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1 Million Bucks to Create a Hit Song

1 Million Bucks to Create a Hit Song

I read a fascinating article this weekend by Zoe Chace from NPR about the costs behind crafting a hit single. She digs into the background of one of Rihanna’s singles (“Man Down”) from her latest record titled, Loud. One of the most intriguing points she makes in an article full of intriguing points is the estimated costs for all the behind-the-scenes players who turn songs into records into money. I’ve included a graphic from the article … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Here is another one-hit wonder by an artist you will swear had more chart hits. But “Me and Bobby” McGee” represents Janis Joplin’s only flirtation with the Billboard Top 40. Think about that for a moment; Janis Joplin, a woman who is widely regarded as one of the great all-time rocks singers and a cautionary tale about the perils of alcholism, is a one-hit wonder artist. Just like Lou Reed, The Grateful Dead, Rush, Kraftwerk and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

So The White Stripes are history. At least that’s what the news on The White Stripes website says when it reads: The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live. The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Popcorn – Hot Butter

Popcorn – Hot Butter

“Popcorn” is a remarkable piece of pop music because it’s arguably the most famous early synthpop instrumental. You can lump songs like the “Axel F Theme” by Harold Faltermeyer into that same synthpop group. Amazingly, this peppy little version by studio band Hot Butter was the third recorded version of “Popcorn” in three years. And it has been recorded by lots of other bands in the years since it hit the Billboard Top 40 in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

99 Luftballoons – Nena

99 Luftballoons – Nena

Going international for this German one-hit wonder. Back in 1983, the Western world was largely convinced we were within months, days or even hours from nuclear Armageddon. The Cold War was especially chilly and people were scared for the future. In the midst of all this fear, German artist Nena released her ode to the follies of nuclear war in “99 Luftballoons.” Allegedly, the song’s origins stems from a Rolling Stones concert where Nena’s guitarist … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Autobahn Lyrics – Kraftwerk

Autobahn Lyrics – Kraftwerk

Click here to read how “Autobahn” became a one-hit wonder Autobahn Lyrics Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn Vor uns liegt ein weites Tal Die Sonne scheint mit Glitzerstrahl Die Fahrbahn ist ein graues Band Weisse Streifen, gruener Rand Jetzt schalten wir ja das Radio an Aus dem Lautsprecher klingt es dann: Wir fah’rn auf der Autobahn [English Translation:] We are driving on the Autobahn In front of us is a wide valley The sun is shining with glittering rays The driving strip is a grey track White stripes, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s