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My Everything debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. Grande attained her second consecutive number-one album in the US, becoming the first female artist to have her first two albums debut at number one since Scottish singer Susan Boyle. In March 2016, the RIAA certified the album double platinum, for combined album sales, on-demand audio, video streams, track sales equivalent of two million album-equivalent units. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015, My Everything was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

niall has proven himself over and over and over in regards to who he is a philanthropist, business man and artist he released a single without promo back in 2016 and it’s still playing on the radio alongside his current single heading towards a top 5 on billboard both of which are platinum in sales and streams, sold out a solo tour without releasing an album, and is overall just a great person and people are still surprised when they see him like they think he’s going to suck or that he’s a dick like wake the fuck up maybe ???? he’s here, he’s staying, he’s a peach, he’s a sweet golden sun baby??? 

Falling into the wrong crowd.

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“It sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself.“

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You have been through this phase before with him, the late nights, the dense trail of alcohol etched into his clothes, the drunken slurs, and the stumbling around the house as he attempts not to knock over one of the valuable pieces that hang around the house.

You thought the phase was over with, that he had overcome everything and was far better than how he used to be. It just seems to be history is repeating itself, again.

You sigh as you gaze over at your sleeping husband, his hair a mayhem, his scent not emanating like the delightful sensation you are used to, but instead, smells like alcohol. You can determine that last night he was in the hard liquor, you know that scent better than anyone.

You enable your finger to trace over the several tattoos on his arm, your mind trying to think of what to do with him.

He’s falling— falling into the wrong crowd, again.

You observe as he begins to leisurely wake up, his body stretching out while a few groans escape his dry and more than likely dehydrated lips. He lifts his arm to wrap around you but you gently push it away, causing him to prop himself up on his forearms, his eyes dipping to glance at you.

“Mornin’, love.” His dry voice echoes against the plasticity of the bedroom walls’, his eyes resembling nothing but bloodshot and exhaustion.

You exhale a breath, disappointed in him for the second time this week, “Morning, have a good night?” You question while pushing the heavy covers off your warm body, and swinging your legs over the edge of the bed.

He grows withdrawn for a moment, your feet hitting the raw floorboards’ a shiver radiating through your body as you stand to your feet. “What happened last night?” He falls back to the bed, resting his head back to his pillow while tucking his arm under the covers.

“Don’t know.” You shrug, reaching for a long sleeve and pulling it over your body, “You got drunk and managed to get home, that’s all I know.” You bitterly add, shaking your head to yourself, trying to work out where things went wrong again with him.

He was doing so well, he had cut off the immoral influences, he was back in the studio, for heaven’s sake, his album reached multi-platinum in the U.S this morning and he probably doesn’t even know it.

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On this day in music history: October 17, 1981 - “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 4 weeks on September 26, 1981. Written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, it is the second and final chart topping single for the San Antonio, TX born singer, songwriter and musician. The song is featured as the theme for the hit comedy “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore, Sir John Gielgud, and Liza Minnelli. Cross is asked to sing the theme for the film by songwriter Burt Bacharach, and invited to collaborate on the song. The lyric “when you get caught between the moon and New York City” comes from an unfinished song written by Australian born songwriter and musician Peter Allen (former husband of singer and actress Liza Minnelli) and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (later married to Bacharach from 1982 - 1991). That line forms the basis of the song, with the rest of the music and lyrics being written around it. Released in tandem with the film in July of 1981, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #71 on August 17, 1981, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “Arthur’s Theme” wins the Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 1982, becoming the eighth song of the rock era to win the award. The Oscar win tops a phenomenal two years of success for Cross, who sees a reversal of his good fortune with his second album “Another Page” in early 1983 when the albums first two singles under perform on the charts. Though the album is certified Gold (and scores a belated hit with “Think Of Laura” (#9 Pop)), it falls far short of the multi-platinum sales (5x Platinum in the US) his self-titled debut album. “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Just an observation in light of discourse on Harry’s sales: “Platinum” status is an interesting benchmark to celebrate. In Australia he is 2 x Platinum status according to ARIA - BUT “The ARIA charts have also been criticised as an easily manipulated market tool abused by aggressively marketed pop acts. "Gold” and “Platinum” ARIA awards are based on units shipped to retail outlets, not on how many of those units are sold to customers. A lukewarm album or single release can achieve Gold or Platinum status by flooding the market with copies, and if 99% are returned to the manufacturer that in no way affects the status of the award.“ I think I don’t need to explain the significance of that. Second is that he’s gotten "Platinum” in Canada - well, Gold/Platinum status in Canada is the SAME THING - 40K sales. In the major markets like the UK and US he has not accomplished Platinum status - soz but that’s the facts.


Very interesting and actually quite deviously clever to flood the market with physical copies to drive numbers up knowing full well that the majority of sales are digital nowadays.

