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|SUNSHINE SONG-Nicole Otero
|WON'T DO IT AGAIN ( SUNRISE )-Dave Spoon. . .
|AFTER ALL-Orange Muse. . .
|TURN IT AROUND-Jason Karl & Cookie
|COCONUTS ( PARADISE '12 )-Cajmere & Gene Farris
MY PARTY ( LET'S ALL CHANT '12 )-Diane Housekat & Rameez
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|DANCE & SING ( EVERYBODY DANCE / MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU '12 )-Ray Rock & Peter Presta
GOOD LIFE '12-J.N.O. & Juan Pacifico
|UPLIFTER ( I WANNA DANCE WITH YOU )-Carlotek. . .
|( PLAY THAT ) SAX-Fleur East
|THE BOY IS MINE ( THE GIRLS IS MINE '16 )-
Ben Delay & Alexandra Prince
|I DIDN'T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON-Cherelle
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DOES VINYL TOP MP3 ?
(Update of Feb. 2016 blog) Everybody enjoys the convenience of
downloading their music from home, but many Dance lovers miss
vinyl. There is something about having the product in your
hands, the album art and notes, the smell of a fresh vinyl
pressing. While CDs, cassette tapes and VHS have all become a
thing of the past, vinyl has lasted. Unlike music sales in gen-
eral, vinyl sales have been up for several years now and con-
tinue to go up. You won't hear the pops and "background" music
very well in downloads, but you can hear them very on vinyl,
the original music delivery system. It's probably still the
best and it also lasts longer. Vinyl is king!//////////////////
IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE
(Update of Jan. 2016 blog) Twilight strikes twice for me! Back
in the day (my college days) I helped break Manhattan Trans-
fer's "Twilight Zone" on my Disco radio show at the University
Of Florida. In 2016 I broke the same (but updated) "Twilight"
from Lenny Fontana on USA Dance Mix. The original is a tad slow
and was never added to the station's playlist. But, the remake
is a bit faster and does fit in quite well. I often feel like
I'm in a Twilight Zone. Many don't get my "unique" approach to
Dance music.........and others don't understand the concept of
streaming radio and how it works. However, some do, and that's
why I'm here. The Twilight Zone is not so bad, I'm kinda used
NONSTOP VOCALS DON'T HELP DANCE
(Update of Jan. 2016 blog) Should Dance songs be more like a
letter? A word for every beat from start to finish? Is that
music? Give me a break! Artists should not be trying to cover
up their music with nonstop singing. The beat is just as if
not more important than the lyrics in Dance music. The goal is
to get them both to match or compliment each other instead of
drowning each other out. I'd much rather hear an instrumental
song than a continuious vocal track. The best songs have both,
and in a nice, enjoyable package. The best artists know how to
do it. Some artists will never learn.//////////////////////////
BILLBOARD DANCE CHARTS ARE FLAWED
(Update of Dec. 2016 blog) Historically, Billboard's Dance
charts were all about the clubs and club hits. There were
plenty "other" Dance songs being played on radio but they were
ignored and not charted (in favor of club tracks). Now, it's
just the opposite. Slow, Britney Spears type songs are all over
radio and that seems to be all Billboard is interested in.
That's why I don't live by Billboard. Their year end chart is a
big joke, as is their Dance charts. Somebody who has no inter-
est in Dance music has "created" their flawed methodology.
Their Dance charts were never perfect, but they are "dull and
boring" today. Only a grandmother could Dance to many of the
"Dance" songs they chart! I'd give Billboard a D- on those
charts. They should be ashamed to even publish and present them
CHANGE OR GET LEFT BEHIND
Nothing stays the same forever. I found out USA Dance Mix is
broadcasting on Shoutcast version 1 which has not been updated
since 2004! Now, many newer phones and web browsers will not
support version 1. Version 2.5 is the latest and we will prob-
ably have to migrate about 1000 tracks over to the newer plat-
form. We have until June to make a decision or stick with it
for another year. The problem is the newer version is about $50
more per month, and with limited funds (donations are very few
to the station) it's really a budjet breaker. Add to that the
artist royalty fees which more than doubled in 2016. It seems
the big guys like Pandora would really like to squeeze out the
small, independent streamers and claim streaming radio for
themselves. If you are a wealthy Dance music lover and truly
enjoy the station a big donation would be a great way of show-
ing your support.//////////////////////////////////////////////
RHYTHMS ALWAYS TRUMP TITLES
The latest track to carry this banner is "Mr. Brain Power..."
from the talented Richard Earnshaw. This instrumental is so
well crafted it could be titled almost anything. Thus is the
"crazy" title. It's almost impossible to have a good vocal song
without also having some good beats. However, you can still
have a great instrumental jam where "optional" lyrics aren't
needed. 9 out of 80 NEW songs of 2016 were instrumentals. Every
one of them had a title that was mostly meaningless and could
have been titled anything. That's probably the way it should
be and has been for the most part. Giorgio Moroder did it in
the 70's and Earnshaw and others (including Moroder) continue
the tradition today.///////////////////////////////////////////
INSTRUMENTALS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
2016 was the best year ever
for instrumental Dance tracks. Why
were they so popular? A cute, catchy vocal hook can really make
a Dance recording, but without a good beat you've got nothing.
Regardless of what country a
Dance music lover is from, music
is the universal
language. You can feel the rhythms in Poland,
Brazil and Mexico. In many tracks the music
comes first and
then the lyrics. Often, lyrics are just an after
they aren't very good they can actually
take away from the
production. The best instrumental releases have a
musical hook that helps makes them memorable. Artists should be
proud of their works and realize that lyrics
are not always
good and may not be required.//////////////////////////////////
impression or imprint can be an
entire album or single. Some
minor cuts have
|ALCAZAR - Sexual
Guarantee/Don't You Want Me
'02/Paradise/Crying At The Discotheque. . .
