The vinyl LP and the rpm single were virtually replaced by the more portable cassette and the portable, almost invulnerable compact disk. For new releases, the metamorphosis is nearly complete; fewer and fewer albums appear as LP's at all, and a typical record store no longer stocks those that are still produced. Fans of international music have lost a lot in the triumph of the CD, which has not caught on in the third world; the selections that are available are even more expensive as imports.
Selling vinyl LP's has been left to specialty stores. And many of them report a backlash against digital sound, particularly against the remastering of older material for CD reissues that robs old recordings of warmth and depth. Old LP's will be the only format that preserves the original analog sound, and they are fast becoming collectors' items. Recent visits to dozens of Manhattan record stores reveal a major attitude gap between larger stores and specialty outlets. Larger stores reflect the priorities of American record companies; they stock new releases, promote what they see as sure things -- Sting's new album, "The Soul Cages," for example, is prominently displayed all over town -- and offer as much of a selection of currently in-print cassettes and CD's as space and taste allow.
At the moment, they are all participating in the "Grammy Music" promotion, drawing attention to and usually offering discounts on recordings nominated for this year's Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. Specialty stores, meanwhile, defy American corporate decisions.
They stock imported recordings, LP's, independent releases, bootlegs, rpm singles, limited-edition collectors' items and nonmusical memorabilia, often but not always at premium prices. If they don't like Mariah Carey or Vanilla Ice, they don't bother with them.
Record shopping in Manhattan isn't particularly competitive when it comes to price. Discounts come and go, usually involving one label's entire catalogue; if you're planning to splurge on half a dozen albums by a single performer, a few telephone calls would be worthwhile.
But the real competition among record stores is on availability. A store with 20, items is better than one 10 times as large, if it has the one recording you've been trying to find. Often, of course, the search is most of the fun, and if one record store doesn't stock something, it will probably recommend another that does. Here is a survey of selected record stores in Manhattan. The Big Three.
All sell concert tickets, blank tapes and a variety of other merchandise along with recordings. Baby has grown more accustomed to sexual similes as his star has immeasurably risen. Specifically, dude loves talking about the act of cunnilingus, although he's also comfortable going on at length about every single other type of sex act. There are times, like on "How To Love," when Wayne dials it back a bit, but for the most part, Weezy albums and mixtapes including the recently released "Dedication 4" are simply documents of every raunchy game the rapper likes to play with his girls.
The Oakland rapper has spit filthy rhymes since he stepped into the scene in , such as "Blowjob Betty. Some artists don't see the warm light of the mainstream due to their offensive lyrics. Search term. Billboard Pro Subscribe Sign In. Top Artists. Top Charts. Hot Songs. The tracks "Voyager", "Space Inc. After over 15 years of working as a producer on other artists' albums, Voyager is Epworth's debut project under his own name.
He began work on the album in , and finished it in The album has been described as primarily pop-rap ,  with inspiration from soul and funk ,  as well as observed to have an "amalgamation of modern styles — some house , some trap , some mid-tempo disco — and tunes that are poppy without seeming all that concerned about tight, stream-friendly structures".
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The revolution wasn't just political. The Bomb Squad's shrill, punk-provocative production underlined the urgency, expanding what you could do with samples, layering funky breaks until they became weapons of noise and chaos.
Not only the first classic hip-hop album, but a sharp breaking point from the buoyant post-disco rhythms and future-shocked electro that dominated the genre's first five years on record. The Hollis, Queens crew did nothing short of reinvent the still-new style in their own image: hard, raw, in your face and catchy enough to challenge anything else in pop. The rap-rock fusion "Rock Box" stands as a foundationally transformative moment for American culture itself, while the earth-shaking one-two punch of "Sucker MCs" and "It's Like That" which had been released together in a landmark single segued from Herculean MC grandstanding to complex social realism.
