is the third album
by American rock
band Huey Lewis and the News
, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music
). This was the album that made the band famous, reaching number one on the Billboard 200
on June 30, 1984, and making the band internationally known. The album has been certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA
was ranked number 2 on Billboard'
s 1984 year-end album chart, after Michael Jackson
, and spawned four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100
and a fifth that went top 20. It also did very well internationally, with most of its singles reaching chart peaks in various countries.
The album's biggest hit, "I Want a New Drug
", was certified gold with sales of 500,000 copies in 1989, and was also the center of a lawsuit against artist Ray Parker Jr.
who was accused of plagiarizing the song for his 1984 hit "Ghostbusters
". The case was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Another single, "The Heart of Rock & Roll", a top 10 hit for the group, was later ranked at #6 in Blender magazine
's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever", with its worst moment coming in "the second verse, when that cheeky Huey almost uses the word 'ass.
1999 Expanded Edition
A remastered "Expanded Edition" of Sports
was released on June 29, 1999, and included the following session takes and live versions of their hit singles as bonus... Read More