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Album’s Singles Review: “Songs in A Minor”  by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys brought another genre in music back in 2001, which R&B with keyboard playing through this album “Songs in A Minor”. The album was, of course, contained R&B and soulful songs which often talks about love and being a woman. The record became a worlwide hit reaching number 1 in America, where it was certified 6x platinum by RIAA.

Fallin’
“Fallin'” was the first single of Alicia Keys of her entire career. The song was simplt about falling in love with someone. It was a great breakthrough for Alicia as it became a worldwide hit. In America, it has stayed at number 1 for many weeks.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

A Woman’s Worth
“A Woman’s Worth” was the second single from the hit debut album of Alicia Keys. The song again, was a ballad which talks about how men should look at a woman, like her worth. It became her second top 10 hit on Billboard Hot 100, while in United Kingdom, it was her second top 20 hit.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

How Come You Don’t Call Me
“How Come You Don’t Call Me” has been the third single released from “Songs in A Minor”. The song was actually not an original song by Alicia Keys as it was first recorded by Prince. The song was a modest hit as it peaked at number 59 in the US. It reached number 26 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Girlfriend
“Girlfriend” was the official last single released from “Songs in A Minor” album. It was upbeat this time after some ballads released. The song didn’t perform well in the charts as it failed to enter the Hot 100, though, it reached number 24 in UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Gangsta Lovin’ (by Eve)
Not officially a song by Alicia Keys, rather, by Eve. It was the first collboration of Alicia Keys with any artists. The hip-hop R&B song, did very well in the charts reaching the top 10 in most countries, most notably in US where it reached the top 10. The song is good but Eve’s collaboration with Gwen Stefani for “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” sounds better.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2009-2010)

From 2009 to 2010, here are the albums which sold millions of copies and positioned to high peak in the charts, however, the singles from the record did naot match the stellar position of the albums:

Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream
After successfully making it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Susan Boyle quickly had a record deal and her debut album was released on late 2009. The album immediately went to the top of charts worldwide and was the biggest selling album worldwide in 2009 despite just one month of release. Despite the stelar sales, no singles released made an impact in the charts.

U2 – No Line On The Horizon
U2 often have hit albums which included this records which went to number one worldwide. Despite the success of the records, it is lower than the band’s previous albums and none of its singles became huge.

Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
This record by Kings of Leon was their most successful album ever. It managed to score multiplatinum status worldwide, but it only managed two hit singles.

Michael Bublé – Crazy Love
Michael Buble is used to selling millions of albums worldwide. “Crazy Love” achieved mulitplatinum success worldwide, a feat Michael Buble always do. Any hit singles? “Haven’t Met You Yet” scored a good chart position, but the only single to achieve success.

Susan Boyle – The Gift
After the highly successful “I Dreamed a Dream” album, Susan Boyle immediately released her second album which again went to the top of the charts. The album is considered a holiday album, but with no hit singles.

Sadé – Soldier Of Love
After about ten years since the release of their successful previous album “Lover’s Rock”, Sade came back on top of the charts again with “Soldier of Love”. With the record’s success, it didn’t score a hit single.

Alicia Keys – The Element Of Freedom
This album by Alicia Keys became huge internationally. But in US, it was her first album which failed to top the Billboard 200. It is still successful with its sales but it never scored a top 10 hit in the US.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2007-2008)

In this period, there were a lot of albums that became big hits. With regards to the albums’ singles, they underperformed though. Here are those albums:

Amy Winehouse- Back to Black
The album spectacularly performed well and even one of the biggest selling albums of 2007 and 2008. Despite its performance, no other single, other than “Rehab”, has performed very well in the charts.

OST- High School Musical 2
The youngsters of High School Musical are back in this soundtrack. The album did very well after settling at number 1 again. It ended as one of the biggest sellers of 2007. It had a US top ten hit with “What Time is It?”, however, the other singles didn’t make an impact.

Linkin Park- Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park returned for their third studio album which insurprisingly topped the charts and sold millions of records. Nevertheless, it only had at least two official hits which were “What I’ve Done” and “Shadow of the Day”.

Eagles- Long Road Out of Eden
Eagles made a comeback in 2007 through this album. It became a surprise hit ending Britney Spears’ consecutive number one albums, after her album “Blackout” was defeated to debut at number two. the album went multiplatinum in the US. Despite the album’s success, the album never scored a hit single.

