Lady Gaga Joins the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel

Photo courtesy of LadyGaga.com

Photo courtesy of LadyGaga.com

Lady Gaga will be joining the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel singer announced in a twitter video on Wednesday.

The Grammy award-winning pop phenom is set to star in series’ fifth season as a series regular according to a report released by the Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes on the heels of Gaga’s critically praised tribute to The Sound of Music at the 2015 Academy Awards this past Sunday.

Gaga – a.k.a. Stefani Germanotta- is the first confirmed casting of the newest season of the popular FX show.

Writer and producer for the show, Ryan Murphy, said late last year he was looking for a “big star” to fill Jessica Lange‘s spot.

Lange announced in a statement in 2014 that the most recent season American Horror Story: Freakshow would be her last.

Fans have been responding overwhelming positively to the news of Gaga’s casting.

The show is set to premier sometime later this year in October.

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Countdown To Vegas: 6 Memorable Britney Performances

Britney-Spears-Snake-900-600Only six days left until we are in Las Vegas, NV. for Britney SpearsBritney: Piece of Me show. To coincide with the countdown we put together a list of the icon’s most memorable performances of her career… so far!

Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 with her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 debut single “…Baby One More Time“, Britney Spears has delivered some of the most iconic and memorable stage performances our generation has seen. From show stopping classroom dance battles to a sexy snake charming routine, Britney has a dominating stage presence that is only rivaled by the likes Madonna and Janet Jackson.

6. …Baby One More Time LIVE at the 1999 VMAs

In 1999, a young-faced Britney stormed out from behind a set of lockers and struck a pose that would be forever ingrained into the minds of fans across the globe. This performance was just a taste of what Britney planned on bringing to the MTV Video Music Awards in years to come. But, for the time, the performance kept fans more than satisfied. Oh yeah, not to mention after her part of the performance boy band N*Sync took the stage. But, feel free to skip the ending.

5. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Oops!…I Did It Again Live at the 2000 VMAs

Fast forward one year later to the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. It was this year that Britney stole the show. She did so with this show stopping strip tease that was packed full of high energy dancing, great vocals and a level of fierceness that could not have been delivered to the VMA stage by anyone else but Britney. Take a look!

4. The Way You Make Me Feel LIVE at the 30th Anniversary Michael Jackson Special

Some of Britney’s biggest fans aren’t even just regular people like you and I. They are in fact big named celebrities like the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. In 2002, Jackson asked Britney to join him on stage for a special rendition of The Way You Make Me Feel” – one of Jackson’s biggest hits. The performance was one that brought generations together to dance and celebrate the two musicians. Enjoy!

3. Gimme More Live at the 2007 VMAs

“Not every performance can be a good performance. You will have some amazing performances and then you’ll also have some okay ones,” Britney said in her 2008 documentary Britney: For the Record of her 2007 performance of her song “Gimme More”. After shaving her head, beating up a car with an umbrella and basically going a-wall, Britney agreed to open the show. The performance would go down in history as one of the biggest flop performances of not only her career, but in VMA history. Many saw this as a turning point in the world of Britney. And it became one of the most publicized and talked about performances ever. The show saw a 53% jump in viewership from the year before. Behold the power of Britney – even at her worst she still was iconic.

2.Like a Virgin/Hollywood LIVE at the 2003 VMAs

There has only been one artist who has had the privilege to perform alongside both Michael Jackson and Madonna – Britney Spears. Not only did Britney get the chance to perform with Madonna, but she also KISSED her in what would become one of the most talked about female to female kisses of all time. The media frenzy that erupted after THE KISS was unprecedented. Controversy has always surrounded Britney, but the kiss took her to a whole new level of syndication. Oh yeah, Christina Aguilera was there too, but no one cared and still doesn’t. #SorryChristina

1. I’m a Slave 4 U LIVE at the 2001 VMAs

Despite her controversial 2000 VMA striptease, Britney was still struggling with separating herself with the “good innocent girl next door” image she had built up for herself with her first two albums. However, her 2001 debut performance of her hit song “I’m a Slave 4 U” would do just that. The performance was a perfect representation of everything that makes Britney Spears one of the greatest performers of our time – high energy dance moves, great visuals and sexy costumes. But, perhaps the most iconic and memorable moment of the performance was when Spears strutted across the stage wearing a live yellow boa constrictor named Banana. The image of her singing and dancing across the stage with the snake has been used and redone many times in popular culture since. Behold, the best of Spears with her 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U”.

