Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hellogoodbye Recruit Zac Hanson For "Here In Your Arms" Performance

As if "Here In Your Arms" wasn't amazing enough!!!!

Zac Hanson got on stage with Hanson opening band Hellogoodbye for an unexpected version of "Here In Your Arms" at their concert Thursday night!!

"We felt like stars for a moment!" yelled singer Forrest Kline, following the duet. "It was amazing!"

Check out two videos of "Here In Your Arms" above, pre-Zac and with Zac.

The song will never be the same!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Alicia Keys, John Mayer Perform at Keep A Child Alive

It's a great night to be a New Yorker!!

Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Halle Berry, David Bowie, Iman and Coldplay all gathered at the Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday night to attend Keep A Child Alive's 6th Annual Black Ball, which provides therapy for children with HIV/AIDS and their families.

So awesome!

Hanson Cover "Gimme Some Lovin'," Play Old School Hits at NYC Show

Taylor Hanson is battling a flu, but you wouldn't know it if you attended Hanson's killer show at Nokia Theatre in NYC Thursday night!

The boys rocked nearly two hours of hits, including "Penny and Me," "Where's The Love," "I Will Come To You," "This Time Around," MMMBop," and new jam "Carry You There." They even threw down a blazing cover of Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'"!!!

Check out a video of the madness, above.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lady GaGa Announces "Monster Ball" Tour Dates

Lady GaGa has taken to her official website to announce dates for her North American tour, "The Monster Ball," which kicks off November 27 in Montreal and closes out in NYC January 21, 2010.

"The Haus of GaGa had been designing 'The Monster Ball' for premiere in 2010 at the 02 Arena in London," GaGa writes, "but due to diligent work and preparation, 'The Monster Ball' will begin November 27 in Montreal. 'The Monster Ball' is a multimedia artistic experience in the style of the first ever 'pop electro opera.'"

A re-release of her record, entitled The Fame Monster, set to include eight new songs, will be released November 23.

Oh yeah. One more thing, GaGa writes.

"The Fame Monster will come out four days before the first live show. You have exactly 96 hours to learn all of the lyrics so you can sing along. Dress accordingly."

Lenny Kravitz Blazes Through Night Three at Irving Plaza

"I'm losing my fucking voice but I'm going to stay up here until I can't speak," Lenny Kravitz tells the crowd at Irving Plaza Wednesday night.

It probably doesn't help that Kravitz is saying this as he chugs from a bottle of vodka, or that he's only on night three of a five-night residency at Irving Plaza - the same venue where U2, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash all cut their teeth.

"The only thing I can compare [losing my voice] to is wanting to make love to a beautiful woman, but not being able to get up," Kravitz concludes.

But he still plows forward.

Kravitz rocks the stage for over two hours, delivering powerful versions of "Let Love Rule," "I Belong To You," "Fly Away," "It Ain't Over Til It's Over," and even a brief cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall."

Among the audience is The Roots' Questlove, who's wearing a giant backpack and tells Poison Ivy he's coming straight from a gig. "I've come to all Lenny's shows," he says.

Check out Kravitz performing a rambunctious encore of "Let Love Rule," over twenty years later, above. A snippet of "Fly Away" and some fantastic snapshots of the night, below.

[Photos by Jeanine Onischuck]

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Dear LA, It is raining. Do not drive faster than 23 MPH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Randomly & frequently apply brakes. Drive with terror. Thx."

-Rainn Wilson sarcastically Tweets

New Default Alert

We've always thought Lauren Conrad was beautiful, but when we saw her at the 2009 Hollywood Style Awards Sunday night at the Pacific Design Center, we were completely blown away!!

Conrad looked radiant in this flowery neon number with belted waist and matching pink lips!

Default it up, LC!

Update: 10/18/09: LC made this her default!!!!! 

Talking Shop with The Brains Behind Bflix

It was an exciting night for the world of independent shorts!!

Bloomingdale's teamed up with Young Indies Films to hold a special screening and Q&A for the brains behind Bflix, a five short-film set created by up-and-coming directors, held at Tribeca Cinemas Tuesday night.

Among the panel were (from left) Executive Producer/Q&A moderator Rose Ganguzza, Tall Enough actor Stephen Lin, The Love Game director Andrew Hunt, Tea For 3 director Amy Redford, My Adventures in Ladies' Undergarments, 4th Floor director Antonio Campos, and Recession Special director Emily Abt.

