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Taylor Swift performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Taylor Swift performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The week before a new Taylor’s Swift album drops is a lot like the week before Christmas. It doesn’t feel like something major is right around the corner, but eventually you start receiving gifts and hints of what’s to come and by the time the actual day comes around you’re pretty much bursting with excitement.

1989, Swift’s fifth studio album will be released on Monday, Oct. 27, and, according to critics it’s pretty amazing. So far fans have only heard three songs from the singer’s first official pop album, two of which she performed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Wearing a black outfit that I may or may not have text my friends to obsess over and her signature red lip, Swift performed her hit single “Shake It Off” and “Out of the Woods,” a song that my or may not be about Harry Styles and his airplane necklace.

The performances weren’t anything spectacular, but it’s a warning that something new is looming right around the corner. Continue reading

Maddie Ziegler and Sia on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Maddie Ziegler and Sia on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Sia continues to prove you can deliver entertaining performances without showing your face. The singer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and with the help of Maddie Ziegler and a few other dancers she was able to bring three songs from her forthcoming album 1000 Forms of Fear to life.

The singer performed “Chandelier,” “Big Girls Cry” and “Elastic Heart” during the set. For the performances she stood in opposite corners of the stage and even sat in a chair in the middle of the stage, each time with her back turned away from the audience as she delivered chilling vocals.

The colorful set and costumes, and, often delirious, dancing only accented the singer’s vocal performance.

“Chandelier” is still one of the best songs and videos of 2014 so if you’ve been living under a rock and still haven’t seen the viral video you HAVE to check it out.

Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear will be released on Tuesday (July 8) and is currently streaming on iTunes Radio. Continue reading

Capitol Records

Capitol Records

Sam Smith is doing everything right.

The singer’s debut album In the Lonely Hour debuted at no. 1 in the UK this week and will be released later this month in the U.S. And, while fans are still hanging out to “Latch” and “La La La,” the singer’s own single “Stay With Me” is still climbing the charts.

The soulful ballad features layered choir-like background vocals and lyrics about the loneliness Smith feels after a meaningless one night stand. To put it simply, the amazing track doesn’t need any help, but that hasn’t stopped the singer from enlisting Mary J. Blige for a new rendition.

Taking on the second verse, Blige keeps things simple, but brings another element of soul to the emotional song. And Smith delivers some of the best live vocals I’ve heard from him thus far.

The performance premiered on Good Morning America this morning and is available for purchase on iTunes. Watch it here.

Billboard

Billboard

I think it’s safe to say the only people that cared less about the Billboard Music Awards than the fans watching the three-hour awards show were the musician who literally couldn’t even be bothered to show up. From artists appearing via satellite to accept awards (Justin Timberlake), to artists performing via satellite from their tours (Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus) and artists appearing for five seconds in a video montage for Icon Award recipient Jennifer Lopez when they were supposed to be making a special appearance (BRITNEY SPEARS), it seems like everyone pretty much phoned this one in. Rihanna didn’t even bother showing up to deliver her usual shady antics and appear completely bored from her seat between (and during) performances. *sigh*

That’s not to say every moment was dull, however. Both Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, and Robin Thicke debuted new songs during the program, with the latter literally falling to his knees and begging the audience to help him get his wife back. Lopez also debuted her new single “First Love” for the first time on the awards show’s stage before giving an emotional acceptance speech.

The strangest moment of the night had to be when a hologram of Michael Jackson performed the late singer’s new song “Slave to the Rhythm” from his posthumous album Xscape. Billboard continuously promoted the performance as “Michael Jackson like you’ve never seen him before,” further heightening the creepy factor. Listen. I cried when Michael Jackson died. I want him back just as much as any other fan. I’m just not sure this is the way…

I think it’s safe to say everyone has awards show fatigue at this point and we’re all just struggling to find something, anything, to make us remember why we ever loved these lengthy spectacles. Continue reading

Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

If you, like Iggy Azalea, stay up all night trying to get that “rich,” you may have caught her performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

The “Fancy” rapper stopped by the late night show to promote her long-awaited debut album, which was released last month.

Azalea performed 2013’s “Work” and brought out Charli XCX for a fun performance of her hit “Fancy.”

The ladies left the Clueless references out this time, but watching them go through their simple choreography was still entertaining.

Azalea is currently finishing up her tour in support of the new album. Continue reading

OneRepublic in “Counting Stars” video

OneRepublic in “Counting Stars” video

Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, John Legend and Luke Bryan are set to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. Jason Derulo was the first performer announced earlier this week.

Derulo also announced the finalists for the Billboard Music Awards on Good Morning America a few days ago. The final group of nominees will be announced on April 21.

The Billboard Music Awards will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18.

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Pharrell performs on Good Morning America

Pharrell performs on Good Morning America

It’s a great day to be a Pharrell and Miley Cyrus fan, because the popular producer has announced that his G I R L collaboration with the controversial singer will serve as his next single.

The signer announced the news this morning on Good Morning America before performing the song. He also performed “Happy.”

Over the weekend Pharrell was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where he also sang the jubilant hit single, along with G I R L album opener “Marilyn Monroe.”

Check out the “Come Get It Bae” performance from Good Morning America and both Saturday Night Live performances below! Continue reading

Karmin performs on Good Morning America

Karmin performs on Good Morning America

There’s nothing like kicking off album release day with a performance on Good Morning America. Especially when a fan is charged with introducing the performance of your latest single “I Want It All,” but mistakenly calls it “All I Want!” Fun times all around!

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan stopped by GMA this morning to promote the release of their debut album with an energetic performance of the soulful single. Noonan even brought out his trombone!

Heave you listened to Pulses yet? Watch the performance and share your thoughts on the album below! Continue reading

Lea Michele performs "Battlefield" on GMA

Lea Michele performs “Battlefield” on GMA

Fresh off the release of her solo debut album LOUDER, Lea Michele stopped by Good Morning America yesterday to perform the album’s strongest cut “Battlefield.” As expected, the emotional ballad came to life nicely live.

LOUDER isn’t a bad album, but “Battlefield” is one of the few tracks on the release that Michele really manages to make her own. The rest, especially the uptempo dance songs, sound like predictable pop songs that could’ve been given to whatever pop star was in the market for a new single at the time of it’s creation.

Watch the “Battlefield” performance below and let me know what you think of the track. Continue reading

Pharrell and choreographer Fatima Noir

Pharrell and choreographer Fatima Robinson

The Grammy award-winning Producer of the Year didn’t go home with an Oscar for Best Original Song tonight, but he still has a lot to smile about. The talented artist is preparing to release a new album tomorrow, he scored his first no. 1 hit with “Happy” last week AND he performed the infectious single at this year’s Academy Awards earlier tonight.

The singer brought his own dancers, but that didn’t stop him from leaving the stage to dance with Meryl Streep and Lupita Nyong’o, too. And nothing says “Happy” quite like an impromptu Nae Nae breakout at a formal awards show. So fun…

In case you were wondering, “Happy” lost to “Let It Go” from Frozen. Continue reading

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