Saturday, December 13, 2003

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

Updated 3/29/2019.

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

image from digitaltrends.com

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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Saturday, November 1, 2003

Johnny Cash charted posthumously with “Hurt”

First posted 11/18/2019.

Hurt

Johnny Cash

Writer(s): Trent Reznor (see lyrics here)


Released: March 2003


First Charted: November 1, 2003


Peak: 56 CW, 33 MR, 39 UK, 66 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 2.75 US, 0.6 UK, 3.5 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: --


Video Airplay *: 66.0


Streaming *: --


* in millions

Review:

In 1995, Nine Inch Nails released the song “Hurt” from their second album, The Downward Spiral. The top 10 modern rock hit references self-harm and heroin addiction, but the overall meaning of the song has been disputed. Some have said it is a suicide note written by the protagonist and others see it as a more uplifting song about finding a reason to live in spite of depression and pain. WK It has also been characterized as “about realizing consequences and regret.” SF Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has said it is the most personal song he’s ever written. SF Little did he know it would become the quintessential eulogy for one of country music’s greatest legends.

Reznor was friends with Rick Rubin who, in the last decade, had served as “the svengali of [Johnny] Cash’s reinvention.” NME Rubin suggested the song to Cash, knowing its vulnerability and expression of pain would match his failing voice. The song didn’t catch Cash’s ear initially, but he eventually called it “the best anti-drug song I ever heard.” SF

“The stark, desolate sorrow of the original was translated into harrowing, minimal balladry by the Man In Black.” NME By whittling the song down “to little more than an acoustic guitar and the trembling voice of a dying man,” RS Cash was effectively “writing his own grim eulogy.” PD “His authoritative baritone has all but disappeared, and even his legendary dark humor has deserted him, replaced by painful honesty about life, death, and regret…It’s the crowning achievement of one of the great musical lives of our era; it’s the necessary reminder of age and mortality in the middle of youth and promise.” DS

“It’s hard to imagine anyone but Johnny Cash making it sound like a standard.” PD His take on the song captures “the fear and regret we rarely like to acknowledge until faced with our own mortality.” PD Kudos to “Rubin for recognizing that Cash’s genius would transform a ‘90s goth-rock dirge into a classic on par with his ‘50s murder ballads.” AM

Reznor was originally angry about the cover, saying it felt invasive, SF but after seeing the video he said, “That song isn’t mine anymore…It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote…about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning – different, but every bit as pure.” WK

The video was directed by Mark Romanek, who had previously collaborated with Nine Inch Nails WK and shot videos for U2, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. SF The video mixed archival footage of Cash with current shots of “one of America’s most iconic figures suddenly looking so vulnerable, so human, so utterly spent.” PD By showcasing “the stark and seemingly cruel reality of the present,” WK the video served as an obituary for Cash, who died seven months later on September 12, four months after his wife, June Carter Cash, who is also featured in the video. Cash’s management wasn’t sure it should be released because it was so intimate, but his daughter Rosanne convinced him. SF

It won Grammy and Country Music Assocation Awards for Video of the Year. In July 2011, New Musical Express magazine named it the best video of all time, as did Country Music Television (CMT) in 2004. WK The Country Music Association also awarded it Single of the Year in 2003. In a 2007 BBC poll, Cash’s take on the song was voted the best-ever cover of another artist’s song. SF


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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Eagles Release Yet Another Greatest Hits - But It's the Best One Yet

First posted 2/11/2011; updated 6/17/2019.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

Eagles


Released: 2/17/1976


Charted: 3/6/1976


Covers: 1971-1975


Peak: #15 US, #2 UK, #12 CN, # AU


Sales (in millions): 38.0 US, 0.3 UK, 42.9 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: California country rock


Greatest Hits Volume 2


Charted: 10/22/1982


Covers: 1975-1980


Peak: #52 US, #63 CN, #5 AU


Sales (in millions): 11.0 US, 15.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


The Very Best of (1994)


Released: 7/11/1994


Covers: 1971-1979


Peak: #4 UK, #28 CN, #2 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.6 UK, 1.87 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


The Very Best of (aka “The Complete Greatest Hits”) (2003)


Released: 10/21/2003


Charted: 11/8/2003


Covers: 1971-2003


Peak: #3 US, #9 UK, #43 AU


Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 0.6 UK, 10.8 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)


    Eagles (1972):
  1. Take It Easy (Glenn Frey/Jackson Browne) [3:29] (5/20/72, #12 US, #9 CB, #12 AC, #12 UK, #8 CN, #49 AU) G1,94,03
  2. Witchy Woman (Don Henley/Bernie Leadon) [4:10] (8/26/72, #9 US, #11 CB, #8 CN, #81 AU) G1,94,03
  3. Peaceful, Easy Feeling (Jack Tempchin) [4:16] (12/23/72, #22 US, #20 CB, #20 AC, #35 CN) G1,94,03

