Valheria RochaReady for even more end-of-the-year stats from a music streaming service? Now it's Amazon Music's turn.
The platform says its most streamed artist of the year was Taylor Swift, and the biggest albums were Taylor's Lover,Girl by country/pop star Maren Morris, and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish.
When it comes to individual songs, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus was tops, along with "Girl" by Maren Morris, "Sucker" by The Jonas Brothers, "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, and country superstar Garth Brooks' "Stronger Than Me."
But it turns out an awful lot of people who listen to Amazon Music spent the year pondering "Old Town Road." It was the most requested song on Alexa, and even fans who didn't know its name were asking for it -- according to Amazon, "Alexa, play the song that goes ‘I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road'” was the most requested lyric of 2019.
In addition, of the top 50 Alexa requests for country song lyrics, 44 of them were some variation on "Old Town Road." When it came to hip-hop, "Old Town Road" was also the most-requested song by lyrics, followed by Lil Tecca's "Ransom." For that song, fans asked, "Alexa, play the song that goes, 'I got black, I got white.'”
Finally, Amazon's music experts have put together a list of the best songs of the past decade. Among them: "Uptown Funk," "Call Me Maybe," "Hello," "Closer," "We Found Love," "Shape of You," "Happy," "Royals," "Blank Space," "Despacito," "Thrift Shop," "Party Rock Anthem," "California Gurls," "Fancy," "All About That Bass," "Born This Way," "Get Lucky" and "Shallow."
Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty ImagesLast year, when Cher received the Kennedy Center Honors, Adam Lambert floored the audience -- and the diva herself -- by performing a cover of "Believe" as a tribute to her. Now, he's finally released his version of the number one hit.
"It’s been a year since I performed this cover live for @cher. A lot of you have mentioned wanting a studio recording-- so here’s a little holiday [gift] from me to you," Adam tweeted. "Thank you for being the most loyal & dedicated fans this queen could ask for."
"Believe" is a song that's been a part of Adam's life for years: When he was on American Idol, he sang "Believe" during the Hollywood Rounds.
When Cher heard Adam's performance a year ago, she tweeted, "Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing Believe In Words, but Cant seem 2. When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel [is] with your [heart]."
Ultra RecordsIn what feels like a real-life version of musical Mad Libs, SHAED and Sting guest on a new track from Steve Aoki.
The track, called "2 in a Million," features the "Trampoline" trio's lead vocalist Chelsea Lee duetting with the Police frontman over a beat from the superstar DJ. You can download the collaborative tune now via digital outlets.
"We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police," SHAED says. "He was a huge influence on all of us so when Steve approached us with the collab it was a no-brainer. We had the best time working with Steve and Sting and really love this track."
All three acts are featured in the "2 in a Million" video, which is streaming now via YouTube. You'll also be able to hear the track on Aoki's forthcoming album, Neon Future IV.
SHAED will close out their breakout year with a performance on the West Coast portion of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020, airing December 31 on ABC.
Courtesy PEOPLEAs Taylor Swift prepares to turn 30 on December 13, she says the past 12 months have really made an impact on her.
Taylor covers People's annual People of the Year issue, one of four honorees for 2019, including Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez.
"This year feels more special to me than any year before it," Taylor tells the mag. "Fifteen years into doing this, being able to look around and acknowledge that it’s special, I’m really stoked this moment can happen when I’m 29. That’s one of the benefits of starting when you’re 12!”
One reason 2019's been great for her, Taylor explains, is because "this is the first time I’ve been able to put out music that I feel is connecting with people, yet look back on everything I’ve made and feel a quiet sense of pride. I’m proud of the things I’ve withstood, and I’ve been able to carve out a life for myself.”
Speaking of her current music, Taylor explains, "Lover ended up being the album [where I was no longer] answering to something. In the past, I’ve definitely used my criticism as a jumping-off point for creativity. With reputation, I’d said everything I needed to say."
"I’d been tried in every possible way people could throw things at me, and I felt like now I just get to create.”
