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TAYLOR SWIFT NAMED KEY ADVISER FOR KNOCKOUT ROUNDS OF NBC’S EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES ‘THE VOICE

October 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Seven-Time Grammy Award Winner to Work Closely With Artists From All Four Teams
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — October 3, 2014 — NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series “The Voice” has confirmed seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift as the key adviser for the current season. Swift will serve as the sole mentor for all of the artists on each of the four teams.

The multiple platinum-selling Swift is the youngest recipient of the Grammys album of the year and is the best-selling digital music artist of all time. She is also the only female artist in music history (and the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.

Swift’s upcoming, fifth album, “1989,” which is scheduled for release Oct. 27, has already produced a No. 1 single, “Shake It Off.”

Swift advised each of the performers during the upcoming Knockout Rounds (airing Oct., 27, 28 and Nov. 3) on vocal technique, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their personalities and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the live Playoff Round. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in the Knockout Round.

Through its first two weeks of the new season, “The Voice” has averaged a 4.0 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers overall in “live plus same day” averages from Nielsen Media Research, making it the #3 entertainment series and #1 reality series on the Big 4 networks so far this season in 18-49. The most recent telecast on Tuesday, Sept. 30, equaled the show’s highest adult 18-49 rating for a Tuesday edition (4.1) in the past year (since Oct. 1, 2013) and the biggest overall audience for a Tuesday telecast since March 4.

“The Voice” is a presentation of United Artists Media Group (an MGM company), Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Marc Jansen and Lee Metzger.

For embeddable clips and more, please visit NBC.com’s official show site: http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice.

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TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE ULTIMATE CHOICE AWARD DURING “TEEN CHOICE 2011” AIRING Sunday, August 7, LIVE on FOX

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

LIVE WEBCAST PRE-SHOW TO CAPTURE ALL THE CHOICE RED CARPET ACTION

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, AT TEENCHOICEAWARDS.COM

Newly Added Stars Scheduled to Appear Include

Robert Pattinson, Demi Lovato and Ellen DeGeneres

 

Multi-platinum superstar, four-time Grammy winner and multiple Teen Choice Award nominee Taylor Swift will receive the Ultimate Choice Award during TEEN CHOICE 2011 airing Sunday, Aug. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

 

 

Appearing live at TEEN CHOICE 2011, Swift will receive the coveted award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry. The Ultimate Choice Award is the Teen Choice Awards’ highest honor. Past recipients include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mike Myers, as well as Venus and Serena Williams. Fans are encouraged to tweet why Taylor is their Ultimate Choice to @TeenChoiceGirl, and they may see their tweets featured during the show.


In addition, viewers can get an exclusive look at the TEEN CHOICE 2011 red carpet and backstage action with a special live webcast airing Sunday, Aug. 7 (3:30-5:00 PM PT live/6:30-8:00 PM ET live) online at www.teenchoiceawards.com. Hosted by comedians Jordan Morris (“The Daily Habit”) and Robin Thede (IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT), the webcast will cover all the action at the summer’s hottest event and highlight the stars as they arrive on the red carpet. Affion Crockett, star of IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT, will also make special appearances on the webcast.

 

 

Robert Pattinson, Demi Lovato and Ellen DeGeneres join previously announced participants Tyra Banks, Jason Bateman, Justin Bieber, Rachel Bilson, Rebecca Black, Rose Byrne, John Cena, Cat Deeley, Zooey Deschanel, Cameron Diaz, Tom Felton, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kat Graham, Ashley Greene, Lucy Hale, Ed Helms, Chris Hemsworth, Gillian Jacobs, Joe Jonas, Victoria Justice, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tyler Posey, Maggie Q, Avril Lavigne, Katie Leclerc, Kellan Lutz, Vanessa Marano, Joel McHale, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Nikki Reed, Zoë Saldana, Taylor Swift, Paul Wesley, Shane West and Shaun White. Hosted by Kaley Cuoco, the special, which celebrates the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion, will also feature will.i.am as the night’s DJ and performances by Jason Derülo, Selena Gomez & the Scene and OneRepublic.

