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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

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 RonsonĀ 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

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.

Some facts from Wikipedia

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.

Some facts from Wikipedia

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.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: R&B Singles of 2015

This year we heard great R&B songs which included hip-hop, upbeat and some slow jams. Here are some of them which did very well in 2015.

The Weeknd- Earned It
“Fifty Shades of Grey” produced a number of hit songs which included this soulful song from The Weeknd which we saw stayed inside the top 10.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
This can be considered the biggest R&B hit and collaboration this year. Co-written by Charlie Puth, it was one of the year’s biggest single.

Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky- Good for You
Selena Gomez has gone sensual in this song as evident in her good vocals. She is alongside rapper ASAP Rocky in this track which became a top 5 hit.

The Weeknd- Can’t Feel My Face
This R&B funky song which had everybody thought a song of Michael Jackson had everybody dancing. It ruled the charts for weeks recently.

Fetty Wap ft. Remy Boyz- 679
This is such a catchy hip-hop tune. With its high chart position in the US, it also led its new song to the top 10.

Drake- Hotline Bling
During the last few months of the year, this track of Drake has been ruling the downloads and streaming charts. Drake is really the biggest rapper at the moment.

Silento- Watch Me
The choreography of this song has been viral over the internet which secured the song for high chart position while its sales also increased.

The Weeknd- The Hills
One of the three big hits from The Weeknd this year, this sexual song (also incorporated with profanity) went to the top of the charts too.

Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih- Somebody
One of the newcomers this year, this song which interpolated a Whitney Houston hit was also a big hit in the chart. Still, waiting for anothe hit track for La Rose though.

Sam Smith ft. John Legend- Lay Me Down
Originally sang as a solo, Sam Smith invited John Legend in this song intended for release as a charity single. It went to the top of UK and secured Smith’s third US top ten as lead act.

Yearend Special: Top R&B and Hip-hop Albums of 2015

R&B music may not be as hot as it was a decade ago but there are lots of R&B albums released this year. However, at this yearend chart, most albums that made impact were from rappers and there’s only one artist who’s purely a singer. Here are the impactful R&B/hip-hop albums this year.

Drake- If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
Drake may be one of the biggest rappers this day and I think behind Eminem when it comes to success. This record incredibly debuted on top again and even crossed millions in sales.The album was successful both commercially and critical response.

KendrIck Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly
This is highly praised by the critics and I also included this album for the ten top albums and underrated albums of the year. Despite the success it wasn’t too overstated. The album easily entered on top of US’ Billboard 200.

Drake & Future- What a Time to Be Alive
Drake is undoubtedly the top male artist this year. His collaboration with Future and also released surprisingly easily sold thta fast to settle at the summit of American charts. The album also contains some nicely written tracks.

Fetty Wap- Fetty Wap
He can be considered as the top breakthrough artist this year due to surprisingly successful and viral hit songs. This self-titled debut from the rapper climbet to the apex as expected. It may not be as huge as the singles but still considered one of the top R&B/hip-hop records this year.

The Weeknd- Beauty Behind the Madness
The Weeknd is a no stranger in music as he already scored some top 10 albums. But just this year when he received mainstream attention. It started with the successful collaboration with pop star Ariana Grande for “Love Me Harder” and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” contribution “Earned It”, it led to the release of his new albums which received commercial and critical appeal and even settled with two number 1 songs.

Song Reviews: The Weeknd, OMI, Justin Bieber

Then I decided to listen to several songs, old or new, and thinking of reviewing these songs and recommend those worth listening.

 

The Weeknd- Can’t Feel My Face

The Weeknd has been in the music industry for several years but just recently grabbed the attention of listeners, could it be when she sang with Ariana Grande on her top 10 hit “Love Me Harder” or the Fifty Shades of Gray hit song “Earned It”. Now, he is shining more on his own through this song “Can’t Feel My Face”. This song is a remisniscent of the 1980s when Michael Jackson is at its peak. I can hear the MJ vibe in this song, which he succeeded. The vocals are great and his collaborator Max Martin deserves the credit.

Rating: 8 of 10

 

OMI- Cheerleader

OMI who was considered as breakthrough artist cannot be considered as a new artist as well as this song, “Cheerleader”. The song was first released in 2012 but not for a global distribution. It attracted attention from listeners and radio when it was remixed by young DJ, Felix Jaehn and first topped several European markets until crossed the UK market and eventuated to the top and huge seller. This year it went to Billboard’s apex during summer. The song has a feel-good vibe. When you were just sitting and relaxing, turn on your MP3 players or phone and have your headsets or earphones on and listen to this song, it was very light and catchy. Though, the original version was better than the remix on.

Rating: Original version- 8.5 of 10

Remixed version-7.5 of 10

 

Justin Bieber- What Do You Mean?

Bieber Fever is not over. Justin is “just in” and conquered the summit of worldwide charts when this single “What Do You Mean?” was released. It was a perfect time for his comeback after negative news spread and infected people’s minds against him during the recent years. Well, he recently apologized for all his mistakes and starting a new and positive life. Why not give him a chance? I am not a fan and I hated all that he did but he seemed trying to turn all those negatives into positive. Going back to the song, I love the chilling EDM sound. It’s not stressful to listen to like other EDM music does. Also, it’s a shift to more EDM from his usual R&B tune from “Journals”. Good try Bieb and you succeeded that even non-Biebs got to listen to ya.

Rating:8.5 of 10

 

Credits: Some facts from Wikipedia