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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How To Get Away From Mediocrity - Annalise Keating & Her Crew Are Dope MCs of This Turnt Up R&B Throwdown!


(CONTAINS SEASON ONE AND TWO SPOILERS,
NOT APPLICABLE TO SEASON THREE)

I'm Annalise Keating.


By day I get sketchy characters off the hook
in my job as a high profile defense lawyer.
By night I work as professor of R&B/Dance at
Shady-U. Today I will be teaching a course
called How To Get Away From Mediocrity.
My selfish, spoiled, entitled brats students
are with me to help introduce the coolest
def jams of the 21st century. I figure as
long as they are here co-hosting the
rave I can keep any eye on them
and they aren't likely to kill anyone.

Our throwdown begins with New York
R&B/hip hop star Mariah Carey. Mariah
burst onto the the scene in 1990 and
has since become one of the most
successful recording artists in
music history. Mariah suffered
an epic fail New Year's Eve but she
is mounting a comeback here at our
dance party. "Get Your Number," a
2005 Mariah Carey single, features
Atlanta hip hopper Jermaine Dupri.
It is derived from the 1982 European
hit single "Just an Illusion" by the
English R&B trio Imagination. Click
the vid at the 14 second mark and
get into the groove as Mariah performs
on the UK music show Top of the Pops...
but don't you dare tell Wes or Bonnie!

"Get Your Number"
Mariah Carey ft. Jermaine Dupri
(Oct. 2005, highest chart pos. #9 UK,
#7 Netherlands/#3 Finland, from
album The Emancipation of Mimi,
live performance on Top Of The Pops)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 14 SEC. MARK!
(THROWDOWN COLD INTRO)





I'm Wes Gibbins.


I'm one of the law students hand picked
by Annalise Keating to attend her School
of R&B/Dance. Annalise and I have
a history and share a secret...
but don't tell the others.

In the 1990s Justin Timberlake found fame
as the youngest member of the phenomenally
popular boy band NSYNC. Justin has evolved
into one of the most successful solo artists of
the new millennium, recording pop, R&B and
neo soul and gaining maximum street cred.
In 2006 Justin logged his first #1 hit on the
Hot 100 with "Sexyback," an electro R&B
sizzler featuring guest rapper Timbaland.
Mix in this Timberlake-Timbaland joint
at the 18 second mark and you'll know
why it topped the chart for 7 weeks,
but keep your mouth shut. Annalise
cannot know about this!

"Sexyback" - Justin Timberlake
ft. Timbaland (July 2006, highest chart
pos. #1 Hot 100/#1 U.S. Dance Club Songs,
#1 UK/#1/#1 Canada/#1 Australia, from
Sept. 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 18 SEC. MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Michaela Pratt.


I'm another of Annalise's law students.
Call me bronze ambition because I want
the good life and, with this face and bod,
I can get it, along with any man alive
 (...except Connor).

Kelly Rowland came to fame in the
90s as a member of the wildly popular
girl group Destiny's Child. In the early
2000s Kelly started releasing records as
a solo artist and went on to achieve hit
singles and albums. "Work," a single
released in January 2008, was a major
hit in the UK and much of Europe...
but keep it on the down low and
don't spill it to Connor, Asher,
Laurel, Bonnie or Annalise!

"Work" - Kelly Rowland
(Jan. 2008, highest chart pos. #4 UK,
#1 UK R&B/#3 Turkey/#4 France, Finland
from June 2007 album Ms. Kelly)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 57 SEC. MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Connor Walsh.


I'm gorgeous, gay, a law student and the most
reluctant member of Team Annalise. I used to
compete with Michaela for men, but now I'm
off the market and in a relationship with Oliver.

For ten years, Bronx/Dominican singer
Kat DeLuna has been making street smart
urban hip hop and R&B recordings including
the ultra cool house/reggaeton single you
are about to hear. Released in 2011 from
Kat's album Inside Out, "Drop It Low"
was featured in the video game
Zumba Fitness Core and is
guaranteed to spike your
metabolism... but don't tell
Oliver, Michaela or Annalise!

"Drop It Low" - Kat DeLuna
(May 2011, highest chart
pos. #7 Belgium)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 35 SEC MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Oliver Hampton.


I am an I.T. specialist who fell hard and fast
for pretty boy Connor, a guy who is way out
of my league. Now I find myself roped into
the drama surrounding Annalise, her band
of social misfits and their never-ending
series of plots and schemes.

