Happy International Women’s Day, whatever the hell that is (deemed an annual celebration of the
economic, political and social achievements of women’s rights across the globe)… The U.K.’s OfficialCharts.com has shared the 40 best-selling singles from female singers—and Celine Dion is the only artist to have two songs among the top 10. Well-done, Brits!
The chart reveals that Cher’s “Believe” tops them all, selling 1.79 million copies and spending seven weeks at No. 1 in 1998. Next in line is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” from 1992. Below the video are the top 10:
1. “Believe,” Cher (1998)
2. “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston (1992)
3. “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears (1999)
4. “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion (1998)
5. “Someone Like You,” Adele (2011)
6. “The Power of Love,” Jennifer Rush (1985)
7. “Wannabe,” Spice Girls (1996)
8. “Think Twice,” Celine Dion (1994)
9. “We Found Love,” Rihanna f/Calvin Harris
10. “Never Ever,” All Saints (1997)
11. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepson (2012)
12. “Hallelujah,” Alexandra Burke (2008)
13. “Price Tag,” Jessie J (2011)
14. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” Kylie Minogue (2001)
15. “Saturday Night,” Whigfield (1994)
16. “Torn,” Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
17. “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga (2009)
18. “2 Become 1,” Spice Girls (1996)
19. “Only Girl In the World,” Rihanna (2010)
20. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)
The upcoming 85th annual Oscar Awards ceremony is featuring a tribute to James Bond. It’s a shoe-in that Adele will perform “Skyfall,” but how about Sheena Easton, whose 1981 “For Your Eyes Only” was nominated for the award?
In 1982, Eon Productions co-founder Albert R. Broccoli received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, given to producers for their body of work. There was a “Moonraker”-themed Bond dance number presented as Sheena sang “For Your Eyes Only.” Other nominated Bond songs: Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better.”
Historically, The Academy has rarely considered the Bond movies award-worthy. Only “Goldfinger” (1964) and “Thunderball” (1965), have won trophies (for, uh, Sound Effects and Visual Effects)…. Oh, how I hope! *
Arghhhhh! It’s one of my favorite events of the year… the announcement of the 2012 Grammy Award nominations… and one of The Smoking Nun’s premiere opportunities to dish about the best of the year in music… and of course, more fun, the horrendous gaffes. Last year it was all about Adele, whom I supported wholeheartedly. This year, there’s no clear leader in the quest to forever mark the best o’ the past 12 months.
As a NARAS voter, I take particular interest in the annual expedition of helping select who wins… but as I’ve stated in the past, in recent years, it pains me that I’m more often voting against contenders rather than piling on kudos.
I mean, Nicki Minaj, critically acclaimed? Seriously? It’s enough to wonder if the Grammy Awards more resemble the People’s Choice Awards.
Stand by for my take on the best and worst… as soon as I can get a grip on my home office, post-renovation. Soon, no really. Meanwhile, read the major noms here. *
New mama Adele’s stupendous new James Bond theme “Skyfall”—one of the best songs of 2012—apparently moved Mr. Bond, Daniel Craig, to tears. He tells Yahoo! Movies, “I cried. From the opening bars I knew immediately, then the voice kicked in and it was exactly what I’d wanted from the beginning. It just got better and better because it fit the movie. The more of the movie we made, the more it fit.”
Director Sam Mendes, meanwhile, also heaped praise on Adele: “She came in very early before we started shooting and her main concern was, ‘I write songs about myself, how can I make a ‘Bond’ song? My answer was,’Just write a personal song!’ Carly Simon’s ‘Nobody Does it Better’ was a love song.”
“Skyfall” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 77-piece orchestra. Adele teamed with Paul Epworth, who co-wrote and produced her massive hit “Rolling In The Deep,” which is also oozing with classic Bond instrumentation.
The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 last week at No. 8. This week it dips to 13, while it’s 19 on iTunes, and No. 2 in the U.K.
I have a feeling it’s destined for U.S. chart-topping action once the movie hits theaters. I remember when Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” was first released and inched its way up the single chart—until the release of Titanic. The rest is history.
“Skyfall” ranks up with some of the best previous JB themes, including “For Your Eyes Only” from Sheena Easton, “Live and Let Die” from Paul McCartney & Wings, “A View To A Kill” from Duran Duran and “All Time High” from Rita Coolidge. *
Our monthly look at magazine covers around the world reveals somewhat slim pickings for the beginning of fall 2012… Where are all the sexy guys? We do have David Beckham on Europe’s Esquire, but really, can’t we do better… while Colin Farrell—looking a bit overly airbrushed—casts an odd expression on Men’s Health overseas (also appearing on Details). Adele continues to dazzle on Rolling Stone. And Brazil’s edition of Billboard offers a fun mash-up of Lady Gaga and Madonna. On the cover of Elle, Britney Spears has never looked more comely.
The celeb that appears on more covers this month than any other: Blake Lively, who begins a new season of Gossip Girl, in addition to her recent nuptials with perpetually gorgeous Ryan Reynolds. Daniel Craig is runner-up, as promotional wheels start turning for upcoming bond flick Skyfall (whose kickass new theme is sung by Adele).
Looking ahead, here’s hoping that as the WB’s Arrow gains traction, we’ll be seeing Stephen Amell begin to grace covers of Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness… and The Smoking Nun’s roster of candidates for 2012’s Sexiest Men Alive.
And speaking of, we certainly can’t leave out the best mag cover of the month: William Levy’s appearance on People En Espanol as its encore Sexiest Man of the Year. Oh, yes! *
After rumors have been swirling for months, it’s confirmed that Adele will perform the theme song for the next James Bond film Skyfall. Fantastic! Of course, that puts the Brit singer/songwriter in the lofty company of such acts as Sheena Easton, Shirley Bassey, Duran Duran, Madonna, Paul McCartney & Wings, a-ha, Tom Jones, Lulu and Rita Coolidge.
One thing’s for sure. Even if Adele were to belch into a mic, she can’t do worse than previous Bond flop “Another Way To Die” in 2008, from Alicia Keys and Jack White.
Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall will again star Daniel Craig, along with Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Ola Rapace, Albert Finney, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe. The 23rd Bond film opens in theaters November 9. *