In your feature about charted TV themes, you listed "As Long as We Got Each Other," the "Growing Pains" theme, as credited to Steve Dorff & Friends. Yes, Steve Dorff wrote the song (actually, co-wrote it with veteran songwriter John Bettis), but B.J. Thomas and Jennifer Warnes sang it. How was the song listed when it charted? It would seem odd if the singers were not officially billed, given that they were (and still are) such well-known names.
Also, three questions about Billboard's dance charts: Has any artist before Lady Gaga ever nailed down the top three spots on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart? When was the last time a song topped Dance/Club Play Songs for more than one week? And, what title has spent the most weeks at No. 1 in the history of that chart?
After a trip to the library of archived Billboard issues in our New York office, I can confirm that "As Long as We Got Each Other" showed in print on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it reached No. 7 in 1989, as by Steve Dorff & Friends. (Actually, Steve Dorff/Friends, due to space restrictions in the classic simple, black-and-white chart design of the time).
This is a complicated one, but according to multiple sources (including my brother, Michael, the most knowledgeable "Growing Pains" historian I know, even more than me), the single released to radio featured Thomas and Dusty Springfield, not Warnes. Thomas sang the ABC series' theme solo in its first season (1985-86), Thomas and Warnes duetted for seasons two, three, five and part of seven, and Take 6 sang an a capella version in seasons six and seven.
Season four, however, featured the Thomas and Springfield version. The recording also appeared on the Warner Bros. soundtrack "Growing Pains, Theme from Growing Pains and Other Hit TV Themes" by Steve Dorff & Friends.
Also on the soundtrack: the themes from "Just the Ten of Us" (the funny "Growing Pains" spinoff) as sung by Bill Medley, "My Sister Sam" and "Spenser: for Hire."
As for your dance-related questions:
- Only Lady Gaga has monopolized the top three spots on Dance/Electronic Albums, a feat she achieves for a sixth time this week.
- "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland was the last title to command Dance/Club Play Songs for multiple weeks (two, June 2009), not counting the two-week reign of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," which led for a second week to begin 2010 when the chart was "frozen" while Billboard did not publish post-Christmas 2009.
- Having ruled for 11 weeks in 1983, "Thriller (all cuts)" by Michael Jackson has spent the most time atop Dance/Club Play Songs since the chart launched as a national survey Aug. 28, 1976. The individual songs with the longest reigns are "Do What You Wanna Da" by T-Connection (1977) and "Can't Fake the "Feeling" by Geraldine Hunt, each of which spent seven weeks at No. 1. In the last 25 years, three songs lead with five weeks each at No. 1: C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1990), Cher's "Believe" (1998-99) and Madonna's "Music" (2000).
THAT OTHER MUSICAL FOX SHOW
"Glee" is making headlines with its return this week, but I am also a huge fan of "American Idol" and am astounded by the success its winners have enjoyed.
I know fourth-season champion Carrie Underwood owns the highest-selling album released by an "Idol," as well as the highest cumulative sales. I'm hoping you could provide a deeper list of cumulative sales by "American Idol" contestants.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
After the second-season premiere of "Glee" Tuesday (Sept. 21), Fox made more news with the official announcement of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as the new "American Idol" judges alongside holdover Randy Jackson.
While we await the competition's return in January (with "Glee," as well as the promising "Raising Hope," which premiered after "Glee" this week, to keep viewers tuned to Fox on Tuesday nights until then), here is an updated look at the "American Idol" contestants with the most U.S. album sales to-date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As you note, Underwood's "Some Hearts" is the best-selling set by an "Idol" contestant, with sales of 7,023,000 since its release in 2005.
Total U.S. Album Sales, Artist
11,886,000, Carrie Underwood
10,621,000, Kelly Clarkson
5,898,000, Daughtry (Chris Daughtry)
4,973,000, Clay Aiken
2,551,000, Ruben Studdard
1,313,000, David Cook
1,299,000, Kellie Pickler
1,265,000, Jordin Sparks
973,000, David Archuleta