Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Will and Grace 8 Seasons will on HULU Beginning Tomorrow

The streamer, which beat Netflix for the show, will share the library and upcoming revival episodes with NBC in a deal similar to 'This Is Us.'
Hulu and NBC are reteaming again following their groundbreaking SVOD dealfor This Is Us.

The streaming service and NBC have inked a massive SVOD deal to bring Will and Grace into the digital age. Hulu, fresh off its Emmy win for best drama for The Handmaid's Tale, has secured all 194 episodes of Will and Grace and will air new episodes of the NBC revival each week following their initial broadcast this fall.

The original eight-season run will be available on Hulu starting Sept. 21 — a week before the revival launches on NBC. Like Hulu and NBC's deal for last year's freshman breakout This Is Us, the network will also retain the library to stream on the NBC App as well as pay TV providers with authentication.

"As we gear up for the launch of the upcoming season premiere, I can’t think of a better way to reintroduce Will and Grace to the cultural zeitgeist than by giving audiences the opportunity to watch this historic and hilarious series wherever and whenever they want,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “With its witty comebacks, pop-culture references and social commentary, Will and Grace is one of the most binge-able comedies in television history, and I am certain fans both old and new will jump on this opportunity to devour it."

Sources tell THR that Netflix was also bidding for the library, with Hulu coming out on top for its willingness to share the rights. Retaining at least some stacking rights has become increasingly valuable as networks look to monetize expensive scripted fare in an era of dwindling lilve viewership.

"There’s no question that Will and Grace has resonated with audiences since the series made its broadcast premiere. To be able to bring such an iconic show into the streaming universe for the first time ever is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said Hulu's newly installed chief content officer Joel Stillerman. “This landmark deal will allow fans to rewatch their favorite moments ahead of the series premiere, as well as bring Will and Grace and its cast of characters to a whole new audience.”

NBC revived Will and Grace for a ninth season after the original cast reunited for a Hillary Clinton-themed election ad. The 16-episode season launches Sept. 28 with the show — created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan and directed/exec produced by James Burrows already renewed for another season of 13 episodes.

Speaking with THR earlier this summer, Greenblatt said that he hoped to have a streaming deal for the library before the show returned, confirming that conversations with Netflix and Hulu were underway at the time.

"It's a little bit of a tricky bet. If the show goes on the air and blows up and we've pre-sold it, then we're kind of stuck. If it over-performs and we've left money on the table, that's a negative," Greenblatt said of the deal making process. "If it goes on the air and does OK and we've turned away from deals that are already on the table, we may lose money there. We're trying to look at the different scenarios of what could happen and bet on the best scenario. There's lots of estimating going on and things to try to make sure we've thought through what could happen. The new episodes are separate from the 198 that already exist. Or we could put them all together. The new episodes command a different price than the library episodes. It's looking at all of these different possibilities. But there's Hulu, Netflix and our own version of that that we're in the middle of."

The executive noted that retaining on-demand rights to the series was a key factor in making a deal for the library, one of the last remaining proven hits that had not yet been sold.  

Will and Grace was nominated for 83 Emmys, taking home 16 — including best comedy. It joins a Hulu library that also includes The Golden Girls and Seinfeld, among others.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/will-grace-library-lands-at-hulu-big-svod-deal-1041617?facebook_20170920

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Demi Lovato Talks more about her new album and reveals some more of the tracklist

01. Sorry Not Sorry
02. Tell Me You Love Me
03. Sexy Dirty Love
04. You Don't Do It For Me Anymore
05. Daddy Issues
06. Ruin The Friendship
07. Only Forever
08. Lonely
09. Cry Baby
10. Games
11. Concentrate
12. Hitchhiker
13. Instruction
14. TBA
15. TBA
16. TBA - Target bonus track
17. TBA - Target bonus track
 
  Quote
Demi Lovato: Fans will know 'exactly who I'm talking about' on my new album
 
Everyone knows Demi Lovato can sing, but with her upcoming sixth studio album, the 25-year-old will prove to listeners that she can sang. “I wanted to make sure that this album showcased my voice,” says Lovato, who’ll release Tell Me You Love Me on Sept. 29. And if you couldn’t already tell from the album’s sassy belt-athon of a first single, “Sorry Not Sorry,” songs like the gospel-tinged title track and the funky “Sexy Dirty Love” will cement Lovato’s status as one of her generation’s most powerful vocalists.
Instead of rushing to follow up 2015’s Confident, Lovato took a year and a half to pursue a more soulful sound with a new batch of producers, including Warren “Oak” Felder (Kehlani, Alessia Cara) and John Hill (Phantogram, Santigold). “Growing up on the Disney Channel,” she says, “we cranked out an album every year for three years, so this time around I took as much time as I needed.”
 
