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Music 10 C’s: Coldplay to Chandelier

1. Coldplay
They are one of the favorite bands. They had a lot of hit albums and singles as well. My favorite album from the band was “Parachutes” because of its melancholic and emotional sound.

2. California Gurls
The first single from Katy Perry’s album “Teenage Dream”. It featured rapper Snoop Dogg. Katy Perry dropped her pop rock sound to purely pop in this song.

3. Can’t Buy Me Love
One of The Beatles’ most notable songs. I often hear this song back then since my brother always play the compilation album of The Beatles.

4. Christina Aguilera
One of the top female artists who emerged in 1999. She had a lot big hits. It was also the title of her first album which generated four top 3 hits on Billboard Hot 100.

5. Can’t Feel My Face
One of the biggest hits during the recent year. It was a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It reminded me of Michael Jackson upon hearing the song with such a funk on it.

6. Cher
She is one of the most successful female artists which her career spanned decades and still relevant. Her most successful single was “Believe” in 1998.

7. Champagne Supernova
One of Oasis’ signature songs. It is one of my favorites from the band which was released during the mid-1990’s. It was taken from their biggest album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”.

8. Cassie
She is a R&B singer who was known for the hit “Me and U”. However, she can be considered as a one-hit wonder after the success of that sole single. She is one of the half-Filipino and half-American singer.

9. Chris Brown
He was known for a lot of hits, either R&B or EDM tracks. His most widespread successful album was “Exclusive” which generated the international hit “With You”.

10. Chandelier
This was sang by one of the best voices today, Sia. Aside from scoring hits, she wrote and produced hits for other artists today. By the way, “Chandelier” has been a global hit and even reached more than a billion views on YouTube.

Video from YouTube / Coldplay Official

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.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Songs Better Left to the Original Singers

There were a lot of hit songs nowadays that was often covered either by another or fellow manistream artist by the original singers, while mostly though were heard in YouTube. I used to listen to cobers on YouTube and Boyce Avenue has became one of by favorites. They had nailed a lot of songs in their own version, though, I couldn’t agree that they did very well in ALL of their covers. I heard a lot of cover songs lately on YouTube buy I wasn’t impressed in a lot of them. I couldn’t feel the sincerity in their versions and I think better leave those songs to the original singers.

Here are some of the songs being covered which should better left to the original singers:

Adele- Hello
I heard a cover verrsion of this song played on FM radio. I alao heard a lot of version of it on YouTube. However, I never heard a single version that went close to Adele’s version.  When doing a cover of any Adele song, make sure to even go close, if not match, to Adele’s.

Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts
This song had lots of cover versions on YouTube. I am not that impressed with their versions. I cannot feel the anger of Christina Perri in this song from those cover version. In fact, the video I had seen when a video did the song into American Sign Language is even more effective than those cover versions.

Sia- Chandelier
To sing this song, make sure you have a high voice because of the high notes it requires. But it shouldn’t be all about high notes. You should feel the pain the original siner felt when she sang this as it is based on her personal experience. That’s what’s lacking in those cover versions. You cannot feel the sincerity in their versions, aside from loud vocals which becomes irritating to listen to. Well, Sia had such a wonderful and unique voice. It’s only her who can sing the song beautifully and emotion catching.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
This song was often covered too. Since it is a love song, it can surely makes you fall in love and I felt that from Ed Sheeran’s version. Recently, I heard a cover version on the radio and I was annoyed. It was a female version and it should catch me if, for example, the girl is singing that song to me, but it lacks sincerity.  I could not feel the love in that version.

Songs that are more popular on YouTube than as a single- 1(Billion views)

There were a stockpile of music videos which billion/s of views. However, there are songs which became more popular on YouTube than as a single itself. Here are some of them that I had compiled in this list.

Psy- Gangnam Style
This song became a huge international hit worldwide and the biggest K-Pop song ever. However, it can still be considered as a bigger YouTube hit than as a single. Why? The success of the song can be attributed to its YouTube success. As it went viral on YouTube, it has become a craze. And the total views? It is more than 2.5 billion and remains the most viewed video ever.

Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris- Baby
The video of “Baby” once held the record for the most viewed video on YouTube. Right now, it was overtaken by a number of videos and was taken off from top 5. Then why it is a bigger YouTube hit than as a single? It may have sold millions but it neither reached number in UK and US. It topped the charts in some countries though, and top 10 in most countries. Views exceeded 1.29 billion.

Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona- Bailando
Enrique Iglesias has been successful both in English and Spanish market. This song may have been a big hit in Spanish market, but not as huge in English markets. In US, it failed to reach the top 10. While in UK, it barely cracked the top 75, whereas in YouTube, it reached 1.26 billion views. Well, it is one among Billion Views Club.

Sia- Chandelier
This song has been a sleeper hit in the charts, but it only went to number one in few countries.Still, it reached the top 10 in majority of countries in entered. But it was a bigger hit on YouTube when it reached 1.11 billion in views.

Maroon 5- Sugar
This is one of the most memorable music video last year. It has been a huge single too, but not a number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 and UK charts. It went to top 10 in several territories though. Views was stellar though as it reached more than 1.02 billion.

Credits to YouTube / Wikipedia

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.

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

Top EDM Songs by a DJ

During the last 10 years, we heard how the trend in music has evolved. From late ’90s, pop music dominated the music scene. During the first half of 2000s, R&B music was popular as well as rock tunes (during the success of Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne). At the second half, R&B music was still huge but transformation gradually happened during the late 2000s to dance music.

Behind these dance hits were producers and DJ. They made hits for superstars. R&B singers even followed the trend with the likes of Rihanna, Usher and Chris Brown. However, these DJs and producers recorded their own album and hired other artists to provide vocals. Here are some of the biggest EDM hits from a DJ. The ranking was not made because of sales but by my choice.

Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding- Outside
This was one of the big EDM hits this year. Ellie Goulding’s soothing voice is just perfect for this song.

David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland- When Love Takes Over
This is one of the first EDM hits in this generation. It was also an entrance for Kelly Rowland to EDM until she went back to R&B. This was a huge number oen hit in UK.

Zedd ft. Foxes- Clarity
This was a big EDM hit from young DJ Zedd. This was a nice love song and even sang but some artists on TV as well as on YouTube.

Icona Pop ft. Charlii XCX
This sounds different from other EDM hits mentioned. It was huge million selling song, which is due to its catchy hook. Thanks to Charlii XCX who played a big part on the song.

David Guetta ft. Usher- Without You
Among in this list, this may be the catchiest but it’s not enough to top this list. However, it opened a way for Usher to sing EDM songs. It propelled to top 10 worldwide.

Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc- Wake Me Up
I love the inspirational lyrics of the song and Aloe Blacc’s beautiful voice is being showcased. So far, this is one of the most successful EDM songs.

David Guetta ft. Sia- Titanium
I may not be a big fan of Sia but he made some of the most beautiful EDM hits. Lyrically, this is the best song because of inspiring inner strength despite the negativity or falsehoods thrown towards you. The song became one of the biggest selling EDM songs and remains a staple in many playlists and also used as commercial music background.

The Powerful Voice of Sia

Last night while watching a TV show, there’s this singer who performed one of 2014’s biggest hits, “Chandelier” from the singer and songwriter Sia. The song was considered as the artist’s breakthrough. If you will ask common people if they already heard Sia before, only few or even none may answer “Yes”. But now, everybody knows the song, some people will even say it is difficult to sing.

 

Well, Sia has a unique voice and nobody can sing like her. When I first heard “Chandelier”, there’s a little touch of Rihanna but hers is more unique and has higher range. It’s a perfect song she wrote for herself and a good idea not to give to other artists. You heard it right, she had written to other artists and they were superstars. Britney Spears’ “Perfume” was written by her and even did background vocals. While another pop star Christina Aguilera collaborated with her in a number of songs for her (underrated and underwhelming?) album “Bionic”. And who will forget the worldwide hit “Diamonds” , the last number 1 hit from Rihanna? Recently, you heard her composition/s in Beyonce’s huge self titled album and from the movie “Pitch Perfect 2”. It is a testament of her huge talent that other artists adore her.

 

Back then, Sia already released records nevertheless, reception from the public was lukewarm. Her first music video and song that I heard and saw was “Clap Your Hands”. It’s catchy but a song that lacks force to elevate her song to the masses. Then I heard her voice over David Guetta song “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones”. She co-wrote the songs and served as doorway to international stardom.

 

After “Chandelier”, her controversial song (because of its music video) “Elastic Heart” proved she can’t be a one-hit wonder (as solo) when it peaked inside the top 20 globally. It’s a good song too and garnered hundreds of millions of hits in YouTube.

 

What’s next from Sia? Looking forward to hear more from her and show everyone the power of her voice.