“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” was released in 1987 and written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan.
CHART REFLECTION. If you thought that Liza Minnelli’s rendition of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” in Sex and the City 2 was original, wait ‘til you here this one. Wing Han Tsang, (曾詠韓), has grown a worldwide fan-base with her special offbeat style. Originally from Hong Kong, Wing is now residing in New Zealand and began her career by entertaining patients at nursing homes and hospitals in the Auckland area. Further to receiving a grant from Manukau City Council, she issued her debut set “Musical Memories of Les Misèrables and The Phantom of the Opera.”
Wing Web-site is the Hub
Nurturing her music career, Wing’s fanbase has been retained via her web-site. Wing also sells her music via iTunes, CD Baby and of course Spotify where WelcheMusic found these tracks. The singer even had a South Park episode named after her in March 2005. To date, she has released eleven CDs.
Beyoncé Releases the New Album
Currently releasing her latest album 4, Set for release on June 24, Beyoncé made a rave performance on the Billboard Awards show with “Run the World (Girls).” A second single – “Best Thing I Ever Had” – has already been released. We look forward to “I Was Here” – an entirely new ballad written by Diane Warren and produced by Ryan Tedder (of “Bleeding Love” and OneRepublic fame)!
Her original “Single Ladies” was issued in October 2008 as a double lead A-single together with “If I Were a Boy.” It finally reached the No.1 spot in the US, on par with Diana Ross and Paula Abdul at the list of women with most Hot 100 chart-toppers.
Dance Routine from the ‘60s
The accompanying music video was actually inspired by the 1969 Bob Fosse dance routine Mexican Breakfast which was seen on the Ed Sullivan show. Critics have compared the track to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” as female empowerment songs. The track has also been included on many a TV shows, e.g. Cougar Town, CSI: Miami and Glee. In Sweden, “Single Ladies” peaked at No.40.
CHART REFLECTION. Glee is returning to TV on Apr.12 and Popcrush reveals that Swedish singer Lykke Li will be covered. And she’s not in a bad company as songs from Céline Dion and Aretha Franklin will be on the show. Tina will perform Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers,” coincidentally produced by Björn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John who WelcheMusic covered only recently.
The track is included on Lykke Li’s sophomore album Wounded Rhymes and was the second single off the set after “Get Some.” The latter track has been featured on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy (in the episode Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)).
Née Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, the 25-year old singer was born in Ystad, Skåne. Her breakthrough came in 2008 when she launched her debut album Youth Novels.
Wounded Rhymes has already managed to reach the US and UK Top 40, peaking at No.2 in Sweden and No.3 in Norway. WelcheMusic notes that the opening track “Youth Knows No Pain” is co-written by Rick Nowels, famous for the Belinda Carlisle classic “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
CHART REWIND. WelcheMusic takes a trip down memory lane and honors C+C Music Factory in this blog post. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was initially released back in 1990, but didn’t break until 1991. It eventually became a Billboard Hot 100 No.1, and reached the top spot in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The track peaked at No.5 in Sweden.
The men behind the C’s were actually producers David Cole and Robert Clivillés. Little did they know about the controversy that they were going to cause. Vocalist Martha Wash was replaced in the video by Zelma Davis. Let’s just say that one looks like a supermodel, the other doesn’t. Wash was one of the members of The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”) and this wasn’t the first time she was replaced by a model. Back in 1989, Italian Katherine Quinol fronted Black Box on hits such as “Everybody Everybody” and “I Don’t Know Anybody Else.” It’s important to stress that she did not sing the vocals on “Ride on Time,” which was based on Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation.”
“Gonna Make you Sweat” did not only launched the career of C+C Music Factory, it also made the producers the talk of the town. In 1992, the team produced Whitney Houston’s Chaka Khan cover “I’m Every Woman” from The Bodyguard and they also produced Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need a Friend” and “Now that I Know.” Throughout their career they produced artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Deborah Cooper.
The track was followed by “Here We Go (Let’s Rock’N’Roll)” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Sadly, David Cole passed away in 1995, only 32 years old. Cole’s death inspired Mariah Carey to record “One Sweet Day” with soul group Boyz II Men.