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Album’s Singles Review: “Music Box” by Mariah Carey

Music Box (album)
With Mariah Carey’s success over her albums “Mariah Carey”, “Emotions” and the live album “MTV unplugged”, she came back with this third studio album of her which was “Music Box”. In this album, Mariah poured in her heart and emotions with those ballads, and the few upbeat tunes. The album actually became her biggest seller ever, and all her first album which made her a legitimate worldwide superstar.

“Dreamlover” was the first single from Mariah Carey’s third studio album “Music Box”. It sounded more on pop with a twist of R&B on it. It became a worldwide top 10 hit, while in the US, it was her longest chart-topper at that time and her 7th top number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

“Hero” had became the second single from the album “Music Box” by Mariah Carey. It was a pop R&B ballad, which Mariah released such an inspirational song like this. The song again became a top 10 hit internationally, while it did better in United States by which it became her 8th number 1 hit there.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Without You
“Without You” has been the third single released internationally for the album “Music Box”. It was Mariah Carey’s cover song original by the band Badfinger. The song became an international number 1 hit, while it peaked at number 3 in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Never Forget You
“Never Forget You” is actually the B-side single by Mariah Carey for the song “Without You”. It was a slow R&B song which showcased soulful vocals of Mariah.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Anytime You Need a Friend
“Anytime You Need a Friend” became the last single of the album “Music Box” by Mariah Carey. It is a pop R&B ballad but sounded notable with gospel tune. It went tp the top 10 and top 20 internationally.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia.
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Music 10 M’s: Madonna to Meghan Trainor

1. Madonna
She is the Queen of Pop and she is one of the successful singers with name starts with M. She had multi-platinum albums and singles and among the biggest selling artists of all time. One of her familiar songs was “Vogue”

2. Mama
It is a song by the Spice Girls from their first album “Spice”  It was released alongside “Who Do You Think You Are” as a single. I love the song because it is dedicated to our mothers.

3. Mambo No. 5
This is a popular song by Lou Bega back in late 1990s. Well, Lou Bega sounds like a womanizer in this songs which mentioned a lot of ladies’ names.

4. Missundaztood
The album of Pink in 2001. It is a departure from the R&B music she did on her first album and has gone to more pop rock sounds.

5. Mariah Carey
She is one of the best voices in music because of her range and good techniques. She aas also one of the biggest selling artists in music.

6. Miss E..  So Addictive
This is an album by Missy Elliot way back in 2001. It featured the hit single called “Get Ur Freak On”, one of his known hit songs.

7. Mandy
Yeah, it is a name of a lady. However, it is also a song recorded by Barry Manilow. It was also recorded by Irish boyband Westlife more than 10 years ago.

8. Matchbox 20
They were one of the popular bands in America. They also had two “M” albums, which were “Mad Season by Matchbox 20” and “More Than You Think You Are”.

9. Marry Me
This is a romantic song by Train which was often used when proposing to a girl. There’s also a song by Jason Derulo called “Marry Me”, but an entirely different genre.

10. Meghan Trainor
She was one of the hot breakthrough artists recently. She popularized the hit songs “All About That Bass” and the upbeat track “Lips Are Movin'”.

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Music 10 B’s: Britney Spears to Bleed it Out

1. Britney Spears
She became one of the biggest female artists ever. She had a number of successful singles and can already be considered as a music icon. Her albums sold millions which “… Baby One More Time”, her first single ever, was her most successful.

2. Back at One
It is a R&B ballad by Brian McKnight from the album which is also called “Back at One”. It is a  beautiful track which gave Brian McKnight a top 10 hit in the US.

3. Breakaway
Kelly Clarkson’s second album which became a multiple platinum album. The title track of the record had been a top 10 in the US. I heard an Avril Lavigne influence on the song, as it was re-written by her.

4. Backstreet Boys
They were the biggest selling boyband ever which was based on sales from albums and singles. They were my sister and cousin’s favorite band and I admit not being a fan of them.

5. Break Me Shake Me
One of the tracks and singles released from the album by Savage Garden from their self-titled album. It is a pop rock track with heavier sound.

