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Artist Biting the Hands That Fed Them?

There are a lot artists today who doesn’t really like the songs or kinds of music the executives has given them. They were not given creative control with the music they want to do, and the image they want for themselves.
After breaking free and established their names, these artists had the guts to express what they feel for the music they did before. Looking back in 2000, Pink was heard as an R&B singer. She sings like a black artist and she had a wonderful soulful voice. She was forced to record an R&B pop record. But she wanted to become a rock star. In her second album, she has evolved and put on much creativity which made her more successful. After that, she became what she wants to be.
Christina Aguilera is another example who tried to put her creativity in her music. She hated her bubblegum pop songs and image then and went more matured, both in her music and image in “Stripped”. It was a success, but initially performed moderately. She even emphasized how much she doesn’t like her music then during interviews for “Lotus” LP, which this album flopped.
Kelly Clarkson also battled with her label to release her album with darker rock theme, which was birthed as “My December”. Her label wants her to record similar to her old work but she fought over which was eventually released. The album terribly failed despite millions of saled and high chart positions, knowing her previous album was stellar. She incorporated back her old sound in her succeeding releases.
Justin Timberlake became an R&B singer but he was a pop star while still in NSYNC. The good thing about it is he is not complaining. That’s why he remained successful with his records despite long gaps of their releases.
Recently, Zayn Malik, a former member of One Direction expressed what he felt with the music he did with One Direction. He doesn’t like their music then and even talked against their label executive Simon Cowell. With his interview, he sounded whiny though. Let’s see of his being whiny will make him a huge star.
It is rightful for these stars to put their creative side in their songs. Label executives though considers it as a business and they want their artists to follow a formula. It is understandable that these artists will fight for their right, but they shouldn’t sound too whiny. They were perceived as biting the hands that fed them. Remember that the kind of music that established them as stars was lived by the fans and it was quite insulting if they go against it like looking down at the tastes of music their fans once loved from them.

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10 Songs With “Something”

When you refer to “something”, it was like you had given or vice versa in most songs. There were great “something” songs and others became too popular, here are 10 of them:

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera- Say Something
This might be one of the most popular “something” songs during the recent years. This emotional pop ballad from the duo along with diva Christina Aguilera was a top 5 hit worldwide.

Robbie Williams- Something Beautiful
British crooner Robbie Williams serenaded everyone in this song. He just wanted something beautiful and this went to the UK top 3, according to The Official Charts Company.

Secondhand Serenade- Something More
As a Secondhand Serenade fan, I waited for a new song from them and this came out. This song is something different from his usual sound and it is a good move. But the song performed moderately in the charts.

High School Musical Cast- Start of Something New
Want some pop love song? This “something” song from High School Musical topbilled by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens may not be released as an official single, but it was a big radio hit in the Philippines.

James Morrison- You Give Me Something
I love this soulful song from James, who has a soulful voice too. He may be happy for that “something” he got. Well, this song went to top 5 in a number of territories.

Britney Spears- Do Something
Britney wants the guy to do “something” who’s looking at her. Well, this song went to the top 10 in UK and a number one hit here in the Philippines.

Mariah Carey- Say Something
Released as Mariah’s final single from her blockbuster comeback LP “Emancipation of Mimi”, it became a R&B hit but the lowest charting song from that record.

Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman- Something Stupid
I never though Nicole Kidman can sing so softly in that song. She was prompted to sing after her performance in “Moulin Rouge”. This song was number one in Europe and Asia then.

Timbaland and Drake- Say Something
The third song with the same title in this list, this collaboration was a big hip-hop hit then.

Shawn Mendes- Something Big
This young pop star may be doing big with “Stitches”, but prior to that, he came out with this “something” song which was a hit in his home country, Canada.

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Artists With Successful Debut 1995-1999

For many music artists, starting or entering the music industry is very difficult to make a good shot. There were other artists who did very well with their first single but turned out as one-hit wonder. However, there were artists who did very well with this debut single and their album did well too.

Since 1995, there were some artists which did very well with their first albums. Some had maintained their success but not everyone did well in their succeeding releases. Most in the list below were pop artists, do there were those with rock and R&B sound. Pop music just had a major change with bubblegum pop rose to popularity.

