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Album’s Singles Review: “X&Y” by Coldplay



X&Y (album)
Coldplay became successful with their first two studio albums “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head”. The band finally released their third studio album “X&Y”. The tracks off the record as usual has alternative rock sounds with some melancholic tunes. The album became the band’s first number 1 album in the US, and it also became a top seller worldwide.

Speed of Sound
“Speed of Sound” was the first single from the Coldplay album “X&Y”. The track is an alternative rock song and British rock is evident on it. It reached number 8 in the US, their first top 10. In the UK, it reached number 2.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Fix You
“Fix You” was released as the second single of “X&Y”. The song gives a sense of encouragement in a melancholic way with the song’s sound. It is one of my favorite Coldplay song and from my favorite from the album. It went to number 4 in United Kingdom and number 54 in the United States.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Talk
“Talk” became the third release for the album “X&Y”. It is an alternative song which was one of the best releases from the album. It reached number 10 in United Kingdom and number 86 on Billboard Hot 10.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

The Hardest Part
“The Hardest Part” was released as the fourth single off “X&Y”. The alternative track which was in a slow register was not released as an official single im United Kingdom. It managed to chart in a number of countries. In United States, it failed to chart im Hot 100, but it did in component charts.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

White Shadows
“White Shadows” was the last single of “X&Y”. The song is a nice rock song from the British band. It failed to chart in different countries despite being a good song.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Coldplay Official



Album’s Singles Review: “Music Box” by Mariah Carey

Music Box (album)
With Mariah Carey’s success over her albums “Mariah Carey”, “Emotions” and the live album “MTV unplugged”, she came back with this third studio album of her which was “Music Box”. In this album, Mariah poured in her heart and emotions with those ballads, and the few upbeat tunes. The album actually became her biggest seller ever, and all her first album which made her a legitimate worldwide superstar.

Dreamlover
“Dreamlover” was the first single from Mariah Carey’s third studio album “Music Box”. It sounded more on pop with a twist of R&B on it. It became a worldwide top 10 hit, while in the US, it was her longest chart-topper at that time and her 7th top number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Hero
“Hero” had became the second single from the album “Music Box” by Mariah Carey. It was a pop R&B ballad, which Mariah released such an inspirational song like this. The song again became a top 10 hit internationally, while it did better in United States by which it became her 8th number 1 hit there.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Without You
“Without You” has been the third single released internationally for the album “Music Box”. It was Mariah Carey’s cover song original by the band Badfinger. The song became an international number 1 hit, while it peaked at number 3 in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Never Forget You
“Never Forget You” is actually the B-side single by Mariah Carey for the song “Without You”. It was a slow R&B song which showcased soulful vocals of Mariah.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Anytime You Need a Friend
“Anytime You Need a Friend” became the last single of the album “Music Box” by Mariah Carey. It is a pop R&B ballad but sounded notable with gospel tune. It went tp the top 10 and top 20 internationally.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia.
Video from YouTube / MariahCareyVEVO

Music 10 O’s: O-Town to One Direction

1. O-Town
They were the winner of the TV show “Making the Band”. After that, they produced hit singles such as “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing”. But their success was short termed.

2. OutKast
They were one of the best hip-hop duo ever. I love their song “Ms. Jackson” from “Stankonia” album. Their most successful album was “Speakerboxx / The Love Below” and my favorite from the album was “Hey Ya”.

3. Obsessed
This is a song by Mariah Carey from her album “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel”. It was her song that was meant to diss Eminem, who first dissed her.

4. Ode to My Family
This is one of my favorite song from the Irish band The Cranberries. It wasn not a happy song, but I love it as it was longing to be with your family, as well as the place or hometown where you had grown up.

5. Oh Mother
This was a song by Christina Aguilera that was for her mother. It was from the album “Back to Basics” which has a classic sound on it.

6. Owl City
I love this one man band who had the hit song “Fireflies”. He achieved success again when he collaborated with Carly Rae Jepsen. It was the song “Good Time” which became his second hit.

7. On the 6
The first album by Jennifer Lopez. It was multiple platinum and produced the hit songs “If You Had My Love” and the club-ready song “Waiting for Tonight”.

8. On a Night Like This
It was a dance hit by Aussie singer Kylie Minogue. It follows the comeback hit of her “Spinning Around” which was a hit in 2000.

