Saturday, October 3, 2015

It's been a minute

Been having an insane few months. I need some serious downtime soon. I have been making lists and accomplishing all of them, starting gaining traction on tumblr with 95 followers and growing, starting to form a gaming YouTube video channel, trying to get permission from the games I want to play (got permission from Nintendo), got 2 friends to help with channel commentary, working on 2 short stories/books, and working all of these crazy hours at work (48 to 56 hours a week). My creativity has been on point for the past few weeks.  i will back to posting stuff soon.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The X Factor 2015 judging panel is...

NEWSFLASH: The X Factor 2015 judging panel = REVEALED.

Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora will be joining Simon Cowell and Cheryl on this year's show:

From their Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Furious 7 will have made more than $1 billion worldwide by the end of day

EW wrote:
Great news for the cast and crew of Furious 7: the latest entry in the franchise has passed $1 billion at the global box office. And in record time, too.

Universal announced Friday that Furious 7 will have made more than $1 billion worldwide by the end of day, according to estimates, crossing that major milestone in only 17 days. That makes Furious 7 the fastest live-action film to reach that number, ahead of Avatar, Marvel’s The Avengers, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, all of which reached $1 billion in 19 days. Furious 7 has been open in the United States for 15 of the 17 days.

Furious 7 is now also the only film from Universal Pictures reach $1 billion in ticket sales during its initial theatrical run. (Jurassic Park only crosed the threshold after its 3D re-release in 2013.) James Wan’s film has taken in an estimated $273.7 million in North America over 15 days and $735.2 million overseas in 17 days. Overall, the latest film’s box office also pushes the entire Fast and Furious franchise to more than $3 billion around the globe.

“We’re incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office,” president of domestic distribution at Universal Nick Carpou said in a statement.

Buoyed by strong reviews and the film’s beautiful farewell to series mainstay Paul Walker, Furious 7 has been breaking records practically since it opened, and the film has already made more than every other movie in the franchise. Its debut was the biggest Easter and April opening weekends ever, and the film has stayed at a strong No. 1 spot at the box office two weeks in a row.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ciara's Tour Kicks off May 3rd

Ciara has just announced the release date of her sixth album and the initial dates for her first tour in six years. Jackie, named for her mother, will drop Tuesday, May 4. The album's only single to date, "I Bet," has already hit No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 43 on the Hot 100.

The Jackie tour, which starts May 3 (the day before the album drops) in Chicago, is Ciara's first in six years, as she didn't tour to promote her 2013 eponymous release. The tour dates are listed below -- better start practicing your "One, Two Step."

Preorder the album here, and find tickets via Live Nation.

May 3 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 5 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
May 7 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 9 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
May 10 - Glenside, PA @ Kenswick Theatre
May 12 - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
May 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
May 15 - Miami, FL @ Fillmore
May 16 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
May 19 - New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theatre
May 20 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
May 23 - San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
May 24 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House
May 27 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 29 - Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
May 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
May 31 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency

Ciara's New song get a remix Featuring Nick Jonas and T.I.

"I Bet" is also getting a dance remix featuring Joe Jonas and T.I. The cover art, an intimate shot that the singer praised as "a timeless image," was shot by noted fashion photographer Francesco Carrozzini.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kelly Clarkson BBC Interview

Kelly Clarkson: I Feel Like I Have the Plague Because No One Will Work With Me
Good thing she's Miss Independent! Kelly Clarkson revealed in a new interview with BBC Radio 1 that she has a tough time getting other artists to record with her.
"I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no," the Grammy-winning singer, 32, told host Nick Grimshaw. "I'm not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I'm not going to call out, and that's cool, but I don't know."
"I ask good people, I don't want to sing with crap people, so I mean, I ask people who are great vocalists, but I'm not going to point out anyone," Clarkson continued. "I have asked several people... Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy, they're like, 'If you get too close...' I don't know."
One of the most successful and prolific American Idol winners of all time, Clarkson is debuting her seventh studio album Piece by Piece next month. Her past efforts have gone multiplatinum and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, despite the lack of big-name collaborations.
"I got John Legend to say yes, and he's cool," Clarkson added to Grimshaw of an upcoming single with the R&B crooner. "I can get country artists to sing with me and John Legend! I'm gonna keep John Legend. He's super credible and talented. I feel very good about myself with that one."
Clarkson, whose previous collaborations include recordings with Jason Aldean, her stepmother-in-law Reba McEntire, and Vince Gill, added on BBC Radio 1 that she isn't taking the snubs too personally.
"I feel like I'm a very nice person that you might want to sing with me," she said.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Grammy's hit 6 year low in the ratings

The 57th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8 were watched by 25.3 million viewers, a dip of 11 percent from last year's telecast.

While the ratings were their lowest since 2009, it marks the fifth consecutive year in which the audience has topped 25 million viewers.

Live-streaming of the three-hour-plus pre-telecast on and generated nearly 7.5 million streams, up more than 40% over 2014.

Nielsen Social ranks the 57th annual Grammy Awards as the biggest social entertainment program of the 2014-2015 TV season to date, with more than 13.4 million comments on Twitter.

The three hour, 45-minute Grammy Awards won the night for CBS, coming in first in the key demos of adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54 (9.3), adults 18-49. The audience in the 18-49 demo was 10.9 million viewers.

Not surprised at all due to it being a total snooze fest.

ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey is going to come to a close.

After four seasons and more than 100 episodes, ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey is going to come to a close.

