Friday 9pm: Feature Artist – Cher

Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian, May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Commonly referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she is described[weasel words] as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long career.

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song “I Got You Babe” reached number one on the American and British charts. By the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide and had become, according to Time magazine, rock’s “it” couple. She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”. She became a television personality in the 1970s with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and Cher. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows. While working on television, she established herself as a solo artist with the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”, “Half-Breed”, and “Dark Lady”. After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, Cher launched a comeback in 1979 with the disco-oriented album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 1980–82 residency show in Las Vegas.

In 1982, Cher made her Broadway debut in the play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and starred in the film adaptation of the same title. She subsequently earned critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), and Moonstruck (1987), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She then revived her musical career by recording the rock-inflected albums Cher (1987), Heart of Stone (1989), and Love Hurts (1991), all of which yielded several successful singles. She reached a new commercial peak in 1998 with the album Believe, whose title track became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK. It also features the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, also known as the “Cher effect”. Her 2002–2005 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time, earning $250 million. In 2008, she signed a $180 million deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. After seven years of absence, she returned to film in the 2010 musical Burlesque. Cher’s first studio album in 12 years, Closer to the Truth (2013), became her highest-charting solo album in the U.S. to date at number three.

Cher has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and a special CFDA Fashion Award, among several other honors. Throughout her career, she has sold 100 million records worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling music artists in the music history. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. Outside of her music and acting, she is noted for her political views, philanthropic endeavors and social activism, including LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. – Wikipedia

Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Night Ranger – Feeding Off The Mojo (1995)

Feeding Off The Mojo is the sixth studio album by Night Ranger, released on October 17, 1995 on Drive Entertainment Records. It is the only album with bassist/vocalist Gary Moon.

“Music Box” was written by Moon before he joined the group.

The beginning intro music on the track “Mojo” was actually played while the Jack Blades-led Night Ranger took the stage during their 1996 reunion tour.

“Your Eyes Are the Window”, “Wrong Again”, “Alligator”, and “Heart of Stone” are tracks that were submitted for the album, but were not used.

The album was produced by David Prater, who had also produced Dream Theater, FireHouse, and Arcade. The album was recorded from July 15, 1994 to August 31, 1995.

David Zajicek played additional guitars on the album and toured with the band as an additional guitarist and keyboardist.

Night Ranger opened the first half of the tour with the song “Mojo” and the second half with the song “Longest Days”.

Click here for album contents from Wikipedia

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: LeAnn Rimes – Sittin’ On Top Of The World (1998) @leannrimes

Sittin’ on Top of the World is the third studio album by American country singer LeAnn Rimes, released in the United States on May 5, 1998, by Curb Records. The album has been certified Platinum. It contains cover versions of “Insensitive” by Jann Arden, “Sittin’ on Top of the World” by Amanda Marshall, “Purple Rain” by Prince, and “Rock Me (In the Cradle of Love)” by Deborah Allen. The album also includes two singles which were released to country radio: “Commitment” and “Nothin’ New Under the Moon”.

Click here for album contents from Wikipedia