C’mon. Is anyone surprised?
Taylor Swift‘s enormously popular 1989 has easily notched its second week at #1 atop the Billboard 200, selling over 402,000 copies this week. Conveniently, that also happens to be the second-biggest week for an album in 2014, bringing the total tally up to 1.69 million copies. Taylor slays again!
And she’s not the only one who’s shaking her way on top of the charts.
The Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler, happily twirls into the #3 spot this week with 40,000 copies sold which is, according to Billboard, her highest debut ever. Incredible! Similarly, Calvin Harris‘ EDM-splosion, Motion, smashes in at #5, marking the superstar DJ-producer’s first-ever Top 10 album. Congratulations to all! Check out the full Top 10 of the Billboard 200 after the jump. More »
Tuesday brought another night of exciting live performances on The Voice. After Monday’s showcase of veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s teams, newbies Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams were up to make their first marks of the Live Rounds. The two take very different approaches: Gwen professes her love to just about every one of her contestants, and Pharrell produces the hell out of every one of his. To each his own.
Before they can get to these stripped down performances, however, Pharrell opens up the show with a not-so-basic performance of “Hunter.” There are plenty of backup dancers on hand to support him, and a section of models in sunglasses watching on in what appears to be white bathrobes. Such is the way with the mega producer.
Pharrell is a tough act to follow, but the show must go on. Here are Team Gwen and Team Pharrell’s 10 live performances. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Mary J. Blige will add her soulful flair when she performs for A Very Grammy Christmas. The “Right Now” singer joins Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw on the performance roster. The Recording Academy’s holiday special will air on December 5 on CBS, with the 2015 Grammy nominations set to be announced that day. [via press release]
:: In weirder news, Usher will gift fans his new “Clueless” song inside a…cereal box? The singer has partnered up with Honey Nut Cheerios to include an exclusive download of the song in specially-marked packages of the yummy brand. The promotion began yesterday (November 11), so run to your nearest Walmart to find a copy! [Billboard]
:: Taylor Swift has unveiled a free mobile app that corresponds with her latest “Blank Space” video! The virtual app allows users to have a 360-degree experience of the visuals, including taking a tour of the mansion. Pretty cool! [Huffington Post]
:: Congratulations are in order for Geri Halliwell! The former Spice Girl is now engaged to Formula 1 race car driver Christian Horner. [Just Jared]
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Taylor Swift is typically known for her bubblegum-sweet style, but since the released of her 1989 album the singer is trying out an edgier persona (watch the “Blank Space” video to see for yourself!). The starlet’s latest quirky venture is her stripped down style on the new cover of Wonderland magazine.
Swift is shown on the November/December issue with minimal makeup, bushy eyebrows that highlight her baby blues and greasy slicked-back hair. The combination sounds odd at first, but she makes it work somehow — and the result is stunning! It’s refreshing to see her without her too-perfect curls and red lipstick for a change. You can pick up the Wonderland magazine issue on Thursday, November 13.
View the magazine cover in its entirety after the jump! More »
As if she isn’t busy enough promoting her inescapable fifth studio LP 1989 (released on October 27), Taylor Swift has checked off another to-do on her list! The “Blank Space” starlet is added to this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a performer, along with Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor and Idina Menzel.
The celebrity-studded event will also have Pentatonix, Hilary Duff, MKTO, Lucy Hale, Becky G, Sting and Annie star Quvenzhane Wallis as guests. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will be hosted by Today Show‘s Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie, and will air live at 9 a.m. EST on NBC with a reairing at 2 p.m. More »
Attention, boys: If ever you have had the desire to date Taylor Swift, you may want to reconsider at this point. The 1989 pop singer-songwriter has just dropped the visual for her super catchy new single “Blank Space” and…well, you’ve been warned.
The Joseph Kahn-directed video sees Tay Tay ominously toeing the line between the grandeur of The Great Gatsby and the sheer axe-wielding terror of The Shining, as she quickly falls in love in her giant mansion filled with horses and deer (you know, as one does), gets super obsessed with her hottie boyfriend, grows hyper paranoid (#iPhoneProblems!) and starts going absolutely insahn on him.
Prepare (or hide away in terror) as Taylor goes on a golf club rampage against a classic car, stabs a lot of stuff, does some apple voodoo and cries some major mascara tears — until she’s onto the next one, of course. Watch the hilariously over-the-top visual up top, and let us know what you think by writing your name in the blank space (err, comment section) below. More »
Welcome to Friday, Idolator readers! It’s been an especially zany week in pop, from Selena Gomez‘s unexpectedly emotionally devastating (and possibly Justin Bieber-referencing) “The Heart Wants What It Wants” to the release of Calvin Harris‘ Motion, to the pushback of the new Fifth Harmony album (ugh) to the shocking Beyoncé-style surprise album drop from Miss Azealia Banks. It’s really just like Ellie Goulding sings: ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN!
Plus, Taylor Swift notched the year’s first ever million-selling record with 1989, Beyoncé announced a BEYONCÉ re-release and Rihanna stripped down for a seriously fierce shoot for Esquire UK. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift bucked the music industry trend of embracing streaming services when she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify — a bold move but clearly one that paid immediate dividends given the bumper first-week sales of new LP 1989. The former country queen was asked about her stance by Yahoo and she didn’t hide her obvious distaste for new means of music dissemination.
“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music,” the “Shake It Off” hitmaker explained. “And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Her verdict? “It didn’t feel right to me.”
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, ‘If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it’,” Taylor continued. “I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.” More »
Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball just got even bigger, as they’ve added Taylor Swift as the major headliner for the concert’s second night! The 1989 starlet (who has the best-selling LP in America) will join Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Rixton, 5 Seconds of Summer and Jessie J on the lineup.
The first night also has pop favorites on the performance roster — Take That, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, The Script, One Republic, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, The Vamps and Union J will all grace the stage. The Jingle Bell Ball takes place on December 6 and 7, at London’s O2 arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7, at 8 a.m. GMT. More »
No big surprise here: Taylor Swift‘s fifth album (and her first proper stab at pop) 1989 has debuted atop the Billboard 200, thus giving the former country singer a fourth consecutive #1 on the chart. When all was said and done, SoundScan has 1989‘s first week sales at 1.287 million copies, according to Billboard, split almost down the middle between physical copies sold (647,000) and digital (640,000). This makes 1989 the album with the highest first week sales since Eminem‘s The Eminem Show (1.322 million) in 2002.
What wasn’t factored in, however, were copies of Swift’s 1989 sold for 99 cents last week through Microsoft’s new Music Deals app. You can thank Lady Gaga for that one, Swifties. More »