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Music News: Bruno Mars Speaks to ELLE Magazine About His New Album & On How Kanye Stole His SNL Idea Plus More

Prior to Bruno Mars performing on Saturday Night Live, he sat down with ELLE Magazine and got into depth about his new album, what he thought about Kanye West‘s SNL Performance, and what his future plans are.

Check it out after the jump…

If you don’t recognize Bruno Mars, then just turn on the radio. He’s the R&B mastermind writer/producer behind practically every ounce of DJ-fuel: Cee Lo’s snappy Motown kiss-off “Fuck You,” B.O.B’s sultry single “Nothing On You” and Travie McCoy’s catchy ode to capitalism, Billionaire.” On Tuesday, the 24 year-old Hawaii native released his solo debut, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans,’ anchored by the melodic “Just The Way You Are.” And this weekend, he’ll provide the soundtrack to Saturday Night Live.

ELLE: Even though you were behind some of the biggest songs of the summer, was going solo always your goal?
Bruno Mars: I got signed at a young age, and, it’s not like the movies—you don’t get signed and all of a sudden hit songs falling into your lap, so I had to learn and see the way things were behind the scenes. Luckily, I got a chance to sell one of my records. That helped pay rent, so I figured that I’d just start producing for other acts and then hopefully, one day labels would hear me sing these demos and take a chance.

ELLE: You famously wrote Cee Lo’s “Fuck You.” How did you two meet?
BM: We’re label mates, and I knew that he was working on his album so I just kept putting it in everyone’s ear, like, “Yo, I need to work with him. It’d be a dream come true.” We hooked up at the studio, we started working, we did a couple of records together. We did a record on Travis McCoy’s album called “Dr. Feel Good,” which he’s singing on; he’s on my album, “The Other Side,” so it’s only natural. We all got to the studio and came up with one of our favorite songs.

ELLE: Were you worried “Fuck You” wouldn’t get airplay because of the lyrics?
BM: You know sometimes, you just gotta do things that feel right. And Cee Lo’s the type of artist who’ll say whatever the hell he wants to say.

ELLE: What are you going after sound-wise on your solo album?
BM: I’ve been a songwriter and a producer for a while now and I’m always hopping around from different genre to genre, and I’m hoping “Nothin’ On You,” “Billionaire,” and “Just The Way You Are,” were a warning to people that I might not just stick to one sound. So on [Doo-Wops & Hooligans], I was just really trying to be open. I would just sit down in the studio, pick up a guitar, and write a song, whether it called for a reggae beat or whether it was a ballad. It was kind of a free fall. Let me just do what I want; let me get this out of my system. And I’m already thinking about my second album.

ELLE: You must be excited to perform on SNL this weekend.
BM: Geeze. The first time you’ll see me singing “Just The Way You Are” on TV is on that show, live.

ELLE: Will you try to weasel your way into a skit?
BM: I don’t know how those things work. I’d love to, but I’m fine with just performing.

ELLE: And you’re following the Kanye performance from last week. Did you see it?
BM: Yeah, wasn’t that incredible? That was my idea! I was gonna wear a red suit and have ballerinas dancing to “Just The Way You Are.”

ELLE: You better talk to your stylist, ASAP.
BM:
No, I’m just kidding. He was amazing though, definitely, he definitely woke me up. Now you’re making me nervous. What the hell is going on? This is supposed to be a nice, sweet interview.

ELLE: Oh no, didn’t they tell you we just try freak you out here at ELLE?
BM:
Right, like, “This is your first big moment. Good luck following Kanye.”

Plus check out Bruno Mars performs “Grenade” in this extended session of Billboard’s Tastemakers series LIVE at Mophonics Studios NY.

Bruno Mars – “Grenade” (Studio Session) LIVE!!!

