Underrated Artists Who Had Big Hits

There are so many singers nowadays and scoring a hit song or album is already a huge accomplishment for them. Many of those singers really did well but are just underrated. After accomplishing a hit song/s or album/s, succeeding releases underperformed. It may be promotional thing that they declined in sales but those artists really need more attention than what they received.

Nelly Furtado
Nelly won a Grammy and nominated several times on the awards show during her debut year. Her album even went multi-platinum and platinum in several countries. Her sophomore album may have been less successful but redeemed success with third LP “Loose” which became very successful globally and her most successful to date. A Spanish album succeeded then an underperforming album which was almost unheard.

Dido
Dido was one of the biggest UK artists in 2000s after breaking records in sales in her own country, she also sold extremely well in other countries which includes US through her first two albums “No Angel” and “Life for Rent” and the hit single “Thank You”. Her two following albums failed to match its predecessors.

Jason Mraz
Jason’s debut “Waiting for My Rocket to Come” was platinum and scored a top 40 hit with “The Remedy”. But his big break came through the sleeper hit “I’m Yours” and remained stationary in the charts for more than a year. His courageous song “I Won’t Give Up” hit the top ten in a number of territories but his following singles and album were less successful.

Norah Jones
Norah Jones is a big Grammy winner during her debut year which contributed to the success of her first album “Come Away With Me”, which according to estimates had sold at about 26 million copies. “Feels Like Home” is a million-seller on its debut week but her succeeding LPs sold below her first two LPs.



Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 October 31, 2015

Time for the recap of tonight’s episode of Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2. Since it’s October 31, the episode is actually the Halloween special of the show and to start the show, a creepy creature came out of the iconator. It’s Chucky, the killing doll. It’s the impersonation of the ever-funny Melai Cantiveros. In fairness, she looks very creepy and every time she was focused on the frame, it creeps me up. Tonight, there were five performers again and they were below.

Kakai Bautista as Jennifer Holiday
Kakai started the show with a bang as the iconic performer of “Dreamgirls” musical, Jennifer Holiday. Initially, I thought she may pull it through knowing the song “And I Am Telling You” requires a very strong throat and she did it. Even the looks is close to perfection. The two judges, Sharon Cuneta and Jed Madela, eventually gave her a standing ovation while Gary Valenciano had his hands down in owe.

Eric Nicolas as Claire dela Fuente
Eric went female and jukebox queen as he impersonated Jukebox Queen Claire dela Fuente. The looks is perfect and his movements are really Claire. The voice really equated Claire’s voice. Eric really did a great job again.

Michael Pangilinan as Haji Alejandro
Michael impersonated Pinoy singer Haji Alejandro tonight. He did well in the performance but there’s lacking substance and with the judging, I agree with all they said. One of Haji’s identifying mark is his distinct vibrato which was shorted in Michael’s performance.

Myrtle Sarosa as Kuh Ledesma
Myrtle becomes a diva as she did her take as Kuh Ledesma. I think it’s her best performance since the recent episodes. The gestures was done well and the voice was really comparable to Kuh.

Kean Cipriano as Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Kean returned to his roots as rock star through impersonating Anthony Kiedis of hit rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The judges are all praises for the performance but there’s lacking in copying Anthony’s voice. The looks is even far from Anthony’s, though the movements are perfect.

So far, tonight’s episode is a blast after starting with a bang. My ranking for tonight’s performances were:
1. Kakai Bautista
2. Eric Nicolas
3. Myrtle Sarosa
4. Kean Cipriano
5. Michael Pangilinan

Meanwhile, three more artists will perform and the announcement o winners will be tomorrow.

Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 airs on ABS-CBN 2 every Saturday and Sunday night.

Top Solo Female rockers

Rock music was often dominated by men as they intent to create fan base with male listeners. But it doesn’t mean rock music was listened by mostly men as there are lots of female fans of rock music too. As a result, there are female rockers who existed and they generated fans either male or female as their demographics.

I decided to create a list of these female rockers as solo artists who succeeded in the genre. Here are the top five list I made:

5. Michelle Branch- Her popularity came in late 2001 due to her hit top 15 hit “Everywhere” followed by more successful ” All You Wanted” and another top 40 hit in the US. Her 2 albums were platinum. Her music generated fans either young or adults. Teenagers loved her as she’s a teen at that time. While her sound and lyrics has more maturity.

