Criss Angel Las Vegas Show Canceled After Stunt Goes Wrong

Criss Angel’s Las Vegas show came to an abrupt halt after the magician reportedly passed out during one of his acts.

The incident occurred Friday night (March 11) during Angel’s Mindfreak Live! show at the Luxor hotel and one concerned audience member took to Facebook to document what happened.

“What an awful experience!” Peter Sehl posted to the official Mindfreak Facebook page. “10 mins into the show, Criss Angel was doing his upside down straitjacket stunt and was almost out after spinning for 2 mins and then they let him down. He stopped moving, curtain down. Break for 15 mins. Now show cancelled. Hope he is ok!! Didn’t appreciated peoples comments as they were leaving.”

According to TMZ, Angel was rushed to the ER at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center and was discharged later that night, sometime before 10 p.m.

Reps for Angel and MGM Resorts, home of the Luxor, could not be reached by THR.

The stunt requires the famous illusionist to hang upside down while buckled into a double-straitjacketed harness. He suffered a shoulder injury when performing a similar routine in New York City’s Times Square in 2013, forcing a 10-week hiatus of his show Believe.

Several others at the show also took to social media. One audience member posted that Luxor was giving full refunds after Angel lost consciousness mid-air.

As of Saturday morning, tickets for the night’s 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows were still on sale.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

Adele Grants Elmo’s Wish to Meet Up in Australia: See the Pic

Elmo’s wish to meet Adele came true Friday (March 10) when the two stars both found themselves in Australia.

On Wednesday, Elmo tweeted at the singer and asked if they could arrange a time to say “Hello.” He also told the hosts of Australian TV show The Project that he’d really like to sing “Rolling in the Deep” with his favorite singer.

“Elmo loves you with all of Elmo’s heart,” the Sesame Street native said on the show. “Elmo wants to sing ‘Rolling In The Deep’ with you. Wherever you are, Elmo will fly there. Call Elmo, thank you.”

Their meeting worked out in Elmo’s favor since Adele happens to be on tour in Australia for the first time. After their hangout, Elmo tweeted, “Elmo’s dreams have come true! Elmo loves you, Miss @adele! #adelmo.”

See the adorable photo below:

Calvin Harris Congratulates Ed Sheeran for Breaking His U.K. Chart Record: ‘I Love You But Also F— You’

Calvin Harris took to Twitter on Friday (March 10) to congratulate his friend Ed Sheeran on beating his record for the most top 10 songs from a single album on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart. But he couldn’t resist a dig at his fellow artist too.

Harris’ third album, 18 Months, beat Michael Jackson’s record album back in 2013, with hits like “Feel So Close,” “We Found Love” (featuring Rihanna), “I Need Your Love” (featuring Ellie Goulding) and more all breaking the top 10. With nine songs in the top 10 on this week’s chart, Sheeran has surpassed Harris’ record — just one week after the release of his latest album ÷ (Divide). Meanwhile, all 16 songs from the album are in the Official Singles Chart top 20.

“Ed Sheeran just beat my UK record top 10s from 1 album in ONE WEEK congrats Ed but also f— you I love you but also f— you ,” Harris wrote in his post.

See the tweet below:

Insane Clown Posse Unveils Goofy Video for Christina Aguilera ‘Beautiful’ Cover

At some point in the last few years, Insane Clown Posse flipped the switch from irrepressibly tWiStEd to kind of sweet, recording viral songs about how everything is dope and waging an admittedly good fight on behalf of their fans.

In light of that personality turn, they released a cover of Christina Aguilera’s self-care anthem “Beautiful,” back in 2012. This week, for whatever reason, they decided to release a goofy music video for “Beautiful (Indestructible),” nearly five years after the song came out.

The clip is enjoyable bizarre: As Violent J rap-sings Aguilera’s lyric in scuzzy slo-mo, a creepy clown dances vigorously behind him.

Catch it below:

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This article was originally published by Spin.

The Shins’ Return With Infectious ‘Heartworms’: Listen

Kick back, tune in and get infected by heartworms. The Shins’ Heartworms, that is (the only good heartworms).  

The indie-pop faves’ fifth LP dropped overnight and is the follow-up to 2012’s Port Of Morrow, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.

It’s a melodic jaunt, bursting with feel-good vibes and set-up by the joyful opener “Name For You.” Heartworms was written entirely by frontman James Mercer and, with the exception of track “So Now What” (produced by Richard Swift), it’s the first Shins album to be self-produced by the singer since Oh, Inverted World from 2001.

The Shins will support Heartworms with a world tour. Mercer will hit the road with Yuuki Matthews(bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).

Stream Heartworms below.
 

Daft Punk Turn to the Dark Side for The Weeknd’s ‘I Feel It Coming’ Video: Watch

The Weeknd is back with a new music video for Starboy’s Daft Punkassisted “I Feel It Coming.” 

Directed by Warren Fu, the VHS-quality clip finds Abel Tesfaye hanging out in a desolate yet beautiful landscape, putting the moves on a model before they both turn to stone. You know, normal music video stuff. 

Also, Daft Punk pop up at the end looking like Sith Lords. Watch below.

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A.B. Original Become First Indigenous Act to Win Australian Music Prize

A.B. Original’s politically-charged debut Reclaim Australia (Bad Apples Music/Golden Era Records) has won the 12th annual Australian Music Prize, recognizing the best Australian album of 2016.

