iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best New Artist

This is my last post of the iHeart Radio Awards Nominees. I’ve discussed 6/10 categories: Best Lyrics, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year. This category is Best New Artist and unlike the other categories it has 6 finalists.

Here were the 10 nominees:

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lumineers
  • Lorde
  • Zedd
  • Capital Cities
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Icona Pop
  • Passenger

Here are the 6 finalists:

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I’ve discussed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons in my Artist of the Year post, but for them to be nominated in both BIG categories they’re a big deal. Florida Georgia Line and Passenger are two artists that I have not listened to at all, but of course I’ve done my research and know about their work. Florida Georgia Line’s debut album, Here’s to the Good Times has reached platinum in both the U.S. and Canada and is close to being double platinum with 1.7 million+ copies sold thus far. The album has spawned the hit ‘Cruise’ as well as others. ‘Cruise’ has gone 6x platinum in the U.S. and 2x platinum in Canada. ‘Cruise’ also made the top 10 of  Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 2013. Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ also ranked top 10 on that list as well. The track is his 4th studio album, but his first major label project titled, All of the Little Lights. The album has been certified Platinum in 2 countries and Gold in 3.

Now for the ladies nominated in this category. Lorde took over the airwaves this past summer with her hit ‘Royals’ from her debut album, Pure Heroine,  which has hit the 1 million mark. In addition to ‘Royals’ she’s now rotating the airwaves with her second single, ‘Team.’Then there’s Icona Pop. Their smash, ‘I Love It’ has been certified platinum in 8 countries and landed in at #28 for Billboard’s Hot 100 year end chart.

Similar to that of Artist of the Year I’m going to base my pick off domination. As much sense as it makes to choose Macklemore & Ryan Lewis again I would choose Lorde for this category. She was dominating based off ONE TRACK, ‘Royals.”Team’ wasn’t even put out at the time. She was KILLING the airwaves with one song and that is to not go unnoticed. Lorde gets my vote for Best New Artist.

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Check out the HITS from the nominees below:

Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Elite 8

Well, well, well. It’s another week and the Billboard Hot 100 March Madness is down to the ELITE 8. My predictions from last week weren’t as good as my predictions for the sweet 16. Here were 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’

 

Well here are the actual picks for the Elite 8 (click pic for larger image):

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Well my first pick was right. ‘Royals’ will be battling ‘Just Give Me a Reason.’ Half of my second pick was voted, ‘Radioactive.’  I mainly voted for ‘Mirrors’ over ‘The Monster’ because it had beat ‘Can’t Hold Us’ in the first round. No surprise that ‘Get Lucky’ was voted for. It could’ve gone either way with ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Timber’, but as much as ‘Timber’ is played I’m not surprised it won. Lastly, I’m rooting for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and have been voting for it the entire time. Although Miley Cyrus’ antics can and are over the top at times it doesn’t take away from the message of this song. Anyway, back to the standings, ‘Wrecking Ball’ will be up against ‘Applause.’ I have been counting out Gaga this whole time. I guess simply because the song isn’t played recently I’m forgetting the buzz it once had.

My final four picks:

Lorde, ‘Royals’ v. Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’

Imagine Dragons, ‘Radioactive’ v. Miley Cyrus, ‘Wrecking Ball’

My final 4 votes are based soley on what I think the better songs are. I’m pretty sure other fans will vote otherwise. Stay tuned for next week for the OFFICIAL Final 4 standings!

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)

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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’

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Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014

32 hits have been chosen from being in the Hot 100 from May 4, 2013 to the current chart. For the past 2 years Britney Spears has reigned SUPREME with 2012s, ‘Hold It Against Me’ and the 2013 collab with Will.i.am, ‘Scream & Shout.’

This year Britney isn’t in the running, but there are plenty of fan favorites. The Sweet 16 will be announced Monday, March 10th and the winner March 27th.

Check out the chart below:

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Here are my picks for the Sweet 16:

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’

Tune back in next week for the official standings. It’s all up to the fans to vote so we’ll see. Vote here!

Lorde’s, Pure Heroine, Hits 1 Million

Lorde+Harpers+BAZAAR+AustraliaApril 2011 marked the first huge benchmark for Adele when her debut album, 19, sold over a million by the end of the April 3rd week. Now three years later Lorde is now added to this elite class by being the first woman to debut and hit the  million mark since Adele with her debut album, Pure Heroine. In addition, she’s the first debut album to hit the mark since Hunter Hayes’ self-titled debut passed the million mark in October 2013.

Aside from her debut record, she becomes the second woman this year to reach a million. Katy Perry’s, PRISM, was the first. In the entire year of 2013 Beyonce’s unexpected self titled album release was the only female album to hit the million mark. As Billboard stated in their article:

 …had Beyonce not released her surprise album, 2013 wouldn’t have had a million-seller by a female artist.

Lorde is still in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and has not left the chart since her October 19, 2013 debut. Her debut and Grammy award winning single, ‘Royals,’ spent 9 weeks at #1 in 2013 and the second single ‘Team’ remains in the top 10 on the Hot 100. Her new single, ‘Glory & Gove’ has debuted at #88 on the Hot 100. We’ll see where that goes.

CONGRATS!