Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Iggy Azalea Talks 'The New Classic' & Former Interscope Deal

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6062735/iggy-azalea-talks-the-new-classic-album-former-interscope-deal

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"Fancy" is giving Iggy Azalea life. It's the fourth single from the Australian rapper's forthcoming debut, "The New Classic" (April 22, Def Jam/Grand Hustle), but audiences are behaving like it's her first, turbo-charging a career that had languished in label limbo: On Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated April 26, the song rises 15-11. "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, was launched with a memorable video that pays pitch-­perfect homage to the classic 1995 film "Clueless," with Azalea channeling Alicia Silverstone's valley girl philosopher Cher Horowitz, down to the yellow plaid mini-skirt and white knee socks. But on this April day, sitting in the New York offices of her label, Def Jam, Azalea looks less like a schoolgirl and more like a newly elected head of state. Dressed in white sailor pants and a navy blue military jacket, her signature platinum blonde hair is wrapped in a flawless, proper chignon. She has just learned that "Fancy" has been added into rotation at WHTZ (Z100) New York -- the pop music equivalent of winning the New Hampshire primary.

"I wish I was a teenager in 1997," says Azalea, 23, in an Aussie accent distinct from the Southern twang she raps with. "But with 'The New Classic,' I want younger generations to look back on what we're doing now and say, 'I wish I was a teenager in 2014.' I come from an era of kids who are always being told that what we make is not classic. But my album says to people my age, 'Don't devalue that we can be culturally significant -- because we can be.'"

The grand designs of Azalea, real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly, have unlikely origins: Mullumbimby, Australia -- a tiny town of 3,000 two hours from Brisbane -- where she was weaned on Tupac and Missy Elliott before moving to the States at age 16 with her sights set on a rap career. Azalea bounced from Miami to Atlanta to Los Angeles, where she filmed the video for "Pu$$y," her introduction to the world. The 2011 clip made waves, and not just because of Azalea's nimble flow; it seemed to make the most of her uniqueness in rap -- a white, Australian female with model looks boasting about cunnilingus, surrounded by black culture in the streets of South Central.

The wins came quickly after that: offers "from nearly every label," she says; a contract with Wilhelmina Models; placement on the cover of XXL magazine's "Freshmen" issue; a now defunct relationship with rapper A$AP Rocky (she's now dating Los Angeles Laker Nick Young); and, perhaps most important, the support of superstar rapper T.I., who threw her down with his Grand Hustle crew. The co-sign lent her credibility in a hip-hop world that's still reckoning with Macklemore, one in which a white female rapper has yet to succeed.

T.I. laughs off any talk of his alliance with Azalea being out of the ordinary. "You mean her being Australian, me being American? Her hair being blond, my hair being black? Her being tall, me being shorter?" T.I. asks over the phone from Los Angeles. "I don't get it: If we're counting differences, I didn't know."

But Azalea's differences came to the forefront in February 2012, when rapper Azealia Banks, who's black, criticized a lyric in the former's "D.R.U.G.S." ("When the relay starts, I'm a runaway slave/ Master") on Twitter. After a back-and-forth with Banks online and in the press, Azalea apologized for the line. But she claims the media's treatment of their feud, combined with sexism in the industry, played a role in killing a deal with Interscope that seemed so imminent that she had jumped the gun and announced it publicly in 2012.



"The media [said], 'Either you like Banks or Iggy,' so labels were like, 'There can only be one rapper with a vagina,' " explains Azalea, who says she found out the Interscope deal was dead through the press. "You go on MTV -- 'Iggy got dropped' -- that's how you hear. Then you call the [label] and nobody picks up their phone. You may as well be f-ing dead."

Azalea set her sights on the United Kingdom, inking a deal with Mercury there at the top of 2013. "I signed to Mercury because no one would take me over here," she says. "Rappers like Angel Haze or Dominique Young Unique are on the radio in the U.K. -- I can only hear one female rapping on the radio here."