 

 

 

Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day until August 5 for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2011 nominees at

www.teenchoiceawards.com.

 

 

TEEN CHOICE 2011 is executive-produced by Bob Bain (“Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards”) and Michael Burg. Paul Flattery and Kelly Brock serve as producers, and Greg Sills serves as supervising producer.

 

 

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Visit www.teenchoiceawards.com for the complete list of categories and nominees.]

ALABAMA, DIERKS BENTLEY, RONNIE DUNN, SARA EVANS, MARTINA McBRIDE, REBA, BLAKE SHELTON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND ZAC BROWN BAND WITH JAMES TAYLOR, TO PERFORM AT THE “46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS,” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 3 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Nancy O’Dell and Ryan Seacrest Scheduled to Present

Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor are scheduled to perform on the 46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.  The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions.

 

The aforementioned artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban-all of whom are Entertainer of the Year nominees.

 

Performers:

Alabama has won an astounding 20 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, including six times for Vocal Group of the Year and five times for Entertainer of the Year, and was named Artist of the Decade in 1988.  Alabama will perform with Entertainer of the Year nominee Brad Paisley.

 

Dierks Bentley is nominated for Album of the Year for Up on the Ridge.  Bentley won New Artist of the Year in 2003.

 

Ronnie Dunn helped define the country landscape over the past 20 years as one half of the most successful duo in country music history.  He now builds on his 30-million-selling album history as part of Brooks & Dunn with his Arista Nashville solo debut album, slated for release later this year.  The album’s stirring first single, “Bleed Red,” is available now.

Sara Evans debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart this past week with the release of her sixth studio album, Stronger, featuring her current smash, the RIAA-certified Gold Digital Single, “A Little Bit Stronger.”  A past ACM Female Vocalist winner, Evans’ chart-topping career includes more than five million albums sold and such #1 hits as “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “No Place That Far” and “Born to Fly.”

 

Martina McBride is a three-time Female Vocalist winner and was also awarded the Humanitarian Award in 2003 for her charitable work.  During the “Girls’ Night Out:  Superstar Women of Country” special, which will be broadcast Friday, April 22 on CBS, McBride will be honored once again by ACM Lifting Lives (the ACM’s charitable arm) for her dedication to raising social consciousness of domestic violence and encouraging female empowerment through songs.

 

Reba has won 12 ACM Awards, including seven wins for Female Vocalist of the Year, and was awarded the first-ever annual Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award for her outstanding philanthropic work.  This broadcast will mark Reba’s 13th time hosting the show.

 

Blake Shelton will make his debut this year as an ACM Award co-host with Reba.  Shelton has been nominated for three ACM Awards and won his first ACM award last year for Vocal Event of the Year for his #1 hit single, “Hillbilly Bone,” which features longtime friend Trace Adkins.

 

Over the course of his career, James Taylor has sold some 40 million albums and has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards.  As a recording and touring artist inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Taylor has set a precedent for solo singer/songwriters and blazed a path to which countless numbers of earnest young musicians have since aspired.

 

Carrie Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.  Having won a total of 10 ACM Awards, Underwood is the two-time reigning Entertainer of the Year and has won Female Vocalist three times.

Zac Brown Band is nominated for five awards, including Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year.  Zac Brown Band is also nominated for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away,” featuring Alan Jackson.  Zac Brown Band will perform “Colder Weather” at the ACM Awards with one of their idols, James Taylor.

 

Presenters:

Nancy O’Dell, “Entertainment Tonight’s” Emmy Award-winning journalist, has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. Currently Special Correspondent, O’Dell will assume the role of co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight” after Mary Hart ends her final season in May 2011.

 

Ryan Seacrest is at the forefront of the media and entertainment industry.  Seacrest is celebrated internationally as host of “American Idol,” and hosts and produces E! News as well as its red carpet awards show coverage.  He also serves as an executive producer and co-hosts “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

 

The 46TH ANNUAL Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers; Barry Adelman is the producer and Bob Bardo serves as the executive in charge of production.

