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Battle of Same Song Title: Dream vs Demi Lovato / Miley Cyrus vs Wiz Khalifa

Here are the battle between a girl group and a young female artist, then a young female artist against a rapper with a male singer:

Dream vs Demi Lovato
“This Is Me”

Dream is a successful girl group in the US in 2001. This song was like an introductory of them after the first single “He Loves Me Not”. The single failed to match or even come close to the success of their first single. It only charted in the US where it peaked inside the top ten of Billboard Hot 100.

Demi Lovato sang this song along with Jonas Brothers member Joe Jonas. The song was part of the Disney TV movie “Camp Rock” which achieved success next to “High School Musical” then. The song went to top 10 in the US and has charted in some countries globally.

Verdict:
Dream- This is Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 1.75= 5.0

Demi Lovato- This is Me
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 2.75= 6.0

Winner: It’s Demi Lovato who won the battle for “This Is Me” song with one point gap against Dream.

Miley Cyrus vs Wiz Khalifa
“See You Again”

During the peak of Hannah Montana’s success, this song was released for the second soundtrack of the TV show. The song became the second biggest Hannah Montana hit next to “The Climb” as it it peaked at the 10th spot in the US charts. It also charted well in other countries.

Wiz Khalifa along with young singer Charlie Puth has co-wrote this beautiful song as a tribute to Paul Walker for the movie “Furious 7”. The first time I heard the song, it gave me goosebumps. It went to number one worldwide and was next to “Uptown Funk” as the biggest song of 2015.

Verdict:
Miley Cyrus- See You Again
Melody and Lyrics- 2.75 / Success- 3= 5.75

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
Melody and Lyrics- 4.5 / Success- 4.75 = 9.25

Winner: It is clear as the sky that Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth won against Miley Cyrus for the “See You Again” battle.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
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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

In Demand Rappers Being Featured a Lot of Times

Rappers are very in demand in misic as their talent is often requested by other artists. They do the rap part and it gives them exposure and of course, rack up some money. There were some rappers who are often requested to contribute rap pieces in some songs and here’s the list of some of these rappers which many of the songs tehy were featured became successful:

Jay-Z
Jay-Z has been one of the most successful rappers especially in terms of total records sold. He is also one of the rappers who has been featured a lot of times. He has been featured in more than 50 released singles, and some of the most successful songs he was featured were 3 singles fron Beyonce, including “Crazy in Love”. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was also highly successful which Jay was also featured.

2 Chainz
2 Chainz is just one of the rappers in the industry for not so long ago. But he’s already featured in a lot of songs with more than 40 by which, the most notable one was “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo.

Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes is one of the 1990’s rapper who still very relevant today. Aside from his hit songs, he has been featured in a lot of songs with more than 20. He’s been featured in big hits like “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls and Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”.

Ludacris
Ludacris has became one of the top rappers since early 2000’s. He’s been featured in a lot of hit songs. He’s been heard in about 50 singles by other artists. In early 2000’s, he’s been featured in Usher’s number 1 single “Yeah!”. He’s also featured twice in Justib Bieber’s singles which one of them is “Baby”.

Puff Daddy / P.Diddy / Diddy
Sean Combs had used a number of pseudonyms as mentioned above and featured in a number of songs by Mariah Carey, The Notorious B.I.G. and others. He was featured more than 30 times in offficial singles.

Drake
Drake is one of the biggest rappers today and he never left the Billboard charts, either his own singles or those he was featured. In a short period of time, he was already heard as a featured artist in more than 50 singles, which included the hit “What’s My Name?” by his rumored girlfriend, Rihanna.

Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott has been one of the most successful female rappers and she’s also being featured in a lot of singles. She may had took a break but she’s back recently with a hit single. She was heard in more than 40 singles which included hits by Mariah Carey and other singers.

Lil Wayne
Among all rappers, Lil Wayne can possibly the most in demand. He’s been featured in more than 100 titles which were released as official singles. Well, he had numerous hits by himself too. It included works with Chris Brown and “Down” by Jay Sean.

Pitbull
Pitbull’s music may be different from other rappers as his sound is not hip-hop. But he was featured several times in different singled. He was partnered a number of times with Jennifer Lopez which included “On the Floor” and in some singles of Chris Brown.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was also a hit rapper in 1990’s and even until now. He had been featured more than 90 times in singles which included songs by Pussycat Dolls and Katy Perry.

Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa was known for his hit “Black and Yellow”, but he was also known for being featured in some singles. One of the most successful singles he was featured is “Payphone” by Maroon 5.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is currently the reigning queen of rap for scoring a number of hit songs by herself. She was also featured in lots of singles ranging at about 50 titles, and included works with David Guetta, Justin Bieber and Madonna.

Credits to Wikipedia

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 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.

Top Movie Soundtracks Hits Since 2010

Since 2010, soundtracks became a trend and several soundtrack albums hit the top 10 in sales. Their singles likewise performed well on the charts.

10. Anna Kendrick- Cups
(from Pitch Perfect)
The musical comedy film grossed well while its soundtrack peaked at top 3 in Billboard 200. While this song was a #6 hit despite its simple production.

9. Bruno Mars- It Will Rain
(from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1)
This ballad from Bruno Mars just became his fifth top 5 hit and contributed to the high sales of Breaking Dawn soundtrack.

8. Charlii XCX- Boom Clap
(from The Fault in Our Stars)
After being part of TFiOS soundtrack, this track became Charlii XCX’s biggest and breakthrough hit as solo. The film itself was a top grossing drama too.

7. Christina Perri- A Thousand Years
(from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1)
With such a voice and beautiful song, this song became a staple for the film as part 2 of this song was ande for Breaking Dawn 2.

6. Flo Rida- Club Can’t Handle Me
(from Step Up 3D)
This is the second time Step Up staff hired Flo Rida for their movie which was first hit with “Low”. The song is still a hit and Flo deserves acknowledgement from Step Up films.

5. Adele- Skyfall
(from Skyfall)
This song became the biggest Bond hit since Madonna’s 2002 hit. Skyfall just became one of the biggest hits of Adele. The film also became a mega blockbuster.

4. Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
(from Fifty Shades of Grey)
Ellie Goulding may have hits prior, but this one became her biggest. As part of Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack which topped the charts, theis song played a big part.

3. Idina Menzel- Let It Go
(from Frozen)
The soundtrack of Frozen became the biggest selling soundtrack album for a long time. Thanks to Idina’s hit which became a multiple platinum hit.

2. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
(from Furious 7)
This song just became one of the biggest hits this year and sales if the single was huge as well as its billion views on YouTube. Thanks to the beautiful melody courtesy of Charlie Puth. The film also was a billion grosser.

1.Pharrell Williams- Happy
(from Despicable Me 2)
This song was the biggest hit in 2014 from the hit animation “Despicable Me 2”. It skyrocketed Pharrell’s career after this.