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Music Rivalries: Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera / Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry / Brandy vs Monica

Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears may had first released her first album, but Christina Aguilera first has a single released. It was in 1998 when she sang the theme song of “Mulan” called “Reflection”, though with lukewarm reception. When Britney Spears relesed her first single “…Baby One More Time”, a new brnad of pop just existed. Her album became one of the biggest sellers of 1999. That same year, Christina Aguilera released her lead single for her debut album called “Genie in a Bottle”. The song became a success as it reached number worldwide too. Her album also debuted at number in US. She is really close to Britney. Christina Aguilera is a better vocalist than Britney. While Britney is a better performer than Christina. But if their respective careers were summed up, Britney is victorious. Britney is just have a well-planned release of her studio album, unlike Christina who had released some compilations in between. Recently, both had flop albums, but they can be considered as icons.

Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
Both artists started as very different artist. Taylor Swift started as a country singer but crossed over to pop music. While Katy Perry was a former Christiam singer to pop rock to pure pop. Katy Perry was even considered as a rival to Lady Gaga. Rivalry between Katy and Taylor just existed when they had professional problems which led to Taylor write the song “Bad Blood” which was believed as intended for Katy Perry. Both were pop stars and very successful.

Brandy vs Monica
Brandy and Monica were considered as rivals then. Eventually, they got to work together with the song “The Boy is Mine” which is became a huge success worldwide. Despite the collaboration, they haven’t had good relationship. Still, they worked together but it seems they were okay now. Both had great hits but longevity says Brandy had bigger success.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Memorable Lines in Songs: Monica and Ashanti

Monica
Monica had started at a very young age. She’s a talented girl and has that amazing vocal prowess. She had some love songs, heartbreak songs and even about friendship.

For You I Will
” Call on me, I will be waiting
Count on me, I will be there”
The song can be interpreted either for a friend or someone you love. You will always be there when the one you are pertaining to with these words needed someone to count on. The song was part of Space Jam film.

The First Night
” I knew it was wrong, for feeling this way
Especially the thought of givin’ in on the first date”
The girl is going out on a first date with a guy but she doesn’t feel it’s right to give her all like her womanhood to the guy.

So Gone
” Wondering what she had on me
To make you break my heart, yeah”
The guy cheated and the girl who was cheated on was wondering why did the guy liked from the other girl.

U Should’ve Known Betta
” You should’ve known that I would stay by your side
You should’ve known your girl was gonna ride or die
And it just don’t matter if ya rich or poor”
The girl’s boyfriend is a rich one but it is not what she loves from him, rather she really loves him not his money that’s why she sticks with him.

Ashanti
Ashanti was first heard as guest vocals in some rappers’ hit songs and then released her own albums eventually. She had hit songs which is about love, unrequited love and heartbreaks.

Foolish
” And though my heart can’t take no more 
I keep on running back to you ”
The lines above says it all how the girl has been foolishly in love. Despite getting hurt but she’s coming back and stay with the guy.

Happy
” Boy you fill me with so much joy, 
you give whatever it is I need ”
It’s just the feeling and expressing the joy you felt for having the guy who loves you too.

Rain on Me
” She’s internally dyin’
I know this was not what love’s about”
The girl who cam from a heartbreak and she feels like she could not take it and feels like dying because of the pain.

The Way That I Love You
” I tried to act like I didn’t see it,
’cause deep down I know I didn’t wanna believe it”
The girl is in denial stage as she found out that the guy is cheating on her. It was painful as her boyfriend just thrown everything about them.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to the songwriters

Young R&B Artists who hit the R&B Charts during 1990s

During 1990s, there are some young R&B artists who broke the R&B charts with their singles or their albums. Here are some of the young R&B artist who made a mark in their genre.

Brandy
The young singer then made a mark with her debut album securing multi-paltinum status. Her biggest during 1996 was the upbeat “Sittin’ Up in My Room” featured as a single for Whitney Houston movie “Waiting to Exhale”. But her biggest break was in 1998 with “Never Say Never” album which scored two chart-topping tracks. A song with Monica “The Boy is Mine” was one of the biggest singles in 1990s. My favorite track fron her “Have You Ever” which draw similarity to British pop group All Saints’ hit “Never Ever”.

