Song of the Day: “Upside Down” by Diana Ross

81ZC66f5gFL._SL1400_On this day (September 6) in 1980, “Upside Down” by Diana Ross hit #1 in America, and remained there for a full month. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco and Soul charts. The song was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, while peaking at No. 5 in Canada. It also rose to No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971. It also earned her a British Phonographic Industry silver disc award for sales in excess of 250,000 copies. The single earned Ross her ninth career Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, losing to “Never Knew Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills at the 1981 Grammy Awards.
“Upside Down” was written and produced by Chic (“Le Freak“) members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Diana Ross met the duo songwriters at a Chic concert in Santa Monica, California. “Diana couldn’t believe the crowd reaction,” Rodgers recalled to Billboard magazine. “She said, ‘I haven’t seen this since the Jackson 5.’ She was backstage, dancing and into it. ‘My kids made me come and see this show, all they were talking about was Chic, Chic, Chic. That’s what I want my record to sound like.'”

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