Taylor Swift May Be The Only Artist To Go Platinum In 2014: Morning Mix

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:: There’s no doubt that 2014 was a lackluster year for music – and to make matters worse, no albums reached platinum status…yet. America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, may be music’s saving grace. The singer’s forthcoming LP 1989 may be the first album to go platinum. All hope is gone, people! (But the Foo Fighters may have a chance) [The Guardian]

:: Cara Delevingne (a.k.a. Rihanna‘s BFF) has reportedly been in the studio working on a new single with Pharrell. Music is a completely different field than modeling, so let’s see how this’ll pan out. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Annie Lennox is pretty outspoken when it comes to feminist rights, and the legendary singer has now come forward to denounce twerking. In a recent interview with NPR, she stated: “Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.” [Billboard]

:: The Beatles‘ Ringo Starr is now a model! Well, kind of. The musician will be the face of sneaker brand Skechers‘ “Relaxed Fit footwear” line. Look out for the ad campaign in Spring 2015. [SPIN]

:: Sad news for die-hard Brooklyn concert-goers. Glasslands, a DIY venue in Williamsburg, will close its doors next year. In a statement, they announced that New Year’s Eve will be their last night of music. The place first opened in 2006, and booked acts like TV On The Radio, Disclosure and MGMT. [Brooklyn Vegan]

:: Remember when all those diva rumors popped up about Ariana Grande? Well the singer isn’t too happy about it. In fact, she allegedly turned to Miley Cyrus for advice. The Instagram-loving singer apparently told Grande: “Girl, don’t even look at it. Just be happy that you’re blessed. You have family and friends love you, you have fans that love you who know what’s true and what’s not. …It will blow over and tomorrow they’ll be talking about something else.” [Gawker]

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Sheppard Make Their US TV Debut On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’: Watch Them Perform “Geronimo”

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Apache Pop

To quote myself, there’s catchy and then there’s “Geronimo”Sheppard first topped the charts in their native Australia with the unstoppable anthem and now have their sights set on US chart domination. The indie-pop band took an important step towards that goal today (October 21) by performing the song of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It also marked their US TV debut.

The quirky collective, who were recently nominated for seven ARIA Awards, delivered a typically charming performance with tight musicianship and perky harmonies. And it already seems to be paying dividends. “Geronimo” made a huge leap on the iTunes download chart today and should make an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the not-too-distant future. Watch up top. More »

Marlisa Wins ‘X Factor’ Australia, Bucks The Trend By Releasing A Good Winner’s Single: Listen To “Stand By You”

If there’s one universal truth to emerge from talent shows around the globe, it’s that the winner’s single is usually terrible. That probably has a lot to do with time constraints and the necessity of writing a song without the artist’s involvement but, more often than not, they blow. Marlisa, who won the sixth season of X Factor Australia earlier this week, bucks the trend with “Stand By You”.

Penned by Australian hitmakers DNA and singer/songwriter Hayley Warner, the emotional anthem eschews the usual cheesiness of winner’s singles and is all the better for it. “When you fight for every breath and the waves are over head, let me lay your mind to rest,” sings the 15-year-old high school student with her distinctive country twang. “I will stand by you”. Listen after the jump. More »

Seinabo Sey’s Eerily Gorgeous “Pistols At Dawn” Video Is Unforgettable: Watch

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Love & War

If you haven’t discovered Seinabo Sey yet, it’s time to get correct. The mountain of buzz around the Swedish soul siren is only going to grow thanks to gorgeous anthems like “Pistols At Down”, the latest cut from just-released debut EP For Madeleine, and exquisite covers. (Check out her stunning interpretation of Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”).

The 23-year-old not only has killer songs but also a remarkable visual approach. Her “Pistols At Dawn” video plays like the weirdest sci-fi short ever with the rising diva walking around an abandoned forest in a striking red ensemble. Things get even weirder when she’s stalked by a stormtrooper-like character and divides in half. At least, that’s what I think happened. Watch up top. More »

Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Beautiful’ LP Is Being Re-Released: See The ‘Platinum Edition’ Tracklist

Aussie pop diva Jessica Mauboy will re-release her third LP Beautiful on November 21. The Platinum Edition features five new tracks including current single “Can I Get A Moment?”, which was written and produced by Babyface. It’s shaping up to be a huge hit in her homeland — sitting at number two on iTunes behind Marlisa‘s X Factor winner’s single.

