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Tuesday Music Truth

1.Adele just snatched *NSYNC’s record and became besties with Jennifer Lawrence & Emma Stone at the same time…

It’s official:Adele’s red-hot 25 set has broken the single-week U.S. album sales record, according to Nielsen Music.

After first sales reports exploded yesterday, Adele’s latest soul shattering opus has already sold at least 2,433,000 in pure album sales in slightly more than three (!) days. That out-of-this-music world sum beats the single-week record which was set by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached when it debuted with 2,416,000 in March 2000. 

However, with more than three days left in the sales tracking week (as well as the start of the busy holiday shopping season) sales figures for 25 will indeed keep going. Presently, industry forecasters suggest Adele’s now coveted record could finish the week with 2.9 million sold. We can imagine that with these types of numbers, sales for Kleenex have gone up as well..

Meanwhile, there’s THIS picture of Adele hanging out with new besties Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone in NYC….fucking priceless.

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2.You won’t be seeing Justin Bieber at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year…

Maybe the Biebs isn’t dried off from his soaking wet performance at this past Sunday’s American Music Awards because Billboard is reporting that the “Sorry” singer canceled a planned Late Show With Stephen Colbert appearance as well as, reportedly, his involvement in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Issuing an apology on Twitter this morning, Bieber tweeted, “My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won’t be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show,” the singer tweeted. “I look forward to making it up to you soon.” (The Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance was also set to tape this evening, according to Entertainment Tonight.)

Tweeting directly to Mr. Colbert, Bieber continued, “@StephenAtHome thank you for the understanding as sometimes life kicks our a– and we need to deal with it. I will see u soon. Thank you.”

 

3.Ciara just dropped two new singles…..

As an early holiday gift to her “CSquad,” Ciara just dropped not one, but two new singles. The first being “Oh Baby,” a Dr. Luke cooked up number that is laced with remnants of her bedroom ready ’06 smash, “Promise.” The second is “Special Edition,” a slinky turnt up groove that only Ms. CiCi knows how to deliver. 

Dive into to both new songs below. 

 

4.Katy Perry just snatched Taylor Swift’s leftovers for her new H&M holiday commercial…

Is Katy Perry the new Fairy Godmother of Christmas?

After hyping us for weeks, Ms. Katy Perry just dropped her highly anticipated holiday campaign for H&M. and it’s just as festively bonkers as we thought it would be. Not only does it come with an irresistible (Duke Dumont produced!) jingle by Perry, but the oh, so cheery clip is filled with gingerbread men, elves, nutcrackers, Christmas trees, dancing teddy bears and one controversial appearance by one of Taylor Swift ‘s guy pals.

Around the O:57 mark, we see a sexy shirtless male model on the hood of a car, and if you think you recognize him, it’s because you do–his name is Sean O’Pry, the hot male model from Swift’s “Blank Space” music video. 

That holiday shade certainly is real, isn’t it Ms. Katy? 

Check out the mistletoe ready clip below. 

5.Motown the Musical is returning to Broadway…..

Get ready to dance in the streets….Motown the Musical is making its grand return to Broadway…

The story of how the groundbreaking record label rose, fell, and then rose again will return to New York starting July 2016 for an 18-week stand, according to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and producer Kevin McCollum. 

McCollum also spilled that the show has gotten stronger since opening on Broadway two years ago and Gordy has been sharpening the story. “It’s a much crisper and shorter and has a real pop to it,” McCollum spilled. 

For his part, Gordy said: “We tweaked a lot of stuff and the road show got tighter and tighter. And now it’s coming back to Broadway and we’re very happy about that because that’s where it started. It was raw and they accepted us and loved us, and so we’re so excited to get back to where it started when it was rough.”

When the show premiered at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in March 2013, it became an instant smash, going on to deliver 700 performances and serving up a consistent box office that would break $1 million a week. For this upcoming trek, the show will be at the Nederlander Theatre, a smaller venue but one McCollum feels is a “better fit.” 

The story begins and ends in 1983 – Motown’s 25th anniversary – and travels back in time to show how Mr. Gordy helped start and shape the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many, many, many more living and dearly departed music legends. 

For all of the Motown the Musical truth, go right here

 

 

 

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Monday Music Truth/American Music Awards Edition

1.The time has (finally) come for us to open the pages of Rihanna’s ANTI diary….

