Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mary J. Blige – Family Affair

First Hit #1: November 3, 2001 Lyrically, Mary J. Blige has written a song that could easily be a disco hit. It’s all about hitting the dance floor, and partying away all your worries. It’s slightly more clever than it … Continue reading

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Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule – I’m Real

First Hit #1: October 20, 2001 Which I’m Real was the hit? It’s an important distinction, because the original I’m Real and the Murder Remix are completely different songs. The original is a silly little dance pop number, the remix … Continue reading

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Alicia Keys – Fallin’

First Hit #1: August 18, 2001 Fallin’ is the kind of thing that can feel refreshing if you hear it at the right time. A polished piano ballad with a big hook isn’t anything new, but it builds smartly and … Continue reading

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Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

First Hit #1: August 4, 2001 Until now, Destiny’s Child has been pretty focused on making empowerment anthems as their singles. Now we have Bootylicious, which apart from expanding the English language is a step in a significantly more superficial … Continue reading

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Usher – U Remind Me

First Hit #1: July 7, 2001 U Remind Me is a song about a damaged man, someone so broken by a previous relationship he can’t get into a new one. He says it’s because the new girl reminds him of … Continue reading

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Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink – Lady Marmalade

First Hit #1: June 2, 2001 Last time I talked about Christina Aguilera, I mentioned that she hadn’t really found the sound for her voice. Well, on Lady Marmalade, she does just that, and it belongs squarely on slightly throwback … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson – All For You

First Hit #1: April 14, 2001 In spite of the breathy – and oddly catchy, I find myself singing it at unexpected moments – chorus, Janet Jackson isn’t quite content to blend in on All For You. Her voice is … Continue reading

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