Chart Rewind: ‘Lovergirl’ Landed Teena Marie Her Career Hot 100 Peak This Week in 1985

Published: Friday 27th Mar 2020 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’re showing love to ‘Lovergirl’ – the Grammy-nominated signature song of Ivory Queen of Soul Teena Marie. Join us inside:


Having just made history with a legal win over former label Motown Records, a landmark victory known as ‘The Brockert Initiative’ (1982) that set in stone new limitations on the length of record label contracts with artists, Mary Christine Brockert – better known as Teena Marie – was ready to unleash new music via her new label home, Epic. Despite not garnering much attention with her first effort on the imprint, 1983’s criminally panned ‘Robbery,’ its follow-up – 1984’s ‘Starchild’ – appeared to make up for the damage.  Her sixth album overall, ‘Starchild’ would birth the radiant, bass-buoyed hit, ‘Lovergirl.’

Released October 1984, the tune shot to the top 10 of the Hot 100 just five months later – a personal best for Marie who prior to had only been accepted by R&B audiences.  The commercial response to ‘Lovergirl,’ which peaked at #4 on the chart this week in 1985, would help hoist its parent album to a #31 peak on the Billboard 200 (making it her only top 40 hit on that chart while on the Epic roster).

While she went on to gift R&B some of its most prized offerings over the rest of her career, ‘Lovergirl’ – her signature hit – became her second and last appearance in the Hot 100’s top 40.  Look below to see who joined her in the top 25 this week in 1985:

Hot 100 This Week in 1985

Hot 100 This Week 

 

As we continue to hail Lady T, click here to see this week’s TGJ Chart Check:  Hot 100 in full.

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ March 27, 2020

    I didnt know about this song until it was used in lip sync for ur life on rupaul’s drag race.

    I love it.

  2. Fancy BISH March 27, 2020

    This chart is so LIT with classic HITS ????

  3. Meteorite March 28, 2020

    Teena had vocals!!!! So sad she never got her dues. And she was a great songwriter too.

    • Rob March 28, 2020

      She did though. Among black ppl she’s never forgotten. All your uncle and aunts know her. That’s why she’s the Ivory Queen of soul.

  4. StarXavi March 28, 2020

    love this song….she went in!!

  5. Wesley Ayres March 28, 2020

    I have followed teena at every show she has done in Philly.i even had the chance to give her roses on stage at one of her shows.I miss her singing me. To sleep at night when i dont have my lady with me.Lvu teena.???

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