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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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Singers Who Were Featured Artists Before Solo Success

To promote an artist, they were first featured in other or established artists’ songs. After their exposure, they released their own works which eventually acheived notable success. Here are some of those artists who accomplished such:

Ashanti
Before scoring her first hit single “Foolish” in 2002, she was first featured in a song by Big Pun called “How We Roll”  The song peaked inside the top 15 of Billboard Hot 100. However, her appearance in Ja Rule’s “Always on Time” achieved remarkable success when it peaked at number one. After that, she scored her first solo number one hit and album, and featured in a ton of songs again.

Christina Milian
Christina Millian gained success after hitting the top 30 of Billboard Hot 100 in 2001 with “AM to PM”, and eventually a top 5 hit with “Dip it Low”. However, she was first seen on Ja Rule’s “Between Me and You” in 2000.

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is currently one of the top male artists today for scoring number one hits and millions of records. But before he achieved solo success, we heard him first in the number one B.O.B. hit song “Nothin’ on You” and the worldwide top ten hit “Billionaire”. That seems a good pre-solo career success.

Keri Hilson
Keri Hilson has been featured a number of times before scoring her number 3 hit “Knock You Down”. Her first successful featured artist single was “The Way I Are” by Timbaland from the stellar album “Shock Value” then followed by “Scream” by Timbaland again.

Kesha
We’d known Kesha for her hit single “Tik Tok” and tons of top ten danceable hits. But before her solo success, she was heard in a song which didn’t give much credits to her contrubution in the song “Right Round” by Flo Rida.

Sam Smith
British singer Sam Smith may be enjoying success now, however, before his solo success, he was already heard as featured artist in hit songs like “Latch” by Disclosure and the worldwide hit “La, La, La” by Naughty Boy.

Beyonce
Beyonce is one of the most successful singers nowadays. Everybody knows how successful she is as a solo singer and part of the hit group Destiny’s Child. However, she was first featured in a song “I Got That” by Amil in 2000 when she’s still with Destiny’s Child. Before hit solo single “Crazy in Love” and debut album’s success, she was also featured in Jay-Z’s “03 Bonnie and Clyde”.

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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2000-2004)

Music is still very much alive from 2000-2004, however, album sales was seen on its decline. This was due to the rise of digital music and piracy. Still, we saw the trends in music with the rise of new artists, as well as trends in genres.

First-week million sales
It has been a phenomenon in music to sell one million copies in just one week. The record breaker for a long time was set on first quarter of 2000 when NSYNC broke sales with 2.4 million US sales. That same year, Eminem broke more than 1.7 million for “Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears second LP “Oops… I Did It Again” with more than 1.3 million and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” with more than 1 million. Several artists this era reached a million in first week like Usher, Norah Jones and Backstreet Boys (had two albums with Millenium from 1999). NSYNC held the second place for a long time to with “Celebrity” with 1.8 million plus, and another album from Eminem.

Boybands going hiatus
Boybands enjoyed their peak during 1995-1999. They started the new millenium with a bang, but as 2002 started, boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC took hiatus. European boybands continued though like Westlife and Blue.

Going solo
As boybands and girlbands go hiatus, many members of those groups went solo. NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake achieved success with his debut. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys though had limited success. While Beyonce of Destiny’s Child had her superstardom began in 2004.

Young female stars going sexy
We also saw the young female stars going sexier this era. Britney Spears left her role model image as she has gone sexy in her third album. Christina Aguilera is very notable though as she has shown her dirtiest image in 2002 with her video “Dirrty” and her breakout album “Stripped”.

Young female pop/rock stars
In 2002, Avril Lavigne rocked the charts with her debut album “Let Go”. Despite Michelle Branch first came out, she was not credited for the rise of pop/rock music. Vanessa Carlton had platinum success with her debut album, while Jennifer Love Hewitt released a pop/rock album. We also saw Hillary Duff and Ashley Simpson followed the pop/rock genre.

Rock bands
Rock has become a very popular genre in 2000 with the success of Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park became victorious too who scored the biggest selling rock album of the decade with “Hybrid Theory” and a huge second album “Meteora”. Nickelback, Coldplay and Creed became successful this era too.

