April has been THE BEST MONTH EVER since we announced The Wanted as MTV's POSTED artist for the month. And while the U.K. band is new to the States, they haven't been shy letting us get to know them. We've already learned that they're making time to catch must-see sites while on tour in the U.S, and we adore their acoustic cover of the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris." Now prepare to be charmed by the lads' humorous tales on the weirdest fan gift they ever received and their "Punk'd" experience.
Watch The Wanted talk fan gifts and getting Punk'd after the jump.
You aren't dreaming. The Wanted really are MTV's POSTED artist for April! While we've already shared the U.K. band's take on Twitter and Justin Bieber earlier this week (along with their killer MTV Spring Break performance), we have so much love for the blokes that we decided to share even more videos (like you can ever have too much of the "Glad You Came" singers). This time, we find out about the guys' preperformance rituals and their must-see sites in the U.S.A. (BRB: Figuring out how to become the band's official American tour guide.)
Watch The Wanted talk preperformance rituals and must-see U.S. sites after the jump.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine and ex-girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna
Greetings Adam Levine,
You and your girlfriend of the last two years, supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna, were an unfairly good-looking couple. Like, Darwin would probably post a photo of you on his Tumblr if he was alive in 2012 and be like, "This is what I'm talking about re: survival of the fittest." But hey, in the words of Maroon 5, "This love has taken its toll." Y'all done broke up, and we are throwing a party feeling some (minute) pangs of sympathy.
Read more of our breakup letter to Adam Levine after the jump.
Get ready to freak the eff out all month long, guys: The Wanted is MTV's POSTED artist for April! You get an entire 30 DAYS to properly celebrate the U.K. band (that's if paying homage to their recent Billboard magazine cover hasn't already been part of your daily ritual). Expect plenty of interviews, videos and photos of the "Glad You Came" singers throughout the month of April. This week, our video interview catches the blokes dishing about being friends with Justin Bieber -- let the shrieking/shaking/fainting/fanning officially commence.
Watch The Wanted talk touring and Justin Bieber after the jump!
As the shortest month of the year ends, so does celebrating Tech N9ne as MTV.com's POSTED artist of the month. But in that brief time, we learned so much about the Kansas City rapper like his music influences and his tips on succeeding in the music business. This week, we wrap up our Tech time with peeks at his successful live shows and behind-the-scenes footage from his latest video, "Am I A Psycho?"
Read more about Tech N9ne's live shows and his "Am I A Psycho?" video after the jump.
Since Rihanna turned 24 yesterday -- Happy birthday, boo! -- we thought it was an appropriate time to take a look back at not only homegirl's insanely successful career but also how effing adorable she was back in the day! That's not to say she's not adorable now, but we're pretty sure Ri would rather be described as "sexy" and "mysterious" these days versus "cute" and "Oh, I have that shirt, it's from Forever 21."
Did you guys know Rihanna's second album, A Girl Like Me, went platinum when she was only 18? And that was six full years ago! The girl is only 24 and has already accomplished more than a lot of us will in our lifetimes (just sayin'). We're excited to see where she has yet to go, but not without looking back first. Like this photo from the Kiss 108-FM Jingle Ball in 2005. We're not even gonna hate on that belly shirt (publicly) because RiRi looks ADORABLE.
Check out the rest of our favorite young Rihanna photos below and after the jump, and see them all in our BEST OF OLD-SCHOOL RIHANNA PHOTO GALLERY! Then revisit "Pon De Replay" and remember that boyfriend you used to have when the song came out. Aren't you glad you didn't end up moving to Minnesota with him?
Am I the only one seeing the sun actually find Rihanna in a crowd and shine on her and her only? Seen here at the 2006 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, the girl either made a deal with the devil or that highlighting powder she's using is only sold to celebrities.
See more vintage Rihanna pics after the jump and peep them all in our BEST OF OLD-SCHOOL RIHANNA PHOTO GALLERY!
Last week, things got personal when we toured MTV POSTED artist of the month Tech N9ne's hometown of Kansas City, MO. This week, Tech turns teacher and offers wisdom on how to be a successful independent recording artist while showing us what it takes to run your own label. Take notes, guys -- the man's a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about making it in the music biz.
Learn more about Tech N9ne's business savvy and watch video interviews after the jump.
In case you didn't hear the exciting news last week, Tech N9ne is MTV's POSTED artist for February! The "Am I A Psycho?" rapper's already proven he makes for an excellent tour guide when he showed us around his insanely posh record company HQ. This week, Tech takes us on two very different tours: his hometown of Kansas City, MO, and his free USO concert tour in the Middle East. No need to thank us for the free, all-exclusive vacays, guys.
+ Learn more about Tech N9ne and watch videos after the jump.
They say all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that also includes celebrating T-Pain as MTV.com's POSTED artist for January. But don't be sad -- let's fondly reflect on all the insider info we learned about the "Let Me Talk" rapper over the past month, like the time he met Michael Jackson or his craziest early morning moment. Aww, memories. This week, we wrap up our T-palooza with two new videos that promise a proper send-off.
Up first, we have a video of T-Pain discussing Auto-Tune again (he already admitted Eminem should try it), but now he talks when and when not to use the technique in his own work: "People just want to hear the party... I always do [Auto-Tune] to lighten the mood. But when it's a more serious song, you don't want it to sound all fun... the more serious songs get less Auto-Tune." Lesson of the day: no Auto-Tuned versions of "The Star Spangled Banner."
Our next clip's from the rEVOLVEr artist's third episode of "World Of Pain," a behind-the-scenes style documentary that captures T-Pain's intimate backstage moments. There are motorcycles, Segways and more scary clowns! We even get a glimpse of a private freestyle from T before he hits the stage. We're overwhelmed even talking about it, guys.
Get more T-Pain videos and interviews all month long at POSTED.MTV.com.
+ Watch T-Pain discuss his use of Auto-Tune, and check out more videos after the jump.
We’ve been reminiscing with MTV.com’s POSTED artist T-Pain all month long. He drove us down memory lane with stories about his taxi driving days back in Tallahassee, Fla., and he recently reflected on his craziest 5 a.m. moment. This week, we fast-forward to the present by sharing his new documentary-style webisode and getting T's suggestion on who needs some Auto-Tune up on their tracks.
Up first, we've got episode one of T-Pain's "The World of Pain," which closely (and kind of hilariously) documents the life of the "Let Me Talk" singer. The show introduces behind-the-scene footage of T's backstage life (warning: scary clowns included), and we even get a quick training session on how to hang with him. This is the stuff they need to be teaching in school!
The next clip has T-Pain contemplating what artist he thinks should take up Auto-Tune, and after some heavy consideration, T decides on a fellow rapper: "I think Eminem should use Auto-Tune... cause he's doing a lot of singing now. He should try it at least once." Coming from the unofficial master of Auto-Tune but also someone who sounds great without it, that comment could be a compliment or a diss. We're not sure... We'll let you fellas sort that one out.
Catch more T-Pain videos and interviews all month long at POSTED.MTV.com.
+ Watch T-Pain's first episode of "The World Of T-Pain," and check out more videos after the jump.