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Music 10 A’s: Alanis Morissette to Adele

1. Alanis Morissette

I love Alanis Morissette’s music especially with her album “Jagged Little Pill”. It is just a very honest record, and Alanis is a deep songwriter and a good vocalist.

2. Apologize
This is a song from Timbaland with real vocals of Ryan Tedder along with his band One Republic. Melody-wise and story-wise, it’s a good song. No doubt, it became a huge hit song.

3. Always Be My Baby
A song by Mariah Carey during mid-1990’s. American Idol winner David Cook had its own rock version, but Mariah’s version is way better.

4. All Saints
The time they came out, it was like move over Spice Girls. Ther were the new girl band at that time to watch. They became successful, though, not as successful as the Spice Girls. I love their R&B and pop style.

5. All the Right Reasons
Actually, the best selling album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It generated a lot of hits and ny favorite was “Photograph”. Take note, it’s a different song from Ed Sheeran.

6. As Long As You Love Me
It is one of the earliest hits of Backstreet Boys in 1997. It was a pop song, and my cousin and sister loves it because they were Backstreet Boys fans. Justin Bieber had an “As Long As You Love Me” song as well, but a totally different song.

7. Aqua
Going back to the second half of 1990’s, that was the time when Danish group Aqua became popular. Surely, a lot danced with their hits like “Barbie Girl” and “Doctor Jones.

8. Always
Bon Jovi’s hit songs back in early 1990’s. It is a rock ballad which was one of their most notable hits. I always thought its title was “Romeo was Bleeding”. Lol!

9. America
Not referring to the country, rather, the band America. Surely, they based theor name with their country. I like their hit “Horse With No Name”, which was sampled by MIchael Jackson in a song, likewise Janet Jackson for her “Someone to Call My Lover” song. I always hear their music as my brother had a CD of them.

10. Adele
She is actually one of the best vocalist and most successful singer at this time. Well, her “25” LP just became the fastest selling album.

Video from YouTube / AdeleVEVO

Male Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Justin Bieber / Justin Timberlake

Justin Bieber
United States- Justin Bieber is one of the top male artist during the last 10 years. Since his start last 2009, he already scored six number 1 albums. Take note, only three of these albums were proper studio albums. It started out with his album “My World 2.0” which was certified 3x platinum by RIAA. Then his remix album, “Never Say Never: The Remixes” went to number 1, followed by his holiday album “Under the Mistletoe”. His second studio album “Believe” became his fourth number 1 in albums charts, and “Believe Acoustic” as his fifth. His current album “Purpose” became his latest number 1, as well as his fastest seller. By the way, his “My World EP” may only peaked at number 5 but it went platinum.
United Kingdom- Justin Biebe may only have one number 1 album whch is “Believe”, but most of  his releases went to top 10. His album “Purpose” peaked at number 2 but is poised to be his biggest seller in the country.

Justin Timberlake
United States- Justin Timberlake became a successful solo artists after being a boyband member. He scored a total of three number 1 albums in the US. His first charttopper was “Future Sex / Love Sounds”, which remains his biggest seller. It was followed by “The 20/20 Experience” and that same year the album was released with “The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2”. His debut album “Justified” which peaked at number 2 was his second biggest selling album at 3x platinum RIAA certification.
United Kingdom- Justin Timberlake became very successful in United Kingdom too. He had three number 1 albums, which was initiated by his debut album “Justified”. The album was his biggest selling in the territory where it was certified by BPI with 6x platinum. His second album “FutureSex/LoveSounds” went to number 1 too which was certified 4x platinum, and followed by “The 20/20 Experience”. The album’s second volume “The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2” peaked at number 2.

Credits: Billboard / OCC  / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / justintimberlakeVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “My World EP” and “My World 2.0” by Justin Bieber

My World EP ( extended play)
This extended play was released before Justin Bieber’s first album was released. It contained pop and R&B tunes, with some that are danceable. It was very successful as it went platinum in the US.

One Time
“One Time” is the first single of Justin Bieber released ever. It is a pop R&B song, which sounds to cheesy. It was a hit as it went to top 20 in many countries, including America and UK. It was a big hit in Asian continent.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

One Less Lonely Girl
“One Less Lonely Girl” sounds like “One Time” but just sounded better. It was also a pop R&B song which is catchier that its preceding single.
Rate: 7.26 out of 10

My World 2.0 (album)
“My World 2.0” was released as the first album by Justin Bieber following the successful EP. The album has similar sound with dance pop and R&B tunes on it. It was a worldwide hit album, and became his first number 1 album in US, where it was RIAA certified 3x platinum.