R&B music
R&B music has been on its peak when year 2000 begun. It was led by Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyonce and others. Even pop stars incorporated R&B in their music.

Hip-hop music
Hip-hop music scene is very much alive this era too. We saw the success of Eminem, Nelly and Ja Rule, as well as the introductory of Chingy, 50 Cent and others.

Remixes
Remixes has been popular too this era. It started when Jennifer Lopez topped the charts with “I’m Real” which led to the release of her remix album. The album set record when it went to number one. Other successful remix albums were from P. Diddy and Linkin Park.

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10 Songs With “Rain”

“Rains” can be a blessing, while it can be a sad moments for others. In songs, “rains” was often related to sadness, which may happen during heart breaks.

Mariah Carey- Through the Rain
You may have failed but you can stand and catch up even when it is “raining”. You can get over and and succeed again. This song was a big hit all over Asia but with moderate reception in US.

Selena Gomez and The Scene- A Year Without Rain
A “year” without rainfall means drought, a rain can refresh one’s body and even the land. Same with love, without it, it seems things are dry. This song gave Selena and pals another top 40 hit.

Prince- Purple Rain
It would be cool for the eyes to see purple “rains”. But this song has more emotional and spiritual impact. The song became one of Prince’s biggest hits.

Madonna- Rain
When love falls like “rain”, it surely be a good feeling. This ballad from Madonna is one of her finest and which made it to top 20 in Billboard.

Paramore- When it Rains
If yout loving it when it “rains”, then listen to this song from Paramore. It might not be released as an official single, but it eas popular online.

Bruno Mars- It Will Rain
It will surely be agonizing when someone that gives you sunlight leaves. With the absence of sunshine, “rain” will fall. This song became Bruno’s fourth solo US top 5.

Billie Myers- Kiss the Rain
When someone misses you, just tell then to go out and kiss the “rain”. This rock and ballad song became Billie’s only big hit, as it hit the top 20 in major countries.

Guns N Roses- November Rain
Such a sad ending of the song. I remember the video back then. It’s video became one of the most memorable in MTV and the song itself, gave GNR a big success.

Ashanti- Rain on Me
It’s like the “rain” is falling on you when someone you love left. This song was one of Ashanti’s top 10 hits in the US.

Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule- Rainy Dayz
“Rains” can be regarded as a blessing MJB and Ja though of it in this Billboard top 20 hit.

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Memorable Lines in Songs: Monica and Ashanti

Monica
Monica had started at a very young age. She’s a talented girl and has that amazing vocal prowess. She had some love songs, heartbreak songs and even about friendship.

For You I Will
” Call on me, I will be waiting
Count on me, I will be there”
The song can be interpreted either for a friend or someone you love. You will always be there when the one you are pertaining to with these words needed someone to count on. The song was part of Space Jam film.

The First Night
” I knew it was wrong, for feeling this way
Especially the thought of givin’ in on the first date”
The girl is going out on a first date with a guy but she doesn’t feel it’s right to give her all like her womanhood to the guy.

So Gone
” Wondering what she had on me
To make you break my heart, yeah”
The guy cheated and the girl who was cheated on was wondering why did the guy liked from the other girl.

U Should’ve Known Betta
” You should’ve known that I would stay by your side
You should’ve known your girl was gonna ride or die
And it just don’t matter if ya rich or poor”
The girl’s boyfriend is a rich one but it is not what she loves from him, rather she really loves him not his money that’s why she sticks with him.

Ashanti
Ashanti was first heard as guest vocals in some rappers’ hit songs and then released her own albums eventually. She had hit songs which is about love, unrequited love and heartbreaks.

Foolish
” And though my heart can’t take no more 
I keep on running back to you ”
The lines above says it all how the girl has been foolishly in love. Despite getting hurt but she’s coming back and stay with the guy.

Happy
” Boy you fill me with so much joy, 
you give whatever it is I need ”
It’s just the feeling and expressing the joy you felt for having the guy who loves you too.

