Thursday, December 03, 2020

Songoftheday 12/3/20 - I want ya'll to play this at funerals in the hood, 'til all this black on black crime stop...

 
"I Miss My Homies" - Master P featuring Pimp C, Silkk The Shocker, Mo B. Dick, O'Dell, Sons of Funk, and Mercedes
from the album Ghetto D (1997)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13
 
Today's song of the day comes from rapper Percy Miller, who records and produces records under the names Master P or Ice Cream Man. Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, he used a small inheritance to buy a record store and start his own independent label, No Limit Records, in 1990. He released his solo debut album Get Away Clean in 1991, followed by two more small album releases in the next few years. He also began a group project with his brothers Vyshonne (Silkk The Shocker) and Corey (C-Murder) called TRU, and put out their first disc Understanding The Criminal Mind in 1992. Three years later, Miller made a distribution deal with Priority Records, experts in selling music in the indie urban marketplace. His fourth solo album, and first under the deal, 99 Ways To Die, popped on to the R&B albums chart at #41, followed by a third TRU record, True, which cracked the R&B Albums top-40 at #25. In 1996, his next set, Ice Cream Man, landed his first hit single with title track "Mr. Ice Cream Man", which hit #55 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine and #90 on their pop Hot 100 tally. The album placed in the top-40 of the Billboard 200 sales list at #26, and #12 on the R&B-specific list, going on to sell over a million copies. Then the TRU set Tru 2 Da Game arrived at the start of 1997, with single "I Always Feel Like", which sampled the camp Rockwell hit "Somebody's Watching Me", gave Percy and his brothers their first top-40 R&B hit at #27 (and #71 on the Hot 100). That set came in at #8 on the Billboard 200, eventually shifting over two million units. That spring, a  single for the movie I'm 'Bout It, "If I Could Change", awarded Master P a solo lead-billed top-40 R&B hit at #31. 

This building momentum came to a head with the release of Master P's sixth studio effort, Ghetto D, in the fall of 1997. Selling over a quarter-million copies in its first week alone, the record would put the rapper straight at the top of the charts. The lead single from the record was "I Miss My Homies", which takes the template of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's success with "Tha Crossroadz" - mournful rhymes over a more subdued beat than usual - translated to New Orleans-style funk beats. The result, reportedly inspired by the death of his other brother Kevin, put Percy in the American Top-40 for the first time, accompanied by brother Silkk and a whole crew from his label in tow...
 
 
"I Miss My Homies" reached the pop top-40 in September of 1997. The song also climbed to #16 on Billboard's R&B chart, and #2 on their Rap Singles list. The Ghetto D album spent a week at #1 on the Billboard 200 sales tally, going on to move over three million records.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Disco Dessert 12/2/20 - "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)" from Freddie Jackson...

 
"He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)" was a club hit for soul singer Freddie Jackson. Appearing on his debut album Rock Me Tonight, the song was written by his produced Barry Eastmond with Keith Diamond. On Billboard magazine's Hot Dance/Disco Club Play chart, the song was listed with the 12" single's "B-side" "I Wanna Say I Love You" which also got DJ play. The single peaked there at #19 in 1986, while also reaching #8 on their R&B chart and #25 on the pop Hot 100.
 

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Songoftheday 12/2/20 - You come out at night that's when the energy comes, and the dark side's light and the vampires roam...

 
"Building A Mystery" - Sarah McLachlan
from the album Surfacing (1997)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 19
 
