitar" and the "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore" series bring me back to my demented youth. I

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BREAKTHROUGH '88 (Continued from page Y-9) 1. Rodney Crowell. Live at the Bottom Line; Rosanne Cash sure knows how to pick 'em. 2. John Hiatt. Live at the Bottom Line and "Slow Turning" (A &M). How come the general public hasn't caught on to just how swell this guy is? 3. The Escape Club. A guilty pleasure, but such a fun one. Who better to head for the '90s with? 4. Bruce Springsteen. Though I'd seen him countless times before, one warm April night at the L.A. Sports Arena he taught me everything I ever needed to know about rock'n'roll. 5. Country Delights: Dan Seals' "Addicted," Southern Pacific's "Midnight Highway," 'Nifty Gritty Dirt Band's "Workin' Man," and the O'Kanes "One True Love." 6. Jevetta Steele. Provocative, evocative, chilling singer whose song, "I'm Calling You," (Island) helped make "Bagdad Cafe" the delightful film it is. 7. Home Video: "The Big Easy" and "House Of Games." Who needs to go out when you can stay home with Dennis Quaid and Joe Mantegna? 8. Tracy Chapman. Her Elektra debut was stunning. 9. Traveling Wilburys, "Vol. I" (Wilbury Warner Bros.). I'd go for short walks with them anytime. 10. Fishbone, "Truth & Soul" (Columbia). Social issues you can dance to.

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1. Bob Dylan. No, not that disappointing album (what was the name of it again ?) but rather his brilliant concert tour with G.E. Smith, Christopher Parker and Kenny Aaronson. 2. Patti Smith's "Dream Of Life" (Arista). It was like hearing from an old friend who hadn't called in years-welcome back, Patti. 3. "E.T.-The Extra -Terrestrial" (MCA Home Video). That big-eyed alien finally beamed down after six years and home video may never be the same. 4. "Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1" (Wilbury /Warner Bros.) How long until Vol. 2? 5. "Cinderella" (Walt Disney Home Video). Aside from the fact that it sold more than 4 million copies on videocassette, this timeless classic continues to leave kids spellbound. 6. Virgin Visions' retail promotion. The company figured it had two solid titles that almost no one ever heard of so they gambled and send a free copy of "Lady In White" and "Mr. North" to virtually every video retailer in the country. It worked! 7. "The 500 Home Run Club" (Cabin Fever Entertainment). This video profiling that elite group of 14 players who have hit at least 500 home runs is among the most polished non -theatrical titles released all year. 8. "The Last Emperor" (Nelson Home Entertainment). It just proves that a film does not have to be a T &A action /adventure romp to be an exciting home video release. 9. "Five Easy Pieces" (RCA /Columbia Pictures Home Video). Like "E.T.," this one was ,held back from video for far too long. 10. "Lonely Is An Eye Sore" (4 A.D Records). This 41 -minute compilation video featuring the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Throwing Muses indulges us in the aesthetic potential of music video.

Scattered elsewhere on the Top Pop Albums chart have been top -selling efforts by Toni Childs, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Michelle Shocked, and the Polish -viathe-U.K. Basia. What does it mean? Well, considering that such women as Childs, Brickell, and Shocked have broken through as actual artists-as opposed to having simply refurther sets up expectations that corded one hit track these days it can still be both the singer and the song, allows label A &R departments a tad more signing leeway, and, as mentioned before, cultivates the public's taste for change. All good things. Whether or not this "taste for change" concept is just a fancy expression for faddism remains to be seen. Run D.M.C. were the hottest rap act going, a few years back; despite respectable sales for "Tougher Than Leather," the group is now last year's news to many consumers now opting for the likes of D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Boogie Down Productions, Ice -T, the ironically-named J.J. Fad, and others. Meanwhile, black pop itself has enjoyed a strong year with hot records by Keith Sweat, Al. B. Sure!, Suave, and former New Edition vocalist Bobby Brown who did indeed break through with "Don't Be Cruel," his latest solo project, but is no newcomer to the business. Indeed, while across the boards there may be a new openness, the essentials never seem to change. This year, the Information Society and Henry Lee Summer had luck and sold a few records. This year, hot songwriting/pro duction team Stock, Aitken, and Waterman made stars out of Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue, among others. This year, both Keith Richards and a new group called the Traveling Wilburys put out their first solo albums and "broke through" to an entirely new audience who don't even remember who Wings were. Some might say it was that kind of year.

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1. Times Two, "Cecelia" (Reprise). Commercially, this was about 18 months late, but it's No. 1 anyway if only for the

audacity of the concept. 2. U2, "Desire" (Island). Proof that if you search for great truths, you find rock'n'roll eventually. 3. Bon Jovi, "Bad Medicine" (Mercury). Ever since "Edge Of A Broken Heart," they've been haunted by the ghost of Chinnichap, which is just fine. 4. Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock, "It Takes Two" (Profile). It's telling that after this single, other rappers felt they could go no further with the James Brown family and began sampling Manfred Mann songs. 5. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, "What I Am" (Geffen). The only 1988 record that made me feel any better about the return of singer /songwriterism. 6. Lime, "Cutie Pie" (Critique). The appealingly dumb highlight of an otherwise duff year for disco. 7. Dan Reed Network, "Ritual" (Mercury). Tied with Karyn White's "The Way You Love Me" for '88's best druidic chanting. 8. Sinead O'Connor, "Mandinka" (Ensign Chrysalis). A

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book was annihilated as some 15 million -16 million copies of the long- awaited Steven Spielberg classic poured -off the shelves. Yet, although the video release of the film was arguably the biggest programming development in the short but volatile history of home video, even "E.T." had warts. For one thing, MCA managed

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the release to rack jobbers and to the so- called warehouse or wholesale clubs. MCA, echoing the sentiment other suppliers have expressed toward their distributors in 1988, said, "Tough!" When the National Assn. of Video

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to video distributors, said it was not prepared to enter into a discussion tially harmful MCA's brass

about its pricing policies with NAVD or anyone else. Some said this was MCA's polite way of saying, "get lost." Not to be outdone, NAVD wrote a letter to Gene Giaquinto, president of MCA's Home Entertainment division, and said MCA was refusing to work with NAVD for the "betterment of the industry." Mark Engle, executive director of NAVD, went on to say that MCA should stay home when NAVD has its annual meeting. He even blasted the company as ing a

Vestron Video, MCA, and RCA/ Columbia Home Video all decided they were dealing with too many distributors and began an unprecedented bloodletting that was a boon for distributors still in the fold but was a damaging salvo to those wholesalers set adrift. Still, like a California earthquake, it was a major shake-up but no surprise. Always on the lookout for ways to trim costs, suppliers started grumbling about overlapping distribution territories; they quietly complained about distributors shaking them down for money to advertise in unaudited

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the hits and that consumers would stop renting videos if the dealers didn't pick up the pace. But, added suppliers, don't forget to stock a wide selection, replete with B movies, nontheatrical releases, and music videos. Dealers wondered where all the open -to -buy dollars were supposed to come from. Answers did not seem as plentiful as suggestions. There were many other stories in 1988. There were sponsorship programs, people meters, combo packs (who can forget being forced to buy "Steel Dawn" in order to get "Running Man " ?), new players coming in, and old players dropping out (so what happened to Andre Blay, anyway?). But through it all there was a beam of light from the heavens. It came from "E.T.," and now video will never be the same. In retrospect, everything else seems superfluous.

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Three videos are due out next month. They will initially be available via Healing Arts' toll -free number; next summer, they will be available at retail outlets. The first video features such show -biz pals as Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Burt Reynolds, and Carol Burnett; the second centers around his immediate family and Malibu, Calif., home base. The third returns to New York with his wife, Carol Arthur, for a visit to the (Continued on next page)

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in "Spike Of Bensonhurst," a critically acclaimed comedy slated for release by Virgin Vision March 1. Mitchell plays Spike Fumo, who wants to be a crooked boxer for the mob. The retail price is $89.95; the prebook cutoff date is Feb. 14. Virgin Vision has vowed to keep the title off of pay-per -view until June 1.

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distributor mailers;

they wondered aloud if the industry really needed all those distributors. If they could move the same number of units with fewer distributors, why not go for it? And suppliers had good reason to tighten their belts. Competition is getting stiffer, and home video, though still lucrative for many, is no longer a cash cow. Suppliers generally saw profits climb during 1988, but the ascent was not as dramatic as many had hoped. U.S. consumers continue to buy nearly 1 million VCRs each month, but rental -price releases (primarily those titles with a list price of $79.95 or $89.95) have not hit the long-term unit volume projections drawn up when video was in its infancy. Aside from tightening the reins on distributors, suppliers mounted a campaign aimed at getting retailers to keep customers coming back for more. That's where all the now -familiar buzzwords like "depth of copy," "breadth of copy," and "payper- transaction" came in.

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(Continued from preceding page) Italian Feast of St. Anthony celebrations in Little Italy. In all, DeLuise demonstrates about 40 recipes in his inimitable style. His first videos (not counting, he claims, a three -minute "How To Make Love Alone" adult title), the Eat This collection extends the concept of his "Eat This, It'll Make You Feel Better" cookbook. "You get to see me do what's in the book in 3-D," said DeLuise during a recent stop in New York to promote "Eat This-The Video." "It also captures my relationship with my mother, who goes shopping and cooks with me. I put four scoops of sauce on the pasta and she orders me to put on another and I obey. There's something about physically seeing the way I behave in the home with my family which can't be described on paper." DeLuise likens it to his nightclub technique, where he tries to give patrons the impression that they're visiting him by "seeing you in repose." "My favorite program is `Candid Camera,' because I love to see people behaving unsuspecting that there's a camera there. So I've tried to let you see me with my family in the same way -the natural behavior of an Italian family, which is different from other nationalities." One of the benefits of the "Eat This" release, DeLuise notes, is that you learn how to make relatively simple family dishes at home for pennies compared with restaurant prices. Then there's the educational aspect of the tape, as the author sternly warns anyone attempting his pasta vagioli recipe (beans and

The Muppets want everyone to join in the fun! Come along for lots of laughs with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the whole Muppet gang! These singing, dancing specials also feature an illustrious cast of celebrity guest stars, including Steve Martin, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli and more! MUPPET and

character names ore trademarks of Henson Associates, Inc.

He also pushed his product at a recent cook -in before 500 high

rollers in Reno, Nev., and will take

MUPPET WEIRD STUFF COUNTRY MUSIC WITH THE MUPPETS

r.Seuss Seuss weaves fun -loving magic as he adapts seven of his classic Dr.

stories into animated treasures. The fun and games reach outlandish heights in THE CAT IN THE HAT, DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE, featuring "Green Eggs and Ham," THE LORAX and other favorites. For the special low price of just $14.98 each, children tune in for the same

from Bertolli cooking oil and Ziploc food -storage bags. According to Healing Arts producer Steven Adams, discussions with the sponsors are under way to set up a promotional discount for purchases of all four tapes. He adds that current buyers of the first volume, in addition to getting discount coupons for Bertolli and Ziploc product, receive an order form for the upcoming volumes.

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At only $14.98 each, these ten 60- minute programs will bring endless good times for children of all ages.

macaroni) not to leave children alone after eating it, lest they "blow themselves out the window!" DeLuise said he conceived of the video as a labor of love and estimates that the production cost (of the first "Eat This" volume) was more than $100,000, including fees for featured music by Canadian folk musicians Kata and Anna McGarrigle. He says that planning and production took at least 18 months and that he chose the Healing Arts label because it "seemed like a mensch." Priced at $19.95, "Eat This" also involves sponsors' participation

DeLuise has been promoting "Eat This" on talk shows and at instore appearances, including one at New York's Video Room and the grand opening of a Home Express home products outlet in Tustin,

ROWLF'S RHAPSODIES WITH THE MUPPETS MUPPET TREASURES MUPPET MOMENTS ROCK MUSIC WITH THE MUPPETS CHILDREN'S SONGS AND STORIES WITH THE MUPPETS THE MUPPET REVUE THE KERMIT AND PIGGY STORY FOZZIE'S MUPPET SCRAPBOOK

quality entertainment that their

DINOSAURS AND MONSTERS WHAT ABOUT LOVE? MUSIC AND FEELINGS WHEN PARENTS ARE AWAY MUSICAL STORIES

Mister Rogers continues to "like you just the way you are" with a series of wonderful home videos only he could create. This amusing insightful collection is based on the Emmy Award -winning series watched by 10 million children weekly. It features all their favorites including "Dinosaurs and Monsters" and "When Parents are Away." Each title runs approximately 60 minutes and is available at the reduced price of just $14.98 each.

parents enjoyed as youngsters.

Mister Rogers and the Neighborhood Puppets are trademarks of Fred M. Rogers.

the series directly to consumers with a toll-free -number TV campaign (800-972-5858). JIM BESSMAN

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Philips Touting Newly Unveiled Laserdisk Player periodic column focusing on products, trends, and developA

Dr.Seuss...Mister ' ':ers..Videostorybreak... The Muppetsl..The Best Known Names in Children's Entertainment At A New Low Prise of 514.98' each. yhouse Video showcases a four -star collection quality family classics that parents can trust and ildren will love -all for an unbeatable low price! These fun -filled, imaginative award -winning programs feature the most popular names in children's entertainment -names that every family will want added to their permanent video library!

ments in the hardware industry. BY MARK HARRINGTON

PHILIPS CONSUMER Electronics recently previewed its first Philipsbranded laserdisk player, one capable of playing six different disk formats. Called model CDV488, the player is capable of playing 3 -inch and 5 -inch audio-only CDs, 5 -inch CD videos, 8-inch and 12 -inch laser -

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disks, and the new 8 -inch laser singles, which contain 20 minutes of audio and video.

Philips, a key proponent of the

technology, says the unit represents the state of the art, incorporating premium select grade digital chips, a 16-bit four -times oversampling digital filter, and 16-bit digitalto-analog converters. The unit also has high -resolution video circuitry and an S output for

Philips' new CD /video player can handle any one of six different disk configurations, from a 3 -inch CD single to a 12 -inch laser disk. The feature -laden unit will have a suggested list price of $1,300.

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THE CAT IN THE HAT DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE Three stories in one,

THE SNEETCHES, THE ZAX and GREEN EGGS AND HAM THE LORAX THE HOOBER-BLOOB HIGHWAY THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT

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children's library comes to animated life when Video Storybreak, The Children's Choice presents four beloved children's stories "How to Eat Fried Worms," "Chocolate Fever," "Arnold of the Ducks." and "C.L.U.T.Z." Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) hosts this magical series which was praised by parents, educators, librarians and the children themselves! Enjoy entertainment and education at the low price of only $14.98 each. A

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tors. Additionally, it has the favorite- track -selection feature Philips popularized with its CD players. The feature allows the player to skip undesired tracks on more than 300 disks for the life of the machine. It also features 20- audiotrack or video -chapter programming, optical and digital audio outputs, CX noise reduction, and learning remote control. Special effects include a jog shuttle dial (for frame-by -frame picture advance), mosaic picture effect, strobe, and freeze. The player carries a $1,300 list price. The company had exclusively marketed a Yamaha -made laserdisk player under its Magnavox brand. That piece reportedly will be replaced by two units that, like the new Philips player, are being made at Philip's Marantz subsidiary in Japan.

