Everybody's favorite boy band, One Direction, were just one of the acts who cleaned up at the 2014 BRIT Awards, taking place at London's O2 Arena on February 19th. The fivesome took home the Global Success Award, which honors their international takeover, as well as the prize for the fan-voted Best British Video for the hilariously adorable "Best Song Ever" clip.
Tragic news to report today: Bob Casale, one of the original members of the crack-that-whip hit-makers Devo, has passed away at the age of 61. A statement made by his brother Gerald, another member of the new-wave pioneers, shows that Casale's death was caused by heart failure. He passed on Monday, February 17th and, according to Gerald, was "a total shock".
Congratulations are in order for pop superstar Christina Aguilera, who got engaged to her boyfriend of nearly 4 years on Valentine's Day. Xtina met Matthew Rutler on the set of Burlesque, who was working as a production assistant at the time, and the two are now happily calling one another their fiance.
It's been four long years since work on Mariah Carey's fourteenth studio album began, but The Art Of Letting Go finally has a release date: May 6th, 2014. Mariah's production team began work on the record in the summer of 2010, but with the birth of her twins and her judge spot on American Idol happening shortly afterwards, her new music was constantly put on hold.
For the week of February 13th, Katy Perry is still holding the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with her infectious Prism single "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J. But the big news on the charts is Pharrell Williams' big jump to the no.2 spot, replacing Beyonce's sexy track "Drunk In Love" with husband Jay Z.
Watch out, "The Fox": you may be replaced as the latest wacky music video to hit the Internet. Producer Damon Elliott has dubbed himself Buck 22 and wants to blend hip-hop and country with his new persona, so he enlisted the help of Billy Ray Cyrus to record "Achy Breaky 2", a truly hilarious remake of the one-hit-wonder original.
Are you ready for Katy's continuation of her perfect storm? The Prism singer is still flying high at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, due to the success of her Juicy J-assisted track about working her dark magic skills, "Dark Horse". We called it last week, and it looks like we're right: the song is strong enough to stay at #1 yet again for another week.
Russian media reports have confirmed that early-2000s-era pop stars t.A.T.u. will be performing in their home country of Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi. February 7th marks the kick-off of the Olympic Games, and the Russian pair, whose popularity skyrocketed more-so because of their marketed "relationship" with one another than their music will be performing for all the world to see.
Still fresh off their big GRAMMYs win, Daft Punk are enjoying a massive sales bump of their latest groove-inducing record, Random Access Memories, and it's all thanks to their appearance on the highly-publicized music event. Music's Biggest Night was also responsible for pushing Lorde's "Royals"-spawning Pure Heroine debut higher up the charts, as well as Imagine Dragons' Night Visions.
The nominees for the 2014 JUNO Awards, aka Canada's answer to the GRAMMYs, were announced today, and surprise surprise: Canada's biggest modern rock band, Arcade Fire, gathered up the most nods. With 6 nominations in total, all due to the group's disco-inspired Reflektor that dropped in 2013, the titles they're up for include JUNO Fan Choice Award, Single Of The Year, and the coveted Album Of The Year.