All across these United States, the same unlikely word echoes from one town to the next: Trump! Could the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles be so different? Did the billionaire presidential candidate’s name come up again and again on the red carpet this weekend? Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny No. But we conducted a short survey anyway about the man from artists on their way into the VMA’s, asking one simple question: “Trump 2016. What do you think?” Ja Rule: “Trump is very entertaining.
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“I don’t understand award shows!” Kanye West declared last night with real agony in his voice during a long, emotional speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was there to pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but had other worries on his mind. So if Yeezy himself is at a loss at the meaning of these ceremonies after winning 21 Grammys, multiple Moonmen, American Music Awards and other amazing prizes, how are the rest of us to cope? MTV VMAs 2015’s 20 Best and Worst Moments By the end of two and a half hours inside the Microsoft Theatre, we had our own questions about this year’s VMAs show.
Given Miley Cyrus’ gig as the Video Music Awards ‘ host, the MTV award show was filled with surprises and special guests . The show relied heavily on referencing the most controversial moments from its recent history, flashing clips of Cyrus dancing on Robin Thicke as well as Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift. Given the spectacle, it’s only natural that the performers would attempt to live up to the precedent made by many stars sitting in the audience, and most delivered both in the venue and on the outdoor stage. Beef, Bombast and Kanye West Reign at Wild MTV VMAs Nicki Minaj kicked off the event with a Carnival-inspired performance of “Trini Dem Girls” before launching into “The Night Is Still Young.” As she did — Taylor Swift, a performer who had sparred with Minaj on Twitter over Minaj’s snub for Video of the Year — appeared onstage, singing along with the rapper
Van Morrison’s seminal 1968 LP Astral Weeks and 1970’s His Band and the Street Choir , will be expanded, remastered and reissued on October 30th via Warner Bros. Van Morrison Receives Honorary Knighthood Both LPs will be made available digitally and on CD, each featuring a handful of previously unreleased, alternate versions of album cuts. The expanded Astral Weeks will include the first take of “Beside You,” a stripped down, vibraphone-heavy “Madame George” and longer versions of “Ballerina” and “Slim Slow Slider.” All offer a deeper examination of Morrison’s working relationship with the quartet that helped him record the LP: bassist Richard Davis, guitarist Jay Berliner, percussionist Warren Smith, Jr. and drummer Connie Kay
Taylor Swift’ s 1989 world tour has featured an epic roster of special guests, with names getting bigger and weirder as it’s progressed. For her final show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Swift brought out actress Lisa Kudrow, who reprised her famous Friends character Phoebe Buffay. See Taylor Swift Duet With Natalie Maines in L.A. With acoustic guitar in hand, Swift introduced Kudrow as her fictional character, who appeared onstage to perform Buffay’s song “Smelly Cat” with the singer. Suddenly, Kudrow interrupted Swift to offer some Buffay-esque critiques
Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator announced he has been banned from the United Kingdom after canceling a string of shows in the U.K. and Ireland, including sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Tyler, the Creator’s Lawyer Strikes Back at ‘Riot’ Tag “Based on lyrics from 2009 I am not allowed in the U.K. for 3-5 years (although I was there 8 weeks ago). That is why the shows were canceled,” the rapper wrote, in all caps, on Twitter
Jay Rock, a member of Kendrick Lamar ‘s Black Hippy collective, will release his new LP 90059 in the coming weeks, and on Thursday, the rapper shared the album cut “Easy Bake” featuring Top Dawg labelmate Lamar. The song, which premiered on Sirius XM’s Shade 45 ( via Pitchfork ), finds the Los Angeles rapper boasting on the chorus, “This shit fresh out of the oven.” The Trials of Kendrick Lamar Rock and Lamar’s chemistry was first showcased on good kid, m.A.A.d. city ‘s standout “Money Trees,” and the two rappers reignite that fire on “Easy Bake.” Rock carries the track for two minutes before Lamar emerges with a brief, laidback verse. However, the loopy beat picks up and soon Rock and Lamar are firing lines back and forth between each other, delivering an interplay that’s rare in current hip-hop features.
The Velvet Underground will continue their series of box set reissues this fall with a six-disc, deluxe edition of their final album with Lou Reed , 1970’s Loaded . The package will include stereo and mono versions of the LP, outtakes, live recordings and high-def surround sound mixes. The set, officially titled Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition , is due out October 30th. Although much of the release is already available – save mono mixes intended for a never-issued single of “Rock & Roll” and “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” – all of the audio is newly remastered.
He had one last chance to make it real. Or at least that’s how the story goes. With 1975’s Born to Run , a 25-year-old Bruce Springsteen felt like his very life was on the line, which is probably why he drove himself — and the E Street Band — to the brink of breakdown over the tortured months of its creation.
On Sunday night, Drake and Serena Williams were photographed having dinner – and ” making out ” – at a fancy Cincinnati restaurant, sending the Internet into an uproar and raising some serious questions (and not just, “Wait, there are fancy restaurants in Cincinnati?”) Serena Williams: The Great One Like, for starters, how long has this been going on? Well, because nothing ever truly goes away on the Internet, we now know that as far back as four years ago, Drake was flirting with Serena on Twitter , proclaiming “I cannot wait to put it on you and make you sweat…during our match this weekend.” He apparently did just that, because last year, Drizzy was at the center of a rumored rivalry between Williams and Rihanna , a feud that supposedly culminated backstage at a concert in Paris, when Serena and RiRi “had it out” (thankfully, “nothing physical happened”). And just last month, Drake was at Wimbledon, where he turned into that Drake from four years ago (on more than one occasion) and even Instagrammed a photo of Williams after she claimed her sixth All England title: Showtime Champ. A big plate for all that food you ate at Wimbledon! A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 11, 2015 at 8:02am PDT And as long as we’re sifting through social media detritus for clues, well, there’s this: After winning the Cincinnati tournament for the second straight year, Williams posted a triumphant photo that also included a #backtoback hashtag.
A new record label deal will make dozens of Van Morrison albums available to stream and download for the first time. Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music, recently acquired the rights to 50 albums, videos and compilations that the singer-songwriter has put out over the past half-century, dating back to his days in the group Them. Over time, the label intends to put out deluxe editions of select records and eventually make the full catalog available digitally.
Surrealist filmmaker-musician David Lynch , punk-metal icons Melvins and noise-rock veteran David Yow will contribute new music to a box set led by Australian musician Adam Harding’s collaborative project, Dumb Numbers. The Split Series release features new music from the acts on one side of three split 10-inch records, with Dumb Numbers material on the other. The set is out September 25th via Joyful Noise . Duran Duran, Flaming Lips Play Surreal David Lynch Tribute The Dumb Numbers project – which released its self-titled debut in 2013 – finds Harding teaming with members of Best Coast (Bobb Bruno), Dinosaur Jr. (Lou Barlow and Murph), Melvins (Dale Crover), Warpaint (Jenny Lee Lindberg), the Jesus Lizard (David Yow) and more. The one-time Split Series pressing includes 975 hand-numbered copies, enclosed in a custom wooden box with screen-printed art from Mackie Osborne. The first 275 copies will be availably exclusively to Joyful Noise VIP members on clear vinyl with “haze of gold, silver and oxblood colors.” A portion of the album’s proceeds will benefit the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. A trailer for the release, which teases new music, is available below.