Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Magazine named Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” as their #1 track of the year. Now it’s Billboard Magazine’s turn to honor the British songbird. While Rolling Stone’s rankings are purely subjective, Billboard based their honors on sales, radio airplay and streaming statistics, which to me is the way to go.
Adele dominated Billboard’s year end issue. Not only, was she named “Artist of the Year“, but she also held top position on both the Hot 100 singles chart and Top 200 album one, with “Rolling In The Deep” and “21” respectively. Plus, she’s the first woman to get Billboard’s top honors of “Artist of the Year”. That’s such an amazing feat. Check out the also-rans who came close, but no cigar with regards to album sales.
How amazing is it that Susan Boyle can move so many CDs and not have any hit songs on mainstream radio? You gotta hand it to the woman. Even though I don’t write about them that much, I’m so glad Mumford and Sons made the list. I’m obsessed with that entire CD. Surprising right, considering I’m all about the R&B divas? Now that you know who the Top 10 were in album sales, see who had the most popular songs of the year below.
“Umm, HELLO?! Can we get the party started? YEAH!” I absolutely can’t get enough of this song. I had sort of forgotten about it until Ms. Willow Smith performed the track recently on X Factor. This little girl is star, there is no doubt but with parents with Will & Jada Smith, is there any doubt? To make this single a bonafide hit, add one part Nicki Minaj to spit a fierce rap on a verse and then hire one of the best music video directors in the game to create a great video. I’m talking about Hype Williams.
On Monday, Willow released two preview clips to get peeps hyped for the new video. The first clip was just a collage of news clips about meteors and fireballs heading towards the earth while the second was clips from the official video. Like her last video 21st Century Girl and previous viral hit Whip My Hair, Willow brings the dance moves to this vid and rocks out some serious krumping with a barrage of back up dancers.
When I watch this video, I have a hard time remembering that Willow is only freakin’ 11-years-old. Like WHAT?! When you watch this girl give some serious face and ‘tude in the video, you’ll see why that blows your mind. One thing I do have to say is what the hell is Nicki Minaj wearing? It looks like that outfit Rachel Berry tried to wear for Gaga Week. But if anyone can pull it off (or attempt to), it’s Nicki. Check out the new video below.
Last week, I shared with you Mattel’s Nicki Minaj Barbie doll being auctioned off to raise funds for Project Angel Food. Turns out, there’s also another celebrity-inspired doll on CharityBuzz.com you can bid on. Just like Minaj, this singer has a propensity to don colorful wigs. So much so, this singer is the face of GHD Wig’s holiday ad campaign.
Just like Nicki’s version, this celeb doll is meticulously made with the greatest attention to detail made. The stunning cupcake dress is made with 70 hand-painted mini-cupcakes with a glittered bodice. The fishnet stockings are even adorned with Swarovski crystals. Bidding has started at $1,000 and has the same $15,000 estimated value as Minaj’s. See which singer is the latest to receive a Barbie Doll treatment.
It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj loves herself some Barbie. She’s practically modeled her entire look after the iconic doll. From wearing a huge Barbie bling’d out necklace to naming her breakout mixtape “Barbie’s World“, Minaj is definitely a fan. It’s only natural that a Nicki version of the Mattel toy was made. Sadly, for those wanting to own their own Nicki doll, you’re going to have to shell out a pretty penny.
The doll, smartly named Minajesty Barbie, is a one-off being sold for charity. Starting today til December 19, 2011, you can bid on the doll with proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food. Minajesty Barbie has a starting bid of $1,000 and estimated to be worth $15,000. If you have money to spend and a Nicki fan, this might be up your alley. From the hand-rooted eye lashes, tattoo on the left arm to Nicki’s cotton-candy pink hair, no detail was overlooked. It truly is impeccable. See Nicki Minaj in Barbie form for yourself below.
Last night, the Grammy’s held their Nominations Concert Live!! filled with performances from some of the year’s hottest acts. Among the showstopping numbers, the nominees were announced for the upcoming show taking place on February 12.
This year vying for the coveted Album of the Year are those pictured above: Adele, The Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Rihanna. Am I crazy? Why isn’t Katy Perry on the list? Remember how she is breaking all kinds of records with Teenage Dream? (Thanks to reader Mitchell for informing me that it was nominated last year and lost.) Regardless, the nods in this category are pretty solid, but I think that Adele will take the trophy home in my opinion.
Another artist notably snubbed in all categories is Beyoncé who’s 4 didn’t even make the grade. However, her album version of Party is nominated and her I Am… World Tour received a nod for Best Long Form Music Video. Check out all the nominees in a list below.
Last night’s titillating “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” gave CBS executives a collective stiffy this morning. Naturally, you’d think it was due to the skimpy outfits the VS Angels wore down the glittered runway. Alas, I’m sure that partly helped, but execs love high ratings more than scantily-clad Glamazons. The Angels delivered in a big way. Not sure if Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj or Kanye West helped to inflate those numbers or if people were just in the mood for some T&A. Whatever the reason, I’m just glad that next year’s telecast is now a sure thing. If you haven’t checked out the recap of my 15 favorite outfits from the special, click here and do it now.
Typically, we don’t report on overnight Neilsen ratings, but I had to share this since I’m a huge fan of the yearly extravaganza. The annual event scored its best ratings since 2002. The hour-long show garnered a strong 4.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and attracted 10.3 million viewers. That number represents a whopping 35% leap from last year’s telecast. The show handily crushed everything last night and won the evening. CBS often wins the ratings war with regards to overall viewers but rarely wins the 18-49 demo. Last night, the network showed advertisers they too, can be young and hip.
For some, Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the Holiday season, while others begin their fa la la’ing on December 1st. Not me. Nothing revs up my engine for the festive season like the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This is how I like to ring in the holidays. Yuppers, I’m that kind of gay. You would be too, if you watched the yearly specials.
Everything you’ve come to expect from the annual extravaganza was on hand. From campy themes, sexy women, high-wattage musical performances and Swarovski crystals by the crate, all were in order to stage an unforgettable show. This year’s production held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City cost a reported $12 million to stage. YOWZA, that’s a lot of panties and bras. What’s the markup on Victoria’s Secret’s lingerie? Papa needs to look into if they sell franchises.
Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman along with a bevy of other beauties showed off their toned bodies in six creatively themed segments. Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Kanye West provided stand out performances for the girls to strut to. That being said, I much prefer it when the girls sashay down to custom mashups instead of the live music. It should be all about the models and outfits, instead of the musical acts. They have enough televised opportunities to show of their vocal abilities.
Tonight, the American Music Awards took over ABC with an evening full of honors and performances that were bound to knock the socks off of all of us. The show kickstarted with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. While Nicki missed her notes on the first line of her song, she quickly recovered and continued to rock the house. She moved into Superbass where she was joined by two men on stilts who shot cryo guns. Not my favorite performance of the night but definitely a good way to start the show.
Queen Latifah got everyone ready for the night by introducing the first award which was only a catalyst for the many performances the night would see. From Justin Bieber’s illuminating Christmas track to Chris Brown’s high tech and visually stunning number, my all time favorite performance of the night goes to Jennifer Lopez who worked it out with a little help from FIAT. However, whoever locked the car door is definitely fired. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch the performance below).
The awards didn’t go without their drama either especially when it comes to Artist of the Year. Donovan predicted that Katy Perry would take home the trophy even though Adele had a rocking album with 21. The winner may shock you. But, I won’t reveal any spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet. So, check out all the winners and re-watch all the performances below.