And Victoria Beckham remains the only Spice Girl to have no solo number 1. If I'm not mistaken, her floundering record career and the amount of money pumped into it were responsible for bankrupting her record company.
CD:UK definitely had the better format than TOTP at the time. TOTP had too much of a reliance on performances which meant too much wasn't shown that really should have been because the acts couldn't or wouldn't appear in the studio and Chris Cowie all but refusedto show videos, and other stuff got shown repeatedly (quite often the same performances, not even new ones) when the could have shown something else instead (including former number 1s on the way down). One example I can think of is in early 1999 the same Whitney Houston performance being shown FIVE times, each at a lower chart position than the previous time it was shown (down to number 19 the last time it was shown). I know it was only the second time she'd appeared in the studio, and the first time for 12 years, but it really seems excessive to have shown it 5 times when there's something else they could have shown, even if it was a video, especially when it was down to number 19.
One of the major issues with the Cowie era really, the over the top rejection of videos and the repeated showings of the same songs and performances by the artists they could get into the studio in their place, even if they'd been shown several times before and were on the way down. I can understand prioritising performances over videos, but Cowey TOTP just took it to an extreme. It really seems strange to choose to show a 2 month old performance for the fifth time of a song that's about to fall out of the top 20 when there must have been several videos of higher placed and more recently charted songs they could have shown.
Plus CD:UK being an hour long gave them time for features, which always ate too much into TOTP's running time when they tried it. Plus TOTP always seemed to do those features really badly regardless when they tried it too- look at the last few months of Chris Cowey's run for example and the way they'd run dreadfully executed behind the scenes videos actually over the middle of performances.
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