9. One Call Away
A song by Charlie Puth which followed his hit “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor. Rapper Chingy had his own song with that title too.

10. One Direction
The biggest boyband during the recent years. They were from UK which their popularity was extended worldwide. They were on hiatus now, but before it happened, Zayn left the group and had gone solo.

Video from YouTube / OutkastVEVO

Eminem- Encore: Top 10 and Top 40 Singles in US and UK

Eminem- Encore
United States- Eminem had scored three number 1 albums already such as “The Marshall Mathers LP”, “The Eminem Show” and “Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile”, then his album “Encore” was released. The album has proven success again when it went to number 1 and gained 5x platinum from RIAA, but lower than his two previous albums. Singles were released and look what entered the top 10:
Just Lose It- #6
Unlike the previous album, “Encore” only scored one top 10 hit which was “Just Lose It” at number 6. But he had top 40 hits which were listed below:
Encore (with 50 Cent and Dr. Dre)- #25
Like Toy Soldiers- #34
Mockingbird- #11
Eminem had exactly another three singles which reached the top 40. It seemed his second biggest hit in the country has been “Mockingbird” for reaching number 11.

United Kingdom- Eminem attained success again in United Kingdom with “Encore” album. It reached the top spot again and awarded with 4x platinum by BPI. He even had scored numerous top 10 hits there as listed down below:
Just Lose It- #1
Like Toy Soldiers- #1
Mockingbird- #4
Ass Like That- #4
Eminem never failed to reach the top 10 as four official singles went to the top 10 and top 5. He scored his fifth and sixth number 1 hits of his career with “Just Lose It” and “Like Toy Soldiers”, both were awarded by BPI with Silver Record. His two singles which both peaked at number 4 were “Mockingbird” and “Ass Like That”. “Encore” track was not released but peaked outside the top 100.

The biggest hit from the album “Encore” was obviously “Just Lose It” for reaching the top 10 in US and number 1 in UK. However, I am sharing “Mockingbird” because it shows how much Eminem love his daughter, and the soft spot of him. It shows how genuine he is, and how intimate he is for his daughter.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Album by: Eminem
Video from YouTube / EminemVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “A New Day Has Come” and “One Heart” by Celine Dion

A New Day Has Come (album)
After taking a break, Celine Dion returned in this new album which was appropriately titled “A New Day Has Come”. It was a usual pop album from her but had gone adventurous than her previous records. The album bece a worldwide number 1 seller.

A New Day Has Come (single)
“A New Day Has Come”, the title track, was released to be the carrier single of the album. The song was a mid-tempo ballad and such a good song and like energy was reserved in this song after hiatus. It has been a top 10 hit worldwide
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

I’m Alive
“I’m Alive” was the second single for the album “A New Day Has Come”. Celine has gone uptempo in this dance pop track. It became a Eurowide hit song.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)
“Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) has been the third release from “A New Day Has Come”. The song is such a sad song as I can relate to this song with my mother’s loss. The song didn’t do that great at the charts.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

One Heart (album)
“One Heart” was Celine Dion’s follow-up to the album “A New Day Has Come”. The album failed to sell as high as her previous albums. It peaked at the top 10 worldwide. This time, the album has a lot of pop, ballads, and already took the dance music route.

I Drove All Night
“I Drove All Night” has been the initial single released for the album “One Heart”. It was a song original by Cyndi Lauper, and Celine did this as a dance track. The song only charted at the top 50 in United States.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Have You Ever Been In Love
“Have You Ever Been In Love” was released as the second single from the album “One Heart”. The ballad is the best single released from the album. It failed to chart in the US charts though.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

One Heart
“One Heart” was the title track of the album. It was a dance track and charted in a lot of countries but failed to chart higher as Celinr usually does.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Stand by Your Side
“Stand by Your Side” became thd fourth single off “One Heart”. The pop ballad was a hit on radion in the Philippines, but failed to chart successfully internationally.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

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

Album’s Singles Review: “Overexposed” by Maroon 5

Overexposed (album)
With the lesser success of their previous album “Hands All Over”, Maroon 5 had released “Overexposed” as their follow-up album. The album’s sound is still the usual pop and rock, however, you can hear more pop sound in this record. The album was a global hit and did better than the previous album. It went to number 2 both in United States and United Kingdom, and has received awards for certifications.

