Did You Hear?
:: One Direction‘s Harry Styles is now dating Victoria’s Secret model Nadine Leopold, according to multiple sources. The two aren’t exclusive, but Styles did take Leopold out to eat, twice, for her birthday last week. [Us Weekly]
:: Sam Smith kicked off his debut theater and arena tour on January 9 in Atlanta, by covering the 1937 show tune-turned-jazz standard “My Funny Valentine.” Until live footage surfaces online, revisit the studio version of his rendition. [Billboard]
:: Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee accuses Jay Z of being a “pimp” exploiting Beyonce as a “sex object” during their 2014 Grammy Awards performance in his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. Perhaps he didn’t realize that the couple performed “Drunk in Love” — a Beyonce song. [US News & World Report]
:: MTV will bring back America’s Best Dance Crew, which ran for seven seasons and wrapped in 2012. Randy Jackson, former American Idol judge, is one of the show’s four executive producers. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Azealia Banks and Lupe Fiasco picked on each other on Twitter over the weekend. Why? We’re not sure. [Billboard]
:: Taylor Swift‘s dad has joined HAIM. Sort of. [Instagram]
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Eager to hear all of the 2015 Grammy Awards nominees together at once? You’re in luck: The Academy is releasing their yearly 2015 GRAMMY® Nominees compilation album.
Today, the organization announced that the 21st installment of their yearly nominee compilation will be released on January 20, featuring 21 of the hits nominated for awards this year, from categories like Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year, including Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith. And if you’re in the market for the CD, you’re doing good: A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit both the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Foundation.
In addition to the charity proceeds, purchase of the record will also offer fans two chances to win a trip, either by pre-ordering the album online for a chance to win two tickets to this year’s show on February 8 in Los Angeles, or by entering a code found on game pieces inside physical editions of the record to win a trip to see the show next year. Check out the full tracklisting after the jump. More »
This year’s awards season has officially begun, with the 2015 People’s Choice Awards just wrapping up tonight (January 7) live from Los Angeles. The fan-voted show (co-hosted by actresses and Mom co-stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney) commemorated some of the biggest names in television, film and pop music. Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy all took the stage, where I-G-G-Y performed “Beg For It” sans MØ and the rock band entertaining the audience with “Centuries.”
Azalea snagged the first music award of the night for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, while fellow Aussies 5 Seconds Of Summer took home the win for Favorite Breakout Artist. Pharrell was also voted as Favorite R&B Artist. But pop stars du jour Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran were the big winners of the night, with the “Blank Space” starlet scoring three awards including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off.” The UK crooner received two of his own: Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for x. Watch the performances after the jump! More »
Taylor Swift sold another 244,000 copies of her juggernaut 1989 last week, enabling her to stick around at the top of the Billboard 200 for an eighth non-consecutive week. Over on the Hot 100 singles chart, however, Swift’s reign with “Blank Space” has come to an end (for the time being at least) after seven weeks. Taking its place is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ latest collaboration, “Uptown Funk,” which also hit the top in Ronson’s home country of the UK recently.
This gives Ronson his first #1 single as a lead artist in the States, though he previously visited the Hot 100 throne as a producer on Mars’ 2012 single “Locked Out Of Heaven.” As for Bruno, “Uptown Funk” marks his sixth #1. His very first chart topper came nearly five years ago, with B.o.B collaboration “Nothin’ On You.”
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In late December, Billboard announced the highest-selling singles and albums of 2014. Taylor Swift‘s 1989 pipped Disney’s Frozen soundtrack to the post as the year’s most popular LP, while Pharrell‘s unavoidable “Happy” was the most-downloaded track. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) published equivalent statistics for the Oz market today (January 6) and those names are well-represented again.
Pharrell’s “Happy” was also the most downloaded song in Australia in 2014, followed by Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” The rest of the top 20 is more eclectic with local acts featuring heavily. Sheppard‘s quadruple platinum-selling “Geronimo” lands at number four, while boy band/dance outfit Justice Crew ranks at number five with “Que Sera.” As far as albums go, Ed Sheeran‘s x was narrowly edged out 1989 for the number one spot. The top five is rounded out by Frozen, an INXS greatest hits compilation (!) and Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. See the full ranking after the jump. More »
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s only fitting that we look back on the year’s best-selling singles and albums. Grammy nominations and mentions in critics’ year-end countdowns are well and good, but I’m guessing most artists would prefer a platinum-selling record. And they becoming increasingly hard to get. In fact, only four LPs sold more than one million copies in the last 12 months — down from 13 in 2013.
Taylor Swift‘s 1989 just edged out Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack as the highest-selling album of 2014. They sold 3.66 million and 3.53 million copies respectively. Joining those blockbusters in the million+ selling club were Sam Smith‘s In The Lonely Hour and Pentatonix‘s festive EP That’s Christmas To Me. The rest of the top 10 contains a couple of holdovers from last year (Beyonce‘s visual album and Lorde‘s Pure Heroine) and LPs from superstars Barbra Streisand and One Direction.
As for singles? Pharrell‘s irritatingly catchy “Happy” sold a whopping 6.45 million downloads (it’s the 21th best-selling download of all time), while John Legend‘s “All Of Me” and Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” rounded out the top three with sales tallies of 4.67 and 4.43 million respectively. They were followed by two mega-selling newcomers — Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” and Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.” See the full countdowns after the jump. More »
And now, the biggest question on the minds of Swifties worldwide: Will “Style” be the next single off of Taylor Swift‘s massively successful record, 1989? If Scott Borchetta, the President and CEO of Swift’s longtime label Big Machine, has anything to do with that decision, the answer would be…yes.
During a Q&A with fans earlier this week, the label head responded (and then, swiftly, deleted, hmm…) a response to a fan asking about the next 1989 single. “I’M LEANING TOWARDS STYLE…YOU?” he responded. The slick, ’80′s-leaning song has largely been hailed as a fan favorite and a likely next single to follow “Blank Space” ever since it first debuted in a Target commercial before the album’s release. Check out the deleted tweet after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Britney Spears celebrated her Las Vegas residency Piece of Me‘s one-year anniversary on December 27. The venue, Planet Hollywood, presented her with a cake and a video looking back at some memorable moments from the production (watch above). [Twitter]
:: Nick Cannon will touch on his marriage with Mariah Carey on a new album due out next year, according to rapper Mally Mal. “There’s going to be a lot of controversy,” he says. Cannon confirmed his separation from Carey last summer. [TMZ]
:: Taylor Swift has sent Fed Ex packages, filled with gifts, to 32 devout Tumblr followers since November. Swift also wrote a personalized note for each gift. For example, for a pair of Ray-Bans, she wrote, “James Dean wore these back in the day. They never go out of style.” [Billboard]
:: Phillip Phillips got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell on Christmas Day. They met in 2009 while volunteering at a women and children’s shelter in 2009, so long before he won American Idol‘s 11th season. [E!]
:: Ludacris also proposed to his girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan that same day, by taking her on a private jet and projecting “Eudoxie Will You Marry Me” on the ground below. [Instagram]
:: Meanwhile, Justin Bieber bought himself a private jet for Christmas. [Business Insider]
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Maybe Nicki Minaj just didn’t twerk her anaconda charmer hard enough. The Young Money rapstress’ third studio album The Pinkprint has become her first to miss out on the top spot on the Billboard 200 (so far, at least), as it debuts this week at #2, while Taylor Swift‘s unstoppable 1989 returns to the #1 position for a sixth non-consecutive trip to the chart throne.
Billboard notes that 1989 shifted 375,000 more total units, with 331,000 of those being album sales. Minaj’s Pinkprint starts out with 244,000 units, 194,000 of which were album sales. More »
Oh boy, did the shade run 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 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 »