Coming out this week are a few artists that have not have had big pop hits lately but are trying to catch lightning in a bottle one more time by trying to shake things up a bit.
Joan Osborne’s album Relish sold 3 million copies in the US alone way back in 1995. She’s never been a strong songwriter but I have always liked how she interprets other peoples songs. This is why I’m looking forward to hearing her album “Bring It On Home” which allows her to play with rock n’ blues classics like “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and “Shake Your Hips” (an excellent choice for a song as her label is called Womanly Hips) . Hopefully she can bring something unique to the table.
Here’s a feature on Joan from CBS This Morning:
It was 1999 when we first heard Macy Gray’s “I Try“. That song brought her worldwide attention and earned her the BRIT award for Best International Female Artist and Best International Breakthrough Artist as well as Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Record and Song Of The Year. She’s continued to put out records with varying success and even appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (she was eliminated in the second round). Now she’s doing a cover songs album and taking on a few unexpected twists like Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and The Eurythmics “Here Comes The Rain Again”
Here is the video for her take on the reefer classic, “Smoke Two Joints”
What do you do when you’re Lionel Ritchie and you’ve had so much success in the 70s and 80s that it’s all your fans ever want to hear? Well how about rearranging those classic songs, giving them to country artists and duet with their version? I love this idea! Named Tuskegee after his birthplace of Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel sings with Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker and redoes “Lady” again with Kenny Rogers. I hope he pulls this off.
Here’s Shania Twain singing Diana Ross’ part in “Endless Love”.
And since we’re talking Lionel Ritchie, let’s use that as an excuse to show a movie montage for the song “Hello”. Please enjoy!