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Album’s Singles Review: “Monkey Business” by Black Eyed Peas

Monkey Business (album)
Black Eyed Peas had a successful breakthrough through their album “Elephunk”. They came back with the album “Monkey Business”. The album, as usual, was as ‘phunk’ as their previous album. It was very successful worldwide and even surpassed the sales of “Elephunk”. In the US, it reached number 3 nd awarded 4x platinum by RIAA.

Don’t Phunk With My Heart
“Don’t Phunk With My Heart” was released as the first single off “Monkey Business”. It is a combination of hip-hop and dance music. The song became an international success which peaked inside the top 10 worldwide. It peaked at number 3 in both United States and United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Don’t Lie
“Don’t Lie” has been the second single from “Monkey Business”. The song sounds a combination of hip-hop and carribean tune. It was a worldwide success as it peaked at the top 10. In UK, it reached number 6, while it settled at number 14 in US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

My Humps
“My Humps” was the third single from Black Eyed Peas’ album “Monkey Business”. It is a hip-hop track with sexual themes. The song becamd the most successful single from the album. It went to number 1 in some countries, while it peakdd at number 3 both in US and UK.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

Pump It
“Pump It” has been the final official single of “Monkey Business. The hip-hop song did well reaching the top 10 in majority of countries. It reached number 3 in UK and top 20 on Billboard Hot 100
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Bebot
“Bebot” was released as a single in some Asian countries, particularly in the Philippines which the song was in Tagalog. It was a hit over radio and music video charts then in Asia.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Mas Que Nada (by Sergio Mendes)
“Mas Que Nada” wasn’t actually in the album “Monkey Business”  It was released after the success of “Monkey Buisiness” and a song only re-recorded with Balck Eyed Peas. The song became a hit when it reached the top 10 in numerous countries including number 6 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / BlackEyedPeasVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: Black Eyed Peas “Elephunk”

After years, Black Eyed Peas finally reached their breakthrough through this album. They may had already released 2 album, before “Elephunk”, this album became their first ever to achieve success worldwide. It is also their first album with Fergie as part of Black Eyed Peas. The album was consisted of R&B and hip-hop tunes. It may had only peaked at number 14 in Billboard 200 but it went multiplatinum.

Where is the Love? (ft. Justin Timberlake)
“Where is the Love?” is the song that brought Black Eyed Peas to superstardom. The song has a relevant message since love has cooled off for some people due to the chaos, wars, and problems the humankind is facing because of people’s wrongdoings. It featured Justin Timberlake who sang the chorus but was not credited. The song became a worldwide hit reaching number one in majority of the countries it charted. In United States, it peaked at number 8.
Rate: 9.75 out of 10

Shut Up
“Shut Up” was released as the second single for Black Eyed Peas’ breakthrough album. The song has been huge elsewhere and was almost as successful as “Where’s the Love?” as it reached number 1 worldwide but did not managed to chart in America. The song is catchy, but not as catchy as its debut single.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Hey Mama
“Hey Mama” is a hip-hop song with dancehall influences, a genre which is very popular at the time through Sean Paul. The song gave Black Eyed Peas another hit as it reached the top 10 in many countries worldwide, while it reached the top 30 in United States.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Let’s Get it Started
“Let’s Get Started” was released as the final official single worldwide. The song was originally titled “Let’s Get Retarded” and was re-titled. The hip-hop song may had reached number 21 in Billboard Hot 100, but was a multi-platinum there.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

The APL Song
This song has Tagalog chorus which was taken from a song by Filipino band Asin. The rap verses was rapped by its Filipino member apl.de.ap.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / BlackEyedPeasVEVO

Groups With Number 1 Albums is US and UK: Black Eyed Peas / S Club 7 / Ace of Base / Steps / The Fugees

Black Eyed Peas
United States- Black Eyed Peas had 3 multiplatinum albums, along with another platinum album. But with those albums, they only had 1 to manage the top spot which is “The E.N.D.”. Nevertheless, “Monkey Business” has been their biggest seller.
United Kingdom- Black Eyed Peas never scored a number 1 album in United Kingdom. However, all of their 4 albums went platinum and multi-platinum. “Elephunk” was their most successful there.

