Madonna Drops “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video with a Star Studded Cast

As if anyone could forget, her Madgesty dropped her “Bitch I’m Madonna” video earlier this week.

Madonna enrolled pals including Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Diplo, Nicki Minaj, and fashion designer Alexander Wang for some quick cameos.

Watch below!

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Summer Songs 1985-2014: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

originally posted on Billboard.com

Summer Songs: Carly Rae Jepsen, Beyonce, Madonna, Belly, UsherCheck out 30 years of summer songs, from “Papa Don’t Preach” to “Macarena” to “I Gotta Feeling” to “Fancy.”

Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 30 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Crank up these hits and feel the heat.

These hot tunes are ranked based on each track’s performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer. For the period of 1985 to 1991, prior to the advent of Nielsen BDS radio monitoring data and Nielsen SoundScan point-of-sales data, the rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. For the years corresponding with Nielsen Music data, 1992 onward, the rankings are based on accumulated radio and sales points, and points from other data sets that were included in the Hot 100 during those respective years.

1985

1. “Shout” – Tears For Fears
2. “Everytime You Go Away” – Paul Young
3. “The Power Of Love” – Huey Lewis & The News
4. “A View To A Kill” – Duran Duran
5. “Sussudio” – Phil Collins
6. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” – Sting
7 . “Raspberry Beret” – Prince and the Revolution
8. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” – John Parr
9. “Heaven” – Bryan Adams
10. “Never Surrender” – Corey Hart
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Billboard Music Awards 2015 – Complete Nominations List!

The complete list of 2015 Billboard Music Awards finalists has arrived!

Taylor Swift got  14 nods, followed by Sam Smith (13), Iggy Azalea (12), and Meghan Trainor(nine).

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards is on ABC on Sunday, May 17 at 8pm ET.

TOP ARTIST
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP NEW ARTIST
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP DUO/GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST
John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP TOURING ARTIST
Lady Gaga
One Direction
Katy Perry
The Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

TOP STREAMING ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP R&B ARTIST
Beyoncé
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey Songz
Pharrell Williams

TOP RAP ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Rae Sremmurd

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier
Lorde

TOP LATIN ARTIST
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris
Lindsey Stirling

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That’s Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989

TOP SOUNDTRACK
The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey
Frozen
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods

TOP R&B ALBUM
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Michael Jackson, Xscape
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

TOP RAP ALBUM
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum

TOP ROCK ALBUM
AC/DC, Rock or Bust
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Hozier, Hozier
Lorde, Pure Heroine

TOP LATIN ALBUM
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2
Santana, Corazon
Marc Anthony, 3.0

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Avicii, True
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, Motion
Skrillex, Recess
Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM
Lecrae, Anomaly
Casting Crowns, Thrive
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP DIGITAL SONG
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO)
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO)
Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP R&B SONG
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga, “Loyal”
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Jeremih feat. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

TOP RAP SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, “Black Widow”
Big Sean feat. E-40, “I Don’t F— With You”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”

TOP COUNTRY SONG
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”

TOP ROCK SONG
Bastille, “Pompeii”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
Fall Out Boy, “Centuries”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”

TOP LATIN SONG
J Balvin feat. Farruko, “6 AM”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, “Bailando”
Romeo Santos, “Eres Mía”
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, “Odio”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, “Latch”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, “Break Free”
Calvin Harris, “Summer”

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG
Francesca Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”
Hillsong United, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
MercyMe, “Greater”
Newsboys, “We Believe”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”

BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY (FAN-VOTED)
Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

The Vocal Life Coach

originally posted on BuzzFeed

Pop stars like Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Meghan Trainor go to great lengths to protect their voices — and their livelihood — amid grueling tour schedules and high-pressure performances (Super Bowl, anyone?). “Vocal life coach” Eric Vetro, whose major heart and minor ego have survived 30 years in Hollywood, keeps their spirits and notes high.

It’s a Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Vanessa Hudgens is getting warmed up. She’s kicked off her boots, stretched out her neck, and stepped onto the white carpet in the cozy music room of her vocal coach, Eric Vetro. Sunlight pours in through the patio doors, and Vetro sits at a black baby grand — a high-end digital model he prefers for lessons because it always stays in tune. As he plunks out exercises, Hudgens begins making weird sounds with her voice: hees, hoos, haws, and heys, wes, mas and whiny-sounding nayayays.

