Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Songwriters Friends - Songwriters Hall of Fame

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The Songwriters Friends isn’t an actual award given out by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but an acknowledgement of the relationship between the songwriter and the singer. As it says on the website, “The artists listed in this section include the top recording artists of hit songs written by Hall of Fame inductees from the late 1800’s to present day. These artists are chart-topping performers who have all added something unique to the sound of American popular music.”

This honor appears to have been given only once (as opposed to annual Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees) although the website doesn’t indicate when.

Note: click on the name to see the act’s entry in Dave’s Music Databse Music Maker Encyclopedia. Click on “SHOF Bio” to see the act’s entry on the Songwriters Hall of Fame website.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Rihanna: Top 50 Songs

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Born Feb. 20, 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna, has become one of the biggest pop singers of all time with 14 #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (noted as #1 US after song titles below). In celebration of her birthday, here are her top 50 songs of all-time according to Dave’s Music Database:


The Top 50 Rihanna Songs

Umbrella

1. Umbrella (with Jay-Z, 2007) #1 US
2. Love the Way You Lie (with Eminem, 2010) #1 US
3. We Found Love (with Calvin Harris, 2011) #1 US
4. Only Girl in the World (2010) #1 US
5. Diamonds (2012) #1 US
6. Work with Drake, 2016) #1 US
7. This Is What You Came For (with Calvin Harris, 2016)
8. Disturbia (2008) #1 US
9. Don’t Stop the Music (2007)
10. The Monster (with Eminem, 2013) #1 US

Love the Way You Lie

11. Stay (with Mikky Ekko, 2012)
12. Take a Bow (2008) #1 US
13. Rude Boy (2010) #1 US
14. What’s My Name? (with Drake, 2010) #1 US
15. Live Your Life (with T.I., 2008) #1 US
16. Wild Thoughts (with DJ Khaled & Bryson Tiller, 2017) 17. Four Five Seconds (with Kanye West & Paul McCartney, 2015)
18. S.O.S. (Rescue Me) (2006) #1 US
19. S&M (2010) #1 US
20. Where Have You Been (2011)

We Found Love

21. Needed Me (2016)
22. Unfaithful (2006)
23. All of the Lights (with Kanye West & Drake, 2010)
24. Can’t Remmber to Forget You (with Shakira, 2014)
25. Take Care (with Drake, 2011)
26. Russian Roulette (2009)
27. Too Good (with Drake, 2016)
28. Pon De Replay (2005)
29. Run This Town (with Jay-Z & Kanye West, 2009)
30. Hate That I Love You (with Ne-Yo, 2007)

Only Girl in the World

31. Shut Up and Drive (2007)
32. California King Bed (2011)
33. Rehab (with Justin Timberlake, 2008)
34. Man Down (2011)
35. You Da One (2011)
36. Hard (with Jeezy, 2009)
37. Bitch Better Have My Money (2015)
38. Cheers (Drink to That) (2010)
39. Pour It Up (2013)
40. Princess of China (with Coldplay, 2011)

Diamonds

41. Who’s That Chick? (with David Guetta, 2010)
42. Loyalty (with Kendrick Lamar, 2017)
43. Fly (with Nicki Minaj, 2010)
44. What Now (2013)
45. If I Never See Your Face Again (with Matchbox 20, 2008)
46. Talk That Talk (with Jay-Z, 2011)
47. Love on the Brain (2016)
48. Te Amo (2010)
49. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want (2005)
50. Break It Off (with Sean Paul, 2006)

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Fifty Years Ago Today: The Beatles released “Strawberry Fields Forever” (2/13/1967)

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The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”


Writer(s): John Lennon, Paul McCartney (see lyrics here)

Released: 2/13/1967, First charted: 2/23/1967

Peak: 8 US, 2 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): 1.0 Video Airplay (in millions): --


Review: The real Strawberry Field was a Salavation Army orphanage near John Lennon’s childhood home in Liverpool. CR-836 John would go there to play, which his Aunt Mimi disapproved of, fearing the children there would lead John astray. However, John felt a kinship with them having lost his own parents. SF

The song itself isn’t really about a physical place but “a childlike state of mind” LW-128 or “inner state of being.” AMG Far from being about “a utopia, though...it could be interpreted as an unhealthy escapist withdrawal.” AMG It also expresses Lennon’s experimentation with LSD and his attempt to find a sound that was its “aural equivalent.” LW-128 “Strawberry Fields” took the Beatles experimentation from 1966 album Revolver to the next step. LW-128

