grammy award for best album cover


On this day in music history: November 3, 1992 - “Love Deluxe”, the fourth album by Sade is released (UK release date is on October 26, 1992). Produced by Sade and Mike Pela, it is recorded at Studio Condulmer in Venice, Italy, Ridge Farm Studios in Capel, Surrey, UK, The Hit Factory in London and Image Recording in Los Angeles, CA from May - August 1992. Returning from a more than three year long hiatus after the release of their previous album “Stronger Than Pride”, Sade begin work on their fourth release in the Spring of 1992. Working on a very tight timeline, the band write and record the album in a relatively brief and intense four months. Most of “Love Deluxe” is recorded in Venice during the Spring and Summer, moving to London and Surrey, with the final recording taking place in Los Angeles. During the sessions, Sade herself often writes her lyrics while listening to the already completed tracks, then recording vocals singing into a Shure SM 57 microphone in either a vocal booth in the studio control room. Lyrically many of the songs focus on themes of “unreciprocated love”, with the intensely private singer giving listeners a glimpse into her tumultuous marriage to Spanish film director Carlos Pliego. Along with meditations on relationships (or the lack thereof), one of the emotional centerpieces of “Love Deluxe” is the powerful ballad “Pearls”. The songs’ narrative follows the struggle of a Somalian woman foraging for food by the road side to feed her daughter, and rejoicing at the few meager grains she scrapes from the dirt. The song is later given a deep house remix, which is rejected by the band for commercial release. However, the remix slips out as a bootleg and becomes a big underground club hit. Led by the mesmerizing first single “No Ordinary Love” (#28 Pop, #9 R&B, #14 AC), it wins Sade their second Grammy Award in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and is also prominently featured in the film “Indecent Proposal”. The elegant and understated cover art work features a striking sepia toned photo of Sade covered in bronze body paint, taken by famed fashion photographer Albert Watson. The album spins off three other singles including “Kiss Of Life” (#78 Pop, #10 R&B, #20 AC), “Cherish The Day” (#116 Pop, #45 R&B) and “Feel The Pain” (#59 R&B). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2000, and is reissued on vinyl by Music On Vinyl in 2010. “Love Deluxe” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the R&B album chart, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

