February 17, 2019

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Lorde Leaps To #1 With ‘Royals’

Lorde, Lorde, Lorde. After a slow creep up the charts, New Zealand phenomenon Lorde will shoot up two spots to #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart this week, marking a high-water mark for the singer on the eve of her debut album's release.

She led a female trio of singers on the chart who moved more than 300,000 copies, the first time that's happened outside of the holiday season.

Lorde and the ladies

While Lorde was up 17 percent to 307,000, close on her heels was the former #1, Katy Perry's "Roar," which slipped 10 percent as it held at #2 (301,000) in a virtual tie with Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," down 37 percent to 301,000. Perry is on a roll, as her new single, "Dark Horse," came in at #4 on sales of 194,000 and Britney Spears was just outside the top 5 with a #6 debut for "Work Bitch!" (174,000). Rounding out the woman wave was Lady Gaga's "Applause" at #7 (160,000).

Jack Johnson's no bummer summer
Time to bust out the hammock and flip-flops. In other words, just another chill day in the life of Jack Johnson. The beach bum strummer will land his third #1 album in a row next week when his latest, From Here to Now to You debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to sales of 117,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.

He fended off two other debuts from country singers Justin Moore (#2, 97,000) and Chris Young (#3, 53,000), as well as Rick Ross, whose MMG Presents Self Made Vol. ...

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‘The Voice’ Recap: ‘Rugrats’ Star Goes Team Blake In ‘Dirty’ Blind Auditions

is back with a vengeance. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green didn't waste a moment getting into each other's hairs and picking sides as the second round of blind auditions went down last night.

The rapport among the celebrity coaches was evident as they often expressed their love for one another, but a rejuvenated Green and Aguilera stepped up their pitching game by taking down their competition by any means necessary.

Here are some of last night's stand-outs:

These Boots Are Made For Stalking
When 16-year-old Jacquie Lee took the stage, she assumed her voice would be the topic of attention. Although she got Shelton and Xtina to turn their chairs, fellow coach Green seem enthralled with Lee's studded boots, asking her, "Did you get those boots from Aldo?" and later taking a photo of them. When the conversation turned back to the music, Xtina and Shelton began the digs. "He's bored of winning," Aguilera said of Shelton before he piped in, "I specialize in 16-year-old girls winning this show." That sealed the deal, and she went home to Team Blake.

Risky Business
Cole Volsbury took a huge, unique risk for his "Voice" debut. The early twenties soul singer piqued Green's interest with his rendition of "The Jeffersons" theme song, "Movin' On Up." Luckily, the unusual song choice paid off, and Volsbury landed on spot on Team Cee Lo. "Anyone who has the audacity to do that song I have to be associated with," Green said.

Deck The Halls
With boughs of Holly Henry, that is. When the shy 19-year-old arrived ...

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Kanye West’s BBC Interview: Five Things We Learned About The ‘God’

Go ahead and watch "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." if you want. But if it's real drama you're looking for, there no greater show on earth right now than the slow roll-out of Kanye West's epic one-hour interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

In the latest edition, West, no stranger to outrageous claims
, goes off for more than 13 minutes against the corporations he said are keeping him down. But it's the collateral damage left in his wake that might really shock you.

West took aim at two of the most beloved directors in Hollywood, Lady Gaga, and, most surprisingly, his biggest radio hit in the second clip, where he also got his Nostradamus on and warned that he's more "futurist "than pop star.

Here are the five essential quotes from part two:

Got my eyes on you, Spielberg and Lucas
Angry that he's not given enough credit for his creations, West talked about "the most innovative take on theater" he came up with for his 
 short film.

"I designed the set ... okay, 'Surround Vision,' there should be a screen above you, below you, to the left, to the right and in front you also," he said. "Then I pay my own money, that I get paid for doing 'Gold Digger,' which I never really liked that song, but I knew I would get paid for doing 'Gold Digger.' "

He talked about shooting the video, editing it for 30 days, building a pyramid set on the beach at Cannes, France and getting a standing ovation. And then? He does an ...

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Nirvana Take <i>In Utero</i> On The Road, With MTV News Along For The Ride

On October 18, 1993, Nirvana kicked off a world tour in support of their In Utero album at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.

MTV News was there that night and sat down with the band following the show to discuss coming to terms with their arena-rock status, the perils of stage diving, a rumored rivalry with Pearl Jam, and why they insisted on wearing dresses from time to time.

The resulting interview revealed a side of the band few ever saw. Turns out, Nirvana weren't always the surly, serious artistes the media had made them out to be. Rather, they were four funny, self-effacing guys — Pat Smear was playing with them at this point — who enjoyed cracking jokes and poking fun at themselves. At one point, Kurt Cobain even marvels about an overzealous fan who tossed some of her undergarments onstage during the show ("My first ever bra," he laughed.)

In short, it's the Nirvana you never knew. And on the occasion of In Utero's 20th anniversary, we're bringing it to you now.

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MTV NEWS: So how was the first show? I thought it was really good. What was it like to start the tour today?

KRIST: Today, with all the lighters out there it felt like we were doing Aerosmith "Dream On" or something. I felt like Tom Hamilton, the bass player from Aerosmith.

MTV NEWS: Have you done stadiums before?

KRIST: We did a stadium. It was like 110,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil. And we had a mental breakdown on the stage and played "Seasons in ...

