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Music 10 I’s: Idina Menzel to I Do Not Hook Up

1. Idina Menzel
She is actually a broadway actress and singer. Her name became more known through the film “Frozen” which her voice was used for Queen Elsa. She also performed the multi-million selling single “Let It Go”.

2. Intensive Care
An album by Robbie Williams distributed in 2005. My favorite track from it was “Random Act of Kindness.

3. In the End
This is a song by one of my favorite bands Linkin Park. It was taken from their debut album “Hybrid Theory” and it was also their most successful single released ever.

4. Iggy Azalea
She is a rapper from Australia who achieved fame recently. Her album “The Classics” was a hit, and she had hit singles too like “Fancy” with Charlii XCX and “Black Widow” with singer Rita Ora.

5. I Believe I Can Fly
This is a beautiful ballad being played for the Michael Jordan film “Space Jam”. It can also be considered as R. Kelly’s most popular song. It’s inspiring message made it to be one of the most performed songs in singing competitions.

6. In the Lonely Hour
This is the first album by British pop and soul singer Sam Smith. It was a Grammy award winner, and produced hits such as “Stay With Me” and another ballad “I’m Not the Only One”.

7. Iyaz
Iyaz is a recording artist which was heard for the hit singles as “Replay” and “Solo”. He also collaborated with Filipino singer Charice for the song “Pyramid”.

8. I Can’t Make You Love Me
This is a song originally performed by Bonnie Raitt. It is a beautiful ballad which Adele performed on one of her shows. Filipino singer Nina covered the song too.

9. Insomniac
That was the second mainstream album by the band Green Day. It was released as a follow-up to “Dookie”. It was successful but not as bug as “Dookie”.

10. I Do Not Hook Up
Kelly Clarkson came out with this song which was a top 20 hit. It was a follow-up to her previous hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” for the album “All I Ever Wanted”.

Video from YouTube / RKellyVEVO

Artists With Successful Debut since 2010

Since 2010, there were tons of newcomers which scored successes. Many of them though were one-hit wonders or had hit singles while their albums didn’t fare much.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has become the queen of rap at the moment for her singles becoming hits. She released her debut album in 2010 which she called “Pink Friday” went to the top of Billboard 200. Her other ‘Pink’ albums performed well and produced hit songs.

Ed Sheeran
British star Ed Sheeran initally became huge in his hometown, which is UK. His debut “+” went multi-platinum already until it was finaly released elsewhere in the world. It became multi-million seller worldwide which opened the way for his even more successful second LP “x”.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The hip-hop duo Mackemore and Ryan Lewis became successful with LP “The Heist”. The album’s success was heightened by two number 1 singles including “Thrift Shop”. Now, the duo is set for their second LP.

One Direction
The boys became successful with their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” which also contributed to the success of their first album called “Up All Night”. They attained mutiplatinum success and became the biggest boyband in the world since their debut.

Lorde
New Zealander Lorde became a big star with her debut single “Royals”. The album it was taken “Pure Heroin” went to the top 3 and has sold millions of records as well. Her follow-up is still in the works.

Sam Smith
The British pop and soul singer Sam Smith was doing well in the UK until it was decided for international release. His heartbreaking album “In the Lonely Hour” was one of the top albums in 2014 and 2015 has scored him multiple Grammys and top 10 hits.

Iggy Azalea
It might have took her a while to finally release her debut album “The New Classic” but when it is finally out, it is worth it when it went to the top 10 with millions in sales. It was due to the success of the song “Fancy” which according to IFPI has sold 10 million. “Black Widow” with Rita Ora became a top ten single worldwide too.

Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor is likely the top newcomer this 2015 when her first album “Title” went to number 1. Apart from that, all of its official singles were big hits.

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 (November 28 and 29, 2015)

I have been away last week due to being out of town so I am quite late for this recap. Anyway, to keep up with the episodes, I got to watch online with the performances. It has been an exciting week since the artists are performing with last season’s artists and impersonated duets of some icons.
Here are the performances from last week:

Denise Laurel as Barbra Streissand / Jay-R as Brian Adams
“I Finally Found Someone”
The performance good when it comes to vocals of the pair. The looks were quite good, though Jay-R’s look is more spot-on.

