Move along, there’s nothing to see here or, at least, nothing you haven’t already seen. In Mike Will Made It’s video for “23” featuring Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa, the producer and his buddies take over a high school.
The song is ostensibly a tribute to Michael Jordan (23 was his now-retired number for the Chicago Bulls) and his shoes.
Yes, the guys are in the clip, but, let’s face it, all anyone is paying attention to is Cyrus, who wears cut up No. 23 Bulls jerseys in various revealing states. Of course the guys all manage to pay tribute to Jordan without having to wear tiny little shorts and rubbing their asses, because, well, that would look ridiculous.
So by now, seeing Cyrus with her legs spread, in very little clothing, sticking out her tongue, running her hand over the top of her head isn’t really anything new, but if you haven’t quite gotten enough yet, there’s plenty for you here. There are even a few quick shots of Cyrus with a foam finger just for continuity from her Video Music Awards performance, y’all.
Her rap carries the song, though Khalifa’s mad scientist routine is mildly amusing. We reckon that chemistry lab will blow up before 4th period.
So not that high school kids aren’t aware of all this stuff, but the video features Cyrus smoking cigarettes, references to Molly, pot, purple drank, and blow jobs. Just a typical day in the life of your average teen and we're sure it's exactly how Jordan would like to be honored.
High school sure has changed
Move along, there’s nothing to see here or, at least, nothing you haven’t already seen. In Mike Will Made It’s video for “23” featuring Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa, the producer and his buddies take over a high school.
Check out her performance on 'Today' this morning
Several years past her farewell tour and her Las Vegas residency, Cher is returning to the road again for the "Dressed to Kill" outing.
The tour, in support of her new album, "Closer To The Truth," starts March 22, 2014 in Phoenix and will cover 49 North American cities before concluding in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center on July 11.
Cher announced the tour on the "Today" show this morning. Cher's "Farewell Tour," which then, appropriately enough, changed its name to the "Never Can Say Goodbye Tour," played for 325 dates, so this first leg of the "Dressed To Kill" tour may be just the beginning.
Tickets go on sale to American Express cardholders on Sept. 30 and then will be open to the general public.
See the tour dates below the video of Cher's performance of "Woman's World" this morning on "Today."
CHER ‘DRESSED TO KILL’ TOUR
Sat, March 22 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
*Mon, March 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
*Wed, March 26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Fri, March 28 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Sat, March 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Mon, March 31 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Wed, April 2 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
*Fri, April 4 Washington DC Verizon Center
Sat, April 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Mon, April 7 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wed, April 9 Boston, MA TD Garden
Fri, April 11 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Sat, April 12 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Wed, April 23 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
Fri, April 25 Montreal, QC Bell Center
Sat, April 26 Ottawa, ON Canada Tire Centre
*Mon, April 28 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Wed, April 30 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Fri, May 2 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Mon, May 5 Charlotte, NC Times Warner Cable Arena
Wed, May 7 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
*Fri, May 9 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
*Sat, May 10 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
*Mon, May 12 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Wed, May 14 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
Fri, May 16 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Sat, May 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Sun, May 25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand
Wed, May 28 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri, May 30 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sat, May 31 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Mon, June 2 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Wed, June 4 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Fri, June 6 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
Sat, June 7 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Mon, June 9 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Wed, June 11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Fri, June 20 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Sat, June 21 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Mon, June 23 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wed, June 25 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Fri, June 27 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
*Sat, June 28 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Mon, June 30 Portland, OR Moda Center
*Wed, July 2 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Sat, July 5 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
*Mon, July 7 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
*Wed, July 9 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Fri, July 11 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
How the hiatus helped the group have fun again on 'Mechanical Bull'
After taking some time off to lead regular lives, Kings of Leon return Sept. 24 with “Mechanical Bull,” the Followill family’s sixth studio album, its follow-up to 2010’s “Come Around Sundown.”
