It's hard to believe that
it's been almost a decade since we last heard new material or
that Stevie released a studio album (1995's Conversation
Piece being the last set) but that's about to change
with the release of his latest set.
We have come acustomed to
Stevie's music for decades and his story is really dynamic. Born
Steveland Morris from in
Saginaw, Michigan in 1950, Stevie became an accomplished musician
who made his mark when he was just a teen in the early 60s and
has not looked back since. Pegged the 'Little
Stevie Wonder' ih the 60s his body of work has seen
him become one of the biggest selling artists of the century.
Wonder enters his fifth decade in the millennium, with 35 albums
to date - 28 major studio releases - with album sales totaling
more than 72 million units.
As a singer/songwriter he's
been large. He has scored more than 30 Top Ten Hits and 11 #1
Pop singles, he has won 19 Grammys
(and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in '96) and a cabinet full
of other awards, including most recently, last years Billboard's
Century Award. He was instrunemtal in the efforts of
making Dr.Martin Luther King's birthday a recognizd national holiday
worldwide as well as becoming a driving force behind 1985's USA
For Africa campaign.
Now that's he has a new set
on the horizon (called ATime to Love
I might add), the lead of single 'So
what's the fuss' has done something on the charts that
hasn't been done before it has registered the highest number of
debut spins (418) in the history of the Billboard Adult R&B
chart, debuting at #13 on the chart in its first week of release.
It surpassed the previous record held by Anita
My Everything' (released July of last year) by over
300 spins, making it the largest overall spin-increase in the
decade-long history of the format.
Written and produced by Stevie,
'So what's the fuss'
features some of today's biggest names in R&B and rap. The
orginal line-up of EnVogue
(Maxine Jones, Terry
Ellis, Cindy Herron
and Dawn Robinson) does background
vocals, the purple one Prince
plays guitar and then there's Q-Tip
(formally of A Tribe Called Quest)
handling the rapping duties. The tune is not a song you'd associate
with Stevie as it's has a more harder edge to it but it's definitely
Stevie vocally and that's where it counts. The sample element
leans towards Mobb Deep's
'Quiet Storm' (rmx)
but the tune will be another big hit to add to his already impressive
body of work.
I''ve always been a fan of
Stevie Wonder, you can't go wrong with any of his works and this
tune is a prime example of that fact. The album hits record shelves
next month (May 3rd) and you know what you need to do - A TY-D
Listen to Stevie
what's the Fuss'