The charts are bubbling with record-breaking runs and firsts this week.
Meghan Trainor‘s inescapably bubbly body image anthem “All About That Bass” is leading the way for a seventh week on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Epic Records’ longest-leading #1 in the label’s history — and tying with Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX‘s 7-week “Fancy” run. Will she pull ahead and have the biggest female hit of the year?
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift continues to shake her way at the top at #2 with “Shake It Off” (with her other 1989tune “Out Of The Woods” debuting at #18), while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj shimmy back up to #3 with “Bang Bang.” Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” comes in at #4, followed by Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” at #5. That’s right — it’s a full #GIRLPOWER sweep for the Top 5!
But the ladies aren’t the only ones having a great week: X crooner Ed Sheeran (finally!) notched his first ever Top 10 hit with “Don’t,” which surpassed his previous chart record with “Sing” at #13. Welcome to the big leagues, Ed! Check out the full Top 10 after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea has been going through a bit of a rough patch dealing with the ex-boyfriend from hell and a high-profile beef with Snoop Dogg but she’s not letting the drama get in the way of her success. The Australian rapper will perform her new Mø-assisted single “Beg For It” on Saturday Night Live this weekend and has signed on to be the new face of Forever 21 (along with her man Nick Young).
The genetically-blessed couple model a variety of slick ensembles in the clothing retailer’s holiday campaign. In one cute pic Iggy rocks a sexy, sequined dress, while Nick keeps it cool in a white jacket and green plaid pants. In another, the femcee models a figure-hugging leather skirt. Forever 21 has never looked better! See a selection of images after the jump. More »
Ariana Grande has many musical influences, but who knew Imogen Heap was one of them? Last Saturday, the “Love Me Harder” mini-diva uploaded an Instagram video that showed her and the British singer-songwriter having dinner. Judging by both of their exclamation point-laden posts, the two apparently enjoyed each other’s company.
Grande wrote, “most surreal night of my life. thank you so much again to my favorite person on earth, and my idol for so many years @imogenheap for the sweetest, home cooked, vegan dinner and the spontaneous lesson in mimu gloves!!!” The UK entertainer took to her blog, stating “A lovely time was had and was amazing hearing about her world. Crazy!” Last January, Grande covered the 2005 single “Just For Now” from Heap’s sophomore album Speak For Yourself.
View Ariana Grande’s Instagram video below, and click here to read Imogen Heap’s blog post. More »
Eric Hutchinson is about to have an incredible Autumn.
Beginning next week in Boston, the singer-songwriter will be embarking on a massive U.S. tour in support of his latest album Pure Fiction, which recently spawned his new single, “A Little More.” And he’s not going it alone: Tristan Prettyman will be teaming up with the crooner on the road.
The City & Sand Tour — cleverly named because of Eric’s NYC status and Tristan’s SoCal roots — will be hitting up over two dozen stops across America in the coming weeks. From Eric: “Tristan and I have been friends for a long time and I’ve always wanted to play together. This tour has been years in the making and finally the stars aligned perfectly. I can’t wait to share the stage with her.”
Do you want a chance to see Eric and Tristan take to the stage in a city near you? Find out how to win after the jump. More »
It’s back-to-back-to-back country albums on top of the Billboard 200, as Florida Georgia Line debut at #1 with Anything Goes (197,000 sold) following chart-topping stints by Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean in recent weeks. Also, Bob Seger follows follows the trend of veteran acts making a big showing in the Top 10 lately (see: Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Stevie Nicks) by debuting at #3 with his 17th studio album Ride Out (59,000).
That leaves Pink and Dallas Green (aka You+Me) to go in at #4 with rose ave. (50,000), which, if you can wrap your head around it, is actually the third-best chart position ever for a Pink album. The only two that did better: 2008′s Funhouse (#2) and 2012′s The Truth About Love (#1). More »
Kelly Clarkson seriously loves her some Christmas, y’all.
From her seasonal smash record Wrapped In Red to her upcoming Christmas benefit concert down in Nashville, the Idol alum is showing no signs of ceasing the festivity any time soon.
To keep the spirit going strong as she records her forthcoming original studio album, Kelly’s dropping a re-release of her 2013 Christmas album at Walmart, which will also be bundled with a DVD of her Christmas special, Kelly’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, which aired last year on NBC and saw special guest appearances from a ton of stars, including Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Blake Shelton. Will this lead to another #1 on the Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart this year? It’s quite likely. Check out the tracklisting for the CD/DVD after the jump. More »
Back in early September, there were rumors swirling around Taylor Swift possibly joining The Voice as an advisor. Well guys, the news has now been confirmed! The “Welcome To New York” singer will be saying welcome to Hollywood when she appears on the singing competition show next week.
In a new promotional clip, Swift is shown interacting with the contestants and the judges — and she even pokes fun at herself! She calls her craziness “assumed and understood,” and shows off a few dance moves. Beginning on Monday, October 27 (the release date of her 1989 album, by the way) she will be in three episodes for the show’s “Knockout” rounds. More »
In case you haven’t already watched the trailer or seen the new cast (Quvenzhané Wallis! Cameron Diaz!), the classic Annie is getting a massive 2014 reboot in time for Christmas. And, to coincide with the big budget remake of the original 1982 film adaptation, the movie’s also getting a newly rejuvenated soundtrack with updated lyrics and melodies, all thanks to producer Greg Kurstin and the pop industry’s most in-demand songwriter, Sia.
The ever-elusive 1000 Forms Of Fear belter delivers not one, not two but three new tracks on the soundtrack including a duet with Beck. And now, we’ve got a first listen of one of those new songs: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.”
True to Sia and Greg’s collaborative style, the song’s been given a punchy, poppy update, full of Sia’s soaring vocals and epic, crashing production from Kurstin. Really, aside from Sia’s more chipper and optimistic delivery, this production could have certainly been served up on her fantastic studio album. Listen to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” after the jump. More »