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.
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.