By Sterling Wong
We’ve blogged a couple of times about the much-loved, nine-member Korean girl group Girls Generation these past few days. The all-singing, all-dancing group is now on a promotional tour of the US, having already achieved mega success in Korea, Japan and the rest of Asia.
“Be careful world we’re on the way!" band member Tiffany told our very own Christina Garibaldi when the girls popped by the MTV Newsroom. Yes, it seems like now that they've conquered Asia, the girls have set their sights on winning over America, having recently signed with Interscope Records (maybe they can rope in label mate Lady Gaga for a collaboration).
Judging by the music video of the group’s catchy Teddy Riley-crafted English single, “The Boys,” the girls certainly have the hooks and the moves to make it big stateside. But the task the girls face is an uphill one. The American market is a tough one to crack for foreign artists. Many highly successful Asian acts have tried their best to make it here, but despite their best efforts, there still isn’t a nationally recognized mainstream Asian pop star. If Girls Generation is to succeed, they’d do well to study the attempts by these five Asian artists to break the lucrative American market in the past few years.
Read on for more and vote in our poll for who you think will be the first Asian artist to break in a big way in America! Read More...
It's been less than 72 hours since the most important event in recent human history – we're talking about the announcement of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' divorce, of course – and people are upset.
You see, for reasons we just will never understand, people believe they've been duped and that the whole thing was a sham to make money and to bring in ratings for the Kardashian Korporation for Exploiting Kapitalism. (Like when Kardashian momager Kris Jenner was on "Today" this morning and said she doesn't know how much money Kim earned selling her wedding photos. Really, Kris? You're Kim's manager. We know you know and denying it makes the whole thing and every word you say suspect.) The Human Rights Campaign is pushing an open letter decrying unjust same-sex marriage laws, using Kim as an example that the whole "sanctity of marriage" argument against giving LGBT unions the same rights and protections afforded married couples is bogus. The New York Daily News is calling for a boycott of all things Kardashian, claiming the obvious media manipulation is gross and that we shouldn't give them exactly what they want. The list goes on.
We're sure, however, that there are people out there who do believe Kim – that she did totally dig Kris, but jumped in too quickly and before she knew it she was in over her head. And hey, having never met the girl, who are we to say that's not the case.
So what do you think, beloved MTV Newsroom Blog readers? Were Kim and Kris the real thing and it just didn't work, or is the dissolution of their marriage a byproduct of either Kris having been miscast by "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" producers or a sad attempt to garner more attention for a family that is, basically, composed entirely of professional personalities who are famous for being famous (and are currently on a book tour; oh, and don't forget to watch the new season of "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," coming at you in like three weeks)?
Snark aside, we really are curious what you think about Kim and Kris' divorce. So vote in our poll below.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have sadly decided to end their very short-lived marriage. Just 72 days after saying "I Do" in front of their friends, family and the world via a two-part E! special and countless magazine covers, Kim decided to file for divorce from the basketball player.
Just a week ago, a rumor surfaced that Kris had been cast by Kim and her people to play the part of her doting hubby. And in the weeks leading up to the split, the pair had been plagued by rumors of marital discord.
Hopefully the two will find some happiness now that they won't have to live with one another anymore. (But they better not watch themselves on the upcoming season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," or all those repeats of their wedding special that E! plays on repeat.)
Hollyweird moves fast, as we all know, so Kim's new-found single status had us wondering what hottie she might end up dating next. With her penchant for athletes and their love for hot chicks, we'd imagine the next guy she casts – we mean dates! – is certain to have us all talking.
This morning when we arrived in the MTV Newsroom, we were alerted to the most important holiday-related news of the year: Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey's duet of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" leaked online.
Listening to the hotly anticipated track, we were struck by … well, by the fact that Mariah's vocal seems identical to that of her classic original. It's the same vocal, right? It's not just us? We're not hearing things?
Mariah's original "All I Want For Christmas" is our favorite Christmas song. Having listened to the song approximately 12 million times, we feel confident that we're right.
But you tell us. Above is Mariah's original and after the jump is her duet with Bieber. Listen closely then vote in our poll below. Read More...
Frankie Jonas took some of us MTV News-ers costume shopping in preparation for the spookiest day of the year, Halloween. We all headed over to Abracadabra costume shop here in NYC, where the Bonus Jonas himself weighed in on the two costumes he's thinking of wearing this year.
"I chose the zombie because I was a zombie for two years in a row ... zombies they're like the full on, everyone loves a zombie," the "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series" star explained. "Zombies are the base of Halloween 'cause you get dead, you get living and you get creepy."
"I like Chucky because it's really, like no offense to Chucky, but he's kind of cheesy," the 11-year-old continued. "But that's what I like about him. I love old cheesy horror movies. I love horror movies. My two favorites are probably 'Sweeney Todd' and the original 'Nightmare on Elm Street.'"
If, as they say, three's a trend, then we are knee-deep in one, folks. As hip-hop stars and pop stars continue to choose to work with one another, the two types of music continue to meld, mashing things up and making genre a thing of the past.
