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Album’s Singles Review: “Forever” and “Greatest Hits” by Spice Girls

Forever (album)
After Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls, the group took a hiatus and eventually released a reunion album, without Geri, which was called “Forever”. It contains more R&B songs but the girls needs to stick to their pop sound. The album peaked at number 2 in United Kingdom and had gone platinum. In United States, it only peaked at number 39.

Goodbye
“Goodbye” was released as a single in 1998 which was just eventually included in “Forever” album. It is a pop ballad which was emotional and tearjerky as it was dedicated to Geri Halliwell. It turned to be as a global hit when it became their 8th UK number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Holler
“Holler” was the first official single from “Forever”. Actually, it was released alongside the song “Let Love Lead the Way” as a double-sided single. The R&B song became a number 1 hit United Kingdom, their 9th in the country.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Let Love Lead the Way
“Let Love Lead the Way” was part of the double-sided single with “Holler” for the album “Forever”. It is a R&B ballad which had a good meaning. The song went tl number 1 with “Holler”.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

If You Wanna Have Some Fun
“If You Wanna Have Some Fun” was released as a promotional single for “Forever”. It was a dance R&B song and sounds similar to their other songs.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Greatest Hits (compilation album)
The Spice Girls reunited to release this compilation album. It had two new tracks, and went to top 3 in United Kingdom with platinum certification by BPI.

Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
“Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)” was released in support for “Greatest Hits” album. The song sounds similar to their songs “2 Become 1” and “Goodbye”. It peaked at number 11 in United Kingdom. In Asia, it did well in the charts.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Spiceworld” by Spice Girls

Spiceworld (album)
After their global chart success and becoming a phenomenon with their debut album “Spice”, the Spice Girls quickly released a follow-up which was called “Spiceworld“. It was also named for their movie. The album as usual had pop songs which most were danceable, and slight touch of R&B. It became a globally successful album again when it was reported that it sold 20 million.

Spice Up Your Life
“Spice Up Your Life” was released as the lead single of the album. It is a dance pop track with latin influence on it. The music video is very notable for its futuristic setting which reminds you of Pulp Fiction. It is one of the best music videos around at that time. The song talks about the phenomenon the girls experienced and convincing everyone to spice up their life. It was a global hit song charting at top 5 in most countries. While in United States, it reached number 18.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Too Much
“Too Much” was the second single from “Spiceworld”. The track is a beautiful ballad infused with classic R&B sound on it. In the music video, snippets from their movie “Spiceworld” was shown, but the alternate version it didn’t. The song became a hit again when it reached top 10 in several territories. It reached number 1 UK, their 6th consecutive there. It was their last top 10 hit in US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Stop
“Stop” was the third official single off “Spiceworld”. The song is a dance pop track which is notable for its Motown influence, and also a simmilaritu with Boyzone’s “Picture of You”. It is a good track and its music video was very simple. The song became their first single to miss number 1 of UK charts but it was still a worldwide hit reaching number 1 and top 10 in some territories. It was a number 16 hit in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Viva Forever
“Viva Forever” was the final single from Spice Girls’ second album “Spiceworld”. It is a beautiful ballad perfectly made as the last single of an album. Again, it was a global hit reaching top 10. It was their 7th number 1 hit in United Kingdom.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

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Girlbands With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: TLC / Danity Kane / Spice Girls / Girls Aloud

TLC
United States- TLC has been one of the biggest selling girl groups worldwide. Their album “CrazySexyCool” is the biggest selling album in America but never went number 1 there. Their only number 1 album in the US was “Fanmail”, which went multiplatinum too.
United Kingdom- The trio never had a number 1 album in United Kingdom. Despite that, they had platinum albums which went top 10 with “CrazySexyCool” has the highest peak at number 4.

Danity Kane
United States- Danity Kane is one of the top female groups in America who had hit albums there. In fact they scored 2 number 1 albums, something that successful girl groups haven’t achieved in Billboard Hot 100. Their number albums were “Danity Kane” (self titled album), and “Welcome to the Dollhouse”.
United Kingdom- The group failed to achieve album success in United Kingdom, without reported peak.

Spice Girls
United States- Spice Girls has been one of the biggest female group in America. Their debut album “Spice” went to number 1, and eventually the biggest selling album in America in 1997, the year it was released. Their second release “Spiceworld” failed to reach number 1 but peaked at third and RIAA certified 4x platinum.
United Kingdom- Spice Girls has been huge in their home country, United Kingdom. In fact, their success was considered to be like The Beatles’ success. The girls scored two number 1 albums with their first two albums. “Spice” and “Spiceworld”, which the former went 10x platinum and the latter with 5x platinum as reported by BPI.

