Chart Positions, FHM
The new UK Charts where announced today, Chain Reaction entered the UK charts at number two. We’ve not got the sales figures in yet but I guess that sales above 85,000 should be expected as by Wednesday sales where at the 56,000 mark!Dotmusic made this comments on the chart position: 2 CHAIN REACTION/ONE FOR SORROW (Steps) Ask anyone in this country what their favourite Diana Ross song is and the chances are they will overlook classics such as Endless Love, I’m Still Waiting and Upside Down and go instead for Chain Reaction. The glorious Bee Gees-penned slice of retro Motown sparked new life into the legendary diva’s career in 1986 when it returned her to the top of the charts for the first time in 16 years. The song also wound up as the b-side to her 1991 Number 2 hit When You Tell Me That You Love Me and was re-released in its own right in 1993 when it made Number 20. Strangely enough the song never even made the US Top 40. Now it is the turn of Steps to make this greatest of pop songs work for them and in truth it could hardly miss, despite mutterings that seeing pop acts cover 80s classics is a gimmick that has been done to death). The challenge of Kylie Minogue at the top was too much to overcome so for the second time this year Steps have to content themselves with a Number 2 hit. Of course this will hardly be a problem for them. Chain Reaction is no less than the 13th successive Top 10 hit for the eternally-smiling fivesome (their 14th if you also count the charity collaboration Thank Abba For The Music in 1999 on which they received an equal credit with several other acts). The only other British groups to have managed more are The Beatles (24 in a row) and the Rolling Stones (19 in a row). Those that pay attention to these things will note that this is now the second time that Steps have reaped the benefit of covering a song written by the Bee Gees, their version of Tragedy which topped the chart in January 1999 remains their biggest selling single to date. Also more good news about the single, it has entered the Irish charts at number eight! Well done Steps for these great high new entries! Remember to vote for Steps as much as you can for the T4 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 2001. You can now vote online – so non-UK Steps fans can vote for Steps and we can vote several times hehe :o) So pop over to http://www.pollwinnersparty.com and vote as many times as you can!! Thanks to Glenn for this news that the Steps Girls will be in the December Issue of FHM which is released on October 26th!