Coldplay closed the Paralympic Games last night. The "Paradise" group performed a 15 song set at the closing ceremony of the games at the Olympic Stadium in London.
The group took to the stage with "Us Against the World" before launching into one of their most recognizable anthems, "Yellow." Later in the set the band - Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - were joined by Rihanna for their single "Princess of China." After her first guest spot they performed "Strawberry Swing" with The British Paraorchestra, before Rihanna returned for a rendition of her single "We Found Love."
Taylor Swift dived into the crowd during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The 22-year-old singer closed the ceremony last night with a performance of her new single "We Are Never Getting Back Together," for which she was joined by a troupe of dancers in brightly-colored casual outfits and sunglasses. Taylor - who arrived at the ceremony in a white tuxedo but switched to a red and white striped T-shirt, tiny denim shorts and red brogues for her performance - began by singing into a mock studio before stepping out onto the stage for a high energy routine, which she finished with her leap into the audience.
The Killers have promised a host of surprises for their upcoming concert directed by Werner Herzog.
The group are collaborating with the legendary director for a September 18 show for the American Express Unstaged music series, which will coincide with the launch of their latest album Battle Born, and bassist Mark Stoermer says they are ruling nothing out.
Jay-Z will perform at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
The rapper is set to join Coldplay and his protege Rihanna at the event in London on Sunday after the British band's frontman Chris Martin approached him. "Jay-Z and Chris Martin are close friends so he helped to get the rapper on board. They are putting together a spectacular set list - one likely to include a duet. It's going to be one hell of a show and fans of both artists will be trying to get tickets. The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by their bravery and athleticism. This will be a concert like no other and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever," a source said.
Speaking previously about the event, Chris said the band were "honored" to have been chosen. "Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is such a great honor for us. Kim Gavin and Misty Buckley are working hard to put on a spectacular Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium, and everyone watching around the world, and we are so happy to be involved," Chris explained.
Lana Del Rey feels uncomfortable on stage.
The "Video Games" hitmaker admits she sometimes has to kneel during her performances in order to hide her visible discomfort but is grateful her fans do their best to put her at ease.
"I love to take care of the songs - that's my natural place - then, when I get on stage that's not my element. Sometimes I kneel down because I am trembling or touch the audience because I don't know what else to do. But the nice thing about the kids is that they feel bad for me, and pass me soft toys!"
Lana - whose real name is Lizzie Grant - also spoke of her desire to write for films and says she would be in a "happy place" if that was the direction her career took. "When I was starting, I had a vision of being a writer for film and that's what I am doing now. I'm so happy. Hopefully I will branch into film work and stay there. That will be my happy place. I'd like to stay in one place for a long time," she said.
Usher kicked off the iTunes festival in London last night.
The "Yeah!" hitmaker got the party started on the opening night of the month-long free festival at the city's Roundhouse venue with a hit packed set and his trademark super-smooth dance moves. The muscular singer may have slipped up as he performed "You Make Me Wanna," but after a cheeky suggestion from his backing dancers, did 40 push-ups for the crowd to make up for it.
The singer's set featured hits including "Burn," "OMG," "Climax," "Scream" and his collaboration with David Guetta, "Without You."
Muse's ambition is to have a huge UFO land in a stadium during one of their live shows.
The "Survival" band are known for their inventive stage production and light shows, but while they have created many visual spectacles, there is one idea they have yet to realize. "One day I'm going to get a huge zeppelin shaped like a UFO to come and land in a stadium. I've been trying for years, but no one will let us do it," singer Matt Bellamy said.
Matt is also frequently found dressed in sparkling suits, and showcasing his guitar skills with the swagger of a seasoned rock star live, but admits this wasn't always the case: "I'd been quite an introverted person in the early years of the band. I was actually having a lot of trouble coming out of myself. Over the course of the first three albums I gradually opened up, and something came out of me, a strange level of confidence that I didn't know was there. In live performance there was just a desire to smash this shy person."
Backstreet Boys have reunited as a five-piece for the first time since 2006. The pop group - which is made up of Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson - took to the stage for Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series in New York's Central Park earlier yesterday.
The boy band performed '90s classics "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "I Want it That Way" and Kevin - who rejoined the group three months ago after quitting in 2006 - admitted he was delighted to be back performing with his fellow boy band members.
Fans of Nicki Minaj across the pond will be disappointed to learn that the rapper-singer has to cancel her upcoming shows over health issues.
In a statement, Minaj's representative said that she had "regretfully cancelled" her scheduled apperances at the V Festival this weekend "due to strained vocal cords." Additoinally, the representative revealed that, "Despite doctor's orders, she performed on a bruised vocal chord in (New York City) on August 14. As a result, the chord has gotten worse."
There's no word yet as to when she is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the folks pulling the strings at American Idol are keen to bring Minaj on board their judging table; however, her new endorsement deal with Pepsi isn't going over well with Coke, who are major sponsors of the reality competition.
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Green Day will perform their new single at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The band - made up of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and TrÃ© Cool - will give the first televised performance of "Oh Love," from their new album trilogy, Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, at Los Angeles' Staples Center on September 7.
"We're excited to perform on this year's MTV Video Music Awards. MTV has continuously supported us during our career, and we can't think of a better place to play our first TV performance for the albums," Billie Joe said.
The band have previously said they don't know if releasing three new albums between September and January is a good idea or not. "This could possibly be the greatest idea we've ever had or it could possibly be the dumbest idea we've ever had. And that's really exciting to think about. We don't have a f**king clue what we're doing as far as the future is concerned. And it's kind of exciting to think of it that way," Billie Joe said.
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