June 24, 2017

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The 7 People You’ll Meet In High School — As Pop Stars

by 9 mins ago

High school can, at times, be a dark chasm of awfulness — so why not imagine that you go to school with all of your favorite pop stars to alleviate some of the suck? You know, in lieu of all those kids you’ve known since you were just a drooling babe.

We took a look at some of the tried and true high school personality types, studying their ways and customs until we settled upon their celebrity equivalents. Check out your high school class — in pop stars — down yonder.

1. The Goth Kid

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Cooler than you, wiser than her years — your local Goth Kid is probably a lot like Lorde. In order to bond with him/her, it’s not enough to just look the part (although purple lips are a plus). Drop some references to “The Castle of Otranto” and The Cramps and start penning your own brooding poetry and you might have a chance at breaking into his/her black (but bruised heart).

2. The Nice Cheerleader

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There’s always that one popular girl — you know the one. She’s popular because she’s actually nice to everyone, not just because her face looks like it’s been crafted from spun sugar and marzipan. As Taylor Swift is undoubtedly the famous version of said girl, it’s likely pretty easy to become friends with her high school equivalent — you might be one of many, however, as she’s pretty liberal with the BFF title.

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This Kitten Who Gobbles When She Eats Makes Us Want To Rip Out Our Hearts

by 8 mins ago

Dear famous people: This is an official message advising you to cease with the specially made-to-order, super-fancy, costs-more-than-my-apartment pets, and hightail it (get it?!) down to an animal shelter.

If you need further proof that this is a wise endeavor, might I introduce… Turkey, the tiniest, cutest little rescue kitty with the most adorable eating sounds this side of Lil Bub. She gobbles when she gobbles! Like a turkey!

Unfortunately for famous people (but fortunately for Turkey), this little bundle of gobbles has already been adopted, but shelters are just replete with heart-melting balls of fur with various and sundry entertaining eccentricities. Find your own Turkey today.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaEhrlich for news on cats and punk bands.
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Here’s How To Get Rid Of That U2 Album

by 14 mins ago

Usually, citizens of the world are all, “Free things are the best!” snatching up beer koozies, keychains and all manner of useless things with almost rabid abandon when given the opportunity.

One free thing, however, was not unanimously met with grins and shouts of “Score!” — and that free thing would be U2‘s new record, Songs Of Innocence, which all iTunes users copped last week after the band premiered a new track at Apple’s product event.

Related: Was U2′s Apple Album Release A Good Idea? We Asked The Experts

Instead of reveling in not having to pay for the new tunes, some users were outraged that the record had infiltrated their iTunes — a state of affairs Apple remedied Monday (September 15) by creating a website that removes the album from one’s cache of tunes.

The site, titled, simply, “SOI Removal” is an extremely sparse affair. After warning users that after deleting the record there is no going back — “if you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again” — Apple provides us with a button we may click on to effectively banish Bono and Co. from our iPhones and computers.

Tyler, the Creator, for one, must be very pleased.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned ...

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Dear Grimes: Here’s Why You Should Reconsider Trashing Your New Record

by 30 mins ago

So, Grimes… Word on the street is that you’re scrapping your upcoming record and starting anew. We trust your judgment and everything — and your taste in shower-to-night footwear — but we have to ask: Are you suuuuure? And we’re not just saying that because we want new music so badly it hurts.

The New York Times reported Friday (September 12) that you said that your new music “sucked,” so you “threw it out and started again.” You also told the Grey Lady that your song “Go,” which you initially penned for Rihanna, didn’t rub your fans the right way. “It upsets a lot of my fans, and I get why it upsets them,” you said. “Everybody was like, ‘Oh, Grimes is pandering to the radio.’”

We get it. We get the need to innovate and create work that’s truly indicative of who you are. Your current situation — chilling in LA, making music and hanging with friends — also sounds pretty rad. But, we also have to wonder: Was the entire record worth scraping? Wasn’t there something there you think you might want to save?

So, dear Grimes, before you take out the trash, allow us to direct you to three hit projects that would never happened if the artist in question had given up. In the end, lady, we trust you — “Oblivion” was rad, after all, and you destroyed Pitchfork this year — but, you know… Just read on.

Stephen King literally threw away “Carrie”…

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11 Musical Moments That Prove ‘Gilmore Girls’ Was The Most Hipster Show On TV

by 9 mins ago

In the dark era before everyone knew what Pitchfork was and music flowed as sweetly and abundantly as rainwater through the many tributaries of the Web, there were scant few places for weird suburban teens who loved tunes to feel like they belonged. One of the lights in the darkness, undoubtedly, was a little show called “Gilmore Girls,” replete with literary references, copious tunes and more autumnal scenes than one could shake a just-turned-scarlet leaf at.

And, friends, that miraculous show is primed to make a reentrance into the pop-cultural zeitgeist, as come October 1, the whole series will be invading Netflix accounts — and weird, alt-teen hearts — around the globe.

In honor of the early ’00s show’s return to the small and big screen, we’ve complied a list of musical moments that prove just how hipster the ladies of Stars Hollow were — before the word gotten dragged into the mainstream and slapped on everyone wearing a plaid shirt with a predilection for synth-pop.

1.) Rory Totally Discovered The Shins

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Before “Garden State” and Zach Braff made The Shins a totally mainstream thing (lives were changed before you existed, oh! Natalie Portman-spun manic pixie dream girl), Rory asserted her loner status by listening to “Know Your Onion!” alone at her prep school lunch table. (The band was also on a weird college episode in which Rory and Paris kissed on Spring Break to impress dudes.)

