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[Article] Rising K-pop Superstars BTS Will Perform at The AMAs

South Korean boy band BTS joins the lineup for this year’s American Music Awards, during which they’ll premiere the first stateside performance of their hit single “DNA” on Nov. 19.

The AMAs revealed the news through social media today, spurring a frenzy among the act’s dedicated fanbase, known collectively as ARMY. The announcement comes after months of growing interest in BTS, the only Korean group to ever break into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. 

“It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” said a rep from the band’s label. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first ever U.S. live TV performance of ‘DNA.'” 

“DNA” is the lead single off of the band’s chart-topping album Love Yourself: Her. The expressive electro-pop track peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September, released a few months after BTS dominated attention at the Billboard Music Awards in May when they took home the Top Social Artist award. 

Propelled by the support of their immensely dedicated ARMY, a fanbase that thrives on social media and revels in the millennial struggles represented through the band’s music, the septet has reached historic heights on American music charts and seen much interest from western audiences. The AMAs, which take place on Nov. 19 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, mark the boy band’s second appearance on an American award show this year. 

Though a Korean group may seem like an odd fit for the AMAs, BTS’ represents the increasingly-internationalized face of America’s music industry. Keeping the momentum going as their popularity is on the rise, the group has worked with likes of The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki, and artists including Charli XCX and Desiigner have teased potential projects with the boy band. 

BTS joins Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, and Diana Ross as performers at this year’s AMAs.

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'When you’re black you have to fight': Tinashe, Kehlani and other female R&B artists struggle for attention
Only three black women have topped the charts in the past 10 years. Here's why.
By Gerrick D. Kennedy

Three years ago, all the signs pointed one way: Tinashe was on her way to pop stardom.

In 2012, when she was just 19, she produced two critically acclaimed mixtapes that landed her a deal at RCA. A year later her debut single, “2 On,” made it to No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her 2014 debut album, “Aquarius,” was met with critical acclaim and she was nominated for a BET Award.

Since then, the singer-songwriter has toured with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, collaborated with Britney Spears, earned praise from idol Janet Jackson and issued two buzzy projects, including last year’s digital-only work “Nightride.”

Yet Tinashe’s career has hit an impasse.

Nearly two years after it was announced to much hype, RCA has yet to release her long-gestating sophomore album, “Joyride.” As a string of genre-hopping singles and collaborations with artists like Spears, Chris Brown and Young Thug failed to produce a major hit, “Joyride” and her young career have stalled.

Attempting a restart, she has learned many things: that pop hits speak louder than reviews, only crossover stars make real money and being a black female performer comes with inherent challenges.

“Critical acclaim hasn’t been enough in my experience,” said the 24-year-old, who was born Tinashe Kachingwe. “The label appreciates it, but the music business, in my perspective, is still so much based on revenue and how much they are making in sales. That’s where it gets really [crappy].”

“You just want to make art for the sake of art,” she continued, “and not have people [care] about a number, first-week sales or things like that.”

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International Achievement of NieR Automata OST

NieR Automata recorded as one of the best performing Video Game Soundtrack Album in the history. It’s well receipted not just in Japan, but internationally. Here’s some of its achievement outside Japan:

  • Ranked #1 on Amazon Best Selling Album (Now #14)
  • Ranked #1 on Amazon Best Selling Soundtrack Album (Now #3)
  • International Success on iTunes by getting ranked on 7 countries’ album chart
  • Ranked #9 on iTunes Canada Best Selling Album, with 10 Days on Chart
  • Ranked #15 on  iTunes US Best Selling Album, with 10 Days on Chart
  • Ranked #15 on Top 25 Billboard US Soundtrack Album Chart

Check here for NieR Automata OST Japan chart performance

“ together we are making history“

South Korean boy band BTS joins the lineup for this year’s American Music Awards, during which they’ll premiere the first stateside performance of their hit single “DNA” on Nov. 19.