During the recording process, however, Lennon grew frustrated after working on the song for a month CR-837 and asked producer George Martin to merge two versions. Martin responded that they were in different keys and tempos CR-836 but Lennon merely quipped, “Well, you can fix it.” CR-837 Martin decreased the pitch on one section and sped up one piece while slowing down another CR-837 in his greatest production effort. AMG

The result was the era’s most complicated pop song, CR-836 showcasing “Lennon’s distant dreaming voice” LW-128 and “new worlds of sound imagery” LW-128 in what Lennon considered “his greatest accomplishment with the Beatles.” RS500 Indeed, it is one of the groups finest efforts and “one of the greatest psychedelic singles ever released.” BBC


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Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Adele wins the Grammy for Album of the Year…Again

Originally posted 3/1/2019.

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Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Hello (Adele Adkins/Greg Kurstin) [4:55] (10/23/15, #110 US, #13 UK, #17 CN, #16 AU, #116 AC, #17 A40, #14 AAA, #10a RB, sales: 13.45 million worldwide)
  2. Send My Love to Your New Lover (Adkins/Max Martin/Shellback) [3:43] (12/12/15, #8 US, #5 UK, #10 CN, #13 AU, #13 AC, #12 A40, #2 AAA, sales: 1.55 million worldwide)
  3. I Miss You (Adkins/Paul Epworth) [5:48]
  4. When We Were Young (Adkins/Tobias Jesso Jr.) [4:51] (12/12/15, #14 US, #9 UK, #9 CN, #13 AU, #6 AC, #3 A40, #10 AAA, sales: 1.55 million worldwide)
  5. Remedy (Adkins/Ryan Tedder) [4:05] (12/12/15, #87 US)
  6. Water Under the Bridge (Adkins/Kurstin) [4:00] (12/12/15, #26 US, #16 AAA, sales: 0.5 million)
  7. River Lea (Adkins/Brian Burton) [3:45]
  8. Love in the Dark (Adkins/Samuel Dixon) [4:46]
  9. Million Years Ago (Adkins/Kurstin) [3:47]
  10. All I Ask (Adkins/Bruno Mars/Philip Lawrence/Christopher Brody Brown) [4:32] (3/5/16, #77 US)
  11. Sweetest Devotion (Adkins/Epworth) [4:12]

Released: November 20, 2015


Charted: November 27, 2015


Peak: #110 US, #113 UK, #18 AU, #112 CN


Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 3.5.0 UK, 22.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: pop/British blue-eyed soul


Review:

After the monstrous success of her 2011 sophomore album 21, Adele considered quitting music. After her first child was born in October 2012, she was inspired to work again, because she said she wanted her son to “know what I do.” WK She made a conscious attempt to move away from the break-up themes which dominated 21 and also added added synths and drum pads to give the album a modern sound. WK She initially wrote an entire album about motherhood which she scrapped because it was “too boring,” WK although she did keep Sweetest Devotion, an uplifting track written as a tribute to her son. WK

She suffered from writer’s block until meeting with producer Greg Kurstin, after which she said “it all poured right out of me.” WK She told Rolling Stone the final product was about “yearning for her old self” and “melancholia about the passage of time.” WK To that end, she crafted songs such as When We Were Young, which explored Adele’s “uneasy acceptable of adulthood,” the album’s key theme. WK

Her collaboration with Kurstin produced Hello, a soul-driven piano ballad which Telegraph described as having “a very luscious wall of sound.” WK It was the first single and a monstrous #1. It went on to win Grammys for Record and Song of the Year and racked up more than 2 billion views on YouTube. The song took six months to finish. WK

In addition to working with Tedder and Paul Epworth again, Adele also collaborated with Max Martin and Shellback, Danger Mouse, and the Smeezingtons (which includes Bruno Mars). WK

The track Send My Love Your New Lover was a reworking of a song Adele wrote when she was thirteen and inspired by Amy Winehouse’s Frank album. She and Ryan Tedder, who worked with her on 21 and 25, went to lunch after unfruitful sessions and Adele heard Taylor Swift’s single “I Knew Your Were Trouble.” When Tedder told Adele it was produced by Max Martin, she reached out to him and they reworked “Lover.” WK

On February 12, 2017, Adele made Grammy history as only the second woman (after Taylor Swift) to win the Album of the Year twice for a solo effort. GR Adele first pulled off the feat with 21. In fact, Adele won all five Grammys for which she was nominated.

