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There have been miming accusations levelled at Dolly Parton’s crowd-pleasing Glastonbury set, we look at the evidence.
It’s nothing new for a universally acclaimed artist to mime in front of huge crowds. Eminem mimed his way through his 2013 Reading Festival headline appearance and still received a mostly positive reaction from a boisterous crowd. But for most live music enthusiasts, an artist miming in a live setting is nothing short of a heinous crime, an unforgivable cardinal sin that betrays the entire point and of live performance and leaves the artist devoid of integrity. Perhaps that best explains the furore that greeted Dolly Parton’s Glastonbury set as many people asked the question- “was Dolly miming?”
'Mimegate' sparked a huge debate over whether the singer was actually singing during her set.
Continue reading: Was Dolly Parton Really Miming At Glastonbury?
Eminem becomes the first artist to receive two Digital Single Diamond awards from the RIAA. Which songs do you think landed him the honor?
After thirteen Grammy Awards, six number one albums, and a billion other accomplishments to his name, rapper Eminem is still going strong. This is because he’s the first artist ever to receive two Digital Single Diamond Awards from the RIAA. It’s impressive mostly because “Diamond” in music certification means that something sold ten million, and ten million is kind of a lot. Also because he’s apparently the first ever to do it. Even though Eminem’s had his fair share of popular singles in his day, he’s not the first that comes to mind when you think of huge songs, is he?
Eminem is the first artist to earn two Digital Diamond Single awards
So, which were the ones to nab him the title? It shouldn’t come as a surprise when ‘Love The Way You Lie’ featuring Rihanna was the first Diamond track, because that song was absolutely everywhere when it was first released back in 2010. Since then, it has gone on to sell over eleven million copies digitally. The lead single from that same album (Recovery) was the one to give Eminem the honor, as ‘Not Afraid’ just recently passed the ten million mark. When you think about the success he’s had with singles, you have to wonder what made ‘Not Afraid’ his big seller instead of his more radio-friendly tracks, but as catchy as they were, none of them comes close to what those two have sold.
Continue reading: Eminem Lands Second Diamond Single Award - A Look At His Biggest Singles
The MTV documentary only makes us like Sheeran more.
While Taylor Swift relaxes from her busy schedule by making Drake-themed crafts for Ed Sheeran, her BFF just launched a new MTV docuseries. Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran premiered last night on the music network and. It’s meant to give fans an inside look into the life of the redheaded songwriter – though how a documentary could reveal any more about Sheeran than his Instagram feed does, we’re not sure.
On his new album, Sheeran experiments with hip hop, a move he's very nervous about.
The singer-songwriter is stepping in front of MTV’s cameras to show and tell the story of his quick ascent to stardom, as well as promote his upcoming sophomore studio effort, x, out June 23.
Eminem has finally ended the 15 year feud with his mother in an emotional music video released on Mother's Day.
Eminem’s never made a secret of the fact that he’s had a troubled relationship with his mother, Debbie Mathers. He’s been very vocal in interviews and lyrics, accusing her of prescription drug addiction, paranoia and neglect. Rapper Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, has dedicated some pretty scathing songs to Debbie in the past, including the particularly brutal ‘Cleaning Out My Closet.’ The song, which includes the lyrics, "Now I would never diss my own momma just to get recognition, Take a second to listen ‘fore you think this record is dissin’, But put yourself in my position; just try to envision, Witnessin’ your momma poppin’ prescription pills in the kitchen."
Eminem built his career on his angry rap lyrics, usually directed at his mother and ex
In the track Mathers also describes himself as a "victim of Munchausen’s Syndrome," a form of child abuse in which a parent regularly creates fabrications that their child is ill to gain attention for themselves.
Happy Mothers' Day... sort of.
Eminem celebrated Mothers Day in his own way this weekend, by releasing a brand new track. In it, the rapper, whose relationship with his mom has frequently been the subject of some of his earlier tracks, did a 180 and used the new video for Headlights to apologize to his mom. The video is filmed in first person, through the eyes of Debbie Mathers. It features a number of disturbing scenes, apparently recreations of Eminem’s childhood. You'll see security guards refuse to let her contact Eminem at his home. You'll see her turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. You'll see her look at old photos of Eminem a.k.a Marshall Mathers. But then, you'll see the 41-year-old rapper forgive her — with a hug and letter.
The 41 year-old rapper uses the music video for 'headlights' to address his turmoil relationship with his mother, in hoping to bury the hatchet.
Rap music is often associated with a way to start feuds, but it seems Eminem is now using his music to squash them.
To celebrate Mother's Days, the 41 year-old released a Spike Lee-directed music video for 'Headlights,' in which he apologized to his mom for speaking negatively about her in past songs.
Em blatantly targets his mom's parenting skills in such songs as 'Cleaning Out My Closet' and 'My Name Is.'
Continue reading: Eminem's 'Headlights' Music Video Serves As Apology To Mother
The 41 year-old star, who hasn't performed in London since 2001, will become the first rapper to play Wembley Stadium on July 11th.
Eminem will be playing in London's Wembley stadium on July 11th.
This will be the first time the 41 year-old will have held a concert at the national venue, and he will also be the first rapper to play there.
This will undoubtedly be a huge event.
Continue reading: Eminem Will Headline Wembley Stadium This Summer
Eminem and Pearl Jam are named as headliners for Austin City Limits Music Festival first weekend.
