Most artists won’t do that but Ms. Taylor Dayne, I mean, “The Taylor Dayne”??? She’s not most people! And for that, she deserves to be in my list of “Not Most People Series“.
Yes, Taylor Dayne Twitted and post the link of my previous entry about the “Elite Club of Women With 4 Top 10 Hits From Their Debut Album” which of course, includes her. I was really surprised when I opened up my Dashboard and found out from my Blog Stats with Referrers either from Twitter, Facebook or her Fans’ Message Board from her official website.
Here’s the screencaps from her Twitter yesterday:
And this one’s from her official Facebook Page:
So before I give you my special tribute to one of the world’s pop divas, let me thank her once again for sparing her precious time droppin’ by my blog and announcing my entry to her loyal fans. Ms. Dayne, it is such an honor for me and I’m so grateful for that (“,)
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Leslie Wunderman, or better known with her stage name Taylor Dayne, rose to fame in 1987 with her debut album, “Tell It To My Heart”. From then on, history followed. She is only one of those few artists in the Billboard history to have had seven Top 10 consecutive hits in a row from a debut & sophomore efforts.
With a sultry soul voice often mistaken with that of the Godmother of Rock & Roll, Ms. Tina Turner, Taylor’s powerful voice truly helped her climbed on top of the charts from her first gold pop-dance single, “Tell It To My heart” to her other gold record ballad, “I’ll Always Love You” both in 1987 to Diane Warren penned #1 heartbreaking gold record ballad, “Love Will Lead You Back” (topped the charts both in Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary in 1989), Taylor Dayne “proved her love” “with every beat of her heart” by conquering her fans the meaning of freestyle music.
Personally, the most infectious and all-time favorite hit single of Taylor off from her 1989 second album, “Can’t Fight Fate” (which I owned one), is the roof-tearing and bulb lights exploding “I’ll Be Your Shelter” written by no other than legendary Ms. Diane Warren. The song went #4 completing Dayne’s 7th consecutive Top 10 hit in a row. “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah…I’ll be your shelter, I’ll be your shelter baby…” its catchy phrase made this song most-remembered for while Dayne’s sutry soprano voice provided the song with the right tempo and melody.
For awhile we didn’t hear anything from her as she concentrated on her family life. In between her her decade hiatus after her 4th album, “Naked Without You” and her second US Dance Club Play #1 hit, “Planet Love”—a song off from the soundtrack of “Flawless” movie which starred Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Taylor went back with her 2008 CD, “Satisfied” in which the track, “Beautiful” went #1 once again on top of the US Dance Club Play chart.
Her latest song, “Facing A Miracle” became the official anthem of the Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 proving that Taylor’s still around dancing with us. She’s also currently working on remastering her “Greatest Hits” album (I also owned one) which will include some new songs and I’m sure that’s something we can look forward to from Ms. Taylor Dayne.
Billboard is like the Holy Bible of the recording industry. To be charted in it is such a big thrill for any artist as not everyone has that “luck” or the opportunity to be ranked in any of its chart. To be recognized is just a little icing on top of the cake. But to be included in an “exclusive club” with other artists for having the same feat is simply an honor.
Here’s a list of female artists who had at least four Hot 100 Top 10 songs from a debut album for us to give a big round of applause. . .
Cyndi Lauper became the first female – and first artist overall – to generate four Hot 100 top 10s (in fact they are all Top 5) from a debut album with “She’s So Unusual.” The collection yielded the No. 2-peaking “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time” (No. 1, two weeks), “She Bop” (No. 3) and “All Through the Night” (No. 5) in 1984. Not to mention that these songs are in constant rotation on the chart from one song to another.
When the lattermost song reached the top 10 the week of Nov. 17, 1984, founding Chart Beat author Paul Grein noted that Lauper bested debut albums by the Beatles, Culture Club and Lionel Richie, each of whom racked a trio of Hot 100 top 10s from their first releases.
Whitney Houston or “The Voice” started with “You Give Good Love” ranking No. 3 and charted three consecutive No. 1 songs later that includes “Saving All My Love For You”, “How Will I Know” and “Greatest Love of All”.
