May 25, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Tupac Musical Fueling Up For Broadway

Tupac is coming to Broadway.

You heard it correctly — Kenny Leon, the theater director responsible for versions of "A Raisin in the Sun," "Gem of the Ocean," "The Mountaintop" and "Stick Fly," is preparing his first musical, dubbed "Holler If Ya Hear Me."

Although the musical won't be biographical, the director tells the Wall Street Journal that it's an anti-violence, "unconditional love story" featuring Shakur's music. It's based on the book by Todd Kreidler.

"When you look at the lyrics of his music, he was always talking about universal things like honor, betrayal, family," Leon told WSJ about the rapper, who was fatally shot in 1996 at 25 years old. "[Tupac] was just trying to talk about life and say something about the country and being an American and raising a family here."

First news of the musical broke in June, but since then, Leon says he has gained a full cast of 24 actors. Leon says the musical has already been workshopped three times.

"We had to have a group of actors that could sing, that could rap, that could dance — that could do hip-hop dance as well as straightforward Broadway musical dance. We had to have a good mix of 24 people who could do it all, but above all we needed actors who could tell the story," he said.

Leon has gotten permission from the late rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur, who is producing the musical with Eric Gold, to use the music. Earlier this year, she announced she would be releasing his full body of work, saying, ...

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Ariana Grande’s Sunny ‘Baby I’ Video: Get A Sneak Peek!

Ariana Grande promised that her video for "Baby I" would "make you smile." And a new 28-second tease from the forthcoming clip is sure to have Arianators grinning from ear to ear.

In the sunny tease, Grande dances in the street, wearing short shorts and a belly-baring top. The video then cuts to Grande doing a Running Man-type dance with her backup dancers.

"Baby I" is the next single off the singer's debut album, Yours Truly, which she released this week. The video's release date hasn't been confirmed, but it comes on the heels of the success of her breakthrough lead single, Grande also released her duet with the Wanted's Nathan Sykes, featured on her album and "The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones" soundtrack.

In a video message she posted on Thursday, the "Sam & Cat" star thanked her fans for all their support. "I want to thank my fans who have been following me on my YouTube channel since the longest time," she told her fans in the clip, where she was joined by Jones Crow, who worked with her on the album artwork and shot her video for "The Way."

"I feel like some of the most important years of my life have been captured in this album and some of my most important experiences like relationship-wise," Grande told MTV News last month before taking the stage at the 2013 VMA pre-show. "So many things I've learned I'll remember when I listen back to these songs. It's just such a special thing ...

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Paris Hilton’s Throwing An ‘Epic, Sexy’ Pool Party For Lil Wayne In ‘Good Time’

Earlier this year, Paris Hilton inked a deal with Cash Money Records, much to the amazement of everyone not named Birdman and Lil Wayne, who praised the heiress/musician's hustle ... and, more importantly, her music.

"She got a record we're about to come out with and she's very talented. You know she's already somethin' special as an entrepreneur and everything that she do," Birdman told MTV News. "But on the music side, I'm super excited. We all — me, Wayne, everybody — we listened to her music and she got some hits."

And now, after wrapping a month-long DJ residency at Ibiza hotspot Amnesia, Hilton is getting ready to show us her hits ... as she took to Twitter to announce the release date for her first Cash Money single: "Good Time," which features Weezy and is due on October 1.

And, as Hilton explained to MTV News, though it's been a while — more than seven years, to be exact — since she released an album, she's more than ready to prove the naysayers wrong ... not to mention make her Cash Money family proud. And "Good Time" is the just the beginning.

"Music has always been a big passion of mine, but I've just been so busy with everything else. But I've recorded some incredible songs, EDM-influenced, electro-pop, and working with very talented producers," Hilton said. "The first single is called 'Good Time,' I recorded that with Lil Wayne. I'm so excited to be signed with Cash Money ... Working with Birdman and Slim, they're amazing guys, and ...

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Katy Perry Trades Boyfriend For A Monkey In ‘Roar’ Teaser

Watch out John Mayer: if you and Katy Perry were to get marooned on desert island — your life promptly taken by a ravenous tiger — Perry would probably just trade you in for a monkey. At least, that is, if life were anything like Perry's new video for "Roar," off of her upcoming album Prism.

As we wait for Perry's official "Roar" video to drop Thursday (September 5), the singer and her team have been releasing a ton of behind-the-scenes videos of the shoot. In one, Perry explains her budding relationship in the vid with Ripley the monkey.

"We are just kind of becoming friends," she said. "I've met him along the way on my journey, because unfortunately I was in a bit of a plane crash and my boyfriend got eaten by the tiger who I'll have to face off with at the very end of the music video."