6. Bubbly
Hearing just the title, it sounds like really bubbly and refreshing. The song which was a song by Colbie Caillat became her biggest hit single ever. It is just a lovely and light song.

7. Boyzone
They were an Irish boyband who became popular with ballads and cover songs. They were one of the biggest groups in the United Kingdom then. I remember when they covered “Words by Bee Gees, which became their first number 1 hit.

8. Bad Romance
One of the most successful tracks by Lady Gaga. Aside from big sales, it was her most viewed video on YouTube too. It was taken from her extended play “The Fame Monster EP”.

9. Butterfly
Mariah Carey’s album which sounds more on R&B and hip-hop. There’s also a track which was released as the second single called “Butterfly”. It is oen of her lovely ballads.

10. Bleed It Out
One of the singles released from Linkin Park’s third studio album “Minutes to Midnight”. I noticed the different sound pf the band in that song.

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Music 10 A’s: Alanis Morissette to Adele

1. Alanis Morissette

I love Alanis Morissette’s music especially with her album “Jagged Little Pill”. It is just a very honest record, and Alanis is a deep songwriter and a good vocalist.

2. Apologize
This is a song from Timbaland with real vocals of Ryan Tedder along with his band One Republic. Melody-wise and story-wise, it’s a good song. No doubt, it became a huge hit song.

3. Always Be My Baby
A song by Mariah Carey during mid-1990’s. American Idol winner David Cook had its own rock version, but Mariah’s version is way better.

4. All Saints
The time they came out, it was like move over Spice Girls. Ther were the new girl band at that time to watch. They became successful, though, not as successful as the Spice Girls. I love their R&B and pop style.

5. All the Right Reasons
Actually, the best selling album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It generated a lot of hits and ny favorite was “Photograph”. Take note, it’s a different song from Ed Sheeran.

6. As Long As You Love Me
It is one of the earliest hits of Backstreet Boys in 1997. It was a pop song, and my cousin and sister loves it because they were Backstreet Boys fans. Justin Bieber had an “As Long As You Love Me” song as well, but a totally different song.

7. Aqua
Going back to the second half of 1990’s, that was the time when Danish group Aqua became popular. Surely, a lot danced with their hits like “Barbie Girl” and “Doctor Jones.

8. Always
Bon Jovi’s hit songs back in early 1990’s. It is a rock ballad which was one of their most notable hits. I always thought its title was “Romeo was Bleeding”. Lol!

9. America
Not referring to the country, rather, the band America. Surely, they based theor name with their country. I like their hit “Horse With No Name”, which was sampled by MIchael Jackson in a song, likewise Janet Jackson for her “Someone to Call My Lover” song. I always hear their music as my brother had a CD of them.

10. Adele
She is actually one of the best vocalist and most successful singer at this time. Well, her “25” LP just became the fastest selling album.

Video from YouTube / AdeleVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “Mariah Carey” by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey became huge with her self titled first album. The record has beautiful soulful R&B songs with gospel stuff, and others were pop and dance music. The album was successful worldwide. In America, the album went to number 1 with RIAA certifications of 9x platinum.

Vision of Love
“Vision of Love” is a very beautiful ballad which showcased the very beautiful voice of Mariah Carey. The song is an R&B ballad with soul and gospel influence. It has been a hit globally and in the US, it was her first of her string of number hit singles.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Love Takes Time
“Love Takes Time” is another ballad from the album which was Mariah’s second single from the self-titled album. It was a sad song about trying to heal after the pain brought by a lover who left. The song was also a R&B ballad, Mariah was known for. It eventially became a huge hit for Mariah in America, which the song was her second number 1. However, it wasn’t that an international hit registering at low positions. It became a big hit in Asian radio.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Mariah Carey went upbeat this time through “Someday” the song might be fast, but it never compromised Mariah’s vocals. The upbeat song became her third American number 1 hit. However, in some countries, it failed to hit the charts. It was also a bigger hit in Asia.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

