This is it, people! This is the last full week of school for my 4th grader! My 9th grader is in the Virtual Academy, so she has another week beyond this week, but it doesn’t really count, because she ‘goes to school’ at home…heh! Guess I better get busy making summer plans, no?
Meanwhile it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This new month brings us a new honorary conductor – welcome Alana of Ramblin’ with AM for the month of June! Her theme choice for this week kicks of her co-conductor status with “”Crossover” Songs done by a group/singer known primarily for one type of music, but in another type. Example: country singer has a rock hit, or vice-versa.” Sounds like fun! Why don’t you grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along?
Let’s start off with a group that it’s probably more accurate to say that they were forced over to the pop charts than leaving country on their own accord, but they were well-received nonetheless. After being shunned by country fans and radio stations across the country, this trio took a few years to reflect and write before releasing this particular song, a multi-platinum smash that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.
This next artist may have actually written the book on country-pop crossovers. With producer and ex-husband, this artist recorded some of the best-selling records of all time, in any genre. After toiling away at the top of the country charts, she launched into international superstardom with this song, a love ballad that helped her sophomore effort sell more than 12 million copies.
After staying out of the spotlight for close to a decade, this artist took an exclusive residency at Caesar’s Palace, and released a new album in 2017 – 15 years after her last album in 2002.
Here’s the gorgeous and talented Shania Twain with “You’re Still the One”:
Next up is this artist’s second pop smash from 2009, after having been a country darling for a number of years. That song lived a double life: The original version targeted a country audience with acoustic instrumentation, while the mix for mainstream pop listeners accentuated electric guitars.
This song followed – it was an even bigger hit, and the guitars on its pop version were suitably gargantuan as well. A sly balancing act, but you had to wonder how long this artist could switch-hit like this at that time, without choosing a team.
Last, but not least, while this song may have landed on the main artist’s pop album, when you get down to it, it is a textbook done-me-wrong song. One of the country duo said that the whole experience, from start to finish, was all good. He was quoted as saying:
“It was amazing working with Bebe on ’Meant To Be,’ you know from the first night writing it together to getting to watch it come to life in the studio and kinda dreaming it up together.”
That’s a wrap for this week, have a great Monday – see you on the dance floor!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Michelle’s Musings and Merriment is helping out with hostess duties! And, for the month of June, we welcome our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer, Alana from Ramblin’ with AM!
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
Alana from Ramblin’ with AM
Linky coming soon……..