When it comes to the O Music Awards, fun is always at the top of the agenda, and this year things are about to get even crazier with the addition of O Music Awards Unboxed.
O Music Awards Unboxed is a New York-based event series that will pull together all aspects of the O Music Awards, MTV’s awards show honoring achievements in music and technology, into one big night. The first Unboxed event goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on February 23 and will focus on the theme of interaction. Cameo, a new application from the Fast Society team primed to launch at SXSW, will be previewed at the event, which will also feature performances from classical instrument-wielding indie rockers Miracles of Modern Science and O Music Award nominee MNDR. The night will also include visuals from The Rainbow Machine, and the chance to participate in a crowd-sourced music video shoot directed by Eli Stonberg.
In other words – this thing is going to be awesome! Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday (February 9). Get full details on the event over on the O Music Awards blog.
The ‘Baby’ singer is working on his second album – a follow-up to 2010′s ‘My World 2.0′ – and is keen not to stick to one genre of music because he believes he has a voice that suits many styles.
He told MTV: “I want to work a lot with myself. I’m not gonna limit myself – I think music is music, and genre, I mean, there’s country, rock, but my music is very different. My voice is not meant for any style.”
The 17-year-old heartthrob is writing the album while he is on his ‘My World’ tour and said he couldn’t wait for fans to hear his new music.
Writing on his twitter page, he said: “been writing alot of songs on the road. excited to just get this music out later this year and record this summer.
While he is working on his second album, Justin recently revealed he would love to record a duet with girlfriend Selena Gomez because he thinks the Disney starlet’s music is “amazing”.
He said: “Maybe I’d sing with Selena, I’ve heard all of her new stuff it’s amazing. I would also love to work with Will.i.am as well as Jay-Z – on a cool fun record.”
“Saturday Night Live” comic Jason Sudeikis has been named the host of the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. The 35-year-old “Hall Pass” star will lead the event at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California, on June 5.
He said of his new role, “I’m sincerely flattered that the folks from the Mostly Teenage Viewers network have invited me to host this year, and I look forward to keeping the streak of flawless and critically lauded movie awards show hosting in 2011 alive.”
MTV President Stephen Friedman added, “Smart and funny is the new rock and roll for our audience – and that combo pretty much sums up Jason. He is a smartass and a gentleman who never goes for the easy or obvious joke.”
“Because of that, he is the ideal Movie Awards host, and we are confident with him anchoring the show, our audience is in store for unexpected and crazy moments with Hollywood’s biggest stars and musicians.”
The nominees for the awards show will be based on the people’s votes at MovieAwards.MTV.com. They will be announced on Tuesday and voting will continue until June 4.
Sudeikis will be seen next in the star-studded comedy “Horrible Bosses” alongside Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Julie Bowen, and Kevin Spacey. He will also star in another ensemble cast film “Movie 43″ this year.
Lady Gaga has tearfully confessed on film that she thinks “people are trying to destroy her”. The 25-year-old singer broke down in a documentary extract posted online last night (24.04.11) and spoke of how much she fears criticism, admitting she feels like a “loser kid in high school.”
In the black and white YouTube clip, posted before she went on stage in New York’s Madison Square Garden for her Monster Ball tour, she sobbed: “I still sometimes feel like a loser. It’s crazy, ‘cos it’s like we’re at the Garden, but I still feel like a loser kid in high school.
‘Sometimes I still feel like people are trying to destroy me… I cannot be destroyed and I will not be destroyed. And you will never destroy the kingdom that is my fans.’
The outlandish ‘Judas’ hitmaker – who was recently criticised on micro-blogging website twitter for the bizarre artwork of her new album ‘Born This Way’ which depicts her morphing into a mutant motorcycle – went on to say she feels like she has to “fight” to remain a “superstar” for the sake of her young fans.
She said: ‘ just have to pick my s*** up. Pick myself up and tell myself I’m a superstar every morning just so I can get through this day.
‘ feel like I have to fight. I’m fighting for every kid that’s like me, that’s felt like I’ve felt and feels like I still feel.”
She added: ‘ just wanna be a queen but sometimes I just don’t feel like one. It’s not about being a winner for me anymore, you know. It’s about being a winner for them.’
The clip was filmed as part of documentary ‘Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden’ which will be aired next month.
The Black Eyed Peas star wrote the track ‘Big Fat Bass’ for Britney’s new album ‘Femme Fatale’ and loved working with her because her enthusiasm was infectious.
He said: “I discovered her love for music. I have never seen anyone, like, come alive, full of excitement and giggling and laughing behind the mic.
‘She was like a little kid when she was recording the song and it just brought the whole atmosphere, it changed the whole atmosphere when someone really loves music. So it was great working with her.”
Despite Britney’s enthusiasm, will.i.am said she is also completely professional and didn’t any advice from him.
