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Album’s Singles Review: “Can’t Be Tamed” and “Bangerz” by Miley Cyrus

Can’t Be Tamed (album)
After hit albums and singles including the Hannah Montana records, Miley Cyrus tried to embrace new image which was getting matured through the album “Can’t Be Tamed”. The album is full of pop and and dance pop tunes, which shows she has changed her sound. The album peaked at number 3 on Billboard but with low sales.

Can’t Be Tamed (single)
“Can’t Be Tamed” was the first single from the album with the same title. The song was dance pop with electronic sound on it. It went to the top 10 in United States.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Who Owns My Heart
“Who Owns My Heart” had became the second single off Miley Cyrus’ album “Can’t Be Tamed”. The song is an EDM track, a new musical direction Miley Cyrus has taken. The song charted in just a few countries.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Bangerz (album)
After taking hiatus, Miley Cyrus came back with “Bangerz” which has restored her old fame, though she has thrown her sweet image into something more provocative and outrageous. The album has more on pop, hip-hop, and R&B sound. It became a worldwide hit album for reaching number 1 in a number of charts.

We Can’t Stop
“We Can’t Stop” was the debut single for Miley Cyrus’ comeback album “Bangerz”. She took a different route in music with this song as it is a combination of R&B and pop. The song was a global top 10 hit while it reached number 1 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Wrecking Ball
“Wrecking Ball” has been the second single from Miley Cyrus’ album “Bangers”. It is an emotional ballad which makes it beautiful. However, Miley Cyrus has gone nude on its music video. The song has been a number 1 hit worldwide including US and UK.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Adore You
“Adore You” became the third and last single of Miley Cyrus’ album “Bangerz”. The R&B ballad has gone to number 21 in United States.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

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

Albums Singles Review: “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “The Time of Our Lives (EP)” by Miley Cyrus

Hannah Montana: The Movie (soundtrack album)
Miley Cyrus returned in this soundtrack but this time in a movie and the soundtrack of “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. The album featured her songs as Miley Cyrus and as Hannah Montana. It contains pop and country tracks. The soundtrack went to number 1 in United States.

The Climb
“The Climb” was released to lead the soundtrack of “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. The song has an inspirational and empowering theme in a country pop ballad. It went to number 4 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Hoedown Throwdown
“Hoedown Throwdown” was the second and last single of the soundtrack album of “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. The song is a country pop and merged with hip-hop which doesn’t sound that well. The song went to number 18 in both US and UK.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

The Time of Our Lives (EP)
Miley Cyrus had released an EP after “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack. The extended play contains pop while some with country tunes. The EP was a success reaching number 2 in the United States.

Party in the U.S.A.
“Party in the U.S.A.” has been released to lead the extended play “The Time of Our Lives”. It was a bouncy and catchy pop track that will make you sing with it especially at the part “yeaahhh, yeahhh!”. The song was a success for her especially in United States where it reached number 2.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

When I Look at You
“When I Look at You” was released as the second and final released of the extended play “The Time of Our Lives”. The song is a pop ballad and was also featured for her film “The Last Song”. I love the ballad as it showcased Miley Cyrus’ voice. The song had peaked at number 16 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / Miley Cyrus

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

Video from YouTube / MariahCareyVEVO

Album’ s Singles Review: Miley Cyrus “Meet Miley Cyrus” and “Breakout”

Meet Miley Cyrus (album)
“Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus” is actually the first album of Miley Cyrus to feature her as Miley. Still, the album is still affiliated with “Hannah Montana” show. It contains pop songs with danceable tunes. The album was very successful as went to number 1.

Make Some Noise
“Make Some Noise” is the first release from the soundtrack album which is pop rock with country influences. It entered the Hot 100 charts.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Nobody’s Perfect
“Nobody’s Perfect is a pop song which for me, is better than “Make Some Noise”. The song charted higher at number 27 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Life’s What You Make It
There’s more bubblegum pop sound in this song “Life’s What You Make It”. The song did well in the US when it reached number 25.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

We Got the Party
“We Got the Party” is another pop rock song by Miley which she performed with the Jonas Brothers. The song don’t have much impact on the charts.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

One in a Million
Miley Cyrus covered this song original by a German artist, Sandy Molling. The versionĀ  failed to chart in Hot 100.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

Breakout (album)
“Breakout” is the album of Miley Cyrus being “Miley” and not Hannah Montana. In this album, she deviated to more pop rock sound despite already incorporated that with “Meet Miley Cyrus” and really served as her breakthrough album. It was very successful as it went to number 1 in Billboard Hot 100.

