Beyoncé: a mom on her grind. Always.
Beyoncé's really practicing what she preaches, ain't she? Since she's the lady who schooled all on who runs the world (girls), she has to put her money where her mouth is. It was like, 2.2 seconds after she had Blue Ivy that she was already back to work, and like, 5.5 seconds until she was back on the stage. Strong enough to bear the children! Then get back to business!
Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z were spotted out and about in Paris recently, and Beyoncé must have told Jay to hold the baby so she could get back on her grind. Or maybe she told Jay to hold the baby so she could throw her hands up ("Independent Women" reference, duh). Or MAYBE she told Jay to hold Blue Ivy because the photo of Jay-Z holding his daughter with the most concerned look on his face is the sweetest thing we've seen all year. (Good luck, rest of 2012.) OMG, those little feet? I can't.
Check out more photos of Jay-Z and Blue Ivy after the jump.
LMFAO humped their golden popcorn statues. Why wouldn't they?
I don't know about you guys, but I was about to write a very strongly worded letter to the voting public if LMFAO didn't take home the golden popcorn for Best Music at the MTV Movie Awards last night. "Party Rock Anthem" basically MADE "21 Jump Street." Well, Channing Tatum didn't hurt either.
Redfoo and Skyblu were spotted backstage celebrating their triumphant win the only way these two dudes seem to know how to celebrate anything -- by humping it. At least they were generous enough to put pants on for the occasion. Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to give these guys credit: LMFAO's M.O. is party rocking, and they're going to do it wherever and whenever they can. If that includes the press room backstage at the Movie Awards, then so be it. Thrust away, gentlemen.
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Scottish soul and R&B singer Emeli Sande got her start like so many noteworthy artists -- as a songwriter...and a soon-to-be doctor. Before music became her full-time gig, Emeli was studying medicine at the University of Glasgow while keeping songwriting just a hobby. It was during her fourth year in school when she wrote the hook for a song called "Diamond Rings" and gave it to English rapper Chipmunk. With Sande's vocals on the track, the song became a top 10 hit, and after penning songs for Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle and Cheryl Cole (to name a few), Emeli soon landed a record deal with EMI. Needless to say, medicine would have to wait.
Emeli's made her mark overseas already, having won the coveted Critic's Choice statue at the 2012 Brit Awards, but now it's time for you to get to know the "Heaven" singer. We sat down with Emeli, our PUSH artist of the week, and she opened up to us about her first U.S. album release, what she learned from writing for other artists before launching her solo career, and the importance of a hard day's work: "You always hope maybe [your music] can do well, but you never know. And so finally, to feel like the hard work has paid off, it's such a relief, and it was really encouraging to keep doing what I was doing." We're guessing 13-plus million views on her "Next To Me" video is a bit of a relief as well.
Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events is out stateside June 5.
+ Watch Emeli Sande's live performance of "Next To Me" below, and check out more interviews and videos after the jump.
Are you guys still scrubbing the creepiness off of you after seeing The Black Keys show up to the MTV Movie Awards in those TERRIFYING adult baby mask things? Because we are. The Akron, Ohio rockers decided to continue the creep show after revealing their Harmony Korine-directed "Gold On The Ceiling" video last week, wearing the same weirdo baby outfits from the video to the Movie Awards. While we're decidedly terrified, we're also decidedly even bigger fans now. Do like The Black Keys, y'all -- get weird. (Also, is that a Dan Auerbach or Paul Giamatti doing an Dan Auerbach impression? I'll probably never know.)
The Black Keys weren't the only ones who got weird at the MTV Movie Awards. In between our repeated viewings of Emma Stone's FLAW-FREE acceptance speech for her Trailblazer Award, we were also in a semi-permament OMG-face situation at the rest of the craziness caught on film -- i.e. Vanilla Ice's "WIDE OPEN" knuckle tattoo, which has us both wildly intrigued and wildly uncomfortable at the same time.
+ Check out more weird music moments you may have missed at the MTV Movie Awards after the jump, and watch the most talked-about moments from the MTV Movie Awards.
Wiz Khalifa's performance of his O.N.I.F.C. single "Work Hard Play Hard" at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards was inspired by real life events... kind of. Actually, it was inspired by "Project X," the "found-footage" film that's been the cause of real (sometimes dangerous) house parties all over the country. What better place to B.Y.O.S (bring your own Solo cup) than the Movie Awards, right?
Wiz Khalifa's first step for throwing a proper shindig: Take the stage in shades and seriously baggy jeans, go H.A.M. on your track, and teach the audience how to ball out: "The bigger the bill, the harder you ball/ Well I'm throwing mine, cause my money long." Step two: Invite a bunch of hot young people over and make them bring their own red cups. You supply the tunes (and the Aerosmith-esque scarf-covered mic stand), they'll supply the dancing. And when you're done, they'll also bombard your stage with a bunch of toilet paper. Way to show your appreciation, guys. See if Wiz invites you back for the next one.
+ Watch Wiz Khalifa perform "Work Hard Play Hard" at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards after the jump.
