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Tunes for Tuesday: Adele’s “25”

I suppose it’s not that big of a shock that Adele’s 25 is only the biggest album in the country right now. Her last album, 21, took the world by storm only a couple of years ago. And Hello became the most watched YouTube video in a matter of days. But reviewers were hesitant to say 25 would be as big as 21. After all, there weren’t any tracks like “Rumor Has It,” with a deep angry drum beat to break up the sad and soft pop. But apparently that wasn’t a stumbling block. As of today, Adele’s newest album has broken the single week album sales record, which was held by ‘NSYNC. The fact of the matter is, most industry watchers assumed those single week sales records late 90s early 2000s records that were held by NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys respectively were simply going to stand forever due to the deep music industry crash that followed, from which it has never recovered.

Why does Adele sell like this? There’s a level of super savvy marketing going on that makes us believe that Adele is somehow less processed and less bubblegum pop than her fellow Katy Perrys and Lady Gagas. But Adele is working with the same people, such as Max Martin, Bruno Mars and Dangermouse.

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Oscars 2013 Fashion Roundup

All hail the Queen of the Red Carpet.

Yes for two years running now, Stacy Keibler has made us all forget she got her start in the WWE and showed up the Oscars as George Clooney’s well behaved escort in the show stopper gown of the night. So far she’s not showing loyalty to any one desginer. Last year she wowed in Marchesa. This year, she went with Naeem Khan. If she manages to keep this up for just a couple of more years (and doesn’t have a bad break up with Clooney), it will make her career.

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Oscars 2013 Roundup

The Oscars have a hosting problem. Billy Crystal is too dated. Most other comics seem to bomb badly. Why Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman aren’t on tap to host ever year is beyond me. And apparently they’re not smart enough to hire Tina Fey and Amy Poehler either. I’m not going to even dignify Seth MacFarlane’s tragic attempt at hosting the Oscars by posting the opening number. Suffice to say that when the best part of it is MacFarlane singing the I-wish-we-were-as-clever-as-South-Park number “We Saw Your Boobs,” complete with painfully bad homophobic jokes, not even Captain Kirk coming back from the future can save you.

This year billed itself as a tribute to Oscar musicals, and as such I had forlorn hopes that we might get a concert a la the Grammys. Sadly, not so much. The “musical” tribute considered of three songs, only one of which was a show stopper. Naturally, that was J.Hud, who seems to have co-opted “And I Am Telling You I’m not Going” from Jennifer Holliday completely.

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Adele’s Skyfall Theme

Bond themes don’t always hit their mark. It’s hard to live up to the iconic sound of Shirley Bassey on “Goldfinger” or “Diamonds Are Forever.” Paul McCartney and (oddly) Duran Duran both found a way to make it work. But for money, Adele’s new song for the opening of the latest Bond movie finally gives us something close to the Bond themes of old.