Sunday December 8, 2013
As we near Christmas, the new music release schedule slows down. As a result, Lily Allen heads back to the top of the pop singles chart with her comeback single "Somewhere Only We Know." Christmas music also begins invading the chart. Read more in this week's coverage of the UK pop music charts.
Single cover courtesy Warner Bros.
Saturday December 7, 2013
Although Jay-Z gathered the most Grammy Award nominations with nine, he was largely shout out of the major categories when the nominees were announced last night in Los Angeles. Instead it was two of 2013's top new artists who shone through when the 2014 Grammy Award Nominations were announced last night in Los Angeles. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis received nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist while Lorde is in the running for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Royals." Pharrell Williams also emerged as a major contender receiving seven nominations including mention for his roles in both Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" in the Record Of the Year category. Perhaps the biggest major nomination surprise was Sara Bareilles' selection as an Album Of the Year nominee for The Blessed Unrest. She is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance on the hit single "Brave." The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be presented January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS. Check out a full list of Grammy Award nominees in the general, pop and rock categories below.
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Friday December 6, 2013
If we are judging by TV ratings X Factor USA has become the also-ran of music competition shows when compared with The Voice. However, a bit of magic happened this week that should not be ignored, and it seems possible the show has uncovered a pair of future stars. The couple Alex and Sierra moved beyond the cute covers of pop songs they have performed week by week. Taking on the current smash hit "Say Something" from A Great Big World, the pair were simply mesmerizing. As stated by judge Simon Cowell this was easily the season's best performance. It also proves Alex and Sierra can deliver contemporary pop like true professionals. Their version of "Say Something" has soared to the top of the iTunes sales chart. A Great Big World's recording of the song with Christina Aguilera remains at #3, and it entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Interestingly, "Say Something" was boosted into the pop mainstream primarily due to its inclusion on The Voice several weeks back. X Factor USA heads to the semi-final next week. Alex and Sierra must now be seen as the act to beat. Whether or not they ultimately win, this is a pair of artists who deserve music industry attention. Watch them perform "Say Something" below.
Video still courtesy Fox Television
Friday December 6, 2013
It's no big surprise that Miley Cyrus' controversial music video for the #1 smash hit single "Wrecking Ball" leads VEVO's list of the most watched music videos of the year. It racked up 371 million views in total after reaching 100 million in only six days. Miley Cyrus' other big single, the #2 hit "We Can't Stop," was no slouch either finishing at #2. It was also a big year for Rihanna who placed two songs in the top 10. The tally incorporated worldwide music video watching. The song that shows up at #9 may be unfamiliar to most US pop music fans. British producer Naughty Boy had a big top 10 pop hit around the world with his soulful track "La La La." The accompanying music video was shot in Bolivia and is well worth watching. Capitol Records is expected to promote Naughty Boy in the US in 2014. Check out the full list of 10 most watched music videos below.
Top 10 Most Viewed Music Videos Of the Year
- Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
- Miley Cyrus - "We Can't Stop"
- will.i.am featuring Britney Spears - "Scream and Shout"
- Rihanna - "Diamonds"
- Katy Perry - "Roar"
- Pink featuring Nate Reuss - "Just Give Me a Reason"
- Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell - "Blurred Lines"
- Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko - "Stay"
- Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith - "La La La"
- One Direction - "Kiss You"
Video still courtesy RCA