Posts tagged "Katy Perry"

The 15 Best Pop Music Shade-Fests Of 2014

The Claws Are Out!
2014'S BEST POP SINGLES
2014'S BEST POP SINGLES
Idolator editors pick their 20 favorites from the past 12 months.

Oh boy, did the shade ran rampant this year in music! Blame social media or blame the artistic ego, but whatever the reason, we got our fair share of beef happening in the streets. Sometimes it’s fun to witness — especially when it comes down to picking sides. But what happens when two of your favorites are going to toe-to-toe with the insults? Whatever do you do? Events like the recent Diddy/Drake drama (who are apparently fighting over the reportedly stolen “0 To 100″ track) got us thinking about all the other beefs that ran through this year!

The more famous feuds involved the dueling of prominent pop stars, so chances are you felt torn at least once this year when it came down to the now infamous brawls. Regardless of the side you were on, you were at the very least entertained. So we at Idolator have compiled a list of 15 Shade-Fests-slash-Beefs from 2014. From sassy pop divas to hip-hop legends, there was a ton of erratic behavior going on. You know you loved it all, though (and so did we). Check out our shadiest picks below! More »

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry And One Direction Were The Most Popular Acts On Twitter In 2014

2014′s Best Albums: Idolator's Top 10
2014′s Best Albums: Idolator's Top 10
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Check out our favorite albums!

With 2014 coming to an end, social media networks are taking a look back at the biggest moments in pop culture over the past year, including Spotify and YouTube. (Did you watch the YouTube Rewind yet?)

And today, Twitter’s giving us the lowdown on the highest numbers.

According to new data released by the social network, it’s a great, big Belieber world: Justin Bieber was the most tweeted-about artist of 2014, followed by One Direction‘s Niall, Harry and Liam. (Sorry, Zayn!)

And it’s probably a wise move on the NFL’s part to have Prism princess Katy Perry as their Super Bowl half time show act, because she had the highest growth in followers (13 million!) this year, followed closely by the Biebs and Miss Taylor Swift.

To no one’s surprise, when it comes to stans, Bieber’s wildly loyal fanbase (the Beliebers) also took the crown as the most talked about fan base on Twitter, followed by 1D’s Directioners and, somewhat more surprisingly, Kesha‘s Animals.

Were you one of the ones tweeting or following Katy, 1D and Justin this year? Check out the full lists below via Variety, and sound off about the stats in the comments below. More »

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

Who Will Win?
Readers’ Poll: Vote For 2014’s Top Albums
Readers’ Poll: Vote For 2014’s Top Albums
Who had the best album of the year? Vote and let us know!

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 »

Ed Sheeran And Katy Perry Are The Most Streamed Artists Of 2014, According To Spotify

Well, we all knew it wasn’t going to be Taylor Swift.

Spotify has released its year-end user data today, and the results are in: Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Prism princess Katy Perry are officially the most streamed artists of 2014! (No surprise when it comes to Katy — she was also crowned radio’s Artist of 2014.) And speaking of Ed, his album x was also the most streamed record of the year.

Other top streamers for the year? Coldplay leads as the most streamed group, while alt-J dominated as the year’s breakthrough act.

It’s also big news for Pharrell, Clean Bandit and Calvin Harris when it comes to the year’s biggest songs: “Happy,” “Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)” and “Summer” are the Top 3 most streamed songs of 2014. You can check out all the cool stats — from standout days of the year to each individual country’s favorite songs — over at Spotify’s Year In Music.

How did the globe’s streaming trends compare to your own? Let us know what you were listening to in 2014 in the comments below. More »

Will.i.am Is Unimpressed With Today’s Music: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Will.i.am attended this year’s American Music Awards, only to criticize the industry it was celebrating. “Everything around music right now is so 2000s, like 2003,” he said. Such wise words. [Page Six]

:: West coast Charli XCX fans, listen up! The London Queen will celebrate the release of her sophomore album, Sucker, by hosting and performing at a free launch party in San Francisco. [Popjustice]

:: “Katy Perry, quite contrary, how do your lashes grow?” Her latest, super-girly Cover Girl ad has the answer! [Twitter]

:: Busta Rhymes was apparently too turnt, as he fell off stage during an O.T. Genasis concert in New York. He was headbanging when he lost his balance and took a nasty spill, cutting his head open. (Don’t worry, he’s fine.) [Stereogum]

:: Tyler, the Creator called Shady Records’ 15th anniversary compilation Shady XV “f—ing ASS.” For the record, the Odd Future ringleader is a die-hard Eminem fan. [MTV UK]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »

Katy Perry Announces Her 2015 NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show: Watch

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Kool Ideas, Katy!
Taylor Swift Receives Award From Diana Ross
Taylor Swift Receives Award From Diana Ross
Taylor Swift was presented with an incredible honor at last night's AMAs.

Yes, we already knew this one was coming for a while, but now it’s really, really real: Katy Perry will officially be performing at the Super Bowl Halftime show in February 2015. And she’s already got tons of ideas!

Last night, the Queen Of The KatyCats (and Radio’s Top Artist of 2014!) premiered a silly promotional video announcing her upcoming performance and showcasing all the stuff she’s working on in the background while she gets ready for the show — and she’s really hard at work coming up with some out-of-the-box (err, stadium) ideas in her Super Bowl show testing facility: Edible glitter, robots, mythical creatures, a bacon-wrapped ride on a fire-breathing shark….you know, stuff like that.

It sure looks like she’s funneling all her creative energy into a massively action-packed performance! Check out Katy giving us a behind-the-scenes peek at what will surely be the zaniest Super Bowl Halftime show yet up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

American Music Awards 2014: The Full List Of Winners

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American Music Awards 2014: The Performances
American Music Awards 2014: The Performances
View performances from Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Sam Smith & more!

The 42nd annual American Music Awards kicked off tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with awards given out to some of our favorite (and biggest) musicians of the year!

One Direction turned out to be the night’s major winners, as the cute British lads took home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year! “Beg For It” rapstress Iggy Azalea won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The New Classic. “Blank Space” diva, a.ka. Taylor Swift, won the most prestigious award, with the legendary Diana Ross presenting her with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!

Other highlights included everyone’s favorite crooner Sam Smith winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Katy Perry nagging Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and 5 Seconds Of Summer proving their escalating popularity with the younger generation with their New Artist of the Year win.

View the list of winners from this year’s American Music Awards after the jump! More »

Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger & More Sing In UNICEF “Imagine” Video: Watch

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Imagine All The People
Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas"
Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas"
Watch The Video, Starring Sam Smith, One Direction, Rita Ora & Others

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has paired with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to organize a star-studded singalong — titled the #IMAGINE Project. The sleek black + white video shows various musicians, actors, athletes and dignitaries coming together to sing the inspirational tune, first released by John Lennon in 1971.

Katy Perry, MAGIC!, Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, Cody Simpson, Idris Elba, Lance Bass, Adam Lambert and many more make appearances in the music video, along with images of the late Beatles band member. The individual recordings will be compiled by Guetta to be released as a “world version” of “Imagine” on January 1. More »

Katy Perry Is Radio’s Artist Of The Year In 2014

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 »

Sia, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez And More Lend Support To ‘Be The Ball’ Kickstarter: Watch

We all know Sia can swing from a chandelier, but did you know she’s also pretty good with a golf club too?

Filmmaker Erik Anders Lang, Sia’s husband, is working on an ambitious new project called Be The Ball, a film that traces the origins of golf while also exploring the various mental techniques one can use to enhance their game. Or, as he describes it: “The first documentary about golf and spirituality…ever.”

To fund the film, Erik has started a Kickstarter, and he’s calling on a few of his famous pop friends — including Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Joe Jonas and, oh yes, his wife as well — to help him rally support. Check out the hilarious celeb-filled Kickstarter video, and find out how Sia is involved with the campaign after the jump. More »