Q&A: Teddy Riley—Chapter 3, “Reinventing Michael Jackson”

Sources: Soul Train.com – By Joe Walker | All Things Michael

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The best should always work with the best. Given Teddy Riley’s reputation making hit urban and pop music, it was only a matter of time before the innovative, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, musician and producer crossed paths with Michael Jackson.

“The King of Pop” wasn’t content to let the Harlem, NY native simply pass him by. Jackson recognized that Riley was driving such artists as Bobby Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Keith Sweat, and his sister Janet up the charts, wanted to experience this hot vehicle himself.

Credited with creating New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley is considered the catalyst of modern soul, R&B, hip-hop, and pop. He shaped the sound of a generation, creating a sonic foundation current trends have since been built upon. What was it like for Teddy and Michael to build together?

SoulTrain.com: This is cliché, but name the people who made the biggest impact on your career.

Teddy Riley: Michael Jackson, Don Cornelius, Arsenio Hall, Donnie Simpson, and Frankie Crocker: Those are the people who played a very, very, very important part in my life and my whole career. Those are the people who really got me here.

SoulTrain.com: You got here working with a number of really talented artists. Working with Michael Jackson, though, that had to be quite the great experience.

Teddy Riley: It was a great experience working with all the artists I’ve worked with. But Michael…

SoulTrain.com: We can all only imagine. What was it like to be in the recording studio with The King of Pop?

Teddy Riley: It was amazing, man! It was like school; it was like doing a science project that could control the world, and if you failed, you’re out! It was like being nervous but you have to be in control because you’re the producer.

SoulTrain.com: One of the things critics talked about most about the documentary This Is It was how demanding Michael was of his staff to meet his expectation of perfection. He didn’t have a problem with you giving him directions?

Teddy Riley: Michael put me on the spot a few times to become the controller, not the writing partner or collaborator. He wanted me to control what I wanted him to do and sing, and what I wanted him to be for this Dangerous album.

SoulTrain.com: So, Teddy, Michael Jackson just basically presented himself to you like a block of clay for you to mold?

Teddy Riley: Yeah! And that’s how he wanted it! Michael wearing a tank top t-shirt was my idea. Michael pulling his hair back in a ponytail was my idea. Michael wearing what he wore in “Keep It In the Closet” was my idea.

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SoulTrain.com: How far did your influence stretch over the entire album process?

Teddy Riley: It went far. I’m very instrumental in Michael picking the album cover he picked because he designed it right in front of me. They wanted the picture with the eyes being his album cover.

SoulTrain.com: A lot of discussions take place on big budget, marquee albums. Were you also included in all the creative meetings?

Teddy Riley: I was invited to all of the creative meetings, except the first one; Michael was about to fire the people because they didn’t bring me to the first artist creative meeting. They stopped the meeting for me to come, for them to drive me over to the meeting for my input. That’s how instrumental I was in theDangerous album.

SoulTrain.com: And there’s more than a few people out there who feel Dangerousis Mike’s best album. Whether you feel that way or not, it’s hard to deny how great it is.

Teddy Riley: It is! It’s a great album. And that was my first time working with him. Just to give you an idea of what I was to this album and my part, I was put into a position to become the next Quincy Jones by Michael Jackson.

 

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Rod Temperton Has Been Nominated For The 2015 Songwriting Hall of Fame

Sources: Female First – By by Daniel Falconer| All Things Michael

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Elvis Costello, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds are being considered for this year’s induction to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

The organisation announced its 2015 nominees and others amongst those being considered include Tom Petty, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Toby Keith and Steven Winwood.

Non-performing songwriters also nominated are those such as Bobby Braddock, Rudy Clark and Rod Temperton, who co-wrote Michael Jackson classic ‘Thriller’.

In addition, writing duos Sloan and Steve Barri, Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, and Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell could also be inducted.

The lucky inductees are to be selected in a gala in New York next June.

