Hats off, Swifties. You go harder for your Queen than any other fanbase! According to sales predictions, Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is on track to sell more than one million copies in its first week of sale — making it the second best-selling album of 2014 after Disney’s chart-conquering Frozen soundtrack. The 24-year-old will also become the first artist in history to have three albums cross the million mark after seven days of release (2010′s Speak Now and 2012′s Red also achieved the feat).
So what’s Tay Tay’s secret? Well, her military-like promo blitz certainly helped. As did the innovative roll-out (live stream announcement, secret sessions and Instagram countdown) and goodies-filled Target deluxe edition. She also said girl, bye to Spotify and had every celebrity she’s ever met promote 1989 on their social channels. All is fair in love and first-week album sales, and the “Shake It Off” diva knows what it takes to get your coins. Well played and game over. More »
The lid on the Danity Kane coffin isn’t being lowered down quietly — it’s being shut with a giant thud.
For those not following along for the mayhem: The newly reformed quartet suddenly became a trio when Aundrea Fimbres announced she would be leaving the band in the midst of their #NoFilterTour this year. Nonetheless, the trio soldiered on, only to be torn apart once again by a physical altercation during a business meeting between Dawn Richard and Aubrey O’Day. After some time, all three remaining members (or their lawyers) miraculously settled on releasing their final record, DK3, for the fans this week.
To make matters even more ridiculous, the group’s label (or someone) just uploaded an official video to one of the album’s best bangers: “Rhythm Of Love,” which just so happens to feature none of the members of Danity Kane. Instead, it’s a bunch of randoms lip-syncing to the fierce dance track around town.
What? Why? Who would possibly care to watch if Dawn, Aubrey and Shannon aren’t even in the video? Just a complete mess, through and through. If you care to see what is likely the final, lazy shred of the DK3 legacy, watch the video up top. More »
Rita Ora lands on the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan under the headline Why She’s Everywhere. Unfortunately, the magazine can’t give an adequate answer to that question/statement but at least they get the gorgeous Brit to talk about her acrimonious break-up with Calvin Harris. “It was the right guy at the wrong time,” she says of the DJ. “I was about to start a tour, and he was also all over the place. There’s only so much you can do when you don’t see each other.”
That’s pretty kind when you consider that the Motion hitmaker wouldn’t let her perform “I Will Never Let You Down” on TV and took back all the songs he wrote for her sophomore LP — effectively delaying it for at least six months. Rita also talked about her breakthrough US hit “Black Widow”. “As soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘This is the fucking song,’” she says of Iggy Azalea‘s smash. “Katy Perry cowrote it — it felt nice to have all women involved.” See the “Grateful” diva’s sexy Cosmo cover and another pic from the shoot after the jump. More »
B is for Britney Spears! K is for Kylie Minogue! J is for Justin Bieber! The stars are spelling it all out for you right on their scarves this year…and it’s all for a really good cause.
British retailer Matalan has created line of scarves called Alphabet Scarves, a perfectly fashionable and charitable line of lettered scarves for the winter season. According to the store, 100% of the profits from the sale of each of these scarves will go to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity in order to raise awareness and funds for the Liverpool-based children’s hospital.
To help support the cause, a whole crew of pop stars are getting in the action and posting photos wrapped in their own alphabet scarves, including Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Girls Aloud darling Nicola Roberts, Spice Girls icon Mel C, Glee‘s Lea Michele and Foxes. Now that’s one way of putting your selfies to good use!
Check out the full gallery of stars in scarves up top, and if you want to get in on the action, you can order your very own Alphabet Scarf too. More »
Katy Perry ushered in her dirty 30s by hosting an elaborate party in Morocco. The Queen of Pop celebrated the milestone birthday on October 25 with a bunch of her nearest and dearest including fellow diva Ellie Goulding, “Legends Never Die” duet partner Ferras, songwriters Bonnie McKee and Sarah Hudson, and designer Jeremy Scott.
The “This Is How We Do” hitmaker kept the event largely under wraps but a few of her friends couldn’t help sharing pics on their Instagram accounts. (Can’t blame them, I’d be printing t-shirts to commemorate the occasion). Katy then jetted into Paris for some much-needed rest and relaxation before she takes her blockbuster Prismatic tour Down Under for a whopping 25-show run in Australia and New Zealand. More »
To be fair, it wasn’t going to be easy for Nicki Minaj to trump her rump-shaking smash “Anaconda.” The hype for a follow-up to her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling hit was already at a fever pitch — but did she deliver with a worthy follow-up? Well.
The return-to-roots rap track “Only,” the third single off of the newly pushed-back The Pinkprint — certainly has its fair share of scandal-heavy lyrics worth talking about, as well as a simple, menacing beat courtesy of Dr. Luke. Was it enough to sway the critics — or the Twittersphere? Check out all the reviews, as well as some choice tweets, after the jump. More »
It feels like Ariana Grande has been teasing her “Love Me Harder” music video for forever now, and the mini-diva is taunting fans once again with a behind-the-scenes look at the forthcoming visual. The brief clip shows Grande performing with The Weeknd in a dark stairway, being surrounded by a pool of water, floating on a cloud and even a cameo from choreographer Casper Grant (a.k.a. J. Lo‘s ex-boo).
“Love Me Harder” is the third single off Ariana Grande’s sophomore LP My Everything, released on August 25. It follows radio favorites “Break Free” and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “Problem.” More »
Bleachers released the most-slept-on song of the summer with infectious synth-rock anthem “I Wanna Get Better”. Happily, there’s more than one Bruce Springsteen circa 1984-referencing gem on the band’s very, very good debut LP Strange Desire. Jack Antonoff & friends are releasing “Rollercoaster” as their next single and the attention-grabbing video is a suitably wild ride.
The visual is the retro rock equivalent of The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (without the costumes). Jack naps peacefully in his van until a blond vixen wakes him up and inspires a jam session on top of the moving vehicle. The ensuing performance looks dangerous and cool but doesn’t quite get Taylor Swift‘s recent collaborator the girl. Watch the action up top. More »
During The Fader magazine’s “Fader Fort” showcase on October 23, Mary J. Blige surprised fans by closing out the concert with a new song — “My Loving.” The tune, off the diva’s upcoming The London Sessions album, has a tinge of disco influence rather than straight-up ’90s house seen with songs like “Right Now.”
“My Loving” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy.
Watch the performance up top, and catch Blige singing her classic hit “Real Love” after the jump. More »
As far as Colombians in the mainstream pop world go, Shakira has been the dominant force for a fair amount of years. So it’s about time we had an equally good looking male counterpart come along.
Enter Danny Mercer, a native of Bogota, Colombia, who graduated not that long ago from, um, Columbia University and is now signed to — wait for it — Columbia Records. His debut single “Who Are You Loving Now?” is a nice little slice of reggae-pop that displays Danny’s knack for sparkling melodies as well as his smooth, Bruno Mars-esque tenor. Bonus: He’s not that bad on the eyes, either. (Oh. I already mentioned that, didn’t I…) More »