“Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up once more for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special (due out on January 27), and they turned out their first television performance of the song on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Although this will be the fourth LP for Grammy-winning producer Ronson, it’s turning out to be his most high profile project as a lead artist, with “Uptown Funk” currently in the Top 10 on iTunes.
The pair later debuted new track “Feel Right” with special guest Mystikal on SNL. Watch Mark and Bruno’s SNL performance of their new single above, then catch “Feel Right” below to see what all the fuss is about. More »
Usher has been revisiting his stacked back catalog during his ongoing tour. When the UR Experience hit Los Angeles last night (November 21), though, he invited next-generation R&B singers to join him on stage.
There was Kid Ink, the producer-rapper who slyly asks for consent in current single “Body Language,” also featuring Usher and Tinashe. There was Jeremih, who co-stars in DJ Khaled‘s R&B posse cut “Hold You Down.” And then there was Chris Brown, who crept up on stage, only to be met with cheers the moment he looked up at the crowd. Not even UR Experience opener August Alsina could resist from capturing the moment on his iPhone.
The older Usher has gotten, the more open he has become to working with new sounds and artists. (Lately, some have argued that he does this to a fault.) So when these younger, more nonchalant and R. Kelly-inspired singers took the stage, he followed their lead until it was time for him to peel his tank top off. (Predictably, this was met with cheers.)
Unfortunately, with Brown’s cameo (Alsina’s “I Luv This Shit” remix, “Loyal,” “New Flame”) that meant less actual singing, with the backing track doing most of the work, and more dancing to win over the crowd. Watch the UR Experience “turn all the way the f— up” – their words, not ours – below. More »
One Direction are making their major promotional rounds for their new album, FOUR — and the lads’ latest stop was on the Ellen Degeneres Show today (November 21)! The host asks the UK pop/rock band about wearing disguises in public, as well as the rumor about Harry Styles allegedly gifting ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift 1,989 roses for her 1989 LP. Their unbothered answers to the odd questions are pretty hilarious!
FOUR (released on November 17) features tracks like “18,” “Ready To Run,” “Night Changes” and “Steal My Girl.” The band will perform at the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday (November 24) at 8 p.m. EST on ABC! The band also plan to embark on a North American and European stadium tour in 2015, beginning on June 10 in Vienna, Austria. More »
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has paired with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to organize a star-studded singalong — titled the #IMAGINE Project. The sleek black + white video shows various musicians, actors, athletes and dignitaries coming together to sing the inspirational tune, first released by John Lennon in 1971.
Katy Perry, MAGIC!, Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, Cody Simpson, Idris Elba, Lance Bass, Adam Lambert and many more make appearances in the music video, along with images of the late Beatles band member. The individual recordings will be compiled by Guetta to be released as a “world version” of “Imagine” on January 1. More »
Eminem released the lyric video for the Sia-assisted “Guts Over Fear” two month ago, but now the rapper is teasing the actual visual in conjunction with his upcoming Shady XV compilation.
The 15-second clip shows a boxer donning a red ‘IV’ robe, while fervently training in an empty warehouse for a big match. The official Syndrome-directed video will debut on November 24, the same day Eminem’s Shady XV album drops. It features classic tracks like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent‘s “In Da Club” and D12‘s “My Band.”
Get into the preview after the jump! More »
Jessie J has been just about everywhere while promoting her latest studio album in the States, from covering Sia‘s “Titanium” with Jennifer Hudson at the Concert For Valor to performing in NYC at the Musician’s On Call gala earlier this week. And now, she’s made her way her over to Jimmy Kimmel Live (ahead of her American Music Awards performance with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj!) to perform two of her Sweet Talker cuts.
Dressed in thigh high boots (a fashion cue from her new pal, Ari?) and a chic black and white striped top, the powerhouse vocalist tore through both “Burnin Up” and “Masterpiece” onstage, supplying her usual combination of impressive pipes and undeniable on-stage charisma. The girl is a natural, that’s for sure! And, as a bit of a surprise for the audience, 2 Chainz arrives on stage during the tail-end of “Burnin’ Up” to supply his rapid-fire verse. Watch Jessie J’s performance of “Burnin’ Up” up top, and check out “Masterpiece” after the jump. More »
In the midst of One Direction‘s North American promo onslaught behind new album Four (which, by the way, is expected to sell over 400,000 copies by week’s end — no big deal), the boy band stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles yesterday for a chat. Jimmy threw a barrage of silly questions the lads’ way — Would you ever marry a girl who wet the bed every night? What’s the strangest gift a fan has ever given you? Who is most likely to let a woman split the band apart? — but things took an awkward turn when the host brought up Zayn Malik‘s engagement to Little Mix member Perrie Edwards.
“Do you guys think it’s a good idea that Zayn is getting married?” Kimmel asked the other 1D members. He then began to rib Malik by saying, “Zayn, you obviously think it’s a good idea… But I’m gonna tell you right now, it is not a good idea. And we’ll have a talk about this, but, I mean, I hope it goes well. I hope I’m wrong.” More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars may be excited for their upcoming performance on Saturday Night Live, but the duo seem a little unprepared — well, at least in the new promo clip starring Cameron Diaz! The actress tries to show the two musicians the ropes when it comes to comedic timing, but her lesson ultimately fails and she ends up storming off the stage. Maybe they should just stick to music?
Ronson and Mars will perform their awesome single, “Uptown Funk” on the show’s stage. The song comes from the DJ/producer’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special (to be released on January 27). Look out for the duo’s performance when the episode of Saturday Night Live airs on November 22 at 11:30 p.m. EST! More »
Nick Jonas stopped by the Meredith Viera Show yesterday (November 18), and explained the hilarious Instagram post that has been floating around the Internet for the past week! Big brother Joe uploaded a photo of Nick’s head photoshopped on top of the now-infamous Kim Kardashian booty shot from Paper magazine. The “Teacher” singer is now explaining the meaning behind it all!
He told the talk show host, “That was his idea. We were out in the city the other night and obviously it was the day Kim’s shoot came out and he pulled it up on his phone and said, ‘Oh my God someone just sent me this.’ And I said you have to post that right now, you have no choice and he did and I think it’s one of his most liked pictures on Instagram now.”
After that, he gave some Christmas gift advice for the men in the audience and discussed the Jonas Brothers split. Watch the funny explanation up top, and catch the rest of the interview after the jump! More »
“It’s too intense! It’s too much!” exclaims coach Gwen Stefani of the Live Elimination on The Voice. Though she’s talking about the suspense that surrounds possibly losing one of her contestants, the same could be said of the not just one, but two major announcements regarding the ever-evolving show format!
To start with, Carson Daly lets it be known that the contestants eliminated between now and the final four will compete to rejoin the (actual) final three in a new “wildcard” slot. This bring-back – the first in Voice history – feels very X Factor, but it’s not The Voice without mid-season rule changes…
…or mid-season mentors! Pharrell Williams announces at the top of the show that the legendary Diana Ross will be appearing on The Voice next week to further mentor his team. Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump will mentor Teams Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, so…Pharrell wins on that front. More »