The 2014 BRIT Awards went down once again at London’s O2 Arena, with James Corden offering his wry, witty commentary as host. The big winners of the night were pop-rockers Arctic Monkeys
, who took home statues for British Group and Album Of The Year, and boy band One Direction
, who nabbed the Video Of The Year and Global Success awards.
Other big wins included David Bowie, for British Male Solo Artist, Ellie Goulding for British Female Solo Artist and Rudimental, whose Ella Eyre collaboration “Waiting All Night” snagged British Single. Artists outside of the UK who won include Lorde, Bruno Mars and Grammy darlings Daft Punk.
Head below to catch the full list of winners at this year’s BRITs. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Kanye West‘s Air Yeezy 2 sneakers sold out in minutes despite Nike starting the online sale with no prior warning. Bidding for one pair has reached $16.4 million on eBay. [Pitchfork]
:: Speaking of hip hop fashion pioneers, Pharrell is doing his bit for the environment by signing on to design a line of jeans made from rubbish fished out of the ocean for G-Star Raw. You couldn’t make this up! [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: 2 Chainz is a man of many talents — rapper, weed connoisseur and educator. He dropped by Tanner Elementary School in Chicago to give students a lecture about staying in school. [VIBE]
:: Some critics made the mistake of slamming Bruno Mars‘ halftime performance at the Super Bowl. He fired shots back in the most hilarious way possible on The Ellen Degeneres Show. You tell ‘em! [YouTube]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Well, we’ve made it through another week in pop world! The week kicked off — quite literally — with a powerhouse performance from Mr. Bruno Mars
during the halftime show
at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Did you miss it? Probably not, since it was the most viewed halftime show….ever.
And of course, as with every week, we were given another nude Miley photoshoot, this time courtesy of Vogue Germany…much to the delight (and outrage) of many.
Plus, we were treated to new releases from the likes of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, a promising up-and-comer named Allie X and Kelis, as well as Queen Kylie’s “Into The Blue” music video. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »
As long as there is snow, there will be the Frozen soundtrack
atop the Billboard
200 it seems, Grammy winners
be damned. The Disney album racks up a fourth (non-consecutive) week at #1 and another 94,000 copies sold, bringing its grand total to 863,000. The movie’s box office receipts currently stand at $360 million, which is more than double the animated feature’s $150 million budget. Bottom line: There are big bucks to be had with timely, icy silver screen fare.
Predictably, the 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation (87,000) sticks around in the runner-up position following the award show’s broadcast, while winners Lorde (#3), Bruno Mars (#7) and Daft Punk (#10) all jump up on the chart.
See how the full Top 10 played out below. More »
‘ Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
on February 2 brought in the largest audience in the history of the big game. According to Nielsen data cited by FOX, 115.3 million viewers tuned in for the performance. This tops last year’s number of 110.8M for Beyonce‘s halftime show
as well as the previous record of 114M, which Madonna set in 2012
with the help of Nicki Minaj
The game itself on Sunday had the largest viewing audience in history, with an average of 111.5M viewers, so Mars certainly got a bump from that. Regardless, there are two ways to look at this — either the suits at FOX and Pepsi were completely wrong and Mars had enough star power to attract a major audience on his own, without the help of some aging rockers who were lackadaisically thrown in… or the suits were totally right and bringing in Red Hot Chili Peppers made halftime the big-tent event they were hoping it would be. More »
drum-soloed, stutter-stepped and sang his way through the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
on Sunday (February 2) for an invigorating, if predictable, 15 minutes of retro-tinged (and, in the case of that Red Hot Chili Peppers
cameo, legitimately retro) entertainment. It was a master class in pop class, and while it didn’t give us a “shocking” moment to pretend to care about for the next week, it also didn’t bore us. After Nipplegate and Miley’s twerking and Kanye’s rants, it’s kind of refreshing to see a solid performance, enjoy it in the moment and then not have to think about it ever again.
That’s our take, at least. As for the rest of the Web, the consensus seems to be that Mars turned in a workmanlike performance, that his vocals were live and that RHCP’s presence was a little befuddling. Head below for the roundup of reviews. More »
started the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show with a twist, emerging seated behind the drum kit, banging out a solo on the skins as an intro to “Locked Out Of Heaven.” From there it was a high energy display of pop showmanship, with Mars making the case he’s the hardest working young man in showbiz (the youngest to headline the Super Bowl, in fact). Through “Treasure” and “Runaway Baby,” he showed off strong (seemingly) live vocals and stellar footwork.
Then the shirtless hooligans of Red Hot Chili Peppers burst on stage for a spastic rendition of “Give It Away.” We’re not sure why it happened — Mars didn’t trade verses with Anthony Kiedis or anything, so RHCP were just kind of… there. Mars had worked up a solid lather by that point, so maybe it was just so he could take a breather before the final song, “Just The Way You Are,” where it was just Bruno and the spotlight.
While there was no power outage and Flea kept his pants on, all in all it was a solid, compelling affair that didn’t try to be too much. Check out the performance below. More »
has maintained a steady ascent into Pop Stardom since we first met his smooth vocals, assisting B.o.B.
on 2010′s breakout single “Nothin’ On You.”
Unbeknownst to the world back then, Bruno was not only an amazing singer, but also a killer songwriter and hitmaking producer. The Los Angeles transplant aligned with creative collective The Smeezingtons
(who also include Phillip Lawrence
and Ari Levine
). Together, The Smeezingtons were responsible for a number of solid tracks (both producing and songwriting) from stars like Alicia Keys
, Justin Bieber
, Far East Movement
, Mike Posner
, and many, many more.
Currently, however, we know Bruno Mars for his ability to craft his own hits. Who hasn’t caught a glimpse of the Hawaii native on his Moonshine Jungle Tour by now? Who doesn’t own a copy of Unorthodox Jukebox (and Doo-Wops & Hooligans while we’re at it)? Bruno Mars has evolved into a national treasure, and as he readies his halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII, we take a little trip down memory lane. Let’s revisit some songs that you had no idea were either produced, written, or co-written by Bruno Mars (along with The Smeezingtons). You’ll be surprised by some of the hits that had the seal of the almighty pompadour. More »
The 56th annual Grammy Awards kicked off at 8 p.m. on Jauary 26th at Los Angeles’ mammoth Staples Center, and before the televised event even hit the airwaves, awards were handed out to artists and personalities as varied as Michael Buble
(Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) and Stephen Colbert
(Best Spoken Word Album), and albums like Daft Punk
‘s Random Access Memories
(Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Dance/Electronic Album).
French duo Daft Punk went on to nab the awards for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Duo Or Group Performance, the latter two for their summer jam “Get Lucky.” New Zealand teen Lorde proved to be a big upset when she took the Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance Grammys for her radio smash “Royals.”
Elsewhere, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis not only stunned with their epic performance of “Same Love” — a spectacle that included Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, Madonna and over 30 couples who got married on stage — the pair also walked away with Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song (“Thrift Shop”).
Catch the entire head-spinning list of winners at the Grammy Awards below. More »
When it comes to this year’s Grammy nominees for Song Of The Year, you couldn’t pick a more obvious handful of hits that saturated radio over the previous 12 months. (Well, okay — “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” would fit that bill, too, but they made the cut for Record Of The Year, so…) From Bruno Mars
copping a few licks from The Police
‘s songbook to Katy Perry rawring
loudly in the pop jungle to Lorde
‘s chart-dominating mega-hit to Macklemore
‘s declaration that all love is the same, the following contenders should be easily recognizable to anyone who kept their ears open in 2013.
But the question remains: Which track has the chops to earn its songwriters a Grammy? Let’s take a closer look at the nominees below. More »