Azalea landed four songs on the Official Charts Co.'s U.K. Singles chart and finally worked out a worldwide deal with Def Jam, another Universal Music Group label, in April before finishing "The New Classic." (Virgin/EMI will release the album in the United Kingdom.) Throughout the album, she delivers staccatos in a sassy, Southern-accented tenor; the production follows suit, paying homage to Atlanta bounce while looking to the future with EDM leanings. "100s" features an interpolation of KP & Envyi's 1998 classic "Swing My Way," while "Goddess" has a pared-down steel-drum beat reminiscent of the coldly minimal beats popular in the U.K. grime scene. Azalea even sings a couple of hooks, buoying a theme of reinvention, of overcoming skeptics.

Back at Def Jam, she's rolling her eyes, frustrated by rap purists' apprehension toward someone that "looks like me and is from where I'm from."

When it's noted that some criticism toward her might be rooted in the often-troubling intersection of race and music throughout U.S. history -- with jazz and rock'n'roll, in particular -- Azalea seems unfazed. "Why is it that you can have The Rolling Stones, but a white rapper is weird? The Rolling Stones were originally doing blues. This is not weird, this is like history repeating itself. When people say stuff like that about race, I just think you don't really love music because you don't know about music."

"But get used to this," she adds. "Because if it's not me, it's going to be somebody else."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It just occured to me

That this blog has been online for over SEVEN YEARS.  I seriously can't believe it.  I just want to thank everyone who has visited this site over the years. and having over 213,000 hits.  To be honest the only reason when I started was to prove my English teacher wrong cause she told that it would never be popular. I think it's safe to say that she was wrong.  I was reading all of the comments I used to get back in the day and I really miss posting actual music but I can't since my media fire account shut down a few years ago.  So for then I have posted reviews and new articles on music and still mostly enjoy what I do and that's why I am still open and running.  I think I am the longest running blog out of all of my affiliates.  To be honest I don't even know if any of them are even still working.  Most last a few weeks.  Well back on topic I just want to say it's has been great posting on here and I will continue to do so.  So here hear is to another seven years.

Music Heaven

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gwen Stefani to be new The Voice judge?

Gwen Stefani's gonna make good money off Christina Aguilera getting knocked up -- TMZ has learned Gwen has signed on to be a judge on "The Voice."

Multiple sources connected to the show tell us ... No Doubt's lead singer will be on Season 8 ... which starts taping in June.

Producers started looking for new blood in February after Christina announced she was pregnant. Makes sense ... she'd be 8 or 9 months along by the time Season 8's battle rounds began.

We're told NBC wanted Christina to stay during her pregnancy but she's having a difficult time already and ultimately bowed out.

Gwen's deal is for one season right now, and we're told Christina has already signed on to rotate back into her spinning chair for Season 9.

NBC had no comment.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/18/gwen-stefani-joining-the-voice-christina-aguilera/#ixzz2zHvK9Ik3

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Billboard Music Awards 2014 Nomination List



Top Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist

Bastille
Capital Cities
Ariana Grande
Lorde
Passenger

Top Male Artist

Luke Bryan
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist

Beyonce
Miley Cyrus
Lorde
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Duo/Group

Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One Direction
OneRepublic

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Beyonce
Luke Bryan
Eminem
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Digital Songs Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist

Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Streaming Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry
PSY

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Avicii
Daft Punk
Calvin Harris
Lady Gaga
Zedd

FULL LIST

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Saturdays Announce GH Tour and Album



1. What About Us feat. Sean Paul
2. Higher feat. Flo Rida
3. Ego
4. All Fired Up
5. New Track
6. Up (Single Mix)
7. Notorious
8. Issues (Radio Mix)
9. Disco Love
10. Forever Is Over (Radio Edit)
11. Missing You
12. Work (Radio Mix)
13. Not Giving Up (Radio Mix)
14. 30 Days
15. New Track
16. Gentleman
17. If This Is Love (Radio Edit)
18 New Track
19. My Heart Takes Over (Radio Edit)
20. Just Can't Get Enough (Radio Mix)
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La Roux Annoucing 2nd Album release date



La Roux Appears To Confirm New Album, ‘Trouble in Paradise’
Date and title have been confirmed in a newsletter sent out by label Polydor.

