Rolling In The Deep – Challenge #169

I like to climb hills and when I get to the top, I lay on my side and then I tumble down to the bottom, because that is the way I roll. Today on the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge, we could have it all. Adele has the fastest-selling album and the most viewed music videos by a female artist. Adele’s third studio album 25 became the world’s best-selling album of 2015, with over 17.4 million copies sold, selling 3.38 million copies in its first week, being the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week, and debuting at #1 in 32 countries. Adele became the first female to have three Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, with ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ coming in at #2, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ reaching #5 and ‘Someone Like You’ getting to #7. Only four other acts charted three (or more) songs in the top 10 simultaneously those being Chris Brown, Usher, the Bee Gees and the Beatles. Adele has ten Grammys in total, and hers was the first Bond theme to win an Oscar Skyfall. Her 2015 ‘Hello’ video racked up 50 million views in its first 48 hours, and broke the previous Vevo Record by achieving over 23.2 million views within a 24-hour span, getting 2.6 billion overall views making it the fourth most-viewed video by a female artist/female-fronted group, behind Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins wrote this song in 2011 with British producer and mix engineerPaul Richard Epworth for her second album, 21 which was her age at the time. This song went to #1 and it stayed there for seven consecutive weeks, and in the U.S., this album held the top position longer than any other album since 1993. The album 21 spent 16 weeks at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart breaking records set by bothThe BeatlesandPink Floyd for the longest running US chart topping album by a British artist. Adele won 6 Grammy´s at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Her unexpected smash sophomore album 21 won the top prize of album of the year, as well as the best pop vocal album, thus becoming a game-changing, trend-defying smash that no one saw coming. Her song ‘Rolling In The Deep’ won record of the year, song of…

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Prepositions of Place

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I made a mistake by publishing this post a bit early this week, but I can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube now, so let’s just roll with it.  It is always good to have a reference point, so that you know where you are came from, or where you are going to.  Prepositions of place are used to describe the location of something relative to something else.  Many objects are defined as being at a point, or in an area, or on a surface.  When something is not very far away in distance, it would be nearby, next to, or beside you.  When things are separated by space, then that means this thing is between two places, people or objects, or inside of a place, or within a region.  Objects that are outside of a contained area, may be behind or in front, or above or below the…

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Midnight at the Oasis

Michael Jackson walked into an oasis where a Bedouin was drinking with his camel and he asks the Bedouin if he can buy the camel to finish his trip across the desert. The Bedouin told Michael that he could have the camel if he could tell him how a camel hides out in the desert. Michael said that the camel uses camouflage. Michael said that he could make a crocodile smile and a kookaburra laugh and he asked the Bedouin, “What do you call a camel with no humps?” The Bedouin gave up and Michael said, “Humphrey.” Michael said, “When I bring the camel back, where should I park it?”, and the Bedouin replied, “Put it back in the Camelot.”

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This song written by David Nichtern an American songwriter and television composer, soundtrack artist and Buddhist teacher in 1973. It was recorded by the singer Maria Muldaur for her self-titled album and it peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 in the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 1974. This song was the only commercial success for either Nichtern or Muldaur. The album peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the RIAA on May 13, 1974. Billboard ranked ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ at #13 for 1974. It was also nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1975. In Canada, the song reached #2 in the RPM magazine singles charts and #45 in the year-end chart.

The song gained fame and some notoriety at that time because of Muldaur’s…

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Walk Like an Egyptian

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Did the pharaohs walk around their pyramids raising up one of their arms holding it out in front of them, bending it at their elbow in a right angle, then bending their wrist, while holding their palm flat facing down at another right angle?  Did they place their other arm behind them and bend it the opposite way, with their forearm pointing down and their flat palm pointing behind them, so their two arms were pointing forward and backward at the same time?  Some may have held one arm horizontally at their side, with that arm bent at the elbow facing up, and the other arm horizontally at the side with this arm bent at the elbow facing down.  Real ancient Egyptians did not walk like this, although the ancient Egyptian murals depict this method of walking.  Researchers say that the Ancient Egyptians believed that their image had a direct…

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Heartbreak Hotel

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This song was written by Elvis Aaron Presley, Mae Boren Axton and Thomas R. Durden and it became Elvis Presley’s breakthrough hit.  Steel guitarist and session musician Tommy Durden read a newspaper article from the Miami Herald about a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window killing himself, and left behind a piece of paper with the haunting words, “I walk a lonely street”.  The Miami Herald ran a photo of this corpse on the front page which had been discovered with no identification with the headline, “Do You Know This Man?”  This suicide note was the unlikely inspiration behind the song as Durden felt the line in the note resonated the blues and this became Elvis Presley’s first No. 1 hit and million-selling single which was released in early 1956.

Durden brought the article to his friend and co-writing partner Mae Boren Axton. At this time she was…

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