I Don’t Wanna Cry
“I Don’t Wanna Cry” was released as the last official US single from the album. The track is somewhat a heartbreak song. It is a R&B ballad similar to her first two singles. It eventually became her fourth US number 1 hit single, buy underperformed in some countries.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

There’s Got to Be a Way
“There’s Got to Be a Way” was the last single from “Mariah Carey” and the song has its social message. It was like her own version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”. The song received limited release.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / MariahCareyVEVO

Female Singers with Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Mariah Carey / Miley Cyrus

Mariah Carey

United States- Mariah Carey is among the most successful solo artists in American music history. Her albums went multi-platinum and she scored a total of six number 1 albums. It startef with her self-titled debut album “Mariah Carey” which was certified 9x platinum. It was followed by her third and fourth studio albums “Music Box” and “Daydream” which was both certified 10x platinum by RIAA. “Butterfly” followed which was 5x platinum. She flopped with her succeeding albums but came back at number 1 with “The Emancipation of Mimi”, and “E=MC2”. Despite some of her albums not reaching number 1, but most of them went multi-platinum particularly her Christmas album, her compilation “#1s”, “Emotions” and more.
United Kingdom- Mariah Carey only scored two number 1 albums in United Kingdom. Those were her third album “Music Box” and fourth studio album “Daydream”. However, shr had lots of top ten albums and went either platinum and multi-platinum. “The Emancipation of Mimi” album which only peaked at number 7 successfully sold well with 2x platinum certification from BPI.

Miley Cyrus
United States- Miley Cyrus became very popular in the US both as Hannah Montana and being herself, Miley Cyrus. She scored three number 1 albums as Hannah Montana with soundtracks “Hannah Montana”, her second with “Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus” (her introductory as Miley Cyrus”, and “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. Her albums as Miley Cyrus which went to number 1 were “Breakout” and “Bangerz”. These albums of her went platinum to double or triple platinums. Some of her Hannah Montana albums and Miley Cyrus records went top 10.
United Kingdom- As Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus never scored a number 1 album in United Kingdom. However, most of these albums went to top 10. Being Miley Cyrus, she only scored one number 1 album with her last release “Bangerz”. Some of her albums went to top 10 to. Miley Cyrus has gone Gold Record to Platinum with her albums.

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

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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

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Battle of Same Song Title: Mariah Carey vs Enrique Iglesias / Bryan Adams vs Whitney Houston

Two divas are battling with two male singers, in the two battles. Let’s check who wins below:

Mariah Carey vs Enrique Iglesias

This “Hero” song of Mariah Carey has been one of her most popular and one of her numerous number one singles in the US. It was also a hit in several countries. It is an inspirational song which inspired many and often sang in singing competitions. It was covered by some artists too.

Enrique Iglesias had his “Hero” song too. However, it is not about being heroic to some people, rather, about being a hero for the girl you love” It was a big hit after reaching number one worldwide and top 5 in some countries including a number 3 peak in the US.

Mariah Carey- Hero
Melody and Lyrics- 4.25 / Success- 3.5= 7.75

Enrique Iglesias- Hero
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 4.25= 8.0

Winner: Enrique Iglesias won against Mariah Carey with a small gap in this “Hero” song battle.

Bryan Adams vs Whitney Houston
“Run To You”

Bryan Adam’s “Run to You” is one of his earliest hits. The rock song went to the top 10 in the US while it failed the top ten in UK as it settled at number 11. The song though is about infidelity, like choosing the other woman over the real partner. Not a good message for me.

Whitney Houston had this track from her “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album as a released single. It had charted moderately in the charts but it was a very recognized Whitney Houston song. It is one of the most sang Whitney Houston songs in singing competitions. It is a love song in R&B and pop mood.

Bryan Adams- Run to You
Melody and Lyrics- 1.75 / Success- 3.0= 4.75

Whitney Houston- Run to You
Melody and Lyrics- 2.5 / Success- 3.0= 5.5

Winner: Whitney Houston is taking the champ for “Run to You” battle against Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

Credits: Wikipedia / YouTube
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10 Songs With “Bye”/”Goodbye”

One of the hardest thing to hear from your loved ones is the word “Bye” or “Goodbye”. We had heard a lot of songs using that word which were really sad songs. Here are some of the songs with “bye or “goodbye” in its title:

Mariah Carey- Bye Bye
This song was co-written by Mariah for her father who already passed away, as well as her other loved ones. It was also dedicated to those who had lost their loved ones and I can relate to this song as I lost my parents too. The song performed moderately in the charts which had a high note in the US reaching the top 20.

