Wonton – Cheeky The Hot

Wonton – Cheeky The Hot

Watchin Me – Billy Bank$

Watchin Me – Billy Bank$

Sad Frosty – Fake Chain

Sad Frosty – Fake Chain

Boomerang – 24hrs ft. Wale

Boomerang – 24hrs ft. Wale

On this day in music history: April 22, 1989 -…

On this day in music history: April 22, 1989 – “Like A Prayer” by Madonna hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, it is the seventh chart topping single for the pop music icon from Rochester, MI. Many of the songs on her fourth studio album “Like A Prayer” based on her Catholic upbringing in a large Italian American family. Madonna writes about her own personal faith, and about how religion and sex are intertwined and are often at odds with each other. The title track of the album will reflect all of these things. Co-writing the song with frequent collaborator songwriter and co-producer Pat Leonard, the pair decide during recording that the song to put a gospel choir on it. They meet with famed gospel star Andraé Crouch who agrees to add his choirs’ vocals to the track. “Like A Prayer” is launched by a high profile commercial ad campaign with Pepsi who is to sponsor the singer’s tour in support of the album. The songs music video (directed by Mary Lambert), co starring actor Leon Robinson (aka Leon) playing the role of a saint, contains scenes juxtaposing religious iconography, showing Madonna with stigmata on her hands like Jesus after being crucified, dancing in front of burning crosses, and sexuality (the singer laying down on the alter with the saint), causes the company to withdraw their support of her tour and pull the commercial starring the singer from the airwaves. However, Madonna is allowed to keep the five million dollars she is paid by Pepsi. The controversy fueled by the music video and the falling out with Pepsi does not hurt the songs commercial performance. Quite the opposite in fact. Released as a single on March 3, 1989, it is an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #38 on March 18, 1989, it races to the top of the chart five weeks later. Regarded as one of Madonna’s signature songs, “Like A Prayer” has a long life beyond its run on the charts. In April of 2010, the pop superstars’ music is the focus of an episode of the hit series “Glee”. Its ratings success revives interest in Madonna’s original recording of “Like A Prayer”, leading to it re-entering the Hot 100 at #47 on May 10, 2010. “Like A Prayer” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: April 22, 1985 -…

On this day in music history: April 22, 1985 – “Around The World In A Day”, the seventh studio album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at the Flying Cloud Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, Mobile Audio Studio, St. Paul, MN, Sunset Sound and Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA from January – December 1984. The second album credited to Prince & The Revolution, it is issued only ten months after “Purple Rain”. Though Warner Bros wants Prince to continue to tour in support of his hugely successful album, to maximize its sales worldwide, Prince has other ideas. Bored with touring, the musician insists that his next album be released as soon as the last single from the previous album falls from the charts. The new album is the first in a number of musical departures that Prince takes in his career. Much of the albums first half has a distinctively psychedelic influence, with the rest being balanced out with funk, pop and gospel sounds. Initially it is released with minimal publicity and without a single until nearly a month later. Prince suggests that “Paisley Park” be the first single (which is released in the UK), but with US radio already giving “Raspberry Beret” heavy airplay as an LP cut, Warner Bros in the US insists that it be issued instead. The album receives favorable reviews, and a positive reaction from fans. It spins off three singles including “Raspberry Beret” (#2 Pop) and “Pop Life” (#7 Pop). The initial CD packaging of the album comes in a three panel cardboard long box that unfolds (showing the song lyrics, like the LP’s inner gatefold) with the actual CD inside of a mini cardboard sleeve (of the album cover artwork), inserted into a slot inside the longbox. This packaging is discontinued after the initial press run, and the CD comes in a regular jewel case on subsequent re-pressings. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued in September of 2016, replicating the original LP packaging and the “Balloon Boy” hype sticker.  “Around The World In A Day” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: April 22, 1972 -…

On this day in music history: April 22, 1972 – “Day Dreaming” by Aretha Franklin hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on May 6, 1972. Written by Aretha Franklin, it is the twelfth R&B chart topper for “The Queen Of Soul”. Temptations lead vocalist Dennis Edwards is the inspiration for the song, whom Franklin is dating at the time. The track is recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL and features musicians such as Chuck Rainey (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Hubert Laws (flute), and Donny Hathaway (electric piano) backing Franklin. Issued as the follow up to her previous hit “Rock Steady” (#1 R&B, #9 Pop), it is second single from the album “Young, Gifted, And Black”, and becomes Aretha Franklin’s thirteenth million selling single. “Day Dreaming” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: April 22, 1936 – Singer, son…

Born on this day: April 22, 1936 – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Glen Campbell (born Glen Travis Campbell in Delight, AR). Happy Birthday to this legendary musician on what would have been his 82nd Birthday.

Born on this day: April 22, 1922 – Jazz music …

Born on this day: April 22, 1922 – Jazz music icon Charles Mingus (born Charles Mingus, Jr. in Nogales, AZ). Happy Birthday to this visionary genius on what would have been his 96th Birthday.

Dip In The Sauce – YB Nation

Dip In The Sauce – YB Nation