Jason Donovan - Ten Good Reasons
There were definitely more than ten good reasons why Jason Donovan's debut album was the UK's biggest seller of 1989, it was indeed the perfect pop package.
In Jason we had the good-looking, blue-eyed-blond, surfer-boy-next-door from Down Under - the quintessential pop star!
Jason was already a household name in the UK thanks to his role in the BBC TV soap, Neighbours when he decided to take a stab at pop stardom, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his co-star, Kylie Minogue who had just had a phenomenal year.
Enlisting her producers was a shrewd move as debut single, NOTHING CAN DIVIDE US was an immediate hit.
TEN GOOD REASONS see's Stock Aitken Waterman at the top of their game, the "formula" at it's commercial peak, marrying great songwriting with a pure pop production. This was an album that knew exactly who it was aiming for and was unashamed in it's relentlessness of reigning that audience in.
What more could you ask of this album? By the end of 1989 five singles had been lifted from the set resulting in 3 Number One's, TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS, SEALED WITH A KISS and the classic (now million-seller) duet with Kylie Minogue, ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, and the album was firmly ensconced as the biggest seller of the year. For 2 weeks in June, Jason held the number one positions in the singles chart and the albums chart simultaneously, when SEALED WITH A KISS entered the UK charts at number one - Jason-mania had definitely arrived!
The album has been certified 5x Platinum in the UK.
Stock Aitken Waterman
After being originally against the idea the trio took control of all production duties on the album as well as writing 10 out of the 11tracks
Mixed by: Mixmaster Pete Hammond
Additional mixes by: Mixmaster Phil Harding. Dave Ford
Engineer: Karen Hewitt, Yoyo
Backing vocals: Mae McKenna, Miriam Stockley, Mike stock
Additional keyboards: George De Angelis, Ian Curnow
Assisted by: Jason Barron, Pete Day, Steve Davis, Gordon Dennis, Julian Gingell, Chris McDonnell, Leslie Sharma, Barry Stone
Birth Name: Jason Sean Donovan
Born: 1 June 1968
Origin: Malvern, Victoria, Australia