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On this day in music history: November 25, 1995 - “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also spending 8 weeks at #1 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and produced by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, it is the eleventh and final chart topping pop single and the seventh R&B chart topper for the New Jersey born superstar vocalist. Issued as the lead single from the soundtrack and film to “Waiting To Exhale”, which stars Houston with Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine. First time director, actor Forest Whitaker will meet Babyface backstage after a show (while on tour with Boyz II Men) at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA. Whitaker will ask the singer/songwriter/producer if he will score and write songs for the film adaptation of Terry McMillian’s book “Waiting To Exhale”. Edmonds will agree, helping to assemble a top notch group of female R&B vocalists that include Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Chante Moore, Brandy, and TLC for the soundtrack album. Face will write the films’ title song especially for Whitney to sing along with “Count On Me” (a duet with gospel singer CeCe Winans). At first, Houston is not fond of “Exhale” particularly the songs’ chorus, but she will eventually warm up to it. Issued as the first single from the soundtrack album on November 7, 1995, “Exhale” will be an instant smash, debuting at #1 on both the pop and R&B singles charts. The single will also win Babyface a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1997. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Amerie - 1 Thing
Album: Touch & Hitch Soundtrack
For nearly 3 weeks, I burred myself into a game called “Grand Theft Auto V”. Everytime this song played on the radio, I could imagine this video…. I mean damn, how can you not?! She’s gorgeous!
Amel Larrieux ft Glenn Lewis - What’s Come Over Me
Album: Barbershop Soundtrack
3T - Waiting For Love
Album: Men In Black Soundtrack
Why is this song so underrated?!
R. Kelly ft Nokio & Jaz-Ming - Use To Me Spending
Album: In Too Deep Soundtrack
In the middle of transferring a bunch of music files on my desktop to my external hard drive, I decided to listen to some tracks on the folder. I totally forgot about this song! Classic R. Kelly!
Sampled Notorious B.I.G’s song “F*ck You Tonight”, with who else… R. Kelly! [click here to listen]
Mya ft Raekwon & Noreaga - Movin’ On (University Mix)
Watch the version with Silkk The Shocker [here]
Aaliyah | Are You That Somebody
Fabolous ft Jagged Edge & P. Diddy - Trade It All (Part 2)
Album: Street Dreams & Barbershop Soundtrack
Maxwell - Fortunate
Perfect kinda song to listen today on a Friday night just chillin…
Beyonce - Daddy
Album: Dangerously In Love & Daddy’s Little Girl Soundtrack
Happy Father’s Day…