Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kat's Korner: Diana Ross -- a lifetime of great music (DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION)

Kat: She's sung on 19 number one US pop hits (that includes "We Are The World" on which she's a soloist), she's hit number one 11 more times with other songs on other US charts and around the world for a total of 31 times.  You could argue that she's had 13 more number one hits because 1979's dance chart number one is for three songs ("The Boss," "It's My House" and "No One Gets The Prize") -- you could and I will.  That's 33 different songs that have number one in this country or elsewhere in the world.

If we just want to focus on the US charts, let's count her top forty hits on the pop, soul, adult contemporary and dance charts.  How many songs did she have chart?

86 different songs hit the top 40 -- pop, soul, adult contemporary or dance charts -- in the US (remixes are counted as different songs so "Love Hangover," "Chain Reaction" and "Someday We'll Be Together" are counted for their original versions and for remix versions that hit a year or more later).

86 different top 40 hits.

From 1962 (with the Supremes "Let Me Go The Right Way," number 26 on the soul chart) to 2006 (duet with Rod Stewart, "I've Got A Crush On You" which hit number 19 on the ac chart).




From 1962 to 2017.  See, the remix of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" has already made it to the top 40 of the dance charts.

That's her latest top forty hit.

Who else can claim that -- a hit run from 1962 to 2017 and counting!

Only one artist, Diana Ross.

And her 87th hit is from her latest album, DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION.

diamond diana

Motown was planning to release in late January 2018.  They'll still be releasing the CD then.

But they rushed it out as an MP3 album.


October 19th, Betty outlined why in "If Motown had any brains . . ."

Diana's receiving The Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's American Music Awards (live on ABC).

This will be watched by many.

Motown can do a hits collection easy.

I'm glad that they're able to issue DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION (link takes you to purchasing options) but I think it would have been really smart to have a CD in stores for the day after the awards.

The collection?

How do you represent 87 hits in one album?

You don't.

So you put some of the huge hits -- number ones -- and surround it with other hits that might not have gotten as much attention.

"It's My Turn" is her finest ballad, my opinion.  I love "Do You Know Where You're Going To," for example.  It's a deserved number one.  But "It's My Turn," a top ten hit, is the best performance.

"If I don't have all the answers, at least I know I'll take my share of chances" -- she sings it perfectly.  "Ain't no use in holding on when nothing stays the same."

What a wonderful performance of an amazing song.

And there are more wonderful performances.

Including one that's a big surprise for me.

I didn't care for Diana's I LOVE YOU album a few years back and that includes "More Than Yesterday."  By itself on this album, it's actually something.  I noted Peter Asher (producer of I LOVE YOU) was a one trick pony and the album had a sameness.

That's one of the benefits of a collection like DIAMOND DIANA, it can save a song that was overlooked in real time.

The 1995 number one dance hit "Take Me Higher" benefits as well on this collection and makes me think it's time for an album of Diana's dance hits.

So if you're familiar with Diana Ross' work, there's still enough here to rediscover and enjoy.

If you're new to Diana?

Say you just caught her for the first time on THE AMAs tonight?

You're in for a thrill.

About to discover the most successful female singer in the US for the first time.  

The moment of, for example, discovering "You Can't Hurry Love" or "I'm Coming Out" for the first time.  This is a quality album and great care was taken with the sequencing.

It really showcases Diana.

 [I'd suggest you check out "Kat's Korner: Diana Ross's diana and the RCA Years..." for an overview of her 80s output and "Kat's Korner: Diana Ross releases a masterpiece (belatedly)" about one of her greatest and little noted recordings.]

The 15 tracks on the album are as follows:

1 I'm Coming Out
2 More Today Than Yesterday
3 The Boss 

4 It's My House 
5 Endless Love (From "The Endless Love" Soundtrack) 
6 Upside Down  
7 You Can't Hurry Love 
8 Touch Me In The Morning 
9 Love Hangover 
10 Take Me Higher 
11 It's My Turn 
12 Why Do Fools Fall In Love 
13 Ain't No Mountain High Enough 
14 Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) 
15 Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Anmhe 'Diamond Diana" Remix)  

Note, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" appears twice on the album -- in it's form that hit number one on the singles chart (the original form of the song is on the 1970 album DIANA ROSS and weighs in at six minutes and eighteen seconds) -- and in the remix that's become a hit in 2017 -- 47 years after she originally hit with it.

It's very doubtful any other artist will be able to lay claim to 87 top forty hits in the United States or a chart span of 1962 to 2017 (and counting).

The American Music Awards chose very wisely this year in awarding Diana Ross the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The death figures out of Iraq?

"Endless Love" is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on -- this one a duet with Lionel Richie.   Tonight, November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic has issued DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION  to note this monumental achievement.  That's tonight and her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross (BLACKISH, GIRLFRIENDS) will be hosting the broadcast.

Iraqi civilian deaths across the country have fallen to their lowest levels since the 2003 invasion, according to UN figures.


Because while the deaths have never been accurately reported -- it is a war zone -- it's also true that Hayder al-Abadi threw a hissy fit and UNAMI, eager to appease the tyrant agreed not to include certain deaths in their monthly counts (that were already undercounts).

Equally true, they've never been more apt to count civilians as terrorists.  Strange that Ali Hadi Al-Musawi managed to miss Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal "The Uncounted" (THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE).

If they could stop pimping false claims, maybe they could deal with the ongoing horror that is the reality of the Iraq War?

An on-the-ground investigation reveals that the U.S.-led battle against ISIS - hailed as the most precise air campaign in history - is killing far more Iraqi civilians than the coalition has acknowledged.

And let's not forget the genocide, the Iraqi government forces killing Sunnis.

“Sunni genocide in Iraq

So maybe don't applaud a figure when you can't prove the figure is factual?

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