#1s of the Summer 1985-2014

Billboard has released the top 10 songs over the past 30 years of the Summer chart toppers. As a music enthusiast I love lists like these. The list is pretty long to just bullet point every year so enjoy the full list HERE. I’ll be sharing the top 10 over the past decade.

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It’s interesting that the ladies have ruled the top of the charts during the Summer. It’s no denying that each and every one of these songs has been played in rotation, on multiple stations, at the same time, during their reign. Of the 30 years noted in the article, I would have to say my favorite were from 2002-2005: Nelly, Beyonce, Usher, and Mariah Carey. Now I probably shouldn’t have been listening to ‘Hot In Herre’ at 11 years old, but there’s no denying that the song is a classic now. I would always listen to Destiny’s Child with my older sister, but Beyonce in the tank top, denim shorts, and red pumps would make anyone take notice in ‘Crazy In Love’ Usher was THE MAN In 2004 with his album Confessions which is one of my favorite albums of all time and talk about a legendary comeback from Mariah Carey with 2005s, The Emancipation of Mimi. This was at a time when R&B was still accepted. You’d hear it on the radio in rotation just like you hear the EDM and other jibber jabber today. That’s when videos were videos. You’d want to see what the artist was coming out with next and usually they’d nail it every time.

My pre-teen years was when I really discovered the type of music I enjoyed. I memorized every line to my favorite songs and if the video had choreography, I knew every step. Music lately has fallen off, but there are still those hidden gems. No I have not been around for 30 years, but a huge chunk of this list brings back memories.

Below is a playlist of all the #1s from 1985-2014. Enjoy!

This Week In Music (V.26): Lawsuits

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. I’ve been absent from blogging this past Friday due to being sick, but I’m back at it. Be sure to check out my Maroon 5 concert review HERE and last weeks edition of This Week In Music HERE.

robin-thicke-blurred-lines-music-videoSo the headline of this week was the outcome of the Robin Thicke/Pharrell lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s family. For those living under a rock, Marvin Gaye’s family were suing Pharrell and Robin Thicke for the illegal use of their fathers song, ‘Got To Give It Up’ in the 2013 summer smash, ‘Blurred Lines’. When I first heard the song I immediately thought that was what it sounded like. Well the verdict came in and Marvin Gaye’s family won LARGE. For the track to have made $16 million, the family got $7.4 million of that.

This case might be closed, but the Gaye family could be going after Pharrell’s solo smash, ‘Happy’. Gaye’s daughter says that its reminiscent of her fathers track, ‘Ain’t That Pecuilar’. Now listening to the song, yes they do sound similar, especially how each track begins. After winning $7.4 milioin is the Gaye family just being greedy? I think that ‘Blurred Lines’ was spot on ‘Got to Give It Up’. As for this one, I think that a soul clap does not account for a song being ripped off. I can hear the similarity, but not as much as ‘Blurred Lines’. If this were to go to court this surely could put into question Pharrells 20+ year as a producer. Then again, his work has never been in question before.

Listen to the similarities below:

ciara_articleWith a lawsuit win like this it’s a wonder how many other songs artists have ripped off. Jermaine Dupri feels that Ciara ripped off his track for Usher, ‘U Got It Bad’. With news of Marvin Gaye’s family winning a lawsuit like this, Jermaine Durpi is speaking out. In an interview with the Associated Press he stated:

“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’ I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”

I stated in my review (click HERE for that) that the song sounded a lot like ‘U Got It Bad’, especially during the hook.  It’s nothing wrong with being inspired by another artists contribution to music, but it is wrong to put out a track and pass it off without giving credit. Hopefully these two can hash everything out without it having to go to court.

Listen to the similarities below:

 

Robin Thicke, Paula, Tracklist

I recently mentioned that Robin Thicke would be naming his album, Paula, as he continues to try to win back / smooth out his marital differences with his estranged wife Paula Patton. Well, the album is coming quickly as a album cover and track listing has been released. Check it out below (via Rap-Up):

1. “You’re My Fantasy”
2. “Get Her Back”
3. “Still Madly Crazy”
4. “Lock the Door”
5. “Whatever I Want”
6. “Living in New York City”
7. “Love Can Grow Back”
8. “Black Tar Cloud”
9. “Too Little Too Late”
10. “Tippy Toes”
11. “Something Bad”
12. “The Opposite of Me”
13. “Time of Your Life”robin-thicke-paula
14. “Forever Love”

From looking at the track listing it’s clear to see that this album is a testimony of their relationship, at least from his view. I expect it to cover the good and the bad, plus everything in between to some extent. I mean look at the first track and the last track. At first it was a fantasy and now that they’ve been together for nearly two decades they’ll forever be indebted to each other, hence ‘Forever Love’.

Paula is expected to hit stores and online July 1st.

Single Review: Robin Thicke, ‘4 The Rest Of My Life (Remix)’

This was quite a surprise to see as I was browsing for material for the blog and new music to get into. I’m a fan of both Robin & Tamar and I love how their voices compliment each other. No this is no Babyface/Toni collab, but the range in voices are completely different and I think that Robin & Tamar are on the same level vocally for this remix to not be over the top. I love the original, but I love the flat that Tamar adds. It’s not too much and it adds a different take to it, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I wish these two were going on tour together, but Tamar wrapped up her initial tour with John Legend and Mr. Thicke is about to hit the road with K. Michele. I would love to hear more music with these two. Lovely remake.