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Brit Awards 2014: Lorde, One Direction among winners at U.K. show

David Bowie stole the show at Wednesday’s Brit music awards without even showing up, while Arctic Monkeys took home two big trophies at British music’s leading prize night.

The 67-year-old Bowie, who is enjoying a renaissance with his first album in a decade, “The Next Day,” was named British male artist of the year. The trophy was accepted by supermodel Kate Moss. She was sent, presenter Noel Gallagher joked, as New York-based Bowie’s “representative on Earth.”

Moss wore one of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust outfits from the 1970s as she read out an enigmatic speech from the musician. Bowie quoted a Japanese myth and declared himself “completely delighted” to be named best male — “But I am, aren’t I, Kate?” The speech ended with an appeal to Scots not to vote for independence in a referendum later this year: “Scotland, please stay with us.”

The evening’s biggest winner was rough-edged northern English rock band Arctic Monkeys, who won album of the year for “AM” and were named best British group for a third time. “There’s the 15 quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain,” lead singer Alex Turner quipped.

The band was one of the few winners not to dutifully thank their label and management.

“Rock ‘n’ roll,” Turner said, accepting the album prize. “It seems like it has faded away sometimes, but it will never die.”

Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers, Arctic Monkeys, and Beyonce were among the performers during the flashy Brits ceremony at London’s O2 arena. Music legend Prince — who is in the midst of a string of British dates — showed up with his band 3RDEYEGIRL to present the award for best British female artist to singer Ellie Goulding. READ FULL STORY

Brit Awards 2014: Watch live here! -- VIDEO

UPDATE: The stream is now live.

The Brit Awards are just moments away from kicking off at London’s famed O2 arena, and for the first time, you’ll be able to stream the U.K.’s annual pop music awards on YouTube and also help pick one of this year’s winners through social media.

At 3 p.m. ET, the show starts here: READ FULL STORY

Charts: Bruno Mars gets a Super Bowl boost, Pharrell keeps getting 'Happy'-er

As it turns out, being on the most-watched television broadcast in history is good for business.

Bruno Mars, who provided the only semblance of entertainment during a lopsided Super Bowl 10 days ago, found himself back in the upper echelon of the Billboard album chart for the second straight week when his second album Unorthodox Jukebox made the jump to number three this week (last week, it sat at no. 7). The album, which was released back in December 2012, moved 81,000 units in the week following the Super Bowl, an 82 percent increase over the previous week’s total.

It wasn’t quite enough, though, to put Mars at the top of the chart this week. That spot belongs to Now That’s What I Call Music! 49, which sold 98,000 copies in its opening week. The seemingly indestructible compilation series has been providing listeners with 10-month-old hit songs since its debut in 1998 — this iteration provides hitherto unavailable access to Lorde’s “Royals,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” and Imagine Dragons’ “Demons.” Now bumps the soundtrack to Frozen out of the top spot, where it had sat for two weeks. The Disney monster still sold 88,000 copies and is on its way to crossing the one million-sold mark next week.

But back to Bruno: Even more impressive than the bump for his Unorthodox Jukebox was the one received by his first album, Doo Wops & Hooligans, which nearly made its way back to the top 10 with 26,000 copies sold. That’s not bad for an album from 2010, though Mars shouldn’t necessarily crown himself king of everything just yet: Of the 112 million viewers who took in Mars’ halftime performance, that means less than one percent of those people turned around and bought an album. Wouldn’t you think the strike rate would be better than that, even considering the two million copies of Unorthodox Jukebox already in circulation?

Perhaps Mars should just get himself nominated for an Academy Award. Though Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is once again the top song on the Billboard Hot 100, the big surprise this week is the surge of Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated track “Happy,” which jumped from number eight to number two this week. Could Williams’ dramatic increases in airplay and digital sales possibly send him to the top of the Hot 100 next week, and out-race Perry’s “Horse”?

Red Hot Chili Peppers mimed Super Bowl song, Flea admits

The Red Hot Chili Peppers decided long ago they were never going to mime a live performance. The band made an exception for the NFL, it turns out.

The group’s bassist, Flea, said in a letter to fans posted on the group’s website Tuesday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members pretended to play along to a pre-taped track of “Give It Away” during the Super Bowl halftime show as Anthony Kiedis sang live. The request came from NFL officials who felt it was too difficult to pull off a completely live performance because of potential sound issues.

The admission came after observers noted Flea and his bandmates weren’t plugged in while performing Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Flea wrote on the band’s website that the opportunity was too big for the lifelong football fans to turn down. After internal debate, checking with fellow musicians and consulting with headliner Bruno Mars, they decided it was “a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.”

The 51-year-old said the group prerecorded a unique instrumental track for the show. He didn’t directly address whether Mars also recorded instrumental tracks for his appearance, though he said Mars was aware they did. A publicist for Mars did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

A record 115 million people tuned into watch Mars and the Peppers, besting audiences of 114 million for Madonna and 110 million for Beyonce.

If the Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't plugged in during the Super Bowl, does it matter?

Sunday night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was reasonably entertaining, if unremarkable. Still, that didn’t stop it from being the most watched halftime show in history, beating out the numbers for more memorable performances by Madonna and Beyoncé.

Inevitably, close watchers of the broadcast noticed that neither Flea’s bass nor Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar appeared to be plugged in to anything. It was first pointed out by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, who tweeted “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING” during the show. Photo evidence seemed to back him up, and though there was a stirring online debate about whether or not the Peppers could have been using wireless transmitters, Reid set the world straight. “There were NO wireless packs,” he tweeted. “Which would be a nightmare given the huge amount of wireless channels. They leave NOTHING to chance.”

