15.09.2015 - YG releases iKON’s Warm-up single “My type”
iKON stays number #1 on national and international charts for more than 10 days (takes place of songs that stayed on #1 for weeks)
15.09.2015 - iKON hits melon roof for the 18th time leaving bands like exo with 15 hits and beast with 16 hits behind (first ever rookie band to hit melon chart on their debut)
26.09.2015 - iKON wins on MBC “Music Core” with their warm-up single “My type” (first rookie band to win without promoting)
27.09.2015 - “My type” hits 6 Million views on youtube after only 12 days
27.09.2015 - iKON’s first win with “My type” on Inkigayo
01.10.2015 - YG releases iKON half album + 2 title track MV’s (rythm ta & Airplane)
01.10.2015 - iKON’s half-album clinches the #1 spot on the iTunes chart of 11 countries
03.10.2015 - iKON holds debut concert “Showtime” in front of over 13,000 people (tickets were sold out in seconds)
04.10.2015 - iKON performs their officially debut stage on Inkigayo
04.10.2015 - iKON’s second win with “My type” on Inkigayo (just 3 days after their official debut)
05.10.2015 - iKON takes #1 spot on “Melon popularity award” for the first week of october
8.10.2015 - iKONs #4 win in total after debut. This time on M! Countdown for “Rhythm ta”
5-10.10.2015 - iKON Half Album is #1 on “Tower Records” Japan’s Top 10 KPOP Albums for 2nd week of October!
12.10.2015 - iKON wins “Melon weekly choice awards” for the 3rd time
27.10.2015 - iKON achives a Trophy all-kill for “Melon weekly popularity Award”! 5 weeks = 5 trophies
28.10.2015 - iKONs half album (with 26.000 copies) on #16 of “Worlds Top 20 most selling albums” (even before artists like Sam Smith)
30.10.2015 - iKON is nominated for “Best new male artist” for MAMA 2015
07.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon Music Award for “Best new male artist”
11.11.2015 - iKON gets #4 on “Top 15 total downloads for male idol groups 2015” with 1,537,095 downloads in total & gets #9 on “Top 15 downloaded songs by male idol groups in 2015” for “my type” with 720,225 downloads right after EXOs “Call me baby” with 728,526 downloads
24.12.2015 - iKON takes No.1 on seven music charts with new songs of their debut full album
24.12. 2015 - “DUMB&DUMBER” takes No.1 on Melon, Korea’s biggest music-streaming website, as well as Soribada and NAVER Music. “I MISS YOU SO BAD” is in the top on Bugs, Genie, and Mnet, and “WHAT’S WRONG?“ on Olleh Music
24.12.2015 - iKON is stays No.1 on iTunes chart of Asian countries including Macao, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
28.12.2015 - iKON banner is open on iTunes main page of USA, Japan, and Pan Asia countries Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
30.12.2015 - IKON receives the “Best Group Award” at Netease Attitude Awards
6+7.01.2016 - All tickets for iKONCERT (10,000 seats) sold out in exactly 10 minutes (for both days)
07.01.2016 - iKON’s first full-length album debuts at Nr. 2 on Billboard’s “World albums chart”
08.01.2016 - „My type’ ranked #3 place on Music Bank (even 5 month after release)
13.01.2016 - iKON releases their debut Japanese album, “Welcome Back” (japan debut)
14.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
14.01.2015 - iKON wins the “Best New Male Artist” Award at the 2016 Seoul Music Awards (4th Music Award win in total)
14.01.2016 - iKON’s japanese debut album “WELCOME BACK” sales 53,207 units on its first day
15.01.2016 - iKON takes No. 1 on the Oricon Charts in Japan (at the same time as their japanese debut)
20.01.2016 - iKON wins “Rookie of the year” at Golden Disk Awards 2016 (5th Music Award win in total // 4th time to win “Rookie of the year”)
21.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
27.01.2016 - “My Type” hits 20 M views on Youtube
28.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown with “Dumb & Dumber” (3 weeks in a row/triple crown)
17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Best New Male Artist” at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Artist of the Year” for September 2015 (digital) at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
17.02.2016 - iKON reportedly 1st ever group to have a “Rookie Award Grand Slam” since SHINee 8 years ago!
29.02.2016 - “Rhythm-Ta” hits 20M views on youtube
02.03.2016 - “Airplane” hits 10M views on youtube
10.03.2016 - “Apology” hits 10M views on youtube
23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Album of the year by media” at the QQ Music Award
23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Best new force group” at QQ Music Award
28.03.2016 - YG releases ‘Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ Album in Japan
30.03.2016 - iKON ‘Welcome Back - Complete Edition’#1 on iTUNES Japan Album Chart (KPOP) even before Bigbang
01.04.2016 - iKON sets a record (among rookie groups) by surpassing 120,000 sales of their albums
15.04.2016 - iKON wins “Asian most popular korean group” at China Music Awards 2016 exactly 7 month after their debut!#7MonthWithiKON
30.05.2016 - YG releases #WYD MV (no promotion only for fans)
30.05.2016 - #WYD first genie roof hit 2 hours after it’s release!
