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Monday
Aug252014

Iggy Azalea Takes a Spill Off the Stage

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea fell off the stage, but at least she had a good sense of humor about it.

The Australian rapper took a tumble while performing her hit song “Fancy” at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards concert at the Avalon in Los Angeles on Friday. Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt and kept right on performing after security guards hoisted her back up.

Iggy later called out the embarrassing misstep on Instagram by posting a video of the fall. She wrote, “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn.”


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Monday
Aug252014

Wiz Khalifa Concert Cancelled After Shooting

Atlantic Records/Darren AnkenmanThe Under the Influence of Musictour concert with Wiz Khalifa in Chula Vista, California, scheduled for Saturday night was cancelled after a man was shot at one of the tour’s shows the previous night.

The concert promoter, LiveNation, said the cancellation was due to an active investigation surrounding the shooting. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported a 38-year-old man was shot multiple times while backstage during the tour’s concert in Silicon Valley Friday. Authorities said the unidentified man died at the hospital Saturday.

Wiz Khalifa tweeted about the incident Saturday afternoon. "This was a senseless tragedy,” he wrote. “Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family."

The Chula Vista show, which was set to be held at the Sleep Train Amphitheater, will not be rescheduled. Ticket holders will be receiving refunds.


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Monday
Aug252014

Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Ties the Knot

Jeff LipskyOne-half of the duo Love and Theft got hitched on Sunday. Stephen Barker Liles, 30, married longtime girlfriend Jenna Michelle Kennedy during a ceremony at Ruby Nashville, just blocks from the city’s famed Music Row.

The ceremony was performed by Liles’ father, according to People magazine, and included a dedication for the couple’s 9-month-old son, Jett Barker Liles. “Stephen and Jenna had a beautiful ceremony and baby dedication that brought their guests to tears,” said wedding planner Alex Bovee.

The bride wore a David Tutera gown.

Liles’ bandmate Eric Gunderson was among the guests.


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Monday
Aug252014

Suge Knight Shot at Pre-VMA Bash

David Becker/WireImageSuge Knight was shot multiple times early Sunday at a pre-VMA party in Los Angeles, authorities said. The 49-year-old Knight was one of three victims hit by gunfire in the packed nightclub 1OAK.

The two other victims were identified as a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old female. All were hospitalized and expected to recover.  

Police said they were still seeking a suspect and declined to release any more information.

The shooting occurred at a party co-hosted by Chris Brown and singer Pia Mia. "This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event," the singer's representative said in a statement. "He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation."

The party was held ahead of Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but MTV reportedly said it had no connection to the party.

Incidentally, this wasn’t the first time Knight ran into trouble at a pre-VMA party. In 2005, the Death Row Records founder was shot in the leg at a pre-VMA Miami bash hosted by Kanye West. Knight sued West after the incident, claiming the event had inadequate security. They settled out of court in 2011.


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Monday
Aug252014

MTV VMAs Winners List

Courtesy MTVHere are the winners for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP-HOP
Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
 
BEST MALE
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"
 
BEST FEMALE
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"
 
BEST POP
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
 
BEST ROCK
Lorde -- “Royals”
 
MTV ARTIST TO WATCH
Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -- "Stay the Night"

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Beyoncé -- “Pretty Hurts”

BEST LYRIC VIDEO
5 Seconds of Summer -- "Don't Stop"
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"

BEST EDITING
Eminem -- "Rap God"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia -- "Chandelier"

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"

BEST ART DIRECTION
Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"


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Sunday
Aug242014

Watch New Preview Trailer for Robert Plant's Upcoming Album, "Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar"

Image Courtesy of Frank MelfiA new trailer for Robert Plant's forthcoming solo album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, has premiered on the Led Zeppelin singer's official YouTube channel.  The three-minute film, titled Return to the Borders, shows scenes of the lush, green English countryside interspersed with interviews with Plant and a few of the members of his current band, Sensational Space Shifters.

In the video, Robert praises multi-instrumentalist John Baggott's contributions in creating atmospheric sonic flavors for the album's tracks.

