Archive for 2014

Ariana Grande Shakes Her Bow-Covered Booty in ‘Santa Tell Me’ Video

December 13, 2014 9:14 am
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Moments after performing at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday, Ariana Grande unveiled the long-awaited music video for her holiday single “Santa Tell Me.”

The video opens with the pop-soul singer — and her troupe of backup dancers — emerging from under her bedsheets dressed in pajamas and a cheetah-printed spirit hoodie. The visual includes shots of the 21-year-old dancing in a mansion, unwrapping Christmas presents with her friends, shaking her bow-covered backside, and the simple video concludes with the casts’ candid blooper reel.

“I wanted to do something a little more depressing because I feel like there aren’t enough depressing Christmas songs,” she explained the song’s meaning to On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “I feel like it’s a very real thing. I’ve been through it, I’ve seen a lot of my friends go through it, like breakups during Christmas time.”

“Santa Tell Me” is available for download on iTunes here.

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014: 5SoS, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, & More

December 12, 2014 9:10 pm
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One week after KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball at Los Angeles’ Staples Center kicked off the holiday concert series, New York City’s Z100 responded with its own at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

Pharrell opened the show — which live-streamed on Yahoo! — with a string of his own hits, including “Blurred Lines” and “Happy,” as well as a collaboration with Gwen Stefani on her latest single, “Spark The Fire.”

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Performances from OneRepublic, Shawn Mendes, and Rixton followed and got the crowd warmed up before Calvin Harris hit the stage for a string of his chart-toppers “Summer,” “Feel So Close,” “Sweet Nothing,” “Need Your Love,” and “Blame“… minus any of his collaborators unfortunately.

The momentum (and female shrieking) continued with 5 Seconds of Summer, who rocked the crowd with “Good Girls,” “What I Like About You,” and “Amnesia.” This 5SoS fan really had a good time:

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Maroon 5 followed up with a mix of old and new hits like “Maps” and “One More Night” before Charli XCX and her all-female band — who were all decked out in cheerleader uniforms — hit the stage.

Shawn Mendes took to the stage a second time to introduce Rita Ora, who performed a medley of “R.I.P.” and “I Will Never Let You Down” before Sam Smith brought it down a notch with his somber ballads “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.” Sam-Smith

Nick Jonas serenaded the crowd with “Jealous” momentarily before Meghan Trainor came out for “Lips Are Movin” and “All About That Bass,” which led right into Jessie J‘s set.

Although the British singer only performed one song, she came back out with Ariana Grande after she sang “Santa Tell Me,” “Problem,” and “Break Free” for a killer rendition of “Bang Bang.”

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Nick Jonas and Ryan Seacrest then came out to introduce Iggy Azalea, who opened her set with “Beg For It” before going into “Black Widow” with Rita, “Work,” and “Fancy” with Charli XCX.

Birthday girl Taylor Swift closed out Jingle Ball with “Welcome to New York” before going into Red‘s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and then “Blank Space” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” before ending with “Shake It Off.”

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Check out all the moments from iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014:

Selena Gomez Breaks Down During ‘Heart Wants What It Wants’ AMAs Rehearsals

December 12, 2014 6:30 pm
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Selena Gomez surprise-released her Justin Bieber-inspired single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” in November, and debuted a live performance of the lovelorn track at the 2014 American Music Awards later that month.

On Friday evening, the 22-year-old shared a video titled “My AMA Diary” that takes fans through the emotional rehearsal process before she hit the stage. The digital diary opens with the starlet candidly talking to her friend Tiana on why she finds it necessary to perform the song.

“It’ll be such a release,” she said. “I’m just excited that people everywhere who are feeling what I feel and feel that, will get to see that. And I just want people to be able to relate to that.”

During rehearsals, which she revealed, “I kind of waited a little bit to give it my full performance,” Selena got into the right headspace by listening to one of her favorite worship songs “Oceans” by Hillsong UNITED, which reduced her to tears.

“This performance is a little frightening, but I’m very excited,” she added. “When I had the intention behind the performance, I knew that I wanted it to be all of me. Somebody asked me awhile ago, ‘What’s the one thing you wish people knew about you?’ And I said I wanted it to be my heart.”

“The Heart Wants What It Wants” is a cut off her greatest hits compilation album, For You, available on iTunes here.

Check out Selena’s live performance debut of “The Heart Wants What It Wants” at the AMAs below:

Aretha Franklin Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Taylor Swift on Her 25th

December 12, 2014 3:49 pm
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Taylor Swift is starting her 25th year off on the highest note.

At the Billboard Women of the Year event on Friday, none other than the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, sang “Happy Birthday” to the “Blank Space” singer, who turns 25 on Saturday.

Although host Matt Lauer instructed the entire panel — which included Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Charli XCX, and Hayley Williams — to join in, Aretha took the reigns … and left the birthday girl nearly in tears as she fanned her watering eyes.

“Oh my God, I’m so happy,” gushed Taylor as she blew out her candles. “Everybody else gets to make a wish too, that’s how this works. It’s my birthday, I make the rules.”