Girls Aloud
United States- Girls Aloud never broke the American market which never gave them a number 1 album.
United Kingdom- Girls Aloud became one of the most successful girl groups in UK. They scored two number one albums, which were “Out of Control” (their last studio album) and “The Sound of the Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits”, their biggest seller.

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

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Pop Groups that People Wanted to Have Reunion

I am a fan of music and I fell in love to the music of a lot of groups. As a music fan, I knew there were a lot there who are fans of groups too. I still follow such groups and see if they have something new to offer after their disbandment and ever wanted to reunite. Many fans still crave for these bands to make music again.

TLC
It might be impossible that the trio can reunite as a trio again. Sadly, that in early 2000’s, Lisa Lopes known as “Left Eye” passed away. She didn’t reach the point that their album “Girl Talk” was released, where she still has vocals, of course as a rapper. But fans still want the remaining two members to release new music. I think it is in the works.

NSYNC
Justin Timberlake had became a huge superstar but currently enjoying life out of the limelight as a father and a husband. When they had reunited in a perforance in VMA, fans looked back and wanted a reunion of the group since they took a hiatus and never heard back of new album since “Celebrity”.

Destiny’s Child
The two members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams shown up and performed with co-member Beyonce during the latter’s performance in Superbowl Halftime. It went fans to request the girls for a reunion album, yet, it didn’t happen.

Jonas Brothers
The guys has planned for an album released before, however, it was not released which frustrated a lot of fans. Maybe someday they will release a new one.

Spice Girls
They were the biggest pop group during 1990s and popularity was cut off when Ger Halliwell left the group. They had reunited in 2007 for a tour and a compilation album. But fans still wanted to see them back together. There were negotiations though for a reunion.

One Direction
It was just months ago when hiatus was announced but it seems fans are missing them and see them together again. Well, they recently had released the music video for “History”. While a reunion? It is still unlikely. Directioners though are hoping for the best.

Album’s Single Review: Spice Girls “Spice”

Spice Girls has invaded the world market and became phenomenal since 1996 until the departure of Geri Halliwell in 1998. This record has become a global smash going multiplatinum in numerous territories. The album has beautiful pop songs with slices of R&B, rap, and synth. We had this album before, and had enjoyed the tunes on ten tracks. The album is among the best sellers worldwide.

Wannabe
This a good way to start a career, a track that can stay in your mind after listening to it. The song which is dance pop with rap flavor is very catchy even ignoring the ‘zigazig ah’ stuff. It served as an introductory song and can relate to friendships. The song was eventually a smashing single worldwide when it reached number one in every country it entered.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Say You’ll Be There
After a very upbeat single “Wannabe”, this slightly upbeat song followed. It has R&B flavor and still danceable as performed by the girls. It went to number one in many countries again, and became their second in UK. While in America, it settled at third position.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

2 Become 1
The girls went ballad this time with this pop melodic song with synths. Though, this song is about a guy and girl romance. It was eventually the girls third worldwide hit. In UK, it was their third album to reach number one while it settled at top 4 in US months ago.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Mama
I love this song because it is meant for the mothers since I have soft spot when it comes to mothers. The pop track has beautiful melody with nicely played guitar. It was the A-side track of “Who Do You Think You Are?” as a single which became a hit and their fourth consecutive number 1 single in UK.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Who Do You Think You Are?
This was the B-side track of “Mama”. The “superstar” song os upbeat and a perfect song in clubs. It was a hit as a side-track single with “Mama”.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard / OCC

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European Groups Who Reached the Top 10 in the US (1995-1999)

European groups are very much alive during 1995 to 1999 through these artists who reached top 10 in Billboard:

U2 (Ireland)

U2 had successful albums globally at that time. But they only had 1 single to reach top 10 which is “Discotheque”¬† peaked at 10.

Take That (United Kingdom)
Being one of the top boybands during their time, it was at the last part of their current when Take That scored their very first top 10 with the song “Back for Good”. It peaked at number 7.

Everything But the Girl (United Kingdom)\
Everything But the Girl became known globally including the US through their song “Missing” which settled at number 2. They were considered as one-hit wonder though.

Oasis (United Kingdom)
Oasis had songs entered the Billboard Hot 100, but they only had 1 top 10 hit through the #8 peaking song “Wonderwall”.

Spice Girls (United Kingdom)

Spice Girls is the top British group at that time not just in the US but worldwide. The girl group scored 4 top 10 hits namely: “Wannabe” (#1), “Say You’ll Be There” (#3), “2 Become 1” (#4), and “Too Much” (#9).

Chumbawamba (United Kingdom)
Chumbawama is also among those considered one-hit wonder in the US after their hit “Tubthumping” reached number 6 Billboard Hot 100.

