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Battle of Same Song Title: Madonna vs Avril Lavigne / Kelly Clarkson vs Ne-Yo

On the first battle, it is between a pop diva and a rock dive. The second one was a pop/rock diva and a R&B crooner. To see the battle, check it below:

Madonna vs Avril Lavigne
“Don’t Tell Me”

Madonna’s career seemed forever after releasing this song more than 25 years since her debut. The electronic pop song is considered a love song by Madonna and it is very light to listen to. It was a globally successful song off her “Music” album.

Avril Lavigne
After her huge success from her debut albun, Avril Lavigne came back with this song as the carrier single for her second album. Honestly, I didn’t find this as worthy for a lead single as there were better songs from her album, but it is still a good song. The song was a hit but underwhelming compared to his previous singles.

Verdict:
Madonna- Don’t Tell Me
Melody and Lyrics- 4.0 / Success-4.0= 8.0

Avril Lavigne- Don’t Tell Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.25= 6.5

Winner: Madonna is 1.5 points ahead of Avril Lavigne in “Don’t Tell Me” song battle, thus, she wins.

Kelly Clarkson vs Ne-Yo
“Miss Independent”

Kelly Clarkson released this as her lead single for her US number one album “Thankful”, her first after winning the American Idol”. It is a pop rock track with R&B elements. The song was a success after reaching the top ten including the US and UK as well.

Ne-Yo also made his own song of “Miss Independent” as falling in love with an independent woman. The R&B song went well in the charted as it charted everywhere. It was a top ten hit too in the US and United Kingdom.

Verdict:
Kelly Clarkson- Miss Independent
Melody and Lyrics- 3.5 / Success- 3.0= 6.5

Ne-Yo- Miss Independent
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.25= 6.5

Winner- Kelly Clarkson and Ne-Yo got tied in this “Miss Independent” battle.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
Videos from YouTube

Male Singers Who Were Featured Artists in Several Singles

We surely heard a lot of collaborations and many of those invited to sing for them were male artists. There were some male artists who has been featured a lot of times in different songs and you can find them in their discography. Here are some of these male artists who were featuref in several singles by othet artists:

Adam Levine
Adam Levine may still be a part of Maroon 5 and haven’t went solo yet, however, he is being featured a lot of times in different singles. Some of them may be songs he had sung with some The Voice finalists which those songs charted in Billboard Hot 100, but he was also featured in songs by Kanye West and 50 Cent. His most popular song as a featured artist is “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes and the current hit “Locked Away” by R. City.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake had a lot of big hits under his own name as solo artist and as part of NSYNC, nevertheless, he had lots of hit featured songs. He sung for Madonna’s hit “4 Minutes”, Timbaland’s number 1 hit “Give it To Me” (also with Nelly Furtado), 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” and the latest has been “Holy Grail” with Jay-Z.

Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo scored hit both as his own songs and as songwriter, which there were a lot of hit he co-wrote became hits. Aside from that, he was featured a lot of times in songs too. In fact, according to Billboard, he had scored 5 top 10 singles as a featured artist alone. And in those songs, he is a co-writer too. The most successful in those songs was “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull which was a worldwide number one hit.

Chris Brown
In this list, Chris Brown is the most in denand artist to get featured in several singles. If his discography was checked, he was featured in singles more than 60 times. What more with unreleased tracks? It was surely a lot! One of the most popular songs he was collaborated with was Pitbull’s “International Love”.

Usher
Usher is one of the biggest male artists during the last 20 years. He had countless of hits and sold millions of records. Aside from that, he has scored hits as a featured artist. Some of the notable songs were “I Need a Girl (Part One)” by P.Diddy and David Guetta’s “Without You”.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Give”

“Give” was often used in songs positively as per giving something to the other person. It usually talks about the love given by the person. However, it was also used in songs with negative sense. Here are some of the 10 songs with “give”. In this list, includes “giving” as well.

Backstreet Boys- All I Have to Give
You cannot give some expensive things for the girl, but all you can “give” is love. This song went to the top 10 in many countries worldwide and contributed to the earlier success of the boyband.

