After conquering the world four years ago with her record-breaking album ‘21‘ Adele is here to do it again. Early last week Adele teased a new song during the promotional run of on the season of ‘X Factor‘. Today, the aforementioned track titled ‘Hello‘ has sent to pop and adult contemporary radio. The track features Adele’s famous power-house vocals, however the vibe of the track is very different than any of her past work, she more self-reflective, and there’s a new eerie vibe all-together. Not only did the star send the track to radio, it’s also been released digitally and has a brand new video — check it out below!
Yesterday the star announced the release date for Hello‘s parent album. 25, is the name of the new record, and it’s headed for a worldwide release on November 20th.
Adele’s Reps shared the tracklist with Billboard, which you can find below.
2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
3. I Miss You
4. When We Were Young
6. Water Under The Bridge
7. River Lea
8. Love In The Dark
9. Million Years Ago
10. All I Ask
11. Sweetest Devotion
When asked how ‘25‘ would differ from her previous album ‘21‘ she responded in an online letter saying, “My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. I’m making up for lost time.” The lead single ‘Hello’ both lyrically and sonic-ally lives up to this statement.
In honor of ‘25‘, lets look back at the accolades the star racked up with her last albums ‘21‘
‘21‘ debuted at No. 1 with 352,000 copies sold. The album went on to spend 24 non-consective weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 — which is more weeks than any female artist has occupied the top spot with one album.
The album went on to sell 11.2M units in the U.S., and was the best-selling album of both 2011 and 2012 — becoming the only album outside of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller to be the best-selling album for two calendar years.
‘21‘s success wasn’t only in the U.S., the record went on to sell 30M units worldwide — becoming one of the best selling albums in both the US and Worldwide.
Not only did ‘21‘ as an album do well, it spawned quite a few hit singles as well. ‘21‘ generated three consecutive No. 1 hits. Of all its singles ‘Rolling in the Deep‘ had the longest run at No.1, it occupied the top spot on The Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The second single ‘Someone Like You‘ spent five weeks at No. 1, and the album’s last No.1 single ‘Set Fire to the Rain‘ spent two weeks in the top spot.
This week’s From the Vault entry comes from R&B princess Aaliyah.
We decided to dust ourselves off and ‘Try Again‘. The aforementioned track ‘Try Again‘ was released as single from the ‘Romeo Must Die Soundtrack‘, a film which the laid star also starred in.
The single debuted at number fifty eight the week of March 18, 2000. It later soared to number one the week of June 17, 2000.
The feat was not only awesome, but historic—the track became the first song in the history of Billboard to reach number one based solely on the strength of its radio airplay. The track peaked in the top five of multiple countries:
- United States – #1
- The Netherlands – #3
- Norway – #5
- United Kingdom – #5
- Germany – #5
- Belgium – #5
Watch the awesome music video below:
To the left. To the left. Everything you own in the box to the left! If, you just sang that aloud—you’ll appreciate this weeks’ from the vault installment.
This weeks’ track From the Vault is a cut from Beyonce’s critically acclaimed sophomore album B’Day. Irreplaceable is the highest-charting and best-selling single from the album. In fact, the single went on to become the best-selling song of 2007—in the United States.
The single peaked at #1 on the Billboard hot 100—it occupied the #1 spot for a total of 10 weeks. The song has also been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, and peaked in the top five of many countries internationally.
- United States – #1
- Australia – #1
- Hungary – #1
- Ireland – #1
- New Zealand – #1
- Canada – #2
- The Netherlands – #3
- United Kingdom – #4
The video has generated over 124M views since being uploaded on YouTube five years go. Relive 2007 by watching the video below:
The Super Bowl has been known to help artist score unprecedented record sales — no different for Bruno Mars. Shorty after his halftime performance his already platinum albums “Unorthodox Jukebox” and “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” surged into the iTunes top five.
Not only did Bruno‘s albums surge up the charts, so did his singles — two of them pushed themselves into the top ten of the charts.
Bruno has already become one of this generations leading acts by scoring record high album sales but he can now be crowned “King of The Super Bowl”. The star has broken Madonna‘s record for most watched Super Bowl performance — the star managed to garner 115.3 million viewers.
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance on Sunday night attracted the largest audience in the history of the Super Bowl, attracting 115.3 million viewers, Fox announced Monday, citing Nielsen data.
He earned this feat despite having played during one of the least interesting, un-competitive, and most boring Super Bowl’s to date. Majority of NFL fans began to zone out by halftime because it became obvious who would win; hence why ratings dropped after Bruno‘s performance.
With his album “Unorthodox Jukebox” nearing sales of 2M in the US and 5.3M worldwide it’s clear to see that Bruno has always been a crowd favorite even before Music’s most watched event.
What’s even clearer is that the Super Bowl will further help him solidify himself as an R&B legend!
In the first 10 days of release the star’s fifth studio album “BEYONCE” has sold 991,000 copies. Becoming the year’s 12th best selling album with only 10 days of sales under its belt.
Her second single “Drunk In Love” has also secured its self a top 20 position, peaking at number 12.
Within the first three days of release, the album moved 617,000 digital units. The unannounced album was sold exclusively through iTunes.
No leaks — No “promotion” — No pirating.
While many point out the fact the album lacked traditional promotion or marketing, the star actually didn’t need any.
Acts like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga remained silent until the release of their lead single. Beyonce on the other hand did not.
Beyonce amped up the anticipation of her album by staying in the lime light without releasing any new music. The star had a ton of things keeping her name a topic of conversation, such as:
- The Superbowl
- Mrs. Carter World Tour
- GQ Cover
- Pepsi Commercials
- A H&M Partnership
- Repeatedly leaked songs and Videos etc.
So, did the star actually need any proper promotion? Not really.
But, that doesn’t diminish the fact that in under three weeks the star has already dominated the competition.
Her fifth studio album is nearing platinum status in less than a month, platinum being a milestone no other pop diva has achieved this year.
So, Congrats Bey on another successful album!
Eminem and Rihanna have topped the UK Official Charts with their new hit ‘The Monster‘. As reported last week, the single was made for Top 40. So its no coincidence that the single has become a massive success.
Since its release ‘The Monster‘ has topped almost every iTunes chart globally.
In the US, the single stands at number three on the iTunes charts while set to sale 400K copies this week. If forecats are correct it would see the single debut at number two on the Billboard hot 100 this week.
But it’s the single’s UK success that has put Rihanna in the history books. Rihanna, Elvis and The Beatles remain the only artists in UK history to score at least one Number 1 each year, over a seven year span.
With the release of his latest single ‘Rap God‘ Eminem has reclaimed the Rap throne . The rapper used the time to dismiss the Nay Sayers that thinks he “fell off”, and also uses the time to lyrically annihilate each and everyone of your favorite rappers.
‘Rap God‘ comes as a breath of fresh air. It brings back the old Eminem the world fell in love with, while also bringing something new. Lyrically ‘Berzerk‘ the rapper’s previous single, pales in comparison to ‘Rap God‘.
Eminem has yet another hit on his hands with this one. Soon after becoming the second best selling rapper of all time, the rapper conquers the iTunes chart.
And although, the song isn’t geared towards radio ,the single has been placed in heavy rotation throughout the country. With the millions of views this song has generated online, we could easily see the song top the Billboard hot 100 next week.
If ‘Rap God‘ does top the Billboard charts, it will be the first rap single since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s ‘Can’t Hold Us’ topped the charts earlier this year.
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