Mutya Buena | Real Girl (2007)
31 January 2008 // 8:42 AM
After leaving the Sugababes in December 2005, Mutya Buena began working on material for a solo career. Since going solo, Mutya had collaborated with numerous artists including Tah Mac, MC Viper, Groove Armada, and most notably George Michael on the single "This is Not Real Love."
Mutya co-signed a record deal with her former bandmembers' label Universal Island Records and 4th & Broadway. The first single, "Real Girl," entered the UK Singles hart at #11 on downloads alone, climbing to #2 after its physical release date.
The single is shortlisted at the 2008 BRIT Awards for Best British Single, up against her former bandmembers as well as Leona Lewis, Kate Nash, & Take That.
1. Real Girl
Click here to download "Real Girl"
Labels: Girl Bands, Mutya Buena, Sugababes
Bon Jovi | (You Want To) Make a Memory (2007)
30 January 2008 // 10:03 AM
"(You Want To) Make a Memory" was the first single to be lifted from Bon Jovi's tenth studio album "Lost Highway." The song debuted at #39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was the highest debuting song of the week. After repeatedly moving up and down on the Hot Country Songs charts, it reached a peak of #35. The song was also a "Hot Shot" on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's highest debut on the chart of their career. However, in the UK the single only peaked at #33, Bon Jovi's worst performance in the UK singles chart since "Living in Sin" in 1989.
The song is currently nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
1. (You Want To) Make a Memory
2. I Love This Town (Live from The Cannery Ballroom)
3. Put the Boy Back in Cowboy
Click here to download "(You Want To) Make a Memory"
Labels: Bon Jovi
Kelly Rowland | Stole (2002)
// 10:00 AM
"Stole" was one of the first tracks that Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland worked on while recording her debut solo album.
Pressure laid high on Kelly's shoulders after various #1s with her band Destiny's Child and "Dilemma." However, the single managed to continue her series of hits seamlessly as "Stole" entered the Top 20 on the majority of the charts it appeared on. In the end it even reached the Top 10 of the singles charts in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and in the UK.
In the United States the song saw moderate success when it debuted at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Five weeks later it reached its peak position at #27, eventually leaving the Hot 100 after just twelve weeks.
2. Stole (Pop Edit)
3. Stole (Dreambrotha Mix)
4. Stole (H & D Nu Soul Mix)
5. Stole (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix)
Click here to download "Stole"
Labels: Destiny's Child, Girl Bands, Kelly Rowland
Kym Marsh | Sentimental (2003)
29 January 2008 // 11:17 AM
In 2001 ITV's talent show Popstars was on the lookout for five girls, or boys, to be part of a group, that would go on to try and make it big in the charts. Kym Marsh was one of the lucky ones who impressed judges with her vocal talent.
After becoming one of the chosen five for the group now called Hear'Say, Kym and the group hit the #1 spot with their both debut single "Pure & Simple" and also with their album "Popstars." The media were quick to savage the group, and scrutinise their every move. The band enjoyed one more single before tensions started to emerge. After Hear'Say released an unsuccessful second album, Kym broke news that she was leaving the band.
After a while out of the spotlight, Kym emerged again, signing a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, "Cry," went to #2 in the UK singles chart, whilst her 2nd single "Come On Over" made #10. Kym's make-or-break 3rd single, "Sentimental," stalled at #35 resulting in her being dropped by Island Records.
1. Sentimental (Single Version)
2. Sentimental (Almighty Vocal Mix)
3. I Just Want You
Click here to download "Sentimental"
Labels: Hear'Say, Kym Marsh
Natasha Bedingfield | Soulmate (2007)
// 11:16 AM
"Soulmate" was the second single to be released from Natasha Bedingfield's sophomore album "N.B."
Despite warm reception from fans, the single was not a favourite of music critics. Paul Taylor of the Manchester Evening News called the song "impassioned" and IndieLondon.co.uk called the track "far too sentimental," rating it two out of five stars.
"Soulmate" debuted on the UK singles chart at #70 before climbing to its peak position of #7 three weeks later. The single was a moderate success in Europe as well. It reached the Top 10 in Switzerland and Norway and the Top 20 in Austria, Finland, Germany, Spain and Poland.
2. Chasing Cars
3. I Wanna Have Your Babies (Kardinal Beats Remix)
Click here to download "Soulmate"
Labels: Natasha Bedingfield
Holly Dolly | Dolly Song (2006)
28 January 2008 // 12:16 PM
Holly Dolly is an animated donkey who rose to internet fame dancing in a video with the infamous Loituma Girl animation in the background. The track blew up in Europe and became one of the highest-selling ringtones of all time.
