Taylor Swift remains the queen of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Blank Space” logging its third week at #1. As if the 1989 diva hasn’t made enough chart history lately, her latest smash is the first single since Pharrell‘s “Happy” to sell more than 300,000 copies for three straight weeks. The man with the hat managed the feat for seven consecutive weeks, so she still has some way to go before beating that.
The rest of the top five remains largely static but there’s more action further down the chart. For starters, Selena Gomez soars from #20 to #6 with “The Heart Wants What It Wants”. That makes heartstring-tugging ballad her equal highest charting single. (“Come & Get It” peaked at #6 in 2013.) The only other new entry in the Top 10 is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ retro-tastic “Uptown Funk”. It lands at an impressive #8. See the full Top 10 after the jump. More »
In case you missed the news, last week One Direction‘s Four became the final album to top the Billboard 200 chart via the methodology of tallying up sales alone. This week marks a new era for Billboard, in that the main album chart will be determined by on-demand streaming and digital track sales, in addition to traditional album sales, all measured by Nielsen.
“This is the most substantial update to the chart’s methodology since May of 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen’s point-of-sale data — SoundScan — to measure album sales,” the publication’s Keith Caulfield writes today in his weekly album chart update. More »
ARTPOP: The great unifying force of the pop world.
Lady Gaga spoke out about a lot of things during her interview with Howard Stern yesterday, from a past incident of sexual assault by a producer to her love of great, underappreciated singers like Sia. But one of the other things she revealed? Her newfound appreciation for 1989 darling, Taylor Swift!
It wasn’t always this way, however.
“We’ve met a few times, and I can’t say anything bad about her. What she doesn’t know [is] I was at the AMAs or something,” she explained on the radio program. “Her and I were sitting next to each other and she goes, ‘Oh my God! I love ARTPOP. I love ‘Applause,’ and ‘Applause is my favorite song,’” she explained on the program. And yes, there is photographic evidence of this exchange. (See up top.) But that wasn’t enough to sway Gaga — yet. More »
Taylor Swift wasn’t about to let a bunch of Amazonian models steal her shine at today’s (December2) Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London, England. Instead, the 1989 record-breaker more than held her own in two eye-popping outfits that showed off her statuesque physique. She rocked what appeared to be a sexy, pink satin nightie for one performance and then wore a black, lace dress over lingerie. Well played.
Apart from bringing sexy back to the fashion industry, Tay Tay also caught up with fellow pop starlet Ariana Grande. “Taylor is really sweet, we are going to have a girl’s night in tonight,” the “Love Me Harder” diva recently told the Daily Star. “She’s doing something incredibly special for pop and I love pop. Her album is actually selling, in a time like this. It gives us all hope.” See the former country queen’s sizzling outfits up top. More »
Taylor Swift spent Thanksgiving Day with her extended family, playing with toy drones. (Turn down the volume.) Yet she didn’t get the entire holiday off! During Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast, Swift stayed inside a studio to perform 1989 smash hit “Shake It Off.” (Only CBS showed this live rendition, while NBC featured the Great American Marching Band’s spirited cover instead.)
Being pop music’s BFF and all, Swift appeared happy to be there. When the “Blank Space” star wasn’t acting as Diana Ross to her troupe of backup singer-dancers — how fitting, given recent events — she eyed one of her saxophonists and spanked the ass of another, right when she was getting down to that sick beat. Watch Swift perform “Shake It Off” for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade up top (turn the volume back up), then see her holiday snapshots below. More »
For everyone who spent the weekend worrying that the Voice contestants would not have a Thanksgiving feast, you may now rest easy. Well, not about how you prioritize your worries, but about the whole Thanksgiving thing. All of the Top 10 contestants who gathered for what they thought to be Friendsgiving were surprised by the presence of their parents. What an adorable way to fill the massive amounts of time that The Voice needs to fill during the results show.
An even better way to fill said time? Performances by Taylor Swift, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams — all of whom brought their talents to Tuesday’s episode. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Two years ago, former country starlet Taylor Swift was picked to play folk legend Joni Mitchell in the film adaptation of Girls Like Us (a book about the singer, Carole King, and Carly Simon). Well, Mitchell is now coming forth to reveal that she was the reason the movie never came to life! “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes,” she said. “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.” [Rolling Stone]
:: Nicki Minaj has always seemed to be a little diva-ish, but now it is being revealed that she allegedly has an attitude problem! During Sunday’s American Music Awards, Access Hollywood‘s Liz Hernandez ranted on Twitter about the rapper’s actions: “Never in the workplace has someone been so disrespectful to me as Nicki Minaj yesterday. I feel embarrassed to have supported her as a fan.” [PopDust]
:: In today’s sad news, Fifth Harmony‘s Camila Cabello and Austin Mahone have called it quits! The girl group singer explained in an interview, “We’re actually not together anymore. Hey, things happen…I need some mistletoe action.” The former couple were dating for a year before the announcement. [Ryan Seacrest]
:: Kurt Cobain fans rejoice! An HBO documentary is in the works about the late singer of famed grunge band, Nirvana. Titled Montage Of Heck, the project will be executively produced by his daughter Frances Bean. Look out for it sometime next year. [Stereogum]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »
“How To Be A Supergirl” is the headline ASOS magazine chose for their Taylor Swift issue and it’s pretty apt given the mounting sales tally of new LP 1989. The “Shake It Off” diva’s cover story deserves an equally dazzling pictorial and photographer Ben Sullivan does a good job of capturing the 24-year-old at her most heroic and glamorous in a series of retro-inspired outfits. (She even pulls off the always difficult socks and heels combination. Respect!)
“When I’m getting dressed, it’s always based on what my friends will think,” the record-breaking blond told ASOS. “They are my number one priority and the opinions of girls are more important to me at this point in my life.” It’s been another big week for Taylor. She won the Dick Clark Award For Excellence at Sunday night’s (November 23) American Music Awards and held court from the front row. The former country queen will next appear at the Victoria’s Secret show on December 9. Peruse her pics up top. More »
The 2014 American Music Awards, a.k.a. one of the biggest nights in music, aired yesterday (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater! The three-hour telecast was jam-packed with major honors (like Taylor Swift winning the Dick Clark Award For Excellence) and fun performances from everyone’s favorite artists — including Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and many more!
One Direction had the best night ever, taking home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year. But what did other critics think were the biggest highlights from the 2014 AMAs? Find out after the jump! More »
Taylor Swift was presented with an incredible honor at last night’s American Music Awards! The “Blank Space” starlet won the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, presented by the legendary diva Diana Ross. During her speech, the singer made a point to highlight the hard work of musicians (possible shade thrown at Spotify, maybe?):
“What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you are saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in. Music is valuable and music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated.”
The singer has been wrapping up 2014 in a major way! Her fifth studio LP, 1989, debuted at the number one spot on Billboard 200 with 1.3 million copies sold — beating out The Eminem Show for the highest first-week sales record.
Watch the honorable moment between Swift & Ross after the jump! More »