Adele Rumour Has It



We like the new Adele album. It's got a funkier, harder sound and she gets to showcase her soulfulness even more than her previous release. You can certainly hear the influence of producer Rick Rubin capturing the strife in Adele's personal life at the time.  Give it a spin. You'll be singing the chorus the rest of the day.

Grammy Picks 2011

Here are the funkyfresh Grammy picks. Bold are winners.  Orange but not bold are second runner ups.

Song of the Year
'Beg, Steal or Borrow' -- Ray LaMontagne - funkyfresh pick
'Forget You' -- Cee-Lo - funkyfresh pick
'The House That Built Me' -- Miranda Lambert
'Love the Way You Lie' -- Eminem Feat. Rihanna
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Album of the Year
'The Suburbs' -- Arcade Fire - funkyfresh pick
'Recovery' -- Eminem - funkyfresh pick
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum
'The Fame Monster' -- Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence and the Machine - funkyfresh pick
Mumford and Sons - funkyfresh pick

Esperanza Spalding

Record of the Year
'Nothing on You' -- B.o.B. Feat. Bruno Mars
'Love the Way You Lie' -- Eminem Feat. Rihanna - funkyfresh pick
'Forget You' -- Cee-Lo

'Empire State of Mind -- Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
'King of Anything' -- Sara Bareilles - funkyfresh pick
'Halo (Live)' -- Beyoncé
'Chasing Pirates' -- Norah Jones
'Bad Romance' -- Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
'Haven't Met You Yet' -- Michael Bublé
'This is It' -- Michael Jackson
'Whataya Want from Me' -- Adam Lambert
'Just the Way You Are' -- Bruno Mars - funkyfresh pick
'Half of My Heart' -- John Mayer

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
'Satisfied' -- Jewel
'The House That Built Me' -- Miranda Lambert - funkyfresh  pick
'Swingin'' -- LeAnn Rimes
'Temporary Home' -- Carrie Underwood
'I'd Love to Be Your Last' -- Gretchen Wilson

Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals
'Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)' -- 'Glee' cast
'The Only Exception' -- Paramore
'Babyfather' -- Sade - funkyfresh pick
'Hey, Soul Sister (Live)' -- Train

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
'Airplanes, Part II' -- B.o.B., Eminem & Hayley Williams - funkyfresh pick
'Imagine' -- Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
'If it Wasn't for Bad' -- Elton John & Leon Russell
'Telephone' -- Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
'California Gurls' -- Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Pop Vocal Album
'My World 2.0' -- Justin Bieber
'I Dreamed a Dream' -- Susan Boyle
'The Fame Monster' -- Lady Gaga
'Battle Studies' -- John Mayer - funkyfresh pick
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry

Best Country Song
'The Breath You Take' -- George Strait
'Free' -- Zac Brown Band - funkyfresh pick
'The House That Built Me' -- Miranda Lambert
'I'd Love to Be Your Last' -- Gretchen Wilson
'If I Die Young' -- The Band Perry - funkyfresh pick
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Best Country Album
'Up on the Ridge' -- Dierks Bentley
'You Get What You Give' -- Zac Brown Band - funkyfresh pick

'The Guitar Song' -- Jamey Johnson
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum
'Revolution' -- Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Song
'Angry World' -- Neil Young
'Little Lion Man' -- Mumford & Sons
'Radioactive' -- Kings Of Leon - funkyfresh pick
'Resistance' -- Muse
'Tighten Up' -- The Black Keys

Best Rock Album
'Emotion & Commotion' -- Jeff Beck - funkyfresh pick
'The Resistance' -- Muse
'Backspacer' -- Pearl Jam
'Mojo' -- Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
'Le Noise' -- Neil Young

Best R&B Song
'Bittersweet' -- Fantasia
'Finding My Way Back' -- Jaheim
'Second Chance' -- El DeBarge
'Shine' -- John Legend & The Roots
'Why Would You Stay' -- Kem - funkyfresh pick

Best R&B Album

'The Love & War Masterpeace' -- Raheem DeVaughn - funkyfresh pick
'Back To Me' -- Fantasia
'Another Round' -- Jaheim
'Wake Up!' -- John Legend & The Roots
'Still Standing' -- Monica

Best Contemporary R&B Album
'Graffiti' -- Chris Brown
'Untitled' -- R. Kelly
'Transition' -- Ryan Leslie
'The ArchAndroid' -- Janelle Monáe - funkyfresh pick
'Raymond V Raymond' -- Usher

Best Rap Song
'Empire State Of Mind -- Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
'Love the Way You Lie' -- Eminem & Rihanna
'Not Afraid -- Eminem - funkyfresh pick
'Nothin' On You' -- B.o.B & Bruno Mars.
'On To The Next One' --Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Best Rap Album
'The Adventures of Bobby Ray' -- B.o.B
'Thank Me Later' -- Drake
'Recovery' -- Eminem - funkyfresh pick
'The Blueprint 3' -- Jay-Z
'How I Got Over' -- The Roots

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
'Crazy Heart' -- Various Artists
'Glee: The Music, Volume 1' -- 'Glee' Cast
'Treme' -- Various Artists
'True Blood-Volume 2' -- Various Artists - funkyfresh pick
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' -- Various Artists.

Song of the Summer? Who Cares...XXXO

What will be the song of the summer? Who cares really. Anything that becomes an anthem for the summer usually has very little staying power. It seems everyone has a list of sorts for “summer hits” but our favorites are missing so it’s time to chime in.

First what other's are picking. Katy Perry “California Gurls” – it’s got Snoop, monster hooks, Katy in a video and is clearly this summer’s front runner. The problem is staying power. The song is so damn catchy it may burn out even faster than it explodes if that makes any sense at all.

Eminen “Not Afraid” - Who debuts at number 1 on the charts without even trying? The boy from eight mile, that’s who. Love him or hate him Eminem has incredible talent that seems yet to be fully tapped. This will be in the running and show up in college sports highlight reels for the next year.

We don’t have the patience to comment on the rest of the tracks from Usher, Drake, Lady Gaga (was the blood bath routine in the UK really necessary?), B.o.B., LCD Sound System, 3OH!3 and others so let’s get to the funkyfresh pick for summer anthem.

M.I.A. “XXXO” . Say what you want about the polarizing Born Free video, XXXO makes everything feel like it’s back in its right place. “Tweet’n Me Like Tweety Bird on Your iPhone” is surely the line of the summer. So there you have it. We’re expecting great things from this album even if M.I.A. may have cashed in some of her chips be marrying a record label executive’s son. We don’t card. The urban production with a little sugar on top, street cred and the funky UK accent make her hard to resist.

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