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Plans step up a gear for festival - Whitehaven News
The gig will feature Midge Ure, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Toyah, Belinda Carlisle, Curiosity Killed The Cat and Johnny Hates Jazz. Both events have been organised by Whitehaven Festival Company which this week has launched its new website....
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10000 extra tickets for Rewind festival - Henley Standard
Stars performing at the festival include Carol Decker, who lives in Henley, with T'Pau, Kim Wilde, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Billy Ocean, Belinda Carlisle, Kid Creole, Heaven 17, Dr and the Medics, Cutting Crew, Toyah, The Real Thing, China Crisis,...
Friday night is music night at the races - The Star
... concerts this summer at Doncaster - the Here & Now live' 80's music night and when racing finishes at 8.45pm that's the signal for the music to begin. , Midge Ure, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Curiosity Killed The Cat and Kid Creole & The Coconuts....
I was a child of the '80s: Night Tracks, fads, and some corrections - Lincoln Standard
I can remember staying up late at my sister's house watching all of the videos and hoping to catch another glimpse of Lita Ford, Belinda Carlisle, and Suzanna Hoffs. Those were the days. Sure there was MTV, but in Hamlin, MTV wasn't a regular staple of...
Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - TV Guide
The package reminds us that Belinda Carlisle was once in this competition. Doesn't that seem like years ago? No offense, B! She and Jonathan Roberts redo their salsa, while couples Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Holly Madison and Dmitry...

Belinda Carlisle

Belida Carlisle live with the Go Go's

Belinda Jo Carlisle (born August 17, 1958) is a Grammy Award-nominated American singer. Carlisle is the lead vocalist and a founding member of the all-female new wave band The Go-Go's, and also a solo artist.

Belinda was born in Hollywood, California, to parents Harold and Joanne. Harold was a contractor, and Joanne raised the children at home. Belinda was the first of 7 children, with 3 brothers (Butch, Joe and Josh) and 3 sisters (Hope, Mary and Sarah). Belinda's father left home when Belinda was five years old. Her mother later remarried, but Belinda was not close to her step father. At school, Belinda became a cheerleader. At the age of 19, she left home with the confidence that one day she would be a star that she later became.

Carlisle's first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk band The Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Soon after leaving The Germs, she founded The Go-Go's (originally named The Misfits), with friend and fellow musicians Margot Olaverria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olaverria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock. The Go-Go's became one of the most successful American bands of the early 1980s, helping usher New Wave music into popular American radio, and becoming the first all-female band in rock history to ever achieve a #1 album, who also wrote their own music, and played their own instruments. The Go-Go's recorded two more studio albums (including 1982 Vacation, which went gold thanks to the title track). "Head over Heels," from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to #11, but they never repeated the success of their 1981 multi-platinum debut, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed".

In 1984, Belinda made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and performed backing vocals for the Don Henley recording of "She's on the Zoom" from the Vision Quest soundtrack.

The Go-Go's broke up in 1985, and Carlisle embarked on a solo career (although she continued to work with fellow Go-Go Charlotte Caffey). After the excesses of the Go-Go's years Carlisle underwent a period of physical recuperation and image remodelling emerging as a modern young Californian female.

Carlisle's first album, Belinda, was still released on I.R.S. Records, in 1986. This album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the U.S. and Platinum in Canada. Her summer hit "Mad About You" peaked at #3 in the U.S., topped the Canadian Singles Chart and charted in the top 10 also in Australia. "Mad About You" was followed by the Motown-influenced single "I Feel the Magic", and by a cover version of the Freda Payne song "Band of Gold". All three songs were included on her debut album. The single Since You've Gone, co-written by Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, was used only for promotion. Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles co-wrote the single "I Need a Disguise". Duran Duran's Andy Taylor played guitar on some album tracks and appears in her "Mad About You" videoclip.

During this time, Carlisle also had songs featured on movie soundtracks, notably "In My Wildest Dreams" from the movie Mannequin, as well as "Dancing in the City" from the Whoopi Goldberg movie Burglar.

Carlisle changed her hairstyle significantly for her second solo album, giving up her California Girl blonde bob for a long auburn style for 1987's Heaven on Earth. The musical style eschewed the 1960s-influenced pop of Carlisle's first album in favor of slickly produced 1980s power-pop, and was released in the United States through MCA, and in the United Kingdom through Virgin. The album became a Top 5 bestseller in the UK and Australia, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The album's producer, Rick Nowels, previously worked with Stevie Nicks, and would later collaborate with Kim Wilde, Jennifer Rush and Madonna. Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas, Chynna Phillips and Carnie Wilson sang backup for the album. Thomas Dolby played the keyboards in some album tracks.

The first release from Heaven on Earth was "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", which topped the single charts, not only in the U.S., but also in the UK and in several other countries (the dance mix of the song also topped the dance chart). The radio-ready song was further propelled by a video, directed by Academy Award-winning American actress Diane Keaton. The second single from the album was "I Get Weak", which shot to #2 in the U.S. and #10 in the U.K. The song was written by Diane Warren. The third single from the album was "Circle in the Sand," another Top 10 hit in the U.S., the UK, and Germany. "World Without You" was another British hit, followed by 1988 low-charting ballad "Love Never Dies", making this her fifth single from the album in the UK. In the U.S., the fourth and last single, "I Feel Free," a cover of the Cream classic, failed to reach the Top 40.

Carlisle's follow-up to the success of Heaven on Earth was Runaway Horses, released on October 23, 1989. The album hit the Top 5 in both Australia and the UK, certified double platinum in Australia and platinum in the UK and in Canada, but failed to reach similar success in the U.S. The first release, "Leave a Light On", peaked at #11 in the U.S., and became another Top 5 smash in the UK, Australia and Canada. The song features a slide guitar solo by George Harrison; he also played on the song Deep Deep Ocean. The second U.S. single, "Summer Rain", reached #30 in early 1990. The song, which Carlisle noted was the most difficult song she had ever sung up to that point, peaked successfully at #6 in Australia, where it has maintained popularity, and the tune saw a cover version, in 2004, by the Australian group Slinkee Minx. It was the final release from Runaway Horses in the UK where it was released as the album's sixth single in December 1990, peaking at #23 in January 1991. Whereas in the U.S. Carlisle's success was decreasing, her popularity remained big in Europe and Australia. In 1990, further singles from the Runaway Horses album were successful as well: the title track, the summer mood influenced "La Luna", a Top 10 in Switzerland and top 20 hit in Germany and Australia, and "(We Want) The Same Thing", remixed from a country-styled release into a massive Pop hit, reaching #6 in the UK. Bryan Adams contributed backup vocals for the track "Whatever It Takes".

In the late autumn of 1990, the Go-Go's reunited for a tour to support their first best-of album, Greatest, including a new recording of the cover song "Cool Jerk" (Go-Go's original cover featured on Vacation). A notable feature of the tour was an anti-fur campaign, where the band members supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, an animal rights organization. That same year, Carlisle joined with The Smithereens lead singer Pat Dinizio on his group's ballad "Blue Period" and also performed backing vocals on Then Jerico's album The Big Area on the track "What Does It Take?".

In 1991, Carlisle released her fourth solo album, Live Your Life Be Free. The album marked somewhat of a return to 1960s-influenced music for Carlisle. The single "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" was accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek video, inspired by the B-movie Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. The title track, "Live Your Life Be Free", merged 1960s influences with producer Rick Nowel's trademark bombast, and featured a video that emphasized colorful imagery, fashion, and Carlisle's photogenic face. Subsequent releases "Half the World" and "Little Black Book" (co-written by Marcella Detroit of the Shakespears Sister under her real name Marcy Levy) were also hits outside the U.S., and although Live Your Life Be Free as an album flopped in the U.S., it was a success in Europe (Top 10 in the UK and Gold certification), while the title track was a Top 20 hit single in the UK, Australia, Italy and Sweden. To date, "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" is Carlisle's final single to enter in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #73.

Still active in Europe and Australia with a record contract at Virgin Records, her 1992 greatest hits album, The Best of Belinda, Volume 1, reached #1, and was certified double platinum in the UK and platinum in Australia. This first greatest hits album of her included all the hits taken from the Heaven on Earth, Runaway Horses, and Live Your Life Be Free albums, neglecting the ballad "Love Never Dies", and the three I.R.S. singles from her first album; also, no movie-soundtrack songs appear on the collection. The US version of the Album was named "Her Greatest Hits" and included also songs from the first album Belinda.

Carlisle's fifth solo album, Real, was released in 1993, on the Virgin label, in the U.S. and in Europe. Produced without Nowels, the disc was a departure from Carlisle's polished pop music formula. Even the album's cover photograph featured her with very little make-up. Carlisle co-produced and co-wrote much of the disc, collaborating heavily with friend and former Go-Go's member Charlotte Caffey. The album reached #9 in the UK, and its first single, "Big Scary Animal", peaked at #12 in the UK. The second single from Real was "Lay Down Your Arms", which made the Top 30 in the UK. Gregg Alexander of the New Radicals co-wrote the single Here Comes My Baby.

