samedi 25 octobre 2014

Luv's Chart Performance (1977 - 2006)


I've often explained on this blog how popular the Luv' girls were in the late 1970s in Holland and abroad. They dominated the record charts of several European countries as well as overseas (South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Mexico). Their music was also appreciated in some socialists countries behind the "Iron Curtain": German Democratic Republic, Poland and Hungary. Unfortunately, they never made a breakthrough in major music markets such as UK, USA, Russia, Brazil or Asian territories (Japan, China, India...).

Back in the day, the music industry was totally different. The level of piracy was low. No MTV, no internet, no MP3, no social media, no iTunes, no downloads, no YouTube.... In a way, it was prehistory. The labels and the record executives were powerful. Record charts were very significant. Reaching the Top 10 or being #1 really meant something.

Luv' scored 14 singles and 7 albums on the charts between 1977 and 2006.

Their most popular songs were "U.O.Me" (1978), the million-selling singles and chart toppers "You're the Greatest Lover" and "Trojan Horse" (1978), "Casanova" (1979) and "Ooh, Yes I Do" (1979). They are the classic hits of the group

Some songs were quite successful: "My Man" (1977), "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" (1979), "Ann-Maria" (1980), "One More Little Kissy" (1980) and "My Number One" (1980).

Finally, other tracks were minor hits: "Tingalingaling" (1981), "Welcome To My Party" (1989), "He's My Guy" (1991) and "Megamix '93" (1993).

As a manufactured pop formation which targeted youngsters, Luv' were more successful on the singles chart than on the albums chart. The LPs "With Luv" (1978), "Lots of Luv" (1979), "True Luv" (1979), "Forever Yours" (1980) and the CD compilation "Luv Gold" (1993) sold well.






Source of record charts:

TROS Europarade (European charts): http://www.hitnoteringen.nl/start/284-2/tros-europarade/
Dutch Top 40 (Netherlands): http://www.top40.nl/top40-artiesten
BRT Top 30 + Billboard Benelux (Belgium): http://top30-2.radio2.be/#/
Musikmarkt/Media Control Charts (Germany): http://www.charts.de/
Ö3 Austria Top 40 / Ö3-Hitparade (Austrian charts): http://austriancharts.at/ + https://www.ukmix.org
Schweizer Hitparade (Swiss charts): http://hitparade.ch/ + https://www.ukmix.org
BT Hitliste (Danmark): http://www.glamrocker.dk/bt-hitliste-1979.htm + https://www.ukmix.org/
Finnish singles charts: http://suomenlistalevyt.blogspot.fr/2015/08/los-lon.html
SNEP charts (France): http://www.top-france.fr/
Hit-Parade RTL (France): http://artisteschartsventes.blogspot.fr/p/hit-parade-rtl.html
Kent Music Report (Australian charts)
New Zealand charts: http://charts.org.nz/


I) Peak position on singles charts

1) My Man
Released by Phonogram/Philips Records in May 1977



#12 on the Dutch Top 40
#12 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#10 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#19 on the Europarade (European charts)

2) U.O.Me (Theme from 'Waldolala')
Released by Phonogram/Philips Records in February 1978



#3 on the Dutch Top 40
#3 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#2 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#5 on the Europarade (European charts)

3) You're the Greatest Lover
Released by Phonogram/Philips Records in July 1978


#1 on the Dutch Top 40
#1 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#1 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#1 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control chart (Germany)
#1 on the Swiss Hitparade
#2 on the Austrian charts
#1 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)
#26 on the Finnish singles chart
#19 on the SNEP charts (France)
#12 on the Hit-Parade RTL (France)
#5 on the Europarade (European charts)
#15 on the South African charts

4) Trojan Horse
Released by Phonogram/Philips in November 1978



#3 on the Europarade (European charts)
#1 on the Dutch Top 40
#1 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#1 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#1 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)
#3 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control charts (Germany)
#2 on the Swiss Hitparade
#2 on the Austrian charts
#16 on the Finnish singles chart
#38 on the SNEP charts (France)
#17 on the South African charts 
#14 on the Zimbabwean charts
#50 on the Kent Music Report (Australia)
#6 on the New Zealand charts
#95 on the RPM 100 Singles (Canada)

5) Casanova
Released by Phonogram/Philips Records in April 1979


#2 on the Europarade (European charts)
#6 on the Dutch Top 40
#2 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#5 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#6 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control charts (Germany)
#4 on the Swiss Hitparade
#2 on the Austrian charts
#3 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)

6) Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
Released by Philips/Phonogram Records in August 1979


#11 on the Dutch Top 40
#6 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#9 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#36 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control charts (Germany)
#17 on the Swiss Hitparade
#14 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)

7) Ooh, Yes I Do
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in November 1979


#1 in Mexico
#10 on the Europarade (European charts)
#5 on the Dutch Top 40
#4 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#5 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#27 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control charts (Germany)
#2 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)
#10 on the SNEP charts (France)
#17 on the Hit-parade RTL (France)
#13 on the Ö3-Hitparade (Austria)


8) Ann-Maria
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in February 1980

#11 on the Dutch Top 40
#4 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#10 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#13 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)
#37 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control Charts (Germany)

9) One More Little Kissy
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in May 1980


#9 on the Dutch Top 40
#4 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#15 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#17 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)
#75 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control Charts (Germany)

10) My Number One 
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in October 1980


#15 on the Europarade (European charts)
#5 on the Dutch Top 40
#4 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)
#5 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)
#60 on the Musikmarkt/Media Control Charts (Germany)

11) Tingalingaling
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in August 1981


#29 on the Dutch Top 40
#15 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)

12) Welcome To My Party
Released by Dureco/High Fashion Records in September 1989


#22 on the Dutch Top 20 
#19 on the Nationale Top 100 (Netherlands)
#28 on the BRT Top 30 (Belgium)

13) Starmaker (The All Stars: Luv', Barbarella, Mai Tai, Centerfold, Frizzle Sizzle)
Released by Dureco Records in December 1989


#57 on the Nationale Top 100 (Netherlands)

14) He's My Guy
Released by RCA Records/BMG in 1991


#75 on the Nationale Hitparade (Netherlands)

15) Megamix '93
Released by Arcade Records in May 1993


#23 on the Dutch Top 40
#17 on the Single Top 100 (Netherlands)


II) Peak position on the albums charts

1) With Luv'
Released by Philips/Phonogram Records in August 1978


#6 on the LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#8 on the Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#11 on Der Musikmarkt: Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland)
#50 on the Media Control Charts (Germany)
#15 on the Alben Top 25 (Austria)
#9 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)

2) Lots of Luv'
Released by Philips/Phonogram Records in May 1979


#7 on the LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#4 on the Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#8 on the BT Hitliste (Denmark)
#11 on the Der Musikmarkt: Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland)
#39 on the Media Control Charts (Germany)
#13 on the Alben Top 25 (Austria)


3) True Luv' 
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in December 1979


#13 on the LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#7 on the Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 (Netherlands)

4) Greatest Hits
Released by Philips/Phonogram Records in December 1979


#21 on the Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 (Netherlands)

5) Forever Yours 
Released by CNR/Carrere Records in November 1980


#13 on the LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#5 on the Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 (Netherlands)

6) Luv' Gold
Released by Arcade Records in May 1993


#14 on the LP Top 50 (Netherlands)
#9 on the Mega Album Top 100 (Netherlands)

7) Completely in Luv'
Released by Universal Music in April 2006


#95 on the Album Top 100 (Netherlands)

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