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Album’s Singles Review: “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith

Sam Smith has shown his great talent of songwriting and vocals in this album “In the Lonely Hour”. The album is melancholic as it expresses unrequited love, as stated by Sam Smith, and can be considered as the male version of Adele’s “21”, though not as groundbreaking as Adele’s. The album was a worldwide hit reaching the top 10 in several countries. In US, it is already close to 3x platinum, while in his country, United Kingdom, it went to massive 7x platinum.

Lay Me Down (with John Legend for the re-issue)
“Lay Me Down” was the first single release in United Kingdom. But the eventual re-issue after re-recording, it went to number 1 in United Kingdom. In the US, it reached number 8, his third solo top 10 hit. It was a melancholic ballad.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Money On My Mind
“Money On My Mind” was the second UK single of Sam Smith, though released latter in some countries. The upbeat song was a hit in UK where it became his first solo number 1 single. The song sounds like paying for a romance.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

Stay With Me
“Stay With Me” is a beautiful ballad which became Sam Smith’s breakthrough single. In the song, Sam Smith is like pleading for the person he is in love with to stay. Tom Petty was credited after issues of copyright came out as the chorus sounds the same with Sam’s song. The song became very successful worldwide reaching number 1 and top 10 in numerous countries including US and UK where it reached number 2 and 1 respectively.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

I’m Not the Only One
“I’m Not the Only One” was the follow up for the ballad “Stay With Me”. It is a soul pop track which showcased the powet of Sam’s vocals. It was a big hit too reaching top 10 in many countries like US and United Kingdom.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Like I Can
“Like I Can” has an upbeat music background. The song has also proven Sam Smith can sing anything. It became a top 10 hit In United Kingdom, and at the second bottom of Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.25 out if 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Male Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Michael Jackson / Sam Smith

Michael Jackson
United States- Michael Jackson is one of the biggest selling artists ever. In America, he had scored total of seven albums to reach number in Billboard 200. His biggest selling album was also the biggest selling album worldwide including US which is “Thriller”. It is also his first number 1 solo album and was RIAA certified a stunning 32x platinum. His second number 1 was “Bad” which went 9x platinum. It was followed by “Dangerous” and “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future: Book 1” and his last studio album “Invincible”. The soundtrack “Michael Jackson’s This is It” and the re-issue of “Bad” went to number 1 too.
United Kingdom- Michael Jackson was also very successful in United Kingdom. He had scored at least 9 number 1 albums in the country. His biggest selling album there was the BPI 13x platinum certified “Thriller”. His other studio albums which went to number 1 were “Bad”, “Dangerous”, “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future: Book 1”, and “Invincible” His posthumous album “Xscape” went number 1 too. Compilation albums went number 1 too, namely: “18 Greatest Hits”, “Number Ones”, and “The Essential Michael Jackson”. He had a number 1 remix album too which was “Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix”.

Sam Smith
United States-Sam Smith failed to reach number 1 the US with debut album “In the Lonely Hour”, however, it was a hit there reaching 2x platinum with a number 2 peak, and was one of the biggest sellers in US during the year it was released.
United Kingdom- Sam Smith, as a Brit artist, did well in his hometown where he topped the charts for many weeks with “In the Lonely Hour” debut album. Aside from that, it is one of the biggest sellers there during the recent years. According tp BPI, it has gone 7x platinum already there. It generated several hit songs too.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
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Artists who Wrote Songs for Other Artists Before Achieving Solo Success

Aside from being singers, there are some of these singers who are really good at song writing. In fact, these artists first wrote songs before becoming successful solo singers.
Here are some of the artists who first became songwriters before achieving solo success as singers:

Sam Smith
Before Sam Smith became successful off his debut album “In the Lonely Hour”, which he also wrote the songs there, Sam Smith first wrote “Latch” by Disclosure, which he sang all of the vocals. But the song “La, La, La” by Naughty Boy became a bigger hit worldwide. Then his solo effort became a success after that.

Jessie J
Before achieving success in 2011 as a singer, Jessie J wrote a song first which was given to other singer. That was the very popular tune “Party in the USA”, performed by Miley Cyrus. After that, she wrote songs for herself.

Sia
Sia was already a singer more than a decade ago but only with her album “1000 Forms of Fear” when she was recognized worldwide as a singer. Before her international solo success, she has co-written numerous songs not just for herself but for other singers too. She was credited for her songwriting for songs performed by Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, and more. One of her most successful song written was “Diamonds” by Rihanna.

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars became successful as a solo singer in 2010 via his debut album “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” and the hit “Just the Way You Are”, from then on, he became a huge superstar. Before that success, he wrote heaps of songs for other artists. Aside from writing and singing for the songs “Nothin’ on You” and “Billionaire”, one of the songs known he wrote was “Long Distance” by Brandy.

