John Legend to perform at The Grammys and The Governors Ball

Awards Season officially kicks off this Sunday, as the Golden Globes go live to the world from Los Angeles. You can see all the nominees here, but for the purposes of this post, I will be focusing on some of the performers for the Grammys and the Academy Awards. On February 9, the Grammys will pay tribute to The Beatles and the 50th anniversary since their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In celebration of this momentous occasion, organisers announced yesterday that the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite on stage to perform on Grammy night.

Alicia Keys and John Legend will also take to the stage for a special performance and you know that will be incredible. John is going to be a busy man this Awards Season. He will also be performing at the Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday, shortly after the awards ceremony. On selecting Legend to perform Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball said, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists. We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.” That will take place on the 2nd of March.

Other Grammy performers include John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming up together and Maroon 5 will be there too. More on music’s biggest night and the Academy Awards to follow in the next couple of weeks.

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Welcome back John Mayer

Aah yes… Welcome back John Mayer. The star has just released his new single, Paper Doll and you can hear it above. The song is taken off Mayer’s forthcoming album, Paradise Valley. While Mayer is still in studio working on this album, he’s also hard at work prepping for his world tour, which kicks off next month. The tour is called Born and Raised World Tour, which is the title of his last album, but no doubt fans will get to hear a lot of the new material when he hits the road.

I’m loving the first single, so I’m sure he and Don Was will be making a lot more magic as they wrap up production in the studio. If you’re a Mayer fan and you’re wanting to see him live, check out the tour dates below: Continue reading “Welcome back John Mayer”

Grammys 2013 – blow by blow


The 55th annual Grammy Awards are here. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s awards out of Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Red carpet:

Black was the order of the day apparently. Kelly Rowland, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the guys from Maroon 5 and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters were all keeping it tame in red. Someone who also took to wearing black was Jennifer Lopez, but she wasn’t keeping it too conservative. Last year Angelina Jolie showed a lot of leg at the Oscars and tonight it’s the chance of JLo, who looks amazing.

I think a lot of people were a bit taken aback when Beyonce arrived in her pants suit. She looks fantastic though. Can she do any wrong? Katy Perry and Rihanna brought some colour to the carpet. Katy was in a mint green dress while Rihanna was rocking royal red. Trust them to bring some life to the carpet 😉

The Awards:

Taylor Swift opens the show with “We’re never getting back together”. She took a stab at her apparent ex, Harry Stylez with a British accent. “I still love you and I’m like I’m opening the Grammys”.

Host, LL Cool J is back. He is blabbering on about origins of music and where some of our favourite artists hail from. B from Houston, Adele from the UK… Rih from Barbados. “The show is ours. All of ours. So are you ready for your show? Are you ready for your show? Let’s get back to the music,” your words LL.

Second performance up tonight is from Ed Sheeran and Elton John. They performed Sheeran’s Angels To Fly song. It was cool – just cool.

Pitbull and Jennifer opez are up to present the first award of the night for the Best Pop Solo Performance Award. Pitbull says to JLo, “You inspire the memo” before handing out the award to Adele for Set Fire to the Rain. “My good luck charm, Jlo. Thank you so much. I want to say thank you and big love to the other girls. See you later, have a wonderful night.”

Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. I’ll be honest, I though their performance was also just okay. Nothing spectacular.

Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer welcome two of country music’s biggest stars to the stage Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Dick Clark is remembered at the Grammys. LL says, “He is missed”. He then introduces Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. Miguel is singing his now Grammy winning song, Adorn alongside Wiz. The brother has pipes and Wiz is just kinda there. Miguel won for Best R&B Song. They’re now presenting the Best Country Solo performance award, which goes to Carrie Underwood. “Thank you. Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord. My family, my amazing perfect husband Mike. Glory to God, thank you so much.”

The Song of the Year Award is presented by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. That award goes to Fun for their song We Are Young. “Um, I don’t know what I was thinking writing this song. This is in HD, everyone can see our faces and we are not very young. We have been doing this for twelve years. To our families, we love you guys. I want to thank Jay-Z, Taylor… everyone”.

Johnny Depp introduces Mumford & Sons, who perform their track “I will wait for you”. It’s the performance of the night so far.