"Johnny Baggott was bringing so many loops and amazing samples to the program every night," says the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  He adds, "We could create monster sounds, beautiful and panoramic, which, as we started to write the record, it gave me an amazing panorama for a place to put a good vocal performance and a good story."

Baggott, meanwhile, explains, "[I made] these kind of psychedelic…drum loops and different psychedelic electronic loops, reverse kind of things, and just presented them as sort of demos.  And it kind of started there for me."

Sensational Space Shifters guitarists Justin Adams and Liam "Skin" Tyson also appear in the trailer, briefly discussing how well the band members collaborate together.  The video also features segments of two songs from Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar -- "Little Maggie" and "Arbaden (Maggie's Babby)."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar will be released on September 9.  Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the album on September 25 in Port Chester, New York.


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Sunday
Aug242014

"Must-Watch" MTV Video Music Awards Air Sunday Night, "Gargantuan" Beyonce Performance Promised 

Courtesy MTVThe watercooler moment to end all watercooler moments took place at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, when Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and a giant foam finger twerked their way into TV history.  A year later, we're still talking about it and, according to one of the show's producers, that's exactly why you need to tune in to this year's VMAs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"It's one of those moments in popular culture, which I think is a must-watch," says VMA executive producer Garrett English about the telecast, which has been going strong for three decades. "There are things that happen on the VMA stage that you will be talking about for weeks, months, and in the case of Miley Cyrus, years after."

"It's one of those things that if you miss it on Sunday night, you can very well be missing out on what everyone's talking about on Monday morning," he tells ABC News Radio.

With a lineup including Beyonce, Usher, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5, this year's telecast has many possibilities for show-stopping moments.   But as English explains, he's sweating under the huge expectation of a Miley-style incident every year.

"There certainly is a lot of pressure," English laughs. "But I think it's one of those things that we approach very much from an organic standpoint. We try to create the fertile ground for people to stretch creatively, and I think when that's achieved, these moments tend to happen."

As for whether or not the show ever turns down an artist's request to do something really controversial, over-the-top and crazy, English says, "We like the crazy! Controversy is not something that we shy away from."  But, that being said, he adds, "Obviously, there's always sensibilities and there's a very careful approach to that, but I think the VMAs is always one of those places where creative expression can go the extra step, and that the artists should feel comfortable doing that."

Most of the performances are being kept under wraps, though we know that the show will kick off with Ariana, Nicki and Jessie J singing "Bang Bang," and that Iggy and Rita Ora will sing "Black Widow."  The one performance to watch, according to English, will be Beyonce, naturally.  She's the leading nominee, and she's getting the Video Vanguard Award, so they're pulling out all the stops.

"Every single time that you see Beyonce on stage...she brings something unique, so that will certainly be the case on Sunday night," says English. "Obviously, the nuances of her performance are very much at close hold, but I can say that it's going to be a gargantuan performance."

With all this star power onstage, and titillating moments around every corner, it's hard to remember that this is actually an awards show that's meant to honor the best music videos of the year.  After all, MTV doesn't even really play music videos anymore.  So, do they actually really matter?  Yes, insists English.

"I think that's still very much the center point of the show...a celebration of music videos and musical expression in broadcast," he tells ABC News Radio. "So it's very much a center point for us, in terms of where the creative [portion] of the show is, a center point for the artists and a celebration of the year in this particular media. So it's absolutely critical."  

Here are the nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
Sia -- "Chandelier"
Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP-HOP
Eminem -- "Berzerk"
Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
Childish Gambino -- "3005"
Kanye West -- "Black Skinhead"
Wiz Khalifa -- "We Dem Boyz"
 
BEST MALE
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
John Legend -- "All of Me"
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"
Sam Smith -- "Stay with Me"
Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"
 
BEST FEMALE
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Beyoncé -- "Partition"
Lorde -- "Royals"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"
 
BEST POP
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz -- "Talk Dirty"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc -- "Wake Me Up"
 
BEST ROCK
Imagine Dragons -- "Demons"
Arctic Monkeys -- "Do I Wanna Know"
The Black Keys -- "Fever"
Lorde -- “Royals”
Linkin Park -- "Until It's Gone"
 
MTV ARTIST TO WATCH
Sam Smith -- "Stay with Me"
5 Seconds of Summer --"She Looks So Perfect"
Charli XCX -- "Boom Clap"
Schoolboy Q -- "Man of the Year"
Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha -- "Timber"
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga -- "Loyal"
Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -- "Stay the Night"
Calvin Harris -- "Summer"
Martin Garrix -- "Animal"
Disclosure -- "Grab Her!"

