Music Birthday: D’Angelo

Today, February 11, 1974, D’Angelo was born Michael Eugene Archer in Richmond, Virginia. At the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” won Best R&B Album. “Voodoo,” released in January 2000, shared the category with incredible albums from Jill Scott, Sisqo, Toni Braxton, Joe, and Boyz II Men.  On the US Billboard 200, “Voodoo” peaked at…

Music Birthday: Sheryl Crow

Today, February 11, 1962, Sheryl Susanne Crow was born in Kennett, Missouri. On February 4, 1997, Crow’s “Tuesday Night Music Club” album was certified 7x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  “Tuesday Night Music Club” is Crow’s debut album, and it was entirely produced by Bill Bottrell – co-producer of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous”…

Music Birthday: Shellback

Today, February 1, 1985, Shellback was born Karl Johan Schuster in Karlshamn, Sweden. Alongside Justin Timberlake and Max Martin, Shellback produced ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ performed by Justin Timberlake. The song comes from the original soundtrack to animated musical comedy, Trolls. Shellback’s work on ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ earned him a Grammy Award for Best…

Lady A: “Need You Now”

Today, January 26, 2010, Lady A released their sophomore studio album “Need You Now.” This album peaked at no. 1 on the American iTunes Albums chart, their first album to reach no. 1 on the chart.  Production on “Need You Know” was handled by Paul Worley, and Lady A themselves. The album was so well…

21 Savage: “i am > i was”

Today, December 21, 2018, 21 Savage released his sophomore studio album, “i am > i was.” In  January 2020, the album earned platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Unsurprisingly, the album performed well internationally – reaching nos. 1 & 33, on the Billboard 200, iTunes and the Official Charts. A fan favorite…

The Weeknd: “Starboy”

Today, November 25, 2016, The Weeknd released his third studio album, “Starboy.” This album was released through The Weeknd’s XO record label, with distribution assistance through Republic Records – label home of Black Thought, James Blake, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, Belly, Conan Gray, Jacquees, the late Amy Winehouse and Pop Smoke, and so …

Beyonce: “I Am… Sasha Fierce”

Today, November 18, 2008, Beyonce released her third studio album, “I Am… Sasha Fierce.” This dual album is complete with one message: Beyonce is beautifully and boldly human – just like us. She gives a subtle “I Am” side, with soft tracks like ‘Satellites’ and ‘Ave Maria.’ And, then the unabashed ego side, “Sasha Fierce,’…

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…