Posts tagged "Taylor Swift"

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 »

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Set To Block Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ From Number One On The Billboard 200

Taylor Swift's '1989' Album Review
Taylor Swift's '1989' Album Review
We reviewed Taylor Swift's new LP, which finds the country queen getting exploring pop music.

That Taylor Swift juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down. According to chart predictions, 1989 should return to number one on the Billboard 200 next week — increasing its run to six non-consecutive weeks. (J.Cole‘s 2014 Forest Hills Drive briefly knocked it from the top spot with a massive opening bow). Pentatonix‘s mega-selling That’s Christmas To Me EP is predicted to fill the runner’s up slot. That means Nicki Minaj‘s much-hyped The Pinkprint will have to settle for a top five debut.

The femcee’s third album is expected to sell 160,000 copies in its first week of sale. (That doesn’t include streaming and individual downloads, which now count towards the chart). It’s healthy total, but easily the lowest of Nicki’s career. Pink Friday debuted with a whopping 375,000 copies in 2010, while Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded shifted 253,000 copies in 2012. Given the rap diva’s non-stop promotion and high-profile collaborators, you can’t help but think she will be disappointed by The Pinkprint‘s numbers. More »

The 10 Songs That Topped The Hot 100 Chart In 2014, From Eminem’s “The Monster” To Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”

2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select 20 great singles from the past 12 months.

This year started off with the last #1 song of 2013 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster” — carrying over as the first #1 song of 2014. Other past chart-topping artists racked up more #1s this year, including Kesha, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while new acts like MAGIC! and Meghan Trainor shot straight to the top with their debut singles.

And then there was “Fancy,” which brought an Aussie rapstress together with a British hit-maker for an inescapable pop jam that ruled the airwaves all spring- and summer-long and wound up with several big Grammy nominations by year’s end. More »

Ed Sheeran Scores Highest Charting Single Of His Career, Meghan Trainor And Sam Smith Go Top 5 On Billboard Hot 100

10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
10 Best Of 2014, As Chosen By You
We asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from 2014. Here are the results!

It’s truly a joyful time to be Ed Sheeran right now!

Not only has the singer-songwriter just been nominated for a bunch of Grammy Awards in 2015, but he’s just notched his highest charting single of his career (to date) with “Thinking Out Loud,” the latest single off of x. The song has zoomed up to #6 on the Hot 100 this week according to Billboard, officially surpassing his previous x hits “Sing” (#13) and “Don’t” (#9), making this a major winning streak for the talented crooner — and perhaps only the beginning of the song’s Hot 100 Top 10 success.

Plus, his BFF Taylor Swift is enjoying some major success too! The unstoppable 1989 pop princess is enjoying her fifth week at #1 with “Blank Space,” making the song her most successful Hot 100 hit to date. Coupled with her 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1 with “Shake It Off,” the win also signals her ninth week at #1 overall in 2014, which puts her just ahead of Meghan Trainor‘s 8-week reign with “All About That Bass.” But wait, there’s more! More »

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Are Really Having A Baby! (According To Joey Fatone): Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: There has been speculation that Jessica Biel is expecting a baby with Justin Timberlake, but Joey Fatone just spilled the beans! In an interview with InTouch Weekly, he told the magazine “[Justin] told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it!” Well, there’s that! Congratulations to the couple! [Billboard]

:: James Franco is clearing up a rumor that he had sex with Lana Del Rey. Instead, the actor wants to have a coital experience to the singer’s music. The two are actually good friends: “There’s a weird thing with creative types. Sometimes I love a person’s work and, like, I’m just so enamored with that and their persona in their work. But outside of that, it’s like, our dynamic is we’re just kind of friends, we get along so well. But all this sexual attraction is for the person and the work,” Franco said. Thanks for the clarification! [E! News]

:: In today’s hilarious news, NME magazine announced Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are up for Villian Of The Year in their annual music awards! What makes it even better is that the artists used to date. Other people in the category are Russell Brand, Bono and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Oh, One Direction is also up for Worst Band Of The Year. Ouch! [NME]

:: All parents who had to suffer through Frozen with your kids, you can now breathe a sigh of relief! The animated film’s director Jennifer Lee is now apologizing for the inescapable anthem, “Let It Go.” She said, “A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.’ Now they’re like, ‘Yep, we’re still listening to those songs.’ I’ve gone from, ‘Thank you,’ to, ‘Sorry!’” [THR]

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Taylor Swift Chats With Barbara Walters For 2014′s ’10 Most Fascinating People’: Watch

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So Fascinating!

 

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick their favorite tunes from this year!

We’ve already gotten a taste of the bullet points Taylor Swift and Barbara Walters discussed during the journalist’s 10 Most Fascinating People special, but now the full video interview is here! Along with the topics of her listening parties, the “abnormalities” of her life and sexism in songwriting, the “Blank Space”  singer also discussed her confidence in gradually transitioning from country to pop.

