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Album’s Singles Review: “Dangerously in Love” by Beyonce

Dangerously in Love (album)
After her success with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce released her first solo album with “Dangerously in Love”. The album contains a lot of songs about love. Beyonce had shown she can really do it on her own in this album and made her a legitimate solo album. It became a big seller worldwide reaching number 1, including US and United Kingdom. It was certified 5x platinum by RIAA already.

Work It Out
“Work It Out” was Beyonce’s first ever solo single, but wasn’t the lead single of “Dangerously in Love” since it was used for an “Austin Powers” movie. It was included in the album in some countries. It is a beautiful R&B song with retro style. The song charted in several countries including United Kingdom where it peaked at number 7. In US, the song failed to enter the Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Crazy in Love (ft. Jay-Z)
“Crazy in Love” was the official lead single by Beyonce for her “Dangerously in Love” album. It featured his husband now Jay-Z. It is a R&B song which is catchy with its horns  which made it enticing.  The song became a worldwide hit which included United States and UK, where it went to number 1in both territories.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Baby Boy (ft. Sean Paul)
“Baby Boy” was the second single of Beyonce’s first album. It featured dancehall and reggae star Sean Paul. The song’s dancehall and Arabic sound is its asset. It was another big hit for Beyonce when it reach top 10 worldwide. In United States, it became her second number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Me, Myself and I
“Me, Myself and I” has been the third single of “Dangerously in Love”. The mid-tempo R&B song became Beyonce’s third US top 10 hit. In United Kingdom, it peaked at number 11.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Naughty Girl
“Naughty Girl” was the final official single of Beyonce’s album “Dangerously in Love”. The song has Arabic sound again, while its lyrics was kind of raunchy. It became Beyonce’s third top 5 hit in the US reaching number 3. It went top 10 in some countries too.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Female Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Beyonce / Taylor Swift

Beyonce
United States- Beyonce had released at least a total of five studio albums. All of those albums debuted and reached the top of albums chart. Her first solo album which is “Dangerously In Love” debuted at number 1 and remains her biggest seller. It was followed by her record “B-Day” which was a fast seller and certified 3x platinum by RIAA. One of her notable albums was her third number 1 album “I Am… Sasha Fierce”. Her obviously fourth album “4” might have been her lowest selling album, but it still debuted at number 1. “Beyonce” was her fifth album, as well as her fifth number 1 album, topped the charts despite a surprise release, and was her fastest seller too.
United Kingdom- Beyonce got the same success in United Kingdom despite only two of her five albums went to number 1. Those non-number 1 albums peaked inside the top 3 and went platinum to multi-platinum status. In fact, her third album which peaked at number 2 “I Am… Sasha Fierce” was her biggest selling albums in the country with BPI certification of 5x platinum. Her two number 1 albums in the country were “Dangerously In Love” and “4”.

Taylor Swift
United States- Taylor Swift is among the biggest female singers during the last 10 years in America. She at least scored four of her five albums reached number 1. Her self-titled debut album may only had peaked at number 5 but it went to 5x platinum by RIAA. Her first number 1 album was her second release “Fearless” which was her top seller with 7x platinum. “Speak Now” was a success for selling more than a million copies in just a week and was certified 4x platinum. The same happened with “Red” for  first week million sales and 4x platinum status. Her recent album “1989” also sold a million in one week and now at 5x platinum mark.
United Kingdom- Taylor Swift had her two of four albums to reach number 1. The other two albums went to top 10. “Red” was her fourth album which became her first number 1. Her album “1989” reached number 1 and was her biggest seller at 3x platinum by BPI.

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Singers Who Had Success their Former Band Never Achieved

There are lots of solo singers who achieved something that their respective bands never achieved. It doesn’t mean that they are more successful than the bands they were formerly a member of but these artists had a record they achieved that they haven’t achieved when they were still a member of their former band.

Justin Timberlake
NSYNC was one of the biggest boybands back then and broke records for fastest selling album in America. That was never achieved by Justin Timberlake as a solo artist. However, Justin scored 3 consecutive number one singles from his album “Future Sex / Love Sounds” which NSYNC never achieved. The group even only had one number one single.

Beyonce
Beyonce is the leader of girl group Destiny’s Child. The group achieved 4 number 1 in Billboard Hot 100. While Beyonce  as a solo singer, she scored 5 number one singles. Beyonce also scored 5 consecutive number 1 albums, while Destiny’s Child even only had 1 number 1 album in Billboard Hot 100.