“Now say, ‘Yum yum yum yum yum yum,’” Vetro says, and Hudgens sings back, Yum yum yum yum yum yum, following along to the piano. Vetro, flashing a smile, says: “Nod your head ‘yes.’ Roll your shoulders. Now, big gestures with your arms.” The young singer-actor — of High School Musical and Spring Breakers fame — raises her wrists and clicks them together above her head, then drops them gracefully as she reaches a high note.

Hudgens, who, at 26, has been working with Vetro on and off since she was about 17, has met with him regularly lately to prepare for her first major Broadway production. She’s playing the title role in Gigi, now in the middle of a pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (ending Feb. 12). Today, though, inside Vetro’s elegant Southern-style craftsman home, they’re preparing for a different performance: an upcoming show at a fundraiser honoring the songwriter Diane Warren, one of the vocal coach’s close friends.

Accompanied by piano and cello, the former played by Vetro, Hudgens will sing “I Was Here,” a ballad Warren penned for Beyoncé about the legacy one leaves behind at the end of life. The song hits close to home: Only a day before this lesson, Hudgens’ boyfriend’s mother passed away (“I miss you already mama,” she wrote on Twitter that night). Despite the emotional weight of the loss, she’s cool-headed and ready to work in Vetro’s music room, taking occasional sips of throat-coat tea from a mug that bears the logo KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.

She’s always loved singing here.

“It’s like going over to a friend’s house to practice,” Hudgens says later. “He wants you to come into his home. He wants you to come into his life. He’s just open.”

Eric Vetro. With Becky G, top. Macey Foronda / BuzzFeed News

From a superficial glance, one might assume that mainstream pop is full of vocal artifice. Pitch-correct programs like Auto-Tune have made it easy for the most mediocre singers to stay on key, while big producers often resort to cut-and-paste techniques to conjure hit performances out of countless vocal takes. Marketing and manipulation play such a big part in the hit machine these days that “authenticity” has taken on new meaning. Critics might see this in the case of a Disney veteran like Hudgens, whose greatest hits to date, including 2008’s “Sneakernight,” can feel like the products of a teen pop assembly line.

But Vetro, who is professionally predisposed to value old-world vocal craft, isn’t dismayed by technology. One of the country’s most in-demand vocal coaches, he’s been working in Hollywood for 30-plus years. His pupils include Hollywood actors, Broadway singers, and pop stars like Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and “All About That Bass” hit-maker Meghan Trainor (all of whom are nominated for Grammy Awards this year). Vetro has lived through the rise of Auto-Tune, and he says it’s never had an impact on his business. He asserts that proper technique and vocal maintenance are still crucial for working artists, and that many singers and producers who record in fancy studios still push to get the most genuine vocal performances possible.

“I completely proceed as if there is no such thing — as if Auto-Tune never existed,” he says, speaking about his approach during lessons. “I try to really help people sound as good as they can, sing as well as they can, and then I figure, you know, if the producer decides, ‘Ooh, we need a little help here. We need to do something,’ then that’s great that he has that tool. But I really don’t ever even consider it on any kind of level.”

Vetro, 58, has a warm and magnetic personality. His students find him easy to make friends with, and as a teacher, he likes to keep a low profile to preserve the sanctity of the work. Unlike other well-known vocal coaches, like Seth Riggs — pioneer of “Speech Level Singing” and coach of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder — Vetro doesn’t have a trademark method. In fact, he doesn’t even have a Facebook page. His website looks like it was designed in 1998, and his Twitter account has been barren for over a year. Still, he loves being around creatives, and in celebrity singing circles, his name is well regarded.

“Eric Vetro is quite the character,” Katy Perry tells BuzzFeed News. She’s been working with Vetro for six years, meeting with him to do warm-ups and cool-downs whenever she’s home in L.A. When she’s on tour, she brings CDs he’s made for her containing specialized exercises. “He kind of reminds me of a character from a Christopher Guest movie. He’s very bubbly and positive, always extremely positive. Never really talks about his other clients, and if he does — if he says a little tidbit — it’s always a very kind, nice thing. He would never dish.”

As for Grande, she once tweeted: “Eric Vetro is my favorite person ever.”

Vocal coaching/teaching has been a steady cottage industry for decades. Allen Henderson, executive director of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, estimates that there are well over 10,000 vocal instructors working in North America today. Many of them operate at beginner or intermediate levels, schooling kids on the basics or helping karaoke diehards crush the competition. Meanwhile, in the upper echelons of pop, opera, classical, and musical theater, Henderson says some in-demand maestros get paid upwards of $200 to $300 per hour for their services — if not more. (Vetro declined to discuss his rates on record.)