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On this day in music history: April 25, 1992 - “Jump” by Kris Kross hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on May 23, 1992. Written and produced by Jermaine Dupri, it will be the debut release and biggest hit for the Atlanta, GA rap duo. In 1990, friends Chris Kelly and Chris Smith are discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri at a shopping mall in their native Atlanta. Dupri is at the mall with the rap duo Silk Tymes Leather who he is producing. The boys come up and ask them for an autograph when the young producer asks if they are a group themselves. When they say they’re not, Dupri is impressed enough with their natural charisma that believes that he can make them stars if he produces a record on them. He keeps in touch with them before beginning record them. Dupri’s father Michael Mauldin, an executive at Columbia Records gives the young duo their name, dubbing them Kris Kross after the look that Dupri has cultivated for them wearing their baggy clothes backwards. They cut a demo that includes the track “Lil Boys In Da Hood”. The song attracts the attention of Ruffhouse Records founder Joe Nicolo, who signs them to the Columbia Records distributed label. Released in early February, the single initially languishes for its first month in stores until it receives an unexpected boost after the duo performs the song on the March 29, 1992 episode of “In Living Color”. Entering the Hot 100 at #61 on April 4, 1992, it rockets to the top of the chart just three weeks later. The huge runaway success of the single driving Kris Kross’ debut album “Totally Krossed Out” to the top of the pop and R&B album charts and to sales of 4x Platinum in the US. The duo record two more albums “Da Bomb” and “Young, Rich & Dangerous” in 1993 and 1996, both of which achieve Gold or Platinum sales. Kris Kross break up shortly after their third album, attempting solo careers. They reunite in early 2013 for a twentieth anniversary concert for their former label So So Def Records, planning a reunion afterward. Sadly, on the eve of the tour, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly dies of an accidental drug overdose on May 1, 2013, twenty one years and one week after “Jump tops the pop singles chart. He is only thirty four years old at the time of his death. "Jump” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Today in Black Music History for June 4th

1941 - American rhythm and blues and country music singer Linda Martell is born Thelma Bynem in Leesville, South Carolina. Martell would be the first African-American woman to perform at the Grand Ole Opry

1945 - Leroy Hutson, the former lead singer of The Impressions and a successful solo artist is born in Newark, New Jersey

1984 - Capitol Records releases Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, the title song from the biographical film of Turner’s life, as a single in the United Kingdom from Turner’s “Private Dancer” album

1996 - Death Row Records releases Tupac Shakur’s “How Do U Want It” as a Double A-side single along with “California Love”. The songs would reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100

1996 - “Friday”, the soundtrack album for the 1995 comedy film “Friday” is certified 2x platinum with sales of over 2 million units.

2004 - Gospel music star Andrae Crouch, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at 6520 Hollywood Blvd. near the corner of Hollywood and Wilcox

“Don’t you want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone?”

The somewhat incomplete story, as published in George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door by Graeme Thomson:

“George Harrison is back in business. His first album in five years is complete and will shortly be released to critical acclaim and platinum sales. A number one single is just around the corner. The scent of rejuvenation and success hangs over his career once more.

He is back in demand. Following the disappearing act of the past few years, Harrison consents to play his part in the promotional game. Today Rolling Stone magazine are at Friar Park to talk to him for a major feature. The interview with writer Anthony DeCurtis over, Harrison is now going through the rigmarole of being photographed for the cover. Senseing that he is not entirely entering into the spirit of the shoot - ‘I’m 44-years-old,’ he grumbles - the photographer’s wife says playfully, ‘Don’t you want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone?’

Harrison freezes. The camera shutter abruptly stops and the room falls into awkward silence. ‘Can I possibly tell you how little that means to me?’ he says to everyone, including himself. ‘I’ve been on every magazine cover there is. I’ve been all over the world, and met every political and religious leader there is to meet, and none of them impressed me - let alone the world of pop music. The first person who ever impressed me was Ravi Shankar, because he helped show me a way beyond all that.’

He pauses as if to digest the full ramifications of the question, and repeats is slowly. ‘Don’t I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone?’ I couldn’t care less.’”

In Rolling Stone’s January 17, 2002 issue [x], this is the full episode, as written by Anthony DeCurtis:

“There were limits, needless to say, to what Harrison would put up with. At the photo shoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ cover story pegged to ‘Cloud Nine,’ the photographer encouraged Harrison to move around a bit. Harrison, who was feeling tired and grumpy, made a few halfhearted efforts to twirl his arms and smile. When the photographer pushed him to do more, Harrison looked at him coolly and simply said, ‘I’m forty-four years old.’ In an effort to get him pumped up, the photographer’s wife said, ‘Don’t you want to be on the cover of "Rolling Stone”?’