Despite the success, I could find very little information about the track and its sales and chart performance... but click here to watch the "Dolly Song" music video!
1. Dolly Song (Video Edit)
2. Dolly Song (Nockout Remix Edit)
3. Dolly Song (DJ Satomi & Pure Dust Remix Edit)
4. Dolly Song (Original Mix)
5. Dolly Song (Nockout Remix)
6. Dolly Song (DJ Satomi & Pure Dust Remix)
Click here to download "Dolly Song"
Labels: Holly Dolly, One Hit Wonders
Joey Lawrence | Joey Lawrence (1993)
// 12:15 PM
Like many of his peers, teen heartthrob Joey Lawrence saw himself as a man of many talents. As an actor, he captured the hearts of millions of teenage girls on the hit TV show "Blossom." Naturally, the next step was music.
In 1993, Joey released his self-titled debut album through MCA Records. Working with such music heavyweights as Ian Price, Teddy Riley and Elliot Wolff, Joey had what seemed to be a hit on his hands. His debut single, "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix," charted at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #13 in the UK singles chart. Two more singles from the album, "I can't Help Myself" and "Stay Forever," also managed to crack the UK Top 50.
The album was a sizeable hit and a follow-up was released some four years later to a mixed reception.
1. I Can't Help Myself
2. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix
3. Stay Forever
4. Justa 'Nother Love Song
5. Night By Night Listen
6. I Like the Way (Kick Da Smoove Groove)
7. In These Times
8. Anything For Love
9. My Girl
10. Where Does That Leave Me
11. The Ways of Love
12. Read My Eyes
Click here to download "Joey Lawrence"
Labels: Joey Lawrence
Christina Milian | It's About Time (2004)
27 January 2008 // 7:57 PM
"It's About Time" was the second album from Christina Milian. Despite acheiving international success with her debut, Christina's music never caught on in her homeland of the United States. But Island Records gained some confidence in Christina the second go round, as the albums' first single, "Dip It Low," was getting early airplay and creating a buzz. It became her most successful single, charting at #2 in the UK and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The albums' second single release failed to set the charts alight, however, and just charted within the Billboard Hot 100 at #100 and barely cracked the UK Top 10.
The album debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling over 36,000 copies in the first week, and #21 in the UK. However, after a few months, sales of the album were lackluster at 385,000 copies. The album was certified Silver in the UK on the 15th October 2004 for 60.000 copies sold. In 2005 "It's About Time" received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
2. Dip It Low - feat. Fabolous
3. I Need More
4. Whatever U Want - feat. Joe Budden
5. Someday One Day
7. I'm Sorry
8. Get Loose
9. L.O.V.E - feat. Joe Budden
10. Peanut Butter & Jelly
11. Miss You Like Crazy
12. Oh Daddy
Click here to download "It's About Time"
Labels: Christina Milian
// 6:26 PM
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Melanie C | Essentials (2008)
// 11:36 AM
The second in our new "Essentials" series, the Melanie C package is a collection of her singles and notable tracks from the past decade, including five #1 singles!
1. Understand (Stephen Hague Mix)
2. This Time (Single Version)
3. Carolyna (Radio Edit)
4. I Want Candy
5. The Moment You Believe
6. First Day of My Life (Radio Edit)
7. Better Alone (Radio Version)
8. Next Best Superstar
10. Yeh Yeh Yeh (Radio Mix)
11. Let's Love
12. On the Horizon (Radio Mix)
13. Here It Comes Again (Radio Edit)
14. Independence Day (From the motion picture 'Bend It Like Beckham')
15. If That Were Me
16. I Turn to You (Album Edit)
17. Never Be the Same Again (Single Edit) - feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
18. Northern Star (Single Version)
19. Ga Ga (From the motion picture 'Big Daddy')
20. Goin' Down (Radio Version)
21. When You're Gone - Bryan Adams & Melanie C
NOTE: YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD BOTH PARTS TO EXTRACT!
Click here to download "Melanie C's Essentials" - PART ONE
Click here to download "Melanie C's Essentials" - PART TWO
The next "Essentials" collection: Dixie Chicks!
Labels: Girl Bands, Melanie C, Spice Girls
Shania Twain | Don't (2005)
26 January 2008 // 10:21 AM
"Don't" was the second single from Canuck Shania Twain's 2005 "Greatest Hits" album. The single received very little promotion and underperformed in most territories.
It debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart at #44, Twain's fourth highest debut of all time, and highest of the week. The single spent fifteen weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of #24, where it remained for one week. "Don't!" became Twain's first single to miss Top 20 since 2000's "Rock This Country!"
