December 18, 2017

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Break Out Camels, Dogsleds For ‘Can’t Hold Us’ Video

By their own admission, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis never dreamed they'd have a hit the size of which (as you're probably aware) has logged six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to date, and has sold more than four million copies.

So, when it came time to shoot the video for their follow-up single, — which, it should be noted, is already a Top 10 staple on the Hot 100 — well, they definitely decided to take advantage of their newfound clout.

"We shot it on six different continents," Macklemore told MTV News backstage at the MTV Movie Awards. "It's crazy. There's a camel. There's dogsledding. There are white people, black people, a frat party. We just went for it."

"This was over a 16-day music video shoot, which I've never heard of before," Lewis added. "It was a huge project; it was cut all over the place. We started cutting at South By Southwest, in a little hotel room, and we've been finishing it ever since, or trying to finish it. It's just been a massive project."

And after all that, the dynamic duo finally did finish the clip, and it will premiere Wednesday (April 17). And though their profile — and video budgets — may have grown, Macklemore & Lewis are remaining true to their roots, and decided to give their fans a sneak peak at the "Can't Hold Us" video at a Tuesday-night Pizza Party in Seattle.

"We decided to do something different a couple years ago, which was have pizza parties for the ...

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‘The Voice’ Recap: Adam Levine, Usher Have Their Own Battle Round

If you thought the contestants had it difficult winning the approval of their judge on "The Voice," imagine having to choose which overly persuasive superstar's team to be part of right after being eliminated. It was one of the few highlights during night two of the show's battle rounds on Tuesday night (April 16).

Team Adam kicked off the evening duels with country-strong competitors Michael Austin and Warren Stone, who were assigned Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" and took in a bulk of critiques Levine offered during rehearsals. But once they hit the boxing ring, it was smooth sailing. Shelton caught note of their performance ease, telling host Carson Daly later on that "both of them work" in their country styling. Asked whom he'd choose if this was his call, the hitmaker picked Austin over Stone. However, this was Levine's decision and that meant that 43-year-old Austin needed to head on home.

"You both come from totally different places within the realm of country," the Maroon 5 frontman said, before choosing 31-year-old Stone to advance.

As viewers noticed on Monday's episode, Usher takes a more hands-on approach when dealing with his contestants, even if that means spewing a little tough love. Jeff Lewis and Josiah Hawley both have charm and good looks, but their judge wanted nothing but professionalism and conviction from their rehearsals. When they finally hit the stage to offer a take on The Police's "Roxanne," it didn't necessarily move Shakira or Adam. "I wasn't impressed. Maybe another choice of song would have helped you more," Shaki quipped. Usher chose ...

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The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Taking ‘Unforeseen Hiatus’

The Wanted will be one man down for a little while.

The group announced on Wednesday (April 17) that Nathan Sykes will take an "unforeseen hiatus" from the band in order to undergo throat surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday.

"Our lil Nath has to go in for an op on his throat on his birthday to make him better so join us in wishing him well," they wrote on their Facebook page. "We love ya! #GetWellNath." They followed with a tweet to concerned fans assuring them that Sykes will get all their good vibes. "We will be passing on all your words of support and love, it means the world to him and you definitely help us all through this."

The full statement from the group's spokesperson confirmed that the band's other four members will stick to their promotional schedule while Sykes recovers. "We can confirm that The Wanted's Nathan Sykes will under go specialist throat surgery on Thursday 18th April in Los Angeles and as such will be taking unforeseen hiatus form The Wanted," read the statement. "

The priority for Nathan, his label and management is that he is given time to recover and receive the best treatment possible.

 The remaining four members of The Wanted will continue fulfilling the bands promotional commitments across the world."

Sykes was more succinct on his Twitter feed, writing, "Gutted ..." He followed with a more anxiety-ridden tweet, "Can't sleep. So much on my mind." According to British reports, Sykes will not be able to speak for a month ...

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Future Crafts Tracks For Rihanna, Trae Tha Truth At The Same Damn Time

Future has proven himself to be extremely versatile. Not only has the Atlanta hitmaker crafted underground favorites; he has also had his hand in some pretty big pop hits as well.

In fact, he often creates his melodic hooks in succession. It's an amazing sight — just ask his friend and collaborator Trae Tha Truth.

