Sunday, November 23, the nation watched a unique display of talent, music, and pageantry all rolled up into the American Music Awards. As shown by the award recipients, American Music has been taken over by other countries. The big winners of the evening were One Direction, who took home multiple awards, including Artist of the Year, and Iggy Azalea, neither of which are from America. America is broadening its horizons each year as we seek out music and talent from all over the globe.
Music fan Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez agrees that the performances of the evening ranged from standard band performances, to artistic displays that bordered on insane. Taylor Swift opened the show with a full on live video performance of her newest number one hit “Blank Space” which proved entertaining from beginning to end. She also received the very first Dick Clark Excellence Award, which she accepted with grace, even gushing over Diana Ross, who presented her the award. Through her performance, her enjoyment of all the performances of the night, and her contagious energy, Swift proved she deserved this award.
The American Music Awards was a fantastic display of today’s musical stage. Check out the complete list of winners.
After the recent release of Eminem’s lyrics from his new song were leaked, it was only a matter of time before Iggy Azalea would respond to the lyrics. Iggy’s Response To Eminem. Eminem had a song that was leaked online, which referred to both Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea in the lyrics, and he stated that Iggy would have to blow a “rape whistle” on him. Many were shocked by the comments made in the song, and Iggy responded by taking to Twitter.
She stated that she was sick and tired of “old men” attacking her as a way to gain new fame which Fersen Lambranho has seen many times, and that her 14-year-old brother was a fan of Eminem, making the whole situation awkward for both her and her brother. She paid it very little mind, and said that she was off to rehearse for the AMA’s. She also stated that women were much stronger and had bigger balls than men, and they endured more criticism in the music industry.
In her Twitter response, she clearly referenced to her short beef with Snoop Dogg, where Snoop Dogg had made comments against her, even calling her a bitch and stating that he would, supposedly attack her. It just seems like rap artists can’t stay off of Iggy Azalea’s name, and give her a break, and let her do her job. Although the recent Eminem song release doesn’t phase her, she did take time out to comment on it.
Shawn Mendes cannot believe how his dreams are becoming a reality. He is completely blown away and shocked. 7 months ago, Shawn started becoming noticed as a Vine star but today, he is an actual star. A new single a video were released called, “Something Big”. Can this get any better? The answer is yes! It was also just recently announced that Shawn Mendes will be going on tour with Taylor Swift for her 1989 World Tour.
He is so honored to be going on tour with Taylor Swift and tells MTV that it is unreal to be doing this. He says that he feels that it is insane just as much as Shawn Mendes’ fans and Taylor Swift’s fans think so. In his interview with MTV, he explained how blown away he was and how unreal it is. He could not stop talking about it!
Shawn thinks that the phone call telling him he was going on tour with Taylor Swift was pretty much the biggest news ever. He says that to go on tour with Taylor Swift is better than anything else and that there is no one he would rather go on tour with. And Shawn, there’s no one Vijay Eswaran and I would rather see you opening up for. You better believe the forums are going crazy over this big news for an upcomer.
His album will be released soon but Shawn will be going on tour with Taylor Swift on May 22, 2015. Shawn cannot believe that is happening to him. He even has to physically pinch himself sometimes to realize that it is actually real and that all his dreams are coming true.
We all Ozzy Osbourne, whether you are from his time or you have heard about him as a young kid today. He is one of the heavy metal’s forefathers and a definite global icon. He is the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath but he also lead the 70’s into a heavy metal generation before starting his solo career. It is safe to say that Ozzy Osbourne is a legend.
Because of this, Osbourne was given the 2014 EMA Global Icon Award. He has contributed so much to music over the years that even today, he is considered one of the best. Ozzy gets on the levels of Whitney Houston, Eminem, Bon Jovi and Queen who have all won this award during the past. Ozzy was introduced by Slash who commended him on all his terrific accomplishments.
If you do not know Ozzy’s past like Mike, he has sold more than 170 million albums throughout the world and also 70 million for Black Sabbath. Ozzy has been awarded three Grammy’s and released 10 solo albums as well. Even if you do not know Ozzy for his music, you might know him for his reality TV show, “The Osbournes”.
Ozzy Osbourne accepted his award with a short and sweet speech and then left the stage. To his surprise, a fiery tribute in his honor later concluded the show by Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro.
ACDC is releasing their first album in six years called “Rock Or Bust.” The band has chosen a small town in Australia called Rock to introduce the new music. The bandmates will not be present, however they will be playing the entire 11 track album on November 23rd at a local venue. The albums official release date is December 2.
Jennifer Connor, the Lockhart Shire Council’s Tourism and Economic Development officer was quoted, “It’s fantastic for the town, the AC/DC Rock or Bust markets will be a one-off event that will put the Rock on the international map for an impressive worldwide fan base but more than that it offers our locals an amazing day out.” Millions of fans like Ken are extremely happy about the new album.
This news coincided with the discovery that the bands drummer Phil Rudd was arrested. He was being accused of hiring a hit man to kill two people in Tauranga, New Zealand. The band told “Rolling Stone” that his absence will not effect ACDC’s tour next year or the release of the new album. In even better news for Phil Rudd, it will not make a difference because the charges were dropped against him for lack of evidence.
