Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week

1 Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight JENNIFER HUDSON 1wk                                          4 2

2 That's What I Like BRUNO MARS                                                                              3 3

3 River CHARLIE PUTH                                                                                              1 4

4 Kill The Lights ALEX NEWELL, JESS GLYNNE & DJ CASSIDY ftg. NILE RODGERS        2 5

5 Chained To The Rhythm KATY PERRY ftg. SKIP MARLEY                                               NEW

6 Daddy Lessons BEYONCE`                                                                   NEW

7 No Reason BONOBO ftg. NICK MURPHY                                                                         9 2

8 Die For You THE WEEKND                                                                  NEW

9 Glorious MANS ZELMERLOW                                                                    NEW

10 Lies In The Dark TOVE LO                                                                       NEW

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The countdown continues: The 200 ESSENTIAL 90s Songs.  Today: #160-151. More tomorrow
Caffe` Latte` presents…
200
 ESSENTIAL SONGS
 of the  
1990s
Many new sub-genres were launched during the 1990s as hybrids of various styles were fused to create innovative new sounds. Females infiltrated the once misogynistic world of rap as it evolved into hip-hop. New Jack Swing gave way to New Jill Swing. Grunge exploded around the world. The music industry grappled with dwindling sales and the threat of piracy. Here are the 200 songs that mattered most -in terms of lasting impact, influence and enduring quality- in the final decade of the previous millennium.
160
TORN Natalie Imbruglia
Torn (Natalie Imbruglia single) coverart.jpgAustralian recording artist Natalie Imbruglia's reinvention of the Ednaswap song "Torn" in 1997 defined how contemporary pop songs should sound. Her cover version was perfect pop, proving successful in Australia, America, Britain, Canada and Europe.
159
I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
C.M.B. (Color Me Badd album - cover art).jpgAmerican R&B boyband Color Me Badd broke through in 1991 with the seductive "I Wanna Sex You Up". The single helped extend the audience for new jack swing. It was included on the 'New Jack City' film soundtrack. In Britain and New Zealand, the song topped the chart and peaked at #2 in the USA. Along with Boyz II Men, C.M.B. led the resurgence of R&B vocal groups in 1991.
158
IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love - CD single cover.jpg"If You Had My Love", with its hip hop,R&B and Latin influences, served as an effective debut single for pop artist Jennifer Lopez. In 1999, she helped spearhead the Latino pop explosion that introduced the mainstream to the likes of Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin. Lopez reached #1 in America, Canada, Australia and parts of Europe.
157
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife
2IfILetYouGo2.jpgBoybands rose to prominence again during the 1990s. Westlife achieved an impressive string of hits, no less than 14 of which reached #1 on the British chart. "If I Let You Go", one of the Irish group's chart-topping singles, was released in 1999.
156
IF I TRY Macy Gray
Macygray-itry.jpgA new voice emerged in 1999, as radio airwaves boomed out "I Try", by the unique Macy Gray. The American musician reached #1 in Australia and New Zealand and scored Top 10 success in America, Britain, Europe and Canada with Gray's breakthrough single.
155
BEEN CAUGHT STEALING Jane's Addiction
Lollapalooza logo.svgJane's Addiction Been Caught Stealing.jpgJane's Addiction boasted ingredients of indie, alternative rock, metal, dance and pop on its 1990 mainstream crossover album 'Ritual de lo Habitual'. The release included the modern rock single "Been Caught Stealing". Frontman Perry Farrell helped create the Lollapalooza music festival in 1991.
154
FOOLISH GAMES Jewel
Jewel single 03 foolishgames.jpgJewel's modern pop/ folk sound produced the sublime ballad "Foolish Games". In 1997, the ballad joined her previous singles "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant For Me" as radio staples during the decade.
153
BACK FOR GOOD Take That
British boyband Take That enjoyed worldwide success with the 1995 smash "Back For Good". Penned and co-produced by lead singer Gary Barlow, the ballad was featured on the group's 'Nobody Else' album. Take That was one of the key boybands of the decade.
152
UN-BREAK MY HEART Toni Braxton
ToniBraxtonUnBreakMyHeartCDSingleCover.jpgThe Diane Warren ballad "Un-break My Heart" was a pop / R&B / AC hit for Toni Braxton. In 1996-7, the single topped the American and European chart. Braxton established herself as a leading R&B act, charting during the decade with other hits that included "Breathe Again" and "You're Making Me High".
151
ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Way Disc 2.jpgWith echoes of Jimi Hendrix, Sly & The Family Stone and Prince, Lenny Kravitz had the world rocking to his 1993 hit "Are You Gonna Go My Way". It served as the title track of an album released 1 month later.
1990s

