No announcements of an announcement for her. Last night, Queen Bey (rather unceremoniously) debuted new music via SoundCloud and Instagram.
Check out “Bow Down” and “I Been On” below.
If you thought Justin Timberweek ended with Friday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, you had another thing coming.
Last night, seven days after he appeared on Saturday Night Live as both the show’s host and musical guest, Mr. Suit and Tie seized SXSW by putting on one of the festival’s most anticipated shows of the week. And while Timberlake’s Myspace showcase was this year’s Party To Go To for many, only a lucky few actually got to attend.
That’s because the event went down at Austin’s Coppertank Events Center, a small downtown venue that reached its legal capacity of 800 people so quickly, it seemed like the event was actually sponsored by the city’s fire marshals. Of course, that only enhanced the intimacy of the concert. In the end, the strategy paid off, with both Timberlake and the audience feeding of the night’s once-in-a-lifetime vibes.
The thrills (and shrieks) began the moment he walked out on stage with an acoustic guitar and performed the Justified favorite “Like I Love You.” Wearing a fedora, blazer, and one of those tuxedo-print novelty t-shirts that you thought were only worn by characters in ’80s teen comedies, the singer’s smooth stage presence suggested that he wanted to do more than bring sexy back — he wanted to bring JT back.
Have you seen Justin Timberlake recently? Better question: How can you not have seen Justin Timberlake recently?
As most sentient humans now know, JT is dropping The 20/20 Experience, his first album in almost seven years this Tuesday, and he hasn’t been slacking in the promotion department. His latest appearance has actually been the worst kept secret in music for the past week or so: He just announced that he will indeed be helping to close out the South By Southwest Festival on Saturday night, March 16 in Austin. Timberlake will headline the final MySpace Secret Show with Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and producer RJD2 providing undercard assistance.
It’s the latest in Timberlake’s headline-grabbing blitz in celebration of his new album. In the past week alone, we’ve seen the album’s streaming premiere at iTunes, the announcement of a co-headlining summer stadium tour with Jay-Z, a ratings-grabbing turn as both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and a week-long residence on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
And he’s not done: This Tuesday, the same day as the album’s official release, he’ll preside over a televised album release party that will air on the CW. The special is called (deep breath) Target Presents the IHeartRadio Album Release Party With Justin Timberlake. It looks like it’ll all work out for JT; industry experts are already predicting first-week sales in excess of 500,000 copies for The 20/20 Experience, which would put him in rare company.
EW’s intrepid SXSW crew will be on hand at Timberlake’s Saturday night show, so watch out for reports from the ground in this space. (And check in all weekend for continued coverage of the — literally! — thousands of non-Timberlake happenings in Austin this week).
Read More on EW.com:
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon bring sexy back, barbershop quintet-style — VIDEO
Justin Timberlake streams ‘The 20/20 Experience’ on iTunes. Worth the seven-year wait? — The EW Review
Justin Timberlake boosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ ratings
Justin Bieber is sick and tired of the “countless lies in the press right now.”
Justin Bieber is not going to rehab.
Justin Bieber is “laughing out loud.”
The singer deleted the post hours after uploading it, but not before getting his message across: We, the lying press, have been too hard on Bieber, with the lying and the lies. We have also been telling his family that he is going to rehab. (For which we should actually feel pretty terrible.) “If Anyone believes i need rehab thats their own stupidity lol,” he wrote.
But Bieber is a forgiving pop deity: “I’m writing this with a smile on my face and love in my heart. Letting u know first hand how I feel rather than have these story linger. I’m a good person with a big heart. And don’t think I deserve all of this negative press I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am and my hard work doesn’t stop here.”
Now we can all just ignore that last part where he implies that Lindsay Lohan is poorer than he is and/or prepare for her response via Vine. Stay tuned.
Justin Bieber cancels Portugal show due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’
Justin Bieber plans to get back on stage one night after being hospitalized
Justin Bieber apologizes after London crowd waits almost 2 hours for concert
Justin Bieber should probably get back to the friendly confines of Los Angeles (or maybe Toronto) as soon as possible, as his spin through Europe has been full of speed bumps.
In his latest stumble, Bieber had to cancel the second of two shows in Portugal that was supposed to happen on Tuesday, March 12. The reason given? “Unforeseen circumstances.” (Tonight’s show will still go on as scheduled.) Since the announcement was made by the promoter, it’s safe to assume the show will not be happening due to low ticket sales or some sort of staging or logistical issue, rather than any sort of personal issue. READ FULL STORY »
We already knew that Justin Bieber isn’t having the best of times in London, and it seems like his trip is only getting more sour.
Bieber, newly released from hospitalization after having fainted at his O2 concert last night, quickly found his way into a scuffle with the press. While entering an SUV with his entourage, the singer snapped and flipped out at an unruly photographer who claimed he was “assaulted.” (Most on-the-scene reports say Bieber may have been pushed or brushed against the man on the way into his car.) Things ended up getting so out of hand, Bieber had to be restrained by his bodyguards.
“What the f— you say?” he screamed at the paparazzo before lunging at him in as threatening a manner Bieber can muster. “I’ll beat the f— out of you!”
TMZ has footage of the incident, which captures the photographer exacerbating the situation by hurling insults like “f— off back to America” and “f—ing moron” at the red-clad Bieber. The clip is a bit messy, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
Is it the singer, or is it the song?
That was the question on the minds of both the eclectic cadre of performers and the sold out crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for a benefit show titled “The Music of Prince.” A bevy of the Purple One’s contemporaries and followers joined together to genuflect at his funky altar, with the proceeds from the show going to a number of music-related charities for kids.
This was the ninth year for the series, and in the past, several of the tribute centerpieces—including Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—made surprise appearances at their own shows. Prince himself did not materialize last night, but there were so many fascinating interpretations of his work and explorations of his unique charisma that it was almost better without his all-seeing eyes watching over the proceedings.
The evening began relatively tamely, with the Waterboys busting out a faithful rendition of “Purple Rain.” Though he bears no physical or aesthetic resemblance to Prince, singer Mike Scott managed to nail the same kind of passion and pathos the song’s creator first sent coursing through its veins nearly 30 years ago. It was almost too perfect, and it set an uncomfortable tone early in the evening: Would this simply be two and a half hours of extremely well-executed Prince karaoke, overseen by house band the Roots?
Luckily, subsequent performers took many more liberties with Prince’s songs, and while that led to some awkward moments, their ingenuity was generally rewarded. READ FULL STORY »
On her 2007 single “See You Again,” Miley Cyrus explains her behavior in front of a boy she likes with the phrase “Just being Miley.”
Back then, “being Miley” she was talking about getting flustered in the presence of a hot dude. Six years later, what does “Just being Miley” mean?
Apparently it means ditching your former manager to sign with Larry Rudolph, best known as Britney Spears’ manager; prepping an album featuring Pharrell Williams and “N—-s in Paris” producer Hit-Boy; and joining Lil Kim and Kim’s protege Tiffany Foxx in the video for a song about getting so drunk your face goes numb.
Get a look at “Twisted” (which also features a verse by Kim) below. READ FULL STORY »
You thought you were finished with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” didn’t you?
But here’s one more version of “Call Me Maybe” to add to your definitive collection — chopped up in Satan’s own special sonic blender with Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole” for a brand new track titled “Call Me a Hole.”
It’s credited to pomDeter (created on the suggestion of another genius called carly_rae_reznor), and it’s entirely possible it could end up being the best song of 2013. (Not really, but it is crazy-good.)
Listen below: READ FULL STORY »