January 21, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Ellie Goulding’s Powerful Hangout Fest Set Was One For The Girls

GULF SHORES, Alabama — The Hangout Festival didn't leave fans wanting for much — supermodels on water slides, country bands and shellfish, and you know, Tom Petty, Kings of Leon and Stevie Wonder playing on the shore of a stunning beach. But the one thing this year's Hangout Fest didn't feature was a long roster of female artists, so British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding had to represent.

Female-fronted acts like The Breeders, Best Coast, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Delta Rae, and Grouplove were amongst the festival's musical highlights, but, in addition to being one of the biggest names on this year's ticket, Ellie Goulding had the unique distinction of being one of the Hangout Fest's two female solo artists (the first being Lissie). And naturally, she rose to the occasion. If she could handle performing at the royal wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate at Buckingham Palace, she could handle the beach.

The warbling, pixie-esque Brit winner and first lady of electronic music enchanted the crowd with a set that featured cuts from her breakthrough debut album, Lights, and its follow-up, Halcyon.

Under a cloudy, overcast sky that echoed her native England, Goulding, true to her slightly shy, poetic girl-next-door ...

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Imagine Dragons Drum Up Magic During Hangout Festival Set

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Though they have two solid radio hits to their name, Imagine Dragons are relative newbies to the festival scene. You'd think they make moody music that's best heard in a dingy rock clubs. But on the final day of the Hangout Festival on Sunday (May 19), the Las Vegas band busted their anthems wide open and helped to close the lid on a wild, wooly three-day beach party.

They may have been born in sticky-floor dives, but Imagine Dragons were more than up to a main stage slot, pulling a huge audience, who danced, sang and crowd surfed through an hour-long set from the personality-plus group. Towering singer Dan Reynolds was hampered by a broken hand in a temporary cast, but that didn't stop him from bashing away at a huge kettledrum during the percussion-heavy opening of the band's set.

The former MTV PUSH Artist of the Week band, who've notched two hits off their 2012 studio debut, Night Visions, with 
 opened with "Round and Round," which found Reynolds bounding all around the stage and stopping only to occasionally smack the drum, often on bended knee.

Reynolds is not unlike the American version of Coldplay's Chris Martin: with a big personality and relentless positivity, he is clearly in love with his chosen vocation. "I broke my hand, but the show still goes on, it feels OK!" he told the crowd. Reynolds stood on a stage monitor to help set off a massive crowd arm wave, bouncing on his toes to the infectious ...

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Chrissy Teigen <i>Owns</i> The Beach At Hangout Fest 2013!

GULF SHORES, Alabama — The Hangout Music Festival's beach setting may be a natural environment for famed Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and TV host Chrissy Teigen, but this weekend she's been covering the more colorful aspects of what goes down off the waters of Gulf Shores, Alabama at this four-year-old gathering.

Tiegen's adventures as one of MTV's guest correspondents — "Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino, Dillon Francis, iJustine and 2012 Miss Alabama Katherine Webb rounded out the crew — were numerous. A few of the highlights included getting a face tattoo with EDM star Dillon Francis, a terrifying ride on the "Mega-Drop" and a chaotic Go-Pro-captured romp through the festival crowd for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' peformance. There was a beach scavenger hunt and a face-off with the ex Miss Alabama, too, over a peel-and-eat shrimp-eating contest (with two lucky guys). Both Tiegen and Webb lost the challenge to one of the strapping boys, whose prize was a kiss from Teigen.

Teigen, who's engaged to singer John Legend, also squared off against 'The Show With Vinny' host Vinny in a selfie contest; the model snapped up 16 photos of herself and Hangout fans in just 30 seconds. (Go figure she'd knock a camera challenge out of the park.) She also found some time for some free love:

As you can see from the above tweet, being an MTV correspondent at Hangout Fest is hard work — sweat will happen.

MTV, VH1 and CMT are live from Hangout 2013, bringing you all the latest news, interviews, performances and more from ...

