Last year Queen Bey set the stage on fire with a medley of her self-titled album as she was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. The year before Justin Timberlake performed a medley of his hits and even reunited with his NSync bandmates as he was honored. This year at the 2015 VMAs, Kanye West will be honored with the award.
The 57th annual Grammy Awards airs tonight on CBS and it is set to be yet another star studded event. I’m excited for the performances and I decided to post some artists who have had quit the feat at musics grandest stage. Click HERE for my 2014 Grammy review and enjoy the slideshow below.
Time magazine has compiled a new pop list titled, ‘The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom‘. The ranking was determined by numbers straight from the Billboard archives:
TIME went through every song that reached the top ten of the Billboard 100 back to 1960 to see which artists had both the biggest years and longest careers. We assigned points based on a song’s rank for each week it was in the top ten. Artists who collaborated on songs are both given credit for its success. Artists were chosen for this list based on all-time chart performance and contemporary significance.
Points are awarded by placement in the Top Ten, from ten points for a number-one hit to one point for a number-10 song. All artists listed by name on a track are given full points for its chart performance, but groups with members who later had solo careers are still counted as separate entities.
There are two rankings ‘By Hits’ and ‘By Debut’. ‘By Hits’ Mariah Carey trumps all. Since her debut on Billboard in 1990 her largest ranking came in 1995, Daydream, and then a decade later in 2005, The Emancipation of Mimi. Although she’s recently released an album, her charting stops in 2008. Ranking two through ten, in order: Rihanna, Usher, The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, and Boyz II Men. No surprise that Rihanna‘s most successful album to date is Good Girl Gone Bad and for Usher it’s Confessions. The Beatles most successful compilation was 1964s, A Hard Day’s Night and Madonna‘s was True Blue. Janet Jackson‘s highest charting was The Velvet Rope and Whitney Houston‘s greatest was 1998’s (charted in ’99), My Love Is Your Love. Michael Jackson‘s solo career charting began in 1971 and his greatest year was over a decade later in 1983 with the prolific success of Thriller. In at #9 is Katy Perry. In the five year span of her charted career her biggest success was Teenage Dream. Boyz II Men rounded off the top 10 and their highest selling album was II.
‘By Debut’ Bruno Mars ranks #1 with Doo-Wops & Hooligans trumping his other two projects. Ranking two through ten, in order: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, Rihanna, T-Pain, Chris Brown, and Kanye West. Lady Gaga‘s greatest success was The Fame Monster and Taylor’s Swift‘s was RED. Miley Cyrus‘ greatest success thus far has been her latest album, Bangerz and Maroon 5‘s was Overexposed. T-Pain‘s biggest year was 2007 with success of collabs with Kanye West, Chris Brown, Baby Bash, Flo Rida, Plies, and his solo work Epiphany. Chris Brown‘s greatest success was Exclusive and Kanye‘s was 2011 with success of ‘E.T.’ and ‘N***as in Paris’.
To see the full ranking, CLICK HERE.
Nicki Minaj may not have had a #1 on the Hot 100 just yet, but she has set a record of her own. With ‘Anaconda’ debuting at #19 on the Hot 100 it makes it her 51st Hot 100 hit surpassing Michael Jackson who she was tied with at 50. Michael Jackson had been stacking hits since 1971 with ‘Got To Be There’. Nicki’s debut on the chart was Lil Wayne’s, ‘Knockout’ (Rebirth) in February 2010, although she was on the chart for Young Money’s, ‘BedRock’ (We Are Young Money) in December 2009. Other sources say her first is her collab with Lil Wayne, ‘Knockout’ (Rebirth). Out of the 51 hits tallied, 20 of those were earned as a solo act. Her first solo Hot 100 hit was ‘Your Love’ (Pink Friday). Her debut album made her the first female MC to have 8 singles simultaneously that all ranked in the Hot 100. She tweeted:
In addition to having the most Hot 100s, she’s topped Missy Elliot who was leading the pack with 31 hits. She now ties with Eminem at 7th place for most hits for a rapper overall. She’s tied with Rod Stewart for having 51 hits and the most overall goes to the cast of Glee which has 207. Check out the MASSIVE playlist of Nicki’s Hot 100 hits below:
Beyoncé will be joining the likes Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake as she will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this years VMAs and YES she will be performing. Her last performance was in 2011 when she announced her pregnancy after performing ‘Love on Top.’ CLICK HERE for my review of that performance. Check out the announcement of her to receive the award below:
Beyoncé leads the list of nominees this year with 8 nominations. Overall she’s won 15 VMAs. Be sure to check her out Sunday, August 24th, at 8pm LIVE on MTV.
