Celebrating 40 Years of “Ross”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most discussed and debated releases in the Diana Ross discography: 1978’s Ross.  At the heart of that debate is one single question:  “What is Ross?”  A studio album?  A compilation?  A calculated attempt at getting sales and hits…or simply a time-filler between Baby It’s Me and the release of The Wiz movie and soundtrack?

Check out an all-new, extended discussion of the album, filled with new research and chart statistics, by clicking HERE.  After four decades of being written off as an oddity — it’s time to give the album a fresh look, isn’t it?

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Baby It’s Me (1977): EXTENDED POST

Diana Ross experienced unprecedented commercial success in 1976, but the following year would bring her an artistic triumph.  Teamed with produced Richard Perry for the first and only time, Diana recorded arguably the most sophisticated and seamless album of her career, 1977’s Baby It’s Me.  Read the all-new discussion here, complete with original advertising images, newly-found chart statistics, and background information on the project’s recording and release.

Ebony: November 1977

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An Evening With Diana Ross (1977): EXTENDED POST

One of the great triumphs in the storied career of Diana Ross is captured forever on 1977’s double-LP An Evening With Diana Ross.  Read all about it here, complete with new pictures and research!   

Billboard: January 29, 1977

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Diana Ross (1976): EXTENDED POST

“Diana Ross is the greatest continuing force in the past decade of popular music,” wrote Dave Marsh in Rolling Stone, reviewing Diana’s 1976 self-titled album, adding, “Diana Ross is a popular music artist of the most regal kind.”  Indeed, Diana Ross further elevated Miss Ross into the pantheon of music royalty, producing four memorable singles including a pair of timeless #1 hits.  But how does the rest of the album hold up?  Find out in an extended discussion here!

Jet: March 18, 1976

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“Diamond Diana” Hits The Charts!

The new collection Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection hits the charts in a big way this week, returning Diana Ross to the Top 30 of the Billboard 200 for the first time in more than 30 years!

Debuting for the week ending January 27, 2018 at #30, Diamond Diana is the singer’s first Top 30 entry on the Billboard 200 since Swept Away hit #26 in 1984.  The new collection just edges out I Love You, which topped out at #32 in 2007.  Interestingly, Diamond Diana is now the second highest-charting Diana Ross solo hits compilation on the Billboard 200, following only 1976’s Greatest Hits (which peaked at #13).  Meanwhile, on the magazine’s Top Album Sales chart (which counts only physical album sales, not streaming), Diamond Diana debuts at #5!

Over on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Diamond Diana bows at #18, her first Top 20 entry on the chart since I Love You peaked at #16 in February 2007.  Even better, the album sits at #6 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

Congratulations to Miss Diana Ross on the well-deserved success of Diamond Diana!

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Live At Caesars Palace (1974): EXTENDED POST

As Diana enjoys yet another #1 on the Billboard charts with the dance remix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — the Diana Ross Project is going back to 1974, with the release of the singer’s first live solo album.  Motown declared June of 1974 “Diana Ross Month,” promoting the album as “one of the most exciting live recordings you’ve ever heard.”  Do you agree?  Here’s my take in a newly expanded discussion of Live At Caesars Palace!

Billboard: June 1, 1974

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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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