  1. 15.09.2015 - YG releases iKON’s Warm-up single “My type”
  2. iKON stays number #1 on national and international charts for more than 10 days (takes place of songs that stayed on #1 for weeks)
  3. 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)
  4. 26.09.2015 - iKON wins on MBC “Music Core” with their warm-up single “My type” (first rookie band to win without promoting)
  5. 27.09.2015 “My type” hits 6 Million views on youtube after only 12 days 
  6. 27.09.2015 - iKON’s first win with “My type” on Inkigayo
  7. 01.10.2015 - YG releases iKON half album + 2 title track MV’s (rythm ta & Airplane)
  8. 01.10.2015 - iKON’s half-album clinches the #1 spot on the iTunes chart of 11 countries
  9. 03.10.2015 - iKON holds debut concert “Showtime” in front of over 13,000 people (tickets were sold out in seconds)
  10. 04.10.2015 - iKON performs their officially debut stage on Inkigayo
  11. 04.10.2015 - iKON’s second win with “My type” on Inkigayo (just 3 days after their official debut)
  12. 05.10.2015 - iKON takes #1 spot on “Melon popularity award” for the first week of october
  13. 8.10.2015 - iKONs #4 win in total after debut. This time on M! Countdown for “Rhythm ta”
  14. 5-10.10.2015 - iKON Half Album is #1 on “Tower Records” Japan’s Top 10 KPOP Albums for 2nd week of October!
  15. 12.10.2015 - iKON wins “Melon weekly choice awards” for the 3rd time
  16. 27.10.2015 - iKON achives a Trophy all-kill for “Melon weekly popularity Award”! 5 weeks = 5 trophies
  17. 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)
  18. 30.10.2015 - iKON is nominated for “Best new male artist” for MAMA 2015
  19. 07.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon Music Award for “Best new male artist”
  20. 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
  21. 16.11.2015 - YG releases “Anthem”“Apology” MV’s at 00:00 KST
  22. 16.11.2015 - “Apology” hits Melon roof for the first time at 00:00 KST
  23. 16.11.2015 - “Apology” & “Anthem” Nr. 1 & Nr. 2 on Naver Music Top 100 (just hours after the release)
  24. 16.11.2015“Apology” ranked #1 in all (8) major music charts & “Anthem#2
  25. 16.11.2015 - IKON creates sensation upon comeback. Third time to sweep Nr. 1 on all major music charts in Korea in a row
  26. 17.11.2015“Apology” MV reaches 1M views on Youtube (just one day after its release)
  27. 18.11.2015 - “Anthem” MV reaches 1M views on Youtube (just two days after its release)
  28. 21.11.2015 - iKON holds fanmeet at „National indoor stadium“ in Bejing (with 18,000 seats)
  29. 23.11.2015 - iKON wins Melon’s “Popular Artist of the week” for the 6th time!
  30. 26.11.2015 - iKON’s new song “APOLOGY” takes No.1 on two of Gaon’s weekly charts
  31. 27.11.2015 - “My Type” MV reaches 15M views on Youtube
  32. 29.11.2015 - IKON’s “Apology” takes Nr. 1 spot on Inkigayo Charts, (5th win) IKON has three Number 1 singles now!
  33. 02.12.2015 - iKON wins the “Rookie of the Year” Award at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)
  34. 24.12.2015 - iKON releases their debut album 100 days after the release of their first song “My Type”
  35. 24.12. 2015 - iKON releases 2 new MV’s What’s wrong & Dumb & Dumber
  36. 24.12.2015 - iKON takes No.1 on seven music charts with new songs of their debut full album
  37. 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
  38. 24.12.2015 - iKON is stays No.1 on iTunes chart of Asian countries including Macao, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  39. 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
  40. 30.12.2015 - IKON receives the “Best Group Award” at Netease Attitude Awards
  41. 6+7.01.2016 - All tickets for iKONCERT (10,000 seats) sold out in exactly 10 minutes (for both days)
  42. 07.01.2016 - iKON’s first full-length album debuts at Nr. 2 on Billboard’s “World albums chart”
  43. 08.01.2016 - „My type’ ranked #3 place on Music Bank (even 5 month after release)
  44. 13.01.2016 - iKON releases their debut Japanese album, “Welcome Back” (japan debut)
  45. 14.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
  46. 14.01.2015 - iKON wins the “Best New Male Artist” Award at the 2016 Seoul Music Awards (4th Music Award win in total)
  47. 14.01.2016 - iKON’s japanese debut album “WELCOME BACK” sales 53,207 units on its first day
  48. 15.01.2016 - iKON takes No. 1 on the Oricon Charts in Japan (at the same time as their japanese debut)
  49. 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”)
  50. 21.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown (dumb & dumber)
  51. 27.01.2016“My Type” hits 20 M views on Youtube
  52. 28.01.2016 - iKON wins #1 on M!Countdown with “Dumb & Dumber” (3 weeks in a row/triple crown)
  53. 17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Best New Male Artist” at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