Today's song of the day comes from singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, who grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, before moving to Vancouver to start her music career. Signed to the Canadian alt-dance-heavy label Nettwerk, Sarah released her debut album, Touch, in 1988 when she was turning twenty years old. The record entered the Billboard 200 sales chart a year later, going to #132 and eventually selling over a half-million copies, while in her home county entered at #61 to sell over 100,000. One track from that album, "Steaming", became her first charting single, rising to #38 on Billboard magazine's Dance Club Play chart. Her sophomore effort, Solace, came in 1991, and reached the top-20 on the Canadian Albums sales list and landed McLachlan's first Canadian Top-40 hit, "The Path Of Thorns" (CAN #24). A second single from the set, "Into The Fire", also made the top-40 there at #30, while becoming her first big radio success in the States, climbing all the way to #4 on Billboard's Alternative Rock radio chart. Two years later, Sarah returned with her third disc, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, which was where her popularity grew exponentially. Lead single "Possession" also climbed to #4 on the Alternative Rock chart, and the album reached the top quarter of the American album sales chart at #50, going on to sell over three million copies. Another song from it, "Good Enough", gave Sarah her first top ten single in Canada at #9, while peaking at #16 at Alternative Radio and #77 on the pop Hot 100 in the U.S.. Fumbling was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Rock Album, losing to Green Day's pop-punk masterpiece Dookie. In 1995, Sarah contributed a song to the movie The Brothers McMullen; the result, "I Will Remember You", was a decent hit, scoring a second top ten hit in Canada at #10, while in the States, spent five months on the pop chart peaking at #65, and making both the Adult Contemporary (#21) and Adult Top-40 (#37) radio format lists.

All this building momentum carried through for McLachlan's fourth release, Surfacing, in 1997. The lead single from the record, "Building A Mystery", was written by Sarah with producer and frequent collaborator Pierre Marchand. Describing the veils we wear to hide our flaws and worries from the world to appear more attractive was quite the universal consensus, and her emotional yet restrained vocals portray the seething hurt and shame within, while exuding a glow for self-survival I definitely quite can relate to...


"Building A Mystery" became Sarah's first top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1997. The song also spent a week at #3 on Billboard's Alternative Rock radio chart, while peaking at #4 on their Adult Top-40 format list. It also rose to #28 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio tally. Internationally, the single was her biggest hit in her homeland by far, spending two months (eight weeks) at #1 on the Canadian singles chart, and was a top-40 hit in Iceland at #23. The Surfacing album came in at #2 on the Billboard 200 sales list (eventually selling over eight million copies in the U.S.), while topping the Canadian counterpart. At the Grammy Awards in 1998, "Building A Mystery" won the away for Best Female Pop Vocal, while another track from the album, "Last Dance", also won for best Pop Instrumental Performance. The Surfacing album was up for Best Pop Album, which went to James Taylor for his Hourglass record.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Disco Dessert 12/1/20 - "Let's Work" from Ice Cream Tee...

 
"Let's Work" was a club hit for Philly-based rapper Bettina Clark, who recorded as Ice Cream Tee. Appearing on her debut (and only) album Can't Hold Back, the song was written by Clark and produced by Afrika Bambaataa protege Jazzy Jay. On Billboard magazine's Dance Club Play chart, the Todd Terry-mixed single peaked at #17 in 1989.


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Songoftheday 12/1/20 - I'm a blonde bimbo girl in a fantasy world, dress me up make it tight I'm your dolly...

 
"Barbie Girl" - Aqua
from the album Aquarium (1997)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6
 
Today's song of the day comes from the Danish pop group Aqua, who got started in the capital city of Copenhagen in the mid 1990s. After a brief stint as "Joyspeed", the rechristened quartet of singers Lene Nystrom and Rene Dif with guitarist Claus Noreen and synth player Soren Rasted signed with MCA/Universal Records, where they recorded their debut album Aquarium. The first single in their home country was the by-the-numbers Eurodance track "Roses Are Red", which went to #1 in Denmark in 1996. That was followed by a second chart-topper there with "My Oh My" (this song would later on become a top ten hit in the UK in 1998).  But the third release would be the one that gave the band their first and biggest worldwide success. "Barbie Girl", written by all the members and produced by Noreen and Rasted with Johnny Jam (Johnny Pedersen) and Delgado (Karsten Dahlgaard), was a comic take on the iconic doll produced by the Mattel Company since 1959. With Lene's chirpy vocals and Rene's gruff counterpoint, the record was pure fluff but instantly contagious. With a colorful music video and an eager public wanting something fun away from the G-funk and grunge, and they ate it up, even if radio wasn't too keen on it...


