1.Missy Elliot is back….
2.Ariana Grande wants you to “Focus” on her at the American Music Awards….
Get ready to see that ponytail live and up close because Ariana Grande will be performing her new single, “Focus,” at this year’s American Music Awards. This is actually the third year Ms. Thing has been invited to the annual music awards show, her first was the 2013 event, when she took home the new artist of the year trophy. And who can forget last year she performed “Bang, Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, as well as delivering a medley of her songs “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder.” No one.
The “One Last Time” diva will join a line-up of previously announced performers which includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gwen Stefani, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, One Direction and Ms. Carrie Underwood.
The Jennifer Lopez hosted AMAs will drop on Sunday night, 8 E.T., Nov 22nd on ABC.
3.It’s official….Jennifer Aniston is a Belieber…..
It looks like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Bieber are now, um, friends.
While it’s unclear exactly where this already infamous picture was taken, Justin Bieber shared a fun photo of himself hanging out with Jennifer Aniston on Instagram yesterday. In the captionless black-and-white shot, Justin serves us with a shocked facial expression and Jennifer goes for an oh, so simple smirk.
Justin has been guest starring on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for “Bieber Week,” and so far, the singer has addressed his naked photo scandal and opened up about his famous ex, Selena Gomez. Most recently, Justin announced his upcoming Purpose world tour (which his Philly on May 7th, get those tickets here), with the announcement being accompanied by him hosting a fan Q&A at the Staples Center in L.A tomorrow, Nov 13th, the day his much-anticipated Purpose set drops.
4.Billboard counts down the Top 25 Greatest Pop Hooks of all time…
In what is probably the greatest music assignment ever, the magical musical team at Billboard decided to put their headphones together and cook up a memorable collection of pop tunes that in their humble music opinion have the greatest hooks of all time.
Artists included on the covered list are The Village People with their line dance behemoth, “YMCA,” Lady Gaga’s :”Bad Romance,” and one Ms. Jody Watley, whose irresistible ’80s smash, “Don’t Want You Me” has found a hoops-filled home on the list, which you can read right here.
5.Philly has just been named number one concert city in North America…and hopefully next year, too.
On their recently compiled list of the 20 best North American cities for live music, Vivid Seats, a website customized for buying and selling music, sports and theater tickets, has just put Philly on top of the list. Looking at funkdafied factors like number of concerts and average ticket prices for upcoming live spectacles, the site gleefully noted that Philly makes its strides in finding a local music home for many genres including jazz, country and folk.
Another big factor was the addition of the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia to the live venue scene which has already held incredible concerts from Hall and Oates, Gary Clark Jr., Disclosure and Tove Lo. The city of brotherly love has also bred some of its very own incredible music artists, including indie players Kurt Vile, Marian Hill, and hip-hop legends The Roots, who’ve become even bigger household names since they began performing every night as the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
With an upcoming 2016 concert roster that includes The Knocks, Jess Glynne, Bryan Adams, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson, it looks like Philly just might own the top spot next year. Plus, if that Will Smith/DJ Jazzy Jeff tour takes flight next year, Philly will be feelin’ real good.