Setting the Bar

Bob Marley and the Wailers, "Legend"

Celine Dion, Bob Marley and Linkin Park walk into a bar...

No it's not a joke. Even to the trained ear, Celine Dion, Bob Marley and Linkin Park may not have much in common beyond being musicians. Creed, Britney Spears and Metallica may seem unlikely list mates as well. But when Adele's "21" sold over ten million discs, Billboard Magazine printed a shockingly short list of titles that crossed that threshold. Some surprises ensue. Only one release of the Beatles is included, coincidentally entitled "1." Two bands/musicians have two titles on the list. Eminem has "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "The Eminem Show," which may not shock you, but the Backstreet Boys? It's true, "Millennium" from 1999 and their self-titled release from 1997. No need to feel bad if this caught you unaware. Their record company also hasn't noticed, because "Millennium" is currently out of print.  N Sync's "No Strings Attached" and Spears' "Baby One More Time" are also currently only available from secondary markets. Only one country artist is included, Shania Twain with "Come on Over." Two soundtracks scored, "The Bodyguard" featuring Whitney Houston and James Horner's "Titanic."

Some titles broke new talent like "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morissette and "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie and the Blowfish. Others are CDs of musical veterans, the release "Legend" by Bob Marley and the Wailers and "Supernatural" by Santana.  That leads to the most pleasant surprise - the wonderful variety. Smooth crooners like Usher with "Confessions" and Nora Jones' "Come Away with Me" are alongside Metallica's self-titled release from 1991 and Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory"  while Creed's "Human Clay" falls somewhere in between.

So now you know what these boy bands, pop stars, and heavy metal heads have in common - big sales. Also, if they are in print, you can find them at St. Louis County Library.

--Cindy F., Headquarters




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