The video for Sia’s Chandelier is still climbing the charts for one of the most-viewed in music history, with more than 1 billion YouTube views. In support of the single and 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia, often with Ziegler, performed “Chandelier” on a number of television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Saturday Night Live, the latter where this isolated vocal comes from.
“The Shock of the Lightning” from Oasis’ Dig Out Your Soul, and if it sounds instant and compelling to you, it’s because it was written and recorded fast, says Noel Gallagher “‘The Shock of the Lightning’ basically is the demo. And it has retained its energy. And there’s a lot to be said for that, I think. The first time you record something is always the best.”
Do you want to know why Adele’s “Hello” is a critical and commercial success, topping the charts in 28 countries including the United Kingdom and the United States, where “Hello” became the first single ever to sell one million downloads in a release week? Or why it has since compiled over 100 million views on YouTube within 5 days? Or perhaps the reason it is the second-fastest video to hit 100 million YouTube views ever and the fastest to reach 100 million on Vevo previously held by “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus back in 2013? Or the compelling answer as to why the song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, with a combined first week sales of 330,000 copies? Or the reason the song sold 1,112,000 digital downloads and 61.2 million streams in its first week, resulting in “Hello” debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100?
“Take It Easy” was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and most famously recorded by the Eagles (with Frey singing lead vocals). It was the band’s first single, released on May 1, 1972. It peaked at #12 on the July 22, 1972 Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending 11 weeks on the chart that summer, after debuting at #79 on June 3. It also was the opening track on the band’s debut album Eagles and it has become one of their signature songs, included on all of their live and compilation albums. Jackson later recorded the song as the lead track on his second album, For Everyman (1973), and released it as a single as well, although it did not chart.
Kiss’ Rock and Roll All Nite was originally released on their 1975 album Dressed to Kill. It was released as the A-side of their fifth single, with the album track Getaway. The studio version of the song peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard singles chart, besting the band’s previous charting single, Kissin’ Time (#89). A subsequent live version, released as a single in October 1975, eventually reached No. 12 in early 1976, the first of six Top 20 songs for Kiss in the 1970s. Rock and Roll All Nite became Kiss’s most identifiable song and has served as the group’s closing concert number in almost every concert since 1976. In 2008 it was named the 16th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Since the release of Rock and Roll All Nite, you can find it on 24 separate Kiss albums and official compilations, including the Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery movie.
Not be confused with “Shot Through the Heart”, an unrelated song from Bon Jovi’s 1984 self-titled debut album, “You Give Love a Bad Name” was a monster hit, the first single from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 to become the band’s first number one hit. In 2007, the song reentered the charts at No. 29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol. In 2009 it was named the 20th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Given the way Coldplay’s career has unfolded, it’s easy to see their pop gift with no real obstacles were in the way towards world domination, except lead singer Chris Martin’s constantly shifting mind wanting to be the biggest band in the world, and hiding from all the attention given.
In December 2014, Spotify named Coldplay the most-streamed band in the world for 2014, and third most-streamed artist behind only Ed Sheeran and Eminem. At that same time, Martin announced in an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 that Coldplay are in the middle of working on their seventh studio album which will be called A Head Full of Dreams, hinting at the style of the album by saying that the band was trying to make something colourful and uplifting, yet not bombast. He also stated that it will be something to “shuffle your feet” to.
While we’re waiting, here are the best isolated vocals to keep you warm this week.
“Working for the Weekend” was released in 1981 on Loverboy’s second album Get Lucky and reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart in the United States in January 1982. AND IT’S THE WEEKEND, SO BLAST THIS ONE UP! It even contains the cowbell in the beginning!
Jeff Beck was an admirer of Stevie Wonder’s music, and Wonder was informed of this prior to the Talking Book album sessions. Though at this point he was virtually playing all of the instruments on his songs by himself, Wonder still preferred to let other guitarists play on his records, and thus he liked the idea of a collaboration with Beck, a star guitarist. An agreement was quickly made for Beck to become involved in the sessions that became the Talking Book album, in return for Wonder writing him a song. In between sessions, Beck came up with the opening drum beat, which eventually led to Wonder’s creation of “Superstition”. In addition to the opening drum beat, Beck, together with Wonder, created the first demo for the song. Originally, the plan was for Beck to release his version of this song first, with his newly-formed power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. However, due to a combination of the delayed release of that trio’s debut album and Motown CEO Berry Gordy’s prediction that “Superstition” would be a huge hit (which would subsequently greatly increase the sales of Talking Book), Wonder ended up releasing the song as the lead single off Talking Book ahead of Beck’s version.
VOCAL (Stevie Wonder):
CLAVINET (Stevie Wonder):
HORNS (TENOR SAX: Trevor Laurence, TRUMPET: Steve Madaio):
Released on Ed Sheeran’s 2014 album x, “Thinking Out Loud” became a top hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the UK chart. On an album featuring numerous producers, this track was produced by Peter Gosling, who had worked with Sheeran on his first album.