A major figure of the dance music landscape of the early 2010s, Skrillex enjoyed a meteoric rise from relative obscurity on the Los Angeles club scene to the top of the electronica charts with such hi...
There’s nothing more illuminating than being told the secrets of life and the ways of the world by an overprivileged fifteen year old. Luckily for all of us, the great wordsmith Jaden Smith recently imparted words of wisdom for us all to live by on his Twitter (what else?). Forget stopping wars and ending poverty – according to Smith, the world would be a much better place if everyone just dropped out of school.
Some of the gems Smith dropped include: “School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth.” “If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.” “If Everyone Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.” “Education Is Rebellion.”
Capital letter abuse aside, Smith is going hard with the philosophy. So school, which provides an education, is a brainwashing tool, but education, which you receive from school, is rebellion; therefore, it’s rebellious to be… brainwashed? Jaden, you’re just way too deep for us.
Smith isn’t the only celeb to prove the necessity of publicists in the entertainment world. Here’s a look at some tweets by other stars that can clearly benefit from a grade school class or 10.
Jessical Biel “I work out every day – Monday to Saturday.”
Did someone get rid of Sunday and forget to tell us about it?! Working out has definitely paid off for Biel, but maybe she should look into buying a calendar. Or, you know, having some of that common sense stuff that everyone’s talking about these days.
50 Cent “Speaking of MILF. I wanna do something that impacts kids in a positive way, that’s why I’m opening an abortion clinic. Ima call it 50/50 chance.”
In some cases, you can argue that the celebrities are just joking about their ridiculous tweets, but one look at 50 Cent’s Twitter and you will find a plethora of amazingness like this. Dude is for real. In a mere twenty-six words, Fiddy has intertwined MILFs with helping kids with abortion clinics - that takes skill. His tweet gets better with every word and the name of his hypothetical abortion clinic (because what celeb doesn’t want their name associated with abortion?) is possibly the worst name of any clinic in the history of clinics. Keep thinking of the children, Fiddy.
Kate Gosselin “Hellloooo!My am is well on it’s way!Looking 4ward 2 2day.Lots 2get dun be4 r wkend of filming! Shld hav sum X 2 tweet 2day so checkin w ?’s”
Um, what? Forgetting the horrendous grammar for a second, what exactly is Kate Gosselin talking about in the last sentence? “Shld hav sum X 2 tweet 2day” – is she handing out ecstasy pills over Twitter? Because in that case…
Mary J. Blige “Why is it that people always try to understand estimate my intelligents?! They should never do that!”
At first, this just seemed like auto-correct took control over Mary J. Blige’s tweet, but what auto-correct approves the word “intelligents”? Perhaps people don’t understand how smart you are, Mary, because you tweet out sentences like this to the entire planet.
Kourtney Kardashian “Do ants have d**ks?”
Really, any Twitter handle that has “Kardashian” in it is bound to be full of ridiculous tweets, but this one takes the cake. Someone should explain to Kourtney that ants mate just like people – they pray and pray to the Baby Gods and then a friendly stork drops off a baby bundle of joy at their doorstep. Only difference is that in this case, the ant babies are dropped off by dragonflies, not storks (because ants are smaller than humans, duh).
Paula Abdul#ILoveMondays #GetOffYourBUT#ILoveMondays #GetOffYourBUT#ILoveMondays #GetOffYourBUT#ILoveMondays #GetOffYourBUTxoxoP
Oh, Paula. Who is that rude Caps Lock Monster interrupting your second hash-tag? We all want to know what we’re supposed to get off of!
Bow Wow"Face numb im whippin the lambo. Tispy as f**k. Just left @livmiami. Im f**ked up! Ohhhh damn. Y i drive the lambo. Chris might have to drive after next spot.”
I hate being “tispy” too! It’s so annoying. Bow Wow told the whole world about his drinking and driving adventures over Twitter, because what’s cooler than bragging about being an idiot? Best part of the tweet: “Y i drive the lambo.” Yes, we’re all wondering how someone who speaks like that got enough money to buy a freaking Lamborghini.
Paris Hilton “No, no, I didn’t go to England; I went to London.”
They’re called ‘maps,’ Paris, and they won’t hurt you. And why did you have to drag that poor semicolon into it?
Skrillex "I wish I was aloud to use the n word sometimes (in a non racist way of course)”
It is so hard being white, male, and rich. Using racist words in non-racist ways is all Skrillex wants to do – why won’t our oppressive society let him?! Also, does Skrillex want to be ‘aloud’ the way Girls Aloud are aloud or what?
Ryan Lochte “Rocks, paper, siccor……..”
I think you just lost the game, Ryan.
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In order to keep up with the ever-fickle public, celebrities are constantly reinventing their images to stay relevant. Whether it’s David Bowie or Beyoncé taking on alter egos (Ziggy Stardust and Sasha Fierce, respectively), or Madonna and Gwen Stefani changing their entire persona every few years, seeing the changes celebs in the music world make is always interesting.
Some changes, however, come completely out of left field and leave us scratching our heads, wondering how the star could even be getting away with that. Here’s a rundown of 13 of the most interesting and unexpected 180s that stars have made
Dr. DreDr. Dre may be one of the grandaddies of gangsta rap, but he was originally a DJ for electro hip hop group World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The group wore the shiniest, glossiest clothes that would’ve put Marc Bolan to shame, and had the hottest ('80s) dance moves. After working the club circuit for a while, the group found success and are now considered to be pioneers of rap. Dre went on to join NWA, dropping the glitziness of the Cru for a more “gangsta” look, and eventually defined himself as a hip-hop producer with the golden touch.
Janet Jackson She was Penny on Good Times and Charlene on Diff’rent Strokes before turning into Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty). But it was Janet Jackson’s Herb Ritts-directed video for “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” that let the world know that Miss Jackson was officially Ms. Jackson. The shy but feisty girl from Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 that everyone knew and loved had officially reached womanhood. Instead of taking the trashy route to show the public she’d grown up (ahem, Miley), Jackson instead decided to show just the right amount of midriff in the video, look drop-dead gorgeous, and canoodle with the gorgeous hunk of man that is Antonio Sabato, Jr. Now that’s how you do it.
Beastie Boys Fun fact: the Beastie Boys’ roots are in hardcore punk rock. The group managed to play some sick shows, supporting legendary punk acts like the Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Reagan Youth, and Bad Brains during the '80s. Beastie Boys stumbled into hip-hop by accident – their first hip-hop track, “Cooky Puss,” was based on a prank call the group had made to a Carvel Ice Cream store in 1983, but ended up becoming a massive hit in the NYC underground hip-hop scene. The group began to record rock-based rap shortly after, and the rest is history.
LL Cool J LL Cool J was known for his hard-hitting raps and for having a hardcore mama who encouraged knocking people out. After appearing as a rapper in 1985’s Krush Grove, though, LL got a taste for acting and began to pursue more roles, appearing in films such as Wildcats and Toys before landing his own sitcom, In the House. Since then, LL has appeared in a slew of films and television shows, and currently stars on NCIS: Los Angeles. Impressively, the rapper has continued to consistently release albums since 1985 in between steadily landing movie and television roles. Clearly, it’s more than just the ladies who love cool James.
Alanis Morissette Essentially Canada’s answer to Tiffany, Alanis Morissette was a Canadian pop star before venturing over to the dark side of alternative rock. Morissette went from singing and dancing to bubblegum pop ditties to tearing Uncle Joey a new one on the record-breaking Jagged Little Pill. Sixteen Junos and seven Grammys later, Morissette is still going strong, having released her eighth studio album just last year.
Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg has had a few surprising reinventions. First, he was a delinquent, teenage coke fiend who permanently blinded a Vietnamese man just for being Vietnamese. Then, he got together a Funky Bunch and became Marky Mark, ordering people everywhere to feel the good vibrations. His most drastic turn, however, was when he entered the acting world and became a critically acclaimed actor, even getting nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting actor in 2006’s The Departed.
