My comment about Beyonce not being a good singer was misunderstood ~Santana

“I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand,” he says.

Adding, “My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best. Carlos”

While some commenters agree with his stance or don’t feel he needed to respond to the interview, others think he should have addressed what was said about Beyonce’s singing abilities.

“Adele and Beyoncé have very different singing styles but to say that Beyoncé is not a singer is very disrespectful to her and all of the contributions that she has made to music,” said a Catherine White Walker. “Even if you believe the Grammys got it right no need to disrespect a fellow artist.”

Another person noted, “You’re still missing the point. Initially you denigrated and dismissed Beyoncé’s extraordinary vocal abilities, and reduced her as something to look at. As though her exceptional performance ability is an ‘instead of’ rather than ‘as well as’.”

No word from Adele or Beyonce’s camps.

If you’re wondering what that faint sound is, it’s the Beyhive attacking rock legend Carlos Santana for bold comments he made about Beyoncé’s singing abilities.

When asked by The New Zealand Herald why Adele won Best Song, Record and Album of the Year for 25 over Beyoncé’s Lemonade at the Grammys on Sunday, the Mexican-American guitarist concluded it’s about vocal prowess.

“I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing,” Santana said. “With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music — music to model a dress — she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”

“Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins,” Santana, who has won 10 Grammy awards, added.

 

As Twitter noted during the show, there are many singers—Beyonce included—who can out-sing Adele. There is also an elevated experience concertgoers expect when attending shows. The fact that Adele deviates from the status quo is great, be doesn’t warrant accolades over someone who puts in the extra effort to deliver, time after time.

Here’s a thought. Carlos, it’s probably not about semantics and vocal ability. It’s about old-fashioned racism. And it’d be great if a fellow person of color confronted that and stop placating for White approval.

 

 

-Essence

Adele breaks her Grammy, gives the other half to Beyonce

In scenes reminiscent of Mean Girls, Adele broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half on stage at the award ceremony on Sunday night so she could give the crowning part to Beyoncé.

Adele, who also won the Song of the Year award, explained how she felt Lemonade was a more deserving winner than her own 25.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said during her acceptance speech. “The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”

She later added backstage: “I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”

Adele may have gotten the idea from Mean Girls, in which Lindsay Lohan’s protagonist Cady Heron breaks her Spring Fling queen crown into pieces and hands them to the other contestants (though the speaker part of the Grammy actually unscrews).

It is essentially de rigueur to extol Beyoncé at award shows by this point, Kanye West having famously intervened during one of Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance speeches to point out that B is the more deserving winner.

Adele won the night’s biggest awards, though there were also multiple wins for Chance the Rapper and Drake. Beyoncé picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.

 

 

-Independent

Singer Adele opens up about her postpartum disorder and fame

In a new Vanity Fair cover story, singer Adele discusses fame and also opens up about her struggles with postpartum depression, a disorder that strikes hundreds of thousands of women each year.

“I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life,” the star said of the birth of her son, Angelo, now 4.
Born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, the 28-year-old has won 10 Grammys as well as an Oscar for the title song from the James Bond film “Skyfall.”
“You can’t talk about the downside of fame, because people have hope, and they cling to the hope of what it would be like to be famous, to be adored, to be able to create and do nice things,” she told Vanity Fair.
The singer and Angelo’s dad, Simon Konecki, her boyfriend of the past five years, also co-parent his daughter from a previous marriage.

Inadequacy following birth

“My knowledge of postpartum — or post-natal, as we call it in England — is that you don’t want to be with your child,” Adele tells Vanity Fair. “You’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job.”
According to the magazine, she struggled with these feelings of inadequacy for a time after giving birth to Angelo.
“I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me,” she said. “I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant.”
Though Konecki suggested she confide in other women, Adele initially refused. Still, she found herself “gravitating towards pregnant women and other women with children, because I found they’re a bit more patient.”
She did not take antidepressants for her condition, instead finding help by talking about her feelings with other women. “Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it.”
“Eventually, I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the f**k I want without my baby,” Adele said. Though questioned by her friends, she did it anyway.
“They thought everyone would think they were a bad mom, and it’s not the case. It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time.”
Adele also acknowledges that she’s “very available to depression” and can slip in and out of the dark mood quite easily.
“The music I’ve always been drawn to is sad. I’ve always been pretty melancholy. Obviously not as much in my real life as the songs are, but I have a very dark side,” she told Vanity Fair. “It started when my granddad died, when I was about 10, and while I never had a suicidal thought, I have been in therapy, lots.
“One day I said to a friend, ‘I f**kin’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f**kin’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted,” Adele said, adding that she hasn’t felt so poorly since she “snapped out of” her postpartum depression.
-CNN

Adele blames her horrible performance at the grammys on mic and piano

It was impossible not to notice.

Adele sounded off. Really off.

Less than a minute into her Grammys performance of the ballad “All I Ask,” the singer seemed to falter, not quite hitting the highs the song demands. Adele, who wore a sparkling crimson gown and stood with just a spotlight behind her, had no back-up singers, no dancers and no band to cover for her. In the cold, unkind light of national television, Adele sounded flat.

And in the era of Auto-Tune and lip-synching, Tweets began to debate whether The Voice wasn’t as heaven-sent as it seemed to be. Or did Adele’s famous nerves get to her? Or was it a re-emergence of the polyp that had once wreaked such havoc on her vocal chords?

The explanation, the singer tweeted almost immediately after Monday’s Grammys had concluded, was a piano mic, which fell onto the piano strings:

Video of the performance backs up Adele’s contention. A few seconds in, the piano begins to sound like a strum — in the right key, but definitely not sounding right. After a few beats, it seems to correct itself. But you could almost see the singer wince at the first bad notes, and she never seemed to recover.

Compare the performance to her perfect delivery of the same song in New York in December.

The good news: Adele will be fine. Update: The Recording Academy, Variety reported, took full responsibility for the mic mishap, adding, in a statement to reporters, “To Adele’s credit, she killed it.” And she’ll probably continue to: As of the beginning of this month, her album, “25,” was nearing 8 million copies sold.

 

 

 

 

-Washington post

Adele tell Donald Trump off her music

Record-breaking star joins long list of musicians – including Neil Young, REM and Aerosmith – who have asked presidential hopeful to leave their songs alone

Donald Trump may be a fan of Adele, but the pop star is no fan of the Republican presidential front runner.

The outspoken candidate, who is facing his first electoral test in the Iowa caucus, has been using Adele’s hits Rolling in the Deep and Skyfall, the singer’s James Bond theme, at his political rallies.

Trump’s appropriation of Adele’s music has perplexed some of her fans. One fan tweeted she was “offended on Adele’s behalf”, while another asked: “Does Adele know that Donald Trump plays her songs at his rallies? I have a feeling she would not be pleased.”

The property tycoon, who is known to millions of Americans through the US version of The Apprentice, annoyed many Adele fans when he jumped the queue at a concert she gave at the Radio City Music Hall in November.

Now the singer has become the latest pop star to tell Trump to stop pinching her tunes for his campaign.

That should come as no surprise to the Trump campaign. In 2011, Adele called David Cameron “a wally”, describing herself as a “Labour girl through and through”.

Neil Young and the Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler have also told Trump to stop using their music. Attorneys for Tyler sent a cease and desist letter to Trump’s campaign committee, which said Trump did “not have our client’s permission to use Dream On” or any of Tyler’s other songs and that it “gives the false impression that he is connected with, or endorses, Mr Trump’s presidential bid”.

 

 

 

-The Guardian

Adele’s Hello still soaring through the records

It’s been nearly two months since 25 was released, but don’t fret, Adele fans: the English singer/songwriter is still breaking records.

The video for her iconic song Hello — flip phone and all — is now the quickest video to reach 1 billion views on Vevo, according to her label XL Recordings. The video had already smashed through the record for most views on Vevo in 24 hours with 27.7 million (beating Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, which had 20.1 million views).

The singer worked with filmmaker Xavier Dolan on the music video, which was shot in the Montreal countryside. “I was imagining something simple: a girl who is stumbling upon accessories in her house that are reminders of her past love, and going back into a relationship that is slowly going awry,” explained Dolan to Entertainment Weekly on the music video.

Since her third record’s November 20 release, Adele has been breaking records left and right. From most records sold in a week (3.3 million) to most downloads for a song in a week (for Hello), she’s blown away even the most aggressive projections of 25′s performance. Hello also topped the Billboard 100 for 10 consecutive weeks before being dethroned by Justin Bieber’s Sorry last week.

Records aside, Adele was happy about how the Hello video turned out. “[Dolan] had me crying and acting…and I’m really, really proud of it,” said the singer to Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio station (via E! Online). “It’s not like a groundbreaking video in terms of effects and dance moves, but it’s my best video and I’m so proud of it.”

Hello still has a ways to go to claim the title as the most-viewed video on Vevo ever. That honor goes to Taylor Swift’s Blank Space, which currently boasts 1.4 billion views. However, if Hello can stay even close to on track, it’s only a matter of time.

‘Sorry’ Dethrones ‘Hello’- Top Hot 100

Adele’s “Hello” after 10 weeks on top the Billboard Hot 100 was dethroned by Bieber’s “Sorry” and his second No.1. His newest single “Love Yourself” takes over atop the Digital Songs chart.

After eight total, and seven consecutive, weeks at No. 2, Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” crowns the Hot 100 (dated Jan. 23) at last. The track dethrones Adele‘s “Hello,” which had spent its first 10 weeks at No. 1 dating to its debut atop the Nov. 14 chart; “Sorry” debuted the same week at No. 2.