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Angel Haze ft. Sia -- “Battle Cry"
Avicii -- “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé -- “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC -- “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland -- “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko -- “One Voice”

BEST LYRIC VIDEO
Katy Perry -- "Birthday"
Demi Lovato -- "Really Don't Care"
Austin Mahone -- "Mmm Yeah"
Ariana Grande -- "Problem"
5 Seconds of Summer -- "Don't Stop"
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars -- "City of Angels"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Arcade Fire -- "Afterlife"
Gesaffelstein -- "Hate or Glory"
Lana Del Rey -- "West Coast"

BEST EDITING
Eminem -- "Rap God"
MGMT -- "Your Life Is a Lie"
Zedd  ft. Hayley Williams --"Stay the Night"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Fitz and the Tantrums -- "The Walker"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia -- "Chandelier"
Beyoncé -- "Partition"
Usher -- “Good Kisser"
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake -- "Love Never Felt So Good"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz -- "Talk Dirty"
Kieza -- “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
OK Go  -- "The Writing's on the Wall"
Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"
Tyler, the Creator -- "Tamale"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"
Disclosure -- "Grab Her!"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Jack White -- "Lazaretto"


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Sunday
Aug242014

Lorde to Present at VMA Awards Sunday; Faces Off with Linkin Park, Black Keys and More for Best Rock Video

Image Courtesy MTVSince she burst onto the music scene last year, Lorde has won her fair share of awards, including two Grammys.  But she says she'd really like to take home at least one trophy at this Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards because she like the way they look.

Lorde will be a presenter on the VMA telecast Sunday night, and her "Royals" video is nominated in two categories: Best Female and Best Rock.  If she wins, she'll take home a shiny, silver "Moonman" trophy.  Asked by the New Zealand Herald what she thinks her chances are, she says, "I don't know...I'm just happy to be there. I think that is the coolest-looking award, the Moonman. It would be a nice one to have, but I'm just lucky to be there. It's going to be fun."

Lorde will face some stiff competition in the Best Rock category.  “Royals” is up against “Demons” by Imagine Dragons, “Do I Wanna Know” by The Arctic Monkeys, “Fever” by The Black Keys and “Until It’s Gone” by Linkin Park. Though no rock acts are performing at this year’s VMAs, there are several other categories in which rock acts are nominated.  For example Jack White's video for "Lazaretto" is up for Best Visual Effects, and Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" video is up for Best Art Direction.

Here’s the list of categories with rock nominees:

BEST ROCK
Imagine Dragons -- "Demons"
Arctic Monkeys -- "Do I Wanna Know"
The Black Keys -- "Fever"
Lorde -- “Royals”
Linkin Park -- "Until It's Gone"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars -- "City of Angels"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Arcade Fire -- "Afterlife"
Gesaffelstein -- "Hate or Glory"
Lana Del Rey -- "West Coast"

BEST EDITING
Eminem -- "Rap God"
MGMT -- "Your Life Is a Lie"
Zedd  ft. Hayley Williams --"Stay the Night"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Fitz and the Tantrums -- "The Walker"

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"
Tyler, the Creator -- "Tamale"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"
Disclosure -- "Grab Her!"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Jack White -- "Lazaretto"


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Sunday
Aug242014

"Must-Watch" MTV VMAs Air Sunday Night with "Gargantuan" Beyonce Performance, Maroon 5's First-Ever Appearance

Courtesy: MTVThe watercooler moment to end all watercooler moments took place at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, when Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and a giant foam finger twerked their way into TV history.  A year later, we're still talking about it and, according to one of the show's producers, that's exactly why you need to tune in to this year's VMAs this Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"It's one of those moments in popular culture, which I think is a must-watch," says VMA executive producer Garrett English about the telecast, which has been going strong for three decades. "There are things that happen on the VMA stage that you will be talking about for weeks, months, and in the case of Miley Cyrus, years after."

