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Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta talks new song, working with Icona Pop

Dance-pop band Cobra Starship hasn’t released an album since 2011’s Night Shades, but frontman Gabe Saporta has been keeping busy: In that time, Saporta got married, made one of the official “I Don’t Care” remixes, staged a Midtown reunion, and started experimenting with a new sound for Cobra Starship. And now, the band’s back with a new song featuring Swedish duo Icona Pop called “Never Been in Love.”

Saporta wanted to draw from ’90s Britpop for his new music, something evident in the “na-na”-tinged, clap-heavy “Never Been in Love,” a song that samples the piano from Fatboy Slim’s 1999 hit “Praise You.” “We wanted to find something that people would be familiar with,” Saporta said, “but it’s been so long that it almost feels new again.” READ FULL STORY

Cobra Starship and Mac Miller give their 'Middle Finger' in new video: Watch it here


For a band who first got famous with a single called “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It),” Cobra Starship have carved out  a nice niche for themselves in playful instant-meme pop. Such is the case with their new video for “Middle Finger,” the third single from their latest album Night Shades.

In the clip, which also stars guest rapper Mac Miller, members of the band accidentally terrorize people on a tour through town. The victims, including a liquor-store clerk paid entirely in change and a maladjusted cab driver, all toss middle digits in the band’s direction.

The clip premiered on MTV, and as one of the commenters page pointed out, it’s a little silly that the titular digits are blurred out per MTV’s censorship department. Perhaps it’s a meta-commentary? Decide for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

Selena Gomez to host MTV's Pre-VMA Show, Cobra Starship to perform -- EXCLUSIVE

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Selena Gomez will be MTV’s celebrity host of their Pre-VMA Show, EW has learned exclusively.

The singer/actress will be on the award show’s black carpet live on Sunday, Aug. 28 starting at 8pm. “I am very excited to be a part of the 2011 VMA’s,” said Gomez. “After all of my years watching the VMA’s, the pre-show has always been one of my favorite parts.  It is a true honor to be hosting from the black carpet this year.”

Additionally, Cobra Starship will perform their new hit “You Make Me Feel…” with Sabi. “I grew up watching them every year,” says Cobra guitarist Ryland Blackinton. “It was an honor to be nominated two years ago and it is an even bigger honor to be able to play the pre-show this year. I will never forget when Pat Smear left the Foo Fighters live during the pre-show and I’m planning on having him replace me this year.”

Lady Gaga just announced  yesterday that she will be opening this year’s VMAs; additional performers include Chris Brown, Adele and Bruno Mars.

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Pete Wentz: A Music Mix Q&A on 'Band Hero,' lost-bet tattoos and why Fall Out Boy isn't breaking up

Tomorrow sees the release of Band Hero, the next evolutionary step from the same people who brought the world the ridiculously successful Guitar Hero series. As you might guess, band hero is Guitar Hero plus the rest of the band: vocals, drums and bass. No groupie avatar option yet.

Chicago pop-punk veterans Fall Out Boy are featured prominently on the game, with “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” and bassist Pete Wentz appears in an upcoming Brett Ratner-directed commercial for the game inspired by a certain ’80s film classic, alongside Blink 182’s Travis Barker, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, and (yes) Taylor Swift.

Wentz took some time to talk to EW about Band Hero, what kind of music he listens to around the house with wife Ashlee Simpson and their one-year-old son, and the bet-related revenge he hopes to get on Cobra Starship‘s frontman.

EW: So in the commercial for Band Hero, you reenact that famous scene from Risky Business with Tom Cruise dancing to that Bob Seger song. Are you a fan of the movie?

PW: Oh, definitely a fan of Risky Business. Those are like the movies I grew up with, you know, the car going through the garage in Ferris Bueller and all that.

EW: Did you do any trial runs of the Tom Cruise underwear/sock sliding scene growing up?

