MTV is actually returning to being about music with the premiere of Wonderland, a new live music series premiering on September 15, 2016 at 11pm ET/8pm PT. Season one will consist of 10 one-hour episodes that will feature exclusive performances by artists including Tinashe, Ty Dolla $ign, and Broods. Steak, Mike Wright and Lizzo are hosting the series which marks MTV’s first live music series in 20 years.
The weekly series will be shot at the Imperial Arts Studios in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to the live performances, Wonderland will feature behind the scenes rehearsal footage on MTV Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.
Details on the Wonderland Artists, Courtesy of MTV:
Tinashe – A singer, songwriter, producer and renowned entertainer, Tinashe is known for her eclectic mix of pop, R&B, electronics and forward-thinking productions. She is currently gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Joyride, set for release this fall on RCA Records. The album includes lead single “Superlove,” which was released earlier this summer to much acclaim, with USA Today calling it a strong contender for “song of the summer.”
Joyride is the follow up to Tinashe’s debut studio album, Aquarius, which received a rare wave of unanimous acclaim upon its release in 2014. The Los Angeles Times heralded the album as “one of the more inventive R&B debuts in years,” while the Associated Press said that “Tinashe delivered an album that moved the needle…her whispery vocals glide over the songs’ beats so nicely you’ll constantly hit repeat.” The album, which made nearly every Best of 2014 year-end list, was anchored by the Platinum-selling single “2 On (Featuring ScHoolboy Q),” 2014’s de-facto R&B Song Of The Summer. A hit in the Billboard charts, “2 On” spent five back-to-back weeks at #1 on the Rhythmic Airplay chart. Aquarius also featured the fan-favorite single “All Hands On Deck,” which set the internet ablaze with it’s instantly classic music video—a clip so engaging even Kanye West gave his rare stamp of approval.
Ty Dolla $ign – Born Tyrone Griffin Jr., Ty Dolla $ign has been an in-demand writer, producer, and featured artist since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It (feat. Ty Dolla $ign).” Since then, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, has fast become one of hip-hop’s most highly demanded collaborators, contributing his acclaimed production and writing skills to Chris Brown’s #1 hit, “Loyal,” Kanye West’s “Real Friends” and “Faded,” Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home,” Nick Jonas’ “Bacon,” Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds (with Kanye West & Paul McCartney)” and Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg, whose “Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars)” proved a GRAMMY® Award-nominated blockbuster.
Ty is preparing to release Campaign, his first full-length release since last year’s breakthrough debut album, Free TC. Praised by The New York Times as “easily one of the best R&B albums of the year,” “FREE TC” established Ty as a major superstar, fueled by a series of hit singles including the RIAA platinum certified “Blasé (Feat. Future & Rae Sremmurd)” and the gold certified “Saved (Feat. E-40).” Free TC ultimately was featured on a wide span of year-end lists including Rolling Stone’s “20 Best R&B Albums of 2015” and NPR Music’s “50 Favorite Albums of 2015.” Ty Dolla $ign made a major splash in 2015 with the RIAA platinum certification of his hit singles, “Paranoid (Feat. B.o.B)” and “Or Nah (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd),” both included on the critically-acclaimed “BEACH HOUSE EP.”
Broods – Since releasing their breakthrough debut album, Evergreen, in 2014, the brother-sister duo of Georgia and Caleb Nott — better known as Broods — spent the better part of two years on the road learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a band. A renewed sense of confidence is evident on Conscious — Broods’ highly anticipated sophomore album. Recorded at studios between Los Angeles and the band’s native homeland of New Zealand, the album is an audacious step forward for the band. Co-produced by long-term collaborator Joel Little (Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Jarryd James), Broods, Alex Hope (Troye Sivan), and Captain Cuts (Halsey, Tove Lo), the record is both bigger and bolder than anything the duo have done before. The album’s anthemic first single, “Free,” has amassed nearly 10 million streams globally on Spotify, and nearly 16 million streams worldwide across all platforms. The single has been certified Gold in Australia and New Zealand. NPR hailed “Heartlines,” which Broods co-wrote with fellow New Zealanders Lorde and Joel Little, as “a bubbly, revelatory dance track…soon to be a summer anthem. The album also includes “Freak of Nature,” a darkly personal ballad about embracing and overcoming your own personal demons, which features Tove Lo on vocals.