Taylor also tells Peoplethat one of her favorite books of 2019 was Demi Moore's memoir, Inside Out.
“I was thinking about how when she was the highest-paid actress, she was just punished ruthlessly for it. That’s so wrong, and she was treated so badly in that moment," says Taylor. "I feel like finally she’s getting the last laugh."
Republic RecordsIt’s a big day for One Direction fans. No, the group isn’t reuniting, but three of its former members have new music out today.
After much anticipation, Liam Payne’s debut solo album, LP1, has been released. The album features 17 tracks, including Liam's current single, “Stack It Up” and his previous hit, “Strip That Down.” It’s also got a new collaboration with Cheat Codes, called "Live Forever."
Meanwhile, Niall Horan and Harry Styles both dropped new tracks today. Niall released “Put a Little Love on Me,” which he called “one of my favorite songs I’ve written and a song very special to me.”
“Just wanted to release this song because I feel like it deserves to be released and I want you to have it now,” he tweeted to fans.
Harry, whose album Fine Line is due out December 13, debuted the song “Adore You,” along with its music video. The clip features the mysterious fishing town of Eroda, where everybody wears a frown. Harry plays a young man who grows up with a blindingly bright smile. He’s shunned by the townspeople, but one day he befriends a lonely fish and it changes his life.
No new releases from Louis Tomlinson today, but he did tweet support for Liam Thursday, writing, "MASSIVE shout out to Liam for his debut album out tomorrow. Congrats mate. Cant wait to hear!"
Louis' debut solo album, Walls, comes out January 31.
Walt DisneyFrozen II could be headed "Into the Unknown": the number-one spot on the Billboard album chart.
The soundtrack to the box office smash Disney sequel has a good shot at topping the tally, according to Billboard. Industry forecasters tell the publication that it might sell between 65,000 and 80,000 units, and overtake the current number one album: Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding.
Frozen II is currently number three on the list, thanks to the success of the movie, which premiered November 22. Back in 2014, the soundtrack to the original Frozen movie spent 13 weeks at number one: the most for a soundtrack this century. It ended up as the number one album of the year on the Billboard chart.
The Frozen II soundtrack features the stars of the film -- Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Evan Rachel Wood -- as well as "High Hopes" band Panic! at the Disco, alt-rockers Weezer and country star Kacey Musgraves.
"Romance is finally out. this is all yours now. please tell me everything you think, I’m dying to know," Camila Cabellotweeted at midnight.
Her highly anticipated sophomore album, featuring 14 tracks, has finally dropped, though she'd already released six of the tracks: "Shameless," "Cry for Me," "Living Proof," "Liar," "Easy" and, of course, "Señorita."
In a unique promotion for Romance, an experience called "Album Art Living Museums" is being staged in 50 locations worldwide. At the exhibit, fans can unlock the artwork from the album's packaging, as well as the meaning behind each track. Visit RomanceUnlocked.com to see all the locations.
Camila appears on today's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, singing "Living Proof" with a full gospel choir. She also tells Ellen that when she and Shawn Mendes appeared together on her show in 2016, she definitely had a crush on him.
"We were stupid. I think we both had a crush, but we were being babies about it. But we're grown now!" Camila laughed. She also explained she didn't kiss Shawn onstage during their American Music Awards performance because "it feels weird, because I know that people are expecting it.”
As for the album, Camila tells Ellen, "I was basically completely single for 20 years and it was like, the intensity and adrenaline of my life was in the studio, writing about an emotion that I wanted. Whereas this time...I've fallen in love, and out of love, and in love. And that's basically what this album is about...falling in love and what that feels like."
Tickets have just gone on sale for the North American leg of Camila's Romance Tour 2020, which kicks off July 29 in Vancouver. Each ticket purchased comes with a copy of Romance. Visit camilacabello.com for full details.
Capitol RecordsAs promised, Halsey has released two new songs from her upcoming album, Manic.
