This week, Belinda Carlisle did something she was never able to do as a Go-Go: hit No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts.
But the L.A.-based "girl group" never hit No. 1, though it came oh-so- close in 1982 with "We Got the Beat," which held the No. 2 spot for three straight weeks. (The powerhouse song that kept the group from the top: "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band.) And last year Carlisle came up short again with her first solo effort, "Mad About You," which peaked at No. 4.
Now Carlisle has finally hit the heights with "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," which had enough chart power to bump one big song from No. 1 down to No. 2 (the Jennifer Warnes-Bill Medley duet "The Time of My Life") and stay well ahead of a powerful challenger (George Michael's "Faith," which moved from No. 5 to No. 3 and already is No. 1 in Canada).