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Billboard Highlights The 10 Biggest Songs Of 2014

In: Donovan, Music
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Billboard magazine revealed their year end lists for their numerous charts this week. Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” gets the honor of being named the most popular song of 2014 by the publication. It tops their prestigious Hot 100 year end list.

Joining him in the top tier are Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, OneRepublic, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, John Legend and Ariana Grande. Probably the most shocking entry is that of Magic!. No one could’ve ever predicted a reggae jam from a white Canadian group would’ve made such an impact. Sadly, my boy Pitbull just missed the list at No. 11 with his anthem, “Timber.”

Check out the magazine’s Top 10 video countdown below which gives some fun facts about each track to make the cut. Be sure to weigh in afterward if you think Pharrell’s “Happy” deserves the crown.

watch the video after the jump

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At the halfway point of the year, Katy Perry led the pack with the most played music video of 2014. As of November 30, 2014 Katy-patra’s “Dark Horse” clip has been eclipsed. Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX with their Clueless homage passed Perry to take the year end title.

According to VEVO, the “Fancy” clip pulled in more than 380 million views, 140 million of which were in the US alone. The Aussie femcee also makes another appearance on the Top 10 list thanks to her collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Problem.” Overall, the ladies dominated the list by taking the top seven slots. The highest charting man was Rich Gang with “Lifestyle.” Props to Sam Smith for making the cut with his relatively simple clip for his sensational ballad “Stay With Me.”

Check out how Taylor Swift’s shaking, Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj butt anthologies fared on the chart below.

check out all the clips after the jump

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One of the things I look most forward to at this time of year is DJ Earworm’s annual music video, mashing up the calendar year’s 25 biggest Billboard hits. With the decline of EDM on the Hot 100 chart, Earworm (real name: Jordan Roseman) tells Billboard he went with a more mellower approach.

“The thing that has been most notable in the past two or three years is the decline of EDM,” says Earworm of the 25 songs he selected for this year’s song. “The ‘United State of Pop’ became this dance track from ’09 to ’12, and then starting last year, there just wasn’t enough in that genre to fully support it, so I went down-tempo. And this year, ‘Timber,’ which was popular in January, is the only popular dance track I’m dealing with. It’s definitely down-tempo, so you have to decide, how is this going to go? How am I going to maintain the energy levels while being true to the sound of the year?”

It truly is remarkable how he weaves ballads like Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and John Legend’s “All Of Me” with hip-hop anthems like Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” and Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” along with dance tracks DJ Snake’s “Turn Down For What” and Pitbull’s “Timber.” Check out the DJ/Producer’s latest masterpiece below, along with a list of which tracks made the cut.

watch the video mashup after the jump

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It wasn’t exactly the best kept secret in town, but the cat is officially now out of the proverbial bag. Katy Perry is putting on the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX. The 30-year-old singer was an early frontrunner for the gig.

Though early reports suggested the NFL was hoping to score a cut of the performer’s post-Bowl revenue, it appears Perry won’t be paying to play at the most-watched TV event of the year. Bravo for Katy for not caving in. It’s not like the league is hurting for money.

Now that everything is official, Perry is already in promotional mode. A video clip hyping up the performance has been released. Check it out below.

watch the promo after the jump

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As she infamously sang previously, “A diva is a female version of a hustler,” and hustle she did. Beyonce worked her ass off last year and it paid off. She tops Forbes annual list of the Top Earning Women In Music. She takes over Madonna who earned Forbes’ honor last year with $125 million. Surprisingly, Madge didn’t make the Top 10 cut on this year’s list.

With Queen Bey’s multi-platinum surprise album, successful solo and joint tour which consisted of 95 concerts, along with lucrative endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi, she raked in a whopping $115 million over the past 12 months. Her most successful year to date. The 33-year-old mogul generated almost doubled what the runner-up earned. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

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The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23. One artist whom you’ll most likely see on stage accepting an award is Iggy Azalea. The Aussie femcee leads the pack with six AMA nominations.

Iggy is up for Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) and New Artist of the Year. Trailing close behind with five nods each are Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Lorde follows next with four.

Nominations and winners are based on public polls and data from music sales. Fans can vote both on AMAvote.com and on Twitter once per day. Check out all the nominees below.

check out all the nominations after the jump

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According to several media outlets including Billboard, the answer is ‘yes.’ Katy Perry reportedly beat out Coldplay and Rihanna to score the coveted gig taking place on Sunday, February 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

A few weeks ago, rumors surfaced the league was asking performers to pay to play at the prestigious event. When asked recently about this she replied, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”

Good for her. Personally, I think it’s extremely shady for the NFL to ask musicians to pay to perform and also snag some of their post-Super Bowl tour income. Doesn’t the league earn enough money. I really hope Perry stood her ground and didn’t offer up a penny to the league. This would create an awful precedent.

What do you think of Perry holding down the fort at the 2015 Super Bowl? How do you think it’ll stack up to recent shows by Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Madonna. Do you think the NFL crossed the line by asking performers to pay? Weigh in below.

Man Crush: Lockhart Brownlie

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Man Crush feature. Apologies for that. What prompted me to resurrect my man candy series? It’s actually two-fold.

Firstly, it’s because I checked out Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour last night. I’m not a hardcore KatyCat by any means, but I have to give credit where credit is due. The “Roar” singer slayed it. She put on a better show than I expected, charming the raucous crowd quite nicely. To boot, she was accompanied by several sexy male backup dancers. Lockhart Brownlie being one of them.

This Aussie dancer might just give Britney Spears’ Willie Gomez a run for his money as my favorite backup dancer. Dude is fiiiiiiiiiine and captivated us whenever he was in the vicinity. Dat azz is just mesmerizing ;)

Another reason why I chose to put the spotlight on the 24-year-old has to do with that rumored Taylor Swift-Katy Perry feud. Earlier this week, Swift cryptically talked about a fellow female singer who tried to sabotage her Red Tour, inspiring Swift to write “Bad Blood.”

In an interview from last year, Lockhart pretty much confirms the “Shake It Off” singer’s claims that some of her dancers jumped ship to join Perry’s tour. Be sure to read Brownlie’s interview with the Examiner for more details. In the meantime, check out several photos of Lockhart (love that name) below, showing off that chiseled body of his.

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