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Music History Monday: February 23

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 23, 2015 10:14am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: February 23, 1968The Dock Of The Bay, the sixth album by Otis Redding, is released. Produced by Steve Cropper, it is recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis from July 11, 1965 - December 8, 1967. The first posthumous release from the legendary R&B vocalist features tracks from his final recording sessions cut just two days before his death, combined with unreleased material that dates as far back as 1965. The album also includes the hugely successful title track "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," which will become a posthumous number one single on the pop and R&B singles chart in March of 1968. The Dock Of The Bay will spend three weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number four on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: February 23, 1980 - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Freddie Mercury, it is the first US chart-topper for the British rock band. The song will come to Mercury while taking a bath in his room at the Munich Hilton. Quickly getting out of the bath, he'll run to the piano and begins playing the chords, writing them down before he forgets them. The song will be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany during sessions for The Game. Initially, the band's US label Elektra Records, who do not think that the Elvis Presley-inspired rocker will be a hit and don't want to release a single with no album accompany it immediately, will refuse to release it. But they will be forced to when US radio stations begin playing imported copies of the 45 and listener demand for the record becomes too great to ignore. Issued as a single more than seven months ahead of the album, it will become an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #58 on December 22, 1979, it will climb to the top of the chart nine weeks later. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With R&B Singer Jhene Aiko

Posted by Amoebite, December 3, 2014 12:43pm | Post a Comment

Jhene Aiko at Amoeba Hollywood

Seamlessly blurring the lines of modern R&B and pop-oriented Hip Hop, Jhene Aiko is a new brand of singer. Some have said Aiko is the female answer to Frank Ocean, while other critics have drawn comparisons to the late great Aaliyah. Starting out in the '90s as a pre-teen, Aiko supplied backing vocals for R&B group B2K. In 2003, at just 15 years old, Aiko was set to release her solo debut via Sony/Epic Records. When the album was shelved Aiko made the decision to go back to school. Eight years later, Aiko returned to music delivering her first mixtape, .sailing soul(s). in March 2011. Nine months later she signed a recording contract with producer No I.D.'s label Artium, distributed by Def Jam.  

Jhene Aiko Souled OutJhene Aiko has been hard at work since her return to the spotlight. In 2013 she released the EP, Sail Out (Island/Def Jam) and landed an opening spot touring with Nas and Lauryn Hill. In 2014, Aiko followed up with her full-length, Souled Out (Island/Def Jam). Her album titles are in reference to a record executive who once advised she must "sell out" in order to succeed in the music industry. Aiko has since been a vocalist in demand, recording tracks for rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino. With a strong work ethic and a down to earth attitude, Aiko is bound to be pop music's next "it girl." She is on tour this month, playing Club Nokia in Los Angeles December 7 and The Warfield in San Francisco December 10. See her full tour dates here.

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Axl Rose Named 'Greatest' Singer Ever

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

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There’s this thing going around the Internet right now saying Axl Rose is the greatest singer ever.

This list by something called Concert Hotels has actually done something really cool by showing the recorded vocal ranges of some of pop music’s most celebrated singers, taken from Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. The Guns N’ Roses singer came in at No. 1, meaning he has the widest recorded range.

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Axl Rose (center) in Guns N' Roses

It’s fun to see Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others represented pretty well on the list—did you know Lana Del Rey’s recorded vocal range is three octaves, dwarfing Taylor Swift’s two-and-change? Or that Eminem has a recorded range of more than three octaves?

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Billboard Music Awards Wows (and Horrifies) Us With Michael Jackson Hologram Performance; See Who Won at the Show

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 04:43pm | Post a Comment

Whoever greenlighted that Michael Jackson hologram thing knew what they were doing.

The Billboard Music Awards, which took place last night, haven’t always gotten the press the Grammys get. But last night’s show got people talking by taking the hologram performance concept that first gained notoriety in 2012 when a hologram Tupac performed at Coachella and applied it to none other than the late King of Pop.

I’m not sure how horrified to feel by this. The hologram looked pretty real, but at no point was I fooled into thinking that was Michael Jackson moonwalking across the stage, and judging by audience reaction in the video, I’m not alone. I think the hologram thing is a fluke that will go away. This notion that we’re gonna just replace dead rock stars or those who can’t be there with holograms and sell out arenas and tours is a little ridiculous—it’s a fad. At least “Slave to the Rhythm” is a pretty good song, from the better than expected posthumous release Xscape, although it’s not quite as good as “Love Never Felt So Good,” which should win “best song of 2014 that was mostly recorded in 1983” at some award show.

See a partial list of the Billboard Award winners below:

Top Artist: Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” (off the album Blurred Lines)

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11:08:13: E-Lit, Eminem, Latyrx, Yancey Boys, Chill Moody, Main Attrakionz x Tynethys, + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 8, 2013 07:07am | Post a Comment
        

Hip-Hop Top Five Amoeba Music Berkeley Week End Nov 8th, 2013


1) Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)

2) Latyrx The Second Album (Latrymid)

3) Yancey Boys Sunset Blvd (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Cage Kill The Architect (Eastern Conference)

5) Jel Late Pass (Anticon)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for the run down on the latest batch of new/recent hip-hop releases to arrive on Amoeba's shelves in both CD and vinyl formats. Not too surprisingly the much talked about brand new Eminem album, that dropped on Tuesday, is the top seller of the week at the Telegraph Ave. store. The follow up to his Recovery album from summer 2010 Eminem's brand new album, which comes in both regular CD and Deluxe CD versions but so far no vinyl even though its title is "LP," is a sequel of sorts to the 8 Mile rapper's breakout release The Marshall Mathers LP that was released thirteen and a half years ago. With even the cover art (see above and right for original) an exact continuation of that mega hit album (it has sold 21 million copies to date) Eminem is clearly trying to regain the momentum and feel of that May 2000 release and the good news is that he certainly appears to be successful in taking it back stylistically to his older rap style and vibe - even channeling his old Slim Shady alter ego on the new album. So far on social media outlets like Twitter Em fans have weighed in on the new release, that was leaked a few days early, and they seem to be really feeling it; and way more than any of his recent years releases such as the aforementioned Recovery. With executive production credits going to Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin the production and beats are distinctly up-tempo and rock-based while guests on the new album includeKendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Skylar Grey, and Nate Reuss - the lead singer of the band Fun.

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