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Ashton Kutcher might actually be following in Charlie Sheen's footsteps. Apart from taking over on Two and a Half Men, Kutcher has become quite the party animal, especially in the lady department. Newly divorced from Demi Moore (after reported infidelty), Kutcher has been romantically linked to Hollywood A-listers Rihanna and now his That 70's Show co-star Mila Kunis.
Kutcher and Kunis were recently spotted on a three day weekend beach getaway in Carpenteria, California, sparking up rumors of a relationship. However, sources told HollywoodLife.com that a relationship isn't the case when it comes to Ashton and Mila. The source said, “They are currently leaning on each other as a support system in a friendly matter and have not taken things or thought of taking things into a romantic level at this moment."
What do you think: are Mila and Ashton just friends?
If you've yet to set your sight and ears on NYC indie-pop band The Drums, then you are most certainly missing out! Now, I'm no expert on the band but as a devout music lover, I must let you know this one thing... rarely am I ever left shocked and/or speechless after my first encounter with a band, especially within a live setting. Yet, The Drums have managed (although voluntarily) to win my heart; their music has sold me a dream, and the vivacious and metaphorically tangible aura surrounding the band and their performance has made me a believer; a believer with no intentions on turning back.
The Drums, whose second album, Portamento was released on September 13th, 2011 embody everything great about rock scene, especially the rock scene within the 1980's. Lead singer, Jonathan Pierce has an powerfully electric voice. He croons like Ian Curtis of Joy Division, vocally dazzles like Morrissey of The Smiths, and sweetly channels Robert Smith of The Cure, especially when performing the chorus of The Drum's first single off Portamento, "Money."
Pierce and his bandmates, effectively manage to channel everything that was great about the Manchester culture scene. His hauntingly straight forward hooks capture the pain of everyday life while utilizing music as a tool to escape those burdening events, made evident in a song like, "If He Likes Him Let Him Do It." They have perfectly blended the best of the best, remodeled it, then packaging twelve brilliant songs onto one piece of flimsy plastic. The physical properties of a CD fails to do Portamento justice...nor does a modern day musical comparison. Based off their recent album, one may wrongly compare The Drums to a band such as Interpol. Assuming that Pierce largely resembles Paul Banks, however, that would be an insult as Pierce's musical existence, as when seen live, manages to blow Bank's out of the water! Thus, to compare the two would falsely label The Drums mediocre, when in fact they are quite the opposite...they are pretty extraordinary.
On April 24th, I was lucky enough to attend a showing at NYC's Webster Hall. The Drums' live performance futher solidified my newly found affections. It seemed as if the coolest of cool had gotten the memo and an eclectically varied group of fans lined up at least one hour prior to opening, despite what seemed to be a monsoon raging in NYC. However, the lousy weather and water damage wouldn't stop fans from enjoying their The Drums fix; the band entered the stage promptly at 10pm (EST) and then the fun really began. Aside from the apparent aliveness emitting from the band came the dedication and love from the fans. As soon as the band opened with "What You Were", concertgoers had already forming a mosh-pit and attempted poorly guided crowd-surfing. Admist the set, one surfer even jumped on stage and the band kept the utmost coolness, allowing the fan to maintain on stage and carry out the tune. Ultimately, The Drums concluded with a three part encore with songs, "Searching for Heaven", "The Future", and "Let's Go Surfing", leaving fans more than satisfied.
So yes...if you hadn't heard of The Drums before, you should thank your lucky stars that you now have the opportunity to love them, as they are really one incredible band and I can only predict big things for this indie-pop group.
To check to see if The Drums are playing in a city near you, click here.
What do you think of The Drums and their deeply dark, sweet sound? Do you love 'Money' as much as me?
Taylor Swift is constantly keeping both her name and fame alive. The 22-year-old, country music superstar is notably one of America's sweethearts and has been praised over the past six years for her albums, Taylor Swift, Fearless, and most recently, Speak.
However, singing isn't the only gig for this young star, as Swift has appeared in films such as Valentine's Day (alongside then boyfriend and Twilight heartthrob, Taylor Lautner) and The Lorax. According to Variety, Swift is also currently being considered for a major role in an upcoming drama titled, Girls Like Us. If given the role, Swift will appear as the infamous Joni Mitchell.
What do you think? Could Taylor do Joni justice?
On April 18th, Time magazine released its 2012 list of the '100 Most Influential People in the World.' A mixed variety of political leaders, stars, activists, and more. The list, however, is recieving a bit of flack for some of their celebrity choices.
Below I've highlighted some of the the high profile stars appearing on their list. What do you think of some of their choices?