The AMAs revealed the news through social media today, spurring a frenzy among the act’s dedicated fanbase, known collectively as ARMY. The announcement comes after months of growing interest in BTS, the only Korean group to ever break into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

“It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” said a rep from the band’s label. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first-ever U.S. live TV performance of ‘DNA.'”

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Plus: Styles may set a Nielsen-era record for the biggest sales launch for a U.K. male act’s debut album.

Harry Styles is heading for a No. 1 bow on the Billboard 200 chart with his self-titled debut album, according to industry forecasters. Though it’s early in the tracking week (the album was released on May 12 through Erskine/Columbia Records), sources suggest the set could earn over 250,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 18. Of that sum, perhaps 200,000-210,000 (or more) could be in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new June 3-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Styles could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 21. (In the meantime, the May 27-dated list’s top 10 is still waiting in the wings, and Logic’s Everybody is on course to bow at No. 1. That chart’s top 10 is due to be unveiled on May 14.)

Considering Styles’ current sales forecast, the British-born act is on track to score the largest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. (Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour has the current record, with 166,000 sold in its first week, back in 2014, according to Nielsen. The album debuted and peaked at No. 2.)

If Styles debuts at No. 1, he will be just the second U.K. male artist to bow atop the list with their first album in the 61-year history of the Billboard 200. He would follow his former One Direction bandmate, Zayn, who entered at No. 1 with Mind of Mine on the list dated April 16, 2016 (with 157,000 units and 112,000 in traditional album sales). -Billboard

4 YEARS OF BTS AWARDS:

BTS who are celebrating their 4th anniversary today (June 13), came a long way since their debut on 2013. This post intends to show you not only their great achievements through the years but also how it took them 2 years (half of their career so far) before getting any recognition and how their hard work and perseverance payed off.

2013: THE BEGGINING

  • Melon Music Awards New Artist of the Year 

2014: THE HARDEST YEAR

Originally posted by berry852

  • Golden Disc Awards  Newcomer Award
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards New Artist of the Year (Male Group)
  • YinYueTai Rookie Award
  • Seoul Music Awards  New Artist Award
  • Arirang TV Pops in Seoul Awards  Rising Star Award

2015: THE TEARS OF THEIR FIRST WINS

Originally posted by vjin

  • Melon Music Awards  Best Male Dance “I Need U”
  • Melon Popularity Award “Run”  Weekly Popularity Award (December 7)
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards  Best World Performer
  • Golden Disc Awards “Dark & Wild” Disk Bonsang
  • Seoul Music Awards  Bonsang Award
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards  World Rookie Award
  • MBC Music Show Champion “Run” Best Performance Male Group
  • Cable TV Broadcast Awards Hallyu Star Popularity Award 
  • MTV Europe Music Awards Best Korean Act 
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards Best New Artist (Asia) 
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 New Artists Award (Asia) 
  • Arirang TV Simply K-Pop Awards Best Performance Boy Group

2016: THE MIRACLE

Originally posted by artcyj

  • Melon Music Awards  Album of the Year
  • Melon Music Awards  Top 10 Artists
  • Melon Popularity Award “ Blood Sweat & Tears”  Weekly Popularity Award (Ocrober 17 - October 24)
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Dance Performance - Male Group
    Mnet Asian Music Awards HotelsCombined Artist of the Year
  • Golden Disc Awards “ The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 1 ” Disk Bonsang 
  • Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards  K-Pop World Hallyu Star Award
  • Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards Cultural Minister Award
  • Asia Artist Awards Best Icon Award, Singer
  • Asia Artist Awards Best Artist Award, Male Singer    
  • Hanteo Awards Wings Album Award
  • CJ E&M America Awards Best Male Idol
  • KBS MV Bank MV Best 5 “Fire”  Best Music Video Boy Group
  • KBS MV Bank MV Best 5 “Blood Sweat & Tears” Best Music Video Boy Group  
  • KBS World Radio Best Boy Group
  • KBS World Radio “Fire” Best Song