That was a mistake. Harrison stopped the shoot, stood completely still and glared. The room was stone silent. All of Harrison’s casual downplaying of the Beatles evaporated, and he was now standing there, unmistakably, as one of the most famous men in the world. ‘Can I possibly tell you how little that means to me?’ Harrison then said, speaking very deliberately. ‘I’ve been on every magazine cover there is. I’ve been all over the world, and met every political and religious leader there is to meet, and none of them impressed me - let alone the world of pop music. The first person who ever impressed me was Ravi Shankar, because he helped show me a way beyond all that.’ “Don’t I want to be on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone’?” I couldn’t care less.’

The shoot wrapped up rather soon after those remarks, and everyone bolted out of that room as fast as they could. As the nearest representative of this magazine, I was moving down the corridor at a pretty brisk pace myself. Then Harrison called my name and came up to walk beside me. He took my arm and said, ‘I hope you weren’t offended by that.’ He broke into a smile. ‘That was for their benefit.’”

The SOS Gap Band - Take Your Time (Do It Right)
The SOS Band
The SOS Gap Band - Take Your Time (Do It Right)

Take Your Time (Do It Right)” is the first single by The S.O.S. Band. In the US, it reached the number one spot in theR&B singles chart and number three on the pop chart during the summer of 1980. On the dance chart, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” went to number one for four non-consecutive weeks. The single was certified platinum by the RIAAfor sales of two million copies. It is featured on their self-titled debut album S.O.S., which was released in 1980, the same year as the single.


Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

✔ US Sales: 6x platinum+
✔ Worldwide: 14 million+
✔ Billboard 200: 104 weeks total
✔ 7 Top 5 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart
✔ Won the most Billboard Awards in history, in one year

Today In Black Music History for October 6th

1871 - The newly formed Fisk Jubilee Singers, an African-American a cappella ensemble, consisting of students at Fisk University, goes on a tour of the United States to earn money for the university. The tour would earn $40,000 for Fisk University.

1965 - Motown Records releases The Supremes’ “I Hear a Symphony” and continues the Supremes run of #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100

1988 - “Whitney Houston”, the debut album from Whitney Houston would be certified 9x platinum, with sales of over 9 million units.

1990 - “Close to You” takes reggae star Maxi Priest to top of pop charts

Jay-Z, starring on a flyer celebrating the success of his third studio album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, photographed by Jonathan Mannion in 1998. 

Some of the details shown here would soon warrant an update: the album would be certified 5x Multi-Platinum for sales of over 5,000,000; and it would win the gramophone for “Best Rap Album.” Hov would boycott the ceremony though, as he felt The Recording Academy showed disrespect to the genre by still having the Hip-Hop awards pre-taped, not given out live, and not giving DMX a well-deserved nod.

August 31, 1987: Michael Jackson released his seventh studio album, BAD.

Shortly after it’s release Bad started its six-week run on top the US album chart in that small time it managed to achieve five No. 1 singles. The singles that reached the top were “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.” No other artist had been able to beat that level of success until Katy Perry matched his record in 2010 with her album Teenage Dream.

Michael Jackson was nominated for six Grammy Awards after the release of Bad, “Album of the Year”, “Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male” and “Best R&B Vocal Performance – Male” as well as “Record of the Year” for “Man in the Mirror” that following year. In the end Bad won Grammy’s for “Best Engineered Recording” and “Best Music Video Short Form” for “Leave Me Alone” in 1990. 

(Leave Me Alone wasn’t included in the original release of BAD, but was later released on the CD version then LP.)

And during all this time BAD World tour ended up breaking world records. 

One for a record-setting revenue of over $124 million made during the tour.

The other for most successful concert series which sold out seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London in1988 with a total of 504,000 fans attending the shows.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Bad nine time platinum for having shipped nine million copies in the United States alone. Internationally, Bad was commercially successful. In the United Kingdom the album sold 500,000 copies in its first five days of release, and as of 2008 is certified 13× platinum, for sales of 3.9 million, making it Michael’s second biggest-selling album in the United Kingdom.

Happy 28th Birthday BAD…..~

Thank you to all the amazing people who worked on the album, (Thanks to wikipedia for the long list!) 

  • Sounds engineered: Ken Caillat and Tom Jones
  • Percussion: Paulinho da Costa, Ollie E. Brown
  • Keyboards: Stefan Stefanovic
  • Saxophones: Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams
  • Synclavier keyboards, digital guitar and rubboard: Christopher Currell
  • Synthesizers: John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, Greg Phillinganes, Christopher Currell, Rhett Lawrence, David Paich
  • Piano: John Barnes
  • Rhythm arrangement: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Christopher Currell
  • Horn arrangement: Jerry Hey
  • Synthesizer programming: Larry Williams, Eric Persing, Steve Porcaro
  • Midi saxophone solo: Larry Williams.