December 13, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry Send Prayers To Oklahoma After Tornado

The massive tornado that tore across central Oklahoma on Monday and killed at least 51 people, nearly half of them children in a school, has elicited an emotional response from stars, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Chris Brown.

The images of devastation caused by the twister, reportedly two miles wide, were hard to fathom, as the town of Moore was lashed by 200 mile-per-hour winds for more than 40 minutes.

Beyoncé posted a message on Instagram with her thoughts, writing, "Prayers for #Moore Oklahoma," while little sis Solange wrote, "Oklahoma, you are in my thoughts."

Rihanna posted the words, "Praying for Oklahoma" on her account and Alicia Keys tweeted, "So much going on in the world ... I'm saddened by the devastating news ... My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected #PrayForOklahoma."

Carrie Underwood, who grew up in the rural Oklahoma town of Checotah, could relate to the heartache of the people of Moore. "Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen," she tweeted. "It doesn't change how devastating it is when something does happen ... I'm thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight."

Katy Perry tweeted some information for fans who want to lend a hand, writing, "Sending out prayers for the people of Oklahoma tonight. Let's help, just text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate 10 dollars to those in need."

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‘The Voice’ Top 10 Bring Past And Present To Life

Season three of "The Voice" showed off its stellar top 10 in a night of highs and lows on Monday.

Despite the tornado tragedy in Oklahoma that was unfolding during the live show, contestants and coaches, including a sedated Blake Shelton, continued with strength and prayers for the devastated region.

The music of the night did manage to lift spirits, and so did the return of guest mentors including Pharrell and Cee Lo Green. While there were no real fails, the usual suspects did stand out.

Big Shoes To Fill
Being Michael Jackson's background singer can be a double-edged sword as Team Adam's Judith Hill found out. After receiving accusations of exploiting her connection to the late pop star, Hill was "torn" about her coach's decision to have her sing "The Way You Make Me Feel." The sincere artist put aside her feelings and performed a jazzy, sensual rendition of the super hit that even enticed host Carson Daly to comment, telling her her performance was "a big part you paying homage to somebody in your life and you being you." An equally touched Usher added, "I miss him."

Go On, Girl
The queen of ballads finally let her hair down by taking on current chart-topper Emile Sande's "Next to Me." An ever-radiant Sasha Allen brought forward a good balance of musicality and pure joy that had coach Shakira literally on her feet, rocking out in a manner Shelton described as a "fit, of some sort." All four coaches were happy to see an often demure Allen have fun, prompting ...

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Kelly Rowland And Paulina Rubio Officially Join ‘X Factor’

Simon Cowell will be exactly where he likes when the third season of "X Factor" kicks off in the fall: with women on all sides. The noted lothario has officially added former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and Latin pop sensation Paulina Rubio to the panel of his reality singing program.

The hires have been rumored
 for several days, but Fox finally confirmed the news on Monday. "It's taken more than a decade, but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)," said Cowell in a statement. "Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different."

Rowland was a judge on the eighth series of the British version of the show and also did a tour of duty on the Australian dance competition "Everybody Dance Now." The singer, who recently turned heads wit her single
 which revealed her jealousy of former bandmate Beyoncé, said in a statement that she was psyched to join the panel.

"I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and 'The X Factor' family," she said. "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states!" Rowland's new album, Talk a Good Game, is due out on June 18.

Latina singer Rubio, who began her music career in 1984 and has sold 20 million records to date, said she loves the show and can't wait to ...

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Demi Lovato Dishes Out Advice For Zendaya Coleman, Ariana Grande

Demi Lovato is only 20 years old, but that still makes her old enough to judge the upcoming talent that's following in her footsteps.

And working for the "X Factor" has helped her do just that, growing a relationship with girl group Fifth Harmony over the season. Off the show, Demi has advice for other burgeoning artists as well.

Take Zendaya Coleman for example. The singer/actress/dancer has gone from Disney's "Shake It Up" to "Dancing with the Stars"... and she's only 16.

"For her and a lot of other girls — I've become close with Fifth Harmony and I think Zendaya Coleman is so talented and beautiful — they have these long careers ahead of them," Lovato said after playing a fun game of kittyoke on "Live from MTV." My advice would just be to not let anything get you jaded. Just really appreciate. Be thankful for everything."

It's the ladies' crisp, new attitude that makes them stars, Demi said, but losing their fresh-faced outlook might bring them down. Luckily, for young stars like Ariana Grande, who's balancing her new TV show with releasing an album, their energy is in abundance.

Ariana Grande Has 'Chills' About 'The Way' Reaching Summer Jam Status.

"With Ariana and Fifth Harmony, they have this energy about them that's so refreshing. And it's like, never let that go. Cuz I let it go, and now fortunately, I got it back, which some people don't get. But it's when you let it go of that that you start not enjoying this madness. And you start spiraling.

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Doors Co-Founder Ray Manzarek Dead At 74

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who co-founded the Doors in 1965, died Monday (May 20) at age 74.

According to the band's Facebook page, the keyboardist succumbed to bile duct cancer after a lengthy fight against the disease.

Manzarek, who was portrayed in Oliver Stone's 1991 movie by Kyle MacLachlan, was instrumental in forming the iconic group, collaborating with frontman Jim Morrison to transform the landscape of rock and roll at a time of enormous social and cultural upheaval. The surviving members of the band reacted with mixed feelings about Stone's film, but Manzarek asserted that the 2010 documentary "When You're Strange" offered a more accurate and balanced portrait of the Doors and was reflective of the group's contributions, not just those of Morrison.

Manzarek was instrumental in helping bring to life many of the band's signature songs, including "Light My Fire," "Break on Through," "The End," "L.A. Woman," and "Hello, I Love You." At the time of his death, Manzarek was with his brothers Rick and James and his wife, Dorothy.