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas is the one third of siblings band The Jonas Brothers. The band was very successful then, but they haven’t scored multiplatinum singles. However, Nick Jonas has achieved that going multiplatinum with singles “Jealous” and “Chains” which went 3x and 2x platinum, according to RIAA.

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams is one of the biggest British artists ever who had sold millions of albums worldwide. His former band Take That may had become very popular but comparing sales of Robbie Williams and Take That, Robbie had sold more. Also, Robbie had a nomination on MTV Video Music Awards, which Take That was never nominated.

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik left One Direction just last 2015. The group continued recording an album which was their last and achieved success. However, there is one thing Zayn achieved which he never achieved as a member of One Direction. That’s scoring a number 1 single in Billboard Hot 100. One Direction had scored 6 top 10 hits but nothing came to number 1. While Zayn just scored his first number one hit through “PILLOWTALK”. He even sets record for entering the charts at the top.

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Billboard’s Facebook Page has Favoritism?

There are lot of people who liked the page of Billboard are whining about posting series of their articles focused in certain artists.

Looking back when Beyonce had broken records after releasing an album by surprised. Lots of articles from their websites are posted on Facebook. I wonder why they couldn’t post an article about her since what’s written in different articles are almost the same. They even predict artists who can possibly do the same. Of course, anti-Beyonce are so fed up of those posts.

Taylor Swift as always been a subject in Billboard articles too, which were shared in social media. When her album “1989” was released, almost everyday, there were number of new posts about the album. Whatever Taylor Swift posts on Twitter or Instagram, Billboard raves for it. Even her charitied or even every step she do, Billboard makes it a big news. How about haters of Taylor, they whine about it makes them hate, hate, hate, hate not just Taylor, rather Billboard too.

When Justin Bieber came back, well, Billboard treated him like a king. He surfaced the Billboard page. Either he is here or there. His new pictures on Twitter and Instagram, you don’t have to check his social media accounts, just go to Billboard, it’s always there.

When Adele released her new single then “Hello”, it is all over the news. Either  it goes to number one, it breaks record, it reached a billion views on YouTube, her TV appearances, etc. What more when it broke records as the fastest selling album ever? From the first day of released to its full week of release, sales and predictions was always updated daily.

Recently, we saw Rihanna’s new release. So “Anti” album trended. Her new song and her new video for “Work” also trended.

Now, Ariana Grande is the center of their attention. She did a great impression of different artists on Fallon. She performed on SNL. Now, she has a new song which is now trending.

So what more will trend on Billboard? Let’s see what they got again.

Credits: Billboard

Concert Ticket Prices

It seems concert ticket prices of foreign artists are very high. Recently, the Queen of Pop, Madonna just held her “Rebel Heart Tour” concert in the Philippines. The highest ticket price of her concert stands at PhP 57,750 which is more than $1,200. While general admission tickets costed more than PhP 3,000, equuvalent to $60+. It served as the most expensive concert ticket price in the Philippines by a foreign artist. And due to insistent public demand, the show was held in the country for two nights! It is the first time for Madonna to come and do a concert in the Philippines. She never came to the country decades ago knowing her sexual songs and image, that she might not be allowed to come. It took more than 3 decades of her career to finally come here, that’s why fans doesn’t mind the ticket price just to see her concert.

Looking back 20 years ago, another high-profile artist in the name of Michael Jackson held his concert in the country too. The ticket price was too high, though, it was half of Madonna’s recent concert. But converting it after the inflation, then the ticket price with Madonna’s concert is close. If Michael Jackson is still here and went to the country for a concert, then that might be too expensive too.

When Jennifer Lopez came to the country, VIP ticket price is also high. It ranged more than $500 or more than PhP 25,000. That’s similar to the last concert of Beyonce in the country too.

Last year, another high-profile concert was held too. It was the UK Ireland boyband One Direction. The ticket price was about PhP 17,000 or more than $360. Due to demands and request of fans, the show was extended to two nights. However, the concert doesn’t include Zayn Malik who went back home due to stress. After few days, he announced his departure from the group.

It seems high-profile artists demand high concert tickets. That’s because of their marketability. In the near future, there were more international artists coming to the country and expect high ticket prices.

Albums that are more successful than its singles (2013-2014)

During 2013 to 2014, here are the multi-million selling albums with underperforming singles worldwide:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
The album became one of the biggest selling albums of 2013 and served as a huge comeback of Justin Timberlake. Despite its huge sales, it only scored two major and official hit singles “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors”. The reason may be, the volume two was released at the same year.

