August 24, 2017

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Paramore Thank Fans For #1 Debut: ‘They Made History For Us’

On Wednesday, Paramore nabbed their first-ever #1 album as their self-titled fourth record knocked Justin Timberlake out of the top spot on the Billboard Top 200.

It was something they had been cautiously optimistic about when we spoke to the band at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, but now, it's official: Paramore have the best-selling record in the country. And though she's had hours to let it all sink in, Hayley Williams was still having a difficult time believing the news.

"This is one of those things that happens in the movies. I feel like we are living out some storyline that I have never imagined would be our own," she wrote in an email to MTV News. "This is like when I watched the Temptations movie or 'That Thing You Do' a million times as a kid ... And wished every time that I could be doing that. I never thought it would be us."

And as if you couldn't guess, the chart-topping success of Paramore is even sweeter considering everything Williams and Co. have gone through over the past two years ... forced to reinvent themselves on the fly, they took plenty of risks on the album, poured their heart and soul into its creation, and now can bask in the satisfaction of knowing all the drama was worth it — and that their fans will truly stick with them through thick and thin.

"For the three of us, it means we did something right!" Williams wrote. "More than that, it means us and our fans gave ...

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‘American Idol’ Spoiler Alert: Top Five Reveal Their Song Choices!

Now that the top five ladies of have the stage to themselves after dispatching their male rivals,
 things are about to get really real.

With a dual theme of Year You Were Born and Divas on Wednesday night (April 17), Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur told MTV News that they pulled no punches in choosing their songs this week. With the first "Idol" crown for a female in five seasons at stake and all five in need of a breakout week to take a lead, they weren't shy, tapping everything from judge Mariah Carey's catalog, to former judge Paula Abdul, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Beyoncé and a special song in tribute to the victims of this week's bombings in Boston.

MTV News asked the top five to break down their choices:

Amber Holcomb
Divas: "I picked [Barbra Streisand's 'What Are You Doing For the Rest of Your Life'] because it's really jazzy and it kind of goes back to when I sang 'My Funny Valentine.' I've shown America all these new things and I want to show them even more.

Year I Was Born: [Carey's "Without You"] "It's going to be kind of weird singing a Mariah Carey song in front of Mariah Carey. But I feel like I sing it like me, so it won't be, 'Ohh! You're singing Mariah!' [It'll be like] 'Amber you're just singing.'"

Angie Miller
Divas: [Beyoncé's "Halo"] "That's huge, that's a big song, but I'm so excited to do it. I love that song."

Year I Was Born: [Pretenders "I'll Stand By ...

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Jonas Brothers Go ‘Live From MTV’: Watch Now!

Throw your "Pom Poms" up, it's about that time for the Jonas Brothers to sit down with MTV News for their 30-minute live stream on MTV.com. During their chat, the band of brothers will talk about their summer tour and new single, "Pom Poms," as well answer as questions you might want to throw their way.

And it all goes down at 5 p.m. ET.

Nick, Joe and Kevin, will sit down with MTV News' Christina Garibaldi, as well as a studio audience consisting of 30 lucky fans, for an exclusive chat ahead of their 2013 album release and the new season of "Married to Jonas," kicking off this Sunday, April 21 on E!.

Fans not in the audience can get in on the fun by tweeting questions to #AskJonas. And, maybe you'll be lucky enough to have the brothers answer it for you. Now, while we can't promise it will be as intimate as Joe's recent concert invite to a fan, we do know that fans will get up close and personal with them as they open up about starting a new chapter in their careers.

Once the guys wrap up their exclusive chat on Wednesday, fans can check them out on the road this summer. The Jonas Brothers Live Tour kicks off on July 10 in Chicago with North American stops in their home state of New Jersey, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Phoenix. "Pom Poms" is the lead single off their forthcoming album release, which they will dish more about during "Live From MTV." Don't miss it!

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Emma Watson Bringing ‘The Bling Ring’ To Cannes Film Festival

Emma Watson and her sticky-fingered pals are going to bring some bling (and hopefully not steal any on their way out) to Cannes Film Festival later this month.

Sofia Coppola-directed will premiere during the Un Certain Regard portion of the festival, the Cannes Film Festival announced on Wednesday. While "The Bling Ring" is showing at the festival, it won't be eligible for the big prize, the Palme d'Or, given that it's premiering during the Un Certain Regard.

Watson and her "Bling Ring" co-stars sat down with MTV News last Friday during Sneak Peek Week, where she not only dished about taking dancing cues from Beyoncé, but also revealed how she managed to get so good at pole dancing.

