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24 Mar

Michael Jackson Dangerous Album

Dangerous album was the first album Michael Jackson released in the 1990s, on November 26, 1991. It became Jackson’s second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, where it spent the next 4 weeks selling 7 million copies in the U.S. his third best-selling album there. With sales of approximately 30 million copies worldwide, it is Jackson’s best-selling recording of the nineties and ties with Bad as his second-best selling album, behind Thriller.

The album was released on November 26, 1991 and early sales were record breaking, becoming Jackson’s fastest-selling ever in the U,S, with 4 million shipped in under 2 months, beating Bad’s 4 million in 4 months. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts, with 326,500 copies sold within one week of release. The album spent four weeks straight at #1, and spent its first 17 weeks inside the Billboard 200 top 10. The album managed to spend another week inside the top 10 in its 65th week in the charts, reaching #10, after Michael Jackson received the Grammy Legend Award at the 1993 Grammy Awards. The album saw a huge boost in sales during early 1993 when he also performed at the Super Bowl and conducted his famous interview with Oprah Winfrey. In all, Dangerous spent 117 weeks inside the Billboard 200, 30 weeks more than Bad. The RIAA certified Dangerous 7x Platinum, for shipping 7 million copies.

In the UK the album was even more successful. It also debuted at #1, knocking off the top-spot-big-contender, U2’s Achtung Baby. However, in its second week it was replaced by Queen’s Greatest Hits II, in the aftermath of Freddie Mercury’s death. There it spent 23 weeks inside the top 10 (the last being its 69th week, enjoying an amazing staying power) and a total of 96 weeks inside the top 75. The sales of the album stand at 2.1 million, making Dangerous one of the UK’s best-selling albums of the nineties.
In terms of worldwide sales, in the UK and U.S., Bad’s sales were 48% of the total worldwide sales. For Dangerous this figure is just 33%, making the album a more successful product internationally. However, the singles released from Dangerous were mostly bigger hits in Europe and Australia this time around, and more were released, than the singles from Bad. There were spectacular sales compared to Bad and Thriller in many European countries and Australia. Also Dangerous sold very well in the new emerging and growing record markets of Asia and South America.
The first single released from the album, “Black or White” was an instant success, Jackson’s biggest hit single since “Billie Jean”. Successive singles also enjoyed success. The album produced a total of 9 singles around the world (the title track was planned as a single for the end of 1993 but was cancelled), the same number as Bad. All of them were released in the UK, seven of them reaching the top 10, an achievement never before made by Jackson. The major hits released from the album were “Black or White“, “Remember the Time”, “In the Closet“, “Heal the World”, “Who Is It”, and “Will You Be There”. In the U.S., the singles from the album performed much worse than the singles from Thriller or even Bad, with Dangerous producing four top 10 hits out of 7 singles released there (Bad had six top 10 singles, of which the first five were all #1 hits – Dangerous’s only #1 single was “Black or White”).
Jackson supported the album with the Dangerous World Tour. Jackson would not release another full-length album of only all new songs for 10 years, with Invincible in 2001. HIStory, released in 1995, did contain a full disc of new material, but was only available in a double-disc set, the first CD containing previous hits.

Music videos

As was becoming the standard for Jackson, the album’s music videos were among the most costly and innovative of their time. Several of the music videos taken from the Dangerous album had complex storylines and dance sequences, and featured cameo appearances by celebrities. The video for “Jam”, directed by David Kellogg, showed Jackson and Michael Jordan playing basketball and dancing together, while “Remember the Time” was set in an Ancient Egyptian palace, and starred Eddie Murphy and Iman as the pharaoh and his queen. The video also featured a cameo by NBA player Magic Johnson. “In the Closet” featured Jackson and supermodel Naomi Campbell as lovers. The director of the video was photographer Herb Ritts, who also photographed Jackson in a series of promotional shots for the release of the Dangerous album. The video clip for “Who Is It” is notable as it was directed by David Fincher who later went on direct a number of films including Se7en, Fight Club and Zodiac.

“Black or White” was originally over ten minutes long, premiering simultaneously on November 14, 1991 on MTV, VH1, BET, and FOX. The video featured one of the earliest examples of computer-generated morphing. The last four minutes of the video also induced much controversy, as it depicted Jackson smashing store windows and destroying a car with a crowbar. However, this destructive behaviour was intended to imply a message of anti-racism and racist graffiti was added in later versions to make the violence more understandable. The music video was also controversial because of Jackson’s sexually suggestive dance, which included the crotch grab as well as zipping up his pants. MTV and the other music video networks decided to excise the last four minutes of the “Black or White” video for all subsequent airings, and Jackson issued a statement apologizing to anyone who had been offended, and explaining that he tried to interpret the animal instinct of panthers into a dance. The video featured Macaulay Culkin and an appearance during the morphing scene by young Tyra Banks and was directed by John Landis, also the director of the “Thriller” short film.

