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fun. Perform "We Are Young" On X Factor UK

Some bands have a certain undeniable charisma both on and off the stage, captivating fans within an instant. For so many, fun. is exactly that type of band. Exploding onto the scene earlier this year with We Are Young, fun. has been non-stop, with live performances on award shows, tours and now the UK’s X Factor.

You can check out the performance right here and don’t forget to catch fun. on tour with dates all through April.

 

 

If you like fun. check out OurStage artist Derek Teague Band.

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X Factor Renewed For Third Season

I can’t imagine a better way for reality TV junkies to start their Tuesday morning other than reveling in the recently confirmed news that FOX’s X Factor will be returning for a third season.

Though it is still unclear if Britney Spears or Demi Lovato will be back for the third season, FOX’s alternative entertainment president Mike Darnell made a few comments, which seemed to indicate a favorable push towards the two.

“The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi ” alongside Simon and L.A. Reid ” have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel that our fans really love.

Also weighing in on the renewal was everyone’s favorite love to hate him judge, Simon Cowell.

I couldn’t be happier about The X Factor already being renewed for another season, Cowell said, I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. I want to thank our incredible sponsors for their support and creativity, and FOX for going out of their way to do everything they can to make this show a success. Most importantly, I have to personally thank our amazing fans for the support and enthusiasm they have given to The X Factor. Our main commitment will always be to find great talent, and let’s not forget, we are now days away from our first live shows. The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!

If you like Britney Spears check out OurStage artist Take The Day.

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X Factor Confirms Khloé Kardashian Odom, Mario Lopez As Co-Hosts

It’s official! After months of rumors surrounding The X Factor, Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez have been confirmed as the shows new co-hosts. Beginning Nov. 1, you’ll be able to watch the two during a live show debut.

By all accounts, the two co-hosts are ecstatic at joining the X Factor team, which also includes judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. Check out what they had to say after the jump. (more…)

X Factor Boot Camp Kicks Off; Nearly Half Of Contestants Axed

The X Factor is as much a ratings seeking show as anything these days, priding itself no longer on just the talent it showcases, but catfights, crying and breakdowns. With judge Britney Spears commenting, We’re gonna push them to their limits, it’s only reasonable to expect a bit of on air tension when the family sits down to watch on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

After settling down inside a swanky Miami hotel, the contestants were bused out to their performance site, and one by one, all 120 of them went in front of the judges, knees shaking and voices set to impress. After all, each performance is only the biggest of their life. Check out the scoop after the jump.

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Simon Cowell And Sony Release Custom X Headphones

X Factor judge Simon Cowell has recently teamed up with Sony to design a line of high-end, studio-quality headphones. Cowell’s newest business venture has him following in the steps of Dr. Dre, whose custom line of Beats headphones recently netted him the top spot on the list of the world’s richest hip-hop artists. Cowell’s custom X Headphones will feature memory foam earpads that form to the shape of the listener’s ears. The large, swiveling earpads also reportedly block most outside noise and provide enhanced low-end bass reception. Speaking of the headphones’ quality, Cowell stated, I needed a serious tool to be able to do my job. I’ve tried all of [the headphones], literally every single one. And I just wanted something better. The rest of the world’s headphones were seen crying as Cowell left a nearby Best Buy where he had told them that they sounded like one-year-olds making babbling noises. The X Headphones will retail for $299.99, and will reportedly lack a feature that injects harsh criticism of whatever god-awful song you’re currently singing along to in your horrendous, mouse“like excuse for a voice.

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Simon Cowell To Create DJ Talent Show

What happens when the main stream music industry realizes that electronic music is no longer the fodder of Eminem one-liners? Or reserved for the underground clubs? The Rhiannas and Ke$has of the world start making (shitty) pop music based around traditional dance tracks, and Simon Cowell thinks making a DJ talent show will be a good idea.

Last week it was announced that Simon Cowell’s newest assault on the music industry would come in the form of a DJ talent show, hoping to find the worlds greatest DJs. Cowell also stated that DJs are the new rock stars, it feels like the right time to make this show.

While the majority of the DJ community, and EDM community at large is up in arms about their beloved culture being destroyed in the hands of the talent show mogul. I’m not as angry. Confusion would be a more appropriate word to describe my reaction to the news.

The DJ community has gone through quite the change over the past ten years. A pair of Technics turntables with a stock mixer was the universal set up, and DJs would bring their crate (remember vinyl?) full of handpicked tunes they thought were perfect for that given night. Those were the tools, everyone had them, and how you used them was what separated you from the pack. Everyone from hip hop turntablists to trance gods could play on a pair of Technics. With the advent of technology, DJ equipment evolved at a rapid pace; no longer were jockeys required to lug around heavy records from gig to gig, but they could start using CD players, and later software combined with a dummy vinyl record to manipulate their digital audio files much the same way as they used to do with traditional vinyl. Since the early days of digital, the field has changed even more. Now some jockeys are spinning on nothing more than a circuit board with a few buttons, knobs, faders and free spinning platters (an attempt to keep the disc in Disc Jockey). Which begs the question, what exactly is a DJ?

It’s a question that I can’t begin to answer, but something that the EDM community will have to figure out in this meteoric rise to the forefront of the music industry. Is Cowell up to the task? We certainly hope so.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Madonna gets backup for Super Bowl halftime show

Elton John has already advised Madonna to lip-synch good at the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend, so clearly some people have low expectations for her performance. Madonna’s no fool, though. She’s recruited M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to join her on her new single, Gimme All Your Luvin’. The technicolor onslaught of these two ladies is sure to draw attention away from whatever her mouth is doing. Well played, Madge.

OK Go teach us about primary colors

Ever wondered what primary colors were? If your answer is yes, then our education system has really failed you. But fear not, because OK Go are here with another stop-motion masterpiece. Watch them rock the color wheel for Sesame Street below.

The Bad

Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, dies

Very sad news for lovers of disco, bell bottoms and line dancing. Don Cornelius, creator and host of the dance show Soul Train passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head this week at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was seventy-five. With Soul Train, Cornelius helped introduce black culture to millions of Americans during the ˜70s and ˜80s. Thankfully, we still have videos like the one below to remind us of Cornelius’s legacy. R.I.P.

Leslie Carter, sister to Aaron and Nick Carter, dies


Leslie Carter, the sister of Nick Carter and Aaron Carter, passed away this week in upstate New York. Carter was a singer in her own right, contributing her song Like Wow! to the Shrek soundtrack in 2001. She was twenty-five. No details have been released about the cause of death. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Taiwan pokes fun at Lana Del Rey

Poor LDR. Everyone’s taking a pot shot at her. First Juliette Lewis, now Taiwan. Next Media Animation just released this animated chronicle of the singer’s trials and tribulations. Keep your chin up, Lana. You may be a strange bird, but we still love you.

Newt Gingrich sued by Survivor

When Newt Gingrich used Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger to pump up audiences at his rallies, he pumped up the band ¦ with rage. This week Survivor announced plans to sue Gingrich for using their music without permission, and ruining the movie Rocky for everyone.

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