LET'S DANCE: Following the movie's opening in U.S. box offices last weekend, the "Footloose" soundtrack cuts loose as the Greatest Gainer on the Soundtracks chart (4-1), Country Albums (28-6) and the Billboard 200 (136-16).
Blake Shelton's cover of Kenny Loggins' title track from the film returns to its No. 57 peak on Country Songs (as Shelton racks his 10th No. 1 on the tally, and fifth in a row, with "God Gave Me You"), while Loggins' original version enters the Pop Digital Songs chart at No. 39.
The soundtrack to the original "Footloose" shimmied to a 10-week reign on the Billboard 200 in 1984, marking the '80s' third-longest command for a movie companion album. Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain" led for 24 weeks, followed by "Dirty Dancing" (18 weeks).
The first "Footloose" soundtrack yielded six Billboard Hot 100 hits, including two No. 1s: "Footloose" (three weeks at the summit) and Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear it for the Boy" (two weeks), the latter song remade on the new soundtrack by Jana Kramer.
Hunter Hayes, who arrives on Country Albums at No. 7 and the Billboard 200 at No. 18 with his self-titled debut album, contributes an update of "Almost Paradise," a No. 7 Hot 100 hit for Mike Reno and Ann Wilson, with Victoria Justice, to the new "Footloose" soundtrack.
Speaking of Prince ...
JUST LIKE OLD TIME: When the Time was plotting its return, the Purple One, who established the act in 1981, denied the veteran R&B supergroup rights to its original name.
Still, all seven members of the Time reunited under a new moniker: aptly, the Original 7ven, which enters R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 77 with "#Trendin." The song introduces "Condensate," released Tuesday (Oct. 18), the collective's first album since the Time's "Pandemonium" in 1990. The Time scored its sole No. 1, "Jerk Out," on the chart that year.
The Time tallied four prior top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: "Get It Up" (No. 6, 1981); "Cool (Part 1)" (No. 7, 1982); "777-9311" (No. 2, 1982); and, "Jungle Love" (No. 6, 1984). (The lattermost single and "The Bird" (No. 33) appeared in the film (but not on the soundtrack to) "Purple Rain").
"We took (the new name) as a chance to be free and liberated," keyboardist and co-producer Jimmy Jam recently told Billboard.com.
"We sound like ourselves because we have a sound, for sure, when we get together, but we certainly didn't have the constraints of the (Time) name, and therefore we felt we could do music that represented where we're at right now."
Despite a change in times, the Time's appeal, Jam hopes, is timeless.
"You have to remember that when we released our last record, there was no such thing as Facebook or Twitter or iTunes," he says. "It's a whole different environment as far as releasing records, but we haven't changed the way we make music.
"Those people who want to listen to something from start to finish, I think this'll really satisfy them. The people who want to cherry-pick song-by-song, that's fine, too. But, we really tried to make an album that would hold together and was sequenced and would move the way we wanted it to.
"Hopefully people will enjoy that."