“If I Die Young” is the title of a song written by Kimberly Perry and recorded by American country group The Band Perry. The group is composed of Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and piano) and her two brothers: Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals) and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion and background vocals). “If I Die Young” is a mid-tempo accompanied by acoustic guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, and fiddle. The song’s female narrator describes being content with the life she has lived, assuring others that if she were to die at her young age, that she would have no regrets. It was released as their second single in June 2010, and serves as the lead-off single to the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released on October 12, 2010.
“Just Dance” is the debut single by American recording artist Lady Gaga. The song was produced by RedOne and co-written by RedOne, Gaga and Akon (who also provides additional vocals), while also featuring labelmate Colby O’Donis. It was released in 2008 as the lead single from Gaga’s debut studio album The Fame. The song has been critically appreciated, with reviewers complimenting its club anthem-like nature and the synthpop associated with it. The song has also achieved commercial success by topping charts in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as reaching the top ten in many other countries. In the United States, “Just Dance” was a sleeper hit, spending almost five months on the Billboard Hot 100 before finally reaching the summit of the chart in January 2009, after being released in April 2008.
The song “Whataya Want from Me” is a pop rock music recorded by Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor from San Diego, California. The song was originally recorded and co-written by Pink for the album Funhouse but did not make the final cut. On November 18, 2009, Lambert announced via his official website that his second single from his debut album would be “Whataya Want from Me”. The song was the second single announced before the CD was officially available to the public. The song became available as a legal download in the United States on November 20, 2009, when the album was officially released. The music video for “Whataya Want from Me” was directed by Diane Martel and shot on December 20, 2009. It premiered on January 15, 2010, on VH1. The video features Lambert becoming frustrated with the very intrusive camera man. There are also performance clips throughout the video of Lambert performing with his band.
“When I Look at You” is the title of the song recorded by American recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus. It was released on March 1, 2010 by Hollywood Records as the second and final single from Cyrus’s first extended play, The Time of Our Lives (2009). The song was written by John Shanks and Hillary Lindsey and produced by Shanks. “When I Look at You” received average to mixed critical reception and was unable to duplicate the commercial success of Cyrus’ previous single, “Party in the U.S.A.” “When I Look at You” peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted within the top thirty on charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. A remix version of the song titled “Te Miro a Ti”, featuring Spanish singer David Bisbal was released later; in it, Cyrus sings her lines in English, while Bisbal’s are mingled in both English and Spanish.
“Your Love Is My Drug” is the title of the song recorded by American recording artist Kesha. The song was released on May 14, 2010 as the third single from her album, Animal. “Your Love Is My Drug” was written by Kesha, alongside her mother Pebe Sebert and Joshua Coleman. The song was produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Ammo. “Your Love Is My Drug’s” initial writing took place during a plane ride. Kesha stated the song had a carefree message and was not meant to be taken too seriously. The song’s inspiration came from Kesha and her ex-boyfriend; it is about their psychotic relationship with their love for one another being compared to a drug. Prior to the release of Animal, the song charted in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. After being released as a single, the song reached the top five in Australia and the United States, as well as reaching the top ten in Canada. It has gone on to sell over two million copies in the US alone.
“The Flood” is the title of the single recorded by British pop Group Take That. The group was composed of five members namely, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Barlow acts as the lead singer and primary songwriter. “The Flood” is a single taken from their sixth studio album, Progress. It was released as the lead single in the United Kingdom on 7 November 2010. The song is the first to feature Robbie Williams since his return to the band in July 2010, and features Gary Barlow and Williams on lead vocals. “The Flood” first debuted in Denmark at number 7 on 22 October 2010 before moving up to 4. The track also debuted Top 10 in Ireland on the Irish Singles Chart dated 11 November 2010, at number 8, but later rose to number 3 whilst also spending 15 weeks in the Irish Top 50.
“Whip My Hair” is the title of the song recorded by American child actress and singer, Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000), better known by her stage name Willow. The song is the debut single from her yet-to-be-titled debut release. The song was written by Janae Rockwell and Ronald “Jukebox” Jackson, with the latter producing the track. Soon after the song’s debut, it was officially announced that Smith signed a record deal with Jay-Z and Roc Nation. The song impacted urban airplay on September 21, 2010. It was released digitally on October 26, 2010. Prior to radio add dates and release, the song collected greatest gainer recognitions on the Rap Songs chart, and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Smith received media attention for her extravagant outfits compared to Rihanna, whom she later credited as a musical influence. Coincidentally leaked on the same day as Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)”, the song was covered by numerous media outlets, including Time, Billboard, and CNN the day of its release.
“Sweet Dreams” is the title of the song recorded by American R&B recording artist, actress and fashion designer Beyonce Knowles. The song was taken from her third studio album, I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008). “Sweet Dreams” was written and produced by Knowles, James Scheffer, Wayne Wilkins, and Rico Love, the track was released as the album’s sixth single. It was released in the United States for the Top 40 and rhythmic contemporary radios on June 2, 2009. Lyrically, the song describes a beautiful relationship, which the singer believes could be a dream. “Sweet Dreams” was promoted by Knowles with live performances during her world tour including her live performance at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 5, 2009. The single topped the New Zealand Singles Chart. It peaked inside the top five in Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. The song went on to be certified Platinum by the ARIA, the RIANZ and the RIAA, and was nominated for the “Viewers Choice Award” at the 2010 BET Awards.
“Young Forever” is the title of the song recorded by American hip hop-rapper Jay-Z. The song was his fifth single from his album The Blueprint 3 off the Roc Nation label. It is a mild rework of Alphaville’s 1984 hit “Forever Young”: the original melody is retained, Mr. Hudson sings the original lyrics (primarily during the chorus), and Jay-Z raps in place of the verses. The song was produced by rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released as the third official single in the United Kingdom (“Death of Auto-Tune” was never officially released there). In the UK, the song was originally scheduled to be released on the same day as Mr Hudson’s other collaboration with N-Dubz, “Playing with Fire”, but the single was pushed back until January 25, 2010. After strong coverage on the radio throughout December 2009 and January 2010, “Young Forever” began to receive increasing digital downloads. The single first entered the Irish Singles Chart at #36, on January, 1 2010. On the January 8, “Young Forever” climbed five places in the Irish Chart, reaching #31. On January 15, the single climbed to its current peak of #14.
“Already Gone” is a song performed by American singer–songwriter Kelly Clarkson from her 2009 album, All I Ever Wanted. It is co-written by Clarkson and Ryan Tedder, who also produced it. The song was released as the album’s third single in August 2009. “Already Gone” is a soft rock ballad with R&B and classical music influences. The music is described by Sarah Liss of CBC News as having “a pounding heartbeat, twinkly piano and swooping strings” and by James Montgomery of MTV as having “somber piano, crashing drums and hand-claps”. In North America, digital sales of “Already Gone” resulted in it entering the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 charts on March 28, 2009, at Number 70. It dropped out of both charts the following week, and re-entered them in August 2009. It peaked at Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Number 15 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song peaked at Number 3 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and spent a total of 51 weeks in the chart; it reached Number 5 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, and it spent eight consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.