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CD Review: Totally Hits 2005

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Rhino Records has released its 2005 edition of its Totally Hits series.

The new edition comes with four #1 songs, which include American Idol #1 Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” Mario’s “Let Me Love You,” and Ciara’s “1, 2 Step” featuring Missy Elliot. Also on the CD are “Karma” by Alicia Keys, “Truth Is” by American Idol contestant Fantasia, and “Nobody’s Home” by Avril Lavigne.

Since this album focuses on “hits,” on which charts are they considered “hits”? In researching some of the unfamiliar songs, some show up in the top 20 of lesser known or unknown charts.

Two adults and one 11-year-old listened to the music as we all have different tastes. We agree that the collection is geared towards tweens and teens. The adults liked a few of the songs and the rest weren’t their style of music.

The compilation consists of mostly rap and R&B with a couple from the adult contemporary group. It might’ve been a better move to stick to one genre as many listeners might not necessarily like all of the genres on a CD. The kid reviewer wasn’t a fan of the adult contemporary while the adults were, but she liked the rap and R&B songs. The adults weren’t into some of the rap and R&B music. People buy albums because they like most of the songs on it. If they only like half, then it may not attract as many buyers.

The 11-year-old reports that nine of the 20 songs are the winners. Most tweens and teens in the Dallas area listen to a station where most of these songs usually play. The others aren’t as known and people will be less tempted to buy. Not many adults are likely to appreciate this group, but the music attracts many kids from ages 10 to 18.

Meryl has diverse taste in music including a genre that wasn’t cool with kids, so she never talked about it.

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Meryl K. Evans, Content Maven, is the author of "Brilliant Outlook Pocketbook" and the co-author of "Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites." She has written and edited for a bunch of places online and off. A native Texan, she lives a heartbeat north of Dallas in Plano, Texas with her husband and three kiddos.
  • Temple Stark

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    Temple Stark