The musical performers at the 2013 Victoria's Secret fashion show have been announced, and Taylor Swift is one of them. Executive VP of Specials and Events at CBS, Jack Sussman, has this to say about selecting Swift: "If a mad scientist were asked to create the perfect combination of the beauty of a Victoria’s Secret Angel with the ultimate talent and creativity from today’s music scene, the answer would be simple — Taylor Swift."
After his big win at the YouTube Music Awards for Artist Of The Year, as well as the release of his highly-anticipated comeback album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem has even more good news to celebrate these days. The "Rap God" has been burning up the Billboard charts, specifically with his hit with Rihanna, "The Monster", which debuted at no.1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.
Thanks to her contribution on Eminem's track "The Monster" from his latest record The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Rihanna has scored her 25th record in the top 10 of the Top 100 chart on Billboard. The duet between the two superstars debuted Billboard Hot 100 chart at the no.3 spot, which is already huge, but now Rihanna is tied with Elvis Presley who holds the same title.
Taking place on January 8th, 2014, the 40th annual People's Choice Award nominations were recently announced, and in the music sector, Katy Perry leads the pack with 5 nominations. One Direction follow up her lead with 3 nominations, and popular artists included in the nominees list are Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Timberlake.
Lady Gaga's upcoming record ARTPOP isn't officially hitting the shelves until Tuesday, November 11th, but iTunes Radio is streaming the entire thing a week early to the delight of Little Monsters everywhere. It could be Gaga's most ambitious album ever, with her musical influences ranging from hip-hop to heavy electronica to woozy R&B.
Sunday, November 3rd marked the very first YouTube Music Awards, being broadcast online through the popular video hosting site. Hosted by actor and fellow musician Jason Schwartzman, the awards show honored the music videos that went viral in 2013, and even had some of the world's biggest artists perform at the event. Lady Gaga debuted her latest ARTPOP track "Dope," a song with some very dark themes. while Arcade Fire showcased a 'live music video' for their Reflektor song "Afterlife."
American rock band The Killers are set to release a compilation of their greatest hits, titled Direct Hits, and it's due out Tuesday, November 11th. The band has been doing press to promote the upcoming collection, featuring their biggest songs like "Mr. Brightside" and "When You Were Young", and their latest interview with The Sun is causing some controversy.
UK singer/songwriter James Blake's 2013 album Overgrown was one of the year's most well-reviewed releases, with songs like "Life Round Here" and "Retrograde" showcasing his expert lyricism, production, and singing skills. He recently received one of the highest honors in the British music scene, by taking home the 2013 Mercury Prize award for his stunning album.
Back when Robin Thicke's smash single "Blurred Lines" began to gain popularity, the family of the late Marvin Gaye went vocal about how the song's music was very similar to Gaye's "Got To Give It Up". They went forward with a lawsuit, and as it progressed, the claim was dismissed. However, new claims are coming forward from the family, stating that Thicke also copied a copyright infringement with his song "Love After War", based off of Gaye's "After The Dance".
Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, simply titled Avril Lavigne, is set for release this upcoming Tuesday, November 5th. She's already released the infectious single "Here's To Never Growing Up" about (duh) never growing up, the rebellious "Rock N Roll", and the heartfelt ballad "Let Me Go", but now fans can hear the album in its entirety by streaming it off iTunes a week before its release.