All Saints (United Kingdom)
All Saints emerged after the success of fellow girl group Spice Girls. They had scored hits in the US but with only 1 top 10 hit through “Never Ever” which reached number 4.

Aqua (Denmark)
Aqua is the most successful Danish group ever who graced the US singles chart. Their single “Barbie Girl” became a hit when it peaked at #7.

Ace of Base (Sweden)
Ace of Base had notable success during the first half of 1990’s. In the second half, they had scored a top 10 with their own version of “Cruel Summer” which reached the tenth position.

5ive (United Kingdom)
5ive is one of the British boybands who entered teh US top 10. They only had 1 though through the number 10 hit “When the Lights Go Out”.

B*Witched (Ireland)
B*Witched emerged to the charts after¬† the Spice Girls’ hiatus. They had scored 1 top 10 hit in the US with “C’est La Vie” (#10).

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10 Songs With “Bye”/”Goodbye”

One of the hardest thing to hear from your loved ones is the word “Bye” or “Goodbye”. We had heard a lot of songs using that word which were really sad songs. Here are some of the songs with “bye or “goodbye” in its title:

Mariah Carey- Bye Bye
This song was co-written by Mariah for her father who already passed away, as well as her other loved ones. It was also dedicated to those who had lost their loved ones and I can relate to this song as I lost my parents too. The song performed moderately in the charts which had a high note in the US reaching the top 20.

Spice Girls- Goodbye
Months after Geri Halliwell, known as Ginger Spice, left the Spice Girls, this song was released and was intended for Geri. It was a successful single as it hit the top of the charts, including United Kingdom.

James Blunt- Goodbye My Lover
This is such a sad song when you are losing your lover. The song performed well in some countries after reaching the top 10 particularly in Europe.

NSYNC- Bye, Bye, Bye
When you are being fooled by your lover and manipulating, then tell them “bye, bye, bye”. The song has been a hit worldwide peaking inside the top 10.

Michelle Branch- Goodbye to You
Another sad song saying “goodbye” to the one you love. The song became Michelle Branch’s third consecutive hit as it reached the top 25.

Boyz II Men- It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
When what you have about your former lover is just a memory, and you don’t want to say “goodbye” from it. The song then became a number two hit in the US.

Celine Dion- I Love You Goodbye
Saying “goodbye” to someone you love because you know you can give the love back that person deserves and will hurt him/her. The song was not released as an official single in major charts but performed well in the Philippines.

Madonna- The Power of Goodbye
When you have that feeling of being hurt, it’s the feeling you’ll get when saying “goodbye” to that person you’d loved. The song became a hit in several countries worldwide.

Celine Dion- Goodbye’s the Saddest Word
When you have deep love for someone, like your mother, hearing “goodbye” from her will be the saddest word you’ll hear. I felt it when my mother said it. The song performed modestly in the charts.

Atomic Kitten- The Last Goodbye
Do you know the feeling of hearing the last “goodbye”, it would be hard. The song reached number two in UK charts and did well in other territories.

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10 Songs With “Think”

Several songs with “think” were mostly about “thinking” of someone that you love. But it varies at times. In this list, it includes songs with “thinking”. Here are some of the songs with “think”:

Garbage- I Think I’m Paranoid
Sometimes you are “thinking” that someone is talking about you, that makes you “think” you are a paranoid. The song was a hit in rock charts, while hitting top 10 in UK.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
When you are in love, let what you “think” voiced out. This is one of 2015’s biggest hit after hitting number 1 and top 5 in many countries.

Spice Girls- Who Do You Think You Are?
You may be “thinking” you are a superstar, you should show it and prove it. So you wouldn’t be told, who do you “think” you are? This song went to number one and top 5 in many countries, particularly in Europe and Asia.

Katy Perry- Thinking of You
When you are with your partner, but you are “thinking” of another person. This song a big top 40 hit for Katy Perry being her third consecutive hit.

Tifanny- I Think We’re Alone Now
When you are with someone and feels like no other people are around, you’ll “think” you’re alone with that person. This song was a cover by Tifanny and became a worldwide number 1 smash.

Celine Dion- Think Twice
Before doing something with hesitation, better “think” twice. This became a big hit from Celine Dion reaching number 1 in many European countries.

Janet Jackson- When I Think of You
When you “think” of someone you like, you will surely giggle like Janet. This song became her first ever US number 1 hit.

Christopher Cross- Think of Laura
Anybody loves Laura? You will surely “think” of her. This song became a top 10 hit for Christopher Cross.

Jessica Simpson- I Think I’m in Love With You
When you are doing crazy and silly things because of someone, maybe you are in love with that person. This song was a number 21 hit for Jessica on Billboard Hot 100.