Rain on Me
” She’s internally dyin’
I know this was not what love’s about”
The girl who cam from a heartbreak and she feels like she could not take it and feels like dying because of the pain.

The Way That I Love You
” I tried to act like I didn’t see it,
’cause deep down I know I didn’t wanna believe it”
The girl is in denial stage as she found out that the guy is cheating on her. It was painful as her boyfriend just thrown everything about them.

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Credits to the songwriters

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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Young R&B singers who did big in the charts since 2000

We have seen lots of young R&B singers in 1990s who did very well in the charts. Since 2000, there are lots of young R&B singers who did well too. Here are some of them:

Ashanti
Ashanti was still young when she started. Before releasing her own record, she wrote songs for other artists which included the highly successful Jennifer Lopez. Ashanti scored several top 10 albums and multi-million selling song “Foolish”.

Mario
Mario was still a teenager when he scored her first top 5 hit. After two years, he eventually topped the charts worldwide with this breezy track “Let Me Love You”. Aside from these hit songs, he gained platinum records too.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown is one of the biggest male R&B singers around. But he started and released his first record a decade ago, and guest what? He immediately topped the US charts. Until now, his success continued as heard in his music.

Cassie
Cassie hit big with her first single “Me and U”. The catchy sound of the song helped her gain success. However, she was considered as one-hit wonder. Still, she made a mark in the industry.

Christina Milian
She was first known the time when teen pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are on top of the game and Milian was even considered in their category. But her music was more on R&B. Her biggest succes was the song “Dip it Low”.

Ciara
She made 3 top ten hits over her debut LP and she was even compared to Bey when she debuted. But her sound is quite different. Her first release came out before she turned 20. She was one of the young female singers then.

Rihanna
She is one of the biggest female singers around and her career since debut is already a decade old. She’s just 17 when her top 2 hit was released which was the start of her successful career.

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Rap-Sung Collaborations

It started out in the 90s when singers and rappers work together to form a song. A singer may invite a rapper for a rap part of a song or the other way around. Together, they can form a good melody which became a formula for a hit song.

Below is my list of 10 rap-sung collaborations:

10. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love

The couple first collaborated when Destiny’s Child appeared in Jay-Z’s song until the two worked together for “03 Bonnie & Clyde” (not on this list) and finally in this song, “Crazy in Love”. The horn sample dominates the entire song and the rap part is catchy and I can’t think how it’s like without it.

9. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma

Nelly was known for catchy rapping. I mean his way of rapping creates melody especially heard in this song. Kelly Rowland’s part, though, made the song a bigger hit because of its melody.

8. Eminem & Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie

When bad boy rapper meets good girl gone bad singer, it will result to a great collaboration especially in a song about going through a difficult relationship. The huge collaboration resulted into huge success after achieving multi-platinum certification.

7. Fergie ft. Ludacris- Glamorous

What I love about this song is its smooth R&B sound. The rap is good enough to complete the song. Well, it just became Fergie’s second  number one hit.

6. Twista ft. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx- Slow Jamz

This became one of the rap/R&B hits in 2004. I liked the song when I first heard it on radio. The sampling of Luther Vandross’ song made it more effective.

5. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- Always on Time

Ja Rule always made effective songs during 2000-2003. Her collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti were the most notable especially this song. Anyway, what made this song a hit was the catchy chorus.

4. Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo

Many of you might think there’s no rapper in this song. Nevertheless, there’s rap part of the song done by Alicia Keys after Usher’s intro. It’s a beautiful mid-tempo love song that’s pleasing to listen to.

3. Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake- Where’s the Love?

Justin may not have been properly credited in this song but the chorus is the life of the song along with its wonderful lyrics. It eventually became huge back in 2003.

2. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule- I’m Real (Remix)

The original version of the song is good but the remix version is better. I love how they sing and rap alternately in every line. It was huge at the charts back then.

1. Mariah Carey ft. ODB- Fantasy (Remix)

This is one of the biggest rap-sung collaboration of 1990s. It was also one of the first remixes of hip-hop and R&B. It proved that rap and singing can be effective in music industry.