September 21, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

‘After Earth’: How Jaden Smith Became A Man On Set

In a hero is born. A hero who scales impossibly steep cliffs. A hero who soars through the air with a wing-suit. A hero who wields a dual-bladed staff against a vicious alien enemy.

But that hero is not Will Smith. It's his son, Jaden Smith, who gets the bulk of the "After Earth" action. The real-life father-son duo play a fictional father-son duo trapped on a far-future Earth, a deadly planet that's become uninhabitable for mankind. With the father seriously injured, it's up to the son to set out into the unforgiving wilderness and find a way off the planet.

The premise tasks Will Smith with taking a literal backseat as his son steers the adventure forward. Not that the "Independence Day" and "Men in Black" superstar is complaining about passing the action-hero torch, mind you.

"As a parent, it was great to watch him grow and develop," the elder Smith told MTV News of Jaden's work on the M. Night Shyamalan-directed movie. "There were things that were pretty edgy, stunt-wise, with a certain amount of difficulty. When people see the sequences cut together, it's magical."

How "After Earth" Reflects Will And Jaden Smith's Relationship.

Jaden's preparation for "After Earth" consisted of four months of training in areas ranging from rock-climbing to parkour. The 14-year-old actor also immersed himself in staff-training to learn how to use the Cutlass, a two-sided blade that soldiers in the "After Earth" universe wield during combat.

But for Jaden, the "After Earth" experience wasn't just a matter of learning new skills. It was a ...

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Kanye West Keeps It Simple For <i>Yeezus</i> Album Cover

"Less is more" is not a concept you'd usually associate with Kanye West, but that seems to be his train of thought on the cover of his upcoming sixth solo album, Yeezus.

On Friday (May 31), DJ Semtex revealed what's being billed as the official cover, and it looks like the folks over at DONDA decided to tone things down a bit in comparison to the artwork that Kim Kardashian revealed on Ye's behalf about a week ago.

Just as Kanye was getting ready to hit the and "Black Skinhead" last week, Kardashian Instagrammed a photo that included a pair of the unreleased all-red Air Yeezy 2 sneakers and a picture of a crushed CD case held together with a piece of red gaffer tape, topped with melted Jesus piece.

The latest image, however, includes none of the golden goop. It simply depicts a CD case (with disc inside), the same red gaffer tape with the word "Yeezus" scrawled on it and a note in all-caps compelling fans to "Please Add Graffiti."

So far, Kanye has kept details about the album tightly under wraps, only revealing tidbits as he felt necessary. It all began with one solitary tweet ("June Eighteen") earlier this month announcing the album's release date, and continued with a performance on "SNL" where he debuted "Black Skinhead" and performed "New Slaves."

The album will reportedly not be available for pre-order, and there's no word on whether there will be another single before the June 18 drop date. In the meantime, we'll stay tuned to see what ...

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‘The Wanted Life’ Is ‘Not for My Mom’s Eyes,’ Max George Shares

Boy band The Wanted took America by storm with their hit "Glad You Came," but now fans are going behind the scenes to see a completely different side of the guys with their new E! reality show, "The Wanted Life."

Inviting cameras along as they moved into a swanky Los Angeles mansion, the "Walks Like Rihanna" singers spent their time focusing on the upcoming album and showing everyone what it's really like to live life as a pop star.

As much fun as the group had, there was some hesitation about letting cameras follow their every move for several months. The Wanted, sans member Nathan Sykes, who is still recovering from vocal cord surgery, stopped by MTV News on Friday to discuss why they signed on for "The Wanted Life," which premieres Sunday on E!

"There are cameras there all the time and we didn't want to be labeled as we just do reality TV," Tom Parker said when asked if they were reluctant to do the show. "But we wanted to make people more aware of what goes on behind the scenes and making the album."

Now, it wasn't all work in The Wanted household — there was certainly a lot of partying as well. Max George's mom, who told him not to "shame the family" while filming, may get a warning from her son before watching.

The Wanted Still Have A 'Few Questions' For One Direction After Feud.

"This time I know there are going to be some bits that are probably not for my mom's eyes," George said. ...

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J. Cole’s ‘N—az Know’: What We Learned On The Brand-New Track

We can expect J. Cole to beat his chest from now until June 18, the day his sophomore LP tBorn Sinner hits retail right alongside Kanye West's much-anticipated Yeezus. On Thursday night, the Roc Nation MC dropped off a new lyric-fest that will more than likely appear on his new album.

More than anything, the Fayetteville, North Carolina spitter uses the song to display his well-timed flow and expert wordplay, but like with just about any Cole song, he sprinkles glimpses into his real life. If you listen close to "N---az Know" you just may learn a thing or two.

Cole Has Love For B.I.G.
Jermaine has gone on record citing Tupac and Nas as two of his favorite MCs, but on "N---az Know," he starts out by showing great appreciation for the Notorious B.I.G. "Armed and dangerous," he spits with his opening bars mimicking Biggie's exact cadence on 1997's awe-inspiring "Notorious Thugs."

Even With His Stardom, He Still Had To Pay Off School Loans
Cole moved up to New York City to attend St. John's University and while it all paid off in the end, for years, the then-rising MC was surely burdened with tuition payments. Cole wasn't quite able to pay off those bills immediately after he signed to Roc Nation, it took some time. "Five steps like Dru Hill, came home from the first tour/ With bad credit and school bill, middle finger to the bursar," he cleverly raps.

Cole Has Since Made A Million Off His Flow
Despite his cash-strapped come-up, Cole persevered. His 2011 debut album hit #1 ...

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Miley Cyrus Rocks Her Engagement Rock On ‘We Can’t Stop’ Set

After announcing her new single, earlier this month on the Billboard Music Awards, Miley Cyrus is now just days away from dropping the release on Monday. But before Smilers even get to hear a word of the song, they got a glimpse of the music video.

In new photos from the "We Can't Stop" set, Miley wears lots of gold necklaces and a white cropped top. She even shared a pic of her with the song's producer, Mike Will Made It, on the Los Angeles set. She tweeted about the shoot, "#eardruma @MikeWiLLMadeIt #wecantstop #thecountdownisreal."

Also noticeable in one of the pictures is Cyrus' engagement ring, which seems to shut down the most recent round of speculation that she had called off her engagement to "Hunger Games" actor Liam Hemsworth.

The latest breakup rumors were first reported by Us Weekly on Wednesday, with a source telling the magazine, "They are definitely over." But multiple sources refuted that, including an insider who told E! "It's been rocky, but they are hanging in there."

E! also reported that in addition to the "We Can't Stop" video, Cyrus recently shot the clip for her will.i.am collaboration, "Fall Down." And she appears in the just-dropped video for her Snoop Lion duet, "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks."

Cyrus will premiere "We Can't Stop" on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Monday, June 3. She debuted the party-themed artwork for the single in Times Square earlier this week.

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Michael Jackson’s Advice Helped Judith Hill ‘Sizzle’ On ‘The Voice’

There are a lucky few who can boast having any contact with Michael Jackson, let alone receiving his priceless advice. And "The Voice" alum Judith Hill is one of them. Despite being eliminated on Tuesday night's show, Hill has become known for her connection to the late King of Pop, serving as his background singer and duet partner during his final "This Is It" tour.

The connection proved to be a "double-edged sword" for Hill on the competition series, receiving high praise from coaches and criticism from some viewers who felt she was "exploiting" Jackson's name.

"Yeah, a weird sort of criticism because I didn't know what it was," Hill says of the unexpected backlash.

The pressure of living up to the pedestal she was placed on took a toll on Hill, who broke down on camera a couple weeks ago when assigned to perform a tribute to her mentor. Reluctant at first, the soulful diva eventually found the experience to be cathartic.

"It was like a release, kind of, to be able to celebrate Michael — my time with him and everything," Hill revealed to MTV News.

After Hill's final performance on Monday night to will.i.am's "#thatPOWER," Levine refused to put her in the category of contestant, recognizing her as an "artist."

Her musical prowess was a forced to be reckoned with on the show, due in part to some invaluable advice she received from Jackson himself.

"Yeah, like sometimes he would say, 'Sometimes you have to let the moment sizzle,' " Hill said, fondly remembering the legend.

Although ...

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