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:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift
"Chief," Eric Church
"Four the Record," Miranda Lambert
"Home," Dierks Bentley
"Own the Night," Lady Antebellum
"Tailgates and Tanlines," Luke Bryan
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

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