Battle of Same Song Titles: 98 Degrees vs Lisa Loeb / Westlife vs Justin Timberlake

The battle continues for same song titles. This time it is the battle of “I Do” and “My Love Songs”. Likewise, in this battle, it’s boyband and solo artists battle. Check then below:

98 Degrees vs Lisa Loeb
“I Do”
98 Degrees‘ “I Do” song has “Cherish You” on it. It still passed for the battle though. “I Do (Cherish You)” is a ballad and a good song for weddings. Actually, some people may not know this but it was already a remake by the guys. The song charted high in US and Canada for hitting the top 15. It was also part of the soundtrack of “Notting Hill”.

If the 98 Degrees version is a good song for weddings, the Lisa Loeb song was the opposite as it is about strained relation and in a pop/rock mode. The song was a top 20 hit in the US and had chart success in some territories.

Verdict:
98 Degrees- I Do (Cherish You)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 2.75 = 6.50

Lisa Loeb- I Do
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.50 = 5.75

Winner: 98 Degress takes the champ for “I Do” battle.

Westlife vs Justin Timberlake
“My Love”
Westlife came out with this love song in a ballad in 2000 which is about long distance relationship. The song charted high in some European countries including the United Kingdom. In Asia, it became a huge success reaching the top of pop radio and MTV.

Justin Timberlake came out with this beautiful R&B and hip-hop song with synth and beats. The song was of course about love. In this song, rapper T.I. was featured. It became a worldwide hit and the second biggest single off Justin’s second album. It is also Justin Timberlake’s second number one hit single in the US.

Verdict:
Westlife- My Love
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3 = 6.75

Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.- My Love
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 4.0= 7.5

Winner: Justin Timberlake defeats the Westlife for “My Love” battle.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

Battle of Same Song Titles: Sisqo vs Backstreet Boys / The Jackson 5 vs NSYNC

In this battle of same song titles, a boyband is battling out with male R&B singer. While the other set is between two boybands. So here’s the battle:

Sisqo vs Backstreet Boys
“Incomplete”
Sisqo’s own “Incomplete” song is a R&B ballad which is about having an incomplete life despite you have everything like material things, but the girl you love is not with you anymore. The song became a Billboard Hot 100 number 1 hit. However, didn’t make an impact outside the US.

Backstreet Boys had their own “Incomplete” song in 2005. It is a pop/rock ballad and was about feeling incomplete without the ex-partner and asking if the guy made a mistake. The song bece the last successful single of the boys which reached the top 10 in many countries. While in the US, it settled at number 13 according to Billboard.

Verdict:
Sisqo- Incomplete
Melody and Lyrics- 4.0 / Success- 3.0 = 7.0

Backstreet Boys- Incomplete
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 3.5 = 7.0

Winner: It’s a tie for the Backstreet Boys and Sisqo for scoring 7.0.

The Jackson 5 vs. NSYNC
“I Want You Back”
The Jackson 5 became a huge group after this song which can be credited for the their earlier success. The R&B 1960’s hit reached number one in Billboard Hot 100, is about wanting the girl you love back whom you let go. It is one of the Motown hits then.

NSYNC acheieved success in this song which was their first ever released single. The song is about wanting the girl to back to you and asks what you should do after hurting her. It went to top 20 in many countries such as United States and a top 5 position in United Kingdom. It was an early success in 1997 in some territories.

Verdict:
The Jackson 5- I Want You Back
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3.75 = 7.5

NSYNC- I Want You Back
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 3.0 = 6.0

Winner: The Jackson 5 toppled NSYNC in this “I Want You Back” battle

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard

Recap: I Love OPM (February 28, 2016)

It’s the last February episode of “I Love OPM” and here are the performances for tonight:

Mango Singh
Mango Singh is from India. He went to the Philippines with his family. He loves going out out for exercise for a breather after his father died when he wast still at six years old. He is far from his family and working to support them. He performed the song “Mang Jose” by Parokya ni Edgar. It is quite boring though because he sang it at a low register.

Jonathan Wagner
Jonathan Wagner came France. He is a model and theater singer. He has a Filipino friend who invited him to go to the Philippines. He agreed and he fell in love with a Filipina though the relationship didn’t end well. He’s still in love with the Philippines though. He sang the songs “Ikaw” which he performed in an operatic way.

Natalia Moon
Natalia Moon is from Australia. He came to the country and took part in voluntary work. She began to love the country as well as its culture. She sang the song “Pusong Bato”. There’s something with her voice which is something special.

