Swift Money: Taylor Swift tops Billboards Money Makers list for 2014

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Taylor Swift captures top spot on Billboard’s 2014 Money Makers list

Billboard has announced their annual Money Makers list and this year Taylor Swift took it to the bank with a $39 million outing. No surprise there with the meteoric success of her newest studio album, “Red,” and the fact that she earned an estimated $30M for six months worth of touring. Check out who took the other top spots.

10. Fleetwood Mac — The classic rock band pulled in an estimated $19 million with the release of their first new content in over ten years and a tour which earned the group a whopping $17M over just 34 shows.

9. Pink — With an album (“The Truth About Love”) which helped the singer earn over 8M digital downloads and an international tour that raked in more than $15M in the US leg alone, Pink is sitting pretty in 2014 with a $20 million price tag.

8. Luke Bryan — $22 million is certainly nothing to sneeze at! With more than 2.7M album sales, 7.6M digital downloads, a tour that brought in over $15M, and winning the 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year award, Bryan had a banner year.

7. Maroon 5 — Last year’s impressive comeback by the L.A.-based alternative band with multiple sold-out live performances was impressive enough. Earning $22 million, having four singles make it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and selling more than 7M digital downloads makes it pretty damn amazing.

6. Beyonce — Yeah, like anyone didn’t think she would make the list. With the release of a  surprise self-titled album which has sold more than 1.3M copies since December and a lengthy world tour that alone has earned the singer an estimated $19M, it’s no shock that Queen Bey is in the top ten. A strong outing at $24 million.

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Perfect Harmony: Music and movies unite at 2014 Academy Awards

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Though music isn’t the primary artform honored at the Academy Awards, it is the perfect compliment to theatrical performance. Without the simplistic, yet spine-tingling theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Myers would have been almost laughable walking around in a white-washed Captain Kirk mask. Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic is just as memorable as the movie itself. On a night filled with great moments and performances, the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony thrust music into the spotlight… where it belongs. Check out some our our favorite performances below.

Pharrell Williams (and his hat) spread the joy with audience members and a full dance troop as he performed his hit song “Happy” from Universal Pictures Despicable Me 2.

U2‘s stirring rendition of “Ordinary Love” wasn’t just simply the performance of a song from a movie soundtrack (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), it was a fitting tribute to a man who completely embodied the spirit of peace and forgiveness.

Karen O and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig changed things up a bit. No glitz. No glamour. Just a beautifully simplistic performance of “The Moon Song,” the main theme from the Spike Jonze film Her.

In yet another tribute moment, Pink dawned a ruby-red gown and gave an emotional performance of Judy Garland‘s beloved classic, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

What were some of your favorite moments, music or otherwise? Let us know in the comments below.

2014 People’s Choice Awards: And the winners are…

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January 8th marked the 40th anniversary of the People’s Choice Awards and what a night it was! Many forms of media and entertainment are honored on this night, but we, of course, want to draw special attention to the music industry aspect. Lots of categories and lots of winners so let’s get started!

One of the biggest winners of the night was Mr. Justin Timberlake. The triple-threat earned three wins in three separate categories — Favorite Album (The 20/20 Experience)Favorite R&B Artist, and Favorite Male Artist.

Katy Perry also earned a lion’s share of awards, doubling up with wins for Favorite Music Video (Roarand Favorite Song (Roar).

Successful comebacks are few and far between, but don’t tell that to the members of Fall Out Boy. Reuniting in 2013 after an extended “hiatus,” the 2000’s punk-pop icons released a new album (Save Rock and Roll) and earned the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Alternative Band.

Since their formation in 2010, One Direction has been headed in only… well, one direction; up! Continuing their gangbusters-like journey, the British boy band kicked off 2014 with a win in the Favorite Band category, beating out the likes of Maroon 5 and Paramore.

