People's Choice Awards Winners: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift

people's choice awardsThe people have spoken. And they love Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

After Timberlake scored awards for Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist, and Favorite R&B Artist, he thanked Ellen DeGeneres “for all the personal inspiration and the cookies. [She] bakes a hell of a cookie.” Oh, and his parents, of course, “for continuing to instill in me that no dream is too big.”

Katy Perry snagged awards for her track “Roar” under Favorite Song and Favorite Music Video, while Taylor Swift took home Favorite Country Artist.

Check out the full list of winners below, which includes Britney Spears, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Demi Lovato. (more…)

Grammy Nominees Album To Include Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift

Grammy AwardsIf you love artists like Lorde, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, and would like to check out the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in person, you might do well to pre-order the new Grammy Nominees album. Fans who pre-order before Jan. 20 not only get the solace of knowing that a portion of proceeds go towards benefiting the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, but they’ll also be entered to win a trip to the awards ceremony on Jan. 26.

For more than 20 years we have been creating some incredible editions of the Grammy Nominees album,”  Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says, “which again represents some of the great songs and talented artists that make up this year’s remarkable nominees.”

Check out the track list and decide for yourself.  (more…)

Most Pirated Artists of 2013: Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk

rihanna-2013I imagine that there’s a certain feeling of flattery in being named one of the most illegally downloaded artists of the year. Musicmetric, which analyzes data from Bit Torrent, has revealed that at over five million downloads each, Bruno Mars and Rihanna earned the top spots in this category, while Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and Flo Rida rounded out the top five. Also in the top 10 were Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Pitbull. 

Gregory Mead of Musicmetric reminds readers that the analytics “don’t condone piracy,” but rather help artists plan around where their fans are, in order to optimize tours ” similar to what Iron Maiden has started doing. Musicmetric also measures social media success, and found Taylor Swift to be the winner, with an added 29.5 million new followers in 2013, with Katy Perry close behind at an added 29.2 million new followers.

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Justin Timberlake Releases "TKO" Video

Few men in pop music have had a better 2013 than Justin Timberlake. Once just another member of a multi-platinum but disposable boy band, Timberlake has grown into a mature and experimental artist. His two-album offering known as The 20/20 Experience has kept fans dancing all year long, and this morning the album’s latest single was given the video treatment.

“TKO” has been at radio for a few weeks, but the song’s popularity will likely see a major boost now that the official music video has started to spread. The clip mirrors the song’s love on the rocks narrative, though the video gives this tale of heartache a more devious ending. You can view the video below.

For someone who has spent the majority of his career in bright lights and seemingly good-time scenarios, Justin Timberlake offers us a bit of his dramatic side with this video. The results are better than his recent performance in Runner Runner, but I wonder whether or not fans of the more upbeat stuff will approve of his violent accompaniment. Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)

Justin Timberlake Covers The Jacksons

Another week, another killer cover courtesy of our pals at BBC Radio 1.

Justin Timberlake has become the latest pop star to record a live cover while visiting the BBC studios. While the majority of these performances take place in a small recording studio, Timberlake actually put on a live showcase for a select number of fans and Radio 1 crew members, and it was later uploaded to YouTube. During his appearance, Timberlake debuted his interpretation of The Jacksons smash, “Shake Your Body Down (To The Ground),” and fans went wild. You can now view the performance at the end of this post.

There seems to be no end in sight for Justin Timberlake’s current promotional run. He’s been on nearly every talk show stateside and, as evidenced by this video, is quickly making his way across Europe. His new album, The 20/20 Experience – Part 2, hits stores September 30. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this performance. (more…)

Justin Timberlake Streams "TKO"

When Justin Timberlake returned to pop music earlier this year with “Suit & Tie” many assumed the dirty, drum-and-bass days of JT’s music were nothing more than a distant memory. The gritty, lust-driven sound of Future Sex had been shed completely and replaced with a high class brand that seemed sternly focused on the finer things in life. This wasn’t a bad thing necessarily, but deep down a good number of fans yearned for a return to the sound they had come to love. If that describes you, then we’re about to make your day.

