Legendary Singer Donna Summer's ICON, in Stores Today
Today, one week before Donna Summer's posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases Donna Summer ICON, a new single-disc collection featuring 11 of the legendary singer's biggest hits and fan favorites.
Donna Summer rocketed to international superstardom in the mid-1970s, working with producer Giorgio Moroder on a revolutionary sound that combined elements of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica, and helping to catapult underground dance music out of the clubs of the U.S. and Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world.
Maintaining an unbroken string of hits throughout the 1970s and '80s, most of which she wrote, Summer maintains the record for the most consecutive double albums to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts (three), and she was the first female artist to have four singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 within a 12-month period (three as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbra Streisand). Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the Hot 100, with 14 of those reaching the Top 10. Between 1976 and the end of 1982, she had more Top 10 hits 12 than any other act, and between 1976 and 1984, she had at least one Top 40 hit on the chart each year.
In 1975, Summer's international smash "Love to Love You Baby" rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, launching her as a key figure of the then-emerging disco genre. The song's success paved the way for other border-crossing chart singles, including "MacArthur Park," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," "Dim All The Lights," "On The Radio," and "Enough Is Enough," as well as the GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning theme song "Last Dance" from the film 'Thank God It's Friday,' a Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 and R&B chart hit which remains a milestone in Summer's career.
A five-time GRAMMY winner, Donna Summer was the first artist to win the award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female (1979, "Hot Stuff"), as well as the first-ever recipient of the GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording (1997, "Carry On"). In 2004, she became one of the first inductees into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City, as both an Artist Inductee and a Record Inductee (for 1977's "I Feel Love").
In 1980, Summer became the first artist to sign with David Geffen's new label, Geffen Records, leaving her disco days behind and moving into the next phase of her career. In the years that followed, Summer collaborated with writers and producers such as Quincy Jones, Michael Omartian, and England's dance-pop production compound Stock Aitken Waterman. She released a steady stream of hits, from "State of Independence," featuring Michael Jackson on backing vocals, to the abiding feminist anthem "She Works Hard For The Money," one of radio's most-played songs of all-time, and the infectious "This Time I Know It's For Real."