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Friday
Dec052014

Soundgarden Documentary in the Works, Band Asks Fans for Help

Image Courtesy of Mike LavineA week after HBO revealed plans for its forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, fellow grunge pioneers Soundgarden have announced that they too will be the subjects of an upcoming feature documentary.  In order to make the film, the band is asking fans to submit any Soundgarden memorabilia that they may have collected over the years.

"As we dig deep into our vaults, we ask that you, the fans, dig into yours," reads a statement on Soundgarden's website.  "Personal photographs, bootleg video and audio, collected concert posters -- your rare piece of music history could be the missing piece we need."

The band then asks fans to send a description of what they've got to info@bangerfilms.com with the subject line "Soundgarden Fan Submission."

Metallica recently asked fans for the same favor as the band puts together its reissues of Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning.

Soundgarden's latest release, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, is similarly retrospective -- the three-disc compilation collects the band's rare and unreleased songs and covers.


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Friday
Dec052014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkatockWho was Jason Aldean's duet partner on the hit single, "Don't You Wanna Stay?" ANSWER: Kelly Clarkson.


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Friday
Dec052014

Sevyn Streeter Shoots Video with Chris Brown for "Don't Kill the Fun"

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsSevyn Streeter has a new music video on the way. The singer was spotted in Los Angeles rocking a new hair color on the set of her new music video featuring and directed by Chris Brown.

According to her label, the duo have collaborated on a new song called "Don't Kill the Fun," which will appear on Sevyn's upcoming debut album. Breezy recently shared an Instagram photo from the shoot, which featured a spray painted wall serving as the backdrop.

Sevyn previously hinted about another duet with Brown, who was featured on her gold-selling single "It Won't Stop."

"You know, I can never see myself doing an album without Chris on my album. So I mean, I feel like that just has to happen," she revealed to ABC News Radio at the 2014 Soul Train Awards last month. She added, "I'll have new music out in two seconds, I'm so anxious and, you know, I'm just excited."

Her first full-length studio effort will follow the success of last year's Call Me Crazy But... EP, which spawned the singles “Sex on the Ceiling” and “nEXT.”


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Friday
Dec052014

Grammy Best New Artist Nominees Revealed

NARASThe nominees for the prestigious Grammy category of Best New Artist have been announced and they stretch across multiple musical genres, including pop, rap, alternative rock and singer/songwriter.  Here they are:

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
HAIM
Brandy Clark


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Friday
Dec052014

Coldplay Recording New, Possibly "Final" Album

Image Courtesy of Anton CorbjinColdplay may have just come out with Ghost Stories, their sixth album, earlier this year, but according to Chris Martin, the band is already working on a new record -- which could be the band's last.

"We're making an album called A Head Full of Dreams," the Coldplay frontman told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe on Thursday, also noting that A Head Full of Dreams might be Coldplay's "final" album, even comparing it to the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

"It's our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it's like the last Harry Potter book or something like that," he said. "Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something."

"I have to think of it as the final thing we're doing. Otherwise we wouldn't put everything into it," Martin continued. He then announced that Coldplay would be going on tour after A Head Full of Dreams is released.

You can listen to Martin talk about A Head Full of Dreams via the BBC Radio 1 Soundcloud page.


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Friday
Dec052014

Beck, Jack White Among Grammy Nominees for Best Rock Song

NARASThe Grammy nominees for Best Rock Song have been revealed.  They are:

Best Rock Song
"Blue Moon," Beck, songwriter Beck Hansen
"Gimme Something Good," Ryan Adams, songwriter Ryan Adams
"Fever," The Black Keys, songwriters Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, Brian Burton
"Ain't It Fun," Paramore, songwriters Hayley Williams and Taylor York
"Lazaretto," Jack White, songwriter Jack White


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Friday
Dec052014

First Batch of Grammy Nominations Revealed

NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today.  Here are the nominees in the categories that have been announced so far:

Record of the Year
"Fancy," Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
"Chandelier," Sia
"Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith
"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance
"All of Me (Live)," John Legend
"Happy," Pharrell Williams
"Chandelier," Sia
"Stay with Me," Sam Smith
"Shake it off," Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
X, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I'm Livin', Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams


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Friday
Dec052014

Elton John to Perform on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest"

Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsDick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve began in 1973, and in the four decades since, Elton John has never performed on the show.  That will change this year.