S Club 7
United States- S Club 7’s success in United States is limited but scored 2 albums to chart.
United Kingdom- S Club 7 did well in United Kingdom where they scored 3 top 3 albums. One of these albums, which is “7”, went to number 1. It even went 4x platinum there, as reported by BPI.

Ace of Base
United States- Ace of Base became very successful in the US when they managed to release their album “The Sign”. It went 9x platinum after reaching number 1 in Billboard albums.
United Kingdom- Ace of Base had been successful in the country with “Happy Nation” album which reached number 1. The album was called “The Sign” in the US. They had subsequent releases but weren’t that successful.

Steps
United States- Steps never had a number 1 album but they had a top 80 album charted.
United Kingdom- Steps scored 3 consecutive top 5 albums in UK. All these  3 went multi-platinums, with “Steptacular” as their number 1 album. “Step One”- their first album- went 5x platinum by BPI.

The Fugees
United States- The Fugees had short-lived career but at least they had achieved a milestone. Their album “The Score” went to number 1 and certified by RIAA with 6x platinum. Another album of  them failed to chart.
United Kingdom- The Fugees failed to reach number 1 but at least reached number 2 with “The Score”. The album was 5x platinum certified. They had other album which charted at low position and was not widely released.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / BlackEyedPeasVEVO

Battle of Same Song Title: Leona Lewis vs Pharrell Williams / Black Eyed Peas vs Simple Plan

The first battle is between a female and a male singer, while the second one was two groups. Check the battles below:

Leona Lewis vs Pharrell Williams
“Happy”
Leona Lewis came back after the success of her album “Spirit”. This song was the first single for her album “Echo” and actually, the title of the song is opposite from its meaning. It’s about wanting to be happy while you are in the midst of sadness. The song went to the top 10 in many countries, though it failed to match the success of “Bleeding Love” as it only peaked at 32 in Billboard Hot 100.

 

Pharrell finally reached his peak of popularity with this song which was used for the film “Despicable Me 2”. The song which is plainly a happy song went to number one worldwide. Perhaps it success was due to its positibe sound and message. In its music video featured some celebrities.

 

Verdict:
Leona Lewis- Happy
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3.0= 6.75

Pharrell Williams- Happy
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 4.75= 8.5

Winner: The lead was quite wide and it is clear to see that Pharrell Williams takes the “Happy” song battle.

Black Eyed Peas vs Simple Plan
“Shut up”
Black Eyed Peas gained worldwide success with “Where’s the Love?” So it is not easy to match it by its second single. The song may have failed to chart in the US, but it has been an international success especially in Europe where it went to number one in most countries.

 

Simple Plan released this single for their second LP “Still Not Getting Any”, and to be honest, I always associate this to the Black Eyed Peas song. The song was a modest hit worldwide.

 

Verdict:
Black Eyed Peas- Shut Up
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.75= 7.0

Simple Plan- Shut Up
Melody and Lyrics-2.75 / Success- 2.25= 5.0

Winner: Obviously, Black Eyed Peas won with 2.0 gap of points.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
Videos from YouTube

Battle of Same Song Titles: Simple Plan vs One Direction / Hanson vs Black Eyed Peas

As the battle of song title continues, this time, a rock band and a pop band is battling it out. Then a pop/rock siblings band and a hip-hop group is battling their songs too. Here are they:

Simple Plan vs One Direction
“Perfect”
Simple Plan is one of the great young bands during mid-2000’s and this song is a great one. It talks about apologizing for not being perfect which may apply to family which expectations was not met. The song became the band’s biggest hit in the US for reaching the top 25. It topped the charts in the Philippines too.

One Direction’s second single for final album “Made in the A.M.” was this pop song “Perfect”. It talks doing something perfect that the girl wants to do. The song charted worldwide and in the top in many countries.

Verdict:
Simple Plan- Perfect
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 2.75 = 6.5

One Direction- Perfect
Melody and Lyrics- 3.0 / Success- 3.5 = 6.5

Winner: Both of them wins as they tied.

Hanson vs Black Eyed Peas
“Where’s the Love?”

