VH1 Classic has acquired the exclusive U.S. television rights for the BBC's final episode of "Top of the Pops."
The historic one-hour special, featuring memorable performances by such pop music icons as Madonna, The
Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Jackson 5, David Bowie, Wham, Sonny & Cher, Coldplay, Robbie Williams and the
Spice Girls will debut on VH1 Classic on Saturday, August 19 at 8:00 PM/ET.
Candace Carlisle, Senior Vice President BBC Worldwide Americas says, "'Top of the Pops' is one of the
most dearly loved music shows of all time -- it's a musical institution. Fortunately the BBC's archives
are full of outstanding performances stretching over 40 years. This finale UK show is a treat for music
lovers of all ages."
"This 'Top of the Pops' series finale is a tremendous time capsule featuring the best and brightest stars
of pop music from the last 40 years. We're proud to be the only outlet in the United States to share it
with music lovers here," said Eric Sherman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, VH1 Classic.
"Top of the Pops" was the world's longest running weekly music show, counting down the brightest music
acts on the U.K. and international music scene for 42 years and over 2000 editions. The final episode
aired on the BBC on July 30 of this year. The special includes full performances by the following:
Beyonce - "Crazy In Love"
Coldplay - "Speed of Sound"
Spice Girls - "Wannabe"
Wham - "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go"
Madonna - "Like A Virgin"
David Bowie - "Star Man"
Jackson Five - "Rockin' Robin"
Sonny and Cher - "I Got You Babe"
The Rolling Stones - "The Last Time"
The special also includes rare footage never before seen in the U.S. of The Bee Gees, Supremes, Stevie Wonder,
Cliff Richard, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, ABBA, Status Quo, T-Rex, Three Degrees, Bing Crosby, Culture Club,
Band Aid, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Elton John, Frankie, Eurythmics, Bryan Adams, Wet Wet Wet, Bros, Nirvana,
Britney Spears, Oasis, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, U2, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Eminem, the Osbournes and Green Day.