Justin Timberlake has made a new song available for sale and streaming this morning titled “TKO.” The song is the second to surface off The 20/20 Experience – Part 2, which is currently scheduled for release in September. As we teased above, the track pairs Timberlake with longtime collaborator Timbaland against a beat built atop booming snare and bass that all but forces your feet to move. Everything from the vocal delivery to song structure feels like a great departure from the material on 20/20 – Part 1, but that is in no way a bad thing. Justin has a history of keeping fans on their toes with new material, and that is exactly what he’s done here. You can stream the song at the end of this post.

There is not all that much “TKO” shares with fellow 20/20 – Part 2 single “Take Back The Night.” With some artists this could cause concern that an album will attempt to cover too much ground musically, but in the case of Justin Timberlake it only increases our interest in the full release. Do you agree? Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)

Jay Z Releases "Magna Carta" Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Coming off one of the summer’s most successful tours, Jay Z has partnered once more with Justin Timberlake to release the official music video for HOV’s new single, “Magna Carta.”

Released with zero advance promotion on Thursday, August 30, Jay Z’s video for “Magna Carta” marks the second time he and Justin Timberlake have shared the small screen this year. Unlike “Suit & Tie,” however, the visuals for “Magna Carta” have a decidedly dark tone. Jay appears sequestered in a cavernous, dilapidated room, staring at stacks of grainy televisions, while Timberlake wanders through an abandoned mansion filled with well choreographed ghosts.

“Magna Carta” is the second video to be release from Jay Z in a month, following the debut of “Picasso Baby” on HBO. Jay is playing his cards close with future promotional plans, but rest assured we’ll update you as soon as new developments arise. Until then, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Jay’s latest video. (more…)

Justin Timberlake Reveals '20/20 Experience – Part Two' Tracklist

Pop sensation Justin Timberlake may currently be touring the country alongside Jay-Z, but that is not stopping the former NSync frtontman from promoting his new album.

Early this morning, the man who brought sexy back unveiled the tracklist for The 20/20 Experience – Part Two. The album, which is set for release on September 30th, will also be available as a 4-LP set (alongside Part One, of course). You can find the complete tracklist below.

Justin Timberlake released the lead single for Part Two, “Take Back The Night,” just a few short weeks ago. Timberlake came under fire for the title of the song, which shares a name with a well-known sexual-assault awareness foundation, but quickly cleared things up with a well-meaning press release. You can view the song’s video below the tracklist. (more…)

Justin Timberlake Releases "Take Back The Night" Video

Pop icon Justin Timberlake has released the official video for his latest single, “Take Back The Night.”

The first song to surface off Timberlake’s forthcoming sequel to The 20/20 Experience, “Take Back The Night” is backed by production that brings to mind the time when pop music was transitioning between disco’s reign and ’80s glam, with just a hint of soul thrown in for good measure. Visually speaking, the clip is big on performance and low on story, but by no means boring. No one entertains quite like JT, and that is as clear as ever in this video.

The 20/20 Experience Part 2 is scheduled for release in mid-September. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on JT’s new material. (more…)

Jay-Z Reveals "Holy Grail" Lyrics, Confirms Justin Timberlake Appearance

Jay-Z continues to build hype for his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and this morning we have our first taste of what will surely be on the biggest album cuts.

Featuring Justin Timberlake, who Jay famously partnered with on “Suit and Tie” earlier this year, “Holy Grail” is the first song off Jigga’s new album to surface online in any form. We do not have a second of music to preview just yet, but by click below you can read the lyric sheet for the release. It’s not much, admittedly, but it may be all we’re given ahead of the July 4 release date.

After you read the lyrics for “Holy Grail,” comment and let us know your thoughts on the new material. (more…)