Posts tagged "Tim McGraw"

Drake Is Not Having Sex With Kris Jenner: Morning Mix

:: Breathe a sigh of relief. Apparently, there were rumors swirling about that Drake hooked up with Kris Jenner after the ESPY Awards but it — not very surprisingly — turned out to be a load of crap. [Gossip Cop]

:: Ben Langmaid seems to be holding a grudge against former La Roux bandmate Elly Jackson. In true 2014 fashion, he shaded the redhead by favoriting and retweeting negative comments about her. Very mature. [NME]

:: You’re not alone if your opinion of country star Tim McGraw plummeted after he slapped a female fan for tugging at his jeans at a recent concert. He has tried to explain the situation away by calling it a “pure instinctive reaction”. That doesn’t quite cut it. [TMZ]

:: Taylor Swift has dated the vast majority of men in Hollywood but Zach Braff is not one of them. He clarified the situation in an interview, calling her a “sweet girl”. Expect a passive-aggressive song response from the country queen. [Just Jared]

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I Got You Babe!: The 12 Best Duets By Real-Life Musical Couples From The Past 20 Years

Matches Made In Music Heaven!
Musicians have been dating each other for decades, and when they join together in the studio, the results are pretty magical. One of the first mainstream pop duets performed by a real-life couple was 1965′s “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher. This feel-good song has become the platform for the artists of today to create their own musical love stories.

Sure, there have been boatloads of artist collaborations, features, mash-ups and pair-ups in recent memory, but we decided to stick with real-life amore, and compile a list of the best duets from 12 musical lovebirds over the past 20 years. Get in the mood below! More »

iHeart Radio Music Festival 2013 Line-Up: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus + More

The iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas is heading into its third year, and the fest has rightly earned its reputation for having the biggest pop talent, like, ever: The just-announced line-up features an absurd roster of performers, including Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry on the main stage with Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne in the adjacent iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, which will feature multiple smaller stages.

There’s a few other names with which you’re likely familiar, too: fun.Bruno MarsAdam Lambert! Maroon 5MiguelKe$haJason DeruloElton John! And a lot of others, too.  More »

Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Cher Perform At Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Show: Watch

Mariah Carey Hero
A Holiday Hero
Oh, and what a 4th of July it was in New York City, where the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular was, um, spectacular-ish. And aside from all the fireworks, there were performances from pop stars, too!

There was Taylor Swift (beamed in via satellite from Dallas, which sort of defeats the whole purpose, doesn’t it?) and the ever-on point Cher and Mariah Carey bringing back ’90 realness with a major rendition of “Hero,” and with Nick Cannon on hosting duties (ugh) and Usher at the helm with some of the pyrotechnic design (because sure?) and none of it made sense and everything was pretaped and it was all great. Happy Independence Day, everyone. More »

Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw & Carrie Underwood Make ‘Forbes’ Country Cash Kings List

Taylor Swift falls second to just Toby Keith in Forbesfirst-ever list of Country Cash Kings, thanks to her album Red, a corresponding tour and endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Cover Girl and Sony. Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw also rank high because of big tours and high-selling albums, Blown Away and Two Lanes of Freedom respectively.

The business and finance magazine tracked earnings from June 1, 2012, to June 1, 2013. While Swift earned $55 million, Keith pulled in $65 million through his music, touring, a restaurant chain, a Ford endorsement deal and his own liquor label, earning more than “any musician not named Madonna, Lady Gaga or Bon Jovi.” See the full list after the jump. More »

One Direction, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Bruno Mars & More Unite For Global Citizen Tickets Initiative

What do Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Usher, Tim McGraw, Pearl Jam, No Doubt and Gotye have in common? They’re all richer than you! Also, they’re all part of the new Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a new project designed to incite social activism by offering people free concert tickets.

Billboard reports that the campaign, created by the Global Poverty Project, allows ordinary people (just like you and me!) to take a “variety of social actions… to earn points they can use to win free tickets to concerts,” which is cool if you love music and feel like doing something. All of the associated issues relate to extreme poverty and include “polio, malaria, women’s empowerment, education and more.”  More »

Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban’s “Highway Don’t Care”: Hear The Country Ballad

So, when you think Tim McGraw, what do you think of? Down the road, it’ll probably be the just-leaked McGraw collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care,” a swoony country midtempo with a soaring chorus. Both crooners sound twangy and emotive, but it’s Swift’s vocals that really shine: They’re breathy, light and airier than anything on Red.

