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Music 10 B’s: Britney Spears to Bleed it Out

1. Britney Spears
She became one of the biggest female artists ever. She had a number of successful singles and can already be considered as a music icon. Her albums sold millions which “… Baby One More Time”, her first single ever, was her most successful.

2. Back at One
It is a R&B ballad by Brian McKnight from the album which is also called “Back at One”. It is a  beautiful track which gave Brian McKnight a top 10 hit in the US.

3. Breakaway
Kelly Clarkson’s second album which became a multiple platinum album. The title track of the record had been a top 10 in the US. I heard an Avril Lavigne influence on the song, as it was re-written by her.

4. Backstreet Boys
They were the biggest selling boyband ever which was based on sales from albums and singles. They were my sister and cousin’s favorite band and I admit not being a fan of them.

5. Break Me Shake Me
One of the tracks and singles released from the album by Savage Garden from their self-titled album. It is a pop rock track with heavier sound.

6. Bubbly
Hearing just the title, it sounds like really bubbly and refreshing. The song which was a song by Colbie Caillat became her biggest hit single ever. It is just a lovely and light song.

7. Boyzone
They were an Irish boyband who became popular with ballads and cover songs. They were one of the biggest groups in the United Kingdom then. I remember when they covered “Words by Bee Gees, which became their first number 1 hit.

8. Bad Romance
One of the most successful tracks by Lady Gaga. Aside from big sales, it was her most viewed video on YouTube too. It was taken from her extended play “The Fame Monster EP”.

9. Butterfly
Mariah Carey’s album which sounds more on R&B and hip-hop. There’s also a track which was released as the second single called “Butterfly”. It is oen of her lovely ballads.

10. Bleed It Out
One of the singles released from Linkin Park’s third studio album “Minutes to Midnight”. I noticed the different sound pf the band in that song.

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Music 10 A’s: Alanis Morissette to Adele

1. Alanis Morissette

I love Alanis Morissette’s music especially with her album “Jagged Little Pill”. It is just a very honest record, and Alanis is a deep songwriter and a good vocalist.

2. Apologize
This is a song from Timbaland with real vocals of Ryan Tedder along with his band One Republic. Melody-wise and story-wise, it’s a good song. No doubt, it became a huge hit song.

3. Always Be My Baby
A song by Mariah Carey during mid-1990’s. American Idol winner David Cook had its own rock version, but Mariah’s version is way better.

4. All Saints
The time they came out, it was like move over Spice Girls. Ther were the new girl band at that time to watch. They became successful, though, not as successful as the Spice Girls. I love their R&B and pop style.

5. All the Right Reasons
Actually, the best selling album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It generated a lot of hits and ny favorite was “Photograph”. Take note, it’s a different song from Ed Sheeran.

6. As Long As You Love Me
It is one of the earliest hits of Backstreet Boys in 1997. It was a pop song, and my cousin and sister loves it because they were Backstreet Boys fans. Justin Bieber had an “As Long As You Love Me” song as well, but a totally different song.

7. Aqua
Going back to the second half of 1990’s, that was the time when Danish group Aqua became popular. Surely, a lot danced with their hits like “Barbie Girl” and “Doctor Jones.

8. Always
Bon Jovi’s hit songs back in early 1990’s. It is a rock ballad which was one of their most notable hits. I always thought its title was “Romeo was Bleeding”. Lol!

9. America
Not referring to the country, rather, the band America. Surely, they based theor name with their country. I like their hit “Horse With No Name”, which was sampled by MIchael Jackson in a song, likewise Janet Jackson for her “Someone to Call My Lover” song. I always hear their music as my brother had a CD of them.

10. Adele
She is actually one of the best vocalist and most successful singer at this time. Well, her “25” LP just became the fastest selling album.

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Album’s Singles Review: “Unbreakable” “This Is Us” and “In a World Like This” by Backstreet Boys

Unbreakable (album)
After their comeback with their album “Never Gone”, Backstreet Boys came back with this album “Unbreakable”. The album sounds matured too with pop rock sounds and some R&B influences. It debuted at number 7 on Billboard 200.

