Photos: Taylor Swift Attends Star Studded Birthday Party For Liberty Ross!

Taylor Swift spent Saturday, September 24 celebrating model Liberty Ross‘ birthday! Ross is married to Record and Film producer Jimmy Lovine, whom Swift got to know while working with Apple Music.

 

According to US Weekly, Swift spent most of the night in the photo booth (surely everyone there wanted a photo with the 10x GRAMMY Winner), and danced the night away with good friend Gwyneth Paltrow and also Mary J. Blige whom Swift had out on her 1989 World Tour.

Other celebs in attendance were  Mick Jagger, Chris Rock, O’Neal McKnight and his wife Miriam Sternoff, James Corden, Dr. Dre, Cindy Crawford, Danny Devito and Haim.

Swift was sporting a new hair cut and color and took photos with one of the stylists!

 

 

Seeing as Corden was in attendance, we sure hope him and Swift had the chance to schedule their session for carpool karaoke.

 

It seems like everyone was excited to have Swift there and get a photo with her!

 

Here’s a clip of the atmosphere! LL Cool J was rapping and Mick Jagger and Swift were dancing side by side! Birthday Party Goals!

 

Swift also won two Clio Awards and is working on her 6th studio album!

Idina Menzel Slays Like The “Queen Of Swords” on New Album ‘Idina’ and Announces Engagement!

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel is back with her new album Idina. Usually, debut album are self-titled, but Menzel felt the need to call her new album Idina because she says  it is “the most personal, introspective albums I’ve ever made.”

If that’s not exciting enough, Menzel also annouced that she and actor Aaron Lohr are engaged!!

The album is filled with deeply personal songs as Menzel felt it was time to get back in the studo and make an original album.

“I chose to call this album Idina because I want people to understand that I’m just being my truest self and poured my heart out into this album. This is an album about rediscovering myself, learning from mistakes, and finding the courage to move forward.

Menzel co-wrote 9 out of the 12 tracks on the album. Idina opens with a song called “Small World” which immediately sticks out. It’s one of those songs that could be sung to a room filled with 5 people or a stadium full of people and still be just as powerful. Wicked fans will also love this song, not only because is might be reminiscent of the song “Defying Gravity” but because of it’s similar message of being independent and being your true self, which is the inspiration of the entire album.

I’m standing in a field / My feet lift off the ground / No one here will see me / No one will hurt me now / I’m brushing off the rain / While climbing through the clouds / Nobody can see me / No one can hurt me now / Goodbye gravity / Goodbye enemies / I’m going up to a place / Where the world is small / Where I can fly above it all / If I don’t make it, sing my song / From here I’m weightless / And no stars are famous / And the world is small. 

Tell me what Small World means to you. For me, it's about escaping the chaos and crazy.

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This album is filled with such inspiring lyrics that show a woman just trying to find herself, learning from her past and being strengthened in the knowledge of what life has taught her.

“Queen Of Swords” also sticks out with it’s fast beats and quick lyrics that make you want to stand on top of a mountain and shout them to the world.

There’s no way I’m holding back anymore / I’m slaying like the queen of swords / I’m slaying like the queen of swords / I can be delicate as a flower / Or a warrior on a throne / Isn’t life for us to  devour / Even if we do it alone /  When I look into the future / And see my story in the cards / Somedays it’s hard and the truth hurts / But I’d never trade my broken heart…. Gonna live to seize the moment / Leaving nothing left unsaid / I am standing here wide open / This queen has no regrets

 

Things slow down with “I See You” but it’s a song that lets people know they aren’t alone even when they are going through horrible times. It’s also a song a lot of fans will connect to Menzel on as they get a sense of her talking directly to them.

Here’s to the lonely / To the broken-hearted / I want you to know I feel your pain / Here’s to the hapless / The almost forgotten / To those who got lost along the way I see you / I see you

Although we get a sense of what Menzel must have been feeling while going through a divorce, we also get the hope she feels with new love in her life and the joy that brings in the song “Everybody Knows.”

Menzel has fun with the story of “Jack and Jill” and putting a new twist on it in which people can’t always give the perfect story with a “textbook happy ending.”

