February 3, 2013 |
Considering the powerful audience that New York trio Fun. performed for last month, its set during next week's Grammys telecast must feel like a house party gig. "When President Obama asks you to play, there's no way you can say no," said Nate Ruess, the group's singer, about Fun.'s set at the president's inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. "Just before we met him I had to keep reminding myself, 'Don't call him Obama!' I wound up going with 'Mr. President' instead. " Those are the kinds of welcome new quandaries now facing Ruess and his band.
December 2, 2012 |
The Jonas Brothers covering Frank Ocean -- now there's a Rorschach test for how you feel about pop music today. On the one hand, when the once-omnipotent teen-pop trio played Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" during its set at KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, it might have signaled that even Disney sitcom bands can grow into adventurous good taste. Even if their seducer's falettos lacked Ocean's gravitas, hey, at least the arc of music bends toward the good stuff, and they might take a lot of post-tweens with them.
November 20, 2012 |
Priyanka Chopra looks like a pop star when she struts into Hollywood's Chalice Studios, entourage in tow. Her sultry smile, body-hugging dress and towering heels command attention. She has the image, sure. But not the name. At least not outside of India. Yet Chopra, 30, is here to listen to her debut album helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer-songwriter RedOne (a.k.a. Nadir Khayat), the same guy who catapulted Lady Gaga into superstardom. PHOTOS: Hollywood back lot moments For the last decade Priyanka has been a Bollywood celeb.
November 7, 2012 |
LONDON - To Americans, he was the quintessential Englishman, whose urbane manner and genteel accent brought British culture into countless U.S. homes each week on the PBS program "Masterpiece Theatre. " But here in his native land, Alistair Cooke played exactly the opposite role, introducing America to Brits through a sympathetic wit and keen observation that infused a remarkable series of radio broadcasts spanning more than half a century. "Letter From America," Cooke's regular essay on his adopted country, was a mainstay for generations of BBC listeners curious about life on the other side of the Atlantic.
October 7, 2012 |
Soap operas may be nearly dead in the United States, but telenovelas remain a booming industry in Mexico and throughout Latin America. "The Factory of Dreams" by photographer Stefan Ruiz goes behind the scenes at Televisa, the world's largest producer of telenovelas . From 2003 to '11, Ruiz was granted access to the actors and sets at Televisa's Mexico City studio and at the Centro de Educación Artística, Televisa's soap opera acting school,...
September 4, 2012 |
The K-pop singer Psy has had no trouble dominating the Internet ( and Dodger Stadium) with his absurdist ode to to the high life, "Gangnam Style. " But he's about to become even more inescapable if Justin Bieber's manager has a say. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the singer born Park Jae-Sang has signed a deal with Scooter Braun, the young impresario and recent New Yorker darling who ushered Biebs and Carly Rae Jepsen into the teenpop troposphere. The deal puts Psy on Braun's Universal imprint Schoolboy Records, and Braun has high hopes for the arrangement.