HomageCollage: Sia, “This is Acting”

🔊💜Today, January 29, 2016, Sia released her seventh studio album, “This is Acting.” This album spawned the seminal single, ‘Cheap Thrills’ ft. Sean Paul. The song, a production by Greg Kurstin; just like Kesha’s ‘Animal,’ Lily Allen’s ‘U Killed It,’ Jessica Simpson’s ‘A Public Affair,’ Donna Summer’s ‘Crayons,’ and Selena Gomez and the Scene’s ‘Whiplash,’…

Music Birthday: RiFF RaFF

🔊🎉Today, January 29, 1982, RiFF RaFF was born Horst Christian Simco, in Houston, Texas. DJ Eman remixed RiFF RaFF’s 2014 collaboration with Far East Movement, ‘The Illest.’ The remix was dubbed ‘The Illest (E-mix),’ and it includes features from B.o.B., and ScHoolboy Q. On April 19, 2014, ‘The Illest’ peaked at no. 18 on the…

Music Birthday: Adam Lambert

🔊🎉Today, January 29, 1982, Adam Mitchel Lambert was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2017, Lambert covered Aretha Franklin’s timeless tune, ‘Think.’ The song is included on “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” This album was released June 2, 2017, and it features Lil Yatchy, Theodore Shapiro, and more. 

Music Birthday: Charlie Wilson

🔊🎉Today, January 29, 1953, Charlie Wilson was born Charles Kent Wilson, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Wilson’s ‘Made For Love’ ft. Lalah Hathaway was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance. The song is production by Wirlie Lee Morris, and it comes from Wilson’s eighth studio album, “In It to Win It.”…

HomageCollage: Rihanna, “ANTi”

🔊💜Today, January 28, 2016, Rihanna released her eighth studio album, “ANTi.” The day prior, ‘Work’ ft. Drake was released as a single. The song was produced by 40, Boi-1da, and Kuk Harrell, and it peaked at no. 1 on the US Hot 100. ‘Work’ samples ‘Sail Away (Riddim)’ by Richie Stephens and Mikey 2000. Another…

HomageCollage: Adele, “19”

🔊💜Today, January 28, 2008, Adele released her debut studio album, “19.” This album peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard 200. ‘Chasing Pavements’ was one of the singles released in support of “19,” and ‘Cold Shoulder’ was another. The former song was produced by Eg White, writer of The Brand New Heavies’ ‘How Do…

HomageCollage: CeCe Peniston, “Finally”

🔊💜Today, January 28, 1992, CeCe Peniston released her debut studio album, “Finally.” The title track won three ASCAP awards: Song of the Year, Pop Songwriter of the Year, and Most Performed Song of the Year. The single peaked at no. 5 on the US Hot 100.

Music Birthday: Monifah

🔊🎉Today, January 28, 1972, Monifah Carter was born in Manhattan, New York. Her 1997 collaboration with Mase, ‘I Need to Be,’ sampled ‘Summer Breeze’ by The Isley Brothers, and ‘Tomorrow’ by The Brothers Johnson. The song comes from Mase’s debut studio album, “Harlem World.” ‘I Need to Be’ is a production by Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie;…