With all the excitement surrounding the release of the "Hunger Games" Blu-Ray and DVD this Saturday (August 18) and in celebration of Jennifer Lawrence's birthday (August 15) we dug through our archives and pulled out two retro MTV commercials you will not want to miss!
Back in 2005, way before she volunteered as tribute, Lawrence played a very sassy Sweet Sixteener in a couple of on-air promos for MTV. The now-22-year-old actress was just 15 at the time, but clearly caught our eye as a star-in-the-making.
Do you have a favorite throwback MTV memory? Let us know in the comments below!
John Mayer walks us westward in "Queen of California," the second music video from his fifth studio album, Born and Raised. The clip has the same laidback feel as the video for the album's lead single, "Shadow Days."
In "Queen," Mayer takes us through various landscapes, including the snow-capped Rocky Mountains and the hustle and bustle of New York City. That is until he finally meets up with his band on the set of the music video for the song. Mayer worked with director Sam Jones in capturing the feel of the video. It’s a "relieving breath of fresh air," Mayer told NPR of the song. It’s about "being able to have a hopeful vibe about something again."
Looking to raise awareness for a very important and personal subject, pop singer Jasmine Villegas is highlighting the epidemic of domestic violence in the video for her latest single, "Didn't Mean It."
Villegas is best known for playing Justin Bieber's love interest in his "Baby" video, the 18-year-old singer talked to our pals over at MTV Buzzworthy about why she chose to tackle such a serious topic.
"This topic is very important to me because it's something I experienced firsthand for over a year in a bad relationship. Fortunately for me, I was able to get out relatively early, and now I want to let other women know that you don't have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about getting help," Villegas said. "I believe every woman is beautiful and sometimes we get caught up in situations or relationships that make us lose sight of how beautiful and precious we really are."
The video opens with a particularly unsettling moment, as the actor playing Villegas boyfriend pushes her to the floor drags her screaming across the room. Later, though, she takes matters into her own hands and sneaks out of the house to protect herself and end the cycle of abuse.
As if Above & Beyond fans needed another reason to love Tony, Paavo and Jono, after touring the world in support of their Group Therapy album, the electronic super-group deliver an emotional homage to their fans in the form of a new free song, "Small Moments," and new fan-featured video, called "Small Moments Like These."
"Small Moments" is an emotional, piano-driven instrumental, and the accompanying vid is a montage of touching moments for Above & Beyond from around the world intercut with scenes of you, the global A&B fanbase.
Over the past 12 months, Above & Beyond have brought Group Therapy to cities all over the world, including shows in England and Beirut, Lebanon, celebrating the 400th episode of the their radio broadcast ("Small Moments Like These" shows a lucky fan getting to start the show off for the group), Creamfields in Argentina and, of course, their 30-date North American Tour.
Alex Jaymes is 20-years-old and has been performing since he could talk.
Raised in northwest Iowa – though he was adopted at 15 days old from Lima, Peru – he got his big break in an increasingly familiar way. After posting a video of himself covering Justin Bieber's "Born To Be Somebody" from the movie "Never Say Never" on YouTube, the song's Grammy-winning writer Diane Warren took a liking to his rendition. Soon after, Jaymes hooked up with producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Cailliat, Jason Mraz), who took on the young singer at Revolver Records.
Jaymes' catchy, soulful debut single, "I'll Write You A Song," will be released on July 10, but you can get a first look at the up-and-coming artist right here right now!
The third cycle of the O Music Awards, MTV’s show that honors the achievements in digital music and web culture, are just around the corner (June 27 at 7:30 EST to be exact), so if you haven’t cast your vote for Best Artist with a Cameraphone, Best Online Concert Experience, Best Web-Born Artist or Most Adorable Viral Star, among many others, you should get to votin' already!
One of the most exciting categories for we pop culture savants in the MTV Newsroom is Fan Army FTW. You see, we deal with fan armies all the time. In my time here at MTV, I've been both embraced and scorned by Little Monsters, gotten yelled at by the Rihanna Navy and felt the love of the Beehive. It's always an eye-opening experience and serves as an eternal reminder of just how dedicated a fan can be to the star they love.
One of the chief fan armies out there are the Glamberts, a varied bunch who lavish nothing but love on pop star Adam Lambert. Our pals at the O Music Awards blog have put together a fantastic "Fan Army Manifesto" on the Glamberts that you just have to watch to see the impact the platinum-selling "American Idol" runner-up has had on their lives. Check it out:
Of course, here at MTV News, we've been on the Glambert beat for years. Back in the summer of 2010, we caught up with some of Lamberts biggest fans on a scorching summer day as they lined up more than 24 hours before the pop star's show at the Nokia Theatre in advance of his "Glam Nation Tour" stop at the venue.
Coming down from the release of his new album Believe and his MTV News special “Bieber Live,”Justin Bieber fans were treated to quite an array of memorable and, dare we say, cute moments throughout yesterday’s celebrations. From his acoustic performance of “Die in Your Arms” to his impromptu photos with our Times Square audience, the 18-year-old had fans of all ages in the palm of his hand.
Just when you thought your Bieber Fever had finally broke, we here at MTV News dug up some archival footage that will definitely take your temperature back through the roof.
Yes, you read all of those words correctly. On CBS' "Early Show" this morning, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, along with Gayle King, briefly performed an a capella rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous hit "Call Me Maybe."
And here we were all set to call a moratorium on coverage of "Call Me Maybe" covers following Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' charming rendition, which featured Jepsen herself. But you simply can't ignore when one of the most respected men in America takes to the daytime talk show circuit and proves that not only is he aware of the hit (and really, how could he not be?), he knows the words – and has some pretty sweet flow.
With the release of Usher’s latest video for "Scream" and in celebration of his seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, we here at MTV News decided it was time for us to take a trip down memory lane and look back at Usher’s top five sexiest videos of all time. Believe us, this was not easy, we had to spend hours looking at videos of Usher baring his abs, showing off his sultry dance moves, flashing his charming smile and even shots of him in his boxers. Somehow we managed to get through it.
Here are our top five sexiest Usher videos of all time:
Usher had everyone calling out U-S-H-E-R after seeing the video for the 1998 hit single "Nice & Slow." This video quickly made people realize that Usher had all the right moves as he set out on a mission to rescue his lady love, played by Kimora Lee Simmons. Usher races through Paris, fights off kidnappers, escapes an exploding building and in his spare time manages to grind the camera and jam out with a guitar, sans shirt, in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Grab some Kleenex and get ready to tear up and feel inspired, PBS Digital Studios has teamed up with Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell to create "Garden of Your Mind," an autotuned mash-up video of the late Fred Rogers speak-singing about the power of curiosity, imagination and learning.
Like just about everything affiliated with Mr. Rogers, the clip, the first of many planned remix videos set to feature PBS icons, is incredibly moving. This is, after all, the man who taught many of us to tie our shoes and believe we could do anything we set our minds on.
"Do you ever imagine things?" Rogers starts. "Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?"
The video contains scenes from more than three decades of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and was was released on PBS' Facebook page today (June 6).
"When we discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, on YouTube, we immediately wanted to work together," the description on the video on PBS Digital Studios' YouTube channel reads. "Turns out that he is a huge 'Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood' fan, and was thrilled at the chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes. Both PBS and the Fred Rogers Company hope you like John’s celebration of Fred Rogers’ message."
Watch below (we were serious about that tissue, guys):