Five Songs that Sampled Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

thriller_25With the release of Thriller 25 — the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s crowning achievement and the world’s biggest selling album of all time — it’s a good time to look back and consider the influence that Thriller had on the music world. In addition to laying down the blueprint for the Justin Timberlakes of the music world to follow and ushering in a new brand of high-pitched exclamations (hee-hee!), Thriller provided some fodder for later pop, R&B and rap acts to sample.

Consider these five songs, all of which used elements of tracks off Thriller to boost their own success:  Read More

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Top 10 songs by 50 Cent

50 centHate him or love him, 50 knows how to make hits.

Since the 2003 release of his debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin,” 50 Cent has basically run the rap game, single-handedly destroying the careers of lesser rappers like Ja Rule, racking up multiple #1 hits and garnering 11 Grammy nominations.

If you want to understand 50’s appeal, look at his album covers. He appears both shirtless and disgruntled, a gangster with sex appeal, or a sex symbol with a violent streak. Either way, the formula has founds its way into his songs, and it works.

On club joints, 50 gets right to the point: Go to a club, party, go home with multiple females. Not exactly the stuff that after-school specials are made of, but it’s fun to dance to.  Read More

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