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2015 Grammy Nominations: Beyonce, Sam Smith, Sia, Miley Cyrus & More Are On The List

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Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were up bright an early today to make the announcement of the initial nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards on CBS This Morning. And, probably no surprise here — each of them landed nominations in at least one of the five categories announced so far. (The rest of the categories will be revealed throughout the day on Twitter, and we’ll be updating right here, so keep checking back!)

Sheeran’s x is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, where he’ll compete with Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and others. Pharrell’s G I R L is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as is Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled LP (another one Pharrell worked on). As for the biggest award of the night (Album Of The Year), nominees included the “7/11″ singer, Smith, Pharrell, Sheeran and Beck. More »

Annie Lennox Questions Madonna’s Sexy ‘Interview’ Spread

Annie Lennox spoke out recently about Beyoncé‘s brand of feminism (which she dubbed “feminist lite,” a term which she later clarified as “lost in translation”) and declared twerking to be “not feminism” (a slight to Miley?), and now she’s been asked about Madonna‘s latest, eye-popping shoot for Interview Magazine.

During an appearance on Loose Women, the Nostalgia songstress was presented with Madge’s NSFW shoot for the magazine’s upcoming art issue.

“I did get things off occasionally, but not to that extent. I don’t think it’s down to me [to judge Madonna]…” But when she was asked by show panelist Janet Street-Porter whether Madonna was trying to get attention for her shoot, she agreed, continued: “I think already the verdict is probably out. Would you not agree on that one? I think the question is, ‘What is Madonna telling us? Anybody know?’” More »

Annie Lennox, T.I. And Pentatonix Go Top 10, But Slipknot Reigns On Billboard 200

Pop’s taken backseat to country, rap and rock yet again on the Billboard 200, as Slipknot came out on top, selling 132,000 copies of their latest album .5: The Gray Chapter in their opening week.

From there, the Top 10 is a melting pot of different genres, and six debut albums: T.I.‘s 80K-selling Paperwork came in next, followed by 73-year-old industry titan Neil Diamond, rapper Logic‘s Under Pressure and Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes, which originally charted at #1 last week.

Of particular interest to pop fans? Barbra Streisand‘s duets album Partners is holding strong at #8, while Annie Lennox makes a Top 10 debut with Nostalgia — her first since 2007′s Songs of Mass Destruction. According to Billboard, the standards album also awards Lennox with her first-ever Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Album #1 smashes. Brava, Annie!

Check out the week’s full Billboard 200 Top 10 after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift May Be The Only Artist To Go Platinum With An Album In 2014: Morning Mix

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:: There’s no doubt that 2014 was a lackluster year for music, and to make matters worse, no albums reached Platinum status…yet. America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, may be music’s saving grace. The singer’s forthcoming LP 1989 may be the first album to go platinum. All hope is gone, people! (But the Foo Fighters may have a chance.) [The Guardian]

:: Cara Delevingne (a.k.a. Rihanna‘s BFF) has reportedly been in the studio working on a new single with Pharrell. Music is a completely different field than modeling, so let’s see how this will pan out. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Annie Lennox is pretty outspoken when it comes to feminist rights, and the legendary singer has now come forward to denounce twerking. In a recent interview with NPR, she stated: “Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.” [Billboard]

:: The Beatles‘ Ringo Starr is now a model! Well, kind of. The musician will be the face of sneaker brand Skechers‘ “Relaxed Fit footwear” line. Look out for the ad campaign in Spring 2015. [SPIN]

:: Sad news for die-hard Brooklyn concert-goers. Glasslands, a DIY venue in Williamsburg, will close its doors next year. In a statement, they announced that New Year’s Eve will be their last night of music. The place first opened in 2006, and booked acts like TV On The Radio, Disclosure and MGMT. [Brooklyn Vegan]

:: Remember when all those diva rumors popped up about Ariana Grande? Well the singer isn’t too happy about it. In fact, she allegedly turned to Miley Cyrus for advice. The Instagram-loving singer apparently told Grande: “Girl, don’t even look at it. Just be happy that you’re blessed. You have family and friends love you, you have fans that love you who know what’s true and what’s not. …It will blow over and tomorrow they’ll be talking about something else.” [Gawker]

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Annie Lennox’s “I Put A Spell On You” Performance Video: Watch

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Annie Casts Her Spell

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand aren’t the only ones turning to the classics for fall album releases. Annie Lennox will release her own set of standards, titled Nostalgia, first on vinyl on September 30, and then on all other formats the following month, on October 21.

Lennox’s first music video offering from the set is for “I Put A Spell On You,” a song penned in 1956 by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and later made famous by jazz-pop legend Nina Simone. More of a live performance clip than a traditional, plot-driven music video, Annie’s visual shows the iconic Scot dancing and swaying to the song as a bluesy band an full orchestra play along. More »

Annie Lennox Reveals More Details About Her Comeback LP ‘Nostalgia’: See The Full Tracklist

Annie Lennox previewed her new covers LP Nostalgia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday (August 12) and mesmerized the assorted press and industry types with haunting interpretations of standards like “Memphis In June” and “Strange Fruit”. The legendary diva finally shared more details about her comeback album today, including the release date and tracklist.

For starters, Nostalgia was produced by frequent collaborator Mike Stevens — not Don Was, who introduced the project at the aforementioned listening party. The album is scheduled to be released on vinyl first (September 30) before physical and digital formats hit stores/websites on October 21. Find the full, classics-packed tracklist after the jump. More »

Annie Lennox Previews New Covers LP ‘Nostalgia’ At Hollywood Forever Cemetery In LA

Annie Lennox previewed her fifth studio album Nostalgia — sixth if you count her Christmas LP! — at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles last night (August 12). Producer Don Was introduced the project with a cute anecdote about working with the former Eurythmics frontwoman before playing the set’s first six songs for assorted press and industry types. She then hit the stage for an adorable Q&A.

It’s something of an understatement to call the collection of standards a departure from Annie’s usual oeuvre. The 59-year-old puts her own inimitable spin on classic tracks like “Memphis In June”, “Georgia On My Mind”, “Summertime”, “I Put A Spell On You”, “I Cover The Waterfront” and “Strange Fruit”. She breathes new life into the much-covered gems with perhaps the best vocal performance of her long and varied career. (The haunting arrangements also helped). More »

See What Songs Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran & Others Are Singing For Beatles Tribute Special

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Fresh off their on-stage reunion at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr headed to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday (January 27) to tape the performance segments for the upcoming CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The program airs on February 9, exactly 50 years after the Fab Four were first broadcast into the living rooms of America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

A virtual all-star lineup of artists was on hand last night to tape performances of various Beatles songs for the show, including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley and Imagine Dragons. Head below to see who will be singing which songs by the legendary Liverpool quartet in the CBS special. More »

Billy Ray Cyrus To Release A Hip-Hop Remix Of “Achy Breaky Heart”: Morning Mix

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:: Billy Ray Cyrus has allegedly recorded a hip-hop version of signature hit “Achy Breaky Heart”. What started off as a joke by Larry King could, in fact, become reality — much to the embarrassment of daughter Miley. [Radar Online]

:: Eyebrows were raised when Madonna posted a picture of her 13-year-old son holding a bottle of gin on Instagram but she clarified the situation by saying “no one was drinking, we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor!” [NME]

:: Lil Kim is facing a $150,000 lawsuit for copying a fan’s artwork for the cover of 2013 single “Dead Gal Walking”. The femcee already acknowledged the artist’s involvement on Twitter, so she might have to pay up. [Vibe]

:: It’s for one night only but Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite as The Eurythmics for a TV special called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. No word yet on which song they will cover. [ABC News]

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Ibrawlator: Who Was The Best Of The Best Female Video VMA Winners Of The ’90s?

If I Was Your VMA Winner...
As we enter the final countdown to the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday (August 25), eagerly anticipating seeing which of pop’s current crop of divas will take home a Moonman for Best Female Video, we’ve been reflecting on the Best Female winners of yesteryear.

Today, we want to know if these Best of the Best Female Video winners of the 1990s were competing against each other, who would walk away with the crown of Best Of The Best?: More »