November 19, 1988: Kylie – The Album make returns to No 1 in the UK albums chart

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Kylie (1988) by Kylie Minogue

Kylie is the debut studio album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, released July 4, 1988. The album was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who also wrote nine of the ten tracks on the album.

The album has received a mixed reception from music critics; many applauded the album itself, while some did not like another bubblegum pop musician. Despite the mixed critical reaction, Kylie was a worldwide success. It peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan. Kylie was certified seven times platinum in the UK and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Kylie was at No 1 for four weeks from August 27, 1988 but returned for a further two on November 19, 1988.

Kylie had a total of six singles released from the album worldwide. Her debut single was a cover of the Little Eva single “The Loco-Motion”, which charted worldwide and went to number one in a total of eight countries, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries, becoming one of Minogue’s most successful singles to date. The follow up single was “I Should Be So Lucky”, which went to number one in seven countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom.

September 12, 1998: All Saints take their “Bootie Call” to No 1

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“Bootie Call” (1998) by All Saints

“Bootie Call” is a song performed by British-Canadian girl group All Saints from their debut album, All Saints (1998). The song was first released on August 31, 1998. “Bootie Call” achieved chart success; topping the UK Singles Chart for one week on September 12, 1998, and at the same time becoming the group’s third consecutive number-one hit. The single achieved Silver certification by BPI.

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September 10, 1988: Phil Collins was at No 1 with “A Groovy Kind of Love”

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“A Groovy Kind of Love” (1988) by Phil Collins

Phil Collins recorded a new version of “A Groovy Kind of Love” in 1988. Collins originally recorded his demo version as a suggestion for the film Buster, then found out later that the demo was actually used in the film. He later decided to record it himself when he took the starring role in the film, which had a 1960s setting. The song was originally released on Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A live version appeared on his Serious Hits… Live! album.

Unlike the Mindbenders‘ version, which was an upbeat guitar-based pop song, Collins’ version was a slow ballad with a prominent keyboard and strings. This version hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and UK charts, and remains Collins’ only single to top the charts in both countries; it was his last No. 1 single in the UK. The single spent two weeks at the top and was certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. The song earned Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1989.

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September 10, 1968: Bee Gees were at No 1 with “I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You”

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“I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” (1968) by the Bee Gees

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” is a song by the Bee Gees. Released as a single on September 7, 1968, it was their second number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, for just one week, and their first US Top 10 hit.

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September 9, 1978: Boney M take Night Flight to Venus via the No 1 spot in the UK albums chart

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Night Flight To Venus (1978) by Boney M.

Nightflight to Venus is the third studio album by Euro-Caribbean group Boney M., and was released July 28, 1978. The album became a major success in continental Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada, topping most of the album charts during the second half of 1978. It also became their first UK number one album, holding the top spot for 4 weeks, and getting certified Platinum. In Canada, it received nomination for 1980 Juno Award in a category ‘International Album of the Year’. Nightflight to Venus includes their worldwide hits “Rivers of Babylon” and “Brown Girl in the Ring”, a double A-sided single that topped the UK singles chart and has sold over 2 million copies there. In the UK, “Rasputin” and “Painter Man” both reached the Top 10.

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September 5, 1998: “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” by Manic Street Preachers is No 1 in the UK singles chart

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“If You Tolerate This…” (1998) by Manic Street Preachers

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on August 24, 1998, through Epic Records as the first single from their fifth studio album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. The track sold 156,000 copies in its first week and reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on September 5, 1998 for one week.

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September 5, 1998: Where We Belong by Boyzone returns to No 1 in the UK albums chart

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Where We Belong (1998) by Boyzone

Where We Belong is the third studio album by Irish boyband Boyzone. The album was released on May 25, 1998 by Polydor Records. Five singles were released from the album, including a cover version of “I Love the Way You Love Me”. The album became a top 10 album in eleven countries. It was the group’s first to be released in the United States, where it charted at number 167 on the Billboard 200. Where We Belong is also the third and final studio album Boyzone released before the death of Stephen Gately, 11 years later.

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