Review: Adele Returns with ‘Hello’

 
Late last night, English singer-songwriter and ten-time Grammy award winner, Adele, sent fans into a frenzy after she released the song and video for ‘Hello’ – the first single off her highly anticipated new album 25.

Hello. It’s me,” the songstress appropriately murmurs as she leads into the first song she has released since 2012.

Her soulful voice is instantly recognizable as she powers her way through the song.

Hello from the outside/At least I can say that I’ve tried” the heart grabbing chorus begins. “To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your heart/ But, it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore“.

‘Hello’ brings all the elements that make a classic and tear-jerking Adele song great together for a triumphant introduction to 25.

And with every belt, Adele channels the emotion of a woman who longs to reconnect with a past relationship, but her partner is not receptive.

Relatable, passionate and ominously thunderous, ‘Hello’ showcases Adele at her best.

An ordinary experience suddenly becomes an extraordinary venture with this track.

If ‘Hello’ is any indication of what to expect from 25 then the long wait for her return will be more than worth it. 

Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself. 

Adele’s highly anticipated ’25’ is set for release on Nov. 25th.

Check out the song and video HERE

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Countdown To #PrettyGirls: Iggy’s Best Collabs

Photo courtesy of BreatheHeavy.com

Photo courtesy of BreatheHeavy.com

Less than a month from now the world will be graced with the newest single from Britney Spears featuring Iggy Azalea – “Pretty Girls”.

Spears and Azalea were spotted on the set of the song’s new music video in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Working totally 80’s fashions and hairstyles, the two mounted the back of a red convertible as they were driven down Sunset Blvd. singing the song’s lyrics.

This isn’t either of the musicians first time collaborating with another artist. It is, however, the first time Azalea has directed another artist’s video.

Azalea has collaborated with more than a hand full of musicians from Ariana Grande to T.I., so we counted down her top 5 collaborations based on YouTube.com views.

5. “Murder Business” ft. T.I.

Rapper T.I. has been credited with the discovery of Azalea since she first began to strut her way onto the music scene in 2011. The song itself is your run-of-the-mill rap song that has an infectious beat complimented by catchy lyrics. However, what sets this song apart is the video which pokes fun at child beauty pageants and shows such as “Toddlers and Tiaras”.

Total Views: 17,903,229

4. “Beg For It” ft. M0

Though the official video for this song was scrapped due to it “not needing to be done” according to Azalea, the song itself still saw much success on radio airways. The song peaked at No. 3 on the US Hot Dance Club Chart. Azalea brought aboard new artist M0 who delivers the chorus of this track.

Total Views: 23,722,761

3. “Black Widow” ft. Rita Ora

Azalea followed up the massive success of “Fancy” (see below) for another collaboration. This time with British pop singer Rita Ora. The video for the song pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill. The two women are dressed in outfits similar to that worn by Uma Thurman in the film and fight in a similar fashion. “Black Widow” peaked at No. 1 on multiple Billboard charts. The song is now one of Azalea’s signature tracks.

Total Views: 273,716,597

2. “Problem” ft Ariana Grande

Okay, so this song isn’t headlined by Azalea herself, but it is no denying that Ariana Grande helped usher Azalea into a  whole new level of super stardom. Her feature on this track helped the song hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and No. 1 on the US Rhythmic Chart. It is no doubt that without Azalea this track would not be the same.

Total Views: 484,518,093

1. “Fancy” ft. Charlie XCX

The breakout hit from Azalea has got to be without a doubt “Fancy”. Until releasing this song, Azalea struggled to find success with her previous singles. However, the song’s dancefloor beats and catchy lyrics paved the way for Azalea’s chart takeover. Not to mention she took advantage of the recent revival of 90’s fashion with the video that perfectly pays homage to the iconic 1995 film Clueless. The song hit No.1 on almost every US Billboard Chart and was named the 2014 “song of the summer” by Rolling Stone Magazine. It is Azalea’s defining song.

Total Views: 519,418,721

Azalea’s latest collaboration with Spears is set to be released on May 5.

Taylor Swift enlists the help of her famous friends for “Bad Blood” video.

Photo courtesy of TaylorSwift.com

Photo courtesy of TaylorSwift.com

Country queen turned pop sensation Taylor Swift was spotted on the set of her new music video for “Bad Blood” in Los Angeles Sunday morning.

Swift wasn’t the only noticeable face seen strutting about the set.

Cara Delevingne, Zendaya and Paramore’s Hayley Williams were all seen at the video shoot wearing matching white robes alongside Swift.

And the list didn’t stop there. Later on in the day Kendrick Lamar was seen on set as well.

Swift, who’s long list of celebrity besties has included the likes of Selena Gomez and Lorde, is no stranger to rubbing elbows with some of Hollywood’s bright stars.

The starlet recruited Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr for her “22” music video back in her RED era.

The filming of the video comes just on the heels of Swift’s announcement that her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

Looks like she turned to her friends for support.

“Bad Blood” is the fourth video to be made from Swift’s 1989 album following “Shake It Off“, “Blank Space” and “Style“.

Can’t wait to see!

Jessie J May Not Be Able to Sing Live EVER Again

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Things do not look good for pop singer Jessie J right now.

After canceling the remainder of her Austrailian tour dates, the singer announced in an interview with The Sun that she has a rare heart condition that is aggravated by intense singing.

J is known for her ability to belt out a powerhouse vocal set. However, a condition known as Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome causes irregular heart beats, shortness of breath and moments of dizziness.

J said in the interview that she has always prided herself on not lip syncing, but if her condition worsens as her career progresses she fears she may not have any other choice.
Meanwhile, J still sees success with her latest album SweetTalker which was released in late 2014.

By literallyalex

Top 5 All Female Collaborations

Popular gossip website BreatheHeavy.com confirmed the title of Britney Spears’ soon to be released single that features Iggy Azalea is “Pretty Girls” in a post on Thursday. 

The track will be the latest all female collaboration to hit radio airwaves.

The duet follows the recent success of many all female collars to have come up within the past few years.

However, girls have been teaming up to deliver hits for decades now. 

Here is our list of the Top 5 Female Collabs of All Time.

Enjoy.

5. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston – When You Believe



It was fall of 1998 that powerhouse vocalist Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston teamed up for “When You Believe“. The track was featured on the soundtrack for the animated movie The Prince of Egypt. In addition, the duet found moderate success while peaking at No.15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in November of 1998. Know for being the voices of their generations, the power couple do not disappoint on this pairing. 

4. Britney Spears and Madonna – Me Against The Music



Following the highly publicized kiss at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears and Madonna team up once again for “Me Against The Music“.The track was the lead single off of Spears’ fourth studio album In The Zone and topped the charts in numerous countries. This collab won the “Hot Dance Track of The Year” award at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. The accompanying music video features Spears and Madonna in a cat and mouse chase that ensues in a New York City dance club. Iconic.

3. Ciara and Missy Elliot – 1,2 Step



Ciara saw much success with her 2003 album Goodies. The album offered a few top 10 singles but none saw the level of success than “1,2 Step” featuring Missy Elliot. The song sparked at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart and spawned a two-step dance craze that kids still do today. The success of the song caused for the duo to pair up numerous times again in the future linclduing the 2005 track “Loose Control” which also peaked at No.1 on the charts. 

2. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé



It didn’t take pop artist Beyoncé long to attach her name to the Lady Gaga name after the Gaga’s massive debut in 2009. The duo paired up for “Telephone” and set fans into a freenze of excitement. Having paired up before on Beyoncé’s “Video Phone”, the duo was more than capable of delivering yet another dance-inspired duet. The song peaked at No.1 on the US Hot Dance Tracks Chart in 2009 and quickly became one of Gaga’s most memorable songs. The video features Beyoncé breaking Gaga out of jail and they set out to kill everyone who has wronged them in the past. 

