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In Demand Rappers Being Featured a Lot of Times

Rappers are very in demand in misic as their talent is often requested by other artists. They do the rap part and it gives them exposure and of course, rack up some money. There were some rappers who are often requested to contribute rap pieces in some songs and here’s the list of some of these rappers which many of the songs tehy were featured became successful:

Jay-Z
Jay-Z has been one of the most successful rappers especially in terms of total records sold. He is also one of the rappers who has been featured a lot of times. He has been featured in more than 50 released singles, and some of the most successful songs he was featured were 3 singles fron Beyonce, including “Crazy in Love”. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was also highly successful which Jay was also featured.

2 Chainz
2 Chainz is just one of the rappers in the industry for not so long ago. But he’s already featured in a lot of songs with more than 40 by which, the most notable one was “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo.

Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes is one of the 1990’s rapper who still very relevant today. Aside from his hit songs, he has been featured in a lot of songs with more than 20. He’s been featured in big hits like “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls and Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”.

Ludacris
Ludacris has became one of the top rappers since early 2000’s. He’s been featured in a lot of hit songs. He’s been heard in about 50 singles by other artists. In early 2000’s, he’s been featured in Usher’s number 1 single “Yeah!”. He’s also featured twice in Justib Bieber’s singles which one of them is “Baby”.

Puff Daddy / P.Diddy / Diddy
Sean Combs had used a number of pseudonyms as mentioned above and featured in a number of songs by Mariah Carey, The Notorious B.I.G. and others. He was featured more than 30 times in offficial singles.

Drake
Drake is one of the biggest rappers today and he never left the Billboard charts, either his own singles or those he was featured. In a short period of time, he was already heard as a featured artist in more than 50 singles, which included the hit “What’s My Name?” by his rumored girlfriend, Rihanna.

Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott has been one of the most successful female rappers and she’s also being featured in a lot of singles. She may had took a break but she’s back recently with a hit single. She was heard in more than 40 singles which included hits by Mariah Carey and other singers.

Lil Wayne
Among all rappers, Lil Wayne can possibly the most in demand. He’s been featured in more than 100 titles which were released as official singles. Well, he had numerous hits by himself too. It included works with Chris Brown and “Down” by Jay Sean.

Pitbull
Pitbull’s music may be different from other rappers as his sound is not hip-hop. But he was featured several times in different singled. He was partnered a number of times with Jennifer Lopez which included “On the Floor” and in some singles of Chris Brown.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was also a hit rapper in 1990’s and even until now. He had been featured more than 90 times in singles which included songs by Pussycat Dolls and Katy Perry.

Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa was known for his hit “Black and Yellow”, but he was also known for being featured in some singles. One of the most successful singles he was featured is “Payphone” by Maroon 5.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is currently the reigning queen of rap for scoring a number of hit songs by herself. She was also featured in lots of singles ranging at about 50 titles, and included works with David Guetta, Justin Bieber and Madonna.

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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2000-2004)

Music is still very much alive from 2000-2004, however, album sales was seen on its decline. This was due to the rise of digital music and piracy. Still, we saw the trends in music with the rise of new artists, as well as trends in genres.

First-week million sales
It has been a phenomenon in music to sell one million copies in just one week. The record breaker for a long time was set on first quarter of 2000 when NSYNC broke sales with 2.4 million US sales. That same year, Eminem broke more than 1.7 million for “Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears second LP “Oops… I Did It Again” with more than 1.3 million and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” with more than 1 million. Several artists this era reached a million in first week like Usher, Norah Jones and Backstreet Boys (had two albums with Millenium from 1999). NSYNC held the second place for a long time to with “Celebrity” with 1.8 million plus, and another album from Eminem.

Boybands going hiatus
Boybands enjoyed their peak during 1995-1999. They started the new millenium with a bang, but as 2002 started, boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC took hiatus. European boybands continued though like Westlife and Blue.

Going solo
As boybands and girlbands go hiatus, many members of those groups went solo. NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake achieved success with his debut. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys though had limited success. While Beyonce of Destiny’s Child had her superstardom began in 2004.

Young female stars going sexy
We also saw the young female stars going sexier this era. Britney Spears left her role model image as she has gone sexy in her third album. Christina Aguilera is very notable though as she has shown her dirtiest image in 2002 with her video “Dirrty” and her breakout album “Stripped”.

Young female pop/rock stars
In 2002, Avril Lavigne rocked the charts with her debut album “Let Go”. Despite Michelle Branch first came out, she was not credited for the rise of pop/rock music. Vanessa Carlton had platinum success with her debut album, while Jennifer Love Hewitt released a pop/rock album. We also saw Hillary Duff and Ashley Simpson followed the pop/rock genre.

Rock bands
Rock has become a very popular genre in 2000 with the success of Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park became victorious too who scored the biggest selling rock album of the decade with “Hybrid Theory” and a huge second album “Meteora”. Nickelback, Coldplay and Creed became successful this era too.

R&B music
R&B music has been on its peak when year 2000 begun. It was led by Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyonce and others. Even pop stars incorporated R&B in their music.

Hip-hop music
Hip-hop music scene is very much alive this era too. We saw the success of Eminem, Nelly and Ja Rule, as well as the introductory of Chingy, 50 Cent and others.

Remixes
Remixes has been popular too this era. It started when Jennifer Lopez topped the charts with “I’m Real” which led to the release of her remix album. The album set record when it went to number one. Other successful remix albums were from P. Diddy and Linkin Park.

