Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift make a splash at 2014 Jingle Ball

Looking good, ladies! Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift showed off their holiday spirit with festive outfits and performances at this year’s Jingle Ball, held Friday in Los Angeles. Hosted annually by Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM, the concert featured a bevy of pop all-stars, including many newly minted Grammy nominees. Besides Swift and Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea and “All About the Bass” singer Meghan Trainor performed at the event. But all eyes were on the two ladies, thanks to the pint-sized diva sharing the stage with boyfriend Big Sean and the "Shake It Off" pop star rocking two glittery ensembles at the event. Clad in a sequined red bra and matching miniskirt, the "My Everything" singer's set included two duets: "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and "Best Mistake" with her beau. The two were noticeably touchy-feely throughout the performance, and their onstage chemistry drew cheers from the crowd. While Grande brought the sizzle, Swift brought the glamour with her holiday style. On the red carpet, she wore a strapless dress that featured a gold, A-line skirt, but when she hit the stage, the pop star wore a black crop top and matching skirt. Prior to taking the stage, Swift expressed concerns on Twitter about whether she’d be able to perform. “I'm about to go onstage at @1027KIISFM #KIISJingleBall in LA,” she tweeted. “Fun fact: I have a wicked case of laryngitis. This should be interesting!” Despite her worries, the Grammy winner was able to take the stage, performing her current hits such as “Blank Space” as well as fan favorites such as “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO. Continue Reading

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea make Z100 Jingle Ball a showcase of current teen pop: review

If an alien fell to earth and wanted a crash course in current teen pop, it couldn't get better schooling than this year's Jingle Ball. The show, held Friday at Madison Square Garden and sponsored by Z100, culled the most commercially attuned young artists of the moment. Everyone from Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande came to glow and preen, along with breakthrough stars Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor and more. Few of the artists taking part even had a career two years ago. In this realm, 41-year-old participant Pharrell seemed like Methuselah. The 30-something members of Maroon 5 appeared like hip dads, at best. Even Swift seemed like the older woman, especially since she wound up turning 25 during her set. (She played past midnight). The newbie status of most of the artists mirrored the short attention spans and the (so far) brief lives of the audience members. Since it began, Jingle Ball has staked its reputation on doling out top-notch catnip for teen girls. At Friday's show, that demographic quickly fell into its default mode, with their screams set on stun. The show's brisk pace only seemed to stoke their frenzy. Artists played no more than a few songs each, centering their set lists on hits. The familiarity turned the night into a kind of "Now That's What I Call Music" album come to life. Either that or an extremely long edition of "American Bandstand." The fact that paid ads filled the video screens between the acts only added to the impression that fans were watching a TV show as much as attending a concert. More, the Garden sold almost entirely obstructed views behind the stage, forcing some fans to watch the whole event on screens. Luckily, much of the music proved worth enduring the awkwardness. The four-hour event not only provided a broad survey of current hit-makers, it also bridged an impressive number of styles and genres. The music Continue Reading

Canadian Internet star, 11, releases video of her dancing to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

There's no slowing down, or shaking off, this 11-year-old Internet star. Dancing machine Taylor Hatala has released a new video showing her moves to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." The video, choreographed by dancer Matt Steffanina, is the latest in a series of clips released by the young phenom in the past few months. She's already been seen nearly 25 million times dancing to Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," Meek Mill's "I Don't Know" and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass." "I wasn't expecting any of this to happen at all," the Canadian who hails from an Edmonton suburb, told the “Today” show. (Dancing) was something that made me happy. It was a passion. But she said she doesn't consider herself famous. "Everyone always says that, but I always deny it because I just don't think of myself as famous. It's weird to think about," she said. Taylor, who said she started dancing at the age of 3, practices about four hours a day, every day of the week. "As I got older, I realized it was more than just fun for me, it was something that made me happy. It was a passion," she told “Today.” And there is more to come as she tweeted Monday she expects to launch her own YouTube channel soon. Steffanina, 29, told the Daily News he has been working with the star for the past year. She's a special little girl and has a bright future ahead. “She is one of the hardest working dancers that I train,” he said.  “She's exceptionally talented, especially for being so young and is such a genuinely kind young lady. She's really a pleasure to teach.”  The Los Angeles resident who danced with Taylor Swift at her AMA performance last week, said he combined many techniques he had been teaching her for the routine. He said he just posted the videos of them dancing together and is shocked at the attention it has Continue Reading

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is top selling album of 2014, squeaking by ‘Frozen’ soundtrack

