The persk of having Taylor Swift as a best friend: In a sneak peak at MTV’s new documentary 9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran, the English crooner can be seen showing off a needlepoint Swift made for him that features the chorus of Drake’s 2013 hit “Started from the Bottom.” READ FULL STORY
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The five-minute long clip, which has already been viewed over 6 million times on YouTube, opens with the South Korean superstar waking up and running to the bathroom to vomit. Thankfully, Snoop is there to provide him with some much needed support.
From there, the dynamic duo brush their teeth and head out again for another intense night of partying; as Psy sings, “Party’s over, it ain’t over/Try to make a bad memory over and over.”
Watch it here: READ FULL STORY
When fans paid 800 reais (about $360 U.S. dollars) to meet Avril Lavigne in Brazil, they found out there were some rules to follow: They could take a photo with the singer,with a strict No Touching Allowed policy — no high fives, no hugs, no take-backs. Avril, why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?
In the meantime, please enjoy these Buzzfeed photos of Rihanna meet-and-greets, which look approximately 9000% more fun.
Because it wouldn’t be a Tuesday if Yeezy wasn’t stopping by a radio show to test the limits of the CAS.
When habitually celebrity-friendly TV and radio host Sway Calloway questioned West about his aims in the fashion industry today (a topic that has frequently been the focus of his designated rants ™ both on and off the current Yeezus tour), ‘Ye found discovered new rage decibels for a minute, before a more peaceful detente was reached.
Earlier this week, Mariah Carey pulled back the curtain on her latest single, the title track from her forthcoming album The Art of Letting Go. It sounded good enough, though felt a little incomplete. And that’s because it kinda sorta was.
According to Carey, who wrote a long letter to her fans on Facebook late last night, the version of “The Art of Letting Go” that premiered was an older mix that wasn’t supposed to see the light of day. “A mistake was made by a brand new sound engineer whose only task was to press the space bar and upload the song to Facebook, while my team, and an incredible group of people from Facebook, partied while listening to the properly mixed & mastered version of ‘The Art of Letting Go’ on repeat from my iPod on my home speakers,” Carey wrote. “Clearly, I was focused on answering your questions during the Q&A. There was no reason for me to wonder if the final mix we were listening to in that room together was different than what you were listening to!”
She admitted that the difference between the old mix and the real version (which did get correctly uploaded to iTunes) isn’t major, but those small shifts matter to her. “Like I always say, I am involved with every record I make, from the inception to the completion of the song,” she wrote. “Every nuance of the beat or vocal matters to me. Even if the differences may seem slight to you, I had put time, effort and emotions into ‘The Art of Letting Go’ and the real mix is how I intended for you to hear the song.”
Give the new version a listen below and see if you can notice the differences.
Spike Jonze previews this Sunday's YouTube Music Awards, featuring Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire
Director Spike Jonze has had a busy 2013: He produced Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (currently the number one movie in the country), his next directorial effort Her is set to roll out at Christmas, and this Sunday, he’ll oversee the first ever YouTube Music Awards.
The show, which celebrates both high-octane stars and viral upstarts, will beam live from New York City’s Pier 36 and will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire. The whole thing will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and will air live (naturally) on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.
But what will the show actually look like, and how will it differentiate itself from the other music award shows crowding the calendar? Jonze spoke to EW about the process of putting it together, the goals for the evening, and more.
Entertainment Weekly: How long have you been working on this show? How did you get involved?
Spike Jonze: About six months ago, YouTube approached Vice and I about creating and producing their first music awards. It seemed like such a natural thing both for them and for me. I’ve always loved YouTube and the idea that anyone can make something and put it up. There’s no gatekeeper anymore—someone can just be creative and share it.
We came up with the idea that this night should be all about making things. So we’re giving awards to people who made things this year, but we’re also trying to make the whole awards show feel like a YouTube video. It’s about being creative and making things, and one of the main parts of that is we’re making live music videos with these artists, and as opposed to artists performing on a stage to an audience, though there might be some of that too if that’s the idea. It’s more about making these live videos in front of and with the audience that is there.
So will the artists be performing in full-scripted, narrative-type videos?
Some of them will be more straightforward performance videos, but some will be more conceptual. READ FULL STORY
Though he had all the makings of a proper recluse, Kurt Cobain actually submitted himself to a surprising number of interviews over the course of his too-brief career.
And no two were alike, because nobody ever knew which version of the Nirvana frontman would show up. The acid-tongued cultural critic? The in-joking goofball? The shy suffering artist? The sweet family man? They were all part and parcel to the Cobain experience.
In a recently unearthed interview from 1993 conducted by British journalist Jon Savage and animated by PBS’ new Blank on Blank shingle, each one of those Kurts shows up for a minute or two.
There’s some stuff that has come up in conversations in the past, like the idea that Cobain thought at one time that he might be gay, and details about his various stomach ailments. But there’s also a fun bit about looking for the roots of the name Cobain, what annoys him about Aerosmith records, and how he felt about becoming a father.
Listen below: READ FULL STORY
You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.
The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).
The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.
Oh Rihanna, will you ever stop causing international incidents via social networking? Only a week after one of her tweets led to the arrest of three people in Thailand for operating an illegal sex show, Rihanna found herself in hot water in Abu Dhabi thanks to a handful of photos she put up on her Instagram account.
While in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, RiRi visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the biggest centers for worship in the country. Clad head-to-toe in black (including a hair-covering headscarf) in accordance with Islamic tradition, she snapped a handful of Instagram photos on the grounds.
But those shots raised the ire of others at the mosque, and according to CNN, she and her entourage were asked to leave following the impromptu photo shoot.
“She was asked to leave before entering the actual mosque, and then after taking some photos that did not fit within the rules and regulations set out to preserve the sacredness of the center,” representatives of the mosque said in a statement.
The incident did not get in the way of Rihanna’s performance in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night, and she has not responded to the situation formally nor on Twitter. It seems as though they had better luck at the water park.
Though her new album ARTPOP isn’t out until November 11, Lady Gaga will be providing her fans with an ample dose of Gagaosity in the gloriously violent new Robert Rodriguez film Machete Kills, which opens this weekend. (Though it is being marketed as her acting debut, anybody who has seen the third season of The Sopranos knows her acting roots run deeper.)
Not coincidentally, Gaga premiered a new ARTPOP song called “Aura” earlier today, complete with a lyric video that features a ton of teaser footage from Machete Kills. If you like the idea of Danny Trejo throwing knives to the beat of Gaga’s throbbing thump, then the video below should carry you through the next few days.
Give a listen to “Aura” (and watch Cuba Gooding, Jr. pull off his face to reveal Ms. Gaga) below: READ FULL STORY
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