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Mixtape Music News

1.Janet Jackson made Nutty chart history fifteen years ago today….

15 years ago today, Ms. Janet Jackson claimed her ninth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Doesn’t Really Matter,” and becoming the first artist to have #1 singles in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. (Madonna would actually achieve the same feat three weeks later when “Music” grooved at #1)  “Matter” was served to us as the theme from the soundtrack to Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, which co-starred Jackson and Eddie Murphy.

Go on, Ms. Janet…

2.Taylor Swift’s surprise this guests just keep on comin’…….

As Taylor Swift continues to surprise her audiences with superstar guests, (she performed “You Oughta Know” with Ms. Alanis herself a few days ago), she also continues to show off, err, display her famous friends. During her fourth sold-out show at L.A.’s Staples Center last night, the mega popstar brought out John Legend, Beck, and St. Vincent.

First up was Legend, who performed “All Of Me” at a piano while Swift sang (and did her trademark dance moves) next to it in a shimmering gold floor-length gown. 

Toward the end of Taylor’s set, Beck joined Swift on stage for his latest single, “Dreams,” accompanied by St. Vincent on guitar. Although it wasn’t quite the episode of Glee that “All Of Me” was, Ms. Diva clearly enjoyed herself, and the pyro portion of St. Vincent’s solo certainly got the crowd all sorts of amped.

Watch fan-filmed videos of both superstar moments below. 

3.Carrie Underwood drops sexy video for “Smoke Break”…

Although “Smoke Break,” Carrie Underwood’s anthem to the hard-working folks around the globe who could sometimes use a little R&R from life’s craziness, was just released this week, she’ s already serving us with the steamy video for the track.

As Underwood drives around the desert in an old pickup truck, the video flashes back and forth to a diner, featuring a hardworking barista and a white-collar patron who both look like they’ve…just…had..it. When the truck breaks down, she joins the tired club as she is naturally forced to hitchhike with her guitar.

Not to mention, she’s also rockin’ one sexy, skin tight pair of Daisy Dukes and knee-high boots for days. You better work, Ms. Carrie. 

4.Calvin Harris is Forbes highest paid DJ…are you surprised? 

Surprise! according to Forbes’ latest report on dance music’s big earners, Calvin Harris is the undisputed king of EDM. 

The Scottish producer and disc jockey earned $66 million last year to lead Forbes’ Electronic Cash Kings list for a second straight year, pulling in nearly double the next-highest earner, Mr. David Guetta who’s only made a measly $37 million dollars last year. 

There’s no need to argue that Harris has the dance world at his headphones. He’s enjoyed mega-success not only cooking up tracks for other artists, but he’s also whipped up a beat buffet of his own hits. It also doesn’t hurt that he earns a small fortune for his DJ sets and that he also has a seven-figure endorsement with everyone’s favorite male celebrity endorsed underwear brand, Giorgio Armani. Not too shabby, Mr. Harris.

 

5.A lot of One Direction fans are pissed off at Joey Fatone right now…

Earlier this week, the world was devastated by the news that One Direction will be taking a break beginning early next year. Since the tragic news, Directioners have flooded social media with their depression, denial, and utter most despair. But the best, err, worst part for the fans came just a day later when former *NSYNC member Joey Fatone “wrote” a “you’re f#$ked” letter to the boys…and that’s when all 1D hell broke loose.

The now infamous “letter” is basically a bedtime story of what will happen to the 1D boys as soon as the hiatus kicks up. The fake letter points out that other than Harry Styles, the rest of the group is destined for failure. Plus, he took a direct shot at Louis Tomlinson…which this one fan didn’t take to lightly.

Pretty much sums it up. For the rest of the angry tweets…freak out right here.

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 1.Bruce Springsteen’s groundbreaking Born to Run set is now 40 years old….

Forty years ago today, New Jersey‘s Bruce Springsteen released Born to Run, the album that would launch him into the rock-and-roll stratosphere.