Upon release in America, the single sold like hotcakes from the gate, placing it in the American top ten in September of 1997. However, the record company pulled the single very quickly, with differing stories of either goosing albums sales or avoiding litigation from toymaker Mattel, which happened anyway. The remixes of the song helped it climb to #21 on Billboard magazine's Dance Club Play list as well. Internationally, besides going to #2 in Denmark, the single went to #1 in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, New Zealand, and Switzerland. It also reached the top ten in Spain (#2), the Netherlands (#2), Austria (#2), Finland (#3), Canada (#4), and Hungary (#4). The Aquarium album also came in at #7 on the Billboard 200 sales chart in America, going on to sell over three million copies.

As for the lawsuit, surprisingly enough Mattel lost, with the courts siding on the side of 1st Amendment rights and right to parody, so that was pretty big. And of course, in time the company ended up licensing the song for a commercial about the doll, of course changing the racy lyrical content.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Disco Dessert 11/30/20 - "New York, New York" from Nina Hagen...

 
"New York, New York" was a club hit for punk singer/actress Nina Hagen. Appearing on her album Fearless, the song was produced by the "disco dream team" of Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey, and written by Hagan with bass player Karl Rucker and guitarist Steve Schiff from her band. On Billboard magazine's Dance/Disco Top-80 chart, the single peaked at #9 in 1984. 


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Robbed hit of the week 11/30/20 - Sublime's "Wrong Way"...

 
"Wrong Way" - Sublime
from the album Sublime (1996)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: ineligible to chart
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay peak: #47
 
This week's "robbed hit" comes from the punk-reggae fusion rock band Sublime, who had landed in the radio top-40 in the fall of 1996 with "What I Got", followed by the song "Santeria", both tragically after lead singer Brad Nowell died from an overdose. The third song promoted to radio from their self-titled set was "Wrong Way". Written by Nowell with bandmates Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, it's the tale of a girl forced into the oldest profession, to be saved by the song's protagonist, only to be abused again. All set to a frenetic beat like a punk distillation of British ska-rockers Madness, and all in just over two minutes...


Since "Wrong Way" wasn't released as a single (like the two songs before it), it wasn't able to place on Billboard magazine's official pop Hot 100 chart. But despite being a big rock radio hit, spending a week at #3 on the Alternative Rock format chart with a half a year (26 weeks) on the list, the song crested just under the pop top-40 radio list in August of 1997.

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Songoftheday 11/30/20 - One two boys by the river down by the water tellin' riddles in the dark, with fireflies under the moonlight carvin' the insides of a tree with a knife...

 
"The Difference" - The Wallflowers
from the album Bringing Down The Horse (1996)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: ineligible to chart
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Airplay Top-40: 13
 
Today's song of the day comes from the rock band the Wallflowers, whose second album Bringing Down The Horse had already spun off a pair of decent radio hits with "6th Avenue Heartache" and the Grammy-winning "One Headlight", which reached the #2 spot on the pop airplay chart in the spring of 1997. The third cut from the record sent to radio would be "The Difference", written by bandleader (and son of Bob) Jakob Dylan and produced by T-Bone Burnett. The fast-paced track uses poetic but biting lyrics (kind of like Sheryl Crow at the time) to illustrate an unrequited love forward in time. This over a percussive-heavy beat that reminds of early-80s post-punk like the Jam and Elvis Costello...


Since "The Difference" wasn't available as a commercial "single", it wasn't able to place on Billboard magazine's official Hot 100 pop chart. However the song got enough pop radio love to make the top-40 of the airplay component of the tally in August of 1997. The song was much bigger on rock radio, where it spent two months (eight weeks) at #3 on the Mainstream Rock format chart, and cresting at #5 on the Alternative Rock radio list. It also reached #14 on the Adult Top-40 format chart as well. Internationally, the single peaked at #12 in Canada. 

A fourth radio promo from Bringing Down The Horse, "Three Marlenas", only got to #51 on the Hot 100 Airplay list, but was a decent rock radio hit again, topping at #17 at Alternative and #21 at Mainstream Rock lists in Billboard, while going to #27 on the Adult Top-40 list.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Disco Dessert 11/29/20 - "Shock The Monkey" from Peter Gabriel...