Jason Mraz- I Won’t Give Up
When you love someone, you will not “give” that person up no matter what. This song became Jason Mraz’s staple songs as it became multiplatinum in US and earned him another top 10 hit.

Ed Sheeran- Give Me Love
When you “gave” love, you also want the other person to “give” you love. This ballad from Ed Sheeran became one of his singles released for “+” album and attained moderate success.

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack- Give Me Everything
When you are in a club with a girl, you want her to “give” you everything. This rap dance track became one of the biggest sellers of 2011.

Demi Lovato- Give Your Heart a Break
Tired of taking pains and “giving”? Then “give” your heart a break and spend some time off form that person. This song was one of the big hits from Lovato’s “Unbroken” LP.

Pink and Nate Ruess- Just Give Me a Reason
You want to “give” that relationship a chance and ask for that reason. This song was considered as Pink’s biggest song ever as it is among the five biggest sellers of the year it was released according to IFPI.

James Morrison- You Give Me Something
Appreciating what the girl “gave” and this is a perfect track. The soul, pop and folk tune went to the top 5 in UK and was a Eurowide hit.

Bon Jovi- You Give Love a Bad Name
When someone you love hurt you, then that person “gave” love a bad name. This song became one of the most famous Bon Jovi track as obvious in music charts.

Rick Astley- Never Gonna Give You Up
It’s just like one of those not “giving” up songs. This track from Astley became his signature song as it topped the charts in majority of countries it charted.

Mary J. Blige- Give Me You
It’s like sacrificing yourself and “giving” yourself someone which a mother can. This lovely ballad became a Hot 100 hit.

Some facts from Wikipedia.

Yearend Special: Top Dance Hits of 2015

Dance music is the most common genre today. That’s why there are lots of songs and collaborations between DJs/producers and singers. Here are some of the best dance hits of the year.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk
This is considerably the biggest song of the year in any genre (unless Adele’s “Hello” takes over). It topped the charts worldwide for several weeks and had everyone moved with its funky and 1980s influenced sound.

Skrillex and Diplo ft. Justin Bieber- Where are You Now?
Skrillex and Diplo is a big help for the comeback of Justin Bieber as we saw the success of “Purpose”. This top ten hit song became a jumpstart for Justin’s comeback.

Zedd ft. Selena Gomez- I Want You to Know
This started their assumed romance. It was a top 20 hit in many countries and had helped Zedd’s album debut in the top 10.

Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding- Outside
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding worked again together in this EDM hit after “I Need Your Love”. This track was huge internationally though not as successful as the first one.

Justin Bieber- What Do You Mean?
Justin Bieber incorporated new sound in his comeback, and the result? This song became a worldwide number 1 hit.

OMI- Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
First released years ago, when Felix Jaehn remixed this song, it became a chart-topper worldwide. If I were asked, I prefer the original one though.

Madonna- Living for Love
She’s originally the Queen of Dance and she dominated the genre. This song may not have been a huge success, but it was successful in club play and dance charts.

Pitbull and Ne-Yo- Time of Our Lives
These two are working together again which produced this top 10 hit. Well, who knows they will work again the future?

Demi Lovato- Cool for the Summer
Demi Lovato officially made a pop dance record and this song became a top 15 hit in the US, though more successful in UK for its top ten peak.

Justin Bieber- Sorry
This new song from Justin Bieber is followung the success of “What Do You Mean?”. Guess what? It is becoming a big hit already.

Top R&B Hits of 2005-2009

Trends in music may be slowly changing during this period but R&B music is still doing very well. They even topped the charts in several weeks even reaching 14 weeks by a song.

Mario- Let Me Love You
This breezy, subtle and midtempo R&B hit makes me listen to it as it is too peaceful for the ear. It has been Mario’s signature hit as it spent several weeks in the US chart and was a big hit elsewhere too.

Mariah Carey- We Belong Together
2005 is a big year for Mariah as she redeemed the throne after 2 flop records prior. This song made a mark on Mariah’s career after sitting for 14 weeks in the US as well as good performance in global charts.

