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:: All of the maddening hard work the Beyhive does is paying off! Beyonce‘s huge fan base has been crowned as “Fans of the Year” by GQ magazine. From their inescapable social media presence, numerous features on thinkpieces and the infamous SNL skit “The Beygency,” the singer’s fans have definitely made an impression this year! [Billboard]
:: BBC’s Sound of 2015 list has arrived! It features up-and-coming acts like James Bay, Kwabs, Raury and our current favorite — Years & Years. Last year’s winner was a little act known as Sam Smith. [PopJustice]
:: Susan Boyle has a brand new boyfriend! The singer’s significant other is apparently an American doctor whom she met during her tour. This marks the first boyfriend for Boyle, who is 53 years old. Good for her! [Just Jared]
:: Jennifer Lopez plans to bring her acting chops to NBC’s Parks and Recreation next year. She’ll be playing Adam Scott and Amy Poehler’s nanny on the show. Lopez will also be returning to the 14th season of American Idol in January. [PopDust]
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Just when you thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had spawned its last viral video, Susan Boyle
went and filmed the best one yet. The 53-year-old vocalist, who came to fame on Britain’s Got Talent
before selling millions of records around the globe, took a pragmatic approach by stripping down to her swimsuit and wrapping a towel around her head.
“I am freezing but it feels amazing,” the “I Dreamed A Dream” songstress said afterwards. “It’s great that so much money has been raised for a worthwhile cause.” Susan is the latest in a long line of artists to put their own twist on the challenge. Calvin Harris removed his shirt and Emblem3 went completely naked but nobody did it with as much style and sophistication as the big-lunged Brit. See the video after the jump. More »
Did you buy an album last year? There’s a 13% chance it was made by a Brit.
According to the BPI, albums recorded by British artists accounted for one in every eight albums sold during the 2013 sales year, including One Direction‘s Midnight Memories (the highest selling British album of 2013) and Take Me Home, Mumford & Sons‘ Babel and Adele‘s 21.
And that’s not all! According to The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo, British artists have accounted for the year’s top-selling album in the world for the past six out of seven years, including Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream, Adele’s 21 and 1D’s Midnight Memories. More »
There are only two things you can count on in popular music — Rihanna
‘s annual LP and a hearty dose of festive cheer from Susan Boyle
. Since coming to fame on Britain’s Got Talent
, the lovable 52-year-old has made a habit of dropping an album just in time for the Christmas rush and 2013 is no exception.
Susan’s latest yuletide classic is called Home For Christmas and features collaborations with The Overtones and Johnny Mathis. The big-lunged diva also got permission from Graceland to record a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley. Their version of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is actually quite lovely. Their voices blend nicely and the piano-based production is simple but effective. Listen to the duet after the jump. More »
Best tell grandma to start popping the kettle corn! Untamed pop hellion Susan Boyle
, one of the most beloved figures in music in 2009, is still out there making wages. And this coming holiday season — you know, like, nine months
from now — she’ll be glowing on the silver screen.
The Scottish minx is set to star opposite Les Miserables actress Samantha Banks in The Christmas Candle, a story about “an English village in the 1890s, where blessed candles throughout the village begin to answer its residents’ prayers,” according to Broadway.com. More »
Susan Boyle looked radiant as she took the stage at the Newcastle Theatre Royal on Tuesday night (Mar. 27), making a guest appearance for the premiere of her musical I Dreamed A Dream
in Tyne, England. Based on the Someone To Watch Over Me
singer’s autobiography The Woman I Was Born to Be
, the show follows the Britain’s Got Talent
alumna’s journey from humble beginnings to overnight stardom using a soundtrack of the platinum-selling artist
‘s best-known songs, including the Les Miserables
tune that made the 50-year-old a household name and after which the musical is named. Check out Susan beaming before a standing ovation
as she takes her curtain call below. Then tell us, will you be attending I Dream A Dream
on its 11-stop tour
The Monkees’ Davy Jones has passed away today at the age of 66, but it’s never too early to remember what made Jones and the band so big in the first place — their infinitely catchy, free-spirited songs. Many artists throughout the years – from the Four Tops to acts like Run DMC and even Susan Boyle – have flipped through The Monkees’ songbook and put their spin on their pop classics. Celebrate Davy’s contribution to music by listening to some major stars perform covers of The Monkees’ biggest hits below.
Our pop peers over at UK music site PopJustice unveiled their picks for the Top 33 Albums and the Top 45 Singles of 2011, and their lists offer both the familiar and the fresh — Lady Gaga’s Born This Way topped their album picks, while Martin Solveig’s collaboration with Dragonette on “Hello” was their favorite tune from 2011. Their taste is heavy on dance tracks and larger than life melodies, so if your heart beats pure pop, you’ll be pleased with these picks, especially if you crave some tunes yet undiscovered here in The States. Top 10 for both lists below. More »
Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey—Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Emeli Sande knows a thing or two about writing successful singles — after all, before heading out on her own, the Scottish singer cut her teeth by writing songs for several of her fellow UK artists. “I think it’s probably melody and I think a lot of people forget that you have to understand melody and what people want to hear,” she said in a recent interview with MTV UK. “I mean, you can have the coolest words used, but if you don’t have something that people want to sing back, it’s not gonna be a hit.”
Emeli has been putting cool words to paper and laying down catchy melodies over the past year for her debut album, which is due out in February. Ahead of that, she released “Heaven”, a sweepingly-epic, soulful summer hit on the UK chart, and paired up with London rapper Professor Green on his latest single “Read All About It”.
Now we’re just waiting for this talented singer-songwriter to make a splashy stateside debut. Until that happens, find out just why Emeli Sande has been popping up on our radar below.
The Mariah Yeater baby scandal
didn’t seem to affect Justin Bieber’s album sales during Under The Mistletoe
‘s first week of release, as Billboard
reports that Beliebers snatched up 210,000 copies of the holiday LP — enough for a #1 debut on the Top 200. This marks Justin’s second trip to the top of the album chart in 2011, following Never Say Never: The Remixes
also notes that Under The Mistletoe
is the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1 on the Top 200 in the chart’s history.