At this time, Carlisle also recorded "One by One", on the soundtrack for the 1993 movie The Harvest and sang on the Lemonheads' Come On Feel The Lemonheads album on the track I'll Do It Anyway.

After the Northridge Earthquake, in 1994, Carlisle and her family moved to Europe. The Go-Go's reunited again later that year to support the retrospective double-CD Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's, their second collection, which featured three new songs, including the single "The Whole World Lost Its Head". However, the band broke up again, soon after the promotional tour. Carlisle has since lived in France and England.

Carlisle returned to the recording studio, and resumed working again with Rick Nowels. In 1996, she released in the UK and Australia her sixth solo album, A Woman and a Man, on the Chrysalis Records label. This album, consisting of mostly relaxed adult pop, revitalized her solo career in Europe, and included several hits. The leadoff single, "In Too Deep", returned Carlisle to the UK Top 10, for the first time in six years, reaching #6. "Always Breaking My Heart", written and produced by Roxette's Per Gessle, also made the UK Top 10, peaking at #8. The album spawned two more UK hits: "Love in the Key of C", and "California", which featured arrangement and back-up vocals by Brian Wilson . The album reached #12 in the UK, and was certified gold. As a result of A Woman and A Man's UK success, the album was released in the U.S., during the Summer of 1997, on the small Ark21 label. Despite the recent successful comeback in Europe, and the promotional appearances Carlisle made on American television and radio, the album did not enjoy similar success in North America selling only 17,000 copies.from the album in 1996.

In 1996, Carlisle recorded "I Wouldn't Be Here (If I Didn't Love You)" for the Two If by Sea official movie soundtrack. In 1997, she recorded "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", from Walt Disney's Hercules, as part of that movie's standard distribution in Europe, and was released as a single exclusively in France and Germany. Neither of these tracks has been released on compilation albums.

In 1999, Carlisle released a greatest hits album in the UK, a double-disc on the Virgin label, collectively entitled A Place on Earth - The Greatest Hits. Carlisle recorded three new tracks for the album first disc, properly called The Greatest Hits, including the single "All God's Children", and the songs "A Prayer for Everyone" and "Feels Like I've Known You Forever". The second disc of her greatest hits album, in fact entitled A Place on Earth, contained previously released remixes of some of her hits, plus a couple of B sides, which were previously unreleased at the time. Some of the remixes were by William Orbit, who also worked with Madonna on her 1998 Ray of Light album. The album was certified Gold in the UK and went on to sell an excess of 1 million copies worldwide.

In 2007, the singer released her seventh album Voilà, which was her first full-length, solo studio album in more than ten years. The album was produced by John Reynolds and included Brian Eno on the keyboard. Consisting of a mix of French pop tunes and chanson standards, including covers of Françoise Hardy and Édith Piaf classics. Voilà was released via Rykodisc in the UK on February 5, and in the U.S. the following day, February 6, 2007. Carlisle was originally approached to make another pop rock album, but she declined immediately, in favor of recording this collection of songs, the style of which, she'd "absolutely fallen in love with", since moving to France in the early 1990s. On New Year's Eve 2007 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles she co-headlined an all-French song Parisian-themed New Year's concert, with Rufus Wainwright.

She performed live at Free at the Dee 2006, a free outdoor concert, in Aberdeen, Scotland and on the opening night of Manchester Gay Pride 2007. Carlisle performed a set with other 1980's acts at Retrofest, on September 1, 2007, at Culzean Castle, in Ayrshire, Scotland.

She recently toured as part of the Regeneration tour in the US, and the Here and Now tour in the UK and Ireland in 2008. The line up included Carlisle, as well as other acts such as The Human League, Bananarama, Boy George, Howard Jones, Paul Young, Naked Eyes, ABC, Bucks Fizz and Cutting Crew.

Outside of appearances on tour with The Go-Go's, Carlisle continued her string of TV appearances.

In 2004 Belinda was the first star to be voted off the UK Reality TV show Hell's Kitchen.

In 2006, she appeared on the Simon Cowell-produced Celebrity Duets, a FOX network reality competition, pairing celebrities not famous for singing (like Lucy Lawless and Cheech Marin) with actual singers like Carlisle, Michael Bolton, Jon Secada, and Macy Gray. Carlisle sang "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "I Get Weak" with Lea Thompson on the September 7 episode.

