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Album’s Singles Review: “8701” by Usher

8701 (album)
Usher finally scored his success with his previous album “My Way”. It was followed up by his album “8701” which had a lot of dancey R&B tunes and slow jams. The album became a top 10 record worldwide including number 4 peak in the US with 4x platinum certifications from RIAA and number 1 UK.

Pop Ya Collar
“Pop Ya Collar” was a single eventually included for “8701”. The R&B track has been a hit in United Kingdom where it reached number 2.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

U Remind Me
“U Remind Me” was the official first single from “8701” by Usher. The R&B song is midtempo and on it music video, Usher shown his great dance skills. It talks about being in a relationship but reminded of his ex. It became a commercial hit song reaching number 1 in the US and top 3 in UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

U Got it Bad
“U Got it Bad” became the second single off “8701”. It is a R&B ballad track where Usher’s girlfriend then Chilli of TLC was the leading lady. It became another number 1 hit for Usher on Billboard Hot 100 and top 5 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

U Don’t Have to Call
“U Don’t Have to Call” was the third official single from “8701”. It is a catchy R&B track and Usher had a good dancing on its music video. It reached number 3 in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

U-Turn
“U Turn” was the official last single from “8701”. It is another R&B song which peaked inside the top 20 in the UK.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Can You Help Me
“Can You Help Me” is a ballad track which received airplays on radio. In the Philippines, it was played in certain radio stations.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

I Need a Girl (Part One) (by P. Diddy)
“I Need a Girl (Part One)” was a single by P. Diddy which featured Usher and Loon. It was released during the success of “8701”. It was a song about finding a girl to be the future wife. It was a hit reaching top 10 worldwide including number 2 in the US and number 4 in the UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / UsherVEVO

Male Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Usher / Eminem

Usher
United States- Usher is one of the most successful R&B artists in United States. He scored a lot of successful albums. His first album to reach number 1 was “Confessions” which eventually went 10x platinum by RIAA. His succeeding number 1 albums were “Here I Stand” and “Raymond v Raymond”, which both were platinum, and his last one was “Looking 4 Myself”. He may only peaked inside the top 5 with “My Way” and “8701”, however they sold millions of copies in America.
United Kingdom- Usher was also successful in Britain when he scored three number 1 album. His second album became a number 1 album which was certified BPI 2x platinum. It was followed by his most successful “Confessions”, which went 5x platinum and “Here I Stand”. His other albuns went top 10, with most albums certified Gold record.

Eminem
United States- Eminem is the most successful rapper in history with sales and charttopping albums in the US. He scored a total of eight number 1 albums in America including his compilation and soundtrack albums. It started with “The Marshall Mathers LP, which was his biggest selling album. It was certified 10x platinum by RIAA. The same certification was awarded to the successful follow-up “The Eminem Show”. He also went to number 1 with this multi-million sellers “Encore” (5x platinum by RIAA), “Relapse”, “Recovery”, and “The Marshall Mathers LP2”. He topped the charts with the soundtrack of “8 Mile” and “Curtain Call: The Hits”, both were multi-platinums too.
United Kingdom- Eminem is as popular in United Kingdom too. The rapper also achieved eight number 1 albums in United Kingdom. “The Marshall Mathers LP” and “The Eminem Show” went to number 1 as well as 8x and 7x platinum respectively. He went platinum to multi-platinums with his other number 1 albums, “Encore”, “8 Mile” (soundtrack album), “Curtain Call: The Hits” (compilation album), “Relapse”, “Recovery”, and “The Marshall Mathers LP2”.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / EminemVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “My Way” by Usher

My Way (album)
“My Way” is the third album by R&B singer Usher, but his two previous albums underperformed in sales. The album is purely a R&B album and showcased the vulnerable side of Usher. It contains songs about relationships and romance. It charted well and has gone top top 5 in United States. It has gone 6x platinum there.