And with a new sound — “I think what’ll surprise fans the most for this new album is how R&B I’m going,” she says — comes new subject matter. The singer, who split from actor Wilmer Valderrama in June of 2016 after a six-year relationship, says she’s getting real about her love life in unprecedented ways. “I have never really been so honest,” Lovato says. “You can just hear it through the lyrics. I think my fans are gonna know exactly who I’m talking about.”
 
Tell Me You Love Me isn’t the only project Lovato has in the works this fall. On Oct. 12 she’ll release the feature-length YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, which chronicles the making of the album as well as her activism and philanthropy outside of her music career. Bringing a camera crew into the studio to capture her creative process wasn’t easy: “It’s definitely a challenge, because you just want to be completely open and free, and when you have cameras on you, you don’t feel like you can do that,” she says. “But you get used to it. And once you get past that mentality, you forget the cameras are there and you’re able to be completely vulnerable.”
 
Lovato also says it may not take another two years for her to release new music. She says that Tell Me You Love Me will be a “living album” and that she may release new tracks as a part of the project even after its September release date. “If you create another song that you like, you put out another song,” she explains. “It doesn’t have to be a single. It can just be added to the mass of music that you’ve already released.”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Taylor Swift Gets her 5th #1 for Look What You Made Me Do

Swift scores her fifth Hot 100 No. 1 and breaks the weekly streaming record for a song by a woman. "Look" also stops the record-tying 16-week reign of "Despacito."

Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" blasts from No. 77 (where it debuted) to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 16), following its first full week of data tracking. After its Aug. 25 release, the song soars to the top with the highest weekly streaming and sales sums for a track in 2017 and breaks the record for the most weekly streams ever for a song by a woman.
"Look" -- released on Big Machine/Republic Records and the first single from Swift's album Reputation (her first since 1989 in 2014), due Nov. 10 -- is her fifth Hot 100 No. 1. It also dethrones Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, which a week ago tied the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 (16) in the Hot 100's 59-year history.
Let's run down the numerous achievements for "Look" as it crowns the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. Highlights of the rest of the top 10 will post on Billboard.com later today (Sept. 5), and all charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 6).
Record-breaking streams: Following its first week of streaming, "Look" blasts onto the Streaming Songs chart at No. 1 with 84.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen Music. The total is not only the highest for any song this year, passing the 69.6 million with which "Despacito" peaked on the June 17-dated chart, but the highest ever in a week for a song by a female artist, surpassing the debut week of Adele's "Hello" (61.6 million, Nov. 14, 2015).
Only one song has posted a greater weekly total than "Look" on Streaming Songs (which began on March 2, 2013): Baauer's "Harlem Shake," which peaked with 103 million, powered heavily by user-generated clips featuring the song's audio (the week that the survey debuted).
Swift adds her third Streaming Songs No. 1, following "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space." She ties Miley Cyrus for the most by a woman; among all acts, only Bieber has earned more No. 1s (four).
Best weekly sales of 2017: "Look" also launches with the top weekly download sales this year: 353,000 in the week ending Aug. 31, as it starts at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart. That tops the 240,000-download start for Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" (Jan. 28). "Look" sports the highest weekly sales since Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" bowed with 379,000 on May 28, 2016 (and the best total for a woman since Adele's "Hello" sold 480,000 in its third week, reflected on the Nov. 28, 2015-dated Digital Song Sales chart).
Swift scores her 12th Digital Song Sales No. 1, passing Katy Perry (11) for the second-most; Rihanna leads with 14 toppers on the tally.
Swift ascent: With its 77-1 vault on the Hot 100, "Look" makes the fifth-greatest leap to No. 1 of all-time. Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" leads with its 97-1 surge (Feb. 7, 2009). Swift replaces herself for the fifth-biggest jump to the summit: her first leader, 2012's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," rocketed 72-1. (Both "Look" and "Never" debuted from initial airplay before bounding to No. 1 following their first full weeks of streaming and sales tracking. Streaming and sales follow a Friday-Thursday measurement week, while airplay is tracked Monday-Sunday for the Hot 100's tabulation.)
High(est) five: Swift first led the Hot 100 with "Never" for three weeks in 2012. She added her second, third and fourth No. 1s from 1989: "Shake It Off" (four weeks, 2014), "Blank Space" (seven, 2014-15) and "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar (one, 2015). With "Look" leading in its second week on the Hot 100, all five of Swift's No. 1s have reigned in four or fewer chart weeks.
Swift is the 13th woman (her favorite number!) with at least five Hot 100 No. 1s. Mariah Carey leads all women (and soloists) with 18 No. 1s, second among all artists only to the Beatles' 20.
First singles ranking first: Swift has now topped the Hot 100 with the first single from each of her last three albums. "Look" introduces Reputation; "Shake," which debuted atop the Hot 100, ushered in 1989, and "Never" was released as the first single from Red.
'Look' and listen: As it leads Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales, "Look" charges 23-14 on the Radio Songs chart with 64 million all-format audience impressions following its first full week of airplay tracking. (It debuted a week ago with 46 million in its first three days.) Most notably, "Look" roars 21-9 on the Pop Songs chart (which is based on total weekly plays on a 164-station panel of mainstream top 40 stations), marking Swift's 14th top 10. It makes the fastest flight to the chart's top 10 since Timberlake's "Feeling" flew 24-10 on May 28, 2016.
Leading lady: More than nine months into 2017, Swift is the first woman to top the Hot 100 this year. She's the first since Halsey reigned, as featured on the Chainsmokers' "Closer," which wrapped its 12-week rule on Nov. 19, 2016. Until "Look," no woman had topped the Hot 100 in a lead role in more than a year: since Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, led for four weeks from Aug. 6 through Aug. 27, 2016.
Further, "Look" is the first song by a woman unaccompanied by a male artist to rule the Hot 100 since Adele's "Hello" led for 10 weeks (Nov. 14, 2015-Jan. 16, 2016). The only other such No. 1s since the start of 2014: Swift's "Shake" and "Space" and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass."
Atop the Hot 100, "Look" supplants "Despacito," which on the Sept. 9-dated chart logged its 16th week at No. 1, matching Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" (16 weeks, 1995-96) for the longest command in the chart's archives. On the new Sept. 16 list, "Despacito" dips to No. 2.
Again, highlights of the rest of the Sept. 16-dated Hot 100's top 10 will post on Billboard.com later today (Sept. 5), and all charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 6).