Viola Davis: This 46-year-old actress warmed hearts all over the world after appearing in the Oscar nominated film, The Help as Abilieen Clark. The film pushes the boundries on racism, and the turmoil faced by African American's during the mid-twentieth century.
Rihanna: Many are wondering why a singer that recites songs about bondage ["S&M"] has made the list of most influential people. The 24-year-old Bajan superstar also received heat after having ex, Chris Brown (whom she previously filed assault charges against) appears on this list. However, I find Rihanna's dedication and hard work, especially as a female to be inspiring. That girl is non-stop, and her 'I don't give a crap or answer to anyone' attitude seems somewhat empowering in its own.
Kristen Wiig: Anyone that can write a movie featuring like a ten minute comedic scene of women having diarrhea and GET NOMINATED for an Oscar deserves to be on this list! This 38-year-old comedian/writer is dominating the world of comedy with her spot on impersonations, best seen on Saturday Night Live and her amazing laidback and awesomely awkward personality. Kudos Kris, you deserve it!
Jessica Chastain: What a year for Jessica Chastain! The California native shot to fame after appearing as the gentle, kind, and compassionate Celia Foote in the international blockbuster The Help.
Chelsea Handler: She has a huge potty mouth, drinks way too much vodka, enjoys one-night stands, and she is dominating E! TV alongside the Kardashians, and Ryan Seacrest. Chelsea may be wild, but at least she's REAL. Not only is she real, but the girl is doing work! She's had four books, and this year she premiered her first primetime show modeled after her life/book, Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea.
Adele: Well, Well, Well... this is no surprise. Beyonce told us that girls run the world, however, it seems more like Adele runs it! This 23-year-old Brit racked in SIX Grammy Awards. She stole the show with her performance and no longer rolls in the deep... that is, because she's rolling in the dough! Here's another slap in the face for her idiot ex-boyfriend!
Also on the list: Louis C.K., Tilda Swinton, and Claire Danes.
There seems to be quite a bit of controversy surrounding Time's pick of Rihanna and Chelsea Handler as influential people in the world. Both women are known for their raunchy content, and Rihanna has come under fire for reuniting with her abusive ex-boyfriend for her "Cake" remix. But what does the world define as influential? I mean sure these girls are rebels in a sense, but should that devaluate all the hard work they do? Rihanna is Barbados' Youth and Culture Ambassador, she seems to constantly be at work. Ultimately she's a go-getter, and her music effects so many people positively. As for Chelsea, think of all the displaced nuggets there would be without her!?!? WHERE WOULD CHUY BE!?
What do you think of Time's choices? Should Rihanna and Chelsea have not made the list?
Today April 18, 2012 the world has lost a legendary TV icon. Dick Clark, 82, was pronounced dead after suffering a heart attack. Beloved by many, and known most notably to younger audiences for his show Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, the famous television personality helped ring in the New Year with music's best.
Clark has been a household name for so many years, starting in 1952 with American Bandstand, the infamous music performance show which allowed families to access peformances by their favorite live artists. In many ways, he set the stage for shows like MTV's Total Request Live (TRL).
Suffering a stroke back in 2004, Clark appeared to have never really fully recovered from its debilitating effects, however, like a champion he continued to host the best NYE show, and took Ryan Seacrest under the ropes to help.
He will definitely be remembered for his wonderful enthusiasm and his amazing media personality.
R.I.P Dick Clark (11/30/29 - 4/18/12)
All Photo Credit: Dan Curwin
Ed Sheeran, the 21-year-old musical superstar hailing from the UK, isn't kidding when he sings, "I'm out of sight, I'm out of mind, I'll do it all for you in time." Lyrics to his third single "Lego House" off his debut album "+" (set for US release on June 12th) has quickly become more of a mantra than single for this young English artist, as Ed joins Adele, Ellie Goulding, and Jessie J; a wonderul addition to Britain's list of its finest musical exports to step foot in America! Sheeran epitomizes the definition of cool as he brilliantly blends rap, indie, folk, pop, and alternative into one amazing debut album, and for an artist that has become so famous over the past year, he emits veritable humility, and sheer love for his craft.
His album "+" has been warmly recieved by fans and critics' alike; offering a variety that is duly creative, both sonically, and stylistically, '+' has garnished the young star with some powerful credibility. The album is highly certified, going platinum in Australia, triple platinum in the UK, and reaching the top once receiving gold in New Zealand. Within the United Kingdom, Sheeran has become almost a household name as he won two 2012 Brit Awards for Best Breakthrough Act and Best Solo Male Artist. Ed is also quickly making his way through America as the supporting act for Snow Patrol's North American tour. However, with Sheeran's skill and obvious fanbase (as noted in his 4/13 show at Terminal 5 in NYC), it seems as if Snow Patrol is destined to become Ed's opener in the future, because Ed Sheeran is not to be missed.