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Co-writing most of the songs on the album really makes the songs feel meaningful. When an artist connects to the words, listeners can feel that and then they connect as well. Thank you Idina, for your courage in making this album and saying what you needed to say. Congratulations on all your hard work and best wishes for a happy Marriage!!!!

Listen to Idina 

Taylor Swift Wins Two Clio Awards For Her Apple Commercial!

Congratulations are in order for Taylor Swift who just won two Cleo Awards for her Apple Commercial #TaylorVsTreadmill.

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“The Clios is the esteemed international awards competition for the creative business. Founded in 1959 to celebrate high achievement in advertising, the Clios annually and throughout the year recognize the work, the agencies and the talent that push boundaries and establish new precedent.”

She took home Silver and Bronze awards for the commercial!

 

Watch the Taylor Vs Treadmill commercial below!

Marit Larsen Opens Up About Her New EP ‘Joni Was Right II’ and Writing With Joy Williams – Listen

Norwegian, singer, songwriter Marit Larsen has just released her latest EP, Joni Was Right II. This is a follow up EP from her independent release, Joni Was Right, which amassed over 1.6 million streams on Spotify.  You may remember Larsen from the duo, M2M, whose debut single, “Don’t Say You Love Me” became a global hit.

Larsen was featured as “Songwriter of the Week” on American Songwriter and her album, When the Morning Comes,  received rave reviews in Norway and earned her two nominations for the Norwegian Grammy, “Spellemansprisen,” in the categories Best Lyricist and Best Composer.

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Joni was right II features five songs all produced and arranged by Larsen. The EP features the track, “Winter Never Lasts Forever.” “Winter Never Lasts Forever” was co-written by Joy Williams, formerly of The Civil Wars. The song features a powerful vocal performance by Larsen, with a soothing, melodic backing track. This perfectly embellishes the lyrical content of the song:

Set your little heart on fire / Go on / Step into the dark / You will never lose your way / No matter how far you stray

'Winter never lasts forever', track number four. #jwrpt2

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The rest of the tracks each tell their own story, with Larsen’s voice bringing them to life. Listening to the EP is a refreshing journey as Larsen proves to not only have strong vocals but a long lost sound of raw, talented vocals that aren’t drowned out by production. Joni Was Right II is filled with songs that tell stories in a way that will take listeners on a visual journey.  We got to interview Larsen about her EP, check out the interview below!

Variety Beat: How would you describe the overall feeling of your new EP Joni Was Right II?

Marit Larsen: To me, this EP sounds like September. Bittersweet, longing, hopeful, sun drenched, dwelling, ever-changing September. My favorite. It is filled with little hints and nods to Joni Mitchell both lyrically and musically. 

Variety Beat: Were there certain instances that happened that inspired some of the songs on Joni Was Right II

Larsen: Like every other song I’ve written, sparks stood out from the rest and slowly materialized into something more interesting. «Joni was right» is a lyric about childhood, about changing perspectives, excitement and eventually growing up. «Bluebelle mountain» is a metaphor about friendship and a tribute to my new favorite pastime.

Variety Beat: How did your co-write with Joy Williams come about and what was it like writing with her?

Larsen: We met through a mutual friend who is also a brilliant songwriter. The three of us collaborated beautifully; she has a unique presence and is a wandering poet. 

Variety Beat: What’s the most important part about making music to you?

Larsen: I’m in love with the whole journey of it. Getting an idea, struggling to let it unfold, deciding when it’s complete, then arranging, imagining and producing it and leaving something in the world that would not have existed had it not been for that spark and moment in time. It’s definitely got a magical flair to it.

Variety Beat: What’s in store for you following the release of your EP?

Larsen: We’re wrapping up a tour in Norway, then I’m flying out to Brooklyn, NY to spend some time in my new home there. Meanwhile, I’ll keep spreading the word about ‘Joni was right’ online through my little indie label. This is such a wild year for us. 

Variety Beat: What’s something you want fans to know about you?

Larsen: My home is where my music is, and even if I may not have been to your city for a while, I keep you in mind when I create new things and adore all the feedback I get on my socials. I’m so thankful for all the devoted ears and hearts out there.