 http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7950114/taylor-swift-look-what-you-made-me-do-number-one-hot-100

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Spotify results for Look What You Made Me Do

SPOTIFY 30/8/2017
 
 
SPOTIFY
 
WW: #1 5,903,329 (-19,859)
US: #1 1,937,789 (-80,358)
UK: #1 493,691 (+10,685)
BR: #1 464,871 (-19,452)
AU: #1 279,732 (-6,270)
PH: #1 264,114 (+4,256)
CA: #1 221,264 (-10,476)
SG: #1 72,942 (-2,194)
MY: #1 60,762 (-278)
NZ: #1 58,789 (-248)
ID: #2 104,858 (+2,905)
TR: #3 63,854 (+1,124)
GE: #4 (+1) 260,557 (+19,176)
NO: #5 (=) 106,542 (+6,811)
SE: #6 (=) 151,781 (+6,664)
MX: #9 (+1) 253,497 (+8,856)
FI: #9 (+1) 63,795 (-198)
FR: #16 (+4) 74,995 (+2,241)
ES: #18 (+3) 113,747 (+7,600)
NL: #19 (+4) 100,332 (+6,998)
IT: #19 (-2) 80,818 (-2,289)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Wow 200,000 in one day!

After only one day on sale, Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" is off to a sizzling start -- and will likely sell a half-million downloads in its first week, according to industry forecasters.

On Friday (Aug. 25), the day of the track's commercial release, the song sold a little less than 200,000 downloads in the U.S., according to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music.

"Look" is also anticipated to hit the upper reaches of the Sept. 16-dated Billboard Hot 100 chart, which blends airplay, sales, and streaming data, after a likely debut on the Sept. 9 list (from just airplay).
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/7942110/taylor-swifts-look-heads-for-half-million-sales-biggest-week-since-adeles-hello?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Taylor to sell 500 to 550k with Look What You Made Me Do? OMG

hitsdd_photo_gal__photo_647796214.jpg
500-550K PREDICTION
Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine) had an explosive first day in the marketplace, earning huge streams and setting the stage for a first week in the range of 550-550k in sales alone, an impressive feat in the streaming era. Could the track surpass this projection?
 
