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Album’s Singles Review: “Overexposed” by Maroon 5



Overexposed (album)
With the lesser success of their previous album “Hands All Over”, Maroon 5 had released “Overexposed” as their follow-up album. The album’s sound is still the usual pop and rock, however, you can hear more pop sound in this record. The album was a global hit and did better than the previous album. It went to number 2 both in United States and United Kingdom, and has received awards for certifications.

Payphone (ft. Wiz Khalifa)
“Payphone” has been released as the carrier single for “Overexposed” by Maroon 5. It is a pop song which sounds different what they usually did before, and it shows that the re-branding was effective. It became a globally successful single and it reached number 2 on Billboard Hot 100. It was their first number 1 single in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

One More Night
“One More Night” was released as the second single of the album “Overexposed”. The song is a catchy pop track which you can sense the reggae sound on it. It became a pop formula for the band. It reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks and was a hit globally too.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

 

Daylight
“Daylight” became the third single off “Overexposed”. It is a pop rock song which can be a good song for Coldplay because of its sound. The song just sounds like a sad song with its lyrics. It turned out to be the band’s third top 10 hit in the United States when it reached number 7.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Love Somebody
“Love Somebody” was the final release off the hit album “Overexposed”. It was an upbeat dance pop track which sounds new for the band. The single became the fourth top 10 track from the album in the US. They became one of the rare bands to score four top 10 singles from an album.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Maroon5VEVO



Album’s Singles Review: “Hands All Over” by Maroon 5

Hands All Over (album)
Maroon 5 already scored success over their previous albums “Songs About Jane” and “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. They released their third album “Hands All Over”. It sounded like their debut album with rock, pop rock, soul, and funk music. It went to number 2 in US albums chart and gone platinum by RIAA.

Misery
“Misery” has been the first single from the album “Hands All Over”. The song sounds pop rock with funk influences. It is a sad story of about living in a miserable relationship. The single was a moderate hit for a carrier single. It reached number 14 on Billboard Hot 100, and just at number 30 in UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Give a Little More
“Give a Little More” was the second single for “Hands All Over”. As you listen to the song, it is evidently an upbeat funky song, with such seductive vocals from Adam Levine. I first listened to the song after being performed by Phillip Phillips on one of his performances on American Idol as a contestant, which he sang it in a slower register. The song haven’t got a wide release as it was released in limited territories. It reached number 86 in the US.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Never Gonna Leave This Bed
“Never Gonna Leave This Bed” was the third single from “Hands All Over”. It is a pop rock track similar to their old pop rock sound. The song received more widespread release compared to the previous single. It went to number 55 in United States, and was considered the second single in Asia as it was widely heard.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Moves Like Jagger (ft. Christina Aguilera)
“Moves Like Jagger” was the final single for the album “Hands All Over”. It was funky song which the guys re-recorded with Christina Aguilera. It can be credited for the additional big sales of the album. The song has somewhat sexual undertones on its lyrics. It became their biggest hit ever for reaching number 1 worldwide and a reported sales by IFPI of 15 million.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC/ Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Maroon5VEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” by Maroon 5

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
“It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” was released as the sophomore album by Maroon 5 after the huge success of their debut album “Songs About Jane”. This time, the album has songs with funk, pop, soul and of course their sound, pop rock. The album became a hit when it was released reaching the top 10 in several countries. In US and UK, it reached number 1 and was certified 2x platinum by RIAA and platinum by BPI.

Makes Me Wonder
“Makes Me Wonder” was released to carry the album “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. The song has different sound as it was funk influenced. The single aboyt failed relationship became a global smash reaching top 10 and number 1 in a number of countries. It peaked at number 1 in US, and number 2 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Wake Up Call
“Wake Up Call” was released as the second single for “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. The song is pop rock slightly similar to “This Love”. The song charted in numerous charts but peaked inside the top 20 in United States where it sold millions.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Won’t Go Home Without You
“Won’t Go Home Without You” became the third single off “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. The song reminds me of their hit “She Will Be Loved”. The single may have charted in several countries but it peaked at lower position than their previous singles. It reached number 48 in the US.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

If I Never See Your Face Again (with Rihanna)
“If I Never See Your Face Again”was the the fourth single of “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. The song featured Rihanna on the re-released version which was eventually added to the re-issue of “Good Girl Gone Bad”. The song is a combination of pop rock and R&B as ut was performed by two different artists. It charted in several countries including US and peaked at top 30 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Goodnight Goodnight
“Goodnight Goodnight” was the final release from “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. It has been one of my favorite Maroon 5 single. It received limited release in some countries.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Bands With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Linkin Park / Maroon 5 / Paramore / Coldplay

