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2014 Albums Of The Year

Taylor Swift wrote an outstanding piece in the Wall Street Journal over the summer about the future of music, where she wrote that “people are only buying [albums] that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren’t alone in feeling so alone.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  Here are the albums in 2014 that hit us like an arrow through the heart.

1. Dan + Shay – “Where It All Began”
It’s rare and special to find an album where you listen to each and every song, and can sing along to from start to finish.  This album was by far our most played of the year, and the soundtrack to our 2014.  We’ll be able to look back at this year as “where it all began” for Dan + Shay, who have a very, very bright future ahead of them.  We can’t wait to see what’s next for the talented duo, starting with their 2nd major headlining tour in 2015.

2. Sam Hunt – “Montevallo”
We were lucky to have downloaded a copy of the “Behind The Pines” mixtape before Sam exploded over the summer with the release of his hit single “Leave The Night On.”  He released his full length debut, “Montevallo,” in October, opening at the top of the country charts, and third overall.  Sam’s unique style makes us excited about music.  His blend of a 90s R&B sound with country storytelling blends perfectly with Sam’s southern drawl, deep voice, and spoken lyrics.  He’ll be selling out arenas one day.

3. Hunter Hayes – “Storyline”
A sophomore album is always tricky, especially when your debut was nominated for a Grammy and countless other awards.  But Hunter managed to knock it out of the park.    The album is a more collaborative effort than his first, on which he played every single instrument.  Hunter’s music grabs you from the first listen.  We love how Hunter brings this album to life on tour, with unique arrangements for each song.   He’s the rare musician who makes his live show a full experience that stays with you long after the show.

4. The Strypes – “Snapshot”
“Snapshot” is another debut album that immediately got our attention and made us wonder where The Strypes had been all our lives.  Evidently they’d been honing their skills at pubs across their native Ireland, where they learned to play loud, fast aggressive, and just damn good old fashioned rhythm and blues.  And they’re all still in their teens.  There are no filler songs on the album – it’s solid from start to finish.  If you ever have the opportunity to see The Strypes live, don’t miss it.  Seeing the album come to life on stage was one of our favorite moments of the year.

5. Austin Mahone – “Secret”
Technically this is an EP, but at 8 tracks, it’s *almost* an album.  We fell for Austin’s sound with tracks like “What About Love” and “Banga Banga,” but this EP, with it’s 90s pop influences, cemented Austin’s status as the one man boyband.  We’re obsessed with the Britney and *NSYNC-esque slow breakdown in the title track, “Secret,” and couldn’t stop listening to “Next To You” on repeat for days.  Austin’s working on his much awaited full length debut with the legendary Max Martin (who wrote basically every great 90s pop song you can think of), and we can’t wait for more!

6. Jesse McCartney – “In Technicolor”
Possibly the most underrated album on this list.  His newest single, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” is a pop masterpiece.  Armed with a Justin Timberlake sound, and retro look, JMAC outdid himself with this album.  “In Technicolor” is one of those albums that will always be in style.

7. Nick & Knight – “Nick & Knight”
We admit that we’ll probably love anything that involves our favorite boybands – especially when two of our favorite members team up.   But Nick Carter and Jordan Knight’s album is a fun R&B/pop album worth checking out.

8. 5SOS – “5SOS”
It’s a safe bet that 5SOS are going to be extremely monumental in bringing pop punk back to a radio station near you!  We’ve had the band’s debut album on heavy rotation, and we don’t think we’ll stop playing it any time soon.  Also, can people please stop referring to them as a “boyband?”  These guys have the heart, drive, and sound to be restore Warped Tour to the glory days of 2006.

9. The Vamps – “Meet The Vamps”
While we had to wait for this album to be officially released in the United States, it was worth the wait!  The Vamps have an acoustic pop sound that makes you want to dance around your living room singing at the top of your lungs.

