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Album’s Singles Review: “When the Sun Goes Down” by Selena Gomez and The Scene / “Stars Dance” by Selena Gomez



When the Sun Goes Down (album)
“When the Sun Goes Down” was the most successful album by Selena Gomez and the Scene. However, it was their last album as a group as Selena has gone solo. The album contains electropop and dance pop songs, while some sounds like for teenyboppers. The album peaked at numbet 3 in the US and certified Gold Record by RIAA.

Who Says
“Who Says” was the first single from “When the Sun Goes Down”. It is a song which inspires people and was like the same theme with “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. The song peak at number 21 in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Love You Like a Love Song
“Love You Like a Love Song” was released as the album’s second single. I love the electro feel of the song which is not that common. The song peaked at number 22 at the Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Hit the Lights
“Hit the Lights” was the last single from the album. It was an EDM track which failed to chart at the Hot 100.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Stars Dance (album)
Selena Gomez finally went solo in this album. This time, she has gone sensual than ever and a full-fledged EDM singer. The album became her first album to reach number 1 at the Billboard 200.

Come and Get It
“Come and Get It” was released as the first single from Selena Gomez’s first solo album “Stars Dance”. The song is somewhat sexy with Indian influences on it. It became her first top 10 hit when it reached number in the US, and number 8 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Slow Down
“Slow Down” was the second and final single from “Stars Dance”. The EDM track went to top 30 in the US, and charted in some countries. It also received certifications.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / SelenaGomezVEVO



Female Artists With Number 1 Albums and Singles: Madonna / Selena Gomez

Madonna
United States- Madonna can be said as the most successful female artist around. In United States, she scored a total of eight number 1 albums. But if we include her top 10 records, she has a total of 21 to reach the top 10 which included her compilation and soundtrack albums. Her first number 1 album was “Like a Virgin”, which was certified 10x platinum by RIAA. It was followed by the 7x platinum awardee “True Blue” and 4x platinum record “Like a Prayer”. She came back to number 1 in 2000 with “Music”, the controversial “American Life”, disco-inspired “Confessions on a Dance Floor”, urbanized “Hard Candy”, and “MDNA”. She recently went number 2 with “Rebel Heart”. Some of her albums went to top 5 but were successful to which includes the 4x platinum electronic-inspired album “Ray of Light” and the compilation “The Immaculate Collection”, which was 10x platinum. She scored platinum and multi-platinum in some of her albums.
United Kingdom- Madonna is the most successful female artist who able to grace the music industry in United Kingdom. She had a stunning total of 12 number 1 albums in the country. She also attained numerous top 10 albums. All of these albums were studio albums, soundtrack albums, and compilation albums. Her number 1 albums were: “Like a Virgin”, “True Blue” (7x platinum by BPI), “Like a Prayer”, “Evita” (soundtrack album she topbilled), “Ray of Light” (electronic album, 6x platinum), “Music” (5x platinum), “American Life”, “Confessions on a Dance Floor” (dance album), “Hard Candy”, “Celebration” (compilation album), and “MDNA”. Her most successful was the compilation album “The Immaculate Collection” for scoring 12x platinum by BPI.

Selena Gomez
United States- Selena Gomez has scored two number 1 albums in United States with her albums “Stars Dance” and the current one “Revival”. As Selena Gomez and The Scene”, she never had a number 1 album, but all went to top 10.
United Kingdom- Selena Gomez never had a number 1 or even a top 10 album in United Kingdom, but all of her albums, including as Selena Gomez and the Scene, went to top 20 with “Revival” as the highest charter at number 11.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / madonna

Album’s Singles Review: Selena Gomez and The Scene “Kiss and Tell” and “A Year Without Rain”

Kiss and Tell (album)
Selena Gomez is doing well as an actress then on Disney Channel when she released an album with her band Selena Gomez and The Scene. Their first album was “Kiss and Tell”, which consisted of pop rock, and electronic music. So far, Selena Gomez is a good vocalist as she showcased on this album. The album was certified platinum by RIAA after reaching the top 10 in US albums chart.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” is actually released for “Another Cinderella Story” movie soundtrack, but also included for “Kiss and Tell”. The electronic pop-rock influenced song went to number 58 in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Falling Down
“Falling Down” is actually the carrier single for “Kiss and Tell” since the previous single is intended for a movie soundtrack and just included in this album. The song is pop rock which draw influences from other female rock stars like Pink. The song charted in Top 100 in the US
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Naturally
Selena Gomez and The Scene went upbeat this time with this club ready song “Naturally”, which talks about being you in a natural way. It was the biggest hit from the album reaching the top 30 in Billboard Hot 100, and top 10 in UK.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

A Year Without Rain (album)
Selena Gomez and The Scene released this second albun shortly after their debut. In this album, they sounded more with dance and pop music, with minimally rock. The album peaked higher in Billboard 200 reaching number 4.