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Public Enemy Are ‘Rolling Stones’ Of Rap, Chuck D Says At Hangout Fest

GULF SHORES, Alabama — On a festival bill that swings from acts just breaking through (Twenty One Pilots, Wild Cub) to icons like Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy definitely fall into the legend category.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rap titans proved why they belong in the latter group during a high-intensity daytime set in the Boom Boom Tent at the Hangout Festival on Saturday.

The group's hype man, Flavor Flav, said PE fed off the energy of the crowd during their hour-long show, which found the young audience shouting along to such anthems as "Welcome to the Terrordome" and "911 is a Joke."

"We're the Rolling Stones of the rap game," said group leader Chuck D after the set while chilling backstage with MTV News' Sway Calloway. "Not braggin'/Lips bigger than Jagger/Not saggin'/Spell it backwards, Imma leave it at that," D rapped.

Chuck was talking about the relative youngsters on PE's upcoming summer package tour featuring Ice Cube, De La Soul and LL Cool J, but Flav added that with seniority status comes some pressure as well. "We ain't trying to leave ya'll on pins and needles/But we just as big as the Beatles," he freestyled.

One of the difficulties of achieving longevity in the game is that you have to learn to appeal to new audiences who might not have even been born when you started, as well as the old school fans when you're putting together a set list.

How does PE pull that off?

"We study people like the Rolling Stones, the Who," said D. "You ...

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Kim Kardashian Confirms Kanye West’s <i>Yeezus</i> Title And Release Date

Very little seems to happen by chance in Kanye West's world, so it was likely no coincidence that just as the MC was taking the stage for his gig his girlfriend Kim Kardashian confirmed when we'll have new Yeezy music.

In a post that rapidly bounced around the hip-hop world, Kardashian Instagrammed what appeared to be the album's cover, as well as the rumored titled, Yeezus. The picture includes a CD case with what looks like a melted gold Jesus piece on the cover next to a pair of unreleased red Nike Air Yeezy IIs, a piece of red gaffer tape with the title on it and the message, "#Yeezus #RedYeezy's #SNL #Tonight #NewSlaves #YeezySeason #Donda #June18."

West debuted "New Slaves" by projecting the video for the song on 66 locations? across the globe on Friday and then made a triumphant return to "Saturday Night Live" to perform the new song "Black Skinhead."

Backed by a live band and dressed in a studded black leather biker jacket and red Air Yeezy II's, he let out screams over a sparse drum track and melody culled from Marilyn Manson's 1996 hit "The Beautiful People." He later tweeted what appeared to be the lyric sheet from the song, which features the lines, "4 in the morning/And I'm zoning/They say I'm possessed/It's an omen/I keep it 300/Like the Romans." For his second performance he did "New Slaves."

Although various sites were reporting that West's album is available for pre-order now on his official site, at press ...

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Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Porter Robinson ‘Take Over’ Electric Daisy Carnival: Day Two

NEW YORK — The second day of Electric Daisy Carnival New York kicked off with cloudy skies and rainfall, but that didn't seem to affect the sold-out crowd of 50,000, who, despite the weather, danced to a slew of DJ/producers who brought the Mets' Citi Field parking lot alive on the otherwise dreary weekend day.

Day two's DJ roster included a diverse group of acts, from the punk-rock electronica sounds of the Bloody Beetroots Live to underground duo Art Department. The self-described "house and techno Kung-Fu master," Loco Dice, played solo and then returned later to close out the Neon Garden stage, where he joined legendary British DJ Carl Cox for a back-to-back set. AN21, the younger brother of Steve Angello, held down the family name Saturday as he played into dusk with his longtime collaboration partner and Size labelmate, Max Vangeli.

EDC-NY may not have hosted every big-room act this year (as it seemed to do last year), but the evening lineup on the Kinetic Field Stage definitely lived up to expectations in the A-list DJ department: Smashing sets came courtesy of superstar DJs Thomas Gold, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and festival-closer Porter Robinson.

Thomas Gold started the evening roll call off nicely, mesmerizing fans with his powerfully bold production. The German DJ played his remix of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," along with his stellar hit "Sing2Me." Gold's set was marked by a continuous, loud thumping as he played popular hits from other artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Republic and Otto Knows; he artfully ...

