In January 2009 Scottish singer-songwriter Tommy Reilly won the Channel 4 Orange Unsigned Act competition, a sort of cooler X-Factor/American Idol, which set out to recognize the very best undiscovered music talent. Part of Reilly's prize was a release for both a single and album by Universal Music's A&M Records. Consequently, this song was immediately released online and within a week it had entered the UK Top 20. Reilly thus went from unsigned artist to a charting act within a space of seven days.
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) " borrows four bars from Notorious B.I.G's "The World Is Filled." Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls attended Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, New York at the same time.
"Here Comes Your Man" is the closest the Pixies came to a hit in America. It was rumored to be about a drug dealer, but Black Francis says it's just a story about some hobos who travel by train and die in an earthquake.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."