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Today (February 9th) marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Face Value, the first solo studio album from the Genesis drummer Phil Collins. The record spent an amazing one hundred and sixty-four weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, achieving a top spot of number 7.
Today (February 4th) marks the thirtieth anniversary of Control, the third studio album from Janet Jackson. Working with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, this 1986 release was a smash hit that combined R&B, rap, funk and dance into a perfect package. The record soared to number 57 in Japan, number 47 in Sweden, number 36 in Germany, number 28 in Switzerland, number 25 in Australia, number in Canada, number 8 in the UK, number 7 in the Netherlands and number 5 in New Zealand. Here in the US, it went to number 1 on both the Billboard Album chart and the R&B chart. Its stay on the former chart was impressive one-hundred and six weeks total run, two of which was at the top spot.
This month marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Another One Rides the Bus, the four song debut EP from "Weird Al" Yankovic. This 1981 comedy release was on the independent Placebo label with only a one thousand copy pressing. Yankovic personally distributed them to various record stores, selling them via consignment deals.
This month marks the fortieth anniversary of Release, the fourth studio album from Brooklyn born singer-songwriter Henry Gross. Originally a founding member of Sha Na Na, Gross went solo in the early 1970's. This album went to number 64 on the US Billboard album chart, spending a total of twenty-eight weeks on the chart.
Today (January 27th) marks the thirtieth anniversary of Album, the fifth studio record from Public Image Ltd. This 1986 release hit number 95 in Canada, number 34 in New Zealand and number 14 in the UK. Here in the US, it spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Album chart and rose only to number 114. When released in different formats, the title changed its name to "Cassette" and "Compact Disk".
A little less than two weeks ago (January 10th, 2016) all of us fans of music were saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary David Bowie. My Twitter feed was full of tributes to the 69 year old artist who had succumbed to cancer and moved on to the afterlife plane. Then again, he was always on another level entirely with his ever-changing, always-inspiring artistic talent. He will be greatly missed.
Today (January 19th) marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Paradise Theatre, the tenth studio album from Styx. This 1981 album spent sixty-one weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, including three weeks at the number 1 spot. It also reached number 30 in New Zealand, number 8 in the UK, number 6 in Sweden and number 5 in Norway.