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La Roux looks set to release her their hugely-anticipated second album 'Trouble in Paradise' this summer, with a scheduled date of 7th July.

News emerged of the release through a newsletter sent to journalists by the Paris branch of label Polydor Records. Blogger Disco Naivete pointed out the news on Twitter.

'Trouble in Paradise' follows on from a 2009, self-titled debut album.

La Roux goes back on the road this June in North America, with two shows supporting New Order also scheduled in for the same month.

JUNE
01 Toronto, Danforth Music Hall
02 Montreal, Metropolis
03 Boston, Paradise Rock Club
06 New York, Governors Ball Music Festival
07 Philadelphia, Trocadero Theatre
08 Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

JULY
11 San Francisco, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
12 San Diego, House of Blues
13 Los Angeles Greek Theatre *
* with New Order


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bridgit Mendler Interview




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Bridgit Mendler
DISNEY'S NEXT BREAKOUT STAR

Where you've seen her:
On Disney's preteen hit Good Luck Charlie; singing songs from her 2012 debut album Hello My Name Is... ; in the latest Henson franchise film Muppets Most Wanted.

Why she made the list:
Having wrapped Good Luck Charlie earlier this year, she's the next Disney star to break out of Studio City and attempt to conquer the Billboard charts with her new, yet-untitled pop album.

On her studies and songwriting...
I'm taking two courses at USC. In medieval visual culture we're looking at the Roman Empire and I've applied that to my songwriting -- there's a song called 'Rome' on my new album. I've been musing on the idea of a culture lost."

On life on the road...
"I love touring. It feels like summer camp to me. We're on the bus for two weeks, staying up late, playing games, listening to music. The only downside to touring was that at every VIP meet-and-greet, there was always one creepy guy with a creepy gift."


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hot 100 March Madness winner from 2013



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After three weeks of voting and hundreds of thousands of responses, we have a champion of the second annual Hot 100 March Madness -- and she looks a lot like last year's winner! Will.i.am & Britney Spears' "Scream & amp; Shout" was voted the best song to reach the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart over the past year, emerging from a field of 32 and giving Spears a repeat victory after the pop princess claimed the 2012 crown with "Hold It Against Me." Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" streaked into the Finals, but was no match for the pop star duo that met it in the final round. Scream, shout, let it all out -- Will.i.am and Britney Spears are your Hot 100 March Madness 2013 champs!



From April 1, 2012 through the charts dated March 9, 2013, there have been exactly 32 songs that appeared in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart. The head-to-head match-ups within this year's bracket were decided arbitrarily, and after four rounds of voting throughout the month of March, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Scream & Shout" emerged from their respective sides of the bracket. Click here to see the original bracket.

Looking back at the Finals of this year's Hot 100 March Madness, Will.i.am & Britney Spears began the final round of voting with a steady but not overwhelming lead over Kelly Clarkson, hovering around the 60 percent mark of the overall vote. In the final hours of voting, however, the diehards came out in droves: "Scream & Shout" finished with 84 percent of the final vote, giving the song its most lopsided victory in the entire competition! Comparatively, "Hold It Against Me" garnered 73 percent of fan votes last year, when the No. 1 single took down Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."

Over the course of its five match-ups, "Scream & Shout" defeated One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," Maroon 5's "One More Night," Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" to win Hot 100 March Madness 2013 championship. Congratulations to Will.i.am and Britney Spears, and thanks to all who voted!

Check out the "Scream & Shout" music video, and be sure to discuss the overall competition in the comments

Have no idea why this wasn't posted last year.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ryan Tedder Interview with billboard

Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story, Tedder also revealed the stories of what went into creating some of the biggest songs he's written and co-written. Here, Tedder shares the songwriting stories of "Halo" (Beyoncé), "Rumour Has It" (Adele,) OneRepublic ("Apologize," "Counting Stars"), "Burn" (Ellie Goulding), and "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis).