Hardware Briefs Toshiba now says the three -dimensional camcorder it introduced at the January 1988 Consumer Electronics Show won't hit the market until perhaps the spring. Officials,

citing difficulties in procuring

parts, say the unit will carry a list price of $2,850, a price that may lim(Continued on next page) BILLBOARD

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and suggested retail price.

"Highlights Of The 1988 Summer Olympics," Wood Knapp Video, 90 minutes, $29.95. For 16 glorious days the world's

greatest athletes gathered

in

Seoul, South Korea, to celebrate and participate in the Olypmics. Also, for the first time in 12 years East met West as both the U.S. and the Communist bloc countries attended. With names like Lou ganis, Lewis, Biondi, and Joyner leading the way, the U.S. captured 94 medals, including 36 gold. Unfortunately, it's difficult-if not impossible -to compress the drama and excitement of 16 days into 90 minutes and still do justice to your subject. Although this program tries as valiantly as any Olympian, it falls short. Nothing is covered in depth, and the result is a program that seems unduly fragmented. Compounding the problem is Bryant Gumbel's detached and dispassionate commentary.

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Focusing on the most popular action performers of all time, including Stallone, Bronson, and Schwarzenegger, in some of their most exciting roles!

And nothing but! From classic gangster films to fantasy adventure -From two- fisted brawling to special effects wizardry -From 007 to

Rocky -CBS /Fox delivers!

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"Sing-A- Long-The Sights And Sounds Of Christmas," Sugar Plum Productions, 30 minutes, $14.95.

Such holiday standards as "0 Christmas Tree," "Jolly Old St. Nick," and "Joy To The World" are highlighted here via the legendary bouncing ball. An attractive blend of hymns and songs -all of which shout ":Happy Holidays!" -are (Continued on next page) _

HARDWARE WATCH (Continued from preceding page) it its use to professional markets. Japanese VCR makers are said to be close to formalizing standards for pulse-code modulation, or PCM, recording on VCRs. PCM recording would give the VCRs sound recording capability similar to that of the DAT recorders. Some predict that PCM record capability could be incorporated into VCRs by 1990. Kenwood recently began shipment of a Super-VHS VCR that combines digital noise reduction circuitry. Model KV -D957S also incorporates MTS stereo and digital hi -fi circuitry. The suggested retail price is $1,199. A recent

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feature in The New York Times discussing Sony Corp.'s ambitions (it hopes to sell as many 8mm mini- VCR /liquid -crystal -display combination units as Walkman stereos) was only the tip of the iceberg. Casio plans to bow units with 5 -, 4 -, and 3.3 -inch color LCD screens combined with full -size VHS units. In January Panasonic is expected to show a VHS -C unit in January, and Toshiba says it has developed a similar unit but has no export plans.

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Throw Momma in Jail. Anne Ramsey, who played the cantankerous mother in "Throw Momma From The Train," finds herself in the slammer with Logan Ramsey (her real -life husband) in "Dr. Hackenstein." The black comedy stars David Muir as a mad scientest who attempts to bring his wife back to life. The film is slated for release by Forum Home Video for a list price of $79.98. The street date is January 25 and the prebook cut off is Jan. 11.

presented. Although most of the numbers are performed by a choir, Pat Boone offers his version of "Rudolph The Red -Nosed Reindeer" while Bing Crosby croons "White Christmas." The backgrounds change for each song and range from mon-

tages of attractive Christmas cards to snapshots from family albums to classic holiday scenes such as a decorated Rockefeller Center. The only drawback is that a few

of the songs are not sung,

and the absence of vocal accompa-

niment may present difficulties to those unfamiliar with the numbers in question. Still, at $14.95 this program may just find itself a nice little niche in the holiday market. R.T.R.

"Endurance," New Star Video, 90 minutes, $69.95, 2 cassettes for

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Dog," Cabin Fever Entertain-

ment, 70 minutes, $39.95. Millions of Americans own dogs, but unfortunately, owning an ill behaved canine is not only embarrassing, it can also be quite expenBILLBOARD

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Patrick Swayze Jennifer Grey

1987

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1955

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CBS -Fox Video 1051

Julie Andrews

1965

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MGM /UA Home Video

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1965

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Bing Crosby Danny Kaye

1954

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1986

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1988

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1987

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1988

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Judy Garland Ray Bolger

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1988

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1975

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Fortunately, help is here! Profe-

through this easy -to- follow, step by -step approach that makes learning enjoyable for both parties. In addition to the obedience lessons, there are segments titled "Diet And Grooming," "The Veterinarian," and even "Dog Psychology." Although the price may seem rather upscale, pet owners are a breed apart. If a product works and this one does -money is no object. R.T.R.

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Phil Ritson is not a touring pro; as a result, most golfers are probably not familiar with his name. He

tion.

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"Little People Video-Christmas Fun," New World Video, 30 minutes, $14.95. Based on the popular Fisher

Price toys, the Little People videos should enjoy the benefit of a built in, readily receptive audience. This particular program focuses on the (Continued on page 69)

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is, however, a very respected teaching pro. In fact, Ritson is the $79.95. man other professional golfers Japan's popular game show, turn to when their game goes bad. "The Gamen," has been captured Rtson can number among his puhere for U.S. audiences. However, pils such great players as Lee Elthis is not your run -of- the-mill quiz der, J.C. Snead, Debbie Austin, show. In fact, there's nothing even Sally Little, Gary Player, and Curclose on the domestic airwaves. tis Strange. In this new instrucThe show begins with 500 contestional program, the guru of golf tants, and that number is slowly offers 39 drills that cover everywhittled down until a single win- thing from posture and setup to ner remains. take -away and follow through. Such physical tests as being Its step -by-step approach is best dragged along the ground behind a suited to beginning players and tractor are intermingled with sub- high handicappers. Better players tle elements of psychological tor- will probably not derive nearly as ture. Tastelessness abounds as many benefits; however, the uncontestants devour all sorts of un- usually heavy emphasis on swing known dishes and beverages and mechanics may render it an invalusubject themselves to a myriad of able tool in terms of self -analysis. indignities. Ritson's rather dry, professorial However, strange as it may style is the program's only drawsound, there is probably a market back, but the invaluable lessons for this program. Unfortunately, are more than ample compensa-

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1988

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1986

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Guess Who Came To Dinner. A surprise visitor interrupts dinner in the campy horror/comedy film "Elvira Mistress Of The Dark." New World Video plans to release the title Feb. 7 for a list price of $89.95. The film stars Cassandra Peterson as Elvira and features Daniel Green, right, as Bob Redding, the man who falls for the bewitching Elvira.

"Cinderella" would be setting records and dominating headlines, but since the little alien has racked up unit sales of more than 16 million, the 7 million copies of "Cinderella" sold by Walt Disney Home Video seem to pale in comparison. Nevertheless, Disney feels it has something to crow about, since its holiday promotion has racked up sales of some 11.3 million units. Also, in what may be a veiled criticism of MCA Home Video's handling of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," Disney president Bill Mechanic points out that "every part of the video distribution chain has made money from our holiday promotion ... We believe that this proves there is profit in sell-through if the business is run correctly." MCA has been widely assailed by distributors who say they made little or no money off of "E.T." 'E.T.,'

While the nation's largest video distributor may have earned the wrath of some of the smaller video suppliers when it relegated them to a so- called B list, the company says the strategy paid off where it counts: on the bottom line. The distributor's just -completed annual report says earnings increased 52% on net revenues of $3.74 million during the fiscal year ended Aug. 31. The company, which did $475 million in sales in fiscal '88, says it has strengthened its position as the dominant distributor by placing emphasis on the big suppliers. In his message to stockholders, Gary Rockhold, Commtron president and CEO, says his company "faced changing market conditions ... by focusing our marketing and merchandising efforts on those products supplied by our largest vendors."

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"My Personal Best" videos are being promoted during the holiday season through 10 major -market radio stations and Waldenbooks. The stations have agreed to promote the two tapes, which contain the comedienne's favorite sketches and minimusicals from "The Carol Burnett Show." Participating stations are promoting the cassettes with on-air contests and giveaways directing consumers to Waldenbooks. The cities involved: San Francisco; Detroit; Dallas/Fort Worth; Cleveland; Minneapolis /St. Paul; Seattle; Tampa /St. Petersburg, Fla.; St. Louis; Denver; and Sacramento, Calif. The tapes, priced at $29.95 each, have sold some 50,000 units since their introduction in late 1987. CAROL BURNETT'S

and came away with more than 1,000 allegedly bootleg videotapes. The titles include "E.T.," "The Untouchables," "Colors," and "Three Men And A Baby." The Dec. 8 action marked the fourth time in 13 months that federal authorities had raided stores there looking for illegally duplicated videos. AL STEWART

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At least that's what Virgin Vision is saying. The company says a promotion offering such premiums as Tshirts, sweatshirts, and jackets bearing the Virgin logo resulted in sales of 20,000 units. "I think that this order close clearly illustrates that fine films definitely do have an audience on video, and aggressive marketing and sales efforts can find it," says Tom Burnett, executive VP.

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You'll sell a mountain of them! Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Clint

Eastwood's most recent "Dirty" Harry film, The Dead Pool," will be released by Warner Home Video Jan. 25 for a list price of $89.95. The prebook cutoff date is Jan. 5.

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(Continued from page 67) tribulations of Penny, who foolishly spends all her Christmas money and is then unable to purchase her brother the special gift she had picked out for him. Although some adults may find the series too cute and overly sentimental, young people love it. With its implicit lessons about the true meaning of Christmas and life in general, this is a program that the whole family can enjoy together or that the children can watch alone. Also worth noting is the fact that the Little People videos make their point without resorting to heavyhanded didacticism.

Attractively priced, this pro-

gram, which comes with a Christmas activity booklet, could easily become a holiday standard and rack up sales for years to come. R.T.R.

"Orel Hershiser On Excellence," Horizon Entertainment, 25 minutes, $12.95. During the 1988 baseball season, Orel Hershiser won 23 games for the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, was named MVP of both the National League championship series and the World Series, and en route, hurled his name into the record books by breaking Don Drysdale's long- standing record of 58 consecutive shut out innings. Obviously, Hershiser is well qualified to speak about "excellence." However, he is aided in his task by such other notables as Walter Payton, Bobby Jones, and Betsy King. Although the program is interesting, its premise is grounded in common sense. Most people understand that to attain excellence in any field, practice is

essential. Equally obvious is the fact that pursuing excellence results in both personal satisfaction and joy.

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Fore -Ever Young. One of golf's elder statesmen, Dale Douglass, is featured in "The Master System To Better Golf: The Seniors." Douglass and two other pro golfers -Orville Moody and Miller Barber-each appear in one of three different 25- minute instructional tapes scheduled for release from Media Home Entertainment's Fox Hills division. The how -to tapes will be priced at $14.95, while an 80- minute tape that features all three programs will be offered for a list price of $39.95. The street date for the tapes is Jan. 17 and the preorder cutoff date is Dec. 19.

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DECEMBER 24, 1988

The Fittest Consumed More Of Yid Web Pie This Year GEOFF MAYFIELD NEW YORK If he had lived to see 1988, Charles Darwin would have loved video retailing. Perhaps more than any other business, this still young trade offers a most forceful case for Darwin's survival-of- the-fittest theory. Like the entire video industry, retailers were subject to waves of consolidation. Predictably, the "fittest" were often -but not always -the BY

biggest. Though larger webs like Philadelphia -based West Coast Video; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -based Blockbuster

Entertainment; Union, N.J. -based

ship Entertainment, a Taunton,

Mass.-based buying group, launches a sell- through division for its member stores Blockbuster Video announces its intention to buy another publicly traded web, Video Library, which is based in San Diego, Calif.,

...

and has 42 stores ... At VSDA's Leadership Conference in Marlton, N.J., president Arthur Morowitz asks studios to create a four-month window for movies between a title's home video release and its run on

president John Power says not

count out the indie video dealer. "There's no reason smaller stores can't compete with larger stores," he to

writes.

February The Video Software Dealers Assn.

launches two different seminars,

which will travel to four cities. One covers finance, the other store man-

agement ... Erol's moves south, opening three stores in North Carolina ... After making a fast rise and fall in the early '80s, video games are re-emerging as a hot product. This new, enhanced generation of games tested successfully for record and video stores during the fourth quarter. Short supply prompts some dealers to rent games, much to the consternation of manufacturers ... FlagBILLBOARD

May Call it a major blockbuster deal. Blockbuster Video says it intends to

PPV, though he admits the trade may have to settle for a shorter window. Morowitz also encourages dealers to support manufacturers' programs that promote depth of copy and step up their sell-through efforts.

Palmer Video; and Cincinnati-based The Video Store grew through the acquisition of smaller companies, 1988 was not just a year for the big boys. Sharp independents found there was still room for profit and growth in March what is admittedly becoming a Racetrac Petroleum, an Atlanta crowded field. based convenience -store chain that Competition, though, was not con- rents videos, quietly formulates a fined to rival retailers. Stores became plan that sees at least 10 video superincreasingly sensitive to the growing stores, called Flizz, open by year's threat represented by cable TV's pay - end. The units reportedly will house per-view outlets and by suppliers' in10,000-12,000 titles ... Blockbuster creased efforts to fetch sales via di- Video, which was first based in Dalrect marketing. las, opens a new home office in Fort Not all battles were waged against Lauderdale. The Florida city is the Hollywood, though. Ron Berger, who base of Wayne Huizenga, who bealways seems to relish the role of came chairman and CEO in 1987 gadfly, did so again as he sold off his Blockbuster continues to house its National Video franchise division and warehouse and certain support staff converted his Portland, Ore.-based at the original Dallas plant ... A New company to Rentrak, a pay-per -trans- Jersey Senate committee unanimousaction distributor. The concept of a ly approves a bill that would restrict shared -revenue plan to distribute those under 17 from renting R -rated rental tapes was, as it has always titles ... PolyGram launches a combeen, an extremely emotional issue. pact disk "prepak" program, deDespite the sparks, though, more resigned to encourage dealers to sell tailers than ever seem to be interest- CDs. Units are shipped in a box that ed in giving PPT, or similar plans, a converts into a counter-display piece test drive. VSDA's Distributor Council meets for the first time. One goal January that's discussed is a centralized reVideo dealers say December busiturns depot. The concept is controverness soared both in sales and rental sial, but some support it as a means activity. Gains of at least 20% were of discouraging retailers from faking common during the fourth quarter, a defective tapes in an illicit effort to great way to kick off a new year ... beat returns restrictions ... Hot dog! A study by the American Video The five-unit superstore chain Mega Assn., a trade and buying group, premovies, based in Long Island, N.Y., is dicts the Northeast U.S., including sold to Howard Lorber, chairman of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New New York hot dog chain Nathan's York, and all New England states, Famous Inc. will see the most growth in video activity ... In a Billboard commentary, April AVA

stores in 30 months. United Cable, which had already merged with 1,882 screen theater operator United Artists, can now exhibit movies three ways: in theaters, on cable, or via video rental ... Pending bills in 19 states represent censorship headaches for video store owners. Many seek to base tape sales or rentals to minors on movie ratings issued by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

Maxell hikes blank videotape

prices by 15 %, a move others will follow ... At its Palm Springs, Calif., convention, AVA members vote to convert the trade group into a member-owned organization. The 8 -yearold group had been privately held. Members think the new ownership plan will increase AVA's buying power ... VSDA starts a monthly newsletter that will monitor the dates when home video titles will be cable cast on PPV outlets ... Jack Messer's The Video Store chain, a subsidiary of Vestron Video, buys three-store, Verona, N.J. -based Opening Night Video and 10- store, Dayton, Ohio based Blockbuster. The latter is not related to Blockbuster Video ... United Cable Television Corp. buys 5% of Blockbuster Video and gains a franchise agreement to open 100 super

merge with another publicly traded superstore chain, Las Vegas -based Major Video. The $56 million proposal will later be challenged by some disgruntled Major franchisees ... Financial woes force two video vending- machine systems, Video International Products' V Mart and Nelson Vending Technology, to reorganize ... The VSDA board approves up to a five -year ban against members who are found guilty of piracy violations or other copyright infractions ... Blockbuster rolls out its Youth Restricted Viewing program, a computerized system under which member families can prevent those under age 17 from renting R-

rated tapes ... Supermarkets are (Continued on next page)

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Video Thrills The Radio Star. WXRK -FM morning man Howard Stern visited Record World's Roosevelt Field, N.Y., store to push his "Underpants And

Negligee Party" video, a tape of a pay-per -view special aired in New York. Stern, who rarely makes public appearances, moved 410 copies of the video to about 1,000 fans. Celebrating the event's success are, from left, Patrick Hanson, Record World's director of public relations; Stern; and Phyllis Purpero, Record World's director of advertising and promotions.