Baby (ft. Ludacris)
“Baby” is another puppy love song with R&B pop sound, including rap verses by Ludacris. The song is quite cheesy, though it was catchy. It was a worldwide hit and one of the most viewed video on YouTube.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Never Let You Go
“Never Let You Go” came out as a promotional track but it has been able to chart at number 21 at Billboard Hot 100. It charted in selected countries too. The song is a slower R&B.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Eenie Meenie
“Eenie Meenie” is a collaboration with Sean Kingston. It was included for “My World 2.0” album. The song is catchy for its reggae touch. The song went to top 10 in UK, while it reached top 15 in Billboard charts.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Somebody to Love (ft. Usher)
“Somebody to Love” is a song Justin Bieber collaborated with Usher. The dance pop song was a hit reaching top 40. While in United States, it reached number 15.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

U Smile
“U Smile” is the last single from “My World 2.0”. The song is soulful and was the best track released. It was a top 30 hit in the US.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / JustinBieberVEVO

Billboard’s Facebook Page has Favoritism?

There are lot of people who liked the page of Billboard are whining about posting series of their articles focused in certain artists.

Looking back when Beyonce had broken records after releasing an album by surprised. Lots of articles from their websites are posted on Facebook. I wonder why they couldn’t post an article about her since what’s written in different articles are almost the same. They even predict artists who can possibly do the same. Of course, anti-Beyonce are so fed up of those posts.

Taylor Swift as always been a subject in Billboard articles too, which were shared in social media. When her album “1989” was released, almost everyday, there were number of new posts about the album. Whatever Taylor Swift posts on Twitter or Instagram, Billboard raves for it. Even her charitied or even every step she do, Billboard makes it a big news. How about haters of Taylor, they whine about it makes them hate, hate, hate, hate not just Taylor, rather Billboard too.

When Justin Bieber came back, well, Billboard treated him like a king. He surfaced the Billboard page. Either he is here or there. His new pictures on Twitter and Instagram, you don’t have to check his social media accounts, just go to Billboard, it’s always there.

When Adele released her new single then “Hello”, it is all over the news. Either  it goes to number one, it breaks record, it reached a billion views on YouTube, her TV appearances, etc. What more when it broke records as the fastest selling album ever? From the first day of released to its full week of release, sales and predictions was always updated daily.

Recently, we saw Rihanna’s new release. So “Anti” album trended. Her new song and her new video for “Work” also trended.

Now, Ariana Grande is the center of their attention. She did a great impression of different artists on Fallon. She performed on SNL. Now, she has a new song which is now trending.

So what more will trend on Billboard? Let’s see what they got again.

Credits: Billboard

Top 5 Albums in My Playlist

Having a Spotify Premium account is such a blessing for music lovers that’s why I don’t mind paying a low subscription monthly since I can listen to songs and albums anytime I want. However, there are mainstream albums which I can’t listen on Spotify, particulary blockbuster albums like Taylor Swift’s “1989” and Adele’s “25”. So I just downloaded them online and I don’t have to go to the record stores to purchase it. Availing of music is already easier than ever before. As I look at my playlists, I listed down the albums that Iisten to lately. Here they are below, ranked from 5 to 1:

5. Florence and the Machine- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
I think this is one of the best albums in 2015. It is somewhat more spiritual and deep while Florence Welch’s voice remains so haunting. My favorite cuts from the album were “What Kind of Man” and the title track.

4. Justin Bieber- Purpose
I admit, I disliked Justin Bieber before. Even downloading this album, I am skeptical to do it because of his behavior before. But I still downloaded it to hear what he has to offer, and this album is far more better than his past songs for the maturity of sound, as well as the meaningful lyrics. My favorite tracks off the record were “Mark My Words” and “Company”.

3. Ed Sheeran- X
Still a big fan of this album despite being out for more than a year. Ed Sheeran is just an amazing singer, songwriter, and musician. He is sp deep with his songs. My favorite tracks from the album “Bloodstream” and “Thinking Out Loud”.

2. Coldplay- A Head Full of Dreams
I admit, I preferred Coldplay’s old melancholic rock sound. But people do gets tired of hearing the same music so they did some experimentation. I began to appreciate their sound when it changes. Their “Ghost Stories” album has become their full length record not to showcase their old sound and was more on pop, edm, electronic, synth and ambient. While their current album “A Head Full of Dreams” is their more adventurous record. My favorite cuts were “Everglow” and “Hymn for the Weekend”.

1. Adele- 25
Some people call it overrated but that’s what highly successful albums get. If she is good at telling her heartbreak story in “21”, the new one “25”, is like she’s talking to you and telling stories. You can feel it from her vocals and emotions being input in the songs. Her vocal prowess is just a bonus, the depth was even more showcased. My favorite tracks were “When We Were Young” and “All I Ask”.

