Not long ago, Phil Collins took time off from his old band, Genesis, to star in the movie "Buster," which generated two big hit singles-"Two Hearts" and "A Groovy Kind of Love."
Now, another member of Genesis is making an impact on the charts with an "outside" project. That's Mike Rutherford, who, as leader of Mike & the Mechanics, has just hit No. 1 on the adult contemporary list with "The Living Years," which is showing signs of pop dominance as well.
But the chart champ continues to be Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," which, thanks to its continuing strength on radio, now has become the first three-week No. 1 of 1989. Just missing out was Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes," which moved from No. 4 to No. 2 this week and is a sure bet for the top spot next week.