Grammy nominations: How did I do (2013-14 edition)

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The nominations are in for the 56th Grammy Awards. Jay-Z leads the pack with nine nominations followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, who have seven each.

Prior to the nominations announcement last night, I predicted who would make each of the Big 4 categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Let’s see how I did:

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My Grammy Nomination Predictions (2014)

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Tomorrow night, the nominations for the biggest music awards of the year will be unveiled as part of a live broadcast on CBS. The hourlong broadcast will feature Lorde, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others performing and is once again hosted by LL Cool J.

Just like last year and the year before, I’m making my guesses on what will be nominated Grammy’s “Big 4” – the main categories of Record, Song, Album and Best New Artist.

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When is artpop an artflop?

Lady Gaga - AMAs

It’s been three weeks since the release of Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP and many articles have surfaced already deeming it a commercial flop. On the surface, it might seem like an easy conclusion based on numbers comparing the album to others released this year and to Gaga’s own prior releases, but underneath, it might still be too early to tell.

Since the record industry took a hit in the early part of the 2000s, first-week sales of an album have been more important than ever as labels used these numbers as promo points to display how successful a record is. Therefore, an album could be deemed a flop after just a week of release – but it doesn’t always necessarily paint the complete portrait.

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Katy Perry – Prism

Katy Perry - Prism

Prior to the release of Roar, the first single from Katy Perry‘s new album Prism, she released a series of short videos depicting what most presumed to be a change of direction in her sound. It was a great way to build hype and excitement leading up to the new album, yet also a sense of deception.

The first single Roar was released shortly after and was an immediate success. Instantly catchy ear candy made of Katy’s perfected brand of pop music that fit in just enough for today’s pop music landscape. It utilizes overdone themes and masters cliches but does it so effortlessly.

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