May 20th, 2012

Mark Zuckerberg's Big Week: $19 Billion And A Wedding

Mark Zuckerberg’s Big Week: $19 Billion And A Wedding

Posted on 20 May 2012 at 4:35pm

Facebook co-founder celebrates two grand achievements by making his company public and marrying longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan.
By Natasha Chandel

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg

Photo: Priscilla Chan/ Facebook

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had quite a week! Not only is he now worth a cool $19 billion after the Facebook IPO, but he also got hitched to long-time girlfriend, Dr. Priscilla Chan, in an intimate wedding on Saturday. Of course, the announcement became official when Zuckerberg changed his Facebook status to “married” and uploaded a wedding picture of the young couple.

Facebook became a public company on Friday in the second largest IPO in financial history, with shares selling at $38 each.

If that wasn’t enough pressure for a week, Zuckerberg took the big plunge when he swapped out his signature hoodie and jeans for a dark blue suit and tie for his surprise nuptials with Priscilla Chan, his girlfriend of nine years. The couple met at Harvard, when Zuckerberg was still developing his infamous social network, and have been an item ever since.

Despite Zuckerberg’s rockstar status with fans and users alike, the technology mogul has led a significantly low-key life. His weekend ceremony included approximately 100 guests, including family and friends, none of whom had any idea they were attending a wedding. They were invited under the pretense of a graduation party for Chan, who also had an eventful week after graduating from medical school. Once everyone had gathered, it was announced the couple was finally tying the knot.

According to reports, Zuckerberg designed a simple ruby ring for his lady love, who looked elegant and chic in a vintage-inspired lace gown. Guests dined on the couple’s favorite foods, including mouse-shaped chocolates — a treat the couple shared on their first date.

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Whitney Houston Tribute Had Jordin Sparks Feeling The 'Pressure'

Whitney Houston Tribute Had Jordin Sparks Feeling The ‘Pressure’

Posted on 20 May 2012 at 3:37pm

‘I just want to be able to speak through the music,’ she says of her Billboard Music Awards performance of ‘I Will Always Love You.’
By Kara Warner

Jordin Sparks at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday

Photo: Denise Truscello/ WireImage

LAS VEGAS — This year’s Billboard Music Awards definitely packed a punch with explosive live performances. From Justin Bieber’s swaggie “Boyfriend” to Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop confection “Call Me Maybe” and Carrie Underwood’s appropriately wind-heavy production of new single “Blown Away,” the lucky audience members were treated to an evening of unforgettable showstoppers.

In the midst of the upbeat displays, however, there were also two poignant performances in honor of music legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, performed by Jordin Sparks and John Legend and Natasha Bedingfield, respectively.

When MTV News caught up with Sparks on the white carpet ahead of her portion of the tribute, the “American Idol” champ revealed that she had put her heart and soul into preparing her rendition of Houston’s iconic version of “I Will Always Love You.”

“I put myself completely, 100 percent onstage every time I perform,” Sparks said of giving “everything” for her Houston tribute. “It’s just very special. I feel very honored to be able to honor Whitney in this way and to sing one of her songs. I’ve actually never performed this song before ever. It’s one of the songs I’ve always been like, ‘Leave that alone,’ so it’s nerve-racking for me,” she admitted. “It’s a lot of pressure I’m putting on myself, because I want to do it amazingly, but at the same time, whatever happens, I just want to be able to speak through the music.”

Sparks worked with and got to know Houston while filming the movie “Sparkle,” which arrives in theaters this fall and is Houston’s final appearance onscreen. Sparks was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’ Grammy party with Houston on the night she died, and the “Idol” winner was in total “shock” upon hearing the tragic news.

What did you think of Sparks’ tribute to Houston? Let us know in the comments.

