MGK talks working with Diddy and Waka Flocka Flame in this week's POSTED.
You may remember MGK from his killer performance during the MTV Woodies Awards Festival and as the Breaking Woodie winner for 2012, but now we properly celebrate the Cleveland-grown rapper as the MTV POSTED artist for August. All month long we follow the "Invincible" rapper through exclusive interviews and videos over at POSTED.MTV.com.
This week, MGK tells us what it was like working with Diddy (the rapper signed MGK to his Bad Boy label in late 2011) and tells a story about how Waka Flocka Flame almost didn't make it on set for his "Wild Boy" music video!
Watch MGK talk about working with Diddy and Waka Flocka Flame after the jump.
Pharrell and Ne-Yo love Conor Maynard, while Conor Maynard really loves "Family Guy."
Aaaand the time has come for another candid round of "10 Things I'm Obsessed With," this time with our MTV PUSH Artist of the week, Conor Maynard. Some
call him the next Justin Bieber, and while we tend to agree, we actually prefer to call him the teenage YouTube star with millions of views, major R&B singers as mentors (both Pharrell and Ne-Yo tried to sign him NBD!) and EXCELLENT hair. We're talking volume for days.
Watch Conor Maynard's "10 Things I'm Obsessed With" after the jump.
Get to know the Pharrell- and Ne-Yo-approved Conor Maynard.
Tell us if this reminds you of someone: teenaged YouTube star with millions of views, major R&B singers as mentors and awesome hair. Hmm... Justin, is that you? U.K. singer Conor Maynard may hear the British Bieber thing a lot, but the breakthrough artist definitely deserves a spotlight of his own.
The rising star made his mark with killer covers of Usher, Ne-Yo and Rihanna, with his uploads scoring more than 68 million YouTube views -- including 3.8 million for his original track "Vegas Girl," an electro-influenced banger that proved that he's not just a cover act. He's already hooked up with equally crushable U.K. export Rita Ora for the duet "Better Than You," and had Ne-Yo and Pharrell battling to sign him as he prepped for his transatlantic takeover. He wound up on EMI and spent a week in Miami with the Neptunes producer anyway. (Rough life, bro!)
"There's a track featuring Ne-Yo, there's a track featuring Pharrell, there's a track written by Frank Ocean," Maynard says of his star-powered debut album, Contrast, due Sept. 18. Swag on a hundred, thousand, 68 million -- and growing. "I actually have to move quite soon because fans found out where I live," Maynard says. If you're not already a Mayniac, then get ready to convert.
+ Download Conor Maynard's "Drowning," and watch his "Vegas Girl" video, interviews and performances after the jump.
Walk The Moon are total Beliebers!
By now you should already know two things: 1) Walk The Moon's tunes make THE BEST soundtrack to any summer party, AND 2) the band is MTV's Posted artists for July. We've been following the "Anna Sun" group over at POSTED.MTV.com, where you can catch exclusive interviews and videos of the Cincinnati rockers all month long!
The guys may be busy promoting their new self-titled album, but that doesn't mean they can't ponder their dream collabos! Last week, we hoped for a possible Carly Rae Jepsen team-up, but this week, the guys dream even bigger -- like wanting to work with Justin Bieber!
+ Watch Walk The Moon talk about a possible collabo with Justin Bieber!
Kylie Minogue answers Buzzworthy Blog fan questions, remains flawless.
We asked you to submit your fan questions for Kylie Minogue, and she dutifully answered when she came to MTV in New York City last month and was so charming, lovely and down-to-earth that she set the bar for extremely nice famous people, which all other celebrities will be judged against forever. Anyway, brace yourselves, because you're about to hear it straight from the mouth of a goddess.
Kylie's celebrating 25 years in pop music -- it's been a quarter of a century since her Kylie album debuted, and I can't even get my mind around that -- with her yearlong K25 anniversary, which includes re-releases, exclusive shows and more. Accordingly, we were dying for at least one of you to ask Kylie how she manages to stay so smokin' (please refer to her "Timebomb" video as proof), but nobody did. What's up with your decorum, Kylie fans? Guess we're the only nosy brutes around here.
Watch Kylie Minogue answer your fan questions after the jump.
Pop star Olly Murs has already taken over the U.K. Find out why he's got his sights set on the U.S.
When we listen to Olly Murs, the singer seems like a born musician, but the U.K. newcomer didn't grow up with dreams of pop stardom. "I was more of a soccer fan, really, than music," he says, explaining that he got into Stevie Wonder and James Brown, who are now major influences, later in life. "It wasn't until I was about 23 that I started singing." That's the age Murs competed on the U.K. version of "The X Factor," where he impressed judgment gargoyle Simon Cowell and finished second -- nabbing a major label deal and a self-titled debut album that moved more than 600,000 copies in the U.K.
