Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
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 Paul Rudd and One Direction on tap, Saturday Night Live rebounded after hitting a season low among adults 18-49 when Josh Hutcherson and Haim dropped by. Creatively speaking, the sketches improved massively as well. Rudd is hilarious on his own, but with surprise help from his Anchorman 2 cast mates, it reached a whole new level.
Kristen Wiig reprised Dooneese in a Sound of Music segment. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner backed up Rudd during his opening monologue where they faced off against One Direction. Other highlights include the Michaelangelo small penis sketch, 1D concert line clip, the first black movie for white audiences and Jebidiah Atksinson’s holiday movie reviews. Check out all the clips below.
One Direction topped the Billboard Top 200 during the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend. Their latest, Midnight Memories, sold a whopping 546,000 copies. By debuting at No. 1, they’re the first group in history to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Boy band fever is alive and well.
Even more impressive is the fact the sales of their albums keep going up- Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home moved 176,000 and 540,000 respectively. Billboard notes that Midnight Memories makes One Direction only the third pop group in the SoundScan era to sell 500K+ in multiple one-week frames. Any guesses on who the other two are? Why ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys of course.
Given the shopping madness that occurred last week, numerous albums saw a sales bump. Katy Perry‘s Prism improved 252 percent, jumping from No. 11 to No. 5. Even though Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving special was a ratings turkey, ARTPOP gained 154 percent, selling 116,000 copies. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan where thousands of lives were lost, the recording industry is banding together to raise money for the relief efforts. The three major record labels- Sony, Warner Music and Universal- created a compilation album titled Songs for the Philippines. It features 39 hit songs from some of the biggest names in the business.
Spanning multiple genres, you’ll find music from Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Josh Groban, P!nk, Madonna and countless others. While some tracks like “Carry On” by Bruno Mars, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Brave” from Sara Bareilles feel appropriate, others seem out of place. “Best Song Ever” by One Direction and “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have me scratching my head. Oh well, I suppose casting the net a little wider doesn’t hurt. It’s nice to see artists with Filipino heritage also taking part, including Jessica Sanchez, Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap and Mars.
All the artists, record companies and music publishers working on the project have waived fees. The compilation album is available on iTunes for only $9.99 with all proceeds being donated to the cause. Even if you have several of the tracks already in your music collection, I urge you to purchase the album. It’s a small price to shell out to help so many. On a day where many of us have so much to be thankful for, it’s nice to think of others who are less fortunate. If you want to donate more, there’s a link to the Red Cross from iTunes.
The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?
Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!
The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.
With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.
On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.
They claimed their last single was the “Best Song Ever,” but I disagree. Their follow-up is so much better in my opinion. With that being said, “Best Song Ever” is 1D’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a MTV moonman for “Best Song of the Summer.” I guess I’m in the minority.
“Story of My Life” is the second single off the UK boy band’s forthcoming third studio album, Midnight Memories which hits stores just in time for US Thanksgiving. The track is a bit of a departure from their usual pop sound. The ballad has a more folksy sound which IMHO highlights them much better. The accompanying video was supposed to debut Sunday, but has leaked early. Watch Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn pull photos from their past and recreate them. Check it out below.
British publication Heat magazine has ranked United Kingdom’s richest celebs under the age of 30 since 2010. From the very beginning, Daniel Radcliffe reigned supreme among his peers. That is until this year’s list. Not surprisingly the boys of One Direction knocked off Harry Potter from the top slot. With combined earnings of £59 million, the pop heartthrobs left their fellow countrymen (and women) in the dust.
Also making the list are Radcliffe’s Hogwarts classmates. Both Emma Watson and Rupert Grint ranked in the Top 10 at No. 5 and No. 7 respectively. Hermoine isn’t top bitch though. Earning the title as the highest-ranking female on the list is Keira Knightley at No. 4. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.