Sunday, May 26, 2002

Eminem released The Eminem Show

First posted 3/12/2008; updated 9/26/2020.

The Eminem Show

Eminem


Released: May 26, 2002


Peak: 16 US, 16 RB, 15 UK, 19 CN, 17 AU


Sales (in millions): 10.3 US, 1.2 UK, 27.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: rap


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Curtains Up (skit)
  2. White America
  3. Business (7/13/02, 73a RB, 6 UK, 4 AU)
  4. Cleanin’ Out My Closet (8/3/02, 4 US, 11 RB, 4 UK, 3 AU, 2x platinum)
  5. Square Dance
  6. The Kiss (skit)
  7. Soldier
  8. Say Goodbye Hollywood
  9. Drips
  10. Without Me (5/11/02, 2 US, 1 UK, 13 RB, 15 MR, 1 UK, 4 CN, 1 AU, 4x platinum)
  11. Paul Rosenberg (skit)
  12. Sing for the Moment (4/5/03, 14 US, 6 UK, 2 CN, 5 AU, platinum)
  13. Superman (2/1/03, 15 US, 44 RB, platinum)
  14. Hailie’s Song
  15. Steve Berman (skit)
  16. When the Music Stops
  17. Say What You Say
  18. ‘Till I Collapse
  19. My Dad’s Gone Crazy (with Hailie Jade) (8/3/02, #61a RB)
  20. Curtains Close (skit)


Total Running Time: 77:28

Rating:

3.864 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)


Quotable: “Essentially a holding pattern, but it’s a glorious one – one that proves Eminem is the gold standard in pop music in 2002.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


Awards:

About the Album:

“It’s all about the title. First time around, Eminem established his alter ego, Slim Shady – the character who deliberately shocked and offended millions, turning Eminem into a star. Second time at bat, he turned out The Marshall Mathers LP, delving deeper into his past while revealing complexity as an artist and a personality that helped bring him an even greater audience and much, much more controversy. Third time around, it’s The Eminem Show – a title that signals that Eminem’s public persona is front and center, for the very first time.” STE

“And it is, as he spends much of the album commenting on the media circus that dominated on his life ever since the release of Marshall Mathers. This, of course, encompasses many, many familiar subjects – his troubled childhood; his hatred of his parents; his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife, Kim (including the notorious incident when he assaulted a guy who allegedly kissed her – the event that led to their divorce); his love of his daughter, Hailie; and, of course, all the controversy he generated, notably the furor over his alleged homophobia and his scolding from Lynne Cheney, which leads to furious criticism about the hypocrisy of America and its government.” STE

“All this is married to a production very similar to that of its predecessor – spare, funky, fluid, and vibrant, punctuated with a couple of ballads along the way. So, that means The Eminem Show is essentially a holding pattern, but it’s a glorious one – one that proves Eminem is the gold standard in pop music in 2002, delivering stylish, catchy, dense, funny, political music that rarely panders (apart from a power ballad ‘Dream On’ rewrite on Sing for the Moment and maybe the sex rap Drips, that is).” STE

“Even if there is little new ground broken, the presentation is exceptional – Dre never sounds better as a producer than when Eminem pushes him forward (witness the stunning oddity Square Dance, a left-field classic with an ominous waltz beat) and, with three albums under his belt, Eminem has proven himself to be one of the all-time classic MCs, surprising as much with his delivery as with what he says.” STE

“Plus, the undercurrent of political anger – not just attacking Lynne Cheney, but raising questions about the Bush administration – gives depth to his typical topics, adding a new, spirited dimension to his shock tactics as notable as the deep sentimental streak he reveals on his odes to his daughter.” STE

“Perhaps the album runs a little too long at 20 songs and 80 minutes and would have flowed better if trimmed by 25 minutes, but that’s a typical complaint about modern hip-hop records. Fact is, it still delivers more great music than most of its peers in rock or rap, and is further proof that Eminem is an artist of considerable range and dimension.” STE

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Friday, May 10, 2002

50 years ago: Jane Froman’s With a Song in My Heart hit #1 for 1st of 25 weeks

First posted 9/29/2020.

With a Song in My Heart

Jane Froman


Charted: March 29, 1952


Peak: 125 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Genre: traditional pop


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Opening Production (orchestral piece written and performed by George Greeley) [1:08]
  2. It’s a Good Day (Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee) [2:11]
  3. Tea for Two (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) [2:16]
  4. Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) [3:13]
  5. That Old Feeling (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) [2:31]
  6. Embraceable You (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) [3:13]
  7. Get Happy (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) [2:27]
  8. I’ll Walk Alone (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) [1:45] (5/3/52, 14 US)
  9. They’re Either Too Young or Too Old (Arthur Schwartz, Frank Loesser) [1:11]
  10. I’m Thru with Love (Fud Livingston, Gus Kahn, Matty Malneck) [3:00]
  11. An American Medley [3:59]
  12. With a Song in My Heart (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) [2:30]


Total Running Time: 29 minutes

Rating:

3.050 out of 5.00 (average of 4 ratings)


Awards:

About the Album:

Jane Froman was an American singer and actress born in 1907. She was afflicted with a stutter since childhood, but it didn't affect her singing. During the ‘30s and ‘40s, she starred in multiple Broadway musicals and radio programs and appeared in three movies. In 1943, she suffered crippling injuries and chronic health problems due to a plane crash, but she returned to Broadway less than a year later. During World War II, she entertained the troops even though she needed crutches to walk. She ended up having a 30-year career.

In 1952, 20th Century Fox made a biographical film of her life. With a Song in My Heart starred Susan Hayward, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for the performance. Her singing voice, however, was provided by Froman. The movie did win an Oscar for Original Music Score.

Capitol Records released a soundtrack for the film which feaured Froman on vocals and an orchestra conducted by George Greeley. It was initially a four-record 78 rpm box set, a common packaging trend of the ‘40s and ‘50s which birthed the term “album.” It featured a number of standards written by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including George & Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne. The album was the best-seller of 1952, spending 25 weeks atop the Billboard album chart. WK An LP version was released which included the song That Old Feeling and I’m Thru with Love.

The songs Blue Moon and Tea for Two, both covered on this album, are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. I’ll Walk Alone was released as a single from this album and reached the top 20.

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