We've been gunning for an official Usher Month since forever, and it looks like our dream came true -- he's MTV's POSTED artist for June! Start your summer getting "Caught Up" in exclusive interviews and more with the sexy singer. This week, things already get hot and heavy when we learn what Usher's "Climax" is all about. We also get the scoop on the singer's upcoming movie role. (You can find us fanning ourselves in the corner, BTW.)
Watch Usher chat about "Climax" and preparing for his new movie role after the jump.
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.
As we bid adieu to May, we must also say farewell to Karmin as MTV's POSTED artist for the month. (Sadz.) While we'll miss everything about the adorbz "I Told You So" singers (like their thoughts on hip-hop, reflections on past relationships, and their incredible hair), we celebrate their send-off the best way we know how -- with two videos of live versions/rehearsals of their recent hits "Brokenhearted" and "Hello."
Watch Karmin rehearse live versions of "Brokenhearted"and "Hello" after the jump!
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.
While we were at Bamboozle, our main man/guy who's trying to take our jobs, T. Mills, asked a whole bunch of hilarious questions. Some were about BBQing, some were about tattoos and some were about his own song, "Vans On." For those who aren't familiar (I SCOFF AT YOU), T.'s song is about "loving" the guy or girl of your dreams wearing only your Vans sneakers. Romance: not dead.
T. Mills got the chance to ask some of our pals at Bamboozle who they might f*** with their Vans on, and the answers were enough to make me blush. (That's saying a lot.) Wallpaper. let us know that he might do a twofer with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson while Matt Toka might have a mild case of necrophilia, explaining he'd have sex with Marilyn Monroe "dead or alive." But it was Kreayshawn who really put her sneaker-covered foot in her mouth: "I would f*** Lil B with my Vans on... I'm going to regret saying that later." She then goes down a shame spiral for about the next 30 seconds wishing she'd never said anything. TOO BAD, KREAY -- we got dat ish on tape, and tape don't lie. Yo, BASEDGOD, you down to clown?
+ Watch T. Mills ask our friends at Bamboozle who they'd f*** with their Vans on, and check out the rest of our Bamboozle photos, videos and interviews.
You might not know French DJ Martin Solveig's name offhand, but you definitely know his work. His 2010 smash single "Hello," featuring Canadian electropop act Dragonette, peaked at No. 1 in five countries around the world. It's also absolutely impossible to get out of your head once you've heard it -- you may still be humming it from the song's cameos on "90210," "The Vampire Diaries" or "Gossip Girl," to name a few. The track was such a success that Solveig was recruited to put his Midas touch on Madonna's most recent album, MDNA. Not a bad name to have on your résumé.
We caught up with Martin, our PUSH artist of the week, and he let us in on what it was like working with the Material Girl, as well as his penchant for playing large stadiums and the team effort that went into his track, the über-infectious and many-times-remixed "The Night Out": "When we decided to release it properly as a single, I called many of my friends to make remixes, so it was really a group work." Must be nice to have your friends lend you a hand with remixes on the fly -- the only thing my friends help me out with is moving (and that's only if free food and drinks are involved).
Martin Solveig's Smash is out now. And whatever you do, do NOT miss him when he performs live as the house DJ at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, Sunday, June 3 at 9/8c!
+ Watch Martin Solveig's "Hello" video below, and check out more videos and interviews with Martin Solveig after the jump.
We're having the hardest time deciding what we love most about MTV's Posted artist of the month, Karmin. We admire their take on hip-hop and love the way they get pumped backstage. This week, we add even more reasons to adore the duo when we catch them behind-the-scenes of their "I Told You So" video and they attempt to promote themselves in different foreign languages.
Watch behind-the-scenes footage from Karmin's "I Told You So" video and catch their attempt at foreign languages after the jump.
Yesterday we caught you up on which celebrity our pals at Bamboozle thought would throw the best pool party (Diddy was the top contender) and the celebrities other celebrities wanna see in bathing suits. And today we're back with our boy T. Mills, and this time we're chatting the best and worst foods to bring to a barbecue. Turns out mayonnaise gets a bad rap.
While we were at Bamboozle this past weekend, T. Mills was our guest correspondent and left no stone unturned. He asked all the hard-hitting questions, and we got some really moving answers. JK, we talked about fun stuff like the best and worst things to bring to a BBQ, and we gotta say DJ Big Chocolate nailed this one: "I guess just Sweet Baby Ray's [barbecue sauce]." Word. Other popular answers included: "Liquor," as said succinctly by rapper Action Bronson and "a plate," A$AP Rocky's preferred BBQ date.
As far as the worst thing to bring to a backyard bash goes, Incubus stands strong with the "no ex-girlfriends" policy while Cali rapper Casey Veggies spoke the truth: "A Frisbee." Chuuuuurch. Leave your Frisbee at the college quad, bros.
+ Check out T. Mills chatting best and worst BBQs with everyone who came by at Bamboozle, watch T. Mills talk celeb pool parties and bathing suits, and peep all the photos we took this weekend in our Bamboozle 2012 Photo Gallery!
Chances are you've heard Kimbra's voice once or twice before. Actually, if you've lived on planet Earth for the past year or so, you've probably heard her guest verse in fellow PUSH alum Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" at least 100 times by now. But Kimbra's been a solo musician in her native New Zealand since she was just a little girl. She debuted her first music video on the New Zealand children's TV show "What Now," and she sang the national anthem in front of 27,000 people when she was only 10 years old. In the years since (there's only been 12 of them), she signed with new management and relocated to Australia. Kimbra's first single, "Settle Down," was released in late 2010 to critical acclaim, and of course you all know the aforementioned megahit "Somebody." And here we are -- Kimbra's our PUSH artist of the week.
Get to know the girl from Down Under in our performance and interview videos. The "Warrior" singer sits down to discuss her unique take on fashion -- "It's important because it's an extension of the sonic world" -- and the intricate body paint she donned for the cover of her debut album, Vows. Speaking of body paint, Kimbra let us in on how long that Gotye "Somebody" video took to shoot, and how she's probably had enough body paint experience for a while: "Then [after the Vows cover shoot] I went on to do a 12-hour shoot for the Gotye video, so I've had a lot of experience being naked with copious amounts of paint on my body." Not sure anyone's necessarily complaining about that.
Kimbra's Vows is out now on Warner Bros.
+ Watch Kimbra's "Settle Down" video below, and check out more performances and interviews after the jump.
We knew Miley Cyrus was thoughtful for her age (girl has been known to tweet some insightful, Oprah-like ish), but hearing her talk about the advice she would share with her younger self basically proves that Miley's puppy-loving heart is incredibly wise! And it seems like she's acquired such wisdom through painful young heartbreak.
During an upcoming interview on our new favorite show, "The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet," Miley's asked what she would tell her 14-year-old self now that she's grown and sexy. (If you don't know the show's premise, basically celebs sit with the host on a cozy couch and dish their deepest, darkest secrets. aka our dream job.) "This too shall pass... that's something I so needed to remember," Miley replies. She then goes on to reflect about her biggest heartbreak, which happened when she was 14 (OMG, is she talking about her split with Nick Jonas?), and how it devastated her: "I was so in love with somebody... [I thought] the rest of my life was ruined because he didn't love me..." No worries -- Miley confesses that she's moved on, and we entirely believe her. Her current boyfriend is Liam Hemsworth, so we think she's healed just fine.
+ Watch a sneak peek of Miley Cyrus on "The Conversation" after the jump. Her episode airs tonight on Lifetime at 11 p.m. ET.