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Rupert Grint’s ‘CBGB’: Check Out The Latest <i>Very</i> NSFW Clip

A new exclusive NSFW clip from the historical rock drama "CBGB" has everything you expect from the start of New York's punk scene: sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha stand in for the Dead Boys, so there's the rock. You have to imagine there's some drug use going on, but the sex is pretty hard to miss.

During a set at the iconic club, an unruly crowd member takes the song title "Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth" a little too literally.

As on-screen bandmates, Grint and Bartha got to know each other pretty intimately. Aside from the very private moment that takes place on the stage in the clip, the two recalled for MTV News, while we were on the set, other instances of — let's call it — band bonding.

"I've got to know Justin quite well," Grint told MTV News. "Seeing just now his butt cheeks were my canvas and I was drawing stuff on his bare ass cheeks."

What Grint was referring to was the scene they were filming during our set visit, in which the Dead Boys flash oncoming vehicles as they drive during a road trip. Bartha went into a little more detail about the shenanigans.

"Today we are a shooting a scene where the Dead Boys go on the road, drive the Northeast and do a little tour," Bartha explained. "They are in certain states of disarray, trying to stay awake, screwing with each other and [my character]; he had an affinity for mooning people while he was driving."

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‘Divergent’ Hunk Four Has ‘Friendly But Sexually Aggressive’ Vibe

In the near-future world imagined by author Veronica Roth in , society is divided into five factions, each representing a different virtue (selflessness, intelligence, bravery, peacefulness and honesty), but it sounds like star Theo James, who plays Dauntless leader Four, has a strong case for a sixth faction quality: sensuality.

"[He's] kind of friendly, but sexually aggressive," James told MTV News of his character's vibe in the upcoming big-screen adaptation.

"Very strong, mostly in the eyes," agreed co-star Miles Teller.

"But also in the crotch," James added.

"Four is a powerful figure in literature and in human form," Teller concluded.

And while these descriptions are all rather vague, they're much more palpable shorthands than Teller could offer for his character, fellow Dauntless member Peter.

"You can't really describe it, you feel it," he said. "So if you ever come to set, you'll know when I'm in the room, just kind of lurking, lingering, a little uncomfortable."

The final book in Roth's trilogy, doesn't come out until October 22, and James doesn't have high hopes for his character's fate.

"I think I die but in a kind of existential way," he said. "So I become a ghost, and I'm haunting but in a really sexy way."

"See, that's what I thought too," Teller said. "Once the third book ends, it picks back up and it's Peter's world. It's Peter's story from there on out. Sexy Ghost [Four] is not allowed in my house. I lock the door on Sexy Ghost."

So for those of you hoping for a little Peter/Ghost Four slash-fic, it sounds like you're ...

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TomorrowWorld, Here We Come! Nicky Romero Dishes On Why America Is ‘Ready’

This weekend marks the end of the summer music festival season, but the beginning of what's sure to be one of the biggest dance festivals in the world. The appropriately named TomorrowWorld will come Stateside for the first time ever — following in the world-renowned footsteps of its Belgian predecessor, Tomorrowland.

TomorrowWorld is the first European-turned-American festival ever, but seems long overdue for the rate festival culture is exploding onto the U.S. dance scene. Fans are definitely excited, but MTV News caught up with some of the audience's favorite performers to hear what they had to say.

Producer/DJ Nicky Romero has complete confidence, saying, "I think the American people are really ready for something like this, a European festival coming to America... I think it's going to be just as good." Bro Safari described the crossover as simply "flawless."

Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, will host the inaugural festival and 30,000 fans will camp at "Dreamville." To dubstep master Excision, one of the 300 performers at the event, the setup is really what makes this festival stand out from the others. "I think it will cross over really well. The biggest thing Tomorrowland did so well was their stages weren't just about production, they had amazing production, but also it was about art and showcasing what you can really do."

With tickets 90 percent sold out, the festival is sure to be packed and energized all day every day, delivering on the full TomorrowWorld experience. "I know a lot of my friends are open to an adventure for the weekend," DJ duo GTA explained to us. ...

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Miley Cyrus Drops Emotional ‘Wrecking Ball’ Director’s Cut

When you read "director's cut," you more than likely expect something exponentially riskier than what was released the first time around. And with Miley Cyrus, that turns out to be sort of true.

On Tuesday (September 24), she dropped the director's cut for as a follow-up to the record-breaking Terry Richardson-directed music video. But while the original clip saw Miley wielding a sledgehammer and riding the titular ball, the director's cut doesn't really have any cuts. It's an unbroken take of the heartbreaking close-up of Miley's face, with her emotions on center stage. The only time Richardson cuts away is at the very end, where, after a quick director's credit page, we see Terry and Miley laughing and mugging for the camera.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rolling Stone published its cover story on Cyrus, in which she expressed pride in the "real" emotion she showed in the video. While most viewers assumed she was weeping over the soon-to-be-announced breakup with Liam Hemsworth, she surprisingly attributed it to the sadness felt over the recent death of her dog.

The director's cut comes only days after Miley performed the song for the very first time before a live audience — both in Vegas and all across the country — during the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Fans were stunned as Miley, on bended knee in front of projected images of a collapsing building, was brought to tears while belting out her ballad.

On October 2, fans will get to see Cyrus like never before on MTV with the premiere of a one-hour ...

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