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Wednesday
Dec102014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Georgia? ANSWER: Tyler Hubbard.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

How Would You Describe Taylor and Beyonce? Facebook Says "Perfect" & "Flawless"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift and Beyonce both made Time magazine's initial list of nominees for its Person of the Year, but while Taylor made the shortlist, Beyonce did not advance.  Still, as part of its Person of the Year coverage, Time decided to find out how users of social media feel about its candidates by asking Facebook to compile a list of the most popular words used in posts describing them.   The surprise is how much crossover there was in the way people describe both pop superstars.

Time reports that the results of the Facebook research reveals that, of the top 10 words that most frequently appear in posts about Taylor and Beyonce, six overlap: "favorite," "funny," "amazing," "cute," "pretty" and "happy." 

Among the words that only cropped up in relation to Taylor, you've got "awesome," "catchy," "cool" and "perfect."  Beyonce, meanwhile, is "beautiful," "crazy" and, of course, "flawless." The word "blue" also appears frequently, but that's likely a reference to Bey's daughter, Blue Ivy.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Dierks Bentley Among Stars Featured on New Ralph Stanley Collaborative Album

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley and Josh Turner are among the featured artists on bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley's new album, Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Dierks joins Ralph on the song "I Only Exist," and Josh is featured on "We Shall Rise."

Lee Ann Womack, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs and Elvis Costello are also featured on the album. Look for the project to be released through Cracker Barrel stores and CrackerBarrel.com on January 19, 2015.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Beyonce’s Nail Stylist Explains NCLA Nail Art Collaboration 

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Earlier this month, Beyonce announced the launch of her first nail collection, as part of a collaboration with NCLA. Now, the singer's personal nail stylist, Lisa Logan,  explained more details about the line, which consists of four packs of nail wraps inspired by her self-titled album.

In a new video posted to posted to Beyonce’s YouTube channel, Lisa reveals what it was like working with her famous client.

“Touching peoples’ hands is so intimate in the way that you exchange energy,” Logan says. “I go in wanting the best. I’m never not nervous.”

Their collaboration seems like a natural progression, Logan has styled Bey’s nails for music videos, awards shows, and even President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. 

“My favorite manicure that I gave Bey was for ‘Single Ladies,’” she recalls. “It was almost the boom heard round the world. People were trying to stop the TV, widen the screen, just to figure out what is that color?”

Beyoncé Nail Wrap Collection retails for $18; for information visit shop.beyonce.com.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Seether Announces Third Rise Above Fest 

Image Courtesy of Marina Chavez/Concord Record GroupSeether has revealed the lineup for the 2015 edition of the band's annual Rise Above Fest. Along with Seether, Godsmack, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Papa Roach, All That Remains and Butcher Babies will be performing, as well as many more bands to be announced.

Tickets to Rise Above Fest 2015 will go on sale December 12 at 10 a.m. via RiseAboveFest.com.

Seether began Rise Above Fest in 2012 in order to raise money for and awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness. This year's festival will benefit SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). The festival takes its name from the Seether song "Rise Above This," which frontman Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother, who committed suicide seven years ago.

"Taking a tragedy and being able to turn it into a meaningful event year after year is something I will never take for granted," says Morgan in a statement. "Last year we more than doubled the amount we raised at the first Rise Above Fest -- let's triple it in 2015!"

Rise Above Fest 2015 will be held on May 9 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Of Montreal Announces New Album; Releases Single, "Bassem Sabry"

Image Courtesy of Polyvinyl RecordsOf Montreal has announced the follow-up to their 2013 album, Lousy With Sylvianbriar. The new record is entitled Aureate Gloom and will be released March 3. Frontman Kevin Barnes interprets the album title to mean "a golden despondency."

"I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed," continues Barnes in a press release. "I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness."

In concert with the album announcement, of Montreal has released the first single from Aureate Gloom, "Bassem Sabry." You can listen to the new track on SoundCloud.