10. Walk The Moon – “Talking Is Hard”
With it’s December release, Walk The Moon’s sophomore album “Talking Is Hard” barely made our list.  The Ohio band celebrated by live tweeting with fans the first listen of the album, divulging secrets like “there’s a mess up in this part of the song” to “the weird lyrics are from this member!”  Walk The Moon are taking the album on a full headlining tour in the spring.  It’s not too late to hop on the dance jam bandwagon.

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Shawn Mendes Releases “Something Big”

Vine superstar Shawn Mendes just released his new single called “Something Big.”  It’s the perfect title for the song, since fans were able to actually move the release date of the song up a few days by tweeting #GetSomethingBigNov7 over 1 million times and counting.  Talk about fangirl power.

Listen to “Something Big” below and pickup a copy on iTunes now!

Shawn Mendes will be on tour with Taylor Swift next summer so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! Tickets go on sale soon, check out all the tour dates HERE.

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Taylor Swift Announces “1989 World Tour” with Shawn Mendes & Vance Joy

Taylor Swift is taking her brand new album “1989” on a huge world tour next spring and it extends into Europe and back to North America through the fall.  Pre-sales start Nov 7th, while general on sale is on Nov 14th.  Check TaylorSwift.com for all date presale and onsale times.  Vance Joy & Shawn Mendes have been tapped to open for the superstar!  Shawn Mendes will only be opening on select dates of the “1989 World Tour” while Vance Joy will open for all dates on the tour.

* – with Shawn Mendes

North American Dates
May 20th – CenturyLink Center – Bossier City, LA – Buy Tickets
May 22nd – LSU Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA – Buy Tickets
May 30th – Ford Field – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
June 2nd – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
June 3rd – Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets
June 6th – Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
June 8th – Time Warner Cable Center – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
June 9th – PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC – Buy Tickets
June 13th – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets

European Dates
June 20th – Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany – Buy Tickets
June 21st – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Buy Tickets
June 23rd – SSE Hydro – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – Buy Tickets
June 24th – Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK – Buy Tickets
June 27th – British Summertime Hyde Park – London – Buy Tickets

North American Dates
July 6th – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON – Buy Tickets *
July 7th – Bell Centre – Montreal, QB – Buy Tickets
July 11th – Met Life Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ – Buy Tickets
Jul 18th – Soldier Field – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets *
July 24th – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA – Buy Tickets *
July 25th – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA – Buy Tickets *
Aug 1st – BC Place Stadium – Vancouver, BC – Buy Tickets
Aug 4th – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB – Buy Tickets
Aug 5th – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB – Buy Tickets
Aug 8th – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
Aug 15th – Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA – Buy Tickets
Aug 17th – Gila River Arena – Glendale, AZ – Buy Tickets
Aug 18th – Gila River Arena – Glendale, AZ – Buy Tickets
Aug 25th – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
Aug 26th – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
Aug 29th – PETCO Park – San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 4th – EnergySolutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets
Sept 5th – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
Sept 6th – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
Sept 9th – Fargo Dome – Fargo, ND – Buy Tickets
Sept 11th – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN – Buy Tickets
Sept 12th – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul MN – Buy Tickets
Sept 16th – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
Sept 17th – Nation Wide Arena – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Sept 18th – Nation Wide Arena – Columbus OH – Buy Tickets
Sept 21st – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
Sept 22nd – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
Sept 25th – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
Sept 26th – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
Oct 2nd – Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets *
Oct 3rd – Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets *
Oct 8th – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA – Buy Tickets
Oct 9th – CenturyLink Center – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets
Oct 10th – CenturyLink Center – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets
Oct 13th – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
Oct 14th – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
Oct 17th – AT&T Stadium – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets *
Oct 20th – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY – Buy Tickets
Oct 21st – Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC – Buy Tickets
Oct 24th – Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets *
Oct 27th – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL – Buy Tickets
Oct 31st – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL – Buy Tickets *

Grab a copy of Taylor Swift’s brand new album “1989” on iTunes and Amazon now!  Or get the deluxe Target edition that’s filled with Polaroid photos from Taylor as well as 3 bonus songwriting voice messages.

