Justin Timberlake has announced the final tour dates of his “The 20/20 Experience World Tour,” and he’s enlisted some Oscar-worthy help to go out in style.
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Miley Cyrus is going to have to keep her tongue out of the Dominican Republic.
The government commission of the Caribbean island is banning the crotch-grabbing singer’s Sept. 13 concert for her, well, frequent crotch grabs, among other signature Miley antics that have gone against the country’s morality laws, which are punishable offenses. Tickets have ranged from $27 to $370 so ticketholders in the Dominican Republic will just have to hope for a refund and comfort themselves with a twerk and a foam finger. (Too risque?)
The Roots have been playing together for over 20 years—rapper Black Thought and drummer Questlove formed the group in 1992. But when they hit the stage, it’s like they just discovered how cool performing for a live audience is. They smile giddily, they giggle to each other, they jump up and down with instruments in hand. They’re doing what they want to do—and, lucky for audiences, what they want to do is wildly entertaining.
The band took the stage at New York’s Best Buy Theater Thursday to celebrate Guitar Center’s 50th anniversary, kicking off their set with a rousing performance of “Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)” off their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. Sousaphonist Tuba Gooding Jr. kicked up his knees and marches across the stage as he played, often looking like he’d been transported from a 4th of July parade, and Black Thought bounced around as he rapped, addressing the audience but also sneaking glances at his bandmates every so often—ah, to be serenaded by Black Thought on a nightly basis.
On September 27, a lineup including Jay-Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiësto, and The Roots will perform at the third annual Global Citizen Festival, held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park.
Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival is a outdoor concert whose main goal is to raise awareness and inspire action to combat extreme poverty worldwide. The Global Poverty Project, the organization behind the festival, hopes to use the event as a tool “promote activism through something people love—live musical entertainment—and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.” Every year, the event is held around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the festival will be televised by NBC and MSNBC.
Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival are earned, not bought. To earn tickets, fans visit the Global Citizen website, sign up, and complete several tasks aimed at spreading awareness. Each task earns a certain number of points, and once a fan earns eight points, he or she can enter to win tickets to the event. There will be five draws this summer, and would-be concertgoers can enter up to six times. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be given out this year.
“After last year’s success, Jay Z put up his hand and said, ‘I want to headline Year 3,’” Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, said to the New York Times. “ We sat down with people from his Shawn Carter Foundation and found that there are so many alliances between what they’re trying to do and what we’re trying to do.
Last year’s lineup included John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Stevie Wonder, who closed the festival with an hour-long set that included a cover John Lennon’s “Imagine” (see below). Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, also made a special appearance and addressed the crowd during Wonder’s set.
“Can you believe this place is 95 years old?” Lady Gaga asked the Sunday night crowd at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom, prompting — what else? — shrieks of adoration from her devoted fans. “What an old bitch.”
She’s just being Miley, y’all! Cyrus is going wigged and topless on the new cover art for her single Adore You.
The 21-year-old singer took to Twitter on Tuesday to share the photo of herself reclining and looking into the camera as she promoted the newly-released remix of Adore You featuring French DJ Cedric Gervais.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 18, 2014
The release of the image comes just days after Cyrus launched her Bangerz tour in Vancouver, where the former Disney star showcased a number of costumes in keeping with her post-Hannah Montana proclivity for onesies and gymnast-style leotards.
To be clear, Cyrus going topless is not new: the 21-year-old posed without a shirt for the March issue of Vogue Germany in a Marilyn Monroe-style spread, complete with bleach blonde hair and red lips. The style chameleon also skipped torso garments for the W magazine’s March cover. And of course, made this. But Cyrus denies that going topless – or indulging in any so-called antics – are part of a bigger manifesto.
“You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement,” Cyrus divulged to MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who interviewed her for W. “Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”
Check out the video of the remix for Adore You – which features alternate scenes of Cyrus lounging in bed and writhing around in a bath tub – below. READ FULL STORY
Justin Timberlake isn’t feeling so hot. And now, neither are his New York-area fans.
The pop star took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that he was canceling his scheduled concert tonight at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. JT told fans that he was postponing due to “health reasons,” and that he hoped to see them all on Friday.
Check out his tweets below: READ FULL STORY
Drake may be the greatest rapper alive. And now we might want to crown him the hardest working man in showbiz, too. On the New York stop of his “Would You Like a Tour?” at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night (Oct. 28), the Toronto rapper emerged in workout-appropriate sneakers and a baby blue outfit that could’ve been a high-end take on the classic Canadian tuxedo, issued a formal introduction (“I go by the name of Aubrey Drake Graham”) and proceeded to pull out every last stop in romancing “one of the best audiences I have ever played for in my life.”
About three quarters of the way through the show, that included mounting a huge circular platform that dropped down from the ceiling and allowed him to call out section numbers in the nosebleeds, note women’s features that he liked (long legs, red hair) and chat up individuals in the crowd: “Hey, I see you in that Commes des Garçon hoodie … You! You’re clapping like you at a Miley Cyrus show …” If that soon seemed like a Borscht Belt routine (and it especially did when he described two men wearing suits as “Bernstein and Feldman over here”), the larger effort drew from the long tradition of soulmen wooing females from the stage. READ FULL STORY
On the scene at Inside Llewyn Davis tribute concert featuring Marcus Mumford, Jack White, Patti Smith and more
Last night at Manhattan’s Town Hall, folk music’s greatest and latest joined forces to pay tribute to the music of Inside Llewyn Davis, the forthcoming Coen Brothers film chronicling the city’s downtown music scene in the ’60s.
It was an evening of “weeping, wailing and sowing and reaping” (as master of ceremonies and Llewyn Davis costar John Goodman put it) featuring an all-star lineup — including Avett Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Jack White, Conor Oberst, and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy — performing music from the soundtrack as well as the classic folk songs from the movie.
Below, some of the highlights of the evening:
+ The Punch Brothers as the house band
The five-man band took on classics like “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds” and “Rye Whiskey,” and provided the backbone for multiple performers.
+ Justin Timberlake’s “Understudy”: Elvis Costello
Although Davis costar Justin Timberlake was unavailable, he sent his “understudy,” Elvis Costello. The bespectacled rock icon walked into his set with a standing ovation, joining famed producer T Bone Burnett and actor Adam Driver, who backed on vocals for “Please, Mr. Kennedy,” the song performed by Timberlake in the film. READ FULL STORY
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