The other day, Patrick wrote about the most viewed videos on YouTube in 2011. As you probably noticed, that list didn’t include music videos from artists from major music labels. Ergo, why Rebecca Black’s “Friday” topped that list and the likes of Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez were nowhere to be seen in that Top 10 list.
As luck would have it, YouTube has a separate list for established artists or as they officially refer to it as, “Most Watched Videos From Major Music Labels Globally“. Man, that’s a mouthful. On this list, you’ll find most of your favorites and surprisingly a few notable omissions. Even though, Adele, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears have topped several year-end lists from Best Song to Best Artist to Best whatever, the trio are MIA on this one.
So who made it? Since it’s a global list, some entries may surprise you. For instance, Pitbull shows up in three spots. WTF, dude must have a huge following in all the Spanish-speaking countries. I was also a bit stunned, yet happy, to see Jessie J’s “Price Tag” on this list. Love that song. See what other music videos YouTube watchers watched over and over and over and over again in 2011 below.
Are you giving your head a big scratch at that title? As much as I love Britney Spears, I too am a little puzzled. Rob Sheffield who is the writer of their Pop Life blog just released his list of the Top 25 Songs of 2011. I assumed Adele would once again grace the top of the list. To my surprise, she didn’t even crack the Top 10. Yes, you read that correctly. Atop the list is one of Britney’s non-singles, How I Roll which is easily one of my least favorites from her Femme Fatale album.
Rob’s list is drastically different from the previously published Top Singles of 2011 also released by Rolling Stone. However, there are some tracks on the list that I do thoroughly enjoy that didn’t get much recognition on any year end lists or throughout the year. I am talking about tracks like Rewrite by Paul Simon and Beth/Rest by Bon Iver.
The biggest shock of the list for me is the insertion of Friday by Rebecca Black. I am sorry, but what? Yes, the track was a viral sensation and I’m sure there isn’t one person out there who doesn’t know the lyrics but seriously, #8 on the list? How did that happen? One thing is for sure, Rob enjoys himself some Nicki Minaj. She appears on three of the tracks in the full list. Check out this somewhat whack list of tracks below.
Having just received the title of #1 Single for 2011 from both Billboard and Entertainment Weekly, rapper Nicki Minaj is throwing down a brand new track for us to enjoy. It’s called Stupid Hoe and it is the second single off of Nicki’s sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, due out February 14. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed.
Earlier this month, Nicki teased the album with a lead-off single titled Roman In Moscow. Nicki described the track as being a teaser for the album, adding “When I say it’s a teaser, it’s like a trailer to the movie, it’s like setting the stage and I just wanted to touch the surface. It’s the whackest thing on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”. If you thought that track was whack, wait until you hear Stupid Hoe.
This track finds Nicki on the warpath with a nameless “hoe” in which she disses heavily throughout the entire track. While Nicki never says exactly who she’s spitting at, we can all probably assume it’s Lil Kim. To have been publicly feuding for a while now. With lyrics like “bitch talkin’ she the queen when she lookin’ like a lab rat / I’m Angelina, you Jennifer / c’mon, bitch, you see where Brad at,” you know she’s out for blood. And I love it. Listen to Stupid Hoe below.
Let’s face it. When it comes to music and year end lists involving them, Adele has been the reigning queen supreme for her monstrous single, Rolling In The Deep. So naturally, when I saw that Entertainment Weekly and Billboard had released their lists for best singles of 2011, I expected Adele to be on top. WRONG! Another femme fatale rose above them all (and know it wasn’t Britney Spears). However, it was someone who did go on tour with her.
That’s right. Ms. Nicki Minaj topped both lists with her single Super Bass as the #1 single for 2011. Let’s face it. This song is infectious. It has a catchy hook and some of the best lyrics of the year. While it may have only reached #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 year end list, there is no stopping it on these two lists.
Chart wise, the song performed well not only in North America but all over the world going platinum in New Zealand and triple platinum in Australia. While it never hit #1 in any country it landed in the top ten in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Scotland, the UK and the US. After winning big with the track at the American Music Awards and having those two cute girls who appeared on Ellen reminding us how fun the song is, I think it makes a great choice for these two, year-end lists. Check out both Billboard and EW’s full lists below.
Super Bowl XLVI is still a couple of months away, but that hasn’t prevented Madonna from rehearsing for the big day. We all know how much of a perfectionist she is, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Word has it, Madge started working on her 15-minute halftime show this week. According to fan site Madonnarama.com, her performance will include a medley of five songs from her discography.
Seeing that her 13th studio album drops next year, one of the tracks will be her lead-off single, “Gimme All Your Luvin’“, previously titled as “Give Me All Your Love”. Expect both Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. who appear on the track, to join Madonna in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. I can’t wait to see what Minaj is going to wear.
Have any guesses on what the other four songs will be? Being that it’s a sporting event, don’t expect any of her hit ballads, but rather her biggest dance pop hits instead. I have to say the “Material Girl” singer did an excellent job of picking songs to represent different parts of her long career. She has something from her debut album all the way to her upcoming one. See if you can correctly predict the other four tracks before reading ahead.
The singles have been coming fast and furious off of David Guetta’s most recent album Nothing But The Beat. The french DJ and producer has made a record full of hits and the singles’ performance on the dance charts only proves it. the latest track to get attention is his second collaboration with Nicki Minaj on the disc titled Turn Me On.
When I first picked up a copy of Guetta’s new album, Turn Me On was one of my favorite tracks despite the critics who questioned Guetta’s choice to use Nicki as a vocalist on the track versus just a rapper. Personally, I think that the track works with the supreme auto-tuned voice of Ms. Minaj.
We were able to see the duo perform the track recently at the American Music Awards which foreshadowed the idea that the track was going to become a single. Although an official video hasn’t been released, the two have dropped a lyric video instead. It’s actually pretty amazing with it’s animated graphics and vibrant colors. Check it out below.
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.