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Upside Down - Diana Ross (1980)

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"Upside Down" was a hit song by American R&B and soul singer Diana Ross released on the Motown label. It was the first single taken from her 1980 album "diana" and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco/Dance and R&B charts. The song listed at #62 on Billboard magazine's 'Greatest Songs of All Time'. Her 11th studio album, "diana" was, and still is, the biggest-selling studio collection of Ross' career. Following the U.S. success of 1979's "The Boss", Ross wanted a fresher, more modern sound for her next LP. Production team Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic had recently written a whole album's worth of material with Aretha Franklin in mind. Franklin had, however, declined the offer and all the songs, including "Upside Down", were subsequently passed on to Ross. Released in May 1980, the "diana" album introduced Ross to a new generation of fans worldwide. Reaching number two on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Billboard Soul Albums Chart, as well as yielding two top ten singles including the number-one single "Upside Down", the album would sell over six million copies in the United States and be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Some thirty years after its release, "diana" remains Ross' best-selling studio album to date, having sold a total of over ten million copies worldwide. Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, record producer, and actress. She was lead singer of the legendary Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings The Blues" (1972), for which she won a Golden Globe award. She won seven American Music Awards, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, and won a Tony Award for her one-woman show, "An Evening With Diana Ross", in 1977. In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the 'Female Entertainer of the Century'. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 18 number one records in the United States. She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Diana Ross is one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one as a solo artist and the other as a member of The Supremes. In December 2007, she received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award. This channel is dedicated to all the great 'old school' R&B music I grew up with, the stuff that originally made me tap my feet and want to be a DJ. Funk, soul, disco, R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop . . . 60s, 70s, 80s . . . whatever you call it, it's all 'Old School' and it's all here!

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