Backstreet vs. *NSYNC vs. Britney: Who’s 2nd album will reign supreme?

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With the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again,” I thought it would be fitting to rank the late 90s-early 00s big three’s second albums to see which album was the better album. In case you are lost, the big three are the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. You can fight me on this because we all know that I am right. Let’s dive into this. It’s time to go war in the Pop Project Arena!

Click here to find out who’s better: *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys

The rules

So here’s how we are going to decide whose album will reign on top: I’ll be looking at how many records sold worldwide. I got my facts from Wikipedia because frankly, it’s all there and sited. While I don’t fully trust it on certain things, records sales are something that I believe. The reasoning behind worldwide records is that it’s the easiest to find. Keep in mind; these albums came in in a time where the internet was just getting started. Information isn’t easy to find from that time. Feel to state in the comments below your thoughts and which album is your favorite. Without further ado, let’s get started.

3rd Place: *NSYNC’S ‘No Strings Attached’

No Strings Attached” was released on March 20, 2000, it was the second album from *NSYNC. It was their first album on their new label Jive Records, the same label as Britney and Backstreet Boys. It was their first album to incorporate more of an R&B feel to the songs as well as them having more control over the record and production.

The album spawned four singles with “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” being the top singles of both the album and their career. Worldwide, “No Strings Attached” sold 15,970,000 records. It also held the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 200 charts for eight weeks. It was one of the longest-running number-one albums of 2000. Fun Fact: This album held the record for most albums sold in one week. This record was previously held by Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium.” “No Strings Attached” is the album that *NSYNC is known for, and it’s easy to see why.

2nd Place: Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!… I Did It Again”

Click here for the review of “Oops!… I Did It Again”

Oops!… I Did It Again” was released on May 16, 2000. The album signaled the start of Britney’s exploration period. While it followed elements of teen pop from “Baby One More Time,” the album also saw her dive into the R&B genre. She would explore and perfect this more with the follow-up albums. The album debuted on the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 200. It would only be there for one week, but it held the number two spot for 15 weeks after Eminem’s third album “The Marshall Mathers LP” dethroned it.

The album was the highest debut-week album sales by a female artist for 15 years. It also spawned four singles with the title track and “Lucky” being the top singles off of the record. “Oops!… I Did It Again” sold 20,000,000 albums worldwide. As stated in the review for the album, this is the album that made Britney a household name.

1st Place: Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’

Click here for the review of “Millennium”

Millennium” was released on May 18, 1999. While this album was the second album in the States, it was the third album overall (BSB started internationally). It’s also their first number one album in the US. It held that spot for ten weeks. After being called a “one-hit wonder” based on their previous works, “Millennium” was the album. The album had a mix of the usual boy band tropes as well as more mature lyrics based around events that occurred while they wrote the album

The album spawned four singles with “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I Want That Way.” The latter being the most popular and iconic song. “Millennium” is still the hold the record of the most shipment sold in one year with 11 million in 1999. The album is one of the best-selling albums of all time with “Millennium” selling 24,000,000 albums worldwide. This album is pretty much iconic.

Thought?

I’m not shocked by how the albums did. Backstreet Boys was more well rounded than the other two in the beginning when it came to promotion. It’s kind of like *NSYNC as they didn’t perform as well internationally as they. Did in the States. Backstreet Boys performed better abroad than they did in the states before “Millennium.” Britney performed well both internationally and the States after “Oops!… I Did It Again.” I am shocked that Britney did better than her then boo Justin Timberlake. Overall, all three albums are fantastic. I recommend checking them out as they are a treat. Especially as throwback albums that define what pop sounded like in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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The Battle of Demi Lovato’s discography

Back in the day, I would place two artists in the Pop Project Arena for a little column that I like to call Pop Project Versus. The problem with this comes when an artist is still releasing music and those numbers are constantly changing because they were based in sales. I do not have the time to literally update every single article. So I had this little idea: why not take an artist put their albums ratings up against each other to see which album will reign supreme.

So how this will work: I’m taking the album ratings from Metacritic, a site that takes all the reviews and gives an average based on the scores. This is a test run of it so please kind to this idea. To give this a test run, I thought we would start with the rankings of Demi Lovato’s albums. Now the only thing going against this is that her first album “Don’t Forget” doesn’t have a Metacritic score. I decided to make my own based on the reviews. So let’s dive into Demi’s discography and rate her albums.