After suffering this "Lost"-like turn of events, Perry finds herself with only a hairbrush and her phone, which naturally she uses to take a selfie with Ripley — despite low battery power. "I do want to get this selfie of me and the monkey, because I've never had a monkey on me," she said. The hairbrush, likely, came in handy when fixing her hair with tropical flowers for what we can only assume is an attempt a camouflage.

Judging from the behind-the-scenes video, we can expect a lot of jungle antics when Perry's video drops, including some very Tarzan and Jane outfits. The better to the fool the tiger with, ...

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Avicii Describes His ‘Straight-Away’ Attraction To ‘Wake Me Up’

Despite all the remarkable achievements 23-year-old Avicii has already attained, no one — not even Tim Bergling himself — could have predicted the contagious worldwide success of "Wake Me Up." The first single off the DJ/Producer's upcoming debut studio album is now #1 in 63 countries and is showing no signs of slowing down.

"Wake Me Up" is the first of its kind from the seasoned producer. After years of critically and commercially acclaimed releases in the electronic genre, Avicii shocked the world when he premiered the track at Ultra Music Festival and became their first EDM act ever to perform with live instruments. Although social media initially exploded with criticism and confusion, over time fans have truly come around to the electronic and country genre crossover.

"This is original, it is soulful and it is EDM," Mario Fernandez said of the track when Avicii announced its official release on Facebook. "It's nice to see a new spin on EDM and on country music," Benjamin Koenig added. "Keep up the musical creativity and the musical exploration and you will continue to explode on the EDM scene."

With the help of Incubus's Mike Einziger and Aloe Blacc, the song that has brought Avicii world renowned success was actually finished inordinately quickly, defying his usually lengthy production method.

"It all started with me and Mike Einziger from Incubus kind of playing around together in his studio in Malibu, and melodically we wrote the whole song, but we hadn't put any words to it," he explained to MTV News. "I was working with Aloe Blacc on ...

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Drake Reveals <i>Nothing Was The Same</i> Track List Includes Jay Z Cameo

Drake started out Thursday morning (September 5) with a question he already knew the answer to, tweeting "Would You Like The Tracklist."

Of course we would like the Nothing Was the Same track list, Drake; we've only been clamoring for details surrounding your new album since you announced the title on the 2013 Grammy Red Carpet in February.

Drizzy's tweet came complete with a link to his new OVO Sound website, which presented to us 16 song titles, some of which we already knew. When fans download the album on September 24, they will start with "Tuscan Leather," a track where a single Whitney Houston sample is flipped in three different ways, according to Drake's right-hand Noah "40" Shebib.

Of course there is "Started From the Bottom," and on the deluxe there is the Big Sean and 2 Chainz-assisted "All Me." The track list also reveals that YMCMB producer Detail appears on a song called and Jay Z will appear on a track titled "Pound Cake." There doesn't appear to be any Wu-Tang features, but there is a song titled "Wu-Tang Forever."

Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, who both lent their vocals to Drake's first two albums, aren't credited on the tracklist that Drake posted, so it doesn't look like they'll appear. It is important to note that 2 Chainz and Big Sean aren't credited on the previously released deluxe track "All Me" either.

After releasing the cover art for the upcoming album featuring two profile portraits of himself — one current and one when he ...

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Taylor Lautner Flaunts New Tats And Parkour Skills On ‘Tracers’ Set: Watch!

"Taylor Lautner, sounds a little far-fetched on paper. In the thriller, Lautner stars as Cam, a bike messenger up to his handlebars in debt who gets tangled up in the "dark world" of parkour.

But after seeing the kind of free-running moves that Lautner pulled off all by himself on set, it all made perfect sense to us. MTV News' Josh Horowitz was there on the New York City set of "Tracers" to find out what Lautner has been up to since we left behind the vampires and wolves of Forks, Washington.

It turns out that he's been practicing parkour a lot.

"The action difficulty is through-the-roof because most people think parkour is just, 'Oh, yeah. That's just running and jumping off of walls and buildings or something.' But they take it very seriously," Lautner said. "If a parkour artist heard you say that, they'd be very offended. I mean, it is an art form to them. It required a lot."

And by the look of footage from the set, the work paid off. A short clip from filming shows Lautner running on top of — not through, on top of — traffic and somersaulting between cars and tractor trailers.

But for Lautner, "Tracers" wasn't just an excuse to show off a new skill. "This movie is a great mix [of acting and physicality]. I really wanted to do something that was different for me," he said. "When I read 'Tracers,' it was unlike anything I had done before. It's a very character-driven movie. It's dramatic. My character's journey throughout the thing is really ...

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