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Album’s Singles Review: “Fearless” by Taylor Swift



Fearless (album)
Taylor Swift already had hits with her self-titled album which has gone 5x platinum in the US. Her second album “Fearless”, which is an album about failed relationships and life had her fanbase extended. It went to number 1 on Billboard 200 and certified 7x platinum there.

Love Story
“Love Story” was released to lead the album by Taylor Swift “Fearless”. It is a like a fairy tale love song in a country pop sound. It was considered as her worldwide breakthrough hit. In US, it reached number 4, her highest peak then.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

White Horse
“White Horse” became the second single from Taylor Swift’s second album “Fearless”. There’s a heartbreak in this country ballad and Swift delivered it well. It peaked at number 13 on Billboard Hot 100
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

You Belong with Me
“You Belong with Me” was the third single off “Fearless”. It is a country pop rock song with such a great story on it, which Taylor Swift is good at. It went to number 2 on Billboard Hot 100. It surpassed the peak of “Love Story”.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Fifteen
“Fifteen” was released as Taylor Swift’s fourth single for “Fearless”. It was a country pop song which also goes out with a story. The single reached number 23 at the Billboard charts.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Fearless
“Fearless” the album’s title track, became the final official single. The song was a country pop rock track. It became the third top 10 single from the album when it peaked at number 9 in United States.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Today Was a Fairytale
“Today Was a Fairytale” was not part of the album but I just included it here for review. The country pop love song was part of the soundtrack of the mobie which she was also starred “Valentine’s Day”. The song debuted at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Taylor Swift” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (album)
Taylor Swift released her self-titled album in 2006. That time, her music is way far from her sound now. The album is a full length country album and talks about young love including her experiences. It became a hit album especially in United States where it peaked and number 5 and certified 5x platinum.

Tim McGraw
“Tim McGraw” was the first single from “Taylor Swift” album. The song is not exactly about the country singer Tim McGraw” It became a top 40 hit in Billboard Hot 100 and gone platinum by RIAA.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Teardrops on My Guitar
“Teardrops on My Guitar” is the second single from Taylor Swift’s self-titled album. The song talks about her crush then as Swift stated. It is a beautiful country pop song, and it was a hit in the US reaching number 13 and certified 3x platinum by RIAA. It was also well-received in Asia.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Our Song
“Our Song” was released as the third single from Taylor Swift’s first album. It was another great song about relationship. It was certified 4x platinum by RIAA after reaching number 16 in the US
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Picture to Burn
“Picture to Burn” is the fourt single from Taylor Swift’s album. The song again was about her ex-boyfriend. It was a hit in Unted States when it reached number 28 and certified 2x platinum.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Should’ve Said No
“Should’ve Said No” was the last official single from Taylor Swift’s self-titled album. It was another song about her ex. It peaked at number 33 in the US.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

I’m Only Me When I’m With You
The song was not an official single but it did well in sales reaching platinum by RIAA.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Invisible
“Invisible” was not also an official single. The beautiful country song gained sales too.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / TaylorSwiftVEVO

Female Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Beyonce / Taylor Swift

Beyonce
United States- Beyonce had released at least a total of five studio albums. All of those albums debuted and reached the top of albums chart. Her first solo album which is “Dangerously In Love” debuted at number 1 and remains her biggest seller. It was followed by her record “B-Day” which was a fast seller and certified 3x platinum by RIAA. One of her notable albums was her third number 1 album “I Am… Sasha Fierce”. Her obviously fourth album “4” might have been her lowest selling album, but it still debuted at number 1. “Beyonce” was her fifth album, as well as her fifth number 1 album, topped the charts despite a surprise release, and was her fastest seller too.
United Kingdom- Beyonce got the same success in United Kingdom despite only two of her five albums went to number 1. Those non-number 1 albums peaked inside the top 3 and went platinum to multi-platinum status. In fact, her third album which peaked at number 2 “I Am… Sasha Fierce” was her biggest selling albums in the country with BPI certification of 5x platinum. Her two number 1 albums in the country were “Dangerously In Love” and “4”.

Taylor Swift
United States- Taylor Swift is among the biggest female singers during the last 10 years in America. She at least scored four of her five albums reached number 1. Her self-titled debut album may only had peaked at number 5 but it went to 5x platinum by RIAA. Her first number 1 album was her second release “Fearless” which was her top seller with 7x platinum. “Speak Now” was a success for selling more than a million copies in just a week and was certified 4x platinum. The same happened with “Red” for  first week million sales and 4x platinum status. Her recent album “1989” also sold a million in one week and now at 5x platinum mark.
United Kingdom- Taylor Swift had her two of four albums to reach number 1. The other two albums went to top 10. “Red” was her fourth album which became her first number 1. Her album “1989” reached number 1 and was her biggest seller at 3x platinum by BPI.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Billboard’s Facebook Page has Favoritism?

There are lot of people who liked the page of Billboard are whining about posting series of their articles focused in certain artists.

Looking back when Beyonce had broken records after releasing an album by surprised. Lots of articles from their websites are posted on Facebook. I wonder why they couldn’t post an article about her since what’s written in different articles are almost the same. They even predict artists who can possibly do the same. Of course, anti-Beyonce are so fed up of those posts.

Taylor Swift as always been a subject in Billboard articles too, which were shared in social media. When her album “1989” was released, almost everyday, there were number of new posts about the album. Whatever Taylor Swift posts on Twitter or Instagram, Billboard raves for it. Even her charitied or even every step she do, Billboard makes it a big news. How about haters of Taylor, they whine about it makes them hate, hate, hate, hate not just Taylor, rather Billboard too.

When Justin Bieber came back, well, Billboard treated him like a king. He surfaced the Billboard page. Either he is here or there. His new pictures on Twitter and Instagram, you don’t have to check his social media accounts, just go to Billboard, it’s always there.

When Adele released her new single then “Hello”, it is all over the news. Either  it goes to number one, it breaks record, it reached a billion views on YouTube, her TV appearances, etc. What more when it broke records as the fastest selling album ever? From the first day of released to its full week of release, sales and predictions was always updated daily.

Recently, we saw Rihanna’s new release. So “Anti” album trended. Her new song and her new video for “Work” also trended.

Now, Ariana Grande is the center of their attention. She did a great impression of different artists on Fallon. She performed on SNL. Now, she has a new song which is now trending.

So what more will trend on Billboard? Let’s see what they got again.

Credits: Billboard

Music Rivalries: Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera / Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry / Brandy vs Monica

Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears may had first released her first album, but Christina Aguilera first has a single released. It was in 1998 when she sang the theme song of “Mulan” called “Reflection”, though with lukewarm reception. When Britney Spears relesed her first single “…Baby One More Time”, a new brnad of pop just existed. Her album became one of the biggest sellers of 1999. That same year, Christina Aguilera released her lead single for her debut album called “Genie in a Bottle”. The song became a success as it reached number worldwide too. Her album also debuted at number in US. She is really close to Britney. Christina Aguilera is a better vocalist than Britney. While Britney is a better performer than Christina. But if their respective careers were summed up, Britney is victorious. Britney is just have a well-planned release of her studio album, unlike Christina who had released some compilations in between. Recently, both had flop albums, but they can be considered as icons.

Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
Both artists started as very different artist. Taylor Swift started as a country singer but crossed over to pop music. While Katy Perry was a former Christiam singer to pop rock to pure pop. Katy Perry was even considered as a rival to Lady Gaga. Rivalry between Katy and Taylor just existed when they had professional problems which led to Taylor write the song “Bad Blood” which was believed as intended for Katy Perry. Both were pop stars and very successful.