Countdown to Vegas: One Week Til Britney!

Photo courtesy of RCA Records.

Photo courtesy of RCA Records.

It was just over a year ago that pop queen and Starbucks enthusiast Briney Spears embarked on her Britney: Piece Of Me Las Vegas residency. Since, the show has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike. Now, the show continues to steam on as we countdown the days till we see the show for ourselves for the first time on March 4.

In the days leading up to the show AHA!Pop will be featuring a countdown that will highlight the best moments of the icon’s career.

Join us as we celebrate Britney Spears and her wildly successful career.

The countdown will include her most memorable performances, outfits, publicized moments and more.

The countdown will end with a full review and examination of the show from a first person point of view. Follow site admin Alex on Twitter to keep up to date with everything happening the night of the show.

Let the countdown begin!

It’s Britney, Bitch.

Britney Watch: 3 New Songs Registered on BMI

photo courtesy of BritneySpears.com

On Feb. 14 Britney Spears fan-site BritneyGalaxy.com announced that there has been three new Britney songs registered on BMI.com.

BMI is a webpage that dedicates itself to the archiving of every song ever written, recorded and finalized by artists and musicians across the globe.

More importantly, the site has been known to publish the names of unreleased songs before they are released to the general public for purchase.

These three new songs were added to the official Britney Spears page on Valentine’s Day as an almost gift to the #BritneyArmy.

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1.FATHERS EYES

Writers:

  • Birgisson Arnthor
  • Wroldsen Ina Christine

2. Forgiven

Writers:

  • Shelly Peiken

3.Just Let Me Go

Writers:

  • J.R. Rotem
  • Evan “E. Kidd” Bogart

Spears has worked with these writers before on past projects. An interesting tidbit about “Father’s Eyes” is that it has already been recorded and released by an artist named Ask Embla.

Spears has taken a relatively unknown song and recorded it for herself before. Her 2008 album Circus included the track “Out From Under” which was originally recorded by another artist and then re-recorded by Spears for official release.

The three new registered songs are just the first glimpse into the new era of music that follows Spears’ 2013 effort and certified flop Britney Jean.

Spears said in an interview late last year that she had begun recording for the new album and that she hopes for it to have an “artsy-fartsy” feel to it.

Well, in the meantime, all of us eagerly await to hear the new jams.

Photo in the post is courtesy of BritneySpears.com

Review: Jessie J at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL

Photo taken by author.

Photo taken by author.

British pop singer Jessie J stripped, strutted and sang her heart out to a sold out show in Miami Beach, Fla. Sunday night.

The doors opened for patrons to enter The Fillmore in Miami Beach, Fla. at around 7:30 p.m. where fans found a series of merchandise tables, concession stands and bars dotted in the venues lobby.

In the main room, at about 8:25 p.m. local DJ and Y100 radio personality DJ Mack spun a series of lively tracks that kept audience members amped up for the main event of the night – Jessie J.

Promptly at about 9 p.m. the British songstress stomped her way onto stage with “Ain’t Been Done” – a song off of her latest album SweetTalker.

The crowd erupted into screams and cheers as Jessie strutted herself down a series of steps in a black tank with “Miami” printed on it.

“This is my first time ever performing in Miami,” Jessie told the fans.

The crowd in the crowd sang, danced and waved their hands as the sing moved through the hour long set of songs.

