Wednesday, May 20, 2015

VIDEO: Ed Sheeran performs Photograph on The Voice season finale



Ed Sheeran performed his latest single, “Photograph”, on the season 8 finale of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday.

The UK singer/songwriter recently debuted the video for the fifth and final single from his "X" album; the clip features home movie-style footage of Sheeran through the years, from infancy to today.

Sheeran’s second release, the project delivered the UK singer/songwriter his first No. 1 US album in 2014 with opening week sales of 210,000.

His sophomore record is the follow-up to the smash 2011 debut, “+”, which peaked at No. 5 on the US chart.

Sheeran is currently playing dates across North America with shows on the continent booked into early July; he’ll perform 5 stadium shows in his native UK in July before launching another North American run in the fall.





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VIDEO: Meghan Trainor performs on the season finale of The Voice



Meghan Trainor performed a stripped-down version of her hit, "Dear Future Husband", on the season 8 finale of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday.

Won by finalist Sawyer Fredericks, the 2-hour season finale also featured appearances by Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and others.

The third single from Trainor’s major label debut, “Title”, “Dear Future Husband” peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on its way to selling more than a million copies in the States alone.

The tune followed the smash success of the No. 1 US hit, “All About That Bass”, and the Top 5 track “Lips Are Movin’”.

Trainor begins a series of European dates in Denmark on May 26 and will open a US summer tour in Altantic City on July 3.




VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson performs on The Voice season finale



Kelly Clarkson joined finalist Koryn Hawthorne for a duet of the blues classic, “I'd Rather Go Blind", on the season 8 finale of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday.

Clarkson was one of several guests on the 2-hour show, which also featured performances by Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan and John Fogerty.

Hawthorne finished in fourth while Sawyer Fredericks claimed the season 8 title.

On Sunday, Clarkson delivered the debut live performance of her latest single, “Invincible”, at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The tune, from her 7th album, “Piece By Piece”, follows the project’s lead single, “Heartbeat Song”, which peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Clarkson will launch her Piece By Piece tour in Hershey, PA on July 11 with guests Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mariah Carey issues second preview of Infinity video



Mariah Carey has issued a second preview of the upcoming video for “Infinity”, the single from the newly-released greatest hits compilation, “#1 To Infinity.”

The singer performed the track on Sunday as part of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and again on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.

The collection features all 18 of the singer’s No. 1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart – more than any solo artist in history.

After launching her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace earlier this month, the singer was forced to cancel a May 14 show over health issues.

“Hey guys,” she posted, “I've been fighting bronchitis for the past few days. Almost better but on mandatory vocal rest per doctor's orders. I'm so sorry to cancel but I promise to make it up to you!!!”









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Florence And The Machine premiere Delilah



Florence And The Machine are premiering “Delilah”, a track from their forthcoming third album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.”

Due June 2 in North America, the follow-up to 2011’s “Ceremonials” was recorded throughout 2014 and produced by Markus Dravs (Bj√∂rk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

“Delilah” is the fourth track issued in advance of the project’s release, following “St. Jude”, “What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck.”

Following their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, Florence And The Machine will begin a summer tour at New York’s Governors Ball on June 5.





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VIDEO: Mariah Carey performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live



Mariah Carey was a featured guest and musical performer on ABC’TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.

Carey was on hand to promote her newly-released greatest hits compilation, “#1 To Infinity”, which features all 18 of the singer’s No. 1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart – more than any solo artist in history.

The No. 1 chart hits on “#1 To Infinity” range from 1990’s “Vision of Love” and “Love Takes Time” through to 2008’s “Touch My Body.”

She also discussed her recently-launched Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where she performs her 18 number ones and new single, “Infinity”, during the show.

Carey then took to the live stage to deliver performances of “Vision Of Love” and “Infinity.”












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Monday, May 18, 2015

Kelly Clarkson releases Invincible lyric video



Kelly Clarkson has released a lyric video for “Invincible”, the latest single from her 7th album, “Piece By Piece.”

The song follows the project’s lead single, “Heartbeat Song”, which peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Produced by Jesse Shatkin, “Invincible” was written by Sia, Steve Mostyn, Warren Felder and Shatkin…and features uncredited vocals by Sia.

Clarkson delivered the debut live performance of the song on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The singer will launch her Piece By Piece tour in Hershey, PA on July 11 with guests Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson.





