I am dedicating this week to my favorite HOLIDAY---CHRISTMAS! I won't be posting my regular Monday-Friday posts like Indie Music Mondays, New Tech Tuesdays, etc. The theme for this week is COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS. All posts for this week will be a BEST OF series!
Cypress Hill, originally called DVX, was the first Latino group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums. Cypress Hill has sold over 18 million albums worldwide. They became the first rap group to have 2 albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 at the same time.
Their first album, entitled Cypress Hill, sold 2 million copies in the US alone. The album featured the hit song HOW I COULD JUST KILL A MAN. Cypress Hill’s second album, Black Sunday, debuted at NUMBER 1 and sold over 3 million copies. The lead single from that album was INSANE IN THE BRAIN. In 1995, the group released Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom, that album sold 1.5 million copies on the strength of the hit single THROW YOUR SET IN THE AIR.
TODAY Cypress Hill are still making music and touring around the world. They left Sony Records this year, and are now signed to Suburban Noize Records.
I compiled some of the BEST mashups EVER! Just in case you’re not famaliar with the term mashup, a mashup is another word for a MIX (combining verses and a track from 2 different songs). Honestly, some of these mashups are better than the original song. BOW!
It looks like we will finally get an Usher album in 2010. So far, Usher has leaked 3 songs, PAPERS, IN MY BAG, AND DADDY’S HOME. If these songs are any indication of what to expect from Raymond vs. Raymond, then I think Usher is coming back really STRONG. Even the promo video for the album is well constructed: BOW! URSHER BABY!
The Commission was a hip hop supergroup that consisted of The Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, P. Diddy,Lance Un Rivera, Lil Cease, and Charli Baltimore. Unfortunately, the group disbanded after BIG’s untimely death. Just imagine the great hip hop music The Commission would have been making! BOW!
Who knows when this SILLY beef will end? No matter what happens, to me, it’s all about the music! Who cares who slept with who, who has more money, etc, etc. In the end, the only thing that should count is WHO MAKES BETTER MUSIC. Even though 50 Cent and Rick Ross are beefing, oddly enough, they’ve both worked with Robin Thicke, Akon, Ne-Yo, and The Game.
When you hear the name Tony Terry, you immediately think of his TIMELESS hit, WITH YOU. Terry has released 4 albums, and had several songs reach Billboard's Top 200, including his song EVERLASTING LOVE. In 1991, Tony earned two Soul Train Music Awards nominations: Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for WITH YOU.
Tony Terry is now a gospel recording artist. He is currently signed to Studio 25 Recordings. Terry is also actor, you may find him acting in stage productions, such as, The Wiz and His Woman, His Wife.
Although the actual album sales numbers won’t be released until 12/15, these projected numbers are based on how the CD is selling right now, and so these projected numbers are pretty accurate. “MEN LIE. WOMEN LIE. NUMBERS DON’T”---Jay Z.
SUSAN BOYLE- 625,000-675,000 (TOTAL SALES OVER 2 MILLION)
A few months ago, I did a post about Dondria, Jermaine Dupri’s R&B protégé, I asked if she could bring So So Def back to its dominance. Last month, she released her first single, YOU’RETHE ONE. I actually like the song because I am feeling the old-school vibe and Dondria’s vocals. Anyway, without further ado, here’s her first single, YOU’RE THE ONE:
Ironically, when I started this countdown, I wanted to feature both rappers and singers BUT I couldn't find or think of any male R&B singers who were married EXCEPT for one---Kenny Lattimore. If I was doing this countdown in 2008, Usher, Bobby Brown, and R. Kelly could have been featured BUT, well, you know...