Ryan Tedder: The Billboard Cover Story

"Halo," Beyoncé
TEDDER: "I was playing a pickup game right before a show in Michigan and I tore my Achilles heel. It was the most intense pain I ever experienced in my life. I passed out. So I ended up going home for two weeks. My wife forbade me from writing or doing any work whatsoever. Evan Bogart and I were superclose friends. He was having his explosion as a songwriter, and I texted him and said, 'My wife's gone for three hours, will you come over? Let's write one song.' Beyoncé had contacted me because of a song on our first album called 'Come Home.' So he came over and I said, 'Dude, Beyoncé wants me to do a song. Let's do a song in three hours.' I had this idea for a patch of this weird choir of angels thing, started playing it and within three hours we had 'Halo.'"

"Apologize," OneRepublic
TEDDER: "I was a solo artist in the early 2000s, and I had started referring to myself as 'Republic.' I didn't have a live drummer, so I programmed a beat and then played piano over it. They say necessity is the mother of invention, so it was necessary that I keep tempo. And the necessary became the finality of that song, and it became the invention of this weird mix of Britpop-influenced melodies and song with hip-hop underpinnings. The first verse I thought was so good, but it took me six months to finish the second."

"Burn," Ellie Goulding
TEDDER: "I wrote it on a tour bus in Chicago, me and Brent [Kutzle, of OneRepublic]. I was so ecstatic about the song that our show was probably delayed five minutes because I couldn't stop listening to it. Ellie cut the vocal, killed it, she didn't mess around. And then it sat for a year. [Interscope] came back to me and I told my manager, 'I can't even look at it and I will give up publishing to do it.' We had a list of two or three producers -- the name [Greg] Kurstin came up. I don't think I let them finish the sentence because I had just spent time with him on the Beyonce camp. And I said, 'Absolutely Greg Kurstin! I know that he is the guy.' I sent him a list of comments, he gave it a second pass, and it was done."

"Rumour Has It," Adele
TEDDER: This was written on the first day, sang on the second and she knocked it out in one pass. And much like everything else on '21,' she walked in with a very clear idea of what she wanted to say and write about, so the writing was superfast. The music I came up with was initially inspired by a Radiohead song I loved that had a dirty blues feel to it."

"Counting Stars," OneRepublic
TEDDER: "I finished it in Greece in Santorini, but I started it in New York. If I think I have something that I love that feels huge, that feels like it's inevitable -- which isn't all the time -- I will intentionally get it to where I know, 'This is nuclear, I know this is gonna connect, but I want to finish this in a place that's special, that inspires me.' We've been trying to go to Santorini for three years and I thought, 'This is the perfect place to finish this song.'"

"Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis
TEDDER: "I co-wrote it with Jesse McCartney; he was on some Prince tip. Jesse had just had a huge hit -- 'Beautiful Soul' -- and I was going in with him and I felt like I didn't have it. I went back in my room, said, 'I'm gonna be an hour late to the session, what if we just did something simple?' I sat in my apartment in West L.A. and said, 'What would Prince do?' So I sang over an organ patch and had the entire verse and chorus of the song. We finished the song, verse and choruses that day. His label heard it, and from the top down said, 'It's not a hit.' So we went through three different keys to get it right for Leona Lewis. She killed it, and the rest is history."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Prince Charles: "Xtina hew? I dont know ha"

He admitted that he had 'no idea' who pop singer Christina Aguilera was. But when it came to the classics, Prince Charles was on safer ground.

Politely asking what was currently playing to the station's seven million listeners, he was told it was U.S. superstar Christina Aguilera - a revelation which left the prince utterly blank faced.

Downstairs the prince and his wife met some of the network's well-known presenters including Capital FM Breakfast show hosts Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon.

Berry said the prince was 'incredibly' polite and apologised for keeping him at the station when he and his partner had been up at 4.30am.

'I couldn't believe how concerned he was, what a top man,' he said.

'Admittedly he knew nothing about the kind of music we played and, as I am so polite, I wasn't going to ask him about the Big Top 40 number one Clean Bandit and whether he liked it.

'But I do have it on good authority, from a very good contact of mine, that William and Kate always have Capital on in the background when they are at home with little Prince George, so we do have a royal seal of approval.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2556779/Prince-Charles-admits-no-idea-Christine-Aguilera-admits-helped-Kate-choose-wedding-music-takes-tour-radio-station.html




this flop bitch needs to get educated on his superiors #SAY

Pysch season 8 is the final season

The current eighth season will be Psych‘s last.

