For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists for the sake of belly laughs. He’s about to release a brand new album called Mandatory Fun on July 15, so to prepare for a fresh batch of tunes we caught up with Yankovic to get the stories behind hits both big and small. READ FULL STORY
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For a guy who passed away nearly five years ago, Michael Jackson sure seems busy lately. His second posthumous album, Xscape, just hit stores (and is refreshingly not embarrassing), and Sunday night he appeared — via the miracle of modern hologram technology — on the Billboard Music Awards to perform “Slave to the Rhythm.”
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the show’s producers will be allowed to go ahead with plans to use a hologram of the deceased music legend in a performance promoting the singer’s latest posthumous album, Xscape. Judge Kent Dawson said there wasn’t enough evidence to show that use of the 3-D image violates patents held by Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. Those companies, which brought rapper Tupac Shakur “back to life” at Coachella in 2012, filed an emergency lawsuit on Thursday, claiming their technology was being used without authorization to depict Jackson performing the song “Slave to the Rhythm.” READ FULL STORY
No one will ever dance quite like Michael did, but Justin Timberlake makes a solid attempt in the new music video for “Love Never Felt So Good.”
The posthumous duet, from MJ’s Xscape, out yesterday, features JT and a group of dancers paying homage to several of the moves and themes in Jackson’s iconic music videos, including “Beat It” and “Black or White,” with footage of the late performer interspersed throughout.
The video debuted during Wednesday’s Ellen show. Check it out below:
Usher danced along to the first listen of new(ish) Michael Jackson song “Love Never Felt So Good” Thursday night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The song comes from the upcoming album Xscape, which features eight previously unreleased Michael Jackson tracks given a brush-up by producers L.A. Reid and Timbaland.
The King of Pop will be resurrected — at least in the studio. Nearly five years after his death, Michael Jackson’s estate has given Epic Records C.E.O./executive producer L.A. Reid and Timbaland permission to “contemporize” eight previously unreleased tracks for the album Xscape, due May 13.
MIA and the NFL are two acronyms that really don’t seem to fit together.
Two years after the singer showed her middle finger during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the NFL is demanding over $16 million in restitution and damages. Today, M.I.A. tweeted an image of an email document that the NFL has also asked her to sign.
As MIA’s lawyer pointed out, the half time show has featured many more risqué performances in the past, most notably Prince’s giant “penis” guitar in 2007 and Michael Jackson who in 1993 “repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia.”
Also not pilloried by the NFL? The young black girls who danced throughout Madonna’s performance. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer said in a recent interview, according to the NY Daily News.. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position.”
“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America …. Like, is my finger offensive? Or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of powerful corporation d–k shaking.”
“They want me on my knees, to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist, and basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female, but then to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”
Justin Timberlake has always looked up to the King of Pop, and now the “Take Back the Night” singer will be honored with a prize in his name. Timberlake is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, the network has officially announced.
The kudos will be given to him by his trusted partner-in-likability Jimmy Fallon and will be serve as a commendation for his role in such video excellence as “Mirrors,” “Sexy Back,” and
The One With All The Boobies “Tunnel Vision.”
We’re not sure if Timberlake’s award takes into account his years of service in NSYNC, but any sort of career retrospective certainly boosts the chances of the boy band’s rumored reunion. Fellow NSYNC-er Lance Bass hinted at as much (and first leaked word of Timberlake’s VMA accolade) in a recent radio interview.
Either way, Timberlake will certainly perform along with all the rest of pop radio at the Brooklyn-hosted show. Watch it all on MTV this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and be sure to stop by Music Mix, where our Brooklyn Bureau will be covering the event with live recaps, highlights, and exclusive reporting all night.
When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, Justin Bieber was a 15-year-old Canadian unknown who hadn’t yet released his breakout EP, November 2009’s My World. But on Friday, “Slave to the Rhythm,” an apparent duet between the two musical superstars, hit the Web, leading many to wonder where the song could have come from.
Bieber’s Twitter didn’t provide much in the way of answers, but he did tease that something big was on the way that may or not involve the King of Pop. “Excited for what is to come,” he wrote Friday. “MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here…”
As it turns out, the song — sans Bieber — originally leaked following Jackson’s death. This new version appears to be either a remix from Bieber’s camp or a fan-made response to Bieber’s Twitter tease. Check it out for yourself below:
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