2017: THE DREAM COME TRUE

Originally posted by jeonheart

  • Seoul Music Awards Wings Album of the Year
  • Billboard Music Awards Top Social Artist
  • Melon Popularity Award “Spring Day" Weekly Popularity Award (February 20)
  • Golden Disc Awards Wings Disk Bonsang
  • Golden Disc Awards Global K-Pop Artist Award 
  • Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award
  • Seoul Music Awards Best Male Dance Performance Award 
  • Seoul Music Awards “Blood Sweat & Tears” Best Music Video Award
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards  Album of the Year – 4th Quarter
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards V Live Global Popularity Award 
  • YinYueTai Best Stage Performance Award
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 Albums
  • Shorty Awards Best in Music
  • Global V Live Awards Global Artist Top 10

KOREAN MUSIC PROGRAMS:

2013 - 2014: NOTHING BUT HOPE 

After 2 years of not getting any win, they started to tell each other “Let’s just not expect anything” but deep inside they all dreamed of a win, as V says “To be honest, just because you say “don’t expect anything” doesn’t mean we expect nothing” It was a hard time for both BTS and the fans. 

2015: FINALLY FIRST PLACE

Originally posted by ohoseoks

  • 2015 The Show May 5 “I Need U”
  • 2015 The Show May 12 “I Need U” 
  • 2015 The Show December 8 “Run”
  • 2015 M Countdown May 7 “I Need U”
  • 2015 Music Bank May 8 “I Need U”
  • 2015 Music Bank December 11 “Run”
  • 2015 Show Champion May 13 “I Need U” 
  • 2015 Show Champion December 9 “Run”
  • 2015 Show Champion December 16 “Run”

2016: BTS IS NOT A ONE-HIT WONDER

Originally posted by bangthebae

  • 2016 The Show October 25 “Blood Sweat & Tears”
  • 2016 M countdown May 12"Fire"
  • 2016 M countdown October 20"Blood Sweat & Tears
  • 2016 Music Bank January 8 “Run”
  • 2016 Music Bank May 13"Fire"
  • 2016 Music Bank  October 21 “Blood Sweat & Tears”
  • 2016 Music Bank October 28 “Blood Sweat & Tears”    
  • 2016 Show Champion October 19 
  • 2016 Show Champion February 22"Spring Day"
  • 2016 Inkigayo May 15"Fire"
  • 2016 Inkigayo October 23"Blood Sweat & Tears"

2017: RECORD BREAKERS

Originally posted by park-jimothy

  • 2017 M countdown February 23 “Spring Day”
  • 2017 Music Bank February 24"Spring Day"
  • 2017 Show Champion  February 22"Spring Day"
  • 2017 Inkigayo February 26 “Spring Day”

If you have been with Bangtan since the start or just joined the fandom a month ago, It doesn’t matter because greater achievements and memories are yet to be made. Happy 4th BTS anniversary everyone. Let’s reach even higher from now on ^^.
By @mimibtsghost

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Throwback to 1992 when En Vogue released their album “Funky Divas.” The albums’ first two tracks “My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It) and "Giving Him Something He Can Feel” both made top ten pop and peaked at No. 1 on the R&B charts.

Rising K-Pop Superstars BTS Will Perform At The AMAs

South Korean boy band BTS joins the lineup for this year’s American Music Awards, during which they’ll premiere the first stateside performance of their hit single “DNA” on Nov. 19.

The AMAs revealed the news through social media today, spurring a frenzy among the act’s dedicated fanbase, known collectively as ARMY. The announcement comes after months of growing interest in BTS, the only Korean group to ever break into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” said a rep from the band’s label. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first-ever U.S. live TV performance of ‘DNA.'”

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Following their exit from The X Factor, they released their debut single “Miss Movin’ On”, preceding their extended play Better Together, being certified gold in the United States. Its music video won the group the MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch. The group released their debut studio album Reflection in 2015, also receiving a gold certification in the country. The album included the singles “Boss”, “Sledgehammer” and “Worth It”. The latter achieved triple platinum certification in the United States and reached the top-ten in thirteen countries. The following year, “Work from Home”, the lead single from their second album 7/27, became the group’s first top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first top-five by a girl group in a decade on that chart. On May 29, 2017, the group announced their new single, “Down”, featuring guest vocals from rapper Gucci Mane. The song was released on June 2, 2017. On July 24, 2017, during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the group announced that their third studio album would be titled Fifth Harmony, which is set to be released on August 25, 2017

OCTOBER 22: Fun Home premieres (2013)

On this day in 2013, the musical Fun Home made its Broadway debut. Adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel, Fun Home became a nationwide sensation for its bold depiction of a young butch lesbian coming to terms with her childhood and the fact that her deceased father was a deeply closeted gay man.

Fun Home: A True Story Becomes a Tony-Winning Best Musical” (x).

Fun Home first premiered in September of 2013 at The Public Theater, but it officially made the jump to Broadway on October 22, 2013. Starring Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, and Sydney Lucas all as Alison Bechdel at different ages throughout her life, the musical follows the same structure as the graphic novel; the story begins with the adult cartoonist living out and proud in the modern day and follows adult Alison’s narration as she tells the story of her relationship with her father from the time she was a 10-year-old child, a questioning teenager, and as a college student writing a coming out letter to her parents.

The main cast of Fun Home poses for a publicity shot (x).

Although gay identity is not foreign territory to the theater world, it could be argued that lesbian identity had never been so thoroughly studied and cherished before Fun Home broke onto the scene. Invigorating the original work with 22 songs, when the official cast album was released in 2014, it debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Cast Album Chart. Fun Home’s phenomenon status was reached when it was nominated for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and then nominated for over 12 Tony Awards – winning 5 of them including the culminating honor of Best Musical.

-LC

BTS' Creative Team Discusses Group's Artistic Narrative

Originally posted by suganochu

Breaking records around the world as the first K-pop act to have a top 10 Billboard 200 album, BTS’ popularity is propelled as much by their narrative as by their music. Overarching stories portrayed through stylized video clips, imagery, and performances have served as addendums to the band’s music, furthering the meaning behind the lyrics and melodies.

While working with numerous creatives over the years, most notably the production team Lumpens, BTS has been able to create an extended stylized fictive world for their music. Though there’s a lot of mystery surrounding the tale that BTS is telling, Big Hit Entertainment’s staff and creative team’s members took the time to answer a few questions about the boy band’s visual aspects:

How much creative input do the band members have regarding the visual elements and storytelling?

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Billboard Japan Hot Album Top 20

【Hot Albums】トップ20
1位『「untitled」』嵐
2位『明日色ワールドエンド』まふまふ
3位『STAY GOLD』CNBLUE
4位『THE DREAM QUEST』DREAMS COME TRUE
5位『しゃちBEST 2012-2017』チームしゃちほこ
6位『PAUSE -STRAIGHTENER Tribute Album-』V.A.
7位『THE GIFT』Hi-STANDARD
8位『THE IDOLM@STER SideM ORIGIN@L PIECES 08』V.A.
9位『HIT』三浦大知
10位『ラブとポップ ~好きだった人を思い出す歌がある~ mixed by DJ和』DJ和
11位『TOGENKYO』フレデリック
12位『MOVE』テミン
13位『ザ・ベスト』アリアナ・グランデ
14位『がらくた』桑田佳祐
15位『15YEARS-BEST HIT SELECTION-』globe
16位『PEACE of SMILE』May'n
17位『アンコール』back number
18位『BEST THE BACK HORN II』THE BACK HORN
19位『X』BREAKERZ
20位『スパイシーチョコレート BEST OF LOVE SONGS』SPICY CHOCOLATE


They still ranked on top in their 18th year of debut with the sales of 522,813 in the initial 3 days and expanded to 170,00