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE “46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS,” COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR(TM), TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS SUNDAY, APRIL 3, ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

February 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Miranda Lambert Leads with Seven Nominations; Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band Each Receive Five Nominations, with Zac Brown Receiving Four Additional Nods; The Band Perry and Taylor Swift Each Receive Four Nominations;
Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban
Each Receive Three Nominations

Fans Will Again Vote for Entertainer of the Year;
Top New Artist Category to be Voted on by Fans for Third Year in a Row

Nominations for the 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions, were announced live this morning by country superstars Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville, and broadcast live on “The Early Show.”  The winners will be announced live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.  As previously announced, Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host this year’s show.

For the third year, fans will select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year; the two newcomer categories for the annual Academy of Country Music Awards – Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Group or Duo – will also be opened up to fan voting.  The winner in each of the two newcomer categories will then move on to compete for Top New Artist, which is also a fan-voted category. Online voting for all fan voted categories will be available at www.voteACM.com.  The winners of Entertainer of the Year and Top New Artist will be announced live during the 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

This morning, Miranda Lambert led with seven nominations, including Top Female Vocalist and her first ever nomination for Entertainer of the Year.  In addition, Lambert was nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” and received two nominations for Video of the Year for “Only Prettier” and “The House That Built Me.”  She is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with Sheryl Crow and Loretta Lynn for “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”  Lambert is the reigning ACM Top Female Vocalist.

Kenny Chesney is nominated for five awards, including Album of the Year for Hemingway’s Whiskey and Single Record of the Year for “The Boys of Fall,” both of which earned him nominations as an artist and producer.   He is also nominated for Video of the Year for “The Boys of Fall.”

Zac Brown Band is nominated for five awards, including Top Vocal Group and Album of the Year.  Zac Brown Band is also nominated for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away” featuring Alan Jackson.

Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band also received four additional individual nominations as the producer for Album of the Year contender You Get What You Give, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away” and additionally as a composer for Song of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away.”

The Band Perry is nominated for four awards, including Top Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Duo or Group.  They are also nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “If I Die Young.”  Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry also received an additional individual nomination as a composer for Song of the Year contender “If I Die Young.”

Taylor Swift is nominated for four awards, including her second nod for Entertainer of the Year.  If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her first Entertainer of the Year win.  Swift is nominated as an artist and producer for Album of the Year for Speak Now and she also received a nomination for Top Female Vocalist.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for three awards, including Top Vocal Group.  They are also nominated for Album of the Year as artists and producers for Need You Now.  They are the reigning Top Vocal Group.

Lee Brice is nominated for three awards for Song of the Year and as both an artist and producer for Single Record of the year for “Love Like Crazy.”  This is Brice’s first year to be nominated.

Easton Corbin is nominated for three awards for Top New Solo Vocalist and for Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for “A Little More Country than That.” This is Corbin’s first year to be nominated.

Alan Jackson is nominated for three awards for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away,” with the Zac Brown Band.

Keith Urban is nominated for three awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist.  Urban is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “Blue Sky” with Emily West.

Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, including selection of the final top six nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category and the top three nominees in newcomer categories, Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Group or Duo.  Presenters and performers who will appear at the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the following categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

· Jason Aldean

· Toby Keith

· Miranda Lambert

· Brad Paisley

· Taylor Swift

• Keith Urban

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

· Jason Aldean

· Brad Paisley

· Blake Shelton

· George Strait

· Keith Urban
TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

· Miranda Lambert

· Reba McEntire

· Taylor Swift

· Carrie Underwood

• Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

· Joey + Rory

· Montgomery Gentry

· Steel Magnolia

· Sugarland

• the JaneDear Girls

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

· Lady Antebellum

· Little Big Town

· Randy Rogers Band

· The Band Perry

• Zac Brown Band

TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (Previously Announced)

