Featuring a wooden duck, a piñata, a beach ball and a '60s-inspired dance routine, Zooey Deschanel made her directorial debut with the video for She & Him's "I Could've Been Your Girl." While M. Ward reads the newspaper with a cup of coffee, Zooey leads a retro dance sequence reminiscent of classic movie musicals. There's a playful charm to the music video, and we see a glimpse of the humour found in New Girl when Zooey knocks over a little boy's bike. If you love her style and the indie duo's music, take a look at their brand-new video.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which were hosted by Tracy Morgan, took over the MGM Grand in Las Vegas today! The stars hit the red carpet to kick off proceedings and then made their way inside to get the fun started. Bruno Mars stuck to his usual suited up look in red ensemble to open the show while Carly Rae Jepsen, who won top digital song and two other honours, debuted hair of the same hue when she took the microphone to announce Icona Pop's performance of "I Love It." Shania Twain handed out the first statue of the event to Nicki Minaj, who won top rap artist, while Selena Gomez took the stage to perform "Come & Get It." Tracy had a little fun in front of the audience by challenging Psy to a dance off while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis teamed up to sing their top rap song, "Thrift Shop."
Taylor Swift, who picked up six awards before the show even started and two more, including artist of the year, during the broadcast, was another of the show's performers, belting out "22" after walking the carpet in a bright blue Zuhair Murad dress. Other big winners included Rihanna and Gotye, each with four trophies, as well as Justin Bieber with the milestone award.
Miguel attempted a daring jump over a pit of fans at today's Billboard Music Awards and unfortunately it did not all go as planned. The sexy singer collided with a couple female fans as he landed back onto stage. Check out a Vine of the incident (to get the sound to play, un-mute in the upper left hand corner) below. The woman he landed on seemed to walk away unscathed, but certainly must have been a little bit dazed after the unplanned up close and personal moment with the "Adorn" singer. Miguel later tweeted,"got caught up in the moment, thank goodness Khyati is okay." Keep reading to see how it unfolded.
Taylor Swift was just in Australia last November for a whirlwind promo tour, but at the end of the year she’ll be back, bigger than ever. This morning was it was announced that Taylor will be bringing her Red world tour Down Under again, and she’ll be playing stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. It’s a big deal — she’ll be the first female act to headline stadium venues in Australia since Madonna in 1993, a testament to her strong Aussie fanbase. Frontier Touring promoter Michael Gudinski said, “It’s a sign of the achievements of Taylor Swift and the loyal fanbase she’s built up that she will be the first woman to play stadiums nationally here since Madonna.” For her part, Taylor said, “That’s mind-blowing and a real honour.”
For the dates and venues, keep reading.
The Great Gatsby arrives in cinemas on May 30, but we're getting an early treat from the film: the soundtrack. The collection compiled by Jay-Z is officially out this week, and we've been streaming it non-stop — both imagining where the songs fit into Baz Luhrmann's adaptation and loving them on their own. With artists like The xx, Jack White, Florence + The Machine and Jay-Z himself, the soundtrack is eclectic and ambitious, and I'm already addicted to the compilation and its very cinematic, bold feel. Find out which songs I think stand on their own.
- "Back to Black" by Beyoncé and André 3000: It's hard to improve upon this Amy Winehouse song, and thankfully, no one is trying to out-do Amy vocally. Instead, it's a truly creative reworking of the song that gives it a brand-new, awesomely edgy sound. And as much as I love Beyoncé, it's André's part that's more evocative.
- "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey: This haunting ballad captures the doomed romantic feel of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan's entanglement — it's beautiful and sad and on a grand scale.
- "Love Is the Drug" by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: This is probably the most authentic-sounding song for the 1920s era, because of the legitimate jazz outfit supplying it (they're also the band on another of the soundtrack's songs: the "Crazy in Love" cover). The upbeat tempo distracts from the underlying morose theme (which is very Gatsby).
- "Bang Bang" by will.i.am: The Black Eyed Peas frontman's track mixes big band with a thumping club beat. Pretty much what you'd imagine the revellers to be dancing to in Gatsby's home.
This morning Triple J revealed the much-anticipated line-up for 2013’s Splendour in the Grass festival, which will be held at its new home, North Byron Parklands, from July 26-28. Mumford & Sons are at the top of the bill, followed by fellow Grammy Award-winning artist Frank Ocean, marking his first visit to Australia. Other big acts include The National, Of Monsters & Men and Empire of the Sun, while Aussie favourites Flume, Matt Corby and Flight Facilities are also on the list.
Jay-Z released the new song "Open Letter" overnight on his website, Life + Times. The message of the song is clear — he was not thrilled that various politicians wanted to launch an investigation into his fifth wedding anniversary trip with wife Beyoncé Knowles to Cuba, which, as it turns out, was approved by the US Treasury Department. In the song, which was co-produced by his friends Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, Jay raps about his critics, "They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine! Let me commit a real crime."
And Jay's aggressive lyrics don't stop there. He takes on critics of his work in the sports field, too. Jay is launching a sports agency, an endeavour that necessitates him selling his interest in the Brooklyn Nets in order to take on athletes as clients. Jay's involvement with the team has been a lightning rod of controversy, with onlookers wondering what exactly he was getting out of being a minority owner. In "Open Letter," he raps, "I would have moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free, except I made millions off you f-cking dweebs." Clearly, Jay had a lot to get off his chest, and this track afforded him the opportunity to do so. We're curious what you make of "Open Letter" — is it a great song as far as you're concerned, or a bad PR move because of the message?
We're just three months into the year, and it's already been a whirlwind for Justin Timberlake. He kicked things off by announcing plans for new music, and he's been making headlines ever since with a performance at the Grammys, plans for a Summer tour in the US with Jay-Z, and more. The excitement continued yesterday when the final Billboard numbers showed that his first album in six years, The 20/20 Experience, debuted at No. 1on the charts, selling 968,000 copies in its first week. (In Australia it debuted with Gold ARIA accreditation and nearly went Platinum in its second.)
As we wait for the next instalment in JT's 2013 hot streak, take a look at what a crazy year he's had so far!
The year of Beyoncé continues with the release of new music from the superstar. “Bow Down/I Been On,” a song posted overnight on Beyoncé’s Tumblr account, is her latest anthem and could represent the music direction she’s taking on her fifth solo album. (Her last album was 2011’s 4.) The song was produced by Hit-Boy, who worked with Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z and Kanye West on their collaboration Watch the Throne, and features lyrics such as, “Bow down, b*tches,” and, “I took some time to live my life, don’t think I’m just his little wife” — if this is a reference to being in Jay-Z’s shadow, let’s not forget that Beyoncé named her upcoming tour the Mrs Carter World Tour! Beyoncé can be heard mostly in the first half of the track — have a listen after the jump.
Have you been wondering where sexy has been hiding lately? Justin Timberlake has once again found it, reviving it on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with a little help from Fallon and The Ragtime Gals. The pop star is in the middle of a week-long stint on the show, and if we're getting a sweet barbershop quartet version of "SexyBack" on day two, I can only imagine what awaits us later this week. I'm rooting for a game of water war.
Watch the clip after the jump.