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American Music Awards Performances: Watch Them Now!

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.

If you like Christina Aguilera, check out OurStage artist Shianne Mariah Phillips.

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Musicians Rally Against Internet Radio Fairness Act

While artists have individually expressed quiet distate for the paltry royalties paid out by music streaming services such as Pandora or Spotify, a unified statement from a large group of allied musicians has been noticeably absent. At least until this past Wednesday, when over 100 notable artists signed off on a letter publicly criticizing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. The letter, publicized by the MusicFirst Coalition, a group comprised of musicians’ unions, artists, and record labels, demands that Congress refuse to “gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon” by passing the bipartisan bill, which would dramatically cut the royalty rates that streaming new media services such as Pandora are required to pay.

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Your Country’s Right Here: Billy Ray Cyrus Gets Back to Basics

Billy Ray Cyrus goes back to basics on his latest album Change My Mind—and it sounds so good.

The title song, inspired by his decision to end divorce proceedings and reunite with his wife, is one of nine tunes that mixes bluegrass, roots, southern rock, gospel and country music for a distinctive sound. Those that only know Cyrus from his work with daughter Miley on the Disney show Hannah Montana, may find the gritty sound surprising, but Cyrus said it’s his true musical voice.

“I’m very proud of this album,” said Cyrus who wrote or co-wrote every song on the album. “This is really who I am. When I grew up and listened to country music, this was the music I wanted to make.”

Cyrus talked about his life as a young singer-songwriter, living in his car and hoping for his big break. Yet when his single “Achy Breaky Heart” from his 1992 album Some Gave All album topped Billboard charts for weeks and went 9x-platinum, it was a double-edged sword. Cyrus was bashed by critics even as sales soared and the album stayed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist. Continue reading ‘Your Country’s Right Here: Billy Ray Cyrus Gets Back to Basics’

SXSW Announces Initial Lineup

Everyone’s favorite southern music and film festival is right around the bend! Well, maybe March isn’t exactly right around the bend, but between today’s line up announcement and festival details, we’re aching to share the good news about South By Southwest.

Among the festival’s line up announcement was Hawthorne Heights, Charlotte Church, Driver Friendly, Of Mice & Men and OurStage’s own Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.

SXSW will take place March 12-17, 2013 in Austin, TX, and the full line up can be seen here.

Check back with OurStage, and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest SXSW happenings. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts on the current line up in the comments.

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Comparing Crowdfunding; Why Kickstarter Isn’t Your Best Option

The concept of the struggling artist is nothing new and in fact, it’s more prominent today than ever before. Playing frequent shows, selling merch and making quality music aren’t always enough to pay the bills these days. Often times, you may find yourself aching to create a new album, some new music videos, or invest in better equipment. But without the cash, what’s a struggling band to do?

Enter: crowdfunding. Most are familiar with the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. However, Kickstarter isn’t your only option and in fact, not always your best.

Did you know that Kickstarter only accepts 60% of applications and only has a 44% success rate? Read on after the jump for our comparison of three of the top crowd funding sites: Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and Crowdtilt. Continue reading ‘Comparing Crowdfunding; Why Kickstarter Isn’t Your Best Option’

Your Country’s Right Here: Florida Georgia Line “Cruise” to Big Time

From the minute Florida Georgia Line hit the  stage at a recent Washington, D.C.-area show, it was clear why the duo’s star is rising.

It wasn’t just the ease and enthusiasm they put into their performance—right from the first notes of “It’s Just What We Do”—but a certain mix of confidence and amiability that blends into a palatable charisma. Not that the duo—known individually as Tyler Hubbard of Monroe, Ga., and Brian Kelley of Ormond Beach, Fla. —thinks that way.

“It says Florida-Georgia Line but we know we couldn’t have couldn’t have done it without our amazing management, our booking agent, our whole team,” said Kelley, back stage after the duo’s set opening for Jake Owen, speaking of the band’s first gold record for “Cruise.” “Our manager has assembled what we think is the best team in Nashville so we know it’s for everyone, not just us.” Continue reading ‘Your Country’s Right Here: Florida Georgia Line “Cruise” to Big Time’

The Civil Wars, Citing “Irreconcilable Differences,” Cancel Upcoming Tour Dates

First, let’s get this out of the way. Americana duo The Civil Wars, comprised of John Paul White (a little bit country) and Joy Williams (a little bit rock n’ roll) are married, just not to each other.

That said, news of the group’s cancellation of their upcoming tour dates read like divorce papers. “We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret,” in a message posted to The Civil Wars’ website and Facebook page. “However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time.”

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Bob Dylan Updates His Facebook Status For The First Time Ever!

Ladies and gentleman, we’d like to welcome oldtimer Bob Dylan to the internet. The master of folk has finally figured out how to work that confounded computing machine and has even managed to personally update his facebook status for the first time ever!

What special occasion could possibly compel the legendary geezer to dust off his monitor and update the ol’ ‘book? Why, the election of course! Before Obama’s win was confirmed, Dylan took to his profile with the following message:

“Here’s pretty close to what I said last night in Madison. I said from the stage that we had to play better than good tonight, that the president was here today and he’s a hard act to follow. Also, that we’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide. That’s pretty much all of it.”

Huh, not bad I guess. Better than my first status update at least: “Hot Pockets r good but I always burn my mouth :( lol.” Looks like Dylan is finally becoming one of us. Let’s just hope we don’t lost him to rage face memes and pictures of cats (He strikes me as a FarmVille kinda guy)… It’s a slippery slope from here…

If you like Bob Dylan, then you might also like OurStage’s own Joncallmusic.

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Taylor Swift Performs “Begin Again” On CMA Awards

Thursday night’s CMA Awards was without a doubt, a star studded event. With acts like Kelly Clarkson and co-hosts Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley gracing the red carpet and sharing the stage, audiences waited in anticipation for not only the night’s winners, but also the event’s highly anticipated performances. Among them, Taylor Swift.

Performing “Begin Again,” off her latest release, Red, Swift’s set mimicked the song’s French-inspired music video.

Though Swift did not receive awards for nominations in Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for Safe & Sound with The Civil Wars, she did receive a standing ovation for her performance. Check out the performance right here and let us know-how did she do?


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Matt Nathanson Thinks Taylor Swift Re-Appropriated His Lyrics

Man, people these days. You break a couple of sales records and OUT COME THE HATERS.

I’m sure all Taylor Swift wants to do right now is sit back, relax, maybe get into a fraught high-profile relationship, and bask in her achievements. Red, the pop songstress’ fourth album, went platinum and then some in its debut week on the charts. I’m not sure if you’re aware of the current state of the music industry, but that just doesn’t happen anymore.

But no, Swift find herself beleaguered, in spite of (or maybe because of) her runaway success. First was the Country Music Association Award skewers and snubs. And now, allegations of plagiarism?

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