Carly Rae Jepsen takes on Miguel and Kelly Clarkson
As the Feb. 10 55th annual Grammy Awards edge closer, we’re analyzing a category a day. Today, we look at one of the big four general awards: the coveted Song of the Year.
Song of the Year nominees:
"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 Monáe)
WHO’S MISSING: Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” is an obvious omission here, as are record of the year nominees Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
THE PLAYERS: Song of the year goes to the songwriter, so it’s helpful to think of the tunes in demo form, stripped of nothing but a voice and maybe a guitar or piano. Quite frankly, this isn’t that strong a slate. While “Call Me Maybe” certainly captured a pop culture moment, so did “Gangnam Style”: That doesn’t make something a great song. Miguel’s “Adorn” has dominated the R&B charts, staying at No. 1 for 20 weeks, but that won’t necessarily sway the vote since this category is open to the entire 12,000-voting panel. People really like Kelly Clarkson, but more for her voice than for the song “Stronger.” Ed Sheeran is developing into a really great songwriter, but his material with Taylor Swift and One Direction is more interesting than “The A Team.”
THE ODDS: This is a race between “Call Me Maybe,” for its iconic status, and “We Are Young,” which is the far more interesting song.
THE WINNER: “We Are Young,” Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun featuring Janelle Monáe)
Why is it called 'The 20/20 Experience?'
Like seemingly every musician breathing today, Justin Timberlake is making a documentary. And we’ve already seen some it.
It turns out that the video snippet he dropped Jan. 10 announcing that he was “ready” to make more music is a portion from the forthcoming documentary.
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U.S. stops include Las Vegas and Brooklyn
As expected, The Postal Service has added more dates to its 10th anniversary tour. Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello have added 10 more concerts in addition to the pair’s previously announced stop at Coachella on April 13 and April 20.
Six of the 10 dates are in the U.S., while the other four additional dates are in Europe, among them Barcelona’s Primavera Soundwave festival.
As previously announced, the 10th anniversary of The Postal Service’s “Give Up,” comes out April 9 on Sub Pop. It includes the original 10-track album and 15 bonus tracks, including new songs, “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String.”
The band will include Jenny Lewis and Laura Burhenn. Lewis appeared on the original recording of "Give Up."
Looks like these dates are just the beginning, according to a press release More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.
04/09/13 Tue - Reno NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre
04/10/13 Wed - Davis CA @ Mondavi Center
04/13/13 Sat - Indio CA @ Coachella
04/12/13 Fri - San Luis Obispo CA @ Madonna Expo Center
04/18/13 Thu - Phoenix AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/19/13 Fri - Las Vegas NV @ Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan
04/20/13 Sat - Indio CA @ Coachella
05/18/13 Sat - Manchester UK @ Academy 2
05/20/13 Mon - London UK @ Brixton Academy
05/21/13 Tues - Paris FR @ Trianon
05/23/13 Thu - Barcelona SP @ Primavera Soundwave
06/14/13 Fri - New York NY @ Barclay's
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour comes to the U.S. in June
Hot on the stiletto heels of her electrifying Super Bowl XLVII performance, Beyonce announced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Jay-Z’s Missus arrives in the U.S. on June 28 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. But before alighting stateside, Beyonce, aka Mrs. Shawn Carter, will kick off the tour April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia at Kombank Arena.
The tour travels through Europe and the U.K. until May 29, where it stops in Stockholm.
After a month-long hiatus, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour picks back up in the United States on the West Coast and travels east, hitting arenas throughout North America, until the first leg ends at, conveniently enough, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Aug. 3. Jay-Z opened the New York arena last year with eight sold-out concerts. Jay-Z owns a tiny percentage of Barclays Center’s main tenant, the Brooklyn Nets, and is the public face of the venue.
Beyonce’s website offers no info on ticketing just yet.
Additionally, there’s no word on whether a new album will drop before the tour starts, but we bet it will. Or the month between the close of the European dates and the U.S. dates will be used for the new album’s promotion.
