Monday 10pm: Feature LP: Adele – 21 (2011)

February 19, 2019
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21Adele21 is the second studio album by English recording artist Adele. Released on 24 January 2011 in most of Europe, and on 22 February 2011 in North America, it was named after the age of the singer during its production. The album shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–2009 North American tour An Evening with Adele. Composed in the aftermath of the singer’s separation from her partner, the album explores themes of anger, revenge, heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.

Adele began writing 21 in April 2009, while still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record. Dissatisfied with once again portraying herself as the musical tragedian of her debut, she had intended to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up. However, studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration. She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channeling her heartbreak and depression into her songs. Adele collaborated with various songwriters and producers, including Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.

Praised by critics for its understated production, vintage authenticity, and Adele’s vocal performance, 21 defied the modest commercial expectations of her indie record label XL Recordings and became a sleeper hit in 2011. The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries and appeared in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records. The United Kingdom’s best-selling album of the 21st century, its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist. In the United States the album held the top position for 24 weeks, longer than any other album since 1985, and was certified Diamond. Singles “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” became worldwide number-one hits, while “Rumour Has It” and “Turning Tables” charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America.

Globally, 21 was the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012, and helped revitalise lagging sales of the United States and UK music industry. Critics hailed the album as a shift from the overtly sexual and sonically bombastic status quo, and attributed its success to its deeply autobiographical yet universal songs. As of December 2012, the album has sold over 26.5 million copies worldwide according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 21 was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize and the following year won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year. – Wikipedia

 

 

 

Artist Countdown: The Police Top 25 Hits 6pm ET @RadioMax

October 2, 2013
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PoliceThe Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the vast majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz.

Their 1983 album, Synchronicity, was number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and sold over 8 million copies in the US. The group disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour lasting until August 2008. The band has won a number of music awards throughout their career, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and were the world’s highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Every Breath You Take
2 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
3 Don’t Stand So Close to Me
4 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
5 Wrapped Around Your Finger
6 Message in a Bottle
7 Walking on the Moon
8 Spirits in the Material World
9 Roxanne
10 King of Pain
11 Can’t Stand Losing You
12 Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86
13 Invisible Sun
14 So Lonely
15 Synchronicity II
16 Roxanne ’97 (featuring Pras)
17 The Bed’s Too Big Without You
18 Secret Journey
19 Fall Out
20 Bring on the Night
21 Canary In A Coalmine
22 Driven To Tears
23 Miss Grandenko
24 Mother
25 Voices Inside My Head

Artist Countdown: Take That Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @takethat

July 12, 2013
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Takethat

Take That are an English five-piece vocal pop group comprising Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Barlow acts as the lead singer and primary songwriter. In total, the group have had 27 top 40 singles and 16 top 5 singles in the United Kingdom alone, 11 of which have reached number 1, as well as having seven number 1 albums. Internationally the band have had 54 number one hits and 35 number 1 albums.

Take That’s tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, winning multiple BRIT Awards while also spawning two of the best selling albums of the decade with Everything Changes (which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize) and their Greatest Hits album. Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 while the four remaining members completed their world tour and released a final single before splitting up in 1996.

After filming a 2005 documentary about the group and releasing a new greatest hits album, a four-piece Take That without Williams officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the UK, entitled The Ultimate Tour. On 9 May 2006, it was announced that the group were set to record new material together once again; their fourth studio album, Beautiful World, was released in 2006 and was followed up with The Circus, in 2008. The group achieved new success as a four-piece, scoring a string of chart hits across the UK and Europe while taking the number of records sold to 45 million worldwide.

Williams rejoined Take That in 2010 for the band’s sixth studio album, Progress. It was released on 15 November of that year and became the fastest selling album of the 21st century, the second fastest selling album in British history, whilst also making it the first album of new material to feature Take That’s original line-up since their 1995 album, Nobody Else. Since 2011, Take That have set the new record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK with Progress Live, beating the previous record set by their Circus Live Tour in 2009, won the BRIT award for Best British group, and were named as Amazon’s top-selling music artist of all time. In 2012 the band were announced by Forbes as the 5th highest-earning music stars in the world. In the same year, the Official Charts Company revealed the biggest selling singles artists in British music chart history with Take That currently placed at 15th overall, making them the most successful boyband in UK chart history. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Back for Good
2 The Flood
3 How Deep Is Your Love
4 Patience
5 Never Forget
6 Shine
7 Rule the World
8 Pray
9 Babe
10 Sure
11 Everything Changes
12 Relight My Fire (featuring Lulu)
13 Kidz
14 Love Ain’t Here Anymore
15 Greatest Day
16 The Garden
17 Could It Be Magic
18 Reach Out
19 I’d Wait for Life
20 Love Love
21 Why Can’t I Wake Up with You
22 It Only Takes a Minute
23 Said It All
24 Up All Night
25 A Million Love Songs
26 I Found Heaven
27 Promises
28 Once You’ve Tasted Love
29 Do What U Like
30 When We Were Young

Artist Countdown: Pet Shop Boys Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @petshopboys

July 10, 2013
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PetShopBoys

Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasional vocals.

Pet Shop Boys have sold 50 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four number ones: “West End Girls“, “It’s a Sin”, “Always on My Mind” and “Heart”.

At the 2009 BRIT Awards, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The band’s eleventh studio album, titled Elysium (continuing their tradition of single word titles), was released in September 2012, the first single of which, titled “Winner”, was released on 2 July 2012. Their twelfth studio album Electric is due for release in July 2013. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Artist Countdown: UB40 Top 45 Hits 6pm ET @UB40OFFICIAL

July 8, 2013
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ub40UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group.