Michael Buble- Call Me Irresponsible
Michael Buble already had a hit album, and this follow-up became a huge one again. The album reached number one in many countries. and became one of the biggest selling albuns during this period. Some of its singles charted but barely charted.

Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus
The soundtrack album of the hit series went to number in one in Billboard charts again. It became multiplatinum again. It didn’t score a top ten hit though.

Alicia Keys – As I Am
The record was Alicia Keys’ third number one album , and became a big seller again. In fact, its first week sales broke the record of its second album. It scored the number one hit single “No One”. Nevertheless, it is the only big hit produced by the hit album.

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
The album topped the charts worldwide and became Coldplay’s fourth big sellers. It had them score their first number one single worldwide with “Viva la Vida”. Still, their other singles did not become a big hit.

AC/DC – Black Ice
Legendary hard rock band AC/DC returned with this album, which topped the charts worldwide with reported sales of 8 million. It is rare for artists to reach that sales nowadays, and the album became one of the biggest sellers of 2008. It released some singles but did not became hits.

Metallica – Death Magnetic
After their hit album “St. Anger”, the band returned with this another worldwide number one album. It had a hit single “The Day That Never Comes”, which is the only considered hit from the album.

Duffy – Rockferry
This debut album by Duffy is among 2008’s biggest selling albums. It had a major hit “Mercy”, while other songs were modest hits.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2000-2001)

From 2000 to 2001, there were a lot albums out there which sold millions of albums and became top-sellers. In fact, it is the period when there were a lot of hit albums with few hit singles (from the album). Nevertheless, these hit albums were bigger hit than thesingles released taken from it. The singles didn’t perform very well as the album did. Here are those albums:

Dido- No Angel (1999/2001)
This album may have been released in 1999, but in late 2000 until the entire 2001 when it made its biggest sales. According to reports, it has sold about 22 million but the only big hit it has was “Thank You”, which was a worldwide hit. While “Here With Me is a hit in Europe.

Santana- Supernatural (1999/2000)
This album was already released during the second hald of 1999 but its biggest sales came in 2000. The album had 2 number hits which were “Smooth” and “Maria, Maria”, both reached number 1. However, it’s enough to match the success of the album which was reportedly sold 30 million.

Whitney Houston- Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (2000)
This is a compilation album by Whitney Houston and had sold over 12 million and did well in the charts. But only one new single became a hit which is “Could I Have this Kiss Forever?”

Britney Spears- Oops… I Did It Again (2000)
Britney Spears is the biggest selling female artist during her heydays. This second album of her was a best seller in 2000 which totally sold 24 million, according to Wikipedia. However, in the US, the album already earned one top 10 hit. It is the number 9 peaking “Oops… I Did It Again”.

Eminem- Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Eminem is the top selling rapper of all time and this album was his biggest seller which was reportedly sold 32 million. However, it only had 1 UK top ten hit single. In the UK though, it had 3 top ten hits.

Bon Jovi- Crush (2000)
Bon Jovi made a huge comeback in 2000 with this record. It was multiplatinum worldwide, but it only had one real hit single which is “It’s My Life”.

The Beatles- 1 (2000)
Knowing this album is a compilation album, it will surely not release a new single knowing this band from decades ago. The album was said to have sold over 31 million.

Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory (2000)
This debut album from Linkin Park is the top album of 2001 and continual success in 2002. Despite of the album’s success, it’s only real big hit was “In the End”, which peaked at number 2 in Billboard Hot 100.

Backstreet Boys- Black and Blue (2000)
Backstreet Boys’ “Millenium” was very successful so this new album from the guys was quickly released. The album fared well in sales, but it only scored one big hit which is “Shape of My Heart”.

Enya- A Day Without Rain (2000)
Enya already has sold millions before but this album became her biggest seller. Despite the reported 15 million it sold, the album only scored one single to chart in major countries which is “Only Time”, a number ten hit in the US.

Alicia Keys- Songs in A Minor (2001)
Alicia Keys made a big debut in this album which was reportedly reached sales of 12 million. However, it only had one worldwide hit which is “Fallin'”.

NSYNC- Celebrity (2001)
This third album is currently the third fastes selling album of all-time in the US. Despite its success, the album scored only one US top 10 hit namely, “Girlfriend”.

Limp Bizkit- Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water (2000)
Limp Bizkit was already a superstar band in the US but this album extended their popularity worldwide. Despite its stellar sales, it didn’t score a timeless number one hit.

