Did You Hear?
:: Wendy Starland, a talent scout who helped to find Lady Gaga, just won a major lawsuit! She filed against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari, claiming that he failed to share the profits in discovering the “female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes.” Starland is now walking away with $7.3 million in her pocket! [Billboard]
:: It turns out that Bono‘s injuries from his cycling accident are very serious. The U2 frontman suffered from various fractures — including a facial one, a shoulder fracture and one on the humerus. He had to undergo five hours of surgery. [Billboard]
:: Justin Timberlake just got even richer! The singer is now the co-owner of audio technology company, AfterMaster. The business focuses on re-mastering and enhancing the quality of songs. [Entrepreneur]
:: Watch out, #Directioners! Taylor Swift is still friends with her ex-boyfriend, One Direction‘s Harry Styles. The pair split last year, but have recently been talking again. Maybe their conversations began with the songs she wrote about him on 1989? [Just Jared]
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Congratulations are in order for a whole bunch of our favorite pop artists based on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart!
To no one’s surprise in particular, 1989 pop darling Taylor Swift has vaulted from #13 to #1 with “Blank Space,” no doubt aided by her brilliantly batty video which dropped last week. The #1 reign makes for a ton of record-breaking/making feats for the superstar, including the first woman ever to unseat herself from the #1 spot (“Shake It Off” previously reigned up until this week). She’s also the only artist with two Hot 100 #1 singles this year. Not too shabby, huh?
But, there are some other key victories in the Top 10: “Jealous” crooner Nick Jonas has successfully notched his first-ever solo Top 10 hit, jumping in from #23 at #10 this week. Major! Plus, Sam Smith just scored his third Top 10 hit with “I’m Not The Only One,” which slides into the #9 spot. Check out the full Top 10 after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
The release of Beyonce‘s Platinum Box Set of her fifth studio LP is just around the corner, but we’re already getting sneak listens of the new songs! A snippet of “7/11″ surfaced this morning, and now a preview of the second tune — “Ring Off” — has found its way online.
This song sound way more promising than the ratchet mess that was “7/11,” as it finds Beyonce crooning on the island-tinged, bass-heavy production. It sounds like a cut from her debut LP Dangerously In Love, in the best way possible. Look out for the singer’s box set on November 24.
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After the stellar tunes that were the “F For You” remix and The London Sessions’ “Right Now,” Mary J. Blige and Disclosure are back again with another collaboration — “Follow.” The cut off the singer’s forthcoming LP is co-written by Jimmy Napes, and is another smooth ’90s UK house-inspired uptempo that will surely get your feet shuffling.
Blige plans to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 23, and will sing at the first annual A Very Grammy Christmas. The London Sessions (out on December 2), features songs like “Therapy,” “Not Loving You,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” Take a listen to “Follow” after the jump! More »
Here’s something worth celebrating, KatyCats! Katy Perry is officially the Artist of the Year when it comes to radio.
How? Well, according to Mediabase, Katy’s latest accomplishment comes by being the only artist with the most spins at three different radio formats.
From a Capitol Records press release: “In addition to being the most-played act at Top 40, Hot AC and AC radio, Katy’s single “Dark Horse” (feat. Juicy J) – from her quadruple Platinum album PRISM (Capitol Records) – was the most-played song of 2014 at Top 40 radio. The track, which has been certified eight-times Platinum, is her ninth single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Katy is the only artist to have scored a No. 1 Hot 100 single in each year of the current decade.”
The massively successful pop star, who is currently out on the road down under on her Prismatic Tour, is also poised to snag a whole bunch of awards this weekend: She’s nominated 5 times for the upcoming American Music Awards. Truly, the California Gurl’s continued reign is unstoppable. More »
Nick Jonas stopped by the Meredith Viera Show yesterday (November 18), and explained the hilarious Instagram post that has been floating around the Internet for the past week! Big brother Joe uploaded a photo of Nick’s head photoshopped on top of the now-infamous Kim Kardashian booty shot from Paper magazine. The “Teacher” singer is now explaining the meaning behind it all!
He told the talk show host, “That was his idea. We were out in the city the other night and obviously it was the day Kim’s shoot came out and he pulled it up on his phone and said, ‘Oh my God someone just sent me this.’ And I said you have to post that right now, you have no choice and he did and I think it’s one of his most liked pictures on Instagram now.”
After that, he gave some Christmas gift advice for the men in the audience and discussed the Jonas Brothers split. Watch the funny explanation up top, and catch the rest of the interview after the jump! More »
Straight after the odd insult-throwing between Lorde and Diplo, the “Yellow Flicker Beat” singer is now clearing the air. The two got into a Twitter exchange, where she stood up for BFF Taylor Swift after Diplo tweeted a Kickstarter link with the caption, “Get Taylor Swift A Booty.” In a new interview with The Fader, Lorde explains why she felt it was necessary to call the producer out on his nonsense:
I mean, I think often I say things and realize that Americans hear what I say differently to how I hear it. I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid shit. Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, “Hey man…” We do still love each other, hopefully.
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Last week, a snippet surfaced of “Hey Mama” — David Guetta‘s collaboration track with Nicki Minaj and Afrojack. Today (November 19), the full version has arrived and it is a BANGER! The French DJ/producer steps away from his usual OTT EDM rhythms and creates a crazed electro-house/trap sound that is definitely going to ring off the in the club.
Minaj manages to ride the wild production, as she transforms her rap flow into a island-tinged romp with naughty lyrics (“Yes I do the cooking, yes I do the cleaning/Yes I keep the nana real sweet for your eating”). “Hey Mama” is the latest tune off Guetta’s forthcoming Listen LP, which will be released on November 24. It includes guests like Sia, Bebe Rexha, Nico & Vinz and Emeli Sande. Take a listen to the collaboration after the jump! More »
Christmas came a little early this year, thanks to the fabulous Tony Award-winning siren known as Idina Menzel.
With her new holiday record, Holiday Wishes (released October 10), the Broadway starlet is taking on 12 Christmas classics, including “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and her duet with Michael Bublé, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (The video for their collaboration just premiered this week!) And to celebrate, we’re giving away a few copies of the album to our readers.
Want to make your Christmas just a little bit more festive this year with a copy of your own? It’s easy! Find out how to win after the jump. More »
Jhene Aiko has announced her North American tour, ominously titled “Enter The Void.” The singer previously supported The Weeknd on the “King Of The Fall” tour back in September, but this time she’s the headliner. It kicks off on December 2 in Washington, D.C. and stops in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago before ending in Minneapolis, MN on December 21.
This tour is in support of Aiko’s debut LP, Souled Out (released on September 9) — which features “To Love And Die” and “The Pressure.” View all of the tour dates after the jump! More »