Eminem and Rihanna always make hits whenever they get together! Their single “The Monster” tops Billboards Hot 100 chart this week. This ties Rihanna with Michael Jackson for the third-most leaders in Hot 100 history. Rihanna and Jackson have both had 13 songs top the chart. Additionally, this No. 1 ties Eminem with Diddy and Ludacris for the most No. 1s (five) on the chart.
Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” is No. 2 on the chart this week, followed by OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” Lorde’s “Royals” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” respectively.
Aside from the fact that she was fully clothed, Taylor Swift blended in perfectly with the Victoria’s Secret Angels at this year’s show. The annual fashion show aired last night and featured performances from the tall pop star and Fall Out Boy.
Fall Out Boy shared the stage with the models and Swift for a performance of “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” then Swift performed her single “I Knew You Were Trouble” in a sparkly dress as fake snow fell from the ceiling.
Did you watch last nights show? What did you think about the performances? Continue reading
This week Ariana Grande released the final song from her forthcoming Christmas Kisses EP. The singer delivers airy vocals alongside her Nickelodeon co-star Liz Gillies for her cover of Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby.” Grande is known for her innocent persona, but this cover finds the star showcasing her sexiest vocals to date. I guess you have to be a little flirty if you’re asking for a convertible and a yacht!!
Listen to Grande’s version of the Christmas classic and share your thoughts below! Continue reading
When Britney Spears released her eighth studio album Britney Jean last week fans and critics were mostly disappointed. For an album with a lead single about working for what you want, it sure seems like Spears didn’t put much effort into promoting Britney Jean and the first week sales reflect this. The album debuts on the Billboard 100 at no. 4 this week with 107,000 copies sold in its first week, her lowest sales debut thus far.
This week’s chart topper is Garth Brooks’ box set Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences. The album sold 146,000 in the last week, despite the fact that is sold exclusively by Walmart.
One Direction’s Midnight Memories fell to no. 2 this week, while Kelly Clarkson’s holiday album, Wrapped in Red, climbed three spots and returned to its peak position at no. 3.
Are you shocked by Britney Jean’s sales?
One week into 2013 I posted a list of albums (seen above) that I was looking forward to. The list featured 10 albums that had the potential to be some of the best releases of the year, if they lived up to the hype. With just a few more weeks until 2013, many of the albums I anticipated haven’t even been released and others ended up being huge disappointments. Still, there were a few albums that lived up to their hype and even exceeded my expectations.
I revisit the list below! Continue reading
Lupe Fiasco induces nostalgia in the video for “Old School Love.” The rapper is joined by Grammy nominated artist Ed Sheeran in the visuals, that addresses the murder rate in Chicago and reminisces on the days before the internet ruled the world.
Fiasco is currently working on releasing his fifth studio album. Continue reading
Travis Garland dreams of getting away in the video for “Motel Pool.” The Dan Fisher-directed video finds Garland and his girlfriend being annoyed with one another after their car breaks down. Garland dreams of taking his lady to a hotel for a steamy getaway in the neon-colored visuals and, yes, there is a pool scene.
“Motel Pool” is featured on Garland’s self-titled album, which is pretty good and can be purchased on iTunes now. Continue reading
B.o.B will release his third studio album Underground Luxury next week on Dec. 17, but the rapper is allowing fans to stream the entire project until it is officially released starting today. Underground Luxury features previously released tracks “We Still in This B*tch,” “Headband,” “Ready” and “John Doe.” The rapper is known for his versatile style that merges his rhymes with pop and rock beats, but will this album satisfy his diverse fanbase?
Listen to Underground Luxury over at MTV and share your thoughts below!
Britney Spears is actually the other woman in “Perfume.” I mean, I thought it was odd that the girlfriend would be marking her territory when the song was initially released, but the video clears it all up. Spears and her lover meet up at a motel for a tryst in the video for the second Britney Jean single. The visuals initially portray Spears as the girlfriend, but as the song progresses, viewers learn it is all in her head. The singer sprays her Fantasy perfume (product placement) to mark her territory, but the real girlfriend appears oblivious to her lover’s infidelities.
I liked the single before, but this video really made me love this song.
Watch it and share your thoughts below!! Continue reading
Extended Plays (EPs) can be a great way to introduce fans to a new artist or hold fans over until a full project is ready for release. Most of my favorite EPs from 2012 were from established artists, who wanted to silence hungry fans until they were ready to release their LPs (Sara Bareilles took her time releasing The Blessed Unrest and was rewarded with an Album of the Year Grammy nomination!), but this year my favorite EPs are from a batch of soulful newcomers.
All four EPs feature solid vocals and songwriting, but my favorite EP stands out because of its cohesiveness and production value. Continue reading