Post by The Rubber Ball Man on Jun 5, 2021 20:11:02 GMT
If this might interest you, I’ve seen a couple of chart history videos in the past, but there weren’t any for ABBA. I’ve jumped at the chance of creating one. This might help visualise how well ABBA did in the UK Singles charts. As I’ve took the information from the UK chart website, I don’t know if there are any errors.
I’ve also created the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart history video, which I just need to post. However, the Swedish chart history video is proving quite difficult to do, due to the strange chart system.
Cool video! Interesting how I Do, I Do... flopped quite bad in July/August 1975 but they were invited on Seaside Special a couple of weeks later to perform SOS which hadn't been released. Why didn't they do any television promotion for I Do, I Do... and how were they able to secure such a TV slot when they hadn't had a Top 30 hit for 16 months or so.
They could have released When I Kissed The Teacher as a single in the summer of 1977 to continue the momentum of the Arrival album. I'm sure they could have had a Top 3 hit at least seeing as Angelo by Brotherhood of Man hit number 1 during this period.
Eagle/Thank You For The Music should have been released as a double A Side in May/June 1978 and When All Is Said And Done/The Visitors in spring of 1982.
Post by onlyabba4meagain on Jun 6, 2021 7:53:40 GMT
The Rubber Ball Man -- Your ABBA UK Singles Chart Video, is very interesting. It is a visually clever way of doing it.
The UK Charts Company do make mistakes. They made one about 'Take A Chance On Me'.
1).. The 'Official' UK Charts were Published in 2 UK Music Magazines, in the 1970's etc. They were 'Music Week' and 'Record Mirror'. ('Record Mirror' closed down in 1991).
2).. For some reason, 'Music Week' made a mistake, in the Singles Chart of W/E 18th March 1978. They should have shown 'Take A Chance On Me' falling from No.2 to No.3. With 'Denis', by Blondie, rising from No.5 to No.2. (The first of 4 Weeks at No.2). Instead, they had ABBA holding at No.2, and Blondie rising from No.5 to No.3. As The Official Charts Company use 'Music Week', for their 1970's etc. Charts, they have copied the mistake. In fact, 'Record Mirror' Published the correct UK Singles Chart, on W/E 18th March 1978.
So, 'Take A Chance On Me' did this, in the UK Top 50 -- 10-2-1-1-1-2-3-8-15-19
3).. I may have missed it, but I can't see the 2004 Reissue of 'Waterloo' in your Video.
It did this -- W/E 29th May 2004 -- 20-43-70
4).. Nor can I see the Re-Entry, (via Downloads), of 'Mamma Mia' in 2008.
Post by The Rubber Ball Man on Jun 8, 2021 14:27:34 GMT
Here’s the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart history video, which was quite fun to do. You might notice that I’ve excluded some months between 1978-1979 and the whole of 1984, for instance, due to a lack of songs being released and charted. I think they made a huge mistakes by not releasing Summer Night City (Which could’ve been released soon after the decline of Take A Chance On Me in this chart), as well as releasing Gimme Gimme Gimme months after the 1979 tour and when Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was released.
I’m also aware that People Need Love achieved No.114/117, but this was in the Record World and Cashbox Charts. If I can find the chart information for these chart systems, I might do a separate videos for these, if possible. Let me know what you think about this video.
Looking at both the Cashbox and Record World Singles Charts, reveals that there was no way, that 'Take A Chance On Me', outsold 'Dancing Queen', in the USA. In all 3 Charts, ('Billboard' being the 3rd), 'Dancing Queen' was a No.1 Hit. But, 'Take A Chance On Me', only reached the Top 3 in 'Billboard'. It was No.3 in the 'Billboard' Chart, No.5 in Cashbox, and only No.9, in Record World. Even as a No.3 'Billboard' Hit, it was only the USA's 32nd Best Selling Single of 1978. 'Dancing Queen' was 12th for 1977. So, this Myth, that 'Take A Chance On Me', was somehow, ABBA's Best Selling Single, in the USA, is silly, it really is. In the Cashbox, Top 100 Singles, of 1977, 'Dancing Queen', was the Year's 3rd Best Selling Single. But, in 1978,'Take A Chance On Me', was only Cashbox's 47th Best Selling Single, of the Year.
Post by The Rubber Ball Man on Jun 12, 2021 10:02:39 GMT
The German Chart History video is scheduled to premiere in an hour, at 12 (GMT) Thought I’d try the premiere feature. But I’m not too sure how to share the link for this one so far. The video will be on my channel here, anyway. youtube.com/channel/UCQfAW_hhs8n_hNPLYTamtlA