Released to adult contemporary radio in March 2005, "Don't!" debuted at #29. The single spent sixteen weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of #18, where it remained for four non-consecutive weeks. "Don't!" became Twain's tenth consecutive Top 20 single. However, across the pond, the single didn't fare quite as well. The single debuted and peaked at #30 in the UK, becoming her lowest-peaking single in the country. It fell to #57 in its second week and dropped off the chart immediately afterwards.
2. I'm Gonna Getcha Good
3. From This Moment On
Click here to download "Don't"
Labels: Shania Twain
Jessica Simpson | These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (2005)
// 10:21 AM
Pop star-turned-actress Jessica Simpson recorded a rendition of the Lee Hazlewood classic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" for the soundtrack to the 2005 film "The Dukes of Hazzard." Jessica's cover was co-produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was released as the soundtrack's first single. becoming her fifth Top 20 single in the US.
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" peaked at #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and in late 2005 the RIAA certified the single Gold for 500,000 legal downloads or more. It became her biggest hit in Australia, where it reached #2 and remained in the Top 40 for 24 weeks. It was also her first Top 5 hit in the UK, where it peaked at #4. The single also peaked in the Top 20 in New Zealand, Austria & Switzerland.
1. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)
2. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Ed N Ritchie Club Mix)
3. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Scott Storch Mix)
4. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Bimbo Jones Dub)
5. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Bimbo Jones Edit)
6. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Original Radio Edit)
Click here to download "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"
Labels: Jessica Simpson
Sophie Ellis-Bextor | Murder on the Dancefloor (2001)
24 January 2008 // 11:43 AM
After the release of "Take Me Home," a cover of the Cher classic, British pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor released her best-selling single to date in December 2001. "Murder on the Dancefloor" peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart and became the most played song of 2002 in all of Europe. The song was such a hit that the Sophie's label cancelled what was planned to be the next single, "Lover", and replaced it with the AA-side "Get Over You"/"Move This Mountain."
"Murder" was also a hit in worldwide, peaking at #3 in Australia & New Zealand, #5 in Canada and #26 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the US.
1. Murder on the Dancefloor (Radio Edit)
2. Murder on the Dancefloor (Extended Album Version)
3. Murder on the Dancefloor (Jewels & Stone Remix)
4. Murder on the Dancefloor (Parky & Birchy Remix)
Click here to download "Murder on the Dancefloor"
Labels: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Eminem | Like Toy Soldiers (2004)
23 January 2008 // 10:45 AM
"Like Toy Soldiers" tells the story of Eminem's attempts to calm a violent community of rappers. He speaks openly about problems with The Source magazine and its editor Benzino, as well as Murder Inc. Records, and explains the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent. Despite not being released in the US, the song reached the top 40 Stateside and hit #1 in the UK.
The song's video, released in 2004, which depicts Eminem's fellow D12 member Proof being gunned down in a drive-by shooting, took a sudden and tragic turn in the early hours of April 11, 2006, when Proof was actually shot and killed at the CCC nightclub on Detroit's 8 Mile Road.
1. Like Toy Soldiers
2. Just Lose It (DJ Green Lantern Remix)
3. Like Toy Soldiers (Instrumental)
Click here to download "Like Toy Soldiers"
The Judds | Why Not Me (1984)
// 10:44 AM
Wynonna & Naomi Judd were a mother-daughter duo known as The Judds in the country music industry from the early 1980s through the 1990s. Starting out while Wynonna was still in high school and Naomi was working as an RN, the duo were picked up by RCA to record their first full-length album.
The album reached #1 on the country charts and went on to sell more than a million copies - a huge feat for a new female country act. The song "Why Not Me" went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986, as did "Mama He's Crazy" in 1985.
"Why Not Me" includes the duo's first Billboard #1 single on the Country music charts, "Mama He's Crazy, which was first released on their 1983 EP "Wynonna & Naomi." Three more singles from the album reached #1 on the country charts: "Why Not Me", "Girls Night Out", and "Love Is Alive."
In 1991, the Judds retired from the music business as a duo due to Naomi's hepatitis, a disease she contracted from a needle prick working as an RN. Wynonna trucked on, however, having even more crossover appeal than the duo and acheiving many Billboard Hot 100 hits as well as successful singles in Europe and Australia.
1. Why Not Me
2. Mr. Pain
3. Drops of Water
4. Sleeping Heart
5. My Baby's Gone
6. Bye Bye Baby Blues
7. Girls Night Out
8. Love Is Alive
9. Endless Sleep
10. Mama He's Crazy
Click here to download "Why Not Me"
For more information on The Judds or Wynonna, visit wynonna.com!
Labels: The Judds, Wynonna Judd
Pharrell | In My Mind (2006)
22 January 2008 // 10:52 AM
"In My Mind" was the first solo album by NERD frontman Pharrell Williams. The album was originally scheduled to be released at the end of 2005 but was delayed after lackluster airplay for the albums' two already-released singles.
The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard album chart behind former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett and a NOW! compilation, barely selling 140,000 copies. The album fell to #9 in its second week and dropped like a stone from there despite single releases from high-profile guests Gwen Stefani and Kanye West. To date the album has sold just under 890,000 copies worldwide.
The album received generally poor reviews from critics. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone called it "still only so-so, offering a series of modestly tuneful, sometimes snoozy soul-pop-hip-hop songs". Entertainment Weekly said the album "seems divided against itself, rest assured that all of the songs have something in common: They're not remotely catchy". Despite the negative reviews and low sales, the album was surprisingly nominated for in Best Rap Album category at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Not to surprisingly, though, it lost out to Ludacris' "Release Therapy."
1. Can I Have It Like That - feat. Gwen Stefani
2. How Does It Feel?
3. Raspy Shit
4. Best Friend
5. You Can Do It Too
6. Keep It Playa - feat. Slim Thug
7. That Girl - feat. Snoop Dogg
9. Young Girl/I Really Like You - feat. Jay-Z
10. Take It Off (Dim the Lights)
11. Stay with Me - feat. Pusha T
12. Baby - feat. Nelly
13. Our Father
14. Number One - feat. Kanye West
15. Skateboard P Presents: Show You How to Hustle - feat. Lauren
Click here to download "In My Mind"
Wilson Phillips | Go Your Own Way (2004)
// 10:51 AM
Wilson Phillips reunited in 2004 to release "California," an album of lazy, beach-inspired cover songs. "Go Your Own Way", a song originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac, was the first and only single to be lifted from the record. The single peaked at #13 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart whilst the album debuted at #35 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with 31,000 copies sold. The album failed to ever reach sales of over 100,000.
In New Zealand, the album was a surprise hit, reaching the Top 10 and amassing gold sales. "Go Your Own Way" even topped the A/C chart for several weeks.
1. Go Your Own Way
2. Already Gone (Acoustic Version)
Click here to download "Go Your Own Way"
Labels: Girl Bands, Wilson Phillips
Tina Turner | Break Every Rule (1986)
21 January 2008 // 9:43 PM
"Break Every Rule" was the 1986 follow-up to Tina Turner's biggest-selling album "Private Dancer." The album reached #2 in the UK albums chart and produced a number of hit singles worldwide, including one of my personal favourites, "Typical Male," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album was a great success for Tina, becoming certified 3x platinum in the US.
1. Typical Male
2. What You Get Is What You See
3. Two People
4. Till The Right Man Comes Along
7. Back Where You Started
8. Break Every Rule
9. Overnight Sensation
10. Paradise Is Here
11. I'll Be Thunder
Click here to download "Break Every Rule"
Labels: Tina Turner
Hilary Duff | So Yesterday (2003)
// 9:43 PM
After the huge success that was her Lizzie McGuire TV show and movie, Disney sent tween star Hilary Duff into the studio to record her debut album for Hollywood Records. The albums' first single was released in the summer of 2003 to a roaring reception. Premiering on AOL Music, the track drew over half a million streams in just two days.
It was released to US Top 40 radio on July 15 and became the most added song on the format in its first two weeks of release. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #53 before peaking at #42. In Australia the song debuted at #39 and peaked at #8, staying on the chart for twenty weeks and was eventually certified platinum. The single also placed in the Top 10 in Canada, Holland, France, Ireland, Mexico, Taiwan and the UK.
1. So Yesterday
2. Girl Can Rock
3. "Metamorphosis" Megamix
Click here to download "So Yesterday"
Labels: Hilary Duff
Dannii Minogue & The Soul Seekerz | Perfection (2005)
20 January 2008 // 11:26 PM
After the $ucce$$ that was "You Won't Forget About Me," Dannii Minogue & her label, All Around the World, attempted to use the same formula for another single release. Once again, Dannii wrote lyrics for an instrumental club track that was already doing the rounds in Europe. The original track, "Turn Me Upside Down," heavily sampled the Vicki Sue Robinson classic "Turn the Beat Around" and was produced by up-and-coming DJ duo The Soul Seekerz, who have since remixed and produced a number of successful tunes.
What came from the collaboration was a song called "Perfection." The remix promo was leaked surprisingly early on the Internet and was sent to clubs not long after. Neither the song or video were picked up for major airplay and the single, which was tipped to become Dannii's first UK #1, limped into the UK singles chart at #11. It was, however, another UK Club hit, topping that particular chart. The single didn't fare any better in her native Australia either, charting at a mediocre #13. It also charted in the Top 20 in Holland and Finland but failed to garner any other notable chart success. Dannii quickly moved on and released her next single and a greatest hits compilation the following year.
"Perfection" is another Dannii CD that I was lucky enough to have signed last year!
1. Perfection (Radio Edit)
2. Perfection (Extended Mix)
3. Perfection (Dancing DJs Remix)
4. Turn Me Upside Down (Soul Seekerz Original Instrumental)
5. Perfection (Seamas Haji & Emmanuel Remix)
6. Perfection (Koishii & Hush Remix)
Click here to download "Perfection"
Labels: Dannii Minogue
Emma Bunton | We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight (2001)
// 8:55 PM
"We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight" was the fourth and last single to be released from Baby Spice Emma Bunton's debut solo album, "A Girl Like Me". Released on 10th December 2001, the week before the race for the Christmas #1, the single was ignored by the public. It wans't helped by the fact that during part of the major promotional period, Emma took a 2-week promotional trip to Australia - which meant that promotion in the UK for the song was disjointed, and so the song didn't have a positive impact on music buyers.
Even though the single was eventually well-promoted, the single only went to #20 in the UK singles charts, selling 13,000 copies in its first week, and just 35,000 copies altogether. The song only spent five weeks in the Top 75, but had a good Top 40 chart run, spending three weeks around the mid-thirties.
The single was, at the time, the lowest-charting Spice Girls-related single to date. Because of its failure, Emma became the second Spice Girl to be dropped from Virgin Records following Scary Spice Mel B's departure earlier in the year.
1. We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight (Radio Mix)
2. We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight (3AM Mix)
3. Let Your Baby Show You How to Move
Click here to download "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight"
Labels: Emma Bunton, Girl Bands, Spice Girls
Kelly Clarkson | Miss Independent (2003)
// 8:55 PM
Kelly Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the highly publicized first season of the television series "American Idol" in 2002. The albums' first official single was a track called "Miss Independent," which was one of the biggest hits of the summer of 2003.
The producer and co-writer of the track, Lawrence, had originally given the chorus to Destiny's Child. After they did not record it, Christina Aguilera was offered the chorus, and she incorporated verses written by Matt Morris and continued to co-write with Lawrence. Lawrence was later informed that Christina was not going to finish and use the song because she had found another rock style song that she preferred. Two years later, Lawrence played the song for Kelly. They finished the lyrics and made new additions to the song, eventually using it as the first single from her upcoming long-delayed album "Thankful." Although Lawrence was never in any way asked, informally or officially, to hold or save the song for Christina, she was not pleased that the track had been given to someone else, and at one point there was talk of a possible lawsuit. Fortunately, the matter was able to be settled.
The track went on to peak at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also peaked in the Top 10 in the UK, Australia, Canada and Holland.
1. Miss Independent
3. (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman
Click here to download "Miss Independent"
Labels: Idol Contestants, Kelly Clarkson
t.A.T.u. | All the Things She Said (2002)
19 January 2008 // 11:25 PM
On December 10, 2002, Russian duo t.A.T.u. released "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane," the English version of their Russian debut album. "All the Things She Said" was the first single to be lifted from the record. It was the first single by a Russian artist to hit the #1 in the UK Singles Chart and Australia, where it held the position it held for four weeks. The single has received Platinum and Gold certifications all over the world making its physical and digital sales over 4 million copies.
The song was ranked at #452 in Blender magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born."
1. All the Things She Said (Radio Version)
2. All the Things She Said (Extension 119 Club Edit)
Click here to download "All the Things She Said"
Labels: Girl Bands, t.A.T.u.
Cleopatra | Cleopatra's Theme (1998)
// 11:24 PM
Cleopatra were a musical group from the UK whose members were sisters Cleo, Yonah, and Zainam Higgins. "Cleopatra's Theme" was their debut single and shot straight in at #3 on the UK charts, giving the girls their first Top 5 hit in the UK.
Madonna signed Cleopatra to her US Maverick label and introduced them to America on the Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. This record was released shortly after gaining them a 26 position on the Billboard Charts and #16 in the R&B charts. The video was a popular choice as it was voted as high as #4 on the TRL Top 10 countdown.
