create a truly distinctive musical concept The first Top 40 hit for The B-52's is the #3 "Love Shack" Released in September of 1989, the song was written by the band, and appeared on their Cosmic Thingalbum Combining Pop Rick, New Ware, and Dance music, this is their first million seller. "Love Shack" was named by Rolling Stonemagazine as the best single of 1989
MTV Divas MadonnaMadonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan in 1958. She was THE performer who became the most skillful at capitalizing on the potential of MTV and video. Madonna challenged the conventional views of sex and sexuality. In late 1984, Madonna releases her first #1 album, Like a Virgin, selling 11 million copies. By 1985, her success as a full-fledged Pop star is solidified. The techno-dance hit "Material Girl," from Like a Virgin, reach #2 Performers such as Britney Spears, Hillary Duff, and others will later cover "Material Girl" The song features synthesizer arrangement with a robotic voice repeating the hook (the title line) A synth-driven instrumental interlude occurs, and then the male robotic voice enters chanting the title line. Her Blond Ambitiontour causes controversy for use of sexual images. The PRMC reacts so vehemently to her "Justify My Love" video that it becomes the first video ever officially banned from MTV. Lifetime record sales of over 300 million make Madonna the best selling female recording artist of all time. Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston was born in Newark, NJ in 1963 Her mother, Cissy Houston, sang behind Aretha Franklin in the Sweet Inspirations Her cousin was singer Dionne Warwick- "Houston came from great musical stock" By 1984, she had appeared as a model in fashion magazine Like Glamor, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen In 1985, Houston's debut album Whitney Houstonis released. This will be one of the biggest selling debut albums by a solo singer, yielding several top-charting singles. Houston's 1989 album Whitney debutsat #1, the first album by a female artist to do so. The album included several #1 singles, like "Didn't Almost Have It All" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" Houston will become the ultimate R&B diva of this era, dominating the charts from 1985 through the mid-1990s. She has ten Top 10 hits and seven consecutive #1 singles. Houston's chart-breaking sales figures surpasses those established by The Bee Gees and The Beatles. Houston's famous 1991 rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" gained nearly universal praise from critics and fans alike. This performance from Super Bowl XXV is considered one of the finest versions of the national anthem in music history This performance reached 73,813 fans in the stadium, 115 million US TV viewers, and a 750 million worldwide. Houston appeared in films The Bodyguardin 1992 and Waiting to Exhalein
1995. Her cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" appears on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.
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