There is no denying that despite vocal complications and cancelling a few tour dates, Adele had an amazing 2011. She proved herself during countless live performances and with award nominations including a handful of Grammy nods. Now, Rolling Stone just made Adele’s life even sweeter by naming her track Rolling In The Deep the best single of 2011. In a list comprised of 50 tracks that were released this year, Adele topped the list of heavy hitters. Rolling Stone calls it “a breakup scorcher to beat all breakup scorchers.” Here’s more:
This is brokenhearted music that makes you feel like taking on the world – crackling with quiet menace in the intro, then slowly building to that gut-punch refrain of “We could have had it all!” How did such an old-school soul song dominate the charts next to Gaga and Katy Perry? Maybe it’s the hint of hip-hop venom you hear amid the blues-steeped storminess when Adele tells her ex-lover she’ll “lay your shit bare.” Maybe it’s that certain emotions – especially when channeled through a voice this powerful – will always seem timeless.
Adele isn’t the only female singer to hit the list. She joins the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in the top ten alone. Check out a few more of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Singles of 2011 below.
For this week’s featured new release, I decided to tackle four female singers or acts that have made their mark in music forever. And, it just so happens that they are all releasing CD/DVD combos of previous tours on this week. These gals are Adele, Beyoncé, Dixie Chicks and Kylie Minogue. Here are the specs on all of their discs.
Check out more new releases coming out this week below!
Remember a few months ago when all of a sudden, rumors were flooding that Beyoncé wasn’t actually pregnant, that she was faking her baby bump? Well apparently, the singer was ready to put those rumors to rest during the filming of her Countdown music video. A new video has surfaced of Bey holding up a copy of the Daily News to protest what they are claiming.
In the video, Beyoncé exclaims Oh Baby! multiple times while rubbing her six-month pregnant belly. She explains on how she is wearing a slimming black body suit (or multiple body suits) to try and hide the baby bump which you can’t really see from the front. But, when the singer turns sideways, it’s all baby mama from where I’m sitting. Check out the cute video response from Beyoncé below.
Without a doubt, Beyonce is one of the hardest working women in the music industry. The woman gives it everything she’s got with every performance and never half-asses it *cough* Britney *cough*. In today’s market, you’d be lucky to get three music videos from most artists off of one album. Not for Queen B. The hit-making machine just released her latest clip from “4“, marking it the 7th music video from the album. YOWZA, seven videos. That’s impressive. Sure, “Dance For You” is a bonus track, but it’s still a track from her fourth studio album.
Sometimes less is more and having a simple video can do the trick. That’s exactly what Bey’s new film noir-inspired clip does. It’s like a classic Bogart & Bacall flick meets 8 1/2 weeks with a helping dose of Beyonce’s signature booty shaking and hair tossing. I swear that woman must have the strongest neck muscles around. My neck gets sore just by looking at her go to town.
When I first heard The Dream-produced “Dance For You“, I classified it as pedestrian album filler but I have to admit, I love it now. Personally, having a visual to associate to a track helps me connect to it more. The beautiful use of light and shadow is truly stunning. Then when you factor in Beyonce’s seductive private dancing it’s completely mesmerizing. “Dance For You” doesn’t the same over-the-top production as some of her videos, but it’s equally as compelling. Watch the clip below.
Straight men better watch out. Mary J. Blige and Beyonce are out to teach you how to treat and love the ladies right. The two team up on “Love A Woman“, a sorta how-to-guide on how to take a relationship to the next level. You know the one that involves poking, and not in the Facebook kinda way. The instructional slow jam is from Blige’s upcoming album “My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act I)“. Man, that’s a mouthful.
The album is Mary’s tenth studio album and serves as a sequel to her multi-platinum sophomore album, “My Life” released in 1994. Judging by the tracks I’ve heard so far, it’s a worthy successor to that much-cherished album. Personally, I love, love, love that CD. “I’m Goin’ Down” was epic. “My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act I)” hits stores on November 21, the same day as Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk“.
“Love A Woman” was written and produced by Sean Garrett who’s worked with Usher, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Rihanna, Britney Spears to name a few. Garrett, once again, works his magic and churns out a sultry ballad where Mary and Beyonce’s vocals shine. With electro-pop dance tracks dominating charts and radio these days, it’s nice to hear a soulful heartfelt jam. It totally reminds me of those classic old school jams from back in the day. The instant I heard it, I became obsessed. That being said, I’m curious to know what a dance remix will sound like. Can you blame me? No one ever slow dances at the club and Papa likes to dance so I need a remix. Check out the track below.
One thing is certain, Glee has been struggling in the ratings department this season. And not just by a little, by a lot. The show has declined in ratings every single episode this season. Even with this week’s awesome mash ups, the show still couldn’t regain the viewers it has been losing week after week. However, the collision of Adele songs has brought Glee back on top of the music charts. So with the few big numbers planned ahead, will this give Glee the ratings shake up it needs?
It’s questionable really. Despite the fact that FOX has been leaking the songs early to try and get viewers excited about them doesn’t seem to be working at all. In fact, the hype surrounding the Adele mash-up was so large but the episode pulled in it’s lowest ratings for the season. So what gives? I’m still tuning in week after week. Despite the fact that they are throwing story lines at me left right and center, I still want to tune to see how it will all play out. So, what does Glee have in store musically? Check it out below.
Ever wonder what Britney Spears, Beyonce and Lady Gaga do on their downtime? Wonder no more. Apparently they like to break into cars, litter, flash people, start street fights and roll around in shopping carts. I had no idea these three were BFFs, let alone hoodlums. Judging by the clip, the trio love to cause a ruckus. Obviously, it’s not true. Hell, it’s not even the real Brit, Bey or Gaga but celebrity impersonators.
Typically, this genre of music isn’t something you’d find in abundance on my iTunes, but I’ve been known to dabble in it every now and then. The Kaiser Chiefs are a rock indie band from Leeds, England. They’ve been around since 1996, but it’s probably their new music video for “Kinda Girl You Are” that’ll catapult them into pop consciousness. The track is from their fourth studio album “The Future Is Medieval“.
The group came up with an extremely genius idea to feature these three pop stars in their video. Instead of portraying the divas as rivals, they decided to show them as besties. Whoever styled these impersonators did a bang up job of emulating the singers’ signature looks. At a quick glance (and from far away), these ladies could pass for the real thing. Check out the clip below.
While some people are doubting Beyonce is with child, she’s certainly giving birth to new music videos left, center and right. Seriously, the woman is popping them out of her vajayjay like there’s no tomorrow. Obviously knowing she was preggers, Mrs. Jay-Z decided to film a slew of music videos before her belly became prominent and release them at a later date. Just is the case with her newest clip, “Party“. Bey filmed the clip way back in August. So for those looking for a baby bump, you’re not going to find it. But what you will find are more plagiarism claims. I’ll get to that later.
As the title “Party” suggests, Beyonce is having a big ol’ gathering at her abode. Instead of going glamorous, Beyonce decided to keep it real and film it at the Oakdale Mobile Home Park in New Jersey. Being Queen B, it’s not your average backyard fiesta but one that’s slammin’ and features a couple of notable cameos. Knowles’ younger sister Solange and former bandmate Kelly Rowland join in on the fun. Beyonce rocks out multiple wardrobe changes consisting of bright-colored outfits. My personal favorite is the yellow faux fur coat she wears while mowing the lawn. Hey, if you’re going to cut grass, you might as well look fabulous.