10 YEARS AGO TODAY |11/14/03| Jay Z released his tenth album, The Black Album on Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam Records.
Mariah Carey — Honey
Honey was released as the lead single August 26, 1997 from Carey’s sixth studio album, Butterfly. The song became Carey’s third single to debut atop the Billboards Hot 100, a feat that has yet to be duplicated. The song stayed at the number one spot for three weeks. Additionally, the song became her twelfth chart topper, breaking the fifth place record she had with Madonna and Whitney Houston.
"The Grammy-nominated rapper is now officially the first male hip hop artist in 12 years to have a widely available album reach No. 1 after failing to debut at the top spot."
Canadian teen Ebony Oshunrinde, who aptly goes by the moniker WondaGirl in the studio, has just finished the 11th grade. She’s also just been credited as a producer on “Crown,” a track on Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”
Her story is insanely inspiring and impressive: after watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland working in the studio together at age 9, she began to download music software and teach herself how to use it by watching YouTube tutorials. “I wanted to do the exact same thing that [Jay-Z] did,” she recently told the Star. When she was 14, she made it to the quarter-finals of Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers. (FOURTEEN. I didn’t even know how to make a grilled cheese when I was 14.) She won the title the following year, because she is incredible, and went on to sign an exclusive management deal with Black Box.
According to Ian Stanger, a representative with Black Box, “It’s amazing to see somebody with that much talent working as hard as she can to make the most of it at such a young age. It’s her work that people should be paying attention to, not the fact that’s she 16.”
And her work is exactly what people have started to pay attention to. Earlier this year, Oshunrinde sent the beat to her friend Travis Scott, a young rapper and producer. He happened to be in the studio with Jay-Z when he received it — and when he told her that the cut had made it to the album, she thought he was joking.
"Usually that kind of thing doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds," she explains. No, Ebony, it usually does not.
Diana Ross In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the “Female Entertainer of the Century and in 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history for having more hits than any female artist in the charts.
BACK IN THE DAY |4/2/02| Cam’ron released ‘Oh Boy’, the lead single off of his third album, Come Home With Me on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records.
The Bajan ganja blowing beauty Rihanna has finally reached something that’s been eluding her for years now, a number one album in America. Wednesday (11/28/12) her 7th studio album “Unapologetic" will debut on the Billboard 100 at #1, selling 238,949 copies it’s first week. Along with her first number one album her single “Diamonds" is now her 12th number one single.
BACK IN THE DAY |11/22/10| Kanye West released his fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records.
FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY |11/6/07| Jay-Z released his tenth album, American Gangster, on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records.
Under Your Spell | Desire
Desire an musical act from Canada song "Under Your Spell" can be heard in the 2011 movie “Drive” starring Ryan Gosling. As of 2012 music/actor Kid Cudi sampled the song for his group WZRD song "Teleport 2 Me, Jamie."