Bonnie Tyler's Twitter mentions soar following partial solar eclipse
Music fans produced a total eclipse of Bonnie Tyler’s Twitter mentions on Thursday morning after a partial solar eclipse delighted UK skygazers.
The rare celestial show prompted social media users to tweet at Tyler, whose hit song Total Eclipse Of The Heart went to number one in countries all over the world in 1983.
The Welsh artist tweeted: “Notifications are blowing up. *checks news* Ah. There’s an eclipse”.
The Specsavers Twitter account replied: “Turn your notifications off, bright eyes”.
Journalist John Sturgis tweeted “It must happen every now and then…”, while musician Richard Miller wrote “Amazing. You must be able to predict surges in royalties quite efficiently.”
Astronomy enthusiasts across the UK witnessed a crescent sun during the partial solar eclipse.
Despite cloudy skies, astronomy enthusiasts were able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon.
Tyler’s pop-rock anthem was released in 1983 on her fifth studio album, Faster Than The Speed Of Night.
It became the biggest hit of her career, going to number one in the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Norway and South Africa.
The song has sold more than six million copies worldwide and has been streamed on Spotify more than 407 million times.
During the solar eclipse of August 21 2017, Nielsen Music reported that the digital download sales on the 80s classic had increased by 503% in the week ending August 20, the song’s biggest digital sales week ever.
Billboard also reported the song had resurfaced on its chart, coming in at number 13.
The song was written and produced by Jim Steinman, who has also helped compose Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album and wrote the power ballad It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, famously covered by Celine Dion.