"It's a funny story with this record. I was in Atlanta, and I just stopped up at the studio to mess with Future for a while, and it was the same night he did that record with

The Rihanna record Trae referenced is, of course, from the pop star's latest LP, Unapologetic. On the track, Future begs Rih Rih for "love and affection," but on Trae's "Screwed Up," he professes his love for fallen Houston legend DJ Screw.

"I did that 'L-O-V-E' when I did his record, he was still there. I just did them over, freestyling, f--- around and came up," Future recalled of the night. "I had the Rihanna record right after that, and I went in ASAP."

The Astronaut Kid did three records that night in Atlanta, two with Trae and then the one for the Roc Nation princess. Even though each song has a different feel, Future said it's nothing for him to switch gears from street to pop. "Everything that you go through, it makes you who you is, so, sh--, just got a lot to talk about," he said. "You're going through everything, every day you're going through new challenges, new experiences, so you get a chance to ...

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Fabolous Got ‘Ready’ Plot From J.Lo’s ‘Maid In Manhattan’

There's no telling when or where inspiration may strike. Lucky for Fabolous, he is open to it all.

For his latest video Loso took a little bit of the Notorious B.I.G., and then, in an unlikely twist, added a bit of J.Lo to tell his rags-to-riches love story.

"Well the story to me for the record, for the video actually was trying to bring back that feeling when little girls or the little guys were watching the videos and be in awe of them," Fab told MTV News on Friday when he and Pusha T stopped by to promote their upcoming The Life is So Exciting Tour. "A lot of videos now have turned to being more guys bragging or trying to look as cool as they can in the video and not really telling that story."

Fab, who is getting set to drop his sixth solo LP Loso's Way 2 in June, used to admire one of B.I.G.'s most noted visuals and hopes that "Ready" can create a similar feeling for his own fans who daydream about living the rapper's life. "I used to watch Biggie's 'One More Chance' over and over and be like, 'Man I know that was probably the craziest house party ever,' " he said, saluting the all-star clip that featured cameos from Mary J. Blige, Da Brat, Diddy and fallen singer Aaliyah.

In the storyline for "Ready," the Brooklyn rapper heads out to the Dominican Republic, where his family has roots, and falls for a local housekeeper at his hotel. After a whirlwind romance, ...

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The Flaming Lips Wonder: Does Justin Bieber Get Depressed?

For anyone who's been following the Flaming Lips' career trajectory over the past decade — during which time they've released three increasingly claustrophobic studio albums, two collaborative records and a more gelatin-based products than Jell-O — their latest effort, The Terror, probably isn't all that shocking.

After all, with its dark, dense drones, bleak lyrics and somnambulant sequencing (the songs on The Terror don't so much end as they do bleed into one another), it seems like the next step down the path the band began walking with 2006's At War With The Mystics and '09's Embryonic ... a path that has continued to lead them further and further away from their sunniest — and most successful — album, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

And, again, if you've loved the Lips for 30 years now, this kind of dramatic reinvention is nothing new. But, if you're looking for the bright-and-shiny sequel to "Do You Realize??" well, you're out of luck (and you'll probably really dislike The Terror.) Because on this album, there's the no sunshine to speak of; shoot, there isn't even any light.

"There's no light at the end of the tunnel; we're just singing about how there's no light. Part of the power of this type of record is that it's not trying to lift up the sun; some Flaming Lips music is this very optimistic, almost a 'Star Wars' [sentiment,] of 'We'll defeat the universe!' which is great, that's what music's for," Lips mastermind Wayne Coyne told MTV News. "I just think some of this ...

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Selena Gomez ‘Hid’ After Meeting Brad Pitt At MTV Movie Awards

When Selena Gomez sauntered onstage for her inaugural MTV Movie Awards performance Sunday night, it was with the confident, sexy presence of a young woman. And while her first live performance of "Come & Get It" proved her Disney days are over, an introduction backstage shortly after had the 20-year-old giddy with girlish glee.

Fresh off the Movie Awards stage, Gomez was in her dressing room when she heard seven words that had the 14-year-old inside shaking with nerves. "Brad Pitt would like to come in."

When the singer stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday (April 16), she told DeGeneres she was careful to "play cool" in the presence of Mr. Pitt. But as soon as he left, she "hid under the craft service table for like, two minutes." "I couldn't believe it was happening," the explained to the talk-show host.

"He was like, 'Can I have a picture with you?' I was like, 'Can I have a picture with you?'" she said, still star-struck from the introduction. "He's so pretty."

