By Damian Vaca
We're already immersed in the lifestyles of Karen, Drita, Carla and Renee, but there is one new character of VH1’s "Mob Wives" that has completely stolen the show. Err … stolen may be a bad word, so let’s just she has become the breakout star of season two.
When Angela "Big Ang" Raiola first entered our lives, she was playing mediator in the never-ending feud between Drita and Karen. From her first moment on screen, viewers were immediately drawn to her unique voice and larger-than-life character – she was both endearing and outrageously unbelievable. Of her newfound fame Big Ang told MTV NEWS, "I think it’s amazing. It’s really blown up tremendously and I’m really having fun with it. I’m amazed. I can’t even believe what’s happening. I’ve been getting gifts, constantly getting great gifts [from fans]. I thank everybody who has been giving me good things. That pocket book that I’m carrying right there, great bag. All kinds of organic baskets of lotions. Roses, candy, earrings, everything."
By Adam Stewart
If the idea of having your eardrums explode and your chest crushed by disgustingly filthy riffs and thunderous bass lines turns you on, then we suggest you become quickly acquainted with Qulinez and their Scandinavian beast "Troll" , which will be released tomorrow, February 10.
Pronounced "Cool Lines," Swede's Johannes Gustafson and Alex Lager's exotic moniker has been plastered all over set lists from Arty to Pete Tong and everyone in between. Recently, the boys took some time away from the studio and their busy schedule to give MTV News a little insight in to who they are and just what they’re capable of.
“I grew up in a small town called Laholm, with my mom, dad and my sister,” Gustafason says. “I didn’t like the school time so much, because I wasn’t so interested in studying. I choose the music classes and that was the best part of the school.”
“I grew up in the town we still live in, Varberg,” Lager added. “I grew up with my mom, dad and sister too and wasn’t the best in school either!”
Luckily for them, focusing a more on music and less on who won the Battle of 1812 has brought them to the cusp of global dance music recognition. Read More...
U.K. boybanders The Wanted are currently deep in their U.S. tour. Along the way they are not only winning over the hearts of teen girls across our great land, but also the heart of one particular former boxer-turned-actor.
Mike Tyson has owned up to his fandom for the band. It all kicked off shortly after they appeared as the musical guests on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” From there, Mike’s people called The Wanted’s people and a bro session was discussed (all was originally reported by Brit newspaper, The Sun).
When the guys stopped by the MTV Newsroom last week, they opened up about the possibility of hanging out with him, and they seemed quite enthusiastic about the whole idea, noting that they hope it lives up to anything and everything they’ve seen in “The Hangover.”
“[I want] chill on his tiger,” Max George enthused as he relaxed in the MTV Newsroom with his bandmates. He later joked, “[That's] not a euphemism.” Watch:
Well, considering the guys will be stateside for a little while longer, here’s hoping that they get the chance to bro out with Mike Tyson in Sin City and get a proper date on the books. You know what they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
And what, pray tell, will lurk in the New York night skies now that the OWSLA gang have arrived in the Big Apple? Only time will tell. But rest assured, after a five date blitzkrieg of Los Angeles, with friends 12th Planet, Diplo, Caspa, Zedd, Kill The Noise, Benga and AraabMUZIK, among those aboard the mothership for his L.A. takeover, New Yorkers best believe they have a sonic tornado on their hands.
The five-times-Grammy-nominated Sonny Moore launches his four-date New York series tonight at Webster Hall with AC Slater. Thanks to Skrillex, Tim, and Steven Vasquez, we have a taste of what the mayhem might look like! Check out the video below:
Check out Skrillex' New York tour dates, after the jump! Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
On Tuesday (January 31) Avicii wraps up "House for Hunger," his 27-date American tour that sees a portion of the proceeds – $1 million to be exact – going toward combating hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America. It’s an endearing undertaking for Tim Bergling, stage-name Avicii, and his manager and executive producer, Ash Pournouri, both of whom hail from Sweden, who are showing their support to a country that has given them so much over the past few years.
And rather than simply write a check, Avicii and Ash took matters into their own hands, literally, by recently visiting the New York City Rescue Mission to feed hungry New Yorkers and pack grocery bags for individuals and families in need.
MTV News tagged along for the inspiring ride. Check out the video below:
Avicii and Ash were given a tour of NYRM’s daily feeding operation, an effort that feeds about 400 hot meals every day. After donning aprons and hats and serving lunches, Joe Little, NYRM’s public relations manager, invited the two Swedes to join the Pantry Program, an amazing operation that distributes 150 to 200 bags of groceries daily.
“Avicii (and Ash) being here helps us to galvanize our efforts today,” Little said. “But it also helps bring the spotlight here. There’s an excitement in the air. There’s a buzz in the air!”
But in the end, it was Ash and Avicii who were in awe of the daily undertaking of the New York City Rescue Mission. “We’ve been serving food,” Ash said. “We’ve been talking to everyone that works here. Truly inspiring people. It just feels like a blessing to be able to do this. Seeing people’s faces. We wanted to help people and we can see that we are doing that.” Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
Before deconstructing, “Eyes Wide Open,” his latest track with Dirty South, featuring Kate Elsworth, house music hit-maker Thomas Gold brought MTV News along to the kick-off of his current U.S. tour.
Several hundred folks packed Clifton, New Jersey's Bliss Lounge to catch a steamy set of big room EDM, including Gold gems “Sing2me,” “Marsch, Marsch,” and his enchanting remix of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.”
But we won’t explain any further. Re-live the night for yourselves by watching the video below!
By Akshay Bhansali
Following closely on the heels of a stellar remix of "Naughty Naughty" with the aptly titled "R3hab’s Pacha 6AM Remix," MTV News is proud to bring you R3hab’s remix of Porcelain Black’s "This is What Rock N Roll Looks Like," a pretty awesome re-work of the RedOne-produced original featuring Lil Wayne (if you remember Weezy brought out PB to open on his "I Am Music II Tour" last year).
For dance music producer R3hab, born Faadil El Ghoul, who in the last year has remixed Katy Perry, will.i.am and Rihanna, among others, working with PB on "TIWRNRLL," remains a pretty awesome venture.
"The original vibe is crazy, and I am a big fan of Lil Wayne," R3hab told MTV News. "This track makes you wanna rage like the lyrics say! I see [the remix] as a rollercoaster ride. Breaks slow it down. Then there is a climb, and the big drop!"
As far as I’m concerned it’s still 1999. That’s the year the greatest song in pop music made its debut. In April of that year, my boos, the Backstreet Boys, dropped their first single off their Y2k-themed Millennium. The track, “I Want It That Way,” changed the scope of pop music at the time, which had favored cheese over substance. It was deeper, more meaningful and definitely impactful.
The chart-topping, Grammy-nominated tune landed at #10 on the MTV/Rolling Stone magazine-curated list of "100 Greatest Pop Songs Of All Time.” Written and produced by pop demi-god Max Martin (along with fellow Swede Andreas Carlsson and Kristian Lundin), the song quickly became a “TRL” and Top 40 radio staple.
The video itself was a more mature look at the five guys in the band. The Wayne Isham-directed clip was actually pretty simple, given the complex heartache of the track. The sun-drenched video just followed the guys through an airport. As the song crescendos, the guys are met by screaming excited fans holding up handmade signs, a scene they regularly encountered in 1999. (I know, I was there.) That year, the video was up for 4 VMAs and eventually took home the Moonman for Viewer’s Choice. (It probably should have won all of them in retrospect.)
In fact, it was so great and so popular that it was later parodied by the very funny guys of Blink-182 for their “All The Small Things” clip, released later that same year.
So hit “play” and party like it’s 1999 all over again.
In last week's premiere, the cast of "Jersey Shore" returned to Seaside Heights after their season four excursion to Florence, Italy, and got right back to it, fist-pumping the night away and GTL-ing all day long. But last night's second episode was a tumultuous one – Vinny left the house because "he had to go home to recharge," which was particularly hard on his best bro, Pauly D.
So what's a happy-go-lucky guido like Pauly D to do when the going gets tough? Turn to comforting things, of course, and for Pauly D that means the tanning bed. But there was one big problem and it's one those of us with fairer skin than the "Shore" crew can relate to – a little too much sun (or bulb) exposure can leave you feeling pretty raw!
"I got no tan in Italy so I got a little excited," Pauly said of his return to Jersey. "I went tanning in Jersey, went tanning, went tanning, went tanning, went tanning. I burnt my whole face off."
Pauly's pain was our gain and it translated into one of our favorite moments from last night's show.
This is definitely a "Pauly D problem" and we've remixed it for you below. Enjoy!
By Sam Hendrick
Tonight, Motor City welcomes Grammy-nominated Swedish producer/DJ Avicii and manager "Ash" Pournouri as they kick off their "House for Hunger" tour in the US – it's the first of 26 stops in just 27 days. As part of a personal mission to combat American hunger and give back to a nation that they feel has provided them with so much support over the past year, Avicii and Ash will personally donate $1 million of their tour revenue to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Earlier this week, MTV News sat down with Avicii and Ash to discuss the drive behind their generous donation.
“When he [Ash] approached me with the idea is just felt really natural, especially to do it in the states because for me personally it’s given me so many experiences and good times,” said Avicii, who was one of MTV's Best EDM Artists of 2011. “It felt like giving something back to a country that’s given me so much.”
Ash explained that news of the recession had initially opened their eyes to the problem, but that they weren’t fully aware that millions of Americas still face hunger issues on a day-to-day basis. Read on for more and to see if the tour is stopping through your town! Read More...