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1970 – Diana Ross – Diana Ross

Although several previous releases by the Supremes credited Diana Ross explicitely, her eponymous LP from 1970 was her true solo debut.  The lead single Reach Out and Touch peaked at #20 in the US and #33 in the UK, quite disappointing considering the standards of her former group. The second single was a cover of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. It may seem surprising nowadays, but the original Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell duet wasn’t so big, peaking at #19 in the US and failing charts in the UK. Ross version popularized the track, hitting #1 for 3 weeks in the US and #6 in the UK.

This million selling single boosted the album Diana Ross which made the Top 20 in both the US and the UK. The single was later surpassed by bigger hits like Endless Love, Upside Down and I’m Coming Out, but it always stood on track lists of the diva’s compilations, generating several millions of sales in the process. Considering the lack of serious competition from this year, it settles her spot at the top of 1970. Nice start!

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For 1970 would Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon. not be a contender as it contains her biggest hit “Big Yellow Taxi” which has over 117m streams on so would have a decent share of her compilation sales as compared to Diana’s debut as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough doesn’t even have 50m compared to Diana and Supremes tracks which have many more


Kind of disappointing how low Barbra Streisand stream is today considering how huge she was back then. Yet today even somebody like Cher and Tina Turner and Dolly Parton would outstream her by a significant margin, when I dont think any of those girls are even close to the total CSPC that she managed to produce.


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