4. Sheryl Crow- I loved her old song “Strong Enough” which was a big hit at that time, as well as “All I Wanna Do”. Her sound though was liek country rock. Her sound went harder through “If It Makes You Happy”, which is similar to Alanis Morrisette, who is extremely popularat that time. Her recent sound is lighter rock.

3. Avril Lavigne- She debuted with Michelle Branch as the top young female rocker, which Avril’s entry took the spotlight. Avril is more on teenage rock though. Her debut album “Let Go” scored big hits and meteoric number sales. She is eventually dubbed as the ‘pop rock princess’ and scored top ten albums.

2. P!nk- She may started as pop and R&B singer but decided to follow her heart and transferred to rock music via “Don’t Let Me Get Me”. She became more popular, even until now, she consistently sells millions of records and top ten hit songs. Though, her music was both pop and rock.

1. Alanis Morrisette- She may only had two officially big hit albums which “Jagged Little Pill” is the biggest selling album of its genre, Alanis remains the legend and the one who created the formula of rock in solo female rock musicians. You can hear the touch of Alanis in the music P!nk and Avril Lavigne. Her recent releases may not be successful as her first two international releases but she’s still remembered as an icon for many female rock musicians.

Overrated Artists Since the Last 10 Years

Media is responsible why many artists became so overrated. Some people got tired on hearing about certain artists. It happens especially an artist becomes very successful and media will sensationalize them. Based on observation and media posts on the internet and visual media, here are the artists I listed who became overrated during the last 10 years.

Beyonce
Looking through comments on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and other sites such as Yahoo News and YouTube, many people states Beyonce was too overrated. Well, even her pregnancy especially after she had shown her baby bump on VMAs, it is too overstated. Media also often talks about Bey, which includes her record breaking surprise album.

Lady Gaga
Aside from successful albums and singles, every performance of hers and even her dresses were highly documented by the media. Even her controversial music videos were often talked about too.

Taylor Swift
Every relationship of her gave media attention. When she crossed over to pop music and the success of “1989”, everything she does is over the news. Well, Taylor contributed to such sensationalism.

Justin Bieber
Remember the ‘Bieber Fever’? Justin gained so much fans especially to young people. He’s all over Twitter and in news platforms, either positive or negative.

One Direction
Yes, they are the world’s biggest boyband and pop band during the last five years. Their intense activities on social media paid off. Media is all over them for their success. Every time they release their carrier singles, you can always see articles about it on Billboard.

Rihanna
She has the most number 1 singles during the last 10 years and you can always see it on Billboard. Everything she post on Twitter, an article was ready to read anywhere.

Katy Perry
She’s probably next to Rihanna for having lots of hits. “Teenage Dream” is a sleeper hit which also contributed to the success of “Prism”. Often, it is overstated which even includes her tour.

Top 15 Boyband Hits of 2000s to Present

Boybands may have gone hiatus during the first half of 2000s but some of them remained while others existed during the last five years. Here are the biggest hits from them during the said period.

One Direction- Live While We’re Young
Being dubbed as the biggest boyband of their time, this song carried their second album which was a big seller. It hit the top 10 of many countries as well as UK and US both peaking at number 3.

NSYNC- This I Promise You
One of the most romantic ballad from a boyband, this song which was Richard Marx penned, propelled to US top 5 in late 2000.

Five- Let’s Dance
This may be from the last album of the group but it still became a huge dance hit topping UK’s official chart.

One Direction- One Thing
This song was from 1D’s debut LP and hit the top 40 and top 10 in US and UK, respectively. But it was a bigger hit accross Asia. Also, the video is among any boyband and 1D’s most watched videos on YouTube.

Westlife- Uptown Girl
This song topped UK and parts of Europe and Asia in 2001. The Billy Joel original was intended for Comic Relief in UK for 2001 and eventually became the group’s seventh UK chart-topper.

NSYNC- Girlfriend
This is officially the last single from the boyband and was huge closing for them as it was hit as it hit topped 5 in several territories including US and UK.

98 Degrees- Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)
The guys tried something different incorporating Latin music is a success for them when this song peaked inside the top 5 in the US and some countries.

