Hotter than July

Hotter Than July

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Hotter than July is the nineteenth album by Stevie Wonder, originally released on Motown's Tamla label on September 29, 1980. Despite the wide critical acclaim for Wonder's previous works such as Songs in the Key of Life and Innervisions, Hotter than July was his first album eligible for platinum status, as Motown sales records before 1977 were not audited by the Recording Industry Association of America. This was his most successful album in the UK, peaking at #2 and producing four top ten singles.

Hotter Than July was nominated for Favorite Soul/R&B Album at the American Music Awards in 1982.

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The commercial failure of his last album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants with only one single "Send One Your Love" making the top 5 of the Billboard chart left him struggling at the turn of the new decade.Davis, Sharon Stevie Wonder: Rhythms of Wonder p.134.Davis, Sharon Stevie Wonder: Rhythms of Wonder pp.135-7. Personally he let the media know that he felt that Motown had not promoted the album very well.Davis, Sharon Stevie Wonder: Rhythms of Wonder p.132. His talents kept him busy when he co-wrote the song "Let's Get Serious" with Lee Garrett for Jermaine Jackson's 1980 album of the same name and another with Eric Gale called "You Are......
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