1. Cleopatra's Theme (Radio Edit)
2. Cleopatra's Theme (D+A Mix)
Click here to download "Cleopatra's Theme"
Labels: Cleopatra, Girl Bands
REQ: Christina Aguilera | Can't Hold Us Down (2003)
18 January 2008 // 12:43 AM
"Can't Hold Us Down" was the fourth single released from Christina Aguilera's second mainstream album "Stripped." Released in the summer of 2003, the single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her tenth Top 20 hit in the US. Internationally, the song peaked within the Top 10 in the UK, Ireland and Australia and several other countries, and reached #2 in New Zealand. In 2004, it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Originally, Eve was booked to be the guest rapper on this song. The rapper-actress even commented about it on MTV news saying that she had collaborated with Christina on a female-empowering anthem for her upcoming album. However, as the release date of the album approached, Lil' Kim was revealed to be the actual guest on the record without any explanation of what happened to Eve. Many speculate that Kim might have forced her away upon the record. At the time she was dating Scott Storch and might have had a slight rivalry against Eve, and therefore asked Storch to replace Eve with herself on the record.
1. Can't Hold Us Down - feat. Lil' Kim
2. Can't Hold Us Down (Sharp Boys Orange Vocal Mix)
3. Can't Hold Us Down (Jacknife Lee Mix)
Click here to download "Can't Hold Us Down"
Labels: Christina Aguilera
Melanie B | Feels So Good (2001)
// 12:22 AM
"Feels So Good" was the third single to be released from Scary Spice Mel B's debut solo album "Hot." This single was promoted well and had a nice, big-budget video to back it up. It was originally due to be released on 11th December 2000, but Melanie needed a break after promoting the album and the new Spice Girls releases. It was also a bad time to release the single, as major competition from more established artists were also releasing new material. Virgin Records decided to put back the release for two months and it was eventually released on 19th February 2001.
The single reached #5 in the UK singles chart, selling 55,000 copies in its first week (a very high figure for a #5 position), and a very pleasing 139,100 copies altogether - and was, quite shockingly, the 80th best seller of 2001. "Feels So Good" helped the floundering album rise back up to #95 in the UK album chart in February 2001, but sadly this was the only time the album re-entered the chart.
"Feels So Good" is another CD that I was lucky enough to have signed & am I proud to have it in my collection!
1. Feels So Good (Radio Edit)
2. Feels So Good (Maurice's Feelin' Good Soul Radio Mix)
3. Feels So Good (Blacksmith R&B Rub)
Click here to download "Feels So Good"
Labels: Girl Bands, Melanie B, Spice Girls
Destiny's Child | Independent Women Part I (2000)
17 January 2008 // 7:54 PM
"Independent Women Part I" was the first release by Destiny's Child as a trio following the departure of Farrah Franklin. Released as both the theme to the "Charlie's Angels" movie and album's first single in fall 2000, the song held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 11 consecutive weeks. It was in the 2000-2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for longest running song by a female group.
In the US, the song also broke the record for the most radio spins in one week and the record for most audience impressions after reaching a staggering 140.4 million listeners. The single also became the group's first ever #1 single in the UK and sold over 421,000 copies. It also reached the #1 position in New Zealand for a week, peaked within the Top 5 placings in Canada, Australia and Switzerland, and charted within the Top 20 in France and Japan.
1. Independent Women Part I
2. Independent Women Part I (Joe Smooth 200 Proof 2 Step Mix)
3. Independent Women Part I (Maurice's Radio Mix)
4. Independent Women Part I (Victor Calderone Club Mix)
Click here to download "Independent Women Part I"
Labels: Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Girl Bands
Christina Aguilera | Christina Aguilera (1999)
// 7:03 PM
Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut album came at a time when blonde pop tarts were reigning over the music industry. Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson were receiving huge airplay on radio and television and selling millions of records and RCA thought they had something with a young Christina.
The album surpassed industry expectations when it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts thanks to the help of her single "Genie in a Bottle," which had already spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 prior to the release of the album. The number-one single and the number-one album made her the first new female artist since Britney Spears earlier that year to have both her debut single and debut album reach number one, and because of that, Christina was immediately labeled Britney's rival.
The album proved to have some longevity as it stayed in the top fifteen throughout the 1999 holiday season, even working its way back into the top five thanks to its second single "What a Girl Wants" which had topped the charts by the end of 1999. As the year closed, Aguilera's debut album had already sold four million copies, and by the end of 1999, Aguilera had already become a household name.
In February 2000, she won Best New Artist at the 2000 Grammy Awards. The Grammy win and the continuing success of "What a Girl Wants" propelled the album back into the Top 5 in the US, and by the end of February 2000, Aguilera's debut album had already gone 6x platinum.