In 2008 she appeared as a judge on the MTV reality show Rock the Cradle, a competition reality show featuring aspiring musicians who were also the children of famous musicians.

In 2009 Belinda was on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Jonathan Roberts. She was the first star to be eliminated from the competition, on March 17.

In 1986, Carlisle married Morgan Mason, son of the British actor James Mason, and former Special Assistant to the President of the United States. Morgan made appearances in Carlisle's videos "Mad About You," and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". They have a son, James Duke Mason (born April 27, 1992).

She has been reported as being "deeply into Buddhist chanting", though precisely what form is unclear. In an interview, printed on March 7, 2007, the singer stated that: "I was wondering about happiness and started reading a lot of books by the Dalai Lama, and slowly embraced Buddhism" (published by Newindpress, India). On Sydney Morning Herald: "I don't smoke anymore, I don't drink anymore and I don't do drugs anymore. I am very much into my Buddhism. I found turning 40 a real passage in time for me".

She appeared nude for the cover feature of the August 2001 edition of Playboy, around the time of the Go-Go's definitive reunion tour and new studio album (the first in almost twenty years). She was 42 years of age when the photos were taken.

Belinda endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States during the Democratic primaries, but then endorsed Barack Obama during the general election.

In January 2009, it was announced that Carlisle was appointed the new spokesperson for NutriSystem.

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Summer Rain (Belinda Carlisle song)

“Summer Rain” cover

Carlisle's version had minor success on the charts reaching the top thirty in the United States and the UK and reaching the top ten in Australia. It was later covered by a couple of artists including Slinkee Minx, where their cover version of the song also reached the top ten in Australia.

In Australia, the song had the most commercial success, where it was released as the album's third single. In early April 1990, it debuted at number 42. Within five weeks of its release it peaked in the top ten where it stayed for five weeks. The song reached its peak at number six and remained there for three weeks, spending a total of sixteen weeks in the top fifty. The Australian Recording Industry Association awarded the single a gold certification for shipping 35,000 copies and became the fortieth highest selling single in Australia for 1990.

The song was released in the United Kingdom on December 22, 1990, and was the sixth and final release from Runaway Horses. It became Carlisle's ninth top forty single there. Summer Rain made its debut at #47 and stayed around that position until its fifth week where it jumped fifteen places to #25. The week after that it reached its peak position of #23 on January 22, 1991 and then fell down the charts from then on, spending ten weeks in the top seventy-five.

The song made its debut on the singles chart at number five, hitting the top spot on the dance chart knocking off "Push Up" by the Freestylers. On its second week it fell out of the top ten to number eleven but jumped back into the top ten, staying there for four more weeks. It spent fifteen weeks in the top fifty and eighteen weeks in the top one hundred, becoming the sixty-first highest selling single in Australia for 2004 and was accredited gold by ARIA. "Summer Rain" was released to clubs in more than fifty countries including the U.S., UK and Europe.

A more recent cover was made by German dance act Groove Coverage.

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Summer Rain".

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I Won't Say (I'm in Love)

“I Won't Say (I'm In Love)” cover

Belinda Carlisle shot a music video for the release of this song and to promote the Disney movie Hercules. The video sees Belinda and others at a 1960s Drive-in cinema watching scenes from the film.

The music video consisted of The Cheetah Girls singing, laughing and making faces at the camera in a recording studio.

Disney star Selena Gomez is rumored to do a rock version for the song in DisneyMania 7.

In 2004, Disney Theatricals Department created a jukebox styled musical called, Disney's on the Record. The national touring musical collaborated 70 years of Disney music into one 2-act show including the song "I Won't Say I'm In Love". However, the song was not performed with all of the lyrics (due to it was recorded as a 4 song session). This recording is different from the 1997-film version because "I Won't Say I'm In Love" is performed by a male, unlike the film version sung by a female, Susan Egan. The recording was sung by Andrew Samonsky (as the leading vocals) and a backup quartet (Meredith Inglesby, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard, and Keewa Nurullah).

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The Go-Go's

The Go-Go's live in Austin, Texas

The Go-Go’s are an all-female American pop band formed in 1978. They made rock history as the first all-woman band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts.

The Go-Go's rose to fame in the early 1980s. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is considered one of the "cornerstone albums of new wave" (Allmusic), breaking barriers and paving the way for a host of other new American acts. In the beginning, they played primarily a pop-inflected form of the emerging punk sound, and later defined themselves with the distinct sound of 1980s rock. The Go-Go’s had five U.S. Top 40 hits. Musical influences include the Ramones, the Shangri-Las, the Buzzcocks, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Blondie. During their career, the Go-Go's have sold more than seven million copies.

