Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 10 R&B / Souls Songs of All Time - Part 2

Here's the continuation of our Top 10 list of the best R&B/Souls of all time. List were taken from Nutsie.com. Check our previous list here.
5. Maybellene ~ Chuck Berry . "Maybellene" is a song recorded by Chuck Berry, adapted from the traditional fiddle tune "Ida Red" that tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It was released in July 1955. The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences and it was quickly covered by several other artists after its initial release. The song has received numerous honors and awards throughout the years.

4. What'd I Say ~ Ray Charles. It's a 1959 Song by Ray Charles. After his run of R&B hits, this song finally broke Charles into mainstream pop music and itself sparked a new sub-genre of R&B titled soul, finally putting together all the elements that Charles had been creating since he recorded "I Got a Woman" in 1954. The gospel influences combined with the sexual innuendo in the song made it not only widely popular but very controversial to both white and black audiences.

3. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay ~Otis Redding . It's a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was first recorded by Otis Redding in 1967, just days before his death. It was released posthumously on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous number-one single in US and UK chart history.

2. I Heard It Through the Grapevine ~ Marvin Gaye. It is a landmark song in the history of Motown. Gaye's version has since become a landmark in pop music. In 2004, it ranked No.80 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. On the commemorative 50th Anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 issue of Billboard magazine in June 2008, Gaye's version was ranked as the 65th biggest song on the chart. It was also inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant" value.

1. Respect ~ Aretha Franklin. "Respect" is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. "Respect" became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. ranklin's version adds the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" chorus and the backup singers' refrain of "Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me..."Franklin's cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female", and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. It is number five on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Top 10 R&B / Souls Songs of All Time - Part 1

R & B is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "Contemporary R&B".
Taken from Nutsie.com Top 100 R&B / Souls of All Time, Here are your Top 10 Spots.

10. Long Tall Sally ~ Little Richard. The song is a 1956 rock and roll 12-bar blues recorded by Little Richard. It became one of the singer's best-known hits and has become a rock and roll standard covered by hundreds of artists including The Beatles.

9. My Girl ~ The Temptations. It's a 1964 song recorded by The Temptations which became a number one hit. The song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. "My Girl" was ranked number 88 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

8. Shake Rattle and Roll ~ Big Joe Turner. "Shake, Rattle and Roll" is a twelve bar blues-form rock and roll song, written in 1954 and popularized by by Big Joe Turner, and most successfully by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song as sung by Big Joe Turner is ranked #126 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

7. Money Honey ~ Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters. A 1953 hit song recorded by Clyde McPhatter backed for the first time by the newly formed Drifters. Rolling Stone ranked it #252 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

6. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ~ James Brown. The song written and recorded by James Brown. It was released as a two-part single in 1965, and is considered seminal in the musical genre of funk. In 2004, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" was ranked number 72 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

5-1 will be posted in a separate entry

Thursday, June 21, 2012

More about Carly

Carly Rae Jepsen rose to an international stardom through her smash hit "Call Me Maybe". It is an upbeat pop track that draws influences from dance-pop and disco. Lyrically, the track alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a crush. "Call Me Maybe" was met with much success, reaching the number one spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. The single also went to number 1 in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In general, her single is undeniably successful, however, prior to this hit, who is Carly Rae Jepsen and who brought her to the music mainstream?
Jepsen attended Heritage Park Secondary School in Mission, British Columbia and has since performed there post-graduation. She later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC before auditioning for Canadian Idol. She joined the said competition way back 2007 and placed 3rd.
On June 16, 2008, Jepsen released her debut single and another single, a cover of John Denver's song "Sunshine On My Shoulders". It is the only cover song on her debut album.

(Carly Rae Jepsen ~ Sunshine on My Shoulders)

On July 21, 2008, Jepsen added two new songs from the album to her MySpace page: "Bucket" and "Heavy Lifting". In August 2008, Jepsen's MySpace page announced that the album's title would be Tug of War, and it was released on September 30, 2008. The page also mentioned two more songs that were included on the album: "Tug of War" and "Sweet Talker".

