How to Be a ... Zillionaire!

How to Be a ... Zillionaire!
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1985
LabelNeutron (UK)
Mercury (US)
Vertigo (Canada)
ABC chronology
Beauty Stab
How to Be a ... Zillionaire!
Alphabet City
Alternative covers
Original CD artwork
Original CD artwork
Singles from How to Be a ... Zillionaire!
  1. "(How to Be A) Millionaire"
    Released: 26 October 1984 (UK)
  2. "Be Near Me"
    Released: 1 April 1985 (UK)
  3. "Vanity Kills"
    Released: June 1985 (UK) [1]
  4. "Ocean Blue"
    Released: 3 January 1986 [2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Record Mirror[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]
Smash Hits8/10[7]
The Village VoiceB−[8]

How to Be a ... Zillionaire! is the third studio album by English pop band ABC. It was originally released in October 1985, on the labels Neutron, Mercury and Vertigo. The album peaked at No. 28 on the UK Albums Chart and at No. 30 on the Billboard 200.[9][10] Four singles were released from the album, "(How to Be A) Millionaire" (UK Singles Chart: No. 49; Billboard Hot 100: No. 20), "Be Near Me" (UK: No. 26; US: No. 9), "Vanity Kills" (UK: No. 74; US: No. 91), and the fourth was "Ocean Blue", (UK: No. 54). It is the group's first and only album to feature founder members Martin Fry and Mark White flanked by new members Eden and David Yarritu, the latter two credited merely as "performers" with effectively no or limited musical contribution to the album. The four-piece was also presented in a cartoon form for the album's artwork and promotional videos, and wore outrageous costumes and played false instruments for "live" promotional performances.

In 2005, a digitally remastered CD of the album was released with eight bonus tracks.

  1. ^ "ABC singles".
  2. ^ "ABC singles".
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "How to Be a... Zillionaire! – ABC". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th Concise ed.). United Kingdom: Omnibus Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7.
  5. ^ Morton, Roger (12 October 1985). "Albums". Record Mirror. p. 16.
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "ABC". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 2. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Mills, Simon (25 September 1985). "ABC: How to Be a... Zillionaire!". Smash Hits. 7 (19): 59.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (3 December 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  9. ^ "ABC".
  10. ^ "How to Be a...Zillionaire! Charts & Awards Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2011.

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