Justin Timberlake

Ellen and Beyonce are up to introduce Justin Timberlake. Welcome back JT “He was born to make music”… The black and white effect is awesome. His band, The Tennesse Kids are there and Jay-Z’s verse wouldn’t be left out. Jigga emerges from the crowd and everyone goes wild.

Kelly Rowland and Nas are up to present the Best Urban Contemporary Album. The Grammy goes to Frank Ocean for his album, Channel Orange. “So I hear it’s a bit easier if I imagine you all naked. I want to say thank you to my mother, to everyone at Future Records. Island Def Jam and all of you guys. Thank you.”

Dave Grohl and Pauley Perrette are up to present the Best Rock Performance and the Grammy goes to Lonely Boy by the Black Keys. “We would like to thank our good friend, Brian Burton. Chad Blake. Everyone in Ohio, everybody in Tennesse.”

Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 collaboration is up. Their mashup of Tonight and Girl on Fire wasn’t what I hoped it would be. In my opinion it was too forced and maybe it’s because I’m not a Maroon 5 fan, but it just didn’t work for me. Alicia playing drums is super cool though.

Kaley Cuouco and Keith Urban are up to present Best Pop Vocal Album to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.  “I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. I get nervous speaking in front of people. Fun. I’ve been covering you all summer. Miguel I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win.”

Rihanna and Micky Echo singing Stay. Lovely intimate performance by Rih Rih.

Ne-Yo and Carly Rae Jepsen are up to present Best Rap Sung Collaboration “I didn’t think I’d be the first one speaking but thank you,” Frank Ocean. I would like to thank the Swap Meet for his hat. Thank you God,” Jay-Z. What on earth was The Dream thinking though when he got dressed? Tjop!

Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls introduces Grammy winners, The Black Keys. They’re joined on stage by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform Lonely Boy. Cool performance. Kelly Clarkson honours pays tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipients Patti Page & Carole King before presenting the Best Country Album Award. The award goes to Zac Brown Band for their album, Uncaged.

Bob Marley tribue, Grammys 2013

The Bob Marley tribute is up featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and two of the Marley Brothers. Bruno Mars kicks off the tribute with Locked out of Heaven. Sting joins him and they slow it down with Walking on the Moon. Rihnna and Ziggy Marley are now on stage singing Could you be Loved. Hello Damian Marley. This is winning!

The Lumineers are on stage now singing their let’s get stoned and reminisce. I do love this song though.

Album of the Year nominee, Jack White takes to the Grammy stage to perform.

Katy Perry is up to present the award to the Best Newcomer Award. “I was never nominated in this category and I have my own eyelash line”. The award goes to Fun. “I didn’t think we were going to win this one. Frank Ocean, The Lumineers. Amazing. I’ve got to pee real badly, so I’m going to leave this up to these guys. Thank you so much. We’re so old.”

Hunter Hayes enjoys a short performance before introducing the lovely Carrie Underwood who is performing Blown Away.  She, just like Kelly Clarkson has pipes for days. There’s this weird graphics show happening on Carrie’s dress while she’s performing.

Prince presents the award for Record of the Year to Somebody that I used to Know. “Little bit lost for words to be receiving this award from this man standing behind us with a cane.” is a site you will want to visit. Pay tribute to your teachers, make sure they get the praise too.

In memoriam segment is up. In 2012 greats like Dick Clark, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Frank Wilson, Hal David passed away. Sir Elton John, Zac Brown, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others pay tribute to those lost in 2012 and also to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, whose lives were lost too soon. They’re singing a Levon Helm track.

Juanes sings an Elton John number. He then welcomes Frank Ocean to the stage. There’s a great backdrop for the star, as he sings his song Forrest Gump.

Adele is up to present the Album of the Year. The award goes to Babel by Mumford & Sons. Lekker. “Adele is looking lovely tonight and so nice to get this from another British musician. Thank you very much.”

Watch John Mayer’s video for Shadow Days

Check out cowboy John Mayer‘s new video above. He’s out in the country, doing his thang. I love the song and the video compliments it just perfectly!