Blue ft. Elton John- Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
This song failed the US charts but the impact in Europe is too wide and even stretched to Asia. It was the biggest hit from the pop/R&B group which featured the original singer of the song.

Backstreet Boys- Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
Taken from their 1999 album, this one was released during the wake of 2000. It was a top ten hut in many territories which was a good opening for the decade for BSB.

NSYNC- It’s Gonna Be Me
Following the success of “Bye, Bye, Bye”, this song never failed and even became the group’s first number one hit on Billboard. It was top ten hit in major charts worldwide.

The Wanted- Glad You Came
When this song was released, it seems another boyband will break records. But this song was not duplicated by The Wanted. Still, it was multiple platinum in the US after number 3 peak and number 1 hit in UK.

Backstreet Boys- Shape of My Heart
As a carrier single for BSB, this song will surely be a big hit for them. It was huge in major charts but was a number 9 hit in US. Lowest among their top 10 hits.

One Direction- Story of My Life
Due to incorporating folk in this song, it was well received by many people. Even non-Directioners loved the song which was a top ten hit globally.

NSYNC- Bye, Bye, Bye
Who can forget the fastest selling album of all time in US? This song propelled the album’s sales as it was a top ten hit worldwide. The video was very iconic that made it a big impact in music industry.

One Direction- What Makes You Beautiful
The song was the boyband’s first single and yes, it topped their native UK and top 4 of US. It was a sleeper hit as the song eventually became the biggest selling boyband single ever. It is also the most watched boyband video on YouTube ever.

Top 15 Girl band Hits since 2000

Girl groups did well too since 2000. Most girl groups came from UK while most who made it big worldwide were those from US. Here are the girl band hits that made big impact worldwide since the new millennium started.

Pussycat Dolls- When I Grow Up
After their huge success, this song served as the carrier single of their new album which shown a less burlesque style of the group. It became a top ten hit song worldwide.

Little Mix- Black Magic
This song was just released this 2015 and became huge in UK as well as other territories. The catchy pop song is their biggest hit in Asia as of this time.

Atomic Kitten- Whole Again
This pop track from the girls became thier first UK number 1 hit. It was also well received in several territories like in Europe and Asia.

Spice Girls- Holler
They may have dominated the 1990s, this 2000s was unsustained after Geri left the four Spices. Still, the group scored a number 1 hit through “Holler”.

Destiny’s Child- Say My Name
Despite scoring two huge hits, this song became their international breakthrough as it crossed the charts of many countries worldwide. It is also their first song released and video without the two original members of the group.

All Saints- Pure Shores
This song is a different tune from All Saints. From the usual R&B and pop sound, this song is electronic that’s comparable to Madonna’s sound with her recent album at that time “Ray of Light”. It was a number one hit for the girls.

Pussycat Dolls- Buttons
Going sexy this time, the song went to the top 3 of US and became one of the most successful singles from PCD.

Atomic Kitten- The Tide is High
This became a huge revival hit for the group as it hit the charts in Europe and Asia. Its impact was also felt stateside.

Destiny’s Child- Lose My Breath
After hiatus, the girls came back with a bang as this song was very successful worldwide peaking the top ten vicinity. In US, it peaked at number 3.

Fifth Harmony- Worth It
Finally, a radio hit success came for Fifth Harmony. This song made significant airplays and despite peaking at inside top 15, it has been running in the chart for several months in US. In UK, it became a bigger hit reaching number 3.

Sugababes- Push the Button
They already had a number of hits prior to this but this song became the most successful single in terms of airplays and territories it charted. Of course, it is a chart-topper in UK.

Pussycat Dolls- Stickwitu
Pussycat Dolls scored their second top 5 hit in the US through this R&B/pop ballad which contributed to their album’s success. It reached number 1 in some countries which included UK.

Destiny’s Child- Survivor
One of the most iconic songs by a girl group, the song talks about the girls’ journey despite controversies involving their former members. It is their second single as officially a trio and became a number 1 hit worldwide.

Pussycat Dolls- Don’t Cha
This song was the group’s first ever hit song and sold millions after hitting the charts worldwide. The R&B track featured Busta Rhymes.

