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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

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

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

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

Sheryl Crow- Sheryl Crow: Top 10 / 40 Singles in US and UK

Sheryl Crow- Sheryl Crow
United States- After the very successful album “Tuesday Night Music Club”, Sheryl Crow returned in 1996 with her self-titled album. The record has been able to reach number 6 in United States and received a certification of 3x platinum from RIAA. It has sold lower than her previous album though. It released a number of singles and achieved this top 10 hit:
If It Makes You Happy- #10
Sheryl Crow achieved a top 10 hit from the album with “If It Makes You Happy”. It became her third top 10 in the singles chart after two top 10 hits from “Tuesday Night Music Club”. She had another top 40 hit with:
Everyday Is a Winding Road- #11
“Everyday Is a Winding Road” feel short to reach the top 10 when it only peaked at number 11. Still, it was one of her big hits in United States.

United Kingdom- Sheryl Crow did well in United Kingdom with her self-titled second album. It even did well with “Tuesday Night Club”- which went to number 7- as “Sheryl Crow” album peaked at number 5. This album even sold more when it was certified by BPI with 3x platinum. It shows it’s not the same thing happened with this album in United Stated. The album even scored two top 10 singles as listed below:
If It Makes You Happy- #9
A Change Would Do You Good- #8
Compared to her previous album, this one scored two while the previous only had one top 10 hit. “A Change Would Do You Good” was the biggest hit from the album when it peaked at number 8 and “If It Makes You Happy” at number 9. Three more singles charted and all of the went to top 40 with these songs:
Everyday Is a Winding Road- #12
Hard to Make a Stand- #22
Home- #25
The album had a total of five singles released and obviously, all of those songs went to top 40.

“If It Makes You Happy” was Sheryl Crow’s biggest single in United States, while it was second in United Kingdom. It can still be considered her biggest hit from the album and I would be sharing that song below:

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

Eminem- The Marshall Matters LP: Top 10 and 40 Singles in US and UK

Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP
United States- Eminem may had achieved success over his debut album “The Slim Shady LP”, but he was more successful with his album “The Marshall Mathers LP”. It even reached number 1 after a huge first week sales being reported by Nielsen Soundscan with 1.7 million, something rarely achieved by any artist. The album was even a diamond awardee by RIAA because of 10x platinum achievement. The album also released singles which became hits, and the one listed below made it to top 10:
The Real Slim Shady- #4
Three singles were released and despite being a huge album, it scored only one top 10 hit with “The Real Slim Shady” when it reached number 4. He had no other top 40 hits as well but chartdd outside the top 50 with “The Way I Am” and the Dido collab “Stan”.

United Kingdom- Eminem was very successful with this album in United Kingdom too. It was a chart-topper and sales were enormous. According to BPI, it achieved the saled which certified him with 8x platinum. Singles were also big hits from the album. He achieved top 10 hits through these songs below:
The Real Slim Shady- #1
The Way I Am- #8
Stan- #1
It shows how successful Eminem’s singles in the country were. He got two singles to reach number 1 first with “The Real Slim Shady” and followed by the third single “Stan” which samples lyrics from the song of the featured artist Dido. Both songs were even awarded with Platinum by BPI. He also hit the top 10 with “The Way I Am” when it took the 8th spot. Three singles were only released from the album and no song peaked outside the top 10 but within the top 40.

The song I will be sharing was “The Real Slim Shady”. It contains disses towards other artists. It was the biggest hit from him through the “The Marshall Mathers LP” album in the US as it reached the top 5, while a number 1 hit song in UK.

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

Album’s Singles Review: “These are Special Times” and “All the Way… A Decade of Song” by Celine Dion

These are Special Times (holiday album)
During the year of success of her album “Let’s Talk About Love”, Celine Dion released her holiday album “These are Special Times”. The album was a hit reaching number 2 in United States and even was multi-platinum worldwide.

I’m Your Angel (with R. Kelly)
“I’m Your Angel” was released as the carrier single of Celine Dion’s holiday album “I’m Your Angel”. It was her duet with R&B singer R. Kelly, and included on his album too. It was a R&B ballad and has a good message. The song was a worldwide hit and reached number 1 in United States.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

The Prayer (with Andrea Bocelli)
“The Prayer” was a song by Celine Dion with Andrea Bocelli. Ths song was an inspirational song which remains very popular despite non-placement in official music charts.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

All the Way… A Decade of Song (compilation album)
With her success, Celine Dion finally released a compilation album of her hits entitled “All the Way… A Decade of Song”. The album has been a worldwide top seller and reached 8 million sales in the US alone as certified by RIAA.

That’s the Way It Is
“That’s the Way it Is” was released to lead Celine Dion’s compilation album “All the Way… A Decade of Song”. The song is an uptempo pop track which Celine rarely do, but succeeded with this one. The song has been a worldwide top 10 hit.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

The You Look at Me
“Then You Look at Me” was the second single from the compilation album “All the Way… A Decade of Song”. It was a big ballad which was the theme song of the movie “Bicentennial Man”.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Live (for the One I Love)
“Live (for the One I Love)” was released as a single off “All the Way… A Decade of Song”. It was a cover and English version and has charted in a few countries.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

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

Oasis- Don’t Believe the Truth / Dig Out Your Soul: Top 10 Singles in US and UK

Oasis- Don’t Believe the Truth
United States- Oasis returned for “Don’t Believe the Truth”. It had released three singles but again, it failed to score a chart hit. The song “Lyla” reaches number 19 at the alternative music charts.

United Kingdom- Oasis again reached the apex with their 3x platinum album “Don’t Believe the Truth”. It released three singles, and see which made to the upper 10 position:
Lyla- #1
The Importance of Being Idle- #1
Let There Be Love- #2
Oasis achieved another success on singles charts for scoring their 7th and 8th number 1 singles with “Lyla” and “The Importance of Being Idle”. “Let There Be Love” became a number 2 hit. It shows that the band achieved a total of three top 2 hits, and not just the top 10.

Oasis- Dig Out Your Soul
United States- “Dig Out Your Soul” was the last album Oasis released. It released three singles again, but no top 10 hit was recorded. However, they had at least a number 12 hit on alternative music charts with ” The Shock of the Lightning”.

United Kingdom- Oasis’ “Dig Out Your Soul” was the last single released, and as usual, it was a top seller there and was awarded 2x platinum by BPI. It had released three singles again, and here’s what made it to top 10:
The Shocked of the Lightning- #3
Falling Down- #10
Oasis’ “Dig Out Your Soul” was their first album not to score a number 1 hit since their debut “Definitely Maybe”. It scored their 22nd and 23rd top 10 singles though with the number 3 hit “The Shock of the Lightning” and number 10 for “Falling Down”.

Oasis had five singles from the albums “Don’t Believe the Truth” and “Falling Down” in United Kingdom. “Lyla” and “The Importance of Being Idle” were number 1 hits in UK off the album “Don’t Believe the Truth”. But I had chosen “Lyla” to share since it is their most notable release during the era of the two albums.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Albums by: Oasis
Video from YouTube / OasisVEVO