2014 inductees include Jim Weatherly (‘Midnight Train To Georgia’), Graham Gouldman of 10cc and The Kinks’ Ray Davies.

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Michael Jackson: How Rod Temperton Invented Thriller

He came up with the title Thriller after being asked to work on the album by Quincy Jones, the American music producer.

Originally Temperton had called it Starlight but Jones asked him to come up with another title.

Temperton once said: “”I went back to the hotel, wrote two or three hundred titles and came up with Midnight Man.

“The next morning I woke up and I just said this word. Something in my head just said, ‘This is the title’.

“You could visualise it at the top of the Billboard charts. You could see the merchandising for this one word, how it jumped off the page as ‘Thriller’.”

Thriller has sold an estimated 109 million copies worldwide.

Jones had got it touch after hearing Boogie Nights, which Temperton had written as the debut single for Heatwave, a disco band he joined after spotting a local newspaper advertisement.

At the time he joined Heatwave, Temperton had been working in a much less glamourous industry – in the Ross Foods frozen fish factory in Grimsby, Lincs.

Now 61, Temperton has made himself rich by writing a string of hits not only for the King of Pop but also for other stars including Donna Summer, Mariah Carey and Mica Paris.

He lives on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, which boasts the actors George Clooney, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis as residents.

He also has homes in the South of France, Switzerland, Fiji, and a Kent. (Source: The Telegraph-2009)

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The tribute mix below features some of the music from composer, producer and writer Rob Temperton. His music legacy contains his work with Heatwave, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, James Ingram and of course Michael Jackson. (Source: TD Production Channel 1)

Tracklist
1. The Secret Garden – Quincy Jones
2. The Lady in My Life – Michael Jackson
3. Turn Out The Lamplight – George Benson
4. You Put A Move On My Heart – – Mica Paris
5. Always & Forever – Heatwave
6. Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart – Patti Austin
7. Happiness Togetherness – Heatwave
8. Star of the Story – Heatwave
9. Baby, Come to Me – James Ingram & Patti Austin
10. Mind Blowing Decisions (12in) – Heatwave
11. Mind What You Find – Heatwave
12. Razzle Dazzle – Heatwave
13. Lay It On Me – Heatwave
14. Aint No Half Steppin – Heatwave
15. Super Soul Sister – Heatwave
16. Share My Love – Heatwave
17. Ill Be Good To You Good For You Soul – Quincy Jones
18. Therm Warfare – Heatwave
19. Sign Of The Times – Bob – James
20. Naturally – Heatwave
21. Central Heating – Heatwave
22. Send Out For Sunshine – Heatwave
23. Find it in your heart – Heatwave
24. Back On The Block (ft. Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel) – Quincy Jones
25. Once In A Lifetime Groove (12in) – New Edition
26. Posin Til Closin – Heatwave
27. Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
28. Spice Of Life – Manhattan Transfer
29. Lettin It Loose – Heatwave
30. Give Me The Night – George Benson
31. Jitterbuggin – Heatwave
32. Turn Around – Heatwave
33. Gangsters Of The Groove – Heatwave
34. State To State – Heatwave
35. Too Hot To Handle!! – Heatwave
36. The Big Guns – Heatwave
37. Eyeballing – Heatwave
38. Rock with you – Michael Jackson
39. Love X Love – George Benson
40. Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald
41. All Talked Out – Heatwave
42. Goin Crazy – Heatwave
43. Yah Mo Be There ( Jellybeans 12_ Remix ) – James Ingram
44. Masterjam – Rufus & Chaka Khan
45. Thriller – Michael Jackson
46. K.I.S.S.I.N.G (Heat Of Passion Mix) – Siedah Garrett
47. Off the Wall – Michael Jackson
48. Boogie Nights – Heatwave
49. Stomp – The Brothers Johnson
50. The Grooveline (ext remix) – Heatwave
51. Razzamatazz – Quincy Jones
52. Party Poops – Heatwave
53. Raise a Blaze – Heatwave
54. Hold On To The One – Heatwave
55. Off Broadway – George Benson
56. One Night Tan – Heatwave
57. Put The Word Out – Heatwave
58. You Keep Me Hanging On – Kim Wilde
59. Man Size Love (12in) – Klymaxx
60. Love Is In Control – Donna Summer
61. Party Suite – Heatwave