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Electric Daisy Carnival Headliners Avicii, Steve Angello Bring Mayhem To New York

Electric Daisy Carnival Headliners Avicii, Steve Angello Bring Mayhem To New York

Posted on 20 May 2012 at 2:47pm

‘New York City, tonight, electronic dance music won the Super Bowl,’ Swedish House Mafia’s Angello tells the crowd.
By Nicholas Philippou

Armin van Buuren at Electric Daisy Carnival New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — A different breed of giants owned MetLife Stadium on Saturday during day two of New York’s inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival. Armin van Buuren, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia‘s Steve Angello closed the day’s festivities under a sea of red, white and gold fireworks, after taking an estimated 60,000 fans for an unforgettable ride.

“We put a nightclub in Giants stadium,” Angello proudly told the crowd during EDC’s closing moments. “New York City, tonight, electronic dance music won the Superbowl.”

Angello reveled in the moment and called the night “historic,” after delivering a two-hour set that evolved from dark and dirty to euphoric, ending with Angello in the spotlight, arms wide open, nearly hugging the crowd during SHM’s remix of Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” SHM fans got their serving with classics like “Greyhound” and “One” as well as the revved-up Knife Party remix of “Save the World” that capped the night’s exhilaration.

Thomas Gold was Steve Angello’s Eli Manning inside the stadium, where Size Matters took over the end zone. Gold had one of those days where it was like he couldn’t miss, from the moment he hit the stage he turned the red zone into the Gold zone for two hours.

He fired off a monster set with his remix of Miike Snow’s “The Wave” and rode on a high-energy, song-switching filter-fest of songs we all love, but have never heard quite like this before. Gold played up the Police’s “Message In a Bottle,” against his track “Abart,” with Leventina’s “We’re Gonna Start,” followed up with a mash-up of “Agora” and Avicii’s “Le7els” in what was a fun, feel-good set that scratched every itch.

Outside of the stadium, at the Kinetic Field, Alesso and SHM’s Sebastian Ingrosso both killed it with amazing sets, with Alesso even making a return trip to the stage when Seb cued up their smash hit, “Calling,” while the huge crowd hummed out the chorus. Ingrosso played up every element of his show, leveling the crowd with a mash-up of SHM’s “One” against Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” while a giant eye familiar to SHM fans stared back at them, creating a definite feeling of surreal, a reoccurring sensation throughout the festivities.

And a surreal experience is really what EDC is all about. It’s a costume party, a rave, a carnival, an amusement park, a concert and a madhouse in whatever direction you turn. Wherever you were, you were most definitely entertained.

Were you at New York’s Electric Daisy Carnival? What did you think? Leave your comment below!

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Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Dead At 62

Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb Dead At 62

Posted on 20 May 2012 at 11:07am

Singer had battled colon and liver cancer and lapsed into a coma last month.
By Katie Byrne

Robin Gibb in 1976

Photo: Richard E. Aaron/ Redferns/ Getty Images

Bee Gees member Robin Gibb died Sunday (May 20) after a long battle with cancer; he was 62 years old.

“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” read a statement confirming the news. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Gibb, who had been battling colon and liver cancer, lapsed into a weeklong coma last month. In February, doctors said he’d made a “spectacular” recovery from the disease, but he was soon back in the hospital for surgery. The “Saturday Night Fever” singer had bowel surgery almost two years ago for an unrelated condition, at which time doctors discovered a tumor and diagnosed him with colon cancer. It appeared as if the cancer was in remission as recently as March.

Robin was one-third of the Brothers Gibb, alongside lead singer Barry and twin brother Maurice, who died in 2003 from complications of abdominal surgery. The siblings created the Bee Gees as teens in Brisbane, Australia, in 1958. They made their initial impact on pop during the Beatles-led British invasion of the mid-’60s, sending “New York Mining Disaster 1941″ into the top 20 and beginning a string of hits that would last through 1972′s “Run to Me.” The ’71 smash “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” reached the top of the charts.

The Bee Gees’ style shifted during the disco era, and their success with funky, dance-oriented pieces such as “Jive Talkin’” and “You Should Be Dancing” set them up for the pop juggernaut of Saturday Night Fever.

