Song of the Day #4,074: ‘Motivation’ – Normani

I’m calling it on August 30. Normani’s ‘Motivation’ is the best video of 2019. It’s one of the summer’s best songs, too.

Camila Cabello is the Fifth Harmony alum who has had the most solo success to date, but Normani will be hot on her heels with this infectious track that nods to the R&B/pop songs of the late 90s and early 00s, with a video that recalls Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’ and Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’.

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Song of the Day #3,032: ‘Motivation’ – Sheryl Crow

sheryl_crow_detoursThe arc of most artists’ careers is a bell curve — a ramp up to their biggest success and then a gradual (or not so gradual) decline. That’s true even for stars who blew up right out of the gate.

Sheryl Crow’s arc isn’t really an arc at all but a steep downhill slope. Her first album was a smash hit, selling 10 million copies worldwide. Then every one of her next seven albums sold fewer than the last, even as she remained in the pop culture conversation as both a musician and a celebrity.

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