1989 is a pop album which Swift described as her "first documented official pop album," representing a musical departure from the country pop style in her earlier works. The album's production differs from Swift's previous work. Unlike others, 1989 is built over drum programming, synthesizers, pulsating bass, processed backing vocals, and guitars. Its lyrical content is based mainly on Swift's style of writing about love, the album's content frequently discusses the complexities of relationships.
The album received positive reviews from music critics. It was an international success in its first week on sale, charting at number one in twelve countries, topping both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and reaching the top 5 in eleven other countries. Three singles were released from the album, "Sing", "Don't" and "Thinking Out Loud". "Sing" was a major international success and became Sheeran's first UK number-one single and his second US Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit. The second single off the album, "Don't", was also a worldwide success, peaking at number 8 in the UK, and being Sheeran's first ever Hot 100 top 10, peaking at number 9. "Thinking Out Loud" was a slow burner hit, becoming Sheeran's second UK number-one single after 19 weeks in the chart.
In December 2014, Spotify named X the most-streamed album in the world for 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.
Upon its release, In the Lonely Hour received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who highly praised Smith's vocal ability but criticising the music for being too conventional. The album was a commercial success worldwide; peaking at number one in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Sweden, and number two in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the United States.
V was Maroon 5's first album to be released through Interscope after the band's previous label, A&M Octone Records, transferred them along with most of its artists to Interscope. The album also saw the return of keyboardist Jesse Carmichael after his absence from recording, touring and promoting Overexposed. V debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 164,000 copies in the first week.
With the film set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, the soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett, uses bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, and folk music appropriate to the time period. With the exception of a few vintage tracks, most tracks are modern recordings.
The soundtrack was reissued on August 23, 2011, with 14 new tracks that were not included in the original album, "including 12 previously unreleased cuts from music producer T-Bone Burnett's O Brother sessions."
The album was certified 11 times Platinum by the RIAA by April 2003. It is Kid Rock's best-selling album, and as of December 2013, it has sold 9,300,000 copies in the US.
Initially Atlantic Record wasn't sold on the idea of signing Kid Rock, they weren't sure on the strength of material. He hit the studio and cut a 2 song demo tape. "Somebody's Gotta Feel This" and "I Got One For Ya" with Robert Bradley. Jason Flom immediately signed him and the band for 100,000 dollars after hearing those tracks.
The song "Bawitdaba" was landmark in the movement of rap metal along with the band Limp Bizkit and "Nookie". Prior to the two songs the genre had been hit and miss, with mainly rock groups teaming with rap groups. The lone exception was Faith No More's "Epic" in 1991. This helped bands like Rage Against The Machine and Korn finally take off.
The album was certified double-platinum in the US, triple-platinum in Australia and the UK, and quadruple-platinum in New Zealand. It reached #1 on several charts, including the UK and US Albums Chart. Curtain Call: The Hits was released nine years after the release of Eminem's debut studio album, Infinite.
It continues to be one of the most popular 'best of' packages, at times selling close to 500,000 copies globally per year. The album has been reissued several times and was digitally remastered for compact disc by Legacy Recordings, issued on August 1, 2006, with a bonus track. In Japan, the album has been reissued as Open Arms: Greatest Hits with the song "Open Arms" appearing as the first song on the album. A second Journey compilation album, Greatest Hits 2, was released in 2011.