EW has confirmed Melissa & Joey will cease production this week. “We are proud of the milestones Melissa & Joey has achieved, being the network’s first sitcom to reach 100 episodes and the network’s first comedy to win a People’s Choice Award,” said ABC Family programming executive Karey Burke. “Now that the kids are grown and Mel and Joe have married and are looking towards starting a family, it seemed like a natural time to bring the series to a close. We are grateful to Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, and the whole cast and crew who worked so hard on this successful show.”

Hart broke the news on her Instagram account. Melissa & Joey was once ABC Family’s top-rated sitcom. The 100th episode will air as the mid-season finale on March 18th and then the show will reurn in the summer for its final run of episodes.
Boo i really really loved this show so much.  But it did have a great run.

Xtina Time Magazine Interview

It’s already been a busy week for Christina Aguilera, and she hasn’t even made her big return to television yet. On Sunday, Aguilera won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Say Something,” her 2013 hit with A Great Big World. This Sunday, she’s kicking off the 64th NBA All-Star game at Madison Square Garden. And later this month on Feb. 23, she’ll return as a coach on NBC’s The Voice alongside Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams after taking two seasons off to focus on motherhood. (She welcomed daughter Summer Rain Rutler last August.)

TIME: Congratulations on your Grammy win! Were you at the ceremony?

Christina Aguilera: No, I’m in steady dance rehearsals and vocal rehearsals for this Sunday, for the NBA kick-off performance. It’s a whole tribute to New York — I’ve got the Rockettes joining me and a special guest. I’m very fired up for this specific performance because it’s such exciting, classic material revamped. And then I had to record late [Sunday] night for a soundtrack deadline, so I was unable to attend. I think if I had had a record out, I would have made the trip. Maybe next year! But I was so happy. I felt the boys won it more than me. It was such an innocent, pure intention of a song that truly didn’t ask for anything — so humble in its approach. It didn’t have any formula. It was very honest with just a simple piano and a vocal. It was real music. It was truly organic. I was so happy to see such talented guys take that win.

Did you miss spinning around in those chairs on The Voice?

Yeah, the chairs can be kind of fun! Too bad it only lasts for the first section — the blind auditions — then there’s no more spinning.

What a bummer.

But that’s also a very nerve-wracking time because you feel the performer and the nerves they’re going through, and you feel nerves for yourself. You get hesitant on pushing your button sometimes, because you don’t want to fill your team too fast, but then you feel nervous that you might be letting some great talent go. It’s such a weird mind game at the end of the day. Truly, the company I come back to is so fun. I always have a great laugh with the boys. They kept it pretty hilarious for me, which is really important. I would be bored behind the scenes if I wasn’t coming back to Blake and Adam’s craziness.

You took two seasons off to focus on being a mom. Did you pick up any new hobbies while you weren’t on The Voice?

I don’t think anything new. I was consistent with my yoga throughout my pregnancy. I moved into a new house, actually, which has been taking up a lot of time and energy. Unpacking boxes, having a five-month-old — so just normal life stuff, which is awesome. It’s very important for me to stay grounded and keep honesty within my music and my artistry. No real vacations or anything like that. I pretty much stayed in L.A. and spent time with my son, my family and myself” writing music, gaining inspiration for my new future endeavors — my record being the biggest part of that.

Your son Max just turned 7. How long before he finds an old Christina Aguilera video on YouTube and asks, “Mom, can we talk about what happened in 2002?”

Luckily, he hasn’t discovered that yet. But it’s scary what’s out there for him to find: certain movies, certain song lyrics that I’m even hearing him come home with. I’m like, “Where did you hear that?” All of a sudden it’s like — oh my God, when did I become the parent?

What is he singing that you’re not wild about?

Oh my goodness, just songs with certain lyrical references. It could be anything as innocent as Beyoncé to songs about baking soda, you know what I mean? It’s crazy. It’s different for me because I really separate my business hat from my mom hat, to the point where my son will come back from school and basically say, “How do kids at school know who you are, Mom?” Because I literally am so sweatpants and flip-flops and no makeup at home. That’s my real time. Then I transition into an artist mode, which I keep completely separate. It’s tapping into a different side of myself, a side that I do for me. Even though it’s extremely hard sometimes to juggle all the different hats at once, it’s important for me to do that. But yeah, technology is so crazy — what’s accessible at your fingertips now. I’m a little scared.

But I know that I had really important principles for me at the time, and there’s a place and time for everything. Back in my “Dirrty” days, that was an empowering moment for me, when I was 21 and coming into my own. I will always explain to him the reasons why Mommy did X, Y and Z. They were plentiful! I’m prepared to tell him about who I am as an artist, and why he’s able to live the life that he now lives. It’s a lot better than how I was brought up!

I noticed Nick Jonas is a mentor for your team this season; he, like you, began his career very young and shocked people when he suddenly showed off a more adult side. What advice would you give him about that transition?

I love it when people go out on a limb and try new things. It’s very risky, and you never know how people are going to receive you, but that’s part of being a good artist and staying true to yourself. Whether people like it or not, you have to be the person that you really are inside. To be able to explore and experiment and be unafraid to take risks is, to me, the most important thing about what we do as artists. I don’t like when it gets too safe and people are afraid to make mistakes because of failure. I’m one that throws caution to the wind, and sometimes that ends in highs and lows. But you have to take the risks — you have to take certain chances and you have to live life. My biggest fear is that at the end of it all, I’ll look back and say, “I wish I would have had the guts to try that.” But so far, I put myself out on a limb, and that’s part of the beauty of challenging yourself — looking back at your body of work and being able to say, “Wow, I’m so glad I had the confidence to do that, to go out there, take matters into my own hands and have the balls to take it to my level.”

You worked with Sia several years before she had her big moment at the Grammys.