Nelson Leausa
Nelson Leausa came from Australia. He came to the Philippines after being assigned as a missionary from a certain religious organization. He learned Tagalog from a couple who became like his family too. He performed the song by Jay-R “Bakit Pa Ba?”.

Verdict:
Mango Singh- Martin Nievera and Toni Gonzaga stamped him with DENIED, while Lani Misalucha stamped him with APPROVED. Two stamps with DENIED means she is DENIED. The judgement is fine since the performance lacks energy.

Jonathan Wagner– He was APPROVED by all of the judges. I think he still has something to improve in singing Tagalog songs.

Natalia Moon– She was DENIED by all of the judges. I was quite not approved with their decision though.

Nelson Leausa– He got APPROVED by all of the judges. The decision of the judges is good since he sang it well.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday night.

Battle of Same Song Titles: Simple Plan vs One Direction / Hanson vs Black Eyed Peas

As the battle of song title continues, this time, a rock band and a pop band is battling it out. Then a pop/rock siblings band and a hip-hop group is battling their songs too. Here are they:

Simple Plan vs One Direction
“Perfect”
Simple Plan is one of the great young bands during mid-2000’s and this song is a great one. It talks about apologizing for not being perfect which may apply to family which expectations was not met. The song became the band’s biggest hit in the US for reaching the top 25. It topped the charts in the Philippines too.

One Direction’s second single for final album “Made in the A.M.” was this pop song “Perfect”. It talks doing something perfect that the girl wants to do. The song charted worldwide and in the top in many countries.

Verdict:
Simple Plan- Perfect
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 2.75 = 6.5

One Direction- Perfect
Melody and Lyrics- 3.0 / Success- 3.5 = 6.5

Winner: Both of them wins as they tied.

Hanson vs Black Eyed Peas
“Where’s the Love?”

The Hanson song talks about not getting the love back from the girl and even got fooled. The song followed the success of “Mmmbop” but less successful than the latter mentioned. It went to top 10 in some countries globally which included the UK.

Actually, the song from Black Eyed Peas is “Where IS” while the one from Hanson is “Where’s”. Still, they fit in this battle as the titles are very close. The song from BEP is about love which is missing in this world that’s why many people are hurting and dying. With its beautiful melody and the relevant lyrics, it became a worldwide number one hit. Though, in the US, it reached number 8.

Verdict:
Hanson- Where’s the Love?
Melody and lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.5 = 6.75

Black Eyed Peas- Where is the Love?
Melody and Lyrics- 4.75 / Success- 4.5 = 9.25

Winner: It’s very clear they Black Eyed Peas won the battle.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

My Top 10 OPM Hits

I admit I am not a big OPM fan but time came about 10 years ago, I became a fan. It’s just that music changes and some of these OPM songs do not fit my preferences. But I admit there are some good OPM songs recently. Here are my top 10 OPM hits:

10. Cueshé- Stay
This is the first single of the OPM rock band and they had melodic rock songs. However, this is my favorite song of them. It was a huge hit in radio and MYX Channel.

9. Nina- Someday
The country’s soul siren Nina is one of the biggest contributors in OPM especially in 2000’s. This song which is written by her ex that time, Nyoy Volante, became a huge hit in the country.

8. Hale- Waltz
After their success with their debut album, melodramatic rock band Hale returned in this melancholic song which reaches number one in MYX.

7. Kitchie Nadal- Wag na Wag Mong Sasabihin
This is the first big hit of pop/rock singer Kitchie Nadal. The song was used in a Korean soap in the country which helped the song one of the biggest hits of 2000’s.

6. Rivermaya- Balisong
What I love about the song is its similarity to Coldplay. Rico sang it perfectly and it sounds magical. It was a MYX number one hit.

5. Kyla- Hanggang Ngayon
This first ever single of Kyla is one of the first hit R&B single in the country. It has been a hit in radio charts as well as MTV Philippines.

4. Darryl Ong- Stay
The song was originally performed by Carol Banawa and was written by South Border’s Jay Durias. It was part and one of the theme songs of hit teleserye “On The Wings of Love”. It is currently hitting the radio charts.

3. Kitchie Nadal- Same Ground
This is one of the most beautiful OPM song in 2000’s. The song is melodic with just piano on its background. It was a number one hit in radio and MYX chart.

2. Marion- If You Ever Change Your Mind
The song was part of a song festival called “Himig Handog: P-Pop Love Songs”. I love Marion’s soft and silky voice which is similar to Regina Spektor.

1. Hale- The Day You Said Goodnight
This rock / ballad is my favorite OPM song ever. I love its simple melody which the song became the band’s biggest hit ever. It topped the radio charts as well as sitting at the top of MYX charts for a long time.

