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This song is about small-town gossip and the effect it has on the singer and the guy she's secretly in love with. It turns out that they're rumored to be having an affair, and since the rumor-spreaders already think that the two people are involved, the song asks, why not have an affair anyway, thus giving them "something to talk about." (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
This was written by the Canadian singer Shirley Eikhard, who had recorded in the Jazz and Country genres, but has had her most success as a songwriter, with songs recorded by Chet Atkins, Cher, Anne Murray and Rita Coolidge.
This won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, beating out Oleta Adams, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant and Whitney Houston. The song was also nominated for Record of the Year, but lost to "Unforgettable
According to Anne Murray's 2009 book All of Me, Anne wanted to record this song in 1986, but her producers didn't think it would be a hit. She called her 1986 album "Something to Talk About" even though it did not include this song. Anne said she was happy that Bonnie Raitt made it a big hit five years later. (thanks, David - Birmingham, AL)
For Raitt, this was by far her biggest chart hit in the United States.
This is a very popular Karaoke song, and is often performed by American Idol contestants. Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino performed the song on the show, as did Idol notables Kellie Pickler and Sanjaya Malakar.
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Van Dyke Parks
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.