Just when you thought Taylor Swift couldn’t get any whiter, she proves us all wrong. The girl has that whole awkward white girl dance thing down pat 😉

The 25-year-old singer, joined by her girl squad crew HAIM, played backup singers and dancers to Nelly during Swift’s concert stop in St. Louis. Seriously, it’s beyond cute that the four ladies executed choreography to “Hot In Herre” and had a blast doing so. I don’t normally share videos of Swift’s surprise concert guests, but this one was just too good to ignore. Check it out below.

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M83 & HAIM Team Up For Insurgent Movie Soundtrack

In: Donovan, Movies, Music

After contributing a track for the Divergent soundtrack, French electronic music act M83 are back again for the sequel, Insurgent. This time, they aren’t alone and come armed with the trio sister act of HAIM.

“We’ve been fans of Anthony Gonzalez and M83 for a long long time so when he reached out to have us sing on the song we were ecstatic,” HAIM told MTV News in a statement. “We had the best time in the studio with him, it all happened so fast and was so easy and natural. We are so excited to be a part of this movie.”

Holes In The Sky” is a beautifully composed number featuring gorgeous orchestral sounds that build up to a crescendo. The sisters’ rich harmonies really play well on it.

Other artists appearing on the soundtrack include Imagine Dragons, Lykke Li and Royal Blood. Give “Holes In The Sky” a listen below.

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HAIM lost out the Grammy Award for Best New Artist earlier this week, but they are still winners in my book. Love them and glad Calvin Harris chose “Pray To God” featuring the sister act as his latest single from his album Motion.

I thought for sure “Together” featuring Gwen Stefani would be the next release given that the No Doubt singer is more high profile. To be perfectly honest, both tracks are worthy singles and I wouldn’t be surprised if “Together” follows “Pray To God.”

HAIM leaves their signature earthy bohemian vibe for a more polished glamorous look. They look bewitchingly stunning as they ride horses, hair flip in the forest, get cosmic in space and smolder in a snowy setting. Definitely a worthy visual for the killer track. Check it out below.

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Josh Hutcherson Is On Fire For SNL Promos

In: Donovan, TV Shows

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.

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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.

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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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Rising Artist Spotlight: Let’s Talk About HAIM

In: Music, Nic

I’ve been obsessed with these girls for a few months now, and get unnecessarily excited when they come out with anything new, whether it be song or video. I just realized yesterday that I haven’t posted about them at all, and now that they’re quickly nearing hipster royalty, I should really introduce you to, if you haven’t already heard, HAIM.

These three sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, only started releasing singles last year, but being the new kids on the block haven’t stopped them from growing underground notoriety at a rapid pace. All of a sudden my Songza is playing them and I realize they’ve arrived.

After already being on tour with people like Edward Sharpe, Mumford and Sons, Florence + The Machine, and Ke$ha, these girls don’t have a full length album yet, but one is scheduled for release this year, to be vague, and the fans (me) can’t wait for the 80’s influenced pop to continue. Every single they’ve released has been absolutely epic, and below is my absolute favorite to date still “Don’t Save Me“, along with an amazing follow up that just debuted a couple months ago “Falling“.

I’m pretty sure these ladies have a sound I haven’t quite pinned down or been able to completely compare anything to with some great harmonies and haunting vocals and a whole lot of retro keyboard. I’m stoked to see their careers blossom.

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