Four singers will join Victoria’s Secret Angels and noted beautiful people Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss and more on the London catwalk.
Back for an encore performance after owning the Victoria’s Secret runway last year, Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). Taylor is a global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and more than 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor’s album RED, released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week. The only other album to sell more than RED was her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, 1989, the highest selling release since 2002 and the only album to go platinum in 2014. 1989 sold almost 1.3 million albums release week topping Billboard’s Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release. “Shake It Off,” the first single from 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S. Her current single “Blank Space,” immediately skyrocketed to the top of the Hot 100 chart on its debut.
Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon. The 23-year-old British singer/songwriter’s new album “x” (pronounced multiply) debuted at #1 in the US and 13 other countries, including his native UK, where it’s the top-selling album of the year. “x” has been certified gold in the U.S., buoyed by the platinum-certified lead single “Sing” and gold-certified follow-up “Don’t.” Sheeran is in the midst of his worldwide headlining arena tour, which includes four sold-out nights at London’s O2 Arena. Last year, Sheeran played three sold out headlining shows at New York City’s iconic Madision Square Garden. Sheeran’s 2012 breakthrough debut album “+” entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x-platinum. Fueled by singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” “+” has gone multi-platinum, platinum, and gold in nine countries. In the US, “+” entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #5 in the US, and was the highest debut for a UK solo artist’s first full-length album since 2009. Likewise, “The A Team” garnered both commercial and critical acclaim, going double-platinum and receiving the prestigious GRAMMY® nomination for Song Of The Year in 2013. Sheeran took home BRIT Awards in 2012 for Best Male Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist and has received three GRAMMY® nominations to date, including Best New Artist in 2014 .
Within less than a year, Ariana Grande captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her debut, “Yours Truly,” and then its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.” “Yours Truly” yielded the double-platinum smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. “My Everything” spawned the triple-platinum “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, which debuted at #1 in 85 countries, and topped the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. It was the 5th highest digital song debut for a female artist and 9th highest ever. “My Everything” took the #1 spot on Spotify as Ariana hit #1 on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart. She is the first woman in history—and first artist since Michael Jackson—to simultaneously have three songs (“Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J) in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs chart. She was named Best New Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards and also took home statues at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the 2014 Teen Choice Awards and the 2014 MTV VMAS.
Born on St. Patrick’s Day in County Wicklow, Ireland, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne was raised on blues, soul and jazz. He taught himself guitar and piano, joined his first band at 15, and studied music at Dublin’s Trinity College. His hit, “Take Me to Church,” reached #1 in Ireland (keeping U2 off the top spot for the first time in 30 years), #2 in America and #5 in the UK. It’s currently in the Top 3 on the US iTunes Singles chart, and has been a Top 10 hit in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland and Canada, with an accompanying music video that has over 18 million views on YouTube. “Take Me to Church” is also featured in the new Beats LeBron James ad, and Ed Sheeran covered it on BBC Radio 1. Hozier’s eponymous debut album was released globally in October, with tracks mixed by Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey). His music has been used in ‘Wish I Was Here’, ‘Teenwolf’ and ‘The Leftovers’ and his upcoming 26-city US tour, which starts in February, is already sold out. Hozier has appeared on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres and Jools Holland (UK). This will be his first appearance on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Taylor is the very first repeat performer. Could Victoria’s “secret” be that she’s a huge Swiftie? Hmmmmmmm…
While you’re at it check Taylor Swift perform in the last VSFS:
Catch the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show December 9 on CBS !