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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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Album’s Singles Review: “Oops!… I Did It Again” by Britney Spears

Oops!… I Did It Again (album)                                                                   Britney Spears really did it again after topping the charts and selling a lot for her debut album “…Baby One More Time”, her second album “Oops!… I Did It Again” became very successful too. The album which has similar sounds with her debut went to number 1 worldwide and has gone 10x platinum in the US.

Oops!… I Did It Again (single)
“Oops!… I Did It Again” was released as the lead single of the album. It sounds like the part 2 of “…Baby One More Time”, perhaps maybe due to both were produced and written by Max Martin. The song became successful too as it reached number 1 worldwide including United Kingdom. In US, it peaked at number 9.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Lucky
“Lucky” has been the second single off the album “Oops!… I Did It Again”. The song tells a story of a successful woman in Hollywood but not really happy for something’s missing in her life. The pop song is sugary with its tune. It was very successful in many countries for charting at number 1 and top 10. In United States, it peaked at number 23.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Stronger
“Stronger” became the third single from “Oops!… I Did It Again”. It is a dance pop song and empowering for her and was the opposite of “…Baby One More Time” in some parts of its lyrics. The song was a hit reaching top 10 in some countries. It peaked at number 11 on Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 at United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know
“Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” was the last single released for “Oops!… I Did It Again”. This time, it is ballad from her which was re-written by country superstar Shania Twain. The song failed to chart in higher position though. It didn’t chart im the US, and peaked at number 12 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
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Album’s Singles Review: “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears

…Baby One More Time (album)
Britney Spears broke the music scene through her debut album “…Baby One More Time”. The album has a lot of teen pop and dance pop songs. It has been a worldwide hit album with estimated sales of 30 million, while it reached 14x platinum by RIAA.

…Baby One More Time (single)
“…Baby One More Time” was the first single by Britney Spears. The song was dance pop, and teen pop which played a huge part in pop culture. It opened the door for Britney Spears to superstardom as it reached number 1 worldwide including United States and UK, where it was a big seller too.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Sometimes
“Sometimes” was Britney Spears’ second single from her debut album. It is a mid-tempo pop song which is quite cliché as one of Max Martin penned song. It was a hit particularly in Europe and in Asia, which it was a radio hit in the Philippines. In the US, it peaked at number 21.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

(You Drive Me) Crazy
“(You Drive Me) Crazy” was the third single from Britney Spears’ album “…Baby One More Time”. The song was used for the Melissa Joan Hart movie “Drive Me Crazy”. It sounds like the cousin of her hit “…Baby One More Time”. It became her second big hit from the album in US where it went top 10. It was also a big hit in other countries.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Born to Make You Happy
“Born to Make You Happy” was the fourh single from “…Baby One More Time”, though not released as a single in the US. The mid-tempo song was a worldwide hit, and in United Kingdom, it became her second number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
“From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” was the final single from “…Baby One More Time” album. It was a ballad this time and it was not widely released worldwide. It was a number 14 hit in United States.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Female Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Avril Lavigne / Britney Spears / Rihanna

United States- Avril Lavigne seemed to follow the footsteps of fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette as a female rocker. She had success in United States after scoring two number 1 albums. Those albums were “Under My Skin” (her second album, 3x platinum), and ” The Best Damn Thing”. Her most successful LP  which was “Let Go” has been a number 2 hit album and was RIAA certified with 7x platinum.
United Kingdom- Avril Lavigne managed to score three albums to reach number 1 in United Kingdom. Her debut “Let Go” was her first which eventually reached 5x platinum by BPI. Her succeeding albums “Under My Skin” and The Best Damn Thing” went to number 1.

Britney Spears
United States- Britney Spears scored great success in the US for scoring numerous number 1 albums. Her debut album “…Baby One More Time” (14x platinum by RIAA)  became her first number 1 album, followed by the first week million-selling album “Oops… I Did it Again” (her second biggest seller with 10x platinum). She did it again on top with “Britney” and “In the Zone”. After not reaching the top for years, she came back at number 1 with “Circus” and “Femme Fatale”. She had a total of six number 1 albums. She had three releases which failed number 1, but at least secured top 10 positions.
United Kingdom- Britney Spears has been successful in United Kingdom, but she never had a number 1 album in the country. At least, 7 of her albuns went to top 10. Her most successful LP in the country has been “…Baby One More Time” which reached 4x platinum by BPI and peaked at number 2.

