Again (Janet Jackson song)

“Again” is a song by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson, appearing first as the closing song to Jackson’s debut film, Poetic Justice (1993), and later included on her fifth studio album, janet. (1993). Written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the ballad was released as the album’s third single on October 12, 1993 by Virgin Records, and talks about reconnecting with an old flame. Originally an experimental sound Jam and Lewis was considering for the album, they did not give the song serious contemplation until the film producers from Poetic Justice requested a ballad for the film’s soundtrack.

Critics were divided with “Again”. Some critics praised it as a highlight from janet. and a classic, while other critics responded negatively to its sentimental lyrical content. However, “Again” became a commercial success, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late 1993, while also reaching the top-ten in Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and reaching the top-twenty elsewhere.

“Again” received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song.[1][2] Two music videos for the song, directed by Jackson’s then-husband René Elizondo, Jr., were released: one with and other without scenes from Poetic Justice. The song was covered by How to Dress Well for his second album, Total Loss and sampled by Iyaz on his single “Solo”.

I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)

“I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” is a song composed and written by Jim Steinman, and recorded by Meat Loaf and Lorraine Crosby. The song was released in 1993 as the first single from the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. The last six verses feature a female singer who was credited only as “Mrs. Loud” in the album notes. She was later identified[when?] as Lorraine Crosby. However, she does not appear in the video, in which her vocals are lip-synched by Dana Patrick. Meat Loaf promoted the single with US vocalist Patti Russo.

The song was a commercial success, reaching number one in 28 countries.[1] The single was certified platinum in the United States and became Meat Loaf’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and on the UK singles chart, and was the best-selling single of 1993 in the United Kingdom. The song earned Meat Loaf a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.

Dreamlover (song)

“Dreamlover” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, first released on July 27, 1993 by Columbia Records, as the lead single from Carey’s third studio album Music Box. It was written by Carey and Dave Hall, and was produced by the pair and Walter Afanasieff. The song incorporates a sample of the hook from “Blind Alley” by The Emotions into its melody and instrumentation. “Dreamlover” helped Carey’s transition into the pop music market, a choice made following the mixed reception to her previous studio effort Emotions (1991), which featured gospel and 1960s soul influences. Lyrically, the song pictures a protagonist calling for a perfect lover, her “dreamlover,” that will whisk her away into the night and not disillusion her like her exes did in the past.

“Dreamlover” received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, many of whom praised the song’s incorporated sample, as well as Carey’s carefree vocal style. The song was the first of several of her lead singles that sampled older tunes as a musical bed, as seen in “Fantasy” (1995), “Honey” (1997), “Heartbreaker” (1999), and “Loverboy” (2001). It experienced strong worldwide success, becoming Carey’s seventh chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for eight weeks. It peaked at number one in Canada and became a top-ten single in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Carey performed “Dreamlover” live on several televised talk shows around the world, including The Arsenio Hall Show in September 1993, the British music chart program Top of the Pops, and the 1993 Music Fair in Japan. In 1999, following the release of Carey’s Rainbow, the song was included in the Mariah Carey Homecoming Special, and her appearance on The Today Show. Additionally, “Dreamlover” was featured in the set-lists of most of her succeeding tours, making its debut on the Music Box Tour (1993). The song was included on Carey’s compilation albums, Number 1’s (1998), Greatest Hits (2001), and #1 to Infinity (2015).

The song’s music video was filmed by Diane Martel in Copake, NY in upstate New York during August 1993. It features a cameo appearance by Carey’s dog Jack, and shows her frolicking through a flowerbed and field, swimming in a large pond, boarding a hot air balloon, and dancing alongside several shirtless male dancers. According to author Chris Nickson, the video’s carefree setting harmonized well with the song’s soft instrumentation. Due to the song’s strong radio airplay and extended charting, the video received frequent play on several music video channels throughout the summer of 1993.

Can’t Help Falling in Love

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” is a pop ballad originally recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley’s publishing company. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss.[2] The melody is based on “Plaisir d’amour”[4] (1784), a popular romance by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (1741–1816). It was featured in Elvis Presley’s 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts, and Swedish pop group A-Teens.

Weak (SWV song)

“Weak” is an R&B ballad recorded by the girl group SWV for their debut album, It’s About Time (1992). It was written and produced by Brian Alexander Morgan, who composed the lyrics based upon his feelings towards R&B singer Chanté Moore.[2] Morgan originally wrote the song for Charlie Wilson, but he later decided to give the song to the group. Morgan revealed that Coko didn’t like the song and gave him attitude during the recording of the single.[3]

“Weak” was released as the third single from SWV’s album, following the top-ten success of “I’m So into You”. The song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in July 1993 where it stayed for two weeks, and also reached number six on the New Zealand Singles Charts; it went on to become their signature song. It also topped the Hot R&B Singles chart for two weeks. It sold over one million copies domestically and was awarded a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[4][5]

Teen singer JoJo covered “Weak” in 2004 on her self-titled debut album.