Payphone (ft. Wiz Khalifa)
“Payphone” has been released as the carrier single for “Overexposed” by Maroon 5. It is a pop song which sounds different what they usually did before, and it shows that the re-branding was effective. It became a globally successful single and it reached number 2 on Billboard Hot 100. It was their first number 1 single in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

One More Night
“One More Night” was released as the second single of the album “Overexposed”. The song is a catchy pop track which you can sense the reggae sound on it. It became a pop formula for the band. It reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks and was a hit globally too.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

 

Daylight
“Daylight” became the third single off “Overexposed”. It is a pop rock song which can be a good song for Coldplay because of its sound. The song just sounds like a sad song with its lyrics. It turned out to be the band’s third top 10 hit in the United States when it reached number 7.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Love Somebody
“Love Somebody” was the final release off the hit album “Overexposed”. It was an upbeat dance pop track which sounds new for the band. The single became the fourth top 10 track from the album in the US. They became one of the rare bands to score four top 10 singles from an album.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Maroon5VEVO

Sheryl Crow- The Globe Sessions / C’mon, C’mon: Top 10 / Top 40 Singles in US and UK

Sheryl Crow- The Globe Sessions
United States- Sheryl Crow has returned in late 1998 with the album “The Globe Sessions” which followed the success of “Tuesday Night Music Club” and “Sheryl Crow”. The album has gone to number 5 in the country with 2x platinum certifications by RIAA. Three songs were released as a single but nothing went to top 10. She at least scored a top 40 hit with the one listed below:
My Favorite Mistake- #20
Despite just a single charted inside the top 40 with “My Favorite Mistake”, Sheryl Crow reached number 49 with “Anything But Down”.

United Kingdom- Sheryl Crow has achieved something even bigger with her album “The Globe Sessions” in United Kingdom. The album has gone to number 2, higher than the number 8 album “Tuesday Night Music Club” and the number 5 “Sheryl Crow”. “The Globe Sessions” went platinum by BPI. The album has released three singles with the following has gone to the top 10:
My Favorite Mistake- #9
It’s just “My Favorite Mistake” had went to the top 10, but the album had two top 40 hits with the songs:
There Goes the Neighborhood- #19
Anything but Down- #19
Both songs “There Goes the Neighborhood” and “Anything but Down” went not just inside the top 40, rather at the top 20 and number 19.

Sheryl Crow- C’mon, C’mon
United States- After years, Sheryl Crow came back with this album “C’mon, C’mon”. It suddenly became her highest peaking album in the US when it settled at number 2 with 2x platinum RIAA certifications. No single went to top 10 too, but had a top 40 hit in this song:
Soak Up the Sun- #17
The song “Soak Up the Sun” was the biggest hit from the album peaking at number 17. Another single charted which was “Steve McQueen”, but only peaked at number 88.

United Kingdom- Sheryl Crow scored her second number 2 album in the UK with “C’mon, C’mon” which was next “The Globe Sessions”. However, for the first time, she never had a top 10 hit from her album. It had top 40 hit with:
Soak Up the Sun- #16
So, “Soak Up the Sun” peaked a little higher in UK than US at number 16. The second single “Steve McQueen” only peaked at number 44.

I had chosen “Soak Up the Sun” to share not just being her biggest hit for “C’mon, C’mon”, rather it sounds like a carefree song, and a good song to play during summer.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Albums by: Sheryl Crow
Video from YouTube / SherylCrowVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “The Bodyguard” (soundtrack) by Whitney Houston

The Bodyguard (soundtrack album)
With the success of her three album “Whitney”, “Whitney Houston”, and “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, Whitney Houston turned to acting with the movie “The Bodyguard” and the soundtrack was under her name and various artists. The album contained her songs that are R&B, pop, ballad, and dance. Other artists had their music on their own sound too. The album was one of the biggest selling albums worldwide, and in US it was 17x platinum.