Linkin Park
United States- Linkin Park is one of the biggest bands in America since 2000. In total, the band has scored a total of 5 number one albums. They even had total of 10 albums to reach top 10, including live albums, remixes, and extended plays. The number 1 albums were “Meteora”, (their fastest seller), Minutes to Midnight”, “Collision Course” (extended play with Jay-Z), “A Thousand Suns”, and “Living Things”. However, their biggest seller was “Hybrid Theory” which peaked at second and certified 10x platinum as reported by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Linkin Park was successful in United Kingdom too. They had scored three number 1 albums there, and the rest went top 10. Those albums were “Meteora”, “Minutes to Midnight”, and “Living Things”. Their biggest seller in UK was the number-4 peaking “Hybrid Theory” which reached 5x platinum by BPI.

Maroon 5
United States- Maroon 5 did very well with their albums in US. They had scored two number 1 albums with “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” and the recent “V”. They had 2 more albums which reached number 2, while “Songs About Jane” only reached number 6. Nevertheless, it was their biggest selling album there when it reached 5x platinum RIAA certified.
United Kingdom- Maroon 5’s first two albums went to number 1, “Songs About Jane” (their biggest seller for reaching 6x platinum) and the platinum seller “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”, certifications from BPI. The other albums went to top 5.

Paramore
United States- Paramore did very well in the US. They reached numbet 1 with their self-titled album. The band went to number 2 with “Brand New Eyes”.
United Kingdom- Paramore has dominated the UK albums chart twice. Those albums were “Brand New Eyes” and “Paramore”, the self-titled album.

Coldplay
United States- Coldplay is one of the biggest selling bands in United States since 2000. They had scored four number 1 albums there. They first hit number 1 with “X&Y”, followed by “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends”, “Mylo Xyloto”, and the last one was “Ghost Stories”. Their current album reached number 2 with “A Head Full of Dreams”. Their biggest seller was “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, which went number 5 and was certified 4x platinum by RIAA.
United Kingdom- Coldplay is the biggest British band ever since 2000. All of their 7 albums went to number 1. It started with “Parachutes”. Their second album “A Rush of Blood to the Head” became their biggest selling record with 9x platinum by BPI. “X&Y” also went 9x platinum. While other subsequent number albums were “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends”, “Mylo Xyloto”, “Ghost Stories”, and their current album “A Head Full of Dreams”.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Fueled by Ramen

Album’s Singles Review: Maroon 5 “Songs About Jane”

Maroon 5 rose to success via this debut album of them “Songs About Jane”. The album’s genre consists of pop rock, alternative, and blue eyed soul as heard from the official singles released. It went on to be one of the biggest sellers of 2004 after hitting the charts with hit singles contributing to the album’s success. It was a top 10 album in the US and had gone 5x platinum certified by RIAA, while it was a bigger hit in United Kingdom where it reached number 1.

Harder to Breathe
The first time I heard about the band through “Harder to Breathe” which sounded harder,  but I mistake the vocalist as female upon hearing from the radio because of feminine voice of Adam Levine. The song charted in many countries including US and UK, where it went to the top 20.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

This Love
After the heavy sound of “Harder to Breathe”, the band went lighter in this pop rock song “This Love”. The song gave more popularity for the band as it became one of the biggest songs of 2004 and helped propel their album reach its heights as it went top 10 worldwide.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

She Will Be Love
“She Will Be Love” can be credited with the success of their album “Songs About Jane” as it was the second most successful single from the record behind “This Love”. The song is slighty slower than their previous single. It was also a top ten hit worldwide.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Sunday Morning
“Sunday Morning” is a song which gives a relaxing ambience when played in the background with its blue-eyed soul influenced tune. It was a top 40 hit in the US.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Must Get Out
The song is such a sad song about a relationship in a tough period. The song was the most underrated single from the album.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / Maroon5VEVO

Battle of Same Song Title: Lionel Ritchie vs Adele / Maroon 5 vs Robin Schulz

This is such an interesting battle of same song titles because the two song titles were in one word. The two song titles has been seen in social media lately as well as in YouTube.

Lionel Ritchie vs Adele
“Hello”
Lionel Ritchie came out with this song, “Hello”, about thirty years ago. The song was a huge hit then and it reached number one in Billboard Hot 100. Recently, during the Grammy Awards which there’s a tribute for his contribution in music, Demi Lovato performed the song. It was a good version of hers though.

 

Adele is breaking music records via her third album “25”. The album’s carrier single “Hello” broke records too as a fast selling downloaded single and fastest tp reach a billion views on YouTube. The heartbreaking song went to number one worldwide, which of course included her native land United Kingdom, and the US charts where it stayed on top for 10 weeks.

