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Diamonds (Rihanna song)

“Diamonds” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Sia Furler together with its producers, Benny Blanco and StarGate. The song premiered on September 26, 2012, during the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and was digitally released the following day as the lead single from Unapologetic. Def Jam Recordings serviced the single to contemporary hit radio in the United States on October 2. “Diamonds” is a mid-tempo electronic and pop ballad that features heavy synthesizers, orchestral sounds and electronic rhythms. The song’s lyrics serve as a departure from the themes of unhealthy relationships that were on Rihanna’s previous singles and contain a prominent concept of love.

“Diamonds” topped music charts in over twenty countries, including the United States, where it became Rihanna’s twelfth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and tied her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fifth-most number one singles in the chart’s history. “Diamonds” was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 3.5 million digital copies in the country. By May 2013, it had sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time.

The song’s music video was shot by director Anthony Mandler, a frequent collaborator of Rihanna’s, and depicts her in four environments that represent the elements of earth, air, water and fire. The video received positive reviews and was praised for its imagery. Some critics believe that the heavily tattooed man intertwined with Rihanna’s arm in the video resembles Chris Brown. The singer performed “Diamonds” on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and The X Factor and included it on the 777, Diamonds and The Monster Tour set lists. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as one of the most performed songs of 2013 and 2014. The official remix of “Diamonds” featured rapper Kanye West and was released on November 16, 2012. The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Josef Salvat, who released his own cover of “Diamonds” as a single.

One More Night (Maroon 5 song)

“One More Night” is a song performed by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 19, 2012, as the second single from their fourth studio album, Overexposed (2012). It was written by Adam Levine, Shellback, Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, while production was handled by Shellback and Martin. It is a reggae-influenced pop song. Lyrically, it talks about not getting along with someone and hoping he only stays with her just “one more night”. It is built upon the idea that the heart, mind and body usually want opposing things.

The song received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Most of them complimented the reggae influence on the track, Levine’s vocals and labeled it a “summer catchy song”. However, some critics perceived a lack of identity and criticized the song’s melody. The song spent nine consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has also been a success on the Australian Singles Chart and on the Canadian Hot 100, reaching number two and topping the New Zealand Singles Chart and the South Korean Gaon International Chart. The song has sold 6.9 million copies, becoming the 8th best selling song worldwide in 2012.[1]

A music video directed by Peter Berg was released on June 25, 2012. In the video, Levine becomes a boxer working to support his girlfriend and baby daughter. As he spends time training for a big fight, he struggles to stay close to his girlfriend while raising their child together. Though Levine appears determined, his girlfriend seems troubled by his bloody profession and financial stability for their daughter and leaves him in the end. The band performed the song for the first time on The Today Show concert series on June 29, 2012, also performing the song on the Late Show with David Letterman and their Overexposed Tour (2012–14).

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album, Red (2012). Swift co-wrote the song with its producers, Max Martin and Shellback. The song was released as the lead single from Red on August 13, 2012, by Big Machine Records. Its lyrics depict Swift’s frustrations at an ex-lover who wants to re-kindle their relationship. Rolling Stone magazine named the song the second best song of 2012[4] while it took the fourth spot in Time’s end-of-year poll. It has received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year. It also received a People’s Choice Awards nomination for Favorite Song of the Year.

The song was an instant commercial success, becoming Swift’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the first song to hold the top spot for more than one week after a huge leap, since Kelly Clarkson’s two-week run of “My Life Would Suck Without You” after the song rocketed from number 97 to the top spot. A music video for the song was released in August 2012. It was the first music video to be presented in 4K resolution and received positive reviews from critics. A CD single was released in September 2012 by Swift’s official store, Amazon.com and US Walmart stores. The single has been certified Quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song is one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with worldwide sales reaching 7 million copies to date (according to the IFPI).

Whistle (Flo Rida song)

“Whistle” is a song by American rapper Flo Rida from his fourth album Wild Ones (2012). It was released on April 24, 2012 as the third single from the album. “Whistle” was written by Flo Rida, David Glass, Marcus Killian, Justin Franks, Breyan Isaac and Antonio Mobley while production was handled by DJ Frank E and Glass. It is a song about oral sex.

