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Daily Archives: February 29, 2012
Ladies, liquor and light bulbs? <b>Waka Flocka Flame</b> hits the club with <b>Drake</b> in his video for “<b>Round of Applause</b>.”
‘This is not an anti-bullying foundation; this is a youth-empowerment foundation,’ Mother Monster says at Harvard launch event.
By Jocelyn Vena
Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, took over Harvard University to launch their Born This Way Foundation on Wednesday (February 29). In front of a crowd that included Oprah Winfrey, the New York natives kicked off their inspirational foundation, hoping to empower the youth of America.
“I was recently with the great Gloria Steinem, who said that sometimes the only way you can get attention to a problem is to freak people out,” Oprah said at the event. ” ‘Break the form,’ she said. You have to stop playing the game in order to change the content. Lady Gaga, with her music and her message and her own story, is breaking the form, and she is changing consciousness. She says that she wasn’t put on earth just to sing songs; her passion is to be that force for good. The Born This Way Foundation is in line with so many of my core beliefs.”
Gaga enthusiastically opened up about the foundation and what she hopes to do with it. “I just have one thing to say before we get started: We got Oprah! … Thank you from all of us — from my entire team, from my mother, from the bottom of the hearts of so many people who believe in what we’re doing today,” she said, wearing a chocolate-brown gown, brown lace gloves, towering platforms and a sparkly fishnet hat.
“I’m not here today to give you an answer. And I’m not here to tell you I can solve these problems [of bullying]. This is about transformative change in culture over a period of time. One of the most important things I wanted to share with all of you today, it’s no secret I speak out against bullying. This is not an anti-bullying foundation; this is a youth-empowerment foundation,” she continued. “This is about changing the climate of the school environment and not putting the power in the hands of the teachers or the government. It is about the bubble effect. I don’t believe they have the answers; I believe that you do.”
In addition to her fans, Gaga said her biggest influences to start the foundation is her own Mother Monster. “My mother really inspires me, because she talked about giving back ever since I was very, very young,” she said. “And the more that I got to know my fans, the more that I realized that not everybody has that support system at home.”
Her mother later enthused that despite the snow outside, “It is even more beautiful inside because we are launching the foundation. The youth that is listening, you are the leaders of our future.”
Gaga also revealed another aspect of the foundation: “There is a bus now called the Born Brave Bus. So the Born Brave Bus is essentially a bus that is going to travel and follow my tour bus around the country, and it will welcome anyone from any walk of life to come and hang out and talk about love, acceptance, kindness and so forth. And the best thing about it it’s going to be fun. It’s going to essentially be a tailgate. This is not about saying, ‘I need help,’ but if you do, you can come. If you want to help someone else, you can come and say ‘Hey, what’s up?’ ”
At the end of the day, Gaga said the foundation “is all about saying the power is in your hands. There really is sort of a focus on the victim, but what I want to point out today is that the victim and the bully are on the same playing field. How do we say, ‘You are both equal members of society’? How do we not save not just the victim, but also the bully? I want the Born This Way Foundation to empower the youth of the world.”
Gaga further explained that one of the core values is teaching her fans to empower themselves to be “brave.”
“This, again, is not focused on bullying, the bravery aspect; I want for young people to know they have the power,” she said. “How can we inspire young people to know they have the power to be brave?”
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‘We’re gonna work alongside each other for a common goal and release this Trae tha Truth project,’ T.I. tells ‘RapFix Live.’
By Rob Markman
T.I.‘s hustle just got a little more grand. Not only is the King of the South gearing up to release his eighth studio album, Trouble Man, Tip is also expanding his Grand Hustle roster, adding new artists at seemingly every turn. His latest addition: Houston street king Trae tha Truth.
Trae and Tip announced the joint venture deal between Grand Hustle and the Houston MC’s ABN label Wednesday (February 29) on “RapFix Live.”
“We’re gonna work alongside each other for a common goal and release this Trae tha Truth project,” T.I. said of the deal, which was arrived at the old-fashioned way. “When cats [who are] cut from a certain cloth give their word and shake their hand, that’s what makes it a done deal — the ink is just a formality.”
The two haven’t yet figured out how Trae’s upcoming ABN projects will be distributed, however. T.I. is currently signed to Atlantic through Grand Hustle, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Trae’s project will travel through the same channels. But Trae doesn’t seem overly concerned about the particulars. “Me and Tip are similar in a lot of ways. We both understand what it is,” Trae said.
“The thing that kinda made me way more comfortable is he reached out more on a partner note to where it wasn’t about money, it wasn’t about none of that. It was about, ‘Look, we can team up or even if you doin’ your own thing, I’m just supporting what you got goin’, I want to see you make it.’ ”
Without the help of a major label, Trae has already carved out his lane in the streets. While he isn’t the most popular MC, it’s hard to find an artist in the game today who is more respected. His last album, Street King, featured not only underground rappers like Messy Marv and Yo Gotti, but also boasted contributions from the likes of Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa.
“Grand Hustle is an established brand, ABN is already an established brand, it’s about seeing what we can do to parlay what we’ve already done for ourselves to make it benefit the other and it’s a two-way street,” T.I. explained.
What do you think of Trae tha Truth and T.I.’s new deal? Tell us in the comments!
Maybach Music boss is not a suspect nor is he being sought for questioning in a murder, police confirm to MTV News.
By Rob Markman
After police found a dead body in front of a Miami Gardens home owned by Rick Ross, the Maybach Music boss’ name began to pop up in connection to the killing, but an area detective confirmed to MTV News on Wednesday (February 29) that the rapper is not a suspect, nor is he being sought for questioning.
Miami Gardens officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 7 a.m. ET after reports of gun shots. When police arrived at the scene of the crime they found a dead body in the yard of a house owned by the rapper, whose real name is William Roberts. Though Ross owns the property, it is not where he resides. “He lives at a different location,” Detective Wright told MTV News.
The murder is still under investigation and police declined to reveal the name of the deceased at press time. But it seems Rick Ross is definitely in the clear.
In other news, the Double-M-Genius is set to head to court in May for a case with far less serious ramifications. Former L.A. drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross is suing the rapper who he claims is unlawfully profiting from his name. The case was initially thrown out in 2010, but has now been reopened with a trial date set for early May.
A little over a week ago, Rick Ross was named MTV News’ Hottest MC in the Game, nabbing the coveted position on a list of 10. His MMG signees, Wale and Meek Mill, took the #10 and #7 spots, respectively.
Fun. debut at #3, while Tyga lands at #4 with Careless World.
By Gil Kaufman
Surely someone is going to come along to knock Adele off her perch. But in the meantime, the Grammy-winning singer simply cannot be beat, as her 21 will notch its 22nd non-consecutive week at #1 next week thanks to sales of nearly 297,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
And that’s with sales dropping almost 60 percent from her post-Grammy high. More than a year into her incredible run, Adele has sold almost 7.7 million copies of her second album in the U.S. Also holding strong was the Whitney Houston greatest-hits collection, which lost just 1 percent of its sales from the previous week, staying in the #2 position on sales of 174,000 in the second full chart week since the singer’s death. It was joined in the top 10 by the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard,” (#6, 47,000, up 176 percent) and her self-titled debut (#9, 30,000, up 72 percent).
The rest of the top 10: Now That’s What I Call Music! 41 (#5, 54,000); Adele’s debut, 19 (#7, 39,000); and the 2012 Grammy Nominees compilation (#10, 29,000).
Just outside the top tier, buzz duo Sleigh Bells rolled into a #12 debut with their second album, Reign of Terror and Grimes hit #98 with Visions (5,000).
Over on the iTunes singles chart, Fun.’s hookup with Janelle Monae, “We Are Young,” was at #1, followed by Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” The Wanted with “Glad You Came,” Katy Perry‘s “Part of Me” and B.o.B‘s “So Good.” The list was rounded out by Adele at #6 with “Set Fire to the Rain,” Nicki Minaj just behind with “Starships,” then Gotye with “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Chris Brown with “Turn Up the Music” and Carrie Underwood‘s “Good Girl.”
Adele easily kept the #1 spot on the iTunes album chart, followed by Tyga, Fun., Chiddy Bang, Houston, Sleigh Bells, Gotye’s Making Mirrors, Adele’s 19, Drake‘s Take Care and the Beatles‘ 1.
Adele should be safe for another week as she pursues the magic 24-weeks-at-#1 mark, though the new album from Bruce Springsteen could provide a challenge. Otherwise, the fresh faces include Sean Paul, Estelle and Kid Cudi‘s troubled WZRD project.
Kitsch will bring a brand-new clip to MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET Thursday, followed by a 30-minute chat on MTV.com.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Interviewing one of this summer’s biggest stars, like, for instance, Taylor Kitsch, can be difficult. Asking the important questions while he’s shooting hockey pucks at you is an entirely different story.
The star of “John Carter” and “Battleship” took aim at MTV News’ Josh Horowitz while also taking your questions as a part of “MTV First: John Carter.” Though he’s known for his work on the football field in “Friday Night Lights,” Kitsch originally hails from the Great White North, so hockey is in his blood.
That isn’t a problem until you’re the one playing goalie. During their interview, Horowitz strapped himself in and faced down Kitsch for a no-holds-barred round of movie questions and hockey.
But before all that, Kitsch will premiere a never-before-seen clip from “John Carter” on MTV. You’ll have to tune in Thursday, March 1, at 7:56 p.m. ET to see the brand-new footage. Immediately afterward, on MTV.com, Kitsch will answer fan-submitted questions while shooting hockey pucks at his interviewer. It should be a good time.
It’s going to be an epic showdown on the ice, and it’s all going to take place on MTV and MTV.com.
In “John Carter,” Kitsch plays a Confederate officer transported to Barsoom, or Mars, as it’s more commonly referred to by humans. There, Carter finds himself embroiled in an epic war between two races for the fate of the planet.
The film will be released March 9 in digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D.
Catch Taylor Kitsch Thursday, March 1, on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET, when he’ll debut an exclusive, never-before-seen clip from “John Carter.” Then head over to MTV.com for our 30-minute chat with Rudd and Aniston.
Catch Taylor Kitsch on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET Thursday, when he’ll debut an exclusive, never-before-seen clip from “John Carter.” Then head over to MTV.com for our 30-minute chat with Kitsch.
Benedict Cumberbatch tells MTV News working with Peter Jackson was ‘extraordinary.’
By Kara Warner
For those who have been keeping tabs on the comings and goings surrounding Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” there is a unique level of excitement building around the film. The die-hard Jackson fans and “Lord of the Rings” loyalists are eager to see anything helmed by the Oscar-winner, particularly when it involves a faithful adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s beloved book, which has a different tone and fanbase from “LOTR.”
This excitement level is not just for fans like us, but everyone involved with the production as well. When MTV News caught up with rising star Benedict Cumberbatch recently, who is playing not one but two roles in the film, he was full of praise for Jackson as well as his friend/co-star Martin Freeman.
“I was very lucky [to work] with Pete,” Cumberbatch told us at Elton John’s Oscar-viewing party. “As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team. And at the very cool place with that technology doing mo-cap for two characters, Smaug the dragon and another character, which will remain nameless, and it was an awful lot of fun.”
Cumberbatch went on to say that he hasn’t seen any finished shots from the film since he worked mainly by himself doing voice-over work and movements for the characters.
“It’s a sort of wonderful ongoing process,” he said. “I spent a lot of time recording voice as well as doing movements. So, it was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game. It’s going to be an amazing film; it’s going to be a real treat. I watched ‘The Lord of the Rings’ again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary. Their mark is for that.”
The “War Horse” actor admitted that the only trouble he had while on set was keeping a straight face when he saw his friend and “Sherlock” co-star Martin Freeman in costume as lovable Hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
“It was great. I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don’t know Bilbo,” Cumberbatch said with a grin. “For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He’s going to be amazing, he’s going to be fantastic in this film.”
What are you looking forward to most in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”? Leave your comment below!
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