Tay-Tay's biggest first week with a single was in 2012, when “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” scored 623k downloads. The lead single from 1989, “Shake It Off,” bowed with 544k two years later.
 
The lyric video for "Look" also got a big look, earning 19m youtube views in 24 hours, a record for lyric videos, breaking the record held by The Chainsmokers f/Coldplay for "Something Just Like This." (As of this writing it's hit almost 26m.) Rather unsurprisingly, it quickly became the #1 trending clip on the video service. It's also Tay's biggest video bow, blowing by the 17m initial views for "Bad Blood."


I saw this on another website so I don't know if this is reliable.  If so then DAMN.
MH

Monday, August 21, 2017

Well...

There really hasn't been really any new music that i care about right now but i as soon as one comes up i will make another post asap.

MH

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My review of Camila Cabello OMG Feat Quavo



This song is very good. I love the way the song starts off then that heavy beat kicks in.  I prefer this over Havana.  However, Quavo’s rap is straight stupid. None on lyrics go together or make any damn sense. For example, she looks so small it must be lipo (LOLOLOLOL). Other than that it’s pretty good. It could have had more switch ups and had some adlibs at the end. I will give the song a 8/10.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You guys...Double Dutchess has leaked!!!

I will not be posting links to this.  However, I will say that I really only like 3 songs right off the bat.  Those songs are Hungry, Enchanted, and Tension.  Enchanted sounds so freaking weird but it works so well for the song.  That beat for Hungry is everything and Tension has an excellent beat as well.

I will start posting every couple of days starting today.

Monday, June 26, 2017

RED ALERT BoA Just released a song called CAMO



YOU GUYS!!!!! This song CAMO by BoA one of my new favorites songs of 2017. The beat in this song is straight up is EPIC!!!!  The switch ups in the beat and way this song is structured are so freaking good. This going on my immediate workout playlist.  Also the way she hits all of notes are crazy (the FALSETTOS) and going between Korean and English are amazing. This song is a easy 10 of 10. Welcome back BoA, you are truly the queen of K-Pop. You literally just showed how every artist needs to be and the music video is on another level than anything I have seen in a VERY long time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Being Developed By Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV and Warner Bros.

http://www.indiewire.com/2017/05/animaniacs-reboot-steven-spielberg-amblin-1201817336/
 
  Quote
‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Being Developed By Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV and Warner Bros. — Exclusive
They're zany to the max, and now Yakko, Wakko and Dot may finally be back with their first new episodes in nearly 20 years.
 
Hellloooo, nurse: It’s time for “Animaniacs” – again!
Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are kicking around a brand new version of the hit 1990s cartoon, IndieWire has learned. The potential reboot comes as “Animaniacs” has experienced a new surge in popularity since arriving on Netflix last year. Steven Spielberg, who developed the original as a follow-up to the success of his “Tiny Toon Adventures,” is expected to be on board in crafting the updated version.
There’s no home yet for “Animaniacs,” and insiders caution that it’s still in the early stages of development. But 1990s nostalgia is big business these days – witness the success of another Warner Bros. TV title, “Fuller House,” which is one of the most-watched originals on Netflix.
“Animaniacs” ran for 99 episodes – from 1993 to 1995 on Fox Kids, before moving to Kids’ WB from 1995 to 1998. It also spawned the primetime spinoff “Pinky and the Brain,” which aired on The WB.
The cartoon consisted of various segments (including “Pinky and the Brain”), all tied together by the Warner siblings – Yakko, Wakoo and Dot, who were said to have been trapped in the Warner Bros. lot watertower since the 1930s until their escape. Tom Ruegger, who oversaw the show’s creation, was inspired by his own three children in developing the characters. “Animaniacs” was popular with kids, but young adults also gravitated to its sophisticated humor and references.
Voice stars on the series included Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Sherri Stoner and Maurice LaMarche. Each episode was also heavily scored with original songs and music.
“Animaniacs” won eight Daytime Emmy Awards during its run, as well as a Peabody Award. “Too often today, animation on television is produced in a workman-like manner, with little attention paid to characterization, illustration, and above all, narrative storytelling,” the Peabody website says in explaining the 1993 honor.
“This series, with appeal to adults as well as children, reminds us of the glory days of Hollywood animation and brings that period up-to-date with sparkling characters, witty dialogue, and stunning production. The magic touch of executive producer Steven Spielberg is in evidence in the work of senior producers Rich Arons and Sherri Stoner, and the rest of the outstanding production team. For restoring quality to the daily animated television series, and for doing so in a thoroughly engaging and highly kinetic manner, a Peabody to Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs.”
The show ended with the 1999 direct-to-video release “Wakko’s Wish.” But the show remains so fondly remembered that Paulsen and the cast recently announced plans to reunite via “Animaniacs Live!” stage shows, including one last month in La Mirada, Calif., with more dates later this year.


SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fergie parts way with Interscope and signs with BMG

Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas star who embarked on a successful solo career with 2006’s The Dutchess, is no longer on Interscope Records, Variety has learned. Says a label source: “The decision was made to part ways. We were all in concert and want what’s best for Fergie.”
The singer has formed her own label, Dutchess Music, and entered into a global partnership with BMG, joining such acts as Avril Lavigne, Blink-182, Blondie, and At The Drive-In on the company’s recorded music roster. The nearly 10-year-old division of Bertelsmann is based in Berlin, with U.S. offices located in Los Angeles. Recently, BMG was awarded Independent Publisher of the Year at the 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards, winning for the second year in a row.
Variety

Whatever gets the record out is fine with me. I hope BMG treats her better.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LAWDY Roseanne is coming back to ABC

Roseanne is headed back home.
ABC, the landmark comedy’s original network, has beat out Netflix for rights to an eight-episode present-day revival featuring pretty much the entire original cast, including titular star Roseanne Barr, leading man John Goodman (Dan) and supporting players Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (original Becky).
Sarah Chalke, who shared the role of Becky with Goranson, will appear in “another role,” per ABC.
“We’re rebooting Roseanne,” ABC president Channing Dungey confirmed Tuesday on a conference call with reporters, adding that the continuation “is planned for midseason.”
The series’ original producing team of Barr, Tom Werner and Bruce Helford are all on board, with Gilbert also taking an EP credit.
Last month, Gilbert staged a mini Roseanne revival with TV dad Goodman on the set of her CBS gabfest The Talk. At the time, Goodman expressed enthusiasm for an official revival. “Oh, hell yes… if we could get everyone together,” he said. “[Roseanne] and I did a pilot about five years ago that didn’t go anywhere…but we were very happy to work together.”
Per the official press release, the revived Roseanne will find the Conner family dealing “with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018.”
TVLine

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sony ends relationship with Dr. Luke

Sony is pulling the plug on its relationship with Dr. Luke.
The music corporation is discontinuing its partnership with the hit music producer amid his drawn-out legal battle with pop star Kesha, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kesha has accused Dr. Luke — whose real name is Lucasz Gottwald — of giving her a date rape drug and sexually assaulting her, as well as allegedly pressuring her to lose weight.
The producer has denied Kesha's claims, and last year a Manhattan judge dismissed the singer's claims of sexual assault, harassment and gender violence against Dr. Luke.

About damn time.

MH

Friday, April 21, 2017

CRAZY ASS NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just quit my job. It's a long story but here it goes.  Back earlier this month my work put people on Furlough (aka laying people off) because there wasn't a lot of work.  They said to come back May 1st and I was on that list.  We went from 56 hours a week to 32 and I have been working 56 hours a week for THREE FREAKING YEARS and still a freaking temp.  So I have had actual time to decompress and to relax and everyone has told me that I am so much nicer and pleasant since my lay off.  Well they just called me a hour ago telling me to come in this Monday telling to come back in to regular hours (6am to 3:30pm) and I just said I have 4 interviews (I don't but have been applying a lot this past week) and I won't be returning.  Luckily i have some money saved up to float until I can get something and I am crazy nervous but excited about this.

P.S. I'm getting my shit together to start updating again.

Music Heaven

Saturday, November 5, 2016

For once it isn't my fault

I know yall are like why the hell does this idiot not update even though he says he is?  Well for once it literally isn't my fault.  the site I have been going to for years is getting some major upgrades and is taking FOREVER.  It's been down for over a month.  I am going to have to find other means to find my music news. But I legit don't have time most days except Saturday afternoon and Sunday.  Things will more frequent after awhile but for the time being posts will mostly likely being only on the weekends.

MH

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Curious Staying Power of Britney’s Perfume Empire

The Curious Staying Power of Britney’s Perfume Empire

Britney Spears has built one of the most lucrative fragrance collections of all time.

Priya Krishna Oct 20, 2016, 10:02a
Over the past few decades, putting out a signature perfume has become a standard move for any celebrity — but who remains the most dominant in the fragrance industry? Here are some hints: It’s not BeyoncĂ©. It’s not Taylor Swift. It’s not even Kim Kardashian.
It’s Britney, bitch.
 
That’s right: Amid a career that has had its highest of highs (see: 2001 VMAs) and lowest of lows (see: all of 2007), Britney Spears has built one of the most lucrative perfume empires of all time. According to a rep from Elizabeth Arden (Spears’s fragrance partner), her perfumes comprise a "billion dollar fragrance franchise." Spears just put out her 20th fragrance, Private Show, to much hype — proving that, in spite of her often-tumultuous trajectory, she’s still a powerhouse when it comes to scents.
"The fact that she has done so many fragrances and that [Elizabeth Arden] is still interested in developing her brand speaks to her talent and the fact that she is very much doing well," says Sue Phillips, president and CEO of Scenterprises, a fragrance branding and marketing company (she's also formerly of Elizabeth Arden). "She is one of the few celebrities who actually enjoys fragrances, and it shows — you can see it in her sales."
GettyImages-108889043.0.jpgPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
The rush for celebrities to create fragrances started when Elizabeth Taylor partnered with Elizabeth Arden to create the very first celebrity-backed scent, White Diamonds. The scent was an enormous success, having earned close to a billion dollars in revenue to date. As the royalties that artists and actors were receiving from album and movie sales started to decline, many of them turned to the fragrance industry, which promised quick, big revenue. For most celebrity perfumes released after White Diamonds, the trend was the same: "They usually went up like a rocket and did really well at launch, but they had a hard time sustaining customers," says Don Loftus, president of Parlux, a fragrance company whose celebrity portfolio includes the likes of Paris Hilton, Rihanna, and Jay Z.
That all changed when Britney Spears entered the market in 2004 with her debut scent, Curious. Spears was at a career high: She had just released her fourth studio album, In The Zone, as well as the racy video for her hit song "Toxic." The Curious scent was a mixture of sweet, accessible ingredients like orchids, vanilla, and jasmine petals; the bottle was pretty and bright blue, adorned with two dangling pink hearts. "At the time, young women did not really like fragrances because they reminded them of their grandmothers," Phillips says. "Suddenly [with Curious], there was this luscious, floral fragrance with a youthful feel that didn’t seem old or mature."
 
Spears made young women care about perfume for the first time. According to data from the NPD Group, a retail market research firm, an overwhelming 81 percent of young women were aware of Britney Spears’s fragrance when it came out, similar to awareness levels for both Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret, two brands whose body sprays were the most popular option for young women at the time. "She made it cool to wear fragrance," says Karen Grant, vice president and global beauty analyst for the NPD Group. "Young people are still very engaged in fragrance, and that awareness was raised years ago by Britney Spears. Britney was part of that appeal."
Curious became "by far" the number one scent not just in the celebrity category, but across the entire fragrance industry, Grant says, breaking all of Elizabeth Arden's records for a fragrance launch. As of 2013, Curious had sold 500 million bottles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And it’s not even Spears’s most successful fragrance — according to Elizabeth Arden, that top position is occupied by Fantasy, her musky, fruity potion released in 2005. At one point, Spears’s website claimed that her perfumes occupied a staggering 34 percent of overall fragrance sales, though Elizabeth Arden would not confirm this statistic — and Spears has since taken down that statement from the site.
While not all of Spears’s perfumes have been quite as triumphant in the market as Curious or Fantasy, she stills takes in an estimated $50 million a year from just that portion of her business, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "When you think about the big houses like Chanel and Dior, none of them even have 20 fragrances," Loftus says. "So it’s huge that she’s been able to sustain interest. It’s not easy to do."
 