The set, recorded in the band’s own studio in Nashville, is a lively, loose-limbed affair, bolstered by such rollicking tracks as “Don’t Matter” and “Family Tree,” the gentle “On The Chin” and “Beautiful War,” and first single and modern rock hit, “Supersoaker.”
Bassist Jared Followill, who joins his brother Caleb and Nathan in the band, as well as his cousin Matthew, tells HitFix that the hiatus did them good, both musically and personally. Below is our conversation, edited for space.
You guys have laughed when reporters have asked ask if there was a chance that you were going to break up, especially after Caleb walked off stage in Dallas in 2011 and your canceling the rest of the U.S. tour, but it’s certainly not unheard of for brother acts to split. Was this hiatus always planned or did you think you may actually break up?
Actually, we started talking about [taking time off] after [2008’s] “Only By the Night.” After that album cycle, we were going to take some time off. Then “Only By the Night” kind of blew up and [the label] wanted us to make another album and we were like, “Let’s go ahead and do it and ride the success.” While we were in the studio for “Come Around Sundown,” we were like, “We can’t believe we’re already back. We’re going to be immediately back on the road doing all this stuff over again.” So we said, “You know what? After this record cycle, we’re going to take a year off.”
When we cancelled the tour, we actually finished the touring cycle after that. We went to South Africa and we went to Australia for a month. We did Canada for a few weeks, but people think we just canceled Dallas and then took a year off. Any spat or any argument that we’d gotten in was made up the night after Dallas. It wasn’t after a long drawn out thing. Having that year off was not because we thought we were going to break up or we necessarily needed to be away from each other as much as we wanted to have a little bit of time off and have a normal life.
Not that you’re asking for sympathy, but it can be very draining living on the road.
Our job isn’t necessarily that hard, it’s just very time consuming. And there’s tons of travel and stuff like that and a lot of people think, “Man, traveling the world, that’s amazing.” And it absolutely is. But if you do that as a job, it becomes a little less glamorous and it takes a little bit of the romance out of traveling the world when that’s... what you do for a living. I mean we never thought that we were going to take five years between an album or anything like that. We just wanted one year to go home to Nashville, sit on the internet, go to Whole Foods and not do anything, just be normal people for a little bit.
All the band members contribute to the songwriting process. How quickly do you know if you’re got a song or are just riffing on something you should abandon?
That’s hard to say... we’re not super quick. When we go to the rehearsal space and start writing. We will literally jam on a song and play it for an hour straight. Sometimes you have to sift through an hour and 20 minutes and you always skip it towards the end because that’s when you really start to get into it. But we’ve jammed on some pretty songs for about two hours before we knew that we wouldn’t use them.
But you’re having fun...
Exactly. You kind of know once you listen to them You can do something that is really fun to play and then you’ll take it home—our sound guy will burn it to a CD for us— and listen to ourselves jamming and it might be really fun to play it, but it sounds kind of cheesy or it just wouldn’t work for us.
You guys were playing pranks on each other all the time in the studio with shock buzzers and whoopee cushions. Having grown up together, it seems like the element of surprise would have long gone away when it comes to pranks.
I know. The weird thing is it’s a phenomenon we just got into. When we were kids, we didn’t really do anything and now that we’re adults, it’s like we’ve regressed in maturity.
The band hosted Pettyfest in Nashville this past weekend. What’s your favorite Tom Petty song or favorite Petty era?
There are so many. He’s one of the worst artists to ask that question because he just has so many great songs. There are so many bands you could say, “What’s your favorite song?” I’d say, “Obviously, it’s that one.. that’s head and shoulders above the rest,” but there are so many songs...As a kid I remember hearing “Last Dance With Mary Jane” and stuff like that on the radio and then as you get older, you go back and hear more and more and “American Girl.” There’s so many that you can just go back and all of his albums are amazing.
One of the more touching songs on the album is “On The Chin,” about being there to support someone. It almost sounds like it could be to about your family or would brothers never write anything that sweet to each other?
