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Country Albums / Breakthrough Albums to Listen To

I am vocal before that I am not a country music fan. But I began to appreciate them and heard some great records. Here are the country albums that I listed and recommend them:

5. Thomas Rhett- Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett had some success over “It Goes Like This” LP but achieved bigger success with “Tangled Up”. I love the sounds of thsi record with some disco and country fusion on it.

4. Luke Bryan- Kill the Lights
Luke Bryan can ne said as the most successful male country singer of the recent years for his number one albums and hit country singles. His current album “Kill the Lights” gives you a nice eminiscence on a countryside.

3. Carrie Underwood- Storyteller
Carrie Underwood can be considered as one of the country music queens. She had successful country albums and now came to her fifth hit album “Storyteller”. It is a country album that lets country music fans to pay attention to.

2. Sam Hunt- Montevallo
Sam Hunt is one of the hottest country stars today. However, upon seeing comments online, he was criticized that he’s not really country and sounds more pop and R&B. But I think the country sound still dominated his music which still fits in the category. “Montevallo” sounds like a modernized country with elements of electronic.

1. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
This is an amazing debut country album from Chris Stapleton. You can feel the solemnity, the grief of a loss, and sounds like taking pyu to a journey. This album is highly recommended by country listeners.

Aside from country albums, I also recommend these albums currently making a breakthrough:
3. Twenty One Pilots- Blurryface
This is actually there fourth LP but their breaking through record. The album is too adventurous to listen to.

2. Charlie Puth- Nine Track Mind
This may had received postive reviews, but if you want some simple tunes, this record is good for you.

1. Alessia Cara- Know-It-All
One of the artists today, the young singer came out with good soulful sound in this record.

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2005-2009)

There were a lot of changes in music from 2005-2009. As noticed, there were a lot of newcomers, trends has significantly changed as well as decline of CD or album sales.

British female soul singers
Any Winehouse achieved more success in her 2006 second album “Back to Black”, while another soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae became successful with her debut album after her successful single ” Put Your Records On”. Another soul singer, Duffy, achieved worldwide success with her album “Rockferry” and became the top selling artist in 2008 in UK. Adele also debuted that same year but achieved more success with her second album.

Rise of digital and single downloads
Digital sales increased during this era and we saw the rise of singles downloads. Downloads are now included to eligible to chart in music charts.

Drop of album sales
With the rise of digital downloads, album sales went down continually. This era, no albums released ever reached 20 million in sales.

Electronic Dance Music
In 2009, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was seen to rise. David Guetta achieved successes after the hit single “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland on vocals. Lady Gaga’s sound became popular as well, thus, opening the path for dance music on the rise.

Disney princesses
This is the era when Disney princesses debuted in music industry. Miley Cyrus became successful with her Hannah Montana TV show as well as the film and soundtracks. She reached number 1 with her introductory LP “Breakout”. Other Disney stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, had their first albums to Billboard top 10.

Musicals on TV and movies
Disney released a TV film “High School Musical” which became a phenomenon, It had its sequel again on TV, while the last part was a movie released on theaters. The soundtrack albums became big sellers too. In 2009, musical show “Glee” became successful in ratings while records sales sold millions too.

American Idol winners
After Kelly Clarkson’s success, Americal Idol continued to break the ratings game. Carrie Underwood achieved successes and became one of the top country artists. Other AI winners achieved limited success.

Girl groups
Two notable girl groups who broke album sales this era, Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. The former though became the most successful female group at that time.

Successful comeback
We saw Mariah Carey’s successful comeback with “Emancipation of Mimi” after 2 flop albums. Madonna went back on top again after “American Life” performed modestly. Her “Confessions on a Dance Floor” became a top seller. Justin Timberlake’s long awaited second album became one of the best selling albums during this era.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 2005-2009

From 2005-2009, music has produced superstars then and even those successful stars until now. Most of these stars are now cementing their names as icons.

Ciara
Ciara came out with a different kind of R&B when she released her debut single in 2004 “My Goodies” which immediately went to number 1. In 2005, she achieved more success with 2 other successful songs and multi-platinun first album. She releases music until now but success was never the same.

Carrie Underwood
After becoming a winner in American Idol, Carrie Underwood released her album immediately which went 9 million worldwide sales according to Wikipedia. She remained one of the country music’s staple artists until now.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift was then a country star when it scored multiple country hit songs. Her album went top 5 in Billboard and went multiple platinum. Today, she is the hottest (with the exception of Adele) pop star.

James Blunt
With the success of his beautiful ballad “You’re Beautiful”, it paved the way for James’ album “Back to Bedlam” as one of the biggest selling albums form 2005-2009. He released his second album which was multi-million seller as well though it never match the debut’s success.

Duffy
Duffy made waves when her single “Mercy” was reaching number 1. It also made her first album “Rockferry” to multiple million in sales. Unfortunately, her second album flopped which led the singer to go indefinite hiatus.

Justin Bieber
Starting at very young age, Justin Bieber had one of the most successful extended plays (EP) when it went platinum. He became in this group of artists because the record’s success despite his first album was released in 2010. He’s among the biggest popstars today via his current record “Purpose” and all his three songs are still in the top 10 worldwide.

Lady Gaga
Her outrageous behavior and dresses might has became her identity, but her sonngs and albums made her a superstar. Her debut album “The Fame” was said has sold 14 million (according to Wikipedia) has scored four top 10. She’s still considered as one of the hottest pop stars until today.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry immediately went to top 5 and number 1 with her first 2 singles. Despite releases prior, her album “One of the Boys” was considered as his first. The album was platinum and scored 4 hit songs. She became more successful with her succeeding releases.

Some facts from Wikipedia