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Music 10 C’s: Coldplay to Chandelier

1. Coldplay
They are one of the favorite bands. They had a lot of hit albums and singles as well. My favorite album from the band was “Parachutes” because of its melancholic and emotional sound.

2. California Gurls
The first single from Katy Perry’s album “Teenage Dream”. It featured rapper Snoop Dogg. Katy Perry dropped her pop rock sound to purely pop in this song.

3. Can’t Buy Me Love
One of The Beatles’ most notable songs. I often hear this song back then since my brother always play the compilation album of The Beatles.

4. Christina Aguilera
One of the top female artists who emerged in 1999. She had a lot big hits. It was also the title of her first album which generated four top 3 hits on Billboard Hot 100.

5. Can’t Feel My Face
One of the biggest hits during the recent year. It was a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It reminded me of Michael Jackson upon hearing the song with such a funk on it.

6. Cher
She is one of the most successful female artists which her career spanned decades and still relevant. Her most successful single was “Believe” in 1998.

7. Champagne Supernova
One of Oasis’ signature songs. It is one of my favorites from the band which was released during the mid-1990’s. It was taken from their biggest album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”.

8. Cassie
She is a R&B singer who was known for the hit “Me and U”. However, she can be considered as a one-hit wonder after the success of that sole single. She is one of the half-Filipino and half-American singer.

9. Chris Brown
He was known for a lot of hits, either R&B or EDM tracks. His most widespread successful album was “Exclusive” which generated the international hit “With You”.

10. Chandelier
This was sang by one of the best voices today, Sia. Aside from scoring hits, she wrote and produced hits for other artists today. By the way, “Chandelier” has been a global hit and even reached more than a billion views on YouTube.

Video from YouTube / Coldplay Official

Album’s Singles Review: “Stripped” by Christina Aguilera

Stripped (album)
Prior to this album, Christina Aguilera released her self-titled debut album, a holiday album, and Spanish album. Because of her success, she released her second studio album which she had input her creativity on it and dumped her old sound to more urban sound and matured theme. “Stripped” did very well peaking at number 2 both in US and UK. The album initially didn’t do well but had a long chart success afterwards. It was certified by RIAA with 4x platinum, and 6x platinum by BPI.

Dirrty (ft. Redman)
“Dirrty” was the carrier single for “Stripped”. Christina Aguilera has thrown her sweet image to more provocative as shown in its music video. The song’s theme is even sexually provocative too. It became a hit in many countries reaching the top 10. It peaked at number 1 in UK, but failed at number 48 in the US.
Rate: 6.0 out of 10

Beautiful
“Beautiful” became the second single from “Stripped” album. The song is a ballad which is anthemic discussing internal beauty. The single was a worldwide success reaching number 1 and top 10 worldwide. It was the most successful single from the album.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Fighter
“Fighter” was the third single from Christina Aguilera’s “Stripped”. The song’s sounds reminds me of En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” because of its rock and R&B sound. It talks about being a fighter and cannot be put down. It became a hit worldwide reaching top 10 including UK where it reached the third position.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Can’t Hold Us Down (ft. Lil Kim)
“Can’t Hold Us Down” has been the fourth single off “Stripped”. It is a R&B trip with hip-hop sound through featuring Lil Kim. The single was a hit reaching the top 10 in many countries including number 6 in UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

The Voice Within
“The Voice Within” was the last single released from “Stripped”. It is a ballad track with such an inspirational and uplifting message. The song reached number 9 in UK and top 40 in US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / CAguileraVEVO

Female Singers With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Pink / Jennifer Lopez / Christina Aguilera

Pink
United States- Pink was being one of the top female artists in the US. Despite her success, she only scored one number 1 album. It was her last album called “The Truth About Love”. That album has been certified 2x platinum by RIAA. Pink has scored total of six top 10 albums and her biggest seller was”Missundaztood” which reached number 6 but was certified 5x platinum by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Pink did very well in United Kingdom In fact, she is one of the most successful female artists there since 2000. However, only “Funhouse” went to number 1 which BPI certified with 4x platinum. She had other 5 albums went to top 5.Her top seller was also “Missundaztood” which peaked at number 2 and was certified 6x platinum.

Jennifer Lopez
United States- Jennifer Lopez was very successful in United States which started in 1999, her debut in mainstream music. She only scored two number 1 albums though with “J.Lo” as her first and with most sales after certified by RIAA with 4x platinum. Her second charttopping album was “J to tha L.O! The Remixes”. She had a total of 8 top 10 albums in the US.
United Kingdom- Jennifer Lopez did well in United Kingdom where she scored 5 top 10 albums, but failed to score a number 1 album. Her biggest seller in UK was “This is Me… Then” despite onoy reaching number 13. It was certified double platinum by the BPI.

Christina Aguilera
United States- Christina Aguilera started as a teenybopper and  quickly received success with her self-titled debut album. She had a total of six top 10 albums by which two went to number 1. Her self-titled album was the first, and then “Back to Basics”. “Christina Aguilera” album was reportedly 8x platinum by RIAA. Her second biggest seller was the number 2 album “Stripped” which was 4x platinum.
United Kingdom- Christina Aguilera scored two number 1 albums in United Kingdom. Her first has been “Back to Basics” and followed by “Bionic”. The latter was a low seller though. Her most successful album in the country has been “Stripped” which was certified 6x platinum by BPI.

