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  • Demi Lovato Skyscraper (Single) Review

    12 jui. 2011, 12h09m par PegasusGX



    Ever since her triumphant debut in 2008, spearheaded by the "Disney machine", Demi Lovato has been an artist in constant metamorphosis. After releasing two albums (the last one, Here We Go Again, in the summer of 2009), she gradually felt the pressure of her overwhelming personal problems.

    The previous year was an extremely rough phase in Demi's life. After dropping out of her tour with the Jonas Brothers, the media were buzzing with stories of her mental issues: bulimia and low self-esteem, which led to self-harming. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in late 2010, and checked into a rehab facility shortly after.

    However, 2011 is apparently shining brightly with new promises. Posterior to leaving the facility in late January, she did the one thing that fans begged for: committing to songwriting once more and going back to start recording as early as March. And thus Skyscraper was born, her most recent single, released to radio and iTunes on July 12.

    Skyscraper verses upon personal struggles in a very dark phase of Demi's life which now comes to light.

    Set alight with a piano-based intro, she whispers slowly, but emotionally: Skies are crying, I am watching...catching teardrops in my hands. Just this verse is enough for us to marvel at the depth of what is to come.

    And thus, she starts the build-up with a poised chorus, one so intense and well-versed that it's hard not to strike a reaction: You can take everything I have. You can break everything I am, like I’m made of glass, like I’m made of paper. Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper… Notice the excellent rhyming and comparison between a fragile, hurting soul to one in progressive constitution.

    The second verse presents us with another set of terrific, heartfelt lyrics: As the smoke clears, I awaken and untangle you from me. Would it make feel better, to watch me while I bleed? All my windows, still are broken. But I’m standing on my feet, which clearly reminisce those who enjoyed her pain and suffering, even though she was committed to the inspirational quote: Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect, after leaving rehab and getting back on track. A stronger and solid delivery of the chorus follows.

    Vocals are not shy to Demi, as she enters the bridge with crescent power in her set of pipes: Go run, run, run, I’m gonna stay right here, watch you disappear, she chants fearlessly. The last verse: Go run, run, run, yeah, it’s a long way down but I’m closer to the clouds up here is pure metaphorical gold.

    And then the final version chorus is delivered, starting off just as its first rendition but quickly evolving into the song's climax. A climax so earth-shattering, charged with shock waves of emotion, that one cannot hope but feel completely overwhelmed by such a flawless conclusion.

    Skyscraper clearly demonstrates the grandeur that Demi Lovato possesses. Not only does it completely show off her amazing set of pipes (a rare thing from an ex-Disney artist) once again, it couples them with such a raw, sincere and, above all, personal passion. One just cannot remain indifferent to this unbelievable ballad. And trust me, it will blow your mind.

    All this proves that even though Disney was a great kickstart to Demi Lovato's acting and singing career, she doesn't need the machine anymore. The music industry is her true home. She has an astounding vocal range that she has put to use time and time again, paired with deep, meaningful and especially mature lyrics for such a young artist.

    Demi might not have a lot of music experience, but she sure as hell can give a run for anyone's money. This isn't just "another Disney artist that no one will remember in 5 years". If she plays her cards right, awards and glory are sure to follow.

    She already has had the support of her fantastic, loving fan base for years...all she needs now is to play her songs to the world. Critics and fans alike will surely recognize the tremendous amount of potential this beautiful, inspiring and fearless girl is blessed with.

    Final Rating: A+ (10/10)

    Bottom line: An absolutely epic kickstart to a reborn artist's comeback.
  • Lady Antebellum "Own The Night" album review

    12 sept. 2011, 21h09m par PegasusGX



    Lady Antebellum, contrary to popular belief, never had been a band in the spotlight. That was, however, until their sophomore album Need You Now debuted #1 on the Billboard 200, selling little under 500,000 copies in its debut week. Just four weeks after release, it was certified platinum.

    However, this wasn't the end. The band then went on to the 2011 Grammys, becoming the top winners of the night and taking home 5 gold gramophones, and Need You Now became the most awarded crossover album in recent times. They had truly made it to the top of country music, becoming the most recognized band (and arguably the best).

    Even before their multiple Grammy accolades, Hilary, Charles and Dave were hard at work recording their third studio album, Own the Night. In May 2011, they released their first single off the new album, Just a Kiss, which rapidly became a commercial success.

    As a whole, though, do Lady Antebellum deliver with their most recent tunes? Let's find out.

    We Owned the Night: A very solid and refreshing opener to a promising album. It's a perfect end of summer song that carries a sorrowful reminiscence to a lost love. It features a new, "rock-ish" sound from a band that is traditionally country pop. Catchy, upbeat and a perfect harmony to set the tone for the rest of the album. And the bridge is fantastic.

    Favorite lyric: When the summer rolls around, and the sun starts sinking down, I still remember you...oh, I remember you. And I wonder where you are...are you looking at those same stars again? Do you remember when?

    Just a Kiss: The band wastes no time in providing us with one of the best singles that graced country music in 2011. Just A Kiss is a wonderful song about how love should be done - slow and steady. The chorus is engaging and memorable and we definitely see a return to the pop sound that made Need You Now (the single) so popular. Definitely a fan favorite.

    Favorite lyric: Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight, just a touch in the fire burning so bright, and I don’t want to mess this thing up, I don’t want to push too far. Just a shot in the dark that you just might be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life. So baby I’m alright, with just a kiss goodnight...

    Dancin' Away With My Heart: What fabulous chemistry! They really outdid themselves here - the lyrics, the meaning, and the music combine to form emotion that only Lady A can transmit perfectly. It evokes nostalgia of past friends, making it a very relatable song.

    Favorite lyric: Oh you headed out to college at the end of that summer when we lost touch. I guess I didn’t realize even at that moment we lost so much...

    Friday Night: This is an upbeat, country sounding track about the good moments of Friday nights and enjoying them with someone you love. Lyrically, there's not much that really stands out and they are somewhat cheesy (I wanna be your lemonade in the shade, money in your pocket, 'cause you just got paid, babe). This is their weakest track on the album. Not filler material, but not exactly memorable.

    Favorite lyric: I wanna be your get away, at the end of every day, that window's rolled down kinda song you love to play.

    When You Were Mine: This is another beautiful song about the nostalgia of lost love - something that Lady A love to verse about. And they do it fantastically - the lyrics are on point, the rhetorical questions adequate and everything flows nicely with a great, uptempo beat.

    Favorite lyric: What if this was it, baby? What if this was our time? (Back when we were in love) Back when you were mine...back when we were in love, in loveeee!