I like your research there. Sia, Nicki Minaj — yeah, I had a lot of great people on Bionic before crazy stuff happened.

So you clearly have an eye for spotting rising talent. If you had to pick artists for a 2015 version of “Lady Marmalade” [the 2001 song Aguilera recorded with Pink, Mya, Lil Kim and Missy Elliot], who would they be?

Miley would be great in that mix, because I think she’s a great risk taker and has a lot of fun. Maybe Nicki Minaj. Those are the two that directly come to mind. But I actually thought “Bang Bang” [featuring Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande] was a pretty good “Lady Marmalade” reference, in a way. It’s always great to see girls come together — especially in the face of the media sometimes, trying to pit us against each other. It’s never ending, no matter how young or old you are. Anytime I can encourage girls to get together and actually support each other and encourage risk-taking, I’m all for it. I love it. So yeah, I’m waiting for the next new group of people.

yall better be ready for 2015: The Year of X

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Katy Perry's Surprise Guest for Halftime Show Revealed!

PHOENIX (AP) — Missy Elliott is going to "Work It" at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry.

A person familiar with the plans for Sunday's halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry's performance.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Elliott's participation had not been announced by the NFL.

Elliott was featured on a remix of Perry's song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" in 2011.

During a news conference Thursday, Perry hinted at Elliott's involvement in the Super Bowl act, which also will feature Lenny Kravitz.

Perry said the halftime show will include an "old school" female singer — but did not say who that would be.

"When you hear the first ring of the chord," Perry promised, "I think jaws will drop and faces will melt."

Elliott is a multiplatinum rapper, singer and producer whose Grammy Awards from the early 2000s include Best Rap Solo Performance for "Get Ur Freak On," and Best Female Rap Solo Performance for "Work It" and "Scream a.k.a. Itchin'."

Other Super Bowl halftime shows have included unannounced performances, including by singer Usher and former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash in 2011.

Meghan Trainor Says She Hasn't Made Any Money

It made unknown singer Meghan Trainor into a global superstar – but she still hasn’t received a penny of the profits.

In fact, skint Meghan will have to continue living off handouts from her record label until her bank balance finally gets a big boost in April. She moaned: “I haven’t made any money yet. They say I will get a big fat cheque after nine months which will be in April so I’m hoping that’s right.

“People think I must be rich but I’m not. I haven’t been able to make a big purchase yet but I’m working on it.”

Meghan certainly won’t need pocket money for much longer though.

The US singer’s second single Lips Are Movin is battling Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk for today’s No.1 top spot.

Her debut album Title is destined to be a worldwide hit when released tomorrow.

And she’s now set her sights on penning moneymaking hits for One Direction and Beyoncé.

Chatting to me exclusively after her Spotify Sessions, Meghan, who has already written one track with Harry Styles, added: “Harry is the best person to work with. Nice, funny and very normal.

“I would love to write together again and I think it will happen, absolutely. It would be amazing if they wanted me to write with them for their next album. I just love writing so I would love to.

“My dream artist to write for would be Beyoncé. I haven’t sent her any songs though. I’m too shy.”

Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece (Official Tracklist)

01. Heartbeat Song
02. Invincible
03. Someone
04. Take You High
05. Piece By Piece
06. Run Run Run
07. I Had a Dream
08. Let Your Tears Fall
09. Tightrope
10. War Paint
11. Dance With Me
12. Nostalgic
13. Good Goes the Bye
14. Bad Reputation (Deluxe)
15. In the Blue (Deluxe)
16. Second Wind (Deluxe)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Fergie DigitalSpy Interview: Talks New Album & BEP

Save a fantastic contribution to the Great Gatsby soundtrack with 'A Little Party Never Killed Nobody', it has been six years since we had a new single release from Fergie.

However, that wait ended last September with the premiere of the Black Eyed Peas star's new single 'LA Love (La La)', which will finally be available in the UK this weekend (January 25).

Digital Spy caught up with The Dutchess of pop to talk about her new single, its accompanying album and why she may not reunite with Black Eyed Peas later this year.

It's been six years since your last solo material, so what was it about 'LA Love' that made you decide it was the perfect track to return with?
"Well I did it and I just didn't want to sit on it and hold it. I felt like I was ready to call out to the world and say, 'What's up?' basically. I'm finishing this album and I'm coming with everything. I just didn't want to wait any longer."

Did you know as soon as it was finished that it was going to be the first single?
"It just felt good and the right time to spread some positivity. It felt right to me because there's all this craziness going on in the world right now. That's basically why. There's just so much going on with all the terrorism and ISIS and all of that, I just felt like I wanted to spread some chill Cali vibes."

There is such a love for The Dutchess and the singles that came from that album, so were you nervous about launching your second solo project?
"No, I'm deep in it right now as we speak. I'm going to the studio after I get off the phone. I'm completely involved in finishing the album and I'm razor-sharp focussed. I am engulfed in it. Every song is different, so for me, I'm really enjoying going into each song's vortex - from the lyrics to the sound of it, to what it looks like visually, not only in the video, but the performance - and sharing things that I've been writing for the last few years. I've been recording myself every time I get inspiration. I always write it down - it's my rule. Taking those ideas and evolving them into finished songs is such a great process that I remember how fulfilling it is to me."

How long have you been accumulating ideas? Has it been since the release of The Dutchess?
"Absolutely, because with a Black Eyed Peas album, there's not enough room for me to go into my personal feelings about everything. That's what you have a solo album for. So they're each their own animals. I'm very proud of it and I'm very excited to play it for everyone. It's definitely a lot of different styles all in one album, because I want it to represent me truthfully. It wouldn't be me if it just leant to one certain thing."

