Sam Smith was named Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist and Calvin Harris Best EDM artist.
In addition to awards, the AMA show was chock-full of performances. Iggy Azalea took the stage twice: first with Charli XCX for a verse of "Fancy" which gave way into "Beg For It;" and secondly for her duet with Jennifer Lopez on "Booty." Ariana Grande did a jazzy version of "Problem" and "Break Free" accompanied by piano before breaking into "Love Me Harder" as a duet with The Weeknd. Lil Wayne was on the scene to rap with Christina Milian on his brand new single, "Start A Fire." And decked out in flashy gold outfits, Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj belted out a lively, crowd-pleasing version of "Bang Bang."
Atlantic Records has named Shawn Barron to VP/Urban A&R. Barron is based in the company’s Burbank office. Shawn Barron started at Atlantic Records five years ago as Urban A&R Manager. During his time here he has signed and worked with such artists as Diggy Simmons and Ty Dolla $ign, whose most recent Beach House EP has spawned two gold singles “Paranoid” and “Or Nah”. Barron has also helped out on releases from Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B. and Trey Songz among others. Next up is Ty Dolla $ign’s debut album which will be out early next year along with music from Barron’s new signing, singer/songwriter PJ, who will release an EP in ’15 as well.
iHeartMedia St. Louis launch a new radio station, 100.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B. 100.3 The Beat will be the home for throwback Hip Hop from artist like Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Tupac as well as Jodeci, Aaliyah and R. Kelly. "The all new 100.3 The Beat will bring back the fun times of an older hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear," said Beth Davis, Regional Market President, iHeartMedia St. Louis. "I'm confident 100.3 The Beat listeners will remember where they were, who they were hanging out with and how they were feeling with every song we play." Fans can listen to 100.3 The Beat, via the station's website www.1003thebeat.com as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app.
SiriusXM announced today that global music superstar Pitbull will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners and fans for the SiriusXM "Town Hall" series on Monday, November 24, the day his highly anticipated album, Globalization, goes on sale. Moderated by SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up hosts Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson, "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Pitbull" will air live on Monday, November 24 at 7:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Hits 1 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
In an interview with Miami New Times, U.K. singer/songwriter James Blake says he's "seventy percent done" with his third album and that the record should be out in about five months. He also said that if time allows, he would like to include a collaboration with Kanye West. "I have a lot of respect for [Kanye], for what he has been releasing for years," Blake explained. "We haven't done a great deal of work in the same room yet, but we've done a few things, kind of helped each other with our own music. In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done. I know that there's a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic."
Drake has announced his first-ever headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand. The Canadian rapper will bring along 2 Chainz for the trek, which will kick off in Auckland, New Zealand on February 23 and then go west for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The rappers are already confirmed to play the five-date Future Music Festival, which begins February 28 in Sydney.