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MTV News RAW - Beyonce

MTV News RAW - Beyonce
We've just put up a great interview with Beyonce on our site, and wanted to share it with all of you. The singer waxes about her heap of 'B'Day' videos, being Jay-Z -- and exclusively reveals the name of her backing group. Check it all out right now
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Scarface's <i>Rooted</i> To Feature Akon, Jadakiss
2012-05-11 18:27:00
'It's just a structure that can't be moved and that would be me,' Face tells 'RapFix Live' about meaning behind album title.By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway Scarface on "RapFix Live" Photo: Natasha Chandel/ MTV News Four years ago, when Scarface dropped Emeritus,, he said it would be the last album in a long, illustrious career that included well-regarded works like 1994's The Diary, 1997's The Untouchable and 2002's The Fix. But just like Jay-Z, Too $hort and other MCs who have pledged to walk away from rap, the Houston, Texas, lyricist just couldn't stay away. Face's follow-up Rooted is on the way, and when the former Geto Boy moseyed up to on Wednesday, he firmly replanted his hip-hop flag. Rap retirement is clearly a foregone feeling, as the man born Brad Jordan breaks down the significance of his new album title. "It's just a structure that's gonna be there. It's like a concrete pillar, you can't get it out the way, it's there, it's gro...
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'Dark Shadows' Brings Out Best In Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer
2012-05-11 18:23:00
The film works most of the time, but its conclusion is sure to leave fans divided.By John Mitchell Eva Green and Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows " Photo: Warner Bros finally hit theaters Friday (May 11), and let me tell you, it's a doozy. There's a lot to admire about Tim Burton's reimagined "Shadows" (and there are some problems as well), but the question that has lingered with me most since seeing the film is who exactly Tim Burton made it for. I'm not sure it was "Shadows" purists, those who ran home from school to soak up the strange, dark and wonderful late-'60s soap opera and who still have a strong connection to the style and feel of the original. It's probably not for fans of Burton and Johnny Depp's earlier collaborations either, even though the trailers and TV spots sell it like it's supposed to be. "Shadows" has long been talked about as a passion project for Burton and Depp, so in the end, maybe they made it for themselves. And the thing is, up until the v...
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Zooey Deschanel To Play Loretta Lynn On Broadway
2012-05-11 18:04:00
Lynn announced during a show Thursday that she intends to bring 'Coal Miner's Daughter' to the stage, with Deschanel to star.By James Montgomery Zooey Deschanel and Loretta Lynn Photo: Getty Images Zooey Deschanel has already tackled movies, television, music, bangs, "crafternoons" and commercials in which she needs a robotic assistant to tell her whether or not it's raining, and now, it looks like she's set to take on Broadway , too. During a Thursday night Grand Ole Opry show at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, country legend Loretta Lynn announced that she intended to bring her life story to the Great White Way, and that she had pegged Deschanel to play her in the production. Lynn then invited the actress onto the stage to sing her iconic (and autobiographic) hit "Coal Miner's Daughter." Obviously honored, Deschanel told the audience that Lynn was her "hero." "Coal Miner's Daughter," which tells the story of Lynn's childhood in rural Kentucky, was a #1 hi...
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The Wanted, Nina Dobrev Applaud Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Stance
2012-05-11 17:35:00
'Vampire Diaries' star tells MTV News, 'I'm glad that he's supporting gay marriage, and hopefully others will follow suit.'By Jocelyn Vena, with additional reporting by Audrey Kim The Wanted Photo: Getty Images In the days since President Obama spoke up in support of same-sex marriage, celebrities have applauded the leader of the free world for his stance on the issue. Since the president's interview with ABC News on Wednesday, many celebs ranging from Neil Patrick Harris to George Clooney have made it clear that they are pro-Obama. And, it seems, Obama's message is spreading internationally, as famous people around the world are also giving him props. "I didn't see the announcement when he made it, but I've heard obviously a lot about it, and I think it's great that that man, the President of the United States, who is influential, who people really admire and listen to, is making such a statement, such a sort of controversial statement," "Vampire Diaries" star...