Alanis Morissette
Alanis may already had releases back then in her own country, her first album internationally became the biggest selling album by a newcomer. Based on estimates listed in Wikipedia, her debut album “Jagged Little Pill” became a record setter as it sold about 33 million. Her second album went #1 too but due to changes in music landscaped, it sold below than predecessor.

The Fugees
The Fugees is leading the hip-hop scene in 1996 via “The Score” album. It was multi-platinum worldwide when it became one of the biggest sellers in 1996, which was also assisted by their successful cover of “Killing Me Softly”. They haven’t released a follow-up after that.

Spice Girls
Spice Girls led the music scene during this era because of their contribution not just through record sales but also in pop culture. Their debut album “Spice” was believed with sales of 30 million (according to Wikipedia) scored 4 UK number 1s and 3 US top 5s. Their second album was very successful as well, though, it became their last studio album when Geri Halliwell departed from the group.

Hanson
The Hanson brothers priorly released independent albums but success came in 1997 when their first mainstream album “Middle of Nowhere” went multi-platinum by which its success was attributed to the stellar hit “Mmmbop”. Despite their success, no other albums from them became as successful.

Savage Garden
The Australian duo scored success with debut single “I Want You”, however, bigger succeed came with the ballad “Truly, Madly, Deeply” when it settled to the top. The album then caught up in sales and became one of the top sellers of 1998.

Aqua
The cartoonish songs and videos of Danish pop group Aqua made them very popular. Apart from “Barbie Girl” which had estimated 8 million in sales helped their first LP “Aquarium” go multi-platinum worldwide. They also had multiple hit songs for the album. However, their second album was just moderately successful.

All Saints
The four-piece British girl group was said to be the rival of Spice Girls, though, success of the Spices was never matched by All Saints. Still, they became successful with their self-titled album which went multi-platinum in UK and Europe. It received a platinum award from RIAA which helped the album’s status after the hit “Never Ever”. Their second album had limited success.

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia became a household name with her global smash “Torn”. Her album “Left of the Middle” became as successful with platinum and multi-platinum successes elsewhere. It took several years for her to release her second album which was less successful.

Lauryn Hill
Despite the success of The Fugees, the members of the group pursued solo careers like Lauryn Hill did. Her debut album ” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had multi-million sales which was preceded by her successful hip-hop jam “(Doo Wop) That Thing”. She never released a studio album after that.

Britney Spears
It was 1999 when young female pop artists became popular which was first led by Britney Spears. Her song “…Baby One More Time” was extremely popular as well her album with the same title. The album estimatedly sold 30 million as claimed according to Wikipedia. She became a legend with her prolonged success and her succeeding albums went multi-platinum and had multiple number 1 albums.

Christina Aguilera
Coming from the same genre with Spears when she released her first album, Christina Aguilera was believed as Spears’ closest competitor. Christina never failed as her debut single went to number one worldwide. Her self titled album, according to the number of sales in her website, had sold 17 million which is a hefty amount of records. She had successful album right after too.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez became famous with her single “If You Had My Love” which spent several weeks at number 1. Her album “On the Six” became multi-platinum. She remained successful with all her other albums.

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Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of 2000s

Movie soundtracks in 2000s may not be as huge as in 1990s, however, there are some big hits too this decade.

High School Musical Cast- Breaking Free
(from High School Musical)
The cast of this TV movie gained popularity in music industry when this song hit the top 10, which is also popular among teenagers.

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee- Shae Ya Tailfeather
(from Bad Boys 2)
It took 8 years for the sequelof Bad Boys 2, and it was worth it as the film was a hit as well as this song which was a Hot 100 chart-topper.

Madonna- Die Another Day
(from Die Another Day)
She had a cameo role in this James Bond film, likewise, she sang the Bond theme which became the biggest Bond song after several years.

Miley Cyrus- The Climb
(from Hannah Montana The Movie)
After successful TV soundtracks, finally, a movie soundtrack was released through the movie versio. The movie’s theme “The Climb” became a Billboard top 5 hit and Miley’s biggest hit then.

A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls- Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)
(from Slumdog Millionaire)
Originally excluded Pussycat Dolls from the original version, the group’s inclusion made the song a hit. The success of the film can also be attributed.

Linkin Park- What I’ve Done
(from Transformers)
This can be the biggest selling single of the band, it’s inclusion to the “Transformers” soundtrack is a jump start for the band’s new album.