Here we go again? 

After what has felt like years of anticipation (wait, it has), Rihanna looks to be finally be getting ready to serve us with her insanely anticipated Anti album. During last night’s American Music Awards, the “Unfaithful” diva’s endorsement deal with Samsung owned commercial breaks as RiRi gave us a peek into her ANTIdiaRy.

The teaser shows Rihanna following two children and finding an #R8 key on the floor. A younger girl, who is the spitting image of her Anti album cover, also appears with a crown over her eyes. There’s even more details on mobile devices, with AntiDiary.com serving as a hub of Rihanna’s memories unfolding in a series of episodes. Created in partnership with pioneering theater company, Punchdrunk, the site prompts the user to look for clues inside each room. According to an official Anti statement, it marks “just the beginning of an unforgettable exclusive journey through Rihanna’s life story.”

It better be. 

2.Celine Dion’s powerful Paris tribute last night will take over your soul…

Introduced by presenter Jared Leto as “one of the world’s greatest voices,” at last night’s AMA’s Ms. Dion certainly proved that far when took the stage and sang Edith Piaf’s “Hymne a L’Amour” (“Ode to Love”) in French while images of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other Parisian landmarks played in the background behind the living legend. 

Just watch. 

3.President Obama is set to appear on Coldplay’s new album….

With a number of A-list guests that  already includes Beyoncé, Blue Ivy(!), and Gwenyth Paltrow, Coldplay’s upcoming A Head Full of Dreams record is already looking like a promising music affair. But now front man Chris Martin just announced a guest that pretty much one ups every special guest on any album ever:President Barack Obama.

Spilling to UK”s The Sun, Martin spilled that Obama will be featured on the title track, however, Mr. President didn’t exactly join the British band in the studio. Instead, the album will feature a snippet of Obama’s brief “Amazing Grace” performance, which took place during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa C. Pickney, one of the victims of the tragic Charleston church shooting, earlier this year.

“We have a tiny clip of the president singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at that church,” spilled Martin. “Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found’.”  

Meanwhile, at last night’s AMAs, Coldplay performed at the annual ceremony for the first time in seven years. Putting a trippy spin on Dreams disco tinged lead single, “Adventure of a Lifetime,” the group was backed by colorful, swirling graphics (and dancers in gorilla costumes!), creating a performance that if you missed it last night, it will certainly make your Monday.

4.Harry Styles needs to fire his stylist…..

NO.

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5.Alanis Morisette and Demi Lovao are a match made in angst-y heaven…

Keeping on with her Jagged Little comeback, the legendary Alanis Morissette took the AMAs stage last night with a very special guest-“Cool for the Summer” diva, Demi Lovato. 

Lovato’s collaboration with Morissette was her second performance of the night; the former Camp Rock star had previously belted out her current single, “Confident,” maintaining her angst-y attitude as she and Alanis strutted across the AMA stage while belting out Ms. Morissette’s trademark tune, “You Oughta Know.” 

And much to our delight, the “Hand In My Pocket” scribe has been everywhere lately celebrating the the 20th anniversary of her massive debut album, Jagged Little Pill. A few months ago, the rockin’ diva served us with a massive, collector’s edition reissue that contains rare demos and a live recording of a London concert that featured members of Foo Fighters and Jane’s Addiction in her backing band. While promoting the coveted reissue, Morissette has been updating her hit “Ironic” with various late-night hosts, including a now priceless version with James Corden that included references to today’s Tinder and Snapchat obsession

5.Nicki Minaj threw shade like the mighty oak last night towards J.Lo….

Is there anything better than Nicki Minaj style music shade?

At the precise moment when J-Lo was shaking her ass into Nicki’s own “Anaconda” (during a mucho caliente dance medley of this year’s biggest hits), the rapstress ever so slightly shaded the “Waiting for Tonight” singer. 

Because the cameraman gifted us all with this now classic moment where Nicki has just the slightest flicker of disapproval across her face, the time is now to start a petition for a raise. 

Watch the shade fueled medley right here

6.Billboard has all of your AMAs truth….

While we could easily spill music tea all day about last night’s AMAs spectacle, Billboard breaks it all down, including their takes on performances by Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, the one-and-only, Leon Bridges, and one sloppy smooch between Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth that no one will ever forget. (Check your AMAs music life right here).

