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Atlantic Goes for the Gold with New Grammy Compilation

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2014 Grammy NomineesTo cap off a relatively all-over-the-place year in pop music for 2013, January 26 sees the 56th annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live as always from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The competition is particularly heavy with nominations for rappers, both veterans (Jay-Z) and upstarts (Kendrick Lamar, indie sensations Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who continue to self-release their work without a major label behind them), but there’s a little something for everyone on the 2014 Grammy Nominees album, due January 21 from Atlantic Records.

The 18 tracks herein span dozens of categories and genres. Do you like R&B-flavored pop? Justin Timberlake, nominated for seven awards this year, offers “Mirrors,” a shimmering ballad off his 20/20 Experience double album, while future Super Bowl halftime performer Bruno Mars brings “Locked Out of Heaven” – the best Police song Sting never wrote – and Robin Thicke is represented by the year’s biggest chart hit, “Blurred Lines.” New Zealand’s iconoclastic Lorde, a Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominee at only 17, offers her inescapable “Royals,” while Daft Punk (who will perform with Stevie Wonder at the telecast) satisfy all ages with “Get Lucky,” a killer disco track bolstered by an immediately recognizable guitar riff from CHIC’s Nile Rodgers.

Other key tracks include “Brave,” from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest (a surprise nominee for Album of the Year), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ uplifting tolerance anthem “Same Love,” the excellent “Just Give Me a Reason” by pop survivor P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun., and “Merry Go Round,” a criminally underrated track by country singer Kacey Musgraves. (Her Same Trailer Different Park is up for Best Country Album, “Merry Go Round” is up for Best Country Song and Musgraves herself contends for a Best New Artist trophy.)

For the full track list, as well as a breakdown of nominations surrounding each song, hit the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2014 at 09:19

Grammy Time: Music’s Biggest Night Honored with Annual Compilation

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Grammys 2013We’re just a few weeks from the 55th Annual Grammy Awards – or as I like to call it, “how many times can my music geek friends and I make cutting jokes on the Internet?” – and, as is customary, next week will see the release of a compilation of Grammy-nominated songs for your perusal.

The 22-track compilation, distributed this year by EMI, has quite the cross-section of cuts from what is a rather diverse year for the awards ceremony. Altogether, six different artists – Dan Auerbach of the indie-blues group The Black Keys, power-pop upstarts Fun., folk phenom Mumford & Sons, rising rapper/R&B singer Frank Ocean and 21st century hip-hop statesmen Jay-Z and Kanye West – are all tied for most nominations this year, with six apiece. A host of current stars and future greats are up for the most prominent awards, including Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Jack White Australian singer/songwriter Gotye, R&B crooner Miguel and more.

2013 Grammy Nominees also includes a track by last year’s champion Adele (who took home six trophies for her 2011 smash 21 and is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for her Live At The Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD) and one from the one and only Boss, Bruce Springsteen, who is not only a three-time nominee this year but will receive the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ prestigious MusiCares Person of the Year Award at a ceremony held the night before the Grammys telecast.

Get your copy of the CD January 22 and watch the awards at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 10 on CBS. Pre-order links and a detailed summary of each track’s Grammy nominations are after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 15, 2013 at 14:08

Katy Perry Will Do Anything for Another #1 Single, Reissues “Teenage Dream”

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You’d think two Grammy nominations in 2012 and a tied record with one of pop music’s biggest luminaries would be enough for Katy Perry. But the recently-divorced pop singer is treating herself to one last dessert with the March 27 release of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, an expanded edition of her hit 2010 album.

Expectations were high for the 27-year-old Perry when Teenage Dream was released almost two summers ago. After a number of false starts in her musical career – an unsuccessful gospel album in 2001 and two aborted pop albums (one of which saw her as the lead vocalist of The Matrix, the pop production team responsible for hits by Avril Lavigne, Liz Phair, Jason Mraz and Shakira), Perry struck gold with 2008’s One of the Boys, which yielded three Top 10 hits including the coy chart-topper “I Kissed a Girl.”

Teenage Dream, produced by a boatload of pop luminaries including Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Stargate and Tricky Stewart, amped up the hooks and cheeky lyrical content to great effect. The album was a chart-topper and, astoundingly, five singles (“California Gurls,” the title track, “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”) have all topped the Billboard charts, tying Michael Jackson’s record of five consecutive No. 1 singles from Bad in 1987 and 1988.

A sixth single, “The One That Got Away,” “stalled” at No. 3, doubtlessly prompting one last go at the top of the charts with one of three as-yet-unnamed tracks that will feature on the reissue of the album. (Billboard has confirmed, just to be on the safe side, that any tracks from the reissue will not count toward the original Dream.)

The Complete Confection will also feature a set of familiar remixes, including Kanye West’s take on “E.T.,” a version of “Last Friday Night” featuring a rap verse from Missy Elliott and an acoustic version of “The One That Got Away” produced by Jon Brion. The album will close with a megamix of singles from the album overseen by producer Tommie Sunshine.

Not that she’s really trying to beat Jackson at his own game, Perry said in a statement. “It was an incredible honor to tie the King of Pop’s Billboard Hot 100 record, but I’m moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest,” Perry said. “So this is the complete special edition of my album for my fans.”

Keep it here for when the track list is finalized and order links are available.

Written by Mike Duquette

February 9, 2012 at 13:46

Posted in Katy Perry, News, Reissues