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KTCA-TV aired The Minneapolis Sound in 1988, narrated and produced by Emily Goldberg. The 60-minute documentary spotlighted artists including Prince, the Time, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, the Jets, Alexander O’Neal, and others, and it’s just emerged on YouTube.

“Right now, Minneapolis has become one of the major music centers in the country,” said Nelson George from Billboard, “in rock, pop, and R&B.”

The film includes short clips of Prince’s hit songs like “Kiss” and “Little Red Corvette” with commentary by Chris Moon from Moon Sound Studios and Owen Husney from American Artists reminiscing about when they first met Prince and how dynamic he was.

“He’s very very gifted,” says Robert Christgau from the Village Voice. “One of the most gifted pop musicians of the decade. Possibly the most gifted pop musician of the decade.” Not everyone loved Prince, though, even in his heyday. “Prince makes me wince,” says one music listener featured in the documentary.

The film also features a tour of Flyte Tyme Productions led by “Jimmy Jam” Harris — beginning with the “Hall of Fame,” as he calls it, featuring wall plaques that start with the Time and go all the way to Janet Jackson’s Control (1986).

“I say it’s a Prince sound,” said Harris, describing the Minneapolis Sound. “That’s where it all began. Everybody is taking different pieces of it and incorporating their own sound.”

therock Making the BILLBOARD HOT 100 as a singer is a first for me. Very cool. THANK YOU Billboard & fans for the congratulations luv.
Huge shout out to my ace and musical genius Lin Manuel Miranda for writing this song that’s been so dope and fun to sing.
And thank you Jesus for blessing me with the voice that’s been described as warm honey coated gravel on a sexy country day.
Admittedly, the woman who referred to my voice as such was very intoxicated, but that’s our sexy business
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A bit of self-revelation about what life may have been like, if she hadn’t been born beautiful: “To be honest, I feel people would have acknowledged my talent a lot more.”

-Beyoncé // People Magazine, World’s Most Beautiful Issue (2006)

Anti-Flag on Trump & His Supporters: 'He's a Con Man, and They Got Taken'

The members of Anti-Flag are sharpening their lyrical swords for the impending Donald Trump presidency – but they’re a little surprised to be doing so.

“We’re working on a new record, and it’s definitely taking a turn of direction I didn’t expect,” Justin Sane, frontman and co-founder of the populist-minded Pittsburgh punk rock troupe, tells Billboard. “We were kind of gearing up to take on Hillary Clinton. We were taking on Barack Obama on our last few records. The very first song on our last record ("Fabled World” from 2015’s American Spring) was about the failure of the Obama administration – the deportation of people, the ramp-up of the prison-industrial complex, continuing the Bush military doctrine. So we weren’t easy on Obama and we kind of believed with Hillary Clinton it was going to be more of the same. We weren’t going to just roll over and take that. Now that it’s going to be Donald Trump, it takes it to another level.“ 

Sane, in fact, is anticipating he’ll be addressing topics that he didn’t expect would be part of the discourse in 2017. "I can’t believe that I’m probably going to be writing songs about nuclear disarmament,” Sane says. “I never believed I’d actually have to be protesting the ramping up of nuclear weapons in the way Donald Trump is talking about. But it’s one of the issues he’s putting on the table, so it’s like ‘here we go again.’” And Sane is confident Trump and his administration will offer plenty of other meat for his group’s material.

“He’s just surrounding himself with corporate Washington insiders,” Sane notes. “He said he was going to drain the swamp, but none of the people he’s bringing into his administration… they’re all corporate lobbyists and insiders. A lot of the people he’s bringing in are diametrically opposed to workers’ rights, and of course that’s a disaster for poor and working people. There are a lot of people thinking he was going to be on their side, and I definitely understand that. He very effectively campaigned that way. But unfortunately, I think he’s a con man, and they got taken.”

Sane doesn’t expect Anti-Flag to be the only band finding inspiration, either. “It’ll definitely be a time where I think political music will probably get a little bit of a boost,” he says. “Art and music often reflect how people are feeling, and I think right now there’s an increase in people feeling a lot of distress and concern about where things are headed.”

Sane and Anti-Flag are seeing that as well at the band’s shows since Trump’s election, which have become a sort of haven for kindred spirit. “Night after night people are telling me, 'I came here tonight because I wanted to be around some people who are concerned about the direction of the country,’” Sane says. “They want to know that they’re going to be in a place where there was going to be some support and solace for the kinds of things that they’re feeling right now. I think people are feeling even more out of control than ever. I’m getting a sense that people are just generally trying to treat each other well and treat each other respectfully and have that baseline of just being good people. I think people feel that’s something that’s going to be absent here in the next four years, which is really distressing for a lot of people.”

Sane not surprisingly predicts Anti-Flag’s next album “could end up sounding like a more angry record, maybe than we would’ve originally intended to make,” but nothing’s in stone yet. “Ultimately I just want to make the best record we can,” he says. “I think that for as much as the politics about all this are going to matter, writing the best songs we can and playing music is something that helps me keep my sanity – even when we’re doing songs that are political in nature and about difficult problems. So we want the music to be good, not just angry.” He’s hoping for a fall release, but Sane also doesn’t want to rush into topical commentary without giving issues some time to develop.

“We’re not going to put out anything too fast,” he says. “We want to feel like we can make a critique that’s relevant to what’s going on. I think there’s a bigger realm of issues we can address right off the bat, like the fact that we don’t want to see hate speech and bullying normalized, which I think was part of the campaign. There won’t be any shortage of things to write about – that much I’m sure of.”

Janet Jackson is the ONLY ARTIST to have THREE albums with five or more Billboard Top 10 hits:

  • Control: 5
  • Rhythm Nation 1814: 7*
  • janet.: 6

* Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 surpassed the record set by brother Michael & Bruce Springsteen, by having 7 singles reach the Billboard TOP 5! This record has yet to be broken. According to Billboard, she may have extended her record to eight, as “State of the World” was a Top 5 airplay hit but never commercially released. 

In addition, with the exception of “The Pleasure Principle”, EVERY single commercially released in the US from 1986′s “What Have You Done For Me Lately” till 2001′s “Someone To Call My Lover” reached the Billboard Top 10, giving Janet 24 solo Top 10 hits. 22 of these reached the Top 5, while 10 went to #1
Billboard BREAKDOWN - Hot 100 - January 14, 2017
In our newest episode (while on VACATION), I talk about the unfortunate rise of meme-driven hip-hop as Migos breaks the top 5. Track reviews: 'Shaky Shaky' b...

New episode of Billboard BREAKDOWN, shot while I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic, near totally unscripted - enjoy!