Hot 100 Debuts - October 1982

Forty songs made their debut on the Hot 100 during October 1982, another 5 week chart period.  Go ahead count the songs in the chart below.  What's that?  You counted forty-one songs? Well, count them again.  Still forty-one?  Huh.  HERC counted forty-one songs as well.  What gives?
Back on the April 24th chart, Patti Austin's duet with James Ingram "Baby, Come To Me" debuted at number 81 on the Hot 100 and over the course of a short four week run, peaked at number 73.  The song was in its fifth week and rising on the Hot Soul Singles chart at number 45 in the April 24th issue of Billboard.  By May 29th, "Baby, Come To Me" had lost all of its upward momentum, stalling at number 37 before taking a fifty-four position tumble down the Hot Soul Singles chart, crashing at number 91 before completely falling off the chart two weeks later.  Then a a funny thing happened. Jill Phelps, music director of ABC's red hot soap General Hospital, began using the song in the ongoing saga of characters Luke and Laura Holly in the Fall of 1982 and suddenly viewers wanted to hear the song on the radio. 
Qwest Records rush re-released "Baby, Come To Me", later buying the prominent lower fifth of the cover of the December 11th issue of Billboard to further promote the single as well as the parent album (above) and it debuted yet again on the October 16th Hot 100 at number 91 and on the October 30th Black Singles (the new name of the Hot Soul Singles chart) chart at number 84 though it did not ever debut on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it fit the format like a glove, until November 20th.  The song eventually topped both the AC and the Hot 100 charts in early 1983 while peaking at number 9 on the Black Singles chart the second time around.  So, although it is listed in the chart below, the song had already debuted, which by definition can only happen once.

Hot 100 debutdebut postitleartist
10/2/198261*MusclesDiana Ross193
10/2/198270State Of IndependenceDonna Summer125
10/2/198272*Get CloserLinda Ronstadt150
10/2/198275Tug Of WarPaul McCartney101
10/2/198280Right Here And NowBill Medley91
10/2/198281*So Much In LoveTimothy B. Schmit88
10/2/198284*Everybody Wants YouBilly Squier144
10/2/198285*Destination UnknownMissing Persons124
10/2/198287ElectriclandBad Company56
10/2/198290*Rock The CasbahThe Clash194
10/9/198256*I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)Donald Fagen157
10/9/198260*TrulyLionel Richie211
10/9/198268HeartbreakerDionne Warwick190
10/9/198272Missing YouDan Fogelberg164
10/9/198273Be My LadyJefferson Starship153
10/9/198274The Only Way OutCliff Richard79
10/9/198281*She’s TightCheap Trick77
10/9/198283*Shakin’Eddie Money80
10/9/198290*You And IEddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle199
10/9/198292*777-9311The Time28
10/16/198265*ManeaterHall & Oates214
10/16/198269*Shadows Of The NightPat Benatar184
10/16/198278Cool MagicSteve Miller Band93
10/16/198279A Love SongKenny Rogers114
10/16/198284*The MessageGrandmaster Flash and the Furious Five...82
10/16/198286Attack Of The Name GameStacy Lattisaw66
10/16/198290*Talk TalkTalk Talk56
10/16/198291Baby, Come To MePatti Austin with James Ingram210
10/23/198276Whatcha Gonna DoChilliwack127
10/23/198280*Shock The MonkeyPeter Gabriel148
10/23/198283Tough WorldDonnie Iris90
10/30/198231*It’s Raining AgainSupertramp187
10/30/198273*Dirty LaundryDon Henley205
10/30/198276Used To BeCharlene and Stevie Wonder116
10/30/198278*Sexual HealingMarvin Gaye204
10/30/198279*Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh La, La, La)Kool & The Gang147
10/30/198284*Stand Or FallThe Fixx55
10/30/198286I Wouldn’t Beg For WaterSheena Easton79
10/30/198290*Bad Boy/Having A PartyLuther Vandross99

The fifth week of the month, the week of October 30th, featured the debut of three eventual Top Three songs, including the Number One hit "Africa" earning it a weekly average of 142, high for the month.  Another song released that same week would have a fate similar to "Baby, Come To Me" but instead of one chart resurrection, it enjoyed two!
Prince's "1999" was released as the first single from his double album of the same name in September 1982.  It first charted on the Black Singles chart at number 36 on October 16th.  The seven-inch single also debuted on the Dance/Disco 80 chart on October 23rd at number 60.  A week later, the heavily edited down from the more than six minute album version single debuted on the Hot 100 at number 81.  "1999" spent nineteen weeks on the Black Singles chart, peaking at number 4 the week before Christmas 1982.  Over on the Dance/Disco chart, the song logged twenty-two weeks including two weeks at Number One beginning December 4th.  On December 11th, the song reached it's peak on the Hot 100 at number 44.  It had spent six weeks climbing to that position and then spent another six weeks falling off the chart.  Then two things happened: Prince's music video for "1999" was played regularly on MTV and his label released "Little Red Corvette" as his next single along with an accompanying video.  The "1999" video is credited with giving many viewers their first taste of Prince's talents and paving the way for Michael Jackson on MTV.
The new single debuted on the Hot 100 at number 66 the week of February 26, 1983 and on March 2, 1983 the music videos for "Little Red Corvette" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" were added to MTV's rotation while "1999" was bumped up from Light Rotation (1-2 plays per day) to Medium Rotation (2-3 plays per day).  The week of March 12th, "Little Red Corvette" premiered on Black Singles chart at number 70.  A month later, the song would scrape the Dance/Disco chart going no higher than number 61 and a month after that, in May 1983, "Little Red Corvette" made the rock radio Top Tracks chart, topping out at number 17 in a five week run. The crossover popularity of the single motivated label execs to re-release "1999" once again.  It re-entered the Hot 100 at number 70 the week of June 4th, 1983 and peaked at number 12 on July 23rd before leaving the chart a second time on September 10th with "Delirious", the third single from the 1999 album, climbing the chart in just it's second week. And the third Hot 100 re-entry of "1999" occurred after weeks of radio play and sales in late 1998 in anticipation of the new year.  So much so that the song jumped on the Hot R&B Singles chart at number 45 and the Hot 100 chart at number 40 in the issue dated January 16, 1999.  By the next weekly issue, the song had vanished from both charts.
As seen above, Billboard had established a re-entry protocol to its Hot 100 chart methodology sometime before 1999.

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