By Cory Midgarden
If you haven’t heard of Cher Lloyd yet, hold on to your seats because she’s about to take the U.S. by storm. She got her start on “The X Factor” U.K. and is currently promoting her single “Want U Back” (which is sitting pretty at #13 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart) in the States.
“I feel like ‘Want U Back’ explains me,’ she told MTV News when visiting nearly 1,000 fans (or, as she likes to call them, “Bratz”) at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York. “I feel like it has a lot of attitude but in a good way, it’s cheeky, I’m quite cheeky and it’s young and it’s fun.”
By Christina Garibaldi
On Wednesday (August 8), a group of us from the MTV News crew traveled out to Jones Beach on Long Island to meet up with Big Time Rush. The guys gave us an exclusive tour of the venue before their concert that night, and Logan, James, Kendall and Carlos couldn’t have been more fun. We got a backstage look, hung out a little bit in their dressing room … and the foursome just may have stolen a BTR T-shirt for me!
Big Time Rush then brought me onstage (pre-show), where they officially made me an honorary member of the group. But they may have had to rethink that decision after they tried to teach me some dance moves. Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty!
Be sure to check out our full behind-the-scenes tour coverage with Big Time Rush next week on MTVNews.com!
Lady Gaga is touring the world on her “Born This Way Ball” tour, but she’s already thinking about what’s next. Hard at work on her hotly anticipated new album, Gaga tweeted a link to her littlemonsters.com social networking website with the caption “new ink new album.” At the link, fans were greeted by a pic of the glamorous singer’s new tattoo.
Situated on her right arm, the ink reads “ARTPOP” in simple black ink. Check it out:
Given the message in her tweet, some are speculating that the tattoo may have something to do with the title of her new album. Gaga has not revealed the name of the set, though she has performed a new song on her “BTW Ball” that may appear on the album and has been talking up the new record during her concerts.
“Let’s just say I feel, I feel that when I wrote Born This Way, I demonstrated a sense of maturity. And I feel that, on the next album, there’s a lack of maturity, it’s a tremendous lack of maturity or sense of responsibility,” Gaga told concertgoers in Perth, Australia.
She also announced that she will unveil the album title in September. She’s had the name picked out for a while, as she revealed to MTV News in December. Watch:
By Akshay Bhansali
Saturday wasn’t just about Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex at Tomorrowland Festival. Porter Robinson smashed Paul van Dyk’s stage.
Pendulum and Goldie brought the hard bass to Star Warz’ frenzy. And not enough can be said of Laidback Luke’s staggering cast at Super You & Me – Zedd, Sunnery & Ryan, Swanky Tunes and Congorock were among the performers. Oh, and Luke, Chuckie and Martin Solveig did a joint set … as Superman, Spiderman and Batman, which was rather awesome.
Some of our favorite people at the fest used TL to road-test new material – a particular treat for the fans. Our buddy Hardwell, dropped one of the biggest bombs of the weekend, a bashing, booming remix of “Spaceman” by Headhunterz (also a performer at Q Dance Stage Saturday). Also, brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and sister’s Liv & Mim Nervo took time out to list off a few songs you’re going to want to remember! Check out the video below.
“We have a special version of the Tomorrowland anthem, and a couple of really cool collaborations,” Dimitri revealed before his set at Main Stage. “We have one with Laidback Luke. One with Moguai. One with Wolfpack. Another one with Yves V. And one with Coone and Lil Jon. We finally got the vocal version ready!”
Nervo fans have much to look forward to from Liv & Mim.
“We ended our set with ‘Reason,’” Mim said. “We of course played our current single, ‘You’re Gonna Love Again.’ We played, ‘Army,’ which is coming out soon.”
“It will come out!” Liv exclaimed regarding the much-awaited song.
“It’s all about the scheduling I’m told,” Mim said.
By Elizabeth Lancaster (@lizzydl)
Justin Bieber may keep it PG in his albums and videos, but the 18-year-old pop star may not be quite as wholesome as he lets on to his young fans.
On a 12-hour Air New Zealand flight back to the U.S. following his Down Under promo tour, Justin and his entourage took over first class and got into some trouble. According to TMZ, Biebs and Co. were shouting curse words (including the four letter ones) so loudly over the course of the trip that a nearby mother of two reprimanded Justin. She instructed him to “stop yelling curse words and using that kind of language on a plane. It’s not appropriate.” Amen.
While we are sure Justin does not get told what to do very often, he was embarrassed and reportedly apologized to the woman.
Maybe Justin is in need of other spaces and outlets to shout, swear and be his 18-year old self in, since he steers very clear of any profanity in his music (unlike most other artists of his age). But in the future, we bet he will choose a location void of any children – or at the very least those accompanied by protective and vocal mothers!
by Zachary Swickey
Bruce Springsteen, one of the most revered artists making music, has revealed that he had suicidal thoughts in 1982, the year that his bleak-but-iconic album Nebraska was released, according to a new profile in this month’s New Yorker.
Springsteen suffered bouts of severe depression in the early ’80s, according to his friend and biographer Dave Marsh.
“He was feeling suicidal. The depression wasn’t shocking, per se. He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something, and now you are getting your ass kissed day and night,” Marsh writes. “You might start to have some inner conflicts about your real self-worth.”
