Grammy predictions: Macklemore favored for new artist
#TaniaOnTheScene - Bet on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to win Grammy’s best new artist trophy this year. Just don’t bet a lot.
The newcomer competition, historically fraught with controversy, left-field picks and puzzling shutouts, may be the most difficult contest to call.
Transgressions have been endless. The prize went to such short-lived sensations as Starland Vocal Band and Christopher Cross. Lip-sync duo Milli Vanilli’s award was revoked. Elvis Costello lost to A Taste of Honey. Among scores of legends never even nominated as bright start-ups were Madonna, U2, Prince, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen.
This year, Macklemore dukes it out with country singer Kacey Musgraves, hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, British crooner Ed Sheeran and London singer/producer James Blake.
Jack is Back
#TaniaOnTheScene - Jack Bauer is back, baby! I’m extremely excited for this. 24 returns in May with a new season that’s half the length of previous ones but still takes place over a single day.
The 12-hour series 24: Live Another Day will premiere with a two-hour installment May 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and settle into its old Monday at 9 slot on May 12.
Fox’s 24: Live Another Day is reassembling Kiefer Sutherland’s rogue agent, his trusty sidekick Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), his onetime love Audrey Heller (Kim Raver) and her dad (William Devane), who’s now president.
Bruno Mars Named BILLBOARD’S “Artist of the Year”
#TaniaOnTheScene - Atlantic recording artist Bruno Mars has been named Billboard magazine’s “2013 Artist of the Year” – an extraordinary honor to cap off an already incredible year. In addition to having one of the best-selling albums of the year with “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX,” Billboard announced today that Mars topped 8 of their 2013 Year-End charts, including “Hot 100 Artists” and “Top Overall Artists.” To celebrate these accolades, the GRAMMY®-winning superstar has unveiled the eagerly awaited next leg of his blockbuster “Moonshine Jungle World Tour.” The acclaimed trek will hit arenas and amphitheaters across North America beginning summer 2014 (see attached listing of cities). Full details – including dates, venues, and ticket information – will be announced soon. For up-to-the-minute news, please see www.brunomars.com/moonshinejungletour.
Bruce Springsteen to Release New Studio Album ‘High Hopes’
#TaniaOnTheScene - The new album has been set for January 14 release on Columbia Records. ‘High Hopes’ finds Springsteen in a number of different musical settings, and includes the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello and many additional players. The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen’s 18th studio album.
Here’s a link to the song and video for “High Hopes.” The video, directed by Thom Zimny, is a collage featuring photos from Danny Clinch, Australian tour footage shot by Chris Hilson and featuring Tom Morello, vintage documentary footage, text and graphics: http://brucespringsteen.net/
The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 Is Stellar in Its Own Right
#TaniaOnTheScene - Justin Timberlake had already cemented a killer comeback to the pop stratosphere with part 1 of The 20/20 Experience, which, since being released in March, has become the bestselling album of 2013.
So he didn’t need to do anything else but take his show on the road this year (his solo tour starts Oct. 31). But this sequel – recorded during the same sessions as the first installment, with the same producers (Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon) – isn’t just the collection of leftovers that it could have been.
It stands as a stellar set in its own right. Although it can’t top its more challenging, cohesive predecessor – a few songs run too long, and a couple maybe could have been dropped – this more singles-driven disc actually has more to satisfy fans of Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Lady Gaga: Top Earning Celebrity Under 30
#TaniaOnTheScene - The singer made an estimated $80 million in the last 12 months, despite cancelling part of her tour to have hip surgery.
Last year she was ranked at number four, while Taylor Swift, who topped the poll in 2012, has dropped to third place with $55m.
Justin Bieber is in second place again this year with $58m.
The Forbes website claims that Lady Gaga would have earned even more had she not had to cancel part of her world tour in February.
She recently announced her next album, Artpop, would be released in November with a single due out on 19 August.
‘Holler If Ya Hear Me”, A Musical Inspired by Tupac
#TaniaOnTheScene - Broadway could be getting less Gershwin and more gangsta.
“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” an in-the-works rap musical inspired by the raw and in-your-face songs of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, hopes to be heard on the Great White Way.
The show, currently underway in a New York workshop production, features Shakur’s music and a book by Todd Kreidler, an associate director on the revival of “Fences.”