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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2002-2004)

Here are the albums from 2002-2004 which its singles didn’t perform as successful as the album:

Britney Spears- Britney (2001)
This third album by Britney was released late 2001 but majority of its sales was from 2002 and most of its singles were released in 2002. It also went to number 1 in Billboard 200, her third consecutive charttopping album there. However, her singles from that album never had a major success, except “I’m a Slave for You” which hit the top 10 in many countries, but only settled at number 27 in Billboard singles chart.

Shakira- Laundry Service (2001)
This is the first ever English language album by Shakira, which was released late 2001, but most success came in 2002. The album was highly successful worldwide. Despite its heaps of sales, it only scored two major hits. “Whenever Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” were two of those hits.

Norah Jones- Come Away With Me (2002)
This album has become one of the biggest selling albums of all time with approximately 26 million copies sold. Despite its huge sales, the singles in the album did not perform well. It did not even score a top 10 hit.

Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
This album was Coldplay’s second album which performed successfully in the charts and according to Wikipedia, it sold around 19 million copies. This is the biggest sellng album by the band which its internationally biggest hit “In My Place” did not chart in the US. Three of its singles though hit the top 10 but not as lustrous as the album did.

Dido- Life for Rent (2002)
This second album by Dido is among the biggest selling albums of 2003 and already sold millions in 2002. But the only major hit from the album is “White Flag”. Other singles fared modestly in the charts.

Shania Twain- Up! (2002)
After years from the success of “Come on Over”, Shania Twain came back with this another successful album. The album was certified 10x platinum in America and multiplatinum in some countries, but it never managed even a single major hit.

Elvis Presley- 30 No. 1 Hits (2002)
This compilation album from the King of Rock and Roll did very well with estimated 12 million copies sold but with the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” the only single released.

Linkin Park- Meteora (2003)
Linkin Park scored a back to back multi-million selling studio albums with “Hybrid Theory” and this one. Despite the records’ success, none of its single became a worldwide hit. In some territories, some singles did well nonetheless.

Evanescence- Fallen (2003)
This became the band’s debut album and had successes both in 2003 and 2004. Despite the album’s success, it only had 2 major hit singles such as “Bring Me to Life” and the ballad “My Immortal”.

Norah Jones- Feels Like Home (2004)
Norah Jones continuous to sell briskly upon this album’s success which sold more than a million copies in just a week. It ended with sales of 12 million copies without a hit single released.

U2- How to Dismantled an Atomic Bomb (2004)
Released on late 2004, most of its sales were accumulated durin the remaining weeks of the year. This album from U2 was a worldwide hit with estimated 10 million copies sold. However, it only scored one major hit which is “Vertigo”.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

10 Songs With “Life”

“Life” is such a wonderful gift that we have from God. It is also used in songs and has a lot of meaning. Here’s the list I created which are the songs with “life”

The Fray- How to Save a Life
Wanting to save a “life”, this song might explain. It became The Fray’s biggest and first hit anywhere else. It was also used in “Grey’s Anatomy” TV show.

Evanescence- Bring Me to Life
When it feels you are dead and wanting someone to resurrect you to “life”. This song was very popular worldwide due to its hard rocking sound and haunting voice of Amy Lee.

Third Eye Blind- Semi-Charmed Life
It’s about a “life” you initially thought to be good but will bring you down. This song was a big hit accross America and Asia, as well.

Backstreet Boys- Larger than Life
What the guys’ fans did and gave for the success of the group made them larger than “life”. It went to top 10 in many countries but failed a top 20 position in the US.

Green Day- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
It’s like having this good “life” and enjoying it. This song became a hit in the second half of 1990’s.

Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
Wanting to be independent and doesn’t need other people’s opinions and just do what you want in your “life”. This song became a big comeback for the band in 2000.

The Beatles- In My Life
Reminiscing about your “life” back, this is a good song to listen to. I became one of the most known songs of the legendary band.

