Tag: adult contemporary
The 80 year-old living legend Tony Bennett is still the wooing crowds with his ageless voice. His vocal interpretation of the Great American Songbook is unparalleled.
Expect Tony to cover many of his song over his sixty year career. He’s been known to cover such songs as Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “The Best is Yet to Come.”
Kelly’s new single, “Never Again”, from My December is already causing an uproar with iTunes. Other songs from the new album include “Maybe,” “Anymore,” and “Yeah”. The album is scheduled to be released July 24, 2007.
Celtic Woman is a musical group comprised of six Irish female artists. The original members include four vocalists Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órlagh Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew and the violinist Máiréad Nesbitt. A sixth member, Hayley Westenra, a New Zealander of Irish descent, joined the group on August 24, 2006. Westenra is well known in her own right for her previous hits “Wuthering Heights” and “Dark Waltz”. All of the original artists have solo albums created prior to the formation of Celtic Woman.
James Blunt debut album, Back to Bedlam, and single releases — especially the number one hit “You’re Beautiful” — brought him to fame in 2005. His style is a mix of pop and adult contemporary. Along with vocals, Blunt plays a wide variety of instruments including the piano, guitar, organ, marimba, and mellotron.
He is signed to Linda Perry’s American label Custard, and became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade when his song “You’re Beautiful” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006. The last British artist to do so had been Elton John in 1997.
Blunt’s third single “You’re Beautiful” was his breakout hit. The song debuted at #12 in the UK, and demonstrated a rare trend of upward mobility on the UK charts, rising all the way to the #1 position six weeks after its debut. The song also received massive airplay in the UK and also throughout all of the US, which helped propel Back To Bedlam to #1 on the albums chart, unseating the record-breaking album X&Y by Coldplay from the pole position.
After the success of “You’re Beautiful” in the UK, the song crossed over to mainland Europe, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2005 across the continent.
In the USA, “You’re Beautiful” made its debut in the summer of 2005 on WPLJ, a prominent radio station in New York City, despite not having been released to radio yet. Once the song was released to radio stations in the Autumn of 2005, the song climbed into the Top 10 at three radio formats: Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, and Adult Alternative, eventually climbing to number 1 on the Hot 100.