Here is the track list for Aureate Gloom:

"Bassem Sabry"
"Last Rites at the Jane Hotel"
"Empyrean Abbatoir"
"Aluminum Crown"
"Virgillian Lots"
"Monolithic Egress"
"Apollyon of Blue Room"
"Estocadas"
"Chthonian Dirge for Uruk the Other"
"Like Ashoka's Inferno of Memory"


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Avicii, Robin Thicke, Gotye, Passenger Make Shazam's New "Hall of Fame" 

Diana Baron Media RelationsEach year, the song-tagging app Shazam releases its list of the year's most-Shazamed songs.  Now, it's established a Hall of Fame to reward those artists whose songs have been tagged more than any other.

The #1 most-Shazamed song of all time is "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, featuring the vocals of Aloe Blacc.  It's been tagged more than 19 million times.  Also in what Shazam is calling the "Platinum" level in its Hall of Fame: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams, with more than 18 million tags.  "Somebody That I Used to Know," by Gotye and Kimbra, is #3 with more than 16 million tags, and #4 is "Let Her Go" by Passenger, with more than 15 million tags.

"I'm honored to be the No.1 Platinum artist in Shazam's new Hall of Fame and that so many people wanted to know more about ‘Wake Me Up,’” said Avicii in a statement.  “Shazam connected me with music fans globally before they even knew they were my fans!!!” 

Robin Thicke added in a statement, "I’m honored that Shazamers took the time to find out about my song and make it one of the most Shazamed songs of all time."  Passenger -- the stage name of British singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg -- said, "What I love about this most is that it's decided by real music fans wanting to find out more about artists."

Some of the songs in Shazam's "Gold" level Hall of Fame: "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit, "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink & Nate Ruess and "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.

Visit Shazam.com/Hall-of-Fame to see the complete list of all the songs and the number of times they've been tagged.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Nick Jonas Says Success of "Jealous" Has "Blown Away All My Expectations" 

ABC/Kelsey McNealAfter the Jonas Brothers broke up in 2013, not many people could have predicted that Nick Jonas would reinvent himself as a totally ripped, frequently-unclothed dude singing R&B flavored pop.  But he did, and the result was his first solo top 10 hit: "Jealous."  Even Nick is surprised at how well the song has done, saying he's just been "blown away" by the reception.

"Yeah, I think it's incredible to be able to step out on my own, y'know, [and] see not only the fans that were there before, but a whole new group of fans [who] have kind of stepped out and shown their support for the music I'm making and the steps I'm taking as an artist," Nick tells ABC News Radio. "It's tough. You put yourself out there and you never know what to expect, and this has all blown away all my expectations."

"Jealous" was inspired by a real-life incident: something that actually happened to him when he was out with his girlfriend, Miss USA and Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo. He previously told E!, "I saw someone looking at her a** when we were out one night. It really upset me."  So, how does his girlfriend feel about the song?  Well, he says she's glad he wrote a song instead of, say, picking a fight.

"I think that she was thrilled that I channeled the energy in that way and not being, just, really frustrated, y'know," he tells ABC News Radio. "I definitely found a better way to deal with it, and uh, I'm thrilled that I now have the song and it's been so well-received.  Yeah, she loves the song." 

Next year, Nick will hit the road as a special guest on Iggy Azalea's upcoming tour.  He's performing at various Christmas concerts from now through the end of December.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Surviving Doors Members Say New "Feast of Friends" DVD Shows Jim Morrison Being "a Normal Person"

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Doors dipped back into their archives recently to put together a new home video titled Feast of Friends.  The release, which is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, contains footage from the never-completed movie of the same name focusing on and filmed by the band during 1968, as well as the 1968 British television special The Doors Are Open.  The group's surviving members say that one of the things they like best about the film is that it gives fans a chance to get to see the real Jim Morrison.

"I like that you can see Jim's humor," Doors drummer John Densmore tells ABC News Radio, "and he's sort of happy and not always the tortured artist."

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger agrees. "You really see Jim more or less as a normal person, instead of, like, the Oliver Stone version of, you know, the crazy guy being messed up at all hours of every day," he says. "You see that he's really a bright young guy."

Feast of Friends was intended to be a cinéma vérité-style film capturing the group on stage and behind the scenes during its '68 North American tour.