With everyone from Joe Jonas and Justin Bieber to Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift all embracing hip-hop, the guys on the other end of things are also getting on board with the shift. Drake, Kanye West, T.I., Nicki Minaj and Tyler, The Creator are all jumping at the chance to work with these performers.
No longer is it taboo to crossover; in fact, it's kind of cool to give shine to other genres. Sure, there's already been a lot of cool collabos banked, but it got us wondering who we might want to see hit the studio together next.
We came up with a few suggestions and now it's your turn to tell us if we got it right. Vote below to tell us which collabo you'd most like to see!
Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!
By Sara Waber
Everyone here in the MTV Newsroom has been having nightmares the past three Wednesday nights because of the disturbing new FX series "American Horror Story." "AHS" comes to us from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the TV geniuses who brought us the underdog loving "Glee" and the two very sexy and missed plastic surgeons of "Nip Tuck," and while the commercials portray just another pee-your-pants horror show, "AHS" has more substance than you expect.
The show debuted to mixed reviews by critics and audiences, both of whom were discouraged by the same things. The first episode was overloaded with “ghouls and gross-outs that some viewers will squeal with delight while others wonder whether they can possibly tune in for this sort of fright every week,” according to the Washington Post, and there is too much sex and violence for the show to keep an audience … But hello? Has anyone ever heard about a little show called "True Blood"? Those not fortunate enough to have HBO now have "AHS" on basic cable to get their fix of gore and sex. But even "True Blood" pales in comparison to the unsettlingly unique quality that "AHS" has, which is why I totally fell in love with it.
"While we were writing this, I was constantly thinking about how good 'Dark Shadows' was, how gothic it was, and how it had all these interwoven stories about sex and marriage and obsession," Murphy says of the show. "I don't feel there's anything on the air quite like that now."
(We're also obsessed with the forthcoming "Dark Shadows" movie starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer! Read all about it on MTV Movies Blog.)
Believe me, I was not at the head of the line to see "Paranormal Activity 3," so I’m not just a sucker for horror, but the back story of this family keeps me intrigued and rooting for them. Read More...
New candid, behind-the-scenes footage of Beyonce chilling out with a man named Frank (most likely her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr.) hit the Internet this week and it's causing a bit of a stir.
In the clip, Bey says, "Nobody's gonna want us to go to their shows, Frank, cause we're gonna take everything." When Frank points out that everyone borrows from each other in pop culture, Beyonce continues, "Everybody does. But we go and meet everybody and say, 'Hey, great show,' and then steal." The video then ends as she trails off with her head in her hands, giggling.
There's been minor controversy surrounding Bey's videos for "Love On Top" and "Countdown," with some arguing they borrow heavily from other videos and art pieces. With that in mind, fans might be wondering what this little off-the-cuff conversation might mean. To be clear, we have no idea what the context of this conversation was or where this video came from, so it's difficult to really boil down what point she's trying to make. Regardless, it's out in the world and we wanted to share it with you and see what you have to say about it.
Let us know what you think by voting below.
Watch the videos for "Love on top" and "Countdown," after the jump.
Britney Spears and video director Chris Marrs Piliero certainly have some kind of magic together. They've made memorable clips for "I Wanna Go" and now "Criminal," but are the two cooking up something else?
When we caught up with Chris this week, he teased that Spears will likely appear in his first feature film, which he is currently in the process of penning. Asked if he'd work with Spears again, Piliero said, "I mean, definitely," before adding, "Well, besides any future videos, I'm writing a screenplay and I'm definitely saving a role for her, for sure."
Piliero takes MTV News behind the scenes of the "Criminal" video:
Wait a second! Does that mean fans will finally get to see Spears on the big screen for the first time since her lead role in "Crossroads" (which, by the way, Piliero made a little joke about in the "I Wanna Go" video)? "She will be in my first film. I can't really go into detail about what it's about," he said. "I would say it's gonna be crime drama-ish, but with my quirk [and] my approach. But definitely there'll be a role for her, for sure."
However, the size of Brit's role appears to be up in the air. "That I don’t know yet cause I'm still in the writing process," he explained. "So I'm not totally sure, but 100 percent she has to be in it and I know she's already expressed interest. So we'll make that happen." Read More...
There are a slew of new music videos debuting this week. Beyonce kicked things off when she dropped her video for "Love On Top," an ode to all things '80s and boy bands. We would be perfectly excited if Beyonce was the only superstar releasing a new clip.
But, of course, she's not.
Who else is gifting us with new videos this week? Well, some rather major artists are getting their premiere on this week. Justin Bieber will drop his holiday-themed video for "Mistletoe" on Tuesday and both Britney Spears and Rihanna are set to also premiere new videos this week (exact days are for Brit and RiRi's highly anticipated clips have not yet been announced).
Brit Brit will get her bad girl on, alongside real life love Jason Trawick, in the Chris Marrs Piliero-directed video for "Criminal," and Rihanna takes us to Belfast for her clip for the Talk That Talk track "We Found Love."
We're excited for all these videos, so picking the one we're most excited for has become a huge dilemma. So, we're turning it over to you guys...