February 17, 2019

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Mumford & Sons Close Glastonbury With Help From Vampire Weekend

Mumford & Sons were back and full strength on Sunday night during their headlining set at England's Glastonbury Festival. After canceling a series of gigs due to bassist Ted Dwane's recent hospitalization to remove a blood clot from his brain
, the folk rockers closed out the legendary festival with their first headlining slot at the gathering.

Singer Marcus Mumford assured the massive crowd, "We came for a party," as the group launched into their global hit "I Will Wait," according to the NME.

While they didn't comment much on Dwane's health scare for most of the set, at one point Mumford said, "So we've been a band for coming on six years, The Rolling Stones have been together for a lot longer than that," referring to Saturday night's highly anticipated Glastonbury debut by the legendary rock group. "The big difference between them and us is we've played Glastonbury four times." He then added, "Also, Ted's f---ing alive isn't he!"

Dwane, shorn of his signature long hair, wore a wide-brimmed hat to conceal his surgery scar and after performing "Roll Away Your Stone," Mumford requested that the crowd join him on "Awake My Soul" to, "celebrate the fact that Ted is still here."

The set ended with an all-star jam on the Joe Cocker arrangement of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," with help from members of Vampire Weekend, the Vaccines and First Aid Kit.

The group canceled two gigs in Texas as well as headlining appearances at Bonnaroo and the Telluride festival to give Dwane time to ...

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Avril Lavigne And Chad Kroeger Capping Cannes Party Weekend With French Wedding

This time, Avril Lavigne, 28, is throwing a serious blow out. The singer is about to cap a three-day wedding celebration 
 in the south of France with a lavish wedding to Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, 38. The happy couple and their wedding party have been living it up in Cannes since a rehearsal dinner on Saturday night in anticipation of Monday night's (July 1) nuptials.

According to E! News the ceremony will be held at an undisclosed location, with even the guests in the dark about the venue until they get picked up.

"[Avril] picked Cannes because she's spent significant time in Paris in the past few years and summered in places like St. Tropez," an unnamed source told E! "She's very immersed in French food, ambiance and culture. It's her favorite place to be." Lavigne previously told E! that she and Kroeger planned to have a "very big event," but one that will be limited to mostly friends and close family.

Last month, Lavigne revealed that the Canadian pair have written a new song together that will serve as their wedding theme and that she had big plans for her second trip down the aisle.

"I've been doing it, I'm the girl," she said. "I'm the one who has the crazy vision and he's letting me be me. It's a lot and I just want to make sure I really enjoy this amazing time ... I want all the guests who come to have this once in a lifetime experience and I want everyone to say ...

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Robin Thicke Admits ‘I Might Change My Name To Blurred Lines’

LOS ANGELES — There's a certain joy that comes with having the #1 record in the country and abroad. In fact, Robin Thicke is so thrilled at the success of his new single, he's considering a name change.

"I was thinking about changing my name to Blurred Lines at this point," the singer/songwriter told MTV News on red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards in L.A. on Sunday (June 30).

"Blurred Lines" is currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping charts in the U.K., Canada and Australia, just to name a few. The song has gotten so popular that Thicke and his collaborators, T.I. and Pharrell, were called in to perform the record during the live awards show last night.

"We knew it was good, you never know it's going to be that big, but we're very grateful about its success," Thicke told us shortly before his performance.

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For his next trick, Robin plans to bring together another two musical heavyweights for "Give It 2 U," the next single from his July 30 album, also titled Blurred Lines. "The album's a lot of fun. It's the most fun music I've ever made and we got a great new single coming out after with Kendrick Lamar, that I wrote with will.i.am [and] produced by Dr. Luke," he revealed.

We'll have to wait and see if Thicke can match the lighthearted feel of the popular "Blurred Lines" video — one of the highlights being T.I.'s amazing dance moves. While we have no doubt ...

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Best Albums Of 2013 (So Far): Who Made Our Top 10?

Conventional wisdom holds that, musically, 2013 has been a rather upside-down year: Daft Punk didn't make a "dance" record, Kanye West didn't do a "rap" album, Justin Timberlake didn't make the sequel to "SexyBack," and Jay-Z is releasing albums on phones.

