November 6, 2013 |
CMA Award voters, perhaps trying to avoid the partisan politics that have handcuffed Washington this year, took the safe route by giving the album of the year award to Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story... " That skirted the most dynamic entries in the category: Taylor Swift's international, cross-genre blockbuster "Red" and Kacey Musgraves' rootsy, old-school country effort "Same Trailer, Different Park. " The other nominees were relatively conventional contemporary country outings from Shelton, Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood.
November 5, 2013 |
Selena Gomez has conjured up a public image we can actually get behind: Actually setting a wholesome example for young girls - unlike many of her infamous Disney-wrought contemporaries. The "Stars Dance" pop star covers Teen Vogue for the fourth time and on Tuesday, the mag revealed some teasers from her interview with Danielle Nussbaum. "I'm just getting started," the coverline reads, "There's so much truth that I haven't shared yet. " Color us curious. However, what we do know is that whatever that unshared information is, it's private and she's putting up a mature front.
November 4, 2013 |
Taylor Swift will become only the second recipient ever of the Country Music Assn.'s Pinnacle Award, presented to an artist who dominates music worldwide. She'll receive the award during Wednesday's telecast of the 47th annual CMA Awards on ABC-TV. The CMA came up with the Pinnacle Award in 2005 and gave it that year to Garth Brooks, whose streak of hit albums in the 1990s and 2000s has placed him third, behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, on the Recording Industry Assn.'s list of top-selling album artist of all time.
October 21, 2013 |
The first thing longtime Taylor Swift fans may observe about "Sweeter Than Fiction" -- the pop-country superstar's contribution to the upcoming movie "One Chance," which dramatizes the story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts -- is how tight a grip Swift has on an early '80s new wave sound that originated well before she was born. The first thing Pop & Hiss observed, though, is that there's an upcoming movie that dramatizes the story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts.
October 15, 2013 |
Mumford & Sons have called it a day (for now) at the top of their game. Avicii is dropping bluegrass into his overcaffeinated EDM. Ed Sheeran is hanging out with Taylor Swift and One Direction. What the heck is going on with mainstream folk music today? Now that we're a few years into the pickin'-and-grinnin' takeover of U.S. top-40, the world's vintage-clad pop acts are figuring out where to go next. The Seattle combo the Head and the Heart opens up a bit on "Let's Be Still," its first since 2009's surprise self-titled hit, proving there is life after banjos for these bands.
October 10, 2013 |
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.
October 6, 2013 |
“There's a lot we could talk about,” John Mayer told the crowd Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, but his plan, he added, was to keep the banter to a minimum. A semi-legendary source of off-the-cuff (and sometimes off-color) stage chat, Mayer was putting some distance between himself and the guy who set off a spasm of negative publicity in 2010 with comments he made about his famous ex-lovers and his taste for pornography, among other topics. The resulting backlash - along with a series of surgeries to remove a recurring growth on his vocal cords - led to an extended hiatus from the road, during which Mayer launched a kind of warm-and-fuzzy rebranding campaign.
September 26, 2013 |
Hailee Steinfeld and Taylor Swift are besties? Apparently! And it turns out "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Emma Stone introduced them. "We met, oh my gosh, like three years ago through our mutual friend Emma Stone," Steinfeld told E! on Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, "Romeo and Juliet," at the Arclight Cinemas, where she was joined by the Grammy-winning singer. Away from the spotlight, the celebrities are normal girls who " just love to kick back, listen to music, watch TV, bake, watch movies and all of that kind of stuff," Steinfeld previously told the site. And, boy talk is like totally required.
September 10, 2013 |
Key changes outnumbered costume changes during Ariana Grande's concert Monday night at Club Nokia, where the ascendant pop-soul singer (and star of Nickelodeon's “Sam & Cat”) touched down for the final date of her so-called Listening Sessions tour. It was a big night for Grande: Squinting up into the mezzanine at this packed downtown venue, she thanked her cast mates and various Nickelodeon executives for coming to the show; later, her manager appeared onstage to tell Grande that her debut album, “ Yours Truly ,” will enter this week's chart at No. 1. She received the news by doing her best Taylor Swift -- hand over open mouth, wide eyes beaming happy incredulity -- while her fans cheered proprietarily, gratified by their role in Grande's success.
September 4, 2013 |
Kanye West at the center of controversy? We're shocked. The hit maker, who recently joked of his “polarizing” infamy, has now taken it global and drawn the ire of the Human Rights Foundation for his performance at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The foundation said West's private performance Saturday, for which he was reportedly paid upward of $3 million, legitimized the human-rights violations of the nation's president. In a statement, foundation President Thor Halvorseen called Kazakhstan a “human-rights wasteland” TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts “The regime crushes freedom of speech and association; someone like Kanye, who makes a living expressing his views, would find himself in a prison under Nazarbayev's rule,” the statement says.