Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as simply Rihanna, is a Barbadian R&B recording artist, who recorded the song “Hard” taken from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009), and features American rapper Jeezy. The song was written by Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart, Rihanna and Jay Jenkin, and was produced by the former two, under their stage names The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. The song was released as the second overal single from the album on February 19, 2010 through Def Jam in the United States, and was later released in the United Kindgom. In the United States, “Hard” debuted at number 80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 2009, and peaked at number eight on January 30, 2010. The song became her thirteenth top-ten single and sixteenth top-twenty hit this decade, re-tying her with Beyoncé Knowles as the female artist with the most top ten hits on the Hot 100 in the 2000–2009 decade. “Hard” also peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart on March 6, 2010, as well as peaking at numbers nine and 14 on the US Pop Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, respectively. “Hard” has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of over one million units.
“Pray” is a song performed by Canadian pop/R&B singer, songwriter and actor Justin Bieber. The song was written by Bieber with Omar Martinez and Adam Messinger and Nasri of The Messengers, with the latter duo producing the track. In the United States and Canada, the song is included on My Worlds Acoustic. According to Bieber, he was inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” (1988) when writing the song. The song is a contemporary Christian song, while deriving from pop and R&B influences, and using a world music backdrop. It is based primarily upon instruments, however does make small usages of electronic sounds. “Pray” was only released as a single in select European countries, and had moderate success. On the Belgian Flanders Tip chart, the song charted at number five, while on the Belgian Tip chart for Wallonia, the song charted at number fifteen. On the Austrian Singles Chart, “Pray” peaked at number sixty-five, spending a week on the chart. “Pray” debuted at fifty-one on the German Singles Chart, and spent eight weeks on the chart.
“Next 2 You” is a song recorded by Chris Brown, an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. The song features Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The song was included as a track on Brown’s fourth studio album, F.A.M.E., released on March 18, 2011. After the release of the album, the song appeared on the charts in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It was released for digital download on June 24, 2011, as the album’s fifth single. “Next 2 You” is a R&B and pop song. The song has lyrics about a relationship, but Eliot Glazer of MTV Buzzworthy said that the song also contained inspirational lyrics. It features “digitized” violins. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 116 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of E♭ major with Bieber and Brown’s vocal ranges spanning from the low-note of G3 to the high-note of C6. The song features the chord progression of E♭–B♭–Cm–A♭. Nadia Noir of WXRK said the song was a hybrid of a “dance-jam” and “love-song.” Furthermore, AOL Music’s Charley Rogulewski called the song a “dreamy pop love song.” The song sees Brown and Bieber trading verses and the chorus in lyrics like “I’ll be there when you’re insecure/ Let you know that you’re always lovely/ Girl, because you are the only thing that I got right now.”
Kylie Ann Minogue (born 28 May 1968), is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress who recorded the song “Better Than Today” from her eleventh studio album Aphrodite (2010). The track was originally written and produced by Nerina Pallot and Andy Chatterley for Pallot’s 2009 extended play, Buckminster Fuller EP. It was re-recorded by Minogue in 2009, and received additional production by Stuart Price. Musically, “Better Than Today” is a pop song that emulates other styles using guitars, synthesizers and drum programming. “Better Than Today” was first released on 3 December 2010 as the album’s third single. It was not as successful as Minogue’s preceding releases. After debuting on the chart early with album downloads, it peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 32, making it her lowest placing since “The One” in 2008. The single was released in Australia on 28 February 2011. It debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 55, making it her third single to miss the top-fifty, after “Finer Feelings” in 1992 (number 60) and “Get Outta My Way” in 2010 (number 69).
Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer-songwriter and actress who recorded the song “Undo It” as the third single from her third studio album, Play on. “Undo It” is the title of a song written by Kara DioGuardi, Martin Frederiksen, Luke Laird and co-written and Carrie Underwood. Underwood performed the song at the 2010 American Idol finale, as well as at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. Undo it has sold 1,147,000 copies in the US only making it the 5th biggest song of her career.Undo It was ranked #29 on Billboard’s year-end charts for Top Country Songs.
