This Day in Music History — October 23

1966 : The Yardbirds, in their first concert featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar, open at San Francisco’s Fillmore West.

1995 : Former Selena fan club president Yolanda Saldivar is convicted of murdering the Tejano star outside a Texas motel on March 31, 1995. The jury deliberated only 2 1/2 hours before handing down their guilty verdict.

2001 : R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.

2001 : Katy Perry releases her self-titled debut gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.

2005 : Rapper Cam’ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam’ron’s 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic light at New York and New Jersey avenues. He is hit by one bullet, which travels through one of his arms and into the other. He drives himself to Howard University Hospital for treatment.

2010 : Katy Perry and Russell Brand marry in Rajasthan, India.

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American Music Award Nominations 2014 – See a Full List of All AMA Nominees!

The 2014 American Music Award nominations are here. Iggy Azalea is leading the pack with six nominations! Following with five nominations each include John Legend,Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.

Other nominees include Taylor Swift,Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Drake, Eminem,Imagine Dragons, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, and more!

The 2014 AMAs will air on ABC on Sunday November 23.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX “Fancy”
John Legend “All of Me”
MAGIC! “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams “Happy”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Lorde “Pure Heroine”
One Direction “Midnight Memories”
Katy Perry “Prism”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Garth Brooks “Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences”
Eric Church “The Outsiders”
Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”
Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Beyoncé “Beyoncé”
John Legend “Love in the Future”
Pharrell Williams “G I R L”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK
Frozen
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

Katy Perry Talks College Football — You Read That Correctly

Katy Perry Talks Football on Funny 'College GameDay Built' Segment - Watch Now!

Katy Perry made an appearance on ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning pre-game show College Game Day Built at the campus of the University of Mississippi on Saturday (October 4) in Oxford, Miss.

The 29-year-old entertainer chatted with the hosts about the day’s biggest college football games. Watch the video below!

Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

via Billboard By Chuck Dauphin

Danika Portz, 2014.

Danika Portz’s debut single “Greatest Show On Earth” definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer.

The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a vocal level. The lyrics of the song compare a disastrous love affair to life in the circus, which Portz says she realizes is slightly outside the lines for country.

“It’s a little flowery, which scares some people off,” she tells Billboard. “I wrote it with Chris Drizen, who is a great writer. We started with a melody, which sounds circus-y. It was very dark. I always loved going to the circus, and I loved that imagery idea. Because of the melody, it felt very angst-y, like someone had been wronged. It was easy to take it in that direction, and there are so many images that come along with that theme.”

Portz is glad she took time to develop her skills as a writer once she moved to Music City in the spring of 2011. “The first thing you want to do when you get here is make a record. I had never written a song before I moved here, so I dove right in. By the grace of God alone, I fell in love with some amazing writers, like Steve Mitchell, who also co-produced the album. He’s been fabulous, and I learned so much from him.

“Three-and-a-half years ago, the songs I was writing were good, but they weren’t this. I’m glad I had the foresight to hang on and build a catalog of great songs that I could pick from.”

Her just-released EP, Set This World On Fire, showcases her diverse group of influences, ranging from icons like Dolly Parton and John Denver to more modern voices.

“My generation, our attention span is so short, and we get bored so easily — myself included. That’s where my music comes from: Katy Perry melodies with Mumford & Sons rhythm. It’s grabbing from those, making something that is unique and different and represents just me.”

The singer grew up in Remsen, Iowa — a town of 1,500 — so aside from singing in the choir at church, there weren’t a lot of musical opportunities for her. “In second grade, I did my first competition. It was a jingle for Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain back home. I made it to the finals, so that was my first taste of competitiveness mixed with music. My mom lined up my first ‘tour’ — which was to the local nursing homes with my cousin.

“We sang karaoke to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. We put on a show, and I was in charge. I couldn’t have been second or third grade, but I was calling the shots. Even from a young age, I was already in it,” she recalls with a laugh. Later on, it was her stirring performance of the National Anthem that led to people outside of nursing homes to notice her talent.