Battle of Same Song Titles: Backstreet Boys vs Justin Bieber / NSYNC vs Katy Perry

There were heaps of songs which has the same title. Oftentimes, a song was mistaken to be a song by another artist. Now I made a battle of the songs with same titles and see who will win.

Backstreet Boys vs Justin Bieber
“As Long As You Love Me”

The Backstreet Boys single was released in 1997 and became a worldwide hit. It became a favorite for the teenagers then. In the US, it failed to chart due to ineligibility despite airplay success. The song is about loving someone regardless of her history as long as she love him.

Justin Bieber‘s song is more on R&B and featured rapper Big Sean. The song had entered the top ten in some countries but failed the top ten in some countries. It peaked inside the top ten in the US according to Billboard. It’s about loving someone who sticks to him.

Verdict:
Backstreet Boys- As Long as You Love Me
Melody and Lyrics- 4 / Success- 3.75 = 7.75

Justin Bieber- As Long As You Love Me (with Big Sean)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3.5 = 7.25

The Winner: It is clear that Backstreet Boys win this time.

NSYNC vs Katy Perry
“Thinking of You”

NSYNC‘s single is actually titled as “Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)”, but still qualified in the “Thinking of You” battle. I love the song’s melody and lyrics as it happens in relationship. The song failed to make impact in music charts though.

Katy Perry‘s own “Thinking of You”  is such a nice pop/rock ballad. The music video looks good to as it is like a throwback to past decades. The song talks about you are with your partner but thinks of your former love. The song is the lowest charting single by Katy from her album “One of the Boys” but at least managed top 40 positions.

Verdict:
NSYNC- Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 1.75 = 5.5

Katy Perry- Thinking of You
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.5 = 5.75

The Winner: Katy Perry wins the “Thinking of You” battle.

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

Performances Highlights in Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards had just wrapped up and the winners were finally announced. Aside from unexpected winners, there treat performances. The highlight performances was the tribute to the legendary soul singer Lionel Ritchie, rock legend Lemmy, and the late David Bowie. The Lionel Ritchie tribute performers were R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor, and country star Luke Bryan. After the artists mentioned performed, Luke and John escorted Lionel from the audience up to the stage and sung “All Night Long” as the closing of the performance. Hollywood Vampires made a hard rocking performance  too as a tribute to Lemmy.
Another tribute performance was Lady Gaga who paid homage to the late David Bowie. She’s dressed a la David Bowie. She is the perfect singer to do the tribute knowing Lady Gaga’s biggest influence was David Bowie which she vocally claimed when she is just starting as a mainstream artist. The background colorful effects of the performance is magnificent too.
Taylor Swift had a good performance top of her current single “Out of the Woods”. She has one of the most number of nominations this year after her highly successful album “1999”.
Justin Bieber finally performed on Grammy Awards too. It is his first time in the award show where he had his first win too as a featured artist for Skrillex and Diplo’s “Where are You Now?”, which he performed after an acoustic version of “Love Yourself“.
There were great duets too. I loved the performance of Andra Day and Ellie Goulding with the songs “Rise Up” and the popular “Love Me Like You Do”. Country stars Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood performed a mash-up of their songs.
One of the best performance was the one from rapper Kendrick Lamar which receives a standing ovation. The Weeknd also did good performing his songs. Miguel sang his own version of Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life”.
Adele’s performance is one of the most awaited. However, sound problem occurred during the performance which affected the supposedly magnificent performance. In just a few seconds of her performance, the sound or audio was lost. It is supposed to be an intimate performance with her vocals and piano, but there’s guitar and bass sound in some part. It is obvious on Adele’s face and even her voice that she was bothered but she continued. After her performance, Adele received standing ovation despite the glitch.
To close the show, Pitbull and Robin Thicke performed with party sounds.

Songs that are more popular on YouTube than as a single- 1(Billion views)

There were a stockpile of music videos which billion/s of views. However, there are songs which became more popular on YouTube than as a single itself. Here are some of them that I had compiled in this list.

Psy- Gangnam Style
This song became a huge international hit worldwide and the biggest K-Pop song ever. However, it can still be considered as a bigger YouTube hit than as a single. Why? The success of the song can be attributed to its YouTube success. As it went viral on YouTube, it has become a craze. And the total views? It is more than 2.5 billion and remains the most viewed video ever.

Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris- Baby
The video of “Baby” once held the record for the most viewed video on YouTube. Right now, it was overtaken by a number of videos and was taken off from top 5. Then why it is a bigger YouTube hit than as a single? It may have sold millions but it neither reached number in UK and US. It topped the charts in some countries though, and top 10 in most countries. Views exceeded 1.29 billion.

Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona- Bailando
Enrique Iglesias has been successful both in English and Spanish market. This song may have been a big hit in Spanish market, but not as huge in English markets. In US, it failed to reach the top 10. While in UK, it barely cracked the top 75, whereas in YouTube, it reached 1.26 billion views. Well, it is one among Billion Views Club.

Sia- Chandelier
This song has been a sleeper hit in the charts, but it only went to number one in few countries.Still, it reached the top 10 in majority of countries in entered. But it was a bigger hit on YouTube when it reached 1.11 billion in views.

Maroon 5- Sugar
This is one of the most memorable music video last year. It has been a huge single too, but not a number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 and UK charts. It went to top 10 in several territories though. Views was stellar though as it reached more than 1.02 billion.

Credits to YouTube / Wikipedia

Anthems since 2012

There are a lot songs that were too overplayed on radio and even in establishments where they play songs. In my country, as netizens say in social media, such songs were jokingly considered as “national anthem”. Since 2012, I had listed songs which became very popular and are often sung by many people. On YouTube, there are a lot versions or covers of these songs. Here’s the list I made which year by year since 2012.

2012
Adele- Someone Like You
As a lot know, this song was written for Adele’s ex-boyfriend who broke her heart. You can feel there’s so much pain in this song and many people here can relate to it. The song has been a worldwide hit, and in my country, it was a sleeper hit.

2013
Pink and Nate Ruess- Just Give Me a Reason
When trying to rekindle the love with someone and putting aside what happened before, this song fitted to a lot of people. This song has been an anthem and you can hear it everywhere you go. Hhmmm, I even feel this song was abused for being overplayed. Lol! Pink may had hits before but this became her biggest. What’s not to love in this song? A man and a woman exchanging what they feel and wants to go back together again with such a beautiful melody.

2014
John Legend- All of Me
Serenading the girl you love? This song got many girls in love the guys singing this song to them. I often hear this song sang by actors or singers on TV. Let’s not forget about Bumper Allen character of Pitch Perfect 2 where he sang this song when auditioning on The Voice. This song was also very successful worldwide.

2015
Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
I am already a fan of Ed Sheeran but became a bigger fan with this song when I first heard it. It was not yet popular at that time and I always play this song while working. However, when it began to cross the radio and often sang on TV, I stopped playing the song. When it is beginning to slow down on radio, I played it again. The song’s success continued until the end of 2015 despite being released late 2014.

2016
Justin Bieber- Love Yourself
When Justin’s “Purpose” was released, I didn’t plan to download it on my Spotify account since I am not a Belieber. But I still downloaded it. The first song that I liked which was not released at that time is “Love Yourself”. The song started to pick up a lot of plays after “Purpose” was release. It can be considered as the anthem of 2016 as it is becoming overplayed on radio. It has a lot of cover versions on YouTube as well.

10 Songs With “Time”

When we refer to “time”, it doesn’t always mean the exact time, rather doing a thing again, like one “time” or two “times”. That’s how the word worked in some songs. Here are some of the songs with “time”:

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes- I’ve Had the Time of My Life
When you never felt something before and felt at a “time” of your life. The song was the theme song of the hit film “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, which the soundtrack became one of the biggest selling album of all time. The song became a big hit worldwide too.

Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time
When you are always ready to accept someone when he/she comes back and available all the “time”. This song was one of the biggest hits of Cyndi Lauper as it reached number one in Billboard. It was also covered by a lot of people.

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
This song was also part of my list with “10 Songs With More”. It was a huge worldwide hit in 1999.

Justin Bieber- One Time
Just one of the puppy love songs from a teenager. This song was Justin’s first ever single which became a top 20 hit especially in US and UK.

Semisonic- Closing Time
When it’s closing “time”, no more customers will be accepted and time for the workers to have fun. The song may not reach a high peak but it was popular in rock charts and heard in movies and TV programs. It is one of my favorite songs in 1998.

Ariana Grande- One Last Time
Sometimes you one to try again and reunite with the one you love for one last “time”. This song became Ariana’s became 5th top 20 hit in the US from her “My Everything” album.

Whitney Houston- One Moment in Time
You are reaching a goal and you will surely see yourself on top at a moment in “time”. This song was very popular and became a global hit.

Black Eyed Peas- The Time (Dirty Bit)
The song interpolated “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing film and eventually became a multiplatinum hit.

Mariah Carey- Love Takes Time
It will take “time” for the pain to heal when your love one left. This became Mariah’s second number one hit from her numerous charttoppers.

Enya- Only Time
This is such a heartwarming song from Enya which deserved its number one spot in some countries.

Some facts from Wikipedia