Noticeably subdued from her typical eccentric style, what Jessie J lacked in presentation she made up for in vocal delivery and crowd interaction.

Several times throughout the night she asked fans to sing a song with her.

At one point she even brought up a fan on stage who had won the chance to sing “Personal” on stage.

“The best moments of the show for me was when she sang with the fans,” said one concert goer after the show.

Photo taken by author.

Photo taken by author.

At about half way through the show, Jessie began to sing her Billboard Hot 100 hit “Price Tag” she asked the band to stop playing and to start over.

“I’m a perfectionist and I actually sing live. I want to start over,” Jessie said to the crowd with a laugh.

The redo went off without any interruptions, besides that of the crowd singing along.

The final song of the night was “Bang Bang” – a song that peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

Before the song started Jessie pulled off her top and strutted her way through the song in just her hotpants and bra.

It was the one moment of the show that the singer’s known eccentric wardrobe choices were showcased.

“Thank you, Miami! I hope to see you again soon! Goodnight!” Jessie said with a fist punch to the air.

To buy tickets to Jessie J’s SweetTalker Tour visit Ticketmaster.com or her official web site.

Florence + The Machine Return with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”

Picture courtesy of Florenceandthemachine.net

Picture courtesy of Florenceandthemachine.net

On Feb. 10 British folk band Florence + The Machine released their new music video for “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” the title track off of their new album.

According to the group’s official web page, the album is set for official release later this year in June.

However, fans can get a taste of what the album has in store by giving the title track a listen.

In addition “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” the band also released a music video for the lead single of the album entitled “What Kind of Man”.

Both tracks are sonically what is to be expected from powerhouse front-woman that is Florence Welsh – impressive vocals that are accompanied by loud drums and chimes.

Lyrically speaking, Florence murmurs no more than a few lines in “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”.

However, the lack of lyrics is made up for in “What Kind of Man”.

The two tracks are just the first visual offerings from the group’s new musical venture.

With many confirmed shows coming up within the next few months, it will be interesting to see how this era in the group’s music career will blossom.

Take a listen to the two tracks below:

“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”

“What Kind of Man”

“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is set for release on June 2, 2015.

The Grammys 2015: Who Should Win and Why

Photo courtesy of SamSmithWorld.com

Photo courtesy of SamSmithWorld.com

So, it is that special time of year again. The time of year when all of our favorite pop acts come together and celebrate the year in music and the best of the best are awarded with coveted Grammy.

This past year, the world of pop music has seen some pretty amazing acts.

We saw the birth of Australian raptress Iggy Azalea. We saw the birth of Meghan Trainor and all her bass, hips and lips. We saw Beyonce… oh, did we see Beyonce. And, we can not forget, we saw Country teen dream Taylor Swift morph herself into a 1989 pop phenom. It’s been a great year. But who did 2014 the best? I’m here to break down my picks and why I think they deserve to win. And, if they don’t, it is because the awards are rigged and no one likes to see Beyonce or her dad (who is a voting member of the Grammy council) mad.

** = who I want to win

* = who could possibly win

Best Pop Solo Performance
All Of Me (Live)- John Legend
Chandelier – Sia**
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith*
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Happy (Live) – Pharrell Williams

Past winners of this category include Macy Gray and Christina Aguilera, two powerhouse vocalist. Based on that fact, I’d say Sam Smith is set to win this category. However, I’d love to see “I won’t show my face” queen Sia win an award just because I would love to see if see gives her acceptance speech facing away from the crowd.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX – Fancy**
Coldplay –  A Sky Full of Stars
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera – Say Something*
Jessie ft. Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – Dark Horse

This category is quite lackluster. Due to the fact that “Fancy” reigned supreme in 2014, I’d love to see Iggy win. Plus, she is such a baddie I just want to hear her acceptance speech and hear that glorious Australian accent! And though I do love me so Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” does not hold a candle to “Fancy”. However, the Grammy’s have blinded us before and gone with the less interesting couplings. In this case, A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera. But, if Aguilera won another Grammy that means I lose my six year bet with my mom! THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN!

Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay – Ghoststories
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Katy Perry – Prism
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour**/*

This is an easy one – Sam Smith. And he probably will win. Compared to the other acts in this group, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour trumps over them all vocally. Miley has done way better vocal presentations then anything that can be found on Bangerz and Ariana Grande’s My Everything is really nothing compared to Smith’s effort. And don’t even get me started on Prism.

Record of The Year

Iggy Azalea ft Charlie XCX – Fancy**
Sia – Chandelier
Sam Smith – Stay With Me*
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

Though I do love me some Taylor Swift pop music delights, her latest effort 1989 and all the offerings from it are too new to be considered for “Record of The Year” award in my opinion. Though, Swift is the only artist in the category to really have a large catalog of music behind them. So, I rule outShake It Off”. Again, I would love to see “Fancy” win because I’ve been a huge supporter of miss I G G Y since her Ignorant Art EP. However, the vocal ability and success of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is undeniable. So, he’ll probably be the winner, which I am absolutely okay with.

Album of The Year

Beck – Morning Phase
Beyonce – Beyonce*
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith –  In The Lonely Hour**
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Why is Beyonce’s album nominated? That album, a masterpiece indeed, came out two years ago. We all know it is only nominated this year because her daddy is up in there whipping all that work for his baby girl. In other words: CONFLICT OF INTEREST. I don’t think she’ll win considering she’s up against Sam Smith, but she is Beyonce and Beyonce is a female version of a hustla. I want Sam Smith to win because that album as a whole deserves to be praised and recognized for it’s deep, true and artistic content. However, Beyonce is Beyonce and Beyonce gets what Beyonce wants. Beyonce.

For the full list of nominees click here.

The 2015 Grammys are set to air Sunday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

10 Best Cover Songs

Photo courtesy of Adele.tv

Photo courtesy of Adele.tv

Late last year, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of their top 10 cover songs.

Reading their list inspired me to think about songs that I’ve heard that were actually covers.

Many artists have done them. However, few have really done them well.

The key to a good cover song is taking the original track and changing it to fit the sound of the artist doing the cover.

Otherwise, it just sounds like an attempt to wow a small audience at a karaoke bar.

For those who do it right, a cover song can take on a whole new form and, in some cases, be done better.

Here are my top 10 favorite cover songs that do just that. Enjoy.

10. MØ – Say You’ll Be There

Taking on the task of covering a song as well known as a Spice Girls song is a daunting one. However, M0 (of “Beg For It” fame) does it effortlessly. The song is slowed down a bit and is sonically shifted to a whole new sound. If it weren’t for the familiar catchy lyrics, this song would be unrecognizable. Give it a listen and you’ll hear exactly what I mean.

9. Sleeping at Last – I’m Gonna be (500 Miles)

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was originally recorded by The Proclaimers in 1988. The song reached no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. Sleeping at Last, an indie rock band, covered the song for a Spotify Covers Vol. 1 digital release. This cover changes the feel and the sound of the original song completely. The cover moves the song into a deeper, more serious context where the lyrics take a more somber feel. Take a listen.

8. Ellie Goulding – Your Song

Originally done by Elton John, “Your Song” showcases Ellie Goulding’s soft and whimsical vocals that transforms this song and makes it an instant Ellie classic. The slower, more piano driven cover brings out the fragility of the song’s lyrical context and hits you right.in.the.feels. “Your Song” is a perfect representation of an artist taking a song and making it their own.

PS: Goulding’s version of the song saw more worldwide success than it’s original form.

7. DJ Sammy – Heaven

In 1987, Bryan Adams’ original version of this song hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In 2001, a Spanish DJ named DJ Sammy released a dance infused cover of the song and the song re-entered the Billboard  Hot 100 chart peaking at No. 8. The new version of the song is completely different from the original. Heavy beats, electro-pulses and a female lead vocal transformed this song from a soft sweet ballad to a club banger that you can still hear being played in a club on the weekends. DJ Sammy completely changed the sound of this song and it has been embraced by millions of people across the world. Enjoy.

6. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie

Mark Ronson feat the late Amy Winehouse… there is no explanation needed. Enjoy.

5. Florence of the Machine – You’ve Got The Love

Originally sung by Candi Staton in 1986, but then popularized by The Source’s cover of it in 1991, “You’ve Got The Love” is a song that rose into prominence because it was a cover. The song was then redone in 2009 by English alternative rock group Florence + The Machine. The song, though not too far off from the original sound, still takes on the mask of Florence Welsh. With her vocals and charismatic performance of the song, the group makes the track their own. It became one of their bigger hits peaking at No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart in 2009. Take a listen. (Go Gingers!)

4. Birdy – Skinny Love

Indie folk artist Bon Iver’s 2007 debut “Skinny Love” saw little success, but it was part of an impressive set on his debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago. It was not until 4 years later, when English musician Birdy covered the song did the song rise to prominence. The two songs are sonically completely different. It is no doubt that Birdy one-upped Iver on the song. Her version adds so much to the song it is undeniable. Take a listen to the original track here and then have your mind blown by Birdy’s unbelievable remake below.

3. Cascada – Everytime We Touch

The original version of this song was written and sung by Maggie Reilly in 1992. A forgettable song of the time would be propelled into prominence over 10 years later when dance group Cascada covered the song on their debut album Everytime We Touch. Released in 2005, Cascada’s version propelled the group into worldwide success with the song reaching the Top 10 in several different countries. The song even peaked at No. 1 on the US Dance Songs Chart. Personally, this is one of my favorite songs ever. Plus, it makes for some pretty intense cardio workouts! Take a listen and enjoy this song like it is 2005 all over again.

2. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

One of the most iconic and well known cover songs of our time comes from the late Whitney Houston. It was originally done by country queen Dolly Parton. Parton’s version saw much success in the world of country music. However, the song was ushered into worldwide success when Houston covered the song in 1992 for The Bodyguard soundtrack, a movie she starred in alongside Kevin Costner. Since, the song has been celebrated for decades following the song. Even after Houston’s untimely death, the song still remains just as iconic as she was.

1. Adele – Make You Feel My Love

IN 1997 Bob Dylan released the original version of this song to which in saw much success. However, it would be just over a decade later that British songstress Adele would redo the song and popularized the tune with a whole new generation of listeners. The two songs are completely different sounding, but Adele’s version wins. Adele’s anything wins, to be honest. Adele’s version even peaked at No. 1 on the UK Indie Pop Chart. Take a listen and hear why Adele’s version of this song is not only a No.1 song, but also my No.1 favorite cover song.

By literallyalex

Living For Love: Madonna is back.

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Like a bitch out of war…

Like a bat out of hell…

Like a fish out of water…

Madonna is back with the first single off of her latest and recently leaked album, Rebel Heart.

“Living For Love” is a perfect reminder to all who question Madge’s relevancy and potential that she is and forever will be the Queen of Pop.

And, as Nicki Minaj once said, there’s only one queen and that’s Madonna, bitchhhhh!

“Living For Love” is a song about moving on from a bad break up (we can all relate).

“I’m living for love, living for love. I’m not giving up. I’m gonna carry on…!

Originally debuting on popular social app SnapChat, the video is a glorious representation of not only the message of the song, but of Madonna’s showmanship as a whole.

Take a look for yourself and behold the greatness that has and always will be Madonna.

The photo featured in this post is courtesy of Madonna.com

Katy Perry and The Great Super Bowl 49 Halftime Show

Before I begin this post I would like to say one thing to all of my 10’s of readers.

Welcome.

