posed as ’70s-era Neil Young
to perform alongside folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash
on The Tonight Show
. Rather than dig into their decades-spanning catalog of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, though, the “reunited” four-man group
sang a current Hot 100 hit: Iggy Azalea
Fallon first appeared alone on stage, strumming his acoustic guitar as he sang, “First thing’s first, I’m the realest.” About halfway through, however, stage lights shone to reveal the trio standing next to him, just in time to help with Charli XCX‘s infectious hook. Their cover of “Fancy” recalls the first time that Fallon’s Neil Young impression caught on – when he invited Bruce Springsteen in 2012 to Late Night, to appear as ’70s-era Bruce Springsteen and help cover Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair.”
“I saw that. I thought I was really good in that,” Young said to Fallon years later.
Watch Crosby, Stills, Nash & “Young” cover “Fancy” up top, then revisit Fallon’s folky take on “Whip My Hair” below. More »
‘s tight, white rolled-up pants stole the show at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony
in Brazil. Which is no easy feat when you’re standing next to bombshells like Jennifer Lopez
and Claudia Leitte
. Ever the good sport, Mr. Worldwide brought his famous trousers along to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
last night (June 19) and rocked them during an impromptu game of giant beer pong (above).
Pit also sat down for a good-natured chat about taking men’s fashion to the next level with his attention-grabbing outfit and spoke about his excitement at receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There were also a string of bad jokes about Sofia Vergara and a couple of tidbits about his new forthcoming LP. See what the recent college graduate had to say after the jump. More »
‘ “It’s On Again,” The Amazing Spider-Man 2
soundtrack’s lead single, features an unusual and hefty roster of collaborators: Keys and Kendrick Lamar
on vocals, with Pharrell
and famed composer Hans Zimmer
as co-writers. They even recorded two versions
, one that begins with wall of guitars and another, the single edit, setting Lamar’s introductory verse with a piano melody.
Somehow on The Tonight Show (April 24), they found room to add even more to the song. While Pharrell was absent, Zimmer was joined instead by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Producer AraabMuzik also led a drum machine breakdown, an incredibly brief demonstration of what he’s capable of doing. While the stage was crowded, this beefed-up version of the already-titanic song came together seamlessly. More »
visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
on April 4 to perform “I Blame Myself,” a highlight from her ’80s-inspired, lo-fi pop LP Night Time, My Time
. Despite all that glittered and glowed on stage – her gold blazer, her silver socks, the lasers throughout – Ferreira was commanding enough to direct all attention to her lyrics, particularly a chorus that’s both defensive and defeated: “You think you know me so well / I just want you to realize I blame, I blame myself….”
Watch Ferreira perform “I Blame Myself” up top, then see her explain to The Tonight Show how she wrote the song after the jump. (Hint: Her second verse is based on a true story.) More »
Did You Hear?
:: Pharrell is auctioning on eBay the Vivienne Westwood hat that he wore to this year’s Grammys. Proceeds will go to his From One Hand to Another charity. Bids are at $12,500. [AP]
:: Justin Timberlake joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to reprise a Late Night favorite: History of Rap. Watch closely for songs by LL Cool J, Salt ‘n Pepa, OutKast, Drake and tons more. [Okayplayer]
:: James Blake revealed that longtime fan Kanye West has reached out for a collaboration. The fandom is mutual. “My monotonous tone of voice won’t show you that, but I’m excited,” Blake says. [Rolling Stone]
:: Nicki Minaj faces a lawsuit from former “wig guru” Terrence Davidson. He claims that she stole wig designs, then sold and licensed them without cutting him on profits. (Minaj’s official website does sell wigs.) [TIME]
:: A judge ordered Chris Brown to stay at rehab for further treatment. Brown had just completed his court-ordered 90 days and announced a May 5 release date for his delayed album X. [E!]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
performed her Sail Out EP
highlight “The Worst” last night (January 17) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
. There, the R&B singer proved that a hushed performance can speak volumes, particularly when silence from one bleeped line — “Don’t take this personal, but you ain’t shit
” — only seemed to emphasize a harsher truth: “And you weren’t special until I made you so.”
Before it aired, Aiko’s Fallon gig had already been praised. Drake watched from backstage, then snapped her for Instagram to congratulate her. (Aiko was a featured act on his Would You Like a Tour?) Roots and resident drummer Questlove, who’s written about how he never used to listen to vocals, admitted that Aiko’s lyrics were stuck in his head. Especially after Sail Out received favorable reviews, such high-profile attention should only raise anticipation levels for Aiko’s debut album Souled Out, due May on Artium/Def Jam.
Watch Aiko’s Fallon performance up top, then revisit her dark video for “The Worst” after the jump. More »
has found himself in an enviable position this week. Without a major stateside hit under his belt (yet), the 23-year-old UK crooner’s debut album Tribute
, which was released yesterday, is sitting nicely at #5 on the US iTunes store. Likewise, lead single “Love Me Again”
— already a #1 hit in England and a Top 10 smash across Europe — has shot into the Top 40 on the digital retailer’s song chart.
To promote the American release of his album, Newman is embarking on a small US tour over the next week, which hits New York’s Bowery Ballroom tomorrow evening. While in Manhattan, John hit the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage with a full band for a big, rowdy rendition of “Love Me Again.” The singer sounded just a tad hoarse (has the Polar Vortex got him under the weather?), but he more than made up for it with his fancy footwork.
Watch John Newman make his American late night TV debut above, then catch Jimmy Fallon raving about the British newcomer below. More »
wasn’t the only high-profile guest
to join host Jimmy Fallon
last night (December 21) on Saturday Night Live
. In between spot-on impressions of musical icons, Paul McCartney
and Bee Gees
‘ Barry Gibb
showed up unannounced.
Well, sort of.
During his monologue, Fallon stood before four mics as he “confessed” that he invited his favorite musicians — David Bowie, Bob Dylan and McCartney — to the show, only for all of them to get caught in New York traffic. Then, in between impressions of Bowie and Dylan, McCartney strolls in for an effortless duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Later on, Fallon and Timberlake team up for a sketch as the Bee Gees’ Robin and Barry Gibb, respectively, co-hosts of The Barry Gibb Show. (The talk show’s theme song? A revised version of the 1975 hit “Nights on Broadway,” later assisted by the actual Barry Gibb.) Of its guests, Madonna not only offers the most salient point, she even calms “Barry” down to the point where “Robin” calls her mythical, as if we didn’t know that.
Watch McCartney and Fallon’s duet up top, then see Madonna and Gibb’s appearances after the jump. More »
Thanksgiving may bring family and friends together, but odd pairings dominated the floats shown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
. Fifth Harmony
sang their new single “Better Together”
on one sponsored by Goldfish Crackers, while Fall Out Boy
performed “Alone Together”
nearby the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
. Meanwhile Ariana Grande
riffed on Wham!
‘s “Last Christmas” with her own song of the same name
, one about heartbreak — “What you did last December, you left my heart a mess” — while next to a clapping Dora the Explorer.
Most of the parade’s featured pop acts, including the already-young Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd, were made to appear even younger on floats. So in a twist, Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon and The Roots instead teamed up with the cast of Sesame Street to perform with classroom instruments in the show’s signature style — what may have been the parade’s best attempt at wholesome fun. Watch Fifth Harmony’s performance up top, then check out the rest after the jump. More »