Taylor Swift has been inviting fellow artists to join her on stage almost every night, including Jennifer Lopez, Cher Lloyd and Tegan & Sara in Los Angeles.
Last night, during the first of her three shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, fellow superstar Luke Bryan joined her for the most upbeat, aerobic performance of Bryan’s “Don’t Want This Night To End.”
It’s one of the better guest appearances on the tour as they both appear to be having a blast. Bryan, whose former charttopper, “Crash My Party,” is still in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, is known for his energetic shows, as is Swift and so the two together turn it up to 11. They seem to not want the duet to end as it goes on for more than six minutes, with a cute little riff by Bryan at the end.
Now that we know the rumor of Swift and J-Lo recording a duet together was just that, a rumor, how about Swift and Bryan recording a tune together?
Taylor Swift has been inviting fellow artists to join her on stage almost every night, including Jennifer Lopez, Cher Lloyd and Tegan & Sara in Los Angeles.
M.I.A. and the National Football League are embroiled in an ongoing legal battle 18 months after she flipped the bird during her half-time appearance with Madonna during Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012.
The NFL initially filed its a breach-of-contract suit against M.I.A. in March 2013, demanding she pay $1.5 million, which will go to charity. Last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the football league asked for a summary judgment requiring the English-Sri Lankan rapper to pay.
So now, M.I.A., who has certainly been known to take on her opponents before, has decided she will wage a one-woman campaign against the NFL. "She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to," her attorney Howard King told THR.
That is crazy and is one of the weakest red herrings we’ve ever seen tossed. So she wants the NFL, the NATIONAL Football League to take a stand on the atrocities going on in her home country. Hmmm. Not to make any light at all of the horrible things that are going on there and elsewhere, but I’m sure the NFL will get on that right after Commissioner Roger Goodell finishes his position paper on North Korea.
Furthermore, M.I.A. is calling the league’s bluff when it claims she has damaged its image. "Of course, the NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious," King continues, "in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."
Got to side with her on this one. But if M.I.A. found the NFL so repugnant, why did she agree to play with Madonna?
The fact that the NFL is trying to wring $1.5 million out of M.I.A., even if it is going to charity, for flipping the bird is insane, but M.I.A. taking the NFL on for its non-stand on international civil rights is equally ridiculous.
"Matangi," M.I.A.'s much-delayed new album (following her feud with her label, Interscope), comes out Nov. 5.
“TKO,” Justin Timberlake’s second single from “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 20” uses boxing as a metaphor for love.
He’s in love with someone who hits below the below even after the ref blows the whistle. “This isn’t the girl I used to know... I’m down for the count, yet girl, you knock me out.”
Like many of the songs on “The 20/20 Experience,” it’s a heavyweight of a song, weighing in at 7:06. Plus, it’s more of a rambling, shuffling groove of a tune rather than any kind of conventional chorus/verse/chorus. Timbaland’s production is full of heavy bass beats and little curlicue background synth noises. There's some nice singing from Timberlake here, however, and he leaves the falsetto on the shelf for this one for the most part.
Similarly to many of those tracks, at around 5 minutes, the song morphs into a slightly different, slower tune with Timbaland repeating “She killed me with that coochie-coo.”
It’s not an instant hit and I’m not sure radio will gravitate toward it. Radio seems content to keep playing “Mirrors” over “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2’s” first single, the far catchier “Take Back The Night.”
“The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” comes out Sept. 27.
Are you knocked out by “TKO?”
“You’re always going to make people talk, you might as well make them talk for like, two weeks, instead of two seconds,” says Miley Cyrus is the trailer for her upcoming MTV “documentary,” “Miley: The Movement.”
(A side note: Let’s stop calling these specials “documentaries”; they are total promotion pieces with no bit of objectivity to them often paid for by the artist or the label).
In the 90-second clip, watch Miley look pensively out the window, because, y’all, that shows she’s a real artist. Watch her give her band direction as she tells them that’s when a part gets “messy,” because, as you know, she’s a real artist. Watch her twerk and watch her make Britney Spears laugh as she brings up that she wants to blow it up at the MTV Video Music Awards because “everyone takes the VMAs so serious.” Since when???? Britney just sits there and giggles.