Ronan Keating- Life is a Rollercoaster
We may face some anxieties that makes “life” is like a rollercoaster. This song became a hit in Europe and Asia.

Elton John- Circle of Life
This song is about “life” and how it revolves. It was used as one of the main songs of the hit film and sountrack, “The Lion King”. It was a top 10 and 20 hit internationally.

Des’ree- Life
Apparently, it’s about “life”. Though, the lyrics was often criticized for some lines then. The song still became a hit in 1998.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Call”

There had been a lot of songs with “call”. Recently, there’s this song which became viral and eventually became a huge hit. When it comes to “call”, it often pertains to a phone call. But not every “call” song is not about phone calls.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe
Seeing a guy you like and giving your number to him, and “call” her maybe! Well, this song has been viral which led to become one of the biggest songs during the recent years. It has been number in most of the countries worldwide.

Blondie- Call Me
Debbie Harry wants to be “called” by that guy she loves. Well, this so has became the band’s biggest hit worldwide reaching a notable number one position in the US and UK.

Alicia Keys- How Come You Don’t Call Me
Ever wonder why the one you love stopped “calling” you? Sing this song to him or her, which originally sung by the iconic Prince, which had Hot 100 success with Keys’ version.

Chingy- One Call Away
Not to be mistaken for the song of breakthrough singer Charlie Puth, this rap love song hit the second position in Billboard Hot 100 then.

Macy Gray- Why Didn’t You Call Me
You just met someone and had a good time. But ever wonder why the person didn’t “call” and meet again? That was Macy’s question in this soulful song which was a UK top 40.

Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
A guy may be out of his mind or drunk? Don’t let him “call “you in that situation. Wait till he’s sober. This song became the band’s top 10 comeback worldwide.

Madison Avenue- Don’t Call Me Baby
Ever taken for granted by a guy or a girl? Then tell them not to “call” you “baby” again. This dance song went to UK number one in early 2000s.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Needing a friend? Charlie Puth will come to the rescue like Supean with just a “call” away. This song is currently hitting the waves.

Janet Jackson and Nelly- Call on Me
Lovers always wants to be called by each other. That’s why this “call” tandem by the singer and the rapper went to the top 30 in several countries.

Maroon 5- Wake Up Call
What if your wake up call is seeing the one you love with another person in bed? That would be heartbreaking. This song went to Billboard top 20.

Some Facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 2000-2004

Since 2000, there has been great newcomers who are still relevant until now. Not all of them did but at least they got the taste of success.

Macy Gray
The R&B singer received success when both her first single “I Try” and album “On How Life Is” both hit the top 5. The album turned to be one of the biggest albums of 2000. Her follow-up album didn’t receive such success though.

Nelly
Nelly became one of the top rappers of 2000s when he received success worldwide with second album “Nellyville”. Nevertheless, he had a successful debut album too when “Country Grammar” album went 8 million according to Nielsen Sounscand just in US. His other albums went platinum.

Coldplay
British band Coldplay was very successful with their debut album “Parachute”. It was multi-platinum particularly in Europe and native country UK. Their success extended until now after multi-platinum albums. However, their newly released “A Head Full of Dreams” is said to be their last.

Linkin Park
Linkin Park was one of the biggest bands since 2000s. Their first album “Hybrid Theory” was a sleeper hit when it was among the top sellers of both 2001 and 2002. They had multi platinum success with secodn and third studio albums. Their recent releases went platinum.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys offered something new with her debut. Her single “Fallin'” was very successful then which led to 12 million in sales of “Songs in A Minor” LP, according to Wikipedia. Her second to fourth album became extremely successful too.

Ashanti
Before Ashanti’s success, she was seen as featured artists in rappers’ hits. Then she released “Foolish” which was number one in many countries. Her self titled album went to number 1 in Billboard Hot 100. Her second album became successful though.

Avril Lavigne
Avril became the next big thing when she debuted in 2002 as she went to number 1 when “Let Go”, her first album, became big seller both in 2002 and 2003. It scored 3 top 10 hits worldwide. Success went on with her other albums.

50 Cent
50 Cent is created records in 2003 when he became among the 5 big sellers that year through his album “Get Rich ir Die Trying”. In 2005, he sets record for big first week sales of his second LP “The Massacre”.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson was hailed from Americal Idol and her debut album became number 1 in Billboard albums. It was successful which opened the way to her second album in 2004 and became her biggest album ever.

Sean Paul
Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul scored multiple top ten hits off from his debut album “Dutty Rock” which was successful too. Je had top ten hits with upcoming album then.

Norah Jones
Norah Jones slowly surged to the top and climbed up the charts after multiple wins from the Grammys. Her debut album Come Away With Me” sold 26 million according to Wikipedia while second album went 1 million in just a week.

Evanescence
Due to the success of “Bring Me to Life” the Amy Lee-led band received several millions in sales with album “Fallen”. Their second album is number 1 though

Maroon 5
Maroon 5 slowly picked up in sales until their second single “This Love” became worldwide successful which helped “Songs About Jane” achieved multi-platinum success worldwide. Until now, the band has sustained their popularity.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top Rock Albums Since 2000: Staind, Evanescence, Maroon 5, Green Day

There are some rock bands who did well since 2000, however, they had attained at least one album that has been definitive during the era.

Staind- Break the Cycle
With positive reception, Staind became huge finally with this album which eventually became one of the big rock albums in 2001. This album immediately shot to number 1 in the US and UK, which became multi-platinum and platinum respectively. “It’s Been Awhile” became a huge rock hit and became Staind’s signature song.

Evanescence- Fallen
The album first settled at the top 5 in Billboard 200 until it eventually peaked higher in the top 3. It can be considered as a sleeper hit as it is among the 10 albums with most number in sales in 2003 and 2004 due to the huge contribution of their hit songs, “Bring Me to Life” and its opposite with regards to its sound, “My Immortal”. They had another number 1 album but with less impact.

Maroon 5- Songs About Jane
Before going to more pop sound, Maroon 5 was then a rock band, but considered a light rock band. This debut album of them slowly picked up to the top 3 and became one of the biggest sellers of 2004 with the help of top 5 singles “This Love” and ” She Will Be Loved”. This album paved a way for them to superstardom. Their popularity continues but being a pop band, not a rock band.

Green Day- American Idiot
After less successful attempts to gain success before, Green Day finally redeemed their throne when this album “American Idiot”. It was hyped by 3 big top ten hits in the US as well as in other countries which includes the radio favorite “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. It also paved the way for another successful album, though with less impact “21st Century Breakdown”. Their trilogy albums released during the recent years failed to make impact in sales globally.

Creepiest Music Videos in Mainstream Music that I have seen

Music videos are a good way of promoting music and I do enjoy watching them. I have been watching MTV since my younger years and shifted to YouTube because MTV is not anymore the source of music videos as it shows more reality programs.

There are lots of music videos that turns out creepy for me and I listed them below:

Linkin Park- In the End
This video may not be totally scary but Linkin Park often shows odd images that are hard to explain and only them knows. In thsi video, I was bothered with the statues and the one they are playing in.

Michael Jackson- Thriller
I did not put this at the top because it’s not very scary for me but I was convinced that Michael looks scary as a monster.

Beyonce- Haunted
There’s something about the aura of the music video and even at Beyonce’s eyes in this music video. I even noticed it in her music videos from her “Beyonce” album.

Prodigy- Breathe
Prodigy always looks scary but this one is the scariest. Everytime it was played on MTV, I changed the channel.

Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
Evanescence has always been scary in many music videos they did. In this video, Amy’s eyes are scary also when she floated on air. Gothic themes are always creepy for me.

My Chemical Romance- Welcome to the Black Parade
There were imagery of walking dead people and even skeletons. Well, it just fits the song but I don’t want to watch its music video.

