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“Upside Down” is a hit song by Diana Ross released on the Motown label. It was the first single taken from her 1980 album diana and hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 6 September 1980. It also hit number 1 on the Billboard Disco/Dance and R&B charts. The single was released a full 4 weeks after the album was released. In its fifth week on the Billboard Hot 100, it made a dramatic leap into the Top 10 (*49-*10). It held down the number 1 title for 4 weeks. The single was also a big hit internationally charting in over 12 countries, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway and Switzerland, while reaching number 5 in Canada. It also rose to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971. The song listed at number 62 on Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time”.

The song was written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers (of the band Chic). In a 2011 interview, Nile Rodgers said “Diana Ross was the first big star we ever worked with and we took it very seriously.” Rodgers and Edwards interviewed her for several days. “This was the first time in her life somebody cared about who she was; what she was - everyone previously had treated her the way we had treated Sister Sledge - they got her in and said ‘Sing this’. We (took a more personal approach).” The song would be later covered and sampled by the likes of Salt-N-Pepa, Kid Rock, Missy Elliott, Alcazar, Puff Daddy, Collette and MC Lyte, who had a hit under the “Upside Down” sample in Lyte’s 1996 hit, “Cold Rock a Party (Remix)”. The Salt-N-Pepa version was featured on the Space Jam soundtrack.

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