30.05.2016 - #WYD ranked #1 on Melon only 2 hours after it’s release
30.05.2016 - #WYD is ranked #1 on 7 Music sites only 3 hours after it’s release
30.05.2016 - iKON ranked #5 “2016 RELEASES WITH THE MOST 1ST HOUR LISTENERS” and #1 in male groups
01.06.2016 - #WYD hits 1 M views on youtube, only a day after it’s release
06.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the1st week of june
11.06.2016 - iKON with #WYD at #2 on inkigayo (without any promotions during their asia showtime tour)
13.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the 2nd week of june
23.06.2016 - iKON ranked #9 (with dumb&dumber) “Top 10 Artists with Highest Scores on MCountdown (All Time)”
29.06.2016 - iKON wins 1st episode of “Heroes of Remix” with cover of “beijing beijing”
12.07.2016 - iKON wins 3rd episode of “Heroes of Remix” with “Master chou” x “Rhythm Ta” remix
24.07.2016 - iKON wins 5th episode of “Heroes of Remix”
28.09.2016 - iKON releases “Dumb&Dumber” mini Album in Japan / over 38k copies sold on the first day
28.09.2016 - iKON topsthe ‘Oricon daily CD single rankings’ with “Dumb&Dumber” JPN mini album ( placed first on oricon chart twice in less than a year) + tops ‘Billboard Japan single sales chart’
18.11.2016 - iKON wins“Best new artist award”at Japan record awards (JPN grammys) second Kpop group to win that award since Bigbang 7 years ago
21.11.2016 - iKON wins ‘Tencent QQ Music Star Award’ at MMA 2016
26.12.2016 - iKON ‘Welcome Back’ album wins in rookie category of “Best selling album”at ‘49th ORION annual ranking 2016′
26.12.2016 - iKON made over 640M Yen ($5.6M USD) from DVD’s, single album & full album. Concerts NOT included (they held 30 concerts alone in Japan for 2016)
29.12.2016 - iKON’s ‘Welcome Back’ Album on #3 of Orion Best selling K-pop Albums in 2016 with over 90k sold copies
05.01.2017 - iKON at #2 in Top 10 M!Countdown highest scores for 2016 (boy groups)
29.01.2017 - iKON at #5 with ‘My Type’ (1,613,177) in Top 40 most downloaded kpop boy group songs 2013-2017 (Right after exo and bigbang)
10.02.2017 - iKON confirmed to have a Japan Dome Tour in the middle of 2017. Break EXO’s record as the fastest non-Japanese group to make a dome tour after debut (exo = 3 years after debut // iKON = 1 year after debut)
24.02.2017 - iKON ‘My Type’ at #5 ‘Most downloaded boy group songs(2013-2017)’ with over 1.6M downloads. The only rookie group in top 10 (bigbang on 1/¾ & exo on 2)
26.02.2017 - iKON receives 2 awards from 'Japan Gold Disc Awards 2017. 'New Artist of the year’ & 'Best 3 New Artists’
22.05.17 - iKON releases two MV’s ‘BLING BLING’ & ‘B-DAY’
22.05.17 - ‘BLING BLING’ hits 3M views only 24h after its release! ‘B-DAY’ hits 2M views
22.05.17 - iKON single album at #1 on iTunes World wide charts in 10 Countries
23.05.17 - iKON ‘BLING BLING’ & ‘B-DAY’ go straight to #1 & #2 spot at Chinese QQ MV charts
And the “monster rookies” continue to take over the music world.
On this day in the 1967 the British band The Beatles released their iconic album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Their eighth album, Sgt. Pepper was an experimental piece as one of the world’s first concept albums, and represented a marked break from the Beatles’ earlier work. The concept of the album came from Paul McCartney and is that the album is being performed by a fictional band - the titular 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Each Beatle took on a new persona in the band, most prominently drummer Ringo Starr as Billy Shears. Having decided to stop touring in 1966, the band were freer to write songs that would be difficult to play live, including the famous 'A Day In The Life’. Other songs on the album have acquired equally legendary status, including 'With a Little Help from My Friends’, 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and 'When I’m Sixty-Four’. The album cover was designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth based on a sketch by McCartney, and featured cut-outs of famous figures. The figures depicted include Bob Dylan, Edgar Allan Poe, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Peel, Stuart Sutcliffe, Laurel and Hardy, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde and wax versions of the Beatles themselves; John Lennon was denied his request to feature Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ. Sgt. Pepper was an instant success, spending 22 weeks at the top of the UK album chart and winning four Grammy Awards; it is still considered one of the band’s best albums and one of the greatest albums of all time.
