It’s been quite a year for Taylor Swift, and the endless praise being thrown in the direction of the 1989 singer-songwriter isn’t letting up anytime soon. (Did you see “Shake It Off” was just nominated for a Grammy this morning?)
For the second time, T. Swizzle’s been selected as Billboard’s Woman Of The Year, and she’s now gracing the cover of their magazine this week. Inside, the massively successful superstar discusses everything from her lyrical content to her album sales to her life in New York City. And yes, she hears your criticism about the gleeful sound of “Welcome To New York” — and she’s not backing down. “I’m as optimistic and enthusiastic about New York as I am about the state of the music industry, and a lot of people aren’t optimistic about those two things. And if they’re not in that place in their life, they’re not going to relate to what I have to say,” she explained. (Or, more succinctly, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate.”)
She also touches upon her shift from country to pop, starting with the 7 week #1 reign of Red‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which she calls “a big signal flare”: “It felt like I had tried on something new that fit really well. So for this album I decided, ‘Hey, that thing I tried last time? I’m going to make my whole wardrobe into that.’” And, of course, she tackles the tough questions about her personal life — and sounds happier than ever as a sexy single in the city. “I, however, am 24, perfectly happy being alone, and one of the reasons I’m perfectly happy being alone is that no one gets hurt this way,” she says.
Make sure to check out the full cover story over at Billboard, and take a look at a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot the full-size magazine cover down below. More »
Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were up bright an early today to make the announcement of the initial nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards on CBS This Morning. And, probably no surprise here — each of them landed nominations in at least one of the five categories announced so far. (The rest of the categories will be revealed throughout the day on Twitter, and we’ll be updating right here, so keep checking back!)
Sheeran’s x is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, where he’ll compete with Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and others. Pharrell’s G I R L is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as is Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled LP (another one Pharrell worked on). As for the biggest award of the night (Album Of The Year), nominees included the “7/11″ singer, Smith, Pharrell, Sheeran and Beck. More »
If you’ve had a look at Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram account in the last year or so, you know exactly how tight she is with Flaming Lips‘ head-weirdo Wayne Coyne. The twerkin’ 22-year-old has already lent her vocals to a number of tracks on the band’s Beatles tribute album and has expressed her desire to work with the alt-rock legends on her next LP. It sounds like an unlikely development given her success in the urban-pop space, but the Bangerz diva is just fucks-free enough to do it.
“She’s just really started,” Wayne said of Miley’s next opus in an interview with Stereogum. “We’re definitely going to make some music together… she already has a bunch of songs. She’s a pretty good songwriter. She’s got some peeps around that can easily turn something simple into something that can be produced pretty quick.” So, what direction is the new music taking? “She’s really in the mode of doing whatever the fuck she wants.” More »
Selena Gomez is leaving Hollywood Records on a high note. “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” the 22-year-old’s final single for the label, is shaping up to be her biggest hit yet. After stealing the show at the recent American Music Awards with a gut-wrenching performance, the break-up anthem exploded on iTunes and subsequently jumped to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 — equalling the peak of 2013 smash “Come & Get It.”
The next step on Sel’s journey to total chart domination is a batch of club-friendly dance remixes from the likes of DJ Kue, Cosmic Dawn and Ruff Loaderz. The producers all put a very different spin on “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which means there’s something here for everyone. I wish there was an edgier house overhaul among them but, until one comes long, these will do nicely. Take a listen after the jump. More »
Sucker isn’t even out until December 15, but who’s got time to wait until then?
In an interview with TIME, “Break The Rules” bad ass pop diva Charli XCX revealed that while she’s busily promoting her raucous sophomore record, she’s also daydreaming about what her third studio album might sound like.
And for those of you hoping to hear some of the stranger noises featured on her fantastic 2013 debut LP True Romance, it sounds like she’s heading back into the weird zone — but a lot peppier this time around: The singer revealed that the upcoming material “will be heavily inspired by Japanese pop music and will sound like both ‘another planet up in the clouds’ and ‘intensely weird and childlike.’” J-Pop? Wonder if her trip to Japan for the “SuperLove” video inspired the new sound.