Rod Stewart- Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
When you are in a club dancing, ask the girl if she “think” you are sexy. This song by Rod Stewart became a runaway number 1 hit.

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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (1995-1999)

In music, there are different kinds of styles that are often followed by other artists. As it becomes a trend, new artist will come out in the same genre or style, or even established artists follow suit.

From 1995-1999, there are a lot changes in mainstream music world. Pop music has been dominating the era as new artists came out and putting those established artists behind. Here are some of the trends and cliches from 1995 to 1999.

Female rockers
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette dominated the record sales off her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”. With her success, other female artists doing pop/rock released some records. Sheryl Crow may had success with her debut album, but it was just a light album. Her second album sounded edgier apparently in her song “If It Makes You Happy”. On late 1997, Natalie Imbruglia released her first album “Left Off the Middle, and her 1998 single “Big Mistake” sounds like an Alanis song.

Boybands
Different boybands existed like mushrooms from 1995-1999. Some bands though, failed to attain success. The most popular boyband this era was Backstreet Boys, while in Europe and Asia, Boyzone and others, did well too. In 1999, Irish boyband Westlife scored 3 UK number one hits which led to further successes. NSYNC achieved success in 1999 especially in US.

Girl Power phrase / Girl groups
British girl pop group Spice Girls became the most relevant artist during this era which their success was compared to The Beatles. However, the group took hiatus too early after Geri bidded goodbye. Girl power remains a relevant phrase until now. Girl groups though became a trend too. We heard and seen another UK girl group All Saints. Despite their edgy sound, they followed the Spice Girls as the second top girl group at that time, eventhough the Spice’s success was miles apart from them. Other girl groups who had short success were She Moves, Solid Harmonie, etc.

Movie Soundtrack Hits
Songs from a motion picture has become a trend in 1998 after Celine Dion’s hit from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”. Other soundtrack hits whicg followed suit were Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from “City of Angels”, Marc Anthony and Tina Arena “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which became second most successful soundtrack in 1999.

Teen female stars
In 1999, we saw the success of Britney Spears from her album and singles. She eventually became one of the biggest female artist of all-time. After her success, Christina Aguilera topped the charts worldwide too. Then we saw the birth in music of Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Latin music
Latin music became a trend again as we saw Ricky Martin climbs the chart in 1998, and popularity heightened in 1999 with his first English album. We also the success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. All of these three artists achieved success with millions of records sold.

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Hiatus of Pop Groups since 1995

There were a lot of pop groups that gained a lot of fans. Record after records, fans bought them in years to show their support. So when the time came when these groups decided to take a break from music, it saddened a lot of fans. Recently, the hiatus that break the hearts of lots of fans were One Direction.

Take That
The British boyband was doing very well in their homeland and eventually to other parts of the world until in 1995, Robbie Williams left the group which started the breakup of the group. Many fans were very saddened with the breakup. Three members: Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen had notable solo releases, with Robbie as the most successful. Four members had reunited which led to multiplatinum success in UK and Robbie eventually rejoined. But now, members Williams and Orange left the group.

Spice Girls
The Spice Girls became huge worldwide and breaking records until after two years since debut, Geri Halliwell announced departure. It was a very sad moment and broke the hearts of fans. It also became a newsmaker in 1998. The remaining members announced hiatus until in 2000, the four reunited which also led to hiatus. In 2007, they reunited for a tour and compilation album and after that, they took hiatus again. Recently, news spread that they were negotiating for reunion.

NSYNC
Boyband NSYNC had two fast selling albums which is their second and third official albums and fans are still very much supporting them. But in 2002, Justin Timberlake released his solo record. It saddened some NSYNC fans though Justin’s fans suported him and became a successful solo artists. Fans are still hoping for the reunion of the boys.

TLC
The trio had multi-platinum records in 1990s until at the end of 90s, they released a comeback. After the third album’s released, which is “Fanmail”, they released a new album, but sadly Lisa Lopez died. It saddened their millions of fans knowing they can never reunite as original members.

Destiny’s Child
Destiny’s Child was initially a quartet. When two members left, it was never a big deal as two new members were introduced. However, the other left turning the group into a trio with remaining original members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, with Michelle Williams as the remaining replacer. The trio had succesful albums but took a break when they pursued solo careers. They made a reunion which pleased the fans. Despite the reunion’s success, they took a break again as a group.

One Direction
The British superstars has been topping the charts and fans are screaming for them since 2011. But last March, fans were shocked after Zayn Malik left the group. The band remained intact and decided to record a new album which was the recently released “Made in the A.M.”. Despite success, the group now announced their hiatus after final performance in X-Factor UK. It broke the hearts of a lot of their fans. Still no concrete plans when they will reunite.

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