Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-D'Angelo

Song:Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Though not his biggest hit, Untitled is probably D'Angelo's best known song because of the video which emphasizes his sex appeal. D'Angelo would be a much bigger star if he recorded more. He has recorded three albums since 1995. He was born Michael Eugene Archer Feb. 11, 1974 in Richmond, VA. His dad was a Pentacostal preacher so he grew up singing and playing piano in church. After winning Amateur Night at The Apollo in New York City in 1991, D'Angelo left high school and moved to New York City. He signed a publishing deal with EMI Music in 1991 followed by a record deal with Virgin Records in 1993. He co-wrote and produced the 1994 hit U Will Know for the R & B supergroup Black Men United which appeared in the film Jason's Lyric. Then he released his 1995 debut album Brown Sugar which D'Angelo wrote and produced. The album didn't sell at first but it picked up when the single Brown Sugar was a top five R & B hit and then lady hit the pop top ten. It's his only pop top ten hit to date. Then D'Angelo didn't release his album Voodoo until 2000. He had writer's block for a while and he also split with his manager Kedar Massenburg. He was finally inspired to write again by the birth of his son with girlfriend Angie Stone. The first two singles from the album were not hits because he missed MTV's deadline. But the third single Untitled came with with a music video where D'Angelo is not wearing any clothes. D'Angelo wrote and produced Untitled with Raphael Saadiq. Voodoo was certified Platinum. But the success of the video made D'Angelo uncomfortable with his sex symbol status. He didn't think fans were interested in his music. Then he started having drinking problems. In 2005, he left Virgin, split with his management and checked into rehab. Then he was charged with drug possession and was in a car crash. Eventually he got back on the rails with a 2012 European tour. And this got him back into recording again. He was under contract to J Records which was absorbed by RCA. Black Messiah was released Dec. 2014 and it has done very well. D'Angelo is on tour with his band Vanguard. Maybe he's back and D'Angelo will record more frequently. He's certainly a talented guy. This budget comp covers his Virgin recordings. Here's the video for Untitled (How Does It Feel) by D'Angelo.

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