Inconsolable
“Inconsolable” was released as the carrier single for “Unbreakable”. It is a pop rock song which reminded me and heard its similarity with “Drowning”, their last single before hiatus. The single only peaked at number 86 on Billboard Hot 100. It was a number 24 hit in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Helpless When She Smiles
“Helpless When She Smiles” was the second and final single from BSB’s album “Unbreakable”. The song is pop rock and charted in few countries. I heard similarities of the song with the previous single.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

This Is Us
“This Is Us” was the follow-up album for “Unbreakable”. The album was loaded with dance pop tunes like many artists do at that time. The album peaked lower at number 9 in United States, and at number 39 in United Kingdom.

Straight Through My Heart
“Straight Through My Heart” was the lead single of Backstreet Boys’ “This Is Us” album. The guys had gone to an EDM sound in this song. It failed to chart in the US but entered the dance charts. In United Kingdom, it only reached number 72.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

Bigger
“Bigger” was the second and last single for “This Is Us”. It is another dance pop song from the guys following “Straight Through My Heart”. It failed to chart in a lot of countries.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

In a World Like This (album)
Backstreet Boys has gone independent this time in this album. The album contains pop and dance pop songs again. It reached number 5 in the US and number 16 in UK.

In a World Like This (single)
“In a World Like This”, which is the title track, was chosen to lead the album. It was an adult pop track which charted in a lot of countries. However, it only charted in component charts in US.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)
“Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)” was second international single for “In a World Like This”. It is an indie pop ballad which peaked at number 55 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “The Hits – Chapter One” and “Never Gone” by Backstreet Boys

The Hits – Chapter One (compilation album)
After accumulating a number of hits, Backstreet Boys finally released their first compilation album “The Hits – Chapter One“. It was a top 10 album in both US and UK and gone platinum by RIAA.

Drowning
“Drowning” was released to support the Backstreet Boys’ greatest hits album “The Hits – Chapter One”. It is a pop ballad which its intro sounds a rip-off of another boyband hit “All or Nothing” by O-Town. It charted worldwide which was a number 4 hit in UK. It only peaked at number 28 in US.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Never Gone (album)
After long years of hiatus, Backstreet Boys returned with this album “Never Gone”. The album sounds more matured with pop rock, and R&B influences. It reached the top 10 worldwide. It even reached platinum status by RIAA.

Incomplete
“Incomplete” was released as the debut single for the album “Never Gone”. It has a more matured sound compared to theor past albums. The pop rock ballad went to top 10 in many countries. It peaked at number 13 in the US but it reached number 8 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Just Want You to Know
“Just Want You to Know” was the second supporting single for the album “Never Gone”. It is a pop rock song which sounds similar to “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. It peaked at number 8 in United Kingdom. But in United States, it only reached number 70.
Rate: 6.0 out of 10

Crawling Back to You
“Crawling Back to You” was released as a US single. It failed to chart at the official charts of United States. It did though in other charts.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

I Still…
“I Still…” was released as a single in some countries. But in US, it was not released. It charted in other countries but not that successful.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Black and Blue” by Backstreet Boys

Black and Blue (album)
After the widespread success of “Millennium”, Backstreet Boys had released this album “Black and Blue”. It is intended to surpass the sales of “Millennium” which it succeeded with the first week sales which exceeded more than a million and a half. However, total sales was unmatched. Still, it is successful. It is a pop album with R&B influences in some songs.

Shape of My Heart
“Shape of My Heart” was released as the first single for Backstreet Boys’ album “Black and Blue”. It is a pop song which sounded like their song “I Want it That Way” but with slower pace. The single did very well worldwide, though, still behind “Way”. It peaked at number 9 in United States. It peaked higher at number 4 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

The Call
“The Call” became the second single for the album “Black and Blue”. It is a pop song which had a better remix compared to its original version. It featured The Neptunes for the remix version which the duo produced as well. It only peaked at number 52 at the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at number 8 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

More than That
“More than That” was the third single off “Black and Blue”. It is a pop ballad which was better than the previous single. The single failed to become a hit when it never reached the top 10. It only peaked at number 12 in United Kingdom. But in United States, it reached number 27.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