Omedato Arashi..proud to be an Arashian

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[…] For the first time in more than 51 years, there are two cast recordings in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart. The original Broadway cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen debuts at No. 8 with 29,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 9, while still-hot Hamilton: An American Musical, moves from No. 12 to No. 13 (25,000 units; down 1 percent). The chart last housed a pair of top 20-charting cast albums way back in 1965, when the Broadway cast recordings of Hello, Dolly! and Fiddler on the Roof both occupied the region for 11 consecutive weeks, between Jan. 16 and March 27, 1965. Hello, Dolly! topped the chart for one week in 1964, while Fiddler On the Roof peaked at No. 7 in January of 1965. Both albums were particularly strong performers on the list, with Hello, Dolly! spending 90 weeks on the tally, and Fiddler charting 206 frames on the list.


As previously reported, Dear Evan Hansen’s bow at No. 8 is the highest debut for a cast recording on the chart since 1961, and marks just the fourth cast recording to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in the last 50 years. In that span of time, the only previous cast albums to visit the region were: Hamilton (No. 3 in 2016), The Book of Mormon (No. 3 in 2011) and Hair (No. 1 for 13 weeks in 1969). […]

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Lil Uzi Vert's 'Luv Is Rage 2' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his debut studio album, "Luv Is Rage 2," starting with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen Music.

Pop vocal group Fifth Harmony claims its fourth top 10 effort on the Billboard 200, as its new self-titled album bows at No. 4 with 46,000 units (32,000 in traditional album sales). The girl group’s last album, 7/27, also debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2016 (74,000 in units and 49,000 in sales). Before 7/27, the group collected top 10s with Reflection (No. 5 in 2015) and the Better Together EP (No. 6 in 2013).

With four top 10 albums, Fifth Harmony equals the number of top 10 sets from fellow all-female acts Destiny’s Child and Dixie Chicks. Among all-female groups, only The Supremes have more, with eight top 10s logged between 1965 and 1969.

Awards the boys have won over the years

APMA’s
•most dedicated fans (2015,2017)
 •Artist of the year (2015)
 •Album of the year - Blurryface (2016) 

 AMA’s
 •Favourite pop/rock duo/group (2016)
•Favourite alternative artist (2016) 

 Billboard Awards
•Top rock artist (2016,2017)
•Top rock album - Blurryface (2016)
•Billboard chart achievement award (2017)
•Top duo/group (2017)
•Top radio song artist (2017)
•Top rock song - Heathens (2017)

Grammy Awards
•best pop duo/group performance - Stressed out (2017) 

 iHeart Radio Music Awards
•Alternative rock artist of the year (2016,2017)
•Alternative rock song of the year - Stressed Out (2016) Heathens (2017)
•Best duo/group of the year (2017)
•Alternative rock album of the year - Blurryface (2017) 

 Kerrang! Awards
•Best fanbase (2016) 

 MTV Europe Awards
•Best alternative (2016)
•Best live act (2016) 

 MTV VMA’s
•Best rock video - Heathens (2016) Heavydirtysoul (2017) 

 Kid’s Choice Awards
•Favourite new artist (2017)

NRJ Music Awards
•International revelation of the year (2016) 

Telehit Awards 
•Best rock band (2016)

let’s just be us

summary: based on this post by @bleebug (rockstar!killian and movie star!emma secretly dating, but those pesky fans figure it out…)

word count: ~3500

an: thanks to @swans-and-pirates for being a stellar beta! <3


Emma Swan likes to think she has it all in order.

Being an A-List celebrity is hard enough as it is, with paparazzi discovering her when she so much decides to go visit Starbucks for ten minutes. But, she has a plan and she has tricks that keep her relatively average.

Trick number one: private social media accounts.

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Mind Of Mine: An Overview

 A post looking into the statistical aspect of ZAYN’s first studio album, Mind Of Mine.

