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Album’s Singles Review: Fergie “The Dutchess”

Fergie took the chance for a solo career from just being a Black Eyed Pea. She started through her first solo album “The Dutchess”. The album was co-produced by her friend and fellow member of Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am. It was loaded with R&B, pop, hip-hop tunes, as well as reggae in a certain song. It was a very successful output for a solo artist from a group, as it was multi-platinum in the US and platinum in many countries. It also scored multiple hits worldwide.

London Bridge
Don’t mistake Fergie’s “London Bridge” to a nursery rhyme as its theme is sexual. The song sounds like “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani, as many critics noticed too, though I admit, it sounds catchy. It still became a worldwide hit, particularly in America where it reached number 1, and top 3 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Fergalicious
“Fergalicious” is a good follow-up single for Fergie after “London Bridge”. It sounds catchier than her first single, though there’s similarity with the song “Supersonic”. I found similarities too with “My Humps”. It was a hit after reaching number 2 at the Hot 100 in the US.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Glamorous (ft. Ludacris)
Upon hearing “Glamorous”, it reminded me of Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious”, since “London Bridge” is similar to “Hollaback Girl”. However, the two songs has different themes. “Glamorous” is a downtempo R&B hip-hop song, which was a hit being Fergie’s third consecutive top 2 hit in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Big Girls Don’t Cry
After urban sound in her first 3 singles, Fergie had gone pop and toned down in this beautiful song. This song can be considered the best track from the album. It went to number 1 in the US as her third, and considered as her biggest hit reaching number one in many countries worldwide.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Clumsy
“Clumsy” is the fifth track released as a single from “The Dutchess, and it also became Fergie’s fifth top 5 hit in America. It is a R&B song with fun meaning.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Finally
“Finally” is a ballad song which was the last release from the album. It was not released worldwide, thus, not making chart position anywhere, except in selected countries it was released.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video: YouTube / FergieVEVO

In Demand Rappers Being Featured a Lot of Times

Rappers are very in demand in misic as their talent is often requested by other artists. They do the rap part and it gives them exposure and of course, rack up some money. There were some rappers who are often requested to contribute rap pieces in some songs and here’s the list of some of these rappers which many of the songs tehy were featured became successful:

Jay-Z
Jay-Z has been one of the most successful rappers especially in terms of total records sold. He is also one of the rappers who has been featured a lot of times. He has been featured in more than 50 released singles, and some of the most successful songs he was featured were 3 singles fron Beyonce, including “Crazy in Love”. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was also highly successful which Jay was also featured.

2 Chainz
2 Chainz is just one of the rappers in the industry for not so long ago. But he’s already featured in a lot of songs with more than 40 by which, the most notable one was “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo.

Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes is one of the 1990’s rapper who still very relevant today. Aside from his hit songs, he has been featured in a lot of songs with more than 20. He’s been featured in big hits like “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls and Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”.

Ludacris
Ludacris has became one of the top rappers since early 2000’s. He’s been featured in a lot of hit songs. He’s been heard in about 50 singles by other artists. In early 2000’s, he’s been featured in Usher’s number 1 single “Yeah!”. He’s also featured twice in Justib Bieber’s singles which one of them is “Baby”.

Puff Daddy / P.Diddy / Diddy
Sean Combs had used a number of pseudonyms as mentioned above and featured in a number of songs by Mariah Carey, The Notorious B.I.G. and others. He was featured more than 30 times in offficial singles.

Drake
Drake is one of the biggest rappers today and he never left the Billboard charts, either his own singles or those he was featured. In a short period of time, he was already heard as a featured artist in more than 50 singles, which included the hit “What’s My Name?” by his rumored girlfriend, Rihanna.

Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott has been one of the most successful female rappers and she’s also being featured in a lot of singles. She may had took a break but she’s back recently with a hit single. She was heard in more than 40 singles which included hits by Mariah Carey and other singers.

Lil Wayne
Among all rappers, Lil Wayne can possibly the most in demand. He’s been featured in more than 100 titles which were released as official singles. Well, he had numerous hits by himself too. It included works with Chris Brown and “Down” by Jay Sean.

Pitbull
Pitbull’s music may be different from other rappers as his sound is not hip-hop. But he was featured several times in different singled. He was partnered a number of times with Jennifer Lopez which included “On the Floor” and in some singles of Chris Brown.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was also a hit rapper in 1990’s and even until now. He had been featured more than 90 times in singles which included songs by Pussycat Dolls and Katy Perry.

Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa was known for his hit “Black and Yellow”, but he was also known for being featured in some singles. One of the most successful singles he was featured is “Payphone” by Maroon 5.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is currently the reigning queen of rap for scoring a number of hit songs by herself. She was also featured in lots of singles ranging at about 50 titles, and included works with David Guetta, Justin Bieber and Madonna.

Credits to Wikipedia

10 Known Songs With “Break”

When we talk about the word “break” in songs, it may be about a heart that was broken, emotionally broken, or anything which pertains to a person’s emotional state. Here are some of the known “break” songs.

Ariana Grande- Break Free
When you are in a controlling relationship like you cannot breath anymore, then this song can be your anthem. Be strong enough to “break” free and you can breath again. The song made it to the top 5 in Billboard Hot 100.

Kelly Clarkson- Breakaway
Dreaming big? Why not let loose and “break” away to be able to reach your dreams? It is time for you to fly. This song managed 6th position in Billboard singles chart.

Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris- Break Your Heart
Trying to tell a girl who likes you that you will only break her heart. Hhhmm. . . Better tell her early. This song infused with synth, R&B and dance became a number one hit.

Mariah Carey- Breakdown
Right after a break-up, this can happen. Mariah just gone through painful separation with ex-hubby, and released this song. It was a hit in Asia back then.

Linkin Park- Breaking the Habit
When we say “breaking” a habit, then that habit is bad. It means, it is worth breaking. The song was a top 40 hit in many countries.

Demi Lovato- Give Your Heart Break
When your heart is broken a number of times, Demi said, you must give your heart a break. You deserve to be happy. Thsi song broke the top 20 in Billboard Hot 100.

Backstreet Boys- I’ll Never Break Your Heart
When you are courting a girl, of course you will tell her that you won’t “break” her heart. But let’s just see. This ballad came from the lads’s first and self-titled albym and was a hit then.

Billy Ray Cyrus- Achy Breaky Heart
It might sound cheesy, but this became a hit from Miley Cyrus’ dad. Well, don’t just break his achy and “breaky” heart.

Britney Spears- Break the Ice
The other person likes you, and you like him/her too, go “break” that ice. This song went to top 10 in other countries.

Savage Garden- Break Me, Shake Me
Getting abused by your partner, then this song fits you for being “broken” and shaken. It became huge in the duo’s home, Australia.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Rap-Sung Collaborations

It started out in the 90s when singers and rappers work together to form a song. A singer may invite a rapper for a rap part of a song or the other way around. Together, they can form a good melody which became a formula for a hit song.

Below is my list of 10 rap-sung collaborations:

10. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love

The couple first collaborated when Destiny’s Child appeared in Jay-Z’s song until the two worked together for “03 Bonnie & Clyde” (not on this list) and finally in this song, “Crazy in Love”. The horn sample dominates the entire song and the rap part is catchy and I can’t think how it’s like without it.

9. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma

Nelly was known for catchy rapping. I mean his way of rapping creates melody especially heard in this song. Kelly Rowland’s part, though, made the song a bigger hit because of its melody.

8. Eminem & Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie

When bad boy rapper meets good girl gone bad singer, it will result to a great collaboration especially in a song about going through a difficult relationship. The huge collaboration resulted into huge success after achieving multi-platinum certification.

7. Fergie ft. Ludacris- Glamorous

What I love about this song is its smooth R&B sound. The rap is good enough to complete the song. Well, it just became Fergie’s second ┬ánumber one hit.

6. Twista ft. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx- Slow Jamz

This became one of the rap/R&B hits in 2004. I liked the song when I first heard it on radio. The sampling of Luther Vandross’ song made it more effective.

5. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- Always on Time

Ja Rule always made effective songs during 2000-2003. Her collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti were the most notable especially this song. Anyway, what made this song a hit was the catchy chorus.

4. Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo

Many of you might think there’s no rapper in this song. Nevertheless, there’s rap part of the song done by Alicia Keys after Usher’s intro. It’s a beautiful mid-tempo love song that’s pleasing to listen to.

3. Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake- Where’s the Love?

Justin may not have been properly credited in this song but the chorus is the life of the song along with its wonderful lyrics. It eventually became huge back in 2003.

2. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule- I’m Real (Remix)

The original version of the song is good but the remix version is better. I love how they sing and rap alternately in every line. It was huge at the charts back then.

1. Mariah Carey ft. ODB- Fantasy (Remix)

This is one of the biggest rap-sung collaboration of 1990s. It was also one of the first remixes of hip-hop and R&B. It proved that rap and singing can be effective in music industry.