A re-release of the album coincided with the release of her fourth single, "Come on over Baby (All I Want Is You)", which became her third US #1 and helped her album reach a certification of 8x platinum by the end of the year.
1. Genie in a Bottle
2. What a Girl Wants (Radio Edit)
3. I Turn to You
4. So Emotional
5. Come on Over (All I Want Is You)
7. Love for All Seasons
8. Somebody's Somebody
9. When You Put Your Hands on Me
11. Love Will Find a Way
1. Genie in a Bottle (Flavio vs. Mad Boris Remix)
2. What a Girl Wants (Eddie Arroyo Dance Radio Edit)
3. I Turn to You (Thunderpuss Remix)
4. Genio Atrapado (Remix)
5. Don't Make Me Love You
6. Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) (Radio Version)
NOTE: YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD BOTH PARTS TO EXTRACT!
Click here to download "Christina Aguilera (Special Edition)" - PART ONE
Click here to download "Christina Aguilera (Special Edition)" - PART TWO
Labels: Christina Aguilera
La Toya Jackson | Sexbox (1991)
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"Sexbox" was the first single lifted from La Toya Jackson's 1991 "No Relations" album. A huge promotional campaign from Pump Records boosted sales of the single in Holland and Germany, charting at #25 on the Dutch singles chart. "Sexbox" became La Toya's second biggest hit in holland behind her debut single "If You Feel the Funk" in 1980.
Along with promotion of the single and album, La Toya was sent on a promotional tour to hype the release of her best-selling autobiography, "La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family" and her second appearance in Playboy. Despite the hoopla surrounding the book's release, La Toya couldn't drum up enough interest in her music and nothing else was released through Pump Records.
1. Sexbox (Radio Version)
2. Sexbox (12-Inch Version)
3. Sexbox (Instrumental)
Click here to download "Sexbox"
Labels: Jacksons, La Toya Jackson
Jennifer Lopez | Essentials (2008)
15 January 2008 // 10:38 PM
The first in our new "Essentials" series, the Jennifer Lopez package is a collection of her biggest and best hits from her nearly decade-long music career. Covering each of her English-language albums, both successes and flops, the Essentials collection paints a rather extensive portrait of who Jennifer Lopez is as an artist.
And remember - we take requests! Make sure to let us know via comments or the tagboard (to the right of the page) which singles or albums you would like to see! We're also taking requests for the new Essentials series!
1. If You Had My Love (Radio Edit)
2. Waiting for Tonight (Hex's Momentous Radio Mix)
3. Feelin' So Good (Radio Edit) - feat. Big Pun & Fat Joe
4. Let's Get Loud
5. Love Don't Cost a Thing
6. Play (Radio Edit)
7. Ain't It Funny
8. I'm Real (Radio Edit)
9. I'm Real (Murder Remix) - feat. Ja Rule
10. Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix) - feat. Fat Joe & Cadillac Tah
11. I'm Gonna Be Alright (Track Masters Remix) - feat. Nas
12. Alive (Radio Mix)
13. Jenny From the Block - feat. Styles & Jadakiss
14. All I Have - feat. LL Cool J
15. I'm Glad
16. Baby I Love U! (R. Kelly Remix)
17. Get Right
18. Hold You Down (Radio Edit) - feat. Fat Joe
19. Do It Well - feat. Ludacris
20. Hold It, Don't Drop It
21. Brave (Radio Version)
NOTE: YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD BOTH PARTS TO EXTRACT!
Click here to download "Jennifer Lopez's Essentials" - PART ONE
Click here to download "Jennifer Lopez's Essentials" - PART TWO
The next "Essentials" collection: Melanie C!
Labels: Essentials, Jennifer Lopez
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Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates this past week. I was out of town for a few days and when I got back, I tried uploading things to Mediafire but it was apparently on the fritz. The download links here wouldn't work either.
Anyway, this message is to tell you all about a new feature I'm implementing into the blog. I'm starting a bi-monthly download called "Essentials" which is basically all of an artist's biggest hits (and in some cases, flops) in one collection. Packed to the brim, each "Essentials" download will consist of as many songs that would fit into an eighty-minute disc!
The Jennifer Lopez "Essentials" collection is uploading now and will be available for download in a bit!
Janet Jackson | Doesn't Really Matter (2000)
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"Doesn't Really Matter" was the lead single from the Universal Pictures film "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps", in which Janet Jackson co-starred with actor Eddie Murphy. It became Jackson's ninth #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and first in the 2000s, staying atop the chart for three weeks. It also made her the first artist in history to score #1 singles in the '80s, '90s, and '00s.
