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Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

1 Nov

“Wrecking Ball” is a song recorded by American recording artist Miley Cyrus for her fourth studio album,Bangerz (2013). It was released on August 25, 2013 by RCA Records as the second single from the album. The song was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut, and written by MoZellaStephan MoccioSacha SkarbekDr. Luke and Cirkut. Both the song and its music video received mixed reviews from critics. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first number one hit in the country.

Background

In January 2013, Cyrus ended her contract with the label Hollywood Records, under which she had released three studio albums; in late January 2013, she signed a recording contract with RCA Records. In March, she confirmed that her fourth studio album would be released by the end of 2013.

Commercial performance

Despite not having been released as a single by then, had charted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 after solely one day of release, as well as charting at number 44 on the Canadian Hot 100, on the strength of digital downloads. In its first two days of release, it sold 90,000 downloads in the US, assisted by Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. In the following week, the song rose to number 14, selling 201,000 downloads.[21] In its fourth week, the song rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Cyrus her first ever chart topper on the US tally. Also, on Streaming Songs the song was surged by the release of its controversial music video, facing a massive gain of 1,565% (36,5 million streams). Also, it has simultaneously topped the Hot Digital Songs with sales of 477,000, her best week of sales and the second highest of the year to date, the highest being “Roar” with 557,000 sold. Hence, it became her third number-one on that chart. Moreover, it opened at number 35 on Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs) and number 59 on Radio Songs. The following week, it ascended to number 21 on the Pop Songs chart, also gaining the most added milestone.

It has so far charted at number 2 on the Irish Singles Chart. On October 13, 2013, “Wrecking Ball” debuted at number 1 in the UK, along with her album Bangerz, becoming the first artist to do that in 2013.

On the New Zealand Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 14. The next week it jumped to number 8, becoming her second consecutive top ten hit after “We Can’t Stop“, which reached the summit of that country’s chart. The song eventually managed to reach the runner-up position of the chart, settling at number-two. It also peaked at number-two on the Australian Singles Chart, where it broke a tie for her highest-charting single there.

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Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

17 Apr

Alicia Keys Girl on fire Cover

“Girl on Fire” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys for her fifth studio album of the same name (2012). It was written and produced by Keys, Jeff Bhasker, and Salaam Remi. The song is an R&B and hip hop ballad. American rock guitarist Billy Squier also earns a writing credit on the song for the inclusion of drums taken from his 1980 song “The Big Beat”. Released on September 4, 2012, as the lead single from the album of the same name, “Girl on Fire” is Keys’ first release under RCA Records following the closure of J Records, after a reorganisation at Sony Music Entertainment.

“Girl on Fire” was inspired by Keys’ giving birth to her son Egypt and marriage to husband Swizz Beatz. Keys recorded a three-track suite for the song, consisting of the main version in addition to two remixes. The first remix, titled “Inferno”, adds two new verses from Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, whilst the second mix titled “Bluelight” strips back the drums and piano leaving a sparse bass-led production and re-recorded “smokey” vocals. “Girl on Fire” opened to extremely positive reviews from critics, with many praising Keys’ vocals and the song’s production. Keys performed “Girl on Fire” for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012, where she was joined by Minaj and American gymnastics gold-medalist Gabby Douglas.

“Girl on Fire” is the lead single and title track from Keys’ fifth studio album Girl on Fire (2012). Alongside the main single, Keys recorded two other versions: the Inferno Remix which features new verses from Trinidadian hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj and a Bluelight Remix which strips back the vocals and production from the main single.  Gerrick Kennedy from the LA Times spoke of the multiple versions of the song commenting that the main single was most likely made for pop radio, but noted that Minaj’s verses on the Inferno Remix would probably get noticed more. On being able to premiere her new song at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Keys said,

Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted ‘No One’ at the VMAs — it was the first time anyone in the world heard ‘No One,’ Keys said. “It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!