Madonna- Frozen
Madonna is in the desert at night with the moon and even floats on air. She even turned into a black dog. Then sips blood from the desert ground through her hands.The cinematography contributed to its creepiness.

Evanescence- Going Under
Honestly, I found Amy Lee evilish in some parts. I never watched the music video again because it scared me and disturbed me in some parts.

My Chemical Romance- Helena
This music video shows some parts women dancing and floated on air too. Also, there’s a funeral and it means there’s coffin.The vocalist’s makeup is creepy too.

Top Rock Songs since the last 20 years

Rock music somewhat ruled certain years during the last 20 years. Here is the list of 15 rock songs I made based on my choices during the said duration of time. (The list is not based on sales, etc)

Evanescence- My Immortal
The song is originally an entire ballad but mixed with hard guitars at the last chorus when released as a single. The song itself and Amy Lee’s voice is hunting that it reached the depth of you. It reached the top ten in several countries.

Coldplay- Speed of Sound
This light rock from “X&Y” album has something in its sound that’s so scientific. I can’t explain what it is but that’s how I feel for this song. It became their first US top ten hits and again a top 2 hit in their homeland UK.

Nickelback- Photograph
A song that will make you reminisce of the past. It was a huge hit in Billboard Hot 100 charts when released.

Matchbox 20- Unwell
When you’re feeling kind of lost after a sad thing happened, then you must be ‘unwell’. This rock ballad went to top 5 in Billboard Hot 100 and made a great impact in Asia.

Creed- With Arms Wide Open
This gives hope for everyone. It was like spiritual and showing love. This became Creed’s biggest hit elsewhere particularly in US where it peaked at number 2.

Alanis Morrisette- You Oughta Know
One of the earlier hit to blast at someone who broke a heart. Alanis knows how to carry it as you can feel the pain and anger in this song which eventually became a huge top 10 hits and a legendary rock song for most female artists today.

Buckcherry- Sorry
When you are repentant of what you did for a love one, then apologize. This song really expressed the apology and the pain of consequence. It is the biggest hit of the band hitting the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100.

Linkin Park- Shadow of the Day
There’s hope despite the blurry things going on. That’s what Linkin Park is expressing through this song. The sound was a reminiscence of a U2 song, though different lyrically. It ended up a top 20 hit.

Keane- Somewhere Only We Know
The song is very sweet to the ears and enticing. It was a UK hit, while Lily Allen’s version went to the UK’s apex.

Coldplay- Yellow
Coldplay’s one of earliest hits, this song is hunting. I am not a fan then but realized teh beauty of the song and Chris Martin’s vocals.

Avril Lavigne- Complicated
The song that started Avril’s meteoric career, this pop rock song made Avril an icon in pop/rock music scene. It was one of the biggest hits of 2002, the year she debuted.

Oasis- Wonderwall
This is not really a hard rocking song but as Brit rock band, this remains one of the essential songs in rock especially in 1995.

Alanis Morrisette- Ironic
Alanis is making waves worldwide when this rose to fame. The song itself has meaning to it despite the criticism of usage of the word “ironic”. It still became her biggest hit though.

Evanescence- Bring Me Back to Life
When I first heard of the song, Amy Lee’s vocals is awesome & haunting. This song used for “Daredevil” movie was one of the biggest hits of 2003.

Linkin Park- In the End
The song’s rap and chorus was beautiful and that ordinary and non-rock fans loved this song. It remained the highest peaking song for LP in Billboard Hot 100 and one of the biggest hit in US in 2002.

Popular Band Vocalists Since 2000

There are lots of band vocalist that has the opportunity to become huge stars on their own but never turned their back to their band. It’s friendship that runs within the members that’s why these vocalists remained in their bands. Here are some of the band vocalists who debuted since 2000 who became famous.

