The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual celebration of movies and television is one of the more highly anticipated award shows if only for its at-times curious mixture of talent and free-flowing alcohol. (Glenn Close has had enough!) Last night’s Golden Globe Awards welcomed everyone from the Robyn-loving cast of Girls to Diddy, helping music have almost as large a presence as Ben Affleck’s facial hair did in Argo.
Adele has a way of stealing the show, so you can’t blame us for hoping she pops up at just about any high-profile Hollywood event. With the latest James Bond musical theme coming at the voice of Ms. Adkins, many are wondering whether or not her she will make her long-awaited return to live performing at the 2013 Academy Awards next month.
According to BBC News, the Academy is planning a tribute to the Bond films, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012. With musical themes from Tina Turner to Madonna, Adele is the most recent addition to a storied franchise, yet arguably the largest prime-time draw for both music fans and Oscar lovers. Details on the 007 celebration are scant, but another element that could make her appearance more enticing is the fact that she hasn’t performed, let alone really been seen, since the birth of her son last fall–a child we are choosing to call “Alistair” until his true name is released to the public. The February 24 show stands to be her biggest live performance (televised, in a room full of fabulous folks) since the 2012 Grammy Awards, when she assured us that her smashing voice was just fine, thank you very much.
If you are the betting type, you might want to strongly consider placing a call to your friendly neighborhood bookie this morning and place a firm bet on this rumor becoming a reality. After all, “Skyfall” grabbed a nomination for Best Song when the 2013 Academy Award nominations were announced in front of a room full of bleary-eyed West Coast journalists this morning.
Taylor Swift put up a good fight late in the year, as did One Direction (who have two albums ranking in the top five) and Mumford & Sons. But once again none could top Adele, whose much beloved 2011 album 21 sold another 4.41 million copies this year to top year-end album sales for the second year in a row (just as she did on iTunes). The blustery Brit’s staying power is impressive, but we can’t imagine that there are enough people left of this earth of ours still sans 21 to enable her to keep this up for a third year. But perhaps she could put out a new album that might earn her another two years at the top?
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
On this week’s episode of the VH1 Top 20 Countdown, we’re rolling out the Top 20 videos of the year from Herald Square, New York City. That’s right, all the videos that have led the countdown throughout the different seasons of the year will now battle it out for Top 20 supremacy. But before the show airs on Saturday at 9am EST, you can still cast your vote for the video you think should take the crown for 2012. Who will it be? You’ll have to tune-in and check back with us on Saturday to find out!
2012 has been an interesting year for the music business. As chart genres shift and technology continues to influence how and what we consume, in-flux trends seem to fly in out of nowhere.The viral sensation breakout star, for example. But can we go back to basics for just a moment? These people are here to entertain us and sing, right? Like, into microphones and send sound waves into the universe. Whether their songs permeated the charts all year or their pipes are ones to keep an eye out in the future, the following 15 voices were the most noteworthy in 2012.
Having created what’s sure to be a sing-along bar anthem for years to come, Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” is a monster. Shout out to Kimbra for the solid assist, too!
In addition to being the voice behind David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” this year, Sia also wrote the lyrics and melody for Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and her talent should be recognized, damn it.
Through storytelling, K-Dot has the versatility to sound nervous, vulnerable and shrieky, macho and intimidating, soft and robotic, Compton tough, and instructively monotone.
Perhaps we should consider a new strategy. Adele‘s 21 hit shelves on January of 2011 and nearly two years later people are still clamoring over it. This year — both a full year out from its release and a year during which Adele kept a low profile — the sophomore effort earned Diamond status, and was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year in a row.
So Adele sold so, just so many albums in 2011 and there were still people left to buy so, just so many albums again in 2012. Will this happen again in 2013? She has already defied the physics of the music industry (namely the part where music doesn’t sell any more), so maybe! Presumably there are at least few of you out there who have worn through your first copy and are due for a second, and before you hit “purchase” we would like to propose an alternative: what everyone just stops buying 21 for a minute? Not because it’s not worth the $9.99 for download, but because if we stop buying 21 Adele might actually feel pressure to put out something new to buoy the music industry and anchor our iPods for the next two years. Deal?
We hate to say we told you so, but… we told you so! All year we’ve been bringing you the best new music so you can stay aurally informed, and if you’ve been doing your homework and keeping abreast of the hottest new acts with us, you’ll notice that more than a few of our amazing You Oughta Know artists, both past and present, scored well-deserved props when the 2013 Grammy Nominees were announced tonight.
Our You Oughta Know alumni scored an impressive 17 nominations in total, including four nominations in the big four categories. Our February 2012 YOK artist Gotye picked up a nomination for Record Of The Year for his song “Somebody I Used To Know,” a song that he performed for a standing room only crowd in our 20th floor lobby earlier this year; our May 2012 You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran scored a nomination for Song Of The Year for his haunting ballad “The A Team”; our July pick, The Lumineers, were nominated for Best New Artist; and our YOK friends from way back in 2010, Mumford & Sons, picked up a nod in the Album Of The Year category for their massive new LP, Babel.
Here’s a complete list of the 2013 Grammy nominations that our awesome YOK alums took home tonight. #proud Read more…
As her 777 tour wound down last week, “Diamonds” became Rihanna’s 12th chart topping single, making Rihanna the pop star with the most No. 1 singles ever, an unusual honor when you consider that she had yet to put out a chart topping album to match. But this week that’s changed, as Unapologetic lands atop the charts this week, earning the star yet another plaque for her wall and her first ever No. 1 album. Seventh time’s a charm?
All the way from across the pond Later…With Jools Holland‘s got some of the most incredible musical talents — everyone from Bat for Lashes to Adele — performing stripped down performances of their greatest hits. Even if you don’t have BBC, you can still watch (in full HD glory!) on Palladia.
Upcoming guests include Mumford & Songs, Lisa Marie Presley, Bobby Womack, Savages and Kings of Leon so make sure you tune in on Thursdays at 10PM EST.