How Taylor Swift Got To Change Apple Music Policy

Richest company in the world, Apple Inc, said it would now pay artists during the 3-month free trial of their upcoming music streaming service ‘Apple Music’, after superstar Taylor Swift said she would withhold her album ‘1989’ from the service in this Tumblr post:

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‘Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months’, she wrote. ‘Apple’s policy of not paying artists during free trial is shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.’ She continued.

Apple replied to Taylor late Sunday night, in tweets from Eddy Cue, a key lieutenant of CEO Tim Cook, saying ‘#AppleMusic will pay artsts for streaming, even during customber’s free trial period’, ‘We hear you @TaylorSwift and indie artists. Love, Apple’.

Taylor Swift turned to Twitter to thank Apple and her supporters: ‘I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us’.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Curated By Usher, With Performances By Mariah Carey & Tim McGraw

The 37th Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular curated by Usher, with performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez.

The show starts at 8pm EST and will first have the artists performances and after that, the greatest fireworks display in America. More that 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky, synchronized to a 25-minute, hand-picked score. You won’t want to miss this.

The fireworks show can be seen from any are with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. There are four badges  positioned in the Hudson River between 24th street and 42nd street. For the best spots, head to the 12th avenue below 59th street at the following access points along  11th avenue.

Access points:

24th Street    26th Street    27th Street

29th Street    33rd Street    34th Street

40th Street    42nd Street    44th Street

50th Street    52nd Street    54th Street

56th Street    57th Street

Macy’s says you won’t want to miss the lights show during the last 5 minutes of the fireworks finale if you’re near the Empire State Building.

Parking will not be available in the area, so it is recommended to leave your cars at home. NYC transit will run increased Subway service before, and after the fireworks. Bus service near the fireworks will be rerouted, with extra trips available after the event.

Use public transportation and buy round-trip fare with MetroCard to avoid long lines after the fireworks. visit mta.info to plan your trip.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

 

Taylor Swift Gives Sneak Peek Of New Single ‘State Of Grace’; Talks About New Album ‘Red’

Superstar Taylor Swift is releasing fourth single off her upcoming album ‘Red’ at midnight, and, as the past three times she gave a sneak peek this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone, the possibilities, sort of thinking about this is the ways that it could go”, “It’s a really big sound and it just sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way,” Taylor said of Single ‘State Of Grace

Swift’s fourth upcoming album will debut October 22, and her three previous singles from ‘Red’ debuted at number 1 on iTunes.

Tune into “Good Morning America” Oct. 22-23 to watch Taylor Swift’s first live concert of her new album.

‘Speak Now’, Taylor’s previous album won her two Grammys and sold more than 1 million copies in its first week.

So here’s the preview of ‘State Of Grace’

Noe I. for Windows of the World.

Tuesday 12am update: Taylor Swift’s ‘State Of Grace’ is now available for download on iTunes. Click here to get it now!

MTV’s 2012 VMAs Highlights

So, One Direction had the most screen time, winning three Moon Mans and performed ‘One Thing’ in the show. They won for best new artist, best pop video and the ‘most shareworthy’ video.

Rihanna opened the show performing a mash up of ‘Cockiness’ and ‘We Found Love’. She also lost to Nicki Minaj, but took home the biggest honor later in the show, winning video of the year for ‘We Found Love’.

Lovely Taylor Swift was left out of the moon mans handouts, but she closed the show dancing and singing her new smash hit single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ended it with a dive into the crowd.

Singer Frank Ocean made the most subtle performance of the night with his song ‘Thinking About You’

Pink made an aerial acrobatic performance while Green Day set a record for the most VMA performances.

Chris Brown wore a dress suit and won the best male video award for ‘Turn Up The Music’. Drake, who had a bar fight with Brown earlier this year, got his moon man for best hip hop video ‘HYER’.

Twilight Cast (minus Kristen Stewart) introduced a 90-second clip from the upcoming movie ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Who was your favorite? Here the complete list of winners:

Best pop video

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Best male video

“Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown

Best rock video

“Paradise,” Coldplay

Best hip-hop video

“HYFR,” Drake feat. Lil Wayne

Best female video

“Starships,” Nicki Minaj

Best new artist

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Video of the Year

“We Found Love,” Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Best video with a message

“Skyscraper,” Demi Lovato

Best electronic dance music video

“Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris

Most share-worthy video

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Best choreography

“Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown

Best editing

“Countdown,” Beyonce

Best visual effects

“First of the Year (Equinox),” Skrillex

Best cinematography

“Bad Girls,” M.I.A.

Best art direction

“Wide Awake,” Katy Perry

Best direction

“Bad Girls,” M.I.A.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

Taylor Swift Reveals New Album ‘Red’ & New Single

Multi-platinum superstar Taylor Swift is releasing her fourth studio album which is called “Red”, on Oct. 22.

Taylor Swift sat in a red and white striped dress, in front of a group of very lucky fans in Nashville, Tenn. (and the millions of fans watching via YouTube chat) Monday night, to reveal the new album.

“For the last two years, I’ve been working on an album called Red,” Taylor said in a statement. “I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that’s fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions…in retrospect, it all looks red.”

“I am so excited for you to hear the new direction of things,” Swift said, adding that “really disfunctional” and “not good” relationships can provide “a lot of inspiration.”

Her new song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is about ending a bad relationship, is out today on iTunes and GooglePlay. While at a shoot for Glamour magazine, the 22-year-old singer told “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden exclusively that the song was about something that actually happened to her.

Tune into “Good Morning America” October 22nd and 23rd to watch Taylor Swift’s first live concert of her brand-new album, “Red.”

