BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #553: ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’- RAY PARKER JR – AUGUST 11, 1984

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Billboard #1 Hits: #553: ‘Ghostbusters’- Ray Parker Jr. August 11, 1984. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Ghostbusters’- Ray Parker Jr.
  • Record Company- Arista
  • Genre: Dance Pop
  • Written by Ray Parker Jr
  • Time: 4:06
  • Album- Ghostbusters Soundtrack
  • Grade: B-
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Belgium, Canada, France, South Africa, Spain.

Yet another movie soundtrack theme that topped the charts. The most interesting thing about the song- the lawsuits that went back and forth between Huey “I Want A New Drug’ Lewis and Parker Jr–

From Wikipedia-

Shortly after the film’s release, Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr, for plagiarism, alleging he had copied the melody (primarily the bassline) from Lewis’ 1983 song “I Want a New Drug”.The case was settled out of court in 1985 for an undisclosed sum and a confidentiality agreement that prohibited discussing the case. According to Parker, Jr. there were several lawsuits at the time, because “when you sell that many records, I think everybody wants to say that they wrote the song.”[8][9] Parker, Jr. later sued Lewis for breaching the confidentiality agreement in a 2001 episode of VH1‘s Behind the Music, by reasserting Parker, Jr. stole the song. Regarding his case against Lewis, Parker, Jr. said, “I got a lot of money out of that.”

One response to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #553: ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’- RAY PARKER JR – AUGUST 11, 1984

  1. loved the movie back then, but the song never rearlly grabbed me. I liked the “original”(I want a new drug) better… Lewis was dumb to speak out about it then and get counter-sued.

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