Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 2013 Grammy Award Nominees


Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and The Black Keys, each copped an impressive six nods apiece at the Grammy Awards nominations TV special in Nashville on Wednesday.

Drake, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Jack White and best new artist nominee Hunter Hayes were among 16 nominees with three nods.

Taylor Swift's 1.21 million-selling “Red” was released too late for album eligibility, she was still able to bag nominations for her hit single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and her tune on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, "Safe and Sound."

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" picked up two nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, and country star Carrie Underwood also picked up two nods.

The 55th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.


A full list of nominees is available on Grammy.com. Here are the nominees in the notable categories:

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, “El Camino”
fun., “Some Nights”
Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Jack White, “Blunderbuss”

Record of the Year
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
fun. featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Song Of The Year [awarded to songwriter]
“The A Team,” Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn,” Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe,” Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young,” Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (fun. featuring Janelle Monae)

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”
fun., “Some Nights”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
Pink, “The Truth About Love”

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Set Fire To The Rain (Live),” Adele
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson
“Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
“Wide Awake,” Katy Perry
“Where Have You Been,” Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Shake It Out,” Florence + The Machine
“We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monae
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Sexy And I Know It,” LMFAO
“Payphone,” Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Christmas,” Michael Bublé
“A Holiday Carole,” Carole King
“Kisses On The Bottom,” Paul McCartney

Best Rock Performance
“Hold On,” Alabama Shakes
“Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
“Charlie Brown,” Coldplay
“I Will Wait,” Mumford & Sons
“We Take Care Of Our Own,” Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“I’m Alive,” Anthrax
“Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm
“Blood Brothers,” Iron Maiden
“Ghost Walking,” Lamb Of God
“No Reflection,” Marilyn Manson
“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?),” Megadeth

Best Rock Song
“Freedom At 21,” Jack White
“I Will Wait,” Mumford & Sons
“Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
“Madness,” Muse
“We Take Care Of Our Own,” Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Album
“El Camino,” The Black Keys
“Mylo Xyloto,” Coldplay
“The 2nd Law,” Muse
“Wrecking Ball,” Bruce Springsteen
“Blunderbuss,” Jack White

Best Alternative Music Album
“The Idler Wheel …,” Fiona Apple
“Biophilia,” Björk
“Making Mirrors,” Gotye
“Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” M83
“Bad As Me,” Tom Waits

Best R&B Performance
“Thank You,” Estelle
“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.),” Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi
“I Want You,” Luke James
“Adorn,” Miguel
“Climax,” Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Lately,” Anita Baker
“Love On Top,” Beyoncé
“Wrong Side Of A Love Song,” Melanie Fiona
“Real Good Hands,” Gregory Porter
“If Only You Knew,” SWV

Best R&B Song
“Adorn,” Miguel
“Beautiful Surprise,” Tamia
“Heart Attack,” Trey Songz
“Pray For Me,” Anthony Hamilton
“Refill,” Elle Varner

Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Fortune,” Chris Brown
“Kaleidoscope Dream,” Miguel
“Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album
“Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment
“Back To Love,” Anthony Hamilton
“Write Me Back,” R. Kelly
“Beautiful Surprise,” Tamia
“Open Invitation,” Tyrese

Best Rap Performance
“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right),” Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne
“N****s In Paris,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Daughters,” Nas
“Mercy,” Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“I Do,” Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Wild Ones,” Flo Rida featuring Sia
“No Church In The Wild,” Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” John Legend Featuring Ludacris
“Cherry Wine,” Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
“Talk That Talk,” Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Song
“Daughters,” Nas
“Lotus Flower Bomb,” Wale Featuring Miguel
“Mercy,” Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“The Motto,” Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne
“N****s In Paris,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Young, Wild & Free,” Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars

Best Rap Album
“Take Care,” Drake
“Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1,” Lupe Fiasco
“Life Is Good,” Nas
“Undun,” The Roots
“God Forgives, I Don’t,” Rick Ross
“Based On A T.R.U. Story,” 2 Chainz