Britney’s secret to success lies primarily in a simple fact: She actually likes perfume. This is not always a given when it comes to celebrity scents. "With celebrity fragrances, when it’s not integrated with the actual brand, it loses its luster," Phillips says. "If you look at people like Lady Gaga or Madonna, whose fragrances should have done well, they didn’t do as well as Britney because they didn’t care. Britney really cares about fragrance. She loves to talk about it, wear it, and even sing about it." On the latter point, Phillips is referring to Spears’s 2009 single "Perfume." The video for the catchy ode about spraying your signature scent all over your two-timing boyfriend’s sheets for revenge contains at least four close-ups of Spears’s Fantasy scent. Similarly, the very first shot of her music video for "Circus" features adjacent bottles of Curious and Fantasy; "Work Bitch" showcases Fantasy Twist; "Hold it Against Me" flashes to a gleaming bottle of Radiance. Even just a few months ago, when Spears released a sneak peek of her new album Glory on Instagram, it was wrapped in an ad for her new fragrance, Private Show. No other celebrity has gone to such lengths to incorporate fragrance into her identity as Britney Spears has.
And it really works. "Her perfumes feel very authentic. Consumers feel like they are buying into her life," Loftus says. "Every launch has felt like it was at the moment for her, and reflective of where she was in her life. That’s the number one rule of anything, really — you have to believe it came from the house."
Spears’s scent supremacy defies the trope of bright-but-fleeting success that most starlets face — not only as fragrance ambassadors, but also as artists. Since her ascent to fame in 1992 (when she first appeared on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club), she has managed to stay consistently in the news. Whether the report is about her new album or her stint in rehab, "any press is good press," Grant says. "The fact that people are talking about her and aware of her is really important." Her perfumes function as "a constant reminder that she’s a relevant entertainer," Phillips adds.
 
GettyImages-88272493.0.jpg
Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images
Spears’s relationship with her fans is also a unique one. "The thing about Britney is that your heart goes out to her," Grant says. "Even when she does things that make you go ‘Come on, Britney!’ people don’t hate her, they root for her. That is an enduring quality about her." And that sympathy translates into sales. According to Loftus, "her real fans thought that when Britney was going through difficult times, buying her perfume would help her. It’s strange the relationship people have with these brands."
Marketing and celebrity aside, Spears’s perfumes have managed to consistently nail the most important element — she makes scents that people actually want to smell. "The advertising and the merchandising will get people to the counter," Phillips says. "What makes people come back is the actual juice itself — and hers are really great fragrances." Case in point: Her 2009 perfume, Midnight Fantasy, earned a perfect four-star review in the New York Times for its musky and rich plum-cherry combination.
So is Spears’s collective portfolio the next Chanel No. 5? It’s hard to know for sure — but, as Grant points out, she has made an undeniably indelible mark on the fragrance world: "When a young celebrity, like Ariana Grande, comes out with a perfume now, it’s usually inspired by Britney, and that’s because hers had the longevity."
Grant says that most reports seem to indicate a general decline in the celebrity fragrance industry. Thankfully, there are no signs of Spears’s fragrance empire — or career — dying out anytime soon.
 
"At one point every young girl wanted to be Britney Spears," Phillips says. "They wanted to have her lifestyle and be famous and have her figure and her money and her talent. Then she hit a bad streak and went in a downward spiral. But then she reinvented herself. Maybe there is a story there about sticking with it and coming back and never giving up. Maybe that’s the message that is her legacy. Maybe that’s why her perfumes still do well."

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kesha Making a 'Fuck Off' Song with Mystery Artist

It's been a minute since Kesha updated us on the status of her next album, but she made up for it this week with a provocative Instagram post that has her fans wildly speculating. "Making a F--K OFF song with a casual Grammy award winning secret person," she wrote alongside a serious-looking selfie. "Got a good feeling about this one."

A spokesperson for the singer could not be reached at press time to answer Billboard's question about who the mystery collaborator might be, but that didn't stop fans from emphatically weighing in. Among their guesses: Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande, with Swift getting the most nods thanks to a number of fans' observation that Kesha put 13 emojis into her comment, a number that just happens to be Tay's favorite.

"emojis omg 13 - taylor's lucky number taylor - grammy award winner ------------ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤," read one of the more than 2,600 comments. A spokesperson for Swift had not returned requests for comment at press time.

Kesha is working on music for her first album of new material since 2012's Warrior, reportedly delivering 28 new songs to her label earlier this summer. No information is available yet on the music, which has been a long time coming in light of the singer's ongoing lawsuit against former mentor/producer and label boss, Dr. Luke (born Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) over allegations that he drugged and raped her and psychologically abused her from the time she moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a music career through her breakthrough five years later; Luke has denied the charges and in August Kesha dropped her sexual assault claims in New York after earlier dropping them in California.