Release Date: 25th March, 2016
Number of Songs: 20. (4 Deluxe Edition songs and 2 Target Exclusive Bonus Tracks) + 1 Living Room Session of Pillowtalk 
Singles: Pillowtalk, Like I Would, Wrong

Accolades 

  • Mind Of Mine debuted at #1 , replacing Adele’s 25, on the UK Albums Chart
  • The album set a UK streaming record, as the highest-streamed debut for a British male act.
  • 1 billion streams on Spotify, as of May, 2017.
  • Debuted at #1 in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Argentina, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico
  • the first UK act to debut at number one with his first album
  • first British male solo artist to debut at number one with his first album
  • first UK act to debut at number one with their first album on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream in 2009
  • sold a total of 232,000 copies in the first three weeks
  • Mind of Mine set an iTunes record, becoming the first debut album to top the daily iTunes charts in more than 70 countries, having topped the daily iTunes charts of 83 countries within 24 hours of release.
  • also set a Twitter record, as the first album to top the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart for three straight weeks with three consecutive songs: “It’s You”, “Like I Would” and “Befour”. 
  • Pillowtalk sold 63,000 downloads and racked up almost 5 million streams in its first seven days.

Certifications

Pillowtalk earned triple Platinum in the United States and Sweden, 4xPlatinum in Canada, 4xPlatinum in Australia, 2xPlatinum in Italy, 2xPlatinum in New Zealand, 4xPlatinum in Poland, Platinum in the United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, France and Spain.

Mind of Mine is certified Gold in USA, Mexico and Poland, Silver in United Kingdom. 

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On this day in music history: April 14, 1983 - “Let’s Dance”, the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Nile Rodgers and David Bowie, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City in December 1982. Newly signed to EMI Records, Bowie collaborates with producer and musician Nile Rodgers (of The Chic Organization). Rodgers assembles a group of top notch musicians that feature his Chic band mates Bernard Edwards (bass), Tony Thompson (drums), Rob Sabino (keyboards) and Sammy Figueroa (percussion) as well as Omar Hakim (drums), Carmine Rojas (bass), Rodgers himself on guitar. During the sessions, Bowie brings a then virtually unknown blues guitarist named Stevie Ray Vaughan into the studio to play lead guitar. The singer had seen Vaughan only a few months before performing in Montreux, Switzerland. Dazzled by his virtuoso blues guitar playing, Bowie invites Stevie Ray to play on “Let’s Dance”. The guitarist makes quick work of his contributions, laying down his lead parts within a few takes. Vaughan’s stand out playing on the album’s hit singles is one of the catalysts in launching him into stardom in 1983. Led by Nile Rodgers’ production expertise, the album is recorded and mixed in only seventeen days. The end result of the sessions is the most commercially successful album of Bowie’s career. It spins off three singles including “China Girl” (#10 Pop), “Modern Love” (#14 Pop), and the chart topping title track. Bowie supports the album with the “Serious Moonlight World Tour” during 1983, his first concert tour in over five years. A full length home video of the show filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada (on September 12, 1983) is released in 1984, and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form in 1985. The album has been reissued on CD three times, in 1995, 1998 and the most reissue issue in 2003 as a hybrid SACD. “Let’s Dance” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN

21st Century Breakdown is the eighth studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the band’s second rock opera, following American Idiot (2004), and their first album to be produced by Butch Vig. Green Day commenced work on the record in January 2006 and forty-five songs were written by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong by October 2007, but the band members did not enter studio work until January 2008.

The album was released May 15, 2009 through Reprise Records. Armstrong has described the album as a “snapshot of the era in which we live as we question and try to make sense of the selfish manipulation going on around us, whether it be the government, religion, media or frankly any form of authority”. The singles “Know Your Enemy” and “21 Guns” exemplify the themes of alienation and politically motivated anger present in the record.

Critical response to 21st Century Breakdown was generally positive. The record achieved Green Day’s best chart performance to date, reaching number one on the album charts of various countries, including the United States Billboard 200, the European Top 100 Albums, and the United Kingdom Albums Chart. It was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards held on January 31, 2010. As of December 2010, 21st Century Breakdown has sold 1,005,000 copies in the United States[8] and more than 4 million worldwide.