So many of our songs can be interpreted in so many different ways. At the time you can actually write something and it can be completely abstract to you at the time and then a year later, something will happen to you and and you’ll listen back and be like, “Wow, that song sounds like it was written perfectly for the situation.” But that song, particularly, the way Caleb started writing those lyrics, it was for one of his friends, his buddy, JD. It’s actually about that, then you hear it and it can mean so much. It can fit so many different situations. It can be for all of us together, it can be for our wives. I like songs that are open to interpretation.
There’s not only a lightheartedness to the album, there’s a sense of fun in the promos, including the hilarious one featuring the cast from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” It seems like the band decided to stop taking everything so seriously. Why?
Definitely. I think that’s just getting older and having families. You stop taking yourself so seriously. I feel like we used to worry about that stuff too much. When we first came out, we wanted to be different and we wanted to almost have a little bit of a shock factor so we tried to look really weird and tried to have mustaches and long hair and we did a lot of that stuff, looking back, probably subconsciously to stand out because we were probably a little bit self-conscious about out musicianship. We had all just started playing and just started writing songs and none of us were really good at our instruments. So it was almost like we needed something to make people notice us and now we’re in a completely different place and we’re all a lot more confident and we feel like we can kind of be ourselves.
Band played its last date Friday in Kansas
After nearly non-stop activity for the past four years, Mumford & Sons are taking a hiatus. “There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future,” the band’s keyboardist, Ben Lovett, told Rolling Stone over the weekend.
The Grammy-winning British group’s last tour date for 2012’s “Babel” was in Kansas Friday night and it will be the band’ last concert for quite some time. Just how much time is anyone’s guess. When asked how long “the foreseeable future” is, Lovett said, “We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that...I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules.”
The last four years since the release of “Sigh No More” have seen the British quartet rise to international music superstars, headlining arenas around the world and curating its own Gentlemen of the Road festivals.
Of course, it's not the first time bands have declared they are taking a break and returned relatively quickly. Last summer Dave Grohl declared that the Foo Fighters were going away for a long time, and now the group is in the midst of finishing a new album. Similarly, Kings of Leon took a year off, but during that time started writing songs for their new album, "Mechanical Bull," which comes out tomorrow.
And while Mumford & Sons may disappear for awhile, it looks like lead singer Marcus Mumford will not: he is among the headliners for a Sept. 29 benefit show centered around the new Coen Brothers' film, "Inside Llewyn Davis." The show, which also features Jack White, the Avett Brothers, the Punch Brothers and several other acts, will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation, and was organized by T Bone Burnett, the movie's music producer.
Who else makes the list?
1. Britney Spears: It’s a busy week for Spears as she launches new single “Work Bitch” and finally announces her 2-year Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood (and yet all I can think about is the missing comma between “work” and “bitch.”
2. Miley Cyrus: She crashes through to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Wrecking Ball,” her first chart topper. Nudity: 1, Relying on her talent: O.
3. Katy Perry: She ties the record for most No. 1s on Billboard’s Pop Song charts with her bestie, Rihanna. Maybe they can have a sing-off.
4. Michael Jackson: The defense rested this week in the 21-week trial brought on by his mother against concert promoter AEG LIVE. I predict the jury sides with AEG, but there are really no winners in this case. Regardless of the verdict, the King of Pop is still gone.
5. Arctic Monkeys: The group becomes the first U.K. act on an indie label to have its score five consecutive UK No. 1 albums...add that to “A.M.’s” nomination for the Mercury Prize and these little monkeys certainly aren’t feeling any chill.
6. Pink: She expands her entertainment repertoire to include acting with a part in “Thanks For Sharing,” a movie about sex addiction, which opened Friday. #dirtylittlefreaks
7. Pandora: The streaming service lands a major victory over music publishers (and songwriters) when a judge rules that ASCAP’s blanket license applies to all its repertoire and that individual music publishing companies cannot withhold their songs while negotiating higher rates with Pandora.
