Beyonce has canceled tonight’s (May 14) Mrs. Carter Show concert in Antwerp, Belgium under doctor’s orders. Bey’s reps sent an email to the Associated Press saying “she has been advised by her doctors to rest” after suffering from dehydration and exhaustion. The show will be rescheduled, and no decision has been made for her show in the same arena Wednesday night. More »
Oh hey, it’s the video for Sara Bareilles‘ very good single “Brave”! The track — her first taken from her upcoming LP The Blessed Unrest — has a big singalong hook and an inspirational be-your-best-self message, so fittingly, the accompanying clip is nice and sunny: “Normal people” dance like total goons in various locales (a gym, a shopping mall, a bus stop, a library).
The bravest thing about the video, though, is that Bareilles is wearing a black-and-white polka dot blouse on top of black-and-white pants that are covered in cursive writing. Truly courageous. And she even pulls it off! More »
It’s been nearly four years since Little Boots‘ debut LP Hands arrived, and there’s a pretty solid reason it took so long for Victoria Hesketh to craft its follow-up, the perfectly moody, just-released Nocturnes.
“Everything is throwaway — and not just music — nowadays,” Hesketh told Idolator last week, just before her concert at New York’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. “It’s just designed to break or designed for you to get bored of it… So it was really important to take the time to craft all the sounds and just try to make it sound one of the more legendary albums that I love.” More »
Iconic songbird Christina Aguilera is planning to bring her studded diaper back to the swiveling chair for another year: According to The Hollywood Reporter, after taking a year off to work on promoting her album Lotus (which, yikes, didn’t work out very well for her, did it?), the Legend Of The United States is in talks to return to The Voice for a fifth season — and rumor has it that she’s asking for $12 million. More »
Highly relevant defunct girl group Danity Kane have unofficially unveiled their upcoming reunion via some grainy paparazzi footage and a mostly-dubious TMZ item, but let’s just go with it because we all need a beacon of hope to cling to in these dark, dark days. Four of the five members — Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres — were spotted having lunch with their new manager in Los Angeles yesterday (D. Woods was too busy, or hates everyone, or whatever), and TMZ claims that “they plan to record and tour.”
But according to reports, Diddy, who created the girl group on Making the Band 3 and then collapsed it in 2009, is not involved in the group at all — and when asked about him, Aubrey O’Day quipped, “Who’s that?” Never change, Aubrey. More »
Decades from now, historians will remember the front half of 2013 as “The Great Beyonce Drought,” or maybe “That Time Beyonce Trolled Us All.” Looking for Beyonce to get her grown woman on and give you a full song to bump? Want to buy something on iTunes? Feel like hearing a Beyonce tune on the radio? Sorry! Not gonna happen.
See her in her H&M ad, high above Times Square, mocking you with her flawlessness. See her doing press for a voiceover role in some animated film you only want to see because Beyonce’s in it. See her promise you a new single, a new album, and then go on tour for the next thousand years. It’s all just soda-pop jingles, inexplicable trap-rap promo tracks casually discarded on Tumblr and cartoon balladeering now. Beyonce’s calling the shots, and Beyonce wants it like this. More »
Based on what we’re seeing during the live rounds of The Voice, it is very likely that the apocalypse is near. Last week Al Roker appeared to promote The Today Show (Horseman 1). Then there was Wednesday’s miscount incident with the very serious auditor on stage (Horseman 2). Monday night brought the biggest doomsday sign yet: the air conditioning went out for the live show (gasp!), prompting Adam Levine to fan Carson Daly (Horseman 3), and Usher to strip down to a tank top (no Horseman there, just enjoy the view). Despite the fact that Carson could not stress enough how extreme the heat wave conditions were for the live audience, at least there’s still one more Horseman buffer before a confirmed Doomsday. Rest easy, Voice viewers.
Beyond the extreme heat and lack of Xtina Aguilera’s hand fans, the 12 finalists all competed for America’s votes on Monday night. Check out who kept their cool, and who had a meltdown. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Is Blue Ivy already going to be a big sister? The music industry has been on Beyonce Baby Bump Watch after the singer’s appearance at last week’s Met Gala, and internet sleuths have been using MS Paint to point out supposed photo evidence of a bump. Now “sources” have told a certain newspaper with a spotty track record that Bey is, in fact, pregnant again. [New York Post]
:: Selena Gomez has confirmed that she and Justin Bieber are no longer an item. She gave cagey answers to In Style last week, but the singer was much clearer on Boston’s Kiss 108 while promoting “Come & Get It.” Sel told the hosts she’s completely available and looking for someone to take her on an ice cream date. Yum! [MTV]
:: Nicki Minaj is a cover girl once again as she graces the June/July issue of Teen Vogue in a Barb-approved cotton candy dress. The rapper compares the music industry to a “popularity contest” that she can’t be bothered with. Hmm, Mariah Carey shade anyone? [Vibe Vixen]
:: Before Kanye West bumped his head and raged against some paparazzi, he was spotted filming a cameo for Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Now there are photos from the set, which includes Yeezy (in character) tackling Steve Carrell‘s character with a hockey stick. [Celebuzz]
:: If anyone knows how to make a bad first impression, it’s Chris Brown. The entertainer got into some trouble with his Hollywood Hills neighbors after they claimed his goblin art frightened the local children. He should probably tone it down if he ever wants to be invited to the next potluck. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Ryan Seacrest is working on a new music series for Telemundo. The American Idol host will be producing Superstar Showdown, where two established artists will go head to head for the audience’s vote. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »