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Music Talks: Choice Top 7 British Soul Singers

7. Corrine Bailey Rae
You might have heard her soulful voice with her big hit “Put Your Records On”, a song which takes you to reminisce of the good old days, but she had some other soulful songs on her records.

6. Paloma Faith
She is one of the longest female soul singers in UK and had multiple platinum albums. She’s still around and releasing music. Her recent hit album was “A Perfect Contradiction” which was already 2x platinum, and the number 6 hit “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”. Her voice is a classic soul with such power.

5. Duffy
Duffy quickly became successful with her debut. She was known for her top-selling album “Rockferry” and the number 1 single “Mercy”. However, her success stayed there as her succeeding releases failed to gain momentum. She also has a great voice, amd I can hear similarity with Paloma Faith.

4. Leona Lewis
She rose to success through winning “X-Factor UK”. Sje quickly achieved a number 1 album with “Spirit” and number 1 single “Bleeding Love”. But her popularity has gone down low. But she is one of the best voices. If only she did a music like other soul singers did, she might still be around and relevant.

3. Joss Stone
She was known for her hit albums “Soul Sessions” and “Mind Body and Soul” which has gone multi-platinums. Her voice is very soulful which hits the heart when you hear her voice.

2. Amy Winehouse
She has one of the best voices, unfortunately, she was gone too soon. Her album “Back to Black” has been huge and one of the biggest selling album during the second half of 2000’s.¬† Her voice is soulful and powerful and was like taking you anywhere.

1. Adele
She can be the voice of her time, and it translates to huge album sales. She is currently the biggest selling singer after albums “21” and “25”. Her voice even slips through your heart as you can feel what she feels when singing and she even tells a story while signing.

Video from YouTube / CapitolMusic

Battle of Same Song Titles: Sheena Easton vs Lady Gaga / Amy Winehouse vs Rihanna

There were tons of songs with the same titles and the battle continues. This time, it’s girl power as female singers are battling it out for the same song titles.

Sheena Easton vs Lady Gaga
“Telephone” / “Telefone”
Sheena Easton is one of the very successful female singers during 1980’s. She came out with this song which was spelled “Telefone”, using “f” instead of “ph”. It also had in parenthesis¬† (Long Distance Love Affair). Still, she still fits for this battle with Lady Gaga. The song is about being in a long distance relationship solely depending on the telephone as their communication. The song became a dance hit in 1980’s and reached the US top 10.

Lady Gaga has paired with another superstar, Beyonce. Their team-up in this song has became worldwide successful after reaching the top ten and number in many countries worldwide. In the US, it reached number 3 according to Billboard. While it reached number one in the UK.

Sheena Easton- Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 3.0 = 6.5

Lady Gaga and Beyonce- Telephone
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.75 = 7.0

Winner: Lady Gaga and Beyonce won by 0.50 points against Sheena Easton for the “Telephone” battle.

Amy Winehouse vs Rihanna
Amy Winehouse brought this song about after her experiences. She is vocal about her drug addiction, which led to this song. The song became her most succesful song which also led to her very successful album “Back to Black”. It went to top 10 in many countries including US and UK.

Rihanna did her “Rehab” song but not a literal rehab which was co-penned by Justin Timberlake, which he also appeared in the music video. The song became a top 20 hit in many countries.

Amy Winehouse- Rehab
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.25 = 6.5

Rihanna- Rehab
Melody and Lyrics – 3.0 / Success- 3.0= 6.0

Winner: Amy Winehouse trumped Rihanna to win the “Rehab” battle.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

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.

Credits to Wikipedia

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

10 Songs With “Games/Game”

Games were often used in songs as playing the heart of someone making them believe that you loved them. Sometimes, it was also used in literal games which includes card games.

Backstreet Boys- Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
I think this song is one of the most successful “game” songs. In this pop track, it’s about not playing with one’s heart like a game. It was a top 5 hit worldwide in 1997.

Jewel- Foolish Games
When you feel like being played, it will tear you apart. This “game” song from Jewel was released along with her biggest hit “You Were Meant for Me”.

Lady Gaga- Love Game
Well, it’s not really about playing love like a game, Gaga knows what it is all about. It turned out to be Gaga’s hit songs as it is one of her earliest hit songs.

Santana and Michelle Branch- Game of Love
No matter what you feel in a relationship, it is because it is part of the “game” of love. The light rock song became a top 5 hit in Billboart charts.

Peter Gabriel- Games Without Frontiers
Peter Gabriel came out with this “game” song which became a top 5 hit in UK.

Alan Parsons Project- Games People Play
Oh well, one of the great old “game” songs. It was released in early 1980’s and went to the top 40 of the charts.

Foreigner- Head Games
One of the most popular rock songs then, this “game” song from Foreigners helped their album to success.

Abba- The Name of the Game
Abba wants to know the name of the game, I don’t know either. Lol! This song became an international hit for the Swedish group. It also became a Billboard hit.

Shirley Ellis- The Name Game
This is one of the catchiest “game” song. No real meaning of the song and it is clearly a “game” song. It was very popular even until now.

Amy Winehouse- Love is a Losing Game
Love was considered a game which was bound to lose as Amy implied. This song was a top 40 hit in the UK.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 October 10, 2015

The episode tonight is over and I am giving you the recap of what happened in the show. Who hits, and who misses tonight? Check below:

As usual, Melai Cantiveros has shown his impersonation again. Tonight, she impersonated TV Host Kim Atienza. She nailed Kim’s looks, however, the voice may failed a bit. It is fine since it is the source of laughter in the show.

Kean Cipriano
Kean started the show as Philippines’ Comedy King Dolphy. The prosthetic didn’t meet expectations to completely look like Dolphy. The voice also doesn’t sounds like Dolphy, however, his gestures are perfect.

KZ Tandingan
After winning last week, it seems KZ Tandingan is breaking out with her perfect performance tonight. She impersonated the late Amy Winehouse singing her biggest hit “Rehab”, which she perfectly sang it. The way Amy moves and the looks was excellent. Tonight, I think she is the best performer.

Myrtle Sarosa
Apparently, Myrtle had the most difficult impersonation as she copied a male artist. It’s not an easy job because the song is not in English, not even in Tagalog. She sang in Chinese because she impersonated Taiwanese actor and singer Jerry Yan. The performance and her looks is okay, while the voice is hard to copy since she is a lady.

Michael Pangilinan
Michael often do well in his performances and he did the same tonight. He impersonated Brandon Beal, the guy behind the song “Twerk it Like Miley”. Among all the performers tonight, his looks is the most perfect. There might be lacking with the voice but movements are good.

Kakai Bautista
I think this is the best performance of Kakai since the season started. Her lools doesn’t need prosthetics because she looks exactly like Donna Summer. She sang “Last Dance” very well and hit the high notes. The way Donna dance and moves was well-executed by Kakai.

My top 5 performers for tonight were:
1. KZ Tandingan
2. Kakai Bautista
3. Myrtle Sarosa
4. Michael Pangilinan
5. Kean Cipriano

Announcement for this week’s winner will be announced tomorrow after the three performances of remaining artists.

Your Voice Sounds Familiar 2 is airing every Saturday and Sunday nights on ABS-CBN 2.