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Singers as Storytellers

Music is not just about melody, it should also about how a singer or an artist delivers the song as well as the beauty of the story being delivered. In mainstream music scene, we rarely see or hear some artists who are great storytellers apart from being good artists. It wasn’t just about the vocal gymnastics, it should also about a song going out from the heart and passes through the mouth, and eventually reach the heart of the listeners.
Here are some of the artists that had so much depth and tells suxh stories with the way they deliver their songs:

Taylor Swift
Some people say, “she wrote a new song again about her ex”, that’s how people had perceived her. But the way she had written and deliver her songs, you can hear stories. Most of these songs were hidden gems that weren’t released. It was also good to check her old country songs if you want to hear stories from a young lady with a young sweet voice.

Eminem
I can’t say I am a fan of Eminem because I am really not one. His songs has lots of profanity, yes! But it can’t hardly be said that he lacks depth. He had lots of songs about his life. He love his daughter so much, it’s in his songs. He got hurt by his mom and wife, it’s in his songs. He even tells the story of his fans. He had some serious songs too and he delivered such story well.

Ed Sheeran
I know he is one of the best songwriters nowadays apart from being a good, if not the best, singer. In fact, I love his voice and I am a professed fan. The reason why I became a fan isn’t only about his voice, talent or the lovely melodies of his songs. I can feel the story in his songs as well as how he delivers it perfectly.

Pink
Pink is not just about a muscular female singer, showing idiosyncrasies in her videos and singing with her strong vocals. She is also about depth, sharing her experiences and her views. I love how she delivered “Just Give Me a Reason” and how she told the story in “Who Knew”.

Adele
Adele may not be a total performer but what makes her standout among these heaps of great performers? It’s the way she interprets and deliver a story with the way she is singing. She may just be standing or sitting in front of you performing, but it’s not just performing. She is pouring her heart and telling the story. It reaches your heart if you will listen to not just the melody, rather the message as well, along with the majestic voice of hers.

Memorable Lines in Songs: Eminem

Eminem had controversial songs and contains lots of profanity, however, he had some songs that are really meaningful and shows his vulnerability. He also wrote for his beloved daughter and how much he loves her.

The Real Slim Shady
” I’m sick of you little girl and boy groups all you do is annoy me
So I’ve been sent here to destroy you”
Eminem was known to lambast other artist which made him controversial which is evident in this song. He hates girl groups and boy groups and what he intends is they will become subject of his scrutiny. Although, his songs are intended for his art.

Stan
” Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I’ve just been busy
You said your girlfriend’s pregnant now, how far along is she?”
This is the starting lines of Eminem’s response to an obsessive fan of him. However, it was found out that in the latter, Stan committed suicide. It was just a sad story.

Without Me
” ‘Cause we need a little controversy,
‘Cause it feels so empty without me”
Eminem was extremely controversial back then and receiving backlash, and these words was his answer to them.

Cleaning Out My Closet
“See what hurts me the most is you won’t admit you was wrong”
You can feel there’s anger with these words from Em which he pertains his mom who has been mean to him.

Just Lose It
” That’s not a stab at Michael
That’s just a metaphor, I’m just psycho
I go a little bit crazy sometimes”
It is clear to everybody that it disses Michael Jackson who’s under child molestation case at that time. But he just meant to make fun. However, Michael Jackson cries foul on the words Eminem used.

Mockingbird
” Hailie I know you miss your mom and I know you miss your dad
Well I’m gone but I’m trying to give you the life that I never had”
The song is intended for his daughter Haille. Despite the negative perception of people towards him, it shows Eminem is a good father to his daughter.

Not Afraid
” We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm”
Eminem has gone to his darkest part of life and he had overcome them and now ready and not afraid of whatever happened in the past.

The Monster (with Rihanna)
” I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head”
The monster he may be talking about was the kind of person he was before. It has been a part of his life, but he learned something from it.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to songwriters

Top R&B Hits 2010-2014

During this period, dance music has been dominating the charts but R&B is still doing well on its game.