And yet, despite all that — or perhaps because of it — , the first half of 2013 has also been one of the most memorable in recent history, a six-month span that's seen artists big and small defy conventional wisdom, take risks, and, more often than not, succeed in spades. Given the glut of truly great releases, it's difficult to pick the very best, but I'm going to try. Here are my picks for the Best Albums of 2013 (So Far), albums that have stuck with me through a very busy six months. If there's anything I've missed, let me know in the comments below ... but let's get right to it (before someone else releases something awesome).

Honorable Mentions

El-P and Killer Mike, Run The Jewels: Loved both of their efforts last year (Cancer 4 Cure and Mike's fantastic, El-P helmed R.A.P. Music) and, though it was just released — for free! — I'm already warming to Jewels, 33-minutes of aggressive wordplay and knotty, gnarly beats that will almost certainly crack my Top 10 by year's end.

Savages, Silence Yourself: Blunt and bleak, the oddly-assured debut from English post-punk quartet Savages delights in not only creating eerie expanses, but dragging the listener down into the darkness. Its cold, claustrophobic tendencies recall the likes of Joy ...

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Corey Feldman Reunites With ‘Goonies’ Co-Star For ‘Ascension Millennium’ Video: Watch Now!

While Corey Feldman is hardly new to music videos — just check out his cameos in Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" and Mac Miller's "S.D.S." — the '80s icon had never yet made a clip for his own music. That is, until now.

On Monday (July 1), MTV premiered the music video for "Ascension Millennium" off Feldman's untitled August album. In the clip, the "Goonies" and "Stand By Me" star takes us on a "journey through his world," which apparently includes channeling Michael Jackson and hanging with angel-like women. Perhaps inspired by his own cameos, Feldman decided to call upon an old friend to make a guest appearance in his first music video.

Waiting for him with a map during the beginning moments of the video is none other than Sean Astin — this is the first time the "Goonies" stars have shared the screen in the past 25 years.

After Feldman is finally dressed in a studded leather jacket and leather gloves, certainly a nod to his former pal MJ, he descends the staircase with two women dressed in angel-like lingerie.

Feldman aggressively sings "Ascension Millennium" repeatedly into the camera as he loops around his pool. Of course, Feldman had to include a Michael Jackson-inspired dance sequence with a black fedora and signature Michael moves. Proving he's just a regular guy, he grabs some pancakes and brings the video to a close as he sings, "You got the feeling in your soul/ You just got to let it go."

This isn't the first time Feldman has looked slightly devilish in a music video; he ...

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BET Awards 2013: Complete Winners List

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
WINNER: Rihanna
» Beyoncé
» Tamar Braxton
» Alicia Keys
» Elle Varner

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
WINNER: Miguel
» Chris Brown
» Bruno Mars
» Justin Timberlake
» Usher

Best Group
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
» Mary Mary
» Mindless Behavior
» Slaughterhouse
» The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration
WINNER: A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) - "F---in' Problems"
» 2 Chainz (featuring Drake) - "No Lie"
» French Montana (featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne) - "Pop That"
» Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) - "Poetic Justice"
» Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) - "Suit & Tie"
» Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) - "Mercy"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar
» 2 Chainz
» A$AP Rocky
» Drake
» Future

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
WINNER: Nicki Minaj
» Azealia Banks
» Eve
» Rasheeda
» Rye Rye

Video of the Year
WINNER: Drake - "Started From the Bottom"
» 2 Chainz (featuring Drake) - "No Lie"
» A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) - "F---in' Problems"
» Drake (featuring Lil Wayne) - "HYFR"
» Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) - "Poetic Justice"
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz) - "Thrift Shop"
» Miguel - "Adorn"
» Rihanna - "Diamonds"
» Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) - "Suit & Tie"
» Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) - "Mercy"

Video Director of the Year
WINNER: Benny Boom
» A$AP Rocky and Sam Lecca
» Director X
» Dre Films
» Hype Williams

Best New Artist
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar
» Azealia Banks
» Joey Bada$$
» Trinidad Jame$
» The Weeknd

Best Gospel Artist
WINNER: Mary Mary
» Deitrick Haddon
» Lecrae
» Tamela Mann
» Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
WINNER: Kerry Washington
» Angela Bassett
» Halle Berry
» Taraji P. Henson
» Gabrielle Union

Best Actor
WINNER: Jamie Foxx
» Don Cheadle
» Common
» Samuel L. Jackson
» Denzel ...