Best Country Solo Performance
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
“Pontoon,” Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound,” Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
“On The Outskirts Of Town,” The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here For The Music,” Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss

Best Country Song
“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
“Cost Of Livin’,” Ronnie Dunn
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
“So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” Alan Jackson
“Springsteen,” Eric Church

Best Country Album
“Uncaged,” Zac Brown Band
“Hunter Hayes,” Hunter Hayes
“Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran,” Jamey Johnson
“Four The Record,” Miranda Lambert
“The Time Jumpers,” The Time Jumpers




Monday, December 10, 2012

Singer Jenni Rivera Feared Dead in Mexican Plane Crash


Mexico's music world mourned Jenni Rivera, the U.S.-born singer presumed killed in a plane crash whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles had made her a Mexican-American superstar.

 Rivera, a mother of five and grandmother of two, was traveling on the Learjet 25 jet with six other passengers  that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico.

Rivera sold 15 million records, and recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for "Joyas Prestadas: Banda."

She made history in September 2011 when she sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the first female regional Mexican artist to do so. Her reality show on mun2, I Love Jenni, is one of the network's highest rated shows.



Monday, November 19, 2012

The 2012 American Music Awards

Justin Bieber was the night's biggest winner, taking home 3 trophies including favorite artist of the year, beating out Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Drake for the top prize at the American Music Awards Sunday.

Rapper Nicki Minaj  repeated her wins from last year, taking home awards for favorite rap/hip hop album (for "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded") and favorite rap/hip hop artist. She and Rihanna went into the ceremony with the most nominations - four each. Rihanna, who was on tour and did not attend, won an award for favorite soul/R&B album (for "Talk That Talk").

Taylor Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist. "This is unreal. I want to thank the fans. You guys are the ones who voted on this," she said.

Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, 26, picked up the coveted new artist-of-the-year award over One Direction, Australian artist Gotye, indie-pop band fun. and rapper J. Cole.

Other awards went to Linkin Park for best alt rock artist, Luke Bryan for best male country artist and Usher for best male soul/R&B artist.

Sunday's show from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles marks the AMA's 40th anniversary. American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Recap: The 46th Annual CMA Awards


On Thursday evening, November 1, 2012 the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was once again home to the Country Music Association Awards. Hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the 5th consecutive year, the show began with an introduction chock full of pop culture references including a parody of “Moves Like Jaggar” by Maroon 5, Underwood and Paisley dancing to “Gangnam Style” and, of course, a reference to Taylor Swift’s latest breakup with Conor Kennedy.

The first performance of the night was from Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church who sang “The Only Way We Know” together after dedicating the show to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.

Lisa Marie Presely presented the first award of the night for Song of the Year, for which Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem,” Blake Shelton “God Gave Me You,” Dierks Bentley “Home,” Little Big Town “Pontoon,” and Eric Church “Springsteen” were nominated. The award went to Little Big Town for “Pontoon.”

Other winners included Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton for Female and Male Vocalist of the Year, Little Big Town took home Vocal Group of the Year, and Hunter Hayes snagged New Artist of the Year.


For a full list of winners, see the list below:


Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes
Single of the Year: Pontoon - Little Big Town
Song of the Year: Over You - Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Music Video of the Year: Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith
Album of the Year: Chief - Eric Church
Musical Event of the Year: Feel Like A Rock Star - Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw




Friday, October 26, 2012

Garth Brooks Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame


Singer Garth Brooks received country music's highest honor with an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, calling the event "the biggest night" of his chart-topping career.

Oklahoma native Brooks, 50, was inducted on Sunday in a star-studded ceremony featuring music greats including Bob Seger, George Strait and James Taylor, all of whom Brooks has cited as influences.

"There are big days in your career, like when you join the Grand Ole Opry...and I didn't think anything would top those. I might have lied. This may be the biggest night of my of career. I'm so excited and nervous, and feel so undeserving, all at the same time," Brooks said.

The singer is the best-selling solo country music artist in U.S. popular music history with more than 128 million album sales. He has won 2 Grammy awards over his career spanning three decades.


