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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (1995-1999)

In music, there are different kinds of styles that are often followed by other artists. As it becomes a trend, new artist will come out in the same genre or style, or even established artists follow suit.

From 1995-1999, there are a lot changes in mainstream music world. Pop music has been dominating the era as new artists came out and putting those established artists behind. Here are some of the trends and cliches from 1995 to 1999.

Female rockers
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette dominated the record sales off her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”. With her success, other female artists doing pop/rock released some records. Sheryl Crow may had success with her debut album, but it was just a light album. Her second album sounded edgier apparently in her song “If It Makes You Happy”. On late 1997, Natalie Imbruglia released her first album “Left Off the Middle, and her 1998 single “Big Mistake” sounds like an Alanis song.

Different boybands existed like mushrooms from 1995-1999. Some bands though, failed to attain success. The most popular boyband this era was Backstreet Boys, while in Europe and Asia, Boyzone and others, did well too. In 1999, Irish boyband Westlife scored 3 UK number one hits which led to further successes. NSYNC achieved success in 1999 especially in US.

Girl Power phrase / Girl groups
British girl pop group Spice Girls became the most relevant artist during this era which their success was compared to The Beatles. However, the group took hiatus too early after Geri bidded goodbye. Girl power remains a relevant phrase until now. Girl groups though became a trend too. We heard and seen another UK girl group All Saints. Despite their edgy sound, they followed the Spice Girls as the second top girl group at that time, eventhough the Spice’s success was miles apart from them. Other girl groups who had short success were She Moves, Solid Harmonie, etc.

Movie Soundtrack Hits
Songs from a motion picture has become a trend in 1998 after Celine Dion’s hit from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”. Other soundtrack hits whicg followed suit were Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from “City of Angels”, Marc Anthony and Tina Arena “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which became second most successful soundtrack in 1999.

Teen female stars
In 1999, we saw the success of Britney Spears from her album and singles. She eventually became one of the biggest female artist of all-time. After her success, Christina Aguilera topped the charts worldwide too. Then we saw the birth in music of Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Latin music
Latin music became a trend again as we saw Ricky Martin climbs the chart in 1998, and popularity heightened in 1999 with his first English album. We also the success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. All of these three artists achieved success with millions of records sold.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 November 7, 2015

A usual Saturday for me since tonight airs another episode of Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2. The show just camera quite late due to the finale episodes of Pinoy Big Brother and that the grand winners were already announced.

The show started with the impersonation of Melai Cantiveros as actres, formerly recording artist and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos. Everybody laughed as she’s entered. She’s always nailing it doing her impersonation.

Here are the five performers tonight:

Denise Laurel as Gloria Estefan
Denise had gone Latina tonight as the Queen of Latin Music Gloria Estefan. The song “Conga” was quite difficult to sing due to its fast paced chorus. She did a good job but it’s quite obvious that she is trying to chase the music which she came first before she should. The look though was perfect even just make up without prosthetics. I still find it a fun performance especially in stanzas and the way she duplicated Gloria’s moves.

KZ Tandingan asTina Turner
It maybe the second time that Tina Turner was impersonated but with different songs. During the first season, Nyoy Volante copied her with the song “Proud Mary” while this time, KZ sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It”. The performance was great from vocals to gestures and facial expressions. The performance ended up with standing ovation from Jed Madela and Sharon Cuneta.

Myrtle Sarosa as Britney Spears
Myrtle turned into the pop princess then, Britney Spears. She sang and danced “I’m a Slave for You” , which she performed pretty well from her voice, choreography and with that snake stuff which Britney did during the VMA’s. Even Britney fans will surely like the performance.

Sam Concepcion as Mandy Moore
Sam again became a woman as young singer then Mandy Moore. It was good but not as I expected. He did very well when he became Janet Jackson but this performance was quite mediocre. The makeup to her eyes is also lacking, as well as her lips which is one of her identifying marks.

Kakai Bautista as Eva Eugenio
After doing well last week as Eva Eugenio, Kakai turned into jukebox singer Eva Eugenio. It seems she is doing consitently as she almost duplicated Eva Eugenio from vocals to her looks.

My rankind for tonight’s perfornances were:
1. Myrtle Sarosa
2. KZ Tandingan
3. Kakai Bautista
4. Denise Laurel
5. Sam Concepcion

Three more artists will perform tomorrow as well as the winner this week.

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