 

Neumann Presents U47 Fet Microphone To Grammy Award Winning Audio Engineer And Producer Bruce Swedien At The 137th AES

Sources: Sound and Video Contractor | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Los Angeles, October 15, 2014: During the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention held here last week, premium audio brand Neumann made a very special presentation of a new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to esteemed recording engineer and producer Bruce Swedien.

Swedien, who counts the recording and mixing of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album among the highlights of his lifetime of career accomplishments, was presented with serial number 82 of the U 47 fet Collectors Edition, in honor of the year that the Thriller album was released to the public. The presentation was made by Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet at the Neumann booth on Friday, October 10th.

The original U 47 fet was used extensively by Bruce Swedien throughout the recording of Thriller, so the event was especially fitting as Neumann launched its new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to a new generation.

Wolfgang Fraissinet commented: “It is a very special honor for our company to honor Mr. Swedien in this way. He has not only left an indelible mark on the recording community at large, but his contributions to the recording of Thriller and countless other recordings have had a tremendous influence on our culture.”

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The Neumann U 47 fet microphone was iconic in shaping the sound of the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. As the transistorized successor of the U 47, it permitted the processing of very high sound pressure levels for the first time, and engineers were able to place it directly in front of extremely loud sound sources such as guitar amplifiers and kick drums, as well as in front of more delicate sources such as vocals and acoustic instruments. The combination of the U 47 fet’s ability to capture high sound pressure levels and the unique capsule design derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, the U 47 fet contributed to many legendary recordings.

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Bruce’s own U47 mike

Now, the U 47 fet Collectors Edition has been faithfully reproduced using the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging, and an individual certificate with the serial number of the microphone and signature of Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet.

The U 47 fet is now shipping and is priced at $3,999.95. For more information, please visit u47fet.neumann.com.

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world?s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

 

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Judith Hill: Front And Center (Upcoming Album Debut)

Sources: Edited By – All Things Michael | Essence – By Clover Hope

After years of playing the background, soul singer, Judith Hill is ready for her close-up

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Judith Hill knows what it take to be a star. As a veteran wing-woman who’s sung backup onstage for musical geniuses (including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Elton John), the L.A. bred vocalist, 30, had the perfect training for solo success.

“It really is a front seat to greatness,” says Hill, who role in the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom revealed the non-glittery side of background singing. “People think you get to sing for fun, and don’t realize the work that goes into it. You have to add energy to every song,”

A musician by nature and nurture (her parent met in a funk band fronted by Phil Collin’s drummer). Hill grew up humming jazz standards and dreaming of singing like Aretha and Billie. With each career climb – including a stint on The Voice last year – Hill gained star power, but nothing compared to her life – changing gig as Michael Jackson’s duet partner for This Is It, his final tour.

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“Watching him opened my eyes to what it means to be a true artist,” says Hill. “I had to pinch myself, like, What did he see in me?

The rest of the work soon will learn. Hill’s Sony music debut (featuring collaborations with Prince and John Legend) is set for release this fall.

“It’s classic soul with a modern hipster twist,” Hill says. “I want people to feel like they’re listening to a record that’s timeless.”

This interview is featured in the November 2014 issue of Essence. Judith is currently on tour with John Legend as a special guest.

Congratulations Judith! We wish you much love and success on all your future endeavors.

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Jackson Guitarist Jennifer Batten Will Be Playing In Budapest September 29 At Pecsa Music Cafe

Sources: Live Sound | Edited By – All Things Michael

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The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar in print.