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located in Nashville, Tennessee, serves to honor the history and traditions of country music. Hall of Fame inductees are voted for by a panel of current members, which include artists such as Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and The Everly Brothers.


Brooks was inducted along with trailblazing singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus "Pig" Robbins on Sunday.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creepy Countdown: 15 Best Halloween Songs

Halloween is right around the corner! In celebration, I have put together a list of the 15 songs you must feature at your Halloween party. Spook, scare, and thrill your Halloween party guests with the ultimate mix of Halloween party songs from OnlineSheetMusic.com.

15. "Devil Went Down to Georgia" - Charlie Daniels Band

14. "Nightmare on My Street" - DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince



13. "Thriller" - Michael Jackson

12. "Witchy Woman" - Eagles

11. "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker, Jr.

10. “Frankenstein” -The Edgar Winter Group




9. "Werewolves Of London"  - Warren William Zevon

8. "Bad Moon Rising" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

7. "The Addams Family Theme" - Viz Mizzy


6. "This is Halloween" - Danny Elfman

5. "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris"

4. "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" - J S Bach

3. "Tubular Bells" - Mike Oldfield

2. “Dead Man’s Party” - Oingo Boingo



1. "I Put a Spell on You" - Jay Hawkins



Monday, October 8, 2012

'The John Lennon Letters' Released This Week


John Lennon was one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known, creator of "Help!," "Come Together," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Imagine," and dozens more. But it was in his correspondences that he let his personality and poetry flow unguarded.

This week, with the blessing of Yoko Ono, Little, Brown and Company will publish The John Lennon Letters, a collection of John Lennon’s letters to family, friends, strangers, and lovers from every point in his life.

“These letters have never been collected in one place before, and for the most part they have never been seen before,” said Alan Samson, of the Orion Publishing Group.

The groundbreaking collection of almost 300 letters and postcards has been edited and annotated by Hunter Davies, whose authorized biography The Beatles (1968) was published to great acclaim.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Adele's James Bond Theme, 'Skyfall,' Debuts Thursday


Soulful singer-songwriter Adele confirmed today that she has recorded the theme song for the upcoming James Bond "Skyfall" film, and it will be available for download this week.

The singer was not initially sold on the idea. "I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall," she said. "There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song." But after enlisting the help of "Rolling in the Deep" co-writer/producer, Paul Epworth, the multi-platinum selling singer agreed to participate.

"Skyfall" marks the first new song Adele has recorded since "21" became an international phenomena.

Adele's "Skyfall" was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London and features a 77-piece orchestra. "When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life," Adele said in the statement. I’ll be back combing my hair when I'm 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day."

Adele follows icons like Paul McCartney, Nancy Sinatra and Madonna, all of whom have contributed to the James Bond series over the years.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Katy Perry Is Billboard's Woman of the Year

Billboard has named Katy Perry its Woman of the Year. The prolific hit-maker follows in the footsteps of  past winners Beyonce, Fergie and Taylor Swift.


According to Billboard, "the award honors the achievements of a trailblazing female recording artist over the past 12 months, and acknowledges her overall success in the music business and her leadership in embracing the changing industry."

Perry has been a fixture on the Billboard charts since her breakthrough smash "I Kissed A Girl" debuted in May 2008. She holds the record for the most consecutive weeks (69) with at least one song in the top 10 on the Hot 100.

In August 2011, she tied Michael Jackson's record for the most #1 singles from one album. In March 2012, she entered the Hot 100 at #1 for the first time in her career with "Part Of Me." It was her seventh #1 hit.

Perry has sold 48 million digital tracks in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.  She has four of 30 best-selling digital hits of all time, which is more than any other artist. "Firework" is her biggest hit, with U.S. sales of 5,869,000 copies. It is followed by "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg, which sold 5,374,000 copies, "E.T." featuring Kanye West, which sold 5,361,000 copies,  and "Hot N Cold" which sold 5,281,000 copies.


The award will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music event set for Nov. 30 at Capitale in New York City.