The long-running USA Network series will conclude Wednesday, March 26. The finale will be followed by a one hour live Pysch after show featuring a Q&A with the cast and show creator, Steve Franks.

Though the producers did not know about the cancellation until recently, they had an inkling this might be coming, sources says. So the final episode therefore feels like a suitable finale, with topics addressed like Juliet (Maggie Lawson) and Shawn’s (James Roday) relationship.

Psych is one of the rare cable dramas to surpass 100 episodes. Its legacy includes a two-hour musical, a 10-city college tour and five appearances at Comic-Con. “Psych has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape, with a unique brand of comedy,” said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. “The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved, and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run. And while the series will wrap in March somehow I don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Shawn and Gus.”

Note that last sentence. While there is nothing in development at USA expanding Psych into another production, I’m told McCumber’s words were chosen carefully and that the network would like to perhaps find a way to bring the characters back someday (perhaps in a stand-alone movie, like USA did with Burn Notice).

In 2013, Psych averaged 4.2 million viewers. Below is a message from stars James Roday and Dule Hill about the final season:

Damn it I just learned about this show through Netflix. Sad that this is the last season.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Colton no longer in Restless Road



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Colton has decided to leave the group. We are going to support his decision. We don't want you to worry too much. More information to come.

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I know you might be confused or worried but Andrew and Zach will have a ustream tonight to answer what questions they can. RT so people know

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Please know Restless Road is NOT over...we are still going to push forward. More details in a ustream tonight coming soon



http://twitter.com/RestlessRdMusic
http://twitter.com/ColtonPack_

Gaga to perform on Fallon

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has already announced its musical guest, U2, for its Feb. 17 premiere episode, but Fallon's first full week features no drop-off in big names from there. Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire and Tim McGraw have been lined up as the first wave of performers for NBC's new late-night headliner.

After U2 open Fallon's run on "The Tonight Show," Lady Gaga will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 18; McGraw takes the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 19; Arcade Fire is up on Thursday, Feb. 19; and then Fallon's old pal Timberlake will stop by on Friday, Fen. 20. Expect more late-night zaniness between Fallon and Timberlake, who doubles as the guest and musical artist on next Friday's "Tonight Show."

And check out the full first-week "Tonight Show" lineup below:

Monday, Feb. 17: Guest Will Smith and musical guest U2
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Guests Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and musical guest Lady Gaga
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Bradley Cooper and musical guest Tim McGraw
Thursday, Feb. 20: Guests First lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and musical guest Arcade Fire
Friday, Feb. 21: Guest Justin Timberlake. Timberlake will also serve as musical guest


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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cher Says Her Label Doesn't 'Care' About Her Latest Album




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Cher says her record label "hasn't got a great deal of interest in my CD" and that the "decision makers" at the company "don't seem to care that much."

Cher released her most recent album, "Closer to the Truth," last September on Warner Bros. Records. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the diva's highest charting solo album ever.

Cher took to Twitter on Thursday, February 6, to gripe about her label, but noted that "not all" of the folks at the company are unsupportive, adding that "there (are) hard working adorable" people there, too.
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Just read mean TILAM review�� The video had nothing 2 do with me.I was told it would only be shown in gay bars.It’s true WB’s hasn’t got a

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Great Deal of Interest In My CD. Not ALL,THERE R HARD WORKING ADORABLE PPL.,But Decision Makers Don’t Seem 2CareThat Much. It’s Ok YHSTLOM


So far, "Closer to the Truth" has sold 285,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It debuted with 63,000 in its first week. The album was her first studio release since 2002's "Living Proof." Cher has been with Warner family of labels since 1996.

Warner Bros. Records has not responded to an email request for comment.

"Closer to the Truth" has notched two hit singles on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart: "Woman's World" hit No. 1 last year, and "Take It Like a Man" recently peaked at No. 2 for two weeks.

