After taking over a Los Angeles storefront gallery space to create Incubus HQ, MTV Posted artist Incubus gave MTV.com a bunch of live performances from their back catalog and latest album, If Not Now, When?. We've already shown you "Promises, Promises" and "Wish You Were Here," and now we've got three new songs from the California pop group, which has turned from funk metal to adult contemporary.
If Not Now, When? is the sound of a band growing up, showcasing the group's mellower side far removed from their funk/hardcore roots. We've got "Friends and Lovers" and the title track for you, two power ballads that best exemplify the band's current sound, followed by the mid-tempo rocker "Adolescents."
If Not Now, When? is the first album released since the band took an extended hiatus after 2006's Light Grenades. Check out a lot more Incubus all this month at Posted.MTV.com.
You already know about Incubus HQ, the Los Angeles storefront gallery-turned-studio that MTV Posted artist Incubus took over for performances and fan meet-and-greets, right? Hopefully you caught the live performances on MTV.com (with an assist from Livestream.com) last week. If not, we got you. Check out the videos below for two songs recorded exclusively at the studio.
First up is the live studio version of "Promises Promises," the second single off their recently released seventh album If Not Now, When?. We also have a live clip of "Wish You Were Here," the lead single off 2001's Morning View.
If Not Now, When? is the first album released since the band took an extended hiatus after 2006's Light Grenades. You can get your fill of Incubus all this month at Posted.MTV.com.
+ Watch live studio versions of Incubus' "Promises Promises" and "Wish You Were Here" below.
To celebrate the July 12 release of their seventh studio album, If Not Now, When?, featuring the singles "Adolescents" and "Promises, Promises," Incubus is getting about as up-close-and-personal as a band can get; they're taking over a storefront gallery space in Los Angeles to create Incubus HQ, a weeklong interactive fan/band experience with performances, instructional clinics, webcasts and more. And today we're streaming Incubus HQ live on MTV.com, in partnership with Livestream.com.
See everything that happens in L.A. at Incubus HQ as it happens live: sit-down interviews with the band, rare Incubus footage and Incubus' exclusive live performance of If Not Now, When? at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, so don't go anywhere.
Watch Incubus live at Incubus HQ in L.A. now, and chat with other Incubus fans. And get more Incubus all of this month at Posted.MTV.com.
Incubus certainly never went away -- the multiplatinum Southern California band that ruled the end of the '90s with rhythm-and-scratch-driven modern-rock anthems like "Pardon Me" and "Drive" has sold more than 13 million albums in their five-album-, two-decade-long career. But the band did hit the pause button, so to speak, taking a detour to experience life off the road and out of the recording studio, making die-hard fans impatiently wait five years after the 2006 release of their fifth album, Light Grenades, for the follow-up. But the wait is finally over (almost), as Incubus' sixth album, aptly titled If Not Now, When? will be released July 12, featuring the singles "Adolescents" and "Promises, Promises."
To celebrate the release of their new album, Incubus is enjoying a monthlong run as MTV's Posted artist, which means they'll be sharing videos, photos and real-time updates with fans all throughout July at Posted.MTV.com. And to honor their devoted fans, they've taken over a storefront gallery space in Los Angeles and created Incubus HQ, a weeklong interactive fan/band experience with performances, instructional clinics, webcasts and more. And on Wednesday, July 6, MTV, Incubus and Livestream.com will be hosting a special livestream from Incubus HQ, with performances, special guest appearances and a few surprises.
Watch Brandon Boyd share the news in the video below, and stay tuned for more detail. And watch Incubus' new "Promises, Promises" video, and get more Incubus photos, videos and updates at Posted.mtv.com.
It's been nearly 18 months since Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan passed away, and since then, the California hard rock band and this month's MTV Posted artists admitted to almost packing it in several times. But as guitarist Zacky Vengeance explains in this exclusive blog post, the support of the fans to continue was too great to dismiss. Read Zacky's post and get more brand-new Avenged Sevenfold updates, videos, photos and more at MTV Posted.
Two years ago at Rock on the Range was Jimmy's last show with us in the states. Six months after that, Jimmy passed, and it seemed the end was certain for us and A7X. Our fans carried us and got us back on our feet, so, headlining Rock on the Range in front of 35,000 fans who have been through hell and back with us was an amazing tribute to Jimmy and to the whole A7X family. We will never take any of it for granted. I'm writing this as I get ready to leave for Europe in a few hours to solidify what we started 12 years ago. We have worked so hard to win over the people in Europe, which is not easy because they demand a lot from their bands and in return reward them with a lifetime of loyalty. Even now, as we prepare to headline festivals and support some of the biggest rock bands in the world, we still have so far to go. After Europe, we are coming for you Australia. It has been far too long.
See you in the Pit,
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UK rapper/singer and MTV Posted artist Tinie Tempah has been making his way stateside recently, picking up fans along the way with his blend of hip-hop, anthemic rock, R&B and drum 'n' bass. We've already told you about his BlackBerry obsession and his favorite song off his debut album, Discovery, to perform live.
But enough about the present and future, though. This week, we've got Tinie Tempah on the couch to talk about the MCs who inspired him and how he's able to transform unpredictable inspiration into tangible ideas.
As you'll see in the videos below, the rapper is no jingoist, showing love for his peers on both sides of the Atlantic. Tempah name-drops Jay-Z, who "transcended a lot of hip-hop stereotypes," Eminem, "one of the first rappers who got me paying attention," and Lil Wayne, "working harder than any living musician." As for his British peers, the rapper cites Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and Kano, among others, as the ones who have inspired his voice and style.
Also check out Tinie Tempah discussing how inspiration hits anywhere at any time... which is why he never goes anywhere without his BlackBerry. Because a pen and pad would be "weird and awkward." Yeah. Definitely not a cool look.
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Last week, we got UK MC/singer Tinie Tempah and his Bill Cosby sweater in the studio to discuss his BlackBerry obsession and answer fan questions, including how he hooked up with Swedish House Mafia and his experience opening for Rihanna. Now, we got the MTV Posted artist to share a few more videos that'll make you a A-level student in the subject and study of Tinie Tempah.
While his debut album, Discovery, has already been out for a while outside the U.S., it doesn't hit the streets here until May 17 (with the addition of three previously unreleased tracks). Despite having performed the songs for so long, the rapper explains in the video below that he still gets a rush from it. "The music is still very exciting to me, and it's still very, very new," explains the Brit award winner.
Tinie Tempah also shares his favorite song on Discovery to perform live. You'll have to see the video below for the answer, but about the song, he states, "There's so many elements in it. It's grimy and Dubstep-y in the beginning and goes drum 'n' bass toward the end... It's crazy every single time." Think you can guess what it is?
And check out some behind-the-scenes photos of Tinie Tempah at MTV below.
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British rapper Tinie Tempah's seamless blend of hip-hop, anthemic rock, R&B and drum-n-bass, already won him a BRIT Award for Breakthrough Act and Best Single for his infectious single, "Pass Out." He's already a star in his home country, and in case you haven't run up a dangerously high Tempah fever (ummm get it? Okay, admittedly that was a really cheesy and basically wack pun) you soon will, because he's also our latest MTV Posted artist, who'll be sending us videos, Tweets, photos and more up-to-the-minute updates all month long.
Watch Tinie Tempah talk about his BlackBerry obsession -– it's as essential to rappers today as gold chains were in the 1980s -- and how he'll never be too far from a social networking site. "I'm like a slave to the red light," the rapper says of his electronic overlord.
In the second video, Tinie answers fan questions, detailing his upbringing in a rough area of South London and revealing how he hooked up with Swedish House Mafia for the hit collaboration "Miami 2 Ibiza" over… a shared love of backpacks? He also opens up about opening for Rihanna, and, when asked about the theme of the video for "Written in the Stars," discusses the common struggles that everyone faces in their lives and how to grapple with your own definition of success.
How do we know Tinie Tempah is set to blow up? How many other rappers you know that can rock a Cosby Coogi sweater like that and get away with it?
Last time we checked in with MTV Posted duo New Boyz, they were rolling around on scooters and discussing the intricacies of their hit song "Backseat." This time, we got the guys proving their masculinity and running out of hotels with less-than-optimal hygiene.
In the first video, Legacy and Ben J engage in a fierce battle of strength. Legacy goes the easy route, cranking out numerous chin-ups before ceding to his partner. We're giving the win to Ben J, though, for one-upping his partner and doing the more difficult pull-ups. Either way, there is much mocking of strength all around.
The next video proves that having monstrous hit songs and a worldwide tour won't prevent the travails of travel. Check the video below for a snapshot of what is presumably the Boyz' daily routine: wake up, pack, check out of hotel, hop in a van and head off to the next city. Here, we catch the guys in Chicago, though it really could be Anycity, U.S.A.
We also catch Legacy in mid-crisis mode. What do you do if you're late for checkout and run out of toothpaste before brushing your teeth? If you're Legacy, you apparently just gurgle with tap water. Luckily, one of the group's entourage has the next best alternative: gum. We'll give Legacy's song a little credit, though. With enough chewing gum, a girl will never tell the difference between that and an actual teeth-brushing.
+ Watch New Boyz' new videos from the road, check out new New Boyz photos, and get more New Boyz at Posted.mtv.com.
Last week, we brought you footage from MTV Posted duo New Boyz, who headed down to Australia and sacrificed the contents of their stomachs for a good show. (Literally, they barfed.) This week, New Boyz are stateside and, as you'll see in the below videos, they're rolling up on scooters and are also ready and able to explain the deep philosophical and metaphorical subtext of their hit song "Backseat" to a local radio station.
That giant La Vela billboard tells us this scooter video was taken in Panama City Beach, Florida, that club-friendly Spring Break city that's the perfect backdrop for New Boyz' party-centric brand of hip-hop. And no matter how famous you are, it's probably impossible to grow weary of seeing your face lit up on a giant video billboard while driving around on scooters and cursing.
In the second video, New Boyz hit up a radio station to discuss "Backseat," the second single from their upcoming second album, Too Cool to Care. "It's just an anthem for kicking it in the backseat," says Legacy, before revealing that the duo had to tone down the song and change the original title from "Do It In the Backseat." Thankfully, good taste prevailed. We can only assume "it" meant board games and license plate poker.
+ Watch New Boyz' new videos from the road, check out new New Boyz photos and get more New Boyz at Posted.mtv.com.