Big winners for the night include One Direction for Artist of the Year (go figure) and also Taylor Swift, who snatched the trophy for Song of the tear for her monstrous smash, “Blank Space.”  

And that time last night when Ariana Grande and Celine Dion became new besties? Absolutely f$%king priceless. 

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Thursday Music Truth

1.Adele is returning to Joe’s Pub…

Although the days when Adele was only a semi-known powerhouse seem a million miles away at this point, there was a time that the diva went on a small U.S. concert trek, An Evening With Adele, that included stops at Philly’s World Cafe Live! and an intimate New York hotspot called Joe’s Pub, where it all began. 

Returning to her performing roots, Adele will drop by the pub tomorrow to coincide with the release of her 25 set. The blessed event will feature a Q&A with the singer hosted by Z100’s Elvis Duran, and Adele will be performing tunes from the album like her comeback single “Hello” and her newly released ballad “When We Were Young,” which she previewed during her 60 Minutes Australia interview.

A must watch if you haven’t gotten lost it yet. We’re all 25 ready. 

2.Justin Bieber and James Corden play carpool karaoke…again. 

Already proving that they’re Carpool Karaoke besties, Justin Bieber and James Corden are back for another round of behind-the-wheel fun, this time avoiding paparazzi, spilling about tattoos, and of course, signing their hearts out to the Biebs “Never Say Never,” Purpose tracks “Sorry and “What Do You Mean,” and ‘Ironic” by Ms. Alanis which has had quite the comeback lately. 

Watch below. 

3.Missy Elliot is OWNING the cover of Billboard….

Missy is back. Hard to believe that it’s been a decade since she last served us with The Cookbook, the album that housed us her most recent chart shattering single, “Lose Control.” Now Missy’s rightfully back after a year that included a high-profile Super Bowl halftime appearance, collaborations with Kiesza and Janet, and the just released Dave Meters directed post-futuristic video for her beat heavy new single, “WTF(Where They From’)”

Owning this week’s cover story, Missy Elliot recently stopped by music bible Billboard for an exclusive comeback tea, which you can revel in full right here. Even better than that, is that Ms. Elliot will be receiving receive the inaugural Innovator award at the 2015 Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which will take place in NYC on Dec 11th. The esteemed honor recognizing music artists whose incredible body of work has consistently broken new ground in pop music–and when it comes to Missy’s memorable collection of grooves, it most certainly has.  

“Missy Elliott is a once-in-a-generation artist and producer whose artistic brilliance and creative vision have transformed pop and hip hop music,” spilled Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which is made up of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s such a thrill to make this announcement while Missy is on our current Billboard cover after a decade-long hiatus. There are few artists more respected by her peers and more creative. We are proud to honor her with the inaugural Women in Music Innovator award.”

Truth. Go on, Ms. Missy. 

4.This priceless picture of Mariah Carey receding a voice over from bed….

With no real explanation given, Mariah Carey just shared a photo of herself draped delicately under the covers, sporting nothing but diamonds while laying alongside a boom mic and a recording crew. “Working from bed,” she wrote cheerfully in the caption. “Sometimes you have to make the voice-over studio come to YOU.”

DONE. 

5.Step away from Adele and let Kelly Clarkson take over your soul for a moment…

After a tough year that’s included battling a tour-ending vocal strain and near-crippling morning sickness, the original American Idol, Ms. Kelly Clarkson is back at it, serving black-and-white realness in the just released video for the title track from her latest album, Piece by Piece.

The delicately shot video features Clarkson singing into the camera about the two most important men in her life — her father, who abandoned Clarkson’s family when she was young, and her husband Brandon Blackstock. The video also features touching images of mothers and daughters, ending on an ever sweet note with Clarkson holding her own adorable baby daughter, River Rose, who gives mommy a teary-eyed surprise at the conclusion. 

Pass the Kleenex, please. 

6.This new Matvey Emerson groove will hit your Thursday music “G” spot….

A deep house provocateur, overseas DJ Matey Emerson has cooked up synth-fully dreamy cuts, “Run Away,” “All I Want Is You,” and the Robyn S. and Mariah influenced, “Show Me Love” and “Over.” Now, he’s back with the sensual, “I Need Somebody,” a strobe-lit piece of deep house heaven that will help guide you into the weekend and beyond. 

Put those headphones and have a listen…you’ll be glad you did.