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Album’s Singles Review: “The Bodyguard” (soundtrack) by Whitney Houston

The Bodyguard (soundtrack album)
With the success of her three album “Whitney”, “Whitney Houston”, and “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, Whitney Houston turned to acting with the movie “The Bodyguard” and the soundtrack was under her name and various artists. The album contained her songs that are R&B, pop, ballad, and dance. Other artists had their music on their own sound too. The album was one of the biggest selling albums worldwide, and in US it was 17x platinum.

I Will Always Love You
“I Will Always Love You” was released as the carrier single of “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The song might seemed an original song of Whitney Houston but it was originally recorded by Dolly Parton. Her version was just magical as it starts with her vocals alone then comes up with a strong voice as the second stanza starts. The song was a universal success when it reached number 1 worldwide and one of the biggest selling singles ever.
Rate: 9.5 out of 10

I’m Every Woman
“I’m Every Woman” became Whitney Houston’s second release from the soundtrack album of “The Bodyguard”. The song was original by Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston’s cover is a disco-ready girl power anthem. Her version was a huge hit reaching the top 10 worldwide.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

I Have Nothing
“I Have Nothing” was the third released Whitney Houston single off “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The song is a powerful ballad which was one of her songs which she exerted her powerful voice. The single was a top 10 hit especially in United States and United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Run to You
“Run to You” was Whitney Houston’s fourth release from “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The song is one of the most beautiful ballads done by Whitney Houston. The song may have been a modest success but it is one of her most memorable songs.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Queen of the Night
“Queen of the Night” became Whitney Houston’s last single released for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album. The song combined music genres such as R&B, pop, dance, and rock. The song charted in a lot of countries.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
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Album’s Singles Review: “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston

I’m Your Baby Tonight (album)
Whitney Houston had released her third album which was her first for the 1990’s called “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, as a follow-up to her first two albums “Whitney” and “Whitney Houston”. The album was a big seller and has went to the top 10 worldwide. However, sales weren’t as big as the first two albums.

I’m Your Baby Tonight (single)
“I’m Your Baby Tonight” is obviously the title track of the album and was released as the lead single of Whitney Houston’s third album. The song has a R&B version and a dance version. It has been an international hit when it reached the top 10 elsewhere. In United States, it became her 8th number 1 hit.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

All the Man That I Need
“All the Man That I Need” was the second single released off “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston. The song is a power ballad and one of her best ballads in her career. The song was her eighth number 1 hit in United States.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Miracle
“Miracle” was released as the third single of the album “I’m Your Baby Tonight” in North America. It was a beautiful R&B ballad combined with a beautiful vocals. The song went to number 9 in United States.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

My Name Is Not Susan
“My Name Is Not Susan” became the fourth single off “I’m Your Baby Tonight”. The song is R&B, dance pop track whicn has a story about a girl with her partner calling her with his ex-girlfriend. It became an number 20 hit in United States.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

I Belong to You
“I Belong to You” became one of the singles released from the album “I’m Your Baby Tonight”. It was a R&B pop tune which only charted in few charts.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

We Didn’t Know
“We Didn’t Know” is another R&B track released as the final single from the album “I’m Your Baby Tonight”. The song only charted on R&B charts.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
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Album’s Singles Review: “Whitney” by Whitney Houston

Whitney (album)
Due to the success of her debut album, Whitney Houston released her second effort simply called “Whitney”. The tracks from teh album share the same sound with her debut album for its R&B, ballad, pop and dance tunes. The album became a globally number 1 selling album which included US and UK. It was reported that the album sold more than 25 million.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” was the lead single from Whitney Houston’s second album called “Whitney”. The dance pop track sounds alike with “How Will I Know”, Whitney’s song from her debut album. It was a bigger hit though reaching number 1 worldwide.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Didn’t We Almost Have It All
“Didn’t We Almost Have It All” was the second single from “Whitney”. The big ballad was so emotional and of Whitney’s best. The song became Whitney Houston’s fifth consecutive chart-topper in America at that time. It peaked at number 14 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