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Phillip Phillips And Joshua Ledet: Let's Hope They Don't Win 'American Idol
2012-05-11 17:02:00
The track record for male winners on 'Idol' is spotty at best, and not promising for either man.By Gil Kaufman Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips on "American Idol " Photo: FOX When it comes to "American Idol", sometimes the only way to win is to lose. In general, the show has a checkered history of creating superstars, with only two winners who could legitimately claim that title: season one's Kelly Clarkson and season four's Carrie Underwood. But until last season's anomalous Scotty McCreery (you kind of have to give him a pass because he's a country star and that's a whole different audience than the more fickle pop/R&B one), the show's track record when it comes to male winners
 has been pretty dismal. We bring this up because either Phillip Phillips or Joshua Ledet, or possibly both of them, will be in the "Idol" season 11 finale in two weeks. Both men have carved their own unique lanes and deserve a shot at the title, but unlike McCreery, at this point, ...
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ODB Biopic Requires 'A Lot Of Knowledge,' Michael K. Williams Says
2012-05-11 16:43:00
'I've got a lot of insight into who he was as a human being and as a man and, dare I say it, scholar,' actor tells MTV News.Kara Warner By Kara Warner ODB and Michael K. Williams Photo: Getty Images Crafting the perfect Hollywood biopic is often very tricky business. More often than not, you are dealing with the legacy of a star who passed away too soon, the emotional impact a big-screen adaptation might have on the subject's family, as well as casting the perfect actor to bring an iconic individual to life. The filmmakers behind the Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic "Dirty White Boy" are off to a very positive start with their film in that they have enlisted celebrated and very capable actor Michael K. Williams to tackle the title role. MTV News recently caught up with Williams, most well-known for his roles as Chalky White on "Boardwalk Empire" and the haunting, shotgun-toting Omar Little on "The Wire," and Williams had a lot to say about the research and groundwork he's p...
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Justin Bieber's 'Turn To You' An Ode To His 'Brave' Mom
2012-05-11 16:40:00
Song is a touching tribute to mother and pop-star son's early life together.By Jocelyn Vena Justin Bieber and Patricia Mallette Photo: Rick Diamond/ Getty Images Justin Bieber has dropped his ode to his mama, Pattie Mallette, just in time for Mother's Day. The song, a guitar-driven ballad titled "Turn to You," breaks down the pair's life together, and their early struggles as Mallette worked to raise a baby Bieber as a teenager. Over jangly guitars, Bieber recalls, "You worked two jobs to keep a roof up over our heads/ You chose life for me, no you never gave up/ I admire you for the strength you instilled in me/ You were so young, you were just my age when you had me/ Mom, you were so brave, there was nothing that would stop or get in our way/ And I know you will always be there for me." The song's empowering message really picks up on the chorus, when he proclaims, "So when you're lost/ And you're tired when you're broken in two/ Let my love take you higher cause...
'Dark Shadows': The Reviews Are In!
2012-05-11 16:30:00
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's latest is 'ghoulishly endearing' but 'mostly unfunny,' critics say.By Kevin P. Sullivan Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows " Photo: Warner Bros. Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton's latest collaboration, "Dark Shadows," once again has the actor donning some white powder makeup, but this time around, their work isn't charming the critics as much as previous films. The critics agree that Depp is in his usual top form and Burton's visuals still demand attention, but some issues with the script keep "Dark Shadows" from being all it can be. Check out what the critics are saying about "Dark Shadows": The Story "As a child, Barnabas and his wealthy family sailed from England in 1750 and founded the fishing village of Collinsport in coastal Maine. They spent 15 years building the grand Collinwood Manor, where a maid named Angelique (Eva Green) loved Barnabas passionately, but he never returned her affections. Because she felt scorned — and hap...
