There’s no doubt that 2011 was the year of the “doof doof”. From the rise of David Guetta and LMFAO to the euro-club beats adopted in an overwhelming majority pop songs from Rihanna‘s “We Found Love” to Britney Spears‘ “I Wanna Go”, there was no avoiding the thudding sound of the sub woofer and all the manic, Ibiza-esque dance-party vibes that went with it. But if you abide by the laws of physics, you’ll know that for all actions, there is an equal and opposing reaction — and we can see the specter of antithesis looming for 2012. While last year saw an almost completely unblemished carpet of techno beats upholster the music landscape, 2012 looks set to tear that carpet up and replace it with raw wood.
We’re talking about the new guard, a genre of new artists we’ve dubbed “realwave” (thanks to Carles for giving us the ability to invent genres with the simple suffix “wave”), who have been lurking on the sidelines but still managing to make some noise despite the deafening reverberations around them. It began with the ascent of Adele, Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver — artists, who are, for all intents and purposes, artists. In 2011, these artists represented “authenticity,” or the ability to make music that was not only chart topping and relateable, but that also relied on the strength of songwriting, real instruments and organic talent. Yep, that means no auto-tuned voices, synthetic bass lines or garish costuming.
From Adele’s beautiful, heartfelt lyricism and emotive live vocal to Mumford & Sons’ rootsy instrumentals and Bon Iver’s gently experimental, dynamic sound, these artists have provided a much needed sanctuary from banging beats and flashing lights. And perhaps now, after we’ve worn the soles of our dancing shoes right into our heels, we’re actively seeking more realwave. We went to the party, sure, and we had the time of our lives, but it’s morning now, the sun is shining through the cracks in the curtains, our heads are splitting and we’re groping at the bedside table for Advil and Gatorade. Read more…
Hype is building around the 2012 London Olympics, especially since it was reported that iconic Brit Pop band Blur will be headlining a concert in Hyde Park to celebrate the closing ceremony. Now details about the actual closing ceremony are beginning to circulate, and excitement and speculation abound as the theme is revealed: “A Symphony Of British Music”. Stephen Daldry, executive producer of the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies says, “It is, in a sense, the soundtrack of our lives,” while Kim Gavin, the ceremony’s artistic director says it will be an “elegant mashup of British music.”
Music director David Arnold says, the “mashup” will include everyone from “Elgar to Adele,” but does not confirm whether or not the Grammy award winning star will actually perform (although we’d put money on yes). Other rumored performers include The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and the Spice Girls, and for a country with such a rich pop history and a decidedly artful taste for celebration, we can’t wait to see what the closing ceremony will reveal.
The 2012 London Olympics begin on July 27th, and close on August 12th.
Beef Alert! Kreayshawn Disses Lana Del Rey Then Does A Poop Kreayshawn knows how to get everyone talking about her again — diss the hottest music act of the moment, Lana Del Rey, then poop semi-infront of a reporter. Click the link at your own peril, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. [Complex]
Lily Allen Speaks Up About Adele’s Brits Acceptance Speech Being Cut Off
We miss the days when Lily Allen had a whole lot of stuff to say. Talking about Adele’s controversially cut short Brit Awards acceptance speech, Allen said “I’d rather hear Adele’s acceptance speech… I can’t say I’m surprised. It was like the music industry’s attitude to women played out as a metaphor.” [NME]
As for Adele, it doesn’t look like the reign of 21 is ending any time soon. After picking up six Grammys last week, Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” follows “Part Of Me” at number two on the Hot 100 chart, with “Rolling In The Deep” jumping back up to number five and “Someone Like You” at number seven, making her the first woman in history to place three songs in the top 10 as the lead artist. But it doesn’t stop there for Adele — over on the Billboard 200 chart, 21 is still breaking records with it’s 21st (ha!) nonconsecutive week on top. Usurping the late Whitney Houston‘s throne, Adele now has the record for the longest held number one album spot for a female performer. The numbers tell a very vivid story — that for Adele, it definitely isn’t over, she won’t stay away, and we can’t fight it (not that we’d want to).
Adele got caught up in her very own M.I.A. moment at the Brits last night when she gave everyone the bird on live television. After winning album of the year, an emotional Adele, obviously composing herself and fighting tears, began a heartfelt, humble acceptance speech in which she expressed her pride at “coming home with six Grammys,” and “being British and flying our flag.” But almost as soon as she began her rousing speech, she was cut short by presenter James Corden who seemed to follow his direction to cut her off rather reluctantly. As Corden welcomed Blur to the stage, Adele expressed her frustration with a very clear gesture, flipping a giant bird at the room. But unlike M.I.A. who made her apologies, Adele had nothing to apologize for, and instead it was ITV and the Brit Awards apologizing to her.
Adele did clarify that her middle finger was for “The suits, not the fans,” and she was “Sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me.” ITV came back with a statement saying, “The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption,” while a spokesperson for the Brit Awards said, “We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.” Corden was equally horrified and said, “I just feel bad about having to cut Adele off. I really don’t understand quite why I was made to, but it’s not a very nice way to end… She’s the biggest star in the world. I don’t understand what happened but I’m upset about it. Blur played for 11 minutes and she didn’t get a chance to say thank you once.”