Note: MYX Channel is the top music channel in the Philippines.

Recap: I Love OPM (February 27, 2016)

It’s Saturday night again and it’s time to give the recap of “I Love OPM” episode for the last Saturday of February. So here are the foreign performers for tonight:

Yowan Hwang
Yowan Hwang is a young South Korean guy who is a student here in the Philippines. His parents came here in the Philippines first, then he followed. He’s already here in the Philippines for two years. According to him, his favorite Filipino food is sisig. Tonight, he performed the song “Ako’ Sa Yo, Ika’y Akin”. He sang Tagalog perfectly with good diction.

Moses Oche Akoh
Moses Oche Akoh was from Nigeria. He is part of choral team of a religious organization. He’s been here in the Philippines for about three years. He sang the song “Kahit Kailan” by South Border and he nailed the part of Brix Ferraris’ whistle.

Flora Lee
Flora Lee is from South Korea. Her parents are missionary in the country and after graduating from college, she decided to live with her family in the country that’s why she can speak and understand Tagalog. She is part of a worship group.and teaching children. She performed the song by Donna Cruz, “Hulog ng Langit”.

Marina Lin
Marina Lin is half-Thai and half-Chinese. Her family migrated in Canada and there she met and became friends with a Filipina. She sang the song “Hawak Kamay” by Yeng Constantino.

Matthew May
Matthew May is from United Kingdom and was married to a Filipina. He is the father of PBB top 4 and now an actor and a singer Bailey May. He performed the song “May Bukas Pa” by Rico J. Puno. He has a powerful voice which he got a standing ovation.

Verdict:
Yowan Hwang- He was APPROVED by all of the judges.
Moses Oche Akoh- He also got APPROVED by the judges.
Flora Lee- She was APPROVED by Martin Nievera, though DENIED by Lani Misalucha and Toni Gonzaga.
Marina Lin- She got APPROVED by the three judges.
Matthew May- After the powerful performance and standing ovation, he was APPROVED by the judges.

I Love OPM airs on ABS-CBN on Saturday and Sunday night

Top 5 Albums in My Playlist

Having a Spotify Premium account is such a blessing for music lovers that’s why I don’t mind paying a low subscription monthly since I can listen to songs and albums anytime I want. However, there are mainstream albums which I can’t listen on Spotify, particulary blockbuster albums like Taylor Swift’s “1989” and Adele’s “25”. So I just downloaded them online and I don’t have to go to the record stores to purchase it. Availing of music is already easier than ever before. As I look at my playlists, I listed down the albums that Iisten to lately. Here they are below, ranked from 5 to 1:

5. Florence and the Machine- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
I think this is one of the best albums in 2015. It is somewhat more spiritual and deep while Florence Welch’s voice remains so haunting. My favorite cuts from the album were “What Kind of Man” and the title track.

4. Justin Bieber- Purpose
I admit, I disliked Justin Bieber before. Even downloading this album, I am skeptical to do it because of his behavior before. But I still downloaded it to hear what he has to offer, and this album is far more better than his past songs for the maturity of sound, as well as the meaningful lyrics. My favorite tracks off the record were “Mark My Words” and “Company”.

3. Ed Sheeran- X
Still a big fan of this album despite being out for more than a year. Ed Sheeran is just an amazing singer, songwriter, and musician. He is sp deep with his songs. My favorite tracks from the album “Bloodstream” and “Thinking Out Loud”.

2. Coldplay- A Head Full of Dreams
I admit, I preferred Coldplay’s old melancholic rock sound. But people do gets tired of hearing the same music so they did some experimentation. I began to appreciate their sound when it changes. Their “Ghost Stories” album has become their full length record not to showcase their old sound and was more on pop, edm, electronic, synth and ambient. While their current album “A Head Full of Dreams” is their more adventurous record. My favorite cuts were “Everglow” and “Hymn for the Weekend”.

1. Adele- 25
Some people call it overrated but that’s what highly successful albums get. If she is good at telling her heartbreak story in “21”, the new one “25”, is like she’s talking to you and telling stories. You can feel it from her vocals and emotions being input in the songs. Her vocal prowess is just a bonus, the depth was even more showcased. My favorite tracks were “When We Were Young” and “All I Ask”.

Battle of Same Song Titles: Backstreet Boys vs Justin Bieber / NSYNC vs Katy Perry

There were heaps of songs which has the same title. Oftentimes, a song was mistaken to be a song by another artist. Now I made a battle of the songs with same titles and see who will win.

