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This Is The Album That Redefined The Artist’s Persona As We Know It Today.

Despite the playful persona that Shawn Mendes displays on his songs he has actually been working very hard. Ever since Shawn became a celebrated pop star, he had been making extreme effort to grow in the music industry. While there a number of tested ways to grow in the music industry the Canadian star chose to forge his path. He experimented on a number of styles both good and bad in combination with his unique sound and that effort is what resulted in the fabulous track showcased on his self-named album. A lot of years have passed since the star released his debut album and with those years he has acquired a lot of experience in respect to romance and women. Consequently, his sound on the songs is more mature and believable. There is something in the way he sang on this album that will convince you that he knew exactly what he was talking about. From day one, Shawn always had a different perspective from youths his age. He always went for the best. Not surprisingly, his albums sound better with each release. He put an unusual amount of effort in this album though. Firstly, he collaborated with a handful of artists when he was recording this album. Secondly, he did not just play the role of song creator but he was also the executive producer of the album. In a way, young Shawn has become his own boss. The album was an extreme success though. The album topped the charts in both his home country, the United States, Australia, Belgium and three other countries. It debuted in the top three in the United Kingdom. If that is not an example of commercial success to you then your opinions are henceforth irrelevant.

Sep 09, 2019

Listen to Cher’s answer to the question "where do you go when the world does not appreciate your art?" in Not.Com.mercial

There is a popular saying that life is in phases and men are in sizes. Cher must have definitely seen all the phases that were in existence before she released the album. The pop diva has always had a love for trying new things no matter how bad they sounded. "Not.com.mercial" was one of the musical experiments by the artist. Although it was written, recorded and rejected by her record label in 1994, the songstress still kept the album for six years and in the year 2000 she finally released the album on the Internet only. The album portrayed a very different and probably unheard version of Cher, little wonder it meant a lot to her as she was bent on releasing it even after its rejection six years earlier, although she ended up releasing it only on the Internet. She didn’t want it to seem as though she was forcing anyone to listen to her track. The album was filled with really personal stories of the musician’s life plus she probably felt insulted by the fact that the label rejected the album when she recorded it initially. She claimed that she had no expectations but in truth she expected the album to fail hence, the name and she also hoped that the album succeeded. On her twenty-second album "Believe", the artist used auto tunes on her tracks and to be honest the adjustment was a bit much. It completely changed the voice of the pop diva. Although the label wanted to take out the auto tunes, she insisted that it was released without any alteration. The label eventually agreed with her and after its release, the sound the label criticized was celebrated worldwide. My point is it was the success that followed after her rebellion that persuaded her to rebel a second time. Sadly, her second rebelled album did not have as much success as her first. According to stats, the album was not a success but I really admire the guts of the star and the fact that this album meant so much to her was the reason I searched it out in the first place.

Jul 22, 2019

The Musical Success Of The Cher (1987) Album Proved That Stats Do Not Really Mean Much As Long As You Have Loyal Fans And Friendly Radio Stations.

No matter how many changes and experiments the artist does on her music, she always returned to her first love “rock” and this album is one of such albums. "Cher" was the second self-titled album by the artist. The name of the first album was changed to Gypsies, tramps and thieves as a means of ensuring that it was successful commercially. After experimenting with a long series of disco and pop tracks, she finally produced a rock themed album and It was as though her fans and quite a number of radio stations had been anticipating her return. The album caused the artist to top the charts once more. As usual, the tracks on the album’s playlist were written by multiple artists. Whenever I think about the fact that the songs were not actually written by the songstress but yet she always made a perfect delivery it always blows my mind away. The playlist included a brand-new version of her song “Bang bang (My baby shot me down)” which made it clear that the artist was obviously not content with the makeup of the earlier version. It is a good thing the artist had producers work with her all through her career because of the things she accepted musically ended not performing well in the musical world. Despite the friendly reception the song enjoyed from her fans and radio stations, the song ended up not doing too well commercially. According to statistics, the album did not get to the top three of any chart but its tracks were just hanging in the balance between #11 and #47.

Jul 17, 2019

Fame; the bane of celebrities who leave it unattended

Being an optimist, I do not subscribe to the widely known adage that everything that goes up must surely come down. Sadly, the adage though most times not true has found its way to have a distinct effect in the life of the music protagonist, Cher. Cher is a renowned musician who worked her ass out to see her music career kick up from cradle to an enviable position up North. But life, not being a bed of roses, pierced her dreams with its thorns as her fame waned and her musical career is obviously seen to be heading for the rock bottom. Though the singer Cher is seen vying for a musical shift that will cause a turn-around from an anti-clockwise direction to a clock-wise direction musically, the effect was nowhere to be found in her newest project. Her just completed album, “Backstage” remains one of Cher’s unusual albums recording a gaping amount of negligence by the diva. Cher’s idea of innovation and music reformation has rather brought about a negative slope in her musical career since the release of her rebound album “Closer to the truth”. Her fan base is gradually dwindling with lots of disappointing comments and negative energy surrounding her world. Most songs off Cher’s “Backstage” album is a conflation discarded rhythms. It is quite clear that this could be the end of the road for the most revered music duo Sonny and Cher as this album bears no imprints of their indigenous work of art thereby leaving the album rather in indigent need of a touch from a classical expert. “Backstage” was recorded by the pop duo as Cher’s fifth album and released by her record label, Imperial Records in July 1968. The album recorded massive failure upon release and remained invisible on the charts.

Jun 28, 2019

This is the one album where the re-engineering that the artist constantly performs finally paid off.

A little above thirty years have passed since the American diva, Cher conquered her fear of crowds and unveiled her awesome musical skills to the world and contrary to the popular notion that her career was going to fall as easily as it arose, she was still doing what she did best. “Believe” is the artist's twenty second album and quite a number of them were successful (some more than others). She dedicated the album to her ex-husband Sonny Bono who had died the same year the album was released. I think it’s nice that despite their divorce they still managed to remain friends. This album in particular was the follow up for a failed album. Rather than giving up, she went back into the studio and cooked up these beats which are quite eccentric. The pop diva followed a new direction musically, she changed her genre from pop to dance pop and her songs featured the use of auto tunes. Her lyrics communicated a different message this time, rather than lamenting about the lows of falling in love, she focused on topics of freedom; freedom of anyone to choose how, when, where and why s/he wanted to live and who they wanted to live that life with. Before the release of the album, her label wanted to take out the auto tunes but thankfully she refused. Eventually, the album was a great success. It was so good it won the Grammy award for “best dance recording” that year. It topped the chart in six countries and was listed among the top ten in several other countries. Based on these two achievements, the use of auto tunes became an accepted practice worldwide. The particular tune she used today is known as the “Cher effect” in the auto tune manual. Despite all the things that she achieved through this album, it really does not sound as good as the statistics say it is. If I was to rate the album, it will be below average. The auto tunes really didn’t work well with her vocals and that made it difficult to hear her words. Although the vibe was strong and thrilling, it really didn’t sound like Cher. It was as though I was listening to an entirely different artist.

Jun 28, 2019

"Love Hurts" – An Album More Focused On Regular Issues That Everyone Can Relate To Than It Is About Her Personal Life.

Cher had enjoyed a fairly successful career since she released her debut album in the late 60’s. although the years that followed after her debut were quite pleasant, she has had her fair share of struggles in her musical career. As a result of that, her sound has been re-engineered several times over. "Love Hurts" is the twentieth studio album by the American songstress Cher and it does not sound like the Cher the world enjoyed in the 60’s. The album which was released in 1991 was the last album she recorded with Geffen Records. At the time of the recording, her relationship with guitarist Bon Jovi was barely up to a year so the love was still quite strong. Consequently, she dedicated the album to him and every man that made her shed tears in the past. The latter probably referred to her failed relationships. Despite the level of fame that she had acquired, the artist still had a lot of admiration for other musicians. She expressed those feelings on this album, four of the tracks were covers of songs that were sung by other artists, years before. Cher released different versions of the album in different countries. Probably, that was an effort to meet the musical appeal of the different countries. To an extent the strategy was quite successful as she sold thousands and rose to the top three in multiple countries but this made her fans conclude that she had been fully sold out. She was ready to imitate anything as long as that kept the bags rolling in. As a result, the album received mixed reviews, some immediately fell in love with the new and improved Cher while others described the album as being a waste of time. Personally, I have listened to most of the albums by the pop diva and this album is a very much a welcome development. The rock n roll theme she picked for this album is extremely suited to her vocals which made the songs really natural, unlike a few of her previous records where her sound was second best.

Jun 28, 2019

Closer to the truth was just a few properly used auto-tunes away from being the comeback of the pop diva.

Despite the ups and downs that Cher has experienced in her music career, the one thing that remained constant was the fact that she always made effort to re-engineer and modernize her sound but obviously something went wrong with her twenty fifth album. Prior to the end of the twentieth century, the pop diva introduced the world to the thrill of auto tunes but for reasons known only to her and probably her label she kind of disappeared for a little over a decade and by the time she was back auto tunes didn’t sound fun anymore. The formula had been over used and it was even the signature pattern of artists like Ke$ha and T-pain thus making her sound seem a little bit outdated and wrong. The sad part is the fact that the sixty-seven-year-old diva began work on this album in 2011 and she completed the album in 2013 and this is really evident in the extremely descriptive lyrics of all the songs on the album. That alone is a pointer to the fact that she really wanted this album to be awesome but it wasn’t, thankfully the gay community gave her their full support. Despite all these, the artist still managed to deliver quite a number of decent tracks, but when you look at the album as a whole, the album sounds a lot like a wasted opportunity to prove that she was still the queen of pop. According to interviews the album was intended to be a pop rock album but along the line it was switched to a dance pop album and the songstress described the song as her best album ever while no one can successfully argue that fact with her. The truth is that far better tracks came into existence before she released the album and more were still being released and she made very little effort to better these artists. Rather than rating herself by her surroundings, she rated her new self with her past self. Consequently, the album did not do as well as we all expected.

Jun 28, 2019

A savory taste of Cher’s flesh will leave you longing for more.

Prowess is an attribute not commonly found with female singers of old. But in life, there are exceptions to things and Cher is one such. Despite a being born to a truck driver, Cherilyn Sarkisian a.k.a Cher broke evil jinx by making her mark on the earth. Often referred to as the Goddess of Pop, Cher is an American born highly intellectual singer and actress. Her dexterity is one no one can fathom where she is seen going shoulder to shoulder with the male folks who were dominating the music industry in the 1990s. Having the voice of a nightingale with a prominent contralto sound, Cher has been able to switch to various music styles with ease for the decades she has been active in music and such feat should be applauded. Having achieved greatness and fame from her 1965 hit song “I Got You Babe”, Cher forged ahead to give the world yet another episodic ripple effect with the release of her third album "Cher". The eponymic album was released on October 1966 by her record label Imperial Records and produced by Sonny Bono. The album “Cher” is the debut album for the pop duo and couple Sonny and Cher which builds on flavours from her previous two albums and Cher’s successful 1960 career. When speaking of American Pop rock, Sonny and Cher were music forces to reckon with in the 1960s as they made a perfect duo who understood music in the same light producing hits after hits. Together, the duo became a formidable force in music recording a handful of albums and singles that soon made their fame spread like wild fire at the same time making their name a household name during the course. The album “Cher” from the duo Sonny and Cher made entrance into the track with a staggering compilation of forty tracks all recorded on disks. The 40 track album surprisingly does not have any single throughout but has contents for people with varying taste of music. The album “Cher“, is a nice compilation by the iconic pop duo but it not an ideal idea of a hit album for me. The only reason it made waves was because Cher seized the opportunity of dropping the album immediately after her hit track. With this well-played strategy, the effect the hit track came hadn’t waned yet and her album sailed fat on the success from the hit.

Jun 28, 2019

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