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Glee" Season 4 Premiere: 'The New Rachel'

School is back in session! "Glee" is back for its 4th Season, which premiered September 13, 2012 on Fox. By the looks of the first episode, Gleeks are in for a show stopping season.

Rachel Berry finds out the hard way how tough a town New York City can be for entertainers. When she gets whipped around and insulted by the nightmare dance instructor Cassandra, played by guest star Kate Hudson, Rachel realizes that a star in Ohio doesn't necessarily shine in the Big Apple.

Rachel, however, did get the chance to do what she does best, sing, and her version of Billy Joel's iconic "New York State of Mind," was performed in synchronicity with Marley, the "new Rachel."

There are three new students at McKinley, and all of them shine in their own special ways, with Marley being the stand-out. The episode ends with a number set to Adele’s "Chasing Pavements."

Did you enjoy the premiere? Tune into the 4th season of "Glee" airing on Thursdays at 9pm/8c!


Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 Video Music Awards: The Recap

Rihanna, who took home the biggest prize of the night, “Video of the Year,” for “We Found Love,” opened the show with a sultry performance of “Cockiness (Love It)” featuring A$AP Rocky.” She then turned the arena into a huge dance party, performing her VMA award-winning song, “We Found Love,” with mega-hit producer and “2012 VMA house D.J.” Calvin Harris, who won a VMA of his own for “Best Electronic Dance Music Video.”

One Direction claimed the most screen time, winning three "Moon Man" trophies and performing their pop hit "One Thing" in the show. The UK boy band won for best new artist, best pop video and the "most shareworthy" video.

Alicia Keys’ electrifying performance of new single “Girl on Fire” featured a surprise appearance by Nicki Minaj, and was accompanied by U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas, who performed her gold medal-winning moves on stage.

Taylor Swift closed out the epic evening with a fun performance of her new Smash single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” that brought the entire crowd to their feet.

Here's the complete list of winners for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards:

Video of the Year: Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Best New Artist: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Best Female Video: Nicki Minaj, "Starships"
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake, featuring Lil' Wayne, "HYFR"
Best Male Video: Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"
Best Pop Video: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Best Rock Video: Coldplay, "Paradise"
Best Video With a Message: Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"
Best Electronic Dance Music Video: Calvin Harris, "Feel So Close"
Most Shareworthy Video: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Best Choreography: Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"
Best Editing: Beyonce, "Countdown"
Best Visual Effects: Skrillex, "First of the Year (Equinox)"
Best Cinematography: M.I.A., "Bad Girls"
Best Art Direction: Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"
Best Direction: M.I.A., "Bad Girls"


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CMA Award Nominees Announced

Eric Church leads the pack of 2012 CMA Awards nominees with five nods. The North Carolina native is up for Male Vocalist, Album, Single, Song and Music Video of the Year, the latter three for his chart-topping hit, "Springsteen." Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are just behind with four nods apiece, including one they share: a Song of the Year nomination for the tearjerking tune they co-wrote, "Over You."

Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, and reigning Entertainer of the Year winner Taylor Swift each received three nods, as well. Swift, who releases Red next month, will have a chance to snag her third trophy in the category. She's nominated alongside Aldean, Chesney, Paisley, and Shelton.

Kelly Clarkson broke through in the female vocalist category, joining previous nominees Swift, Lambert, Underwood and Martina McBride. It's Clarkson's first individual CMA nomination. She and Aldean won musical event last year for their duet "Don't You Wanna Stay."

"The 46th Annual CMA Awards" will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 on ABC.


Check out the list of nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Chief," Eric Church
"Four the Record," Miranda Lambert
"Home," Dierks Bentley
"Own the Night," Lady Antebellum
"Tailgates and Tanlines," Luke Bryan
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Click here for the full list


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dave Matthew's Band Debuts "Mercy" Video That Puts Fans in the Spotlight

Earlier this month, the Dave Matthews Band reached out to fans for photos and video, looking to make an ultimate tribute to fans in the video for "Mercy." After collecting and editing submissions from around the world, they spliced together a patchwork quilt of emotions with a universal message of love.

