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Recap: I Love OPM (March 6, 2016)

Finally, the top 24 was finally completed last night. It does mean that Round 1 is over. Tonight, Round 2 will start. However, before the performances, the top 24 were grouped to visit places assigned to them and try to enjoy for an adventure.

The first group were brought to Davao where they had fun. They went for an adventure like white water rafting which Sumner tried and ate the very popular fruit, Durian.
Sumner Mahassey
Sumner Mahassey first performed tonight. He sang Daniel Padilla’s “Simpleng Tulad Mo”. His score for tonight from the judges was 91.67.

Reece Rostedt went out for zipline. He’s obviously scared and conquered his fear.
Reece Rostedt
Reece sang the song “Kay Kristo Lang”. The song was translated to Tagalog from its original language. His score was 86.67.

The group also went to Crocodile Park. Fathin was given a chance to feed the crocodiles.
Fathin Amira
Fathin had a powerful performance tonight. She performed the song “Paano” by Dolce. She sang it well which all the judges gave her a standing ovation. Her score was 96.33. Because of that, Reece was bumped off as only two will advance for the next round.

The group finally went for a massage. But it was a snake massage. Naisa have no idea what it was until he foudn out it is a big snake on his back.
Naisa Lasalosi
Naisa performed the song “Ikot Ikot” by Sarah Geronimo. He nailed the song and had the judges had a hard time with their decision. Because of his outstanding performance, his score was 93.67. That was enough for him to bump off Sumner. The two were bestfriends so it is hard for them to see someone leave.

Fathin Amira and Naisa Lasalosi advances to the third round. Next week, four touristars will perform and see which two artists will advance for the third round.

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

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2005-2009)

There were a lot of changes in music from 2005-2009. As noticed, there were a lot of newcomers, trends has significantly changed as well as decline of CD or album sales.

British female soul singers
Any Winehouse achieved more success in her 2006 second album “Back to Black”, while another soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae became successful with her debut album after her successful single ” Put Your Records On”. Another soul singer, Duffy, achieved worldwide success with her album “Rockferry” and became the top selling artist in 2008 in UK. Adele also debuted that same year but achieved more success with her second album.

Rise of digital and single downloads
Digital sales increased during this era and we saw the rise of singles downloads. Downloads are now included to eligible to chart in music charts.

Drop of album sales
With the rise of digital downloads, album sales went down continually. This era, no albums released ever reached 20 million in sales.

Electronic Dance Music
In 2009, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was seen to rise. David Guetta achieved successes after the hit single “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland on vocals. Lady Gaga’s sound became popular as well, thus, opening the path for dance music on the rise.

Disney princesses
This is the era when Disney princesses debuted in music industry. Miley Cyrus became successful with her Hannah Montana TV show as well as the film and soundtracks. She reached number 1 with her introductory LP “Breakout”. Other Disney stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, had their first albums to Billboard top 10.

Musicals on TV and movies
Disney released a TV film “High School Musical” which became a phenomenon, It had its sequel again on TV, while the last part was a movie released on theaters. The soundtrack albums became big sellers too. In 2009, musical show “Glee” became successful in ratings while records sales sold millions too.

American Idol winners
After Kelly Clarkson’s success, Americal Idol continued to break the ratings game. Carrie Underwood achieved successes and became one of the top country artists. Other AI winners achieved limited success.

Girl groups
Two notable girl groups who broke album sales this era, Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. The former though became the most successful female group at that time.

