Remember when you were so emotionally disturbed by Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the VMAs you wanted to remove your eyeballs with a rusty spoon? Or the time you rushed your family down to your homemade bomb shelter after viewing her “Wrecking Ball” video? Nope, me neither. But, as previously reported, earlier today the pop star continued her year of Offending People Who Enjoy Being Offended By Things Miley Cyrus Does when she lit up what most definitely did not look like a cigarette at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, birthplace of the marijuana-dispensing coffee shop and Kirk Douglas (although only one of those facts seems relevant to this story).
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You probably know Hannah Simone best as Cece, best friend to Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl — but Simone got her first on-camera exposure as a host on Canada’s MuchMusic.
“The great thing about a job like that is you’re talking to people about their passion and about what they love, so I don’t think I ever had an interview that I didn’t really enjoy,” said Simone of her experience on the Canadian music network.
Not surprisingly, she has carried a lot of great Canadian artists around with her on her iPod, though there’s also room for Cat Stevens and a novelty cover of a Snoop Dogg song.
Leonard Cohen, “Bird On A Wire”
“I just spent the weekend with my family, and our whole conversation seemed to revolve around Leonard Cohen. I’m crazy about him, and I have been for a long time. I’ve bought every album he’s ever had and every book of his poetry. I went to Coachella once, and it was only to go see Leonard Cohen. I got in the car and sat through all the crazy traffic in L.A. to get there—instead of a two hour drive it takes like six hours. Then I watched his set and turned around and left. I just so wanted to see him perform in the desert.
The other time I saw him was when I was in Toronto, and a friend surprised me with tickets. I went on my own and sat by myself. It was like being at church. Everybody sat pin-drop silent. I love the song ‘Bird on a Wire’ — It’s an amazing lyric: ‘Like a drunk in a midnight choir.’ He’s so incredible, and a Canadian to boot.”
Lorde! She’s happening, and she’s happening hard.
The 16-year-old New Zealander’s left-field hit “Royals” is maintaining its presence in the Top 10, her stellar debut Pure Heroine hits the U.S. this week, and last night she put on a mini-set on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, her first American TV appearance .
She performed “Royals” first, and then treated the crowd to a special bonus performance, of “White Teeth Teens.” You can watch both below:
Ever wanted to see Ke$ha twerk in front of her mother? It’s your lucky day.
The singer’s MTV docuseries Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life is about to enter season two, and according to the new trailer, it’s even nuttier than the pretty-damn-nutty first season. (Remember when she stalked her ex-boyfriend? That was weird! Wonder if he watches the show.)
Other than the twerking antics, the clip claims some great soundbites like, “I don’t want to date a man that wears more makeup than me,” “You know you’re doing something right when the Westboro Baptist Church pickets your show,” and “SHAAARK!” To be fair, there was a shark.
Check it out in the video below:
Billy Joel’s Grammy-winning song “Just The Way You Are” was famously written for his first wife Elizabeth Weber—a woman he divorced five years later. Joel semi-retired the tune because of that, but it’s about to get a resurrection to sell some jeans.
Tonight will mark the premiere of a new series of TV spots from the Gap that feature the children of legendary musicians—Alexa Ray Joel and Dhani Harrison, son of Beatle George—re-interpreting their dads’ classic tracks. Joel (whose mother is Christie Brinkley) will be tackling “Just the Way You Are,” while Harrison will be performing “For You Blue,” a track from the Beatles’ Let It Be written by George Harrison.
For a brand like ours, built on the ‘generation gap,’ it seemed really rich,” Seth Farbman, Gap’s Chief Marketing Officer, told Ad Age. “We’ve been spending a lot of time really looking at what an iconic brand does and how it acts. … And, as we often do, we were looking backwards, in order to go forwards.”
The spots are scheduled to air during a season premieres (which begin in earnest tonight and will continue over the next few weeks—check out EW’s Fall TV Preview, on stands now, for more) as well as during NFL games.