· Eric Church

· Easton Corbin

• Randy Houser

TOP NEW VOCAL DUO or GROUP OF THE YEAR (Previously Announced)

· Steel Magnolia

· The Band Perry

• the JaneDear Girls

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (TIE)

· Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

· Need You Now – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

· The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson (Mercury)

Produced by: Arlis Albritton, Dave Cobb, The Kent Hardly Playboys

· Speak Now – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift

· Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley (Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Jon Randall Stewart

· You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)

Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (TIE)

· A Little More Country Than That – Easton Corbin (Mercury)

Produced by: Carson Chamberlain

· As She’s Walking Away – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)

Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall

· If I Die Young – The Band Perry (Republic Nashville)

Produced by: Paul Worley

· Love Like Crazy – Lee Brice (Curb Records)

Produced by: Lee Brice, Doug Johnson

· The Boys Of Fall – Kenny Chesney (BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

· The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

· A Little More Country Than That – Easton Corbin

Composers:  Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress, Wynn Varble
Publishers:   A Sling And A Prayer Music (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Music (ASCAP), Don Poythress Songs (ASCAP), Precious Flour Music (BMI), Universal Music-MGB Songs (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

· As She’s Walking Away – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson

Composers: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette
Publishers: Angelika Music (BMI), Weimerhound Publishing (BMI)

· If I Die Young – The Band Perry

Composer:  Kimberly Perry
Publishers:  Pearlfeather Publishing (BMI), Rio Bravo Music, Inc. (BMI)

· Love Like Crazy – Lee Brice

Composers:  Tim James, Doug Johnson
Publishers:  Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sweet Radical Music (BMI), T-Bird’s Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

· The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert

Composers:  Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin
Publishers:  Built On Rock (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tomdouglasmusic (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

· Hillbilly Bone – Blake Shelton Featuring Trace Adkins

Producer:  Randy Brewer
Director: Roman White

· Only Prettier – Miranda Lambert

Producer: Trent Hardville
Director: Trey Fanjoy

·  Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland

Producers: Tony McGarry
Director: Declan Whitebloom

· The Boys Of Fall – Kenny Chesney

Producer:  Don Lepore
Director: Shaun Silva

· The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert

Producer:  Trent Hardville
Director:  Trey Fanjoy

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)

· As She’s Walking Away – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson (Southern Ground / Roar / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)

Produced by: Zac Brown, Keith Stegall

· Blue Sky – Emily West Featuring Keith Urban (Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright

· Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)

Produced by:  John Carter Cash, Patsy Lynn Russell

· Cold Beer – Colt Ford Featuring Jamey Johnson (Average Joes)

Produced by:  Shannon Houchins, Adrian Young

· Good To Be Me – Uncle Kracker Featuring Kid Rock (Top Dog/ Atlantic / Bigger Picture)

Produced by: Kid Rock

Fan voting for Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group began at www.VoteACM.com on January 28 and will close on Thursday, Feb. 24 at Noon, ET/9:00 AM, PT.  The winner in each category will be announced in March, and will move on to compete for Top New Artist.  Fan voting for Top New Artist and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 11 at 3:00 PM, ET/Noon, PT at www.VoteACM.com.  Fan voting for Top New Artist will close at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT on April 3 (before the LIVE show starts) and fan voting for Entertainer of the Year will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group.  In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count.  For example, Lee Brice received two nominations in the Single Record of the Year category – one each as artist and producer – because that category recognizes both.

In addition, the Song of the Year category recognizes the artist, composer and publishing company as a nominee but does not recognize an individual as owner or partial owner of the publishing company.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

As previously announced, country super-duo Sugarland will headline the first-ever ACM Fan Jam, a fans-only live concert event taking place in Las Vegas during and after the 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS broadcast.  The ACM Fan Jam will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino during and after the ACM Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will give fans the ultimate opportunity to be part of the LIVE telecast.  Throughout the three-hour live show from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be performances from the Mandalay Bay Events Center by Sugarland and other top-tier music acts, to be announced at a later date.

