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… More »
Music fans barely had a chance to absorb all the Best of 2013 lists and 2014 prediction posts before having to switch into Grammy mode, thanks to the show’s earlier date this year. But maybe it’s better this way, coming before the Super Bowl, before anything has had a chance to really set the tone… More »
The People’s Choice Awards took place last night (January 8), and some 700 million votes were cast — a truly proud moment for humanity (Adam Sandler won Favorite Comedic Movie Actor, if you’re wondering what kind of L.C.D. tomfoolery we’re dealing with here). Anyway, Justin Timberlake was pop music’s big winner, with three awards comprising Favorite Album… More »
Pop stars mingled with TV and movie royalty at the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles tonight (January 8). Early arrivals included Justin Timberlake, Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic, Pretty Little Liars starlet turned country diva Lucy Hale, Jennifer Hudson and Naya Rivera.
It’s impossible to pick a winner in the fashion stakes… More »
Did You Hear?
:: Jennifer Hudson posted a video to Instagram where she slowly walks away after she hands her assistant a Christmas gift: a deed for a new home. Immediately, her assistant drops the deed and tackles Hudson on the couch, shrieking in delight. [Billboard]
:: Brad Paisley will perform… More »
The receipts are in, and Justin Timberlake’s award-winning comeback vehicle The 20/20 Experience emerged as the best selling album of 2013. A victory, for sure, but one that signifies the rapidly decline of music sales in general.
20/20 sold 2.43 million copies last year, a sum that pales when compared to the 5.82… More »
2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for pop music — at least when it came to albums. Sure, Beyonce climbed off her golden throne to snatch wigs at the 11th hour but the game’s biggest divas generally misfired and there wasn’t a lot of new talent coming through to pick up the slack.
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Sage The Gemini was arguably the break-out MC of 2013. He stormed the Billboard Hot 100 with simultaneous hits “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” — even sparking an outrageous dance craze with the latter. So what was the Bay Area heavy-hitter blasting in 2013? Justin Timberlake’s all-conquering The 20/20 Experience.
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Justin Timberlake wasn’t the only high-profile guest to join host Jimmy Fallon last night (December 21) on Saturday Night Live. In between spot-on impressions of musical icons, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb showed up unannounced.
Well, sort of.
During his monologue, Fallon stood before four mics as he… More »
Justin Timberlake’s first musical performance on Saturday Night Live tonight (December 21) was 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2 standout “Only When I Walk Away.” For the first time in quite some time, he wasn’t joined by the Tennessee Kids on stage, instead appearing in front of a massive projection of his face and surrounded by lasers. More »
Justin Timberlake wasn’t hosting Saturday Night Live tonight (December 21), but he wasted no time showing up in a sketch, appearing in the cold open that repurposed his dancing “Bring It On Down To…” mascot character, this time for WrappinVille. He started out with a gift-wrapping version of Ludacris’ “Roll Out,” and was then joined… More »
If 2011 is the year EDM-pop broke out, then 2013 is the year it broke. EDM, dance music, electro, dubstep, whatever you call it, it’s not over, of course. But that particularly exhausting strain of EDM-infused pop — the buzzing synths, wobbling bass and that now-predictable moment of tension before the whole arrangement crashes down in… More »
Beyonce still hasn’t given an interview about her chart-busting fifth album but she did drop by iTunes radio to introduce the LP. And in the spirit of her new fearless approach to music and media, Mrs. Carter did not hold back. She was very open about giving each collaborator their due and had some choice… More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift turned 24 on December 13, and as photos show, she invited Lorde to her birthday party. Just a few months ago, the “Royals” singer faced backlash for critiquing the standards that Swift set for young listeners — that is, “so flawless and so unattainable.” Clearly, Swift took… More »
Beyonce assembled an army of R&B experts and pop luminaries on her self-titled fifth album. She reunited with producers who had a hand in some previous favorites (The-Dream, Frank Ocean, Ryan Tedder), linked up with new blood (Hit-Boy, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek) and brought on producers whose names you may not know but whose work you definitely… More »
We interrupt this Beyonce-cast with a bit of other news. But it still involves Beyonce, so, stick with it for a second. Billboard has begun rolling out its year-end coverage, and that means the list of 2013’s 25 highest grossing tours is out. Since the numbers are tallied from November 14, 2012 to November 12, 2013, it… More »
If you were up as the sun rose and watching either TV or your Twitter feed, then you no doubt saw nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards flying by. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave and David O. Russell’s American Hustle lead the pack with seven nods apiece.
As for the… More »
It wasn’t a bad year for pop, after all was said and done: At the very least, 2013 was the year that Justin Timberlake returned to the charts with not one, but two albums (one of which was pretty great!), and the One Direction album proved those kids’ mettle as one of the most unexpectedly solid acts cranking out pop-rock… More »
Even without Drake, the show must go on! And so tonight (December 6) we learned who is up for music’s biggest awards at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! (that is not an indicator of our actual excitement level, it’s the honest-to-god name of the thing). In between performances from the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde, and… More »