Or you can just watch them both below, along with some behind-the-scenes video of the shoots. READ FULL STORY
In case you were wondering: It’s Taylor Swift’s world, and we’re all just marking time until she writes a song about each one of us, then collects an award for every one.
Swift is up for both Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2013 Country Music Association Awards, whose nominations were announced this morning by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line.
The CMAs—not to be confused with the ACMs or the CMT Awards—are the biggest deal in country music, and will be hosted once again by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, live on ABC on November 6.
Swift has won Entertainer of the Year, the awards’ highest honor, twice before. She’s the only woman nominee in this year’s field in that category, which is rounded out by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, George Strait, and Luke Bryan. Shelton, Aldean, and Bryan will also be competing for Male Vocalist of the Year in a list that also includes Keith Urban and Eric Church. Swift will go up against Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, and Miranda Lambert in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.
Swift has a total of five nominations this year (including her participation in Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”); Florida George Line check in with four, while Kacey Musgraves is up for a total of five (her four as a performer plus an extra one for her songwriting credit on Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” up for Song of the Year). Blake Shelton is up for a total of five prizes as well.
Check out the nominees in all 12 categories below. READ FULL STORY
Lady Gaga hasn’t made it easy for herself: She’s got a manic drive to combine pop culture homage, conceptual fashion, gay-positive messaging, audience misdirection and general Gaga-brand weirdness that—as she sets it to music—constantly threatens to pile up into a bunch of self-serious signifiers.
But when it works, it works, as Gaga’s performance on Good Morning America proved earlier today. The homage, to The Wizard of Oz, was classic, recognizable to anyone, and preloaded with an adult subtext beneath the childlike wonder.
Daft Punk, the French duo who pretend to be robots, will be joining Stephen Colbert, the American personality who pretends to be a Republican, on The Colbert Report this coming Tuesday, August 6.
It’s unclear just what the French duo—whose song with Pharrell, “Get Lucky,” should not need to be explained here—will do on the show, although it is clear that we are supposed to be wondering this very thing. They might perform. Or maybe Colbert will interview them. (Their names are Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.) Or maybe both of those things will happen. But if Colbert does interview one or both of them, he will have to contend with the fact that they always wear helmets in public.
More information: The episode will be part of the “ColbChella” series. (The show staged something similar last year and the year before.) Colbert has recently been asking his guests to dance to “Get Lucky.” READ FULL STORY
Everybody better strap on a comfortable pair of shoes (so the Alexander McQueen lobster claw is out), because the march toward Lady Gaga’s new album ARTPOP is on.
Though we still do not know the name of ARTPOP‘s first single, that will not stop Ms. Germanotta from performing the new track for the first time at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 25. (The single itself will roll out on August 19.)
Gaga is no stranger to the VMA stage—she memorably bled out while singing “Paparazzi” at the 2009 show, and in 2011 she treated the world to several hours of Jo Calderone. What wacky stagecraft will she break out this time? And will Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the site of this year’s VMA show, ever be the same again? We’ll have to wait until August 25 to find out.
Lady Gaga is the first performer announced for this year’s show, and since the Moonmen themselves are relatively pointless (nobody in EW’s offices could remember that Rihanna won last year’s Video of the Year for “We Found Love”), the performances are the real draw. The rest will be rolled out shortly, but there are a handful of people they could book that would make perfect sense. READ FULL STORY
MTV’s annual Video Music Awards always ends up being the last big event of the summer, so the announcement of the nominations always comes with the dread that we’re closer to the end of beach season than the beginning.
Still, despite the cold autumnal darkness on the horizon, there are still Moonman statuettes to give out. And this year, the most likely winners are Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, both of whom have picked up six nominations. (Timberlake got four for “Mirrors” and a pair for “Suit & Tie,” while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ noms are split between “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and “Same Love”).
“Mirrors” and “Thrift Shop” will be competing for Video of the Year in a category fleshed out by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Fans can vote for Video of the Year at the official VMA site.
The rest of the nominations are pretty predictable — Drake, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Pink, Chris Brown, and Beyoncé are all on the list. Check out the full slate of nominees below. READ FULL STORY
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