Looks like the NFL is pulling out all the stops for this years Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans as far as the entertainment is concerned. Alicia Keys has now been booked to perform this year’s national anthem according to the Associated Press. Keys is set to kick off the Super Bowl festivities with “The Star Spangled Banner” February 3rd. Alicia officially joins the club of her superstar peers such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé all of whom have had the most memorable renditions of the famous anthem.
As you know Beyoncé along with Destiny’s Child will serve as this year’s Super Bowl Halftime entertainment. Official confirmation of Alicia Keys Super Bowl performance will be announced within the coming days from now. Still praised as the best rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” check out the late great Whitney Houston below:
If you weren't watching the Showtime season finales of Dexter and Homeland (guilty for Dexter) or the 49ers/Patriots Sunday night, then you were probably checking out VH1 Divas. If you were in the former group (or, you know, not watching TV at all), then check out a couple of the performances you missed with a tribute to Whitney Houston above featuring Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona, and Ledisi - and then a tribute to Donna Summer by Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, and Adam Lambert below. The last video is Ciara, performing a little MJ and her new single "Got Me Good". For more, including Iggy Azalea, Kelly Clarkson, and Pitbull, visit VH1.com.
Yes Adele finally did the unmentionable! After shutting down every artist on Billboard 200 in 2011 and a large portion throughout 2012, the talented diva’s 21 has reached the 10 million mark in sales in the US. This feat has earned her a place in the best selling artist of the last 20 years. This week the album sold 28k copies, totaling up 21’s sales well over 10.02 millions since its release February 22, 2011.
Ironically 21 became the 21st album to sale 10 million since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991. Adele’s 21 is the lasted album to sell over 10 million copies in a shorter time span. The last album to sell over 10 million copies in a short time span was ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached, which sold over 10 million in its 43rd week. The last album to sell over 10 million copies was Usher’sConfessions. Only it took that album much longer to sell over 10 millions copies. Adele joins the club of divas like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, who are no strangers to selling multiple albums from their discography to reach Diamond Status.
Do you know how amazing this achievement is? It’s rare in the current climate that the record industry is in for an album to sell 10 million copies. Album sells have experienced a decline over the last seven years. Which is why Adele going diamond is a huge accomplishment. Tip to our struggling R&B acts (who I won’t name) the Adult Contemporary audience buys albums! Rather then trying to achieve a quick Hot 100 hit with a pop single, reach for the stars and drop something that’s a classic rather then the flavor of the month.
If Beyoncé and Mariah Carey sign on for this my life is a wrap. I am for sure looking forward to this tribute and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need multiple boxes of tissues. I think we can all agree there will never be another Whitney Houston. Her ability to wrap a lyric and melody with genuine heartfelt passion with her larger then life voice was truly a gift. If you would like to attend this event tickets will be on sale from Ticket Master.
As you know with the passing of any icon there is always a label there to cash out or either to simply treat the fans to something special. I’m just going to assume that’s the case with this newly announced Whitney Houston greatest hits release.
Today the late great Whitney Houston’s label released the album artwork and track list for her upcoming greatest hits compilation, I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston.
The Best of Whitney Houston will include newly remastered versions of 'How Will I know', 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', 'I Have Nothing', and 'So Emotional'. Fans will also be treated to an unreleased track titled ‘Never Give Up.' The Best of Whitney Houston will be available for you to pick up on November 13th. Check out the track list below:
1. You Give Good Love
2. Saving All My Love for You
3. How Will I Know? (Remastered)
4. Greatest Love of All
5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Remastered)
6. Didn’t We Almost Have It All 7. So Emotional (Remastered)
8. Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
9. I’m Your Baby Tonight
10. All the Man That I Need
11. I Will Always Love You
12. I’m Every Woman
13. I Have Nothing (Remastered)
14. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
15. I Believe in You and Me (Film Version)
16. My Love Is Your Love
17. I Look to You (with R. Kelly)
18. Never Give Up
As I little bonus check out one of my favorite unreleased Whitney Houston songs 'Feels So Good.'
Today would have been the legendary divas 49th birthday. It’s been six months since the pop icons untimely passing. Whitney Houston who was “The Voice” of the music industry possessed a voice no singer could compete with. Possessing a booming belt and to a soft tone that adapted well to both Pop and Urban radios. Whitney Houston’s label RCA, also announced that they would be releasing a greatest hits album from the last diva due this fall. Houston will make her final on-screen performance in Sparkle out August 18th in theaters.
Also while you have time check out Whitney in one of her finest moments! I promise you'll get chills.