Speaking of Blur, the band gave a rousing, five song strong set including the iconic Brit Pop hit “Parklife” (which you can watch after the jump). Damon Albarn looked pretty excited to be there, jumping around the stage like a kid who’d eaten too much sugar. Blur were presented an Outstanding Contribution To Music award, and their closing set proved just why — Brit Pop really is a very Blur-y thing.
According to Twitter, it was all about Adele in the Tweetverse on the night of the Grammys. While the chart dominating singer took home six awards, Twitter exploded with a tirade of Adele related posts, and Twitter has reported that people sent 10,901 Tweets per second as she won Record Of The Year. That’s a lot of Tweet love. Twitter also reported that “Grammys” was mentioned in over 5 million Tweets between midday and midnight on the day of the event, and that the most Tweeted about artists behind Adele included Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Whitney Houston. It’s an interesting mix of the night’s biggest winner, the most controversial, and the bereaved, which in turn have made up the biggest pop culture stories of the week.
Rihanna Is Releasing A Remix Of “Birthday Cake” With A Cameo That Will “Shock The World” Rihanna is releasing a remix of “Birthday Cake” from Talk That Talk next week, and producers Da Internz (Tuo and Kosine), while remaining coy, have said the remix will feature a cameo that will, “Shock the world.” Obviously, the only person who could possibly be a shock to the world on a Rihanna song would be Chris Brown — and so we wait with baited breath for what could possibly be the biggest train wreck of the year, praying for Rihanna that it’s all sensationalism and that instead she chose a nice guy like Drake for the part. [MTV RapFix]
Adele Is Heading Back To The Recording Studio After All
It seems that Adele confused years for days when she told US Vogue she was going to “f**k off for four of five years.” She’s now rescinded the remark with a blog post reading, “I’ve a few days off now, and then it’s the Brit Awards here at home and then I’m straight into the studio. BOOYAH! 5 years? More like 5 days!” And the world releases a collectively held breath. Phew. [Rolling Stone]
See A Teenage Adele Being Interviewed By Pete Townshend While Smoking
She was technically Adele then, but she wasn’t really Adele then, if you know what we mean. Watch this blast from the past video of a teenage Adele being interviewed by Pete Townshend while smoking a cigarette, and try to reconcile the cheeky girl with the devilishly charming young woman she’s become. [Rolling Stone]
Madonna Is Accused Of Copying, We Yawn
Are you as bored as us by every man and his amateur act accusing big stars of copying? Art is such a strange thing — everything inspires and informs everything else, and unless it’s a blunt, shameless copy we’re just a bit tired of the whole schtick. Now, a Brazilian popstar has accused Madonna of copying him in “Gimme All Your Luvin’”. We’re guessing very little will come of this accusation, if anything at all. [NME]
Well you didn’t actually expect Adele to be subtle, did you? The princess of the potty mouth told US Vogue this month that, “I am f***ing off for four or five years. If I am constantly working, my relationships fail.” And it’s going to be a well deserved break, after Adele’s historical year demolishing the charts, going through throat surgery and finally wiping the floor with her Grammys — all 6 of them! Moreover, Adele’s found love despite the heartbreaking subject matter of 21. Yep, the girl’s gone and done a Rihanna, finding love in a hopeless place, or a Swampy place, as we reported last month when it was revealed she was dating investment manager Simon “Swampy” Konecki.
And for all you Valentine’s Day cynics out there, Adele’s got a message of hope to go with her forthcoming hiatus — the lovelorn needn’t mope, there’s plenty of romance out there for us all! Adele said in the interview, “So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch,” and that she’s tired of being a “bitter witch.” High fives for Adele! We’re looking forward to hearing the “Someone Like You” antithesis in 5 years time — instead of listening to it and immediately dissolving into a mess of tears and snot, it will be played and everyone will become suddenly, irrepressibly jubilant, for that is the immense power of Adele.
In “Rolling In The Deep”, Adele sang “We could have had it all.” Well, at the 2012 Grammy Awards tonight, she did end up having it all — all the awards, that is. The English songbird completed a year of total dominance on the Billboard song and album charts by sweeping the three major categories at this year’s awards: Album of the Year for 21, Song of the Year for “Rolling In The Deep”, and Record of the Year (also for “Rolling In The Deep”). All in all, the 23-year-old took home six Grammys tonight, bringing her career total to eight.
Adele also performed “Rolling In The Deep” in front of a hushed crowd, her first public singing performance since she underwent vocal cord surgery back in 2011. We haven’t seen any video of that performance emerge on the web yet, but we DID see her knock Anderson Cooper‘s socks off with an a Capella performance of her Grammy-winning smash on 60 Minutes earlier tonight. We’ve got that performance for you below.
With her historic “Triple Crown” win tonight, Yahoo Music noted that Adele became only the sixth artist in history to accomplish that feat. Her peers in this exclusive group include Simon & Garfunkel (1971), Carole King (1972), Christopher Cross (1981), Eric Clapton (1993) and the Dixie Chicks (2007).