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Nina Dobrev Understands Elena's Decision On 'Vampire Diaries'
2012-05-11 16:22:00
'Diaries' star tells MTV News about her character's game-changing decision on Thursday night's season finale.By Jocelyn Vena Nina Dobrev Photo: MTV News The "Vampire Diaries" season finale Thursday night answered some questions (like which Salvatore brother Elena wanted), but also posed a bunch more. Warning: spoilers ahead! As the episode, titled "The Departed," came to a close, a tear-filled Elena told Damon that while she cared for him, her one true love is his good-guy brother, Stefan. "I understand why she made the decision," Nina Dobrev told MTV News about her character Thursday night in New York. "I respect her decision, and I think, having seen the last three years, what's happened in her life, everyone will also. They may not be happy, half the people will not be happy regardless, but they'll get it, and it's her decision at the end of the day." And, the drama didn't end there: After Elena broke the news to Damon, she and her friend Matt drove off the sam...
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Drumma Boy Wants To Unify Memphis With New Mixtape
2012-05-11 13:56:00
'We've been overlooked or been the underdogs and really haven't gotten that just due,' multiplatinum producer tells Mixtape Daily.By Rob Markman, with reporting by FLX Drumma Boy Photo: MTV News Behind the Beats: Drumma Boy Drumma Boy has already put on for everyone else, now the multi-platinum rap producer is just trying to put on for his hometown. The Memphis, Tennessee, beatmaker has delivered hits to Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, T.I. and Waka Flocka Flame, just to name a few. But on his latest mixtape, Welcome to My City 2, Drumma marches to the beat of his own drum — literally. "Welcome to My City, first and foremost, is the unification process of Memphis. It's like bringing the city together," said Drumma, who raps as well as produces on the tape. The tape's stand-out single, "Where I Come From," features reggae star Junior Reid, and on it Drumma Boy aims to inspire those in his town to be the best they can be. "Only way we gonna get seen is if we keep on win...
Travis Porter Feel The Pressure Of Releasing Debut Album
2012-05-11 13:19:00
'I think it's good just to get the first debut album out the way and you can progress to your next album," Quez tells 'RapFix Live.'By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway Photo: Natasha Chandel/ MTV News Travis Porter has a busy summer ahead of them. With their debut album, From Day 1, set to drop on May 29, the Atlanta trio are also hitting the road on tour and getting ready to release a new film. Quez, Strap and Ali first started to make noise in 2008, and after waiting four years to drop their first LP, the group is pretty anxious to put their plans in motion. "I think it's good just to get the first debut album out the way and you can progress to your next album," Quez said when the group appeared on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday. "It's a nervous feelin'," Ali said of the days leading up to their release. One of the pressures of releasing a major-label album is having to meet certain sales figures, particularly during the first week of an album's release....
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William Balfour Guilty In Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Case
2012-05-11 12:31:00
Oscar winner was on hand when the jury read verdict convicting Balfour on all counts on Friday afternoon.By Gil Kaufman William Balfour in his booking photo Photo: Cook County Sheriff's Department/ WireImage After two-and-a-half days of deliberation, the jury in the murder trial of William Balfour returned a guilty verdict on all counts on Friday afternoon (May 11). Balfour was on trial for the murders of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson 's mother, brother and nephew. The jury returned guilty verdicts on three counts of murder, as well as one count each of home invasion, residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, and aggravated kidnapping. Because Illinois no longer has a death penalty, Balfour will spend the rest of his life in jail without the possibility of parole. According to the Chicago Tribune, an hour before reading the verdict, the jury sent a note to Judge Charles Burns informing him that they were split, but still working to reach a verdict. Around the s...
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Lil Boosie Found Not Guilty In Murder Trial
2012-05-11 12:21:00
Baton Rouge rapper dodges a life sentence in 2009 murder case.By Nadeska Alexis Lil Boosie Photo: Asylum After a week of testimony and deliberation in a murder trial stemming from a 2009 case, jurors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, found rapper Lil Boosie (born Torrence Hatch) not guilty of a first-degree murder charge on Friday (May 11). The rapper was facing life in prison if convicted. Boosie is currently serving an eight-year sentence for non-related drug charges, but WBRZ reported that the 29-year-old was able to beat seemingly insurmountable odds in a murder trial in which he was accused of ordering primary witness Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding to murder Terry Boyd. The 35-year-old was shot to death in his home in Baton Rouge in October 2009. On the third day of testimony in the Boosie trial, 19-year-old Louding took the stand and backtracked on his previous confession of being hired to kill Boyd. He claimed instead that he had never confessed to law enforcement about the...
