2011 – The year in music

Here’s one from Jay-Z and Kanye West. Check out other 2011 favorites from the Grantland staff.

Britney Spears caps a big 2011

We’ve put together a nice slideshow of Britney Spears to celebrate her successful 2011. Her huge Femme Fatale tour was a massive success. She even has a fiance now, so it’s been a pretty good year.

Just several years ago she was the queen of celebrity trainwrecks, but she seems to have gotten her stuff together. Today Lindsay Lohan has taken over that crown.

How did Britney do it? Who knows, but taking it easy on the partying had to have something to do with it.

Here are some great video highlights of Britney as well covering many of her music videos and other clips.

Ramones live

Crank up the volume!

More mobile music

Smartphones and tablet computers dominated the holiday gift season, so more and more people will now have mobile gadgets that give them access to their music. Of course Apple was one of the winners, as the iPhone and the iPad were huge hits. Also, younger kids expect gifts like the iPod Touch if they can’t get the more expensive items.

Then you have the emergence of Amazon with the Kindle Fire. It didn’t get the best reviews, but at $199 it was an incredibly popular gift this year. The good thing for Amazon is that it brought a host of new people over to their ecosystem to sell them music, books, movies and TV shows. This makes them a real competitor to Apple and the iTunes store.

Amazon has tons of older customers who have been buying eBooks for years through older Kindles. Not they can market music and games to them as well. This will also drive more online gaming, even with older users who like things like bingo and poker over games kids like. New smartphones and tablets like the Kindle Fire will make it easier for them to play bingo online, or to download their favorite songs.

The landscape out there for digital content and entertainment just keeps changing. The music industry now has Pandora and Spotify competing with iTunes. It will be interesting to see how iTunes holds up with these new trends and without Steve Jobs.

Melanie Amaro wins X Factor

Here’s a look back at Melanie Amaro’s audition. Pretty awesome.

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