The Recording Academy is expanding into the well-loved Christmas music market, with the announcement of their inaugural holiday special — A Very Grammy Christmas. Acts like Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw are slated to perform. The special will tape on November 18 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, with tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.
A Very Grammy Christmas is set to air on December 5 on CBS. That same day, they plan to announce the 2015 Grammy nominations for Album of the Year. The rest of category nods will be revealed earlier that morning. As for the holiday show, hopefully Grande will perform her swagged-out version of the 1984 classic “Last Christmas.” One can only dream!
Perhaps you’ve seen rumblings on Twitter, on the Internet or merely felt the vibrations coursing through the streets, but Taylor Swift‘s new album, 1989, may or may not have hit the web a little early.
To be fair, we’d already heard a bunch of new tunes leading up to the album’s eventual arrival, including her #1 smash “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York,” as well as a hint of “Style.” But what else is there to look forward to? Let’s discuss. More »
It’s Britney (Day), bitch!
Incredibly, it’s already been just about a year since Brit Brit began her Las Vegas residency, Piece Of Me, and the reviews and sales numbers have been utterly stellar — so much so, that Planet Hollywood is now giving back to the living legend in the form of a new holiday.
On Wednesday, November 5, Las Vegas will be celebrating “Britney Day” at The LINQ Promenade, where Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will “present Britney with an official proclamation, as well as the Key to the iconic Las Vegas Strip.” What will B do with that key? Likely indulge in her outrageous shopping spree for a bit with her BFFs, and then help herself into the Starbucks on the ground floor of Planet Hollywood for some delicious frappes. More »
BBC Music celebrated their launch earlier this month with a pretty epic cover of The Beach Boys‘ classic — “God Only Knows.” The video features star players like One Direction, Paloma Faith, Chris Martin and a handful of others. Coincidentally enough, some of these musicians will be performing at television program’s first annual awards ceremony!
Along with Coldplay, Paloma Faith and 1D, music favorites like Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris and Clean Bandit plan to touch the stage. It will be broadcasted live on December 11 via BBC One, from London’s Earls Court. A panel of BBC Music experts and music journalists will chose the winners for best British and international artists of the year, while the public will vote for the best song of the year. More »
Guy Sebastian revealed the cover of his Madness LP on Instagram today (October 23). The black-and-white artwork uses a side-shot of the Aussie superstar, which nicely shows off the ink on his arm. The album drops November 21 in his homeland — an international release will follow — and features 2 Chainz-assisted trap/pop banger “Mama Ain’t Proud”.
Other songs to make the tracklist include the 32-year-old’s recent US single “Like A Drum” and infectious EDM adventure “Come Home With Me”. Guy’s last seven albums have all reached the top 10 in Australia, so there’s a lot of pressure on Madness to keep his winning streak intact. Given the success of the singles, it shouldn’t be a problem. Check out the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Rita Ora posted this TBT (Throwback Thursday) pic on Instagram earlier this morning (October 23) without an explanation. Not that she needs one. The 23-year-old is something of a nude pioneer when it comes to social media, sharing topless pics and even a disturbing kitty snap. [Editor's note: Reminder to have the staff watch And God Created Woman and Viva Maria! and a few other Brigitte Bardot (pictured above) classics. It's not all about Miley and Rihanna and Rita, you know!]
It’s nice to see that recording a classy ballad with Diane Warren — the wonderful “Grateful” — hasn’t damped her spirit. In other Rita news, she’s still chipping away at her sophomore album after ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris took back all the songs he wrote for it. It’s now expected to drop in early 2015. Check out the cigarette-puffing nude the diva posted after the jump. More »
The Veronicas made a successful return to the pop scene in September after several years of label limbo. The Aussie twins scored a number one hit at home with comeback single “You Ruin Me” and even got Courtney Love‘s seal of approval. (An international release is expected early next year). Jess and Lisa unveiled the cover of their self-titled third LP today (October 23) and also shared iTunes countdown single “Line Of Fire”.
If the stripped-back balladry of “You Ruin Me” wasn’t quite for you, the duo’s new song should be right up your alley. “Line Of Fire” is a return to the frantic rock/pop of the Hook Me Up era — albeit with a grungy twist. “Standing in your line of fire, sorry I’m a real bad liar,” the sisters chirp in the soaring chorus. “You just blow me away.” Take a listen to The Veronica’s latest gem after the jump. More »
Wayne Coyne is well known to pop fans as Miley Cyrus‘ muse (her Instagram is a veritable shrine) but the Flaming Lips frontman struck a similar friendship with Kesha back in 2012. That makes the veteran psychedelic-rocker more qualified than most to comment on the diva’s stunning allegations against super-producer Dr. Luke.
The unlikely duo first collaborated on the 53-year-old’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends LP and then decided to record an entire album together, the near-mythological Lip$ha. “The stuff that we did together was just spectacular, and it made us want to do more,” Coyne reveals in an interview with Radio.com. “And I think we did like four or five songs, and then Kesha would remind me, ‘Wayne, I can’t put this music out, Dr. Luke will kill me.’
“I don’t know Dr. Luke at all, but when we [Kesha and I] speak, I know there’s some anxiety about their relationship,” he continues. “I think she would like to have the freedom to do more things in that spirit. Where it’s not — again, I don’t know their situation — but where it’s not producers producing her. She could produce herself, that’s probably what she is wanting to happen with her own career.” More »
The secret’s (all but) out!
Taylor Swift has been sneakily giving her loyal Swifties bits and pieces of her new album 1989 for weeks and months now — from those #1989SecretSessions at her apartment, to Target commercials, to pre-release tracks on iTunes. But the wait is nearly over, and now, she’s inviting us…like, all of us…to a final secret session!
On Monday (October 27), Taylor will be hosting a live stream, just as she did when she announced the album, with both Yahoo and iHeartRadio at 7:30 PM EST. What’s in store? Well, that’s still a secret — obviously. We’re guessing a live album playback, or maybe even a performance. And, if the Yahoo announcement is anything to go by, Tay Tay might even be in a Halloween state of mind? “It would be downright scary if you missed it!” they ominously sign off. How positively ghoulish! More »
Jasmine Villegas completely reinvented herself in 2014. The 20-year-old, who came to fame playing the love interest in Justin Bieber‘s YouTube-conquering “Baby” video, relaunched as a fierce urban-pop diva — complete with a major label record deal and a surprise feature from rapper Kendrick Lamar on new single “That’s Me Right There”.
The rising star recently dropped by the Idolator office in Los Angeles to pose for a photo shoot (above) and spill the beans on this exciting new phase of her career. Jasmine opened up about her upcoming EP (she has a collaboration with Jeremih in the can), writing songs with Nick Jonas and the evolution of her sound. Find out all you need to know about the lovely Latina after the jump. More »