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Music 10 N’s: NSYNC to New Kids on the Block



1. NSYNC
They were my favorite boyband ever. I so love their songs and their choreographs. I also became a fan of Justin Timberlake because he was a former NSYNC member.

2. Natalie Imbruglia
She is a pop rock singer from Australia. She was also seen in the Rowan Atkinson movie “Johnny English”. If you don’t know any song of her, try searching for her version of “Torn”.

3. Nasty
It is a song by Janet Jackson from her breakthrough album “Control”. It is a dancey pop R&B track. Another song with “Nasty” was the song “Nasty Girl” by Destiny’s Child.

4. Nevermind
This is the title of the album by rock band Nirvana. It was their record breaking album ever which was awarded by RIAA with 10x platinum.

5. No Doubt
They were one of the great bands which broke through in music in 1996. Their biggest song? It was “Don’t Speak”. Gwen Stefani was the lead vocalist of the band.

6. Neon Light
This is a song by top country singer Blake Shelton. There’s also a song by Demi Lovato but with the “S” at the last word called “Neon Lights”. Still both artists were good.

7. Natasha Beddingfield
She is a singer from Britain who first became internationally known for the song “Unwritten” She also achieved success with songs such as “Love Like This” and “Pocketful of Sunshine”.

8. Never Again
It was the title of lead track by Kelly Clarkson from her album “My December”. Nickelback also had their song with that same title which was taken from their album “All the Right Reasons”.

9. Nate Ruess
He is the lead singer of indie rock band Fun. The band was the act behind the hit song “We Are Young”. Nate also collaborated with Pink for the song “Just Give Me a Reason”.

10. New Kids on the Block
They were one of the biggest boyband ever. The guys were known for the hit “Step By Step” and “Hanging Tough”.

Video from YouTube / NSYNCVEVO



Album’s Singles Review: Natalie Imbruglia “Left of the Middle”

Natalie Imbruglia became one of the biggest newcomers of 1998 worldwide and in fact influenced a lot of artists through her first album “Left of the Middle”. I can draw similarities of her to Alanis Morissette with pop rock songs in this great album. The album did pretty well worldwide reaching the top 10 including America and United Kingdom, and number 1 in her country, Australia.

Torn
This is actually a remake by Natalie Imbruglia which the band Ednaswap performed it originally in English.  I love the light feel of the song  The song became a worldwide success and one of the biggest hits of 1998. I laready wrote a review of the song but I revised it now with new rating upon listening to it again.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Big Mistake
This is Natalie Imbruglia’s first song which had me compared her to Alanis Morissette. There’s a similarity especially the lines before the chorus. It sounds harder than her own version of “Torn”. The song was a modest hit but a big hit in UK where it reached number 2.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Wishing I Was There
This os my second favorite song of Natalie Imbruglia from her debut album “Left of the Middle”. I love especially the spoken parts which had its melody. The song was not that successful though when in UK, it only peaked at 19. In America, it was a hit in rock charts.
Rate: 8.5 out 10

Smoke
Natalie Imbruglia appeared in white background in the music video of this film. The song was low-paced, something different from her past singles. It didn’t do that great but it was a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Identify
This is the last release from “Left of the Middle” but it was not widely released even in Asia and Europe.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia
Video from YouTube

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (1995-1999)

In music, there are different kinds of styles that are often followed by other artists. As it becomes a trend, new artist will come out in the same genre or style, or even established artists follow suit.

From 1995-1999, there are a lot changes in mainstream music world. Pop music has been dominating the era as new artists came out and putting those established artists behind. Here are some of the trends and cliches from 1995 to 1999.

Female rockers
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette dominated the record sales off her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”. With her success, other female artists doing pop/rock released some records. Sheryl Crow may had success with her debut album, but it was just a light album. Her second album sounded edgier apparently in her song “If It Makes You Happy”. On late 1997, Natalie Imbruglia released her first album “Left Off the Middle, and her 1998 single “Big Mistake” sounds like an Alanis song.

Boybands
Different boybands existed like mushrooms from 1995-1999. Some bands though, failed to attain success. The most popular boyband this era was Backstreet Boys, while in Europe and Asia, Boyzone and others, did well too. In 1999, Irish boyband Westlife scored 3 UK number one hits which led to further successes. NSYNC achieved success in 1999 especially in US.

Girl Power phrase / Girl groups
British girl pop group Spice Girls became the most relevant artist during this era which their success was compared to The Beatles. However, the group took hiatus too early after Geri bidded goodbye. Girl power remains a relevant phrase until now. Girl groups though became a trend too. We heard and seen another UK girl group All Saints. Despite their edgy sound, they followed the Spice Girls as the second top girl group at that time, eventhough the Spice’s success was miles apart from them. Other girl groups who had short success were She Moves, Solid Harmonie, etc.

Movie Soundtrack Hits
Songs from a motion picture has become a trend in 1998 after Celine Dion’s hit from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”. Other soundtrack hits whicg followed suit were Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from “City of Angels”, Marc Anthony and Tina Arena “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which became second most successful soundtrack in 1999.

Teen female stars
In 1999, we saw the success of Britney Spears from her album and singles. She eventually became one of the biggest female artist of all-time. After her success, Christina Aguilera topped the charts worldwide too. Then we saw the birth in music of Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Latin music
Latin music became a trend again as we saw Ricky Martin climbs the chart in 1998, and popularity heightened in 1999 with his first English album. We also the success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. All of these three artists achieved success with millions of records sold.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 1995-1999

For many music artists, starting or entering the music industry is very difficult to make a good shot. There were other artists who did very well with their first single but turned out as one-hit wonder. However, there were artists who did very well with this debut single and their album did well too.

Since 1995, there were some artists which did very well with their first albums. Some had maintained their success but not everyone did well in their succeeding releases. Most in the list below were pop artists, do there were those with rock and R&B sound. Pop music just had a major change with bubblegum pop rose to popularity.

Alanis Morissette
Alanis may already had releases back then in her own country, her first album internationally became the biggest selling album by a newcomer. Based on estimates listed in Wikipedia, her debut album “Jagged Little Pill” became a record setter as it sold about 33 million. Her second album went #1 too but due to changes in music landscaped, it sold below than predecessor.

The Fugees
The Fugees is leading the hip-hop scene in 1996 via “The Score” album. It was multi-platinum worldwide when it became one of the biggest sellers in 1996, which was also assisted by their successful cover of “Killing Me Softly”. They haven’t released a follow-up after that.

Spice Girls
Spice Girls led the music scene during this era because of their contribution not just through record sales but also in pop culture. Their debut album “Spice” was believed with sales of 30 million (according to Wikipedia) scored 4 UK number 1s and 3 US top 5s. Their second album was very successful as well, though, it became their last studio album when Geri Halliwell departed from the group.

Hanson
The Hanson brothers priorly released independent albums but success came in 1997 when their first mainstream album “Middle of Nowhere” went multi-platinum by which its success was attributed to the stellar hit “Mmmbop”. Despite their success, no other albums from them became as successful.

Savage Garden
The Australian duo scored success with debut single “I Want You”, however, bigger succeed came with the ballad “Truly, Madly, Deeply” when it settled to the top. The album then caught up in sales and became one of the top sellers of 1998.

Aqua
The cartoonish songs and videos of Danish pop group Aqua made them very popular. Apart from “Barbie Girl” which had estimated 8 million in sales helped their first LP “Aquarium” go multi-platinum worldwide. They also had multiple hit songs for the album. However, their second album was just moderately successful.

All Saints
The four-piece British girl group was said to be the rival of Spice Girls, though, success of the Spices was never matched by All Saints. Still, they became successful with their self-titled album which went multi-platinum in UK and Europe. It received a platinum award from RIAA which helped the album’s status after the hit “Never Ever”. Their second album had limited success.

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia became a household name with her global smash “Torn”. Her album “Left of the Middle” became as successful with platinum and multi-platinum successes elsewhere. It took several years for her to release her second album which was less successful.

Lauryn Hill
Despite the success of The Fugees, the members of the group pursued solo careers like Lauryn Hill did. Her debut album ” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had multi-million sales which was preceded by her successful hip-hop jam “(Doo Wop) That Thing”. She never released a studio album after that.

Britney Spears
It was 1999 when young female pop artists became popular which was first led by Britney Spears. Her song “…Baby One More Time” was extremely popular as well her album with the same title. The album estimatedly sold 30 million as claimed according to Wikipedia. She became a legend with her prolonged success and her succeeding albums went multi-platinum and had multiple number 1 albums.

Christina Aguilera
Coming from the same genre with Spears when she released her first album, Christina Aguilera was believed as Spears’ closest competitor. Christina never failed as her debut single went to number one worldwide. Her self titled album, according to the number of sales in her website, had sold 17 million which is a hefty amount of records. She had successful album right after too.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez became famous with her single “If You Had My Love” which spent several weeks at number 1. Her album “On the Six” became multi-platinum. She remained successful with all her other albums.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Throwback Song Reviews: Hanson, Natalie Imbruglia, Savage Garden

Hanson- Mmmbop

The Hanson brothers have had independent releases and this song actually written years back before its mainstream release. It was 1997’s one of memorable (and now timeless) song as it unexpectedly went to the apex of music charts worldwide. It’s been a mystery for many about “mmmbop” means. Some even gave a negative meaning, when back at the time, new words existed (remember zigazig-ah from the Spice Girls in 1996). But I think it’s message and positive and imagine how these then-teenagers (the youngest was13) could be this talented. They write songs, they created it and came out with such wonderful and catchy melody and was loved by many, young or adults.

Rating: 8.5 of 10

 

Natalie Imbruglia-Torn

This song may sound originally from her however, this song was first recorded by a European artist (non-English) then recorded in English by Ednaswap. Nevertheless, this song became prominent more with Natalie’s version. Her version perfectly fits her voice and style. She was adorn by many and influenced other artists including Britney Spears, which she was supposed to follow Natalie’s kind of music instead of bubblegum pop. The song eventually became a huge hit in 1998 and was one of the most remembered pop tunes during 1990.

Rating: 8.5 of 10

 

Savage Garden-Truly, Madly, Deeply

Savage Garden already had hits before this song (actually, their third single) but effectively did slower love songs. The same formula was followed with their second album’s carrier release “I Knew I Loved You”. The words of the song expresses the man’s sincere love for the woman evidently with the title. But it was proven more with the entire lyrics as he promised to do anything for the girl. The song fits romantic people. The melody and the way Darren did his vocals was perfect. It was released late 1997 but break the charts in 1998 which it became a sleeper hit.

Rating: 8.5 of 10

 

Some facts from Wikipedia