Memphis Blues (album)

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Memphis Blues
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Studio album by Cyndi Lauper
Released June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)
Recorded March 2010 in Electraphonic Studios, Memphis
Genre Memphis blues, blues rock, soul blues
Length 45:24
Label Downtown Records
Producer Cyndi Lauper, Scott Bomar
Cyndi Lauper chronology
Bring Ya to the Brink
(2008)
Memphis Blues
(2010)
Detour
(2016)
Singles from Memphis Blues
  1. "Just Your Fool"
    Released: 18 May 2010[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
New York Post 3.5/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

Memphis Blues is the tenth studio album by American singer Cyndi Lauper. Regarded as a continuation of her 2008 comeback the album was a nominee for the Grammy Awards 2010 and was released on June 22, 2010. According to the Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo, the album had sold 600,000 copies worldwide by November 2010.[5] Memphis Blues was voted the 7th best album of 2010 by the New York Post,[6] and it went on to become Billboard's biggest selling blues album of 2010. To support the album, Lauper made her biggest tour ever, the Memphis Blues Tour, which had more than 140 shows and covered every continent of the world except, obviously, Antarctica.

Background[edit]

Lauper announced via her official Twitter account in December 2009 that she would be recording a blues album. Sessions were held in March 2010 at Electraphonic Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with producer Scott Bomar, her frequent collaborator Bill Wittman and special guests B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Ann Peebles and Allen Toussaint.[7]

Promotion[edit]

Lauper performed songs from the album on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 14,[8] on The Joy Behar Show on June 21, The Howard Stern Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on June 22, Good Morning America on June 23 and Live with Regis and Kelly on June 24,[9] on The Early Show on July 20.[10] and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 30.[11]

Lauper has supported the album with the Memphis Blues Tour.[12]

Lauper was honored at the 2010 NARM Awards and performed several songs from the Memphis Blues album at the event.[13]

Commercial reception[edit]

Memphis Blues debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top Blues chart and at number 26 on the official Billboard 200, with a moderately successful first week sales of more than 16,000 copies.[14] The album is Lauper's third-highest charting album on the Billboard 200 of her career, trailing only her first two releases, She's So Unusual and True Colors. The album remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues chart for thirteen weeks, totaling 40 weeks in the chart.The album has sold 76,000 copies in the United States as of May 2016.[15]

Seven songs from the album ranked in the Top 25 on Billboard's Blues Digital Songs chart, including "Crossroads" at number one.[16]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just Your Fool" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite) (Marion Walter Jacobs) – 3:35
  2. "Shattered Dreams" (featuring Allen Toussaint) (Lowell Fulson, Washington Ferdinand) – 3:52
  3. "Early in the Mornin'" (featuring Allen Toussaint and B.B. King) (Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, Dallas Bartley) – 3:51
  4. "Romance in the Dark" (Roxanne Seeman & Philipp Steinke) – 5:42
  5. "How Blue Can You Get?" (featuring Jonny Lang) (Jane Feather) – 5:21
  6. "Down Don't Bother Me" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite) (Albert King) – 3:01
  7. "Don't Cry No More" (Don Robey) – 2:43
  8. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (featuring Ann Peebles) (Traditional) (Muddy Waters) – 3:26
  9. "Down So Low" (Tracy Nelson) – 3:53
  10. "Mother Earth" (featuring Allen Toussaint) (Memphis Slim, Peter Chatman) – 5:18
  11. "Crossroads" (featuring Jonny Lang) (Robert Johnson) – 4:42
  12. "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues" (Ida Cox) [Amazon.com MP3, Latin America and Europe bonus track] – 3:22
  13. "I Don't Want to Cry" (featuring Leo Gandelman) (Chuck Jackson) [Latin America bonus track][17] – 4:27
Note
  • Japan release includes bonus tracks 12 and 13, but varies "I Don't Want To Cry" to feature TOKU, with no mention of Leo Gandelman.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Billboard 200[20] 26
Billboard Blues Albums Year-End Chart 1
Billboard Blues Albums[20] 1
Billboard Digital Albums 21
Billboard Independent Albums[20] 2
Billboard Tastemaker Albums 12
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)[21] 79
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[22] 77
Canadian Albums Chart 45
German Albums Chart 77
Greek Albums Chart[23] 45
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 77
French Albums Chart[25] 31
Japanese Albums Chart[26] 41
UK Independent Albums[27] 13
UK Albums Chart[28] 105
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[29] 59
Singles
Year Songs Peak positions
Billboard Digital Blues Songs Canadian Blues Songs New Zealand Blues Songs Japan Blues Songs Irish Singles Chart
2010 "Just Your Fool" 1 1 10 1 66
"Crossroads" 1 15
"How Blue Can You Get?" 5 5 20
"Rollin' and Tumblin'" 2 3 2 4
"Early in the Mornin'" 1 5 2 5
"Romance in the Dark" 17
"Shattered Dreams" 25 1
"I Don't Want to Cry" 1

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Memphis Blues Best Traditional Blues Album Nominated[30]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Aquilante, Dan (June 22, 2010). "Her true colors may be blues". New York Post. News Corporation. ISSN 1090-3321. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ Maerz, Melissa (June 21, 2010). "Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
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  12. ^ Hall, Tara (April 5, 2010). "Cyndi Lauper expands summer trek". LiveDaily. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ "NARM To Honor Cyndi Lauper With Award For Creative Achievement". NARM.com. April 14, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
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  18. ^ Cashmere, Paul (April 27, 2010). "Cyndi Lauper Covers the Blues". Undercover.com.au. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
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  26. ^ シンディ・ローパー-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of Memphis Blues by Cyndi Lauper" Check |url= value (help). oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
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  28. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994-2010 DJ Steve L. – LZ Love". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
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  30. ^ 53rd Grammy Award Nominations, 2010 Retrieved December 2, 2010