1. Pink, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot – Lady Marmelade



In 2001 Pink, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot all teamed up to record a cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Arguably one of the most successful all female collaborations of all time, the track earned each of the artist a Grammy and broke numerous records. Originally recorded by Patty Labelle in 1974, the girls’ cover brought the track back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100  for an impressive five weeks. The track still holds various records today. 

By literallyalex

Alanis Moriessette Inducted Into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame



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On Sunday March 15, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) immortalized singer-songwriter Alanis Moriessette with an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 44th annual Juno Awards.

Having written her first song at the age of 10, Moriessette’s career spands over three decades.

During that time the Canadian born singer has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 13 JUNO Awards, seven Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill has been cited as being one of the most influential albums for female musicians of all time.

In fact, her single “You Oughta Know” was not only a No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 but also was covered by both Britney Spears and Beyoncé during their respective world tours.

“It is an honor to be honoured by my home country that I adore so much,” said Morissette on the televised award ceremony after

By literallyalex

Nicki Minaj Becomes First Female Artist With Four Top 10 Hits On R&B/Hip Hop Charts



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<Nicki Minaj has become the first female artist to have four simultaneous Top 10 records on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, according to the publication.

Only two other artists have achieved this feat – Drake and Lil’ Wayne.

Minaj’s latest album, The Pinkprint, has offered the charting tracks.

Drake and Wayne are both featured on two of the four tracks with Minaj. “Truffle Butter” (No.1 ) and “Only” (No.9) features the two rappers where they deliver a few rap verses. 

“Throw Sum More”, a track that features Young Money and Young Thug, sits at No. 3 on the chart. 

And finally rounding off the Top 10 is Minaj’s “Feeling Myself” which features Beyoncé. 

The news of the rap artist’s success comes on the heels of the announcement of Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour which is set to hit the U.S. later this year. 

By literallyalex

Natalia Kills and Hubby Axed from X Factor New Zealand

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English pop-singer Natalia Kills and her husband Willy Moon have been fired from X-Factor New Zealand after bullying a contestant.

The two came under fire from the public after the live show aired. Before erupting into a tirade, Kills’ called contestant Joe Irvine a doppelganger of Moon and accused Irvine of ripping off Moon’s style.

“As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband, from the hair to the suit,” she said. “Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughingstock. It’s cheesy, it’s disgusting.”

Soon after Moon continued to comment on Irvine’s look: “To me, it just feels a little bit cheap and absurd.”

Thousands of people signed a Change.org petition that urged for the removal of Kills from the X-Factor New Zealand judges panel.

The “Trouble” artist showed little to no remorse over her bullying comments when she thanked fans for support on Twitter and took the opportunity to promote her 2013 single “Problem“.

“I love you guys, thanks for your support & understanding my passionate opinions! You know what they say about me…” Kills said in the tweet with a link to her video for “Problem”.

Moon has yet to make a public statement on being fired.

MediaWorks’ (the station which airs New Zealand) chief executive Mark Weldon announced the pairings firing saying that the network “no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.”

Though Kills tweeted about the incident no official comments have been made about losing their jobs.

By literallyalex

Lady Gaga Joins the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel

Photo courtesy of LadyGaga.com

Photo courtesy of LadyGaga.com

Lady Gaga will be joining the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel singer announced in a twitter video on Wednesday.

The Grammy award-winning pop phenom is set to star in series’ fifth season as a series regular according to a report released by the Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes on the heels of Gaga’s critically praised tribute to The Sound of Music at the 2015 Academy Awards this past Sunday.

Gaga – a.k.a. Stefani Germanotta- is the first confirmed casting of the newest season of the popular FX show.

Writer and producer for the show, Ryan Murphy, said late last year he was looking for a “big star” to fill Jessica Lange‘s spot.

Lange announced in a statement in 2014 that the most recent season American Horror Story: Freakshow would be her last.

Fans have been responding overwhelming positively to the news of Gaga’s casting.

The show is set to premier sometime later this year in October.

Countdown To Vegas: 6 Memorable Britney Performances

Britney-Spears-Snake-900-600Only six days left until we are in Las Vegas, NV. for Britney SpearsBritney: Piece of Me show. To coincide with the countdown we put together a list of the icon’s most memorable performances of her career… so far!

Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 with her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 debut single “…Baby One More Time“, Britney Spears has delivered some of the most iconic and memorable stage performances our generation has seen. From show stopping classroom dance battles to a sexy snake charming routine, Britney has a dominating stage presence that is only rivaled by the likes Madonna and Janet Jackson.

6. …Baby One More Time LIVE at the 1999 VMAs

In 1999, a young-faced Britney stormed out from behind a set of lockers and struck a pose that would be forever ingrained into the minds of fans across the globe. This performance was just a taste of what Britney planned on bringing to the MTV Video Music Awards in years to come. But, for the time, the performance kept fans more than satisfied. Oh yeah, not to mention after her part of the performance boy band N*Sync took the stage. But, feel free to skip the ending.

5. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Oops!…I Did It Again Live at the 2000 VMAs

Fast forward one year later to the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. It was this year that Britney stole the show. She did so with this show stopping strip tease that was packed full of high energy dancing, great vocals and a level of fierceness that could not have been delivered to the VMA stage by anyone else but Britney. Take a look!

4. The Way You Make Me Feel LIVE at the 30th Anniversary Michael Jackson Special

Some of Britney’s biggest fans aren’t even just regular people like you and I. They are in fact big named celebrities like the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. In 2002, Jackson asked Britney to join him on stage for a special rendition of The Way You Make Me Feel” – one of Jackson’s biggest hits. The performance was one that brought generations together to dance and celebrate the two musicians. Enjoy!

3. Gimme More Live at the 2007 VMAs

“Not every performance can be a good performance. You will have some amazing performances and then you’ll also have some okay ones,” Britney said in her 2008 documentary Britney: For the Record of her 2007 performance of her song “Gimme More”. After shaving her head, beating up a car with an umbrella and basically going a-wall, Britney agreed to open the show. The performance would go down in history as one of the biggest flop performances of not only her career, but in VMA history. Many saw this as a turning point in the world of Britney. And it became one of the most publicized and talked about performances ever. The show saw a 53% jump in viewership from the year before. Behold the power of Britney – even at her worst she still was iconic.

2.Like a Virgin/Hollywood LIVE at the 2003 VMAs

There has only been one artist who has had the privilege to perform alongside both Michael Jackson and Madonna – Britney Spears. Not only did Britney get the chance to perform with Madonna, but she also KISSED her in what would become one of the most talked about female to female kisses of all time. The media frenzy that erupted after THE KISS was unprecedented. Controversy has always surrounded Britney, but the kiss took her to a whole new level of syndication. Oh yeah, Christina Aguilera was there too, but no one cared and still doesn’t. #SorryChristina

1. I’m a Slave 4 U LIVE at the 2001 VMAs

Despite her controversial 2000 VMA striptease, Britney was still struggling with separating herself with the “good innocent girl next door” image she had built up for herself with her first two albums. However, her 2001 debut performance of her hit song “I’m a Slave 4 U” would do just that. The performance was a perfect representation of everything that makes Britney Spears one of the greatest performers of our time – high energy dance moves, great visuals and sexy costumes. But, perhaps the most iconic and memorable moment of the performance was when Spears strutted across the stage wearing a live yellow boa constrictor named Banana. The image of her singing and dancing across the stage with the snake has been used and redone many times in popular culture since. Behold, the best of Spears with her 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U”.