The 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers, Barry Adelman the producer and Bob Bardo the executive in charge of production.

RATING:  To Be Announced

Taylor Swift & Jake Gyllenhaal break up

January 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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Media have noticed that Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal haven’t been spotted together as of late. But PEOPLE Magazine is reporting that a source has told them that Taylor and Jake ended their relationship last month.

Well, I’m sure there may be speculation to why they broke up but if there is one thing that we know will come out of this….and that would be another breakup song from Taylor Swift.

KID ROCK, MILEY CYRUS, TAYLOR SWIFT AND CARLOS SANTANA w/GAVIN ROSSDALE TO PERFORM AT THE 38th ANNUAL “AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS”, NOVEMBER 21 ON ABC

November 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

dick clark productions (dcp) president Orly Adelson, announced that Kid Rock, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Carlos Santana w/Gavin Rossdale will all perform at the “2010 American Music Awards®.” They join previously announced acts including the Backstreet Boys & New Kids On The Block, Rihanna, Diddy-Dirty Money, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, P!nk and Usher. There will be additional announcements including this year’s presenters. The show will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Tickets are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS).

AMA producer, Larry Klein said: “The AMAs has always been about the best music of the year, and our lineup truly reflects the talented artists that have made 2010 so special.”

dick clark productions will also stream a live red carpet digital pre-show, “Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live! @ the 2010 AMAs,” on November 21st at 2:00 p.m., PT / 5:00 p.m., ET. The pre-show, featuring hosts Danny Gokey, Jennette McCurdy, Lance Bass, Whitney Port and returning Coca-Cola Correspondent David Lehre, will be available on ABC.com, and USTREAM.TV.

For the fourth year, winners will be determined by online voting at the official Coca-Cola voting location www.amavote.com as well as ama.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Soundtracks and Contemporary Inspirational. Fans can go to the official homepage of the 2010 “American Music Awards,” ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, and more.

Fans can still vote via T-Mobile text-messaging and on abc.com for the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award leading up to and during the live show! The final nominees are Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, Travie McCoy and Mike Posner. Go to ama.abc.com for more voting details. Message & data rates may apply to text a vote.

About dick clark productions, inc.
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

About the American Music Awards
In 1973 Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to pay tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry.

UPCOMING GUESTS ON THE “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN” ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK (Oct. 21-Nov. 3)

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monday through Friday, 11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT

(*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule

(n) Denotes new broadcast)

Thursday, Oct. 21                    Actor Bruce Willis; musical guests will.i.am and Nicki Minaj

Friday, Oct. 22                         Actor Joaquin Phoenix; musical guest Tom Jones

Monday, Oct. 25                      NBA commentator Charles Barkley; radio personality Garry Dell’Abate; musical guests Kings of Leon (n)

*Tuesday, Oct. 26                  Musician Taylor Swift; comedian Seth Meyers (n)

Wednesday, Oct. 27                Comedian Dana Carvey (n)

Thursday, Oct. 28                    Actor Will Ferrell; musical guest Kid Cudi; musician Slash (n)

Friday, Oct. 29                         Actor Michael J. Fox; snowboarding star Shaun White (n)

Monday, Nov. 1                       Actor Robert Downey Jr.; musical guest Elvis Costello (n)

*Tuesday, Nov. 2                   Guests TBA

*Wednesday, Nov. 3              Actress Tina Fey; musical guest Brad Paisley (n)

RATING:  TV-PG (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)

Official CBS website:  http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/

LADY GAGA DOMINATES THE 2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS WITH EIGHT MOONMAN AWARDS INCLUDING COVETED “VIDEO OF THE YEAR”

September 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kanye West and Taylor Swift Return to the VMA Stage


Lady Gaga, outdoing even herself with her adventurous couture, dominated the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, adding eight to her collection of Moonmen with awards including “Video Of The Year,” “Best Dance Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Female Video.”  Eminem, who opened this year’s Awards with a triumphant performance, walked away with two statues for “Best Male Video” and “Best Hip Hop Video.”  VMA newcomers 30 Seconds To Mars and Florence + The Machine took home their first wins for “Best Rock Video” and “Best Art Direction,” respectively.  Justin Bieber was voted “Best New Artist.”

