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Taylor Swift is joining NBC's 'The Voice' as an advisor, taking up the position Chris Martin left vacant last season.
Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
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Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
Turns out, modesty isn't Mr. Mayer's strong suit.
John Mayer has addressed the news that his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry is planning on writing songs inspired by their relationship. The singer songwriter is usually pretty guarded about his personal life but for some reason felt comfortable talking to a TMZ pap about his famous exes and how some choose to write songs about him.
There was a touch of arrogance to Mayer's words as he opened up on dating fellow pop stars. Confronted by the news that Perry has plans for a John Mayer break-up song in the vein of Taylor Swift's 'Dear John,' Mayer was bolshy.
"I actually want everybody's song to go #1," he said as a self-confessed "third wheel" whilst out with two friends. "I purposely stopped writing hits to give other people a chance to have #1 songs. I just stand to the side." "I have super strength for gang-ups, I'm fine," Mayer replied when asked if he was bothered by the songs his former lovers write about him. "That's what you're supposed to do, man, you're supposed to write songs. You're just not supposed to tell everybody you're doing it." Miaow.
Continue reading: Are You John Mayer's Ex? He Dares You To Write A Song About Him
Decadence has come at a hefty price for the successful singer/songwriter.
John Mayer is taking legal action after it emerged that what he thought were vintage Rolex watches were fakes in a scam that has affected celebrities all over Hollywood. The singer-songwriter is reportedly suing jewellery dealer Robert Maron, a friend to actor Charlie Sheen, who allegedly supplied the phony timepieces.
John Mayer Is Suing A Fake Watch Dealer After Being Hoodwinked.
Since his first purchase in 2007, Mayer is said to have spent $5 million buying watches for himself and others before he realised the hoax. In 2010, the Grammy-winning star discovered that one of the watches was fake when he sent it to be repaired, but received credit to buy another when he reported his discovery.
Katy Perry says she tried to pull away when Miley went in for the tongue during one of her concerts.
Katy Perry has told of how she didn't exactly invite the level of attention she got from Miley Cyrus during a Bangerz tour concert in Los Angeles. Widely circulated footage from the tour sees Miley jumping off the stage during 'Adore You' and planting a huge kiss on Perry, who is known for her hit 'I Kissed A Girl.'
Katy Perry Has Revealed That She Didn't Exactly Invite The Miley Cyrus Tongue-Fest.
"I just kissed a girl and I really liked it a lot," Cyrus announced after she had climbed back onto the stage but it appears that Katy didn't share her sentiment.
Conflicting reports circulate as the pop stars keep quiet about their lovelife.
Katy Perry and John Mayer have broken up after 18 months of dating, according to a new rumour. E! News' source claims that Perry has split with Mayer in the last few days despite simultaneous talk that the couple are engaged and due to wed soon.
According To New Rumours, Katy Perry Has Broken Up With John Mayer?
With their busy solo careers, it's hardly surprising that the pair haven't constantly been by each other's side but E! takes their recent geographical distance as an indication that the rumor could well be true. Katy has been busying herself with fashion month activities in London and Milan whilst John has been pictured glumly strolling about New York City.
Continue reading: Katy Perry And John Mayer Splitting Up, Or Stronger Than Ever?
Katy Perry talks life, love and letting go of career blunders in this month's issue of GQ.
There’s nothing better for getting you through the week than a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous and Katy Perry, lovable ball of mayhem that she is, has given us just that this week with her new interview in GQ. Besides the sultry photoshoot published along with the interview, Perry also bares her soul in some unusually personal answers.
Underneath the layers of makeup and over-the-top outfits, it sounds like Perry really cares about her music.
The GQ interview was done just before Perry’s American Music Awards performance from 2013 – the one, where she dressed up like a geisha and ignited a string of accusations in cultural appropriation. She defends her choices with the classic performer excuse – she did it for her art, apparently: “All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for and find so much beauty in, and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it.”
Continue reading: Katy Perry Breaks Through The Perfect Pop Star Facade In GQ Interview
Katy Perry and John Mayer were in Vegas over the weekend, and Mayer decided to have some fun with his girlfriend's phone.
One of Katy Perry's dreams came true Monday night (December 30) in Las Vegas when one of her idols, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, dedicated a song to her. According to MTV, the singer has long been a fan of Nicks, and has talked about her love for the singer, previously telling ABC she "sees straight through my soul."
Katy Perry leaving an interview in London in early December, 2013
Perry was apparently so speechless, her boyfriend John Mayer had to take over her phone. Or so he said.
Continue reading: John Mayer Takes Over Katy Perry's Twitter Account
2013's been a year filled with great music but, at times, it has felt like you've had to search it out.
It's been a year of truly brilliant sounds even if there may have been a few disappointments along the way. Take hip hop, for example: unlike 2012's records by Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, there was nothing that really demanded your attention. Yes, Kanye's album 'Yeezus' was technically brilliant, but it's a record I'm still struggling to digest properly. Similarly, Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta, Holy Grail' (which, in my opinion, is as good as West's effort) was less immediate than the likes of 'Blueprint 3', which means it's got somewhat lost in the public consciousness.
Both those records had an interesting release as well, materialising on shelves seemingly from nowhere. They're not the only ones either; My Bloody Valentine's 'mbv' appeared online out of the blue in February after a gestation period of 20 years. Equally, Mazzy Star, Boards of Canada, Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie made unexpected and impressive returns following long hiatuses. There were also some great reissues and live records; Rilo Kiley's 'Rkives' acted as the epitaph the band deserved, Bob Dylan repainted his self-portrait with the 'Bootleg Series' and revealed songs well worth revisiting, Steve Albini finally got to share his vision for Nirvana's 'In Utero', The Velvet Underground's 'White Light, White Heat' finally got the deluxe treatment it deserved following Lou Reed's sudden death and Neil Young presented what could well be his best live album to date with the 'Cellar Door' addition to his archives series.
Continue reading: Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013
Start as you mean to go on, John.
John Mayer and Katy Perry have appeared or the first time together on television being interviewed as a couple. The pop stars gave a first TV interview to promote their new duet single, 'Who You Love,' on ABC's Good Morning America. The pair have dated on and off since 2012 but are clearly now comfortable enough alongside each other to be seen and interviewed together but also record a song together.
John Mayer Accidentally Swore In An Interview To Promote His New Duet.
Yesterday morning (17th Dec.) they appeared on the GMA couch, laughing and discussing the new song as well as their relationship. Speaking about the pitfalls of working with his girlfriend Perry, Mayer said: "I come in the studio and she plays stuff... And then I'll hear a melody, cause she'll be writing something, I'll hear a melody and I'll be like, 'Don't! Don't!' She was f**king..."
John Mayer accidentally drops the f-bomb while him and girlfriend Katy Perry conduct their first joint interview to discuss their duet 'Who You Love'.
John Mayer and Katy Perry have been in a relationship since 2012 but it has been on and off this past year.
In Their first joint television interview, Perry and Mayer, spoke with 'Good Morning America' about their new duet titled 'Who You Love'.
There are very few artists who can fill an arena but make every audience member feel like they're at a small intimate venue; John Mayer is one of them. Playing his last European show in support of two albums released in quick succession, Mayer was keen to put into context his new trajectory in a live setting. Following recent throat surgery it's clear that his voice hasn't suffered, although as you'd expect he prefers his guitar to do the talking. While 2012's Born and Raised and this year's Paradise Valley have mined a rich vein of laid back country tinged seventies rock, in a stadium setting they explode into life.
An absence of stage theatrics let the songs take the spotlight throughout, with only a simple video backdrop. For much of the show this displayed a slow moving landscape of the aforementioned Paradise Valley in Montana. Surprisingly John Mayer kept individual songs concise with very little need for extended jams and solos, but when he did display his impressive skills across a fretboard it highlighted how tight and well rehearsed his band is. In particular Aaron Sterling's drums which were a highlight throughout. Indeed Mayer made a point of giving Sterling credit as a drum solo introduced 'Vultures' late in the main set.
Mayer seemed genuinely humbled by the reception he received at Wembley, a week after his gig at the O2. He described the evening as the "best kept secret" in the country. But despite his cult status in the UK, he was able to engage the audience in singalongs throughout and showed a real determination to deliver a special performance. Unlike recent shows he kept early material to a minimum with only one song ('No Such Thing') from his first two records. However he extended his usual set to play for two and a half hours, allowing for some surprises along the way. At the top of the show 'Queen of California' and 'Wildfire' demonstrated how well suited his new material is to an arena setting, with beefed up instrumentation to boot. Indeed Mayer encouraged the audience to get up out of their seats for the duration. The first six songs were culled from across his back catalogue, before the mood changed slightly when he decided to get a little chatty.
Continue reading: John Mayer - Wembley Arena, 26th October 2013 Live Review
Katy Perry's new album 'Prism' takes us through her romantic turmoil and her strengthening character as her sound reaches maturity.
Katy Perry has certainly done a lot of growing up since the release of her number one album Teenage Dream - and the stark realities she's faced are clear in Prism.
The 'Roar' hitmaker has explained that several of the songs on her new album are '100% autobiographical' and admitted to USA Today that she 'was a ball of vulnerability' while writing the tracks.