UK R&B girl group The 411 also covered the song in 2004, gaining critical praise for their strong vocals.

That’s the Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson song)

“That’s the Way Love Goes” is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her 1993 fifth studio album, titled “janet.” (lowercase). It was written and produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The single saw Jackson transitioning to sensual territory and themes of romantic lust, considered a shocking contrast to her previous releases among critics and the public. The song’s slow tempo fused pop, R&B, and funk with flourishes of downtempo music. It received positive reception from contemporary music critics, who praised it as “iconic,” “hypnotic,” and an “extravaganza” for its production and vocals.

The song became Jackson’s biggest hit to date in the United States and was one of the longest-reigning hits of the year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, the longest running number one single of any member of the Jackson family on the Hot 100. It also topped the Hot 100 Airplay for ten weeks, as well as spending multiple weeks at number one on several of Billboard’s other component charts. The song became the first and only single in history to debut at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Internationally, it placed at number one in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, South Africa, Japan, and Europe’s Hot 100 Singles chart. It is the seventeenth biggest hit of the nineties and the biggest selling single by a female artist in South Africa. It has sold over three million copies worldwide.

“That’s the Way Love Goes” received a Grammy Award for Best R&B song in addition to Billboard Awards, BMI Pop Award for Most Played Song, BPI Sales Awards, American Music Awards, and Soul Train Awards. Its accompanying music video received several nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Female Video; the music video has also influenced several videos, including releases from Ciara and Prince.

“That’s the Way Love Goes” has been covered by artists such as Bruno Mars and ‘N Sync, cited as an influence by Britney Spears and Nelly Furtado, and inspired or been sampled in songs by Alicia Keys, Destiny’s Child, and Utada Hikaru. It is considered to be one of Jackson’s signature songs and is included in each of her greatest hits collections: Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).

Freak Me

“Freak Me” is a song by American R&B group Silk. It was released in February 1993 as the second single from their debut album, Lose Control. It was co-written and co-produced by Keith Sweat, for whom Silk was a touring opening act. The song was the group’s highest charting hit, reaching number-one on both the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, and the U.S. Hot R&B Singles chart for eight weeks. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 1.3 million copies domestically.[1][2]

Informer (song)

“Informer” is a 1993 song by Canadian reggae musician Snow from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. Produced by MC Shan, who also contributed a verse, the single was a chart-topping hit, spending seven consecutive weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his biggest hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached Number 2, behind two different number one singles. In 2007, the song was ranked No. 84 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.[2] Conversely, the song was included in Pitchfork Media’s 2010 list of “the seven worst U.S. No. 1 singles of the 90s”.[3]

A Whole New World

“A Whole New World” is a song from Disney’s 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice.[3] The song is a ballad between the primary characters Aladdin and Jasmine about the new world they are going to discover together while riding on Aladdin’s magic carpet. The original version was sung by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga during the film. They also performed the song in their characters at the 65th Academy Awards, where it won Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the first and only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.[3] In 2014, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed performed the song as Aladdin and Jasmine in the film’s Broadway adaptation.

A single version of the song was previously released that year and was performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. This version is played in the movie’s end credits and is referred on the soundtrack as “Aladdin’s Theme”.[3] This version peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1993,[5] replacing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, which had spent a then record 14 weeks at the top of the chart. It went gold and sold 600,000 copies domestically.[6][7] The track peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.[3] The song is the first and only song from a Disney animated film to top the Billboard Hot 100. The single version was later included on Belle’s studio album Passion (1993) and on Bryson’s studio album Through the Fire (1994).[8][9] The Latin American rendition of the song, “Un Mundo Ideal”, by Ricardo Montaner and Michelle received airplay throughout Latin America.[10] This rendition was later included on Montaner’s greatest hits album Éxitos y… Algo Más (1993).[11]

I Will Always Love You

“I Will Always Love You” is a song written in 1973 and originally recorded by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. Her country version of the track was released as a single in 1974. It was written as a farewell to her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner upon Parton’s decision to pursue a solo career.

Parton’s version of “I Will Always Love You” attained commercial success, twice reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart — first in June 1974; and again in October 1982 when her re-recording of the song also reached number one. With this accomplishment Parton became the first artist ever to earn a number one record twice with the same song.

Whitney Houston recorded a cover version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. Her single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has since become one of the best-selling singles of all time and it remains the best-selling single by a woman in music history.[3] Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” re-charted in 2012 after her death, making it only the second single ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs.[4] The song has also been covered by many other significant artists including Linda Ronstadt and John Doe.

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