So Emotional
“So Emotional” had became the third single off “Whitney” album. It is another dance pop song similar to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”. It reached number 1 in the US and top 5 in UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Where Do Broken Hearts Go
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” was the fourth single from “Whitney”. The R&B ballad had became popular reaching number 1 in United States again. It was even very popular in the Philippines after being used in a film.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Love Will Save the Day
“Love Will Save the Day” has been teh fifth single for Whitney’s second album. The dance pop song have such a social message. It charted at the top 10 in different countries worldwide.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

I Know Him So Well ( with Cissy Houston)
“I Know Him So Well” was only releassd in selected countries. It featured Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston. It is a great rendition which was original by another two great female vocalists Elaine Page and Barbara Dickson.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

You’re Still My Man
“You’re Still My Man” was not released as a single but achieved a wide radio airplay in the Philippines.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Whitney Houston” by Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston (album)
Whitney Houston released her self-titled album which showcased a talent and made her one of the best voices of her time. Her debut album has so much soul on it with songs with pop, R&B, and even dance. The album became a huge success worldwide including in US where it reached number 1 and reported sales of 25 million.

Hold Me (with Teddy Pendergrass)
“Hold Me” is actually a song by Teddy Pendergrass and a collaboration with Whitney Houston. However, the song was eventually included in the album. The song is a soulful one, which both of the artists were in great vocals. The song peaked at 46 in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Thinking About You
“Thinking About You” was just a promotional single for the album. The R&B song did not manage to chart in Hot 100.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

You Give Good Love
“You Give Good Love” was the official first single from the album and was such a soulful song with someone provocatiev lyrics. The song was moderately successful internationally, but was a huge hit in US where it reached number 3.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

All at Once
“All at Once” was not released in the US so it did not chart there. But it has charted in some countries. It is one of the most notable songs of her in the Philippines. It was a beautiful R&B ballad which was often sang in videoke.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Saving All My Love for You
“Saving All My Love for You” was one the most internationally popular song from the album. The song is a R&B ballad with jazz influence. It was Whitney’s first number 1 single on Billboard Hot 100. The song talks about a woman who is a relationship with a married guy.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

How Will I Know
“How Will I Know” is the first danceable single of Whitney Houston. It is very catchy and a fast track which didn’t compromise the beautiful voice of Whitney. It was an international hit and was Whitney’s second number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Greatest Love of All
“Greatest Love of All” was a cover song by Whitney Houston which was original by George Benson. Whitney’s version was among the most memorable song by Whitney, as it is very inspirational. It is also the standout song from the LP. The song became Whitney’s third US number 1 hit.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

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Female Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Whitney Houston / Alanis Morissette

Whitney Houston
United States- Whitney Houston has been very successful in the United States where she had a total of five number 1 albums. It also included her soundtrack albums where she was starred in its movies. It started out with her self-titled debut album “Whitney Houston” which eventually went 13x platinum by RIAA, and followed by her second album “Whitney” which was 9x platinum. Her next number 1 studio album has a wide gap of years if soundtracks were excluded. The album was the platinum seller “I Look to You, also her last studio album. Her soundtrack album, which the movie was topbilled by her, was “The Bodyguard” became one of the longest number 1 hits which was RIAA certified 17x platinum. It was followed by 7x platinum seller “Waiting to Exhale”.
United Kingdom- Whitney Houston scored three number 1 albums in United Kingdom. It started with her second album “Whitney” followed by the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard”, which both went 7x platinum by BPI. “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” also went to number 1 with 5x platinum. Her other albums went multiplatinum too but failed to reach number including her first album which peaked at number 2 and gone 6x platinum

Alanis Morissette
United States- Alanis Morissette garnered three albums to reach number 1 in America.Her first came with her very successful “Jagged Little Pill” which was 16x platinum by RIAA. Her fastest seller was “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” which was an eventual 3x platinum, and the platinum seller “Under Rug Swept”. Other albums went to top 10 with “So-Called Chaos” and “Havoc and Bright Lights” at the top 5.
United Kingdom- Alanis Morissette scored only one number 1 albums in UK with “Jagged Little Pill” which was BPI certified 10x platinum. Her albums “Under Rug Swept” and “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” went to numbers 2 and 3 respectively. Thr latter went multi-platinum by BPI.

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

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Music Rivalies: Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey / Lady Gaga & Katy Perry

The most common artists that are getting involved in music rivalries were female singers. Either from decades ago to the present time, rivalry is already happening in female artists’ rivalry already exists.

Whitney Houston vsĀ  Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston debuted in music in mid-1980s. After 5 years, then Mariah Carey released her self-titled debut album. Despite debuting with wide gap of years, media has considered them as rivals. Both has high vocal range. They were both R&B and pop stars. They both sing mostly ballads. Whitney Houston is already a global superstar when Mariah released her debut. While Mariah can’t hardly be said as a global superstar at the time. In America, she is, but internationally, her success is quite limited. But Mariah’s global success came through her album “Music Box, which at that time, Whitney is focused in making movies and soundtrack albums. Whitney’s fourth studio album took about 8 years in between her third album. Whitney became huge though with her soundtrack album “The Bodyguard”. Sadly, her success went downhill and had been through problems until she passed. Mariah Carey though, still makes music despite failing to sell as her old glory days. The two got to work together with the song “When You Believe”.

Lady Gaga vs Katy Perry
Katy Perry has started in Christian music genre. However, her success came through her controversial song “I Kissed a Girl”. Despite successful releases, her album is not as stellar. She was considered as a superstar upon her album “Teenage Dream” which scored a lot of number one singles. Success continued with her album “Prism”. Her considered rivalry was Lady Gaga. I wonder why they were considered as rivals since both has different styles and music. Lady Gaga was more outrageous. In Gaga’s earlier career, she is very popular and even became the world’s biggest music star. But with her recent albums, she underperformed. The reason I can see why the two were considered as rivals was due to both do weird stuff and both once thrown shade to each other.

Credits: Billboard / Wikipedia

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Battle of Same Song Title: Mariah Carey vs Enrique Iglesias / Bryan Adams vs Whitney Houston

Two divas are battling with two male singers, in the two battles. Let’s check who wins below:

Mariah Carey vs Enrique Iglesias
“Hero”

This “Hero” song of Mariah Carey has been one of her most popular and one of her numerous number one singles in the US. It was also a hit in several countries. It is an inspirational song which inspired many and often sang in singing competitions. It was covered by some artists too.

Enrique Iglesias had his “Hero” song too. However, it is not about being heroic to some people, rather, about being a hero for the girl you love” It was a big hit after reaching number one worldwide and top 5 in some countries including a number 3 peak in the US.

Verdict:
Mariah Carey- Hero
Melody and Lyrics- 4.25 / Success- 3.5= 7.75

Enrique Iglesias- Hero
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 4.25= 8.0

Winner: Enrique Iglesias won against Mariah Carey with a small gap in this “Hero” song battle.

Bryan Adams vs Whitney Houston
“Run To You”

Bryan Adam’s “Run to You” is one of his earliest hits. The rock song went to the top 10 in the US while it failed the top ten in UK as it settled at number 11. The song though is about infidelity, like choosing the other woman over the real partner. Not a good message for me.

Whitney Houston had this track from her “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album as a released single. It had charted moderately in the charts but it was a very recognized Whitney Houston song. It is one of the most sang Whitney Houston songs in singing competitions. It is a love song in R&B and pop mood.

Verdict:
Bryan Adams- Run to You
Melody and Lyrics- 1.75 / Success- 3.0= 4.75

Whitney Houston- Run to You
Melody and Lyrics- 2.5 / Success- 3.0= 5.5

Winner: Whitney Houston is taking the champ for “Run to You” battle against Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2000-2001)

From 2000 to 2001, there were a lot albums out there which sold millions of albums and became top-sellers. In fact, it is the period when there were a lot of hit albums with few hit singles (from the album). Nevertheless, these hit albums were bigger hit than thesingles released taken from it. The singles didn’t perform very well as the album did. Here are those albums:

Dido- No Angel (1999/2001)
This album may have been released in 1999, but in late 2000 until the entire 2001 when it made its biggest sales. According to reports, it has sold about 22 million but the only big hit it has was “Thank You”, which was a worldwide hit. While “Here With Me is a hit in Europe.

Santana- Supernatural (1999/2000)
This album was already released during the second hald of 1999 but its biggest sales came in 2000. The album had 2 number hits which were “Smooth” and “Maria, Maria”, both reached number 1. However, it’s enough to match the success of the album which was reportedly sold 30 million.

Whitney Houston- Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (2000)
This is a compilation album by Whitney Houston and had sold over 12 million and did well in the charts. But only one new single became a hit which is “Could I Have this Kiss Forever?”

Britney Spears- Oops… I Did It Again (2000)
Britney Spears is the biggest selling female artist during her heydays. This second album of her was a best seller in 2000 which totally sold 24 million, according to Wikipedia. However, in the US, the album already earned one top 10 hit. It is the number 9 peaking “Oops… I Did It Again”.

Eminem- Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Eminem is the top selling rapper of all time and this album was his biggest seller which was reportedly sold 32 million. However, it only had 1 UK top ten hit single. In the UK though, it had 3 top ten hits.

Bon Jovi- Crush (2000)
Bon Jovi made a huge comeback in 2000 with this record. It was multiplatinum worldwide, but it only had one real hit single which is “It’s My Life”.

The Beatles- 1 (2000)
Knowing this album is a compilation album, it will surely not release a new single knowing this band from decades ago. The album was said to have sold over 31 million.

Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory (2000)
This debut album from Linkin Park is the top album of 2001 and continual success in 2002. Despite of the album’s success, it’s only real big hit was “In the End”, which peaked at number 2 in Billboard Hot 100.

Backstreet Boys- Black and Blue (2000)
Backstreet Boys’ “Millenium” was very successful so this new album from the guys was quickly released. The album fared well in sales, but it only scored one big hit which is “Shape of My Heart”.

Enya- A Day Without Rain (2000)
Enya already has sold millions before but this album became her biggest seller. Despite the reported 15 million it sold, the album only scored one single to chart in major countries which is “Only Time”, a number ten hit in the US.

Alicia Keys- Songs in A Minor (2001)
Alicia Keys made a big debut in this album which was reportedly reached sales of 12 million. However, it only had one worldwide hit which is “Fallin'”.

NSYNC- Celebrity (2001)
This third album is currently the third fastes selling album of all-time in the US. Despite its success, the album scored only one US top 10 hit namely, “Girlfriend”.

Limp Bizkit- Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water (2000)
Limp Bizkit was already a superstar band in the US but this album extended their popularity worldwide. Despite its stellar sales, it didn’t score a timeless number one hit.

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10 Songs With “Time”

When we refer to “time”, it doesn’t always mean the exact time, rather doing a thing again, like one “time” or two “times”. That’s how the word worked in some songs. Here are some of the songs with “time”:

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes- I’ve Had the Time of My Life
When you never felt something before and felt at a “time” of your life. The song was the theme song of the hit film “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, which the soundtrack became one of the biggest selling album of all time. The song became a big hit worldwide too.

Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time
When you are always ready to accept someone when he/she comes back and available all the “time”. This song was one of the biggest hits of Cyndi Lauper as it reached number one in Billboard. It was also covered by a lot of people.

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
This song was also part of my list with “10 Songs With More”. It was a huge worldwide hit in 1999.

Justin Bieber- One Time
Just one of the puppy love songs from a teenager. This song was Justin’s first ever single which became a top 20 hit especially in US and UK.

Semisonic- Closing Time
When it’s closing “time”, no more customers will be accepted and time for the workers to have fun. The song may not reach a high peak but it was popular in rock charts and heard in movies and TV programs. It is one of my favorite songs in 1998.

Ariana Grande- One Last Time
Sometimes you one to try again and reunite with the one you love for one last “time”. This song became Ariana’s became 5th top 20 hit in the US from her “My Everything” album.

Whitney Houston- One Moment in Time
You are reaching a goal and you will surely see yourself on top at a moment in “time”. This song was very popular and became a global hit.

Black Eyed Peas- The Time (Dirty Bit)
The song interpolated “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing film and eventually became a multiplatinum hit.

Mariah Carey- Love Takes Time
It will take “time” for the pain to heal when your love one left. This became Mariah’s second number one hit from her numerous charttoppers.

Enya- Only Time
This is such a heartwarming song from Enya which deserved its number one spot in some countries.

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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