Destiny’s Child- Independent Women
This can be considered as the biggest girl band hit since 2000 with its female empowerment theme similar to Spice Girls’ Girl Power. Apart from topping the charts worldwide, it became the longest number 1 single by a girl group in history of Billboard singles chart. It’s also their first single as trio.

Top EDM Songs by a DJ

During the last 10 years, we heard how the trend in music has evolved. From late ’90s, pop music dominated the music scene. During the first half of 2000s, R&B music was popular as well as rock tunes (during the success of Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne). At the second half, R&B music was still huge but transformation gradually happened during the late 2000s to dance music.

Behind these dance hits were producers and DJ. They made hits for superstars. R&B singers even followed the trend with the likes of Rihanna, Usher and Chris Brown. However, these DJs and producers recorded their own album and hired other artists to provide vocals. Here are some of the biggest EDM hits from a DJ. The ranking was not made because of sales but by my choice.

Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding- Outside
This was one of the big EDM hits this year. Ellie Goulding’s soothing voice is just perfect for this song.

David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland- When Love Takes Over
This is one of the first EDM hits in this generation. It was also an entrance for Kelly Rowland to EDM until she went back to R&B. This was a huge number oen hit in UK.

Zedd ft. Foxes- Clarity
This was a big EDM hit from young DJ Zedd. This was a nice love song and even sang but some artists on TV as well as on YouTube.

Icona Pop ft. Charlii XCX
This sounds different from other EDM hits mentioned. It was huge million selling song, which is due to its catchy hook. Thanks to Charlii XCX who played a big part on the song.

David Guetta ft. Usher- Without You
Among in this list, this may be the catchiest but it’s not enough to top this list. However, it opened a way for Usher to sing EDM songs. It propelled to top 10 worldwide.

Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc- Wake Me Up
I love the inspirational lyrics of the song and Aloe Blacc’s beautiful voice is being showcased. So far, this is one of the most successful EDM songs.

David Guetta ft. Sia- Titanium
I may not be a big fan of Sia but he made some of the most beautiful EDM hits. Lyrically, this is the best song because of inspiring inner strength despite the negativity or falsehoods thrown towards you. The song became one of the biggest selling EDM songs and remains a staple in many playlists and also used as commercial music background.

Female superstars who started in 1980s-1990s and their underwhelming albums

There are overwhelming number of female stars in music industry. If you are going to compare the number of male and female singers, female outnumbered male singers. Clearly enough, competition of female singers are very tight.

Many female singers who had been huge about 2-3 decades ago tries hard to maintain their relevance. However, due to some factors, they end up struggling to still sell millions in some of their records. Even the best sellers sometimes fail. Evidence were those artists listed below with their last albums which sold underwhelmingly:

Mariah Carey
Mariah maintained her success during the entire 1990s. Underwhelming selling albuns is not new for her though when her 2001 album “Glitter” became her lowest peaking studio album and her 2002 album “Charmbracelet” bombed both in sales and critical responses. She got her redemption in 2005 through “Emancipation of Mimi” as it became her biggest album of 2000s. Her album “Memoirs of Imperfect Angel” only reached #3 and failed platinum status. Last year, her comeback album “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” may have peaked at high number 3 position but became her least successful album and considered a flop album by many.

Whitney Houston
She made it big with her first 2 albums in the ’80s and made it big with her soundtrack albums in the ’90s. Her first studio album after a string of 3 soundtrack albums, “My Love is Your Love” started slower but caught up after few months and became lustrous. Her last albums “Just Whitney” and “I Look to You” may have sold millions but not a testament of a huge comeback.

Celine Dion
Celine’s breakthrough came through “Color of My Love” and followed by more successful albums “Falling into You” and 1997’s “Let’s Talk About Love” which made her an A-list singer. Her success continued but never replicated with her last four albums. Her recent “Loved Me Back to Life” debuted at number 2 on Billboard 200 but with less sales compared to her previous.

Madonna
Madonna’s albums has always been huge. She may had lows but can make a huge comeback. In 1990s, her highly sexual LP “Erotica” was met with low sales compared to its predecessors and followed by underrated “Bedtime Stories”. She made huge comeback with “Ray of Light” and “Music”. Her “American Life” album was criticized and affected her sales despite a huge start. She came back with record setter “Confessions on a Dance Floor”. Her recent release “Rebel Heart” may have started at number 2 in US and number 1 in many countries but the reception in sales is not the usual she received.