Faith Hill- There You’ll Be
(from: Pearl Harbor)
The song was Faith’s biggest international hit and was intended to duplicate the success of “My Heart Will Go On” but it didn’t match. It is still a hit though.

Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink- Lady Marmalade
(from: Moulin Rouge)
These four ladies made an incredible version of this song with huge impact to the success of the album’s soundtrack and film. It went on to top the global charts.

Eminem- Lose Yourself
(from: 8 Mile)
This song is one of the biggest hit of Em. Likewise, it is also a successful film which starred Em himself. The soundtrack is also reached high sales status.

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain- Low
(Step Up 2: The Streets)
It seems hip-hop is such a big genre in soundtracks recently. This song from the second installment of Step Up was one of the biggest selling digital singles to date.

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Female superstars who started in 2000s and their underperforming albums

Even female singers from 2000 who did very well had underperforming albums. The list includes artists who started in 1999:

Britney Spears- She consistently sell huge in her albums, though not always the same in numbers. She is even considered as Madonna’s heir to become the next Queen of Pop. Her first four studio albums were huge but with “Blackout”, it underperformed. Meanwhile, it had 2 big hit singles. She redeemed success with two succeeding albums but her recent “Britney Jean” flopped, maybe due to lack of promotion and support from fans.

Jennifer Lopez- One of the female singers who debuted in 1999, Jennifer Lopez scored a number of hit albums and singles. She had 3 multi-platinum albums until “Rebirth”, which produced hits but quickly dropped off the charts. It followed by a flop album “Brave” but regained success through “Love?” due to the successful single “On the Floor. Her recent album “AKA” became her least successful album ever.

Christina Aguilera- Christina started prettily on her self titled debut album after all of her four singles became huge hits as well as the multi-platinum success of the album. “Stripped” followed which started slow in sales and caught up after hit singles and the hit throwback sounds of “Back to Basics was well-received. Nevertheless, her last studio albums “Bionic” and “Lotus” both didn’t do well.

Miley Cyrus- Miley had huge successes with her Hannah Montana soundtracks and her album off from Hannah Montana, “Breakout”. She also had a successful EP. But with her “Can’t Be Tamed”, she failed and took a break. Her comeback with “Bangerz” was highly successful due to extreme publicity despite its negativity.

Avril Lavigne- Avril became the next big thing when she started. She’s like set to change the landscape in female music scene which was previously led by Britney Spears. She still did well with “Under My Skin” and “Best Damn Thing”, but not like her debut “Let Go”. Her recent albums “Goodbye Lullaby” and self titled both performed moderately.

Hot “Baby” Songs during the last 20 Years

I heard a lot of songs during the last 20 years with the word “baby”. Those songs were not literally about an infant, rather, used to be a term of endearment to one’s partner. I created a list of “Baby” songs during the last 20 years, check below:

Mariah Carey- Always Be My Baby
Taken from the blockbuster album “Daydream”, this song is a like yoi are taking in a fresh air from Mariah, after the high vocal range along with Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day”. This pop/R&B song became MC’s 11th chart-topper in her homeland, US. American Idol winner David Cook released his own version of it and was a hit in the Philippines.

Justin Bieber- Baby
This catchy song was Justin’s biggest hit to date despite peaking in lower position than his recent hit songs. It is even among the most viewed video ever in YouTube history. I may not be a Bieber fan but I agree that this song is catchy.

Beyonce / Sean Paul- Baby Boy
During Sean Paul’s success with “Get Busy”, Beyonce invited Sean in this sexual song “Baby Boy”. It became Bey’s second number 1 hit, and its Arabic sound influenced other R&B songs to incorporate the sound.

Gwen Stefani- Baby Don’t Lie
Supposedly her comeback after joining the panel of coaches on The Voice, this song hit the top 50. Her supposed new album is still in the works after about a year when this song was out. This time, the song is a cleaner one after the profanity-infused hit “Hollaback Girl”.

Christina Aguilera- Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You)
Initially, the word “baby” is not included in the title of the song until the revised the song and added “baby”. The song, though, is quite sexual despite knowing Christina as a teen star at that time.

No Doubt- Hey Baby
After the rock and ska sound incorporated in their previous works, the group went dancehall and reggae with this huge comeback hit from them. During this song’s success, another song with the same title was also heard on the radio.

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
Everybody sang “oh, baby, baby” during the peak of this song. It was Britney’s song that entered her to superstardom. It was listed as one of the most iconic pop songs and videos. Among those songs in this list, this song is the most successful “baby” songs.