Adam Levine (Maroon 5)
Maroon 5 had come too far after five successful albums. Numerous hit singles were heard on the radio and includes the recent “Sugar” and their biggest hit ever “Moves Like Jagger”. The biggest credit, of course, will be given to its vocalist, Adam Levine. With his talent and looks, he can possibly succeed as solo artist but he stayed. His stint as coach in The Voice (US) contributed to his succeed, as well as successful singles where he was featured like “Stereo Hearts” (Travie McCoy) and the current “Locked Away” (R. City), which both were top ten hits worldwide.

Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Paramore went onto become one of the biggest bands sincd the second half of 2000s. Hayley Williams, the band’s vocalist, can be attributed to their success. She was often considered as rock chick too. Her collaboration with B.O.B. for the song “Airplanes” became one of the biggest selling singles, thanks tp the nice tune and contribution of Hayley. Hayley still remains a member and vocalist of Paramore.

Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Since 2000, Coldplay became one of the biggest sellibg bands with numerous number one and multi-platinum albums. As vocalist, Chris had the chance to go solo but he remained with Coldplay. However, a finale album of the band is set to release. In 15 years, though, Chris Martin successfully led the band.

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)
Mike Shinoda played a big part with Linkin Park’s success. One of two vocalist of the band, he also did side project through Fort Minor. He has all the ability to go solo, still, stayed with Linkin Park which is one of the biggest bands since 2000.

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
Along with Mike Shinoda, Chester was also a vocalist of Linkin Park. With his big contribution to the band’s success, Chester stayed with the band as it seems they were like family.

Amy Lee (Evanescence)
One of the best female rock vocalists, Amy Lee once featured in the song “Broken” (Seether). She has everything to become a successful solo artist but stayed with Evanescence, the band which had the mega successful album “Fallen”.

Top 7 Female Band vocalist

It is rare to see female leading a band with male members. Oftentimes, they even made their band more successful since the camera is within them mostly than their bandmates playing the instruments. I listed some of these band vocalist who led their bands successfully.

Shirley Manson- From second half of 1990s, the band Garbage was led by this girl named Shirley who was also considered one of the top fashion icons as shown in some MTV shows. The band becane successful too scoring hits like “Milk”, “I Think I’m Paranoid, etc. They even sang the James Band hit “The World is Not Enough”. The secret to the band’s success? Of course it’s Shirley Manson.

Selena Gomez- Many of you might think she’s an artist of her own, but yes, she is now. Before? No. As we often hear ‘Selena Gomez and The Scene”‘, it’sa band which was led by Selena. It was a testament of Selena’s leadership as the band scored multiple top 10 albums and top 40 hits.

Dolores O’ Riordan- This lady have such a beautiful and rare voice. Among all the ladies in this list, she has the most beautiful voice for me. Well, she successfully led the band during the 1990s and created beautiful hit songs such as “Linger”, “Zombie” and a lot more. Their album “No Need to Argue” is among the best selling albums during the first half of 1990s. Thanks to Dolores who’s very much credited for their success.

Gwen Stefani- Apart from successful solo career, Gwen led No Doubt successfully as well. Their album “Tragic Kingdom” is among the biggest sellers for 1997, while big comeback came in 2002 after a moderate success of “Return of the Saturn”. The band never broke up, just in state of hiatus and she remained the band’s vocalist.

Florence Welch- One of the acclaimed bands recently, Florence & the Machine led by Florence Welch sold millions of albums. My favorite song from this band is “Dog Days are Over”. Undeniably, Florence have a beautiful voice which led the band’s success.

Hailey Williams- From the hard-rocking of “Misery Business” to a light and fun sound of “Ain’t it Fun”, the band scored many hit songs and hot selling albums. Hailey was also featured in songs by B.O.B. with “Airplanes” which was big hit, and Zedd. Well, she can make it as solo artist, yet she loves her band.

Amy Lee- Whether rock or ballad, her voice is very haunting that it was like taking you to the Gothic life. I wonder where she is now, but hoping for a new album of Evanescence that will take you back to their “Fallen” era.