1983 was a rare year where many of the finest singles actually ended up at #1 -- tuneful, innovative productions that still sound fresher than most of 2013's pop playlists. Here are 20 noteworthy acts (in no order) that made their first stateside mark in 1983...
So look, there is no question that Madonna was an original. But so is Solange. And I love you, Mom, but criticizing a pop song for "sounding like Madonna" is about as an airless a judgement as saying you don't like baked ziti because it "tastes like lasagna."
To help calm my fears, I've drafted a letter full of sound parental wisdom that I plan to give my daughter when it's time for her to leave the nest.
A unique trailblazer that defied categorization, Donna Summer had a great voice that mattered. While her anthems remain pop culture staples, there's a world of her music that most may not be familiar with. Here are 20 of her best singles that missed the Billboard Top 10.
Is the queen of reinvention done reinventing?
The baby twins on the cover of Shalom! -- the top selling papyrus celebrity mag in all of Israel -- drew Miriam in.
These post 50 celebrities show wisdom doesn't necessary come with age. Sometimes midlife can present some situations that stir up the pot, leading to lapses in judgment that would make even Lindsay Lohan (on a good day) gasp.
Gaga is an icon that is not meant to be understood or defined. Certainly, she has done more to engage the world in a speculative debate about what she is than any of her predecessors who, though complex, were much easier to pigeonhole. Gaga, it seems, is indefinable.
A celebrity endorsement, whether explicit or implicit, emboldens dictators in their denial of fundamental freedoms to their people. They must pay a price. And those who endorse them with their presence, like Iglesias, should be called out for their disgraceful conduct.
In the early 1960s, when Streisand was just starting out, gay audiences instinctively recognized something very familiar about her, a shared sensibility. That was only logical, given that her sensibility had been nurtured by gay men, after all. And this was hardly a new phenomenon.
No one would credit Top 40 for being innovative, but there's a difference between "everything on the radio sounds the same" and "beyotch stole my track." Ryan Tedder's rampant recycling sends a bad message about being successful in the music industry.
It seems like a no-brainer to include diverse stars and songs that cross cultures and generations in ads. With the shifts we are seeing in our country, using diverse talent is more important than ever.
It was obvious to most people that Madonna meant it as a joke, but chances are it will have reinforced belief in the Obama-Muslim myth in others, or even planted a seed of misinformation in the minds of people who have never even thought about Obama's faith.
What are you doing for Pussy Riot? No cause is unworthy of exploitation. As Americans, we will instinctively empathize, analyze then produce an effort to right the wrong. Justice is served and the problem solved as long as you can throw enough money at it.
Frank Toskan tends to shy away from the media and rarely boasts about his success, even though he was responsible for opening some 300 MAC Cosmetics stores worldwide in just 15 years. This is the first in-person interview he's granted in more than 15 years.
If Penny Marshall's honking nasalese leaps off the pages of her memoir, My Mother was Nuts, it's not because she wrote the book. Rather, this is the w...