Brandy vs Monica
Brandy and Monica were considered as rivals then. Eventually, they got to work together with the song “The Boy is Mine” which is became a huge success worldwide. Despite the collaboration, they haven’t had good relationship. Still, they worked together but it seems they were okay now. Both had great hits but longevity says Brandy had bigger success.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Popular Artists Wins on Grammy Awards

I have been watching Grammy for several years and it seems the winners tonight don’t seem like who usually wins in Grammy Awards. Popularity is not an assurance to win the Grammys as winners are determined through the decision of the panel of judges. Even the most popular singer in a year don’t even win a minor category. During the 1990’s, the Spice Girls never achieved nominations. While Backstreet Boys and NSYNC who became extremely popular during their heydays never won an award. Britney Spears did not even win an award on her earlier success. She got to win a minor award after several years in the industry.

Justin Bieber never won an award until this year after winning for the song “Where are You Now” as a featured artist.  One Direction was never even nominated despite the critical acclaim in their recent records. Ariana Grande got nominations last year but didn’t receive an award.
With the major categories, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year, it seems those were not into pop or tennybopper music. But this year, those I predicted to win lost. While some of those that are my choices won. I had written my prediction and choices recently. The reason why I came out with those predictions because Grammys used to choose those who are underrated artists. Popular artists often defeated by less popular artists but it was not the case this year. In fact, with those four major categories, the winners were those popular.
Let’s start with Best New Artist, my choice is Meghan  Trainor. She is even the most mainstreamly successful among those nominated.I predicted James Bay to win, but the winner ended up as Meghan Trainor.
With Song of the Year, I expected and predicted Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, however, it went to my choice, Ed Sheeran. Knowing Lamar’s number of nominations, I expected him to win.
The Album of the Year winner is Taylor Swift with “1989”. I expected Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” as it is generally acclaimed while Taylor shifted to pop music. Anyway, it is Taylor’s second time to win the category.
The Record of the Year winner this year was “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. I expected D’Angelo to win with “Really Love” but ended up to the upbeat song. My choice though was “Thinking Out Loud”. Good for “Uptown Funk” since it is the number one song of 2015.
Despite not winning the major categories, Kendrick Lamar won multiple awards. Congratulations to all the winners.

Performances Highlights in Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards had just wrapped up and the winners were finally announced. Aside from unexpected winners, there treat performances. The highlight performances was the tribute to the legendary soul singer Lionel Ritchie, rock legend Lemmy, and the late David Bowie. The Lionel Ritchie tribute performers were R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor, and country star Luke Bryan. After the artists mentioned performed, Luke and John escorted Lionel from the audience up to the stage and sung “All Night Long” as the closing of the performance. Hollywood Vampires made a hard rocking performance  too as a tribute to Lemmy.
Another tribute performance was Lady Gaga who paid homage to the late David Bowie. She’s dressed a la David Bowie. She is the perfect singer to do the tribute knowing Lady Gaga’s biggest influence was David Bowie which she vocally claimed when she is just starting as a mainstream artist. The background colorful effects of the performance is magnificent too.
Taylor Swift had a good performance top of her current single “Out of the Woods”. She has one of the most number of nominations this year after her highly successful album “1999”.
Justin Bieber finally performed on Grammy Awards too. It is his first time in the award show where he had his first win too as a featured artist for Skrillex and Diplo’s “Where are You Now?”, which he performed after an acoustic version of “Love Yourself“.
There were great duets too. I loved the performance of Andra Day and Ellie Goulding with the songs “Rise Up” and the popular “Love Me Like You Do”. Country stars Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood performed a mash-up of their songs.
One of the best performance was the one from rapper Kendrick Lamar which receives a standing ovation. The Weeknd also did good performing his songs. Miguel sang his own version of Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life”.
Adele’s performance is one of the most awaited. However, sound problem occurred during the performance which affected the supposedly magnificent performance. In just a few seconds of her performance, the sound or audio was lost. It is supposed to be an intimate performance with her vocals and piano, but there’s guitar and bass sound in some part. It is obvious on Adele’s face and even her voice that she was bothered but she continued. After her performance, Adele received standing ovation despite the glitch.
To close the show, Pitbull and Robin Thicke performed with party sounds.

