Evidently she doesn’t have to worry about those pesky haters too much: Taylor Swift just shook and shimmied her way to a #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
The 1989 pop titan, who is no stranger to insanely high chart sales, just notched another major victory with the lead single from her forthcoming pop record, which she just performed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Naturally, she’s gone and broke a bunch of records while doing so: “‘Shake’ arrives with 544,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum marks the greatest weekly total this year and the fourth-best bow all-time,” reports Billboard. She also broke a radio record, debuting at #9 on Adult Pop Songs and #12 on Pop Songs. Quite simply, Swift just demolished the charts once again.
What do you think of Taylor’s “Shake It Off” victory? Let us know in the comments below. More »
What the world needs now is another album from Yelle. That’s something I randomly said a couple of months ago and, somewhat surprisingly, the universe has delivered. Via Dr. Luke of all people! The French trio’s third LP Completement Fou was produced entirely by the super-producer and his associates. It drops September 30 on his label, Kemosabe Records.
Yelle’s irreverent brand of electro-pop has won them a loyal cult following around the globe but they still seem like an unlikely fit for the man behind Kesha and Katy Perry‘s mega-hits. However, the union could turn out to be a masterstroke if the brilliant title track is any indication. “Completement Fou” is an intoxicating dose of fizzy French techno — complete with rave keys and a monster chorus. So far, so good. Listen to the electro-anthem (and see the LP’s full tracklist) after the jump. More »
Sara Bareilles is the latest artist to (barely) survive an episode of Sound Advice — a hilarious web series starring Saturday Night Live‘s Vanessa Bayer. She plays a media coach to the stars, who spews bad advice and insults at an alarming rate. While most guests try to grin and bear it (Haim and Bastille), the Grammy-nominated diva can’t contain her fury. And it’s awesome.
After listening to jibes about her hometown and drama-free approach to music, Sara finally loses her cool. ”Do you want me to tell you what a fucking bitch I think you’re being right now?” she asks before defending her image with the amazing quip: “I wear leather. That’s hard!” The look on her face during the exchange is absolutely priceless. Watch the “Brave” hitmaker explode up top. More »
The goddamn mic has been dropped on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, and Donatella Versace had the final word. For her stunning clip, the Grand Drag Queen Of Fashion (no, no Karl Lagerfeld — have a seat, bitch) sat her hot ass in front of a camera and muttered something or other in Donatella-ese while two ridiculously ripped model dudes lorded over her with buckets that look like they cost the Average Joe’s annual salary a piece.
Lady Versace screwed up ALS by calling it “ASL,” but when she went to correct herself, it was too late — Himbo 1 and Himbo 2 poured their buckets on Donatella’s iconic wig, causing her to let out the same blood-curdling shriek we did when we found out will.i.am was exec-producing Britney‘s last album. More »
Grimes has always marched to the beat of her own drum and that has never been more apparent than in Canadian diva’s mind-bendingly weird “Go” video. The 26-year-old hits the desert in the post-apocalyptic romp (which she also directed with her brother) and spends a lot of time waving a large sword around. She also poses in front of long sheets of fabric.
That description doesn’t really do it justice. The striking desert scenes are juxtaposed with nightclub action, which makes the video feel like Mad Max: The Musical. A collaboration with LA-based electro-wizz Blood Diamonds, “Go” was apparently written for Rihanna‘s new album. I can understand why RiRi rejected it — the song is too wild for her rigid brand of urban-pop — but it’s her loss. Watch up top. More »
It’s been a big week for Miss Betty Who, that’s for sure.
After the announcement of her debut LP Take Me When You Go, the singer-songstress just appeared on the Today Show stage this morning to kick off the day with the Movement EP song that started it all: “Somebody Loves You.”
After some small talk about her shoes, hair and the origin of her name (fun fact: it was originally the title of a song she wrote!), Miss Who launched into a spirited performance performance of her synth-y jam, bouncing around and crooning to a fan-filled studio audience. She’s got a lot to be happy about as of late: She’s heading out on tour with Katy Perry down under for the Prismatic World Tour in November.
Check out Betty performing up top, and let us know if you’re excited for her debut LP in the comments below. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
House-leaning dance-pop acts like Rudimental, Gorgon City and Jess Glynne are proving that North London is a currently one of the hottest hotbeds of new music right now, and throwing his hat into the arena is 21-year old Lewis Jankel. Recording as Shift K3Y, he landed a Top 5 hit in his home country of the UK earlier this year with his soulful garage-pop single “Touch.” (It’s now been released in the States — grab the song here.) And, yes, that’s Lewis, not a separate, featured vocalist, doing the singing on the track — something that makes him unique among many of his contemporaries.
We had lunch in the Big Apple with this young new pop force earlier this month, and he proved to be just as candid and sharp as he is savvy about music-making. Head below to find out more about Shift K3Y. More »
Gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, Labrinth — real name Timothy McKenzie — recently dropped his soulful number “Let It Be.” While it might not be a party-starter like his Tinie Tempah-assisted club banger “Earthquake,” the new single not only lets his sultry pipes shine through, but also shows a real maturation for the 25-year-old English crooner.
Now “Let It Be” has a video, and it’s a pretty dizzying one at that. Filmed in a single shot, the clip seemingly follows McKenzie’s process of making his second disc, from fighting with label execs and recording tunes in the studio to just jamming with his friends. What’s more, it all takes place in a rather eerie warehouse space.
The visual might also reflect his trepidation with this still-untitled new record as he further ventures away from writing purely pop jams. More »
Ever since we first heard her massive debut single “Hideaway,” we’ve been loving up on singer-songstress Kiesza for months now.
Recently, the fast-rising diva dropped her debut EP Hideaway which includes the runaway smash, as well as “Giant In My Heart,” her slinky R&B slow-burner “So Deep” and her haunting remake of Haddaway‘s “What Is Love.” And now, we want you to hideaway with us!
Want to win a deluxe Kiesza Hideaway EP package? Of course you do. Find out how after the jump. More »
Break out the champagne, Amber Rose: Wiz Khalifa just notched his very first #1 album on the Billboard 200 this week.
The Blacc Hollywood rapper/singer-songwriter soared to the top spot with 90,000 units sold according to Billboard, finally reaching the summit after reaching the number two spot with both O.N.I.F.C. and Rolling Papers in previous years.
Elsewhere on the charts, the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack continues to perform well after last week hold at #1, while the country world scored a victory with Chase Rice‘s Ignite The Night. Check out the full Top 10 of the Billboard 200 after the jump. More »