Is there a particular emotion or idea that it gravitates towards more, though?
"Each song is different. I mean, every one. That's all I can say. They're all just different facets."

You've worked with DJ Mustard on 'LA Love', but can you tell us who else you've been in the studio with?
"I'm going in with Doctor Luke today. Words can't express what I feel about the song we're doing today. I was in with last week. I've been in with Mike WiLL, Polow da Don, and the list keeps growing because I keep forgetting there are people where I'm like, 'Oh my gosh - I want to get in with them'. The process right now for me is just so fulfilling and reminds me of when I was recording The Dutchess."

We love your R&B material, but we know you're a big fan of old-school rock, so can we expect some of that influence in there?
"Absolutely - it's going to be all over the map."

Just how rock can a Fergie album go?
"We'll just see! [laughs] I mean I could do an entire album that's all rock. I'm not doing that, but there has to be a little bit of that in there because it's a part of me."

When are you hoping to get the album out?
"It's definitely this year. I'm working as fast as I possibly can making quality songs." has become somewhat of a national treasure in the UK because of The Voice.
"I know - I love it! I don't follow it, but I have switched it on before just to check in and see how he was doing. It's the perfect job for him. This is what he is meant to do."

Your name has been rumored a few times for these kind of shows, but is it something you'd consider doing?
"Oh I'm definitely open, there just hasn't been the time." also let slip recently that the Black Eyed Peas are going to be doing something special for their 20th anniversary this year, so have you guys met up to discuss that yet?
"Not really. I was just in the studio last week and I saw Taboo there, and I heard something will was doing and it was great. But maybe the guys are doing something? I haven't been in the group for 20 years, so it's more their anniversary of being together for 20 years. So maybe they're putting out an album themselves."

(Note: Fergie officially joined the band in 2003 so it is actually her 12th anniversary as an honorary Black Eyed Pea. That said, new BEP music without Fergie is a bit concerning.)

But when you guys get together I imagine the chemistry clicks back. You must be in contact all the time, right?
"Well I just saw Taboo at the studio for a few minutes, but I'm working on my stuff and I only have a certain amount of hours I can be in the studio because I have Axl. So I'm just very focussed on finishing my album right now."

How are you finding the balance between being a mother and being a recording artist?
"Oh I am on a regimen! I'm like queen of the iCal. I have everything scheduled in, marked in colors, all of that. I have to be at the studio a certain time and then I'm like Cinderella - I turn into a pumpkin! I gotta go! I used to hang out in the studio day in day out, but I don't have time to do that anymore. I've got to balance my life."

Not many people in the UK realize that you've been in the entertainment business for 30 years now as we didn't really get Kids Inc here in the 1980s. If you could go back to 1989 and give Fergie, the girl who was just about to leave the show a piece of advice, what would it be?
"It would be to trust your gut because when I've done that, it's worked for me. If you can see the pathway clearly, you can take the steps to make it happen. It doesn't matter what anyone else says or what their thoughts are, of what they think you should be doing. They just don't see your vision yet."

The album will definitely be out this year, so are you hoping to tour it?
"Hoping? I'm going to! There's no hoping - I'm doing it! I'm coming for you."

Are we going to be getting some dates in the UK?
"Absolutely, 100 per cent. I am coming for you - remember I said that! I will be bringing the LA Lovebus over there."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Keri Hison Sings to a barely empty arena

Jacques Peterson wrote:
Remember Keri Hilson? The songwriter-turned-singer has a handful of hits to her name like Pretty Girl Rock and The Way I Are with Timbaland, but it’s been four years since she last released an album.

The 32-year-old opened for Lenny Kravitz at a concert in Dallas over the weekend, but she became the target of online ridicule after footage of her performing for a barely-there crowd hit social media. The audience reportedly increased once Lenny hit the stage, but barely anybody showed up to see Miss Keri Baby do her thing.

Well, Keri decided to clap back at her critics on Twitter–and her response was pretty damn perfect.

“I spent my day being ridiculed for getting paid $100,000 in one night, to do what I love 4 years after being publicly relevant. FML.

You’ve gotta love Keri for this. Not only did she spill the tea on how much money she made, she also acknowledged that she hasn’t been relevant in years–something most celebrities NEVER do, even if they know it’s true.

Now I suddenly want a Keri Hilson comeback. Hopefully something happens this year, coz it’s been WAY too long.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Grammy Noms are out!

Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy
Sia, “Chandelier
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass

Beck - "Morning Phase"
Beyoncé - "BEYONCÉ "
Ed Sheeran - "x"
Pharrell - "G I R L"
Sam Smith - "In The Lonely Hour"

Hozier, “Take Me To Church
Sia, “Chandelier
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass

Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Brandy Clark

John Legend, “All Of Me (Live)
Sia, “Chandelier
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off
Pharrell Williams, “Happy (Live)

Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy
A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera, “Say Something
Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek To Cheek
Barbra Streisand with Various Artists, Partners
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You A Little Christmas

Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

Basement Jaxx, "Never Say Never"
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"
Disclosure Featuring Mary J. Blige, "F For You"
Duke Dumont Featuring Jax Jones, "I Got U"
Zhu, "Faded"

Ryan Adams, "Gimme Something Good"
Arctic Monkeys, "Do I Wanna Know?"
Beck, "Blue Moon"
The Black Keys, "Fever"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun
Beck, “Blue Moon
The Black Keys, “Fever
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good
Jack White, “Lazaretto

Ryan Adams, "Ryan Adams"
Beck, "Morning Phase"
The Black Keys, "Turn Blue"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye"
U2, "Songs Of Innocence"

