Epic RecordsWhat would Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass" be without its constant references to booty? It'd be the same song, with different lyrics...and it's now an actual thing.
Billboard reports that an edited version of Meghan's #1 hit has been produced for those radio stations who might be uncomfortable with the more racy lyrics of the original track. For example, in the edited version, instead of "Yeah, my mama, she told me, 'Don't worry about your size' / She says, 'Boys like a little more booty to hold at night,'" Meghan now sings, "She says, 'Boys like the girls for the beauty they hold inside.'"
Even lyrics that don't mention booty have been changed in the edited version. Instead of "Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two / But I can shake it, shake it, like I'm supposed to do," Meghan now sings, "But Imma make it, make it, like I'm supposed to do." Even the "all the right junk in all the right places" line has been changed to, "I'll be the star on all them big stages."
But according to Billboard, Meghan herself chose the revised lyrics and re-recorded the song of her own volition.
Creating an edited version of a song to increase its chances of success is a common practice. How big would Cee Lo Green's 2011 song have been if the title and lyrics hadn't been changed to "Forget You"?
Courtesy of The Recording AcademyWhen Taylor Swift's album 1989 comes out October 27, it may set the charts, and the cash registers, on fire, but it won't be receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. That's because the cutoff for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is today, September 30. So any music that was released between October 1, 2013 and today can be nominated, but Taylor will miss out. So, who are the most likely candidates for Grammy love? Billboard has a roundup.
In the Album of the Year category, Billboard says Beyonce's self-titled surprise album has a good shot, while other possible contenders might include Ed Sheeran's X,Ariana Grande's My Everything, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Katy Perry's PRISM and Pharrell Williams' G I R L.
For Record of the Year, Billboard says Idina Menzel's Frozen anthem "Let It Go," Pharrell's "Happy," Taylor's "Shake It Off," Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" might make the cut.
For Song of the Year, which is a songwriting award, "Stay with Me" is a contender, as is "Sing" by Ed Sheeran, "All of Me" by John Legend,Sia's "Chandelier," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and possibly Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."
Sam Smith is a no-brainer when it comes to a Best New Artist nod, according to Billboard, and Iggy Azalea might also make the cut. By the way, U2's free iTunes album Songs of Innocence has been ruled eligible for nominations, but the publication doesn't think the Academy will show Bono and the boys much love.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out February 8 and air live on CBS. Nominations are usually announced in December.
Credit: Troy JensenJordin Sparks has been tapped by a music industry group in Memphis, Tennessee to perform at “A Soulright Evening,” which will honor music legend Stevie Wonder.
Jordin will be joined by R&B singers India.Arie, Sharon Jones and Ledisi [LEH duh see] at the event, which will take place Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. at the city's Cannon Center. The women will perform Wonder's hits in tribute to him, but he himself will also serenade the crowd. The whole event will raise money for The Consortium MMT, a music education and mentorship program.
Rickey Minor, the music director for Jordin's alma mater, American Idol, will direct the evening. He says in a statement, "Stevie Wonder is one of the most prolific artist and songwriter of our time. I'm so happy that these incredible ladies have joined us in the celebration of his storied career. It will certainly be, ‘A Night to Remember.'"
Tickets for the event are available now via Ticketmaster.
Credit: Eliot Lee Hazelrose ave., the debut album from Pink's new musical side project, You Me, arrives October 14, and she's just released yet another preview track.
The song, "Capsized," is the latest taste of the mostly acoustic project, which Pink recorded with her friend Dallas Green, a singer/songwriter who records under the name The City and Colour. A lyric video is now available. Previously, they released the song "You and Me," and another track, "Break the Cycle."
Pink's been a fan of Green's for several years. After she meet him through her husband, Carey Hart, Pink invited Green to her house in L.A. to write a few tunes. When they ended up knocking out eight songs in a single week they decided to do an entire album together.
Pink's project already has a celebrity fan: Kelly Clarkson. After Pink posted "Break the Cycle," Kelly tweeted, "Beautiful! Love that you always do what you love! Can't wait to hear the album :)."
Francis Specker/CBS; Jon LeMay/ABCThe latest installment of the Lorde/Taylor Swift lovefest is now available on Twitter for your viewing pleasure.
After Lorde released her new single "Yellow Flicker Beat," Taylor tweeted a photo of a notebook that had some of the lyrics to the song written in it, and captioned the photo, "Proud." Lorde replied by reposting the photo, and then writing an essay about how important Taylor's support of the song has been to her.
