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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Soulja Boy Tell’Em charted with “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”: June 30, 2007

Originally posted on June 30, 2012.

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American rapper DeAndre Way, better known as Soulja Boy, burst out of the gates in 2007, landing a huge hit his first time out. “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 the same day Way turned 17. The song went on to occupy the top spot on the charts for 7 weeks, making it the biggest pop hit of the year. HT It was also the most downloaded song of the year SF and, with four million + in sales, was the third most downloaded song in the U.S. all-time. WK The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Song, but lost to Kanye West’s “Good Life.” WK

Part of the song’s charm came in Soulja Boy’s “strange way with words.” AMG The lyrics about bragging and dancing included such memorable lines as “Why me crank that Robocob?” sit[ting] next to nonsensical called-out dance instructions.” AMG

He told HipHoxDX.com that he created the song in just an hour on the computer, using the Fruity Loops computer system. SF It was later reproduced more professionally. WK The song is notable for its looping steel pan riff. WK Steel drums originated from the West Indian islands of Trinidad and Tobago, generally being made from 55 gallon oil drums. SF The Beach Boys’ 1988 #1 hit “Kokomo” also used the instrument. SF

The video, directed by Dale Resteghini, featured Chris Brown, Bow Wow, and other notable rappers and R&B performers. BET ranked it the top video of 2007. WK Various parodies of the video have been made featuring Michael Jackson, Barney, and others. WK

Crank That (Soulja Boy)


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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Rihanna hit #1 with “Umbrella”: June 9, 2007

Originally posted 1/7/2014.

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Writer(s): Terius “The-Dream” Nash/Christopher “Tricky” Stewart/Jay-Z (see lyrics here)

Released: 29 March 2007

Peak: 17 US, #110 UK, #4 RB, #28 AA (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 0.5 UK, 9.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): 0.5 Video Airplay (in millions): 116.32


Review: Rihanna had a string of hits throughout the decade, but “this song was 2007, plain and simple” PE and “may be the track that most defined pop music in the ’00s.” PD While constructed around a hip-hop beat and given a slick R&B-style production, it also had “an edgy rock sound” AB and a “quasi-yodeled chorus” CBC “so toweringly great it transcends genre boundaries.” NME

Rihanna told Q magazine “’it was one of the most original sounds that I’d heard for a while. But a lot of people didn’t really understand it. They thought the repetition was annoying. But I knew that was what people would catch on to right away, because that’s what stuck in my head.’” SF As Adam Graham notes in the Detroit News, “just try to deny that you’ve added your own ‘ella… ella… ay’ every time you’ve heard or used the word umbrella since.” DN

The song was first sent to Britney Spears, who had recorded “Me Against the Music,” which Nash also helped pen, but after her people rejected it as not having hit potential, it was offered to Mary J. Blige. However, Jay-Z aggressively pursued the song, deciding it was perfect for Rihanna. SF He even added “a fairly unnecessary, but marketable, guest rap.” PD

The song also works as a metaphor as Rihanna sings to a partner about being there for him through good and bad. SF She says, “‘an umbrella is protection, it protects you from rain. The rain in this case is negativeness and vulnerability.’” SF Rihanna told the Daily Mirror umbrellas have now cropped up in mass quantities at her shows and dancefloors. SF The song became the longest-running #1 of the decade in the U.K. and topped the charts in multiple other countries.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive 200 Albums

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On March 6, 2007, NARM (the National Association of Recording Merchandisers) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed their Definitive 200 “list of 200 albums and soundtracks that should be in every music collection” (NARM press release). “The albums and their rankings…were determined by a committee comprising a cross-section of NARM member music retailers” (MarketWatch.com). Established in 1958, NARM “is a not-for-profit trade association that serves the music retailing community in the areas of networking, advocacy, information, education and promotion…[Members] operate 7,000 storefronts that account for almost 85 percent of the music sold in the U.S. market” (Definitive200.com/NARM.html).

  1. The Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  2. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  3. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
  4. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  5. U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
  6. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (1972)
  7. Carole King: Tapestry (1971)
  8. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  9. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966)
  10. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)

  11. Pearl Jam: Ten (1991)
  12. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
  13. Santana: Supernatural (1999)
  14. Metallica: Metallica (aka 'The Black Album') (1991)
  15. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (1975)
  16. Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain Soundtrack (1984)
  17. AC/DC: Back in Black (1980)
  18. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (1969)
  19. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
  20. The Grateful Dead: American Beauty (1970)

  21. Shania Twain: Come on Over (1997)
  22. The Who: Who’s Next (1971)
  23. Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  24. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
  25. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1979)
  26. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  27. Norah Jones: Come Away with Me (2002)
  28. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  29. OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
  30. Dr. Dre: The Chronic (1992)

  31. Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill (1986)
  32. Guns N' Roses: Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  33. Dixie Chicks: Wide Open Spaces (1998)
  34. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)
  35. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
  36. Def Leppard: Hysteria (1987)
  37. Various Artists: Grease Soundtrack (1978)
  38. Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (1971)
  39. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
  40. Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)

  41. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
  42. The Beatles: Revolver (1966)
  43. Boston: Boston (1976)
  44. Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (1986)
  45. U2: Achtung Baby (1991)
  46. Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston (1985)
  47. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  48. Dave Matthews Band: Crash (1996)
  49. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (1971)
  50. Green Day: Dookie (1994)

