Hanboo wrote:Re the US Video chart. The first one dates from March 30, 1985 with "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner at #1. Since then 347 other videos have hit the top spot.
Are you sure
I have:Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller
7 Jan 1984: 7-5-2-2-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1
These music video charts used to be available via Billboard's archive search facility, but unfortunately the archive no longer goes back this far.
Hanboo is right, the chart run you posted from Thriller is from the BB's "Videocassette Top 40" where they combined sales of all videos -music, excercise, movies, etc-
The BB's "Top Music Videcassettes" chart did indeed debut on the issue of March 30th, 1985, it only had a top 10, here's the chart from that week.
#1 Private Dancer - Tina Turner
#2 All Night Long - Lionel Ritchie
#3 Madonna - Madonna
#4 Dancing on the Valentine - Duran Duran (Gold cert)
#5 Sing Blue Silver - Duran Duran (Gold cert)
#6 Video rewind: The Rolling stones video Hits -The Rolling Stones (Plat cert)
#7 U2 Live at Red Rocks - U2
#8 Prime Time -The Go Go's
#9 Heartbeat City - The Cars
#10 The Syncronicity Concert - The Police
all debuts since it's the first MV chart