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This Day In 80s Music, August 14th

On this day in 1985: Michael Jackson won a bid over Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney to secure the ATV Music Publishing catalog. At $47.5 million, he gained the rights to more than 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. McCartney had been negotiating with Yoko Ono, who had decided to withdraw her side of the deal because of ‘astrological’ reasons.

Here’s what was happening on the U.S. singles chart on this day back in 1985:

1 1 SHOUT –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-9 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 EVERYTIME YOU GO AWAY –•– Paul Young (Columbia)-14 (1)
3 3 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE –•– Sting (A&M)-10 (3)
4 6 NEVER SURRENDER –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-10 (4)
5 7 POWER OF LOVE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-7 (5)
6 10 WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW –•– DeBarge (Gordy)-11 (6)
7 5 GLORY DAYS –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-11 (5)
8 12 FREEWAY OF LOVE –•– Aretha Franklin (Arista)-8 (8)
9 9 GET IT ON (Bang A Gong) –•– The Power Station (Capitol)-10 (9)
10 4 YOU GIVE GOOD LOVE –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-14 (3)

11 18 ST. ELMO’S FIRE (Man In Motion) –•– John Parr (Atlantic)-8 (11)
12 15 SUMMER OF ’69 –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-7 (12)
13 13 PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE –•– Depeche Mode (Sire)-12 (13)
14 20 WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-6 (14)
15 17 WHAT ABOUT LOVE? –•– Heart (Capitol)-11 (15)
16 16 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (Like A Record) –•– Dead Or Alive (Epic)-11 (16)
17 8 SENTIMENTAL STREET –•– Night Ranger (MCA / Camel)-12 (8)
18 21 ROCK ME TONIGHT (For Old Times Sake) –•– Freddie Jackson (Capitol)-12 (18)
19 11 A VIEW TO A KILL –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-13 (1)
20 26 YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN (Second Wind) –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-5 (20)

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