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10 Songs With “Games/Game”

Games were often used in songs as playing the heart of someone making them believe that you loved them. Sometimes, it was also used in literal games which includes card games.

Backstreet Boys- Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
I think this song is one of the most successful “game” songs. In this pop track, it’s about not playing with one’s heart like a game. It was a top 5 hit worldwide in 1997.

Jewel- Foolish Games
When you feel like being played, it will tear you apart. This “game” song from Jewel was released along with her biggest hit “You Were Meant for Me”.

Lady Gaga- Love Game
Well, it’s not really about playing love like a game, Gaga knows what it is all about. It turned out to be Gaga’s hit songs as it is one of her earliest hit songs.

Santana and Michelle Branch- Game of Love
No matter what you feel in a relationship, it is because it is part of the “game” of love. The light rock song became a top 5 hit in Billboart charts.

Peter Gabriel- Games Without Frontiers
Peter Gabriel came out with this “game” song which became a top 5 hit in UK.

Alan Parsons Project- Games People Play
Oh well, one of the great old “game” songs. It was released in early 1980’s and went to the top 40 of the charts.

Foreigner- Head Games
One of the most popular rock songs then, this “game” song from Foreigners helped their album to success.

Abba- The Name of the Game
Abba wants to know the name of the game, I don’t know either. Lol! This song became an international hit for the Swedish group. It also became a Billboard hit.

Shirley Ellis- The Name Game
This is one of the catchiest “game” song. No real meaning of the song and it is clearly a “game” song. It was very popular even until now.

Amy Winehouse- Love is a Losing Game
Love was considered a game which was bound to lose as Amy implied. This song was a top 40 hit in the UK.

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

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 Finale

The ending finally has come and five celebrities are vying for the big winner this season. Tonight, the five celebrities had performed and the winner will be announced tomorrow.

Here are the performances tonight:

Sam Concepcion as Justin Bieber
“Boyfriend / Sorry”
Sam Concepcion’s last performance in this show was an impersonation of the Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber. It is a good performance though I feel he never went out of his comfort zone. Likewise, Justin has been about serenading his fans without too much iconic movements or looks. Still a good performance given that it is the finals.

Denise Laurel as Beyonce
“Love on Top / Crazy in Love”
It has been a stellar performance for Denise imitating one of the biggest singers today, Beyonce. It was great to see as she is full of confidence. It is within her comfort zone too but she broke out in this performance.

Kean Cipriano as Ricky Martin
“Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Kean’s performance is so-so for me. It seems he is losing his voice and changed the note of some parts. The movements though was perfect. But I think Kean trying to be different didn’t succeed.

KZ Tandingan as Lady Gaga
“Born this Way”
KZ did a great performance! Her impersonation of Lady Gaga is a good choice knowing Gaga’s identity. Her dances are also superb. I think she is a good contender based on her performance.

Michael Pangilinan as Adam Levine of Maroon 5
“Sugar”
Michael did a perfect performance as Adam Levine. The sexiness and of course, the voice of Adam Levine being perfectly impersonated. The judges are right with all their comments that it is a perfect way to end the season.

With all the performances, this is my judgment in ranking:
1. Michael Pangilinan
2. KZ Tandingan
3. Denise Laurel
4. Sam Concepcion
5. Kean Cipriano

Last year, Melai Cantiveros won which I think because of her choice in impersonating Miley Cyrus. The entertainment value is there despite poor vocals. This time, I think KZ will win because of choosing Lady Gaga. She’s at my second with the ranking but knowing Lady Gaga who did a lot gimmicks and KZ performed well so I think people will vote for her to be the big winner this second season.

Tomorrow will be announced tomorrow on ABS-CBN 2 after Rated K.

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 (December 5, 2015)

The competition is going intense likewise the performances is getting harder for the celebrity impersonators. Tonight has been an interesting episode. When I first heard about the celebs doing a duet with themselves, I thought they will perform like doble-kara (double face). But when I watched all the performances tonight, I was in awe. I think the other artist was first recorded while the other artist they impersonated was the main one.

To start the show, Melai Cantiveros came back as Miley Cyrus, the impersonation that had her won during the first season.

Here are the performances of the celebrity impersonators:

KZ Tandingan as Liza Minelli and Luciano Pavarotti
“New York, New York”
The performance was amazing. She sang very well as Liza but we cannot expect a perfect Pavarotti as she was female. As Liza, she is very comfortable and enjoyed the performance. Her vocals as Liza is even perfect.

Michael Pangilinan as Sam Smith and John Legend
“Lay Me Down”
Among all the performances tonight, this is, for me, is the perfect performance. I mean his voice as Sam Smith and John Legend is perfect. No more words to say about the performance.

Denise Laurel as Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
“The Lady is a Tramp”
Denise became a jazz singer and she did it perfectly as Lady Gaga. While the Tony Bennett performance is very impressive like how she can sound like that. I saw no pressure in this performance and Denise looked relaxed.

Kakai Bautista as Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston
“I Knew Him So Well”
Kakai did mother and daughter duet as Whitney and Cissy Houston. This can be a difficult performance since it is an emotional song but she did it well. In fact, she sang even better as Cissy.

Kean Cipriano as Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
“Ebony and Ivory”
I never thought Kean can pull the impersonation so well. Though there are flaws as Stevie Wonder but Paul McCartney was perfect from the looks to his vocals.

