December 29, 2011 Leave a comment
Zune decided to name Lil Wayne its “Artist of 2011″. Now square that with Adele’s album 21 being named “Album of 2011″. So you can be the top artist but not have the top album? I never understood that. In any event, for me, Adele has to take the top spot this year for me. I’m sorry Zune, but I honestly think you blew this choice. From the moment I heard her song “Rumour Has It” I was hooked. She has the voice, power, drive, and command to really make music shine. And she did this going against the counter-culture, which is to say she doesn’t have the ‘breast flauntation’ of a Katy Perry or the sexy album cover of a Britney Spears.
Adele let the music speak for itself and, dammit, it spoke volumes.
Now, I also made a bigger push on the international front this year, so to summarize I’ve discovered some great music is going on outside of our borders. If I had to choose a top artist from the international bunch, hands down, it would be Supreme Team, the hip-hop outfit out of Korea. My intro to them “Dang Dang Dang” was all kinds of awesome and I look forward to checking out more of their music in the future.
Of course music, as with any art, is subjective and people may even disagree with Adele or Lil Wayne being Artist of the Year. Hell, there are people who don’t even like the idea of naming an artist of the year. But I have to say that if there was a voice that just purely captivated me it would have to be Adele. It makes it, then, more sad that she had to endure surgery but I hope that she returns bigger and better. We need that voice in our lexicon!
Oh and sorry, I don’t do Top 10 lists… I leave that to the professionals like David Letterman.