Almost Home – Mariah Carey

11 Mar

“Almost Home” is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey. It is the main track from the 2013 Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful, and was written by Carey along with Simone Porter, Justin Gray, Lindsey Ray, and Tor Erik Hermansen, and Mikkel Eriksen. On February 6, 2013, it was announced that Carey had recorded a song for the film with production team Stargate, and that it would be released through digital download on February 19, 2013.  

Almost Home

pop and electropop song with an inspirational message, “Almost Home” has received generally favorable reviews from music critics, many of whom praised the vocal performance of Carey, calling it a “return” to her sound of the 1990s after the lukewarm reviews given to her recent releases, including “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” (2012). Following the announcement of the single, it was revealed that Carey had recorded an accompanying music video for it with David LaChapelle. The video premiered on March 8, 2013, the same day Oz the Great and Powerful hits theaters.

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Diamonds – Rihanna

26 Jan

Rihanna – Diamonds lyrics

“Diamonds” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Sia Furler,Benjamin “Benny Blanco” Levin, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen. The song was produced by Blanco, as well as Eriksen and Hermansen, under their production name StarGate.

“Diamonds” premiered on September 26, 2012, during the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and was released for a digital download the following day, as the lead single of UnapologeticDef Jam Recordings serviced the single to contemporary hit radio in the United States on October 2. Musically, “Diamonds” is a mid-tempo pop ballad with influences of electronic and soul music. The single is a departure from the theme of damaging relationships that is evident in several of Rihanna’s previous singles.

Critics were divided on “Diamonds”; some complimented Rihanna’s different musical direction, however, others criticized its production. The single has reached number one in eighteen countries including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom and attained top ten positions in over thirty countries. It also topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Rihanna’s twelfth number one single on the chart, thus tied her with Madonnaand The Supremes for the fifth-most number ones in the chart’s history. In addition, “Diamonds” has reached number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts and number two on the US Pop Songs chart.

The song’s music video, shot by Rihanna’s regular collaborator Anthony Mandler, depicts Rihanna in four environments that represent the elements of earth, air, water and fire. It features “dreamy” and “surreal” scenes of the singer such as her lying alone in open waters, frantically running from a car on a deserted highway, in a desert with horses running free and in-between a street battle. The video received positive response from critics, who praised the used imagery. Reviewers also noted that throughout the video, the scene in which Rihanna’s arm is intertwined with a heavily tattooed man resembles that of the singer’s ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. “Diamonds” was promoted with live performances across both sides of the Atlantic, includingSaturday Night Live and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in the US and the series nine of The X Factor in the UK. An official remix of “Diamonds”, featuring rap verses by Kanye West was released on November 16, 2012.

Akama Miki – Imagine Me Without You

19 Jan

Akama Miki – Imagine Me Without You Lyrics

Zhang Muyi, a 24-year-old pop star from China, made shockwaves recently when he publicly declared his love for Akama Miki, a 12-year-old Canadian-based child model. The pair, who have been rumored to be dating for some time, seem to be something like legit after Muyi left a romantic message for Miki on her Sina Weibo, a social networking site, right after her 12th birthday: “Wait until I’m old enough to marry you, and then I’m going to say ‘I do,'” Miki wrote on Muyi’s Weibo page, where she has 500,000 followers, just after her 12th birthday. “I simply can’t wait for these next four birthdays of yours to pass, I’m counting down each one,” he wrote back. Muyi and Miki have been acquainted for some time, as Muyi became Miki’s music coach when she was 8. They’ve recorded duets together and flood their social networking profiles with pictures of the two of them. A year after hiring Muyi, Miki won the 2009 National New Silk Road Modeling Competition’s Children Pageant.

The pair trended on Twitter as news of their apparent romance spread as more and more people read their sappy public messages, and Muyi responded to the rumors on his Weibo: “There’s nothing we can do about this, nor do we feel the need to prove anything to these people. All we can do is continue to persevere with our love, our life, and being together.” So, are the pop star and model engaged in a publicity stunt (as one paper suggests?) Or is this a real relationship? No one seems to be sure.

