Saturday, December 13, 2003

OutKast hit #1 with the Song of the Decade, “Hey Ya!”

Updated 1/13/2019.

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Hey Ya!

OutKast

Writer(s): André 3000 (see lyrics here)


Released: 9/9/2003


First Charted: 9/19/2003


Peak: 19 US, 9 RB, 16 MR, 3 UK, 15 CN< 12 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 3.0 US, 0.6 UK, 3.76 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: 0.7


Video Airplay *: 387.21


Streaming *: 200.00


* in millions

Review:

Although obsolete, the Polaroid camera will maintain a place in pop music history, thanks to singer André 3000’s call to “shake it like a Polaroid picture.” That catchphrase and others like the response to “What’s cooler than cool?” with “Ice cold,” made the song iconic. However, it is the song’s rallying call for every demographic to flood the dance floor that makes it, as quoted on Consequence of Sound, “the decade’s ‘Teen Spirit,’ man.” CS As PopEater.com said, “you could see yourself partying to in college just as easily as you could watch your parents sweat to it in spin class.” PE

Like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Hey Ya!” was the moment when a masterful artist “made a record that sounded like everything on the radio and nothing anyone had heard before.” PE “Married to the sound of some mid-’60s dance craze that never was, ‘Hey Ya’ exemplified something very few tunes of the time had; a sense of fun.” PE Its merge of genres suggested “the walls between rock and R&B and hip-hop were about to topple.” PE

The song “featured rap lines fed through a vocoder and re-recorded up to 30 times” NME and engineer Rabeka Tuinei was the lone voice behind the “ladies” cheering halfway through the song. RS500 On top of that, Dre told Rolling Stone that its guitar chords, the first he ever learned, were inspired by the Ramones, the Buzzcocks, the Smiths. RS500

There was also an “equally brilliant paradigm-smashing video” PE aping the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show Add a clever viral video with A Charlie Brown Christmas footage spliced to match the song, and you’ve got the decade’s signature hit.


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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of All Time

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This is not an official Rolling Stone magazine list; rather it is a consolidation of five major lists published by the magazine. (See the specific links at bottom of page). The best resource for reading more about these albums is Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time book, published in 2005 by Wenner Media, LLC. The list differs slightly from the original list in the magazine, but all of the albums below are in the book. Besides, this is a must-have for music list junkies.

Also, check out Rolling Stone’s annual picks for album of the year. They have made such picks since 1978. However, by looking at the consolidated lists described above, the DMDB has expanded the list back to 1965.

1. Exile on Main Street: The Rolling Stones (1972)
2. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles (1967)
3. The Beatles (aka “The White Album”): The Beatles (1968)
4. Abbey Road: The Beatles (1969)
5. London Calling: The Clash (1979)
6. Are You Experienced?: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
7. Born to Run: Bruce Springsteen (1975)
8. Blood on the Tracks: Bob Dylan (1975)
9. What's Going On: Marvin Gaye (1971)
10. Astral Weeks: Van Morrison (1968)

11. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
12. Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones (1969)
13. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…: Sex Pistols (1977)
14. Who’s Next: The Who (1971)
15. Sticky Fingers: The Rolling Stones (1971)
16. Led Zeppelin IV: Led Zeppelin (1971)
17. Electric Ladyland: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
18. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: David Bowie (1972)
19. Pet Sounds: Beach Boys (1966)
20. Nevermind: Nirvana (1991)

21. Blonde on Blonde: Bob Dylan (1966)
22. Rubber Soul: The Beatles (1965)
23. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan (1965)
24. Horses: Patti Smith (1975)
25. Beggars Banquet: The Rolling Stones (1968)
26. The Band: The Band (1969)
27. Dark Side of the Moon: Pink Floyd (1973)
28. Blue: Joni Mitchell (1971)
29. Plastic Ono Band: John Lennon (1970)
30. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)

31. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
32. Thriller: Michael Jackson (1982)
33. Trout Mask Replica: Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (1969)
34. Rumours: Fleetwood Mac (1977)
35. The Clash: The Clash (1977)
36. Bringing It All Back Home: Bob Dylan (1965)
37. Ramones: Ramones (1976)
38. There's a Riot Goin' On: Sly and the Family Stone (1971)
39. Purple Rain: Prince & the Revolution (1984)
40. Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen (1984)

41. Moondance: Van Morrison (1970)
42. Led Zeppelin II: Led Zeppelin (1969)
43. Off the Wall: Michael Jackson (1979)
44. After the Gold Rush: Neil Young (1970)
45. Lady Soul: Aretha Franklin (1968)
46. My Aim Is True: Elvis Costello (1977)
47. Pretenders: Pretenders (1980)
48. Surrealistic Pillow: Jefferson Airplane (1967)
49. Tonight’s the Night: Neil Young (1975)
50. 12 Songs: Randy Newman (1970)

