Tag: Grammy Award for Album of the Year

Tuesday 10pm ET: Feature LP: Adele – 21 (2011)

21Adele21 is the second studio album by English recording artist Adele. Released on 24 January 2011 in most of Europe, and on 22 February 2011 in North America, it was named after the age of the singer during its production. The album shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–2009 North American tour An Evening with Adele. Composed in the aftermath of the singer’s separation from her partner, the album explores themes of anger, revenge, heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.

Adele began writing 21 in April 2009, while still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record. Dissatisfied with once again portraying herself as the musical tragedian of her debut, she had intended to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up. However, studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration. She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channeling her heartbreak and depression into her songs. Adele collaborated with various songwriters and producers, including Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.

Praised by critics for its understated production, vintage authenticity, and Adele’s vocal performance, 21 defied the modest commercial expectations of her indie record label XL Recordings and became a sleeper hit in 2011. The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries and appeared in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records. The United Kingdom’s best-selling album of the 21st century, its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist. In the United States the album held the top position for 24 weeks, longer than any other album since 1985, and was certified Diamond. Singles “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” became worldwide number-one hits, while “Rumour Has It” and “Turning Tables” charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America.

Globally, 21 was the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012, and helped revitalise lagging sales of the United States and UK music industry. Critics hailed the album as a shift from the overtly sexual and sonically bombastic status quo, and attributed its success to its deeply autobiographical yet universal songs. As of December 2012, the album has sold over 26.5 million copies worldwide according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 21 was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize and the following year won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year. – Wikipedia




Artist Countdown: Dixie Chicks Top 25 Hits 12pm ET @dixiechicks

dixieChicksDixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces”.

During a London concert ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines said, “we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas”. The positive reaction to this statement from the British audience contrasted with the boycotts that ensued in the U.S., where the band was assaulted by talk-show conservatives, while their albums were discarded in public protest.

As of 2012, the Dixie Chicks had won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and “Not Ready to Make Nice”, a single from that album. By May 2013, with 30.5 million certified albums sold, and sales of 27.2 million albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present).  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Landslide
2 Not Ready to Make Nice
3 There’s Your Trouble
4 Ready to Run
5 Cowboy Take Me Away
6 You Were Mine
7 Goodbye Earl
8 Wide Open Spaces
9 Tonight the Heartache’s on Me
10 Cold Day in July
11 I Can Love You Better
12 Long Time Gone
13 Travelin’ Soldier
14 Without You
15 If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me
16 Some Days You Gotta Dance
17 The Neighbor
18 Heartbreak Town
19 Everybody Knows
20 Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
21 Sin Wagon
22 Stand By Your Man
23 White Trash Wedding
24 Tortured, Tangled Hearts
25 You Can’t Hurry Love

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks Top 30 Hits

Stevie Nicks

Stephanie Lynn “StevieNicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter. In 1974, she and partner Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac. The second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham Rumours (1977) was the best-selling album of that year and is the eighth best-selling album of all time, with sales of over 40 million copies worldwide. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and and produced four US Top 10 singles, with Nicks’ Dreams being the band’s first and only US number one hit. In 1981, Nicks released her debut studio album Bella Donna. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) less than three months after its release and has since been certified quadruple-platinum. Nicks has since produced an additional seven solo albums.

1 Rooms on Fire
2 Talk to Me
3 Stand Back
4 Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
5 I Can’t Wait
6 Leather and Lace (with Don Henley)
7 Sometimes It’s a Bitch
8 Whenever I Call You Friend (with Kenny Loggins)
9 Edge of Seventeen
10 Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
11 Nightbird (with Sandy Stewart)
12 Gold (with John Stewart)
13 Magnet and Steel (with Walter Egan)
14 If Anyone Falls
15 Long Way to Go
16 After the Glitter Fades
17 Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?
18 Whole Lotta Trouble
19 Planets of the Universe
20 Enchanted
21 Every Day
22 Nothing Ever Changes
23 Secret Love
24 Sorcerer
25 For What It’s Worth
26 I Will Run to You (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
27 Needles and Pins (with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
28 Imperial Hotel
29 Mohammed’s Radio (with Warren Zevon)
30 Crying In The Night (with Lindsey Buckingham)