Archive: February 2012 (21-30 of 171)

Taylor Swift turns down cancer patient's prom request -- but counters with an invitation to the ACM Awards

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis set the bar high for every celebrity when they each agreed to go to a military ball after being asked out online.

Taylor Swift earned her own invitation this week when 18 year-old Kevin McGuire, a New Jersey high school football player battling a second round of leukemia, asked her to be his prom date.

McGuire’s older sister set up a Facebook invite, which sincerely asked the star to serve as her little brother’s date. “Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18 year old a person could even fathom meeting, and throughout his ups and downs Kevin never even questioned ‘why me?'” his older sister wrote.

“Nothing, and I mean NOTHING brightens Kevin’s day more than Taylor Swift,” she said. “Kevin DESERVES more than anyone a special event in his life.. and the one thing he wants is to GO TO PROM WITH TAYLOR SWIFT!”

The page quickly drew tens of thousands of supporters and became a much-buzzed-about story on the web, so an hour ago, Swift took to her Facebook page to respond to the bold request. She left the following brief message: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood drops new single 'Good Girl', fully embraces her rocker side: What do you think?

It’s been almost three years since her last album, and Carrie Underwood is ready to make her comeback.

This morning, the country superstar released her new single “Good Girl,’ the lead track from her upcoming fourth album (set to arrive on May 1), exclusively on iTunes, where it’s already holding strong in the Top 10. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber hops on Far East Movement's new single 'Live My Life': Hear it here

Anybody who doesn’t care much about the music of Justin Bieber should probably find a monastery to hide in for a few months, because the 17-year-old Canadian pop sensation is about to unleash an onslaught of new material.

The lead track from his forthcoming album Believe is expected to land in a few weeks, but until then, he has lent his pipes to “Live My Life,” the new single by Far East Movement. (The group’s new album Dirty Bass is due to hit stores soon.)

The track, produced by turned-to-11 disco maven RedOne, finds the men of Far East Movement tapping into the same club-friendly swagger that sent “Like a G6″ to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Bieber doesn’t have to do a whole lot of heavy lifting on “Live My Life” (he just croons the hook), but it’s a good first dip into the waters of his new baritone.

While we’ve already heard a full album of his evolving voice, it’s harder to tell where it’s going when the focus is on Yuletide cheer. “Live My Life” is the first real commercial peek at what’s next; listen to it below. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown accused of 'robbery by sudden snatching'

Chris Brown still possesses plenty of F.A.M.E., but it’s not all for the right reasons these days.

Not long before the “Turn Up the Music” singer dropped a pair of Rihanna collaborations, he was accused of once again flouting the law.

The offense this time? “Robbery by sudden snatching,” according to the Miami Beach Police Department’s incident report.

The alleged snatching occurred early Sunday morning outside Miami nightclub Cameo; after exiting the venue with rapper Tyga, Brown entered his black Bentley, a moment his accuser Christal Spann tried to capture on her iPhone 4S.

That’s when Brown, as per the incident report, “reached through his car window, snatched her phone from her hands, and said, ‘Bitch, you ain’t going to put that on no website.'” The platinum R&B artist and recent Grammy winner then sped off  in his luxury sedan with Spann’s smartphone in tow.


Jason Mraz, 'Live Is a Four Letter Word' four-song EP stream -- EXCLUSIVE


The Artist Formerly Known as Mr. A to Z recently climbed to No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the in-it-till-the-end ballad “I Won’t Give Up,” the lead single from his upcoming Love Is a Four Letter Word, due April 17.

In the meantime, he’ll be filling the gap with Live Is a Four Letter Word, a four-song digital-only EP. It will be available on iTunes Feb. 28, but you can stream it here first (you may want to keep your office headphones in for the NSFW “You F—ing Did It”).

Listen here: READ FULL STORY

The-Dream says Rihanna asked to collaborate with Chris Brown

Rihanna’s got someone in her corner, and this time it’s not Miranda Lambert.

The-Dream recently spoke out in defense of Rihanna’s controversial collaboration with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown — and clears the air on how the two remixes came about.