Last Place

“Unbroken”

Click here for our positive review of “Unbroken”

Demi’s third studio album, “Unbroken,” is her lowest placing album in the rating. Released in September 2011, “Unbroken” scored a 59 overall. Surprisingly, it got decent reviews. If you have listened to the album, you understand why this album got the score. It was her best work. In fact, it’s probably her most meh work. “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break” were the singles for the album and where frankly the best songs off the album.

Fifth Place

“Demi”

Click here for our Review of “Demi”

Demi’s last album solely on Hollywood Records, “Demi,” comes in at a fifth place. Released in May 2013, the overall reviews for this album were mixed but favorable, which is shocking because it wasn’t a bad album. “Demi” scored at 64 overall. It wasn’t her best work, but it definitely better than “Unbroken.” Everything is better than “Unbroken.” Besides the singles “Heart Attack,” “Made in the USA,” “Neon Lights,” and her sad collab with Cheryl Loyd, “Really Don’t Care,” “Nightingale” is one you need to listen to it.

Fourth Place

“Here We Go Again”

This one is frankly shocking, but Demi’s second album “Here We Go Again” isn’t in the top two. In came very close to being in there. It had favorable reviews with a 65 score when it was released in July 2009. One of my favorite albums from Miss Lovato. The singles, “Here We Go Again” and “Remember December,” are bops, and most of the songs are there are great. “For the Love of a Daughter” was suppose to be on this album but ended up being on “Unbroken.” It was such a shame. This version is the better version. 

Third Place

“Don’t Forget”

Produced by her former Disney pals, the Jonas Brothers, and their producer, “Don’t Forget” is her debut album. It was Demi’s way of introducing herself to the world when it came out in September 2008. It also set up her two-album rock sound. Sure, it sounds like the Jonas’ third album “A Little Bit Longer,” which came out one month prior, but it still rocked hard. “Get Back, “La La Land,” and “Don’t Forget” are the singles and the songs to rock out to. “The Middle” and “Worlds Collide” also bops, and you need them in your life.

Second Place

“Tell Me You Love Me”

Released in September 2017, almost ten years after “Don’t Forget,” this is the latest album from Miss Lovato. “Tell Me You Love Me” ended with a rating of 72 and received favorable reviews. The vocals on this album are straight fire. It’s probably her best album for that. I would literally sit here and list all the songs that you should check out, but just check out the entire album. Seriously this album is everything. Such a good album.

First Album

“Confident”

Click here to read the review of “Confident”

Now it’s time where we got what the critics have reviewed as Demi’s best album. “Confident” was released in October 2015. It received a 74 score and great reviews. This album is just filled with pop bangers and is just a great album to listen to if you need a boost in mood. “Cool for the Summer” and “Confident” are usually the standouts that most people think of, and can you really blame them for that? But all the songs are great and something you need in your life. While I don’t consider it personally her best work, that would be “Tell Me You Love Me,” this was definitely a precursor for that album.

HONORABLE MENTION

“Moves Me”

You know the bop. Don’t lie.

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The Battle of One Direction’s solo singles

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It’s time to go into the arena as it’s time for another edition of “Pop Project Versus.” We are going to battle as it’s the Battle of One Direction. That is right, We have the first single from all five original members and now it’s time to see who’s first single will reign supreme in the kingdom of Directioners. Yes, Zayn is in this because he was still in the band.

So here’s how this is going to work. Unlike previous battles, we will doing this in a countdown listing. The singles will be ranked by chart performance in the UK. If there is a tie, then we will go into the US Billboard Hot 100. So let’s rank the One Direction solo singles.

5. “This Town” by Niall Horan

The lowest in the chart of any of the solo singles, Niall’s first song “This Town.” came in on the UK Single Charts at number 9. He’s also the only member not be in the top five, which is sad because it’s a very beautiful song. It could be because it’s not pop like the music in One Direction. It’s more folk pop, which honestly just suits him better than anyone expected.