She completed her second solo record “Jennifer Batten’s Tribal Rage~Momentum” just before she was again asked to join Michael Jackson for his 2 year world tour supporting his double album “HIStory” in 1997. In the spring of 98 Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined forces for 3 years on the CD’s “Who Else”, and “You Had It Coming” which were both supported by world tours.

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Tickets: 3.900 HUF, on concert day: 4.200 HUF
Tickets are available in TEX & Ticket Portal systems, and at the venue.

www.jenniferbatten.com

 

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Slash Talks About Getting Sober, Michael Jackson, Growing Wiser And More

Sources: Irish Independent | All Things Michael

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It’s the morning after his birthday. Not traditionally a date on which the former Guns n’ Roses star would be expected to be at his most congenial. But while the iconic top hat and curls remain, at 49, the guitarist has long since kicked his legendary addictions.

Indeed the way he waxes nostalgic about the past, you’d hardly think sex n’ drugs had even come into the equation. “You wanna know why I got into this business?” he asks. “Because I loved playing. I loved doing concerts. I loved recording. And that’s still what I’m in it for today.”

On paper, it reads like a curmudgeonly tirade. But he delivers it in such a laidback Californian drawl that he cannot help but exude a certain Lebowskian charm.

Last night Slash celebrated his birthday at a downtown Chicago steakhouse, where he shared a meal with his friend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. (“Yeah, we had dinner across the street. How’d you know that?” The restaurant manager tweeted a picture, I tell him.)

Today he is up to talk about his excellent new album World On Fire, recorded with singer Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, as well as to promote the group’s forthcoming European tour, which opens at the 3 Arena [formerly the O2] in Dublin on November 10th. For a man who spent most of his career butting heads professionally with two of the maddest and most maddening front men in the annals of rock n’ roll (Axl Rose in Guns n’ Roses and Scott Wieland in Velvet Revolver), his relationship with Kennedy sounds remarkably civilised.

“Yeah, the way it works is, I write stuff. I record it on my phone. Then I send it to Myles when he’s on with his band Alter Bridge so that he can adhere to whatever riff he digs. We get a tonne of preproduction work done that way. So once we get in the studio, we only have to play the songs a couple of times. The studio process is very, very fast.”

Not to dredge up the past, but Axl Rose was a control freak whose tardiness and eccentricity justly earned him a reputation as the Howard Hughes of rock. Scott Weiland was a raging heroin addict for most of the time he was in Velvet Revolver. Was it a conscious decision to seek a more stable professional partnership?

“Not exactly,” he replies. “When I was in Velvet Revolver, I really just wanted to do something on my own for a while. To get away from what that band had become, with Scott the way he was, and all of that. So I made the first solo album [Slash, released 2010] and then I figured I should tour it.”

He then met Kennedy and quickly put a band together. “In the past, I’d worked with guys I’d known or had played with before in L.A. But this unit just came out of the blue. Even from our first rehearsal, we just had this magic synergy. And we’ve kept that and developed it ever since.”

“And yes, it is stable. Mostly because everyone in the band wants to go out and play. In other bands I’ve been a part of in the past, I used to find that there were all sorts of internal obstacles that I could never understand with people. The instability in that group… I don’t even know how to describe it.”

He’s talking about Guns n’ Roses? “Yeah. We slaved to get to the point where we could make records. We sacrificed everything. We achieved success and then, suddenly, certain figures in the band just wanted to f*** it all up. I mean, I just wanted to work. But I never knew when, or where, or how that was going to be.”

It’s not a subject he seems to enjoy talking about. (In fact, over the course of our conversation, he never once refers to Axl Rose by name.) And having had to fend off questions about a reunion that’s never going to happen for close on 20 years now, it’s hard to blame him.

So I ask about another singular talent whose path he crossed several times in the course of his career: Michael Jackson. Although it’s odd to imagine the soft voiced King of Pop and the whiskey-swilling metaller bonding over much, when they met during sessions for Jackson’s Black or White single in 1991, the guitarist insists there was a genuine bond.