A year after Taylor Swift’s first VMA win was interrupted by Kanye West, the two returned to musically play out last year’s drama, once again on the VMA stage. For an exclusive live performance, Taylor sang “Innocence,” an emotional song she wrote about how she felt after last year’s incident.  Later in the evening and this year as an official performer, Kanye debuted “Runaway” (featuring Pusha T from Clipse), a personal statement on the turbulence of the last year.

MTV aired the 2010 Video Music Awards live on Sunday, September 12 from Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, having transformed the venue into a 1950’s sculptural nod to modernism.  The VMA’s kicked off with an epic performance by Eminem backed by an orchestra to present a medley of his comeback anthem “Not Afraid” into a fiery version of “Love The Way You Lie” with surprise guest Rihanna.  Host Chelsea Handler brought her edgy comedic flair to the Awards, making a dramatic entrance that riffed on Lady Gaga’s extravagant fashion sense, flying onto the stage wearing a suburban house on her head, complete with a single car garage, and ending her monologue by releasing a dove from her dress.  Backstage before taking the stage, Chelsea was shown receiving “encouragement” from well wishers Li’l John, Flo Rida and a score-settling Lindsay Lohan.

Kim Kardashian introduced Justin Bieber, who made his VMA debut performance with an outdoor set of “Baby” into “Somebody to Love” to throngs of adoring fans – including Kim herself who, waving a restraining order, professed she’d nonetheless wait for the young heartthrob in his dressing room.

In another show highlight, the one-and-only Cher presented Lady Gaga with her “Video of the Year” Award, donning the same outfit (yes, she still fit into it) that she barely wore more than 20 years ago in her own memorable video “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

With an intro by Ke$sha and Trey Songz, Usher’s electric entrance and pounding energy brought down the house with a medley of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” into “OMG!,” showing off his dance moves against an other-worldly combination of visual effects.

The physicality of Usher’s set contrasted with VMA newcomer Florence + The Machine’s ethereal, breakout performance of “Dog Days Are Over,” featuring a large-scale dance number with scores of dancers and percussionists to create a flowing dream-like sequence.

Representing the rock side of the house, Linkin Park extended the VMA stage to include the first-ever performance at the landmark Griffith Observatory, where they performed their powerful single “The Catalyst” against the stunning backdrop of a spectacular Los Angeles sunset.

Hip-hop artist Drake was joined on onstage by Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz for a performance of his hit single “Fancy,” set against a supper club backdrop. Shortly following Drake’s performance, Chelsea stumbled upon the cast of “Jersey Shore” in, what else, a hot tub.  Teasing the cast about how dirty the water is, she finally agreed to jump in fully clothed, only to emerge wet and pregnant.

Additional performances included a medley by “dream team” Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Paramore, marking the first time ever that B.o.B. and Hayley Williams of Paramore sang their hit single “Airplanes” together.

Joining this year’s VMA house artist deadmau5 to perform their current hit singles was Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo and Robyn.  The night was filled with a long list of musical artists and stars including: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, MTV Tr3s Artist of the Year Romeo from Aventura, Sofia Vergara, Jared Leto, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, cast members from “Glee” and “True Blood,” Ne-Yo, Ellen DeGeneres, the cast of the upcoming film “Jackass 3-D,” Penn Badgley, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone and Ashley Greene.

