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.
August 27, 2013 |
Taylor Swift and her ex Harry Styles may have had a contentious time at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday, but you'd never know it based on a photo an Instagram user snapped at one of the show's after-parties. We knew this photo was trouble ... The "22" singer posed for the snapshot with her ex and her tourmate Ed Sheeran at a fete at the SoHo Grand Hotel Club Room. PHOTOS: Taylor Swift is never, ever getting back together with ... "Hosting the VMA after party @grandlifehotels With Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Harry Styles," DJ Spiky Phil said when he posted the photo, in which he also appears.
August 26, 2013 |
Taylor Swift's style at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday was all retro glamour, with her hair pulled into loose curls and her lips and nails painted red. The look worked perfectly with her black Herve Leger by Max Azria gown. [The Cut] PHOTOS: Fashion at the MTV Video Music Awards The clothes One Direction wears to Monday night's U.S. premiere of their new film "One Direction: This Is Us" are being auctioned off today starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time on charitybuzz.com.
August 26, 2013 |
Were the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live Sunday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the whitest VMAs in history -- or the blackest? The youngest or the oldest? The most exciting or the most embarrassing? Sure, you bet -- all of the above. The 30th edition of an annual production now (like MTV itself) only nominally about music videos, the VMAs this year kept rocketing between extremes, pushing buttons seemingly designed to stoke social-media buzz then retreating into the safety of assured showbiz professionalism.