Aaliyah
Aaliyah started very young with her efforts “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” and “One in a Million” which gave her multi-platinum success especially in US. She had maintained her success in early 2000s though cut off due to her ttagic demise.

Monica
I never known Monica until her single for Space Jam, the lovely ballad “For You I Will” hit the radio. But prior to that, she already had success with single “Don’t Take it Too Personal”. Her biggest hit though, as mentioned above, was “The Boy is Mine” with fellow young R&B singer then, Brandy. After that, she scored another two number one singles. One of her memorable hits which charted strongly here in Asia (includes the Philippines) was “Angel of Mine” (a UK girl group original).

Usher
Usher has been in the industry when he was younger. But in 1998, his success went further and he even became one of the biggest singers in the US after three top 3 hits. His success continued until the recent years. In 1997, his song “You Make Me Wanna” was huge and I love how he do his choreography especially when he removed his shoes while dancing.

Top R&B Songs 1995-1999

During the second half of 1990s, R&B is slowly chnaging its landscape to more upbeat from the slow jams R&B lovers used to love. Here are the 15 R&B songs I listed that made impact during this era.

Montell Jordan- This is How We Do It
Going back to 1995, I used to hear this hip-hop R&B hit on radio and on MTV. It was very popular then as it became Montell’s signatue song.

Shaggy- Boombastic
The song was also popular as it waa used for a clothing/denim brand. It was very huge then and that one of Shaggy’s biggest hit ever.

Mariah Carey- Fantasy
This is one of the earliest rap-sung collaboration and remix hit, Mariah is slowly going to deeper R&B sound and this track was a chart-topper.

Whitney Houston- Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
In this song, Whitney Houston showcases lower register of her voice which sounds so relaxing. It was a chart-topping song in some countries which of course included US.

TLC- Waterfalls
This is one of my favorite songs ever because of its simple melody and timely and relevant lyrics. It has become one of the most successful R&B track of the decade.

Coolio- Gangsta’s Paradise
This hip-hop song became Coolio’s masterpiece and was eventually a worldwide and one of the biggest sellers during 1990s.

Bone Thugs N Harmony- Tha Crossroads
The hip-hop group went spiritual this time and was a good formula as it scored them their biggest hit.

Toni Braxton- Un-break My Heart
Toni Braxton came out with another heartbreaking song which was one of the biggest songs of 1997. The song also was one of her best vocalled song.

R. Kelly- I Believe I Can Fly
This could have been R.Kelly’s most notable song with its nice R&B ballad melodies. It is also inspirational for many as it was used as winning piece for some singing competition contestants.

Usher- You Make Me Wanna
This has been one Usher’s earlier hits and the song was too tender and smooth with some guutar riffs on it.

Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans & 112- I’ll Be Missing You
The song’s chorus was interpolated from The Police’s hit and helped the song become a big seller. It is also a tribute for Notorious B.I.G.

Boyz II Men- A Song for Mama
This is one of my favorite R&B hit during the period it was released as I dedicate it to my mother. It settled to a top ten position then.

K-Ci and Jojo- All My Life
This is a sweet song by a guy for a lady and one of the most favorited love songs in 1998. It went on to become a number one song for the duo.

Brandy and Monica- The Boy is Mine
Brandy and Monica was considered rivals and they fought for the love of a man via this song which was a worldwide smash.

TLC- No Scrubs
After taking a long break, TLC broke the chart with this comeback by which the girls doesn’t want a guy who has nothing.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of the 1990s

With the success of every film comes a successful soundtrack too. Though it may not always be the case, some songs become more successful than the movie itself. Still, there’s success coming from that film, thanks to its soundtrack. 1990s saw a huge number of hit soundtracks and I made this list of soundtrack hits. (Note: the list or ranking was based from personal and commercial performance)

20. Britney Spears- (You Drive Me) Crazy
(from: Drive Me Crazy)
Teenager then, Britney Spears fits this song to the teenage film “Drive Me Crazy”. The song was rearranged which was called “Stop Remix”. It was a top ten hit which make the song more successful than the film

19. The Wallflowers- Heroes
(from: Godzilla)
Originally a David Bowie hit, The Wallflowers did their own cover for Godzilla movie. It was a top 30 hit in the US, which may not be on par with the film’s success.