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“The first time we met, it was probably for a total of 10 minutes. He left me in the studio, gave me free rein to do what I wanted with the track and just took off. But it was on the road that a relationship developed.”

Slash toured with Jackson in the early 1990s. Altogether they played over 50 times together, including a performance at the MTV Awards in 1995. “At that point, Guns n’ Roses were getting pretty big, and beginning to live in the bubble that massive artists live in.

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“So it was interesting to see someone who was already entrenched in that world, albeit with three times the entourage. Everything just becomes bigger and bigger and less realistic. The amount of bullshit surrounding you. The amount of yes-people you have to deal with. And, you know, I felt for him. I really did. Because there was nobody in his entourage that he could 100% trust.”

Word is that when Slash was recording his first solo album in the summer of 2009, he considered calling up his old friend and asking him to guest on the album. “Yes, that’s true. The thought did cross my mind. And this was something he might have been interested to do.”

Unfortunately, Jackson was in rehearsals for his ill-fated This Is It concert series in London at the time. So Slash never made the call. He put the idea on the long finger, figuring he could return to it at some later date. A couple of weeks later Jackson was dead.

After Michael Jackson’s death, Slash went on record saying that he had been “hip to [Jackson's] issues”. Does that mean he was aware of the singer’s addictions? “Well, I don’t really like to be too specific in talking about that kind of thing. It’s none of my business. He and I certainly never discussed it. But I knew…”

He pauses.

“Let’s just say I could get a sense of the alienation he was experiencing. And I knew the kinds of things he might be doing to combat that. I mean, I knew my own habits. So there was something there that was unsaid between us.”

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Considering the carnage this lifestyle has had on so many people around him, I ask, how would he feel if his own sons (aged 10 and 12) some day came to him and told him they’d like to be rock stars?

He laughs. “If my kids wanted to get into rock ‘n’ roll, I’d say ‘Look, if you want to pick up an instrument, play it because you love the sound it makes. If you want to write songs and be in a band, that’s fine too. Just know there’s nothing to be gained from it except personal enjoyment.’

“The chance of getting anywhere with it are so slim that you really need to be doing it for the love of it and not have any expectations. But they’re my kids, and I’m going to support them whatever they decide to do. Right now, I don’t see them headed in that direction. But then it didn’t click with me either ’til I was almost 15 years old.”

I ask about Guns n’ Roses famous headlining performance slot at Slane in 1992. But his memory of the day is less than photographic. “I definitely remember the gig, because of where it was and how big it was. But as for the actual performance itself, my recollections are hazy if nonexistent.”

But he promises his Irish fans a night that even he will remember this November at the 3 Arena, with songs plucked from the entire span of his near 30-year career. “Our last gig at the Olympia was one of the best gigs we ever played. It was our last show of the European tour and it was awesome.

“The Irish crowd is one that I feel very much at home playing to. So I’m really looking forward to this next visit. It’s going to be f***ing awesome. I promise you!”

World On Fire is out now. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators play the 3 Arena on November 10th.

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Orianthi To Co-Host The 2015 She Rocks Awards

Sources: Guitar World | Edited By – All Things Michael

allthingsmichaeledit15The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards.

Honoring women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the She Rocks Awards is slated to take place Friday evening, January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., during the NAMM Show.

“The She Rocks Awards does so much for women in music and I’m excited to be a part of it,” shares Orianthi. “This event recognizes women who truly rock, and it will be my honor to be there to congratulate them!” A 2013 She Rocks Awards honoree, Orianthi is a platinum-selling solo artist and known the world-over as a masterful guitar player, having performed with artists such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and more.

Hosting duties will be shared between Orianthi and the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “Orianthi is such an amazing role model for female musicians all over the world,” Whitmore comments. “I can’t think of a better partner for leading the She Rocks Awards!”

