Saturday, October 28, 2017

"Somebody" by Bryan Adams

Song#:  2206
Date:  02/02/1985
Debut:  59
Peak:  11
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Adams' first single from his fourth album Reckless, "Run to You," became his second Pop Top 10 hit and his first #1 at Rock. To follow it up, this rockin' track was chosen. It was a smart choice for Rock radio as the song took off and became his second #1 on that chart. The single also did well at Pop, but it stopped just shy of the Top 10 and peaked at the dreaded #11 spot. Adams may have been denied a third Top 10 hit, but his next two singles would certainly make up for it.

ReduxReview:  This tune was totally arena ready with its sing-a-long chorus. It was a solid anthem, but for me it just wasn't as good as the dark, rockin' "Run to You." It didn't deter me from buying the album, but I thought there were tracks on the disc that would be better singles - and indeed there would be. However, this did it's job at Rock radio and kept Adams' star rising.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song later became part of a high-profile music industry lawsuit. As the internet became more accessible and file sharing came along, music labels were trying to fight against illegal download sites and the sharing of copyright protected material. By 2003, they were done messing around and decided to make an example of individuals who were apparently file sharing. In 2006, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a mother of four from Minnesota who had apparently posted music files for free sharing via the site Kazaa, was one of those individuals. Although it was said that she had posted over 1,700 files, Capitol Records just focused on 24 of their catalog songs and sent a cease and desist notice. They also offered Thomas-Rasset a settlement of $5000 to resolve the issue. She said no to the settlement and Capitol proceeded to sue her in court. She ended up losing the case. From 2007-2013, the case was tried, appealed, and revisited several times. Each time, Thomas-Rasset failed to defend her position and the amount of settlement to Capitol varied at different points from a low of $54,000 to a high of $1.9 million. In the end after the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, the final payment to Capitol was set at the amount granted at the very first trial, which was $220,000. Thousands of other similar lawsuits would follow. Most people would simply settle, but Thomas-Rasset was one of two people who fought it in the courts. Joel Tenenbaum was the other in 2003. Both would be on the losing end. In Thomas-Rasset's case, this Bryan Adams song was one of the 24 that were part of Capitol's lawsuit.


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