Admittedly, it is the episode which I enjoyed all of the performances. Of course, the set-up and idea is good but all of the performers did very well. Even myself, I find it hard to rank them (which will surely make it difficult for the judges to rank them too) but I made the ranking below based on every performances effect on me.
1. Michael Pangilinan
2. Denise Laurel
3. KZ Tandingan
4. Kakai Bautista
5. Kean Cipriano

Since it is the last performances from the celebrities, it is becoming more interesting. With three more performers tomorrow, the top 4 will be announced tomorrow by which next week will be the finale.

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

Music Crossover

Many artists who are stuck in a genre sometimes crossover to a genre they don’t use to. It may be to offer something different or to gain more fans. A lot of them succeeded, though some struggled in their new genre. Here are some of the artists who made crossover with their music

Taylor Swift
She may be the most successful artist who crossed over to pop recently. From a country artist who sits with her guitar, her pop crossover was well received and even gained fans not just in United States, but also in countries where she has minimal fanbase particularly in some European countries. In UK, she gained a lot of fans which is apparent with her chart positions since her albums “Red” (combination of pop and country) and “1989” (a full length pop album).

Maroon 5
They were known as a rock band with their debut “Songs About Jane”. However, they graduation turned into a pop band as time goes by from “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” until pop tunes became more popular through their LP “Overexposed”, which they took that formula for their current album “V”.

Coldplay
As a British alternative rock band, we heard their melancholic rock tunes from their first four albums. In fact, in every album they released, they offered something new. But with their album “Mylo Xyloto”, their usual sound has changed until “Ghost Stories” with more pop, EDM and synthpop sound. Still, their albums were successful.

One Direction
From powerpop and bubblegum pop, the British boyband gradually shifted to a more pop/rock sound through “Midnight Memories”. They adapted the sound but even got matured through “FOUR” and their current “Made in the A.M.”.

Lady Gaga
We’ve known her as the outrageous performer with EDM and pop music. With her successes during those era, she toned down and did something that she gained acclaim as a jazz singer with “Cheek to Cheek”, an album with legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett. The jazz album became a Grammy awardee and a chart-topper.

Overrated Artists Since the Last 10 Years

Media is responsible why many artists became so overrated. Some people got tired on hearing about certain artists. It happens especially an artist becomes very successful and media will sensationalize them. Based on observation and media posts on the internet and visual media, here are the artists I listed who became overrated during the last 10 years.

Beyonce
Looking through comments on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and other sites such as Yahoo News and YouTube, many people states Beyonce was too overrated. Well, even her pregnancy especially after she had shown her baby bump on VMAs, it is too overstated. Media also often talks about Bey, which includes her record breaking surprise album.

Lady Gaga
Aside from successful albums and singles, every performance of hers and even her dresses were highly documented by the media. Even her controversial music videos were often talked about too.

Taylor Swift
Every relationship of her gave media attention. When she crossed over to pop music and the success of “1989”, everything she does is over the news. Well, Taylor contributed to such sensationalism.

Justin Bieber
Remember the ‘Bieber Fever’? Justin gained so much fans especially to young people. He’s all over Twitter and in news platforms, either positive or negative.

One Direction
Yes, they are the world’s biggest boyband and pop band during the last five years. Their intense activities on social media paid off. Media is all over them for their success. Every time they release their carrier singles, you can always see articles about it on Billboard.

Rihanna
She has the most number 1 singles during the last 10 years and you can always see it on Billboard. Everything she post on Twitter, an article was ready to read anywhere.

Katy Perry
She’s probably next to Rihanna for having lots of hits. “Teenage Dream” is a sleeper hit which also contributed to the success of “Prism”. Often, it is overstated which even includes her tour.

Reinvention and Transformation of Female Artists of 2000s to present

Due to competition in music scene nowadays, female artists from 2000s reinvent themselves a number of times in less than 20 years. Even those artists from less than 10 years ago reinvented themselves several times.

Take a look at some of the female artists’ reinvention during the mentioned era. The list also includes three artists who debuted in 1999:

Britney Spears- She’s every female teens and young kids dreamed to become during her debut year. From a wholesome young and sweet lady from her “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops… I Did it Again” era to a sensual “Britney” to sexier and even went naked on “Womanizer” video. Her music also evolved from bubblegum pop to R&B, dance, EDM and pure pop.

Christina Aguilera- She’s being tagged by many as “Britney Spears clone” and a wholesome singer. However, she can sing better than Britney. After 3 years from her initial success, she went “dirtier” and abandoned her bubblegum image, as well as her music to R&B and sexual theme. With “Back to Basics”, she jumped back decades to more jazzy and blues sound. She innovated to a futuristic woman for “Bionic” which was met with lukewarm response.

Jennifer Lopez- She’s one of the female singers who never changed her persona. Her appearance and physical identity has been the same. Her music from a R&B singer changed to EDM pop with “Love?”, which remained until the present time.

P!nk- During her debut, she was known as a R&B pop singer until she broke out after more than a year to a rock star. From time to time, she sings pop, but her identity as rock star is always there which made her more successful.

Rihanna- She may be the “Queen of Reinvention” for this decade. She was a wholesome singer until she had gone bad. Her music ranged from R&B, pop and EDM. She changed her look in every album she made. She maintained her relevance in 10 years of her career.

Lady Gaga- She can be credited for changing the music landscape when EDM became famous. Her avant garde fashion became more daring. Recently, she toned down to a more serious performer in recent big events.

Taylor Swift- From an American Sweetheart image of a country singer from her first 3 LPs, she combined pop and country for “Red”. Recently, she completely crossed over to pop which made her a bigger star not just in US but also internationally.

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.