With this past week’s announcement that Lil Wayne will (finally) be dropping Tha Carter V in 2014, we couldn’t help but replay some of the hits from the series’ first four albums to get ourselves amped. Then we started to think about other artists who’ve come out with sequels to seminal LPs. So who’s created a series of albums drawing on their previous stellar output?
In the last two years no children have captured our attention quite like Blue Ivy Carter and North West. As the products of two pairs of adored celebrities, each of these little ones was celebrated, gossiped about and analyzed before she emerged from the womb. What will the name be? Who are the godparents? What kind of fashion is she rocking in the maternity ward? The speculation was endless. Now that they’re here, it’s difficult to deny that their young lives are already a lot more fabulous than our own.
It may have come as a bit of a shock when MTV announced Miley Cyrus was reviving Unplugged, if only for a night. However, the singer is the perfect artist to strip down her music for an intimate evening with fans. Her powerful vocals are rarely showcased on her number 1 hits, such as “We Can’t Stop” and “Party in the U.S.A.” In fact, it wasn’t until Cyrus’ Saturday Night Live performance that many even remembered there was some true talent behind all the nipple pasties and twerking craziness.
What does remain to be seen is how will her showcase compare to the long list of artists to unplug before her? Will she crash and burn on stage like Lauryn Hill? Highly unlikely. Or will she produce one of the great Unplugged performances like Eric Clapton? Also unlikely.
However, with only a few artists to produce actual records based on these shows, she has a chance to join the list of the best Unplugged albums. 10,000 Maniacs comes is at number 10, with a solid yet basic acoustic set that Cyrus could easily knock off. Though, she’ll have to work at it if she wants to topple Jay Z, Nirvana or Tony Bennett.
Royal couple Beyoncé and Jay Z have been responsible for performances that both make us cry and cheer with joy. And after a 2013 that saw two new albums from the Carter clan, it’s fitting the invincible duo kicked off tonight’s Grammy Awards. For many, performing “Drunk In Love,” a sultry ode to sloppy sexing off B’s self-titled fifth album, was an interesting choice for Grammy opener. Yet letting two marrieds sing all about how much they love loving (and rubbing) on each other is just further proof that there is no denying Queen B.
Who topped Billboard‘s Power 100 list this year? Which rapper is calling himself the “Susan Lucci of the Grammys?” What inspired the nominees for the Song Of The Year Grammy Award to write their songs?
Who doesn’t love a good duet? There’s something exciting about when two artists come together on a song and create something special. The right pair knows how to blend their vocals, merge their best assets and play off each other’s talents. Brandy and Monica knew how to do this when they recorded “The Boy Is Mine.” Although it was a huge hit, that’s all fans got. We never got a second duet single or even an album. That’s a real shame considering how those two would have brought the house down with an entire record. The same goes for regular collaborators, Beyonce and Jay Z, or Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez. These artists make up the list of duet albums we hope that happen!
We seriously can’t wait for the Grammy Awards on Sunday. And even as we perused the batch of nominees for the upcoming ceremony, we couldn’t help but think that we could come up with some unconventional categories that truly capture how we look at today’s music scene.