Category: You Oughtta Know


Is this really a surprise? This was the year of Adele! The British songtress was everywhere this year with her second album 21. Released in February, 21 is one of the only top selling albums of 2011 actually released in 2011 (most were released at the tail end of 2010) going on to become 5X Platinum.

 It all started with the monster hit “Rolling in the Deep” in which Adele sings about a wayward relationship. The Motown –esque hit became huge and topped charts around the globe. The single was a great representation of the album as every track mirrored the same template: a piano lead, heavy bass assisted track paired with hair raising vocals and lyrics to die for.

The album, as a whole, is a masterpiece showcasing what music can be. When asked what inspired the sound Adele simply responded “I make music for your ears. Nothing else”. And my o my, did she ever! The second single “Someone Like You” also remained at the top of the charts and inspired many covers.

In fact, the singles are STILL on the charts after almost a year! In this industry, it’s almost unheard of for a second time artist! Not only is she making a statement for great music everywhere, but it definitely doesn’t hurt that Adele doesn’t have the stereotypical pop singer figure. She’s big, beautiful, and has no regrets.

I CANNOT wait for 24!!!

I had to reread my review of this album, because when thinking of this list, I really tossed her back and forth from #2 to #1. My opinions written when the album first came out still ring true. I absolutely LOVE this album! Beyonce turned away from her usual dance anthem hits and sang songs about love, loss, and everything in between. I’ve sung each track in the shower, in the car, and on the treadmill at the gym.

The only downside to this album is there are almost no dance hits. You have “Countdown”, “End of Time”, and “Party” that are ok in the club, but nothing like “Single Ladies” or “Get Me Bodied”.  It seemed as though Bey was ready to sit down in front of a mic and sing. That’s it. And while that seemed to be true, the songs were still amazing! The first hint that the album wouldn’t be all dancy is the title: 4. Simple, sweet, and classic.

I’m sure to be playing jams like “Love On Top”, “Start Over”, and “I Miss You” for years to come. It’s a timeless album that ensured Beyonce’s reign as the top diva! Every single time I turn the album on, I get ready to sway, swoon, and cry all at the same time.

2011 was definitely a great year for Beyonce! She not only had one of the best albums of the year, but also announced her pregnancy! Get it Bey! I’m definitely looking forward to her next offering.

Her new calling card is “It’s Britney Bitch” and Femme Fatale is certainly reaffirms just that! With her third, post-crazy album, Britney brings that same pop style with a little R&B flair. Many thought Circus was just a fluke, I mean any pop icon can come out with one hit album but two? Not at all! The album is a triumph that puts all the naysayers to shame.

With production from some of the biggest names in the game (DarkChild, Star Gate, Dr. Luke, wil.i.am just to name a few) each track is better than the last. The album went on to be Britney’s 6th #1, making her the youngest female with the most #1 Albums. The girl just keeps on breaking records.

For me, this album was not only great because of the music. Of course, the music does help. The album is chocked full of dance hits like “Til the World Ends”, “Hold it Against Me”, and “I Wanna Go”. There are also some really cute mid tempo tracks like “Inside Out”, “Criminal”, and my personal favorite “Trip to Your Heart”.

But this album makes the top 3 of 2011 because it’s another plot point in one of the most amazing Hollywood stories we’ll ever get to know. Britney has been singing and dancing since she was a toddler, now at age 30 her career is still hot as ever. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.

Go Britney!!!