Great news for those of you who have spent the last three years furiously tweeting at Harry Styles to come to Brazil: He’s coming to Brazil!
Yes, the doe-eyed, waxen-faced nymphets of One Direction are heading out on a stadium tour (which is pretty nuts that 1D can pack stadiums, and yet ultimately not surprising in the least), which the “Live While We’re Young” boy band announced today via a big, splashy social media campaign called “One Big Announcement,” and well, it’s definitely a good thing for those fans who live in South America and the United Kingdom, but their fans elsewhere were probably expecting an announcement that was, y’know, globally big. Ah, well, Guess you really can’t ever have it all. More »
In March, we first announced Kia’s Sorento Serenades contest, where three nominated people would be surprised in some manner by meeting legendary vocal group Boyz II Men. (Trust us, the full details were under lock and key, and even we didn’t know what exactly was in store at the time.) Now it’s time to meet Nikki, the first Sorento Serenades winner.
In the clip above, Nikki’s boyfriend of two years, Stephen, discusses their relationship in a voiceover as the happy couple take a trip from Wisconsin to California, where they drive around in their white Sorento. Unbeknownst to Nikki, Stephen is planning on proposing to her while the pair explore the sunny sights in Los Angeles.
As the pair are enjoying a beautiful dinner on their trip, Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman give Nikki a shock by walking up to their table and delivering a chills-inducing a cappella rendition of their classic hit “On Bended Knee.” More »
Well, it’s been a long, bleary season of American Idol, but at last, tonight’s finale is upon us, and the show gets to do what it does best: Promote its own! Yes, the show’s resident diva Mariah Carey will be performing her still-astonishingly-good new single “#Beautiful” (hashtag beautiful) as part of a medley of her greatest hits including “Vision of Love,” “Make It Happen,” “We Belong Together,” “My All” and “Hero.” Randy Jackson will be on bass, and she’ll be backed by a full gospel choir, so it sounds like the performance will be very relaxed and mellow and not at all self-congratulatory. (Then again, if anyone deserves that level of pomp and circumstance, it’s definitely Mariah Carey, right?) More »
This is it guys, the final week of American Idol. On Wednesday night, finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison gave it their all before America’s last opportunity to vote for the next American Idol. And no matter what the outcome, a lady is walking off the stage with the title tonight. But even more exciting is the debut of this damn Carly Rae Jepsen single they’ve been jamming down our throats all season. More »
Did you hear?
:: An obsessed Taylor Swift fan was arrested after swimming to the singer’s Rhode Island beach home. The man swam two miles in freezing water to meet the singer, but turned away after he saw her security team. Guess they knew he was “trouble” when he swam in? [TMZ]
:: Not one to turn away from competition, Google has launched music streaming service of their own. Called “All Access,” the service includes features like “Listen Now,” which updates new releases and recently added tracks daily. Look out for its debut next Wednesday (May 22). [Billboard]
:: All of pop music’s elite will be under one roof at this Sunday’s (May 19) Billboard Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Miley Cyrus, PSY, Celine Dion and many others have been announced as official presenters. Madonna will be receiving the Top Touring Artist award and Prince will also hit the stage to accept the Billboard Icon Award. [Billboard]
:: What’s a day without Beyonce news? The diva has continued to receive backlash from the National Press Photographers Association (NPAA) and other organizations with her super-strict photography ban. After some unflattering shots from her Super Bowl performance went viral, Beyonce banned the press from shooting at her Mrs. Carter World Tour. [Yahoo! Music]
:: The hologram trend continues as Rock the Bells festival plans to unveil “virtual performances” from Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who will reunite with Wu-Tang Clan. The festival will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary with performances from real people, including Common, Kid Cudi and Tyler, The Creator. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
A throbbing, insistent bassline. An electronic wall of sound. Semi-creepy synths. And Giorgio Moroder. No, we’re not talking the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, but rather a fresh song by revered Italian producer Moroder called “Racer,” which just popped up online via his SoundCloud account today.
Turns out the haunting dance number was written specifically for Google Chrome’s new Racer game, which was demoed today during the Google I/O keynote. And the game is here, now — it can apparently be played on Chrome on an Android or iOS device this very second.
As for Giorgio’s new jam “Racer,” you can listen to that below. Just be sure to crank up the bass. More »
Update: Hollywood.com reports that they spoke with a PBS representative, who said that Diddy was not joining the cast of Downton. Boo hiss.
Original post: After teasing some “special news” earlier today, rapper and unintentionally hysterical person Diddy has announced via Twitter that he is joining the cast of the critically acclaimed ITV period drama Downton Abbey.
Nothing about this makes sense and he was probably hacked, but if it is true, it is the greatest news in the history of entertainment.
See his tweets below. More »
Iggy Azalea, what a trooper. The Aussie rapper dropped by our Los Angeles studio for a chit chat even though she was battling a wicked cold. (Not that you could tell in this clip — the Wilhelmina model looks as stunning as ever.) Did that stop Iggy from taking part in a round of Pop Associated? Heck no! She simply sipped on some much-needed codeine between takes — because that’s the kind of type-A gal she is. (See also: lyrics to “Work”.) Watch as the blond bombshell dishes on everyone from T.I. to Pusha T to Juicy J to Natasha Bedingfield. Plus find out just why her old tour mate Rita Ora is so “mischievous”. More »
Diplo is not impressed. The DJ-producer laid into Daft Punk‘s new album last night (May 14), firing off a series of tweets making fun of Random Access Memories. The DJ-producer started off pretty innocuously, saying that the album “would probably be really good to take drugs and listen to on a rainy bridge.” Soon, though, he was throwing out some cold disses like, “The song with todd edwards makes me feel like I’m alone at waffle house and the jukebox is broken and only micheal mcdonald plays out of it.” Pretty harsh, but even the most diehard Daft Punkers had to find that a tad funny.
Diplo certainly had reason to broadcast his thoughts on the album: he’s one of the leaders of the very EDM world which the French duo has politely trashed in recent interviews. Head below to see all of Diplo’s tweets regarding RAM. More »