"This girl was the first person i played yellow flicker beat to, and she was instantly obsessed with it/would make me play it to our other friends in her kitchen like a proud mom," Lorde wrote. "in return i make her put on my favorite jams from her new record and flail around wildly/smile like a crazy person."
"it's the coolest thing in the world having friends who make incredible music AND having them cheering you on when it's time for your own to be released," she added. "So pumped for them to hear [Taylor's album] 1989." Lorde finished with the hashtag "#iheartswift."
It's fitting that Taylor would be supportive of Lorde's efforts to create a song for a Hunger Games movie. After all, Taylor had not one but two songs on the soundtrack of the very first installment of the film series.
Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell is showing off his love for animation in the trippy video for his new single "It Girl," lifted from his critically acclaimed album, G I R L.
"I'm so excited to share this with you... Enjoy my new video for 'It Girl,'" he tweeted on Tuesday.
In the video, posted on his YouTube page, the singer, in his signature Vivian Westwood hat, takes on various animated forms, which include retro video game and anime renderings. At one point, Skateboard P treats his cartoon girlfriend to a shopping spree, in which he suggests clothes and accessories for her.
The artsy visual was produced by Takashi Murakami and directed by Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro.
Art Streiber/NBCSure, The Voice offers a chance for undiscovered talent to get major exposure, but it also offers a chance for the show's coaches to push their latest projects. Case in point: Gwen Stefani.
Gwen's manager tells Billboard that the No Doubt frontwoman will select what will be the lead track from her forthcoming solo album -- her first in eight years -- and she'll perform that tune on The Voice later this season. Gwen is currently working on the album in Miami with her fellow coach Pharrell Williams.
However, according to Billboard associate chart director Gary Trust, that song's already been determined. He tweeted that a new single from Gwen called "Baby Don't Lie" will arrive October 14.
Monty Brinton/CBS Kelly Clarkson's first hit, "A Moment Like This," provided a special moment at Neil Patrick Harris' recent wedding.
As the actor recounted Monday night on The Late Show with David Letterman, his pal Elton John performed at his wedding to David Burtka in Italy earlier this month, but it wasn't Elton who played the song the couple had their first dance to. "He introduced our first dance, which was super-fun," said Harris. "And our first dance was....do you know Kelly Clarkson's 'A Moment like This?'" "Oh, do I!" Letterman replied, getting a huge laugh.
Harris then continued, "We loved American Idol season one, we were Team Kelly, and that was always kind of our song. So we started dancing to it and we had it planned: we had a firework guy, and so when the song crescendos....fireworks are supposed to go off! Very exciting, right? But we're in a tiny town in Italy, so I'm figuring like, the local fireworks dude, I don't think he's gonna be exactly timed to the second....but sure enough, it happened perfectly!"
As Harris showed off a photo of the moment, Letterman cracked, "Take that, Clooney!"
So far, Kelly hasn't responded to Harris' anecdote.
SYCO/ColumbiaEver since One Direction has been on the radio, they've faced accusations by critics that many of their hits sound like songs by other artists. Now, a fellow artist -- Hayley Williams of Paramore -- is calling them out over their brand-new single, "Steal My Girl."
First, you may recall that 1D's hit "What Makes You Beautiful" has often been criticized for sound like "Summer Nights" from Grease; "Best Song Ever" has been compared to "Baba O'Riley," by The Who; and "Live While We're Young" recalls "Should I Stay or Should I Go," by The Clash. Oh, and let's not forget "Midnight Memories," which many have said rips off Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me." As for Hayley, she thinks "Steal My Girl" is a ripoff of a somewhat more obscure tune by the band New Found Glory.
"Beginning of that new 1D song couldn't sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory's "its not your fault" but..." she tweeted, and then added the popular visual meme of Kermit the Frog sipping tea: code for "...but that's none of my business."
Williams added, "I realize that I'm gonna get hate from a very large fanbase for that. But really, it has more to do w/ whoever pitched or cowrote the song." As she predicted, the hate tweets started immediately.
Hayley, however, was only agreeing with the man who recorded "It's Not Your Fault" -- Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory -- because he thinks 1D's single rips off his song, too. He tweeted, "Props to the @onedirection "steal my girl" single for reworking the "it's not your fault" piano part into a top 40 single. Let me get a cut." After he, too, was bombarded by hate tweets, Gilbert responded by writing, "Wow did not realize this was gonna be a story. It's not a story. My original tweet was a joke anyway. Music influences music. No one cares."