Be sure to pick up your copy of Shawn Mendes’s debut EP on iTunes and Amazon so you can sing along on tour.

Follow Taylor Swift, Vance Joy, Shawn Mendes, and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite artists.

Z100 New York Jingle Ball 2014 Line Up

‘Tis the season for Jingle Ball lineup announcements, indeed!  KIIS FM in LA already announced their line up (tickets go on sale Oct 18th @10AM), KDWB in Minneapolis announced their line up this morning, and now it’s NYC’s turn.  NYC’s own Z100 is known for throwing the best Jingle Ball all season (we might be biased) and this year’s lineup is nothing short of a dream come true!  Check out the full Z100 NYC Jingle Ball 2014 line up below.

Z100 Jingle Ball 2014 – Dec 12th Madison Square Garden
Taylor Swift
5SOS
Iggy Azalea
Pharrell Williams
Charli XCX
Maroon 5
Shawn Mendes
Ariana Grande
Jessie J
Rixton
Kiesza
One Republic
Calvin Harris
Sam Smith
Rita Ora
Meghan Trainor
Special Guest Nick Jonas!

Z100 VIPs get first dibs on Jingle Ball tickets Oct 16th at 10AM.  General on sale is on oct 18th at 10AM.

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102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2014 Line Up

It’s that time of year – Jingle Ball concerts are being announced left and right today and they’re all packed with your favorite artists from around the world!  The first radio station in with their Jingle Ball 2014 line up is KIIS FM in Los Angeles.  Check out the line up below.

102.7 KIIS FM At The Staples Center in LA  – December 5th, 2014
Taylor Swift
5SOS
Sam Smith
Ariana Grande
Iggy Azalea
Charli XCX
Pharrell Williams
Meghan Trainor
Jessie J
Becky G
Rixton
Rita Ora
Kiesza
Shawn Mendes
and special guest Nick Jonas!

Click HERE for VIP package information from 102.7 KIIS FM.  Pre-sale begins Oct 16th at 10AM.  General on sale is Oct 18th at 10AM.

Stay tuned to SecretFangirls.com for more Jingle Ball announcements and for ticket information.

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The Friday Five: Fall Album Releases

Fall is here, which means there’s a chill in the air, everything is pumpkin flavored, and it’s time to savor those last moments outdoors.   Here’s some new music for you to listen to while you sip that pumpkin spice latte, and pretend winter is never going to happen.

1.  Weezer – “Everything Will Be Alright In The End”
Due October 7th – Pre-Order
We love to rock out like it’s 1994, and have high hopes for this album from one of our favorite bands for the last two decades (!!)  Also, Halloween costume ideas:  Go as Rivers Cuomo or the awesome monster from the album cover.

2. Hoodie Allen – “People Keep Talking”
Due October 14th – Pre-Order
We keep talking about the awesome videos Hoodie has released to go along with the album, like his latest for “Act My Age.”  He’s also a perfect example of an independent artist who is great at giving fans what they want, and is slowly building up to the album release with more content, contests and interactive ideas (like inviting fans to leave voicemails which could end up on the album)

3. Sam Hunt – “Montevallo” 
Due October 27th
We can’t say enough good things about Sam Hunt.  He is definitely THE country artist to watch right now.  His single “Leave The Night On” recently went gold, and the “X2C” EP has been holding place in the Top 40 chart since its release in August.

4. Taylor Swift – “1989”
Due October 27th – Pre-Order
We’ll just have to shake off the fact that Taylor isn’t making country music anymore, but will definitely be giving this album a chance as we’re curious to see what she will come up with!

5. Nick Jonas – “Nick Jonas”
Due November 11th
The Jonas Brothers supposedly split over “musical differences” last year.  Now we can finally see what direction Nick was hoping to take the band (hint: it’s nothing like the Administration..)  Joe, we hope you’re next.  (More “Love Slayer”?)