    Desperado (1973):
  4. Tequila Sunrise (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [2:52] (6/9/73, #64 US, #40 CB, #26 AC, #68 CN) G1,94,03
  5. Desperado (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [3:33] G1,94,03
  6. Doolin-Dalton (Jackson Browne/Glenn Frey/Don Henley/J.D. Souther) [3:30] 94,03

    On the Border (1974):
  7. Already Gone (Robb Strandland/Jack Temphcin) [4:13] (5/4/74, #32 US, #17 CB, #12 CN) G1,03
  8. James Dean (Jackson Browne/Glenn Frey/Don Henley/J.D. Souther) [3:40] (9/7/74, #77 US, #49 CB, #56 CN) 94,03
  9. Best of My Love (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/J.D. Souther) [4:35] (11/30/74, #11 US, #4 CB, #11 AC, #11 CN) G1,94,03
  10. Ol’ ‘55 (Tom Waits) [4:22] 03
  11. Midnight Flyer (Paul Craft) [3:58] 03
  12. On the Border (Don Henley/Bernie Leadon/Glenn Frey) [4:28] 03

    One of These Nights (1975):
  13. One of These Nights (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [4:51] (5/30/75, #11 US, #11 CB, #20 AC, #23 UK, #13 CN, #33 AU) G1,94,03
  14. Lyin’ Eyes (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [6:21] (9/13/75, #2 US, #3 CB, #3 AC, #8 CW, #23 UK, #19 CN, #34 AU) G1,94,03
  15. Take It to the Limit (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Randy Meisner) [4:48] (12/20/75, #4 US, #5 CB, #4 AC, #12 UK, #16 CN, #30 AU) G1,94,03
  16. After the Thrill Is Gone (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [3:56] G2,03

    Hotel California (1976):
  17. New Kid in Town (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/J.D. Souther) [5:04] (12/11/76, #11 US, #2 CB, #2 AC, #43 CW, #20 UK, #11 CN, #16 AU) G2,94,03
  18. Hotel California (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Don Felder) [6:29] (2/22/77, #11 US, #11 CB, #10 AC, #8 UK, #12 CN, #60 AU) G2,94,03
  19. Life in the Fast Lane (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Joe Walsh) [4:45] (5/13/77, #11 US, #11 CB, #12 CN, #96 AU) G2,94,03
  20. Victim of Love (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Don Felder/J.D. Souther) [4:10] G2,03
  21. Wasted Time (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [4:55] 03
  22. The Last Resort (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [7:25] 03

    Christmas single (1978):
  23. Please Come Home for Christmas (Charlie Brown/Gene Redd) [2:58] (12/9/78, #18 US, #29 CB, #15 AC, #30 UK, #63 CN, #46 AU) 03

    The Long Run (1979):
  24. Heartache Tonight (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Bob Seger/J.D. Southern) [4:25] (9/28/79, #11 US, #11 CB, #38 AC, #40 UK, #12 CN, #13 AU) G2,94,03
  25. The Long Run (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [3:42] (11/30/79, #8 US, #10 CB, #34 AC, #66 UK, #9 CN) G2,94,03
  26. I Can’t Tell You Why (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Timothy B. Schmit) [4:54] (2/3/80, #8 US, #9 CB, #3 AC, #5 CN) G2,94,03
  27. The Sad Café (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Joe Walsh/J.D. Souther) [5:32] G2,03
  28. In the City (Joe Walsh/Barrry DeVorzon) [3:46] 03
  29. Those Shoes (Don Felder/Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [4:56] 03

    Eagles Live (1980):
  30. Seven Bridges Road (live) (Steve Young) [2:58] (12/2/80, #21 US, #27 CB, #17 AC, #55 CW) G2,03

    Hell Freezes Over (1994):
  31. Get Over It (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [3:29] (10/21/94, #31 US, #35 CB, #21 AC, #4 AR, #4 CN, #74 AU) 03
  32. Love Will Keep Us Alive (Pete Vale/Jim Capaldi/Paul Carrack) [4:00] (11/20/94, #22 US, #13 AC, #52 UK, #10 CN) 03

    The Very Best of (2003):
  33. Hole in the World (Don Henley/Glenn Frey) [4:19] (#69 US, #5 AC, #69 UK, #11 CN) 03

G1 Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
G2 Greatest Hits Volume 2
94 The Very Best of (1994)
03 The Very Best of (aka “The Complete Greatest Hits”) (2003)


Review: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976)

This album wasn’t just the “first album ever certified platinum;” WR1 it was the best-selling album in the U.S. in the 20th century. WK1 It lost the title to Michael Jackson’s Thriller after the artist’s death in 2009, but regained it in August 2018. WK1 “There may be no explaining that, really, except to note that this was the pervasive music of the first half of the 1970s, and somehow it never went away.” WR1

“On their first four albums, the Eagles were at pains to demonstrate that they were a group of at least near-equals, each getting a share of the songwriting credits and lead vocals. But this compilation…demonstrates that this evenhandedness did not extend to singles – as far as those go, the Eagles belong to Glenn Frey and Don Henley.” WR1 They wrote or co-wrote eight of the collection’s songs and one or the other sang lead on every song but Take It to the Limit.