  54. 17.02.2016 - iKON wins “Artist of the Year” for September 2015 (digital) at Gaon Chart Awards 2016
  55. 17.02.2016 - iKON reportedly 1st ever group to have a “Rookie Award Grand Slam” since SHINee 8 years ago!
  56. 29.02.2016“Rhythm-Ta” hits 20M views on youtube
  57. 02.03.2016“Airplane” hits 10M views on youtube
  58. 10.03.2016 - “Apology” hits 10M views on youtube
  59. 23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Album of the year by media” at the QQ Music Award
  60. 23.03.2016 - iKON wins “Best new force group” at QQ Music Award
  61. 28.03.2016 - YG releases ‘Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ Album in Japan
  62. 30.03.2016 - iKON Welcome Back - Complete Edition’ #1 on iTUNES Japan Album Chart (KPOP) even before Bigbang
  63. 01.04.2016 - iKON sets a record (among rookie groups) by surpassing 120,000 sales of their albums
  64. 01.04.2016“Dumb & Dumber” hits 10M views on youtube (#200DaysWithiKON)
  65. 15.04.2016 - iKON wins “Asian most popular korean group” at China Music Awards 2016 exactly 7 month after their debut!#7MonthWithiKON
  66. 30.05.2016 - YG releases #WYD MV (no promotion only for fans)
  67. 30.05.2016 - #WYD first genie roof hit 2 hours after it’s release!
  68. 30.05.2016 - #WYD ranked #1 on Melon only 2 hours after it’s release
  69. 30.05.2016 - #WYD is ranked #1 on 7 Music sites only 3 hours after it’s release
  70. 30.05.2016 - iKON ranked #5  “2016 RELEASES WITH THE MOST 1ST HOUR LISTENERS” and #1 in male groups
  71. 01.06.2016 - #WYD hits 1 M views on youtube, only a day after it’s release
  72. 06.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the1st week of june
  73. 11.06.2016 - iKON with #WYD at #2 on inkigayo (without any promotions during their asia showtime tour)
  74. 13.06.2016 - iKON wins “Melon popularity award” for the 2nd week of june
  75. 23.06.2016 - iKON ranked #9 (with dumb&dumber) “Top 10 Artists with Highest Scores on MCountdown (All Time)”
  76. 29.06.2016 - iKON wins 1st episode of “Heroes of Remix” with cover of “beijing beijing”
  77. 12.07.2016 - iKON wins 3rd episode of “Heroes of Remix” with “Master chou” x “Rhythm Ta” remix
  78. 24.07.2016 - iKON wins 5th episode of “Heroes of Remix”
  79. 28.09.2016 - iKON releases “Dumb&Dumber” mini Album in Japan / over 38k copies sold on the first day
  80. 28.09.2016 - iKON tops the ‘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’
  81. 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
  82. 21.11.2016 - iKON wins ‘Tencent QQ Music Star Award’ at MMA 2016
  83. 26.12.2016 - iKON ‘Welcome Back’ album wins in rookie category of “Best selling album” at ‘49th ORION annual ranking 2016′
  84. 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)
  85. 29.12.2016 - iKON’s ‘Welcome Back’ Album on #3 of Orion Best selling K-pop Albums in 2016 with over 90k sold copies
  86. 05.01.2017 - iKON at #2 in Top 10 M!Countdown highest scores for 2016 (boy groups)
  87. 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)
  88. 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)
  89. 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)
  90. 26.02.2017 - iKON receives 2 awards from ‘Japan Gold Disc Awards 2017. 'New Artist of the year’ & 'Best 3 New Artists’
  91. 22.05.17 - iKON releases two MV’s ‘BLING BLING’ & ‘B-DAY’ 
  92. 22.05.17‘BLING BLING’ hits 3M views only 24h after its release! ‘B-DAY’ hits 2M views
  93. 22.05.17 - iKON single album at #1 on iTunes World wide charts in 10 Countries
  94. 23.05.17 - iKON ‘BLING BLING’‘B-DAY’ go straight to #1 & #2 spot at Chinese QQ MV charts
  95. 15.08.17 - iKON releases New kids: Begin Japan Mini Album
  96. 15.08.17 - NEW KIDS : BEGIN mini album got #1 on Oricon daily chart with total of 31,251 album sales on its first day of release
  97. 15.08.17 - NEW KIDS : BEGIN mini album tops #1 on iTunes Japan
  98. 15.08.17 - Tower Records Album Chart: #1 iKON NEW KIDS: BEGIN
  99. 22.08.17 - iKON #1 on Oricon’s weekly Album charts with EP NEW KIDS: BEGIN (oricon is considered one of the big top 3 music charts together with billboard and uk charts
  100. 14.09.17 - Bobby drops first solo Album ‘LOVE AND FALL’
  101. 14.09.17 - ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #1 iTunes Charts in 22 countries
  102. 14.09.17 - I Love you #1 on genie and rising on other charts
  103. 15.09.17 - ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #5 iTunes Album Charts worldwide with names like imagine dragons, ed Sheran & jack Johnson
  104. 16.09.17 - Bobby ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #1 of biggest digital male kpop artist world wide
  105. 17.09.17 - Bobby ‘LOVE AND FALL’ enters TOP 10 top charting Kpop albums on iTunes at #9, as one of only 3 solo artists (GD, Taeyang, Bobby)
  106. 19.09.17 - Bobby ‘LOVE AND FALL’ on #2 billboard world album charts

