Saturday marked my first weekend-Halloween since I moved to the city three years ago. The holiday certainly isn’t my favorite; I’m just not a fan of dressing up. That said, it was Saturday, and my first in months that I had absolutely nothing on the docket. Some various colleagues were in town or simply hanging out, and so what started as a relaxing fall morning turned in to a string of meet-ups with buddies over drinks. The evening culminated with me linking up with another friend for dinner and drinks at a favorite West Village spot, Monument Lane, and then walking over to check out the parade for my first time.
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“Locked Away,” the Caribbean-infused pop song with a catchy chorus sung by Adam Levine, could have been the song of the summer. Matter-of-fact, the duo that comprises R. City intended for the track to be just that. However Timothy and Theron Thomas were not able to release to the track to the masses until July; despite the fact that it was ready in May.
“We got Adam Levine on the song, and then just clearing it with his label and the time that it takes to get that process done took a little longer than we had expected,” Theron revealed to me. “We were so ready to get it out.”
Levine recorded his vocals at the beginning of May, and the Atlanta-based group planned on a June release. However at least one lesson was learned: once you’re on a major record label, you will not always have full control over a project’s timeline.
“As songwriters and producers, we come in, we write the song and then we leave,” Theron explained. “We’ve always been independent, and we’re really famous in the Virgin Islands, so we used to put out independent albums put out music on our own.
“When you’re signed to a label, you can’t do ‘guerilla-style’ stuff. People have to sign waivers and stuff has to be cleared.”
But on the flip-side it was the label, Dr. Luke’s RCA imprint Kemosabe Records, that enabled the Levine collaboration in the first place. Luke, nee Lukasz Gottwald, played the track for the Maroon 5 front man and he immediately agreed to sing its hook.
The whole project is quite improbable considering that when R. City first entered the studio with Luke, the goal was to write hit pop songs; “Katy Perry records.” Gottwald had already seen the duo’s talent first-hand as they collaborated on Becky G’s single, “Shower.” A mutual friend tipped Luke off to the Thomas brothers’ talents as singers. Any aspirations that they, or their manager had for a Perry placement quickly vanished.
You can only imagine the expression on the face of Ray Daniels, R. City’s manager, when Dr. Luke told him he had R. City records to play him instead of other collaborations; the artists weren’t even signed, although that too was about to change.
“He started to get a lot more cool about it once he heard the music,” Timothy said.
“Luke started playing him records and (Daniels) was like, ‘Okay, cool, I get it,’” recalled Theron.
And it all worked out the way it was supposed to: “Locked Away” hit number one on the pop radio airplay chart on the same week that the duo’s debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, hit shelves.
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On Monday, nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were revealed. Iggy Azalea leads all artists with nods in six categories, including “Artist Of The Year” and “New Artist Of The Year Presented By Kohl’s.” Nominations are determined by fan interactions with Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com. The winners will be chosen by fan votes at AMAVote.com.
For Azalea, it is yet another milestone in a year filled with them. The 24 year-old artist scored a summer anthem with the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and then charted a second hit from her debut album “The New Classic” thanks to “Black Widow” which features Rita Ora. Azalea has toured the country and performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. During a pre-show benefit for the latter event, Azalea fell off stage while performing. The mishap did not happen again during the live telecast.
“It’s important to get the stage dimensions ahead of time, and then practice your performance within those constraints,” noted singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. The “Talk Dirty” singer teamed up with the aforementioned Charli XCX to reveal the nominations on “Good Morning America” in Times Square. Derulo is no stranger to performing on live TV either, having also performed at this year’s BBMAs. “A lot of people just rent out a dance studio and don’t have the dimensions set-up. And that’s when you might fall off the stage, yunno what I’m saying?”
Derulo, who is getting ready to kick off his “Talk Dirty Tour” later this week, was responding to a question I asked about his preparation for live performances.
“You need your time to rehearse,” he continued. “Make sure you get that time in.”
We also decided to put the multi-platinum recording artist on the spot and get his predictions for some of the AMA categories. There are 10 artists nominated for “Artist Of The Year,” which Taylor Swift took home last year. In addition to Azalea, Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams all received nods.
“I gotta go with my dude Luke Bryan!” Derulo declared. It may come as a surprise on the outset, especially since earlier in the interview the singer noted he was a big Katy Perry fan. But don’t forget that Bryan and Derulo shared a spot on the Florida Georgia Line “This Is How We Roll” remix.
It was also revealed on Monday that Charli XCX will perform at this year’s AMAs. She scored her first solo hit this year with “Boom Clap” and drops her album “Sucker” in December. The songstress flew in from Detroit to help announce some of the nominees on live TV, and then caught a flight back out to Chicago so she could continue her tour.
The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, November 23 at 8 pm. The show emanates from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live and will be broadcast on ABC.