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Music 10 L’s: Lauryn Hill to Limp Bizkit

1. Lauryn Hill
She’s formerly the vocalist and a member of The Fugees and became a successful solo artist with her album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. She is a magnificent artist but I wonder where is she now.

2. La Isla Bonita
A single by the Queen of Pop Madonna. It was Spanish inspired and one of the biggest hits off her multi-platinum hit album “True Blue” from the 80s.

3. Lil Wayne
He is a very popular rapper during the second half of 2000s. His popular hit song was “Lollipop” while his popular album was “The Carter”, which had its sequel.

4. Lady Gaga
She is one of the top female artists emerged during the late 2000s. She seemed under hiatus now after her album “Artpop” underperformed.

5. Linkin Park
One of my favorite bands ever. They seemed on a break but hoping they will release new materials soon. Haven’t heard from them for a long time. I miss those “Hybrid Theory” days.

6. Last Resort
The first ever song I heard from the rock band Papa Roach. It is a great track but none of their succeeding tracks matched it.

7. Lorde
She’s a popular singer from New Zealand. I love the style of her songs and the message. She’s young but already a great songwriter.

8. Let Her Go
A nice but sad love song from Passenger. It was one of the biggest hits during the recent years. I love the folk feel of the song.

9. Let It Go
One of the biggest selling singles recently. It wad due to the success of the animated movie “Frozen”. The song may not have reached number 1 in different countries, but it was a sleeper hit song.

10. Limp Bizkit
The band was very hot then, but popularity was taken over by Linkin Park. They had great songs such as “Take a Look Around”,  “My Way” and “Rollin'”.

Video from YouTube / Passenger

Albums that are more successful than its singles (1995-1999)

Part of being a successful recording artist and becoming an A-lister is when their albums sells millions and singles becoming big hits os music charts. However, there are albums from music artists who do sell a lot of albums but their singles from those albums are not radio hits. In 1995 to 1999, here are the notable albums which its singles did not match its success.

Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill
This breakthrough album by Alanis Morissette was very successful and was one of the biggest selling albums which reached more than 30 million in sales. But none of the album’s singles went to number one either in US and UK. In Asia, their singles were successful though. Still, her singles did not match the success of the album

Oasis- (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory
Oasis became one of UK’s precious talents after this album becam extremely successful. The album was believed to have sold 20 million copies. However, only “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” made impact as singles internationally. In their hometown, UK, their singles did well though.

The Fugees- The Score
The Fugees became very popular then with this critically acclaimed album. The record became multiplatinum in 1996 and one of the biggest sellers that year. But the only single which made real impact was worldwide was “Killing Me Softly”. But in UK, their singles did very well.

Ricky Martin- Vuelve
Former Menudo member Ricky Martin achieved worldwide solo success through his album “Vuelve”. The album did very well and according to estimates, it has sold 8 million copies. However, the only single which gained success from the album was “The Cup of Life”.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Californication
Red Hot Chilli Peppers has been one of the biggest bands of the 1990s. But they achieved huge success with their comeback in 1999 through “Californication”. While no singles from this highly successful album ever made the top 10 in UK and most countries, but “Scar Tissue” went to US top 10.

The Offspring- Americana
In 1999, The Offspring went back with this album “Americana” which became known for their single “Pretty Fly ( For a White Guy)”. The album went multiplatinum with sales exceeded 10 million copies but only two singles from the album charted well. In the US, no singles even hit the top 50 despite the album performed well there.

Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The success of this debut album from Lauryn Hill was preceded by her big number 1 hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. The album went straight to the top going multiplatinum in a number of countries. But no other singles followed the debut single’s success.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

Artists With Successful Debut 1995-1999

For many music artists, starting or entering the music industry is very difficult to make a good shot. There were other artists who did very well with their first single but turned out as one-hit wonder. However, there were artists who did very well with this debut single and their album did well too.

Since 1995, there were some artists which did very well with their first albums. Some had maintained their success but not everyone did well in their succeeding releases. Most in the list below were pop artists, do there were those with rock and R&B sound. Pop music just had a major change with bubblegum pop rose to popularity.

Alanis Morissette
Alanis may already had releases back then in her own country, her first album internationally became the biggest selling album by a newcomer. Based on estimates listed in Wikipedia, her debut album “Jagged Little Pill” became a record setter as it sold about 33 million. Her second album went #1 too but due to changes in music landscaped, it sold below than predecessor.

The Fugees
The Fugees is leading the hip-hop scene in 1996 via “The Score” album. It was multi-platinum worldwide when it became one of the biggest sellers in 1996, which was also assisted by their successful cover of “Killing Me Softly”. They haven’t released a follow-up after that.