8. Big Freedia: The Queen of Bounce is ready to prove that she is the Twerkiest of all, as she goes to set the Guinness World Record for twerking. She will be joined by 250 dancers, all twerking for at least two minutes, in Manhattan’s Herald Square, right by Macy’s.
9. Jay Z and Beyonce: The power couple tops Forbes List of highest-earning celebrity couples with $95 million. Yes, that list is actually a thing now.
10. Carole King: It’s never too late to honor one of the greatest songwriters of them all. Fellow musicians will prove to King, named this week as the MusiCares Person of the Year, that she’s got a friend on Feb. 24, the night she’ll be feted in song.
The top five features all new releases
The top of the Billboard 200 album chart will look radically different next week as five albums bow in the top 5 slots.
Likely to come in at No. 1 is Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You” (115,000-120,000), followed by country singer Justin Moore’s “Off The Beaten Path” at No. 2 (100,000-105,000).
That will be it for titles topping the 100,000 mark. Landing at No. 3 will be country artist Chris Young’s “A.M.” (55,000-60,000) with Maybach Music Group’s compilation, “Self Made, Vol. 3” at No. 4. (50,000-55,000). DJ/producer Avicii’s full-length debut, “True,” rounds out the top 5 debuts at No. 5 (45,000-50,000).
The last of the six debuts in the top 10 belongs to Billy Currington, whose “We Are Tonight” bows at No. 9 (27,000-30,000), according to Hits Daily Double.
Between Moore, Young, and Currington, country music is having a banner week in the top 10, but it gets even better: Luke Bryan’s former No. 1 album, “Crash My Party” will be at No. 6 (40,000-45,000) and this week’s chart topper, Keith Urban’s “Fuse” at No. 7 (35,000-40,000).
The Weeknd “Kiss Land” falls from No. 2 to No. 8 (30,000-35,000) while 2 Chainz brings up the rear as “B.O.A.T.S ll Me Time” drops from No. 3 to No. 10 (21,000-24,000).
Watch as the rapper talks about his love life with Ellen DeGeneres
Fans who answered “yes” to Drake’s “Would You Like A Tour” forthcoming concert outing will have to wait a little longer to see the Canadian rapper live.
Citing “an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements,” Drake announced that the outing, which was supposed to start Sept. 25 in Portland, Ore. will now start Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh.
The 16 dates affected by the shift have now been tacked on to the end of Drake's tour, according to Pitchfork.
Now that he’s pushed back the tour, Drake found time to go on “The Ellen Show” yesterday and awkwardly answer her “Who Has Drake Dated” questions and plug his new album, “Nothing Was The Same,” which comes out Sept. 24. He clammed up a little about Rihanna, but was more forthcoming about Nicki Minaj.
09-25 Portland, OR - Rose Garden *
09-26 Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome *
09-27 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena *
09-29 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome *
09-30 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place *
10-02 Saskatoon, Sascatchewan - Credit Union Centre *
10-03 Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre *
10-05 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *
10-06 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
10-08 St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center *
10-09 Chicago, IL - United Center *
10-11 Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse *
10-12 Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills *
10-13 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena *
10-15 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center *
10-16 Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center *
10-18 Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center *
10-19 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center *
10-21 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre *
10-22 Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Tire Centre *
10-24 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre *
10-26 Hartford, CT - XL Center *
10-27 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center *
10-28 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center *
10-30 Boston, MA - TD Garden *
10-31 Washington, DC - Verizon Center *
11-02 Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena *
11-03 Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena *
11-05 Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena *
11-06 Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum *
11-07 Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena *
11-09 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena *
11-10 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center *
11-12 San Antonio, TX - AT & T Center *
11-13 Houston, TX - Toyota Center *
11-16 Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center *
11-18 Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena *
11-19 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena *
11-21 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center *
11-22 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Hotel *
11-24 San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena *
11-25 Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center *
11-28 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena *
11-30 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome *
12-01 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place *
12-03 Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena *
12-04 Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome *
12-07 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
12-08 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *
12-09 Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse *
12-11 Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center *
12-12 Chicago, IL - United Center *
12-13 Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena *
12-15 Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center *
12-16 Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills *
* with Miguel and Future
They bounce around like little kids during high energy performance
Taylor Swift has been inviting fellow artists to join her on stage almost every night, including Jennifer Lopez, Cher Lloyd and Tegan & Sara in Los Angeles.