"It's one of those things that if you miss it on Sunday night, you can very well be missing out on what everyone's talking about on Monday morning," he tells ABC News Radio.

With a lineup including Beyonce, Usher, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Maroon 5 -- who are performing on the show for the very first time, believe it or not -- this year's telecast has many possibilities for show-stopping moments.  But as English explains, he's sweating under the huge expectation of a Miley-style incident every year.

"There certainly is a lot of pressure," English laughs. "But I think it's one of those things that we approach very much from an organic standpoint. We try to create the fertile ground for people to stretch creatively, and I think when that's achieved, these moments tend to happen."

As for whether or not the show ever turns down an artist's request to do something really controversial, over-the-top and crazy, English says, "We like the crazy! Controversy is not something that we shy away from."  But, that being said, he adds, "Obviously, there's always sensibilities and there's a very careful approach to that, but I think the VMAs is always one of those places where creative expression can go the extra step, and that the artists should feel comfortable doing that."

Most of the performances are being kept under wraps, but the one performance to watch, according to English, will be Beyonce, naturally.  She's the leading nominee, and she's getting the Video Vanguard Award, so they're pulling out all the stops.

"Every single time that you see Beyonce on stage...she brings something unique, so that will certainly be the case on Sunday night," says English. "Obviously, the nuances of her performance are very much at close hold, but I can say that it's going to be a gargantuan performance."

With all this star power onstage, and titillating moments around every corner, it's hard to remember that this is actually an awards show that's meant to honor the best music videos of the year.  After all, MTV doesn't even really play music videos anymore.  So, do they actually really matter?  Yes, insists English.

"I think that's still very much the center point of the show...a celebration of music videos and musical expression in broadcast," he tells ABC News Radio. "So it's very much a center point for us, in terms of where the creative [portion] of the show is, a center point for the artists and a celebration of the year in this particular media. So it's absolutely critical."  

Here are the nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
Sia -- "Chandelier"
Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP-HOP
Eminem -- "Berzerk"
Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
Childish Gambino -- "3005"
Kanye West -- "Black Skinhead"
Wiz Khalifa -- "We Dem Boyz"
 
BEST MALE
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
John Legend -- "All of Me"
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"
Sam Smith -- "Stay with Me"
Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"
 
BEST FEMALE
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Beyoncé -- "Partition"
Lorde -- "Royals"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"
 
BEST POP
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz -- "Talk Dirty"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc -- "Wake Me Up"
 
BEST ROCK
Imagine Dragons -- "Demons"
Arctic Monkeys -- "Do I Wanna Know"
The Black Keys -- "Fever"
Lorde -- “Royals”
Linkin Park -- "Until It's Gone"
 
MTV ARTIST TO WATCH
Sam Smith -- "Stay with Me"
5 Seconds of Summer --"She Looks So Perfect"
Charli XCX -- "Boom Clap"
Schoolboy Q -- "Man of the Year"
Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha -- "Timber"
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga -- "Loyal"
Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -- "Stay the Night"
Calvin Harris -- "Summer"
Martin Garrix -- "Animal"
Disclosure -- "Grab Her!"

