Just in case you were feeling as cheery as Old Saint Nick and his happy little elves, Sam Smith released the music video for his version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to add a dash of somberness to the holidays.
Smith's cover of the classic Christmas carol is beautiful and emotional. In the video, he sings along with a piano in a stripped-down performance. Watch the Grammy nominee's lovely down-tempo song below.
Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status.
The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the BET Honors. West — who has called himself a visionary and more — will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event, hosted by Wayne Brady.
Brooklyn's Daptone record label, the soul outfit whose ear for talent and eye for period-correct detail has put it in the forefront of a revivalist wave, had few choices when it came to recording its first live-in-concert label showcase. How could they not go to the Apollo, that cradle of talent immortalized by James Brown on one of the greatest concert recordings ever?
Capitol Music Group senior vice president Ambrosia Healy has hired veteran publicists Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney as vice presidents of publicity. The two had previously worked with the company's head of media strategy and relations at her indie PR firm The Fun Star, whose client list includes Coldplay, Bastille, Phish and Nine Inch Nails.
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all-time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top 30 list released by the performance rights organization Friday.
The list comes as part of ASCAP's 100th birthday celebration, following in its annual tradition of releasing a list of each year's most performed songs.
As the recently revamped Billboard 200 reflects overall consumption of albums, including track equivalent album sales (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA), one can't look only to pure album sales to determine the chart's final ranking. That said, Swift seems poised for a fifth frame atop the list.
It rather boggles the mind that U2’s Songs of Innocence was nominated for a 2015 Best Rock Album Grammy today. Is it possible voters thought they were voting for Biggest Album Rollout Fiasco after the free release burrowed into people’s computers and wouldn’t leave? Apple finally was forced to release a “U2 Removal Tool.” Perhaps they can pass a link along to the Grammy committee?
With just one Grammy nomination, Beyonce has slipped past Dolly Parton to become the most nominated woman in Grammy history.
Prior to Friday morning, Bey and Dolly were tied at 46 Grammy noms apiece — but thanks to Beyonce's Beyonce getting nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Queen Bey now reigns as the most Grammy-nominated woman ever with 47 nods.
Following a New York grand jury's decision Wednesday not to indict an NYPD officer involved in the apparent choke-hold death of Eric Garner for apparently selling untaxed cigarettes, Stevie Wonder still had a show to play.