Verdict:
Lionel Ritchie- Hello
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 4.0 = 7.75

Adele- Hello
Melody and Lyrics- 4.0 / Success- 4.75 = 8.75

Winner: Both had high points, but Adele still takes the lead of 1.0 in this “Hello” battle.

 

Maroon 5 vs Robin Schulz
“Sugar”
Maroon 5 came out last year with this funky and catchy song “Sugar”. The music video was notable for secretly crashing and performing in weddings. Though, it was claimed by many that it’s not real and scripted. The song was very successful worldwide reaching the top ten in many countries and sold millions. YouTube views even reached over a billion.

 

Robin Schulz came out with this song a few months after Maroon 5’s. But they were not the same song as Robin is a DJ who produced the song while the vocals was provided by Francesco Yates. The song went to number one in some countries, thus, it also charted in US and UK but at at lower position.

Verdict:
Maroon 5- Sugar
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 4.25 = 7.75

Robin Schulz ft. Francesco Yates- Sugar
Melody and Lyrics- 2.75 / Success- 3.75 = 6.5

Winner: It is clear that Maroon 5 won the battle for “Sugar” songs.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

Videos from YouTube

Battle of Same Song Titles: No Doubt vs Maroon 5 / Eminem vs Ingrid Michaelson

In these battles, the first one is like not just the battle of same song titles rather a battle of two bands. While other one was from a rapper and a folk pop singer. Check them below:

No Doubt vs Maroon 5
“Sunday Morning”
No Doubt just reached the height of their career then in mainstream music world through “Don’t Speak” and “Tragic Kingdom” album. This song is one of the succeeding singles of the LP and had limited success failing to reach the top 40. It is about the breakup of Gwen to her bandmate and then boyfriend Tony Kanal.

This is the last official single off Maroon 5’s first album “Songs About Jane”. It was less successful than preceeding releases but it charted within top 40 in many countries it charted. It became successful here in the Philippines. The song has undertones in its lyrics.

Verdict:
No Doubt- Sunday Morning
Melody and Lyrics- 3.0 / Success- 2.25 = 5.25

Maroon 5- Sunday Morning
Melody and Lyrics-3.25 / Success- 2.75= 6.0

Winner: With few points, Maroon 5 still won against No Doubt in this “Sunday Morning” battle.

Eminem vs Ingrid Michaelson
“The Way I Am”

This song was released at the height of Eminem in controversy due to his lyrics in his songs for dissing and slamming other personalities. The song tells about him and story, thus, should be understood. It was a top ten hit in some territories then, but moderately successful in the US.

This is one of the hits of Ingrid Michaelson which hit the US top 40. Her sound wasn’t too mainstream which is folk pop and wasn’t released in many countries. But the song sounds too sweet along with Ingrid’s beautiful and simple voice.

Verdict:
Eminem- The Way I Am
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.25= 6.5

Ingrid Michaelson- The Way I Am
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Succsss- 2.25= 6.0

Winner: Eminem won “The Way I Am” battle with a small gap.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard

Videos from YouTube

Songs that are more popular on YouTube than as a single- 1(Billion views)

There were a stockpile of music videos which billion/s of views. However, there are songs which became more popular on YouTube than as a single itself. Here are some of them that I had compiled in this list.

Psy- Gangnam Style
This song became a huge international hit worldwide and the biggest K-Pop song ever. However, it can still be considered as a bigger YouTube hit than as a single. Why? The success of the song can be attributed to its YouTube success. As it went viral on YouTube, it has become a craze. And the total views? It is more than 2.5 billion and remains the most viewed video ever.

Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris- Baby
The video of “Baby” once held the record for the most viewed video on YouTube. Right now, it was overtaken by a number of videos and was taken off from top 5. Then why it is a bigger YouTube hit than as a single? It may have sold millions but it neither reached number in UK and US. It topped the charts in some countries though, and top 10 in most countries. Views exceeded 1.29 billion.

Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona- Bailando
Enrique Iglesias has been successful both in English and Spanish market. This song may have been a big hit in Spanish market, but not as huge in English markets. In US, it failed to reach the top 10. While in UK, it barely cracked the top 75, whereas in YouTube, it reached 1.26 billion views. Well, it is one among Billion Views Club.

Sia- Chandelier
This song has been a sleeper hit in the charts, but it only went to number one in few countries.Still, it reached the top 10 in majority of countries in entered. But it was a bigger hit on YouTube when it reached 1.11 billion in views.