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J. Cole’s <i>Born Sinner</i> Success Is ‘The People Speaking’

LOS ANGELESJ. Cole was so excited about his sophomore album, Born Sinner, that he moved the LP's release up a week to meet Kanye West's Yeezus at retail on June 18. The move earned Cole the #2 LP last week and continues to pay off as he's expected to move another 95,000 in his second week — not bad.

"That's the people speaking. I'm happy, I'm grateful, dawg; I'm blessed. The second-week numbers are fantastic too," Cole told MTV News when we spoke to him on the 2013 BET Awards red carpet on Sunday (June 30).

Not long after our interview, Cole took the stage at the Nokia Theatre to perform "Crooked Smile" before going into "Power Trip" with Miguel. It's been a remarkable two weeks for Cole who not only dropped his album, but released a big-time remix of his Born Sinner track "Let Nas Down."

The original version of the song finds Cole rapping about his feelings after he found out the Queens, New York, rap veteran was less than excited about his 2011 radio hit "Workout." "Damn, my heart sunk to my stomach/ I can't believe I let Nas down," the North Carolina MC raps on the original song.

But just a few days after Cole's album hit retail, Nas added his two cents and a celebratory verse to the track as he rechristened it

"It was amazing. I knew it was going to come before it came, I had heard the verse," Cole told us about the remix. ...

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Jessica Simpson Gives Birth To Baby Boy Ace

It was just over year ago that Jessica Simpson gave birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson. And on Sunday (June 30), the pop star welcomed her first boy, Ace.

Ace Knute Johnson was delivered by C-Section in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, according to US Weekly, who confirmed the news with Simpson's rep.

This is the singer's second child with her fiancé, Eric Johnson, a former NFL player. Back in March, the 32-year-old former MTV star accidentally revealed the sex of her baby during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" as she described her difficult pregnancy.

"The crazy thing is I never knew a wiener could make me nauseous," she said laughing before immediately adding, "Well, I guess I just told the world that I'm having a boy!"

Most recently Simpson appeared as a mentor on the NBC style competition show "Fashion Star." The singer, actress and mom is next slated to star in an upcoming, semi-autobiographical NBC comedy. "I am so excited to work with Ben [Silverman] and NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy," Simpson told The Hollywood Reporter earlier in the year.

"I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life — so between the real-life elements and a great team of writers, I think we'll have people laughing!"

Simpson and Johnson were engaged in the fall of 2010 but eventually delayed their wedding because of her pregnancies.

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Robin Thicke, Pharrell, T.I. Drop Sexy Serenade For ‘Blurred Lines’ At BET Awards

With in the States and the U.K., months after its release, Robin Thicke got a chance to celebrate his success on Sunday night (June 30) when Pharrell and T.I. joined him to perform the single at the 2013 BET Awards.

Thicke brought his music video to life at the Nokia Theatre, performing against a backdrop of his name (and a hashtag) in giant red block letters — in case any viewers at home didn't know what they were in for. Dressed in a full suit and sunglasses, he was surrounded by a gaggle of models, much like the music video.

Pharrell was the first to join Thicke onstage, going for a more casual look in a bomber jacket, cuffed pants and dark sunglasses, singing the hook and shimmying around the stage to the amusement of the audience. And T.I. wasn't far behind Skateboard P, entering to a round of applause as he flirted with one of the models and delivered his verse. Thicke eventually made his way down into the crowd during the performance, opting to serenade a few guests who were within reach.

"Thanks for watching #BlurredLines on the #BETAwards, pre-order the new album now!" Thicke tweeted immediately after his set.

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Robin and Pharrell recently parodied their popular video during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" but on Sunday night fans were happy with the original rendition.

Best performance so far robin thicke!," @LaanDadon wrote, while @KristinDior23 added, "Robin Thicke did amazing by the way" and @createtobefree chimed in ...

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