Here’s her latest single available now on iTunes now:

2012 Teen Choice Awards; Twilight & Taylor Swift among Big Winners

The stars of “The Twilight Saga” turned out to be big winners of the night Sunday, taking home ultimate choice, the Teen Choice Awards’ lifetime achievement honor. The hit movie series has won a whopping 41 Teen Choice trophies since the first film arrived in 2008.

The Teen Choice Awards got under way with a star-studded red carpet followed by a slew of awards, which were handed out at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles.

The teen-fueled ceremony honors film, TV, music and sports stars in such categories as choice hottie, villain, liplock and hissy fit. A record 134 million votes were cast this year.

Going into the 14th annual ceremony, Kristen Stewart’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” both led the nominees with seven nods a piece.

Actors Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were all on hand Sunday to accept their awards. Lautner told the crowd, “We owe everything to you guys,” adding, “It’s amazing you guys are still around and just as strong and just as loyal.” Stewart also thanked the fans for the continued support of the vampire series. Pattinson did the same, and then gave his surfboard to the audience. His co-star and real-life gal pal, Stewart, followed suit.

Stewart also walked away with choice romance movie actress, as well as choice female actress of the summer for her role in “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Other multiple winners included “The Hunger Games,” boy band One Direction, “The Vampire Diaries,” Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, who picked up her 20th trophy, the most ever won by a female artist.

“I just feel so honored that I get to have you guys in my life,” Swift said.

The first award of the night, choice comedian, went to Ellen DeGeneres. After accepting her surfboard-shaped trophy, she honored pint-sized stars, Sophia Grace and Rosie, with the choice Web award.

Other winners included Zac Efron for choice actor in a drama and Michael Trevino for choice male TV scene stealer. In the movie category, “21 Jump Street” scored choice comedy. Hill, who lost the supporting actor Oscar earlier this year to Christopher Plummer, used his acceptance speech to poke fun at the 82-year-old “Beginners” co-star. “I’d just like to point out that he’s not nominated for anything tonight,” joked Hill, who co-wrote and executive produced the movie.

Emma Stone, meanwhile, received both the choice comedy actress award for “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and choice drama actress for “The Help.”

When Selena Gomez picked up the choice music group award for her band, Selena Gomez and the Scene, the crowd sang her a warm “Happy Birthday.” Gomez, who was sitting in the audience next to her beau Justin Bieber, turned 20 on Sunday, July 22.

This year’s choice hottie awards went to Miley Cyrus and Ian Somerhalder. Cyrus wasn’t there to accept the honor, but Somerhalder thanked fans on her behalf.

The event kicked off with an introduction by the ceremony’s co-hosts: “The X Factor” judge Demi Lovato and “Glee” co-star Kevin McHale.

Lovato’s “X-Factor” co-judges appeared in taped segments. Simon Cowell joked in his typical way, calling Lovato a brat and describing her as irritating, annoying and said she had bad manners.

Bieber served as one of the show’s musical performers, along with Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt. DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” was on hand as the house DJ.

The Hollywood frolic comes two days after the midnight massacre at a Colorado movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 and injuring 58. Show organizers say that “The Dark Knight Rises” was not up for any Teen Choice awards this year nor was any reference to the tragedy  during the show.

The show also aired in the wake of a fog machine malfunction that forced the evacuation of a Hollywood nightclub Saturday night hosting a Teen Choice Awards pre-party featuring the boy band Midnight Red. Los Angeles Fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said six people, ages 8 to 20 years old, were taken to the hospital for problems ranging from headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath and cryogenic burns.

 

CBS News Reports.

2012 Teen Choice Awards Complete List of Winners

Complete list of winners for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards:

Choice Comedian: Ellen DeGeneres

Choice Web Stars: Sophia Grace and Rosie

Choice TV Show, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Actor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries

Choice Male TV Scene Stealer: Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries

Choice Movie Actor, Drama: Zac Efron, The Lucky One

Choice TV Drama: Pretty Little Liars

Choice Summer TV Star, FemaleTroian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV Actress, Drama: Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV Actor, Drama: Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars

Choice Hotties: Miley Cyrus and Ian Somerhalder

Choice Music Group: Selena Gomez and The Scene

Choice Movie, Comedy: 21 Jump Street

Choice TV Actor, Action: Adam Rodriguez, CSI: Miami

Choice Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

Choice Movie Scene Stealer, Male: Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games

Choice Movie Villain: Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games

Choice Comedy Actress: Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Choice Drama Actress: Emma Stone, The Help

Choice Movie Breakout: Rihanna, Battleship

Choice Hissy Fit: Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman

Choice Movie of the Summer: Katy Perry: Part of Me

Choice Breakup Song: “Payphone,” Maroon 5

Choice Female Movie Star of the Summer: Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman

Ultimate Choice Award: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner

Choice Movie, Romance: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Choice Movie Actress, Romance: Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Inspire Award: Miranda Cosgrove

Choice Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Choice Single by a Female Artist: “Eyes Open,” Taylor Swift

Choice Country Song: “Sparks Fly,” Taylor Swift

Choice Movie Voice: Taylor Swift as Audrey, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer: Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries

Choice Female TV Breakout Star: Hannah Simone, New Girl

Choice Male Artist: Justin Bieber

Choice Male Music Star of the Summer: Justin Bieber

Choice Male Fashion Icon: Justin Bieber

Choice Single by a Male Artist: Boyfriend, Justin Bieber

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games

Choice Summer Music Star Group: One Direction

Choice Music Breakout Group: One Direction

Choice Love Song: “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Get ready to see the show’s highlights here on WOTW