For the week ending August 20, 1983, Duran Duran‘s self-titled debut album ascended to its peak position of No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (then known as the Top LPs & Tape chart). Today, that fact wouldn’t be out of the ordinary: The Birmingham, England-formed rock band have had six LPs land in the U.S. top 10, including their last album, 2015’s Paper Gods, which also reached No. 10.
However, back in 1983, Duran Duran‘s success was particularly hard-fought. The full-length had debuted on the chart at No. 179 six months before, in the issue dated February 19 — nearly two years after the LP’s initial release date of June 15, 1981.