Welcome to the first Music Monday Round-Up here at A Minor Production – a weekly series that provides you with the best music news from the past week.
BBC 1’S BIG WEEKEND
We start off with the biggest event of the weekend – BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, which took place in Norwich. Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters closed the event and apparently Dave Grohl is now a Swiftie:
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) May 24, 2015
Taylor, meanwhile, is attempting to get the rest of the world to join her in dancing like no-one’s watching with this inspiring message before performing “Shake It Off”:
“Tomorrow we all have to go back to normal life. I just want you to think about the fact that you are at a festival with so many thousands of other people who love music and are all facing forward. No-one’s looking at you, no-one’s judging you. So I hope for the next three and half minutes you fully, epically, Shake It Off.”
And if you couldn’t attend the biggest free music festival in Europe you don’t have to try to tunnel your way in – you can rock out to this playlist of all the performances from the entire weekend without leaving your house:
ED SHEERAN AND KERMIT THE FROG
Another big event this week was NBC’s first annual Red Nose Day charity event, where celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Fallon, Pharell, Coldplay, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron and many others raised $21 million for the Red Nose Day Fund. The three-hour event had some great, and some not-too-great moments, but a highlight for us was definitely Ed Sheeran’s duet with Kermit the Frog. Take a look:
NICKI MINAJ AND BEYONCE’S FEELING MYSELF MUSIC VIDEO
Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé caused quite the stir this week when they released the video for Feeling Myself exclusively on Tidal – a paid subscription service for music-streaming created by Jay Z. Although the video has already leaked online, this may be the event we look back on that changed free music and video-streaming online. Artists have been speaking out about streaming-services not fairly compensating them for their work, and we may find more music videos only being accessible to those with a paid subscription in the not-so-distant future. What do you think – should we start paying to watch music videos?
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 18, 2015
Some other interesting things in the news this week:
Hailee Steinfeld, the new girl from Pitch Perfect 2, just landed a record deal with Republic Records. She released a video of her performing an acoustic version of Flashlight and we loved it so much that we had to make it out AMP Song of the Week. We can’t wait to see what kind of record she ends up making.
The Plain White T’s Tom Higgenson tells us why he wrote Hey There Delilah (spoiler alert: it was to impress a girl) and performs a punk-rock version of the song in an exclusive video by Entertainment Weekly. We’ll be upset if this isn’t a bonus track on their next album. You can check out the video right here.
What do you think about the Feeling Myself video only being available on Tidal? How cute is Ed Sheeran? And what music stories should we include in next week’s Music Monday Round-Up? Let us know in the comments and make sure to subscribe for more music!
Every week Jessica Kent rounds up the week in music, providing you with the latest releases, performances and all news music-related. Follow her on twitter @jesslynnkent for more.