Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor‘s debut album Title now has a release date: January 13. If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive a free download of her brand-new single “Lips Are Movin’,” along with the tracks that appeared on her previously released EP: “Dear Future Husband,” “Close Your Eyes,” the title track and, of course, “All About That Bass.”
Meanwhile, Megan’s booked an appearance on NBC’s Today show on November 3. As previously reported, she’ll sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert on the CMA Awards November 5. She’s nominated for New Artist of the Year on the American Music Awards, which air November 23, and on November 30, look for her on Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards.
Here’s the track listing for the album:
STANDARD VERSION “The Best Part” (Interlude) “All About That Bass” “Dear Future Husband” “Close Your Eyes” “3am” “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” “Dem Sticks” “Walkashame” “Title” “What If I” “Lips Are Movin”
DELUXE VERSION “The Best Part” (Interlude) “All About That Bass” “Dear Future Husband” “Close Your Eyes” “3am” “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” “Bang Dem Sticks” “Walkashame” “Title” “What If I” “Lips Are Movin” “No Good For You” “Mr. Almost” “My Selfish Heart” “Credit”
Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo is busy on a U.S. headlining tour, so he won’t be seeing the inside of a studio any time soon, but when he does, he says he definitely plans to write some songs inspired by the breakup of his relationship with Jordin Sparks.
Asked if he would use their split after three years as inspiration for future songs, Jason tells Billboard, “Oh 100 percent. I’m somebody who cannot keep those two things separate. I have to put it on paper, put it on wax, put it in my songs. I cannot separate the two. My creativity, my personality won’t allow me to separate the two.”
He adds, “If that’s what’s going on in my life, that’s in the songs.”
Jason says that the end of their relationship had an unexpected benefit: he’s now focused more on his career.
“I have this new motivation,” he says. ”I think sometimes in life things are placed in our lives as a lesson, so you’ve got to take every negative experience and turn that thing into a positive.”
This week, Jason performs Tuesday in Sayreville, New Jersey, Wednesday in New York City and Friday in Boston. The Talk Dirty tour ends December 22 in Tampa, Florida.
Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson‘s still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig. Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she’s well aware of what’s hot and happening in music right now.
At the show on October 18, Kelly introduced what she called a “bluesy” and “awesome” song, adding, “Anybody like Sam Smith here? I love this song. I know you’ve probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me, I love it. This is called ‘Stay with Me.’” She then launched into a stripped down, soulful version of Sam’s hit.
So far, he hasn’t responded, but it’s likely he will, since he’s made comments when other artists have covered that tune.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay — Part 1, and she’s just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” She’s on the new song two, but so are two other artists who couldn’t be more different.
The song is called “This Is Not a Game,” and it features Lorde delivering a spoken word performance with R&B star Miguel, backed up by pioneering British electronic artists The Chemical Brothers. The song premiered on British radio on Monday.
On the track, Miguel sings in a soulful voice over a clattering, jittery electronic music bed, and the chorus hinges on the phrase, “You’re talkin’ ’bout a revolution,” which Lorde then answers by speaking the words “There it is.” Miguel also sings about “patience and determination/staring at a gladiator.”
Mockingjay — Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21. The soundtrack is set to come out November 17, according to Amazon.
Lorde tweeted that the song is “the first taste” of the soundtrack.
ABC/Jon LeMayIt’s true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends. But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don’t seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does. And that, says Taylor, is sexist.
Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, “You’re gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song — the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that’s valuable and that’s good and that’s real. And then you’re gonna have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh, y’know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.’ And I think, frankly, that’s a very sexist angle to take.”
“No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars,” Taylor points out. “They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriend, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there.”
Taylor’s correct. For example, Bruno’s song “When I Was Your Man” is about his fears of losing his current girlfriend, while Ed’s song “Don’t” is about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, yet no one seems to criticize those artists for “only” writing about their relationships.
Richard Harbaugh/ABC; Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.
The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture.
According to the course description, “Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression.”
The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.
As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.
Mark Seliger/GQNicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content. However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment.
“At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”
Minaj will release her third studio CD, The Pinkprint, on November 24. She also says it now may be time to change her flamboyant image.
“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she says.” I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she’s a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It’s no wonder, then, that she’s booked an appearance on next month’s Country Music Association Awards.
Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, on the telecast, which airs November 5 on ABC, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. They’ll be performing “All About that Bass,” Meghan’s #1 hit.
Ariana Grande will also appear on the show, performing with the country group Little Big Town. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the show, and other artists who’ll be performing include Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Blake.
Meghan’s debut album Title is available for pre-order starting tonight on iTunes.
Dana Edelson/NBCJustin Timberlake plans to wrap up his epic 20/20 Experience World Tour in spectacular fashion, with two big shows in Las Vegas on January 1 and January 2, both of which will be captured on film.
The shows at the MGM Grand Garden arena will be filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker who brought us The Silence of theLambs, Philadelphia and Married to the Mob, as well Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed music documentary about ’80s music icons Talking Heads.
Members of Justin’s fan club, the Tennessee Kids, get first crack at tickets Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT. Everyone else will be able to purchase tickets this Friday, October 24 starting at 10 a.m. PT.
The 20/20 Experience tour has been going since November 6, 2013.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande is going country. The singer will team up with the country group Little Big Town at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, which will air next month on ABC.
So far, there’s no word on which song the two acts will perform together. In recent years, pop stars have regularly shown up at the CMA Awards, so this is nothing new. In fact, there’s buzz that this year’s telecast will also feature a performance from Nashville resident Meghan Trainor.
The 48th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC November 5.