Rihanna
United States- Rihanna is currently one of the most relevant and successful female artists around. She had released eight albums, which all of them went to top 10. However, only two of those albums went to number 1, such as “Unapologetic” and her current album “Anti”. Her most successful though has been the number two album “Good Girl Gone Bad” which was certified 3x platinum by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Rihanna consistently achieve success in UK. She had a total of four number 1 albums there with her first “Good Girl Gone Bad”, followed by “Loud”, which both albums were 6x platinum certified by BPI. “Talk That Talk” and “Unapologetic” went to number 1 too. Her current album “Anti” reached number 7.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Music Rivalries: Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera / Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry / Brandy vs Monica

Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears may had first released her first album, but Christina Aguilera first has a single released. It was in 1998 when she sang the theme song of “Mulan” called “Reflection”, though with lukewarm reception. When Britney Spears relesed her first single “…Baby One More Time”, a new brnad of pop just existed. Her album became one of the biggest sellers of 1999. That same year, Christina Aguilera released her lead single for her debut album called “Genie in a Bottle”. The song became a success as it reached number worldwide too. Her album also debuted at number in US. She is really close to Britney. Christina Aguilera is a better vocalist than Britney. While Britney is a better performer than Christina. But if their respective careers were summed up, Britney is victorious. Britney is just have a well-planned release of her studio album, unlike Christina who had released some compilations in between. Recently, both had flop albums, but they can be considered as icons.

Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
Both artists started as very different artist. Taylor Swift started as a country singer but crossed over to pop music. While Katy Perry was a former Christiam singer to pop rock to pure pop. Katy Perry was even considered as a rival to Lady Gaga. Rivalry between Katy and Taylor just existed when they had professional problems which led to Taylor write the song “Bad Blood” which was believed as intended for Katy Perry. Both were pop stars and very successful.

Brandy vs Monica
Brandy and Monica were considered as rivals then. Eventually, they got to work together with the song “The Boy is Mine” which is became a huge success worldwide. Despite the collaboration, they haven’t had good relationship. Still, they worked together but it seems they were okay now. Both had great hits but longevity says Brandy had bigger success.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2002-2004)

Here are the albums from 2002-2004 which its singles didn’t perform as successful as the album:

Britney Spears- Britney (2001)
This third album by Britney was released late 2001 but majority of its sales was from 2002 and most of its singles were released in 2002. It also went to number 1 in Billboard 200, her third consecutive charttopping album there. However, her singles from that album never had a major success, except “I’m a Slave for You” which hit the top 10 in many countries, but only settled at number 27 in Billboard singles chart.

Shakira- Laundry Service (2001)
This is the first ever English language album by Shakira, which was released late 2001, but most success came in 2002. The album was highly successful worldwide. Despite its heaps of sales, it only scored two major hits. “Whenever Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” were two of those hits.

Norah Jones- Come Away With Me (2002)
This album has become one of the biggest selling albums of all time with approximately 26 million copies sold. Despite its huge sales, the singles in the album did not perform well. It did not even score a top 10 hit.

Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
This album was Coldplay’s second album which performed successfully in the charts and according to Wikipedia, it sold around 19 million copies. This is the biggest sellng album by the band which its internationally biggest hit “In My Place” did not chart in the US. Three of its singles though hit the top 10 but not as lustrous as the album did.

Dido- Life for Rent (2002)
This second album by Dido is among the biggest selling albums of 2003 and already sold millions in 2002. But the only major hit from the album is “White Flag”. Other singles fared modestly in the charts.

Shania Twain- Up! (2002)
After years from the success of “Come on Over”, Shania Twain came back with this another successful album. The album was certified 10x platinum in America and multiplatinum in some countries, but it never managed even a single major hit.

Elvis Presley- 30 No. 1 Hits (2002)
This compilation album from the King of Rock and Roll did very well with estimated 12 million copies sold but with the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” the only single released.

Linkin Park- Meteora (2003)
Linkin Park scored a back to back multi-million selling studio albums with “Hybrid Theory” and this one. Despite the records’ success, none of its single became a worldwide hit. In some territories, some singles did well nonetheless.

Evanescence- Fallen (2003)
This became the band’s debut album and had successes both in 2003 and 2004. Despite the album’s success, it only had 2 major hit singles such as “Bring Me to Life” and the ballad “My Immortal”.

Norah Jones- Feels Like Home (2004)
Norah Jones continuous to sell briskly upon this album’s success which sold more than a million copies in just a week. It ended with sales of 12 million copies without a hit single released.

U2- How to Dismantled an Atomic Bomb (2004)
Released on late 2004, most of its sales were accumulated durin the remaining weeks of the year. This album from U2 was a worldwide hit with estimated 10 million copies sold. However, it only scored one major hit which is “Vertigo”.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2000-2001)

From 2000 to 2001, there were a lot albums out there which sold millions of albums and became top-sellers. In fact, it is the period when there were a lot of hit albums with few hit singles (from the album). Nevertheless, these hit albums were bigger hit than thesingles released taken from it. The singles didn’t perform very well as the album did. Here are those albums:

Dido- No Angel (1999/2001)
This album may have been released in 1999, but in late 2000 until the entire 2001 when it made its biggest sales. According to reports, it has sold about 22 million but the only big hit it has was “Thank You”, which was a worldwide hit. While “Here With Me is a hit in Europe.

