Posts tagged "Taylor Swift"

Beyonce Sells 617,000 Copies In Three Days, Breaking iTunes Sales Record

Don’t be surprised if this is only the first of several records broken by Beyonce‘s self-titled opus, released last week: The diva’s surprise fifth album, released sans announcement or promotion late Thursday night, has broken the U.S. iTunes Store’s record for the highest sales for an album — even though she only had three days to do it.

Billboard reports that the album sold 617,000 copies on iTunes (who had the exclusive download) from midnight EST on Friday morning, December 13 through the end of the sales week on Sunday, December 15. The previous one-week sales record on iTunes was set by Taylor Swift‘s Red, which sold 465,000 copies in the week ending on October 28, 2012. (But, again, she had a full week; Bey only had three days.)  More »

Lorde Crashed Taylor Swift’s Birthday Party: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift turned 24 on December 13, and as photos show, she invited Lorde to her birthday party. Just a few months ago, the “Royals” singer faced backlash for critiquing the standards that Swift set for young listeners — that is, “so flawless and so unattainable.” Clearly, Swift took her words in stride. [MTV]

:: Music video director Joseph Kahn claims responsibility for a “director’s cut” of Britney Spears“Perfume” video, beefed up with scenes from Justin Timberlake‘s “TKO” video. Never forget. [Twitter]

:: Cyndi Lauper will appear during The Colbert Report‘s “Christmas Carols Week,” which starts today (December 16). For a taste of what to expect, watch “Jingle Man and Christmas Boy.” Now. [Digital Spy]

:: Celine Dion wants to try acting, but she admits to having her limits. Notably, she says that she isn’t interested in following Carrie Underwood‘s footsteps into NBC’s live Sound of Music special. “I’m not crazy about musicals, to be honest with you,” she says. [NPR]

:: Actor Will Ferrell admits that he was intimidated by Kanye West while filming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, especially since he was playing Yeezus (one of our best albums of 2013) repeatedly on set. “We got a scared 18-year-old intern to ask him to turn them down,” he says. [E!]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

2013′s Highest Grossing Tours: See Who Topped Beyonce, Taylor Swift, JT, Gaga & Bieber

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We interrupt this Beyonce-cast with a bit of other news.  But it still involves Beyonce, so, stick with it for a second. Billboard has begun rolling out its year-end coverage, and that means the list of 2013′s 25 highest grossing tours is out. Since the numbers are tallied from November 14, 2012 to November 12, 2013, it makes sense that Lady Gaga isn’t in the top spot, nor is Justin Timberlake — their tours started later this year. But then you have acts like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who’ve all been touring for seemingly that entire time, and yet they failed to reach the top spot. What’s more, they were beat out by a past-their-prime band at #1 (Bon Jovi) and a dead guy at #2 (Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal tour). Pink slides in at #3 as the first active pop star on the list, pulling in $147.9 million.

Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones and Swift also made the top 10. Last year’s top earner, Madonna, came in at #14. See the full list below, head to Billboard for a more in-depth look at the entries. More »

Golden Globe Awards 2014: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, U2 Nominated

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If you were up as the sun rose and watching either TV or your Twitter feed, then you no doubt saw nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards flying by. Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years A Slave and David O. Russell‘s American Hustle lead the pack with seven nods apiece.

As for the music categories, Coldplay earned a Best Original Song nomination for “Atlas,” from the soundtrack to current box office champ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, while others recognized in the category include U2 for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom‘s “Ordinary Love”, Taylor Swift for One Chance‘s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (co-written by fun.‘s Jack Antonoff) and Justin Timberlake, among other co-writers and co-performers, for Inside Llewyn Davis‘ “Please Mr. Kennedy.”

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the 2014 Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, on January 12. Head below to catch the full roundup of Best Original Song and Best Original Score nominees. More »

Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Win Big At American Country Awards: See All The Winners

Well! The American Country Awards, an awards show that somebody made up four years ago, happened last night in Las Vegas, with Danica Patrick and Trace Adkins (or, as they’re known in places like New York City, “Who?” and “What?”) hosting, and it was a doggedly country-centric affair. (That means less in the way of love for crossover stars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, and more praise showered on people who don’t get played on pop radio.)

