Musical Notes – September 22

In this issue of Musical Notes Ed Sheeran breaks another record, David Foster gets rewarded, George Michael gets documented,  and Rick Stevens has died.


Ed Sheeran:

British pop star Adele may be the queen of record sales, but fellow Brit Ed Sheeran is vying for the title of King of Stream.

Canadian Hip-Hop star Drake has dominated the streaming service Spotify with his songs consistently topping the most played song list…until now.

In March, Sheeran released his latest album “Divide” where he set a number of records for most one day streams at 10 million for “Shape of You”, most streams for an album in a single day for “Divide” with 56,727,861 streams, and he holds the title for having the most monthly listeners with 40,095,92. Sheeran is in second place as the most all time streamed artist with over 10 billion streams – Drake is in first.

Now Sheeran can add another record to his collection with having the most streams of a single song. His hit “Shape of You” has topped the ONE BILLION stream mark with 1,318,420,396 streams and counting. Sheeran has surpassed Drake’s “One Dance” by over 100,000 streams.

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David Foster:
Every generation has a musical genius who is not always known to the casual listener, but whose musical prowess crosses genres and generations.

Sixteen time Grammy Award winning Songwriter, producer, and piano player David Foster is one such a musical genius.

On September 19 the Grammy Museum paid homage to Foster in a gala event with the Architects of Sound Award. Twenty-seven time Grammy Award winning producer Quincy Jones presented the award to Foster at the gala that also raised over $1 million for the Grammy Museum’s various programs.

To date Foster has had a hand in songs that have reached the 500 million mark in sales including “I Will Always Love You”, “After the Love is Gone”, “Unforgettable”, “Power of Love”, “All By Myself”, “The Prayer”, and “Un-break My Heart”.


George Michael:
Before his untimely death “Last Christmas”, award winning British pop star George Michael was planning a re-issue of his album “Listen Without Prejudice”. Michael was also working on a documentary about the album.

The documentary has since been completed by co-director David Austin. “George Michael: Freedom” is scheduled to air on Showtime during the month of October.

Along with Michael himself narrating the project and talking about the “Listen Without Prejudice” album and his record label issues; supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista reunite to discuss their participation in the “Freedom 90” video; and according to the teaser ad a host of stars also appear in the project including Sir Elton, Nile Rodgers, Ricky Gervais, Mark Ronson, and Stevie Wonder.

Rick Stevens:
Rick Stevens – the former lead singer for the rhythm and blues and Tower of Power – has died at the age of 77. Stevens died September 5 as a result of liver cancer.

Joining the band in 1969, Stevens appeared on the group’s first two albums, but a murder conviction sent him to jail for over 30 years. In 1976 three people died when a drug deal went wrong.

After his release in 2012, Stevens returned to music and formed his own band called Love Power.

Stevens was born in Port Arthur, Texas but was raised in Reno, Nevada. He began singing at a very young age when he performed before the church congregation when he was only four years old.

He is survived by his wife Georgina Stevenson.

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