Demi Lovato ended the North American leg of her Neon Lights tour on Sunday night (30Mar14) covered in silly string and whipped cream, thanks to her opening act, girl group Fifth Harmony. The young singers surprised Lovato by shoving a cream pie in her face after their final show in Indianapolis, Indiana, to which the Skyscraper singer joked to one of the members, "When I see you in L.A., your a** is mine!"
Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock is recovering after she was hit on the head by a falling prop during the British girl group's show with Demi Lovato. The Wings hitmakers are supporting Lovato on her North American Neon Lights tour alongside another all-girl pop group, Fifth Harmony.
Some of Fifth Harmony's props remained onstage during Little Mix's performance at one of the shows and Pinnock fell to the floor after she struck by one of the objects.
Bandmate Perrie Edwards tells MTV News, "Leigh-Ann is the most dramatic person you will ever meet, but this time bless her because honestly my heart went out to her. Fifth Harmony have these things (props), and obviously no one knew they were going to be wobbling like the way they were. And then we were just doing our own thing and then the next thing you know this thing just comes down and cracks Leigh-Anne on the head."
Pinnock adds, "I fell to the floor and the mic (microphone) went into my nose. I got a nice big lip, but I didn't put any ice on it because I wanted it to stay plump. It's a miracle really."
Singer/actress Demi Lovato is set to step down as a judge on hit reality show The X Factor next year (14) to focus on her music, according to a U.S. report. The Skyscraper singer will wrap up her second season on the talent competition's judging panel, alongside Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, following its two-part finale this week (18&19Dec13) - and she won't be back.
A source tells People.com, "She plans to spend next year completely focused on her music. She had a great run and a good time."
Lovato will embark on her first arena tour in February (14), and will be joined by The X Factor alums Cher Lloyd, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony for the trek.
Show creator Cowell has announced The X Factor will return to TV screens for its fourth season in 2014, although it is not yet known whether he, Rowland or Rubio will be heading back as judges.
The Jonas Brothers enjoyed a part reunion on Thursday night (12Dec13) when Joe and Nick Jonas reteamed at a Christmas show in New York. The trio, Joe, Nick and Kevin, called it quits in October (13) after pulling the plug on their North American tour. They later revealed a series of furious bust-ups had prompted the split.
However, Jonas Brothers fans got the chance to see two-thirds of the boyband at the KISS 98.5 FM's Kissmas Bash at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo when Joe and Nick rocked out on stage together.
The duo sang a number of their former band's hits, and Joe took to Twitter.com after the event to thank the crowd for a warm welcome.
He wrote, "We had a great time last night thank you Buffalo for makin our wildest dreams come true. All of them."
The pair didn't explain why their older brother Kevin missed the show.
The Wanted and Fifth Harmony also performed at the event.
Katy Perry is beaming light from the top of the U.S. album charts after rocketing to number one with her new release Prism. Released during her birthday celebrations last week (beg21Oct13), the album has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 286,000 sales, giving Perry her second chart-topper.
Perry, who is currently in Japan as part of a global promotional tour, also hit the top spot with Teenage Dream in 2010.
Prism shines in what is otherwise a poor sales week in America - sales were greater than those of the other top nine albums combined.
Last week's number one, Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt, slides to two, while Drake's Nothing Was the Same moves up a spot to three and Miley Cyrus' Bangerz slips two spots to four.
Lorde's Pure Heroine rounds out the new top five at five, ahead of new entries from Simon Cowell's new girl band Fifth Harmony (Better Together) and DJ Khaled (Suffering From Success).
Meanwhile, teenager Lorde has scored a fifth week at the top of the U.S. singles chart with Royals.
Perry stays put at two with her girl power anthem Roar and Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball is also unmoved at three.
Music and reality TV mogul Simon Cowell left his pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman at home on Monday (07Oct13) as he celebrated his 54th birthday with his ex Terri Seymour and a group of pals. The X Factor boss, who will become a first-time father early next year (14), enjoyed a night out at West Hollywood hotspot Sur and was joined by his fellow former American Idol judge Randy Jackson and TV presenter Seymour as he marked his big day.
As the party left the venue in a waiting car, Seymour was photographed appearing to sit on the birthday boy's lap to make room for another friend, with Cowell leaning back and covering his eyes.
Seymour and Cowell dated for six years until 2008 and have remained close.
Meanwhile, Cowell's birthday started with a big clean up - his new girl group Fifth Harmony wished the mogul a happy birthday by attacking his house with toilet paper. They also surprised him by hanging up a huge banner which read: 'Happy 87th Birthday Simon!'.
Simon Cowell's new girl group Fifth Harmony wished the TV and music mogul a 54th birthday with a toilet paper attack on his house on Monday (07Oct13). The quintet showed up at Cowell's Beverly Hills pad early on Monday and hurled toilet paper at the property, according to TMZ.com.
Cowell awoke to find it hanging from trees and windows. The girls, who Simon signed to a record deal after they performed on The X Factor in America last season, also hung a banner that read: 'Happy 87th Birthday Simon!'
Due to the fact that everyone at Hollywood.com is over the age of 16 — believe it or not! — we had absolutely no idea how to react to the following news: British boy band One Direction has just released a brand new poster for their upcoming 3-D movie, One Direction: This Is Us. And because we did not want to deprive the Internet of the appropriate reaction that this Earth-shattering news clearly deserves, we’ve called up a One Direction expert to share her professional opinion.
Meet 13-year-old Sloane Osmers, an advid “Directioner” who has been eagerly supporting the boy band since they got their start on The UK’s X Factor in 2010. With more than 57 items of One Direction memorabilia decorating each and every wall of her room — including a life-sized cutout of Niall Horan that “scares” her family's cleaning lady — Osmers is the perfect person to enlighten the Internet with how exciting this news should be.
Behold the uninterrupted, teary-eyed response, which lasted one minute and seven seconds:
"[Gasps] OH MY GOSH! [gasps] Oh my gosh! Look at Louis [Tomlinson], he looks SO cute theeeere! Oh my gooooosh! Oh my gosh! Oh okay, oh no, this is, no, I’m so, I just… oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gooosh!!! Oh my gosh Leanne! Like, oh my goooosh! Oh my gosh! [Gasps] They’re all so… noooo! I just can’t, oh my goooosh! OH MY GOSH! This looks AMAZING! Oh my gosh. Like I’m… I’m going to cry again, this is like, no… no. This is my moment. This is my Beyoncé moment! Oh my gosh, oh my GOSH! This is amazing! I can’t WAIT! Can August 30th come right now? Because like I’m going to cry. It’s amazing, it’s like PERFECT. They look amazing — as always! They look so cute! Oh my gosh Niall playing the electric guitar?! Oh my gosh! They look so cute! I LOVE it!"
There you have it, Internet. This is exactly how you should be responding after seeing the newest poster for the movie poster in which the five Brits will share their story — in 3-D! — in theaters across the country this summer. They will make billions of dollars while millions of girls — who were all born after 1999, you old fogie — scream and cry with overwhelming happiness.
Don't miss One Direction: This Is Us when it hits theaters Friday, August 30.
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We are in the Beyoncé era. A woman is officially the most beloved person in music (if you disagree, go ahead and try to get a ticket to one of her Mrs. Carter Tour shows, and let me know how many buckets of tears you cried when you're done), so in a way she's right: Girls run the world. Well, girls can run the world, but if we trot away from Beyoncé's solo excellence and over to the realm of bands, pop groups, and ensembles, it's a man's world. That's why, as skeptical as we are about Scarlett Johansson's new girl band venture, it's exactly what the music world needs.
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Wednesday, ScarJo announced that she's returned to music with her band The One and Only Singles. "We're kind of doing a Go-Gos thing," she told Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa on Live! With Kelly and Michael, as Noisey first reported. For anyone who took the time to listen to Johansson's middling 2008 album of Tom Waits covers (and one original song) Where I Lay My Head — which had most critics scratching their heads, as only a few sang muddled, ambiguous praises — this news is rather middling as well. But there is one very good thing about ScarJo's venture: chatter.
A great, majorly successful girl band is something the music industry is largely missing. Hell, even a great indie or marginally successful girl band is far more difficult to find than a million beloved bands comprised of male musicians (and while Brittany Howard's frontwoman role in the Alabama Shakes is nothing short of kick ass, the Shakes is a band that's mostly men). This defecit is something even the broad strokes judges on American Idol and The X Factor can see: both Nicki Minaj and Simon Cowell have professed that there's a great big gap in the market just waiting for the right girl group to step in and reap the benefits. And they're right.
For some reason, unlike the Brits who latch onto girl groups quite easily and follow them quite ardently (lucky you, Girls Aloud and more recently, The Saturdays) Americans haven't elevated an all-girl group to star status since the fall of Destiny's Child. It's time.
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Cowell's pet project Fifth Harmony is certainly doing its best to be women's answer to One Direction, covering Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" with as much sacharrine pizzazz as possible to drum up some publicity on Wednesday, but they haven't quite bridged the gap.
In the world of critically beloved, but lesser-known music, Los Angeles-based Dum Dum Girls impressed critics across the board with their EP End of Daze, even receiving the "Best New Music" rating from Pitchfork. And while their critical success in encouraging, letting us dare to hope that this is beginning of something much bigger, one fantastic EP isn't the thing that will push the potential movement into hyperdrive.
Johnasson's new venture, however, could certainly be the third integral piece to this puzzle. While Fifth Harmony works on the younger, Beiber-loving set and Dum Dum Girls work on the more discerning music-lover, Johansson puts a famous face on the idea of the "girl group," giving it far more lift than those folks the average music fan might see as nameless faces.
Of course, while our hope is that Johansson's Go-Gos-inspired band is great, there's always the chance The One and Only Singles will make us hide our faces in shame for having dreamed even the tiniest dream that they could be decent. But, even without an album by which to judge the group, a famous face throwing her name into the ring in the quest to bring about the return of the girl band is an element that certain can't hurt.
Perhaps we Americans are secretly, inherently a sexist expanse of music-listeners who can't get into a group unless there's a man somewhere in there, holding down the fort, but I'd like to think we're not that hopeless.
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It's hard to care about today's news that Khloe Kardashian may have gotten fired from her gig co-hosting Fox's repetitive singing show The X Factor. That's like getting news that your 92-year-old grandmother, who has been in a coma for six months, just got a little bit worse. We can all see the ending coming, we're just all hoping its as graceful as it can be.
However Simon Cowell the creator of the show (or, more aptly, the man who microwaved American Idol's leftovers and tried to pawn it off as a whole new meal) is not going gently into that good night. The show has been officially renewed for a third season, but what can we expect? The shell of a shell of a shell, that's what. Simon, just let it go already. This was a failure, and it's only going to get worse.
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The news about Khloe just highlights the problem with the show: nothing Fox or the producers threw at us worked. They booted original host Steve Jones, a British dental hygiene ad with about as much personality, after the first low-rated season and got a Kardashian and a Mario Lopez. That was sure to work! Who doesn't love these two?! That will get viewers! It didn't.
Then Britney Spears was brought on as a judge to add some star wattage. She was supposed to fill Paula Abdul's spot as the unpredictable one that people tuned in to see possibly slump over in her seat for no discernible reason. And after countless articles about who the hosts would be and speculation in all sorts of directions, Demi Lovato was brought on to bring the kids, something that Nicole Scherzinger couldn't do in Season 1. It didn't work. Season 2 premiered to dismal ratings and it didn't get any better.
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It seems like no amount of money or any tricks of the trade will work for the show. There are only so many weapons in the singing competition show arsenal and changing the hosts and the judges are about it. Still, while these switches may keep interest up during the off season there is little proof that they work. Even after adding Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj to Idol this season the ratings are still sagging. If Simon Cowell could get Justin Bieber, the remaining members of the Beatles, and the ghost of Michael Jackson to host, Season 3 still won't be a hit. America just doesn't care about X Factor the same way that our British cousins do. Britney is calling it quits and so is L.A. Reid, the only host who survived the culling after Season 1. Right now Cowell is the only one confirmed to be back on the panel and that's only because he refuses to fire himself.
That means this spring is sure to set off a flurry of new speculation about who will host and who will judge . We don't care. We really don't. It's already hard enough to care about the ever-shifting dynamics of Idol to be able to care about this show too, one that most people never watched anyway. And all those articles and all that stunt casting isn't going to help. Neither is bringing back Cheryl Cole the beloved host of the British version who got sacked before the first season State-side because Fox was worried that Americans wouldn't understand her accent. That is not going to work. Nothing is going to work. Like your grandmother in the coma you can hope every day that her eyes will pop open and she'll be as good as new, but that doesn't mean that science is on your side. Or luck or probability or good sense.
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The problem is that this is a knock-off show in an already saturated market. The Voice has already picked up the remainder of the audience that wants to watch a singing show other than Idol and there's not room for anything else. I know it's got to be hard to say you're wrong, Simon, but it's time to let X Factor die. It's the humane thing to do.
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