"The idea was to make an actual film for the theaters, but we never quite finished it," Krieger says. "We only had about 45 minutes worth [of footage] and then we kind of got bored with it."

Robby adds that some of the footage wound up in various Doors videos over the years, but many fans were interested in seeing the whole thing, so "we got a hold of all of the outtakes and put them all together along with The Doors Are Open."

For the new video, the main Feast of Friends footage was assembled into a cohesive film, while the outtakes were gathered in a bonus feature dubbed Feast of Friends: Encore.  All of the footage, including The Doors Are Open, has been restored with regard to image quality and audio.

One Feast of Friends highlight for Densmore is a clip of the band members and some of their friends on a sailboat off the coast of Honolulu.

"I [like that] sequence because, you know, Ray [Manzarek] and Jim are not with us [anymore].  They're over there.  They broke on through to the other side," explains John.  "And so it's touching and a little sad for me to see that.  And grief is a good thing.  So, I'm pleased to watch that."

In addition, both Krieger and Densmore agree that The Doors Are Open, which includes scenes from a concert the band played at London's Roundhouse venue, offers the best live Doors footage ever filmed.

The Feast of Friends video also includes a bonus clip from a 1967 appearance The Doors made on a Toronto television show that Densmore says he enjoys watching.

"We're on this pop show doing 'The End,' which is a dark song," he points out.  "And it's kind of an amusing document.  Interesting.  I like it.  We're all young and scaring the crap out of all the disco dancers."


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLoretta Lynn will join her Van Lear Rose collaborator Jack White for his show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on January 28, 2015, according to The Tennessean.

George Strait, Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are among the stars joining Asleep at the Wheel on their new tribute album to the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. It's titled Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes before its release on March 3, 2015.

Kacey Musgraves is now in the studio working on her sophomore album. She just posted a photo on Instagram of a recording console with the caption, "And thus..it begins!"

 

And thus..it begins!

A photo posted by KACEY MUSGRAVES - official (@spaceykacey) on Dec 12, 2014 at 7:29am PST

 


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Maddie & Tae Open Up About the Tour Bus Accident That Almost Derailed Their Career

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae are on their way to becoming household names thanks to their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," but their journey to stardom almost came to a screeching halt earlier this year. The duo was three days into their first promotional tour introducing themselves to country radio when they were involved in a tour bus accident. No one was hurt, but the experience left Maddie and Tae shaken.

Tae Dye tells ABC News Radio, "Our bus driver didn't see a clearance sign when he was going through a bridge -- not under it -- and basically tore off, decapitated the top of our bus."

The accident left the bus with what Maddie & Tae call "redneck sunroofs" as the air conditioning units actually fell into the tour bus.

Says Maddie, "We were almost hit in the head with the AC unit. So, thank God we are still alive."

The sound of the metal scraping the concrete put Maddie & Tae on edge, too.

"It sounded like we were beings shot at." Maddie adds with a laugh, "We were like, 'Lord Jesus! Take us now! I know you got [us] one song on the radio, finally. So, you can take us now!"

It looks like Maddie & Tae have bigger things left to do in country music. Their big hit, "Girl in a Country Song," is included on their debut EP, now available digitally.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Idina Menzel Recalls First Reaction to "Frozen" Hit: "This Is Going to Be Hard to Sing"

Tony Esparza/CBSIdina Menzel is closing out 2014 on top: her duet with Michael Buble "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a hit, she's getting an award from Billboard on Friday, and she'll be perform in Times Square on New Year's Eve.  Her success is largely due to that one little song from Frozen -- "Let It Go" -- but she recalls when she first heard it, she was pretty intimidated.

"They had sent me a demo of 'Let It Go' and I thought, 'Oh s**t, this is going to be hard to sing,'" she tells Entertainment Weekly.  About the song's success, she says, "I knew Frozen was going to surprise people, but I didn't know it would stir up so many people to take ownership of the song...every day I receive a video from a friend of their daughter singing 'Let It Go' in the backyard."

"This is especially extraordinary," she says of the song's impact.  "Because I'm not a twentysomething anymore, and I'm still able to empower young people."

Idina will kick off a world tour in 2015, and she says fans shouldn't worry: she'll definitely make "Let It Go" part of the set.

"Of course, I'll sing it every night. I sing it everywhere I go," she tells EW.  I mean...it's my song!"


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Usher, Kanye West to Receive Awards at 2015 BET Honors

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Kanye West is among the newly announced honorees for the 2015 BET Honors.

According to the network, the rapper will be the recipient of the Visionary Award for his work and contributions to the entertainment industry. 

In addition, Usher will be honored with the Musical Arts Award for the impact he's made as a performer. Actress Phylicia Rashad, former and first black female Spelman College President Johnetta Cole and Microsoft CEO John W. Thompson are expected to be recognized at well during the upcoming ceremony.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, the BET Honors will air on BET on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Jack White Releases Virtual Reality App 

Image Courtesy of David James SwansonJack White, modern ambassador of vinyl records and vintage technology, is launching a new product that's on the total opposite side of the tech spectrum. White has announced Jack White: Third-D, a virtual reality app in partnership with Jaunt. Fans with a Google Cardboard viewer and a five or six inch Android phone can watch a 3-D version of White's recent show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and feel like they are really "there."

The Jack White: Third-D app can be downloaded for free on the Google Play store.

For fans who don't have a Google Cardboard viewer and also live in Nashville, the Third Man Records store will be giving away a special edition viewer to the first 75 Android users that purchase the "Ultra LP" version of Lazaretto, White's latest -- and Grammy nominated -- solo album.

If you'd like to actually be "there" for a Jack White concert, the former White Stripes frontman will be playing Austin, Nashville and New York City in January. All tour information is posted on White's website.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Bastille Named "Billboard's" Top Rock Artists of 2014 

Images Courtesy of ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Richard HarbaughIf you want to a concrete example of how rock has changed and evolved in the new millennium, look no further than Billboard's Top Rock Artists of 2014. The publication has named Lorde the, well, lord of rock of the past year. The New Zealand-born singer is followed by Imagine Dragons and Bastille at numbers two and three, respectively.

Lorde ruled 2014 with her album Pure Heroine, featuring the hits "Royals" and "Team." Pure Heroine ends 2014 as the number one album on both the Alternative and Rock Albums chart. She was also asked to curate the soundtrack for the new Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay: Part 1. The soundtrack gave Lorde another huge hit in "Yellow Flicker Beat."

Like Lorde, Imagine Dragons rode a hot 2013 into an equally hot 2014. Coming off the release of their debut album, Night Visions, the Las Vegas band stormed the charts with singles "Radioactive," "Demons" and "It's Time." Late in the year, they released "I Bet My Life," a single from their forthcoming sophomore album, due out next year. With a new record on the horizon, Imagine Dragons will look to extend their hot streak into 2015.

Bastille charged to the top of the charts with their bombastic single, "Pompeii." The British band, with a French name and a single about a Roman city, claimed the number one spot on the Rock Songs chart for 12 straight weeks, giving it the top spot on the 2014 Hot Rock Songs chart.

Here are the top 10 Rock Artists of 2014, according to Billboard:

Lorde
Imagine Dragons
Bastille
Coldplay
Passenger
American Authors
Paramore
Arctic Monkeys
Kongos
Hozier


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Wednesday
Dec102014

"The Voice" Recap: The Top Three Are Revealed; Ousted Contestants Vie for a Wildcard Spot

Trae Patton/NBCHost Carson Daly opened Tuesday night's installment of The Voice by announcing that Team Adam Levine’s Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew, and Team Blake Shelton’s Craig Wayne Boyd have all advanced to next week's final.  The selections were based on viewers' votes.

The last member Gwen Stefani’s team, Taylor John Williams, and Team Adam’s Damien were sent home.

The last members of Pharrell Williams' team were eliminated last week.

However, Damien and Taylor John Williams, along with every other top 12 contestant previously eliminated from the competition, got a chance Tuesday to perform one last time for a shot at becoming a fourth "wildcard" finalist. The artist with the most viewer votes will be announced Wednesday on the Today show.

