Archive for 2014

Mashup Monday: Nico & Vinz’s ‘Am I Wrong’ vs. Maroon 5’s ‘Maps’

October 20, 2014 9:53 am


YouTuber and mashup extraordinaire Earlvin14 has released his newest rework that mixes Nico & Vinz‘s smash hit “Am I Wrong” with Maroon 5‘s radio-reigning single “Maps.”

The fusion seamlessly swaps verses and beats between the duo’s inspiring anthem and the Los Angeles rock band’s love-tinged tune, with Maroon 5’s frontman Adam Levine singing over the “Am I Wrong” arrangements while Nico & Vinz croons over the “Maps” beats.

The “Am I Wrong” versus “Maps” mashup is the follow-up to the YouTuber’s remix that united Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande with Taylor Swift‘s pop-heavy single “Shake It Off.”

Hit the comments section below with your thoughts on the mashup.

Gwen Stefani Dishes on ‘Baby Don’t Lie,’ ‘Surreal’ Song on Upcoming Album

October 20, 2014 9:01 am

At the stroke of midnight, Gwen Stefani made her official return as a solo artist with her first single in six years, “Baby Don’t Lie.”

The No Doubt singer stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest bright and early on Monday morning to give us all the details on her hot new track, as well as what we can expect from her upcoming third album.

“Honestly, I couldn’t even sleep last night,” Gwen says of the excitement of her new release. “I had to pray myself to sleep last night. I just feel so anxious. Like I said, everything just happened so quickly. Not planning at all. It’s been an incredible journey though. It’s kind of reflective of the times in a sense that everything is so spontaneous now. If I wanted to, I could go record a song in my house and put it out the next day. So it felt good to not over-think and just be like, ‘This is coming my way, I’m just gonna go for it.’ I always wanted to work with Ryan Tedder form OneRepublic. The guy is so talented. And I feel like the more I’m alive an the more talented people I can be around and work with, those are the great things that come out of being open. It was the first song we finished.”

As for her comeback single, the mom of three sons and wife to Bush singer Gavin Rossdale insists the lyrics for “Baby Don’t Lie” are not entirely autobiographical. “You know, parts of it are and parts of it are pulling from the past,” Gwen reveals. “These things are obviously always a subject in my songs. Things are all really good with me and Gavin if everyone’s wondering. He’s awesome. He’s got a great new song called, ‘The Only Way Out Is Through,’ which is also … if you want to read into that one, go ahead,” she adds with a laugh.

“Baby Don’t Lie” is the lead single off Gwen’s upcoming third solo album, her first since 2006’s The Sweet Escape. And in addition to Tedder, she’s also working with Pharrell Williams, who lent his talents to “Hollaback Girl,” off 2004’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby and five tracks on The Sweet Escape.

“I feel like this whole thing is not about singles, its about the whole project,” Gwen says of her album. In fact, while on The Voice set, Pharrell came by her trailer while she was in hair and makeup with a beat for a song.

“And he goes, ‘Dude, oh my God. I got it!’ And he had this beat and he had to play it for me, but they were like, ‘No, you got to go on the show.’ And he was like, ‘No, I gotta do it now,’ and his whole team is freaking out … And he plays me this thing and he starts singing, just in the air, and everybody in there was like, ‘Ok, there’s some magic going on right now.’ I just hugged him, I almost started crying. You could tell he hit on it.”

That night, after filming the NBC singing competition all day, the two headed to a recording studio at 11 p.m. to lay it down. “I videotaped us doing, it was so exciting,” Gwen describes. “[But] we didn’t finish it. We stayed up all night, had to be back on-set at 7 a.m. Then he was gone … I had to go find him, so when I was in New York for my fashion show, had a crazy week, and same thing again, met him in studio in the middle of night, tried to finish, still didn’t finish it.”

Finally, the two superstars met up in Miami and put the finishing touches on the track. “It’s just this really cool song called ‘Spark the Fire.’ It literally is the song that explains everything that’s going on in my life right now in this surreal way.”



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While in the studio, Gwen also gave a special shout-out to her kids. “Kingston James, what’s up? Its Mom! I just want to say I hope you’re having a fun drive to school right now. Zuma Nesta, what’s up? And Apollo … He’s here with us. Zuma, I love you! Hi Gavin! Hi Mom, hi Dad!”

Gwen also talked about joining NBC’s The Voice as a judge this season, alongside Pharrell, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.

Even though she’s worked with the “Happy” singer on countless songs over the past decade, joining the singing competition with him still gave her butterflies. “I was anxious because I’m actually a superfan of  him … I get butterflies around him. I love him. He’s so talented and he has such a magical thing about him.”

Gwen also says the Maroon 5 frontman and Voice vet emailed her before she officially signed on to show to offer his advice. “Somebody gave him my email and [he] said, ‘I heard you might do the show. You’ve got to do, it’s so fun! I’ll help you with anything you want. I’ll tell you what it’s like. I’ll tell you the truth.'”

Listen to the audio above to hear Ryan quizzing Gwen on her knowledge of her hometown Orange County, as well as details on a new No Doubt song, “Shine” … which Pharrell also worked on!

Download “Baby Don’t Lie” off Gwen’s upcoming third solo album on iTunes now here!

Ariana Grande to Join Little Big Town for CMA Awards Performance

October 20, 2014 7:35 am

Pop music heavyweight Ariana Grande is scheduled to share the stage with country music stars Little Big Town at the 48th Annual CMA Awards on November 5.

Held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood to host for a seventh consecutive year, the 21-year-old and the four-piece country band — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet — will perform together for the first time alongside anticipated performers Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and more.

On Tuesday, will have exclusive details from Little Big Town on working with Ariana, so in the meantime, fans can pre-order their 13-song album Pain Killer on iTunes before it drops on October 21.

The CMA Awards airs live on Wednesday, November 5 at 8/7c on ABC.


Taylor Swift Gives Details on Recording ‘I Know Places’ With Ryan Tedder

October 20, 2014 7:04 am

Taylor Swift has lots of surprises for fans with her upcoming album, 1989!

The Target exclusive deluxe edition will have six bonus tracks — three original songs and three never-before-heard songwriting voice memos — and it’s available to pre-order now on

One of the new songs off the album, “I Know Places,” was co-written by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder.

“I sent this voice memo to Ryan Tedder because I always wanted to work with him,” Taylor explains to On Air with Ryan Seacrest exclusively. “And finally, we scheduled some studio time. I always want to be prepared. I wanted to send him the idea I was working on before we went into the studio just in case he wrote back and said, ‘I can’t stand that. I want to work on something else. Think of something else.’

“So I just sat down at the piano, put my phone on top of the piano and just kind of explained to him where I wanted to go with the song, how I saw the melody sitting in, and we ended up recording the song the net day and it ended up being on the record, called ‘I Know Places.'”

1989 is out on October 27! That same day, Target exclusive deluxe edition will have six bonus tracks — three original songs and three never-before-heard songwriting voice memos — and it’s available to pre-order now on

Gwen Stefani Drops First New Music in 6 Years, ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

October 19, 2014 9:05 pm

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Gwen Stefani last released new solo music.

At the stroke of midnight on the east coast Monday, the No Doubt singer dropped her brand new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” and fans will not be disappointed with the uptempo bass-heavy track, which was produced by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco.

Download “Baby Don’t Lie” on iTunes now here!


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Justin Bieber Takes Boxing Lessons From Floyd Mayweather: Photos

October 17, 2014 5:05 pm

Justin Bieber is putting down his usual skateboard and picking up new boxing gloves!

The “Boyfriend” singer is taking boxing lessons from his friend and undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather … and he has the shirtless photos to prove it


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Justin posted the photos to Shots and Instagram early Friday morning, calling Floyd his trainer.

This bromance isn’t all about sweating and macho sports. In fact, earlier this year the two went to get pedicures and a massage together!



#moneyteam spa . Gettin ready for the fight.

