Eminem and Rihanna weren’t only pop pair to make a showing at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (April 13) night. British songbird Ellie Goulding and Russian producer/DJ Zedd were also on hand, and their appearance fit slightly more with the evening’s events, given that they both performed songs from the Divergent soundtrack. (You know — a movie, as opposed to Em and RiRi’s “Hey, we’re going on tour together, so here’s our big promo for that” spectacle.)
At any rate, Ellie kicked things off by ditching the leather she wore just two days before at Coachella and showing her softer side as she performed “Beating Heart,” complete with fire burning all around her. Zedd played piano during her bit then segued into his own Divergent track “Find You,” while being joined by vocalists Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. More »
This year’s Coachella music festival has been more star-studded than most with surprise on-stage appearances from Beyonce, Jay Z and Gwen Stefani as well as random cameos from Katy Perry, Kesha and Selena Gomez. Perhaps the latter diva’s attendance inspired on-again/off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber to crash the party.
The oft-arrested Canadian superstar joined Chance The Rapper on the main stage to perform their catchy single “Confident”. Justin rocked a black t-shirt, red bandana and white baggy shorts as he crooned the lusty slow jam and indulged in some killer choreography. He didn’t receive the warmest reception initially but might have won a couple of new fans by the end of the performance. Watch a snippet after the jump. More »
“My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola” were the first words Lana Del Rey uttered at Coachella on Sunday night (April 13) as she strutted across the Outdoor Stage in front of thousands of dazed and delirious fans. And with that one lyric, she effortlessly set the tone for a rambling and rocky set that was occasionally flawed but never less than utterly enchanting.
You see, one of the many fascinating things about the girl formerly known as Lizzie Grant is the grey area between herself and the brilliant character she created. Was her apparent state of intoxication and bizarre behavior (more about that later) part of Lana Del Rey’s doomed beauty queen persona or did she just overindulge before the show? I don’t know and, to be honest, I really don’t care. The 27-year-old was on-point vocally and was born to perform against the quintessentially Cali neon-lit palm trees that surround the stage. As far as I’m concerned her theatrics (or live mishaps) only heightened the experience.
After driving the monstrous crowd — Lana had people squished like sardines from fence to fence — into a frenzy with “Cola”, the platinum-selling artist moved on to Paradise EP highlight “Body Electric”. The big-haired diva roamed the boards pouting and preening like one of the ’50s starlets she so admires before delivering the set’s first real moment with “Blue Jeans”. Which was swiftly followed by an even bigger moment. Namely, the world premiere of much-anticipated new single “West Coast”. More »
A million weeks ago, before Pharrell‘s “Happy” was the #1 song in the country, Eminem and Rihanna‘s second collaboration, “The Monster,” was the first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. And while the rest of the music industry was either taking in, performing at or recovering from Coachella, Em and RiRi hit the stage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (April 13) night and performed the Marshall Mathers LP 2 smash live for the very first time.
Get a taste of what’s to come from the pair’s summer Monster tour above. More »
When Pharrell emerged as one half of the Neptunes in the mid-90s, they and producer Timbaland helped establish Virginia Beach as an unexpected Southern hip-hop capital as they revamped pop with spaced-out, stripped-down sound. They all boasted a singular vision but certainly didn’t act alone, as Pharrell proved through his star-studded Coachella set on April 12.
Before he closed with the ever-ubiquitous “Happy,” Pharrell kicked off his set with breakout solo hit “Frontin’” before guests popped up to perform their Neptunes-produced and -featured hits: Nelly for “Hot In Herre,” Snoop Dogg for “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy on “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2” and the biggest surprise of all, Gwen Stefani — who Pharrell simply addressed as “Queen” — for “Hollaback Girl.” (Watch his full set after the jump.) More »
Taylor Swift makes headlines for merely posing, if not performing with famous friends: Ellie Goulding, supermodel Karlie Kloss, Lorde. Actor Seth Rogen seemed to know this all too well when Swift, along with New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel and better half James Franco, hijacked his monologue while hosting Saturday Night Live on April 12.
“No, I don’t want any help. I told you guys, I’m fine,” Rogen protested. So naturally, Swift walks on stage to help emphasize his point: “Guys, he said he doesn’t need any help.”
Swift is fewer than six degrees from Rogen; Rogen and Franco co-starred in 2008′s Pineapple Express directed by David Gordon Green, who would cast Franco and Deschanel for 2011′s Your Highness, and then last year, after having hosted SNL herself, Swift would say the best line of New Girl‘s season 2 finale – as she did during Rogen’s monologue.
Watch the SNL antics up top, then see Swift posing with another friend, musical guest Ed Sheeran, after the jump. More »
Solange Knowles delivered one of the best sets of Coachella 2014 and all anyone can talk about is Beyonce crashing the stage during the finale. Yes, it was adorable. Of course, it was a moment. Obviously, I started crying and shaking. But the fact remains that Bey’s baby sister is a brilliant performer in her own right and already had the Gobi tent punters eating out of the palm of her pretty hand.
From the moment the 27-year-old hit the stage rocking a giant afro and bright orange ensemble, there was no doubt that Solange was going to inject some soul into the festival. She posed and preened like a ’70s pin-up girl while belting out True highlights “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work” before demanding the crowd grind along to “Bad Girls”. The alt-R&B darling didn’t have to ask twice.
Once the ratchetivity had been raised to boiling point, Sol-Angel suggested that now was as good a time as any to blaze (hey, it’s California) and delivered a raucous rendition of 2009 single “T.O.N.Y.”. It was a surprising addition to the setlist (the focus was on new material) but nowhere near as unexpected as her heartfelt dedication to Kate Bush — she called her a genius, among other compliments — and subsequent cover of the English diva’s seminal 1985 hit “Cloudbusting”. More »
Barely six months have passed since I saw Lorde perform live at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles but, since then, the Kiwi has won two Grammy awards and scored an era-defining hit with “Royals”. But there’s more to the teen than critical acclaim and hit records. A generation of kids has adopted the unlikely superstar as their own, which was evidenced by the terrifying swarm of human bodies that descended upon Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre last night (April 12) to see her perform — leaving tents empty and majorly thinning the crowd at the main stage. (Sorry, Foster The People).
It’s probably for the best then, that Ella’s live show has evolved almost as radically as her standing in the industry over the past half a year. While she was previously happy to lurk in the shadows of a dimly lit stage and let her music speak do the talking, the 17-year-old now puts on a real show. She has dazzling projections, giant props and even a quirky electronic introduction at her disposal but the experience was still strangely intimate as Lorde humbly expressed her disbelief at being at Coachella and swore like a truck driver during her frequent chats with the crowd.
As for the music? Well, that velvety voice never wavers. New Zealand’s finest export howled like a bashee as her long locks were blown around by huge gusts of wind and dirt — belting out obscure pre-fame tracks like “Biting Down”, Pure Heroine highlights (“Tennis Court” and “White Teeth Teens”) and, of course, her massive hits. She worked her now trademark crab-claw choreography for all its worth during “Team” and had everyone chanting along to “Royals”, which was easily one of the festival’s defining moments. More »
Just when you thought Coachella couldn’t get any crazier, Beyonce crashes the party. The queen of R&B, pop and most other genres made a surprise appearance at the festival with husband Jay Z and mother Tina Knowles in tow. They were spotted watching Capital Cities from the wings, enthusiastically bopping along to the band’s breezy brand of synth-pop as the sun went down.
It’s a safe assumption that Beyonce came to support sibling Solange Knowles, who was scheduled to play in the Gobi tent later in the day. I kept an eye out for Bey during Sol-Angel’s set but she was conspicuously absent from the venue. But then, out of nowhere, the game-changing diva practically stormed the stage to join her little sister for the finale — an absolutely euphoric rendition of “Losing You”. Watch the Knowles sisters dance up a storm after the jump. More »
Ed Sheeran previously indicated that his next album would be hip-hop influened and more beat-centric, but when x lead single “Sing” finally premiered, it was still shocking to hear the sensitive British crooner channeling Justified-era JT over Pharrell‘s jittery funk production — and doing it pretty well!
But how would the transition fare in a live setting? Tonight (April 12) on Saturday Night Live we found out, as Sheeran performed the song live for the first time. He started off as usual, with just his guitar and his voice, before the backing band and vocalists joined in by the chorus. After that it was kind of a blast! (He even pulled off that sorta-rapped verse.) This dude’s no one-trick pony.
For his second song, Sheeran debuted “Don’t,” and it had an equally bouncy groove and another hefty dose of sing-rapping.
Check out “Sing” up top and watch “Don’t” below. More »