"What wouldn't give for a shot at that dame:' Lucky Luciano

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IDEO RETAILING THE YEAR IN VID RETAILING (Continued from preceding page) wooed by 19 video -related exhibitors at the annual Food Marketing Institute meet in Chicago . . . VSDA's four-city tour of Canada leads to the formation of VSDA chapters in that country.

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trak, a PPT supplier. Shared revenue plans, like those of Berger and new player Playcount, are a topic of emotional discussion at VSDA's Las

Vegas, Nev., conclave ... The seventh VSDA meet tops 13,200 delegates, an all -time high for attendance ... Time and Billboard maga-

zines name Erol's founder Erol Onaran man of the year /VSDA retailer ... Popular Houston dealer Lou Berg is voted VSDA president ... The Video Store grows again, picking up New Video, the five store New York City chain. September In a move to punish Universal Studios for releasing the film "The Last Temptation Of Christ," the Southern Baptist Convention urges the denomination's 15 million members to boycott the video release of "E.T." ... Video Factory, an 11store chain, says its new Buffalo, N.Y., superstore may be the world's largest video store at 16,800 square feet and 16,000 titles ... A second federal court suit, aimed at blocking the Blockbuster /Major merger, is filed in Miami ... At Focus '88, a Canadian trade show, video dealers cheer price cuts that major suppliers have implemented to encourage Dealers are ansell- through gered when Warner Home Video uses "Police Academy 5" and other releases as vehicles to build direct market business. Retailers are particularly angry because they can't compete with the low prices of some of Warner's direct -to- consumer efforts ... Beyond Video, another Adventureland spinoff, holds a trade show for its 32 member stores.

...

Chuck McCauley, one of the cofounders of the 287-store Flagship Entertainment, is replaced as the marketing group's president by

Frank Lucca ... Billboard announces it will add 3,000 video stores to its Video Showcase merchandising program ... Franchiser Palmer Video doubles the size of its headquarters and says it will add 64 more corporate -owned stores by the end of 1989 ... Recently formed sell- through supplier Video Channels holds a three -day seminar in Omaha, Neb., for major video and

music accounts ... PolyGram predicts that 1,200 U.S. retailers will stock compact disk videos by year's end. The music distributor plans to have more than 100 5-, 8 -, and 12inch CDV titles on the market by that time.

August Disgruntled franchisees move to block two high -profile mergers Blockbuster's wedding to Major Video and West Coast Video's acquisition of National Video ... It's official. Ron Berger converts his National Video company to Ren-

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October NBC's coverage of the Olympics doesn't match the network's ratings expectations but does cut into business at many video stores ... West Coast Video says it will have at least 50 stores in the Atlanta area by the end of 1989 ... Spots promoting three NBC sitcoms on the front of three new RCA /Columbia titles irritate dealers. The supplier will eventually offer an exchange program ... Target says it's testing laser videodisks at two of its Western

stores

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and 72 suppliers attend WaxWorks/ VideoWorks' confab in Owensboro, Ky.... More supplier-driven competition looms as BMG Direct Marketing and MTV Networks launch a co-

operative venture that will sell both video and music product ... Erol's tests a leased-department operation at People's Drug Stores ... Palmer Video buys the 58 stores of Denverbased Video Exchange ... Omaha based Applause Video announces it will open stores in New England ... Some mass merchants -including stores operated by K mart, Woolworth's, and Safeway -put "E.T." on their shelves prior to the tape's Oct. 27 street date .. At the National Assn. of Recording Merchan.

disers' Wholesalers Conference, rackjobbers say video sales have grown by 220 %.

November

at Erol's finds Dick Kerin losing his post as VP of video club sales ... Sears plans to phase out both video and audio software ... The VSDA board, still anA suprise shuffle

gry over Warner Home Video's direct- marketing efforts in September, condemns programs that cut the video store out of their sell through efforts ... Blockbuster invades Erol's turf, saying it plans to open some 40 stores in the Washington, D.C., area, where Erol's already has more than 80 outlets ... RKO Warner Theatres Video reaches the 20 -store mark with the opening of two New York units, including its first Bronx location ... The legal road is finally cleared for the Blockbuster /Major merger. December Based on hot sales and rentals turned during the long Thanksgiving weekend, dealers are optimistic about business during the holiday selling season ... The VSDA says it will waive admission fees for a financial seminar scheduled for January in Mesa, Ariz. If the program is well received, the trade group may repeat the no -fee offer at three later dates in other cities ... VSDA announces the formation of a Canadiail-Advisory Committee ... Rentrak takes to the streets with a 15 -city sales -pitch tour, and PPT is a topic of depate at local VSDA chapter meetings ... In a gesture of goodwill, Billboard's retail team -retail editor Geoff Mayfield, marketing editor Earl Paige, associate editor Edward Morris, and reporter Bruce Haring -wish all merchandisers a joyful and safe holiday season and success in the year ahead.

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in the maturing video-store- franchise arena have leveled; speculation is high that he'll unroll a PPT distribution company ... The British Videogram Assn. in the U.K. stages Video '88, an industrywide trade show ... At its annual shareholders meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Blockbuster reports a $7 million swing, bringing in its first profitable year with revenue of more than $4 million.

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cently dropped by MCA Home Video, RCA /Columbia Home Video, and Vestron Video, is bought by Indianapolis -based Major Video Concepts ... Aardvark Video, a co -op that splintered from the once-huge Adventureland franchise, holds its first meet ... VSDA and the Newspaper Advertising Bureau set Nov. 13 -19 as Video Week, an industrywide public -relations campaign for home video products ... "E.T." fever begins. Even though "E.T. The Extra -Terrestrial" won't be available until October, Erol's says it has already presold 21,830 units in just five weeks ... West Coast Video says it will buy National Video's franchise division. The deal will give West Coast the industry's highest store count. Ron Berger says he be-

games. John Hough, who owns the Minden, La., outlet of the three store Video Junction chain, says the refusals came from T &T Distributors in Nashville, with whom he had been doing business for a year, and from Paradies Distributors of Atlanta. Richard Lindner, a spokesman

for Nintendo, denies that his company has a no -sell policy to renters but says that distributors can sell only to buyers on lists Nintendo has compiled and approved. Jim Hancock, a salesman for T &T, confirms that under his company's agreement with Nintendo, "we're only to sell to resellers. We can't sell to commercial outlets." He adds that he was not aware of the restriction when he started the job in January, but that later, "I found out that [Nintendo] had a policy against selling for commercial use. Anything that is not a re-

tail resale, a prime distributor doesn't have the right to do."

Pam Scott, who works for Paradies, agrees that "renting is discouraged by Nintendo. They would like for us not to sell to places that

rent."

Hough says, "Last year, we did some $20,000 for Christmas in Nintendo sales, and we anticipated doing a great number of sales this Christmas. When we buy a game, we don't buy one or two. We buy as many as we can get. Then we rent a couple and sell the rest of (Continued on next page) BILLBOARD

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Palmer Chain Whips BY MOIRA McCORMICK

CHICAGO East Coast -based Palmer Video is beefing up its presence in Chicago.

Four of the web's stores

bowed here this year, bringing the total in the area to seven, and two more are scheduled to open in early 1989.

Though the metropolitan area here is already populated with outlets of the major national chains Blockbuster Video, West Coast Video, and Erol's, there is still room for "hundreds of Palmer Videos, based on the population," claims Cal Win ick,

national director of franchise

development. Palmer Video has 160 stores nationwide, more than 70 of which are in the chain's home state, New Jersey. Palmer Video stores can also be found in Massachusetts, Alabama, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Colorado, Iowa, Wyoming, Kansas, Montana, and Texas. Palmer added the last six states to its list when it purchased the 50- plus -unit Video Exchange earlier this year. The chain has not opened any corporate stores in the Chicago area, which Winick attributes to the absence of a regional corporate office in the area. However, he adds, "if we do well enough in Chicago, we will open a regional corporate office." Currently, Palmer Video has two regional representatives, one in Denver, the other in Detroit. The web made its Chicago -area debut in 1986, when stores opened

Libertyville and Waukegan, two northern suburbs. In 1987 a store opened on the northwest side of Chicago proper, and this year Palmer Video outlets sprang up in northwest suburban Schaumburg and Buffalo Grove as well as on West Diversey and North Pulaski streets in

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Chicago.

"We're looking to make Palmer Video a big player here," says Winick. "We basically embody the superstore concept: Stores are a minimum of 3,500 square feet and carry many copies of popular titles. "We like blue -collar areas," Win ick says, adding that Palmer Video stores tend to cater to "upper -lower-to- lower -middle-class customers. But with population densities of 100,000 per square mile in the city of Chicago, it doesn't matter what class they are." Winick considers Blockbuster

Video Palmer Video's biggest competition in the Chicago area and thinks Palmer Video's big edge is its consumer pricing structure. "We have daily rental rates, so we can have title reservations, which Block-

buster, with its two -night rate,

can't," he says. "It's terrific for a customer to be able to reserve a hot title on a Saturday night," Winick says. Each of the top 100 titles rents for $2.99 a night, with the rest priced at $1.99 and 99 cents. "Seventy percent of our movies are between $1.99 and 99 cents," says Winick,

who notes that Palmer Video's $2.99 fee for hot titles is the same as Blockbuster's, although Blockbuster's rate is good for a three -day rental. "We're perceived as less expensive," he says, "but people who only rent hot titles might not see it that way." Palmer Video stores typically carry between 3,000 -8,000 titles. Winick says Palmer Video main-

tains a competitive edge through other services, such as a monthly newsletter featuring discount coupons and a Penny Day promotion on Wednesdays, when a customer can rent a second movie -one with an equal or lower rental rate-for 1 cent. "It certainly picks the middle of the week up," Winick says.

There is a membership fee for Palmer Video's rental clubs -$9.95 for one year, $19.95 for three years, and $29.95 for lifetime -but a six month trial membership allows a customer to rent a minimum of 19 videos to obtain a free year's membership, a minimum of 29 videos to receive a free three -year membership, and a minimum of 30 videos to receive a free lifetime membership. Jack Schultz, who owns the Buffalo Grove franchise, which opened Nov. 9, says he downplays the fact that the rental club has membership fees "because no one but West Coast Video charges for membership here in Chicago. As soon as people hear there's a fee, they're out the door. I don't intend to collect a red cent of membership fees." Schultz says he chose Palmer Video over a Blockbuster or West Coast franchise because Blockbuster was "too out of reach financially, and I was more impressed with Palmer's people than with West Coast's. Palmer Video is more flexible and willing to work with a fran-

NINTENDO NIXES SUPPLY YID GAME RENTER (Continued from preceding page) them. We found [renting and selling] go hand in hand."

for the John Lee Nintendo rep that operates on the level between manufacturer and distributor, referred all questions of restrictions to A spokesman Co., a Nashville

headquarters. "Each distributor is assigned certain accounts to which they can distribute," Lindner says. "On occasion, we may find that a distributor is distributing beyond the people they're supposed to. That's the only instance they're told not to distribute." He says that the client lists for distributors are made up "based BILLBOARD

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on holes in our overall distribution. We use independent to fill in the gaps."

distributors

Adds Lindner, "The only thing we're attempting to do is keep our distribution clean in terms of making sure that if you have agreed that you're going to distribute to X, Y, and Z, you only distribute to them. There's a product shortage for Nintendo this year, so we're not expanding our distribution beyond where it currently is." Hough says T &T told him in early November that it could no longer sell Nintendo to him and that later Paradies refused. He says he has tried no other sources.

p Com chisee; West Coast Video is more regimented. "When you're putting your life savings into something, you want someone who appreciates that this is a big step for you, instead of someone who views you as another person to fill out the forms," he says. "The president of Palmer Video, Peter Balner, spent the whole day with me."

In Windy Schultz's store is in a 2,300 square -foot space, in which he intends to do business through the holidays; after Jan. 1, he will move to a 4,000- square -foot location. Schultz has been promoting his store through fliers, often circulated by other merchants in the shop-

ping center, including pizza parlors, a dry cleaner, and a nail salon. Bill Kubic, who owns the Palmer

Video outlet on West Diversey in Chicago, says he chose Palmer Video over Blockbuster for financial reasons and over West Coast Video

"because Palmer's rental program and store presentation were preferable." Kubic's store opened in mid November. "We're advertising in the newspaper and through direct mail," he says, "and possibly we'll start advertising on cable."

Dealers Redouble Efforts To Restrict Viewing By Minors

U.K. Gov't, Trade Groups Meet On Vid Act BY NIGEL HUNTER

LONDON The British government believes that the Video Recordings Act of 1984 is working as intended but wants the home video industry to redouble its efforts to prevent showings of unrated or age- restricted videos to young people.

