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Twist of Fate (Olivia Newton-John song)

"Twist of Fate" is a late 1983 hit from Olivia Newton-John that headed the soundtrack for the film, Two of a Kind, starring Newton-John and Grease co-star, John Travolta. It was written by Peter Beckett & Stephen Kipner[1] and produced by David Foster[2] for the film. It reached number four in Australia and Canada, while peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1984, becoming one of Newton-John's last big hits. The track was her last Top-10 to date. Billboard ranked it as number 42 on its listing of the top 100 singles of 1984.

"Twist of Fate"
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Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Two of a Kind
ReleasedOctober 1983
GenrePop rock, electronic rock
Length3:38
Songwriter(s)Peter Beckett, Stephen Kipner
Producer(s)David Foster
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"Tied Up"
(1983)
"Twist of Fate"
(1983)
"Take A Chance"
(1983)

Due to its louder synthesizer-rock-oriented sound, "Twist of Fate" did not make the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. However, its flip side, Take a Chance, a duet with John Travolta, did reach the Adult Contemporary chart and became a sizeable hit there, peaking at number three.[citation needed]

Contents

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 33
Canadian Singles Chart (RPM) 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 42
Japanese Singles Chart (Oricon) 73
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 57
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 28

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1984) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[11] 46
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 42

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 5,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn (1995). Top Pop Annual. Record Research, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
  2. ^ "Two of a Kind (1983) - Soundtracks - IMDb". Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 239. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Olivia Newton-John – Twist of Fate" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Olivia Newton-John – Twist of Fate" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Olivia Newton-John – Twist of Fate". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Olivia Newton-John – Twist of Fate". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Olivia Newton-John Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Olivia Newton-John Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  11. ^ BigKev. "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Talent Almanac 1985: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 96 (51): TA-19. 1984-12-22.
  13. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Twist of Fate". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 April 2012.

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