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Carly Rae Jepsen- Kiss: Top 10 Singles in US and UK / Memorable Chorus of a Song

Carly Rae Jepsen- Kiss
United States- Carly Rae Jepsen achieved the milestone of her career through the number 6 album “Kiss”. But what she greatly achieved were the singles which did great at the charts. Here are those singles which were successful inside the top 10:
Call Me Maybe- #1
Good Time (with Owl City)- #8
Carly Rae Jepsen’s biggest hit was “Call Me Maybe” which reached the number 1. Aside from that, its music video has been viral. The song was awarded by RIAA with huge 9x platinum mark. “Good Time” which was her collaboration with Owl City and appeared on their respective albums went to number 8 and received a 2x platinum award.

United Kingdom- Carly Rae Jepsen had been successful in United Kingdom too with her singles. Here are those singles:
Call Me Maybe- #1
Good Time (with Owl City)- #5
“Call Me Maybe” was a huge hit in United Kingdom too when it peaked at number 1. It even achieved a 2x platinum award (by BPI) which was rarely achieved by other artists. Her collaboration with Owl City, “Good Time”, was very popular in UK too for reaching #5 with Gold Record award.

It’s kind of obvious that Carly Rae Jepsen had two big hits from the album. It is also obvious that her biggest hit from the album was “Call Me Maybe” which reached number 1 not just in US and UK, rather globally. The song is just a simple but a catchy pop track which sounds sugary for the ears. Enjoy the song as I share it below:

Call Me Maybe (Chorus)
Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe!
It’s hard to look right
At you baby,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe!
Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe!
And all the other boys,
Try to chase me,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe!

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics from azlyrics.com and songwriters of the song (Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Tavish Crowe)
Video from YouTube / CarkyRaeJepsenVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: Carly Rae Jepsen “Kiss” and “Emotion”

“Kiss” (album)
“Kiss” was released as the first album globally by Carly Rae Jepsen. The album contains pop songs, with more of dance pop and disco songs. It wasn’t that a very impressive album, but it had some highlights too and they gladly picked the right songs from the album. The album went to US top 10 but not as successful as expected.

Call Me Maybe
“Call Me Maybe” is a beautiful and catchy pop songs as its melody was too sweet for the ears. The song became a global smash after reaching number 1 worldwide and ended as one of the biggest selling singles worldwide.
Rate: 9.5 out of 10

Good Time (with Owl City)
This is a perfect follow up to “Call Me Maybe” since it is as fun, and catchy but below the previous single’s level when it comes to melody. The song was successful worldwide after reaching the top 10 in numerous countries
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

This Kiss
This pop song is good but not as good as the previous two singles. It doesn’t perform very well at the charts too going to low chart positions.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Tonight I’m Getting Over You
The song is dance-pop and catchy enough to be the second best song from “Kiss”. Good thing they picked the right songs from the album as a single as the remaining songs weren’t that great. The song charted in many countries which included top 40 placement in UK.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

“Emotion” (album)
“Emotion” was the second international album of Carly Rae Jepsen. The album is very beautiful as it is a reminiscent of 1980’s pop sound and too sweet to listen to. Unfortunately, the album didn’t received much attention and was underrated despite being one of the best albums of 2015.

I Really Like You
I really, really, really like this song as it is catchy and fun. I think it is one of her best singles released. It was a great comeback but not as successful as “Call Me Maybe” despite the effort to match it. The song can still be considered as worldwide smash, including UK where it reached the top 3.
Rate: 9.5 out of 10

Run Away With Me
This is a good pop song, but I think there are better singles fitted to be the second single. The song charted worldwide but at low positions.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Your Type
I love the synth and sound of this song. It can be a better second single but it is still good being released. Hoping this song can catch up in music charts.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / CarlyRaeJepsenVEVO

Songs You Can Often Hear in Malls

When you are in a mall, you can hear loud music being played. Without music, shopping experience would be boring. I don’t mean the surroundings would be silent, rather, all you can hear is the noice from people chattering which is irritating to the ears. With music, it can neutralize the annoying noise and delightful sounds. While going to different malls, I often hear almost the same music so I made a lists of songs that I often hear.

Sia- Chandelier
This song is always played everywhere. You can even hear employees singing the song.

Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor- Marvin Gaye
I even hear this song sang by a child while in a mall. I was like, do you know what the song means?

Selena Gomez- Hands to Myself
I rarely hear her great song “Same Old Love ” in malls. But this new song by Selena Gomez was already played in a mall.

Justin Bieber- Love Yourself
This song by Justin Bieber is becoming overplayed. Even cover versions were even played is malls.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Charlie Puth seems becoming a favorite in malls. Aside from “Marvin Gaye”, this sing is becoming overplayed as well.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj- Bang Bang
This song is still played often, and if airplay in malls was included in music charts, it might still be in the top 10.

Sheppard- Geronimo
To be honest, I first heard this song in the mall. Since it is catchy and the lyrics amde it easier to guess the title, I downloaded the song. Until now, it is still often played in malls.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
Well, this song is still overplayed in malls for more than a year ago. However, it has declined at the moment.

Meghan Trainor and John Legend- Like I Never Lose You
The ballad is lovely and often played on radio. It is also overplayed on radio.

Carly Rae Jepsen- I Really Like You
The word “really” may have been overused, but it seems employees in the mall never gets tired of it.

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (Since 2010)

Since 2010, there are a lot of changes in music industry and we also witnessed how album sales went down. Though, we saw the success and record breaking success of Adele as the most successful artist in this era. Here are some of the trends and cliches in music industry since 2010:

Electronic dance music (EDM)
Electronic dance music continued to dominate all the genres. We heard successful records from David Guetta, Avicci, Calvin Harris, Zedd, and a lot more. Even most pop stars and even R&B singers sung a lot of dance music, showing how popular the genre is. Some of them were Rihanna, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Usher, and a lot more.

Music crossover to pop
There were a lot of artists who changed or tried other genres which led to their notable success, though some did not succeed. Maroon 5 may already had pop hits before 2010, however, they became full time pop band with their 2012 album “Overexposed” and their recent “V”. Taylor Swift is the most successful in crossing over to pop. She gave a taste of pop tunes in her partly pop, partly country album “Red”. With her latest album “1989”, she became a fully-pledged pop star.

Formerly teen stars going sexy
There were a lot young stars before 2010 who took the “good girl, gone bad” route. Miley Cyrus became the most controversial who went naked in “Wrecking Ball”, magazine covers, parties and the raunchy performance on VMA 2013. Selena Gomez also went naked in her current album cover “Revival” and music video. Demi Lovato also went sexier on her new album “Confident”.

Million selling first week
It seems the phenomenon during first half of 2000s is happening since 2010 despite the sales are going down with albums. Taylor Swift has the most nunber of albums to reach the million threshold. Her third studip release “Speak Now” reached over 1.04 million on its first week according to Soundscan. Her fourth album “Red” sold higher with 1.21 million, while her recent and current album exceeded 1.28 million. But the recordbreaker and fastest among all was Adele’s “25”, which exceeded 3.38 million.

Soundtracks
Soundtrack albums did well since 2010. “Frozen” is the most successful which became very successful in 2014. Other successful soundtracks were “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, “Furious 7”, “Glee” albums, and a lot more.

Retro music
It seems retro and old music is incorporated in music of some pop stars. Meghan Trainor is known for her pop, soul and doo wop sound on her “Title” album. Charlie Puth incorporated Motown sound on his music, and the 80’s sound on Carly Rae Jepsen’s sound on her “Emotions” LP.

Surprise releases of albums
Beyonce broke record for releasing surprise album and went to number 1 with massive sales. Other artists followed suit which included Drake.

Credits to Wikipedia, Billboard, Soundscan

10 Songs With “Call”

There had been a lot of songs with “call”. Recently, there’s this song which became viral and eventually became a huge hit. When it comes to “call”, it often pertains to a phone call. But not every “call” song is not about phone calls.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe
Seeing a guy you like and giving your number to him, and “call” her maybe! Well, this song has been viral which led to become one of the biggest songs during the recent years. It has been number in most of the countries worldwide.

Blondie- Call Me
Debbie Harry wants to be “called” by that guy she loves. Well, this so has became the band’s biggest hit worldwide reaching a notable number one position in the US and UK.