2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

GENERAL CATEGORIES:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST NEW ARTIST
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
Title: Baby
Album: My World Part II
Director: Ray Kay
Label: Island Def Jam, RBMG
Production Company: Rockhard Films
Producer: Nicole Acacio

BEST MALE VIDEO
Eminem
Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Eminem
Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

BEST POP VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST ROCK VIDEO
30 Seconds To Mars
Title: Kings and Queens
Album: This Is War
Director: Bartholomew Cubbins
Label: Virgin Records
Production Company: Hello and Co.
Producers: Jared Leto, Emma Ludbrook, Sheeira Rees-Davies, Melissa Larsen, Dave Robertson

BEST DANCE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST COLLABORATION
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé
Title: Telephone
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Label: Interscope, Cherry Tree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: Serial Pictures/Anonymous Content
Producers: Stephanie Bruni, Violaine Etienne and Nicole Ehrlich

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Choreography: Laurieann Gibson

BEST DIRECTION
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST EDITING
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Editor: Jarrett Fijal

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
MUSE
Title: Uprising
Album: The Resistance
Director:  Hydra
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Production Company: Humble
Producer: Humble
Special Effects: Sam Stevens

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Title: Empire State of Mind
Album: The Blueprint 3
Director: Hype Williams
Label: Roc Nation
Production Company: Naaila Entertainment
Producer: Abdur Rahman

BEST ART DIRECTION
Florence + The Machine
Title: Dogs Days Are Over
Album: Lungs
Director: LEGS

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
The Black Keys
Title: Tighten Up
Album: Brothers
Director: Chris Marrs Pillero
Label: Nonesuch
Production Company: Symphony 9
Producer: John Lathan

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Garrett English is co-Executive Producer/Executive in Charge of Production. Amy Doyle is Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Jen Jones is co- Executive Producer. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” are 5® REACT™ Gum, freecreditscore.com™, Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, Rhapsody®, Samsung Fascinate a Galaxy S phone, Taco Bell® and Verizon Wireless.

The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” was available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of 63 channels reaching 605 million households around the world as well as through syndication.  In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

TAYLOR SWIFT TO PERFORM OPENING SONG ON “THE 43rd ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

November 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Additional Acoustic Performance to Follow

Only two days away, yet the excitement continues to grow for “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards.” It was announced today that four-time nominee Taylor Swift will deliver the opening performance.
A second, acoustic performance will follow later in the show. “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Swift, who won the Horizon Award in 2007, received four nominations this year with Entertainer, Female, Album for “Fearless,” and Music Video for “Love Story.” She could receive a second trophy for producing “Fearless” with Nathan Chapman. At age 19, Swift is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for Entertainer. Prior to this nomination, Wynonna was the youngest at age 22, when The Judds were first nominated in that category in 1986. Swift is also the first solo female artist to be nominated for Entertainer since 2000, when Faith Hill was nominated. The last solo female artist to win the category was Shania Twain in 1999.

In addition to Swift, performers already announced include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Dave Mathews, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.

Announced as Awards presenters during “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm)” are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, Julianne Hough, Randy Houser, The Judds, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Robin Roberts and Lee Ann Womack.

“The 43rd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Taylor Swift – Fearless: Platinum Edition (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

October 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

“Taylor Swift’s songwriting and vocal skills are just top notch.  You want to  embrace her music and just want to listen to each song as it’s told in a storytelling fashion.  A true talent and ‘Fearless: Platinum Edition’ is just a fantastic album worth listening to! ”

ARTIST: Taylor Swift

ALBUM: Fearless: Platinum Edition (Digital Version)

LABEL: Big Machine Records, LLC

DURATION: 1:19:25

RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2009

  1. Jump Then Fall
  2. Untouchable
  3. Forever & Always (Piano Version)
  4. Come In With the Rain
  5. Superstar
  6. The Other Side of the Door
  7. Fearless
  8. Fifteen
  9. Love Story
  10. Hey Stephen
  11. White Horse
  12. You Belong With Me
  13. Breathe
  14. Tell Me Why
  15. You’re Not Sorry
  16. The Way I Loved You
  17. Forever & Always
  18. The Best Day
  19. Change

Taylor Swift, the young Country vocalist/songwriter who has been topping the charts and a performer recognized for her talents and her album “Fearless” was announced in July 2009 as the top selling album of the first half of the year with close to 4 million copies sold in the United States and internationally, over 10 million.  Needless to say, Taylor Swift has had such a fantastic year even despite the MTV VMA debacle via Kanye West.  If anything, I hoped the debacle introduced people to Taylor Swift’s magnificent music as she is able to capture genuine feelings and experiences through her songwriting and communicates the song through her beautiful vocals.

