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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

15 Jan

Kylie Minogue keeps mum on tour plans

KYLIE Minogue’s X2008 tour has been confirmed for Europe between May and August but, so far, the star has kept her local fans in limbo with no Australian dates confirmed.

“Hopefully the tour will come here. No doubt it will happen,” Minogue told the Herald Sun yesterday.

“I’m sure everyone’s wary of overloading me when I haven’t even gone into rehearsals yet.

“The last thing I would want to do is have people buy tickets and me not make it, like last time (Minogue’s 2005 Homecoming tour was postponed after she was diagnosed with breast cancer).

“That sounds dramatic but I just need to take it one step at a time. So far I think it’s fair.

“I’m going to some countries I’ve never been to before.”

The singer was scheduled to meet promoter Michael Gudinski in Sydney last night about a possible Australian leg for the tour.

Minogue albums will be in Germany for her 40th birthday on May 28 and her tour itinerary has kept the date free.

“I haven’t planned anything yet but I’m always last-minute with my birthdays,” she said.

“I do know I don’t want to stay in my hotel that night.”

The pending milestone has reignited rumours about plastic surgery.

“You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t,” Minogue said of the constant speculation about her looks.

“If you look terrible people say, ‘Oh my God, she looks horrible!’ If you look great people say, ‘Hmmmm, she looks too great’, so you might as well do what you want.”

After a holiday in Melbourne, Minogue embarked on a Sydney jaunt yesterday to promote her X album.

She made a visit to Sydney’s Children’s Hospital, which stretched to 2 1/2 hours.

Kids who hadn’t smiled in ages had a smile on their face as soon as they saw her,” a Minogue spokeswoman said.

Minogue’s year began with an OBE for services to music.

It was a total surprise, really amazing. My mum and dad were thrilled. The phone didn’t stop ringing,” she said.

Today she flies to LA to film back-to-back videos for her next two singles, Wow and In My Arms.

While in LA, Minogue will be honoured at the G’Day USA gala on January 19.

Grease fan Minogue’s award will be presented by John Travolta, while Olivia Newton-John will also sing.

I grew up with Grease — I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was eight years old,Minogue said.

Minogue Showgirl Homecoming Live enjoyed a low-key Christmas-New Year.

She stayed off the radar at her French Island retreat, before being spotted in Melbourne over the past week.

I was extremely boring,Minogue said.

“I went to all my regular haunts — Cafe E Cucina, Il Bacaro, Nobu and Rockpool.”

Minogue I Believe In You (Live In Australia, November 2006) was also a regular at the Greville St headquarters of designers J’Aton, who have made the dress she will wear at G’Day USA.

Her fansites were swamped with sightings in Prahran.

“That (dress) took three fittings, I was in Greville St a lot,” Minogue joked.

She also saw the exhibition of her friend Nick Cave at the Arts Centre.

But Minogue didn’t find time to examine the sculpture of her in Docklands.

I would like to see it. I do feel very honoured to have a statue in my hometown,” she said, adding she was surprised at its hands-in-the-air pose.

I’m not sure that’s one of my poses.

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