October 20, 2017

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Jay Z Rails Against Zimmerman Verdict

Although Jay Z "didn't sleep for two days" after the Trayvon Martin verdict, the rapper still maintains that our current generation of young people doesn't see color, and that gives him hope for the eventual mitigation of racism in our country.

When Hov recently sat down with hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson, he expressed his distress over the verdict passed down on July 13, declaring George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

"I was angry. I didn't sleep for two days," he said. "We all knew there was still a bit of racism in America but for it to be so blatant."

Jay also spoke about the prudence of Florida's Stand Your Ground Laws, scoffing, "You can have a fight with someone and they're running way, you can shoot them and kill them and you're fine? What?! Come on. Come on, man."

Despite his ire, however, Jay said that he thinks that the current crop of young people is much more evolved when it comes to racism. "This generation right now, they don't see color in that way," he said. "We're a bit removed from those racist feelings because again, it's hard to teach racism when your child is out [at] clubs. It's integrated and the music we listen to is the same."

Instead, Hov blames the "old guard and their old ideas and their stubborn ways and all that ego and that bullshit is still there, it still exists. You just hate to believe that."

Those sentiments closely match statements made by U.S. President Barack Obama during ...

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Check Out Austin Mahone On The ‘Big Time Rush’ Finale: Exclusive!

What happens when Austin Mahone hangs out with the fellas of Big Time Rush? Well, fans will find out this Thursday when the singer stops by the Nickelodeon series of the same name.

But before show time, MTV News has an exclusive first look at the VMA-nominated singer's appearance on the season finale, dubbed airing on Nick on July 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

In the sneak peek, he is pictured hanging out with "BTR" actress Ciara Bravo, who plays Katie Knight on the series. And, in another first look, the top hat-wearing heartthrob hangs out with the boy banders, who look to be approving of something by giving Mahone a bunch of thumbs (and fingers) up.

"This episode is a fitting ending to season four," Kendall Schmidt told MTV News in a statement. "We always try to go big, and we worked hard to make a finale that will make a lasting impression."

In addition to Mahone, the special will also feature appearances from Nick Cannon, Alexa Vega, Karmin, Mindless Behavior and Fabio. The episode revolves around the Tween Choice Awards, where the boy banders are nominated and booked to close the show. But before the foursome can take the stage, they uncover an evil plot to brainwash everyone in the audience. So BTR have to take down the bad guys and make sure the show rolls on as scheduled.

It's a big summer for both Mahone and BTR. BTR are currently on the road with Victoria Justice on their Summer Break Tour, which ...

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Schoolboy Q, Chance The Rapper And Gunplay Lead Charge With MTV Jams’ Fab Five

Every year there is a flood of new hip-hop talent ready to take on the game, and every year, MTV Jams celebrates rap's new crop with the Fab Five — a class of five rookies with the brightest futures. This year is no exception with a class that includes August Alsina, Chance the Rapper, Gunplay, Schoolboy Q and Travi$ Scott.

Over the course of the next five weeks, each artist will receive a weeklong spotlight on MTV Jams that will include their music videos, live performances and interviews. It's an honor that rap stars like Drake, Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky and Big Sean once shared in their own rookie seasons.

"It's awesome to be a part of MTV Jams' Fab Five. Just to be featured on MTV and to be considered as one of the five artists to look out for means so much," Chance the Rapper said in a press release issued to MTV News on Wednesday (July 24). "I'm a big fan of MTV Jams because it plays music all day and exposes music that no one would otherwise know about."

Schoolboy Q, who is set to release his major-label debut album Oxymoron later this year is excited for the opportunity. "Thank you MTV Jams for having me, I swear on my life being on MTV was something I never thought would happen," he said in a statement. "So thanks again, for helping me with my goals."

For August Alsina, whose melodic single "I Luv This Sh--" has been in rotation on Jams, being the Fab Five's only singer this ...

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King Krule Is ‘Not Surprised’ Beyonce Likes His Music

"Immature and naive," "basic" and "sh--": That's how British singer Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule, describes his single "Easy Easy," a song beloved by Earl Sweatshirt, and the same one Beyoncé officially endorsed on her Beyhive Blog recently.

"That's why I quite like it," he told MTV News on Wednesday (July 23) of the early track's raw production.

It makes sense, though, that King Krule might feel slightly "beyond" "Easy Easy" when it comes to songwriting. He wrote the song in 2007 — back when he was around 12 years old. In fact, the jam is the oldest on Krule's debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, slated to drop on August 24, which happens to coincide with the singer's 19th birthday.