Usher ft Will.i.am- OMG
In this song is a fusion of R&B, hip-hop and EDM. When in terms of sales, it’s the biggest selling single of Usher in his entire career. It was also his last chart-topping single.

Eminem and Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
The team-up of Rihanna proved to be a good partnership when it sold more than 12 million according to estimates (from Wikipedia).

Nicki Minaj- Super Bass
Nicki Minaj came out with this catchy rap hit and eventually became the signature single from her.

Rihanna- Diamonds
This is a surprise sound from Rihanna from the usual she sounded the time of release. It was one of the biggest sellers during the year it was out.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- Thrift Shop
The retro hip-hop sound might have helped the song propel to top of the charts. The lyrics is not the usual contemporary hip-hop you hear from the radio.

Justin Timberlake- Mirror
This song may have resemblance with his 2002’s “Cry Me a River” and the other song “What Goes Around” but it didn’t keep the song from doing well in the charts.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton- Can’t Hold Us
The duo made a huge follow-up for “Thrift Shop” through this song which has a catchy chorus, thanks to the contribution of Ray Dalton.

Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.- Blurred Lines
Never mind about the infringement, this is still one of the biggest R&B and hip-hop hit during this period. It was also Robin Thicke’s biggest song ever.

Eminem and Rihanna- The Monster
The rapper and the singer teamed up again through this song which became the second chart-topper of the duo.

Iggy Azalea ft. Charlii XCX- Fancy
Iggy just became one of the top female rapper when this song came out and became big seller. The video also made an impact for its Clueless themed video.

Some facts based from Wikipedia

11 Memorable Songs About Cheating

I kept hearing songs from the radio about a guy or even a girl who talks about being cheated and that angst was written down against the cheater. Here are some of the songs which made a mark in music with this theme.

Beyonce- Irreplaceable
Beyonce is sending the man away along with his things and thinking she can replace the cheating man in the song. Oh well, it still hurts though.

Rihanna- Take a Bow
Rihanna hates a lying and giving a standing ovation for acting as the best liar. Well, this song is full of sarcasm for the cheating guy.

Justin Timberlake- Cry Me a River
This could have been believed as written for the then-pop princess Britney Spears. Justin just wants the girl to cry for him too.

Sam Smith- I’m Not the Only One
Sam believes he’s not the one but there’s another one too. It means there are two. Okay, it should be re-titled to “we are two”.

Alanis Morissette- You Oughta Know
Alanis still feels the pain and wants to remind the cheating guy about what he did for going for another girl.

Britney Spears- Womanizer
Britney might have been victimized by a womanizer. But she just made a revenge on the music video, oops!

Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts
How about a guy having a relationship with different women? This song is for you courtesy of Christina Perri for collecting hearts of women.

Taylor Swift- I Knew You Were Trouble
Taylor was known for writing her heartbreaks and this one goes for Harry Styles of the famous boyband One Direction.

Eminem and Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
This is like another ‘love hurts’ themed track. This is one of the most heartbreaking song written.

Meghan Trainor- Lips are Movin’
Suspicion happens when the guy’s lips are moving. That’s what Meghan believes. Could this be true?

Adele- Rolling in the Deep
This is the most defining heartbreak song I heard. The scars are just so deep when you feel like you are fooled and your heart was crushed.

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.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Reinvention and Transformation of Male Singers

Music artists come and eventually go. Many had officially stopped while others took hiatus and make comeback. Some of them never stopped singing (or rapping) because of their passion and love for their core. Thus, to maintain relevance, some of them reinvent themselves to look fresh and share something new to gain more fans, especially younger fans. Aside from their appearance, their music changes too to invite more listeners. Others follow the trend in music and leave their usual sound. Could it be male artists or a female, even groups, they do reinvent.

