The mysterious Air Dubai: too cool for genres but not for leather pants in Texas.
Air Dubai's sound is as mysterious and varied as its six band members, each of whom look like they stepped out of six different musical acts -- Ratking, Walk The Moon, Vampire Weekend and/or One Direction, are you missing anyone? -- to create airy, chilling hip-hop-infused electro-pop that's as suspicious as it is sexy and soulful. And then there's that cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" that sounds like The Weeknd spent the weekend with Boyz II Men (pre-The Package.) Just go with it. I promise it'll all somehow make sense.
Songs like "Soul & Body" and "Warning" have played on a continuous loop in my mind since I first heard them at the beginning of the year (I don't even have to physically play their songs on my iPod since they're firmly lodged in my brain, note for note, word for word), and when I got the chance to sit down with the band this past March at the Woodie Awards in Austin (it was brutally hot, even by Texas standards, but that didn't stop Julian Thomas from making a pair of leather pants look both cool and like a good idea), my Air Dubai obsession took flight (har) and manifested itself in a blatant gush-fest dork-out. Yo, I never said I was cool.
+ Watch Air Dubai discuss their sound, supermarkets and leather pants, and watch their "Warning" video after the jump.
Check out Imagine Dragons' KILLER set at Hangout Music Fest 2013.
Look, we're REALLY not trying to make you feel bad if you weren't at this year's Hangout Music Fest, but we won't lie and say you didn't miss some truly LIFE-ALTERING THINGS! But not to worry -- we're going to catch you up right now! First, There's Twenty One Pilots' onstage back flip, Macklemore's endless tank tops, Ellie Goulding's life-affirming performance, and today, we're bringing you an UNREAL live set from Imagine Dragons.
Watch Imagine Dragons' Hangout Fest 2013 set after the jump.
Selena Gomez is sleepy from jet lag, but she still manages to look cute!
First of all, yes, we know this is a photo of Selena Gomez where you can literally only see half of Selena Gomez. BUT we're all about being real on this blog, so if Selena was bold enough to tweet the above photo of her literally passed out from jet lag in London, then we're gonna tell you about it! Also: Jet lag? Really? Because what we CAN see of Selena looks refreshed and stunning with 0.0 bags under her eyes, which is the exact opposite of the 99.8 bags we usually have after traveling.
The "Come & Get It" singer tweeted the above photo of her passed out on the floor, and captioned: "Jet lagged and a bit chilly...
#londoniloveyou." Honestly, we're kind of loving this side of Selena! Don't get us wrong, we're not complaining about seeing the funny-face-making Selena or the gilded Goddess Selena -- it's just that we love seeing such a human/tired/just-like-us version of Selena! (Who just so happens to look beautiful anyway. So maybe that's the part where she's not "just like us.") Keep doing you, girl! And maybe ask one of your handlers to put you in a bed next time ? Last time we slept on a floor, we were on an intense Advil regime for at least a week!
Photo credit: @SelenaGomez
Carrie Underwood donated $1 million to the Red Cross for Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.
+ Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood donated $1 million to help her home state's tornado recovery efforts. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes," she said in a statement. (E!)
+ Who wouldn't love to have Beyoncé as their stylist? Teaming up with Rent The Runway (where you can rent designer outfits for lower prices), she's handpicked her fave outfits to style you the Bey way, which are available at "The Beyoncé Boutique." (MTV Style)
+ Grab Birdman and Rick Ross' free mixtape, The H: The Lost Album Vol. 1. Hosted by DJ Khaled; the mix has been in the works since 2008. (RapFix)
+ Kendrick Lamar is speaking out against the use of Molly, the drug that's found its way into several rap lyrics. In his "B**** Don't Kill My Vibe" video, the words "Death To Molly" flash at the end of the clip. "You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don't really have that lifestyle and then it gives off the wrong thing," he told MTV News. (MTV News)
+ Check out the trailer for Ridley Scott's fan-generated Bruce Springsteen film. "Springsteen & I" comprises film footage submitted by fans and includes concert clips. It hits theaters on July 22. (Billboard)
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Mariah Carey's downtime involves snuggling with adorbz puppies. Jealous?
Mariah Carey makes us think that we've been living life all wrong. While we're over here working a 9 to 5 and waiting in super-long coffee lines, Mariah's hectic life involves recreating fairy-tale moments at Disneyland AND snuggling in bed with a bunch of adorbz puppies!! What kind of karma deposit did Mariah have to make to do stuff like this!?! Doesn't Mariah know that the above photo of her puppy sleepover is our dream realized!? WE WANT PUPPY CUDDLES TOO!
