March 24, 2008
“Do It to It” is a debut single from the album Unappreciated by R&B Group Cherish. “Do It To It” features rap/hip-hop artist Sean Paul from YoungBloodZ (not to be confused with Sean Paul, the reggae/dancehall artist). The song has so far peaked in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching number 12 only 15 weeks after its release. It reached position 15 on the US Top Digital Songs Chart. It had strong videoplay on BET and reached number 2 on 106 & Park. The song played for the limit of 65 days on the countdown and was eventually retired, it was the only video to be retired that year that did not reach number 1. Other songs such as “Torn” by Letoya, “Love” by Keyshia Cole and “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige were also retired in 2006. “Do It To It” made it to #8 on The Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.
A remix to the song (Rap Remix) exists featuring artists Yung Joc, Jody Breeze, Chingy & Fabo. This version also references some songs by the guest artists like Yung Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down’” and Fabo from D4L’s “Laffy Taffy”. That Boy.
Cherish Unappreciated album is the debut studio album by American R&B/Hip-Hop girl group Cherish. The album was co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and has generated the top-twenty U.S. single “Do It to It”. The album charted on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number four in its first week, selling 91,000 copies. The album has sold 500,537 copies, and is certified Gold by RIAA. It debuted at #80 in the UK, selling 30,000 copies.
March 12, 2008
Celebrity, Music News
Heavier Things album
Heavier Things is the second major label studio album by singer-songwriter/ guitarist John Mayer, released in 2003. Since his successful debut album, 2001’s Room for Squares, Mayer had gained popularity as a creative and thoughtful songwriter, and this characteristic shines through on Heavier Things download. The title of the album itself is a subtle response to certain criticism of Mayer’s music.
Room for Squares album
The album’s title is an inside joke/reference to Hank Mobley’s No Room for Squares album. All songs from the album were written by Mayer; however, three of the songs, “No Such Thing“, “Neon“, and “Love Song For No One“, were all co-written with Clay Cook, with whom Mayer had a duo group known as “The LoFi Masters.”
Through constant shows, including in the Atlantic-area Eddie’s Attic, Mayer’s reputation began to build, and a March 2000 appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival brought him to the attention of “launch” label, Aware Records. After including him in the Aware Festival concerts and having his songs included on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Room for Squares as an internet-only album. During that time, Aware inked a deal with Columbia Records that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists, and so in September of the same year, Columbia remixed and re-released Room for Squares. As part of the major label “debut”, the album’s artwork was updated, and the track “3×5″ was added, which didn’t appear on the original as the recording wasn’t yet complete at the time. The re-release also included reworked studio versions of the first four songs from his indie album, Inside Wants Out. The cover art for the most recent release of Room for Squares features a periodic table design beginning from the back cover which continues to the front cover, ending at the right side.
The album was relatively unknown at its time of release, but it became more well-known through word of mouth and John’s touring. By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including “No Such Thing”, “Your Body Is a Wonderland”, and ultimately, “Why Georgia” (a radio-only single).
March 6, 2008
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 17, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (or just shortened to “Lu“), is a Grammy-winning American Hip-hop artist. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his critically acclaimed debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. Prominent hip hop mogul Jay-Z describes him as a “breath of fresh air” in a new hip-hop world characterized by mainstream pop and glamour, a sharp contrast with the widespread lyricism-focused rap of the 1990s, and critics have called him the “Hip-Hop Generation’s Next Vanguard.” His second album, Lupe Fiasco’s the Cool, was released on December 18, 2007.
Food & Liquor
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, commonly referred to as Food & Liquor, is the Grammy Award Winning debut album of American rapper Lupe Fiasco, released on September 19, 2006 on 1st & 15th Entertainment/Atlantic Records (see 2006 in music). The album features production from The Neptunes, Kanye West, Mike Shinoda, Craig Kallman, Needlz, Soundtrakk, Prolyfic, and Brandon Howard. Jay-Z, Chill, and Lupe Fiasco himself are credited as the executive producers for the album.
Originally, the album was reported to have debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200; however, due to incomplete Nielsen SoundScan reports, the album actually debuted at #8.
The first international single off the album was “Kick, Push.” The song stated Lupe’s love for skateboarding. The second single in Europe was “Daydreamin” (featuring Jill Scott) which features a sample of I Monster’s “Daydream in Blue.” The second single in the U.S. (and the third international single) was “I Gotcha” which is produced by The Neptunes. The song’s video was featured on MTV’s “Making the Video.” Lupe held a poll on his MySpace profile, where fans were able to vote for which song they wanted to be made into a music video.
The album was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards including Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. It’s fourth nomination produced a win as it won the Best Urban/Alternative Song at the 50th Grammy Awards for his track “Daydreamin’” featuring Jill Scott.