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Music Rivalries: Bands (Rock or Pop)

It is rare to see rock bands in musical rivalry, but it do exists. While in pop bands, they really exists as often stimulated in news by media.

Limp Bizkit vs Linkin Park
Limp Bizkit has been on the limelight years before Linkin Park had released their debut. But Limp Bizkit achieved the peak of their mainstream success in 1999 in the US through the multiplatinum album “Significant Other” and international attention in 2000 via “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” which has been worldwide mega-seller. That same year, Linkin Park debuted in the music scene with their debut album “Hybrid Theory”. Limp Bizkit has a better attention at that time when “Chocolate Starfish” album sold more than a million in just a week in America, while “Hybrid Theory” is already selling well but struggling to reach the heights of Limp Bizkit. The two bands were compared because of similar style, both rap and rock. Nevertheless, with Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst is solely the vocalist, while Linkin Park has Chester Bennington as main vocals and Mike Shinoda is the rapper. Despite the attention for Limp Bizkit, it has changed as “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” became their last commercially successful record by the band. Then that opportunity was given to Linkin Park who had a longer successful career and even surpassed the success of Limp Bizkit to double.

Hanson vs The Moffatts
Hanson used to be the pop rock band with siblings as members then. However, a new band came out in 1998 which their debut single sounds like a slower rip-off of Hanson’s “Mmmbop”. The two may not had such rivalry in America as The Moffatts was unknown then in the country, but in Asia comparison has been rampant wherein fans are competing which is the more successful group. Hanson became very successful during their early mainstream career. But their peak remained with “Middle of Nowhere” album. Their succeeding albuns were less successful. The Moffatts released their debut in America more than a year after achieving success in Asia, but with moderate reception for them. The Moffatts achieved huge success in Asia, particularly in the Philippines. But if you are going to look at their entire careet, Hanson brothers did better. They are still releasing independent albums which are still charting.

Coldplay vs Keane
Coldplay achieved success in early 2000s, while Keane at mid-2000s. When Keane came out, similarities was noticed and comparisons were maid between the two band. Both band sounds soft as well as their vocals. But I must admit both were great bands. Keane achieved success through their albums “Hopes and Fears”. But none of their succeeding albums managed to match their debut. While Coldplay is still very much relevant these days. They still scored a number one album through “A Head Full of Dreams”. It is very clear that Coldplay still slays music while Keane is currently inactive.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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