April 18th, 2012

Katy Perry In 'Love' With M83; Could He Write Her Next Album?

Katy Perry In ‘Love’ With M83; Could He Write Her Next Album?

Posted on 18 Apr 2012 at 3:55pm

After spotting Perry at his Coachella set, M83′s Anthony Gonzalez offers to write singer’s next album.
By James Montgomery

Katy Perry and M83′s Anthony Gonzalez

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M83′s Anthony Gonzalez has taken his widescreen electronic on the road with the likes of Kings of Leon and the Killers. He’s recorded a double-disc answer to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and has even seen his work show up in the occasional Miley Cyrus song.

But after his set at the Coachella festival this past weekend (yes, there were artists besides Holo-Tupac that performed), he’s really dreaming big: He wants to make Katy Perry’s next album.

“I think I saw Katy Perry dancing ‘Midnight City’ yesterday night,” Gonzalez wrote on his Facebook page following his performance.
“Katy, let me write your next album!”

For the uninitiated, “Midnight City” is the fantastic single off M83′s dynamic 2011 double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, and yes, Perry was right in front when Gonzalez played it (here’s photographic proof). And following the performance, Perry tweeted, “M83 ONLY.” But does any of that mean a collaboration between the two might be in the works?

We’re not sure, but when MTV News sat down with Perry last month in London — for the premiere of her “Part of Me” video — we asked her to name her current favorite artists, and she definitely let it be known that
M83 was at the top of her playlist.

“I’ve been listening to, well, I guess it would have to be M83′s last record, this past record,” she said, before singing a few bars of “City.” “I think I’m going to see him at Coachella. Oh man, I’m so there. I love it so much.”

Of course, she didn’t stop there — turns out, Perry’s also fallen under the spell of Bj

'American Idol' Top Seven Sing Hits From 'Now And Then'

‘American Idol’ Top Seven Sing Hits From ‘Now And Then’

Posted on 18 Apr 2012 at 3:12pm

Jessica Sanchez gives ‘otherworldly’ performance after near elimination last week and Hollie Cavanagh finally ‘ruffled her feathers.’
By Adam Graham

Jessica Sanchez on “American Idol”

Photo: Fox

“American Idol” opened Wednesday (April 18) with a recap of last week’s Jessica Sanchez near-elimination drama, but before the show could get down to the business of the top seven (round two), host Ryan Seacrest paid tribute to television legend and his mentor Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82.

“Now we can’t begin tonight’s show without acknowledging the passing of a television pioneer and my dear friend, Dick Clark,” said a somber Seacrest. “Without Dick, a show like this would not exist. He will be missed greatly; our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family. I know he’s in a better place saying, ‘Hey, let’s get on with the show, OK?’ You got it, boss.”

The contestants sang two songs each, the first a #1 hit from 2000 to today, the second an old-school soul classic. After nearly being booted last week, Sanchez fought back on the “Idol” stage, first with Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’ ” and later with a spunky version of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”

“Your talent is so otherworldly to me,” Randy Jackson told Sanchez — or was it BB Chez? — after “Fallin’.” “I don’t even know if you know how good you really are, and how even greater you can be. I love it.” Following “Tenderness,” the judges praised her ability to connect emotionally to songs, and urged her to push it even further going forward.

Joshua Ledet, who for the first time last week landed in the bottom three, also came back strong, earning standing ovations from the judges for both his songs, first Fantasia’s “I Believe” and later for Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

“You have stretched your voice to the limits of soul!” Steven Tyler beamed after “Change.” Praising the restraint he showed early before building to a robust climax, Jennifer Lopez made a plea to viewers: “Please, America, don’t send this boy home! Please!”

All around cool dude Phillip Phillips took on Usher’s “U Got It Bad” early before tackling Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour” in the second half of the show. Lopez called “U Got It Bad” “sexy” while Tyler exclaimed, “no chump love, sucka!” — a comment we’re still trying to decode. But overall, the feedback for Phillip Squared was positive. “You are Phillip Phillips and dude, you are the bomb!” said Jackson.

After receiving harsh criticism the past few weeks — or at least what passes for harsh criticism on this rather tame, gentle season of “Idol”— Hollie Cavanagh came back big on Wednesday, first by belting out Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” perhaps the biggest song any of the contestants took on all night, and later with “Son of a Preacher Man.” “You finally came out of your shell and ruffled your feathers a little,” Tyler told her, while Lopez told the 18-year-old Liverpudlian she showed a new composure in her performance.

Country-rock boot stomper Skylar Laine continued her hot streak, first with Lady Gaga’s country-fried version of “Born This Way” and later with a down-home version of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” “Every time you’re on stage it’s a party. It’s the Skylar Laine Rock and Roll Country Party!” Jackson exclaimed, while Tyler said she’s “like a wild horse that refused to be tamed.” Lopez complimented Laine on the “spunkiness” of her performance.