Eminem and Pearl Jam are just two of the big name acts chosen to headline the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. Hosted in Austin, Texas, the three date event is scheduled to take place October 3rd-5th, with a second weekend from October 10th-12th. Lorde has been billed to headline the second weekend.
Rapper Eminem is among the headliners for ACL Music Festival's first weekend
This will be the 13th year of the ACL Music Festival, with other headliners for the first weekend including Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Lana Del Ray and Foster the People.
Long time fans of Eminem feel the rapper has sold out in recent years. But what's led them to believe this and is it true?
Fifteen years ago Eminem was associated with his shocking, subversive lyrics as well as his utter disdain for the pop world and everyone in it. His basic view on the industry can be summed up neatly by these lyrics from his 2000 track The Real Slim Shady, “You think I give a damn about a Grammy? Half of you critics can’t even stomach me, let alone stand me. “But Slim, what if you win, wouldn’t it be weird?” Why? So you guys could just lie to get me here? So you can, sit me here next to Britney Spears?”
Fans of the old Eminem feel that he has sold out in recent years
Sadly, in more recent years Eminem seems to have sacrificed his single-minded agenda to stay true to his underground rapping roots. While Em’s early work was outrageous, intentionally offensive, satirical and down right hilarious, these days he opts to collaborate with artists that would have made his diss list a decade ago. In recent years Eminem has released tracks with Rihanna, Lil Wayne and Pink, riling up old fans who feel as though the rapper has sold out.
Continue reading: Has The Real Slim Shady Sold Out?
Eminem and Rihanna will unleash 'The Monster' at the MTV Movie Awards
Eminem and Rihanna will perform their smash hit collaboration 'The Monster' live at the Mtv Movie Awards 2014 on Sunday night (April 13). It will be the first time the pair have performed the single, which spent four weeks atop the Hot 100 chart.
Eminem and Rihanna Will Perform 'The Monster' At The MTV Movie Awards
The superstar duo join a line-up that already includes Ellie Goulding and Zedd, who will combine for a medley of 'Beating Heart' and 'Find You'. Conan O'Brien will host this year's show from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater.
Continue reading: Eminem, Rihanna Performing 'Monster' For First Time At MTV Movie Awards
Just another reason to look forward to Sunday night.
Eminem and Rihanna have signed on to perform at the MTV Movie Awards this year, MTV has just announced. They will step out on stage together to perform their chart-topping hit The Monster at Sunday’s event, before embarking on their summer tour together. This will be their first live performance of the Marshall Mathers LP 2 single. On its release, the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
Rihanna will join Eminem onstage for the first time this Sunday.
The duo join previously announced performers Twenty One Pilots with their new single Car Radio and Ellie Goulding and Zedd, who will join forces to perform Beating Heart and Find You. The full list of performers is yet to be revealed.
Continue reading: Eminem And Rihanna To Perform "Monster" Duet At MTV Movie Awards Sunday
The Lollapalooza lineup for 2014 is here - and it's awesome
Lollapalooza has sold out of three-day general tickets. Got that? No more tickets. Which is a shame, considering that one hell of a line-up has just been announced including Eminem, Kings Of Leon and Outkast. More than 100 bands and artists will perform on eight stages at Grant Park - and there's still an opportunity to see some of your favorite bands.
One-day passes to the extravaganza are still available, though, of course, it means that you need to be pretty selective with who you're wanting to see perform. One-day passes are pretty reasonably priced at $100 - which is pretty damn good considering the amount of bands you're going to see.
Continue reading: Lollapalooza Line-Up 2014: Your Guide To The 3 Day Extravanganza
Eminem, OutKast, Kings Of Leon and Skrillex are heading to Chicago for this year's Lollapalooza festival.
Eminem, Outkast, Kings Of Leon and Skrillex have been officially announced as the headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza festival. The festival will take place over the August 1-3 weekend at its home of Chicago’s Grant Park. This year’s line-up looks pretty impressive, with more dance acts being featured than ever before and a diverse collection of artists.
Eminem is headed to Grant Park for Lollapalooza
Overall, over 130 artists have now been confirmed with Arctic Monkeys playing just before Eninem, giving the British rockers their most prominent US festival slot to date. Lorde will play underneath with Above & Beyond, Interpol, Chvrches, AFI, The Kooks, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Bombay Bicycle Club and Warpaint all appearing on August 1st. The next day Calvin Harris supports Outkast with Nas, Chase & Status, Kate Nash and Foster the People also on the bill. The final day sees the Avett Brothers, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, The 1975 and White Denim all appearing on the line up with Skrillex and Kings of Leon.
The Barbadian pop-star will join the rap legend for a three date mini-tour all in outdoor venues.
Late last month, it was revealed that Rihanna would join Eminem for a North American mini-tour.
Now the dates and venues for the three-city, co-headlining summer tour have been announced on Eminem's official website.
Continue reading: Eminem And Rihanna Announce Dates For Huge 'The Monster' Concerts
Director Antoine Fuqua signs on Jake Gyllenhaal as leading man in upcoming movie "Southpaw."
The upcoming film "Southpaw" has been difficult for director Antoine Fuqua to get off the ground and into production. Fuqua strugled with finding a production company that would join forces with him before Wienstein Co. came on board. However, just when things seemed as if they were finally coming together, Eminem backed out of playing the leading man.
Eminem turns down boxing role for upcoming "Southpaw" film.
Deadline has also reported that Fuqua has secured Jake Gyllenhaal as the leading man in the boxing movie. The film is reportedly Gyllenhaal's next movie and he will play a left-handed welterweight boxing champion. The character's personal life is a mess and in the midst of it hall Gyllenhaal's character will have to fight to become the top boxing contender for his weight.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In 'Southpaw' Directed By Antoine Fuqua
What will be the next step in 50 Cent's career?
50 Cent has announced that he's going to become an independent artist and will be leaving his longtime record labels Universal Music Group's Interscope Records, and Eminem's imprint, Shady/Aftermath, according to the AP. The 'Candy Shop' rapper and his G-Unit Records have signed a deal with Caroline, the independent label at Capitol Music Group and one of the many labels that is part of the Universal Music Group.
50 Cent Is Moving To An Independent Label.
The rapper burst on to the hip hop scene in 2003 with his six-time platinum debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin' but his succeeding albums have failed to match the level of success and 50, real name Curtis Jackson, expressed dissatisfaction with his label.
The two Take That bandmates went head-to-head in the charts this weekend, with Robbie holding out for the No. 1 spot
It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late nineties, it was Robbie who came out on top again, making him the last artist to top the album chart in 2013.
The Take That guys were fighting for the top spot yet again
Robbie's new big band album, Swing Both Ways, held on to the No. 1 spot for a second week, having emerged victorious from another closely fought contest from last week. It was One Direction who Robbie managed to beat to the No. 1 spot last week, with his latest album beating Midnight Memories to the top spot by just 200 copies. This time around it was a relatively more clear contest, with Swing Both Ways outselling Gary Barlow’s latest solo effort, Since I Saw You Last, by approximately 12,000 copies.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Keeps Gary Barlow Off The Top Spot On UK Album Chart
Everyone has their price and it turns out that Eminem's and Kanye West's is too expensive even for the NFL!
Eminem is one of the most successful rappers of all-time and with that he is also one of the most expensive.
The 41 year-old does have a price and the NFL owner could not match it.
Em has refused to play at a party on Super Bowl weekend for the owner of the NFL because they would not meet his demands of a fee of $2 million, according to TMZ.
This lively and engaging documentary may be set out like an informercial, but it teaches us about the drug trade with a pungent sting in its tail. The emphasis is on how America's War on Drugs has only made things worse, criminalising the wrong people and missing the whole point of the drug issue. It's a strong statement, made with passion, intelligence and a refreshing lack of political correctness.
"If the American Dream broke its promise to you, we have an answer!" This is how the film opens, informing us that the American population is the biggest market for marijuana and cocaine on earth. So keeping them supplied is a job that can't help but earn you a fortune as you climb from being a corner supplier to a local dealer to a kingpin to a cartel boss, all while learning lessons from cops and federal agents. And even working with them. Sure, there are dangers, including violence and prison, but the money you can make is worth the risk.
Obviously, this is deeply sarcastic. Telling stories are recounted on-screen by a wide variety of interviewees including activists like Sarandon and Harrelson, former dealers (Jackson), ex-addicts (Mathers, aka Eminem), cops, lawyers, scholars and even a TV series creator (The Wire's Simon). All of them point out the dangers of drugs as well as the fact that people use them because they feel good.
Continue reading: How To Make Money Selling Drugs Review
Eminem's upcoming video features soldiers, a cage, a therapist and a look back on Marshall Mathers' best and worst moments - and that's just the promo.
Eminem has just released a teaser for his upcoming video with Rihanna, Monster, and it’s… well, it’s intense. Judging from the 56-second clip, this is going to be another introspective video by the rapper, where he takes a look back at his life and career with the help of RiRi as a sexy therapist.
Eminem has joined forces with RiRi on what looks to be a very dark video.
The video opens with aMr Mathers watching a playback of his life in a darkened room to the sound of a metronome and a Newton’s cradle. It’s a therapist’s office presumably and Rihanna soon steps in as that the therapist – a rather elegant one at that, sporting vampy red lips and a sleek bob. As she observes Eminem (she even has a yellow notepad and everything), the TV flashes frames alluding to his family issues, battles with drug addiction (the rapper entered rehab in 2005), etc. etc.
Continue reading: Eminem Is "The Monster" And Rihanna Is A Therapist In New Video Promo
'Britney Jean' debuted at No. 4 in the chart, while Brooks scored his ninth No. 1
Garth Brooks released his new box set, Blame It All on My Roots, to an eager fan-base last week, who have managed to see it rise from No. 3 in the Billboard 200 to the No. 1 spot this week. Britney Spears saw her new album debut to a rather lacklustre start on the other hand, as it only just managed to crack the top five, debuting at No. 4.
Brooks is back on top with his latest compilation
Brooks' second box set to reach the top of the charts - his first being 1998's The Limited Series - will have undoubtedly been helped by value Walmart were offering the six disc collection for. Initially being sold for $29.98 before a sale price of $24.96 was introduced this week, Blame It All on My Roots will likely be lining plenty of country fan's stockings come Christmas. The box set sold an additional 146,000 copies this week, enough to see it move two places to the top.
The 41-year-old rapper is back at the summit of the Billboard album chart.
As we enter the final month of 2013, Eminem dominates the album charts by quite a distance, beating out competition from Lady GaGa’s Artpop, which endured a dramatic fall to No. 8 with just 46,000 copies sold, to Slim Shady’s 120,000. That 82% decline was the biggest for a No. 1 debut this year.
Eminem has success in his signs once more
It marks a brilliant comeback for Eminem, whose last album Recovery was strong in sales but didn’t enamour the critics and was largely forgettable.
Continue reading: Eminem's Turning 2013 Into HIS Year As He Regains Album Top Spot
Check out the 80s throwback video for Eminem's 'Rap God', below.
He’s sold over a million copies, is destined to stay in the Top 10 throughout the festival holiday, and now he has a new video for his controversial, multi-referential single Rap God, which you can watch below.
Eminem thinks he's a rap god
Eminem makes several pointers to his rapping style being robotic in the song – something he presumably takes as a compliment – and this is evident in his video.
Continue reading: Eminem Channels Max Headroom In New Video For 'Rap God' [Video]
Eminem takes over Lady Gaga for the No.1 position on the Billboard 200 album chart with 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' in its third week of release.
The 41 year-old knocked off Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' after she debuted at No.1 last week.
Em's latest album sold 120,000 copies in its third week of release (down 43%), according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Kim Mathers mother claims her daughter and Eminem will be reuniting for a third time because "they got on better than ever."
Eminem and his ex-wife Kim Mathers have had a very turbulent relationship over the years.
There are now rumours surfacing that imply the two could be reconciling for a third time.
Kim's mother, Kathy Sluck, spoke to RadarOnline.com earlier this week (Nov 20th) outside of her Detroit home which she shares with her daughter, she revealed Em and Kim see each other "all the time".
Continue reading: Are Eminem And Kim Mathers Are On The Verge Of Getting Back Together?
The Dutch DJ scored his first No. 1 at the first time of asking
Lily Allen couldn't secure her place at the top of the UK Singles Chart this week, as her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' was pipped to the podium by a school kid from The Netherlands. Garrix managed to secure the top spot ahead of Allen with his dancefloor anthem 'Animals,' beating Allen's holiday number to the top of the chart.
Allen's cover, which serves as the soundtrack for the much-applauded John Lewis Christmas advert, was unable to earn the singer her first number one since returning to music a few weeks ago. Still, the success of the single and the advert have gone on to spark renewed interest in the Keane original, which has returned to the chart at No. 29.
Garrix could have had the honour of being the youngest artist to reach No. 1 this year were it not for the infectious 'Royals' by 16-year-old Lorde reaching the top spot three week ago. Regardless, reaching the No. 1 spot overseas must be a pretty extraordinary feeling, especially when you're just 17! Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, the Dutch wunderkind said, “I didn't expect this success at all! I made Animals as a club record and seeing it chart so high worldwide and especially a Number 1 in the UK was really beyond my expectations. I will definitely celebrate this with my parents, friends and at school!"
Continue reading: Lily Allen Pipped To The No. 1 Spot By Martin Garrix' Debut
In a jam-packed week in showbiz news, Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' was finally released, Eminem's MMLP2 became one of the year's biggest debuts and two former rival boybands united.
'ARTPOP' Drops: Lady GaGa released her fourth studio album, ARTPOP, on the 11th November after a rollercoaster few months ensuring her new record would hit the charts running. However, middling reviews and an anti-climactic release after months of leaked songs, incentives to buy and mini monster melt-downs means Mother Monster's new work may have misfired. But the elusive Gaga showed that through it all she had a sense of humour when she parodied her infamous meat dress on SNL. See how here.
Miley Cyrus' MTV EMAs Joint: Pop star Miley Cyrus continued her whirlwind of controversy during this week's MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Amsterdam. Miley performed her Bangerz hits 'We Can't Stop' and 'Wrecking Ball' in her characteristically skimpy outfits. See photos here. But it was when she puffed on a very suspicious roll-up during her 'Best Video' acceptance that made the internet buzz. Find out more here.
Thirteen years is a long time in the music industry; it's a long time in general, but in music it is a long time indeed. Yet, that is just how long it's been since Eminem brought out the first 'Marshall Mathers LP' and after this lengthy wait, the Detroit rapper has brought out the 'sequel' to his much-celebrated sophomore release. His latest album isn't so much a reflection on these past thirteen years as it is a return to the Marshall Mathers of thirteen years ago and on 'MMLP2', Eminem revisits his personas of old: Slim Shady and the angry young white man who is still struggling with his relationships and his demons.
For long-time Eminem fans, ones who may have given up on him after 'Encore' or maybe held on until 'Relapse', 'MMLP2' offers hope of a classic Eminem album, but there is a necessary reluctance to accept it immediately as a return to glory. Whilst caution is advised, some of the cynics may actually be pleasantly surprised.
"Here's a sequel to the 'Marshall Mather LP' just to get people to buy", he remarks on album opener and 'Stan' sequel 'Bad Guy.' He's always been one of the sharpest rappers out there and here, said from the perspective of the grieving brother of the 'Stan' protagonist, Em lets us know that he's well aware of the fact that most people are expecting 'Recovery 2', rather than a 'Marshall Mathers LP' sequel. 'Bad Guy' is our first real surprise then, with Em's storytelling back at its peak, drifting menacingly over the S1/M-Phazes beat. Towards the end of the album, on 'Headlights', his storytelling is again on top form as he reminisces through a troubled forty-plus years as his mother's son. Sure, it's another track aimed at his mother, but Em's lyrics are heartfelt and the song genuinely feels like an attempt at reconciliation. Nate Ruess of fun. fame sometimes distracts away from the delicacy if the song, but his sung parts are a needed break from the wholehearted openness of Em's lyrics.
Continue reading: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Album Review
Eminem jokes that it took him 3 years to complete 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' because he was too "lazy".
Eminem's newest studio album 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' has just had its much anticipated release.
But why did it take three years to make?
Em recently visited a French radio station to promote the new studio set and he explained the long period of time between the release of 'LP 2' and 2010's 'Recovery'.
Continue reading: Eminem Admits He Was Too "Lazy" To Finish 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'
There was also Ron Burgundy, huge wins for Eminem and Katy Perry and a wardrobe malfunction from Iggy Azalia
Miley Cyrus was always going to star in the Monday morning gossip headlines when she was first announced as a performer at the 2013 MTV EMAs. The question was: what will she do? Besides 'twerking' with a dwarf during the award show's opening act - which included a rendition of her hit 'We Can't Stop' - there really wasn't that much to write home about regarding her performances. It was what she did to celebrate winning the Best Video award that won her the headlines.
Each of Miley's outfits were as interesting as the one she showed up to the event in
Miley smokes up
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Smoking On Stage Steals The MTV EMA Awards Spotlight
Eminem's childhood home, which features on the frontcover of 'Marshall Mathers LP 2', was badly burnt after it caught fire.
Eminem's Detroit childhood home was badly burnt on Thursday evening (Nov 7th).
The boarded up home, which featured on the front cover of 'Marshall Mathers LP', was badly damaged in the blaze, mainly on the second floor.
The Detroit Free Press reports, Fire fighter's responded to the 2-story bungalow located 19000 block of Dresden Street near East State Fair, just south of 8 Mile at 6:20pm, this past Thursday.
Continue reading: Eminem's Childhood Home Was Badly Damaged By Blaze
The house is the same one on the front of his new album, The Marshall Matthers LP 2
Eminem's childhood home has been badly damaged by fire, with police and fire services baffled as to how the blaze could have begun. It is the same house that appears on the cover of the Detroit rapper's new album, The Marshall Matthers LP 2, and was his one of his homes in Detroit during his teenage years.
Eminem would have lived at the house during his teen years
Officials told TMZ that the blaze ran through much of the house and is believed to have started at around 6:20 pm on Thursday (7 Nov.) evening. Firemen were able to extinguish the flames in time to save the house from completely setting on fire, but conceded that a large portion of the house has suffered severe damage. The house, located near the infamous 8 Mile district in Detroit, is a 767 square foot, 2-story property currently owned by the bank. Officials are at a loss as to how the fire began.
Continue reading: Eminem's Childhood Home Suffers Serious Damage In Fire
In a recent interview, the 'X Factor' winner talked about how he plans to keep it real in the face of fame and how he wants to duet with Eminem
James Arthur walked away from the 2012 X Factor final as victor almost a year ago and as he looks forward to the future of his career, including the release of his debut, self-titled album, the singer has been contemplating the pressures of fame and how they may affect him. Speaking with the BBC, the singer insisted that he plans to stay 'authentic' and not bow to the pressures facing him.
The cover of James Arthur
After finding immediate fame with that most authentic of routes, through the talent show circuit, and then scoring his first number one single with a cover of Shontelle's 'Impossible,' James is determined to make a name for himself and not become another throwaway TV contestant. He spoke recently about how he has made an album that doesn't necessarily fit in with the typical X Factor mould, one that he is "proud" of and one that he has held a heavy presence over in all aspects.
Continue reading: James Arthur Vows To "Stay Authentic" As He Looks Towards The Future
The rapper's rep has denied any lip synching.
Lip synching: it's a shameful option for any artist to have to fall back on but sometimes miming to music has to be done to keep that "live" performance sounding tight. However, rapper Eminem is one of the last artists you'd imagine opting for the lip synch over real vocals. If not for the stigma, then for the fact that his latest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, is packed with speed rapping; the kind you'd imagine would be nearly impossible to mime along to. Check out the video of his performance on SNL - notice anything?
Eminem's 'SNL' Lip Synching Denied.
The rapper played a set on Saturday Night Live last Saturday (2nd November) to promote his latest record. He took to the stage for a rendition of his lead single 'Berzerk' but even not so eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed something a little off about his performance. TMZ have accused the rapper of lip synching and indeed it does appear that the SNL footage does corroborate with this claim.
Continue reading: Did Eminem Really Mime 'Berzerk' On SNL? [Video]
Everyone just go insane, the YouTube Awards are for crazy people! Shut up.
Wacky was the word when the YouTube Awards made its debut last night at New York City’s Pier 36; we had award winner’s being announced via the medium of cake, a choose-your-own-ending performance from Avicii and Macklemore holding a baby.
YouTube's Artist of The Year, Eminem, performs at Pier 36, NY.
Various media outlets have described the awards as chaotic and messy, and most totally fell for the hype. The show’s creative director Spike Jonze was prepared by being unprepared – armed only with a bullet point list, voted on by YouTube users.
Continue reading: Forced Fun - Were The 'YouTube Awards' Just A Bit Pathetic?
The first ever YouTube Music Awards let the viewers watching the showcase live decide which acts won on the night.
The first ever YouTube Music Awards took place at Pier 36 in New York on Sunday (November 3rd 2013). The spectacle as directed by Spike Jonze and featured actor, Jason Schwartzman, as the award show's host alongside comedian Reggie Watts.
Eminem performed 'Rap God' at the award show
The live-streaming ceremony only handed out six awards but it boasted performances from some of the most celebrated artists in the music industry today. Eminem, Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift Arcade Fire, M.I.A. and Avicii all performed at the New York pier.
The rapper didn't take part in any sketches, but he did take over the stage in his own special way.
Eminem graced the SNL stage for the sixth time in his career last night, performing his latest single Berzerk, which really got the audience going. He was backed by longtime collaborator Rick Rubin, who took on the job of DJ, providing the sample of Billy Squier's "The Stroke" on his turntables. Eminem emerged soon after, on top form, spitting out a slew of verbal middle fingers, mercifully without censoring himself for the Studio 8H audience.
Even on his eighth studio album, Eminem is still clearly in top shape.
He displayed some unusual energy throughout the performance, dashing from side to side to the rock-ish beat and occasionally engaging the audience in a little call-and-response (because a performance is nothing without a nice bit of audience participation, right?)
Continue reading: Eminem Delivers Powerhouse Performance As Musical Guest On SNL
On Sunday, 3 November, the internet's brightest viral music videos will be celebrated for the first time
The YouTube Music Awards will celebrate the achievements made online by both well-known and some more obscure (outside the world of viral videos) musicians for the first time this Sunday (3 Oct.) and the organisers have pulled out all the stops to make sure that the awards show starts with a bang. In fact, the awards show will be so extravagant that the man in charge of bringing it to life - Spike Jonze - doesn't even know what to expect.
Spike Jonze (L) and Jason Schwartzman (R) are in control of the night in their respective roles
Jonze, the director of countless award-winning music videos such as Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' and 'Sabotage' by The Beastie Boys, has been brought in as creative director of the event, tasked with making the awards show one to remember and one to challenge the established musical showcases, such as the MTV VMAs. Alongside fellow music video veteran Chris Milk and executive producers Vice Media and Sunset Lane Entertainment, Jonze isn't planning on making a showcase that can be easily compared to the VMAs or the Billboard Awards, for example, as they are going for a completely unique take on the tried and tested music awards ceremony.
The rapper's eighth album is available in full on iTunes now and will be released on 5 November
Eminem has been regularly off loading tracks from his upcoming eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, for the past few weeks now, gradually releasing new singles from the album as soon as the hype from the last has died down. With the official release date of his album fast approaching, Em joined a number of other artists who have made their material available for free ahead of the official release date through iTunes.
Eminem is still an angry man
The album goes on sale officially on 5 November and as the title suggests, it is a hark back to his most acclaimed album to date, and is a release that the Detroit hero described himself as being more "revisitation" to his 2000 album than a direct sequel. This means references to past tracks, such as album opener 'Bad Guy' - a follow-up to the hit single 'Stan.' On 'Bad Guy,' Em returns to the 'Stan' character, rapping as his brother as he sets out to avenge his suicide and kill the rapper as retribution. So yeah, he's also regained that trademark dark streak back as well. Which is nice.
Kerry Washington is hosting SNL. Imagine the possibilities!
Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.
Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.
To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.
Continue reading: Glowing Kerry Washington Promotes Her Very First SNL Hosting Gig
Eminem drops the Rihanna-assisted track, 'The Monster', a week ahead of the 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' release.
Eminem is gearing up for the release of his much anticipated 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' in a week's time.
The rap legend has already dropped the ferocious 'Survival', the reversion hit 'Berzerk' and the highly controversial and equally incredible 'Rap God'.
Now Slim Shady has reunited with his 'Love The Way You Lie' partner, Rihanna, and released the albums newest single, 'The Monster'.
Continue reading: Eminem Drops New 'The Monster' Track Featuring Rihanna [LISTEN]
The two hook up for the umpteenth time on Em's latest single, taken from 'MMLP2'
Eminem has hooked up with Rihanna once again for a new track taken from the upcoming Marshal Mathers LP 2. Hoping to emulate the massive success of 2010's 'Love the Way You Lie,' the two have recorded 'The Monster' together, and on Monday, 28 October, Em took to his Instagram account to reveal the artwork for the single and announce that it will be available to download through iTunes at midnight.
Em will release MMLP2 on Nov. 5
'Love the Way You Lie' is Eminem's most successful single to date, reaching the number one spot in several countries across the globe and hanging on to the top spot in the US for seven weeks. No wonder Em wanted to hook up with the Bajan beauty once again, as he will hope that the fourth single from the impending MMLP2 will recapture this considerable success and could hopefully increase the sales of his upcoming eighth album.
Continue reading: Eminem & Rihanna Get Together Again On 'The Monster' [Listen]
Eminem calls his upcoming 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' a "revisitation" whilst he is blasted by the gay community.
Eminem's upcoming album 'Marshall Mather LP 2' is readying for its release this November and the Detroit rapper has already found success as well as criticism with the album's hit singles.
The latest single 'Rap God' was dropped on October 15th to positive reviews as it displayed Em's rhyming ability and rapid deliverance, proving why he deserves that title.
However, where Eminem goes usually controversy follows and this track isn't an exception. The lyrical content of 'Rap God' has attracted a backlash from the gay community and other gay high profile figures.
Is Eminem the fastest rapper alive? Well, no. But please read my article anyway.
Eminem probably isn’t a rap god, but he’s certainly part of the elite. Like his virulent, insightful lyrics – delivered with conviction, alacrity and more importantly, speed - or not, there’s a reason he’s one of the best selling rappers alive.
His new single, Rap God, is more-or-less six minutes of continuous rapping. And there are two sections where the gears shift up and the Detroit rapper’s top speed peaks.
Continue reading: Eminem Raps Really, Really Fast In 'Rap God' - Faster Than WatskyHD?
Eminem explains why he is one of the best ever in his the newly released track 'Rap God'.
Eminem delivers his new track 'Rap God' (Oct 15th) at rapid speed and explains why he is the best rapper of all time.The new single is off his upcoming album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' and follows the earlier releases of 'Burzerk' and 'Survival'.
Slim Shady claim to be a 'Rap God' in new track
Modesty tends to allude recording artists lately as Kanye West claimed to be the "No.1 rock star in the world" but Eminem goes a step further, calling himself a God.
Continue reading: Eminem Drops The Ferocious 'Rap God' Showing Why He Is The Best!
Why should he be humble? Marshall Mathers returns...
Eminem has dropped the latest track from his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which will be out in November. 'Rap God' follows earlier singles 'Berzerk' and 'Survival.' The new six-minute track picks up the fury and pace, name-checking peers over a window-wiper synth. Slim Shady raps at break-neck double time pace, taking no prisoners.
Eminem Releases New Song, 'Rap God.'
The new album's name harks back to Eminem's 2000 classic record, The Marshall Mathers LP, and the artwork certainly recalls that of Eminem's earlier life, featuring an image of his Detroit childhood home.
Put this in your pipe and smoke it Kanye
With his album release on the horizon and a new single and video being released only days ago, you'd have though that Eminem would be taking things easier as he builds up anticipation for The Marshal Mathers LP 2. Instead the Detroit rapper is dishing out the new singles like hot cakes, with his third track from MMLP2 being made available to stream late on Monday (14 Oct.) night, thanks initially to hip hop blog HipHopnMore.com.
Eminem has illusions of grandeur too
Having already released 'Survival' earlier this month, and 'Berzerk' in August, 'Rap God' is a much more declarative single than his first two. Mentioning no names, the rapper pushes to reclaim his title as the top dog in hip hop, not a king in the genre but a God. Kind of a familiar declaration amongst some present rappers isn't it?
Continue reading: Eminem Asserts His Credentials As A 'Rap God' With New Single [Listen]
The new tracklist announces some surprising collaborations.
Tis the season for album promotion and Eminem is the latest to join the hype team. The rapper teased his upcoming “Marshall Mathers LP 2” be releasing the much anticipated (hey, someone must have anticipated it) tracklist. More importantly, Shady revealed collaborations aplenty. It looks like the Lose Yourself rapper’s policy on collaborating with mainstream artists has become more lax of late. Rihanna, Nate Rues, singer-songwriter Skylar Grey and that oh-so-popular of late hip hop prodigy Kendrick Lamar all show up on the tracklist, released via Mathers’ official website. For those raising an eyebrow in question, Nate Rues might be more familiar as the lead singer of the band Fun.
Is this the new and improved Eminem?
At this point Eminem is hitting the promotional trail hard, as the first single off the album shows an almost tangible evolution in style. And as with all new things, this new, uber-serious vibe might take some warming up to, especially for those older hardcore fans of Slim Shady. The rapper recently released the video for Surival, the first single off the album and it shows a very different Eminem to the one we’ve seen so far.
The sequel to the Detroit MC's 2000 magnus opus will be released on 5 November
Eminem released the full details of his 16-track line-up for his upcoming album, The Marshal Mathers LP 2. The follow-up to 2010's chart-topping Recovery will be released next month, and in a bid to produce further excitement, the Detroit-native released the full tracklisting, including guest spots, on Tursday, 10 October (via Billboard).
Em will release MMLP2 on 5 November
MMLP2 will feature a host of special appearances from the likes of rap's latest wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey, Fun. frontman Nate Ruess and Bajan beauty Rihanna, who Em also worked with on his last album for the mega-hit 'Love The Way You Lie.' On top of these guest artists, we already know that long-time collaborator Dr Dre has at least one production credit on the album along with the legend that is Rick Rubin, with the pair also serving as executive producers. DJ Khalil, Scoop DeVille, Symoblyc One, No I.D. and Eminem himself have also contributed beats to the album.
Continue reading: Eminem Reveals The Tracklist For 'The Marshal Mathers LP 2'
Eminem's 'Survival' doubles as a promotional took for Activision's 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'
Two months after dropping his latest single Survival, Eminem has released the accompanying video.The rapper's theme song for Call of Duty: Ghosts comes equipped with a promo that acts as one massive commercial for the forthcoming game, set for release on PS4 and Xbox on November 15, 2013 and November 22, 2013 respectively.
Daddy's little girl wins Homecoming Queen!
Eminem's daughter, Halie Scott, was crowned Homecoming Queen at her high school by the faculty and student body.
The ceremony took place at Chippewa Valley High School in Michigan and the 17 year-olds rap superstar father attended the whole event.
According to local newspaper Morcomb Daily, Hailie was joined by Homecoming King Tyler Knepp as "the Big Reds defeated Anchor Bay High School at Chippewa Valley's stadium in Clinton Township".
Continue reading: Eminem's Daughter Crowned Homecoming Queen And Dad Was There To See It
YouTube announces its first ever awards, we speculate on what the categories will be.
Online video hosting site YouTube have announced plans for their first ever awards, celebrating the people and videos that make the site so popular and dominant in today's web world. Both categories and nominees are yet to be announced, with the promise of a nominee shortlist by the 17th October. Lady GaGa, Arcade Fire and Eminem have all been booked to perform at the November 3rd ceremony.
Lady Gaga Will Perform Live At The Awards Show.
YouTube will emphasise the global nature and worldwide reach of its videos by interspersing high-profile music performances with clips taped in locations across the globe. "Our point is to celebrate YouTube's role in the music ecosystem," says Danielle Tiedt, the YouTube vice president of marketing. "If you think about how most of us encounter music, it's usually on YouTube, whether it's stars like Miley Cyrus and her VMA performance or her new Wrecking Ball video, or musicians like Lindsey [Stirling, violinist], who broke thanks to our site."
Continue reading: The Inaugural YouTube Awards: What Could The Voting Categories Be?
YouTube has snagged Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire as its headliners for it first ever music award ceremony.
Lady Gaga, as conventional as usual, will be headlining the YouTube award show.
The show is set to take place on 3 November and the internet site is not penny-pinching when it comes to the acts, organisers or location. Quite the contrary, in addition to having a trio of heavy weight performers, the ceremony will be held at Pier 36 in New York and designed by a team led by Spike Jonze. Jonze is responsible for directing films such as Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are as well as countless award-winning music videos for such artists as REM, Bjork and the Chemical Brothers. On the subject of the awards show, Jonze said he is excited to be involved and continued by saying, "I want to find out if we can make a whole night just about making things." He continued by proposing not merely performances but "live collaborations."
Continue reading: YouTube Snags Stars For First Music Awards Ceremony
Eminem's ESPN interview is worth watching for the blank stare.
Viewers of ESPN's Michigan-Notre Dame halftime show got plenty more than the usual punditry and analysis this past weekend. Detroit native Eminem dropped into the studio to give a sneak preview of his new music video for Berzerk, though things got.err...pretty weird.
Kicking off the interview with one of the strangest, eeriest blankest stares ever, Eminem eventually blurted out, "sorry, live TV freaks me out a little bit," as anchors Kerk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger pressed on. There's a really great bit when Eminem looks at Herbstreit, and apologizes, and Herbstreit just sort of goes, "Nahhh" and laughs a little and has no idea what to say.
Attention turned to Eminem's new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, "What are you most excited about with this new album?," Herbstreit asked. "Nothing" came the reply, with another blank stare.
Continue reading: Bezerk: Can Anyone Explain Eminem's ESPN Interview Yet? [Video]
Katy Perry’s pop anthem Roar is justifying its name and storming the Billboard chart. The motivational tune, which features lines like: I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire/Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR” really couldn’t have been anything less than a chart topper. Roar has finally dethroned Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines in the Billboard chart and that’s even before the official video for the single has come out, though Perry has already released a trailer. The song is Perry’s eighth number 1 on the Hot 100 list and it concludes Thicke’s record breaking 12-week reign.
Check out Perry's wild teaser for the Roar video below.
The American heavy metal rockers Avenged Sevenfold topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, fending off strong competition in the form of Big Sean and Juicy J.
The band's sixth studio album Hail to the King sold 159,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's second album to reach the top spot and confirms their status as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the U.S.
Though Avenged Sevenfold have gone quietly about their business since getting signed in 2000, their fortune is beginning to grow. M Shadows, the singer and songwriter with the band, now has a net worth of some $20 million, according to the wealth website celebritynetworth.com.
Continue reading: Avenged Sevenfold Top Billboard 200 Chart, But How Much Are They Worth?
This year's Leeds Festival held at Bramham Park may have had a super amount of rain, but that didn't stop the headliners from entertaining.
Leeds Festival 2013 may not have brought with it the best weather of the year, with torrential downpours and heavy flooding putting a damper (pardon the pun) on everyone's camping weekend, but the line-up was enough to put a smile on everyone's mud spattered face!
Green Day Headline Leeds Festival 2013
Biffy Clyro drew in a rapturous audience on the Friday and Green Day had a smaller but dedicated audience on Saturday, but that was nothing compared to Eminem's fantastic closing performance which drew the biggest audience of the whole weekend. Other bands had a few surprises up their sleeves, with Fall Out Boy managing to get Foxes up on stage to perform their collaborative track 'Just One Yesterday' (Pete Wentz' favourite song from their new album) and The Lumineers taking crowd participation to a new level by playing in the middle of their audience.
Continue reading: Leeds Festival 2013 Flooding Fails To Bring The Rapturous Crowd Down
Did the rapper really fake it?
Eminem is well and truly back; having performed in some of the world’s top venues, the Detroit rapper has announced a new album set for release on November 5th, with his new single Bezerk out today (Tues, 27 Aug).
Eminem makes a surprise appearance in New York
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be Eminem’s first release since 2010’s Recovery, and he has a fair amount of work to do to win back some lost fans, as the album garnered mostly average reviews, culminating in a 63% rating on Metacritic, which, for a rapper of his standing, will have been a disappointing response.
Continue reading: Eminem Announces New Album, But Did He Mime At Leeds Festival?
The rapper has announced new album details and a new single, 'Berserk,' out tomorrow via a video teaser.
Rapper Eminem has become the latest artists to announce news of a new album with an Autumn 2013 release. The news of a brand new record arrived simultaneously with the announcement of the imminent dropping of a new single, 'Berzerk,' than is expected to land tomorrow (27th Aug).
Eminem Is The Latest To Announce A Fall Album Release.
Via the star's website, details were confirmed for the upcoming record, entitles MMLP2, but a Dr. Dre Beats Headphones advert during the MTV VMAs on Sunday night served as the first announcement. The website background image shows Slim Shady in his trademark pose, raising both middle fingers towards the camera.
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