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Posted in "Grenade", "Just the Way You Are", "Nothin' on You", 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans', B.O.B., Bruno Mars, Saturday Night Live

Music News: Bruno Mars’ Performs on “Saturday Night Live”

Bruno Mars has officially scratched off “perform on Saturday Night Live off of his bucket list. His dream became a reality when he was the musical guest last night (Saturday, Oct. 09, 2010) on “SNL” for the first time. He was looking very “Hairspray” retro, rocking a pompadour, blue blazer, black pants, white button down, black skinny tie, and some black & white oxfords to match his band. Quite gentlemanly. Nice way to celebrate his 25th birthday, which was actually last week.

Mars performed 2 songs last night, the first being his #1 hit “Just The Way You Are,” which was backed up by his band. It also included a string section and a tambourine-thumping backup singer. The other was a mix between “Nothin’ on You” into “Grenade.” When Mars returned to the stage, he picked up a guitar and plucked a mellowed-out version of his chorus for B.o.B‘s smash “Nothin’ On You.”

The singer then told the crowd, “That was then, this is now,” and put down the guitar as he launched into “Grenade.” Mars peppered the performance with hip-swaying moves, looking like Elvis Presley. He finished his performance in a very classic rock-star style with an excited jump in the air. Perfect vocals and what a show!

Bruno Mars‘ debut album ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans,’ is in stores NOW. It was released, Oct. 5th, with his single “Just the Way You Are” topping charts, according to Billboard.com. Go get a copy if you haven’t yet. Such a DOPE record. It’s a must-have!

Check out some photos from Bruno’s performance taken from my phone via my TV, sorry for some of the blurry ones….

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Check out Bruno’s performances below after the jump….AMAZING!!

“Just the Way You Are”

“Nothin’ on You” and “Grenade”

“Happy Birthday Bruno Mars!!”

Videos via YouTube

Posted in Bruno Mars, Glee, Jane Lynch, NBC, Saturday Night Live, SNL, Watch It

Watch It!: Bruno Mars to perform on “Saturday Night Live”

“Saturday Night Live” will welcome for the first time, Glee’s Jane Lynch who will be hosting the show tonight (Oct 9th). I am so ready to watch this, I’m sure I will get a big laugh out of Jane‘s crazy skits.

I am definitely looking forward to seeing, Bruno Mars perform. He will be the musical guest tonight. Mars, who’s making his “SNL” debut, will finally be able fulfill his dream.

Watch It!: Make sure you tune in to watch “Saturday Night Live” @ 11:30 p.m. on NBC

Posted in "Breaking Bad", Amy Poehler, Betty White, Bryan Cranston, Dina Lohan, Jay Pharoah, Jay Z, Katy Perry, LINDSAY LOHAN, NBC, Paul Brittain, Russell Brand, Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers, SNL, Taran Killam, Tune In, Vanessa Bayer, Watch It

Watch It!: Katy Perry to perform on “Saturday Night Live”


“Saturday Night Live” will welcome back a former cast regular as host of its season premiere and has confirmed the hiring of four new featured players in its cast.

“Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler will host the Sept. 25 premiere. She was a member of the cast for eight years and has made several return appearances since leaving for “Parks and Rec,” but the premiere will be her first turn as host of the show.

The musical guest will be Katy Perry, who’s making her “SNL” debut. We’re also sort of hoping her fiance, Russell Brand, might make a cameo.

NBC has also confirmed the previously reported additions of four new featured players to the cast: Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah. They represent the biggest infusion of new cast members to the show since 2001, when Poehler and Seth Meyers were among the newcomers.

“SNL” will also air new shows on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has said he’s hosting the Oct. 2 episode, but NBC hasn’t officially named the hosts for those weeks. There were also talks that Lindsay Lohan will host “SNL” as well.

Historically, Lohan has been on “SNL” twice before. Once in May 2004 and another in April 2006 when she also poked fun at her bad behavior in a skit.

Lohan, who will complete her rehab stint in early November if everything goes smoothly, is also being pursued by TV Shows for her first post-jail interview. NBC’s “Today” reportedly is the frontrunner although her mother Dina Lohan said that “no final decision has been made”.

“SNL” spokeswoman refused to confirm whether Lohan is a lock, saying “We never comment on upcoming hosts until they’re announced.”

“SNL” repeated the Betty White episode this weekend with musical guest Jay-Z. White won an Emmy for her splendid work on that episode.