The man's now ready to begin conquering America, a takeover that's already in the works: He's opening for One Direction on the fellow Brits' current North American tour. "When people say it's a British invasion, I mean, it would be great to be a part of that. At the moment, I feel like I'm on a boat, trying to get to the States," Murs says. "I'm hoping that the One Direction fans are going to warm to me." Things are definitely heating up: He'll drop his U.S. debut, In Case You Didn't Know, (now you do!) on Sept. 25, with the track list combining the best songs from his first two U.K. releases. He'll lead off with the dancehall-influenced "Heart Skips A Beat," the team-up with Chiddy Bang that he's already performed on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Y'know, just getting his U.S. late-night debut out of the way before his debut record even drops.
"It's a feel-good song," he says of the relatable track. "It's about a relationship that's gone a little bit sour, and you want it to be great again." Or in Murs' case, the start of a rad brand-new one. Watch the singer hit the stage below and hang on to your heartbeat.
+ Watch Olly Murs' live performances and exclusive interviews after the jump.
Walk The Moon caught 'Call Me Maybe' fever.
Our favorite thing about summer so far (besides air conditioning)? Walk The Moon as the MTV POSTED artist for July! All month long we're following the band in exclusive videos and interviews at POSTED.MTV.com. So slap on your face paint guys, 'cause it's time to learn even more about the "Anna Sun" artists.
This may be surprising, but they don't just listen to their own self-titled album on repeat (like we do). In fact, they are into major pop summer jams from the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen! Stars: They're just like us!
+ Watch Walk The Moon talk about new musical obsessions after the jump!
It's official: Jordin Sparks is the cutest human being on Earth.
Maybe it's because I loved her the most on her season of "American Idol," or perhaps it's because she recently got to work with the late, great Whitney Houston on their movie "Sparkle" (watch their "Celebrate" video here), but I actually have always kinda wondered what Jordin Sparks was into. Thankfully, we lured Jordin in for a revealing round of "10 Things I'm Obsessed With," and in addition to being completely adorable, we are happy to say that we share some of her obsessions as well! Now if only we could share some of her talent...
Watch Jordin Sparks' "10 Things I'm Obsessed With" after the jump.
Walk The Moon explain WTH is up with the face paint.
If you're like us, you've been obsessively listening to Walk The Moon's self-titled debut album on repeat -- "Anna Sun" is, after all, the official song of the summer after all. Luckily, we can keep feeding your obsession since the group is the MTV POSTED artist for July, meaning we'll be following their every move at POSTED.MTV.com all month long but in a healthy, non-stalkerish way.
We're still in awe of their musical magic after watching the band perform an acoustic version of "Next In Line" (on a cardboard box!), but we still demanded answers about the genesis of that whole face paint thing.
+ Watch Walk The Moon discuss their adventures in face paint after the jump!
Harlem native Azealia Banks raps like a beast and drops some of the nastiest lyrics this side of 2 Live Crew. But that sly, infectious smile (and the fact that she looks like the second coming of Naomi Campbell) somehow softens the blow, making her kinda like the Sarah Silverman of rap. Born and raised in uptown Manhattan, the 21-year-old hasn't spent much time in her native New York in recent years after catching the ear of none other than Diplo. She moved to Montreal for a bit and spent any off time in Europe (where she's become friends with Karl Lagerfeld, who sends her gifts. NBD).
She's now back in the U.S., and Los Angeles has, like so many before her, reluctantly become her city of choice. But that international influence (and Diplo's) comes through in her music. One listen to her new EP, "1991", and it's obvious this is someone who's grown up on Lil Kim and Missy Elliot. Azealia's also demonstrated a dedication to busting her spitfire flow over '90s-style electro-house beats, a move rarely seen outside of the U.K. (or Baltimore). As a result, her sound ends up feeling closer to someone like Dizzee Rascal than the knee-jerk Nicki Minaj comparison.
All influences aside, Azealia has her own sound and style, with a natural rap voice more common in artists from the DMV, like Ladybug Mecca, or Wale even. She matches her precise flows with an impressive singing voice (thanks to that LaGuardia Performing Arts High School background) and some serious hook writing ability. Her breakthrough hit, "212," caught the attention of Kanye West and dominated rooftop parties in the summer of 2011, and it was paired with a raw but fun black-and-white video bursting with personality. Her follow-up, "Liquorice," is another rapid-fire house-rap jam with a more accessible chorus and a video -- by legendary fashion photographer Rankin -- set in a Tarantino-esque homage to spaghetti Westerns. Add to those accolades and achievements a feature on a Lana Del Rey remix, an internet-crashing GQ feature, and a Disneyfied but definitely not-for-kids cover of Paper magazine, and it's obvious we're already dealing with a fully formed pop star.
+ Find out more about MTV PUSH artist Azealia Banks after the jump.