Successful comeback
We saw Mariah Carey’s successful comeback with “Emancipation of Mimi” after 2 flop albums. Madonna went back on top again after “American Life” performed modestly. Her “Confessions on a Dance Floor” became a top seller. Justin Timberlake’s long awaited second album became one of the best selling albums during this era.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Soundtrack Singles of 2015

Many of us have surely seen blockbuster films this year. Along with the successful movies comes successful soundtracks too. This year, we heard some hit soundtrack albums while some theme songs even became big hits in the music charts. Here are the 5 biggest soundtrack singles this year:

Sam Smith- Writings on the Wall (from 007 Spectre)
Sam Smith was chosen to sing the James Bond song called “Writings on the Wall”. The movie, according to Box Office Mojo, grossed more than $700 million, a big amount, however lesser than “Skyfall” did. The same performance with the song which peaked lower than Adele’s “Skyfall” failing the top 40 entry but did better in the UK when it reached the apex of the singles chart.

Jessie J- Flashlight (from Pitch Perfect 2)
This theme for the “Pitch Perfect 2” was a top 20 hit in the UK. However, it underperformed in the US peaking at #61 according to Billboard. Despite the underperformance of the song, it was a huge hit in the internet as many civer versions were done. The film though was a bigger success than its predecessor.

The Weeknd- Earned It (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
The film “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been overstated before it was even released which resulted to box-office success. The soundtrack even was as successful which scored two big hits. This song from The Weeknd became his first solo hit to reach top 5 worldwide.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
This is also another big hit from “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The song was very successful worldwide and even gained hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube as well as in audio streaming.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again (Furious 7)
This is the biggest soundtrack and one of the biggest hit this year. Sang for the late Paul Walker, Furious 7 reached a billion dollars in ticket sales, according to Box-Office Mojo, and this song stayed long weeks at the summit globally.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top Movie Soundtracks Hits Since 2010

Since 2010, soundtracks became a trend and several soundtrack albums hit the top 10 in sales. Their singles likewise performed well on the charts.

10. Anna Kendrick- Cups
(from Pitch Perfect)
The musical comedy film grossed well while its soundtrack peaked at top 3 in Billboard 200. While this song was a #6 hit despite its simple production.

9. Bruno Mars- It Will Rain
(from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1)
This ballad from Bruno Mars just became his fifth top 5 hit and contributed to the high sales of Breaking Dawn soundtrack.

8. Charlii XCX- Boom Clap
(from The Fault in Our Stars)
After being part of TFiOS soundtrack, this track became Charlii XCX’s biggest and breakthrough hit as solo. The film itself was a top grossing drama too.

7. Christina Perri- A Thousand Years
(from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1)
With such a voice and beautiful song, this song became a staple for the film as part 2 of this song was ande for Breaking Dawn 2.

6. Flo Rida- Club Can’t Handle Me
(from Step Up 3D)
This is the second time Step Up staff hired Flo Rida for their movie which was first hit with “Low”. The song is still a hit and Flo deserves acknowledgement from Step Up films.

5. Adele- Skyfall
(from Skyfall)
This song became the biggest Bond hit since Madonna’s 2002 hit. Skyfall just became one of the biggest hits of Adele. The film also became a mega blockbuster.

4. Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
(from Fifty Shades of Grey)
Ellie Goulding may have hits prior, but this one became her biggest. As part of Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack which topped the charts, theis song played a big part.

3. Idina Menzel- Let It Go
(from Frozen)
The soundtrack of Frozen became the biggest selling soundtrack album for a long time. Thanks to Idina’s hit which became a multiple platinum hit.

2. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
(from Furious 7)
This song just became one of the biggest hits this year and sales if the single was huge as well as its billion views on YouTube. Thanks to the beautiful melody courtesy of Charlie Puth. The film also was a billion grosser.

1.Pharrell Williams- Happy
(from Despicable Me 2)
This song was the biggest hit in 2014 from the hit animation “Despicable Me 2”. It skyrocketed Pharrell’s career after this.

Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of 2000s

Movie soundtracks in 2000s may not be as huge as in 1990s, however, there are some big hits too this decade.

High School Musical Cast- Breaking Free
(from High School Musical)
The cast of this TV movie gained popularity in music industry when this song hit the top 10, which is also popular among teenagers.