According to the band, 14,334 people submitted photos or videos for “Mercy,” which was directed by James Frost.

"Mercy" is on the Dave Matthews Band's upcoming album Away From The World, out September 11th.

Check out "Mercy" below:



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is Nicki Minaj Joining "American Idol" Next Season?

Ever since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler stepped down from their "American Idol" judges' chairs, rumors have swirled about which stars will be asked to fill their seats.

The first replacement announced last month was Mariah Carey -- who was confirmed as a judge for the Fox reality show on July 23 -- and now it is being reported that Nicki Minaj will take the second seat.

According to multiple sources at US Weekly, the "Super Bass" singer will be bringing her colorful wigs and bubbly personality to "Idol," but there are a few contracts to sign before it becomes official.

Would you be excited to see Nicki Minaj as an "Idol" judge?


Monday, August 13, 2012

Olympic Closing Ceremony: Spice Girls, The Who & More!

The Closing Ceremony of the London Summer Olympics was full of music, stars, and culture. The fun, festive and fast-moving show opened with pop bands Madness, Pet Shop Boys and One Direction.

Those also appearing on stage were Ray Davies, Fatboy Slim, Jessie J, George Michael, the Spice Girls, Russell Brand and Eric Idle, who led the crowd in a version of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” while surrounded by skating nuns. The Who closed the evening with “My Generation.”

Along with the greats of the British music scene, more than 4,100 participants including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London host boroughs participated in the event according to the official London 2012 website.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Snoop Dogg Gets A New Name

The artist we once knew solely as Snoop Dogg announced Monday that he plans to focus on creating reggae music under the name Snoop Lion.

"It's not that I want to become Snoop Dogg on a reggae track," Snoop said. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion. I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."

Snoop Lion’s debut single, “La La La,” is already out on iTunes.



Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 MTV Video Music Awards: The Nominations Are In!

The MTV VMA nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake have plenty to celebrate. Each artist earned five MTV Video Music Award nominations, the most by any artist. Katy Perry is close behind with four nominations.

The awards, which will feature performances from Alicia Keys and British boy band One Direction, will be handed out during a televised show in Los Angeles on Sept 6. Winners are picked by public voting.

Nominees for best new artist include Fun. featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young," Carly Rae Jepsen for "Call Me Maybe" and Frank Ocean for "Swim Good."

Joining Drake and Frank Ocean in the best male video category are Justin Bieber for "Boyfriend", Chris Brown for "Turn Up the Music" and Usher for "Climax".

Along with Rihanna and Perry, best female pop video nods also went to Beyoncé for "Love on Top," Nicki Minaj for "Starships" and Selena Gomez & The Scene for "Love You Like a Love Song".

For the full list of nominees, head over to MTV.com.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

5 Best Songs About Batman

Thanks to our friends over at Billboard.com, a list of the 5 Best Songs About Batman has been created in honor of "The Dark Knight Rises," which hit theaters July 16. Check 'em out:






2. Snoop Dog, "Batman & Robin"



3. Panic! At the Disco, "Mercenary"





5. Bow Wow, "Batman"



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Adele Pregnant with First Child

It's been a big year for Adele and life is about to get even more exciting as the singer announced that she and boyfriend Simon Konecki are expecting their first child together.


"I've got some news," the 24-year-old told fans on her website. "I'm delighted to announce that [boyfriend] Simon [Konecki] and I are expecting our first child together.

"I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx"

The British singer won Album of the Year at the 54th annual Grammy Awards earlier this year for "21," her second studio album.

Congratulations to Adele and Simon!


Monday, June 18, 2012

60 Minutes Overtime: Behind the Scenes at a Taylor Swift Concert

Check out a special peek behind the scenes of a Taylor Swift concert, thanks to 60 Minutes!



Monday, June 11, 2012

Once Takes Home 8 Tony Awards!


The bittersweet musical "Once" captured eight Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical direction, best lead actor in a musical and the top award, best musical.

The inventive play "Peter and the Starcatcher" was next with five awards.

Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," the remarkably perceptive Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race and real estate, won the best play Tony.

Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in a musical and her "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" was named best musical revival. This is her fifth Tony Award, tying the competitive record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.

Arthur Miller's 63-year-old masterpiece "Death of a Salesman" won the Tony for best play revival and Mike Nichols won his ninth Tony for directing it.

For a full list of the 2012 Tony Award winners, click here.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Doc Watson, Folk Music Legend, Dies at 89

Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.


Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He underwent abdominal surgery while in the hospital and had been in critical condition for several days.


The wavy-haired Watson got his musical start in 1953, playing electric lead guitar in a country-and-western swing band. His road to fame began in 1960 when Ralph Rinzler, a musician who also managed Bill Monroe, discovered Watson in North Carolina. That led Watson to the Newport Folk Festival in 1963 and his first recording contract a year later. He went on to record 60 albums, and wowed fans ranging from 60s hippies to fans of traditional country and folk music.


In 2011, a life-size statue of Watson was dedicated in Boone, N.C., at the spot where Watson had played decades earlier for tips to support his family, according to the Folklore statement. At Watson's request the inscription read, "Just One of the People." He will be missed.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Phillip Phillips Wins Season 11 of American Idol

Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner of American Idol's 11th season on Wednesday night, edging out runner-up Jessica Sanchez.

The 21-year old Georgia native earned the majority of a record 132 million votes cast after Tuesday night's final performance episode, according to Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

The announcement of the winner capped off a two-hour finale that featured 12 of the show's 13 finalists (minus the disqualified Jermaine Jones) and multiple established stars in the music community -- and even a marriage proposal.

Congratulations Phillip!



Monday, May 21, 2012

2012 Billboard Music Award Winners


Missed the 2o12 Billboard Music Awards last night? That's okay, we've got a recap of all the winners for you here!

Top Artist
Adele - Winner
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry


Top Hot 100 Song
Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO feat Lauren Bennett and Goonrock)- Winner
E.T. (Katy Perry feat Kanye West)
Give Me Everything (Pit Bull feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer)
Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera)


Top Billboard 200 Album
21 (Adele) - Winner
Christmas (Michael Buble)
Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
Take Care (Drake)
Tha Carter IV (Lil Wayne)


Top Duo/Group
LMFAO - Winner


Top New Artist
Wiz Khalifa - Winner
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean








Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Tony Award Nominees




Here is a list of nominations for the 2012 American Theater Wing's Tony Awards, which were announced earlier today.

The awards will be handed out on June 10, in a ceremony at New York's Beacon Theater and will air live on T.V. courtesy of CBS. Neil Patrick Harris will host the show for the third time.




Best Play

"Clybourne Park"

"Other Desert Cities"

"Peter and the Starcatcher"

"Venus in Fur"


Best Musical

"Leap of Faith"

"Newsies"

"Nice Work If You Can Get It"

"Once"


Best Revival of a Play

"Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman"

"Gore Vidal's The Best Man"

"Master Class"

"Wit"


Best Revival of a Musical

"Evita"

"Follies"

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"

"Jesus Christ Superstar"


Best Book of a Musical

"Lysistrata Jones"

"Newsies"

"Nice Work If You Can Get It"

"Once"


Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

"Bonnie & Clyde"

"Newsies"

"One Man, Two Guvnors"

"Peter and the Starcatcher"


For a full list of the 2012 nominees, visit the Tony's website.



Monday, April 30, 2012

Stagecoach 2012


Missed the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, California?



Friday, April 13, 2012

13 Songs For Friday The 13th

Happy Friday the 13th!

Here is a list of 13 songs that touch on the superstitious occasion, one way or another.




4. Joe Ely, "Are You Listenin' Lucky?"


6. Big Star, "Thirteen"

7. Social Distortion, "Bad Luck"








Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Coachella 2012

Rolling Stone Magazine produced a list of the 10 Can't-Miss Acts at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The desert fest, held in Indio, California, expects a 100,000 plus fan turnout on the consecutive weekends of April 13th-15th and April 20th-22nd.