These were the major conclusions of a private meeting Nov. 29 of the U.K. Government Home Secretary Douglas Hurd, the British Videogram Assn., and the Video Trade Assn. Hurd was accompanied by Tim Renton, Secretary of State in the Home Office, and several senior Home Office civil servants. The BVA delegation comprised chair-

man David Rozalla, vice chairman

Iain Muspratt, director general Norman Abbott; VTA chairman Derek Mann, VTA legal standards officer Lawrence Brown, and Bev Ripley of Cityvision also attended. Hurd expressed pleasure about the way the Video Recordings Act of 1984 is working pow that it is fully implemented after a phase -in period. He believes, however, that there is a need for better public appreciation of the beneficial effects of the act. He is concerned about the need for better information about videos for the public in general and parents in particular; the necessity of dealing with the showing in video outlets of age-restricted trailers and trailers for age- restricted

films; the showing of unrated or

age- restricted videos in hotels, coaches, and similar outlets; and the excessively lurid nature of some video packaging. The video industry representatives reminded Hurd of the self regulatory systems that the industry has already voluntarily adopted to deal with trade -press advertising and packaging. They also assured him that they were developing further remedies to deal with the other problems he raised. Planned measures include a $184,000 generic national press advertising campaign in January by video distributors intended to correct the public's remaining miscon(Continued on next page)

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BRIT GOV'T, YID TRADE MEET (Continued from preceding page) ceptions about video; the addition to all videos released during a period of several months of commercials intended to educate video viewers about the Video Recordings Act and the system of classification it introduced; and the use of larger and more informative descriptive labels on the cassettes themselves. BVA members have agreed that videos to be seen by the public should not be accompanied by trailers for titles that are more severely restricted than the movies they accompany, and trailers for age- restricted material should not be included in promotional cassettes issued to the trade for instore use. The video representatives also informed Hurd that they intend to develop a self -regulatory code of practice for which they would seek the support of all sections of the industry not only to ensure better observance of the Video Recordings Act but also to deal with matters not covered by legislation, such as the display of classification information in retail outlets. Such a code and the sanctions re-

quired for its enforcement would need the approval of the Office of Fair Trading, and the delegates said they hope they will receive Home Office support in this. The video representatives have also tried to persuade those responsible for the showings of videos in coaches and hotels to refrain from showing titles that are unrated or age restricted. The Copyright, Designs & Patents Act of 1988 is a new factor that may prove beneficial in this respect. The video delegates also promised to urge the Video Packaging Review Committee to be more severe when censoring the packaging of horror videos. At the conclusion of the meeting, Hurd warned the video repre-

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short term the government has no intention of introducing additional video legislation, the possibility that a member of parliament might wish to introduce a private bill should not be overlooked. Also, any failure on the part of the video industry to develop its self- regulatory systems might also lead to legislation.

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RETAIL TRACK (Continued from page 46) CHRISTMAS STAR: It's a month or two too early for the album to be certified platinum, but indie label Amer-

ican Gramaphone shipped more than 1.1 million copies of the new Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album before the end of November. In years past, returns on the act's previous seasonal set were only in the 5% range, but that title has always been in short supply, so percentage may not apply to the new album.

GREAT DATE: Steve Bennett, VP of marketing for The Record Bar, is

among the many merchants happy with the way the calendar falls this year, noting there are two more days than usual this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas and that with Christmas falling on a Sunday, music stores will lose what is typically the weakest day of the week. Meanwhile, he points out, the last-minute rush on Christmas Eve should beef up sales on Saturday (24), which is traditionally a strong day anyway. "The calendar is perfect," says Bennett. "You lose the worst day of the week and you gain the best day of the week." Last year, Christmas fell on a Friday. Leap year moves the holiday back the extra day, which gives merchants the Saturday they would have lost with a 28-day February.

RACKIN' AND ROLLIN': Interstate Group toasted its new, 60,000square -foot facility in Hagerstown, Md., Dec. 9. Its previous plant, located in the same city, was 40,000 square feet. An existing building was remodeled to specifications, "with high ceilings and everything on one floor,"

says Richard Greenwald, president of the company. "We couldn't have gotten through Christmas in the old place."

COMIN' IN THE BACK DOOR: While many firms marketing computer systems and point-of-sale software begin at the store end, low-key Distribution Resources Co. in suburban

Denver "kind of came around

TOAD HALL IS NOSTALGIA BUFF'S DREAM (Continued from page 47)

through the back door in that we started automating the warehouse operation," says Joe Peters, compa-

cause large outfits have little problem bringing in big quantities of A titles, a chief benefit of PPT. This brought a retort from Ron Berger, president of Rentrak, the aggressive PPT -development firm: "Many large chains are interested. Erol's has been going around town out here talking about PPT with the studios," said Berger. Also in the audience at the Universal Sheraton during the tumultuous debate was Music Plus' Lou Fogelman.

ny president. Distribution Resources has been working with Music Plus in automating the Los Angeles -based chain's audio, and the companies are now involved in a joint effort on video. According to Lou Fogelman, president of Music Plus, the arrangement for video is "somewhat proprietary but is also a way of possibly helping us get back some of our research-and -development investment" should the system be developed for FROM ALL OF US: The column other chains. hopes all retailers, one-stops, and A 12-year -old firm, Distribution Reracks are racking up a good Christsources initially was involved in of- mas. Retail Track, despite the byline, fice- product distribution and industriwould never happen without the al firms. "We have 250 customers guidance of Geoff Mayfield, retail and 650 installed sites," says Peters, editor in New York, and the helpful acknowledging that he is probably editing of West Coast bureau chief not a familiar face in prerecorded au- Dave DiMartino, plus a host of other dio retailing. "We looked at all the elves who labor long and tediously. technology we were using and real- Many thanks all around. ized the cash drawers, terminals, and so on had applications in the music Start 1989 with a new habit. Call and video business, where there is Retail Track and Earl Paige at such a rush to automate," sums up 213-273-7040. Peters.

RAPPIN' AND ROLLIN': One of

the wildest ideas around these days comes from independent label Jam Kru Records, which just bowed a record store inside its roller-skating rink, World of Wheels on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. The rink is the brainchild of label owners Sam Wells and his sister Elizabeth. The skating facility's library is already computerized so that music is synchronized as in dance clubs.

BIG WEBS EYE PPT: It's all on the hush, but apparently several large chains-combo as well as specialty webs -want to do pay-per -transaction or some variation on their own. The subject surfaced in L.A. during a fiery debate on PPT at a recent Video Software Dealers Assn. chapter meeting (Billboard, Dec. 3). Tom Burnett, VP at Virgin Video, asserted that large chains are not in favor of PPT because it strengthens smaller chains and independents and be-

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market woes have also contributed to the upsurge. "When the stock market crashes, people look for things to collect. It's a popular form of investment, reflecting the value of inflation." Of the $13,000-$14,000 in sales per month, approximately $6,000$7,000 is contributed by records. Bev Mason describes business as "steady, not seasonable" and says more local customers come in during cold weather, while warm temperatures bring out the collectors. "About 50% of our business is Rockford customers," she says. "However, in terms of sales volume, two-thirds of our business is from out of town." Many overseas collectors seek out Toad Hall, according to Larry Mason.

"We recently sold a Beatles autograph to a Japanese customer for $300," he says. "We sell thousands of records to jukebox owners in Sweden-if you own a 78 jukebox, there aren't many places you can buy records." The Masons have made Toad Hall as available as possible to its diverse, loyal clientele, closing the store only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. "This is like street theater, and we're on stage seven days a week," says Larry Mason, adding, "We're like a little ivory tower off by ourselves, off the beaten path and still surviving. Here, we can eat our cake and sell it, too."

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Copy -Depth Forecasts Make Movie Monitor Unique ized his own stores from their inception five years ago, capturing data later used to develop his Mov-

BY BRUCE HARING

NEW YORK "How much is enough ?" asks a character in the film "Wall Street," which is now on home video. Rich Thorward believes he has the answer in relation to depth of copy at video stores. The president of the six -store Home Video Plus chain of Glen Rock, N.J., Thorward has devel-

ie Monitor projections. "Basically, I started looking

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how many rentals we would do on titles at various time periods -30 days, 60 days, 90 days, then 200

days-then compared it with other data on how those films had done

oped The Movie Monitor, a weekly newsletter that provides projections of the number of copies a video retailer should buy of a particular title. Each week's newsletter contains six weeks' worth of information, organized by week of video release, with projections provided in advance of preorder dates. The Movie Monitor projection is based on a computer- generated mathematical model developed by Thor ward as a tool for his own video chain. "In talking to people who have subscribed, one of the things that

`You see how

many copies you should consider; from there you can debate it up or down' theatrically," he says. The Movie Monitor details 10 different bits of information on each release, breaking down details on the film's category (action, comedy, etc.), Motion Picture Assn. of America rating, star power (based on the leading actors), reviews (averaging major critics' reviews), legs (length of theatrical run), and the projected number of copies to buy per thousand rental -customer transactions per week, a figure that Thorward claims he can develop to 90% accuracy.

makes them comfortable is the fact that we're a video store and use [the newsletter formula] for our own buying. We face the same situation they do every week." Thorward, a former VP of marketing at RCA Records, has a background in computers and engineering, along with an M.B.A. from Harvard's business school in statistical analysis. He computer-

Thorward also includes a special plus /minus variable, which measures "my own judgment." "If I feel the model is overpredicting, [the plus /minus] says `be careful, buy lower than this,' like 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 4.' The particular demand is atypical; my gut feeling is that it will not do

that well in video. "We started using it a year and a half ago in our buying, and it made it that much better," he

says. "You see how many copies you should begin considering, and from there you can debate it up or down. I can't say it's an exact crystal ball, but it gives you the ballpark you're supposed to be in." Thorward, after test -marketing the "'newsletter through a purchased mailing list of video dealers, gained 100 trial subscribers. More than 90% have renewed the subscriptions, he claims. "The mathematical model assumes that satisfactory financial return can be achieved with an average of 50 rentals per copy during the first 90 days of release and that half of that consumer demand should be satisfied in the first 30 days of release at an average turn of 23 rentals per copy," Thorward says. Thorward has already gotten some feedback from the Disney

and Touchstone video wings,

which asked him for a projection

on the copy needs spawned by the video release of "Three Men And A

Baby."

"Interestingly, if you multiply

my figure [developed on depth of copy for "Three Men "] by 25,000, you will come up with the national level for national rental copies," Thorward says. "I predicted 21.5 copies per thousand times 25,000, which was 550,000 -really close to

the amount they actually used." Thorward notes that the Movie Monitor's projection is per 1,000 transactions. "A transaction is an invoice produced, not a rental," he says. "A transaction may involve more than one rental. It's a measure of customers coming into your store, which varies for the time of year. The projection can be adjusted by store and /or seasons as well as customers' movie category preferences." Subscriber reaction to the Movie Monitor was found to be favorable in a brief survey. Robert J. Eubanks, the owner of Cinemasters in Bushnell, Fla., formerly used a seat-of- the -pants

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depth. He finds the Movie Monitor "a valuable tool." "We don't go by it religiously, but it gives us a check and balance," Eubanks says. "We squeeze and tailor it to fit our community. We come up with our numbers, and if there's a deviation, we know it's because of our local num-

bers."

Bonnie Keeney, owner of Keen-

ey's Video in West Babylon, N.Y., uses the Movie Monitor "to get a ballpark idea of how well [a title] did in the theaters. I like it. I don't [purchase] the number it says, but it gives me a decent idea." Keeney formerly compiled her own buying information from various magazines. "[Movie Monitor] puts it all on one piece of paper," she says. "It saves me time." Direct mail and some limited advertising will be used to develop new subscribers, beginning in January. The newsletter is offered for a 13 -week trial subscription at $48.75 ($3.75 per week). For more information, contact 800-222 -7710.

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oversee such existing services as the association's bank card, business insurance, and health insurance programs. Lauer will also use her wholesaling background as VSDA's liaison with distributors. She is also likely to serve as liaison for the Distributors Council, the coalition that first met in March 1988. Henley, who now serves as director of membership services, will assume her newly created position when Lauer comes on board in-January. Although her title will change, Henley's responsibilities will still lie in the area of member registration. She will, however, concentrate more on recruiting re-

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Major Labels Are Suddenly Singing a Different Tune While Indies Grow Stronger as Rap Emerges as the Most Popular and Vital New Music Form of the '80s By DAVID NATHAN

o matter how times the music industry may have attempted to dictate exactly what the listening and buying public should or should not like, inevitably it is those folk who, week in and week out, take their hard -earned cash and purchase recorded product that represent a true barometer of what's really happening musically at any point in time. Just a few years ago, rap music was dismissed as a fad, a passing trend created by what many lofty music executives would have termed a sub -culture, an East Coast phenomenon with limited appeal, a music form designed to incite violence, racism, promiscuity and drug- taking: in other words, something to be either ignored or squashed. In 1989, with millions of dollars being spent by consumers on rap by such major artists in the field as D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, L.L. Cool J, many

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EPMD, Kool Moe Dee, Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy, the Fat Boys, Whodini, Salt -N -Pepa, Doug E. Fresh, J.J. Fad, Big Daddy Kane, M.C. Lyte, among others, major companies are singing a very

different tune as rap emerges as one of the most popular and vital forms of expression in the '80s. With radio continuing to be erratic-and still for the most part resistant its reponse to rap, comparisons with the industry's initial reaction to rock'n'roll when it emerged as a dominant force in the '50s are inevitable. The element of rebellion is still there: rap is the music of today's teenagers, even if the appreciation for it has filtered through to other demographics. The generation gap, between the makers of the music and those who market, play and sell it, is a reality: if some record executives were to be totally honest, their comprehension and appreciation for rap is based entirely on just how much revenue the music is currently generating for their corporations. For the most part, executives' understanding of the message being delivered by the purveyors of rap is limited: in the entertainment industry, where drug habits and sexual excess have oftentimes been part of a behind -closed -doors lifestyle for so many, it must be particularly interesting (and clearly a matter of great hypocrisy) for those participating in such a lifestlye to have to confront the young men and women of rap who are so blatantly speaking out against such practices to today's

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rap's popularity has increased, so have allegations that the music promotes violence and that rappers present negative images. To pinpoint where the most resistance to rap is coming from and who is promoting misconceptions about the music, Billboard interviewed a variety of rappers ranging from well known artists like Ice -T, Stetsasonic and J.J. Fad to lesser -known but promising acts such as Def As

concerns that directly affect today's youth, whether they're the offspring of middle income families living in the suburbs of Los Angeles or the children of single parents struggling to survive the pressures of a drug -filled, low- income environment in Bed -Sty, Brooklyn. Any examination of rap's lyrical content reveals a very high percentage of anti -violent, antidrug messages, many aimed at improving self-esteem, en-

couraging the youth of the '80s to continue their educa-

tion and approach adulthood with a positive approach. Taking into account the obvious generation gap and all that goes with it, no surprise then that the executives of major companies -often berated for their ivory tower -like inability to relate to the streets have been forced to create partnerships with new, young, aggressive, dynamic entrepre-

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At Cold Chillin' Records, the key to success is clearly teamwork. "The Juice Crew" (company CEO Tyrone Williams and label artists Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, M.C. Shan, Kool G. Rap and Glamorous) alongside industry vet and company president Lenny

Fichtelberg, provide the backbone for the company's

growth, according to Williams. "We are one huge family and we're unique because 'The Juice Crew' is actually a profit-

sharing entity within Superstar Artist Management, the management wing of the company. Plus each act has come to us through another so everybody works with everyone else." Celebrating its second formal year in existence in January, Cold Chillin' has a distribution deal with Warner Bros., which began in November 1987, prior to which as an independent, the company had scored heavily with records by Shante ( "Roxanne's Revenge ", one of 1985's biggest rap records), and "Have a Nice Day," Marl, Shan and Markie. Since the Warner Bros. deal, the company has had successful albums with Markie, Kane, Marl and Shan; plus singles by Markie and Kool G. Rap which have done well: "It's a (Continued on page R-10) DECEMBER 24, 1988

