Atlanta-based DIY rapper Russ continues to attain new heights as a newly-signed Columbia Records artist, performing on last night’s episode of MTV’s Wonderland.
Check out clips below of his LIVE performances of “What They Want” & “Pull The Trigger”:
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Russ recently announced a 30-plus city fall trek – the Yung God Tour – to begin later this month. Following two previous sold-out tours, Russ will be performing at his largest venues to date. Tickets are available now HERE.
For 10 years, Russ has been doing it all himself. A self-proclaimed “DIY pioneer,” Russ writes, performs, produces, mixes and masters all of his own music. His strong vision and self-belief has resulted in nearly 200 million plays of his vast catalog, all sung word for word by his dedicated fanbase at sold out shows across the globe.
Today MTV unveiled the first promo, Canvas, to launch the creative campaign for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. The spot pays homage to the ‘VMAs’ at Madison Square Garden for the first time in its history, offering an awe-inspiring black and white portrait of the world’s most famous arena as a gift; a blank canvas on which each performer will express unparalleled artistry and vision.
Anthony Mandler, one of today’s top commercial and video music directors, directed ‘Canvas.’ He has helmed over 15 of Rihanna’s music videos and directed videos for Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. The theme song of the campaign, “Do Your Thing” by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, serves as the featured music in the spot with Swizz Beatz lending his powerful voice to the spot.
As MTV locks in performers for the show (all still to be announced), each performer will select a signature Pantone color and message, and MTV will commission a visual artist or filmmaker to bring their words and vision to life via a 30-second content piece. This content will then be incorporated into the larger campaign. With each artist, a new color and creative piece will be added to the VMAs palette, filling in this blank canvas and advising the scheme for entire campaign (and ultimately the show). The result will be a campaign that’s highly personal, artist driven and reflective of this year’s main show look and feel. Additional works of art will be released throughout the campaign that feature each performing talent’s own words as to why the VMA stage is one of the greatest opus of which they dream.
The MTV Video Music Awards announced the nominees for this year’s ceremony via Facebook live this morning. Leading the pack was Beyoncé with 11 nods for her Emmy-nominated visual album Lemonade.Adele follows with 8 nominations for her record-breaking album 25. The songstress’ will be competing for Best Female Video along with Rihanna ft. Drake “Work”, Sia “Cheap Thrills,” and Ariana Grande “Into You.”
The award show returns to the Big Apple this year. Grande landed 5 nominations along with Drake who nabbed Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Male Video, and Best Art Direction. Kanye West received two nominations for “Famous” while his foe Taylor Swift on the other hand garnered zero nominations. The pop star’s “1989” album came out in 2014 so her recent singles “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of the Woods” and “New Romantics” were ineligible.
West’s infamous track features naked images in the likeness of the rapper and other celebrities, including his wife Kim Kardashian, Swift, Donald Trump, and Bill Cosby. ‘Famous” is at the heart of the current feud between the Chicago emcee and Swift. Kardashian recently delivered receipts; leaking audio of Swift giving West her blessing to the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” The “Wildest Dreams” singer originally denied West’s claims he reached out to her prior to releasing the song. She quickly changed her tune, now claiming West did not play her the entire track or reveal the lyrics in full omitting the line, “Why? I made that bitch famous.”
West’s video for the controversial “Famous,” garnered the Video of the Year nomination and will be facing-off with Beyonce’s “Formation,” Adele’s “Hello, “Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry,” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Newcomers Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, and DNCE, will battle it out for the Best New Artist award.
The late David Bowie, who died from cancer earlier this year, earned four nominations in the categories of Best Direction, cinematography, art direction and editing for “Lazarus.” The video featured the icon frail and lying in bed, eyes bandaged and was released several days before his Jan. 10 death.
Others artists who earned multiple nods include Alessia Cara, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Desiigner, Fergie, FKA Twigs, and The Weeknd.
Voting opened online Tuesday. Nominees for best song of the summer have yet to be announced. The MTV VMA’s will be airing live from Madison Square Garden on August 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Will you be tuning in?
Over the MTV VMAs weekend, “Fly Girl” Cassie celebrated her birthday at the number one talked about Hollywood venue, Playhouse Nightclub!
#FeatureFridaysLA inside of Playhouse powered by super promoters Supreme Team and Miss Diddy was the talk of the town. With Cassie new Collab with street brand Diamond Supply and talks of an album being released, she has tons to celebrate. Cassie was accompanied with KUWTK and now “Dash Dolls” star Malika with a few other girlfriends.
Roc Nation‘s artist Vic Mensa who’s buzz is growing as the days continue also came out to Host Playhouse Night Club and catch the reactions of the party go-ers when they drop his single which features Kanye West.
Also spotted in VIP were: Keri Hilson and her Bae Serge Ibanka, Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow.
Each and every year it has become tradition for everyone on social media to come together to watch the ratchet mess that is the MTV Video Music Awards. With the queen of the Caucasian ratchets Miley Cyrus hosting of course there would be some did that just happen moments. Not to mention MTV honoring Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in the same night. The best part though always is the immediate social media response during and following the awards. Hit the jump to see how social media showed out and deserved their own moon man for creativity.
Last night’s episode of Catfish proved how real the friend zone is and just how hard it is to get out of it once you’re in it. We got to see that first hand on episode 10, and how quickly you can break a man down by just telling a guy who likes you that he’s like a best friend to me.
Remember that show that had clay models of your favorite celebs battling to the death? If you do, guess what? MTV is bringing back the hit show Celebrity Deathmatch,the show that made it cool enjoy your celebs beating each other to a pulp without feeling guilty about it.
Leaving her Pinkprint literally at the top of the charts, Nicki Minaj takes us on a journey of her day-to-day life, and gets a little personal, as she speaks on family, fame, and friendships. Peep the trailer below…
On this day 31 years ago, Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” debuted on MTV! The 13-minute music video is unarguably the most influential pop music video of all time. Just in case you forgot, here is the full video!