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The DAILY BUZZ: A New Dr. Who, Bieber’s Crew In Trouble, Seyfried Dog’s Talents

26 Jul

  • The 12th Doctor Who has been crowned by the BBC
  • A Smirnoff Ice Absurdly Awesome Moment with Amanda Seyfried’s dog
  • Justin Bieber’s crew involved in a dust up at the club

With stories this good, you shouldn’t wait another second to check out today’s Daily Buzz!

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Stephen Colbert Throws an All-Star Daft Punk Dance Party

24 Jul

What do you do when Daft Punk is a no-show? Throw an all-star dance party to their hit, “Get Lucky,” without them, of course.

That’s what Stephen Colbert did on Colbert Report Tuesday, calling on the likes of Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon, the Rockettes, Jon Stewart (via satellite), the entire production of America’s Got Talent and even (inexplicably) former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to groove to “Get Lucky” in what will go down as one of the show’s greatest music videos.

Daft Punk, the enigmatic electro-pop duo, had to skip their scheduled performance on Colbert‘s summer concert series, StePhest Colbchella – “the anti-establishment, convention-destroying rock and roll ethos brought to you by Hyundai” – due to contractual obligations with Comedy Central’s sister network, MTV (read: Daft Punk at Video Music Awards!).

“You see, we booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago,” Colbert explained. “Apparently – and this is a deeply guarded secret, so shhh! – Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards – spoiler alert. Don’t tell anybody, because fun fact: No one told me until two o’ clock yesterday.”

After “Get Lucky” was all danced and done, Robin Thickeperformed his Song of the Summer, “Blurred Lines,” in Daft Punk’s place.

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2’ Review: Album Of The Year?

13 Jul

The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2

Not many musicians would release a second album just six months after a massively successful one and a sold-out stadium tour with the reigning King of Hip Hop, Jay Z. But most musicians aren’t Justin Timberlake. “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” unfathomably tops its predecessor with an operatic exploration of soul, country, funk, R&B swaddled in JT’s legendary charisma.

If “The 20/20 Experience” was about the simple act of falling in love, 2 of 2 encapsulates the complicated work of sustaining it. The initial seduction is explored in the “Thriller”-esque “True Blood” and the ode to bedroom stripteases “Cabaret” featuring Drake. The darker times when love and hate are one in the same are referenced in the pain-smudged bluesy stunner “Drink You Away” and the scathingly badass rock-soul hybrid “Only When I Walk Away.” The sunny “Not A Bad Thing” details the happily ever after.

As with Experience, most songs are at least five minutes long with extended outros, which can enhance a track’s strengths or exaggerate its weakenesses. The last minutes of “Only When I Walk Away” is the audible equivalent to cubism, a raw, wild exploration of sound with robust drums and a funked up vocals. The closing riffs of “Not A Bad Thing” is another song entirely about flitting off in a cocoon of love, featuring Timberlake’s caramel voices, an acoustic guitar and a lush orchestra. On the flipside, the additional minutes renders the monstrous banger “True Blood” a little anemic.

Timberlake may rely a little too heavily on uber-producer Timbaland’s mad-scientist production, however, he also proves that beyond the smoke and mirrors burns an inferno of talent. 2 of 2 features Timberlake’s freest and strongest vocals of his career. The frills-free “Drink You Away” is unabashed Memphis soul steeped in a gritty country riff. And “You Got It On”-a showcase of Timberlake’s golden falsetto that rivals that of Maxwell and even the King of Pop himself-is a throwback to classic babymaking R&B. Along with the haunting “Amnesia,” these songs provide the ballads and slow tempos that the breezy “The 20/20 Experience” lacked.

As a whole, “The 20/20 Experience” is undoubtedly a platinum gem in Timberlake’s treasure-trove of a career, and more than likely the best album of the year. It also emphatically solidifies JT as an iconic musician among the greats that influenced him. Most artists directly reference their idols, but Timberlake’s varied inspirations resonate in the space between beats and the breaths between notes. While the musicality and vocals pay homage to Michael Jackson, Queen, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and others, the provocative execution is entirely Timberlake.

Grade: A+

Check out Timberlake’s video for “Take Back The Night.” “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” is available on iTunes and in stores now.

Photo Credits: RCA Recrods

Most Iconic VMA Moments: Beyoncé Puts Her ‘Love on Top’ and Makes a Huge Announcement

10 Jul

Is Beyonc ‘s 2011 performance of “Love on Top” the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever. We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Beyonc goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now… it’s voting time!

Hold Onto Your Baby Bumps While We Recall Beyonc ‘s Epic “Love on Top” Performance

Beyonc is one of the greatest performers of our generation, and this is a fact. She brings an incredible, unwavering intensity to her sets, both short and long. Her performance of 4 highlight “Love on Top” at the 2011 VMAs was no exception.

She breezed through the song, hitting every note perfectly. She worked the stage, holding every person in the audience – and every person watching on TV – captive. It was a joyous performance, full of life and energy. And when I say it was “full of life,” I mean that in a very literal way.

Until Queen Bey hit the VMA red carpet earlier that night, no one knew she was pregnant. And even by the time she took the stage, word wasn’t completely out to the masses. So you can imagine (or remember) what happened when, upon finishing the song, Bey silently announced, with the unbuttoning of her jacket and a fierce look in her eyes, that she was expecting her first child.

This was probably the most talked-about moment of the night, and to consider how big a feat that is, please remember that Lady Gaga spent the entire evening in character as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. Greatest ending to a performance ever? That’s up to you to decide. But if you’re still unsure, just remember how you felt when the camera cut to proud papa Jay-Z and an ecstatic Kanye West. You, like everyone else, felt a wave of happiness rush over you – don’t even try to deny it. Those who weren’t already on their feet rose instantly. #BowDown

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again – and for a new feature on the other performances.

Read our feature on Britney Spears’ iconic “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs.

Read our feature on Lady Gaga’s iconic “Paparazzi” performance at the 2009 VMAs.

Read our feature on Eminem’s iconic “The Real Slim Shady” performance at the 2000 VMAs.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Florida Boycott List Naming Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay Z Refuted

28 Jun

Stevie Wonder might be the only man who’s still boycotting Florida after all.

As Celebuzz previously reported, American Urban Radio Network White House correspondent April Ryan leaked a list of A-list musicians – including Rihanna, Kanye West and Madonna – allegedly boycotting the sunshine State in protest of its “Stand Your Ground” law in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal for the 2012 killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

On Tuesday, Ryan updated her original story saying “several representatives of the artists named who say, on behalf of their clients, they are uncomfortable being identified on that list,” refuting the claims that the named celebrities are stopping their performances in Florida.

“The list including her name was surprising,” a source close to Alicia Keys, whose name was also on the roster, told us. “We are not aware of any boycott.”

In similar fashion, listed artists Jay Z and Timberlake are still slated to perform at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on August 13.

Celebuzz has reached out to all the named musicians for comments and is currently awaiting for replies.

Justin Bieber’s Pimped-Out Van Involved In Bong Scandal

15 Jun

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Justin Bieber is entangled in another controversy after a member of his entourage was purportedly photographed dumping bong water out of the singer’s custom van.

The Baby singer has been spotted travelling around in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a group of friends this week, and a photo has appeared online showing a mystery passenger in the van holding what appears to be a bong out of the window.

The picture, obtained by TMZ.com, shows the person, whose face cannot be seen, tipping water from the pipe. However, the hand does seem to appear to be Caucasian.

It is not known whether Bieber was present, but the van is said to have been en route to a music studio, and the singer later posted an Instagram picture of himself recording. He also updated his Twitter.com followers about his time at the studio.

The 19 year-old’s wild antics have made him a regular in the headlines over the last few months. He recently faced a police investigation over allegations his entourage was involved in a nightclub fight in New York, while last week he was allegedly embroiled in an altercation in Toronto, Canada.

Photo Credits: PRPhotos

Katy Perry Dethrones Robin Thicke On Billboard Hot 100

14 Jun

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Well done KatyCats and Kitty Purry for replaying “Roar” over and over. The fans and the radio stations across the nation have placed Katy Perry’s single “Roar” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

As everyone should already know, “Blurred Lines” was the summer jam. The single held the top place on the Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks. I mean, Robin Thicke’s voice just makes any day better. Am I right, or am I right?

But, everyone’s time on the throne must come to an end, and Perry has nudged Thicke aside.

This record breaker puts Katy Perry at 8 Hot 100 No. 1 singles. As a gift to her KatyCats, I assume but most likely was pre-planned, Perry has released the official music video to “Roar.” The video is as fierce as the girl empowerment lyrics. Perry is shown surviving a plane crash and fearlessly fighting jungle creatures. While doing so, Perry looks ravishing in minimal clothing, the usual, with prints that imitate the life of George (from the jungle) who is stranded on a Hawaiian island.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Perry said the song is “about speaking up for yourself …Sometimes you can feel burdened by people or a thing or a relationship and it causes you to go inside yourself versus say ‘Hey! No, this isn’t okay.'”

Intrigued? Watch the video below to understand what Perry is trying to portray through “Roar.”

Photo Credits: Katy Perry YouTube

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