Ryan Tedder of One Republic
Ryan Tedder was known as the vocalist of the band One Republic. Before achieving success with his band, Ryan wrote a lot of songs prior which included songs for Leona Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Duff, and a lot more. Since then, he became one of the most sought songwriters other artists work with.

Kesha
Kesha is a successful singer as well as a songwriter of her songs and for other artists like Britney Spears. Before her singing career, she wrote the song “This Love” by The Veronicas.

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Successful Male Singers Who Wrote for Fellow Successful Singers

There are many successful male singers today who had written for their fellow artists, which also help build the careers for those artists or at least scored another hit for them. Here are some of these successful male singers who contributed such songs for fellow singers:

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is currently one of the wonderful singers today. He had scored big hits off his first and second albums. He had written majority of his songs which has shown his musicianship and talent. Aside from writing his own songs, he also wrote for other artists too. He had written or co-wrote songs for a number of One Direction songs, which included the UK charttopper “Little Things”, as well as Taylor Swift’s hit “Everything Has Changed”, which he was featured too. The most recent one he co-wrote was “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and now a huge hit.

Justin Timberlake
He achieved success as a solo artist after being in a successful boyband, NSYNC. He also turned into a songwriter which already showcased on NSYNC’s “Celebrity” album. After going solo, he wrote/co-wrote big hits which included Black Eyed Peas’ “Where’s the Love”, Rihanna’s “Rehab”, and tracks for Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, etc.

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is also one of the greatest songwriters today. Aside from writing his own songs, he also wrote/co-wrote songs for other artists which he was also featured. One of these hits were “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy, the first song he was featured “Nothin’ On You” by B.O.B., the recent one “Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and a lot more. He also wrote “Long Distance” by Brandy.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith was one of the top selling artists nowadays. He created hits for himself, likewise, he wrote for other artists. Aside from the songs he was featured like “La, La, La” and “Latch” which he co-wrote, he also co-wrote the song “Flashlight” which was performed by Jessie J for “Pitch Perfect 2.

Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney had some successful songs and some of them was written by him. But he also wrote a song for other artist, which is “Bleeding Love” sung by Leona Lewis.

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Singers Who Were Featured Artists Before Solo Success

To promote an artist, they were first featured in other or established artists’ songs. After their exposure, they released their own works which eventually acheived notable success. Here are some of those artists who accomplished such:

Ashanti
Before scoring her first hit single “Foolish” in 2002, she was first featured in a song by Big Pun called “How We Roll”  The song peaked inside the top 15 of Billboard Hot 100. However, her appearance in Ja Rule’s “Always on Time” achieved remarkable success when it peaked at number one. After that, she scored her first solo number one hit and album, and featured in a ton of songs again.

Christina Milian
Christina Millian gained success after hitting the top 30 of Billboard Hot 100 in 2001 with “AM to PM”, and eventually a top 5 hit with “Dip it Low”. However, she was first seen on Ja Rule’s “Between Me and You” in 2000.

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is currently one of the top male artists today for scoring number one hits and millions of records. But before he achieved solo success, we heard him first in the number one B.O.B. hit song “Nothin’ on You” and the worldwide top ten hit “Billionaire”. That seems a good pre-solo career success.

Keri Hilson
Keri Hilson has been featured a number of times before scoring her number 3 hit “Knock You Down”. Her first successful featured artist single was “The Way I Are” by Timbaland from the stellar album “Shock Value” then followed by “Scream” by Timbaland again.

Kesha
We’d known Kesha for her hit single “Tik Tok” and tons of top ten danceable hits. But before her solo success, she was heard in a song which didn’t give much credits to her contrubution in the song “Right Round” by Flo Rida.

Sam Smith
British singer Sam Smith may be enjoying success now, however, before his solo success, he was already heard as featured artist in hit songs like “Latch” by Disclosure and the worldwide hit “La, La, La” by Naughty Boy.

Beyonce
Beyonce is one of the most successful singers nowadays. Everybody knows how successful she is as a solo singer and part of the hit group Destiny’s Child. However, she was first featured in a song “I Got That” by Amil in 2000 when she’s still with Destiny’s Child. Before hit solo single “Crazy in Love” and debut album’s success, she was also featured in Jay-Z’s “03 Bonnie and Clyde”.

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Artists With Successful Debut since 2010

Since 2010, there were tons of newcomers which scored successes. Many of them though were one-hit wonders or had hit singles while their albums didn’t fare much.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has become the queen of rap at the moment for her singles becoming hits. She released her debut album in 2010 which she called “Pink Friday” went to the top of Billboard 200. Her other ‘Pink’ albums performed well and produced hit songs.