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross, "New Flame"
Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly, "It's Your World"
Ledisi, "Like This"
Usher, "Good Kisser"

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
Usher, "Good Kisser"
Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross, "New Flame"
Luke James Featuring Rick Ross, "Options (Wolfjames Version)"
Jhené Aiko, "The Worst"

Jhené Aiko, "Sail Out"
Beyoncé, "BEYONCÉ"
Chris Brown, "X"
Mali Music, "Mali Is..."
Pharrell Williams, "G I R L"

Childish Gambino, “3005;
Drake, “0 To 100 / The Catchup
Eminem, “Rap God
Kendrick Lamar, “i
Lecrae, “All I Need Is You

Common Featuring Jhené Aiko, "Blak Majik"
Eminem Featuring Rihanna, "The Monster"
I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake, "Tuesday"
Schoolboy Q Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, "Studio"
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, "Bound 2"

Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, "Bound 2"
Kendrick Lamar, "i"
Wiz Khalifa, "We Dem Boyz"
Drake, "0 To 100 / The Catch Up"

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
Common, Nobody’s Smiling
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP II
Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa, Black Hollywood

Hunter Hayes, “Invisible
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown
Carrie Underwood, “Something In The Water
Keith Urban, “Cop Car

Kenny Chesney, “American Kids
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s

Dierks Bentley, "Riser"
Eric Church, "The Outsiders"
Brandy Clark, "12 Stories"
Miranda Lambert, "Platinum"
Lee Ann Womack, "The Way I’m Livin’"

Ziggy Marley, "Fly Rasta"
Lee “Scratch”, "Perry, Back On The Controls"
Sean Paul, "Full Frequency"
Shaggy, "Out Of Many, One Music"
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, "The Reggae Power"
SOJA, "Amid The Noise And The Haste"

Alt-J, "This Is All Yours"
Arcade Fire, "Reflector"
Cage The Elephant, "Melophobia"
St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

American Hustle
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
The Wolf Of Wall Street

Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island, "Everything Is Awesome!!! (From The Lego Movie)"
Ed Sheeran, "I See Fire (From The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)"
Glen Campbell, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You (From Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me)"
Idina Menzel, "Let It Go (From Frozen)"
Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix, "The Moon Song (From Her)"

John Legend, "All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix)"
Crossfingers Featuring Danny Losito, "Falling Out (Ming Remix)"
Bastille, "Pompeii (Audien Remix)"
Five Knives, "The Rising (Eddie Amador Remix)"
Galantis, "Smile (Kaskade Edit)"
Mr. Probz, "Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)"

Arcade Fire, “We Exist
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What
Sia, “Chandelier
Pharrell Williams, “Happy
Woodkid featuring Max Richter, “The Golden Age

Beyoncé & Jay Z, "Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour"
Coldplay, "Ghost Stories"
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill, "20 Feet From Stardom"
Metallica, "Metallica Through The Never"
Pink, "The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne"


Sunday, November 2, 2014

'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

Melissa Block: I enlisted some expert outside counsel for this interview: my 12-year-old daughter. And I want to start with a question from her. "In your hit song 'Shake It Off,' why'd you address the song to your haters and not your motivators?"

Taylor Swift: That's amazing. With the song 'Shake It Off,' I really wanted to kind of take back the narrative, and have more of a sense of humor about people who kind of get under my skin — and not let them get under my skin. There's a song that I wrote a couple years ago called "Mean," where I addressed the same issue but I addressed it very differently. I said, "Why you gotta be so mean?", from kind of a victimized perspective, which is how we all approach bullying or gossip when it happens to us for the first time. But in the last few years I've gotten better at just kind of laughing off things that absolutely have no bearing on my real life. I think it's important to be self-aware about what people are saying about you, but even more so, be very aware of who you actually are, and to have that be the main priority.

Here's a related question about the same song, from a 7th grader. She's thinking about the lyrics, and she says, "That sounds a lot like middle school. Do you have anything that you can tell a middle school girl to help 'shake it off'"?

She's exactly right. When I was in middle school, I had this fantasy — and I really thought this was how life worked — that when we were in school, we had to deal with bullying and kids picking on you for no reason, or making you feel like somehow don't deserve what you want, or you're not what you should be. And I thought that when you grow up and you're not in school anymore, when you're out there in the world with adults, that it's not like that anymore, that people don't attack each other for no reason or try to tear each other down. And I realized when I grew up that it's the same. It's the same dynamics, except we're not walking from classroom to classroom.

It's just interesting how you have to learn how to deal with this at one point or another in your life because people don't necessarily ever grow out of those impulses to pick on each other. Some of us do; some of us realize that's something you do when you're insecure, you try to lash out at someone else. But a lot of people will always do that to other people. So I guess what I try to encourage girls who are in middle school to do is to figure out a way to distract yourself from that negativity. Figure out what kind of art you love to create, or your favorite hobby. Something to throw all of your energy into. And realize that you're gonna have to learn how to cope with this at some point — because it's never going to end, necessarily.

There's definitely a different sound on this new album. You've left country completely behind; this is a really highly produced electronic pop album. But you also say to your fans in the liner notes that "this is a different story line than I've ever told you before." I'm not sure I'm hearing that — so what do you think is new about the storyline in these songs?

