Seriously, what else is there to talk about other than booze and boys with Barbara Walters?
1989 pop darling Taylor Swift has been just about everywhere in the past few months (and years) as her album campaign remains in full swing, which is why it should come as no #TaylorSwiftSurpriseFace to anyone that she was selected as one of the 10 people on Barbara’s coveted 10 Most Fascinating People for 2014.
And, thanks to US Weekly, we have a few choice quotes from the forthcoming special, which is due to air on on ABC this Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9 PM EST. For instance, do you know that Taylor Swift occasionally has a beer? More »
These days, another week just means a further stretch at the top of the Billboard 200 for Taylor Swift‘s 1989. As mentioned before, Billboard has changed its chart methodology for the main album roundup to include official streams as well as sales, so if you need a refresher on how all that works, just go here. Altogether, 1989 racked up another 274 units, which put it well ahead of the 221,000 runner-up That’s Christmas To Me by Pentatonix did.
There isn’t too much else of note this week other than a light flurry of other holiday LPs making their way back into the Top 10 (mainly Idina Menzel‘s Holiday Wishes at #6 and Michael Buble‘s old chestnut Christmas at #7), plus AC/DC debuting at #3 with Rock Or Bust while Mary J. Blige enters with The London Sessions, one of Idolator’s picks for our 10 Best Albums Of 2014 list. More »
Victoria’s Secret took over London with their annual fashion show, which aired yesterday (December 9)! The supermodels strutted their best walks on the runway in fun and sexy outfits, but it was the guest performances that caught many people’s eyes! Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier entertained the audience as they sung their most recent hits.
Swift transformed into a model as she showed of her long legs in silk and lace negligees, while performing 1989‘s “Blank Space” and “Style.” Grande sung a four-song medley of her current chart-toppers, and the UK crooner seduced the ladies with “Thinking Out Loud.” Last up is Hozier, who took everyone to church. View all of the performances after the jump! More »
In celebration of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airing tonight (December 9), the lingerie brand’s leggy models have given us a treat! Just like the rest of America, the ladies can’t seem to shake off Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.” So much so, in fact, that they’ve released a video dancing to the song!
Supermodels like Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel and Swift’s BFF Karlie Kloss are shown jiving and lip-syncing to the catchy tune. The end result is just adorable! Be sure took catch Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier perform at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. More »
Did You Hear?
:: With her insanely successful 1989 LP, there is no surprise that Taylor Swift would top many “Best Of” or “Most Influential” lists in 2014. The singer’s latest feat comes across the pond, as she’s been crowned the Most Powerful Woman In UK Media. Part of the reason came from removing her discography from Spotify. [THR]
:: Speaking of year-end lists, our friends at Spin have announced Sia as their Artist of the Year! They wrote:
“Most important, though, is the often contradictory way she vacillates between ubiquity and anonymity that makes her the premier player of the year. The 38-year-old has simultaneously kept her demons at bay — alcoholism, pill addiction, Grave’s Disease, manic depression, the death of then-boyfriend Dan Pontifex — and successfully transitioned from an in-demand songwriter to an equally sought-after solo artist. In essence, she solidified 2014 as the Year of the Songwriter.”
Read the full article here, and keep your eye out in the days to come for Idolator’s own 2014 lists.
:: Remember Gwen Stefani‘s controversial crew of Harajuku Girls? Well, it turns out the singer has no regrets! Despite them being a mark of cultural appropriation pre-Katy Perry, Stefani states: “For me, everything that I did with the Harajuku Girls was just a pure compliment and being a fan. You can’t be a fan of somebody else? Or another culture? Of course you can.” [TIME]
:: Green Day‘s Jason White has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer. Fortunately, his doctors expect a speedy recovery as the cancer is treatable. The guitarist became a permanent member of the band in 2012. [Consequence Of Sound]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
It’s kind of unsurprising to hear this considering her utterly insane promotional schedule, but Taylor Swift has laryngitis. Lucky for us (and her loyal Swifties over the in the UK), Billboard‘s Woman Of The Year knows a thing or two about shaking off the undesirable things, which is why she pulled it together to headline the Capital Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena in London over the weekend.
The 1989 singer-songstress performed 5 tracks in total for the screaming crowd, including her Max Martin-crafted smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Blank Space,” a synth-y revamp of “Love Story,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and, of course, her newly GRAMMY nominated jam, “Shake It Off.” And, despite being sick, the peppy diva looked like she was in high spirits on stage, shimmying her way around and crooning atop a rising platform as confetti streamed from the ceilings. A lil’ sickness isn’t going to stop Taylor from doing her thing!
Check out Taylor performing “Shake It Off” up top, and sound off in the comments below. More »
Maybe it’s the current, tumultuous times we are living in. And maybe the Grammy Awards are a product, or symptom, of that. Whatever the case may be, one thing became glaringly obvious today: The Grammys this time around are going to be much like the Grammys practically every other year in recent memory, in that people of color are basically absent from most of the major categories.
Now first up, those “major categories” consist of the following: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best New Artist. We’re not including Album Of The Year here, because the nominations in that category aren’t being announced until a live telecast this evening. So let’s just toss Pop Vocal Album in its place for now.
Within the last 10 years, only one Record Of The Year winner featured any artists of color. That was Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” which has Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on it. The same goes for Song Of The Year — one winner in a decade — only it was Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” in 2010. Two black musicians won Best New Artist awards in the past 10 years (John Legend and Esperanza Spalding). Now lump all of that together, and you get four wins out of a possible 30. More »
It’s been quite a year for Taylor Swift, and the endless praise being thrown in the direction of the 1989 singer-songwriter isn’t letting up anytime soon. (Did you see “Shake It Off” was just nominated for a Grammy this morning?)
For the second time, T. Swizzle’s been selected as Billboard’s Woman Of The Year, and she’s now gracing the cover of their magazine this week. Inside, the massively successful superstar discusses everything from her lyrical content to her album sales to her life in New York City. And yes, she hears your criticism about the gleeful sound of “Welcome To New York” — and she’s not backing down. “I’m as optimistic and enthusiastic about New York as I am about the state of the music industry, and a lot of people aren’t optimistic about those two things. And if they’re not in that place in their life, they’re not going to relate to what I have to say,” she explained. (Or, more succinctly, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate.”)
She also touches upon her shift from country to pop, starting with the 7 week #1 reign of Red‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which she calls “a big signal flare”: “It felt like I had tried on something new that fit really well. So for this album I decided, ‘Hey, that thing I tried last time? I’m going to make my whole wardrobe into that.’” And, of course, she tackles the tough questions about her personal life — and sounds happier than ever as a sexy single in the city. “I, however, am 24, perfectly happy being alone, and one of the reasons I’m perfectly happy being alone is that no one gets hurt this way,” she says.
Make sure to check out the full cover story over at Billboard, and take a look at a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot the full-size magazine cover down below. More »
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 »
Wait…what? It’s December already? Guess we should get the rest of this thing going, then.
Last month we presented you with the first part of Idolator’s reader’s poll on the best albums of 2014 — one where we had you vote on your favorite releases from January through June. Let’s just say that Michael Jackson‘s fans were present and counted for with that one, as were the members of Mariah Carey‘s Lambily.
Now it’s time for part two, where you have free reign to help determine which LPs released between July and December are the best. There are plenty to choose from, so let’s just get to it below, shall we? As usual, when all is said and done, we’ll tally up the results from both polls and sort out what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.
Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.
So get to voting below, then remember to write out why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »