Music Week News Digest | Taylor Swift & Lady Gaga

1.Taylor Swift Delivers a Knockout Performance at Formula 1 Concert in Austin
Leave it to Taylor Swift to deliver a KO blow and simultaneously please her fans beyond all expectations.
The double-whammy was ably achieved by the “New Romantics” singer during her first and only live appearance of 2016, which capped the Saturday (Oct. 22) festivities of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin. During the show, Swift debuted a solo piano version of “This Is What You Came For,” the Calvin Harris hit from earlier this year that became the focal point of a controversy between the former lovers when Swift revealed that she’d co-written the cut after originally keeping it a secret.

Taylor Swift


2. Lady Gaga Brings ‘A-YO’ to ‘Saturday Night Live’
With Mark Ronson on guitar by her side, Lady Gaga returned to SNL tonight (October 22), marking her first appearance since 2013. Performing “A-YO,” the second track off her fifth studio album Joanne, which dropped on Friday, she belted out the lyrics in a twinkling and tassled two-piece western look that was accessorized by the pale pink fedora now synonymous with the album. Unlike past SNL performances, Gaga forwent a team of backup dancers and precise choreography—instead opting to channel the organic feel of the song through her own movements. She wrapped the energetic number, by grabbing the large Gretsch guitar she’s been playing during her dive bar tour, and rocking out with her band and Ronson, with whom she executive produced the album.

LadY Gaga


3. Kid Rock Joins Uncle Kracker at Detroit BMI Singer-Songwriter Series Finale
Kid Rock surprised his hometown fans on Saturday night (Oct. 22), making a guest appearance with longtime pal Uncle Kracker during the finale show of the BMI Singer-Songwriter Series in Detroit.

Kid Rock


4. Kanye West Won’t Attend Grammy Awards If Frank Ocean Isn’t Nominated
Kanye West has vowed to not attend the Grammy Awards next year if Frank Ocean doesn’t receive any nominations for the singer’s two new releases, Blonde and the “visual album” Endless.

Kanye West


5. Katy Perry Urges Students to Vote for Hillary Clinton
UNLV students relaxing in their dorms got an unexpected knock on their doors Saturday afternoon (Oct. 22) from Katy Perry, who was roaming the halls and drumming up support for Hillary Clinton on the first day of early voting in Nevada. The singer famous for songs like “Teenage Dream” and “Waking up in Vegas” was met with squeals and requests for selfies from the students.

Roger W.

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