On this day in music history: August 5, 1989 - “Batdance” by Prince hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on August 12, 1989. Written and produced by Prince, it is the fourth #1 Pop and sixth R&B chart topper for the Minneapolis, MN born singer, songwriter and musician. Prince becomes involved in the “Batman” film project after being shown a rough cut of the film by director Tim Burton, who had been using “1999” and “Baby I’m A Star” as temporary music tracks while editing the film. Cancelling a scheduled vacation, Prince flies back home to Minneapolis and begins writing music for the film. Within a month, the artist composes eight new songs (only few make the final cut) for the film. The track “Batdance” is a song collage (featuring pieces of the songs “200 Balloons” (Batdance’s non-LP B-side), “The Future”, and “Electric Chair”) written and recorded overnight, using samples of dialogue from the film. Though it is not included in the film, the song is brilliantly utilized to market both the film and album. Released as a single on June 9, 1989, it is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on June 17, 1989, it rises to the top of the chart seven weeks later. The song is accompanied by an elaborately staged music video directed by Albert Magnoli (“Purple Rain”) and choreographed by Barry Lather (Janet Jackson, Tiffany). The clip features Prince in dual roles as himself and as a character called “Gemini”, half representing The Joker and the other half representing Batman, with the name being a nod to Prince’s own astrological sign. The music video earns an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Video From A Film in 1990. The single is also released as a 12" with extended remixes by Mark Moore of S-Express (Batmix) and William Orbit (Vicki Vale Mix). That 12" is reissued on Record Store Day on April 22, 2017, replicating the original sleeve design. Due to Prince having to sign over his publishing rights to his “Batman” soundtrack music to DC Comics, the company that owns the Batman franchise, “Batdance” has not appeared on any other Prince albums or compilations since the release of the soundtrack album. After many years, clearances are finally obtained from DC, and the single edit of the song is included on the posthumous compilation “Prince 4Ever” in November of 2016. “Batdance” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: July 30, 1983 - “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on August 6, 1983. Written by Donna Summer and Michael Omartian, it is the second and final R&B chart topper for the Pop, R&B and Disco music icon from Boston, MA. Following the release of her self-titled second album for Geffen Records in 1982, Donna Summer’s next album is not released on her then current label, but for her previous one. Having ended her association with Casablanca Records at the end of 1979 under acrimonious circumstances, Summer and her former label battle it out in court for nearly three years before the case between the two sides is settled. Represented by attorney Don Engel, he negotiates a deal in which Donna must record and deliver an album to Casablanca’s distributor Polygram. By 1983, Casablanca has ceased to exist as a free functioning label, and is absorbed into Mercury Records who are to release album. The inspiration for the title track comes from an unexpected place. One night, Donna is attending a party at the famed Chasen’s Restaurant in Los Angeles with her manager Susan Munao, she excuses herself to go use the ladies room. When she walks in, the singer notices the bathroom attendant sitting down in a chair with the television on, and is asleep at her post. Seeing the obviously exhausted woman leads Summer to say to herself, “God, she works hard for the money.”. Quickly grabbing a piece of paper and a pen, Donna sits down on a bench in the bathroom, and begins furiously scribbling lyrics down as they come to her. By the time she returns to the table, Summer tells her manager, that she’s just come up with a hit. The woman who provides the initial inspiration for “She Works Hard For The Money” is Onetta Johnson. Johnson explains to Summer that she is working a second job at night to put her son through school. Producer Michael Omartian helps Donna finish writing the song, and it is recorded in March of 1983. Released on May 27, 1983, “Money” is an immediate smash, quickly climbing the pop, R&B and dance charts. When the accompanying album is released, the back cover of the LP features a photo of Donna with Johnson, both dressed in waitress uniforms. The song is accompanied by a memorable music video directed by Brian Grant (Olivia Newton-John, Peter Gabriel) featuring various working women taking to the streets of downtown Los Angeles at the climax of the clip. Becoming an anthem of female independence and empowerment, the video is an immediate favorite on MTV, with Donna Summer becoming the first African American female artist to have a music video in heavy rotation on the channel. The video also receives two MTV VMA nominations. The single receives a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984, with Summer performing the song on the live Grammy telecast.
Bts could be nominated and MTV are thinking about letting them perform for the Vmas. So are other artist and so far Bts and Exo are head to head. Go on twitter tagging bts and Vmas with the hashtag #BTSforVMAs don’t forget to type it all out.
Update: not many Army are doing this on twitter, Army wake up and go on twitter to vote for the boys to be on the VMAs we have 10 days to make #BTsforVMAs to trend in twitter share it on Amino the boys could perform and be nominated
arianagrande: Thank you thank you thank you @mtv for the #ArtistOfTheYear nomination and a huge congratulations to my brothers @brilovelife and @iamskot for the #BestChoreography nomination for #SideToSide 👨🏼👨🏼🚲🚲 I don’t know anybody more deserving than you two !!!
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Katy Perry talks 'brave' new album and if there's a response to 'Bad Blood'
It has been nearly four years since Katy Perry released her last album, 2013’s Prism, so fans are more than ready for the pop superstar’s return. After her Prismatic World Tour and her 2015 Super Bowl halftime show performance, the pop star admits she needed a break and retreated to her home base in Santa Barbara, California. “The energy is just totally different — it’s not thirsty or desperate or clingy,” Perry tells EW. “It’s a really beautiful kind of Zen-like feeling place. I just went there to gather myself and I started making a record in June of last year.”
Perry says she wrote about 40 songs and has now whittled that number down to 15 for the album, the title of which is still unknown (fans have theorized that it’s Witness — Perry won’t say). “It’s really quite brave,” says Perry of her latest work. “Sonically, it’s fun and dance-y and dark and light. It’s all of these things. It definitely is a change.”
It’s also an album that reflects the changes in Perry’s own life and her maturation. “I left my 20s and I’ve gone to my 30s,” she says. “I’ve embraced. I’ve surrendered. I’ve healed some of my issues with my family, with my relationships. Today I’m sober but I don’t know about tomorrow! One day at a time, right? [Laughs] It’s all kind of beautiful. I built up Katy Perry and she was so fun. And I still am Katy Perry and I love her so much but, at the core, I’m Katheryn Hudson and I think that’s being revealed as I embrace who I really am.”
On Tuesday afternoon, MTV rolled out the nominees for the 2017 VMA Awards in a series of surprise announcements on Instagram Live. A song from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack was included in one category.The 2017 VMAs are set to take place on August 27.
Charlie Puth f. Selena Gomez, “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. f. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers f. Halsey, “Closer”
Calvin Harris f. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean, “Feels”
Zayn and Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Fifty Shades Darker)
Voting for the VMAs are open. You can vote for Fifty Shades DarkerHERE.
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