It has been an eventful past few weeks for the music business. In case you missed it, here are a few headlines to keep up to date.
Ready for a blast from the recent past? Pop punk band Fall Out Boy famous for hits like “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and “Sugar We’re Going Down” announced last Monday morning that they would be ending their three year hiatus.
A single was debuted as well, called “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” that reached the top ten iTunes top singles just hours after the announcement. The band will release a fifth studio album (Save Rock and Roll) on May 6 and will tour nationwide this spring.
On Feb. 17, the 55th annual Grammy Awards aired with surprises across the board.
Taylor Swift wasted no time digging at ex- boyfriends when she performed “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Swift seemed to have mocked recent ex Harry Styles of OneDirection in the speaking section of her song by saying, “So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you (in a British accent),’ and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m busy opening up the Grammys.” Come on, Taylor! The 23-year-old is known for dissing exes in songs, not in public.
John Mayer and Katy Perry seem to be getting pretty cozy. The two were seen looking absolutely smitten with each other during a pre-Grammy party Feb. 16.
Perry had ditched Mayer as her date for the awards in favor of bringing “Girls” star Allison Williams, but the couple appears to still be going strong and are rumored to be moving in together.
In news that isn’t surprising at all, Chris Brown is still a jerk. Frank Ocean received a standing ovation after beating out Brown for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but Brown didn’t participate.
Just two weeks earlier, the two had a brawl over a parking lot space requiring police involvement. Brown may have been bitter, because no one cheered when his name was announced for the category, but he could have been civil for appearances. Ocean also won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Mumford and Sons’ “Babel” won Album of the Year, despite The Black Keys predicted win.
fun., beat Frank Ocean for Best New Artist. Performances included an “Alice in Wonderland” influenced opening from Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake’s new song “Suit & Tie” broadcast in old school sepia tone.
With some interesting collaborations, Rihanna and the extended Marley family paid tribute to Bob Marley, Bruno Mars and Sting performed together, and Elton John and Ed Sheeran sang “The A Team.” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” took Record of the Year proving that even without radio play, that song will never really go away.
While the Grammy’s created some extra buzz amongst the music world, don’t fret! We can expect much from the next few weeks as the Bonnaroo lineup and these new albums finally drop.
iTunes top singles seem to be influenced by the Grammy’s, with “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers at No. 1 followed by Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” ft. Jay-Z at No. 2. Directly following at No. 3 is “Thrift Shop” ft. Wanz by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons, and “Stay” ft. Mikky Ekko by Rihanna.
The No. 1 album on iTunes is “20/20 Experience” by Justin Timberlake, which will not be released until March 19. Talk about early anticipation. Lady Gaga is rumored to have an album out this spring as well.