The album, as a format, has seen better days—overall album sales dropped 6.1% this year when compared to 2012—but neither consumers nor artists have yet to come up with a better solution. That said, a number of albums by major artists this year (like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Jay Z) really resonated with consumers. Let’s take a look at the year that was and countdown the albums that were released this year that sold the most copies, shall we?
It’s the holiday season, and in the immortal words of Andy Williams, “Whoop-de-doo and dickery dock, and don’t forget to hang up your sock.” Yes, it’s the time of year when the limited daylight starts to get to us and we go a little nuts. As a result, we do weird things like stick a tree in the middle of our living room, wear retina-damaging sweaters, and drink egg-nog (which is pretty gross, let’s be real). But we also sing songs that we’d probably find pretty creepy at any other time of the year. So with that in mind, let’s walk together in a winter wonderland of wayyyy unsettling holiday songs!
When we think of wet t-shirts, we will always think of the godmother of the rained on, white tee — Helen Hunt, bearing not only her tatas but her heart and soul in As Good As It Gets. So while wet t-shirts might be the mythology of spring break style competitions where women are objectified in the most base ways, pop culture has co-opted the iconic symbol in a slightly more refined—but no less sexy!—way.
Yesterday, we successfully brought you the VH1 staff’s favorite albums of 2013 without any bloodshed, and we’re happy to report that no one’s brain exploded while trying to narrow down the amazing albums of 2013 into a concise list. However, now it’s time to talk about how most people listen to music these days: By the song.
When we began compiling our Best Albums of 2013 list, there were many differing opinions, and after briefly toying with the idea of pitting all our staff against one another in a Hunger Games fight-to-the-death scenario against the backdrop of Times Square, we conceded that the most diplomatic and least murderous thing to do would be to each submit our own list. You know, in the name of preserving a civil work environment and whatnot (not to mention our longstanding policy of avoiding contact with the human resources department). So while we didn’t battle it out in a conference room or some such nonsense, each one of us faced an internal battle — choosing our favorite albums of the year.
There is certainly a perception in the world that Lady Gaga is a World Class Weirdo, and her reputation for eccentricity is certainly something that Gaga’s camp has milked over the years. Some would argue that Gaga has gone to the weirdo well once too often, and her lack of relatability is one of the primary reasons that ARTPOP has been underperforming against its expectations. To her credit, Gaga seems to have recognized this flaw in her brand strategy and has been working overtime of late to humanize herself. Her widely praised appearance on SNL last month was her first successful step in this direction, and we feel that anyone who watches the cable premiere of Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular on VH1 this Saturday, December 7th at 7PM/6C will definitely gain a new appreciation for Miss Stefani Germanotta.
With that said, here are the Five Most Memorable Moments From Lady Gaga & The Muppets‘ Holiday Spectacular!
As Charles Darwin so famously pointed out way back when, a big part of survival is adapting to your environment. So when Nirvana’s Nevermind was released in 1991 and threatened to wipe out metal for good, it was time for a few changes. Some bands went on hiatus or even disbanded; others began to experiment with their sound, incorporating grunge and alternative influences. The result was a mixed bag – a few albums were actually pretty successful. Others? Not so much.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! After successfully putting the national nightmare that is Black Friday firmly in the rearview, it’s time to move forward and focus on the important stuff … like listening to tons of Christmas carols while decking your halls with bows of holly. Savvy artists have long understood that releasing an album comprising solely of holiday tunes is a relatively easy way to make a buck (not to mention fulfilling one’s pesky record contract), which is why virtually every singer of note has released at least one of these LPs throughout their career.
We are hard at work here at VH1 headquarters burning off the calories we put on over the long Thanksgiving weekend by pulling together our lists of the Best Albums, Best Singles and Best Videos of 2013. As we take a look back, though, we couldn’t help but notice that some of 2013′s Most Anticipated Albums never actually came out! While we were blessed with tons of great albums to listen to this year, there’s still a part of us that can’t help but wonder “How come that Beyoncé album never came out, anyway?” (EDITOR’S NOTE, 12/13/13: Beyonce had an album, after all! She dropped her eponymous album tonight out of the clear blue!) Or, as Fred Willard’s character in A Mighty Wind would say, “Wha happened?”
December is nearly upon us, a month in which all of us take a fond look back at the year that was while also plotting on how we can make the following year even more awesome. That said, today is Thanksgiving, a day which is predicated on giving thanks for all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. So it’s only natural that we spent some time over the last week carving our way through the archives here at the VH1 Music, being careful to toss the bones to the left and saving all the good, juicy stuff for you today. So, without further ado, here is our list of What We’re Most Thankful For From The World Of Music In 2013.