Thursday, 30 June 2011
Singer expected to move 300,000 units of her fourth album, according to Billboard.
By Jocelyn Vena
Those sales would place her in the middle of the pack of fellow divas with albums out this year. Britney Spears' Femme Fatale sold 276,000 records her first week; Lady Gaga's Born This Way sold an impressive 1.1 million records, and Adele's 21 sold 352,000 records right out the gate (though it's had much more staying power than the others).
The aptly titled fourth release from B would also be her fourth #1 album debut, though the numbers will likely be below her previous first-week sales. I Am ... Sasha Fierce sold 482,000 in its first week, in 2008, and her sophomore effort, 2006's B'Day, sold 541,000 albums. Her debut solo effort, Dangerously in Love, debuted with 317,000 units sold.
Fans will go behind the scenes of the making of 4 in an MTV special, "Beyoncé: Year of 4," airing Thursday night (June 30). In the half-hour doc, Beyoncé talks about taking some time off before making the record, which features studio work from The-Dream, Kanye West and Andre 3000.
"My life was award shows and tour buses and hotels, and it kind of goes by so fast ... I couldn't even hear it anymore," she says of her whirlwind schedule. "I'm just thinking about the next shoot ... the next video ... the next tour ... I never even realized I needed a year off. And I never realized I don't know how to take a year off."
Tune in to "Beyoncé: Year of 4," airing Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and BET, and at 7:30 p.m. on VH1 and Palladia. Encore presentations follow on MTV.com, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.Related Artists
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011
The "Twilight" star plays a teenager who finds out he was kidnapped as a child in the movie, which opens Sept. 23.
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New clip is a brightly-colored, paint-covered celebration of everyday life.
By James Montgomery
It's probably impossible to measure how many gallons of paint — glow-in-the-dark, high-gloss, Krylon, etc. — were used in the making of Coldplay's brand-new "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" video, which premiered Wednesday (June 29). But suffice it to say, it was probably a lot.
It seems that paint, gloriously splashed and joyously hued, is a recurring theme in the band's upcoming fifth album; while you can infer from that what you will, in the case of Coldplay's "Waterfall" clip, the end result is one that matches the sheer uplift of the song itself. This is a video that shakes you to life.
Filmed mainly in stop-motion, the video follows Chris Martin and his mates as they wander through, above and, eventually, outside a decaying urban expanse, their music — and, of course, the paint — breathing new life into its crumbling husk. In a way, that's sort of like the song, too. Martin's lyrics are very much about the power his old records possess; they imbue ordinary life with the extraordinary.
Aside from the paint, the clip's use of stop-motion recalls earlier Coldplay videos, most notably "Strawberry Swing," but they've always had a thing for messing with the constraints of time (see the shot-in-reverse "The Scientist" or "Christmas Lights" for proof). Their new one matches the exuberance of "Swing" and the childlike wonder of "Lights," and, unlike "The Scientist," there isn't a single horrifying car wreck to be seen.
But mostly it's about all that paint, those colors and the ability they have to brighten everyday life. Just like Martin sings, every siren can be a symphony and every heartbeat can build a cathedral. With "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay prove that they're always on message, even when they're making a glorious mess.Related Artists
LP perform 'Iridescent' from the 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' premiere in Moscow.
By James Montgomery, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Linkin Park have taken their expansive rock show to seemingly every corner of the globe, but they've never played Moscow's Red Square (to be fair, very few acts ever have). But now, thanks to the power of Michael Bay and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," they can finally cross it off their list.
On Friday, their performance of "Iridescent" — a song from their A Thousand Suns that's since been tapped as the first single off the new "Transformers" soundtrack — was broadcast across MTV's platform of networks. It was part of the blockbuster's world premiere at the Moscow International Film Fest, but to hear Linkin Park tell it, it was also a moment they'll remember for the rest of their lives.
"To do a movie premiere is pretty cool — we've done some of them before — but to do a premiere in Moscow, and then perform in Red Square ... We were saying earlier, it's kind of one of those things where you think, 'How did they pull that off?' " LP's Chester Bennington told MTV News. "I mean, Red Square is not exactly a place they throw concerts every day. Not many bands have performed there, so ... this is really a very special and exceptional moment for us. We've had the privilege of playing a few other landmark locations that are very special, and this definitely tops that."
Of course, it was a moment that couldn't have happened without the considerable clout of "Transformers" director Michael Bay ("There's, like, nothing he can't do," Bennington joked. "He may have actually shot the [film's] moon footage on the moon"), but when Linkin Park first joined forces with the franchise back in 2007, they never dreamed the collaboration would eventually lead them to Red Square. Basically, back then, they just signed on because they were huge fans of the toys. And needless to say, things have worked out pretty well ever since.
"I have a special place in my heart for Soundwave and Starscream," Mike Shinoda laughed.
"We loved playing with the toys as kids and conceptually, the idea of Transformers — these machines that are alive — it's always been a great story," Bennington added. "But realistically, the toys were amazing. They're still the coolest toys ever."
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As we previously reported -- Stow had a verbal altercation with another Dodger fan during the game ... after Stow allegedly yelled out that he'd rather eat his own feces than a Dodger dog.
Stow was brutally beaten in the parking lot after the game and is still recovering from some VERY serious injuries.
The LAPD arrested one man for the attack, Giovanni Ramirez -- cops say he's the prime suspect.