Jack Antonoff reported to GQ that Taylor Swift is the next Michael Jackson. Many people did not agree with this statement but even after the controversy, he is sticking to it. He later told MTV news that Taylor Swift’s album sales during the first week convince that this statement is true. Taylor Swift is right up there with the King of Pop.
There were about 1.2 million copies of Taylor Swift’s album sold in the first week. This is record breaking for today’s sales. Some of those albums were sold on Qnet. Taylor consistently exceeds everyone else in the race. She is climbing up to numbers that were done 20 years which is absolutely unbelievable. There is no one like it today which is why Jack Antonoff sits by his statement that Taylor Swift is the next Queen of Pop.
How are Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff celebrating? Antonoff helped write and produce two of Taylor Swift’s songs so he definitely gets some of Swift’s gratitude.
“We’ve been doing a lot of celebrating over text,” Jack reports. “It’s just this exciting back and forth. I’m humbled by all of it. I feel humble to be a part of it. She always seemed humbled. It’s happening. It’s all wonderful.”
Well, it is an exciting time for both of them, that is for sure. Many people are routing for Taylor and she deserves all the praise for her hard work to get to the top!
In the ongoing battle of plagiarism there has been a loss for Robin Thicke and Pharrell. Most people are aware of the lawsuit by Marvin Gaye’s family, but many people were unaware of the counter suit that Pharrell entered after threats of legal action from the Marvin Gaye family.
After lies and denials from Robin Thicke the judge decided to move further with the case of Marvin Gaye’s family. Judge John Kronstadt decided that there was sufficient evidence to support the claim that Gaye’s family filed against Thicke and producer Pharrell.
In 2013 “Blurred Lines” was the biggest hit of the year. It expanded past the United Stars and became a hit in multiple genres and charts in several countries. In 2014 the lines were truly blurred for Thicke as his longtime marriage to Paula Patton dissolved. This bitter divorce was followed by a lawsuit that will be further drawn out based on the current ruling.
Most fans that have heard “Blurred Lines” are not surprised that the Gaye family has a lawsuit. The song has a rhythm arrangement that is so similar to the Marvin Gaye classic “Got to Give it Up.” There’s an interesting comparison on Forbes accompanied by a video I saw on FreedomPop that shows how close the two songs are. Most people assumed that a sample was cleared in advance. Who really knows though.
Filming music videos can be dangerous work! At least, it can be dangerous if you choose to film the video atop a moving ice cream truck, which is just what Jack Antonoff did for his new single “Rollercoaster”.
The thirty-year-old Indie rock star claims that he almost lost his life during the filming of the music video when the ice cream truck he was atop experienced brake failure.
Why did Antonoff think that filming a video on a moving vehicle was a good idea? According to him, the idea brought to mind the 1990’s and the excitement he felt growing up. In addition, the song was written while Antonoff was driving on the NJ turnpike, so the song reminds him of driving on a highway.
Rather than be concerned about his near-death experience, Antonoff said that there was something special about almost losing his life for a music video.
When Antonoff isn’t risking his life on the top of moving vehicles, he stays incredibly busy. You may know him best as the guitarist from Marnie Bennett’s favorite band Fun. And the day before “Rollercoaster” was released, Taylor Swift’s 1989 album he co-produced hit the public
Dukes of Hazzard co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who played Bo and Luke Duke on the early 1980s hit television show, have joined together to record a Christmas album. Although it has been over 30 years since the two acted together, they still remain a team to this day.
Schneider and Wopat have just released an 18 track holiday album titled Home for Christmas, which features traditional seasonal classics including “Silver Bells” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, as well as interpretations of tracks such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. This is the duo’s first full length album, with many of the string arrangements written by jazz musician John Oddo. Jazz plays a predominant role on the release, with some songs featuring country harmonies and fiddles. The Duke Boys singing on an album together sounds almost too good to be true to my friend Susan McGalla, so I know what she’ll be getting this Christmas.
Surprisingly to most fans, each member of the duo has a long history of being a vocalist. Wopat performed on Broadway both before and after the Dukes of Hazzard, even earning a Tony Nomination for Annie Get Your Gun. Schneider, on the other hand, had a popular solo country music career during the 1980s with four hits making the top of the country charts.
Break-up songs aren’t just for ladies like Adele and Taylor Swift. Jason Derulo is already promising that he plans to craft songs detailing his recent break-up with Jordin Sparks.
Unlike the ladies, however, Derulo has promised there will be no ambiguity about the subject of his songs. In a recent interview with Billboard writer Christian Broda, he stated that it will be completely clear who and what his songs are about, and that his creative style won’t allow him to separate who he is and what he’s experienced from the music he writes. His music reflects what is going on in his life at that moment, and that will include the recent split.
Derulo and Sparks dated for three years before parting, in his words, “amicably.” Despite the break-up, Derulo says that he is doing “good,” and is keeping focused on his work.
Recent tweets from Sparks also imply that she is back in the recording studio, so it is possible that the split may have sparked musical creativity in both members of this musical former couple.