2011 has been a big year in music, and between the Grammys, new babies, viral artists and some great losses, the music world has been rocked over and over again. With only a few days left until we wave goodbye to 2011, we’re reflecting on the 10 biggest stories of the year…
1. Beyoncé’s Pregnancy
Forget actual music — who cares about music when the Queen Of Everything is pregnant? It seemed like all anyone was talking about in 2011 was Beyoncé‘s pregnancy, from the initial, dramatic reveal during her VMAs performance of “Love On Top,” to the controversy surrounding the realness of her baby bump. And now the world waits with baited breath for the chosen one to emerge from the most revered womb on earth.
Yesterday we reported that Adele sold 5 million copies of 21 this year, and now we’re back with more Adele news because just when it seems that the girl has reached the top, she outdoes herself (again). In the latest Adele-centric news, Billboard has predicted, based on their projections, that 21 will re-claim the number one spot on their Billboard 200 chart next week (the album is currently at number two). If this happens, it will be Adele’s 14th non-consecutive week at number one (not to mention a great start to the new year), the only album beating her being the Titanic soundtrack which topped the charts for 16 weeks in 1998. It’s been a big year for Adele, and we’re wondering what will happen to her powerhouse, chart dominating prowess, given that the singer/songwriter has proclaimed we wont be hearing another album from her for around four or five years.
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It’s almost New Year’s Eve, that one, glorious, most hopeful night of the year. It’s also that one night you’re going to party like it’s 1999, so let this week be dedicated to mani-pedis, haircuts, outfit buying, midnight kiss daydreaming, preemptive sleeping and playlist making. When it comes to partying, everyone has a distinctive song, an anthem, if you will — and we’re here to tell you what your New Year’s Eve theme song, that banger you’re going to be cranking at midnight, says about your party style, and what kind of New Year’s Eve you can expect…
Britney Spears – “Til The World Ends”
You’re either a strong believer in Mayan mythology or you just really, really love dancing. Chances are you’re going to be on the dance floor all night — forget about everything else, you just want to dance (until the world ends, heh). We’re going to take a punt and guess that you were going through puberty the first time you heard “… Baby One More Time,” and that Britney just so, like, makes you feel like a teenager again! If you’re anything like us (a Britney stalwart since the start), you’re just completely ecstatic to see Britney get her groove back.
It has been revealed that New York’s Mayor Bloomberg has selected Lady Gaga to be the official “ball dropper” at this weekend’s New Year’s Eve festivities at Times Square. We’re excited for Gaga to have been given the famed officious role, but more excited to see if Bloomberg gets down to “Born This Way.” The selection seems pertinent given Mother Monster’s vocal stance on LGBT rights this year, and New York’s landmark decision to legalise gay marriage — so Lady Gaga isn’t just a LGBT icon anymore, she’s a symbol of New York City, one of the town’s biggest personalities. Gaga won’t only press the ball dropping button to signal midnight, she’s going to perform on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, so get ready for some truly weird and wonderful party vibes. We wonder what manner of couture the Lady will be garbed in, and whether she’ll go all out and make it NYE or New York themed.
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Chris Martin Is His Own Security Guard, Defending Home From Singing Trespasser
Well, maybe defending is the wrong word. Chris Martin simply politely asked an intruder to leave, and he did. The fan had climbed over Martin’s garden fence to serenade him by singing Coldplay songs. [NME]
A Musician Started The Bon Jovi Death Rumour
The person behind the Bon Jovi death rumours was a musician named Jeffrey Goho from Pennsylvania. He said he started the rumours because he was frustrated Bon Jovi was focusing on business instead of music. Obviously a totally rational guy. Totally. [Rolling Stone]
Van Halen yesterday confirmed that they will indeed be getting back together and taking their rock show back on the road for another spin. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the band has also announced that their original front man, David Lee Roth, will be fronting the tour. And in the most epic way possible, Van Halen have announced all this with a dance and glitter filled video on their website. The inspiring video is set to the sound of the classic “Jump,” and features Roth’s iconic dance moves, Eddie Van Halen‘s shredding guitar and Alex Van Halen‘s banging drums, as well as current bass player Wolfgang (Eddie’s son), all being showered with glitter and rendered in nostalgic black and white. If all that wasn’t enough to make you jump (sorry, we couldn’t resist), the guys will also be working on their first album with Roth in 27 years. Tickets for the tour go on sale on the 10th of January, and we can hear the anticipation as new year’s resolutions are shifted to include seeing the Van Halen legends on stage one more time.
2011 was undoubtedly the year of Adele, with the young singer/songwriter proving that she is, indeed, boss of everything. She was on everyone’s “best of 2011″ list from industry observers, to fans, to VH1’s own staff; she cleaned up in Grammy nominations and sold the most digital copies of any song ever with “Rolling In The Deep.” Now Reuters has reported that Adele’s 21 is not only the top selling album of 2011, but it’s the top selling album since 2004! 21 has sold 5 million copies this year, and is the first album to reach over 5 million in sales since Usher‘s Confessions moved 7.9 million copies in 2004. According to Reuters, Adele’s amazing feat has coincided with a three per cent spike in music sales since 2010, which has us thinking that maybe Adele’s awesome success is partly responsible for stimulating the music consumer market. Given the advent of music sharing devices like Spotify, it’s a wonder that people are buying music at all, given the relative ease and inexpensive nature of sharing, and that there are now perfectly legal ways in which to file share. Reuters speculates that agressive sales tactics by artists and retailers has helped move records this year, but we’ve got an inkling that some of the merit can be attributed to the greatness of this year’s music releases, acting as a testament that fans will still spend hard earned dollars on their favorite artists and on high quality music.
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First, a Drake fan in LA got his name controversially tattooed across her forehead, and now a young girl from Glasgow has had lyrics from Lana Del Rey‘s “Video Games” tattooed to her thigh. 23 year old Nadine Walker posted images of the tattoo on her blog along with the simple description, “I got a new (huge) tattoo from the bf of Lana Del Rey’s ‘video games’ lyrics! Ouch! Love it.” Ouch indeed. Let’s hope the words (and her boyfriend) mean as much to her in 10, or even two years from now. We recognise that tattoos have long been a means for fans to express their commitment to their favorite artists. Now, we’re no experts, but we normally associate such hardcore enthusiasm with more… antiauthoritarian artists, like rock stars and hip hop artists who embody a certain timelessness. We never really though that such sentimental and buzz-y music could illicit such zealous fandom, but like we said, we’re not the experts!
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Apparently, the moment we've all been waiting for well may be upon us. Reports are rushing in from all over the Internet that last night nurses and security at New York’s St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital were placed on high alert with the imminent arrival of a high profile patient — and given that Beyoncé‘s pregnancy is the most high profile pregnancy in New York this year, tongues have been sent wagging. Rumours say that half the floor of the hospital’s “Labor And Delivery Suite” has been booked by the special mystery guest, and while there’s no actual confirmation yet that Baby Bey-Z is on his/her way out of the womb, speculation is rife given that the booked ward is the exact same ones Knowles-Carter close friend Alicia Keys gave birth in. While Beyoncé has been cryptic about her due date, first announcing she was due in February then releasing a video in which she declared herself 6 months pregnant in September, it seems that our Pregoncé was simply throwing the paps off the scent. And while fans and critics alike have been questioning whether Bey might be faking her pregnancy, everything is starting to add up, and if she is indeed giving birth as you read this, well then, naysayers be damned! King B has been pregnant all along! We’ll be on the case all day, so watch this space for updates…