Katy Perry is making some California Dreams come true. Through ticket sales on her, um, "California Dreams Tour," the pop star raised more $175,000 for over 50 organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, Children’s Health Fund and Generosity Water.
By selling select tickets through Tickets-for-Charity.com, Perry was able to help raise funds for the organizations nearest and dearest to her. "I’m thrilled to be able to help support the work these organizations are doing to fight and prevent animal cruelty, provide health care to homeless children and bring clean drinking water to communities around the world," she said in a statement. "I can’t thank my amazing fans enough for their generosity in helping these great causes by choosing Tickets-for-Charity.com for their tickets!"
Katy certainly has had a fruitful 2011. Her music broke records, she took home some big-time awards (like VMAs and AMAs), appeared on the big screen in the “Smurfs” flick, went on a hugely successful headlining tour and launched several other endeavors, like her first-ever perfume, Purr, which she’ll follow up with Meow!
Pregnant ladies of the future rejoice! Some very stylish celebrities plan to dream up some fabulous fashions for the expecting set. So, if one day you plan to have a baby on board, Jessica Simpson and Beyonce have got your back.
The two pop stars-turned-pregnant moguls, have recently announced that they want to make moms look cool, though we imagine it might take a second to get the lines to market (you know since they are currently probably more focused on their pregnancies).
Beyonce made her announcement in Harper’s Bazaar, sharing her philosophy about dressing for two. "I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant," she told the mag. "Flowy fabrics are always flattering…but I still rock my stilettos."
So does Jessica, who Fashionista reports will have her maternity line out by February. Given how successful Jessica has been in the fashion world, we have no doubt that she’ll be able to nail down just what mommas-to-be all across the world want to wear. Read More...
(Ed Note: I wanted to kick this post off with a full disclosure moment … I am head-over-heels in love with and completely obsessed with the film "Working Girl." It is, perhaps, the greatest film ever.)
It's hard to imagine Taylor Swift holding some 9-to-5, dead-end office job. But in her new video for "Ours," the singer imagines what it would be like to be just another working stiff. Immediately, once I clicked play on the video, one thing came to mind: Taylor Swift must also be crazy for Melanie Griffith's classic 1988 film, "Working Girl," just like me and every other sane human being.
Taylor does her best Tess in the video by donning sneakers into the office. It’s a classic move from the film, which follows Griffith’s Tess, an ambitious secretary trying to move up the corporate ladder, who along the way beds a vintage Harrison Ford and dumps her loser boyfriend, played by Alec Baldwin. (Shout out to Sigourney Weaver and Joan Cusack for their classic performances in the film as well.)
OK, so the exact events of Taylor’s "Ours" video aren’t shot-for-shot from the Mike Nichols film, but the look Taylor rocks, specifically the sneakers she wears into the office before changing into a sensible stiletto, definitely recalls that film. The video, which also stars Zach Gilford as her soldier beau, and the way it portrays the humdrum nature of working just for working’s sake while wanting more from life total feels like "Working Girl." Now only if we could get Taylor to say, "I have a head for business and a bod for sin."
Watch it, after the jump. Read More...
Lady Gaga was one of the many A-listers (if not the Mother Monster of A-listers) at the Trevor Project Live event over the weekend in Los Angeles.
At the event, she accepted her "Hero" award, telling the room, "I appreciate this award so much. But truthfully, I am not the hero. The hero is Jamey." Gaga accepted the award from the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, a Gaga fan who committed suicide 11 weeks ago. “I want my fans and people all over the world to know that there’s always somebody that’s listening," she added. "But I want them to know they’re listening before it gets too late."
During her speech on Sunday, Gaga touched on her wishes to someday make bullying a hate crime. The Born This Way foundation founder added, "I learned very long ago that my time here on this earth would not just be for pop singing because I was very blessed to have beautiful fans, like I have in Jamey, like I will always have in Jamey. Thank you so much this award tonight. This means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win."
It’s a new week and that means that already there’s some Twitter drama brewing up. It seems that "Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham and the eldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, are getting all up in each other’s business on the social networking site.
