Spotlight – Shayne Ward

Meet Shayne Ward, an English born  pop singer who became well known after winning the second season of The X Factor. Shayne signed a record deal with Simon Cowell‘s label after winning the competition, and his career took off after that.

Shayne’s first single “That’s My Goal“, sold 742,000 copies in it’s first week of being released. To date, the single has sold over 1.3 million in the UK alone. His self titled album, which was released in April 2006, debuted at number one on the UK charts and in eight other countries, and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. “Shayne Ward” was later certified 4x platinum.

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Auto-Tune 2: Will The Real Singers Please Stand Up

Gone are the days when singers were freely and passionately singing without the help of “pitch correction”, yes, I am referring to the infamous auto-tune. This is a continuation of my previous post, “what do you think about auto-tune?” Why the continuation you wonder? it’s because i’m truly annoyed with this audio processor that is plaguing the music industry.

Too many artists are utilizing auto-tune into their music: Ke$ha, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Kanye West, Jason Derulo, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and quite a few others. I found it rather ironic that Jay-Z released a single titled “DOA (Death of Auto-tune)”, but still used the device on another track, and on the same album (ain’t that funny).

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