  51. Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (1973)
  52. Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)
  53. Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions (1955)
  54. Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic (1975)
  55. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of… (1998)
  56. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  57. 50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
  58. AC/DC: Highway to Hell (1979)
  59. The Notorious B.I.G.: Life after Death (1997)
  60. Van Halen: Van Halen (1978)

  61. Green Day: American Idiot (2004)
  62. Black Sabbath: Paranoid (1970)
  63. Eminem: The Eminem Show (2002)
  64. Jewel: Pieces of You (1995)
  65. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  66. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
  67. Usher: Confessions (2004)
  68. Kid Rock: Devil without a Cause (1998)
  69. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (1970)
  70. Billy Joel: The Stranger (1977)

  71. Eagles: Hell Freezes Over (1994)
  72. Van Morrison: Moondance (1970)
  73. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)
  74. Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (1985)
  75. Metallica: Master of Puppets (1986)
  76. Faith Hill: Breathe (1999)
  77. Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (1968)
  78. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1964)
  79. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)
  80. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (1979)

  81. Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (1973)
  82. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Night Moves (1976)
  83. Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)
  84. Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory (2000)
  85. Prince: 1999 (1982)
  86. Def Leppard: Pyromania (1983)
  87. Janet Jackson: Control (1986)
  88. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
  89. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)
  90. 2Pac: All Eyez on Me (1996)

  91. Matchbox 20: Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)
  92. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication (1999)
  93. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (1975)
  94. Nelly: Country Grammar (2000)
  95. Creed: Human Clay (1999)
  96. The Clash: London Calling (1979)
  97. Celine Dion: Falling into You (1996)
  98. Neil Young: Harvest (1972)
  99. Various Artists: Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (1987)
  100. Dixie Chicks: Home (2002)

  101. Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever
  102. Van Halen – 1984
  103. James Horner – Titanic Soundtrack
  104. Crosby Stills & Nash – Déjà Vu
  105. TLC – Crazysexycool
  106. Beck – Odelay
  107. Kenny G – Breathless
  108. NWA – Straight Outta Compton
  109. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
  110. Beatles – Rubber Soul

  111. Radiohead – O.K. Computer
  112. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  113. Dixie Chicks – Fly
  114. Metallica – And Justice For All
  115. Michael Jackson – Dangerous
  116. Mariah Carey – Daydream
  117. Various Artists – Top Gun Soundtrack
  118. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  119. Police – Synchronicity
  120. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

  121. Rolling Stones – Beggar’s Banquet
  122. R Kelly – R
  123. Tool – Lateralus
  124. Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory
  125. Bob Marley – Exodus
  126. Journey – Escape
  127. Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera
  128. Jay-Z – Blueprint
  129. Alicia Keys – Diary Of Alicia Keys
  130. Various Artists – O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

  131. Cars – Cars
  132. Day Without Rain
  133. Natalie Cole – Unforgettable With Love
  134. Various Artists – Footloose Soundtrack
  135. Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down
  136. Sarah Mclachlan – Surfacing
  137. Bonnie Raitt – Nick Of Time
  138. Metallica – Ride The Lightning
  139. Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club
  140. Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours

  141. Earth Wind Fire – Gratitude
  142. ZZ Top – Eliminator
  143. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
  144. John Lennon – Imagine
  145. Toni Braxton – Toni Braxton
  146. Etta James – At Last
  147. Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
  148. Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
  149. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
  150. Dave Brubeck – Time Out

  151. Janet Jackson – Janet
  152. Queen – A Night At The Opera
  153. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz
  154. Will Smith – Big Willie Style
  155. Prince – Sign Of The Times
  156. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  157. Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
  158. George Michael – Faith
  159. Boyz Ii Men – Cooleyhighharmony
  160. Destiny’s Child – Writing’s On The Wall

  161. Jay-Z – Black Album
  162. Avril Lavigne – Let Go
  163. Fugees – Score
  164. Madonna – Like A Virgin
  165. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
  166. Stevie Ray Vaughn – Texas Flood
  167. Stone Temple Pilots – Core
  168. Original Cast – Phantom Of The Opera Highlights
  169. Jethro Tull – Aqualung
  170. Tupac – Me Against The World

  171. David Bowie – Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
  172. Shakira – Laundry Service
  173. Various Artists – Forrest Gump Soundtrack
  174. Al Green – Call Me
  175. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
  176. Live – Throwing Copper
  177. George Benson – Breezin’
  178. White Stripes – White Blood Cells
  179. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Erd
  180. Sade – Diamond Life

  181. Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
  182. Paul Mccartney & Wings – Band On The Run
  183. Beyonce – Dangerously In Love
  184. Anita Baker – Rapture
  185. Nas – Iiimatic
  186. Barbra Streisand – A Star Is Born
  187. Earth Wind Fire – That’s The Way Of The World
  188. Anita Baker – Rhythm Of Love
  189. Jay-Z – In My Lifetime Vol 1
  190. Ll Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out

  191. Steely Dan – Aja
  192. Willie Nelson – Stardust
  193. Aretha Franklin – Sparkle
  194. Andrea Bocelli – Andrea
  195. Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
  196. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
  197. U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  198. Rush – 2112
  199. Outkast – Aquemini
  200. Grand Funk Railroad – We’re An American Band