Wu-Tang Clan‘s beat master and resident martial arts aficionado, it was only a matter of time before RZA got a ninja flick of his own. And alas, here we have it! RZA makes his directorial this fall with The Man with the Iron Fists, and if this eye-popping first trailer is any indication, it should be all his kung fu dreams fully realized.
Co-written with Eli Roth and presented by king of the shlock Quentin Tarantino, the film finds RZA and his fellow co-stars (Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu) tangled-up in some sort of bloody adventure in feudal China. This is RZA’s first go behind the camera, but having starred also in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes and with Denzel Washington in American Gangster, he is an old pro when it comes to being on-screen. By the looks of the trailer, he really goes for it with this one, bringing all the blood and high kicks and fancy knives you could dream of.
And better yet is the soundtrack, which is rumored to feature new tracks by Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, The Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, and RZA himself — the sort of all-star line-up that could get even a hemophobe excited! Wu-Tang have been sampling kung fu films on their albums for years now, and RZA helped arrange the soundtrack for Tarantino’s Kill Bill. The bar has been set high.
Maroon 5 have been burning up the midnight circuit in support of their new album Overexposed, dropping in on Letterman earlier this week and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night. Frontman Adam Levine first sat down with Fallon to talk about his burgeoning acting career and “his homie” Christina Aguilera, and then the band played their smash single “Payphone.” As always, Levine — planted at center-stage in just a white tee-shirt, the band rocking hard behind him — made his job look easy, like the Song of the Summer contender works for him. Current chart-toppers Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen should be feeling the heat after showings like this. Next week, things at the top might be looking a little different!
It is Guinness World Record official: The Flaming Lips have broken the record for the most concerts in different cities in one day. With about forty minutes to spare, the Flaming Lips took the stage at the House of Blues in New Orleans for the eighth and last time to play “Do You Realize?” Balloons and confetti fell from the ceiling, and Wayne Coyne sounded no worse for the wear of his epic journey. “Finally!” he yelled, urging the crowd to sing along. “Come on come on come on!”
“I feel like I could go another f***ing 24-hours,” Coyne joked as he accepted the record from to Guinness World Record officiants with a half-hour to spare. “I think I’ll get that call from Jay-Z pretty soon.”
Check out the record breaking performance of “Do You Realize?” below, and see more highlights from the day over on OMusicAwwards.com!
You Oughta Know artist Christina Perri first let us on to this wistful duet last January when, while speaking with our own Jim Shearer, she mentioned that she was rerecording the melancholy lovestrong cut, “Distance,” with an artist that is as many parts Justin Bieber as he is Tony Bennett. Well, that someone turned out to be the ever-likeable Jason Mraz, and their reworking? Even more vulnerable and beautiful than the original. And now she shares with us again, this time the music video for “Distance,” which is ours exclusively to share with you over the next 24-hours.
“Distance” is the story of love kept at bay. “I will make sure to keep my distance, say I love you when you’re not listening,” she sings on the chorus, where she is met by Mraz, vocals in harmony. But then the wrench is thrown and she wonders, “How long can we keep this up?”
In the video, director Elliott Sellers captures this tension by drawing the two apart, hiding Mraz the farthest corner of the beautiful mansion through which Perri wanders. Drawing the sunlight in behind her, she checks room after room. Is he in the library? The garden? At the top of the staircase? Well, you will have to watch to find out.
FLAMING LIPS AND GRACE POTTER ROCK A LED ZEPPELIN COVER Last night in Mississippi, Potter joined the Flaming Lips for a cover of “The Song Remains The Same.” Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, the Lips will play their record breaking 8th show in 24 hours. Will you be watching? [OMA]
HAS MEEK MILL BEEN BANNED FROM THE NEW YORK NIGHT LIFE?
If the MMG rapper’s Tweets are to be believed, club-going has been tough post-brawl. [GlobalGrind]
Lana Del Rey is 26-years-old, actually, which is just three more than A$AP Rocky‘s 23. Age being no thing, though, Rocky is sounding quite smitten by his A$AP Jackie O.
“She’s a genius,” he gushes in this interview with “Wassup”director Andy Capper, explaining that the idea for the “National Anthem” video — and his casting as the POTUS to her FLOTUS — was all Rey’s. “Lana wrote the treatment with me in mind,” says POTUS Rocky. “Sh*t is like, everybody knows we got a thing for each other and we wanted to show that on screen.” And all that touching and feeling they do? It’s got him thinking: “Look at this b****, I wanna f*** the sh** outta her. Look at her she’s gotta be in her late 30s and shit… Err, Hello?” Read more…
After more than a decade, can you make it a few more months? Calling into Cleveland radio station 100.7 WMMS, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler explained that “too many people are are releasing those weeks, and we don’t want to step on their release dates.” And thusly — so as not to dwarf the competition, of course — the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have pushed the release of their forthcoming Music From Another Dimension back from August 28th to November 6th. “We said, ‘You know what, we got the goods, ain’t no doubt about [it], we’ll wait a couple months.”
Music From Another Dimension will be Aerosmith’s first full album since 2001′s Just Push Play, and we believe that it has potential to be a true return-to-form. “We accomplished what we set out out to do, which was write some stuff so we could represent who we were in the old days,” Tyler told WMMS. “After all these years, you can become something other than you started out to be — and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing — but we kinda love our rock.” Read more…
The O Music Awards are full speed along and, 15 hours in, everyone still seems to be having fun! Don’t believe me? Tune in now: the team is currently in Biloxi, Mississippi, poolside with a bunch of bikini clad girls and the Neon Trees, waiting for the Flaming Lips to set up for their sixth performance. Just nine hours, two cities, three more shows, and the record is theirs!
The Lips and friends seem, so far, to be having a blast. After kicking things off with a performance of their own (Show #1) and before bouncing from Memphis to city two, Wayne Coyne dropped in on Sun Studio where Karmin performed a stripped down version of their “Brokenhearted.” Unlike the host, he did not know all the words, but the huge grin on his face suggests that he will soon enough. (Watch the video above.)
Last night on late night, Justin Bieber graced The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with an especially “swaggy” performance of Believe‘s first single, “Boyfriend.” Deep in album promo-mode, Bieber is getting good at this. Joined by both backup singers and dancers, Bieber seemed extra confident and you can hear the audience screaming throughout the entire thing.
The real show, though, came post-show, when the heart-throb stopped to greet the sea of fans waiting outside the studio. He waved and smiled from inside his van, and then — much to their delight — he treated them to an impromptu acoustic performance of “Boyfriend.” Bieber’s love for the Beliebers was mutual, as everyone (save the man with the guitar) sang each and every word. Aww! Read more…