Even for the naturally gifted, being a singer is demanding work. Other musicians have instruments to stand behind. All singers have is the soft tissue that makes up their lungs, larynx, and vocal cords. For the best vocalists, the stakes can be perilously high. On tour or during extended show runs, some of Vetro’s clients go months without a day off. When the lights go on and the curtain goes up, exhaustion or an imploding personal life is no excuse for disappointing the crowd. So, many singers go to great lengths to protect their voices.

“If I only have 70% of my voice, I’m not excited. I’m not happy. If I only have 50% of my voice, it’s bad,” Perry says. “If I get hoarse, it’s over. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I can just press some track or something.’ We kind of treat my vocal cords like a Fabergé egg of sorts.”

Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Vetro always has a busy schedule. He sees students seven days a week, and he’s backstage at most of the big L.A. awards shows. He often rises at odd hours or takes breaks from dinner with friends to help touring artists with warm-ups via Skype and FaceTime. His clients marvel at his approach, in which he brings a lot of physicality to the art of breath support, vocal placement, vocal maintenance, and other core issues.

“We do things where we shake our whole body,” says David Burnham, an actor and singer who’s worked with Vetro for 15 years. “We bend over and sing the high note when we’re bending over. We click our wrists together above our head. We stomp on the ground with our feet. There’s lots of different things to loosen you up so that you don’t have tension in your neck, in your throat.”

Though Vetro circulates among the Hollywood celebrities now, he comes from humble beginnings. He grew up in Gloversville, New York, a small city about 50 miles north of Albany. Once a hub for the nation’s glove manufacturers, he says it wasn’t exactly an ideal environment for a budding music lover. “I could not wait to leave,” he recalls.

Still, Vetro’s parents were amateur artists — his dad loved playing jazz, and both parents had a knack for painting. While they wanted Vetro to be a lawyer, they let him splurge on records and bought him a piano, and they didn’t mind when he started an amateur teaching practice, bringing classmates home from elementary school to help them brush up on assembly standards like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

“I’ve just always, always loved hearing people sing — more than hearing musical instruments play,” Vetro says. It’s a quiet evening in November, and he’s sitting cross-legged on a leather couch in his music room, wearing an understated combo of dark blue jeans and a black-maroon dress shirt. “To me, [the voice] is a very intimate and genuine line of communication… That’s why I think so many miscommunications these days happen through texts and emails. Someone can say something, but it’s the way they say it that really communicates their real thoughts.”

In the ’70s, Vetro left Gloversville to study voice and piano at NYU. At night he’d hit the clubs uptown with friends like Desmond Child, who went on to become a famed songwriter and producer. Meanwhile, Vetro roved from music teacher to music teacher, eventually finding a mentor in Lloyd Walser, at the time the chorus master at the New York City Opera. Walser, who died in 1986, was a domineering instructor — sometimes he’d cut a lesson short with a subpar student by declaring, “You have exhausted me!” Vetro opted to cut such brusqueness out of his own practice, but he was inspired by Walser’s targeted approach.

“He would listen to the singer sing an aria, and then he would take a second to assess what really needed the most work,” Vetro says. “And he would tell them, ‘This is what’s good. This is what needs work.’ And that’s what you’d work on. That was very, very revealing to me. He wasn’t trying to make everyone sound the same — ‘This is how you do it.’ He was like, ‘What makes this person special? Why are they good here? What do they need work on?’”

Vetro moved to Los Angeles permanently in 1984, and he’s been picking up steady teaching work ever since. He can afford to be choosy about his clients, though not all of them are famous. Some come directly from producers, like Perry and Becky G collaborator Dr. Luke, who’s hired Vetro to teach some of his artists. At this point, it seems Vetro has been in such close proximity to the annals of pop power for so long that he’s developed an understanding and appreciation for how the system works. Some critics might balk at things like Auto-Tune and Melodyne, a piece of software that lets users reshape recorded performances. But in Vetro’s eyes, those are simply tools producers have at their disposal — which, in recent years, he’s noticed some of them using less and less.

“To be honest with you, the really good producers, the Dr. Lukes, people like that, Max Martin, I think it’s like a pride thing with them that they really try not to use it, if possible,” he says. “They’ll spend extra time to get a really great performance so they don’t have to use that tool.”

