Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Prince Tops Charts for First Time in 17 Years

The last time Prince topped the Billboard Top Album chart was in 1989 with the soundtrack from "Batman." The last time a pure (non-Soundtrack) Prince album did it was 21-years ago with "Around the World in a Day."

This week, Prince sold 183,000 copies of his new album (and, yes, I still want to say LP) "3121." This was without the trick he used to drive sales of his last album, "Musicology", which was to give a copy to every person that saw his tour in 2004.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Buck Owens

Earlier today, country music legend Buck Owens passed away at the age of 76. Owens was probably best known as one of the main stars of the series Hee Haw, but his influence in country music went much deeper. He was one of the original purveyors of the "Bakersfield Sound", a twang-filled more traditional style of country that was in reaction to a late-1950's trend towards strings and a more pop-oriented sound.

Owens first hit the charts in May of 1959 with "Second Fiddle" and had his first major hit five months later with "Under Your Spell Again." Between 1959 and 1989, he scored 75 country hits, including 21 that went to #1. His major hits included "Act Naturally" (covered by the Beatles), "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" (his only Pop Top 40 hit), "Love's Gonna Live Here" and "Streets of Bakersfield."

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