From there, Ellen inevitably and warily steered toward ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. The two A-listers called it quits back in November after more than a year together. "I know you want to talk about you and Bieber not being together anymore. It's important to you so.... Go ahead," DeGeneres said, hopefully turning to a now-reticent Gomez.

After her sheepish laugh communicated a loud and charming "no comment," DeGeneres wanted to at least know that the star is OK.

"I met Brad Pitt," she said, confidently avoiding the ...

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N.O.R.E. Reveals <i>Student Of The Game</i> Sequel On The Way

N.O.R.E.'s new album, Student of the Game, hasn't even been out a full day yet and already the rapper, who now goes by P.A.P.I., is gearing up to create a sequel to his latest LP. Student of the Game II: Dyslexia won't be an insignificant follow-up, though, because it has special meaning to the Queens, New York, rapper.

"I am dyslexic. A lot of people don't know that," Noreaga revealed to MTV News when he stopped by the Newsroom on Tuesday (April 16), the same day his album dropped. "A lot of people think that I pronounce words funny ... people think that it's part of my character but, actually, it's me in real life."

Rather than be ashamed of the learning disability, N.O.R.E. has embraced it and says his creativity is a positive result of the condition. "It doesn't mean that I'm stupid, it doesn't mean that I'm ignorant, it just means that I learn different from you. And that's the reason why [the album is titled] Student of the Game, because I learn different from the average individual," he explained. "I just figured, you know what, that's the 'part two' to it."

Not to be overlooked, the brand-new SOTG finds the rap veteran mixing his old and new-school hip-hop influences to form a 19-track album that takes quite a few detours. There's the rambunctious club-slapper with 2 Chainz, Pusha T and French Montana on the hook. To balance tracks like that out, N.O.R.E. hooks up with respected boom-bap producer Large Professor on "Built Pyramids." The C-N-N rapper ...

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‘Awkward.’ Cast Promises Dark, Shirtless Drama In Season Three

It's almost time for things to get again. The hit MTV series premieres on Tuesday (April 16) night, and given how much action has gone down in the last two seasons for Jenna Hamilton and her pals, season three will certainly up the ante, the cast promises.

"Jenna's going to go to a whole new level of dark," star Ashley Rickards explained to MTV News prior to the big premiere at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. "And I am so excited to play it as an actress. And I think the fans will just love it."

According to the trailer, Jenna might be with Matty (finally), but soon, a new fella comes to town: Colin (played by Nolan Gerard Funk). His casual, romantic Jane Austen references in conversations show he might be giving hunky Matty a run for his money. Jake and Tamara also have a love blooming, and Jillian Rose Reed promises that they will "make out, a lot" in season three.

In addition to some PDA, Matty will once again pop up shirtless. And, Brett Davern teases he's more topless than ever before. Brett said, "Beau Mirchoff is shirtless, like the entire season. Actually it's more than it's ever been, pretty much. He hasn't eaten in like 3 months. Poor guy. He just comes to set and does pushups."

We spoke to Beau back in March, who also weighed in on the new season, adding that Jenna and Matty will try and take their relationship up a few emotional notches.

"Matty and Jenna have had this opportunity to really ...

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ In Tune At Universal

Just days after pitch-slapping the 2013 MTV Movie Awards with a brand-new musical mash-up, Universal Pictures announced an encore performance for the cast of "Pitch Perfect" — a movie sequel.

The studio broke the news at CinemaCon (via /Film) that "Pitch Perfect 2" will hit theaters sometime in 2015, with writer Kay Cannon attached. It's not known yet whether stars Anna Kendrick or Rebel Wilson will return.

Rumors had been circulating since late last year that the studio was mulling a sequel. In December, star Skylar Astin told MovieWeb that he was in discussions with Universal regarding a potential follow-up.

"I do have a meeting with a Universal representative next week," he said. "And I know that Rebel Wilson had hers last weekend. It's definitely a talking point."

Since its theatrical release in October, "Pitch Perfect" has grossed more than $113 million worldwide, while its soundtrack has spent the last 28 weeks on the Billboard charts. In fact, Kendrick released a brand-new music video for her song "Cups," (directed by "Pitch Perfect" helmer Jason Moore) just days before the Movie Awards performance.

The cast, including Wilson, Astin, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow and Utkarsh Ambudkar opened the awards ceremony on Sunday with an aca-awesome mash-up of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."

Universal also announced a 2015 release date for the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman."

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