Cher's been extra busy as of late, preparing for her upcoming Dressed to Kill concert tour, which kicks off on March 22 in Phoenix. The trek will be her first since her successful Farewell Tour, which circled the globe from 2002 through 2005.




Billboard

American Idol might be getting the axe soon

American Idol is "winding down" and in a "transition" period, according to 21st Century Fox president Chase Carey. The talent show, which has dominated the TV landscape for over a decade, will no longer be the main driving force for the Fox network.

"We know American Idol is winding down," said Carey in a conference call detailing the company's latest quarterly results, adding that ratings have "fallen faster than we hoped".

American Idol is currently airing its 13th season in the US. Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are the judging panel and it is still hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

However, the show's ratings are no longer as dominant as they once were. The days when it was ranked No.1 as Fox's most-watched show for eight successive years and when it achieved an audience of 36 million for the finale in 2006 are long gone. The current season launched in January with 15.19 million viewers and a 18-49 demo of 4.7.

Alongside the continuing disappointing performance of Fox's other music talent show, Simon Cowell's X Factor USA, ad revenues have been damaged. Both talent shows are expected to be altered and possibly reduced in size and expense when they next return.


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The Michael J Fox Show Gets CANCELLED

The outlook is not good for The Michael J. Fox Show. NBC has pulled the remaining episodes of the Thursday sitcom from its lineup, effectively canceling the struggling comedy just a few weeks after shutting down production on time slot neighbor Sean Saves the World.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the show will be replaced by Hollywood Game Night starting Feb. 27, as first reported by Vulture. The one-hour show will air at 9 p.m.

Fifteen of The Michael J. Fox Show's 22-episode order have aired on Thursdays. Production has wrapped on all 22 episodes, with NBC unclear where -- or if -- the remaining seven episodes will be broadcast.

NBC picked up the Michael J. Fox Show with a straight to series order for 22 episodes following a multiple network bidding war in August 2012. It marked the Family Ties, Spin City and Back to the Future alum's return to series television following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease.




Missy Elloitt Talks absense from music

It’s been nine years since Missy Elliott released her last album, and you’ll have to keep waiting. The hip-hop icon explains why she’s taking her time to release new music.

In a video chat with Yahoo!’s “The Yo Show,” Missy discussed her lengthy hiatus from the music industry.

“When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” said the 42-year-old rapper. “I gotta feel like what I’m giving the fans is 100 percent and that it’s game-changing. I don’t just throw out microwave records.”

In September 2012, Missy dropped the Timbaland-produced singles “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” but her seventh album Block Party has yet to see a release.

But writer’s block is not to blame. “Just being inspired by things is what I’m grabbing for because music is different now,” she explained. “Not to say that it’s bad, it’s just different now, so I’m just trying to make sure that what I give is 100 percent because I know that expectations is high from my fans and it’s high of myself.”

She did, however, reassure fans that she is planning a comeback. “It’s coming. I just ain’t telling nobody when.”

In the meantime, she has collaborated with her longtime friend Faith Evans on her upcoming album Incomparable.




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Forbes: Demand for Bruno's Tour Booms,Miley's Tour Struggles

After a season of buildup and two weeks of feverish hype, Super Bowl XLVIII was never really a game. From the first snap, the Broncos seemed disoriented and over-matched. By halftime the game was over, and the only thing to look forward to was the halftime show. Along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars delivered a half-time show for the ages that is dominating Monday water-cooler conversations across the country. In addition to bringing a bit of excitement to the otherwise lame Super Bowl, the performance may go down as one of the savviest marketing campaigns in the history of music.

Not at all coincidentally, Bruno Mars tickets to his upcoming tour went on sale this morning with Super Bowl buzz still ringing in over 100 million ears across the country. As a result, the market for Bruno Mars tickets is on fire. Since this morning, the average price for his Moonshine Jungle Tour is up $150 to an average price of $500. While there are some tickets left on the primary market for select shows, many are already sold out. Ticketmaster also seem to be struggling to keep with demand, and had to switch from their interactive seating maps for most events, including Bruno Mars Madison Square Garden tickets.