The lesson we need to take away from fun.'s performance of their smash "We Are Young" at the MTV Movie Awards is that it's impossible to NOT like fun. (Both the band and fun itself.) Lead singer Nate Ruess donned shoes for the occasion (which is a rarity) and led his equally dapper white tuxedo-clad bandmates in a killer performance of the universe's unofficial summer anthem.
Another lesson we need to take away from fun.'s Movie Awards performance: Vanilla Ice loves this song. The Movie Awards camera panned away to catch various celebs between shots of the band's performance, and it turns out Robert Matthew Van Winkle is, in fact, on the fun. train. Also along for the ride: Channing Tatum. Were those the words you were lip-syncing there, bro? (Your secret's safe with us.)
Janelle Monae joined fun. on stage, dressed in her usual adorable lady-tuxedo uniform, and a gospel choir of look-alikes helped carry us home. There's a reason "We Are Young," off of fun.'s Some Nights album, has topped almost every Billboard chart in the U.S. (and several more around the world) -- these dudes have moxie. Even without the falling slo-mo disco balls, we're into it.
+ Watch fun. and Janelle Monae perform "We Are Young" at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards after the jump.
Why the U.S. government has not put a legal moratorium on the usage of the ugliest font known to man, Comic Sans, is beyond my comprehension. As someone who appreciates typography (and as just a regular human being), I am constantly offended by this hideous font. I'm not the only one -- there's actually Ban Comic Sans movement out there.
Gunnarolla (aka Andrew) disagrees with us Comic Sans haters, though. The Canadian musical comedian recently released a video for his track "The Comic Sans Song," and dude is urging us to give the bubbly little font a second chance. Andrew gathers his friends (the "Comic Sans Nation") for a synchronized singing and dancing party as they laud "the best font in the world." They roam the graffiti-filled streets of the city, suggesting others to join the good fight: "Bold, italic, underlined/ Give it a moment, it could shine/ To ban it would be a measure so drastic/ How can you hate a font that's so fantastic?!"
I don't know, guys -- as adorable and hilarious as this video is, Comic Sans is still a deal breaker for me. What about you? Are you going to join the "Comic Sans Nation"?
+ Watch Gunnarolla's "The Comic Sans Song" after the jump.
Rihanna puts her friend in a headlock on the set of 'The End Of The World.'
We're glad to see that Rihanna isn't always brooding at the camera or posing with her shirt off -- girl can also get a little goofy sometimes. The "Where Have You Been" singer is currently on set in New Orlean filming the new Seth Rogan directorial debut, "The End Of The World," and RiRi took a little time out to put her friend in a headlock. Joking or not, that's not a position we want to find ourselves in -- she takes no prisoners!
Also appearing in the movie is James Franco (BOI-OI-OING), and it should be known that he was actually offered the role of the crazy boyfriend in Rihanna's "We Found Love" video. WE KNOW -- and we didn't think that video could get any better. James told MTV News, "She actually asked me to be in that video, the one with the relationship that gets crazy. I couldn't do it. But, I guess, I hope that that means there's mutual love between us." OMG PLZ DATE, Rihanna and James. We love that idea.
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We've been known to tell you guys you should be listening to Chicago DJ duo Hood Internet's amazing/wonderful/super-repeatable mashups, but this new one might take the cake. Having grown up on Notorious B.I.G., any "Mo Money, Mo Problems" remix is something I'll probably stand behind. But this one, mashed up with dance-funk-pop singer Penguin Prison's infectious "Don't F*** With My Money," has now cemented its place as my official Summer Jam of 2012. Let's talk about it.
The already poppy "Mo Money, Mo Problems" gets a twinkly upgrade in Hood Internet's "F*** With Mo' Money." Ma$e, Diddy and Biggie lay it down as Penguin Prison's instrumentals up the synth and whimsy ante -- whimsy, I said! The mashup is genius not only because both of the songs are about that dolla dolla but because it's the first time we've heard Ma$e in like, a milli years. And the fact remains: Dude dropped out of the game way to early -- I guess he finally saw his name on that blimp.
+ Listen to Hood Internet's "F*** With Mo' Money (Ma$e x Diddy x Biggie x Penguin Prison)." (Language NSFW.)
Listen up, aspiring musicians: The only thing separating you from continuing to play your open mic nights and booking a gig at Bamboozle is letting your creative juices flow...in the bathroom. (Totally could have worded that better -- leaving it.) Our boy T. Mills asked some of our friends who stopped by between their sets at Bamboozle about the strangest places they've ever written a song, and it turns out the WC is the place to be.
It's just another testament to how good T. Mills was as our correspondent, because instead of getting punched in the face after asking various artists about songwriting in the bathroom, most of them actually had no problem sharing their toilet secrets. Incubus admits the bathroom is an awkward place to write a song, while Action Bronson disagrees: "You usually get your best ideas while you're pooping." Mac Miller says he "writes songs while taking s**** all the time," and A$AP Rocky actually wrote his track "Demons" on the toilet. The lyrics "I live day by day/Fighting demons" take on a whole new meaning now.
+ Watch T. Mills get the scoop on toilet-induced creativity after the jump, and check out the rest of our Bamboozle coverage.