Listen to Marit Larsen’s EP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Canadian Country Artists You Need to Know – Listen

Our friends north of the border in Canada have been putting out some great country music. However, much of their music does not reach the airwaves here in the USA. You may have already heard songs by Lindsay Ell or High Valley, but they are both actually from Canada! We put together a list of 10 Canadian country artists that you need to know (in no particular order) to give you a taste of what Canada has to offer! Make sure you check out our Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page to hear each artist!

Petric – Petric is a duo comprised of brothers Jason and Tom Petric from Transcona, Winnipeg, Manitoba. They were signed to fellow artist Dallas Smith’s label, Steelhead Music, back in May of 2015. Petric is able to pull of catchy choruses along with a tune you will be humming along to. If you are a fan of duos like Florida Georgia Line or Dan + Shay, you will definitely love Petric!

 

 Madeline Merlo – Merlo was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Merlo has just recently released her debut album, Free Soul, on April 29, 2016. Merlo has a powerful voice and you will see why by listening to just one song. Merlo was also nominated for Female Country Artis of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2016. If you are a fan of Kelsea Ballerini or Carrie Underwood, you will love Merlo’s music!

 

Dallas Smith – Smith was born in Langley, British Columbia and originally in a rock band named, Default. Some of you may remember the band as they were successful with their hit song, Wasting My Time.” Smith has opened for artists like Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. Smith has recently just released his newest album, Side Effects, on September 2, 2016. He was also nominated for Male Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2016.

 

Tim Hicks – Hicks was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Hicks has co-wrote his song “Get By” with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. Hicks has opened for artists like Dallas Smith and Dierks Bentley. Hicks has also just release his latest album, Shake These Walls, on September 9, 2016. Hicks was also nominated for Interactive Artist or Group of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2016.

 

Brett Kissel – Kissel was born and raised in Flat Lake, Alberta. Kissel has won many awards in Canada including Male Artist of the Year at the Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards in 2014 and Male Artist of the Year at the 2016 Candian Country Music Association awards. Kissel’s song, “Airwaves” also reached the number one spot on the Billboard Canada Country charts on October 3, 2015.

Winning this was like winning the Stanley Cup to me… (Photo cred: @frontrow_pics)

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Tebey – Tebey was born and rasied in Peterborough, Ontario. Tebey has collaborated with fellow Canadian group, Emerson Drive on a cover of “Wake Me Up” that reached number five on the Billboard Canada Country charts. Tebey is also a songwriter signed to BMG Rights Management and he has co-wrote songs for pop group One Direction.

I.LOVE.MY.JOB

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Livy Jeanne – Jeanne was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Jeanne got her first breakthrough when she toured across schools in Alberta in 2012 on her You Don’t Have to Be Invisible Tour. Jeanne’s first single, “Any Other Way” reached number 42 on the Billboard Canada Country charts. Jeanne released her debut album Dashboard Renegade on July 17, 2015. If you are a fan of Kelsea Ballerini or Carrie Underwood, you will love Jeanne’s music!

Uhh what did you say? 😏 #ccmadiscovery #ccma40

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Jess Moskaluke – Moskaluke was born in Lagenburg, Saskatchewan. In September 2011, Moskaluke won the New Artist Showcase Award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, which allowed her to play at the Global Artist Party at the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Today, Moskaluke is having a very successful career, she just won her THIRD consecutive Female Artist of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Association awards. One listen to Moskaluke’s music and you will see why she has been dominating.

 

Dean Brody – Brody was born in Smithers, British Columbia and grew up in Jaffray, British Columbia. Brody has had a very successful career thus far, winning many awards. Brody released his latest single, “Time” on September 9 2016. Brody has a classic country voice with strong songwriting setting him apart from the rest of the pack.

Dean was presented with 4 Awards this weekend!! Who was watching?! #ccma #ccmaawards #bringdownthehouse

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Autumn Hill – Autumn Hill is a duo comprised of Mike Robins and Tareya Green. Their debut single “Anything At All” reached number 12 on the Billboard Canada Country charts and even reached the top 30 on the Billboard Canada Hot AC charts. They were nominated for Group or Duo of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association awards. Their harmonies speak for themselves with undeniably catchy songs and powerful lyrics. If you are a fan of Thompson Square and Lady Antebellum you will love their music.

 

Listen to all of their music below!

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