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Angel Haze ft. Sia -- “Battle Cry"
Avicii -- “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé -- “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC -- “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland -- “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko -- “One Voice”

BEST LYRIC VIDEO
Katy Perry -- "Birthday"
Demi Lovato -- "Really Don't Care"
Austin Mahone -- "Mmm Yeah"
Ariana Grande -- "Problem"
5 Seconds of Summer -- "Don't Stop"
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars -- "City of Angels"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Arcade Fire -- "Afterlife"
Gesaffelstein -- "Hate or Glory"
Lana Del Rey -- "West Coast"

BEST EDITING
Eminem -- "Rap God"
MGMT -- "Your Life Is a Lie"
Zedd  ft. Hayley Williams --"Stay the Night"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Fitz and the Tantrums -- "The Walker"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia -- "Chandelier"
Beyoncé -- "Partition"
Usher -- “Good Kisser"
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake -- "Love Never Felt So Good"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz -- "Talk Dirty"
Kieza -- “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
OK Go  -- "The Writing's on the Wall"
Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"
Tyler, the Creator -- "Tamale"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"
Disclosure -- "Grab Her!"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Jack White -- "Lazaretto"


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Sunday
Aug242014

Marsha Ambrosius Respects Beyonce's Power Moves; Recalls Favorite VMA Moment

Cliff Lipson/CBSMarsha Ambrosius is looking forward to seeing the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, especially since Beyonce leads all nominees with eight nods, including one for Video of the Year for "Drunk in Love."

The singer expressed a high level of respect for Bey's game-changing tactics like releasing her self-titled visual album without any warning.

"The last album was a phenomenal way to show true power in this industry as a black woman, who has been doing it at the top of her game since day one and never holding that back and adding fuel to fire really, as she should," Marsha told ABC News Radio. "Someone on that platform and that pedestal, the people hold so high, they expect so much that she shouldn't conform to the norm."

Marsha believes that Beyonce realized: "'I shouldn't be waiting for August 12 for my album to come out.'" After Jay Z's wife "effortlessly" took her "power back," that's when Marsha imagined Beyonce saying to herself, "You're getting videos to every song that I'm ever doing and I'm putting this album out and I'm going right on tour with my husband at that."

"Double checks. Power moves," she says of Beyonce, who will be the recipient of the 2014 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs.

But aside from Beyonce's success, Marsha has a fondness for the annual ceremony. The singer, who was one-half of the group Floetry, recalled her favorite memory from previous VMAs.

"When I was nominated, Floetry was nominated for 'Floetic' the video and I remember sitting [there] like, 'This is insane,'" she recalled. "And just to hear the nomination called in that moment -- that was the same year that Beyonce performed 'Crazy in Love' for the first time live -- and I was like, 'I'm really here, I'm not here to spectate, I'm here for a reason.'"

Although the duo would go home empty-handed, Marsha didn't seem to mind. "Oh we lost to Coldplay, that was the best moment of my life in that moment, I lost to Coldplay, to say it sounded amazing," she says. 

The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Forum in Inglewood, California.


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Sunday
Aug242014

Lee Brice Still Following His Creative Instincts on New Album, "I Don't Dance"

Image Courtesy CurbLee Brice spent years playing small club shows and writing hits for other artists before striking it big with his own string of hits. That time in the trenches gave Lee the confidence to do things his own way in the studio on his two previous albums, Love Like Crazy and Hard 2 Love. He's still chasing his own sound on his upcoming project, I Don't Dance.

Lee tells Ohio's Youngstown Vindicator newspaper, "It’s been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Also, I’ve been able to make these last two albums on my own, which proved to me you have to be yourself as an artist, and you can’t let the label tell you what to be or do.”

I Don't Dance features the hit title track and his new single, "Drinking Class." It comes out September 9.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Check Out Cartoon Versions of McCartney, Jagger, Elton and Other Music Stars During "Simpsons" Marathon

Image Courtesy of FoxThe longest marathon in television history is now under way, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically.  In the history of the show, a whole lot of famous music artists made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch many of them before the marathon ends on Labor Day, September 1.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached the middle of Season Five, which means you will be able to watch animated performances by Paul & Linda McCartney, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and many others.

