If we promise to buy all of the Duracell Powermats, could we get a call from Beyonce, too? A new ad for the wireless phone charging station features not only Jay-Z‘s “Run This Town,” but also a rare cameo from the man and Duracell spokesman himself. The short spot stars a busy New Yorker who uses a Powermat to keep his phone at 100 percent charge all day so that, at the club at end of the night, his phone still in the green, he can pick up a ringing phone that he’s mistaken as his own. “B” is calling, and he’s not sure who that is until a hand — Jay’s hand — reaches in from above. “Yeah,” he nods as the guy hands it over. When Jay signed-up for the gig in January, he suggested that he believes Duracell and their Powermats are “providing the solutions for the future.” Which, sure! Why not. What we here at Tuner believe in, though, is a world where Jay’s got Beyonce saved as just “B” in his phone, and a future where we might all have the same! Where do we get one of these Powermats?
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Attention KISS fans! Your hard-rocking, face-painted heroes are unleashing their 20th studio album, Monster, this fall, and they need you to help unveil its cover art. Cut up like a puzzle, the legendary rockers are leaking one piece of the Monster cover at a time, scavenger hunt style so that fans can be a part of the big reveal. Mashable has one, as does NoiseCreep. We’ve got piece number four to share, and check that Gene Simmons tongue! We do believe this an important one.
Clicking on the piece below will redirect you to the band’s official Facebook page, where you’ll collect all seven pieces to — voila! — build a full picture. The hunt for Monster is on!
UPDATE: Our friends over at the O Music Awards got their hands on another piece of the KISS puzzle, too! Check out it, KISS Army.
Last night, The Lumineers stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform their ever joyous “Ho Hey!” The VH1 You Oughta Know artists, as Jay introduces them, have kept busy this summer “Ho Hey”-ing through our studios, in the streets and up the charts. And last night on the sort of bucolic stage, set with a sunflower banner and trees that look borrowed from a Waiting for Godot production, they did it again. Their usual three members swelled to five, with an added mandolin and bass guitar, and sure enough those four extra feet were put to work in what might have been the most fun rendering of the song we’ve seen so far. “Ho Hey” was built around good energy and toe tapping. That energy seems to be mounting with The Lumineers’ quick ascent. And that toe tapping? We don’t doubt that they left televisions rattling last night.
The Killers are only just back and running away already. In the moody new video for their The Boss-cribbing new single, “Runaways,” Brandon Flowers and company return from their two year absence to a great abyss. For a song so big, they really kept the visuals spare. There are stormy skies above, and an empty road passing behind that recalls the flying fret in the Guitar Hero video games. And all the while, the darkness hangs around them like the far reaches of the arenas they’ll soon be filling if the rest of their forthcoming album, Battle Born, is so big as this first single.
Jennifer Lopez and Flo Rida go in on the fluorescent revolution in the new video for “Goin’ In,” their track off the Step Up Revolution soundtrack. The video features a Jenny looking much like she did on the block in an white Yankees cap and crop tops galore, except upgraded by extra-all-neon-everything and lips bedazzled with pink jewels because her new block’s fire hydrants spray colorful paint. Joined by a shirtless and extra-beefy — those workouts are paying off! — Flo Rida, and armed with dayglo goo filled grenades and those mighty curves, she heads up a Step Up inspired dance battle. There’s white wolves and lots of lasers and a Lopez all the more fierce for her 43 years — the whole thing just really goes in. The revolution, it will be glowing!
Earlier this summer and before the temps had truly peaked, word spread that 98 Degrees would be reuniting for one night, and una noche solamente at the Summer Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania on August 18th. Talk about news that leaves you wanting! Of 98 Degrees’ colleagues in 90′s pop, the Backstreet Boys are back in the studio together, and the Spice Girls are prepping a new musical memoir. No Doubt and Green Day are also both back and running the charts like they never left. Dusting off all those old dance routines and cueing up the hits takes work, and for only one show? It’s best to make it count. And the boys are going to do just that, with a newly announced Today Show performance and new music! “With so much to celebrate, this reunion is going to be one big party,” the band says. “Everyone’s invited.” Count our calenders marked.
Katy Perry’s favorite electro-pop minimalists The xx gave “Angles,” the pretty first single off of their upcoming sophomore album Coexist, its television debut late last night on Conan. Lights low as they should be, neither Romy Madley Croft nor Oliver Sim moved much more than the skeletal bass line and whisper-y vocals necessitate until the song’s climactic break, where what was swooning growss haunted. “Like dreaming of angels,” Croft sings, and then Jamie Smith lets free a snare roll before she finishes, “…and leaving without them.” The whole thing was confetti free and delicate, so much so that it was startling when they are met with applause and an excited Conan at the end. To savor it, hit pause on the video at 3:10.
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According to Emma Hack, neither “Wally” nor Kimbra knew exactly what they were getting themselves into — in a good way. “Both artists loved the concept,” she says of her work. “It never occurred to them they were pushing the envelope.” [PopDust]
England may be serious about rules, but not so serious that they can’t laugh at themselves. A new promo for the Olympics — which he is rumored to close with a “Hey Jude” singalong — finds good Sir Paul McCartney mocking the strict curfew keepers who pulled the plug on his headlining set with Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling in London earlier this month. “We’re all getting excited, we’re ready to rock,” says the former Beatle before diving into a rocking rehearsal. But just halfway through “I Saw Her Standing There,” the sound cuts out and McCartney is left wondering, once again, “Who pulled the plug…?” We like to believe that, if this sort of power-out happens during the real thing, closing ceremonies attendees will be well enough versed in Beatles classics to all together now help take that sad song and make it better. But for the sake of all rock-and-roll moments sacred, let’s hope this is the last time McCartney has to ask that question.
Lana Del Rey‘s viral hit “Video Games” has inspired countless covers and regrettable tattoos already, and now it has done one better by drawing Culture Club‘s Boy George forth for a remake of his own. The mostly retired pop icon keeps all the song’s soul but loses the Instagram-ed quality, trading its warm haziness for a gritty twang that we can’t say we expected from the former Blitz Kid. Spin suggests that George’s cover “brings Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ even closer to Chris Isaak‘s ‘Wicked Game,’ and that’s never a bad thing,” and we couldn’t agree more. The soundtrack to a video tale of “young love in bleak Britian,” helmed by Boy George documentary director Mike Nicholls, the song haunts the real world of an enamored couple kissing in an alleyway, playing on the coast, and sweetly sharing cotton candy. It’s as if, where Del Rey’s version haunts a dream world. We’ll keep both, if that’s okay.