Live Performances

May
2
Ed Sheeran Debuts New Song ‘One’ Live

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has sold out arenas across the world, but there was not a fan in the house when he debuted his acoustic song “One” live to an empty Wembley Arena in London.

The song is the first he penned for his sophomore album x, due June 23.

“I wrote it back in 2011 in Perth, on a guitar made out of a whiskey barrel,” said the British singer. “My first album was mostly about one person—this song is the last one about them. The rest of x is about moving on and the incredible experiences I’ve had since then. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it!”

The follow-up to his 2011 debut + features 12 tracks, with production from Pharrell, Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, and Jake Gosling.

During last night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Ed also performed “The A Team” and his new song “Don’t” from Hotel Café, the first venue he headlined in L.A.

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Apr
28
Rita Ora Performs ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ Acoustic

Rita Ora

Rita Ora has been hard at work promoting her new single “I Will Never Let You Down.” In addition to “The Tonight Show” and “The Breakfast Club,” the blonde Brit visited SiriusXM, where she performed an acoustic version of the Whitney Houston-inspired song.

“I love the feeling of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and ‘How Will I Know,’” Rita told MTV News. “[Whitney] was a queen at doing love songs you could dance to.”

On Sunday, she also stopped by Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” where she dished to Andy Cohen about her boyfriend Calvin Harris and her role in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Her sophomore album is due this September featuring contributions from DJ Mustard, Diplo, Macklemore, and Prince.

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Apr
28
OutKast Returns Home for CounterPoint Festival

OutKast

After kicking off their 20th anniversary tour at Coachella, OutKast returned to their home state of Georgia to close out the 2014 CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival on Sunday.

André 3000 and Big Boi headlined the three-day event at Kingston Downs in Rome, the second stop on their 40-plus festival trek, which also includes the BET Experience in L.A. and Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto.

Despite the stormy weather, the hip-hop duo brought their infectious energy to the stage, treating the wet hometown crowd to their hits including “B.O.B.,” “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” and “Rosa Parks.”

“It’s good to be back in the dirty, dirty,” said Big Boi. “ATL, you know what it is. We love y’all. … 20 years and we still here.”

Janelle Monáe, who was also on the bill, shook it like a Polaroid picture while André 3000 performed “Hey Ya!”

Watch the ATLiens bring it on home below.

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Apr
24
Iggy Azalea Opens ‘New Classic’ Tour in Boston

Hotel Iggy

Hotel Iggy is now open for business. Following her opening slots on tours with Beyoncé, Nas, and Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea launched her first headlining tour in Boston on Wednesday. The Aussie rap sensation transformed the House of Blues into her own hotel, performing her hits and new material off her just-released debut The New Classic.

Dressed in a Scarface-inspired getup, she kicked off her hour-long set with “Beat Down” and performed crowd favorites including “Fancy,” “Work,” and her mixtape cut “Pussy.”

Backed by a troupe of female dancers and DJ Wizz Kidd, Iggy also treated the crowd to the first performances of “Black Widow,” “Don’t Need Y’all,” and “Rolex” off her new album.

The 14-date North American trek travels to major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, wrapping May 22 in Seattle.

Iggy also guests on Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem,” which hits iTunes this weekend.

Listen to a snippet of Iggy’s verse and watch footage from opening night below.

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Apr
21
Ariana Grande and Big Sean Perform at White House Easter Egg Roll

Big Sean and Ariana Grande

President Obama and the First Lady welcomed Ariana Grande back to the White House for the 2014 Easter Egg Roll on Monday. As hundreds of kids and parents looked on, the 20-year-old singer took to the South Lawn to perform a medley of her Yours Truly cuts including “Piano,” “The Way,” and “Right There” with Big Sean, who was fresh from his Coachella appearance.

Ariana also met Jim Carrey during her visit. “met my childhood crush Jim Carrey. could even speak. he was kind, warm and human. I’m so happy,” she tweeted. “all was swell until my mom told him that my first screen name was JimCarreyFan42@aol………… I wanted to die.”

Just last month, the Nickelodeon star joined Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and Janelle Monáe for the White House’s Women of Soul concert.

Her new single “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea is now available for pre-order on iTunes, and will be released on April 28. Big Sean also hinted that he’s featured as a “mystery whisperer” on the record.

Watch the performance and hear a snippet of “Problem” below.

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Apr
19
Teyana Taylor Sings National Anthem at Jordan Brand Classic

Teyana Taylor and Michael Jackson

Teyana Taylor showed her stars and stripes while performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Jordan Brand Classic 2014 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday. Rocking a Chicago Bulls snapback in honor of Michael Jordan, G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady had the audience in its feet with her rendition of the National Anthem.

She also got to meet her idol for the first time and snapped an Instagram photo.

“And then this happened! #YepICriedSoWhat #FinallyMetMJ #MyIdol #HeCalledMeTheQueenOfJays #IWasLikeHowDidUKnow #HeWaSLikeWatsUpTeyUKilledTheNationalAnthem,” tweeted Teyana.

The event, showcasing the best basketball talent at the high school level, also featured a halftime performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch Teyana belt out the patriotic tune below.

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Apr
16
Jhené Aiko Debuts New Song ‘Spotless Mind’ at Coachella

In addition to bringing out Drake and Childish Gambino at Coachella on Sunday, Jhené Aiko debuted a brand new song called “Spotless Mind” during her late-night set at the Gobi Tent. With the palm trees swaying in the background, the L.A. songstress performed the breezy tune with her band and a string quartet.

“Started as a love song, 26 years in the making / Moving from place to place and I never really settled down,” she sings before repeating the chorus, “I’m a wanderer, baby.”

The song is set to appear on her upcoming full-length debut Souled Out, due this summer.

Watch Jhené debut her new jam in the desert.