“Whistle” is a pop-rap song characterized by a whistling melody. Upon its release, the song received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. They generally praised its pop sound, noting that it had the potential of becoming another hit with its “catchy” hook. However, several critics gave a negative review for the lyrics, interpreted as a thinly veiled euphemism for oral sex, calling it “the least subtle song ever”. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Flo Rida’s third number one hit and his first since 2009’s “Right Round”.[2] “Whistle” was a commercial success, topping the charts in some countries, including Australia, Israel and Sweden, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in others, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Marc Klasfeld, was released on May 24, 2012. It was filmed in Acapulco, Mexico and makes use of split screen at various points. It mostly shows shots of Flo Rida and several girls on a beach. Upon its release, it received positive to mixed reviews from critics, who noted that it was a perfect accompaniment for the song. Flo Rida also promoted the song by performing it during the finale of the talent show, The Voice. This song is the second track on Now 44. The cover image of the single also drew praise for its subtlety and originality.

Call Me Maybe

“Call Me Maybe” is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen for her EP Curiosity (2012) which also appears on her international debut studio album, Kiss (2012). The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay. It was released as the lead single from the EP on September 20, 2011, through 604 Records. Jepsen was signed to Schoolboy Records, releasing her single in the United States through the label, as the first single from Kiss. Musically, “Call Me Maybe” is an upbeat teen pop track that draws influences from dance-pop, disco, and baroque pop. Lyrically, the track alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a crush.

“Call Me Maybe” has attained commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, while peaking inside the top three in Austria, Belgium (Flanders & Wallonia), Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. After reaching the top position on the Canadian Hot 100, Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to do so in her home country since 2007. In the United States, the track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Pop Songs chart.[1] The song is the first number one by a Canadian female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2007’s “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne.

An accompanying music video was directed by Ben Knechtel. In it, Jepsen seeks the attention of an attractive boy next door who is revealed at the close of the story to be attracted to a male band member. As part of promotion for the song, Jepsen performed the track on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she made her US television debut, and at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. “Call Me Maybe” has been covered by several artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Cosgrove, Reel Big Fish, Dan Deacon, Fun, Big Time Rush, R5, Lil Wayne, The Chipettes, Enter Shikari, Ben Howard, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Cody Simpson, and The Saturdays, and parodied by Cookie Monster and some of the news staff of National Public Radio. It was also covered on “The New Rachel”, the season premiere episode of the fourth season of Glee.

“Call Me Maybe” was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual ceremony, but lost to “We Are Young” by Fun and the live performance of “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, respectively. On December 11, 2012, “Call Me Maybe” was named Song of the Year for 2012 by MTV.[2] In its 2012 Year-End issue, Billboard magazine ranked this song #2 in the Hot 100 Songs, Digital Songs, and Canadian Hot 100 charts, in each case behind “Somebody That I Used to Know”, by Gotye featuring Kimbra. The song was also ranked number one by the Village Voice’s annual Pazz and Jop poll, which compiles the votes of music critics from all over the United States.[3] The song was the best-selling single worldwide in 2012, selling over 12 million copies in that year alone, and the best-selling single on the iTunes Store in 2012. With worldwide sales, quoted in one source in July 2015 as over 18 million copies, it became the best selling single of the century by a female artist.[4] “Call Me Maybe” was the best-selling digital single of 2012,[5][6] and is the fourth best-selling digital single of all time.

Somebody That I Used to Know

“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a song written by Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra. The song was released in Australia and New Zealand by Eleven Music on 5 January 2012 as the second single from Gotye’s third studio album, Making Mirrors (2011). It was later released by Universal Music in December 2011 in the United Kingdom, and in January 2012 in the United States and Ireland. “Somebody That I Used To Know” was written and recorded by Gotye at his parents’ house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and is lyrically related to the experiences he has had with relationships.

“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a mid-tempo, indie pop ballad. It samples Luiz Bonfá’s song “Seville” from his 1967 album Luiz Bonfa Plays Great Songs. The song received a positive reception from critics, who noted the similarities between the song and works by Sting, Peter Gabriel, and American folk band Bon Iver. In Australia, the song won the Triple J Hottest 100 poll at the end of 2011, as well as ARIA Awards for song of the year and best video, while Kimbra was voted best female artist and Gotye was named best male artist and producer of the year. The song came ninth in the Triple J Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years, 2013. In 2013, the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.

Commercially, “Somebody That I Used to Know” is Gotye’s most successful and signature song. It has topped charts in the US, UK, and Australia, as well as 23 other national charts, and reached the top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time.[1] It was also placed at the top of a number of year-end charts by Billboard Magazine (including the Hot 100, Adult Pop Songs, and Alternative Songs) and other record chart companies around the world.