In the meantime, if you didn’t get enough of Bey at the Super Bowl, her HBO documentary, “Life is But A Dream,” premieres Feb. 16.
Click here for the European dates. The North American dates are below.
June 28: Los Angeles (BET Experience/Staples Center)
June 29: Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)?
July 2: San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)?
July 5: Oklahoma City, OK (Chesapeake Energy Arena)?
July 6: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)?
July 9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center)?
July 10: Miami, FL (American Airlines Arena)?
July 12: Atlanta, GA (The Arena @ Gwinnett Center)?
July 13: Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)?
July 15: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
July 17: Chicago, IL (United Center)?
July 18: St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)?
July 20: Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)?
July 21: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)?
July 22: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
July 23: Boston, MA (TD Garden)?
July 25: Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)?
July 26: Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)?
July 27: Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
July 29: Washington, DC (Verizon Center)
Aug. 2: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)?
Aug. 3: Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
Destiny's Child reunion less than a thrill
- Critic's Rating A-
- Readers' Rating C
In a Super Bowl half-time performance that was as frenetic as it was fierce, Beyonce delivered a sexy segment that was part Victoria’s Secret fashion show, part tutorial on how to dazzle an audience. From the first moment, she was in the zone—a no-boy zone — with her all-female band and all-female back-up dancers.
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Why are Kelly Clarkson and Barbra Streisand in the top 5?
1. Beyonce: “...Any questions?”
2. Justin Bieber: He’s headed for his fifth No. 1 album next week with “Believe Acoustic,” making him only the 10th artist to have a No. 1 album in four consecutive years.
3. Kelly Clarkson: She leads Forbes’ list of top-earning “American Idol” alumni with $8 million. While that’s about $7,950,000 than the average person makes, that still seems low to us.
4. Gary Allan: After making albums for 17 years, the country singer finally lands one atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Still, he’s got nothing on Tony Bennett who was 83 by the time he landed his first No. 1 album.
5. Barbra Streisand: Babs will perform at the Oscars, marking her first appearance at the show in 36 years. Hello and welcome back, gorgeous.
6. Justin Timberlake: He brings sexyback to the Grammys with his first television appearance to support his new album, “The 20/20 Experience.”
7. Miley Cyrus: She leaves Disney far behind and signs with RCA. “Party In The USA, Parts 2-5” coming soon.
8. Chris Brown: He brawls with Frank Ocean in a studio parking lot and then compares himself to Jesus on the cross. I must have missed The Gospel According to Chris in the Bible.
9. The Eagles: They sign with Capitol Records. We’ll see how high they fly again, especially on the wings of their new documentary, “A History of The Eagles.”
10. Alicia Keys: She’s named global creative director for BlackBerry. Do you think she thought they said Burberry?
Three other acts debut in the top 10
Justin Bieber will score his fifth No. 1 album next week with “Believe Acoustic.” The album, which includes stripped-down versions of the songs from 2012’s “Believe,” will sell up to 215,000, making it the biggest sales week for a January debut since Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” sold 481,000 in 2010, according to Hits Daily Double.
Bieber’s title is one of four new albums bowing in the Billboard 200 top 10. Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione” comes in at No. 2 with sales of up to 90,000 while twins Tegan & Sara’s “Heartthrob” will move up to 45,000 album, for the sisters’ best opening frame yet.
Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and this week’s No. 1 album, Gary Allan’s “Set You Free” are locked in a dead heat for No. 4, with both targeted to sell between 35,000 and 40,000.
Charlie Wilson’s “Love, Charlie” is the fourth debuting album this week. It will launch at No. 6 most likely, although “Love, Charlie,” the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack and The Lumineers’ self-titled album are all poised to sell in the 30,000-35,000 range, making the No. 6-8 spots too close to call.
Taylor Swift’s “Red” and the “2013 Grammy Nominees” album are also tied for No. 9 with three days left of sales to calculate. Both are slated to move between 23,000 and 26,000 copies.
Can Taylor Swift top Little Big Town or Eli Young Band?