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Kendrick Lamar Inspired By Kanye West ‘Yeezus’ Rollout

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Just after he came off stage following a triumphant set 
 on the Boom Boom Stage at the Hangout Festival, Compton, California, MC Kendrick Lamar switched from world-beating rapper to hip-hop fan.

Speaking to MTV News' Sway Calloway, Lamar offered his thoughts on one of the year's most anticipated albums: Kanye West's as-yet-untitled sixth album. Like most of us, Lamar checked out West's 
 when it dropped on Friday, but, also like us, he said he "couldn't quite get the quality right" on the song that mysteriously appeared as part of a global stunt during which it was screened on 66 buildings across the planet.

"It sounded crazy," he said of the tune. "That whole marketing scheme is crazy. It's very inspiring. After a while you get to a point in hip-hop where certain tactics get watered down. How much music can you release on the internet to get it hot? How many singles can you put out. How many videos can you possibly do."

So, Kanye doing things the way he did is just West being the genius that he is, Lamar said, challenging the game and raising stakes once again with an album that's rumored to be titled Yeezus. "That's crazy, I want to hear that," Lamar said. "That's that creative Kanye genius stuff out the box ... whatever way is his way of being creative and getting his message across through that album, that's the culture. I can't wait to hear it."

MTV, VH1 and CMT are live from Hangout 2013, ...

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Hangout Fest, Day Two: Kendrick Lamar, Dream Dates And Supermodels On Slides

GULF SHORES, ALABAMA — Day two of the Hangout Festival kicked off much like day one — with beautiful blue skies, white-sand beaches and a bill loaded with can't miss sets.

But what happened in the 12 hours that followed after gates opened at 11 a.m. on Saturday was unlike anything this town (or this festival) had seen before: an MTV star and a supermodel engaging in a "Selfie Challenge," an up-and-coming EDM star patrolling the beaches in a suit, and plenty of big-time sets from big-time talent, of both the new and established variety.

There was the hit-packed, free-wheeling set from the night's headliners, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, full of tried-and-true fist-pumpers and expansive, expressive jams, to the cooly-confident effort from Kendrick Lamar, who packed 'em in at the Hangout's Boom Boom tent, despite the fact he didn't make his set time. Bassnectar was true to his name, delivering with gut-massaging low end, Public Enemy were just as furious as always, the Roots killed in the afternoon sun, and DFA upstarts Holy Ghost made the most out of their early-evening stage with moody, Disco-tinged pop.

As for the action down by the shore, well, MTV's guest correspondents kept things hot. Vinny ...

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Will Nicki Minaj And Lil Wayne Finally Kiss At <i>Billboard</i> Awards?

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Unless the cameras are rolling and it's the Billboard Music Awards.

Among the artists up for prizes and set to perform at the Sin City-set show, the event will also hand out awards to some of the industry's biggest icons, including Prince (Billboard Icon Award winner) and Madonna (Top Touring Artist winner). The fete will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Sin City, with "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan set to host. Need a little cheat sheet for what else will happen when the show airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC? Well, MTV News has your back.

A Who's Who
Wondering who might be attending the festivities? These presenters never got a party invite they didn't respond "yes" to. So, who will be handing out the prizes this weekend? The list of presenters includes luminaries like Cee Lo Green, Kelly Rowland, Hayden Panettiere, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy, LMFAO's Sky Blu and Wiz Khalifa.

Going Stag
Justin Bieber might be hard at work on new music, but he'll take the stage and perform an unreleased Believe mid-tempo jam, "Take You." Will he run into Selena Gomez at the bash? Yes! She's set to perform "Come & Get It."

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Other highly anticipated performances include, Chris Brown ("Fine China"), Icona Pop ("I Love It"), Bruno Mars ("Treasure"), Miguel ("Adorn"), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ("Thrift Shop"), Ed Sheeran ("Lego House") and his pal and tourmate Taylor Swift ("22").

Friends With (Musical) Benefits
Not enough Bieber ...

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