One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records.

Their hit singles include their debut “Food for Thought” and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love“. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of “I Got You Babe“. (Source: Wikipedia)

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1 (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You
2 Red Red Wine
3 I Got You Babe (featuring Chrissie Hynde)
4 Higher Ground
5 Kingston Town
6 I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (with Robert Palmer)
7 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
8 The Way You Do the Things You Do
9 Breakfast in Bed (featuring Chrissie Hynde)
10 Sing Our Own Song
11 If It Happens Again
12 Homely Girl
13 Please Don’t Make Me Cry
14 Food for Thought
15 Rat in Mi Kitchen
16 Reckless (Afrika Bambaataa featuring UB40)
17 Where Did I Go Wrong
18 Don’t Break My Heart
19 Kiss and Say Goodbye
20 Bring Me Your Cup
21 My Way of Thinking
22 Maybe Tomorrow
23 Cherry Oh Baby
24 One in Ten
25 Tell Me Is It True
26 Impossible Love
27 Watchdogs
28 C’est La Vie
29 Many Rivers to Cross
30 I’ve Got Mine
31 All I Want to Do
32 I Would Do for You
33 Cover Up
34 Don’t Let It Pass You By
35 Until My Dying Day
36 I Won’t Close My Eyes
37 Wear You to the Ball
38 Reggae Music
39 Come out to Play
40 Riddle Me
41 Groovin’
42 The Earth Dies Screaming
43 Come Back Darling
44 The Train Is Coming
45 Holly Holy
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Artist Countdown: Paul Young Top 20 Hits – 6pm ET @radiomax #artistcountdown

June 17, 2013
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concerte-color-8Paul Antony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English rock and pop musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands ‘Kat Kool & The Kool Cats’, Streetband and Q-Tips, his following solo success turned him into a 1980s teen idol. He is famous for such hit singles as “Love of the Common People“, “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)”, “Come Back and Stay“, “Everytime You Go Away” and “Oh Girl“. His debut album No Parlez turned him into a household name.

Since the mid-1980s, he has had international success, along with his backing band Los Pacaminos.

In 1985, he appeared at Geldof and Ure’s charity convention Live Aid, where he appeared at the London Wembley Stadium performing the Band Aid hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (having sung the opening lines on the original single release), and his own hits “Come Back and Stay” and “Everytime You Go Away”, with Alison Moyet joining him on-stage to perform “That’s The Way Love Is”. At the 1985 Brit Awards, Young received the award for Best British Male.

In the past decade, Young has released very little new material, but has continued to tour in different parts of the world.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Come Back and Stay
2 Senza una donna (Without a Woman) (with Zucchero)
3 Love of the Common People
4 Everytime You Go Away
5 I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
6 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)
7 Don’t Dream It’s Over (with Paul Carrack)
8 Everything Must Change
9 Oh Girl
10 Now I Know What Made Otis Blue
11 Wonderland
12 Tomb of Memories
13 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
14 Softly Whispering I Love You
15 Both Sides Now (with Clannad)
16 Some People
17 Love Will Tear Us Apart
18 Calling You
19 Heaven Can Wait
20 Right About Now

Artist Countdown: Boy George & Culture Club Top 40 Hits 12pm ET @radiomax @BoyGeorgeUK

June 8, 2013
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CultureClubCulture Club are an English New Wave band that was part of the 1980s New Romantic movement. The original band comprised Boy George (lead vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). Their second album, Colour by Numbers, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and they had several international hits with songs such as “Church of the Poison Mind“, “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me“. Boy George’s androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media.

Culture Club’s music combines British New Wave and American soul with Jamaican reggae and also other styles such as calypso, salsa or country. From the time of the band’s first album release in 1981 to its dissolution in 1986, Culture Club had amassed hits in several countries around the world, including ten Top 40 hits in the US, most of which went Top 10.

In 1984, Culture Club won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and Brit Award for Best British Group. They went on to have subsequent hits in the UK during a reunion period of 1998–2002, where they scored a No. 4 single and a No. 25 single. In America they are associated with the Second British Invasion of British New Wave groups that became popular in the United States due to the cable music channel MTV.

Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd on 14 June 1961) is an English singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the early-mid-1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. During the 1980s, Boy George was the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band Culture Club where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities (among them songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography), he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade.

(Source: Wikipedia) 

1 Karma Chameleon
2 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
3 The War Song
4 Church of the Poison Mind
5 Move Away
6 Everything I Own (Boy George)
7 Time (Clock of the Heart)
8 Victims
9 It’s a Miracle
10 The Crying Game  (Boy George)
11 Bow Down Mister  (Boy George)
12 Sold (Boy George)
13 To Be Reborn  (Boy George)
14 Miss Me Blind
15 Keep Me in Mind (Boy George)
16 I Just Wanna Be Loved
17 Generations of Love  (Boy George)
18 The Medal Song
19 God Thank You Woman
20 Mistake No. 3
21 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
22 Love Is Love
23 Somebody to Love Me  (Boy George with Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt)
24 Don’t Take My Mind on a Trip  (Boy George)
25 Live My Life  (Boy George)
26 Your Kisses Are Charity
27 Why Go?  (Boy George with Faithless)
28 Love Is Leaving  (Boy George)
29 You Are My Sister(Boy George with Antony and the Johnsons)
30 Gusto Blusto
31 Cold Shoulder
32 Funtime  (Boy George)
33 I’m Afraid of Me
34 White Boy
35 Mystery Boy
36 Come Clean
37 See Thru
38 The Dive
39 Happy  (Boy George with DJ Yoda)
40 Changing Everyday
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