Monday, April 2, 2012

Anita Baker - "No One in the World"

No One In the World - Rapture

(Debuted August 22, 1987, Peaked #44, 17 Weeks on the Chart)

Rapture was Anita Baker's second solo LP, and the one that catapulted her to fame on the strength of the Top 10 single "Sweet Love." It was the hit that her debut LP The Songstress failed to become, and showed that the R&B audience was ready for a more adult sound. Baker took four singles from that album into the pop chart; surprisingly, none were as big as "Sweet Love" was despite being just as good. "Caught Up in the Rapture" barely made the Top 40, but "Same Ole Love" and "No One in the World" missed it. All four songs did manage to reach the Top 10 on both the R&B survey as well as the Adult Contemporary chart, though.

Looking at it now, I'm a little surprised that the last two songs charted outside of the Top 40. At the time, the local radio station I listened to leaned pretty hard on the AC side, so I definitely heard them in steady rotation. But I'm a little surprised that they peaked as low as they did, since both were solid songs.

It's a little blurry, but the video for the song (shown below) features a young Spike Lee. He appears as a stand-up comedian who literally dies on stage, and is shown again in a cameo at the end.

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