While the albums incredible title track already attracted a small cult following, at the time of its release, Springsteen desperately needed a break from himself. Despite vigorous promotion by Columbia Records, his first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, were major commercial flops. Although his infamous band spent their every waking music moment either in the recording studio or on tour, the struggle was still certainly real-until Born to Run hit headphones everywhere on August 25th, 1975.

Desperately searching for their smash single, in late 1974 Mike Appel, Bruce’s manager, distributed a rough edit of the title track to select radio stations around the area. Within a very short time, the song became an underground hit as young people stampeded record stores seeking copies of Bruce’s single, which in fact, didn’t exist yet. Right here in Philly, the demand for the music truth loaded title track was so strong that WFIL, the city’s top-40 AM station, spun it out multiple times each day. Over in Cleveland, the DJ Kid Leo played the song religiously at 5:55 p.m. each Friday afternoon on WMMS, to “officially launch the weekend.”

Beautifully mixed with the E Street Band’s insatiable blend of horns, keyboards, guitars, and percussion, “Born to Run” was a big, bold ballad of escape, laced with cultural references that working-class listeners recognized immediately. The song would finally give Bruce and his band the credit they rightfully deserved, all while Mr. Springsteen would soon be honored with the title, “The Boss.” And when it came to the Born to Run-era, he most certainly was.

 

2.Carrie Underwood drops new album details and cover art….

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After taking time off to become a mama, Carrie Underwood is returning with a new record, Storyteller, this fall. But despite being a chart-topping country diva for a decade (!), Ms. Carrie admitted that she’s a little nervous about her upcoming studio set.

“This is the longest time I’ve taken between studio albums,” the “Before He Cheats” singer told EW. “I’ve been listening to some of these songs for two years and to still be excited about them is great but then it’s like ‘Oh my gosh, is everybody else going to like it?’ I’m more nervous now that I’ve taken time.”

But now that the reaction to Storyteller’s lead single “Smoke Break” has been nothing but positive, longtime seem more than eager to lasso in her new set.  

“Never have I heard a new single on the radio the day it was released…until today!” Ms. Carrie tweeted last week. “Woo hoooo!!! I think it’s a good sign!”

Take a “Smoke Break” with Ms. Carrie below. 

3.Selena Gomez tells the U.K.’s Sunday Times how she really feels about Taylor Swift…

Oh, Jelena…

It was just a short time ago that Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber broke our tween music hearts by announcing their breakup. While the public has seemed to not let it go like in Mariah in ’91 when it came to their breakup, Ms. Gomez has certainly done so, but recognizes the fans’ struggle to keep it real. 

“It’s difficult for people to separate us,” the “Good For You” songstress told the U.K.’s Sunday Times. “The Internet wants to freeze this moment in time and constantly repeat it.”

The 23-year-old diva also opened up to the newspaper about Bieber and their very public “are-they-or-aren’t-they?”  relationship, which kicked its up its heels nearly five years ago. Gomez, who displayed her Biebs heartbreak on last year’s “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” touched on the pressures she faced while dating Bieber, citing the media and her young age.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything bad by falling in love,” she said. “There’s such an emphasis on people being the perfect thing and then destroying them because it’s good press. Throw in the fact that you are a teenager — it makes it more difficult.”

But despite her struggles with love, Gomez also said that besties like like Taylor Swift are always there to have her back.

“I can count on one hand the people I could call and who would be there for me,” she said. “Taylor is one of the greatest people. When I split with my first boyfriend and I was really sad about it, she flew into town with homemade cookies and a bunch of junk food.”

Enough said. 

4.Kim Kardashian just stole Beyonce’s Instagram wig…

Say it isn’t so..

Blue Ivy’s baby momma is no longer the Queen of Instagram. This is sad, but true, as Beyonce has officially been dethroned by the one and only (?) Kim Kardashian.

With a total of 44.1 million followers, Kardashian surpassed Beyonce’s 44 million as of yesterday, reports Tech Insider. The site shared Kardashian and Beyonce’s exact numbers of followers, and the difference isn’t even 70,000 (Kardashian is at 44,005,604 with Beyonce at 43,935,648).

