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Pitbull's pants steal the spotlight from Jennifer Lopez during the World Cup opening ceremony -- VIDEO

It wasn’t the song, or the Brazilian culture-themed choreography, or even another revealing green getup worn by Jennifer Lopez that stole the show during Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony. No, everyone was talking about Pitbull’s pants.

Maybe it’s because the sound quality inside the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo was so terrible — why bother paying attention to the performance when you can’t tell what Pitbull, J. Lo, and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte are actually singing? (For the record, the trio performed the World Cup’s official song, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” but that was only decipherable when the crowd joined in the “Ole Ola” chorus.) READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony after all

Get out the caxirolas — Jennifer Lopez is performing at the 2014 World Cup opening ceremonies in Brazil.

Reps for the singer say reports that she would be unable to attend the soccer extravaganza due to “production issues” were “premature” — even though Lopez’s camp confirmed that she was bowing out on Monday.

But scratch that: A rep for Lopez told People Tuesday, “Jennifer has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies. We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics. Any statements to the contrary were premature. Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of futbol. She will be there.”

And late Tuesday, Lopez told The Associated Press that she was leaving for Brazil that evening. “We always were going,” she said. “I think people get anxious, especially with me and my schedule when I’m like, ‘Ah, OK, I can leave this day, that day, I don’t know if we can make it. …But we are definitely going.”

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Jennifer Lopez skipping World Cup opening ceremony

This week marks the beginning of the 2014 World Cup, perhaps the biggest non-Olympics sporting event in the world. A total of 32 nations will send their best soccer stars to Brazil to compete for the top prize in futbol.

But the star providing its theme song will no longer be attending. READ FULL STORY

SXSW 2014: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, more to play Austin's first iTunes Festival

Apple is looking for its own bite out of SXSW. The company just announced the first-ever iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, running for five nights during the city’s South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference.

The first announced performers are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and Zedd, who will take the stage March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, where Austin City Limits is also held.

Not heading to Austin? You can stream all five nights of music through the iTunes Store.

While this is the first iTunes Festival in the U.S., a U.K. fest of the same name has been held annually at London’s Roundhouse theater since 2007, this past fall boasting headliners like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. More performers and concert details for the Austin incarnation will be announced over the next few weeks.

Pitbull to host American Music Awards

Pitbull will host the American Music Awards.

The Miami rapper will perform his song “Timber” with Ke$ha during the Nov. 24 awards show, to air live from Los Angeles on ABC, it was announced Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, was chosen in part for his Latino heritage as the AMAs celebrate the 25th anniversary of Gloria Estefan’s appearance on the show and the 15th year of the favorite artist Latin category. Estefan was the first Latin AMA performer.

Pitbull will be joined in performance by lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line.

Macklemore and Lewis are up for six awards, including artist of the year.

Billboard Music Awards: The three most memorable performances from last night

Last night’s Billboard Music Awards featured all sorts of great moments — at least, if you’re not Justin Bieber.

And while the Biebs getting booed may have been the highlight for more than a few schadenfreuders, there were plenty of other water-cooler moments, including Miguel’s accidental pro-wrestling body slam on a fan (don’t worry, she’s recovering), Taylor Swift’s insanely coordinated rendition of “22,” and Pitbull and Christina Aguilera going back to the source of the infamous ’80s sample in their “Feel This Moment.” (We’d love to show you an Afro’d Prince doing “Let’s Go Crazy,” but the Purple One does not allow his performance footage to live on the internets.)

And then, of course, there was EW cover boy Bruno Mars, who put on a reliably dazzling show, opening the broadcast with his newest single, “Treasure” and a whole lot of red satin. Click after the jump for clips of the night’s most memorable moments:

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Paris Hilton, Lil Wayne compete with Pitbull for 'Last Night': Hear it here

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As you may know, Pitbull put out his new album Global Warming today. On it is an Afrojack-produced track featuring Havana Brown called “Last Night.” As we noted in our review, we think it’s a good song — but Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne already knew that.

Today, the pair have released their version of the song, also titled “Last Night.” It’s pretty much a facsimile of the Global Warming song, proving that its producer has lots of love to spread around. That Afrojack guy, what a mensch!

Listen to each version in the videos below and let us know which you like better.

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Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again” video: ‘Inception’ orgy in a perfume bottle?

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The video for J. Lo’s newest sweaty, synthy club-banging pop anthem premiered last night on American Idol, and although the song is relatively harmless and catchy, the video is…confusing.

A stream of vodka flowing in zero gravity alerts us at the beginning that this isn’t your madre‘s J.Lo video — a fact further validated when she starts going at it with her tattooed paramour in a zero-gravity hotel corridor.

Whether it’s Lopez dancing like a glittering Latina Silver Surfer or the dramatic St. Elsewhere-like twist at the end (did we mention that the entire thing takes place inside a perfume bottle? Because it does), the video for “Dance Again” is something worth checking out, even if you’re not a Lopez fan. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez once again joins forces with Pitbull for new single 'Dance Again': Hear it here!

This season of American Idol has been weak on water cooler moments and breakout performances.

The biggest newsmakers are still the people sitting behind the judges’ table: Steven Tyler just announced that a new album and tour from his band Aerosmith, and now Jennifer Lopez has dropped a new single called “Dance Again.”

Lopez (who totally didn’t flash any of her naughty bits during the Oscar telecast) got her great career resurrection last summer with the single “On the Floor,” featuring a guest verse from Pitbull and production by RedOne. Clearly operating in the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” idiom, Lopez once again sings over a buttery disco groove with an assist from Miami’s favorite bilingual MC.

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Pitbull drops 'Men In Black' soundtrack tune 'Back in Time': Hear it here

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The summer of 1997 was pretty much ruled by Will Smith. The original Men in Black was a gigantic box office hit (it was the second-highest grossing film of ’97, behind a little flick called Titanic), and the Fresh Prince’s soundtrack tune “Men in Black” was ubiquitous on MTV and radio (it never charted on the Hot 100 because it was actually never released as a commercial single, but it dominated the Airplay chart all summer).

Five years later, Men In Black II hit theater screens, and Smith dropped another movie-centric single in “Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head).” Neither the film nor the single were as adored as the first versions, though both still did well.

Perhaps sensing his grip slipping, Smith has handed off the soundtrack duties on the forthcoming Men in Black III to Pitbull, who delivered “Back in Time” yesterday. It’s a song that plays on the new film’s time travel plot, and no, it is not just a cover of Huey Lewis & the News’ song from Back to the Future (though that would have been both ballsy and awesome).

Instead, it’s Pitbull speed-rapping over a sample of Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange,” which you’ll recognize from yet another film soundtrack. Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

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