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57th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations Announced

In: Donovan, Music
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Talk about stretching things out. Those stunt queens over at the Grammys thought it was a good idea to space out the nominations throughout the day. Like the telecast wasn’t long enough ;)

Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran (nominees themselves) woke up early to announce the nominations for four categories on CBS This Morning. Then via Twitter, numerous celebrities including Jared Leto, Nancy O’Dell, Mario Lopez, Toni Braxton and Kylie Minogue to name a few, revealed more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. All categories have now been revealed with exception to Album of the Year. That will be announced on Friday night during A Very Grammy Christmas airing on CBS.

Come February 8, I think Sam Smith will have a big night. The English singer has several nods to his credits and will no doubt be in the mix for Album of the Year. Others to get some love from the Academy include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Sia, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown and Meghan Trainor. Check out some of the categories below.

check out some of the nominations after the jump

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Hate to be a negative Nelly but I have a feeling Lorde will suffer the dreaded sophomore slump with her next album. Pure Heroine was so critically acclaimed and beloved, plus the fact “Royals” was such a massive hit, everything will pale in comparison.

Hopefully, she can avoid that pitfall by being as brilliantly selective with the tracks as she has been with curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. Everything I’ve heard so far has been pitch perfect. In addition, her decisions to mix current artists with veteran ones have been bang on.

If she was solely responsible for bringing Charli XCX together with Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon, she deserves a trophy. Their pairing is so random but brilliant on “Kingdom.” Another collabo that leaked this week was the first cut off the soundtrack, “Meltdown.” That features a plethora of artists including Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim and Lorde herself. It’s shockingly quite good.

The Kiwi’s stamp is everyone on this album, including a couple of solo tracks. While she’s chosen “Yellow Flicker Beat” as the first official cut, her cover of “Bright Eyes’ “Ladder Song” deserves some notice. The track is in her melancholy wheelhouse but a gentler side emerges. Check out the track, along with the others below.

listen to all the tracks after the jump

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HAIM isn’t Calvin Harris’ most high profile collaboration on his forthcoming album Motion. However, “Pray To God,” could be one of the LP’s brightest standouts. The Scottish DJ’s EDM synth-heavy beats surprisingly lend themselves very well with the chilling pop harmonies from the LA-based trio of sisters. Great decision to team up with the ladies.

If “Pray To God” becomes a smash club hit, which I think it will, I hope HAIM experiments more with this genre of music. It’s a nice fit on them. Perhaps they could be the new queens of dance music. With that being said, I hope they still include similar fare found on their well-received album, Days Are Gone. Love that album. Give the new club anthem a listen below.

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Coachella 2014 Lineup Includes Outkast Reunion

In: Donovan, Music
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The full lineup for the 2014 Coachella Music Festival has been revealed and it’s a good one. Once again, the hugely popular music pilgrimage will be held in Indio, California over two weekends (April 11-13 and April 18-20) with the same acts playing both weekends. Last year, a hologram image of Tupac performing with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre stole the show. I can’t wait for what surprises are in store for concertgoers this year.

The biggest draw is no doubt the reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi better known as Outkast. The hip hop duo will headline the Friday shows. Muse and Arcade Fire receive the honor of headlining the Saturday and Sunday night shows respectively. Some of the other notable acts heading to Indio include Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell Williams, Haim, GirlTalk, Beck, Empire of the Sun, Pet Shop Boys and Foster The People to name a few. Check out the entire roster below of amazing artists performing under the hot desert sun in April.

check out the full lineup after the jump

Josh Hutcherson Is On Fire For SNL Promos

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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While not the youngest guest host ever, Josh Hutcherson at 21-years-old is certainly on the younger end. Just in case you’re wondering, Drew Barrymore at 7, holds that record with Macaulay Culkin as the second-youngest person at the ripe old age of 11. At that age, I was still playing with my Lego ;)

Hutcherson joins forces with Saturday Night Live regular Bobby Moynihan for a series of clips promoting this weekend’s show. The two talk about everything ranging from their worst summer jobs to The Hunger Games. Josh even jokingly spoils the ending of the highly-anticipated sequel. Everybody dies… NOT.

The Peeta Mellark depicter revealed to E! News recently that his Hunger Games co-host Jennifer Lawrence gave him advice. “She told me to not hold back and to give it my all,” he stated. I’m sure wise words given she hosted SNL earlier this year. Not only will Josh have to live up to Lawrence’s performance but also Lady Gaga’s as well. The “Applause” singer’s episode last week matched a ratings season-high. Check out the promos below.

watch the promos after the jump

First and foremost I have to thank Nic for introducing HAIM to me in one of his posts. The Los Angeles three-sister act are everything with their blend of Californian soft rock and R&B with Fleetwood Mac influences. From the second I heard “Falling” I’ve been obsessed and each subsequent track I’ve listened to has been equally as flawless.

In anticipation of Days Are Gone hitting the streets next week on September 30, NPR is streaming the entire album. Fans of their previous singles will be glad to know there are equally as many instantly-loveable new tracks included as well. I predict this album will be on numerous year end Top 10 lists come December.

As part of their promotion, the ladies stopped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. As always, the visiting musical act has to perform a cover. They chose Miley Cyrus’ first ever Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Wrecking Ball.” As expected, it’s pretty amazing. It could’ve been phenomenal had there been no sound issues. Their vocals at times were drowned out by the backing track. Check out the cover below, along with their entire album. These girls are rocking my world right now.

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Watch Haim’s The Wire Video & Sheryl Crow Cover

In: Music, Nic

For people like me who didn’t know that this video existed the last couple weeks, here!

My love for Haim knows no bounds, and everytime the girls come out with something I’m always a little hesitant that they’re finally going to let me down, and yet they never do. The new single of their (finally) upcoming album, one of the now most anticipated of 2013, Days Are Gone, is killer, with a more lighthearted video than we’re used to from the girls.

In the video, all three of the girls, Alana, Este, and Danielle, break up with their boyfriends, including Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone (marry me), and the boys all have extreme meltdowns. Featuring Haim’s signature catchy sound and harmonies, I call Hipster Girl Power.

Also, the girls were recently on Australia’s Triple J Radio (the best radio station on earth), and did an extremely excellent cover of Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” in case you missed it.

Catch both of the videos below, and although containing quite a few songs Haim fans have already heard, the girls album will finally drop on September 30th.

watch the clips after the jump

Elle Magazine’s 2013 Women In Music

In: Donovan, Music

A few days ago, I shared Elle magazine’s 2013 Women In Music issue featuring Adele on the cover. In addition to her, this year the fashion publication honors 12 of the record industry’s top singing sensations. Five of them have uncovered, but you’ll have to pick up the May 2013 issue to find out the other seven. The ones revealed include Alicia Keys (above) and HAIM- a sister trio which Nic recently featured. Check out the others featured in the issue below.

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