Ed Sheeran
British star Ed Sheeran initally became huge in his hometown, which is UK. His debut “+” went multi-platinum already until it was finaly released elsewhere in the world. It became multi-million seller worldwide which opened the way for his even more successful second LP “x”.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The hip-hop duo Mackemore and Ryan Lewis became successful with LP “The Heist”. The album’s success was heightened by two number 1 singles including “Thrift Shop”. Now, the duo is set for their second LP.

One Direction
The boys became successful with their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” which also contributed to the success of their first album called “Up All Night”. They attained mutiplatinum success and became the biggest boyband in the world since their debut.

Lorde
New Zealander Lorde became a big star with her debut single “Royals”. The album it was taken “Pure Heroin” went to the top 3 and has sold millions of records as well. Her follow-up is still in the works.

Sam Smith
The British pop and soul singer Sam Smith was doing well in the UK until it was decided for international release. His heartbreaking album “In the Lonely Hour” was one of the top albums in 2014 and 2015 has scored him multiple Grammys and top 10 hits.

Iggy Azalea
It might have took her a while to finally release her debut album “The New Classic” but when it is finally out, it is worth it when it went to the top 10 with millions in sales. It was due to the success of the song “Fancy” which according to IFPI has sold 10 million. “Black Widow” with Rita Ora became a top ten single worldwide too.

Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor is likely the top newcomer this 2015 when her first album “Title” went to number 1. Apart from that, all of its official singles were big hits.

Yearend Special: Top Love Songs of 2015

When you’re in love with someone, it is nice to listen to love songs which you can relate to and gives smile to your face. However, not all love songs were happy. There are some love songs that talks about heartbreak, maybe Toni Braxton’s “Just Another Sad Love Song” will come to your mind. This year, there weren’t much love songs played on air and made impact on radio and even in sales. Here are the 10 love songs (happy or sad songs) for the year that did well in the charts.

One Direction- Night Changes
We all knew One Direction often speaks about young love. This song became their 11th UK top 10 and a top 40 position in the US.

Taylor Swift- Widest Dreams
Taylor is making a plea for someone she once love to be remembered. This hot ballad made it to the top 5 in the US just recently.

Sam Smith and John Legend- Lay Me Down
Re-recorded for a collaboration with John Legend, this emotional love song went to the top of UK charts and top 10 in US.

Meghan Trainor and John Legend- Like I’m Gonna Lose You
“Giving all your love” themed song, this is just another sad love song this year brought by Meghan and John Legend which just became Meg’s 3rd top ten hit.

Ed Sheeran- Photograph
A song about being far from whom you love or in other words, long distance relationship. Well, just look at the photograph when you miss that person. This song became Ed’s 3rd US top 10.

Sam Smith- I’m Not the Only One
This is a painful song as being in a relationship with someone who has another one. This song eventually peaked inside the top 5 of both US and UK.

R. City ft. Adam Levine- Locked Away
Asking the one you love if you will still be loved if flaws or negatives were seen. Nicely written song and deserved its top 10 position elsewhere.

Nick Jonas- Jealous
This song was aimed for his then-gf Olivia Culpo and expressing how he felt the jealousy knowing the lady is a beauty queen. It went to the top ten in several countries.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
This is one of the catchiest love songs this year and many will agree it is one of the best this year. The “Fifty Shades” theme went to the top 3 if not number one in majority of the charts globally.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
This song is still often heard in the radio. The song’s simplicity, romantic theme and Ed Sheeran’s voice made it the best love song this year. The position is random except this song which I declare as the best love song thos year.

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Yearend Special: Top Songs by Male Artists 2015

Here are the top 10 singles from male artists this 2015:

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
Many of you might have fallen in love to this lovely ballad by Ed Sheeran. You can hear the song anywhere, a testament of the song’s success. In the US, it stayed at top 2 for a number of weeks and a number 1 position in many singles charts elsewhere.

Justin Bieber- What Do You Mean?
This might the biggest comeback single by a male artist. Justin pulled this EDM pop track which crashed the streaming and downloads charts. It also did well in the radio. With its success in different platform, it scored Justin his first worldwide number 1 hit.,

Drake- Hotline Bling
Drizzy is one of the top male stars this year that he scored a big hit with this telephone-related hit “Hotline Bling” which was a recent number 2 single in the US and hitting the top 10 in other countries.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk
Mark and Bruno were great producers but the latter is the better singer. The tandem of the two was number 1 globally thus helped the sing to be the top song this year.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
As a tribute to the late Paul Walker, this song easily topped the charts worldwide. It was good to hear rap and pop can make an emotional and goosebump-worthy song.

Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Ed Sheeran generated another hit for “x” to this dramatic song. It climbed to the top 10 in US and despite peaking lower in his hometown UK, it sold a hefty amount.

Sam Smith ft. John Legend- Lay Me Down
Sam Smith asked John Legend to re-record this emotional ballad which eventually was a UK number 1 song.

Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor- Marvin Gaye
After “See You Again”, Charlie has proven he can also do it as lead artist when this song hit #21 in Hot 100 according to Billboard and #1 in UK from OCC.

Justin Bieber- Sorry
This song is currently a hit in different places around the world, it may be at number 1 (included UK) or number 2 (included US).

The Weeknd- Can’t Feel My Face
One of the biggest songs this year, The Weeknd has finally proven himself. This song topped the US and a multi-platinum succcess there. It also hit the top 10 worldwide.

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Yearend Special: Top Male Artists of 2015

There are lots of male artists who did very well this year. It seems its “boy power” as based on the charts, guys did much better. Female stars still did well but it seems guys did better this year. Here are the 10 biggest male singers/rappers this year:

The Weeknd
The Weeknd may have underrated prior this year but he had a blast on the charts this 2015. After a top 5 entry via “Earned It” (the sensual song from Fifty Shades of Grey), he scored 2 #1 singles this year, the funky “Can’t Feel My Face” and the explicit ballad “The Hills”. Aside from hit songs, he got a bonus for topping the albums chart worldwide.

Justin Bieber
It was a huge comeback for the Canadian pop star. With a feature for Diplo and Skrillex song, it was followed by an album which just dominated the sales but also 3 top 5 hit songs just recently, with “What Do You Mean?” which ruled the charts globally.

Drake
He’s the biggets rapper this year as he scored 2 number one albums and several hit songs including the current smash “Hotline Bling”, which is doing very well anywhere.

Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt is currently a big star in country music. He scored lots of hits in top 40 this year including a top 10 album. I love his song “Take Your Time”, which became huge in top 20.

Mark Ronson
Music producer Mark Ronson scored is biggest success in career this year through “Uptown Funk” which is the biggest single worldwide this year. Anyway, thanks to Bruno Mars’ contribution.

Charlie Puth
One of the biggest breakthrough artists this year, Charlie Puth made a mark as a co-writer and the pop vocals in the big hit “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa. He’s also successful as lead singer of the pop hit “Marvin Gaye”.

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas can easily be said as the most successful Jonas. He had success worldwide with the pop hit “Jealous” followed by the darker R&B tune “Chains”. He reached top 40 recently with EDM/pop hit “Levels”.

Sam Smith
He’s the biggest winner in Grammys this year and his “In the Lonely Hour” is still one of the biggest sellers this year. His ballads “I’m Not the Only One” and “Lay Me Down” were top ten hits.

Fetty Wap
One of the top newcomers this year, Fetty Wap easily made two ten singles this year. He also went to the top of rap albums this year.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is the biggest male singer this year. With the beautiful love song “Thinking Out Loud” and the melancholic “Photograph”, both were successful. While LP “x” sold millions this 2015.

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Yearend Special: Top Soundtrack Singles of 2015

Many of us have surely seen blockbuster films this year. Along with the successful movies comes successful soundtracks too. This year, we heard some hit soundtrack albums while some theme songs even became big hits in the music charts. Here are the 5 biggest soundtrack singles this year:

Sam Smith- Writings on the Wall (from 007 Spectre)
Sam Smith was chosen to sing the James Bond song called “Writings on the Wall”. The movie, according to Box Office Mojo, grossed more than $700 million, a big amount, however lesser than “Skyfall” did. The same performance with the song which peaked lower than Adele’s “Skyfall” failing the top 40 entry but did better in the UK when it reached the apex of the singles chart.

Jessie J- Flashlight (from Pitch Perfect 2)
This theme for the “Pitch Perfect 2” was a top 20 hit in the UK. However, it underperformed in the US peaking at #61 according to Billboard. Despite the underperformance of the song, it was a huge hit in the internet as many civer versions were done. The film though was a bigger success than its predecessor.

The Weeknd- Earned It (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
The film “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been overstated before it was even released which resulted to box-office success. The soundtrack even was as successful which scored two big hits. This song from The Weeknd became his first solo hit to reach top 5 worldwide.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
This is also another big hit from “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The song was very successful worldwide and even gained hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube as well as in audio streaming.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again (Furious 7)
This is the biggest soundtrack and one of the biggest hit this year. Sang for the late Paul Walker, Furious 7 reached a billion dollars in ticket sales, according to Box-Office Mojo, and this song stayed long weeks at the summit globally.

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