Alicia Keys- How Come You Don’t Call Me
Ever wonder why the one you love stopped “calling” you? Sing this song to him or her, which originally sung by the iconic Prince, which had Hot 100 success with Keys’ version.

Chingy- One Call Away
Not to be mistaken for the song of breakthrough singer Charlie Puth, this rap love song hit the second position in Billboard Hot 100 then.

Macy Gray- Why Didn’t You Call Me
You just met someone and had a good time. But ever wonder why the person didn’t “call” and meet again? That was Macy’s question in this soulful song which was a UK top 40.

Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
A guy may be out of his mind or drunk? Don’t let him “call “you in that situation. Wait till he’s sober. This song became the band’s top 10 comeback worldwide.

Madison Avenue- Don’t Call Me Baby
Ever taken for granted by a guy or a girl? Then tell them not to “call” you “baby” again. This dance song went to UK number one in early 2000s.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Needing a friend? Charlie Puth will come to the rescue like Supean with just a “call” away. This song is currently hitting the waves.

Janet Jackson and Nelly- Call on Me
Lovers always wants to be called by each other. That’s why this “call” tandem by the singer and the rapper went to the top 30 in several countries.

Maroon 5- Wake Up Call
What if your wake up call is seeing the one you love with another person in bed? That would be heartbreaking. This song went to Billboard top 20.

Some Facts from Wikipedia

Albums I Recently Downloaded in Spotify

I am a big fan of music streaming services and my favorite is Spotify. This year, I availed of Premium Subscription and my first month is free. But I am too early to subscribe as they offered 2 months free a month after I subscribed. Now, they are offering PhP9 (or estimated $0.20) for first three months of subscription. Not a bad offer though. It came after Apple Music offered 3-months free for Premium which was their initial offer to get subscribers.

Now, I am getting charged in my PayPal account PhP129 (or about $3) monthly for my subscription. It is not bad though as I am enjoying lpts of albums and songs. I get charged every 6th of the month and I am close to get charged again. I chose PayPal over credit card as mode of payment as I find it better and easier.

Since it is the season of new releases since there are a lot of people are purchasing records because of the holidays, I got the chance to download new albums (even not too new records) and save it to eb available offline. Here are the albums I recently downloaded.

Coldplay- A Head Full of Dreams
I am a huge Coldplay fan, however, I miss their old sound from their albums “Parachutes”, “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and “X & Y”. However, upon listening to this new album which has a new sound, I began to appreciate it. I love many of the songs especially “Fun” with Tove Lo, “Hymn for the Weekend” and the new ballad “Everglow”.

One Direction- Made in the A.M.
I had written a review of it recently here and I do think it is a great album. Nevertheless, I enjoyed their old albums more .

Janet Jackson- Unbreakable
I also written a review of this LP and I think it is a great album. It’s refreshing to hear songs that are not formulaic.

Justin Bieber- Purpose
I do think it is the best album of Justin Bieber due to its maturity and the fact that his sound has evolved.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Emotions
Critics say it is one of the best pop albums this year and I definitely agree. The 1980s sound is just refreshing.

I am hoping though that the album of Taylor Swift “1989” and the new and record-breaking album of Adele “25” be available so I can have them download for offline use.

Some Disappointing Grammy Snubs

Recently, the nominees for the most important music event, which is the Grammy Awards, was already announced. According to Billboard, the most nominations went to acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar, which followed by pop superstar Taylor Swift. As usual, there were many people gets disappointed with the results of nominations.

I have nothing against the board of Grammy because they have a panel who votes who will get nominated, likewise the winners. It’s not about popularity rather, as said a group decides who will win. Given that Taylor Swift got lots of nominations, I think she deserves it since the album is outstanding in quality apart from its popularity. Kendrick Lamar deserves it too as his album was generally praised by critics. But there are some great records which gained some respects and acclaims from music critics.

One of disappointing snubs was the zero nomination for Canadian pop star, Carly Rae Jepsen. She may not be at the Taylor Swift popularity level, however, her record was support. Her entire record (Emotion) contained 1980s inspired sound which is refreshing to the ears. I can’t even feel it’s a gimmick to incorporate such sound. Unlike other artists who incorporate retro sounds in their music, sounds more of a gimmick. Jepsen pulled the album out with quality retro sound.

