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U2, Pharrell, Karen O Nominated For Oscars

OscarsLately it feels like all we do is fill you in on the latest awards that your favorite musicians are up for. But you know, that’s not such a bad thing. Between the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards, and People’s Choice Awards, we’ve been seeing some repeat nominees and winners. Take for example U2. They are recent winners of a Golden Globe  for their track “Ordinary Love,” and now they’re up for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category for the same track, which can be heard in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Or how about Grammy nominee Pharrell, who was up for an award for his work on Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines, and is now nominated for his songs “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, and “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same name? And let’s not forget Karen O whose solo track “The Moon Song” (from Her, and written with director Spike Jonze) faces off with U2 for Best Original Song.

You can check out the full list of nominees below, and let us know in the comments who has your vote.
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Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney Join Grammy Performance Lineup

Grammy AwardsThis year’s Grammy Awards lineup is nothing if not diverse. Recently announced Paul McCartney and Ringo Star will perform alongside Taylor Swift, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, John Legend, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. The crew joins several previously announced artists, such as Katy Perry, LordeRobin Thicke, and fun.‘s Nate Ruess. We’ll also see what one can only imagine will be a strange, yet intriguing collaboration between Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder.

Check out the full performance list here, and catch the 56th annual Grammy Awards Jan. 26th on CBS.

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Bruno Mars Extends Tour Dates, Announces Pharrell As Support

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Bruno Mars has announced the next leg of his Moonshine Jungle tour, and it includes support by Pharrell and Aloe Blacc, perhaps best known for his vocals on Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up.”  The tour will kick off this May in California, before hitting all the major US stops, along with a few dates in Canada. Prior to the tour, Mars will play two dates in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. Check out the full list of dates below. Continue reading ‘Bruno Mars Extends Tour Dates, Announces Pharrell As Support’

Sleigh Bells Perform On ‘Letterman’

Sleigh BellsLast night Sleigh Bells took to the stage of the Late Show With David Letterman to perform their animated little number “Young Legends,” off their most recent release, Bitter Rivals. The band was just announced as part of the massive Coachella lineup alongside OutKast, Queens Of The Stone Age, Lorde, and Forster The People. Check out the performance below. Continue reading ‘Sleigh Bells Perform On ‘Letterman’’

Pepsi Launches Grammy Best New Artist Video Series

Grammy AwardsPepsi has launched a sneak peak into the lives of five Grammy nominees which includes spotlights on James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran. The series is part of Pepsi’s sponsorship of iTunes Radio, which will include a Best New Artist station launching Jan. 15, and a Grammy Winner Station, launching Jan. 27. Check out the teaser trailer for the series below. Continue reading ‘Pepsi Launches Grammy Best New Artist Video Series’

Foster The People Deliver “Coming Of Age,” From New Album Due In March

Foster the PeopleFoster The People (anyone else mentally complete that phrase with “you love with love” or am I the only one who listened to James Taylor’s Greatest Hits too much when I was 13?) have debuted their new single “Coming of Age,” which will appear on their forthcoming album Supermodel, due March 14th.

I thought their last album was pretty schizophrenic. Not necessarily a bad thing (I personally dig records like that), just a divergent sound from song to song. This new one matches some of the band’s established vibe, but is more driving and built-for-radio. It doesn’t bear the slow slacker feel of their crossover hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” but it is pretty chilled out and dressed in ambient sound along with some prominent guitars. Cool song, check it out.

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Beats Music Streaming Service To Launch January 21

Beats MusicWatch out Spotify, there’s a new streaming service in town. Created by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch NailsBeats Music will finally see its long awaited launch next Tuesday, Jan. 21, with AT&T as their exclusive carrying partner.

According to the Beats website, users will “[g]et playlists, curated by the best music experts. Recommendations, served up based on your interests. And you can even tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling, and who you’re with, and we’ll deliver the perfect stream of music.”

Plans will start at $10, and AT&T will offer a family plan that allows five accounts to use the service for just $15/month.

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HBO’s ‘Girls’ To Feature New Songs By Beck, Lily Allen, And More

GirlsHBO’s third season of Girls premiered last night, and with the new season will come a slew of new songs by Lily Allen, Jenny Lewis, and Miguel, along with a new Beck song that will debut prior to his upcoming album release.

“The Jenny Lewis [song] scores a very emotional moment that happens in the second episode,” explains music supervisor Manish Raval, ”where the case is reunited with Jessa. I love the song, I love the moment, I love the last image of that moment. I think that’s my favorite spot of the season,” he said. “This season, a big chunk of an episode is based around a Harry Nilsson song. It’s something we haven’t done before … we have an episode this season that has an artist covering a Warren Zevon song. There isn’t anyone who we wouldn’t use. I think that’s the rule with this show; there should be no rules.”

Catch the new tunes Sundays at 10pm on HBO.

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BRIT Awards Nominees: David Bowie, Bastille, Ellie Goulding

BRIT awards‘Tis the season for awards shows! Following the recent announcement of the Grammy Awards nominees, comes the BRIT Awards nominations. Artists up for multiple awards this year include the Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, and newcomers Bastille, who are nominated in four categories, including best British Breakthrough Act, and Album of the Year. The awards will take place at 8pm GMT at London’s 02 Arena, and feature performances by Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars. You can view the full list of nominees below. Continue reading ‘BRIT Awards Nominees: David Bowie, Bastille, Ellie Goulding’

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. Continue reading ‘People’s Choice Awards Winners: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift’

 


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