You guys know that since we’ve begun our Mixtape journey a few months ago, there have been all kinds of new features added along the music road. Some of those segments have proven to be funkdafied and flourished, (‘5 Reasons Why’ and ‘Forgot About Friday’), while some have had a shorter career than Hanson, like “Turnt-Up-Tuesdays” and “Music Kitchen Dance Party”…yikes! So, today, I’m going to go out on a music limb and say that I’m serving up a new “Throwback Thursday” column…that I think you guys will most enjoy.
Okay, so as much fun as it is to look in my crystal Mixtape ball and look to the future of all things music, there’s nothing quite like referring to my music bible, a.k.a. Billboard magazine, and having a listen to what was rocking our headphones back in the day. With that being said, each week, I’ll serve up some fun chart tid bits for you guys going back to one, five, ten, fifteen and twenty years ago, while at the same time promising NOT to make us all feel old as hell. Now, let’s see how much of this music chart history you guys will remember…..
Twenty years ago…Radiohead made us think and Tupac broke music chart records…..from prison…
Twenty years ago, UK rockers Radiohead were riding high on their just released critically acclaimed second album, ‘The Bends.’ The landmark set drew greater praise than their previous effort, with some critics citing that the album, “changed the face of music.” In another review I read on iTunes, it stated, “I’ll never forget the first day I heard this in my life.” Well said, my man. Album cuts like, “Fake Plastic Trees,” “High and Dry,” “Just,” and the albums title track will certainly get you thinking about all that fucked up shit you did back in the ’90s day. While it may have only peaked at #88 on the Billboard 200 album chart, ‘The Bends’ is no doubt a piece of timeless music art.
Also twenty years go, deceased rapper Tupac shaker did the unthinkable….he released a #1 album…while serving time in prison. To refesh your memory, Mr. Shakur was in quite a bit of legal trouble back then stemming from accusations of sexual assault, shooting cops, assaulting his “Menace 2 Society’ director…the works. When ‘World’ was released, it debuted at #1 and stayed there for four straight weeks, eventually going on to sell double platinum by the end of the year. But, just think if this album had never seen the light of the day, we wouldn’t have been given the essential music gift that was Pac’s musical tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, called, “Dear Mama.”
Fifteen years ago….Madonna rewired “American Pie”….
In between her standout albums, ’98’s “Ray of Light,” and 2000’s, “Music, ” Madonna dabbled a bit in the movie soundtrack game, first in ’99 with “Beautiful Stranger,” from ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me,’ and then in 2000 with a redo of Don McClean’s classic ’70s hit, “American Pie,” from her personal box office bomb, ‘The Next Best Thing.’ While some groaned at Madonna’s ‘Pie’ retooling, the song went on to hit #29 on the charts, and it also gave the Material Girl another #1 club hit. In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Mr. McClean gave Madonna’s version a big thumbs up, stating, “I think it’s sensual and mystical. I also feel that she’s chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history. I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess.” Get lost in Madonna’s “American Pie” video below, which now feel like it came out a long, long time ago…
Ten years ago…..50 Cent became the first solo music artist to…….
….land three singles in the U.S. Top 5. His ‘The Massacre’ singles “Candy Shop” and “Disco Inferno” were sitting pretty at positions 1 and 5, while, “This Is How We Do,” with G-Unit spitster, The Game, was in the #4 spot. Hard to believe that just a few days ago, 50 was another long lost charted music artist featured on “Forgot About Friday.” Makes this chart history seem kind of crazy, doesn’t it? Sigh…the days when 50 Cent ruled the world….priceless…
Five years ago…Lady Gaga and Rihanna were all up in the diva chart busting game…..
Five years ago this week, Gaga and Rihanna were straight up diva tag teaming the charts, first Gaga with the Bey assisted “Telephone,” and then RiRi with the delicious, “Rude Boy.” Both divas cracked some chart history as well, as “Telephone” would make Gaga the first artist in the seventeen year history of the Billboard Pop Songs to have her first six consecutive singles soar straight to the top of the chart. However, with RiRi’s “Rude Boy” taking the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100, it marked her the female with the most #1 singles since 2000(it was her sixth #1 at the time)….and our girl still holds that record today.
One year ago….Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” was terrorizing radio….and all of our lives…..
Having never thought we would have to hear this single EVER again…we’ll make it quick. One year ago, “Happy,” the eardrum infesting single by Mr. Pharrell Williams was sitting in its third week at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100……only to remain there another excruciating seven weeks. While yes, “Happy” was cute at first…but after a million spins…it seemed like it would never go away. I won’t make guys sit through it, instead get lost in “Caught Out There,” starring Kelis featuring a tasty Pharrell beat when he was with Chad Hugo in the production group, The Neptunes.