Gilbert did, however, call out 1D for not telling their fans to back off. "Your fans spew the most racist/homophobic/sexist hate I have ever seen on the Internet... You have a platform to change that," he tweeted to them.
The intros of "Steal My Girl" and "It's Not Your Fault" do sound very similar, but you could also argue that both of them sound like they ripped off a completely different song: the 1983 hit "Faithfully," by the classic rock band Journey.
Republic RecordsOver the summer, Colbie Caillat released a five-song EP introducing fans to some of the new songs that would appear on her upcoming album Gypsy Heart. Now, the full album has arrived, and Colbie says its title reflects different sides of her musical personality, and the different sides of her, as well.
First, Colbie says Gypsy Heart sums up the dual nature of her personality: she's not able to settle on one or the other. "You know, I can never make a decision," she tells ABC News Radio. "I love being in Hawaii but I love coming to New York. Like, I love being in Hawaii, wearing a bathing suit, no makeup; and I love being in New York, wearing gorgeous outfits that my stylist picked out for me and having really cool hair and makeup done. It's fun. So I think it's something I always battle with myself...which version of me am I gonna be today?"
Musically, Colbie says, "I wrote 60 songs [for the project], so half of them are more, like, very produced and more pop-sounding. And I wanted to combine them, and to me, that sums up Gypsy Heart: It's a love for all things and all styles."
The reason Colbie had 60 songs, half of which were pop-sounding and half that weren't, is because after she initially wrote and recorded an organic, folky-sounding album which she loved, her record company rejected it, and told her to go back into the studio and come up with more pop songs. At first, she was devastated -- the experience inspired her latest hit, "Try" -- but she eventually ended up loving the tunes she came up with for Gypsy Heart. Part of the reason was the fact that she worked with super-producer Babyface on both batches of songs.
"I had pigeonholed him into being one type of producer or songwriter and I don't know why," she tells ABC News Radio. "And when I had my first session with him, we wrote a folk song, and then the next song, we wrote, it's called 'Just Like That,' and it's a R&B pop song."
"He can really produce any genre, and write any genre and his recording quality -- it sounds better than any song and any record I've ever made," she gushes. "So, he's my favorite!"
As for what will become of all the songs that Colbie wrote and then scrapped, she says, "Some songs probably will never be heard, some songs I hope to give to other artists, and there are, I think, for sure, seven songs that I plan on releasing." She says she's not sure when we'll get them, but adds, "I'm sure they'll be out at some point, because I love them!"
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNickiMinaj not only has four MTV European Music Awards nominations, she's also set to host the big festivities on Sept. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The rapper made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of herself sitting on a regal throne, wearing a black dress and ornate crown. The caption reads: "So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year's MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!! Find us @mtvema and Vote at mtvema.com."
The news comes after the Harajuku Barbie scored her first number-one song in the U.K. thanks to her rap with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on "Bang Bang."
Pharrell and Eminem will also perform on the MTV EMAs.
As far as nods, Katy Perry leads with seven. Pharrell raked in five nominations, including Best Song for "Happy." In addition, Eminem and Iggy Azalea received four nods apiece, including one each in the Best Hip Hop Artist category.
This year's 20th anniversary ceremony will air on MTV channels worldwide. Voting in now open at TV.MTVEMA.vote.
Peter Kramer/NBCWhen your favorite band puts out a greatest hits record, it's annoying to be expected to purchase the same songs you already have again, right? Well, Maroon 5 feels your pain: not only do they plan on charging less for their future best-of, but they think it's cool if fans decide not to pay for any of their music, period.
Speaking to the U.K. website Digital Spy, Adam Levine says, "If our next record is a Greatest Hits record, we may write a few original songs and put them on there, and maybe we'll only charge what it would cost for the new songs, and make it an inexpensive album. Why would somebody have to buy a Greatest Hits if they already have those songs?"
Adam insists that Maroon 5 wouldn't even mind giving away all their music for free, like U2 did with their most recent album, Songs of Innocence.
"We don't really care if our fans pay for our music...I think our agenda as a band is getting our music to as many people as possible," he explains. "I literally don't care how they support us, as long as they do. If you love a band and want to hear their music, obtaining it for free is okay with us. If they're compensating in some way like buying a T-shirt or a ticket is important to us, but as far as the music is concerned..."
"We're in the position to do that," adds guitarist James Valentine, who admits he was a "little jealous" of U2's free album stunt. "I do worry about up-and-coming artists, and how they're struggling to make ends meet, to get support and make a living. But for us, I'd love for everyone on the planet to have our music."
Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCNBC's The Voice entered its second week of blind auditions on Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams continued to battle for artists to add to their respective teams.
Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:
John Martin, 25, drives a forklift in a warehouse -- not your typical occupation for an artist on this show. He sang Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea," convincing Blake, Gwen and Pharrell to turn around. Blake enjoyed his laid-back approach. Gwen described John's voice as "delicious" and "creamy." Adam begrudgingly admitted that Blake might be the right fit for John. Sure enough, John picked Blake.
Jessie Pitts took on Brandi Carlile's "The Story." Gwen pressed her button right away, and Blake later followed suit. Blake, who's married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, pointed out that "The Story" was his wedding song. Blake's story apparently didn't sway Jessie, though; she chose Gwen.
Sixty-two-year-old Michael Stein is a cantor, or, in his words, a "minister of music." He brought along his violin for a rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Unfortunately for him, none of the coaches expressed interest in him.
Pharrell and Blake both made a bid for Ricky Manning, who sang John Newman's "Love Me Again." Ricky opted to join Team Pharrell.
Kelli Douglas, a 31-year-old single mom from Dallas, covered "Danny's Song" by Loggins and Messina. All of the coaches except for Pharrell pursued her. Adam detected that Kelli was nervous, but he vowed to work with her on that, if given the opportunity. Blake noted that there were some Texas-like qualities in her voice, such as her "quick breaks." Kelli joined Adam's team.
Blessing Offor, a blind man who lives in Brooklyn, played Bill Withers' "Just the Two of Us" on the keyboard. In the final moments of the performance, all four coaches turned around. Gwen said Blessing's voice was similar in tone to Pharrell's. The "Happy" singer replied his fellow coach was being "super-kind." Pharrell told Blessing, who's spent time in Nashville, he can teach him how to mix genres. Blessing went with Pharrell.
Troy Ritchie enticed Gwen to press her button with his version of "Out of My League" by Fitz and the Tantrums. The No Doubt singer pointed out that she doesn't have a lot of men on her team.
Mia Pfirrman had her choice of all four coaches after she belted out the Katy Perry hit "Unconditionally." Adam told her there were some really spectacular moments in her performance, but her voice needed a little bit of refining. Gwen said she would love to work with her on another song and see what she can become as an artist. Gwen won't get that opportunity, though, because Mia settled on Adam.
Blake added Bree Fondacaro to his crew after she sang Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe."
Anita Antoinette, who previously auditioned during season three, was back for redemption. She closed the show with some reggae -- her take on Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low." All four coaches vied for her talent. Pharrell told Anita he can help her accomplish her goal of making music that touches people. Gwen complimented the way Anita can blend styles. Adam said Anita can accomplish anything she wants. Anita landed on Gwen's team.
At the moment, Pharrell has eight artists on his team, Gwen and Blake have seven artists each, and Adam has six artists. The coaches will hear from more hopefuls Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Photo credit: Johannes HeljeOn her breakout hit "Habits (Stay High)," Swedish singer Tove Lo sings about indulging in all kinds of terrible things to keep her mind off her ex, like going to sex clubs and getting drunk. But in real life, the singer says she's got a few bad habits of her own.
Speaking to Billboard, Tove, whose birth name is Tove Nilsson, cops to sleeping in her bathtub when she comes home drunk. "I sometimes fall asleep, which is bad," she reveals. "But I always wake up when the water hits my face."
Another bad habit of hers, she says, is leaving really, really, really long voicemails. "Instead of just saying, 'Hey, call me back,' I record the whole thing I wanted to talk about and keep the conversation going, even though no one's answering me. I do that every time," she says.
Drinking too much coffee and leaving the lights in her apartment are a couple other bad habits Tove admits to. But the worst one, she says, is not being able to stay in one relationship, and falling in love too easily. "My whole album is kind of about that, the way my relationships go," she says. "That's definitely a habit."
Tove's album Queen of the Clouds is out on Tuesday. Her VH1 You Oughta Know headlining tour is currently underway; she performs in New York City on Wednesday.
Trae Patton/NBCAfter Kelly Clarkson posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose on Twitter and compared her to Lady Gaga, the real Lady Gaga chimed in with some kind words about the infant.
Kelly posted a photo of River in her baby carrier, wearing pink flowered sunglasses, a pink onesie, and a multi-colored white bib that flared out around her neck. "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!" she captioned the photo.
That caused Lady Gaga to reply, "oh my miss River Rose is givin' me a run for my money!! Look at those shoulders, like Grace Jones! Can I borrow that bib?"
