brought his blockbuster Moonshine Jungle tour
to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last night (May 31) and wowed the star-studded crowd with an electric, hit-filled set. The 28-year-shared the bill with Pharrell
, who raised the bar for opening acts by turning the famous venue into an outdoor disco with “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky” and “Happy”. He even brought out a typically flawless-looking Gwen Stefani
to sing “Hollaback Girl”.
Skateboard P raised the stakes but, from the first verse of “Moonshine”, it was clear that Bruno was up to the challenge. After setting the retro-soul tone with “Treasure”, the beaming Grammy winner admitted that this was his first visit to the Hollywood Bowl (in any capacity) since arriving in LA 10 years ago.
He certainly made up for lost time by taking his fans and celeb friends — Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Paula Abdul and Quentin Tarantino were just a few of the famous faces in attendance — on a thrill-ride dotted with old tunes (“Billionaire”, “Our First Time” and “Marry You”), unexpected covers (“Pony”, “Every Little Step” and “Ignition”) and cuts from 2012 LP Unorthodox Jukebox (“If I Knew”). More »
“I got you,” Bruno Mars
said to Brad Pitt
For the second year in a row on May 17, Pitt threw a star-studded gala to benefit his housing organization Make It Right. Mars was one of two featured acts, so naturally he put Pitt to work. As shown in clips that started surfacing this week, the 12 Years a Slave producer played tambourine as Mars and his band covered James Brown‘s “Sex Machine,” though not without a proper introduction.
“Benjamin Button,” Mars said. He paused. “BENJAMIN BUTTON.” More »
graced the stage at the BRIT Awards for the first time in a decade today (February 19) — wowing the crowd with a beautiful, stripped back version of “XO”
. She looked typically gorgeous in a green sequined evening gown and belted out the Ryan Tedder
-penned tune against projections of fireworks and neon lights.
“XO” was really brought to life by the new arrangement, which slows the tempo right down and incorporates orchestral instruments. It shows off Bey’s flawless vocals and seems more in line with the song’s spiritual message of living life in the moment. She even had the crowd singing along at one point. Watch the queen in action up top and see other performances from the night including Bruno Mars, Lorde, Katy Perry and Pharrell below. More »
The 2014 BRIT Awards went down once again at London’s O2 Arena, with James Corden offering his wry, witty commentary as host. The big winners of the night were pop-rockers Arctic Monkeys
, who took home statues for British Group and Album Of The Year, and boy band One Direction
, who nabbed the Video Of The Year and Global Success awards.
Other big wins included David Bowie, for British Male Solo Artist, Ellie Goulding for British Female Solo Artist and Rudimental, whose Ella Eyre collaboration “Waiting All Night” snagged British Single. Artists outside of the UK who won include Lorde, Bruno Mars and Grammy darlings Daft Punk.
Head below to catch the full list of winners at this year’s BRITs. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Kanye West‘s Air Yeezy 2 sneakers sold out in minutes despite Nike starting the online sale with no prior warning. Bidding for one pair has reached $16.4 million on eBay. [Pitchfork]
:: Speaking of hip hop fashion pioneers, Pharrell is doing his bit for the environment by signing on to design a line of jeans made from rubbish fished out of the ocean for G-Star Raw. You couldn’t make this up! [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: 2 Chainz is a man of many talents — rapper, weed connoisseur and educator. He dropped by Tanner Elementary School in Chicago to give students a lecture about staying in school. [VIBE]
:: Some critics made the mistake of slamming Bruno Mars‘ halftime performance at the Super Bowl. He fired shots back in the most hilarious way possible on The Ellen Degeneres Show. You tell ‘em! [YouTube]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Well, we’ve made it through another week in pop world! The week kicked off — quite literally — with a powerhouse performance from Mr. Bruno Mars
during the halftime show
at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Did you miss it? Probably not, since it was the most viewed halftime show….ever.
And of course, as with every week, we were given another nude Miley photoshoot, this time courtesy of Vogue Germany…much to the delight (and outrage) of many.
Plus, we were treated to new releases from the likes of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, a promising up-and-comer named Allie X and Kelis, as well as Queen Kylie’s “Into The Blue” music video. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »
As long as there is snow, there will be the Frozen soundtrack
atop the Billboard
200 it seems, Grammy winners
be damned. The Disney album racks up a fourth (non-consecutive) week at #1 and another 94,000 copies sold, bringing its grand total to 863,000. The movie’s box office receipts currently stand at $360 million, which is more than double the animated feature’s $150 million budget. Bottom line: There are big bucks to be had with timely, icy silver screen fare.
Predictably, the 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation (87,000) sticks around in the runner-up position following the award show’s broadcast, while winners Lorde (#3), Bruno Mars (#7) and Daft Punk (#10) all jump up on the chart.
See how the full Top 10 played out below. More »
‘ Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
on February 2 brought in the largest audience in the history of the big game. According to Nielsen data cited by FOX, 115.3 million viewers tuned in for the performance. This tops last year’s number of 110.8M for Beyonce‘s halftime show
as well as the previous record of 114M, which Madonna set in 2012
with the help of Nicki Minaj
The game itself on Sunday had the largest viewing audience in history, with an average of 111.5M viewers, so Mars certainly got a bump from that. Regardless, there are two ways to look at this — either the suits at FOX and Pepsi were completely wrong and Mars had enough star power to attract a major audience on his own, without the help of some aging rockers who were lackadaisically thrown in… or the suits were totally right and bringing in Red Hot Chili Peppers made halftime the big-tent event they were hoping it would be. More »
drum-soloed, stutter-stepped and sang his way through the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
on Sunday (February 2) for an invigorating, if predictable, 15 minutes of retro-tinged (and, in the case of that Red Hot Chili Peppers
cameo, legitimately retro) entertainment. It was a master class in pop class, and while it didn’t give us a “shocking” moment to pretend to care about for the next week, it also didn’t bore us. After Nipplegate and Miley’s twerking and Kanye’s rants, it’s kind of refreshing to see a solid performance, enjoy it in the moment and then not have to think about it ever again.
That’s our take, at least. As for the rest of the Web, the consensus seems to be that Mars turned in a workmanlike performance, that his vocals were live and that RHCP’s presence was a little befuddling. Head below for the roundup of reviews. More »
started the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show with a twist, emerging seated behind the drum kit, banging out a solo on the skins as an intro to “Locked Out Of Heaven.” From there it was a high energy display of pop showmanship, with Mars making the case he’s the hardest working young man in showbiz (the youngest to headline the Super Bowl, in fact). Through “Treasure” and “Runaway Baby,” he showed off strong (seemingly) live vocals and stellar footwork.
Then the shirtless hooligans of Red Hot Chili Peppers burst on stage for a spastic rendition of “Give It Away.” We’re not sure why it happened — Mars didn’t trade verses with Anthony Kiedis or anything, so RHCP were just kind of… there. Mars had worked up a solid lather by that point, so maybe it was just so he could take a breather before the final song, “Just The Way You Are,” where it was just Bruno and the spotlight.
While there was no power outage and Flea kept his pants on, all in all it was a solid, compelling affair that didn’t try to be too much. Check out the performance below. More »