“If I Were a Boy” is the title of the song performed by American R&B recording artist Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981), often known simply as Beyoncé. “If I Were a Boy” debuted at number hundred on the Billboard Hot 100, based solely on airplay, on October 25, 2008. It then rose considerably in its third week (November 8, 2008), from number sixty-eight to number three as the digital download counterpart had debuted directly at number one on Hot Digital Songs, amassing 190,000 units. “If I Were a Boy” became Knowles’ tenth top-five single on the Hot 100 as a solo artist. On November 15, 2008, the song fell to number five, where it stayed for one further week. However, it then managed to resume its number three position on November 29, 2008 as it came back to the top spot of the Hot Digital Songs with 170,000 copies sold. “If I Were a Boy” sold 654,000 digital downloads in four weeks. The following week, the song fell to number two on the Hot Digital Songs Chart, with 160,000 downloads sold as it was beaten up by Knowles’ another own single “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, which had debuted at number one on the Hot Digital Songs Chart with 204,000 copies sold.
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress, and philanthropist, who recorded the song “Smile”. Lavigne was born Avril Ramona Lavigne on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario. The song was written by Lavigne and it was taken as the second single from her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby. Avril performed the song, while promoting the album, on Walmart Soundcheck, on “2DayFM”, and also on T4. Lavigne has performed the song on the German show Schlag den Raab on 4 June 2011. The song was also recorded on Lavigne’s concert on the aol.com website, to the AOL Sessions, with no release date announced yet. Lavigne performed a medley of the song and her previous single What The Hell on the British show Britain’s Got Talent on June 1, and at the America’s Got Talent 6th session on July 13.
Taio Cruz is an English singer-songwriter who recorded the song “Break Your Heart”, serves as the lead single from his second studio album Rokstarr. “Break Your Heart” is an electropop song featuring a “surging dance-pop” sound, accompanied with Cruz’s auto-tuned R&B vocals. It is written in the key of E♭ major described as a “medium dance groove”, and Cruz’s vocals span from B♭4 to B♭5. According to Jason Draper of Yahoo! Music
UK, the song is a mix of European and American urban music. It includes several tempo changes, which have been compared to that of Jay Sean’s “Down”. The song is filled with boasting lyrics about being a heartbreaker rather than being heartbroken. It was written by Cruz and Fraser T. Smith and produced by Smith. It was first released in the UK on 20 September 2009, followed by a release in the United States and other markets on 2 February 2010. The official remix version features American rapper Ludacris; that version was the single released in North American countries.
Jason Joel Desrouleaux (born September 21, 1989), better known by his stage name Jason Derülo, is an American singer-songwriter, actor and dancer, who recorded an electro
pop and dance-pop song in titled “Don’t Wanna Go Home”. It was released on May 20, 2011 as the lead single from his upcoming second studio album, Future History. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” samples the song “Show Me Love” by Robin S. and incorporates an interpolation of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte. Most critics praised the song’s production and lyrics, while others observed its lack of originality. The song has reached the top-ten in Australia and Ireland, and has peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Derülo’s second number-one single there. An accompanying music video was directed by Rich Lee, and features Derülo in various dance sequences in an industrial warehouse.
Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California who recorded the song “Waiting for the End” released on October 1, 2010. The band is composed of three high school friends, Linkin Park’s foundation was
anchored by Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson. After graduating from high school, the California natives began to take their musical interests more seriously, recruiting Joe Hahn, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, and Mark Wakefield to perform in their band, Xero. “Waiting for the End” debuted at #96 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon the release of the album. After falling off and re-entering the chart more than once, it has reached #42, remaining 23 weeks on the chart. It has also obtained #2 on the Rock Songs chart. After spending 15 weeks on the Alternative Songs chart, it replaced “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys at #1, giving Linkin Park their tenth #1 song on the chart. As of May 2011, it has been certified Gold in the US, selling over 500,000 copies.
Usher Terry Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist, dancer, and actor who recorded the song “There Goes My Baby”. He is considered around the world to be the reigning King of R&B. “There Goes My Baby” is a, “slinky” down-tempo R&B ballad, with infused hints of neo soul. It is composed in a “moderate groove” of eighty beats per minute, and is set in common time. It is written the key of C major and Usher’s vocals span from the low note of E4 to high note of C6. It follows the chord progression A–F7–G. The song makes use of Usher’s falsetto range, which was warmly received by critics. The accompanying music video for the song was filmed on June 16, 2010 in Malibu, California, and directed by Anthony Mandler. It took fifteen hours for the shoot. Preparing his physique
for the filming, the singer told People, “At 31, when you take your shirt off, you must have it together!” A preview of the video was released on July 12, 2010, and the full video premiered on 106 & Park and Vevo on July 13, 2010.
Samuel Timothy McGraw (born May 1, 1967) better known by his stage name Tim McGraw, is an American country music singer and actor who performed the song “Felt Good on My Lips”. “Felt Good on My
Lips” was released to radio in September 2010. It is included on a compilation album titled Number One Hits, which comprises all of McGraw’s number-one singles as well as “Felt Good on My Lips” and a remix of “Indian Outlaw”. The song debuted at number 33 on the Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending October 9, 2010. It is the second-highest debuting single of his career, behind only “Grown Men Don’t Cry”, which entered the same chart at number 30. It reached Number 1 on the country chart for the week ending January 8, and stayed at that position for three consistent weeks.
The song “Look at Me Now” is a song recorded by Christopher Maurice (born May 5, 1989), better known by his stage name Chris Brown, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. American rappers Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne was also featured in the song. “Look at Me Now” was released as the second single from Brown’s fourth studio album F.A.M.E. on February 1, 2011. The song proved to be successful in the United States, where it reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Brown’s highest chart position since “Forever” (2008). “Look at Me Now” reached number one the Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Internationally, the song also charted in Australia, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. As of July 6, 2011, “Look at Me Now” has sold 2,442,000 digital copies in the United States. The song’s music video was directed by Colin Tilley and filmed in Los Angeles, California. It features numerous scenes of Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne in a smoke-filled, graffiti-covered parking garage, where a Step Up-type
dance-off is held. The song won three awards at the 2011 BET Awards for Best Collaboration, Viewer’s Choice and Video of the Year. Several artists have covered the song and released their own remix, including Justin Bieber and Trey Songz.
Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; October 25, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress who performed the song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” from her third studio album, Teenage Dream. The music video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” was filmed around May 3–6, 2011. It was directed by Marc Klasfeld, and co-directed by Danny Lockwood. Perry tweeted, “I told someone about my new music video I just filmed & they responded with ‘wow, that’s gonna break the internet.’ … Should I knock on wood?” The teaser of the video was released
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on Perry’s YouTube profile on June 7, 2011. Prior to the video’s premiere, Perry created Facebook and Twitter profiles for her alter-ego of a nerdy thirteen year old, Kathy Beth Terry. Starting from June 8, a series of short video clips was uploaded on the Facebook profile, YouTube and Perry’s official website, presenting Terry and other characters who would later appear in the video. Before to the planned June 14 release date, the video was leaked onto the internet June 12. The full 8-minute-long final version premiered later on the same day on Funny or Die. On July 11, after crossing the half-million “likes” mark, Perry released an interview in character as Terry on DigitalSpy.
Jennifer Lopez is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, fashion designer and
television producer who recorded the song “Im Into You”. The song was taken from her seventh studio album, Love? (2011).The song was released in many countries on April 1, 2011. It was originally due for release in the US and Canada on April 5, 2011, but the song was unlocked and released in those markets on April 1, 2011, through a campaign on Lopez’s Facebook page. A music video for “I’m Into You” began production in Chichen Itza, Mexico on April 2, 2011. It was released on May 2, 2011 at Today and the video depicts the singer on a beach with her love interest and also shows scenes where she dances with two back-up singers as well as featuring the singer on a Mayan pyramid. The video received critical acclaim, praising her dance ability and beauty. The song has charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number forty-nine and has reached the top-ten on the UK Singles Chart.