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“Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (Lyrics)” 

“Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (Lyrics)” 

How Will I Know” is a song recorded by American recording artist Whitney Houston for her eponymous debut album, which was released in February 1985. The song was released by Arista Records in November that year, as the album’s third single. Composed by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, the song was originally intended for Janet Jackson, but she passed on it. Houston then recorded the song with altered lyrics and production from Narada Michael Walden. The lyrics speak about the protagonist trying to discern if a boy she likes will ever like her back.

“How Will I Know” received mainly positive reviews. The song became Houston’s second number one single on the United States Billboard Hot 100. It spent two weeks atop the chart and also became Houston’s first chart topper on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart. Its success was worldwide: it reached the top 10 in Sweden, Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and the top 20 in the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

The song’s music video features scenes of Houston dancing in a setting of video screens and colored partitions. The music video gave Houston exposure to the teens and MTV. It also received nominations at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in the categories of Best Female Video and Best New Artist in a Video, winning the former category. The song was performed on many of her tours including Greatest Love Tour (1986) and her Nothing but Love World Tour (2009–10). “How Will I Know” is also featured as a remix on Houston’s compilation album Whitney: The Greatest Hits (2000), whereas the original version is featured on The Ultimate Collection (2007) and I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston (2012; remastered).

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“CRYSTAL GAYLE – YOU’VE BEEN TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP”

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“Talking in Your Sleep” is a song written by Roger Cook and Bobby Wood, and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in January 1978 as the first single from the album When I Dream. The song became a hit on both the country and pop charts in 1978. It peaked at number one on the US Country chart,[2] number eighteen on the US Pop chart and number three at the US Adult Contemporary chart.

In 1977, Gayle achieved international crossover Pop success for the first time with her No. 1 hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. Following the song’s success, Gayle was recording more Pop and Adult Contemporary-styled Country tunes. This song is one of the first examples of this. “Talking in Your Sleep” was released in early 1978, and was a hit mid-year. The song proved an instant follow-up for Gayle on the Pop charts, being she hadn’t had another Top 40 Pop hit since “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” the previous year.

“Talking in Your Sleep” was released on Gayle’s major-selling album from that year called When I Dream. Following “Talking in Your Sleep”‘s success as a crossover smash, Gayle only achieved one more Top 40 Pop hit as a solo artist, which came the next year with the song, “Half the Way”.

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“Miss You Like Crazy, lyrics- Natalie Cole”

“Miss You Like Crazy, lyrics- Natalie Cole”

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Miss You Like Crazy” is a song recorded by Natalie Cole and released in 1989 from her album Good to Be Back. The song is a moving ballad in which the singer describes how she is feeling lonely and is longing for the one she misses “like crazy” (or, in other words, very much).
Miss You Like Crazy” was a huge hit for Cole, becoming her fifth Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the song peaked at #7. The song also topped both the R&B and adult contemporary charts in 1989, as well as reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. In Canada, the song peaked at number 19 for two weeks at the end of June.[1]

Miss You Like Crazy” is ranked as the 67th biggest US hit of 1989.[2]

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LITTLE HELEN – The Richest Girl In The World”

LITTLE HELEN – The Richest Girl In The World”

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Baylor was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Los Angeles, where she first performed as a nightclub act. She opened for Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King while still in her teens, and performed in the musical Hair.[1]

In 1967/68 she worked with producer Bobby Sanders releasing two singles The Richest Girl and What About Me Boy as Little Helen for the Soultown label.[2]

In the 1970s she joined hit Broadway musical Hair and followed this period of her career as a session musician for artists that included Captain & Tennille, Les McCann and Chaka Khan. As a member of Side Effect her vocals featured on their third album What You Need, from which “Always There”, a song co-written by Ronnie Laws was a R&B chart success. Later in the 1980s her career would falter as a consequence of drug abuse.[1]