Filters in the studio or no, there are still plenty of singers in the mainstream who are actually, well, singing. The proof is in their live shows, and also, alarmingly enough, in the injuries they sustain. In 2011, Adele had surgery to remove a benign vocal polyp, a blistery, fluid-filled bump that sapped her voice of its power and forced her to cancel tour dates. In 2013, Frank Ocean also canceled a tour after tearing one of his vocal cords. And John Mayer was sidelined for over a year while he received two surgeries to repair a granuloma in his throat.

Joanna Cazden, a speech pathologist at the voice and speech program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, compares the fields of vocal medicine and surgery to sports medicine. Powerful though the vocal cords may be, they’re susceptible to wear and tear, in much the same way joggers can get knee problems. Often major issues can be avoided through proper technique and care, but Cazden says the lesser-known workhorses of the music industry — Broadway cast members, backup singers — are especially vulnerable to vocal health problems because of more limited resources, less awareness, and the challenges, even potential hazards, of the job.

“I worked with someone who was in one of the casts of The Lion King, and she has a headdress that weighs 40 pounds,” Cazden says. As is customary with touring musical theater productions, the patient was performing up to eight shows a week — “dancing, with 40 pounds on her head, in this posture. And then she gets vocal trouble, because she can’t breathe fully, because her back is busy supporting the headdress.”

Katy Perry, for her part, is done with the debate over Auto-Tune. “That’s such a conversation from 2005,” she says. “Everybody fucking uses it. It’s just about, how much do they use it? Some people need it a lot more than others.” She’s much more concerned with keeping her voice healthy on her long-running Prismatic World Tour, which started in May 2013 and continues through to March, and requires about two hours and 10 minutes of singing per stop. In a capstone moment for her career, she’ll perform during the Super Bowl half-time show Feb. 1 — the world’s biggest stage — in front of a likely audience upwards of 100 million. It’s the most scrutinized gig in the business (does she risk singing live or lean on a backing track?), and preparation is paramount. Following Vetro’s suggestions, she’s been maintaining a monk-like regimen on the road, sleeping 9 to 10 hours each day and cutting out coffee, alcohol, dairy, and any foods that cause acid reflux.

Though she doesn’t work with Vetro on technique, Perry turns to him for ways to sustain her voice through heavy use. Describing him as a “vocal life coach,” she says he encourages her to maintain her voice-friendly practices and provides rejuvenating warm-ups and vocal exercises.

“We say ‘popcorn, peanuts’ in this really particular way, and anybody that’s in the room when I’m warming up will kind of chime in with me, and it becomes this weird, like, flash-chorus Broadway thing in my dressing room,” Perry says. As for when she’s recording in the studio, “There’s a really noticeable difference in my voice when I go to warm up with him before I go and sing whatever song I’ve written. You can just tell.”

Back at Vetro’s house, his lesson with Hudgens proceeds smoothly. She finishes warming up and then launches into a modified yoga technique that’s a specialty of Vetro’s. He calls it the “Silent Ferocious Lion’s Yawn,” or simply “Lion’s Pose.” Hudgens pushes her arms out, opens her fingers wide, drops open her jaw, and sticks out her tongue. Then, after 10 seconds, she lets out a giant yawn.

After that, it’s time to rehearse “I Was Here,” the Beyoncé song. The track, which originally appeared on Beyoncé’s 2011 album, 4, builds from a tender opening section to a soaring mid-song climax. In the intimacy of Vetro’s music room, the shift feels pronounced. Taking position at a mic stand, her eyes closed as she sways to the melody, Hudgens brings her voice up a full octave to deliver the empowering chorus — only, instead of using actual words, for this initial run-through she uses only vowels:

MAH MAH MAAAAAH

MAH MAH

MAH MAH

MAH MAH MAAAAAAH

MAH MAH

MAH MAH….

Her voice is taut and strong, if not quite a facsimile of Queen Bey. Even without the words, the passion shows through.

On this Friday afternoon, it’s clear that Vetro’s positivity isn’t just part of his personality. It’s also a working philosophy — a way to set singers at ease and let them open up. Still: When his students show up for lessons, they put in work. Requiring months of discipline, Hudgens has prepared for Gigi like a runner would a marathon.

“You have to be in fighting shape,” she says. “You have to make sure that your voice is very strong and agile. You have to make sure that physically you can keep up to the demands of performing twice a day and singing and running around dancing. You’re an athlete.”

Walter McBride / WireImage

This Day in Music History — January 7

1968 : The influential San Francisco radio station KMPX asks listeners to select their choices for the upcoming elections. They choose Bob Dylan for President, Paul Butterfield as Vice-President, and George Harrison ambassador to the UN.

