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Taylor Swift Slays The Stage of the American Music Awards

Lady Gaga Is No. 1, Bradley Cooper No. 3 On Artist 100, Thanks to 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack

Ariana Grande Says She's Taking Social Media Break

Fender Study Reveals 50% of New Guitar Players Are Women

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift Slays The Stage of the American Music Awards

Popcrush.com

Taylor Swift did something very, very good with her "I Did Something Bad" performance at the 2018 American Music Awards.

Swift, who's nominated this evening in a number of categories, opened up the award ceremony with a fiery performance of the Reputation track. Wearing a shimmering black bodysuit and thigh-high boots, the pop star prowled the AMAs stage aggressively alongside a troupe of dancers—as well as a massive moving snake set piece from her recent tour—as she belted the song.

"Good morning America, it's Taylor! I just wanted to say I'm going to be opening up the American Music Awards with a performance," she wrote.

"Don't be too excited about it, my God," she added, sarcastically, as her cat, Meredith, looked on, unimpressed.

Swift told iHeart Radio ahead of the release of Reputation that "I Did Something Bad" came to her in a dream, and that it includes paired-down pitch effects that create a unique tone at the chorus' end. The song is rumored to be about Kanye West or Calvin Harris, and amounts to Swift's insistence that she's not worried about the consequences of her actions in this particular fantasy — especially since she thinks they're warranted.

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Taylor Swift may have done something bad, but watching her do it felt so good. The singer, who just wrapped the U.S. leg of her Reputation tour, opened the 2018 American Music Awards with a very fiery performance of her song "I Did Something Bad."

In a long-sleeve, sparkly bodysuit and thigh-high black boots, and accompanied by a troupe of dancers, the singer lit up the AMAs stage—but she had some help. Her performance was enhanced with stunning pyrotechnics as she belted out the track's dancey chorus.

The entire performance was punctuated by the appearance of a giant cobra rising out of the set behind her, a nod to the snake motif that has characterized the entire Reputation era. This performance marks Swift’s first time performing at an awards show since the release of her latest album. Her last awards show performance was over two years ago, at the Grammys in 2016. Meanwhile, she hasn’t hit the stage for a song at the American Music Awards since 2014.

But this isn’t the only time Swift snagged the spotlight this week. She made headlines for posting an unprecedented political statement to Instagram on Sunday, in which she endorsed Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections in the state of Tennessee. She ended her statement by encouraging her fans to educate themselves about the upcoming election and make their own voices heard by voting. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

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Lady Gaga Is No. 1, Bradley Cooper No. 3 On Artist 100, Thanks to 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack

Billboard.com

Lady Gaga returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 20) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a third total week. Powering her rise, the A Star Is Born Soundtrack, by Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who bounds to No. 3 on the Artist 100, debuts atop the Billboard 200 with 231,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Gaga, who vaults from No. 30 on the Artist 100, also benefits from her presence on the Billboard Hot 100. The soundtrack's lead single "Shallow," with Cooper, jumps from No. 28 to No. 5, marking her 15th top 10, and Cooper's first. In total, five songs from the soundtrack ("Shallow," three by Gaga and one by Cooper) appear on the Hot 100.

Gaga first led the Artist 100 on Nov. 12, 2016, when her album Joanne launched atop the Billboard 200, and again on Feb. 25, 2017, when the set blasted 66-2 following her Super Bowl LI halftime show performance.

Cooper also makes a big gain on the Artist 100, as the leading man leaps 47-3. Along with "Shallow," Cooper earns his second Hot 100 entry and first on his own, as "Maybe It's Time" enters at No. 93. The track was written by Jason Isbell and performed in the movie and for the soundtrack by Cooper.

Twenty one pilots surge 62-2 on the Artist 100, as their new set Trench debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 175,000 units. The duo has spent four total weeks at No. 1, all in 2016.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Eric Church re-enters at No. 4, as his new album Desperate Man bows at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 (116,000), and Lil Wayne dips to No. 5 following his first week at No. 1.

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Ariana Grande Says She's Taking Social Media Break

Billboard.com

Ariana Grande announced that she is taking a social media break, and opened up about her anxiety via Instagram on October 17.

Grande shared a selfie of herself wearing green lipstick for A Very Wicked Halloween, which celebrates the 15-year-run of Wicked on Broadway. “Can’t believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today,” she said in her post. “Not today satan ! not tomorrow or the next day either not no more [. . .] finna sing my heart out and be a big walking vessel of love bye.”

Grande also announced that she is taking a break from social media in a since-deleted post. “Ok today was v special and i’m so grateful i was able to be there,” the singer wrote on her Instagram Story in reference to filming A Very Wicked Halloween, via PEOPLE. “Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit,” Grande added. “It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn. It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always."

Grande's performance of “The Wizard and I” aired as part of NBC’s Wicked concert special on Oct. 29.

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Fender Study Reveals 50% of New Guitar Players Are Women

Billboard.com

Let the girls rock.

Women are about to make a little more noise in the music industry. A new study from guitar manufacturer Fender reveals that women make up 50 percent of new guitar players in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

There are plenty of female musicians for aspiring guitarists to look to for inspiration, from Joan Jett and Joni Mitchell to Danielle Haim and Taylor Swift.

The company began marketing a millennial-focused line of guitars in 2016 with female acts like Warpaint and Bully after results from a previous survey three years ago demonstrated that Fender was ignoring its female audience. “The fact that 50 percent of new guitar buyers in the U.K. were women was a surprise to the U.K. team, but it’s identical to what’s happening in the U.S.,” Fender CEO Andy Mooney said. “The phenomenon seems like it’s got legs, and it’s happening worldwide.”

Although guitar sales have diminished in recent years, with guitar-producing giants like Gibson filling for bankruptcy, this statistic indicates that there's still room for the guitar amid the hip-hop and electronic dominated charts.

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