You Make Me Wanna…
“You Make Me Wanna…” is the first single from “My Way” album. The song speaks about falling in love with a bestfriend, but at that time was in a relationship with another lady. The song was a big hit worldwide, thus, becamed the breakthrough single from Usher. The song peaked at number 2 in Billboard Hot 100, but was a bigger hit in United Kingdom where it went to number 1. The guitar riff added beauty in the song.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Nice & Slow
“Nice & Slow” is a beautiful R&B ballad that sounds very intimate. The story is also about the intimacy of a man and a woman. The music video tells a story about saving the girl the guy loves who is in danger and being kidnapped. I love how guitar was also played on the song, which was also heard from “You Make Me Wanna”. The song became Usher’s first single to reach number 1 in America, but was a modest hit internationally. It is, however, his second top 10 single in the US.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

My Way
“My Way” was released as the third and final single from the same album title “My Way”. It was a R&B song which was more upbeat compared to his previous singles. The song was catchy but sounds behind his previous singles. It went to number 2 at the Hot 100, and became not just Usher’s third top 10, rather his his third top 2 hit in America.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits:Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / UsherVEVO

Battle of Same Song Titles: Billy Joel vs Bruno Mars / Usher vs Blue

The battle of two sets of songs is too interesting as an iconic singer battles with a current artist, while at the other, an R&B superstar over a British boyband. So check the battle below:

Billy Joel vs Bruno Mars
“Just the Way You Are”

Billy Joel finally scored his breakthrough single through this love song. This song had lots of girls fall in love as it is like a serenade for them. It became a worldwide hit while in the US, it peaked at number 3.

 

Bruno Mars scored a number one hit when this song  reached the top worldwide. According to reports, it sold over 13 million copies. The song has been a theme song for guys who are serenading ladies just like Billy Joel’s song.

Verdict:
Billy Joel- Just the Way You Are
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3.75 = 7.5

Bruno Mars- Just the Way You Are
Melody and Lyrics- 4.0 / Success- 4.75 = 8.75

Winner: Both were great and big hits but Bruno Mars takes the victory in this battle.

Usher vs Blue
“You Make Me Wanna”

This song was Usher’s earliest hit as it became his first single to become a top 10 hit. It even reached the UK number one while at vice position in the US. The song is about a guy wanting to leave his girlfriend after realizing he loves his bestfriend. The music video is notable for dancing with his clones and the last step of his dance is removing his shoes.

 

Blue is on top of their career when this song was released after the success of “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” with its original singer, Elton John. The song talks about romance. It charted in several countries including UK, where it went to top 5.

Verdict:
Usher- You Make Me Wanna
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.25 = 6.5

Blue- U Make Me Wanna
Melody and Lyrics- 3.0 / Success- 2.75= 5.75

Winner: Usher won against Blue in this battle.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube

Male Singers Who Were Featured Artists in Several Singles

We surely heard a lot of collaborations and many of those invited to sing for them were male artists. There were some male artists who has been featured a lot of times in different songs and you can find them in their discography. Here are some of these male artists who were featuref in several singles by othet artists:

Adam Levine
Adam Levine may still be a part of Maroon 5 and haven’t went solo yet, however, he is being featured a lot of times in different singles. Some of them may be songs he had sung with some The Voice finalists which those songs charted in Billboard Hot 100, but he was also featured in songs by Kanye West and 50 Cent. His most popular song as a featured artist is “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes and the current hit “Locked Away” by R. City.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake had a lot of big hits under his own name as solo artist and as part of NSYNC, nevertheless, he had lots of hit featured songs. He sung for Madonna’s hit “4 Minutes”, Timbaland’s number 1 hit “Give it To Me” (also with Nelly Furtado), 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” and the latest has been “Holy Grail” with Jay-Z.

Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo scored hit both as his own songs and as songwriter, which there were a lot of hit he co-wrote became hits. Aside from that, he was featured a lot of times in songs too. In fact, according to Billboard, he had scored 5 top 10 singles as a featured artist alone. And in those songs, he is a co-writer too. The most successful in those songs was “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull which was a worldwide number one hit.

Chris Brown
In this list, Chris Brown is the most in denand artist to get featured in several singles. If his discography was checked, he was featured in singles more than 60 times. What more with unreleased tracks? It was surely a lot! One of the most popular songs he was collaborated with was Pitbull’s “International Love”.

