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.
Lou Reed, one of rock's most prolific songwriters, has passed away at the age of 71. In spring of this year, the former Velvet Underground member went through a liver transplant and was in good health, but unfortunately passed of liver disease on Sunday, October 27th. The music world is coming together to mourn the loss of the legend, from the likes of David Bowie to fellow VU member John Cale expressing their grief.
Britney Spears is set to release her eighth studio album on December 3rd, and ever since she announced the title of the record, simply Britney Jean, fans have been dying for a glimpse of the album artwork. The pop superstar revealed the cover via Twitter, calling the record her "most personal album ever", and the shot features Britney in black & white with the title in neon lettering.
Canadian alternative rock band Arcade Fire made headlines today by allowing their upcoming fourth album Reflektor to be streamed via YouTube. The album stream is essentially one giant lyric video, which is a unique concept, and has fans not only listening to their new music, but also memorizing the words.