Album’s Singles Review: “+” by Ed Sheeran



Ed Sheeran had released this album “+” first in few countries including United Kingdom, but eventually released worldwide. Upon first listen, I can sense the voice of Jason Mraz on his vocals and songs. However, Ed has more depth and more serious with his songs. In this album, you can hear indie-pop and folk on it. The album became a big hit worldwide. In United States, it reached number 5 and now certified platinum. While in UK, it was a chart-topper and now at 6x platinum.

The A Team
“The A Team” was the first single of Ed Sheeran. It is an acoustic folk song which, according to Ed, was about prostitute addicted to a certain addictive drug. The song was a worldwide hit and it peaked at number 3 in UK and became his first top 20 in US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

You Need Me, I Don’t Need You
“You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” was the second single from “+”. In this track, Ed has gone upbeat and rapped. It became Ed Sheeran’s second top 5 hit in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Lego House
“Lego House” is the third single from Ed Sheeran’s debut album. It was a ballad and a love song this time from Ed. The ballad became his second worldwide hit reaching the top 5 in UK and good chart positions in other countries. In Asia, it was his most successful single from the album. It is my favorite single from the album too
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Drunk
“Drunk” was the fourth release off “+”. The song is quite upbeat, and it was one of my favorites from the album. It was Ed Sheeran’s fourth consecutive top 10 hit in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Small Bump
“Small Bump” was also released as a single. The song talked about pregnancy miscarriage. It was the lowest peaking single from the album in UK failing the top 20.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Give Me Love
“Give Me Love” was the last release from “+”. It is slower this time and the last parts of the song was epic. It reached the top 20 in many countries including number 18 peak in UK. It was one of the most notable songs from the album in Asia.
Rate:  8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Ed Sheeran



Album’s Singles Review: “Dangerously in Love” by Beyonce

Dangerously in Love (album)
After her success with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce released her first solo album with “Dangerously in Love”. The album contains a lot of songs about love. Beyonce had shown she can really do it on her own in this album and made her a legitimate solo album. It became a big seller worldwide reaching number 1, including US and United Kingdom. It was certified 5x platinum by RIAA already.

Work It Out
“Work It Out” was Beyonce’s first ever solo single, but wasn’t the lead single of “Dangerously in Love” since it was used for an “Austin Powers” movie. It was included in the album in some countries. It is a beautiful R&B song with retro style. The song charted in several countries including United Kingdom where it peaked at number 7. In US, the song failed to enter the Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Crazy in Love (ft. Jay-Z)
“Crazy in Love” was the official lead single by Beyonce for her “Dangerously in Love” album. It featured his husband now Jay-Z. It is a R&B song which is catchy with its horns  which made it enticing.  The song became a worldwide hit which included United States and UK, where it went to number 1in both territories.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Baby Boy (ft. Sean Paul)
“Baby Boy” was the second single of Beyonce’s first album. It featured dancehall and reggae star Sean Paul. The song’s dancehall and Arabic sound is its asset. It was another big hit for Beyonce when it reach top 10 worldwide. In United States, it became her second number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Me, Myself and I
“Me, Myself and I” has been the third single of “Dangerously in Love”. The mid-tempo R&B song became Beyonce’s third US top 10 hit. In United Kingdom, it peaked at number 11.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Naughty Girl
“Naughty Girl” was the final official single of Beyonce’s album “Dangerously in Love”. The song has Arabic sound again, while its lyrics was kind of raunchy. It became Beyonce’s third top 5 hit in the US reaching number 3. It went top 10 in some countries too.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / beyonceVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “No Strings Attached” NSYNC

No Strings Attached (album)
NSYNC’s success with their debut album was followed by their second album “No Strings Attached”. The album was also their first album transferring to Jive. It contains dance pop, pop and R&B songs and a little matured compared to their self-titled debut album. It became a record-breaker as it became the fastest selling album in the US with more than 2.4 million in a single week. However, the record was surpassed by Adele. The album is still a big hit though.

Bye Bye Bye
“Bye Bye Bye” has been the carrier single for “No Strings Attached”. It talks about saying goodbye to the lover who has been abusive and deceptive. The music video has been very popular when the guys are being puppets controlled by a lady. The song was a hit worldwide and served as the biggest single by the group.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

It’s Gonna Be Me
“It’s Gonna Be Me” was released as the second single for “No Strings Attached”. The song talks about assuring the girl that he’s different from other guys who cheats at their sweethearts. The music video shows the guys in dolls and strings. The song sounds like a slower version of “Bye Bye Bye. It was a hit and became their first US number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

I’ll Never Stop
“I’ll Never Stop” was released as a single in other countries. It is a pop song, and its music videp was compared to Backstreet Boys’ “The One” because of its similarities as it shows the guys from their concerts. The song was a hit in some countries especially in UK where it peaked at number 13.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

