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George Kiriyama
Broadcast Journalist on the California Central Coast
Broadcast Journalist on the California Central Coast

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FLASHBACK 1991: "I know you want me. (You're fine) thank you. But I'm not the type of girl that you think I am. I don't jump into the arms of every man. (But I'm paid) I don't need your money. (I love you) you must be mad. Easy lover is something that I ain't. Besides, I don't know you from a can of paint..."

Actress/Rapper QUEEN LATIFAH's first successful R&B song was the female anthem "Fly Girl".

When a can of paint has something on're deep in trouble. LOL!

R&B: #16
Rap: #19
Album: Nature of a Sista

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THROWBACK 2001: "Don't fall away. And leave me to myself. Don't fall away
And leave love bleeding in my hands. In my hands again. And leave love bleeding in my hands. In my hands. Love lies bleeding..."

Post-grunge rock band FUEL's signature song is "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)". .

Guitarist/Songwriter Carl Bell explained to Billboard in 2000 what the song was about: "[The first verse] deals with the male point of view of a relationship that you've gotten burned on, and the person has come back to you. But by then, there's been damage beyond repair. The second verse kind of shows the vulnerability of the girl...It's always an interesting situation and a pretty wrenching one as well."

Modern Rock Tracks: #1 (12 Weeks)
Mainstream Rock Tracks: #2
Billboard HOT 100: #30
Adult Top 40: #17
Mainstream Top 40: #22
Album: Something Like Human
Billboard Best of the 2000s Rock Songs chart: #5


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If you like the classic Miami Bass sound...give this jam a try.

Here's Florida's DJ MAGIC MIKE with "You Want Bass"

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THROWBACK 2000: "'Cause I can feel you breathe. It's washing over me. And suddenly I'm melting into you. There's nothing left to prove. Baby, all we need is just to be. Caught up in the touch. Slow and steady rush. Baby, isn't that the way that love's suppose to be. I can feel you breathe, just breathe..."

Country superstar FAITH HILL's most successful song was her ballad "Breathe". It was her 7th #1 Country hit and crossed over to the pop chart where it peaked at #2.

It's one of only three songs in chart history to be named the #1 song of the year without hitting the top spot. The other two: 1965's "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and 2001's "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse.

Billboard HOT 100: #2
Adult Contemporary: #1 (17 Weeks)
Adult Top 40: #1
HOT Country Songs: #1 (Six Weeks)
Mainstream Top 40: #2
Album: Breathe
Writers: Stephanie Bentley and Holly Lamar
2000 Billboard Music Awards: WINNER- Hot 100 Single of the Year and Hot 100 Airplay Track of the Year
2000 Grammy Awards: WINNER- Best Female Country Vocal Performance, NOMINATION- Best Country Song and Song of the Year
CMT's 100 Greatest Videos: #4


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Smiling a lot and aging superstar Faith Hill is turning 50!

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THROWBACK 2000: "Maria Maria. She reminds me of a west side story. Growing up in Spanish Harlem. She's living the life just like a movie star. Maria Maria..."

Following SANTANA's monster hit "Smooth" featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas...the band released "Maria Maria" featuring THE PRODUCT G&B.
It stayed on top of the pop summit for ten weeks!

Billboard HOT 100: #1 (Ten Weeks)
HOT R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #1
2000 Grammy Awards: WINNER- Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Billboard All-Time HOT 100 Top Songs: #96
Top Billboard HOT 100 Latin Songs of All-Time: #2
Billboard HOT 100 Songs of the Decade- 2000 to 2009: #14


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THROWBACK 2000: "I wanna know what turns you on. So I can be all that and more. I'd like to know what makes you cry. So I can be the one who always makes you smile..."

R&B singer JOE's "I Wanna Know" was one of my favorite tracks from 1999-2000.

Billboard HOT 100: #4
HOT R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2
Mainstream Top 40: #5
Adult Contemporary: #21
Album: My Name Is Joe and The Wood soundtrack


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THROWBACK 2000: "He's everything you want. He's everything you need. He's everything inside of you That you wish you could be. He says all the right things
At exactly the right time. But he means nothing to you And you don't know why..."

Alternative rock band VERTICAL HORIZON's signature song is their 2000 #1 hit "Everything You Want". If you went to any mall, department store, bowling center in the year 2000...chances are you heard this song. It was one of the most heavily played songs of that year.

Billboard HOT 100: #1
HOT 100 Airplay: #2
HOT Modern Rock Tracks: #5
Top 40 Mainstream: #2
HOT Adult Top 40 Tracks: #1
Album: Everything You Want
2000 Billboard Music Awards: WINNER- Top 40 Track of the Year


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FLASHBACK 1991: "...The procreator, I'm the one that saved the Year of 1991, made it obvious for the entire world to find the fun. Or better yet we (kind of clever) get The level said "check" all hands on deck. For the source of my skill is all real. Fashioned to eliminate the weak who are marked with the seal. Of blue cheese..."

I worked at Wherehouse Records in the summer of 1991. There was a box in the back office/break room that had promotional cassette tapes. Every week, I would go through it to see if there were any hidden gems. I found something by a hip-hop duo from Staten Island, NY called the UMC's. It was a two-song promotional tape. I popped it into my cassette deck in my car and the first song was "Blue Cheese". I was hooked.

This song eventually hit the top of the Billboard HOT Rap Singles chart.

Rap : #1
Album: Fruits of Nature

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THROWBACK 2000: "Say my name, say my name. If no one is around you. Say baby I love you. If you ain't runnin' game. Say my name, say my name. You actin' kinda shady. Ain't callin' me baby. Why the sudden change..."

Bye-Bye LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Hello Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. "Say My Name" was a turning point for DESTINY'S CHILD as new faces joined the group. Behind the scenes, it was messy. Luckett and Roberson claimed Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles was withholding group profits from them. That led to their dismissal and a lawsuit against Knowles and initially Beyonce and Kelly Rowland as well.

Billboard HOT 100: #1
HOT R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #1
Rhythmic: #1
Mainstream Top 40: #3
Album: The Writing's on the Wall
Writers: Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
2001 Grammy Awards: WINNER- Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song, NOMINATION- Record of the Year and Song of the Year
2000 MTV Video Music Award: Best R&B Video
Soul Train Lady of Soul Award: Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band, or Duo
Pitchfork Media "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s": #131
VH1's 100 Best Songs of the 1990s: #17


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