Elton will appear live on the broadcast from his concert the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY, right after the ball drops, performing his 1983 hit "I'm Still Standing."  His will be one of nearly 40 performances scheduled for NYRE throughout the night, both in New York and Los Angeles.  Other artists scheduled to appear include Taylor Swift, Gavin DeGraw, Idina Menzel, One Direction, Florida Georgia Line, Charli XCX, MAGIC!, Meghan Trainor and many others.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 kicks off at 8:00 P.M. ET Wednesday, December 31 on ABC, live from Times Square in New York City.  Fergie will again host the West Coast festivities and also perform, while DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will perform live from Nashville.


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Friday
Dec052014

Taylor Swift and Ex Harry Styles Party Together

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift and Harry Styles -- together again.

The exes were spotted hanging out together at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party on Tuesday, People reports. Swift, who performed on the runway while model pals Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge strutted their stuff, was seen sitting at the same table as the One Direction member during the London Edition hotel bash.

The two split last year, and the relationship reportedly inspired some songs on Swift’s 1989 album. But there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between the pair. They were spotted dancing with friends at the post-show soiree.


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Friday
Dec052014

Court Docs Allege AC/DC Drummer Threatened to Kill Man and His Daughter

Columbia RecordsCourt papers made public in the case in New Zealand against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd reveal he allegedly threatened to kill a man and his daughter, The New Zealand Herald reports.

Rudd, 60, is accused of threatening the man and his daughter in a September 26 phone call. Police said Rudd made another phone call earlier that morning to a business associate in which he described what he wanted done to the man.

The drummer was arrested in November after police raided his Tauranga, New Zealand, home. They allegedly found 130 grams of marijuana and 0.7 grams of methamphetamine there.

"The defendant was interviewed by the police and denied threatening to kill the first complainant or anybody and denied making any of the phone calls alleged," the court documents said. He did admit to possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Rudd is facing charges of threatening to kill, and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. He's pleaded not guilty.

Rudd was detained Thursday after an altercation with a witness in his case. He was ultimately released on bail without any additional charges filed.


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Friday
Dec052014

Grammy Nominations Preview: Sam Smith & Beyonce Should Get Ready for Good News

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThis year's Grammy nominations will be revealed bit by bit throughout the day on Friday, with the final category -- Album of the Year -- being unveiled during the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas at 9 p.m. ET.  However they're announced, you're sure to be hearing two names mentioned frequently: Sam Smith and Beyonce.

Sam is considered a shoo-in in most of the top categories, including Best New Artist, Song and Record of the Year for "Stay with Me," and perhaps Album of the Year for In the Lonely Hour.  "My gut feeling is that Sam Smith is sort of bulletproof for this year," says Entertainment Weekly editor Leah Greenblatt. "He kind of stands alone in terms of being a critical and commercial success. We don't get a lot of those."

Explaining Sam's appeal, Greenblatt tells ABC News Radio, "He kind of hits the sweet spot for a lot of voters. It's something that soccer moms love. It's something that teenagers love. It crosses a lot of demographics in a way that makes Grammy voters really happy."

Sam himself says he's almost afraid to even consider the idea of getting nominated today.  Asked what a nod would mean to him, he told ABC News Radio, "I can't put it into words, 'cause I don't even want to say it, 'cause I don't wanna think about it too much. It would just be the most incredible thing." 

Another lock for an Album of the Year nod, says Greenblatt, is Beyonce, for her self-titled album, which she released unexpectedly last December.  "I think it's definitely one of the strongest albums of her career," Greenblatt tells ABC News Radio. "Chart-wise it didn't have a lot of hits. But I think zeitgeist-wise, it was absolutely one of the biggest impact records of the year, and not just for the way that she delivered it."  Greenblatt adds that the album is "artistically...really an achievement," noting, "You don't get a lot of sexy songs about monogamy, and she made a whole album about that."