Most criticize the mainstream news media while others attack the middle -class black establishment- including black radio and major black publications such as Ebony and Jet. Some criticize other rappers. Interestingly, none of the rappers say anything against the Parents' Music Re-

source Center (PMRC), which has often

neurs and innovative, farsighted industry veterans who comprise the relatively small ear-to- the -ground, street -wise music community. Companies like Cold Chillin', Def Jam, Jive, First Priority, Strong City and Tommy Boy and their bright, in -tune personnel have provided exactly what corporate entities like CBS, Warner Bros., RCA, MCA and Atlantic need: an entry into a highly lucrative arena which requires a very different creative and marketing approach from that generally utilized by major labels. The smaller labels have given, in most cases, larger companies a bloodline directly into rap. For their part, the majors through their powerful, effective distribution and promotion machinery-have allowed the product by rap artists to sell literally millions of units worldwide. A look at some of the main labels with distribution deals through major companies reveals that, by and large, the marketing plans devised for rap are jointly designed, with the smaller companies offering their obvious expertise in methods for reaching rap's audience in a direct way; whilst the network of resources at the disposal of a major corporation allow for the implementation of more sophisticated approaches. Unanimously, the creative process is entirely generated by the distributed labels and although major company executives may have input into release patterns and, on occasion, choice of singles for release, the all important signing and development of acts is the prerogative of company owners and presidents at the handful of key

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denounced rap as pro -violence. ICE -T: Los Angeles' best known rapper asserts that almost all of the resistance to rap is coming from the "black bourgeoisie." "I don't think the negative propaganda about rap comes from the true black community .J. Fad: Baby D, MC JB, Sassy C. comes from the bourgeois black community, which hate. Those are the blacks who have an attitude that because I wear a hat and a gold chain, I'm a nigger and they're better than me," Ice says. M.C. Hammer "The bourgeois blacks term Freddie Jackson 'good R &B' and rap as `nigger music, too black.' The black bourgeois middle class don't want their kids to listen to this 'nigger music.' "A lot of the negative rap against rap comes from black radio, which is run by the black bourgeoisie," Ice continues. "In Black Radio Exclusive, they haven't even charted my [current] album [as of Nov. 14]. `Power's' No. 9 Billboard and damn near gold, and BRE won't even chart it. What kind of bullshit is that? How is it that can have the No. 1 black album on Warner Bros., and black radio isn't even pushing me half as hard as they're pushing R &B? [Black station KJLH -FM in L.A.] won't play my record. I'm the biggest rap artist out of L.A., and KJLH won't play my record. Don't they have any loyalty to a brother from L.A. who's been on TV trying to do something positive? My feeling is, 'Fuck KJLH.' When `Power' goes gold, it's gonna be, `Black radio, stop Shinehead frontin'. You're making yourselves look fucking stupid.' So the main problem is not the PMRC or white people-it's the bourgeois blacks and black -on -black prejuKool Moe Dee dice." J.J. FAD: Juana "MC JB" Burns of J.J. Fad estimates that 80% of Boogie Down Productions the bias against rap comes from outside the black community and cites the mainstream news media as the main source of misinformaPublic Enemy: Chuck D, Terminator tion. X, Flavor Flay "Whenever something happens at a rap concert, the publicity is so much worse than if it was a rock'n'roll concert or a baseball game," Burns contends. "Rappers get blamed, and it's really unfair. If it happens at a rock'n'roll concert, there's publicity. But if it happens at a rap concert, there's a lot more publicity. And also, if you go to a baseball game and someone's rooting for the wrong team, they're gonna fight in the stands but you're not gonna hear much about that either." The other 20 %, she says, comes from well- meaning but uninformed black parents. "When there's a rap concert, parents are like, 'No way. Those concerts are violent,' " Burns explains. "They're worried about their children, and that's natural, because our parents do care. But parents need to understand that the music is not promoting violence." (Continued on page R -6)

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ACTIVE INDIES: Rap's Cutting Edge Seeks Next New Creative Frontiers to Stay Sharp-and Successful By ALEX HENDERSON

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n the last few years, most major labels have become rapconscious to some degree; and yet, independent labels or "indies" continue to be the artistic and creative backbone of the music industry where rap is concerned. Because literally dozens of rap- conscious indies exist in the U.S., this article isn't meant to be all- inclusive. Instead, it examines the indies that are successful because they have been on rap's cutting edge -not in spite of it, but because of it. Those who claim that all rap sounds alike fail to realize that the genre is consistently evolving. Eleven of the 12 indies profiled below assert that because of rap's evolution, they must seek innovation and creativity and be willing to explore new territory if they are to remain successful. Besides a desire to experiment, the parallels between the labels interviewed seem to be: (1) a liberal policy regarding demo tapes, (2) a strong commitment to artist development as opposed to dropping an artist if his/her first album doesn't sell and (3) strong grass- roots, street -level promotion. Below are summaries of how indies are or have been breaking new ground in rap. All of the labels are New York based unless otherwise noted. PROFILE: Those who still consider rap to be a passing fad need to take an honest look at the history of Profile Records, which has become the nation's No. 1 indie because of rap specifically, Run -D.M.C., whose albums have gone either triple platinum ( "Raising Hell "), platinum ( "Tougher than Leather ") or gold ( "King of Rock" and "Run -D.M.C. "). With its hard, often rock -oriented sound, the Queens duo made the white rock audience take notice of rap. Profile president Cory Robbins has been offered distribution deals by majors but declined them because his goal is to become as big as a major without major label affiliation. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, although Profile's No.1 indie status isn't being jeopardized by Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock, whose melodic "It Takes Two" sold over 306,000 copies and was a major hit in the pop, dance and R &B markets. Profile also has its eye on the British rap scene -an area both majors and indies are neglecting in the U.S. Besides having the vision to provide domestic distribution for London's Derek B., Profile recently released a compilation of British rap titled "Hard As Hell, Vol. 2." TOMMY BOY: "Rap put us on the map," says Monica Lynch, president of Tommy Boy-which first hit big in 1982 with Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock." In 1988, the company's biggest rap act is Stetsasonic, which has a major hit with the jazz -influenced "Talking All That Jazz." 1988 was also the year in which Tommy Boy hired Dante Ross as a rap -only A &R person. Lynch says that the label's 1988 signings represent a trend toward what she terms "the New School of Rap" -not New School as in the Beastie Boys or L.L. Cool J, but New School as in melodic, club- conscious signings De La Soul, whose psychedelic sound invites comparisons to Sly Stone and Funkadelic; the reggae -influenced Latifa; and Black By Demand, who Lynch describes as having a "mass appeal type of sound." "The way the New School of rappers dress, the way they rhyme is different from what's been going on in New York for the past four years," Lynch says. "It's not a Run -D.M.C. or an L.L. Cool J style. The New School doesn't have anything to do with macho posturing or busting a gold chain." Tommy Boy's strength, she feels, is its determination to remain on the cutting edge even if a rapper isn't an immedi-

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"The thing that allows an independent to compete in a genre where the big boys are competing is the fact that rap is continually reinventing itself," Lynch asserts. "Every six months, there's a new wrinkle in the fabric. If I'm gonna compete against CBS and Warner Bros., I'd better have something to offer that's able to surpass their hype and leverage. We're definitely trying to find artists that are on the (Continued on page R-16)

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ARTISTS ON IMAGE: Pinpointing Resistance to New Youth Wave (Continued from page R-5) DON BARON: Don Baron, who records a blend of reggae and hip -hop for Strong City/MCA, also feels that the mainstream news media's coverage of rap shows is slanted and that "the majority of" anti -rap feelings come from outside the black community. "If violence breaks out at a rap concert," Baron says, the first thing you hear is, 'Violence breaks out at rap concert. One person killed.' But if someone gets hurt at a Luther Van dross concert or a rock concert, you rarely hear whose concert it was. If a few people cause a problem at a rap concert, the media blames the rappers. That's not right." THE REALITY CREW: The Reality Crew, an L.A.-based teen -age group that specializes in message songs, recently recorded their debut 12 -inch single, "Drive -By Shooting" a song decrying gang violence -for Coast To Coast Records. Stoney, a 17- year -old member of the Crew, estimates that about 70% of the bias against rap comes from the black community and 30% from outside. "My teachers at school have said they're glad our record is putting a positive message across," Stoney says. "That's what the Reality Crew is all about -peace and positive messages." LADY B: Lady B, who was the first female rapper, recorded a 12 -inch single titled "To The Beat, Y'all," which Sugar-

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hill released in 1979. Since then, she's made a name for herself as a DJ and hosts a rap show on Philadelphia's Power 99 FM. Lady B says that "at least 70 %" of the anti -rap propaganda comes from outside the black community but stresses that she doesn't see the propaganda as a racial issue.

"It's a prejudice against a new music form called hip hop," she says. "People don't understand it. They don't relate to it, and they won't open their minds and their ears to it just as they wouldn't open their minds to rock'n'roll in the '50s. We're fighting the same battle rock'n'roll had to fight to be accepted as a legitimate music form. "The thing is that rap music includes lyrics about violence, about drugs and about sex. And before they give rappers a chance to say whether they're pro -violence or antiviolence, they just stereotype them automatically without giving them a fair chance." Lady B says that, in fact, rappers are educating and informing youths by addressing important social issues: "These records are very beneficial to teenagers. What these kids are saying is nothing different than what we read in the New York Post or what we see on `20/20,' and it's necessary that they say it because you're not gonna get a teenager to sit down and read a newspaper or watch '20/20.' These kids will listen to what a rapper has to say about crack or gang violence before they will listen to a parent." M.C. SHAN: M.C. Shan feels that 80% of the anti -rap bias comes from outside the black community and denounces the mainstream news media as a major source of misinformation. As for the remaining 20 %, he says that black radio isn't giving rap enough airplay and that leading black publications such as Ebony and Jet aren't giving it enough coverage.

"It's like being degraded by your own people," Shan complains. "Ebony and Jet are basically black magazines. And if a white rock'n'roll magazine like Rolling Stone or Spin can put a rapper on the cover and Ebony and Jet won't, that means there's really something wrong." Shan doesn't believe that all rappers are blameless, how ever-he says that some rappers make it look bad on all rappers: "Rap's biggest enemies are the rappers who do [sexually] explicit lyrics. They're the main reason all the negative propaganda comes along- because of certain rap groups. The 2 Live Crew are the most nasty, foul- mouthed people in America, talkin' 'bout 'We Want Some Pussy' and 'Throw The D.' They make it look bad on me and everybody else that comes along and is positive. And people look at the Beastie Boys and said, 'They're acting like a typical black rap group would act.' The Beastie Boys fucked up with their negative aspect." THE 2 LIVE CREW: Luke Skyywalker, leader of The 2 Live Crew and owner of Luke Skyywalker Records, emphatically denies that the group's sexually explicit lyrics are negative he sees them as the musical counterpart of Richard Pryor or (Continued on page R -13)

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Professional Suicide or Cultural Smokescreen? By DAN STUART Black radio is retarded!" proclaims Bill Adler, publicity director for Rush Productions, the world's most suc-

cessful rap management firm, whose roster includes the mulit- platinum selling Run -D.M.C., L.L. Cool J and the Beastie Boys. "We've never received radio play commensurate with our true popularity, and if we did, there isn't an urban station in the country that would be playing less than 30% to 40% rap," Adler says. Some of Adler's assertions are supported by raw statistics. Rap records are selling briskly, in many cases outselling major mainstream recording stars. However, programmers maintain that for them to inject more rap into their playlists could mean professional suicide. Each week, Billboard publishes separate charts of the 40 black singles receiving the most airplay, and the 40 black singles generating the most sales. Examining the chart performance of rap singles on the black charts exposes a very real reluctance on the part of black radio to play rap singles that are obviously outselling other selections on their conventional playlists. Case in point: "Keep Rising To The Top" by Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew spent 13 weeks in the top 40 sales

chart, including five weeks in the top five, and peaking at No. 2. During the same time period, the single climbed no higher than No. 12 on the airplay chart. Case in point: "Strictly Business," the debut album by rap group EPMD, spent three weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Black Album chart this summer, and spent seven weeks in the top three. The album's first single, You Gots To Chill," spent 10 weeks on the singles' sales chart, peaking at No. 16, while the title track spent seven weeks on the singles' sales chart, peaking at No. 18. So how did EPMD do on the airplay chart? Each of the group's singles spent exactly one week on the chart, the former peaking at No. 40, and the latter at No. 37. Case in point: "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & D.J. E -Z Rock spent 21 weeks (!) on the sales chart, peaking at No. 10, and never entered the airplay chart at all. "Every time Run -D.M.C. comes out with a new record, even after five years of nothing but success, they're treated [by black radio] as if they're a new artist," laments Adler. "Their records might be 'tested' by black radio, while someone like Prince, whose last two albums haven't sold nearly as well as Run -D.M.C.'s, is automatically added to every black radio playlist in the country. If Run- D.M.C. got that kind of consideration and support from radio, they'd be five times

they're huge now. think that scares black radio." Analyzing the black airplay charts for the first 46 weeks of 1988 offers a "top 10 rap airplay" list which provides an excellent look at the national attitude of black radio toward rap music. Five of the songs were by rap artists who have "crossed pop" (Salt -N- Pepa's "Shake Your Thing," D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Nightmare on My Street," L.L. Cool J's "Goin' Back to Cali," Run -D.M.C.'s "Run's House "), Kool Moe Dee, whose music and literate rap style makes him more appealing to adults, had three of the top 10 ( "How Ya Like Me Now," "Wild Wild West" and "Let's Go "), one was a rap ballad by Heavy D. & the Boyz ( "Don't You Know "), and one was a mellow mood rap by Doug E. Fresh ( "Keep Rising to the Top "). Of the 28 rap songs that cracked the Sales Top 40, only 16 cracked the airplay chart, and there was a dramatic drop in the point totals for those songs that were not included in the above -mentioned "top 10." This indicates that black radio is interested in playing only the most accessible, least offensive rap records on the market, despite their sales performance. (Continued on page R -21) as big as they are, and

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the industry to name the top producers in rap and certain names are mentioned every time. Hurby "Lovebug" Azor (Salt -N -Pepa, Dana Dane), Marley Marl (Cold Chillin'), Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder (Public Enemy), Ted Riley (Kool Moe Dee), Doctor Dre and Eazy -E (J.J. Fad, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince) and L.A. Posse (L.L. Cool J) are at the top of the lists. But what are they and others like them doing to keep rap "fresh" and avoid a post fad letdown? "First of all, it ain't no fad," states Doctor Dre, who took three girls from Los Angeles called J.J. Fad to platinum success with a tune called "Supersonic." "So we don't have to avoid any letdown. Rap is not going to go away; it's only going to get bigger. Rap is from the streets and as the streets change, rap changes. It keeps itself fresh." Marley Marl. who at Cold Chillin' Records, distributed by Warner Bros., produces such acts as Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, as well as himself and many others, concurs that rap isn't a fad, but he realizes that producers like himself must be innovative to keep the market healthy. started out as an underground "Rap is like rock'n'roll thing and it just grew, and it's still here today," states Marl. "But producers have to work to keep it fresh. For example, Ask anyone in

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with Big Daddy Kane's 'Ain't No Half Steppin',' we took him into a musical thing. R &B radio picked up on it, started playing it and adults like it because it wasn't hard core hip -hop, but Big Daddy Kane was still saying the same stuff he's been saying. Right now, I'm going in that direction. And I'll do other things. You've got to keep up with it. "You've got to be from the streets to know what rap is about, or at least be out there to know what's going on. I'm out there. You have to be. And from being out there you will see where and how rap is evolving." Ice -T, along with his partner Afrika Islam, produces himself, but recently signed a mega deal with Epic Records to produce other acts. "Now, if a label like Epic is going to give me, Ice -T, two million dollars to run a rap label, they know where the money is. So, there ain't no fad, and there's no fad letdown coming soon." Ice -T sees the rap artist peaking, going down and then replaced by other rap artists, each selling just a little bit more than their predecessors. "It comes in generations. The first generation was people like Grandmaster Flash, the Sugarhill Gang, the Cold Crush Brothers -and Kool Moe Dee was in that group too. Then along came the second generation: Run -D.M.C., Whodini, the Fat Boys, and they really broke rap wide open. They took it to a wider audience. "Currently, we are in the third generation: Eric B. & Ra-

kim, Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Ice -T. And there will be a fourth generation soon. Just like the third generation looked at Run and said, 'I can do that and do it better,' the fourth will say it and go out and do it. Rap will keep growing, changing, progressing. It's not a fad." By progressing, rap is frequently used by "non -rap" artists like Bobby Brown who integrated it into his No. 1 song, "Don't Be Cruel." Although it is not the hard hip -hop frequently looked down upon by producers like Eazy -E and Doctor Dre, it is a sign of the times and exposes rap and the rap artist to a wider audience. M.C. Hammer, who recently signed with Capitol, takes rap into the dance format. Is that a trend of the future? According to M.C. Hammer, it is, at least for him: "I'm taking it in that direction. I'm tired of rap artists pacing the stages like caged tigers and lions and not putting on a show. So, the acts am going to produce, along with myself, will be dance. Rap is changing, and each artist will have their distinctive style, but it will still be rap." Full Force sees it basically the same way. Although this producing team may be more famous for Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, and what they did for Samantha Fox, James Brown, Patti LaBelle and currently, LaToya Jackson and Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley, they were also responsible for the beginning (Continued on page R-21) I

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growing process," Williams says of the relationship with Warner Bros., "because it takes time to get to know how each of us works. The marriage [with Warner Bros.] is a good one and we chose the label because we received personal treatment from the company's executives, we were made to feel welcome." Cold Chillin' product receives the benefit of a network of clubs and radio: "We stay in touch on the street level with people throughout the country and we work with Warner Bros.' regional promotion people," Williams says. He says that the label's executives "insist that every record we put out has some kind of message on it, no matter how slight or how simple. We plan to do more and more message -type records, to become even more involved with the community and letting young people know that, given a chance, they can do anything." Future product due from Cold Chillin' includes sets by Roxanne Shante and T.J. Swann ( "our first R &B singing album "). Bill Stephney, VP at Def Jam, characterizes the New York based label as remaining very much "at street level. The company was created by people who grew up listening to rap in its early days, who love rap, who have an innate understanding of why rap is so important. We don't just make records, we're also fans," says Stephney. Unquestionably, the label created in 1984 with Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons (who has been managing some of rap's seminal acts such as Kurtis Blow, Run -D.M.C. and Whodini) and now solely owned by Simmons, has become one of the mainstays of rap, spawning sales of several million units with acts that include L.L. Cool J, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Oran 'Juice' Jones. The label's early days as an independent produced strong success on T. La Rock and Jazzy Jay ( "It's Yours "), L.L. Cool J ( "I Need A Beat ") and the Beastie Boys ( "Rock Hard ") produced sufficient interest from major labels that in September, 1985, Def Jam concluded a custom label deal with Columbia. Since the November, 1985 release of L.L. Cool J's debut album, the company has hit home with "The Rain" (by Oran

'Juice' Jones), the four -million selling "Licensed To Ill" album by the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy's 1987 much -acclaimed release "Yo! Bum Rush The Show ", L.L. Cool J's close-to- triple platinum album "Bad" and the soundtrack for the "Less Than Zero" movie (featuring the label's top acts plus Slayer, the Black Flames, Glen Danzig & the Power & Fury Orchestra and Alyson Williams). Additional releases by Chuck Stanley, Tashan, Davy D. and Williams have further established the label, whilst singles by Oran 'Juice' Jones, the Beasties and L.L., Cool J have all been major hits on Billboard's pop charts, even with inconsistent radio support. With current product out by Public Enemy (the gold -plus "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back ") and Original Concept ( "Straight from the Basement of Cooley High ") and an album due in early '89 from L.L. Cool J, Def Jam continues to be a dominant force in the rap field. "We face several challenges as rap becomes the most popular black music around for the '80s," notes Stephney. "Despite the popularity of the music within the black community, black radio has been hesitant [to play it] and although rap is perceived as a lower- class, street -oriented phenomenon, acts such as L.L., Run D.M.C., and Public Enemy grew up in what could be termed as the black middle class, in the suburbs. A lot of rap records have outsold many straight -ahead R &B albums and yet only 10 % -20% of radio people treat rap seriously." Stephney says that Def Jam's awareness of imagery with its artists has contributed in a major way to its success. "Most of our acts have a tangible image-L.L. represents how every 'B -boy' sees himself; the Beasties took their punk heritage and fused it with rap." In its deal with Columbia (which took six months of tough renegotiation in 1988 with no new product released by Def Jam for six months), the company "gets the ball rolling," says Stephney. "We work on a grass -roots level, with programmers at high schools and colleges. We have a network of young independent promoters who stay in tune with what's been played at parties, in the clubs and then we work closely with Columbia in executing the marketing plans we devise." Def Jam's future plans include a venture into mainstream R &B via the soon- to -be- launched Black Gold Records, =

whose roster will include Alyson Williams and veteran soul group Blue Magic. Stephney concludes that rap's image "is slowly improving. We still have to put up with slings and arrows from the media with such things as rap violence, which is actually black teen violence, something that exists at sports games and doesn't receive anything like the same kind of coverage. Crossover? We're not seeking it the way other black music forms have done, subsequently bastardizing their sound after becoming momentarily successful. If our product crosses, fine. If not, that's fine too; we're about making statements and sincerely making art." Going into its third year of business, First Priority Music, with a distribution deal through Atlantic Records, is cementing early success enjoyed as an independent with Audio Two, M.C. Lyte and the Alliance. President and owner Nat Robinson notes that the company's first couple of releases produced sufficiently strong sales to garner interest from the majors. "Audio Two's 'Top Billing' was one of the top rap records of '87, with sales of over 100,000. Our second release, 'I Cram To Understand You' by M.C. Lyte enjoyed strong acceptance too -obviously it took six or seven months as an independent to get the records off the ground." Former Atlantic Records' executive Larry Yasgar initially approached Robinson regarding First Priority Music with a view to a production deal but the label owner "held out for a distribution situation." Starting out in January of '88, the link with Atlantic has produced sales on initial albums by M.C. Lyte (from Brooklyn), Audio Two (Robinson's two sons, Milk D. and Gizmo) and the Alliance. A recently- issued compilation album, "Basement Flavor," featuring the company's top acts plus new acquisitions Positive K., Michie Mee (from Canada) and Danish rapper Soul Shock plus current 12 -inch singles by the Alliance ( "We Could Get Used To This ") Positive K. ( "Step Up Front ") and Michie Mee ( "Victory Is Calling ") continue to reaffirm the label's presence as an emerging force in rap. "Two of our acts -M.C. Lyte and Audio Two -will be involved in a special benefit fighting AIDS and for the Mother Hale House at Carnegie Hall in New York," notes Robinson. "They will be the only rap acts on the bill, alongside stars of opera, jazz, R &B (Continued on page R -14)

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"bourgeois blacks" and the mainstream news media and says that both should take into account the strong social messages rappers are delivering. "Rap is music with a message," Skyywalker says. "R &B just talks about love. Rap touches on a lot of different areas like sex, apartheid, drugs, street life. Today's R &B singers don't want to come nowhere near talking about the kind of

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meaningless lyrics. "A lot of people dislike rap because a lot of rappers tend to abuse the language," says Tee, who records for Strong City/MCA. "Instead of talking about what's going on in the world, they cuss a lot and talk about absolutely nothing. Ice -T cusses a lot, but he does it in a positive way. There's a message in his rap ... older people may hear Ice -T or Chuck D.

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coming out with a positive message against drugs and not even give them a chance because of another rapper who was cussing and talking about nothing." SIR MIX -A -LOT: Seattle "b -boy" Sir Mix -A -Lot insists that those who "diss" rap-90% of whom he says belong to the mainstream media do so because they take references to violence out of context. "I've never heard Kool Moe Dee,

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positions who started out at the bottom. And now that they've worked their way up to the top, rap reminds them of the ghetto, and they don't want to be associated with it. Black radio has a serious problem of forgetting where they came from." L'TRIMM: Bunny of L'Trimm, a Miami -based female duo that records for Atlantic, tells Billboard, "I'd say that maybe 39% of the misconceptions about rap come from blacks now because more whites are getting into it ... Some blacks think it promotes violence and is written by a lot of illiterate people, but that's not the case. Rappers discuss topics that need to be discussed like Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince talking about parents who don't understand. Stetsasonic talks about South Africa on `A.F.R.I.C.A.' We wrote 'Don't Come To My House' to tease girls who say they don't want any guys without money. We're saying it's not right to be materialistic that way." LATIFA: Latifa, a reggae- influenced female rapper who records for Tommy Boy, feels that programmers at black radio stations fail to recognize rap's positive qualities: "Every R &B record that comes out is not the greatest; so they shouldn't be so close- minded about rap ... They have to understand that we guide a lot of young kids. When kids constantly hear rappers saying, 'Don't do drugs, don't do drugs,' there's a chance it will sink in. Rappers are telling people that we don't do drugs; so why destroy your mind and your body? Rappers are making a bigger statement against drugs than people in any other type of music." STETSASONIC: Stetsasonic's Daddy O blames both the mainstream media and some middle class blacks for claiming that rap causes violence. "There's no such thing as rap violence," he insists. "It's just black -on -black crime. By the same token, there's no such thing as rock violence. If there's a fight at an Ozzy Osbourne concert, it's not his fault white -onwhite crime. There's no such thing as music creating violence. "I find that a lot of the misconceptions that the black community has about rap have to do with it being a youth- oriented music ... Most of the people in the black community who look down on rap are older. They act like, `Oh, that's for kids. That's negative and immature.' In a way, they're saying that black youths are negative." TONE LOC: L.A. -based rapper Tone Loc is optimistic. Saying that both blacks and whites spread anti rap propaganda, he quickly adds that people in general will have a better understanding of the music in the next few years. "Rap music is only what you make it," he says. "It can be positive or negative ... White people are pretty much into rap. MTV is primarily rock'n'roll, but they have their little hip -hop segment. As for Ebony and Jet and Essence, they're primarily for older black people. don't think those magazines necessarily see rap as negative -they just don't know enough about it yet."

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One of rap's leading labels is Jive Records, a British based company whose U.S. operation has expanded signifi-

cantly with the success of a number of acts including Billy Ocean. The impact that American hip -hop records and 12inch imported singles were having on street level in the U.K. was not lost on executive Barry Weiss, according to Jive's VP of artist development, Ann Carli. "Barry went to the label's owner Clive Caulder about six years ago and talked about the possibility of making a record around Mr. Magic, a leading New York hip -hop DJ and applying the same technical principles for making any other kind of music, the same studio quality." As it turned out, Magic's hiring by New York radio station WBLS prevented him from making his Jive debut but Magic introduced the label to Jalil Hutchins, who in turn brought in John Fletcher and DJ Grandmaster D. In 1983, Jive put then -fledgling group Whodini with rock musician Thomas Dolby to produce an initial album, "Escape," that went on to gold status. Although label distributors, Arista Records, had a "tentative response" to Whodini, according to Carli, "the album launched the group's career." Subsequent albums, including 1986's "Back To Black" platinum seller, have continued to mark Whodini's development as a major act in the field. In 1986, fueled by their initial success with rap, Jive signed Kool Moe Dee and Steady B., later cementing their commitment with pactings by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Schoolly D. and the Skinny Boys. "At that point, we entered into a new distribution arrangement with RCA [with Arista continuing to distribute product by selected Jive acts including Whodini] and we received a great deal of support for what we were doing," says Carli. A grass roots approach -"we focused early on mom and

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was hearing on the news was the perspective of the police and outsiders -you never get the perspective of the actual guy they're talking about. When saw what these guys wrote, it really hit me that their side of the story is important to tell." Priority's national distribution is handled by Capitol, although Priority controls its own promotion and A &R. Gui Manganiello, Priority's national director of promotion and A &R, signed Lady K. -whose innoI

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vatións include "Riding High," a commentary on female high rollers, and a rap /rock version of Heart's "Never." DELICIOUS VINYL: Like Priority, Delicious Vinyl is concentrating on the raw, hardcore side of L.A. hip hop. Since it was founded by Michael Ross and Matt Dike in late 1987, the label has released only 12 -inch singles. But Delicious, which now has a national distribution deal with Island, has grown to the point that it plans to release debut albums by Young M.C., Tone Loc and Def Jef in early 1989. "If we can help break down the stereotype that all West Coast rap is soft, up -tempo and weak, then I'm all for that," Ross says. "I'm not

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"Hot, Cool And Vicious," became a major hit. "We don't want to [jump on bandwagons] because in the rap and dance music markets, things change so quickly," says Jennifer Buermann, promotions coordinator for Next Plateau. "It's better to work with what you feel is good rather than saying, 'Oh, this sounds like Rob Base, who's doing really well. So maybe we should put it out.' It's important to keep on new things you see happening. Most of the artists we work with are on a pretty small level at first," she continues. "We're willing to take chances on people who are not necessarily so musically out there-they may not have the polish the first time we hear their demo, but you can see the potential." Buermann estimates that about 40% of Next Plateau's current roster is rap. Besides Salt -N -Pepa, the label's key rap figures include the Ultramagnetic M.C.'s & Red Alert and Antoinette. PRIORITY: L.A.'s rap scene is growing rapidly, and L.A. -based Priority is zeroing in on the hardcore side of Southern California hip -hop with N.W.A., Eazy-E and 15 -yearold Lady K. Brian Turner, president of Priority, showed his willingness to take risks when he signed N.W.A. and Eazy -E -acts whose highly graphic depiction of life in L.A.'s tough Compton ghetto probably would have been censored by most majors.