“Somebody That I Used To Know” has been performed several times on major US TV shows such as The Voice, American Idol, and Saturday Night Live. It was covered by Canadian indie rock group Walk off the Earth using a single guitar played simultaneously by all five band members. The hit song’s accompanying music video was directed by Australian artist Natasha Pincus. The video, which has received over 800 million views on YouTube as of July 2016, premiered on 5 July 2011. It shows Gotye and Kimbra naked against a white backdrop. While they sing, a pattern of paint gradually covers their skin and the backdrop via stop motion animation.

We Are Young

“We Are Young” is a song recorded by American band Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, for their second studio album, Some Nights (2012). It was released on September 20, 2011, as the lead single from Some Nights. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many noting the song as a breakthrough for the indie genre and praising the song’s catchiness. “We Are Young” has attained commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in several countries.

The track initially only gained attention from online media, although it did receive its first commercial radio airplay on Tampa Bay alternative radio station, 97X, debuting on September 19, 2011. However, it was soon covered by the television show Glee. With the Glee version having success on the charts, the song was licensed for use in a Chevrolet Sonic commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVI. The single song propelled the band into mainstream success, topping the digital charts in February 2012 and becoming a crossover hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 through airplay on contemporary hit radio stations, topping the chart for six weeks straight. It is also the first song to log seven weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales, a record that was previously held by Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” (2010). “We Are Young” has been certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and is both Fun and Monáe’s first charting single on the Hot 100, as well as their first number-one single. The song also topped the Hot 100 Airplay chart with 120 million impressions in seven weeks, becoming the first group since Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” (2001) to do so. The song was named 99th on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of All-time.[2]

An accompanying music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld at David Sukonick Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It features the group performing on a stage at a bar where a riot breaks out. As part of promotion for the song, it was performed at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the American late night television show Conan, and was used as the opening song at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The song is featured in the music video game, Rock Band Blitz. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 55th Grammy Awards, where it was also a nominee for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.[3]

Part of Me (Katy Perry song)

“Part of Me” is a song by American singer Katy Perry, released as the lead single from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. It was written by Perry, and Bonnie McKee, with production and additional writing by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut. The song was not included on the original edition of Teenage Dream because Perry felt that it did not fit the composition of the album. A demo of the song leaked online in late 2010, amid speculation that the lyrics were directed to the singer’s ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy. “Part of Me” was re-worked and officially released on February 13, 2012, through Capitol Records with artwork by art director Gavin Taylor and photography by Mary Ellen Matthews.

A dance-pop and power pop song with a distinctive house beat, it has been compared to Jessie J’s 2011 single “Domino” and Perry’s 2010 singles “Firework” and “California Gurls”. Its lyrics describe a female protagonist who declares herself as unbreakable and strong following a break-up. Many critics theorized that the lyrics addressed Perry’s divorce from Russell Brand, although Perry stated it was not about him since it was written in early 2010.

“Part of Me” was a commercial success. It was the twentieth song to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Perry’s seventh number-one single on the chart, and her ninth consecutive number-one single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The single debuted at No. 1 in Canada and the United Kingdom and has been certified Platinum in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Marketing campaigns for Adidas and The Sims 3: Showtime have featured it.

An accompanying music video was filmed at the United States Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. The video depicts Perry enlisting in the Marines following a heartbreak. It garnered generally positive reviews for Perry’s “Girl power” message but drew criticism from feminist author Naomi Wolf, who denounced it as military propaganda. Perry debuted the first televised performance of song on at the 54th Grammy Awards and has also performed the song at the ECHO Awards, the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, and American Idol.

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is a song by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson and the titular song from her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011). Originally titled as “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, the song served as the album’s second single on January 17, 2012 through RCA Records. Written by Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, and David Gamson, with additional writing and production by Greg Kurstin, “Stronger” is an uptempo song which draws from the genres of pop rock, dance-pop and electropop. Its lyrical content mainly explores themes of empowerment and recovery following a heartbreak, with the chorus inspired by a Friedrich Nietzsche quotation: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

In the United States, “Stronger” became her third song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three non-consecutive weeks, surpassing “A Moment Like This” (2002) and “My Life Would Suck Without You” (2009) as her longest-running number one single on the chart. It also topped fifteen other Billboard charts, including Adult Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Hot Dance Club Songs, and Pop Songs charts, more than any other song Clarkson has ever released. Internationally, “Stronger” topped the national charts of Poland and Slovakia and attained a top-ten position in over fifteen countries around the world, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. Its success helped its parent album to sustain commercial longevity for over a year. “Stronger” merited consideration for several industry awards—including three Grammy Award nominations, and a World Music Award nomination.

The song’s accompanying music video was filmed by Shane Drake, which incorporates the theme of a global flash mob dance, featuring submitted videos of people dancing to the song. The music video garnered positive reception from critics who felt that its overall impact was exuberant. It earned Clarkson a nomination for a MuchMusic Video Award. With its continued success, she performed “Stronger” on several live award shows and television appearances around the world, debuting it during the first season of the The X Factor (U.S.) and performing it on the 37th season of Saturday Night Live, the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards, and the 2012 American Music Awards. Clarkson also included the song in the set list of her Stronger Tour and on the encore set of her 2012 Summer Tour with The Fray.

Set Fire to the Rain

“Set Fire to the Rain” is a song by British singer Adele from her second studio album 21. Written by Adele and the producer of the track Fraser T Smith, the power ballad was released as the second single from the album in Europe. It was released as the third single in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2011, where the song peaked at number 11. The song has peaked at number one in Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States. The song has charted within the top 10 of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland.

“Set Fire to the Rain” was released on 21 November 2011 as 21’s third official single in the United States and later peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is the third consecutive number-one single of the same album; the last female singer who achieved this was Katy Perry in 2010 when “Firework” hit number one. Adele is the first female British artist in history to have three consecutive US number ones. With “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” Adele logged a total of 14 weeks atop of the Billboard Hot 100, this is the most number of weeks at number one a British female artist has had from a different album. The song was voted by readers of Billboard as their favorite number one hit of 2012. Additionally, while “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” were all US number ones, only “Someone like You” was a UK number one; “Set Fire to the Rain” didn’t reach the top ten.

Adele’s live version of the song, from the DVD Live at the Royal Albert Hall, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

We Found Love

“We Found Love” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It was written, produced by, and features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris; the song was also featured on his third album 18 Months (2012). “We Found Love” premiered on September 22, 2011, on the Capital FM radio station in the United Kingdom, and was made available to download on the same day as the lead single from Talk That Talk. “We Found Love” is an uptempo electro house song, with elements of techno and Europop. The song’s lyrics speak of a couple who “found love in a hopeless place”.[1]

“We Found Love” was met with mixed reviews from music critics, who praised the song’s composition and Rihanna’s vocal performance; however, some critics felt that the lyrical content was sparse and came second to Harris’ production. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number-one single of 2011. The single also surpassed “Umbrella” and became Rihanna’s longest running number one single. It was the singer’s eleventh song to top the Hot 100, placing her in third place among female recording artists amassing the most number one singles. “We Found Love” topped the charts in twenty-five other countries including Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. “We Found Love” became one of the most successful songs in 2011 and 2012 as well becoming the 24th most successful single of all time in the US. The single has sold over 14.5 million copies and is Rihanna’s most successful single, as well as one of the best selling singles of all time.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, depicts the singer as a drug-abusing thrill-seeker in a relationship that quickly spirals downward into addiction and violence. The video received a mixed response from critics, as they noted that it profoundly alludes to ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna, two years prior. It attracted criticism from political commentators, who questioned the video for its suggestive sexual nature. However, the video won a Grammy for “Best Short Form Music Video” at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and “Video of the Year” at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The song has been performed on both the UK and US versions of The X Factor, as well as at the 2012 Grammy Awards and the 2012 BRIT Awards. Multiple recording artists have covered “We Found Love” including alternative rock band Coldplay and English singer Jessie J. The song also used for the trailer of 2012 comedy-drama film Magic Mike, in the TV series Sherlock, and in the film American Honey

Sexy and I Know It

“Sexy and I Know It” is a hit song by American duo LMFAO from their second studio album, Sorry for Party Rocking. It was released as the third single from the album on 16 September 2011. The song was written by Stefan Kendal Gordy, GoonRock, Erin Beck, George M. Robertson and Kenneth Oliver, and it was produced by Party Rock. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 7, 2012[2] and remained there for two weeks.[3]

The song became LMFAO’s second number one hit (after “Party Rock Anthem”) on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, making them the first duo to have two successive number-one singles since OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” (2003) and “The Way You Move” (2004).[4] The song also reached number one in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and charted within the top ten in nearly every country in which it charted. The song was featured in the season 5, episode 12 of Gossip Girl.[5] and in the Glee episode, “The Spanish Teacher”. “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded a cover as part of his polka medley “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” for his 2014 album Mandatory Fun as well as in an M&M’s commercial and Specsavers advert.[6] The song is also featured in the films Hotel Transylvania, American Reunion, Ate que a Sorte nos Separe 2, Tapped Out, Think Like a Man Too, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. It’s also used in other television shows including Gossip Girl, Mulheres Ricas, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl, Polizeiruf 110, Las Vega’s, Boom Town, Girls, and Mike & Mike.

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