It’s a lot of country wattage for one song, but together, they carry it effectively; whether or not it’ll catch on at pop radio remains to be seen, but after the marked crossover sound of Swift’s last album, it’s a good gamble to put her squarely back in country’s sights. Listen after the jump.  More »

Will Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ Bump Adele’s ’21′ From #1 Next Week?

Adele’s 21 is in the peak position on Billboard‘s Top 200 for an 18th non-consecutive week, though she may have some competition on the horizon in the form of Lana Del Rey’s debut Born To Die — the standard and deluxe versions of which are occupying the top two spots on iTunes. The divisive “Video Games songstress is also tops at Amazon’s MP3 store. As for this week, Adele’s Grammy-nominated sophomore effort is #1 after another 116,000 in sales.
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‘American Idol’ Finale: We Judge The Performances

Okay, so most of our predictions for American Idol Season 10 didn’t end up happening, but we can’t say we’re that upset with country crooner Scotty McCreery being crowned champ. Besides seeing the 17-year old being rubbed by all his fellow Idols (and smooched on the cheek by runner-up Lauren Alaina), last night’s finale was really about the high-profile performances. And since we have nothing else to judge or critique as the season is over and done with, let’s rate the performances from best to worst… and weirdest. More »

Kelly Clarkson Takes Control In Allentown

Yesterday my pal Jami and I took a two-hours-and-change drive to Allentown, Pa., the home of the Great Allentown Fair (now in its 157th year). The reason: The evening’s grandstand entertainment was headlined by Kelly Clarkson, who was bookended by the Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago double bill and Tim McGraw on the fair’s roster of entertainment, and who was there to show a slice of northeastern America just what being an American Idol means in this time of fragmented pop landscapes and Taylor Hicks victories.

Clarkson is a natural performer, her charisma spilling out all over the place and giving her near-total command of the crowd. Her voice sounded like it had for the most part bounced back from the vocal problems she suffered earlier this week (although she did allow that “Don’t Let Me Stop You”—a personal favorite from her recent album All I Ever Wanted—was kind of tough to sing), and it was rounded out by a fuller-than-full band that had both a DJ and a horn section. The DJ would splice current pop songs into the mix between tracks to keep the crowd’s energy up, while the horn section really shone on “Walk Away,” which was reinvented with an arrangement that recalled Huey Lewis & The News’ “Power Of Love.” (Pretty sure it’s clear that I mean this in a good way, but if not, yeah.)

Perhaps most importantly, Clarkson put the lessons that were taught to her by Simon Cowell throughout the show—namely, the one about looking back to look forward. Her set wasn’t merely a run-through of her own hits, it was a look at her own personal definition of “pop,” with rock-radio staples like Kings Of Leon and the Toadies’ “Possum Kingdom” mingling with “Poker Face” and “I Gotta Feeling,” as well as oldies like Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” (which was dropped into All I Ever Wanted‘s stridently new-wavey “If I Can’t Have You”), Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and Janet Jackson’s “If.” Clarkson covered the latter two songs outright, and while her rich voice took to the Cline track well, it was her spitfire performance of the lusty “If”—which blew my mind so hard, I had to ask Jami if I was really hearing what I was hearing—that made me think she should maybe work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on her next record. Or at the very least put out an unauthorized song-by-song cover of Control, just for kicks.

The only bad thing about the night—aside from the traffic at the Holland Tunnel approach—was the realization that I’m pretty much off fair food, thanks to a pile of soft serve that tasted like slightly sweetened air yet still attracted enough bees to be a pain in the butt. I’m going to save my feelings on fried dough as a whole until I sample a zeppole from the local pizza parlor, but yeah. Disappointing!

The set list:
“All I Ever Wanted”
“Miss Independent”
“I Do Not Hook Up”
“Some [Girls] Have All The Luck”
“Don’t Let Me Stop You”
“If I Can’t Have You”
“Never Again”
“Hazel Eyes”
“Walkin’ After Midnight”
“I Want You”
“Because Of You”
“Walk Away”
“Since U Been Gone”
“Already Gone”
“My Life Would Suck Without You”

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[Photo: Jami Attenberg]
Grandstand Shows [Great Allentown Fair; note what's possibly my favorite Fair-related detail, namely that the fair's final night features a demolition derby. Destroy, build, destroy, indeed.]