This year’s breakout bro-country stars Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan led the awards, as Florida Georgia Line took home six statues (or whatever they give out at the ACAs), while Luke Bryan received the Artist of the Year award. Taylor Swift, of course, still got some glory, as her collab with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care,” won three trophies, including for Song of the Year. Blake Shelton (another familiar name!) also received four awards. More »

Watch Taylor Swift Join Fall Out Boy At The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Last night (December 10) the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show finally aired, and it was one of those rare television events that a horny teenage dude could watch alongside his emo sister and their Top 40-obsessed mother, since Taylor Swift performed with Fall Out Boy to open things, as outrageously accessorized lingerie models stalked around them. Swift, decked out in an equally outrageous Union Jack costume with a tiny hat, joined the pop-rockers for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” Watch her strut her stuff up top.

Taylor also stuck around for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Catch that performance below. More »

Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde & More Perform At Grammy Nominations Concert: Watch

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Call Her Queen B
For the majority of her performance, Lorde stared as if singing to the same camera that filmed her “Royals” video. She wasn’t — she was singing at the Grammy nominations concert, performing a song up for Record of the Year but acting as if such acknowledgment barely mattered, not when she already insists on being called Queen B. When the song started to end though, her eyes bugged out slightly. When it did end, she immediately turned to her left and walked off the stage, her arms crossed. It’s as if she finally realized why she was there, particularly as the crowd stood up to applaud her, shocked.

No-brainer nominees performed as last night’s concert, too. Katy Perry sang “Roar.” Taylor Swift performed “I Knew You Were Trouble” via broadcast from her Sydney concert. But it was particularly exciting to see first-time nominees like Lorde perform, no matter how ubiquitous their songs have become. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stormed in from the lobby and tossed “Thrift Shop” finds out into the crowd. Robin Thicke belted “Blurred Lines” with a huge smile across his face, as T.I. popped up to shuffle as he does in the video — that is, as he should for the rest of his life. (You can call him Rap Game Fred Astaire.)

See Lorde perform up top, then check out the rest after the jump. (This also includes a terrific duet by Keith Urban and Miguel, covering Bill Withers‘ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”) More »

Ellie Goulding Covers ‘Cosmopolitan UK,’ Talks Dating, Music & Taylor Swift

Well! Ellie Goulding is on the cover of the January issue of Cosmopolitan UK, showing some skin in a sparkly cocktail dress and talking about how she “beat self-doubt” (among other things), and it’s a nice little interview! Goulding sounds self-possessed and grown and all of that is important. “I feel very independent and feminist right now — I think maybe it’s being single,” she says.

She talks less about music (there’s no mention on new tunes on the way, unfortunately) and more about her personal life — specifically, her relationships with ex-boyfriends Greg James (a Radio 1 DJ) and Skrillex — the latter of whom she says she wrote “Anything Could Happen” about because she wasn’t expecting to fall for him, which is quite sweet! More »

Lorde To Perform At Grammy Nominations Show With Katy Perry & Taylor Swift

Lorde has been added to the line-up to the Grammy Awards nominations special concert, which broadcasts live from Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET on CBS this Friday. Oh, the Grammy Awards nominations concert, titled The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night? Yes, you remember it from last year — that thing where LL Cool J (who’s hosting again this year!) runs through the nominations in a deeply awkward way, interspersed with inexplicable performances. It’s weird. Real weird.

At any rate, here’s what you can expect: Lorde will perform (hopefully shooting a withering look at LL Cool J as she mutters, “That simpleton,” under her breath), and T.I. and Robin Thicke will also perform “Blurred Lines” alongside members of Earth, Wind & Fire, and Keith Urban will sing Bill Withers‘ “Ain’t No Sunshine” with Miguel, and also there will be pre-taped performances from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, so if it sounds like music’s strangest night, you’re already right.  More »

Ed Sheeran Made Sure All His New Songs Got Taylor Swift’s Stamp Of Approval

It sounds like Taylor Swift should deserves an executive producer listing on Ed Sheeran‘s next album — or a co-producer credit, at the very least. Sheeran worked on much of his follow-up while on the road as the opener on Swift’s Red tour, and the British crooner recently told MTV News that he got Swift herself to listen to his new tracks and offer feedback.

“Whenever I finished a song, I’d send it to [Swift] to get her opinion,” Sheeran told MTV. “She’s heard all the songs and she’s a good judge of what’s good or not good.” We like to imagine the superstar lounging on a couch, Rick Rubin-style, giving the Gladiator thumbs-up/thumbs-down after each song. More »