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By Alan Ho

This happened at some point at some stop during The Gospel Tour.  Revel in it.  Even Brendon Urie did his best imitation of the late Freddie Mercury, right down to the dance moves and histrionics on stage!

The Gospel Tour recently wrapped up in case you missed it!

Here’s the video of their cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody”:

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The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
4.  Nick Jonas | Chains
5.  Fiffh Harmony | Bo$$
6.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
7.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
8.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun 
9.  One Direction | You & I
10.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
11.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away 
12.  The 1975 | Heart Out

The Bubble:

13.  Lana Del Rey | Ultraviolence
14.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better
15.  Christina Perri | Burning Gold
16.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
17.  Haley Reinhart | Show Me Your Moves
18.  Jesse McCartney | Superbad
19.  Little Mix | Salute
20.  The Maine | Run

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
4.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
5.  One Direction | You & I
6.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
7.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
8.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun
9.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
10.  Nick Jonas | Chains
11.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
12.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  Taylor Swift opens for a third week at no. 1, ditto for Scotty McCreery, who opens at no. 2 for a third week in a row.  5 Seconds of Summer opens at no. 3, Nick Jonas opens big at no. 4, Fifth Harmony opens outside of the Top 3 for the first time in a month at no. 5 and Demi Lovato rounds out the Top 6!

Other notables:  One Direction checks in at no. 9, David Archuleta opens inside the Top 12 at no. 11 and newcomers The 1975 opens and debuts at no. 12.

In The Mobile Tally: Not much change in the Top 3, matches what is indicated in the closing leaderboards from the previous cycle!  Scotty McCreery does open  at no. 4, One Direction roars back to life at no. 5!

The next leaderboard update is set for Thursday at 7 pm ET!  Keep those votes coming!  Remember, you can vote in both tallies! 

EVERY SINGLE VOTE counts.  VOTE VOTE VOTE on both the web and mobile tallies, don’t miss either tally, again, EVERY vote counts on BOTH tallies!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

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This year, Meghan Trainor made her grand debut into the musical charts. The twenty year old singer-songwriter from Massachusetts had already found a bit of success in Nashville writing for artists such as Rascal Flatts and teen pop sensation R5, but it was her song “All About That Bass” that set her apart. With a refreshing sound that mixes pop with a little bit of doo-wop, Trainor has already found her way to the top of the Billboard charts. Her sound is unique to what other artists doing and her catchy female empowering lyrics are sure to win her more fans.  The release of her Title EP gives listeners a preview of what to expect from this artist and it doesn’t disappoint.

The first track “All About That Bass” is the first single that Trainor has released and it has already found a lot of success. Shooting into the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Charts, “All About That Bass” has received many positive reviews. Its catchy beat and body positive lyrics have labeled it one of the best self-loving anthems. With lyrics such as “Every inch of you is beautiful from the bottom to the top”, Trainor preaches body acceptance to everyone regardless of their size. Already a hit, “All About that Bass” has people everywhere dancing along to its infectious beat and has given Trainor a signature sound. 

Album name: Title (EP)
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Rating: — 4.5 out of 5

Review written by: Amaris Rodriguez

To read more of the review, click here.

The 30th cycle of The Countdown is over!  We have your final overall Top 12 and Bubble at the ready…so here we go!

Final Top 12:

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1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
4.  Fiffh Harmony | Bo$$
5.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
6.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
7.  Nick Jonas | Chains
8.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away 
9.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun 
10.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better
11.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
12.  One Direction | You & I

The Bubble:

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13.  Christina Perri | Burning Gold
14.  Haley Reinhart | Show Me Your Moves
15.  Lana Del Rey | Ultraviolence
16.  Colbie Caillat | Try

Recap:

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Make it three!  Taylor Swift continues her utter dominance on The Countdown as she scores a third week as the overall no. 1 with “Shake It Off.”  Scotty McCreery plays second banana for a second week in a row and 4 out of the last 6 weeks while 5 Seconds of Summer used a strong mobile tally to score a second week in a row as second runner-up!  Fifth Harmony though, tumbles down to no. 4 overall, Demi Lovato checks in at no. 5 and the triple threat struck late in the mobile tally as Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj rounds out the Top 6!

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Nick Jonas is on the outside looking in this week at no. 7, David Archuleta roars back inside the Top 10 at no. 8 overall, Hilary Duff checks in at no. 9, Lucy Hale climbs inside the Top 10 at no. 10, Ed Sheeran takes another tumble down, closing this cycle at no. 11 and One Direction shows up in the overall Top 12 for the first time in nearly a month at no. 12!

