City on Our Knees
"City on Our Knees" is a song by Christian artist TobyMac from his album, Tonight. It was released as a radio single in August 2009 and reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart in October 2009. It reached No. 8 on Billboard's Heatseekers Songs. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award as the Best Gospel Song; the song charted at No. 4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The song sold over 17,000 digital units in its first week; as of February 20, 2010, the song has sold over 225,000 copies, making it the fastest charting and selling track of tobyMac's career. It won a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Song of the year. On McKeehan's YouTube account, he posted a video talking about the meaning of the song. A moment that we all come together. Where our differences fall by the wayside, and it's a reminder that that moment could be right now, tonight." In 2010, the song was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, reviews and style, is known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres, it hosts events, owns a publishing firm, operates several TV shows. Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegen's interest in 1900 for $500. In the early years of the 20th century, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows, created a mail service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the music industry as the jukebox and radio became commonplace. 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 Hennegan's children, until it was sold to private investors in 1985, has since been owned by various parties. The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio by William Donaldson and James Hennegan on November 1, 1894, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry, was known as Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the primary 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 and Tireless Industry of the Bill Poster". 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 Hennegan's interest in the business in 1900 for $500 to save it from bankruptcy.
That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a weekly paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco and Paris, re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment such as fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of outdoor events in 1901. Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism and new shows, it had a "stage gossip" column covering the private lives of entertainers, a "tent show" section covering traveling shows, a sub-section called "Freaks to order". According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published news articles "attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting'good taste' and fighting yellow journalism"; as railroads became more developed, Billboard set up a mail forwarding system for traveling entertainers. The location of an entertainer was tracked in the paper's Routes Ahead column Billboard would receive mail on the star's behalf and publish a notice in its "Letter-Box" column that it has mail for them.
This service was first introduced in 1904, became one of Billboard's largest sources of profit and celebrity connections. By 1914, there were 42,000 people using the service, it was used as the official address of traveling entertainers for draft letters during World War I. In the 1960s, when it was discontinued, Billboard was still processing 1,500 letters per week. In 1920, Donaldson made a controversial move by hiring African-American journalist James Albert Jackson to write a weekly column devoted to African-American performers. According to The Business of Culture: Strategic Perspectives on Entertainment and Media, the column identified discrimination against black performers and helped validate their careers. Jackson was the first black critic at a national magazine with a predominantly white audience. According to his grandson, Donaldson established a policy against identifying performers by their race. Donaldson died in 1925. Billboard's editorial changed focus as technology in recording and playback developed, covering "marvels of modern technology" such as the phonograph, record players, wireless radios.
It began covering coin-operated entertainment machines in 1899, created a dedicated section for them called "Amusement Machines" in March 1932. Billboard began covering the motion picture industry in 1907, but ended up focusing on music due to competition from Variety, it created a radio broadcasting station in the 1920s. The jukebox industry continued to grow through the Great Depression, was advertised in Billboard, which led to more editorial focus on music; the proliferation of the phonograph and radio contributed to its growing music emphasis. Billboard published the first music hit parade on January 4, 1936, introduced a "Record Buying Guide" in January 1939. In 1940, it introduced "Chart Line", which tracked the best-selling records, was followed by a chart for jukebox records in 1944 called Music Box Machine charts. By the 1940s, Billboard was more of a music industry specialist publication; the number of charts it published grew after World War II, due to a growing variety of music interests and genres.
It had eight charts by 1987, covering different genres and formats, 28 charts by 1994. By 1943, Billboard had about 100 employees; the magazine's offices moved to Brighton, Ohio in 1946 to New York City in 1948. A five-column tabloid format was adopted in November 1950 and coated paper was first used in Billboard's print issues in January 1963, allowing for photojournalis
Made to Love
"Made to Love" is a song by contemporary Christian singer tobyMac from his third album, Portable Sounds. It was released as the album's lead single on December 26, 2006; this was included on the compilation album, WOW Hits 2008. "Made to Love" is considered a Christian worship song, both musically and lyrically. It has been labeled as having a "laidback groove" with a neo soul sound. Toby has said it was meant to be released on the Welcome to Diverse City album but he was never satisfied with the verses; the idea of the song and chorus existed for over 4–5 years prior to the actual release. He has said it was done in time for Portable Sounds as well. "Made to Love" was released on December 26, 2006, in both the digital download and CD formats, includes a "musical mayhem remix" by Matt Bronleewe. The song began to climb on R&R's contemporary hit radio chart at the start of 2007, reached No. 1 during the first week of January 2007. At the end of 2007, it placed as the second top-played song on R&R's Christian CHR chart for the year, the seventh most played song on Christian AC radio.