"[Co-star] Claire [Julien] actually taught me a bunch of moves," she said about her work in the June 14 movie release. "You have to be very physically strong to hold your own body weight, and I really didn't have that core strength initially, so that was pretty intimidating. And, also, I'm just a really awkward sexy person, so basically the scene turned into me just messing around because I think Sofia thought, 'We need to give her a break.' "

The film also stars Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Taissa Farmiga and is based on the real-life story of a group of teenagers who stole from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Not enough shiny star power for you? Well, blingy can also be used to describe the Leonardo DiCaprio/Carey Mulligan starring "The Great Gatsby," which is opening ...

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Lil Wayne And N.O.R.E.’s First Meeting Was Over A Seriously Meaty Pizza

N.O.R.E. may fancy himself a Superthug, but the Queens, New York, MC is actually a likable guy, and for his latest album Student of the Game, Jose Luis called in favors from all his musical friends.

His relationship with SOTG collaborator Lil Wayne, for instance, goes back a ways. Back in August 1999, before Weezy was known to guest on many tracks outside his Cash Money camp, Noreaga invited Wayne to appear on a song that appeared on N.O.R.E's sophomore LP. Melvin Flynt--Da Hustler. Originally, N.O.R.E. was looking to only work with former Cash Money star Juvenile, who at the time was riding high off of his breakout single "Ha," but Birdman suggested something different.

"When he flew into New York, he was like, 'Say, playboy ... you want the whole crew?' " N.O.R.E. recalled to MTV News using his best Birdman impersonation. "Nobody knew who Lil Wayne was, and not only that I put him first," N.O.R.E. continued, pointing out that Weezy's verse opens "Play That Sh--." "He just took that as respect."

According to Noreaga, Birdman decided not to charge the C-N-N rapper for the 1999 feature. He also curiously remembers the crew's eating habits. "They were rich back then, too, and they also ordered the most pork on pizza I've ever seen in my life," he said, laughing. "These guys ordered ham, bacon, meatballs. They ordered sh-- I didn't even know you could put on pizza."

N.O.R.E., who is using the alias P.A.P.I. on Student of the Game, has maintained a tight relationship with the Cash ...

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Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ Nears 125 Million Views, But Can It Match ‘Gangnam Style’?

Can lightning strike twice? We may soon find out thanks to Psy's new song, "Gentleman."

While the South Korean rapper's original world-beating hit, 
 had a slow, then meteoric rise to YouTube dominance
 last year on its way to an unprecedented 1.5 billion views, in its first five days 
 is actually outpacing "Style" by a mile. (It took "Gangnam" more than a month to reach 100 million views.)

At press time, "Gentleman" was about to blow by the 125 million mark in YouTube views after tallying more than 20 million in its first 24 hours, easily beating the previous record set by Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," which attracted eight million views on its first day.

"51 million views in 40 hours!! My God!!" Psy tweeted on Monday as the video began to take off. The song has also made its way into the top 10 in England and Australia, though it sat just outside the top 10 at #11 on the iTunes chart at press time.

But can it move the 4.5 million downloads and #2 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart put up by "Gangnam?"

"He set the bar pretty high to match the success of 'Gangnam Style,'" said Billboard Director of Charts Silvio Pietroluongo. "That song had so many elements going for it: it was catchy, it had a spectacular video, the novelty of being in Korean ... it was like lightning in a bottle ... To get close tot hat would be considered a success. Even a fraction of those numbers would be a success."

While "Gentleman" is ...

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Drake’s ‘Girls Love Beyonce’: But What Else Did We Learn?

Drake's love life is complicated to say the least. Even before the Young Money whiz kid broke out of his native Toronto, he seemed to be having trouble with the chicas, as evidenced on So Far Gone songs like "Houstatlantavegas" and "Sooner Than Later."

On Tuesday, Drizzy continued to document his trust issues with the cleverly titled The James Fauntleroy-assisted tune isn't just an ode to Mrs. Carter, though. Drake actually pours out his lonely heart on the track. So what did we learn from it? MTV News breaks it down.

Girls Love Beyoncé, duh.
After establishing that girls love Queen Bey in the song's very first line, Drake goes on to list other things that the fairer sex enjoys. Apparently, women take great joy in toying with men's emotions and keeping dudes in the house. "Girls love to f--- with your conscience/ Girls hate when n---as go missing," he rhymes, err, sings.

