Archive for 2014

Beyonce, Jay Z Channel ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ in ‘On the Run’ Concert Film

September 22, 2014 9:04 am
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In June, Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off their 19-date North American On the Run tour, which took the couple through cities including Miami, Ontario, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

For the “Crazy in Love” artists only two international stops in Paris, France on September 12 and 13, Director Jonas Åkerlund filmed over the two-day event, which aired the concerts on HBO over the weekend.

The documentary chronicled the visual and musical experience that came together at the power couple’s OTR tour. The stage was produced with home videos of Bey and Jay on vacation, clips of their daughter Blue Ivy, and ecstasy-evoking flashes of lights that were projected on the large screens.

The concert film also provided fans with love-tingled performances between the Carters, which only struck down the couple’s divorce rumors stemming from Solange and Jay’s notorious elevator fight.

The spectacle opened with Bey in a mesh headgear and HOV in sunglasses during their performance of “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.” The setlist — featuring over 40 songs — also included their collaborative tracks “Upgrade U,” “Crazy in Love,” and “Drunk in Love.”

During one the 33-year-old’s performance of “Flawless,” she was joined onstage by Nicki Minaj, who dropped her guest verse from the song’s official remix.

Check out a few of the highlights from Beyonce and Jay’s On the Run tour below:

Emma Watson in U.N. Speech: I’m More Than ‘Harry Potter Girl’

September 22, 2014 8:31 am
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We already knew that Emma Watson was the perfect mix of brains and beauty, and this just solidified our admiration of her.

On Saturday, the actress delivered a moving speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the HeForShe campaign, the goal of which is motivating men and boys to end gender inequality.

“The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” Emma, 24, began after being introduced by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “If there is one thing I know for certain is that this has to stop.”

The Harry Potter star, who graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature in May, went on to reveal her history with her own feminism ideals.

“When I was 8, I was called bossy because I wanted to direct a play we would put on for our parents,” she continued. “When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. At 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of sports teams because they didn’t want to appear masculine. At 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings.”

After talking about how she chose to become a feminist, Emma added that she felt support from her family and friends. “My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences are the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it but they are the inadvertent feminists needed in the world today. We need more of those.”

She then shifted her speech to address the male gender. “Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and heart disease. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.”

Although she spoke eloquently, Emma did admit she had “nervousness” and “moments of doubt” as she prepared for the big moment, but wanted to express that she was much more than Hermoine Granger.

“You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make it better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel it is my responsibility to say something.”

The Complete Guide to iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2

September 21, 2014 1:07 am
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It was hard to top the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival between Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Usher … but Saturday’s show was right there.

One Direction kicked it all off, followed by Ed Sheeran who was joined by Macklemore for an unforgettable collaboration of “Same Love.”

More memorable performances continued throughout the night courtesy of Lorde, Train, Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Paramore, and finally, Calvin Harris.

One Direction had us swooning with “Little Things”

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Harry Styles and the luckies water bottle ever

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 Pucker up, Harry!

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But hey, he’s not perfect … just check out his failed attempt at crowd surfing

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Macklemore and Ed Sheeran’s “Same Love” had us begging for more collaborations between the two

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Lorde had us in a trance with her voice (and those dance moves)

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We were all about Meghan Trainor and “That Bass”

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Iggy Azalea put in some “Work”

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… And she gave us flashbacks to that “Booty” video with Jennifer Lopez

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Paramore’s Hayley Williams brought up one very lucky fan to sing (and dance) on “Misery Business” … and she killed it

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 Calvin Harris approved of audience participation during “Sweet Nothing”

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 … And those spirit fingers! Who else but the Scottish DJ can get away with that?

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Calvin brought out John Newman for “Blame” … and they shut it down with pyro and dance moves

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Backstage at Night 2 of 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival: Photos

September 21, 2014 12:56 am
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Night 2 of the iHeartRadio Music Festival brought just as much huge talent as Friday night!

But before acts like One Direction, Paramore, Macklemore, Iggy Azalea, and Fergie made it to the stage, we caught them backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Check out some of our favorite behind-the-scenes moments:

Macklemore Joins Ed Sheeran for ‘Same Love’ at iHeartRadio Music Festival

September 20, 2014 8:55 pm
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There were tons of surprises at the iHeartRadio Music Festival — between Ariana Grande joining Nicki Minaj for “Bang Bang” and Chris Brown stepping onstage with Usher for “New Flame” on Friday night — but the one collaboration that had us on the edge of our seats was when Macklemore came out during Ed Sheeran‘s set for “Same Love.”

The British singer started off by himself singing the chorus made famous Mary Lambert, which we thought was just him doing another one of his great covers … until the rapper jumped onstage.

After their incredibly moving performance, the two hugged it out before Ed continued his set with “A Team.”

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5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea, More Perform at iHRMF Village

September 20, 2014 7:46 pm
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The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival continued with daytime performances in Las Vegas on Saturday.

5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, and Meghan Trainor, were among the artists who took the stage at the MGM Resorts Village. Hip-hop heavyweight Macklemore stepped out as a surprise performer when he shared the stage with Fences for their collaborative track “Arrows.”

Day 1 of the iHRMF saw performances from Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Usher, and Nicki Minaj. The two-day event will conclude with acts put on by One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Calvin Harris, and more.

Check out the photo gallery from the MGM Resorts Village performances below:

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September 20, 2014 6:44 pm
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Don’t forget to wish @officialellenk a happy bday! Shes ur voice for #iheartradio

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Not a halloween costume…this will all make sense tonight at #iHeartRadio

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Everything That Went Down at iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1

September 20, 2014 12:19 am
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Some of the biggest stars in music gathered under one roof for night one of the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The festival kicked off on Friday with performances by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande,  and Nicki Minaj — who was joined by the “Break Free” singer during “Bang Bang.”

The two-day event will resume with day time performances by Meghan Trainor, Lil Jon, and 5 Seconds of Summer at the MGM Resorts Village, before making its way back to the main stage with One Direction, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, and more on Saturday evening.

Click through the photo gallery below and let us know who you were excited to see at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival … and for Night 2’s recap, click HERE!

Taylor Swift opened the show … and shook it off in a sparkly crop top

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin stopped to take a selfie

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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj got booty-ful

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Nicki Minaj got some action during “Anaconda”

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Bastille got the crowd pumped during “Pompeii”

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Steve Aoki caked some “lucky” fans

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Pete Wentz “crowd surfing” to Steve Aoki

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Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty”-“Wiggle”-“Trumpets” medley

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Ariana Grande did her cute “Problem” dance

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Usher brought out special guest Chris Brown

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… Then the “Good Kisser” singer set his shoes on fire and closed out the show

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