Spice Girls
Spice Girls led the music scene during this era because of their contribution not just through record sales but also in pop culture. Their debut album “Spice” was believed with sales of 30 million (according to Wikipedia) scored 4 UK number 1s and 3 US top 5s. Their second album was very successful as well, though, it became their last studio album when Geri Halliwell departed from the group.

Hanson
The Hanson brothers priorly released independent albums but success came in 1997 when their first mainstream album “Middle of Nowhere” went multi-platinum by which its success was attributed to the stellar hit “Mmmbop”. Despite their success, no other albums from them became as successful.

Savage Garden
The Australian duo scored success with debut single “I Want You”, however, bigger succeed came with the ballad “Truly, Madly, Deeply” when it settled to the top. The album then caught up in sales and became one of the top sellers of 1998.

Aqua
The cartoonish songs and videos of Danish pop group Aqua made them very popular. Apart from “Barbie Girl” which had estimated 8 million in sales helped their first LP “Aquarium” go multi-platinum worldwide. They also had multiple hit songs for the album. However, their second album was just moderately successful.

All Saints
The four-piece British girl group was said to be the rival of Spice Girls, though, success of the Spices was never matched by All Saints. Still, they became successful with their self-titled album which went multi-platinum in UK and Europe. It received a platinum award from RIAA which helped the album’s status after the hit “Never Ever”. Their second album had limited success.

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia became a household name with her global smash “Torn”. Her album “Left of the Middle” became as successful with platinum and multi-platinum successes elsewhere. It took several years for her to release her second album which was less successful.

Lauryn Hill
Despite the success of The Fugees, the members of the group pursued solo careers like Lauryn Hill did. Her debut album ” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had multi-million sales which was preceded by her successful hip-hop jam “(Doo Wop) That Thing”. She never released a studio album after that.

Britney Spears
It was 1999 when young female pop artists became popular which was first led by Britney Spears. Her song “…Baby One More Time” was extremely popular as well her album with the same title. The album estimatedly sold 30 million as claimed according to Wikipedia. She became a legend with her prolonged success and her succeeding albums went multi-platinum and had multiple number 1 albums.

Christina Aguilera
Coming from the same genre with Spears when she released her first album, Christina Aguilera was believed as Spears’ closest competitor. Christina never failed as her debut single went to number one worldwide. Her self titled album, according to the number of sales in her website, had sold 17 million which is a hefty amount of records. She had successful album right after too.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez became famous with her single “If You Had My Love” which spent several weeks at number 1. Her album “On the Six” became multi-platinum. She remained successful with all her other albums.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Throwback Album Review: Gavin Degraw and Lauryn Hill

I used to write throwback reviews of album before and I want to get back to what I used to. This time I am paying tribute to two albums. First, an album that was released just four years ago, and the other one was from 17 years ago. That was quite long but it has been one of the best hip-hop releases during 1990s.

Gavin Degraw- Sweeter
Four years ago when I bumped to this album from Gavin Degraw. The reason why I began to listen to it was because of the top 20 hit “Not Over You”. I love the song for its honesty and of course, its melody. But when I listened to the entire album, I found more jewels in it. There are lots of great songs in the album that many haven’t heard. The album consisted of pop/rock tunes and blue eyed soul. Gavin’s voice is excellent and I do think he is one of the most talented musicians. It’s just that he’s too underrated and I do believe he deserves more success.
I haven’t purchased the album, but I listened to it somewhere. When I subscribed to Spotify, it’s one of the albums that I downloaded and has been listening to it from time to time.
Some of the notable tracks were: “You Know Where I’m At” (a beautiful ballad that reaches the soul); “Soldier” (every time I hear this song, it makes me want to reminisce); “Not Over You”(the song that took me to this album, though you can hear the Ryan Tedder formula with the record); and “Spell it Out” (sometimes it is good to end an album with ballad if it sounds like this one).
Rating: 8.75 out of 9

Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
It was 17 years ago when this hip-hop record came out and became one of the best selling albums during that time. This album from Lauryn Hill was her first record after The Fugees, her group who previously (then) scored a very successful album “The Score”.
It was nice to herean album without explicit themes. The album which talked about her personal life, relationships, the society and spiritual made it an exceptional album. It is gem in hip-hop music with its classic sound.
Notable tracks: “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (a fusion of upbeat hip-hop and doo wop with infectious horn instruments); “To Zion” (a very nice collaboration with Carlos Santana as he plays the guitar along with the soulful voice of Lauryn); “Ex-Factor” (a ballad which showcased the power and soul of her vocals); and “Nothing Even Matters” (her voice and D’Angelo’s were perfect combination).
Rating: 9 out of 10