2014 belonged to “1989.” Taylor Swift’s album, named for the year of her birth, moved 3.66 million copies this year, according to Nielsen/Soundscan, making it the top seller of the last 12 months. A final surge in sales helped Swift melt “Frozen,” which had been the top mover for most of the year. That album, which takes the No. 2 spot, has sold 3.53 album units so far. Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour,” seized No. 3, with sales of 1.13, followed by the holiday album “That’s Christmas To Me,” from the vocal group Pentatonix, which pushed 1.02 million. No other album broke the million mark this year. The No. 5 entry - the soundtrack to “Guardians of the Galaxy” - only managed to move 898,000 units. While Swift’s album may be 2014’s big Kahuna, it still lags beyond “Frozen” in total sales. The soundtrack moved another 300,000 units back in 2013. Still, given the momentum of “1989,” Swift’s album will certainly trounce “Frozen” in the end. The disc was No. 1 on the latest weekly chart, with sales of over 326,000 copies. Considering its staying power, the disc will surely go on to beat the total sales of Swift’s last album, “Red,” which pushed just over 4 million in all. Swift’s looming figures are even more impressive given the general depression of the music market. Nielsen/SoundScan’s figures reveal sales of albums this year - including digital figures - plunged 11% from 2013. Digital sales alone dropped 9%. Digital songs sank 12%. The culprit: Streaming. That delivery system, offered by outlets like Spotify and Rdio, surged 54% in 2014. One cheery note: Not only did vinyl continue its march north, it did so by a larger percentage than ever before. Sales of the large and scratch discs soared 52% over last year’s figure, to 9.2 million. That’s the best year for Continue Reading

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd lead Grammy nominations

The Grammy nominations are out, and they reflect a year in which critical acclaim and commercial muscle were often not mutually exclusive.The leading contenders — Kendrick Lamar with 11  nominations and Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with seven each — have all enjoyed positive reviews and wide popularity. Pop queen and previous seven-time winner Swift may be the most ubiquitous presence, and she received nods in three of the Big Four categories: album, record and song of the year (1989 for the first, Blank Space for the latter two).But two-time Grammy winner Lamar, who competed against Swift for album of the year in 2014 — and actually shares two nominations with her this year, for best pop duo/group performance and best music video, both for Swift’s Bad Blood — has emerged as a major force in hip-hop and pop culture. He’s up for album and song of the year — for To Pimp A Butterfly and Alright, respectively — and received five nominations in the rap field, with two each in the categories of rap song and music video.R&B singer/songwriter The Weeknd was tapped for record (Can’t Feel My Face) and album of the year, the latter for Beauty Behind The Madness, which entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1. Three of Weeknd’s nominations are for Earned It, a song featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.Veteran R&B star D’Angelo, who returned with his first album in 14 years last December, also will compete for record of the year; D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s Really Love earned him an additional nod for R&B song, with D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s Black Messiah up for R&B album. Fellow triple nominee Marc Ronson’s Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud round out the record nominees. Thinking is also nominated for song of the year, and Sheeran is a featured artist on Weeknd’s Beauty.Two Continue Reading

Rihanna, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift set to appear at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna will perform her new single for the first time, Sam Smith will deliver his soulful vocals, and Taylor Swift will be in the audience dancing along in her typical awards show form. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will debut its second annual show Sunday from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Justin Timberlake will accept the 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his accomplishments as an entertainer. Rihanna will sing "B---- Better Have My Money," released days ago. Other performers include Madonna, Iggy Azalea, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Meghan Trainor. Jamie Foxx, who will host the show airing live on NBC, will also take the stage to perform a new song. Swift, who is nominated for four awards including artist of the year, won't perform, but she is part of the line-up of attendees, which includes Ludacris, Ryan Seacrest, Gina Rodriguez and Jeremy Piven. Guests at the iHeartRadio Music Awards will sit at traditional tables — in the vein of the Golden Globes — instead of typical awards show seats. Smith and Azalea are the top nominees with five apiece. They, along with Ariana Grande and Luke Bryan, will compete with Swift for artist of the year. Song of the year nominees include Trainor's "All About That Bass," John Legend's "All of Me," Pharrell's "Happy," Swift's "Shake It Off" and Smith's "Stay With Me," the only song in the group to not hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Alesso and Nate Ruess of fun. will perform at the three-hour event, which will also air live on iHeartMedia's radio stations. The fan-voted show kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT. Continue Reading

Taylor Swift goes the distance for Calvin Harris; Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show will go live at Kaufman Astoria Studios

Taylor Swift may have been in Tokyo last week on her “1989” world tour, but over the weekend the 25-year-old singer supported her rumored boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris, as he performed at KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles. TayTay was spotted in the audience with pal Alana Haim of the band Haim, dancing wildly and mouthing the words of the Scottish-born DJ’s songs. Swift didn’t join her honey onstage, but Big Sean did, performing their hit song, “Open Wide.” The couple reportedly held hands backstage. It must be getting serious, as Harris has been introduced to two very important figures in Swift’s life — her beloved cats, Meredith and Olivia. Also rocking the crowd at the StubHub Center was Kanye West. He had his own personal cheering squad, composed of sister-in-law Kendall Jenner and mother-in-law Kris Jenner, who was accompanied by her boy toy Corey Gamble. Wife Kim Kardashian was MIA, as she was jetting off to Brazil. Also performing at the event were Sia, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, David Guetta, Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony. The Gossip Table - Celebrity Gossip - TV Shows - Full Episode Video - Reality TV Shows ADDING VARIETY TO ASTORIA Queens should stock up on top hats and canes. Neil Patrick Harris’ new variety show will broadcast live from the borough’s Kaufman Astoria Studios, [email protected] is told. The 10-episode run of the hour-long NBC show, reportedly titled “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris,” is to be shot at the 18,000-square-foot Stage K. The famous studio has also been home to “Sesame Street,” “The Cosby Show” and “Spin City.” NIECE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Glam couple George and Amal Clooney attended the premiere of “Tomorrowland” in Anaheim, Calif. Accompanying the couple was Continue Reading