Bruno Mars Will Receive 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award At iHeartRadio Music Awards
With every album he releases, and in between, Bruno Mars continues to showcase his tremendous talent in the music industry. Over the course of his career, he has released hit after hit under his own name, has helped create chart-topping songs for other artists, and has consistently given fans some of the most incredible live performances. That is why the iHeartRadio Music Awards will honor the Hawaii-born megastar with its most prestigious award of the evening: the 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award.
Hello. I'm new to Ghost fandom and I'm trying to learn everything I can lol. Can you help me? How do you know which ghoul is which?? Are there any certain interviews I should watch? Anything that I need to know, please tell me. Thank you. :)
Well hello there!
Well, I know how it was being confused on which ghoul was which when I first really acknowledged myself to be into the band. So, shall we get started? I am still learning new things here and there, so this is the best I can personally give to you as anon. However, you should know I’m one of the blogs here that won’t post unmasked pictures or anything personal of the band’s lives. If you want to chat about that, then message me off anon.
Ghost is a type of heavy-metal band that was formed in Linköping, Sweden actively in 2008. They have three studio albums and in between they have had two EPs (extended plays). Fans often seperate the studio album releases as eras for the band, due to their theatrical change in “Satanic-themed” costumes and stage performances based on the music itself. The creation of the band itself was done out of the admiration and inspiration of horror films and classic songs.
Opus Eponymous was the first studio album released in the year 2010. With a 70s-early 80s vibe, these songs mainly had Satanic themes. There is one song called “Elizabeth” which references murderer Elizabeth Báthory. Two songs, “Con Clavi Con Dio“ and “Genesis“ happen to be sped up waltzes. In the Japanese release, it came with a bonus cover of The Beatles Song, “Here Comes the Sun.” This album was nominated for Grammis.
The line up for the first era had a quick change, as rumored, for bass players. Throughout the era’s, the characters of Ghost have kept their given nicknames, mainly due to fans. This was the era Papa Emeritus I played as Ghost’s lead singer. Often seen most in black and red robes, his voice was deep and haunting. The Nameless Ghouls wore black cloaks with their faces completely covered, until a few had cut holes out for their eyes for better vision. In the summer time, everyone’s robe colors changed to white. There has also been a rare occasion of their robes being red.
Infestissumam was the second studio album released on April 10, 2013. This album is viewed to be the largest reference to the devil in lyrics and tongue-in-cheek stage performance. In 2014, it won a Grammi Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album. Papa Emeritus II, a much younger singer, came to stage. A few versions have been released afterwards with bonus songs, including the ones fromtheir EP, If You Have Ghost.
If You Have Ghost was their first EP released November 20, 2013 that served as a continuation and summary of Infestissumam. These songs are all covers done of Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode.
Meliora was the third studio album, making it the third era for Ghost. Papa II was fired from the band, and his younger brother took over, claiming title as Papa Emeritus III. Along with the newest Papa, two ghouls were replaced for drums and bass. It won not only Best Hard Rock/Metal Album at the 2015 Grammis Awards but also the Lead single “Cirice” won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Popestar is the most currently released EP from Ghost, which took place on September 16, 2016. It includes their newest single hit, “Square Hammer”. It includes cover songs of Echo & The Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. A line up change has taken place again. The rhythm guitarist has gone from the band (which most assume will return) and was replaced by the bass player. The newest bass player in this in between era time is the first known female Nameless Ghoul.
Era IV…. Not a whole lot has been revealed about the upcoming era, other than mentioning it will be darker than Meliora, as a response to the post-apostolic world. A deity of sorts may return….But we’ll see.
Papa Emeritus I (era 1)
Papa Emeritus I was the first anti-pope figure to ever sing for the band Ghost, found back in era 1. He seems to be a very old monster-like man. His voice is deep and chilling. His signature robe color is red.
Papa Emeritus II… (era 2)
Papa Emeritus II is the second singer for the band Ghost, a much younger Papa in appearance. His face paint does homage to the classic horror films. He is more lively on stage than the first Papa and can hold a powerful sensual glance. Without his face paint, he is often seen wearing his beloved sunglasses (we can’t guarantee pants though). His signature robe color is green.
(of era’s 1-2)
There were a couple who ere hard to tell apart during this time. One who stood out on stage more than the other, enjoyed playing the bass sultry during some songs and have spooky glances. Water ghoul is seen with the alchemy symbol for water on his sash, being an upside down triangle. Some refer to him/them as old Water.
Earth ghoul (of eras 1-2)
Although he stayed longer than the early bass players, this ghoul was very talented at his drumming speed, favoring the cymbals. His eyes were said to be very large and were clear bluish green. His alchemy symbol for earth can be found also on his sash. It is an upside down triangle with a slash through it. Some refer to him as old Earth. He is rarely found in interviews.