Usher
Usher is one of the biggest male artists during the last 20 years. He had countless of hits and sold millions of records. Aside from that, he has scored hits as a featured artist. Some of the notable songs were “I Need a Girl (Part One)” by P.Diddy and David Guetta’s “Without You”.

Some facts from Wikipedia

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 (2000-2004)

Music is still very much alive from 2000-2004, however, album sales was seen on its decline. This was due to the rise of digital music and piracy. Still, we saw the trends in music with the rise of new artists, as well as trends in genres.

First-week million sales
It has been a phenomenon in music to sell one million copies in just one week. The record breaker for a long time was set on first quarter of 2000 when NSYNC broke sales with 2.4 million US sales. That same year, Eminem broke more than 1.7 million for “Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears second LP “Oops… I Did It Again” with more than 1.3 million and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” with more than 1 million. Several artists this era reached a million in first week like Usher, Norah Jones and Backstreet Boys (had two albums with Millenium from 1999). NSYNC held the second place for a long time to with “Celebrity” with 1.8 million plus, and another album from Eminem.

Boybands going hiatus
Boybands enjoyed their peak during 1995-1999. They started the new millenium with a bang, but as 2002 started, boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC took hiatus. European boybands continued though like Westlife and Blue.

Going solo
As boybands and girlbands go hiatus, many members of those groups went solo. NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake achieved success with his debut. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys though had limited success. While Beyonce of Destiny’s Child had her superstardom began in 2004.

Young female stars going sexy
We also saw the young female stars going sexier this era. Britney Spears left her role model image as she has gone sexy in her third album. Christina Aguilera is very notable though as she has shown her dirtiest image in 2002 with her video “Dirrty” and her breakout album “Stripped”.

Young female pop/rock stars
In 2002, Avril Lavigne rocked the charts with her debut album “Let Go”. Despite Michelle Branch first came out, she was not credited for the rise of pop/rock music. Vanessa Carlton had platinum success with her debut album, while Jennifer Love Hewitt released a pop/rock album. We also saw Hillary Duff and Ashley Simpson followed the pop/rock genre.

Rock bands
Rock has become a very popular genre in 2000 with the success of Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park became victorious too who scored the biggest selling rock album of the decade with “Hybrid Theory” and a huge second album “Meteora”. Nickelback, Coldplay and Creed became successful this era too.

R&B music
R&B music has been on its peak when year 2000 begun. It was led by Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyonce and others. Even pop stars incorporated R&B in their music.

Hip-hop music
Hip-hop music scene is very much alive this era too. We saw the success of Eminem, Nelly and Ja Rule, as well as the introductory of Chingy, 50 Cent and others.

Remixes
Remixes has been popular too this era. It started when Jennifer Lopez topped the charts with “I’m Real” which led to the release of her remix album. The album set record when it went to number one. Other successful remix albums were from P. Diddy and Linkin Park.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Way”

There were numerous songs with “way” which talks about either a road or a method of doing something. Sometimes, it is also used in some known expressions.

Here are 10 songs with “way” you may be familiar about:

Janet Jackson- That’s the Way Love Goes
Janet wants love the “way” she wants like how it should go. This song became her biggest hit then and went to number 1 in Billboard Hot 100 where it spent a lot of weeks.

Aerosmith- Walk this Way
Steve Tyler and his gang is showing the “way” for everyone to walk. The song became one of the most popular songs of the band as it hit the top 10.

Bruno Mars- Just the Way You Are
When you are loving everything from the girl and doesn’t need anything from her, this is a perfect song then. This hit remains Bruno’s biggest hit ever based on its sales.

Lady Gaga- Born This Way
Doesn’t matter how you look like or what you are, you’re still beautiful as that’s how God made you. The song became anthemic and went to number 1 worldwide.

Backstreet Boys- I Want it That Way
This song was already listed in one of my list. It was a huge hit in 1999 worldwide.

Usher- My Way
Some people wants to do things just their own “way”. This song is different from the famous Frank Sinatra song. It went to the top 3 in US charts then.

