The Boss (Diana Ross song)

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"The Boss"
D. Ross Boss.jpg
Single by Diana Ross
from the album The Boss
B-side "I'm in the World"
Released 22 May 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 3:52
Label Motown
Writer(s) Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Producer(s) Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Diana Ross singles chronology
"What You Gave Me"
(1979)
"The Boss"
(1979)
"It's My House"
(1979)

"The Boss" is a 1979 disco song written and produced by Ashford & Simpson and recorded by singer Diana Ross, who released it as a single on the Motown label. It was the first release from the album of the same title

Commercial performance[edit]

The single peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1] reached #12 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, and went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

The song debuted at number 64 in the UK Singles Chart on July 21, 1979, reaching its highest peak on August 4, 1979.[2][3] The song spent 7 weeks in the top 75 before leaving the chart on September 1, 1979.[4]

Formats[edit]

The track was remixed by David Morales in 1993 and included on Ross' album Diana Extended: The Remixes. The track was also remixed by Almighty Records in 2009 and was included on their album "Almighty - We Love Diana Ross"

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals by Diana Ross
  • Background vocals by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Maxine and Julia Waters
  • Produced and written by Ashford & Simpson

The Braxtons version[edit]

"The Boss"
The Braxtons The Boss Vinyl Cover.jpg
Vinyl cover
Single by The Braxtons
from the album So Many Ways
Released March 17, 1997
Format 12" single, CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Electronic, Funk / Soul
Length 9:41 (album version)
4:27 (video version)
4:13 (radio edit)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Ashford & Simpson
Producer(s) Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, "Little" Louie Vega
The Braxtons singles chronology
"Only Love"
(1996)
"The Boss"
(1997)
"Slow Flow"
(1997)
CD cover[9]

"The Boss" is a song performed by American recording R&B group The Braxtons. The song was written by Ashford & Simpson and produced by Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, "Little" Louie Vega. It was released as the third single from their first studio album So Many Ways on March 17, 1997.

Music video[edit]

A music video was released featuring The Braxtons Trina, Towanda and Tamar with a length of the video at 4 minutes and 27 seconds. The video starts with Towanda kissing goodbye her lover as he rushes off to work. Then the video brings you to a living room where The Braxton's are singing and dancing. The video also shows The Braxton's talking on the phone to each other and also singing by a tree.[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

On February 1, 1997 the Masters At Work version topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week a #1 in the United States.[11] The song stayed in the chart for 14 weeks.[12]

On March 29, 1997 the song debuted at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart.[13] The song spent a total of three weeks on the chart at numbers 50 and 69 respectively before leaving the Top 75 on April 12, 1997 becoming their second top 40 in the UK.[14][15]

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • The Boss - US vinyl[16]
  1. "The Boss" (Kenlou Mix) – 9:03
  2. "Only Love" (Radio Mix) – 4:13
  3. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Dub) – 7:15
  4. "The Boss" (MAW Album Mix) – 9:41
  5. "The Boss" (MAW Groove) – 7:33
  • The Boss - US and UK vinyl promo[17][18]
  1. "The Boss" (Kenlou Mix)- 9:03
  2. "The Boss" (Kenlou Radio Mix) - 4:13
  3. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Dub) - 7:15
  4. "The Boss" (Reprise) - 6:12
  5. "The Boss" (MAW Album Mix) - 9:41
  6. "The Boss" (Hip Hop Vocal) - 1:33
  7. "The Boss" (MAW Groove) - 7:33
  • The Boss - US Maxi-Single[19]
  1. "The Boss" (Radio Edit Of Album) - 3:32
  2. "The Boss" (Spyda Mix With Rap Radio Edit) - 4:21
  3. "The Boss" (Spyda Mix Without Rap Radio Edit) - 4:23
  4. "The Boss" (H.O.P. Quiet Storm Mix Radio Edit) - 4:20
  • The Boss - UK vinyl[20]
  1. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Album Mix) - 9:40
  2. "The Boss" (Reprise) - 6:12
  3. "The Boss" (Kenlou Mix) - 9:03
  4. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Dub) - 7:15
  • The Boss - Europe & Australia maxi-single[21][22]
  1. "The Boss" (Kenlou Radio Mix) - 4:13
  2. "The Boss" (Kenlou Mix)- 9:03
  3. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Album Mix) - 9:40
  4. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Dub) - 7:15
  5. "The Boss" (Reprise) - 6:12
  • The Boss - Germany CD[23]
  1. "The Boss" (Kenlou Radio Mix) - 4:13
  2. "The Boss" (Kenlou Mix)- 9:03
  3. "The Boss" (Masters At Work Album Mix) - 9:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK[13] 31
US Billboard Dance Club[12] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref
United States Late, 1996 Vinyl 12", Promo Atlantic Records [16][17]
United Kingdom [18][20]
United States 1997 CD [19]
Europe [22]
Germany [23]
Australia Warner Music Australia [21]

Other cover versions[edit]

On February 12, 2008, American dance-pop singer Kristine W released a cover of this song as the first single off her album The Power of Music. Kristine's version also hit number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart[24] in March 2008, becoming her eleventh US dance chart-topper and the third version of the song to top this survey.

The song was covered by Ashford and Simpson during a televised live concert special in 1982, and by Whitney Houston during her live shows in 1997/98.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ "UK Singles Chart Archive 21.07.1979". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "UK Singles Chart Archive 04.08.1979". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "UK Singles Chart Archive 01.09.1979". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.6839a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.6839a.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.6839a
  6. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.6826&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.6826.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.6826 boss
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  9. ^ "The Braxtons – The Boss CD". discogs.com. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Braxtons - The Boss". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Braxtons - Chart History Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Hot Dance Club Songs, Billboard.com, issue date February 1, 1997". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "UK Singles Chart Archive 29.03.1997". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  14. ^ "UK Singles Chart Archive 05.04.1997". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  15. ^ "UK Singles Chart Archive 12.04.1997". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss Maxi Single Promo". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss UK (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss Australia Maxi Single at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss (CD) Europe at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "The Braxtons - The Boss Germany CD at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  24. ^ Current Billboard Hot Dance Club Play

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Blue Skies" by BT featuring Tori Amos
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one single
(The Braxtons version)

February 1, 1997
Succeeded by
"Get Up" by Byron Stingily
Preceded by
"Feedback" by Janet
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one single
(Kristine W version)

March 29, 2008
Succeeded by
"Beautiful" by Taylor Dayne