For a complete list of all the animated music artists who've appeared on The Simpsons in the last two-and-a-half decades, go to Billboard.com.  Here's a select chronological list of upcoming appearances that will be shown during the FXX marathon:

Season 5

James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer"

Season 7

Paul & Linda McCartney: "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Paul Anka: "Treehouse of Horror VI"
Peter Frampton: "Homerpalooza"

Season 8

Johnny Cash: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"

Season 9

U2: "Trash of the Titans"

Season 10

The Moody Blues: "Viva Ned Flanders"
Cyndi Lauper: "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"
Dolly Parton: "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
Elton John: "I'm with Cupid"
NRBQ: "The Old Man and the 'C' Student"

Season 11

The B-52's: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
NRBQ: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
Clarence Clemons: "Grift of the Magi"
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Saddlesore Galactica"

Season 12

The Who: "A Tale of Two Springfields"

Season 13

R.E.M.: "Homer the Moe"

Season 14

Elvis Costello: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Mick Jagger: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tom Petty: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Keith Richards: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Brian Setzer: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tony Bennett: "Bart vs. Lisa vs. 3rd Grade"
Little Richard: "Special Edna"
David Byrne: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Jackson Browne: "Brake My Wife, Please"

Season 16

Los Lobos: "Thank God It's Doomsday"

Season 19

Lionel Richie: "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"
Ted Nugent: "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Season 22

Joey Kramer: "The Ned-Liest Catch"

Season 23

Ted Nugent: "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson"

Season 24

Marvin Hamlisch: "Gone Abie Gone"
Tom Waits: "Homer Goes to Prep School"
Max Weinberg: "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing"


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Saturday
Aug232014

Check Out Cartoon Versions of McCartney, Jagger, The Who and Other Music Stars During "The Simpsons" Marathon

FOX 2000/The Simpsons/Twentieth Century Fox Film CorporationThe longest marathon in television history is now under way, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically.  In the history of the show, a whole lot of famous music artists made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch many of them before the marathon ends on Labor Day, September 1.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached the middle of Season Five, which means you will be able to watch animated performances by Paul & Linda McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, The Who, U2, Tom Petty, Bachman Turner Overdrive and many others.

For a complete list of all the animated music artists who've appeared on The Simpsons in the last two-and-a-half decades, go to Billboard.com.  Here's a select chronological list of upcoming appearances that will be shown during the FXX marathon:

Season 5

James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer"

Season 7

Paul & Linda McCartney: "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Peter Frampton: "Homerpalooza"
Smashing Pumpkins: "Homerpalooza"

Season 9

U2: "Trash of the Titans"

Season 10

The Moody Blues: "Viva Ned Flanders"
Elton John: "I'm with Cupid"
NRBQ: "The Old Man and the 'C' Student"

Season 11

The B-52's: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
NRBQ: "Take My Wife, Sleaze"
Clarence Clemons: "Grift of the Magi"
Bachman Turner Overdrive: "Saddlesore Galactica"

Season 12

The Who: "A Tale of Two Springfields"

Season 13

R.E.M.: "Homer the Moe"

Season 14

Elvis Costello: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Lenny Kravitz: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Mick Jagger: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tom Petty: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Keith Richards: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Brian Setzer: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Little Richard: "Special Edna"
David Byrne: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Jackson Browne: "Brake My Wife, Please"

Season 16

Los Lobos: "Thank God It's Doomsday"

Season 18

Metallica: "The Mook, The Chef, The Wife and Her Homer"

Season 19

Ted Nugent: "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Season 22

Joey Kramer: "The Ned-Liest Catch"

Season 23

Ted Nugent: "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson"

Season 24

Tom Waits: "Homer Goes to Prep School"
Max Weinberg: "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing"

Season 25

Rob Halford: "Steal This Episode"


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Saturday
Aug232014

Check Out Cartoon Versions of McCartney, Jagger, Elton and Other Music Stars During "Simpsons" Marathon

Image Courtesy of FoxThe longest marathon in television history is now under way, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically.  In the history of the show, a whole lot of famous music artists made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch many of them before the marathon ends on Labor Day, September 1.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached the middle of Season Five, which means you will be able to watch animated performances by Paul & Linda McCartney, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and many others.