That year the song received a total of more than 23,800 plays on the Christian CHR format, over 29,600 plays on the Christian AC format. The song was received well by music critics. Allmusic reviewer Rick Anderson said that the song felt "perfectly natural — though he does sound a bit too much like a Sting imitator during the reggae interlude near the end of'Made to Love'." Kim Jones of About.com considered it to be tobyMac's best song of his solo career, CCM Magazine's Christa Banister called it "irresistibly catchy". In 2008, the song was nominated for a Dove Award for Song of the Year at the 39th GMA Dove Awards; the song received a Grammy nomination in 2008 for Best Gospel Song. All tracks written by Cary Barlowe, Jamie Moore & Aaron Rice. "Made to Love" lyrics at MTV.com Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer and author. He has charted 20 solo singles on Billboard's Christian Songs list, he was first known for being a member of the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until they went on hiatus in 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career with the release of seven studio albums: Momentum, Welcome to Diverse City, Portable Sounds, Eye on It, This Is Not a Test, The Elements, as well as four remixed albums: Re:Mix Momentum, Renovating Diverse City and Freq'd: A Remix Project, Eye'm All Mixed Up, he has a full-length Christmas album Christmas in Diverse City, his first holiday album. He became the third Christian artist to have a No. 1 debut on Billboard 200 chart with Eye on It. Between DC Talk and his own solo career, he has sold more than 10 million albums and won seven Grammy Awards, he has had six No. 1 hit CHR singles including "Gone", "Made to Love", "Lose My Soul."
Six singles have gone to No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart, making him one of the artists with the most No. 1 hits on that chart. His live concert CD+DVD combo album and Transported, was released in 2008 and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, his fifth studio album, Eye on It, received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 2013 Grammys. TobyMac formed DC Talk with Michael Tait in 1987 at Liberty University, he and Tait released Christian Rhymes to a Rhythm in 1988 and recruited classmate Kevin Max Smith to join the group. The three set out on tour after they released their first album in DC Talk. In 1990, they released their first gold album. After the Nu Thang tour, they recorded Free at Last, certified platinum. DC Talk gained mainstream attention by playing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Arsenio Hall Show, they released their next album, Jesus Freak, in 1995, it went multi-platinum and led to the Jesus Freak World Tour.
They released the tour CD. Following the release of "Between You and Me" which reached No. 29 on the Hot 100 in 1996, the group released Supernatural, which would be their last album. The album was certified platinum. DC Talk disbanded in 2001 and its members embarked on solo careers. In 2005, the band performed together at a show in Redmond and again in 2010 when he made a surprise guest appearance at Winter Jam in Nashville. In 2011, he joined Tait on the song "Jesus Freak" in North Carolina. DC Talk has recorded several songs together since their hiatus, including 2002's "Let's Roll", a song about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, "Atmosphere" on his 2004 album Welcome to Diverse City, "The Cross", a track on Kevin Max's 2007 album The Blood, "Love Feels Like", a track on his 2015 album This Is Not a Test. In 2001, he released his first solo album titled Momentum, he composed and recorded the song "Extreme Days" for the 2001 Truth Builder Productions film Extreme Days, featured on the Momentum album.
Momentum, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the November 24 issue. The song "Extreme Days" was used in the movie Hangman's Curse, based on a book by Frank Peretti, his song "Get This Party Started" was featured on an episode of the TV show Roswell. His song "Yours" reached the Top 5 on ChristianRock.net. "Yours", "Extreme Days", "Get This Party Started" and "Momentum" were all featured in the Xbox 360 video game Crackdown. "Momentum" earned a Grammy nomination. He was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 34th GMA Dove Awards. In 2002, Toby performed at the Festival Con Dios; that year, he released his first Christmas single, "This Christmas". In 2003, he released Re: a remix of the album Momentum, his song "Yours" was used in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as "Sting's" theme song. He was featured on "Throw Yo Hands Up" on Kirk Franklin's 2002 album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Welcome to Diverse City is certified gold; the album peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 54, selling 21,000 copies that week.
His "Winter Wonder Slam Tour" played throughout December 2006. The album's song "The Slam" was featured in the film Never Back Down, advertisements for the films Transporter 2, Aeon Flux, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, as well as advertisements for the television show Prison Break; the song was featured in car commercials, men's NCAA clips, NBA Finals, World Wrestling Entertainment programming, NFL Football commercials, "The Ultimate Highlight" on SportsCenter. Former Ohio Valley Wrestling performer Matt Cappotelli used "The Slam" as his entrance theme. In the movie Never Back Down Toby's song "The Slam" is featured in the main fight scene. "Diverse City" was featured in the Veronica Mars episode The Wrath of Con, as well as Konami's Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4. "Atmosphere" and "Burn For You" were used on different commercials. The album gave him another Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year. A remix version of the album, Renovating->Diverse City, was released in 2005. McKeehan's next album, titled Portable Sounds, was released in 2007 and sold 50,645 copies in its first week, debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, at No. 1 on the SoundScan Contemporary Christian Overall chart.