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Successful Female Singers Who Wrote Songs for Other Artists

Some female artists really creates great music, either of their own, or for other artists. Here are some of the successful female singers who wrote songs for fellow singers too:

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera may haven’t had creative control for her self-titled debut album, but she pushed for her right for her second studio album “Stripped” which she co-wrote most of her songs there. She also shared her vocals for Pitbull’s “Feel this Moment” which she co-wrote, and became a top 10 hit worldwide. One of her most notable song she co-wrote for others was “Miss Independent” which was performed by Kelly Clarkson, which hit the top 10 both in US and UK.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys was known for her talent with great voice, skills in piano, and writing songs. In fact, she is a Grammy awardee for her songwriting skills. Apart from her songs she wrote, she had writte. songs for other artists too. In fact, she wrote Christina Aguilera’s song “Impossible”, from her “Stripped” album, and Whitney Houston’s “Million Dollar Bill” off her “I Look to You” album. She also co-wrote songs which she was featured in, including the huge hits “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and “My Boo” with Usher.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry may be one of the biggest pop stars today. But she is more than just a pop singer. In fact, she wrote songs for other singers as well, which included a song for Britney in her “Britney Jean” album. She also co-wrote songs for Kelly Clarkson which included the hit “I Do Not Hookup”.

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is known for her rebellious attitude as a performer. But she wrote most of her songs from her album. In fact she had co-written the hit by Kelly Clarkson which is “Breakaway”, a US top ten hit for the singer.

Pink
Pink wrote mostly of her songs. However, she also wrote songs for Cher’s recent album. But she was more noted whene she wrote Adam Lambert’s biggest hit “Whataya Want from Me”.

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Female Singers Who Were Featured in Several Singles

Female singers oftentimes used to fill a song especially in love songs or rap/sung singles. Some of these female artists has been in demand. Check them below:

Beyonce
Beyonce has been featured a number of times in songs. In her discography, she has been featured more than 10 times. The most popular song which she was featured was Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” which hit number one in some countries. Her collaboration with hubby Jay-Z, “03 Bonnie and Clyde” was a top 10 hit in many countries.

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson’s career is still going on its 4th decade and she scored a lot of her own hits. However, she has been featured more than 10 times in songs too, which the most notable ones were Michael Jackson’s “Scream” and “What It’s Gonna Be” with rapper Busta Rhymes.

 

Christina Aguilera
There’s a time when Christina Aguilera was featured in one song to another. Aside from her own hits, she has scored hits along with other singers’ own singles. Her memorable songs as featured artists were Ricky Martin’s “Nobody Wants to Be Lonely” and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, which the latter is a number one hit worldwide.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez had a string of hits worldwide as her own, but she had more than 10 singles as featured artist. Most of these songs were from fellow Latinos, but her biggest featured single was “Control Myself” by LL Cool J.

Alicia Keys
With her talent and success with her career, Alicia Keys was often invited to duet with other artists. She had more than 10 songs which she shared her vocals with and the biggest hit was Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”.

Rihanna
Rihanna had a lot of number one hits already as a solo artist. She also had hits as solo artists and most of the songs she was featured were hits or had charted. Some of these songs even went to number 1. The most successful collaboration she was featured was both a song Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster”.

Ashanti
During the early days of her singing career, she had hit songs as featured artist and most of these songs went to the top 10. She was featured in more than 10 songs and the most popular were Ja Rule’s singles “Always on Time” and “Mesmerize”, and the other song which is “What’s Luv?” by Fat Joe.

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10 Songs With “Call”

There had been a lot of songs with “call”. Recently, there’s this song which became viral and eventually became a huge hit. When it comes to “call”, it often pertains to a phone call. But not every “call” song is not about phone calls.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe
Seeing a guy you like and giving your number to him, and “call” her maybe! Well, this song has been viral which led to become one of the biggest songs during the recent years. It has been number in most of the countries worldwide.

Blondie- Call Me
Debbie Harry wants to be “called” by that guy she loves. Well, this so has became the band’s biggest hit worldwide reaching a notable number one position in the US and UK.

Alicia Keys- How Come You Don’t Call Me
Ever wonder why the one you love stopped “calling” you? Sing this song to him or her, which originally sung by the iconic Prince, which had Hot 100 success with Keys’ version.

Chingy- One Call Away
Not to be mistaken for the song of breakthrough singer Charlie Puth, this rap love song hit the second position in Billboard Hot 100 then.

Macy Gray- Why Didn’t You Call Me
You just met someone and had a good time. But ever wonder why the person didn’t “call” and meet again? That was Macy’s question in this soulful song which was a UK top 40.

Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
A guy may be out of his mind or drunk? Don’t let him “call “you in that situation. Wait till he’s sober. This song became the band’s top 10 comeback worldwide.

Madison Avenue- Don’t Call Me Baby
Ever taken for granted by a guy or a girl? Then tell them not to “call” you “baby” again. This dance song went to UK number one in early 2000s.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Needing a friend? Charlie Puth will come to the rescue like Supean with just a “call” away. This song is currently hitting the waves.

Janet Jackson and Nelly- Call on Me
Lovers always wants to be called by each other. That’s why this “call” tandem by the singer and the rapper went to the top 30 in several countries.

Maroon 5- Wake Up Call
What if your wake up call is seeing the one you love with another person in bed? That would be heartbreaking. This song went to Billboard top 20.

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Artists With Successful Debut 2000-2004

Since 2000, there has been great newcomers who are still relevant until now. Not all of them did but at least they got the taste of success.

Macy Gray
The R&B singer received success when both her first single “I Try” and album “On How Life Is” both hit the top 5. The album turned to be one of the biggest albums of 2000. Her follow-up album didn’t receive such success though.

Nelly
Nelly became one of the top rappers of 2000s when he received success worldwide with second album “Nellyville”. Nevertheless, he had a successful debut album too when “Country Grammar” album went 8 million according to Nielsen Sounscand just in US. His other albums went platinum.

Coldplay
British band Coldplay was very successful with their debut album “Parachute”. It was multi-platinum particularly in Europe and native country UK. Their success extended until now after multi-platinum albums. However, their newly released “A Head Full of Dreams” is said to be their last.

Linkin Park
Linkin Park was one of the biggest bands since 2000s. Their first album “Hybrid Theory” was a sleeper hit when it was among the top sellers of both 2001 and 2002. They had multi platinum success with secodn and third studio albums. Their recent releases went platinum.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys offered something new with her debut. Her single “Fallin'” was very successful then which led to 12 million in sales of “Songs in A Minor” LP, according to Wikipedia. Her second to fourth album became extremely successful too.

Ashanti
Before Ashanti’s success, she was seen as featured artists in rappers’ hits. Then she released “Foolish” which was number one in many countries. Her self titled album went to number 1 in Billboard Hot 100. Her second album became successful though.

Avril Lavigne
Avril became the next big thing when she debuted in 2002 as she went to number 1 when “Let Go”, her first album, became big seller both in 2002 and 2003. It scored 3 top 10 hits worldwide. Success went on with her other albums.

50 Cent
50 Cent is created records in 2003 when he became among the 5 big sellers that year through his album “Get Rich ir Die Trying”. In 2005, he sets record for big first week sales of his second LP “The Massacre”.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson was hailed from Americal Idol and her debut album became number 1 in Billboard albums. It was successful which opened the way to her second album in 2004 and became her biggest album ever.

Sean Paul
Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul scored multiple top ten hits off from his debut album “Dutty Rock” which was successful too. Je had top ten hits with upcoming album then.

Norah Jones
Norah Jones slowly surged to the top and climbed up the charts after multiple wins from the Grammys. Her debut album Come Away With Me” sold 26 million according to Wikipedia while second album went 1 million in just a week.

Evanescence
Due to the success of “Bring Me to Life” the Amy Lee-led band received several millions in sales with album “Fallen”. Their second album is number 1 though

Maroon 5
Maroon 5 slowly picked up in sales until their second single “This Love” became worldwide successful which helped “Songs About Jane” achieved multi-platinum success worldwide. Until now, the band has sustained their popularity.

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Top R&B Hits of 2005-2009

Trends in music may be slowly changing during this period but R&B music is still doing very well. They even topped the charts in several weeks even reaching 14 weeks by a song.

Mario- Let Me Love You
This breezy, subtle and midtempo R&B hit makes me listen to it as it is too peaceful for the ear. It has been Mario’s signature hit as it spent several weeks in the US chart and was a big hit elsewhere too.

Mariah Carey- We Belong Together
2005 is a big year for Mariah as she redeemed the throne after 2 flop records prior. This song made a mark on Mariah’s career after sitting for 14 weeks in the US as well as good performance in global charts.

Pussycat Dolls- Don’t Cha
It seems this girls finally took the girlband throne which was vacated for a long time. This song served as an opener for Pussycat Dolls’ success as it was a mega-seller worldwide.

