Tag: Grammy Awards

Feature Artist: Linda Ronstadt (Singles) 6pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Countdown: Cyndi Lauper Top 25 Hits 6pm ET @cyndilauper

2008 NewNowNext AwardsCynthia Ann Stephanie “Cyndi” Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and LGBT rights activist whose career has spanned over four decades. Her debut solo album She’s So Unusual (1983) was an instant commercial success. The album was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—”Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” and “All Through the Night,” earning Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack from the motion picture “The Goonies” and her second record, True Colors (1986), which included the number one hit of the same name, and “Change of Heart,” which peaked at number 3 and earned Lauper two nominations at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987.

Lauper has been celebrated for her ongoing humanitarian work over the last 30 years, particularly as an advocate for gay and transgender rights in the U.S. Her charitable efforts were recognized in 2013, when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend President Barack Obama’s second-term inaugural ceremony. – Wikipedia

1 Girls Just Want to Have Fun
2 Time After Time
3 She Bop
4 True Colors
5 I Drove All Night
6 All Through the Night
7 Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
8 Change of Heart
9 What’s Going On
10 The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough
11 Money Changes Everything
12 Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)
13 My First Night Without You
14 The World Is Stone
15 Who Let in the Rain
16 You Don’t Know
17 That’s What I Think
18 Into the Nightlife
19 Ballad of Cleo and Joe
20 Same Ol’ Story
21 I’m Gonna Be Strong
22 When You Were Mine
23 Boy Blue
24 A Night to Remember
25 Sisters of Avalon

Artist Countdown: Taylor Swift Top 50 Hits 6pm ET @taylorswift13

Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Swift’s self-titled debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star. “Our Song”, her third single, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Swift is known for narrative songs about her personal experiences. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Swift’s other achievements include seven Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, eleven Country Music Association Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards. To date, she has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital single downloads. In addition to her music career, Swift has appeared as an actress in the ensemble comedy Valentine’s Day (2010) and the animated film The Lorax (2012). As a philanthropist, Swift supports arts education, children’s literacy, natural disaster relief, LGBT anti-discrimination efforts, and charities for sick children. – Wikipedia

Original Chart 12/13/12
Update 6/9/14

1 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
2 Love Story
3 I Knew You Were Trouble
4 You Belong with Me
5 Mine
6 Begin Again
7 Red
8 Both of Us (B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift)
9 22
10 Everything Has Changed (featuring Ed Sheeran)
11 State of Grace
12 Speak Now
13 Eyes Open
14 Sweeter Than Fiction
15 White Horse
16 Safe & Sound (featuring The Civil Wars)
17 Back to December
18 Mean
19 Fifteen
20 Teardrops on My Guitar
21 Should’ve Said No
22 Highway Don’t Care (with Tim McGraw)
23 Sparks Fly
24 Ours
25 Jump Then Fall
26 Fearless
27 Crazier
28 Our Song
29 Picture to Burn
30 The Last Time (featuring Gary Lightbody)
31 I Almost Do
32 The Moment I Knew
33 Half of My Heart (John Mayer featuring Taylor Swift)
34 All Too Well
35 The Story of Us
36 Stay Stay Stay
37 If This Was a Movie
38 You’re Not Sorry
39 Two Is Better Than One (Boys Like Girls featuring Taylor Swift)
40 Breathless
41 Untouchable
42 Tim McGraw
43 Change
44 Treacherous
45 Starlight
46 Holy Ground
47 The Lucky One
48 Sad Beautiful Tragic
49 Come Back… Be Here
50 Girl at Home

Artist Countdown: Seal Top 35 Hits 6p ET @Seal

SealSeal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), known by his mononym Seal, is a British R&B and soul singer-songwriter.

Seal has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1992, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. Seal is known for his numerous international hits, including “Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. He is a coach on The Voice Australia.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Crazy
2 Kiss from a Rose
3 Future Love Paradise
4 Love’s Divine
5 Get It Together
6 Amazing
7 The Beginning
8 Prayer for the Dying
9 Fly Like an Eagle
10 Killer
11 Newborn Friend
12 Walk on By
13 My Vision (Jakatta featuring Seal)
14 Human Beings
15 The Right Life
16 Don’t Cry
17 Waiting for You
18 Secret
19 Les Mots (Mylène Farmer et Seal)
20 This Could Be Heaven
21 It’s Alright
22 It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
23 A Change Is Gonna Come
24 I Can’t Stand the Rain
25 Let’s Stay Together
26 Stand by Me
27 Wishing on a Star
28 I’m Alive
29 If I Could
30 Lost My Faith
31 If You Don’t Know Me by Now
32 I Am Your Man
33 Weight of My Mistakes
34 If I’m Any Closer
35 Manic Depression (Jeff Beck feat. Seal)

Artist Countdown: Peter Gabriel Top 30 6p ET @itspetergabriel

Peter GabrielPeter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is the most played music video in the history of the station.

More recently, Gabriel has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music as well as his involvement in humanitarian efforts. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2006, and in 2008, TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Gabriel was also awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, and the Polar Music Prize in 2009. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010 and he is to be inducted as a solo artist in 2014.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Sledgehammer 
2 Big Time
3 Steam 
4 Digging in the Dirt
5 Don’t Give Up (with Kate Bush)
6 Games Without Frontiers
7 Shock the Monkey
8 In Your Eyes 
9 Solsbury Hill
10 Red Rain
11 Kiss That Frog 
12 Biko
13 Lovetown 
14 The Barry Williams Show
15 More Than This
16 Shakin’ the Tree (with Youssou N’Dour)
17 Blood of Eden (with ‘Sinéad O’Connor)
18 Secret World
19 Burn You Up, Burn You Down
20 That Voice Again
21 While the Earth Sleeps (with Deep Forest)
22 No Self-Control
23 Kiss of Life
24 Down to Earth (with The Soweto Gospel Choir)
25 I Have the Touch
26 Growing Up
27 Darkness
28 The Book of Love
29 I Don’t Remember
30 Modern Love