“Sorry,” released on SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Def Jam, marks Bieber’s second Hot 100 No. 1, and second-in-a-row, after a lengthy wait for his first topper. After six years of charting 46 prior entries, beginning in July 2009, Bieber earned his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Sept. 19, when “What Do You Mean?” debuted at No. 1. Now, he’s achieved two leaders back-to-back.

“Sorry” (the 1,049th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 57-year history) notches a fourth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 20 million U.S. streams, down 14 percent, and leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for an eighth week (8.5 million on-demand streams, down 10 percent), according to Nielsen Music.

It holds at its No. 2 high (for a fifth week) on Radio Songs (145 million audience impressions, up 6 percent), while dropping 2-3 on Digital Songs (128,000 downloads sold, down 53 percent, in the week ending Jan. 7); it led the sales list for a week in December. (Most songs declined in sales in the tracking week, following the robust frame ending Dec. 31, in which many consumers surely redeemed gift cards received as holiday presents.)

So “Sorry”: Bieber brings the word “Sorry” to the top of the Hot 100 for the fourth time (and first in the 21-year-old’s lifetime). The prior three leaders with “Sorry” in their titles: Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” (1960); John Denver’s “I’m Sorry” (not the same composition as Lee’s) (1975); and Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982).


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Adele leading in Google’s ‘Year in Search’

You have heard Hello by Adele play on #DailAjam, #TheRequestLunchHour, #FreshCuts, #8to8countdown, #YouControl, #KT20 and #YourChoice. A clear indicator that its a favorite to you our listeners. Google has revealed its annual Year in Search review, and Adele dominates the music categories, much the way the British singer has smashed decades-old industry sales records in the mere three-and-a-half weeks since releasing her new album, 25.

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Adele ranks No. 9 among 2015’s top trending people overall, between Rachel Dolezal and Josh Duggar. She’s No. 1 on the trending music artists list. And first 25 single “Hello,” which recently matched Adele’s longest Hot 100 reign with its seventh week in the top spot, also leads among trending song lyrics. Though Adele’s 25 wasn’t available until Nov. 20 — and then only for sale, not on-demand streaming — it has ruled the Billboard 200 ever since, becoming the first album to sell more than 650,000 units in each of its first three weeks since Nielsen Music started tracking sales in 1991.

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Adele’s Year in Search crown was no doubt helped by the fact that the Google tally focuses on search terms that are “trending,” not necessarily the top searches overall. “With trending stories it’s really what’s accelerating the fastest,” says Simon Rogers, Google’s data editor. “With Adele you could see a massive acceleration at the end of the year.”

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So far this year, Google has received more than 439 million searches for Adele. Her prevalence among top searches began picking up two months ago, ahead of the Oct. 23 release of “Hello.” One of the top questions asked about Adele in Google searches is “Why does Adele name her albums numbers?” The “Hello” video, for its part, totals more than 715 million views as of press time, placing it among YouTube’s most watched videos of 2015.

 

Billboard

Adele hits top record for most sold albums in a week

*NSYNC can say “Bye, Bye, Bye” to their record of most albums sold in a single week. As expected, Adele took that honor this week, after her third studio album, 25, sold more copies in the US during its first week than any other in history.

Billboard and Nielsen are reporting the British superstar has already sold at least 2,433,000 copies of her new album since its release on November 20th, the highest total since Nielsen began accurately tracking album sales in 1991. 25 is breaking the record set by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached in 2000, when it sold just over 2.4 million copies in its first week on sale.

Breaking the record today is even more impressive when you consider how much album sales have dropped overall in the years since *NSYNC set its sales benchmark back in 2000, when the industry was at its commercial peak. Adele has outsold her competitors in the industry by a much, much wider margin as compared to *NSYNC, partly due to her controversial decision to withhold the album from major streaming services.

The insane level of anticipation for 25 over the last four years also helps.

Industry experts are suggesting Adele will end up selling around 2.9 million copies of 25, and she’ll probably hold on to her new record for several years to come.

Adele stuns audience with her first live ‘helo’ performance

Adele, 27, slays the stage every single time! The British singer, back and better than ever after a 3-year hiatus, stole the show at the NRJ Music Awards in France on Nov. 7 with her first live performance of “Hello.” After watching this performance, you’ll definitely have chills!

 Adele always keeps her performances sweet and simple, and that’s all she needs. Her voices speaks for itself. Her live rendition of “Hello” since its release was breathtaking. This is Adele’s first live performance in over two years! The last time she was on the stage and performing live was the 2013 Academy Awards!

The singer looked stunning in a gorgeous black dress for the awards show. She was too fierce for words! Excuse us while we bow down to the queen of music.

 

Source: Hollywood Life