“Im really in touch with my fans and I know what they like. What my fans in general were afraid of was that I would start making pop music and I would stop writing smart lyrics, or I would stop writing emotional lyrics,” Swift said. “[And] when they heard the new music they realized that wasn’t the case at all.”

Aside from Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and more made the list. Topping it off is George Clooney‘s current wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People special for 2014 aired on ABC on December 14 at 9 PM EST. More »

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith To Perform At 2015 BRIT Awards

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
Idolator's editors pick their favorite tunes from this year!

Alongside the Grammys, the BRIT Awards is one of the major ceremonies in the music industry — especially in the UK, of course. For next year’s big night, they are bringing Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to perform! All three popstars have made appearances at the UK awards show in the past, so they will most likely be nominated in various categories as well.

Last year, the big winners of the night were rock band Arctic Monkeys and boy band du jour One Direction. In 2014 both Swift and Smith had hugely popular albums (1989 and In The Lonely Hour), while Sheeran recently hit a million albums sold in the UK with his sophomore cut — X. So we won’t be surprised if they snagged an award or two during the ceremony! More »

Pitbull Remixes Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”: Listen

2014's Best Pop Singles
2014's Best Pop Singles
The Idolator editors pick their Top 20 pop singles of 2014.

I’ve got a blank space, baby…and I’ll dale!

Like the rest of us, Pitbull‘s favorite record at the moment is Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space.” (Duh.) And so, inspired by her performance at the American Music Awards while he was hosting for the evening, Mr. Worldwide felt compelled to hop on the track — but it’s not quite what you might be expected. Is this…an introspective Pitbull?

“I been raised different, so it’s hard for me to show affection/Imperfection is perfection, now that’s perfect/Just know that I love you no matter how deep the hurt gets,” the Latin rapper remarks off the top of his T. Swift re-swizzle. There’s not much to the remix apart from an opening verse, but it is interesting to hear a pensive Pitbull. Bring on his personal singer-songwriter LP, with co-writing from his new friend Taylor! Listen to the Pitbull remix of “Blank Space” after the jump. More »

Beyonce, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake And More Crashes Taylor Swift’s Birthday Party: Morning Mix

Iggy Azalea Teams With Britney Spears
Iggy Azalea Teams With Britney Spears
I-G-G-Y confirms a duet with the pop icon, says it won't be a sequel to ''Booty.''

Did You Hear?

:: Taylor Swift celebrated turning 25 by inviting BeyonceJay Z, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez and more to a birthday bash at her New York City apartment. See eight photos from the fun-filled, star-studded event above.

:: Be sure to also check out what Girls creator Lena Dunham gifted the 1989 star. Hint: There’s a cat involved. [Billboard]

:: Ingrid Michaelson‘s take on Taylor Swift’s “Clean” wasn’t the only inspired cover from Billboard’s Women in Music event –  Betty Who performed a stripped-down version of Ariana Grande‘s “Love Me Harder.” [Billboard]

:: Jeremih was arrested for attempting to board a flight after the final boarding call. According to reports, the “Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer pried open the jetway door of the US Airways plane heading to Phoenix. [Rolling Stone]

:: “What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” Iggy Azalea asks Nick Young, her NBA player boyfriend, behind the scenes at Forever 21′s holiday ad shoot. “Vanilla,” he says, as he looks intently back at her. See what he did there? [MTV]

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Ingrid Michaelson Covers Taylor Swift’s “Clean”: Watch

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Ingrid Comes "Clean"

Ingrid Michaelson covered Taylor Swift‘s “Clean” at Billboard‘s Women in Music event, held on December 12. As she explains, this performance was the closest she’ll come to claiming the 1989 song as her own.

“Taylor played me a few songs off her new record in her apartment,” Michaelson says. “We danced around and drank wine — and had pillow fights, yes. And this one song was just so beautiful that I begged her to send it to me, and she said no. I said, ‘Please?’ and she said, ‘No.’”

The original “Clean,” co-written by Imogen Heap, gently whirrs and ticks along — to quote music writer Jamieson Cox, like “an IKEA kitchen commercial come to life.” Michaelson sings her take at the piano, her voice wavering slightly. So when she says that line about an ex being a wine-stained dress she can’t wear anymore, she sounds like she’s still trying to convince herself that she’ll be okay.

Swift was there to accept the night’s top honor as Billboard Woman of the Year. One reason why, of course, was how 1989 made her gradual transition from homespun country to slick pop seem complete. Smash single “Shake It Off” has served as the most obvious example, though closer “Clean” has been her favorite. Watch Michaelson’s cover up top, then see Swift’s Woman of the Year speech below. More »