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Although Delicious has the advantage of a national distribution deal with Island, Ross stresses that Delicious has full control over its A &R and promotion. The key to the label's success, Ross says, is keeping its ear to L.A.'s streets. "When Matt and got into this, we never thought we'd have any I

trouble appealing to the East Coast," Ross notes. "We're both deejays, and we come from street backgrounds. We try to put out records we would have played." WEST COAST DISTRIBUTORS: 1988, four L.A. -based indies -Dream Team, Techno -Hop (which Ice -T once recorded for), Kru Cut and Egyptian Empire -severed their ties to Macola Distributors and formed West Coast DisIn January

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specialty is hardcore rap, Lisa Allen -West Coast's VP of operations estimates that about 70% of West Coast's overall product is in the hitech dance /rap vein and about 30% is hardcore. Located in the heart of South Central L.A. and having no major label affiliation, West Coast is very much a grass -roots effort. Allen says that being located in the city's black community helps West Coast keep its ears to the streets. "We might drive down the street and see someone rapping in the park- that's the guy I'm gonna give my card to," she says. "What we deal with basically are the acts no one will touch. A major will pick someone up once they get to a certain point, but nobody wants to touch someone who's just starting out. There's some really good rappers on the streets. A lot of majors won't take the time to listen, but we listen because that's where most of the talent is." LUKE SKYYWALKER: In 1985, Luke Skyywalker- leader of the 2

Live Crew -left his native Riverside, Calif., for Miami and founded Luke Skyywalker Records. The Crew, which built a reputation for recording some of the most X -rated and sexually explicit material this side of Prince, has accounted for much of the label's success. "Move Somethin'," the Crew's latest album, is gold. Besides the Crew, main rappers on the label include Atlanta's M.C. Shy D and Miami rappers Anquette and Le Juan Love.

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tions director for the company, says that Miami's young blacks have been receptive to it because of Skywalker's rapport with them. Like West Coast, Skyywalker Records is located in the heart of the

black community- Miami's Liberty City section -and takes a grassroots approach. "Most of our employees are

kids -Luke employs them after shchool," Marsett says. "We have a teen disco. Luke really communicates with the teenagers in Liberty City...he never lost his insight into the black community." NASTYMIX: This small Seattlebased label owes its success to its willingness to stick with Emerald City rapper Sir Mix -A -Lot. Founded in 1985, the label periodically released only 12 -inch Mix -A -Lot singles until 1988, when it released "Swass," his debut album and the company's only LP thus far. Marketing rap out of Seattle seemingly an unlikely place for hip hop -was a risk that paid off. "Swass" has sold about 400,000 copies, and Nastymix is hoping it

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"Seattle's population is like 10% black -which isn't a lot-but rap has crossed over tremendously into the white population," notes Ramon Wells, a publicist for Nasty mix. "Consequently, rap is doing well here." Besides Mix -A -Lot, Nastymix's rap roster includes Seattle hip -hoppers High Performance and Whiz Kid, a New Yorker. RAP-A -LOT: Like Seattle, Houston seems like an unlikely place for a rap scene. But in fact, Houston is full of rappers, and the city's Rap A -Lot Records is concentrating on Houston hip -hop. "We found that on the streets of Houston, there was a lot of rap talent just hanging around," says Aaron Brauch, the label's business manager. "They couldn't afford to (Continued on page R-20)

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configurations and we picked up the album for a June '88 release." To date, J.J. Fad's album has topped 600,000 units, making it the first rap album in WEA history to achieve such sales status and, says Knesz, "it's headed towards platinum." The executive says the company will continue its relationship with J.J. Fad and possible other product. Over at sister label Atlantic, First Priority Music has provided most of the company's involvement in rap. Merlin Bobb, A &R VP, black music division, says that the corn pany is pleased with the sales on First Priority product. In a different kind of marketing approach, the label issued a special EP on the

group Wrecks -n- Effect, produced by Gene Griffin and Teddy Riley, featuring Teddy's brother Mark. Explains Bobb: "We put out a six -

cut record entitled 'Let's Do It Again' [a rap version of the Staple Singers classic] and marketed it as an album at a special price." Following the pattern, Bobb says the label will put out an EP entitled "The Boy Genius" on new signing Kwmay, produced by Herbie 'Love bug' Azar in January, following an initial single release. Bolstering its commitment to rap, Atlantic picked up female rap duo L'Trimm from Miami -based Timex Records and are hitting home base with the single "Cars That Go Boom" from the group's debut album. "We do have

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lot from our work with First Priority," says Bobb, "since rap relies on almost an underground, very street -oriented approach to sell product. We've definitely learned the importance of getting records out on the street with speed; the

"Basement Flavor" compilation from First Priority was released about five weeks after it was recorded." Capitol has recently begun its foray into rap with the acquisition of M.C. Hammer (as part of a threeact production deal that also includes Ace Juice and 3.5.7.) and King Tee (whose current album release is "Act A Fool ") reports the label's associate director of A &R Michael Brown, who notes that the company signed the Boogie Boys in 1985 and released two albums on the' group before the act left the label this year. "Obviously we've looked at the competition and seen 18 or 19 rap acts with records on Billboard's Top 200. We haven't gone into rap full force because we didn't feel we had anyone really qualified in the area," notes Brown. Product on both new signings is out now, with Hammer's "Let's Get It Started" building on its 70,000 sales base as an indie release, concentrated in the Bay Area. Capitol is new in the arena, says Brown, so our marketing strategy may change

from time to time." A compilation, "The Union," produced by Mark Walker, who mixes for Los Angeles station KDAY, is due for January release. The success that Columbia has enjoyed in rap stems entirely from its association with Def Jam, although Eddie Pugh, VP of promotion, black music & jazz, notes that "at some point in time, there may be some additional involvement." The company's ability to make use of its fast marketing and promotional resources have enabled Def Jam artists to be visible. "There's still a strong resistance to rap at radio," says Pugh. "We feel that if programmers were more selective in listening to the music, they'd find

something they could program. It's reminiscent of the early days of underground rock, with a network that allows it to reach people when radio won't play it." Rap product is still serviced to all black music stations, says Pugh "because we're confident that, at some point, somebody [who's not playing rap] is going to pick up on it. Meanwhile, we service alternative radio, college stations and secondaries as a means of spreading the word." Pugh's marketing colleague at

Columbia's recently revamped black music division, Sara Melendez, says that the label uses a direct-to- the -street marketing approach. "We advertise in high school newspapers, we do giveaways at high schools, we advertise in the community, on street level and we definitely employ a cross market approach because rap obviously doesn't just appeal to one ethnic group." Current Def Jam product receiving support from Columbia includes Public Enemy, whose "Night Of The Living Base heads" is a major anti -drug piece, Original Concept and Slick Rick. With the signing of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five in 1985,

Elektra began to express its corn mitment to rap, notes Primus Robinson, VP of black music marketing & promotion. "We've released four albums and they've all been profitable," says Robinson. The acquisition of two singles by Joeski Love through Vintertainment Records, including "Pee Wee's Dance" in 1986, signalled the beginning of Elektra's relationship with the New York label, resulting in the release of Keith Sweat's mega -selling debut album. The company's approach, says Robinson "is on finding rap that is on the cutting edge, the same approach we use in all other areas of music. As long as we can acquire innovative artists who are saying something new, creative artists who can break new ground, we'll be involved in rap." As an example, Robinson points to rap artist Shinehead and his "Unity" album, an example of the "new reggae rap phenomenon which focuses on (Caribbean) island patois, an affected British accent and American witticisms." With new act Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, Elektra has "a youth- oriented duo, who have a clean cut sound and image." Like other majors, the company relies heavily on "street word of- mouth -sometimes it's almost hipper if audiences don't hear a cut on the radio," Robinson concludes.

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One of the first majors to become involved with rap was Mercury with the late '70s signing of Kurtis Blow. As Wayman Jones, Mercury's VP, urban promotion &

artist relations, points out: "We signed Kurtis at a time when no majors were offering record deals to rap acts. Clearly, the company had the vision to start off in this area at an early stage in its development and now, six albums later, Kurtis continues to generate strong sales for us." Two years ago, PolyGram set a label deal with Tin Pan Apple, which under its recent restructuring is now one of Mercury's distributed labels. "With the Fat Boys, we've had

two platinum -plus albums since '86 and they've had top 40 crossover success, emerging as major media personalities, with their ventures into movies. We were fortunate because the group was already a gold act when we became involved." Also through Tin Pan Apple, Mercury has product on the Latin Rascals, who Jones terms "producers extraordinaire" and the White Boys. Admitting that large record corporations are limited in their ability "to work as quickly as rap music requires," Jones says that Mercury's staff is constantly examining ways "to be more flexible so that we can find out where

A &R black music, at Epic, the label "does plan to jump in with rap

the demand is and meet it. We're

but objectively. It's obviously to our advantage to get involved. We'll definitely be utilizing what's worked for our colleagues at Columbia as we do acquire product in the area. Since we want a well rounded black music roster, rap is an integral part." A second album is due from West Coast -based rapper Kid Flash and through Jerry Greenberg, Sr. VP & GM at (newly created CBS label) WTG Records, a

some radio stations won't play rap because of their concern for losing

major deal is being concluded through Luke Skyywalker on 2 Live Crew. Additionally, product is due from Freeze Factor and Epic is "in conversations with Afrika Bambaata and Ice -T to produce projects for us." With Heavy D. & the Boyz, the L.A. Dream Team, Finesse & Syn-

quis and Mixmaster, MCA has a small but growing roster. The company's gold -plus success with the initial Heavy D. & the Boyz album augers well for the company's future involvement in the arena. "We have had a respectable if not yet earth- shaking response to our rap product but we're still trying and we're very committed to breaking through and having success in this area," says A.D. Washington, VP of promotion, black music. "As a record merchandiser, our strategy is street -oriented; we get the product to jocks who play at parties and at skating rinks where young people hang out. We try to get a good street buzz going and build from that. Obviously, some radio stations feel that the demographics that rap attracts aren't necessarily the ones that advertisers seek; they know that rap is popular but radio still sees how much they can get away with playing or not playing it." MCA will release a Finesse & Synquis album in the first quarter of '89 with product due soon from the

encouraged that, even though advertisers due to rap's demographics, rap still finds its way to the consumers." Jones adds that he predicts further Mercury involvement in the field, noting "it's where music is going, and if you don't go with it, you're likely to go out of business." According to Jheryl Busby, president and CEO at Motown, "Rap is one of the most exciting forms of music and is the street music of the '80s and '90s the way Motown was in the '60s." Although Busby laments that the company "has not been a forerunner, we're in an evolutionary stage of development as a company so we're looking for the right acts, acts that will be trendsetting rap artists and we'd rather be selective than simply jump on the bandwagon." Without question, RCA's distribution deal with Jive has produced very considerable returns for the company in the rap arena and, says Rick Dobbis, executive VP & GM, "We believe it is our responsibility from both a business and creative standpoint to pursue the best music there is. We've had tremendous success with Jive acts; the company is clearly the leading label in the rap business." Dobbis acknowledges that RCA hasn't entered into the area directly simply because "Jive is so active and the music they've brought us is of such high quality and so substantial." With D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince providing multi-million sales, Dobbis says that RCA's approach has been "to give the act the same marketing effort we would any other project on the label. As more of a medium -sized, street -oriented entity now, we are the kind of company that is best equipped to be street BILLBOARD

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MUSIC fighters. We knew 'Nightmare On My Street' would be a big hit as soon as the LP was delivered, but frankly, it was so clear that 'Parents Just Don't Understand' was a universal track that would appeal to a large audience, we went with it. We knew that once pop and R &B radio heard it, provided they could get past the limited 'tag' that's been put on rap, it could be huge." Dobbis adds that the subsequent video for the track, put together with Ann Carli at Jive, "had tremendous potential. We took it to MTV when they were in the 'no, we don't play rap' mode. They'd played Ice -T and L.L. Cool J but that was it. It was the sheer strength and quality of the D.J. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince clip that got the station onto it." However, Dobbis notes, two major pop /R &B hits in a row by the rap act "has not given us an immediate response for the latest cut, 'Girls Of The World Ain't Nothin' But Trouble.' Radio continues to flip -flop back and forth on rap so we're not surprised or discouraged; this music will clearly have to keep proving itself." The MCA Records -absorbed Uni label has already scored a high per-

centage of its sales through rap. More specifically, the pacting of Eric B. & Rakim, following an initial hit album through 4th & B'way, has given the label a possible platinum seller in "Follow The Leader," with a new single ( "Microphone Fiend ") sparking immediate sales. Together with a distribution deal with N.Y. based Strong City, Uni has cemented its commitment to rap, according to Robert Smith, VP of marketing. "We knew Eric B. & Rakim already had very high stature in the rap community and were very well regarded. We've made a long term commitment to the act and we heavily supported the 'Dope Jam '88' headlining tour they did with Kool Moe Dee, Boogie Down Productions and Doug E. Fresh. We used conspicuous 'sniping' (on -thestreet advertising) in 25 major cities as a way to spread the word with the release of the LP. We put out the video early in the game, and we circulated a couple of hundred advance tapes at the Black Radio

Exclusive Conference in June." Smith says that Strong City is continuing to supply product to Uni with albums by Busy Bee and Don Barron and a set due from female rapper Ice Cream Tee at the start of the new year and that the label is "looking at some other possible signings." Warner Bros. has benefitted from its association with the Cold Chillin' label and from Ice -T, who is signed to Sire Records. "There's a very sincere and strong commitment to rap at Warners," says Ernie Singleton, senior VP, marketing & promotion, black music. "We want to master what we're doing with the artists we have before we expand with further artist acquisitions. Rap has proven itself to be a major force in music in the last five years or so; we can't see any corn pany not taking it seriously with the kind of consumer reaction rap has had." Singleton says that the company didn't move into the area "without analyzing which way to go. We weren't interested in having BILLBOARD

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'fly-by- night' artists. Ice -T, for instance, has been breaking ground for us for the past couple of years and is our most successful rap artist through the title cut from the soundtrack 'Colors' and his current album 'Power,' which we expect to be a gold album." Singleton adds that the Warner Bros. promotion and marketing staff work closely with Cold Chillin' to ensure that the label's product receives maximum support. "We're constant communication, from the A &R level to the art and video departments, working together on all aspects of marketing." So far, Warner Bros. has enjoyed what Singleton terms "a tremendous degree of success" with product on Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, as well as "re- establishing a consumer and radio base for M.C. Shan and in

Marley Marl, two acts who are already well known and well respected rappers." Singleton notes that the recent Rick James No. 1 black music hit, "Loosey's Rap" also gave Cold Chillin's Roxanne Shante the opportunity for major exposure at urban radio "and now we're eagerly awaiting her upcoming solo project." A full -out retail campaign, "Rap It Up" for all three WEA labels, has given Warner Bros. an added opportunity to cement their growth in the marketplace, says

Singleton. "We're now into the second phase of that campaign with Ice -T and Big Dadddy Kane going into 10 major national markets, performing at one or two stores in each city and speaking to students in high schools and colleges. They may also do special broadcasts to address an area of social concern in a particular community. Clearly, our rap artists deal with a variety of subject matter, from anti -drug and

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anti -violence messages to commentary on self- esteem, love and everyday situations." The growing appeal and obvious market penetration that rap enjoys with all ethnic groups in the marketplace is evidenced by the simultaneous release of compact disks across -the -board on rap product; that development in itself is indicative of the burgeoning commitment on the part of the industry as a whole to rap. Clearly, in spite of radio's reluctance (based to a large extent on the supposedly limited buying power of rap music buyers and thus the fear of stations that advertisers will desert in droves if they program rap to any significant degree) and the still- tentative involvement of some major labels, rap is now an important dollar earner and that's still the key to the majors' commitment as we approach the '90s.