Most of the emotion came out of her devastating divorce from her husband of 14 months Russell Brand, which led to her experiencing often suicidal feelings in which she addresses in the track 'And By the Grace of God'. Her song 'Ghost' is another tune directly referring to a text that Brand said asking for a divorce. Her not so straightforward relationship with singer John Mayer also contributed to some of the pain in 'Prism', but it hasn't all been doom and gloom.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Describes 'Prism' As Evolution From 'Toddler State'
Kings of Leon opened the Global Citizen festival this weekend.
The Global Citizen festival is now in full swing after a roaring start last night (Saturday, September 28,) courtesy of Kings Of Leon. The band played to an enthusiastic crowd of some 60,000 people, with the gig being dedicated to ending world poverty. The band kicked off the charity concert with their latest single Supersoaker, a bright, uptempo guitar track perfect for the occasion.
It was a solid festival set from the Kings, featuring a lot of fan favorites.
They soon dialed it back, however, with an earlier hit – The Bucket. Things got even more electrifying when the band had gotten warmed up and powered straight through Don’t Matter and a nice mix of old and new power anthems like Family Tree, Beautiful War and that classic Sex on Fire got turned into a crowd pleasing sing-along. KoL ended the set with another fan favorite – Use Somebody, before clearing the stage for John Mayer, followed by Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. It was a solid, if ever so slightly predictable set from the band, however many reviewers noted that the Kings sounded surer than they have in previous years.
John Mayer's second studio album in fifteen months, as the title Paradise Valley suggests, is a more contented affair than much of his previous work. Picking up the baton from 2012's Born and Raised, Mayer continues to explore the seventies infused country rock of his previous record. But rather than simply repeating himself, he broadens his horizons by re-introducing more familiar blues elements, and some surprising guest vocalists. The resulting collection of songs may lack some of the attention grabbing guitar playing that Mayer is capable of, but ultimately, it's perhaps his most satisfying album to date.
While Paradise Valley continues to mine a nostalgic streak, Mayer seems at peace with his past demons. It's a very grown up record, a feat that seems to elude some artists. As 'Dear Marie' demonstrates Mayer's able to look back with a new sense of perspective: "Remember me, I'm the boy you used to love when we were fifteen Now I wonder what you think when you see me on a magazine?" He goes on to reach the conclusion: "I've got my dream, but you've got family." Despite a sense of regret, there's no bitterness, Mayer seems genuinely happy with his place in life and is eager to learn from past mistakes.
That sentiment shines through on the hazy blues anthem 'Wildfire'. It's all handclaps and catchy guitars, as Mayer tells an unnamed lover: "You can rest your head on my shoulder if you want to get older with me. Because a little bit of summer makes a lot of history." Certainly by the end of Paradise Valley Mayer is firmly looking to the future, rather than the past. That's made abundantly clear on penultimate track 'Badge and Gun' with the lines: "The lock is on the cellar door, I can't remember what it's for. I ain't been down those stairs in oh so long." Even the most headline grabbing moment on Paradise Valley, 'Paper Doll', seems relatively restrained. Speculation remains as to whether the song is a direct response to Taylor Swift, but despite some keenly observed lyrics, it seems Mayer's not overly inclined to linger on his celebrity status.
Continue reading: John Mayer - Paradise Valley Album Review
Katy is rebellious royalty in new promo video.
Katy Perry has launched her third perfume 'Killer Queen,' sold in a sceptre-shaped bottle in a royal shade of red. The supposedly regal scent, priced from £23.50, is marketed as "lethally gorgeous" with Perry herself parading about in ermine in the opulent promo video.
Katy Perry Has A Penchant For The Decadence Of Royalty.
Using the slogan "Own The Throne," the ad shows Katy as an 18th century Queen, clad in powdered wig and being dressed in corsetry and framed skirts by bustling servants. After becoming exasperated with all the attention and tight undergarments, Queen Katy whips out a knife, cuts off her skirts and lets lose her hair before storming the throne room.
Luke Bryan refuses to let his party be crashed by John Mayer as his new album sees it's second week atop the US charts.
The country star may have suffered a dramatic 70% decline in sales from the first week by only selling 159,000 copies this week as opposed to last week's 528,000, but John Mayer still needed to be up 144,000 to have had a chance at the top spot this week. 'Crash My Party' is the fourth studio album from Luke and his first to top the US, the US Country and the Canada charts, his previous album 'Tailgates & Tanlines' only scraping the top spot on the Country chart.
John Mayer is a little more used to success, his 2012 album 'Born and Raised' hitting number one across the world and even securing a spot at number 4 on the UK charts - an unlikely place to be for an American country record. A possible hindrance for 'Paradise Valley''s success could be that his performance of new single 'Wildfire' on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' wound up not being aired due to CBS' own problems with Time Warner Cable.
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