Friday, February 24, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 2: 1957. Continues: next week.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
1957
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Radical changes were implemented for the 2nd Eurovision Song Contest. Held in Frankfurt, Germany, each nation was represented by just 1 entry each: a practice that has continued since. The inclusion of 3 new nations (Denmark, Austria and United Kingdom) raised the number of participating nations to 10. Each jury consisted of 10 individuals, casting 1 vote for the song they liked most. A key difference was introduced this year: jurors could no longer vote for their own country's entry. The 1957 Contest differed greatly from the previous year's and many of the changes have been maintained to the present day.
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EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XLIII: AUSTRALIA. Concludes today.
Caffe` Latte` previews…
EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
IRELAND
MALTA
ISRAEL
GREECE
CYPRUS
ICELAND
CROATIA
SLOVENIA
ESTONIA
RUSSIA
POLAND
ROMANIA
LITHUANIA
HUNGARY
FYR MACEDONIA
LATVIA
ALBANIA
BELARUS
MOLDOVA
BULGARIA
ARMENIA
SERBIA
GEORGIA
MONTENEGRO
CZECH REPUBLIC
AZERBAIJAN
SAN MARINO
AUSTRALIA
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Australia was invited to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. This was presented as a one-off, but an Aussie entry competed at Stockholm last year. Australia will be participating again in Kiev. 
Guy Sebastian achieved a 5th place for Australia's debut. Dami Im improved on that result, attracting the most jury votes and finishing in the runner-up position overall with "Sound Of Silence" last year.
The as yet unannounced entry from Down Under will be competing in Semi-Final 1.
WINS: 2
BEST ENTRY EVER:
TONIGHT AGAIN Guy Sebastian
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HONOURABLE MENTION(S):
SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im
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To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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200 MOST ESSENTIAL DANCE SONGS: #30-21. Continues next week.
PART XVIII
#30-21

DANCE MUSIC has encompassed a myriad of genres, including: techno, disco, EDM, funk, trance and house. Here are 200 key dance tracks, spanning the decades since the 1960s to the present day. Among them are floor fillers; dance crazes such as The Twist and The Hustle; and groundbreaking tracks to lift any party.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200 MOST ESSENTIAL
DANCE SONGS
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30
RIDE ON TIME
Black Box
Italo house hit "Ride On Time" readied dance music for its 90s revival. In 1989, the Black Box single topped the British charts. The Eurodance track charted well in Europe and Australia, paving the way for the likes of Technotronic, 2 Unlimited, Snap! and C+C Music Factory.
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29
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE
Gloria Gaynor
Only 3 years after The Jackson 5 original had stormed the charts, Gloria Gaynor recorded a remake. Transforming the Motown classic into a dance track resulted in a seminal recording. In 1974, her "Never Can Say Goodbye" became the US Disco Chart's 1st #1.
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28
AROUND THE WORLD
Daft Punk
"Around The World" put Daft Punk on the map. In 1997, the track charted well throughout Europe, Britain and Australia. It also topped the US Dance Chart. Since then, the French House duo has radically influenced the sound of dance music.

27
THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT)
KC & The Sunshine Band
Disco was still in its infancy when KC & The Sunshine Band dropped "That's The Way (I Like It)". The catchy song zoomed to #1 in America during 1975 and became one of the best known disco classics.
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26
BILLIE JEAN
Michael Jackson
The highlight of Michael Jackson's record-breaking album 'Thriller' was "Billie Jean". The funky / R&B track topped the American, British, Canadian, European and Australian charts in 1983. MJ coupled the single's release with his 'Moonwalk' dance move.
 
25
FRENCH KISS
Lil Louis
American DJ/ producer Lil Louis became a key exponent of the Chicago house scene. "French Kiss" came out in 1989 and charted high in the UK and Europe. It famously contained sexual moans and groans.
 
24
HEART OF GLASS
Blondie
Producer Mike Chapman created an immortal dance track by fusing new wave, disco and punk together on "Heart Of Glass". The single lifted Blondie to #1 in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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23
I GOTTA FEELING
Black Eyed Peas
With David Guetta, dance shifted gears. He created a hip hop and house hybrid on "I Gotta Feeling". In 2009, the dance track topped charts all over the planet.
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22
NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
Tina Turner
Ike Turner produced the 1973 stomper "Nutbush City Limits". Written and performed by his (then) wife Tina Turner, the song and its "Nutbush" routine lives on to this day.
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21
HOT STUFF
Donna Summer
"Hot Stuff" was a radical marriage of disco with rock at a time when radio formats and audiences were rarely flexible regarding the mixing of genres. Donna Summer's single was a hit in 1979, reaching #1 in America, Japan, Canada and Australia.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 1: 1956. Continues: tomorrow.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
1956
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The inaugural contest took place in Lugano, Switzerland. Only 7 countries participated, each with 2 songs in contention. A winner was selected by juries from the participating nations: Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Italy. The voting was secret and nothing remains of the final scores, except that "Refrain" was declared the winning song.  Lys Assia performed the 2 Swiss entries: the first in German and the (triumphant) 2nd in French. She returned to compete in the 1957 and '58 contests.
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