51. Revolver: The Beatles (1966)
52. Music from Big Pink: The Band (1968)
53. This Year’s Model: Elvis Costello (1978)
54. Marquee Moon: Television (1977)
55. Green River: Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
56. The Joshua Tree: U2 (1987)
57. Innervisions: Stevie Wonder (1973)
58. Appetite for Destruction: Guns N' Roses (1987)
59. Achtung Baby: U2 (1991)
60. Raw Power: The Stooges (1973)

61. Tapestry: Carole King (1971)
62. The Queen Is Dead: The Smiths (1986)
63. Automatic for the People: R.E.M. (1992)
64. Hunky Dory: David Bowie (1971)
65. Imagine: John Lennon (1971)
66. Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs: Derek and the Dominos (1970)
67. Greatest Hits: Sly & The Family Stone (1970)
68. Loaded: Velvet Underground (1970)
69. Talking Book: Stevie Wonder (1972)
70. Tommy: The Who (1969)

71. Dusty in Memphis: Dusty Springfield (1969)
72. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin (1967)
73. Remain in Light: Talking Heads (1980)
74. The Harder They Come (Soundtrack): Various Artists (1973)
75. Paranoid: Black Sabbath (1970)
76. Every Picture Tells a Story: Rod Stewart (1971)
77. Dirty Mind: Prince (1980)
78. Ten: Pearl Jam (1991)
79. Sail Away: Randy Newman (1972)
80. Murmur: R.E.M. (1983)

81. What’s the Story Morning Glory?: Oasis (1995)
82. New York Dolls: New York Dolls (1973)
83. The Gilded Place of Sin: Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)
84. Nuggets: various artists (1968)
85. Like a Prayer: Madonna (1989)
86. The Basement Tapes: Bob Dylan & The Band (1967)
87. Between the Buttons: The Rolling Stones (1967)
88. Some Girls: The Rolling Stones (1978)
89. MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana (1993)
90. Siamese Dream: Smashing Pumpkins (1993)

91. Odelay: Beck (1996)
92. Rust Never Sleeps: Neil Young (1979)
93. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight: Richard & Linda Thompson (1974)
94. Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Pink Floyd (1967)
95. Willy and the Poor Boys: Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
96. Siren: Roxy Music (1975)
97. The Smiths: The Smiths (1984)
98. Live at the Apollo: James Brown (1962)
99. Forever Changes: Love (1967)
100. Kind of Blue: Miles Davis (1959)


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Sunday, October 19, 2003

In Concert: Lyle Lovett

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Venue: Midland Theater; Kansas City, MO


The Set List:

1. Instrumental
2. Election Day *
3. The Truck Song *
4. Cute As a Bug *
5. My Baby Don't Tolerate *
6. In My Own Mind *
7. Big Dog *
8. Working Too Hard *
9. Nothing But a Good Ride *
10. You Were Always There *
11. Pontiac
12. Her First Mistake

13. If I Had a Boat
14. Give Back My Heart
15. Walk Through the Bottomlands
16. I've Been to Memphis
17. That's Right, You're Not from Texas
18. Good Intentions
19. San Antonio Girl *
20. Wallisville Road *
21. I'm Going to Wait *
22. I'm Going to the Place *
23. Church (encore)

* From the album My Baby Don't Tolerate (2003). "On Saturday Night" was the only song from the album that wasn't played.

Saturday, July 12, 2003

Beyoncé hits #1 with “Crazy in Love”: July 12, 2003

Updated 1/13/2019.

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Crazy in Love

Beyoncé with Jay-Z

Writer(s): Shawn Carter/Rich Harrison/ Beyoncé Knowles/Eugene Record (see lyrics here)


Released: 5/18/2003


First Charted: 5/24/2003


Peak: 18 US, 13 RB, 13 UK, 2 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 1.57 US, 1.2 UK, 8.0 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: 0.5


Video Airplay *: 389.06


Streaming *: --


* in millions

Review:

For the modern day Supremes, the parts of that power pop/R&B trio, their diva leader Diana Ross, and the legendary music mogul romantically linked to the diva were recast as Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. Like Ross, Beyoncé’s time with the group who gave her a taste of #1 success proved a stepping stone to solo success. Still, no one was quite prepared for what a monster success she would have right out of the gate. “Crazy in Love” won the 2003 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song and was the only tune from 2003 to top both the US and UK charts. SF