"I feel that the album is a very self-centered record, so I wanted to make it apparent that I'd been working on it throughout my life and it had aspects from when I was really young — from my birth — until now," Krule said. "So I wanted to cut it off at a very clear date of 19 years. That seemed the easiest way of doing it."

The record itself — like the works that Krule has put out under aliases Zoo Kid, DJ JD Sports and Edgar the Beatmaker — defies genre in a sense. It's a palimpsest of sound, including punk elements. Take for example the naive aggression of "Easy Easy," a work that recalls the ethos of bands like Minor Threat, both in the age of the artist and the mundane quality of the lyrics ...

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Exclusive: Paramore Plotting ‘The Tour That Changed The Game’

Earlier this week, Paramore announced a run of North American dates set for October. And if you're wondering why they waited a full six months after the release of their self-titled fourth album to take their show to big venues from Atlanta to Uncasville, well, Hayley Williams has the answer:

These are the shows they've been working towards the entire time.

"We always want to outdo whatever we've already done. That being said, yes, this is a tour that we've been dreaming of for a little while and we're really excited to make it happen," she wrote in an email to MTV News. "I want to remember this tour as the tour that changed the game for us in terms of being a live band."

And that means reimagining Paramore's entire live show, beginning with the setlist and running all the way through the production, which, Williams said, is being handled in part by the band's bassist, Jeremy Davis.

"The major thing for us is remaining a rock band and pulling off a show that is about that rather than relying solely on production. However, we're pretty excited about the tour 'cause we're going to be adding a lot of production elements that we've never tried before," she wrote. "Jeremy is actually manning that ship and coming up with most of the staging and production with a guy who's one of the best in the business. The whole thing is going to be new for us, so I know it'll feel new to fans no matter how many of our shows they've ...

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‘To Do List’ Star Aubrey Plaza Doesn’t Like To Do Heavy Breathing

Be named class valedictorian? Check! Land a summer job as a lifeguard? Check! Get admitted to Georgetown University? Double-check! So what's left on 18-year-old Brandy Klark's ? Oh, not much, just learn everything there is to know about sex before freshman orientation.

That's the premise of writer/director Maggie Carey's upcoming film, which stars "Parks and Recreation" actress Aubrey Plaza as a coitus-ly clueless teen, who compiles a check sheet of all the naughty deeds she wants to do over the summer.

Some have likened "The To Do List" to a female version of "Superbad," and given its frank handling of sex (and its many, many cringe-inducing moments), it's probably an apt description.

And though the teens in the film are played by 20- and 30-something actors, the cast admitted recently during an interview at San Diego Comic-Con that even they came away from filming with a few new tricks.

"We all learned a lot of different sexual acts from doing this movie," Plaza said. "We learned what they are."

"I learned what 'bumping doughnuts' are," co-star Scott Porter offered. (For more on that, we suggest you watch the video above in which Porter helpfully demonstrates the move with his hands.)

Of course, much of the sexual onus in the film is on Plaza, who happily revealed her most embarrassing moment during production.

"Honestly, for me, just any kind of heavy breathing is not ideal," she said. "Breathing is a private thing. You don't want a lot of people around watching you breathe heavily, and I had to do that a lot. Those ...

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Will Selena Gomez Wing It At VMAs?

From the sensual dance moves to the sexy lyrics, Selena Gomez shocked many as shed her good-girl image for a more revealing side with "Come & Get It."

It seems that the transition paid off because Gomez is now up for a 2013 Video Music Award for Best Pop Video with the hit single.

"VMA, that's crazy," Gomez told MTV News about her nomination. "I mean honestly, not even just because it's my song; I just genuinely think it was a beautiful video. The dancers were amazing, the dance was beautiful, the shots were gorgeous, so I'm super stoked. I'm stoked for Anthony Mandler who directed it too because obviously it was his creation."

Gomez teamed up with Mandler to create the sexy clip, which is the lead single off her just released album Stars Dance. The video has Gomez, who said Mandler let her have more "creative control" over the clip, embracing the beat of the track while braving the "earthy" elements and exuding confidence and maturity.

Gomez faces off against some tough competition in the Best Pop Video category — Bruno Mars ("Locked out of Heaven"), Justin Timberlake ("Mirrors"), fun. ("Carry On") and friend Miley Cyrus ("We Can't Stop"). If Gomez takes home the Moonman on August 25 it will mark her first time winning the trophy. But Selenators, don't expect her to come prepared.

"No, I'm not good at writing speeches down because if I do, then it gets in the way," Gomez said about whether she plans on penning an acceptance speech. "I'm not even planning ...

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