Other Album of the Year possibilities, says Greenblatt, include Ed Sheeran's X (multiply), 1,000 Forms of Fear, by Australian singer/songwriter Sia, country star Miranda Lambert's album Platinum and The Outsiders by country star Eric Church.  But what about the best-selling album of the year, the Frozen soundtrack?  Could that be nominated?  Greenblatt says she's not sure.

"Obviously it's this enormous juggernaut, but it is for kids," she tells ABC News Radio. "That said, it was the most ubiquitous sort of presence of the year, even though it came out last year...[but] to me it doesn't have the crossover that, say, The Lion King soundtrack did. This really does feel like it's for kids."

Another question is whether U2's controversial Songs of Innocence, which the band released for free to every iTunes customer in the world, can muster an Album of the Year nomination.  

"In general, it's just not a beloved record and they're not a band in their prime," she says of Songs of Innocence. "I don't think it's a bad record at all but I don't think, for me, it's in the top four or five...It's a strong enough year for albums that it doesn't seem like a shoo-in. Then again, they're a legacy artist and they may just have voting blocs behind them."

As far as the categories of Record of the Year, which goes to the artist and producer, and Song of the Year, which goes to the songwriter, Greenblatt says some songs you might see nominated include Pharrell Williams' ten-week #1 hit "Happy"; "Take Me to Church" by Irish singer/songwriter Hozier; and "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor

In the Best New Artist category, Greenblatt predicts that rapper Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith will definitely be nominated, but Meghan Trainor won't, despite having one of the biggest hits of the year.  That's due to a technicality: as Greenblatt explains, "She doesn't have an album yet. You need to have, I think, an album that's at least five songs long and she had [a] four-song EP, [Title]...so she's out of the running."

One of the year's most talked-about albums, Taylor Swift's 1989, isn't eligible to be nominated because it was released too late, but her single "Shake It Off" is eligible, and Greenblatt believes she may get nominated out of sheer gratitude for goosing record sales in a year when no albums released in 2014 went platinum, except hers.

Overall, Greenblatt thinks the only thing predictable about the nominations is that they're unpredictable.

"The pendulum has swung a lot with the Grammys," she tells ABC News Radio. "For so long, it did feel very sort of...out of touch, and then it went almost to the other extreme of...trying to be down with the kids. So that could mean on the one hand, we get an Iggy Azalea Album of the Year nod --- on the other hand, you get maybe a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga."

Nominations start rolling out starting at 8:30 a.m. ET via CBS This Morning.  From 9 a.m. ET through 2 p.m. ET, they'll continue on Twitter, and the list of all those nominations will be available at Grammy.com.  After A Very Grammy Christmas airs, the complete list of nominations in all 83 categories will be revealed on Grammy.org.

 
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Friday
Dec052014

Jason Aldean "Trying to Get Through the Holidays" Before Worrying About Wedding to Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy CMAThere's a lot of speculation going around that Jason Aldean and his fiancée, Brittany Kerr, will be tying the knot before the end of the year. It doesn't look like they'll say "I do" before Christmas, though.

Jason tells ABC News Radio, "We're trying to get through the holidays, and then we'll worry about that."

The couple isn't planning an over-the-top wedding, either.

Says Jason, "We just want to get it done and have it be cool. We don't care if they serve chicken or steak or whatever the hell it is."

As for their holiday plans, Jason and Brittany plan to go see her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, before spending Christmas with his two daughters in Nashville.

"This is kind of our first Christmas together," says Jason. Brittany chimes in with a laugh, saying this Christmas is something of a trial run for them. Jason adds, "This is kind of a figure-it-out year for us."


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Friday
Dec052014

Elliot Easton Says He Hopes New Supergroup Empty Hearts' Future Includes "Lots of Touring and More Records"

Image Courtesy of 429 RecordsThe Empty Hearts, the new supergroup featuring members of The Cars, Blondie and The Romantics, are winding down their 2014 tour itinerary in the coming week with a few shows in the Northeastern U.S.  The trek, in support of the band's self-titled debut album, winds down on Monday with a concert at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Making up The Empty Hearts' lineup are Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Romantics singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, as well as bassist Andy Babiuk of the veteran garage-rock act The Chesterfield Kings.  The band is playing about a dozen or so gigs this year, but Easton says these shows are "the little small baby steps just to try to get this thing going."

