Hearsay is the second solo studio album by the American recording artist Alexander ONeal. It was originally released in July 1987, on the labels Tabu, Hearsay explores similar genres to those of Alexander ONeal including pop, R&B, post-disco and adult contemporary music, while incorporating a newer genre, new jack swing. The songs were recorded between 1986 and 1987 in sessions that took place at Flyte Time Productions, Inc. Studio A & B in Minneapolis, assisted by R&B songwriting and record production team Jimmy Jam, on release, the album was received favourably by the majority of music critics. ONeals most commercially successful album, it went on to peak at #29 on the Billboard 200. The album launched seven charting singles in the UK, Fake peaked at #33 on the UK Singles Chart, Criticize peaked at #4, Never Knew Love Like This at #26, The Lovers at #28, To Make You Love Me at #27, Sunshine at #72. Several remixes of the songs charted, Fake 88, #16, Hearsay 89. Two of the tracks and Criticize, were popular anthems in UK dance clubs, the album was certified gold by the RIAA on October 20,1987.
In the UK, it more than 700,000 copies and was certified 3× Platinum by the BPI. The album was re-released on 6 May 2013 on Tabus new Re-born imprint featuring rare bonus content, the reissue is a 2-CD set with the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2 mix tapes, the bonus content consists of associated 7, and 12 mixes. Hearsay has the overtones of an album, being loosely set around the attendees of a house party being hosted by ONeal. Interspersed between the tracks are interludes consisting of background noise and conversation between the partygoers which sets up the theme of the next song. Hearsay was well received by most critics, and was hailed as a breakthrough for ONeal. And commented that unlike Jam & Lewiss nasty girl, ONeal has the muscle to back his nasty up. Today, the album is viewed in a positive light by critics some three decades later. Adding that the beats were catchy, the songs hook-laden, and ONeals voice alternately explosive and Daryl Easlea of BBC iPlayer gave a positive review writing that it was Dismissed by the cognoscenti but adored by the masses.
Noting that Hearsay is very much of its time, but that doesnt mean it has dated and it sounds as fresh now as it did then. Had it been 20 years earlier, Alexander ONeal would have compared to Otis Redding
The Lovers (Alexander O'Neal song)
The Lovers is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded by American recording artist Alexander ONeal. It is the single from the singers second solo album. The songs distinctive backing vocals were performed by Cherrelle and Lisa Keith, following the successful chart performances of the Hearsay singles Fake and Never Knew Love Like This, The Lovers was released as the albums fourth single. Alexander ONeals 10th hit single and it reached #28 in the UK Singles Chart, in the United States, the single reached #41 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Credits are adapted from the liner notes
Love Makes No Sense
Love Makes No Sense is the fifth studio album by the American recording artist Alexander ONeal. The album was his release for Tabu, and his first album made without formal production from Jimmy Jam. Sales were not as strong as his releases, it went on to peak at #89 on the Billboard 200. The album launched three charting singles in the UK, love Makes No Sense peaked at #26 on the UK Singles Chart, In the Middle peaked at #32, All That Matters to Me at #67. The album was his first album, not to be certified by the BPI, since the 1988 Christmas album, the album was re-released in 2013 on Tabus new Re-born imprint featuring rare bonus content. The reissue is a 2-CD set with the album digitally remastered from the original 1/2 mix tapes, the bonus content consists of associated 7. Love Makes No Sense at Discogs
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performers music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many roles during the recording process, the roles of a producer vary. The producer may perform these roles himself, or help select the engineer, the producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record companies budget. A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording. Producers often take on an entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, contracts. In the 2010s, the industry has two kinds of producers with different roles, executive producer and music producer. Executive producers oversee project finances while music producers oversee the process of recording songs or albums. In most cases the producer is a competent arranger, composer. The producer will liaise with the engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording.
Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record, indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation actually is music director. The music producers job is to create and mold a piece of music, at the beginning of record industry, producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1950s and 1960s due to technological developments, the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously, all of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio and the performance had to be recorded. As well, for a song that used 20 instruments, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. Examples include the rock sound effects of the 1960s, e. g. playing back the sound of recorded instruments backwards or clanging the tape to produce unique sound effects.
These new instruments were electric or electronic, and thus they used instrument amplifiers, new technologies like multitracking changed the goal of recording, A producer could blend together multiple takes and edit together different sections to create the desired sound. For example, in jazz fusion Bandleader-composer Miles Davis album Bitches Brew, producers like Phil Spector and George Martin were soon creating recordings that were, in practical terms, almost impossible to realise in live performance. Producers became creative figures in the studio, other examples of such engineers includes Joe Meek, Teo Macero, Brian Wilson, and Biddu
Rhythm and blues
Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated as R&B or RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy. Lyrics focus heavily on the themes of triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, the term rhythm and blues has undergone a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s it was applied to blues records. This tangent of RnB is now known as British rhythm and blues, by the 1970s, the term rhythm and blues changed again and was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a style of R&B developed, becoming known as Contemporary R&B. It combines elements of rhythm and blues, funk, hip hop, popular R&B vocalists at the end of the 20th century included Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. Although Jerry Wexler of Billboard magazine is credited with coining the term rhythm and blues as a term in the United States in 1948.
