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[FEB 11] Greetings all! And Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! Let's go right to the charts this week. So for the week of February 18, Enough Is Enough stays at #39 on the Billboard Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart.  But on the Dance Club Songs chart, it rises 2 spots to be #3.  Nice!

[FEB 11]  And while we are talking about Billboard - they have posted their list of the 100 Greatest Grammy Award Show Performances of All Time. Donna comes in at #98 with She Works Hard For The Money.

[FEB 11] Johnnyswim fans - check out the new review of Georgica Pond on Redbrick.me.

[FEB 11] Brooklyn Sudano fans - good news, her series Taken will premiere on NBC on Monday February 27 at 10 PM (9 Central).  For those wondering, Taken is based on the films of the same name about a former Green Beret who, after experiencing a personal tragedy, becomes a "deadly CIA operative." Brooklyn plays Asha Flynn, "an attractive and driven young lawyer" who reconnects with the main guy. You can see more about the show on the NBC website.

[FEB 11] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Well you know we are going to have to go with a love theme this time.  So there is Love To Love You from the Midnight Special, the Love Is In Control video, I Love You from the Tonight Show, I Feel Love live 2008, Love Is The Healer from Queen Latifah, a little snippet of Love To Love You  from 1999 (the first time she had performed it in YEARS) and finally, Friends Unknown - Donna's love tong to the us, her fans.  :-)

[FEB 4] Happy Saturday all! The new Summer Fever Pick is up. This month we are workin' hard for the money! (Or for the no money, as the case may be.  :-) )

[FEB 4] Let's start off with some chart news. For the week of February 11, Donna becomes a Top 5 artist  yet again as Enough Is Enough 2017 sneaks up to #5 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

[FEB 4] Bruce Sudano fans -  catch Bruce live at the 2017 Folk Alliance on Friday February 17 at 9:30 at the Shawnee Mission in Kansas City, MO. If you are in the area, go check it out.

[FEB 4] Johnnyswim fans - Amanda and Abner are touring in Europe at the moment and a couple of clips have come out of their visit to Sweden. The first is a nice  interview from a talk show over there. And the second clip is a performance of Drunks from the same show.  Just so you know, the interview is in English, but the hosts' introduction to the sing is in Swedish.

[FEB 4] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since Disney is using Donna tunes in their Main Street Electrical Parade, let's go with a Disney theme this week.  So we have  She Works Hard For The Money on  the Disneyland 30th Anniversary special, Unconditional Love and a snippet of Dim All The Lights also from Disneyland, liveandmore's fan video for Someday, a fan video for A Whole New World (Dave Koz featuring Donna), selections from Donna at One Mighty Party 2007 (for Gay Days) part 1 and part 2,  and finally a Disney parody of She Works Hard For The Money. Don't pass that last one up - it's a very clever edit of clips from Hunchback of Notre Dame to parody the music video for Hard For The Money.

[JAN 28] Happy Saturday all! Let's start off with chart news.  for the week of February 4, Enough Is Enough 2017 is up to #45 on the Billboard Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart and up to number 6 on the Dance Club Songs chart.   :-) And on the  Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart, Enough Is Enough climbs to #39

[JAN 28] Disneyland fans - the Main Street Electrical Parade is back until the middle of June. Someone who went to a preview a couple of weeks ago noted that they were using 70s disco music - yes, they included Donna.  :-)

[JAN 28] Facebookers, Casablanca Records recently posted a live video with Giorgio Moroder talking about his music. Yes there are some Donna tunes in the discussion.  :-)

[JAN 28] In cover news, there is well let's call it a rumor for now, reported by TMZ that Madonna has been approached to record Enough Is Enough as an anti-Trump anthem with some new lyrics. Now neither Bruce Roberts (the songwriter) nor Madonna responded to  TMZ's requests for info, so don't het your hopes up yet. (Or for you Madonna haters, don't get upset yet either. BTW - Hi Ken.  LOL)  I figure the combination of Enough Is Enough hitting the dance charts again, plus Madonna's recent headlines from the Women's March (and Trump's response) make a proposed cover perfect rumor fodder. So personally, I'm taking it with a grain of salt for now.

[JAN 28] Johnnyswim fans - there are THREE new reviews of the Georgica Pond album courtesy of Fortitude Magazine, The Arts Desk, and Music-News.com. And don't forget that Amanda and Abner are on tour - hitting Europe in just a few days! Check out the list of dates on their site.

[JAN 28] I think it's time for some YouTube clips. I'm just gonna go with some songs that have been going through my head lately. So let's start with Love Is The Healer live on The View, liveandmore's fan video for Let There Be Peace, State Of Independence from the Hot Summer Night special, Work That Magic (audio only), Bring Down The Reign (slideshow),  Voices Cryin' Out (audio only), and Stamp Your Feet live on Letterman.

