Usher to Play Sugar Ray Leonard in Upcoming Movie

It seems like 2012 is going to be a big year for Usher. In addition to the release of his latest album The Shanertance, the singer has also been in London training for the upcoming movie Hands of Stone.

The singer will play Sugar Ray Leonard in the movie about Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, played by Gael Garcí­a Bernal. Robert De Niro is also reported to star in the movie.

The last time Usher appeared in a film was in the 2010 romantic action-comedy, Killers. In an interview with the BBC, the pop star expresses his excitement for his next project: “This is going to be an incredible movie — in time an incredible story — and I’m really looking forward to that.” Not having Kutcher and Heigl as your leads is a good start.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Last Chance To Hit The Road This Summer On Warped Tour

Participants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry and must reside within the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States. Only submission materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Alternative Country, Indie Pop, Pop, Singer-Songwriter (female), Singer-Songwriter (male), Funk, Hard Rock, Indie Rock, Metal, Modern Rock, Punk, Rock, Southern Rock, Alternative Hip-Hop, Hip Hop, Rap, Electronica, Acoustic and Folk as defined on the OurStage FAQ’s will be deemed valid entries.

 

Vote For Your Favorite Act In The ESPN Main Event Competition

Much to the chagrin of Elton John, ESPN prefers Friday nights for fighting, and we’re helping the network define the soundtrack. As we speak, OurStage artists FlyRydaz and The Organ Beats are duking it out for a chance to be crowned “Main Event” champ and have their tracks featured on ESPN’s legendary Friday Night Fights. Head to the ESPN Main Event Competition and vote for your favorite by March 30. We’ll be featuring a different matchup every two weeks, so be sure to check back in and vote for your new favorite. Each Main Event champ will take part in a final vote in August to decide which song will be featured on FNF’s “Images of the Year.”

Sound and Vision: Pop's Singles Scene — the Scores and Strikes of 2012 (So Far)

During the early weeks of the year, 2012 sounded a lot like 2011, as Adele continued to rule Billboard’s Top 200 album and Hot 100 singles charts with 21, one year into the album’s life span. For all of her ongoing success, by February, the tops of the pops finally began to welcome some much-needed counterprogramming to The Adele Show, featuring rotating regular guest stars Katy Perry, Rihanna and Bruno Mars.

For several weeks, the late Whitney Houston became the chart force in death that she hadn’t been in life for more than a decade (“I Will Always Love You,” her signature No. 1 hit, re-charted and rose to No. 3, and one week, she had three albums in the Top 10), while a number of vets and newcomers arrived on the singles scene looking for a hit. They all came out swinging, but not everyone scored. Although the night”er, the year”is still young, look who’s winning (and losing) now.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

British boy band invasion”it’s on

Teenage girls, you already know this so move on. The rest of you old timers, listen up. The British Invasion is back, but this time it’s taken an NSYNC twist. Meet The Wanted and One Direction”two English boy bands that are, like, totally amazing. The Wanted just played The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and may have gotten arrested. And One Direction, well, they just topped the Billboard charts. No biggie. Watch The Wanted’s performance of “Glad You Came” below”we promise we’re not tricking you into watching a Ron Paul clip.

Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson cover You’re So Vain

Maybe a sign of the apocalypse, maybe just an innocent musical collaboration, but Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson are doing a cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. The two friends (what?) have collaborated on the track for Manson’s upcoming album Born Villain, due out on May 1. Wonder how the The Antichrist and Captain Jack Sparrow sound in harmony? You only have to wait another five weeks to find out.

 

The Bad

Lil Wayne cited for messy yard

When you hear that Lil Wayne is in trouble for grass, your mind immediately goes to the illegal kind. But turns out he’s in trouble for, literally, grass. The lawn around his Louisiana mansion has grown unruly and neighbors in his gated community ain’t having it and have issued the rapper a citation. Nothing screams déclassé like a mansion with unkempt landscaping.

Madonna debuts Girl Gone Wild video

Madonna looks great for her age. We grant her that. But we find ourselves agreeing with Mr. Ostroff here that Madge has definitely been co-opting cool”first from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and now from herself twenty years ago. Madonna’s new video recalls Vogue with its black and white shots of taut, gyrating gay men, but also Beyoncé’s Single Ladies and maybe even Michael Jackson’s Scream. Even if it’s derivative, Girl Gone Wild offers some good eye candy. Watch it below.

The Ugly

Justin Bieber takes a beating

All you folks who haven’t contracted Bieber fever will love this cover of Complex Magazine, wherein the young pop prince is shown beaten to a pulp. If you listen very closely, you can hear the cries for revenge of millions of Beliebers. Watch your back, Complex.

Lana Del Rey gets gagged in Blue Jeans video

Lana Del Rey released her video for Blue Jeans, and it reeks of a perfume ad. You know, black and white footage of smoky lovers swimming around, and, uh, gagging each other. Still, the song is boss. Check it out below.

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