With her homespun charm, curly golden locks, and prodigious gift for songwriting, Taylor Swift is one of the youngest Nashville newcomers to capture a national audience in years. When she was just 16, Swift's first big single, "Tim McGraw," peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard country chart and held a spot in the top 10 for months. On the single's success, Swift joined the ranks of teenage country queens like Tanya Tucker, Marie Osmond and LeAnn Rimes, who all charted as teenagers. Unlike those young chart-toppers, Swift wrote the song herself. Born in Wyomissing, Penn., in 1989, Swift began playing guitar at 12, and moved outside of Nashville with her family as a teen, and debuted at the Bluebird Cafe famed songwriter showcase. Her self-titled debut album, issued in October 2006, spawned a handful of radio hits such as "Tim McGraw," "Our Song" and "Picture to Burn," all of which propelled Taylor Swift to triple-platinum status. Not bad for a beginner! Preceded by the hit "Love Story," Swift's sophomore effort, Fearless, was released in November 2008.
Taylor Swift Concert Films
Runtime: 59 minThe country/pop superstar has taken the music scene by storm, going multi-platinum on her first album, earning four Grammy Awards for her second and being listed in the 2013 Forbes list of top-earning celebs under 30. Born on the 13th December 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania she showed an early interest in musical instruments. At the age of 11, she made her first trip to Nashville hoping to get a recording deal but it wasn't until 4 years later that she got signed to a label- Big Machine Records. The best selling singer-songwriter, musician, record breaker and actress in her own right Taylor Swift is a true phenomenon. Through her own words and great archive footage, this film takes an incredible look at the life and times of this truly amazing young artist.
Runtime: 1 hrThe singer-songwriter completed her transition from country star to pop superstar with the launch of her 5th studio album "1989", the top album release of 2014 with over 3.5 million copies sold worldwide, making her one of only three platinum albums last year. That new state of affairs is partly due to the rise of streaming, a distribution system of which Swift has become one of the most outspoken critics, pulling her music from Spotify in November and forcing Apple in June to pay artists during their service's free trial period. With her sold out tour "The 1989 World Tour" currently underway, Taylor Swift is one of the hottest music acts in the world right now. With exclusive interviews and footage, discover the remarkable story of the most powerful woman in Pop: Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift Top Tracks
The Blown Away Tour: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minThe Blown Away Tour: Live features nearly 100 minutes of performance footage, including a dozen of Carrie's #1 singles, with such favorites as 'Before He Cheats,' 'Jesus, Take the Wheel,' 'Two Black Cadillacs,' and the album title track that inspired her tour name, 'Blown Away.'
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 27 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Runtime: 11 minThe one and only Zara Larsson came to chat with PausePlay about writing with MNEK, growing up with a singing sister, of course, her new album So Good, and a run in with Liam Gallagher.
Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 59 minPop music sensation Mariah Carey performs before a sold-out audience at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden. This live performance is filled with high-energy music, dancing, and stunning costumes. Many of the songs Carey performs include her top chart singles like "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day," "Make It Happen," "Open Arms," "Forever," "Without You," "I'll Be There," "Vision of Love," "Dreamlover," "Hero," and "Always Be My Baby." This concert performance also includes a special guest appearance by boy-band Boyz II Men. Also included is a bonus video of Carey's hit single "One Sweet Day."
Runtime: 10 minThe one and only Bebe Rexha sits down with PausePlay for a chat about her new album A.Y.F (All Your Fault) as well as her favourite song lyric, being proud of her thighs and how far fans will go to just be around her.
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minShe has been referred to as one of the most powerful celebrities of our time and has been characterised as one of the most influential people in the world. We are taken on a journey from humble beginnings in St. Michael in Barbados to her becoming the world class pop icon she is today. Rihanna is the first female artist from Barbados to have won a Grammy Award. She has received dozens of awards, produced songs with Ne-Yo, Stargate and Timberland and released seven albums. This film takes a look at the life of a singer from the view of the fans, industry experts and the singer herself as she talks about the heartaches and celebration of being one of the most talked about individuals in the music industry today. We also take an intimate look into her love/ hate relationship with singer Chris Brown and how this has lead to a positive change in her music, while the abuse she experiencedlead to a change that would stay with her forever. Including rare archive footage and music videos from a selection of her greatest hits including Pon de Replay, Umbrella, Rude Boy, We Found Love and more this a must see for any Rihanna fan!
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minRecorded live in September 2006 at the historic Los Angeles Theater, Dixie Chicks Storytellers was the grand finale in the whirlwind that surrounded the release of the band's 5x Grammy Award winning album Taking the Long Way. Fans are treated to personal anecdotes and inspiration around some of the band's biggest hits including "Not Ready to Make Nice," "Cowboy Take Me Away" and "Wide Open Spaces." Dixie Chicks Storytellers also features three never before seen performances from the original broadcast including "Lullaby," "Easy Silence" and "So Hard."
The Dixie Chicks are witty, charming and sometimes irreverent, but above all, incredible musicians and songwriters. With over 25 million albums sold, Dixie Chicks are the biggest selling female band of all time in the U.S. Dixie Chicks are Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison.
All the Way to the Top
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minOne Direction: All The Way To The Top tells the story of the British Irish boy band formed on British talent TV show, the X Factor. Their debut album Up All Night topped charts worldwide and the band became the first British group to debut at number one on the US charts. From being five individual X Factor hopefuls, we see the band become our generationâ€™s answer to the Beatles. Including interviews with the band, music industry experts and fans from around the world, we take an intimate look inside the wold of One Direction and discover how they have become one of the biggest breakthrough band of our time.
Runtime: 57 minJennifer Nettles’ voice can hold its own in any setting, but exceeds expectations alongside partner Kristian Bush’s mandolin strumming at the Grainger Studio. During this sensational hour, Sugarland presents a versatile set that gains momentum with each song. “Joey” is heartbreakingly sincere, “Everyday America” reveals strong, twangy vocals while broken-down acoustics give “Stay” a more traditional country sound. Their forte is to effortlessly transition from energetic pop songs to heartfelt, soulful ballads without skipping a beat. The dynamic duo also present older classics like “Baby Girl” and even venture into covers of R.E.M to pay homage to shared Atlanta roots during their set.
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minMiley Cyrus took the world by storm as she brought her Bangerz Tour to fans across the world. The highly anticipated concert film features show stopping performances along with behind-the-scenes look into the tour and her personal life.
One Sequin at a Time
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minLady Gaga- the worlds most talented and controversial pop star. Born and raised in New York City, Gaga started as an aspiring pianist and songwriter, having taught herself to play the piano at a very young age. She soon shot to fame through sheer determination and after the release of her debut album, The Fame. One Sequin at Time explores the ups and downs of this highly influential superstar. With commentary from such stars as Ozzy Osbourne, Akon, and Michael Bolton, see how Lady Gaga is taking on the world - one sequin at a time.
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minIn this eerily enchanting musical film by Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby, a strong and sensitive girl, is sent off to a disturbing sleepaway school that's hidden underneath a grandiose façade. Luckily, she has a sweet and unapologetic best friend who sticks up for her when she gets bullied by the other students whose brains are under control by the Principal and his wicked staff. With the help of the magical friends they meet along the way, as well as an Angelic Spirit Guide, they are able to gain the strength they need to fight off the school's belligerent patriarchal conditioning.
The Best Damn Tour: Live in Toronto
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minThe Best Damn Tour: Live in Toronto captures Avril Lavigne's brightest, most colorful concerts to date, Avril's biggest hits take center stage, including the worldwide smash "Girlfriend," plus "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi" and "My Happy Ending."