The only genre of music with sales increases was hip-hop, so it makes sense that this genre is one of the most competitive. In fact, it was such a good year for hip-hop that many good releases were overshaddowed by phenomenal ones. Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West released some of the best albums of all time, and Ludacris, Big Boi, and Young Money released stellar Platinum efforts. This gives this year’s Grammy’s so much competition. These are our picks, now comment on this, and tell us yours.
Best Rap Solo Performance
▪ “Over” – Drake
▪ “Not Afraid” – Eminem
▪ “How Low” – Ludacris
▪ “I’m Back” – T.I.
▪ “Power” – Kanye West
Critics loved Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it was named Album of the Year by multiple publications, but because the album was not released in time to be elegible for the Grammys Kanye’s only nomination comes from the album’s lead single the incredible, cocky, and high-production Power.
The best track on this list is Drake’s Over. The top ten hit’s sweeping orchestral mix and fast pacing lyrics defintely proved that Drake is one of the best rappers of all time.
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
▪ “Shutterbugg” – Big Boi & Cutty
▪ “Fancy” – Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
▪ “On To The Next One” – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
▪ “My Chick Bad” – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
▪ “Lose My Mind” – Young Jeezy & Plies
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Dance music make a triumphant return; whether you attribute that to Lady Gaga or all the house music played on Jersey Shore is up to you. We made are picks, check ’em out and tell us what you think.
Best Dance Recording
▪ “Rocket” – Goldfrapp
▪ “In for the Kill” – La Roux
▪ “Dance in the Dark” – Lady Gaga
▪ “Only Girl (In the World)” – Rihanna
▪ “Dancing on My Own” – Robyn
In what will most likely be the most exciting category of the night it seems as though Electronic artist Goldfrapp stands no chance; the category will most likely go down to the other four divas. La Roux’s In For The Kill is lacking without the Kanye West verse he added on the remix, and Lady Gaga’s Dance in the Dark was praised in reviews of her album The Fame Monster last year, but the song lacks the popularity for Academy members to select it. The category will most likely come down to the commerical pick (Rihanna) and the indie fav (Robyn).
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Both Britney Spears’s first single and Kanye West and Jay-Z’s collaboration single will be released the same day, Tues. Jan 11.
Above we have the album artwork for Britney’s first single Hold It Against Me. Earlier today we posted the artwork for Kanye and Jay-Z’s single H.A.M. Did anyone else notice that the intials for “Hold it Against Me” are HAM. Just us?
Well we could not be more excited for Brit’s album, but after Yeezy released his monster of an album, 2010’s Dark Fantasy we cannot wait for his either.
Neither album, has been given an offical release date.
What do you think? Who’s song are you picking up?
Pop-diva Rihanna was spotted shopping L.A. this week.
Its going to be a busy month for the pop star. She is releasing the third single from her album Loud entitled S&M, prepping the release of Kanye West’s All of the Lights for which she sings the chorus, filming the music video for her Nicki Minaj collaboration Fly and launching her first fragrence Rebel Fellur.
This is the first picture coming from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s highly anticipated collaboration album Watch the Throne.
It is for the album’s first single H.A.M.
The album and the single have yet to be given an offical release date.
What do you think? Are you excited for Throne?
As projected 2010 had another music sales decline. This was driven by illegal downloads and peer-to-peer sharing.
The music industry was provided with one bright spot in 2010, from Rap. The genre which has in the past been driven by illegal downloads and mixtapes showed a 3% increase in 2010 reaching total sales of 27.3 million units. 3% increase in album sales is not something to brag about, but in a year where CD sales were down more than 20% it was a pleasant suprise to industry execs. Rap album sales have been on decline since 2005 where they sold 75.1 million units.
The genre was the home of the year’s top-selling album Eminem’s Recovery. The album, which was Eminem’s seventh sold 3.415 million copies. The other top rap sellers came from Drake’s Thank Me Later which sold 1.27 million copies. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Lil Wayne’s Rebirth and I Am Not A Human Being each pushed more than 650,000 copies this year.
Another bright spot for the genre came from newcomer Nicki Minaj who sold nearly 400,000 copies of her album Pink Friday in November. The album has since been certified platnium.
This is really great! Congrats!
What do you think? What albums did you buy in 2010?
Our favorite Barbadian, Rihanna, will be releasing a collaboration with Kanye West, All of the Lights from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as the diva’s next single. The song will be released to radio January 11th.
THATS NOT ALL! Rihanna will be releasing her next single from her solo album Loud, the song will be the follow-up to her two #1 singles for Only Girl and What’s My Name, but her next single is SOOO good, we are sure it will exceed expectations
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