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The album is one of the biggest albums of 2013 either critically or commercially. It scored the big selling single “Get Lucky”, but no other singles were released after that.

One Direction – Midnight Memories
One Direction scored their thord worldwide number one album through “Midnight Memories”. It scored the sleeper hit “Story of My Life”. “Best Song Ever” peaked high chart positions but had short chart life. Two other singles were released but peaked lower in charts.

Michael Bublé – To Be Loved
Michael Buble again scored another hit album through this record. However, as usual, he never scored a genuine hit single again. Still, he was considered an albums artist

Soundtrack – Frozen
The soundtrack album used to be the biggest selling album worldwide of 2014. It had scored chart positions like the song “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” and the hit “Let it Go”. Despite its successful songs, it did not match the soundtrack album’s success.

Beyoncé – Beyoncé
The album was known for surprise release and sold a lot of copies. It waa successful worldwide and was one of the biggest sellers of 2013 and 2014. Several singles was released but only “Drunk in Love” peaked at a high position.

Lorde – Pure Heroine
Lorde did very well with her single “Royals” which helped the album’s success. The album achieved long term success but did not score another big hit except “Team”. Other singles released failed to reach the top 40.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2011-2012)

Here are the successful albums during 2011to 2012 which became big sellers but their singles had underperformed compared to the albums:

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Mumford Sons is one of the biggest folk rock bands during the recent years. It became multiplatinum in many countries including the US and UK which it was triple and quintuple platinum respectively. It released four official singles some of those songs went to top 40 or top 20, but didn’t have notable singles.

Beyoncé – 4
“4” is obviously the fourth album by Beyonce. It went to number one and top ten of majority of the countries it charted and among the biggest sellers of 2011. It has released numerous singles and reached the UK top 3 for her “Best Thing I Never Had” single. But most songs didn’t make impact in the charts.

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Lana Del Rey is one of top selling female artists in recent years and this first major album has been successful worldwide as it sold about 8 million copies worldwide, a number which was rarely reached this time. Despite the huge sales of the record, it only scored one hit single namely “Summertime Sadness”.

One Direction – Up All Night
“Up All Night” is the recordbreaking first album of One Direction which became one of the biggest selling albums of 2012. Depsite being a top seller, the album only managed one real hit which is “What Makes You Beautiful”. Other songs achieved numerous streams and airplays but chart positions were low.

One Direction – Take Me Home
After the success of their debut album, One Direction immediately worked and released their second album “Take Me Home”. The album topped the charts worldwide and has been one of the fastest selling albums of 2012. It is also among the top selling albums of the year which made One Direction score two top sellers in one year. The album released only three official singles though with only one top ten hit in the US, despite hitting the top ten with all of the singles in UK. Their singles climb fast but droppes fast from the charts.

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Song Reviews: Beyonce, Zayn, Rihanna, Flo Rida, and Future

There are tons of new songs recently and here are my reviews with those songs:

Beyonce- Formation
It’s been quite a long time since Beyonce released a single. It seems she is back with this new song “Formation” which has been highly controversial. The song which talks about discrimination against black people, Louisiana, police brutality, etc. received backlash as well as its music video. She is even accused of being a racist. The song’s structure is hip-hop and R&B and reminds me of her own song “7/11” and I don’t think the sound is something new compared to her other songs.
Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Zayn- Pillowtalk
Finally, Zayn got to release his first ever single as a solo artist after almost one year of leaving One Direction. The song is about in a relationship which feels like a paradise and warzone, according to its lyrics, which simply means the relationship is strained. Zayn finally got to take control of his own sound which is R&B with electronic sound.
Rating: 8 out of 10

Rihanna ft. Drake- Work
Rihanna is finally back with a single for her new album “Anti”. The song which she collaborated again with Drake after some singles they released in the past already accessed the top 5 in many territories. The song wasn’t just as good as her past carrier single songs, though it is catchy. The phrase “work, work, work, work, …” was just too overused.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Flo Rida- My House
The song may be released a few months ago but it just gaining a momentum at this moment as it finally reached the US top 5. The song is a mid-tempo R&B hip-hop song and it is undeniably catchy.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Future ft. The Weeknd- Low Life
Rapper Future this time collaborated with R&B singer The Weeknd and the song sounds like exactly the fusion of the two artists. The song which is in slow-tempo is something you can hear from old records of The Weeknd.
Rating: 8 out of 10

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”.

Some facts from Wikipedia