The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. He won rock/contemporary album of the year for "Portable Sounds" at the 39th annual GMA Dove Awards; the s
Superchick known as Superchic, was an American Christian alternative pop/rock band. Their music incorporated various styles such as pop, rock, R&B, their sound has been compared to mainstream artists like No Doubt and Avril Lavigne only with a heavier sound. Superchick has had five songs reach No. 1 on music charts, their song "Stand in the Rain" held the No. 1 spot for nine weeks on R&R Christian Hit Radio chart in 2006/2007. Superchick made their debut in 1999 at an Audio Adrenaline concert in front of an audience of 5,000, they continued to perform at live events throughout that year. Superchick self-released their first album in 2000; the album was re-released with three added remix tracks after they signed to Inpop Records, became their first official album: Karaoke Superstars. Since their music has appeared in several movies and television shows, including the movie Legally Blonde, the made for TV Disney movie Cadet Kelly, the recent movie To Save a Life. Last One Picked was released on October 8, 2002.
Superchick signed with mainstream record label Columbia Records to promote their 2005 album Beauty from Pain, resulting in their 2006 mainstream debut Beauty from Pain 1.1. The re-release album contains their signature hit "Stand in the Rain", their music has received favorable reviews in both Christian and mainstream publications. On December 4, 2008, Superchick was nominated for their first Grammy Award; the group was recognized in the category of "Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album" for their 2008 album, Rock What You Got, now featured on "ABC Family's" new hit show "Make it or Break it". The band launched their "Hey! Hey!" Tour on April 3, 2009. On June 7, 2011, lead singer Tricia Brock released her debut solo album entitled The Road; the group announced. The memorial took place on May 11, 2013. Matt Dally confirmed that "he is on the new record". On May 28, 2013, the band posted "This is the Time" written in memory of Lovelace. On August 11, 2013, Superchick announced on their Facebook page that the band had reached its closing chapter.
Max Hsu stated: "Everyone has new stories to write: Tricia has another solo record coming out, Dave is touring with Audio Adrenaline, Melissa started Rosebuds East, Matt is busy being a realtor/songwriter/daddy daycare and I've got plenty of projects to finish up, including a ThumpMonks record years in the making." He confirmed the release of five new tracks in the future. On June 27, 2016, a photo was posted of the band rehearsing for an upcoming reunion show; the band performed at Lifest on July 9, 2016, which featured the line-up of Tricia Brock, Max Hsu, Dave Ghazarian, Matt Dally, Andy Vegas and Brandon Estelle. In an interview at the show posted on YouTube, Brock said that they were asked to perform one last show at the site of their first show; the show was a one-off and considered as a final concert for the band. It was posted on Facebook Live. Final line-up Tricia Baumhardt – lead vocals Dave Ghazarian – lead guitar Matt Dally – bass guitar, rap vocals, synthesizer Max Hsu – DJ, keyboards Andy Vegas – percussion Brandon Estelle – drums Former members Justin Sharbono – guitar Ben Dally – drums Brian Fitch – drums Aaron Tosti – drums Clayton Hunt – drums Chase Lovelace – drums Dave Clo – bass guitar, acoustic guitar Melissa Brock – rhythm guitar, harmony vocals Studio albums Karaoke Superstars Last One Picked Beauty from Pain Rock What You Got
The Elements (TobyMac album)
The Elements is the eighth studio album by American recording artist TobyMac released on October 18, 2018, on ForeFront Records. It is his fifth album to top the Billboard Christian Albums chart; the album's first lead single, peaked at No. 1 on the Christian Songs chart. Chris Major of The Christian Beat gave the album a 4.8 out of 5, claiming the album is "TobyMac at his best". Jesus Freak Hideout's Christopher Smith praised TobyMac's ability make his musical influences his own, called the album a "no-filler" and "more mature" album. Marcos Papadatos from Digital Journal called it TobyMac's "most compelling studio album to date". CCM Magazine's Natalie Gillespie praised TobyMac's ability to "blend" many musical styles into the album; the album debuted No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart, selling 22,000 units in its debut week. "The Elements" – 3:52 "I Just Need U" – 3:45 "Scars" – 4:21 "Everything" – 3:21 "Starts with Me" – 3:54 "Edge of My Seat" – 3:43 "It's You" – 4:48 "Horizon" – 3:13 "Hello Future" – 2:42 "Overflow" – 3:16 "See the Light" – 3:52