What’s on your To Do list this weekend? Watching Tegan & Sara live in Boston, we hope! The lovely Quin ladies are just days away from the release of their seventh album, Heartthrob, and will be performing at Brighton Music Hall in Beantown Sunday, January 27 as part of MTV’s Artists to Watch Live in Boston series. Even if you don’t have a ticket to the show, or are rethinking ever leaving your house again given the current temperatures, you can enjoy the entire set from the comfort (and warmth) of your couch thanks to our friends at MTV Hive.
Posts By Emily Exton
We thought we were lucky simply by having a chance to watch the superwoman that is Adele return to the stage, trading high-fives with 007 and making other nominees cringe at their own acceptance speeches. The Academy Awards is typically Hollywood’s night, showering films and their respective performers with love and a 360 GlamCam, but more recently, music has been finding a way in to the big show more and more.
Part of that trend is the Academy’s planned tribute to the movie musical (amazing, amazing idea) which will take place at this year’s show on Sunday, February 24 (ugh, not soon enough!). Despite the rich canon of excellent examples–do everyone a favor and rid your mind of Nine and Rent–the focus will fall largely on recent screen adaptations. So don’t expect Hugh Jackman to launch into “Trouble,” although I am willing to lend this idea to a casting record for a price to be determined later.
Films like Chicago and Dreamgirls will be featured in the tribute, as well as one of this year’s big contenders, Les Misérables. The former arguably brought the genre–barreling–into the 21st century, while Dreamgirls put Beyoncé on the big screen and made us forget Jennifer Hudson was an American Idol reject–still hard to believe after this. Yes, Harold Hill may have to wait, but if you’ve dreamed a dream that Wolverine and Queen Bey might one day share the stage, you could be in luck.
Beyoncé‘s inauguration duties are behind her, and we’d like to call for a moratorium on chatter about whether she dared to use a backing track in the presence of Barack Obama. There bigger problems at hand and Bey has plenty of fabulous people in her corner should sticklers want to argue about something that escalated Whitney Houston to new levels of fame. And we, as fans, have much more important things on our agenda! Like, planning a Super Bowl party with scheduled bathroom trips as not to miss any important demonstrations of athletic ability–or impressive freakoutery by one Jim Harbaugh–and flawless musical talent from this year’s halftime star. Can you believe we’re just nine days away? I wouldn’t wait much longer to acquire the necessities for seven-layer dip.
After lots of speculation and one cruise, the lineup for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been announced. Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to headline the three-day fest that spans two weekends (April 12-14 and April 19-21) for the second consecutive year, which is very exciting but also a little underwhelming. Don’t get us wrong, the top of the lineup is an interesting combination of legendary acts and artists with upcoming release we can’t wait to hear, but after l2012′s even greater mix of genres closing out each sweltering day, we can’t help but feel this year’s fest is dominated by the WGWGs.
That’s not to say that the second and third (and fourth and fifth) tier acts aren’t fabulous: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, and, oh yeah, Wu-Tang Clan, plus the return of the Postal Service (!) and VH1 favorites like Tegan and Sara, Jessie Ware and our January You Oughta Know artist, Allen Stone. Well done, friends!
The eternal question of “what are we going to do tonight?” plagues those of us suffering from party fatigue, financial strain or just plain boredom. Depending on personal preferences, options for how to fill those precious hours away from work or school can range from marathoning season one of The West Wing to catching your favorite band in a super secret location. Option two sounds like it has the most opportunities for a #humblebrag (not that being able to recite C.J. Cregg dialogue isn’t impressive) but how do we get in? OneRepublic gives a master class in how to find your way into the most exclusive of events in their new video for “If I Lose Myself.” In the clip, Ryan Tedder and Co. teach us that the best way to spread the word about a can’t-miss party or live show is via the mysterious mass texting of forest animals. Yes, animals. Aspiring artists take note.
