I don’t know about you, but I feel Shazam is probably one of the best apps ever created. There is nothing more frustrating than hearing a song but not being able to remember the title or artist. Even worse, if you hear it on your favorite TV show and rack your brain trying to figure it out, but still come up empty-handed. Honestly, Shazam has saved me numerous headaches. I also love using it as a makeshift to-download list for songs I need to purchase. The service has been partially credited for Icona Pop’s success. Their hit “I Love It” went on to be Shazamed more than two millions times in the US after appearing on Girls.
In the past several years, Shazam’s activity has increased at an astronomical rate. In 2011, Adele was tops with 4 million Shazams. In 2012, five artists achieved more than five million tags. This year, 43 artists have achieved more than five million Shazams. The popular music tagging service revealed their annual list of most popular tags. Check out the lists below and see if your tagging contributed to the totals.
Before you jump to any conclusions. No, Britney Spears didn’t just book a guest spot on Scandal. However, with her recent “somewhat girls” word vomit and career worst opening bow for Britney Jean, she might consider hiring Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to fix things. I’d give anything to see Olivia tell Brit, “It’s handled!!!” Knowing Brit, she’d be wondering handled what?!?!?
With the winter finale of Scandal airing tonight, I thought it was a perfect time to highlight Spears’ surprising connections with a couple of the cast members. First up is Guillermo Diaz who plays Huck. Before torturing people, he was somewhat of a savior. He rescues Brit in her “I Wanna Go” video while referencing his 90s stoner comedy, Half Baked.
The other connection is a tad more scandalous. For real. Apparently, Columbus Short aka Harrison was a professional dancer back in the day. He even choreographed her 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour before it was canceled due to a knee injury Brit sustained. Short also claims he had a brief fling with Brit while dancing for her. Speaking of dance, did you know he starred in the direct-to-video Save The Last Dance 2. If you recall, Kerry Washington appeared in the first one. Small world.
With all these connections, Brit is practically a Gladiator. I’m sure the “Perfume” singer has some skills Pope can utilize. After all, Brit’s music scares away Somali pirates. Check out videos below featuring Britney Jean with the Scandal guys.
First the good news. Britney Spears has the best-selling new album on this week’s Billboard Top 200. The bad news is that Britney Jean debuts at No. 4. Even worse, the 107,000 units sold represents the worst opening bow of the superstar’s career. Even her debut album, …Baby One More Time, sold more in 1999 with 121,000 units. Her previous two studio albums, Circus and Femme Fatale, sold 505,000 and 276,000 copies respectively.
With a Planet Hollywood Vegas residency beginning, the 32-year-old singer won’t have time to tour and promote her new album. The million dollar question is, should she cut her losses or go into overdrive to salvage this era? This bitch just needs to work harder, especially if she wants that Maserati or Lamborghini.
Before we get into the meat of the video, can we discuss the slab of juicy prime beef Britney Spears cozies up to? Yowzers. I think I might have to revisit my 2011 post on Brit’s Top 10 Hottest Music Boy Toys. Model Alexander Kjellevik is pretty dang fine. The scruff, the hair, the abs, it all works. It must’ve been hard work laying that blond head of hers on his ripped stomach. I digress.
Directed by frequent collaborator Joseph Khan, “Perfume” can easily pass as a fragrance ad for one of Spears’ many scents. Girlfriend spritzes herself in hopes that Kjellevik’s girlfriend, Cindy, smells it. I suppose she didn’t mark her territory enough because in the end, poor Brit is left alone. I haven’t seen her act this much since her acting tour de force in the 2002 opus, Crossroads ;) Overall it’s a great clip (albeit simple) for the underrated ballad. Check it out below.
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.