He tells ABC News Radio, "[C]ertainly the hope is that we're just at the beginning and there'll be lots of touring and more records and everything."

As for what fans who come out to an Empty Hearts concert can expect to hear, Easton says that besides songs from the group's debut album, "We do some things by some of our previous bands, and there's even a special cover that we do."  He adds, "We're a new band, so we don't have the benefit of [having] a real deep catalog yet to draw on…So, we play some fan favorites."

Easton says he was asked to join The Empty Hearts by Babiuk.  The guitarist says Babiuk phoned him "and asked me what I thought about having a band…with Clem and Wally and just playing music for the sheer love of it...the stuff that, as he put it, reminds us of why we want to play guitar in the first place."

Elliot signed on immediately, although he admits he was skeptical about whether the project would get off the ground, since the members were spread all around the country.  "I guess I underestimated Andy's perseverance," he says, "because he made it happen."

To create the album, the band members pooled their writing talents and came up with a set of songs influenced by '50s rock 'n' roll, the British Invasion era and late '70s punk, polished with a modern-rock sheen.

The album features a guest appearance by Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 69.  Easton says McLagan's participation "was just sort of serendipity," since he just happened to be playing in the Rochester, New York, area at the same time that The Empty Hearts were recording the album at Babiuk's home studio there.

Easton says McLagan's style of playing fit in well with the band's music since the Faces are one of the group's influences.

"I guess the music felt pretty natural for him 'cause he plays so great on it," says Elliot.  "He's all over the record.  I mean, anywhere you hear keyboards, it's Mac."

Here are the remaining shows on The Empty Hearts' 2014 itinerary:

12/5 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Saint
12/6 -- Natick, MA, The Centre for the Arts
12/8 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill


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Friday
Dec052014

Soundgarden Documentary in the Works, Band Asks Fans for Help 

Image Courtesy of Mike LavineA week after HBO revealed plans for its forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, fellow grunge pioneers Soundgarden have announced that they too will be the subjects of an upcoming feature documentary. In order to make the film, the band is asking fans to submit any Soundgarden memorabilia that they may have collected over the years.

"As we dig deep into our vaults, we ask that you, the fans, dig into yours," reads a statement on Soundgarden's website. "Personal photographs, bootleg video and audio, collected concert posters -- your rare piece of music history could be the missing piece we need."

The band then asks fans to send a description of what they've got to info@bangerfilms.com with the subject line "Soundgarden Fan Submission."

Metallica recently asked fans for the same favor as the band puts together their reissues of Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning.

Soundgarden's latest release, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, is similarly retrospective -- the three-disc compilation collects the band's rare and unreleased songs and covers.


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Friday
Dec052014

Lionel Richie Plotting Sequel to His Best-Selling Country Duets Album, "Tuskegee" 

Mercury NashvilleLionel Richie's 2012 album Tuskegee, which featured him remaking his biggest hits as duets with top country stars, was one of the best-selling albums of that year.   Is it any wonder he's now revealed that he's working on a sequel?

Back in April, Lionel told Channel News Asia that he was working one two albums: one featuring top deejays recreating his previously released music, and one full of original songs.  But he seems to have changed his tune: he now tells the Belfast Telegraph that Tuskegee the sequel is in the works.  The first installment featured the likes of Blake Shelton, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw, and Lionel tells the paper, "Now, the artists I didn't duet with first time around are calling asking why, so we're lining them up for the second album."

Unfortunately, Lionel's manager wouldn't let him reveal the names of the country stars on the new album.

When Tuskegee came out in 2012, it became his first #1 album since 1986's Dancing on the Ceiling.  The disc went platinum in just five weeks.

Next year, Lionel will bring his All the Hits tour to the U.K., and he tells the paper that he has no problem cranking out his classic songs night after night for fans.

"That's the whole point!" he says.  "You get these artists that don't want to play their biggest hits, or they'll do a reworking of it, but I say, if you're lucky enough to have a song that people request over and over again, play that damned song."


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Friday
Dec052014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton will perform his new single, "Lonely Tonight," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, December 10.

Chris Young released his new video for "Lonely Eyes" this week.


