Andrew Jenks opens up to MTV News about the new season of his show, which kicks off Monday (March 4) on MTV.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Rya Backer
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T.I. has confirmed that Iggy Azalea is now an official part of the Grand Hustle team and although the Australia rapper is still in the early stages of crafting her debut album The New Classic, she dropped the lead single “Murda Bizness” on Monday (March 26). The track includes a feature from none other than T.I. and production by Bei Maejor.
“Murda Bizness” finds Azalea spitting fiercely, picking up right where she left off on her Ignorant Art mixtape, rapping. “I kill pride, I hurt feelings/Click clack, bang bang, we in the murda bizness/My Outfit to murk bitches.”
In February Azalea told MTV News that she had jus linked up with Tip to work on her debut. “T.I.’s gonna be helping me with it, kind of AR-ing, kind of executive producing,” she said. “He called me up like, ‘Please?’ and I was like, ‘Definitely. You’re Tip; I love you — of course.’ So he’s gonna be helping me out, just reaching out to people and helping me find production and pointing me in the direction of things that I might like.”
“In terms of writing the record, that’s not the part that really worries me; that’s easy,” Azalea added. “It’s finding the production and finding something cohesive that’s right for the direction of the album. It could happen next week or I might go until the end of February and not find it. You just never know when you’re gonna have that magic.”
The 21-year-old inked a new deal with Interscope Records in January.
Bobby Brown was arrested in California on Monday (March 26) on suspicion of driving while under the influence. According to TMZ, Brown was stopped by police in Reseda, CA at 12:20PM after he was seen talking on his cell phone, and he is currently being held in custody in a Van Nuys jail. News of Brown’s arrest comes just days after a coroner’s report revealed the cause of death for his ex-wife Whitney Houston.
The 43-year-old is still being held in custody and no details have surfaced as yet, in regards to what Brown may have consumed before driving. His previous run-ins with the law includes a 1996 DUI conviction in Georgia, which landed him 8 days in jail after pleading guilty.
Brown last made headlines during Whitney Houston’s funeral on February 18 when he exited the New Hope Baptist church in Newark, New Jersey over issues with seating.
In a statement released to the press by his rep, Brown explained the situation. “My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions,” he said .”I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move.”
“Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina,” the singer continued. “In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”
Justin Bieber dropped his bumping new single “Boyfriend” on Monday (March 26), teasing his next album, Believe. It’s a grinding, midtempo song that hears Bieber proclaiming all the ways he can make a girl happy (swag and fondue included!).
Co-produced and co-written by “Cooler Than Me” singer Mike Posner, the song shows growth from Bieber’s “Baby” days. When MTV News caught up with Posner last week, he told us what it was like to hit the studio with Bieber (and co-producer and co-writer Mason Levy) for the track.
“I’ve known [Bieber's manager] Scooter [Braun] for a few years, so I actually ran into Scooter at a Clippers game and told him I would love to work with Justin,” Posner said. “I got the opportunity to write with Justin. I didn’t really know what to expect at first, but he’s an incredible, incredible writer and amazing vocalist.
“Because I’m an artist myself, I can be pretty selective on who I produce for and who I make beats for … and really what I’m looking for is an amazing vocalist, somebody that can sing better than I can,” he continued. “And the other thing is somebody that’s willing to not try to make something that succeeds within the matrix of what pop music is now, but makes something that moves that matrix to where it is, and Justin was willing to take that leap with me.”
Bieber spoke to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show hours after the song’s world premiere Monday, explaining why this was the perfect track to kick off the Believe era.
“It was a really hard choice. I mean, we had so many songs, so many uptempos we could release, [that] I thought, ‘Let’s slow it down,’ ” he said, adding that there are already plenty of fast songs all over the radio. “It’s just something a little bit more mature, but it’s also something I think I’m ready for.”
While fans and industry insiders had been wondering what a more grown-up Bieber would sound like, he said he tried to block out all the noise when making the track. “There’s so many people that are going to give me opinions, but I’m the only one who can ultimately make those decisions, because I’m going to have to live with my career for the rest of my life. So I thought this was the perfect single,” he said, adding that this song “was me all the way; it is a representation of me.”
And Bieber said “Boyfriend” perfectly sets up what’s coming next. “It’s kind of classic,” he said of the album. “The songs, I feel, won’t get old. The music is very fresh, but it’s also — I’m taking a lot from old-school music, a lot of Michael Jackson, a lot of old RB, a lot of old pop. It’s pretty special.”
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“Snow White and the Huntsman” is certainly the antidote to “Mirror Mirror.” For every giggle that Julia Roberts throws about in the trailer for “Mirror,” Charlize Theron (Queen Ravenna) throws a cold stare and an even colder threat in a new “Show White” trailer released Monday (March 19).
Bathed in dark images and darker themes, this “Snow White” blockbuster focuses on the bloodthirsty queen in her hunt for revenge and eternal power. The key to continue her tyranny and remain the fairest of them all is Snow White’s (Kristen Stewart’s) heart. Enter the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who has been ordered to get that heart, or else.