On the strength of what NME magazine called her “finest single,” NME Beyoncé became “the definitive female R&B singer of her era,’” PF “the heiress to Ruth Brown and Etta James and Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin.” PD

Beyoncé’s link to divas from other eras can be partially credited to Grammy-winning producer Rich Harrison. He’d sat for awhile on a demo built on a horn sample from “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So),” a 1970 top 10 R&B hit from the Chi-Lites. When he shared it with Beyoncé, she thought it was too retro, but gave Harrison two hours to come up with lyrics. He was inspired by her saying “I’m looking “crazy right now.” WK

“The freakishly charismatic Jay-Z” PF guests on the song and supposedly convinced Columbia Records to release this as Beyoncé’s first proper single. TB He thought the rap up in about ten minutes and didn’t even write it down before he delivered it in the studio at about 3 in the morning. WK It wasn’t the last the world would hear of B and J; the pair would go on to become “the power couple of the decade – prettier than Brangelina, more clout than the Obamas.” SN


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Saturday, May 3, 2003

50 Cent spends 9th week at #1 with “In Da Club”

Updated 1/13/2019.

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In Da Club

50 Cent

Writer(s): Curtis Jackson, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo (see lyrics here)


Released: 1/7/2003


First Charted: 12/28/2002


Peak: 19 US, 19 RB, 3 UK, 15 CN, 15 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 1.0 US, 1.05 UK, 2.19 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: 0.5


Video Airplay *: 755.28


Streaming *: --


* in millions

Review:

Getting riddled with nine bullets would be a game changer, usually not for the better. As a former drug dealer earning a reputation for his mix tapes on his way toward rap stardom, however, such events only add to the lore of Curtis Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent. He didn’t just survive, but parlayed his gangsta cred into a blockbuster career under the tutelage of two of the genres biggest stars – Eminem and Dr. Dre.

After a failed stint with Columbia Records, his Em and Dre-backed Interscope debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, stormed out of the gates with a whopping 872,000 first week sales. The only rapper to post a bigger debut? Eminem. SF The album jumped out to such a prominent start on the back of lead single, “In Da Club.” The song, which became the biggest selling single of 2003, TB-304 was such a big hit that in clubs, DJs often had to play it twice in a row. SF

The club has taken on a “mythic aura…in modern pop music, as a sort of hyperreal space in which all desires are satisfied, all bodies are beautiful (and available), and everything and everyone exists for the sake of the person making the song…Fiddy’s rhymes approach the club from a tough-guy street pose, but Dre’s polished, expensive beat and the very lack of urgency in his voice betray him: he’s just another rich asshole in paradise.” DS

Ironically, the “hook [was] so chunky and flat-footed, it was hard to dance to.” NPR’09 The song marked “the joyful, playful start of a depressing era of party rap somewhat akin to the hair metal…of the ‘80s.” NPR’09 That beat, which “could fairly be called harsh or elegantly spare,” ID “helped set off the ringtone craze.” ID The song’s “infectious chant” TB-304 “go shorty, it’s your birthday” “has now become standard drunken-birthday-party fare,” TB-304 but 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell wasn’t feeling so celebratory; he sued 50 Cent for borrowing the line from his group’s 1994 song “It’s Your Birthday.” SF

The song’s “success was evident by the number of songs it spawned. Beyoncé did a version (“Sexy Lil’ Thug”) with lyrics adjusted to be about a girls’ night out. Mary J. Blige recorded “Hooked” with P. Diddy, using the beat from “Club.” Similarly, Bubba Sparxxx did “In the Mudd” and Cadillac Tah did “There’s a Snitch in the Club.” SF


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Friday, March 7, 2003

The White Stripes release “Seven Nation Army”

Updated 1/13/2019.

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Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes

Writer(s): Jack White (see lyrics here)


Released: 3/7/2003


First Charted: 3/8/2003


Peak: 76 US, 12 AR, 13 MR, 7 UK, 17 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: -- US, 0.6 UK, 0.8 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: 0.3


Video Airplay *: 222.09


Streaming *: 400.00


* in millions

Review:

Built on what Rolling Stone called “the greatest riff of the decade,” RS’09 “Seven Nation Army” is “the place where Led Zeppelin meets the future” PD as “Jack White weighs in with some Jimmy Page-inspired guitar riffage” PD that announced him as “this generation’s surest thing to a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer.” CS That “Army” sported “one of the catchiest, most-recognized bass-sounding lines” SA is all the more astonishing considering it wasn’t played on a bass at all.

