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Music 10 C’s: Coldplay to Chandelier



1. Coldplay
They are one of the favorite bands. They had a lot of hit albums and singles as well. My favorite album from the band was “Parachutes” because of its melancholic and emotional sound.

2. California Gurls
The first single from Katy Perry’s album “Teenage Dream”. It featured rapper Snoop Dogg. Katy Perry dropped her pop rock sound to purely pop in this song.

3. Can’t Buy Me Love
One of The Beatles’ most notable songs. I often hear this song back then since my brother always play the compilation album of The Beatles.

4. Christina Aguilera
One of the top female artists who emerged in 1999. She had a lot big hits. It was also the title of her first album which generated four top 3 hits on Billboard Hot 100.

5. Can’t Feel My Face
One of the biggest hits during the recent year. It was a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It reminded me of Michael Jackson upon hearing the song with such a funk on it.

6. Cher
She is one of the most successful female artists which her career spanned decades and still relevant. Her most successful single was “Believe” in 1998.

7. Champagne Supernova
One of Oasis’ signature songs. It is one of my favorites from the band which was released during the mid-1990’s. It was taken from their biggest album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”.

8. Cassie
She is a R&B singer who was known for the hit “Me and U”. However, she can be considered as a one-hit wonder after the success of that sole single. She is one of the half-Filipino and half-American singer.

9. Chris Brown
He was known for a lot of hits, either R&B or EDM tracks. His most widespread successful album was “Exclusive” which generated the international hit “With You”.

10. Chandelier
This was sang by one of the best voices today, Sia. Aside from scoring hits, she wrote and produced hits for other artists today. By the way, “Chandelier” has been a global hit and even reached more than a billion views on YouTube.

Video from YouTube / Coldplay Official



Album’s Singles Review: “One of the Boys” by Katy Perry

One of the Boys (album)
Katy Perry had released an album before but “One of the Boys” has been her breakthrough album. “One of the Boys” may had peaked lower like number 9 in United States, but it became platinum there. In UK, it reached number 11 but it was 2x platinum there. The album has pop-rock sounds, different from the pure pop she did in her succeeding albums.

I Kissed a Girl
“I Kissed a Girl” has been the first single by Katy Perry for “One of the Boys”. The song was criticized for sounding like lesbian for kissing a fellow girl, but it was said it’s just for fun. It has a pop-rock sound. It was a number 1 hit worldwide.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Hot n Cold
“Hot n Cold” was the second single from Katy Perry’s breakthrough album. It is a pretty catchy pop song and sounds even better than “I Kissed a Girl”. It was a worldwide hit reaching number 1 in several countries. While in United States, it reached number 3. In UK, it peaked at number 7.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Thinking of You
“Thinking of You” has been the third single by Katy Perry from her album. It was a pretty pop-rock ballad about remembering her ex-lover even she’s in a new relationship with a man. The song was less successful then her previous singles but it peaked inside the top 30 both in US and United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Waking Up in Vegas
“Waking Up in Vegas” was the last official single from “One of the Boys”. It is a pop rock song which became her third top 10 hit on Billboard Hot 100. It also registered at top 10 in other countries.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

If We Ever Meet Again
“If We Ever Meet Again” was not released as part of “One of the Boys” but it’s a song which had Katy Perry in the credits. The song attained success worldwide reaching the top 10 and notable in UK where it reached number 3.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / KatyPerryVEVO

Female Artists With Number 1 Albums In US and UK: Lady GaGa / Adele / Katy Perry

Lady Gaga
United States- Lady Gaga garnered three albums which reached number 1. Her debut “The Fame” may had only peaked at number 2 but at least became her biggest selling album with 4x platinum according to RIAA. Her number one album started with “Born This Way” which was a million seller on its first weak. “Artpop” followed which was eventually a platinum seller, and the last was the collab with jazz singer “Tony Bennett”.
United Kingdom- Lady Gaga had three number 1 albums in UK too. “The Fame” did very well which became her first number 1 album, which was BPI certified 9x platinum. Her sophomore effort “Born This Way” did well when it debuted at number 1. Her last album to reach number 1 was “Artpop”.

Adele
United States- Adele has been a huge superstar in the United States. Her debut “19” peaked lower initially but has been able to catch after her second album’s success. It peaked at number 4 which already went 3x platinum. Her second effort “21” did very well when it topped the charts for many weeks. Now, the album was already certified 11x platinum. Her current album debuted at number 1 and was the fastest selling album ever when it sold more than 3.3 million. Currently, the album exceeded 8x platinum status by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Adele is the top artist in UK during the last 10 years. The total of three albums she released went to number 1. Her first album “19” eventually reached 7x platinum by BPI. It was followed by the highly popular “21” which reached 16x platinum. Her new album “25” was currently 9x platinum.