    Cold as Stone: On an album, sometimes there are those songs that you listen to once and they will be forever with you. They are the hidden gems (songs that are amazing, but aren't singles - at least not yet).

    Cold As Stone is a masterpiece in itself. It is my favorite song on the album - the lyrics are nothing short of epic, captivating you from the first listen, and the emotion of the three is visible. It's a ballad, but this is where Lady A shine brightly. And the ending...it will make you cry. A flawless instrumental end with somewhat Asian-styled music. Beautiful. And that is what makes it unique and different from any Lady A song - ever.

    Favorite lyric: Yeah, it's gonna take forever to get over you...oh and I don't think this pain's gonna go away. Oh, scars left when it's said and done remain...

    Singing Me Home: Following in the footsteps of Friday Night, this track does little to improve. It's upbeat, with repeating lyrics: "my sweet love keeps singing me home". Not exactly a stunner per se, but flows nicely.

    Favorite lyric: Sunshine shining through the windshield (...) love, love, love, love, why don't you sing me home?

    Wanted You More: An excellent track - slowly increases tempo until the chorus, where the trio sing harmoniously. The lyrics are great, the melody is a perfect match for their vocals and it finishes off greatly.

    Favorite lyric: I guess I wanted you more, and looking back now I'm sure, I guess I wanted you more! I don't need you any more...

    As You Turn Away: The bridge highlights the differences in tempo in this song as piano sets the key for a final, powerful chorus. It verses on the fact that there is nothing more to be said or done as a love turns away and leaves, though they "keep reaching out for you".

    Favorite lyric: Nothing more to say, nothing left to break...nothing left to give, nothing left to take, I keep reaching out for you (x3)...as you turn away.

    Love I've Found in You: This is such a pleasing song and the best uptempo here. The instrumental is joyful, the band sings with continuous emotion, and it retains that nice country riff.

    Favorite lyric: Some people search the whole world over, just to find a love that's even half as true...as the love I've found in you!

    Somewhere Love Remains: On the penultimate track, the trio act out two sides - one trying to stop a love from running away, and the other (sung by Hilary) asking for reasons why they should stay. It's really nice to see this side of Lady Antebellum, with hearty rebuttals, being overall very engaging to the listener. This song also carries what I consider to be one of the most inspiring love lyrics of all time.

    Favorite lyric: Love takes time to build its defenses, and trust takes time to tear down those fences, and love remains that's stronger than ever before. So don't walk out that door, I don't wanna hurt anymore!

    Heart of the World: The closing song is a ballad that focuses on the importance of love (which the whole album versed on) and how it makes the world go round. Not only is this extremely heartwarming, but it provides for a glorious anthem. Lady Antebellum prove that love is louder than anything, considering it "the heart of the world".

    Favorite lyric: 'Cause love is the heart, love is the heart, love is the heart of the world.

    Final comments & rating: Lady Antebellum really have crafted an excellent album here. The trio prove that they deserve to be at the pinnacle of country music, and that Need You Now wasn't their one-hit wonder.

    Their songwriting is (once more) Grammy-worthy (having written/co-written nearly every song on the album) and their vocals are on point in nearly every song, providing such an unique harmony. The tunes on this album are mellifluous, versing about love: relationships, break ups, the lot. While there are a couple of upbeat tracks that don't really fit into the whole ballad style the album portrays, they still manage to show a band eager to try new styles and shake it up a little. However, where they really shine are at the slow songs - sincere, intense and soothing.

    Some will be dubious if this album would be as good as its predecessor. Everyone had high expectations, after the success of Need You Now, but the truth is...

    ...it's better. I'd recommend this album to anyone that wants to experience what modern country is all about.

    Final Rating: A (9/10)
    Recommended Tracks: We Owned The Night, Just A Kiss, Dancin' Away With My Heart, Cold As Stone, Wanted You More, Love I've Found In You, Somewhere Love Remains, Heart Of The World

    The bottom line: Lady Antebellum prove their worth again, with an album containing a fantastic set of well-written, beautiful love songs that bring a refreshing sound to country music, and very few flaws along the way.
  • Demi Lovato Unbroken album review

    20 sept. 2011, 2h40m par PegasusGX



    A BRIEF OVERVIEW

    It's no doubt people love a comeback story, and Demi Lovato plans to make her return one for the history books.

    Ever since her first triumphant lead role in Camp Rock, Demi sought to not only showcase her admirable acting skills, but primarily revolutionize the Disney music machine. With the aid of the Jonas Brothers, her debut album Don't Forget (released in late 2008) entered the Billboard 200 chart at #2, shipping 89,000 copies in its first week of release. The album was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments in excess of 500,000. Musically, Don't Forget focused heavily on pop rock and power pop, with lyrics versing upon teenage topics, appropriate for a young Disney starlet.

    The following year saw the release of her follow-up Here We Go Again, an album that explored a more acoustic/synthpop side of pop rock/power pop, due to new contributing songwriters, such as John Mayer (on World of Chances). It marked Lovato's first #1 album on the Billboard 200, with sales of 108,000 in its debut week (and has sold 450,000 copies so far).

    However, not everything was a bed of roses. Demi gradually felt the consuming pressure of her personal problems. In October of 2010, they hit breaking point, which caused her to drop out of the Jonas tour. Social media were quickly abuzz with stories of her mental issues: bulimia, low self-esteem, which had led to self-harming over the course of years. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it led to her checking into a rehabilitation facility shortly after, for 3 months, until late January.

    Quick to satisfy and give back to her supportive fans, the former Sonny With A Chance star hit the studios as soon as March, to work on her third studio album, Unbroken. The first single, Skyscraper, verses upon personal struggles in a very dark phase of Demi's life which recently came to light. It rapidly became a anthem representing strength and overcoming of personal battles, by selling over 400,000 units within the first two months of release (the fastest selling single in Demi's career to date).

    As for Unbroken, let's take into account that she has ultimately changed her game from a pop/rock sweetheart to a soulful R&B vocalist. The 180 degree-turn she has taken in terms of genre and subject material make this album a shot in the dark, a place where even Demi herself had never explored. That being said, life changes people, and Demi has had her fair share of turmoils along the years. Therefore, it's natural that she would want to close a chapter on pop/rock and venture into something new for her return. Although, debatably, two questions linger: how does Unbroken fare in this urban, more mainstream environment? And can it be used as a launchpad for bigger, greater things? Let's find out.

    INDIVIDUAL TRACK REVIEWS

    1. All Night Long (feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland)

    There's really no underestimating the power and influence of a great album opener. Right from the get-go, Demi gives us a taste of the new world she has dived headfirst into, with her first of four continuous collaborations. This one features veteran singer Missy Elliot and producer Timbaland. Even though they are both twice her age, Demi holds nothing back as she insistently vocalizes the urge to stay up all night long with a special boy.

    The track features an heavy R&B beat, characteristic from Timbaland's unorthodox production, which adds catchiness to Demi's repetitive lyrics. Missy adds the final touch by singing the bridge that leads to Timbaland taking a background presence, as Demi once again conducts the song to its conclusion.

    Lyrically, All Night Long offers nothing extremely worthwhile, but that's not the focus here. This is a song that is more than appropriate for mainstream radio, and would clearly be a huge hit - it stays in your head, is fabulously repetitive, the overall production is terrific, and vocals are spot on.

    2. Who's That Boy (feat. Dev)

    Just when you thought All Night Long was catchy enough, along comes this track and promptly steals that award.

    Dev takes over the intro, although it's Demi that really adds a sensual flair with her dynamic vocals, asking 'Who's That Boy' repeatedly. While we might never find out who he really is, truth is that this is another song appropriate for mainstream hip-hop/Top 40 radios. The beats are fresh and pop perfectly. Dev's rap just adds the cherry on top, making the song extremely seductive and appealing to an older audience.

    3. You're My Only Shorty (feat. Iyaz)

    A genius collaboration. You're My Only Shorty" is a pure earworm from start to finish, and this is primarily due to the fact that Iyaz takes over the chorus, while Demi is in charge of wowing everybody with her terrific vocals - killing those high notes and providing effective background support. It mixes lots of synth effects, but they pan out exceptionally well.

    Another potential radio hit which would stay on their playlists for a long time - and ultimately in your head.

    5. Together (feat. Jason Derulo)

    This is the last collaboration on the album, and what a stunner! Jason Derulo was dubbed as the impossible to get collaboration, and you can see exactly why. This is a slightly less upbeat track than any of the previous ones, but that holds nothing back for both.

    Singing fervently on how the power of love can bring people together, this provides an excellent bridge song between Demi's more radio/club-worthy features and her personal material to follow.

    As far as lyrics are concerned, this is clearly the best collaboration and the closest to R&B. The musical chemistry between both is simply staggering, as they soulfully chant together on an easily relatable song - the remembrance of love and its necessity to the world, which unfortunately many seem oblivious to.

    5. Lightweight

    As we jump out of four opening collaborations, we are blown away by Demi's solo voice at the start of her solo songs, and Lightweight is nothing short of brilliantly mesmerizing.

    It verses upon an ethereal trait and how how simple words can completely take over someone fragile, filling them with promises that could eventually break them. Thus, Demi begs: handle with care, say you'll be there (...) keep me from falling apart, laying her vulnerability on the line for the world to hear.

    Production for this track was assured by Timbaland, and it delivers, adding composition to Demi's flawless vocals. This is arguably the paramount track on Unbroken and one of the best in her catalog - full of raw, genuine emotions and outstanding lyrics being delivered by her first-class set of pipes.

    6. Unbroken

    Contrary to popular belief and early speculation, the album title song is not actually a ballad, but indeed a club-banging track (which undoubtedly comes as a surprise). Instead of versing upon struggles and personal demons like Skyscraper, it takes a very different approach: the full confidence in love, almost to the point of despair: stuck in some kind of love prison, and threw away the key.

    It features a sick beat, and a great electric mid-tempo that really adds some flair to the song. The chorus buildup is great, and when it is reached, Demi determinately repeats the lyrics Tonight, tonight, I'm letting go, go, go, go... at the end of each verse. Pleasantly unpredictable overall.

    7. Fix a Heart

    This is yet another personal and emotional ballad, rapidly becoming a fan favorite and easily one of the most quotable and relatable songs on the album.

    Demi appears painstakingly vulnerable: It's like you're pouring salt in my cuts, and reaching toward a very creative metaphor involving band-aids and fixing of hearts: emotional pain caused by love can be patched up - hence the band-aid reference, as a temporary heal - but never forgotten.

    Her cries are delivered with impeccable sensibility, making the listener really feel the sheer amount of her anguish, and the song ends on a soft, yet lingering verse.

    8. Hold Up

    The song initiates with a fast driven lyric and ends as it started: If the weapon is your love, I got my hands up! Extremely charismatic, it sets the tone for the rest of the track: upbeat gold, filled with Lovato comparing the force of someone's love to a hold up. She begs them to leave her alone, even though she's simultaneously aroused by the danger of it all.

    The lyrics aren't groundbreaking, but they're fantastically witty. Coupled with a contagious beat (frequent on this album), it makes for a very enjoyable song.

    9. Mistake

    With the same beautiful melody of Korean girl group SNSD's BORN TO BE A LADY (the producer legally sold the melody to both), many could raise a (valid) point that this is the English version of their song. Regarding Demi's, however, her vocals are the thing that really sets this one apart (disregarding the obvious language barrier).

    This isn't your typical breakup-you-blew-it song, it's much, much more than that. It arguably features one of the best lyrical displays of the album, flowing naturally with Demi's harmonious, yet powerful vocals. The bridge is fast paced, building up to a dramatic pause, and resulting in pre-chorus of I hope you ache, ache, ache. That isn't the end though, as Demi concludes by taking it a notch higher for a truly epic chorus rendition.

    10. Give Your Heart a Break

    Quite possibly Demi's most catchy solo song - ever! The lyrics regard someone scared to fall in love, to avoid having their heart broken. Yet, Demi assures that she's not like the rest, inciting the relationship.

    Lovato's vocals are, once more, irreproachable. She takes it to new heights during the chorus, delivering several absolute belters that sets it apart from anything we've heard on this album. When you join the extremely epidemic melody, truth is we really do fall in love, with Demi and this track.

    This is a song that enters your soul, and makes you want to jump around like a maniac. There's simply no other way to put it.

    11. Skyscraper

    In modern culture, a skyscraper is a tall, sturdy building rising toward the sky. For Demi Lovato, it represents an anthem of courage and fearlessness.

    The lead single verses upon Demi's very dark and troubled past and how she managed to stay strong, defining her comeback as rising from the ground like a skyscraper. It puts everything on the line as Demi's exposed voice illustrates her troubled self, with just an angelic piano instrumental in the background.

    This ballad is the definition of Unbroken's solemn side - raw emotion and almighty vocals.

    You can read my full, extensive review of the single Skyscraper here.

