Nominees in five categories for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards were revealed April 7 on US TV show "Good Morning America," with a full list to follow. US singer Taylor Swift and UK singer Sam Smith were nominated in four categories each. The five categories revealed so far are top artist, top male artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 album and top Hot 100 song, all of which were announced by model Chrissy Teigen and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. The Billboard Music Awards will take place in Las Vegas on May 17.
Pop star Taylor Swift and British soul singer Sam Smith were the leaders among the 2015 Billboard Awards finalists with four nominations each after five top categories were announced on Tuesday. Swift, 25, and Smith, 22, earned nods for top artist, as well as for best female and male artist. Swift's "1989" will compete with Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" for the top album prize. The two will also go up against each other for best single, with Swift's "Shake it Off" pitted against "Stay With Me" by Smith.
Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Morrissey, Blur, Kendrick Lamar, and Hot Chip, plus brand new streaming music from the likes of Tame Impala, Wire, Calexico, The National, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
One hundred years after the mass killings of Armenians, US band System of a Down is taking the fight for remembrance beyond politicians to the world's music fans. The Los Angeles-area hard rockers, who have sold more than 40 million albums since the mid-1990s, are of Armenian descent and are preparing a European tour to culminate in a public concert on April 23 in Yerevan, the band's first performance in Armenia. System of a Down's goal is one for which Armenians have campaigned for decades -- with limited success -- for the world to recognize the killings of some 1.5 million people in 1915 in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. Turkey, born of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, has vehemently denied a systematic effort to wipe out Armenians.
One of the best parts of Nintendo's Animal Crossing series is Kazumi Totaka's serene, beautiful background music, which changes based on the time of day you play. Animal Crossing Music, a fan-made extension for Google Chrome, duplicates that functionality right in your web browser. Once installed, the extension adds a small icon of K.K. Slider to the upper-right corner of Chrome. Best of all, the extension includes the soundtrack for every Animal Crossing title released so far, so you can pick the one you're most nostalgic for. By default, it'll even play random songs by K.K. Slider on Saturday nights, mimicking the charming dog's in-game concerts.