Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Imagine Dragons, And More Mourn Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

Shortly following the tragic news that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died from an apparent suicide, fans, friends, collaborators, and colleagues took to social media to express their grief over the loss of the 41-year-old rocker and father.

Below, artists from all walks of genre — from Rihanna to Steve Aoki to Nikki Six and members of All Time Low and Simple Plan — remember Bennington.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, there are ways to get help. Find resources at www.halfofus.com or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK for a confidential conversation.

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Halle Berry Just Chugged A Pint Of Whiskey At San Diego Comic-Con

To be a Statesman woman, according to Halle Berry, you need to be able to “put down a pint of bourbon and still stand — and don’t get your hair messed up while you’re doing it.” So that’s exactly what Berry did during a packed Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday (July 20).

And it was awesome.

Berry joined her Kingsman: The Golden Circle co-stars — including Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Pedro Pascal — in taking a celebratory shot of fine whiskey during the 20th Century Fox panel hosted by Jonathan Ross. Unfortunately, they were one shot glass short, and Berry had to take her shot in a pint glass. Leave it to Tatum to be a generous bartender.

But the Oscar-winning actress didn’t balk at the challenge. With the crowd egging her on, chanting “Chug! Chug! Chug!,” Berry stood up, smiled, and chugged the entire pint. The Statesman are hardcore.

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She legit drank all those dudes under the table, including The Dude himself!

In Matthew Vaughn’s The Golden Circle, Halle plays a Statesman named Ginger Ale. “She’s a mixer. I’m mixed. That’s why they chose me,” Berry joked. Ginger is similar to Kingsman member Merlin (Mark Strong); she’s the “tech-brain, nerdy member of the Statesman.” But according to Berry, she also has “hidden depths.”

The sequel follows Eggsy and Merlin as they seek help from their American counterparts in Kentucky, The Statesman, after the destruction of their headquarters in the U.K. The Statesman operate a successful bourbon business. “We liked the idea of finding the American equivalent of the Kingsman,” screenwriter Jane Goldman told the crowd in Hall H. Admittedly, Goldman says she might have romanticized the idea of the southern gentleman. Hence Tatum’s cowboy twang and Pascal’s fierce lasso skills.

In addition to the new trailer released earlier, Fox also dropped a hilarious #TBT of that time Eggsy and Archer crossed paths in London.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026317/halle-berry-pint-whiskey-san-diego-comic-con/

Beyoncé’s Latest Wax Figure Looks More Like Lindsay Lohan

Gather ‘round, everyone, because it’s time to dissect yet another tragic celebrity wax figure. This year alone, we’ve seen questionable sculptures of Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron, and now the latest victim is the one and only Beyoncé.

Images of Bey’s latest wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York have started circulating, and fans are going IN, for very good reason. First, let’s all take a look at the figure in question:

So. What we have here is a so-called “Beyoncé” who looks much, much different than the Beyoncé we all know and love. Sure, the outfit looks like something Bey would conceivably wear, and the pose is certainly that of a queen. But beyond that, the statue’s hair is disappointingly flat, the face is shockingly white, and as many fans pointed out, it more closely resembles Lindsay Lohan. Or Britney Spears. Or Shakira. Really, anyone but Beyoncé.

After hours of internet backlash, Madame Tussauds responded to the criticism in a statement provided to The Wrap. Basically, they’re standing behind their work.

“At Madame Tussauds, our talented team of sculptors take every effort to ensure we accurately color match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted,” the statement reads. “Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the color of our wax figures which is something our sculptors are unable to account for at the production stage.”

Hmm… so is it possible the statue looks more accurate in person? Possibly, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Bey’s been done dirty by wax museums in the past.

What will it take to finally do Beyoncé right in wax form?! The mystery continues.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026240/beyonce-wax-figure-madame-tussauds/

Ciara And Future’s Son Just Made His ‘Super Fly’ Modeling Debut

Future and Ciara have had their issues in the past, but the exes can apparently agree on one thing: their son is the future of modeling.

Three-year-old Future Zahir stars in a new back-to-school ad campaign for Gap Kids, and from the looks of it, he’s a natural. In a pic shared by Ciara, the photogenic tot rocks dark denim, an asteroid-emblazoned jacket, and the biggest smile on his face.

His proud mama wrote on Twitter, “Holding back these happy tears! I’m so proud! Future Zahir has booked his 1st commercial campaign with @GapKids @Gap #DreamsDoComeTrue!”

Future followed up with a congratulatory message of his own, tweeting, “baby future did a great job for gapkids. Super smart Super fly, u deserve it king! Love u”

There’s no telling what Future Zahir’s modeling career holds, but expect to see more of him soon. When you’re the son of two legends, “fly” is just in the genes.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026254/future-ciara-son-model-gap-kids/

He Said/She Said: Do You Believe Robert Or His Catfish Ashleigh?

A 23-year-old named Robert and his catfish Ashleigh just proved the old adage, “There are two sides to every story” — but whose story do you believe?