“I have this freedom to do whatever I want because I’m starting as a new artist right now,” declares Cyrus, and clearly, what she’s doing is working since her new single, “Wrecking Ball,” is atop the Billboard Hot 100 right now.
As far as the movement referred to in the title, apparently, according to Cyrus, “There’s an army. We’re all part of that movement.” I’m not real sure what the movement is, I’m sure it will all be revealed when the special airs on Oct. 2.
“Bangerz,” Cyrus’s new album on RCA, comes out Oct. 8. And, in case you haven’t heard, she can’t stop, won’t stop, posing nude. Fans can purchase a vinyl picture disc version of the album featuring a topless shot of Cyrus (granted her arm is strategically placed) from her website, since we know WalMart won’t be carrying that cover). See Cyrus’s alternate “Bangerz” covers here. Fans can vote on their favorite image on her website starting today.
Lady Gaga, Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and Steven Tyler are among the artists who will salute Carole King, 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The Jan. 24 fundraiser, always held two nights before the Grammy Awards, benefits MusiCares’ health and human services program, which provides emergency financial, medical, educational and emotional support for those in the music community through such programs as its MAP Fund, which allows access to addiction recovery services, and helping provide monetary support with medical bills.
The Recording Academy, the same organization that puts on the Grammys, started the MusiCares Person of the Year event 24 years ago. Past honorees include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, James Taylor and Neil Young. The evening honors an artist for her musical contribution, as well as charitable work. King, a 4-time Grammy winner, is known for her support of environmental efforts, as well as a number of political causes.
Miley Cyrus crashes into No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as “Wrecking Ball” becomes her first chart topper, soaring 22-1.
Streaming and digital sales propel the push following the controversial video, which features a nude Cyrus. “Ball” replaces Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which falls to No. 2, following two weeks at No. 1.
An interesting Cyrus family note: While Cyrus is the only member of her family to score a No. 1 song on the Hot 100, three Cyruses have landed top 10 hits: Miley, her father Billy Ray, who landed at No. 4 with “Achy Breaky Heart” 21 years ago; and her brother Trace, who hit No. 10 with “Shake It,” as part of Metro Station in 2008, according to Billboard.
Miley’s previous peak was No. 2 with “Party in the U.S.A.”
Lorde’s “Royals” holds at No. 3, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell,” falls 2-4, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” remains at No. 5.
Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,” slides 4-6, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” is at No. 7 for the second straight week, Eminem’s “Berzerk” rises 10-8, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, slips one spot to No. 9, and Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness” fades into fall as it declines four spots to No. 10.
Check out Justin Bieber rapping on the new video for Maejor Ali’s “Lolly,” which also features Juicy J.
Though the song has been on YouTube since February, it was only released on iTunes yesterday, the same day the video came out, and it has quickly climbed into the Top 10 in iTunes.
Maejor Ali has a piece of candy and it’s just for you, girl, and he’s so thrilled that you want to kiss the top. If you haven’t gathered that he’s talking about his tootsie roll yet, we can’t really help you.
Justin Bieber doesn’t embarrass himself as a rapper and he saves most of the provocative lines for Juicy J.
The video features women and Ali, Juicy J and Bieber dancing against a colorful background and that’s really about all there is to it, aside from some licking of actual lollypops.
It’s a big week for Juicy J, who is also on the new Katy Perry single, “Dark Horse.”
What do you think of “Lolly?”
Nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 6 on “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! —Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” television special on CBS.
Airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the special marks the sixth time the nominations (or at least nominations in a few of the 1,859 Grammy categories) will be announced via a prime-time special. This marks the first time the show has been slotted on a Friday night, a ratings graveyard, although the thinking may be that folks are more amenable to music programming to kick off their weekend. The program, which will be beamed live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, combines performances from likely nominees with a reading of the nominees in a few categories scattered in between. The full list of nominees goes up online on Grammy.com as soon as the show is over.
No word yet on who will host the Grammy Nomination Concert Live, but there’s a good chance that Grammy host LL Cool J (and “NCIS Los Angeles” star) will show up.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center and will air on CBS. The Grammys are moved up this year a few weeks this year as not to compete with the Winter Olympics.