(Carly Rae Jepsen ~ Tug of War)
Jepsen's second album Curiosity was released on February 14, 2012. It was produced by Ryan Stewart and Kevin James Maher produced the track "Dear Julien". On the same day as the release, Justin Bieber made the announcement on the MuchMusic program New Music Live that Jepsen has been signed to Schoolboy Records, the label run by Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. (source : Wikipedia)
Justin Bieber manages Carly alongside his own manager Scooter Braun, and Carly says that he has had a huge hand in helping her get to where she is! (reference: disneydreaming.com)
Call Me Maybe received generally positive reviews from contemporary critics, who praised its composition and clever lyrical content, while deeming it a new summer hit.
"Call Me Maybe" has attained commercial success worldwide and is already one of the biggest hits of 2012, reaching number one in Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, while peaking inside the top five in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Poland. After reaching the top position in Canada, Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to do so in her home country since 2007. In the United States, the track has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Pop Songs chart. The song is the first number one by Canadian female artist since 2007's "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Call Me Maybe is indeed a massive hit. Let's just hope that Carly will be able to maintain her music career for long. Remember that Ke$ha had her spotlight during her "Tik Tok" days but immediately lost her limelight afterwards.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Billboard Hot 100 Update : Call Me Maybe at Number 1

Time for another Billboard Hot 100 update. Nothing much are changed to our Top 10 list except for the new entry of Katy Perry's Wide Awake at number 9.
Gotye's "Somebody that I Used to Know" went down to number 2, giving way to Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit ~ " Call Me Maybe.
"Call Me Maybe" is an upbeat pop track that draws influences from dance-pop and disco. Lyrically, the track alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a crush.
Anyway here's the Top 10 from Billboard Hot 100 list as of June 20th.
  1. Call Me Maybe ~ Carly Rae Jepsen ▲ (No 2 Last week)
  2. Somebody That I Used to Know ~ Gotye ▼ (No 1 last week)
  3. Payphone ~ Maroon 5 Feat. Wiz Khalifa ▬
  4. We are Young ~ Fun. feat Janelle Monae ▬
  5. What Makes You Beautiful ~ One Direction ▲ (Last week's No 6)
  6. Starships ~ Nicki Minaj ▼ (No 5 last week)
  7. Wild Ones ~ Flo Rida feat Sia ▬
  8. Where Have You Been ~ Rihanna ▲ (from No 9)
  9. Wide Awake ~ Katy Perry (New entry)
  10. Boyfriend ~ Justin Bieber ▼ (From Number 8)

Listen to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Alanis Morissette's New Album - Havoc and Bright Lights

Alanis Morissette is about to release her eighth studio album entitled "Havoc and Bright Lights" this coming August. After four years since her last album ~ Flavors of Entanglement, she came up with another list of great songs. "Havoc and Bright Lights" will be her first release under "Collective Sounds" and will be distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. The album contains 12 singles.
  1. Guardian
  2. Woman Down
  3. Til You
  4. Celebrity
  5. Empathy
  6. Lens
  7. Spiral
  8. Numb
  9. Havoc
  10. Win And Win
  11. Receive
  12. Edge of Evolution

Among these 12 songs, "Guardian" is the only song that has been revealed yet.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Billboard Hot 100 Update: Gotye Remains on Top

It's been awhile since I last time I checked the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and they've got new set of list compare to my last entry. Anyway, Gotye's Somebody that I Used To Know remained on top of the chart for five consecutive weeks now. Following Gotye is the breakthrough artist , Carly Rae Jepsen with her smash hit "Call Me Maybe".
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa debuted at number 3, while Fun's We Are Young and Nicki Minaj' Starships took the fourth and the fifth spot respectively.
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" went down to Number 8 from its strong debut at Number 2.
Here's the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 List as of June 13, 2012
  1. Somebody That I Used to Know ~ Gotye
  2. Call Me Maybe ~ Carly Rae Jepsen
  3. Payphone ~ Maroon 5 Feat. Wiz Khalifa
  4. We are Young ~ Fun. feat Janelle Monae
  5. Starships ~ Nicki Minaj
  6. What Makes You Beautiful ~ One Direction
  7. Wild Ones ~ Flo Rida feat Sia
  8. Boyfriend ~ Justin Bieber
  9. Where Have You Been ~ Rihanna
  10. Glad You Came ~ The Wanted

Here's Somebody that I Used To Know by Gotye.

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