 And the “monster rookies” continue to take over the music world.


June 1st 1967: Sgt. Pepper released

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.

anonymous asked:

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 from their 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.

Water ghoul

(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:

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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.

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On this day in music history: August 10, 1979 - “Off The Wall”, the fifth solo album by Michael Jackson is released. Produced by Quincy Jones, it is recorded at Allen Zentz Recording, Westlake Audio and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, CA from December 1978 - June 1979. Following their work together on the film and soundtrack for “The Wiz”, Jones and Jackson begin work on his first solo album for Epic Records. From the outset, the ultimate goal they have in mind is to craft an album that move the singer away his past childhood success, and be regarded as a mature, adult performer. The album features musical support from the cream of L.A. studio talent including Larry Carlton, David Williams, Marlo Henderson, Wah Wah Watson, Phil Upchurch (guitars), Louis Johnson, Bobby Watson (bass), John Robinson (drums), Greg Phillinganes, George Duke, David Foster, Michael Boddicker, Steve Porcaro, David “Hawk” Wolinski (keyboards), Paulinho DaCosta (percussion) and The Seawind Horns (brass & woodwinds). Recorded over a period of six and a half months, Jones cuts the basic tracks in Los Angeles, while Jackson is on the road with his brothers, touring in support of “Destiny”. He comes in off the road during breaks in the tour to record his vocals and oversee the sessions in progress. Buoyed by Jones’ flawless production and Jackson’s outstanding and spirited vocals throughout, it is released to universal praise, surprising the public who are taken aback at Michael Jackson’s stunning musical transformation. A huge commercial success as well, it becomes one of the biggest selling albums of the era, during a time when the music industry is experiencing a major downturn in sales. It spins off four top 10 singles including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (#1 Pop and R&B), “Rock With You” (#1 Pop and R&B), “Off The Wall” (#10 Pop, #3 R&B), and “She’s Out Of My Life” (#10 Pop, #46 R&B). “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough” wins Jackson his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1980, with the album being inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2008. The first CD release includes earlier mixes of “Rock With You” and “Get On The Floor” featured on the first pressing of the album, using the LP gatefold artwork with Jackson’s full body shown. It is remastered and reissued in 2001, featuring interview excerpts with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton, and the demos of “Don’t Stop” and “Working”. The reissue features amended cover art showing only the lower half of the gatefold with the singers legs and feet. It is remastered and reissued again in 2016 on CD and vinyl, restoring the original artwork, with the CD being released with a DVD or Blu-ray disc with the Spike Lee directed documentary on the making of the album. “Off The Wall” spends sixteen weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number three on the Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


Meliora (Latin for “the pursuit of something better”) was released two years ago on August 21, 2015. 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 generally well received, placing on several music publications’ lists of the best heavy metal albums of the year and winning “Best Hard Rock/Metal” Album at the 2015 Grammis Awards. Lead single “Cirice” won the 2016 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance”. In September 2016, the band released a special edition of the album, called Meliora Redux.
“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.
Track listing:
1. “Spirit”
2. “From the Pinnacle to the Pit”
3. “Cirice”
4. “Spöksonat”
5. “He Is”
6. “Mummy Dust”
7. “Majesty”
8. “Devil Church”
9. “Absolution”
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
What’s your favorite song from “Meliora”? Let us know in the comments! 👻
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'Purple Rain' tour

Purple Rain tour kicked off November 4, 1984 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan for seven concerts. The tour ended April 7, 1985 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida which was renamed for the show, “Purple Bowl Stadium.” The five month tour followed the release of the Purple Rain album on June 25, 1984, and the Purple Rain movie on July 27, 1984.


Prince, Sheila E., and Apollonia 6 performed 98 shows in 32 venues on the 1984-1985 Purple Rain  tour. They sold over 1.7 million tickets. Cities included New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis, Miami, and Toronto.


Prince and Madonna were both signed to Warner Bothers Records, and each released one of the best selling albums in history in 1984. Six months after Prince released Purple Rain, Madonna became a household name with her Like A Virgin released on November 12, 1984.

On February 23, 1985, she shocked the audience attending the Purple Rain concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California by joining Prince to perform “Baby I’m A Star.”


Bruce Springsteen released his classic Born In The U.S.A. album on June 4, 1984, just three weeks before the Purple Rain was released. 

On February 23, 1985, history was made as three of the greatest stars in music– Prince, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen united on stage at The Forum in Inglewood, California to perform one of the songs from the Purple Rain soundtrack, “Baby I’m A Star.”


Prince released his Purple Rain soundtrack on June 25, 1984. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1984, he became the first artist to simultaneously have the number one album (Purple Rain), number one song (“When Doves Cry”), and the number one movie (Purple Rain). The single “Purple Rain” was certified gold, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the R&B chart.

Prince won two Grammy Awards in 1985 for Purple Rain: Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special, and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for the title song. He also won a third Grammy that year for Best R&B Song for composing Chaka Khan’s cover of “I Feel for You.”

Prince also starred in the movie with Apollonia, The Time, his band The Revolution. The film opened January 1, 1984 and grossed over $80 million.

On March 25, 1985, Prince received an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner presented the award, which he accepted with Wendy and Lisa from his band The Revolution.


