Feature Artist: Linda Ronstadt (Singles) 6pm ET

July 21, 2015
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Linda-RonstadtLinda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award.

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine,Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities – a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others.”

In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at number 2, and “You’re No Good” at number 1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single “Blue Bayou” reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at number 2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart.

In a 2011 interview with the Arizona Daily Star she said, “I am 100 percent retired and I’m not doing anything any more”. It was announced publicly in August 2013 that Ronstadt had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.

Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. – Wikipedia

Feature Artist: Ed Sheeran 10pm ET @edsheeran

April 2, 2015
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Ed SheeranEdward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, he moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. He then signed to Asylum Records. His debut album, +, containing the singles “The A Team” and “Lego House”, was certified quintuple platinum in the UK. In 2012, Sheeran won two Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. “The A Team” won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2014 he was nominated for Best New Artist at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Sheeran’s popularity abroad began in 2012. In the US he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red, and wrote songs for One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he performed the song in duet with Elton John during the ceremony. He spent much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Swift’s The Red Tour. In autumn 2013 Sheeran performed three sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden as a headline act (with Swift making a guest appearance on the second night). His second studio album titled x (read as “multiply”) was released worldwide on 23 June 2014, charting at number one in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It is nominated for Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. As part of his x world tour, Sheeran will play three concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown Special: Eric Clapton Top 50 Hits 6pm ET

March 30, 2015
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Eric ClaptonThis RadioMax Artist Countdown features Eric Clapton with the Yardbirds, Cream, Plastic Ono Band and his solo career.

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”. For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”, recorded while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded by band Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

1 Tears in Heaven
2 Change the World (with Babyface) 
3 Wonderful Tonight
4 Layla (live, unplugged) 
5 I Shot the Sheriff 
6 Promises
7 White Room (Cream)
8 After Midnight
9 Lay Down Sally 
10 My Father’s Eyes
11 For Your Love (Yardbirds)
12 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
13 Badge (Cream)
14 It’s Probably Me (with Sting)
15 I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart
16 Runaway Train (with Elton John)
17 Layla (Derek & The Dominioes)
18 I Wish It Would Rain Down (with Phil Collins)
19 Love Can Build a Bridge (with Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry)
20 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
21 Forever Man
22 Pretending
23 Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven theme) (Cream)
24 Willie and the Hand Jive
25 The Core (with Marcy Levy)
26 Hello Old Friend
27 I Can’t Stand It
28 Tulsa Time
29 Strange Brew (Cream)
30 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
31 Cold Turkey (Plastic Ono Band)
32 I Feel Free (Cream)
33 Motherless Child
34 Bad Love
35 Tearing Us Apart (with Tina Turner)
36 Let It Rain
37 It’s in the Way That You Use It
38 Run So Far
39 Circus
40 Behind the Mask
41 Carnival
42 Watch Out For Lucy
43 No Alibis
44 The Shape You’re In
45 Blues Power 
46 Another Ticket
47 See What Love Can Do
48 Holy Mother
49 Let it Grow
50 Believe in Life

Artist Countdown: The Pointer Sisters Top 35 Hits 9pm ET

March 19, 2015
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The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B recording girl group from Oakland, California that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.

The group had its early origins when sisters June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in clubs in 1969 as “Pointers, a Pair”. The line-up grew to a trio when sister Anita Pointer joined them. They scored a record deal with Atlantic Records and released several unsuccessful singles. The trio grew to a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. They then signed with Blue Thumb Records, recorded their debut album, and began seeing more success, winning a Grammy Award in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance for “Fairytale” (1974). Bonnie left the group in 1978 to commence a solo career with only modest success.

The group achieved its greatest commercial success as a trio during the 1980s consisting of the line-up of June, Ruth, and Anita, winning two more Grammy’s for the top 10 hits “Jump (For My Love)” (1984) and “Automatic” (1984). The groups other US top 10 hits are “Fire” (1979), “He’s So Shy” (1980), “Slow Hand” (1981), the remixed version of “I’m So Excited” (1984) and “Neutron Dance” (1985). June Pointer, who left the group in 2004, died of cancer in 2006. She was replaced by Ruth’s daughter Issa Pointer. This trio had a number two hit in Belgium in 2005, covering “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” with Belgian singer Natalia. Since 2009, the group has consisted of Anita, Ruth and Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Pointer. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Ed Sheeran Top 40 @edsheeran