Another disappointing result was the exclusion of Janet Jackson even from the minor categories. Her album “Unbreakable” is a lovely album. It was also well acclaimed by the critics for it unformulaic sound and her courage to put up a record that’s far from what we hear in current mainstream music. Yet, she was snubbed by the Grammy again.

Lana del Ray who often got rave reviews including her new hit record “Honeymoon”, but Grammy ignored her even a single nomination. I am not a fan of Lana but I kinda think her album was great just after first listen.

One Direction was always one of the big snubs yearly ever since they started. They were a staple yearly with successful records. Their music has grown matured. Also, this year would be their last year to release a record before going for a hiatus. Their record “FOUR” and this year’s single “Drag Me Down” was acclaimed, but Grammy has always been selfish to them.

One of the band that makes superb records was Florence and the Machine. I love their album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” which surely many agrees. It was very much lauded and Florence’s gained so much respect with this record but Grammy doesn’t seem to give that respect.

Honestly, I don’t much rely on Grammys for great records. The award giving body is highly respected and very prestigious but they don’t speak for the entire music industry. Their lists of nominees was respected but for me, respects goes to all the artists who made great masterpieces that entertain people like me.

Yearend Special: Underrated Albums of 2015

This year, there are some great albums that were too understated, thus, it affected the sales or performance of these records. Some of these albums released were almost unfelt when it was released, however, in this list, there are some which performed quite fine. but needed at least better attention from listeners.

Janet Jackson- Unbreakable
With slow performance in the charts of its carrier song “No Sleeep”, the album’s performance was affected. Even critics loved the album for not being formulaic and shown Janet’s courage to release an album with a sound we rarely hear. Janet’s vocals had matured for the better and you can feel through the wordings of great tracks that she really is ‘unbreakable’.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Emotion
I think this os one of the best pop albums this year. It was refreshing to hear 1980s sound in a modern pop album. The 80s beat from the tracks in this record can be heard and will make you groove like a retro person. It was a nostalgia for people who were 1980s kid. I am a 1990s kid and I appreciate the sound incorporated in the album. The album was just overstated which led to its moderate success.

Selena Gomez- Revival
Selena Gomez was all over the media few months and weeks before the album’s distribution. But due to the the hype of Justin Bieber and One Direction battle and the anticipation for Adele’s album, this album from Selena which was expected to do better quite underperformed despite its number 1 debut and two hit new songs.

One Direction- FOUR
Released last November 2014, this album should have continued success this year. It’s sales were high but not as successful as her previous records. Also, the hype with Taylor Swift’s 1989 shattered this record from 1D and that Tay’s album was overstated by media. The album released only two singles until Zayn left the pop band.

Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly
One of the best rap albums this 2015, despite the success in US, it didn’t spread its success to the rest of the world. With more support, it could have been a blockbuster.

Songs Incorporated Retro Sound

There are a lot of modern artists today who made songs with retro sounds. Honestly, I love listening to their songs as it was modern pop with a touch of retro, and will take you to the times when such sounds were often recorded. Here are some of those songs I heard recently which fits in such category. The songs included were released as official singles.

Meghan Trainor- All About the Bass
Just last 2014, this hit was known not just for “loving your own curves” lyrics but also with its old sound. Well, it is effective as it became one of the biggest selling songs last year and even extended its run this early 2015.

Charlie Puth- Marvin Gaye
Well, Charlie has been vocal that he loves 70s Motown and it is the influence of his music, and this salacious song? It just became a UK chart-topped and settled a good chart position in US and many countries.

Meghan Trainor- Lips are Movin’
The song has rap verses especially in stanzas while the sound is retro. That made this song prettier to me than “All About that Bass”. It was a top ten hit in national charts it entered.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk
This song has undergone a copyright trouble but it still managed lengthy weeks on top. It’s sound is a retro funk reminiscent of 1970s to 80s.

Meghan Trainor- Dear Future Husband
With the doo wop sound and a Motown-like tune, it feels kinda fresh to sound despitr its music. The song was an eventual top 20 hits in countries particularly in US and UK as well.

Carly Rae Jepsen- I Really Like You
This pop song is reminiscent of 1980s pop music. Apart from this song, Carly had great songs in her album with 1980s pop influenced. This has turned into a hit especially in UK where it settled for the top 3.