My Prediction and Choice Winners for Grammy Awards 2016 (Album of the Year and Record of the Year)

Another two major categories of Grammy Awards is Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Here’s my choice and prediction to win in these two categories:

Album of the Year
“Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes
The album is the first US number album by the band. It peaked inside the top 10 in other countries as well.
“To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar
It went to number one in a number of countries including the US. Currently, it already went platinum.
“Traveller” by Chris Stapleton
Initially debuted at the top 15, the album went to number one after Chris’ performance in CMA. The album was acclaimed by fans and critics.
“1989” by Taylor Swift
The album has been a blockbuster worldwide after scoring hit songs from it and the turning point of Swift becoming a pop star.
“Beauty Behind the Madness” by The Weeknd
The Weeknd already had high chart positions before but this album became his breakthrough. It went to number one and gone multiplatinum.
Choice: “1989”, this is an amazing pop album from a former country singer.
Prediction: “Traveller”, the album has been a highly recommended album.

Record of the Year
“Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
The song was highly acclaimed despite not charting in major charts elsewhere.
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
This is the biggest hit worldwide last year after breaking records in sales.
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
One of the two songs also nominated for Song of the Year. This song was a hit globally.
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
One of the several nominations of Taylor Swift. Aside from Ed Sheeran, this song was also a nominee for Song of the Year.
“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
One of the number one singles of 2015, it is one of the contenders to be the winner.
Choice: “Thinking Out Loud”, he was already nominated multiple times last year without wins, and I want him to win this year.
Prediction: “Really Love”, the song was highly acclaimed by the critics, and Grammy loves underperforming songs.

Catch the Grammy Awards tomorrow to know the winners.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard / Grammy

My Prediction and Choice Winners for Grammy Awards 2016 (Best New Artist and Song of the Year)

Grammy Awards 2016 is approaching and in few hours, the winners will be announced. For artists and musicians, Grammy is the most prestigious award giving body in music industry. It will be held February 19, 2016 in the US, while here in the Philippines, it will be Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, I am making a prediction and my choice of winner in this two major categories such as Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Real winners were determined through the votes of Grammy panel.

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett– She is an indie rock singer from Australia known for her album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”.
James Bay– He is a British rock singer who scored a UK number one album “Chaos and the Calm” and the hit song “Hold Back the River”.
Sam Hunt– He is a country singer who had a platinum album “Montevallo”, and a number of top 30 platinum hits.
Tori Kelly– She is a pop singer who had a Billboard number two album “Unbreakable Smile”.
Meghan Trainor– She had a number album “Title” and scored hot singles worldwide. In fact, she is the most popular among the nominations list and already nominated in Grammys last year.
Choice: Meghan Trainor, for scoring a number of hits and great songs.
Prediction: James Bay, since Grammys has been unpredictable with decision and this singer is undeniably talented.

Song of the Year

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
One of Kendrick Lamar’s recordbreaking 11nominations, this song was co-written by Lamar along with others. It had a Billboard number 81 peak.
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
One of the biggest singles last 2015, it had peaked at number 1 in Billboard Hot 100, and high chart positions globally. Taylor Swift co-wrote this song with Max Martin and Shellback.
“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town
The only country song nominated in this category, the song went to number 18 in Hot 100.
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
This is among the biggest singles worldwide in 2015 for reaching number one. It was co-written by Puth and Khalifa.
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
It became one of the biggest hits of 2015, this ballad was also co-written by Sheeran.
Choice: “Thinking Out Loud”, it is one of my favorite songs and being a fan of Ed Sheeran.
Prediction“Alright”, Grammy prefer non-popular songs. Also, Kendrick Lamar has the most number of nominations.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard / Grammy

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