It seems like this past week in entertainment was the season to be jolly, get engaged, release new music, and announce the album queen of the year!
Two days after Christmas, B.O.B served us up with a late Christmas gift with his second single, “Play the Guitar” featuring Andre 3000. Before listening to the song, you already have an ounce of excitement knowing that your ears will be graced with the voice of hip-hop veteran Andre 3000. As soon as the beat starts your involuntary head bob begins. There’s no miss with this song. B.O.B has taken his craft to the next level. This song shows us that he has truly found his sound, perfectly mixing the Hip-Hop ingredients with rock spices. Andre 3000 puts the icing on the cake and takes it home for their listeners. Take a listen below and let us know what you think.
Tis’ the perfect season to pop the question! John Legend was elated to hear the answer, “Yes” from model Chrissy Teigen. “The lovely couple got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives,” the R&B singer’s rep, Cindi Berger confirmed to People Magazine. It’s always refreshing to see the love of two people grow into a beautiful commitment such as marriage. I am looking forward to seeing the wedding photos in the near future. The High Up and Aspire Online Media family congratulate the couple on their engagement.
It is no surprise who the crowned queen of 2011 music is. Adele conquered music in 2011 with her album “21”. In every artist’s career, they dread the possibility of a sophomore slump. Released in February, Adele’s album defied those odds and soared into iconic horizons. In barely 11 months, she has sold more than any artist in the world, currently stepping into 13 million albums sold worldwide. Her songs express the stories of a heart that had been broken accompanied by a rare and authentic voice and delivery. She is truly one of a kind. Although she has experienced trials with her voice throughout the year, forcing her at times to cancel shows and tours, she has still managed to take the number one slot effortlessly. With no hesitation, I can say that she will be here for years to come. We can only hope that she has a successful recovery that will keep her where she belongs – on stage and in our hearts.
With the New Year upon us full throttle, we are curious to see how HIGH entertainment and music will take us in the coming months. Keep it plugged for more entertainment and music news right here at The HIGH UP.
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From the numerous baby announcements to the birth of iconic music, we can all agree that there hasn’t been a dull moment in the world of entertainment in 2011. Before we leap into the exciting possibilities of the New Year, it is best that we reflect on the priceless memories we’ve left in the previous year. Below are my top most memorable moments of 2011:
1. The Baby Bump Heard Around The World
There are a few moments in Pop Culture history where you can remember the exact thing you were doing. The second Beyonce revealed her baby bump on the MTV awards during her “Love on Top” performance, I knew that this would qualify as one of those moments. I remember sitting in front of my laptop trying to pick up the online live feed to capture the awards since I was having cable trouble at the time. Thankfully, it decided to work at that very moment. Twitter was flooded with comments and on the verge of crashing down the popular social platform. This was the baby bump heard around the world. I believe in 2012, we will be fighting for a chance to see the arrival of the precious new born of the power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. In 2011 we also witnessed baby announcements from Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff who are both expecting their babies to arrive any day now.
2. The Unveiling of “Dem Babies”
This year was the year of the baby. After keeping us on our toes for six months, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey revealed their twins, Morracon and Monroe in class with Barber Walters on “20/20”. Watch this momentous occasion below. Other couples to bring children into the world in 2011 were Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz and Pink and husband Carey Hart to name a few.
3. Occupy The World
We witnessed a movement in 2011 that demanded attention. The “Occupy” movement showed the frustrations of the working class around the United States and the world. Troubled with the knowledge that the middle class and poor were suffering so that the rich could maintain their wealth pushed many to take action. I had the pleasure of witnessing this movement first hand in Occupy Atlanta. As the knowledge of this movement grew, celebrities showed up to the various sites across the country to show support. Below are a couple of photos captured of Occupy Wall Street supporters.
4. Music Takes A Turn For The Better
There is no denying that music foreshadowed a shift during the year of 2011. It looks like we are on the road to pure emotion, in depth lyrics and storytelling, and creative instrumentation. We were given a hint when the amazing jazz vocalist and bassist, Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist during this year’s Grammy ceremonies. Considered an independent artist, this was the least expected choice but the most deserving. Not as much of a shocker but equally deserved, Adele landed the highest selling album in the U.S of the year with her sophomore release, “21”. A masterpiece to say the least with vulnerable vocals and emotion throughout the album and instrumentation that vibrated through the soul. If this is any hint of what may seep into the New Year, the sound waves will truly be music to my ears.
Looking back on all the moments that we’ve witnessed in 2011, there are too many to list on one page. I am thankful that we were able to witness these moments to be able to one-day say, “ I remember when…” As the clock struck twelve and 2011 became a thing of the past, we are now able to take what we’ve learned and experienced with us so that the best days of our past can be the lowest we see in the future. Happy New Year to you and yours from the Aspire Online Media family!
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On Tuesday, October 11th, the American Music Awards (AMAs) announced the nominees for the 39th annual award ceremony. With no surprise, Adele is wrapping up the year leading in the number of nominations. The amazing “Someone Like You” artist has dubbed the best selling album of the year and has dominated the charts across the board. Adele is nominated for artist of the year, favorite female artist, favorite album, and favorite adult contemporary artist. Adele will compete against Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry , and Lady Gaga for artist of the year.
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On Tuesday it was announced that Adele has canceled her upcoming U.S. tour due to a hemorrhage in her vocal chord. This news came from Adele, herself and her label. This is a huge set back for the singer who was looking forward to kicking off the tour on Oct. 7 in Atlantic City. The tour was positioned to cover much of the South and Texas over ten dates and had been sold out. In a statement, Columbia Records said Adele’s doctors advised her to rest her voice for an “extended rest period”. Adele provided a more blunt explanation stating, “My voice is weak and I need to build it back up,” and “I’m gonna be starting up vocal rehab soon to start building my overall stamina in my voice, body, and mind.”
Adele assures her fans that when she has recovered, she promises to “smash the ball out of the park”. Her full statement:
“Singing is literally my life, it’s my hobbie, my love, my freedom and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever. I have great confidence in believing you know how much this upsets me, how seriously I take it and how truly devastated and annoyed I am by this. Wanting to do something so bad and not being able to is the most frustrating thing as I’m sure you know! my voice is weak and I need to build it back up. I’m gonna be starting up vocal rehab soon, and start building my over all stamina in my voice, body and mind. I will be back and I’m gonna smash the ball out the park once I’m touring again. I apologize from the bottom of my heart, sincerely I do. I know it’s not only disappointing because of the show, but It’s plane tickets, hotel bookings, birthdays, anniversaries and time wasted. But please have faith in me that this is the only thing I can do to make sure I can always sing and always make music for you to the best of my ability. Truly yours and yours only forever, adele xx”
This is not the first time that Adele has had to cancel tour dates due to vocal complications. Earlier this year, Adele was forced to postpone concert dates. Details on makeup dates will be released later for the following tour cities:
Oct. 7: Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Spa & Resort)
Oct. 8: Durham, NC (Durham Performing Arts Center)
Oct. 10: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
Oct. 11: Asheville, NC (Thomas Wolfe Auditorium)
Oct. 13: Orlando, FL (Hard Rock Live)
Oct. 14: Miami, FL (Waterfront Theater at American Airlines Arena)
Oct. 16: Atlanta, GA (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 18: Spring, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Oct. 19: Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)
Oct. 21: Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie)
We at The High Up and AOM hope for Adele’s speedy recovery and return to the place where she belongs – the stage and in our hearts.
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Adele’s road to becoming legendary continues. The talented songstress released her new video for her single “Someone Like You” off her “21” album recently. As a single, “ Someone Like You” has already seen the top of the Billboard 100. The video is a perfect accompaniment to the song. The Jake Nava directed video is shot in black and white and shows Adele walking through Paris. This video is simple yet effective, which adds another layer of vulnerability to the song. Adele’s music already provides an emotional attachment without any visual so it is icing on the cake when we are provided with one. To see more of Adele’s videos, visit her official site at www.adele.tv. Watch Adele’s new video for “Someone Like You” below.
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