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

The She Rocks Awards will take place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event has sold out for the past two years.

Tickets for the 2015 She Rocks Awards go on sale October 15, 2014. To find out more, please visit www.thewimn.com

 

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Taylor Dayne Talks About Her New Album And Being An Opening Act For The Bad Tour

Sources: HNGN – By Michael Lello | All Things Michael

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In the late ’80s and early ’90s, you’d be hard-pressed to turn on the radio and not hear Taylor Dayne. With massive hits like “Tell It To My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back,” the Long Island-born performer landed 18 songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s charts and sold 75 million records.

After what was perceived as a 10-year hiatus – she didn’t release an album in the United States between 1998’s “Naked Without You” and 2008’s “Satisfied” – Dayne is firmly entrenched in phase two of her career, which has thus far been a success. “Beautiful,” the lead single from “Satisfied,” hit the top of the Billboard Hot Dance chart, and “Crash,” from the same album, was used by ABC in a promotional spot.

Now, Dayne is developing a re-recorded, re-mastered version of her greatest hits for an upcoming release, and today she drops her new single “Dreaming” and the song’s accompanying video, which makes its exclusive premiere at HNGN.com.

We chatted with Dayne today about the new song and video, the process of revisiting her biggest songs for the upcoming release and opening for Michael Jackson on his gargantuan “Bad” tour.

HNGN.com: Today’s a big day for you, with both the single and video for “Dreaming” coming out. You’ve obviously been through this before, but how does it feel this time?

Taylor Dane: Oh my god, it’s always exciting. You do all your work, the preparation, and it’s just so funny because it’s gone 360 degrees to where we started – back in the day, we were just releasing singles.

And then the song always goes through the machine and you try to put your best foot forward artistically. Hopefully the fans get it.

HNGN.com: Tell us about the process of creating “Dreaming.”

TD: I collaborated with some young guys; they’ll send me a track and say, “What do you think?” It wasn’t written very recently, it was a couple years ago, but it kind of went a little retro but also allowed me to deliver vocally what I want to do. It’s really an end-of-summer, Indian Summer song, and pop, of course. It’s retro with a little kick in there from the ’70s and Blondie too. It’s a fun track, it’s sexy.

HNGN.com: What about the process of making the video?

TD: It’s back to basics. You’re seeing what we did. I took a photographer, a dear friend of mine, Chris Ameruoso, I told him, “I need to do this really guerilla style.” I trust him and how we work together. I really feel that I’ve done very high-end videos and very beauty-oriented videos, but I wanted it to be dream-esque, with a little bit of slow motion. And we captured the song. You’re seeing it kind of guerilla style, but at the same time it looks quite beautiful, and I think it really captures the song. It’s just me, but you get the essence of the waves and the movement.

HNGN.com: Is the single part of a full album? What else should fans expect from you in the near future?

TD: I’ve re-recorded my greatest hits, so as they say, I’m building some leverage and platforms out there to get the audience reacquainted with my music so I can make some noise with my greatest hits. I’m not sure whether that’s going to turn into duets or different versions. We’re having a really good time with it, and there’s a lot of people coming out of the woodwork to get involved.

HNGN.com: You took a break for about 10 years to focus on family. How would you describe your time away from the music business?

TD: Nothing stopped on my end, but you did notice that the music industry changed during that period. [The break] wasn’t on purpose. I signed with BMG Germany, and then we had a few mergers with BMG and Sony. I had kids unconventionally and I moved – I live in L.A. now. I did release a bunch of singles.

HNGN.com: You opened some shows on Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour, which ran from 1987 through 1989. What do you remember?

TD: Well, I mean you have to remember it was the height of Michael’s career. It was the culmination of everything we ever witnessed on stage, which was the ultimate entertainer who took it to the next level. …

It was complete pandemonium. They would show people passing out at the shows. It was absolutely mayhem, but it was the most exciting thing. It was the greatest show on earth.

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