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“Nine male songwriters…have been responsible for almost one-fifth of the top songs in the last six years. ..Max Martin, 36 hits; Drake, 25; Benny Blanco, 22.”

Home of the Blues and Pop Culture: Mississippi River…

“Natchez has more millionaires than any American town in the early 19th century.”

Woods, Clyde. Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta (Kindle Locations 58-60). Verso Books. Kindle Edition.

‘Mamie Smith’s 1920 hit for Okeh Records, “Crazy Blues,” set into motion an industry-wide investment in Black music through “race records.”’

“The circulation of 1920s Black movement anthems offered a potent political counterpoint to the mass-produced “race records” of the time in that they publicly grappled with how the “race” of “race records” was (and should be) constituted. Through that, they liberated the collapsed Black identity of the marketplace by articulating associations and communities of both race (“ a different way of living”) and sound (“ a different way of hearing”).”




Redmond, Shana L.. Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (pp. 7-8). NYU Press. Kindle Edition.

Sheet! “We went thru 800 songs to get the nine for ‘Thriller'”

Then he asks himself what are the 4 weakest songs of the 9.  Quincy jones

“Man, the song is the shit—that’s what people don’t realize.”

“A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. A bad song can’t be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago.”  Quincy Jones