Today, 46 years ago, an 18-year-old Björn Borg won his very first Grand Slam title in the French Open in 1974. He won 10 more Grand Slam titles during his career. A true Swedish legend! #BjörnBorg

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Today´s positive/magic song is Ultravox´s “Vienna”. It was released as the third single from the band’s fourth album “Vienna” on 9 January 1981 through Chrysalis Records. It spent four consecutive weeks at number two in the UK Singles Chart without ever getting to number-one; it was kept off the number-one spot by John Lennon’s “Woman” for a week, and then by Joe Dolce’s “Shaddap You Face”, for a further three weeks.”Vienna” is ranked as the eighth best-selling UK single for 1981. The single was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry in February 1981, for UK sales exceeding 500,000 copies. Nevertheless, the single peaked at number one on the Top 40 charts in many European areas including the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland.

It also won “Single of the Year” at the 1981 Brit Awards. The song is regarded as a staple of the synthpop genre that was popularised in the early 1980s. The song was also performed at the 1985 Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium. To date, it remains Ultravox’s signature song, being their most commercially successful release and is often performed live by Midge Ure in solo performances.

It was voted Britain’s favourite single to ever peak at number two in the charts in a 2012 poll run by BBC Radio 2 and the Official Charts Company. It was awarded an honorary number one by the OCC. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayEightyone

Today´s positive/magic song is Kygo ft. OneRepublic´s “Lose Somebody”. The song was released through Sony Music on 15 May 2020 as the fifth single from Kygo’s third studio album “Golden Hour”. The album is number 1 on the Norwegian Albums Chart (VG-lista).

This is a great song with excellent vocals from OneRepublic´s lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tedder.

In the current times this song ends up with a double meaning. You can lose someone in love and you can lose someone to something we can´t really control for the time being like Covid-19. It´s truly saddening that so many people have lost their lives globally so far to Covid-19 and it´s not over. I will keep praying that we can stop this soon enough. Stay safe, stay healthy. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayEighty

Today´s positive/magic song is Ollie & Jerry´s “Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us”. The song was released on June 21, 1984 as the first single from the soundtrack to the 1984 breakdancing-themed comedy-drama film “Breakin”. The song reached number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK Singles Chart. It topped the US dance charts for one week.

Drummer Ollie E. Brown and bassist Jerry Knight were first-call recording session musicians. The native Detroiters formed the rhythm nucleus of fellow Detroiter Ray Parker Jr.’s band Raydio. Polydor Records exec Russ Regan asked Brown to contribute songs to the soundtrack of the breakdancing-themed movie “Breakin”. While watching scenes from the movie during a pre-release screening of the movie, a line uttered by one of the character’s got Brown’s attention, “they can’t stop us.” While collaborating on the song idea with Knight, the two began to reflect on their music biz travails.

The music video features footage from the film “Breakin”, as well as numerous street break dancing performances. Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was an extra in the film, can be seen dancing in the background at one point.

A summer classic! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DaySeventynine

 

Today´s positive/magic song is UB40´s “Red Red Wine” from their fourth studio album, “Labour of Love” released in 1983. UB40 recorded their version of “Red Red Wine” for their album of cover versions “Labour of Love”. According to UB40 member Astro, the group’s former vocalist and trumpet player, the band were only familiar with Tony Tribe’s version and did not realise that the writer was in fact Neil Diamond. Astro told the Financial Times, “Even when we saw the writing credit which said ‘N Diamond,’ we thought it was a Jamaican artist called Negus Diamond.”

UB40’s version features a lighter, reggae-style flavor compared to that of Diamond’s somber, acoustic ballad. The UB40 version adds a toasted verse by Astro, opening: “Red Red Wine, you make me feel so fine/You keep me rocking all of the time,” which was edited from the single that reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1983 and #34 in the United States in March 1984.

The song reached No. 1 on the South African Springbok charts in February 1984, remaining in that position for a total of 12 weeks. It also ended in the No. 1 position on that country’s year end charts. Neil Diamond has stated that UB40’s “Red Red Wine” is among his favorite covers of his songs. He frequently performs the song live using the UB40 reggae arrangement rather than that of the original version.

“Labour of Love” reached number one in the UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands and the top five in Canada, but only reached number 39 in the US on its original release, before re-entering the Billboard 200 in 1988 and peaking at number 14 as a result of “Red Red Wine”‘s delayed success in the US. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DaySeventyeight

Looking forward to seeing this tv-show. #DublinMurders

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Today´s positive/magic song is Stardust´s “Music Sounds Better with You” released on 20 July 1998. The dance track, is built from a looped guitar riff sampled from the 1981 Chaka Khan song “Fate”. Stardust comprised Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, DJ Alan Braxe and vocalist Benjamin Diamond; they disbanded after the release and resumed separate careers. “Music Sounds Better with You” was initially released on Bangalter’s label Roulé, followed by a wider release on Virgin Records, accompanied by a music video directed by Michel Gondry. The single was one of the year’s bestselling in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number two in August 1998 and maintained the position for two weeks. It also spent two weeks atop the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. According to Braxe, the song initially confused Paris clubgoers: “It didn’t take a long time for people to understand the structure of the track and start to dance on it, but the very first listen the reaction was, ‘What is it?’.

The single was intended for DJs, but demand grew after copies were distributed at the 1998 Miami Winter Music Conference. According to Roulé co-manager Gildas Loaec, BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong was the first radio DJ to play it. Loaec and Diamond said Roulé sold between 250,000 and 400,000 thousand copies. Bangalter did not enjoy the pressure and attention the single brought, as his label Roulé was “supposed to be a hobby, a creative platform”. Stardust signed the single to Virgin Records, which sold over two million copies worldwide on vinyl and CD. It topped the charts in Greece and Spain and peaked within the top 10 in at least nine other countries.

The “Music Sounds Better with You” music video was directed by Michel Gondry. In the video, a young boy builds a model aeroplane while the members of Stardust, wearing metallic suits with faces painted silver, perform on television. DJ Mag described the video as “charming” and “dreamy”. For Insomniac, Jonny Coleman wrote that the video “helps reinforce the notion that this whole Stardust concept is supposed to exist in some other familiar but foreign liminal space, something ghostly but still warm and inviting”.
#CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DaySeventysix

Today´s positive/magic song is Phats & Small´s “Turn Around” from their debut album “Now Phats What I Small Music” released in 1999. The song samples vocals, primarily from the first verse, of Toney Lee’s “Reach Up” and Change’s “The Glow of Love”. It was released on 29 March 1999 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.

The video for the track is shot at various locations in the city of Brighton and Hove. Ben Ofoedu appears in the video, miming to the vocals.

Can´t believe so many years have passed since this was a huge hit. Feels like yesterday. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DaySeventyfive

Today we celebrate the National Day of Sweden. Have a beautiful National Day!🇸🇪 #6thJune

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