Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Sweet 16

Last week I posted the bracket for Billboard’s Hot 100 March Madness 2014 where songs were paired up in a list comprised of 32 songs and the sweet 16 was announced Monday (3.10). The votes are in and here’s who made the list. First up, my picks. Was I right?

Lorde ‘Royals’ v. Avicii ‘Wake Me Up’

Pink/Nate Reuss ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ v. One Republic ‘Counting Stars’

Pharrell ‘Happy’ v. Imagine Dragons ‘Radioactive’

Eminem/Rihanna ‘The Monster’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’

Katy Perry ‘Roar’ v. Daft Punk/Pharrell ‘Get Lucky’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ v. Pitbull/Ke$ha ‘Timber’

Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. One Direction ‘Best Song Ever’

Katy Perry/Juicy J ‘Dark Horse’ v. Robin Thicke/Pharrell/T.I. ‘Blurred Lines’


Here’s the REAL standings (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)



I wasn’t too far off. All my votes were right except for ‘The Monster’ v. ‘Can’t Hold Us’; Mirrors beat ‘Can’t Hold Us.’ As for the last category I was wrong with my KP / Robin Thicke battle. It comes down to Lady Gaga’s, ‘Applause,’ versus Rihanna’s, ‘Stay.’ Tune in next week to see who makes the top 8.

Here are my picks:

Lorde, ‘Royals’ v. P!nk, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Imagine Dragons, ‘Radiactive’ v. Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’

Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Thrift Shop’

Miley Cyrus, ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. Rihanna, ‘Stay’

To vote, CLICK HERE!

Feb Favorites

Another year has gone by and the music releases are slowly but surely starting to pick up. Below is a playlist of my current favorites. Not all the music is new. Some of it’s been around for quite sometime, but it’s my current rotation a the moment.


iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air LIVE on NBC

iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air LIVE on NBC

Clear Channel’s, iHeartRadio, has become this distinct app that people (with the latest smart phone) can download the app and listen to any radio station regardless of location and create custom lists based off a particular artist/genre. Well the iHeartRadio Music Awards are heading to the big screen, the big screen being television. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will air LIVE on NBC May 1st from 8pm-11pm EST. The 3 hour showcase live performances along with never before seen duets and award presentations. The top artist and songs of the year will be determined by the new iHeartRadio chart.

Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment had this to say about the new iHeart Radio chart:

What’s unique about the iHeartRadio chart, countdown and awards is that all three are squarely focused on what the listener wants. For the first time, these three interconnected programs have shifted the power of how we measure an artist’s success — and, in turn, what’s heard on the radio and celebrated with awards — to the critically important listener.

The award show will feature 13 categories and as of right now each category features 10 nominees. The categories are: Best Lyrics, Best Collaboration, Country Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Fan Army, Song of the Year, EDM Song of the Year, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Alternative Rock Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and more. Listeners can vote here (via Twitter/Facebook) and the voting will last over a a 4-week period and the final nominees will be announced in a one hour live event on March 26th live from the iHeartRadio theater in Los Angeles.

Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming NBC Entertainment, had this to say about airing the award show:

Collaborating with a company that has the global reach of Clear Channel allows us to interact with music fans all over the world. We feel fortunate being on the ground floor of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will deliver an array of great performances from today’s biggest stars.

The award show, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions (and others), will air LIVE on NBC 5.1.14 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.