So the CHAMPION is...Title: Tango In The Night
Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Nominated by: trebor
History in the Cup: [REGULAR GROUP] #7 in the first round; #5 in the second round; #3 in the third round; #1 in the fourth round; #1 in the fifth round; #1 in the sixth round; #2 in the seventh round; #2 in the eight round; #2 in the ninth round; #2 in the tenth round
Songs played: Everywhere, Tango In The Night, Little Lies, Seven Wonders, Big Love, Caroline, Isn't It Midnight, Family Man, Mystified, Welcome To The Room... Sara
Redeemed? They have! In a spectacular performance, Fleetwood Mac go from 5th in Cup II to 2nd 10 Cups later.
Tango in the Night is the band's second biggest selling studio album after the phenomenally successful Rumours which was released 10 years earlier. The intervening albums, Tusk (1979) and Mirage (1982), although big sellers in key territories, had not matched their predecessor's huge success. Tango in the Night was a worldwide hit with several singles from the album becoming popular all over the world. "Little Lies" and "Everywhere" in particular are now considered classic hits of the late 1980s and they continue to appear on retrospective albums of that decade.
Produced by Buckingham with Richard Dashut, Tango in the Night began as one of Buckingham's solo projects, but by 1985 the production had morphed into Fleetwood Mac's next album. It contains several hit singles - the album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
The distinctive cover art for the album was a painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong which was hanging in Buckingham's home. It is a homage to the 19th Century French painter Henri Rousseau, emulating his colorful jungle theme works such as The Snake Charmer and The Repast of the Lion. It was also used as the cover of "Big Love", the album's first single.
Tango in the Night is, to date, the final studio album released by the 'classic' line-up of Fleetwood Mac consisting of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood, before Buckingham's departure from the band in the summer of 1987. This line-up has reconvened for live performances, however; in 1993 for a one-off performance of "Don't Stop" for the newly elected US President Bill Clinton, for the 1997 live album and tour The Dance, and for their 2014-2015 world tour.
SCOREBOARDTitle: Ray of Light
Nominated by: leomedar
History in the Cup: [REGULAR GROUP] #6 in the first round; #2 in the second round; #2 in the third round; #2 in the fourth round; #2 in the fifth round; #2 in the sixth round; #1 in the seventh round; #1 in the eight round; #1 in the ninth round; #1 in the tenth round
Songs played: Swim, Skin, Sky Fits Heaven, Frozen, Nothing Really Matters, The Power of Good-Bye, Ray of Light, Drowned World/Substitute for Love, Mer Girl, Little Star
Redeemed? Hell yes! After finishing 3rd in the inaugural edition of this game, she claims the throne and is the ultimate redeemed artist.
Following the release of her compilation album Something to Remember (1995), Madonna started taking vocal lessons in preparation for her role in Evita (1996). She also gave birth to her daughter, Lourdes, the same year. These events inspired a period of introspection. "That was a big catalyst for me. It took me on a search for answers to questions I'd never asked myself before," she said to Q magazine, in 2002. During the same period, she embraced Kabbalah and started studying Hinduism and yoga, all of which helped her "step outside [myself] and see the world from a different perspective."
In early June before starting recording, producer William Orbit met Madonna at her house in New York, and she played him the music she had worked on with other producers up to May 1997, which he felt sounded "slick". They visited the Hit Factory later that week, where Madonna invited the producer to work on Ray of Light. Orbit then sent her a tape of musical snippets he was working on, which were usually eight or sixteen-bar phrases and stripped down versions of tracks that would later be heard on the album. Madonna listened to the samples, over and over again, until she was inspired to write lyrics. Once she had an idea about the lyrical direction of the song, she would take her ideas back to Orbit, and they would expand on the original music ideas. As most of the tracks pre-existed, Madonna worked on the lyrics while at home or while travelling.
According to spokesperson Liz Rosenberg, Madonna considered titling the album Mantra, which she thought was a "really cool title". However, she changed the title to Ray of Light, as her albums were always titled after one of the songs from that album. The artwork was shot by Peruvian photographer Mario Testino. They had previously collaborated for a Versace brand collection. Madonna was impressed with the natural look Testino had captured and she booked him again for the album's photoshoot. He recalled, "At 2pm she said, 'OK, I'm tired. We're done'. And I said, 'But I don't have the pictures yet'. She said, 'You're working for me and I say we're done'. I said, 'No, we carry on'. The picture she used on the cover came after that".
At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Ray of Light received four awards out of six nominations. In the United States, Ray of Light debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart on the issue dated March 21, 1998. It set the record for biggest first-week sales by a female artist in Nielsen SoundScan era at that time with 371,000 copies sold. In total, Ray of Light has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.
Quoting for the truth.Goldmoney wrote:Slightly overrated (Bedtime Stories and True Blue run circles around Ray of Light IMO) but a solid winner nonetheless.
Fleetwood Mac was a complete snoozer.
I still haven't given my 'All For You' or 'Unbreakables' speech, but let me commence with my big announcement!biscuits wrote:Coming soonbiscuits wrote:I have an announcement to make once this album cup is over
CrazyCrazy wrote:Thank god!biscuits wrote:
But after 11 cups, 5 albums, and 1 victory, it's time to bid farewell to Miss Jackson.