Live Like There’s No Tomorrow
“Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” is a ballad actually a part of the soundtrack of her movie “Ramona and Beezus”.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Round Round
“Round Round” can be considered as the lead single for “A Year Without Rain”. The song has electronic and dance pop influences with some retro sound be heard from it. The song peaked at number 24 in Hot 100.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

A Year Without Rain
“AYear Without Rain” is the best single released from the album. It is a Eurodance song which has similarity with Kylie Minogue songs. The song went to top 40 in Billboard.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / SelenaGomezVEVO

Songs You Can Often Hear in Malls

When you are in a mall, you can hear loud music being played. Without music, shopping experience would be boring. I don’t mean the surroundings would be silent, rather, all you can hear is the noice from people chattering which is irritating to the ears. With music, it can neutralize the annoying noise and delightful sounds. While going to different malls, I often hear almost the same music so I made a lists of songs that I often hear.

Sia- Chandelier
This song is always played everywhere. You can even hear employees singing the song.

Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor- Marvin Gaye
I even hear this song sang by a child while in a mall. I was like, do you know what the song means?

Selena Gomez- Hands to Myself
I rarely hear her great song “Same Old Love ” in malls. But this new song by Selena Gomez was already played in a mall.

Justin Bieber- Love Yourself
This song by Justin Bieber is becoming overplayed. Even cover versions were even played is malls.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Charlie Puth seems becoming a favorite in malls. Aside from “Marvin Gaye”, this sing is becoming overplayed as well.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj- Bang Bang
This song is still played often, and if airplay in malls was included in music charts, it might still be in the top 10.

Sheppard- Geronimo
To be honest, I first heard this song in the mall. Since it is catchy and the lyrics amde it easier to guess the title, I downloaded the song. Until now, it is still often played in malls.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
Well, this song is still overplayed in malls for more than a year ago. However, it has declined at the moment.

Meghan Trainor and John Legend- Like I Never Lose You
The ballad is lovely and often played on radio. It is also overplayed on radio.

Carly Rae Jepsen- I Really Like You
The word “really” may have been overused, but it seems employees in the mall never gets tired of it.

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (Since 2010)

Since 2010, there are a lot of changes in music industry and we also witnessed how album sales went down. Though, we saw the success and record breaking success of Adele as the most successful artist in this era. Here are some of the trends and cliches in music industry since 2010:

Electronic dance music (EDM)
Electronic dance music continued to dominate all the genres. We heard successful records from David Guetta, Avicci, Calvin Harris, Zedd, and a lot more. Even most pop stars and even R&B singers sung a lot of dance music, showing how popular the genre is. Some of them were Rihanna, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Usher, and a lot more.

Music crossover to pop
There were a lot of artists who changed or tried other genres which led to their notable success, though some did not succeed. Maroon 5 may already had pop hits before 2010, however, they became full time pop band with their 2012 album “Overexposed” and their recent “V”. Taylor Swift is the most successful in crossing over to pop. She gave a taste of pop tunes in her partly pop, partly country album “Red”. With her latest album “1989”, she became a fully-pledged pop star.

Formerly teen stars going sexy
There were a lot young stars before 2010 who took the “good girl, gone bad” route. Miley Cyrus became the most controversial who went naked in “Wrecking Ball”, magazine covers, parties and the raunchy performance on VMA 2013. Selena Gomez also went naked in her current album cover “Revival” and music video. Demi Lovato also went sexier on her new album “Confident”.

Million selling first week
It seems the phenomenon during first half of 2000s is happening since 2010 despite the sales are going down with albums. Taylor Swift has the most nunber of albums to reach the million threshold. Her third studip release “Speak Now” reached over 1.04 million on its first week according to Soundscan. Her fourth album “Red” sold higher with 1.21 million, while her recent and current album exceeded 1.28 million. But the recordbreaker and fastest among all was Adele’s “25”, which exceeded 3.38 million.

Soundtracks
Soundtrack albums did well since 2010. “Frozen” is the most successful which became very successful in 2014. Other successful soundtracks were “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, “Furious 7”, “Glee” albums, and a lot more.

Retro music
It seems retro and old music is incorporated in music of some pop stars. Meghan Trainor is known for her pop, soul and doo wop sound on her “Title” album. Charlie Puth incorporated Motown sound on his music, and the 80’s sound on Carly Rae Jepsen’s sound on her “Emotions” LP.

Surprise releases of albums
Beyonce broke record for releasing surprise album and went to number 1 with massive sales. Other artists followed suit which included Drake.

Credits to Wikipedia, Billboard, Soundscan

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2005-2009)

There were a lot of changes in music from 2005-2009. As noticed, there were a lot of newcomers, trends has significantly changed as well as decline of CD or album sales.

British female soul singers
Any Winehouse achieved more success in her 2006 second album “Back to Black”, while another soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae became successful with her debut album after her successful single ” Put Your Records On”. Another soul singer, Duffy, achieved worldwide success with her album “Rockferry” and became the top selling artist in 2008 in UK. Adele also debuted that same year but achieved more success with her second album.

Rise of digital and single downloads
Digital sales increased during this era and we saw the rise of singles downloads. Downloads are now included to eligible to chart in music charts.

Drop of album sales
With the rise of digital downloads, album sales went down continually. This era, no albums released ever reached 20 million in sales.

Electronic Dance Music
In 2009, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was seen to rise. David Guetta achieved successes after the hit single “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland on vocals. Lady Gaga’s sound became popular as well, thus, opening the path for dance music on the rise.

Disney princesses
This is the era when Disney princesses debuted in music industry. Miley Cyrus became successful with her Hannah Montana TV show as well as the film and soundtracks. She reached number 1 with her introductory LP “Breakout”. Other Disney stars, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, had their first albums to Billboard top 10.

Musicals on TV and movies
Disney released a TV film “High School Musical” which became a phenomenon, It had its sequel again on TV, while the last part was a movie released on theaters. The soundtrack albums became big sellers too. In 2009, musical show “Glee” became successful in ratings while records sales sold millions too.

American Idol winners
After Kelly Clarkson’s success, Americal Idol continued to break the ratings game. Carrie Underwood achieved successes and became one of the top country artists. Other AI winners achieved limited success.

Girl groups
Two notable girl groups who broke album sales this era, Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. The former though became the most successful female group at that time.

Successful comeback
We saw Mariah Carey’s successful comeback with “Emancipation of Mimi” after 2 flop albums. Madonna went back on top again after “American Life” performed modestly. Her “Confessions on a Dance Floor” became a top seller. Justin Timberlake’s long awaited second album became one of the best selling albums during this era.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Rain”

“Rains” can be a blessing, while it can be a sad moments for others. In songs, “rains” was often related to sadness, which may happen during heart breaks.

Mariah Carey- Through the Rain
You may have failed but you can stand and catch up even when it is “raining”. You can get over and and succeed again. This song was a big hit all over Asia but with moderate reception in US.

Selena Gomez and The Scene- A Year Without Rain
A “year” without rainfall means drought, a rain can refresh one’s body and even the land. Same with love, without it, it seems things are dry. This song gave Selena and pals another top 40 hit.

Prince- Purple Rain
It would be cool for the eyes to see purple “rains”. But this song has more emotional and spiritual impact. The song became one of Prince’s biggest hits.

Madonna- Rain
When love falls like “rain”, it surely be a good feeling. This ballad from Madonna is one of her finest and which made it to top 20 in Billboard.

Paramore- When it Rains
If yout loving it when it “rains”, then listen to this song from Paramore. It might not be released as an official single, but it eas popular online.

Bruno Mars- It Will Rain
It will surely be agonizing when someone that gives you sunlight leaves. With the absence of sunshine, “rain” will fall. This song became Bruno’s fourth solo US top 5.

Billie Myers- Kiss the Rain
When someone misses you, just tell then to go out and kiss the “rain”. This rock and ballad song became Billie’s only big hit, as it hit the top 20 in major countries.

