Rest in Paradise: Lou Rawls

Today, January 6, 2006, Lou Rawls passed away in Los Angeles, California. For their 1969 “Cloud Nine” album, The Temptations included their psychedelic soul cover of Rawls’ ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.’ Norman Whitfield produced The Temptations’ version, while David Axelrod handled Lou’s three years prior.  On November 4, 1966, ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing’…

Young Money: “We Are Young Money”

Today, December 21, 2009, Young Money released their compilation album, “We Are Young Money.” This tuneful, lyrically-potent hip-hop album peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, and no. 9 on the Billboard 200.  ‘Bedrock’ featuring the southern songbird Lloyd was released as a single, a production by Kane Beatz, and…

Avant: “Private Room”

Today, December 9, 2003, Avant released his first studio album with Geffen Records, “Private Room.” Executively produced by the seasoned Steve Huff, “Private Room” is passionate, intimate contemporary soul on the same high levels of R. Kelly’s “Chocolate Factory.” On the US Billboard 200, “Private Room” peaked at no. 18, while on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop…

Lizzo: “Coconut Oil”

Today, October 7, 2016, Lizzo released her debut extended play, “Coconut Oil.” This project was released through Atlantic Records, and Nice Life Recording Company – Lizzo’s major-label EP debut. On the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart, “Coconut Oil” peaked at no. 31, and no. 3 on iTunes Albums Chart.  ‘Good as Hell’ was the album’s…

Earth, Wind & Fire: ‘After the Love Has Gone’

Today, September 14, 1979, ‘After the Love Has Gone’ by Earth, Wind & Fire peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. A production by Maurice White, co-written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, and Bill Champlin, this is without a doubt a classic soul song.  Coming from the funk band’s ninth album “I…

Music Birthday: Niall Horan

Today, September 13, 1993, Niall James Horan was born in Mullingar, Ireland. Niall has a hit single called ‘Slow Hands,’ and it peaked at no. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is a production by Julian Bunetta – producer of Amber Mark’s ‘Generous’ single.  ‘Slow Hands’ is a multi-platinum single, earning 3x…

Denzel Curry: “ZUU”

🔊💜Today, May 31, 2019, Denzel Curry released his fourth studio album “ZUU.” This album peaked at no. 32 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned two singles: ‘Ricky’ and ‘Speedboat.’ The former single was produced by FnZ (Finatik N Zac), producers of Kanye’s ‘Everything We Need,’ and it sampled ‘Mafia Niggaz’ by Three 6 Mafia,…

Music Birthday: Normani

🔊🥳 Today, May 31, 1996, Normani Kordei Hamilton was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Normani’s first single to reach the US Hot 100, Khalid collaboration ‘Love Lies,’ peaked at no. 9 on September 7, 2018. Ever since, she’s charted two more hits: Sam Smith collaboration ‘Dancing With A Stranger,’ peaked at no. 7 in April 2019,…