And you thought that there was only Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe! Fourteen-year-old Kendall Jenner (daughter of Kris and Bruce), makes a cameo in boy band One Call’s official music video for “BlackLight,” an ode to everyone’s least favorite lighting scheme. Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and Kevin McHale (Glee) are also in the house for this mysterious warehouse party (which channels Britney Spears‘ diner-esque romp with Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier in the “(You Drive Me) Crazy” music video), although Artie certainly could have helped the boys out with some of his signature dance moves. Check out the video below. READ FULL STORY
Tag: Kids Do the Darndest Things (31-40 of 52)
Before Justin Bieber was the Justin Bieber, he was just kidrauhl, a boy singing to his computer from home. Before Greyson Chance was Ellen’s personal popstar, he was just greyson97. Indeed, more aspiring young musicians are turning to YouTube these days in order to find audiences for their music. After all, why should you play cheesy covers at your high school’s unattended open mic night when you could play cheesy covers to an online audience that will actually listen? Millions of people use YouTube every day, and many users (including yours truly) have found the website to be a treasure trove of great independent musicians. Though some of these singers possess gargantuan online fanbases, they often don’t get the media recognition that smaller, studio-supported artists might receive. Let’s change that! After the jump, check out five singer-songwriters who have made their mark on the web in the last year. READ FULL STORY
Justin Bieber is known for eliciting squeals from tweens by way of singing and dancing. But last night the Biebs made his debut as a rapper. Over Cam’Ron and Vado’s “Speaking in Tungs,” a huge hip-hop record in New York’s tri-state area, Bieber confidently steps to the mic in a short Youtube clip. Honestly, he’s pretty good. Lyrically it’s pretty light on substance. But that’s okay. He’s only 16! And rich. He rhymes about buying a girl diamonds, being on fire, and being fly. But there is one line that’s a cut above the rest, where he takes a shot at New England Patriot Tom Brady – who’s been getting a lot of heat for sporting Bieber’s hairstyle. Apparently there can only be one mop cut king.This kid just does it all, huh?
“Call up Mr. Brady,” Bieber spits as he gets into quarterback stance. “Tell him leave his hair to the guy who sings ‘Baby‘.” It’s all in good fun, of course. Don’t expect a rap album from Bieber any time soon. “I just wanted to do this just to prove that I have skills on the rap game,” he says when the track winds down. Mission accomplished. Check out the clip after the jump and let us know what you think of it. Is it time for Brady to meet a pair of scissors now?
When in doubt, bring on the kiddie gospel choir. Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon extoll the pleasures of country living—and Rockwellian child mentoring—in the new clip for the first single from their upcoming Only By Night followup Come Around Sundown.
Here there be soccer and swimmin’-hole fishing, sprinkler-running and barn-harmonizing, field-frolicking and kite-flying. Here there be not: flammable intercourse, interpersonal advantage-taking, and of course, song licensing to any other sort of singing choir.
Watch after the jump, and tell us what you think of the Kings’ musical pastoral:
discussed over Twitter, Kanye West’s remix of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love” has leaked online in rough form. As previously reported, the remix also features Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon, who told us it constituted “a historical moment for hip-hop.”Less than a month after it was first
West laid Bieber’s “Runaway Love” vocals over a reworked version of the beat from the Wu-Tang Clan’s immortal “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F— Wit.” That song, incidentally, came out a year before Justin Bieber was born. The remix also features a quick verse from West (“Last name West and my teeth diamonds/She said, ‘What’s your occupation, crazy rhyming?'”), plus two verses from Raekwon. As promised, Rae kept his lyrics PG.
The only version of the remix that’s out there is smothered in “exclusive” DJ tags, and it may or may not be the final version intended for release. A Bieber rep says his label is trying to get it pulled from YouTube right now. In the meantime, have you heard this remix? Did it live up to your expectations? Will hip-hop ever be the same?
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Look, Justin Bieber is an easy target for the Oldie Olsen community*. He’s got hair so fluffy and magical, it could be the title character in a long lost Beatrix Potter story. He’s already made more money this year than you** and I will probably earn in a lifetime combined. And he’s displaying possible narcissistic tendencies via a new “thank-you video” for his fans set to a song called “Love Me.” (I mean, seriously, if he’s saying “thank you,” shouldn’t he set it to a song called “Love You“? Then again, you try juggling global hero worship and trigonometry and see what it does to your head.)
But let’s put aside our crotchety gripes for a moment, because there are reasons to celebrate the 16-year-old Canadian singer-ubiquitous Twitter trending topic. Think about it: In less than a year, he’ll be 17, and there will inevitably be people who will think it’s a good idea for little Justin to pull a Miley Cyrus and show us he’s all grown up and ready to film his own coming-of-age video/lusty bacchanal. I know, I know…you’re not ready to imagine The Bieb strapping a pair of wings to his naked back and writhing around with a troupe of scantily clad dancers while spitting lyrics like “Every girl everywhere just gives me mad attention/ Like I’m under inspection/ I always get the 10s/ ‘Cause I’m built like that.” Neither am I. So watch the “Love Me” clip embedded below, and then say something positive about it down in the comments. I’ll get us started: Kid’s got great taste in source material! Who doesn’t love the Cardigans’ “Lovefool“? Also, toilet-paper antics = age-appropriate fun. Bravo!
* For the purposes of this blog item, anyone over the age of 21.
**Unless you happen to be Entertainment Weekly obsessive*** Bill Gates.
***I totally made that up, but it’s also entirely possible. READ FULL STORY
If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching the raucously funny spoof show A Very Potter Musical you may not have heard of Darren Criss, but take our word for it, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter has had a pretty wild year. Part of a theater company from the University of Michigan that call themselves Team StarKid, he became a web celeb last year when a recording of A Very Potter Musical (in which he plays Harry Potter) went viral. Since then, Criss has appeared on ABC’s Eastwick and written the music for another hugely successful StarKid show (Me And My Dick), and just last week he made his return as the boy who lived in A Very Potter Sequel, which has already garnered millions of views on YouTube. Now Criss, who composed all the music and lyrics for Sequel, has a new independently produced five-song EP out called Human, which debuted at No. 30 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart last week. (Also impressive is Team Starkid’s A Very StarKid Album, which debuted at No. 19 on the Top Compilations chart.) I met up with the multi-talented singer this week in New York City to talk about his new EP, his plans for StarKid, YouTube musicians, and (of course) Disney covers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you describe the sound of your music?
DARREN CRISS: Oh man, that’s tough. I have no idea–in fact, that’s been a problem for me, because I am kind of all over the place. If you know my musicals or anything, I’m a lover of genre…
And a lover of love songs.
And a lover of long songs, and a lover of many things. So because of that, I really don’t know. I’m still working on defining that, and that’s been a problem for me when I’m getting any kind of attention from labels. They’re like, “What’s your deal?” I’m like, “I don’t know. I like anything.” I like to say that we are of the iPod generation. We are the first generation that has so much accessibility and exposure to so many different things, and it isn’t so weird anymore to have on a playlist Beethoven, Tupac, Miley Cyrus, and Barbra Streisand. That’s not weird. Well, maybe a little weird.
Yeah, maybe a little weird. READ FULL STORY
That’s the message Gossip Girl star and The Pretty Reckless frontwoman-child Taylor Momsen seems determined to drive home in every raccoon-eyed, shredded-thigh-high rebel yell she issues in interviews, on unsuspecting sidewalks, and now, in her latest video, for the single “Miss Nothing.”
I can’t lie; I moderately enjoy the whole late-period Garbage/Hole rock-vixen redux thing she’s working on the band’s new EP. In its own shamelessly derivative way, “Makes Me Wanna Die” is kind of a great Shirley Manson approximation, despite sharing its title with another, better song from (hey!) the mid ’90s.
But sweetie, no. Putting your underage heinie on the menu in the video for “Miss Nothing” is not only inappropriate (you weren’t even born until 1993), it’s unhygenic. You’ve got your hair tracks in the mashed potatoes and your ass in the cranberry sauce.
Please, just let the nice men (bandmates? uncles?), who look like they would so desperately rather be at a gig with their System of a Down cover band, drink their goblets of mead and eat their Ren Faire turkey drumsticks in peace.
Readers, if you must, grab your eatin’ bibs and watch this glorious mess after the jump: READ FULL STORY
Last night, after sweating out about 18 buckets of Dance Dance Perspiration for a live performance of his current no. 2 hit “OMG” on SYTYCD, Usher introduced the world premiere of Le Bieber’s latest video, “Somebody to Love.”
The R&B star’s lil’ protege has so far stuck to pretty straightforward set pieces—bowling alley, rooftop pool party, Xboxing on the couch—but, perhaps in honor of his mentor, or the show on which it was bowed, he has finally gone in for some hardcore Happy Feet choreography.
Clearly, Biebs has not yet mastered the melted-butter liquidity of Daddy Usher. But who needs Fame-caliber moves when you’ve got bangs? Plus: Asian ladies with fans, stalactite lights, well-contained flames, and three dudes in fencing masks doing the standing worm. Click after the jump; it will all make sense: READ FULL STORY
Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith pair up for 'Karate Kid' single 'Never Say Never': Watch the new video
It’s hard to know what to do with this much tween idol-dom, leather jacketry, and exceptional haircare: Perhaps nothing, but merely to bear witness to the magical alchemy of underage Romeos Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith in one room, together, singing tribute to the power of Never Saying Never: READ FULL STORY
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