Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan’s 80s pop classic ‘Especially For You’ has just sold over one million copies in the UK, 26 years after its release.
The 1988 saccharine=coated hit came right at that time when Minogue and Donovan were massive television stars in England via Australian teen soap Neighbours although both had left the show by the time of its release.
Kylie Monogue told officialcharts.com “I’m thrilled to hear ‘Especially For You’ has become a million seller! Although so much time has passed since Jason and I recorded it in Sydney with Mike Stock, it has the ability to transport us all back to that time. It’s so touching to have a song which has a place in so many peoples’ hearts and one which remains a huge fan favourite.”
Despite being one of the biggest pop stars of all-time in the UK, ‘Especially For You’ is only Kylie’s second million seller. ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ is her biggest hit.
‘Especially For You’ is the 154th million seller in the UK. The song originally featured on Kylie’s ‘Enjoy Yourself’ album and Jason’s ‘Ten Good Reasons’, both released in 1989.
In 2001 Kylie performed the song as a duet with Kermit The Frog.
Both Kylie and Jason had left Neighbours by the time the single was released. Kylie’s last Neighbours appearance as Charlene Robinson was on July 28, 1988. Donovan’s was last seen as Scott Robinson on May 18, 1989.
Jason had just released his debut single ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’ just prior to the release of ‘Especially For You’. It reached no 3 in Australia and no 5 in the UK.
‘Especially For You’ reached no 2 in Australia and no 1 in the UK in 1989.
Jason went on to have 16 Top 14 hits in the UK. His ‘Ten Good Reasons’ album reached no 1 in England and has been certified 5x Platinum for sales of 1.5 million.
‘Especially For You’ was Kylie’s 5th UK hit. To date she has had 45 Top 40 hits in the UK.
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