Go-Go's Return to Top 10 on a Billboard Chart, Gain in Streams & Sales After Documentary Premiere

The Go-Go's
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The Go-Go's

Their self-titled feature, and new single 'Club Zero,' arrived July 31 on Showtime.

The Go-Go's are back in the top 10 of a Billboard chart, while their catalog sports gains following the premiere of their self-titled documentary on Showtime July 31 (after it was previewed at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival).

Also released July 31, new single "Club Zero" launches at No. 7 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart (dated Aug. 15) with 2,000 downloads sold in its first week (ending Aug. 6), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The track concurrently opens at No. 14 on Alternative Digital Song Sales.

The Go-Go's, comprising Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin, roared into Billboard's charts just over 40 years ago, when "We Got the Beat" debuted on the Dance Club Songs chart dated Aug. 9, 1980. "Our Lips Are Sealed" became their first Billboard Hot 100 entry, reaching No. 20 in December 1981, and "We Got the Beat" (No. 2) and "Vacation" (No. 8) ascended to the top 10 in 1982.

The group's debut LP Beauty and the Beat crowned the Billboard 200 for six weeks beginning in March 1982, making the act the first, and to-date only, all-female rock band that plays its own instruments to rule the list. Follow-up LP Vacation hit No. 8 on the chart in September 1982.

The Go-Go's went on hiatus after 1984's Talk Show, reunited in 1990 and 1994 and have remained an active unit since 1999. In the late '80s, Carlisle topped the Hot 100 solo with "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and added three other top 10s, while Wiedlin hit No. 9 with her own "Rush Hour." The band last released an album of all-new material in 2001, God Bless the Go-Go's.

In addition to the chart debut of "Club Zero," the Go-Go's' catalog, sparked by the arrival of the documentary, gained in the week ending Aug. 6. Album sales zoomed by 179% to 2,000; on-demand U.S. streams for the group's songs bounded by 47% to 1.4 million; and radio airplay rose by 13% to 5.8 million in audience. The new song is being promoted to adult alternative radio, with play so far on, among other stations, KCSN Los Angeles, KKXT Dallas and KCMP Minneapolis.

The new career-spanning film follows the musical Head Over Heels (named after the Go-Go's' No. 11 Hot 100 hit in 1984), which ran on Broadway from July 2018 to January 2019.

In 2021, the Go-Go's are planning to tour, with five shows scheduled for June and July.


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