Taylor Swift dominates Billboard Music Awards, claiming 8 honors and unveiling new ‘Bad Blood’ video

The Billboard Music Awards went Swift-ly. Taylor Swift walked away with eight honors Sunday night, including coveted trophies for top artist and top female artist. “To win female artist is incredible because one of the best things that has happened to me in the last year is that I’ve surrounded myself with incredible women,” Swift told the crowd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. She also kicked off the Billboard Music Awards by unveiling her new video, “Bad Blood.” British boy band One Direction snagged the first award of the night for top duo or group. The band later won the top touring artist award. “Wow! This is absolutely incredible,” said band member Niall Horan, who thanked the group’s “super, super fans.” Although Zayn Malik abruptly left the group in March, bandmate Liam Payne gave a shout “to our brother Zayn.” Brit crooner Sam Smith won three awards, including top male artist. Iggy Azalea won top rap artist and shared the award for top rap song — “Fancy” — with Charli XCX. Hozier snagged top rock artist, Florida Georgia Line was tapped top country artist and Pharrell Williams won top R&B artist. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” scored the top hot 100 song and John Legend’s “All of Me” won top streaming song. The program, hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen, also featured Britney Spears and Azalea performing “Pretty Girls.” Mariah Carey also showed she still has chops, belting out a medley of her hits, including “Infinity” and “Vision of Love.” Other performers included Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Simple Minds and Van Halen. Continue Reading

Taylor Swift set to debut new music video at Billboard Music Awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mariah Carey hitting high notes. Taylor Swift debuting a star-studded music video. And Kanye West possibly rushing the stage. Those are the things Billboard Music Awards hosts Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen are most excited when it comes to Sunday's show in Las Vegas. "Finger in the ear Mariah! I can definitely hit it, but I'm going to save that for the show," the rapper said in an interview at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the show will take place. Carey, who is currently in residency in Vegas, is set to perform at the Billboard Awards. West will close the three-hour show. "I don't think he's going to rush the stage this time around. I think he's going to chill," Ludacris said. "Now if you have some free liquor for him like some brown, some cognac or something - that might be a whole different story. He may rush the stage and rush some people in the audience at the same time." "If I were up there and he rushed the stage, I would let him do whatever he wants, I swear," Teigen said. Ludcaris said he "might tackle" West. Teigen, who is married to John Legend, said she would film it. "I would be Instagraming it," the model said. "I'd be so excited." The night will feature a number of moments that could dominate Instagram and other social platforms Monday morning. Swift will debut her music video for "Bad Blood," which will feature actresses Lena Dunham, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo and Jessica Alba, as well as musicians like Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding and Hayley Williams of Paramore, among others. Swift is also the lead nominee with 14 nominations, including top artist, top Billboard 200 album for "1989" and top Hot 100 for "Shake It Off." Sam Smith follows behind Swift with 13 nominations. The British crooner won't attend the show Sunday because of vocal-cord issues. He also cancelled his weekend performance at the Rock In Rio USA Festival in Las Vegas, which starred Swift and Bruno Mars on Friday and Continue Reading

Taylor Swift wins big at iHeartRadio Music Awards, taking home artist of the year and song of the year trophies

The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for “Shake It Off,” and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song. “More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of the fans watching know how much I adore you ... we’ve gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart,” a glossy-eyed Swift said at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “Like, you make me so happy.” The pop star also won best lyrics for her other hit song, “Blank Space.” Madonna, whose recent awards show performances were energetic and upbeat, toned it down when singing “Rebel Heart” while Swift played guitar next to her. “My favorite guitar player, yeah!” Madonna said as she presented Swift with song of the year. The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards also featured Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea. Guests sat at traditional tables — in the vein of the Golden Globes — instead of typical awards show seats. Chris Brown sat with Ludacris, while Swift’s table included Snoop Dogg, Ryan Seacrest and Timberlake. The former boy band member, who earned the iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his accomplishments as an entertainer, told the audience that he was called “weird” as a teenager, and offered encouraging words to teens experiencing teasing and bullying. “Growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator, they called me different, they called me weird, they called me a couple of other words I can’t say on TV,” Timberlake said. “So thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing, that being different meant you could actually make a difference, so tonight Continue Reading