For those who are unfamiliar with Grace Jones, she's an actress, model and singer who was popular in the '80s for her extremely angular, gender-bending look, and many of her outfits featured broad or pointy shoulders.
Kelly replied to Gaga's comments, "if you ever need an opening act, she's all yours ha!" and added the hashtag "#bornthisway."
On Monday at around 2:30 a.m., Kelly tweeted about her daughter again, writing, "Having a hard time falling asleep. Can't stop watching my baby girl sleep. I'm addicted to her."
Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed River Rose this past June.
Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsAdam Levine is stalking his own wife in Maroon 5's new video for their single "Animals."
In the clip, Adam is a nerdy-looking dude who obsessively takes photos of a beautiful woman, played by Adam's real-life wife Behati Prinsloo. When he's not poring over the photos, he's hanging out -- literally -- in a meat locker stocked with big, bloody sides of beef, and smearing his naked torso with cow blood. At one point, Behati's seen sleeping -- in skimpy lingerie, of course -- and is oblivious to the fact that Adam is sitting on a chair right next to her bed, taking photos of her.
In another scene, Behati and her friends are partying in a club, and Adam's right next to her at the bar, but she doesn't notice him. He then tries to put the moves on her, but she isn't having it. We see him fantasizing about the two of them having sex, and then we see her actually in bed asleep, and he's lying right next to her. Creepy!
In more fantasy sequences, Adam and Behati appear to be completely nude, making out and groping one another, as big gushes of blood rain down around them and on them. They continue making out, totally covered in blood. Eww.
The clip ends with Adam standing outside in the rain, looking up at Behati's window. Was the whole thing a dream?
Samuel Bayer directed the "Animals" clip. His other credits include the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as videos for Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana and Justin Timberlake. His best known clip is the one for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Image Courtesy ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is known for posting sexy pictures on social media, but she, perhaps inadvertently, gave followers more than she meant to when she revealed a slight peak of her unmentionables in a selfie.
The rapper posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a blackbob wig and a lacy black bra that showed off her breasts, which slightly exposed her nipple.
Fans quickly pointed out her wardrobe malfunction. One commenter wrote,"We’re not looking at the wig," while another called out her intentions: "SERIOSLY NICKI u know what u was doing."
Meanwhile, Nicki teased that she was on set of an undisclosed project. "#ItsASecret," she wrote in the caption.
ABC NewsTaylor Swift's management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer...but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren't being met.
The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor's management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June. But a month into the job, Firefly's director of security told APG that there were "issues" that the contractor was told to "‘remedy as soon as possible."
According to APG security, the "issues" included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and "under what circumstances" the drivers were allowed to speak to her.
The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs. The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, claims the suit, but then Firefly abruptly canceled the contract on July 22 -- leaving APG stuck with that bill.
According to the Post, Taylor's reps have yet to comment on the suit.
will.i.am music/Interscope RecordsIt's been years, but Fergie is finally back with some new solo music.
Her new single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)" is now available for download. The song, which Fergie co-wrote withDJ Mustard, finds the singer rapping and using a variety of different vocal styles as she shouts out to different locations around the world.
It's Fergie's first new music to be released since "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody," a collaboration she did on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby. Fergie's last solo album, The Dutchess, came out back in 2006. So far, there's no word on when we'll hear a new album from the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman.
The artwork that comes with "L.A. LOVE (la la)" features two stylized neon-colored hands, one sporting a tattoo that reads "Smile Now, Cry Later."
Lava/RepublicAs promised, Lorde has unveiled her new single, "Yellow Flicker Beat," from the soundtrack of The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1.
The song starts quietly, but builds to a strong chorus with heavy percussion. In a Tumblr posting, Lorde says, "It’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love. it’s my attempt at getting inside her head: katniss’. i hope you like it."
In a recorded intro to the song, Lorde further explains that the song was inspired by "the character of Katniss" -- that'd be Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games, played by Jennifer Lawrence. She adds, "It was about kinda trying to get inside her head right at the end of Mockingjay -- Part 1. She's obviously kind of in emotional turmoil, everything's crazy, and she wants to take names, she wants to reckon with people. And it was kind of about channeling that."
In the same posting, Lorde also acknowledges the one-year anniversary of the release of her debut album, Pure Heroine, saying, "The past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number -- the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public. the other thing that’s grown is me -- my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions -- but most of all, my capacity for love."
Lorde continues, "the thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me...i never knew i could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. thankyou for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around."