[JAN 22] Greetings all - and my best to the people of Italy who are dealing with earthquakes and an avalanche. I hope everyone is safe and their loved ones accounted for.  :-)  And kudos to all my American (and even foreign) friends who marched in the protests yesterday. It was nice to see people able to stand up for what they believe in in a PEACEFUL way. Regardless of any person's particular political stance, this is how our democracy works best - when people can get their point across without violence and without hate. It's okay to disagree (and let's face it, we wouldn't be Americans if we didn't disagree!  LOL) but it is possible to disagree in a respectful way, and I believe that's what we need to strive for.  (Well, unless the matter at hand is Donna Summer.... if you don't like her, I might have to bitch slap you.  ;-) KIDDING!)

[JAN 22] Speaking of Donna - let's look at the Billboard charts.  On the Dance Club Play chart, Donna moves up to #9.  But one chart isn't enough to contain our Donna, so if you go over to the Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart, we have a #47 debut for the 2017 Enough Is Enough remix. By the way, those are the January 28 charts for those of you keeping track.   :-)

[JAN 22] Here's a heads up for those of you who watch PBS. Their Disco Explosion music show has been making the rounds again. It aired recently here in NY. So if you check your local listings, you may find it playing in your area.

[JAN 22] Johnnyswim fans - as I mentioned, the pair appeared on Conan last week. You can catch their performance of First Try on the show's website. And after you check that out, check out their All-Access interview on Soundcloud.

[JAN 22] And that brings us to YouTube.  Let's have some fun with clips we don't see too often.  We'll start with a pair from the old Tom Snyder Tomorrow Coast To Coast show The Wanderer and Cold Love.  Then we have a 1991 performance of State Of Independence (with the blonde hair she was rocking for the Mistaken Identity album),  Say A Little Prayer live in Brazil, Sunset People from the 1980 TV Special,  and Dinner With Gershwin from The Late Show,

[JAN 15] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with some chart info. You know the new 2017 Enough Is Enough remixes.... well this week they jump up to #12 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.  It's been almost 5  years since Donna left us and she STILL rocks the dance charts! :-)

[JAN 15] If you are in the La Jolla CA area (or will be in November), it's official - the La Jolla Playhouse will be running the "Untitled Donna Summer Musical". It's on their 2017/18 Season announcement.  On a side note - the musical REALLY needs an official name.... unless, of course, Untitled Donna Summer Musical becomes the official name..  LOL

[JAN 15] Johnnyswim fans - catch the duo on Conan on Tuesday January 17. That airs on TBS at 11pm (or 10 Central). The show also posts video on the TBS website - clips and full episodes. So if you miss it on TV, catch it on the web.

[JAN 15] Also, Johnnyswim fans should check out their interview on news-press.com.  :-)

[JAN 15] That brings us to YouTube. Oh what the heck, let's watch a few official music videos this week - or what passed for official videos in the pre-MTV days. :-)  We have Last Dance Could It Be Magic, I Remember Yesterday, MacArthur Park, She Works Hard For The Money (the first video of the MTV era for Donna),  There Goes My Baby, All Systems Go Melody Of Love (UK version), Work That Magic, and Fame (The Game).

[JAN 8] Greetings all! Here in NY it is DEFINITELY winter, but we have a little Summer on the charts.  :-)  Enough Is Enough 2017 is currently #20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. There is also a mention of that fact in an article about the dance charts.

[JAN 8] And speaking of Enough Is Enough, we have another mix out there in the wild - the Art Color Mega Remix Kaleidoscope.

[JAN 8] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's start with a popular clip this week - but I better explain it first. As many of you here in the US know, Mariah Carey performed on New Year's Rockin' Eve and had some technical difficulties that resulted in her receiving a certain amount of criticism.  Now as I'm sure most of you know, when a person makes their living performing live, it's not a question of IF something will go wrong, but WHEN it will happen. And in my opinion the mark of a true professional is in how they handle it when things do go wrong. So with that in mind, take a look at this clip of Donna dealing with a bad mic - a complete professional!  :-) That led me indirectly to this clip of  VH1 Divas 2000 rehearsal footage. Now it's mainly Diana Ross and Mariah Carey (and a bunch of interview footage cut in) but if you go to the end you see Donna rehearsing with them for the Supremes medley she didn't participate in for the actual show.  Then there is this clip with Donna rehearsing her own stuff along with interviews with her and Nile Rodgers. And as long as we are in Divas 2000 mode, let's see the actual performances: Reflections, Bad Girls, Love Is The Healer, and the group finale of Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

 

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