2.) ‘Gilmore Girls’ Taught Us To Hate Corporate Shilling Via Nick ...

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Deadmau5 Became An Uber Driver, Left The Ears At Home

by 30 mins ago

Deadmau5 took some time out from his legal battle with Disney Thursday night to drive strangers around in his super fancy McLaren 650S. Yup, Joel Thomas Zimmerman is now an UberX driver, and his vehicle of choice kind of looks like the car in “Back To The Future” — you know, without the flames and traveling-through-time.

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The Huffington Post reports that news of the music producer’s new job started emerging on Twitter last night, as Zimmerman motored through Toronto, picking up folks who promptly shared the news to their various and sundry social channels.

I mean, can you blame them? Imagine calling an Uber to get home from some terrible date with a stand-up comedian wearing eyeliner who talked about his mother for 30 minutes straight (not that this happened to anyone I know…), and effing Deadmau5 rolls up the curb! Night saved! Instant party! Someone find the bass and then promptly drop it.

I mean, just look at this fancy, fancy thing… I’d be saying “What?!” too.

UberX — Uber’s lower-cost service — just launched in Canada this week, so it looks like Deadmau5 worked fast when it came to getting into the taxiing biz.

Oh! And lest you worry, from the looks of it, Zimmerman did NOT don his iconic mouse head while driving — you know, blind spots and all. Safety first.

It also looks like last night won’t be the EDM star’s only foray into Ubering — if the below tweet is ...

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Echosmith’s ‘Cool Kids’ Video Makes Us Happy To Be Weird

by 43 mins ago

Everyone knows that two is better than one — which is why it’s pretty rad that Echosmith has graced us with not just one video for their hit jam “Cool Kids,” but another as well.

Oh, and they also gave it to MTV exclusively today (September 11) for our premiering pleasure. Feeling special commences now.

Check out the dancey, slightly odd (fittingly) ode to anti-conformity below:

Get to know more about this sibling foursome in our in-depth Artist To Watch feature.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaEhrlich for news on cats and punk bands.
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Was U2′s Apple Album Release A Good Idea? We Asked The Experts

by 26 mins ago

There have been a lot of snide remarks and general grumbling about U2′s latest record release, Songs Of Innocence — but most of that ire isn’t directed at the music itself. People are a little less than satisfied that the band released the record for free at Apple’s big product launch, sending the new tunes to everyone with an iTunes account without their consent. It was a bold move to be sure, one that won’t soon be forgotten by the iPhone-slinging set.

Still, that bold move, according to many musicians and music industry experts, was not a misstep or a mistake — or anything to be angry about, really. It was basically in-line with what musicians are facing in today’s chimera-like music industry — an attempted strike against falling music sales and market over-crowding. And it was, generally, pretty smart.

‘Getting Bums In Seats’

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First of all, all that free music will likely result in a whole lot of ticket sales for the band — an area that brings in a lot of cash for a lot of artists. Top 2013 moneymaker Taylor Swift, for example, made $30 million last year on tour, which accounted for most of her earnings for that year.

For some artists, the whole “no one makes money from selling records — it’s all about touring” thing is a tired refrain, but according to media analyst Mark Mulligan, that refrain was likely a factor here. The record, he ...

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Nirvana Lyrics Baffle Teens

by 4 mins ago

A few months ago, a video titled “Teens React To Nirvana” delighted us all as a cadre of young ones expressed their admiration for the seminal band. A new video, however, shows that while the younger set may be down with Cobain and Co., they might not necessarily be able to sing along when “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hits the speakers.

Watch a group of teens — hilariously — react to the jam’s lyrics (sans music) below, or just comb through some of the best responses we culled from the bunch.

Before you judge, however, take a look at #11, because it’s actually kind of true. (Unless you’ve learned all the lyrics to “Lithium” alone in your apartment, practicing with your cat for karaoke night. Which is something I definitely haven’t done…)

1.) I don’t know if this person knows, but lyrics are supposed to be, like, connect[ed].

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2.) ‘Oh no, I know a dirty word’ — that’s like something that a kid would say.

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3.) He must have no confidence that the best thing they do, they suck at it.

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4.) Is this a Kanye West song?

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5.) This does not make any sense.

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6.) [Whatever, nevermind] — that used to be my Tumblr URL. Maybe this is about teenage wrath.

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7.) They don’t even rhyme properly.

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8.) Now it’s sounding like a love song.

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9.) I’m confused. This is starting to creep ...

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Iggy Azalea’s High School Yearbook Photos Are The Realest

by 15 mins ago

Iggy Azalea may look way “Fancy” in her “Clueless”-themed music video, but when she was in real-life high school? Yeah, she looked pretty awesome, too — just in a less grown-up-playing-a-teen way.

Like most people, Facebook user Shane Lewis Arkins has been sharing some pretty rad #ThrowBackThurday snaps this week. Unlike most people, though, his yearbook photos from good ol’ Mullumbimby High School also feature Iggy Azalea. Oops, sorry, I mean Amethyst Amelia Kelly. Epic name, right?

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After Arkins’ snap hit the Web, Buzzfeed uncovered even more photographic evidence of Azalea’s angelic youth via Facebook user Amy Loh, who also apparently attended school with the “Black Widow” rapper. Now we’re just waiting for those baby snaps to emerge…

Good luck on picture day, guys! You could be sitting next to the next Iggy Azalea. Or, you know, you could be pretty fancy yourself (you already know!).

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Related: You Have To See Chris Pratt’s High School Yearbook Photos

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaEhrlich for news on cats and punk bands.
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