Swift has supported Kesha in her battle with Luke, donating $250,000 to the cause in February, to "help with any of her financial needs during this trying time." Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga have also stood up for Kesha, who went on a seven-date mini tour this summer during which she promised to play songs "you've never heard me play before, and songs I may never play again" with her new band, the Creepies.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

JT Says He's "Absolutely" Down to Collab With Britney Spears

We have a strong feeling that this news is going to be music to your ears.

For anyone who grew up in the ‘90s and early 2000s, chances are you have fond memories of the bond shared between Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

So perhaps it wasn't a surprise that when the "Piece of Me" singer recently said that she would like to collaborate with J.T., the Internet and pop culture fans alike freaked out. If you are curious to know what Justin thought of the comment, wonder no more. Ladies and gentlemen, he's totally interested.

"She did? Sure! Absolutely, absolutely," he told E! News' Marc Malkin exclusively at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his Netflix concert documentary film Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. "I have a 17 month old so I don't get the headline news."

He added, "I apologize for not being in the know…I'm accessible, give us a call!"

Just last month, Britney participated in a fan Q&A for Most Requested Live with Romeo where she was asked to reveal her dream collaborators.

As it turns out, the guy who wrote the breakup ballad "Cry Me A River" was on her list.

"Aerosmith seems really good and bright. He's a genius I think. He's very rock n' roll. He sings from his soul," Britney explained. "Gwen Stefani, I think she's great."

And then she added the most important name (drumroll, please), "Justin Timberlake is very good."

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Calvin Harris: 'Not Trying to Put Out an Album, Just Songs'

At the very beginning of 2016, Grammy-winning producer/DJ Calvin Harris promised fans via social media he had several new singles on the way this year, and so far ... he's delivered. Following the success of his collaboration with Rihanna "This Is What You Came For," which went #1 on charts in Australia, Canada and Ireland along with reaching multi-platinum status in five countries, Calvin released his song "Hype" with Dizzee Rascal (who he has worked with in the past). Now, the 32-year-old Scottish songwriter just released another new song "My Way," which he has been teasing all week on social media. But instead of any of the talented artists he's worked with over the years, his new song features his own vocals, something he's done before on songs like "Feels So Close" and "Summer."

Calvin opened up about his new single when he stopped by iHeartRadio HQ for an exclusive interview. He told us the meaning behind the song, what he's been up to in the studio, and what fans can expect from him for the rest of the year.

On the meaning behind the lyrics for "My Way"

"[The] song's kind of about breaking out of a situation that you thought was a good thing. Then, you're way more comfortable out of it. And it could be anything. It could be a job, or it could be a relationship. I had kind of the idea for the concept for a few years, but I didn't know how to work out how it sounded."

Over the course of his career, Calvin has worked with an impressive list of singers and producers in addition to Rihanna and Dizzee Rascal, including Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani, Tinashe, Alesso, Haim, John Newman, Hurts, and more. But he explains that for "My Way," he chose to sing on the song because "the time [was] right." He tells us, "I like to sing on a song every two or three years, or so." He adds, "I just kind of thought it was a bit of a curve ball. I kind of like the idea of just tracking something out without a celebrity guest feature, and I think the vocal works, so why not."

If you've been paying attention to Calvin's social media, then you already know the producer has been in the studio a lot this year. But although he's spending a lot of time there, he tells us, "I've been in the studio a lot. But it doesn't necessarily mean I've been working. I just kind of mess around. Just trying to let the ideas come to me. Just trying to figure out what's going on."

Since these "ideas" are resulting in songs like "This Is What You Came For" and "My Way," we can't wait to hear what else Calvin Harris has up his sleeve. As for what fans can expect for the rest of the year, the DJ says that he's not trying to put an album together, and that he's concentrating on one song at a time.

However, the fandom can expect another collab with Big Sean. Calvin previously teamed up with Big Sean on a track called "Open Wide" from his 2014 album Motion. Now, it looks like the two have collaborated again, and we may just hear this song (hopefully) before the end of the year.

On what new music fans can expect

"This ['My Way'] is probably the last thing I'll put out this year. I did something with Big Sean for him, which he said might be out this year -- which I really hope it is, because I love that. Apart from that, that's it. One song at a time. That's my new mantra. Try to make each song as good as it can possibly be. I'm not trying to do an album. I'm just trying to do good music."