Justin Bieber started the American Music Awards off on bratty note.
“Justin Bieber took home the first award of the night at the 40th annual American Music Awards–Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist–but instead of his usual positivity, he set a rather bratty tone for the remainder of the evening.
Instead of leading off with the usual accolades (you know: God, parents, hard-working staff, that sort of thing), Bieber chose the rubbing-in route for his thank-you speech. “This is for all the haters who thought I’d be around for 1, 2 years,” he announced, adding, “I feel like I’m gonna be here for a very long time.”
In all fairness, Bieber was already under scrutiny upon arrival to the show, due to the fact that his breakup with Selena Gomez had just become public only a week ago, and they’ve been bouncing back and forth from off to on to off again. So, it stands to reason that he might be feeling a little prickly.
At any rate, Bieber, who was left dateless after his separation, rose to the occasion by bringing his mom, Pattie Mallette, as his date to the awards show instead. Read more here
Buzz Track: Neverending Spirit
News Update: Kings favorite, Australian indie rock act Monks Of Mellonwah will head to the US to perform at the 2012 LA Music Awards. The band just completed an Australian national tour and are preparing to record a new album with producer Keith Olsen. They have lined up several shows in LA as well as NYC for the month of December. This is another band to watch.
Buzz Track: Hallelujah
Hope Theatre are an upcoming band comprising of Alex Sinadinovic, Cameron Mercer and Christian King. They uploaded their first video which is a cover of Leonard Cohens Hallelujah, with a slightly different take on it. It’s an amazing cover for one of the most famous songs.
“Some of music’s most notable names including Billy Joel, Rihanna and Missy Elliott have signed an open letter to Pandora Media Inc opposing the online music company’s push to change how artists are compensated.
Pandora is currently lobbying lawmakers in U.S. Congress to pass the “Internet Radio Fairness Act,” which would change regulation of how royalties are paid to artists.
A group of 125 musicians who say they are fans of Pandora argue the bill would cut by 85 percent the amount of money an artist receives when his or her songs are played over the Internet. “Read more here
Buzz Track: Get Behind Me
The Fisher Kings a indie rock act from Ontario just released a 5-song EP. The band merges the tones and styles of rock acts such as Wolfmother, The Black Keys, and The White Stripes. They have opened up for Three Days Grace and The Trews. Already receiving radio some radio play, this is a band to watch.