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This Day In Music, January 29th

On this day in 1983: Australian group Men At Work went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart and were starting their 3rd week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Down Under.’ Their debut album ‘Business As Usual’ was also at #1 on the U.S. and U.K album charts simultaneously on this day. The last artist to achieve #1 songs and #1 albums simultaneously on both the U.S. and U.K. charts was Rod Stewart in 1971.

‘Business as Usual’ is the debut studio album by Australian new wave band Men at Work, which was released in November 1981 in Australia, and April 1982 in the United States. It spent nine weeks at the top of the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart from December 1981 through March 1982. The Australian version had a black and white cover design; overseas releases had a similar design, but in a black and yellow color scheme. ‘Business as Usual’ was one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian group. It spent an unprecedented 15 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart from late 1982 to early 1983; and five weeks at #1 in the United Kingdom Albums Chart in early 1983. ‘Business as Usual’ was also one of the highest selling Australian albums in the early 1980s, with 6 million copies sold in the U.S. alone.

The album would produce two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Who Can it Be Now’ and ‘Down Under.’ It would also produce 4 charting songs on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. ‘Business As Usual’ would be ranked the #2 album of the year for 1983 by Billboard (finishing behind Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’). Men at Work would also win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1983.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1983:

1 1 DOWN UNDER –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-13 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
2 5 AFRICA –•– Toto (Columbia)-14 (2)
3 4 SEXUAL HEALING –•– Marvin Gaye (Columbia)-14 (3)
4 3 DIRTY LAUNDRY –•– Don Henley (Asylum)-14 (3)
5 2 THE GIRL IS MINE –•– Michael Jackson / Paul McCartney (Epic)-13 (2)
6 6 MANEATER –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-16 (1)
7 7 BABY, COME TO ME –•– Patti Austin with James Ingram (Qwest)-20 (7)
8 8 ROCK THE CASBAH –•– The Clash (Epic)-18 (8)
9 12 SHAME ON THE MOON –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-7 (9)
10 11 YOU AND I –•– Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle (Elektra)-17 (10)

11 13 YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-13 (11)
12 14 THE OTHER GUY –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-11 (12)
13 9 MICKEY –•– Toni Basil (Chrysalis)-22 (1)
14 17 GOODY TWO SHOES –•– Adam Ant (Epic)-12 (14)
15 16 HEART TO HEART –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-10 (15)
16 23 STRAY CAT STRUT –•– The Stray Cats (EMI-America)-6 (16)
17 27 PASS THE DUTCHIE –•– Musical Youth (MCA)-8 (17)
18 20 ALLENTOWN –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-10 (18)
19 19 HAND TO HOLD ON TO –•– John Cougar (Riva)-13 (19)
20 21 YOU GOT LUCKY –•Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Backstreet)-12 (20)

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