Guns N Roses- November Rain
Such a sad ending of the song. I remember the video back then. It’s video became one of the most memorable in MTV and the song itself, gave GNR a big success.

Ashanti- Rain on Me
It’s like the “rain” is falling on you when someone you love left. This song was one of Ashanti’s top 10 hits in the US.

Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule- Rainy Dayz
“Rains” can be regarded as a blessing MJB and Ja though of it in this Billboard top 20 hit.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Songs by a Female Artist of 2015

There are lot of big hits this year made by female artists. This year, Taylor Swift led scoring about 5 songs hitting the top 10 while Meghan Trainor scored big singles too. Here are the top female singles this year:

Taylor Swift- Blank Space
Apart from the longest number single of Taylor Swift in Billboard, it is also her first video to reach a billion views. Congrats Taylor for such an achievement in this song.

Meghan Trainor- Lips are Movin’
The pop, doo-wop and upbeat track is such a fresh song during these times. This song was a top ten hit in several countries which included US while it made a higher position at second in UK.

Rachel Platten- Fight Song
This can be considered a breakthrough for Rachel. It ended up as a Billboard top 10 and a surprise UK chart-topper.

Sia- Elastic Heart
The song may not have reach the upper five in countries but it has been in the chart for many weeks and still in charts in some countries as of now.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
Ellie is already a hitmaker but she became a more established singer in this love song which was a top 3 single in Billboard Hot 100 and a number 1 in her home country, UK.

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney- FourFiveSeconds
It was fresh to hear Rihanna with this kind of music. Plus a collaboration from the legendary Paul McCartney and successful hip-hopper Kanye West. The song stayed in top 5 elsewhere it entered

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar- Bad Blood
The song which was a big hit in the US but a top 4 hit in UK. It was also successful in other countries. The Katy Perry-inspired song was one-week chart-topper because of being almost barred by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

Adele- Hello
This could possibly top all of the songs here despite a late release. It already became a muliti-million seller in just a week, which set a record. Of course, it is number one globally.

Selena Gomez- Good for You
With a brand new sound, Selena just scored her biggest hit ever. The sensual song made it at top 5 in US.

Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih- Somebody
She’s one of the artists that made a breakthrough this year, this song from Natalie eventually reached top 10 in several countries.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Female Artists 2015

Female artists played a big part in music this year. Despite male singers dominated the music charts more this year, some female singers did very well and as the year started, a female singer led the charts. The 10 top female artists this year below:

Taylor Swift
The year started with Taylor Swift dominating the music scene as “1989” is still the top album. She also had 5 top ten singles this year which included 2 chart-topping songs.

Meghan Trainor
Meghan released her debut LP as the year started which quickly reached number 1 including US and UK. She did big with “All About that Bass” late last year but she followed with 3 more hits this year.

Adele
Her comeback was announced this last quarter but she easily topped all of the female artists. Her “25” LP effortlessly outsold all of the albums from any artists this year in just few weeks, while “Hello” is one of the biggest songs.

Ellie Goulding
British singer Ellie Goulding scored his biggest hit ever with “Love Me Like You Do” and had a comeback collaboration with Calvin Harris. She just scored her latest top 5 album called “Delirium”.

Rihanna
Her new album “Anti” may not have released yet, but she is one of the most anticipated for a comeback this year. Apart from the “Home” soundtrack, she already released 2 top 20 hits, the folk influenced “FourFiveSeconds” which settled in top 5 worldwide and another explicit top 20 hit.

Selena Gomez
After taking a new sound with top 10 hit “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, she further incorporated a great new sound with “Revival” which recently topped the charts which already had two top 20 hits including the sultry “Good for You”.

Sia
“Chandelier” extended its success in the charts this year followed by the electro-pop “Elastic Heart”. He had numerous Grammy nominations this year.

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato also infused a new sound and has gone sexier. Her summer track “Cool for the Summer” did well in the charts globally as well as number 2 LP “Confident”.

Jessie J
With the success of “Bang Bang” with two successful artists, Jessie J continued her streak with a contribution for “Pitch Perfect 2” soundtrack.

Madonna
Madonna is back as she topped the dance music scene. Her album though failed a top debut as it peaked at 2nd.

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.