Papa Emeritus III (era 3-now)
Firing his older brother, Papa III took stage. His much more flirtatious and energetic on stage than any Papa we have seen yet. He has shown himself to be very intelligent of many things, including music itself and is deeply kind to all fans. Outside of his longer robes, he adorns himself in his acoustic clothes, which are actually a tribute to a Swedish king. He was played a yellow kazoo a number of times. Many refer to him as just Papa. He has only done a couple of interviews. His signature robe color is purple.
Earth ghoul (era 3-now).
The newest drummer of the band, Earth can be told apart from the other ghouls being second shortest but the also the thinnest ghoul. He is crazily talented with holding the drumsticks, often twirling them as he plays. He has kept the same alchemy symbol as old Earth. There has been only one interview found.
Water ghoul (era 3) Aether ghoul (current)
One of the newest bass players, Water/Aether has been a great joy to the band. At first being shy, he has greatly opened from his shell. He has on tour, replaced Omega and Alpha when they were unable to attend. Taking Omega’s place with the current era, many fans disagreed on renaming him Omega. So instead, they have opted for using Aether, which is another alchemy name for quintessence. He has kept the alchemy symbol for water from old Water ghoul, and now has adopted the one Omega formally used. The bass can be told apart, because the darker curled design is of a ocean wave. He is also seen playing a number of other guitars, including a Flying V. His eyes are pale ice blue. Sometimes he wears a ring. As with Earth, only one interview has been found.
Alpha ghoul (formally nicknamed Fire) (all eras)
Alpha is the lead guitar player for Ghost. Alpha was formally called Fire. He has been one of the few ghouls who have stayed since the band’s beginning. He plays quickly on his beloved Gibson and also plays an acoustic at times too. His eyes are a soft baby blue. He can be told apart form the other ghouls by his hand tattoos, which are a broken heart. Alpha is the same height as Papa. The symbol for fire can be found on his lead guitar. He also wears a few rings at times and has recently been wearing a white rose. He is present in a number of interviews.
Air ghoul (all eras)
Air ghoul is the keyboardist for Ghost. He has played upon a few different models over the years, even playing a white Roland Ax Synth keytar for the long “Mummy Dust”. He seemingly the quietest of the ghouls, but very warm and kind. He can be easily told apart from the other ghouls being the tallest of any member of Ghost. He also is the only one with brown eyes. Sometimes he is seen wearing finger less gloves to warm his hands. It is known he is quite the sharpie thief at meet & greets. His alchemy symbol is for air, which is a triangle with a slash across it.
Omega ghoul (eras 1-3)
Omega ghoul is the beloved rhythm guitarist. He is energetic on stage, often stomping to the beat of many songs. He is also seen playing an acoustic guitar. Omega can be told apart from the other ghouls by a few things. He is taller than Papa, but shorter than Air. He wears multiple silver rings on his fingers. The guitar has the symbol for Omega, hence, where fans gave him the nickname. His other nickname is Quintessence. His alchemy symbol is a circle with a wavy end. Besides Special, he is found in numerous interviews. He likes ABBA a lot. He may like Peeps. The last few times he was seen, he has worn a red rose.
Water ghoul/Little Ghuleh/Water droplet/Mist ghoul/etc (current era 3.5)
Taking the place as the newest bassist, she is the only known female Nameless ghoul. She can be told apart from the others being the shortest of any member of the band after Earth. She has pale blue eyes with long lashes. Instead of wearing the same dress shoes as the other ghouls, she has heels. Her nails are often painted. There is much debate around her real nickname, so fans have made up many of their own.
Special ghoul (all eras)
Although he plays no instruments, he is the main songwriter and helps compose all other instruments for albums. He loves music on vinyls, cats, pasta, and Satan. He likes to steal Alpha’s cassock.
Cowbell ghoul (skipping around in era 3.5)
This pesky ghoul loves to sneak onto stage and play his blessed cowbell. Often annoying Papa, he is soon shooed away off the stage. His popularity has made him appear in more than one show. He made up his own symbol to look liek a Cowbell. He too is a stealer of Alpha’s clothing.
Sister Imperator (all eras)
A so-called member of the “Clergy” of Ghost, she is the advisor. She often scolds the ghouls but always pushes everyone to be greater to reach what goals they really want.
Sisters of Sin
These are the sisters making up the Clergy. At concerts, they often help Papa bring out offerings of food and gift. The Sisters of Sin on stage are mostly fans.