"I never made a short before so I was terrified and nervous," revealed Amy Redford, who directed 2008's critically-acclaimed The Guitar. "But Bloomingdale's let us make our own movies. And that was incredibly satisfying."

Antonio Campos, named one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch in 2009, too spoke out about the challenges of shooting a movie on a two-day deadline.

"You get trained to get what you need in the time that you have," Campos told the audience. "It always leads to something better than expected."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

David Archuleta Announces Christmas Tour

In what has to be the most awkward YouTube video ever, David Archuleta has announced a Christmas tour to sync up with his forthcoming record, Christmas From The Heart, out tomorrow.

The tour will be "a mix of some of my original songs that you guys are familiar with along with some Christmas stuff," Archuleta says, with a lot of pausing and nervous energy.

See for yourselves, above.

Quote of the Day

"Honestly, I do want to apologize to the world for being the grandfather of 1,000 bad haircuts."

-Pete Wentz says in this hilarious promo for the MTV Europe Music Awards

Lady GaGa Covers "Imagine" at National Equality Dinner

Last week, we saw Lady GaGa deliver a moving speech encouraging people to attend the National Equality March in Washington, D.C.

And when we saw this video, we were beyond excited to see her deliver on her promise!!

GaGa performed a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" for HRC's National Equality March dinner in D.C. Sunday night.

"I'm not going to play one of my songs tonight because tonight is not about me," GaGa told the audience. "Tonight is about you."


Who the F is this?

Her name is Katie Cassidy.

Cassidy, 22, is best known for her roles on CW's Melrose Place and Supernatural, but we don't watch either!

Cassidy instead caught our attention at the 2009 Hollywood Style Awards while donning this fierce, Jetsons-esque number with a spectacular up-do.

Hope to see more of u soon, KC!!

Whitney Houston to Embark on European Tour

In the wake of her jaw-dropping GMA performance, Whitney Houston will be embarking on a European tour that begins April 8, 2010 in Manchester, UK!

"This is my first full tour since 1999," Houston announced. "I cannot wait to perform songs from my new album along with favorites."

For now, Houston has shows planned in the UK, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Belgium, but will be announcing more dates later this week.

When's the U.S. tour Whit???

Monday, October 12, 2009

Justin Bieber Serenades Today Show Audience

We have to admit: We're falling for Justin Bieber.


He's like, Jesse McCartney's cute little brother with an acoustic guitar.

The 15-year-old floored us during his Today Show performance Monday. (Huge thank you to everyone at NBC for the hospitality!!)

Check out a snippet of Bieber's performance above, and let us know what do u think of this creative new pop star in the comments!

Quote of the Day

"I guess everyone has their wild side, and mine was halfway between being really shy and kind of a goofy spazoid. I never bit anyone... but I slapped a lot of butts... Like, slapping the butts of my grandparents and babysitters. When I wasn't shy, I overcompensated."

-Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontlady Karen O reveals

T.I. Wins Two BET Awards from Prison

Rapper T.I. won two BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday night: best collaboration with Rihanna for "Live Your Life," and album of the year for "Paper Trail."

The rapper was unable to collect his awards because of a federal weapons conviction that will keep him in prison until March 26, 2010, but fiance Tameka Cottle accepted the awards and read a letter from T.I. to the audience.

"Although I'm not there with you all, I'm there in spirit," Cottle said. "My road to redemption is almost over."

Meanwhile, DJ AM posthumously won "DJ of the Year," Jay-Z earned "MVP of the Year," Drake won "Rookie of the Year" and Ice Cube landed the "I Am Hip-Hop" Award.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on Oct. 27.

New Michael Jackson Song Hits the Web

A new, posthumous Michael Jackson single has hit the web.

The track, entitled "This Is It," will be part of MJ's album of the same name, out October 26.

Check out the song above, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jim and Pam Tie The Knot!

Click above to watch Jim and Pam (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) officially tie the knot during Thursday's episode of The Office!

As most of you know, the wedding was a reenactment of a YouTube wedding video-gone-viral, in which a Minnesota couple dance through their procession to Chris Brown's "Forever."

We love this version!!

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