4. “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne

While Liam’s song is the newest of the solo singles, “Strip That Down” made it to the third spot on the UK Single Charts. Apparently Liam’s promise of full frontal nudity if it goes to number one didn’t help with promotion. It’s the weakest of the single but at the same time, it’s the most catchy besides the single at number one. It also pissed off the directioners, which is why it wasn’t number one. It will be interesting to see what Liam’s album will be like. Click here for my full review of “Strip That Down.”

3. “Just Hold On” by Louis Tomlinson

While I didn’t do a review of “Just Hold On,” I think it’s safe to say that Louis’ single with his friend Steve Aoki totally came out of left field. It was a style that I didn’t think he would take. I figured that Louis would have taken a pop rock route and not the EDM/Dance pop. It’s amazing song either way. So amazing that it made it to number two on the UK Single Charts. It’s an uplifting dance song and who doesn’t love that?

2. “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Now the next to singles were a tie on the UK Single Chart. Harry single was something that we’ve been wanting for months and months. It was something that we knew was coming but wasn’t sure when. “Sign of the Times” was everything we expected out of a Harry Style’s single. It made it to number one on the UK Single Chart and number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s classic soft rock/pop song but it’s not as good as the song at  number one. Click here for all of my reviews of Harry Styles’ solo work.

1. “Pillowtalk” by Zayn

The first member to leave the group and make release a solo single “Pillowtalk” leads the way and is the pinnacle of their solo singles. Zayn’s first single was/is everything. It was something that wasn’t expected of him. It said fuck and was about sex, something that One Direction never covered. The chorus got stuck in your head for days. It was so good that it was number one on both the UK Single Chart and US Billboard Hot 100. Zayn is still proving being the best solo act that came out of One Direction. Click here for all of my reviews of Zayn’s solo work.

 

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Britney Spears vs Justin Timberlake: Battle of the Breakup Song

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It’s time to re-enter the Pop Project Arena as we are set to go to battle. Grab your swords and shields because it’s about to get personal in there. Going to war is Britney Spears’ “Everytime” vs  Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River.”  Both songs are believed to be breakup songs gear towards each other, so why not place into the hunger games of music.Two songs enter. One song leaves. Let’s enter the Pop Project Arena for battle.

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Now, this will be handled differently than past battles. It’s rather hard to keep track of sales for singles, especially back in the early 2000s. Singles were put onto their own CDs, like how they are now for streaming. They also came with what was called “B-sides.” They were extra songs record that may or may not be on the actual album itself. So we are just going to deal where the single charted. It’s going to be a shorter battle but still as important. Will “What Goes Around…Come Around” be the downfall of Britney Spears? Or will Justin Timberlake feel the “Toxic” flow of Britney’s reign as the princess of pop?

Justin’s “Cry Me a River”

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“Cry Me A River” was released on November 25, 2002 to radio stations across the United States. It’s the second single to Justin’s debut solo album “Justified.” Based off of his relationship with Britney, the song was written by Justin, Timbaland, and Scott Storch. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40, and Number two on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs charts.”Cry Me A River” has reached the Top 50 of the US iTunes Charts.

The video for the song was also number one on MTV’s Total Request Live, or TRL,  for 18 different weeks. Shocked that I’m pulling numbers from TRL? Well, during this time, TRL was just as important as the Billboard charts. It also got him a Grammy in 2004 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, something Britney has never gotten.

 

Britney’s “Everytime”

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“Everytime” was released on May 11, 2004 to radio stations in the United States. The song is the third song off Britney’s fourth album “In The Zone.” The song was written by Britney and her friend, Annette Stamatelatos, as Britney’s response to “Cry Me a River.” The song reached number 15 and four on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40, respectively.

It also surprising made it to number 17 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs. On iTunes, “Everytime” reached number 41 on the iTunes Charts. The video for “Everytime” was number one on TRL for six different weeks.

Now that we have all the information, let’s get to the winner…..

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Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” is the winner of this breakup song duel. It was on  TRL longer than Carson Daly’s talk show was on air. It also charted the best. There’s no comparison. While “In The Zone,” is considered to be Britney’s best work (not including Blackout), “Everytime” came after “Toxic.”

“Toxic” was a super massive hit for Britney and probably hurt “Everytime” due to it not being as danceable. Also, “Cry Me a River” is so dang good and catchy. The video called her out too which got it more publicity. Literally, there’s a Britney look-a-like it in. He can say it’s not about her, but it’s clearly supposed to be.

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