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Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” is a song from American singer Beyoncé’s third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). Columbia Records released “Single Ladies” as a single on October 13, 2008 alongside “If I Were a Boy”, showcasing the contrast between Beyoncé and her aggressive onstage alter ego Sasha Fierce. It explores men’s unwillingness to propose or commit. In the song, the female protagonist is in a club to celebrate her single status.

“Single Ladies” won three Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year, among other accolades. Several news media sources named it as one of the best songs of 2008, while some considered it one of the best songs of the decade. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with more than 5 million paid digital downloads. The song charted among the top ten within the singles category in several other countries. Globally, it was 2009’s seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million units sold[1] and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

A black-and-white music video accompanied the single’s release. It won several awards, including the Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyoncé has performed “Single Ladies” on television and during her concert tours. The song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated. Several notable artists have performed cover versions. Media usage has included placement in popular television shows.

Womanizer (song)

“Womanizer” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). It was released on October 3, 2008 by Jive Records as the lead single of the album. Produced and co-written by Nikesha Briscoe and Rafael Akinyemi of The Outsyders, the song was re-recorded after a snippet was leaked onto the internet. “Womanizer” is an up-tempo electropop and dance-pop song. Described by Spears as a girl anthem, the song’s lyrics recall a womanizing man, while the protagonist of the song makes clear she knows who he really is. Music critics mostly praised its hook, melody and empowering lyrics. Critics also observed it was a stand-out track from its album and also deemed it as a comeback single for Spears.

“Womanizer” was a commercial success, peaking atop of the charts in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and the United States. It also reached the top ten in every country it charted in also receiving several certifications from several countries. In the United States, “Womanizer” was her first single to reach number-one since “…Baby One More Time” in 1999. The song broke the record for the highest jump to number one at a time which was later broken by Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009. It is also her best-selling digital song in the country, having sold over 3.5 million copies.[1]

The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, was created by Spears as a sequel to the music video of “Toxic”. It portrays Spears as a woman who disguises herself in different costumes and follows her boyfriend through his daily activities to expose him in the end. The video also contains interspersed scenes of Spears naked in a steam room, as a response to the attacks she had received over the years about her weight. The video was also nominated for two categories at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and went on to win Best Pop Video.

The song has been covered by a number of artists from different genres, including Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand and Girls Aloud. Spears performed “Womanizer” on several television shows including The X Factor and Good Morning America, as well as award shows such as the 2008 Bambi Awards. She has also performed the song at The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), the Femme Fatale Tour (2011) and Britney: Piece of Me (2013). “Womanizer” received a Grammy nomination in 2010 in the Best Dance Recording category, but lost to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”.

Live Your Life (T.I. song)

“Live Your Life” is a song by American rapper T.I., from his sixth studio album, Paper Trail (2008), and features Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released as the seventh single from the album on September 23, 2008. The song is a conscious hip hop track with elements of contemporary R&B. The song’s lyrics speak of T.I.’s rise to fame and optimism of the future. It also gives dedication to the American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Live Your Life” was a commercial success worldwide. In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking T.I.’s third number-one single, and Rihanna’s fifth. The song also attained top ten placements in twelve other countries, reaching the top five in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, “Live Your Life” topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and Rap Songs charts and reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song remains T.I.’s highest charting and most successful single worldwide since its release.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Anthony Mandler, depicts a story of T.I.’s rise to fame in a narrated form, featuring Rihanna performing in a dressing room and bar. The duo performed “Live Your Life” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is featured in the 2009 film The Hangover as well as the trailer.

Live Your Life (T.I. song)

“Live Your Life” is a song by American rapper T.I., from his sixth studio album, Paper Trail (2008), and features Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released as the seventh single from the album on September 23, 2008. The song is a conscious hip hop track with elements of contemporary R&B. The song’s lyrics speak of T.I.’s rise to fame and optimism of the future. It also gives dedication to the American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Live Your Life” was a commercial success worldwide. In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking T.I.’s third number-one single, and Rihanna’s fifth. The song also attained top ten placements in twelve other countries, reaching the top five in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, “Live Your Life” topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and Rap Songs charts and reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song remains T.I.’s highest charting and most successful single worldwide since its release.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Anthony Mandler, depicts a story of T.I.’s rise to fame in a narrated form, featuring Rihanna performing in a dressing room and bar. The duo performed “Live Your Life” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is featured in the 2009 film The Hangover as well as the trailer.

So What (Pink song)

“So What” is a song recorded by American singer Pink for her fifth studio album, Funhouse (2008). The song was written by Pink, Max Martin, and Shellback, and produced by Martin. Selected as the album’s debut single, “So What” was first released to mainstream radios on August 25, 2008, through LaFace and Zomba Label Group. The song consists of a martial beat and synth backing. The lyrics are based on her separation from motocross racer Carey Hart, which occurred six months prior to the release.

“So What” received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics; many praised it for its aggressive and empowering nature while others deemed it childish and bratty. The song was also successful commercially, topping the charts in several countries across Europe and Oceania and peaking within the top five worldwide. In the United States, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her second single to top the chart. “So What” also became her highest selling single in the United States, with sales of over four million downloads.

The music video for “So What” was directed by longtime collaborator Dave Meyers. It shows Pink drinking while riding a lawnmower,[1] sawing down a tree, streaking on a red carpet appearance and other activities. The video also features a cameo appearance from Hart. Pink performed “So What” on MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 on November 6, 2008. The song was nominated for several awards, eventually winning the MTV Europe Music Award for the Most Addictive Track.

So What (Pink song)

“So What” is a song recorded by American singer Pink for her fifth studio album, Funhouse (2008). The song was written by Pink, Max Martin, and Shellback, and produced by Martin. Selected as the album’s debut single, “So What” was first released to mainstream radios on August 25, 2008, through LaFace and Zomba Label Group. The song consists of a martial beat and synth backing. The lyrics are based on her separation from motocross racer Carey Hart, which occurred six months prior to the release.

“So What” received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics; many praised it for its aggressive and empowering nature while others deemed it childish and bratty. The song was also successful commercially, topping the charts in several countries across Europe and Oceania and peaking within the top five worldwide. In the United States, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her second single to top the chart. “So What” also became her highest selling single in the United States, with sales of over four million downloads.

The music video for “So What” was directed by longtime collaborator Dave Meyers. It shows Pink drinking while riding a lawnmower,[1] sawing down a tree, streaking on a red carpet appearance and other activities. The video also features a cameo appearance from Hart. Pink performed “So What” on MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 on November 6, 2008. The song was nominated for several awards, eventually winning the MTV Europe Music Award for the Most Addictive Track.

Whatever You Like

“Whatever You Like” is a song by American rapper T.I., released as the lead single (second overall) from his sixth studio album, Paper Trail (2008). The song was written by T.I., James Scheffer and David Siegel and produced by Jim Jonsin. “Whatever You Like” served as the third single from Paper Trail in the United Kingdom with a release date of 1 June 2009.[1][2]

The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving T.I. his second US number one. It topped the chart for seven non-consecutive weeks, and remained in the top 3 of the charts for over 12 non-consecutive weeks.[3] It was also number one in New Zealand and has been certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.[4] It was named the 16th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[5]

Disturbia (song)

“Disturbia” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), a re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, Brian Kennedy and Rob. A!, with production of the song helmed by Kennedy. The song was released as the third single from the reloaded edition of the album, and seventh overall. “Disturbia” was sent to US Contemporary hit radio on June 17, 2008, and was released as a CD single in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2008.

“Disturbia” is an uptempo dance-pop and electropop song with a “sizzling” beat.[1][2] Lyrically, the song is about the experiences of anguish, anxiety and confusion. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who generally praised its dark musical tone, lyrics and beat, and noted that it is reminiscent of Rihanna’s previous single, “Don’t Stop the Music” (2007). “Disturbia” earned Rihanna an award for Best International Song at the 2009 NRJ Music Awards and a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

“Disturbia” was a commercial success, and peaked at number one in Belgium (Flanders) and New Zealand and became a top-ten hit in more than twenty countries including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks, and became Rihanna’s third number-one single from Good Girl Gone Bad and fourth overall on the Hot 100. The accompanying music video for “Disturbia” was directed by Anthony Mandler, which portrays Rihanna in various locations such as in a prison cell and gas chamber. “Disturbia” has regularly featured on the set lists of Rihanna’s tours and live performances since its release.

I Kissed a Girl

“I Kissed a Girl” is a song recorded by American singer Katy Perry for her second studio album, One of the Boys (2008). It was released on April 28, 2008, by Capitol Records as the lead single from the record. Perry co-wrote the song with its producers Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco, with additional songwriting provided by Max Martin and Cathy Dennis. “I Kissed a Girl” is a pop rock song with elements of new wave, with lyrics that are described by Perry as being “about the magical beauty of a woman”.

The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the 1,000th number-one song of the rock era. The single has sold over 4.6 million digital copies in the US alone. “I Kissed a Girl” is one of eight songs by Perry to sell over 4 million digital copies in the US, the others being “Hot n Cold”, “California Gurls”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, “Teenage Dream”, “Roar” and “Dark Horse”. It has reached the summit of the charts in nearly twenty countries, including Australia, Canada, Lebanon, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, while peaking within the top five in other European countries such as Belgium, Finland, and France. The song is one of the best-selling singles worldwide.

The accompanying music video for the song was released on May 16, 2008. The video, directed by Kinga Burza, features Perry in a setting inspired by burlesque and Moulin Rouge styles. It features appearances from Perry’s friends, including actress Shannon Woodward and then-unknown American electropop singer Kesha. The song is recognized as the 10th best-selling single in the 21st century. “I Kissed a Girl” was performed and a nominee at the 51st Grammy Awards (Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). It was also nominated for Favorite Song at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards. The song was also included in Perry’s performance in Super Bowl XLIX’s Pepsi Halftime Show in 2015.

Viva la Vida

“Viva la Vida” (/ˈviːvə lə ˈviːdə/; Spanish: [ˈbiβa la ˈβiða]) is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), and was released as the second single from the album. On the album, this song segues directly into the next track, “Violet Hill”. Viva la Vida is Spanish for “Long live Life”.

The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background.

The song was released on 13 June 2008 as the album’s second single, debuting to critical acclaim and commercial success. “Viva la Vida” reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s first number-one single in both the US and UK. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. The song became the sixth song to reach the 4 million mark in paid downloads in the United States.[3] It has sold over 7.1 million copies worldwide by 2014, and over 6 million in US alone by June 2013.[4][5]

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