In The Bubble, Christina Perri is your new leader at no. 13, Haley Reinhart is steady this cycle at no. 14, Lana Del Rey drops a spot to no. 15 and Colbie Caillat rounds out the Top 16!

The 31st cycle begins today at 2 pm ET!  The first leaderboards for this cycle will be issued next Monday at 7 pm ET!  We have a trio of new videos entering this cycle…they are:

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1.  The 1975 | Heart Out
2.  Plague Vendor | Breakdance On Broken Glass
3.  New Found Glory | Ready And Willing

EVERY SINGLE VOTE counts.  VOTE VOTE VOTE on both the web and mobile tallies, don’t miss either tally, again, EVERY vote counts on BOTH tallies!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

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The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
3.  Fiffh Harmony | Bo$$
4.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
5.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
6.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
7.  Nick Jonas | Chains
8.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away 
9.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun 
10.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
11.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better
12.  One Direction | You & I

The Bubble:

13.  Christina Perri | Burning Gold
14.  Haley Reinhart | Show Me Your Moves
15.  Colbie Caillat | Try
16.  Lana Del Rey | Ultraviolence
17.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
18.  Jesse McCartney | Superbad
19.  Charli XcX | Break The Rules
20.  Phillip Phillips | Raging Fire

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
3.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
4.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
5.  Nick Jonas | Chains
6.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
7.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
8.  One Direction | You & I
9.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
10.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun
11.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
12.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  The gap has closed a bit between Taylor Swift and Scotty McCreery for no. 1 in this web tally, but they remain 1-2, respectively.  Fifth Harmony climbs to no. 3 while 5 Seconds of Summer takes a tiny drop to no. 4!  Demi Lovato climbs a spot to no. 5, sending the trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj down a spot to no. 6!  Nick Jonas finds himself on the outside looking in at no. 7, David Archuleta remains steady at no. 8, Hilary Duff checks in at no. 9, Ed Sheeran at no. 10!

One Direction surges ahead out of The Bubble and back into the Top 12 for the first time in 3 weeks at no. 11 and Lucy Hale rounds out the Top 12.  Christina Perri is your new leader of The Bubble!

In The Mobile Tally:  Not a lot of changes in this tally’s Top 12, however 5 Seconds of Summer surges into the no. 2 spot, sending Scotty McCreery down a spot to no. 3!  And One Direction climbs to no. 8!

This is the final leaderboard update!  The cycle ends tomorrow at noon ET!  Remember, you can vote in both tallies! 

EVERY SINGLE VOTE counts.  VOTE VOTE VOTE on both the web and mobile tallies, don’t miss either tally, again, EVERY vote counts on BOTH tallies!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

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A lot has happened in the world of Amber Pacific since the band’s first full-length, The Possibility and the Promise, was released in 2005.

In 2008 when Amber Pacific parted ways with vocalist Matt Young, the future of AP was uncertain. The band released Virtues in 2010 with new vocalist Jesse Cottam to mixed reviews, but in 2014 Amber Pacific launched an IndieGoGo campaign to find their fourth full-length with the return of Matt to vocals. 

For the revived Amber Pacific album, the band consists of vocalist Matt Young, guitarist Will Nutter, drummer Dango, guitarist Justin Westcott, and special guest Mike Herrera from MxPx on bass. Herrera also produced the album and contributed vocals on the opening track, “Undone”.

In addition to Herrera, the band also brought in friend and past tourmate Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low to contribute guest vocals on “When I Found You”. His “whoa, oh oh’s” and Matt’s vocals fit together nicely to make this one of the highlights on the album. Alex’s verse with Matt at the end of the song is especially great, and it leads nicely into a very strong chorus with almost all the music dropped out.

Album name: The Turn
Label: Self-release
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Rating: — 4.0 out of 5

Review written by: Erica Devaney

To read more of this review, click here.

Late last month, we put New Jersey’s Young Rising Sons on The Spotlight and got some quotables from frontman Andy Tongren!

Now, read the whole interview between our Luanne Lim and Andy as they discuss the touring, their EP on Interscope, what lies in store for them and much more!

Interview

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The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
3.  Fiffh Harmony | Bo$$
4.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
5.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
6.  Nick Jonas | Chains
7.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
8.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away 
9.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun 
10.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
11.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better
12.  Christina Perri | Burning Gold

The Bubble:

13.  One Direction | You & I
14.  Haley Reinhart | Show Me Your Moves
15.  Colbie Caillat | Try
16.  Lana Del Rey | Ultraviolence
17.  Jesse McCartney | Superbad
18.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
19.  Charli XcX | Break The Rules
20.  Todd Carey | Nintendo

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
4.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
5.  Nick Jonas | Chains
6.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
7.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
8.  Christina Perri | Burning Gold
9.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
10.  One Direction | You & I
11.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
12.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  Taylor Swift opens for a second week in a row at no. 1, but she finds herself with some stiff competition from Scotty McCreery, who trails by around 2,000+ votes at no. 2!  Fifth Harmony opens in the second runner-up spot at no. 3, followed by 5 Seconds of Summer.  The tripe threat trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj once again opens at no. 5, Nick Jonas rounds out the Top 6 at no. 6!  Demi Lovato is on the outside looking in at no. 7.  David Archuleta looks to return to the Top 10 with a vengeance and is off to a great start, opening at no. 8!

In The Mobile Tally:  Taylor Swift and Fifth Harmony for a third week in a row go 1-2, followed by 5 Seconds of Summer at no. 3 and Scotty McCreery trails behind at no. 4!  Nick Jonas opens at no. 5, Demi Lovato at no. 6.  Ed Sheeran fares better in this tally at no. 7, David Archuleta reemerges into this tally at no. 11.

The next leaderboard update is set for Thursday at 7 pm ET!  Keep those votes coming!  Remember, you can vote in both tallies! 

EVERY SINGLE VOTE counts.  VOTE VOTE VOTE on both the web and mobile tallies, don’t miss either tally, again, EVERY vote counts on BOTH tallies!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

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By Alan Ho

Directioners all over the world unite!  The now officially prolific pop fivesome have revealed today (Monday September 8) that they will release their FOURTH studio album in just three years on November 17 in a worldwide release via Syco/Columbia Records.  The album, titled Four will also feature a FREE, exclusive download of track “Fireproof” for 24 hours only on their official website!

“We’ve worked incredibly hard writing and recording [Four] whilst we’ve been on the road and we couldn’t have done it without your support,” the band wrote on their website. “As a special thank you for everything you guys have done for us we wanted to give you ‘Fireproof’ — it’s a track from the album and you can get it for free right now. You’ll be able to download it for free for the next 24 hours. We hope you enjoy it and we can’t wait for you to listen to the album in full. Thank you, you guys mean the world to us.”

The single “Fireproof” marks at least on first impression a relative departure from their previous fare, electing to go understated but still undeniably catchy.  Members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne got primary co-writing credit on this one.

You can also preorder Four right now on iTunes in standard or deluxe edition!

Here’s a little video teaser of the announcement:

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The 29th cycle of The Countdown is over!  We have your final overall Top 12 and Bubble at the ready…so here we go!

1.  Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
2.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
3.  Fiffh Harmony | Bo$$
4.  5 Seconds of Summer | Amnesia
5.  Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
6.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
7.  Nick Jonas | Chains
8.  Ed Sheeran | Don’t
9.  Hilary Duff | Chasing The Sun 
10.  Christina Perri | Burning Gold
11.  Lucy Hale | Lie a Little Better
12.  Lana Del Rey | Ultraviolence

The Bubble:

13.  One Direction | You & I
14.  Haley Reinhart | Show Me Your Moves
15.  Colbie Caillat | Try
16.  The Cab | Lock Me Up

Recap:

Mark it!  Taylor Swift sweeps both parts of The Countdown and scores a second week in a row at no. 1!  By current standards, Scotty McCreery put up quite the rally and finished 2nd overall, blowing away no. 3 Fifth Harmony and no. 4 5 Seconds of Summer!  The tripe threat trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj led all new vids and finished 5th overall, Demi Lovato rounds out the Top 6.

Nick Jonas fails to finish in the Top 6 for the first time in his current run, finishing 7th overall, same goes for Ed Sheeran at no. 8 overall.  Hilary Duff finishes 9th, Christina Perri 10th, Lucy Hale 11th and Lana Del Rey sneaks back into the Top 12 with a little rally of her own, finishing 12th overall!

One Direction is your new leader of The Bubble.

The next cycle begins today at 2 pm ET, the first leaderboards will be issued Monday at 7 pm ET!  No new videos enter the cycle!

EVERY SINGLE VOTE counts.  VOTE VOTE VOTE on both the web and mobile tallies, don’t miss either tally, again, EVERY vote counts on BOTH tallies!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

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