ASTLEY, RICK -
Never Gonna Give You Up/Together
Forever/Whenever You Need Somebody/
. . .('87-'88)
BLACK BOX -
Strike It Up/Everybody Everybody/I Don't
Know Anybody Else. . .
BOOTY LUV -
CAREY, MARIAH -
Make It Happen/Can't Let Go/Emotions. . .
Believe/Strong Enough/All Or Nothing
CHRISTOPHER, SHAWN -
Don't Lose The Magic '08
CLAMARAN, EARNSHAW &
OCHOA. . . - Give Some Love
DEEE-LITE - Groove Is In
The Heart/Power Of Love/Good Beat. . .
GEORGIE PORGIE - Life
Goes On/I'm In Love/Sunshine/It's Alright. . .
GRAY, MICHAEL -
HOTT 22 - Something
HOUSTON, WHITNEY -
Love Will Save The Day/So
Emotional/For The Love Of You. . .
INNER CITY -
Good Life/Big Fun
JACKSON, JANET -
All For You. . .
JACKSON, JANET - Miss
You Much/State Of The World/Rythm Nation/The
Alright. . .
CLICK - Be My Lover/Sweet Dreams/Nice
'N' Slow/I Love To Love/Tonight Is
The Night. . .
LIL LOUIS. . . -
Music Saved My Life/Club Lonely/New
LOVELACE, KIMARA - When
Can Our Love Begin '08
LIVIN' JOY - Dreamer/Don't Stop
Movin'/Where Can I Find Love
MADISON AVENUE - Don't Call Me
Baby/Who The Hell Are You. . .
MINOGUE, KYLIE - Love
At First Sight/Can't Get You Out
Of My Head
MOLINA, ANTHONY - Floating
MORILLO. . ., ERICK -
NO DOUBT -
Hella Good (Keep On Dancin')
NO HALO &
EARNSHAW - Put Your Hands On
PENISTON, CECE -
PENISTON, CECE -
Hit By Love/I'm In The Mood/I'm
Not Over You
PENISTON, CECE -
We Got A Love Thang/Keep On Walkin'
PINK - Get
The Party Started
ROZALLA - Everybody's
Love) S., ROBIN -
Show Me Love/Love 4 Love/Brighter Day
& EARNSHAW - Falling (For You)
SOUL SEARCHER -
Can't Get Enough
SOUND FACTORY -
Understand This Groove
STARDUST - Music Sounds Better
STONEBRIDGE. . . - Put 'Em High. . .
WATERS, CRYSTAL - Gypsy
Woman (She's Homeless)/Makin' Happy/Surprise
not been listed. Our top 3 Dance artists
of the last two decades ('88-'08) would be
between Janet Jackson, CeCe
Peniston & Crystal Waters. Less
than 30% are from 1988
to 1998. Anything in the last few
years that seems UNKNOWN can
usually be heard on
PRE-1988 HIT IMPRESSIONS
above have each been "RECYCLED"
three times into our TOP-4O.
& SIMPSON - Found A Cure
TASTE OF HONEY - Boogie Oogie Oogie
- Lovin' Is Really My Game
PETER - Crank It Up (Funk Town)
- The Glow Of Love/Searching/A Lover's
- Good Times/Le
Freak/Dance,Dance,Dance/Everybody Dance/I Want
Your Love. . .
GANG - Keep On Dancin'/Let's
MARVIN - Got To Give It Up/Let's Get It
On/I Want You/Sexual Healing
GLORIA - Never Can Say Goodbye/I Will
- Disco Nights (Rock Freak)
MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES - Bad
Luck/The Love I Lost/Wake Up Everybody
PATRICK - Born To Be Alive
THELMA - Don't Leave Me This Way
BROTHERS - It's A Disco Night
& THE SUNSHINE BAND - Get Down
Tonight/Do You Wanna Go Party/ I Get
CHAKA - I Feel For You/I'm Every
Woman/Ain't Nobody/What 'Cha Gonna
Do For Me
CHAKA & Rufus - Once You Get
Started/Do You Love What You Feel/Tell Me Something Good
INC. - Funkytown
CHERYL - Got To Be Real
VAN - The Hustle
& WHITEHEAD - Ain't Not Stoppin' Us
ALTON & DESTINY - It Must Be Love
- In The Bush/Keep On Jumpin'
- Native New Yorker
- I Love Music
DON - Got To Have Loving
VICKI SUE - Turn The Beat Around
PATRICE - Forget Me Nots/Feels So Real
And My Mind (Won't Let Go)
PATRICE - Haven't You Heard
- Let The Music Play. . .
SLEDGE - We Are Family/He's The Greatest
Dancer/All American Girls
BAND - Take Your Time (Do It Right)
& SUMMER - No More Tears (Enough Is
DONNA - Bad Girls/MacArthur
Has It. . .
DONNA - Could It Be Magic/Love Is In
Control/I Love You/Heaven Knows. . .
DONNA - I Feel Love/Love To Love You
Baby/Sunset People/Hot Stuff. . .
DONNA - She Works Hard For The Money/Last
Dance/On The Radio.
- You Make Me Feel (Mighty
Real)/Dance (Disco Heat)
- Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel/It Only
Takes A Minute
Once and for all, the real "Queen
Of Disco" can easily be identified.
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