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R&B Hits and Saxophones

I turned on the FM radio when two songs played consecutively with saxophone parts being emphasized. Yes, we heard saxophone recently from pop songs from Katy Perry like “Last Friday Night” and Lady Gaga’s hit “Edge of Glory”. But the lists here were those R&B songs with saxophone parts. Honestly, I found these songs very similar because of saxophone but it was very effective because it is the most remembered parts of the songs.

Jennifer Lopez-Get Right
Rewinding back 10 years ago, we heard this tune from Jennifer Lopez from radio and music videos. It was also used by NBA. And what can you remember from this song? Saxophone which you can hear from the very start of the song. It turned to be a big hit worldwide while peaked lower in the States. By the way, yhe usage of saxophone was a sample from a song.

Jason Derulo- Talk Dirty
This is one of the memorable tunes with saxophone parts which was heard in every chorus. Just like “Get Right”, the song also featured a sample. It turned out to be a huge hit worldwide including top 3 position stateside

Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea- Problem
If you think this song and “Talk Dirty” was created by the same writers and producers, then you are wrong. When the song was released and I heard it on YouTube, “Talk Dirty” came to my mind. Saxophone was first heard at the beginning of the song then Iggy started to talk. The song became of the best sellers of 2014.

Fifth Harmony- Worth It
This has been Fifth Harmony’s breakthrough hit elsewhere, thanks to the saxophone part. It is the most distinct part of the song and yes, one of its creators also co-wrote “Talk Dirty”.

Redfoo- New Thang
This song came out last year but I just heard it this year. It’s been receiving heavy airplays in FM radios and heard as background in variety shows. Saxophone is the most distinct part of this song. Well, it’s no different from the songs mentioned above. The song has catchy chorus part though.

Song Reviews: Nick Jonas, Natalie La Rose, Ed Sheeran

Nick Jonas – Chains

After the huge hit “Jealous”, which became Nick’s breakthrough solo single after hitting the top 10 in many countries including major markets, US and UK, Nick released “Chains” as his second hit and was another US hit. “Chains” is a R&B song at mid-tempo with synths and drum beats. The song was epic and I never imagined he can pull such a song. It may be lyrically about in a difficult relation but it has its seducing way of pulling listeners to the song. He also even sounded a better vocalist than his brother Joe Jonas, who has been the main vocalist of their band. It also broke the one-hit wonder status for having two consecutive hits.

Rating: 8.5 of 10


Natalie La Rose – Somebody (ft. Jeremih)

She’s one of the breakout artists for 2015 after her first ever single “Somebody” broke the US top 10 and a higher peak in UK at number 2. The song is an R&B pop song and showed her dance move in the music video. It can also remind you of Whitney Houston in the music video since it pays homage to her apart from its interpolation of Houston’s big dance hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” back in the 1980s. The song’s catchy and can make you move with its R&B beats. It was a rare R&B sound now from what we here on the radio recently.

Rating: 8 of 10


Ed Sheeran – Photograph

After making everybody fall in love with “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed went more sentimental with this song “Photograph”. It started with guitar and then lyrics that’s touching and a melody and music video that will make you reminisce. The song has become a US top ten hit, his 3rd from sophomore effort “X” though a top ten hit in his hometown UK after a higher peaking “Bloodstream”.

Rating: 8 of 10


When Music Preferences Changes

I may not have grown up in a musical family but my love for music remains in more than a decade. I started to love music back in 1996 and I was 12 at that time. Too late compared to those musicians and singers who began to sing and play musical instruments even at a younger age like below 5 years old. Anyway, I am neither a singer nor a musician. I am just a big music fan who loves music so much. I love reviewing songs and sharing my thoughts on it from different genres, though, more on mainstream music but a little touch of Indie.

Back in my younger years, I mostly listened to ballads since that’s the genre that’s open played and popular in FM radio stations. Then time evolved and music has evolved too. I began to listen to popular music which includes upbeat pop and bubblegum tunes. Well, I’m a guy and I listened to the Spice Girls and Hanson which these two groups had changed the pop landscape and boybands also began to rule the charts. Hanson, though, who became successful with the global pop hit “Mmmbop” and hit album “Middle of Nowhere”, wasn’t followed by successful hits. Thus, their success was short-termed. While the Spice Girls were the most popular during their era ended to solo project after Geri Halliwell left less than 2 years after their debut hit’s release. Boybands like the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC and other European boybands like Boyzone and Westlife dominated several territories.

In late 1990s, I learned to love R&B music then Rock bands like Linkin Park and Evanescence. Now, I still love these genres but I began to love soulful songs and even Jazz. Music preferences just changes when you grow up and years go by. Music that you hated before will be the songs you might be listening when you grow up. Still, music remains like a loved one that are part of our life.