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10 Songs With “Shake”

“Shake” was often used in songs to moving your body and mostly in party songs. Nevertheless, it is also used in a relationship like shaking it and breaking it. To know some of the known “shake” songs, here are they:

Taylor Swift- Shake It Off
Seems like many are hating you, just go on what you doing and “shake” it off. This song which officially made Taylor Swift a “pop” star went to number one and was successful globally.

Debbie Gibson- Shake Your Love
Want some “shaking” 1980’s groove, this song will surely make you “shake” your love. This song was a top 5 hit for Deb in the US and entered the top 10 in many countries.

Metro Station- Shake It
The song may be about romance with the girl as clearly stated with its “shake” title. Since the song was the only big hit of the band, they were considered as one-hit wonder.

Mariah Carey- Shake It Off
When your boyfriend is cheating, just leave and “shake” it off. This song with the sane title with Taylor Swift, became a top 10 hit including a top 2 position in the US.

Kelis- Milk Shake
According to reports, Kelis claims it means “self-confidence”. But many people give it a different meaning. The song eventually became Kelis’s biggest worldwide hit

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee- Shake Ya Tailfeather
Just a song for the girls as this song was used in “Bad Boys 2”. It went to US number 1 and a top ten placement in sone countries.

Savage Garden- Break Me, Shake Me
“Shake” pertains to a relationship that happens due to abuse. It was also listed in “Break” songs. It was a moderate success in some countries.

Ricky Martin- Shake Your Bonbon
Ricky Martin was known for “shaking” his bonbon and he also asks the girl to “shake” that bonbon too. The song has been a top 20 success in many countries.

Baueer- Harlem Shake
Just one of the meaningless “shake” song as it was mainly a dance instrumental song. It became successful when it became viral as many just danced with that song.

Peaches and Herb- Shake Your Groove Thing
One of the most remarkable and classic “shake” songs. It has been a hit song that it is still heard even at this era.

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Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of 2000s

Movie soundtracks in 2000s may not be as huge as in 1990s, however, there are some big hits too this decade.

High School Musical Cast- Breaking Free
(from High School Musical)
The cast of this TV movie gained popularity in music industry when this song hit the top 10, which is also popular among teenagers.

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee- Shae Ya Tailfeather
(from Bad Boys 2)
It took 8 years for the sequelof Bad Boys 2, and it was worth it as the film was a hit as well as this song which was a Hot 100 chart-topper.

Madonna- Die Another Day
(from Die Another Day)
She had a cameo role in this James Bond film, likewise, she sang the Bond theme which became the biggest Bond song after several years.

Miley Cyrus- The Climb
(from Hannah Montana The Movie)
After successful TV soundtracks, finally, a movie soundtrack was released through the movie versio. The movie’s theme “The Climb” became a Billboard top 5 hit and Miley’s biggest hit then.

A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls- Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)
(from Slumdog Millionaire)
Originally excluded Pussycat Dolls from the original version, the group’s inclusion made the song a hit. The success of the film can also be attributed.

Linkin Park- What I’ve Done
(from Transformers)
This can be the biggest selling single of the band, it’s inclusion to the “Transformers” soundtrack is a jump start for the band’s new album.

Faith Hill- There You’ll Be
(from: Pearl Harbor)
The song was Faith’s biggest international hit and was intended to duplicate the success of “My Heart Will Go On” but it didn’t match. It is still a hit though.

Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink- Lady Marmalade
(from: Moulin Rouge)
These four ladies made an incredible version of this song with huge impact to the success of the album’s soundtrack and film. It went on to top the global charts.

Eminem- Lose Yourself
(from: 8 Mile)
This song is one of the biggest hit of Em. Likewise, it is also a successful film which starred Em himself. The soundtrack is also reached high sales status.

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain- Low
(Step Up 2: The Streets)
It seems hip-hop is such a big genre in soundtracks recently. This song from the second installment of Step Up was one of the biggest selling digital singles to date.

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Top Remix Albums

Changing some parts of song can be a good thing and eventually becomes a source of income for some artists. It is what we call remixes. Most remixes we hear were remade for club plays. People can dance with songs originally were ballads. With the help of technology as done by DJs, songs can sound faster. But that’s not always the case. Many songs will sound hipper through adding rap parts. It became popular in early 1990s which one of the most remarkable change happened through Mariah Carey’s hit “Fantasy” when she hired ODB to rap in the song. It helped the song and parent album’s success.

A song can likely be changed completely and the title can be retained and claim it’s a remix version. An example was Jennifer Lopez’s  “I”m Real”. The fast pop original version turned into a mid-tempo hip-hop version.

Remix albums also came to existence, many became hits, while others performed moderately. Some of these artists were below.

Madonna- You Can Dance

This is one of the best selling remix albums. Past songs of Madonna became more suitable for club plays.

Michael Jackson- Blood on the Dance Floor (History in the Mix)

Considered the most successful remix album when it sold over 6 million worldwide. The songs were mostly remixed version of songs from his album “History”.

Jennifer Lopez-J to tha L.O.- The Remixes

The album featured the totally revamped “I’m Real” and the new version of chart-topper “Ain’t it Funny”. It eventually became the first number one remix album ever.

Linkin Park- Reanimation

Released during remix albums is a trend, Linkin Park remixed their “Hybrid Theory” songs which ended as the fastest selling remix album based on first week sales.

P. Diddy- We Invented the Remix

This became second to Jennifer Lopez to top Billboard 200. It just propelled 2 Billboard top 10 hits, an evidence of the album’s success.

Justin Bieber- Never Say Never- The Remixes

Justin Bieber’s “My World” had an EP, 2.0, acoustic and of course, a remix version. It was one of those most successful remix albums when it topped Billboard 200 and was released during the height of his album’s success.

 

Some facts from Wikipedia.