Diana Ross releases “Supertonic”, a new album of remixes and classics
Supertonic is a special kind of Diana Ross magic. Absolutely authentic, it’s her voice, her electrifying sound. This music has no boundaries, blending the past and the now in this new collection.
Diana Ross rewrote history earlier this year when “Love Hangover 2020,” the first single from Supertonic topped Billboard magazine’s Dance Club Songs Chart – her fourth consecutive No. 1 remix with a song that had previously been No. 1 in its original release. This unprecedented accomplishment followed her history-making chart success in 2019 when “The Boss 2019” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart during the 40th anniversary of the original version topping the same chart, her then third consecutive No. 1 Dance Club Songs Chart hit. Written by Pam Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod, “Love Hangover 2020” reached top 5 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart in just two months and peaked at No. 1. The song’s original version, produced by Hal Davis, was a simultaneous No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop, R&B and Dance Club Play charts the week ending May 15, 1976.
Supertonic also includes the three Billboard No. 1 Dance Club Songs Chart singles that reached the pinnacle during a 15-month period – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Coming Out / Upside Down” and “The Boss.” In January 2018, the remix of Ms. Ross’ exquisite global anthem “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (an edited version of which appeared on Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection) hit No 1. The original version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” written and produced by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, was a No. 1 Pop and R&B hit in 1970. Kupper’s mashup, “I’m Coming Out / Upside Down 2018,” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart in just eight weeks. The original versions, written and produced by CHIC’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, were both ranked No. 1 on the same chart during the same week in 1980. “Upside Down” was also a No. 1 Pop and R&B hit in 1980. “The Boss 2019” leapt over a strong field to hit No. 1 on the Dance Club chart in April 2019; the Ashford & Simpson-produced original was No. 1 on the same chart 40 years earlier. These magnificent achievements marked the first time any artist had back-to-back-to-back No. 1 Dance Club Chart hits with songs that were originally No. 1; “Love Hangover 2020” adds to this record-breaking feat. To date, Ms. Ross has had eight No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.
The balance of the nine tracks on Supertonic include remixes of two more cuts from the album The Boss, whose original LP tracks were collectively No. 1 dance hits: a dramatic, up-tempo rendering of “No One Gets The Prize” and a Latin-ized “It’s My House.” The top 20 hit “Remember Me,” gets a smart R&B feel, while “Surrender,” and the 1973 No. 1 hit “Touch Me in the Morning” are two additional thrilling Kupper remixes.
On May 29, the digital release of Supertonic, featuring new remixes of nine classics, will be released by Motown/UMe. Supertonic also will be available June 26 on CD and crystal-clear vinyl. Supertonic is produced by Diana Ross with remixes by producer Eric Kupper. Executive Remix Production & Marketing By Brad LaBeau Co + Peter Nelson for PRO MOTION. All remixes are created from the original multi-tracks of the masters taken from the Motown vaults. In addition, Supertonic: Instrumental Mixes, instrumental versions of all tracks on Supertonic, will be available only via all digital services on May 29, the same day as the digital release of Supertonic.
Read this article on how Ms. Ross didn’t realize her song, “I’m Coming Out”, became a gay anthem because of its reference.
1. I’m Coming Out / Upside Down 3:07
2. Love Hangover 3:45
3. The Boss 3:38
4. Surrender 3:06
5. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 4:05
6. No One Gets The Prize 5:20
7. It’s My House 4:40
8. Touch Me in the Morning 4:18
9. Remember Me 3:40
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