21 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
Songs of Innocence is the thirteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. Released on 9 September 2014, it was produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production from Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album was announced at an Apple Inc. product launch event and released the same day to all iTunes Store customers at no cost. It will be exclusive to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music until 13 October 2014, when it will receive a physical release by Island Records. The digital release made the record available to over 500 million iTunes customers, for what Apple CEO Tim Cook marketed as “the largest album release of all time”.
Songs of Innocence was U2’s first album since No Line on the Horizon (2009), marking the longest gap between studio albums of their career. After the latter’s relatively lukewarm commercial performance, lead singer Bono expressed uncertainty over how the band could remain musically relevant. During the album’s five-and-a-half-year gestation period, they reportedly worked on three separate projects with multiple producers, including an aborted companion to their previous record called Songs of Ascent. However, they struggled to complete an album to their satisfaction and continually delayed a release. After working with Danger Mouse for two years, the group collaborated with Flood, Epworth, and Tedder to complete the record. Thematically, it revisits the group members’ youth in Ireland, paying tribute to musical inspirations Ramones and the Clash, while touching on childhood experiences, loves and regrets. Bono described it as “the most personal album we’ve written”.
The album’s lead single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”, is featured in an Apple television advert as part of a promotional campaign for the band on which the company is reportedly spending $100 million. According to Apple, approximately 81 million users listened to the album in its first month of release, 26 million of whom downloaded the entire record. Songs of Innocence received positive reviews, although some critics and consumers were critical of the digital release strategy, which involved adding the album to iCloud for iTunes users’ to ignore, stream or download. – Wikipedia
||The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
||Every Breaking Wave
||California (There Is No End to Love)
||Song for Someone
||Iris (Hold Me Close)
||Raised by Wolves
||Sleep Like a Baby Tonight
||This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
New is an album by Paul McCartney, released on 14 October 2013. It is his sixteenth studio album and his first since 2007’s Memory Almost Full to consist entirely of new compositions. The album was executive produced by Giles Martin with production by Martin, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Paul Epworth. McCartney has stated that the record was inspired by recent events in his life as well as memories of his pre-Beatles history, and that some of the arrangements are unlike his usual rock recordings. Reception to the first single “New” and the album as a whole has been positive. (Source: Wikipedia)
||“On My Way to Work”
||“Everybody Out There”
||“I Can Bet”
||“Looking at Her”
||“Road” (includes “Scared” as a hidden track)
||Epworth, Martin (“Scared”)