Colton Dixon also got his Gaga on, doing a goth-lite version of “Bad Romance,” even though the song technically never hit #1 in America (it peaked at #2 on Billboard‘s Hot 100). He later put an emo spin on Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” a performance that got him some negative feedback from the judges. “I think your voice is a lot more powerful than that song,” Tyler told him, while Jackson said the song was out of his comfort zone. Dixon, who generally gets good marks from the judges, looked a bit surprised but took his dings in stride.

Elise Testone, who Jimmy Iovine snarked “has a vacation home in the bottom three,” was also criticized for performing what the judges deemed an odd fit for her voice when she did Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” Earlier, her version of Alicia Keys’ “No One” gave Lopez her “first goosies of the night,” while Tyler got a little weird when he told her, “You sang your little tushie off tonight, it was delish.” Testone also revealed that back home her dog is sick and might not pull through, which could earn her some sympathy votes from the masses.

Since the judges’ one and only save was used up last week, someone will be sent home Thursday, which is also set to feature performances by LMFAO and season 8 “Idol” champ Kris Allen.

What did you think of “Idol” Wednesday? Let us know in the comments!

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Dick Clark: The Man Who Changed TV

Dick Clark: The Man Who Changed TV

Posted on 18 Apr 2012 at 12:00pm

Clark’s influence endures today with such stars as Ryan Seacrest.
By Gil Kaufman

Dick Clark on the set of “American Bandstand”

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Without Dick Clark, there would be no Ryan Seacrest. Hell, without “America’s Oldest Teenager” there would be no “TRL,” and maybe no MTV.

Clark, who died at age 82 on Wednesday (April 18) after suffering a heart attack, never sang a note or released an album. He wasn’t the inventor of a dance craze or a label boss or even a particularly hip guy. What he was, though, was a visionary.

And as much as any hotshot who played a guitar, figured out how to mix two turntables and a microphone, wiggled his hips or invented the next big sound in music, Clark was instrumental in making pop music pop.

Photos: The life and career of Dick Clark

He brought rock and roll into America’s living rooms in the 1950s, just as the sound of young America was upsetting parents, confounding the staid radio programmers of the day and encouraging teenagers to shake, rattle and roll. Though he dressed like a martini-swilling ad executive and was adamant about keeping a strict tie-and-jacket dress code on his long-running signature show, “American Bandstand,” Clark lived by one simple credo when it came to judging music: “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.”

Most importantly, when he took over “Bandstand” and went national in 1957, Clark put teenagers on TV at a time when the most popular shows were aimed at their parents’ generation, including “Gunsmoke,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Danny Thomas Show” and “General Electric Theater.” He let them see themselves on TV, which seems like no big deal to today’s YouTube-ified teens, but was a revelation for the first generation to grow up in front of the tube.

An MTV VP recalls his first job in television, working for the late Dick Clark.

With one of the longest runs in TV history (1957-1989), “Bandstand” became a crucial stop on any major artist’s promotional rounds. And with good reason: The show drew an audience of more than 20 million at its peak, half of whom were reportedly adults. Among the acts that lip-synced their hits on the program and got their first major exposure over the years: Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Chuck Berry, the Doors, Pink Floyd, Prince, Kurtis Blow, Cher, Devo, LL Cool J, INXS, Bon Jovi, Run-DMC, Madonna and the Talking Heads.

Clark would chat the artists up and, even as the years went on and the styles changed from the buttoned-down 1950s to the freewheeling 1960s, disco-dancing 1970s and new-wave 1980s and the show’s influence waned, Clark’s enthusiasm for the hits of the day was unwavering. The times changed, but Clark appeared ageless, his full head of hair and boyish smile as much a staple of the show as the enthusiastic dancing of its real stars: the audience.

Though controversy would later rise over Clark’s claims that he integrated the show in 1957 (as well as a nearly career-derailing brush with the payola scandals of the 1950s), what is indisputable is that Clark offered a forum for both black and white artists at a time when there were few. The sight of black and white kids dancing together also inspired one of TV’s other enduring music programs, “Soul Train,” whose recently deceased leading light, Don Cornelius, was sometimes referred to as the “black Dick Clark.”

Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dogg and more celebs mourn Dick Clark.

Clark didn’t just spin the hits, though. He created the template for the modern multitasking media mogul, a mantle picked up by his heir apparent, the unflappable Ryan Seacrest. He helped produce or executive-produce more than 7,500 hours of programming, from the Golden Globes, American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, to mind-numbing prime-time fluff like “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes.” He often boasted that his was not the road less taken, but the cheesy, crowded freeway packed with bored couch potatoes just looking for a fun diversion, which he was happy to provide.

Clark taught television execs that teenagers had the power to push the cultural needle and that they were having a huge impact on music, movies, fashion and, yes, even politics. More importantly, “Bandstand” helped pave the way for the Top 40 radio format and helped move rock and roll into the movies and beyond.

