Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#AtoZChallenge W is for Wilson Phillips

It's time again for the A to Z challenge. The challenge is to write posts 6 days a week (Monday through Saturday) during the month of April.  Women in Music is my chosen theme for this years challenge.


Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, the daughters, respectively, of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.

Their 1990 self-titled debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and placed three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, making the trio the best-selling female group at the time. In 1990, the group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for "Hold On," and in addition was nominated for five Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.

Wilson Phillips released their debut album, Wilson Phillips, in 1990. Their debut single, "Hold On," hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1990, bumping Madonna's "Vogue" off the top spot. The single was also No. 1 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary and became a worldwide hit, peaking at No. 2 in Australia, No. 6 in the UK, No. 7 in Ireland, No. 10 in Sweden, and at No. 15 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. The single also won Wilson Phillips the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990.

The second and fourth singles from the album also became number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "Release Me" (2 weeks) and "You're in Love" (1-week). The singles "Impulsive" and "The Dream Is Still Alive", peaked at No. 4 and No. 12, respectively, on the Hot 100.

In 1991, they contributed a cover of "Daniel" to the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin. While not released as a single, it peaked at No. 7 in the US Adult Contemporary chart due to strong radio airplay. They also released the song "You're in Love" the same year, which scored as the no. 1 (and, to date, their last top 10) pop single.

In 1992, Wilson Phillips also made history as Billboard declared their debut album the best selling album of all time by an all female group, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and selling over 5 million copies in the US and over 10 million copies worldwide, which also made Wilson Phillips, at the time, the best selling female group of all time for a single album, breaking the previous record set by The Supremes.

In June 1992, Wilson Phillips released their second album, Shadows and Light. The album was deeply personal and adopted a more serious tone, with tracks exploring issues such as child abuse ("Where Are You") and their estrangement from their fathers ("Flesh and Blood", "All the Way From New York"). The first single, "You Won't See Me Cry" peaked at No. 20 in the US and No. 18 in the UK, the first time they had a higher-ranking single in the UK than in the US. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the US, and double platinum in Canada.

Shortly after the release of Shadows and Light in 1992, Chynna Phillips announced plans for a solo career, and the group decided to disband.

In November 2008, Wilson Phillips reunited on stage for two shows in California. These 90-minute shows are the longest the group have ever performed and featured tracks from throughout their career, as well as some covers of songs by ABBA and Beach Boys.

On October 12, 2010, Wilson Phillips released a new Christmas album, Christmas in Harmony. The album yielded a single, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday," a cover of the popular seasonal tune that first was a hit in 1973 for English glam-rock band Wizzard.

Bandmember Chynna Phillips was a contestant on Season 13 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars and explained that "Hold On" was written by her and bandmates Carnie and Wendy Wilson about Phillips' recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Phillips was eliminated after week 4.

On March 20, 2012, the group appeared on QVC to promote their release Dedicated (2012), a new studio album composed of covers of songs by both The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. On April 3, 2012, the group released Dedicated, which peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The trio appeared in their own reality show, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, which debuted on TV Guide Network in April 2012.

In 2015, Wilson Phillips contributed backup vocals to the song FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney for Rihanna's eighth studio album.

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What does tomorrow bring?

2016 A to Z challenge! 
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