Flashdance (soundtrack)

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Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released April 11, 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Electro, Euro disco, hi-NRG, synthpop, pop rock
Length 36.52
Label Casablanca
Compiler Giorgio Moroder
Singles from Flashdance
  1. "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
    Released: April 3, 1983
  2. "Maniac"
    Released: June 5, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]

Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 1983 American musical and romance film Flashdance, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. It sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. The film is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and follows Alex, a welder and exotic dancer and her dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer. In 1984, the album received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and won for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

The film's three singles feature on the album. Two of these singles, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" by Irene Cara and "Maniac" by Michael Sembello, peaked at #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The track "Romeo" by Donna Summer was released as a promo video to MTV prior to the film's release, composed only of outtakes from the film. However, the song was not released to radio as Summer was on the verge of releasing her 1983 album She Works Hard for the Money, and the title track was already becoming a major hit. ("She Works Hard for the Money" was actually in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 consecutively with both "Flashdance...What a Feeling" and "Maniac".)

The Flashdance LP was massively successful, selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. and 1 million in Japan. It was certified gold by RIAA on June 17, 1983 (1983-06-17), and became multi-platinum on October 12, 1984 (1984-10-12) and again on June 21, 1996 (1996-06-21).[3] In addition to its own success, the album is notable for having supplanted Michael Jackson's Thriller after the latter had remained Billboard's number-one album for 17 weeks. Thriller would again overtake Flashdance at number one after 2 weeks. In Japan, the album topped the chart for 11 weeks in total, and became the biggest-selling album of 1983.[4]

The music in Flashdance was supervised by Phil Ramone. There are several pieces of music used in the film that do not appear on the soundtrack album, including "Gloria" by Laura Branigan; "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the "Adagio in G Minor" by Tommaso Albinoni. The title track "Flashdance... What a Feeling" was originally recorded by Joe Esposito before Irene Cara was asked to re-record the song as in line with the film's female perspective.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Flashdance... What a Feeling"   Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara Irene Cara 3:53
2. "He's a Dream"   Shandi Sinnamon, Ronald Magness Shandi Sinnamon 3:28
3. "Love Theme from Flashdance"   Giorgio Moroder Helen St. John 3:27
4. "Manhunt"   Doug Cotler, Richard Gilbert Karen Kamon 2:36
5. "Lady, Lady, Lady"   Moroder, Forsey Joe Esposito 4:09
6. "Imagination"   Michael Boddicker, Jerry Hey, Phil Ramone, Michael Sembello Laura Branigan 3:35
7. "Romeo"   Pete Bellotte, Sylvester Levay Donna Summer 3:13
8. "Seduce Me Tonight"   Moroder, Forsey Cycle V 3:31
9. "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is"   Kim Carnes, Duane Hitchings, Craig Krampf Kim Carnes 4:36
10. "Maniac"   Sembello, Dennis Matkosky Michael Sembello 4:04

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Flashdance RIAA Accessed August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)
  4. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Albums Chart Daijiten - 1983 Oricon Year-end Albums" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Soundtrack - Flashdance - austriancharts.at". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  6. ^ DataStation オリコンNo.1アルバム1980-1989 "List of the number-one hit albums on the Japanese Oricon chart during the 1980s" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  7. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Soundtrack - Flashdance". VG-lista. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com Soundtrack - Flashdance". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  9. ^ "allmusic ((( Flashdance > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats Original Soundtrack - Flashdance". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Flashdance". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "French album certifications – BOF – Flashdance" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select BOF and click OK
  13. ^ "Les Albums Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Finnish album certifications – Elokuvamusiikkia – Flashdance" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (O.S.T. - Various; 'Flashdance')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1984". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  17. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Soundtrack; 'Flashdance')". Hung Medien. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Flashdance - OST". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Flashdance - OST in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Flashdance". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 25 – July 8, 1983
Succeeded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
Wrap Your Arms Around Me by Agnetha Fältskog
Swedish Albums Chart number-one album
August 9 – September 6, 1983
Succeeded by
Crises by Mike Oldfield
Preceded by
Keep on Dancing by Various artists
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
August 22 – September 11, 1983
Succeeded by
The Breakers '83 by Various artists
Preceded by
Crises by Mike Oldfield[1]
Norwegian VG-lista Chart number-one album
34/1983 – 40/1983 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
Sunday People by The Monroes[2]
Preceded by
Kansuigyo by Miyuki Nakajima
Japanese Oricon LP Chart biggest selling album of the year
1983
Succeeded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson