By Megan Warner
There's nothing like standing under a giant metal stage during a lightning storm — it gets the heart rate up.
But when fellow producers Sarah Muller, Daniela Capistrano and myself headed out with John Norris to interview the Ting Tings, the duo seemed unfazed by the whole we-might-get-electrocuted-out-here thing.
"I think it's dramatic," said Ting Tings frontwoman Katie White, noting that being from England, they are pretty used to the rain. "Maybe the pool will fill up!"
Mother Nature didn’t make things easy for anyone at the at the Jelly NYC Pool Party. I had to balance the wireless mic adapter at a certain angle to avoid static, and to keep both the camera and talent dry, we built a dome of umbrellas. But the wind wasn't having it. A sudden gust took John's umbrella (which he referred to as a small lightning rod) out of the picture, and he had to wrestle it back as it flipped inside out.
Find out how we survived the storm and watch footage of the show after the jump!
Kanye West and MTV gave a proper homecoming to three war veterans in the MTV News special "Choose or Lose & Kanye West Present: Homecoming." The rapper, along with Sway and MTV, gave something back to these vets who have given so much. Check out the show tonight (Monday, July 28) at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
By Katie Byrne
My worlds are colliding.
Two of my "happy bands" — you know, the acts whose music can instantly improve your mood — have come together for a sure-to-be-epic jam session that won't see the light of day for almost a month (I can't wait that long!). Chromeo will be the next guest on "Live From Daryl's House," an online music show masterminded by Hall & Oates frontman Daryl Hall.
Their set included the Hall & Oates songs "Family Man" and "Adult Education" and a pair of Chromeo songs: "Tenderoni" and "Waiting 4 U." The episode will premiere online August 15 at 8 p.m. ET. "We'll be pinching ourselves for years to come," Chromeo guitarist/singer Dave 1 said of the experience. "Given that he pretty much wrote half our songs, it was about time we met Daryl Hall in real life."
Could Whitney Houston be the Rocky of the music world? It's been a long time since the singer was in her prime, and "Like I Never Left," her first new song in nearly five years, has leaked. She worked with Akon on it and proclaims she's coming back — but will her fans be there? What do you think?
The presidential campaign is getting ugly. And, no, we're not even referring to the new ad from Republican Senator John McCain wherein he claims Democratic rival Barack Obama went to the gym instead of visiting troops.
Nope, we're talking about a new freestyle from Ludacris over Young Buck's "Get Buck" called "Politics (Obama Is Here)," in which the "Get Back" MC gives props to the freshman Illinois senator while throwing dirt on his rivals and, of course, giving himself a bit of shine as well.
Unlike Will.I.Am's uplifting Obama anthem from earlier this year, "Yes We Can" — which featured rousing quotes from the senator's speeches recited by a bevy of stars — Luda takes it to the streets.
In his grimier take, the Atlanta rapper — who has actually broken bread with Obama — first carves out a minute to big-up himself (and his Bentley), then gets down to business. Read More...
By Josh Horowitz
This was my first San Diego Comic-Con and to be perfectly honest I was mentally spent by the first afternoon (I think my brain officially stopped working when I witnessed Stan Lee walking in on a Hugh Jackman interview). If you weren't with us in person we hope you were checking in with us throughout the four days right here. If not, no worries. We forgive and forget. And to show you how much we care, let's run through some of what you can (and must!) check-out from Comic-Con '08!
-- We showed you Paris Hilton writhing around in a horror opera from the guys that did "Saw"!
-- We talked "Twilight" music with Stephenie Meyer herself(!) and director Catherine Hardwicke.
-- Rose McGowan IS "Red Sonja" and we debuted the first poster.
-- We learned that Keanu Reeves won't be stretching his muscles as Plastic Man anytime soon.
-- Gerard Way revealed his latest comic book plans.
These mega-millionaire superstar kids grow up so fast these days! Less than a week after Miley Cyrus and pal Mandy Jiroux mocked up-and-coming Disney stars Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez in a YouTube video, the "Hannah Montana" star has, like, totally apologized. "If we offended them, we're super sorry," Cyrus told Popstar! magazine, explaining that she was actually trying to support the girls. (Read the complete story here.) Popstar! is, like, our favorite publication, by the way.
How do you think these teen queens should settle their beef? A sing-and-dance-off? A summer reading challenge?
"Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, 22, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after he crashed his truck while making an illegal left-hand turn in Hollywood early Sunday morning. The actor was taken to a local hospital shortly after for “extensive” hand surgery, but a spokesperson said he will resume filming "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" within a month. No one else was injured in the crash.
Read the full story here.