February 17, 2015
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Ed SheeranEdward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, he moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. He then signed to Asylum Records. His debut album, +, containing the singles “The A Team” and “Lego House”, was certified quintuple platinum in the UK. In 2012, Sheeran won two Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. “The A Team” won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2014 he was nominated for Best New Artist at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Sheeran’s popularity abroad began in 2012. In the US he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red, and wrote songs for One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he performed the song in duet with Elton John during the ceremony. He spent much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Swift’s The Red Tour. In autumn 2013 Sheeran performed three sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden as a headline act. His second studio album titled x (read as “multiply”) was released worldwide on 23 June 2014, charting at number one in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. As part of his x world tour, Sheeran will play three concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date. – Wikipedia

1 Thinking Out Loud
2 Sing
3 Don’t
4 The A Team
5 I See Fire
6 Lego House
7 Give Me Love
8 Afire Love
9 Make It Rain
10 Everything Has Changed (Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran)]
11 One
12 Photograph
13 Bloodstream (with Rudimental)
14 Drunk
15 Small Bump
16 The Man
17 Old School Love (Lupe Fiasco featuring Ed Sheeran)
18 You Need Me, I Don’t Need You
19 All About It (Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran)
20 Watchtower (Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran)
21 Wish You Were Here (Richard Jones, Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford, David Arnold and Ed Sheeran)
22 I’m a Mess
23 Tenerife Sea
24 Nina
25 Gold Rush
26 Kiss Me
27 Hush Little Baby (Wretch 32 featuring Ed Sheeran)
28 Candle in the Wind
29 Runaway
30 Autumn Leaves
31 Take It Back
32 Young Guns (Lewi White featuring Ed Sheeran, Yasmin, Griminal & Devlin)
33 Friends
34 Sunburn
35 Even My Dad Does Sometimes
36 Everything You Are
37 U.N.I.
38 Grade 8
39 Little Bird
40 Wake Me Up

Artist Countdown: Sarah McLachlan Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @SarahMcLachlan

January 27, 2015
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Sarah-McLachlan-Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009, she has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan’s best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on a scale that had never been attempted before. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On.

1 Angel
2 Fallen
3 Adia
4 I Will Remember You
5 Building a Mystery
6 Silence    (with Delerium)
7 Sweet Surrender
8 Sing    (with Annie Lennox)
9 Stupid
10 U Want Me 2
11 Good Enough
12 Possession
13 Time After Time (with Cyndi Lauper)
14 Ice Cream
15 The Path of Thorns (Terms)
16 Into the Fire
17 World on Fire
18 One Dream
19 Drawn to the Rhythm
20 Hold On
21 Loving You Is Easy
22 Forgiveness
23 Vox
24 Steaming
25 Full of Grace
26 Illusions of Bliss
27 In Your Shoes
28 Walkin’ Good  (with Heart)
29 Love Beside Me
30 Monsters

Artist Countdown: Lady Antebellum Top 25 Hits 6pm ET @ladyantebellum

September 10, 2014
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lady-antebellumLady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin). Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Kelley is the brother of pop singer Josh Kelley.

The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone”, before signing to Capitol Records Nashville. Lady Antebellum has released four albums for Capitol: Lady Antebellum (2008), Need You Now (2010), Own the Night (2011), and Golden (2013), plus one Christmas album (2012’s On This Winter’s Night) and two extended plays. A fifth album, 747, is slated for release in September 2014. Their first three albums are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The group has fifteen charted singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which eight have reached number one; all of their singles have charted within the Billboard Hot 100 as well. Of their singles, the most successful is 2009’s “Need You Now”, which spent five weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs charts, in addition to topping the Adult Contemporary chart and reaching number two on the Hot 100.

Lady Antebellum was awarded Top New Duo or Group by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2008. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 51st Grammy Awards; and two more at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Run to You”. More recently on April 18, 2010, the group was awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year (“Need You Now”), and Single of the Year (“Need You Now”) at the 44th ACM Awards. The group won five awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Need You Now”. Lady Antebellum was also awarded the “Best Country Album” award at the 54th Grammy Awards. By August 2013, the group has sold more than 12.5 million digital singles and 10 million albums in the United States. – Wikipedia

1 Need You Now
2 Just a Kiss
3 Downtown
4 Bartender
5 I Run to You
6 Compass
7 Goodbye Town
8 We Owned the Night
9 American Honey
10 Our Kind of Love
11 Dancin’ Away with My Heart
12 Wanted You More
13 Love Don’t Live Here
14 Hello World
15 Lookin’ for a Good Time
16 Learning to Fly
17 Ready to Love Again
18 When You Got a Good Thing
19 Love This Pain
20 All for Love
21 I Was Here
22 Golden
23 Out of Goodbyes (with Maroon 5)
24 Walking After Midnight (w/Anna Wilson)
25 Stars Tonight
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