Production company, studio complex, record label… PWL is Pete Waterman’s legendary Hit Factory.
Once home to the phenomenally successful Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting and production team, PWL has generated hundreds of hits for artists such as Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Mel & Kim, Steps, Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Donna Summer, Cliff Richard, the Three Degrees, Princess, Dead Or Alive, Hazell Dean, Sonia, Sinitta, Sybil, 2 Unlimited, Brother Beyond, Westlife, Samantha Fox and many, many more….
Once called ‘The Sound of a Bright Young Britain’, PWL undoubtedly now stands as the soundtrack to a generation, with sales of over 500 million units worldwide.
The Hit Factory Top Ten (As compiled by the Official Charts Company)
In 2012, to celebrate the spectacular Hit Factory Live concert held at London’s O2 Arena and to mark 25 years of Pete’s PWL label and the legendary Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting partnership, the Official Charts Company counted down the Hit Factory‘s Top 10 biggest selling tracks.
Steps’ chart-topping double A side of Heartbeat/Tragedy is at Number 1 in the chart. The single, which was Steps’ first ever Number 1, achieved sales of over one million when it was released
Following closely behind it, with sales in 2012 of just under a million*, was Kylie & Jason’s Especially For You. The biggest selling individual track of the Stock Aitken Waterman partnership in the UK, Especially For You was kept off the Christmas Number 1 spot upon its release in December, 1988 by Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe And Wine, but it climbed to Number 1 the following week, making it the first Number 1 of 1989. Especially For You stayed on top for three weeks.
The full Top 10 is below. Every title in the list was a Number 1 single and, to date, have collectively sold well over 7 million copies in the UK alone:
|01||HEARTBEAT / TRAGEDY||STEPS|
|02||ESPECIALLY FOR YOU||KYLIE & JASON|
|03||NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP||RICK ASTLEY|
|04||YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)||DEAD OR ALIVE|
|05||I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY||KYLIE MINOGUE|
|06||I HAVE A DREAM / SEASONS IN THE SUN||WESTLIFE|
|07||RESPECTABLE||MEL & KIM|
|08||NO LIMIT||2 UNLIMITED|
|09||HAND ON YOUR HEART||KYLIE MINOGUE|
|10||TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS||JASON DONOVAN|
© 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
*Please note that Kylie and Jason’s ‘Especially For You’ broke the 1 million sales mark in December 2014, two years after the Top Ten displayed above was compiled