The first ousted artist to vie for the wildcard spot was Team Blake’s Reagan James, who sang Corrine Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On.” Pharrell thought the performance was “magical” and urged the 16-year-old singer to stick with songs like that when she records her album. Blake noted that she had tremendous vocal control for someone her age.

Next up, also from Team Blake, was Jessie Pitts, who tackled The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” Gwen thought it was the perfect song choice for Jessie. Blake noted that Pitts was not just important to the show, but to music because she writes and she’s an “inventor.”

Team Gwen’s Ryan Sill performed Train’s “Marry Me.” Adam noted that Ryan has a “beautiful voice” and was shocked he didn’t do better in the competition. Blake also liked the performance, pointing out Ryan’s high vocal range. Gwen said the singer has a “gorgeous voice” and urged America to vote him back into the competition.

Anita Antoinette, also from Team Gwen, sang John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change.” She opened the performance with a reference to the tense situations in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City in the wake of grand juries in both cities opting not to indict white police officers for the deaths of two unarmed black men, declaring, “This is a song for all humanity; let us breathe together.” "Let us breathe together" is a reference to deceased New York City resident Eric Garner's plea with police while being arrested that he can't breathe. Gwen commended Antoinette, noting that she took the opportunity to send a positive message to America and not just for herself, adding Anita’s a “beautiful person.”

Taylor John Williams took his shot at returning to the competition by singing Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” Blake complimented the singer on his ability to put his ideas in motion.” Pharrell called Williams “an artist.” Gwen told her singer, “I think you’re gonna do it.”

Team Adam’s Damien returned, singing Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” Pharrell called Damien’s vocal control “scary.” Gwen said she believed every note that came out of his mouth. Adam declared that the final spot in the competition belongs to Damien.

Sugar Joans, from Team Pharrell, chose “Back to Black,” by Amy Winehouse. Gwen noted that whenever Sugar sings, her performances sound “natural” and “perfect.” Blake noted the performance was as good as he’s ever heard Joans sound. Pharrell said Sugar had the ability to “captivate” audiences with her voice.

Team Pharrell’s Luke Wade was up next, and appropriately chose John Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me” as his comeback song. Adam noted the singer got “lost” during the competition, but seemed to find his old form. Blake commended the singer for seizing the moment, rather than getting lost in it. Pharrell complimented Wade for being different.

Another Team Pharrell castoff, DaNica Shirey, closed the show with her version of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You.” Her performance drew the biggest round of applause, prompting Pharrell to declare, “That’s the sound of America voting you back.

The finals begins next Monday night on NBC.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Beyonce Tops Facebook's List of Most-Mentioned Entertainers in 2014

Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce tops the list of most-mentioned entertainers on Facebook this year, according to the social network.  The "Drunk in Love" singer is followed by Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

Jimmy Fallon, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Pitbull, John Legend and Kim Kardashian round out the rest of the top ten.

Facebook's Year in Review website also compiled a list of the most-discussed songs of 2014. Coming in at number one is Pharrell's "Happy," followed by Legend's "All of Me" and "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith.

"Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon and Frozen's "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel round out the top five.

The lists were compiled by measuring how frequently certain topics were mentioned in Facebook posts throughout the year.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier Provide Soundtrack for Victoria Secret Fashion Show

Heather Wines/©2014 CBS Broadcasting IncThe Victoria Secret Fashion Show special aired Tuesday on CBS. The evening also included musical performances from Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier, as supermodels in lingerie strutted their stuff.

Swift, who also performed at last year’s event, performed twice on the show. In the opening segment, “Dream Girls,” Taylor, dressed in a sexy white nightie and robe sang “Blank Space,” from her album, 1989.

Sheeran had expressed concern earlier about looking like a “very awkward Englishmen” if he had to sing just holding a microphone, but he did have his guitar with him as he performed his new song, “Thinking Out Loud,” during a segment called “Exotic Traveler.”  As he played, models Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio hit the catwalk wearing $2 million gem-encrusted bras.

Grande came out next in black thigh-high boots, a black bra and panty set and a colorful leopard ruffle around her. She sang a medley of hits that included “Love Me Harder,” “Bang Bang,” “Break Free” and “Problem.” Her segment was called “University of Pink.”