Ryan Seacrest Foundation Ambassador Nick Jonas Visits Seacrest Studios

December 12, 2014 1:45 pm
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Niall Horan Sings Taylor Swift’s ‘Out of the Woods’ During Book Signing

December 12, 2014 12:47 pm
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Hot off the release and promo tour of their fourth studio album FOUR, One Direction flew to a secret London location for a book signing of their autobiography, Who We Are.

During the event, a select group of lucky fans were able to walk a line and have each 1D member sign their copy. One Directioner was able to record Niall Horan singing Taylor Swift‘s 1989 track “Out of the Woods,” which is allegedly written about bandmate Harry Styles.

Also during their book signing, Harry ignored security guards to comfort a fan, who was having a panic attack when she realized she was in the same room as her idol.

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“I love you so much! I am so sorry I am a loser,” she says in the clip, but the 20-year-old “Steal My Girl” singer assures her she isn’t by giving her a warm embrace.

One Direction’s FOUR album was released on November 17, and the project debuted at No. 1 the Billboard 200 with over 387,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Billboard.

In an interview with Sugarscape (below) at the BBC Music Awards on Thursday, the boys revealed that there will be a fifth studio album, despite rumors of FOUR being their last LP.

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Hilary Duff’s Sister Haylie Reveals Baby’s Gender!

December 12, 2014 12:39 pm
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At the top of the month, Haylie Duff‘s camp confirmed to Us Weekly that she was expecting her first child with fiancé Matt Rosenberg, and now the 29-year-old has unveiled the baby’s gender.

The “Our Lips Are Sealed” singer took to her blog, Real Girl’s Kitchen, and announced that she and Matt are expecting a baby girl!

Haylie shared a photo of her daughter’s first Air Jordans, writing, “Matty and I are expecting a baby girl! Entering this new chapter of our lives and our relationship has been so special. We are so happy and so in love with her already!!!”

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The couple, who announced their engagement via Instagram in April, will put their wedding on hold during Haylie’s pregnancy.

“It was kind of too much to all do at once,” the soon-to-be mom told Us at the 4th Annual Santa’s Secret Workshop in West Hollywood on Monday. “I’m shooting my cooking show Real Girl’s Kitchen and he’s working. We’re just trying to focus on one thing first, and then we’ll do it.”

Haylie and Matt’s daughter will be a cousin to Hilary’s 2-year-old son Luca Comrie with estranged husband Mike Comrie.

Best of 2014: The 20 Greatest Vines We Can’t Stop Looping

December 12, 2014 11:07 am
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2014 erupted with hilarious and clever Vine videos that range from creative song covers and scare cams to scripted reenactments and candid moments.

This year, a mixture of Vine newcomers and social media veterans including Jerry Purpdrank, Chris D’elia, Matt King, KC James, and more were able to entertain millions of users on the platform in under six seconds.

Check out RyanSeacrest.com‘s countdown of the greatest Vines in 2014 you can’t stop looping:

20. Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle

19. I’m Bae!

18. When You Drop Your Phone …

17. When You’re the Only One Turnt at a Party

16. Remember the Good Ol’ Days?

15. When You’re Singing Along to Beyoncé

14. Scaring Your Brother

13. When You Tell Your Friend Their Joke Isn’t Funny in a Nice Way

12. Broom Clap, I’m in My Mom’s Car

11. Me at Parties

10. When Your Reflex Game is on Point

9. Getting Ready for Work and School Like …

8. How Girls Become Best Friends

7. The “Cool Kids”

6. Barbie Doll Fail

5. And They Were Roommates

4. Corgi Looking Back At It

3. What DJs Are Actually Doing

2. Chipotle Is My Life

1. A Potato Flew Around My Room

Baby Is Totally Confused When He Meets Twins in Adorable Video: Watch

December 12, 2014 9:42 am
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Identical twins are known for using their looks to fool family, friends, and even strangers. And in a new viral video, two baby girls are already using one of their many advantages of having a dead ringer to trick a fellow crib mate.

A toddler named Landon meets the twins — dressed in matching strawberry dresses and white headbands — for the first time, and he is completely baffled by the encounter.

In the clip, which has logged over 2.9 million views since its upload on Wednesday, Landon is seated between the two baby girls (one of whom is crying) and he shifts his head from one twin to other, with an expression that reads, “What is this sorcery?”

Share your thoughts on the adorable video in the comments section below.

Steve Wynn Explains Meticulous Process of Casting ‘Show Stoppers’

December 12, 2014 9:30 am
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It’s not called Show Stoppers for nothing!

Steve Wynn, owner of The Wynn Las Vegas, called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday morning to give us all the details of his luxury resorts and casino’s latest entertainment spectacular.

Show Stoppers, which starts on Tuesday, December 16, is a 90-minute production starring 34 dancers and singers, backed by a 30-piece orchestra, that will go on eight times a week at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

“We had preview this week and the crowds have just been fabulous,” explains Wynn, who wrote Show Stoppers. “We did 600 auditions for 28 dancers from New York to L.A. W did 75 auditions for the six featured singers. We have 30 musicians that are the best players in the history of Las Vegas.”

Tickets to watch Show Stoppers are on sale now at WynnLasVegas.com!