After seizing the first U.S. X Factor crown last December, Melanie Amaro finally released her debut single, “Don’t Fail Me Now,” on Wednesday (August 1).
“I’ve walked the longest road so don’t fail me now, feet don’t fail me now, I’ve never got this close so don’t fail me now,” she sings over the uptempo dance beat, produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and penned by Livvi Franc.
Faith Hill and Demi Lovato provided the soundtrack for Wednesday night’s People Choice Awards.
Introduced by Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens, Lovato wowed the crowd with a performance of “Give Your Heart a Break“, the latest single from her third studio album Unbroken. Kicking off her set atop a giant cube, the former Disney star commanded the stage with her live band. Afterward, she was presented the award for Favorite Pop Artist.
Later in the show, Faith Hill took the stage to perform “Come Home,” the lead single from her upcoming seventh album Illusions. As fog filled the stage, Hill delivered a semi-enjoyable performance of the track, which is a cover of One Republic’s 2007 single. The studio version is nearly flawless, but there’s something about her live rendition that doesn’t quite click — perhaps it’s the live arrangement that takes away from the song.
Nonetheless, both artists did a good job of breaking the monotony of an otherwise bland People’s Choice Awards. Watch the performances below.
As 2011 comes to a close, we look back on the year by counting down the top songs of the past 12 months. The rules for the list are simple:
- The song was released as a single
- Charted or peaked in 2011
- Songs released toward the end of 2010 are eligible
- Rankings are based on MY iTunes plays, charting on Billboard, and presence on World According to Monté.
Simple and easy to follow, right? Cool. Let’s countdown the top songs of 2011!
Check out part one here