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Miley Cyrus Stops Twerking and Introduces Her New Dance Move: The Nae Nae

October 17, 2014 4:34 pm

Miley Cyrus is done with twerking! Yes, you’ve read that right. Forget the twerkfest that was the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards because she has a new move … called The Nae Nae.

In an interview with Australian morning talk show Sunrise, Miley told the hosts that twerking is so yesterday, and some people “are living in the past.”

Instead, she’s moved on to The Nae Nae, which she demonstrated (at 6:50 in the video above) in a pink sequenced one piece and a green sequenced robe. Miley also explained that her dancers, the L.A. Bakers, taught her the dance move.


Although she has stopped twerking, the “Wrecking Ball” singer says her tongue is here to stay! She confesses that she is a shy person, and “being famous is so awkward,” so she copes by sticking her tongue out.

In the interview, Miley also touches upon being famous and rich, saying it’s not all that’s it’s cracked up to be. Instead she has a different goal: “I decided about a year ago to just be happy all the time, which unfortunately, it’s hard.”

Taylor Swift Offers a Glimpse Into Her ‘1989 Secret Sessions': Watch

October 17, 2014 1:48 pm

Whatever happens at the 1989 Secret Sessions, stays in the Secret Sessions … unless it’s in the behind-the-scenes video Taylor Swift just released of the top secret events held at her houses around the world!

The video starts with a message in typewriter font: “Over the past year, Taylor Swift has scoured the internet in search of fans for top secret events taking place across the US and UK. These became known as the 1989 Secret Session.” At these events in Nashville, New York City, Los Angeles, Rhode Island, and London, Taylor invited her top fans inside her houses to listen to her new album, 1989, before anyone else!

Pretty cool, right? It gets better. Taylor surprises her guests and parties with them, but not before she serves them her homemade chocolate chip cookies. It can’t get any better than that! But, it does: The “Shake It Off” singer then takes time with each individual fan to take a personalized photo with them.

Since most of us weren’t invited to these events, we can catch a glimpse of the parties, fans, and cookies in the video, which also includes her new song “Out of the Woods.”

Take a look at some pictures posted on Taylor’s Instagram from the Secret Sessions below!


The London #1989SecretSessions were as outrageous and hilarious and sweet as I dreamed they’d be. #fundon

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Yes we are climbing all over each other. #1989SecretSessions

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Yes we are holding lanterns. #1989SecretSessions

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Yes we are lying on the cold hard ground. #1989SecretSessions

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Miss you already. #1989SecretSessions

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Just 10 more days until Taylor’s album 1989 drops on October 27, and then we can have our own listening sessions. Pre-order the album on iTunes!

FINALS: Vote for Your Favorite Cover of ‘All About That Bass’

October 17, 2014 1:06 pm

**The poll is now closed. Thank you to all who voted! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner.**

The Final Round of‘s contest for favorite cover of Meghan Trainor‘s  “All About That Bass,” has officially begun!

We kicked off the competition with eight talented cover artists who put their own twist on the self-acceptance jam, and now we’re down to the top three contestants.

Watch the videos below and help your favorite artist win by participating in our poll.

Fans are allowed to vote every 12 hours, so make sure to cast your votes twice a day before the winner is announced next Friday, October 24.

Ashley Hess

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The Piano Shack (Chris Commisso)

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Tyler & Ryan (Tyler Falcoa and Ryan Falcoa)

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Taylor Swift Shows Love for Boston College’s ‘Shake It Off’ Dance Video

October 17, 2014 12:14 pm

Boston College certainly knows how to shake it in their campus-wide dance video for Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off.”

The singer tweeted out the video Friday, saying just how happy she is with the college’s take on her 1989 single!

In the video, students and faculty dance throughout the campus, moving their hips to Taylor’s catchy lyrics. The video — which was made for the college’s “Espresso Your Faith Week” program — had plenty of memorable moments, including a step-dance crew stomping on the library tables, a priest shaking it, and an entire lecture-sized classroom getting down to the beat.

But, this isn’t the first time the student body has shown off their fancy footwork! Boston College also made a similar dance video to Pharrell‘s “Happy” earlier this year. Watch it below: