The above headline is brought to you by the Weird Stories You’d Never Think You’d See in a Million Years Department of When Hell Freezes Over University.
Actually, it comes courtesy of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram (via Huffington Post), which reports that the Grammy-nominated indie outfit fronted by Justin Vernon appears in “On the Road,” Chippewa Valley, WI, personal trainer Jeff Rogers’ fitness DVD hitting stores in early 2012.
And this is no joke. The acclaimed band’s appearance seems to be something of a favor to Rogers, who discovered that Vernon suffered from sciatica - pain, weakness and numbness or tingling in the leg caused by problems with the sciatic nerve - while playing basketball with the singer at a local YMCA and has been training him for the two-and-a-half years since.
Rogers showed Vernon some workout routines to strengthen his lower back, and the singer-songwriter was so pleased with the results that his entire band started working out with Rogers, and has even taken his workouts with them on tour.
Vernon even took to Rogers’ RogCity Fitness website to praise his friend’s work. Find out what he had to say, after the jump! Read More...
Avril Lavigne was up to some big things in 2011. Her new album Goodbye Lullaby was released in March and her new single, "Wish You Were Here," is already a fan fave. But that doesn’t mean Avril is ready to sit back and relax. She is already planning for her next album, and she’s ready to bring something new into the equation.
"In my new record coming up, I think I want to start off by working with people I've never worked with before because that’s hard to do," she told MTV News. "When you don’t know someone you have to go in and you write together and you’re recording, you never know, you have to vibe together."
The Runners were her first lucky choice and she says it's been working out pretty well!
"We had a lot of fun together, so that’s going good so far," she said. Watch:
She also has an idea about what she wants the vibe of the album to be. "I'm trying to go for both sides. I love to rock out. I love to be crazy and have fun and have a more rock and roll aggressive side to me. But I also have a softer side and I wanted it also to be about my vocals," she explained.
For Avril, it is important to make sure you are having a good time while making an album. And according to her, you’ll be able to tell that in her music. Read More...
This past weekend, MTV daredevil/owner of a fantasy factory/Internet video aficionado Rob Dyrdek suited up for a one-of-a-kind car stunt outside Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
The idea: Rob would drive a Chevy Sonic up a special ramp designed to simulate a kick-flip, the way he might kick-flip a skateboard. But there's a big difference between trying an intense trick on a skateboard and strapping yourself into a moving vehicle and flipping the crap out of it.
A stunt team took months to perfect the trick, which is set to be featured on the next season premiere of "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory." And even still, the morning of the event, they had yet to land the jump smoothly. Rob's team destroyed several Chevy Sonics during test runs. Wheels broke off, oil spilled all over the track. There was some talk about delaying the event by a day due to increased winds, which might affect his ability to complete the stunt. It's no wonder Dyrdek looked like he was going to puke as he got into the car!
What did you think of the sneak peek of Rob's stunt? Let us know in the comments below!
By Adam Stewart
According to some, in one year there might not be any more fun things like this to blog about. Yes, the official countdown to whatever the Mayans say is looming asymptotically towards us finally here – and the good news is you’re not the only person who thinks the dudes running around the Mexican jungle with the pyramids and weird drawings may have been onto something.
You see, this conversation stems from when last we spoke with Swedish House Mafia's Axwell in person, back in March during Miami Music week. Our handy little "Magic 8 Ball" on-set provoked all sorts of interesting questions from many of EDM’s best. It helped Sofi and Moguai determine the success of their new record and predicted Deadmau5’s miraculous arrival into town.
But when that little black ball got into the hands of good old Axel Hedfors, without hesitation, he asked "Will the world end in 2012?" While the plastic psychic fired back an indecisive "try again later" or something of the sort, it was clear that our Swedish pal had certainly be watching his History Channel.
Fast forward to last week in New York just before the boys were set to destroy Madison Square Garden, we saw fit to follow-up on the question that has everyone looking at the calendar (whether they admit it or not) to see how they plan on living their next (and maybe last) year on this big blue spaceship we call home.
"[I’m] still a bit concerned. Still a bit concerned," Axwell said when we revisited the conversation. "You know, there's a lot of movement. There's a lot of stuff going on."
By Lauren Kearney
Avril Lavigne has come a long way from where she started. First bursting into the scene with "Complicated" back in 2002, Avril will soon be celebrating her 10 year anniversary in music, and as an artist she has evolved and grown while staying true to herself.
