P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:00:01    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   It's that time of year again when alb—l superstars like REM or Eric Clapton are elbowed away from the top of the charts by Greatest Hits packages, compilations of top singles and Christmas records. Christmas and pop music are a potent sales combination. This year, three big festive hits packages are fighting it out in the shops - EMI's That's Christmas, Virgin's The Best Christmas Ever and Telstar's 100 Per Cent Christmas. ——————————————————————————————————1/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:01:00    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   This year's Christmas compilation records pack in all the seasonal pop songs you've every drunkenly jived to at the office party - by Slade, Elton John, Gary Glitter and W——l! — and they sell by the sledgeload. Telstar says: "We're appealing to mums who go into a shop and think, 'This will be just right for Christmas.'" By mid December 80,000 copies of 100 Per Cent Christmas were sold since its release on November 21. ——————————————————————————————————2/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:20:42    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   The Christmas album "has a six-week shelf life so you hope to have none left in the shops at the beginning of January," says (flstar. Virgin's compilation has already sold 250,000 copies over previous Christmases. The songs included have become an integral part of Christmas: they're evergreens and they're everywhere — and are now as "traditional" as carols and mistletoe. ——————————————————————————————————3/10— THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:20:00    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   In life there are few certainties, but one is that if you go into a shopping centre in Britain anywhere in late December, within 20 minutes you'll hear Mary's Boy Child by Boney M, Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade, Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon — or quite possibly all three. Merry Christmas Everybody has reached the Top 40 eight times since Slade's Noddy Holder and Jimmy Lea wrote the song during a hot ssllfr 21 years ago. ——————————————————————————————————4/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:20:31    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody's three million sales are dwarfed by the eight million-plus sales worldwide of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. But the biggest seller of all is, of course, Bing Crosby's 1942 White Christmas which has sold 70 million copies in the USA alone. It reappeared in the British charts as late as 1977, a few months after the singer's death. ——————————————————————————————————5/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LA DST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:20:13    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   The HMV record chain explains that seasonal record purchasers are a different lot from the Nirvana fans and Floyd enthusiasts who haunt record shops for the rest of the year. "The compilation market is massive at Christmas, not just Christmas songs. The number one album this year will by Now 29 (a compilation of 1994 hits) These records are easy gift - people don't have to worry about what kind of music a person likes. Plus they're the sort of thing you can buy for parties." ——————————————————————————————————6/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:23:54    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   This year, WEA has made a game stab at enticing even Nirvana fans to join in the fun. Its compilation, Cool Christmas, offers more contemporary fare than Noddy Holder's larynx. Kirsty McColl and the Pogues, Enya and Aztec Camera offer some wayward slants on Christmas. Anyone really determined to ruin holiday harmony in the household can invest in Metal Christmas, 50 minutes of Yuletide headbangers. ——————————————————————————————————7/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:04:00    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   But the surprise entrant into the British market must surely be His Holiness The Pope, whose best-selling record of the Rosary chant in Latin has won him a platinum disc in S——in. So far the CD, with an English translation on what used to be called the flipside, has sold more than 10,000 copies in Britain. The importers hope for another 20,000 sales and the record has made a tentative chart entry. ——————————————————————————————————8/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:00:42    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   The UK's top 10 selling Xmas singles 1. Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid (1984) 2. Mary's Boy Child Boney M (1978) 3. Last Christmas Wham! (1984) 4. Merry Christmas Everybody Slade (1973) 5. Mary's Boy Child Harry Belafonte (1957) ——————————————————————————————————9/10— News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Dec26 20:10:00    TOP OF   THE POPS  ———————————————————————————————————   The UK's top 10 selling Xmas singles 6 White Christmas Bing Crosby (1977) 7. Mistletoe And Wine Cliff Richard (1988) 8. When A Child Is Born Johnny Mathis (1976) 9. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) John Lennon (1980) 10. Lonely This Christmas Mud (1974) ——————————————————————————————————10/10 News in focus 320 Headlines 300 THE LATEST POP GROOVES p620 C4 Politics Poll Letters Headlines