At a concert in Texas on Thursday night, Carrie Underwood proved the combination of 5-inch stilettos and a long flowy shirt is dangerous if you’re a singer who stomps for emphasis. Watch her hit the floor in the video below and, well, you can read the headline. Equally impressive: how she handled it afterward on Twitter. Here’s hoping she can feel her toes now (and appreciate how funny it is that she was performing “Undo It” at the time). READ FULL STORY
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Well, this might be the most Katy Perry-ish thing Katy Perry has ever done.
The singer’s new music video for her current No. 1 single “Roar” dropped this afternoon, and the jungle-themed clip is pretty much the most on-the-nose visualization of the song you could get. (At least considering the fact that she already used the boxing interpretation at the VMAs.) That’s fine with us — we’re not fans of Perry because of her subtlety. And the video, which details how Perry evolved from a plane-wrecked damsel into a Chiquita Banana-inspired jungle queen, is pretty hilarious.
She makes cartoon faces like this:
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Katy Perry said she was a champion, and she meant it.
Though the raven-haired diva’s new single “Roar” spent two weeks stuck in second place — today she scored her eighth No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart with her empowerment anthem “Roar,” which ended Robin Thicke’s twelve-week reign atop the chart with “Blurred Lines.”
“Roar” has topped the Digital Songs chart for three straight weeks, and its sales figures are truly jaw dropping. In week one, the song sold 557,000 copies. In week two, it moved another 392,000 units. This week, “Roar” pummeled past the one million mark with a 14 percent increase (likely due to increased radio airplay and VMAs exposure) to 448,000 downloads.
Only two other songs by female artists have ever surpassed 400,000 downloads in two weeks: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Here’s another fun stat (via Yahoo!’s Paul Grein): “Roar” is Perry’s seventh No. 1 of this decade, making her one of just two artists to notch seven chart toppers since January 2010. Who’s the other pop powerhouse? Perry’s sometime-bestie, Rihanna.
Even better news for Perry? The jungle-vision video for “Roar” debuts tomorrow, which should boost the song’s prospects even more — especially on the streaming songs chart. Here’s a teaser: READ FULL STORY
Miley Cyrus: Pop pioneer?
That’s the vibe The Artist Formerly Known as Hannah Montana was going for at last month’s Video Music Awards, according to Miley herself. “Every VMA performance, anyone that performs, that’s what you’re looking for,” Cyrus tells an MTV documentary crew in a newly-released clip, looking much less wild than she did while grinding against Robin Thicke. (Her tongue is barely even visible!)
“You’re wanting to make history,” the pop tart continued. “Me and Robin the whole time said, ‘You know we’re about to make history right now.'”
Because all the world’s movie trailers aren’t going to soundtrack themselves, Sleigh Bells announced they have a new album coming out on October 8. It’s called Bitter Rivals (not to be confused with the UFC event of the same name), and the first single is the title track.
Though “Bitter Rivals” begins with a little acoustic strumming, it quickly morphs into the best kind of Sleigh Bells song: Raw, jittery, loud, and replete with the awesome chorus “You are my bitter rival/But I need you for survival.”
The video, made in collaboration with the Vice/Intel partnership The Creators Project, features also contains a bunch of scenes of singer Alexis Krauss shadow boxing, which will hopefully lead to some sort of title fight against Katy Perry. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY
The last day of a New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta, and Diplo was canceled Sunday after the deaths of two attendees and the hospitalizations of several others, apparently linked to drugs.
The city said it recommended Electric Zoo festival end early after the deaths and illnesses during the first two days of performances on Friday and Saturday. The festival took place on Randall’s Island in the East River.
“The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event,” the city said.
Police identified those who died as Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.
Russ was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital around 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police said. He had been brought to the hospital from the festival.
Rotondo was taken to Metropolitan Hospital later Saturday, around 8:45 p.m., and was pronounced dead shortly afterward, police said.
The city says the deaths appear to have been linked to drugs, specifically MDMA, or ecstasy. A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner said autopsy results were inconclusive and further toxicology and tissue testing is needed.
The event’s founders, Made Event, expressed condolences on its website to the families of those who died.
“Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today,” the statement said.
The festival has been held over Labor Day weekend since 2009. It draws sizable crowds to hear artists performing on multiple stages over the course of several hours.
Jay Z has had a busy summer: A platinum album, a sold-out tour, and a new video with Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail.” But, while fans gear up for the second year of his Budweiser Made In American Festival on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend, the rapper scored yet another win as Showtime announced plans to debut the documentary about the Jay Z-curated festival on October 11th at 9 p.m. ET.
The film, directed by Ron Howard, chronicles the inaugural two-day music fest and will make its first appearance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7. Produced by Jay Z and Ron Howard, the documentary will feature live performances and interviews with Kanye West, Odd Future, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Run-DMC, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, and more from the 2012 festival.
Watch the trailer for the film below:
So, it finally happened: The boys got back together.
We’re talking about NSYNC, of course. After getting introduced by Jimmy Fallon as “the President of Pop,” the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winning Justin Timberlake took the stage for a career retrospective of his solo work beginning with (a seemingly pretaped) “Take Back the Night,” “SexyBack” into a super medley of “Like I Love You,” “My Love,” “Cry Me a River,” “Senorita,” “Rock Your Body,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Pusher Love.” (Because of audio issues, unfortunately, it also sounded at home like it was “being played through a kazoo,” as one EW commenter put it).
Either way, that was all just a prelude to the real treat of seeing the other four members of your favorite late-nineties/early-aughts boy band ascend from underneath the stage. Together with JT, the boys-to-thirtysomething-men took everyone down memory lane with truncated performances of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” — with original choreography!
But the fun couldn’t last forever, and soon Justin sent the four tag-alongs back underground from whence they came.
With most of the music world’s eyeballs fixed on one point — the MTV VMAs — Eminem took advantage of the moment to announce the name and release date of his upcoming eighth album. As his official site teases, the new album will be out Nov. 5.
The site calls the release MMLP2, which likely stands for The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Also announced was the name of a new single, “Berzerk,” to be debuted this Tuesday.
UPDATE: A rep at Interscope has confirmed that the album’s formal title is indeed The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and that “Berzerk” will be on sale via iTunes on Tuesday, 12:01am Eastern. The song was produced by Rick Rubin, who with Dr. Dre co-produced the entire album.
The announcement also came with a snippet of the new song. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Tonight’s Moon Man recipients are (via real-time updates):
Best Collaboration: Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”
Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”
Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Best Video with a Social Message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewsi feat. Mary Lambert “Same Love”
Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake
Artist to Watch: Austin Mahone
Best Male Video: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
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