The hip-hop pairing of rapper Briggs and producer Trials is the first indigenous act to win the prestigious honor, a feat the duo is “proud of,” Briggs said. “Our success represents the strength and resilience of our communities and the Indigenous artists before us who paved the way so us and many like us now can see this kind of success,” he wrote after the win.

The AMP, modeled on Britain’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize and decided by a music industry panel, aims to identify and reward the outstanding creative Australian album of the past year.

Reclaim Australia topped an all-time record 364 entries and beat out eight other shortlisted titles to snag a piece of history.

Briggs and Trials were on hand at the Toff in Town to collect their award and the Aus$30,000 ($25,000) winner’s check, donated by collecting society PPCA. 

Dave Faulkner, frontman of the Hoodoo Gurus and chair of the judging panel, described Reclaim Australia as “more than just a great Australian album, it’s a cultural landmark. It’s an angry, funny, heartfelt, slamming hip hop album that takes its inspiration from ’90s gangsta rap, and filters it through a modern Aboriginal perspective. It hits hard politically, musically and emotionally and the stories A.B. Original are telling are ones we all need to hear right now.”

Reclaim Australia, which features guest appearances by Thelma Plum, Dan Sultan, Gurrumul, Caiti Baker and others, bowed at No. 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart last December. Both Briggs and Trials have previously charted Down Under. Briggs hit No. 16 with Sheplife in September 2014 and Trials made an impression as a member of Funkoars with The Quickening (No. 11 peak in September 2011) and Dawn Of The Head (No. 18 in March 2014).

Previous winners of the AMP include Hermitude, The Jezabels and last year’s champ, Courtney Barnett.

The 12th AMP Shortlist
A.B. Original – “Reclaim Australia”
The Avalanches – “Wildflower”
Big Scary – “Animal”
Camp Cope – “Camp Cope”
D.D Dumbo – “Utopia Defeated”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Nonagon Infinity”
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Skeleton Tree”
Olympia – “Self Talk”
The Peep Tempel – “Joy”

Brian d’Arcy James Returns to ‘Hamilton’

The first King George III from Hamilton is ready to put on his crown again.

Brian d’Arcy James, who originated the sly and hysterical monarch singing the song “You’ll Be Back,” will indeed be back — he’ll play him on Broadway starting April 14.

Others who have played the king include Jonathan Groff, Andrew Rannells, Rory O’Malley and Taran Killam.

James most recently was Tony Award-nominated for Something Rotten! He was in the show Shrek The Musical, on NBC’s series Smash and was part of the Oscar-winning cast of the movie Spotlight.

Zendaya Gives Kids a Behind-the-Scenes Look of a Record Studio for #WeNeedMore Campaign

Zendaya is no stranger to activism. From fighting stereotypes and sexism to advocating for racial equality, she makes her opinions known on Twitter as well as participating in charities and rallies. This month, the singer/actress is channeling her focus on something new: education.

She is the spokeswoman for Verizon’s #WeNeedMore campaign, which works to provide students with access to free technology and hands-on learning to encourage an interest and development of STEM careers.

On Wednesday (March 8), Zendaya and her audio engineer gave a group of middle school students a recording tutorial in the historic Capitol Records building in hopes of introducing music technology careers to the new generation of scholars.

The students were giddy to hop in the studio and sing a cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo,” but even more interested to learn about the audio editing programs and the fun effects that can be put on voices, such as a higher pitch to give a chipmunk-sounding effect or a distorted filter giving the sound of singing underwater.

Zendaya tells Billboard of the importance of behind-the-scenes work. “Everybody wants to be a singer or rapper or actress or famous — but there’s a lot more that goes into it. You see a movie and there’s a million people that made that one movie possible.” She adds, “One of the kids was like, ‘I think after being here today, I want to work here.’ I think that’s so cool.”

Zendaya says the #WeNeedMore campaign hits close to home for her. “My mom was a teacher in an underprivileged community and in a school that didn’t have the resources or the money to give the kids certain opportunities. There’s a section of kids who don’t get the same access to that education, because as technology advances, so does education. It’s not really fair that a certain demographic of kids get left out because it’s not available to them.”

She says her favorite part is working with kids, “Anything involving young people has me from the jump. Sign me up!”

The songstress has plenty of experience learning about music technology in her own career. Most recently, she worked with Prince Royce for the bachata tune, “X.” She says she understands and has the utmost respect for the people who have the ability to transform recordings into hits with the push of a few buttons.

“There was a time where you had to sing a song all the way through once and that’s it,” she says. “You couldn’t take vocals apart or add filters or edit things. Now, all of that is on a computer screen and you can do it on your phone if you want to. I think technology has allowed us to have more freedom when it comes to music.”

When asked what she hopes in the future of music, Zendaya says it’s important to learn from the musicians who revolutionized the way music is made: “I think once you have a respect for the past and the people who came before you and paved the way for you in music, only then can you make quality music because you appreciate what it took to get there. I want to see more people be creative and make things their own and pushing the envelope.”

Watch Britney Spears Shoot Hoops

OK, she’s no Cheryl Miller (and who is?). Though Britney Spears can knock down mid-range shots on a basketball rim. 

The pop superstar took time out to launch some balls at the iron, and shared with us the proof. Brit’s shooting technique certainly isn’t straight out of the textbook, but she manages to bang some in from about 15-feet and seems to enjoy herself. 

“Perfect day to shoot some hoops,” she tweeted.

Spears is working her way to peak fitness for the return of her Las Vegas show, Piece of Me, at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theater on March 22. Her most recent album Glory peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 last September.

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