Of the ten songs that comprise this collection, nine were released as singles (b>Desperado is the sole exception). Eight were top 40 hits on the Billboard pop chart (only Tequila Sunrise missed the top 40), five went top ten, and two of them (One of These Nights and Best of My Love) topped the charts.

The band, however, didn’t have any say in putting together the album and complained it was “nothing more than a ploy by the record company to sell product without having to pay additional production costs.” WK1 Don Henley didn’t like that songs like “Tequila Sunrise” and “Desperado” were taken out of the context of their original albums. WK1 The album did, however, buy the band time while they worked on what would become their best-selling studio album, 1977’s Hotel California.

Despite Henley’s frustration that songs were taken out of context, “these songs make up a collection consistent in mood and identity” WK “unlike the albums from which they come.” WK1 Thre result is that this compilation “works so much better than the band’s previous discs [that it] practically makes them redundant.” WR1

“The tunes are melodic, and the arrangements – full of strummed acoustic guitars over a rock rhythm section often playing a shuffle beat, topped by tenor-dominated harmonies – are immediately engaging. There is also a lyrical consistency to the songs, which often concern romantic uncertainties in an atmosphere soaked in intoxicants. The narrators of the songs usually seem exhausted, if not satiated, and the loping rhythms are appropriate to these impressions.” WR1

In addition to phenomenal sales, this was the rare compilation that topped the Billboard album charts. It debuted at #4 in its first week and then went to #1 the next week, where it stayed for five non-consecutive weeks. Over the years, the album has logged the equivalent of five years on the album chart.

Review: Greatest Hits Volume 2

Considering the monstrous success of Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, it was a no-brainer to release a second collection. The band officially disbanded in May 1982 and this set, collecting seven Top 40 hits as well as three album cuts, followed that fall. While not as huge as its predecessor (what could be?), this album still achieved multi-platinum status and outsold all the band’s studio albums except Hotel California.

While that album should be a staple of anyone’s catalog, this collection spared casual listeners from buying “mediocre albums like The Long Run and Eagles Live just to have copies of the best-known songs from those releases.” WR2 This set “was perfect for listeners who knew the band through number one radio hits like New Kid in Town, Hotel California, and Heartache Tonight.” WR2

Review: The Very Best of (1994)

That seemingly was the last anyone would hear of the Eagles, but they surprised the world with their Hell Freezes Over reunion tour in 1994. That same year, a single-disc retrospective of the band’s 1972-1979 years was released in Europe, Australia, and New England. The collection included 9 of the 10 songs from Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, inexplicably opting to substitute the album cut Doolin’ Dalton instead of the hit single Already Gone, but also adding the minor hit James Dean from that era.

The other six cuts from the Eagles’ latter two albums were all hit singles featured on Greatest Hits Volume 2. This collection jettisons the three album cuts that rounded out that collection, but unfortunately also omits Seven Bridges Road, a top 25 hit from the band’s 1980 live album.

Review: The Very Best of (aka “The Complete Greatest Hits”) (2003)

In 2003, the Eagles were anthologized yet again – this time with a double-disc collection. This seemed especially unnecessary, given that roughly two-thirds of their entire studio catalog of six albums would fit on two CDs. However, this set completely replicated Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Greatest Hits Volume 2, and the 1994 Very Best of sets, rendering all three of them unnecessary. This compilation added Get Over It and Love Will Keep Us Alive, studio cuts from Hell Freezes Over, and a new song, Hole in the World. In addition, the 1978 Christmas single Please Come Home for Christmas finally earned a spot on an Eagles’ greatest-hits package.

The collection does start feeling bloated when another seven album cuts are slapped on. Songs like Midnight Flyer really don’t belong here, but other cuts, like The Last Resort and Ol’ ‘55, seem just as worthy as some of the better-known material.

This set also does something none of its three predecessors did – presents the material in chronological order. This allows for a nice progression from the country rock of the band’s early days through the more guitar-driven album rock of the latter half of the ‘70s.


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Sunday, October 19, 2003

In Concert: Lyle Lovett

image from musicalbox.bloginky.com

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.

image from papelpop.com

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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