Clark eventually moved into game shows, TV movies and children’s programming under his Dick Clark Productions banner. And if you want to know why Seacrest seems like he’s everywhere these days — from “American Idol” to “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” numerous awards shows and executive-producing multiple Kardashian shows and other TV — it’s because he studied at the knee of his icon and has patterned his multifaceted career on the man who laid the foundation. With holdings that included everything from themed restaurants to a theater in Branson, Missouri, it’s not a stretch to say that Clark’s influence reached into the modern realms of hip-hop and pop, where moguls from Diddy to Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and Rihanna have diversified by dipping their toes into the worlds of perfume, beverages, advertising agencies and cosmetics.

Nobody truly stays forever young, but Clark proved that you can stay forever young at heart.

Share your condolences for Clark’s family, friends and fans in the comments below.

Exclusive 'Battleship': Taylor Kitsch Gets Flirty With Brooklyn Decker

Exclusive ‘Battleship’: Taylor Kitsch Gets Flirty With Brooklyn Decker

Posted on 18 Apr 2012 at 10:53am

In addition to alien-vs.-soldier action, the film has a softer side, as our exclusive clip shows.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Amy Wilkinson

Taylor Kitsch in “Battleship”

Photo: Universal Pictures

“Fire all the weapons!” Liam Neeson yells in the first “Battleship” trailer, a command dutifully followed by a young naval officer in the film but one that failed to trigger the dude-I-gotta-see-this-movie jones of many moviegoers.

But we had a feeling a lot of folks were missing the point of both the popcorn flick’s whiz-bang alien-vs.-soldier brawling and the sun-dappled human-on-human seduction giving “Battleship” its warm, gooey center. The film is perfectly constructed to fill the “Transformers”-sized hole in the summer movie calendar. Audiences overseas are already responding, shelling out $58 million to check it out since the April 11 foreign release. Our turn comes on May 18.

Before then, and having seen the CGI-heavy theatrics in “Battleship” trailers, it’s time to take a look at the film’s softer side. That’s where MTV News’ Summer Movie Preview comes into play, delivering an exclusive clip featuring Taylor Kitsch and his bodacious birthday wish, Brooklyn Decker.

The scene in the clip comes early in the film, with Kitsch’s unemployed slacker, Alex Hopper, sharing a sad-sack birthday party in a dingy bar with his brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsg

Dick Clark Mourned By Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dogg, More

Dick Clark Mourned By Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dogg, More

Posted on 18 Apr 2012 at 10:04am

Tributes from Carson Daly, Russell Simmons, Big Boi and New Kids on the Block flood in after pop-culture icon’s death.
By Jocelyn Vena

Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2010″

Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images/DCP

The death of pop-culture icon Dick Clark has hit the entertainment world especially hard. Moments after news broke that the producer, radio personality and “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host had died of a heart attack at age 82, some of showbiz’s biggest names expressed their sadness over the loss.

Photos: The life and career of Dick Clark

Ryan Seacrest, who has long been Clark’s heir apparent, having taken over the hosting duties on his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” said in a statement, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.”

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 18, 2012

Carson Daly, who has also taken career cues from Clark, said in a statement: “We lost an icon today. I will always cherish the personal time we had together. I am forever indebted to Dick Clark and his legacy. My heart goes out to his family.”

The love for Clark seems to defy genre, as his work on TV helped very diverse artists break into the mainstream. Russell Simmons tweeted, “Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP…”

An MTV VP recalls his first job in television, working for the late Dick Clark.

Snoop Dogg added, “REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir.”

Big Boi simply tweeted a photo of him and Outkast partner Andre 3000 standing alongside Clark, with the message “R.I.P Dick Clark.”

Like Big Boi, “Weird Al” Yankovic also posted a photo of himself with the TV host, writing, “Such sad news. RIP Dick Clark.”

Certainly his influence on merging music and television can be seen on TV today, especially on shows like “Glee.” “A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed,” one of the show’s stars, Matthew Morrison, tweeted.

His loss is also felt by the pop world, with ’80s boy banders New Kids on the Block tweeting, “#RIPDickClark. A true music maverick. You will be missed.”

Their tourmates, the Backstreet Boys, added, ‏”Our hearts go out 2 Dick Clark’s family. The memories u’ve created will live forever & r experiences w/ u is something we will cherish 4 all r lives.”

Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill seemed surprised by the news, writing, “R.I.P. Dick Clark? Say it ain’t so…”

Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary also tweeted about Clark’s death. Back in the early ’80s, just as Madge was taking her career to the next level, she famously declared on “Bandstand” that her ultimate goal was “to rule the world.” Linking to a clip of that 1984 appearance, Oseary wrote, “Rest in Peace DIck Clark …”

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