Maroon 5- Sugar
This is one of the most memorable music video last year. It has been a huge single too, but not a number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 and UK charts. It went to top 10 in several territories though. Views was stellar though as it reached more than 1.02 billion.

Credits to YouTube / Wikipedia

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (Since 2010)

Since 2010, there are a lot of changes in music industry and we also witnessed how album sales went down. Though, we saw the success and record breaking success of Adele as the most successful artist in this era. Here are some of the trends and cliches in music industry since 2010:

Electronic dance music (EDM)
Electronic dance music continued to dominate all the genres. We heard successful records from David Guetta, Avicci, Calvin Harris, Zedd, and a lot more. Even most pop stars and even R&B singers sung a lot of dance music, showing how popular the genre is. Some of them were Rihanna, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Usher, and a lot more.

Music crossover to pop
There were a lot of artists who changed or tried other genres which led to their notable success, though some did not succeed. Maroon 5 may already had pop hits before 2010, however, they became full time pop band with their 2012 album “Overexposed” and their recent “V”. Taylor Swift is the most successful in crossing over to pop. She gave a taste of pop tunes in her partly pop, partly country album “Red”. With her latest album “1989”, she became a fully-pledged pop star.

Formerly teen stars going sexy
There were a lot young stars before 2010 who took the “good girl, gone bad” route. Miley Cyrus became the most controversial who went naked in “Wrecking Ball”, magazine covers, parties and the raunchy performance on VMA 2013. Selena Gomez also went naked in her current album cover “Revival” and music video. Demi Lovato also went sexier on her new album “Confident”.

Million selling first week
It seems the phenomenon during first half of 2000s is happening since 2010 despite the sales are going down with albums. Taylor Swift has the most nunber of albums to reach the million threshold. Her third studip release “Speak Now” reached over 1.04 million on its first week according to Soundscan. Her fourth album “Red” sold higher with 1.21 million, while her recent and current album exceeded 1.28 million. But the recordbreaker and fastest among all was Adele’s “25”, which exceeded 3.38 million.

Soundtracks
Soundtrack albums did well since 2010. “Frozen” is the most successful which became very successful in 2014. Other successful soundtracks were “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, “Furious 7”, “Glee” albums, and a lot more.

Retro music
It seems retro and old music is incorporated in music of some pop stars. Meghan Trainor is known for her pop, soul and doo wop sound on her “Title” album. Charlie Puth incorporated Motown sound on his music, and the 80’s sound on Carly Rae Jepsen’s sound on her “Emotions” LP.

Surprise releases of albums
Beyonce broke record for releasing surprise album and went to number 1 with massive sales. Other artists followed suit which included Drake.

Credits to Wikipedia, Billboard, Soundscan

10 Songs With “Call”

There had been a lot of songs with “call”. Recently, there’s this song which became viral and eventually became a huge hit. When it comes to “call”, it often pertains to a phone call. But not every “call” song is not about phone calls.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe
Seeing a guy you like and giving your number to him, and “call” her maybe! Well, this song has been viral which led to become one of the biggest songs during the recent years. It has been number in most of the countries worldwide.

Blondie- Call Me
Debbie Harry wants to be “called” by that guy she loves. Well, this so has became the band’s biggest hit worldwide reaching a notable number one position in the US and UK.

Alicia Keys- How Come You Don’t Call Me
Ever wonder why the one you love stopped “calling” you? Sing this song to him or her, which originally sung by the iconic Prince, which had Hot 100 success with Keys’ version.

Chingy- One Call Away
Not to be mistaken for the song of breakthrough singer Charlie Puth, this rap love song hit the second position in Billboard Hot 100 then.

Macy Gray- Why Didn’t You Call Me
You just met someone and had a good time. But ever wonder why the person didn’t “call” and meet again? That was Macy’s question in this soulful song which was a UK top 40.

Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
A guy may be out of his mind or drunk? Don’t let him “call “you in that situation. Wait till he’s sober. This song became the band’s top 10 comeback worldwide.

Madison Avenue- Don’t Call Me Baby
Ever taken for granted by a guy or a girl? Then tell them not to “call” you “baby” again. This dance song went to UK number one in early 2000s.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Needing a friend? Charlie Puth will come to the rescue like Supean with just a “call” away. This song is currently hitting the waves.

Janet Jackson and Nelly- Call on Me
Lovers always wants to be called by each other. That’s why this “call” tandem by the singer and the rapper went to the top 30 in several countries.

Maroon 5- Wake Up Call
What if your wake up call is seeing the one you love with another person in bed? That would be heartbreaking. This song went to Billboard top 20.

Some Facts from Wikipedia