What do you think about Charli’s plans for her new LP? Discuss below. More »
Sevyn Streeter is back! After landing a much-deserved hit with Chris Brown-assisted slow jam “It Won’t Stop” and dropping one of the best EPs of last year (Call Me Crazy, But… still goes hard), the R&B diva spent most of 2014 working on her debut album. Today (December 4), she officially announced “Don’t Kill The Fun”, another collab with Breezy, as the LP’s lead single. The track is described as an uptempo club-banger and is expected to drop in a matter of weeks.
The Atlantic Records singer/songwriter (she penned Ariana Grande‘s “The Way” and Tamar Braxton‘s “All The Way Home”) was snapped on the set of the video and looks absolutely incredible in a figure-hugging pale blue ensemble. Sevyn even has matching hair! Chris is directing the visual, which also features his street art. See more pics of the stunning 28-year-old on set as well as her collaborator’s Instagram posts after the jump. More »
From the cheerful bubblegum-pop of his debut single “iYiYi” to the mellow, beach-rock of 2013 LP Surfers Paradise, Cody Simpson‘s sound has already evolved beyond recognition. That’s probably par for the course when you arrive on the scene as a fresh-faced 13-year-old, but the Aussie star’s sonic transformation has been quicker and bolder than most. The teenager is about to take the next step in his career by embracing a largely acoustic singer/songwriter sound on his third album.
Cody has spent the past few months chipping away at the LP in Malibu with Cisco Adler. “The way I’m going about the new stuff is the way people would go about a rock album,” he explains. “I’m writing everything with the same songwriter and producer — then I get together with my band and record it live. That’s the way I’ve always wanted to do it but never had the capacity or the tools.” Is there still room for a little pop? “No pop for me,” the 17-year-old laughs. “Pop’s dead in my mind.” More »
Still struggling to get your head around Empire Of The Sun composing the soundtrack of Dumb And Dumber To? The Australian duo’s otherworldly brand of electronica is an unlikely fit for a Farrelly Brothers comedy, but someone clearly knew what they were doing. “Wandering Star”, the first taste of the score, is an absolute gem that finds the band revisiting to the ethereal synths and mellow melodies of their 2008 debut LP Walking On A Dream.
“Don’t you know when you crossed my path it felt like fate, don’t you give up what we had,” Luke Steele whispers on the understated love song before arriving at a typically obtuse chorus: “Wandering stars might fade away but you know that the sun is here to stay.” Empire Of The Sun deliver a rush of lush electronica that reminds you just how good they are in top form. Listen to their latest after the jump. More »
She was away in Malawi for the past week or two, but the Queen Of Pop has returned from her trip…and she’s come back to real bad news.
You see, while she was away, two of Madonna‘s upcoming collaborations with Avicii, “Rebel Heart” and “Wash All Over Me,” spilled in full on the Internet over Thanksgiving weekend. Although Guy Oseary certainly noticed that she’d sprung a leak out of nowhere, Madge seemingly didn’t…until just now.
“This broken ipod is a symbol of my broken heart! That my music has been stolen and leaked! I have been violated as a human and an artist! #fuckedupshit,” she Instagrammed moments ago, accompanied by a photo of a crushed iPod. (A stock photo? Or did she just do this now with her bare hands? Either are entirely possible.) And, just to drive the point home, a photo from her Interview Magazine spread, accompanied simply by one ominous hashtag: “#dontfuckwithme.”
Oh, dear. M-Dolla’s pissed. Rightfully so, of course! But who will be the one to suffer her wrath? And will she do something with the music now that it’s already floating around in cyberspace? Check out the Instagrams after the jump, and sound off in the comments below. More »
It appears the once-strong Young Money/Cash Money family is quickly unraveling! Fresh after Tyga revealing to Vibe magazine that he thinks Drake is fake, Lil Wayne has taken to Twitter to unleash even more drama from the camp.
The rapper tweeted a very unexpected rant, where he told fans that his record label is refusing to release the forthcoming Tha Carter V LP. The news comes after the album got pushed back from its previous October 28 date to December 9, as well as his “Start A Fire” single with Christina Milian. Now, it seems like fans will never get a chance to listen to the project.
Weezy went on to say, “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity Again,I am truly sorry and I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thk u.” This is a shocking reveal seeing how him and label CEO Birdman were always so close, but maybe it’s time to move on. View the rapper’s tweets after the jump. More »