For the second week in a row, the British duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith--better known to rock fans as Tears for Fears--is at the top of the American singles charts with their big single "Shout." That's the good news.
The bad news for Tears for Fears is that they lost their bid for a second straight chart "double," because their album "Songs From the Big Chair" was dropped to No. 2 after four weeks at the top.
Though the belated success of "Reckless" was helped by the release of yet another hit single ("Summer of '69," now No. 15), there's another factor at work. With few real blockbuster albums released this summer--particularly by mainstream rock acts--record buyers are stocking up on older releases. That's why "Reckless" has just now hit No. 1 in its 38th week on the charts, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." is still at No. 5 in its 60th week and Survivor's "Vital Signs" is holding strong at No. 24 after 46 weeks.