 
"Shock The Monkey" was a club and radio hit for British rock artist Peter Gabriel. Appearing on his album Peter Gabriel 4 (Security), the song was written by the former member of progressive rock titans Genesis, who produced it with David Lord. On Billboard magazine's Dance/Disco Top-80 chart, the single peaked at #26 in 1982, while also topping the Mainstream Rock radio chart, landing at #29 on the pop Hot 100, and even sneaking on to the Black Singles Chart at #64.




 

Songoftheday 11/29/20 - Don't you know my tears will burn the pillow, set this place on fire 'cause I'm tired of your lies...

 
"All Cried Out" - Allure featuring 112
from the album Allure (1997)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 24
 
Today's song of the day comes from the female R&B vocal group Allure, who was the first (and only) big success for Mariah Carey's "boutique" (read "vanity") label Crave Records. Their debut single "Head Over Heels" reached the top-40 on both the pop and R&B charts in the spring of 1997. The second release from the record would be a cover of one of the most beloved ballads of the Latin freestyle genre of the late 1980s and early 1990s. "All Cried Out", written by the members of the production team/recording act Full Force and recorded by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, reached the American pop top ten in the autumn of 1986. Over a decade later, Carey along with producers Walter Afanasieff and Cory Rooney recreated the song for the 90s post-new-jack-swing soul era, with the vocal group 112 filling in for Bowlegged Lou and Paul Anthony for the male counterpart in the song. With Carey's then A-list clout, this remake was taken to well by radio and fans, and ended up surprassing the original on the charts...


Allure's version of "All Cried Out" returned the song to the pop top ten in the U.S. in November of 1997. The song also climbed to #9 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the single rose all the way to #2 in New Zealand, and was a top-40 hit in Australia (#11), the UK (#12), Denmark (#16), and Iceland (#39). Despite the success, follow-up single "Last Chance" was pretty much ignored. 

Unfortunately, Mariah's Crave Records didn't last much longer, finding the group in limbo for years before MCA picked them up for a second album Sunny Days in 2001. Lead single "Enjoy Yourself" was a minor hit at #50, with the album reaching #68 on the R&B albums chart, but pop stations gave it a pass, and soon they found themselves on their own again (and a trio, losing member Linnie Belcher). Since then, Alia Gray, Akissa Mendez, and Lalisha Sanders have released two more albums independently, the most recent being 2010's Time's Up

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Disco Dessert 11/28/20 - "You're Too Late" from Fantasy...


 "You're Too Late" was a big club hit for the New York vocal group Fantasy. The act was assembled by producer Tony Valor, who wrote and helmed the record, which appeared on their self-titled debut album. On Billboard magazine's Disco Top-100, the single spent five weeks at #1 at the beginning of 1981, while making the R&B top-40 at #28.



Songoftheday 11/28/20 - She's taking her time making up the reasons, to justify all the hurt inside guess she knows...

 
"To The Moon And Back" - Savage Garden
from the album Savage Garden (1997)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #24 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11 (one in 1997, 10 in 1998)
 
Today's song of the day comes from the Australian pop duo Savage Garden, who landed a top ten pop hit in America their first time out with their former #1 in their own country, "I Want You", in the spring of 1997. Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones' second single Down Under, "To The Moon And Back", also went to #1, so it was a natural that it should probably follow its success here. Written by the duo and produced by Charles Fisher, the midtempo song was much meatier in the lyrics, with Darren singing in the third person about a girl who has real-world issues but searches for love as the one promising the titular trip herself. It was different, it was catchy, and it was different enough from their debut to make it distinct...


