Women in Music 2019

Pet Shop Boys Score 40th Hit on Dance Club Songs Chart

The pair celebrates its 30-year chart anniversary with the lead single from their forthcoming album.

Nearly 30 years ago, on March 15, 1986, the U.K. duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, a.k.a. Pet Shop Boys, debuted at No. 45 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with their soon-to-be-classic "West End Girls." By May 3, the track was No. 1, marking the first of 10 No. 1s and 28 top 10s in the still-thriving act's career. "Girls" would also top the Billboard Hot 100.

Pet Shop Boys Announce New Album 'Super'

Fast-forward to today, as the Boys score their landmark 40th chart hit and highest-ever debut with "The Pop Kids," at No. 28. The start bests the No. 30 launch of eventual No. 1 "Break 4 Love" (with Peter Rauhofer) in 2001. Remixes from Offer Nissim add to the original "Kids" and extended versions sent to clubs thus far. Also among the DJs/producers who have remixed the new single is MK (Marc Kinchen), whose dub mix comes more than 22 years since his last remix for Pet Shop Boys, for their 1993 single "Can You Forgive Her?," a Dance Club Songs No. 1.

"Kids" is the first release from PSB's album Super, expected April 1. As with their 2013 full-length, Electric, the set was produced by Stuart Price. Electric debuted at No. 2 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, as did their 2012 release Elysium. The pair hit No. 1 twice, with Release in 2002 and Disco 3 in 2003, and has charted 12 albums since the chart's July 2001 inception.

Prior to 2001, Pet Shop Boys placed an additional 11 albums on the Billboard 200, starting with their lone top 10, 1986's Please (which contained "West End Girls") and three more Hot 100 and Dance Club Songs hits: "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," "Love Comes Quickly" and "Suburbia."


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