Sunday, January 1, 2012

100% Pure Love - Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters
(C. Waters, T. Douglas, T. Davis, J. Steinhour) Mercury 858 667-2


Chart Entry: 19th June, 1994
Highest Position: #2
Accreditation: Platinum
Points: 103,091
From the album "Storyteller".


Crystal Waters had made her mark on the worldwide charts in 1991 with "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)", the song a result of a very impressive demo. Initially employed as an in-house songwriter for Mercury Records, Crystal penned the track for Ultra Nate who would have included it on her debut album, Blue Notes In The Basement, but the accompanying demo recorded by Crystal impressed the producers so that she was soon out of the writers chair and planted behind the microphone. Crystal Waters was now a top priority dance artist.

"Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" just missed the top ten in Australia, peaking at #11 on the singles charts, but made up for it overseas with a #8 placement on the US Billboard charts and a #2 peak in the UK. The "la da dee, la dee da" refrain and keyboard hook has been sampled frequently, most prominently for T.I.'s "Why You Wanna" in 2006. But as things turn out for most dance artists, a one hit wonder was on the cards for Crystal as "Gypsy Woman" was left without a successful follow-up.

Of course, the story doesn't end there as Crystal Waters made an unexpected comeback in 1994 with "100% Pure Love", timed perfectly for the emerging club scene that saw Eurodance dominate the charts. The vocals were weak, the beat disjointed, the lyrics of no significance, but it all came together to provide one of the brighter moments of pop during the year. Attitude is everything and Crystal new how to deliver it.

It was Australia this time around carrying Crystal's success for "100% Pure Love". We sent her to #2 making the single the 11th biggest seller of the year. The US just missed giving her a second top ten hit when "100% Pure Love" stalled at #11, but a lengthy 45 week chart run ensured the singles' overall success. At the time it was one of the longest chart runs ever helping Crystal to the Top Selling Hot Dance Music Club Play Single category at the 1994 Billboard Awards.

Continued mainstream success was a little hard for Crystal Waters after "100% Pure Love", her two hit singles all that could be shown for her Australian chart account in the Top 100. The same could be said in the US with just a couple of minor hits added to her resume, but the US Dance charts kept her alive with another three #1's added to the three she had already clocked up, "100% Pure Love" included. Crystal kept relevant on the dance scene during the 2000's by providing vocals for Dutch's "My Time" (2003, #18) and Alex Gaudino's "Destination Calabria" (2007, #3), so there's everything chance that Crystal will return with yet another comeback hit.


Chart Run: (22 weeks)
(ARIA Top 100)

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