December 17, 2017

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Twenty One Pilots Surf, Flip And Climb Their Way Through Hangout Festival Set

GULF SHORES, AlabamaTwenty-One Pilots singer Tyler Joseph promised to give the crowd who showed up early for the first day of the Hangout Festival on Friday (May 17) his all and he wasn't kidding. The Ohio rap-rock-tronica duo brought the full arsenal during their hour-long lunchtime set, running the gamut from screamo and hip-hop to piano pop, daring back flips and death-defying scaffolding scaling.

"We're going to give you everything we have today and we're just gonna pour it out for you," promised Joseph, who like drummer Josh Dun, took the stage wearing a skeleton hoodie that zipped up over his face. When he wasn't sprinting across the Letting Go Stage, Joseph was crooning at his beat-up piano (or bashing its keys with his chair) and leaping off the drum riser as Dun stood up to spin his cymbals around in circles.

With a sound that swings from Jason Mraz-like hang loose shuffles played on ukulele to a mid-set mash up of covers that included R. Kelly's "Ignition," DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win," Nelly's "Rid Wit Me" and bits of Third Eye Blind sung Vaudeville-style accompanied by Joseph's uke strumming, the band's set was perfect for a festival that takes place on a white sandy beach.

As the ode to Joseph's mother, "House of Gold," came crashing to close, Dun did a perfect backflip off the piano, an acrobatic feat matched a short time later by the Joseph, who scaled the stage rigging to sing a song from high above the audience. The singer/rapper ...

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‘American Idol’ Needs To Start From Scratch, Experts Say

The confetti has been swept up, the tiara placed on the head of winner Candice Glover and hope once again restored that might have found its next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.

Now for the hard work. Let's face it: Season 12 was a bit of a mess. The talent was lackluster, the attempt by producers to guarantee the first female winner in six seasons was obvious and the uncomfortable tension between high-priced judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj often made the show hard to watch.

The "Idol" brain trust has now tried an all-star judge reboot twice, and, clearly, that's not the answer. We know original Dawg Randy Jackson is gone, and it seems likely that Nicki, Mariah and Keith Urban won't be back either. And the Justin Bieber/ Diddy/ Selena Gomez rumor just seems silly.

So how does "Idol" reverse course before season 13? MTV News asked a few experts to offer their suggestions for what went wrong and how the show can get back on track.

"I don't think the problem was the panel," said Hollywood Reporter music editor Shirley Halperin. "Yes, there were problems, but that's not why people tuned out. The formula has gotten really stale, the contestants are not exciting and they have nothing to say. The show needs to reboot in a drastic way and they need to think about what today's generation of music lovers would like."

Halperin said step one for next year is to screen test the potential judges, get them in a room together ...

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Kendrick Lamar, Kings Of Leon … And Fine Art? Welcome To Hangout 2013

GULF SHORES, ALABAMA — As far as galleries go, it's pretty tough to beat a half a mile of white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

So when the organizers of the Hangout Festival reached out to a pair of local artists — Bruce Larsen and Nall — to see if they'd be interesting in displaying some of their work on said beach, well, it didn't take them very long to get a response.

"It's an honor," Larsen said. "I mean, this is one of the real cultural events in south Alabama."

What's more, Larsen, a sculptor who creates primal works out of metal and driftwood, and Nall, famous for his provocative pieces of mixed media, would be showing their works in Hangout's artist compound ... meaning the likes of the Kings of Leon and Kendrick Lamar will be strolling through and having a look. And though fine art might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a massive music festival, well, it turns out the two artists are feeling right at home.

"To include art [makes sense]; these are all intangibles, music, it goes right to your soul." Larsen said. "It's eclectic, we put together different pieces, and music uses different notes, it's like a sculpture. We're using pieces people recognize, and I think it evokes memories."

Of course, there's more to the gallery than just giving musicians something to look at in-between complimentary beverages ... it's also about raising awareness of Alabama's cultural treasures.

"It brings a world view; I was doing this ...

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Beyonce And Jay-Z Expecting Baby #2?

Are Beyoncé and Jay-Z really expecting baby #2?

According to E! News, they are. Multiple sources confirmed to E! that Blue Ivy Carter is about to be a big sister.

Rumors have run rampant that the power couple are expanding their brood ever since the New York Post's Page Six reported that she was keeping her pregnancy under wraps. Shortly after, Beyoncé attended the Met Gala sporting a Givenchy Haute Couture high-wasted gown that strategically covered her midsection.

And speculation turned into high gear this week after Bey was forced to cancel a scheduled tour date of the Mrs. Carter Show in Antwerp, Belgium, on doctor's orders. Beyoncé was reportedly suffering from dehydration and exhaustion and later apologized to fans in a handwritten note, revealing that it was the first time that she had ever postponed a show.

On Wednesday, Bey ignored those doctor's orders and resumed her tour, telling the crowd there was "no way in the world" she would miss her second scheduled stop in Belgium.

A spokesperson for Beyoncé did not return request for comment on the rumors at press time.

Beyoncé Apologizes To Fans For Canceled Concert.

It's no secret that Beyoncé and Jay-Z want their daughter, who is 16 months old, to have a sibling. During an appearance on "Good Morning America," Beyonce revealed that "at some point, when it's supposed to happen, "they would add to their family."

