Pandemic Playlist: Top 5 songs by 'The Masked Singer' stars that will pep you up for the day
Hello there, music lovers. We hope you're all safe, happy and keeping yourself busy during this period of self-isolation. As the world continues to hang on to dear life in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, millions of people have found solace in the alluring glow of their favorite TV programs over the last few months. One of the most popular television shows to have captured audiences since it first started in 2019 is 'The Masked Singer'. It's a regular singing competition where the vocalist with the most votes progresses each week, but there's a twist. The premise is pretty simple — they get a celebrity to wear an elaborate mask and costume to disguise themselves before they appear on the singing competition. So even though it's just like 'American Idol' or 'The Voice', these celebrities' identities are never revealed until they get eliminated. This makes for some exciting television as plenty of famous stars have been speculatively linked to the show in the past. Viewers, as well as the celebrity judges, try and figure out who is under the mask. So in honor of the Season 3 finale that just concluded on May 20, here are our Top 5 songs from artists who have appeared on 'The Masked Singer'.
T-Pain ft Akon: 'Bartender'
Faheem Rasheed Najm aka T-Pain is one of the most popular hip-hop stars in the world, appearing on over 50 chart-topping singles from 2006-2010. He was the winner of 'The Masked Singer' in its inaugural season and is known for his distinctive use of autotune, which distorts his voice into an instantly recognizable melodic asset. But even without the autotune, T-Pain is a great singer, as proved by his appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. For today's pandemix, we've chosen one of his most popular hits, 'Bartender', featuring the singer Akon. The song has over 190M views on YouTube alone.
Known for his distinctive and powerful singing voice, Chris Daughtry first shot to popularity in the fifth season of 'American Idol'. Fame and fortune quickly followed as he landed a record deal with RCA soon after he finished fourth on the singing competition. His eponymous debut album with his band Daughtry sold over a million copies in just five weeks, and Chris has released four successful studio albums since then. In 2019, Daughtry emerged as the runner-up on the second season of 'The Masked Singer', losing out to comedian Wayne Brady in the final. For today's list, we have decided to include one of his enduring classics, 'Home', which has over 59M views on YouTube.
Bow Wow ft Ciara: 'Like You'
The '106 & Park' host Shad Moss aka Bow Wow first burst onto the scene as a 13-year-old Lil Bow Wow back in 2000. After releasing six popular studio albums and plenty of mixtapes, it looks like the rapper is going to retire from the hip-hop scene after he confirmed on Twitter that his upcoming album would be his last one. However, he still has plenty of juice left in his boots, as is obvious by his star turn as the Frog on the recently concluded third season of 'The Masked Singer', where he was third out of 18 celebrities. For today's mix, we decided to roll out an old Bow Wow classic, 'Like You', featuring the singer Ciara. The track has over 105M hits on YouTube.
Jesse McCartney: 'Friends'
The platinum-selling artist Jesse McCartney is a successful actor and singer-songwriter who first attained mainstream popularity after appearing in many celebrated musicals and the boy band Dream Street. A successful solo recording career soon followed, earning him plenty of Billboard hits and a Grammy nomination in 2009. He even landed some lucrative acting roles, appearing on shows like 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody', 'Hannah Montana', 'All My Children' and 'Law & Order: SVU'. This year, McCartney eventually emerged as the runner up on the Season 3 finale of 'The Masked Singer'. To coincide with his superlative run on the show as the Turtle, he just released a brand new song called 'Friends', which is an infectious tune tailor-made for having fun in the summer with your pals.
Kandi ft Todrick Hall: 'Used To Love Me'
Kandi Burruss, who records under the moniker Kandi, is a popular singer-songwriter who first entered the public eye due to her stint in the American vocal group Xscape. Besides selling several gold and platinum records with the R&B quartet, Kandi also won a Grammy award in 2000 for writing the uber-popular TLC hit, 'No Scrubs'. Burruss currently stars on the popular TV show 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta', but as of today, that isn't even her best television achievement. Burruss beat 18 other celebrities to emerge as the winner on Season 3 of 'The Masked Singer', with the grand finale airing on May 20. To celebrate her victory as the Night Angel, she just released a new dance-worthy banger with Todrick Hall called 'Used To Love Me', making it perfect for today's pandemix.
Pandemic Playlist is a daily list of songs that will keep you entertained instead of feeling drained while you're isolated at home. Look out for a fresh selection of great tunes from MEAWW to refresh your mood every day.