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This Day In 80s Music, June 1st

On this day in 1985: Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Around The World In A Day.’

‘Around the World in a Day’ was the seventh studio album released by American recording artist Prince, and the second release where his backing band The Revolution is billed. It was released on April 22, 1985, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Brothers Records. Departing somewhat from the commercial sound of his previous release, the massively successful ‘Purple Rain’, the album instead saw Prince experimenting with psychedelic styles and more opulent textures. In compliance with Prince’s wishes, the record company released the album with minimal publicity, withholding accompanying singles until almost a month after the album’s release.

‘Around the World in a Day’ was released to notably mixed reception after the success of ‘Purple Rain’, though it nonetheless sold relatively well and became Prince and the Revolution’s second #1 album on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Two of its four singles reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100: ‘Raspberry Beret’ and ‘Pop Life.’

Also on this day in 1985: Wham! were starting their second and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Everything She Wants.’ It would go on to be ranked the #25 song for the year of 1985 by Billboard Magazine on their year-end chart.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1985:

1 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS –•– Wham! (Columbia)-11 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-12 (2)
3 4 AXEL F –•– Harold Faltermeyer (MCA)-10 (3)
4 2 DON’T YOU (Forget About Me) –•– Simple Minds (A&M)-15 (1)
5 8 SUDDENLY –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-11 (5)
6 5 SMOOTH OPERATOR –•– Sade (Portrait)-14 (5)
7 12 HEAVEN –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-7 (7)
8 10 THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER –•– Howard Jones (Elektra)-11 (8)
9 13 IN MY HOUSE –•– Mary Jane Girls (Gordy)-13 (9)
10 11 FRESH –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-11 (10)

11 17 WALKING ON SUNSHINE –•– Katrina & The Waves (Capitol)-11 (11)
12 15 JUST A GIGOLO / I AIN’T GOT NOBODY –•– David Lee Roth (Warner Brothers)-11 (12)
13 6 CRAZY FOR YOU –•– Madonna (Geffen)-14 (1)
14 19 ANGEL –•– Madonna (Sire)-6 (14)
15 7 ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK –•– Murray Head (RCA)-15 (3)
16 9 SOME LIKE IT HOT –•– The Power Station (Capitol)-12 (6)
17 24 SUSSUDIO –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-4 (17)
18 23 SMUGGLER’S BLUES –•– Glenn Frey (MCA)-9 (18)
19 20 ONE LONELY NIGHT –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-10 (19)
20 26 NEVER ENDING STORY –•– Limahl (EMI-America)-11 (20)

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