Miss Jackson didn't think that the song would be as big a hit as it was, as she just wrote it for the film. In addition to topping the US charts, it landed in the Top 20 in more than a dozen other countries.
1. Doesn't Really Matter (Radio Edit)
2. Doesn't Really Matter (Rockwilder Mix)
3. Doesn't Really Matter (Jonathan Peters Club Mix)
Click here to download "Doesn't Really Matter"
Labels: Janet Jackson
Nick Carter | Help Me (2002)
07 January 2008 // 12:59 PM
When the Backstreet Boys decided to take a short hiatus in 2001 the most popular member of the band, Nick, was ready to strike out on his own. Jive Records sent him into the studio to cut a solo record. Branding him a young Bryan Adams, Jive was confident that Nick could stand on his own without the other Backstreet Boys by his side.
His debut solo single, "Help Me," was released mid-2002 to mixed reviews. The Bryan Adams influence was definately there, in both sound an image. The track proved to be mildly popular with the video receiving heavy rotation in the US and Australia. Charts don't lie, however, and neither the single or album were performing up to par. Jive quickly rushed out another two singles (each released in different markets) and gave up on the album. *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake would soon be embarking on his own solo career and Jive changed their focus.
Nick soon went back into the studio to record with the Backstreet Boys and also record a follow-up which has never seen the light of day.
1. Help Me
2. Help Me (Instrumental)
3. End of Forever
Click here to download "Help Me"
Labels: Backstreet Boys, Boy Bands, Nick Carter
Madonna | Don't Tell Me (2000)
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"Don't Tell Me" was the second single lifted from Madonna's 2000 album "Music." The track was originally written by Joe Henry, Madonna's brother-in-law. He recorded the track on its own, simply called "Stop", which was released on his 2001 album "Scar." His wife, Melanie, sent a demo of the track to her sister, who recorded her own version.
"Don't Tell Me" peaked at #4 on the U.S. charts and spent 8 weeks in the Top 10. The song was also a huge hit around the world, peaking in the Top 5 in many countries, going in at #2 in Canada and #4 in the UK. It also went to number one in Ireland, and stayed in the key position for three weeks.
1. Don't Tell Me (Radio Edit)
3. Don't Tell Me (Thunderpuss Club Mix)
4. Don't Tell Me (Richard Humpty Vission Remix)
Click here to download "Don't Tell Me"
REQ: Melanie C | On the Horizon (2003)
06 January 2008 // 2:04 PM
After the success of her first album, Melanie C went back into the studio to record what would become her second and final album for Virgin Records. The first single, "Here it Comes Again," didn't stack up to the success of her previous work, charting at #7 in the UK and barely scraping the Top 20 in countries across Europe.
For the albums' second single, Virgin initially decided to take a different approach. "On the Horizon" was set to be released in the UK only, with "Positively Somewhere" being released worldwide and "Let's Love" being released in Japan. However, as the release dates were approaching, Virgin decided against this plan. "On the Horizon" was now going to be released everywhere except Japan, where "Let's Love" was being used in an automobile campaign, therefore receiving a single release.
The track featured production from Gregg Alexander, formerly of the New Radicals, so both Melanie C and her fans were confident that "On the Horizon" would fare well. Unfortunately, they were proven wrong when the charts were released the following week. The single failed to crack the Top 10, peaking at #14 in the UK and did no better anywhere else.
1. On the Horizon (Radio Mix)
2. I Love You Without Trying
Click here to download "On the Horizon"
Labels: Girl Bands, Melanie C, Spice Girls
Lonestar | Amazed (1999/2000)
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"Amazed" is a track that was originally recorded by popular country band Lonestar and released as a single from the band's album "Lonely Grill." The song spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1999 and crossed over to pop radio, climbing to number #24.
"Amazed" was remixed for mainstream radio (a tactic commonly used to present country-leaning songs to non-country audiences) and the new mix's popularity prompted a re-entry in the Hot 100. On its second chart run, the track went to number one for two weeks in March of 2000.
1. Amazed (Captain Mix)
2. Amazed (Huff Mix)
3. Amazed (Acoustic Version)
Click here to download "Amazed"
Labels: Country Music, Lonestar
REQ: Holly Valance | Naughty Girl (2003)
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"Naughty Girl" was the third and final single released from Holly Valance's debut album "Footprints" in early 2003. The single was unable to match the success of her previous musical output and limped into the UK singles chart at #16. It fared better in her homeland of Australia, however, reaching #3.
1. Naughty Girl
2. Naughty Girl (K-Klass Radio Edit)
Click here to download "Naughty Girl"
Labels: Holly Valance