She dropped “SUGA Interlude,” which features SUGA from K-pop sensations BTS, and the vulnerable love song “Finally // beautiful stranger.”
The accompanying music video for the latter song begins with Halsey singing in an empty club while strumming an acoustic guitar. It then switches from that raw and stripped-down scene to her performing all glammed-up for an audience. The video continues to switch between the two scenes: one real, one artificial.
Earlier this week, Halsey revealed the track list for Manic, which is due out January 17. It features her latest single “Graveyard,” as well as her hit “Without Me” and the previously released “clementine.” It also features interludes with Alanis Morissette and singer and rapper Dominic Fike.
The West Coast will be rocking December 31 as artists from multiple genres perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.
Hosted by Ciara, the West Coast portion of the annual show will feature performances from Ava Max, Dua Lipa, Dan Shay, Paula Abdul, SHAED, Salt-N-Pepa, Megan Thee Stallion, Blanco Brown and Kelsea Ballerini. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone.
Ciara said in a statement, "Hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest has become something I look forward to every year, and now my friend Lucy Hale and Billy Porter have joined the family, so the party just leveled up!”
Special YouTube content will run throughout the five-and-a-half hour broadcast, and singer Jessie James Decker will reveal the first POWERBALL Millionaire of the year. Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay will provide the entertainment at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor match up between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars that'll take place outdoors on New Year's Day at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
The duo will perform during the game's first intermission, and it'll be televised on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 2 p.m. ET. Additional performers will be announced soon.
Considering that Dan Shay's latest hit "10,000 Hours" features Justin Bieber, who, being Canadian, is a massive hockey fan, perhaps it's not out of the realm of possibility that he might show up for the performance. We'll just have to wait and see.
The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is the first regular NHL regular-season outdoor game for both teams, and is part of a tradition the league established in 2008.
And speaking of Bridgestone, Dan Shay's 2020 headlining tour kicks off March 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Trae Patton/NBCOver 50,000 fans eagerly staked out Taylor Swift's YouTube page as the clock ticked down to midnight Friday in anticipation of her new Christmas song, "Christmas Tree Farm." The new holiday song pays homage to Taylor's childhood, as she reminisces about growing up on a Christmas Tree farm called Pine Ridge Farm.
The song begins with Taylor escaping from the stress and the static of her life by closing her eyes and going to the Christmas Tree farm in her heart "where the people would come and dance under sparkling lights."
Taylor paints a whimsical picture of what she would see in the weeks leading up to Christmas as she sings, "Bundled up in their mittens & coats/ And the cider would flow/ And I just wanna be there tonight/ Sweet dreams of holly and ribbon/ Mistakes are forgiven/ And everything is icy and blue/ And you would be there, too."
The song is accompanied by a sentimental music video consisting of home videos shot by her mother and father of her and her brother, Austin Swift, during the holidays. The video flashes through time, even visiting the quiet tree farm just days before Taylor was born in 1989.
In the video, the audience watches Swift and her brother grow up as they sit on Santa's lap, roll around in the freshly fallen snow, and excitedly open gifts on Christmas morning. The scenes also pan to various locations around the family farm, from stockings hanging on the fire place to all the Christmas lights strung about the property.
Taylor revealed Thursday on Good Morning America that she wrote the song over the December 1 weekend and immediately rushed it to the recording studio in London, where it was accompanied by a live orchestra and gospel choir.
Alberto Rodriguez/E! EntertainmentPink's already short hair is even shorter now after the "So What" artist got a buzz cut on Thursday.
Pink quietly uploaded a photo of her new look to Instagram with the simple caption "Letting Go." In the picture, she isn't looking up at the camera and, instead, is staring down at the shaved hair cupped in her hands.
Pink's new hair was the creation of celebrity stylist Pamela Neal, who is behind many of the artist's iconic looks. Neal frequently styles her for award shows, music videos, and tour stops.
The stylist also slipped a behind the scenes look to her Instagram Stories that showed the messy aftermath of Pink's new cut. The picture features the singer's short blonde locks peppering the studio floor, which is surrounded by scissor emojis. The three-time Grammy Award winner reposted the same image to her respective Stories.