The Go-Go's ranked at number #76 in the 1999 VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.

The band started out playing at seminal punk rock venues such as The Masque and the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards) was added later in 1978, and in the summer of 1979, Gina Schock replaced Bello on drums. With these line-up changes, the group began moving towards their now more-familiar power pop sound.

In late 1979, the band recorded a 5-song demo at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, and in 1979 and 1980 supported the British ska revival group Madness in both Los Angeles and England. The Go-Go’s subsequently spent half of 1980 touring England, earning a sizable following and releasing the demo version of "We Got the Beat" on Stiff Records, which became a minor UK hit.

The Go-Go's signed to I.R.S. Records in April 1981. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, was a surprise hit and topped the U.S. charts for six weeks and eventually received a double platinum certification. The album was also a success outside the U.S. charting at #2 in Canada, where it received a platinum certification, and #27 in Australia. "Our Lips Are Sealed" and a new version of "We Got the Beat" were extremely popular singles in North America in early 1982. The Go-Go's became America's sweethearts and started to have a cult following.

In 1982 the group was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

The follow-up album, Vacation, sold well (Gold certification in the U.S.), and spawned another top 10 US hit with the title track. However, the group was forced to go on hiatus when Schock underwent surgery for a congenital heart defect.

1984 saw a return to critical acceptance with the harder-edged Martin Rushent produced album Talk Show, but sales were less successful than their prior albums. Still, album tracks "Head over Heels" and "Turn to You" were both top 40 hits in the US.

Nevertheless, personality conflicts and creative differences were also taking a toll, as were (it was later revealed) drug addiction problems for some band members. Jane Wiedlin announced her departure from the group in October 1984. The band sought a replacement for Wiedlin, and finally selected Paula Jean Brown as their new bassist, with Valentine moving to lead guitar. This line-up debuted at the 1985 Rock in Rio festival, playing two shows, but Carlisle and Caffey soon realized their hearts were no longer in the group and decided to disband the Go-Go's in May 1985.

In 1990, the Go-Go's "classic" line-up (Caffey, Carlisle, Schock, Valentine, Wiedlin) reunited to play a benefit concert for the California Environmental Protection Act, a 1990 ballot initiative. This led to more show dates later that year. The band also entered the studio with producer David Z to re-record a cover of "Cool Jerk" for a greatest hits compilation.

In 1994, the same line-up got together again to release the 2-disc retrospective Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's, which featured 3 new recordings. A single pulled from the album, "The Whole World Lost Its Head", only 'bubbled under' on the US charts at #108, but became the band's first and only top 40 hit in the UK, peaking at #29. The band toured again to promote the release; ex-Bangle Vicki Peterson stood in on several dates for Caffey, who was pregnant.

In 1997, Schock sued the other members of the group, claiming that she had not been properly paid for her contributions since 1986, and that a songwriting agreement with Caffey had been breached. The suit was resolved by 1999 when the band reunited for a brief tour, and they finally began to put their personal differences aside as well.

In 2001, the band (still with the "classic" line-up) released an album of new material, God Bless The Go-Go's. Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong co-wrote the only released single "Unforgiven". The album was well-received by critics, though sales were low peaking only at number #57 in the Billboard 200 chart. The group was criticized by some Catholic groups for showing the group members posing as the Virgin Mary on the Album's cover.

The same year the Group, among other artist like Elton John, Billy Joel, David Crosby, Paul Simon, appeard at the "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson" hosted by the TNT and Radio City Music Hall.

Jane Wiedlin is at work on a new solo album, and a comic book based on herself titled "Lady Robotika". Belinda Carlisle appeared as a judge on the VH1 show Rock the Cradle and toured during the summer of 2008 as part of the Regeneration Tour with the Human League and ABC. She also appeared on "Dancing With The Stars" on ABC in 2009. Charlotte Caffey along with Anna Waronker wrote the music for the rock opera "Lovelace: A Rock Opera" based on the life of infamous porn star, Linda Lovelace. "Lovelace" premiered in Los Angeles in October 2008.

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Lay Down Your Arms (The Graces song)

“Lay Down Your Arms” cover

The song was later covered by American singer Belinda Carlisle as the second song released from her fifth studio album Real (1993). Carlisle's version was produced by Ralph Schuckett and was the more successful version charting at number twenty-seven on the UK Singles Chart. The CD single included three additional track, "Tell Me", "Wrap My Arms" and "Here Comes My Baby, the last two were eight track demos.