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Marvel's 'Avengers' Success: What Can DC Comics Learn From It?
2012-05-11 12:04:00
Marvel Studios tentpole flick provides the perfect template for DC Comics to emulate in their post-'Dark Knight' movie endeavors.By Josh Wigler Samuel L. Jackson in "The Avengers" Photo: Marvel "The Dark Knight Rises" marks the end of an era on multiple levels: Not only is it the grand finale of Christopher Nolan's historic Batman film franchise, it's also the last DC Entertainment movie that's guaranteed to be a hit. Sure, "Man of Steel" is just one year away, but what's to say that it'll fare better than "Superman Returns," which earned a mere $200 million domestically? And even though a sequel is reportedly in development, "Green Lantern" didn't exactly dazzle with its $116 million performance. Let's face it: Without the box-office behemoth known as the "Dark Knight" trilogy in its back pocket, DC's film future is uncertain at best. Of course, it doesn't have to be that way. Some of the greatest and most iconic characters in comic book history reside under th...
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Drake Drops 'Monster Verse' On DJ Drama's 'We In This Bitch 1.5'
2012-05-11 11:52:00
Drama wanted to recruit someone who was 'keeping hip-hop culture moving forward' for the remix to his hit single.By Nadeska Alexis, with reporting by Sway Calloway Future, Ludacris, DJ Drama and T.I. on the set of "We in This Bitch " music video Photo: MTV News DJ Drama recruited Atlanta's finest for his single "We In This Bitch," even gathering Young Jeezy, T.I., Ludacris and Future for the song's video, which premiered earlier this week, but Drama still found one more way to guarantee the track's sticking power. On Friday (May 11) he released the remixed version, "We in This Bitch 1.5" featuring Drake . During Meek Mill's 25th birthday celebration in Philadelphia on Sunday, MTV News caught up with Drama, who teased the remix, and gave a few details on how the collaboration came about. "When you have a record, being a DJ we always like to do creative things, so I got a version 1.5, which is DJ Drama featuring Drake and Future," he told Sway Calloway, going on to expla...
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Is 'X Factor' The Right Move For Britney Spears?
2012-05-11 10:44:00
Experts weigh in on whether Spears will find success with her new judging gig.By Christina Garibaldi Britney Spears Photo: Max Morse/Getty Images The rumors had been swirling for months, and now, according to reports, the pop princess herself, Britney Spears, will be joining the judging panel on "The X Factor ," landing a $15 million deal for one season. Yet, after 15 years in the public eye, seven studio albums and more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, many are wondering: Is "The X Factor" is the right career move for Spears? "I think it is a good move, actually," Entertainment Weekly writer Tanner Stransky told MTV News. "I think she has so many people on her team watching what she's doing and being careful. I think nobody would let her take a misstep, but I think it's the right move right now." This new role certainly has many advantages. It keeps Spears in the public eye while keeping her close to her family, and it will most likely bring in the big ratings th...
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Tyga's 'Leaving Stuff Behind' On 'I'm Gone' With Big Sean
2012-05-11 10:39:00
'When I made this record, I was just like, 'Sean would be dope on this,' ' Tyga says of adding Big Sean to the song.By Rob Markman, with reporting by James Lacsina Tyga and Big Sean on the set of their video for "I'm Gone" Photo: MTV News Tyga and Big Sean display quite the chemistry on "I'm Gone," the new, heartfelt single off of the Cali MC's sophomore album, Careless World. But the song only tells half the story. This week Tyga premiered the song's Colin Tilley-directed video as an MTV Jam of the Week. MTV News caught up with the pair back in April when they shot the clip in a Lynwood, California, warehouse. "The video concept is me leaving stuff behind, like my girl, and then driving the car, then nobody driving the car," Tyga explained. His description may have seemed a bit cryptic then, but now that the visuals have finally dropped, it all makes sense. Opening with a shot of the Young Money rap standout sitting alone on a barstool with his head hung low, it ...
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Jay Sean's Pitbull Collabo The 'Epitome' Of Feel-Good Summer Tracks
2012-05-11 10:27:00
'I think sometimes certain voices and certain vibes and certain styles just work together,' Sean says of 'I'm All Yours' collabo.By Jocelyn Vena Jay Sean Photo: MTV News For Jay Sean's lead single, "I'm All Yours," off his forthcoming album Worth It All, there was only one guy who could capture the track's bounce and party vibe. That guy is Miami-bred rhymer Pitbull, who brings his signature sense of gruffy swagger to the song. "Well, you know, people who know my music, especially when I first came over to America, one of the first things that people noticed with my songs is I like to do feel-good songs. And when it comes to the singles, that's what I like to give them. And 'I'm All Yours' is really the epitome of all that," Sean explained to MTV News about the dance track. Full of pounding beats and bleeps, the song is about falling for a girl who makes all the partying and fun even better. "It's taking the modern movement of dance, which has obviously taken...
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Johnny Depp Secures Place As 'Alpha Vampire'
2012-05-11 09:48:00
'Dark Shadows' star tells Robert Pattinson that 'there's room for two vampires on this block.'By Jocelyn Vena Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson Photo: Warner Bros./ Summit In a recent interview with this big screen vampire, Johnny Depp opened up about any potential vampy face-offs with fellow heartthrob and big-screen bloodsucker Robert Pattinson. When asked if there's any sort of blood feud with the "Twilight" star, Depp noted that it's all cool between the two actors. "There's room for two vampires on this block -- as long as he remembers I am the Alpha Vampire ," he told UsMagazine.com at the London premiere of his campy vampire flick, "Dark Shadows," which opens this weekend. Of course Edward Cullen and Barnabas Collins aren't really cut from the same vampire DNA. Where Edward is brooding and sullen, Barnabas is on the other end of the spectrum, with his oddball charm and old-world demeanor. And their transitions to the modern world are quite different. While E...
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AWOLNATION Still The 'Underdog' On Next Album
2012-05-11 09:42:00
'There's a little chip on my shoulder,' frontman Aaron Bruno tells MTV News of writing the follow-up to the band's Megalithic Symphony.By James Montgomery AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno Photo: MTV News AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno already knows how he wants the follow-up to his band's breakout (and epically titled) Megalithic Symphony album to sound. The key now is finding the time to actually write it. "I think the next record will be a little more raw, and a little more aggro, and a little stranger, but still have the nursery-rhyme feel of melody, because that's the only way I know how to write," he told MTV News. "I'm working on it now [while the band is on tour] and, really, it's the only thing keeping me sane. Every day I wake up, and I'm so excited to first of all find a shower, and then have a coffee, and then do a couple of other things that I probably can't mention, and then open up the computer and just see what happens. ... It's a nice break from the routine ...
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Snooki, JWoww 'Proud' Of President Obama For Supporting Gay Marriage
2012-05-11 09:38:00
'I'm glad that he did it — better late than never,' 'Jersey Shore' star JWoww tells MTV News.By Christina Garibaldi Snooki Photo: MTV News President Obama made history earlier this week when he became the first president to support same-sex marriage. Moments after the announcement, reactions came pouring in from celebrities and other supporters of his decision expressing their overwhelming enthusiasm regarding the much-discussed topic. Two of those supporters include "Jersey Shore" stars Snooki and JWoww, who stopped by MTV News on Thursday and told us that they were thrilled with President Obama's latest move, even though they feel it should have come earlier in his presidency. "I'm glad that he did it — better late than never," JWoww said. "And he is the first president to come out and say it, and I am proud of him for doing it." Snooki, who's expecting her first child with fiancé Jionni LaValle, feels that same-sex couples should enjoy the same...
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John Travolta's Difficult Week: Another Sexual Harassment Claim
2012-05-11 09:11:00
Actor's lawyer vehemently denies all three claims that have been made so far.By Gil Kaufman John Travolta Photo: Getty Images After two anonymous male masseurs came forward with claims alleging that John Travolta assaulted and sexually harassed them during rub downs, another man has come forward with a similar story. The third alleged victim, the first to be publicly named, is Chilean cruise ship employee Fabian Zanzi, who, according to reports, says that Travolta accosted him in 2009 while he was working as a VIP liaison on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Zanzi told ABC.es that Travolta offered him $12,000 to have sex, but that he spurned the "Pulp Fiction" star's advances. "He hugged me and asked me to do a massage," Zanzi said. The cruise ship worker has reportedly filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Travolta, but no evidence of that suit had emerged at press time. The latest allegation capped a difficult week for the married star, who has long battled allegation...
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Whitney Houston's Family To Star On Reality Show
2012-05-11 08:53:00
'The Houston Family Chronicles,' which will feature Bobbi Kristina Brown and Cissy Houston, premieres on Lifetime later this year.By John Mitchell Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown Photo: Steve Granitz/ WireImage A new reality series featuring the family of late pop superstar Whitney Houston will premiere on Lifetime later this year, the network announced in a statement Friday (May 11). Titled "The Houston Family Chronicles," the show will feature Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and mother Cissy Houston, though the focus will be on "The Bodyguard" superstar's brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston, as well as their daughter, Rayah. Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick and Bobbie Kristina's godmother, gospel legend CeCe Winans, will also appear in the series. According to Lifetime, the reality show will focus on Pat and Gary "as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces t...
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Howard Stern Calls Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez 'Dummies'
2012-05-11 08:45:00
Britney will be 'train wreck' on 'X Factor,' new 'America's Got Talent' judge adds at press conference.By James Montgomery Howard Stern Photo: MTV News Howard Stern held court at New York's Friars Club on Thursday in a long-running press conference to promote his upcoming stint as a judge on "America's Got Talent." And in keeping with the spirit of the legendary roasts that take place at the venue, he didn't shy away from taking some shots at his singing-competition contemporaries. Stern was asked by a reporter whether he would have signed up for the "Talent" gig if it meant serving on a panel with "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez and newly-announced "X Factor" judge Britney Spears — as opposed to the "Talent" tandem of Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne — and, well, let's just say he answered rather directly. "No, I would not [have], because I think we have the best judging panel out there, out of all these shows. I think that the judges all offe...
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Exclusive: Watch A Clip Of Wolfgang Gartner's 'Redline' Video!
2012-05-11 08:00:00
Full video premieres Monday on mtvU and Tuesday on MTV Clubland.By Akshay Bhansali Wolfgang Gartner's "Redline" Photo: Ultra Records " 'Redline,' to me is the ultimate anthem," electronic dance music producer Wolfgang Gartner told MTV News recently. "It's all built around this really simple yet catchy melody, but it's got all the turbo-fueled drops and peaks that are necessary to make a club smash." With his latest single, the L.A.-based house producer certainly adds another smash to his catalog, which includes hit collabos with Tiësto ("We Own the Night") and Eve ("Get 'Em"). His latest effort also adds a dash of "feel-good" to the party. "['Redline' has] a bit of a more positive and optimistic feeling about it than a lot of my other stuff, which I like and seems to resonate well with people in that way," Gartner said. The video for "Redline" will be premiering on mtvU on Monday and MTV Clubland on Tuesday, but MTV News was lucky enough to get an exclusive s...
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Slaughterhouse Prep 'Real Sexy' Video With Cee Lo Green
2012-05-11 07:46:00
'My Life' video is only for the 'most wildest and most vividest of imaginations,' Joe Budden tells MTV News.By Rob Markman, with reporting by James Lacsina Joe Budden on the set of Slaugherhouse's video for "My Life" Photo: MTV News Why shouldn't Slaughterhouse enjoy all of their recent success? For years, Royce da 5'9", Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I have been putting in some serious work in hip-hop's underground, not always receiving their just due. Now that they are a premiere act on Eminem's Shady Records, rap's most lyrical bunch will take time reflect on the ups and downs with Cee Lo Green in their video for "My Life." "It's just more of a rags-to-riches type of story that chronicles struggle, hardship, all of the hurdles that we've all jumped and some of the things that all of us have extreme gratitude for, if you listen to the lyrics of the songs," an expertly groomed Joe Budden told MTV News of the video's concept on Wednesday while shooting...
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Drake Breaks Down His 'Rapport' With 2 Chainz
2012-05-10 18:35:00
'It's great to see him at the top of his game right now,' Drizzy tells MTV News from set of Deuce's 'No Lie' video.By Rob Markman, with reporting by Felicia Morris Drake Photo: Frank Micelotta/ Getty Images and Drake have developed quite the camaraderie. Not only are the two currently touring together on Drizzy's Club Paradise run, the Toronto MC also provides the hook on Deuce's new single, "No Lie," off his upcoming debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. But their relationship dates further back than fans may actually know. "Like I say in the song, 'Me and Chainz go way back,' that's no lie," Drake recently told MTV News from 2 Chainz's video shoot in Los Angeles. "I spent a lot of my early days with Young Money on the road with 2 Chainz. We definitely built a rapport. It's great to see him at the top of his game right now. The world loves him and it's well deserved. He's a hardworking guy." Back then, 2 Chainz was known as Tity Boi, one-half of the Atlan...
Ryan Gosling's 'Gangster Squad' Trailer: Five Key Scenes
2012-05-10 18:09:00
Gosling reunites with Emma Stone in the star-studded, Tommy gun-packed clip.By Kevin P. Sullivan Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "Gangster Squad" Photo: Warner Bros. One of the fall's most anticipated releases, "Gangster Squad," packs an all-star cast, old-school vibe and a bunch of Tommy guns. Needless to say, we're interested. The film from "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer just got its first trailer, so we've broken it down for you into these five keys scenes. "Every kingdom comes up bloody" A centerpiece of the trailer, it's hard to miss Sean Penn even under all of that makeup. In "Gangster Squad," Penn plays Mickey Cohen, an east coast gangster who has come to Los Angeles to become "a god." Cohen is the ultimate evil that the Gangster Squad is going to stop at nothing to put out for good. The trailer gives lots of screen time to Penn, and when you also consider the prosthetics on his face, it's not hard to imagine that Warner Bros. would make a Best Supporting...
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'American Idol' Report Card: Joshua Ledet 'Man's' Up, Jessica Sanchez Stand
2012-05-10 17:27:00
Another night of standing O's for Ledet, more catcalls for Hollie Cavanagh and high praise for Phillip Phillips.By Gil Kaufman Joshua Ledet performs on "American Idol " Photo: FOX Wednesday night's episode of "American Idol"
 offered definitive proof of what happens when you give the kids the keys to the Lambo: they crash and burn. On an evening when the themes were as vague as any we can recall (California Dreamin? Songs You Wish You'd Written?), the top four
 either went obscure or doubled-down on the most obvious choices possible, which made for an uneven night. A few things became crystal clear, though: based on the girl squeals, Phillip Phillips could win this thing in a walk-off without singing another note as long as he loses his razor, smiles and keeps clothes shopping at J.C. Penny. Similarly, Joshua Ledet pretty much has it in the bag, while Hollie Cavanagh has run out of luck and Jessica Sanchez should perfect her third-place finisher pageant smil...
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Hollie Cavanagh Runs Out Of Time On 'American Idol'
2012-05-10 15:39:00
Phillip Phillips joins her in the bottom two for the first time, while David Cook and Jennifer Lopez hit the stage.By Adam Graham Hollie Cavanagh on "American Idol " Photo: Fox Phillip Phillips was given his first taste of the bottom two, but it was Hollie Cavanagh who was eliminated from "American Idol" on Thursday (May 10). Cavanagh, the 18-year-old from McKinney, Texas, received the lowest number of votes from the nearly 70 million votes cast, according to host Ryan Seacrest. Cavanagh received harsh marks for her performance of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" on Wednesday's performance episode; Randy Jackson called it "the wrong choice at the wrong time." Cavanagh just missed a trip back to Texas as part of the top three "Hometown Heroes" visits, which happen on next week's show. The Liverpudlian kept it together while singing Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" at the close of the show, though her close friend Joshua Ledet was shown tearing up nearby onstage. Mento...
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