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Uptown Funk Named Song Of The Decade

Determined by LiveXLive’s proprietary EQ (engagement quotient) ratings, “Uptown Funk” is ranked at #1 based on listening trends, including 67 billion total plays, “hearts,” skips, and bans.

The five-and-a-half hour “Top 100 Songs of the Decade” special, which starts at song #100 and counts down to number one, is hosted by Raymond T, Parker, Jess Wright, Red and Jennifer While (who double as the curators of LiveXLive’s vaults of various genres of music). An installment of LiveXLive’s “Ranked” audio series, the Top 100 Songs of the Decade can be accessed on-demand alongside Ranked episodes such as “The Top 100 Artists in Streaming History,” “Most Important Hip-Hop Songs Ever,” “33 Greatest Rock Albums Ever,” and the “44 Most Controversial Songs Ever,” at www.livexlive.com/series/ranked.

“We are excited to present the Top 100 songs of the decade, a true list by the fans and for the fans,” said Kevin Stapleford, VP/Programming. “Our countdown takes into account exactly how our users have interacted with our music library from January 1, 2010 through today. Users pick their favorites and listen across all their devices, from their home to the car to work to play! Congratulations to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for getting the number one spot.”

1 2014 Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

2 2016 Drake – One Dance

3 2018 Post Malone – Psycho

4 2012 Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together

5 2017 Coldplay/The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This

6 2015 Iggy Azalea – Fancy

7 2015 Wiz Khalifa – See You Again

8 2010 Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

9 2017 Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

10 2016 Rihanna – Work

A next generation live social music platform connecting bands, brands, and fans, LiveXLive has livestreaming rights for more than 1500 music festivals and events through exclusive, multi-year partnership agreements with the world’s most prominent music content providers. The company has livestreamed premier music festivals from all over the globe, producing more than 291 hours of live content featuring 233 artists since April 2019, and has created more than 300 short-form original programming segments comprised of live performances, podcasts, artist interviews, lifestyle segments, and show pilots.


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Kelly Clarkson Takes on Post Malone’s ‘Better Now’

On Tuesday, November 13th, Kelly Clarkson brought an unexpected cover of Post Malone’s “Better Now” to The Kelly Clarkson show’s segment, ‘Kellyoke’.

Who knew that the track would work in such a different style? The texan superstar has been crushing songs by Sia, Cher, the Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and many more. So it’s no surprise that Clarkson hit up fellow Texan Malone’s signature ballad on her talk show, giving the tune to a richer R&B vibe.

Watch the “Better Now” cover here.


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Alicia Keys Shares Parenting Advice regarding her 4 Year Old Son

On Saturday, November 9th, Alicia Keys took to her social media to share some non-judgmental, inspirational parenting advice regarding her son, Genesis Ali. The 4-year-old got a rainbow-colored manicure, and despite being previously excited about it, Genesis was feeling regretful.

In the Instagram video, Alicia went on to go over the conversation she had with her 4 year old.

“I was like, ‘Why? You were so sure, you’re good,'” she told her son at the time. “And he was like, ‘People are not going to like it.'”

Keys also talked about advising her son to unapologetically embody his creativity through a form of expression men have been using for a long time.

“‘It’s so cool. Look how creative you are, look how amazing you are. You had this idea — stick with it. You chose it, you liked it, you do it,”” she advised her son. “I said, ‘Plus, you know a lot of guys paint their nails. This is not like some strange thing that you only do.’ And he was like, ‘Really?’ … And that made him feel better.”


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Ellie Goulding to Kick Off 129th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will perform live at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game on CBS against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day. The kickoff performance is a Cowboys tradition, sounding the call for Americans to donate to the iconic Red Kettle Campaign, which helps provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, Christmas toys for children and social service programs to millions of people in need year-round.

During a recent visit to The Salvation Army’s New York Temple Corps soup kitchen, Ellie Goulding witnessed the impact of The Salvation Army’s services on people’s lives, funded by critical donations made during the Red Kettle Campaign and throughout the year.

“I am honored to perform at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show and kick off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign,” Goulding said. “With so many people in need, I believe it’s our duty to help, and I encourage everyone to donate to The Salvation Army. The money they raise during the Red Kettle Campaign will change lives for the better all year long.”

“Ellie Goulding’s infectious energy and generous spirit is a perfect match to kick off the campaign,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory board chairperson for The Salvation Army. “We are so excited to have Ellie on our national stage for another incredible kickoff performance this year.”

The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $142.7 million during the 2018 campaign.

“For more than two decades, the Dallas Cowboys have been walking alongside The Salvation Army and fighting for those in need,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, national spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “We are thankful for their continued support and look forward to a memorable kickoff performance from Ellie Goulding.”

Gearing up for the release of a new studio album next year, multi-platinum singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding first emerged with her debut album LIGHTS in 2010 and quickly became an international superstar. An Interscope recording artist, Goulding cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by receiving two Grammy Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, two BRIT Awards, sales of 15 million albums and more than 112 million singles, and 13 billion streams worldwide. Ellie’s recent YouTube Diamond Award marked 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, while having amassed over 5 billion views globally, with “Love Me Like You Do,” among the top 40 most viewed videos on YouTube (with two videos in YouTube’s Billion Views Club). Her latest single, “Hate Me,” with Juice WRLD was just certified gold, following her smash hit single “Close To Me,” with Diplo and featuring Swae Lee, which hit #1 at Hot AC and top 5 at Top 40 radio. Ellie has also performed by invitation for President Obama, the Royal Family, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Goulding is a social activist and philanthropist and works with the UN as a Global Environmental Ambassador and is involved in a number of other philanthropic ventures including being a patron of The Marylebone Project and fundraising for Streets of London.

The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for every one of the previous 22 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message, and this year will be no different. Ellie Goulding is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers that includes Meghan Trainor, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.


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Nick Jonas Launches New Fragrance

Continuing their award-winning collaboration, renowned international menswear designer, John Varvatos and musician and actor, Nick Jonas bring forth JVxNJ Silver Edition; their third fragrance for men. The latest installment in the creative collaboration between John Varvatos and Nick Jonas, JVxNJ Silver Edition is a fresh, effervescent and exhilarating fragrance that transports you. JVxNJ Silver Edition captures the moment when you can truly let go and relax. It’s when you feel the most like yourself and no one is watching, where every moment isn’t recorded. It’s that feeling of being completely free and utterly unplugged. Now available at John Varvatos and retailers nationwide, JVxNJ Silver Edition joins the John Varvatos Fragrance portfolio as its latest fragrance installment.

“It’s been an amazing adventure continuing this collaboration with Nick, and I’m very excited for the JVxNJ Silver, our newest fragrance. This scent was driven by our goal of letting go and being a totally free spirit.”

-John Varvatos

Shot by renowned filmmaker and photographer Danny Clinch, the JVxNJ Silver Edition campaign showcases intimate moments revealed through the eyes of one of the most iconic young musicians, Nick Jonas.

“Continuing this collaboration with John has been remarkable. With each launch, we are evolving the JVxNJ portfolio with versatile scents for every man. The latest addition of JVxNJ Silver speaks to embracing yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.”

-Nick Jonas


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