Monday, 30 December 2013

Significant Events in the music industry (Part 3)

                                       Some Key Facts About Bad Boy Records


The first studio album to 
top the chart for group
The female vocal group Danity Kane, signed to Bad Boy Records, became the first female group in Billboard history to debut all their albums at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart in succession.

The group’s debut self- titled album reached the number-one spot week-ending 3rd September 2006 (2 weeks). The album was certified platinum according RIAA for one million plus copies sold in America.

A single from the album entitled “Show Stopper” obtained gold certification by RIAA for one million plus copies sold.
 “Welcome To The Dollhouse” became the group's second consecutive album to debut at number-one on the
The second studio 
album to the Billboard
Top 200 Albums Chart
Billboard Top 200 Albums chart week-ending 5th April 2008.
 The group achieved further success with their recording project with a platinum certified single called “Damaged” for two million plus copies sold in North America.





The following week ending 12th April 2008 the group Day26, a male vocal group and also a recording act on Bad Boy Records debuted at number-one on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart (1week) making it the third number one album from Making The Band winners.
Self title album "Day26" became
the third studio album released
by Bad Boy Records to top the
Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart

in the new Century.



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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Significant Events in the music industry ( Part 2 )





                              Some  Key Facts about The Queen of Soul


Aretha Franklin’s second gold album
of her career featuring
the gold single “Chain of Fools”
In the same year she returned to the top with another new studio album entitled “Aretha Arrives” released on 4th August 1967 by Atlantic Records. The album also   peaked at the number-one position 9th September 1967 (5 weeks). “Baby I Love You” was the only gold single to be released from the album.

During 1967 alone she had a total of four gold singles from three studio albums on Atlantic

Franklin's third gold album of her career
Records, with all the singles going to number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart in North America. These gold singles were : “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, “Respect”, "Baby I Love You" and “Chain of Fools.From February to August of 1967, she sold in excess of 3.5 million copies singles and albums.

On the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart from 1967 to 1969, Franklin had five number-one studio albums with three of them receiving gold certification for over half a million units sold for each album according to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). 

Her five first studio albums released by Atlantic Records featured members of the Muscles Shoal Rhythm Section, King Curtis and Sweet Inspirations. The Album “Lady Soul” featured Eric Clapton playing guitar on track “Good to Me As I Am to You”. Her 1968 album “Aretha Now” featured the Memphis Horns Section who played on many classic hit recordings on Stax Records and Hi Records in Memphis.

All her albums from 1967 to 1969 were recorded at Atlantic Records recording studios in New York city with a Southern Soul sound because many of studio session musicians were from the South that gave her recordings a raw and refine Soulful signature sound.

All five of Franklin's studio albums spent a total of 59 weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart from 1967 to 1969. During her career as a recording artist she has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having generated over 75 million copies of singles and album globally. Franklin was also the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, 20 years after her first gold album on Atlantic Records. 

                                       
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Significant Events in the music industry ( Part 1)

                                           


                              Same Key Facts about The Queen of Soul

Did you know that Aretha Franklin is the only female black recording artist to have achieved more than one number-one studio recording albums in succession on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart from 1967 to 1969, while signed to the legendary Atlantic Records based in New York City.


It started with her first studio album produced by the legendary Jerry Wexler, released 10th March1967 which achieved the number-one position on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart on 29th April 1967 for 14 non-successive weeks (as it was known during the 1960s and the 1970s before it was later finally changed to Billboard Hip-hop /R&aB and Soul Albums Chart).

Franklin's first  album of 

career to be certified gold
“I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You” was the first album for Aretha Franklin to become gold certified for over half million copies sold in America in 1967. 

It helped to established Aretha as a global superThe album also contained her signature song, “Respect”, which actually topped the Billboard Hot 100  Singles Chart on 3rd June 1967 (2 weeks), selling over one million copies in the process. The single also peaked at the number-one position for eight weeks on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart from week-ending 20th May 1967 to 15th July 1967.

The title track: “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, achieved gold status for over million plus copies sold and also achieved number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart for the week ending the 25th March 1967 and remained there for seven weeks. The song was the first gold record by a female artist that presented the Muscle Shoal Sound produced at the famous FAME Recording Studios which brought more fame to that particular musical workshop.

With the major success of the album, Franklin went on to receive two Grammy Awards in 1968 in two categories: Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording for “Respect” and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Respect”.

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Some Key Facts about Mavis Staples and Amy Grant

Did you know that Mavis Staples and Amy Grant are the first two female recording artists from America to reach the number-one position on the Official UK Christian & Gospel Albums Chart during the summer of 2013!

Amy Grant's first number-one gospel on the UK Official
Christian & Gospel Albums Chart
Grant was the first to debut at the top of the UK Official Gospel & Christian Albums Chart week-ending the 1st June 2013 for three non-consecutive weeks with album “How Mercy Looks from Here”. The album of the same title also debuted at number-one in America on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart the same week-ending the 1st June 2013 (3 weeks). This is Grant’s 16th album of the Christian music genre to debut at number-one position on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart since the beginning of her recording career.


On week-ending the 22nd June 2013 (1 week) Grant returned to the top after been dethroned by UK Gospel Rap artist Guvna with his debuted album “ODD 1 Out” on the UK Official Gospel & Christian Albums Chart week-ending the 8th June 2013 (1 week).  Guvna was the first UK Rap Gospel &Christian independent artist to achieve this feat since the official launch of UK Official Gospel & Christian Albums Chart in Mid-March of 2013.

Two weeks after that, Grant went to number-one again with
her album on the UK Official Gospel & Christian Albums

Staples' first number-one album of her entire career
Chart. She was followed by Staples who debuted at number-one on week-ending 6th July (1 week) with her album entitled “One True Vine”.  This is Staples’ first studio album of her entire career to achieve this level of success overseas in the UK.

Her album also debuted at number-two on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart in America week-ending the 13th July 2013 (1 week). Her album “One True vine” has been in the Top Ten of the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart for over five weeks since the week-ending 10th August 2013.


                               Written, researched and compiled by 
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