Plies ft. Ne-Yo- Bust it Baby
Going hip-hop this time, this one is the only hit of Plies to hit the top 10. Thanks to the catchy chorus sang by Ne-Yo.

Jennifer Lopez- Baby I Love You
Created during the time Jennife Lopez is so much in love with Ben Affleck, it is clear that her “baby” here is Ben. The song was successful in Europe, particularly in UK.

My 5 Favorite Songs for Mothers

I am very vocal online especially in sites where I used to write about my love for my mother and the soft spot I have for mothers.

I lost my mother in 2007 when she was afflicted with cancer. It’s already late when we learned she has cancer despite frequent check-ups in different hospitals. I feel like my world collided upon learning of her condition, that she is terminally ill. It was the saddest day when about 2 months later, she died. I miss her so much and often see her in my dreams. It was about 8 years ago but I still miss her.

Since I love music, I made the list of my favorite songs which were tributes for moms. I often play the album of Boyz II Men called “Evolution” on my Spotify app and ” A Song for Mama” is my favorite song in that album. That’s why I came up with this lists and share to y’all.

1. A Song for Mama (by Boyz II Men)
As I stated above, it’s my fave song from “Evolution”. Likewise, it is my fave Boyz II Men song. I love how they expressed their love to their moms and even described loving their moms is “like food to their soul”.

2. Mama (by Spice Girls)
The girls admitted their stubbornness and admitted they once considered their moms as their “only enemy” but in a positive sense. They eventually realized that they often misunderstood their moms and that all she did was for their love to their kids. Singing their love and care for their mama is heartwarming.

3. I Turn to You (by Christina Aguilera)
This isn’t a Christina original song but it went more popular than the original. It was not directly mentioned in the song that it was for mothers but the lyrics can pertain to them. Moms always protect their kids, and kids often turn to their moms when things go wrong.

4. (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You (by NSYNC)
Just like “I Turn to You”, it was not clearly mentioned in the song that it was for the group’s mothers, but it sounds as it is. It has heartwarming lyrics that when mothers hear will surely bring tears to their eyes.

5. Perfect Fan (by Backstreet Boys)
I am not a fan of Backstreet Boys and I admit, I disliked the group before. Though, I love this song of them as they had shown their appreciation to their mothers.

Reinvention and Transformation of Female Artists of 2000s to present

Due to competition in music scene nowadays, female artists from 2000s reinvent themselves a number of times in less than 20 years. Even those artists from less than 10 years ago reinvented themselves several times.

Take a look at some of the female artists’ reinvention during the mentioned era. The list also includes three artists who debuted in 1999:

Britney Spears- She’s every female teens and young kids dreamed to become during her debut year. From a wholesome young and sweet lady from her “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops… I Did it Again” era to a sensual “Britney” to sexier and even went naked on “Womanizer” video. Her music also evolved from bubblegum pop to R&B, dance, EDM and pure pop.

Christina Aguilera- She’s being tagged by many as “Britney Spears clone” and a wholesome singer. However, she can sing better than Britney. After 3 years from her initial success, she went “dirtier” and abandoned her bubblegum image, as well as her music to R&B and sexual theme. With “Back to Basics”, she jumped back decades to more jazzy and blues sound. She innovated to a futuristic woman for “Bionic” which was met with lukewarm response.

Jennifer Lopez- She’s one of the female singers who never changed her persona. Her appearance and physical identity has been the same. Her music from a R&B singer changed to EDM pop with “Love?”, which remained until the present time.

P!nk- During her debut, she was known as a R&B pop singer until she broke out after more than a year to a rock star. From time to time, she sings pop, but her identity as rock star is always there which made her more successful.

Rihanna- She may be the “Queen of Reinvention” for this decade. She was a wholesome singer until she had gone bad. Her music ranged from R&B, pop and EDM. She changed her look in every album she made. She maintained her relevance in 10 years of her career.

Lady Gaga- She can be credited for changing the music landscape when EDM became famous. Her avant garde fashion became more daring. Recently, she toned down to a more serious performer in recent big events.

Taylor Swift- From an American Sweetheart image of a country singer from her first 3 LPs, she combined pop and country for “Red”. Recently, she completely crossed over to pop which made her a bigger star not just in US but also internationally.

Top Latin Singers During the Last 20 Years

During the last 20 years latin artists topped music charts around the world. The most notable year was 1999 when Latin singers released English language albums which sold millions and gained lots of fans. The following were the Latin singers who dominated the charts not just in certain territories.

Ricky Martin

He may have been known in the 80s with Menudo and did lots of projects but his glbal success came in 1998 when Vuelve was officially available worldwide. That same year it was among the biggest selling albums, while in 1999 with the release of his first English language album (self-titled), it set him to superstardom status with the success of “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. In 2000, he had success with “Sound Loaded” too.

Jennifer Lopez

She’s one of the Latin artists who’s very much active until now. Her debut was released in 1999 with “On the 6”. She had multiple multi-platinum albums and number one singles, which the latest hit she did was “On the Floor”. She’s not just one of the successful Latin singers but also as an actress too.

Enrique Iglesias

Who forgets the emotional hit from 2001-2002 “Hero”? He might had number 1 hit with his first English album in 1999 but “Hero” took him to the heights. Well, he’s still in as his song from last year “Bailando” was huge in sales, and wait, look at the YouTube how many hits it has received.

Christina Aguilera

From a teen pop star who broke the charts in 1999 and turned raunchy in 2002. Well, Christina has sold over 100 million records according to a post in her website. She’s often seen on TV recently.

Shakira

She’s very successful in Spanish speaking country until she decided to crossover English album released in 2001 through “Laundry Service” which sold millions worldwide and even multi-platinum in non-Spanish speaking counties. Her most notable song recently was “Waka Waka”.

 

10 Male and Female Duets of the Last 20 Years

When a male and female singer intertwined in a song, they can make a good love song. Hopeless romantic people fall in love with these songs which contributes to their successes. However, there are some duets about broken hearts.

10. Ricky Martin and Christina Aquilera- Nobody Wants to Be Lonely

When you’re longing for someone you love, then this will be a good song for you. It’s Latin power when the two artists as Latin roots. As expected, it was huge in Spanish-speaking countries. It was huge in Asia too.

9. Mariah Carey ft. Joe and 98 Degrees- Thank God I Found You

Mariah did several duets before, while in this song, she’s with Joe and included boyband 98 Degrees to sing in the chorus. This song reminded me of a song by Asian singers, Jackie Cheung and Philippines’ Regine Velasquez because of similar melody of the chorus. Still, this number 1 song Mariah is good to listen to and fall in love to its message.

8. Jennifer Lopez ft. LL Cool J- All I Have

This rap-sung collab from J.Lo and LL may be a sad love but it fits to be in this list. It was about leaving despite loving the person because of mistreatment from the partner. It was number 1 in the charts during first quarterof 2003.

7. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran- Everything has Changed

It’s romantic when a girl and a guy can play guitar and made a great folk, pop, country love song. Taylor and Ed did a pretty good job with this UK top ten hit.

6. R. Kelly and Celine Dion- I’m Your Angel

This can be considered as a holiday song since this was released during the last quarter of 1998 and included in Celine’s holiday album. But this song is a promise of protection for loved ones. It was huge in US during the holidays.

5. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma

Falling in love with another one despite in a relationship with someone? This song talks about that. Well, that’s Kelly’s dilemma. The song went to number 1 elsewhere in the world.

4. Pink ft. Nate Ruess-Just Give Me a Reason

This is a great love song about learning to love again despite all the flaws. The combination of Pink’s strong voice and Nate’s fragile voice is perfect. It has dominated the charts and radio and became like an anthem to many.

3. Beyonce ft. R. Kelly- If I Were a Boy (Remix)

It’s not the usual love song you hear, as it is about a relationship of a woman with a man and reversing her role as a man and how to treat the woman. R. Kelly answered in this great duey remix of the song.

2. Alicia Keys and Usher- If I Ain’t Got You

This is one of the best love songs released in 2004. Before Usher invited Alicia for “My Boo”, Alcia took Usher’s assistance to do the male part for this song’s remix. The song talks about everything in this world is nothing without her or his love.

1. Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight- Whenever You Call

This song was not released as an official single but reach the airwaves of some Asian countries. It was a solo of Mariah in the album version, however, recorded as a duet with Brian McKnight since it was co-written by him. It sounds better as a duet with this “I’ll Be There”-esque song. The reason why I picked this as number one because of its lovely lyrics and vocals of the 2 artists.