I don’t know about you, but I feel Shazam is probably one of the best apps ever created. There is nothing more frustrating than hearing a song but not being able to remember the title or artist. Even worse, if you hear it on your favorite TV show and rack your brain trying to figure it out, but still come up empty-handed. Honestly, Shazam has saved me numerous headaches. I also love using it as a makeshift to-download list for songs I need to purchase. The service has been partially credited for Icona Pop’s success. Their hit “I Love It” went on to be Shazamed more than two millions times in the US after appearing on Girls.
In the past several years, Shazam’s activity has increased at an astronomical rate. In 2011, Adele was tops with 4 million Shazams. In 2012, five artists achieved more than five million tags. This year, 43 artists have achieved more than five million Shazams. The popular music tagging service revealed their annual list of most popular tags. Check out the lists below and see if your tagging contributed to the totals.
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.
Typically, I’m not a fan of artists passing off concert footage as a new music video, but it’s P!nk. The woman can do no wrong in my books. Plus, her new visual was taped during her record-breaking tour in Melbourne, Australia. The “Try” singer sold out a record 18 shows. Love, love, love that city. I’d move there in a heartbeat.
Reportedly, this video is her thank you to her Aussie fans. Also, the clip serves as bit of a promo for her upcoming concert DVD hitting stores this holiday season.
“Walk of Shame” is her fifth off her multi-platinum selling album, The Truth About Love. The single is only being released officially and sent to radio in Down Under. BOO. Check out the Greg Kurstin-directed clip below. Ummm, what exactly did he direct? Enlighten me. It’s concert footage.
If you didn’t know by now, I have the hugest hard-on for Miguel. Hands down, he’s the best and sexiest male R&B singer in recent years. Single-handedly, he reignited my love for R&B slow jams with his extremely steamy track, “Adorn.” Naturally, I was going to share the 27-year-old singer’s acoustic cover of this classic. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of our favorite tracks from P!nk.
While on a promotional tour in Australia, Miguel stopped by Fifi & Jules to deliver a wicked acoustic set including “Just Like A Pill.” He gives the track new dimension with his stripped-down and emotional rendition. If you’re a fan of P!nk’s classic track, you definitely have to watch it. As an extra added bonus, I embedded a cover by Miguel of another pop starlet. A couple of years ago, back when he was starting out, he took on “Hold It Against Me” for Billboard. Check out both performances below.
When you have a song titled “True Love,” it would be foolish not to feature your loved ones. Luckily for her, P!nk is no fool. The 33-year-old singer called upon her husband Carey Hart and daughter Willow to appear alongside her. Also appearing in the colorful clip is English recording artist Lily Allen.
“True Love” is the fourth single off The Truth About Love which has spawned three Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Her previous single, “Just Give Me a Reason”, a collaboration with Nate Ruess, is ranked as the most successful in Pink’s career to date. Will her latest keep her streak going? Check out the newly-released video below.
Thanks For Sharing premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival to largely favorable reviews. After being in a state of limbo for months, the dramedy flick finally gets a release date- September 20, 2013 to be exact. Writer Stuart Blumberg reunites with his The Kids Are All Right star Mark Ruffalo. This time around, Blumberg is behind the camera as well, making his directorial debut.
Joining Ruffalo are Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson and P!nk. Thanks For Sharing is an ensemble flick centering around a group of characters who are all suffering from sex addiction. I’m not the hugest fan of Paltrow, but this comedic type of role is where she shines best. Ruffalo never disappoints so you know I’ll be there. P!nk and Gad also look like they’ll be fun to watch. Check out the newly-released trailer below.
Candid is one word I would definitely use to describe P!nk. The 33-year-old never holds back during her interviews. The “Try” singer is an open book for the June 2013 issue of Glamour Magazine. She shares with the publication the secrets of being the ultimate alpha girl. Based on her interview, that would include going on a date with an N Sync member and being a “reformed slut.”
Asked why many of the songs on her new record are about sex, such as “Slut Like You” and “Walk of Shame,” P!nk tells the mag, “I’m a reformed slut,” explaining, “It’s my very unsophisticated way of taking the power back.” Preach sister. Check out a few more memorable quotes below, along with the stunning editorial snapped by famed photographer Ellen Von Unwerth.
She may be the Most Hated Hollywood Celebrity according to Star magazine, but over at People they love her. The publication crowned Gwyneth Paltrow the Most Beautiful Woman in 2013. She takes over the reigns from her BFF Beyoncé who graced their annual Most Beautiful In The World issue last year.
“Around the house, I’m in jeans and a T-shirt. I don’t really wear makeup. That’s what [my children are] used to,” she tells People. Of her husband Chris Martin she says, “He’ll make a joke about it. If I’ve gotten fully dressed up, he’ll be like, ‘Oh, wow! You’re Gwyneth Paltrow!’ Because he’s used to seeing me in like baggy shorts and frizzy hair.”
See who else joins the 40-year-old actress on People’s list below. Overall, I agree with all their choices. They’re all gorgeous for their respective ages.