The "#Beautiful" singer shared her puppypalooza photo on Instagram along with the caption, "Vocal rest continues with Dem Puppies!!!" How is Mariah able to stay on vocal rest with all those cute little dogs around? Personally, we can't stop loudly "awww"-ing (and weirdly petting the screen). We're also wondering if these little doggies could one day make it onstage with Mariah and Jill. E. Bean? Hey, this could become Mariah's thing -- she could manage a pop star puppy group! It would be kinda like if "101 Dalmatians" became a band! OMG. SO CUTE, RIGHT!?! (OK, we're gonna stop now because we reallly can't afford to lose any more friends over these kinds of ideas. Dialing it back now.)
Photo credit: @mariahcarey
Clinton Sparks teams up with Macklemore and 2 Chainz on his new jam, "Gold Rush."
It's one thing to get 2 Chainz and Chester French's D.A. Wallach to cameo on your record, but getting Macklemore to pop by for a spitfire verse is QUITE another (no shade). But we guess that's just a testament to mega-producer Clinton Sparks' new jam, "Gold Rush," which is the perfect blend of rock, electro, and hip-hop all smushed into one giant sparkling pop record.
Listen to Clinton Sparks's "Gold Rush" featuring Macklemore and 2 Chainz after the jump.
Skrillex, aka the Prince of Dubstep, absolutely SHUT DOWN Disneyland.
Is there any happier place on Earth than Disneyland (other than Disney World)? Like, you can spend the entire day surrounded by life-size versions of cartoons from your childhood (or adulthood, who are we kidding?), you can stuff your face with churros and other bad-for-you foods, AND you can ride in plastic versions of your favorite Disney characters! What's not to like?! (Before You Exit know what we're talking about.) And yes, we've been to Disney, but we don't think we've EVER done Disneyland half as well as Skrillex. Judging by these TOO GOOD photos of Skrillex's recent visit to Disneyland, he walked around like a dubstep God among men: spinning in teacups, shooting down roller coasters, and waving his hands in the air (presumably like he didn't care). Us non-famous people may attend theme parks, but celebrities OWN them.
See more photos of Skrillex at Disneyland after the jump.
Yay! It's the first shirtless Harry Styles photo of the season!
So, we just wanted to share this photo of One Direction's Harry Styles shirtless so that you can properly admire his tattoos in natural light. Heh, um, yeah riiight. We're actually posting this picture as a friendly reminder that it's almost summer, which means it’s time for shirtless pics of EVERYONE! And what better way to launch our FAVORITE season of the year than by starting it off right with one hunky boy band member gone wild?! Let the drooling commence!
The "Kiss You" singer was snapped hanging out by his hotel pool in Barcelona sans shirt, and from the looks of things, it seems like his late-night roasted chicken hobby ain't doing nothing wrong to his physique! Also: Can we just take a second to be jealous of the friends attending this shirtless Styles pool party?! While these people are probably getting THE SHOW OF A LIFETIME, the only pool-side sights we'll get too look forward to this summer are old men in too-small Speedos. (TMI?)
Photo credit: WENN
All The Saturdays want is a nice "Gentleman" in their brand-new video.
I won't lie: I've had a small void in my heart ever since the series finale of "Desperate Housewives" aired. And no, "The Real Housewives" franchise does NOT COMPARE. (Apples and oranges, my friends!) That said, while "Desperate Housewives" may not be airing any new episodes anytime soon (sadz), The Saturdays' new "Gentleman" video has gone ahead and taken a page right out of the Wisteria Lane playbook. I mean, the subtly coordinated gowns? Slay us, why don't you!
Watch The Saturdays "Gentleman" video after the jump.
The Lonely Island discuss semicolons; incorrectly.
Semicolons: the ultimate grammar nerd tool. Or is it "Semicolons; the ultimate grammar nerd tool"? Nope, that second try was wrong; semicolons are only used to connect two independent clauses. Semicolons are also the most underused piece of punctuation for a reason; everyone's scared that they'll use one incorrectly! Well, everyone except "I'm On A Boat" jokesters, The Lonely Island. In their latest bit, following the brilliantly oddball, gay marriage-themed "Spring Break Anthem," the rap comics tackle grammar usage with Maya Rudolph and Solange (!!) in "Semicolon" from their forthcoming The Wack Album out June 11.
Listen to The Lonely Island featuring Solange's "Semicolon" after the jump.