These exciting rock, hip-hop, and dance performers are not to be missed!

1. Wild Flag, Key Track: "Future Crime"
2. Pulp, Key Track: "Common People"
3. Azealia Banks, Key Track: "212"
4. Martin Solveig, Key Track: "Hello"
5. Atari Teenage Riot, Key Track: "Revolution Action"
6. Le Bucherettes Le Bucherettes, Key Track: "Bang!"
7. Gary Clark Jr., Key Track: "Bright Lights"
8. Laura Marling, Key Track: "Night After Night"
9. Mazzy Star, Key Track: "Be My Angel"
10. The Refused, Key Track: "The Shape of Punk to Come"


Monday, April 2, 2012

'Sparkle' Trailer Debuts on NBC's 'Today' Show

Viewers got a first glimpse at Whitney Houston's upcoming film "Sparkle" this morning when NBC's "Today" show premiered the trailer for the much anticipated release.

The remake of the 1976 musical movie stars Houston as the mother of three girls who form a singing group and struggle with fame and drug addition. She is also listed as an executive producer of the movie.

The late music icon is seen along side "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, who plays one of the daughters.

Watch for "Sparkle" in theaters August 17th.


View the trailer below:





Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Hunger Games Soundtrack Tops Billboard Chart

"The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond" enters The Billboard 200 at # 1, after selling 175,000 copies last week. That is the greatest one-week total for a soundtrack of a theatrically released movie in digital history.

"The Hunger Games" soundtrack, produced by country musician T-Bone Burnett, features songs by Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert, Maroon 5, and The Civil Wars.

The soundtrack's lead single, "Safe and Sound" by Swift and The Civil Wars was released in December and debuted at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Swifts second single from the soundtrack, "Eyes Open," landed at # 4 position of the Digital Songs chart this week, selling 176,000 copies.

The post-apocalyptic film "The Hunger Games," is based on the first of a best-selling series of young adult novels by author Suzanne Collins.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers List!

Taylor Swift topped the Billboard Top 40 Money Makers list of 2012, earning a reported $35.7 million dollars in 2011. The magazine attributed her touring, which pulled in $29 million, and songwriting to her success. U2 was in second with $32 million. Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Little Wayne rounded out the top five.

The rest of the top ten include Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean, and Adele.

Billboard based the list based on U.S. income sources from publishing royalties and album and tours sales.

The complete list of Billboard's Top Money Makers of 2012 is below.

1. Taylor Swift: $35.7 million
2. U2: $32.1 million
3. Kenny Chesney: $29.8 million
4. Lady Gaga: $25.3 million
5. Lil Wayne: $23.1 million
6. Bon Jovi: $19.8 million
7. Sade: $16.3 million
8. Celine Dion: $14.2 million
9. Jason Aldean: $13.4 million
10. Adele: $13 million
11. "Glee" Cast: $12.6 million
12. Journey: $12.3 million
13. Elton John: $11.9 million
14. Katy Perry: $12 million
15. Toby Keith: $10.4 million
16. Britney Spears: $10.1 million
17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: $10 million
18. Rascal Flatts: $9.6 million
19. Tim McGraw: $9.3 million
20. Michael Buble: $9 million
21. Brad Paisley: $8.6 million
22. Rihanna: $7.7 million
23. Enrique Iglesias: $7.5 million
24. The Beatles: $6.7 million
25. Paul McCartney: $6.7 million
26. Lady Antebellum: $6.7 million
27. Keith Urban: $6.6 million
28. Zac Brown Band: $6.5 million
29. Rod Stewart: $6.4 million
30. Usher: $6.3 million
31. Foo Fighters: $6 million
32. Rush: $5.8 million
33. Backstreet Boys: $5.7 million
34. Sugarland: $5.6 million
35. Justin Bieber: $5.5 million
36. New Kids on the Block: $5.5 million
37. Steely Dan: $5.4 million
38. Motley Crue: $5.4 million
39. Kanye West: $5.4 million
40. Linkin Park: $5.2 million