    12. In Real Life

    The shortest track on Unbroken, but no less of a contender. With an intro similar to a less intense version of Avril's What The Hell, this song stands out amongst all the others not by vocals or melody (although they are equally praiseful), but overall ingenious lyrical production.

    The harsh battle between expectation vs reality pans out idealistically as Lovato imagines waking up to roses, champagne, kisses...but then she realizes this is real life. A bit of a clichéd, predictable "happy" ending lowers the overall appreciation slightly, although this isn't reason enough to outweigh the massive fun this song provides.

    13. My Love Is Like a Star

    Soulful from the get-go, this track is finger-clickable material to its full extent.

    The melody features amazing 90's R&B style, pure and flowing at its core. One of the most important things in a singer of this music style is the ability to transmit the emotion and rhythm to the listener. And Demi holds nothing back as her vocals are timed perfectly with the melody.

    The lyrics are beautiful and expressive - the association between love and a star is creatively stimulating, typical of this style. Production is fantastic overall, and the vocals are passionate.

    Natural and flawless.

    14. For the Love of a Daughter

    As we move into the penultimate song of the album, we encounter a track that was previously scheduled to be present on Here We Go Again's track listing, but later removed, as Demi considered fans weren't prepared for this early emotional chapter of her life.

    It finally made the cut on Unbroken, and it's perfect for the theme of this album. HWGA versed upon teen subjects - certainly not the place for a deep, meaningful song about the painful experiences of Demi's childhood.

    It's not expected that newcomers or casual listeners fully understand the meaning behind this song and the sensitive nature it verses upon.

    Being a very special track for Demi's fans (designated Lovatics) ever since it was announced, two years ago, For The Love Of A Daughter starts off with a melancholic piano intro. Throughout the course of the song, Demi's vocals increase in power, but also grief. The climax initiates at 2:55 and carries on for 45 raw, woeful seconds as she begs at her merciless father: Oh father, please father, put the bottle down, for the love of a daughter.

    Lovato crashes through everything with shock waves of emotion in unprecedented happenings. This is a song that is raw and real to its core and needs emotional versatility to fully deliver a mesmerizing performance.

    In its essence, a song that would make a full grown man cry buckets.

    15. Skyscraper [Wizz Dumb Remix]

    When I hear the word remix, I expect something fresh and innovative, while not ruining the original song. While the Wizz Dumb remix of Skyscraper doesn't exactly violate the latter, less could be said about the former. The vocals remain the same, the only thing that was added were a couple of continuous (and monotonous) beats that don't really add anything worthwhile.

    This should be considered more of a bonus track than an album closer per se - an insult to the extremely heartfelt For The Love Of A Daughter, the true album ender.

    As I usually say to remixes - the original proves better.


    FINAL APPRECIATION & RATING

    A year ago, if anyone betted me Demi Lovato would change her style to R&B and succeed at it, I would have laughed in their faces - she had talent, but was notoriously infused a pop/rock world. Well, it's a good thing I didn't make any bets, or I would certainly be bankrupt by now!

    Unbroken displays a magnitude of remarkable talent from this promising ex-Disney starlet. Pure R&B is not a cosy world like pop - you either have talent at something or you go home. With tracks such as All Night Long, Together and the notorious My Love Is Like A Star, Lovato not only proves her ability at singing this genre, but passes with flying colors.

    There is little to dislike or fault on Unbroken apart from some lyrical downgrades from previous album Here We Go Again. However, she makes up for it with better vocals, which is ultimately a big advantage. While the collaborations are clearly meant for airplay and recognition in her new world, the solo tracks bring her back to what she really is - a raw, mature, emotional artist. Having the best of both worlds on one album - power-singing through problems and simply dancing your butt off - is something very pleasant. This is also by far her best album, overall.

    As for the fans reception, most will be over the moon with this album. The change to R&B will undoubtedly bring in new, older, more mature fans - something Demi is trying to appeal to as she gains influence. Of course, you can't please everyone, and some pop/rock lovers will be sad to see her leaving the environment which started her career and that produced amazing songs, such as World of Chances, Believe in Me, Don't Forget, Solo, just to name a few.

    Overall, her voice is leaps and bounds ahead any current teen star, and with a jaw-dropping vocal range at such a young age of 19, you can see why. While some of the tracks employ the use of auto-tune (the collaborations), all the rest of her solo tracks remain raw and natural. She doesn't need any vocal correctors at all, her vocals are a natural talent. She has the potential to become the next Christina Aguilera/Kelly Clarkson..or even better.

    Whitney Houston dominated the 80s, Mariah Carey shone in the 90s, Christina Aguilera wow'ed the 00s....could the 10s belong to Demi Lovato? That remains to be seen as she matures into a full-blown artist. This album is just the start of her metamorphosis.

    Without rehab and facing her personal issues head-on, this album wouldn't have been possible - Demi has changed as a person (by staying strong), which reflects her style as an artist. It is said that good always comes out of something bad - but Unbroken isn't just good, it's stunning!

    All in all, a new R&B star is born - and she's shining brighter than the sun.

    FINAL RATING:

    Recommended Tracks: All Night Long, Together, Lightweight, Fix A Heart, Mistake, Give Your Heart A Break, Skyscraper, In Real Life, My Love Is Like A Star, For The Love Of A Daughter

    The bottom line: Featuring huge potential radio/club collaborations, and solo gems, Unbroken is a highly enjoyable voyage between Demi Lovato's personal, vulnerable, emotional side, and the other that just wants to have a good time, all night long.
  • Taylor Swift 'Red' promo single review

    2 oct. 2012, 16h56m par PegasusGX



    Red is the second promo single, and also the album title of Taylor Swift's new era. As an avid fan, I jumped on this release immediately. For the first time ever, Taylor Swift has disappointed (me).

    This pop/rock influenced song is exquisite by nature - lyrically hopeful, yet a letdown in hook. Taylor describes the various emotions of loving someone throughout the tune, and concludes that 'loving him is red'. Red, according to her, symbolizes all the emotions combined - love, anger, fear, heartbreak, loneliness. It is, per se, the 'white' of Taylor's world.

    However, as much as this song aims to set the bar high with Taylor's own penned lyrics, the chorus completely destroys what could have been one of the best songs on this album. The electro, autotuned stuttering of the word 'red' in the background is downright atrocious and obnoxious. Also, her awkward phrasing attenuates the ability of this being a grower song - unlike We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which was a winner just by chorus itself and had amazing replay value.

    Taylor Swift had never let me down - ever. I have faith in her to produce good quality music. In this song, she didn't meet (my) expectations. I understand that she wants to please both crowds with this album (country and pop fans), but this is just not the way to go. 'Never Ever' pleased pop fans, Begin Again rejoiced the country ones, but this song is nowhere near the quality of the previous two.

    As a lover of both genres, I consider this a setback, especially since it's the title track and it leaves me wary of what kind of letdowns I'm about to encounter when Red (album) finally hits the shelves.

    The bottom line: a mediocre pop/rock inspired song, featuring good, original lyrics that are essentially overcast and forgotten due to its terrible chorus. Red falls short on delivery. Way short.

    FINAL RATING:
  • Carly Rae Jepsen 'Kiss' album review

    15 sept. 2012, 23h02m par PegasusGX



    A BRIEF OVERVIEW

    “I guess there’s a part of you that always wants to try something a little bit different than what you’ve done before," says Carly Rae Jepsen.

    That’s curiosity for you. It’s a good instinct to have. Without it, this Vancouver-based musician would never have left her Mission, B.C. hometown for the life of a singer-songwriter — a career that so far has produced an acclaimed debut album (2008's Tug of War), a MuchMusic Video Award nomination, two gold-certified singles (Bucket, Tug of War) and — to top it all — two 2010 Juno Award nominations for Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year.

    Catchiness is the word on the street in 2012, and Top 40 radios gobble it up like no other. It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that Carly Rae Jepsen has managed to spawn one of the biggest earworms of the decade, the insane smash hit Call Me Maybe.

    Apart from its cultural impact, which exploded when Justin Bieber took Carly under his wing and started promoting the single, she had never been a major icon. In fact, she was quite unknown to the world.

    Everything changed once Call Me Maybe was released. Justin notices young Carly (as in 26 years old) and her aspirations to become a mainstream pop artist and decides to release a video of him and some other celebs singing along to the catchy tune. It starts climbing Billboard Hot 100. Radios start playing it like no other. Suddenly, it is everywhere. At its peak, it's #1 practically worldwide (iTunes, Amazon, Billboard, digital sales, every pop music chart in existence), and all over social networks. Millions of parodies and remixes are uploaded to YouTube. Some can't get enough of it. Others are begging for it to die off.

    But it doesn't. Instead, it places itself firmly at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and stays there for 9 consecutive weeks (from early June to mid August) - a feat that only Ke$ha managed to obtain recently, with TiK ToK (in 2009) and only beat by Rihanna's We Found Love (10 weeks), last fall. Regardless, in the aftermath of its dominance, it is certified 5x platinum, becoming the 3rd best selling song of the year (to date), and the unquestionable summer song of 2012.

    Simultaneously, Good Time (a duet with the king of catchiness, Owl City) is released in late June, instantly becoming a summer hit. While not as iconic as Call Me Maybe, it manages to sell over 1 million copies in the US, as of September.

    With this in mind, Carly Rae Jepsen has sold over 9,500,000 worldwide records to date (more than 80% of sales due to just Call Me Maybe). An impressive figure...but alas, doubts arise with major, rapid success.

    'One hit wonder' is the phrase most commonly thrown around by those skeptical of her ability to be an repetitive hit maker. But Carly was quick to try and prove that she isn't just riding off the success of Call Me Maybe, releasing This Kiss, on September 10th.

    We arrive at Kiss (her second studio album), which promises to change the game. But are these empty promises, or does Carly really have an inherent ability to become an established pop star with her cute, catchy songs alone? We shall see.

    INDIVIDUAL TRACK REVIEWS

    1. Tiny Little Bows

    It has been said that a good album opener sets the tone for what is to come, and the wrong message can completely disort the natural harmony of an album. However, nothing of the sort happens here.

    Right from the get-go, it sets up an infectious, cutesy 80s pop environment, as Carly starts versing about her love interest. Regardless of location, she desires to be with them. The 'tiny little bows' metaphor refers to Cupid's love bow & arrows, a universal symbol for love and attraction - and how they can affect anyone, anywhere.

    The short verses lead up to the long, yet catchy and sing along worthy chorus. By the end of this song, Carly has captivated the listener enough that the last, dramatic beat is a perfect conclusion.

    Good luck getting this out of your head.

    Did you know? This song's lyrics were significantly modified to fit the catchy pop environment of Kiss. The original acoustic version versed upon more heartfelt feelings.

    2. This Kiss

    Just when you thought the previous song was addicting, This Kiss just comes along and takes the cake.

    This song is pure pop perfection. It combines elements from Katy Perry's California Gurls, and practically everything rhymes. Carly not only has the tune on lock, but the lyrics are impossible to forget.

    The best part? The lyrics are nothing short of clever and witty. They may not seem that deep at first, but the sheer use and rhyme of the word sentimental with detrimental would make even the most harsh lyric critic smile.

    3. Call Me Maybe

    Ah, yes. The song of the summer and the smash pop hit of the year. Few can compare to its success, none can really match up to its cultural impact.

    It has one of the most memorable and adaptable hooks ever, and this is either a song you hate or you love. But regardless, everyone sings along.

    4. Curiosity

    Being the title of Carly's EP, released early this year, you would think she'd just slap this on her album and be done with it. However, it has received a beat makeover - now catchier and featuring a heavier pop melody.

    This decision has swayed the general reception of the song: most criticize her for changing what was already a great acoustic-oriented song, few welcome the makeover with open arms. And I agree with the former: while the beats are a nice flow to the overall album, the original version ends up better.

    5. Good Time (feat. Owl City)

    Owl City (Adam Young) has naturally been pushing out catchy, electropop sounds for years, but none have garnered as much success since Fireflies as this.

    Good Time is the epitome of feel-good pop and literally a definition of a summer song. It probably assumes itself, somewhat discreetly, as the most innocent one, too (there are no explicit sexual or drug use references, common in songs tailored for the season).

    It is safe to say that this has managed to become a great hit and, and is Carly's best collaboration to date.

    6. More Than a Memory

    A cute little song about the strong desire of a relationship to be something more than a memory. Carly's vocals seem less alluring on this track than the previous ones, and this is probably because of the busy melody - there is simply too much happening in the background after the chorus buildup.

    However, it comes out as one of the standout tracks, because it can withstand multiple plays without becoming obnoxious and the bridge is great.

    7. Turn Me Up

    We've heard songs of this nature so many times over - a calm intro, gradually increasing in beats, followed by a pre-chorus, and then the pinnacle of catchiness with a fantastic chorus delivery. Rinse and repeat.

    But this formula works, and Carly takes advantage of it. She holds nothing back as this song does exactly what it says on the title. The best part is definitely the repeating hook, in which her vocals are pure candy to the ears.

    8. Hurt So Good

    No buildup here - we're immediately immersed in upbeat goodness. Definitely has potential to become a club banger, if released as a single (her label would be foolish not to).

    This is a prime example of what Carly can do well - no moment is wasted on tempo changes when you have a song like this on your hands. The lyrics aren't as well thought out as This Kiss, but Hurt So Good is so, so good.

    9. Beautiful (ft. Justin Bieber)

    The first ballad of the album appears after 8 songs, but it smarly appears right after a huge upbeat monster track, and that allows a breather for the listener.

    You can really notice that Justin and Carly were meant to be together - on the track, I mean! Their harmonizing voices are good enough to carry a song that unfortunately isn't that lyrically appealing. This kind of 'you're beautiful and you don't know it' songs have been done countless times and this is just trying to reinvent the wheel.

    The attempt ends up cute, but underwhelming. It is the weakest track on the regular album; however, it will probably end up being a single, appealing to Justin's target audience (which will be more than happy to make it a moderate hit).

    10. Tonight I'm Getting Over You

    At first, this seems like a calm ballad, but it quickly spirals into a hybrid between an emotional break up song and a massive upbeat song in its peak.

    If Rihanna's Where Have You Been and Nicki Minaj's Pound the Alarm were meshed together, this would likely be the result. There are elements of both songs here, and the chorus obviously evidences it.

    Max Martin (the main producer of this track) is known for his signature catchy beats and hooks, and it is clearly on display here.

    11. Guitar String / Wedding Ring

    An incredible guilty pleasure. This is the song you don't want to be caught singing in public, but let yourself loose with alone.

    Nothing special in terms of lyrics and the comparison between a guitar string and a wedding ring is cute, yet incredibly cheesy. But oh boy, is it contagious!

    12. Your Heart Is a Muscle

    As the last song on the regular album, this track provides a great album closer - it's calm, has nice, simple lyrics and closer to the acoustic Carly from her EP/debut album.

    The melody is enough to place Carly's sweet vocals front and center, while she reiterates the need for a heart to be 'worked out' (in the form of love). The title is also pretty interesting, to say the least.

    It really is the best ballad on Kiss, and could easily be single-worthy for the slower seasons.

    BONUS TRACKS

    13. Drive

    Moving in to the bonus tracks, one would hope that they'd continue the flow of the regular album and be a complement to the album instead of just 'filler' material.

    Yet again, Carly doesn't disappoint, with an incredibly sing-along worthy song.The repetition of 'love, love, love' confers it the sliver of uniqueness it needs to set it apart as one of the songs that should have been on the regular album.

    14. Wrong Feels So Right

    The dubstep vibe present on this track is sure to please many looking for that quick fix of catchiness. Wrong Feels So Right is just checking off all the requirements - addicting, sick beat, nice lyrics, good tempo progression, and decent vocals.

    I just am surprised that, as a bonus track, it was cast aside in favor of other weaker songs that made the main cut. This really is a standout track.

    15. Sweetie

    This explosion of cuteness deserves major appraise. It will likely be underrated, due to the fact that it's a bonus track and many others will prefer the club vibe of Wrong Feels So Right.

    But Sweetie really is something. If Call Me Maybe is Carly Rae's career defining song, Sweetie is the summary to her 80s-inspired, addicting, delightful sugary pop material.

    It really stands out from the first playthrough (just like This Kiss). Curiously, this track isn't a standout in melody, vocals, production, or even lyrics. Instead, it's the sheer combination and great harmony of all that make it absolutely fantastic. This is the perfect dessert.

    16. Almost Said It

    This is a very different song from the rest on Kiss, and it's nearly an acoustic rendition. It's a slow ballad, that leaves something unsaid. The ending is very prompt and leaves the listener wondering something along the lines of 'wait...that's it?'. However, this is exactly the intended message - read the title again and you'll see why.

    The lyrics and message are more original than Beautiful (extra points here), but it stands out too much from the rest of the album - and for the first time, this is exactly not a good thing.

    [I Know You Have a Girlfriend (alternate track on some editions)]

    This just doesn't work. It's an okay song that will cause more annoyance than good. The beat and hook are just too heavy and repetitive, and they are overkill to what is left of Carly's vocals. As for the message, there is cute and cheesy - this is just the latter.

    It's not bad, but it's subpar enough that I'm glad they kept it out of some editions of the album.


    FINAL APPRECIATION AND RATING

    Kiss represents the true worldwide debut of Carly Rae Jepsen. While Tug of War is a nice, acoustic-driven album, it wasn't released outside the US & Canada.

    The album features a consistent and predominant 80s style pop, which is a throwback to the times and influences of Cyndi Lauper, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. But Kiss doesn't feel old and dated - it was reenginereed and adapted to the modern day and age, with tracks like Call Me Maybe, Tonight I'm Getting Over You and Good Time.

    Some downsides are present, however. At times, Carly's delivery feels tired and unoriginal. This is notorious in Beautiful, which despite being a cute ballad, is not enough to keep up with the high standards of the rest of the album. The overuse of background elements in some songs are also detrimental to her vocals.

    With the knack to grow on you rapidly, many will end up being her fans after a couple of playthroughs. Call Me Maybe alone is not enough to condense this album into a single song, and she must be given a chance to impress. There are about 7 huge, catchy and potential singles that could net Carly a huge amount of sales and recognition.

    Make no doubt about it, Carly is here to stay.

    FINAL RATING:

    Recommended Tracks (10): Tiny Little Bows, This Kiss, Call Me Maybe, Good Time, Turn Me Up, Hurt So Good, Tonight I'm Getting Over You, Your Heart Is A Muscle, Wrong Feels So Right, Sweetie

    The bottom line: A very solid transition between the soft ballads on Tug Of War to a full-blown feel-good pop artist on Kiss. Carly is practically faultless in delivery - this is clearly an album with massive replay value and catchiness to boot, stimulated by Carly's sweet, sugary vocals.
  • if you love miley, justin, jo bros, selena, or demi... check out CAMRYN!!! :D

    6 août 2010, 21h59m par desirerex

    Hiii~

    ;)
    Camryn is an awesome new girl and she has good talent!
    i hope you can help spread the word!
    thanks! <3

    add her to your library it will help a lot pleaseee!!!
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    http://www.last.fm/music/Camryn
  • MLD's A-List 30: 4/30/2010: Te Amo

    1 mai 2010, 3h00m par MusicLoverDude

    MLD's A-List 30: 4/30/2010: Te Amo

    It's the week of April 23.

    1. Miley Cyrus - When I Look At You (19 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 01)1
    2. Cascada - Pyromania (11 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 1[x3])
    3. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (5 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 03)
    4. Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake - Carry Out (14 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 04)
    5. Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug (7 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 05)
    6. Rihanna - Rude Boy (12 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 01(x1)
    7. Kerli - Tea Party (11 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 07)
    8. Ke$ha f. 30H!3 - Blah Blah Blah (15 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 01(x2)
    9. Girlicious - Maniac (4 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 09)
    10. Timbaland f. Katy Perry - If We Ever Meet Again (9 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 10
    11. Lady Gaga, Space Cowboy, & Flo Rida - Starstruck (12 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 11)
    12. Savannah Outen - Fighting For My Life (20 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 10)
    13. Rihanna f. Slash - Rockstar 101 (4 Weeks/+1/Peak: 13)
    14. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (6 Weeks/+3/Peak: 14)
    15. Lady Gaga f. Beyonce - Telephone (19 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 01(x1)
    16. Taylor Swift - Today Was a Fairytale (13 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 16)
    17. Esmee Denters f. Justin Timberlake - Love Dealer (4 Weeks/+3/Peak: 17)
    18. Orianthi - Shut Up And Kiss Me (4 Weeks/+1/Peak: 18)
    19. 3OH!3 f. Neon Hitch - Follow Me Down (12 Weeks/-1/Peak: 05)
    20. Demi Lovato - Me, Myself & Time (4 Weeks/+1/Peak: 20)
    21. Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted (7 Weeks/+4/Peak: 21)
    22. Emily Osment - Average Girl (3 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 22)
    23. Shontelle - Impossible (2 Weeks/+6/Peak: 23)
    24. Avril Lavigne - Alice (12 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 03)
    25. Miranda Cosgrove - Kissin U (3 Weeks/+3/Peak: 25)
    26. Bridgit Mendler - Hang In There, Baby (3 Weeks/+1/Peak: 26)
    27. Rihanna - Te Amo (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 27)
    28. Sophie Aboud - Kiss And Tell (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 28)
    29. Cascada - Fever (17 Weeks/-3/Peak: 06)
    30. Jamie Foxx f. Justin Timberlake - Winner (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 30)

    #1s of 2010
    January 1 - January 15: Orianthi - According to You (spent 1 week at #1 in 2009)
    January 15 - February 5: Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally
    February 5 - February 26: Rihanna f. Young Jeezy - Hard
    February 26: Lady Gaga f. Beyonce - Telephone
    March 5 - March 19 : Ke$ha f. 3OH!3 - Blah Blah Blah
    March 19 - April 9: Cascada - Pyromania
    April 9 - April 16: Rihanna - Rude Boy
    April 16 - Present: Miley Cyrus - When I Look At You

    Retired Songs of 2010
    1. Hey Monday - How You Love Me Now (January 1, 2010)
    2. Cascada - Dangerous (January 8, 2010)
    3. Paramore - Ignorance (January 15, 2010)
    4. Demi Lovato - Gift of a Friend (January 22, 2010)
    5. Ashley Tisdale - Crank It Up (January 22, 2010)
    6. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Falling Down (January 22, 2010)
    7. Esmee Denters - Outta Here (January 29, 2010)
    8. Ke$ha - Tik Tok (February 12, 2010)
    9. Jessie James - I Look So Good (Without You) [February 12, 2010)
    10. Hannah Montana - Supergirl (February 26, 2010)
    11. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (March 5, 2010)
    12. Rihanna - Russian Roulette (March 5, 2010)
    13. Demi Lovato - Remember December (March 12, 2010)
    14. Kristinia DeBarge - Future Love (March 19, 2010)
    15. Orianthi - According to You (March 26, 2010)
    16. Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick (April 2, 2010)
    17. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally (April 16, 2010)
    18. La Roux - Bulletproof (April 16, 2010)
    19. Timbaland f. Miley Cyrus - We Belong To the Music (April 23, 2010)
    20. Rihanna f. Jeezy - Hard (April 23, 2010)
    21. Savannah Outen - Fighting For My Life (April 30, 2010)
  • MLD's A-List 30: 4/23/2010: When I Belong To Hard Music

    23 avr. 2010, 22h08m par MusicLoverDude

    It's the week of April 23.

    1. Miley Cyrus - When I Look At You (18 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 01)1
    2. Cascada - Pyromania (10 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 1[x3])
    3. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (4 Weeks/+2/Peak: 03)
    4. Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake - Carry Out (13 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 04)
    5. Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug (6 Weeks/+4/Peak: 05)
    6. Rihanna - Rude Boy (11 Weeks/+1/Peak: 01(x1)
    7. Kerli - Tea Party (10 Weeks/+1/Peak: 07)
    8. Ke$ha f. 30H!3 - Blah Blah Blah (13 Weeks/-5/Peak: 01(x2)
    9. Girlicious - Maniac (3 Weeks/+7/Peak: 09)
    10. Timbaland f. Katy Perry - If We Ever Meet Again (8 Weeks/+3/Peak: 10
    11. Lady Gaga, Space Cowboy, & Flo Rida - Starstruck (11 Weeks/+1/Peak: 11)
    12. Savannah Outen - Fighting For My Life (19 Weeks/+2/Peak: 10)
    13. Timbaland f. Miley Cyrus - We Belong To the Music (20 Weeks/+2/Peak: 13) RETIRED!
    14. Rihanna f. Slash - Rockstar 101 (3 Weeks/+4/Peak: 14)
    15. Lady Gaga f. Beyonce - Telephone (18 Weeks/-4/Peak: 01(x1)
    16. Taylor Swift - Today Was a Fairytale (12 Weeks/+1/Peak: 16)
    17. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (5 Weeks/+4/Peak: 17)
    18. 3OH!3 f. Neon Hitch - Follow Me Down (11 Weeks/-8/Peak: 05)
    19. Orianthi - Shut Up And Kiss Me (3 Weeks/+3/Peak: 19)
    20. Esmee Denters f. Justin Timberlake - Love Dealer (3 Weeks/+8/Peak: 20)
    21. Demi Lovato - Me, Myself & Time (3 Weeks/+5/Peak: 21)
    22. Emily Osment - Average Girl (2 Weeks/+2/Peak: 22)
    23. Rihanna f. Jeezy - Hard (20 Weeks/-3/Peak: 01(x3) RETIRED
    24. Avril Lavigne - Alice (11 Weeks/-5/Peak: 03)
    25. Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted (6 Weeks/+2/Peak: 25)
    26. Cascada - Fever (16 Weeks/-3/Peak: 06)
    27. Bridgit Mendler - Hang In There, Baby (2 Weeks/+2/Peak: 27)
    28. Miranda Cosgrove - Kissin' U (2 Weeks/+2/Peak: 28)
    29. Shontelle - Impossible (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 29)
    30. Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 30)

    #1s of 2010
    January 1 - January 15: Orianthi - According to You (spent 1 week at #1 in 2009)
    January 15 - February 5: Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally
    February 5 - February 26: Rihanna f. Young Jeezy - Hard
    February 26: Lady Gaga f. Beyonce - Telephone
    March 5 - March 19 : Ke$ha f. 3OH!3 - Blah Blah Blah
    March 19 - April 9: Cascada - Pyromania
    April 9 - April 16: Rihanna - Rude Boy
    April 16 - Present: Miley Cyrus - When I Look At You

    Retired Songs of 2010
    1. Hey Monday - How You Love Me Now (January 1, 2010)
    2. Cascada - Dangerous (January 8, 2010)
    3. Paramore - Ignorance (January 15, 2010)
    4. Demi Lovato - Gift of a Friend (January 22, 2010)
    5. Ashley Tisdale - Crank It Up (January 22, 2010)
    6. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Falling Down (January 22, 2010)
    7. Esmee Denters - Outta Here (January 29, 2010)
    8. Ke$ha - Tik Tok (February 12, 2010)
    9. Jessie James - I Look So Good (Without You) [February 12, 2010)
    10. Hannah Montana - Supergirl (February 26, 2010)
    11. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (March 5, 2010)
    12. Rihanna - Russian Roulette (March 5, 2010)
    13. Demi Lovato - Remember December (March 12, 2010)
    14. Kristinia DeBarge - Future Love (March 19, 2010)
    15. Orianthi - According to You (March 26, 2010)
    16. Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick (April 2, 2010)
    17. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally (April 16, 2010)
    18. La Roux - Bulletproof (April 16, 2010)
    19. Timbaland f. Miley Cyrus - We Belong To the Music (April 23, 2010)
    20. Rihanna f. Jeezy - Hard (April 23, 2010)
  • MLD's A-List 30: 4/16/2010: When I Naturally Look At You Bulletproof

    20 avr. 2010, 4h22m par MusicLoverDude

    It's the week of 4/9

    We have a RUDE #1, and FIVE AWESOME DEBUTS! In addition, we will see PLENTY of gains this week!

    1. Miley Cyrus - When I Look At You (17 Weeks/+3/Peak: 01)1
    2. Cascada - Pyromania (9 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 1[x3])
    3. Ke$ha f. 3OH!3 - Blah Blah Blah (12 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 1[x2])
    4. Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake (12 Weeks/+1/Peak: 04)
    5. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (3 Weeks/+6/Peak: 05)
    6. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally (20 Weeks/+1/Peak: 1[x3] RETIRED
    7. Rihanna - Rude Boy (10 Weeks/-6/Peak: 01(x1)
    8. Kerli - Tea Party (8 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 09)
    9. Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug (4 Weeks/+8/Peak: 10)
    10. 3OH!3 f. Neon Hitch - Follow Me Down (10 Weeks/-2/Peak: 05)
    11. Lady Gaga f. Beyonce - Telephone (17 Weeks/-5/Peak: 01(x1)
    12. Lady Gaga, Space Cowboy, & Flo Rida - Starstruck (10 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 12)
    13. Timbaland f. Katy Perry - If We Ever Meet Again (7 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 13)
    14. Savannah Outen - Fighting For My Life (18 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 10)
    15. Timbaland f. Miley Cyrus - We Belong To the Music (19 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 15)
    16. Girlicious - Maniac (2 Weeks/+6/Peak: 16)
    17. Taylor Swift - Today Was a Fairytale (11 Weeks/SAME/Peak: 17)
    18. Rihanna f. Slash - Rockstar 101 (2 Weeks/+3/Peak: 18)
    19. Avril Lavigne - Alice (10 Weeks/-3/Peak: 03)
    20. Rihanna f. Jeezy - Hard (19 Weeks/-2/Peak: 01(x3)
    21. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (4 Weeks/+2/Peak: 21)
    22. Orianthi - Shut Up And Kiss Me (2 Weeks/+4/Peak: 22)
    23. Cascada - Fever (15 Weeks/-4/Peak: 06)
    24. Emily Osment - Average Girl (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 24)
    25. La Roux - Bulletproof (20 Weeks/-5/Peak: 07)
    26. Demi Lovato - Me, Myself & Time (2 Weeks/+3/Peak: 26)
    27. Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted (5 Weeks/RETURN/Peak: 25)
    28. Esmee Denters f. Justin Timberlake - Love Dealer (2 Weeks/+2/Peak: 28)
    29. Bridgit Mendler - Hang In There Baby (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 29)
    30. Miranda Cosgrove - Kissin' U (1 Week/DEBUT/Peak: 30

    #1s of 2010
    January 1 - January 15: Orianthi - According to You (spent 1 week at #1 in 2009)
    January 15 - February 5: Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally
    February 5 - February 26: Rihanna f. Young Jeezy - Hard
    February 26: Lady Gaga f. Beyonce - Telephone
    March 5 - March 19 : Ke$ha f. 3OH!3 - Blah Blah Blah
    March 19 - April 9: Cascada - Pyromania
    April 9 - April 16: Rihanna - Rude Boy
    April 16 - Present: Miley Cyrus - When I Look At You

    Retired Songs of 2010
    1. Hey Monday - How You Love Me Now (January 1, 2010)
    2. Cascada - Dangerous (January 8, 2010)
    3. Paramore - Ignorance (January 15, 2010)
    4. Demi Lovato - Gift of a Friend (January 22, 2010)
    5. Ashley Tisdale - Crank It Up (January 22, 2010)
    6. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Falling Down (January 22, 2010)
    7. Esmee Denters - Outta Here (January 29, 2010)
    8. Ke$ha - Tik Tok (February 12, 2010)
    9. Jessie James - I Look So Good (Without You) [February 12, 2010)
    10. Hannah Montana - Supergirl (February 26, 2010)
    11. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (March 5, 2010)
    12. Rihanna - Russian Roulette (March 5, 2010)
    13. Demi Lovato - Remember December (March 12, 2010)
    14. Kristinia DeBarge - Future Love (March 19, 2010)
    15. Orianthi - According to You (March 26, 2010)
    16. Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick (April 2, 2010)
    17. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Naturally (April 16, 2010)
    18. La Roux - Bulletproof (April 16, 2010)
  • My Top Albums Of The 2000's

    1 jan. 2010, 14h04m par davidn87