Santana- Supernatural (1999/2000)
This album was already released during the second hald of 1999 but its biggest sales came in 2000. The album had 2 number hits which were “Smooth” and “Maria, Maria”, both reached number 1. However, it’s enough to match the success of the album which was reportedly sold 30 million.

Whitney Houston- Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (2000)
This is a compilation album by Whitney Houston and had sold over 12 million and did well in the charts. But only one new single became a hit which is “Could I Have this Kiss Forever?”

Britney Spears- Oops… I Did It Again (2000)
Britney Spears is the biggest selling female artist during her heydays. This second album of her was a best seller in 2000 which totally sold 24 million, according to Wikipedia. However, in the US, the album already earned one top 10 hit. It is the number 9 peaking “Oops… I Did It Again”.

Eminem- Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Eminem is the top selling rapper of all time and this album was his biggest seller which was reportedly sold 32 million. However, it only had 1 UK top ten hit single. In the UK though, it had 3 top ten hits.

Bon Jovi- Crush (2000)
Bon Jovi made a huge comeback in 2000 with this record. It was multiplatinum worldwide, but it only had one real hit single which is “It’s My Life”.

The Beatles- 1 (2000)
Knowing this album is a compilation album, it will surely not release a new single knowing this band from decades ago. The album was said to have sold over 31 million.

Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory (2000)
This debut album from Linkin Park is the top album of 2001 and continual success in 2002. Despite of the album’s success, it’s only real big hit was “In the End”, which peaked at number 2 in Billboard Hot 100.

Backstreet Boys- Black and Blue (2000)
Backstreet Boys’ “Millenium” was very successful so this new album from the guys was quickly released. The album fared well in sales, but it only scored one big hit which is “Shape of My Heart”.

Enya- A Day Without Rain (2000)
Enya already has sold millions before but this album became her biggest seller. Despite the reported 15 million it sold, the album only scored one single to chart in major countries which is “Only Time”, a number ten hit in the US.

Alicia Keys- Songs in A Minor (2001)
Alicia Keys made a big debut in this album which was reportedly reached sales of 12 million. However, it only had one worldwide hit which is “Fallin'”.

NSYNC- Celebrity (2001)
This third album is currently the third fastes selling album of all-time in the US. Despite its success, the album scored only one US top 10 hit namely, “Girlfriend”.

Limp Bizkit- Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water (2000)
Limp Bizkit was already a superstar band in the US but this album extended their popularity worldwide. Despite its stellar sales, it didn’t score a timeless number one hit.

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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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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (1995-1999)

In music, there are different kinds of styles that are often followed by other artists. As it becomes a trend, new artist will come out in the same genre or style, or even established artists follow suit.

From 1995-1999, there are a lot changes in mainstream music world. Pop music has been dominating the era as new artists came out and putting those established artists behind. Here are some of the trends and cliches from 1995 to 1999.

Female rockers
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette dominated the record sales off her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”. With her success, other female artists doing pop/rock released some records. Sheryl Crow may had success with her debut album, but it was just a light album. Her second album sounded edgier apparently in her song “If It Makes You Happy”. On late 1997, Natalie Imbruglia released her first album “Left Off the Middle, and her 1998 single “Big Mistake” sounds like an Alanis song.

Boybands
Different boybands existed like mushrooms from 1995-1999. Some bands though, failed to attain success. The most popular boyband this era was Backstreet Boys, while in Europe and Asia, Boyzone and others, did well too. In 1999, Irish boyband Westlife scored 3 UK number one hits which led to further successes. NSYNC achieved success in 1999 especially in US.

Girl Power phrase / Girl groups
British girl pop group Spice Girls became the most relevant artist during this era which their success was compared to The Beatles. However, the group took hiatus too early after Geri bidded goodbye. Girl power remains a relevant phrase until now. Girl groups though became a trend too. We heard and seen another UK girl group All Saints. Despite their edgy sound, they followed the Spice Girls as the second top girl group at that time, eventhough the Spice’s success was miles apart from them. Other girl groups who had short success were She Moves, Solid Harmonie, etc.

Movie Soundtrack Hits
Songs from a motion picture has become a trend in 1998 after Celine Dion’s hit from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”. Other soundtrack hits whicg followed suit were Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from “City of Angels”, Marc Anthony and Tina Arena “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which became second most successful soundtrack in 1999.

Teen female stars
In 1999, we saw the success of Britney Spears from her album and singles. She eventually became one of the biggest female artist of all-time. After her success, Christina Aguilera topped the charts worldwide too. Then we saw the birth in music of Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Latin music
Latin music became a trend again as we saw Ricky Martin climbs the chart in 1998, and popularity heightened in 1999 with his first English album. We also the success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. All of these three artists achieved success with millions of records sold.

Some facts from Wikipedia

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