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Friday
Dec052014

K. Michelle Says "Maybe I Should Call" Addresses a Relationship She Wasn't "Proud Of"

Image Courtesy Atlantic Records

There's no such thing as bottling up feelings for K. Michelle, who is spilling more details about her latest single, "Maybe I Should Call," the record in which she confesses to being involved with an unavailable man, who is rumored to be Idris Elba.

 In an interview with Billboard, the singer reveals why it was important to her include such a song on her upcoming album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

"I was in a relationship. I was dating someone for eight months and that was his situation. He was long distance, he had a child on the way and I was led to believe that after this child was born that we would have a chance to fully be together," she tells the publication. "And as a woman, I preach to women about, 'You can't be second and you better tell the man what you think' and all of that, and it's amazing how you can look up and you're one of those women."

She continued, "I built my career on being honest with my fans. So if I ever find myself in a situation that I'm not proud of, I don't plan on lying about it. I don't plan on hiding it. So that was actually the first record I wrote for this album and I was so f**ked up mentally. That song was my way of saying, 'We need to stop talking.'"

When asked specifically if Elba was her muse, she replied: "Like I said before, I'm not trying to focus in on that or hurt anybody. It's just my life and what I've been through. When it comes to him, I'll always love him and I wish him well in his craft and his family."

Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? arrives Tuesday, December 9 via Atlantic Records.


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Thursday
Dec042014

Madonna Furious Over New Songs Leaking: "I Have Been Violated"

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Last week, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary took to Twitter to complain that two songs from the Queen of Pop's upcoming album -- "Rebel Heart" and "Wash All Over Me" -- had been leaked online.  Madonna was in Malawi at the time, but now that she's back, she's incredibly upset about the leaks, and took to Instagram to express her anger.

Madonna posted a photo of a smashed, destroyed iPod, and wrote, "This broken ipod is a symbol of my broken heart! That my music has been stolen and leaked! I have been violated as a human and an artist! "  She added the profane hashtag "#f**kedups**t."

She then posted a photo from her recent Interview magazine photo shoot that shows her wearing lingerie, with a metal cage over her head.  She captioned that shot "#dontf**kwithme."

There's no word about when Madonna's album is due, but since she's been doing cover stories in magazines, and just unveiled her new ad campaign for Versace, it appears as though she's gearing up for it in the near future.


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Thursday
Dec042014

The Most Searched-For Song Lyrics of 2014 Include "Frozen" Hit, Singles from John Legend, A Great Big World & OneRepublic 

Walt Disney PicturesWhich hits of 2014 did people really, really need to know the lyrics to -- presumably so they could record their own YouTube cover versions?  It may not surprise you to learn that according to Yahoo!'s search data for 2014, the most-searched for song lyrics were for "Let It Go," from the Frozen soundtrack.

The ubiquitous Idina Menzel tune topped the list of lyrics searches, followed by John Legend's romantic "All of Me" at #2, and "Problem" by Ariana Grande at #3.  Number four was "Say Something," by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, and Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" came in at #5.

The lyrics to "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic were #6 on Yahoo!'s most searched list, followed by Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" at #7.  Two hits from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea came in at #8 and #9, but #10 was a surprise.  It was "Hallelujah," the 1984 song by Leonard Cohen that's been covered by countless artists, and sung to death on every music singing competition.


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Thursday
Dec042014

The Most Searched-For Song Lyrics of 2014 Include Hits by Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith

Republic RecordsWhich hits of 2014 did people really, really need to know the lyrics to -- presumably so they could record their own YouTube cover versions?  It may not surprise you to learn that according to Yahoo!'s search data for 2014, the most-searched for song lyrics were for "Let It Go," from the Frozen soundtrack.

The ubiquitous Idina Menzel tune topped the list of lyrics searches, followed by John Legend's romantic "All of Me" at #2, and "Problem" by Ariana Grande at #3.  Number four was "Say Something," by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, and Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" came in at #5.

The lyrics to "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic were #6 on Yahoo!'s most searched list, followed by Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" at #7.  Two hits from  Iggy Azalea came in at #8 and #9 -- "Fancy" and "Black Widow," respectively -- but #10 was a surprise.  It was "Hallelujah," the 1984 song by Leonard Cohen that's been covered by countless artists, and sung to death on every music singing competition.


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