This I Promise You
“This I Promise You” was the last single for “No Strings Attached”. It is known as being written by Richar Marx. The ballad became a hit reaching number 5 on Billboard Hot 100, and has been huge in Asia.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / NSYNCVEVO

Female Artists With Number 1 Albums In US and UK: Lady GaGa / Adele / Katy Perry

Lady Gaga
United States- Lady Gaga garnered three albums which reached number 1. Her debut “The Fame” may had only peaked at number 2 but at least became her biggest selling album with 4x platinum according to RIAA. Her number one album started with “Born This Way” which was a million seller on its first weak. “Artpop” followed which was eventually a platinum seller, and the last was the collab with jazz singer “Tony Bennett”.
United Kingdom- Lady Gaga had three number 1 albums in UK too. “The Fame” did very well which became her first number 1 album, which was BPI certified 9x platinum. Her sophomore effort “Born This Way” did well when it debuted at number 1. Her last album to reach number 1 was “Artpop”.

Adele
United States- Adele has been a huge superstar in the United States. Her debut “19” peaked lower initially but has been able to catch after her second album’s success. It peaked at number 4 which already went 3x platinum. Her second effort “21” did very well when it topped the charts for many weeks. Now, the album was already certified 11x platinum. Her current album debuted at number 1 and was the fastest selling album ever when it sold more than 3.3 million. Currently, the album exceeded 8x platinum status by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Adele is the top artist in UK during the last 10 years. The total of three albums she released went to number 1. Her first album “19” eventually reached 7x platinum by BPI. It was followed by the highly popular “21” which reached 16x platinum. Her new album “25” was currently 9x platinum.

Katy Perry
United States- Katy Perry had her two albums to success after reaching number 1. While her debut “One of the Boys” went to number 9, it still went platinum Her two number 1 albums were “Teenage Dream” (RIAA 3x platinum certified) and the last one with “Prism”.
United Kingdom- Katy Perry’s albums “Teenage Dream” and “Prism” both went to number 1. “Teenage Dream”, though, was her biggest seller when it reached 4x platinum by BPI

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / LadyGagaVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “A Different Beat” by Boyzone

A Different Beat (album)
Boyzone gained success in several markets with their debut album “Said and Done”. The album’s success prompted the group for their second album which was eventually title “A Different Beat”. As they usually do, the album contained pop songs but more edgier in this album. They also had a number of remakes in the album. The album became a hit in some parts of Europe and Asia. But it was very popular in United Kingdom where it reached number 1 again and certified 3x platinum by BPI.

Words
“Words” has been the lead single of “A Different Beat” and it was an original song by Bee Gees. Their version became a hit.In Asia, it was a chart-topping song. It reached number 1 in United Kingdom too.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10 Continue reading Album’s Singles Review: “A Different Beat” by Boyzone

Album’s Singles Review: “Madonna” and “Like a Virgin” by Madonna

Madonna (album)
Madonna achieved her first success with her “Madonna” album. However, it was not the album which brought her to superstardom. The album had lots of dance and disco tracks and pop tunes. It peaked inside the US top 10 and was certified 5x platinum by RIAA.

Holiday
“Holiday” was released as the third single from the album, but her first two singles did not chart. This song was kinda catchy and a really good song for holiday. It became her first hit single when it reached the top 20 in Billboard charts, while a number 2 hit in UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Lucky Star
“Lucky Star”  was the second official hit from Madonna’s self titled album. The dance pop song was a bigger hit in the US when it peaked at 4, while a slower hit internationally.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Borderline
“Borderline” is one of Madonna’s notable singles in her early career. The song is still similar to her previous singles but this song sounds catchier. It became her second US top 10 hit while it reached number 2 in UK charts again.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Like a Virgin (album)
Like a Virgin” served as Madonna’s second album. It became a bigger success as it reached number 1 worldwide. The album contained mostly dance and pop tunes. In US, the album went 10x platinum.

Like a Virgin (single)
“Like a Virgin”, the title track, was released as the first single from the album It was a dance pop track compared to her previous works. The song became an international hit as it reached number 1 in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Material Girl
“Material Girl” was the second single from “Like a Virgin”. It is a perfect follow up to the successful lead single as it followed the previous song’s success too. It went to number 2 on Billboard Hot 100, gaining Madonna another big success.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Angel
“Angel” was the third single from the album, and despite being danceable, it was slower than past singles. It was released along “Into the Groove” in other countries. It reached the top 5 of both UK and US.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Into the Groove
“Into the Groove” was released alongside “Angel” before. However, it was a bigger hit worldwide when it reached number 1 in many countries. It was a dance pop song similar to her past singles.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Dress You Up
“Dress You Up” is another dance pop song for Madonna. This song gave another fame for her when it reached top 10 in most countries.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Gambler
“Gambler” was the final single from the album released mostly in European coumtries. It was a top ten hit in many of thosd countries.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / themadonnahub

Album’s Singles Review: “One Love” by Blue

One Love (album)
After success with their debut album “All Rise”, Blue had released their second album “One Love” immediately. The same sounds can be heard in the album which was already heard from “All Rise”, the usual pop and R&B sound. The album did well as it charted in many countries. It reached number 1 again in United Kingdom and match the success of “All Rise” with 4x platinum by BPI.