Manzarek released several solo albums after Morrison's death in 1971, and he started a group with fellow bandmate Robby Krieger in 2002 that was committed to playing the music of the Doors.

Krieger, with whom he maintained a close collaboration, released a statement Monday, saying, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss ...

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‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Kree Harrison: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Where You Place’

It's been five days since Kree Harrison wrapped up her time on "American Idol." Last Thursday, the 22-year-old Texan lost to Candice Glover, but she knows that it doesn't take a victory to have success.

"There's so many 'Idols' that I look up to: Carrie [Underwood], Kelly [Clarkson], Kellie Pickler's one of my best friends," the runner-up told MTV News on Monday (May 20). "[Pickler] is such a strong woman and her work ethic is incredible. So for me, there's so many. It doesn't matter where you place. Jennifer Hudson! I mean, come on!" she added about the Oscar and Grammy winner who placed seventh on the show in 2004.

Pickler, who finished sixth on season five of "Idol," was giving Harrison sound advice all season. "She always told me, 'Just stay Kree and never Google yourself.' Her grandpa actually came to one of the tapings of the show. I was so happy he was in the audience rooting for me."

Pickler and Harrison will share the stage at the famed Grand Ole Opry on June 4, where they will be joined by "Idol" judge and country music superstar Keith Urban. And Harrison is taking Urban's words of wisdom with her as she plots out her post-"Idol" career.

"All four judges always gave me great advice, and Keith more than anything," she said, saying the country star helped teach her to wear her "heart on her sleeve," even opening up about her emotional childhood, during which she lost both of her parents. "But I feel like I found a happy medium ...

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Jay-Z Clarifies Beyonce Pregnancy Rumors?

Despite several reports that Beyoncé is expecting her second baby, her hubby Jay-Z is opening up to say the rumors are not true. \ This weekend, Jay emailed Ebro Darden, the program director for New York radio station Hot 97, to say that Blue Ivy won't be a big sister just yet. Darden explained on Monday morning (May 20) that "it's not true."

The news comes just as rumors about the pregnancy have reached fevered pitch. Only weeks ago, Beyoncé first opened up to "Good Morning America" about her desire to have more children.

"I would like more children. I think my daughter needs company. I definitely love being a big sister and at some point when it's supposed to happen. My biggest job in the world is to protect my daughter and I am very protective," she said. "I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life. I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love and now have a way bigger meaning, and that's to be her mother."

One week after the interview aired, Beyoncé canceled a May 14 stop on her Mrs. Carter World Tour in Antwerp, Belgium, citing dehydration and exhaustion. Quickly, a rumor began to spread that Bey was expecting and the cancelation was tied to her second pregnancy.

After writing a handwritten apology for her first postponement "in my life," she defied doctor's orders was back onstage the following night.

Two days later, on Friday, a ...

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Takes Box-Office Crown With $84 Million

scored an 87 percent positive critical average on Rotten Tomatoes, an audience CinemaScore of "A" and managed to beat every other film at the multiplex over the weekend.

The only thing the sequel to the 2009 franchise reboot didn't beat? Expectations.

Director J.J. Abrams' sci-fi blockbuster carried a reported $190 million budget. Paramount, who co-financed the movie with Skydance Productions, had projected a $100 million four-day domestic total, a figure that most industry analysts supported last week. The latest adventure for the Starship Enterprise had no problem opening in the #1 spot, but generated just $84.1 million in its first four and a half days (showings began Wednesday evening).

Even with ticket price inflation, a massive marketing campaign, positive reviews and pricier 3-D and IMAX screenings, "Into Darkness" fell short of the $84.1 million four-and-a-half day total for 2009's "Star Trek."BadAssDigest.com's Devin Faraci warned that the cat-and-mouse publicity game surrounding the "Star Trek" villain could hurt its grosses . BoxOfficeMojo.com theorized, after the weekend, that many had already spent their movie money on "Iron Man 3" and "The Great Gatsby" or are simply saving up for this weekend's "Fast & Furious 6" and "The Hangover Part III."

"Star Trek Into Darkness" has proven much stronger than its predecessor in international markets, where "Star Trek" did somewhat poorly. The sequel has generated $80.5 million in 34 foreign markets (including an $8 million debut in Russia over the weekend) with a $165.4 million worldwide total for Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and crew.

Speaking of worldwide grosses, "Iron Man 3" made it to #9 ...

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Chris Brown, Aaliyah Serenade School Kids In Video-Shoot Snippet

Chris Brown wanted to share a special moment with his fans when he shot the video for his upcoming track which will also feature Aaliyah, so he decided to go to South Los Angeles to spread the love.

Over the weekend, local Cali rapper Uiie Popcorn posted a behind-the-scenes clip to YouTube that caught Chris Brown filming scenes from "They Don't Know" sitting in front of a school surrounded by a crowd of children. "And for those of y'all who don't know this is a song with me and Aaliyah, that nobody ever heard before," Brown tells the children.

The majority of the eight-minute clip is backed with Uiie's own music, but there are scenes where fans get a sonic snapshot of Brown's new track. The song, which features previously unheard Aaliyah vocals, has a distinct old-school feel to it. "Don't listen to what people say," Breezy sings, drawing inspiration from Jon B's 1997 single "They Don't Know."

In between every line that Chris delivers Aaliyah sings "how could they know," accentuating his vocals.

The track is slated to appear on Brown's upcoming album X. "I shot it in the hood, I went to the 60s. I went to Cedar block," Brown said on Tuesday at a L.A. press conference for the 2013 BET Awards. "It's both worlds, it's bringing both words together in the video trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and just showing them where I'm from."

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