On tonight’s episode of the hit MTV show, Nev and Max learned of the couple’s two-year relationship when Robert contacted them for help. The duo, Robert shared, had met online, and romance blossomed after they began speaking on the phone every single day.

“We fell in love, even though we never met,” he said.

Eventually, the Maryland resident asked Ashleigh to marry him, but his request only prompted her to finally come clean: The pictures she’d sent of herself (below) were fake. The revelation left Robert “heartbroken” — so much so that he did his best to forget about her.

There was certainly more than catfish weighing on his mind: In 2009, Robert had become ill and “ended up paralyzed from the neck down.” He eventually regained movement in parts of his upper body, including his arms, but his prognosis was devastating: Doctors told him that eventually he’d become immune to antibiotics and die.

“I don’t know how long my life will be, and I don’t want to live with any regrets,” he told Nev and Max. “I will always regret not meeting this girl. Can you guys help me?”

In a word, yes: Nev traveled all the way to Tennessee, where he collected Ashleigh and brought her back to Robert’s place for their very first face-to-face meeting. There, Max asked her the big question: “When you were talking to Robert, were your feelings for him genuine?”

Ashleigh replied in the affirmative — but how did Robert feel about her?

“I don’t know. I’m, like, nervous/scared of falling harder and then being hurt worse,” he told Max.

Later, Nev pressed a still-hesitant Robert to express his intentions. “What do you guys want moving forward?” he asked.

“Friends, at the least,” Robert said. “[And] more, maybe.”

But alas, neither was in the future: When Nev and Max videochatted with Robert two months later, he revealed he and Ashleigh were no longer speaking. “We tried to be friends, and I just wish she would have been cool with it,” he said. In addition, Robert said he’d been talking to a “new girl,” and when he told Ashleigh about her, “She got all pissy with me, and I just couldn’t put up with her. It’s just for the best — I can’t deal with a lot of drama right now. I have to worry about my health, or I’m not going to be around.”

Ashleigh, meanwhile painted a different picture. “It was great for the first two days, then we had a fight,” she said. “He pretty much disregards the fact that I have feelings. I tried really hard to show that I care about him and that I love him, and he doesn’t give a f-ck.”

For his part, Max had words of encouragement for Ashleigh. “There’s a better match for you somewhere else,” he said. “You deserve to be with someone who makes you feel good about yourself.”

But who do you believe? Do you think Ashleigh couldn’t handle just being friends like Robert claims? Or was Robert as insensitive as Ashleigh says? Tell us whose side you’re on, then catch another Catfish on Wednesday at 10/9c.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3024804/catfish-robert-ashleigh/

Tyler, The Creator Made This New Song While Kanye Was Napping

Both Kanye West and Nicki Minaj left Tyler, the Creator hangin’ by declining to collab on his new single. But you know what? That didn’t stop Tyler from crafting an earworm that still jolts and bangs in every which way.

On Wednesday (July 19), the Odd Future MC premiered “Ain’t Got Time” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. He told Lowe that it started as two separate tracks, and he didn’t know “which one should go as the banger.” To settle the confusion, he blended them together for a perfect barrage of funky synths, vocal samples, and a bumping beat. Oh, and yep, this is indeed the much talked-about song where Tyler seems to address his sexuality with the revealing lyric, “Next line, I’ll have em’ like woah / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”

Tyler told Lowe that “Ain’t Got Time” dates back to a session at Kanye West’s studio during the recording of The Life of Pablo.

“I think [West] went to take a nap,” Tyler said. “I was just in the studio and there was an MPC there. … I just start smacking, start clapping, start making weird noises, and then added a boom boom boom. I was like, ‘Damn, Kanye should take this song. He would sound so much cooler saying, “I ain’t got time” than me.’ He didn’t like it.”

He also struck out with Nicki Minaj.

“I wanted Nicki Minaj on that shit so fuckin’ bad. I reached out to her so many times,” he admitted. “She said she couldn’t think of nothing. I was like, how the fuck do you hear this beat and can’t think of shit?!”

“Ain’t Got Time” follows last week’s “Boredom” as the latest single from Tyler’s upcoming fourth studio album, Scum Fuck Flower Boy. The project arrives July 21 and features A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County, and more (but not Kanye or Nicki… SMH).

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026185/tyler-the-creator-aint-got-time/

No, Game Of Thrones Didn’t Drive Ed Sheeran Off Twitter

Ed Sheeran‘s Twitter profile has been through a lot this week. First, it disappeared completely, and then hours later, it resurfaced with countless deleted followers and tweets, which have now been restored. What gives?

The internet speculated wildly about what caused Sheeran’s sudden departure. Maybe he was tired of haters criticizing his Game of Thrones cameo last weekend (which prompted the episode’s director to offer his support for Ed). Or maybe Lady Gaga fans were still trolling his mentions.

Fortunately, we don’t need to dwell on this anymore, as Sheeran himself cleared the air Wednesday (July 19) on Instagram. Consider this mystery solved.

