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

Review: Jessie J at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL

Photo taken by author.

Photo taken by author.

British pop singer Jessie J stripped, strutted and sang her heart out to a sold out show in Miami Beach, Fla. Sunday night.

The doors opened for patrons to enter The Fillmore in Miami Beach, Fla. at around 7:30 p.m. where fans found a series of merchandise tables, concession stands and bars dotted in the venues lobby.

In the main room, at about 8:25 p.m. local DJ and Y100 radio personality DJ Mack spun a series of lively tracks that kept audience members amped up for the main event of the night – Jessie J.

Promptly at about 9 p.m. the British songstress stomped her way onto stage with “Ain’t Been Done” – a song off of her latest album SweetTalker.

The crowd erupted into screams and cheers as Jessie strutted herself down a series of steps in a black tank with “Miami” printed on it.

“This is my first time ever performing in Miami,” Jessie told the fans.

The crowd in the crowd sang, danced and waved their hands as the sing moved through the hour long set of songs.

Noticeably subdued from her typical eccentric style, what Jessie J lacked in presentation she made up for in vocal delivery and crowd interaction.

Several times throughout the night she asked fans to sing a song with her.

At one point she even brought up a fan on stage who had won the chance to sing “Personal” on stage.

“The best moments of the show for me was when she sang with the fans,” said one concert goer after the show.

Photo taken by author.

Photo taken by author.

At about half way through the show, Jessie began to sing her Billboard Hot 100 hit “Price Tag” she asked the band to stop playing and to start over.

“I’m a perfectionist and I actually sing live. I want to start over,” Jessie said to the crowd with a laugh.

The redo went off without any interruptions, besides that of the crowd singing along.

The final song of the night was “Bang Bang” – a song that peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

Before the song started Jessie pulled off her top and strutted her way through the song in just her hotpants and bra.

It was the one moment of the show that the singer’s known eccentric wardrobe choices were showcased.

“Thank you, Miami! I hope to see you again soon! Goodnight!” Jessie said with a fist punch to the air.

To buy tickets to Jessie J’s SweetTalker Tour visit Ticketmaster.com or her official web site.

Living For Love: Madonna is back.

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Like a bitch out of war…

Like a bat out of hell…

Like a fish out of water…

Madonna is back with the first single off of her latest and recently leaked album, Rebel Heart.

“Living For Love” is a perfect reminder to all who question Madge’s relevancy and potential that she is and forever will be the Queen of Pop.

And, as Nicki Minaj once said, there’s only one queen and that’s Madonna, bitchhhhh!

“Living For Love” is a song about moving on from a bad break up (we can all relate).

“I’m living for love, living for love. I’m not giving up. I’m gonna carry on…!

Originally debuting on popular social app SnapChat, the video is a glorious representation of not only the message of the song, but of Madonna’s showmanship as a whole.

Take a look for yourself and behold the greatness that has and always will be Madonna.

The photo featured in this post is courtesy of Madonna.com

Katy Perry and The Great Super Bowl 49 Halftime Show

Before I begin this post I would like to say one thing to all of my 10’s of readers.

Welcome.

We are now living in what is the world after the Katy Perry halftime show.

Welcome.

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Photo courtesy of Reuters. Taken by Lucy Nicholson

On Sunday night, a recording breaking 114.4 million people tuned in to Super 49, according to a NBC Nielsen Scan report.

The viewership surged to 118 million during the “Wide Awake” singer’s show that included cameos from a fresh-faced Lenny Kravitz and an energized Missy Elliot.

Perry’s set showcased exactly what we all love about the “California Girl” – catchy music, a vibrant electrical stage presentation and an undeniable stage presence that left the University of Phoenix Stadium cheering.

Katy’s set opened up with the lead single of her latest album Prism – “Roar“.

“Super bowl are you ready to roar!?”

Perry shouted a top of a ginormous mechanical metallic tiger that was maneuvered across the field by an entourage of people disguised in black body suits (but it looked so real).

Wearing a flame-inspired costume, Perry belted out the Billboard Hot 100 no.1 hit that finished with a massive, well, roar.

Just as soon as the song ended, the stadium transformed from a lion’s den in to an electrical chess board.

Blue colors and lights pulsated throughout the arena as Perry’s dancers, dressed as chess game pieces, began undulating their bodies to “Dark Horse” – the songstress’ latest song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Paired with tight, but minimal, choreography, Perry moves through the song skillfully.

Relying on the back track to deliver most of the song’s lyrical content, Perry let out “oh’s” and “ah’s” for the song and at points, showed her fans that no one can do Katy Perry background vocals better than herself.

It is at this point in the set that Perry is joined by her first guest star of the night – a guitar wielding Lenny Kravitz.

Dropping to her knees and whipping her pony tail several times, Perry was accompanied by Kravitz to sing “I Kissed A Girl” – Perry’s first single to reach no. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2008.

Next, another stage change and a first costume change brought Perry back onto the main platform where she performed a medley of her hits “Teenage Dream” and “California Girls“.

Dressed in a beach-ball themed dress, Perry turned her mic outward to the arena during California Girls and asked the crowd to sing the lyrics.

It was obvious at this point that the arena had been transformed from football fans to “KatyCats” because the response to her music was so unanimous and loud it was as if every single person in the arena knew the lyrics verbatim.

Dancing surfboards, palm trees, beach balls and sharks (left shark slays) all gyrated on stage alongside perry for the beach-side set.

Perry blew through a large portion of her music catalog at this point in the show. So, what does she do? Brings out another artist to sing their songs with – namely Missy Elliot.

Wearing an over-sized “Katy Perry 49” jacket, Perry joined Elliot for renditions of Elliot’s hits “Get Your Freak On” and “Work It“.

Perry’s minimal dancing disappeared to virtually nothing as she swung her arms and dropped her body a few times throughout the set.

However, whatever dance presentation Perry lacked, it was impressively made up for by Elliot and her group of robo-cop dressed dancers.

Like a scene out of a tron video game, Elliot continued on to “Lose Control” while Perry fled off screen.

Delivering rap lyrics atop of the infectious beat of the 2005 dance anthem, Elliot was a moment to be remembered from the entire show.

Flashing her bright smile, Elliot waved to the applauding audience members as the camera moved to another platform.

It was here that Perry began to sing arguably the biggest hit of her career – “Firework“.

Wearing a silver star sequined dress (yes, another costume change), Perry was attached to a floating star.

As she sang the song, her vocals were some of the most impressive live efforts observed by fans from her for quite sometime.

As Perry reached the chorus of the Billboard Hot 100 no. hit, she was lifted across the arena on shooting star as fireworks exploded all around the arena.

It was a spectacle.

“Thank you Super Bowl and God Bless America!”

The powerhouse shouted as the halftime show, that would rival that of Madonna and Beyonce of former years, came to a glittery end.

Watch the full show here and enjoy.

Katy Perry’s Prism was released on October 16th, 2013.