Although the two ladies have been neck and neck for a long time, Kardashian has been gaining followers at a faster rate — most likely its because of that chest selfie she took to celebrate 42 million followers a couple of weeks ago. Kardashian has also posted about three times as many pictures as Beyonce, sitting at a whopping 3,022 posts when she took over Instagram’s top spot.

And just who is 3rd Instagram place with 43.7 million followers? You guessed it….Taylor Swift.

 

5.Joey Fatone has THIS to say about One Direction’s upcoming hiatus….”you’re fucked.”

Go here to read this story that will make your Tuesday and your music life. 

 

 

 

 

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1.One Direction just broke our hearts on a Monday….

Not to break anyone’s music hearts at the start of the week, but according to a report in The Sun, One Direction is going their separate ways next spring after the release of their fifth studio album.

Allegedly the members of the world dominating boy band–Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan–are each aiming to concentrate on solo projects, although there’s been no confirmation….yet.

It should also be noted that the supposed upcoming break was planned “with or without Zayn” Malik, who left 1D in March.

Naturally, when asked about the news by Newsbeat, the band’s PR team said “no comment.” 

Sigh….

2.Demi Lovato drops a “Confident” new single…..

Although were still taking a bite out of Demi Lovato‘s sexy “Cool For The Summer” music cherry, the window shattering diva has dropped a new track. Titled “Confident,” the tune is set to be the next offering to be taken from Lovato’s upcoming untitled fifth studio album. 

The Max Martin-produced track (go figure.) was confirmed as Lovato’s second single at the iHeartMedia summit earlier this month, but there has been no confirmation as to whether the leak is the actual song..until now. 

If the alleged leak is in fact the real song, “Confident” is very fitting to Lovato’s newly reformed fierceness that she has publicly displayed recently between her eye-popping “Cool For The Summer” music video and no holds barred Cosmopolitan cover.

Check out the percussion heavy ditty right here

3.Taylor Swift set to drop “Wildest Dreams” clip at this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards…

While the MTV Video Music Awards are still a few days away, Ms. Taylor Swift already wants a big piece of them, besides the fact she’s nominated for forty-five moon men. 

Earlier this morning, Swift shared a snippet of the video for “Wildest Dreams,” the fifth single taken from her chart destroying 1989 set. The singer served up a promo for the track on her Instagram page, which also announced that the upcoming clip will get its full-length premiere at the VMAs pre-show this Sunday, August 30th. 

The “Style” singer wrote,  “Wildest Dreams music video preview. VMA night. Get ready. #WildestDreamsMusicVideo.”

From the oh, so quick tease, we can see its director runs with the “wild” theme complete with horses, zebras and tigers…oh my. 

Watch the teaser here

4.Straight Outta Compton owns the box office for a second week in a row…

Not that it’s a surprise too many, but Straight Outta Compton easily owned its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a very snoozy late summer weekend at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Universal’s red-hot N.W.A biopic busted a cap in the ass of other late August releases that often fit the movie mold of Hollywood’s dog days of summer. The film has made an astounding $111.5 million in two weeks, and continued to drive moviegoers, both male and female, despite those pesky renewed charges of misogyny in N.W.A infamous lyrics and the film overlooking claims of Dr. Dre’s abuse of women, who recently went on record by addressing the abuse, “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

5.Here’s a little music chart rewind for your Monday…

Let’s go Back to the Future with this fun chart rewind as Huey Lewis & the News topped the Billboard Hot 100 thirty years ago this week with the “The Power of Love,” the iconic ’80s band’s theme from the Michael J. Fox time-travel blockbuster. Go on, Mr. McFly…

In more movie music truth, it was 20 years ago this week that Heidi Klum’s ex, Seal, took his dreamy Batman Forever ballad, “Kiss From A Rose,” straight to the top of the music charts. Bat time certainly flies, doesn’t it?