But these type of experiences of love and breakups have been an instrumental part of Swift’s life because she manages to take these good and bad experiences and like a painter who can grab the attention of the viewer through creativity, the same can be said about Taylor Swift’s music.

Needless to say, with the popularity of “Fearless”, a new Platinum Edition of the album was released featuring six new songs.  For those who purchase the physical CD, the album features 50 new photographs from her “Fearless Tour 2009”, a new collector’s cover, all of her music videos from her hit singles and new video footage of the starlet.

I’ve listened to this album a good number of times already and I have to admit that I’m quite impressed by her ability to craft these lyrics and literally grab the listener because each track is almost told in a storytelling fashion.

In fact, there is not one song I didn’t like. The theme of “Fearless” for the most part is about love and where Pink’s “Funhouse” is a good example of an album that features emotions after a bitter breakup and thus her album is quite dark, Swift’s “Fearless” is an album with tracks of those emotions that one would have when they are in love whether it’s a teenage crush, in a relationship or after a breakup.

Swift’s hit song “Love Story” is just an awesome track that showcases her songwriting skills but songs such as “Hey Stephen” is one of those songs that feature that storytelling style. In this song, Swift writes about a boy named Stephen that she has a crush on but other girls also like him. And it’s almost like reading a page from Swift’s diary about innocent feelings towards a person she likes.

Then there’s a track like “Fifteen” in which she writes about starting the first day as a freshman in high school and getting in a relationship with someone at the young age at 15.

Or a song like “The Way I Loved You” which is another well-written song (which she co-wrote with John Rich) about the pain of love and loving someone but a love that is over and looking back at the relationship.

Then you have her musical side in which she performs the acoustic guitar driven track “Breathe” with another popular and talented young artist Colbie Caillat.

And then there is the track “Forever & Always” which Swift wrote about her then boyfriend Joe Jonas (Jonas Brothers) and with their somewhat breakup that has been featured recently in the media, it will be interesting to see what kind of song Swift will pen for that.

As for the new songs on the Platinum Edition, we are treated to a positive acoustic-guitar driven track with “Jump Then Fall” and followed with another acoustic guitar track which is a slower-paced track but is quite beautiful love song.  Included is a piano version of “Forever & Always” and is followed up with three new upbeat tracks “Come In With the Rain”, “SuperStar” and “The Other Side of the Door”.

“Fearless” is just a fantastic album! Taylor Swift, she definitely stands out among the many young music artists out there and also, for the Country music genre, the ability to crossover and become a Country/Pop star in America.

Although we have seen someone like Carrie Underwood, Faith Evans and Shania Twain to do this, for someone as young as Taylor Swift to really come out so strong and able to attract listeners who typically may not have listened to Country music. Also, Swift is just not the average artist with good looks and a great voice, she’s also a talented songwriter and musician. Definitely a true talent and you can only wonder how this young woman will develop over the years.

The songwriting skills and the creativity behind the lyrics and her ability to take those lyrics and sing them sweetly and convincingly in a storytelling fashion is what I have enjoyed about “Fearless”. Beautifully written lyrics, songs that feature catchy melodies, elegant vocals and just overall, well-done!

For Taylor Swift fans who have been waiting for newer material, we may have not received a brand new album just yet but it’s great to know that her label cares about the fans to release a new version of “Fearless” via a Platinum Edition featured with six new songs, music videos, photos and definitely a great collector’s edition for Taylor Swift fans.  Otherwise, digital listeners get six new tracks in addition to the wonderful songs on the album.

Overall, “Fearless” was an awesome album released in 2008 and with this new 2009 release of “Fearless: Platinum Edition”, the album continues to be… fantastic!

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