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:
After taking over the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Fancy‘ at number 1 and ‘Problem‘ at number 2 for seven consecutive weeks, it seems Iggy may have another hit on her hands.
‘Black Widow‘ is another catchy tune that has seemed to capture the heart of the masses. Since, being released on July 8th, the track has managed to crack the Top 20 – without the assistance of a video.
But, what else can you expect from a track written by the goddess of catchy tunes, Ms. Katy Perry.
Although, ‘This Is How We Do‘ has yet to crack the Top 20, Katy can laugh all the way to the bank with residuals coming from ‘Black Widow‘.
Another thing worth mentioning in regardless to our new pop princess Iggy Azalea, is that the star has yet to garner a SOLO hit.
All of her hits thus far have been as a featured artist, or having a guest feature on her song. With her re-release coming this fourth-quarter, it will be interesting to see if she nabs a bunch a features again… Or finally become a stand alone act.
Watch the official video for her latest hit ‘Black Widow‘ below:
Lady Gaga seems afraid that her new album might tank, so she’s taken the proper precautions to ensure it’s “success”.
By, inking multiple deal to promote ‘ART
FLOPOP‘ Gaga has successfully made the public aware that the album exists. But, it seems as if the masses aren’t buying into it (pun intended).
While, the album rose to number one in most countries, it fell out of the top spot just as quickly .
Things aren’t all bad in the land of Gaga though, Billboard expects the album to move around 240-250K units and debut in the number one spot.
When you consider Gaga‘s last release moved somewhat of 1.1M copies during it’s first week, these numbers are abysmal. But,her previous release only sold that much because of Amazon’s 99cent deal, which sold roughly 400K copies.
This time is no different because Gaga is back up to her old tricks, pulling multiple Gimmicks in order to increase album sales.
A list of all the schemes the ‘ARTPOP‘ era has bring upon us already:
- Clear Channel Deal (Via this venture, the album will be spun on 150 Clear Channel Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Rhythmic CHR, and Hot AC stations around the country)
- Google Play: Unlike Amazon Google Play didn’t sell the album for 99cents but it didn’t cut the price in half. The albums now sales for $5.99 on Google Play
- H &M Deal: The album will now be sold at H&M with a small discount, bringing the original price down to $9.95
- ARTPOP Stores: Gaga has open multiple stores across New York and Los Angeles that exclusively sells the Album ($16) and T-shirts ($30). The stores will close after first week sales are in.
- Applause Kia Soul Commercial: Despite teaming up with Kia to promote her lead single ‘Applause’ the single didn’t not reach the number spot on billboard and actually peaked at number four.
- Posting Of A Endless Link of Applause: Gaga originally publicized a link which allowed users to watch the video 150 times in a row. Gaga was immediately called out my Billboard‘s Bill Werde for her questionable practices.
- Do What You Want Dre Beats Commercial: Gaga attempted to promote her second single the same way she did the first, through television commercials. Despite constant promotion and the approval of many music critics the single has yet to debut in Billboards top ten.
Overall, it’s quit sad that after all of her promotional gimmicks Gaga isn’t outselling the other girls. Katy who sold 286K and Miley who sold 270K didn’t do as half as much promotion for their album releases.
Originally the albums was set to mirror the sales of Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pink Friday‘, which debuted with 375K. The fact Gaga likely won’t outsell the debut effort of a female rapper is down right sad.
As expected Katy Perry’s Roar has officially knocked ‘Blurred Lines’ down from the number one spot, after an amazing 12 week run.
‘Roar‘ has consistently been sitting at number 1 on iTunes, since release. To date the single has sold a whopping 1.5Million copies. So it’s no surprise, the single has finally become a Billboard number 1.
And in honor of receiving another number one, Katy has released a video for the already successful single.
CHECK IT OUT BELOW:
I guess that Rihanna reign just won’t let up? Weeks after snatching the crown from Beyonce for ‘highest selling ballad from a black female‘ she becomes the most viewed artist of all time!
Though some may try and deny the impact Rihanna has made on the music industry you can’t deny the that fact Rihanna is, currently pop’s leading lady.
With sold out shows, 12 number one singles, and 6 platinum albums it’s safe to say Rihanna‘s becoming none sort of a legend, in her own right.
While many thought the 25 year old songstress would only be a one hit wonder upon the release of ‘Pon De Replay‘, Rihanna has showed up and out. Leaving an everlasting mark on the music industry.
Rihanna still has tons of potential, and it may be safe to say that there’s a new Queen B coming to town. Watch on Bey, Empress Rihanna is coming through!
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