18. Madonna- I’ll Remember
(from: With Honors)
Considered one of her best works, the ballad became a big hit for Madge, even outrunning the success of the movie.

17. Coolio- Gangsta’s Paradise
(from: Dangerous Minds)
One of the biggest hip-hop songs, the song’s sound is surely familiar to many. Both the film and the song was very successful. Also, credit goes to Michelle Pfeiffer.

16. The Wonders- That Thing You Do
(from: That Thing You Do)
This song from the film in the same title was a hit in US top ten but the film is less successful. Thanks to the Beatle-ish sound of the song.

15. Brandy- Sittin’ Up in My Room
(from: Waiting to Exhale)
This jam became Brandy’s biggest hit then (until “The Boy is Mine” came) is just very light to listen to. It is just one of the hits from the soundtrack, which scored a number of hits.

14. Goo Goo Dolls- Iris
(from: City of Angels)
This served as the band’s signature song as it was a sleeper hit back in 1998. The song and soundtrack album, along with the film were highly successful.

13. Whitney Houston- Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
(from: Waiting to Exhale)
This slow R&B jam from Whitney is a comeback from a very successful soundtrack she did a few years ago. It was eventually a Billboard chart-topper.

12. Seal- Kiss from a Rose
(from: Batman Forever)
One of the biggest ballads of the 1990s, this Batman theme song happens to become Seal’s biggest hit too as it topped major charts globally.

11. R. Kelly- I Believe I Can Fly
(from: Space Jam)
This song was the biggest hit from the Michael Jordan movie “Space Jam” as well as biggest international hit from Kelly.

10. Sarah McLachlan- Angel
(from: City of Angels)
This song was very solemn and that it can touch your soul which also showcased the beautiful and haunting voice of Sarah McLachlan. It was a top 3 hit in Billboard Hot 100 in 1997

9. Melanie B. and Missy Elliott- I Want You Back
(from: Why Do Fools Fall in Love)
This became the first single of Melanie off from Spice Girls which was written by Missy, herself, for the film “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, which the song was a UK chart-topper and US top 3 hit.

8. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories- Stay (I Missed You)
(from: Reality Bites)
One of the best love songs of the 1990s and the best song of Lisa Loeb, this is used for the romantic film “Reality Bites”. The song peaked at number 1 then.

7. Pras Michael ft. Mya and ODB- Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)
(from: Bulworth)
This hip-hop hit from the former Fugees member, became a top 15 hit in US. Though, it is a bigger hit in Europe. It interpolated the 80s hit “Islands in the Stream”.

6. Monica- For You I Will
(from: Space Jam)
This lovely Diane Warren penned ballad became a US top 5 hit and became a big part of Monica’s career. It is also a part of Space Jam OST.

5. Bruce Springsteen- Streets of Philadelphia
(from: Philadelphia)
Known as The Boss in music industry, Bruce made huge hit which included this song for the Philadelphia film. The song performed very well worldwide as it stayed in top 10 in the charts

4. Boyz II Men- End of the Road
(from: Boomerang)
Ultimately one of the biggest love songs in early 1990s topping the single charts worldwide, this ballad from the vocal group was used for Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang”, which was box office hit too.

3. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
(from: Titanic)
This song is a widely favorite in 1998 and eventually became one of the biggest selling soundtrack single ever and the biggest that year. It is also often played in funerals back then.

2. Aerosmith- I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
(from: Armageddon)
This rock and ballad hit became the biggest hit of the band which is used for the movie “Armageddon”. It was often covered by other artists globally.

1. Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You
(from: The Bodyguard)
Undoubtedly the biggest soundtrack hit ever, the album was also the biggest soundtrack album too in terms of sales. It is the most highlighted moment of Whitney Houston’s career as a singer and an actress. The song was still heard until now.

Some facts from Wikipedia