The Sunday Times Rich List

Scott Schrade schrade at
Sun May 3 23:47:51 UTC 2009

> I still find it hard to believe Dire Straits was that big;
>  maybe they were bigger in the UK than they were 
> in the states.

Dire Straits were huge practically everywhere.  BROTHERS
IN ARMS ("Money For Nothing") was a giant success.  This
from Wikipedia:

The album was a hit for the group. In the US, propelled by the 
success of #1 single "Money For Nothing", the album also reached 
the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 and remained to the top for nine 
weeks. In the UK, thanks to a string of Top 10 hits, the album also 
easily hit #1 on the UK Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms topped the 
Australian albums chart for 34 (non-consecutive) weeks. Brothers 
In Arms is 2nd album with most weeks at number-one in ARIA 
Albums Chart. The album topped the charts in 24 countries: Australia, 
Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, 
Greece, Hong Kong, Yugoslavia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, 
New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, UK 
and U.S. In the UK Albums Chart, Brothers in Arms has been 228 
weeks.[3] In The Netherlands, the album broke the all-time longest 
chart history with its (non-consecutive) 269 weeks. In Australia, 
Brothers in Arms was the biggest selling album in 1985 and the 
second best selling album in 1986, behind Whitney Houston's 
eponymous album.

- SCHRADE in Akron

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