Upon first hearing about Justin Bieber‘s Believe Acoustic, dropping this Tuesday, the album sounded like a quickly processed collection of more intimate takes on some of his biggest songs. “Boyfriend,” undone, “As Long As You Love Me” like its dubstep fathers never intended it to be, and so on. Reissues are a thing of now, and who better than the Bieb to get in on the potential profits held within? Still, we were more intrigued to hear that the album will potentially–we say with caution, as Justin has a history of pranking us–contain some new material, stuff that Bieber promises will be the (musical?) solutions to the many uncertainties that keep us up at night:
Laugh all you want, but there really are some! Whether it’s the mark of a slow news day or a true attempt to bring down the Bieb and the swaggy empire he’s built in just six years, tabloids seem to love cooking up kooky stories involving everyone’s favorite 18-year-old fondue enthusiast. But even the most ridiculous stories got us thinking: with all that’s been written, tweeted and gossiped about the Canadian star, what are we most curious to hear straight from his mouth (and the acoustic guitar of Dan Kanter)? He’s already addressed the headlines that rocked 2011 on Believe–right, Maria(h)?–so here are a few OTHER ideas…
Beyoncé definitely lip-synched during her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Monday’s presidential inauguration. Er, maybe she didn’t? No, she most certainly did. Hmmm. Better ask an expert. The constant back-and-forth over whether one of our most beloved national treasures sang a sacred, patriotic tune live or with assistance from a pre-recorded backing track has hijacked most of our attention at a time when we should probably be focusing on Barack Obama‘s second term, or complaining about the sudden frozen tundra we’re forced to walk across just to check the mail. Everyone has an opinion–and Beyoncé has remained quiet– so if you’re conflicted about what to feel about the Beyontroversy, perhaps your allegiance to some of these famous folks will help you out.
“The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing,” Keys told Capital FM. “All the rest of the ‘whys’ or ‘whatever,’ we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”
After inadvertently getting wrapped up in a misunderstanding between Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep obsessives following the Oscars, Midler was quick to remind us (and nearly 400,000 Twitter followers) of what’s important: “Ok
#beyonce fudged. Get a grip. Men are raping and urinating on young girls in Steubenville Ohio. Priorities, people!”
“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather… she did a beautiful job with the pre-record… next time I’ll probably do the same,” the Queen of Soul, who performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News.
The legendary Broadway star fielded only the toughest of questions (how could one possibly say something mean about Mandy Patinkin?!) from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. “SHE WAS SINGING LIVE I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!” she said on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.
First a lyric video that shows an almost equal amount of words to suave shots of a certain someone getting their sexy back (again), and now a release date that’s less than two months away?! JT, you’re spoiling us. Justin Timberlake‘s third album, The 20/20 Experience, will be released on March 19, something those with killer eyesight and concentration most likely caught during their first viewing of the new “Suit & Tie” clip. The date flashes onscreen at the tail end of the video, coming and going very, very quickly (around 5:20). But since it’s part of an official product created by the man himself, we have no choice to believe him. And be outrageously, perhaps irrationally, excited about it.
After a quick, 30-second tease that was tearing up our heart, we’re pleased to give you the real thing. Justin Timberlake‘s official lyric video for “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” dropped this morning, while you were happily living out your own superstar fantasies in dream land. Handsome JT continues to look handsome in the full clip, be in whether he’s slowly driving along the sunny streets of Los Angeles en route to his day job or posing for multiple flashing lights. It’s a way to see how the sausage gets made–the sausage being a talented multi-Grammy winner who needs little help prepping for a photo shoot and shares our passion for playing the air trumpet. There are plenty of fancy, titular objects to ogle as Timberlake goes through the process of getting dressed, the camera slowly scanning every inch of his dapper ensemble, pausing on his wedding ring–hi, Jessica–for better or for worse.
Next up on this week’s conveyor belt of crushing disappointments (if you happen to be a patriotic Bey stan and Cruel Summer apologist who is also a bit of a monster): There won’t be new Lady Gaga music any time soon. What? Then why did I watch Mother Monster ruin perfectly good cake? Despite the promise of a third album from Gaga in the new year, MTV News has learned that ARTPOP is taking longer than originally planned. It’s still on its way, we’ll just need to wait a while–something we happen to have experience with.
Our friends across the dial spoke with Zedd, the 23-year-old producer and EDM artist who opened for Gaga on last year’s Born This Way Ball and has been collaborating with her on a new sound for ARTPOP despite both of their packed schedules. “The problem with her is obviously that I’m busy and I tour a lot, but she’s probably a lot busier than I am, so it’s hard to find time to work on something together,” he explained. “So we’ve been working on it for over a year now. There’s still a lot of work left, so we’re definitely gonna work on this project for the next month.” Isn’t being “busy”–or just flat-out tardy–what caused the Gaga-Kendrick Lamar collaboration to fall apart last fall? Read more…