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Album’s Singles Review: “Justified” by Justin Timberlake

Justified (album)
“Justified” was the first solo album by Justin Timberlake after taking a break from his successful group NSYNC. I was saddened when Justin went solo but embraced it upon hearing this great album. In this album, it sounds far from NSYNC’s album, but some similarities were heard when the boyband incorporated R&B for “Celebrity”.”Justified” was also referred to when former boyband members tried to debut a solo album like with former One Direction member Zayn. The album was a success as reported with 10 million in sales worldwide.

Like I Love You (ft. Clipse)
“Like I Love You” was the first ever solo single by Justin Timberlake for his debut solo album “Justified”. It featured rap duo Clipse. The upbeat R&B  song was perfect with its guitar riffs. Justin Timberlake’s falsetto from the song compared him to Michael Jackson. The song was a hit worldwide. It peaked at 11 in Billboard Hot 100 while it reached number 2 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Cry Me a River
“Cry Me a River” is a R&B song and served as Justin’s second “Justified” single. The song was believed pertaining to Britnet Spears, who allegedly cheated on him. It became a worldwide hit again as it reached number 3 on Billboard Hot 100 while it became his second number 2 hit in UK, next to “Like I Love You”. Timbaland was also featured in the song.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Rock Your Body
“Rock Your Body” was released as the third single from “Justified”. It was a R&B funk song which has quite sexual themes. It was another hit for Justin Timberlake as it became his third number 2 hit in UK, while it peaked inside the top 5 of Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

“Señorita” became the fourth single of “Justified”. It is a R&B song with jazz influence because of its trumphet sounds. It was still a hit single as it reached top 15 in UK and a top 30 hit in America.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

I’m Lovin’ It
“I’m Lovin’ It” was not part of “Justified” but it was a single released after the album. The song is catchy and a R&B track. It charted in many European countries.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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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

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Album’s Singles Review: Black Eyed Peas “Elephunk”

After years, Black Eyed Peas finally reached their breakthrough through this album. They may had already released 2 album, before “Elephunk”, this album became their first ever to achieve success worldwide. It is also their first album with Fergie as part of Black Eyed Peas. The album was consisted of R&B and hip-hop tunes. It may had only peaked at number 14 in Billboard 200 but it went multiplatinum.

Where is the Love? (ft. Justin Timberlake)
“Where is the Love?” is the song that brought Black Eyed Peas to superstardom. The song has a relevant message since love has cooled off for some people due to the chaos, wars, and problems the humankind is facing because of people’s wrongdoings. It featured Justin Timberlake who sang the chorus but was not credited. The song became a worldwide hit reaching number one in majority of the countries it charted. In United States, it peaked at number 8.
Rate: 9.75 out of 10

Shut Up
“Shut Up” was released as the second single for Black Eyed Peas’ breakthrough album. The song has been huge elsewhere and was almost as successful as “Where’s the Love?” as it reached number 1 worldwide but did not managed to chart in America. The song is catchy, but not as catchy as its debut single.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Hey Mama
“Hey Mama” is a hip-hop song with dancehall influences, a genre which is very popular at the time through Sean Paul. The song gave Black Eyed Peas another hit as it reached the top 10 in many countries worldwide, while it reached the top 30 in United States.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Let’s Get it Started
“Let’s Get Started” was released as the final official single worldwide. The song was originally titled “Let’s Get Retarded” and was re-titled. The hip-hop song may had reached number 21 in Billboard Hot 100, but was a multi-platinum there.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

The APL Song
This song has Tagalog chorus which was taken from a song by Filipino band Asin. The rap verses was rapped by its Filipino member apl.de.ap.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia
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Singers Who Had Success their Former Band Never Achieved

There are lots of solo singers who achieved something that their respective bands never achieved. It doesn’t mean that they are more successful than the bands they were formerly a member of but these artists had a record they achieved that they haven’t achieved when they were still a member of their former band.

Justin Timberlake
NSYNC was one of the biggest boybands back then and broke records for fastest selling album in America. That was never achieved by Justin Timberlake as a solo artist. However, Justin scored 3 consecutive number one singles from his album “Future Sex / Love Sounds” which NSYNC never achieved. The group even only had one number one single.

