Posts Tagged ‘pop’

MichaelJacksonBen

Ben is the second studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. The album was released on August 4, 1972, while Jackson was still a member of The Jackson 5. The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. Ben was more successful on music charts than Jackson’s previous studio album, having charted within the top ten on the Billboard 200. Internationally, the album was less successful, peaking at number twelve in Canada, while charting within the top 200 positions in Australia and France.

Worldwide, Ben has sold a reported 5 million units. The album released one single, the title track “Ben”, which was a commercial success on music charts, topping both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Australian ARIA charts, giving Jackson his first number-one single, domestically and internationally. “Ben” also charted within the top ten in other territories worldwide. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” was planned to be released as the second single from the album, but canceled for unspecified reasons. Two of the album’s songs were “stripped” in 2009 as part of the three-disc compilation Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_%28album%29

Republica

Republica is the debut studio album by English band Republica, released on July 30, 1996 by RCA Records in the United States and on October 5, 1996 by Deconstruction Records in the United Kingdom. Produced by the band with additional production by Ben Grosse, Republica is an alternative rock album which fuses different genres of electronic music, such as electronica or techno, and also contains elements of Hi-NRG and trip hop music.

Three singles were released from the album: “Bloke” and two hit singles, “Ready to Go” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republica_%28album%29

DarylHallJohnOatesVoices

Voices is the ninth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1980. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #17. The album slowly became a massive hit, spinning off four singles into the top 40 of the American pop charts: “How Does It Feel to Be Back” (#30 in fall, 1980), “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (#12 in winter, 1980), “Kiss on My List” (#1 for three weeks in spring, 1981), and “You Make My Dreams” (#5 in summer, 1981). (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voices_%28Hall_%26_Oates_album%29

Madonna

Madonna is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. It was renamed Madonna: The First Album for the 1985 international re-release of the album. Five singles were released from the album, with “Holiday” becoming her first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Lucky Star”, her first top-five hit. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_%28Madonna_album%29

ColorMeBaddCMB

C.M.B. is the debut album of American recording act Color Me Badd, released July 23, 1991, on Giant Records. It was produced by several record producers, including Dr. Freeze, Nick Mundy, and Howie Tee. The album features the single “I Wanna Sex You Up”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C.M.B.

SarahMcLachlanSurfacing

Surfacing is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. It was released in July 1997, coinciding with the start of McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour. The album was a commercial success worldwide, reached the top position on the Canadian RPM 100 Albums chart and number two on the US Billboard 200. Critical reviews were mixed; some of the more positive reviews praised the songwriting, while the album’s detractors criticized it as banal and slow. The album spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-five hits, “Adia” and “Angel”, the top-15 hit “Building a Mystery”, and the top-30 hit “Sweet Surrender”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfacing_%28album%29

KennyLogginsNightwatch

Nightwatch is the second solo album from Kenny Loggins, released in 1978. The album is Loggins’ highest charting album on the Billboard 200 to date, reaching number 7.

It features the hit single “Whenever I Call You Friend” featuring Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks (co-written with Melissa Manchester), which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the first recorded version of the Doobie Brothers classic “What a Fool Believes,” which Loggins co-wrote with the Doobies’ Michael McDonald. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightwatch_%28album%29

WhamFantastic

Fantastic is the debut album by British pop duo Wham! Released on 9 July 1983, it reached No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart. It included the previously released singles “Young Guns”, “Wham! Rap” and “Bad Boys”. “Club Tropicana” was also released as a single, as was “Club Fantastic Megamix”.

The album also features a hidden track (played on a honky tonk-style piano), which is included in the final 20 seconds of “Young Guns (Go for It!)”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_%28Wham!_album%29

QueenTheGame

The Game is the eighth studio album by British rock band Queen released on 30 June 1980. It was the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US and became their best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold to date, tying News of the World’s US sales tally. The album received very favourable reviews. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, both of which reached #1 in the US. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser (an Oberheim OB-X). (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_%28Queen_album%29

DonHenleyEndOfInnocence

The End of the Innocence is the third studio solo album by Don Henley, the lead vocalist and drummer for the Eagles. The album was released in 1989, on Geffen , this would be his last release on that label. It was also his last solo album of the 1980s and it would be eleven years before he released another solo album, until 2000’s Inside Job.

The album is his best selling album, selling over 6 million copies in the United States alone, peaking at #8. The album featured three Top 40 singles “The End of the Innocence”, “The Heart of the Matter”, and “The Last Worthless Evening”. Those singles reached #8, #21, and #21 respectively. The album also featured “New York Minute” which reached #48 on the charts and was recorded by Henley and the Eagles for their live album Hell Freezes Over in 1994. “New York Minute” also has close association to the 9/11 tragedy, with heavy airplay by stations at the time. Henley won another Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award for the title track. In 2003, the album was ranked at number 389 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_the_Innocence_%28album%29