January 1989 - New Jersey band Skid Row release their debut album which goes to #6 US, #30 UK led by two US Top Ten singles "18 and Life" and "I Remember You".January 1989 - Athens, GA alternative band R.E.M. move to Warner Brothers and score their second US Top Ten hit with the single "Stand" from their sixth album Green.January 1989 - Debbie Gibson's second album goes #1 US, #8 UK featuring the #1 single "Lost In Your Eyes". At 17 years old, Gibson writes all the songs and produces six of them. February 1989 - Sacramento, CA metal band Tesla release their second album (#18 US) and their power ballad "Love Song" #10 US gets heavy  rotation on MTV.February 1989 - UK band New Order enter the UK charts at #1 (#32 US) with their fifth album "Technique". The single "Fine Time" hits #11 UK.February 1989 - Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew benefit from the obscenity controversy over their 3rd album, As Nasty As They Want To Be, and go on to sell two million copies. The single "Me So Horny" peaks at #26 US.February 1989 - Birmingham, UK trio Fine Young Cannibals hit the top with their second album The Raw and The Cooked ( #1 US & UK). The album yields two US #1 singles (both top ten UK) "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing". February 1989 - The major label debut by The Indigo Girls, high school friends from Decatur, GA reaches #22 US driven by the single "Closer to Fine".February 1989 - Los Angeles band The Bangles single "Eternal Flame" tops the charts in both the US and UK.February 1989 - Manchester, UK band Simply Red top the US charts for the second time with their cover of Harold Melvin's "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (#1 US, #2 UK).March 1989 - German pop duo Milli Vanilli release their US debut album which goes to #1 US and spawns three #1 US singles. The duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus would go on to win the Best New Artist Grammy only to have it revoked when it is later found out they are not the singers on the album. March 1989 - "Like a Prayer" the first single from Madonna's fourth album goes to #1 in the US and UK. The controversial video for the song causes Pepsi to drop Madonna as a spokesperson. March 1989 - Long Island hip-hop trio De La Soul release their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. The album tops the Hip-Hop charts and goes to #13 UK, #24 US on the album chartsMarch 1989 - Former Soul Train dancer and Shalamar member, Jody Watley scores three US Top Ten singles off her second solo album, Larger Than Life.April 1989 - Swedish pop duo Roxette break through in the US with their second album Look Sharp! featuring two #1 US singles "The Look" (#7 UK) and "Listen To Your Heart".April 1989 - UK artist Neneh Cherry hits #3 in the US and UK with her dance single "Buffalo Stance" from the album Raw Like Sushi. April 1989 - Tom Petty's first solo album, Full Moon Fever, goes to #3 US and generates a US Top Ten hit with "Free Fallin".April 1989 - Los Angeles rapper Tone Loc hits #1 in the US with his debut album and has two US Top Five singles "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina". April 1989 - Boston band The Pixies release their second album, Doolittle, with a new, cleaner sound. The album goes Top Ten in the UK and squeaks into the Top 100 in the US.April 1989 - UK hard rockers, The Cult, crack the US Top Ten with their fourth album Sonic Temple, #3 UK. April 1989 - Scottish band, Deacon Blue, hit #1 in the UK with their third album, When The World Knows Your Name.May 1989 - Los Angeles rockers Great White hit their commercial peak with their 4th album which goes Top Ten in the US. Their cover of Ian Hunter's  "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" goes to #5 on the US singles chart.May 1989 - The Cure take gothic rock to #3 UK, #12 US with their 8th album, Disintegration. The single "Lovesong" goes to #2 in the US, #18 UK.May 1989 - Manchester, UK band the Stone Roses release their debut album which goes Top Ten in the UK.May 1989 - Chicago native, Richard Marx, hits #1 US, #8 UK with his second album Repeat Offender. The album generates two #1 US singles including "Right Here Waiting" #2 UK.May 1989 - UK rock veterans Queen release their 12th album, The Miracle, which goes to #1 UK, #24 US.June 1989 - Releasing records since the 60's, Cher releases her 20th album, Heart of Stone, which goes Top Ten in the US and UK. The single "If I Could Turn Back Time" hits #3 US, #7 UK.June 1989 - Seattle's Sub Pop label releases the debut album, Bleach, by Aberdeen, WA band Nirvana. The album sells 40,000 copies.June 1989 - San Francisco band Faith No More hit it big with a new lead singer on their third album, The Real Thing. The single "Epic" goes Top Ten in the US, #29 UK.June 1989 - California rockabilly artist Chris Isaak releases his third album, Heart Shaped World. A year later the album's single "Wicked Game" hits #6 US, #10 UK after being used in the David Lynch film - Wild At Heart.June 1989 - American soap opera star Michael Damian hits #1 in the US with his cover of David Essex' 70's hit "Rock On".June 1989 - Athens, GA band the B-52's have their first Top 40 single with "Love Shack" #3 US, #2 UK from their fifth album, Cosmic Thing.July 1989 - Proving that hair metal isn't dead yet, Hollywood band Warrant score two US Top Ten singles "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries" off their debut album. July 1989 - Continuing the Hollywood influence on the charts, Bette Midler goes to #1 US, #5 UK with the single "Wind Beneath My Wings" from the movie Beaches.July 1989 - The Beastie Boys move from one-hit-wonders to critical darlings with their second album, Paul's Boutique #14 US, #44 UK.July 1989 - UK pop/punk band Transvision Vamp hit #1 in the UK with their second album, Velveteen, led by the #3 UK single "Baby I Don't Care".August 1989 - Texas group Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians hit #7 US, #31 UK with the single "What I Am" from their debut album.August 1989 - California's Red Hot Chili Peppers release their fourth album, Mother's Milk. The album is their first to break into the US Top 100, peaking at #52. The singles "Knock Me Down" and the Stevie Wonder cover "Higher Ground" are well received.September 1989 - Boston boy band New Kids On the Block hit #1 in the US and UK with their second album, Hangin' Tough. The album generates five Top Ten singles. September 1989 - UK band Love & Rockets, former Bauhaus members, have a suprise #3 hit single in the US with "So Alive" from their fourth album.September 1989 - Bob Dylan's 26th album, Oh Mercy, is something of a comeback, with good reviews it charts at #30 US and goes to #6 in the UK.September 1989 - Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain release their third album, Automatic, using synthesized bass and drums. The album goes to #11 UK, but fails to crack the Top 100 in the US. September 1989 - Janet Jackson releases her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814, which goes to #1 US, #4 UK. The album generates seven US Top Five singles including "Escapade". September 1989 - Let Love Rule, the debut album by New York City native Lenny Kravitz, is released to moderate success #61 US, #56 UK.September 1989 - Aerosmith release their tenth album, Pump. The album produces three Top Ten singles in the US, including "Janie's Got A Gun".October 1989 - After 62 weeks on the US charts Paula Abdul hits #1 US, #3 UK with her album Forever Your Girl. The album spawns five US Top Three singles including the title track and "Opposites Attract".October 1989 - After a decade of declining sales Neil Young makes yet another comeback with the album Freedom, which goes to #35 US, #17 UK. The song "Rockin In The Free World" becomes the soundtrack for the fall of the Berlin Wall.October 1989 - Cleveland, Ohio's Trent Reznor with his band Nine Inch Nails, releases their debut album Pretty Hate Machine on TVT Records. The album gains an underground following and charts at #75 US.October 1989 - UK synthpop duo Erasure score their second #1 album in the UK, #57 US with Wild. Singles "Drama" and "Blue Savannah" both make the UK Top Five.October 1989 - Italian house music group Black Box are #1 in the UK for six weeks with the single "Ride On Time".October 1989 - American band Motley Crue have their first and only US #1 album with Dr. Feelgood, #7 UK. The title track and the single "Without You" both go Top Ten in the US.November 1989 - 19 year old Newark, NJ hip-hop artist Queen Latifah releases her debut album, All Hail The Queen on Tommy Boy Records. The album reaches #124 US.November 1989 - UK slide guitarist and singer songwriter Chris Rea goes to #1 in the UK with his tenth album The Road to Hell. The album fails to crack the Top 100 in the US.November 1989 - Belgian studio project Technotronic score a #2 hit in the US and UK with the single "Pump Up The Jam".November 1989 - Genesis frontman Phil Collins has his third #1 UK, second US, solo album with ...But Seriously. The single "Another Day in Paradise" hits #1 in the UK, #2 US. November 1989 - UK singer Lisa Stansfield releases her debut album Affection which reaches #2 UK and #9 US, led by the single "All Around The World" #1 UK, #3 US.December 1989 - Billy Joel has his third US #1, #5 UK, single with "We Didn't Start The Fire" from his 11th album Storm Front. This is also his third #1 album in the US.
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