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2013 Billboard Music Award Nominations Announced

In: Donovan, Music

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards air live on Sunday, May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. The acts competing in all the categories have been revealed. Leading the way with a whopping 11 nominations each is a three way tie between Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5. Right on their tails is Rihanna with 10 nods. Not too far behind are Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction with nine and eight nominations respectively.

The nominations are based on Billboard’s music charts from February 27, 2012 to February 24, 2013. Winners are determined by taking into account album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. This year’s event is hosted by Tracy Morgan. Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miguel, and Prince are among the scheduled performers announced so far. The latter will be on hand to receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award. Check out the nominations in the major categories below.

check out the nominees after the jump

Album Review: Girls Volume 1 Soundtrack

In: Matt, Music, TV Shows

One of our most favorite shows returns to HBO this Sunday and I could NOT be more excited. To coincide with the beginning of its second season, Girls has released a soundtrack compilation filled with songs from the most memorable moments of season one, and a few sneak peaks into season two. The album is an eclectic mix that is perfectly reflective of the show itself.

The album opens up with one of my favorite songs, and best moments of season one. Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” was the perfect song choice for Hannah and Marnie’s dance break after Hannah learns her ex-boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannelis) is gay. An amazing scene and probably where I started to fall in love with the show. Next up is a new song from the band fun. which will appear in season two.

listen to fun and the rest of my review after the jump

It pays to date a musician. Lena Dunham’s rumored boyfriend is Jack Antonoff, the guitarist for indie rock band Fun. The Girls creator and writer enlisted her boyfriend’s group to contribute to the Volume 1 soundtrack for the HBO comedy. The compilation is a hybrid of tracks heard during the show’s first season and songs that will appear on the upcoming one. Speaking of which, Season 2 of the hilariously raunchy show returns this Sunday, January 13. I.CANNOT.WAIT.

Sight of the Sun” was originally intended for Fun.’s sophomore album Some Nights. Due to the inability to clear a sample used on the track, the song was dropped from the studio set. When Dunham called the band to contribute to the soundtrack, they reworked “Sight of the Sun” without said sample. After rewriting the chorus, frontman Nate Ruess prefers the new version much more. The track will appear in an upcoming episode of the second season, but you can check it out in its entirety below.

listen to the new track after the jump

Billboard’s Top 10 Songs Of 2012

In: Music, Patrick

It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?

Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!

Check out the Top 10 videos after the jump…

Last night, the 2013 Grammy Nominations concert took place, revealing this year’s nominees and inadvertently, those who surprisingly weren’t nominated. Leading the pack this year were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West who scored six nominations each. Following their lead were The Black Keys and Miguel with five nods. Vocal powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson was treated to four nominations, Taylor Swift got three, and Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen, got two nominations.

Both Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj were both snubbed by the Grammys this year. Nicki Minaj was nominated for “Best Rap Album” last year, but moving into the pop category this year, she didn’t make the cut. I’m genuinely surprise that Bieber didn’t get nominated for his Believe album – I thought the album was quite strong myself. His manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to voice his opinion. After first congratulating Carly Rae Jepsen, he said, “this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… He later added, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” In another tweet, he insisted, “…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.

In any event, he didn’t get nominated but the giant list of people below did. The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Check out the nominees below. As a side note, Donovan had previously listed his “Best New Artist” predictions, getting two out of the thirteen options listed correct. I’ve made note of the two he got right underneath that category. In his poll, post people picked Carly Rae Jepsen, but she actually wasn’t nominated in that category.

Check out the full list after the jump…

Nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards are just around the corner. In fact, they’ll be revealed during CBS’ telecast, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, airing on December 5, 2012. Hosting the event again is LL Cool J with Taylor Swift co-hosting alongside him. Three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 are on deck performing, plus Fun., Ne-Yo, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and The Who.

One of the biggest awards handed out on Grammy night is hands down Best New Artist. For every Adele, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5 or Alicia Keys, there are a few missteps like Milli Vanilli and Hootie & the Blowfish. I still can’t believe Hootie beat out Brandy, Alanis Morisette or Shania Twain that year. Hell, I would’ve even taken Joan Osborne over them. Okay, maybe I took it too far with that one. LOL.

Unlike last year where Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, Skrillex, J. Cole were nominated with Bon Iver winning, this year boasts a solid crop of potential nominees. Even with such a strong field, the Academy has to be careful who to acknowledge. I’ve picked a few acts from this year I have a feeling are being considered for a Best New Artist Grammy. Check them out below and see if you agree with their chances. I’ve split them into two categories- “Strong Contenders” and “Longshots“. Be sure to leave your comments at the end.

check out my field of contenders after the jump

Z100′s Jingle Ball Line Up Is…

In: Music, Tyrell

On Friday, the boys from The Wanted were asked to help divulge which acts would be performing at this year’s highly anticipated Z100 Jingle Ball in New York City. The show is always a big party drawing some of the year’s biggest artists on one stage to perform their biggest hits. I’ve seen the list and let me tell you, this year is good!

After the quintet performed, one by one, the artists who will be joining them on stage on December 7 at Madison Square Garden were drawn from a hat as if to make it look random. As each artist was revealed, the crowd went nuts. I wish I could be in New York for this concert and I’m sure it’s going to sell out in minutes. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 23 but you can listen to Z100 to try and snag a few on air. Ready to find out who’s hitting the stage? The revealing video is below.

Find out who will be performing at this year’s ‘Jingle Ball’ after the jump.

The Colors Of The Drunken Rainbow

In: Random Reads, Topher

Having too much to drink can unleash another side of yourself: a side that you may prefer to keep hidden away. Hell, maybe alcohol is the secret to revealing everyone’s multiple personalities. We’ve all seen it: a friend- or a stranger- making an absolute fool of themselves at the bar. A lot of the time it can be fun to see a different side of someone; alcohol can often help people shake off the nerves and have a better time. But, there are those times you wish they would’ve stayed in and played cards.

In this article, I’ll be discussing just a couple of the many personalities we’ve all seen at some point. Maybe you’ll see one of your friends (or yourself!) described below.

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