Check out Queen Bey’s previous VMA performances below:
‘Baby Boy’/’Crazy In Love’ – 2003
‘Ring The Alarm’ – 2006
‘Single Ladies’ – 2009
‘Love on Top’ – 2011
Queen Bey has decided to share some of her favorites for Memorial Day via her official website. Enjoy the list below:
- Earth Wind and Fire- September
- Frankie Beverly and Maze- Joy and pain
- Mtume- Juicy Fruit
- Michael Jackson- Rock With You
- Aretha Franklin- Chain of Fools
- Marvin Gaye- Got to Give it Up
- Stevie Wonder- Superstitious
- A Tribe Called Quest- Bonita AppleBum
- Aaliyah- Back and Forth
- Total- Can’t You See
- Solange- Losing You
- Too $hort- Blow the Whistle
- Juvenile- Nolia Clap
- Kanye West- We Major
Michael Jackson’s second posthumous album, Xscape, was recently released (May 13th) and out of the songs that I have heard so far I am really in love with the vibe of ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ featuring Justin Timberlake. The video is what I expected, a tribute to Michael. What other way was there to do it? I do wish there was more of the choreo in front of his videos. I do like how they panned in and out from Michael’s videos to dancers doing his moves. It was really what I expected the video to be. There’s not much to say about a tribute. There was lots and lots of dancing and tons of smiling faces for a song as joyful as this. Check it out below:
It’s another week in music that has passed and just incase you’ve missed it here’s what’s worth mentioning.
First off, CONGRATS to John Legend for scoring his first #1 on the Hot 100 for ‘All of Me’ and congrats to Iggy Azalea for having 2 tracks in the top 10 and within the top 5 ‘Problem’ (w/ Ariana Grande) and ‘Fancy‘ (feat. Charlie XCX). On Digital Songs ‘Problem’ is in at #1 and ‘Fancy’ is in at #2. In other chart news, Imagine Dragons debut track ‘Radioactive’ has bowed out of the Hot 100 after having spent 87 weeks on the chart. It holds the longest streak surpassing popular favorites, ‘I’m Yours’ (Jason Mraz), ‘Rolling In the Deep’ (Adele), ‘Party Rock Anthem’ (LMFAO), plus more.
As for videos this week there were 3 that really caught my eye: Usher ‘Good Kisser’, Sara Bareilles ‘I Choose You’, and my favorite video release of the week Sia ‘Chandelier’. The video is such an amazing imagery and be sure to click the link for my full review. In the meantime check out the video below:
In other new music Michael Jackson’s, Xscape, is set to hit stores June _ and hot of the heals of the iHeartRadio debut, , two more tracks have been released. Take a listen to ‘Blue Gangsta’ and ‘Xscape’ here.
In other new music I came across this track ‘Made for Me’ by Sebastian Mikael featuring Teyana Taylor. The track is featured I love both of their vocals together and will be doing a full review on his mixtape, Waiting Game, so stay tuned for that. Also I’ll be doing an official track/video for Teyana Taylor’s track ‘Maybe’ which hits airwaves Tuesday, 5.13.14. Check out the track below:
Moving on to the NEWS of the week, and no I’m not talking Rihanna’s Instagram. Dr. Dre is set to become the first RAP BILLIONAIRE after his deal with Apple. Dre and his parter Jimmy Iovine are expected to receive 3.2 billion for the sale of Beats by Dre and the newest project Beats Music. This will be a huge deal for Dre as he will surpass Diddy’s $700 million net worth and a huge deal for Apple as they have not paid over 1 billion for a company. CONGRATS to that!
I don’t like to discuss much celeb ‘scandal’ on here, but let’s get to Rihanna’s instagram. Her instagram was suspended than the account was cleared out. Why? Well if you haven’t read on other blogs it’s all for her topless post of her LUI cover. Will Rih be making a reappearance to Instagram anytime soon? I sure hope so because her posts at times can be quite comical.
Lastly, Chris Brown has been sentenced to 131 for the violation of his parole due to the D.C. fight. He has a hearing for that fight on June 23rd and is charged with misdemeanor assault. Due to the time served already, 200+ days between rehab & current jail time his lawyer expects him to be released soon. Although he is not physically promoting his music, his track ‘Loyal’ is all over the airwaves. It’s #11 on the Hot 100, #13 on Radio Songs.
On February 28, 1984 Michael Jackson swept the 26th Annual Grammy Awards with 8 wins of the success of his 1982 album, Thriller. He took home: Album of the Year, Record of the Year (‘Beat It’), Best Recording for Children (‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’), Best Pop Vocal Performance Male (‘Thriller’), Producer of the Year (along with Quincy Jones), Best R&B Vocal Performance Male (‘Billie Jean’), Best Rhythm and Blues Song; songwriter (‘Billie Jean’), and Best Rock Vocal Performance Male (‘Beat It’).
Here’s a compilation of his acceptance speech at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards.
Thriller was released on November 30, 1982. The album only featured 9 songs so for him to have won 8 Grammys for the album it’s like a Grammy per song! In addition to the 8 Grammy wins he won 8 AMAs, a special Merit Award, and 3 The video for ‘Thriller’ was more of a motion picture with their even being a special on the making of the video.
Jackson’s videos ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’ are noted for breaking the color barrier on MTV. During the early 80s not many black artists were played except for a few. When ‘Beat It’ aired on MTV it was still not played on a high rotation. In fact, ‘Billie Jean,’ was not put into medium rotation (2-3 times a day) until it peaked on the Billboard Hot 100. Although those two songs set the tone for what what was to come with breaking the color barrier on the station the release of ‘Thriller’ was what really eliminated the barrier.
The album was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records on February 7, 1984 as the world’s best-selling album. On August 21, 2009 the album was certified platinum 29x by the RIAA having sold 29 million copies in the U.S. and over 20 million outside the U.S. The album is still iconic to this day averaging 130,000 in the U.S. yearly.
Below is a playlist of the album. ENJOY!