We are now living in what is the world after the Katy Perry halftime show.

Welcome.

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Photo courtesy of Reuters. Taken by Lucy Nicholson

On Sunday night, a recording breaking 114.4 million people tuned in to Super 49, according to a NBC Nielsen Scan report.

The viewership surged to 118 million during the “Wide Awake” singer’s show that included cameos from a fresh-faced Lenny Kravitz and an energized Missy Elliot.

Perry’s set showcased exactly what we all love about the “California Girl” – catchy music, a vibrant electrical stage presentation and an undeniable stage presence that left the University of Phoenix Stadium cheering.

Katy’s set opened up with the lead single of her latest album Prism – “Roar“.

“Super bowl are you ready to roar!?”

Perry shouted a top of a ginormous mechanical metallic tiger that was maneuvered across the field by an entourage of people disguised in black body suits (but it looked so real).

Wearing a flame-inspired costume, Perry belted out the Billboard Hot 100 no.1 hit that finished with a massive, well, roar.

Just as soon as the song ended, the stadium transformed from a lion’s den in to an electrical chess board.

Blue colors and lights pulsated throughout the arena as Perry’s dancers, dressed as chess game pieces, began undulating their bodies to “Dark Horse” – the songstress’ latest song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Paired with tight, but minimal, choreography, Perry moves through the song skillfully.

Relying on the back track to deliver most of the song’s lyrical content, Perry let out “oh’s” and “ah’s” for the song and at points, showed her fans that no one can do Katy Perry background vocals better than herself.

It is at this point in the set that Perry is joined by her first guest star of the night – a guitar wielding Lenny Kravitz.

Dropping to her knees and whipping her pony tail several times, Perry was accompanied by Kravitz to sing “I Kissed A Girl” – Perry’s first single to reach no. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2008.

Next, another stage change and a first costume change brought Perry back onto the main platform where she performed a medley of her hits “Teenage Dream” and “California Girls“.

Dressed in a beach-ball themed dress, Perry turned her mic outward to the arena during California Girls and asked the crowd to sing the lyrics.

It was obvious at this point that the arena had been transformed from football fans to “KatyCats” because the response to her music was so unanimous and loud it was as if every single person in the arena knew the lyrics verbatim.

Dancing surfboards, palm trees, beach balls and sharks (left shark slays) all gyrated on stage alongside perry for the beach-side set.

Perry blew through a large portion of her music catalog at this point in the show. So, what does she do? Brings out another artist to sing their songs with – namely Missy Elliot.

Wearing an over-sized “Katy Perry 49” jacket, Perry joined Elliot for renditions of Elliot’s hits “Get Your Freak On” and “Work It“.

Perry’s minimal dancing disappeared to virtually nothing as she swung her arms and dropped her body a few times throughout the set.

However, whatever dance presentation Perry lacked, it was impressively made up for by Elliot and her group of robo-cop dressed dancers.

Like a scene out of a tron video game, Elliot continued on to “Lose Control” while Perry fled off screen.

Delivering rap lyrics atop of the infectious beat of the 2005 dance anthem, Elliot was a moment to be remembered from the entire show.

Flashing her bright smile, Elliot waved to the applauding audience members as the camera moved to another platform.

It was here that Perry began to sing arguably the biggest hit of her career – “Firework“.

Wearing a silver star sequined dress (yes, another costume change), Perry was attached to a floating star.

As she sang the song, her vocals were some of the most impressive live efforts observed by fans from her for quite sometime.

As Perry reached the chorus of the Billboard Hot 100 no. hit, she was lifted across the arena on shooting star as fireworks exploded all around the arena.

It was a spectacle.

“Thank you Super Bowl and God Bless America!”

The powerhouse shouted as the halftime show, that would rival that of Madonna and Beyonce of former years, came to a glittery end.

Watch the full show here and enjoy.

Katy Perry’s Prism was released on October 16th, 2013.