Saturday, September 27, 2008

Taylor Swift charts with “Love Story”: September 27, 2008

First posted 9/27/2011; updated 3/22/2020.

Love Story

Taylor Swift

Writer(s): Taylor Swift (see lyrics here)


Released: September 12, 2008


First Charted: September 27, 2008


Peak: 4 US, 11 RR, 16 AC, 3 A40, 12 CW, 2 UK, 4 CN, 12 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 8.0 US, 0.65 UK, 9.3 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.7 radio, 553.0 video, -- streaming

Awards:

About the Song:

With her debut album, teen singer Taylor Swift became a major country star, landing two songs atop the country charts and another three in the top 10. While setting up a seemingly inevitable sophomore slump, Swift opted instead to conquer the pop world as well. “Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift’s talent is summed up here in four star struck minutes. Wide-eyed innocence served up in slick, perfectly calibrated Nashville pop? We’ll take four million, please.” MX

Swift wrote the song about a love interest but she never had a relationship with him. He was not popular with her friends and family. Swift wrote the song from the perspective of Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As she said, “The only people who wanted them to be together were them.” WK She replaced the play’s tragic ending with a happy one – the ending she felt the characters deserved and the one which females hoped for. WK

Paste magazine’s Kate Kiefer said it is impossible not to sing along with the song. WK Slant magazine’s Jonathan Keefe saw the song’s success hinging on its prominent hook while The Boston Globe’s James Reed saw its strength in the songwriting. WK The BBC’s Fraser McAlpine said that the song, “although obvious, a bit dramatic, and probably targeted towards younger audiences, was just lovely and that Swift proved herself a true princess of pop with the song.” WK About.com’s Sean Dooley deemed the song responsible for transitioning Swift from a “fresh-faced star to crossover star.” WK

“Love Story” was only the fifth song to top both the adult contemporary and country charts, following Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”, Faith Hill’s “Breathe”, and Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One”. SF It became Swift’s best-selling single WK and was once the best-selling country single of all time. WK Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) declared it the Country Song of the Year while it took Video of the Year honors at the CMT Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.


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Friday, September 12, 2008

Rhythm & Blues Foundation – Pioneer Awards

Rhythm & Blues Foundation:

Pioneer Awards

As stated on the website, “The Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Awards Program has recognized over 150 legendary artists whose lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music. This ceremony honors the career achievements of solo artists, vocal groups, songwriters and producers who are nominated and selected by members of our board of directors.” The award was first given in 1989 and last awarded in 2008.

See other lifetime achievement awards.


A

  • Herb Abramson (1998)
  • Faye Adams (1998)
  • Johnny Adams (1999)
  • Ashford & Simpson (1999)

B

  • LaVern Baker (1989)
  • Mickey Baker (1999)
  • Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (1992)
  • Dave Bartholomew (1996)
  • Fontella Bass (2001)
  • Jackson K Beavis (1997)
  • Al Bell (Leadership Award, 2008)
  • Thom Bell (Entrepreneur Award, 2006)
  • William Bell (1997)
  • Frankie Beverly (2006)
  • Otis Blackwell (1994)
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland (1992)
  • Gary “U.S.” Bonds (1997)
  • Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1995)
  • Hadda Brooks (1993)
  • Charles Brown (1989)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (1997)
  • James Brown (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1993)
  • Maxine Brown (1991)
  • Ruth Brown (1989)
  • Solomon Burke (1993)
  • Jerry Butler (1994)
  • Bobby Byrd (1998)

C

  • The Cadillacs (1996)
  • Clarence Carter (1994)
  • Gene Chandler (1997)
  • The Chantels (1996)
  • Ray Charles (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1991)
  • Chubby Checker (2006)
  • The Chi-Lites (2000)
  • Dave Clark (1993)
  • George Clinton (2003)
  • The Clovers (1989)
  • The Coasters/The Robins (1994)
  • Sam Cooke (Legacy Tribute Award, 1999)
  • Don Covay (1994)

D

  • Tyrone Davis (1998)
  • The Delfonics (2006)
  • The Dells (1992)
  • The Del Vikings (2003)
  • Sugar Pie DeSanto (2008)
  • Bo Diddley (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1996)
  • The Dixie Cups (2003)
  • Floyd Dixon (1993)
  • Bill Doggett (1994)
  • Fats Domino (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995)