In the past, I've written mostly about heartbreak or pain that was caused by someone else and felt by me. On this album, I'm writing about more complex relationships, where the blame is kind of split 50-50. I'm writing about looking back on a relationship and feeling a sense of pride even though it didn't work out, reminiscing on something that ended but you still feel good about it, falling in love with a city, falling in love with a feeling rather than a person. And I think there's actually sort of a realism to my new approach to relationships, which is a little more fatalistic than anything I used to think about them. I used to think that, you know, you find "the one." And it's happily ever after, and it's never a struggle after that. You have a few experiences with love and relationships, and you learn that that's not the case at all. Lots of things are gray areas and complicated situations, and even if you find the right situation relationship-wise, it's always going to be a daily struggle to make it work. So those are different themes that I don't think people have really seen in my lyrics before.

Is the song "Wildest Dreams" maybe an example of that?

That's actually a really good example of the way I go into relationships now. If I meet someone who I feel I have a connection with, the first thought I have is: "When this ends, I hope it ends well. I hope you remember me well." Which is not anything close to the way I used to think about relationships. It's that realization that it's the anomaly if something works out; it's not a given.

Are there new musical influences here? Some music reviewers have been mentioning the influence of Lorde or Lana Del Rey or maybe Robyn in some of your songs. What do you hear?

I hear Peter Gabriel and I hear Annie Lennox. Those were the two artists that I was listening to a lot when I was making this record. What Annie does is so interesting to me, and it's not something you could ever try to duplicate. But the way she conveys a thought, there's something really intense about it. And I think that's I'll always aspire to.

And what about Peter Gabriel?

With Peter, that's an artist who has such incredible taste and such an incredible finger on the pulse of what would excite people, musically. What he was doing in the '80s was so ahead of its time, because he was playing with a lot of synth-pop sounds, but kind of creating sort of an atmosphere behind what he was singing, rather than a produced track. It was just kind of astonishing how he was able to do that. And then you see him in his later work, when he did that album full of modern-day covers. I mean, I just think that he's remarkable at giving people what they want, but they didn't think they wanted.

I want to ask you about the song "Out Of The Woods." There's this intriguing lyric in there about somebody "hitting the breaks too soon, 20 stitches in a hospital room." What's that about?

That line is in there because it's not only the actual, literal narration of what happened in a particular relationship I was in, it's also a metaphor. "Hit the brakes too soon could mean the literal sense of, we got in an accident and we had to deal with the aftermath. But also, the relationship ended sooner than it should've because there was a lot of fear involved. And that song touches on a huge sense of anxiety that was, kind of, coursing through that particular relationship, because we really felt the heat of every single person in the media thinking they could draw up the narrative of what we were going through and debate and speculate. I don't think it's ever going to be easy for me to find love and block out all those screaming voices.

Not to ignore the broader metaphor here, but I am curious about the actual event. What happened?

I'll bet you are. That's kind of between us, between the two people who it happened to. I think I put it in the song knowing it was an evocative lyric. And it was almost like this very strange, subtle clue to the media that they don't know everything that happened in that relationship, and they don't know everything that happens in my life, and I can have something really major and traumatic happen to me and they don't know about it.

How rare are those moments? When you feel like you can do something on your own that nobody will know about if you don't want them to.

It's strang,e because my life now is really abnormal. I get used to the fact that when I go out, there's gonna be a line of people wanting pictures on their phone, and there's gonna be crowds everywhere, even if there weren't crowds when I walked into a store. I realize the only privacy I'm really entitled to is when I'm in my own apartment or my own home, 'cause everything else is kind of — I'm looked at as sort of public property. And there's nothing I can do about that perception except control my mental perspective on it, which is, I need to treat people well. I need to be grateful. I need to take pictures with people when they ask for one. So if I'm not in the mood to do that, I don't leave my house.

You also do, in a certain way, make yourself pretty accessible through social media, right? You've been posting Polaroids of your fans holding your new album on your Twitter feed. And you chose fans to invite over to your various homes to have listening parties for the new album — made them cookies, I thin? You do have this funny dynamic of bringing people in a very managed way, in a very calculated way, and then having to figure out where the boundary is.

Well, yeah. I like for them to be in situations where they feel they can be themselves. Places they can't be themselves are when they're being pushed up against a barricade and there are thousands of them outside of a talk show, and they're trying to get a picture but they're screaming and everybody's freaking out. They can't necessarily be themselves when they're in these chaotic situations where fans usually find themselves.

I did this thing called the 1989 Secret Sessions a few months ago, way before the album came out. I had spent months picking fans on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter — people who had been so supportive and had tried and tried to meet me, had been to five shows or however many events but had never met me before. And so I picked these people. And in every single one of my houses in the U.S. and my hotel room in London, I would invite 89 people over to my living room, play them the entire album, tell them the stories behind it. And I'd say, you know, you can share your experience, but please keep the secrets about this album a secret. Let's not talk about lyrics before the album comes out. Let's not talk about song titles. And if you see anybody leaking music, please let us know.

We spent four hours together each night, taking Polaroids and having a great time and giving them a chance to tell me their stories that they wanted to tell in their own time. Not being rushed. Not having to feel panic. And then they went back out into the world, and they kept those promises. They didn't talk about lyrics. They didn't spoil the secret for other fans. Two days before the album came out, it leaked online, and it was the first time I've ever had an album leak without it trending on Twitter — because my fans protected it. Anytime they'd see an illegal post of it, they'd comment, "Why are you doing this? Why don't you respect the value of art? Don't do this. We don't believe in this. This is illegal. This isn't fair. This isn't right." And it was wild seeing that happen.

What do you think other artists could take from that? You are having huge success with this album at a time when a lot of artists can't sell albums to the same extent as they used to.