Baylor became sober late in the decade, strengthening her Christian faith and deciding to concentrate her career in gospel music. She released her first gospel recording on Word Records in 1990 and her first five albums all hit the Top Ten of the U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart, with the most successful being 1995’s The Live Experience, which reached #1 on that chart.[3] The track “Oasis” was very successful in the UK, via Expansion Records and stayed on the Music Week Dance Chart for 14 weeks.[4] Also, the song “Sold Out” (from the album Start All Over) won a Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year at the 24th GMA Dove Awards in 1993

In July 2011, Baylor announced that she is co-producing a feature film about her life story. The film, A Praying Grandmother:The Helen Baylor Story, will feature accounts that she first shared in the song, “Helen’s Testimony” (Word, 1995) and in her autobiography, No Greater Love: The Helen Baylor Story. Baylor approached award-winning filmmaker Cassandra Hollis to co-produce and direct the film.

Baylor was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2000.

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“Sade – Paradise” 


Paradise” is a song by English band Sade from their third studio albumStronger Than Pride (1988). It is Sade’s most successful track on the US Billboard Hot R&B chart, peaking at number-one for one week, and peaking at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1] “Paradise” was also a hit on the dance charts, where it peaked at number 21.[2] “Paradise” is often considered their signature song, alongside 1984’s “Smooth Operator“, 1985’s “The Sweetest Taboo“, and 1992’s “No Ordinary Love.”

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“Madeleine Peyroux – Dance Me to the End of Love” 


Madeleine Peyroux (born April 18, 1974 in Athens, Georgia, United States) is a French-American jazz and blues singer-songwriter.

When Peyroux was six, her family moved from Georgia to Brooklyn and later southern California. At age 13 her parents divorced, and she moved with her mother to Paris.[1] In interviews, Peyroux describes her parents as “hippies” and “eccentric educators” who helped her pursue a career in music.[2]As a child, she listened to her father’s old records and Peyroux learned to play her mother’s ukulele.[3]

Peyroux started singing at the age of fifteen and performed with street musicians in the Latin Quarter in Paris. She joined a group called the Riverboat Shufflers. At age sixteen she joined The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and toured Europe with them.[4][5]

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 “Beyoncé – Listen [LYRICS]” 

Listen” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé. The song was written by Henry KriegerScott CutlerAnne Preven, and Beyoncé, and produced by The Underdogs, Matt Sullivan and Randy Spendlove for the 2006 musical filmDreamgirls, in which Beyoncé’s character Deena Jones sings the song in an expression of independence from her controlling husband. Columbia Records released “Listen” as the lead single from the Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack album on December 5, 2006. It additionally appeared as a hidden track on international editions, and on the deluxe edition of Beyoncé’s second solo studio album, B’Day. The Spanish version of the song, “Oye”, was released on the EP, Irreemplazable, and the Spanish deluxe edition of B’Day.

One of four new songs written for the feature version of Dreamgirls (originally a 1981 Broadway musical) “Listen” is a soulR&B song; its lyrics make reference to tenacity, love, the refusal to defer dreams and finally rise towards fame. Its instrumentation includes bassdrumsguitarskeyboardspercussion, and violins, among others. Contemporary music critics complimented the strong and emotional vocals of Beyoncé, and added that the lyrics perfectly elaborate on Deena Jones’s life. “Listen” won Best Original Song at the 2007 Critics’ Choice Awards. It was nominated in the same category at the 2006 International Press Academy Satellite Award, at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, and at the 2007 Academy Awards, for songwriters Krieger, Cutler and Preven.

“Listen” peaked at number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and generally peaked inside the top 20 positions in European countries. It fared better in the United Kingdom where it reached number eight thanks to a live duet performance of Beyoncé and Alexandra Burke at The X Factor, where Burke emerged as the winner after singing “Listen” during the finale. The song was also covered by Charice during the second season premiere of Glee and Melanie Amaro during the finale of the first season of the The X Factor in the US, where she emerged as the winner. Two accompanying music videos were filmed for “Listen”; the performance version was directed by Diane Martel, and the second one, being Vogue Shoot Version, was directed by Matthew Rolston. “Listen” was also a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience (2007) and I Am… Tour (2009–10).

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