Taylor Swift, a.k.a. the reigning Princess of Pop, has the number one album in the country — she sold 1.287 million copies of her fifth studio LP 1989. So what better way to celebrate than posting a video on Instagram?
The “Welcome To New York” starlet uploaded a clip of her rapping along to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Backseat Freestyle” (she was in the front seat, by the way), with the caption: “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week. You went and bought 1.287 million albums. AND IT’S GOT ME LIKE”
It turns out that K. Dot is also a fan of Taylor Swift! The rapper recently sung the chorus of “Shake It Off” during an interview with The Fader — and he actually performed it perfectly! Listen to the artist covering each other’s tunes after the jump. More »
“Getting money, divas gettin’ money,” sang Beyonce on 2009 single/unofficial theme song “Diva”. That lyric proved prophetic when Forbes announced their list of the Top Earning Women In Music today (November 4). Beyonce raked in a jaw-dropping $115 million over the past 12 months — almost double what Taylor Swift made in second place ($64 million).
So where did Queen Bey collect her cash? Well, she performed 95 concerts within the timeframe and inked endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi. She also sold more than two million copies of her groundbreaking visual album in the US alone. Other ladies with heavy purses include Pink, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Also, in further proof that touring is where the money is, Celine Dion and Britney Spears were very well remunerated. See the full list after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift could eclipse a record Britney Spears set way back in 2000 for the highest first-week album sales tally by a female artist. The 24-year-old’s new LP 1989 sold 1.316 million copies in its first seven days of release according to Hits Daily Double, which is marginally less than the 1.319 million opening bow of Oops!… I Did It Again in 2000. However, HDD doesn’t include all sales data, so the “Shake It Off” diva could still squeeze past her.
And even if Taylor doesn’t beat that record, 1989 will still deliver the biggest first-week sales tally of her career (Red sold 1.208 million copies in 2012) — an incredible achievement given the steady decline of album sales. It will be interesting to see how many copies the former country queen can sell by the year’s end. She has a hectic promo schedule and another single on the horizon, so three million copies doesn’t seem out of reach.
EDIT: Taylor Swift ultimately fell short of Britney’s record. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies this week according to Billboard. More »
The year is nearly over, which means the all-encompassing People’s Choice Awards are nearly upon us.
The categories for this upcoming year’s event, which will be hosted on January 7, 2015 by Anna Farris and Allison Janney, are now open for voting as of today. (You know, in case you’re not too busy voting for your local representatives or whatever.)
Already, we see a ton of familiar faces on the nominees list, including seasoned vets like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, as well as some first-ever nominations…like Sam Smith! And Sia! And Iggy Azalea! Check out the full list of music categories and nominees for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards after the jump, and let us know who you’re voting for in the comments below. More »
Barefoot choreography with Taylor Swift! Steal vs. Steal Knockout on Team Pharrell! Gwen Stefani de-fringing a contestant with a mandatory makeover! A lone, untelevised performance on Team Adam Levine! An episode-ending steal from Blake Shelton!
The final night of the Knockout Round had just about everything one could hope for to get them through te last episode until the Live Rounds — everything, perhaps, except for Taylor Swift’s cat, which was mysteriously absent during her entire Voice tenure.
While we can only hope that fur ball Olivia Benson rides Tay Tay’s elbow crook to a surprise Live Rounds appearance, we now know for sure which contestants will be showing up when The Voice goes live next week. Head below to see who rounded out the Live teams! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Big Machine Label Group (a.k.a. Taylor Swift‘s record label) has swiped the singer’s entire discography from Spotify. The move was probably made to amp up her already-insane record sales, but the streaming service was none too pleased about the decision. In a statement, Spotify said: “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.” [Billboard]
:: Speaking of Taylor Swift, she recently announced her 2015 world tour in support of her 1989 LP. The UK dates suspiciously circle around the Glastonbury Festival next year, which leaves the media to speculate if the singer will be performing. Time will only tell! [Digital Spy]
:: As a follow-up to her first-ever men’s fragrance (Rouge Man) released in August, Rihanna will now have a new fragrance for her female fans. The singer announced the news of the Rouge Love perfume on Twitter, but no word yet when it will be available. [MTV News]
:: In weirder news, Ariana Grande called the police on a fan who was sending her a bevy of packages. The gifts included a 42-pound pumpkin, eight Yankee candles, an anklet from Kay Jewelers and more. The cops have warned the man (a 29-year-old named Tim Normandin from Lowell, MA) to back off the singer. And we agree — it’s just plain creepy. [TMZ]
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Beware, boys: She’s got a pen handy.
Taylor Swift‘s ominous anthem “Blank Space,” a cheeky warning to all of her future suitors, is officially the next single off of the pop singer’s projected million-plus selling record, 1989. But beyond those album sales, she’s also got a pretty massive televised platform to launch the track as a single this month: Taylor will officially be performing “Blank Space” live on Sunday, November 23 at the American Music Awards.
Tay Tay will be sharing the stage with a bunch of previously announced acts, including Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX and Lorde — and of course, the show’s host, Pitbull. Dale!
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Taylor Swift‘s fifth studio LP 1989 (released on October 27) was an immediate chart-topping success, and was predicted to sell an estimated 1.2 million in its first week alone. So with a winning album, the next best thing is to go on tour! The “Blank Space” singer has announced a string of 2015 dates, which kicks off on May 20 in Bossier City, LA and ends on October 31 in Tampa, FL.
In between, Swift will hit up various cities in North America and Europe — including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and London. Once December 2015 arrives, she plans to bring the tour to Asia and Australia. View all of the tour dates after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift can draw a wide-ranging crowd to her sold-out arena shows. “Even at a Justin Bieber show — even at a women’s-studies seminar — you won’t find as pronounced a female-to-male ratio, nor such a wide age range: toddlers and teens and tweens and their moms, for sure, but also college co-eds, and grandmothers, and rowdy thirtysomething office workers, like the gals who sat in the row behind me, passing a flask of booze,” Jody Rosen, then New York magazine pop music critic, wrote last year.
According to Saturday Night Live, however, some may still have a tough time admitting to themselves that yes, they actually love 1989 and “Shake It Off” and all that. In the above sketch, “Swiftamine,” that is actually the new leading cause for vertigo among adults like guest host Chris Rock. “Your frontal lobe says, ‘Oof. Taylor Swift. She’s always wearing, like, a 1950s bathing suit,’” a medical professional says. “But your ears say, ‘Shut up. This is a perfect song.’” More »
Happy Halloween! Man, was this week jam-packed with exciting news and events from the music world. Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated fifth LP 1989, while we announced a giveaway for Calvin Harris‘ forthcoming album Motion. Click here to enter until Monday, November 4!
Iggy Azalea had an interesting debut performance on Saturday Night Live, and Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint LP is now pushed back to December. We also posted our infamous pop star nude gallery for Q3, and it was quite popular! The Ibrawlator for best October album is now live as well as our Magazine Melee for November!
And of course, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments after the jump. More »