This week's MTV PUSH Artist of the week is two-parts Swedish/one-part American band Miike Snow, master practitioners of just about every genre and pioneers of a brand-new breed of ultra-intelligent pop. Contrary to popular belief, Miike Snow isn't one guy. It's a group, made up of singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt and producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (aka Bloodshy & Avant, producers of Britney Spears' "Toxic"). Not that it matters, but we'll leave it up to you to figure out who's Swedish and who's American.
With a brilliantly broad sound that references everything from the avant-folk of Animal Collective to the dirty, stuttering beats of dubstep, Miike Snow's become a must-hear among music bloggers, cultural tastemakers and even artists like Ke$ha and Adam Lambert.
You may have heard Miike Snow's self-titled debut album or heard its remixes for Vampire Weekend, Kings of Leon and Passion Pit. You've definitely heard its production work on Britney's "Toxic." And if you haven't heard the group's gorgeous breakaway hit "Animal," then get to it.
Watch them explain the song's meaning. Plus, hear about the song's animalistic leanings, and, of course, see why the trio called themselves Miike Snow. And watch them perform live at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards After-Party.
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This week's MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is Travie McCoy. Travie's a Gym Class Hero, and with hits like "Billionaire," he's got a a burgeoning solo career. Everything is falling into place for the guy. But despite all the accolades and momentum, McCoy is missing one thing: the game to kick to Lady Gaga.
In this interview clip, we ask Travie what he'd say to Gaga if he had a chance. Now, you'd think someone who counts Katy Perry as an ex and has a back catalog full of flirtatious jams would not have a problem coming up with some charming banter.
Well, according to McCoy, he finds Lady Gaga "really attractive." So much so that he'd "geek up and wouldn't say anything." McCoy muses on this hypothetical meeting between he and Gaga and comes to the conclusion that it wouldn't really work. Too bad. She's single!
Check out the interview below and by all means, check out our behind the scenes look at Travie's "Billionaire" vid, here.
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Eye spy with our little eyes: something Travie!!
We've been seeing a lot of Travie McCoy around MTV lately, and we couldn't be more thrilled. To celebrate his reign as MTV's PUSH Artist Of The Week, Travie invited us into his world for a behind-the-scenes look at his video for "Billionaire," featuring Bruno Mars, and managed to find a couple spare minutes to mug for our cameras. Plus, he didn't even ask us to take our "Clothes Off" first.
To see what it was like on the sun-soaked set of Travie McCoy's video for "Billionaire," check out the video below. (We've also included the finished product just because we like you!) After you get rich on those clips, check out an exclusive photo flipbook of the Gym Class Heroes frontman.
Be sure to watch Travie wax poetic on everything from his inspiration, his favorite movie to watch on tour, his thoughts on side projects and the difference between "Travie" and Travis McCoy by checking out the exclusive video interviews after the jump!
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This week's MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is Travie McCoy. You probably know Travie best as "Travis," or the guy who fronts the boys-gone-wild band known as Gym Class Heroes. You know him as a master collaborator, or a do-gooder (he's an ambassador to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and released the song "One At A Time" on World AIDS Day). But recently, Travie has been making a name for himself as himself.
Travis McCoy is striking out on his own with his solo debut, Lazarus, out June 8. Whether it's songs like the ska-pop-infused "Billionaire," or the hauntingly Auto-Tuned rock jam "Superbad (11:34)," Travie's solo material maintains Gym Class Heroes' genre-hopping eclecticism with a no-man-is-an-island dose of introspection. With an intimate bent, Lazarus reflects a more personal, man-in-the-mirror look at the artist as young man. At his core, this is the real McCoy.
Watch an acoustic version of Travie McCoy's single, "Billionaire," featuring Bruno Mars, see why Travie's bringing a "shiny, happy vibe" back to hip-hop and get a cinematic look at the life of Travie McCoy.
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This week's MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is Jason Derulo. It seems like just yesterday when we first met the smooth, super-talented Derulo. It was last October, and all we knew of the pop-R&B singer was his Imogen-Heap-sampling single, "Whatcha Say."
We thought it might be cool, seeing as how he is our featured artist and all, if we went back in the archives and dug out this episode of "The 5," from that time.
Learn about Jason Derulo's passion for salmon shakes, late night dance-a-thons, and his deep love of tap dancing.
Check out his episode of "The 5," as well as his break-out "Whatcha Say" video below.
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With his self-titled debut, MTV's PUSH Artist Of The Week Jason Derulo has perfected a distinct brand of emo-R&B. Songs like "Whatcha Say," which samples Imogen Heap, and the stomping "In My Head" exemplify this style, combining soaring, lovelorn vocals with incredibly melodic keys and slick beats.
In the clips below you'll get to know this young talent a little better. Derulo talks about the transition from songwriter (he's penned tracks for Birdman, Diddy and Cassie) to artist, the amount of time he spends on Twitter and the flak he catches for it. He also discusses his fashion choices and how he stays in shape.
In the second and third videos, Derulo shares how he followed his dream and what it took for him to get where he is. A holy trinity of influences -- Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson -- inspired him.
Check out all the clips as well as his video for "In My Head," below.
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MTV's PUSH Artist of the Week is Curren$y, a mixtape superstar on the verge of releasing a new album, Pilot Talk, on Dame Dash's classic Roc-A-Fella imprint. Check out the dope trailer for the New Orleans MC's record plus a few clips that give you a slice of the Curren$y life. Watch the MC shop for some exclusive Nick Diamond clothes; check him out on stage with the Philly electro-jam-band Disco Biscuits and join him as he heads to Woodstock, N.Y., to record and hear Dame Dash talk enthusiastically about Curren$y's creative spirit.
This week's MTV PUSH Artist Of The Week is the New Orleans MC Curren$y. While he might be a new name to some, he's something of a veteran in the game, signing with Master P's No Limit Records as a teen and later rolling with Lil Wayne's Young Money squad.
Over the last few years, Curren$y has made a name for himself, releasing a series of acclaimed mixtapes (like Life At 30,000 Feet and Fast Times At Ridgemont Fly), dropping two albums in 2009 (This Ain't No Mixtape and Jet Files) and finally signing to Dame Dash's resurrected Roc-A-Fella imprint, on which he'll release his new album, Pilot Talk.
With his combination of East Coast lyricism and N'awlins drawl, Curren$y is one to keep on your radar.
Watch Curren$y take you to New Orleans and watch Damon Dash discuss why Curren$y's the real deal.
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MTV's PUSH Artist of the Week is the beguiling "tropical soul" singer Debi Nova. Back in January, we introduced you to the L.A.-via-Costa Rica singer and learned all about her background in backing vocals: She's worked on records by Sean Paul and the Black Eyed Peas.
Well, now it's time to get to know her a little better with this episode of "The 5."
The takeaway here is that in addition to carving her own musical niche, Debi Nova seems like a cool, laid-back lady. She talks about her home country of Costa Rica and the peaceful feeling of coming from a country without an army. She also muses on how her fluency in English and Spanish (as well as playing multiple instruments) influenced the sound of her debut album, Luna Nueva. Plus, she's a surfer!
Check out the entire episode of Debi Nova's "The 5" and revisit her "Drummer Boy" video, both below.
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This week's MTV PUSH artist is Debi Nova. This L.A.-via-Costa Rica singer is heating up the early summer with her breezy, catchy single "Drummer Boy," a fun, infectious hit of Latin-flavored dance pop that reflects her world-music roots and her latest album, Luna Nueva. Her earthy sound, which Debi herself describes as "tropical-soul," has caught the attention of Mark Ronson, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas and Ricky Martin, all of whom she's collaborated with.
Get to know Debi Nova in this exclusive interview, and see how her music reflects her language and world view. Plus, watch her perform "We Were Young," and check out her "Drummer Boy" video.