We here at Entertainment Weekly like to think of our jobs as highly specialized. (Not just anyone can push that little voice-recorder button while simultaneously asking questions and nodding, wisely, you know.) But when the Black Keys said they wanted to be interviewed by Danny McBride, how could we refuse? After all, the platinum-selling, Grammy awards-collecting rock duo just released their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, and will be dominating festivals and headlining arena shows from Croatia to Cleveland this summer. We asked McBride, 37 — so memorable as egomaniacal pitcher Kenny Powers on HBO’s late, lamented Eastbound & Down and as himself in last year’s star-packed apocalyptic meta-comedy This Is the End — to kick off our Summer Music Preview issue by manning the tiny microphone. READ FULL STORY
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No surprise here: Queen B leads the nominations in this year’s BET Awards.
BET announced the nominees Wednesday, with Beyoncé and Jay Z leading the pack with four nods each. Voters include big names in various media fields, including TV, film, music, sports journalism, and social media.
The BET Awards air live from L.A. on June 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Check out the list of nominees below:
In the aftermath of that now-infamous Met Ball video — which appears to show Solange Knowles physically abusing her brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator — some news sources have speculated that the fight stemmed from Jay’s desire to attend Rihanna’s after-party alone. None of the figures involved in the altercation have released a statement one way or the other — but why talk when a picture is worth 1,000 words, right?
At least, that seems to be Beyoncé’s approach to the situation. One day after attending the Met Gala, Beyonce posted this prayer to Instagram:
Soulja Boy might not be the first artist to come out with his own app, but he is one of the only ones who can boast about having an official set of emojis created in his likeness — something the rapper is definitely very proud of.
“When they came to me and told me they wanted to do the emojis, I said it was a good idea, because ain’t nobody did that before me,” Soulja Boy told EW after performing for What’s Trending at L.A.’s YouTube Space (check out his appearance in the video below). “The only thing they did was add recognizable features so people would know it’s me — so you can see the Gucci tattoo on my forehead, the smoke coming out of my mouth, stuff like that.”
Soulja tweeted his customized emoji: READ FULL STORY
The Eurovision Song Contest is an extravagant, eclectic showcase/musical Olympics that pits Europe’s nations against each other in song. And this year’s winner — bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst — didn’t fail to bring both talent and theatrics.
The alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth, Wurst’s power ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix” helped secure the win. Take a look:
“This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” Wurst said while accepting her trophy from Emmelie de Forrest of Denmark, who won last year’s contest. “We are unity.”
Neuwirth’s drag persona had been met with some protests before the 59th annual contest began, particularly in more conservative nations such as Russia, where President Vladimir Putin introduced a law last year prohibiting so-called gay “propaganda.”
After her win, Wurst said, “I don’t know if [Putin] is watching this now, but if so, I’ll say it: ‘We’re unstoppable.'”
PopWatch Planner: Cristina leaves 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Godzilla' takes over theaters, a new Black Keys album, and more
Too many finales, too little time! That seems to be the theme of the week, with eight finales on the agenda in eight days. But don’t think that’s all this week has to offer. Thanks to Godzilla, your summer blockbuster tour can continue. Plus, there’s a new Black Keys album to keep you company in all of your post-finale mood swings.
Here’s what your week looks like:
Back in February 2013, an unlikely Twitter war broke out — Justin Bieber and his millions of Beliebers began attacking The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney after the drummer made some off-handed comments to TMZ.
When a paparazzo asked Carney if he thought the pop star should feel snubbed by his lack of a Grammy nomination, the rocker replied: “Grammys are for music, not for the money, and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy.”
Bieber didn’t take too kindly to that response, telling his followers via Twitter that “the Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha.”
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Carney is reflecting on the incident, which lasted for months as Bieber’s fans berated the drummer on social media. READ FULL STORY
Justin Bieber found out Seth Rogen doesn’t like him, and he seems bummed about it.
Earlier this week, Rogen spoke to Howard Stern on Sirius and reminisced about the first time he met the Biebs. They were at a German talk show, and someone told Rogen that Bieber was a fan and wanted to meet him. But when the two had their meeting, Bieber didn’t exactly show his excitement. “I was like, ‘He’s a little bit of a motherf—er. Whatever. He’s a bit of a d—,'” Rogen told Stern.
The first-ever Nashville cast concert tour hit New York City on May 6, with Charles “Chip” Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Chris Carmack (Will), Chaley Rose (Zoey), and Will Chase (Luke) in tow. They performed songs heard on the show, as well as originals. In honor of Bowen’s song “Cheap Red Wine,” which will be on the album she’s currently cutting, Mandi Bierly and Samantha Highfill grabbed a couple of glasses after the show and discussed their notes on the set list, Esten’s biceps, and the adorableness that was Chase’s girlfriend, Debra Messing, filming him on her phone from the balcony. READ FULL STORY
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