“It was Rih’s idea,” he confirmed to Billboard.

The-Dream, who produced the “Birthday Cake (Remix)” track released on Rihanna’s birthday, says he made sure to stay supportive of her decision.

“Not only do we work together, but [Rihanna] is a friend of mine,” the producer said. “I don’t know how she got the logistics and how it happened — maybe she’ll talk about it one day. I showed up at the studio, and it was like, ‘All right, cool, let’s finish this record.'”

“For me, it’s just music,” he continued. “Two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that’s what it was. It wasn’t about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and… you want to believe in people.”


Lily Allen calls out Adele's Brit Awards interruption, says it's industry sexism

The Brit Awards have already sent their “deepest apologies” to a bird-flipping Adele for cutting off her big moment to make time for a reunited Blur performance, but some people still aren’t having it. Lily Allen is one of them.

The English pop singer came to her countrywoman’s defense on Twitter, writing “I’d rather hear adeles acceptance speech.”

Fair enough — after all, not everybody has to like Blur. But Allen then went on to suggest that the move represented larger issues of sexism at play:

“I can’t say I’m surprised. It was like the music industry’s attitude to women played out as a metaphor.”

An interesting allegation! But does it hold water? The Brit Awards organizer, for their part, pointed out in their statement that “the live show overrunning,” adding: “We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.”

A representative from ITV, which aired the ceremony, backed them up in a separate statement: “Unfortunately the programme was overrunning and we had to move on.”

Which sounds legitimate. We’ve certainly seen stars of all genders get played off the stage early, here and abroad. And when you watch the incident in question, the guy tasked with interrupting Adele looks far more terrified than he does anti-woman.

What do you guys think of Allen’s interpretation? Is Adele the victim of industry-wide chauvinism, or just poor planning? Take another look at the video below and let us know.


Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000's 'DoYaThing' drops today: Hear it here


A few weeks ago, EW chatted with Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn about his latest tag-team collaboration with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast lyric spitter Andre 3000 for Converse’s recurring “Three Artists. One Song” campaign on the one-off single “DoYaThing.”

The full song, a spastic four minutes of psychedelic funk, is now available as a free download at Converse’s official website. (The four limited-edition Chuck Taylor All-Stars designed by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett are also now available.) And it’s a seamless marriage of the three men at the helm: Albarn’s head-trippiness, Murphy’s beat science, Andre’s lightning-tongued lyrical attack.

But don’t take our word for it. Download it at the Converse site or give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Julia Nunes: How a YouTube star was born

When Julia Nunes first uploaded a video of herself singing an original song called “A Welcome Vacation”  onto YouTube in January 2007, she never expected what came next.

“I put it on YouTube instead of Facebook because I wanted it be more private!” Nunes, now 23, insists. Suffice it to say, she didn’t get her wish. Over the last five years, the Rochester native has amassed 50 million video views, scored 207,000 subscribers on YouTube, toured with Ben Folds, released two albums, played at the Bonnaroo festival, and performed on Conan.

Now, she’s gearing up for the release of her Kickstarter-funded fourth album, Settle Down, which will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 28. So how exactly did Julia go from Web upstart to main-stage star? Read on: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West turns unsuccessful booty call into seven-minute live riff: Hear it here

As we all know by now, Kanye West doesn’t like it when things don’t go his way. But we also know that when life hands Yeezy lemons, he AutoTunes them into sour, pulpy, seven-minute-long lemonade.

During a recent show in Melbourne, Australia, West decided he had more to add to his performance of the downbeat 808s and Heartbreaks track “Say You Will.”

A lot more: In an impromptu narrative thread that lasted longer than the song itself, the rapper chronicles his attempts to seduce an ex-girlfriend over the course of a night.

Why? Because, in his words, “ain’t no sex like an ex.” Yet sadly, after so many text messages and white wines, Ye’s confessional tale doesn’t end in his favor.

Hey, at least he got a new song out of it! Listen to the memorable riff in the below:


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