2014 saw some impressive uses of big events for self-promotion. Miley Cyrus in particular stood out for her provocative performance at MTVs Video Music Awards. With an audience of 10 million tuning in, it served her purpose to perfection and was a shotgun graduation ceremony from Hanna Montana to Miley Cyrus. In part becuase of the VMAs, Miley Cyrus tickets for her upcoming tour are a hot item. Despite the hype engine that Miley has built, however, she’s still not sold out for many of the dates on her Bangerz tour.

Mars’ Super Bowl showcase generated a reported 2.2 million tweets, and Twitter has not stopped this morning, with a legion of existing and newly-discovered fans clamoring for tickets to the tour, which kicks off in full in the U.S. on May 23rd. The price for tickets on the primary market ranges from $49-$100 for most shows. Bigger city shows like Madison Square Garden have prices that range from $70 to $181. For shows at big venues like Madison Square and TD Garden, the average prices on the secondary market is north of $600 with the cheapest tickets going for $150, or approximately double the face price. At those prices, Mars upcoming tour ranks amongst the most expensive in the country this summer, ahead of One Direction tickets and Jason Aldean tickets, which are two of the highest prices for an American tours this spring and summer.

As for Cyrus, the average price for her first two shows of the Bangerz tour are down 6% this week and the cheapest ticket for the second show in Anaheim can be had for $33. While the buzz generated from Miley’s hype seems to be wearing off a bit just as her tour gets set to start, it’s unlikely Bruno Mars will suffer a similar downturn. Whether it was his opening drum solo at the Super Bowl half-time show or his recent Grammy win for best pop vocal album for Unorthodox Jukebox, it’s clear that Mars is a real talent, a gifted performer and here to stay.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jesselawrence/2014/02/03/ticket-demand-and-prices-for-bruno-mars-moonshine-jungle-tour-skyrocking-after-super-bowl-performance/

And here's a separate article about Miley's tour

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jesselawrence/2014/01/24/miley-cyrus-bangerz-tour-could-learn-a-thing-or-two-from-lady-gagas-artpop-tour/

Rumored Tracklist of Shakira's new LP




1 ‘No Place to Hide’ (feat. JAY Z)
2 ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ (feat. Rihanna)
3 ‘Victimized’
4 ‘Let’s Do This Now’
5 ‘Last Legal Drug (Le petite mort)’
6 ‘Innocent Bystander’
7 ‘Truth or Dare’
8 ’23′
9 ‘Way Too Far’
10 ‘Chaos Lives In Everything’ (feat. Usher)
11 ‘Selfish’
12 ‘Up Against the Wall’
13 ‘Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte’
14 ‘Piel de ciudad’
15 ‘Otoño’

The Super Bowl Ratings are in

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/02/03/tv-ratings-sunday-super-bowl-down-but-still-huge-new-girl-preliminaries-strong-but-not-record-breaking/233786/

Quote:
FOX Super Bowl (6:33- 10PM) - Live 34.4/67 111.3
FOX New Girl (10:23-10:54PM) 11.1/ 25.8

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance on Sunday night attracted the largest audience in the history of the Super Bowl, attracting 115.3 million viewers, Fox announced Monday, citing Nielsen data.
That figure surpasses the prior record of 114 million set by Madonna two years ago and the 110.8 million who tuned in to see Beyonce last year.Mars sang "Give it Away" with the Peppers, executed James Brown dance moves and Police riffs and closed with his hit ballad "Just the Way You Are" at halftime of a blowout won by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8. The game had an average viewing audience of 111.5 million viewers, the largest in history.

The final number was significantly higher than than 98.88 million viewers reported in the overnight ratings from Nielsen that measure the top 56 markets. It initially appeared Super Bowl XLVIII would be the fifth most-watched in history.

The one musician who may well have received the most exposure for new music is Prince, who guest-starred on "New Girl" immediately after the game. The episode, watched by nearly 26 million viewers, included a performance of his new song "PretzelBodyLogic."


http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/super-bowl-2014/5893896/bruno-mars-super-bowl-halftime-show-ratings

And everyone thought he would suck. Reviews are solid and sales for his tour are selling out.

Sometimes you don't even need all the hype and the buzz. You just have to come in with pure talent.