STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 3/20/12
Gospel singer Marvin Sapp's song "Magnify" kicked off today's Starting Point playlist. The song, from Soledad O'Brien's playlist, can be found on Sapp's 2007 album Thirsty, his most successful album to date.
CNN Contributor Roland Martin's first playlist pick today was "I Like It," a song from English jazz fusion group The Brand New Heavies. Martin also picked "I've Got to Move" by Calvin Richardson, as well as "Home Alone" by R. Kelly featuring Keith Murray. R. Kelly was in the spotlight recently, as he performed at Whitney Houston's funeral. Kelly sang the song "I Look to You," which he wrote for Houston to sing on what would end up being her final album.
Beyoncé's 2009 hit "Sweet Dreams" was Soledad's next playlist pick this morning. Beyoncé holds the distinction of being one of very few artists to have all of their albums reach number one on the Billboard 200.
"Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance was a hit for the band in 2007, and made Will Cain's playlist on Starting Point today. The song was very well received by music critics, and made Rolling Stone's Best of 2007 list.
Eighties rock band Loverboy's hit "Turn Me Loose" was Rep. Jason Chaffetz's music choice today. The song has experienced long-term success: it has been featured in several films, and has been covered by artists ranging from Australian girl group Young Divas to rapper Eminem.
LCD Soundsystem's "Tribulations," from their 2005 self-titled Grammy-winning debut, made political comedian John Fugelsang's playlist today. The dance-punk group disbanded last year after a ten years together.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was Jackson Raymond's song selection this morning. The song and its parent album were massively successful. The album became the best selling album of all time, and the song's music video was a milestone in the genre. After the King of Pop's death in 2009, the song re-entered the charts, peaking at second place on the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks chart.
Starting Point guest Jeff Stier's playlist pick today was "When Love Comes to Town" by BB King and U2. The song, which hit number one in Ireland, is a collaboration of two very esteemed musical acts. King was called the third greatest guitar player of all time by Rolling Stone, and U2 has won more Grammys than any other band in history.
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve was Soledad's next pick today. In addition to a successful music career, Eve is also an actress, and has appeared on the hit TV show Glee. Check out Early Start's story from this morning about a real life champion glee club.
"Welcome to the Jungle" by Jay-Z and Kanye West made Jamal Anderson's playlist today. The song, from the duo's smash album Watch the Throne, takes its name from the Guns N' Roses classic, which was released twenty-five years ago this month.
U2 makes another appearance on our playlist today with "One," Melanie Bloom's selection. The song was recently named the second best song of the nineties by VH1, as well as the 36th best song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Finally, Will Cain's second pick today was "Three Days" by country artist Pat Green. Green has had fifteen hits on the country charts in the last decade and is sure to have more with the release of his next album, which is due out later this spring.