Spice Girls- Goodbye
Months after Geri Halliwell, known as Ginger Spice, left the Spice Girls, this song was released and was intended for Geri. It was a successful single as it hit the top of the charts, including United Kingdom.

James Blunt- Goodbye My Lover
This is such a sad song when you are losing your lover. The song performed well in some countries after reaching the top 10 particularly in Europe.

NSYNC- Bye, Bye, Bye
When you are being fooled by your lover and manipulating, then tell them “bye, bye, bye”. The song has been a hit worldwide peaking inside the top 10.

Michelle Branch- Goodbye to You
Another sad song saying “goodbye” to the one you love. The song became Michelle Branch’s third consecutive hit as it reached the top 25.

Boyz II Men- It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
When what you have about your former lover is just a memory, and you don’t want to say “goodbye” from it. The song then became a number two hit in the US.

Celine Dion- I Love You Goodbye
Saying “goodbye” to someone you love because you know you can give the love back that person deserves and will hurt him/her. The song was not released as an official single in major charts but performed well in the Philippines.

Madonna- The Power of Goodbye
When you have that feeling of being hurt, it’s the feeling you’ll get when saying “goodbye” to that person you’d loved. The song became a hit in several countries worldwide.

Celine Dion- Goodbye’s the Saddest Word
When you have deep love for someone, like your mother, hearing “goodbye” from her will be the saddest word you’ll hear. I felt it when my mother said it. The song performed modestly in the charts.

Atomic Kitten- The Last Goodbye
Do you know the feeling of hearing the last “goodbye”, it would be hard. The song reached number two in UK charts and did well in other territories.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2005-2009)

There were a lot of changes in music from 2005-2009. As noticed, there were a lot of newcomers, trends has significantly changed as well as decline of CD or album sales.

British female soul singers
Any Winehouse achieved more success in her 2006 second album “Back to Black”, while another soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae became successful with her debut album after her successful single ” Put Your Records On”. Another soul singer, Duffy, achieved worldwide success with her album “Rockferry” and became the top selling artist in 2008 in UK. Adele also debuted that same year but achieved more success with her second album.

Rise of digital and single downloads
Digital sales increased during this era and we saw the rise of singles downloads. Downloads are now included to eligible to chart in music charts.

Drop of album sales
With the rise of digital downloads, album sales went down continually. This era, no albums released ever reached 20 million in sales.

Electronic Dance Music
In 2009, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was seen to rise. David Guetta achieved successes after the hit single “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland on vocals. Lady Gaga’s sound became popular as well, thus, opening the path for dance music on the rise.

Disney princesses
This is the era when Disney princesses debuted in music industry. Miley Cyrus became successful with her Hannah Montana TV show as well as the film and soundtracks. She reached number 1 with her introductory LP “Breakout”. Other Disney stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, had their first albums to Billboard top 10.

Musicals on TV and movies
Disney released a TV film “High School Musical” which became a phenomenon, It had its sequel again on TV, while the last part was a movie released on theaters. The soundtrack albums became big sellers too. In 2009, musical show “Glee” became successful in ratings while records sales sold millions too.

American Idol winners
After Kelly Clarkson’s success, Americal Idol continued to break the ratings game. Carrie Underwood achieved successes and became one of the top country artists. Other AI winners achieved limited success.

Girl groups
Two notable girl groups who broke album sales this era, Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. The former though became the most successful female group at that time.

Successful comeback
We saw Mariah Carey’s successful comeback with “Emancipation of Mimi” after 2 flop albums. Madonna went back on top again after “American Life” performed modestly. Her “Confessions on a Dance Floor” became a top seller. Justin Timberlake’s long awaited second album became one of the best selling albums during this era.

Some facts from Wikipedia