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee- Shae Ya Tailfeather
(from Bad Boys 2)
It took 8 years for the sequelof Bad Boys 2, and it was worth it as the film was a hit as well as this song which was a Hot 100 chart-topper.

Madonna- Die Another Day
(from Die Another Day)
She had a cameo role in this James Bond film, likewise, she sang the Bond theme which became the biggest Bond song after several years.

Miley Cyrus- The Climb
(from Hannah Montana The Movie)
After successful TV soundtracks, finally, a movie soundtrack was released through the movie versio. The movie’s theme “The Climb” became a Billboard top 5 hit and Miley’s biggest hit then.

A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls- Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)
(from Slumdog Millionaire)
Originally excluded Pussycat Dolls from the original version, the group’s inclusion made the song a hit. The success of the film can also be attributed.

Linkin Park- What I’ve Done
(from Transformers)
This can be the biggest selling single of the band, it’s inclusion to the “Transformers” soundtrack is a jump start for the band’s new album.

Faith Hill- There You’ll Be
(from: Pearl Harbor)
The song was Faith’s biggest international hit and was intended to duplicate the success of “My Heart Will Go On” but it didn’t match. It is still a hit though.

Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink- Lady Marmalade
(from: Moulin Rouge)
These four ladies made an incredible version of this song with huge impact to the success of the album’s soundtrack and film. It went on to top the global charts.

Eminem- Lose Yourself
(from: 8 Mile)
This song is one of the biggest hit of Em. Likewise, it is also a successful film which starred Em himself. The soundtrack is also reached high sales status.

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain- Low
(Step Up 2: The Streets)
It seems hip-hop is such a big genre in soundtracks recently. This song from the second installment of Step Up was one of the biggest selling digital singles to date.

Some facts from Wikipedia

My Choice 10 Musical Films

I have seen tons of musical films, either it was theatrical or comedic. It’s just fun to watch them. But there were some musical that are more serious especially those seen on Broadway and adopted into film.

10. High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Teen musicals can be fan too. We heard lots of pop tunes in this third installment of Disney’s High School musical trilogy. Among all the 3 films, for me it is the least likable but it doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

9. Hairspray

The film’s setting was in 1960s and featured A-list artists which includes John Travolta. It also marks Zac Efron as first musical big screen film after successful High School Musical TV films. It was good to see John in musical films again.

8. Evita

A film about Argentina’s first lady Evita Peron and was based from a musical. It became Madonna’s most successful film and gained her awards.

7. Dreamgirls

This is a story about a girl group patterned after The Supremes. Jennifer Hudson did so well and it became a major highlight of her career despite not one of the top 5 of American Idol before this film. She even flourished in this film after winning Best Supporting Actress in Oscar than its lead Beyonce.

6. Mamma Mia

Adapted into film from a musical, it was turned into film and became huge in box-office and based on the hit song of Swedish pop group ABBA. It regained sales for ABBA too, as well as success for the soundtrack album. Amanda and Merryl did the film well.

5. High School Musical

The first film of the series. Storywise, it’s better than the first one but it’s my second choice from the 3 films. It was only made for TV and was seen by hundreds of millions worldwide.

4. High School Musical 2

The reason why this is my first pic among all HSM movies is because of the music. The first has better story but the songs in the sequel was better.

3. Pitch Perfect 2

I am a Pitch Perfect movies fan. This is very hilarious but quite started at a low pace to get its story and the humor. After 15 minutes, it was all fun and you can connect its story to yeh first part.

2. Les Miserables 2012

I love how this was done in a film recently and Anne Hathaway who had a short performance in the film is the most memorable when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream”. You can feel the pain in her when she sang it.

1. Pitch Perfect

This is my favorite musical films ever because of its story and humor. Rebel Wilson was hilarious. I even remember this film every time I hear Ace of Base’s “The Sign”. Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” is a good song too. I watched the film several times and I will still watch it when I got the chance.