The song “Distratto” is a pop ballad with rock and soul influences recorded by Francesca Michielin, the winner of the fifth series of the Italian talent-show X Factor. Michielin performed it for the first time during the semi-final of the show, on 29 December 2011. On 5 January 2012, after performing the song for a second time, Michielin was announced the winner, beating runner-up band I Moderni. The song was released on January 6, 2012 as a digital download EP, On 12 January 2012, the single debuted at number one on the Italian Singles Chart. “Distratto” was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, for domestic downloads exceeding 30,000 units on January 31, 2012. The music video for the song was directed by Stefano Sollima and it features a cameo appearance by Italian actor Luca Argentero. The clip was filmed in January 2012 at the Roma Tiburtina railway station.
The song “Rope” is an Alternative rock, post-grunge and hard rock recorded by American alternative rock band Foo Fighters. The song was written by Dave Grohl and produce by Butch Vig. “Rope” was released on March 1, 2011. The song is only the second in history to debut atop the Rock Songs chart, after “The Catalyst” by Linkin Park in 2010. It also gave the Foo Fighters their second song to top the chart, tying them with Alice in Chains, Three Days Grace and Linkin Park as the only artists with multiple number-ones on the chart (a record that they would break immediately after “Rope” ended its reign at number one). “Rope” was nominated for “Best Rock Track” at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, and Deadmau5′ remix was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. It placed at #63 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2011, the world’s largest annual music poll, joining Arlandria (Foo Fighters song) that had charted at #97.
The song “Stereo Hearts” is an alternative hip hop and pop rap song. The song was recorded by American rap rock band Gym Class Heroes. “Stereo Hearts” is the first single from Gym Class Heroes album The Papercut Chronicles II. The song was released on June 14, 2011 through A&M/Octone Records, Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance and Warner Bros. In the UK, the song’s release date was originally August 22, however the music video wasn’t released and the release date was postponed, first, to September 12, then to October 17.
“You Da One” is a pop and electropop song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The song was released from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). The song was given its first play on Capital FM on November 11, 2011, and was released as the second single from the album on November 13, 2011, in the UK and on November 14, 2011, in the United States. In the United States, “You Da One” debuted on the US Pop Songs chart at number 26 on November 16, 2011, becoming that weeks Greatest Gainer. The song also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 73, in less than two days of being released to iTunes and leaped to number 14 in its second week. “You Da One” debuted at number 9 on the US Hot Digital Songs chart with 124,000 copies sold on December 3, 2011. The music video for “You Da One” was filmed on November 26 and 27, 2011 at MC Motors in Dalston, east London. The director is Melina Matsoukas.
“Paradise” is a song recorded by Coldplay, are a British alternative rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. The song was release as the second single from their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto on Septembe 12, 2011. The song received its radio debut at 7:50am on The Chris Moyles Show (BBC Radio 1) on 12 September 2011. Following the release of the album on 30 October 2011, the song became chart eligible in the UK and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 14, before taking the number 1 spot on its tenth week, becoming the band’s second number-one single after “Viva la Vida” in 2008. The song was met with positive reviews. “Paradise” was the biggest-selling rock single of 2011 in the UK, with sales of 410,000 copies. Coldplay performed the song on the final of The X Factor.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known by her stage name as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter who recorded the song “Set Fire to the Rain” from her second studio album 21. “Set Fire to the Rain” is the fifth track on Adele’s second album 21
. It was written with producer Fraser T. Smith with whom she has worked on various tracks. It is written in the key of D Minor and Adele’s voice expands from Bb3-D5. The song is characterized by John Murphy of MusicOMH as a “power ballad”.The song was released as the second single from the album in Europe. It was released as the third single in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2011, where the song has peaked at number 11. The song has charted within the top 10 of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and United States. The song has peaked at number one in Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. “Set Fire to the Rain” was released on 21 November 2011 as 21
‘s third official single in the United States, and has already peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Adele performed the song live for the first time on 29 April on The Graham Norton Show. She also performed the track on 3 May at Jools Holland along with the tracks “Rolling in the Deep”, “Don’t You Remember” and “Take It All”. Adele also added the song to the set list of her second worldwide tour.
“Pumped Up Kicks” is an Indie pop and alternative rock recorded by American indie pop band Foster the People formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The song was written and recorded by frontman Mark Foster while he was working as a commercial jingle writer. Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe a youth’s homicidal thoughts of a killing spree. “Pumped Up Kicks” was released as the group’s debut single in September 2010, and was later included on their EP Foster the People and their debut album Torches. The song became both a crossover hit and a sleeper hit, as it received airplay on modern rock stations soon after its release in September 2010, and in mid-2011 began seeing noticeable airplay on contemporary hit radio stations. The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U.S. top 5 since Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” in 2009. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
The song “It Will Rain” is a soft rock, soul, R&B and pop music recorded by American singer-songwriter and record producer, Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars. The song was released on iTunes for purchase on September 27, 2011. The song was written by Bruno Mars along with Matthias Bell, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine. Rolling Stone gave the song three stars out of five, saying that “sounds a little bit like “Wild Horses,” and a lot like Mars’ next radio juggernaut.” An accompanying music video was planned to premiere on October 26, 2011 on MTV. However, on October 24, 2011 Mars announced via Twitter that the music video had been delayed until a couple of weeks. It eventually premiered on November 10, 2011. The track appears on the soundtrack to the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
“Who Owns My Heart” is a song recorded by American recording artist Miley Cyrus. The song was released as the second single from Cyrus’ third studio album Can’t Be Tamed, in selected European countries. The song was released on October 22, 2010 by Hollywood Records. The song garnered mixed reception from music critics. Some critics argued it was dull and faceless, while other deemed it one of the best tracks on Can’t Be Tamed. “Who Owns My Heart”, failed to become a commercial success, unlike its proceeder “Can’t Be Tamed”. It managed to perform moderately in Dutch-speaking, European territories, its highest international peak being achieved in Belgium (Flanders), at number two. It also charted in Austria, Germany, and Slovakia.
The song “What You Want” is a song recorded by American rock band Evanescence. The freedom-themed song was written by Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo and Tim McCord. It was described as the heaviest and most different Evanescence song. According to Lee, the song talks about the experiences with her fans and her realizations about the things that she should do. “What You Want” uses several instruments in its music, notably guitars, synthesizers and drums. Lyrically, the song talks about a relationship that can’t work despite the love between the pair together. A snippet of “What You Want” premiered on MTV on July 11, 2011. During that time it was reported that the new single will be released in early August. The whole song was performed live by the band on August 8, at 7:54 p.m. ET on MTV. After the performance the album version was shown on MTV. The song was digitally released on August 9, 2011 exclusively on iTunes, and to all other digital retailers on August 16. In the United Kingdom, the song was released on August 21, and a CD single of the song is scheduled for release on September 9, 2011 in Germany.