For a complete list of all the animated music artists who've appeared on The Simpsons in the last two-and-a-half decades, go to Billboard.com.  Here's a select chronological list of upcoming appearances that will be shown during the FXX marathon:

Season 5

James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer"

Season 7

Paul & Linda McCartney: "Lisa the Vegetarian"
Paul Anka: "Treehouse of Horror VI"
Peter Frampton: "Homerpalooza"

Season 8

Johnny Cash: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"

Season 9

U2: "Trash of the Titans"

Season 10

The Moody Blues: "Viva Ned Flanders"
Cyndi Lauper: "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"
Dolly Parton: "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
Elton John: "I'm With Cupid"

Season 11

The B-52's: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
Clarence Clemons: "Grift of the Magi"
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Saddlesore Galactica"

Season 12

The Who: "A Tale of Two Springfields"

Season 13

R.E.M.: "Homer the Moe"

Season 14

Elvis Costello: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Mick Jagger: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Tom Petty: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Keith Richards: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
Brian Setzer: "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
David Byrne: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Jackson Browne: "Brake My Wife, Please"

Season 16

Los Lobos: "Thank God It's Doomsday"

Season 19

Lionel Richie: "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"

Season 22

Joey Kramer: "The Ned-Liest Catch"

Season 24

Marvin Hamlisch: "Gone Abie Gone"
Tom Waits: "Homer Goes to Prep School"
Max Weinberg: "Love is a Many-Splintered Thing"


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Saturday
Aug232014

Appearances by U2, Metallica, Blink 182, R.E.M. and Others to Air During "Simpsons" Marathon

Image Courtesy FoxThe longest marathon in television history is now underway, as FXX continues airing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons chronologically. In the history of the show many bands made appearances -- in cartoon form -- in Springfield, and you still have time to catch them  before the marathon ends on Labor Day.

By Saturday morning the marathon will have reached season six which means you can catch animated performances by U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Blink 182, Metallica, The White Stripes, R.E.M., Fall Out Boy, Judas Priest's Rob Halford and many others.

For a complete list of all the artists whose music has aired on The Simpsons in the last two and a half decades, go to Billboard.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Teyana Taylor Releases Sensual Video for "Maybe"

Image Courtesy Def Jam Recordings

Teyana Taylor has premiered a cinematic video for her new single "Maybe” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti, lifted from her debut album, entitled VII.

In the video, inspired by Eyes Wide Shut and Sin City, Taylor portrays two different assassins named Jacquéline Mercury and Greyla Greathouse. The clip was posted on her YouTube page.

Fans seemed to be pleased with the comic book movie-themed visual. One tweeted, "Great Job! worth the wait. loved every minute of it!"

Her first studio effort is slated to arrive October 21 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam.

In the meantime, fans can catch her performing on August Alsina's upcoming Testimony Live tour, which wraps September 21 in Kansas City.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Nico & Vinz Share Their Picks for Song of the Summer

Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. Here in the U.S., "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz is definitely one of the songs of the summer, even though in Europe, where the duo is from, it was a hit last summer.   When asked to name their own picks for Song of the Summer, Nico & Vinz chose two additional songs that were also hits in Europe last year, but are now big here.

"I like the Clean Bandit song, 'Rather Be,'" Nico tells ABC News Radio, while Vinz votes for "Latch."  "[It] was, of course, a huge song last year," he says. "But it's really picking up here now. So I would say Sam Smith and, and Disclosure and 'Latch.'"

Nico & Vinz are from Norway, making "Am I Wrong" just the latest in a string of hits that have come out of Scandinavia, from Swedish super-producers like Max Martin and Shellback, to Norwegian production duo Stargate.  Stargate is best known for their work with Rihanna, Ne-Yo and Beyonce, while Martin and Shellback brought you smashes from Pink, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Usher, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few.  So, why are Scandinavians so good at creating American pop music?

"Hey, I have no idea," laughs Vinz. "Sweden has always been sort of in the forefront of music scene...but now it's good to see that Norwegians...are really picking up."

"Am I Wrong" has managed to cut through a summer crowded with hits like "Fancy," "Rude" and "Problem," What makes the song stand out, Vinz believes, is their unique sound, which incorporates both his and Nico's Norwegian heritage and their African heritage.