1980 : Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door is certified platinum; it will be the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.

2006 : Pink marries the motocross rider Carey Hart in Costa Rica.

2009 : At the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Carrie Underwood is the night’s big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song (“Last Name”) and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts also picks up an award for Favorite Group.

2012 : Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream becomes the first album in history to have 7 songs from the same album reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. This was official as soon as the single “The One That Got Away” hit #1.

The 25 Most Popular Music Videos Of 2014

YouTube has released its list of the most popular music videos from around the world in 2014 and, unsurprisingly, it reads like a tour of the year’s biggest break-out hits.

From The Chainsmokers to Katy Perry, Kiesza to Enrique Iglesias, these are the videos that were impossible to miss this year.

25. 6AM by J Balvin feat. Farruko

Current number of views: 151,381,502

24. Black Widow by Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora

Current number of views: 161,258,868

23. Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Current number of views: 167,263,813

22. Hideaway by Kiesza

Current number of views: 164,543,814

21. Hangover by Psy feat. Snoop Dogg

Current number of views: 164,170,842

20. This Is How We Do by Katy Perry

Current number of views: 182,535,238

19. Loyal by Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga

Current number of views: 190,848,202

18. Break Free by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd

Current number of views: 200,239,890

17. Bad by David Guetta and Showtek feat. Cassy

Current number of views: 195,744,396

16. El Perdedor by Enrique Iglesias feat. Marco Antonio Solís

Current number of views: 213,132,012

15. Adrenalina by Wisin feat. Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin

Current number of views: 234,733,137

14. #SELFIE by Chainsmokers

Current number of views: 266,419,896

13. Summer by Calvin Harris

Current number of views: 303,803,560

12. We Are One (Ole Ola) by Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez

Current number of views: 316,565,544

11. Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

Current number of views: 326,305,479

10. Anaconda by Nicki Minaj

Current number of views: 326,851,132

9. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Current number of views: 362,334,505

8. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Current number of views: 356,571,381

7. Chandelier by Sia

Current number of views: 369,305,886

6. Fancy by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX

Current number of views: 386,940,006

5. Wiggle by Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg

Current number of views: 400,257,237

4. La La La (Brazil 2014) by Shakira feat. Carlinhos Brown

Current number of views: 418,581,580

3. Can’t Remember to Forget You by Shakira feat. Rihanna

Current number of views: 442,988,853

2. Bailando by Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona

Current number of views: 587,902,553

1. Dark Horse by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Current number of views: 715,995,746

‘United State of Pop’ Premiere: Watch DJ Earworm’s Mash-Up of 2014’s Biggest Hits

from Billboard

DJ Earworm United State of PopDJ Earworm talks about creating “Do What You Wanna Do,” his latest year-end mash-up, with a lack of smash dance hits

Every year since 2007, DJ Earworm has taken the calendar year’s 25 biggest pop songs and combined them into an incredibly popular, joyfully constructed mash-up, perennially dubbed the “United State of Pop.” Earworm has been analyzing the Billboard charts since he was a kid, and for “Do What You Wanna Do,” the 2014 edition of Earworm’s single-length mega-mix, Billboard.com serves as his launching pad. Watch to the exclusive premiere of the latest “United State of Pop” below:

“Personally, I’ve been obsessed with the Billboard charts since I was 11 or 12,” Earworm (real name: Jordan Roseman) tells Billboard about the tradition he started in 2007. “When I was a little boy, I used to tune in to Top 40 shows on the weekends, and I’ve always been fascinated by what makes popular tastes tick … It’s great to be able to come full-circle with Billboard.”

Over the past seven years, the California producer’s “United State of Pop” series has packaged the sounds of some of the world’s most colorful pop personalities — think Rihanna, Kesha, the Black Eyed Peas and many more — into kinetic dance singles that each earn millions of hits online; his breakout mash-up came in 2009, and that year’s video currently has 44 million YouTube views. Although Earworm’s creations typically operate at high BPMs, the DJ tells Billboard that he has to respect the ebb and flow of popular music, which is why his 2014 mash-up is a bit more contemplative.

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“The thing that has been most notable in the past two or three years is the decline of EDM,” says Earworm of the 25 songs he selected for this year’s song. “The ‘United State of Pop’ became this dance track from ’09 to ’12, and then starting last year, there just wasn’t enough in that genre to fully support it, so I went down-tempo. And this year, ‘Timber,’ which was popular in January, is the only popular dance track I’m dealing with. It’s definitely down-tempo, so you have to decide, how is this going to go? How am I going to maintain the energy levels while being true to the sound of the year?”

