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Music 10 H’s: Hannah Montana to Hot Chelle Rae

1. Hannah Montana
This is actually the character of Miley Cyrus, however, the soundtracks were under that name which those records has sold millions of copies worldwide. The biggest Hannah Montana hit was “The Climb”.

2. Heartbreak Hotel
In 1998, Whitney Houston released a song called “Heartbreak Hotel”. It was taken from her album “My Love is Your Love”. Elvis Presley had a different song with the same title.

3. HIStory: Past, Present, and Future- Book 1
This is an album by Michael Jackson during mid-1990’s. It was a highly successful album which featured the ballad “You are Not Alone” and the collaboration with his sister Janet Jackson “Scream”.

4. Hillary Duff
Before Mily Cyrus came out successfully by Disney as Hannah Montana, Disney first came out with a Disney princess Hillary Duff, who became popular with her character Lizzie McGuire.

5. Human Clay
This is the biggest selling album by American rock band Creed. The hits from the album included the top 10 and number 1 hit “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open”.

6. Halfway Around the World
This song became popular in a number of countries in early 2000’s. It was performed by pop group A-Teens. It followed their pop hit “Upside Down”.

7. Hand in My Pocket
This has been one of the notable songs by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. I love how she played harmonica on it. The song was released as a single from the blockbuster album “Jagged Little Pill”.

8. High School Musical
The first and second were Television movies, while the last one was shown on theaters. It is a musical film which its soundtracks became top-selling albums worldwide.

9. Happy
This is a popular song by singer, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams, which was shown in the movie “Despicable Me 2”. There were other songs with “Happy” as a title such as from Leona Lewis and Ashanti.

10. Hot Chelle Rae
I love this band because of their catchy songs. I love their hits “Tonight, Tonight” and “I Like it Like That”.

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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2000-2004)

Music is still very much alive from 2000-2004, however, album sales was seen on its decline. This was due to the rise of digital music and piracy. Still, we saw the trends in music with the rise of new artists, as well as trends in genres.

First-week million sales
It has been a phenomenon in music to sell one million copies in just one week. The record breaker for a long time was set on first quarter of 2000 when NSYNC broke sales with 2.4 million US sales. That same year, Eminem broke more than 1.7 million for “Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears second LP “Oops… I Did It Again” with more than 1.3 million and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” with more than 1 million. Several artists this era reached a million in first week like Usher, Norah Jones and Backstreet Boys (had two albums with Millenium from 1999). NSYNC held the second place for a long time to with “Celebrity” with 1.8 million plus, and another album from Eminem.

Boybands going hiatus
Boybands enjoyed their peak during 1995-1999. They started the new millenium with a bang, but as 2002 started, boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC took hiatus. European boybands continued though like Westlife and Blue.

Going solo
As boybands and girlbands go hiatus, many members of those groups went solo. NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake achieved success with his debut. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys though had limited success. While Beyonce of Destiny’s Child had her superstardom began in 2004.

Young female stars going sexy
We also saw the young female stars going sexier this era. Britney Spears left her role model image as she has gone sexy in her third album. Christina Aguilera is very notable though as she has shown her dirtiest image in 2002 with her video “Dirrty” and her breakout album “Stripped”.

Young female pop/rock stars
In 2002, Avril Lavigne rocked the charts with her debut album “Let Go”. Despite Michelle Branch first came out, she was not credited for the rise of pop/rock music. Vanessa Carlton had platinum success with her debut album, while Jennifer Love Hewitt released a pop/rock album. We also saw Hillary Duff and Ashley Simpson followed the pop/rock genre.

Rock bands
Rock has become a very popular genre in 2000 with the success of Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park became victorious too who scored the biggest selling rock album of the decade with “Hybrid Theory” and a huge second album “Meteora”. Nickelback, Coldplay and Creed became successful this era too.

R&B music
R&B music has been on its peak when year 2000 begun. It was led by Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyonce and others. Even pop stars incorporated R&B in their music.

Hip-hop music
Hip-hop music scene is very much alive this era too. We saw the success of Eminem, Nelly and Ja Rule, as well as the introductory of Chingy, 50 Cent and others.

Remixes
Remixes has been popular too this era. It started when Jennifer Lopez topped the charts with “I’m Real” which led to the release of her remix album. The album set record when it went to number one. Other successful remix albums were from P. Diddy and Linkin Park.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Four notable Disney Princesses turned pop stars

These ladies were formerly role models for teenagers and pre-teens during their time. Their squeaky-clean image was admired by many, even adults. But these former Disney princesses has evolved into pop stars, which eventually took sexier image.

 

Hillary Duff

Her fame went via her Disney TV show “Lizzie McGuire” which ran for about 3 years. After its success, film adaptation was made, though, a modest hit. She starred in a number of Disney films and eventually, released several hit albums and multi-million selling records. She took long hiatus when she focused on her family. She made a comeback after her divorce and scored top 100 hits and top 5 album. Among Disney stars in this list, she’s the least controversial.

 

Selena Gomez

Selena became a Disney star after starring in several Disney programs including “Wizards of Waverly Place”, the most notable series she starred in.   She became more known when she turned a pop star through Selena Gomez & The Scene and ended as a solo star which scored her multiple top 10 albums and top 10 hits. Her relationship with Justin Bieber was well-publicized until their break up. Now, she followed the route of most pop stars when she took sexier image. She’s set to release her new album.

 

Demi Lovato

I think she’s the best vocalist among the 4 in this list. I have seen her before in Barney & Friends just like Selena Gomez, and apparently took the same route when she became a Disney star and pop star. She rose to popularity through “Camp Rock” TV movie alongside Jonas Brothers and scored multiple hits. She’s out with new single and turned sexy in her recent performances.

 

Miley Cyrus

Miley was undoubtedly the most successful Disney star, likewise the most controversial too. Her role as ” Hannah Montana” was among the most successful Disney programs. The movie version was also a blockbuster. Hannah Montana soundtracks were multi-platinum sellers too. Her comeback through “Bangerz” saw the raunchy and aggressive Miley Cyrus which was criticized by many, which even helped her sales surge. She maintained that sexual and raunchy image since her recent performance and hosting at the VMAs.