With the classical premise laid out, the trailer is full of a sword-wielding, chainmail-clad Snow White, out to use her innate good to destroy the queen’s evil. The trailer focuses on the good-versus-evil plot while teasing the film’s eye-catching effects and landscapes. Where Ravenna brings destruction, Snow brings light, love and life.
Much of Stewart’s role in the trailer relies on her ability to look both tough and vulnerable. “I see what she sees,” Stewart’s Snow reveals at one point. “I can kill her.” The trailer closes with Ravenna pledging, “Let them come,” as her evil cackle plays out the trailer.
When Theron and Stewart stopped by the “Today” show Monday (March 19), Theron talked about reviving fairytales for modern audiences. “I think these stories, thematically, bleed into a lot of stuff that’s relevant,” she said. “So I’m not shocked that we’re having an outbreak of a lot of these kinds of classic fairytales being retold. There’s a way to do them in different worlds, and I think that’s the case with this. They were definitely made for very specific audiences and very different audiences.”
So, was Stewart shocked by turning “Snow White” into an action film? “It is [an action movie]. It had a reason,” she told the “Today” show on Monday (March 19). “It never felt like it was a movie where you were just trying to have a strong girl character be badass. You want to join the cause, like any good script you read. I believe in it so much.”
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Kristen Stewart is no stranger to being the female lead of a beloved franchise. In her role as Bella Swan, she became a household name. Now, it seems that she may be passing that baton on to Jennifer Lawrence as “The Hunger Games” opens on Friday.
When Stewart stopped by the “Today” show on Monday (March 19), she opened up about what she expects might happen for Lawrence and her “Hunger Games” crew (which includes Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth), now that they are just days away from launching the next big thing in movie franchises.
“It gets very crazy and everyone instantly, the question is ‘Are you going to be able to handle it? Is this something you want?’ But you look at those actors and you kind of can tell why they’re doing what they’re doing, and it’s so obvious that no one signed on to the project to do the next big thing,” she explained. “And I think that’s the coolest way to see something get big and, you know, hopefully would love them to be happy in doing what they’re doing.”
Also, it seems that Stewart is a bit of a fan of them as well. She added, “I can’t wait to see the movie.”
Stewart still has one movie left in the “Twilight Saga,” with “Breaking Dawn Part 2″ opening in November. A trailer and a tease for that film will play ahead of “The Hunger Games” in theaters. And Stewart may be on the verge of another set of blockbusters with “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which opens June 1 and could become a multiple-film franchise itself.
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Reigniting their on-screen chemistry, the two chart-toppers are seen holding each other before a blank backdrop. Simplicity seems to be the focus, as the duo sport plain wardrobes in the black-and-white images.
ThisIsRNB.com, which first leaked the images, revealed that the clip also features a “group of muscular male performers acting out tribal dance scenes” as well as shots of various animals moving in beat to the Jamie xx-produced tune.
News of such a minimalistic and artsy clip isn’t all that surprising, as director Yoann Lemoine revealed to MTV News, “They seemed to be super close and that’s what I wanted for the video. Visually, it’s a very humble video. … It’s not crazy. It’s actually the most indie video I’ve done my whole life. It’s probably the most famous artists, and they were so open to a project that was so minimal.”
Lemoine isn’t the only one who had a particular expectation for the visual, but also Drake himself. Back in December, Drizzy Drake admitted that he wanted the clip to be the best of his video catalog. “I want to make it perfect — the best video I’ve done to date — so I’m just taking my time,” he said.
“Take Care” serves as the duo’s first video collaboration since Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?” where the pop darling takes a stroll through New York City and embarks on a flirty venture with Drake.
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Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are expecting their first baby together. The former boy bander confirmed the news Monday (March 5) on “Live! With Kelly” when he was co-hosting the show with Kelly Ripa.
“I think we may have to steal ‘Sophia’ from you [since that's Vanessa's first choice]. If it’s a boy, we’re not really sure yet,” he said of the names the couple is tossing around. “[I used to think] if I have a son first, he’s going to be named Colin. Now Colin, it’s not a good name [to Vanessa]. It’s a tough thing, these names.”
For those wondering when the couple will welcome their first baby, Lachey said, “She’s due late summer, early fall. You find out you’re pregnant and it’s the most exciting news and yet you’re not supposed to tell anyone for three months. I had to keep this secret for three months.”
Photos of an expecting Minnillo began to surface in the last few weeks, but the couple hadn’t addressed the rumors until the talk show. “This past week the pictures have started to come out. You can definitely see a baby bump,” he said, adding that his wife has been craving lots of burritos these days. “She loves, right now, Mexican food.”
The two got married in June 2011 on a tropical island in front of 35 friends and family after they began dating in 2006, around the time he split from his pop-star ex, Jessica Simpson.
Simpson is also expecting her first child. It’s not the first time their relationships have mirrored one another. Lachey and Simpson also got engaged around the same time, in November 2010.
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