“I came off Twitter Coz I was always intending to come off Twitter,” he wrote. “Had nothing to do with what people said about my [Game of Thrones] cameo, because I am in [Game of Thrones], [so] why the hell would I worry what people thought about that. It’s clearly fuckin’ awesome. Timing was just a coincidence, but believe what you want.”

There you have it, folks. And we even get a photo of him in pajama pants!

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026144/ed-sheeran-delete-twitter-game-of-thrones-rumors/

Lana Del Rey Won’t Be Singing In Front Of An American Flag Anytime Soon

Lana Del Rey is no stranger to diving into darkness in her music, even if the songs we’ve heard so far from her new album, Lust For Life, lean on the rosier side of romance.

In a new interview with Pitchfork, Lana didn’t shy away from talking about the tough stuff, at all — depression, abusive relationships, life, death, and confronting both in song. She reveals that her fans adore her to the point where they don’t really get boundaries and cross some truly serious lines at times (“Someone stole both my cars. All the scary shit. I’ve had people in my house for sure, and I didn’t know they were there while I was there”). She also unpacks her love for Americana and the patriotic, nostalgic images she’s previously worked into music videos and projections that are incorporated into her live show.

Thanks to the drastic change in the political climate between the country Lana was living in when she wrote Ultraviolence and Born to Die and the one she found herself in while working on Lust For Life, the tour visuals she’ll use this time around have way less of an emphasis on the stars and stripes she used to embrace. She’s still pulling from American icons for inspiration — the Hollywood Sign is her fictional home for this album cycle, for example, and she poses in front of a vintage pick-up truck on the album cover — but she’s definitely felt an “uncomfortable” shift in regards to unraveling them.

“I feel less safe than I did when Obama was president,” she told Pitchfork. “When you have a leader at the top of the pyramid who is casually being loud and funny about things like that, it’s brought up character defects in people who already have the propensity to be violent towards women. I saw it right away in L.A. Walking down the street, people would just say things to you that I had never heard.”

She goes on to stress that she’s definitely re-worked her tour visuals, but that the emphasis on American identity and cultural turmoil remains.

“I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing ‘Born to Die,'” she continued. “It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013 … All the guys in the studio — we didn’t know we were going to start walking in every day and talking about what was going on. We hadn’t ever done that before, but everyday during the election, you’d wake up and some new horrible thing was happening …”

Read the (doozy of a) Pitchfork interview in full here. Lust For Life will see its release on July 21. (Don’t illegally download it, you little fuckers.)

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026193/lana-del-rey-americana-imagery-tour-lust-for-life/

CT Celebrated His Birthday In Challenge Style

CT has had to eat some pretty gross items through the Challenge years — but the two-time winner just devoured something truly delightful. With all of his fellow Season 30 cast members by his side.

The reigning champion — who will return tonight for the Colombia-based installment at 9/8c — just turned 37 (on July 16). And there was no sweeter way to celebrate than with his MTV cohorts at a New York City-based screening of the first episode/QA with the cast on Monday. Presenting a cake and a serenade.

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Which eventually wound up all over the Real World: Paris alum’s face:

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You enjoy that chocolate goodness — and cheers to 37.

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Watch the action transpire in the clip below (CT wasn’t the first to get a bit of the tasty-looking treat on his visage!), and don’t miss the premiere of The Challenge XXX tonight at 9/8c!

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026016/challenge-ct-birthday-cake/

Kesha Reveals The Heartbreaking Meaning Behind Her New Album Title

At long last, Kesha has returned to the music sphere, and she’s ready to show fans her newly healed sense of self. Earlier this month, she unleashed her first solo single since 2013, “Praying,” and a week later, she followed it up with the empowering anthem “Woman.” Both tracks point to a triumphant comeback on the pop star’s part, who’s spent the past few years embroiled in an ugly legal battle against Dr. Luke.

In a revealing new interview on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Kesha reflected on her long-awaited resurgence, admitting she wasn’t sure this day would ever come.

“I just didn’t know if I was ever going to be able to put out music ever again,” she said. “I really didn’t know, and some days it felt like I was kind of clinging onto this ghost of an idea that got me through a lot of years. You know, sometimes it felt more real, sometimes it felt less real, and I kept waking up and I’d say, ‘OK, you can’t just lay in bed, you got to get up, you got to go to the studio.’ And even when I really didn’t want to, I would. It’s kind of a testament to like, you got to show up for yourself.”

That resilience has resulted in Rainbow, her first album in five years, which arrives on August 11. She opened up about the project to Duran, revealing that its title is inspired by a simpler time; before she experienced heartbreak and pain.

“The reason I wanted to name this record Rainbow is because I kind of associate healing with kind of going back to my childlike mind, before I got all twisted and turned and beaten and heartbroken and all those things,” she explained. “Everything was magical and I didn’t understand it. The world was so big and beautiful, and I trusted everyone and everything, and it was just so perfect and wonderful.”

She continued, “I’ve done a lot of healing. … I kind of reference that a lot. What’s left in my heart is still made of gold, you know? You heal what you can and keep going.”

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3026038/kesha-rainbow-album-title-meaning/

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