The album is minimal and stark, but still feels like an audacious good time. While compilation albums were nothing new, the U. The 30 songs on Now's first volume filled two LPs, and the albums' compilers took enough of a wide-lens view on the idea of "pop" to offer unexpected left-turns: Culture Club, Rod Stewart, Mike Oldfield and the Rock Steady Crew all shared a side.
The American version launched in with an album starring the Backstreet Boys and Radiohead. Accordingly, the series has remained possibly the only safe bet, weathering 30 years of changes in the music industry: The 50th American edition released this year was the 18th in the series to debut at Number One — only the Beatles have more.
It's hard to imagine the present-day musical landscape without Thriller , which changed the game both sonically and marketwise. The album's nervy, outsized blend of pop, rock and soul would send seismic waves throughout radio, inviting both marquee crossovers like Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on "Beat It" and sneakier attempts at genre-meshing.
The album's splashy, cinematic videos — from the John Landis-directed short film that promoted "Thriller" to the West Side Story homage accompanying "Beat It" — legitimized the still-nascent form and forced MTV to incorporate black artists into its playlists.
Its promotional strategy, which led to seven of its nine tracks being released as singles, raised the bar for what, exactly, constituted a "hit-laden" LP. Beyond breaking ground, it broke records, showing just how far pop could reach: the biggest selling album of all time, the first album to win eight Grammys in a single night and the first album to stay in the Top 10 charts for a year.
Part heady avant-garde improv, part well-considered Molotov cocktail, all ways disorienting, Throbbing Gristle's debut steamrolled a new path for underground noiseniks by eschewing most of the formal rules of rock music — drums, guitars, melody and, on Side B, pulse entirely —going directly for the primal appeal of distortion. Built on disturbing samples, disturbing electronic textures, and disturbing live recordings, Second Annual Report employed the LP as a medium of portable transgression.
Not only was The Ramones one of the first, finest and clearest documents of a still-forming genre — punk rock — it was one of the first albums to combine market-tested pop music with stuff that most people would call "noise" a gesture that, in the long run, had more to do with Weezer than Black Flag.
Add to that the radical notion that their constraints short songs, no guitar solos, leather jackets and jeans, "I don't wanna"-style lyrics were also the source of their freedom, and you get an album that rejected tradition in part by embracing it. Kraftwerk's savvy use of pop elements smuggled in a Trojan horse of electronic experimentalism to the broadest audience possible.
Most pop genres that followed would incorporate this innovation — new wave, hip-hop, techno and contemporary EDM among them. The German group pulled away from rock music's formal identity while channeling its to-the-jugular pop spirit on Autobahn. They focused on the pulse first and foremost, slowing the tempo down to match the title track's concept, reflecting the feel and sounds of driving down the German autobahn. The concept's irreverence was balanced by the neutral German imitation of Beach Boys harmonies.
Before the soundtrack for The Harder They Come , reggae's success in America was limited to the occasional fluke 45 e. In turn, the soundtrack served not so much as a venue for a hot new sound, but a diplomatic introduction to something that had been percolating for years. When Henzell asked Cliff to get on it, Cliff said "no," at which point Henzell got into bed with a notepad and started running the film back and forth in his head, writing down song titles.
The party line on Gaye's album is that it was the first time soul music approached the condition of art — as though Motown's pocket symphonies didn't require as much wit and invention as any of the more exploratory music contained herein.
What the album did do, however, was take music mostly associated with showmanship and personal pain and recast it as music of social and reportorial insight — a shift that not only prefigured the casual, ear-to-the-ground persona of singers like Erykah Badu, but Nas, Common and an entire universe of black musicians whose concerns don't stop at the studio doors.
This blockbuster's 15 weeks at Number One — a record for a female solo artist that held for more than 20 years — helped establish the idea of the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter as a commercial force, and that's probably its least interesting accomplishment. A decade earlier, King's songwriting collaborations with then-husband Gerry Goffin expanded the emotional palette of pop romance.
In , not yet 30, she showed how those pop sentiments could remain relevant for adults, revisiting the lingering uncertainty of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and expressing even-tempered resignation on "It's Too Late.
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