Watch It!: Make sure you tune in to watch “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, Sept. 25th @ 11:30 p.m. on NBC

Posted in Ashlee Simpson, Celebrity News, Ke$ha, Music News, Saturday Night Live, SNL

Music News: Ke$ha Added To The Worst ‘SNL’ Performance Ever List

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From the moment ‘Saturday Night Live’ first appeared back in 1975, it established itself as one of the most important musical venues in the nation. With just two short songs, up-and-coming singers and bands could create an entire career thanks to the buzz that would follow a memorable SNL debut — performances that in many cases have since become legendary. And that still holds true today: if you’re great on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ chances are you’re going to make it big.

But what if you, you know… suck?
Welcome to Ke$ha‘s world. As anyone who has been online this week knows, Ke$ha, the songstress behind the ubiquitous pop hit ‘Tik Tok,’ had her maiden SNL performance last weekend. And the result was nothing short of disastrous, as media outlets around the hemisphere raced to be the first to post their “Was Ke$ha the worst ‘SNL’ musical guest ever?” articles.

With that in mind, we thought this would be a good time to take a look back at her competition for the title, those musical guests that were memorable for all the wrong reasons. So without further ado, here’s our list of the worst ‘SNL‘ performances ever.

Ke$ha — No doubt you’ve already seen this by now, but we thought it only fair to remind everyone just why this list is necessary. It was a toss-up just which of Ke$ha’s two performances were worse, but despite the day-glo body paint she used in ‘Your Love is My Drug,’ we ended up going with ‘Tik Tok.’ And not just because it was the worst use of space imagery in a live performance since William Shatner‘s rendition of ‘Rocket Man.’ So what was the deciding factor? Two words: Laser. Harp.

Ashlee Simpson — As bad as Ke$ha was, she still couldn’t quite topple the undisputed queen of bad performances, Ashlee Simpson, whose 2004 lip-sync fiasco put a major dent in her career plans. She tried to excuse it away by explaining that she began losing her voice during rehearsals, but no excuse was ever offered for the totally bizarre jig she launched into as an attempt to cover up the gaffe. She then fled the stage and let the band jam without her — arguably the best musical decision of the night.

For more on the list and to check out some videos of these performances, click here.

~~I’m such a fan of Ke$ha’s and I’m so shocked to hear that her ‘SNL’ performance had gone wrong.

Source: PopEater
Posted in Celebrity Couples, Celebrity News, Chris Brown, Matt Kemp, photos, pictures, Rihanna, SNL

Celebrity Couples: Rihanna and Matt Kemp

[Rihanna joins Matt Kemp for a game]

Less than a year ago, Rihanna‘s life was turned upside down after she was assaulted by former boyfriend Chris Brown. Now the singer seems to be putting the traumatic past behind her.

On Saturday, she was spotted at the LA Clippers vs Cleveland-Cavaliers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with her new pal, Dodgers star Matt Kemp, wearing her hair styled in angelic golden ringlets. The pop star, who will celebrate her 22nd birthday next month, appears to have kept her famous graduated bob hairstyle, adding playful curls for her day at the game.

In addition to the new style, photographers captured the singer with a perpetual and very sincere-looking grin on her face. Last week, Rihanna opened up to W magazine about coming out of the fog of last winter: “At first I completely shut down. But now I feel like this happened to me so I could be a voice for young girls who are going through what I went through and dont know how to talk about it.”

She also revealed a desire to focus on her budding acting career, briefly cut short by all the media attention surrounding her private life last year. As everyone who watched her fall appearance on “SNL” can attest, Rihanna has comedic acting skills that rival her talent as a singer.

Take a closer look at the new style below….

[Rihanna in December 2009]

[Rihanna in January 2010]

Check out some more photos of  Rihanna & Matt Kemp at the game.

Rihanna laughs with Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp stares at Rihanna

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Rihanna and Matt Kemp get intense

Matt Kemp on Rihanna

Source: OMG!

“What do you think of her new relationship with Matt Kemp? I think they look cute together.  I’m really happy for her. I hope it works out. Good luck to the both of them.”

