Music’s magical moments

2011-12-23 12:28

The world must thank the guy(s) who broke Adele’s heart.

Her catharsis through song became a matter of international interest thanks to 21, her breakup requiem.

In just 11 months the 23-year-old British soul singer from Tottenham moved 13 million copies of her second album wordwide – outselling every artist that released in 2011.

She sold more than 160?000 copies in South Africa.

After being snubbed at the MTV VMAs and the EMAs, where her multiple nominations failed to convert into a single trophy, Billboard magazine named Adele artist of the year last week.

Her anthemic single Rolling in the Deep was announced as best song of 2011 by MTV.

Going to the Grammys next year she sits with six nominations.

In a year of mixed fortunes (mostly good), the contralto had surgery to remove a benign growth in her throat and wasn’t allowed to speak for weeks never mind sing.

Always clad in black, there’s no stopping her?– she has also just released a critically acclaimed live DVD recorded at the Royal Albert Hall.

All hail the Queen of Pain.

If ever there were doubting Thomases of Beyonce’s talent, this was their year of conversion. The hitmaking singer, songwriter and dancer proved her worth consistently throughout 2011 with performances that have found a place in the annals of music history.

The simple act of a giggly musician unbuttoning her sparkly jacket to rub her growing tummy became a defining moment of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

She set social websites on fire and got tongues wagging. On May 22 at the Billboard Awards she donned a skimpy silver number in which she premiered the swashbuckling live performance of Who Runs The World (Girls).

Virtual duplicates of the singer appeared on the screen. Some 100 back-up dancers joined in the performance.

A career highlight came in the form of a headline act at the prestigious Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK where Beyonce performed from a pyramid stage a 90 minute set to a crowd of over 175 000.

The performance of End of Time was beamed live on the American west coast at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Since August South Africans have been under the spell of a 24 year old guitar strumming village girl from the Eastern Cape.

Zahara from Phumlani village near East London emerged as a music phenomenon.

She came at a time when record companies had to make peace with the fact that selling 25 000 copies of a CD was a mean feat.

Zahara moved over 100 000 copies in the first month of release in August and currently sits on over 300 000, figures that were last seen during the glory days of the CD.

Today’s challenge of free downloads and music sharing and piracy is robbing the music industry of these sensational numbers.

This weekend she is billed to perform with a mini philharmonic orchestra at the Durban Jazz Festival and collaborate with Tsepo Tshola.

Could she be the saviour of local music? Her debut album Loliwe earned her four awards so far, a Feather Award for best female musician, three Metro FM Music Awards for song of the year, best female and best single for his collaboration with DJ Sbu on Lengoma.

And now for the SA Music Awards...

.Katy Perry equalled Michael Jackson’s record of having five number one singles from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100.

She is the first woman ever and second artist in the 53 years of the Billboard charts to receive the honour.

Teenage Dream clinched it for her with chart toppers Teenage Dream, Firework, California Gurls featuring Snoop Dogg, E.T. and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).

Only Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake came close to this record with just four hits respectively. The record was held by Jackson from his 1987 album Bad.

Last week Forbes magazine named Perry one of the biggest female earners this year along with Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. She put $44million in her kitty after a successful 2011.

.Since Missy Elliot was named top rap artist on the Billboard charts in 2000 no other woman has clinched this spot, that’s until Nicki Minaj came along.

The Trinidad-and-Tobago born and New York based rapper is tied at the top spot with Lil Wayne, beating Drake and Kanye West.

The release of her album Pink Friday propelled her to the high rolling class of rap royalty. Her quirky dress sense and the famous booty - plus her talent behind the mic spitting rhymes - made her a standout act in a genre dominated by men.

Her song Super Bass came second in the MTV poll of best song of 2011 behind Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and ahead of We Found Love by Rihanna.

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