One track that might very well break Portz’s career wide-open is the heartfelt ballad “And He’s Waiting.” A song about heartbreak, the songstress says it’s indeed personal. “That song is based on a true story. I’ve noticed in my writing that the more personal and specific that I get, the more universal that people are able to connect with it.”

As a writer, Portz admits that she always has her radar on — whether it’s her life or conversations she might overhear at the airport, mall, or grocery store. “I have a whole list of notes on my iPhone. You would be surprised at what they can turn into. They can light a spark that leads the discussion to something else. I’m always listening.”

This Day in Music — August 17

1991 : Nirvana shoots their video for Smells Like Teen Spirit. It was set to look like a deranged pep rally at “Anarchy High School,” and featured fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video was a huge hit on MTV and helped propel Nirvana into the mainstream.

1993 : While in therapy, the thirteen-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist, Jordan Chandler, alleges that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The resultant civil suit costs Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal charges are filed, with Jackson’s lawyers claiming the family in question had previously attempted to extort the singer.

1995 : Microsoft buys the rights to The Rolling Stones’ 1981 smash Start Me Up to use as the theme for their Windows 95 rollout.

1998 : Santana’s Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2011 : “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry hits #1 on the Hot 100, making her just the second artist with five #1 singles from the same album (Teenage Dream). The other five-time chart topper: Michael Jackson’s Bad.

#TBT Number on Songs on This Day

1955- Bill Haley and His Comets – Rock Around The Clock

1964- Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

1975- Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’

1981- Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

1983- Police – Every Breath You Take

1985- Tears for Fears – Shout

1987- U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

1991- Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

1994- Lisa Loeb – Stay (I Missed You)

1995- TLC – Waterfalls

1999- Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle

2001- Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

2008- Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl

2010- Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie

18 Things You Learn Following Katy Perry Around

Katy Perry performsvia Rolling Stone.

Here are a few exerpts from Brian Hiatt’s article in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone.  To read the full article click here.

She’s really into transcendental meditation.
“It’s something that’s with you for your whole life. You learn your mantra, it never leaves you, and it’s the deepest rest your brain gets. For people that are so creative and have this kind of creative faucet that never turns off – it just continues and continues – it can be a little exhausting. And, you know, with the continual responsibility of having 127 people on the road, and always being the point person for everything, my subconscious is going even when I’m sleeping. I’m dreaming about whatever I’m creating next, or relationships, or blah, blah, blah. So I’m never really off. And meditation is actually the one time I get to really reset.”

She’s not completely obsessed with topping the charts.
I’m not trying to ever duplicate what I did on Teenage Dream, because I could never. Prism is more about showing the variety I have as an artist, rather than always having a determined goal to go to Number One or whatever. I mean, it’s always nice, but that’s not always going to happen. And I don’t want to have to conform to try and do that. Like, I don’t want to have to play something I’m not to get that Number One or whatever. That’s not music. That’s math. And I don’t want to be that.”

She gets a lot of fashion cues from Tumblr.
“With Tumblr, it’s almost like when you go to a city, you have to know where to go to find the good stuff? And so I just started following these kind of random, actually these transvestite girls that were really cool. And then I started following this clothing stuff. And that’s where I get a lot of my style influence stuff, and that’s a lot of what the new video is influenced by. “This Is How We Do” is like, straight from the pages of Tumblr. Although the kids, the Tumblr kids – like, the Tumblr rats –  if they were to hear that actually coming out of my mouth, they would despise it.”

She’s not into fame.
“I never wanted to be famous. That’s a byproduct of what I do. Fame is truly a byproduct of the dream that I had. People want to be recognized for their work, but nobody wants to be famous for nothing. Fame is, I think, disgusting. And it’s really hard to separate your public life from your personal life. Useless fame is disgusting. I think if you’ve got a talent or something to offer, a creative thing to offer to the world, then I think that’s beautiful. But that famous for nothing thing is kind of gross. It’s a bummer. And, you know, I only ever just wanted to make music and be on stage and play, and offer up my perception of how I view the world, through the songs that I write. But then there’s a lot of different things that come with it, and I call them trade-offs. I can’t necessarily go downstairs and, like, touch the tree, but I can do a lot of other things.”