By Uptin Saiidi (@uptin)
NEW YORK – Guests attending an event with Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso were treated to a special surprise last night (June 20) in New York City, when Skrillex showed up to perform. The event was held at Skylight Studios and put on by Samsung Mobile to celebrate the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy SIII. A number of interactive rooms allowed guests to play with the device while listening to the producer-DJs spin the beats. The phone prides itself on its unique music capabilities and the ability to watch and share at the same time, going beyond content consumption and attempting to simplify how consumers share information.
Other celebs in attendance to help celebrate the phone’s launch included "Twilight's" Ashley Green, who helped guests navigate through features of the new phone, along with NBA Star Stephen Curry and Hall-of-Fame Knicks legend Walt Frazier.
Swedish House Mafia's most recent project was collaborating with Usher on the tracks “Numb” and “Euphoria” from his recently rereleased Looking 4 Myself. Usher’s love of dance music comes as no surprise, after his catchy collab with David Guetta on “Without You” and latest single "Scream." In a recent interview with MTV News, SHM’s Steve Angello emphasized their respect for Usher that made the collabs ultimately come together.
"He's always been a great artist," Angello said. "He always knows what he wants. Good collaboration, all in all. For us, we'd rather work with someone that we respect than to just work with a big name."
When it comes to the O Music Awards, fun is always at the top of the agenda, and this year things are about to get even crazier with the addition of O Music Awards Unboxed.
O Music Awards Unboxed is a New York-based event series that will pull together all aspects of the O Music Awards, MTV’s awards show honoring achievements in music and technology, into one big night.
The first Unboxed event goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on February 23 and will focus on the theme of interaction. Cameo, a new application from the Fast Society team primed to launch at SXSW, will be previewed at the event, which will also feature performances from classical instrument-wielding indie rockers Miracles of Modern Science and O Music Award nominee MNDR. The night will also include visuals from The Rainbow Machine, and the chance to participate in a crowd-sourced music video shoot directed by Eli Stonberg.
In other words – this thing is going to be awesome! Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday (February 9). Get full details on the event over on the O Music Awards blog.
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.
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Gerard Way may be one of the biggest rock stars in the world, but that doesn’t stop him from making the annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con. Way — who grew up reading comics, attended art school and interned at DC Comics before forming My Chemical Romance — attended the show to promote his Dark Horse book “The Umbrella Academy.” We chatted him up about the adventure in an exclusive video interview. Read More...
In "Xanadu" did Clinton McClung a midnight sing-along decree.
The guy who got people to sing along to the musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ("Once More With Feeling") has sunk his teeth into a new audience-participation project — and this time, he has to believe it's magic. Or something. (McClung also has his eyes on Joss Whedon's new Web series, "Dr. Horrible.")
"Xanadu" as a movie was a bomb, but "Xanadu" as a camp classic has lived on. Five songs from the 1980 soundtrack were bona fide top 20 hits, and nearly 30 years later, it's spawned countless YouTube tributes/parodies and become a surprise hit on Broadway. "Do you love it — or do you love it?" Perez Hilton asks on a banner ad outside the theater. Even Joss Whedon threw a "Xanadu" reference into the latest "Buffy" season-eight comic, when one character alerts the others, "Oh, and an angry spirit is attacking the cast of 'Xanadu.' Don't ask me why." ("It's a little out-of-date, but what the heck?" Whedon said. "That's actually a shout-out to my friend James Carpinello, who was supposed to star in the play, but fractured an ankle and a leg while on roller skates right before opening. I had some other friends with roller-skate injuries, so I put that in there.")
Last night, the suddenly legendary Japanese clothing line A Bathing Ape (that's BAPE to you) opened their LA store. And it was packed with folks who can afford to put down that kind of cash for, well, sweatshirts. That means Pharrell, Kanye, Jermaine Dupri, Pete Wentz, and...
...Mike Tyson. Truly.
The photo evidence is all here. And yes, we all agree that Tyson would look ridiculous in one of those hot-pink camouflage hoodies. No argument there, people.
Who's the dreamiest of dreamy princesses? Why, Mariah, of course! (Well, at least according to Jack McBrayer.)
In acknowledgment of this boldfaced fact, and in honor of the single greatest inspiration for jean shorts, the City of New York will be dedicating one of its most significant landmarks to the Diva of All Divas -- for a day. You see, tomorrow Mariah herself will be turning the Empire State Building lavender, pink, and white, giving it the adorable, soft glow that way-too-modernist skyscraper has needed all along.
Why lavender, you ask? Well, it's the color of dreams (see above), delicate flowers, and the aura of unicorns -- which seem to appear in literally every single one of her music videos.
The complete release after the jump. Because we just can't resist. Read More...