Drizzy's 'Young Boys' Are A Bad Influence On Him.
It's hard to get in touch with your innermost feelings when all of your boys are around, and Drake's OVO clique definitely doesn't make things easy for the lovelorn rapper. The first step in dealing with your problem is admitting that you have a problem. "All my young boys 'round me, saying, 'Get money and f--- these hoes'/ Where we learn these values? I do not know what to tell you," he croons.

Drake Is Sick Of Ducking Paparazzi While Out On Dates.
Though the Young Money hitmaker has been linked to a number of women — from dancer Maliah Michel to ...

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Britney Spears Joining ‘Smurf’ Family? ‘Ooh La La’!

Britney Spears fans, start screaming and shouting, because new music is coming your way. The "Scream & Shout" singer will appear grace the "Smurfs 2" soundtrack on the brand-new tune "Ooh La La."

On Wednesday, the singer opened up a bit more about the track, sharing that she recorded it for her sons, Jayden and Sean. "I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans ever. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they'll think it's Smurftastic!" she added in a statement.

The song was produced by Dr. Luke, along with Ammo and Cirkut. Luke enlisted the help of hitmaker Bonnie McKee as well as J Kash, Lola Blanc and Fransisca Hall to help pen the latest tune from the singer. It will appear during the end credits of the summer movie and while the film opens on July 31, no release date for the song has been confirmed yet.

"I am very excited that Britney is joining our smurfy adventure," "Smurfs 2" director Raja Gosnell said. " 'Ooh La La' is the perfect Smurf-party song, and the perfect button on the film for audiences around the world."

In addition to gifting fans with "Ooh La La," the former "X Factor" judge has also been hard at work on her follow-up to 2011's Femme Fatale. Not many details have been confirmed about the 2013 release, but we know she worked with will.i.am and Hit-Boy on it. She recently appeared on will's #willpower track

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‘Man Of Steel’ Trailer: Is Superman Finally Getting It Right?

There's something strange about the two trailers for "Man of Steel," especially the one that premiered online Tuesday and, by several accounts, moved grown men to tears. Aside from the fact that both previews from Zack Snyder's reboot are visually stunning and don't spoil the entire movie, the trailers have been largely left untouched by the internet snark machine. In the age of instant and innumerable Twitter reactions, how is that possible? To understand why these trailers have been as indestructible as Superman, we've broken it down for you.

A Change in Tone
When Warner Bros. got Christopher Nolan to act as executive producer in hopes to extend the success of "The Dark Knight Trilogy," many assumed that his treatment of the last son of Krypton would be identical to the "Batman Begins" reboot plan: ground it in reality, make it gritty. Well, Nolan, Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer made it grittier — but not in the way everyone was expecting. Superman isn't Batman, and he never should be treated the same way thematically.

Understanding the Character
Look around any commenter thread or blog post and you'll find a handful of moments from the trailer that really landed with fans — Russell Crowe's "How?" response, "in the sun" speech. Kevin Costner's Pa Kent is making everyone ask why he isn't in more movies. The conversation about the "S" near the end is both clever and thematically important. But what is it about these scenes that everyone is picking up on and citing when calling this "the Superman movie they've always wanted"? There's ...

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Premiere Epic ‘Can’t Hold Us’ Video

Well, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis told us their "Can't Hold Us" video was going to be big.

On Wednesday, after something like 16 different shoots, six continents and one pizza party, the dynamic duo officially premiered the "Can't Hold Us" clip, and, boy, does it live up to the hype. It's a globe-spanning, wide-screen affair, the kind of vid that looks like it cost a million dollars to make ... because it probably did. We follow the action across frozen tundra, deep-blue oceans, tropical jungles and modern cityscapes, ride along on boats, planes, camelback and dogsleds, watch with wide eyes as scores of dancers move in syncopated rhythm and a skydiver plummets through the air. And, of course, the whole thing ends high atop the Space Needle in Seattle, where Macklemore triumphantly raises a Heist flag over his hometown.

Sure, it's overblown, but that's the point. After all, Macklemore & Lewis have earned the right to make a video like this, and not just because they've ruled the charts with their breakout hit You get the feeling this is the kind of video Macklemore has dreamed of making for a decade now ... back when he was still going by Professor and releasing EPs on his own. Now, teamed with Lewis, he finally has the means to do so, and he's definitely taking full advantage.

Some may say the toughest thing to do is follow-up a hit, but I'd be willing to bet Mack & Lewis don't agree with that sentiment; after all, they've taken the long road ...

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