The annual Juno Awards nominations are here, and Magic! is leading the pack! The reggae-pop band snagged five nods, including Top Single for “Rude” and Breakthrough Group. Following behind are Kiesza and Leonard Cohen who scored four apiece. The “No Enemiesz” singer is up for categories like Best Video Of The Year for “Hideaway.”
Other big name artists nominated this year are The Weeknd and Deadmau5, who are both up for Artist of the Year. Performers announced for the big night are Magic!, Kiesza, Hedley, Shawn Mendes and Arkells. Look out for the 2015 Juno Awards on March 15, where they will be held at Ontario, Canada’s FirstOntario Centre. More »
The Weeknd is known for his raunchy style, but the video for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s “Earned It” shows a classier side of sex appeal. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (who is also the film’s director), the visual stars Dakota Johnson and a bevy of ladies performing a peep show for the Canadian singer. It is quite the racy affair, as the dancers rock pasties and assless panties while Johnson is shown all tied up.
“Earned It” is one of the many star-studded tracks off the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack, which drops on February 10. The project includes features from Jessie Ware, Annie Lennox and Sia, and also songs like Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me Like You Do” and a slowed-down version of Beyonce‘s “Crazy In Love.” Look out for the film when it releases on February 13. More »
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:: Mariah Carey is rumored to be signing to Epic Records via Sony, the label that helped launch her career. While she released Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse just last year on Def Jam, Carey reportedly wants to switch labels so that she can experience a true comeback — meaning, anything but the lowest first-week sales of her career. [Showbiz 411]
:: Lil Wayne drops his new mixtape Sorry for the Wait 2 today (January 20). This release features his remix of Future‘s “Sh!t,” where he addresses his fallout with Cash Money. [Rap-Up]
:: Miguel is almost finished with his third album. Hey, Miguel: Hurry up. [Instagram]
:: The Weeknd dons a suit in a preview of his “Earned It” video. Meanwhile, his female backup dancers wear ass-less bottoms and have their nipples covered in tape. Well, sure. [Rap-Up]
:: Charli XCX sang Britney Spears classics like “… Baby One More Time,” “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Work B**ch” during a recent radio appearance. Final verdict: These two need to hit the studio together, ASAP. [Capital FM]
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:: We’re starting to understand why Taylor Swift‘s fans are so ride or die for her! The singer is very personable with the Swifties, and her latest random act of kindness is gifting a lucky girl $1989 to pay off some student loans. Um, can some more of our faves hop on this as well? [Buzzfeed]
:: Britney Spears is a pretty tough chick, but who knew her little sister was a badass all her own? During a random fight at a Louisiana Pita Pit, Jamie Lynn Spears drew out a knife to break up the brawl! We definitely don’t want to get on her bad side. [Gawker]
:: How’s this for irony? Over the weekend, The Weeknd got arrested for reportedly punching a police officer. During a trip to Las Vegas, the R&B singer got into a scuffle inside the Cromwell Hotel around 4:20 a.m. (even more irony!). He was then let go on bail for $2000. [Billboard]
:: Mark Ronson‘s new album Uptown Special has a personal meaning to him, as he has dedicated the project to his friend — the late Amy Winehouse. The DJ/producer posted a note on Instagram, where he reflected on the soulful singer’s influence. [NME]
:: Macklemore is the latest star to guest on the popular children’s show, Sesame Street! The rapper teamed up with Oscar The Grouch to perform a reworked version of “Thrift Shop” that spoke more about trash than hand-me-downs. [Vulture]
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If you weren’t already seduced by the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack tracklist, which includes current iTunes Top 10 single “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd‘s “Earned It” and Beyonce‘s properly sexy new rendition of “Crazy Of In Love,” then perhaps the cover artwork will titillate you? Republic Records offered up the compilation’s art today, and if features Jamie Dornan putting the moves on what looks to be a hand-tied Dakota Johnson. The soundtrack is out February 10.
The full tracklist, which also includes artists like Sia, Jessie Ware, Skylar Grey, Laura Welsh, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones, first surfaced last week. If you missed it then, you can catch it below. More »
Over the past few months, we’ve received bits of pieces of tunes off the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey film — from Beyonce‘s sultry version of “Crazy In Love,” Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me Like You Do” ballad and The Weeknd‘s steamy waltz that is “Earned It.” But today (January 9), the entire soundtrack tracklisting is here!
Alongside these three artists, soulful ladies Jessie Ware, Sia, Skylar Grey and Annie Lennox will also be featured on the project. Legendary acts like The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra (!) make appearances as well. Ol’ Blue Eyes’ tune is called “Witchcraft,” while Sia’s cut is a “Salted Wound.” Judging from these names and the sounds that we’ve heard so far, the 50 Shades Of Grey film is shaping up to be one of the sexiest this year! Look out for the soundtrack on February 10, and view the official tracklisting after the jump. More »
Welcome to the first full week of January, aka Coachella lineup announcement time! This year’s annual fest, staged in Indio, California, will take place over the weekends of April 10 – 12 and April 17 – 19. Headliners include hard rock veterans AC/DC (both Fridays), Jack White (Saturday) and Drake (Sunday), while filling in the lower rungs on the roster are acts such as festival faves Florence + The Machine, David Guetta, The Weeknd, Axwell, Kiesza, Marina And The Diamonds, RAC, Gorgon City and FKA twigs.
As usual, it’s quite an eclectic blend of talent. None of the headliners are really jumping out as a big surprise, to be completely honest, but maybe there will be some super awesome special effects or at least a hilariously snarky listicle in the lead-up to the festival to make up for that?
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Ariana Grande and the Weeknd perform “Love Me Harder,” unplugged, in a video released December 23. The song is currently No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, its highest chart position so far, though this new version may boost its popularity.
Backstage at an unidentified venue, they sing the Hot 100 hit while backed by a single acoustic guitar. The original, off Grande’s sophomore album My Everything, is intimate as is, with her breathy commands and the Weeknd not sounding depraved for once. (He’s human, after all!) So in comparison, this version only reinforces what most listeners already knew — “Love Me Harder” is great because of their chemistry. More »
While the jury’s still out on whether the movie will be any good, the 50 Shades Of Grey soundtrack is quickly becoming one of the most exciting releases to look forward to hearing in 2015.
As we’ve known for some time now, Beyoncé is heavily involved in the film’s soundtrack, having supplied us with an incredibly sensual and spooky rendition of “Crazy In Love.” Plus, her BEYONCÉ tracks “Ghost” and “Haunted” were featured in the film’s most recent trailer. And now, there’s a new name to add to the list: The Weeknd. Listen to his contribution after the jump. More »
They asked you to love them harder…and so, you did.
Following the premiere of their sultry music video, My Everything mini-diva Ariana Grande and The Weeknd have jumped into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 to the #7 spot, up from #24 as of last week. This is a huge record for Ari, according to Billboard: As her 4th Top 10 hit of 2014, “Love Me Harder” makes Ariana Grande the first act to score four Top 10 hits. Damn, girl!
There aren’t too many other surprises on this week’s Top 10, although 1989 songstress Taylor Swift, who is currently shaking off haters (and everyone else) at #1 with “Shake It Off,” is creeping up fast with her brand new single “Blank Space,” which rose to #13 this week. (And after that video premiere, there’s no doubt she’ll be bursting into the Top 10 this time next week.)
Check out the full Top 10 after the jump. More »