It’s double elimination time on The X Factor and I’m beyond ecstatic. Definitely time to kick this competition into overdrive and cut some of the fat… like a lot of it. If Simon Cowell wants to cut two acts for the next several weeks, I’m 100% on board. Before we get to the results, I just wanted to remind everyone that next week’s show are on Tuesday/Wednesday due to Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to program your digital recording devices.
On deck for tonight’s special guest performance is Taylor Swift. The pop country superstar belted out “State of Grace” from her platinum-selling album Red. Even with the musical superstars, the production can’t seem to get the sound right. Was it me or did the background music drown out Swift’s vocals at certain times? Speaking of production, poor Khloe really needs to pick it up. I’m a fan, but she’s really not doing anything to win over haters with her sometimes awkward delivery.
Last night, the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards took place in Frankfurt, Germany with host Heidi Klum. Some of the presenters included Lana Del Rey, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, David Hasselhoff, and Kim Kardashian, who actually tripped and almost fell when she walked out.
Rihanna and Taylor Swift had received the most nominations with six and five nods respectively, but it was Swift who walked away with Best Female, Best Live and Best Look and Rihanna walked away empty handed. For the boys, it was Justin Bieber that came out on top and won the same amount as Swift, taking the Best World Stage, Best Pop and Best Male.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy were one of the many performers at the show. Jepsen earned two awards, one of which was Best Song (presented by Kim Kardashian) for “Call Me Maybe,” while Psy took the award for best video for his worldwide hit, “Gangnam Style.” Check out the full list of winners below.
Curious to know what Nigel Barker has been up to since leaving America’s Next Top Model? Hanging out with Taylor Swift apparently. The two have collaborated for a picture book available for a limited time at Sony stores. 8 Hours/Taylor Swift is a collection of photos snapped by Barker on location in Southern California during, appropriately enough, an eight hour period. Given that both Swift and Barker are two of many celebrity ambassadors for Sony’s 2012 holiday campaign, this project is a perfect fit. It is one of the most extensive photo collections of Swift published to date. The 22-year-old singer wanted the book to show the different sides of her- every day casual, Hollywood glamour and performer chic.
“Photographing one of the most famous pop icons of our time could have been a challenge, but working with Taylor was like a dream sequence. In one day, we managed to shoot an entire book’s worth of images and multiple short films! You daren’t put your camera down for a moment for even when she’s exiting the stage it’s iconic…” – Nigel Barker
So how does one get the book? Starting November 12, customers who purchase a Sony Alpha DSLR or NEX camera at a Sony store nationwide will have the chance to receive the 60 page, oversized book while supplies last. Ten copies, signed by both Barker and Swift, will be auctioned off on eBay by Sony, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Just in case you were wondering what Nigel used for the shoot, he used three different Sony cameras: the Sony a99 DSLR for elevated color contrast, the Sony NEX-5R for capturing fast-action movement and the Sony RX100 DSC for low-light situations. Check out the fruits of their labor below.
Industry insiders predicted it and now it’s official. Taylor Swift’s new album Red sold over one million copies during its first week- 1.21 million copies to be exact. That’s the biggest weekly total in a decade. Looks like all that hard work promoting it paid off. Everywhere you turned last week, the 22-year-old singer was there. Last week alone, Swift was on ABC’s Good Morning America, The View, 20/20 and Katie, CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
With this latest accomplishment, Taylor becomes the first woman in chart history to have two albums sell over one million copies in their debut week. The only other artists to have ever achieved this feat are The Backstreet Boys (Millenium and Black and Blue), ‘N Sync (No Strings Attached and Celebrity) and Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show).
Red is only the 18th album to move a million units in a single week since SoundScan started tracking in 1991. Swift is now second only to Britney Spears who had a bigger week, when Oops! . . . I Did It Again sold 1.319 million in its debut in 2000. Overall, Red is the eighth largest debut in modern chart history. Taylor’s accomplishment is even more impressive given today’s music industry climate and the fact she didn’t have to heavily discount her album like Lady Gaga did with Born This Way which sold some units for 99 cents.
While reading the recent news of the darling Taylor Swift entering an elite group of women to have 50 entries in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, I got to thinking about other Billboard accomplishments and achievements.
One of the first achievements I found that was interesting to me was “Biggest Drop off the Hot 100” or as I like to call it… “Songs We Got Sick Of Fast.” I’m only going to list the top 3 because the majority of the rest of the list are songs from pre-1980 and I just don’t care about them.
“Someday I’ll be living in a big ol’ city and all you’re ever gonna be is mean”
Honestly this one kinda surprises me. I adore Taylor Swift, and as much as this song’s lyrics are the epitome of her sometimes childish attitude, the song is pretty catchy and I’m shocked that it would go from number eleven to straight off the Hot 100 Chart.
I absolutely love when Taylor Swift stops by The Ellen Show. It always induces a ton of laughter. Whether scaring her or poking fun at her and her various boyfriends past, Ellen sure knows how to push all of Taylor’s buttons. This visit was no exception. When hitting the stage to promote her new album, Red, Ellen proceeds to ask Taylor who the subject is for her hit, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
The talk show host hands the Begin Again songstress a giant bell as the game begins. Ellen decides to show different pictures of Taylor beside various men, regardless of whether they dated or not. Taylor’s job is to ring the bell when the man shows up who the song is about. While Taylor pleads the fifth for a majority of the game, she does have quite the reaction to Glee’s Corey Monteith. Could it be?
It’s sorta ironic that Taylor Swift’s new album, which dropped this week, is titled Red. Why, you ask? Because money-wise, it’s the furthest thing from being in the red, and will rake in major cash. According to preliminary estimates, the album is on target to sell more than one million copies during its first week. If this happens, Swift will become the first female artist in Soundscan history to have two albums achieve this feat. The 23-year-old is undeniably the most successful pop star in the world right now. Sorry Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry etc…
And if that wasn’t enough to make us mere mortals jealous. The country singer gets to fall in love with a cute Parisian boy in her new music video, “Begin Again“. Filmed in France’s capital, Taylor looks stunning in vintage-inspired clothes Jackie O would be jealous of. She meets her beau at a quaint cafe and before you know it, the two are exploring the cobblestone streets of Paris in their hipster bikes and retro wardrobe. Sigh, why wasn’t my three Paris experiences like this. BOOOO. Check out the music video below.
On Friday, the boys from The Wanted were asked to help divulge which acts would be performing at this year’s highly anticipated Z100 Jingle Ball in New York City. The show is always a big party drawing some of the year’s biggest artists on one stage to perform their biggest hits. I’ve seen the list and let me tell you, this year is good!
After the quintet performed, one by one, the artists who will be joining them on stage on December 7 at Madison Square Garden were drawn from a hat as if to make it look random. As each artist was revealed, the crowd went nuts. I wish I could be in New York for this concert and I’m sure it’s going to sell out in minutes. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 23 but you can listen to Z100 to try and snag a few on air. Ready to find out who’s hitting the stage? The revealing video is below.