It’s kind of unsurprising to hear this considering her utterly insane promotional schedule, but Taylor Swift has laryngitis. Lucky for us (and her loyal Swifties over the in the UK), Billboard‘s Woman Of The Year knows a thing or two about shaking off the undesirable things, which is why she pulled it together to headline the Capital Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena in London over the weekend.
The 1989 singer-songstress performed 5 tracks in total for the screaming crowd, including her Max Martin-crafted smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Blank Space,” a synth-y revamp of “Love Story,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and, of course, her newly GRAMMY nominated jam, “Shake It Off.” And, despite being sick, the peppy diva looked like she was in high spirits on stage, shimmying her way around and crooning atop a rising platform as confetti streamed from the ceilings. A lil’ sickness isn’t going to stop Taylor from doing her thing!
Check out Taylor performing “Shake It Off” up top, and sound off in the comments below. More »
“Bang Bang” is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of 2014, all thanks to the combined powerhouse chops (and killer rap skills!) of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Girl power all around — but what happens when you throw a different talented diva into the mix? As it turns out…pure magic!
Last night, during the 99.7 Triple Ho Show in San Jose, Jessie was effortlessly crooning the hit tune when none other than “Neon Lights” starlet Demi Lovato came strutting out on stage to supply the vocals during Ariana’s verse. And, even though you might not be able to hear it over all the intense shrieking from the crowd, she utterly nailed it. Those incredible pipes! The two had an absolute blast on stage, dancing together during Nicki’s verse, and then bringing it all home with powerful riffs and ad-libs. Clearly, these two talented pop princesses need to hit the recording studio together ASAP.
Watch the powerhouse “Bang Bang” duet up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
One Direction have been on a winning streak since, well, their debut, and they’re showing no signs of slowing anytime soon. After releasing their latest studio album Four last week (due to deliver the year’s second highest-selling opening week sales), the lads only just took home the trophy for Artist Of The Year at the 2014 American Music Awards. (They also performed “Night Changes” during the show.) But why stop at dominating in only one territory?
Yesterday, the troupe headed down to the 2014 ARIA Awards in Australia, where they took the trophy for Best International Artist (for the third year in a row) before hitting the stage to perform their latest smash single, “Steal My Girl.” As per usual, the boys delivered a solid, if not somewhat reserved rendition of their hit — no doubt a tiny bit exhausted from having just toured the world. Still, their voices were on point and the crowd was, of course, loving every second.
Watch 1D perform “Steal My Girl” up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »
Kiesza‘s debut LP Sound Of A Woman arrived stateside in October, but it finally gets a UK release next week (on December 1). Ahead of that, the flame-haired Canadian songbird is promoting her third European single, “No Enemiesz,” which she performed live on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge today. As is tradition on the show, artists also belt out a cover of another artist’s song, and this time around Kiesza chose Naughty Boy and Sam Smith‘s 2013 hit “La La La.”
Will “No Enemiesz” wind up becoming Kiesza’s third Top 10 single in the UK? We won’t know until Sunday. Ahead of that, catch her cover of “La La La” above. More »
Real talk: Who among us hasn’t covered Drake‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”?
We’ve heard reinterpretations ranging from wholly original to wildly unique from the likes of Conor Maynard, Foxes, Holy Ghost!, Dev Hynes and many, many more…so really, what’s another to add into the mix?
During a concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London last night, I Never Learn Swedish songstress Lykke Li decided to whip up her very own version of the track. Stripping out the chill, feel-good vibes of the original, Lykke’s take on Drake’s track was suitably dark and haunting, matching the beautifully teary-eyed sound of her latest LP.
Watch Lykke perform her “Hold On, We’re Going Home” cover live up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Tonight’s the night! The 2014 MTV European Music Awards just wrapped up overseas in Glasgow, and they’ll be heading our way during a stream later tonight on MTV in the US, featuring performances by Fifth Harmony and Nick Jonas. The night included performances by Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, U2 (who filled in last minute after Calvin Harris pulled out), and, of course, the night’s host, Nicki Minaj.
We’ll be updating with the performances throughout the night. Watch them all after the jump! More »
Ed Sheeran expressed his affection for Sam Smith‘s hit ballad “Stay With Me” in early June, when he covered the song during a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance. “It is my favorite song of the last year,” Sheeran told host Annie Mac, while explaining why he chose to cover Smith’s ballad. “I think it’s an instant classic. It’s gonna be around for a long time. [Sam Smith] is gonna be around for a long time, as well.”
Indeed, Smith is still hanging in there, and last night Sheeran joined him on stage at Manchester’s Albert Hall for a joint performance of “Stay With Me” that sent Sam’s audience into a frenzy. More »
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might be best known for her high-energy live performances and tightly choreographed routines, but hey, she sings too — and she wants you to know it!
Just ahead of the release of the Girls Aloud icon’s forthcoming studio album, the “I Don’t Care” beauty has been serving up acoustic renditions of some album tracks…and covers of TLC and Beyoncé, just ’cause. And for her latest performance, she’s tackling the album’s title track, “Only Human.” Check out the performance up top. More »
Super fans (well, Lovatics and Azaleans), the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: The footage from VEVO’s first-ever Certified SuperFanFest has arrived!
As announced last month, Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea hit the stage during the digital streaming service’s first-ever celebration of fans on October 8 at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. And judging from the footage, the ladies pulled out all the stops for their performances in front of some of their biggest fans. More »
From Ed Sheeran to FKA Twigs, Sam Smith‘s runaway smash “Stay With Me” has continuously gotten the superstar treatment in 2014. And now, it’s time to add another name to the growing list.
The Sweet Talker herself, Jessie J, supplied her powerful pipes for a stirring rendition of Smith’s “Stay With Me” on Capital FM, in conjunction with Global’s Make Some Noise, an organization for aiding disadvantaged people across the UK. More »