The sound was actually created with an octave pedal and a semi-acoustic AB’00 “low-registered, seven-string guitar.” SA White said he planned to use the riff if ever asked to do a James Bond film theme. Considering that unlikely, he used it for this song. In 2008, he and Alicia Keys performed the theme song (“Another Way to Die”) for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. SF

The song title came about from what Jack thought the Salvation Army was called when he was a child. The subject of the song regards the White Stripes rise in popularity and the subsequent gossip that arises. SF Jack “howls about a rage so intense, he could take on an army all by himself.” RS’09 Of course, he isn’t alone – the song “wouldn’t have half of its menace were it not for the simplicity of [drummer Meg White’s] thumping, insistent floor tom.” PF

“Army” restores “an element of hard rocking blues to what otherwise borders on throbbing dance music.” AMG It also was “the coolest song ever to become a soccer hooligan chant” MX as Italian soccer fans latched on to the song while facing different nations in the 2006 World Cup. SF Since then, it has become an inescapable anthem in sports stadiums and arenas and has been covered by Audioslave, the Flaming Lips, and Rihanna. It also sported an iconic video which has earned a reputation “as one of the most effective motion-sickness-inducing devices since the invention of spinning carnival rides.” SF


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Friday, February 28, 2003

Blender – Top 50 Rock Geniuses

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This American music magazine launched in 1994 and stopped printing in 2009, going to an online-only format. Since the original article (published in the January/February 2003 issue) is no longer online, I cannot find details on how this list was generated.

1. Bob Dylan
2. John Lennon
3. Chuck Berry
4. Eminem
5. Bob Marley
6. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
7. Stevie Wonder
8. Kurt Cobain
9. Miles Davis
10. Madonna

11. Elvis Presley
12. James Brown
13. Michael Jackson
14. Jimi Hendrix
15. Paul McCartney
16. Pete Townshend
17. Grandmaster Flash
18. Aretha Franklin
19. Neil Young
20. Little Richard

21. Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider (of Kraftwerk)
22. Burt Bacharach
23. Lou Reed
24. Hank Williams
25. George Clinton
26. Phil Spector
27. Prince
28. Jimmy Page
29. Joni Mitchell
30. Berry Gordy Jr.

31. David Bowie
32. Tupac Shakur
33. Brian Wilson
34. Barry Gibb
35. Earl Young
36. Brian Eno
37. Patti Smith
38. Dr. Dre
39. Freddie Mercury
40. Chuck D

41. Andy Warhol
42. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot
43. Lee “Scratch” Perry
44. Thom Yorke
45. Rick Rubin
46. Eddie Van Halen
47. Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA)
48. PJ Harvey
49. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
50. Jack White


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Saturday, January 25, 2003

Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” spends 12th week at #1

Updated 1/13/2019.

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Lose Yourself

Eminem

Writer(s): Eminem/Jeff Bass/Luis Resto (see lyrics here)


Released: 9/17/2002


First Charted: 9/27/2002


Peak: 112 US, 4 RB, 14 AR, 11 UK, 1 CN, 112 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 10.0 US, 1.8 UK, 15.19 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: 0.4


Video Airplay *: 516.69


Streaming *: 200.0


* in millions

Review:

“Eminem’s autobiographical acting debut in 8 Mile marked the high point of the trickster’s relevance.” SN No one expected much from the movie. Sure, Eminem was at his peak, but on the surface this looked like a high-profile vanity project. However, the movie made “hip-hop as inspirational as Rocky with Em rapping about the kind of poverty he grew up in – and showing the superhuman rhyme powers that got him out of it.” RS’09

If Em’s “‘Rabbit’ character was 8 Mile’s Rocky Balboa, then ‘Lose Yourself’ was the movie’s ‘Eye of the Tiger.’” PD It is Eminem’s “definitive anthem, a vivid, white-knuckle account of the anxiety and self-doubt he grappled with during his earliest forays into performing.” MX As Jonathan Bogart writes, this is “the moment when he sounded as urgent and necessary as anyone’s ever been.” DS He also calls this “the finest postmillennial portrait of the pressures of lower-middle-class life in America.” DS

“The cinema-ready piano intro” CS suggests “how epic this song is going to be,” CS but the listener is still unprepared for “the force unleashed when Mr. Mathers begins rhyming over a head-nodding guitar riff.” CS “This anthem captured the raw intensity and emotion that comes with performing” BX and may be “the most lyrically complex hip-hop song to ever hit #1 on the pop charts” PD with Eminem “tongue-twisting his way through a variety of internal rhyme schemes.” PD

While Eminem had landed three #1’s in the UK, “Lose Yourself” marked his first trip to the top of the U.S. charts. With a dozen weeks in the pole position, “the tense, grunge-y” SN track became the longest-running #1 rap song on the Billboard Hot 100 AB’00 and has been called the most popular rap song in history. SV


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