I Will Always Love You
“I Will Always Love You” was released as the carrier single of “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The song might seemed an original song of Whitney Houston but it was originally recorded by Dolly Parton. Her version was just magical as it starts with her vocals alone then comes up with a strong voice as the second stanza starts. The song was a universal success when it reached number 1 worldwide and one of the biggest selling singles ever.
Rate: 9.5 out of 10

I’m Every Woman
“I’m Every Woman” became Whitney Houston’s second release from the soundtrack album of “The Bodyguard”. The song was original by Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston’s cover is a disco-ready girl power anthem. Her version was a huge hit reaching the top 10 worldwide.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

I Have Nothing
“I Have Nothing” was the third released Whitney Houston single off “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The song is a powerful ballad which was one of her songs which she exerted her powerful voice. The single was a top 10 hit especially in United States and United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Run to You
“Run to You” was Whitney Houston’s fourth release from “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The song is one of the most beautiful ballads done by Whitney Houston. The song may have been a modest success but it is one of her most memorable songs.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Queen of the Night
“Queen of the Night” became Whitney Houston’s last single released for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album. The song combined music genres such as R&B, pop, dance, and rock. The song charted in a lot of countries.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

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

Music 10 N’s: NSYNC to New Kids on the Block

1. NSYNC
They were my favorite boyband ever. I so love their songs and their choreographs. I also became a fan of Justin Timberlake because he was a former NSYNC member.

2. Natalie Imbruglia
She is a pop rock singer from Australia. She was also seen in the Rowan Atkinson movie “Johnny English”. If you don’t know any song of her, try searching for her version of “Torn”.

3. Nasty
It is a song by Janet Jackson from her breakthrough album “Control”. It is a dancey pop R&B track. Another song with “Nasty” was the song “Nasty Girl” by Destiny’s Child.

4. Nevermind
This is the title of the album by rock band Nirvana. It was their record breaking album ever which was awarded by RIAA with 10x platinum.

5. No Doubt
They were one of the great bands which broke through in music in 1996. Their biggest song? It was “Don’t Speak”. Gwen Stefani was the lead vocalist of the band.

6. Neon Light
This is a song by top country singer Blake Shelton. There’s also a song by Demi Lovato but with the “S” at the last word called “Neon Lights”. Still both artists were good.

7. Natasha Beddingfield
She is a singer from Britain who first became internationally known for the song “Unwritten” She also achieved success with songs such as “Love Like This” and “Pocketful of Sunshine”.

8. Never Again
It was the title of lead track by Kelly Clarkson from her album “My December”. Nickelback also had their song with that same title which was taken from their album “All the Right Reasons”.

9. Nate Ruess
He is the lead singer of indie rock band Fun. The band was the act behind the hit song “We Are Young”. Nate also collaborated with Pink for the song “Just Give Me a Reason”.

10. New Kids on the Block
They were one of the biggest boyband ever. The guys were known for the hit “Step By Step” and “Hanging Tough”.

Video from YouTube / NSYNCVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “Janet” by Janet Jackson

Janet (album)
With the success of her previous albums “Control” and “Rhythm Nation 1814”, which established her as a role model for her socially conscious songs, Janet Jackson released her album which was sexually charged record simply entitled “Janet”. The album explored not just deep themes, rather her sounds too into R&B pop appropriate with the year it was released. It eventually became her most successful album worldwide.

That’s the Way Love Goes
“That’s the Way Love Goes” has been released as the debut single off Janet Jackson’s album “Janet”. The song is a mid-tempo R&B song with somewhat adult lyrics. The song became a global hit reaching number 1 and top 10 in most countries.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

If
“If” became the second single from “Janet”. The song is a dance-pop, R&B track with rock elements due to the heavy guitar sound on it. It has adult themes just like “That’s the Way Love Goes”. The song went to top 10 in several countries.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Again
“Again” was the third single released from the album “Janet”. It was a beautiful airy ballad and love song. It went to number 1 in United States.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Because of Love
“Because of Love” was released as the fourth single off the album “Janet”. It was a dance pop song known for Janet. It was a number 10 hit in United States.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Any Time, Any Place
“Any Time, Any Place” had became the fifth single of the album “Janet”. It was a sexually charged R&B ballad which went to number 2 in United States.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Throb
“Throb” was not released as a single widely. It was a dance track reminds me of Madonna’s sound then. It was a dance chart hit.
Rate: 5.25 out of 10

You Want This
“You Want This” has been a single released for “Janet” album. The upbeat track became Janet Jackson’s sixth top 10 hit in the US from the album.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Whoops Now
“Whoops Now” was  released as a single in several countries along with the song “What I’ll Do” as a double sided single. The song sounds like the slower version of “Escapade”. It went to the top 10 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Pedro Maia