Reaction has been overwhelmingly positive for Pink's hair, including an enthusiastic "Love it!!!!!!!!!" from husband Carey Hart.
One of Pink's closest friends, Selma Blair, welcomed the look with open arms. "Twins!!!!" commented the actress, who is in the process of growing back her hair after undergoing chemotherapy.
Pink recently wrapped her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which, according to Billboard, earned over $397 million and became the second highest grossing tour by a woman.
ABC/Eric McCandlessAfter being delayed several months, Friday finally sees the release of the animated film Playmobil: The Movie, based on the popular toy line that was first introduced in the '70s. The voice cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and, in his first credited movie role, Adam Lambert, as the bad guy, Emperor Maximus.
While Adam appeared in Bohemian Rhapsody, he was in disguise and uncredited, so this is really his first official film role, and he says he had a great time with the character.
"He's an obnoxious, ridiculous, comical bad guy. So I hope the audience has fun with me on this one," Adam tells ABC Audio. "He's got like Napoleon complex, he's incredibly narcissistic. He loves the sound of his own voice. He's spoiled. He's a brat. And he usually gets his way."
What makes it even more appropriate is that Adam recalls playing with Playmobil figures as a kid.
"I definitely had Emperor Maximus, I'm almost sure of it," he says. "And what I loved about them is that you could, like, take the hair off. And there was accessories and outfits and it was very dress-up oriented. And I love that!"
Adam also says he enjoyed the experience of doing voiceover work, because, he explains, he's been doing it since he was a kid, appearing in theatrical productions.
"I would get my script. And on the first day rehearsal, I would go home and I'd run a tape recorder and I would read out all the different characters' lines and that's how I learned my lines," he recalls. "So it's kind of adjacent to what I did in this [movie]...Acting with the voice only is taking me back to my childhood...in a kid's movie. So it's kind of fitting."
Andrew Chin/Getty ImagesJason Mraz has a message for Coors Light: "I'm Yours" isn't yours for the taking.
Billboard reports that the singer has filed a complaint against the beer company for using his signature song in an Instgram ad without permission.
Jason sang "I"m Yours" during a festival in California on May 4, and he claims 13 seconds of his performance was included in a video ad on Coors Light's Instagram account, along with the caption, "Kicking off summer with the World’s Most Refreshing Beer at the Beach Life Festival.” The ad's since been taken down.
Jason's complaint notes that not only did the beer company not ask permission to use the song, but if they had, he would've said no.
Billboard has obtained the complaint, which reads, "Due to the family friendly nature of the song, Mraz has never licensed the composition for use by alcohol companies or other adult-oriented products and would never do so...Defendants MillerCoors LLC and MillerCoors USA LLC wrongfully misappropriated the composition as well as Mraz’s voice and image."
Jason is looking for $150,000 per copyright infringement which, he claims, includes the use of the song, the use of his voice and the use of his image.
In a statement to Billboard, a spokesperson for the beer company said that it had contractual rights to the video, and took it down as soon as Jason and his team complained. The spokesperson added that Jason should be suing the festival -- which granted MillerCoors the rights to the video -- not them.
So far, Jason's team hasn't responded to MillerCoors' explanation.
ABC/Randy HolmesAlicia Keys is returning to host the Grammy Awards for the second year in a row after becoming the first female host in 14 years in February. The 15-time Grammy winner finds it revolting that it took so long for a woman once again host the most prestigious awards show in music.
“Don’t you find that when you hear these stats, you’re vomiting in your mouth?,” she tells Billboard. “It’s obvious s*** is upside-down. There’s not enough balance of power.”
Keys drew rave reviews for her hosting the show this year, featuring an amazing performance by her on two pianos simultaneously.
“I wanted to create this love fest where we could celebrate each other’s greatness and just have fun,” the “Girl on Fire” singer says. “We’re all trying to make our way through a very chaotic time, and we all just need a little celebration -- to feel like we’re with friends, like somebody actually cares.”