The fresh material should lift Beautiful to even greater heights. Thus far, it has already produced four singles including two top 10, platinum-selling hits (upbeat club-banger “Pop A Bottle” and moody mid-tempo ballad “Never Be The Same”). See the full tracklist of her re-release and a killer TV performance of “Can I Get A Moment?” after the jump. More »

Pitbull Hits The Studio (And Stage) With Penguins In His “Celebrate” Video: Watch The Half-Animated Opus

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Pit & Penguins

It’s Pitbull‘s world, we’re just living in it! The unstoppable rapper/vodka mogul/Playboy brand ambassador can now add children’s entertainer to his long list of accomplishments. Mr. Worldwide provides the theme song for new animated movie Penguins of Madagascar — a cute party jam called “Celebrate” — and hangs out with his cartoon friends in the video.

The 33-year-old begins the visual by jetting around the globe before hitting the studio to record a new song. That’s when the animated penguins arrive and wreak havoc behind the boards. From there, the unlikely gang take their man/bird act to the stage. The video is a little cheesy but super endearing. “Celebrate” will appear on Pitbull’s Globalization LP (due November 24). Watch up top. More »

Is Jennifer Lopez Considering A Las Vegas Residency?

Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Celine Dion have been dazzling audiences for months (and years!) now in Las Vegas. Will Jennifer Lopez soon be following suit?

It’s purely speculation at this point, but the “Booty” pop diva was spotted living it up at Brit Brit’s Piece Of Me show and Shania’s showcase at Caesars Palace in Vegas over the weekend, which she attended alongside her manager Benny Medina, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But was the trip purely for pleasure, or was there some business at hand behind-the-scenes?

A residency could just be a perfect match for the A.K.A. pop veteran, considering her endless run of hit singles and fiercely loyal fanbase. And, considering the fact that Celine and Shania are due to leave town soon, there are some major diva-sized stilettos to be filled — Louboutins, perhaps.

What do you think? Would you head to Vegas to see La Lopez in action? Sound off in the comments below. More »

Beyonce Is The Unexpected Queen Of Halloween: 7 Pics Of Bey-Influenced Pumpkin Carvings

Is there no end to Beyonce‘s influence? The game-changing diva, who revolutionized the music business late last year with her surprise visual album and made bangs happen all over again with her latest hairstyle, is the unexpected queen of Halloween. The Hive paved the way by sharing their amazing Bey-influenced jack-o’-lanterns but the idea soon won favor with the rest of Twitter.

Pentatonix singer Scott Hoying joined the fun — sharing his “Partition”-themed work of art with fans. As for Beyonce? Well, the 33-year-old is too busy taking flawless Instagram pics to carve a pumpkin but I’m sure she’s chuffed. The rumors about her releasing a 4-disc platinum edition of her pioneering LP in November persist, so keep your fingers it’s not just an urban legend. More »

Ricky Martin Plays Multiple Characters In His Prohibition-Themed “Adios” Video: Watch

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Ricky's Back!

What’s better than one Ricky Martin? Five of them, obviously! The Latin heartthrob plays multiple characters in the prohibition-themed video for new single “Adios”. Set in a 1930s speakeasy, the Ethan Ladder-directed visual finds the 42-year-old performing on stage with a bunch of scantily-clad dancers (it’s his very own cabaret) but the real fun comes from his other roles.

There’s the creepy-moustache wearing Ricky that pours drinks behind the bar as well as policeman Ricky, bouncer Ricky and even mobster Ricky! “Adios” is the first single from the superstar’s 10th studio album (due early 2015). It will be his first full release since Musica + Alma + Sexo in 2011. Watch the entertaining video up top and check out the Spanish version after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea And Charli XCX Are Still Conquering Clubs With “Fancy”: Listen To Jordy Dazz’s Hugely Popular Bootleg

Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX caught lightning in a bottle when the recorded “Fancy”. The summer smash topped the Billboard Hot 100 (several months ago now) but is still making waves in clubland thanks to a hugely popular bootleg from Jordy Dazz. The Dutch DJ was just using the remix in his sets but it took off when Hardwell and Tiesto started playing the heady electro-overhaul.

I’ve enjoyed a bunch of the official “Fancy” remixes but this is the wildest by far. After the first two minutes, you would be forgiven for mistaking the mix for an electro-house dub but then everything slows down and that familiar beat kicks in. From there, it’s a crazy electronic adventure that breathes new life into a song we’ve all heard several hundred times. Take a listen after the jump. More »