Credits: Billboard / OCC  / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / PinkVEVO

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

Video from YouTube

Battle of Same Song Title: Coldplay vs Pink / Christina Aguilera vs Melanie C.

Two rockers are in a battle, but a band and a female singer. The second one is between two female pop singers. The battles listed below:

Coldplay vs Pink
“Trouble”

In 2000, Coldplay released this song as a follow-up to the band’s initial hit “Yellow”. The song which is composed mostly with a piano background is somewhat mellow. It went on to become the band’s second top ten hit in their homeland, United Kingdom. Though it was just a modest hit internationally.

Pink came out with this song in support of her third studio album “Try This”. The song became a hit particularly in Europe. It was also covered by the Alvin and The Chipmunks in their movie.

Verdict:
Coldplay- Trouble
Melody and Lyrics- 3.0 / Success- 2.0= 5.0

Pink- Trouble
Melody and Lyrics- 2.5 / Success- 3.0= 5.5

Winner: Pink’s upbeat rock “Trouble” song defeated the melancholic and emotional rock song of Coldplay.

Christina Aguilera vs Melanie C
“I Turn to You”

Christina Aguilera had this song released as her third single for her first album. The ballad though was originally performed by All 4 One. The song is about turning to the one who protects you and cares for you which pertains to a mother. It may be a modest hit in many countries but it was a big hit in the US reaching the third spot.

Former Spice Girl Melanie C released her own “I Turn to You” song which she co-wrote, shortly after Christina Aguilera’s single. The song became a US dance hits and a huge hit in the entire Europe when it reached number one, which was her second chart-topper in UK.

Verdict:
Christina Aguilera- I Turn to You
Melody and Lyrics- 4.0 / Success- 3.0= 7.0

Melanie C- I Turn to You
Melody and Lyrics- 3.0 / Success- 3.75= 6.75

Winner: Christina Aguilera won the “I Turn to You” battle with a small gap.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
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Successful Female Singers Who Wrote Songs for Other Artists

Some female artists really creates great music, either of their own, or for other artists. Here are some of the successful female singers who wrote songs for fellow singers too:

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera may haven’t had creative control for her self-titled debut album, but she pushed for her right for her second studio album “Stripped” which she co-wrote most of her songs there. She also shared her vocals for Pitbull’s “Feel this Moment” which she co-wrote, and became a top 10 hit worldwide. One of her most notable song she co-wrote for others was “Miss Independent” which was performed by Kelly Clarkson, which hit the top 10 both in US and UK.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys was known for her talent with great voice, skills in piano, and writing songs. In fact, she is a Grammy awardee for her songwriting skills. Apart from her songs she wrote, she had writte. songs for other artists too. In fact, she wrote Christina Aguilera’s song “Impossible”, from her “Stripped” album, and Whitney Houston’s “Million Dollar Bill” off her “I Look to You” album. She also co-wrote songs which she was featured in, including the huge hits “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and “My Boo” with Usher.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry may be one of the biggest pop stars today. But she is more than just a pop singer. In fact, she wrote songs for other singers as well, which included a song for Britney in her “Britney Jean” album. She also co-wrote songs for Kelly Clarkson which included the hit “I Do Not Hookup”.

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is known for her rebellious attitude as a performer. But she wrote most of her songs from her album. In fact she had co-written the hit by Kelly Clarkson which is “Breakaway”, a US top ten hit for the singer.

Pink
Pink wrote mostly of her songs. However, she also wrote songs for Cher’s recent album. But she was more noted whene she wrote Adam Lambert’s biggest hit “Whataya Want from Me”.

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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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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 “Want”

“Want” is often use in songs which is about “wanting” the person or love. To check some songs, here are some of the 10 songs with “want”. It also includes “wants” or “wanna” as it has the same thoughts.

Sheryl Crow- All I Wanna Do
You don’t “want” to do anything except having fun. This fun song from Sheryl Crow became one of her biggest songs as it peaked at second spot in Hot 100, according to Billboard.

Cyndi Lauper- Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Girls just “wants” to do what they “want” to do because they just “want” to have fun. This track went to number 2 in US and UK and became one of the most famous tracks of 1980’s as well as becoming a popular phrase for women.

Aerosmith- I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
You just “want” to be with the one you love every moment and not to miss a single thing. This ballad was a tearjerker for the hit film “Armageddon” and became Aerosmith’s biggest hit ever.

Ace of Base- All that She Wants
It’s about giving all what the girl wants. This song first brought the group to the top of the charts gaining milestone in the charts worldwide.

Savage Garden- I Want You
You “want” someone but unsure if you need him/her. This song was the debut hit from the group which made an impressive top 5 entry in their country, Australia and US. It performed well in Asia too.

Backstreet Boys- I Want it That Way
One of the most popular “want” songs, just do things that way. This song may lack a real meaning but became Backstreet Boys’ biggest song ever.

Jason Derulo- Want to Want Me
You “want” your partner to “want” you too, hhmmm… Sounds like asking for demand. This song became another big hit for Derulo where it topped the UK singles.

NSYNC- I Want You Back
The girl left and you “want” her back like she’s the only thing you wbat to have. This has been a debut hit from the successful boyband.

Cher Lloyd- Want U Back
Like when you “want” someone back, makes you “wanna” UH! This song has become Lloyd’s biggest US hit.

Christina Aguilera- What a Girl Wants
Girls make demands and “wants” to get what they “want”. After the huge success of “Genie in a Bottle”, this one followed to become a big hit for Aguilera.

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