American recording artist and songwriter Lady Gaga performed the song The Edge of Glory from her second studio album Born This Way (2011). “The Edge of Glory” features production from Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow. Recording sessions for the song took place at The Living Room Studios in Oslo, Norway and Germano Studios in New York City). The song was released digitally on May 9, 2011. Following the success of the song in digital outlets worldwide, it was announced that it would serve as the album’s third official single. According to Gaga, lyrical inspiration came from the death of her grandfather, who died in September 2010. The melody of the song resembles much of the musical works of Bruce Springsteen, and contains several qualities similar to that of electro rock and synthpop musical works. It is notable for the incorporation of a saxophone solo, performed by saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who was a prominent member of The E Street Band shortly before his death. The Edge of Glory” was written by Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow, and it was produced by Gaga and Garibay.
“Disturbia” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The song was written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, Brian Kennedy, Robert Allen, and produced by Brian Kennedy; Background vocals were performed by Brown and Merritt. It was sent to radio in North America on June 17, 2008 and physically released as a single in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2008. It is the third single from the re-release of the album, following “Take a Bow” and “If I Never See Your Face Again”. The song was Rihanna’s highest debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 to date and also attained success, topping the charts in New Zealand as well as reaching the top five in Canada, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 2009, the song received a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance Recording category but lost to electronic duo Daft Punk for their song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Rihanna performed “Disturbia” a number of times, including at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, surrounded by dancing zombies. Pop-punk band The Cab covered the song for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2. Billboard magazine ranked it number nine on their list of Songs of the Summer of 2008.
The song “Somebody to Love” was performed by a Canadian pop/R&B singer, songwriter and actor Justin Bieber. The song serves as the second single from his album, My World 2.0. It was written by Bieber, Heather Bright, and The Stereotypes, and produced by The Stereotypes.The song is an upbeat dance-pop song, which also derives from R&B, while making use of Eurodisco influences. It impacted US mainstream and rhythmic radio on April 20, 2010. Usher re-recorded featured vocals for the official remix of the song, which was released on June 25, 2010. A variation of the track with slightly different production done by Benny Blanco, features Usher on lead vocals and Bieber as the featured artist. It is included on the follow-up release of Raymond v. Raymond, titled Versus. In Japan, the song was released dually with “Never Say Never” as double A-side single.
“What the Hell” is the title of the song performed by Canadian recording artist Avril Lavigne. The song was taken from her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby (2011). The song was successful, reaching number one in Japan, the top five in Asia, the Top 10 in Europe, Australia, South America, Mexico, Canada, and the Top 20 in the US, peaking at eleven. It received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many complimenting its catchiness and comparing it to her 2007 single “Girlfriend”. The song, written by Lavigne with its producers Max Martin and Shellback was released on 7 January 2011 as the lead single from Goodbye Lullaby. “What the Hell” was available as a free download for 48 hours from Lavigne’s official Facebook page.
“I Need a Girl” is a single by American singer-songwriter and rapper Trey Songz. The song served as the lead single for Songz’s third studio album Ready. The track was written by Johntá Austin, along with the song’s production team, Stargate, who also produced his breakthrough hit, “Can’t Help But Wait.” “I Need A Girl” is a mid-tempo R&B ballad, featuring guitar riffs. The song is lyrically about finding and pleasing the right woman, through lines such as, “I don’t even know your name, but I know that I’m your man and you are my girl, if I ever meet you I’m gonna give you the world, Baby please believe me when I tell you that I need a girl.” The song has been described to be a mix of Usher and Justin Timberlake, and has been compared to Chris Brown’s “With You.” On the week labeled May 30, 2009, “I Need a Girl” debuted at 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several weeks later on the week of September 19, 2009, it peaked at fifty-nine on the chart, where it stayed for one week, spending a total of sixteen weeks on the chart. After a total of eight weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, on the week labeled July 4, 2009, “I Need a Girl” peaked at six on it.
“Everything to Me” is the title of the song recorded by American R&B recording artist and entertainer Monica. “Everything to Me” was released as the lead single from Still Standing in the United States on February 9, 2010 following a request campaign by fans on Twitter. The song was written by fellow singer Jazmine Sullivan and co-produced by Missy Elliott and Cainon Lamb for her sixth studio album Still Standing (2010), incorporating a sample of the 1981 recording “Silly” as penned by Fritz Baskett, Clarence McDonald, and June Williams and performed by Deniece Williams. The song garnered generally positive reviews by music critics, who noted it the album’s standout track. Monica’s first solo release in over three years, the song has peaked at number forty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, becoming her first chart-topper in over seven years. The track was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
“Empire State of Mind” is the title of the song recorded by American rapper and hip hop artist Jay-Z, featuring vocals and an acclaimed chorus from R&B and soul singer Alicia Keys. It was released as the third single from Jay-Z’s 11th studio album The Blueprint 3 (2009) by his Roc Nation label in October 2009. “Empire State of Mind” was originally written by Brooklyn natives Angela Hunte and Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic who were feeling homesick while on an overseas trip in February 2009. The following month they sent the song in for consideration at Roc Nation, although it received negative reviews. The song was also nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. “Empire State of Mind” achieved commercial success worldwide. The track peaked within the top 10 in countries including; the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Italy and Sweden.
“Your Love” is the title of the song recorded by Trinidadian
rapper and singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj. The song serves as the first single from her debut studio album, Pink Friday. It was written by Minaj with Jospeh Hughes, David Freedman, and Andrew “Pop” Wansel, with the latter receiving production credits. The song peaked at fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Your Love” topped the US Rap Songs chart for eight consecutive weeks. Minaj became the first female artist to lead the chart since 2003, and the female artist top chart sans a featured artist since 2002. Additionally, the song charted at number nineteen on the US Pop Songs chart. The song also appeared on other charts worldwide, notably reaching number forty-three in Canada, and number twelve on the UK R&B Chart.
“Rock That Body” is the title of the song recorded by American hip hop / rock group The Black Eyed Peas. The song was written by The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Mark Knight, Adam Walder, Jean Baptiste, Jamie Munson and Robert Ginyard. “Rock That Body” was taken from their multi-platinum selling fifth studio album The E.N.D. The song serves as the fifth international single from the album, and fifth and final in the United States. “Rock That Body was released on January 29 in Australia and was released in the U.K on March 15. The song was officially sent to U.S. radio stations on May 11, 2010. The song peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 5th Top 10 hit off the album.
The song “Hey, Soul Sister” is a song recorded by American rock band Train. The band is from San Francisco, California, formed in 1994. The band currently comprises a core trio of Patrick Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar, vocals) and Scott Underwood (drums, percussion). “Hey, Soul Sister” was written by Patrick Monahan, Amund Bjørklund and Espen Lind. The song was taken from the band’s fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco and it was released as the lead single from the album. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is their highest charting song to date. It is also the band’s most commercially successful single to date, reaching number one in sixteen countries. As of January 6, 2011, it has sold over five million digital copies in the US. It is the 8th most downloaded song in history, the most downloaded song of all time for Columbia Records, the top-selling song on iTunes in 2010 and the second overall best-selling song in the US in 2010.