TV Appearances

Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, & Mystikal Bring the Funk to ‘SNL’

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

It was Saturday night and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars were in the spot during their appearance on “SNL.” The hitmaking duo turned 30 Rock into an ’80s club with neon lights and a full band while performing their irresistible new single “Uptown Funk” for the first time.

Clad in a pink blazer and white fedora, Bruno and his Hooligans busted out some synchronized moves, while Ronson jammed on guitar.

They also debuted a new track called “Feel Right” with Mystikal. Bruno played back-up singer, while the “Shake Ya Ass” rapper unleashed some wild rhymes.

“Kill all that yabba dabba doo shit / Bitch, I just got out,” he rapped. “You gon’ f**k around and make me knock your fruit juice loose / Ya banana, ya watermelon, and pomegranate too.”

Both of the feel-good jams will appear on Ronson’s fourth album Uptown Special, due January 27.

Watch them bring the funk to “SNL.”

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Jessie J and 2 Chainz ‘Burn Up’ ‘Kimmel’

Jimmy Kimmel, Jessie J, and 2 Chainz

Jessie J has been on a whirlwind tour promoting her new album Sweet Talker. After performing at the VMAs, “The Concert for Valor,” and “The View,” she paid a return visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday.

The British sensation hit the outdoor stage to perform “Burnin’ Up” with a padlock chain-wearing 2 Chainz for the first time. She also served up her girl-power anthem “Masterpiece,” for which she recently shot a video.

If you haven’t had your fill of Jessie just yet, you can catch her performing “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande at Sunday’s American Music Awards.

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Chris Brown, Pitbull, & Wisin Perform at Latin Grammy Awards

Pitbull, Chris Brown, and Wisin

In between rehearsals for his upcoming tours with Trey Songz and August Alsina, Chris Brown joined Latin superstars Wisin and Pitbull on stage at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas last night.

The trio brought the crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to its feet with an exhilarating performance of “Control,” which appears on Wisin’s album El Regreso del Sobreviviente.

Following their 2011 hit “International Love,” Breezy and Pitbull have collaborated once again on the Miami Sound Machine-inspired song “Fun” for Pit’s album Globalization, which hits stores Monday.

Watch them light up Las Vegas.

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Video: Mark Ronson f/ Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

Uptown Funk

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars take you to funkytown in the throwback video for “Uptown Funk,” the first single from Ronson’s fourth album Uptown Special. The duo behind “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla” show out in the streets in their dapper ’80s attire. Looking smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy, Bruno and his Hooligans bust out their best moves before hitting the salon to get a fresh perm.

Uptown Special, which arrives January 27, was written and produced with Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake) over 18 months in London, Memphis, L.A., and New York.

“Before smart phones, bottle service, and smoking bans, people came to the club, found their spot, and stayed all night, absorbed in the music,” said Ronson. “With Uptown Special I set out to capture the feeling I remember from those New York nights.”

Tune in to “SNL” this weekend to see them perform the song live.

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Kendrick Lamar Performs on ‘SNL’

Kendrick Lamar

All hail King Kendrick. The Compton rapper made an epic return to “SNL” this weekend and proved why he’s one of hip-hop’s best with an exhilarating performance of his single “i.”

With his hair half braided, black contacts in his eyes, and sweat dripping down his face, Kendrick tore through the Isley Brothers-sampled song, dedicating it to his homies in the pen. He even recreated some of his famous dance moves from the music video.

For his second performance of the night, he brought out his TDE labelmate Jay Rock to perform “Pay for It.” They traded chilling verses against harsh white lights, while Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk played piano and sang the hook.

He also appeared in a funny skit for a celebrity duets record called Young Tarts & Old Farts, which paired old timers with new artists. The Kendrick rapped alongside a fake Barry Manilow, while other pairings included Lionel Richie and Ariana Grande, Diana Ross and Macklemore, James Taylor and 2 Chainz, and Elton John and Blue Ivy.

Get out your seat in praise of K-Dot.

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Mary J. Blige Performs ‘Right Now’ on ‘Ellen’

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige brought The London Sessions to “Ellen” on Thursday. The R&B queen graced the stage with a hair-raising performance of “Right Now,” written and produced by Disclosure, Sam Smith, and Jimmy Napes, and sat down to discuss the project, which Ellen called her favorite Mary album.

In anticipation of the December 2 release, Mary will perform at the American Music Awards on Nov. 23, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Dec. 1, and “A Very GRAMMY Christmas,” which airs Dec. 5.

See MJB shut it down.

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Logic Performs ‘I’m Gone’ on ‘Tonight Show’


Started from the bottom, now he’s here. Logic made his network television debut on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday. With some help from the Legendary Roots Crew, the Maryland MC performed “I’m Gone” off his debut Under Pressure.

The album entered the charts at No. 4 last month, selling over 72,000 copies in its first week.

Watch Logic light up late night.

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