Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Square Biz" by Teena Marie

Song#:  0684
Date:  07/25/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  50
Weeks:  13
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  Marie's previous album resulted in her first Top 40 pop hit, "I Need Your Lovin'" (#37). Her next album, "It Must Be Magic," generated this second pop chart entry and it became her biggest hit at R&B when it reached #3. This helped the album reach gold status, which would be her third to do so.

ReduxReview:  Marie can sent a great groove and she does a good job here. I could do without the rap, but other than that it is another quality track from Marie. Not as hot as "I Need Your Lovin'," but it's a worthy addition to any funk collection.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  It was at this time that Marie got in a major dispute with her label Motown. She wanted to renegotiate her contract (which she initially signed as a teenager) and the label refused, basically holding her and her music hostage. She sued and was on track to win her case when Motown settled. She left the label and continued her career. However, in the wake of the settlement congress passed The Brockert Initiative (named after Marie's give last name) which makes it against the law for a label to keep an artist under contract and not release any of their new material. It's a law that can help an artist get out of their contract with a label. The law has been very influential and has helped many other artists.


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