With falsetto vocals and irresistible rhythms, the trio became one of disco’s most resonant symbols. Three Bee Gees songs from the film’s soundtrack, “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever,” reached #1 on the Billboard chart. The Saturday Night Fever album is pop’s best-selling soundtrack, having moved over 40 million copies.

Please share your condolences for Gibb’s family, friends and fans in the comments.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Go Long And Hard At Hangout Fest

Red Hot Chili Peppers Go Long And Hard At Hangout Fest

Posted on 20 May 2012 at 5:23am

Band’s Saturday-night set was lively and loose, capping a day that also saw spirited sets from Mac Miller and Skrillex.
By James Montgomery

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at the 2012 Hangout Music Festival

Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/ Getty Images

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Having been at this for more than two decades now, the Red Hot Chili Peppers clearly know how to headline a fest: play the hits, thank the crowd, occasionally swat at a beach ball, exit stage right. Maybe work a few well-placed curse words in there too. These things tend to be the same.

So it’s a testament to both their versatility and their dedication that the Chili Peppers’ Saturday-night set at the Hangout Festival was anything but by the numbers, as the band jammed long and hard, stretching songs to the breaking point (and beyond), much to the delight of the raucous, sun-baked crowd.

Perhaps it was because their headlining slot kicked off just minutes after seasoned jam-meisters the String Cheese Incident finished their two-and-a-half hour set (which, for them, was basically just a warm-up), or maybe they were taking their cues from Friday night’s headliner, Jack White, but from the minute the Peps strode on stage, they were playing fast and loose. Drummer Chad Smith, bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer started things off with a reverb-heavy psych jam that only morphed into “The Monarchy of Roses” when frontman Anthony Kiedis bounded on stage, then kept that momentum rolling into “Can’t Stop,” with the trio trading solos while Kiedis nodded in time to the beat.

There were, of course, more straightforward moments too: the Peppers tore through a string of hits, including “Dani California,” “Under The Bridge” and “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” and attacked songs like “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” and their version of “Higher Ground” with impassioned pounding. Flea was his usual non-sequitur self, spouting stuff like “Sweet Home Alabama, motherf—er!” and “Forgive your parents!” into the mic, and Kiedis was, as always, the warrior-shaman showman, posing and preening, always in motion (he and Flea also made the rather interesting decision to wear pants with one leg cut off above the knee). But there was a general, genial looseness throughout their two-hour set, showcasing Smith’s lock-step drumming, Flea’s precision playing and Klinghoffer’s wild, winding fretwork.

At several points, they seemed to be making it up as they went along, gleefully turning a few stray notes into lengthy, twisting jams: Klinghoffer would summon a solo from his guitar, while Flea would flail and pound along, Smith and touring percussionist Mauro Refosco kicked off the band’s encore with a twisting back-and-forth exchange, and after blasting through “Give It Away,” the band closed their set with a lengthy, voluminous instrumental. The Peppers have always drawn from funk, and Flea’s dabblings in Jazz have paced them for nearly twenty years now, but on Saturday night, the improvisational nature of both were readily apparent. Rather than do the usual headlining set, the band wanted to just play.

It seems to be a recurring theme of the Hangout fest … and it served as a perfect capper on a day that also saw lively and loose sets from the likes of Gogol Bordello, Mac Miller and Skrillex (who, in a bit of inspired scheduling, kicked off opposite Randy Newman). The Red Hot Chili Peppers breathed new life into time-tested favorites — “Suck My Kiss” was pounding and primal, “Californication” soared to new heights, “Soul to Squeeze” was sanguine and sweet — and appeared to have a blast whilst doing so. You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but, if you bring them to the beach (and scheduled them after a jam band), well, you can certainly make them push things to the limit … with fantastic results. If this whole “world-famous rock band” thing doesn’t work out for RHCP, their Hangout set was proof that they’d make a killing on the jam circuit. Your move, String Cheese.

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