It all kicked off shortly after Kourt announced that she’s preggers with her second child with longtime beau Scott Disick. Farrah had this message for the thirtysomething-year-old millionaire: "Im Shocked Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant again, Did she not learn anything from TEEN MOM? Maybe its a fake pregnancy like kims wedding SAD… Double standards in this world? Yes & guess what !age and money honestly do not change a persons poor choice . Quit making excuses:)"
To which Kourtney had this to say: "Why would I have anything to do with teen mom? I'm 32 years old! I may look young honey, but don't get it twisted. "
Kourtney hasn’t had much else to say, but the same can't be said of her boy, Scott, or Farrah herself. Read on to see what they had to say. Read More...
Anchors away! (No, we’re not talking about that "Sex and The City" episode.) The second-annual Backstreet Boys cruise departs today (!!!) from Miami and we have some inside scoop from the one and only Howie D about what ticketholders should expect and those who aren’t going should be jealous about.
"I'm really excited. This is our second annual cruise that we're doing," he told MTV News about the cruise, which sails the friendly seas until December 5 and will even include a big surprise for die-hard fans.
Find out what it is, after the jump! Read More...
A lot happens in Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night" video. She goes crazy AND goes to a crazy house, is a ballerina (OBVS!), practices a "Fame"-esque dance routine (ALSO OBVS!), dances on cars, gets her dreams destroyed and then resurrects herself as a pop star like the phoenix that she is. By the way, she says it's all a metaphor for events in her own life (like when she was dropped from Island/Def Jam and then signed to Interscope and became an internationally renowned pop superstar).
In the sea of everything that happens in the video (AND EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THIS VIDEO), Gaga’s breakdown, which is simultaneously tragic, bizarre and comical, happens to be a standout moment. It all goes down shortly after her ballet director tells her she should just quit. With her dreams dashed, she goes bonkers. She’s naked! She’s smooshing Cheerios all over her body! She’s naked, in a bathtub, dying her hair! She pretty much just doesn’t care anymore because, really, what’s the point!?!?
We won’t spoil it too much for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but post-meltdown it all works out for Mother Monster. She also bedazzles some denim. So that kind of rocks. The video was shot in New York City last month. It’s the first time the singer has helmed a clip solo. While the video serves as a "Dear John" letter to the darker moments that shaped her as an artist, the song is a love letter to the Big Apple.
Read on to hear MTV News' resident Gaga enthusiasts' reactions to the video after the jump. Read More...
Katy Perry and Russell Brand can’t seem to shake off those divorce rumors. In a new chat with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show (airing Friday), the British funnyman is hoping to shut everyone up once and for all by explicitly saying he’s not getting divorced from his wife of one year.
"There are always rumors, aren't there? In the end you have to just not engage with Internet technology, which is difficult because a lot of the nude women websites I quite enjoy,” he joked, before going on to pledge his undying love for his pop star wifey.
"I've treated the whole Internet now like it's a wicked little liar. Yeah. I am really happily married,” he added. “I'm married to Katy. Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge."
Russell’s comments come just one day (YES, THAT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY) after Grammy-nominee Ms. Perry (or Mrs. Brand, depending on how you view things) took to Twitter to slam all that split chatter. “First I'm pregnant & then I'm divorced. What am I All My Children?! #ericakane #pshhh #ifihadadollarforeverytime ...” she tweeted. Read More...
Avril Lavigne recently stopped by the MTV Newsroom to chat all about what she’s working on these days. She touched on a number of subjects, including working with L.A. Reid again, her new single “Wish You Were Here,” her follow-up to Goodbye Lullaby (which she’s currently hard at work on!) and her decade in the music industry (boy, does time fly).
Since we had her around, we also decided to try and sneak in some questions from her fans on Twitter. Avril happily played along and here are some of the fun tidbits she shared with us courtesy of you guys.
Hanson has a new venture they are getting ready to unleash onto the world. Having found success with their breakthrough, still-catchy pop tune “MMMBop” back in the '90s, the brothers are hoping to find a whole new brand of success in the new millennium with their own beer, the aptly titled “MMMHop.” (Oh! Puns!)
Rolling Stone reports that the beer, described as “an Indian Pale Ale,” will hit shelves in early 2012. "We are soon going to be selling our own beer, I'm not even joking. MMMHop IPA, anyone?" Zac Hanson told reporters at Oxford University Union in Oxford, England, on Monday, of the new project. "We of course make records, they are fundamental to what we do, but we wanted to create a brand so that our fans have a greater experience. What is vital is that Hanson merchandise is quality and not made solely with the purpose of profit. It's vital our fans have trust in everything Hanson do. "
The guys, however, are quick to point out that they do draw the merchandising line somewhere. Read on to see where. Read More...