When it comes to music, Justin Bieber doesn’t play around.
The Biebs picked just some of today’s best new artists to join him in the pages of his Teen Vogue issue. Making the cut are The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tori Kelly, Big Sean and new comer, Madison Bear.
The Wanted’s Max George told the magazine, “When we toured with Justin, it was an eye-opener to see how wild it could be—to think that we could be that big too.”
“We learned a lot from him,” added the group’s youngest member Nathan Sykes. “He knows how to put on a good show.”
Check out Teen Vogue to read about Bieber’s picks.
We’ve been big fans of Cris Cab for a while now and finally he’s coming to Toronto! If you live in the GTA (or want to make your own way here) we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see him up-close at The El Mocambo. All you have to do is fill out the form below. All we need is your name and email address. If you can’t wait and you NEED tickets now, you can also buy them here. See you at the show!
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Although he’s from Detroit, Big Sean loves Canada. He made one of his first television appearances EVER on MuchMusic at age 14. Coincidentally, Sean also likes Canadians. He just finished working with Justin Bieber on “As Long As You Love Me” and told us he’s also a big fan of Drake. He told @Jordans_life about his upcoming album and another potential collaboration with Bieber.
“You and I” — Anjulie
Produced by Italian DJ Benny Benassi, Anjulie’s “You and I” combines a fun, danceable beat with lyrics you can sing along to. The Euro-track shows the Canadian artist’s versatility, as it’s a departure from her recently-released track “Headphones.” You can download “You and I” starting tomorrow!
“Anything Could Happen” — Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding first released a lyric video with fan submitted Instagram photos for “Anything Could Happen.” Now, the lead single from her second studio album Halycon finally has an official music video. The video is about Goulding and her soulmate getting into a car accident and is filmed on a beautiful beach in Malibu. This isn’t your typical car crash though, as the beach is littered with shining spheres, mirrored pyramids. Goulding herself wears a flowing gown. It’s a pretty heart-wrenching video and hopefully isn’t a metaphor for her real life relationship with DJ Skrillex!
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In Justin Bieber’s video for “As Long As You Love Me” actor Michael Madsen, who plays his GORG girlfriend’s dad, wants to break up their relationship. We’re not sure why since Justin is a total charmer. In fact, when Madsen tells Bieber off at the beginning of the video, he gets a few things wrong:
1) Justin Bieber is no mere boy. I mean he is, yes, but have some respect Madsen, he’s a MAN (duh). This storyline is decidedly more grown up than those we’re used to. It’s filled with forbidden love, family conflict and violent repercussions. Bieber is certainly evolving.
2) Madsen says: “I know what type of guy you are. Once upon a time I used to be the same thing. You know what that means? That means one day you’ll leave her for someone else, and break her heart.” To that I say: Like you know anything Madsen. I’ve never met Justin personally but I can assure you he’s not one of those scummy guys that would jet off for no reason at all. I can tell. Plus, doesn’t he prove his dedication when he risks personal injury to stay with his girlfriend?
3) The biggest lie of all is when Madsen claims he doesn’t want to know Justin Bieber. I mean, come on, we know you’re trying to play the tough father figure and all but EVERYONE wants to know JB. #AmIRight?
Even though Madsen gets a few obvious things wrong, we’ll forgive him because he seems like an intimidating guy (has anyone seem Reservoir Dogs?) and he’s definitely an amazing actor (again, has anyone seen Reservoir Dogs?).
In the end, things kind of go astray for Madsen when his daughter chooses
Romeo Justin over her father, but we’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger.
The Anthony Mandler-directed mini-film features Big Sean. The track is taken from his fourth studio album Believe.
Watch it here:
Earlier today, Justin Bieber FINALLY gave his Beliebers what they’ve been waiting for after America’s Got Talent screwed us over..but that’s beside the point. His second single off Believe “As Long As You Love Me,” features Big Sean and has already been blasting across the radio waves and rising up the iTunes charts.
The minute-long preview for the music video shows a very different side of JB than we’ve seen from the past, and involves a confrontation with actor Michael “You Don’t Wanna Mess With Me” Madsen, who you might remember from Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill. Madsen plays the very mafia-looking father figure of Justin’s love interest but that doesn’t seem to scare him away. Things get a bit feisty and words get exchanged, leaving us with a bit of a cliffhanger. Sidenote: Did anyone else notice the resemblance to Romeo and Juliet when Justin and his forbidden love ran away?
Although we didn’t get to see Big Sean’s rap in this sneak preview — WOAH DERE, I’m getting a little too ahead of myself — I’m certain his part will tie in perfectly.
You can watch the whole music video, or should I say short film this Wednesday and I have some advice: make sure to watch the video with a friend and have a cold water bottle handy. Things may get a little too dangerous if you’re home alone and you happen to faint, hyperventilate, fall, etc. I predict this video will convert any haters, if for some strange reason they still exist.
I’ve never seen my timeline go so wild in my life. Justin, be aware that your Beliebers are ready:
“Touch’n You” — Rick Ross ft. Usher
Rick Ross shows off his softer side with Usher by his side in the music video for “Touch’n You,” the first single off the upcoming album God Forgives I Don’t. It’s a little weird seeing Rozay doing something other than rapping about guns and drugs, but he wines and dines his lady convincingly enough, playing chess and lounging by the pool together. Meanwhile, Usher whispers and croons sweet nothings causing women everywhere to get weak in the knees. God Forgives I Don’t drops on July 31.
“Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)” — Cris Cab ft. Big Sean
Nineteen-year-old Cris Cab is probably the world’s happiest up and coming artist right now. Not only did Pharell co-write his first single “Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)” and Big Sean lend his talent to the single, but Wyclef Jean also produced this great reggae-inspired track. That’s three hip-hop powerhouses putting faith in a kid from Miami whose claim to fame is quirky covers of hip hop songs and the result is wonderful. Cab sings about treating his woman right, since good girls are special and hard to find. It’s nice to see a young man brought up so well…I wonder if he’s single…
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Kanye West FINALLY released the video for “Mercy” after teasing it for the past week. The video features 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha-T, taking turns rapping.
The black and white visuals have the G.O.O.D. Music crew in some sort of artful parking garage with a few quick glimpses of a sleek car. The song is named after the Lamborghini Murcielago, after all. It’s basically an
subtle ad/love sonnet for the Italian luxury car.
Watch it here:
In case you’re short on your Chris Brown news (blurg) here’s yet another video, this time it’s for “Till I Die.” Brown calls on buds Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa for the visuals and avoids sneering at all costs. Instead he and the guys mess around in the office and ride around in a schmancy car like they’re the definition of cool, yada yada.
The track is from his upcoming album Fortune (out July 3) and he dedicated the video to the Beastie Boys’ MCA. The gesture is well-intentioned but makes it hard to say anything bad about the media-torn Chris Brown. Also, if he didn’t mention that it was in honour of MCA, we wouldn’t have known. He doesn’t exactly capture the spirit of Adam Yauch in the video.
Watch it here: