:: Kylie Jenner wants to be a pop star. (The same dream didn’t turn out too well for sister Kim Kardashian). It seems the teenager has been taking singing lessons with vocal coach/producer Tim Carter. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. [Radar Online]
:: Now here’s a cute celebrity couple. Trey Songz and R&B diva Mila J are dating. We know because they have been spreading their love for each other all over Instagram. Romantic. [Rap-Up]
:: Taylor Swift has made jokes about ending up a crazy cat lady but she might already be there. The former country diva has been snapped leaving her apartment with her feline friend several times in the past week. [MTV]
:: File this under best jobs ever. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is willing to pay someone $50,000 a year to be his personal blunt roller. Actor Seth Rogen has already applied! [Instagram]
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Well, this week certainly was pop drama
, wasn’t it?
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (maybe?) swapped subtweets and shady songs, U2 dropped an unwanted (for some of us?) album on us via Apple and Ariana Grande is (possibly) a diva who only likes to be interviewed and photographed on one side of her face. Hmm…
In less dicey news, we premiered AJR return with “Infinity,” launched a contest for BANKS‘ gorgeous Goddess, premiered some stunning artwork to coincide with Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo and took a look back at 13 pop albums that deserved a lot more love than they were originally dealt.
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‘s lead 1989
single “Shake It Off”
is a certified smash, having spent two weeks atop the Billboard 100. Likewise, the perky song’s accompanying music video has racked up over 90 million views on YouTube since its debut last month — more than enough to prompt Taylor to premiere a series of behind-the-scenes videos detailing the thought and work that went into certain dance segments in the clip.
Above, Swift describes what it was like shooting the modern dance sequence. “There’s been so much cardio to wear me out,” she admits. “We do several takes of each full pass of the song and the whole time I’m full out. Like, the dancers around me are full out and so we’re all pretty wiped out.”
Watch that clip above, then catch outtakes from the cheerleader and ballerina bits in the “Shake It Off” video below. More »
got the internet buzzing earlier this week when she told Rolling Stone
about a diss track on her new LP called “Bad Blood”
, which was written about one of her female rivals. “She did something so horrible… it had to do with business,” the “Shake It Off”
diva revealed. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”
It didn’t take a lot of detective work to discover that she was talking about Katy Perry. She hired three of Taylor’s dancers for her live show before the (former) country queen’s Fearless tour was finished. Only, here’s the rub. They had previously worked on the “This Is How We Do” hitmaker’s Teenage Dream tour and, according to TMZ, apparently gave plenty of notice that they wanted to work with her again.
“We’re told the dancers told Taylor up front … they did not want to sign for the full tour — they wanted a 30-day out, and we’re told it’s because they were just waiting for Katy to go back on tour,” the website reports. “When Katy hit the stage again, they gave their 30-day notice, but Taylor got so pissed off she fired them on the spot.” If everybody was upfront about their intentions, why is Taylor mad? She’s popular enough to sell a ton of albums without creating fictional drama. More »
fired off one of the best subtweets in recent memory last night (September 8) when she kind of — but not really — responded to news that Taylor Swift
had written a diss track about her called “Bad Blood”
. “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…,” she wrote referencing the baddest bitch in Mean Girls
The drama started yesterday when Taylor told Rolling Stone that she had written a track about an unnamed rival on her new LP 1989. “She did something so horrible… it had to do with business,” the former country queen confessed. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.” Internet detectives soon realized she was referring to Katy. See the prismatic diva’s comeback after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: The Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled Simone Battle‘s death at the age of 25 a suicide by hanging. The former X Factor contestant had finally found fame with girl band G.R.L., who are currently climbing the charts with “Ugly Heart”. [ABC News]
:: Avicii has cancelled all his touring and promotional plans for the foreseeable future due to ongoing health concerns. The Swedish DJ recently had his gallbladder and appendix removed and also suffers from pancreatitis. [MTV]
:: While she waits to give birth to her second child, Alicia Keys has been busy thinking about the state of the world and her place in it. She just wrote a song addressing the matter called “We Are Here”. Prepare to be uplifted. [Facebook]
:: Taylor Swift is going all out with the deluxe edition of 1989. Take the exclusive Target release. The packaging includes voice memos, a collection of photos and even a chance to meet the former country queen. [Target]
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Don’t cross Taylor Swift
or she’ll write a song about you. That commandment should be added to the Bible as a modern-day amendment along with one about not saving nudes to iCloud. But I digress. It looks like Katy Perry
is the latest pop star to incur the “Shake It Off”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 24-year-old admitted to writing a song about one of her rivals (who she refused to name) on her new LP called “Bad Blood”. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’” Taylor recounted before getting more specific. “She did something so horrible… it had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”
Internet detectives were quick to point the finger at Katy. It seems that some of the dancers on her Prismatic tour previously worked with Taylor before jumping ship. If so, this is the reformed country crooner’s most immature grudge yet. The people in question were originally part of Perry’s Teenage Dream extravaganza and were probably just showing some loyalty. See the Twitter fall-out after the jump. More »
Another week, another round of chart and radio records being shattered by Taylor Swift
‘s unstoppably catchy new 1989
ditty (and current #1 single in the country
), “Shake It Off.”
According to a new press release from Swift’s label, “not only did “Shake It Off” make the highest Billboard Top 40 debut since Mariah Carey‘s 1993 single “Dreamlover,” but the song breaks the record for Most Adds to Top 40 and Hot AC Stations in its first week, being added to over 277 radio stations across the country.
And, in nerdier chart news, “Shake It Off” also now notches the highest debut in Mediabase Hot AC history (#10), and the largest one week spin gain on both the Mediabase Top 40 and Hot AC charts. Damn, Tay! Haters gonna hate, but Swift just keeps on shake, shake, shaking up the charts. More »
may be joining The Voice
as an advisor. “She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor,” an unnamed source said to Us Weekly
. Neither NBC nor Swift herself have confirmed the news.
Previously announced Voice guest mentors include Stevie Nicks, Little Big Town, Alicia Keys and Gavin Rossdale, who will be working with veteran coaches Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, plus newcomers Pharrell and Gwen Stefani, respectively. More »
Evidently she doesn’t have to worry about those pesky haters too
much: Taylor Swift
just shook and shimmied her way to a #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
The 1989 pop titan, who is no stranger to insanely high chart sales, just notched another major victory with the lead single from her forthcoming pop record, which she just performed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Naturally, she’s gone and broke a bunch of records while doing so: “‘Shake’ arrives with 544,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum marks the greatest weekly total this year and the fourth-best bow all-time,” reports Billboard. She also broke a radio record, debuting at #9 on Adult Pop Songs and #12 on Pop Songs. Quite simply, Swift just demolished the charts once again.
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