Madonna's 1994's No. 2 Hot 100 smash "I'll Remember" contains a Mr. Mister tie-in in its songwriting credits. Richard Page of Mr. Mister co-wrote the outfit's first No. 1, "Broken Wings" and co-wrote "I'll Remember." The song even features the following lyric:
"Inside, I was a child that could not mend a broken wing ..."
An insightful observation, as always. You've been "train"-ed well in chart-watching.
Page also co-wrote Mr. Mister's second Hot 100 No. 1, 1986's "Kyrie," and has enjoyed a No. 1 as a writer on Adult Contemporary, where "I'll Remember" spent four weeks on top.
ALL THE THINGS THEY DID
t.A.T.u. has been out of the public eye, at least in the U.S., for four years now. Last year, Dec. 15, to be exact, t.A.T.u. released its third English-language set, "Waste Management." (I think this is probably the best t.A.T.u. album to date and has great mainstream potential).
Could you please tell me how many copies the album has moved, as well as the sales of the act's first two releases?
Miami Beach, Florida
The Russian duo of Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, now 25 and 24, respectively, made headlines with its 2003 hit "All the Things She Said" (No. 8, Pop Songs, No. 20, Hot 100) and its provocative videos and live performances.
t.A.T.u's 2002 album "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane" (No. 13, Billboard 200) has sold 826,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 2005's "Dangerous and Moving" (No. 131) has sold 93,000.
"Waste Management" has gotten off to a modest start, selling 1,000 copies so far.
DID YOU (K)NOW-ELS?
On Wednesday (Jan. 27), Chart Beat paid tribute to the continued success of a pop mastermind, Rick Nowels. The songwriter/producer collects a No. 1 on a Billboard chart in a fourth decade with this week's coronation of Colbie Caillat's "Fallin' for You" on Adult Contemporary.
In an e-mail yesterday, a gracious Nowels offered further background on the origins of his newest hit for Chart Beat readers to enjoy:
"'Fallin' for You' was written in the first half hour of the first day of us writing together. It came very effortlessly. We both felt it sounded like it had the potential to be a hit. We were excited.
"The hit record is essentially our demo. I played all the instruments, and Colbie sang. I got together with her dad, producer/engineer Ken Caillat, and he suggested taking the tempo up a few bpm and strumming eighth notes.
"We spent an evening together replaying the acoustic guitars and made a rough mix. The record company got that mix and fell in love with it. They tried a few different versions, but the original version had 'the magic.'
"I'm very happy that 'Fallin' for You' is No. 1 this week. My first No. 1 was 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth' by Belinda Carlisle in 1987.
"Weird that I'm beginning my fourth decade of hits. I still feel like a kid trying to get into the business."