As the Feb. 10 55th annual Grammy Awards edge closer, we’re analyzing a category a day. Today, we look at Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominees:
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" – Eli Young Band
"Pontoon" – Little Big Town
"Safe & Sound" – Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars
"On The Outskirts Of Town" – The Time Jumpers
"I Just Come Here For The Music" – Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss
WHO’S MISSING: This is one of the categories that got created in 2012 when the Grammys shrunk the number of awards from 109 to 78. It blends the previously separate categories of best country performance by a duo or group with vocal, best country collaboration with vocals and best country instrumental performance. In other words, ongoing groups are contending with one-off performances. Because of the consolidation, worthy acts like Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and The Band Perry got left by the wayside.
THE PLAYERS: Despite the acts I mentioned above, country music is dominated by solo acts right now. Of Billboard’s Top 50 country songs for 2012, only 11 were by duos or groups. Here’s where the Grammy Awards veer radically from country-only awards like the Country Music Awards or the Academy of Country Music Awards: the Grammys look at artists like The Time Jumpers or Don Williams/Alison Krauss, who seldom get airplay and are on the fringe of current country and plop them down alongside the hottest names.
THE ODDS: If only the Nashville community voted on this award it would go to Little Big Town for “Pontoon,” the coed quartet’s first No. 1 single after years of toiling away. However, if interlopers are voting, they could sway the vote to Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars (The Civil Wars won last year). Then again, it’s a foolish person who bets against Alison Krauss: she has won more Grammys than any other female, even more than Barbra Streisand. Since this is only the second year in the category, it’s hard to spot any trend.
THE WINNER: Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”
Can Springsteen beat the Black Keys and Jack White for his fifth trophy?
As the Feb. 10 55th annual Grammy Awards edge closer, we’re analyzing a category a day. Today, we look at Best Rock Song.
Best Rock Song Nominees:
Jack White - "Freedom at 21"
Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait"
The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
Muse - "Madness"
Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own"
THE PLAYERS: When I think of songs from Jack White’s “Blunderbuss,” “Freedom at 21” doesn’t immediately come to mind as the first choice for the rock song category, but this is how it works: in an effort to get as many nominations as possible, labels submit different songs for different categories because a song can’t be nominated in different genres. For example, the same song can’t be up for best rock song and best R&B song. The exceptions are record and song of the year in the general category. Anyway, I’m not sure why the Grammy voters went with “Freedom At 21” instead of “16 Saltines” or “Love Interruption,” as there aren’t other song categories for those.
THE ODDS: Even though he’s never won an album of the year Grammy, Springsteen has dominated the rock categories, including winning best rock song four times since the category was added in 1992. White also won previously for the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation Army.” The Black Keys were nominated in 2011 for “Tighten Up,” the same year Mumford & Sons lost for “Little Lion Man.” M&S was also nominated last year in this category for “The Cave.” Muse was also up in 2011 for “Resistance” (Interestingly, the band won best rock album that year, but lost best rock song). So you have a lot of vets in this category, but the odds are in Springsteen’s favor, given the Grammy’s older votership, the topical nature of the song, and the fact that he opened last year’s show with the song and is this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year recipient.
THE WINNER: Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own.”
Move reunites her with 'Party In the USA' producer, Dr. Luke
Miley Cyrus has officially left her Disney days behind. The former “Hannah Montana” star has signed with RCA Records for her fourth studio album, according to Billboard. The album will come out later this year.
The move will reunite her with Dr. Luke, who produced her 2009’s mega hit, “Party In the USA.”
Cyrus, whose last album, 2010’s “Can’t Be Tamed,” came out on Disney’s Hollywood Records imprint,
told Billboard in September that she was collaborating with Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy, and production duo Da Internz, who have worked with both Rihanna and Big Sean. “I wanna make a sick record,” she told Billboard. “I’ve been in so many sessions and just kind of bunkering down and working really hard and perfecting everything.”
It’s a little heard to imagine, but Cyrus told Huffington Post that the album features her country roots, but “a lot of the beats are produced hip-hop beats.”She has also said she is working with Tyler, The Creator on a track.