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Billboard Music Awards 2013: The 10 Best & Worst Moments

Well! It was a dreary night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, wasn’t it? There were forty performances each from Pitbull and Will.i.am! They only gave out three awards! Justin Bieber talked at length about his craft! Host Tracy Morgan sputtered all of his lines and could barely read the teleprompter! Yes, it was one for the books, folks. One for the books.

That said, there were still some highlights — a handful of exceptional performances and some nice moments of shade-throwing from various members of the pop glitterati — and, well, some lowlights. (Remember when Miguel almost killed somebody? Yeah. That was a bummer.) Let’s recap! (And if you missed any performances, you can watch them all here.) More »

Billboard Music Awards 2013: Watch The Performances

Bruno Is Quite A Thriller
The red jacket. Those moves. That hair. Is it just us, or was Bruno Mars looking a little extra Michael Jackson-esque, circa Off The Wall and Thriller, as he tore through “Treasure” at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 19) night? Oh, it’s just us? Sorry — too much boxed wine at dinner time.

Bruno and his band kicked off the Billboard awards at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena , amid a disco ball-strewn set that looked straight out of a 1981 episode of Solid Gold. Then Selena Gomez twirled through her “Come & Get It” Indian schtick in all gold. And Chris Brown sounded terrible and looked crazy while knocking of better artists’ dance moves.

Watch these magical moments and many, many more below! More »

Billboard Music Awards 2013: A Viewer’s Guide

The Billboard Music Awards are doled out based on chart success, sales and touring performance, so you have to respect that they’re the one awards show that’s at least up front about this whole spectacle being about money and not art. But because they’re based on readily available numbers, you know what you’re getting. That makes the BBMAs perhaps the most unnecessary of music awards shows (all of which are unnecessary on some level).

However! The Billboard Awards are also great because when you’re using the charts as the metric for quality, then you only hob-knob with the biggest of the big names in pop music. Thus, the collection of performers and presenters here comprises pretty much everyone who matters in music. That’s how you get Prince sharing the stage with peers like Pitbull. It’s ludicrous, but it’s also a show of music’s incredible reach. You’ve all heard almost all of this stuff. So that makes this a very populist awards ceremony, perhaps even one of the last hallmarks of the musical monoculture. Or maybe it’s just a cash-grab for acts who’ve already grabbed all the cash.

Whichever it is, you know you’ll watch it. So read on for everything you need to know about the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. (Oh, they air live on ABC from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET. You probably need to know that, too.) More »

Prince Debuts New Song “FIXURLIFEUP,” Off New Album ‘Plectrum Electrum’

Prince, this year’s Billboard Icon, has debuted a song off his new album with proteges 3rd Eye Girl, tentatively titled Plectrum Electrum. “FIXURLIFEUP” is more rock-oriented than, say, “1999,” although Prince’s spoken word may as well be a thesis statement to his entire career. “Don’t worry about what the crowd does, just worry about being what you love,” he says, before he wields a guitar solo to funky bass.

CBC Canada premiered “FIXURLIFEUP” on Friday, in time for tonight’s Live Out Loud tour launch party in Vancouver. According to music news website Dr. Funkenberry, Prince will make a brief appearance so that he and 3rd Eye Girl could perform songs off Plectrum Electrum. Hear “FIXURLIFEUP” at CBC, then check out a brief jam session featuring Prince and 3rd Eye Girl after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars & Miguel To Perform At Billboard Music Awards

Some of the most successful artists of 2012 will be hitting the stage in Sin City for the Billboard Music Awards. Taylor Swift, Justin BieberBruno Mars and Miguel are set to perform at the ceremony in Las Vegas on May 19. And they’ve certainly earned the slot: Swift, Bieber and Mars each spent time atop the Billboard 200 for last year’s albums, and Miguel dominated a host of year-end best-of lists.

