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On this day in music history: February 23, 1985 - “Diamond Life”, the debut album by Sade is released (UK release date is on July 16, 1984). Produced by Robin Millar, it is recorded at Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North West London from Late 1983 - Mid 1984. Formed out of the remanants of the Latin soul band Pride, Sade centers around its Nigerian born (and British raised) lead singer and lyricist Helen Folasade Adu along with guitarist and saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, bassist Paul Spencer Denman and keyboardist Andrew Hale. The band sign with the UK division of Epic Records and US subsidiary Portrait Records in the Fall of 1983. The album is issued in the US following its success in the UK, it spins off three singles including “Smooth Operator” (#5 Pop and R&B), “Hang On To Your Love” (#5 Club Play, #14 R&B), and “Your Love Is King” (#35 R&B, #54 Pop, #8 AC). US and UK versions of the album differ slightly, with the original UK release containing an earlier version of “Smooth Operator”. The US version contains the second recording of the track, first issued as a UK single, which becomes the common version around the world. First editions of the US vinyl LP come packaged in a gatefold jacket, which are discontinued briefly after its release, being replaced with a single pocket sleeve with the inner gatefold contents regulated to the inner sleeve. “Diamond Life” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number five on the Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: February 23, 1980 - “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Freddie Mercury, it is the first US chart topper for the British rock band. The idea for the song comes to Mercury while taking a bath in his room at the Munich Hilton. Quickly getting out of the bath, he runs to the piano and begins playing the chords, writing them down before he forgets them. The song is recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany during sessions for “The Game”. Initially, the bands US label Elektra Records refuses to release it. They do not think that the Elvis Presley inspired rocker will be a hit, and are also reluctant to release a single with no album accompany it immediately. But they are forced to when US radio stations begin playing imported copies of the 45, and listener demand for the record becomes too great to ignore. Issued as a single in early December of 1979, more than seven months ahead of the album, it becomes an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #58 on December 22, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Paramore - “Misery Business”

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The release date for Specter of Torment on the Switch (March 3) was announced last night

Which means we start the quest to stay spoiler-free until April whenever the hell if you don’t have a Switch

I’m on mobile like… 80% of the day and unless there’s a way to get Xkit on your phone (I think there is but I heard it kinda doesn’t work?) could my mutuals maaaaybe hold off on reblogging any SoT spoilers until the DLC comes out on all the other consoles? And for just people in general to like not drop spoilers into my ask/submission box?

Thanks so much!! :0

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On this day in music history: February 23, 1968 - “The Dock Of The Bay”, the sixth album by Otis Redding is released. Produced by Steve Cropper, it is recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis, TN from July 11, 1965 - December 8, 1967. The first posthumous release from the legendary R&B vocalist features tracks from his final recording sessions cut just two days before his death, combined with unreleased material that dates as far back as 1965. The album also includes the hugely successful title track “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” which becomes a posthumous number one single on the pop and R&B singles chart in March of 1968. “The Dock Of The Bay” spends three weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number four on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: February 23, 1999 - “The Slim Shady LP”, the second album by Eminem is released. Produced by Dr. Dre, Mark & Jeff Bass, Mel-Man and Eminem, it is recorded at The Bassmint in Detroit, MI, Studio 8 in Ferndale, MI, The Mix Room and Dre’s House in Burbank, CA from Mid 1996 - January 1999. The major label debut from the Detroit based rapper consists of tracks recorded over a period of three years that sees Eminem suffering numerous setbacks and personal crises which influences the content. In spite of the controversy generated by the lyrics, it is a huge commercial success, spinning off three singles including “My Name Is” and “Guilty Conscience”. The album also wins two Grammy Awards including Best Rap Solo Performance for “My Name Is” and Best Rap Album in 2000. “The Slim Shady LP” debuts at its peak position of number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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People who compare John’s freckles to the stars are the best kind of people

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