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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]

Take a Bow (Rihanna song)

“Take a Bow” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), the re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was written and produced by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, and Shaffer Smith under their stage names StarGate and Ne-Yo. “Take a Bow” was released as the first single from the re-release and the fifth single overall from the two releases. It is an R&B song that contains elements of dance-pop. Critical reception of “Take a Bow” was mixed, with some critics praising the song’s lyrics and powerful balladry impact, while others criticized the lack of originality with regard to StarGate’s production.

In the US, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became Rihanna’s third song to do so. “Take a Bow” also peaked at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and US Pop Songs chart, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song reached number one in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, and attained top five positions in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and presents Rihanna as the female protagonist who leaves her boyfriend because of his infidelity. “Take a Bow” has been performed on “AOL Music Sessions” and was included in the set lists of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2008–09), Last Girl on Earth (2010–11), Loud Tour (2011) and Diamonds World Tour (2013).

Lollipop (Lil Wayne song)

“Lollipop” is the first single from American rapper Lil Wayne’s sixth studio album, Tha Carter III.[1] The track features singer Static Major and is produced by Deezle and Jim Jonsin.[1] It interpolates the theme song from the 2007 film 28 Weeks Later[2][unreliable source?] and heavily utilizes the Auto-Tune vocal effect. The song was released digitally on March 13, 2008.

“Lollipop” is Lil Wayne’s & Static Major’s most successful to date, spending five non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] Static Major died two weeks before the release of the song, making the song the eighth to hit #1 after the death of a credited artist. There are various versions of the song.[4] The single was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA for selling 5 million units in the United States[5] and was ranked the #1 Hip-Hop song of 2008 by MTV.[6] The song reached #1 on the 2008 issue of Notarized by BET. The song was ranked at #1 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[7] With 9.1 million copies sold as of January 2009, “Lollipop” was named 2008’s best-selling digital single worldwide by IFPI.[8]

Touch My Body

Touch My Body” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, taken from her eleventh studio album, E=MC² (2008). Carey co-produced the song with Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and they co-wrote it with Crystal “Cri$tyle” Johnson, and Terius “The Dream” Nash. “Touch My Body” was released as the album’s lead single on February 12, 2008. Lyrically, the song features a double message, with the first describing sexual fantasies with her lover, while also jokingly warning him against recording or releasing information regarding their rendezvous.

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many highlighting the song’s light pop melody and hook; however, it also garnered some backlash from certain music reviewers, who felt the song did not properly represent the singer’s acclaimed 5-octave vocal range. “Touch My Body” became Carey’s eighteenth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, making Carey the solo artist with the most number one singles in United States history, surpassing the record held by Elvis Presley. Additionally, it gave Carey her 79th week atop the chart, tying Presley for most weeks at number one. Throughout Europe, the song also achieved high charting, peaking within the top five on the charts in Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Carey performed “Touch My Body” on several live televised events and programs, debuting it on Saturday Night Live as a two-piece performance. Similarly, Carey opened the Good Morning America “Summer Concert Series” on April 25, 2008, singing the song, as well as two other singles from E=MC². Similar renditions took place at the season premiere party of The Hills, as well as a mash-up of the song with “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time” at the Teen Choice Awards. Aside from reprising performances of the British programs The Sunday Night Project and The Paul O’Grady Show, and German talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the song was included on the set-list of Carey’s North American Angels Advocate Tour, held throughout 2009 and 2010.

The song’s music video was directed by filmmaker Brett Ratner, who had previously worked with Carey on five other music videos. It follows around a story revolving around a computer employee’s fantasy as he visits Carey’s home. As he fixes her computer, he enters a fantasy in which the pair perform several activities together, including pillow fights, laser tag, Guitar Hero, slot cars, and frisbee throwing, all while Carey shows off her figure in several revealing outfits. The music video won in the category of “Best Comedic Video” at the 2008 BET Awards, and won the “MTV Video Vanguard Award” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Additionally, the video was nominated for “Best Female Video” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

Bleeding Love

“Bleeding Love” is a song performed by British singer Leona Lewis, who released it from her 2007 debut studio album, Spirit.[1] Jointly written and composed by Jesse McCartney[2] and Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder, the song is the album’s lead single; officially, it was Lewis’s official second single, and followed “A Moment Like This.” It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland in October of 2007.[3] Debuting at number one on the UK Singles Chart, “Bleeding Love” became the best-selling single of 2007 in the United Kingdom.[4] After the single’s release, it became a major international hit, and was the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide.[5] The single has reached number one in 35 countries,[6] including Ireland, Japan, Germany and the United States, making it only the second song in history to achieve this feat, Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” being the first. The video first aired on 17 October 2007, and was uploaded to YouTube on the same day, on which it now has over 138 million views.[7]

“Bleeding Love” has sold more than one million copies in the United Kingdom, and over 4 million digital downloads in the U.S., where it was the best-selling digital song there in 2008.[8][9][10] It was named the 17th most successful song in the US from 2000–2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[11] The song achieved a similar feat in the United Kingdom where it was the best-selling single of 2007, selling 788,000 copies.[12] “Bleeding Love” has charted on the UK Singles Chart in three different years: in 2007 it peaked at number one; 2008 at number 76; and 2009 at number 97.[13] “Bleeding Love” was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards. At the 2008 Brit Awards it was nominated for Best British Single.[14] It is Lewis’s biggest hit in the US to date, is still her only single to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and remains her most successful single worldwide.

Love in This Club

“Love in This Club” is a song by American R&B singer Usher. Featuring rapper Young Jeezy, it was released on February 22, 2008 as the lead single from Usher’s fifth studio album, Here I Stand. The song was written by Usher, Polow da Don, Young Jeezy, Darnell Dalton, Ryon Lovett, Lamar Taylor and Keith Thomas, and produced by da Don with a Las Vegas-inspired synth-driven beat. Its lyrics refer to seducing someone in a nightclub. The song was originally leaked by da Don prior to its release.

“Love in This Club” received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the song’s production, but criticized it for its slow tempo and lack of originality. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the New Zealand Singles Chart, while appearing on multiple other record charts. The accompanying music video, which received a nomination at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, features cameo appearances from several musicians. In the video, R&B singer Keri Hilson plays Usher’s love interest in a club. Usher performed the song at the 2008 BET Awards, as well as on several television programs. A remix of the song, titled “Love in This Club Part II”, features Beyoncé and Lil Wayne.

Low (Flo Rida song)

“Low” is the debut single by American rapper Flo Rida, featured on his debut studio album Mail on Sunday and also featured on the soundtrack to the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets. The song features and was co-written by fellow American rapper T-Pain. There is also a remix in which the hook is sung by Flo Rida rather than T-Pain. An official remix was made which features Pitbull and T-Pain. With its catchy, up-tempo and club-oriented Southern hip hop rhythms, the song peaked at the summit of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The song was a massive success worldwide and was the longest running number-one single of 2008 in the United States, spending ten consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. With over 6 million digital downloads, it has been certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA, and was the most downloaded single of the 2000s decade, measured by paid digital downloads.[1]The song was named 3rd on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[2]

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