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The Wanted Bring High Drama In “Show Me Love (America)” Video: Watch

Oct 14th, 2013 // Comment
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Show Them All Kinds Of Love

Here are the highlights of the video for The Wanted‘s new single “Show Me Love (America)”Max George in a police uniform. Got it? Good — we’re all clear.

No, but really! The boys of The Wanted are back with a new visual for their latest single, a big, swooning orchestral number, and the black-and-white video is fittingly high on drama: Shots of the boys in suits standing on stage together in an empty theater (an old-fashioned trope but a welcome one) are intercut with footage of a couple in the throes of relationship turbulence; as the woman runs through the street all distraught, she encounters the boys in various forms. (That’s how Max ends up dressed as a cop, obviously.) More »

Justin Bieber Accused Of Throwing Punches At Korean Nightclub For Not Playing Rap

Oct 13th, 2013 // 3 Comments
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Justin Bieber has made known to #Beliebers that he loves hip-hop, through photos, video selfies, appearances and (actually pretty great) bonafide collaborations. According to famed house DJ Michael Woods, Bieber’s love for such music may have inspired his latest nightclub scuffle.

On October 10, Woods launched an Asian tour at Seoul nightclub The A Club. According to Woods, a shirtless Bieber and his security “muscled in” the DJ booth during his set to demand hip-hop music. When Woods refused, Bieber threw punches at Woods’ tour manager Alex Madden before taking off.

The Believe star himself has yet to comment, as he focuses instead on promoting his next #MusicMondays single “All That Matters.” Meanwhile, party host Ben Baller says to Perez Hilton that he didn’t see punches thrown but did see “a little tiff going on” between Woods and Bieber.

Woods and Madden have also aired out details on Twitter — see a few after the jump. More »

Stevie Wonder Covers John Lennon’s “Imagine” At Global Citizen Festival: Watch

Sep 29th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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Stevie Wonder covered John Lennon‘s “Imagine” at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, in efforts to advocate stricter gun control laws. “Can you believe that they let blind people carry guns? Come on,” he said. The crowd laughed as the blind singer mimed a misfire.

The one-day festival, on September 28 at New York’s Central Park, is held in efforts to end extreme poverty worldwide — so it’s a slightly different cause than what Wonder championed during his headlining set. Still, as the enduring musician explained why he performs “Imagine,” he showed why his protest cover song was relevant. More »

Meek Mill Tries His Hand At Sing-Rapping On ‘Make Me’: Hear The New Track

Sep 27th, 2013 // Comment
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On the eve of dropping his latest mixtape with DJ Drama (featuring the Freddy Krueger-esque title Dreamchasers 3Meek Mill — the most energetic challenger to Kendrick Lamar’s current rap crown — leaked the auto-tune soaked track “Make Me.”

Mill shows off the harder-edged version of Drake’s sing-song style rapping, which he put to such good use on his 2012 major label debut Dreams & Nightmares; he’s also doing the “people talking shit just makes me stronger” bit which seems to be the penetrating thesis of Maybach Music as a whole. Hear the track below. More »

The Weeknd’s Crime Of Passion Is Ugly In ‘Pretty’ Video: Watch

Sep 20th, 2013 // Comment
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Toronto-based PBR&B progenitor Abel Tesfaye, cryptically known as The Weeknd, is still riding the wave from his proper big label debut Kiss Land (which we enjoyed very much) doling out clever promotional treats for fans like handing out his personal phone number and making his first live television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live just a week ago. No stranger to eerie, seriously NSFW yet cinematic music videos, he’s following up his creepy Drake  collaboration “Live For” with what is basically a short film for Kiss Land’s fourth single, the terrifying dirge of vindictive jealousy “Pretty.” And the results are horrifying. More »

Big Sean Torches Arsenio Hall With A Performance Of ‘Fire’: Watch

Sep 20th, 2013 // Comment
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With the recent revival of Arsenio Hall’s late night talk show, viewers have gotten spoiled with nightly live performances from hip hop’s elite, including sets from Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Nas. Last night, Kendrick Lamar’s former intern and Detroit native Big Sean took Arsenio’s stage to throw down with “Fire,” the fourth single from his recently released sophomore album, Hall of Fame

With incredible support from the live band backing him, Big Sean looks and sounds like cooly charismatic star MC he (and Kanye) so desperately wants to be, ripping through the H.O.F. uplifting highlight without a hiccupped syllable or gargled chorus in sight. Take a look at the video above.