The youngsters will have their work cut out for them, though, as Prince is also performing at the show (and receiving the Billboard Icon Award). Those four newly announced performers are also nominated for the Milestone Award, along with Pitbull and The Band Perry (um, good luck, you two!), which is determined by fan voting. More »

John Mayer Confirms Split With Katy Perry: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: John Mayer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday (April 2) and confirmed he and Katy Perry have split. But he did it with class! Refusing to get into details, Mayer told the host, “It was a very private relationship going in. It was a private relationship during, and it’s a private relationship, still.” [Ellen]

:: Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation management company has launched Roc Nation Sports, and its first signee is New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. BuzzFeed was quick to point out that the last time a rapper got into the sports agent game (Master P), it didn’t go so well. [Billboard]

:: Well that was fast! The unrated version of Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” video has been removed from YouTube. But don’t worry, if you’ve still got a hankering to watch Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell dance with topless ladies and a goat, the explicit version is still available on Vevo. [Associated Press]

:: Prince continues his war against social media, this time putting Twitter’s video service, Vine, in his sights. His label sent a copyright complaint to the company, requesting that eight six-second clips featuring his music be removed. [AV Club]

:: Tegan & Sara are on the cover of The Advocate for the magazine’s fifth annual “40 Under 40″ issue, which lists “the up-and-coming LGBT leaders in politics, science, the arts, and more.” [The Advocate]

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Prince Announces String Of West Coast Club Dates

After melting brains at his five-encore set at South by Southwest, Prince is ready to do the same at a bunch of small clubs along the West Coast starting next month. The Purple One is hitting seven cities, playing a pair of shows each of two nights in each venue, for a grand total of 28 sets. He starts April 15 in Vancouver (yes, even Canada has a West Coast) at The Vogue and finishes up in Anaheim at The Grove on May 8.

Justin Timberlake is certainly putting in work this year, but so far Prince is the hardest-working musician of 2013. Head below for the full list of tour dates. More »

One Direction Get Waxed… For Madame Tussauds: Morning Mix

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:: The boys from One Direction are getting waxed! Madame Tussauds has confirmed that they will be creating wax figures of the boy band, and there are photos (like that one up top) of them getting measured as proof. The wax figures will be in London, New York and Sydney over the next year. [Daily Mail]

:: Prince has composed a new theme song for the MSNBC show News Nation. Sometimes, jingles pay well, too. Although, we would’ve pegged him as a Fox News guy, what with his distrust of the “mainstream” media. [BuzzFeed]

:: Remember when Chris Brown informed us how to treat “bad bitches,” and a certain part of Rihanna‘s body? Now he’s saying that it was just a song, no need to take it literally. Phew! I guess that means when he compares himself to Jesus we shouldn’t take that literally, either. [TMZ]

:: The wait is over, for Taylor Swift fans at least. The singer will premiere her highly anticipated video for “22″ (the one with all the frolicking) this Wednesday (March 13) on Good Morning America‘s website. [MTV]

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Prince To Perform At SXSW On Saturday: Report

Prince is set to make his South by Southwest debut this week alongside a 22-piece band. (Take that, Justin Timberlake and your Tennessee Kids!) The Purple One is getting “a specially remodeled stage” at La Zona Rosa for a performance Saturday night (March 16), according to HitFix. And if it’s anything like his blistering pair of songs at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, everyone still standing in Austin by that final night is going to want to be there. More »

Michael Jackson Demanded MTV Call Him “The King Of Pop” At Least Twice Per Week: Morning Mix

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:: According to a passage in the book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, the moniker “The King of Pop” was bestowed on Michael Jackson by… Michael Jackson. Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks report that MJ decided he wanted a nickname like “The Boss” or “The King” and decided on “The King of Pop” in early 1991, insisting that MTV refer to him by the superlative at least twice a week and that any network airing the video for “Black or White” do the same. [BuzzFeed]

:: We try not to talk politics too much here at Idolator, but this one was just unavoidable. Recently, Senator Marco Rubio took the floor during a filibuster, and he drew some lines from “modern-day poets” Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z to relate to the debate. Though, since they were talking about domestic drone policy, it probably would’ve made more sense to quote El-P‘s “Drones over Brooklyn.” [Billboard]

:: Demi Lovato has revealed that she recently discovered she has a long-lost half-sister. The two just connected within the past year, and the sis is in her 30s (so unfortunately there will be no Parent Trap/Lizzie McGuire Movie shenanigans). [Celebuzz]

:: Like a true rockstar, Prince didn’t leave the stage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week without first smashing his guitar. The only problem is it wasn’t actually his axe. The Purple One had borrowed the instrument from The Roots‘ Kirk Douglas. However, Douglas has assured the public that there’s no bad blood: Prince’s camp reached out and is paying for repairs on the 1961 Epiphone Crestwood. [WENN]

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