Tag: Danger Mouse

Feature LP: U2 – Songs of Innocence 8pm ET

U2 -SOISongs of Innocence is the thirteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. Released on 9 September 2014, it was produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production from Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album was announced at an Apple Inc. product launch event and released the same day to all iTunes Store customers at no cost. It will be exclusive to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music until 13 October 2014, when it will receive a physical release by Island Records. The digital release made the record available to over 500 million iTunes customers, for what Apple CEO Tim Cook marketed as “the largest album release of all time”.

Songs of Innocence was U2’s first album since No Line on the Horizon (2009), marking the longest gap between studio albums of their career. After the latter’s relatively lukewarm commercial performance, lead singer Bono expressed uncertainty over how the band could remain musically relevant. During the album’s five-and-a-half-year gestation period, they reportedly worked on three separate projects with multiple producers, including an aborted companion to their previous record called Songs of Ascent. However, they struggled to complete an album to their satisfaction and continually delayed a release. After working with Danger Mouse for two years, the group collaborated with Flood, Epworth, and Tedder to complete the record. Thematically, it revisits the group members’ youth in Ireland, paying tribute to musical inspirations Ramones and the Clash, while touching on childhood experiences, loves and regrets. Bono described it as “the most personal album we’ve written”.

The album’s lead single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”, is featured in an Apple television advert as part of a promotional campaign for the band on which the company is reportedly spending $100 million. According to Apple, approximately 81 million users listened to the album in its first month of release, 26 million of whom downloaded the entire record. Songs of Innocence received positive reviews, although some critics and consumers were critical of the digital release strategy, which involved adding the album to iCloud for iTunes users’ to ignore, stream or download. – Wikipedia

1 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)   4:16
2 Every Breaking Wave   4:13
3 California (There Is No End to Love)   4:00
4 Song for Someone   3:47
5 Iris (Hold Me Close)   5:20
6 Volcano   3:15
7 Raised by Wolves   4:06
8 Cedarwood Road   4:26
9 Sleep Like a Baby Tonight   5:02
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now   5:06
11 The Troubles   4:46

Artist Countdown: Cee Lo Green Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @CeeLoGreen

Cee Lo GreenThomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1975), best known by his stage name Cee Lo Green (sometimes rendered as Cee Lo Green, or referred to as CeeLo), is an American recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. A singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor, in 2011 CeeLo Green also became a talent show judge, working for American reality television singing competition The Voice. CeeLo Green came to initial prominence as a member of the southern hip hop group Goodie Mob, and as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, with record producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity. His work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards.

Internationally, Green is best known for his soul work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley’s 2006 worldwide hit “Crazy”, which reached number one in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, “Crazy” reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album St. Elsewhere, was also a hit, reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. Gnarls Barkley’s second album, The Odd Couple (2008), charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

In 2010, Green took a hiatus from working with Danger Mouse, and released a solo single titled “Fuck You!”, on August 19. The song became a hit, with the radio-edit version “Forget You”, reaching the top spot in the UK and the Netherlands and charting at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album, The Lady Killer (2010), saw similar success, peaking within the top five of the UK Albums Chart and debuting within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and receiving a Gold certification from the BPI in the UK. His next two single, “It’s OK” and “Bright Lights Bigger City” were also hits in Europe. In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, to release their fifth studio album Age Against the Machine. – Wikipedia

1 Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
2 Fuck You (Forget You)
3 Smiley Faces (Gnarls Barkley)
4 Bright Lights Bigger City
5 Sugar (Gimme Some) (Trick Daddy featuring Ludacris, Lil’ Kim and Cee Lo Green)
6 Run (I’m a Natural Disaster) (Gnarls Barkley)
7 It’s OK
8 Lil Star (Kelis featuring Cee Lo Green)
9 Aufstehn! (Seeed featuring Cee Lo Green)
10 Gone Daddy Gone (Gnarls Barkley)
11 Fool for You (featuring Philip Bailey or Melanie Fiona)
12 Closet Freak
13 I Want You (Hold on to Love)
14 Hello (T.I. featuring Cee Lo Green)
15 My Life (Slaughterhouse featuring Cee Lo Green)
16 I’ll Be Around (featuring Timbaland)
17 Cry Baby
18 Who Cares?
19 In Due Time (Outkast featuring Cee Lo Green)
20 Kung Fu Fighting (with Jack Black)
21 Love Is a Battlefield (featuring Vicci Martinez)
22 Pretty Please (Love Me) (Estelle featuring Cee Lo Green)
23 Be by Myself (Asher Roth featuring Cee Lo Green)
24 The Other Side (Bruno Mars featuring Cee Lo Green and B.o.B)
25 Come Along (Vicci Martinez featuring Cee Lo Green)
26 Make The World Move  (Christina Aquilera & Cee Lo Green)
27 No One’s Gonna Love You
28 Reet Petite (Jools Holland & Cee Lo Green))
29 You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch 
30 Boogie Monster  (Gnarls Barkley)