Katy Perry
United States- Katy Perry had her two albums to success after reaching number 1. While her debut “One of the Boys” went to number 9, it still went platinum Her two number 1 albums were “Teenage Dream” (RIAA 3x platinum certified) and the last one with “Prism”.
United Kingdom- Katy Perry’s albums “Teenage Dream” and “Prism” both went to number 1. “Teenage Dream”, though, was her biggest seller when it reached 4x platinum by BPI

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

Music Rivalies: Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey / Lady Gaga & Katy Perry

The most common artists that are getting involved in music rivalries were female singers. Either from decades ago to the present time, rivalry is already happening in female artists’ rivalry already exists.

Whitney Houston vs  Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston debuted in music in mid-1980s. After 5 years, then Mariah Carey released her self-titled debut album. Despite debuting with wide gap of years, media has considered them as rivals. Both has high vocal range. They were both R&B and pop stars. They both sing mostly ballads. Whitney Houston is already a global superstar when Mariah released her debut. While Mariah can’t hardly be said as a global superstar at the time. In America, she is, but internationally, her success is quite limited. But Mariah’s global success came through her album “Music Box, which at that time, Whitney is focused in making movies and soundtrack albums. Whitney’s fourth studio album took about 8 years in between her third album. Whitney became huge though with her soundtrack album “The Bodyguard”. Sadly, her success went downhill and had been through problems until she passed. Mariah Carey though, still makes music despite failing to sell as her old glory days. The two got to work together with the song “When You Believe”.

Lady Gaga vs Katy Perry
Katy Perry has started in Christian music genre. However, her success came through her controversial song “I Kissed a Girl”. Despite successful releases, her album is not as stellar. She was considered as a superstar upon her album “Teenage Dream” which scored a lot of number one singles. Success continued with her album “Prism”. Her considered rivalry was Lady Gaga. I wonder why they were considered as rivals since both has different styles and music. Lady Gaga was more outrageous. In Gaga’s earlier career, she is very popular and even became the world’s biggest music star. But with her recent albums, she underperformed. The reason I can see why the two were considered as rivals was due to both do weird stuff and both once thrown shade to each other.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube

Music Rivalries: Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera / Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry / Brandy vs Monica

Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears may had first released her first album, but Christina Aguilera first has a single released. It was in 1998 when she sang the theme song of “Mulan” called “Reflection”, though with lukewarm reception. When Britney Spears relesed her first single “…Baby One More Time”, a new brnad of pop just existed. Her album became one of the biggest sellers of 1999. That same year, Christina Aguilera released her lead single for her debut album called “Genie in a Bottle”. The song became a success as it reached number worldwide too. Her album also debuted at number in US. She is really close to Britney. Christina Aguilera is a better vocalist than Britney. While Britney is a better performer than Christina. But if their respective careers were summed up, Britney is victorious. Britney is just have a well-planned release of her studio album, unlike Christina who had released some compilations in between. Recently, both had flop albums, but they can be considered as icons.

Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
Both artists started as very different artist. Taylor Swift started as a country singer but crossed over to pop music. While Katy Perry was a former Christiam singer to pop rock to pure pop. Katy Perry was even considered as a rival to Lady Gaga. Rivalry between Katy and Taylor just existed when they had professional problems which led to Taylor write the song “Bad Blood” which was believed as intended for Katy Perry. Both were pop stars and very successful.

Brandy vs Monica
Brandy and Monica were considered as rivals then. Eventually, they got to work together with the song “The Boy is Mine” which is became a huge success worldwide. Despite the collaboration, they haven’t had good relationship. Still, they worked together but it seems they were okay now. Both had great hits but longevity says Brandy had bigger success.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube

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

Successful Female Singers Who Wrote Songs for Other Artists

Some female artists really creates great music, either of their own, or for other artists. Here are some of the successful female singers who wrote songs for fellow singers too:

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera may haven’t had creative control for her self-titled debut album, but she pushed for her right for her second studio album “Stripped” which she co-wrote most of her songs there. She also shared her vocals for Pitbull’s “Feel this Moment” which she co-wrote, and became a top 10 hit worldwide. One of her most notable song she co-wrote for others was “Miss Independent” which was performed by Kelly Clarkson, which hit the top 10 both in US and UK.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys was known for her talent with great voice, skills in piano, and writing songs. In fact, she is a Grammy awardee for her songwriting skills. Apart from her songs she wrote, she had writte. songs for other artists too. In fact, she wrote Christina Aguilera’s song “Impossible”, from her “Stripped” album, and Whitney Houston’s “Million Dollar Bill” off her “I Look to You” album. She also co-wrote songs which she was featured in, including the huge hits “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and “My Boo” with Usher.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry may be one of the biggest pop stars today. But she is more than just a pop singer. In fact, she wrote songs for other singers as well, which included a song for Britney in her “Britney Jean” album. She also co-wrote songs for Kelly Clarkson which included the hit “I Do Not Hookup”.

