Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations
Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Prince releases ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ music video Korina Lopez, USA TODAY 11:12 a.m. EDT October 13, 2013 Prince fans, breakfast is served. Prince performs in concert in Cincinnati in 1985. (Photo: ROB BURNS, ASSOCIATED PRESS) SHARE 113 CONNECT 32 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE There’s no sign of Dave Chappelle, but there’s a Chipmunk (unclear which one), pancakes and a slew of dancers dressed in black a la Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer’s version) in Prince’s Breakfast Can Wait video. There’s no sign of Prince, either. Chappelle dressed up like him for the satrical lyric video. Who knew Prince had a sense of humor? The official one, out on Vevo now, stars the director of the video, 18-year old Danielle Curiel, plays a decidedly sexier version of the purple superstar. Who is she? Prince’s new protege, it seems. He gave her artistic freedom of the video when he read her proposal for it. About halfway through the video, one of the Chipmunks chimes in. You have to see it to understand. Prince, who recently joined the social media wagon, has been drumming up interest in new music, recorded with his 21-piece supergroup The New Power Generation and rock band, 3RDEYEGIRL. Although a release date has yet to be confirmed, the tentatively named Plectrum Electrum, is due out in Jan.
Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK | Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:47pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i.am and singer Kelly Clarkson announced the names of the nominees in five of the top categories on Thursday on the ABC television network news show “Good Morning America.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also received nominations for the coveted best new artist award, the single of the year for “Thrift Shop,” favorite pop/rock band, and best rap/hip-hop artist and album for “The Heist.” “This year’s lineup of talent is truly very impressive,” Larry Klein, the producer of the AMAs, told a news conference before the final categories were announced. Last year’s big winner, 19-year-old teen heart-throb Justin Bieber who took home three awards including artist of the year, failed to receive any nominations. Florida Georgia Line, pop singer Ariana Grande, alternative rock band Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips, the winner of the 11th season of the TV singing competition “American Idol,” will also compete for new artist of the year. “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz will vie for the best single against Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell & T.I. and “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line with Nelly. Thicke, 36, also earned a nomination for favorite soul/R&B male artist alongside singer Miguel and Timberlake, while Ciara, Alicia Keys and Rihanna will battle it out for the top female soul/R&B trophy. Rihanna will also compete against Swift and singer Pink for the top female pop or rock artist prize, while Mars is pitted against Thicke and Timberlake for favorite male artist in the same category. Mars and Imagine Dragons each received three nominations. Former Disney star Miley Cyrus, 20, who caused a sensation with her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August and just released her new album “Bangerz,” and Imagine Dragons will perform during the awards show. Winners of the AMAs will be selected by fans through online voting, which starts on Thursday, and for the first time this year via Twitter. The awards will be presented on November 24 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on ABC and streamed online.
Music | Album Previews – Justin Timberlake, Glasser, Dizzee Rascal & Sub Focus
Love This Town and Heart of a Warrior both recapture the aspirational message and joyful bounce associated with Dizzee, the latter track benefiting greatly from Teddy Skys crisp vocals. It can be no coincidence these two were the more prominent among the new tracks debuted when supporting MUSE earlier this year. The standard edition of The Fifth includes Bassline Junkie as the sole bonus track. Its a riotous postscript to what current Rascal fans know and love, heavily contrasting with the first half of The Fifth. Sadly, the tracks inclusion makes it all too clear where the rest of the album falls down. A few good tracks lost in a sea of video game music. Josh Woodcock Sub Focus -Torus(5/5) After four years, Sub Focus needed to deliver something impeccable and with Torus hes done just that. Following the release of single collaborations with Kele Orereke and Alex Clare, Torus showcases immense tracks, catchy hooks and Sub Focus at his best. Both energetic and punchy, by the end of album opener Torus youre on a one way trip to infinity and beyond. Twilight has a chilled intro, flaunting his versatile production style, easing you in and out of the albums serious bass and drops, whilst Close is a stunning track with 90s dance elements, handclaps and a hint of garage. The beautiful, jangly guitar on Out of Reach shows that this album will appeal to more than just die-hard DnB heads.