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Fergie- The Dutchess: Top 10 Singles in US and UK / Memorable Chorus of a Song

Fergie- The Dutchess
United States- Fergie’s first ever solo album did great after reaching 3x platinum mark by RIAA. It released fibe official singles and she successfully achieved something which she haven’t when she was with her group Black Eyed Peas. She had lots of top 10 songs which you can see below:
London Bridge- #1
Fergalicious- #2
Glamorous- #1
Big Girls Don’t Cry- #1
Clumsy- #5
It shows that all five official singles from Fergie’s solo albums “The Dutchess” has made it to the top 10, likewise, the top 5. She has scored five number 1 hits which started with hip-hop hits “London Bridge” and “Glamorous, and the pop hit “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. She has scored high number 2 position with the supersonic inspired “Fergalicious”, and the love track “Clumsy”.

United Kingdom- Fergie may had achieved success in the US but she also did in United Kingdom, though not to the same level. “The Dutchess” album was certified by BPI with platinum. She also hit the top 10 more than one single:
London Bridge- #3
Glamorous- #6
Bug Girls Don’t Cry- #2
Fergie had three of her singles enter the high top 10 mark. Her biggest hit was the guitar driven “Big Girls Don’t Cry” at number 2, which was even certified with Gold Record. “London Bridge” was the second highest charting song at number 3, then “Glamorous” at number 6. Her two singles “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy” peaked at lower positions.

Fergie’s biggest hit anywhere was “Big Girls Don’t Cry” which went to number 1 in Unuted States and number 2 in United Kingdom. It also brings out a good message and out from the theme of her other songs. Enjoy the music as I share it below:

Big Girls Don’t Cry
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It’s personal, myself and I
We’ve got some straightenin’ out to do
And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I’ve got to get a move on with my life
It’s time to be a big girl now
And big girls don’t cry
Don’t cry
Don’t cry
Don’t cry

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics from azlyrics.com and songwriters of the song (Stacy Ferguson, Toby Gad)
Video from YouTube / FergieVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: Fergie “The Dutchess”

Fergie took the chance for a solo career from just being a Black Eyed Pea. She started through her first solo album “The Dutchess”. The album was co-produced by her friend and fellow member of Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am. It was loaded with R&B, pop, hip-hop tunes, as well as reggae in a certain song. It was a very successful output for a solo artist from a group, as it was multi-platinum in the US and platinum in many countries. It also scored multiple hits worldwide.

London Bridge
Don’t mistake Fergie’s “London Bridge” to a nursery rhyme as its theme is sexual. The song sounds like “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani, as many critics noticed too, though I admit, it sounds catchy. It still became a worldwide hit, particularly in America where it reached number 1, and top 3 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Fergalicious
“Fergalicious” is a good follow-up single for Fergie after “London Bridge”. It sounds catchier than her first single, though there’s similarity with the song “Supersonic”. I found similarities too with “My Humps”. It was a hit after reaching number 2 at the Hot 100 in the US.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Glamorous (ft. Ludacris)
Upon hearing “Glamorous”, it reminded me of Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious”, since “London Bridge” is similar to “Hollaback Girl”. However, the two songs has different themes. “Glamorous” is a downtempo R&B hip-hop song, which was a hit being Fergie’s third consecutive top 2 hit in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Big Girls Don’t Cry
After urban sound in her first 3 singles, Fergie had gone pop and toned down in this beautiful song. This song can be considered the best track from the album. It went to number 1 in the US as her third, and considered as her biggest hit reaching number one in many countries worldwide.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Clumsy
“Clumsy” is the fifth track released as a single from “The Dutchess, and it also became Fergie’s fifth top 5 hit in America. It is a R&B song with fun meaning.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Finally
“Finally” is a ballad song which was the last release from the album. It was not released worldwide, thus, not making chart position anywhere, except in selected countries it was released.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video: YouTube / FergieVEVO

Memorable Lines in Songs: Fergie

Fergie never failed to attempt as solo artist. She is earlier known as the only lady of the hot hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas. Her initial attempt as a solo artist succeeded and became the top female artist the year she made her solo debut. Here are the memorable lines of her hit songs.