As she prepares for the 2020 Grammys, Keys says her goal is to recreate the atmosphere of classic television variety shows of the past.
“People who have created these beautiful variety-style shows, like Carol Burnett, or Sammy Davis Jr., or Dean Martin. Nobody does that anymore,” Keys says. “They had this cool mixture of musician and artist and comedian, so it mixed all of these worlds together in this casual [way], while they’re holding, like, a whiskey. I want to see how to modernize that.”
You can watch Alicia host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
ABC/Rick RowellAs this decade comes to a close, Lady Gaga is revealing her plans for the next one.
In a YouTube video with popular beauty influencer NikkieTutorials, Gaga reveals new music -- and motherhood -- may be on the way.
"More music. Not retiring anytime soon," Gaga said while discussing her goals for the 2020s, adding, "All kinds of different music. I wanna do more movies. I wanna have babies. And I want to continue to build the behemoth that is Haus Laboratories into the makeup company of my dreams."
She also said to expect the unexpected, because when she gets inspired, she acts on it immediately.
"I'm living my inspirations right now, in this moment," she said. "So I couldn't tell you over the next decade, like, skydiving or something like that. When I get inspired, I do things right away.”
Gaga adds. “There will be tons of crazy things that I do over the next decade; I just don't know exactly what they are...which is why they will be extra crazy."
Perry Farrell/WME/C3 Presents/Live Nation SwedenPost Malone, Ellie Goulding, Zara Larsson and Camila Cabello are among the artists announced for the second annual Lollapalooza Stockholm, set to take place next summer.
Post, Ellie and native Swede Zara will be performing on the first night of the festival, Friday, June 26, while Camila will help close out the three-day fest on Sunday, June 28.
Other performers include rapper Kendrick Lamar, country star Kacey Musgraves and rock band Pearl Jam.
Lollapalooza Stockholm will take place across four stages at Gärdet, a park in the heart of the Swedish city. Tickets are on sale now at LollaStockholm.com.
ABC/Image Group LAWith a number-one album and several number-one singles, it's no wonder that Post Malone is ending 2019 as Billboard's top artist.
The publication just released its year-end lists, and Posty scores the prestigious Top Artist title thanks to his new album, Hollywood's Bleeding, the continued success of his previous album, beerbongs bentleys, and hits that include "Sunflower," "Circles," "Wow," "Take What You Want" and "Goodbyes."
Ariana Grande is the top female artist, thanks to her album thank u, next and the hits it produced, including "7 Rings" and the title track, while The Jonas Brothers are the top duo/group. The trio's comeback was a huge success, with a number-one single and a number-one album.
Billie Eilish is, no surprise, 2019's Top New Artist, and her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is the number-one album of the year. It's also no surprise what 2019's Billboard Hot 100 Song is: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus spent a record-breaking 19 weeks at number one on that chart this year with "Old Town Road."
The top single of the year on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, based on airplay, is Halsey's "Without Me," while the top single on the Radio Songs chart, based on airplay across all genres, is "High Hopes," by Panic! at the Disco.
The top Streaming Song of the Year was "Old Town Road."
ABC/Image Group LAA new Billie Eilish documentary is in the works, and apparently it did not come cheap.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple TV is nearing a deal to pay $25 million for the film, which is expected to premiere on the platform in 2020.
The trade mag reports that the doc follows Eilish's life in the wake of the release of her hit debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, which dropped in March. Director R.J. Cutler was apparently "granted deep access to Eilish’s private moments with family and behind-the-scenes of her public appearances."
While you wait for that, you can watch Eilish's just-premiered "xanny" video, which stars the 17-year-old singer as she sits on a bench and unseen people put out cigarettes on her face. The video's on YouTube now.
On Wednesday, Eilish performed at the inaugural Apple Music Awards. During the ceremony, she won the awards for Artist of the Year, Top Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year with her brother/collaborator, Finneas.