When the first version of the Band Aid collective’s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded in 1984, the studio session became a media event in of itself. Starting at 9 a.m., journalists watched closely as music superstars like U2‘s Bono, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Genesis drummer Phil Collins and Sting filed into the studio.
So on November 15, as new and established musicians alike arrived at London’s Notting Hill to record a new version of the song, this time raising awareness on the current ebola crisis, the media noticed that one notable artist was reportedly missing – Adele.
Despite announcements that she was among the dozen-plus participating artists, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” co-writer Bob Geldof (above, far right) said that Adele never responded to his request, according to The Independent. More »
Whether you view holiday staple “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by the Band Aid collective as a guilty pleasure or Christmas classic, chances are, if it’s a significant anniversary year following the charity single’s original release, songwriters Bob Geldof and Midge Ure will be orchestrating an updated version with a whole new set of voices.
Case in point: It was announced this week that Geldof and Ure will be recording the fourth version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” this Saturday (November 15) in London, to coincide with the song’s 30th anniversary, and to raise money for Ebola relief in West Africa. You won’t have to wait too long to hear the update, either — it’s being released on Monday…as in two days later. More »
This is — hands down — the weirdest music beef of 2014. Phil Collins surprised everyone earlier this year when he revealed that he was writing songs for Adele‘s new album. It sounded like an odd pairing in theory and obviously didn’t pan out too well in practice either. It seems the ’80s hitmaker simply didn’t hear back from the mega-selling songbird. Ouch.
“[Adele] got hold of me and asked if I would write with her,” Phil told Q magazine. “She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first I didn’t know if I’d failed the audition as I didn’t hear back from her.” This is where it gets a little/a lot messy. “She said, ‘no, no, I’m moving house and the baby’s taking up a lot of my time, I’m not actually doing anything at the moment’.”
“And now I’ve heard there’s a [new album] coming out,” the 63-year-old continues. “I’m not on it, I know that.” Well, that’s incredibly awkward. His verdict? “She’s a slippery little fish is Adele.” More »
Aretha Franklin‘s mash-up of Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” and Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” went viral after the legendary soul singer performed it on the Late Show With David Letterman. Commentators didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about her performance or ensemble but I think it’s an unfathomably entertaining trainwreck that demands multiple viewings.
I feel the same way about the seemingly unnecessary remix package. There’s something so wrong about a soaring house remix of an Adele ballad performed by Aretha Franklin that just makes it more fun. Wideboys do the best job of turning the lead single from Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics into a furious floorfiller. Check out the English duo’s camp handiwork after the jump. More »
Well, this is disappointing. Adele‘s follow-up to mega-selling sophomore LP 21 isn’t due until 2015 — at the earliest. It was initially thought that the Grammy-winning Brit would drop new music before the end of the year but that has been ruled out by her label XL Recordings. The news was significant enough to be detailed in the company’s financial reports, which were tracked down by the New York Times.
There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014 and consequently there will be a fall in XL’s turnover and profits,” the document reads. “Nevertheless, the directors are confident that by pursuing management policies… XL will continue to achieve success with other artists.” It’s a blow for XL Recordings and the music industry as a whole given 21‘s blockbuster sales tally of 25+ million copies. To put things into perspective, no act has shifted 10 million copies worldwide in 2014. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Adele‘s breakthrough album, 21, was released in 2011 to massive chart-topping success. Fast-forward to almost four years later, and the singer is still making money from the record – up to $128K to be exact! She’ll soon have even more money coming in, as her third album is to be released next year. [ONTD]
:: Beyonce has thrown her fair share of shade throughout her career, but who knew her hubby Jay Z was capable of the same? On a recent trip to The Louvre museum in Paris, a onlooker asked who the rapper is. His response was a quick and sly, “Who are you?” Watch it for yourself here. [Gawker]
:: Nicole Scherzinger may be gearing up for an album release soon, but that’s not stopping her from acting! She’ll be making her West End debut in the Cats musical, starring as “Glamour Cat” Grizabella. The show will run for 12 weeks at London’s Palladium, beginning in December. [Just Jared]
:: Remember Miley Cyrus‘ MTV VMA date, Jesse Helt? Well the young man (who gave a speech about homelessness) has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating his probation. His attorney (hired by Cyrus) asked the judge to grant Helt leniency and give him a second chance. [Pop Crush]
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Aretha Franklin made headlines this week thanks to her new cover of Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep,” and her Late Show With David Letterman performance of the song, which earned the Queen Of Soul some mixed reactions. She was back on the promo trail this morning, where she performed “Rolling In The Deep” on the TODAY show. She also sat down for a brief chat, during which she gave props to the diva who originated the smash hit.
“I said, I could have fun and have a good time with that, too, because I love the song,” Franklin said “[Adele]‘s a terrific artist and a wonderful writer. Very, very heavy writer.” More »
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics (due October 21) is a Clive Davis-curated covers album featuring tracks made famous by big-lunged female vocalists like Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and Adele. Sounds like a great fit for the Queen of Soul, right? Well, last night’s (September 29) performance on the Late Show With David Letterman might change your mind.
The 72-year-old bravely mashed Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” but it wasn’t exactly a triumph. In fact, the video immediately went viral — generating nasty comments about Aretha’s voice and appearance. Trolls even came for Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, who sang backing vocals (out of time with the rest of the choir). This isn’t the R&B legend’s finest moment but her lower register was on fire. The high notes, however, are best left unmentioned. Watch up top. More »
Aretha Franklin is releasing her 39th studio LP on September 30. Wait… what? The news comes as a surprise because the queen of soul is kind of ‘doing a Beyonce‘ — the album isn’t a total secret but details are heavily guarded. Clive Davis, who is overseeing production for Arista Records, did, however, shed some light on the tantalizing project for Billboard.
For starters, it’s a concept album. Aretha will cover classic songs by fellow divas including Adele, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Etta James and Diana Ross. “[The diva's] new album is purely and simply sensational,” Clive says of the unexpected opus. “She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form. What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice.” My iPod is ready. More »
Did you buy an album last year? There’s a 13% chance it was made by a Brit.
According to the BPI, albums recorded by British artists accounted for one in every eight albums sold during the 2013 sales year, including One Direction‘s Midnight Memories (the highest selling British album of 2013) and Take Me Home, Mumford & Sons‘ Babel and Adele‘s 21.
And that’s not all! According to The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo, British artists have accounted for the year’s top-selling album in the world for the past six out of seven years, including Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream, Adele’s 21 and 1D’s Midnight Memories. More »