Janet Jackson
After 5 chart-topping and multi-million selling album during 1980s until early 2000s, Janet released her album “Damita Jo” which was the start of her low sales and affected her 2 succeeding albums despite high position in ranks. That was due to wardrobe malfunction incident which entirely affected her career. Blacklisting from MTV is a huge part of her downfall. Recently, she released her independent record “Unbreakable” which surprisingly started at number 1. The sales was considerably huge since albums sales are declining.

Female superstars who started in 2000s and their underperforming albums

Even female singers from 2000 who did very well had underperforming albums. The list includes artists who started in 1999:

Britney Spears- She consistently sell huge in her albums, though not always the same in numbers. She is even considered as Madonna’s heir to become the next Queen of Pop. Her first four studio albums were huge but with “Blackout”, it underperformed. Meanwhile, it had 2 big hit singles. She redeemed success with two succeeding albums but her recent “Britney Jean” flopped, maybe due to lack of promotion and support from fans.

Jennifer Lopez- One of the female singers who debuted in 1999, Jennifer Lopez scored a number of hit albums and singles. She had 3 multi-platinum albums until “Rebirth”, which produced hits but quickly dropped off the charts. It followed by a flop album “Brave” but regained success through “Love?” due to the successful single “On the Floor. Her recent album “AKA” became her least successful album ever.

Christina Aguilera- Christina started prettily on her self titled debut album after all of her four singles became huge hits as well as the multi-platinum success of the album. “Stripped” followed which started slow in sales and caught up after hit singles and the hit throwback sounds of “Back to Basics was well-received. Nevertheless, her last studio albums “Bionic” and “Lotus” both didn’t do well.

Miley Cyrus- Miley had huge successes with her Hannah Montana soundtracks and her album off from Hannah Montana, “Breakout”. She also had a successful EP. But with her “Can’t Be Tamed”, she failed and took a break. Her comeback with “Bangerz” was highly successful due to extreme publicity despite its negativity.

Avril Lavigne- Avril became the next big thing when she started. She’s like set to change the landscape in female music scene which was previously led by Britney Spears. She still did well with “Under My Skin” and “Best Damn Thing”, but not like her debut “Let Go”. Her recent albums “Goodbye Lullaby” and self titled both performed moderately.

Singers with sweet voices

There are lot of talented singers. An artist with high vocal range was often regarded as talented, however, this with lower voices was viewed as less talented. Nevertheless, that’s not always the case. There are artists who has lower range but are good in technical way of singing. Some artists has clear as water voice with their diction. I used to be in awe with artists having the high vocal range but it has changed. I prefer lower but sweet voices now. Whether they sing up-tempo or down-tempo, you’ll love listening to their songs. I got tired of listening to artists’ higher vocal range. I felt like it was deafening when I listened to an entire album of a singer.

I created a list of singers with sweet voices after listening in some of them through my Spotify account. Here they are below:

Jason Mraz- It’s not just the voice, but on how Jason play with his voice. How about mid-tempo but happy songs of him? It is really nice to listen to him when you are relaxing.

Colby Caillat- Colby and Jason made a relaxing song before which is “Lucky”. However, Colby’s voice has always been sweet and “bubbly”.

Regina Spektor- This artist’s voice feels like taking me to a grassy windy place. In her song “The Call”, I feel like I am in a breezy place.

Corinne Bailey Rae- Her voice takes you to the past and reminisce. Well, her songs “Put Your Records On” is about that, like looking back at good old days.

Lily Allen- Despite her sweet voice, there’s fierceness in lyrics of her songs. But her vocals are relaxing when she made her cover of Keane’s hit “Somewhere Only We Know”.

Janet Jackson- What I love from Janet is her airy vocals. Even her R&B songs like “That’s the Way Love Goes” or “Got ’till It’s Gone”, it’s not exhausting to listen to. She may just be behind with regards to vocals with her contemporaries Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey, but her vocals is sweeter than the two. Try listening to “Again” and hear her sweet voice.

Ed Sheeran- I often hear Jason Mraz in his voice when he debuted. But he got away from Jason’s shadow and made his own mark. His voice has his own gymnastic and can play and own a song he covers.