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Music 10 D’s: Daft Punk to Drive

1. Daft Punk
They were producers, songwriters and artists who are very known for their recent hit “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams. Two decades ago, they released the hit “Around the World”.

2. D’you Know What I Mean
Oasis had released this very lengthy song “D’you Know What I Mean” from the record breaking album “Be Here Now”. This was just like yesterday, but in fact, it is almost a 20-year old song.

3. Dookie
The breakthrough album of one of the biggest bands Green Day. According to reports, it had sold more than 20 million, their biggest seller before “American Idiot in 2004.

4. Dancing Queen
Who doesn’t know this song? It is the signature song of the Swedish group ABBA. It was covered by a bunch of artists, and can still be heard nowadays. A proof that it is a timeless hit.

5. Dashboard Confessional
Dashboard Confessional is one of my favorite bands. My favorite song from them was “Stolen” because of its good lyrics and melody. It was followed by “Vindicated”.

6. Dangerously in Love
Beyonce’s first ever solo album, which was her biggest seller. There’s a title track of that album. Before she released it, the song “Dangerously in Love” was recorded by Beyonce with bandmates as Destiny’s Child.

7. Daydream
This was one of Mariah Carey’s biggest selling albums. In fact, it was her second best, next to the album “Music Box”. That album has scored at least three singles to reach number 1 in the US.

8. Destiny’s Child
They were one of the biggest girl groups of all time. Beyonce was formerly a member of it. Their most known songs were “Say My Name”, “Independent Women” and “Survivor”.

9. Demi Lovato
She is one of the popular pop stars today. She was also one of the singers who started on Disney. Her most recent hits were “Cool for the Summer” and “Confident”.

10. Drive
The earliest hit by the band Incubus. The song was released more than a decade ago. Aside from this song, I like “Wish You Were Here” and “Are You In?”.

Video from YouTube / DaftPunkVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “Unbroken” and “Demi” by Demi Lovato

Unbroken (album)
Demi Lovato came back after what se has gone through in this album. The album was more of her personal, and it contains mostly pop with dance and R&B influences. The album peaked at number 4 in America and went Gold Record as certified by RIAA.

Skyscraper
“Skyscraper” was the lead single of Demi Lovato’s third album “Unbroken”. The song is something everyone can relate to as it can help us to face our struggles and becoming strong. The song became a big hit for her charting worldwide. It peaked at number 10 in US and a higher place in UK at number 7.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Give Your Heart a Break
“Give Your Heart a Break” became the second and last single released from “Unbroken”. It is a pop song which has catchy beats and Demi’s high register of her vocals. The song peaked at number 16 in America.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Demi (album)
“Demi” has been Demi Lovato’s fourth album. It is a real pop album which Demi became more matured. It went to number 3 on Billboard albums chart and has gone Gold Record as well by the RIAA certifications.

Heart Attack
“Heart Attack” was chosen as the carrier single of “Demi”. It is a lovely pop track which gave her a big recognition for charting in many countries. It gave her another top 10 for reaching the 10th place and number 3 in UK.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Made in the USA
“Made in the USA” became the second single of “Demi”. The song, I think, was better than “Heart Attack”, but it fell short of the previous single’s success. It only peaked at number 80 in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Neon Lights
“Neon Lights” was the third release off “Demi”. It is an EDM pop track which Demi is going sexier in its music video. It peaked inside the top 40 in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Really Don’t Care
“Really Don’t Care” was the final “Demi” single released. It was another dance pop song which reaked at number 26 in America.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Female Artist With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Demi Lovato / Ariana Grande / Kelly Clarkson

Demi Lovato
United States- Demi Lovato scored a number 1 album with her second release “Here We Go Again”. She had a total of 7 top 5 albums including the “Camp Rock” soundtracks. Two of her albums went to number 2. Most of her albums were certified Gold Record by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Demi Lovato never had a number 1 album. She had two top 10 albums though with “Demi” (number 10) and her current “Confident” (number 6).

Ariana Grande
United States- Ariana Grande has two albums that were released and both albums went to number 1. Her first album “Yours Truly” did very well and went Gold Record. Her second album “My Everything” did even better which has gone platinum by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Ariana Grande’s two albums didn’t go to number 1. However, both albums went to top 10. “Yours Truly” went to number 7. Her second LP “My Everything” went to number 3 and was certified Gold Record by BPI.

Kelly Clarkson
United States- Kelly Clarkson is one of the top female artists in the US since 2000. She had scored three number 1 hits which started with her first album “Thankful” which was released fresh from her win from American Idol. Her second number 1 album was her third release “All I Ever Wanted”, and her current “Piece By Piece” as her third charttopper. Her four other albums went to top 3. Her biggest seller was her number 3 peaking “Breakaway” which was 6x platinum certified by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Kelly Clarkson may have failed to reach number 1 with any of her albums in United Kingdom, but she had a total of five top ten albums in the country, with “My December” as her highest peak at number 2. Her biggest selling album was “Breakaway” which sat at number 3 and BPI certified 5x platinum. She also had another top 3 albums in the country and got certifications.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / kellyclarksonVEVO

Album’s Single Review: Demi Lovato “Don’t Forget” and “Here We Go Again”

Don’t Forget (album)
“Don’t Forget” is the initial album by Demi Lovato away from Disney stuff she did. Most of the songs were pop rock, like most Disney stars do. But this album is groundbreaking doing good sounds which is not the same as what she portrayed on Disney programs. The album did well in the US when it reached number 2 in Billboard 200.

Get Back
“Get Back” is a pop rock song in an upbeat pace. It’s about gping back to the good old days, like reminiscing stuff. It went to number 43 in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

La La Land
“La La Land” is another pop rock song from “Don’t Forget” album. It sounded quite slower than the previous one and I think even better. The song though, peaked at lower number 52 in Billboard singles chart, but a top 40 hit in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Don’t Forget
“Don’t Forget” is a beautiful song which starts at a slower pace and gets louder at the last chorus.¬† It is the best single released from the album and was Demi’s highest charting single from the album after reaching 41 in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Here We Go Again (album)
Demi Lovato released “Here We Go Again” to be her official secind album. The album again contained pop rock song, but there’s a slight touch of punk on it. The album became her first US number 1 album.

“Here We Go Again”
The title track is a good song but I don’t think it is way better than “Don’t Forget” track. The song was her biggest hit at that time though after reaching the top 15 of Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Remember December
“Remember December” was released as the final single, and just the second, from “Here We Go Again” album. I can sense the sound of Hayley Williams of Paramore from the song. However, it failed to chart in Billboard.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / hollywoodrecords

Battle of Same Song Title: Dream vs Demi Lovato / Miley Cyrus vs Wiz Khalifa

Here are the battle between a girl group and a young female artist, then a young female artist against a rapper with a male singer:

Dream vs Demi Lovato
“This Is Me”

Dream is a successful girl group in the US in 2001. This song was like an introductory of them after the first single “He Loves Me Not”. The single failed to match or even come close to the success of their first single. It only charted in the US where it peaked inside the top ten of Billboard Hot 100.

Demi Lovato sang this song along with Jonas Brothers member Joe Jonas. The song was part of the Disney TV movie “Camp Rock” which achieved success next to “High School Musical” then. The song went to top 10 in the US and has charted in some countries globally.

Verdict:
Dream- This is Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 1.75= 5.0

Demi Lovato- This is Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.75= 6.0

Winner: It’s Demi Lovato who won the battle for “This Is Me” song with one point gap against Dream.

Miley Cyrus vs Wiz Khalifa
“See You Again”

During the peak of Hannah Montana’s success, this song was released for the second soundtrack of the TV show. The song became the second biggest Hannah Montana hit next to “The Climb” as it it peaked at the 10th spot in the US charts. It also charted well in other countries.

Wiz Khalifa along with young singer Charlie Puth has co-wrote this beautiful song as a tribute to Paul Walker for the movie “Furious 7”. The first time I heard the song, it gave me goosebumps. It went to number one worldwide and was next to “Uptown Funk” as the biggest song of 2015.

Verdict:
Miley Cyrus- See You Again
Melody and Lyrics- 2.75 / Success- 3= 5.75

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
Melody and Lyrics- 4.5 / Success- 4.75 = 9.25

Winner: It is clear as the sky that Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth won against Miley Cyrus for the “See You Again” battle.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
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Performances Highlights in Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards had just wrapped up and the winners were finally announced. Aside from unexpected winners, there treat performances. The highlight performances was the tribute to the legendary soul singer Lionel Ritchie, rock legend Lemmy, and the late David Bowie. The Lionel Ritchie tribute performers were R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor, and country star Luke Bryan. After the artists mentioned performed, Luke and John escorted Lionel from the audience up to the stage and sung “All Night Long” as the closing of the performance. Hollywood Vampires made a hard rocking performance¬† too as a tribute to Lemmy.
Another tribute performance was Lady Gaga who paid homage to the late David Bowie. She’s dressed a la David Bowie. She is the perfect singer to do the tribute knowing Lady Gaga’s biggest influence was David Bowie which she vocally claimed when she is just starting as a mainstream artist. The background colorful effects of the performance is magnificent too.
Taylor Swift had a good performance top of her current single “Out of the Woods”. She has one of the most number of nominations this year after her highly successful album “1999”.
Justin Bieber finally performed on Grammy Awards too. It is his first time in the award show where he had his first win too as a featured artist for Skrillex and Diplo’s “Where are You Now?”, which he performed after an acoustic version of “Love Yourself“.
There were great duets too. I loved the performance of Andra Day and Ellie Goulding with the songs “Rise Up” and the popular “Love Me Like You Do”. Country stars Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood performed a mash-up of their songs.
One of the best performance was the one from rapper Kendrick Lamar which receives a standing ovation. The Weeknd also did good performing his songs. Miguel sang his own version of Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life”.
Adele’s performance is one of the most awaited. However, sound problem occurred during the performance which affected the supposedly magnificent performance. In just a few seconds of her performance, the sound or audio was lost. It is supposed to be an intimate performance with her vocals and piano, but there’s guitar and bass sound in some part. It is obvious on Adele’s face and even her voice that she was bothered but she continued. After her performance, Adele received standing ovation despite the glitch.
To close the show, Pitbull and Robin Thicke performed with party sounds.

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

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

10 Songs With “Give”

“Give” was often used in songs positively as per giving something to the other person. It usually talks about the love given by the person. However, it was also used in songs with negative sense. Here are some of the 10 songs with “give”. In this list, includes “giving” as well.

Backstreet Boys- All I Have to Give
You cannot give some expensive things for the girl, but all you can “give” is love. This song went to the top 10 in many countries worldwide and contributed to the earlier success of the boyband.

Jason Mraz- I Won’t Give Up
When you love someone, you will not “give” that person up no matter what. This song became Jason Mraz’s staple songs as it became multiplatinum in US and earned him another top 10 hit.

Ed Sheeran- Give Me Love
When you “gave” love, you also want the other person to “give” you love. This ballad from Ed Sheeran became one of his singles released for “+” album and attained moderate success.

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack- Give Me Everything
When you are in a club with a girl, you want her to “give” you everything. This rap dance track became one of the biggest sellers of 2011.

Demi Lovato- Give Your Heart a Break
Tired of taking pains and “giving”? Then “give” your heart a break and spend some time off form that person. This song was one of the big hits from Lovato’s “Unbroken” LP.

Pink and Nate Ruess- Just Give Me a Reason
You want to “give” that relationship a chance and ask for that reason. This song was considered as Pink’s biggest song ever as it is among the five biggest sellers of the year it was released according to IFPI.

James Morrison- You Give Me Something
Appreciating what the girl “gave” and this is a perfect track. The soul, pop and folk tune went to the top 5 in UK and was a Eurowide hit.

Bon Jovi- You Give Love a Bad Name
When someone you love hurt you, then that person “gave” love a bad name. This song became one of the most famous Bon Jovi track as obvious in music charts.

Rick Astley- Never Gonna Give You Up
It’s just like one of those not “giving” up songs. This track from Astley became his signature song as it topped the charts in majority of countries it charted.

Mary J. Blige- Give Me You
It’s like sacrificing yourself and “giving” yourself someone which a mother can. This lovely ballad became a Hot 100 hit.

Some facts from Wikipedia.

10 Known Songs With “Break”

When we talk about the word “break” in songs, it may be about a heart that was broken, emotionally broken, or anything which pertains to a person’s emotional state. Here are some of the known “break” songs.

Ariana Grande- Break Free
When you are in a controlling relationship like you cannot breath anymore, then this song can be your anthem. Be strong enough to “break” free and you can breath again. The song made it to the top 5 in Billboard Hot 100.

Kelly Clarkson- Breakaway
Dreaming big? Why not let loose and “break” away to be able to reach your dreams? It is time for you to fly. This song managed 6th position in Billboard singles chart.

Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris- Break Your Heart
Trying to tell a girl who likes you that you will only break her heart. Hhhmm. . . Better tell her early. This song infused with synth, R&B and dance became a number one hit.

Mariah Carey- Breakdown
Right after a break-up, this can happen. Mariah just gone through painful separation with ex-hubby, and released this song. It was a hit in Asia back then.

Linkin Park- Breaking the Habit
When we say “breaking” a habit, then that habit is bad. It means, it is worth breaking. The song was a top 40 hit in many countries.

Demi Lovato- Give Your Heart Break
When your heart is broken a number of times, Demi said, you must give your heart a break. You deserve to be happy. Thsi song broke the top 20 in Billboard Hot 100.

Backstreet Boys- I’ll Never Break Your Heart
When you are courting a girl, of course you will tell her that you won’t “break” her heart. But let’s just see. This ballad came from the lads’s first and self-titled albym and was a hit then.

Billy Ray Cyrus- Achy Breaky Heart
It might sound cheesy, but this became a hit from Miley Cyrus’ dad. Well, don’t just break his achy and “breaky” heart.

Britney Spears- Break the Ice
The other person likes you, and you like him/her too, go “break” that ice. This song went to top 10 in other countries.

Savage Garden- Break Me, Shake Me
Getting abused by your partner, then this song fits you for being “broken” and shaken. It became huge in the duo’s home, Australia.

Some facts from Wikipedia