“My issues weren’t as obvious as drugs,” Springsteen told the New Yorker. “Mine were different, they were quieter – just as problematic, but quieter. With all artists, because of the undertow of history and self-loathing, there is a tremendous push toward self-obliteration that occurs onstage.”
“It’s both things: there’s a tremendous finding of the self while also an abandonment of the self at the same time. You are free of yourself for those hours; all the voices in your head are gone,” he added.
The profile also reveals that The Boss began seeing a psychotherapist in 1982, just as his sixth studio album Nebraska was released.
Springsteen’s seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball was released in March of this year and took the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.
By Zachary Swickey
While Nicki Minaj is no stranger to controversy, the newest complaint targeting the singer is rather unique – British TV channel Starz TV is being publicly criticized by a media regulatory group for not warning viewers that Minaj’s video for “Beez in the Trap” could cause seizures in people with epilepsy.
Apparently, UK media regulator Ofcom is taking issue with the clip’s many flashing lights, saying there are five sections in the “Beez in the Trap” video in which lighting levels surpass prescribed guidelines. Ofcom states that Starz TV, which went into liquidation on June 22, endangered any viewers who have epilepsy.
Their report states: “While Ofcom acknowledges that the licensee broadcast this music video in good faith, it is the responsibility of all broadcasters to ensure compliance with the Code before transmitting any material. On this occasion the licensee had failed to check and correctly identify broadcast material as problematic in advance of transmission.”
Believe-it-or-not, these types of warnings are not the rarest thing in music videos. Jay-Z and Kanye had to put such a statement before their “N**gas in Paris” video, which Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy was quite thankful for.
The Throne’s “Paris” video is filled with strobe lights and quick edits. The warning before their video read, “This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.”
Another organization – the Epilepsy Therapy Project – was also quite thankful, telling TMZ it “appreciates the sensitivities that Kanye and Jay Z showed in appropriately warning individuals with photosensitive epilepsy that their video may cause seizures.”
Check out the “Beez in the Trap” video below. Flashing lights (and some explicit language!), so … viewer discretion advised.
By Christina Garibaldi
Justin Bieber is giving his fans their first glimpse at his much anticipated upcoming photo book “Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started.” The singer took to Twitter on Friday (July 20) and revealed the cover of the book, which has the singer sporting a red leather jacket and black T-shirt. Check it out below!
“So excited to reveal the cover for my new book #JustGettingStarted,” Justin tweeted. “Hope u like it, I can’t wait 4u 2 read it.”
In a series of tweets following his initial post, Justin lets his fans know where to purchase an advanced copy of the book and gives readers a sneak peek at what they can expect. “i pour it all out again. tell the real stories…the real truths…me to you,” Justin tweeted. “thanks for going on the ride.#JustGettingStarted”
The book, which is scheduled for release in September, is Justin’s second official photo book. His first, “First Step 2 Forever: My Story,” was released back in October 2010 and was a bestseller. “Just Getting Started” will include information on Justin’s world tour, the making of his concert documentary “Never Say Never” and the recording sessions of Believe.
Are you excited for “Just Getting Started”? Let us know in the comments.
“Settle Down,” No Doubt fans! Yes, we know you’re stoked about the just released new music video for the band’s lead single off Push and Shove. We know you’re stoked about it because, well, we are too.
The clip, directed by longtime No Doubt collaborator Sophie Muller, is colorful and visually as bombastic as the song is sonically. It perfectly complements Diplo’s swaggerfied track, which pays homage to the band’s work on Rock Steady. In a sea of quirky images, there’s one moment in the clip that stands as the video’s key scene thanks to the heart at the core of it.
What fans will love seeing most is the moment when all four No Doubt members step out of their trucks and share in an embrace (00:42). It all happens as the Bollywood-inspired intro of the song transitions from strings to thumping drums, courtesy of the band’s beatmaster Adrian Young. What’s interesting to note is that not only is the foursome joyous to share in that momentous hug, but they are all sporting bleached out locks. Band solidarity!
It’s clear that after a long hiatus, this long-teased reunion album is full of the energy that catapulted the band to A-list rock star status. And that hug really says it all. They are as happy to be together as we are for them to be together again. They are reunited and it feels so good. And you know what? We have no plans to settle down our excitement anytime soon.
Gary Oldman is one of the most respected actors on the planet. He’s also one of the most serious-seeming guys around and has played some pretty intense roles (um, “Sid & Nancy” anyone?). While he’s lightened up in recent years, appearing as Harry Potter’s good-hearted godfather Sirius Black in several “Potter” films, he still exudes the kind of classically trained bravado of a man who is all about his craft.
So it’s surprising (and awesome) when he shows up to a late night talk show and gives a dramatic reading of a decidedly non-classical work – specifically R. Kelly’s new autobiography “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me.” But you do what you gotta when you have a movie to sell, so you might as well have fun with it, right?
With “The Dark Knight Rises” landing in theaters next Friday (have you heard? We bet you’ve heard), Oldman appeared last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to read a passage from soul man Kelly’s bio, and as you’d expect, it was pretty hilarious. (As these types of things tend to be … Anderson Cooper did a fantastic job with Snooki’s novel, for example.)
Check it out:
What did you think of Oldman’s dramatic reading of Kelly’s “Soulacoaster”? Let us know in the comments below!
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