Black Eyed PeasOriginally starting out as a socially-conscious rap group from L.A., the Black Eyed Peas completely changed up their style in 2002 with the addition of pop singer Fergie. The group quickly decided that wondering where all the love in the world has gone to was not as important as humps and lovely lady lumps, and the party-starting, boom-boom-pow-ing Black Eyed Peas was born shortly thereafter.
Victoria Beckham The fact that we even call Victoria Beckham by her name instead of “Posh Spice” is enough proof that her reinvention was extremely successful. Beckham was originally the “meh” Spice of the Spice Girls, barely ever singing because she was too busy posing and pouting for the cameras. When the group broke up, it seemed highly unlikely that out of all the Spices, Posh would be the one to carve out a name for herself, but that’s exactly what she did. Beckham has made a name for herself in the fashion world and has a lucrative and critically acclaimed fashion line.
Skrillex Sonny Moore may sound like the name of a tough-talkin’, chain-smokin’ country star, but it’s actually the birth name of one of the world’s best-selling dubstep DJs. After doing a 3 year stint as the guitarist in an emo band called From First to Last, Moore released a few one-off songs before officially reinventing himself in 2010 with My Name Is Skrillex. The album took Skrillex in a completely different direction – from emo to dubstep – and almost overnight, Skrillex was opening for deadmau5 and winning Grammys left and right. Plus, The Skrillex has become a legitimate name for his oft-copied hairstyle, so in a weird way, the dude is also a fashion icon.
Drake For a lot of people, Drake will always be Wheelchair Jimmy from Degrassi: The Next Generation. The Canadian rapper originally started out as Aubrey Graham, playing basketball player James Brooks on the successful teen soap. In 2006, however, Drake released his first mixtape and started to garner buzz throughout the hip hop world. Famous before he was even signed to a label, Drake eventually signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and has been rapping and feuding his way to the top of the hip hop charts ever since.
Rihanna Rihanna is known for constantly changing up her looks, but her initial reinvention was the one that caught us by surprise the most. After constantly being touted by the music industry as the next Beyoncé, the fresh-faced Barbadian ensured that the whole world knew that she was totally over being sweet and poppy by chopping off her hair and calling her third album Good Girl Gone Bad. In case anyone was still confused, she ditched the hip huggers and bangles for hot pants and whips, and started to sing songs about S&M. Anyone still wondering where the good girl went?
Courtney Love Courtney Love has gone through a few major transformations in her life, but her most unexpected was when she played Larry Flynt’s wife, Althea, in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt. Not only did she garner tons of critical acclaim and receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role, but she showed up to the the 1997 Oscars looking like a completely different person, dropping her trademark messy, punk garb for a white gown and polished makeup. Gone were the days of flashing crowds and crashing Madonna interviews – a new Courtney Love had been born. (It didn’t last very long, but that’s a different story.)
Katy Perry Katy Perry grew up in a religious home with Pentecostal pastors as parents, so it wasn’t too surprising when she forayed into the music world as a Christian rock singer. What was surprising, though, was when she threw her old image out the window and instead kissed a girl and liked it so much that she had to sing a song about it. The once wholesome, blonde-haired-blue-eyed singer had turned into a raven-haired, ruby-lipped femme fatale-ish entertainer who dresses like Rainbow Brite and shoots whipped cream out of her boobs.
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British pop star Ellie Goulding has been the target of online abuse following reports she is dating One Direction star Niall Horan. The pair was linked after they were potted sharing a kiss at Britain's V Festival earlier this month (Aug13).
The Your Song hitmaker has since been bombarded with tweets from obsessed fans of the band, and she insists she has decided against speaking about her reported romance with the Irish singer.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "Oh God, I knew this was coming! I just can't talk about Niall. I won't ever talk about my love life any more because it's always then gone wrong when I have in the past.
"But I will say this, I've definitely had some 'interesting' tweets since the story came out. Thankfully I'm able to take it all with a pinch of salt because I've been told to be that way.
"I genuinely mean this - I don't hate on anyone, but at least One Direction fans are very passionate and my fans are very passionate too. I'd hate it if people didn't care about what they thought."
The singer has previously dated actor Jeremy Irvine, dubstep star Skrillex, and British DJ Greg James.
DJ Calvin Harris has been crowned the world's highest paid DJ after raking in $46 million (£30.6 million) in the past year. Editors at Forbes magazine estimate the Scottish hitmaker earned the big bucks between August, 2012 and August, 2013, easily making him number one in their new World's Highest Paid DJs list.
Harris, who has played over 100 live shows, averaging $195,000 (£130,000) per performance, credits the increasing popularity of dance music in recent years for his monumental success, adding, "I happened to be in the right place at the right time."
Dutch star Tiesto came in second place with $32 million (£21.3 million), while France's David Guetta was third with $30 million (£20 million).
Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 rounded out the top five with $25 million (£16.6 million) and $21 million (£14 million), respectively.
Other DJs and producers featured on the countdown include Avicii, Afrojack, Skrillex and Steve Aoki.
What's your damage, Lindsay Lohan?
LiLo appears to give that question an answer as disaffected, super-mascaraed socialite Tara in Paul Schrader's epic fizzle of a film The Canyons: her damage is something to be exploited for drama (certainly by Lohan herself) as if she were a kind of latter-day female Dennis Hopper. The only problem is that she doesn’t possess any of Hopper's jittery, live-wire spark, his inventory of manic quirks. What you get from Lohan in The Canyons is energy-sapped ennui that looks like a bad parody of an Antonioni movie starring people who've never actually watched an Antonioni movie. There's no train-wreck appeal in seeing The Canyons. Only boredom and the dawning of a final realization that our inexplicably enduring interest in Lohan far surpasses her actual talent.
Schrader, and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), make their agenda in The Canyons clear in its title. It's the topographical and moral opposite of The Hills. The MTV show was glammed-up meaninglessness about hot young things buying stuff and getting into petty squabbles. The Canyons also focuses on hot young things (one of them, James Deen, a real-life porn star!), but to reveal the dark, even psychotic, moral decay at the center of their lives.
Deen's Christian is another of Ellis' sociopathic twentysomething trust-fund brats — Patrick Bateman with a smartphone. He films himself and others having sex with his girlfriend Tara (Lohan), who he plans to cast opposite a naïve Hollywood newcomer named Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk) in a movie he's about to start shooting. He's young, rich, and has nothing better to do, so why not make a movie? Who cares if he has no idea how to make one?
On the side, Christian keeps another bed partner, Gina (Amanda Brooks), who he has sex with but violently refuses to kiss. Like everything in the movie, Schrader and Ellis' ideas are abundantly clear and on the surface: Christian wants instant gratification but not intimacy, and it's hard not to see him as their shallow commentary on the millennial generation as a whole. Schrader deploys a dizzying array of distancing devices to keep us at bay, including the projection of neon lights on Deen, Lohan, and Funk's nubile bodies during a group sex scene that has "Razzie Nomination" written all over it.
The web of trysts between these four characters is pretty complex, and on the surface it seems none of the characters possess any emotional investment in their hook-ups. But, of course, they really do. Like the characters in one of Schrader's favorite movies, Jean Renoir’s masterpiece The Rules of the Game, they've actively tried — and failed — to deaden themselves emotionally in order to deal with the meaninglessness of their lives. Finally, an eruption of violence shatters the love polygon once one of the characters decides that he can only find meaning in petty jealousy. These are people who, like Renoir said of his characters at the time of The Rules of the Game's 1939 release, "dance on the edge of a volcano." The only problem is that, unlike in Renoir's film, this is a volcano that produces no heat.
Schrader started as a film critic until making the jump in the mid '70s to screenwriting (The Yakuza, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and then directing with Blue Collar and Hardcore, the latter an acid portrait of a father devastated when he discovers his daughter has become a porn actress. He followed up Hardcore with American Gigolo. These were dynamic depictions of the intersection of sex, money, and morality. But Schrader's always had a clinical streak, and he's shown throughout his career a penchant for having great ideas but not knowing how to dramatize them, for being able to deconstruct movie tropes like a critic without being able to reassemble them for emotional satisfaction. He was as washed up as Lohan when he got around to making The Canyons, and together they've made a film that has us wondering why we ever cared about them in the first place.
Lohan wears her hair up in a bun and equips herself with ridiculous bangle jewelry, as if she's just stepped off the set of Liz & Dick. Deen, an actor who's better at "doing" than speaking, seems to recite his lines phonetically. And Schrader's direction feels like that of a UCLA sophomore with a running bar tab at the Chateau Marmont. It's utterly lifeless.
The moral rot of Spring Breakers is given pungent urgency by all that neon and Skrillex — you get caught up in the girls' crime spree and are even implicated in it yourself, because that film throbs with life. The Canyons doesn't even have a pulse. It's not so bad it's good. It's not destined to be a camp classic. It certainly will do nothing for Lohan's career. It's just bad. All it has going for it is an apt title that applies to the movie itself: a place you fall into until you hit rock bottom.
What do you think? Tell Christian Blauvelt directly on Twitter @Ctblauvelt and read more of his reviews on Rotten Tomatoes!
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Spring Breakers really did a number on its central cast. Ever since starring in the Skrillex-addled anxiety attack, the once angelic Selena Gomez has taken to much darker, more adult roles, such as in Getaway and Rudderless. Fellow Disney vet Vanessa Hudgens is following suit, as we can see in the new trailer for her next film, Frozen Ground.
The film stars Hudgens opposite John Cusack (another former teen star who opted for a dark path) and Nicolas Cage (who has always been a denizen of the nightmarish) in a story about the investigation of a serial kidnapper and killer. Cage plays agitated cop to Cusack's top suspect, with Hudgens — a prostitute — aiming to help in the case as she recovers from a narrowly escaped murder. Check out the trailer above, and catch the film in theaters August 23.
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Taylor Swift ruled the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (19May13), taking home eight top honours, including the prestigious Artist of the Year. Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 all led the way heading into the Las Vegas ceremony with 11 nods each, but it quickly became clear that the night belonged to the blonde star as she dominated the prizegiving from the offset.
She entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena a six-time winner from the pre-show announcements alone, claiming accolades such as Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Red and Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while she beat Adele, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepsen to be named Top Female Artist.
The singer added a further two trophies to her impressive haul during the big event itself, hosted by Tracy Morgan, but she wasn't the only one celebrating - Justin Bieber was another main Billboard honouree.
The Baby hitmaker fought off competition from Drake, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida and Jason Aldean to claim the Top Male Artist award, in addition to the Top Social Artist title and the inaugural Milestone Award, which was voted for by fans.
Other multiple winners included Rihanna, Gotye, One Direction and late Latin singer Jenni Rivera, while Madonna was feted as the Top Touring Artist.
Accepting her honour for her MDNA world tour, the Material Girl said, "They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took several international villages to put my show together and I would be here all night if I was to specifically thank all the people who were there to walk through the fire with me."
Thanking her fans, she added, "Without you I wouldn't have a show to do and a showgirl needs her fans so thank you for supporting me for three decades. Without you, I truly wouldn't be here."
Music highlights on the night came from the likes of Swift, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, while Pitbull doubled up for two sexy performances - first teaming up with a slimmed-down Christina Aguilera for Feel This Moment, with A-ha's very own Morten Harket as their special guest, and then joining Jennifer Lopez for an energetic rendition of Live It Up.
Bieber also hit the stage twice, much to the delight of his fans, performing his solo hit Take You and showing off a robotic dance routine with will.i.am for ThatPower.
Prince, the 2013 recipient of the Icon Award, closed the show in style, rocking out with a medley of his hits, including a slowed-down version of his classic Let's Go Crazy to bring the curtain down on a night of celebrations.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift
Top New Artist - One Direction
Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist - One Direction
Top R&B Artist - Rihanna
Top Rap Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist - fun.
Top Latin Artist - Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist - Madonna
Top EDM Artist - David Guetta
Top Christian Artist - tobyMac
Top Touring Artist - Madonna
Top Billboard 200 Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Pop Album - 21 by Adele
Top R&B Album - Unapologetic by Rihanna
Top Rap Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj
Top Country Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Album - Babel by Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Album - La Misma Gran Senora by Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Album - MDNA by Madonna
Top EDM Album - Bangarang by Skrillex
Top Christian Album - Eye On It by tobyMac
Top Hot 100 Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Radio Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Gangnam Style by Psy
Top Pop Song - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Top R&B Song - Diamonds by Rihanna
Top Rap Song - Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Top Country Song - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Latin Song - Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Telo
Top Dance Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top EDM Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top Christian Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman
Milestone Award - Justin Bieber
Icon Award - Prince.
All of the biggest names in music (well, Top 40 music, anyway) are up for awards at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. From Rihanna to Justin Bieber to Nicki Minaj to Jason Aldean to Adele, all of the artists you hear ad nauseum will be rewarded for their overwhelming ubiquitous presence in pop culture and, of course, their chart-topping songs, records, and tours.
Airing live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the all-star attending, Tracy Morgan-hosted event should promise some outrageous statements, fashion or otherwise. Among the big headliners include a performance by Prince and a special award for Madonna, who is receiving the Top Touring Artist honor.
We'll have the full list of winners updated for you throughout the night, so keep checking back.
Artist of the YearTaylor Swift
Top Rap ArtistNicki Minaj
Top Digital Song"Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
Top Rap Song"Thrift Shop"- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Top Touring Artist Madonna
Top Male ArtistJustin Bieber
Top EDM ArtistDavid Guetta
Top Hot 100 Song"Somebody That I Used to Know"- Gotye feat. Kimbra
Top Duo/GroupOne Direction
Top New ArtistOne Direction
Top Female ArtistTaylor Swift
Top Hot 100 ArtistMaroon 5
Top Billboard 200 ArtistTaylor Swift
Top Radio Songs ArtistRihanna
Top Social ArtistJustin Bieber
Top Streaming ArtistNicki Minaj
Top Pop ArtistOne Direction
Top R&B ArtistRihanna
Top Country ArtistTaylor Swift
Top Rock Artistfun.
Top Latin ArtistJenni Rivera
Top Dance ArtistMadonna
Top Christian ArtisttobyMac
Top Pop Album21- Adele
Top R&B AlbumUnapologetic- Rihanna
Top Rap AlbumPink Friday: Roman Reloaded - Nicki Minaj
Top Country Album Red- Taylor Swift
Top Rock AlbumBabel - Mumford & Sons
Top Latin AlbumLa Misma Gran Señora - Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Album MDNA - Madonna
Top EDM AlbumBangarang - Skrillex
Top Christian AlbumEye On It - tobyMac
Top Radio Song"Somebody That I Used to Know"- Gotye feat. Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Audio)"Somebody That I Used to Know"- Gotye feat. Kimbra
Top Steaming Song (Video)"Gangnam Style"- Psy
Top Pop Song"Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
Top R&B Song"Diamonds" - Rihanna
Top Country Song"We Are Never Getting Back Together" - Taylor Swift
Top Rock Song"Somebody That I Used to Know"- Gotye feat. Kimbra
Top Latin Song"Ai Se Eu Te Pego" - Michel Teló
Top Dance Song"Harlem Shake" - Baauer
Top EDM Song"Harlem Shake" - Baauer
Top Christian Song"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" - Matt Redman
Milestone AwardJustin Bieber
Icon Award Prince
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Superproducer Diplo has joined forces with dance DJ Skrillex to form a new band. The duo will make its performance debut as Jack U at the Mad Decent Block Party event in San Diego, California on 15 September (13).
Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Bruce Willis were among the famous faces in the crowd when The Rolling Stones took to the stage for a surprise show in Los Angeles on Saturday night (27Apr13). The British rockers are due to kick off their 50 & Counting North American tour at the Staples Center on 3 May (13), and they thrilled fans by playing an intimate warm-up show in the city.
Tickets for the concert at the Echoplex venue, which has a capacity of 700, sold for just $20 (£12.50) each and were allocated to fans via a ballot in the hours before the gig.
Hollywood actors Depp and Willis were in the audience, as well as former child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, DJ Skrillex, film mogul Brian Grazer and No Doubt rocker Tony Kanal.
A major figure of the dance music landscape of the early 2010s, Skrillex enjoyed a meteoric rise from relative obscurity on the Los Angeles club scene to the top of the electronica charts with such high-intensity EP releases as <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i> (2010) and <i>Bangarang</i> (2012). After a brief tenure as singer for the punk group From First to Last, Skrillex delved into electronic music, where his sonic approach - a heart-stopping fusion of catchy melodies that careened against shuddering bass lines - quickly won him favor among the genre's listeners and observers. His second EP, <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i>, solidified his star status by capturing a Grammy Award, while his fourth EP, <i>Bangarang</i>, underscored his acceptance in the mainstream by breaking into the Top 20 on the pop charts. Within a period of just three years, Skrillex - along with his DJ peer Deadmau5 - had become one of the world's foremost DJs, a hard-fought position in the relentlessly protean field of dance music.<p>Born Sonny John Moore on Jan. 15, 1988 in the Highland Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles, he was the son of an insurance claims officer who relocated the family to San Francisco and the Mojave Desert during his son's early adolescence. At the age of 12, Skrillex returned to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in a private school specializing in the arts. He also began frequenting punk and dance clubs in the city's downtown neighborhoods, which led to early stints in a variety of obscure punk groups. Upon discovering that he was adopted, the 16-year-old Moore became estranged from his family and headed for Georgia, where he became the singer for the band From First to Last. He recorded two albums with them between 2004 and 2005 before vocal problems forced him to leave the band in 2007.<p>The following year, he released a solo EP, <i>Gypsyhook</i> (2009), through Atlantic Records, but he soon shifted allegiances to dance music, performing under the alias Skrillex on the Los Angeles club scene. High-profile remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Bruno Mars, and the Black Eyed Peas substantially increased his profile, which led to a debut EP, <i>My Name is Skrillex</i>, which was released as a free download from his Myspace page in 2010. The EP cemented his particular style of dance music, which blended elements of electronica, dubstep and house with the aggression of post-punk rock-n-roll in a sound earmarked by sudden and alarming bass drops which left the melody and beat unmoored in bursts of chaotic noise.<p>The critical acclaim earned by the EP brought Skrillex to the attention of fellow electronic music iconoclast Deadmau5, who signed him to his mau5trap recordings label. A second EP, <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i> (2010), solidified Skrillex's position at the forefront of the dance music scene by reaching No. 49 on the <i>Billboard</i> albums chart, while breaking into the Top 5 on the Dance/Electronic albums chart. A follow-up, <i>More Monsters and Sprites</i> (2011), featured remixes of the previous album's title track, as well as the song "First of the Year (Equinox)," which reached No. 85 on the <i>Billboard</i> singes chart. That same year, Skrillex was nominated for five awards at the 54th Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, and won three, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i> and Best Dance Recording for the title track. Collaborations with mainstream artists like Korn on the single "Get Up" (2011) soon followed, as did his soundtracks for television ad spots for Playstation, 3, among others. The year was rounded out by the launch of Skrillex's own label, OWSLA.<p>Skrillex expanded upon his established sound with his fourth EP, <i>Bangarang</i> (2012), which incorporated elements of progressive rock, ska and even classic rock, as evidenced by a collaboration with the surviving members of the Doors on "Breakn' a Sweat." The EP became his most successful release to date, reaching No. 14 on the <i>Billboard</i> albums chart while topping the Dance/Electronic chart. He subsequently teamed with Bob Marley's son, singer Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the single "Make It Bun Dem," that same year, then partnered with German music producer/DJ Boys Noize for a side project called Dog Blood, which released a debut EP, <i>Next Order/Middle Finger</i> (2012). <p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>