7 Things
“7 Things” is a great breakout song for an artist liek Miley who is trying to transform into a better performer. The pop rock song has become a hit reaching the US top 10, her first not as Hannah Montana.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Breakout
“Breakout” is a pop rock song with dance tune in it. The song was the second single from the album but met with moderate success only reaching number 56 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Fly on the Wall
“Fly on the Wall” has a different sound on it as it is a pop rock song with synth. The song charted in Hot 100 but did better in UK when it reached the top 20.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Videp from YouTube / hollywoodrecords

Battle of Same Song Title: Dream vs Demi Lovato / Miley Cyrus vs Wiz Khalifa

Here are the battle between a girl group and a young female artist, then a young female artist against a rapper with a male singer:

Dream vs Demi Lovato
“This Is Me”

Dream is a successful girl group in the US in 2001. This song was like an introductory of them after the first single “He Loves Me Not”. The single failed to match or even come close to the success of their first single. It only charted in the US where it peaked inside the top ten of Billboard Hot 100.

Demi Lovato sang this song along with Jonas Brothers member Joe Jonas. The song was part of the Disney TV movie “Camp Rock” which achieved success next to “High School Musical” then. The song went to top 10 in the US and has charted in some countries globally.

Verdict:
Dream- This is Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 1.75= 5.0

Demi Lovato- This is Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.75= 6.0

Winner: It’s Demi Lovato who won the battle for “This Is Me” song with one point gap against Dream.

Miley Cyrus vs Wiz Khalifa
“See You Again”

During the peak of Hannah Montana’s success, this song was released for the second soundtrack of the TV show. The song became the second biggest Hannah Montana hit next to “The Climb” as it it peaked at the 10th spot in the US charts. It also charted well in other countries.

Wiz Khalifa along with young singer Charlie Puth has co-wrote this beautiful song as a tribute to Paul Walker for the movie “Furious 7”. The first time I heard the song, it gave me goosebumps. It went to number one worldwide and was next to “Uptown Funk” as the biggest song of 2015.

Verdict:
Miley Cyrus- See You Again
Melody and Lyrics- 2.75 / Success- 3= 5.75

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
Melody and Lyrics- 4.5 / Success- 4.75 = 9.25

Winner: It is clear as the sky that Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth won against Miley Cyrus for the “See You Again” battle.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
Videos from YouTube

Albums that are more successful than its singles (2007-2008)

In this period, there were a lot of albums that became big hits. With regards to the albums’ singles, they underperformed though. Here are those albums:

Amy Winehouse- Back to Black
The album spectacularly performed well and even one of the biggest selling albums of 2007 and 2008. Despite its performance, no other single, other than “Rehab”, has performed very well in the charts.

OST- High School Musical 2
The youngsters of High School Musical are back in this soundtrack. The album did very well after settling at number 1 again. It ended as one of the biggest sellers of 2007. It had a US top ten hit with “What Time is It?”, however, the other singles didn’t make an impact.

Linkin Park- Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park returned for their third studio album which insurprisingly topped the charts and sold millions of records. Nevertheless, it only had at least two official hits which were “What I’ve Done” and “Shadow of the Day”.

Eagles- Long Road Out of Eden
Eagles made a comeback in 2007 through this album. It became a surprise hit ending Britney Spears’ consecutive number one albums, after her album “Blackout” was defeated to debut at number two. the album went multiplatinum in the US. Despite the album’s success, the album never scored a hit single.

Michael Buble- Call Me Irresponsible
Michael Buble already had a hit album, and this follow-up became a huge one again. The album reached number one in many countries. and became one of the biggest selling albuns during this period. Some of its singles charted but barely charted.

Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus
The soundtrack album of the hit series went to number in one in Billboard charts again. It became multiplatinum again. It didn’t score a top ten hit though.

Alicia Keys – As I Am
The record was Alicia Keys’ third number one album , and became a big seller again. In fact, its first week sales broke the record of its second album. It scored the number one hit single “No One”. Nevertheless, it is the only big hit produced by the hit album.

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
The album topped the charts worldwide and became Coldplay’s fourth big sellers. It had them score their first number one single worldwide with “Viva la Vida”. Still, their other singles did not become a big hit.

AC/DC – Black Ice
Legendary hard rock band AC/DC returned with this album, which topped the charts worldwide with reported sales of 8 million. It is rare for artists to reach that sales nowadays, and the album became one of the biggest sellers of 2008. It released some singles but did not became hits.