"Yeah, I’ve been doing this for a really long time, 10 years, professionally in music," she tells MTV News. "And I would always look back and just say always be true to yourself, do what you want and follow your gut. And that was what I did."
Avril never wanted to be like everybody else. She never gave in to the pop stereotypes or pressures about changing her music.
"As a creative person you have to be in tune with that and really have a sense of who you are and what you're going for because other people come in and tell you [that] you should do this and that so I always stayed focused on what it is that I wanted to do," she says.
The time has come!
Last week, we opened voting to find out which 2011 videos from fan-favorite artists Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Beyonce and Chris Brown were your favorites of the year and after several thousand votes were cast, we have the results!
So which videos ruled the roost in 2011? Check 'em out below.
Katy Perry, "The One that Got Away"
Katy's most recent clip dominated the competition, taking 54.76 percent of the vote. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" held it up in second with 30.73 percent while Katy's spring smash "E.T." nabbed only 14.51 percent of the vote (probably because the visual spectacle is further back in people's memories than her more recent vids).
Read on for the fan-favorite videos from Swift, Brit, Queen Bey and Chris Brown! Read More...
Director David Fincher is nabbing all sorts of acclaim for his new film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" –the Daniel Craig-Rooney Mara starrer enjoys an 94 percent "fresh" rating on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The "Social Network" Oscar contender has established an awesome filmography in the last 15 years, including box office hits like "Se7en," cult faves like "Fight Club" and award-nominated behemoths like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." But for those who don't know, he got his start directing music videos for artists like Madonna, Paula Abdul, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and Aerosmith. Some of the clips he turned out in the late-80s and early-90s, in particular, have become iconic and genre-defining.
Below are, in our estimation, Fincher's five most iconic videos. Read More...
This week in the MTV Newsroom, we're celebrating some of our favorite stars of 2011 by asking you, their loyal fans, which of their videos from the last year is your favorite. Yesterday, we opened things up with Katy Perry and today, in honor of her 22nd birthday, we're taking a look back at Taylor Swift's big year.
We love Taylor Swift in the MTV Newsroom. Sure, we sometimes have a little fun at her expense with our "This Week In Taylor Swift" posts, but it's because she's so dang adorable when she takes to her Twitter to post pictures of her kitten Meredith or homemade Christmas snow globes that there's nothing else to say other than "That's so Taylor!" Her genuine niceness and innate wholesomeness stands in sharp contrast with the behavior of most of her celebrity peers and it's something we're thankful for. There are, after all, only so many Kardashian divorce posts a blogger can write before he loses his mind. So, Taylor, thank you for being so authentically you all the time. You're a breath of fresh air!
The country-pop superstar ruled the charts in 2011. Speak Now, which was actually released in late-October of last year, kept on chugging along on the strength of several hit singles (and videos) and ended 2011 as the second biggest album of the year. Swift released five video off her well-reviewed album, which we think was shafted out of nominations in some of the bigger categories for next year's Grammys, in 2011.
Which one is the fan-favorite? Check them out ("Back to December" is above, the rest are below) and vote in our poll after the jump! Read More...
By Christina Garibaldi
The boys of Big Time Rush have been going non-stop since they released their second album, Elevate. They are gearing up for "Better With You," their first US headlining tour, in February and their new movie "Big Time Movie" hits theatres next year.
Now, we know that these boys have a very loyal fan base, which is why when they stopped by MTV News recently, we had to ask them YOUR questions.
We asked you to submit Twitter questions and out of the hundreds we got, we narrowed them down to three! So check out the video below to find out how they picked out the name for their second album, which song off the album means the most to them and if they got the opportunity, who is the one person they would switch places with for a day.
It's been a big year for Katy Perry. She broke long-held music industry records, scored a bunch of Grammy nominations (and is up for even more in 2012), won a boat load of awards and, very importantly, made some great music videos.
(This weekend, she also hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was pretty damn funny!)
While the video that won her the VMA for Video of the Year, "Firework," was actually released in 2010, she kept the quality level high with the three clips she released in 2011. But which one was her fans' favorite? Check 'em out below and vote in our poll after the jump!
Read on for "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" and "The One That Got Away" and to vote for Katy's best video of 2011. Read More...