12 Mar

Finger Eleven Singer Hot Music

The Greyest of Blue Skies album

Following the release of Tip, drummer Rob Gommerman left the band and was replaced by Rich Beddoe whom James Black had met coincidently at an Alice in Chains concert several years earlier in Toronto.

In 2000, singer Finger Eleven released The Greyest of Blue Skies download, again produced by Arnold Lanni. They had success in their home country with this album going gold (50,000 units sold).

Finger Eleven

Their 2003 release, self-titled album Finger Eleven artist was produced by Johnny K. This album includes the sleeper hit single “One Thing” which pushed the band into the mainstream. The song was a hit on rock, pop, and adult radio charts; the success of the single earned the band its first US Gold Album (500,000 copies) and Canadian Platinum (100,000 copies). “One Thing” reached #16 in the U.S., and had exposure on TV series such as Smallville and Scrubs. In 2007, the song had also been sung with Amy Lee of Evanescence.

Them vs You vs Me album

The band toured throughout Europe, Australia and North America from 2003 to 2005. They have also won a Much Music Video Award.

Finger Eleven’s most recent album titled Them vs. You vs. Me album was released on March 6, 2007, again produced by Johnny K. The first single was “Paralyzer“, which slowly became the band’s most successful single to date, becoming their first-career Top-Ten hit on the U.S. Hot 100 in November 2007, as well as reaching #1 in Canada, and both U.S. rock charts. The second single is “Falling On“.

The band played “Paralyzer” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 14, 2007 and again almost exactly ten months later on January 9, 2008, in a testament to the longevity of the single’s success. They also played at the 2007 NHL awards show on June 14, 2007.

They released their DVD Us-vs-Then-vs-Now on December 4, 2007. The album was certified Gold in the U.S. in March 2008. On May 2, 2007, Finger Eleven played on Rave TV’s Beautiful Noise in Toronto, Ontario.

06 Mar

Sara Bareilles – Little Voice

Little Voice album is the debut major-label album by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, which was released on July 3, 2007. Six of the tracks are re-recorded studio versions of songs from her previous album, the independently recorded demo Careful Confessions.

Love Song” was selected as the first single. It was featured as the iTunes Single of the Week from June 19 to 26.

On July 5, Little Voice was the #2 top-selling album on iTunes. On Sunday, July 8, Little Voice reached #1 on the iTunes charts, claiming T.I.’s former spot.

On December 31, Little Voice reached the #3 spot on the iTunes 100 albums again, replacing Jack Johnson’s former spot.

The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 45, selling about 16,000 copies in its first week.[1] As of February 27 of 2008 the album has been certified gold by the RIAA and has peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 albums.

29 Jan

Flo Rida – Low feat. T-Pain

Flo-Rida feat. T-Pain - Low

Shawty had them apple bottom jeans [jeans]
Boots with the fur [with the fur]
The whole club was lookin at her
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low

Them baggy sweat pants
And the reeboks with the straps [with the straps]
She turned around and gave that big booty a smack [ayy]
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low
Flo Rida Mr. Birthday Man
[verse 1:]
I ain’t never seen nuthin that’ll make me go,
This crazy all night spendin my dough
Had a million dollar vibe and a bottle to go
Dem birthday cakes, they stole the show
So sexual, she was flexible
Professional, drinkin x and ooo
Hold up wait a minute, do i see what i think i
Whoa
Did i think i seen shorty get low
Ain’t the same when it’s up that close
Make it rain, i’m makin it snow
Work the pole, i got the bank roll
Imma say that i prefer them no clothes
I’m into that, i love women exposed
She threw it back at me, i gave her more
Cash ain’t a problem, i know where it goes

She had them

[chorus:]
Apple bottom jeans [jeans]
Boots with the fur [with the fur]
The whole club was lookin at her
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low

Them baggy sweat pants
And the reeboks with the straps [with the straps]
She turned around and gave that big booty a smack
[ayy]
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low

[verse 2:]
Hey
Shawty what i gotta do to get you home
My jeans full of gwap
And they ready for shones
Cadillacs maybachs for the sexy grown
Patrone on the rocks that’ll make you moan

One stack (come on)
Two stacks (come on)
Three stacks (come on, now that’s three grand)
What you think i’m playin baby girl
I’m the man, i’ll bend the rubber bands

That’s what i told her, her legs on my shoulder
I knew it was ova, that henny and cola
Got me like a soldier
She ready for rover, i couldn’t control her
So lucky oo me, i was just like a clover
Shorty was hot like a toaster
Sorry but i had to fold her,
Like a pornography poster
She showed her

[chorus:]
Apple bottom jeans [jeans]
Boots with the fur [with the fur]
The whole club was lookin at her
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low
Flo-Rida – Birthday
Them baggy sweat pants
And the reeboks with the straps [with the straps]
She turned around and gave that big booty a smack [ayy]
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low