Although Sheeran harbors a ridiculously busy schedule, he was kind enough to allow me to ask him a few quick questions this past weekend, providing Buzznet with an exclusive interview. Check it out!
Lana: Now, you've just won two Brit Awards, completed a massive UK tour and you're currently on tour in the US with Snow Patrol. Do you ever get a break? How amazing does this all feel?
Ed: Nah, no break, but I never really ever need breaks. I mean, it’s always nice to see the family and friends at Christmas, and other holidays, but I’ve always been a bit of a nomad and I'm just constantly traveling and working. I love it! I can seriously say that I have the best job in the entire world!
Lana: '+' has such a variety of style. You have songs in which you kind of rap, like "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," songs with that pop edge such as "Grade 8" and "The City," and then slower songs like "The A Team" and "Small Bump." Do you have a preferable style, meaning do you enjoy producing the rap-esque songs, or the deep cuts more?
Ed: Truthfully, I just like writing personal songs that mean something to me. So whichever way I write them, or whatever genre they fall into, they all come from the same place and have a story and meaning behind them.
Lana: You learned guitar at a young age, but when did you really put things into perspective and think, "This is what I want to do with my life"?
Ed: I learned guitar around age 16. Basically it was a choice to either continue with my education or pursue this whole music thing. It was an easy choice; I really enjoy playing live and all of that.
Lana: Could you briefly describe to our US readers what you hope your album "+" will offer them sonically, and/or stylistically?
Ed: "+" is just a mixture of styles that I’m into. Mostly acoustic, soul, hip hop and folk, all wrapped into one.
Lana: You've performed with so many great UK artists such as Example, Wretch 32 and Pixie Lott. Are there any American artists that you'd love to perform/collaborate with?
Ed: I would love to do something with Stevie Wonder. I think he’s absolutely incredible.
Lana: Now Ed, let's be real…do you have a cat problem (referring to your video "Drunk")?
Ed: I grew up with cats, and I’m definitely a cat person; dogs don’t like me much. Actually, my grandad had bulldogs when I was younger, and me and the dogs just didn’t get along.
Lana: What are three of your favorite things about touring in America (PS do you miss Walkers crisps [UK equivalent to Lay's potato chips] and Nando's [a delicious UK food chain] as much as I do)?
Ed: The first would have to be the food. Mexican food is epic (and I found a Nandos when I was in DC)! Second, I’d have to say the crowds. The crowds that I’m playing are lovely. Third, would have to be the fact that I get to see the greatest sights in the US, one city at a time.
Ed's EP "The A-Team" is now available in the US on iTunes, and click here to check out his live dates.
Special thanks to Ed Sheeran and Jason Davis for making this interview possible!
Will you be keeping an eye on him and his music this year? You don't want to miss out!
Photo Credit: Ajon Brodie via GlobalGrind.com
Ed Sheeran, the 21-year-old UK superstar, is slaying the music scene with his casual style, his adorable ginger hair (that's right, I said it), and his smooth but vivacious music! Originally hailing from Halifax, England, Ed was the man to (try and) beat at this year's Brit Awards, while he won two out of the four prestigious catagories, in which he was nominated.
Although Ed's debut album, + had not been released yet in the United States (set for June 12th on Elektra records), the young Brit has still managed to gain himself quite the American fanbase. Currently on a North American tour with Snow Patrol, Ed managed to secure two sold-out shows at New York's Terminal 5 this past weekend, and boy did he deliver!
Walking to the venue this past Friday (4/13), I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fans gathered at the venue hoping to ONLY see Ed. I overheard chatter about his music video's as one fan said, "You know, he's got the one with the girl on drugs, and the other with that Harry Potter dude [Rupert Grint], and don't forget the cats!" I immediately turned to the concertgoer and asked, "Are you here to see Ed?" Of course he was, he had just generically (and rather poorly from an aesthetic/artistic point of view) described three of Sheeran's videos:
"The A-Team," a beautiful ballad centered around the loss youth and opportunity through addiction.
"Lego House," a song that I hope will serve as my wedding theme, a song about love and its spontaneity.
and "Drunk," an uptempo ballad about wanting to share your life (and bed) with someone.
At times, it appeared as if One Direction were playing, as girls no older than 13-year-old stood outside in line with sharpied knuckles displaying, 'I <3 Ed,' and even though they were wearing Kurt Cobain tees (who was obviously dead long before they were born), and with their moms, I couldn't help but to be impressed with their knack for musical talent. I watched a mob of young girls harrass the security guards at the front of the stage, asking, "WHICH WAY WILL ED LEAVE, PLEASE!?!?!?" They also decided to make their presence known to the audio techs as well, after hearing their lovely English accents. Oh yes, Ed Sheeran is here to stay, but he's not just here for the teenyboppers, as his beautiful music speaks to all ages.
Despite commenting on Twitter that he had fallen ill, Ed soldiered up and arrived on stage promptly at 8pm. What can I say, the young man is phenomenal. Opening his set with "Grade 8," Ed had the vigor and skill of a folk musician, DJ, rapper, and an alternative artist all packaged into one 21-year-old body; he is a one man traveling band. The upbeat tune set the pace for the whole show, as Ed donning green khakis and a red tee hopped on-and-off his foot petals to stop and start his hip-hop-esque loops and beats. He proceeded to slow down with 'Lego House,' and followed it with his debut single, "The A-Team," which became host to a mesmorizingly beautiful sing-along.
However, the real showstopper came as Ed's finale, in which he rocked the house to a extended version of "You Need Me, I Don't Need You." Sheeran threw pieces of his EP in, along with a bit of 50 Cent's "In Da Club." He rocked his guitar, set it down to pick up the mic and spit, all before returning to destroy three or so strings on his guitar, but Sheeran didn't stop. The stage, covered in black as to hide Snow Patrol's intruments was the perfect backdrop for Ed's talent, showcasing that his music alone speaks volumes.
Let's just say Ed Sheeran is one artist that should not be missed, so do yourself a BIG favor and check him out on tour while you can!
What do you think of Ed's music? Tune in tomorrow for my exclusive interview with Ed!
What a case of good girls gone bad! I bet Amanda Bynes' dad feels pretty stupid right now as his daughter's emo side has landed her back to her partying ways. Shall we blame it on the a-a-a-a-ah-ah-alcohol?
The 26-year-old Nickelodeon legend was arrested just last week (4/7) for apparently sideswiping a cop car while driving under the influence. I wonder if any of this has to do with her rebellious lilac hair (just kidding, obviously :P)?
Bynes seems to be neglecting the fact that both the heat and the papparazzi are onto her, and the young actress seems to have thought it would be a good idea to go BACK to the club last night. Bynes was caught driving herself to the Chateau Marmont and she was texting behind the wheel! Maybe Amanda really is emo, because at this rate she's got a death wish. Texting while driving is a serious problem, and it's super dangerous! Bynes even had ANOTHER car mishap as she was seen backing up onto a curb.
So sad Amanda, so sad!
What the heck was Amanda thinking! Do you think she needs some help?
It seems as if star of The Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson would really like to participate in "thirsty Thursdays". TMZ caught up with the 19-year-old Kentucky native after dinner and asked him what he thought about the legal drinking age in the US being 21 years old.
Ironically, Hutcherson was donning a Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) trucker hat, a beer that has become quite notorious in the hipster world, and hey, even Lana Del Rey sang about it in her song "This Is What Makes Us Girls." The young actor doesn't seem pleased as the fact that he can't buy himself a drank (maybe he should ask T-Pain).
He replied: "I think the age to go war is 18, so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well." Well Josh, I'm glad you only think the age to go to war is 18, lol.
Young, hot Hollywood stars are often plagued by addiction, being that there is an immense amount of pressure, and accessibility in their "world". We've all seen what happened to Lindsay Lohan.
What do you think of the legal drinking age in the US, should it be lowered to 18? Is Josh looking for trouble?
Dear Jennifer Love Hewitt, this isn't 1994! Sorry, you're no longer the hot "it" babe, and that Party of Five got cancelled twelve years ago (I'm actually sorry about the latter).
Apparently, Hewitt still thinks she's precious goods, despite a multitude of failed relationships and the unspoken but known fact that she's unmarriable. The 33-year-old actress, known best for her C-list roles, tried to snag a date with the man that "Moves Like Jagger," Adam Levine. Adam, who is one of the four judges on The Voice, just got out of a long-term relationship with Victoria's Secret model, Anne V.
Rumors are circulating that the Maroon 5 frontman is devastated after his break up, but Hewitt thought it was a prime time to confess her love on the April 12th episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Adam has heard about Jennifer's girl crush and stated, "It's very, very flattering." Ouch, guess he's just not that into you Jen!
Do you think Adam and Jennifer would have made a cute couple? Is Jennifer Love Hewitt even relevant anymore?