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VIDEO: Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea perform on Billboard Music Awards



Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea delivered the live debut performance of their new single, “Pretty Girls”, on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The duo teamed up on stage at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where Spears continues her ongoing residency.

“So so SO exciting!!,” posted Spears after the event. “There are so many people to thank for making #PrettyGirlsonBBMAs happen tonight!

“Of course my girl Iggy Azalea for KILLING it on stage with me, Baz Halpin for directing, Billboard, my very talented dancers & band, and last but not least... thanks to my crew! The hardest working people around. THANK YOU!?"


The pair recently released the video for “Pretty Girls”, a song that was written and produced by the Invisible Men (Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Jessie J).





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Mariah Carey previews Infinity video



Mariah Carey is previewing the video for “Infinity”, the single from the newly-released greatest hits compilation, “#1 To Infinity.”

The singer performed the track on Sunday as part of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

“#1 To Infinity” features all 18 of the singer’s No. 1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart – more than any solo artist in history.

The No. 1 chart hits range from 1990’s “Vision Of Love” and “Love Takes Time” through to 2008’s “Touch My Body.”

Earlier this month, Carey launched her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

“Infinity” is available now at iTunes.





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Taylor Swift releases Bad Blood video



Taylor Swift has released the video for “Bad Blood”, the latest single from her “1989” album.

Produced by Swift and directed by Joseph Khan, the video presents a star-studded cast including Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay.

The singer debuted the clip at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, where she picked up 8 trophies, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist, while “1989” won the Top Billboard 200 Album prize.

“Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar is the fourth single issued from the project, following “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space” and “Style.”

Swift is currently playing concerts on The 1989 World Tour; a North American run ends in Philadelphia on June 13 and will be followed a short UK tour.





Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hilary Duff confirms release date for new album



Hilary Duff will release her fifth album, “Breathe In. Breathe Out.,” on June 16.

Duff’s first album since 2007’s “Dignity” includes collaborations with Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran, Matthew Koma and Bloodshy.

Coinciding with the album news, the singer also issued the video for project’s latest single, “Sparks.”

The clip features footage of Duff doing interviews, hanging out with friends and a performance of the song itself.

“Sparks” is the third track released so far from the record, following “Chasing The Sun” and “All About You.”





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VIDEO: New Kids On The Block perform medley on American Idol finale



New Kids On The Block delivered a medley of their hits during the season 14 finale of American Idol on Wednesday.

Joined by contestant Daniel Seavey, the guys – Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood – sang and danced their way through 80s hits “Step By Step”, “Hangin’ Tough” and “(You Got It) The Right Stuff.”

The pairing was part of the special 2-hour finale that also included performances by Fall Out Boy, Ricky Martin, Steven Tyler, Pitbull and others.

NKOTB are currently playing dates on The Main Event, a tour that includes special guests TLC and Nelly.

Launched just a few weeks ago, the 2-month North American run will wrap up in Buffalo, NY on July 2.





VIDEO: Echosmith perform Cool Kids on American Idol finale



Echosmith teamed up with contestant Joey Cook to perform their 2013 hit, “Cool Kids”, on the season 14 finale of American Idol Wednesday night.


The song was the lead single from the band’s debut album, “Talking Dreams.”

It peaked at No. 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on its way to selling more 2 million copies in the States alone.

The band’s latest single, “Bright”, is also from the debut project.

The California pop outfit will perform at Rock In Rio USA in Las Vegas on May 15 on a bill topped by Taylor Swift before playing a series of European shows starting in Brussels, Belgium on May 19.





VIDEO: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers perform hits medley on American Idol finale



Chic featuring Nile Rodgers delivered a medley of hits during the season 14 finale of American Idol on Wednesday.

Rodgers was joined by the top 6 girls from this season, including Jax, Tyanna Jones, Joey Cook, Adanna Duru, Maddie Walker and Sarina-Joi Crowe.

The pairing saw the noted guitarist/producer and the singers perform a taste of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”, followed by three Chic tracks: “Le Freak”, “I’ll Be There” and “Good Times."

Rodgers are Chic are gearing up for the launch of their first new album in more than 20 years, “It’s About Time.”

The project features the recently-released lead single, “I’ll Be There.”