Social media is heralding the resurgence of the independent artist and, in my opinion, it’s a beautiful thing. One duo of said independents is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They’ve been blowing up the charts and now they start the new year with a huge win, garnering the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist in a category that included industry giants Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

There’s almost nothing more to say about Taylor Swift that hasn’t already been said in a blog, news story, or the diary of every 13 year-old girl who dreams of being a singer/song-wirter. I mean, did anyone doubt that she would win this year’s award for Favorite Country Artist? If you did I would strongly advise against taking any trips to Vegas anytime soon.

Ever feel like you’ve accidentally stepped into a time machine? I don’t remember driving off in a DeLorean this morning, but it sure feels like the early 2000’s with artists like Justin Timberlake and Fall Out Boy taking home the honors at this year’s PCA’s. Now, adding to the deja vu, we present the winner of this year’s Favorite Pop Artist award, Britney Spears! After break-downs and some much needed time off she has definitely worked her way back to the top of the pop world.

You know you’re off to a great new year when you edge out artists like Pink, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears. That’s exactly what Demi Lovato did to win this year’s award for Favorite Female Artist.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

KaraokeOnVEVO Unwraps the Top-10 Karaoke Videos of 2013

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Before we begin counting down the hits (*Casey Kasem’s voice ringing in my head*), I just want to say that we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. And as we begin wrapping up 2013 and moving inexorably toward 2014 we wish you all the happiest of new years!

Earlier this month, Youtube’s KaraokeOnVEVO channel -with content provided solely by DigiTrax Entertainment- released its list of the top-10 karaoke videos of 2013. The story has even been picked up by the Huffington Post and Time Magazine so we’re not talking small potatoes here, folks!

Now, just for you, our loyal readers, we give you the complete rundown. We start with…

#5 – Everything Has Changed (ITSO Taylor Swift ftg. Ed Sheeran): Pretty much anything Taylor Swift touches turns to gold. This duet, the 6th single released from Taylor’s 2012 studio album, Red, received critical acclaim from multiple sources including Billboard and About.com. The song peaked at #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and took the #8 spot on the US Adult Top 40.

#4 – Counting Stars (ITSO One Republic): Formed in 2003, the American pop rock band One Republic is no stranger to success with their most popular song, Apologize, topping the charts in sixteen different countries including an 8-week stint at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. Counting Stars is their most successful single since that mega-hit as the song took the #3 spot on the Hot 100 and soared to #1 on several other charts both domestically and internationally.

#3 – Love On Top (ITSO Beyoncé): Let’s face it, pretty much everybody loves Beyoncé. She’s talented, beautiful, hot as hell, and the girl can move! “Love on Top” hit the ground running with its debut at #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (Beyoncé’s 2nd highest debut) and dominated the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #1 for seven consecutive weeks. The song also won the singer her 17th Grammy Award with “Best Traditional R&B Performance.”

#2 – Listen (ITSO Beyoncé): Surprise, surprise! Beyoncé again?! No waaayy… Yes way! Wow. Anyone else having Wayne’s World flashbacks? The former front-woman of Destiny’s Child dances her way onto our list again with her hit Listen from the 2006 musical Dreamgirls. The song debuted on the soundtrack album “Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture” and was released by Columbia House as the lead single from that album.

#1 – Just Give Me A Reason (ITSO Pink ftg. Nate Ruess): Garnering two 2012 Grammy nominations (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Song of the Year), Pink‘s Just Give Me A Reason, performed with fun.‘s lead singer Nate Ruess, blew up the charts worldwide! Released as the third single from Pink’s 6th studio album, The Truth About Love, the song dominated at #1 in 20 different countries including the US, Canada, and Australia and sold more than 4 million digital downloads in the US alone.

Rounding out the list were:

If you haven’t yet taken your shot at singing these awesome hits we invite you to take a little time and do it now. These and thousands of other hot tracks are available to you anytime on KaraokeOnVEVO and you can access our full library of over 12,000 songs with Karaoke Cloud!