The Hanson song talks about not getting the love back from the girl and even got fooled. The song followed the success of “Mmmbop” but less successful than the latter mentioned. It went to top 10 in some countries globally which included the UK.

Actually, the song from Black Eyed Peas is “Where IS” while the one from Hanson is “Where’s”. Still, they fit in this battle as the titles are very close. The song from BEP is about love which is missing in this world that’s why many people are hurting and dying. With its beautiful melody and the relevant lyrics, it became a worldwide number one hit. Though, in the US, it reached number 8.

Verdict:
Hanson- Where’s the Love?
Melody and lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.5 = 6.75

Black Eyed Peas- Where is the Love?
Melody and Lyrics- 4.75 / Success- 4.5 = 9.25

Winner: It’s very clear they Black Eyed Peas won the battle.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

10 Songs With “Time”

When we refer to “time”, it doesn’t always mean the exact time, rather doing a thing again, like one “time” or two “times”. That’s how the word worked in some songs. Here are some of the songs with “time”:

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes- I’ve Had the Time of My Life
When you never felt something before and felt at a “time” of your life. The song was the theme song of the hit film “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, which the soundtrack became one of the biggest selling album of all time. The song became a big hit worldwide too.

Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time
When you are always ready to accept someone when he/she comes back and available all the “time”. This song was one of the biggest hits of Cyndi Lauper as it reached number one in Billboard. It was also covered by a lot of people.

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
This song was also part of my list with “10 Songs With More”. It was a huge worldwide hit in 1999.

Justin Bieber- One Time
Just one of the puppy love songs from a teenager. This song was Justin’s first ever single which became a top 20 hit especially in US and UK.

Semisonic- Closing Time
When it’s closing “time”, no more customers will be accepted and time for the workers to have fun. The song may not reach a high peak but it was popular in rock charts and heard in movies and TV programs. It is one of my favorite songs in 1998.

Ariana Grande- One Last Time
Sometimes you one to try again and reunite with the one you love for one last “time”. This song became Ariana’s became 5th top 20 hit in the US from her “My Everything” album.

Whitney Houston- One Moment in Time
You are reaching a goal and you will surely see yourself on top at a moment in “time”. This song was very popular and became a global hit.

Black Eyed Peas- The Time (Dirty Bit)
The song interpolated “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing film and eventually became a multiplatinum hit.

Mariah Carey- Love Takes Time
It will take “time” for the pain to heal when your love one left. This became Mariah’s second number one hit from her numerous charttoppers.

Enya- Only Time
This is such a heartwarming song from Enya which deserved its number one spot in some countries.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Notable Songs With ‘Heart’

When we talk about songs with ‘heart’, we might think it’a love song. Yeah, it can be true but some songs were about heart neing broken. Here are some notable songs with ‘heart’ in their title.

Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
Who will forget this song? Everybody cried when Jack died and Rose is crying for him as well with this song in the background. The movie which is “Titanic” is the highest grossing film then and this song is the biggest selling song of Celine Dion and that year, 1998

Toni Braxton- Un-break My Heart
Just one of the most memorable heartbreaking song in music, when you are begging to un-break a broken heart. This song became the R&B songstress’ biggest song ever.

Backstreet Boys- Shape of My Heart
Backstreet Boys always makes fine love songs as in this song, they begged the girl to show the shape of their heart. It was officially their last number one song.

NSYNC- Tearin’ Up My Heart
Your heart is like breaking whenever the one you love is present or not. This became the boyband’s one of their earliest hit.

Oasis- Stop Crying Your Heart Out
It feels good to have someone who will comfort you to stop crying. This Oasis song was a hit in UK and was even covered by fellow Brit, Leona Lewis.

Roxette- Listen to Your Heart
Roxette is telling everyone to listen to our heart as it will guide you to the right path. I may not believe in it but I will agree this is a great love song. It became one of the duo’s biggest hits.

Madonna- Open Your Heart
There might be something sexual in this song as Madge was known. The music video even shows a lot of skin from her dancing. Still, this song topped Billboard’s singles chart.

Bryan Adams- Straight from the Heart
Bryan Adams came out with this romantic ballad. It became a top 10 hit in the US.

Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts
This is a song for the heartbreakers and womanizers. It might not have peaked at number one but it was a sleeper hit.

Black Eyed Peas- Don’t Phunk With My Heart
It is not clear what ‘phunk’ means but it sounds like it is ‘mess’. The said word was a signature of Black Eyed Peas adopted from their “Elephunk” album. The song was a worldwide top 10 smash.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Memorable Lines in Songs: Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas first became known way back then without Fergie. Their fame arose with Fergie and through their song “Where’s the Love?”. Since then, they became the most successful hip-hop group. Their songs were mostly about partying, love songs and heartbreak.

Where’s the Love?
” But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate”
The lines were the part of Will.i.am in the song. It was mainly about not having love to one another, particularly, with different races. Discrimination is rampant which often leads to hatred.

Shut Up
” We try to take it slow but we’re still losin’ control
And we try to make it work but it still ends up the worst”
Opening lines of the chorus, it seems the guy and a girl is close to get in a relationship but everything is not working.

Don’t Phunk with My Heart
” Why are you so insecure
When you got passion and love her
You always claimin’ I’m a cheater”
The girl sounds she has hesitation with the guy, but the guy is proving he is not what the girl is claiming.

Don’t Lie
” And the reason for my confession is that I learn my lesson
And I really think you have to know the truuth
Because I lied and I cheated and I lied a little more”
The guy is making a confession with the girl with his lies as he is trying to change. He learned a lesson about it knowing it will compromise her trust on him.

Boom Boom Pow
” People in the place
If you wanna get down
Put your hands in the air”
Just another party song without too much meaning. Based on the lines above, it’s obvious they were in a party

I Got a Feeling
” Tonight’s the night, let’s live it up
I got my money, let’s spend it up”
Nothing is really special with the song’s lyrics. It’s just planning on a party and do it all night.

Meet Me Halfway
” Meet me half way, right at the borderline
That’s where I’m gonna wait, for you
I’ll be looking out, night n’ day”
The girl wants to meet with the guy to discuss things about their relationship which is on the rocks.

Just Can’t Get Enough
” Boy I think about it every night and day
I’m addicted wanna jump inside your love”
It’s about a girl who is very much in love with a guy. Though, there’s sexual undertone with the song.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to songwriters

Songs Intended for the Media

Superstars may be enjoying a lot for their successes, money and fame. They do get a lot of attention either from fans and especially, the media. Every move they make was watched out by media people which includes paparazzi. Oftentimes, these stars gets negative write-ups about them by which is often seen in tabloids. In this list were the songs about stars answering media back about rumors and backlash. But the last song at the bottom was not about these backlash, rather about what’s being shown by the media.

Michael Jackson ft. Janet JacksonScream
Michael Jackson has always been controversial and during1990s, he got fed up after all the troubles he has been through so he wrote in this song which you can here his frustrations and disappointments about the media. He even invited his sister Janet Jackson and expressed their anger to media backlash.

Britney SpearsPiece of Me
Britney Spears has gone to troubles during the second half of 2000s and she has became the subject of scrutiny. She’s often chased by the media and paparazzi. With her disappointment, she released this song which became a major success from critics to commercial aspect. In its music video, it tells what’s the nessage of the song.

Kelly ClarksonMr. Know It All
Kelly Clarkson is not that controversial but media has been so mean at her. Even her body or shape was even criticized. In this song, she expressed what she felt and even in the music video, it shows tabloids which nonensically criticized her.

Lindsay LohanRumors
Lindsay Lohan was also been the subject of rumors and criticisms when she is growing up. But her situation got worst eventually being involved in several behavioral issues. In this song, she expresses how she’s fed up of the media following her and even invading her privacy.

Miley CyrusFly on the Wall
Miley Cyrus is starting to build her own name away from the shadow of Hannah Montana. With her fame comes along the media and paparazzi following hef and she expressed in her song how she felt irritated.

Black Eyed PeasWhere’s the Love?
Written not exactly for the media, rather about the chaotic events in this world. But the line “wrong information always shown by the media”, speaks about how the media conveys information, if its is factual or not.

Some facts from Wikipedia

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