Before the time of Britney & Christina rivalry or Lady Gaga-Ke$ha era, there was that Tiffany-Debbie Gibson neck-to-neck competition after the Cyndi Lauper-Madonna mania. But Debbie Gibson was able to beat Tiffany for this feat as she yielded four Top 10 (in fact Top 5 like Cyndi Lauper): “Only In My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” both No. 4, “Out Of The Blue” No. 3 and the No. 1 ballad “Foolish Beat”.
The same year with Debbie when a Tina Turner voice-like singer came in, Taylor Dayne. Her debut album, “Tell It To My Heart” spawned No. 7 hits “Tell It To My Heart” and “Prove Your Love”, the No. 3 ballad “I’ll Always Love You” and “Don’t Rush Me” at No. 2.
Before she became an American Idol judge, Paula Abdul enjoyed on top of the charts while it lasts with her hit songs that cemented her singing career: “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me” No. 3 and her four consecutive No. 1′s—”Straight Up”, “Forever Your Girl”, my personal favorite “Cold Hearted” and “Opposites Attract” with The Wild Pair.
Then in 1990 came in the one of the most successful divas ever, Mariah Carey. Like Paula Abdul, she’s the other one in this league to have yielded four consecutive No. 1 songs in a row: “Vision Of Love”, “Love Takes Time”, “Someday” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry”.
Britney Spears may have beaten out more Christina Aguilera in terms of record sales but in terms of being record-breaking, Christina ousted Britney for this feat for having four Top 3 songs from a debut album: the No. 1 songs “Genie In A Bottle” and “What A Girl Want”, No. 3 “I Turn To You” and her other No. 1 and final song from the album, “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”.
Trying her luck as a solo artist, Beyonce Knowles did it with flying colors. She had 2 back-to-back No. 1 songs both with featured artists: “Crazy In Love” with Jay-Z and “Baby Boy” with Sean Paul, a No. 4 “Me, Myself and I” and a No. 3 hit, “Naughty Girl”.
Proving that Beyonce’s not the only to break from their group, Fergie became “The Dutchess” of her own with stunning five Top 5 hits: the No. 1 “London Bridge”, No. 2 “Fergalicious” feat. will.i.am, two back-to-back No. 1 hits “Glamorous” feat. Ludacris and another personal favorite, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and wrapping up her debut album is her No. 5 hit (and another personal likey song of mine which in my opinion deserves the No. 1 position) “Clumsy”.
“The Fame” really made Lady Gaga the most famous and most talked about persona by 2009. Starting off with a sleeper hit before finally emerging the top spot in 2009 with “Just Dance” then followed by the infectious and another super likey fave song of mine, the No. 1 hit “Poker Face”, “Love Game” followed at No. 5 then “Paparazzi” at No. 6.
And just recently, joining the roster is Ke$ha: “Tik Tok” went No. 1 (9 weeks), “Blah Blah Blah” feat. 3OH!3 at No. 7, “Your Love Is My Drug” No. 4 and her song that made her part of this league is her No. 8 hit, “Take It Off”.
- Cyndi Lauper still holds the title of “The First Artist” to have had four Top 5 singles from a debut album with each song constantly rotating from the chart in 1984
- Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey are the only women to bank four No. 1s a piece from a maiden album
- Paula Abdul and Fergie are the only women to net five Top 10 (actually Top 5) hits from their first efforts
- Out of the eleven albums, three are self-titled: “Whitney Houston”, “Mariah Carey” and “Christina Aguilera” and all three artists have powerful soprano voices (or in the case of Whitney, used to).
- The genre or style of music of each album/artist also varies: Cyndi’s New Wave/Pop/Punk; Whitney’s Pop/Soul; Debbie’s Teen Pop; Taylor’s Pop/Dance/Freestyle; Paula’s Pop/Dance/New Jack Swing; Mariah’s Pop/R&B; Christina’s Bubblegum Pop; Beyonce’s R&B; Fergie’s Hip Hop; Lady Gaga Electropop/R&B; Ke$ha’s Electropop/Hip Hop
- All songs from these debut albums have accompanying music videos except for one, Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through The Night”. Reason for not having one was that they want to test the market of a song without any accompanying music video. And did it work? Yes! “All Through The Night” charted at No. 5…without any official music video. Another first from the legendary, Ms. Cyndi Lauper.