It’s True
“It’s True” wasn’t released as a single, however, it did receive heavy airplay in the Philippines. It even charted in radio countdown and was even one of the favorites from the album. It was a ballad which sounds too cheesy for me.
Rate: 5.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Millennium” by Backstreet Boys

Millennium (album)
Backstreet Boys achieved success with their international albums “Backstreet Boys” and “Backstreet’s Back”. In the US, it was released into an album “Backstreet Boys”. The album was followed by this record “Millennium”. It was a very successful album and became one of the fastest seller. In US, it was 13x platinum. It even sold more than a million in just a week of sales. It was also very huge worldwide.

I Want It That Way
“I Want It That Way” was the first single off “Millennium” by Backstreet Boys. It is a mid-tempo single which became the biggest hit of Backstreet Boys ever. I am not a fan of Backstreet Boys but I think it is a good song. It was a hit song worldwide. In US, it peaked at number 6. While it became a number 1 hit in UK.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Larger than Life
“Larger than Life” was a perfect second single for “Millennium” since the first single was mid-tempo. The single is an upbeat dance pop sonh with rock influence on it. However, it did not match the success of “I Want It That Way”. Still, the song reached the top 10 worldwide including UK which peaked number 5. In US, it reached number 25.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
“Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” was released as the third single for “Millennium”. It is a ballad which sounds different from other ballads the guys did. It was also their last single from the album with real music video being shot. It was a worldwide top 10 hit. It was successful both in United States and United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 6 and 3 respectively.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

The One
“The One” was the last single for “Millennium”. The dance pop song sounds cliche as it is similar to their other songs. It was a top 10 hit in United Kingdom, but was a top 40 hit in United States.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

 

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Backstreet’s Back” by Backstreet Boys

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pj6FCKm8dhM

Backstreet’s Back (album)
Backstreet Boys achieved success with their first album so they released their second album called “Backstreet’s Back“. In America, the albums “Backstreet Boys” and “Backstreet’s Back” were combined with some tracks which led to the self-titled album released there. With the international version, the second album sounds better and more soul. It contains pop and dance pop songs but it also had some R&B elements in some songs. The album was an international hit and sold better than the international self-titled album.

Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” was released as the first single for the international album. It serves as an introductory for their second album after their first album’s success, as stated “Backstreet’s Back”, also the title of the album. It was a worldwide hit gaining success in several territories when it reached top 10. The song achieved number 4 success on Billboard Hot 100, while a top 3 hit in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

As Long as You Love Me
“As Long as You Love Me” became the second single for “Backstreet’s Back” album. It was a song about sticking to a person and loving her as long as she loves him. It is a beautiful track which sounds like the younger brother of “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”. The song became a top 10 single worldwide including UK where it peaked at number 4.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

All I Have to Give
“All I Have to Give” was the third and final official single for “Backstreet’s Back”. The song is a ballad with R&B elements. It’s about all you can give to a girl is your love for her. For me, this is the best single released from the album. It became a hit reaching the top 10 worldwide, especially a number 2 peak in UK.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

10,000 Promises
“10,000 Promises” is not an official single but it was released im Asia which its music video from a live performance was aired.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Backstreet Boys- Backstreet Boys: Top 10 Singles in US and UK and Memorable Chorus of a Song

Backstreet Boys- Backstreet Boys (album)

United States- Backstreet Boys had released at least six singles from “Backstreet Boys” album but included those in “Backstreet’s Back” international album. But those from “Backstreet’s Back” were not included in the list. Only 1 single reached top 10 from the album (if based on international album)
Here are the top 10 singles in US:
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)- #2

The song was the only single charted as “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” only reached #69, while “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” peaked at #30. “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)”, as the biggest hit in the US went platinum by RIAA.

United Kingdom
“Backstreet Boys” singles did well in United Kingdom as it score four top 10 hits from five singles released. Here are those songs:
We’ve Got It Goin’ On- #3
I’ll Never Break Your Heart- #8
Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)- #2
Anywhere for You- #4
So far, Backstreet Boys scored 4 top ten hits with “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) as the biggest hit. It was also certified Silver by BPI. “Get Down (You’re the One for Me)” missed the top 10 but reached #14.

