Can't Shake Loose

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"Can't Shake Loose"
Can't Shake Loose.jpg
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album Wrap Your Arms Around Me
B-side "To Love"
Released 1983
Format 7" single
Recorded 1983
Genre Europop, pop
Length 4:22 (album version)
3:15 (u.s. single edit)
Label Polar Music
Writer(s) Russ Ballard
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Agnetha Fältskog singles chronology
"Wrap Your Arms Around Me"
(1983)
"Can't Shake Loose"
(1983)
"It's So Nice to Be Rich"
(1984)

"Can't Shake Loose" is a 1983 song from former ABBA star Agnetha Fältskog's solo album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me. It was the third single release in Europe and the first to be issued in the United States.

The song was written by Russ Ballard, who also wrote the successful "I Know There's Something Going On" for Agnetha's former ABBA colleague Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida).

"Can't Shake Loose" proved rather successful on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it broke into the Top 30 at No.29 in November 1983, although it was an edited version of the song.[1] As usual, Fältskog made only limited promotion, but she did travel across the Atlantic from Sweden in August 1983 to appear on American television. "Can't Shake Loose" also performed well in Canada, where it reached No.23.[2] In the UK and Australia, however, the track proved unsuccessful, reaching No.63[3] and No.76, respectively.

Music video[edit]

Agnetha filmed a promotional video for the track, in which she portrayed a worried and nervous girlfriend of a rich and powerful man, played by Mikael Rickfors. She also drove a Porsche in the clip. The video is unusual for the time as Agnetha does not mime the lyrics to the song during the clip, with the exception of the "I don't want to stay here" bridge.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 76
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 24
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 26
France (SNEP)[7] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 63
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ Agnetha Fältskog - Chart history | Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved in January 6, 2016
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 39, No. 11". RPM Canada. November 12, 1983. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Official Charts Company" Agnetha Fältskog". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Agnetha Fältskog – Can't Shake Loose" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4365." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "France". Home.zipworld.com.au. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1983-10-22" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Agnetha Fältskog. Retrieved November 20, 2014.