Now meet Booty Luv, an English R&B style
dance-pop duo consisting of Cherise Roberts
and Nadia Shepherd. In 2009 the irresistible
club single "Say It" became Booty Luv's 5th
consecutive top 20 hit on the UK chart...
 but please don't tell Connor!

"Say It" - Booty Luv
(Aug/Sept. 2009, highest chart
pos. #16 UK/#3 UK Dance Chart)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:21 MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Asher Millstone.


That's right... Asher Millstone of the rich,
Ivy League, country club Millstones. Connor
thinks he's the smartest person in the room,
but I'm the know-it-all of the group (even
though I'm always out of the loop and
clueless about their conspiracies).

At the age of 11, Danish singer Ida Corr
won a singing contest in her native country.
She became a background singer for other
artists and rose to fame in the mid 2000s
releasing records in the pop, soul, R&B,
house and dance-pop categories. In 2007
Ida's fame spread to the Netherlands and
beyond thanks to her collaboration with
Dutch house DJ and producer Fedde Le
Grand on the electro house single "Let
Me Think About It" which features an
uncredited vocal assist from Danish
R&B singer Burhan G. An international
hit, "Let Me Think About It" topped
the Dance charts in the U.S. and
the UK... but zip your lip and
don't tell Bonnie or Michaela!

"Let Me Think About It"
Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
(Sept. 2007, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. Hot Dance Aiplay/#1 UK Dance,
#1 Hungary, from Mar. 2008 album One)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 46 SEC MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Laurel Castillo.


I'm another law student, another soldier in
Annalise's Army and the most caring and
idealistic member of the Keating Coterie.

How about another dance floor filler from
Denmark diva Ida Corr? In 2009 Ida's house
single "What Goes Around Comes Around"
was released as a bonus track in Germany
from her third album Under the Sun...
but, whatever you do... don't tell
Wes or Frank!

"What Goes Around Comes Around"
Ida Corr (Mar. 2011 single from
German rel. of album Under the Sun)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:04 MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Frank Delfino.


I'm a tough, street smart local Philly boy who is
fiercely loyal to Annalise.  I guess you could call
me the fixer - dirty deeds done dirt cheap.
It goes like this. When somebody gives
Annalise a problem... I make it
(and them) go away.

Barbados born New Yorker Rihanna has been
making records for more than a dozen years.
She ranks as one of the best-selling artists
of all time, the youngest and fastest solo
artist to chalk up 14 #1 hit singles on the
Billboard Hot 100. In 2007 Rihanna made
a transition from innocent pop princess to
sassy, sophisticated sex symbol with the
release of her third album, the quintuple
platinum Good Girl Gone Bad.  One of
the tracks, "Push Up On Me," reveals
Rihanna's edgier style, but don't tell
Annalise, Wes, Asher or Laurel! 

"Push Up On Me" - Rihanna
(from May 2007 album
Good Girl Gone Bad)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 17 SEC MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Bonnie Winterbottom.


I'm the dedicated associate attorney with
Annalise's firm. Along with Frank I pull
double duty as nursemaid to the whining,
high maintenance law students Annalise
cherry picked to be her confidants.

How's about a double dose of Rihanna?
On that same album, Good Girl Gone Bad,
Rihanna shifted gears and burned rubber
with the New Wave 70s/80s style single
"Shut Up and Drive" with lyrics seemingly
ripped from the Beach Boys/Jan & Dean
songbook. "Shut Up and Drive" was an
international hit and topped the U.S.
Dance chart, but shut up about it -
don't tell Annalise or Asher!

"Shut Up and Drive" - Rihanna
(June 2007, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. Dance Club/#5 UK,
#6 Canada/#4 Australia,
from May 2007 album
Good Girl Gone Bad)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:45 MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





I'm Nate Lahey.


I'm a tough Philadelphia detective who shares
pillow talk with Annalise Keating and jumps
through hoops to save her scheming hide.

To conclude today's R&B Throwdown, let's turn
that double dose of Rihanna into a triple play
as we spin "Breakin' Dishes," another brash
and sassy number from Good Girl Gone Bad.
Keep a lid on it. Don't tell Annalise or any of
those rugrats of hers, Frank & Bonnie included!

"Breakin' Dishes" - Rihanna
(from May 2007 album
Good Girl Gone Bad)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 48 SEC. MARK!
(THROWDOWN MIX POINT)





Thanks for attending our morning blast.


I hope you learned your lesson
and got your groove on with
these R&B dance tunes.

Be sure to watch

How To Get Away

From Mediocrity


...renewed for season 4 on ABC,

and catch the entire series

from the beginning on Hulu!

(...but don't tell Nate!)