Best Night of My Life |
REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON
Having scored his biggest hit with the hip-hop/techno hybrid "Blame It" in 2009, Foxx returns to that formula on much of this solid set. The Oscar winner is an adept party-starter on standouts such as "Living Better Now" and "Freak." Even better are the milder moments including the synth-laced ballads "Gorgeous" and "Fall for Your Type," featuring Drake. His emotive tenor is best on slow jams such as "Rejoice," the Prince-esque highlight. And while the club-hopping, bottle-popping themes of the uptempo tracks grow a bit tiresome, Best Night is a memorable experience overall.
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• For "Hold It Against Me," out Jan. 7, Spears enlisted "California Gurls" smashmakers Dr. Luke and Max Martin (he wrote "...Baby One More Time").
From her cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" to the dewy "Mason," cowritten with husband Brian Walker, the Idol's debut is prime rootsy-pop.
No Boys Allowed
Fellas like Kanye West
and Chris Brown are allowed on Hilson's fierce second album, which features rapturous beats and sexy R&B stingers.
RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS
While there is some filler on this rock-edged double album of outtakes from 2007's Easy Tiger, most of these leftovers still pack bite.
This hombre displays a knack for rock and rhythm on "Yerbatero," the Colombian's seventh No. 1 Latin single. But he's sweet with a pop ballad too.
-REVIEWED BY CHUCK ARNOLD AND JESSICA HERNDON
Catch the 53rd Annual GRAMMY AWARDS Sunday, Feb. 13, 8/7c on CBS
The British singer, 52, who is up for two Grammys, chats about her 10-year break, music she loves and staying ageless
WHAT SHE'S BEEN UP TO THE PAST DECADE
I've changed my life quite a lot. I've left the city and gone back to my country roots. I've had many ups and downs since my last album [in 2000]-I suppose a colorful life gives me stories to tell in my songs.
FAVORITE CURRENT ARTISTS
I loved "Revelry" by the Kings of Leon, and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" is a modern classic. I listen to the same music 14-year-olds do, like Rihanna
, Lil' Wayne and Tinie Tempah, because that's what goes on in my house. I'm excited by Janelle Monae-I'm sure she'll go far.
I always dream one day my life will have some kind of order, but my life's like a runaway train. I just about stay on the tracks, but you can never be sure which station I'll stop at.
WHAT HER KIDS THINK OF HER MUSIC
When my daughter [Ila, 14; her dad is Bob Morgan, a Jamaican producer] was a baby and I sang to her, she often cried, so my expectations have never been that high. Now she is older and quite discerning, so I'm very grateful that she loves what I do. My stepson [Jack, 19, son of her current boyfriend, Ian Watts, a former Royal Marine] too. I can't pretend it wouldn't hurt if they didn't. They both have a broad spectrum with their musical likes, and they are both really passionate about music.
HER TAKE ON ROMANCE
I have a strange view on it. I would be more likely romanced by a man who carries my grandma's handbag than one who brings me champagne and flowers.
I don't exercise, but I keep moving. My ambition has always been to be superfit, but unfortunately I don't like any formal exercise because it hurts! I do dance, though, especially in the kitchen.
A SURPRISING SADE FACT
I have a dog named Chicken!