Lily Allen makes dig at music industry

No Shame

Lily Allen has hinted there may be trouble with her new album No Shame.

Lily’s last release was 2014’s Sheezus, which hit the top of the U.K. albums chart, though received mixed reviews from critics. The singer announced in January (18) that she was gearing up to release No Shame in “early summer 2018”, though a cryptic Twitter post has left fans wondering if there are problems with the 32-year-old’s new music. “When people ask why my album is taking so long,” she tweeted on Tuesday (27Feb18), next to a link to a Guardian article titled “Madonna and Grimes lay bare cost of creative freedom for female artists”. Over the weekend both Madonna and Canadian musician Grimes took to social media to vent their frustrations at the current state of the music industry.

20th anniversary

Underneath a video of music trailblazer Madonna, her manager Guy Oseary marked the 20th anniversary of her album Ray of Light by posting a glowing tribute to the record.

“Can you help me now please!!” Madonna commented, before adding: “Remember when I made records with other artists from beginning to end and I was allowed to be a visionary and not have to go to song writing camps where no one can sit still for more than 15 minutes.” Grimes had a similar outburst, writing online that she was working on two albums, “One final album for my s**t label”, followed by another “on a label of my choosing”. The 29-year-old is signed to independent label 4AD, and recently hit out at her management in a now-deleted tweet to a fan. “indie music is more about egos than money. if u hurt someone’s ego, they don’t mind forgoing what you are potentially worth to them to take u down (sic),” she fumed.

Remember when

Grimes had a similar outburst, writing online that she was working on two albums, “One final album for my s**t label”, followed by another “on a label of my choosing”.

Underneath a video of music trailblazer Madonna, her manager Guy Oseary marked the 20th anniversary of her album Ray of Light by posting a glowing tribute to the record. “Can you help me now please!!” Madonna commented, before adding: “Remember when I made records with other artists from beginning to end and I was allowed to be a visionary and not have to go to song writing camps where no one can sit still for more than 15 minutes.”

Lady Gaga’s Career Sales

Mother Monster’s album & song sales, the 40 top songs that fell a spot shy of No. 1 on the Hot 100 & Sheeran’s unprecedented run after “Shape of You” first led the list.

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Here’s an updated look at the superstar’s U.S. sales, according to Nielsen Music.

Top-Selling Songs
“Poker Face,” 7.5 million; “Just Dance” (feat. Colby O’Donis), 7.2 million; “Bad Romance,” 5.8 million; “Born This Way,” 4.2 million; “Paparazzi,” 3.6 million; “Telephone” (feat. Beyonce), 3.5 million; “The Edge of Glory”

3 million; “Applause,” 2.7 million; “LoveGame,” 2.66 million; “Alejandro,” 2.62 million; “You and I,” 2.4 million; “Do What U Want” (feat. R. Kelly), 1.3 million; and (fittingly), “Million Reasons,” 1.1 million
“Judas” is next in line to become Lady Gaga’s next million-selling download, as it’s currently within a nominal amount from the milestone.

Lady Gaga’s U.S. totals stand at 11.46 million albums sold and 56.2 million in digital song sales, as well as 2.6 billion on-demand song streams and 35.9 billion in cumulative airplay audience.

Which Spice Girls Song Should Be Performed at The Royal Wedding? Vote!

After Mel B confirmed that the Spice Girls would be making an appearance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, one question popped into everyone’s minds: Would the iconic girl group be performing at the royal wedding?

Scary Spice couldn’t confirm

Scary Spice couldn’t confirm (or deny!) that the ladies would be singing, but it got fans hyped for a possible performance. After the girls posted a reunion selfie earlier this year, fans have been itching for more Spice-related content. But which song would be the best song to play at a wedding?

Odds are good

Odds are good that “Wannabe” is not the best choice for a wedding dance — but they could make it work! There are a collection of romantic songs that could potentially work at the wedding, in addition to their biggest hits. There is the classic smooth jam “2 Become 1” from their debut album, or the lesser-known romantic ballad “Oxygen.”

Of course

Of course, there is also “Let Love Lead The Way” from their third studio album, Forever. Then there’s their powerful slow ballad “Times Go By” with the super gushy lyrics: You are the reason that my heart beats/ And no, I never thought I will ever fall so deep.”

MAX Talks Writing & Proposing to His Wife With ‘Lights Down Low’

This is an aside post.

Pop singer-songwriter MAX recently sat down with Billboard as part of the “How It Went Down” video series, to reveal how his romantic breakthrough hit song “Lights Down Low” — which he used to propose to his now-wife — was created.

The track, which appears on MAX’s third studio album Hell’s Kitchen Angel, was written while he was on tour with Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa. At the time, the musician had just started dating the woman he would one day marry, and she would fly out to see him on weekends throughout the tour. “Our time was so precious,” says MAX, explaining that the lyric, “Can I stop the flow of time?/ Can I swim in your divine?” was inspired by their short, sporadic visits together.

“We would just have these weekends in different states on this tour and trying to just encapsulate them,” he adds. “I didn’t want her to leave ever. I just wanted it to be that moment, us together, and not anything else in the world.”
MAX says that he had a great energy with the song’s co-writers, Liam O’Donnell and 3OH!3’s Nathaniel Motte, and that O’Donnell initially came up with the track’s hook. “The music kind of surrounded that hook, and then we wrote all the lyrics around the hook, which is rare,” MAX explains. “But for this one, it was just this encapsulated feeling… what are the things that you really soak another person up with?”

“I actually proposed to my wife with the song with a harp player and I sang it to her,” the New York-based musician continues. “Those little moments are the ones that you really remember… just laying with someone you love, and their head on your chest, and just the little tiny things that really sort of encapsulate a story.”

You can watch MAX tell the full story of how “Lights Down Low” was written – and hear him sing a few lines of the song – below.MAX says that he had a great energy with the song’s co-writers, Liam O’Donnell and 3OH!3’s Nathaniel Motte, and that O’Donnell initially came up with the track’s hook. “The music kind of surrounded that hook, and then we wrote all the lyrics around the hook, which is rare,” MAX explains. “But for this one, it was just this encapsulated feeling… what are the things that you really soak another person up with?”

“I actually proposed to my wife with the song with a harp player and I sang it to her,” the New York-based musician continues. “Those little moments are the ones that you really remember… just laying with someone you love, and their head on your chest, and just the little tiny things that really sort of encapsulate a story.”

You can watch MAX tell the full story of how “Lights Down Low” was written – and hear him sing a few lines of the song – below.

Taylor Swift Highlights the Difference Between Her Cats Meredith & Olivia in Instagram Video

As every Swiftie knows, Taylor Swift has two cats with very distinctive personalities:

Olivia, the sassy but friendly weirdo, and Meredith, the cold-hearted queen. On Tuesday (Feb. 27), Swift shared a rare Instagram video of the two, showing off their unique personalities.

The video — which she captioned: “In this house, there is no correct or incorrect way to relax” — shows Meredith sitting on the bed as a normal cat would while Olivia awkwardly lies on her side on the hard floor.