Well I truly believe in the album. From the start of making one to the time it's finished, I focus on there being a visual theme and emotional DNA to it — including the physical package. I mean there has to be an incentive to go to a store, buy a CD. What people who are forecasting the downfall of the music industry don't think about is that there is a still a huge percentage of the country who drive their kids to school every day and play a CD and listen to it with their kids – there's a CD in the CD player in their car. So I understand that the industry's changing and a lot of people are streaming. However, there are a lot of people who aren't, which is what this release reflects. And so, in the physical CD, we've done an exclusive at Target that has three extra songs. It has three songwriting voice memos from my cell phone that were, you know, the initial rough rough ideas that I had; we put those on the album so people can have insight into the songwriting process. I have five sets of 13 Polaroids from the album photo shoot that are in an envelope in the CD, and depending on what album they get, they'll get a different set of polaroids with lyrics written on the bottom of them. So it's very much an experience that's different than downloading the music itself. It's almost like this kind of collector's edition, the physical copy.

I can imagine other singers listening to this saying, "You know, that's great for Taylor Swift. She has the resources to do all that. It's great marketing, but it's not art — and the rest of us are on a different playing field. We just can't compete with that."

I think that the way that the music industry is changing so quickly, we can learn something from every big release, anything that connects with people. At the end of the day, this is a case by case scenario. If some other artist tries to has the same exact marketing campaign, tries to do secret living room sessions, that's great — if it makes a connection with their fans. If it doesn't make a connection with their fans, then it's not gonna work for them. And I think that what we need to start doing is catering our release plans to our own career, to our own fans, and really get in tune with them. I've been on the internet for hours every single night figuring out what these people want from me. And when it came time to put out an album, I knew exactly what to do.

Let's think back to when your first album came out, when you were 16. You'd moved to Nashville with your parents to try to make this dream of yours come true. You were writing really personal songs about young love and your broken heart. Can you go back to those songs now? I mean, is there any way you can tap into that 16-year-old girl — or even younger, when you wrote them?

I wrote my first album when I was 14 and 15, so now we're going on 10 years of making albums right now. The formula has never changed, in that I try to make an album that best represents the last two years of my life. People have essentially gotten to read my diary for the last 10 years. I still write personal songs, and sometimes people like to put a very irritating, negative, spin on that — as if I'm oversharing, as if it's too much information — when this has been the way I've lived my life and run my career the entire time. So I do think it's really important that I continue to give people an insight into what my life is actually like, even though it comes at a higher cost now.

If you were to go back and perform one of your earliest songs, a song like "Tim McGraw," say, from your first album, could you connect? Could you go back to the girl who wrote that song as a young teenager?

Yes and no. When I do a live show, there are certain songs fans really want to hear, and I'm gonna always play those songs. There's a song called "Love Story" that I wrote when I was 17. I'm going to be playing that as long as I'm playing concerts. And I can go back and I can connect to that song — because of the stories I've heard from fans saying, "We walked down the aisle to that song," or how special I feel it was when that was our first No. 1 worldwide hit. But "Tim McGraw," that song I don't really connect to as much. I connect to it in the form of nostalgia, but that was a song about a first love. I'm in a very different place in my life right now, and I think you can only hope to grow so much, emotionally, that you can't necessarily connect to wide-eyed 15-year-old ideas of love anymore.

I've been thinking about that song — I was listening to it today — because it feels to me like "Wildest Dreams" is in many ways the 10-years-older version of "Tim McGraw," of telling somebody, "Look back and remember me this way." In that song it's a black dress and in the new song, I think it's a fancy dress.

Absolutely. I didn't think about that at all. The only difference is that "Tim McGraw," I wrote that song about a relationship that had already ended, hoping that he would remember me well. "Wildest Dreams" is about a relationship that is just beginning and already foreshadowing the ending of it.

Like I said, I am the mother of a 12-year-old girl, and she loves your music. Her friends love your music. You have a huge platform among a very vulnerable, impressionable set of the population. And I wonder if you think about turning your lens outward, turning it away from the diary page, and sending a broader message to girls who would be really receptive to hearing about big ideas and the big world that's outside.

Like what kind of messages?

Well, other characters. I don't mean to minimize the effect of a love song or a pop song. But do you ever think about writing about other experiences, things that might turn girls away from themselves in a different way?

There's nothing that's gonna turn girls away from themselves at age 12. I think that it's really important that I speak about things in interviews that I'm passionate about. I have brought feminism up in every single interview I've done because I think it's important that a girl who's 12 years old understands what that means and knows what it is to label yourself a feminist, knows what it is to be a woman in today's society, in the workplace or in the media or perception. What you should accept from men, what you shouldn't, and how to form your own opinion on that. I think the best thing I can do for them is continue to write songs that do make them think about themselves and analyze how they feel about something and then simplify how they feel. Because, at that age — really at any age, but mostly that age — what can be so overwhelming is that you're feeling so many things at the same time that it's hard to actually understand what those emotions are, so it can turn to anxiety very quickly.

We are dealing with a huge self-esteem crisis. These girls are able to scroll pictures of the highlight reels of other people's lives, and they're stuck with the behind-the-scenes of their own lives. They wake up and they look at their reflection in the mirror, and they compare it to some filtered, beautiful photo of some girl who's really popular and seems like she has it all together. This is not what you and I had to deal with when we were 12. It's so easy and readily available to compare yourself to others and to feel like you lose.

I'm 24. I still don't feel like it's a priority for me to be cool, edgy, or sexy. When girls feel like they don't fit into those three themes, which are so obnoxiously thrust upon them through the media, I think the best thing I can do for those girls is let them know that this is what my life looks like. I love my life. I've never ever felt edgy, cool, or sexy. Not one time. And that it's not important for them to be those things. It's important for them to be imaginative, intelligent, hardworking, strong, smart, quick-witted, charming. All these things that I think have gone to the bottom of the list of priorities. I think that there are bigger themes I can be explaining to them, and I think I'm trying as hard as I possibly can to do that.