London Bridge
” It like every time I get up on the dude
Paparazzi put my business in the news
Better get up out my face”
The girl might ne with the guy and the paparazzi is always ready to take a shot and she’s always in the news. Though, this song maybe sexual in nature. This was Fergie’s first among 5 top ten, as well as first number in Billboard.

Fergalicious
” Fergalicious definition make them boys go loco
They want my treasure so they get their pleasures from my photo.”
In fact, this song sounds like Fergie’s own version of “My Humps” im a tune of “Supersonic”. With the lines above, she’ saying that guys go crazy about him. This song became a US number 2 hit.

Glamorous (with Ludacris)
” In the fast lane
And I wont change
By the Glamorous”
Fergie looked back with her life before fame. Everything has changed, her life has gone glamorous. But she never lets it change her since her humble beginnings.

Big Girls Don’t Cry
” And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I’ve got to get a move on with my life”
The girl is cooling off with the guy. She admitted she misses him but she needs to move on and a space for her to feel at ease.

Clumsy
” You got me tripping, stumbling, flipping, fumbling
Clumsy cause I’m falling in love”
The girl makes silly things and mistakes because of seeing the guy she’s falling in love with.

L.A. Love (La, La)
” Laid back, slow down
Better represent when we come to your town”
It’s just about Fergie going to different places and she loves them.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to songwriters
Some facts from Billboard

Artists’ Comeback Trial

There were a number of successful artists attempted to make a comeback but it was a struggle to release new records. Competition is the major reason why these artists have a difficult time to come up with new projects. Since digital downloads and streaming is the trend in music nowadays, releasing digital singles without clear decision whether to put a new album. Eventually, few artists released an album. However, most of these artists’ attempt did not succeed.

Here are some of the artists who made a trial and released an album:

Mariah Carey

Despite being one of the biggest female artists ever, making a comeback for Mariah hasn’t been easy. The “Glitter” era was one of her disappointing moment which she made comeback for “Charmbracelet”  which also met with negative response from critics and fans. Nevertheless, she made a comeback in 2005 which she regained her superstar status. Two albums followed with underwhelming sales. Then recently, she tried releasing a single called “Triumphant” which eventually did not appear in her album. Her album was also postponed several times and until its released, it flopped.

 

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez had a flop album called “Brave” in 2007. She is supposed to make a comeback but was shelved. She signed  to other record label and had successful comeback which was was heightened by the success of worldwide hit “On the Floor”. After her compilation album, she released “Live it Up ” which is intended for a new album. The single did not appear in the album (A.K.A.) which also flopped in sales.

The following were the artists who release singles, but without proper album:

Fergie

She became huge when she took a brief break from Black Eyed Peas and released her multi-platinum seller “The Dutchess” and 5 multi-million selling singles. After huge comeback with Black Eyed Peas, she took a break from the limelight. Last year, she decided to release a new single called “L.A. Love (La, La) with anticipation from fans with a new album. The album was successful as it entered the Billboard top 20 and UK top 5, but did not reach the success of her past singles. An album was not released yet.

Gwen Stefani

Shortly after Fergie’s single release, Gwen Stefani also released her comeback single, the ska/ reggae infused “Baby Don’t Lie”. The song had a strong start but quickly dropped off the charts. She said she is still working for the new album but didn’t confirm if “Baby…” will be in it. Gwen had recently enjoyed her stint in The Voice.

Jonas Brothers

The siblings’ fans waited for a proper release of their album which was preceded by their single “Pom Poms”. In the end, the album was shelved and pursued solo projects. Its member Nick Jonas is currently enjoying his solo success.

 

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  number 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.