Beyonce is the leader of girl group Destiny’s Child. The group achieved 4 number 1 in Billboard Hot 100. While Beyonce  as a solo singer, she scored 5 number one singles. Beyonce also scored 5 consecutive number 1 albums, while Destiny’s Child even only had 1 number 1 album in Billboard Hot 100.

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas is the one third of siblings band The Jonas Brothers. The band was very successful then, but they haven’t scored multiplatinum singles. However, Nick Jonas has achieved that going multiplatinum with singles “Jealous” and “Chains” which went 3x and 2x platinum, according to RIAA.

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams is one of the biggest British artists ever who had sold millions of albums worldwide. His former band Take That may had become very popular but comparing sales of Robbie Williams and Take That, Robbie had sold more. Also, Robbie had a nomination on MTV Video Music Awards, which Take That was never nominated.

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik left One Direction just last 2015. The group continued recording an album which was their last and achieved success. However, there is one thing Zayn achieved which he never achieved as a member of One Direction. That’s scoring a number 1 single in Billboard Hot 100. One Direction had scored 6 top 10 hits but nothing came to number 1. While Zayn just scored his first number one hit through “PILLOWTALK”. He even sets record for entering the charts at the top.

Credits: Billboard / MTV / OCC / Wikipedia

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Battle of Same Song Titles: 98 Degrees vs Lisa Loeb / Westlife vs Justin Timberlake

The battle continues for same song titles. This time it is the battle of “I Do” and “My Love Songs”. Likewise, in this battle, it’s boyband and solo artists battle. Check then below:

98 Degrees vs Lisa Loeb
“I Do”
98 Degrees‘ “I Do” song has “Cherish You” on it. It still passed for the battle though. “I Do (Cherish You)” is a ballad and a good song for weddings. Actually, some people may not know this but it was already a remake by the guys. The song charted high in US and Canada for hitting the top 15. It was also part of the soundtrack of “Notting Hill”.

If the 98 Degrees version is a good song for weddings, the Lisa Loeb song was the opposite as it is about strained relation and in a pop/rock mode. The song was a top 20 hit in the US and had chart success in some territories.

98 Degrees- I Do (Cherish You)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 2.75 = 6.50

Lisa Loeb- I Do
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.50 = 5.75

Winner: 98 Degress takes the champ for “I Do” battle.

Westlife vs Justin Timberlake
“My Love”
Westlife came out with this love song in a ballad in 2000 which is about long distance relationship. The song charted high in some European countries including the United Kingdom. In Asia, it became a huge success reaching the top of pop radio and MTV.

Justin Timberlake came out with this beautiful R&B and hip-hop song with synth and beats. The song was of course about love. In this song, rapper T.I. was featured. It became a worldwide hit and the second biggest single off Justin’s second album. It is also Justin Timberlake’s second number one hit single in the US.

Westlife- My Love
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3 = 6.75

Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.- My Love
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 4.0= 7.5

Winner: Justin Timberlake defeats the Westlife for “My Love” battle.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

Albums that are more successful than its singles (2013-2014)

During 2013 to 2014, here are the multi-million selling albums with underperforming singles worldwide:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
The album became one of the biggest selling albums of 2013 and served as a huge comeback of Justin Timberlake. Despite its huge sales, it only scored two major and official hit singles “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors”. The reason may be, the volume two was released at the same year.

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The album is one of the biggest albums of 2013 either critically or commercially. It scored the big selling single “Get Lucky”, but no other singles were released after that.

One Direction – Midnight Memories
One Direction scored their thord worldwide number one album through “Midnight Memories”. It scored the sleeper hit “Story of My Life”. “Best Song Ever” peaked high chart positions but had short chart life. Two other singles were released but peaked lower in charts.

Michael Bublé – To Be Loved
Michael Buble again scored another hit album through this record. However, as usual, he never scored a genuine hit single again. Still, he was considered an albums artist

Soundtrack – Frozen
The soundtrack album used to be the biggest selling album worldwide of 2014. It had scored chart positions like the song “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” and the hit “Let it Go”. Despite its successful songs, it did not match the soundtrack album’s success.

Beyoncé – Beyoncé
The album was known for surprise release and sold a lot of copies. It waa successful worldwide and was one of the biggest sellers of 2013 and 2014. Several singles was released but only “Drunk in Love” peaked at a high position.

Lorde – Pure Heroine
Lorde did very well with her single “Royals” which helped the album’s success. The album achieved long term success but did not score another big hit except “Team”. Other singles released failed to reach the top 40.

Credits to Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Gone”

Gone may refer to someone who left or something that do not exist  or not present anymore. That’s how the word was often used in different songs. Here are some of those songs with “gone”:

When this person you love is “gone”, the pain remains and it’s never that easy. This sad ballad from the boyband settled at number 11 in Billboard Hot 100.

Avril Lavigne- When You’re Gone
You spent a lot of time with this person you love who is now “gone” and it feels like breaking you into pieces. The song became a hit charting high in many countries.

Matchbox Twenty- If You’re Gone
Something’s not right happening between two people and the other left, and think it’s fine. However, there’s still something you feel about that person. This song went to top 5 in Billboard Hot 100.

Phillip Phillips- Gone, Gone, Gone
When that person you love but you still love him/her and love even more. The song went to to number 23 in the US charts and went dounle platinum according to RIAA.

The Cranberries- When You’re Gone
Remembering someone you love was already gone makes you miss them. The song became a top 25 hit in the US and was a hit in Asia.

T.I. and Justin Timberlake- Dead and Gone
When the old you, like the wrong behavior you had, is dead and “gone”, it means you have transformed. This song was a hit reaching the top 5 both in the US and UK.

Kelly Clarkson- Already Gone
Telling the one you love to leave because you are already gone. This song became the third hit for “All I Ever Wanted” album and had hit the top 15 in the US.

Janet Jackson- Got ’til It’s Gone
When you had something but did not value it. In the end, you’ll realize it’s worth when it’s gone. The song was a top ten hit Eurowide.

Michael Jackson- Gone Too Soon
There are people in our lives who were “gone” too early. This ballad from Michael Jackson was a modest hit elsewhere.

Kelly Clarkson- Since U Been Gone
When your ex is already “gone”, it feels like you can finally breath again. The pop/rock song became a worldwide hit and one of the biggest songs in the US in 2005.

Some facts from Wikipedia / Billboard

Successful Male Singers Who Wrote for Fellow Successful Singers

There are many successful male singers today who had written for their fellow artists, which also help build the careers for those artists or at least scored another hit for them. Here are some of these successful male singers who contributed such songs for fellow singers:

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is currently one of the wonderful singers today. He had scored big hits off his first and second albums. He had written majority of his songs which has shown his musicianship and talent. Aside from writing his own songs, he also wrote for other artists too. He had written or co-wrote songs for a number of One Direction songs, which included the UK charttopper “Little Things”, as well as Taylor Swift’s hit “Everything Has Changed”, which he was featured too. The most recent one he co-wrote was “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and now a huge hit.

Justin Timberlake
He achieved success as a solo artist after being in a successful boyband, NSYNC. He also turned into a songwriter which already showcased on NSYNC’s “Celebrity” album. After going solo, he wrote/co-wrote big hits which included Black Eyed Peas’ “Where’s the Love”, Rihanna’s “Rehab”, and tracks for Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, etc.

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is also one of the greatest songwriters today. Aside from writing his own songs, he also wrote/co-wrote songs for other artists which he was also featured. One of these hits were “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy, the first song he was featured “Nothin’ On You” by B.O.B., the recent one “Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and a lot more. He also wrote “Long Distance” by Brandy.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith was one of the top selling artists nowadays. He created hits for himself, likewise, he wrote for other artists. Aside from the songs he was featured like “La, La, La” and “Latch” which he co-wrote, he also co-wrote the song “Flashlight” which was performed by Jessie J for “Pitch Perfect 2.

Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney had some successful songs and some of them was written by him. But he also wrote a song for other artist, which is “Bleeding Love” sung by Leona Lewis.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Male Singers Who Were Featured Artists in Several Singles

We surely heard a lot of collaborations and many of those invited to sing for them were male artists. There were some male artists who has been featured a lot of times in different songs and you can find them in their discography. Here are some of these male artists who were featuref in several singles by othet artists:

Adam Levine
Adam Levine may still be a part of Maroon 5 and haven’t went solo yet, however, he is being featured a lot of times in different singles. Some of them may be songs he had sung with some The Voice finalists which those songs charted in Billboard Hot 100, but he was also featured in songs by Kanye West and 50 Cent. His most popular song as a featured artist is “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes and the current hit “Locked Away” by R. City.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake had a lot of big hits under his own name as solo artist and as part of NSYNC, nevertheless, he had lots of hit featured songs. He sung for Madonna’s hit “4 Minutes”, Timbaland’s number 1 hit “Give it To Me” (also with Nelly Furtado), 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” and the latest has been “Holy Grail” with Jay-Z.

Ne-Yo scored hit both as his own songs and as songwriter, which there were a lot of hit he co-wrote became hits. Aside from that, he was featured a lot of times in songs too. In fact, according to Billboard, he had scored 5 top 10 singles as a featured artist alone. And in those songs, he is a co-writer too. The most successful in those songs was “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull which was a worldwide number one hit.

Chris Brown
In this list, Chris Brown is the most in denand artist to get featured in several singles. If his discography was checked, he was featured in singles more than 60 times. What more with unreleased tracks? It was surely a lot! One of the most popular songs he was collaborated with was Pitbull’s “International Love”.

Usher is one of the biggest male artists during the last 20 years. He had countless of hits and sold millions of records. Aside from that, he has scored hits as a featured artist. Some of the notable songs were “I Need a Girl (Part One)” by P.Diddy and David Guetta’s “Without You”.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2005-2009)

There were a lot of changes in music from 2005-2009. As noticed, there were a lot of newcomers, trends has significantly changed as well as decline of CD or album sales.

British female soul singers
Any Winehouse achieved more success in her 2006 second album “Back to Black”, while another soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae became successful with her debut album after her successful single ” Put Your Records On”. Another soul singer, Duffy, achieved worldwide success with her album “Rockferry” and became the top selling artist in 2008 in UK. Adele also debuted that same year but achieved more success with her second album.

Rise of digital and single downloads
Digital sales increased during this era and we saw the rise of singles downloads. Downloads are now included to eligible to chart in music charts.

Drop of album sales
With the rise of digital downloads, album sales went down continually. This era, no albums released ever reached 20 million in sales.

Electronic Dance Music
In 2009, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was seen to rise. David Guetta achieved successes after the hit single “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland on vocals. Lady Gaga’s sound became popular as well, thus, opening the path for dance music on the rise.

Disney princesses
This is the era when Disney princesses debuted in music industry. Miley Cyrus became successful with her Hannah Montana TV show as well as the film and soundtracks. She reached number 1 with her introductory LP “Breakout”. Other Disney stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, had their first albums to Billboard top 10.

Musicals on TV and movies
Disney released a TV film “High School Musical” which became a phenomenon, It had its sequel again on TV, while the last part was a movie released on theaters. The soundtrack albums became big sellers too. In 2009, musical show “Glee” became successful in ratings while records sales sold millions too.

American Idol winners
After Kelly Clarkson’s success, Americal Idol continued to break the ratings game. Carrie Underwood achieved successes and became one of the top country artists. Other AI winners achieved limited success.

Girl groups
Two notable girl groups who broke album sales this era, Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. The former though became the most successful female group at that time.

Successful comeback
We saw Mariah Carey’s successful comeback with “Emancipation of Mimi” after 2 flop albums. Madonna went back on top again after “American Life” performed modestly. Her “Confessions on a Dance Floor” became a top seller. Justin Timberlake’s long awaited second album became one of the best selling albums during this era.

Some facts from Wikipedia