“Check it out” by hip hop artistsNicki Minaj & Will.I.Am was released in September 2010 as a single and also appears on Nicki Minaj‘s debut album entitled “Pink Friday“. It was the second single to appear on the debut album, the first being “Your love” which was originally the B-side to another single entitled “Massive attack” that failed to make the album. To help promote the single in the UK Will.I.Am & Nicki Minaj recruited pop singer Cheryl Cole to feature on a special UK Mix of the song where Cheryl Cole sings backup vocals. At the time of the single’s release Cheryl Cole was a judge on reality TV show “The X Factor“. In the past the show has been used by select members of celebrity judges to promote themselves and their affiliated artists. The UK version of the single does not actually sound any different to the normal mix in terms of arrangement but both versions were released as separate songs with separate videos. “Check it out” reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart when it was released.
Nicki Minaj & Will.I.Am “Check it out” 2010 Universal Motown Records
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“Check it out” was produced by Will.I.Am who is also a member of the Hip Hop group “The Black Eyed Peas” and contains a sample from a record called “Video killed the radio star” by The Buggles that was released in September 1979. “Video killed the Continue reading →
“SOS” by Rihanna was released in March 2006 as the lead single from her second studio album entitled “A girl like me“. “SOS” reached number one on The US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, The Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs Chart, and The Billboard Pop Songs Chart where is remained for 3 consecutive weeks.”SOS” also reached number one in the Australia Urban Singles Chart and the European Hot 100 Singles Chart, as well as being a top 20 hit in various other countries including the UK. “SOS” was written by J.R.Rotem, Evan “Kidd” Bogart, and Ed Cobb and was originally offered to Soul\R&B Singer Christina Milian for use on her third album “So amazing” but she decided to turn it down. The song was then offered to Rhianna and eventually turned out to be a worldwide hit record reaching Gold certification in the UK & Sweden and Platinum in the USA, Brazil, and Australia.
Rihanna “SOS” 2006 Def Jam Records
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“SOS” by Rihanna was produced by J.R.Rotem who used a break from a track recorded by English new wave music duo Soft Cell entitled “Tainted love“. Soft Cell‘s cover Continue reading →
The Soul\R&B group Blackstreet was founded in 1991 by Thomas Taliaferro and Teddy Riley who is widely recognised as the inventor of new jack swing music. The original members of Blackstreet were Teddy Riley, Chauncey Black, Levi Little, Joseph Stonestreet and the name was created by the group members playing around with their surnames taking the “Black” from Chauncey Black‘s name and the “Street” from Joseph Stonestreet‘s name to create Blackstreet.
Joseph Stonestreet left the group after their first single “Baby be mine” was released and was replaced by new member Dave Hollister who together with the other 3 members began working on the group’s debut album also entitled “Blackstreet“. The single “No diggity” is taken from the group’s second album entitled “Another Level“. By the time Blackstreet started working on their second album group members Dave Hollister and Levi Little had left the group and been replaced with new members Mark Middleton and Eric Williams. The group have had several other members come and go throughout their history and “No diggity” remains one of the group’s biggest hit singles to date.
Blackstreet “No diggity” 2006 Interscope Records
The “No diggity” single was produced by group member Teddy Riley and features rappers Dr Dre and Queen Pen. The single reached number 1 on the US billboard hot 100 chart, The US Billboard hot R&B Singles chart, US Billboard hot dance music chart, and the US Billboard Rhythmic top 40 when it was released in November 1996 selling 1.6 Continue reading →