During a segment titled “Fairytale,” Grammy-nominated Irish singer Hozier sang “Take Me to Church.”  Ahead of the show airing, he explained the choice by noting, "The song is very much about sexuality I suppose, and a liberation of self as well, too.  And I suppose that resonates quite a bit.  You know, it's a sexy show."

Swift returned to close the show, dressed in black lace lingerie, escorted by Angel Karlie Kloss. Taylor performed another song off 1989, called “Style.”


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Tuesday
Dec092014

Meghan Trainor Says Grammy Win for Record of the Year Would Be "Ridiculous" 

Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsA year ago, nobody knew who Meghan Trainor was.  Now she's got two Grammy nominations -- Record and Song of the Year -- for her breakout hit "All About that Bass," which topped the charts for eight weeks this year.  When asked which category she'd rather win, Meghan tells Billboard that one of them seems pretty unimaginable for her.

"I’ve always been a songwriter, my whole life, and that’s where I’ve worked the hardest,” says Trainor of the Song of the Year category, which awards songwriters only.  But she says if she won Record of the Year -- where the trophy goes to the artist and the producer -- she'd "freak out."

"That was always a secret desire and wish that I had, but I never had the confidence," she says of being an artist. "I was too insecure, and the message of ‘All About That Bass’ really helped me be the artist that I am today. If I won a Grammy for that, that’d be ridiculous.”

Meghan is also looking forward to meeting Taylor Swift at the Grammys.  After all, "All About that Bass" knocked Taylor's "Shake It Off" out of #1 on the chart, until it reclaimed the title eight weeks later.

"I haven’t gotten to meet [her] yet,” Meghan tells Billboard. "I’m a huge fan. I tried [to meet her], but I haven’t had the opportunity. I saw her at the AMAs — I was too scared to say hi. She looked really busy!”


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Tuesday
Dec092014

Katy Perry Tops List of YouTube's Top Trending Music Videos of 2014 

Christie GoodwinKaty Perry's video for "Dark Horse" was an Egypt-tastic extravaganza of costumes, special effects and Flamin' Hot Cheetos,  so it's no wonder it racked up so many views on YouTube.  The site has named it #1 on its list of Top Trending Music Videos of 2014. It's racked up more than 700 million views since it was first posted in February.

The rest of the Top Trending Music Videos of 2014 come from mostly female artists, with just two guys -- Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias -- thrown into the mix.

Here's the list:

1.    Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse ft. Juicy J"
2.    Enrique Iglesias -- "Bailando" (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
3.    Shakira -- "Can't Remember to Forget You" ft. Rihanna
4.    Shakira -- "La La La (Brazil 2014)" ft. Carlinhos Brown
5.    Jason Derulo -- "Wiggle" feat. Snoop Dogg
6.    Iggy Azalea -- "Fancy" (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX
7.    Sia -- "Chandelier"
8.    Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off"
9.    Meghan Trainor -- "All About That Bass"
10.    Nicki Minaj -- "Anaconda"


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Katy Perry's video for "Dark Horse" was an Egypt-tastic extravaganza of costumes, special effects and Flamin' Hot Cheetos,  so it's no wonder it racked up so many views on YouTube.  The site has named it #1 on its list of Top Trending Music Videos of 2014. It's racked up more than 700 million views since it was first posted in February.

The rest of the Top Trending Music Videos of 2014 come from mostly female artists, with just two guys -- Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias -- thrown into the mix.

Here's the list:

1.    Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse ft. Juicy J"
2.    Enrique Iglesias -- "Bailando" (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
3.    Shakira -- "Can't Remember to Forget You" ft. Rihanna
4.    Shakira -- "La La La (Brazil 2014)" ft. Carlinhos Brown
5.    Jason Derulo -- "Wiggle" feat. Snoop Dogg
6.    Iggy Azalea -- "Fancy" (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX
7.    Sia -- "Chandelier"
8.    Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off"
9.    Meghan Trainor -- "All About That Bass"
10.    Nicki Minaj -- "Anaconda"

 







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