Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
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What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more.
Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.Read more »
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Encore: The Veronica Electronica Edition
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In 1998, Madonna was at a career crossroads. After dominating the ’80s with hits like “Like a Virgin” and “Open Your Heart,” she spent the first half of the ’90s wavering between roles as a provocateur (Erotica, Sex) and adult-contemporary balladeer (“I’ll Remember,” “Take a Bow”). That’s when she took a sharp left turn, working with producers and deejays in the burgeoning electronica scene. If it even was a scene: The very term “electronica” was a music-business confection, and by 1997 it was more hype than hit. But the result of Madonna’s experiment—her acclaimed ’98 album Ray of Light—was not only one of her biggest smashes ever. It also helped turn electronic music into viable pop. Email: email@example.com This episode is brought to you by: RXBAR, protein bars made from real, natural ingredients. Visit rxbar.com/PARADE and use the promo code PARADE for 25% off your first order.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesRead more »