PW: I’ve done that, but I do it more onstage when it rains. I’ll try to do it onstage and it will not end up so good generally. It’s not the easiest thing to do, in the way that you have to land on a beat, and depending on how much they would Lysol the floor [for the commercial shoot], you would go faster or slower. And you’re in your underwear, and there was three of us, me, Travis [Barker of Blink-182] and Rivers [Cuomo of Weezer]. And we had Taylor [Swift] in there, too.

EW: What was Taylor Swift like?


Justin Timberlake: Cobra Starship wants to work with you. Good idea?

Cobra Starship has a knack for lining up high-profile collaborations. The emo-pop clowns’ debut single, “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It),” was a joint effort with Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy and The Academy Is…’s William Beckett, among others; “Good Girls Go Bad,” their current chart-climbing single, features guest vocals from Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. So who’s on the band’s dream list of artists to work with?

“Man, I would love to do something with Justin Timberlake,” Cobra Starship captain Gabe Saporta tells the Music Mix. “He’s kind of my inspiration for Cobras. When I started Cobras, I was like, ‘I wanna do a punk-rock version of Justin Timberlake.'” How’s that? “I don’t sing as good, I don’t dance as good, but I’m, like, 100 times a bigger a–hole,” Saporta jokes.

Would you like to see a Cobra x Justin song become a reality? What kind of music do you think this potential match-up would make?

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Photo credit: Starship: Matthew Salacuse; Timberlake: Rankin

Cobra Starship, 'Hot Mess': An EW exclusive stream!

Cobra-Starship_l  They’ve already spent weeks on the charts — and in Leighton Meester’s heart – with the Gossip Girl-guesting single “Good Girls Go Bad”; now pop-punk supergroup Cobra Starship are offering Music Mix readers an exclusive stream of the title track from their upcoming album, Hot Mess (out August 11, but you can pre-order it here on iTunes). Listen below:

So what do you think, Mixers? Blazing hot indeed, or just warmish? Will you be seeing the band on their Hot Mess Tour, starting August 3 in Columbus, Ohio?

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Cobra Starship get help from Leighton Meester on 'Good Girls Go Bad' -- and bad feels pretty good

Cobra Starship has just released their new duet with Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester. called "Good Girls Go Bad." and I’m already OBSESSED! I have to admit I’ve been a fan of the band since their Snakes on a Plane  days, and this one, co-written by American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, is a perfect summer song—it just feels so…sparkly!

I was in the studio with Meester a few weeks ago while she was recording her debut album and she had this to say about working with the band: "They’re awesome. They completely compliment my style and I’ve never seen them live, but apparently they’re unbelievable."

I totally agree with Meester. What do you think Music Mix-ers? Is this your new jam?

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Exclusive! Pete Wentz responds to Cobra Starship's "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous."


If you’re at all like me, Mixers, you were probably under the impression that Cobra Starship was a joke band created for the sole purpose of generating material to put on the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack. Well, I guess we would be wrong. What started as a sort of Hot Topic All-Stars — Midtown’s Gabe Saporta, William Beckett of The Academy Is…, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Maja Ivarsson of the Sounds, and everyone’s favorite member of the Simpson family, Pete Wentz — at some point turned into a real band. Saporta recruited new members, signed to Wentz’s label, and is somehow already on Cobra Starship album number three, due this summer.

Today, the first track from that upcoming album premiered. It is called "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We’re Famous," and you can hear it on the band’s MySpace page. I initially asked you to go check it out, then come back here to answer the following question: Ironic song title, or most accurate song title in music history?

But now, I am thrilled to share with you this EW EXCLUSIVE email response from Wentz himself! (Oooooh!)

"I have to say Gabe Saporta has been famous long before I ever knew him. Infamous, famously late… He was always talking his way into clubs that we couldn’t get into. He  always knew someone everywhere we went. I mean he goes to Milan like three times a year. Cobra is the band to watch this year and that is simply due to their hard work and dedication. Cobra Starship is the only reason they are famous."

We look forward to bringing you further updates as the situation progresses.

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