In this article, we’ll check some of the male artists who reinvented. It doesn’t matter if they succeeded or not. Check them below:

Michael Jackson

He may have been the reigning King of his time, Michael also did some major reinventions. During 1980s, we all seen him as a black guy, but starting in 1990s, his skin was totally whitened. He had undergone major transformation of his color. He maintained his look until his demise. With regards to his music, from the soul of Jackson 5 and earlier records, he went funkier from “Off the Wall” until “Bad”. In early 1990s, his music was more on new jack swing until he turned more pop and R&B later on. He remained one of the most iconic pop stars ever.

Eminem

Eminem doesn’t have to transform his look to maintain his popularity. He looks the same since he started until his most recent music videos. With regards to his music, major reinvention was heard. He used to have comedic but controversial songs way back from his breakthrough release “Slim Shady LP” until his “Relapse” album. But with recovery, he turned more matured and serious. With the recent events in his life at that time, the album was more about that.

Justin Timberlake

From a teenybopper guy from boyband NSYNC, he went solo at early adult at “Justified”. With his sophomore album “Future Sex/Love Sounds”, his music sounds more matured including its lyrics. With his image at that time, he had trimmed hair which was believed by many, it has shown his sexiness. Recently with his album “20/20 Experience”, he went retro with black and white image in “Suit and Tie” and he had lengthy songs.

Justin Bieber

We first saw him as a very young guy with bubblegum pop and R&B sound with “My World”. As “Believe” took its turn, he is turning to adult stage and his music is slowly maturing, likewise his looks. With “Journals” it was pure and darker R&B. With his recent ┬ásingle released “What Do You Mean” shows an adult Bieber with its EDM pop sound.

 

Rap-Sung Collaborations

It started out in the 90s when singers and rappers work together to form a song. A singer may invite a rapper for a rap part of a song or the other way around. Together, they can form a good melody which became a formula for a hit song.

Below is my list of 10 rap-sung collaborations:

10. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love

The couple first collaborated when Destiny’s Child appeared in Jay-Z’s song until the two worked together for “03 Bonnie & Clyde” (not on this list) and finally in this song, “Crazy in Love”. The horn sample dominates the entire song and the rap part is catchy and I can’t think how it’s like without it.

9. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma

Nelly was known for catchy rapping. I mean his way of rapping creates melody especially heard in this song. Kelly Rowland’s part, though, made the song a bigger hit because of its melody.

8. Eminem & Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie

When bad boy rapper meets good girl gone bad singer, it will result to a great collaboration especially in a song about going through a difficult relationship. The huge collaboration resulted into huge success after achieving multi-platinum certification.

7. Fergie ft. Ludacris- Glamorous

What I love about this song is its smooth R&B sound. The rap is good enough to complete the song. Well, it just became Fergie’s second ┬ánumber one hit.

6. Twista ft. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx- Slow Jamz

This became one of the rap/R&B hits in 2004. I liked the song when I first heard it on radio. The sampling of Luther Vandross’ song made it more effective.

5. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- Always on Time

Ja Rule always made effective songs during 2000-2003. Her collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti were the most notable especially this song. Anyway, what made this song a hit was the catchy chorus.

4. Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo

Many of you might think there’s no rapper in this song. Nevertheless, there’s rap part of the song done by Alicia Keys after Usher’s intro. It’s a beautiful mid-tempo love song that’s pleasing to listen to.

3. Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake- Where’s the Love?

Justin may not have been properly credited in this song but the chorus is the life of the song along with its wonderful lyrics. It eventually became huge back in 2003.

2. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule- I’m Real (Remix)

The original version of the song is good but the remix version is better. I love how they sing and rap alternately in every line. It was huge at the charts back then.

1. Mariah Carey ft. ODB- Fantasy (Remix)

This is one of the biggest rap-sung collaboration of 1990s. It was also one of the first remixes of hip-hop and R&B. It proved that rap and singing can be effective in music industry.