Just as The X Factor’s second season is coming to a close, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, L.A. Reid has chosen to step down from his spot in the judge’s chair.
Although his presence resulted in multiple contestant signings to Epic Records, Reid says of his departure, ”I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.” Reid continued, “I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists, and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing ‘the me’ show and get back to doing ‘the them’ show.”
Among Reid’s upcoming Epic Records projects will be Ciara’s next album and Avril Lavigne’s latest album.
Just the other day, we promised you a Taylor Swift video that would catch the pop country sweetheart out of her element and exploring new terrain. Wednesday night, as part of their Big & Best of 2012 live stream, MTV aired a short clip of Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” music video.
The video is short, and in truth most of the 30-second clip is MTV advertising the music video premiere. However brief, the clip shows a confused Swift lying in the dirt, hair tousled and clothes ripped, while flashbacks of a party the night before flood the screen.
We had been told this video would document the more poisonous side of relationships and by the looks of it, Swift wasn’t kidding.
“We knew we wanted it to be [about] some sort of corruption — good girl is living her life, going on about her life … and all of a sudden she runs into this force. This guy is just like a force,” Swift said. “She’ll do anything to fit into his world, including change about herself.”
Check out the video right here and catch the premiere Dec. 13 at 4:40pm ET on MTV.
If you like Taylor Swift, check out OurStage artist Devin Belle.
When describing Christmas in the Sand,Colbie Caillat expressed the desire to make an album for those who don’t live in cold areas and can’t relate to songs about classic wintertime clichés like snow, chilly weather, and huddling around the fireplace. While the album does maintain a generally sunny disposition, it can’t help but feature standards like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and original lyrics in Caillat’s contributions such as “It’s not Christmas / If the snow don’t fall.” Even though Christmas in the Sand is meant to be a Christmas album for those who spend most of their time in the sun or on the beach, it still seems obligated to retread the same ground as past holiday releases. Of course, listeners instinctively understand this, but it is worth noting how Caillat’s motivation for recording the album and the way in which that motivation plays out, at times, incongruously with the original intent, highlights the difficulty inherent in recording a type of album that in its very nature defies innovation. Continue reading ‘Review: Colbie Caillat’s ‘Christmas In The Sand’’
When you’re turning 23 and on top of the world, what better way is there to celebrate than by releasing your 23rd music video? For Taylor Swift, Thursday will not only mark a new age, but a brand new music video for “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Directed by Anthony Mandler (Rihanna, fun., Lana Del Rey), and featuring Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark star, Reeve Carney as Swift’s troubled love interest, the video is a different approach for Swift, departing from her typical videos and by the looks of it giving way to a little more edge.
“As soon as I started writing this song, I knew it was different from anything else on the record, so I knew I wanted the video to be different from anything we’d done ever done,” Swift told MTV. “I wanted to tell the story of a girl who falls into a world that’s too fast for her, and suffers the consequences.”
The video will air on MTV at 4:40pm ET, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Can’t wait? Check out some behind the scenes photos from the shoot over at MTV.com.
If you like Taylor Swift, check out OurStage artist Jessica Lynn.
As any loyal concert-goer knows, there are certain things that work for artists, and others that we’d just as soon forget. Let’s be honest, this rings true even when seeing our favorite artists perform.
Now, as one of those aforementioned concert junkies, I’ve been compiling a mental list of these attributes and it’s about time I share them with music lovers and bands alike. Join us after the jump for a rundown of some of our personal DOs and DON’Ts for touring musicians, large and small.
Three years ago I started a music blog covering local and national musicians, and aiming to showcase those with not only talent, but passion. Although at first the press releases came in slow and steady, they quickly became overwhelming. This is especially the case when you’re running a one or two person team, as many blogs are.
Though it might be easy to fall into the assumption that labels, magazines, blogs and radio stations are overstaffed and underworked, I’m here to tell you that for the most part, it isn’t true. Although it is true that most music industry professionals want to break the next big thing, they are often not only understaffed, but overworked, and sifting through hundreds of press releases a day can become not only tedious, but impossible.
That’s why making yours stand out is so important. It’s also why so many bands and companies hire PR professionals to handle their publicity. But for those on a budget (and really, who isn’t these days?) we’re here to help you craft your own PR campaign, with a few simple steps. Check them out after the jump. Continue reading ‘DIY Public Relations: What You Need To Know’
Forbes has released their annual Top 25 list for the highest-paid musicians in 2012. While we may wish that it was swarming with OurStage artists (all in due time) we’re certain you’ll recognize and love more than a few of these names.
OurStage artist Delta Rae will be heading out on a co-headlining tour with ZZ Ward this winter, featuring support from Martin Harley. After capturing audiences on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and Conan, and making appearances in Rolling Stone and on VH1, they’re ready to hit the road and show fans where they really excel: live. Check out all their tour dates after the jump.
With pride for our friend and OurStage artist Jesse Terry, we want to let you know that he’s got a pretty big spotlight tonight on the CW’s “Hart Of Dixie,” which will feature one of his new songs. The show airs at 8pm EST.
If you like what you hear, check out Jesse’s new album Empty Seat On A Plane. He’ll be touring the northeast in early 2013:
Guilford CT (Ballou’s Wine Bar)
Branford CT (Ballou’s Wine Bar)
NYC (Rockwood Music Hall)
Londonderry NH (Tupelo Music Hall)
Fall River MA (Narrows Center For The Arts)
These last few weeks it seems like we’ve been posting more celebrity performances than not, and with the wave of awards shows recently, that’s not likely to stop any time soon.
Though there was a ton of performances on last night’s American Music Awards, we wanted to bring you our top five, in no particular order. Check out performances by PSY, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ke$ha and Christina Aguilera after the jump.
First up, PSY and MC Hammer. Though the pair was the final slot on the American Music Awards, , it was a killer performance that has since gone viral. Sporting the famed ”hammer pants,” PSY and MC Hammer nail it in this performance of “Gangnam Style.”
After promoting her latest album, Red, you’d think Taylor Swift would be a little exhausted. After all, she’s been appearing on every talk show and awards show for over a month now. However, right after accepting her award for Best Country Female, Swift launched into her masquerade themed performance of “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Though we love “Never Ever Getting Back Together” as much as the next site, it was nice to see a shift in performance choice.
Following up Taylor Swift in our performance list, comes the equally adored Carly Rae Jepsen, taking home the New Artist of the Year award and performing on a stage that featured colorful old-school phone booths, and plenty of glitter and glam. Jepsen stole fan’s hearts with “This Kiss” before and “Call Me Maybe.”
Ke$ha lived up to her reputation, with a wild performance of “Die Young,” featuring a light show, tribal drummers and even a drum performance by Ke$ha herself.
Speculated as one of the best performances at this year’s American Music Awards Christina Aguilera took to the stage Sunday night to perform a few songs from Lotus, including the title track, “Army Of Me” and “Let There Be Love.” Not only does this performance showcase Aguilera’s incredible vocal range and multitude of talents, but we catch her smiling once or twice throughout the performance, proving once again the passion she has for the stage.