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is known for her rebellious attitude as a performer. But she wrote most of her songs from her album. In fact she had co-written the hit by Kelly Clarkson which is “Breakaway”, a US top ten hit for the singer.

Pink
Pink wrote mostly of her songs. However, she also wrote songs for Cher’s recent album. But she was more noted whene she wrote Adam Lambert’s biggest hit “Whataya Want from Me”.

Credits to Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Think”

Several songs with “think” were mostly about “thinking” of someone that you love. But it varies at times. In this list, it includes songs with “thinking”. Here are some of the songs with “think”:

Garbage- I Think I’m Paranoid
Sometimes you are “thinking” that someone is talking about you, that makes you “think” you are a paranoid. The song was a hit in rock charts, while hitting top 10 in UK.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
When you are in love, let what you “think” voiced out. This is one of 2015’s biggest hit after hitting number 1 and top 5 in many countries.

Spice Girls- Who Do You Think You Are?
You may be “thinking” you are a superstar, you should show it and prove it. So you wouldn’t be told, who do you “think” you are? This song went to number one and top 5 in many countries, particularly in Europe and Asia.

Katy Perry- Thinking of You
When you are with your partner, but you are “thinking” of another person. This song a big top 40 hit for Katy Perry being her third consecutive hit.

Tifanny- I Think We’re Alone Now
When you are with someone and feels like no other people are around, you’ll “think” you’re alone with that person. This song was a cover by Tifanny and became a worldwide number 1 smash.

Celine Dion- Think Twice
Before doing something with hesitation, better “think” twice. This became a big hit from Celine Dion reaching number 1 in many European countries.

Janet Jackson- When I Think of You
When you “think” of someone you like, you will surely giggle like Janet. This song became her first ever US number 1 hit.

Christopher Cross- Think of Laura
Anybody loves Laura? You will surely “think” of her. This song became a top 10 hit for Christopher Cross.

Jessica Simpson- I Think I’m in Love With You
When you are doing crazy and silly things because of someone, maybe you are in love with that person. This song was a number 21 hit for Jessica on Billboard Hot 100.

Rod Stewart- Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
When you are in a club dancing, ask the girl if she “think” you are sexy. This song by Rod Stewart became a runaway number 1 hit.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 2005-2009

From 2005-2009, music has produced superstars then and even those successful stars until now. Most of these stars are now cementing their names as icons.

Ciara
Ciara came out with a different kind of R&B when she released her debut single in 2004 “My Goodies” which immediately went to number 1. In 2005, she achieved more success with 2 other successful songs and multi-platinun first album. She releases music until now but success was never the same.

Carrie Underwood
After becoming a winner in American Idol, Carrie Underwood released her album immediately which went 9 million worldwide sales according to Wikipedia. She remained one of the country music’s staple artists until now.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift was then a country star when it scored multiple country hit songs. Her album went top 5 in Billboard and went multiple platinum. Today, she is the hottest (with the exception of Adele) pop star.

James Blunt
With the success of his beautiful ballad “You’re Beautiful”, it paved the way for James’ album “Back to Bedlam” as one of the biggest selling albums form 2005-2009. He released his second album which was multi-million seller as well though it never match the debut’s success.

Duffy
Duffy made waves when her single “Mercy” was reaching number 1. It also made her first album “Rockferry” to multiple million in sales. Unfortunately, her second album flopped which led the singer to go indefinite hiatus.

Justin Bieber
Starting at very young age, Justin Bieber had one of the most successful extended plays (EP) when it went platinum. He became in this group of artists because the record’s success despite his first album was released in 2010. He’s among the biggest popstars today via his current record “Purpose” and all his three songs are still in the top 10 worldwide.

Lady Gaga
Her outrageous behavior and dresses might has became her identity, but her sonngs and albums made her a superstar. Her debut album “The Fame” was said has sold 14 million (according to Wikipedia) has scored four top 10. She’s still considered as one of the hottest pop stars until today.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry immediately went to top 5 and number 1 with her first 2 singles. Despite releases prior, her album “One of the Boys” was considered as his first. The album was platinum and scored 4 hit songs. She became more successful with her succeeding releases.

Some facts 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