"I think this whole mind state of just try to figure out who you are," he says. "'Cause we have this thing of ours, we say, 'To be unique, you gotta be yourself.' You know, that's the only way you can stand out in a crowd full of a bunch of artists. So we really just try to tap into who we are, and project that the best possible way." 

Nico & Vinz will be one of several acts -- including Usher, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and MAGIC! -- who are headlining Fashion Rocks, a CBS music special airing live on September 9.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Nico & Vinz Quit Rapping, Score Worldwide Hit 

Sara McColgan/Warner Bros.Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have scored one of the Songs of the Summer with their smash "Am I Wrong."  The melodic, catchy tune is very different from the type of music they used to make: they started out as a duo called Envy, and they made rap music.  In fact, as Vinz explains, that's how the two of them first got acquainted back home in Norway.

"We started off rapping and he was rapping solo, I was rapping solo," Vinz tells ABC News Radio. "And we sort of live in the same area, so we knew of each other. And then a mutual friend introduced us to each other back in '09 and from there we had the chemistry, both on the stage and in the studio."

That's when, Vinz says, they became determined to hit the big time. "We just had sorta like the same dream," he says. "And we were like, 'Why not us? We can do this like everybody else. We're people, they're people, so why not?'"

While they did score hits in Scandinavia, they didn't go worldwide until they stopped rapping and started singing instead -- "Am I Wrong" was the result.  Nico says the change came about because they realized they'd never make it globally as rappers.

"We've always loved melodies. We've always been good at melodies, but we used to rap, 'cause we love rap music and that's what we did back then," he tells ABC News Radio. "We spent, I think, a year, a year and a half just trying to figure out what we could do to make the music appeal to people all over the world. It's hard to be a rapper from Europe and break in America because you have the best rappers here, you know?"

Coming up with their unique sound, Vinz explains, was simply a matter of him and Nico deciding to embrace both their Scandinavian heritage and their African heritage.

"I think this whole mind state of just try to figure out who you are," says Vinz.  "'Cause we have this thing of ours: we say, 'To be unique, you gotta be yourself.' You know I mean?  That's the only way you can stand out in a crowd full of a bunch of artists. So we really just try to tap into who we are and project that the best possible way."  

Nico & Vinz will be one of several acts -- including Jennifer Lopez, MAGIC! , Jennifer Hudson and Duran Duran -- who are headlining Fashion Rocks, a CBS music special airing live on September 9.


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Saturday
Aug232014

Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay and More Added to Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Concert Event in Mexico

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe lineup for Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa country concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico just got a boostm with the addition of Dustin Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen, Eric Paslay, and Chris Stapleton. They join Luke and previously announced performers Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line on the bill.

The intimate concerts take place January 23 through 27, 2015. For information on booking the trip, go to CrashMyPlaya.com.


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Friday
Aug222014

Report: Mariah & Nick's Divorce Getting "Ugly," Mariah "Devastated" After Nick's Comments to "The Insider"

Mark Cant/FoxAny hope of an amicable divorce between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon appears to have vanished, following Nick's comments to the TV show The Insider.  It seems Mariah is not pleased -- to put it mildly -- that Nick went off script and yapped to the show that the two are now living apart.

A source tells E! News that Mariah is "devastated" about Nick's comments because "they had agreed to work on a statement together."  Adds the source, "A joint statement was being prepared when he went and gave those quotes to The Insider."

"She can't believe he went and did that," adds the source. "Not what they had agreed on and not classy. He was not supposed to say a word. She thinks it was extremely childish, impulsive and opportunistic. For her, it was the last straw. She's done with him now."

"It's no longer amicable," says the source. "Things are getting ugly."  While the insider hasn't heard that Mariah has actually forced Nick to sign a gag order, which has been reported, he or she "would not be remotely surprised. She is seriously p***ed."

As for why Mariah and Nick's once happy marriage is ending, the source explains, "It has a lot to do with Nick's career choices. He does not have to work, but he's been throwing himself into gigs and projects."

Mariah and Nick wed in 2008 and have three-year-old twins.  As recently as May, Nick was denying that anything was wrong between him and the pop diva.


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