Interviews!….I could be here for a long time if I summarized each one so here are 6 of my favorites hail Satan in no particular order:
On this day in music history: June 1, 1983 - “Synchronicity”, the fifth studio album by The Police is released. Produced by The Police and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat and Le Studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from December 1982 - February 1983. Released as the follow up to “Ghost In The Machine”, the albums title is inspired by works written by Arthur Koestler and Carl Jung, both of whom Sting is reading during the writing and recording of the album. The recording sessions are tense throughout, especially between Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland, which lead to a physical confrontation between the two during the recording of “Every Breath You Take”. Co-producer and engineer Hugh Padgham nearly walks off the project due to all of the fighting. Eventually, recording is completed with the band members tracking their parts in separate rooms. Upon its release it is a huge critical and commercial success, becoming The Police’s most successful album. It spins off four singles including “Every Breath You Take” (#1 Pop), “King Of Pain” (#3 Pop), “Synchronicity II” (#16 Pop) and “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (#8 Pop). The CD and cassette versions of the album contain the bonus track “Murder By Numbers” (also issued as the B-side of “Every Breath You Take”. The albums cover art features a series of individual pictures of the band on the front and back, taken by photographer Duane Michals. There are thirty six different variations of the pictures and color strips of the jacket art designed by Jeff Ayeroff and Norman Moore, that are printed (including a promotional only cover without the color stripes printed on the front and back). For the entire original press run of the LP, A&M Records presses the album on JVC KC-600 audiophile vinyl to insure high quality pressings with a quiet playing surface. The cassette configuration is manufactured on BASF CrO2 chrome tape, also for better durability and sound quality. The album is nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning three including Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Song Of The Year in 1984. The album is remastered on CD in 1995, and as an SACD in 2003. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in the Back To Black series in 2008. “Synchronicity” spends seventeen weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Klaus Voormann with his design for the Beatles LP ‘Revolver’. Voormann was asked by John Lennon to design the cover, which won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
Q: What was the Beatles reaction [to the design]?
KLAUS VOORMANN: I went to EMI house, up
to George Martin’s office and I stood the artwork up on a filing cabinet. There
was Brian Epstein, George Martin, his secretary and the four lads. I was
scared, because nobody said anything. They were just looking at it. I thought, Shit they hate it! Then Paul looked closer and said, ‘Hey that’s me sitting on the toilet!’ George Martin took a look and said, ‘You can’t show that!’ Paul
said, 'No, this is great!’ But then he gave it some thought and said, 'Well, maybe
we should take that one off…’ So that broke the ice. Then they started talking
about it. Everybody loved it, George loved it, Ringo loved it, John loved it. I
looked at Brian, who was standing in the corner and he was crying… I thought,
Oh no… what is he doing? He came up to me and said, 'Klaus, this is exactly
what we needed. I was worried that this whole thing might not work, but now I know that this cover, this LP, will work - thank you.’ - Klaus Voormann interview with Martin O’Gorman, MOJO, July 2006
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Luther King Jr. was an inspiration and a key figure in civil rights
advancement in the United States and around the world as well. He was
born Michael King and his name remained as that until a few years later
when his father, also Michael King, changed his own name to Martin
Luther King Sr. to honor a great protestant reformer. His son’s name was
also changed to Martin Luther King Jr. M.L.K. Jr. was admitted to
Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated at the age of 19. He
received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology at the age
of 26 at Boston University. In addition to being an American pastor, he
was a humanitarian, activist and a prominent leader. Following the
teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he consistently used nonviolent methods in
his lifetime. He married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953 and settled in
They call her St. Vincent, and she exists among the forward-thinking, boundary-pushing art-pop elite–here, as we look ahead to the upcoming year in music, Guitar World digs in deep with Annie Clark, a modern day guitar hero.
[By Brad Angle, photos by Travis Shinn]
Annie Clark is officially one step ahead of us. We’ve always suspected as much, but this fact was confirmed the moment she emerged from hair and makeup for her inaugural Guitar World cover shoot holding a guitar… and wearing a dress that featured a print of a bikini body, just like the kind you’d find hanging in the window of a kitschy beach shop.
On this day in music history: May 31, 1983 - “Speaking In Tongues”, the fifth studio album by Talking Heads is released. Produced by Talking Heads, it is recorded at Blank Tapes Studios, Sigma Sound Studios in New York City and Compass Point Studios in Nassau, The Bahamas from July 1982 - February 1983. Their first album of new studio material since “Remain In Light” three years earlier, the band create their most accessible and commercially successful album. It spins off two singles including their biggest hit “Burning Down The House” (#9 Pop) and “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” (#62 Pop). “Tongues” is also supported by their largest tour to date, which also produces the live concert film and album “Stop Making Sense” in 1984. Pop Artist Robert Rauschenberg wins a Grammy Award (for Best Album Package) for the limited edition LP package which includes a clear vinyl LP (with three additional clear plastic discs with collages printed on each) housed in a clear plastic cover. The original cassette version of the album contains longer versions of the tracks “I Get Wild/Wild Gravity”, “Slippery People”, “Girlfriend Is Better”, “Moon Rocks” and “Making Flippy Floppy” that were edited for time to fit on a single LP. In 2006, a remastered DualDisc CD of the album is issued including the longer versions of the songs from the cassette release, along two additional bonus tracks. The second side of the disc is a DVD-A featuring high resolution stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album and the music videos for “Burning Down The House” and “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”. In 2009, the album is also issued as a limited edition SHM-CD, replicating the Rauschenberg designed packaging in mini-LP form. “Speaking In Tongues” peaks at number fifteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Meliora (Latin for “the pursuit of something better”) was released one year ago today. It is @thebandghost’s 3rd full-length studio album & was produced by Klas Åhlund. It marked the retiring of Papa Emeritus II, who was replaced by his younger brother, Papa Emeritus III.
The album was well received & won several awards for best album. The song “Cirice” won Ghost’s first Grammy for “Best Metal Performance”.
“Meliora” was certified gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in November 2015, for sales of 20,000. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart, with an estimated 29,000 copies sold in its first week.
2. “From the Pinnacle to the Pit”
5. “He Is”
6. “Mummy Dust”
8. “Devil Church”
10. “Deus in Absentia”
Bonus Track: “Zenith”
Album cover designed by @zbigniewmbielak
Cover art for “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”, “Cirice”, “He Is”, “Majesty”, & “Zenith” designed by @davidmbrinleyart
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On this day in music history: June 1, 1979 - “I Am”, the ninth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released. Produced by Maurice White, it is recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA and Davlen Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA from August - September 1978. Still riding a major wave of creative and commercial success, Earth, Wind & Fire return to the recording studio in the late Summer of 1978 to begin work on the follow up to “All ‘N’ All”. Wanting to explore some new musical ground, bandleader Maurice White collaborates on many of the new albums songs with musician David Foster and songwriter/lyricist Allee Willis. The release of the album is held back by nine months when the band and their label CBS Records decide to release a greatest hits album (The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1") for the 1978 Christmas holiday season instead, taking the first two songs recorded during the “I Am” sessions (“September” and “Love Music”), and including them on that set. Proceeded by the single “Boogie Wonderland” (Featuring The Emotions) (#2 R&B, #6 Pop) in May of 1979, “I Am” is finally released on June 1, 1979. Like its predecessors, it is another huge success for Earth, Wind & Fire, spinning off a total of four singles including “After The Love Has Gone” (#2 R&B and Pop), “In The Stone” (#23 R&B, #58 Pop), and “Star” (#47 R&B, #64 Pop). The album wins three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group and Best R&B Song (for “After The Love Has Gone”) and Best R&B Instrumental Performance (for “Boogie Wonderland”). Like their two previous albums, the LP’s stunning cover and inner gatefold artwork is painted artist Shusei Nagaoka. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with two additional bonus tracks added. It is again remastered and reissued on CD as part of the box set “Earth, Wind & Fire - The Columbia Masters” in 2011, without the additional tracks. Music On Vinyl also reissues the album as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2011, with Friday Music issuing a 180 gram LP pressed on clear vinyl in 2016. "I Am" spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B Album chart, peaking at number three on the Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Evidently somebody forgot to tell Taylor Swift fans that albums just don’t sell anymore. Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, is on track to top the 4 million mark in U.S. sales in this, its 12th week of release. It’ll be the first album to reach 4M in just 12 weeks since Usher’s 2004 blockbuster Confessions.
Swift’s achievement is more impressive than Usher’s because album sales overall were much stronger in 2004 than they are nowadays. Seventy albums sold 1 million or more copies in 2004, compared to just four in 2014. (Sadly, that’s not a typo.)
Each of Swift’s four previous studio albums has also reached 4M. Swift will become just the second artist to top 4M with each of his or her first five studio albums since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The first was Garth Brooks. (Brooks’s first two studio albums were released before the start of the Nielsen SoundScan era, but they have each sold more than 4M copies since the meters were turned on in January 1991.)
1989 sold 3,944,000 copies in the U.S. in its first 11 weeks. It is expected to sell in the 80K range this week, which will bump it up to about 4,024,000.
Swift’s previous studio albums all took much longer to reach 4M in U.S. sales. Her debut album, Taylor Swift, took 125 weeks to reach the plateau. Her sophomore album, Fearless, took 50 weeks. Her third and fourth albums, Speak Now and Red, each took 69 weeks.
So how has Swift been able to defy downward sales trends? It helps that “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space,” the first two singles released from her new album, both reached #1 on the Hot 100. (They logged a combined total of 11 weeks in the top spot.)
And Swift is extremely adept at marketing and promotion. She is not only willing to do interviews and media and awards show appearances, she’s good at it and actually seems to enjoy it.
Also, 1989 is Swift’s first focused pop album. Before this, she was trying to appeal to pop and country fans simultaneously. She was succeeding rather well, too, but she felt she could do even better if she would focus on just one field. “But at a certain point, if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both” is the way she put it to Rolling Stone’s Josh Eels in a cover story last September.
Swift may have the Grammys in the back of her mind when she made that comment. At the Grammy Awards in January 2013, Red was nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Red was also nominated for Best Country Album, but lost to Kacey Musgraves’s Same Trailer Different Park. Two years earlier, her previous album, Speak Now, wasn’t even nominated for Album of the Year. It lost Best Country Album to Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night.
1989 was released too late for the Grammys that will be presented on Feb. 8, but it will be in play next year. It will probably be nominated for both Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. “Shake It Off” is nominated for Record and Song of the Year this year. It’s Swift’s third Record of the Year nom; her second Song of the Year nom. Swift is expected to perform on the telecast this year, though that hasn’t been announced.
Look for 1989 to slip to #2 on The Billboard 200 that is released on Wednesday. Meghan Trainor’s debut album, Title, is expected to open at #1 with first-week sales in the 180K range.
(Note: All sales tallies in this story are actual sales. They’re not based on Billboard’s new hybrid formula which also takes into account digital track sales and streaming activity.) X
On this day in music history: April 20, 1974 - “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” by MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on the same date, and topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks on May 4, 1974. Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it is the biggest hit for the studio collective that serves the house band Philadelphia International Records, and for a number of other “Philly Soul” artists. The song is a track from “Love Is The Message”, the second album by the studio band which at various times contains as many as forty members. The song also features vocals by the female vocal trio The Three Degrees (“When Will I See You Again”, “Dirty Ol’ Man”) featuring Fayette Pinkney, Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday. “TSOP” goes on to achieve worldwide notoriety when it is used as the theme for the hit music show “Soul Train” from 1973 to 1975. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on March 2, 1974, it rockets to the top of the chart seven weeks later. A second version of the song is included on The Three Degrees album “International” which is an extended version of the track used as the “Soul Train Theme”. The single wins a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1975. “TSOP” is later covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners in 1982, issued on the B-side of the UK 12" for “Jackie Wilson Said”, and on the B-side of the 12" for “Come On Eileen” in the US. “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: May 29, 1984 - “Private Dancer”, the fifth solo album by Tina Turner is released. Produced by Terry Britten, Carter, Rupert Hine, Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios, CBS Studios, Mayfair Studios, Wessex Studios, Good Earth Studios in London and The Farmyard Studios in Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, UK from September 1983, March 1984. By the 80’s, Tina Turner is still in the process of rebuilding her career after divorcing her former husband Ike Turner in 1976. With the help of her new manager Roger Davies, Turner is signed by Capitol Records. Before she can make a record for the label, Tina is nearly dropped by Capitol when new management comes in. Fate intervenes when David Bowie (newly signed to Capitol’s parent label EMI at the time) is having dinner with label executives in New York City. As dinner concludes, Bowie tells them “I’m off to see my favorite singer, Tina Turner”. The execs go with Bowie to see Turner perform at The Ritz, and witness Tina’s electrifying live performance. Not only do they reverse their decision to drop her, they put her in the studio immediately to record. For her first release, Tina works with Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of Heaven 17 on a cover of Al Green’s classic “Let’s Stay Together” (#3 R&B, #26 Pop, #1 Club Play). After the success of that single, Capitol Records requests a full album from Turner as quickly as possible to capitalize on it. The bulk of the albums tracks are recorded and mixed in just seven days in England, with A&R man John “Carter” Carter supervising and gathering material. The album features support from a number of high profile musicians including Jeff Beck, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Dire Straits, and The Fixx. “Dancer” spins off five hit singles including “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (#1 Pop, #2 R&B), “Better Be Good To Me” (#5 Pop, #6 R&B), and the title track (#3 R&B, #7 Pop). “Private Dancer” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and peaking at number three on the Top 200. “Dancer” is nominated for six Grammy Awards (winning four) including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year in 1985. Subsequent US reissues of the album replace the original cover LP and cassette photo with the inner sleeve image (used on international issues and the US CD as the front cover) with Turner sitting in a chair with a black cat at her feet. The album is remastered and reissued for its thirtieth anniversary in 2015 as a two disc deluxe edition. The first disc contains the original ten song album (US LP and cassette contained nine tracks), with the second disc featuring fifteen bonus tracks including B-sides, 12" mixes and live recordings. “Private Dancer” is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: April 26, 1994 - “American Recordings”, the eighty first album by Johnny Cash is released. Produced by Rick Rubin, it is recorded at Johnny Cash’s Living Room in Hendersonville, TN and The Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA from May 17 - December 7, 1993. Rubin approaches the country icon about working together and signs him to his label. Consisting of covers of songs previously recorded by Cash as well as an eclectic blend of songs by songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Loudon Wainwright, Tom Waits, Glenn Danzig, Kris Kristofferson and Nick Lowe, it is recorded simply with minimal instrumentation (mostly Cash with an acoustic guitar). It is regarded as one of the best albums of his career, winning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1995. “American Recordings” peaks at number twenty three on the Billboard Country album chart, and number one hundred ten on the Top 200.
On this day in music history: June 4, 1984 - “Born In The USA”, the seventh studio album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt, it is recorded at The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City from January 1982 - March 1984. Springsteen’s previous album, “Nebraska” released in 1982, featuring stark and spare acoustically driven songs recorded on a four-track cassette recorder, receives great critical acclaim but is perceived as a commercial disappointment following the success of “The River” in 1980. For the follow up, Springsteen goes about crafting an album that preserves his artistic integrity, while reaching the largest listening audience possible. The resulting album is a massive critical and commercial success, spinning off seven top 10 singles in the US (tying with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814) including “Dancing In The Dark” (#2 Pop), “Glory Days” (#5 Pop) and the title track (#9 Pop). Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band support the album with a massive worldwide tour running from June 29, 1984 until October 2, 1985. The albums iconic cover photo featuring a shot of Springsteen wearing a pair of well worn blue jeans with a red baseball cap sticking out of the right back pocket is taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz (Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair), and becomes an enduring and much imitated image. The red baseball cap had belonged to the father of Springsteen’s friend Lance Larson. Larson gives the cap to Bruce after his father’s death. Springsteen uses the cap on the album cover in tribute to his friend’s late father. “Born In The USA” is also the first compact disc to be manufactured in the US by CBS Records’ Terre Haute, IN pressing plant. “USA” also wins Springsteen his first Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male for “Dancing In The Dark” in 1985. The album is remastered and reissued on CD and 180 gram vinyl in 2014, with both configurations replicating the original vinyl LP packaging, including the inner sleeve and lyric sheet insert. “Born In The USA” spends seven weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 15x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: May 23, 1975 - “Red Headed Stranger”, the eighteenth album by Willie Nelson is released. Produced by Willie Nelson, it is recorded at Autumn Sound Studios in Garland, TX in January 1975. Well established as a country songwriting legend penning classics like “Crazy”, “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls” and “The Party’s Over”, Willie Nelson’s midas touch as a writer does not transfer to him as a recording artist. Nelson grows frustrated of trying conform to Nashville’s formulaic approach, and decides to retire from music in 1972. He returns to his home state of Texas and settles in Austin. The city’s vibrant music scene inspires him anew. Revamping his musical persona, he becomes a pioneer of the “Outlaw” movement which includes contemporaries like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. Rooted firmly in honky tonk music and rockabilly, it is a direct reaction to the slick “Nashville Sound”. Forming a new band that he dubs “The Family”, Nelson signs with Atlantic Records and records the album “Shotgun Willie” in 1973. It helps establish his new sound as well as the follow up “Phases And Stages in 1974. The acclaim those albums receive lead to him signing Columbia Records who offer complete creative control. Willie decides record a "concept album” centering around a fugitive on the run from the law after killing his unfaithful wife and her lover. He titles it “Red Headed Stranger” making reference to “The Tale Of The Red Headed Stranger”, a song he used to perform during his days as a radio DJ. Looking to work without any outside interference, Willie records in a small studio in Garland, TX. Armed with his battered and road weary Martin classical guitar named “Trigger” and spare instrumentation from his band, it is recorded in only five days for under $25,000. When the finished record is handed in to CBS, the label is initially skeptical about its chances for success. That doubt is immediately quelled with the release of the first single, a cover of “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” (#1 Country #21 Pop), written by country music legend Fred Rose. Nelson’s performance turns it into an instant classic. “Stranger” finally establishes Willie Nelson as a country music superstar, winning him his first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male in 1976. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2000, including four bonus tracks. It is also reissued on vinyl in 2008 Sony Legacy, by Music On Vinyl in 2009 and as a 180 gram pressing in 2011 by Impex Records. Regarded as an important and iconic country music album, it is selected for preservation by National Recording Registry of the Library Of Congress in 2010. “Red Headed Stranger” spends five weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Country album chart, peaking at number twenty eight on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: December 2, 1972 - “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and produced by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, it is the fourth and final number one pop single for the veteran Motown vocal group. The song is originally recorded by The Undisputed Truth (“Smiling Faces Sometimes”) in 1971 with their version peaking at #24 on the R&B singles chart and #63 on the Hot 100. When The Temptations hear the track for the first time, initially they are unhappy with the songs’ extended intro (the first vocal doesn’t begin until nearly four minutes into the LP version and nearly two minutes into the single version). The opening lyric (“It Was the third of September, that day I’ll always remember, yes I will. ‘Cause that was the day, that my daddy died.”) is particularly upsetting to lead singer Dennis Edwards. Though Edwards father died on the third of October (not the third of September as was the often repeated legend), it still hits a little too close to home. Ever the hard driving perfectionist in the studio, Whitfield has the group recut their vocals numerous times much to their annoyance, though it results in the performance captured on the finished record. The twelve minute long album track is edited down to just under seven minutes for single release. In spite of its length, the record is an across the board smash. “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” wins three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, Best R&B Instrumental Performance, and Best R&B Song in 1973. “Papa” is covered numerous times over the years including a version by musician Bill Wolfer in 1982 that features Michael Jackson on background vocals. George Michael also perform the song as part of a medley with Adamski and Seal’s song “Killer” in 1992 at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and released on the EP “Five Live”. “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.