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Pharrell Williams Debuts “Happy”—The World’s First 24-Hour Music Video

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Pharrell is on a ROLL, y’all!

Pharrell Williams, ICONOCLAST and i am OTHER Entertainment announced today the release of “Happy,” both the official music video and the world’s first 24-hour music video. The song is prominently featured in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 and on the film’s soundtrack.

The video clip was directed by the creative duo We Are From L.A. and was filmed entirely on Steady Cam, requiring the crew to walk nearly eight miles per day over the course of 11 days. The production took place in Los Angeles and more than 400 hundred extras—including many celebrities—appear in the video.

A maverick concept, the 24-hour video is the first of its kind. Viewers may visit 24hoursofhappy.com, where they are automatically taken to the point in the video that the time on their computer reflects. At the top of every hour, Williams performs for the duration of the song, and he appears 24 times in the video. Directly following his performance every hour, 14 unique cameos play in four-minute intervals. Users can watch the video in real time or skip to a different time of the day and share favorite moments on Twitter and Facebook.

In Despicable Me 2, “Happy” is heard during a pivotal moment in the storyline, and he wanted to re-create that feeling with his music video. “Gru, the lead character who’s no longer a villain, has fallen in love and feels so much joy he literally dances through the streets,” said Williams. “That kind of happiness is so infectious; you can’t help but smile.” Williams calls the song his best work to date.

The clip features celebrity appearances including two of the film’s stars, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove; as well as Jamie Foxx; Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from Odd Future; Jimmy Kimmel; Magic Johnson; Kelly Osbourne; Sérgio Mendes; Ana Ortiz; Issa Rae; and Bevy Smith, among others.

Selena Gomez Basically Says She’s Not Easy

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Selena Gomez is on the cover of Teen Vogue December 2013 and she starts off the whole darn thing with letting us all know she’s not a skank. Yay!

In the issue she chats about her BFF Taylor Swift, being romantic and her not so healthy eating habits. Check out the highlights below.

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On Taylor Swift:
“The difference between Taylor and me is she was sixteen with the confidence of a 25-year-old. Actually, I should say 80-year-old, because she’s such an old soul. I was not that way. I was very sheltered until about eighteen or nineteen. I still live at home, and I’m 21! She does inspire me like crazy, but I wouldn’t change my path, because it allowed me to figure out all that stuff and do it on my own.”

On being a hopeless romantic:
“You fall in love and it completely consumes you. So a part of you is broken when that’s gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you’re just like, forget it—I can do anything I want. I’ve tried it, and I’ve never been that girl. I’m always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.”

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On her weakness for junk food:
“I eat junk. I’m from the South, so I love Mexican food, greasy pasta, and fried things. I do try, every now and then, to put something in my body that will be good, but, honestly, I’ve never liked working out. I need to be active in some way, though—that’s why I kind of secretly do it for my show. We have thirteen choreographed pieces, and it’s a 90-minute set. I consider that my workout!”

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WE love you Sel Bell! Now here’s hoping she is done with the Biebs, at least until he straightens out.

Images via Teen Vogue

Kelly Clarkson’s Best Christmas Ever: Marriage, Baby, and a New Holiday Album

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“My life did a 180—in the most awesome way.” That’s how singer Kelly Clarkson, 31, describes how husband Brandon Blackstock has changed her world. They started dating after seeing each other at the 2012 Super Bowl, and she married the divorced father of two on October 20th. And just this week, Clarkson revealed that she and Blackstock are expecting their first child together.

Via Parade.com:

On the details of her wedding, where she opted to go barefoot beneath her lace Temperley Bridal gown:
“I bawled like a baby. We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it. … Brandon was like, ‘The Notebook ain’t got nothin’ on me—come on!’ And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect.”

On her life prior to dating Blackstock in 2012:
“I was single for almost seven years. Every Christmas, it was like, ‘Seriously, I’m still pathetically alone? Awesome. I’m still telling people I’m okay with it? I’m not.’”

On forgetting the Mr. Know-It-All who came before she found Mr. Right:
“I only had like three boyfriends my whole life before Brandon, and two of them were good, just not a good fit. I only had one real stinker that I wrote [music about] and made a lot of money off of.”

On Blackstock’s initial worries about dating her, since his father, Narvel, is Clarkson’s manager:
“He was like, ‘My dad’s gonna kill me if this doesn’t go well.’ I said, ‘So? We’re both adults. And it’s gonna go awesome!’ In my head, I was like, ‘I’m already married to you!”

On how she knew she would be successful on American Idol in 2002:
“I came home after the very first Idol audition and was like, ‘I’m totally gonna win this.’ Not in a cocky way; it was like something bigger than me was at work.”

On her certainty that she’ll soon be a mom:
“My eggs aren’t getting any younger, so we’ve already started trying. I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’”

On why she’s looking forward to getting pregnant:
“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!”

On how she figures she’ll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
“I’ve never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, features both classics and winning originals co-written by Clarkson. And while she confirms to Parade that she turned down an offer to return to Idol as a season 13 judge (she was on tour with Maroon 5 during the show’s summer auditions), she’s finishing up two albums, one “very soulful” country and one pop. For more on Kelly Clarkson, check out Parade on Sunday, or go here.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Re-visit Thrift Shop in Docu-series

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are getting paid!

Buffalo David Bitton announced today its innovative “Blank Check Series,” a program which will support self-expression and the arts by partnering with today’s cultural innovators. The “Blank Check Series” will present exceptional visionaries, influencers, performers and artists, with funding – a blank check – to be used to create engaging multi-dimensional content. The program will be delivered in a variety of forms ranging from print, video, digital, fine art, literature, social media and more. This series will provide Buffalo David Bitton with multiple points of connection with consumers on subjects and topics that truly resonate with them.

And yes, this is where Macklemore and Ryan Lewis come in.

To launch the program, Buffalo David Bitton has partnered with the rap duo. As part of their “Blank Check Series,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have chosen to work with Buffalo David Bitton to film and produce a documentary, providing viewers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their first world-wide arena tour. The documentary will take viewers on a digital journey through a new chapter in the duo’s career, providing a front row seat to their debut arena tour, with a look at the people and places encountered along the way. The first video, currently being shot on the European leg of the band’s tour, will be released October 3rd. In addition, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will support the launch of the series through social media and debut episode one on their website www.macklemore.com

“We are thrilled to be working with Buffalo David Bitton on their creative ‘Blank Check Series.’ We immediately resonated with the idea behind the campaign. The partnership allows for us to bring the talented video crew and gear we’ve always wanted to have out on tour documenting the experience. Being our first arena tour, we are excited to bring the behind the scenes and our life on the road to our fans in a way that we’ve always hoped to,” commented Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

“The goal of the ‘Blank Check Series’ is to commission artists, in different genres, to create engaging content for our brand,” commented Dari Marder, Chief Marketing Officer, Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “Who better to launch this initiative with than Ben and Ryan who have become one of today’s most important voices in music and social commentary and collectively have made over one billion social impressions since emerging on the scene. Partnering with them on this docu-series aligns perfectly with our marketing strategy to increase our global brand awareness and furthers an organic connection with our broad male and female consumer base,” added Marder.

Talk about getting it in!

Photo credit: Nick Mahar

Kanye West Bound 2 Video Is…Well…

Interesting. Cheesy. Poorly made…and well…cheap.

The Kanye West Bound 2 video was debuted on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and it seems as if after watching the video Ellen didn’t even know what to say other than, “that’s cool”. Cool as in we should expect the official Kimye sex tape to be released shortly.

In the video, West and his woman hop on a motorcycle together while vistas of landscapes and all sorts of natural scenery whiz by behind them. Although you can totally tell, it was one of those green screen moments and poorly edited. My guess is he edited it himself?

While on the motorcycle, the couple basically look like they are bumping and grinding to the beat of the song. And to be honest, they probably really WERE! Take a look for yourself and then let me know what you think.

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Via the Ellen show, Kanye also talks about his relationship with Kim and addresses his critics. You have to check these videos out after you get done cleaning up the puke from watching the above video.

One Direction Love To Sing In The Shower

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But, not together.

Just in time for the launch of their new album, Midnight Memories, on November 25th, One Direction appears on the December/January cover of Seventeen (on newsstands November 26th) In the issue, Harry, Louis, Niall, Liam and Zayn share their most personal moments and never-before-seen photos, exclusively for Seventeen. The band discusses everything from waking up in the morning to singing in the shower, pranking each other and their can’t-live-without products.

The issue also features a group shot poster for readers to pull out and save. Um, swoon?

Via Seventeen:

Check out the fun little interview and highlights below:

Seventeen: Do you sing in the shower?

Harry: “We all do! We can sometimes hear Liam through the wall.”

Seventeen: How do you keep things fun on the road?

Louis: “I’ve been labeled the prankster. I change the words of songs when the guys least expect it – their reactions are priceless.”

Seventeen: Who has the best abs in the group?

Niall: “Payne-o! That fellow is ripped. He works hard at it though, so I’ll give him that.”

Seventeen: Name the grooming product you can’t live without?

Liam: Toothpaste. Got to have fresh breath, especially when we’re singing in each other’s faces.

Seventeen: Name the product you can’t live without?

Zayn: “Lotion – you have to stay smooth.”

Among other things, I am sure. Gotta love these boys. Oh how they remind me of my Backstreet Boys days.

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Photo credit: Calvin Aurand/Seventeen

SNL Highlights: Lady Gaga Makes Fun Of Herself, Performs With R. Kelly

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Lady Gaga made fun of herself on SNL last night and isn’t that what celebrities do these days when they get the SNL gig? Well played, Gaga. Well played.

In a funny sketch from her appearance on the show, Gaga makes fun of the comparisons of herself to Madonna.

In the skit, the comedians on the show portrayed different singers who were performing versions of other artists’ songs for a compilation disc. I’ll admit, this was pretty funny.

When Gaga was introduced to be performing a version of Madonna‘s song “Express Yourself,” the Applause singer actually just started singing her hit song “Born This Way” instead. As you all know, When Gaga released the song a few years ago, it was instantly compared to Madge’s song. Remember that? HA!

Gaga also performed her single “Do What U Want” with special guest R. Kelly.

K. Michelle: “That Camel Toe Was Photoshopped!”

K. Michelle was in a trending topic on Twitter recently and it wasn’t for something good. The reality star found out that people were talking about a massive camel toe that was supposedly hers, but she took to Twitter to let us all know that the ridiculously LARGE camel toe was NOT hers and that it was Photoshopped onto her body.

She was performing in Chicago at The Shrine a few nights ago for her Rebellious Soul tour and was photographed in an ensemble that was quite skimpy and revealed a camel toe so large that even Coco T’s regular camel toe would have came to life to scream out in pain.

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Tweets were infesting Twitter like “Her vagina is singing backup”.

K. Michelle addressed the foolery saying that it was photoshopped, saying “Y’all tweeting about a photo shopped picture of my hot pocket. U broke bums should ask somebody to photo shop your pockets 2make them fatter.”

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What do you all think? Camel toe or not, the outfit is ratchet!

Here’s video from the night’s performance as well.

FIRST LISTEN: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong And Norah Jones Premiere “Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine”

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Green Day front man and Billie Joe Armstrong and Miss Norah Jones today premiered “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”, from their forthcoming album Foreverly. I wasn’t quite sure about this collaboration, but it is interesting.

Songs Our Daddy Taught Us is an album of traditional Americana songs released by The Everly Brothers in 1958, inspired the unforgettable reinterpreted 12-song collection. Foreverly will be released on November 25th on Reprise Records.

Check out “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” below and then let me know what you think.

Additionally, today the duo released a new lyric video for the song “Long Time Gone.”

Various pre-orders bundles for Foreverly are available beginning today, including an LP Vinyl with an exclusive lithograph (available on January 21, 2014) and a limited edition Cassette. Both of these pre-orders include two instant downloads of the songs “Long Time Gone” and “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” as well as a digital download of the full album on November 25th. For more information, and to pre-order now, visit www.billiejoeandnorah.com.

Recorded in just nine days, Foreverly captures the beauty of the Everly’s stunning close harmonies to create a moving powerful testament to these rootsy ballads. Armstrong and his engineer, Chris Dugan, traveled to New York to record with Jones at The Magic Shop in Manhattan with two of Jones’ favorite musicians, bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser. Armstrong and Jones played guitar and piano. Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Johnny Lam on pedal steel guitar rounded out the band.

LISTEN: Mariah Carey SLAYS In New Song “The Art Of Letting Go”

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Mariah Carey just released her new single titled “The Art of Letting Go” and trust, you don’t even need to listen to it first before you buy it. With Mariah, you KNOW damn well this song is good.

The song has been highly anticipated by lambs worldwide and it is getting great response! MC also took time out of her day to celebrate the release of her new song and to engage with her fans via Facebook.

Here is the link to itunes to snag it up. HERE

Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

I predict a number one in her future. Mariah just goes on to prove she is a lyrical genius with the voice of an angel! SLAYYYYYY!!!!

Usher: Caught Up in Lawsuit

Usher is involved in yet another lawsuit. The good news is that tis one doesn’t involve his children. The bad news is tat it might cost him a whole lot more in the way of punitive damages.

The chart-topping pop singer is being sued for allegedly stealing the hit song ‘Caught Up” from his 2002 album. Three men – Zachariah Edwards, Mitch Moses, and Vince McClean all claim to ave written it and played it for L.A. Reid, the head of Usher’s label. Two years later, the song was a hit but they received nary a check.

L.A. Reid has no comment.

Usher has no comment.

This one’s going to court!

We predict this will end up in a quick settlement before a judge lays down a decision.

Stay tuned…

additional reporting: A. Neff King

The Boston Boys World Tour Dates Announced

The Boston Boys, rock & soul guardians, have just announced plans for mass global musical domination with a tour that will take them throughout Europe this all and winter. Fans of the group’s latest EP Keep You Satisfied will be able to see them in person and see or themselves what everyone stateside has been raving about.

Full tour dates are below:
11/9: London, England (The Alley Cat, 5-9 pm)
11/12: Glasgow, Scotland (Stereo, Renfield Lane (City Centre), 8pm)
11/13: Edinburgh, Scotland (Voodoo Rooms)
11/14: Lyon, France (Le Sirius)
11/16: Geneva, Switzerland (The Clubhouse, 10pm)
11/18: Normandy, France (School Performance)
11/21: Amsterdam, Netherlands (People’s Place)
11/22 – 12/19: American Music Abroad (Tour with U.S. State Dep. in Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
12/26 – 1/11: Arts Envoy Exchange Program (Tour with U.S. State Dep. in Morocco)

“Keep You Satisfied” can be streamed here: http://thebostonboys.bandcamp.com/

The video for the single “Amelia” is here:

Websites:
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Miley Cyrus Channels Lil’ Kim

It’s Halloween, folks. The one day out of the year where any woman can be as big a ho as she wants and no one can judge her. But if you’re a pop star, being a famewhore is a daily part of your routine. So when Miley Cyrus decided to dress up this year, she of course had to think of something to possibly top her MTV performance.

Enter MTV from the last century.
Enter Lil’ Kim.
Enter chesticles on display!

If you thought Miley Cyrus was going to surprise us all and cover up and be a nun on Halloween, think again. The 20-year-old shocked no one by going back in time to steal Lil’ Kim’s look from another notorious MTV broadcast. If Kim Kardashian’s ass selfie was the last one of importance, Miley has just replaced it with her own, including the infamous purple pasty.

We think this is the most clothes Miley has worn in several months, so it’s quite possibly an improvement.

What say ye, folks?

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Ciara and Future Are Engaged!

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Kim Kardashian will have to settle for a tie in the big ring department after it was recently announced that singer Ciara has finally been proposed to by her rapper and producer Future, who she has been linked with forever and a day. The two have endured a lengthy relationship, dodged infidelity charges, and homewrecker accusations. Future proposed to the singer on her 28th birthday in NYC. Her rep had this to say about the 15-carat ring that has the people talking:

“The ring, which doubled as a special birthday gift, is a beautiful 15-carat emerald cut diamond designed by Avianne & Co.”

Ciara shared this during an interview about love and relationships:
“You have to make time, because that’s where you find your sanity. If you just commit to work every day, every day, all day, you get so lost that you can lose yourself,” she explained. “Love is really important to me.”

Congratulations to the couple!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Kanye West Pulls the Plug on Louis Vuitton

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Another day, another Kanye West tirade. So who is the hip hop star whining about today?

Louis Vuitton!

For those of you that actually listen to his music, you know that the rapper called himself ‘the Louis Vuitton Don’ in his debut album and then proceeded to design a line of sneakers for the luxury label in 2009. Well, how quickly things have changed!

Now, Kanye is stating he will never design for the brand again and is calling the label one of the most overpriced in the business.
This from the man that designed shoes for the label at $800 a pop. Now, who would be caught dead paying that amount of money for this douche’s shoes?

We got bills to pay!!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Image via Louis Vuitton