Earworm continues that 2014 was “dominated by these slow, ponderous songs like ‘Say Something’ and ‘All Of Me,’ and then swaggering hip-hop songs like ‘Turn Down For What,’ ‘Talk Dirty,’ and ‘Black Widow.’ Then you have totally uptempo songs like ‘Happy’ and ‘Shake It Off,’ too. It’s a little bit more diverse, and definitely softer than it’s been.”

Fashioning a pop song out of R&B ballads like John Legend’s “All Of Me” and offbeat pop-rock tracks like Bastille’s “Pompeii” is no easy task, and Earworm says that crafting the 2014 “United State of Pop” was a more challenging process than usual. He relied on the drums from Jessie J’s “Bang Bang,” the percussion of DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What,” the horns from Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” and the piano hooks from A Great Big World’s “Say Something” to help create an instrumental bed that was “much more complex” than in previous years.

“I would love the whole thing to be perfectly blended each time, but it also has to be digestible,” Earworm explains. “Some years, it’s a pretty straightforward instrumental from one source, but this year is the most blended instrumental I’ve been able to achieve yet.”

Earworm says that he used to stay glued to the Internet when the “United State of Pop” would debut online each year, but in 2014, he’ll be too preoccupied to monitor the online feedback. “As soon as this [launch] is over, I’m going to New York, and I’ll be working on some original material which I’m super excited about,” says the mash-up maestro.

This Day in Music History — November 5

1979 : Mick Jagger officially divorces his first wife Bianca

1982 : Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys part ways on the orders of Wilson’s new psychiatrist and caretaker, Dr. Eugene Landy.

1999 : Van Halen announces that lead singer Gary Cherone is leaving the band. All parties claim the split is amicable.

2000 : U2 scores their eighth UK #1 album when All That You Can’t Leave Behind tops the chart, keeping Blur off the top.

2012 : With one day to go until the United States General Election, which includes the presidential election, dozens of music stars take to the press to support incumbent Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, including Jay-Z, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and Stevie Wonder. This should come as no surprise, as music celebrities traditionally come out to support the progressive candidate in elections.

30 Reasons We Love Katy Perry — Happy Birthday

1.  Everything she does is sexual

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2. She is a truth teller

“Any artist who says they don’t Google their name is a big fat liar,”

3.  She understands the importance of spectacle.

4. She knows how to bust a move.

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5.  She has and wears a pizza onesie

I don't even like pepperoni on my pizza, but I still want it.

6. She is a relationship role model

7.  She never forgets her roots.

8. She embraces her imperfections

9. She filmed her documentary when she was going through a divorce.  She let the fans in to the hardest time of her life.

10. Her friendship with RiRi is weird and wonderful

 

11.  She’s been the only artist since Michael Jackson to have 5 number 1 hits from the same album

12.  She has written songs for Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and Kelly Clarkson.

13. Whenever she meets TV host and hunk Mario Lopez, she sticks her finger in his irresistible dimples.

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14. She likes to shoot things out of her breasts.

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15. She actually eats.

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16. She believes it’s okay to not be okay.

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17.  She loves being a total goof.

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18. Girl can hold her liquor. Perry has said she can drink eight beers and feel fine the next day.

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19.  She was dropped by her labels several times in the beginning of her career.

She could do "Bitch" in 2013

20.  She can throw shade like a queen. Perry once described herself as “a fatter version of Amy Winehouse and the skinnier version of Lily Allen.” Allen was not impressed, and threatened to post Perry’s personal phone number.

21.  She doesn’t take herself too seriously

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22. She gives great advice

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23. There isn’t a hair color that she hasn’t rocked

24. The leader of the free world is a fan. “We have just one of my favorite people performing tonight — Katy Perry,” Barack Obama said. “We are so grateful to her. I love Katy Perry.”

25. and future leaders of the free world

26. Katy has always had a quirky style ever since she introduced herself to us with her hit “I Kissed a Girl.” You’ll understand why when you learn that two of her biggest influences have been Freddy Mercury and Alanis Morrissette.

27. In 2010 The Guinness World Book of Records recognized her as the “Best Start on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist,” for having her first two singles sell over two million digital copies.

28. She has her own Barbie

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30. She dances to the beat of her own drummer