While "To The Moon And Back" climbed into the American top-40 rather quickly, radio was not giving up "I Want You", and ended up blunting the follow-up's impact, spending only a single week there initially in August of 1997. However, after their next single, "Truly Madly Deeply", became even more massive than "I Want You", the record company decided to put out "To The Moon And Back" again, where it reentered the Billboard magazine Hot 100 chart and made the top-40 again at a somewhat higher rank a year later. The song, which also initially reached the Adult Top-40 list in 1997, ended up peaking at #17, spending a half-year (26 weeks) on the list, while on its second go in 1998 made their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") format chart at #29. Internationally, besides its chart-topping success in their homeland, the single made the top ten in the UK (#3, the highest they ever got in that country), New Zealand (#4), and Greece (#4), while reaching the top-40 in France (#11), Sweden (#11), Germany (#14), Ireland (#14), Canada (#15), Switzerland (#16), Iceland (#27), Belgium (#28F), and the Netherlands (#35).

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Disco Dessert 11/27/20 - "Land Of Hunger" from the Earons...

 
"Land Of Hunger" was a club and urban radio hit for the space-funk band the Earons. Appearing on their only album Hear On Earth, the song was written and produced by the mysterious Tampa Bay group, who all went by decimal fractions as aliases (.22, .28, .33, .18, and .69). On Billboard magazine's Dance/Disco Top-80 chart, the single spent a week at #1 in 1984, while also peaking at #36 on their R&B chart. 
 

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twostepcub's music chart for November 27, 2020...

 
Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Ava Max spends a second week at #1, while Wallows (pictured above) leaps into the top ten. Former big hits from Harry Styles, Zedd, Ashe/Niall Horan, and Ledisi drop out, while songs from Illenium, Dua Lipa/DaBaby, and Queen Naija make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). And everything is Spotify playlisted below for over five hours of listening. Let the Christmas season begin...
 
This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Kings and Queens - Ava Max (1)
2. I Should Probably Go To Bed - Dan + Shay (3)
3. Dynamite - BTS (4)
4. Head and Heart - Joel Corry & MNEK (2)
5. Mood - 24KGoldn f/iann dior (7)
6. Monsters - All Time Low f/blackbear (8)
7. Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) - Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo (5)
8. Are You Bored Yet? - Wallows f/Clairo (12)
9. Wonder - Shawn Mendes (13)
10. Can I Call You Tonight? - Dayglow (10)
11. Cardigan - Taylor Swift (11)
12. Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles (6)
13. Before You Go - Lewis Capaldi (9)
14. Bloody Valentine - Machine Gun Kelly (20)
15. Love You Like I Used To - Russell Dickerson (15)
16. Diamonds - Sam Smith (26)
17. Rain On Me - Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande (17)
18. I Hope - Gabby Barrett f/Charlie Puth (18)
19. Is It True - Tame Impala (23)
20. Everywhere But On - Matt Stell (21)
21. Midnight Sky - Miley Cyrus (16)
22. Hallucinogenics - Matt Maeson (14)
23. More Than My Hometown - Morgan Wallen (33)
24. Lovin' On You - Luke Combs (24)
25. Bang! - AJR (29)
26. Some Girls - Jameson Rodgers (19)
27. Blinding Lights - The Weeknd (27)
28. Letter To You - Bruce Springsteen (38)
29. Lose Somebody - Kygo & OneRepublic (25)
30. Ain't Always The Cowboy - Jon Pardi (34)
31. Levitating - Dua Lipa f/DaBaby (46)
32. Survivin' - Bastille (24)
33. ily (i love you baby) - surf mesa f/Emilee (35)
34. Break My Heart - Dua Lipa (22)
35. U 2 Luv - Ne-Yo & Jeremih (40)
36. One Of Them Girls - Lee Brice (32)
37. Big, Big Plans - Chris Lane (47)
38. Feel You - My Morning Jacket (28)
39. Tick Tock - Clean Bandit & Mabel f/24KGoldn (41)
40. Giants - Dermot Kennedy (40)
41. Pretty Heart - Parker McCollum (43)
42. Got What I Got - Jason Aldean (36)
43. OK Not To Be OK - Marshmello f/Demi Lovato (39)
44. Shot In The Dark - AC/DC (50)
45. Come & Go - Juice WRLD & Marshmello (49)
46. Butterflies, Pt. 2 - Queen Naija (61)
47. Make The Most - Lonr. f/H.E.R. (37)
48. The Let Go - Elle King (58)
49. Die From A Broken Heart - Maddie & Tae (44)
50. Roses (Imanbek Remix) - SAINt JHN (48)
51. Happy Anywhere - Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani (55)
52. Identical - Phoenix (67)
53. Breaking Me - Topic & A7S (53)
54. Someone To You - BANNERS (54)
55. Leave Me Alone - I Don't Know How But They Found Me (65)
56. Be Like That - Kane Brown f/Swae Lee & Khalid (56)
57. Black Eyes Blue - Corey Taylor (57)
58. One Beer - HARDY f/Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson (62)
59. Nightlight - Illenium (75)
60. Lasting Lover - Sigala & James Arthur (64)
61. Mariposa - Peach Tree Rascals (71)
62. Patience - Chris Cornell (52)
63. Visitor - Of Monsters and Men (73)
64. Happy Does - Kenny Chesney (74)
65. Picture Us - Anabel Englund (70)
66. 30 - Badflower (76)
67. One Too Many - Keith Urban f/Pink (81)
68. Share That Love - Lukas Graham f/G-Eazy (72)
69. Hole In The Bottle - Kelsea Ballerini (DEBUT)
70. Nobody's Love - Maroon 5 (60)
71. Champagne Night - Lady A (86)
72. Let's Love - David Guetta & Sia (82)
73. Chasin' You - Morgan Wallen (69)
74. Ohms - The Deftones (84)
75. Back Home - Trey Songz f/Summer Walker (83)
76. Level Of Concern - twenty-one pilots (68)
77. Trouble's Coming - Royal Blood (DEBUT)
78. Exile - Taylor Swift f/Bon Iver (78)
79. Overwhelmed - Royal & The Serpent (79)
81. Positions - Ariana Grande (89)
83. Leave Virginia Alone - Tom Petty (87)
84. Bad Habits - Usher (94)
85. Laugh Now, Cry Later - Drake f/Lil Durk (85)
86. Someone Like You - D-Sol f/Gia Koka (90)
87. Imagine - Steve Aoki & Frank Walker f/AJ Mitchell (91)
88. Really Love - KSI, Craig David, & Digital Farm Animals (88)
91. Craving - Arty x Audien f/Ellee Duke (96)
92. You Broke Me First - Tate McRae (92)
95. Lonely - Justin Bieber x Benny Blanco (95)
96. See Nobody - Wes Nelson & Hardy Caprio (100)
98. Whoa - Snoh Aalegra f/Pharrell (RE-ENTRY)
 