[verse 3:]
Whoa
Shawty
Yea she was worth the money
Lil mama took my cash,
And i ain’t want it back,
The way she bit that rag,
Got her them paper stacks,
Tattoo above her crack,
I had to handle that,

I was on it, sexy woman, let me shownin
They be want it two in the mornin
I’m zonin in them rosay bottles foamin
She wouldn’t stop, made it drop
Shorty did that pop and lock,
Had to break her off that gwap
Gah it was fly just like my glock

[chorus:]
Apple bottom jeans [jeans]
Boots with the fur [with the fur]
The whole club was lookin at her
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low
Mr. Birthday Man
Them baggy sweat pants
And the reeboks with the straps [with the straps]
She turned around and gave that big booty a smack [ayy]
She hit the flo [she hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low low

22 Nov

Alicia Keys Lands Fourth Consecutive #1 On Billboard Chart With As I Am

alicia keys mp3She’s released four albums over the course of her career, and all four have debuted at #1 on the Billboard top 200, including her most recent studio offering, As I Am, which first landed in record shops last week. What this all means, at least in sports terms, is that R&B songbird Alicia Keys has a perfect 4-for-4 record.

But a fourth #1 opening isn’t the only thing Keys is thankful for this week. With 742,400 copies sold, As I Am earns the distinction of being the singer’s best-performing debut. Her 2001 LP Songs in A Minor sold 235,800 copies to enter the top 200 at #1 while 2003’s The Diary of Alicia Keys scanned more than 618,300 copies; her 2005 Unplugged set sold close to 196,000 units. Plus, As I Am, according to the latest SoundScan totals, walked away with the chart’s peak position, with her closest competitor, Josh Groban’s Christmas-themed Nëel, trailing at #2 with sales reported at 223,000.
Keys’ newest was one of 24 new releases to enter next week’s chart, during what was a healthy week for album sales overall. During the previous week, the records comprising the top 200 sold a total of 4.2 million and change, while next week’s top 200 scanned close to 5.4 million, which can means the holiday shopping season is once again upon us.

Four albums, including As I Am, bowed in the top 10, including Celine Dion’s latest, Taking Chances, at #3 with 214,400 sold, and the 26th installment in the Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation franchise follows at #4, scanning around 208,000 units; this latest edition to the family features tracks by the likes of Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kanye West, the Plain White T’s, Daughtry, Nickelback and more. Coming in at #7, with 136,400 copies snatched up, its Mothership, a two-disc compilation set chronicling the works of Led Zeppelin.
Meanwhile, the rest of the top 10’s saturated with some of music’s biggest names. Garth Brooks’ Ultimate Hits sits in the #5 position, with 203,600 in second-week scans, followed at #6 by the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden, selling another 197,500 copies. Jay-Z’s American Gangster drops seven spots to #8 on sales of 130,600; week-two sales of the album declined by nearly 70 percent. Carrie Underwood, fresh off her American Music Award wins, owns the #9 spot, selling 113,200 copies of her Carnival Ride, while Chris Brown’s Exclusive rounds things out at #10, with 109,600 scans.

Comedian Dane Cook’s latest, Rough Around the Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden, enters the chart at #11, with 90,200 copies flying off store shelves, while the Killers’ Sawdust comes in at #12, with 81,900 scans. George Strait’s 22 More Hits opens at #13 with 80,200 sold, and at #17 with sales of 63,000, it’s James Taylor’s new one, One Man Band. Boyz II Men return to the chart at #27 with Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA, an album that pays tribute to some of the legendary label’s classic tracks; the set sold 41,700 units. Trisha Yearwood’s Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love comes in at #30, selling 33,000 copies.

The Goo Goo Dolls’ Volume 1: Greatest Hits, which implies a second installment somewhere down the line, finishes at #33 with 32,600 sold, while Seal’s System follows at #35 with 30,200 scans. Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Massacre bows at #36 with sales reported at 28,800, and coming in at #54 with 20,400 sold is Aretha Franklin’s Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen. Now That’s What I Call Party Hits!, a compilation featuring contributions from Shop Boyz, Mims, Kelis, Amerie, Nelly Furtado and more, enters at #60 with 17,800 sold, followed at #65 by the Hives’ Black and White Album, which scanned 17,200 copies.

T.H.U.G.S., an album of unreleased Bone Thugs-n-Harmony material, opens at #73 with 15,200 copies grabbed up, while David Gray’s Greatest Hits enters at #96, selling 10,400. Aventura’s K.O.B. Live comes in at #97 with sales of just over 10,300, with A.F.I.’s I Heard a Voice: Live from Long Beach Arena debuting at #133 with 7,400 scans. Meanwhile, the Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ire Works enters at #142, with 7,000 sold. Ska kings Streetlight Manifesto’s Somewhere in the Between opens at #154 with 6,300 scans, and finally, coming in at #173 with 5,500 sold, its Take Cover, a covers collection from American metallers Queensryche.

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