Kean Cipriano as Mick Jagger / Tutti Caringal as David Bowie
“Dancing in the Street”
I enjoyed the performance knowing they are copying the two British rock legends. The make up is perfect while the moves of Jagger is also there.

Eric Nicolas as John Travolta / Melai Cantiveros as Olivia Newton John
“Summer Nights”
It was an entertaining performance since the duo are copying 1970s acts. Thr dancing, moves though lacking in vocals.

Kakai Bautista as Ariana Grande / Maxene Magalona as Iggy Azalea
“Problem”
It seems everybody are doing well and I love this performance too. Knowing the range of Ariana, Kakai hit the notes.

Myrtle Sarosa as Kylie Minogue / Edgar Allan Guzman as Jason Donovan
“Especially for You”
It’s a good performance though the vocals isn’t exactly how it is. The appearance isn’t perfect too.

Sam Concepcion as Andrea Bocelli / Jolina Magdangal as Celine Dion
“The Prayer”
The performance is moving as Sam really did well copying Andrea’s voice. I think this is the best performance for the week knowing Sam as a pop and R&B singer and he did it perFectly.

Michael Pangilinan as Luther Vandross / Karla Estrada as Mariah Carey
“Endless Love”
Michael really did well copying Luther’s voice knowing his voice is far from Vandross. Karla did a good supporting as well.

Kz Tandingan as Shakira / Nyoy Volante as Beyonce
“Beautiful Liar”
It’s an enjoyable performance as KZ perfectly copied Shakira’s vocals. With regards to the moves, it was fine. Shakira didn’t move much in the music video unlike in her own videos.

The results below
1. Sam Concepcion
2. Denise Laurel
3. Kean Cipriano
4. Michael Pangilinan
5. Kakai Bautista
6. KZ Tandingan
7. Eric Nicolas (tie)
8. Myrtle Sarosa (tie)

Congratulations to Sam Concepcion as he really deserved it with his moving performance.

Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 airs on ABS-CBN 2 every Saturday and Sunday nights.

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

Most Iconic Songs Written by Max Martin

Pop music has been successful ever since. During the last two decades there’s this songwriter who made a mark in music industry after he had written some of the biggest pop hits during the period. It was no other than this pop genius Mr. Max Martin.

Max is the mastermind in formulating pop hits of Backstreet Boy, NSYNC, Britney Spears, etc. during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had also produced some dance and rock hits for many artists.

Here’s the twelve list I made which became iconic hits:

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
Who can forget this song that introduced Britney to the pop music scene? This song was a staple in music charts worldwide when it reached the summit and opened a way for pop music to dominate the charts during that era.

Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg- California Gurls
Katy Perry just scored her second number through this song. Actually, it’s the second time for Katy Perry to top the charts with co-songwriting with Max Martin.

Taio Cruz- Dynamite
This is one of the most successful EDM songs co-written by Max Martin. In fact, tge song was even more popular than the artist himself. It was a huge selling single when released.

Backstreet Boys- I Want it That Way
This song may had fall short to top the US chart as it only sat at sixth position, it was a worldwide number hit and considered as BSB’s most successful song. The pop hit was very much remembered for its catchy midtempo tune.

Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
Who would’ve thought this song was co-written by Max Martin? I never though he did too. This song helped reintroduced the band which eventually reached the US top 40 and the top ten in other territories.

NSYNC- It’s Gonna Be Me
The song became the boyband’s first number one song by which Max Martin deserved a big credit for creating its lovely tune.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
Max Martin got sensual as he wrote this track for the erotic film “Fifty Shades of Gray”. The song became one of the most memorable pop songs this 2015 after topping the charts worldwide as well as top 3 placement in the US.

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea- Problem
She may already scored a top ten single but through this song, Ariana became more popular internationally. Thanks to Max Martin who co-penned the song.

Katy Perry- Roar
Katy Perry never forgot Max Martin to work with her in records. Her collaboration with this song brought Katy Perry to a new heights when it became among of her number one hits.

Taylor Swift- Shake it Off
After successful collaboration doing pop songs in her last country album “Red”, she decided to work with Max again for her first ever full-length album. The result? It became a blockbuster album and made Taylor the most influential act this 2015.

Pink- So What
Pink is a self-professed rock star and she worked with pop producer Max Martin to create this song. The song became a worldwide smash as it became her first ever solo chart-topper.

Kelly Clarkson- Since You’ve Been Gone
This song may have been hindered to reach the topspot and settled in top 5 in several countries, but this song became one of the biggest singles in 2005 and contributed to Kelly’s superstardom.

Some facts from Wikipedia

R&B Hits and Saxophones

I turned on the FM radio when two songs played consecutively with saxophone parts being emphasized. Yes, we heard saxophone recently from pop songs from Katy Perry like “Last Friday Night” and Lady Gaga’s hit “Edge of Glory”. But the lists here were those R&B songs with saxophone parts. Honestly, I found these songs very similar because of saxophone but it was very effective because it is the most remembered parts of the songs.

Jennifer Lopez-Get Right
Rewinding back 10 years ago, we heard this tune from Jennifer Lopez from radio and music videos. It was also used by NBA. And what can you remember from this song? Saxophone which you can hear from the very start of the song. It turned to be a big hit worldwide while peaked lower in the States. By the way, yhe usage of saxophone was a sample from a song.

Jason Derulo- Talk Dirty
This is one of the memorable tunes with saxophone parts which was heard in every chorus. Just like “Get Right”, the song also featured a sample. It turned out to be a huge hit worldwide including top 3 position stateside

Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea- Problem
If you think this song and “Talk Dirty” was created by the same writers and producers, then you are wrong. When the song was released and I heard it on YouTube, “Talk Dirty” came to my mind. Saxophone was first heard at the beginning of the song then Iggy started to talk. The song became of the best sellers of 2014.

Fifth Harmony- Worth It
This has been Fifth Harmony’s breakthrough hit elsewhere, thanks to the saxophone part. It is the most distinct part of the song and yes, one of its creators also co-wrote “Talk Dirty”.

Redfoo- New Thang
This song came out last year but I just heard it this year. It’s been receiving heavy airplays in FM radios and heard as background in variety shows. Saxophone is the most distinct part of this song. Well, it’s no different from the songs mentioned above. The song has catchy chorus part though.

Top Female Rappers

I made this list since we only heard few female rappers in the music industry. This industry apparently have overabundance of male rappers as they dominates rap music world and had only a handful of female rappers who became notable.

Here’s the list of top 5 female rappers that made impact:

5. Lil Kim

Lil Kim has been industry for 2 decades and scored multiple hip-hop hits and platinum albums in the US. However, she became more known as she joined Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink for the remake of “Lady Marmalade” as the theme of the hit musical film “Moulin Rouge”. She scored her biggest solo hit with the song “Magic Stick”. Her most notable and controversial appearance was when her breast was almost exposed with her wardrobe.

4. Lisa Lopes

Lisa Lopes became popular via her hit group TLC. They had numerous hit and multi-platinum albums like “Crazy Sexy Cool” and “Fanmail”. Her most memorable rap piece was the rap part of “Waterfalls”. Moreover, she had been featured in different songs which included the European and Asian hit “Never Be the Same Again” by former Spice Girl Melanie C. Her solo efforts didn’t made impact though

3. Iggy Azalea

Among the ladies in this list, Iggy is the most controversial based on her statements especially in social media. She’s the only female white rapper on the list too. Iggy achieved global success with hit single “Fancy” and her album which despite negative reviews achieve top 5 positions worldwide.

2. Nicki Minaj

Nicki achieved the most number of hits charted either solo hits or as featured artists. She also earned big hits which the three most famous songs of her were “Super Bass”, “Starships” and the controversial ” Anaconda”. She recently won a VMA for the song latter mentioned.

1. Missy Elliot

The top spot goes to Missy Elliot. She’s one of the most known not just a female rapper but also record producer and songwriter. She never tried to be controversial to boost sales, yet she scored multiple platinum albums in the US and had successful singles like “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It”.