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Thanks to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," Super-Producer Max Martin Moves Up in Record Books

By Andrea Dresdale

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” is the singer’s second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But it’s the 18th number one hit for her collaborator, super-producer Max Martin, and that means he’s moved up in the record books.

According to Billboard, there are now only two songwriters in history who’ve written more #1 hits than Max Martin, and they were both in The Beatles. Paul McCartney‘s tops, with 32 number ones, and the late John Lennon is second, with 26 chart-toppers. Martin used to be in a tie with Mariah Carey with 17, but “Shake It Off” has now moved him up.

Not sure what other #1 hits Max Martin has written? Here’s a refresher, thanks to Billboard:

Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time,” 1999
‘N Sync, “It’s Gonna Be Me,” 2000
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl,” 2008
Pink, “So What,” 2008
Kelly Clarkson, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” 2009
Britney Spears, “3,” 2009
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls,” 2010
Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream,” 2010
Pink, “Raise Your Glass,” 2010
Britney Spears, “Hold It Against Me,” 2011
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.,” 2011
Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” 2011
Katy Perry, “Part of Me,” 2012
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Jason Mraz Wants to Three Years?

By Andrea Dresdale

Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz‘s life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he’s on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide. That’s why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he’s planning on hanging up his guitar.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who’s 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called “#Retiredat40.” If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then “check out for a while.”

“I’m just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes,” Jason tells the paper.

So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this? According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child — he didn’t mention with whom. He wouldn’t necessarily stop making music, either. According to the Times, for every album he’s released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he …read more

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25 Years Later, Richard Marx Recalls How He Tried to Give Away His Biggest Hit

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Deborah AndersonTwenty-five years ago this week, Richard Marx‘s hit “Right Here Waiting” was spending its third week at the top of the Billboard chart. While the song, from his album Repeat Offender, wasn’t his first number one — it was his third consecutive chart-topper, in fact — but it is the biggest and best-selling hit of his career. Pretty ironic, considering it’s a song he initially had no interest in cutting in the first place.

“I’m so honored that that song has taken on a sort of iconic life that it has,” Richard tells ABC News Radio. “I didn’t even want to record it. I tried to give it away. I tried to give it to Barbra Streisand.”

However, Streisand rejected the song, and Richard remembers exactly what the diva told him when she turned it down.

“‘I’m not gonna be right here waiting for anybody!’” is what Richard says Streisand told him. “Which is classic. We joke about it to this day. And she said, ‘I still wouldn’t record that song. I don’t care how big how it was. I’m not right here waiting for ANYBODY.’ And I love that …read more

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ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week

By Music News Group

Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of “Waterloo,” the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars. While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn’t happened, wax replicas of the band’s four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET. The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum’s artists on the figures’ look and outfits. The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA’s 1975 “SOS” video — an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues. More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!‘s have taken place at the Broadhurst …read more

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Who's the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star? Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it’s….Mariah Carey.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists’ careers have lasted, and created what it calls the “The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom.” The artist with the most points — based on career length and string of hits — was Mariah. She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna.

Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.

Visit to see where your favorite artist — from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift — comes in on Time’s chart.

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Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.

The group will appear on NBC’s Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day. On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they’ll appear on the semi-finals results show of America’s Got Talent, performing their latest hit “Maps.”

The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they’ll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet. So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.

Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V. It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane. The whole thing is set to a spacey version of “Maps.”

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Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" Is the Perfect Song for Kids About to Tackle "The Real World"

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Lou RoccoIt’s the time of the year when recent high-school graduates head off to college for the first time, and according to Paramore front woman Hayley Williams, the band’s latest hit “Ain’t It Fun” should be on their required listening list.

The song by the Nashville-based rock/pop group is about getting a big dose of reality and suddenly having to make your own way –as the lyrics say, “So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you?/Ain’t it fun/living in the real world?” Hayley wrote it about being on her own for the first time when she moved to L.A. to record the band’s latest album, but its sentiment is something new college freshmen can definitely relate to.

“I feel like the message is sarcastic but also inspiring enough for younger people who might be getting into the world for the first time on their own,” Hayley explains. “I know it really helped me through a transitional phase in my life, so maybe it’s also connecting with younger people in that way too.”

The song has been connecting with a lot of people in a big way, in …read more

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Taylor Swift: "Selling Millions of Records Doesn't Make Me Feel Cool"

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua Taylor Swift‘s new #1 hit “Shake It Off” is an invitation to do your own thing and not worry about fitting in or looking cool. Easier said then done, right? Well, as Taylor explains in a newly released outtake from the song’s video, even she doesn’t feel cool, and she’s a massive superstar.

“A lot of people who I think will relate to the song are people who are dealing with not ever really feeling cool with themselves because other people make them feel like they don’t fit in,” Taylor says. “When, one thing I’ve learned in this whole process is, you can get everything you want in life without ever feeling like you fit in.”

“Like, selling millions of records doesn’t make me feel cool,” she insists. “It makes me feel proud, and like I have a lot of people on my side and I worked really hard, but I don’t think it’s the most important thing in life to fit in.”

OK, Taylor, so what is the most important thing in life?

“To dance to the beat of your own drum,” she says. “And to …read more

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Bruno Mars & Beyonce In, Lady Gaga & U2 Out in Poll of America's Top-10 Favorite Musicians

By Andrea Dresdale

John Paul Filo/CBSWhen it comes to music, Americans apparently prefer an English accent. A new unscientific Harris poll reveals The Beatles are America’s favorite musician or band.

The online poll of over 2300 Americans found that the Fab Four are #1 on the list, followed by the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Beyonce,who wasn’t even on the list the last time the poll was conducted back in 2010, places third this time around. Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are also new to the list, debuting at #4, while country icon George Strait is #5.

Yet another newcomer to the list: Bruno Mars, who debuts at #6. Rounding out the top 10 are four artists who all tied for the #7 spot: Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Garth Brooks, and Celine Dion. Only Celine was on the list in 2010.

Whose fortunes have fallen? Artist who were in the top 10 in 2010 but failed to make the list this year include Lady Gaga, U2, the late Frank Sinatra, and country stars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Alan Jackson.

Breaking down the poll demographically, we find more men cited The Beatles as their …read more

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Colbie Caillat Unveils Track List for "Gypsy Heart"

By Andrea Dresdale

Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has revealed the full track list for her new album Gypsy Heart, but it’s a bit anticlimactic, since we already knew about five of the 12 songs.

The list shows that the first five tracks on the album are the songs included on her EP Gypsy Heart — Side A, which she released in early June. In addition to her current single “Try,” there’s “Live It Up,” “Blaze,” “If You Love Me Let Me Go” and “Never Gonna Let You Down.”

The rest of the album’s songs are as follows:

“Land Called Far Away”
“Nice Guys”
“Just Like That”
“Break Free”
“Never Getting Over You”
“Bigger Love”

As previously reported, Gypsy Heart is the album that Colbie made with after her record company rejected the first batch of songs she wrote for not being “poppy” and commercial enough — an experience that partially inspired the song “Try.” She then went back into the studio with a variety of collaborators, including Babyface, and came up with a whole new selection of songs.

Gypsy Heart will be out September 30.

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