Blake J. Harris from Press The Buttons has offered up a very cool look at the inside of the official Nintendo Character Manual from 1993 that features details for “any public performance of the Mario character” and more. There are lots of fun facts about classic Nintendo heroes and villains such as Yoshi’s real name (T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas) and mushroom retainer Toad’s original hometown (he has family in the Fungus Federation).
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As If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, five songs from the set enter the Hot 100, led by this track at No. 49. He now has 80 Hot 100 entries, the sixth-best total in the chart’s history. And, with Lil Wayne guesting on Drake’s “Used To,” a debut at No. 91, Weezy ups his count to 125 career visits.
Here’s an updated look at the acts to make the most appearances dating to the Hot 100’s 1958 launch:
207, Glee cast
125, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley (whose career predated the Hot 100 by more than two years)
91, James Brown
83, Jay Z
In the new episode of List Show by Mental Floss, John Green presents viewers with 80 facts about the 1980s! How many of them did you know? Really? Gnarly.
Welcome to the 80s, where you might not want to pick up some fashion tips, but the music was pretty fun.
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out (The Remix) (UK 12″)
“All Cried Out” is a song by English singer-songwriter Alison Moyet. It was written by Moyet and producers Jolley & Swain for her debut studio album Alf (1984). Released as the album’s second single in the autumn of 1984, the track peaked within the top ten on both the Irish and the UK Singles Chart, also reaching the top twenty in Switzerland.
Olivia Newton-John – Heart Attack (12″)
“Heart Attack” was one of two new songs recorded for the 1982 (Double Platinum) greatest hits package titled Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2. In 1983, Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their TV series episode “Angelic Alvin” (with new lyrics created for the episode).
Clivillés & Cole – Pride (In The Name Of Love) (US 12″)
In 1991, successful record producers and remixers Clivillés + Cole, released acover version of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, but it was the B-side song “A Deeper Love”, featuring vocals by Deborah Cooper (a long time Clivillés and Cole vocalist) and Paul Pesco that proved to be a hit, peaking at No. 15 in the UK.
Melissa Manchester – Thief Of Hearts (Netherlands 12″)
“Thief Of Hearts” is a 1984 single by American singer-songwriter and actress Melissa Manchester. Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Harold Faltermeyer it was the theme song for the film Thief Of Hearts starring Steven Bauer, appearing in the film and on it’s soundtrack. “Thief Of Hearts” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 on November 24, 1984 peaking at #88.
Europeans – The Animal Song (UK 12″)
“The Animal Song” is a 1982 single by British new wave group Europeans. Despite backing from major label A&M Records the single failed to make any chart impact. “The Animal Song” was taken from the bands debut album Vocabulary released in September 1983.
Level 42 – Micro-Kid (UK 12″)
“Micro-Kid” is a single released in 1983 by the British musical group Level 42 from their fourth studio album Standing in the Light. It reached #37 on the UK single charts.
Robbie Nevil – Back On Holiday (US 12″)
“Back On Holiday” was the first single from American pop singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist Robbie Nevil’s second album “A Place Like This”. The single debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on December 11, 1988 peaking at #34, the single also reached #52 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Platinum Blonde – Crying Over You (Radical Mix) (Canada 12″)
“Crying Over You” is a song by Canadian new wave group Platinum Blonde, released as the first single from their 1985 album Alien Shores. The single reached No. 1 on the Canadian record charts on Sept. 7, 1985. The song features a guitar solo by Alex Lifeson from Rush. The 12″ features remixes by American record producer, remixer Shep Pettibone.
USA For Africa – We Are The World (US 12″ Promo)
“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – We Love You (US 12″)
“We Love You” is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released as the second single taken from their 1986 album, The Pacific Age on November 10, 1986.”We Love You” debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart on February 7, 1987. The song spent seven weeks on the survey peaking at #16. Internationally “We Love You” charted in the U.K. reaching #54 and in Australia reaching #18.
The Woman in Me, released on February 7, 1995, is the second studio album released by Shania Twain and her first with the majority of the songs co-written by her. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year, and was eventually certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA on December 1, 2000, representing 12 million shipments throughout the United States, and 20 million copies worldwide.
Here are 5 fun facts about this landmark release!
1. 8 of the 12 songs on the album were singles: “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”, “Any Man of Mine”, “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”, “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!”, “You Win My Love”, “No One Needs to Know”, “Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)” and “God Bless the Child”. “Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)” became the first from The Woman in Me not to reach the top 20 of the country charts.
2. “Any Man of Mine” also proved to be a critical success, it was nominated for both Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. It won Single of the Year at both the Canadian Country Music Awards and Country Music Radio Awards in 1995. It also won Country Single of the Year at the 1996 Jukebox Awards and Song of the Year at the 1996 RPM Big Country Music Awards.
3. The music video for “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” was shot in Santa Ynez, California and directed by John Derek, also known for marrying glamorous starlets and for launching the career of his last wife, Bo Derek.
4. “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” became Twain’s second number-one hit at country radio, and the first single to be promoted with three different mixes worldwide to cater to international genre demand.
5. The single sales from “God Bless the Child” were donated to Second Harvest/Kids Cafe in the US, and from Canada to Breakfast for Learning.
For the fourth consecutive year, vinyl sales in the United States hit record levels, surpassing 9 million units for the first time in over 20 years. But for all the buzz, and it is great that any format sells music to their customers, this chart gives you an indication of just how big this party really is.
source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). All figures in millions, and US-based. Chart via Digital Music News
Forty-seven of the 50 most-played tracks on both BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 last year were major label releases.
Just three – or 6% – of each of the publicly-funded UK networks’ most-rotated songs in 2014 were independent, according to data from international airplay authority Radiomonitor, analysed by MBW.
That’s less than a third of the share that independent releases claimed on Radio 1’s closest publicly-funded equivalent in France and just 1/6th of the share independents took on Australian youth station Triple-J (see below for more international radio analysis).
BBC 6Music, however, was much more supportive of the indies: over half the station’s Top 50 (54%) most-spun tracks in 2014 were non-major label songs.
The percentage of independent releases on Radio 1 increased in its Top 100 most-played tracks of 2014, but not by much – up to 10%.
Radio 2’s Top 100 most-played list of 2014 brought slightly better news for the independents: 15 tracks within it were not sourced from the majors.
Below, some of the highlights from Nielsen Canada’s 2014 Canadian Music Report that compiles SoundScan music sales and Broadcast Data radio spins. The cool folks at FYI Music, headed by David Farrell have posted this on their site, is worth a newsletter signup.
Released on january 15, 1985, Centerfied was John Fogerty’s most popular post-Creedence album, selling over 2 million copies, and containing the hit singles “The Old Man Down the Road”, “Rock and Roll Girls” and the title track “Centerfield”. Let’s play tribute to this amazing record with 5 fun facts:
1. Fogerty played all the instruments on this album himself, thanks to overdubbing.
2. This album was Fogerty’s first album in nine years. After Asylum Records rejected his Hoodoo album, he decided to take a long break from the music business because of legal battles with his record company.
3. The song “Zanz Kant Danz” was altered and re-titled “Vanz Kant Danz” a few months after the release of the album in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a defamation lawsuit from Saul Zaentz, owner of Fantasy Records.
4. A Zaentz lawsuit claimed that “The Old Man Down the Road” shared the same chorus as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Run Through the Jungle”. The defendant Fogerty ultimately prevailed, when he showed that the two songs were whole, separate and distinct compositions. Bringing his guitar to the witness stand, he played excerpts from both songs, demonstrating that many songwriters have distinctive styles that can make different compositions sound similar to less discerning ears. So, Fogerty got sued for sounding like Fogerty.
Do they sound the same? You be the judge.
5. The album is dedicated to “Gossamer Wump.” Fogerty said in an interview, “When I was a young kid, my brothers had a record called “The Adventures of Gossamer Wump.” Gossamer Wump is a little kid who saw a big parade comin’ down the road and thinks ‘Hey, this is what I want, I want to be a musician.’ Gossamer goes through all the instruments comin’ by and does not know how to decide what instrument he wants to play. Then, at the end of the parade he sees the triangle and thinks, ‘Yes, that’s what I want to play.’ Determined to learn how to play the triangle, Gossamer takes his belongings and 26 peanut butter sandwiches and leaves for the big city. On his way he sings ‘jingle, jongle, jangle, ah’m goin’ to the big city to learn to play the triangle.’ In the city, Gossamer starts taking lessons and very soon he plays “tingle.” After ten years of courage, determination, and hard work Gossamer plays “tingle.” No difference? At first sight, no, but Gossamer, he can hear the difference. This is what I like about this story. After ten years in my garage, I played alone. They maybe don’t hear the difference, but I do. Gossamer stuck to his dream, and that’s why I dedicated this album to Gossamer Wump.”