Backstreet Boys vs Justin Bieber
“As Long As You Love Me”

The Backstreet Boys single was released in 1997 and became a worldwide hit. It became a favorite for the teenagers then. In the US, it failed to chart due to ineligibility despite airplay success. The song is about loving someone regardless of her history as long as she love him.

Justin Bieber‘s song is more on R&B and featured rapper Big Sean. The song had entered the top ten in some countries but failed the top ten in some countries. It peaked inside the top ten in the US according to Billboard. It’s about loving someone who sticks to him.

Verdict:
Backstreet Boys- As Long as You Love Me
Melody and Lyrics- 4 / Success- 3.75 = 7.75

Justin Bieber- As Long As You Love Me (with Big Sean)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3.5 = 7.25

The Winner: It is clear that Backstreet Boys win this time.

NSYNC vs Katy Perry
“Thinking of You”

NSYNC‘s single is actually titled as “Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)”, but still qualified in the “Thinking of You” battle. I love the song’s melody and lyrics as it happens in relationship. The song failed to make impact in music charts though.

Katy Perry‘s own “Thinking of You”  is such a nice pop/rock ballad. The music video looks good to as it is like a throwback to past decades. The song talks about you are with your partner but thinks of your former love. The song is the lowest charting single by Katy from her album “One of the Boys” but at least managed top 40 positions.

Verdict:
NSYNC- Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 1.75 = 5.5

Katy Perry- Thinking of You
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.5 = 5.75

The Winner: Katy Perry wins the “Thinking of You” battle.

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

Albums that are more successful than its singles (2013-2014)

During 2013 to 2014, here are the multi-million selling albums with underperforming singles worldwide:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
The album became one of the biggest selling albums of 2013 and served as a huge comeback of Justin Timberlake. Despite its huge sales, it only scored two major and official hit singles “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors”. The reason may be, the volume two was released at the same year.

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The album is one of the biggest albums of 2013 either critically or commercially. It scored the big selling single “Get Lucky”, but no other singles were released after that.

One Direction – Midnight Memories
One Direction scored their thord worldwide number one album through “Midnight Memories”. It scored the sleeper hit “Story of My Life”. “Best Song Ever” peaked high chart positions but had short chart life. Two other singles were released but peaked lower in charts.

Michael Bublé – To Be Loved
Michael Buble again scored another hit album through this record. However, as usual, he never scored a genuine hit single again. Still, he was considered an albums artist

Soundtrack – Frozen
The soundtrack album used to be the biggest selling album worldwide of 2014. It had scored chart positions like the song “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” and the hit “Let it Go”. Despite its successful songs, it did not match the soundtrack album’s success.

Beyoncé – Beyoncé
The album was known for surprise release and sold a lot of copies. It waa successful worldwide and was one of the biggest sellers of 2013 and 2014. Several singles was released but only “Drunk in Love” peaked at a high position.

Lorde – Pure Heroine
Lorde did very well with her single “Royals” which helped the album’s success. The album achieved long term success but did not score another big hit except “Team”. Other singles released failed to reach the top 40.

Credits to Wikipedia

Albums that are more successful than its singles (2011-2012)

Here are the successful albums during 2011to 2012 which became big sellers but their singles had underperformed compared to the albums:

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Mumford Sons is one of the biggest folk rock bands during the recent years. It became multiplatinum in many countries including the US and UK which it was triple and quintuple platinum respectively. It released four official singles some of those songs went to top 40 or top 20, but didn’t have notable singles.

Beyoncé – 4
“4” is obviously the fourth album by Beyonce. It went to number one and top ten of majority of the countries it charted and among the biggest sellers of 2011. It has released numerous singles and reached the UK top 3 for her “Best Thing I Never Had” single. But most songs didn’t make impact in the charts.

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Lana Del Rey is one of top selling female artists in recent years and this first major album has been successful worldwide as it sold about 8 million copies worldwide, a number which was rarely reached this time. Despite the huge sales of the record, it only scored one hit single namely “Summertime Sadness”.

One Direction – Up All Night
“Up All Night” is the recordbreaking first album of One Direction which became one of the biggest selling albums of 2012. Depsite being a top seller, the album only managed one real hit which is “What Makes You Beautiful”. Other songs achieved numerous streams and airplays but chart positions were low.

One Direction – Take Me Home
After the success of their debut album, One Direction immediately worked and released their second album “Take Me Home”. The album topped the charts worldwide and has been one of the fastest selling albums of 2012. It is also among the top selling albums of the year which made One Direction score two top sellers in one year. The album released only three official singles though with only one top ten hit in the US, despite hitting the top ten with all of the singles in UK. Their singles climb fast but droppes fast from the charts.

Credits to Wikipedia