[photogallerylink id=104427 align=left]This year could have easily been nicknamed “The Year of Adele” but the British soul singer is much to modest to accept such an honor. In fact [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele [/lastfm]has had a huge year that included breaking just about every record a person could break when it comes to selling albums.
Her second album, 21 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for an unprecedented 13 weeks. Not to mention the album provided 2 massive radio hits in “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.”
The singer broke 3 different Guiness World Records this year. She became the first solo female act in the UK to have 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1, beating [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm], who held the top spot for 21 years, consequently. And the album 21 had the most cumulative weeks at No. 1. She was also the first UK artist to have two top 5 singles in the UK at the same time. She even broke [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]’s digital album sales record which she set earlier in the year with The Fame. Of course, Gaga retook the lead with Born This Way, but Adele made her mark.
Adele’s album broke records held by some of the most influential, iconic, talented artists that the world has ever seen, and at the height of it all, Adele was struck with vocal chord issues that led to her canceling shows and eventually getting reparative surgery.
Luckily with the help of her fans’ support and a great medical and management team only a month after the surgery Adele is already warming up her vocal chords for another year of performing. Since her recovery the singer has made an effort to take care of her self and keeping us updated via her Twitter. Her doctors say they expect her to make a full recovery.
While she doesn’t plan on any new music for right now, she will be performing the hits we know and love her for. She also recorded and released a live concert album, Live at Royal Albert Hall, if you just can’t wait for her to get back here to L.A. No judgment, of course, we got our copy for the holidays!
“Rolling In The Deep” By Adele
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[photogallerylink id=116102 align=right]In her newest single, “You Da One” [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] sings that “You da one that I dream about all day/ You da one that I think about always” but when it comes down to it, this year Rihanna was “Da One.”
2011 started off rocky for the Bajan singer after a public break up with LA Dodger, Matt Kemp. She bounced back rather quickly throwing herself into her work and buckling down while on tour to get her 6th studio album Talk That Talk on shelves by late November.
Ri- Ri also tried her hand at acting for the very first time and will be featured in the 2012 film Battleship, which currently has no release date. She took the film very seriously and got into the role of the rough and tumble naval soldier who is “just one of the guys” as Rihanna put it.
As of late, the singer has had to deal with a good amount of adversity, she ended the year on a somewhat sour note. Rihanna has wound up sick off and on for the last few weeks due to a strenuous touring schedule that has had the singer on the road for the majority of the last 2-3 years. Not to mention her zealous partying hasn’t helped too much since she’s been under the weather. But some of Rihanna’s toughest adversity came from outside sources.
Dutch magazine, Jackie printed an article calling Rihanna a heinous racial/sexist slur that sent the singer into a tizzy on Twitter. We think she handled it rather well. Hopefully Rihanna has thrown in a good few months of rest and relaxation in her 2012 schedule. Still, she certainly set the new year off right with her newest video for “You Da One” Check it out!
“You Da One” by Rihanna
- How do you think Rihanna did this year? Do you think she should slow down in 2012? Tell us your thoughts below.
Today’s Music Minute Year In Review ends on a pretty regal note if you ask us. The stars of this year’s rap and hip hop scene, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm] who use the moniker [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Throne [/lastfm]when rocking the stage together had the whole world going crazy in “Paris,” leaving us all asking the question, “What’s Gucci my…?”
[photogallerylink id=130770 align=left]The duo’s platinum selling, critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 and sold 436.000 in its first week. At the end of the year, their album Watch The Throne has made it onto just about everyone’s “Year’s Bests” lists and featured features and samples from an eclectic mix of musicians including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kid Cudi[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Swizz Beats[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mr. Hudson[/lastfm] to name a few.
While the biggest single “Paris” has been all over the radio, the video for the song “Otis” showed off the swag deep pockets of luxury that Jay and Kanye have become accustomed to. Though some critics complained that their “bragging” came at an insensitive time in American culture, both men persist that the album is for “the people.” But not one critic hated on the production value and quality of the 16-track album.
The Throne’s biggest contribution to music this year, however, must be the promotional tour that the rappers put on in support of the album.
No matter who you ask and no matter what city they saw the show in, what was clear is that every single night, Jay and Kanye rocked the house and filled arenas all over the country and Canada. The stripped down, all black everything performance featured a compelling light show in addition to their always impressive rap skills.
Journalists who reviewed the concert started noticing a pattern of how many times the duo would perform their hit “Paris,” every city got an encore of the track being performed live on a loop, but some cities like L.A. had epic experiences with the song being performed 7 & 9 times in one show. Toronto took the top prize and received “Paris” 11 times in a row.
While nothing is set in stone, Jay recently teased a round 2 for the Throne. We got our fingers crossed! Who gon’ stop us, huh?
“Otis” by The Throne
- How do you think Kanye and Jay-Z did this year? Could it have been a bigger year for the duo? Are you excited about what they have in store for the future? Comment below!