Pussycat Dolls- Don’t Cha
It seems this girls finally took the girlband throne which was vacated for a long time. This song served as an opener for Pussycat Dolls’ success as it was a mega-seller worldwide.

Beyonce- Irreplaceable
Beyonce’s success continues through this pop/R&B hit which was one of the hits that spent more than 10 weeks at the summit. It was also a success in several territories.

Ne-Yo- So Sick
The song that has become a formula by which similarities can be heard from hits of Rihanna, Chris Brown, Beyonce, etc. The song topped major countries as US and UK.

Rihanna ft. Jay-Z- Umbrella
Rihanna may had big hits prior to this but this song has been career defining for her. It made her a superstar and this song was one of the modern hits then with a lot of cover versions.

Alicia Keys- No One
This midtempo R&B hit showcased the amazing vocals of Alicia Keys. It went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2008

Sean Kingston- Beautiful Girls
You might hear “Stand By Me” in this song and yes it is. This is one of the catchiest R&B hits if 2000s which made it spawn to the top globally.

Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.- My Love
I love how the synth, R&B beat and hip-hop was infused in this song. It went on to become the second consecutive chart-topper for JT.

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain- Low
One of the biggest hip-hop songs in 2000s, this was a breakthrough for Flo Rida. The song was the theme of the dance-inspired film “Step Up 2”.

Leona Lewis- Bleeding Love
After becoming a UK big seller, it broke the US market and became the top song of 2008 in terms of sales.

Madonna and Justin Timberlake- 4 Minutes
We rarely hear Madonna sing R&B songs but she pretty nailed it in this danceable R&B pop tune with Justin Timberlake. It turned into a global smash in 2008.

Rihanna- Take a Bow
Following the Ne-Yo formula, this R&B midtempo ballad from Rihanna immediately climbed to the top.

Black Eyed Peas- Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas settled for a 12-week reign this upbeat hip-hop, electronic and R&B hit which portrayed a big part for the group’s career.

Beyonce- Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Beyonce came out with this upbeat song which made a huge contribution in pop culture. It was one of the biggest R&B hits of all time.

Some facts based from Wikipedia

Hot “Baby” Songs during the last 20 Years

I heard a lot of songs during the last 20 years with the word “baby”. Those songs were not literally about an infant, rather, used to be a term of endearment to one’s partner. I created a list of “Baby” songs during the last 20 years, check below:

Mariah Carey- Always Be My Baby
Taken from the blockbuster album “Daydream”, this song is a like yoi are taking in a fresh air from Mariah, after the high vocal range along with Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day”. This pop/R&B song became MC’s 11th chart-topper in her homeland, US. American Idol winner David Cook released his own version of it and was a hit in the Philippines.

Justin Bieber- Baby
This catchy song was Justin’s biggest hit to date despite peaking in lower position than his recent hit songs. It is even among the most viewed video ever in YouTube history. I may not be a Bieber fan but I agree that this song is catchy.

Beyonce / Sean Paul- Baby Boy
During Sean Paul’s success with “Get Busy”, Beyonce invited Sean in this sexual song “Baby Boy”. It became Bey’s second number 1 hit, and its Arabic sound influenced other R&B songs to incorporate the sound.

Gwen Stefani- Baby Don’t Lie
Supposedly her comeback after joining the panel of coaches on The Voice, this song hit the top 50. Her supposed new album is still in the works after about a year when this song was out. This time, the song is a cleaner one after the profanity-infused hit “Hollaback Girl”.

Christina Aguilera- Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You)
Initially, the word “baby” is not included in the title of the song until the revised the song and added “baby”. The song, though, is quite sexual despite knowing Christina as a teen star at that time.

No Doubt- Hey Baby
After the rock and ska sound incorporated in their previous works, the group went dancehall and reggae with this huge comeback hit from them. During this song’s success, another song with the same title was also heard on the radio.

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
Everybody sang “oh, baby, baby” during the peak of this song. It was Britney’s song that entered her to superstardom. It was listed as one of the most iconic pop songs and videos. Among those songs in this list, this song is the most successful “baby” songs.