"I would like more children," she added. "I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being a big sister."

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Avril Lavigne Admits ‘I Don’t Want To Grow Up’

It's hard to imagine, but 11 years ago this week, a 17-year-old Canadian punk pop star skated into our lives with her inescapable hit

Fast forward to 2013 and Avril Lavigne is still sporting her signature tank top and tie in the video for her latest single, reminding fans that it's OK to be forever youthful.

"It's pop rock, up-tempo. It's a fun song," Lavigne told MTV News. "It's about wanting to be young forever. Doesn't matter what age you are; it's all about your spirit, state of mind. And I know I certainly don't want to grow up, so there are more songs on the record like this."

Despite rebelling against the angsts of aging, Lavigne has done a considerable amount of growing up in her personal life. The 28-year-old is sporting a massive ring from her fiancé, Nickleback frontman Chad Kroeger, who not only helped co-write Lavigne's first single, but also has a duet on her upcoming effort as well.

But that's not all, following her last album,Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne signed with Epic Records, reteaming her with L.A. Reid, who, along with Lavigne, knew that "Here's to Never Growing Up" was going to be a hit.

"It felt good when I was recording it in the booth when I was singing it. I performed it at 11 o'clock at night and we were in this huge rush ... so the producer stayed in the studio and pulled an all-nighter," Lavigne explained. "And when I came back in the next day I heard it. I was ...

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Demi Lovato Got Comfy With Her ‘Girl’ Britney Spears

Not many people can say that they have become good friends with one of their idols, but if you're Demi Lovato, you can.

On last season of the "X Factor," Lovato found herself — to the envy of fans around the world — seated on the judges panel next to one of the biggest names in pop music: Britney Spears.

"That didn't suck at all, just saying," Lovato said during "Live From MTV."

The two hit it off, with Simon Cowell dubbing them the "gruesome twosome." But there were times that Lovato, who admitted the , couldn't even believe that she could now call Spears a friend.

"I had moments where I was so comfortable with her because she is so down to earth," Lovato said. "I had moments where I'm like, 'That's my girl,' and I'm like, 'Oh shoot, that's Britney Spears!' "

Now that Spears has decided to end her judgeship and pursue a residency in Sin City, that doesn't mean their friendship ends there. The "Heart Attack" singer revealed that she will just "have to go see her in Vegas" in the fall.

Until then, Lovato is not only focused on promoting her recently released fourth album, Demi, but also on finding replacement "X Factor" judges for Spears and L.A. Reid, and time is about to run out.

"I am not going to say in this moment today," Lovato said when asked about possible replacement judges. "It's just me and Simon and I'm appreciative of that so whatever happens, happens. I think we are going ...

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Juicy J Wants $15 Million For New Three 6 Mafia Album

Going solo has clearly suited Juicy J. Over the past few years the Three 6 Mafia standout has built his rep outside of his iconic group, and while he is gearing up to drop Stay Trippy without DJ Paul, Juice says he'll be down to do another Three 6 album — if the money is right.

"If they cut a check for $15-$16 mil," Juicy told "RapFix Live" of Columbia Records, where Three 6 are currently signed.

The Memphis, Tennessee group released their debut album Mystic Stylez in 1995 and have since set a number of sonic hip-hop trends with classic records like "Tear da Club Up," "Sippin on Some Syrup" and "Stay Fly." The duo released their last album Last 2 Walk in 2008 and have been quiet ever since. "It's really up to Columbia Records, man. I feel like Columbia Records put that group on the shelf so it's their call when they wanna bring back the Three 6 Mafia," he told "RFL" host Sway Calloway on Wednesday. "The contracts are still signed; the group is still signed with Columbia so it's really up to the label."

Juice has been doing pretty well on his own, however. He's linked up with Dr. Luke and Wiz Khalifa to release Stay Trippy and is even signed on as a partner in Khalifa's Taylor Gang label. Thanks to hit singles like "Bandz a Make Her Dance" and his current track "Show Out" with Young Jeezy and Big Sean, Stay Trippy is one of rap's more anticipated albums of 2013. If all goes ...

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‘American Idol:’ In Memoriam

is dead to me.

I don't mean that in some vindictive way; truth be told, I haven't really cared enough to be outraged since probably 2009, when Kris Allen defeated Adam Lambert in a polarizing finale before disappearing from the face of the earth. And I'm not saying it out of frustration, either ... at this point, I've gotten used to the ill-advised shakeups at the judges' table, ridiculous "feuds," questionable Top 10s, and underwhelming champions that have sadly become this show's recurring themes.

I'm not bored by "Idol," or saddened by what it's turned into, or even really mad at this year's winner. All of those things would require me to have some sort of emotional connection to the show, and, quite frankly, my feelings for it rival those of the goldfish I won when I was 8. When that goldfish died, we flushed it down the toilet. Now, I'm flushing "American Idol."

It was probably inevitable; after all "Idol" has basically been on life support since Simon Cowell packed up his cashmere sweaters in 2010. Its viewership has been in a steady decline, and those still watching have gotten older and more conservative. This season's re-shuffling of the panel — adding Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban — was a last-ditch effort by producers to stem the tide, to somehow inject some youth and relevance into the flagging show.

It didn't work, and now "Idol" gets beaten in the ratings by the younger, hipper "The Voice" and viewers kept around ...

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