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:: Taylor Swift recently gave a politically-correct answer explaining why she removed her albums from Spotify, but now the real information has come forward. According to her label, the singer only earned an approximate $500K — much less than the yearly $6 million that artists of her high ranking usually make. Her label CEO Scott Borchetta explained: “The facts show that the music industry was much better off before Spotify hit these shores. Don’t forget this is for the most successful artist in music today. What about the rest of the artists out there struggling to make a career? Over the last year, what Spotify has paid is the equivalent of less than 50,000 albums sold.” [Spin]
:: Mark your calendars! MTV has announced the 2015 premiere dates of the Video Music Awards and the Movie Awards. The former will air live on Sunday, August 30 while the former can be watched on Sunday, April 12. [MTV]
:: Speaking of award ceremonies, this year’s Latin Grammys have revealed their performance roster. Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Chris Brown, Marc Anthony, Wisin and MAGIC! will all touch the stage. The show will air live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, on November 20 at 8 p.m. EST on Univision. [Billboard]
:: Culture Club announced the cancellation of their North American and UK reunion tour, which was set to begin on November 15. The reason for the decision was due to a polyp found on Boy George‘s throat, and his doctor has ordered him to rest as to avoid an operation. [via press release]
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Perhaps the BeyMAs weren’t enough of a selling point, or perhaps there weren’t enough enticing acts hitting the stage, or perhaps the state of pop music is pretty tepid at the moment: According to Nielsen
, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards
averaged 8.3 million viewers for the night, down 18% from the Miley
-tastic 2013 show.
Aside from 2012′s dismal 6.13 million viewing audience, this year’s show was the lowest-watched event since 2007′s Video Music Awards. (The highest? 2011′s show, which averaged 12.4 million viewers.) In addition to Beyoncé, the night featured acts like Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Iggy Azalea and Jessie J, although fellow pop divas known for their memorable VMAs moments (both on and off-stage) — including Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears — were not in attendance.
But, hey, there were still 12.6 million tweets!
What did you think of this year’s show? Let us know in the comments below. More »
With the dust now settling on the 31st MTV Video Music Awards, various sites have been dissecting the night’s performances
and the overall spectacle in general
. For instance, Beyonce
‘s eye-popping finale, not to mention her touching on-stage moment with husband Jay Z
and daughter Blue Ivy
while accepting the Video Vanguard Award, seemed to have captured the attention of most critics. Also being singled out is Miley Cyrus
, for bringing a homeless 22-year-old as her date to the event.
The show was also shorter in time-length than usual, and a lot more tame when compared to recent years. So how did this all pan out as far as quality entertainment? Head below for our roundup of VMAs reviews. More »
I can’t stop crying. We did it, kids…we made it through another year of the MTV Video Music Awards!
The show kicked off with a bang (sort of!), as pint-sized pop tart Ariana Grande crash-landed onto the stage to merrily skip around for a rendition of “Break Free.” Cute! Then came a second bang — err, butt, as our beloved “Pills N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj took to her jungle-themed stage (which was snake-free by the way, thanks to an incident over the weekend) to deliver some spot-on booty-ography from her a$$-clapping “Anaconda” video. And then, an ACTUAL “Bang Bang,” as Jessie J arrived to the stage. The powerhouse trio then teamed up on stage, except — eek! Nicki was just barely zipped up into her dress, resulting in an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. But even though the dress totally flopped, she expertly covered her bits and handled it like a total champ. More »
Thirty years ago, in 1984, the very first MTV Video Music Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Actor/Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd
and actress-singer Bette Midler
gave her infamous “writhing around in a wedding dress” performance of “Like A Virgin,” The Cars
won Video Of The Year for “You Might Think” and David Bowie
and Cyndi Lauper
won Best Male Video (“China Girl”) and Best Female Video (“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), respectively.
A lot has changed in that time, and he 31st annual VMAs was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. Beyonce and Iggy Azalea were tied for the most nominations, with eight apiece, while Bey received the Video Vanguard Awards (an honor bestowed upon David Bowie, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester at that very first ceremony in 1984).
Below, is the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV VMAs, where you can see who all took home a Moonman after the latest installment of MTV’s annual music blowout. More »
The MTV Video Music Awards — always the bastion of big, glossy pop performances! The 2014 installment was no exception, as Charli XCX
and Fifth Harmony
got the night warmed up during the pre-show, before Ariana Grande
, Nicki Minaj
and Jessie J
kicked the official VMAs show off with a “Bang Bang.”
Head below to catch those performances, plus Taylor Swift (“Shake It Off”), Sam Smith (“Stay With me”), Iggy Azalea (“Black Widow”) and many, many more. More »
Well played, Katy Perry
. The pop queen felt a little slighted that “Roar”
didn’t snag any major nominations (despite being watched billions of times) but she still made sure all eyes were on her at the 2014 MTV VMAs red carpet tonight (August 24). Which was no easy feat given the sea of attention-hungry divas
vying to be the most outrageous.
The 29-year-old arrived on the arm of her side-piece Riff Raff in matching denim outfits — an obvious tribute to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake‘s iconic appearance at the 2001 American Music Awards. The cute couple kissed on the red carpet and recently worked on a remix of Katy’s new single “This Is How We Do”. So it’s obviously true love. More »
really did it on ‘em at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in Los Angeles tonight (August 24). The 31-year-old stunned in a sexy and sophisticated leopard-print dress that reminded us how drop dead gorgeous she is when she’s not rocking a tiny thong
and seemingly reenacting scenes from The Human Centipede
in her videos.
The femcee will, no doubt, change into something with a little less material for the first live performance of her YouTube-conquering hit “Anaconda”. One of Nicki’s dancers is rumored to have suffered a snake bite during rehearsals, so expect a wild, crazy and very memorable performance. She will also perform “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. More »
Remember that scene in Grease
where Sandy transforms into a cigarette-smoking, stiletto-toting bad girl? Well, Ariana Grande
pulled off a similar remarkable image overhaul on the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet with her sexy leather dress. She even rocked thigh-high stripper boots but somehow managed to keep that annoying pre-teen ponytail. Creepy.
The pint-sized diva has a very big night ahead of her. She will open the show on her own and then perform “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. It’s the perfect platform to launch Ariana’s sophomore LP My Everything, which hits iTunes tonight (August 24) and will, no doubt, race straight to number one. After all, the 21-year-old currently has three songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. More »
was the first big name to appear on the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet and she made quite an entrance with her Instagram-enchanting
, rainbow-colored locks. The comeback queen already indicated on Twitter that she was opting for old Hollywood glamour and her long, beaded gown did not disappoint.
The 27-year-old only snagged one nomination for best collaboration ( for Pitbull‘s “Timber”), which is kind of rude because the video is great — square-dancing has never been this sexy — and the song reached number one and ruled the airwaves for months. Kesha can take some consolation by knowing she looks incredible. More »