One Love (single)
“One Love” was the first single for the album with the same title. It was a pop R&B song and sounds similar to their songs from “All Rise” album. The song was a hit in some countries and peaked at number 3 in United Kingdom. It was notable in Asia where there’s an Asian version with Asian artists.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (ft. Elton John)
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” became the second single for “One Love”. It is a pop R&B ballad which also featured its original artist, Elton John. Their version became an international hit reaching the top 10 in severla countries. It became a number 1 for Blue in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

U Make Me Wanna
“U Make Me Wanna” has been the last single for “One Love” The song is a pop R&B track which became another top 5 hit in United Kingdom for the group. They charted within top 10 in some nations.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Supersexual
“Supersexual” was only released in selected countries. It is another pop R&B song, which failed to chart in some countries.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Flexin’
“Flexin'” was not released as official single and became a hit here in the Philippines. It featured Filipina singer Kyla which contributed to the song.  It is just a light R&B song with simpel vocals.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / emimusic

Boyz II Men- Cooleyhighharmony: Top 10 Singles in US and UK and Memorable Chorus of a Song

Boyz II Men- Cooleyhighharmony
United States- “Cooleyhighharmony” is a groundbreaking for the group as it scored a total of four top 10 hits in the US. Only few albums score a lot of hits in an album and Boyz II Men was one of them. On one of their singles, one song reach number . Check below:
Motownphilly- #3
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday- #2
End of the Road- #1
In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)- #3
It is clear that all the four singles didn’t only reach top 10, rather the top 3, making the group one of the biggest groups in the US. Only “Uhh Ahh” and “Please Don’t Go” failed to reach the top 10 which peaked at #16 and #49 respectively. “End of the Road” was from the movie “Boomerang” but later included to “Cooleyhighharmony”. It means that song is the biggest hit after reaching number 1, also stayed there for 13 weeks according to Billboard.

United Kingdom- The album also scored hits in United Kingdom. Three singles has charted, one single topped the charts, but only one reached the top 10:
End of the Road- #1
Apparently, only “End of the Road” reached the top 10. However, they at least scored a number 1 single. Also, the songs “Motownphilly” and “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” peaked at #23 and #27 respectively. “End of the Road” achieved Gold Record in the country by BPI.

It is pretty obvious that “End of the Road” is the most successful single in US and UK for reaching number 1 in both countries. So here’s the chorus of the song below and enjoy the music video. At this moment, the video reached more than 40 million YouTube views:
End of the Road (Chorus)
Although we’ve come to the end of the road
Still I can’t let you go
It’s unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you
Come to the end of the road
Still I can’t let you go
It’s unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics from azlyrics.com and its songwriters
Video from YouTube

Album’s Singles Review: “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears

…Baby One More Time (album)
Britney Spears broke the music scene through her debut album “…Baby One More Time”. The album has a lot of teen pop and dance pop songs. It has been a worldwide hit album with estimated sales of 30 million, while it reached 14x platinum by RIAA.

…Baby One More Time (single)
“…Baby One More Time” was the first single by Britney Spears. The song was dance pop, and teen pop which played a huge part in pop culture. It opened the door for Britney Spears to superstardom as it reached number 1 worldwide including United States and UK, where it was a big seller too.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Sometimes
“Sometimes” was Britney Spears’ second single from her debut album. It is a mid-tempo pop song which is quite cliché as one of Max Martin penned song. It was a hit particularly in Europe and in Asia, which it was a radio hit in the Philippines. In the US, it peaked at number 21.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

(You Drive Me) Crazy
“(You Drive Me) Crazy” was the third single from Britney Spears’ album “…Baby One More Time”. The song was used for the Melissa Joan Hart movie “Drive Me Crazy”. It sounds like the cousin of her hit “…Baby One More Time”. It became her second big hit from the album in US where it went top 10. It was also a big hit in other countries.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Born to Make You Happy
“Born to Make You Happy” was the fourh single from “…Baby One More Time”, though not released as a single in the US. The mid-tempo song was a worldwide hit, and in United Kingdom, it became her second number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
“From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” was the final single from “…Baby One More Time” album. It was a ballad this time and it was not widely released worldwide. It was a number 14 hit in United States.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / BritneySpearsVEVO