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Heaven on Earth (album)

Heaven on Earth cover

Heaven on Earth is the second solo album by Belinda Carlisle and her most successful to date. Released in late 1987 it featured three singles that made the Top 10 charts in the United States, including the #1 hit "Heaven Is a Place On Earth".

Allmusic wrote "while nothing here packs quite the punch that "How Much More," "We Got the Beat," and "Turn to You" did, such memorable songs as "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Should I Let You In?," and "I Get Weak" show that the Angelino still had plenty of spirit".

The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

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Belinda Carlisle discography

This article presents the solo discography of the American Pop singer Belinda Carlisle.

The following table shows the singles that received certifications.

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Belinda (Belinda Carlisle album)

Belinda cover

Belinda is the first solo album by Belinda Carlisle, notable as her first recording after the break-up of new wave band The Go-Go's, for whom she was their lead singer. Released in mid-1986 it featured a hit single "Mad About You" which went to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in Canada.

The song "Shot In the Dark" was used as part of the Out if Bounds soundtrack.

Being her first solo album it was often compared with her previous work with the Go Go's. In general the album has received mixed reviews but was well received by audiences. Rolling Stone wrote "The problem with Belinda is that all the ingredients are there, but the end result just doesn't feel right". Allmusic wrote that "The pop on Belinda may not be as infectious as the Go-Go's' finest singles, yet it fit in well with the slick formats of mid-'80s radio and managed to be more memorable than many of the mainstream hits of the time, as the ingratiating hit "Mad About You" proves". People reviewer found that the songstress "sounds as peppy and wholesomely sexy on her own as she did with the band.... Producer Mike Lloyd helped Carlisle maintain another of the Go-Go's qualities, the ability to evoke the sound of early rock without seeming to parody it." .

The album was successful in North America peaking at number 13 in the U.S. and at number 24 in Canada. The Album also entered the Australian Chart where it peaked at number #42 and charted for 12 weeks. The Album was certified Gold in the U.S. and Platinum in Canada selling worldwide over one million copies.

The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

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Real (Belinda Carlisle album)

Real cover

Real is the fifth studio album by American singer Belinda Carlisle, released in the United Kingdom on October 5, 1993 by Virgin Records. The album has a genre of mainly pop songs — written by Charlotte Caffey, Thomas Caffey, Ralph Schuckett and half co-written by Carlisle. It was the second album where Rick Nowels had no writing or producing credits and also was Carlisle's first album to have contributed to the producing. The album cover was designed by Tom Dolan and is a departure for Carlisle, who presented a glamorous look on all her previous covers, choosing a "jeans & t-shirt" look instead this time with little make-up. It features a cover version of The Graces pop rock song "Lay Down Your Arms".

Allmusic reviewed the album as suffering from a lack of memorable songs and while the record sounded good, it had nothing to support the state-of-the-art production. It was also a departure from her previous solo albums, it has more in common with Belinda's The Go-Go's sound rather than her own, typical, solo pop themes. Dealing with what Belinda termed the 'dark side of relationships,' the album is mature and intentionally lacks the slick production of her other solo albums. Carlisle won over many critics who had previously reviewed her for her sensed lack of progression and willingness to take a chance with some edgier material.

Randy Krbechek wrote "Belinda may not be the deepest songwriter in the world, but she delivers her tunes with conviction, and puts real meaning into her songs of love, life, and heartache. In fact, Realis one of the best albums addressing a woman's perspective on relationships".

The album made its debut on the charts on October 18, 1993 on the UK Albums Chart at number nine, making Real her fifth consecutive top ten album there. On the second week it dropped down eleven places to number twenty, and then not making a rise in the top seventy-five spending only five weeks in it and being her only charting album not to be certified. In Sweden the album became her fifth top thirty album peaking at number twenty-three spending only two weeks in the top fifty. Australia was the last place the album charted, where it charted at number sixty-one and spent four weeks in the top one hundred.

The singles released from Real were not as successful as the one's released from her previous albums. Released in September 1993, "Big Scary Animal" (also known as "It's Too Real (Big Scary Animal)" reached number twelve on the UK Singles Chart — becoming Carlisle's seventh top twenty single — and a top sixty hit in Australia. This is also the most successful song co-written by Belinda Carlisle. "Lay Down Your Arms" was released as the second single in November 1993 and failed to gain much success peaking at number twenty-seven in the UK.

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