The Woman in Red (soundtrack)

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The Woman in Red
Soundtrack album by Stevie Wonder
Released August 28, 1984
Recorded 1983–84
Genre R&B, soul, funk, pop
Length 41:19
Label Motown
Producer Stevie Wonder, Gary Olazabal
Stevie Wonder chronology
Hotter than July
(1980)
The Woman in Red
(1984)
In Square Circle
(1985)

The Woman in Red: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the second soundtrack album released by American musician Stevie Wonder on the Motown label. Also featuring Dionne Warwick, the LP was released in 1984 for the film of the same name. It featured Wonder's biggest hit, "I Just Called to Say I Love You", which hit #1 internationally and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and also featured the follow-up hit, "Love Light in Flight" (a US top 20 hit) and "Don't Drive Drunk", the song and the accompanying music video for which were used in the Ad Council and the US Department of Transportation's Drunk Driving Prevention public service announcement the following year.

The album reached number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, #1 on the R&B Albums chart (for four weeks) and #2 on the UK Albums Chart, where it was kept off the top spot by the albums Now That's What I Call Music 3 and David Bowie's Tonight. After Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter Than July, Wonder reached #2 in the UK charts failing to achieve a #1 album, a milestone that he never was able to achieve. However, "I Just Called to Say I Love You" was a massive hit in the UK, reaching #1, becoming the second best-selling single of 1984 (only behind Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?") and the third most successful single of the entire 1980s there. (With 1.775 million copies sold only in the UK, the single is actually the thirteenth most successful ever in Britain).

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stevie Wonder, except "It's More Than You" by Ben Bridges.

  1. "The Woman in Red" - 4:39
  2. "It's You" (With Dionne Warwick) - 4:55
  3. "It's More Than You" (Instrumental) - 3:15
  4. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - 6:16
  5. "Love Light in Flight" - 6:54
  6. "Moments Aren't Moments" (Solo by Dionne Warwick) - 4:32
  7. "Weakness" (With Dionne Warwick) - 4:13
  8. "Don't Drive Drunk" - 6:33
  • Note: Later pressings of the compact disc have the radio edit of "I Just Called to Say I Love You", due to its popularity.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[26] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[27] Gold 250,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 286,000[9]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[28] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Stevie Wonder: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  8. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1984" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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  11. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Soundtrack/Stevie Wonder – The Woman in Red" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  15. ^ "Chart Stats – Stevie Wonder And Dionne Warwick – The Woman in Red (original soundtrack)" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Austriancharts.at - Jahreshitparade 1984" (ASP) (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1984". RPM. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1984" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
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  22. ^ "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1985". RPM. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  24. ^ "1985年アルバム年間ヒットチャート" [Japanese Year-End Albums Chart 1985] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Billboard.BIZ - Year-end Charts - Billboard 200 - 1985". billboard.biz. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stevie Wonder – The Woman In Red". Music Canada. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Stevie Wonder; 'The Woman In Red')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959-2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1979-1990". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392. 
  29. ^ "British album certifications – Stevie Wonder – The Woman In Red". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 20, 2013.  Enter The Woman In Red in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  30. ^ "American album certifications – Stevie Wonder – Woman In Red". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 20, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Chicago 17 by Chicago
Swedish Chart number-one album
September 28 – November 9, 1984
Succeeded by
Chess (soundtrack) by Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus
Preceded by
Midt om natten by Kim Larsen
Norwegian VG-lista number-one album
39 – 45 / 1984
Succeeded by
Make It Big by Wham!
Preceded by
Viaggi organizzati by Lucio Dalla
Italian Chart number-one album
November 5, 1984 – January 4, 1985
Succeeded by
I miei americani by Adriano Celentano
Preceded by
Amaneciendo En Ti by José Luis Perales
Spanish Chart number-one album
November 10, 1984 – January 19, 1985
Succeeded by
En Directo by Joan Manuel Serrat
Preceded by
Powerslave by Iron Maiden
European Top 100 number-one album
September 29 – December 1, 1984
Succeeded by
Private Dancer by Tina Turner