“Mean” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The song, solely written by Swift, and produced by Nathan Chapman and Swift was first released as a promotional single on October 17, 2010, by Big Machine Records. The song was taken from her third studio album, Speak Now. According to Swift, she wrote the song to get back at her critics who constantly question her songs as well as her ability to sing. The song was later released as an official single on March 14, 2011. “Mean” received commercial success in the United States and Canada, debuting at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the Canadian Hot 100. The song also appeared on the Australian Singles Chart at number forty-five. It was later re-released as the third official single from Speak Now, and re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Declan Whitebloom, who developed the concept together with Swift. Upon release, it received mixed reviews from critics who perceived ambivalent messages in the video, despite the prevalent self-empowerment and anti-bullying themes.
“If I Were a Boy” is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles. The song was released as the lead single from the album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). to U.S. radio on October 12, 2008 alongside “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”. A Spanish version of the song titled “Si Yo Fuera un Chico” is included on the version of the album sold exclusively online in Spain and Mexico. It was composed by Toby Gad and BC Jean. Jean initially recorded her version of the song which was rejected by Jean’s record company. Knowles then recorded a new version for her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). The single was a commercial success, topping the charts in over eight European countries and peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also peaked at number one in the United Kingdom and it is Knowles’ best-selling single there, so far. It earned multi-platinum certifications in Australia, in Canada, in Denmark, in New Zealand, in Spain, in Switzerland and in the United States.
The song “Smile” is a pop rock and pop punk music recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. It was written by Lavigne, the lyrics of the song find the singer expressing her gratitude for a special person in her life. “Smile” was released on 11 April 2011 to Australian radio stations and then on 17 May to U.S. radio as the second single. A music video directed by Shane Drake was filmed on 21 April 2011 and was released on 20 May. It has charted inside the top-forty on the Australian, Japanese and New Zealand charts. Nadine Cheung from AOL Music said positively: “The new song represents Lavigne’s best qualities as a pop star, while the tune incorporates talk-singing as well as the bold melodic choruses for which the 26-year-old is known.” Andy Greenwald from Entertainment Weekly said that: “The sassy “Smile,” with its talk of doctored drinks and blackout tattoos, restore Avril to her rightful place ahead of Katy Perry and Ke$ha.” Scott Shelter from “Pop Crunch” was largely positive, rating it 9 stars (out of 10), saying that: “‘Smile’ is yet another catchy pop song from Lavigne, who’s been scoring hits for nearly a decade now, far longer than most would have predicted when she hit the scene as a spunky teen with songs like ‘Complicated’ and ‘Sk8er Boi.’”
“Break Your Heart” is electro pop, R&B and dance-pop song recorded by British singer-songwriter, record producer and occasional rapper Taio Cruz. The song serves as the lead single from his second studio album Rokstarr. It was written by Cruz and Fraser T. Smith and produced by Smith. It was first released in the UK on 20 September 2009, followed by a release in the United States and other markets on 2 February 2010. “Break Your Heart” was one of two songs penned by Cruz for Cheryl Cole for her debut solo album, 3 Words. After Cruz did not hear back from Cole’s label about “Break Your Heart”, Cruz reworked the song for a male and made it the first song off his second album, Rokstarr. Cruz told MTV News UK that after he released the song, Cole’s people would have liked the song for her after all. The latter track by Cruz, “Stand Up” made it onto the final tracklist on Cole’s album.
“Don’t Wanna Go Home” is an up-tempo dance song, deriving from electro pop and dance-pop genres recorded by American singer-songwriter, actor and dancer Jason Derulo. It was released on May 20, 2011 as the lead single from his upcoming second studio album, Future History. Written by Derülo, and Chaz William and David Delazyn of The Fliptones, “Don’t Wanna Go Home” samples the song “Show Me Love” by Robin S. and incorporates an interpolation of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” received a nomination for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Track at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” debuted at number thirty-nine on the United States Pop Songs chart on the issue dated May 28, 2011. It later peaked at number eleven. For the issue dated June 4, 2011, “Don’t Wanna Go Home” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety-two, and peaked at number fourteen on the issue dated June 18, 2011. In Canada, “Don’t Wanna Go Home” debuted at number twenty-four on the Canadian Hot 100 on the issue dated June 11, 2011. It later peaked at number ten.