Metallica – Death Magnetic
After their hit album “St. Anger”, the band returned with this another worldwide number one album. It had a hit single “The Day That Never Comes”, which is the only considered hit from the album.

Duffy – Rockferry
This debut album by Duffy is among 2008’s biggest selling albums. It had a major hit “Mercy”, while other songs were modest hits.

Credits to 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

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

Songs Intended for the Media

Superstars may be enjoying a lot for their successes, money and fame. They do get a lot of attention either from fans and especially, the media. Every move they make was watched out by media people which includes paparazzi. Oftentimes, these stars gets negative write-ups about them by which is often seen in tabloids. In this list were the songs about stars answering media back about rumors and backlash. But the last song at the bottom was not about these backlash, rather about what’s being shown by the media.

Michael Jackson ft. Janet JacksonScream
Michael Jackson has always been controversial and during1990s, he got fed up after all the troubles he has been through so he wrote in this song which you can here his frustrations and disappointments about the media. He even invited his sister Janet Jackson and expressed their anger to media backlash.

Britney SpearsPiece of Me
Britney Spears has gone to troubles during the second half of 2000s and she has became the subject of scrutiny. She’s often chased by the media and paparazzi. With her disappointment, she released this song which became a major success from critics to commercial aspect. In its music video, it tells what’s the nessage of the song.

Kelly ClarksonMr. Know It All
Kelly Clarkson is not that controversial but media has been so mean at her. Even her body or shape was even criticized. In this song, she expressed what she felt and even in the music video, it shows tabloids which nonensically criticized her.

Lindsay LohanRumors
Lindsay Lohan was also been the subject of rumors and criticisms when she is growing up. But her situation got worst eventually being involved in several behavioral issues. In this song, she expresses how she’s fed up of the media following her and even invading her privacy.

Miley CyrusFly on the Wall
Miley Cyrus is starting to build her own name away from the shadow of Hannah Montana. With her fame comes along the media and paparazzi following hef and she expressed in her song how she felt irritated.

Black Eyed PeasWhere’s the Love?
Written not exactly for the media, rather about the chaotic events in this world. But the line “wrong information always shown by the media”, speaks about how the media conveys information, if its is factual or not.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 (December 5, 2015)

The competition is going intense likewise the performances is getting harder for the celebrity impersonators. Tonight has been an interesting episode. When I first heard about the celebs doing a duet with themselves, I thought they will perform like doble-kara (double face). But when I watched all the performances tonight, I was in awe. I think the other artist was first recorded while the other artist they impersonated was the main one.

To start the show, Melai Cantiveros came back as Miley Cyrus, the impersonation that had her won during the first season.

Here are the performances of the celebrity impersonators:

KZ Tandingan as Liza Minelli and Luciano Pavarotti
“New York, New York”
The performance was amazing. She sang very well as Liza but we cannot expect a perfect Pavarotti as she was female. As Liza, she is very comfortable and enjoyed the performance. Her vocals as Liza is even perfect.

Michael Pangilinan as Sam Smith and John Legend
“Lay Me Down”
Among all the performances tonight, this is, for me, is the perfect performance. I mean his voice as Sam Smith and John Legend is perfect. No more words to say about the performance.

Denise Laurel as Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
“The Lady is a Tramp”
Denise became a jazz singer and she did it perfectly as Lady Gaga. While the Tony Bennett performance is very impressive like how she can sound like that. I saw no pressure in this performance and Denise looked relaxed.

Kakai Bautista as Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston
“I Knew Him So Well”
Kakai did mother and daughter duet as Whitney and Cissy Houston. This can be a difficult performance since it is an emotional song but she did it well. In fact, she sang even better as Cissy.

Kean Cipriano as Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
“Ebony and Ivory”
I never thought Kean can pull the impersonation so well. Though there are flaws as Stevie Wonder but Paul McCartney was perfect from the looks to his vocals.

Admittedly, it is the episode which I enjoyed all of the performances. Of course, the set-up and idea is good but all of the performers did very well. Even myself, I find it hard to rank them (which will surely make it difficult for the judges to rank them too) but I made the ranking below based on every performances effect on me.
1. Michael Pangilinan
2. Denise Laurel
3. KZ Tandingan
4. Kakai Bautista
5. Kean Cipriano

Since it is the last performances from the celebrities, it is becoming more interesting. With three more performers tomorrow, the top 4 will be announced tomorrow by which next week will be the finale.

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