Beyonce- Irreplaceable
Beyonce’s success continues through this pop/R&B hit which was one of the hits that spent more than 10 weeks at the summit. It was also a success in several territories.

Ne-Yo- So Sick
The song that has become a formula by which similarities can be heard from hits of Rihanna, Chris Brown, Beyonce, etc. The song topped major countries as US and UK.

Rihanna ft. Jay-Z- Umbrella
Rihanna may had big hits prior to this but this song has been career defining for her. It made her a superstar and this song was one of the modern hits then with a lot of cover versions.

Alicia Keys- No One
This midtempo R&B hit showcased the amazing vocals of Alicia Keys. It went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2008

Sean Kingston- Beautiful Girls
You might hear “Stand By Me” in this song and yes it is. This is one of the catchiest R&B hits if 2000s which made it spawn to the top globally.

Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.- My Love
I love how the synth, R&B beat and hip-hop was infused in this song. It went on to become the second consecutive chart-topper for JT.

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain- Low
One of the biggest hip-hop songs in 2000s, this was a breakthrough for Flo Rida. The song was the theme of the dance-inspired film “Step Up 2”.

Leona Lewis- Bleeding Love
After becoming a UK big seller, it broke the US market and became the top song of 2008 in terms of sales.

Madonna and Justin Timberlake- 4 Minutes
We rarely hear Madonna sing R&B songs but she pretty nailed it in this danceable R&B pop tune with Justin Timberlake. It turned into a global smash in 2008.

Rihanna- Take a Bow
Following the Ne-Yo formula, this R&B midtempo ballad from Rihanna immediately climbed to the top.

Black Eyed Peas- Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas settled for a 12-week reign this upbeat hip-hop, electronic and R&B hit which portrayed a big part for the group’s career.

Beyonce- Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Beyonce came out with this upbeat song which made a huge contribution in pop culture. It was one of the biggest R&B hits of all time.

Some facts based from Wikipedia

Top R&B Hits 2000-2004

Since 2000, many R&B songs released were upbeat and it is common for rappers and R&B to collaborate and create good songs. Remixes are very common too. Here are the top R&B hits during this period I listed based on its impact and success.

Mariah Carey ft. Joe and 98 Degrees- Thank God I Found You
This song has become Mariah’s last chart-topper before successful comeback in 2005. The beautiful ballad also included R&B singer Joe and US boy band 98 Degrees. The remix version sounds good too, but excluded 98 Degrees.

Sisqo- Thong Song
One of the best upbeat R&B hits during the first half of 2000, Sisqo gained a fanbase through this song. Oh wait, you might’ve heard “livin’ la vida loca”, you heard it right, it was interpolated.

Outkast- Ms. Jackson
This is the first and biggest hit internationally by the hip-hop duo, the song was also one of the best hip-hop songs since 2000s.

Destiny’s Child- Independent Women Part 1
The group just became a trio and it played big success for their career as this ‘girl power’ themed song became one of the longest number 1 hits.

Janet Jackson- All For You
It was a huge comeback for Janet after a high debut and long weeks at number one with this danceable R&B tune.

Destiny’s Child- Survivor
One of the successful “I Will Survive”” songs, this R&B track became one of the biggest hits of 2001.

Alicia Keys- Fallin’
This remains the most memorable song for Alicia Keys for topping the charts. This soulful ballad was one of the best love songs of 2001.

Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma
How about falling in love with someone even committed with someone? This love song just became a 10-week holder at top spot in the US.

Mary J. Blige- Family Affair
This is one of the catchiest and most memorable upbeat R&B tune during the decade. Just hearing the beat, you will know what song is that. It is the biggest hit of Mary J. ever.

Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love
This song brought Beyonce’s career to great heights as it became her first hit as lead artist. It has become a global hit in 2003.

Aaliyah- Miss You
This was released posthumously and remained one of the top R&B ballads during the period. It is also one of the most known song by Aaliyah.

50 Cent- In Da Club
50 Cent’s success can be attributed to this club hip-hop hit. It helped his LP to go multiple platinum.

Beyonce ft. Sean Paul- Baby Boy
Incorporating Arabic sound in its music, this is how this second chart-topper from Bey was known.

Usher- Yeah!
Consider as Usher’s biggest hit, this helped his “Confessions” LP sell a million in a single week. This is one of the club-ready hip-hop songs during 2000s.

Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo
Usher’s team up with the talented Alicia Keys has become one of the best and successful duets of 2004.

Some facts from Wikipedia.