Saturday, February 20, 2016

Rihanna hit #1 with Anti



Released: January 27, 2016

Peak: 12 US, 14 RB, 7 UK, 11 CN, 5 AU

Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 0.3 UK, 3.75 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop


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

  1. Consideration (with SZA) (2/20/16, 38 RB, 88 UK)
  2. James Joint
  3. Kiss It Better (2/20/16, 62 US, 21 RB, 46 UK, 48 AU)
  4. Work (with Drake) (1/27/16, 1 US, 9 RR, 1 RB, 2 UK, 1 CN, 5 AU)
  5. Desperado (2/27/16, 36 RB)
  6. Woo
  7. Needed Me (2/20/16, 7 US, 1 RB, 38 UK, 25 CN, 44 AU)
  8. Yeah, I Said It (2/27/16, 41 RB)
  9. Same Ol’ Mistakes
  10. Never Ending
  11. Love on the Brain (6/11/16, 5 US, 9 AC, 7 A40, 3 RB, 22 CN)
  12. Higher

Total Running Time: 43:36


3.572 out of 5.00 (average of 31 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Anti “began in the autumn of 2014 and proceeded in semi-public, progress being measured in Instagram posts and tweets, along with intermittent singles, each released to white-hot anticipation but none metamorphosing into massive hits.” AMG However, when the album was released, it didn’t have any of the singles released from 2015, which included “Four Five Seconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney and “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Neither “functioned as appropriate anchors for the album,” AMG which would be Rihanna’s first release “to feel constructed as a front-to-back album.” AMG After predecessors “where album cuts often felt like afterthoughts” AMG this made Anti “an ambitious album-statement” RS’20 “whose heart lies within its deep cuts.” RS’20

“On Anti, she recast pop as her own hazy playground, referencing Dido and hair metal, covering Tame Impala, and merging dancehall and torch ballads.” RS’20 “Mood matters more than either hooks or rhythm: it’s a subdued, simmering affair,” AMG “brilliantly sustaining the tipsy two-in-the-morning vibe of this moody midcareer reinvention.” RS’20 Rihanna said, “I just gravitated toward the songs that were … the things I want to listen to…The things that I want to smoke to.” RS’20

The songs are “subtly shaded yet interlocked to create a vibe caught halfway between heartbreak and ennui. The latter has always been a specialty of Rihanna – her distance from her material was at once appealing and alienating – so hearing her lean into Love on the Brain and Higher is something of a revelation: her voice is hoarse and ravaged, yet she’s also controlled and precise, knowing how to hone these imperfections so her performance echoes classic soul while feeling fresh.” AMG

“These songs come at the end of the album, after a series of songs that drift and wonder, the sound of an artist trying to figure out not only what her album is but who she is. By the end of Anti, Rihanna may not arrive at any definitive conclusions about her art but she’s allowed herself to be unguarded and anti-commercial, resulting in her most compelling record to date.” AMG

Notes: “Goodnight Gotham,” “Pose,” and “Sex with Me” were added to the deluxe edition.

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First posted 4/23/2022.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2/10/1906: “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” hits #1 – for the first time

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Byron G. Harlan “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie”

Writer(s): Andrew B. Sterling/ Harry Von Tilzer (see lyrics here)

First charted: 2/3/1906

Peak: 19 US, 13 GA (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 (sheet music sales)

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

Review: Harry Von Tilzer, born Harry Gumm in Detroit in 1872, was one of the few successful songwriters of his era, serving as inspiration to other composers such as Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. TR-321 He wrote thousands of songs in his lifetime, of which more than two thousand were published. TR-321 Von Tilzer fell in love with show business at an early age and at age 14 ran away to join the circus. By the next year he was touring with a repertory company playing piano and composing songs. His big break came when his song “My Old New Hampshire Home,” with lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling and William C. Dunn, was published in 1898 and sold more than two million copies. PS

He and Sterling worked together again on this Tin Pan Alley landmark song. One legend says the pair were inspired to write this when they were sitting in a hotel lobby and overheard a groom tell his bride, “Just wait ‘til the sun shines, Nellie.” TR-321 A variation of that tale had just Sterling hear a man utter the phrase to his wife when they had to postpone a trip to Coney Island. RCG Another account says Von Tilzer read a newspaper article about down-on-its-luck family in which the reporter declared, “the sun would once again shine for them after the storm.” PS

“Nellie” was originally written for an unsuccessful Broadway show called The Kissing Girl. Tilzer’s original tune was “a slow and deliberate march” RCG but in later years became a jazz favorite in a faster version. RCG Winona Winter introduced the song in vaudeville and then it became popular via versions by Byron Harlan and Harry Talley. They each took the song to #1 while Prince’s Orchestra recording from the same year also went top 5.

Mary Martin and Bing Crosby dueted on the song for the 1941 film The Birth of the Blues. In 1942, Gale Storm sang it in Rhythm on Parade and the song served as the title for a 1952 film. It has become “a staple of ensembles and barbershop quartets or for sing alongs in schools and homes”. PS

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