On May 15, Adam Lambert returned with Trespassing, the long-awaited followup to his 2010 debut. The album presents the "American Idol" alum as a man at odds, its first half a parade of electro-inspired party anthems, followed by a glimpse at Glambert's "dark side," a series of emotionally charged ballads, marking a collective departure from the decadent glam-rock that won fans over on "Idol."
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Lambert recently visited AOL Music's Los Angeles studio, where he performed a selection of songs from the new album, showcasing his tremendous range, whilst trading jokes with his band. After his impassioned performance, we talked with Adam about his incredible journey from "Idol" contestant to pop icon, touching on everything from his relationship with boyfriend Sauli Koskinen and their plans for fatherhood, to the inspiration he's received from his loyal fan base. Lambert also opened up about the "dark side" of
Trespassing ... the side he's previously kept hidden from his fans.
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, although Rihanna
has adopted a blithely unconcerned attitude of late
, the "Cockiness" singer has been notably quiet in response to the various barbs thrown her way by her ex
, Chris Brown
, and sometime beau Drake
. However, hip-hop's elder statesman Russell Simmons has come to her defense
, tweeting on Mother's Day
(May 13) "Everyone needs to get off @rihanna's d--k..." and attaching a link to a two-paragraph missive
he posted on his website.
Accompanied by "scandalous" photos from Rihanna's recent shoot with Terry Richardson
, the post addresses the various members of the music industry
who have been "recently talking about 'good girl gone bad,' Rihanna," and further chastises her critics and ex-flames et al for insulting the singer for behavior which they applaud themselves for.
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, Jennifer Lopez
, 42, has given her dancer boyfriend Casper Smart, 25, a big promotion
For Smart's 25th birthday back in April (the same month J.Lo's erstwhile husband Marc Anthony
filed for divorce), Lopez bought the youngster a Dodge Ram truck
, and now she's giving him a new job as choreographer for her upcoming 20-date tour with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin Y Yandel
Lopez announced the move during a press conference about the tour, her first (in her mind, anyway
), on Monday (April 30), revealing that her young beau would be composing her moves.
Pop-punk band All-American Rejects dropped by AOL Music's Los Angeles studio recently to perform a selection of songs from their forthcoming album 'Kids in the Street' -- which is in stores today (March 26). Following the band's typically energetic performance, we talked with singer/bassist Tyson Ritter and lead guitarist Nick Wheeler about their writing process, their early years in the Oklahoma punk scene, the women that drove them to write songs like their new single 'Beekeeper's Daughter' and the reason they'll never put out a dance-pop record.
Mostly, however, we let Tyson and Nick talk amongst themselves, with the occasional aside from rhythm guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylor, which proved to be every bit as arbitrary and hilarious as one might expect.
On 'Kids in the Street,' Nick and Tyson went off and wrote the songs together in various locations, which has become something of a tradition for you guys. When and where did that start?
Tyson Ritter: We started writing songs on little adventures across the United States for our second record, 'Move Along.' It was sort of an accident, because we lived in this Utopian retirement community in Florida. We decided to run as far as we could get from Los Angeles and New York, so we found this little sleepy town in north Florida, and it was just too perfect ... When we started writing for 'Kids in the Street,' we kind of just were already in that rhythm, and it took us to the mountains.
Pop-punk band All-American Rejects
dropped by AOL Music's Los Angeles studio recently to perform a selection of songs from their forthcoming album 'Kids in the Street' -- in stores Monday (March 26). After the energetic performance, we talked with Tyson Ritter and co. about their unlikely road to fame, leaving Oklahoma for Los Angeles, the women that drove them to write songs like their new single 'Beekeeper's Daughter
,' and much, much more. Mostly, however, we let them talk amongst themselves, which proved to be every bit as arbitrary and hilarious as one might expect. While we await the premiere of All-American Rejects' Sessions
on Monday (March 26), here's a Behind-the-Sessions preview of the performance, interview and photo shoot. Get psyched!
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, things come to a head in the new Usher video
, as the Atlanta crooner brings things to a 'Climax'
in the volatile new clip for his collaboration with dance producer Diplo
Usher spends a large part of the Sam Pilling-directed visual looking tortured
, as he stews in his car outside an apparent ex's house, with a gun stashed in his glove compartment, weighing his options.
In one scenario, he charges up the stairs, grabs her by the neck and takes her to the bedroom, playing a dangerous game of chicken with her new man. In another, he simply pulls away, avoiding incident.
"It's odd that people view 'Climax' as a sexual song," Usher said in a recent interview
. "It's not. It's not even about sex. It's really about the ultimate
experience or finale
of an experience of love and life ... It's about an out-of-control experience, when a person
has reached the peak of that experience."
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Hot on the heels of the pair of teasers they recently leaked
, Nicki Minaj
and David Guetta
have released a visual for their chart-topping dance single 'Turn Me On.'
Taking cues from 'Frankenstein,' the Sanji-directed video
features a mechanized Minaj in a black top hat and pink locks
, looking half Elvira, half Elizabethan, trailing an axe and escaping on horseback, whilst being antagonized by nude mannequins.
Her re-animator Guetta
, however, appears to suffer a different fate, as he is surrounded by plastic women, enveloped in some kind of chainmail, and never seen again.