Last night, during the first of her three shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, fellow superstar Luke Bryan joined her for the most upbeat, aerobic performance of Bryan’s “Don’t Want This Night To End.”
It’s one of the better guest appearances on the tour as they both appear to be having a blast. Bryan, whose former charttopper, “Crash My Party,” is still in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, is known for his energetic shows, as is Swift and so the two together turn it up to 11. They seem to not want the duet to end as it goes on for more than six minutes, with a cute little riff by Bryan at the end.
Now that we know the rumor of Swift and J-Lo recording a duet together was just that, a rumor, how about Swift and Bryan recording a tune together?
NFL wants $1.5 million, M.I.A. wants NFL to acknowledge what?
M.I.A. and the National Football League are embroiled in an ongoing legal battle 18 months after she flipped the bird during her half-time appearance with Madonna during Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012.
The NFL initially filed its a breach-of-contract suit against M.I.A. in March 2013, demanding she pay $1.5 million, which will go to charity. Last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the football league asked for a summary judgment requiring the English-Sri Lankan rapper to pay.
So now, M.I.A., who has certainly been known to take on her opponents before, has decided she will wage a one-woman campaign against the NFL. "She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to," her attorney Howard King told THR.
That is crazy and is one of the weakest red herrings we’ve ever seen tossed. So she wants the NFL, the NATIONAL Football League to take a stand on the atrocities going on in her home country. Hmmm. Not to make any light at all of the horrible things that are going on there and elsewhere, but I’m sure the NFL will get on that right after Commissioner Roger Goodell finishes his position paper on North Korea.
Furthermore, M.I.A. is calling the league’s bluff when it claims she has damaged its image. "Of course, the NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious," King continues, "in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."
Got to side with her on this one. But if M.I.A. found the NFL so repugnant, why did she agree to play with Madonna?
The fact that the NFL is trying to wring $1.5 million out of M.I.A., even if it is going to charity, for flipping the bird is insane, but M.I.A. taking the NFL on for its non-stand on international civil rights is equally ridiculous.
"Matangi," M.I.A.'s much-delayed new album (following her feud with her label, Interscope), comes out Nov. 5.
He returns to the slow groove with boxing metaphor-filled jam
“TKO,” Justin Timberlake’s second single from “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 20” uses boxing as a metaphor for love.
He’s in love with someone who hits below the below even after the ref blows the whistle. “This isn’t the girl I used to know... I’m down for the count, yet girl, you knock me out.”
Like many of the songs on “The 20/20 Experience,” it’s a heavyweight of a song, weighing in at 7:06. Plus, it’s more of a rambling, shuffling groove of a tune rather than any kind of conventional chorus/verse/chorus. Timbaland’s production is full of heavy bass beats and little curlicue background synth noises. There's some nice singing from Timberlake here, however, and he leaves the falsetto on the shelf for this one for the most part.
Similarly to many of those tracks, at around 5 minutes, the song morphs into a slightly different, slower tune with Timbaland repeating “She killed me with that coochie-coo.”
It’s not an instant hit and I’m not sure radio will gravitate toward it. Radio seems content to keep playing “Mirrors” over “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2’s” first single, the far catchier “Take Back The Night.”
“The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” comes out Sept. 27.
Are you knocked out by “TKO?”