E-F

  • The Emotions (2001)
  • Ahmet Erteg√ľn (2000)
  • Betty Everett (1996)
  • The Five Keys (1991)
  • The Five Satins (1998)
  • The Flamingos (1996)
  • Eddie Floyd (1996)
  • The Four Tops (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997)
  • Inez and Charlie Foxx (1995)
  • David “Panama” Francis (1993)
  • Aretha Franklin (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992)
  • Lowell Fulson (1993)
  • The Funk Brothers (Sidemen Award, 2008)

G-H

  • Marvin Gaye (Legacy Tribute Award, 2000)
  • Berry Gordy Jr. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006)
  • Al Green (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001)
  • The Harptones (1998)
  • Donny Hathaway (Legacy Tribute Award, 2008)
  • Erskine Hawkins (1993)
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1998)
  • Isaac Hayes (1999)
  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry (2003)
  • Al Hibbler (1991)
  • Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland (2001)
  • Brenda Holloway (1999)
  • John Lee Hooker (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999)
  • Cissy Houston (1995)

I-J


K-L

  • Ernie K-Doe (1998)
  • Chaka Khan (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008)
  • Albert King (1991)
  • Ben E. King (1994)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1998)
  • Kool & the Gang (2008)
  • Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells (1999)
  • Bettye LaVette (2006)
  • Barbara Lewis (1999)
  • Little Anthony & the Imperials (1993)
  • Little Richard (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994)
  • Darlene Love (1995)
  • Nellie Lutcher (1992)
  • Barbara Lynn (1999)
  • Gloria Lynne (1997)

M

  • The Manhattans (1999)
  • Teena Marie (2008)
  • The Marvelettes (1995)
  • Barbara Mason (2006)
  • Curtis Mayfield (1991)
  • Jimmy McCracklin (1991)
  • Big Jay McNeely (2001)
  • Jay McShann (1996)
  • Little Milton (1997)
  • Garnet Mimms (1999)
  • The Moonglows (1995)
  • Johnny Moore (1999)
  • Sam Moore (1991)

N-O-P

  • Johnny Nash (2003)
  • David “Fathead” Newman (1998)
  • The O’Jays (1998)
  • Johnny Otis (1994)
  • Clyde Otis (2000)
  • Earl Palmer (1994)
  • Maceo Parker (2003)
  • Wilson Pickett (1993)
  • Bill Pinkney (1999)
  • Doc Pomus (1991)
  • David Porter (1999)
  • Lloyd Price (1995)
  • Arthur Prysock (1995)

Q-R


S

  • “Little” Jimmy Scott (1989)
  • Mabel Scott (1995)
  • Dee Dee Sharp (2001)
  • The Shirelles (1994)
  • Joe Simon (1999)
  • Percy Sledge (1989)
  • Sly & the Family Stone (2001)
  • Huey “Piano” Smith (2000)
  • The Spaniels (1991)
  • The Spinners (1997)
  • The Staple Singers (1992)
  • Jesse Stone (1992)
  • The Supremes (2003)

T-U-V

  • Johnnie Taylor (1996)
  • Koko Taylor (2003)
  • Carla Thomas (1993)
  • Charlie Thomas (1999)
  • Irma Thomas (1994)
  • Rufus Thomas (1992)
  • Allen Toussaint (2001)
  • Doris Troy (1996)
  • Phil Upchurch (1997)

W-X-Y-Z

  • Junior Walker (1995)
  • Van “Piano Man” Walls (1997)
  • Dee Dee Warwick (1999)
  • Dionne Warwick (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003)
  • Justine “Baby” Washington (1995)
  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson (1996)
  • Mary Wells (1989)
  • Kim Weston (1998)
  • The Whispers (2008)
  • Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams (1992)
  • Jackie Wilson (Legacy Tribute Award, 2003)
  • Bill Withers (2008)
  • Jimmy Witherspoon (1993)
  • Bobby Womack (1996)
  • Stevie Wonder (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000)
  • Betty Wright (2000)

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First posted 11/6/2012; last updated 5/23/2021.