Dance Again ft. Pitbull- Jennifer Lopez

11 Jan

JENNIFER LOPEZ  “DANCE AGAIN” LYRICS

 Dance Again is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez featuring Cuban-American rapper Pitbull. It was released on April 3, 2012 by Epic Records as the lead single from her first greatest hits album Dance Again… the Hits (2012). “Dance Again” is an uptempo dance-pop song, written by AJ Junior, The Chef, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and RedOne, who also produced the song. The song features Lopez singing about wanting to dance and love, and it contains several sexual innuendos. Lopez credits the song as her anthem and metaphor, which stood for her surviving a rough divorce.

How did Jlo Come up with Dance Again Music Video? 

After experiencing a decrease in her commercial success with her studio albums Como Ama una Mujer (2007) and Brave (2007), and the single “Louboutins” (2009) Lopez parted ways with Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment in 2010, her record label for over ten years. She then signed a record contract with Island Records by its CEO L.A. Reid, to release her seventh studio album Love? (2011). She released her first single with the label “On the Floor” featuring American rapper Pitbull in February 2011. The song topped the charts across the globe; peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, her highest peaking song on that chart in over eight years. The song became one of the most successful singles of the year. Despite the success of the single, Love? received moderate commercial success, reaching the top ten in over twenty countries. Following the release of “On the Floor”, Love? produced two moderately successful singles: “I’m Into You” and “Papi“, both of which topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. In November 2011 it was revealed that Lopez was working on new material for a greatest hits album, to be released in 2012.

The following month, Lopez posted a message on her Twitter account starting that she was playing some of her new music for L.A. Reid, who was now the CEO and chairman of Epic Records. This led further speculation that Lopez had moved back to Epic Records, which was first reported in July 2011. However, in an interview, it was confirmed that Lopez was still with Island Records and that “Dance Again” was released under Epic Records because she owes them one final album to end her contract. She stated that she was deciding wether it would be a greatest hits album or a new studio album. It was later decided to release a greteast hits album, entitled Dance Again… the Hits, on July 24, 2012 in the United States, which is also Lopez’s birthday.

Where Have You Been by Rihanna Music Video

10 Jan

RIHANNA’S  “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN” LYRICS

“Where Have You Been”  is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011) serving as the fifth single. The song was written by Ester DeanLukasz “Dr. Luke” GottwaldHenry “Cirkut” WalterGeoff Mack, and Calvin Harris. Harris also produced the track alongside Dr. Luke and Cirkut. “Where Have You Been” was released as the third international single from the album on May 21, 2012. The track is a dance-pop and techno house song that draws influence from tranceR&B and hip hop. It is backed by “hard, chilly synths” and contains a Electro-inspired breakdown sequence. The song’s lyrics speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will please her.

The song’s accompanying music video

Directed by Dave Meyers depicts the singer in an assortment of costumes and locations, referencing the song’s lyrics. Rihanna is seen as a semi-naked water reptilian, in an Egyptian desert, an African themed hut, and channeling Hindu god Shiva with multiple limbs. The video received a positive response from critics, who praised Rihanna’s new approach to deeper choreography. Rihanna has performed the song on both Saturday Night Live and the finale of the eleventh season ofAmerican Idol

“Where Have You Been” garnered positive reviews from music critics. Andy  Kellman for Allmusic wrote that “Where Have You Been”, along with the album’s lead single “We Found Love”, serve as Talk That Talk‘s “place-holding” dance tracks. Greg Kot for the Chicago Tribune compared “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love” for being “rave-tastic.” Aside from noting the similarities between the two songs, Randell Roberts for Los Angeles Times wrote that neither song would sound out of place at an Electric Daisy Carnival

Dance moves on the video

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd for Spin also wrote that the song was a perfect play for a festival, writing “‘Where Have You Been’ is tailor-made for a Coachella pool rave.” Jon Caramanica for The New York Times was complimentary of both songs, but wrote that “Where Have You Been” “is even better.” Mark Graham for VH1 compared the song to one of Rihanna’s previous singles from her 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad, “Don’t Stop the Music, writing “‘Where Have You Been will almost certainly be Rihanna’s biggest club smash since ‘Don’t Stop the Music’.

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