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Rihanna & Her Fans Share Deep Connections In ‘Half Of Me’ Documentary: Watch

Sep 20th, 2013 // Comment
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Over the past year (and for her entire career, really) Rihanna has had some…let’s say “interesting” PR moves: her 777 tour last fall featured a mid-air protest from disgruntled journos; she managed to get fined almost $50k for missing multiple court dates; a controversy arose over her grandmother’s funeral arrangements; she’s had multiple ugly run-ins with fans; and she unexpectedly became the shade thrower to trump all shade throwers at this year’s VMA’s.

And now, in what is a pretty obvious attempt to remedy the handful of instances where RiRi seems like a detached, entitled brat, she’s teamed up with Budweiser to film “Half of Me,” an 11-minute documentary about the deep connection she shares with her fans.  More »

Betty Who’s “Somebody Loves You” Soundtracks Spencer & Dustin’s Home Depot Marriage Proposal: Watch

Sep 13th, 2013 // 2 Comments
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...And Wait Till You See The *Wedding*!
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Sometimes the world can be a terrible place that makes you feel like burying your head under a pile of rocks. Really big rocks that weigh too much. But not today! Because not only did this gent Spencer Stout seemingly orchestrate the most adorable marriage proposal ever for his boyfriend Dustin — one that involved tricking the latter into showing up at a Home Depot in Salt Lake City, only to surprise him with a dancing flash mob of friends and family members  — he also incorporated one of our favorite under-appreciated tracks of the year in the resultant video of the event: Betty Who‘s “Somebody Loves You.”

Click play above and watch the wedding proposal that has just set the bar almost impossibly high for all wedding proposals to come, then get to know more about Betty Who by checking out our interview with the singer, as well as her EP The Movement. (It’s now available on iTunes — so go get it!) More »

The Original Cast Of ‘The Voice’ Reunites In New Season 5 Promo: Watch

Sep 3rd, 2013 // 1 Comment
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Well, The Voice is coming back, and we can’t stop it now — not even if we tried. The good news? The talent competition show is bringing back some friendly faces for Season 5 — namely, Christina Aguilera, finally back from her whirlwind Lotus promotional tour and generally seeking justice for Bionic, and Cee Lo, all Goodie Mob‘d out.

While you’ve probably seen the advertisements for the upcoming season in your favorite nail salon tabloid, a new promo that surfaced today indicates that the cast is in rare form. Consider the fact that not only does Christina Aguilera look truly, ridiculously amazing — all Back to Basics glamour in a sexy red dress — she quite literally walks on water in the video. (Also, there’s those three dudes, but that feels peripheral.) More »

Agnes Talks Conquering America, New Music & Why Swedish Pop Is Absolutely The Best

Sep 3rd, 2013 // 2 Comments
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While doing some pop music journalism in Stockholm last week (namely, an in-depth investigative report into why Sweden produces the very best pop in the world — more on that to come), I was lucky enough to snag some face time with one of my very favorite Swedish superstars in the game: the great Agnes Carlsson, generally known by the mononym Agnes. She was rocketed into stateside success in 2010 with the global takeover of her amazing dance single “Release Me,” which went to #1 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and became a Top 10 radio hit all over Europe.

But instead of rallying hard for a big international push to follow up that initial launch, when the time came to release her next album, Carlsson scaled back the vision, foregoing the huge commercial sound of her mega-successful 2008 LP Dance Love Pop for a moodier vibe on 2012′s excellent Veritas, which had more in common with the gorgeously melancholy electropop vibe of Robyn than with her chart diva contemporaries.

Teaming up with Patrik Berger (Robyn, Charli XCX), Jonas Quant (Hurts), and Nervo (Kylie Minogue, Rachel Stevens) paid off in terms of quality, on songs like “One Last Time” — even if Veritas was only released in Sweden. More »