Plies ft. Ne-Yo- Bust it Baby
Going hip-hop this time, this one is the only hit of Plies to hit the top 10. Thanks to the catchy chorus sang by Ne-Yo.

Jennifer Lopez- Baby I Love You
Created during the time Jennife Lopez is so much in love with Ben Affleck, it is clear that her “baby” here is Ben. The song was successful in Europe, particularly in UK.

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 October 4, 2015

The recap continues for the show. And tonight, the winner for this week was finally announced. Five artists had performed last night and the three had performed tonight which affected the rankings.

Tonight’s show was started by Kean Cipriano as Pop/Rock princess Avril Lavigne. The looks was really cool even though he reminds me of “White Chicks”. The vocals wasn’t done in falsetto which I am not convinced. So far, the performance was good, even better than last week when he’s the winner.

Next to Kean was Michael Pangilinan as another Michael, comedian/singer Michael V. It’s a shift from the usual pop and R&B performances from previous weeks, which at this time as novelty singer. The face was close but the voice didn’t hit it

Finally, KZ took the floor and impersonated British pop star Jessie J. She has the best performance tonight. She might not look exactly like her, but she sang it well, likewise her movements were very Jessie J. The judges and even the audience gave her a standing ovation. It served as a redemption after weeks being at lower places.

With all the performances from last night here’s my personal ranking:

1. Denise Laurel

2. KZ Tandingan

3. Kean Cipriano

4. Eric Nicolas

5. Michael Pangilinan

6. Kakai Bautista

7. Sam Concepcion

8. Myrtle Sarosa

The judges already gave their rankings and the result was:

1. KZ Tandingan

2. Denise Laurel

3. Kean Cipriano

4. Michael Pangilinan

5. Eric Nicolas

6. Sam Concepcion

7. Kakai Bautista

8. Myrtle Sarosa

The reason why I picked Denise over KZ was Ne-Yo is more difficult to impersonate and it’s difficult for a girl who’s very feminine then sing and dance like a man. KZ’s performance though is superb.

Next week was expected to be another great episode/s. The icons the 8 artists are going to impersonate was finally revealed. However, Melai Cantiveros’ impersonation is not revealed for everybody to look forward to.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 October 3, 2015

It’s Saturday night! For me, it means the time to watch my Saturday night habit and I know many Filipinos do with this top-rating program, Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2.

Tonight, five artists did the challenge again and performed impersonating five icons assigned to them. To start the show, one of the most anticipated every week was Melai Cantiveros’ impersonation. This week, she impersonated Philippines’ King of Talk, Boy Abunda. She should have done it last week when Abunda was a guest judge.

The first performer this week was Eric Nicolas as rapper Pitbull. He looks exactly like Pitbull and he did very well with rapping. He admitted he don’t really rap but he did a good try. The voice was quite raspy but it’s still a good performance.

Denise Laurel had a great performance tonight. She looks exactly like R&B singer Ne-Yo with the sonb closer. She sang it well despite the difficulty for a woman to sing like a man. The movements of Ne-Yo was also done well. One thing I just noticed negatively. The suit looks big for her. However, I think Denise had the best performance for tonight.

After being at the top 2 for three weeks, it seems Sam Concepcion would be out from that position this week. He did good copying Rey Valera but not the best.

Comedian Kakai Bautista went OPM through Donna Cruz impersonation. The face doesn’t look Donna but the voice and dance moves was spot on.

Tonight’s last performer was Myrtle Sarosa as the iconic Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. She did good but her movements were quite limited and without grace. The voice needs a little higher to sound Marilyn. The looks was superb and she looked very beautiful. Among all the judges’ comments, I agree the most with Jed Madela.

With all the performances, check my ranking for tonight:

1. Denise Laurel

2. Eric Nicolas

3. Kakai Bautista

4. Sam Concepcion

5. Myrtle Sarosa

The winner for this week will be announced tomorrow after the three performances of remaining artists.

 

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