It replaced the term race music, which came from within the black community. The term rhythm and blues was used by Billboard in its chart listings from June 1949 until August 1969, before the Rhythm and Blues name was instated, various record companies had already begun replacing the term race music with sepia series. In 2010 LaMont Robinson founded the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Museum and producer Robert Palmer defined rhythm & blues as a catchall term referring to any music that was made by and for black Americans. He has used the term R&B as a synonym for jump blues, AllMusic separates it from jump blues because of its stronger, gospel-esque backbeat. Lawrence Cohn, author of Nothing but the Blues, writes that rhythm, according to him, the term embraced all black music except classical music and religious music, unless a gospel song sold enough to break into the charts. Well into the 21st century, the term R&B continues in use to music made by black musicians. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, arrangements were rehearsed to the point of effortlessness and were sometimes accompanied by background vocalists.
Simple repetitive parts mesh, creating momentum and rhythmic interplay producing mellow, while singers are emotionally engaged with the lyrics, often intensely so, they remain cool, and in control. The bands dressed in suits, and even uniforms, an associated with the modern popular music that rhythm. Lyrics often seemed fatalistic, and the music typically followed predictable patterns of chords, there was increasing emphasis on the electric guitar as a lead instrument, as well as the piano and saxophone
Sunshine and Rain (song)
Sunshine and Rain is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded by American recording artist Alexander ONeal. It is the sixth and final single from the second solo album. The song had performed live prior to the songs release with Level 42 at the Princes Trust Gala on 25 July 1989. The songs title and time was edited for release as a single, with the version being titled Sunshine. 12 Single Sunshine -4,02 Do You Wanna Like I Do -4,48 Crying Overtime -5,20 A Broken Heart Can Mend -3,40 Credits are adapted from the liner notes. Jimmy Jam - drum and keyboard programming, percussion Terry Lewis - percussion, backing vocals Randy Ran - backing vocals Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
This article is about the 12cm single. Not to be confused with 8cm single, the standard in the Red Book for the term CD single. A CD single is a single in the form of a standard size compact disc. It is not to be confused with the Mini CD single, the format was introduced in the mid-1980s but did not gain its place in the market until the early 1990s. With the rise in digital downloads in the early 2010s, sales of CD singles have decreased, commercially released CD singles can vary in length from two songs up to six songs like an EP. Some contain multiple mixes of one or more songs, in the tradition of 12 vinyl singles, depending on the nation, there may be limits on the number of songs and total length for sales to count in singles charts. Containing four tracks, it had a limited print run. CD singles were first made eligible for the UK Singles Chart in 1987, the Mini CD single format was originally created for use for singles in the late 1980s, but met with limited success, particularly in the US.
The smaller CDs were more successful in Japan and have become more common in Europe. By 1989, the CD3 was in decline in the US and it was common in the 1990s for US record companies to release both a two-track CD and a multi-track maxi CD. In the UK, record companies would release two CDs but, these consisted of three tracks or more each. Pressure from record labels made singles charts in some countries become song charts, allowing album cuts to chart based only on airplay, without a single ever being released. At the end of the 1990s, the CD was the single format in the UK, but in the US. In Australia, the Herald Sun reported the CD single is set to become extinct, while CD singles no longer maintain their own section of the store, copies are still distributed but placed with the artists albums. That is predominantly the case for popular Australian artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Kylie Minogue and, most recently, Delta Goodrem, the ARIA Singles Chart are now predominantly compiled from legal downloads, and ARIA stopped compiling their physical singles sales chart.
On a Mission by Gabriella Cilmi was the last CD single to be stocked in Kmart and Big W, sanity Entertainment, having resisted the decline for longer than the other major outlets, has ceased selling CD singles. In Greece and Cyprus, the term CD single is used to describe a play in which there may be anywhere from three to six different tracks. These releases charted on the Greek Singles Chart with songs released as singles, in September 2003, there was talk of ringtones for mobile phones outstripping CD singles sales for the year 2004
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, events and it is known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows. It created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985.
The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco, London and he re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901.
Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good taste
Fake (Alexander O'Neal song)
Fake is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded by American recording artist Alexander ONeal. It is the first single from the second solo album. It is one of the artists most recognizable songs. The songs lyrics are a commentary, critical of a loudmouth - implied to be a groupie. The single was ONeals most successful song on both soul and pop charts, Fake went to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart for two weeks, and peaked at number twenty-five on the Hot 100. The single was ONeals most successful single on the dance charts, the song was interpolated for Patti LaBelles 1997 hit, When You Talk About Love, repeating the Patti Patti refrain after the singer demands her background to say her name. The song was a part of the Black Mirror episode San Junipero, the main characters Kelly and Yorkie perform their first dance to this song at Tuckers, an 80s style club. 12 Maxi Fake -5,20 Fake -3,11 Fake -3,10 Fake -2,20 Fake -4,357 Single Fake -3,10 A Broken Heart Can Mend -3,40 Credits are adapted from the liner notes
Criticize is a song written by Alexander ONeal and Jellybean Johnson and recorded by American recording artist Alexander ONeal. It was the single from ONeals second solo album, Hearsay. The songs distinctive backing vocals were performed by Lisa Keith, following the successful chart performances of the Hearsay single Fake, Criticize was released as the albums second single. The songs lyrics are a commentary, critical of a nagging ex-lover, who criticizes his friends, lifestyle. The song was ONeals biggest hit in Britain, where it reached No.4 in the United Kingdom and it was one of his only two hits to chart in the Republic of Ireland. Criticize reached No.70 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song is featured in the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the in-game radio station The Vibe 98.8