Recently, Taylor Swift became the first woman to unseat herself from the Billboard Hot 100′s top spot. Prior to that, her new album 1989 had the highest first-week sales since Eminem‘s The Eminem Show – in 2002. So naturally, as E! reports, the American Music Awards chose to recognize Swift with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, to be presented by none other than Diana Ross.
Ross – Supremes frontwoman, disco frontrunner and future Voice guest mentor – has been honored a few times herself lately. Aretha Franklin covered the group’s 1966 No. 1 hit “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” for her concept covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. Later, Bette Midler offered a country and western take on another Supremes No. 1 record from the same year, “You Can’t Hurry Love,” for her girl-groups cover album It’s the Girls! More »
Taylor Swift looks oh-so-lovely on the December/January 2015 issue of Lucky magazine! The “Blank Space” starlet dons a simple yet chic outfit, complete with a white biker jacket and a bowler hat. For the interview inside, she jokes that she wants to keep her belly button a secret.
“I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.”
The singer will be performing at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on December 9, so we wonder how she’ll make do with all those belly-baring supermodels surrounding her! View the full cover of Taylor Swift’s Lucky issue, as well as another editorial photo, after the jump! More »
Taylor Swift is in Los Angeles for the American Music Awards on Sunday night (rumor is she’s opening the show) and took the opportunity to hang out with occasional BFF Selena Gomez and British electro-pop diva Ellie Goulding. They decided to have a girls night out and hit up The 1975‘s gig at the Hollywood Palladium. As expected, they all documented the get-together on their various Instagram accounts.
The “Blank Space” hitmaker posted a collage of photos as well as a video of her and Selena singing along to the band’s 2013 hit “The City”. Ellie also got in on the act, sharing a pic of the trio (above) on her Instagram. It’s going to be a busy couple of months for the pop princesses. Taylor is in full promo mode for chart-busting LP 1989, while Sel is gearing up to release her greatest hits package For You. As for the Brit? Her new album drops early next year. See their party snaps and a video after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Wendy Starland, a talent scout who helped to find Lady Gaga, just won a major lawsuit! She filed against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari, claiming that he failed to share the profits in discovering the “female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes.” Starland is now walking away with $7.3 million in her pocket! [Billboard]
:: It turns out that Bono‘s injuries from his cycling accident are very serious. The U2 frontman suffered from various fractures — including a facial one, a shoulder fracture and one on the humerus. He had to undergo five hours of surgery. [Billboard]
:: Justin Timberlake just got even richer! The singer is now the co-owner of audio technology company, AfterMaster. The business focuses on re-mastering and enhancing the quality of songs. [Entrepreneur]
:: Watch out, #Directioners! Taylor Swift is still friends with her ex-boyfriend, One Direction‘s Harry Styles. The pair split last year, but have recently been talking again. Maybe their conversations began with the songs she wrote about him on 1989? [Just Jared]
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Congratulations are in order for a whole bunch of our favorite pop artists based on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart!
To no one’s surprise in particular, 1989 pop darling Taylor Swift has vaulted from #13 to #1 with “Blank Space,” no doubt aided by her brilliantly batty video which dropped last week. The #1 reign makes for a ton of record-breaking/making feats for the superstar, including the first woman ever to unseat herself from the #1 spot (“Shake It Off” previously reigned up until this week). She’s also the only artist with two Hot 100 #1 singles this year. Not too shabby, huh?
But, there are some other key victories in the Top 10: “Jealous” crooner Nick Jonas has successfully notched his first-ever solo Top 10 hit, jumping in from #23 at #10 this week. Major! Plus, Sam Smith just scored his third Top 10 hit with “I’m Not The Only One,” which slides into the #9 spot. Check out the full Top 10 after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Straight after the odd insult-throwing between Lorde and Diplo, the “Yellow Flicker Beat” singer is now clearing the air. The two got into a Twitter exchange, where she stood up for BFF Taylor Swift after Diplo tweeted a Kickstarter link with the caption, “Get Taylor Swift A Booty.” In a new interview with The Fader, Lorde explains why she felt it was necessary to call the producer out on his nonsense:
I mean, I think often I say things and realize that Americans hear what I say differently to how I hear it. I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid shit. Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, “Hey man…” We do still love each other, hopefully.
See what else Lorde had to say after the jump! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Jessie J and Betty Who are set to perform at this year’s NewNowNext Awards — Logo TV’s annual awards show. Joe Jonas will also provide his DJ talents at the ceremony, which airs on the network live from Miami on December 7 and December 12 on MTV. [MTV]
:: One Direction‘s Zayn Malik is not happy with Matt Lauer! During the band’s recent appearance on the Today show, the host asked the members if Malik’s no-show was due to substance abuse problems. The singer responded, saying “I’m really angry and upset by what was said. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.” [Celebuzz]
:: Taylor Swift is always super nice to her fans, and the singer is now playing Santa! She has been sending early Christmas presents to some lucky members of her fanbase, which are personalized with handwritten notes. How sweet! [MTV]
:: Looks like Lorde and Diplo have ended their beef (if they were actually bickering in the first place). The producer/DJ wrote to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator on Twitter, asking if she’ll go to the Los Angeles film premiere. [MTV]
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The performance lineup for the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been announced, and it includes one familiar pop star — Taylor Swift, that is! The singer (who is BFFs with Victoria’s Secret angel Karlie Kloss) will return to the lingerie party’s stage this year, along with Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier. They join the rankings of past performers like Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Rihanna.
In 2013, Swift performed alongside Fall Out Boy in an over-the-top Union Jack costume. We think she should bring it back for this year’s event — it will take place in London, after all! The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show plans to run on December 2 and airs on December 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. More »
Woody Harrelson first hosted Saturday Night Live in 1989, during the sketch comedy show’s second stint led by original director Dave Wilson. (David Byrne was the musical guest.) So to celebrate his return, the actor rewrote Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” to prove that he remembers more of 1989 than the pop superstar ever could, despite her new album title. Bless him, he tried: “Thought I met Margaret Thatcher / but it was Saddam Hussein / Then I got a blank space, baby / ’cause I used to do cocaine.”
Harrelson then brought out fellow castmates from the Hunger Games franchise (the latest of that series, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, hits theaters November 21), though they weren’t much help to him. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth weren’t born yet. Plus, despite what the Cheers goofball thought, the woman who joined them on stage wasn’t Taylor Swift, but Jennifer Lawrence. More »
Get ready to ring in the new year along with some of the biggest pop acts of 2014! One Direction, Meghan Trainor and Charli XCX will all take the stage on Ryan Seacrest‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. “Blank Space” songstress Taylor Swift was previously announced as the show’s headliner, and will close out the broadcast in New York City’s Time Square.
While the newly-added artists will perform at Billboard’s Hollywood Party in LA, Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw will ring in 2015 in Nashville, TN. Jenny McCarthy plans to host the show along with Fergie, who is also a performer. The New Year’s Eve live broadcast special will air on Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC. More »