Kings Of Leon star Jared Followill had a terrifying brush with airport security guards in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week (beg11Nov13) when he was stopped in Dubai for carrying an electronic cigarette. The bassist, who touched down in the city on Wednesday (13Nov13) with his bandmates, was reportedly confronted by a security team at the airport over his electronic cigarette, which are banned in the country.
The star took to Twitter.com to tell fans about the incident, writing, "Just had the life scared out of me at security in Dubai. Apparently it's not just my bros (brothers) who think e-cigs (sic) are uncool. Almost locked up abroad."
Eminem led the winners at the 2013 Mtv Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, on Sunday (10Nov13), taking home two awards and securing his lead as the artist with the most EMAs ever. The rapper won the Best Hip Hop prize and was awarded the the Global Icon trophy for his continued success over the last decade. He has now won 15 MTV EMAs - more than anyone else.
He also took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God before Will Ferrell, dressed as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, presented him with his Global Icon accolade.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had led nominations ahead of the ceremony, but Timberlake went home empty handed, while the hitmaking duo had to make do with the prize for Best New Act.
Miley Cyrus stole the spotlight during the ceremony - the former Hannah Montana star performed twice, opening the event with a rendition of her We Can't Stop hit accompanied by a leather-clad little person, who she groped and spanked. Miley then returned to the stage for an impassioned performance of Wrecking Ball, which won her the Best Video award.
Her pal Katy Perry scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally, while and absent Justin Bieber was named Best Male for the second year in a row. He accepted his award via a video link from South America, where he is currently on tour.
Other performance highlights came from Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character appeared in a number of skits throughout the night, guiding the viewers around Amsterdam with a canal trip accompanied by Daft Punk lookalikes and making a confused visit to the city's famous red light district.
LMFAO star Redfoo hosted the evening and donned nine different costumes, including one which appeared to be edible.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Song: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Pop: Justin Bieber
Best New Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Live Act: Beyonce
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Video: MIley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Best Look: Harry Styles
Best World Stage: Linkin Park - Mexico 2012
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel
Best Push: Austin Mahone - April 2013
Best Worldwide Act: Chris Lee, China
The Who, the Pixies and actress Evan Rachel Wood have led tributes to rock legend Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13), aged 71. The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away five months after a liver transplant and the rock world has been stunned by the tragic news.
A post on The Who's official Twitter.com page reads: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side", while Frank Black and his Pixies bandmates add, "R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND."
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, British rocker Carl Barat, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, Nile Rodgers, former My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter, while new mum Wood stated, "I am really bummed out today. Lost one of the greats."
Weezer also offered up their thoughts about Reed's passing, tweeting, "R.I.P Lou Reed - VU (Velvet Underground) was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and (producer) Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him."
Meanwhile, rock historian Martin Lewis, who has produced an upcoming DVD box-set of Amnesty International concerts that feature Lou Reed prominently, performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others, tells WENN, "Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him.
"He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the Human Rights Concerts series, performing at all six concerts on Amnesty's A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour in June, 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts.
"He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone - including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."
U.S. band Haim has beat Justin Timberlake to the top spot in the U.K. album chart. The Suit & Tie hitmaker's The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 was leading the sisters' debut, Days Are Gone, all week, but on Sunday (06Oct13) they finished 2,100 copies ahead, making it the closest race of the year (13).
Last week's (begs30Sep13) number one album - Mechanical Bull by Kings Of Leon - slipped down to three, while Arctic Monkeys' AM static and Drake's Nothing Was The Same rounded out the top five.
In the singles chart, OneRepublic scored their first ever U.K. number one track with Counting Stars, closely followed by The Vamps' Can We Dance.
Jason Derulo fell to three with Talk Dirty, Katy Perry was at four with Roar and Chase and Status' Count on Me came in at five.
Kings Of Leon stars Nathan and Caleb Followill realised they were destined to become rock stars after sneaking into a karaoke bar as teenagers and performing Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music. The siblings couldn't believe their luck when their rendition of the song took the audience by storm - and won them a clutch of female fans.
Caleb tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "It was my 18th birthday, on Bourbon Street (in New Orleans, Louisiana)... and that was actually the first time I ever got onstage and sang.
"A woman flashed us and we looked at each other and were like, 'All right, I guess this is what we're gonna do forever'."
Drake has scored the second biggest album sales week of the year (13) in America as Nothing Was The Same rockets to the Billboard 200 top spot. The rapper's new release picked up 658,000 sales to debut at number one ahead of new albums by Elton John, Cher and Kings of Leon.
Only Justin Timberlake has landed more sales in one week - his The 20/20 Experience debuted with 968,000 copies sold in March (13).
Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull debuts at two on the new chart with 110,000 first-week sales and Cher lands her highest solo debut ever at three with Closer to the Truth, her first album since 2002's Living Proof. Elton John's The Diving Board opens at four to give him his 18th top 10.
Last week's number one, Jack Johnson's From Here to Now to You, falls to five on the new countdown.
Kings Of Leon have ridden to the top of the U.K. albums chart with Mechanical Bull. The rockers' sixth studio release beat rapper Drake to number one - Nothing Was The Same debuted at two, while British pop star Jessie J was another new entry at three with Alive.
Arctic Monkeys' AM slipped to fourth place and Jason Derulo rounded out the top five with Tattoos.
The R&B singer fared better in the U.K. singles chart - Talk Dirty remained in first place for a second week, holding off competition from Katy Perry's Roar.
Soul superstar Stevie Wonder used his set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday (28Sep13) to call for gun laws in the U.S. to be tightened. The Superstition hitmaker was one of the headliners at the Central Park concert, which aims to help tackle poverty worldwide, but he also drew fans' attention to the hot-topic weapons ownership debate.
He declared to the crowd of 60,000, "We must do something about the gun laws in this country," before noting that John Lennon was gunned down nearby in 1980 - and then performing the Beatles icon's world peace anthem Imagine.
During his set, Wonder also invited onstage Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, as well as singers Janelle Monae and Maxwell, according to The New York Times.
The 63-year-old singer was the final act of the five-hour concert, following sets by John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Elvis Costello.
In July (13), Wonder vowed never to perform in Florida again until a controversial self-defence law is abolished following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who gunned down teenager Trayvon Martin in February, 2012.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than a decade since the Y2K debacle, which was probably one of the most ridiculous scares ever. The 2000s were a new beginning for a lot of things, including the music scene. In the naughts, pop and a new (autotuned) kind of hip-hop dominated the mainstream airwaves, but there were glimmers of awesomeness every couple of years.
Although it’s too early to say which new artists from the '00s were the most influential, here’s a rundown of 7 debut albums from the last 10 years that will most likely have a lasting power in the music world.
The Strokes: Is This It (2001) The Strokes’ debut album’s influence was felt immediately, with dozens of knock-off bands wanting to ride the garage rock wave along with the Strokes, Hives and White Stripes. Nothing came close to Is This It, though. Hands down one of the most influential albums of the decade, the flawless distortion and new age Lou Reed-like vocals on Is This It turned the Strokes into overnight sensations. Everyone from Kings of Leon, the Killers, and the Bravery got their starts by adopting the Strokes’ style, and their debut will no doubt stand the test of time.
The Libertines: Up the Bracket (2002) What the Strokes were in America, the Libertines were in the U.K. In a rather banal time when music desperately needed some guitar rock to kick in the door and shake things up a bit, the Libertines came in to save the day with the great Up the Bracket. The album was pure frantic garage rock, rooted in punk from both sides of the pond (think Stooges and Pistols had a baby), and offered more than just great music – Up the Bracket started a new kind of lifestyle, complete with Libertine-isms, shiny jackets, and slicked back hair (thanks, Carl Barat). Like the Strokes, the Libertines also influenced many bands that came up after them, including the View, Left Hand, and the Arctic Monkeys.
White Stripes: Elephant (2003) Elephant wasn’t the White Stripes’ for real-for real debut, but it was their first after being signed to a major label. This is the album that really introduced the band to the mainstream and, along with Is This It, is definitely one of the decade’s most influential albums. The perfect mix of garage rock, blues, and punk catapulted the White Stripes into fame and, not surprisingly, also inspired a legion of imitators trying to make a band with the most basic ingredients: guitar and drums. The album was made in 4 short weeks and should be put in a museum, if only because it gave us one of the greatest non-bass basslines in music history with “Seven Nation Army.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell (2003) Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the raw garage rock of the Strokes and melded it into an even rawer, deeper, garage punk sound on their 2003 debut, Fever to Tell. With Karen O’s wildly gorgeous vocals and music that sounded like it had gone through a Turn This Noise to Eleven blender, Fever to Tell was a masterpiece in 2 parts – the first half of the album was frenzied and wild, while the second half was more introspective and controlled. Yeah Yeah Yeahs helped bring art punk to the forefront and inspired many a-ladies to learn how to yell at the top of their lungs and still sound classy.
Kanye West: The College Dropout (2004) Regardless of the fact that he’s thisclose to becoming a bona fide caricature of himself, Kanye West’s debut album is still a force to be reckoned with. West took rap in a completely different direction with The College Dropout, spitting about insecurities, desires, and worldly reflections instead of the usual hyper-masculine, haughty bravado that was dominating rap. While not the first rapper to do this by any means, West’s debut brought self-reflective and self-conscious rap back to the mainstream.
Arcade Fire: Funeral (2004) Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire took the music world by Quebecois storm with their 2004 debut, Funeral. The somber debut that dealt with family deaths wound up being one of the most beautiful records of the decade, with their baroque pop influence and flair for drama making the band stand out from the abundance of other indie rockers that made up the scene. Funeral took indie rock to a new level, proving that you didn’t need 2 members in a band to be legit and you shouldn’t be afraid to dream the most grandiose dreams for your musical vision. Arcade Fire also helped make parking lots cool again, so there’s that.
Arular (2005) M.I.A.’s debut album was a brilliant mix of grime, hip hop, dancehall, electro, and Southeast Asian influences. Few would be able to hold their own under the vast influences that were drawn from to make the record, but M.I.A. did more than hold her own, making politics and social change something you can dance to. M.I.A.’s sound on Arular was unique and fresh, and the effects of her genre mash-ups is still felt in pop culture, including in hip hop production and pop music (M.I.A. was the original crazy-eccentric chick of the naughts).
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"I'd hide their names throughout the lyrics. It was a great song but it was a folksy-sounding song and the rest of the record is more fast paced, rock 'n' roll, so it didn't make the cut." Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill proved he is now a real family man by incorporating the names of the band's wives and children, including his daughter Dixie Pearl, in a song for their new album Mechanical Bull.