DJ Khaled better get ready to make a whole bunch of plaques.
Michael Sterling’s “Lovers and Friends” is about to go quadruple platinum again. Wait, don’t play yourself. It could go diamond diamond, that’s a hundred million.
The original composition’s first master recording is on Michael Sterling’s New Records album Trouble from 1990.
Then Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Usher and Ludacris re-introduced it in 2004 as a single from the album “Crunk Juice.”
Now the song is back in the charts with DJ Khaled’s reworking of it in his #1 smash “Do You Mind” featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future, and Rick Ross on his ninth album, Major Key.
According to a BMI search, there are twelve songwriters and three publishers on the song. That’s a lot of ways to split a pie. But if the pie is made of a billion streams, everybody could eat well. Very well.
Michael Sterling was once a Henry Stone protege. In a 2013 interview Henry recalled, “Michael Sterling was a talented singer, except his problem was he sounded too much like Michael Jackson. Good lookin guy, good performer, but he deserted me…I was workin’ on him, tryina build him, and I don’t know he just, whatever…I don’t know why he didn’t gel. Just one of those guys that didn’t gel. But he could’ve though. He ended up makin’ a lot of money too a couple years ago. Somebody sampled one of his songs, a rapper. He coulda been something. He had that talent: Producer, writer, singer. Only problem was a he sounded a little too much like Michael Jackson. If he stuck with me, he coulda been huge.”
The best thing about a hit record is it never loses its power to move the masses. So for that, HenryStoneMusic salutes Michael Sterling for making a hit. Great job. DJ Khaled could not have done this without you.
Long live the music business!