Adele’s third album also did blockbuster sales business, “becoming the the fastest-selling album of the 21st century” GR with a whopping 3.38 million copies sold in its first week. WK It went on to easily be the best-selling album of 2015, GR moving more than 17 million by year’s end. WK With sales continuing into 2016, it became the biggest selling album of that year as well. WK


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Garth Brooks: Top 50 Songs

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Garth Brooks was born February 7, 1962. In honor of his birthday, here are his top 50 songs according to Dave’s Music Database: 1. Friends in Low Places (1990)
2. The Dance (1989)
3. Lost in You (1999)
4. Standing Outside the Fire (1993)
5. Ain’t Going Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up (1993)
6. The Thunder Rolls (1990)
7. To Make You Feel My Love (1998)
8. Shameless (1991)
9. If Tomorrow Never Comes (1989)
10. Wrapped Up in You (2001)

11. We Shall Be Free (1992)
12. More Than a Memory (2007)
13. The Fever (1995)
14. Papa Loved Mama (1991)
15. Longneck Bottle (1997)
16. American Honky-Tonk Bar Association (1993)
17. What She’s Doing Now (1991)
18. It’s Your Song (1998)
19. Unanswered Prayers (1990)
20. Wild Horses (1998)

Friends in Low Places

21. Good Ride Cowboy (2005)
22. When You Come Back to Me Again (2000)
23. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House (1990)
24. The River (1991)
25. That Summer (1992)
26. Rodeo (1991)
27. One Night a Day (1993)
28. In Another’s Eyes (with Trisha Yearwood, 1997)
29. Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old (1989)
30. She’s Every Woman (1995)

31. Callin’ Baton Rouge (1993)
32. Do What You Gotta Do (1997)
33. The Beaches of Cheyenne (1995)
34. Workin’ for a Livin’ (with Huey Lewis, 2007)
35. Learning to Live Again (1992)
36. Two Pina Coladas (1997)
37. Somewhere Other Than the Night (1992)
38. Not Counting You (1989)
39. The Change (1995)
40. That Ol’ Wind (1995)

41. Ask Me How I Know (2016)
42. It’s Midnight Cinderella (1995)
43. She’s Gonna Make It (1997)
44. You Move Me (1997)
45. Beer Run (with George Jones, 2001)
46. That’s the Way I Remember It (1999)
47. Squeeze Me In (with Trisha Yearwood, 2001)
48. Thicker Than Blood (1999)
49. It Don’t Matter to the Sun (1999)
50. Why Ain’t I Running (2001)


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Garth Brooks was born February 7, 1962. In honor of his birthday, here are his top 50 songs according to Dave’s Music Database: 1. Friends in Low Places (1990)
2. The Dance (1989)
3. Lost in You (1999)
4. Standing Outside the Fire (1993)
5. Ain’t Going Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up (1993)
6. The Thunder Rolls (1990)
7. To Make You Feel My Love (1998)
8. Shameless (1991)
9. If Tomorrow Never Comes (1989)
10. Wrapped Up in You (2001)

11. We Shall Be Free (1992)
12. More Than a Memory (2007)
13. The Fever (1995)
14. Papa Loved Mama (1991)
15. Longneck Bottle (1997)
16. American Honky-Tonk Bar Association (1993)
17. What She’s Doing Now (1991)
18. It’s Your Song (1998)
19. Unanswered Prayers (1990)
20. Wild Horses (1998)

Friends in Low Places

21. Good Ride Cowboy (2005)
22. When You Come Back to Me Again (2000)
23. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House (1990)
24. The River (1991)
25. That Summer (1992)
26. Rodeo (1991)
27. One Night a Day (1993)
28. In Another’s Eyes (with Trisha Yearwood, 1997)
29. Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old (1989)
30. She’s Every Woman (1995)

31. Callin’ Baton Rouge (1993)
32. Do What You Gotta Do (1997)
33. The Beaches of Cheyenne (1995)
34. Workin’ for a Livin’ (with Huey Lewis, 2007)
35. Learning to Live Again (1992)
36. Two Pina Coladas (1997)
37. Somewhere Other Than the Night (1992)
38. Not Counting You (1989)
39. The Change (1995)
40. That Ol’ Wind (1995)

41. Ask Me How I Know (2016)
42. It’s Midnight Cinderella (1995)
43. She’s Gonna Make It (1997)
44. You Move Me (1997)
45. Beer Run (with George Jones, 2001)
46. That’s the Way I Remember It (1999)
47. Squeeze Me In (with Trisha Yearwood, 2001)
48. Thicker Than Blood (1999)
49. It Don’t Matter to the Sun (1999)
50. Why Ain’t I Running (2001)


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