You better break out your copy of Wrapped In Red, because Kelly Clarkson is getting into the Christmas spirit again.
The powerhouse vocalist has just announced her first-ever annual Christmas benefit concert called Miracle on Broadway in Nashville on Saturday, December 20 — and she’s bringing quite a few friends along for the ride.
The Christmas-themed concert will feature original performances of holiday classics, as well as performances of Wrapped In Red hits, from Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Charles Esten and Meghan Trainor. And, in keeping with the Christmas spirit, all proceeds from the event will be donated to four Nashville charities. More »
Iggy Azalea wraps up her stellar year, as she leads the 2014 American Music Awards nominations with six nods – including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for her Charli XCX-assisted hit “Fancy,” Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. She has some tough competition in that last category, going head to head with Drake and Eminem.
Trailing behind the rapper is Katy Perry, Pharrell and John Legend with five nominations. “Yellow Flicker Beat” singer Lorde snagged herself four nominations. It has also been announced that Charli XCX will grace the stage, performing at the show for the first time. The ceremony determined by fan votes, which will reveal how much these artists truly connected with their audiences over the past year.
The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Check out the full list of nominees below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Ariana Grande spent an entire day recording at a studio in London, less than two months after she released her sophomore album My Everything. Could she be working on its follow-up? [Twitter]
:: Selena Gomez confronts Billy Crudup in a dramatic preview of the musical drama Rudderless. The film hits theaters and Video on Demand on October 17. [MTV]
:: Jessie J has done an acoustic rendition of “Ain’t Been Done,” the opening track of her third studio album Sweet Talker. Recently, she gave Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” the same stripped-down treatment. [MTV]
:: Rap minimalist DJ Mustard hopes to work with Disclosure, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris sometime in the future. He’s already had experience branching out — after conquering hip-hop/R&B radio, he toured with and opened for Skrillex. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Justin Bieber was reportedly cleared of allegedly stealing a fan’s cell phone at a Dave & Buster’s in Los Angeles. The Believe pop star lunged for the device, as the fan was attempting to take photos of him and on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. [Billboard]
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Actor and director Danny DeVito has impressive range. He has starred in dramas, comedies, family flicks and sitcoms. And now, he’s scored some major bragging rights with his latest role – the star of One Direction‘s forthcoming music video.
That’s right – as the U.K. boy band just revealed, DeVito will be featured in the “Steal My Girl” video, out October 13. Photos from the shoot show all of them at a desert, playing with a monkey in between takes and hanging out with DeVito’s #Trollfoot – the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star‘s social media alter ego, art project and, well, foot. (“I didn’t know what to do on Twitter, like my first tweet was ‘My b — s are on fire’ . . . I didn’t want to keep going in that way,” he has said. “I decided that Troll Foot was good.”) Oh, and despite the song’s subject matter, there isn’t a girl in sight.
See One Direction and Danny DeVito’s video shoot antics below. More »
It took Bonnie Anderson six years to release her debut single after winning Australia’s Got Talent as a 12-year-old way back in 2007. That song, a bubbly pure-pop anthem called “Raise The Bar”, made minor waves in 2013 but she finally landed a major hit with Katy Perry-channeling club banger “Blackout”. (It sounds a lot like “Dark Horse”).
The talented teen finds her own lane with “Rodeo”. Co-written and produced by long-time P!nk collaborator Billy Man, “Rodeo” is a demented country-pop detour that sounds horrible in theory but, through some mystery of the universe, just works. “My daddy is a boxer, he taught my how to punch with my bare hands,” Bonnie sings over plucked guitar strings before launching into the infectious chorus. I’m here for it. Listen to the future hoedown classic after the jump. More »
First things first (sorry, it’s an Iggy Azalea post and I can’t help myself), Australia’s rap queen was never married to Hefe Wine. That was the focus of her latest — and possibly greatest — Twitter rant this afternoon. She also wants you to know that she will perform on an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live and has decided to release “Beg For It” as her next single.
But before you start dreaming of a Charli-XCX reunion (the duo already performed the song live), the 24-year-old has thrown us a curve ball. The featured vocalist on the track is actually Danish diva Mø. The collab is still a tantalizing prospect, however, given the general excellence of the electro-pop newcomer’s No Mythologies To Follow LP. It also demonstrates Iggy’s ability to think outside the box. Get to know the femcee’s latest collaborator a little better here and see her tweets after the jump. More »
If Miley Cyrus has taught us anything, it’s that all Disney divas eventually shed their good girl image (and, occasionally, their clothes). The latest (former) teen queen to switch things up is singer/actress Debby Ryan. The 21-year-old channels Brigitte Bardot on the cover of ‘Fault’ magazine with her full-lipped pout, bed hair and sexy ensemble.
It’s a very good look for the singer/songwriter, who released her debut EP One in June. She looks sexy and sophisticated without trying too hard to reinvent herself. When Debby isn’t recording with her band (The Never Ending), she can be found hamming it up on hit Disney sitcom Jessie. Check out her Fault cover — and another pic from the shoot — after the jump. More »
It’s a great time to be Taylor Swift! For the second time, the 1989 country pop-turned-regular pop princess has been named Billboard’s Woman Of The Year.
After snagging the award in 2011, the “Shake It Off” songstress becomes the first woman ever to be picked twice for the honor by the official chart organization. The Woman Of The Year title is awarded yearly to one woman in music who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”
Previous winners have included Pink (2013), Katy Perry (2012) and, of course, Taylor Swift (2011). Read on after the jump to see what they had to say about giving Tay the title once again. More »
When I interviewed Mary Lambert last month, she described debut LP Heart On My Sleeve as being her very own Teenage Dream — a reference to Katy Perry‘s all-conquering pop opus. It’s an extremely well-executed bit to flee a niche that was created for the “Same Love” singer by people who never thought a curvaceous lesbian could be a pop star. She proved them wrong with radio smash “Secrets” and has plenty of other surprises in store for doubters on her very, very good record.
Heart On My Sleeve, which is now streaming in full, is a winning mix of offbeat pop anthems, tender ballads (that will no doubt strike a chord with fans of her earlier material) and even a brilliant cover of Rick Springfield‘s ’80s classic “Jessie’s Girl”. It’s hard to pick highlights but the catchy title track and the moody “So Far Away” have to be in the running. Listen to Mary’s LP (due October 14) after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea must rue the day she met Hefe Wine (real name Maurice Williams). After trying and failing to sell a sex tape they made to porn company Vivid Entertainment, the rap diva’s ex has now filed for divorce in Texas — despite the fact they were never married. Confused? Iggy’s ex claims they held themselves out to be husband and wife, which suffices in the Lone Star State.
A representative for the “Fancy” hitmaker told TMZ that she never held herself out as Hefe’s wife and never agreed to be married. So basically, this is just another grab for cash. Which explains why the seemingly obsessed rapper is asking the judge to prohibit Iggy from selling assets she accumulated during their “marriage”. This is beyond sad. No wonder the femcee was inspired to write a song called “Fuck Love”. More »