5 is the fifth full-length studio album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released on May 12, 1998, by Virgin Records. The album produced six singles released over the course of 1998 and 1999.
“I Belong to You” 4:17
“Black Velveteen” 4:48
“If You Can’t Say No” 5:17
“Thinking of You” 6:24
“Take Time” 4:31
“Fly Away” 3:41
“It’s Your Life” 5:02
“Straight Cold Player” 4:19
“Little Girl’s Eyes” 7:44
“You’re My Flavor” 3:48
“Can We Find a Reason?” 6:24
“American Woman” 4:21
Lenny Kravitz – vocals, all other instruments Craig Ross – electric guitar, slide guitar, keyboards Terry Manning– toy piano on “I Belong to You” and Screams on “Straight Cold Player” Cindy Blackman – drums on “Straight Cold Player” Jack Daley – bass guitar Michael Hunter – trumpet Harold Todd – saxophone George Laks – keyboards Alex Alvarez – keyboards Stephen Dorff – ‘uh’ sounds on “American Woman”
American singer Lenny Kravitz has released 11 studio albums, one greatest hits compilation album, four box set compilation albums, two extended plays, 58 singles, and eight video albums, including three live albums. Kravitz has earned three gold albums, two platinum albums, two double platinum albums, and one triple platinum album. His debut album Let Love Rule (1989) peaked at number 61 in the US, and while receiving generally positive reviews, it became a huge success in Europe but took a long time to reach success in the US. Its followers, Mama Said (1991) and Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993) sold better overall than his debut, achieving platinum and multi-platinum status respectively, establishing Kravitz in the music industry and expanding his success in Europe and South America. However, despite only a two-year gap between albums, personal issues such as substance abuse problems, the aftermath of divorce, and his mother Roxie Roker’s illness led to a decline in commercial sales with Circus (1995).
With 5 (1998), Kravitz embraced a fresh outlook towards his career and also experimented with electronic equipment such as pro-tools. Initially, the album received only mediocre reviews, and it took a slow and steady process for it to achieve worldwide success after spinning off hits such as “I Belong to You” and “Fly Away” to ultimately become Kravitz’s most successful studio album to date. It would be the album to establish his career at a higher level, with increasing worldwide popularity, especially in Europe, and would win him his first two Grammy Awards. Greatest Hits (2000) would become Kravitz’s most successful album to date, going on to sell over 10.5 million copies worldwide, earning him yet another Grammy Award. While Lenny (2001) would prove to be a very fast seller, although not quite comparing to 5 or Greatest Hits, it managed to win Kravitz his fourth consecutive Grammy Award. However, Baptism was somewhat of a commercial disappointment for the multi-platinum selling artist when compared to its predecessors. Most recently, his 2008 release It Is Time for a Love Revolution had Kravitz realising some of the best debut positions and opening sales weeks worldwide in years, along with his best critical reviews since Lenny.
According to recent sales numbers, a number of his albums (Let Love Rule, Mama Said, 5 and Greatest Hits) have been confirmed to have achieved a sales status high enough to be certified at the next level within the sales threshold, but RIAA still has them certified at the sales level they are currently at, with no official word on whether/when the certifications may occur. In addition to writing and producing all of his own work, Kravitz has produced albums for other artists, some reaching great success.[which?] He personally has scored three top 10 albums in the US, while having reached number one in both the UK and Australia. Kravitz has scored hits in virtually every continent: North America (US and Canada), Central America (Bahamas), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia), South America (Brazil, Argentina and Colombia), Asia (Japan), Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and Africa (Republic of South Africa). Considered one of the most successful and best-selling rock artists of his time, Kravitz has had sales of approximately 40 million albums alone worldwide (not including singles and video releases).
Are You Gonna Go My Way
I’ll Be Waiting
Stillness of Heart
It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over
Where Are We Runnin’?
Rock and Roll Is Dead
If You Can’t Say No
Always on the Run
Let Love Rule
Believe in Me
Stand by My Woman
I Belong to You
Is There Any Love in Your Heart
Show Me Your Soul with P. Diddy, Loon and Pharrell
Leonard Albert Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. His style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category and setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, Brit Awards, and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. He was also ranked at No. 93 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. He was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011, and has played Cinna in the Hunger Games film series.
It’s the “Summer Solstice!” The first day of summer has arrived. Also, it will be the longest day of the year. Aren’t we blessed? I hope you treated your Dad well yesterday for “Father’s Day.” This evening on “Great Soul Performances,” (albeit a day late) we’ll salute our fathers with all songs saluting “Dad,” “Father,” “Daddy” and “Papa.” Those artists paying tribute will be: Luther Vandross, Lenny Kravitz, the Temptations,(my Facebook friend) Paul Peterson, the Astors, James Brown, Ben E. King, the Chi-Lites, Wayne Newton, Ruth Brown, Joe Bataan, Beyoncé and others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Let’s color him “Father,” and color him “Love” later on “Great Soul Performances” here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American rock musician and songwriter. After being guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades. The Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with “Walk on the Wild Side”, but subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. In 1975, Reed released a double album of feedback loops, Metal Machine Music, upon which he later commented, “No one is supposed to be able to do a thing like that and survive.” Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar
In April 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be ‘bigger and stronger’ than ever. On October 27, 2013, Reed died at the age of 71 at his home in Southampton, New York, on Long Island. Tributes were paid to Reed on Twitter, including those from Salman Rushdie, Samuel L. Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Gervais, Ryan Adams, Elijah Wood, and many others. John Cale, his Velvet Underground bandmate, posted on his Facebook: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’”. (Source: Wikipedia)