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Flashback: The Story Behind C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat”

WelcheMusic takes a trip down memory lane and honors C+C Music Factory in this blogpost. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was initially released back in 1990, but didn’t break until 1991. It eventually became a Billboard Hot 100 No.1, and reached the top spot in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The track peaked at No.5 in Sweden.

The men behind the C’s were actually producers David Cole and Robert Clivillés. Little did they know about the controversy that they were going to cause. Vocalist Martha Wash was replaced in the video by Zelma Davis. Let’s just say that one looks like a supermodel, the other doesn’t. Wash was one of the members of The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”) and this wasn’t the first time she was replaced by a model. Back in 1989, Italian Katherine Quinol fronted Black Box on hits such as “Everybody Everybody” and “I Don’t Know Anybody Else.” It’s important to stress that she did not sing the vocals on “Ride on Time,” which was based on Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation.”

“Gonna Make you Sweat” did not only launched the career of C+C Music Factory, it also made the producers the talk of the town. In 1992, the team produced Whitney Houston’s Chaka Khan cover “I’m Every Woman” from The Bodyguard and they also produced Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need a Friend” and “Now that I Know.” Throughout their career they produced artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Deborah Cooper.

The track was followed by “Here We Go (Let’s Rock’N’Roll)” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Sadly, David Cole passed away in 1995, only 32 years old. Cole’s death inspired Mariah Carey to record “One Sweet Day” with soul group Boyz II Men.

Boyz II Men to Perform in Sweden

According to daily news paper Svenska Dagbladet, Boyz II Men will pay Sweden a visit in April. The r’n’b trio hasn’t played here since 2008. They did promise to return within a year, but was held up with recording the cover album Love. They will play Göta Källare on Apr.26.

The group debuted in 1991 with Cooleyhighharmoney. The debut hit was called “Motownphilly,” which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first US No.1 came in 1992 when the group placed “End of the Road” on top. The track was featured in the movie Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy and was written and produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons. In 1993-1995, the group had a string of hits including the No.1s “I’ll Make Love to You,” “On Bended Knee” and “One Sweet Day” with Mariah Carey. They returned to the top in 1997 when “4 Seasons of Loneliness” was issued as the first single from their fifth album Evolution. Although the group issued almost ten singles in the ‘00s, none made any impact on the charts.

Dion, P!nk, Kanye Sing “We Are the World” 2010

Only a week after Simon Cowell’s feat to assemble Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Leona Lewis in the same room, comes the anniversary of “We Are the World.” Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie had already plans on making a re-record the track to commemorate the 25th anniversary in benefit for Haiti. Swedish producer RedOne has produced the track alongside Wyclef Jean and legendary Quincy Jones.


The new version was recorded on Feb.1 this year and luckily many of the artists were already in L.A. to attend the Grammy awards.  More than 75 musicians participated and the song was recorded at the same place as in 1985. The 2010 line-up is a walk of fame. Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion sing alongside Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges. Newcomers Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber contributes as well as the hip-hop stars Kanye West, Akon, Drake and Cudie.

The new video premiered during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Cermony of the WinterOlympics last night and the video has been directed by Paul Haggis of Crash and Million Dollar Baby fame.

Carey, Minogue, Boyle and Bon Jovi Cover R.E.M. for Haiti

R.E.M. issued “Everybody Hurts” in April 1993 as the fourth single from the Automatic for the People album. Little did they know that come February 2010, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue and Rod Stewart would cover the track in attempt to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Less surprisingly, music entrepreneur Simon Cowell is responsible for the initaitive which could be described as the Idol generation’s Band Aid. Cowell’s “own” artists such as Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Susan Boyle and JLS collaborate on this charity single. The song has already sold 205,000 copies in the UK and is set to reach the singles chart this Sunday.

The Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

It won’t come as a surprise that WelcheMusic loves charts. This time we’ve dug into music magazine’s Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All.  As this site is mainly devoted to current chart trends, it’s quite refreshing to see the lack of new music in the top regions. Bob Dylan wins the race with “Like a Rolling Stone,” ahead of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” No Miley Cyrus, no Black Eyed Peas, not even Mariah Carey? We’ve included the top three videos below. The rest of the chart can be read here.



Another Facebook Campaign Fuels Journey’s Success

American rock band Journey has also been favored by a Facebook campaign closely linked to X-Factor. Even if the intention wasn’t to fend off Joe McElderry, many believed that he would cover Journey’s 1982 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” would be chosen as the single. The track reached No.62 back in 1982, but re-entered the charts this February based on digital downloads. Due to the recent Facebook campaign, UK students promoted the track with success, propelling it to No.7 on this week’s chart. One of the group’s most successful songs is “Open Arms.” The track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982. In 1995, a Mariah Carey cover of the song peaked at No.4 in the UK. The song was included on her album Daydream.