Sunday, January 29, 2023

Music History Today: January 30, 2023

January 30, 1999: Britney Spears topped the Billboard Hot 100 with her iconic debut single, "…Baby One More Time," and her debut album of the same name went Number 1.
"…Baby One More Time" was Britney Spears' first hit. The slick sound earned plenty of radio play, but the image of the 16-year-old schoolgirl made her a sensation.

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 MTV played the video, but the internet gave her the most traction. Teenage girls and guys of all ages logged into their AOL accounts and typed some variation of "Britney Spears" into Alta Vista to see more of the starlet. 

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January 30, 1965: His second week on Billboard, Trini Lopez shot from Number 76 to 46 with "Lemon Tree."
The track "Lemon Tree" is based on the Brazilian folk song Meu limão, meu Limoeiro, arranged by José Carlos Burle in 1937 and made famous by Brazilian singer Wilson Simonal. Trini Lopez's version of the song hit number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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January 30, 1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" entered the US music chart at 56. It peaked at Number 8.
For the CCR's 50th anniversary in 2018, a music video was released for "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" The video stars then up-and-coming actors, including Jack Quaid, Sasha Frolova, and Erin Moriarty. Quaid and Moriarty would go on to star together in "The Boys." 

January 30, 1988: INXS topped the American singles chart with "I Need You Tonight."
"I Need You Tonight" was the song that launched INXS to global stardom. Atlantic Records initially thought the album was out of touch.


INXS' manager, Chris Murphy, addressed their concerns by setting up a tour of American colleges to promote "Need You Tonight" as the first single. The band was dispatched to local colleges in places like Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Poughkeepsie, New York. As hoped, the tour reacted well, and college radio stations jumped on "Need You Tonight." 
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January 30, 2016: David Bowie had his first Number 1 album in the US with Blackstar, 20 days after his death.
David Bowie's leap into full-on jazz muso fantasia for his swan song may seem out of character. But as much as he paved the way for punk and synth-pop, Bowie had long championed virtuosos. The three records most responsible for translating his overseas success to the U.S., "Space Oddity," Young Americans and Let's Dance, featured, respectively, Rick Wakeman, Luther Vandross and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 
Read more: NPR

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