Big Mountain- Baby I Love Your Way
It was like loving everything from the one you love and what he/she do. The song is just remake but even performed better than teh original as it topped the charts in many countries.

Eminem and Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
Despite getting hurt from the one you are in a relationship with but still loving him/her. This song has been one of the biggest selling digital singles as reported by IFPI.

Fastball- The Way
Some people just take the “way” they are not familiar with but remained happy. This song reminded me of The Beatles based on its tune. It was a radio hit then.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers- By the Way
This song from RHCP became a huge top 2 hit in UK.

Some facts from Wikipedia.

10 Known Songs with Somebody

When we talk about ‘somebody’, we are talking about a person that might be the one to share things with us, or the person we want to love. Most songs with the word ‘somebody’ were love songs. Here are the 10 notable songs I collected with the word “somebody”.

Aaliyah- Are You That Somebody?
This is one of the best R&B songs during late 1990s and one of Aaliyah’s finest. It was a top 25 hit in the US then.

Kings of Leon- Use Somebody
I consider this as one of the best rock songs in 2000s. It turned to be a worldwide top 10 hit including major markets like US and UK.

Nickelback- Gotta Be Somebody
This is one of my favorite Nickelback songs. It ended as a top ten hit in territories, which includes of course, US and UK.

Whitney Houston- I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Wanting to dance with somebody? Then play this dance classic fron Whitney which became her biggest hit in 1980s.

Maroon 5- Love Somebody
Needing to love somebody? You are not alone as Adam Levine does too. This song eventually reached the US top 10.

Depeche Mode- Somebody
The song may not be released officially, but it was huge in radio in my country. It is my brothers’ soundtrack then.

Gotye- Somebody That I Used to Know
One of the most remarkable heartbreak songs. Well, it’s fine and just move on. This is one of the biggest hits worlwide this 21st century.

Natalie La Rose- Somebody (with Jeremih)
Wanna rock with somebody? Sounds familiar right? Changing “dance” to “rock”, it is an interpolation of an original hit from Whitney Houston which is also in this list. It was a huge top 10 last 2015.

Justin Bieber- Somebody to Love (with Usher)
One of Justin Bieber’s earlier hit, this pop song was a US top 20 hit then. It’s just about young love.

The BeeGees- To Love Somebody
One of my favorite old songs, this song from BeeGees was very successful in Philippines then. Though it was a #17 hit in the US according to Billboard.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Memorable Lines in Songs: Usher (since 2005)

Usher is one of the R&B singers from 2 decades ago who maintained his relevance. He had numerous hits even since his second decade in music business.

Love in this Club
” Lookin’ in your eyes while you on the other side
And I think that shorty I’ve got a thing for you, yeah”
The guy is in the club and he saw this girl and he likes her and do some love there.

Moving Mountains
” I know sorries, just wouldn’t do it
Her heart is obliterated, I’m trying to travel through
But it’s like moving mountains”
The guy did something wrong which broke the girl but she wants to stay with him. The guy tried to stick together but it seems impossible.

OMG! (with will.i.am)
” Baby I can break you down
There’s so many ways to love ya
Got me like, ooh my gosh I’m so in love”
The guy saw this girl in the club with a beautiful physical features and he wants her so bad.

DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (with Pitbull)
” Thank God the week is done 
I feel like a zombie gone back to life”
After a long week, it’s finally weekend and the guy is back in the club like he’s ressurected. In the club, he fell in love with girl and they were both dancing.

Climax
” Were together now we’re undone.
Won’t commit so we choose to run away.
Do we separate?”
The relationship has reached its climax and the guy is thinking that they will separate.

I Don’t Mind
” Shawty, I don’t mind If you dance on a pole”
The girl seems working as a stripper. But the guy doesn’t mind whatever her job is as long as she is working hard as the guy know how the biz runs.

Without You (with David Guetta)
” I can’t win, I can’t reign
I will never win this game
Without you, without you”
It’s about this person being who is very thankful and appreciating this person who’s been there and a big help to triumph.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to songwriters