This week's charts are dominated by the British group Tears for Fears, whose "Shout" swept into the No. 1 singles position ahead of Howard Jones' "Everytime You Go Away," which lost its top ranking after just one week as the most popular song in America.
The normal chart pattern is for an immensely popular ballad such as "Everytime" to stay at No. 1 for at least two weeks. That is because the audience burnout factor is lower than for hotter material, such as Phil Collins' recent "Sussudio," which also stayed at No. 1 for just one week.
The rapid ascent of "Shout" also gives Tears for Fears its first chart double--No. 1 on both the singles and album charts--because their "Songs for the Big Chair" LP was able to hold the top spot for the fourth straight week.