His last point is the most pertinent: For a show in an outdoor stadium that size, and with so little time to turn everything around, prerecording in those settings has been the norm for decades. Vocals are a little easier to deal with, but it’s near-impossible to wrangle multiple instruments thanks to delay and echo-related complications. (People were also pointing out that Mars’ horn section wasn’t actually making noise either.) And it’s not like a completely different group of musicians recorded “Give It Away” for the Chili Peppers—in these situations, they usually record a version live to perform to.

Not that there’s been much outrage over the revelation that Flea was playing air bass. Remember when Beyoncé lip-synced “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody lost their minds? READ FULL STORY

Bruno Mars shimmies and slides through Super Bowl halftime set -- VIDEO

With nary a middle finger or nipple shield in sight, pop star Bruno Mars took the Super Bowl halftime stage tonight with a polished, shiny set oddly interrupted for a moment by shirtless 50-year-olds. Donning his signature suit (tonight was metallic gold) and skinny tie — but no fedora, dammit – flanked by a pack of identically adorned band members, Bruno and his crew aptly struck a very “Jersey Boys” look through their five-song halftime set at MetLife Stadium.

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Bruno Mars is Billboard's Artist of the Year

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First he gets that Super Bowl slot, now this: Bruno Mars has been named Billboard’s Artist of the Year, beating out Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and other pop stars who grabbed headlines in 2013.

Apparently, the charts mattered more than media attention this year. Mars came in at No. 1 on eight of Billboard’s year-end lists, including “Hot 100 Artists,” “Top Overall Artists,” “Hot 100 Singles Airplay,” “Hot Digital Songs,” “Mainstream Top 40″ and “Pop Digital Songs” with tracks from his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox, which includes hits “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure,” and “When I Was Your Man.”  

“Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” Billboard admits in its year-end issue. “But as if on a stealth mission, the adventurous Unorthodox Jukebox commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December.” After that, the piece notes, the album hung onto the top 20 every week through Sept. 14, landing at No. 1 in its 12th week. It has sold 1.8 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Mars’ Moonshine Jungle world tour also ranked in the Top 25 tours of the year. He’ll be back on the road on Feb. 28, though the tour stops are still yet to be announced.

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Bruno Mars drops 'Gorilla' video: Watch it here

Strippers, sweat, and subtitles: Bruno Mars is getting real.

The new video for “Gorilla,” Mars’ fourth Unorthodox Jukebox single, is set in a seedy tequila-soaked strip joint and features Slumdog Millionaire actress Frieda Pinto getting in down-and-dirty mode; she pole dances, licks guitars, and gets skintimate with Mars in the back of a car. Luis Guzman is there, too, to officiate.

Watch it below, via Facebook:

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Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake shine at iHeartRadio festival

There’s a reason why Bruno Mars is set to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.

The pop crooner was in perfect form at the iHeartRadio music festival Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He wowed with his slick moves and energetic vibe.

Justin Timberlake was also a fan favorite. The pop star closed the five-hour plus concert, singing hits like “Mirror” and “SexyBack.” Paul McCartney kicked off the show, playing a bunch of new songs from his upcoming album. And R&B singer Miguel and rapper Drake also earned cheers. READ FULL STORY

Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl: Why choosing him makes good (business) sense

There are still nearly four months left in 2013, but we already know what the most-watched musical performance of next year is going to be.

Over the weekend, the NFL announced that the next Super Bowl Halftime Show performer will be Bruno Mars. He’ll take the stage midway through football’s championship game on February 2 inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (home to both the New York Giants and the undefeated New York Jets).

There are a number of names that were tossed out as alternatives to Mars, the most popular being Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Jay Z. But there are compelling reasons for all three of those to be avoided, if they were even considered: Springsteen did the halftime show too recently (remember when he crushed that camera with his crotch?), Bon Jovi seems to be in flux (who knows if the Richie Sambora situation will be resolved by February), and Jay Z is way too polarizing for an event of this size and scale (even with his nods to big business, he remains too risky a figure for this stage as far as the check writers are concerned).

Really, Mars is the biggest pop star to never have done the halftime show, save for maybe Taylor Swift (who seems like a lock to do this show some day). And his resumé is chock full of qualifications for one of music’s biggest gigs: He has two chart-topping albums, five Hot 100 number ones, has shifted over 115 million singles, and has already performed on the Grammys, the VMAs, and Saturday Night Live. He’s a bona fide superstar, and yet the overwhelming reaction to the announcement that he got the gig has been negative: He’s not a representative of New Jersey (or New York), he’s simultaneously too young and too old; he’s too short.

But really, the selection of Mars should not be surprising to anybody. The Super Bowl is, primarily, a massive business opportunity for advertisers, media outlets, corporate sponsors, and the NFL itself, and Mars represents a shrewd business solution: He’s famous and an excellent live performer, but most importantly, he sounds like someone your mom would like.

That last piece of criteria is the most important: Since the Super Bowl is the most-watched television event of the year (and many broadcasts have become the most-watched television event of all time, at the time), programmers have to assume that there are people watching who don’t normally watch football and don’t pay close attention to music.

That’s why the game itself is weighed down with non-sports-related tie-ins, why the commercials have been built into the entertainment, and why the halftime music tends to skew towards the broadest selections.  READ FULL STORY

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