 
 
 
 
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Songoftheday 11/27/20 - I'm not the kind of girl who don't know what she wants, I see it in my mind the kind of man to treat me right...

 
"All I Want" - 702
from the albums No Doubt (1996) and Good Burger (Original Soundtrack) (1997)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4
 
Today's song of the day comes from the female R&B vocal group 702, whose debut album had already landed two decent pop hits with "Steelo" and "Get It Together", with the latter reaching the pop top ten in the spring of 1997. After that, album track "No Doubt" got enough urban radio love to place on Billboard magazine's R&B Airplay chart at #58 in the beginning of the summer. It wasn't released as a single in America, but overseas, the song went to #35 in New Zealand and was a minor hit in the UK at #59. But it soon was overshadowed by the third commercial single from the record, "All I Want". Written by producers Charles Farrar and Troy Taylor, and anchored in a prominent sample of the Jackson Five nugget "It's Great To Be Here", which gave writing credit to Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alfonso Mizell, and Deke Richards (aka "The Corporation"), the bouncy track was used in the movie All That, a film spinoff of the children's TV skit comedy show All That starring future Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson. With the show already enjoying peak popularity and already landing a top-40 pop hit from Immature with "Watch Me Do My Thing" earlier that year, it was a natural for radio to pick this up for the kids as well...


"All I Want" became 702's third top-40 pop hit in September of 1997. The song also climbed to #33 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. The Good Burger soundtrack, which included such diverse acts as soul band Mint Condition, rapper Warren G, and indie-rockers Presidents of the United States of America, climbed to #101 on the Billboard 200 sales chart.

Up tomorrow: Australian pop duo take a long, long round trip.