Posted in Bow Wow, Chrihanna, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Just In, Keenan Thompson, Ne-Yo, Paul Wall, Rihanna

Just In: More Celebrities Speak Out About Rihanna & Chris Brown!

Ne-Yo – “I spoke to Rihanna, she says she’s OK”…

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Ne-Yo, friend to both Rihanna and Chris Brown, always seems to be vocal when it comes to these two. Remember when he let it slip that the two were dating? Well, now he gave his opinion about the assault incident.
Watch the video here.

Bow Wow Gives His Opinion on Rihanna’s Assault…

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Rapper, Bow Wow is one of the many people shocked and saddened by this drama involving Chris Brown, who is said to have assaulted Rihanna. At first, he thought it was just more ridiculous rumors, created by people who need a good story. But like most of us, it was a shock when the story got deeper.

He says, “I mean, being in the business, the first thing is ‘ah, it’s false, another rumor, bloggers just wanting to have traffic to their site,’. But when the story was unfolding, it was kind of shocking to all. Chris is a good friend of mine. We’ve had the opportunity to tour together. And then Rihanna, she’s just a beautiful person. Period. Never done no wrong to nobody.”

The rapper says that they just need to be left alone to deal with their issues. “At the end of the day I’ve always believed in whatever happens with people’s business…my mom always told me don’t get into. And the situation is so major I think they just need their space and I think they need to deal with it.”

He relates to them, seeing as he knows what it feels like to be in a relationship that the media is interested in. “I’ve been in a high profile relationship before and I know how it feels when everybody’s in your business. It just puts more pressure. And the only way they’re going to get over the situation is just to let them deal with it. And that’s what I really want to do. I’m praying for them both.”

When asked about what he thought of the leaked photo of Rihanna, bruised and swollen after the assault, he describes it as “Just shocking. I mean we heard what happened but we really didn’t get a visual for it. But I mean hey, man. The picture speaks for itself.”

♦ Keenan Thompson and Flo Rida Comment on Rihanna Assault…

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According to “Saturday Night Live” man, Keenan Thompson, Chris Brown could still perform on future episodes of “SNL”, regardless of allegations that he beat Rihanna.

Keenan says, “It’s not up to me, but I’m sure we would if he had another hit single. We don’t care about scandal. We just care about what brings us ratings!”

Speaking of Rihanna and Chris he says, “If we had them both on the show, that would be crazy.”

He says, the assault is “an unfortunate situation. I don’t know the whole story, but I know how women can get when you get a text message from another female, so I’m just saying, you have to learn that you can’t put your hands on a female.”

Thompson says, “He’s a big dude. He’s not a little dude.”

♦ Then, Flo Rida was asked if he had a message for pop star Rihanna…

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He says, “Definitely. Her and Chris Brown- I met them and they are both great people. They definitely give music a good name because they are very talented. Preferably they can put aside their differences and get back to making hot music.”

♦ Paul Wall speaks on Rihanna photo leak…

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Rapper, Paul Wall was interviewed recently and asked about what he thought about the leaked photo of Rihanna after she’s been allegedly beaten by Chris Brown.
He tells Rap-Up,“I saw the picture and read all the blog comments. I’m like, ‘Damn, that’s just bad.’ I hope she’s alright. I hate to get into other people’s business; whatever happened between them, that’s between them, but I just hope they both can come to a positive conclusion and that something positive can come out of it.”

The family man continues to say, “It’s just sad to see any kind of violence in a relationship. Being such young superstars, they have the world ahead of them both. I just hope that she’s alright. I didn’t see no marks on [Chris], so I’m pretty sure he’s alright.”

Source: Ultimate-Rihanna

Posted in Kanye West, Music, SNL, Wire Talk

Wire Talk: Kanye West Lip-Synching on SNL?

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Kanye West was apparently lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live, few days ago. Sheila Marikar from ABC said:

“West may have “committed what many fans regard as the greatest on-stage sin of all—lip-syncing,” “Whether by fault of his own or because of his audio equipment.”

Check out the videos below:

Love Lockdown:

Heartless: