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“Right” On Time: A Sample Of 1993 Hits

A "Walk" down memory lane.

A “Walk” down memory lane.

New in the CHR/Pop top 40 this week is the song “Be Right There” by producers Diplo and Sleepy Tom, the first charting song for the latter performer out of British Columbia and yet another hot hit for the former, originally from Mississippi. The release is a big hit in big markets, and it seems to have survived the annual freeze well, as it’s still holding onto a triple digit bullet. It’s also a notable streaming success, with 42 million plays on Spotify and several more million on YouTube. However, this new entry is also a part of an interesting historical occurrence, one that’s been gaining a lot of steam since the start of the decade.

If you’re a pop music buff, especially when it comes to the 90’s, you know that “Right” samples the biggest hit on the pop radio list for the girl group Jade“Don’t Walk Away” was the second song for Joi Marshall, Tonya Kelly and Di Reed to become a top 40 hit (following “I Wanna Love You”, which went to #11 in September 1992) and it was a smash, spending 20 weeks on the chart, two of those weeks at #6 in late March and early April 1993. Keep in mind, this was during a time before the plays-per-week era, and the total it achieved (along with “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors) hadn’t been reached since the 70’s.

Though their name was lost in the many forgotten female groups that scored during the early part of the decade (Yes, I’m looking at you Boy Krazy, Sweet Sensation and The Cover Girls, etc.), they suddenly find themselves back in the spotlight with that great song. It got me thinking about other singles to hit the CHR/Pop chart that also sampled singles that peaked in 1993, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found at least six more singles from that year that have endured in other songs. Most of them are still on the airwaves in their original form, if only for a mix show or syndicated weekend program. Let’s see how many you remember!

(Radio & Records statistics are provided for all songs prior to the summer of 2006, while Mediabase 24/7 peaks and weeks are provided after that date.)

DR. DRE featuring SNOOP DOGG, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang” (#24 – March/April, 12 weeks)
sampled in 2001/2’s “Livin’ It Up” by Ja Rule featuring Case (#8 – January, 19 weeks)
sampled in 2007’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS (#11 – April, 18 weeks)

It’s a G-funk classic, and though it was a bigger hit on the Hot 100, this did its “Thang” on a fairly conservative panel for the time.

HADDAWAY, “What Is Love?” (#5 – October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “No Love” by Eminem featuring Lil Wayne (#20 – December, 12 weeks)

The act from Trinidad and Tobago managed to score one additional hit on the pop chart in 1994 with “Life”, which peaked at #12.

JANET JACKSON, “Again” (#1 – October/November, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “Solo” by Iyaz (#17 – May, 13 weeks)

The janet. era was huge, launching six songs into the pop top ten. Jackson made a big return in 2015 with the album Unbreakable.

ROBIN S, “Show Me Love” (#3 – July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo (#10 – June/July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2014’s “Show Me” by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown (#19 – March, 18 weeks)

“Love” remains one of the quintessential house records of that era. A second single, “Love For Love”, went to #38 for two frames.

SWV, “Right Here (Human Nature)” (#3 – September/October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “She Ain’t You” by Chris Brown (#17 – August, 13 weeks)

This remains the trio’s last top ten single to date on the pop survey, but they’re currently on Urban AC radio with “Ain’t No Man”.

ZAPP & ROGER, “Slow And Easy” (#37 – December, 4 weeks)
sampled in 2000’s “Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z featuring UGK (#32 – September, 12 weeks)

They had plenty of R&B hits, but this was their only crossover entry, and a minor one at that. It’s a cut from All The Greatest Hits.

(Listen to our 93 From ’93 playlist on Spotify, including all the big pop hits from that year in music!)

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PROFILE: John Newman Looks For “Love” In The U.K. And Beyond

He's not giving in.

He’s not giving in.

He became one of last year’s breakout stars on the scene in the United Kingdom with one of the top 20 selling singles of 2012: quite the introduction to the industry from someone who was planning on being a mechanic after his schooling. Meet 23-year-old John Newman, a singer I hope is going to make 2013 shake, rattle and soul with his first release as a solo artist. It’s only a matter of time before he makes the United States fall in “love” with him.

Newman was born in the small town of Settle in the country of North Yorkshire in England and was largely into house music through his early teens, though he soon developed an affection for his mother’s record collection full of R&B music of the 70’s and 80’s. He also found a liking for singer-songwriters like Ben Harper and Damien Rice, so, he learned the guitar and built a small studio in his home in 2005. He went to the College Of Music in Leeds, then moved to London where he played live and was eventually signed by Island Records last year. It was also in 2012 that he got his big break singing on a number-one record.

Newman was approached by the British electronic quartet Rudimental to appear on two of their songs from their album released a few weeks ago, Home. They both became singles from the effort. The first, “Feel The Love”, a dubstep number with a jazzy twist, easily claimed the #1 spot on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom for a week in May of last year. It also did well in Australia, Belgium and Netherlands. It was never released in the United States. This also occurred with the followup single, “Not Giving In”, which also featured a vocal from Alex Clare. That only rose to #14, but it did feature similar jazz and dubstep elements. Newman could’ve chosen to gone that route with his new solo deal, but he’s decided to go in a more traditional direction, and it serves him well.

With a full-length album in the pipeline and a couple of dates scheduled in July for performances in the United Kingdom, Island Records is releasing the first single from the effort, a song called “Love Me Again”. It gets a U.K. release on July 1. “Love” is one of the songs that represents a huge musical melting pot that doesn’t particularly represent one particular era or style. His voice has the grit and soul of the south in the 60’s, like James Brown or Alex Chilton of The Box Tops. The strings that come in at the end of the chorus are easily late 70’s disco, very much reminiscent of the 1979 hit for Gloria Gaynor, the classic “I Will Survive”. The keys give off an early 90’s house vibe, similar to “How To Dance” by the Bingoboys and Princessa (1991) or “What Is Love?” by Haddaway (1993). Then, there’s the drum, which I attribute to a more modern approach; listen to the 2011 single by Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks, “Heart Skips A Beat” and you’ll recognize the percussion line.

Now, while this setup is perfect for the United Kingdom and will likely propel his single to the top of the charts, it’s more of a puzzle for our fragmented format system here in the United States. It could be serviced to the AAA format, but it might be seen as too commercial-sounding, especially with the really polished strings part. It could go to the Hot AC format, but again, it might be seen as too edgy because of the much-layered sound of it. Then, there’s the CHR format, who would probably pass on it for sounding too dated. There in lies the problem. I may not be picky when it comes to these kinds of songs, but certainly, a lot of people would skip right over it. However, it’s his most accessible single to date when it comes to worldwide potential. I loved it from the first listen. We’ll see if a U.S. release actually comes to fruition, because we’re definitely missing out on a good thing.

He has the style in his button down and jacket and he has the sound with his seamless ability to roll through the decades without missing a beat. With a video approaching 500,000 hits on YouTube and 125,000 streams on his SoundCloud account, Newman didn’t have to wait too long for the public to love him again. It’s all right there in front of him.

Watch the video for Newman’s debut solo single, “Love Me Again”. / Pre-order “Love Me Again” on iTunes (U.K. only.)

Are you already fan of Newman’s collaborations with Rudimental and looking forward to his solo material? Are you just discovering him for the first time? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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