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VIDEO: Steven Tyler performs on American Idol finale



Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler delivered the debut live performance of his first country single, “Love Is Your Name”, on the season 14 finale of American Idol on Wednesday.

Tyler performed the tune on the day of its release, before teasing a snippet of “Walk This Way” as a segue to a cover of Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart” with third place contestant Jax.

The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records’ affiliated label Dot Records.

Next month, Tyler will regroup with Aerosmith for the Blue Army Tour, with summer dates beginning in Glendale, Arizona on June 13.





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Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea release Pretty Girls video



Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea have released the video for their new single, “Pretty Girls.”

Written and produced by the Invisible Men (Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Jessie J), Spears officially debuted the track earlier this month in a promotion involving Uber in Los Angeles.

Fans were able to request a "Bee" branded Uber SUV and preview the song as many times as they wanted before their ride ended, making the singer the first artist to use Uber to release a single.

The duo will deliver the debut television performance of the track at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17.

Spears continues her ongoing residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.





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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mark Ronson premieres Feel Right video with Mystikal



Mark Ronson teams up with Mystikal for the premiere of the video for “Feel Right”, the latest single form his fourth studio album, “Uptown Special.”

The clip features a cameo by Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” co-writer Bruno Mars, who also co-directed the video with Cameron Thomas Duddy.

Original Brady Bunch star Florence Henderson is also featured as she introduces the song at a school talent show, where Bryant Tardy leads the band in the song while miming to Mystikal’s vocal rap.

“Uptown Special” debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release in January, led by the success of the smash lead single, “Uptown Funk.”

The track recently scored the second-longest amount of weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 14, tying six other songs for second place behind the chart record of 16 weeks held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 hit, “One Sweet Day.”





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Ed Sheeran premieres Photograph video



Ed Sheeran is premiering the video for “Photograph”, the fifth and final single from his latest album, “X.”

"Here's my brand new video for Photograph (p.s its me)," says Sheeran about the clip, which features home movie-style footage of the singer through the years, from infancy to today.

Sheeran’s second release, “X”, delivered the UK singer/songwriter his first No. 1 US album in 2014 with opening week sales of 210,000.

His sophomore record is the follow-up to the smash 2011 debut, “+”, which peaked at No. 5 on the US chart.

Sheeran is currently playing dates across North America with shows on the continent booked into early July; he’ll perform 5 stadium shows in his native UK in July before launching another North American run in the fall.






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AUDIO: Fun. singer Nate Ruess premieres new single Great Big Storm


Fun. frontman Nate Ruess is premiering “Great Big Storm”, the latest single from his forthcoming debut solo album, “Grand Romantic.”

It’s the third track issued – following “Nothing Without Love” and “AhHa” – from the record, which is due June 16.

“This is one of my fave bangerz (tm?) on Grand Ro,” says Ruess. “I wrote it with another artist in mind a few years back, and when Jeff and I started recording it then he strongly suggested I stop giving songs away and keep this one. So in his studio it sat and collected dust until he reminded me of it once we started working on the album.

“Jeff did an incredible job on the orchestral arrangements, and Emile programmed the drums. The combination of the two remind me of something off of ‘Sean Carter Vol 2’, which is one of my favorite hip hop album ever.

“Again, Josh Klinghoffer added an amazing guitar track. My favorite part though might be the ‘eh’ I drop in the middle of the last chorus. Look out for it!”


Fun. released a statement in February advising fans that the band members were taking a break to work on individual projects and that the group has no plans to break up.





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Monday, May 4, 2015

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea release Pretty Girls



Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea have released their new single, “Pretty Girls.”

Written and produced by the Invisible Men (Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Jessie J), the song first surfaced from a leak on Friday, in advance of a unique official debut by Spears.

The singer officially debuted the track over the weekend in a promotion involving Uber. Fans were able to request a "Bee" branded Uber SUV and preview the song as many times as they wanted before their ride ended, making the singer the first artist to use Uber to release a single.

Britney and Iggy will deliver the debut television performance of “Pretty Girls” at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17.

Last week, Spears injured an ankle in a fall during a performance of her Las Vegas residency show, “Britney: Piece of Me.” The singer was forced to postpone her May 1 and 2 concerts under doctor’s orders to allow time for the injury to heal.

The singer continues her ongoing residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.





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