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Music Talks: Choice Top 7 British Soul Singers

7. Corrine Bailey Rae
You might have heard her soulful voice with her big hit “Put Your Records On”, a song which takes you to reminisce of the good old days, but she had some other soulful songs on her records.

6. Paloma Faith
She is one of the longest female soul singers in UK and had multiple platinum albums. She’s still around and releasing music. Her recent hit album was “A Perfect Contradiction” which was already 2x platinum, and the number 6 hit “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”. Her voice is a classic soul with such power.

5. Duffy
Duffy quickly became successful with her debut. She was known for her top-selling album “Rockferry” and the number 1 single “Mercy”. However, her success stayed there as her succeeding releases failed to gain momentum. She also has a great voice, amd I can hear similarity with Paloma Faith.

4. Leona Lewis
She rose to success through winning “X-Factor UK”. Sje quickly achieved a number 1 album with “Spirit” and number 1 single “Bleeding Love”. But her popularity has gone down low. But she is one of the best voices. If only she did a music like other soul singers did, she might still be around and relevant.

3. Joss Stone
She was known for her hit albums “Soul Sessions” and “Mind Body and Soul” which has gone multi-platinums. Her voice is very soulful which hits the heart when you hear her voice.

2. Amy Winehouse
She has one of the best voices, unfortunately, she was gone too soon. Her album “Back to Black” has been huge and one of the biggest selling album during the second half of 2000’s.  Her voice is soulful and powerful and was like taking you anywhere.

1. Adele
She can be the voice of her time, and it translates to huge album sales. She is currently the biggest selling singer after albums “21” and “25”. Her voice even slips through your heart as you can feel what she feels when singing and she even tells a story while signing.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2007-2008)

In this period, there were a lot of albums that became big hits. With regards to the albums’ singles, they underperformed though. Here are those albums:

Amy Winehouse- Back to Black
The album spectacularly performed well and even one of the biggest selling albums of 2007 and 2008. Despite its performance, no other single, other than “Rehab”, has performed very well in the charts.

OST- High School Musical 2
The youngsters of High School Musical are back in this soundtrack. The album did very well after settling at number 1 again. It ended as one of the biggest sellers of 2007. It had a US top ten hit with “What Time is It?”, however, the other singles didn’t make an impact.

Linkin Park- Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park returned for their third studio album which insurprisingly topped the charts and sold millions of records. Nevertheless, it only had at least two official hits which were “What I’ve Done” and “Shadow of the Day”.

Eagles- Long Road Out of Eden
Eagles made a comeback in 2007 through this album. It became a surprise hit ending Britney Spears’ consecutive number one albums, after her album “Blackout” was defeated to debut at number two. the album went multiplatinum in the US. Despite the album’s success, the album never scored a hit single.

Michael Buble- Call Me Irresponsible
Michael Buble already had a hit album, and this follow-up became a huge one again. The album reached number one in many countries. and became one of the biggest selling albuns during this period. Some of its singles charted but barely charted.

Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus
The soundtrack album of the hit series went to number in one in Billboard charts again. It became multiplatinum again. It didn’t score a top ten hit though.

Alicia Keys – As I Am
The record was Alicia Keys’ third number one album , and became a big seller again. In fact, its first week sales broke the record of its second album. It scored the number one hit single “No One”. Nevertheless, it is the only big hit produced by the hit album.

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
The album topped the charts worldwide and became Coldplay’s fourth big sellers. It had them score their first number one single worldwide with “Viva la Vida”. Still, their other singles did not become a big hit.

AC/DC – Black Ice
Legendary hard rock band AC/DC returned with this album, which topped the charts worldwide with reported sales of 8 million. It is rare for artists to reach that sales nowadays, and the album became one of the biggest sellers of 2008. It released some singles but did not became hits.

Metallica – Death Magnetic
After their hit album “St. Anger”, the band returned with this another worldwide number one album. It had a hit single “The Day That Never Comes”, which is the only considered hit from the album.

Duffy – Rockferry
This debut album by Duffy is among 2008’s biggest selling albums. It had a major hit “Mercy”, while other songs were modest hits.

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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

Songs with repeated word THREE TIMES during the last 20 years

If there are songs with word repeated twice in a song, others are not contented and they repeated a word thrice. R&B group Destiny’s Child is one example who kept repeating a word in their song titles not once but thrice which included “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” (at the ‘word repeated 2x list) and two more songs included in this list.

Destiny’s Child- Bills, Bills, Bills
Formerly quartet at that time, Destiny’s Child asked their men to pay their bills not once but three times. This song became their first US chart-topper.

B2K- Bump, Bump, Bump
Likely became the Destiny’s Child counterpart being a R&B group and repeated a word three times in this sexual ‘bump’ song. It became a US #1 hit then.

Phillip Phillips- Gone Gone Gone
American Idol alumna Phillip Phillips (his name is also repeated but with ‘s’) attempted to do the trend with this folk/pop/rock song. It was a top 30 hit in the US and was even featured in “Amazing Spiderman 2” soundtrack.

NSYNC- Bye Bye Bye
It was effective for the boyband to repeat ‘bye’ three times as it helped their album became the fastest selling album ever im the US. The song itself filled a space in pop culture when it became successful globally.

Destiny’s Child- No, No, No
If Destiny’s Child carrier single repeated ‘bills’ three times, theur carrier single for their debut LP repeated ‘no’ three times and ‘yeah’ three times in its chorus. It became a top five hit in some countries worldwide.

Duffy- Well, Well, Well
The singer from Wales released this song intended to follow up her highly successful “Rockferry” but her effort to duplicate its success turned out to be the opposite. ‘Well’, it didn’t do ‘well’.

Paramore- Crushcrushcrush
The rock band released this quite cheesy song but successfully ‘crushed’ certain charts. Perhaps the repeated word ‘crush’ and making it into one word worked.