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Top 25 Highest-Paid Musicians: Do Your Favorites Make The List?

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.

Topping the list this year is Dr. Dre with $110 million in earnings, to which he owes a great deal of thanks to his Beats headphone line. You’ll also find long time favorites Elton John ($80 million) and U2 ($78 million) among the list, with the fresh faces of Taylor Swift ($57 million) and Justin Bieber ($55 million) not far behind. Check out the full list after the jump. Continue reading ‘Top 25 Highest-Paid Musicians: Do Your Favorites Make The List?’

Exclusive Q and A: Departures Talk Time, Age, and T-Swift

A recipe for Departures: take equal parts ’90s emo and melodic hardcore, swirl, and let age for several years. Then sip lightly; you might burn your tongue. Brooding guitars, ragged vocals, and pounding drums jostle for space within the UK band’s darkly emotive songs of loss, aging, and mistakes. Last month, the band signed with the fast-growing No Sleep Records and their debut full-length Teenage Haze is out today. We caught up with guitarist Daniel Nash to chat about growing up in a band, touring in continental Europe, and their eclectic listening tastes.

OS: What’s the meaning behind the title Teenage Haze?  Does the album art have anything to do with the title as well?

Teenage Haze is a phrase taken from the song “The Home Stretch.” The song is about going back to your home town and experiencing that weird nostalgia, rose-tinted (or not) memories of growing up. There’s a lot of it in the album so we thought it fit pretty well. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Departures Talk Time, Age, and T-Swift’

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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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?


If you like Taylor Swift, check out OurStage artist Ria.

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Your Country’s Right Here: Risa Binder Makes Country Pop

Risa Binder not only lives in Nashville, she revels in it.

The country-pop singer songwriter may have grown up in Columbia, Maryland, but her heart was in Music City, after she found Loretta Lynn and then other icons such as Alison Krauss. Little wonder that the reality of living and working in Nashville — not to mention actually having Krauss drop by the studio in which Binder was recording her debut “Paper Heart” — still takes her breathe away.

“I just go and sit in the Bluebird Cafe and soak everything up,” said Binder. “Nashville is so crazy. It’s so exciting to be hear and hear a song come to life and play it and know others hear it. It’s all about everyone creating music.” Continue reading ‘Your Country’s Right Here: Risa Binder Makes Country Pop’

FUN. Cover Christmas Classic, “Sleigh Ride”

I know today is Halloween, but we just can’t wait for the upcoming holiday season! There are so many great things in store, one of which being the Holidays Rule compilation released yesterday by Hear Music, a joint venture between Starbucks and Concord Music Group. The release features holiday (mostly Christmas) classics covered by some of today’s most noteworthy artists such as the one and only Paul McCartney, The Shins, Andrew Bird, The Civil Wars, fun. and many more! If you’re ready for a glimpse of Christmas future, heat up some hot coco and listen to fun.’s cover of “Sleigh Ride” streaming here! If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, then you might be a Scrooge.

If you like fun. then you might also like OurStage’s own Ivory Drive.

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Sound And Vision: Will Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey Hurt the Rapper While Helping “American Idol”?

“I’m gonna knock you out…. I told you I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there!”

It’s not exactly prose worthy of Bob Dylan, or even Eminem, her sometime partner in rhyme, but with those fighting words, rapper Nicki Minaj recently helped make American Idol hot for the first time in years. She hurled them directly at Mariah Carey on October 2 in Charlotte, N.C., during the audition rounds for season 12 of Idol, which kicks off in January of 2013. Continue reading ‘Sound And Vision: Will Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey Hurt the Rapper While Helping “American Idol”?’

“Watch This!” Wednesday: Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, & fun.

We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. Here’s this week’s freshest new clips!

Nicki Minaj – “Come On A Cone”

Nicki Minaj has put out so many music videos in the last few months that we’re starting to lose count. Just a few days after the rapper dropped her video for “Boys,” she very innocently tweeted the link to the visual companion to the wild and wacky track “Come On A Cone.” No bright makeup and flashing screens on this one – instead, we’re given a behind-the-scenes look at Nicki’s life: hanging with Jay-Z and B, posing at award shows, and rapping alongside Waka Flocka Flame. You know, the usual.

Continue reading ‘“Watch This!” Wednesday: Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, & fun.’

Taylor Swift Live On Good Morning America

With all the buzz surrounding her latest album, Red, it’s no surprise that Taylor Swift has been a constant presence in our newsfeed. Early yesterday morning, Swift threw on her warmest show clothes and headed out to the middle of Times Square to perform on Good Morning America.

Beginning with her latest success “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Swift led straight into “Red” before finishing off the performance with her breakout hit, “Love Story.”

Speaking on Good Morning America, Swift said:

“I think for me, the music is my way of understanding what I’m feeling,” she says. “It’s kind of carried me my whole life and allowed me to filter through really complicated emotions and make them simple.”

Check out Swift’s performance right here.

If you like Taylor Swift, check out OurStage artist Shelby Marie.

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