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Part of the reason Adele took four years to follow up 21, her world-beating second album, is that she had to work out what kind of artist to be, having exorcised her demons, castigated her enemies, and started a family. As a naturally collaborative songwriter, she got in touch with some old friends (Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson), some new ones (Danger Mouse, Bruno Mars), and some of the most experienced songwriters in pop (Max Martin, Ryan Tedder) to try to help her figure out the right way forward. You can hear some of that experimentation in 25, in the touches of vintage-fm rock and soul, the modern pop productions, the occasional hint of pained French chanson, and the decision to focus on the pain of love as subject matter rather than sing her diary entries one more time. Here are 25 albums and songs that reflect that search for identity, without which 25 »
- Fraser McAlpine
Over the weekend, Spectre, the fourth James Bond film in the Daniel Craig era of the legendary spy franchise, earned the top spot at the box office with a $70 million bow, making it the second highest grossing film in the series just behind 2012’s Skyfall (which earned $88 million in its opening weekend).
Despite its success with audiences, the Spectre has been less well received by critics, with a 63% on review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes (by contrast, Skyfall holds a 93%). Yet, the film may still earn nominations from the Academy, as many previous Bond films have done. In fact, eight of the 23 films in the franchise that has spanned the course of five decades.
Here’s a look back at how previous 007 films have fared with Oscar and what that history may mean for Spectre:
Skyfall was not only the most successful outing Bond had at the box office, »
- Patrick Shanley
The last few years have seen something of a populist uprising in Oscar's best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" (alongside co-writer Paul Epworth). In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" theme "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" anthem "Glory" after a performance that brought down the house on Oscar night. Are the days when we'd never heard of the best original song winner long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) — and are the days when the winners are #1 on iTunes here to stay? That depends on how this year shakes down. There's no shortage of options when it comes to original songs in films this year — and no shortage of star-wattage. We've highlighted ten songs that seem most likely to. »
- Peter Knegt
The last few years has seen a populist uprising in the best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" alongside Paul Epworth. In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" song "Glory." It seems the days where we'd never heard of the best original song winner are long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) -- and here are the days when they are #1 on iTunes the day after the Oscars. So how might that shake down this year? With a few months still to go, it would appear that the race is a dual between Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and the powerful pairing of Lady Gaga and Diane Warren. Wilson »
- Peter Knegt
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
5 items from 2015
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