Details on John Mayer’s new album “Born and Raised”

22nd of May is the first big release of 2012 in my opinion. It’s the date that Grammy Award-winning singer John Mayer will release his new album, which is entitled Born and Raised. The first single off that album, Shadow Days will officially be released on the 6th, but it has already hit the Net. Have a listen here.

The album sees Mayer teaming up with Don Was on a production level. Was is famous for his work with Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt among others. Below is the track listing for Born and Raised.

  1. Queen of California
  2. The Age of Worry
  3. Shadow Days
  4. Speak for Me
  5. Something Like Olivia
  6. Born & Raised
  7. If I Ever Get Around To Living
  8. Love is a Verb
  9. Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
  10. Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
  11. A Face To Call Home
  12. Born & Raised (Reprise)

On the album Mayer has also enlisted the help of many other talented musicians, who will be hitting the road with him as part of his 18-date spring tour in support of the new album. That tour kicks on the 9th of April in Bloomington, IN. He then moves onto venues in Detroit, Providence, Buffalo, Memphis and Kansas City. For more dates and times, visit his official site here.



John Mayer’s new song is here. Listen now

Here’s another one of my favourite artists. It’s John Mayer and while he might say some dumb or controversial things at times, the one thing you can’t fault him on is his ability to make great music. Listen to his new track called Shadow Days and it’s the first single off his forthcoming album, Born and Raised. Can’t wait for the full album. What do you think of the song?

Music Chart News

Billboard Hot 100 Number 1 Single:
Empire State Of Mind- Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

BBC Radio 1 Number 1:
The Offical BBC Children In Need Medley-Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band

Nokia Music Store Number 1 Singles Download:
Meet Me Halfway- Black Eyed Peas

Billboard Hot 200 Number 1 Album:
Battle Studies- John Mayer

BBC Radio 1 Number 1 Album:
I Dreamed A Dream- Susan Boyle

Nokia Music Store Number 1 Album Download:
Staring At The Ceiling- Watershed

Watch SuBo on the Early Show:

She’s expected to remain on top of the UK charts until Christmas time… and to think in March nobody knew who she was. Good on ya SuBo!

John Mayer tops the US Billboard charts

John Mayer’s new album Battle Studies is one that many were looking forward to- including me. Now it’s out and it is officially the number 1 selling album in the USA. His follow up to his 2006 release, “Continuum” sold over 286 000 copies in America in its debut week. Not bad, not bad at all. John seemed over the moon, tweeting “Battle Studies is officially the number 1 album in the US! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! What a way to spend Thanksgiving.”

This is John’s second number album. The last one was back in 2003 with the album, “Heavier Things”. Here’s a look at where else his albums have landed on the charts:

No. 8, “Room for Squares” (2001-03)
No. 22, “Inside Wants Out (EP)” (2002-03)
No. 17, “Any Give Thursday” (2003)
No. 1 (one week), “Heavier Things” (2003-05)
No. 34, “Try! Live in Concert” (John Mayer Trio) (2005-06)
No. 2, “Continuum” (2006-08)
No. 5, “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” (2008-09)
No. 1 “Battle Studies” (2009)

Listen to one of the most popular songs off the album HERE. It’s features the ever-popular Taylor Swift and it’s called
Anyone heard the rest of the album? Share your thoughts

John Mayer's new album due this November

John Mayer will release his new album, Battle Studios on the 17th of November. Geez John, it’s about time LOL. Anyways this album, his fourth, is his first release since his 2006 platinum-selling album “Continuum”. He has co-produced this album with Steve Jordan, in which the two have incorporated a lot of 70’s and 80’s California rock/pop influence. Mayer worked on the album for over six months in a house come studio in California, before heading to Capitol Studios for final mix. Words to describe the album; confessional, relaxed and liberated. “I approach music like a director doing a period piece. Where Continuum was R&B and Soul, Battle Studies was written with the timelessness of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young in mind. The melodies and message are concise and from-the-gut with the efficiency of simplicity.”

John Mayer
The album’s first single, “Who Says” (LISTEN HERE) challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake – despite society’s constraints. I suppose he has learned a lesson or two being in the public eye. Cant wait for this album… for more deets, up-to-date ones follow John on Twitter (he’s very entertaining!)