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Artists signed to Rap -A -Lot, which was founded in 1987, include the Ghetto Boys, whose "Making Trouble" album has sold about 100,000 units, Royal Flush and the Def IV. For ex-Ghetto Boy Raheem, Rap -A-Lot arranged a national promotion and distribution deal with A &M for his debut solo album, "The Vigilante."

" Raheem is basically a test case," Brauch says. "What we're trying to do is test a deal with a major label, and Raheem is the only artist we're doing that with. If it works out, we'll probably move some more in that direction." SELECT: U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne" was among the most popular rap singles of 1985. But Glen Ohsheim, Select's former product development manager, says the label was taking a gamble by releasing the single -how would rap fans respond to a single expressing vulnerability in a relationship when most b -boys (Whodini being an exception with "Friends ") were presenting themselves as infallibly macho? "What made U.T.F.O. unique was that they were saying, 'Here's a girl turning us down' while other rappers were bragging about how macho they were," Ohsheim says. "The indie's role is to look for

uniqueness. We don't necessarily go after the prevailing sound because what's here today is gone to-

morrow -especially in rap." Besides U.T.F.O., the main hip hoppers on Select -which Ohsheim estimates is presently 50 %-

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tronix. "Mantronix was on this label and had two Top 50 [Black] singles," he says. "They went to Capitol and couldn't find their way on to the chart. All that money, and they couldn't even get a [Black] single out of the ( "In Full Effect "] album. How can you go from a small label like Sleeping Bag, get two Top 50 [Black] singles charted in Billboard and then go to a big, big company like Capitol and just bomb. ?"

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"Independents take a chance, but majors get the credit -that's one thing don't like," Simms says. "Independents take the big gamble and put their necks on the line. The majors signs these rap acts because they see that rap is selling lots of records, but they don't understand the different ways to promote it. Most majors don't have a clue how to promote rap [on a street level]. CBS had a clue thanks to Russell Simmons. CBS helped [the Beastie Boys and L.L. Cool J] pop -wise, but as far as initially

DBL," Kossin says. They had an energy about them that was totally different from the people I'd been working with. "That was when realized what rap was about. To me, a rap artist is like a jazz artist who gets up there to do his improvisation. He takes a beat and goes off on it." DANYA: 1988 was another good year for Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew, says the label's David Lucchesi. Their "Keep Risin' To The Top" 45 went to No. 4 on the Black Singles chart. The group's LP, "The World's Greatest Entertainer" has I

sold close to 400,000 and the second single and video from the LP, "Cut That Zoro," looks "real good." Next year there will be more singles from 'Greatest Entertainer' and another album. The label has also signed Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three, who scored well two years ago with the hit singles "Request Line" and classic "Roof Is On Fire." An album is due in the first quarter of '89. Timex Social Club featuring Michael Marshall is about to go into the studio for an early '89 album release. Doug E. Fresh records for Reality, distributed by Danya.

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True rap -include 60% Mathematics and the Real Roxanne. Like other indie employees, Ohsheim cites a strong belief in artist development as a key ingredient in an indie's success. "The one thing we firmly believe in is bringing an artist along," he explains. "We rarely do a one -record deal. If we believe in the artist enough to sign them, then what we believe in is the artist and not a particular song. In the end, a commitment to artist development is gonna bring you a lot more." SLEEPING BAG: Virgil Simms, VP of promotion for Sleeping Bag, expresses some doubts where major labels and rap are concerned,. He doubts that a major could have done with EPMD what Sleeping Bag did -take a group that seemingly came out of nowhere and provide enough street promotion to make their debut album gold.

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RAP AT RADIO (Continued from page R-8) To put it another way, black radio would have to play rap music three times as often as they do now in order for rap to be receiving a level of airplay commensurate with

their sales popularity. "Rap music is here to stay," suggests Sonny Taylor, PD at WGCI, the top-rated station in Chicago. "It's just difficult for listeners over 25 to accept it in a large dose. We play rap, but they [25 -plus demos] will only sit through it for three minutes. If play two rap records in a row, they're gone. I'm not going after 12 -plus, I'm going after 25 -34, and with that in mind, just can't play more rap. I'm sorry if the rap I

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industry feels negatively about what black radio does, but if you do the wrong things just to appease someone who's saying 'you're not being fair to black artists' that radio station can drop from No. 1 to No. 20 in one [ratings] book.

That's not

a

risk I'm willing to

take," says Taylor. Rush Productions' Adler understands black radio's argument for not playing rap music, but feels it's just a smokescreen to hide the "real" reasons black stations play such a

disproportionately small

number of rap records. "Black radio is run by 'buppies'

[Black Urban Professionals]. They've made a cultural commitment to a lifestyle that has nothing to do with music on the street. Many of the people working in radio may have started on the street, but now they're making good money,

they wear suits and ties and

hard shoes, and they've got a nice car and a wife and kids. They know

nothing about the streets of today,

and they don't want to know. This music very rudely pulls them back on the street corner, and they don't want to go!" KDAY -AM in Los Angeles has become the most successful major

market station with a predominantly rap format. Throughout the past five years, the station has gone from playing rap in moderate rotation during certain dayparts to where they now play 80 % -90% rap 24 hours a day. According to DJ Greg Mack, who was MD during the station's format transition, the rap format turned the station completely around. "When first got here in 1983, our goal was to dominate [local AM competitor] KGFJ. I

We didn't know which way to go, so we went to the streets, talked to the

kids, hung out at their parties and went to the clubs. Rap is what was really happening. We started playing it, and within three months our ratings more than doubled. Right now we're consistently within a half -point of [L.A.'s top -rated black station] KJLH, and they're FM," says Mack. During his tenure as KDAY's MD, Mack was revered among the rap industry as a godsend, as KDAY in-

troduced dozens of east coast -

based rappers to an untapped major market audience. Surprisingly, though, Mack tends to agree with black radio's conservative ap-

proach to rap. "You're not going to get adult numbers playing a lot of rap, at least not yet. It goes back to that old theory that the music you grow up with will be the music you'll love for the rest of your life. The kids growing up with rap now will always like it. Our demos, in fact, are starting to expand. When we first started, we were pulling our best num-

bers among 18 and 19- year -olds, now it's expanded to include 22 and 23-year -olds. In the next five to 10 years, the kids who like rap right now will be in that 'prime' adult demographic, and that's when it will make sense for major signal FM stations to switch to a rap format." An interesting side effect of rap's popularity growth is the influence rap is having over heretofore "mainstream" black artists. Recent songs that have combined rap and contemporary R &B include Chaka Khan's "I Feel For You" featuring Melle Mel; Rick James' "Loosey's Rap" featuring Roxanne Shante; Rene & Angela's "Save Your Love For #1" featuring Kurtis Blow; and

most recently, Midnight Star's "Don't Rock The Boat" featuring Ecstacy of the gold -selling rap group, Whodini. Apparently, when rap is presented in this context, black radio has no trouble lending 100% of its support, as each of these hybrid singles have become major hits. The question is: Are black radio stations foolish to continue to ignore rap's growing popularity? Recently, pop powerhouse KITS in Los Angeles transformed their AM outlet into a hybrid of rap and "hiNRG," an indication that big business is starting to recognize rap's potential. The success of KDAY has proven that a rap format can be lucrative in a major market. In the first 46 weeks of 1988, 14 different rap albums entered the black top 10, most without the benefit of airplay. An untapped and dissatisfied rap audience does exist, so perhaps rap will become an "alternative format" for lesser stations struggling to compete with established power-

house stations. "WGCI is No.

1

in

Chicago," says WGCI PD Sonny Taylor, "so can't go out on a limb and risk that it might break and fall. I

I've got too much to lose. But the numbers four, five and six stations should be taking the chances that might force me to play more rap, but they're not, they're just sitting back and watching."

RAP PRODUCERS

(Continued from page R-8)

of the Real Roxanne and the "answer- back" rap records, and for UTFO, which is now in the studio. "We're doing a solo thing with Doctor Ice of UTFO and he is going to be a complete entertainer dancing, choreography, theatrics, charisma. You have to be innovative. Everybody who has had tremendous success has that innovative input. Public Enemy has that 'militant style'; EMPD has what they call their 'drunken style'; Eric B. has his 'cool thing' and yet he is totally hardcore. Others copy them and that's fine, but the truly innovative producers and rap artists, like any other form of music, keep the sound alive. "It's definitely not a fad, so we are not looking at any post -fad letdown situation. Look at MTV. They've tapped into it. And now all races want to hear it. "The role of the rap producer is to keep it innovative. Producers have a lot to do with the music tracks. Rappers have what they are going to say, and the producers coordinate the beats. Sometimes a rap is good, but it's not coordinated. You've got to step in, get it together, work with the artist and make it fresh.

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"But one of the most important things is the streets. Rap is from the streets. If you don't know what's going on out there, you can't do rap. You can live in Beverly Hills, but your heart has to be in the

streets."

Maybe so, but producer Guy Ruvolo has taken a rock'n'roll band and made it into a rap act. Big Mouth is a white group that looks more like Motley Crue or Cinderella than the Beastie Boys or Run D.M.C. "It's about being innovative," says Ruvolo, who added rock guitarist Rick Derringer on a few D W cuts. "I thought it was an interest- Q ing concept, the band was open for d it, so here we have a rock band rap- a ping. We've even taken a diehard rock'n'roll tune, 'Takin' Care Of?. Business,' and rap to it. "Post-fad letdown? Rap is here to stay. Producers will just get more creative like any other form of music."

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NEW YORK This year saw a number of major product introductions for applications in the areas of audio and video production and postproduc-

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obviously impossible to name every hot new product in one story, here are some representatives of the best and

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brightest for 1988. Audio /Video Tape & Disk Recording & Storage Sony PCM -3348 Digital Multitrack Recorder: Not simply a subscriber to the bigger -is-better philoso-

phy, the new 48-channel DASH multitrack recorder also offers a number of innovative features designed to let engineers and producers do their jobs

more quickly and creatively. These include an onboard digital random access memory of 20 seconds; a new transport about three times faster than the PCM- 3324's mechanism; and versatile interfacing capabilities, including the ability to lock the machine's internal clock to external synchronization systems. New England Digital Direct -To-Disk PostPro: This eight-track version of NED's digital recording and editing system is specially designed for film and video postproduction work. The full package features a customized Macintosh II graphics workstation, on -board time compression,

direct digital transfer,

SMPTE /VITC synchronization, and CMX-style edit list conversion. Otani MTR100A Analog Multitrack Recorder: Advancing the state of the art in Tascam's MIDlizer functions as either an autolocater for tape transports, a MIDI synchronizer that locks MIDI devices to transports, or a transport

synchronizer that chases two tape transports.

port with a winding speed of up to 474 inches per second. Sony PCM -2000 DAT Recorder Up to two hours of digital stereo recording are available from this powerful yet diminutive portable unit. Three sampling rates are included

sections of one mix to be

microprocessor control over an impressive number of functions, including the ability to automatically align and calibrate the record and reproduce electronics. The deck also features a new high -performance trans-

module accept 68 dBs of con-

tinuously variable gain; four-band

also capable of recording digital subcodes and generating its own internal time code. Matsushita Hi-Definition VCR: The first, but not the last, this professional/industrial unit will be on the market in Japan sometime in 1989. Dubbed the Hi-Vision VCR, the ma-

semi-parametric EQ; and a phase reverse switch to reverse polarity on individual input modules.

MUSE standard providing 1,125 lines of resolution. The unit also features 60 minutes of 16-bit PCM digital audio recording capability.

Digital Keyboards & Synthesizers E -mu Systems Emulator III: A standout in reasonably priced high grade sampling technology, the E -III features true stereo sampling, 16 voices, 16-bit linear data format, and up to eight megabytes of internal RAM allowing up to 135 seconds of sampling time. It also comes with a 40- megabyte internal hard disk. Ensoniq EPS Sampler and SQ80 Synthesizer: Both instruments feature a 61 -note weighted keyboard. The EPS is designed with performing musicians in mind -the sampler allows the user to load a sound while playing at the same time. Up to eight

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Soundcraft's newest board is the 6000, a cost effective design that features an optional MIDI automation package and a new preamp said to be extremely quiet.

analog recording /reproduction, Otari's newest multitrack features

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steps, with all levels stored to within one -tenth decibel accuracy. Also featured is Neve's Total Mix memory system, which includes both 20 -megabyte hard and 3V2-inch floppy disk drives. A total of 256 moving faders can be driven by the system. Solid State Logic "G" Series Studio Computer: The newest brain from SSL features a 20-megabyte hard disk that can store the equivalent of more than 80 floppy disks. The "G" Series computer allows fast copying and editing of mixes off line and allows

er, strong drum kit and percussion

sample blending.

Synchronizers Tascam MT-1000 MIDIizer This clever little box is the first three function synchronizer to make use of serial port connectors: It functions as an autolocator for tape transports, a MIDI synchronizer that syncs MIDI

devices to tape transports, and a transport synchronizer that chases two transports. Tascam says the MIDlizer can be used with anything from a cassette multitrack recorder to a large multitrack open reel deck. The unit is priced at less than $2,000.

Duplication Technology Concept Design Digital Audio Analog Duplication System: Concept Design is the hi-tech manufacturing arm of duplicator American Multimedia Inc. The DAAD system utilizes a tapeless U.S. -Army -grade, hard -disk digital master to make high -grade analog cassettes of nearCD quality. Sonopress in Weaver ville, Ky., is the first major label -

OKI's full- motion videophone is still in the lab- testing stage, but the unit could make still -picture -only devices now on the market obsolete soon.

pitch change, diatonic pitch change, and a number of reverb and effects programs. The H3000 is also fully MIDI implemented. Yamaha REV -5 Digital Reverb: The REV-5 offers 16-bit quantization, 44.1 kHz sampling rate, and full bandwidth of 20 kHz, as well as 30

user -programmable programs that can be stored in 50 user memory locations. Nine combined programs (such as reverb plus gate plus chorus) can also be programmed.

Miscellaneous Technology dbx RTA-1 Real -Time Analyzer. This 31 -band unit does it all, including charting room response curves, microphone calibration, and full acoustic analysis, complete with a customized printout function. Features include 0.3 dB resolution, 100+ dB dynamic range, and true RMS level detection. Price is $4,500. OKI Compressed Video Telephone: Putting picture with sound for consumer telephone use is obviously a neat idea, but the current crop of picture-only units from Sony, Mitsubishi, and (soon) Matsushita are disappointingly crude. But a full-motion videophone is around the corner, as evidenced by the OKI compressed video telephone, recently tested by Southwestern Bell Labs' Advanced Technology Laboratory. The phone can transmit video only or voice and video together. No word on when it will be ready for the street.

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