Sheila E and her band performed as one of the opening acts on the Purple Rain tour. She would also return to join Prince on  “I Would Die 4 U”/“Baby I’m a Star.”


Prince planned for Vanity to star in Purple Rain, but after disagreements caused her to stop working with him, Patricia Kotero was cast in her role and was renamed Apollonia. Vanity 6 was also renamed Apollonia 6, and the group opened the Purple Rain tour, Apollonia also joined Prince and Sheila E. later in the show to perform “I Would Die 4 U”/“Baby I’m a Star.”


The Purple Rain tour was the first tour including Wendy and Lisa in Prince’s most famous band, The Revolution, which was featured in the movie.

The Purple Rain Revolution lineup

Prince-guitar and keyboards, Wendy Melvoin-guitar, Lisa Coleman-keyboards, Dr, Fink-keyboards, Brown Mark-bass, Bobby Z-drums


For the Purple Rain movie and tour, Wendy Melvoin replaced Dez Dickerson on guitar. She formed a duo with keyboard player Lisa Coleman known as Wendy and Lisa. They left the group after recording the Parade album in 1986.


Set list for the November 11, 1984 concert at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan:

“Let’s Go Crazy”, “Delirious”, “1999”, “Little Red Corvette”, Instrumental interlude: “Yankee Doodle”, “Free”, “Father’s Song”, “God”, “Computer Blue”, “Darling Nikki”, “The Beautiful Ones”, “When Doves Cry”, Encore 1- “I Would Die 4 U”, “Baby I’m a Star”, Encore 2 -“Purple Rain”

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


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.
Track listing:
1. “Spirit”
2. “From the Pinnacle to the Pit”
3. “Cirice”
4. “Spöksonat”
5. “He Is”
6. “Mummy Dust”
7. “Majesty”
8. “Devil Church”
9. “Absolution”
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
What’s your favorite song from “Meliora”? Let us know below!
#Ghost #GhostBC #TheBandGhost #GhostTheBand #GhostBand #PapaEmeritus #PapaEmeritusII #PapaEmeritusIII #NamelessGhouls #NamelessGhoul #Meliora #LomaVista #LomaVistaRecordings #ReaktorRecordings #SpinefarmRecords #ChildrenofGhost #ChildrenofGhostDotCom #CoG

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin 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 Montgomery, Alabama.

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On this day in music history: November 9, 1981 - “Business As Usual”, the debut album by Men At Work is released (US release is on April 22, 1982). Produced by Peter McIan, it is recorded at Richmond Recorders in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from Spring - Autumn 1981. The first release by the Australian rock band is an immediate smash in their native continent, spinning off four hit singles and spending spending five weeks at number one on the Australian album charts, selling over 150,000 copies (3x Platinum in that country). CBS Records in the US initially passes on releasing the album, feeling that it won’t be a hit with American audiences. It is only after Deputy President Dick Asher orders either Al Teller at Columbia or Don Dempsey at Epic to option it for release, that is finally is released by Columbia stateside. After getting off to a slow start, the album begins to steadily climb the chart, gaining momentum throughout the Spring and Summer of 1982, both through extensive touring of the US, and the heavy rotation of their videos on MTV. It spins off the smash singles “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under” (both Pop #1), and wins the band a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1983. The original international release of the album features the cover artwork with a white background. The North American release is printed with a yellow background. Originally released on CD in 1983, it is remastered and reissued in 2003 with four additional bonus tracks. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 2016, as part of their “Silver Label Vinyl” reissue series. It is reissued again by Music On Vinyl in 2017, as a double vinyl set. The first disc contains the original ten song album, coming with the “Still Life” EP. “Business As Usual” spends fifteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


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.

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“You Should Be Here” by Kehlani
Nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album
2016 Grammy Awards

The album artwork is a solid win in our eyes 😍 Sk8-Hi’s on point.