Combining the success in US and UK, “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” is the most successful single from the album. It also has the most memorable chorus lyrics despite its repeated words since the words are easy to listen and to memorize. Check the chorus and the music video:

Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Chorus:
Quit playin’ games with my heart (with my heart)
Before you tear us apart (my heart)
Quit playin’ games with my heart
I should’ve known from the start
You know you’ve gotta stop (from my heart)
You’re tearin’ us apart (my heart, my heart)
Quit playin’ games with my heart

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics: azlyrics.com and songwriter of the song
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Boybands Who Had Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Backstreet Boys / Westlife / Boyz II Men / Five

Backstreet Boys
United States- In US, Backstreet Boys scored 2 number one albums. It was their second US album “Millennium” and “Black and Blue”  Not just reaching number 1, both albums sold more than a million on its first week.
United Kingdom- Despite scoring more than ten top 10 singles in UK, Backstreet Boys never had a number 1 album there. However, 2 albums peaked at number 2.

Westlife
United States- Westlife wasn’t that successful in America so they never had a number 1 album there. Their only album to chart was “Westlife” which only peaked at number 129, a very low position.
United Kingdom- Westlife has been the most successful non-UK band in United Kingdom. They had a total of 7 number 1 albums there. Their first album to reach number 1 was their second album “Coast to Coast”, followed by “World of Our Own”, their compilation album “Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1”, “Turnaround” (last album with Bryan McFadden), (their first album without Bryan) “Face to Face”, “The Love Album”, and their last number 1 album was “Back Home”.

Boyz II Men
United States- Boyz II Men is one of the most successful all-male R&B group. They had multi-platinum albums and scored at least two records to reach number 1 in Billboard 200. Their second album which is simply called “II” went to number one and was a diamond awardee, followed by “Evolution”, their last album to go multiplatinum.
United Kingdom- Despite scoring hits in United Kingdom, Boyz II Men never scored a number 1 album there. Their highest peaking album in UK was “Cooleyhighharmony” at 7th.

Five
United States- Five may had cracked the US market but didn’t have a number 1 album there. They only had two albums to chart with “5IVE” as their most successful only peaking at number 27.
United Kingdom- All of Five’s 3 albums went to top 5 in United Kingdom. However, their only number 1 album in their home country has been “5IVE”, their first album.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Music Rivalries: Boy Groups

Competitions can be somewhat good for artists to do better. Someone may have started it all and another one comes up, the first one who existed may do better to keep up with competitions. Boybands has undergone competitions too. Rivalry existed so both artists will do better and prove and show to the world what they have and what they can do. Here are some of the boy groups who became rivalries.

Backstreet Boys vs NSYNC
There are other groups who came first than Backstreet Boys but these guys became the pioneer when the boyband term existed. Backstreet Boys is selling millions worldwide when their nearest competitor, NSYNC, came. There are lots of boybands at the time but with regards to style and music, NSYNC is the most similar. NSYNC even eventually signed to Backstreet Boys’ record label. Backstreet Boys remained the biggest selling boyband though. However, NSYNC has the record which Backstreet Boys never defeated. That was the fastest selling album ever in US wherein NSYNC had two albums has surpassed Backstreet Boys’ first week US sales. It is obvious that they can never break the record. Still, Backstreet Boys remains the biggest selling boyband ever.

One Direction vs The Wanted
Both groups were from the same country, United Kingdom. They both scored number one hits there. Their respective singles charted in the US at almost the same time. However, The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” charted higher in Bilboard Hot 100 which is at number 3, while One Direction peaked at number 4 with “What Makes You Beautiful”. But it’s not about higher peak. It’s about longevity and sales, which the latter is more triumphant. The Wanted never scored a number one album, while One Direction did in their first four albums. If not for the relevance and success of Justin Bieber’s “Purpose”, then One Direction could’ve scored 5 number 1 albums. One Direction scored tons of top 10 hits  worldwide too. While The Wanted disbanded too early. It is clear that One Direction won.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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