Diana Ross Takes “Mountain” Back To #1!

In an astounding move, Diana Ross tops a Billboard chart this week for the with the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — nearly 50 years after doing it the first time!

The new dance remix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” moves 2-1 on the Dance Club Songs chart for the week ending January 20, 2018, becoming the singer’s first #1 hit on a Billboard chart since “Take Me Higher” topped the Dance Club Play chart in December of 1995.

Billboard: December 2, 1995

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” marks Diana’s sixth trip to the top of a Billboard dance chart, having previous hit #1 on national disco and dance charts with “Love Hangover,” The Boss (all cuts), “Upside Down/I’m Coming Out,” “Swept Away,” and “Take Me Higher.”  She peaked at #2 on the Club Play chart in 1999 with “Until We Meet Again,” and hit #3 with both “Eaten Alive” in 1985 and “Love Hangover ’89” in 1989.

Of course, Miss Ross first topped the charts with the Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson-penned “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” back in 1970 (from her album Diana Ross), when it led the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in beginning in September and topped the R&B chart for a week in October.  The song also earned Diana her first solo Grammy nomination, for for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female.

Billboard: August 1, 1970

Congratulations to Miss Diana Ross on her first #1 hit in 23 years!  

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Last Time I Saw Him (1973): EXTENDED POST

“This pop package certainly asserts Diana’s powerful ability to stand out as a distinct vocal stylist,” wrote Billboard in its December 22, 1973 issue, praising the new Diana Ross album Last Time I Saw Him.  So why did the LP fade into obscurity for so long…and did it deserve such a date?  Check out my thoughts in a fully re-written discussion by clicking here!   

Billboard: May 11, 1974

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One More Time! “Mountain” Returns To Top 10

Congratulations to Ms. Diana Ross for notching another Top 10 on the Billboard charts.  The new dance mix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is the Greatest Gainer on the Dance Club Songs chart for the week ending December 23, 2017, climbing up to #10.  Here’s hoping this classic song hits the very top…one more time!

Billboard: December 23, 2017

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Diana & Marvin (1973): EXTENDED POST

A musical match made in heaven?  Not exactly.  The turmoil behind 1973’s Diana & Marvin can be heard in several of its tracks, which makes for interesting (if not exactly pleasant) listening.  Read my thoughts on this unusual and debate-worthy entry into the Diana Ross discography here.

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Touch Me In The Morning (1973): EXTENDED POST

Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and many others owe a major debt to Diana’s 1973 album Touch Me In The Morning, which recast Miss Ross as an interpreter of sophisticated pop ballads and led her to a new level of solo success.  Check out my all new (and highly revised) opinions on Diana’s landmark LP here!

Billboard: July 7, 1973

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The Boss Returns To The Charts

Fans have been waiting a long time for new music from Diana Ross — and although we’re still waiting, it’s nice to see Miss Ross riding high again on the Billboard and iTunes music charts.

From her collection Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection, a new remix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” sits at #38 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart for the week ending December 2.

Billboard Top Dance Club Songs for the week ending December 2, 2017

And in the wake of Diana’s triumphant performance at the American Music Awards, at which she was honored with a lifetime achievement award, not one…not two…but three Diana Ross collections charted in the iTunes R&B Top 20, led by The Number Ones and followed closely by Diamond Diana.

iTunes R&B Albums Chart: November 20, 2017

Congratulations to Miss Diana Ross — and here’s to continued success in 2018!

 

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Surrender (1971): EXTENDED POST

Diana teams up with Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson for a second full-length album and the results are spectacular.  Surrender remains one of the very best studio albums ever released by Miss Ross, and arguably by Motown, too — find out why in my extended discussion here!

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Diana! Original TV Soundtrack (1971): EXTENDED POST

“Hey, ya’ll, here I am!”

Diana Ross takes a major step into solo stardom with her first television special, and the soundtrack becomes her third solo album.  Check out the ALL-NEW, extended discussion here!

Billboard: April 17, 1971

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Everything Is Everything (1970): EXTENDED POST

It’s here!  Check out my extended discussion of Diana’s often-overlooked second solo album, Everything Is Everything, by clicking here!  Found some interesting info about the album I’d never heard before…for example, did you know Billboard predicted “My Place” would be Diana’s follow-up single to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in 1970?

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Diana Ross (1970): EXTENDED POST

Check out my extended discussion of Diana’s 1970 debut LP, Diana Ross, by clicking here. New research, new pictures, new thoughts on every track!

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