Eligibility for the 2014 Grammy Awards ends Sept. 18. Check out our gallery of potential best new artist contenders here.
You may think Bruno Mars and Nickelback have nothing in common, but you’d be wrong. Remember two years ago when Nickelback haters started a petition to protest the Canadian band performing during halftime at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit in 2011?
A new petition has started asking the NFL to replace Super Bowl XLVIV halftime performer Bruno Mars with heavy metal shock rockers Gwar, who perform in horror film/sci fi costumes and have more than a little fondness for graphic, over-the-top performances. More than 18,000 people have signed the petition, according to NME.
The idea is a hilarious one and maybe Mars can work up a rendition of “Gorilla” that would feature Gwar. "We don’t want another year of sitting around talking through a muted, boring NFL Super Bowl halftime show," wrote campaign founder Jeff Cantrell, who started the petition on change.org. "We want something different. We want a real spectacle that only Gwar can provide. Doesn't the NFL want more viewers? Don’t advertisers want more people paying attention? This way everyone wins." If pearl-clutching Super Bowl watchers still haven't gotten over Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," imagine the fun they'd have with Gwar's cartoonish gory antics?
The Super Bowl takes place Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Maybe Mars can respond as Nickelback did with the help of comedian Paul Scheer and Funny Or Die with a similar clip. In the meantime, here's a little Gwar to get you going this Wednesday. Unlike Mars, Nickelback protesters didn't have specific act in mind to replace them, although local heroes such as Bob Seger and Kid Rock were suggested, they just wanted Nickelback out.
On Avicii’s first full-length album, “True,” out today, he seems determined to show that while he may be best known as an EDM producer and DJ, trying to pigeonhole him into any one category will only prove foolish.
Following the success of such tracks as “Levels” and “Silhouettes,” Avicii vaulted to a new mainstream level with the success of “Wake Me Up,” the first single from “True.” In the U.S., the single, featuring soul singer/rapper Aloe Blacc on vocals and Incubus’s Mike Einziger on acoustic guitar, has climbed into the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, while it has gone No. 1 in 22 other countries. The song, which combines an acoustic guitar, folky melody with Blacc’s striking vocals, and Avicii’s beats sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does... beautifully.
But that’s only the beginning of Avicii’s experimentation into the country realm. On “Hey Brother,” Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss and Union Station and “O Brother, Where Art Thou’ fame, provides the high lonesome voice on the bluegrass tune. It’s a pretty safe bet to assume that Avicii will have the bluegrass EDM field all to himself, but he pulls it off.
With album closer “Heart Upon My Sleeve,” he drafts alternative rock band Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds for an emotional ending. And that’s what separates Avicii from many of his colleagues: he wants to make you move —every song here has a BPM of between 120 and 135—but he also wants to make you feel something and he’s brought in vocalists who can do the heavy lifting vocally.
Even though he’s only 24, Avicii has a confidence that go a far way to convincing us that he’s not just blindly feeling his way, he has absolute conviction in his choices. How else to explain his writing “Addicted To You” with Mac Davis. Yes, that Mac Davis from “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” fame and writer of Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto.” They pair for the mid-tempo tune of obsessive love, delivered with just the right amount of anguish by Audra Mae.
“Addicted To You” isn’t the only look back: on the shape-shifting “Liar Liar,” featuring Blondfire and Einziger, it sure sounds like Avicii employs a Farfisa, straight out of ?uestion Mark & The Mysterians’ “96 Tears.”
Many of the tracks are pure dance (or dance pop, like new single, the thumping “You Make Me,” featuring Salem Al Fakir on vocals), and Avicii has those down cold. Particularly striking is “Lay Me Down,” which features “American Idol’s” Adam Lambert’s searing powerhouse vocal on a funky track co-written by Chic’s Nile Rodgers. It’s is a dance and pop smash (and maybe because of Rodgers’ influence the intro may remind you of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” before it explodes into its own creation).
For purists, “True” may be too adventurous for their tastes —as Avicii found out after he got major push back from some fans following his debut of many of these songs at Miami’s Ultra Festival in March—but for the rest of us, Avicii has created an album that invites all of us to join in, even if we never step foot in a club.