He added to MTV: “When someone’s excited to go out and just do it, what advice? You don’t need no advice. She is like, ‘When I say on the song, ‘You all better get ready for the kick drum,” she was already anticipating what she was going to do onstage when that beat broke down.
‘Adding that type of perspective, when we were recording it, you don’t need to give nobody like Britney advice.”
Meanwhile, will.i.am and the other members of the Black Eyed Peas ‘ Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap ‘ have announced plans to open a school for New York teenagers to learn video and music production through their charitable organisation, The Peapod Foundation.
will.i.am said: “Our passion for music and media was fuelled by many generous people on our road to success. Expanding the network of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices academies enables us to pay it forward, giving more youth the skills and encouragement they need to realise their dreams.”
Alexis Jordan loves working with Jay-Z because he lets her make her own decisions. The ‘Happiness’ hitmaker is signed to the rapper’s Roc Nation label and while she relies on him for direction and advice, he allows her to take charge of her sound and her image.
Speaking at the MTV Push in partnership with CK One party at the Village Underground in London last night (14.04.11), Alexis told BANG Showbiz: ‘Jay-Z is amazing. It’s so great for me to have someone like him be so hands on with my project. He’s really awesome. He really lets me be the artist that I am and lets me make my own decisions.
‘ get to have a say in what I wear and what music I want to bring out and now it’s music that’s really fun and really kind of innocent.
‘My music right now is a reflection of a little bit of who I am. I don’t think I could completely convey who I am in just one record so you’ll have to wait for the next one, and the one after that to find out more about me.’
Despite her success, Alexis ‘ who also performed at the party – admitted she still gets excited when she hears her music on the radio and couldn’t believe it when she heard her track ‘Good Girl’ on a recent trip to London.
She said: ‘ flipped out today because we were in the car this morning and my driver goes, ‘Do you guys want to hear some music?’ And he put the radio on and it was my song.
‘My mom was flipping out, we were like ‘did you plan this?”
For more information on MTV Push visit www.mtv.co.uk/push
Beyonce plans her fourth solo studio album for June and plays six tracks to execs. Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Sony Australia boss Denis Handlin had an audience with Sasha Fierce herself in New York, and heard six tracks from Beyonce’s forthcoming album.
Handlin told the newspaper, ‘She wants to do a big tour off the back of this record, which will include Australia. These songs, the best description I can give is groundbreaking; she’s gone to another level.’
Beyonce herself told MTV late last year that she is trying to mix every genre she loves ‘ R&B, pop, rock ‘ into ‘my own little gumbo of music.’
The album has been in the works since 2009, and producers and songwriters on it are said to include Ne-Yo, The Dream, Symbolyc One, Diplo, Switch, and Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins.
Handlin specified that Beyonce’s fourth solo album will be released in late-June this year.
Britney Spears has a track with a “rock feel” which features Travis Barker on ‘Femme Fatale’. The ‘Hold It Against Me’ hitmaker worked with the heavily tattooed Blink-182 drummer on a track for her forthcoming album, which producer Rodney Jerkins describes as “out of her norm”.
He told MTV: “I’m really excited. I did two songs on her album, and one of the songs I did, I brought in Travis Barker.
“It’s got this rock feel which is out of the box, out of my norm, and I think it’s out of her norm as well. We had a great time making this record.”
Rodney – who has previously worked with artists including Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles and Spice Girls – also told how Britney had a lot of input on the tracks, saying she was “very hands-on” and is “a top-notch veteran pro at this now.”
Britney has herself previously described the album as “moody, edgy pop with a lot of energy.”
Travis has most recently been in the studio working with Blink-182 on their comeback album, their first since their self titled fifth album in 2003.
The ‘Dog Days Are Over’ group have been writing their second album since autumn last year, and guitarist Rob Ackroyd said the group are now poised to enter the famous Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded much of their material. He said: “Work on the second album has begun with producer Paul Epworth and there is talk of booking out Abbey Road for a month in April or May to record. Which is nice.”
The musician also revealed that while he and group leader Florence Welch see eye to eye on most musical genres, but finds himself at odds when it comes to her taste in mainstream songs.
He added to Gibson.com: “Florence’s and my taste in music often overlap in harmonious fashion; we’re both big fans of hip-hop and American indie.
“But she’s also a big fan of unadulterated pop music, which cuts through me like a knife.”
The guitarist – who has also recently been working with Pixie Geldof, daughter of former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof on her new band Violet – also told how he had managed to meet his rock guitar hero through playing with the machine.
He added: “I think people like Guns n’ Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash really glamorised the guitar for me when I was a kid. In the early ’90s it seemed like every weekend was Guns N’ Roses weekend on MTV and I was galvanized by Slash.
“I kind of fulfilled my dream of meeting Slash last summer when Florence And The Machine shared a festival bill with him.”
The 16-year-old singing sensation is currently looking to buy his first home and although he enjoys living in Atlanta, Georgia, at the moment, he would love to buy a property in his homeland. He said: ‘ have a lot of friends in Atlanta now but I think I might move back to Canada.’ The ‘Baby’ hitmaker is worth an estimated $100 million and he admits he has to hire people to keep track of his money.
Asked how he looks after his fortune, he said: ‘ have a business manager.’
Justin lost out on a Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Esperanza Spalding last night (13.02.11) and though he was disappointed not to win, the teenager says his defeat makes him want to work harder.
He told MTV News: ‘ had no clue what was going to happen. I worked really hard these past few years and you know, I’m not going to lie, I was disappointed. But, you know, I’m gonna come back next year and we’ll take a few home.
”m inspired to work harder than I did last year. It’s going to be hard, but I’m going to try. Bieber fans, don’t get too upset. Be happy.’
Xfm launches fourth annual New Music Award. Xfm, the station that brings you music that rocks, launches the search for the Best British Debut Album of the Year with its fourth consecutive Xfm New Music Award ‘ voted for by the public and a stellar panel of judges. From today, Xfm listeners will cast their votes for the award online at www.xfm.co.uk/nma from a selection of albums released in 2010. Possible contenders for the accolade include ‘The Boxer’ by Kele, ‘Tourist History’ by Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Acolyte’ by Delphic, and Carl Barat’s self-titled debut. The ten albums that receive the most votes in the poll are then shortlisted with the overall winner selected by a panel of industry experts ‘ including Elbow’s Craig Potter and Happy Mondays front-man Shaun Ryder. This year’s winner will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 9th February. On the same night the station presents an Xfm New Music Award gig at The Borderline in Central London. Hosted by Xfm Breakfast’s Dave Berry and a part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival, the intimate invite-only event will feature performances from Wolfgang, Romance, and Luna Belle ‘ acts hotly tipped as potential winners for next year’s award. Previous winners of the award are The Enemy with ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ (2007), Glasvegas with ‘Glasvegas’ (2008), and The xx with ‘XX’ (2009). The full judging panel for this year, chaired by Xfm’s Deputy Programme Director/Head of Music Mike Walsh, includes:
Andy Ashton (Xfm) Ben Cardew (Music Week)
Brett Anderson (Suede) Clint Boon (Xfm)
Craig Potter (Elbow) David Mogendorff (MTV)
Dom Howard (Muse) Dave Berry (Xfm)
David Mogendorff (MTV) Frank Turner
John Kennedy (Xfm) John Leckie (producer)
Peter Hook (Joy Division) Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays/Black Grape)
Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) Gary Warren (MD of Content and Talent at MAMA Group)
For more information and to vote, visit www.xfm.co.uk/nma
Voting closes at midday on Friday 28th January. The shortlist of the final ten will be announced on Xfm on Monday 31st January and the ultimate winner on Wednesday 9th February.
Katy Perry California Dreams Tour second leg – October / November 2011. Katy Perry only recently announced her ‘California Dreams Tour’. Demand has been so overwhelming that the tour has swiftly sold out. As a result, Katy has scheduled a second leg for the latter half of 2011. The popularity of Katy Perry continues its stratospheric rise. She has now had three UK Top Ten hits to her name this year in the shape of her smashes ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’ and latest single ‘Firework. Combined sales of the three singles are close to 1.4 million in the UK alone. Whilst her new album ‘Teenage Dream’ has shot past Platinum. Katy’s success has led her to become one of the most talked-about new artists of the past two years. Since exploding onto the scene in 2008 she has sold out her own 50-city world headlining tour plus hosted and performed ‘ twice – at the MTVs European Music Awards where she also won Best New Act in 2008. As well as several Grammy nominations Katy won a Brit Award in 2009 for Best International Female. For more about pop’s multi-dimensional, multi-coloured girl on the move, please visit:
This Live tour will be a 12 date Arena tour:
Wed 12-Oct Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Fri 14-Oct London 02 Arena
Tue 18-Oct Liverpool Echo Arena
Wed 19-Oct Cardiff International Arena
Mon 24-Oct Belfast Odyssey Arena
Wed 26-Oct Birmingham NIA Arena
Thu 27-Oct Newcastle Metro Arena
Sat 29-Oct Aberdeen AECC
Mon 31-Oct Manchester MEN Arena \
Thu 03-Nov Glasgow SECC Hall 3
Sat 05-Nov Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Mon 07-Nov Dublin O2
Tickets for all shows will be available as an exclusive pre-sale with O2 at 9:00am Wednesday December 8th . They will go on general sale from 9:00am Friday December 10th.
Ticket Prices (All tickets are subject to booking fees):
Mainland UK £27.50
Belfast £30.00 / £32.00
Dublin â‚¬35.00 / â‚¬40.00