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Bad Girls Donna Summer (Casablanca, 1979)

Bad Girls was the Queen of Disco Donna Summer’s seventh studio album. Bad Girls was originally issued as a double album. Bad Girls also became Summer’s best selling album, being certified triple platinum in the U.S. and selling five million worldwide.

Four years earlier, Summer broke out onto the scene with Love to Love You Baby. Her label wanted her to continue being a sexpot, but Summer was never comfortable in the role. After an addiction to prescription meds and a possible mental breakdown, her sister helped Summer reconnect to her faith. Back in 1979, disco was on the downturn, so Summer decided to fuse disco with more soul, rock and R&B elements and ended up with Bad Girls. Bad Girls topped the album charts in the U.S. and Canada.

The singles: Hot Stuff was certified Platinum and went to #1 in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the U.S. Bad Girls almost went to singer Cher. Summer had been sitting on the single for a few years before finally putting it on this album. It spent five weeks atop the Hot 100 chart. It also went to the top of the Canadian singles chart and won Summer a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Dim All the Lights (released in October 1979) hit #2 in the U.S. This single contains the longest sustained note sung by a female artist in a top 40 song (in both the U.S. and the UK) at 16 seconds.

Sunset People (released in July 1980) came out at a tumultuous time. Summer had resigned from Casablanca Records and signed with Geffen. However, Casablanca continued releasing singles off the Bad Girls album. Sunset People only hit on the Dutch and UK charts (#42 and #46 respectively). Our Love failed to hit any chart. But the final single Walk Away hit #36 in the U.S.

At the end of the year, Casablanca released On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volume I and II, a double compilation album.


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