‘Little Queenie’ is a 1959 release by the late Chuck Berry that includes several of his trademarks, including an oft-imitated opening guitar riff, some rip-snorting solos and a reference to an underage girl.
Could anybody get away with a line like “she’s too cute to be a minute over seventeen” these days? Happily, I think the answer is no.
Before I intervened with some Frank Sinatra, this was the randomly dialed-up song slated for my father’s 75th birthday. Not exactly the best fit.
On the other hand, a pop-rock anthem by Kesha (featuring Eagles of Death Metal) encouraging people to ignore criticism and shine on through the negativity is appropriate on any day, including a milestone birthday.
‘Water Under the Bridge’ is one of the best songs on Adele’s 2015 album 25, which is a fine album start to finish. A fine album, but not a remarkable one, which makes its record-shattering commercial performance even more astounding.
These days it’s rare for an album to sell a million copies. Selling 2 million is a pipe dream. Over the past three years, only Taylor Swift (Reputation) and Ed Sheeran (÷) have reached the 2 million threshold.
That’s 2 million copies, total.
Swedish dance-pop star Robyn hasn’t released a new album since 2010, when she dropped her Body Talk series of records. That release consisted of two EPs, Body Talk Pt. 1 and Body Talk Pt. 2, followed by a full-length album (Body Talk) that included tracks from both EPs plus a few new songs.
Today’s random SOTD, ‘Hand With Me,’ appears on both EPs in very different versions. The version embedded below was the lead single from the second EP and it’s an upbeat dance track.
How about a little Cole Porter to close out your weekend? And not just Cole Porter, but Cole Porter performed by Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, the one and only Frank Sinatra.
This version of ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ the most famous, was orchestrated by Nelson Riddle and is notable for the rousing instrumental crescendo and trombone solo that kick off the song’s second minute.
Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse followed a string of critically and commercially successful releases matched by few in the music business.
It isn’t as good as the albums it followed, and it is probably best known for including ‘Accidental Racist,’ a song I’m sure Paisley has regretted ever since the first copy was pressed.
Wheelhouse was the first Paisley album to not reach at least Gold status, and his subsequent releases have failed to hit that mark as well.
U2’s latest album, Songs of Experience, debuted at #1, giving the band #1 hits in every decade since the 80s (they are the first band to achieve that milestone). Many of those sales were the result of a deal that packaged a copy of the album with tickets to their current tour, a gimmick many acts are adopting to boost album sales.
As gimmicks go, it’s not as audacious as the one they tried with their previous album, 2014’s Songs on Innocence, when they automatically uploaded copies of the album to every iTunes customer in the world. That didn’t go over so well.