Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.
VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.
The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.
With just weeks before her heralded Las Vegas residency begins, Britney Spears made her official arrival at Planet Hollywood earlier this week. It wasn’t as extravagant as Shania Twain arriving on a horse, but there was plenty of fan fare. Lights, cameras, paparazzi, fans, you name it, it was there.
Naturally, the 32-year-old singer is in promotional overdrive to move ticket sales and also copies of her just-released album Britney Jean. She even hinted that she might retire after her two-year residency. Yeah, right. I smell that marketing ploy a mile away ;)
In other Brit-related news, she appears on InStyle magazine’s January cover looking quite lovely wearing a Dior couture gown. Photographer Michelangelo Di Battista snaps the singer for her most “candid interview ever.” Knowing how verbose Brit is, I wonder what classifies as “candid” for the publication. Right?
Spears also released a teaser for her latest single “Perfume.” It uses the official lyric video as the background with footage of the video itself incorporated in. Check it out below.
The day has finally arrived. Britney Jean is available to purchase on iTunes. Already at the stroke of midnight, my FB notifications went crazy with all my Brit-obsessed friends praising their beloved queen. Mission accomplished, I suppose for Spears who calls her latest her “gayest” album to date.
Speaking of gay, Spears recently told Pride Source she gets inspiration for her songs from her gay fans because they’re “somewhat girls…” From anyone else, this could be classified as hate speech, but from Brit, it’s another instance of her not thinking before speaking. Love her, but she’s not a pro when it comes to picking politically correct words.
Jamie Lynn Spears surprised everyone by dropping a new single, a country one at that, the other day. What’s even more surprising is that it’s been met with generally a positive response from critics and music lovers alike. In fact, “How Could I Want More” had no problems breaking into iTunes Top 40 chart. Not too shabby for the 22-year-old who left the spotlight as a teenager to raise her daughter Maddie. It’s officially a comeback ya’ll.
It’s no coincidence her debut single coincides with older sis Britney streaming Britney Jean on iTunes. One of the most heavily-anticipated tracks on the album is a duet of Britney and Jamie Lynn. Given the free promotion from this and initial feedback of her single, the younger Spears wasted no time in unveiling the music video. Just like the track, it’s simple and intimate. It shows Jamie Lynn in the recording studio performing with her band. Check it out below.
Britney Spears haters take cover. There’s another Spears hoping to conquer the recording industry. Instead of following her sister’s footsteps into pop, Jamie Lynn Spears is going the country route. Not Taylor Swift country-pop either but hardcore twangy country. Hee haw!!!
“I don’t think you just wake up one morning and decide you’re going to sing. It’s something I’ve always done,” she told E!. ”But as a young child, like I said, all that was offered to me. You don’t know how to say, like, ‘Oh, this is what I want for the rest of my life.’ You can’t make those kind of decisions at 10 years old.”
The 22-year-old just released “How Could I Want More” on iTunes. It’s the lead cut off her debut album which she’s still working on. She recently stated her forthcoming LP was her “second baby.” Her first being her now 6-year-old daughter Maddie. At age 16 and a hit show, Zoey 101, under her belt, Jamie Lynn was primed to become Britney’s pop successor, but her teenage pregnancy put her career on hold.
In addition to recording her country track, she makes an appearance on Brit’s new album Britney Jean. The Spears sisters duet on “Chillin With You.” Check out her first single below and see if she has what it takes to be Nashville’s next “IT” girl.
If you’re a hardcore Britney Spears fan, you’ve undoubtedly noticed several tracks from her new album leaking everywhere including an album sampler featuring 30-second snippets of all the tracks. Instead of flipping out like several musicians have notoriously done so in the past, the “Perfume” singer is taking it all in stride.
I made this album specifically for my diehard fans so I'm just hoping every song touches you because each one is a piece of me.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) November 20, 2013
To those of you listening to the leaks… I hope you love…
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) November 20, 2013
On the flip side, executive producer will.i.am isn’t handling the violation so well. To be fair, his frustration is somewhat valid. Imagine if you worked hard on something and the final versions weren’t the ones people were listening to. I can definitely empathize, but it’s not going to stop me from sharing what’s leaked thus far ;)
“IMAGINE: a sponge falls into the pond…it comes out…and it isn’t wet… That’s society as whole right now…#doesntMAKEsense
Everyone has an comment & opinion: but does anyone have the patients/tolerance/compassion/discipline/and time to #understand
The internet Gives you access to EVERYTHING..most people chose to ignore its power & talk about NOTHING.. sponges that don’t get wet #broken” – will.i.am via Twitter
Based on early feedback from diehard fans, the album is getting a lukewarm response. Loyal Brit fans, however, are directing most of the blame to will.i.am for steering their beloved Spears off track. Check out the album below which includes a duet with her younger sister, Jamie Lynn.
Britney Spears’ “Perfume” has divided critics and fans alike. Personally, I think it’s one of her better offerings to date and definitely at the top tier of her ballads. I really hope the music video is worth the wait and a million times better than her newly-released lyric clip. Considering it’s one of Brit’s favorite tracks, I would’ve expected more than a visual which consists of what seemingly looks like stock footage of Los Angeles. Pull it together woman.
In other Brit-related news, a Dreaming Mix of “Perfume” has surfaced online. The stripped down version appears on the deluxe edition of Britney Jean. It features sparser production which allows for Britney’s vocals to shine. Yes, I just wrote that. Vocals shine ;) Check it out below, along with the lyric clip.
Typically, ballads and Britney Spears don’t go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong, but this one is in her wheelhouse. I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but “Everytime” is not only one of my favorite slow jams from her but also in general. Cue head nod of shame ;)
The 31-year-old previously called “Perfume” her favorite song off her upcoming eighth studio album Britney Jean. Brit co-wrote the track with Sia and will.i.am on producing duties. She premiered the track on her Facebook today. I’m not completely blown away by it at first listen, but I can see it being a slow burn. However, I will say I like it better than Gaga’s new ballad “Dope.” Check it out below and decide if it’s a worthy followup to “Work Bitch.”
“‘Perfume’ is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone,” Spears recently told E!. “Everyone’s been through an insecure moment in a relationship that’s left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that.”