On this day in music history: September 10, 1966 - “Revolver”, the seventh album by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 6 weeks. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from April 6 - June 21, 1966. The album marks the beginning a new phase in the bands’ career musically and artistically, and is praised as one of their greatest works. Standing in stark contrast to their previous release, the largely acoustic based “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver” sees The Beatles exploring new musical and sonic territory, with most of the songs being electric guitar based. Though others touch on the use of orchestral instruments (“Eleanor Rigby”), Indian music (“Love You To”), and psychedelia (“She Said, She Said”, “I’m Only Sleeping”, “Tomorrow Never Knows”). It spins off the double A-sided single “Yellow Submarine” (#2 Pop) and “Eleanor Rigby” (#11 Pop). Paul McCartney receives a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance for “Eleanor Rigby”, and artist Klaus Voorman receives a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts for the albums innovative cover artwork in 1967. The album is remastered and reissued in 2009, with the stereo version being available both individually, and as part of the stereo box set. The original mono mixes (out of print since the late 60’s, with the except of a limited UK vinyl LP reissue in 1982) is released on CD for the first time as part of “The Beatles In Mono” box set. The eleven track US edition is released in January of 2014 both individually, and as part of the “The Beatles - The US Albums” box set. And the UK mono LP is reissued as part of the mono LP box set in September of 2014. “Revolver” is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the release of Watch the Throne’s second single ‘Otis.’  The track was premiered by Funkmaster Flex on his Hot 97 radio show, and was released onto the Internet the day afterward to critical and public acclaim. The cover art for ‘Otis’ was designed by Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci, who had previously produced the artwork for ‘H*A*M’ and would also design the Watch the Throne album cover. ‘Otis’ debuted at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a partial week of sales and airplay. It would reach #12 on the chart and has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA for over two million sales.  At the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012, ‘Otis’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Song’ and won the Grammy for ‘Best Rap Performance.’

I’m sure y’all remember the moment you first heard the epic track. ‘Otis’ opened with a slowed-down refrain from Redding’s famous ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ single, no doubt bringing back beautiful memories from our childhood. “Sounds so soulful, wouldn’t you agree?!” Hov exclaims as Kanye chops and reworks the piano sample, ushering in the heavy bass line and drums. The two musical legends proceed to spit eight quick, decadent bars each, before handing the mic over to the other. Redding’s daughter, Karla Redding-Andrews, was asked to clear the sample and said she was very happy to have “two current, legendary artists” use the “legendary music” of her father. Karla also revealed there was some initial back and forth about the title of the song, over whether it was to be titled ‘Otis Redding’ or simply 'Otis.’

Bu Thiam, Def Jam Vice-President of A&R at the time, was with Hov and Yeezy throughout the album’s recording process and saw how the duo came up with several of the Watch the Throne tracks. Here he recalls the story of the origin of the now-classic ‘Otis,’ recorded circa-June 2011 at the Mercer Hotel in New York City:
“[Kanye] was late for his flight, we were in the studio working all day and so he was late for his flight. As we were leaving he was like, 'Yo hold on for a second.’ So he drops his bags and goes to the MPC … and he’s just fucking with [the beat]. What’s so crazy is the whole time he’s doing that Jay is writing his verses in his head. But Jay is watching the NBA playoffs, I think it was the championship; Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. So Jay is watching the playoffs. I’m not even thinking Jay is paying attention to what 'Ye is doing and by the time he is finished Jay is like 'I invented swag…’ And I’m like, 'What the fuck just happened?!'“

Taylor Swift's '1989': 4M Sales in Just 12 Weeks

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: October 1, 1984 - “I Feel For You”, the fifth album by Chaka Khan is released. Produced by Arif Mardin and David Foster, it is recorded at Atlantic Studios, Greene Street Recording Studios, Daily Planet Studios, Chelsea Sound Studios, Clinton Recording Studios, and First Choice Studios in New York City, Bill Schnee Studio, Lion Share Recording Studios, Lighthouse Recorders, Music Grinders Studios, Soundworks Digital, Bossa Nova Hotel Studios in Los Angeles, CA, A&M Studios and Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA from Early - Mid 1984. Following the modest sales of her self-titled 1982 album, Warner Bros Records pressures the singer to come up with a major hit record for the follow up. Working closely with her longtime producer Arif Mardin, she does just that. Khan’s cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop) becomes the biggest hit of her solo career, earning her a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female in 1985. The album features a group of top flight studio players including Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Sembello, Dan Huff (guitars) David Frank (keyboards), Mic Murphy (backing vocals) and Paul Pesco (guitar) of The System, Khan’s former Rufus band mates John Robinson (drums), Tony Maiden (guitar) and David “Hawk” Wolinski (keyboards), Nathan East, Reggie Griffin (bass), former Average White Band members Steve Ferrone (drums) and Hamish Stuart (guitar, backing vocals), and David Foster (keyboards). It also spins off two further singles including, “Through The Fire” (#15 R&B, #60 Pop, #16 AC) and “This Is My Night (#11 R&B, #60 Pop). "I Feel For You” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number sixteen on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.