I'm really surprised to hear you say that you never feel cool or edgy or sexy. I mean, you spend a lot of time on red carpets. You go to fashion shows. Those three words don't fit into your view of yourself?

Not at all. I mean, going back to your daughter's age, I think a lot of our self-esteem and self-image is frozen in those formative years. And that was not a time in my life where I felt accepted or invited or like I belonged. And so I've kind of come into my own in that I no longer prioritize feeling those things.

You mentioned earlier you try to talk about feminism. What does feminism mean to you?

I mean, by my basic definition, it means that you hope for equal rights and opportunities for men and women.

And how does that play out in the music world that you're a part of? I mean, do you feel like that's not an issue for you anymore?

It's an issue every day that I read a headline that says, "Careful, guys. She'll write a song about you." Meanwhile, I have best friends who are male musicians and songwriters, who write songs about their girlfriends and their ex-girlfriends, and that joke is never made about them. As women in public eye, our relationships are tallied up in ways that they aren't for men. And if men have a lot of relationships that are tallied up, it's thought of as mischievous, cheeky. "Oh he's just out again with another girl." It's somehow done with a wink and a smile and for us, and it's supposed to be shameful, if we've had a few relationships that haven't worked out. When I open up a magazine and it says, "Who's the hotter mama: J-Lo or Beyoncé ?" You don't see, "Who's the hotter dad: Matt Damon or Ben Affleck?" It just doesn't happen. And if we continue this perception that women should be compared to other women and there's a winner and a loser, we're doing ourselves a huge disservice as a society.

Taylor Swift, thanks so much for coming in to talk to us. I appreciate it.

Thank you; it's been good to talk to you, too. Tell your daughter "Hey," from me.

Charli XCX 'Sucker' Official Tracklist

1. Sucker
2. Break the Rules
3. London Queen
4. Breaking Up
5. Gold Coins
6. Boom Clap
7. Doing It
8. Body of My Own
9. Famous
10. Hanging Around
11. So Over You
12. Die Tonight
13. Caught in the Middle
14. Need You Love

Rumored Selena Gomez "For You" Tracklisting

Was found on

01. The Heart Wants What It Wants
02. Come & Get It
03. Love You Like A Love Song
04. Tell Me Something I Don't Know
05. Who Says
06. My Dilemma 2.0
07. Round & Round
08. Forget Forever
09. Slow Down
10. A Year Without Rain
11. Naturally
12. Mas (More - Spanish Version)
13. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (With Selena Quintanilla-Perez)
14. Falling Down
15. Do It

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Adele to sign $128 million deal with Sony.

Adele in talks to sign £80 million [$128 million] record deal that would see her given her own label

Adele is in talks to join music giant Sony in a staggering £80 million [$128 million] deal that would see her given her own record label.

The Someone Like You star has clashed with current label XL Recordings over the direction of her hotly anticipated new album and is in *negotiations to exit after eight years.

She released her two hugely successful albums, 19 and 21, with XL but bosses at Sony – home to George Michael, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and One Direction – are determined to entice the international superstar.

And part of the deal, one of the biggest in history, would see Adele tour [properly] for the first time.

Her XL contract demands a third album but head honchos at Sony are attempting to “buy her out” of the obligation.

Initially, Adele’s management are understood to have wanted £100 million [$160 million] for the switch but they’re believed to be *considering a more modest offer. What’s £20 million [$32 million] between friends?

The massive amount of cash is no surprise – she’s the biggest music star in the United States and smoking-hot property.

The behind-the-scenes grapple explains to fans why she’s yet to release another album.

A source said: “Sony want Adele and they will stop at nothing to get her. The money is absolutely huge but they hope she will sign for her own label.

“It means she’ll keep a higher percentage of profits from record sales and the proposed tour.

“She has never been on the road before so it will be a huge money-spinner and likely to sell out within hours.

“All of the signs are there that Adele will go to Sony and it would be a massive coup.”

Adele, 26, is already signed to Sony in the US [though Columbia Records] although XL look after her releases elsewhere.

A Sony spokesman declined to comment on the mighty big bid to bag Adele.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carrie Underwood Is Making History with SITW

The First Single from Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Achieves the All-Time Mediabase Record for Most Impact-Week Stations!

With More than 124,000 Copies Sold, “Something in the Water” Marks Underwood’s Best-Selling First-Week Single of Her Career!

Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood is making waves and making history with her compelling new single, “Something in the Water,” the first single from her December 9 album release, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Released on Monday, September 29, “Something in the Water” has amassed more than 124,000 digital sales to date, earning the highest first-week sales tally of Underwood’s career. The sales figure also marks the best opening-week sales of any female country artist in 2014.

With today as its official airplay impact date, “Something in the Water” has set the all-time record for a country single at Mediabase, achieving a massive 144 total stations on impact date.

In all, the single tallies a whopping 157 first-week stations on board, including Billboard and Country Aircheck reporting stations.

On the Mediabase country airplay chart, “Something in the Water” explodes onto the chart at #25, tying Underwood’s previous personal-best debut (2007’s smash, “So Small”) and also tying the highest debut of any artist in 2014.

On the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Underwood further notches a career-high chart entry, as the single debuts at #17, simultaneously achieving the year’s highest debut for a solo artist.

Named last week’s USA Today Song of the Week, the publication praised “Something in the Water,” lauding the song’s production and “the purity” of Underwood’s vocals.

Produced by Mark Bright, and written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Brett James, “Something in the Water” is available for sale here: